Budget deal intensifies attack on US workers

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2013

The agreement between President Obama and Congress entails the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits and attacks the pensions of federal workers.

Tensions rise in Ukraine amid dueling pro- and anti-EU rallies

By Alex Lantier, 16 December 2013

Demonstrations for and against Ukrainian membership in the European Union shook Kiev as the EU pressed for deeper austerity measures.

Signs of China-North Korea tensions after Jang Song-thaek’s execution

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2013

North Korea has reportedly recalled “large numbers” of businessmen from China following the purge of its no.2 leader.

Japan’s new defence documents target China

By John Chan, 16 December 2013

The strategic documents outline a drive to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and expand Japan’s military buildup.

French war in Central African Republic intensifies humanitarian crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 16 December 2013

French officials’ claims that they are mounting a humanitarian intervention are lies to legitimize an imperialist intervention.

Mexican Congress approves oil privatization

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2013

Political and economic tensions dominate Mexico as the ruling parties push legislation through Congress opening up Mexican oil to international conglomerates.

Privatization draws foreign capital to Mexico

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2013

Germany: Thyssen Krupp launches further attacks on workforce

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16 December 2013

Chief Executive Hiesinger has announced further restructuring measures, including job cuts and wage reductions.

People in UK going blind due to lack of eye care

By Dennis Moore, 16 December 2013

Some 37 percent of eye clinic staff respondents to a Royal National Institute of the Blind survey said that their patients were losing their sight due to treatment being delayed.

Union, politicians press Boeing workers for revote on rejected contract extension

By Hector Cordon, 16 December 2013

Discussions between Boeing and the IAM collapsed after company executives demanded the same concessions workers overwhelmingly rejected last month.

Homeless crisis deepens in Massachusetts

By John Marion, 16 December 2013

Homeless families are being moved to motels as the state refuses to fund their needs.

Australian Federal Police boosts data intercept capacity

By Mike Head, 16 December 2013

“Deep packet inspection” technology allows the police to build a detailed picture of anyone’s daily life, including his or her political activities.

A quarter of New Zealand children live in poverty

By John Braddock, 16 December 2013

One out of every six children does not receive basic necessities such as healthcare and clothing.

New in Italian

Renzi eletto a capo del PD mentre proteste dilagano nel Paese

Di Marianne Arens, 16 dicembre 2013

Da lunedì il movimento dei forconi ha manifestato in tutto il Paese, dirigendosi contro il governo. Il movimento, rivelatosi negli ultimi due anni, ha programma e composizione eterogenei, con influenze di estrema destra.

New in Spanish

Fallece trotskista británico:
Dave Hyland: 7 de marzo 1947; 8 de diciembre 2013

Por Chris Marsden, 16 Diciembre 2013

Es con gran tristeza que el World Socialist Web Site (WSWS.org) informa a sus lectores del fallecimiento del camarada David Hyland a los 66 años de edad.

New in French

Quelle voie pour aller de l’avant pour les travailleurs ukrainiens?

Par Peter Schwarz, 16 décembre 2013

L’absence de la classe ouvrière en tant que force indépendante et consciente est liée à l’héritage réactionnaire du stalinisme.

L'Australie s'intègre aux préparatifs de guerre américains contre la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 16 décembre 2013

L'Australie est en train d'être transformée en une immense base pour de futures opérations américaines dans la région.

Le projet de loi 60 du Parti québécois viole les droits démocratiques

Par Laurent Lafrance, 16 décembre 2013

Le projet de loi du PQ qui fait suite à sa «charte des valeurs québécoises» attaque encore plus durement les droits démocratiques et sociaux d’un demi-million de travailleurs du Québec.

EADS veut supprimer 5.800 emplois en Europe

Par Johannes Stern, 16 décembre 2013

Les licenciements de masse chez le groupe d’aéronautique et de défense EADS fait partie d’une nouvelle série d’attaques contre la classe ouvrière européenne.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in Turkish

Ukraynalı işçiler için ileriye giden yol hangisi?

Peter Schwarz, 16 Aralık 2013

Yoksulluk, ekonomik geri kalmışlık ve rüşvet açmazından tek çıkış yolu, Avrupa Birleşik Sosyalist Devletleri’nin parçası olarak bir Ukrayna işçi cumhuriyeti uğruna mücadeledir.

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UN Syrian chemical weapons report exposes Washington’s lies

16 December 2013

The US-backed, Islamist-dominated “rebel” militias are responsible for multiple chemical attacks against Syrian soldiers and civilians.

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David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Dave Hyland’s lasting political legacy is that in 1985-1986 he led the faction of the Workers Revolutionary Party that declared its support for the International Committee of the Fourth International and opposed the efforts of the party’s central leadership, Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter and Mike Banda, to liquidate the Trotskyist movement in Britain and internationally.

Letters from international comrades on the death of Dave Hyland

16 December 2013

Below we publish an initial selection of letters of condolence sent by Dave’s comrades internationally.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit firefighters, city workers speak out on bankruptcy decision

By our reporters, 16 December 2013

A WSWS team spoke with Detroit fire firefighters and workers at the city’s giant sewerage treatment plant.

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

Detroit Institute of Arts privatization plan would undermine both art and pensions

By Jerry White, 13 December 2013

Deadly house fires as winter freeze hits Detroit

By our reporting team, 13 December 2013

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25 years ago: 270 killed in bombing of PanAm jumbo jet

On December 21, 1988, Pan American flight 103 from London to New York was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 residents of the small town.

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50 years ago: Truman warns of CIA in Washington Post op-ed

On December 22, 1963, exactly one month after the assassination of President John Kennedy, former President Harry S. Truman published an opinion piece in the Washington Post entitled “Limit CIA Role.”

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75 years ago: Hungary declares adherence to Rome-Berlin Axis

Toasts were exchanged in Budapest on December 21,1938 between Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs Istvan Csaky and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano when Csaky announced Hungary’s adherence to the Rome-Berlin Axis.

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100 years ago: Spanish troops quash uprising in Morocco

On December 18, 1913, Spanish troops brutally suppressed an armed force of tribesman opposing the colonial domination of Morocco.

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Arts Review

The Book Thief: The Nazis and the assault, then and now, on culture

By Joanne Laurier, 16 December 2013

Brian Percival’s movie deals in part with the horrors of the Kristallnacht period and is an effective reminder of the impact of Nazi atrocities on everyday life.

Paganini or The Devil’s Violinist?

By Bernd Reinhardt, 14 December 2013

Art Turning Left at the Tate Liverpool: An ambitious but problematic collection of “left-wing” art

By Paul Mitchell, 13 December 2013

Mehring Books

Just published!
David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves

A unique collection of writings on film by David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available through mehring.com.


Which way forward for Ukrainian workers?

By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2013

German Marx21 in exploratory talks to form Hesse state government

By Johannes Stern, 14 December 2013

Trans-Pacific trade talks fail to meet Obama’s deadline

By Mike Head, 14 December 2013

Missing US citizen in Iran identified as CIA spy

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2013

The US budget deal and the political conspiracy against the working class

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2013

The role of Labor and the unions in the assault on car industry workers in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 December 2013

US suspends military aid to its Syrian proxies

By Keith Jones, 13 December 2013

Mandela and the South African Communist Party

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

White House-backed panel to call for cosmetic changes to illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013

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