Christie’s appraisal paves way for sale of Detroit Institute of Arts masterpieces

By Joseph Kishore, 20 December 2013

An itemized list from the New York City auction house places the combined monetary value of a selection of the DIA’s most significant artwork at $867 million.

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Detainee ejected from courtroom at Guantanamo trial

By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2013

One of the prisoners facing a possible death penalty refused to cooperate with the court, citing torture and abuse.

Australia: Adelaide workers discuss Holden shutdown

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 December 2013

SEP assistant national secretary James Cogan, addressing workers outside the Elizabeth Plant, called for a unified international struggle to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

European Union increases border controls against asylum seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 December 2013

The response of the European Union to the recent asylum-seeker tragedy in Lampedusa has been to intensify immigration controls.

German court rejects challenge against temporary work

By Konrad Kreft, 20 December 2013

According to the ruling, workers have no possibility of claiming wages from a company even if they have been contracted by a temporary labour agency for several years.

Australian media bid to justify spying angers Indonesia

By Mike Head, 20 December 2013

The Australian asserted that the tapping of the phones of President Yudhoyono and his closest associates was part of a legitimate strategy to monitor Jakarta’s ruling elite.

US steps up the drumbeat on Sri Lankan human rights

By W.A. Sunil, 20 December 2013

The “human rights” campaign is completely hypocritical, not least because the US and its allies backed Colombo’s criminal civil war.

Peru military-police scandal throws government into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 20 December 2013

The exposure of extraordinary police protection for a convicted criminal of the Fujimori dictatorship has thrown Peru’s government into crisis.

Florida residents speak on poverty, unemployment benefit cuts

By Matthew MacEgan, 20 December 2013

Workers in Florida explain that poverty conditions will be exacerbated by mounting attacks on unemployment benefits.

Washington, DC Council passes living wage bill

By Adam Soroka, 20 December 2013

City officials are using the “living wage” debate to posture as supporters of the working class.

Railroad accident investigator speaks on US rail safety

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 December 2013

Investigator John Hiatt speaks on employee conditions and how railroads are avoiding investment in Positive Train Control.

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Grande coalition en allemagne : la classe dirigeante serre les rangs.

Par Peter Schwartz, 20 décembre 2013

La convergence au sein de la classe dirigeante alors qu'elle se prépare à de dures luttes de classes est en relation inverse avec l'élargissement des divisions dans la société allemande.

La Gauche européenne choisit Tsipras comme tête de liste pour les élections européennes

Par Christoph Dreier, 20 décembre 2013

Les 25 partis qui forment la Gauche européenne ont une longue tradition de défense de l’ordre bourgeois.

Un rassemblement à Berlin commémore le 75e anniversaire de la Quatrième Internationale

Par nos correspondants, 20 décembre 2013

Quatre rapports détaillés ont couvert l'histoire de la Quatrième Internationale et expliqué son importance pour la situation actuelle.

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

New in German

Die Forconi-Bewegung in Italien

Von Marianne Arens, 20. Dezember 2013

Das Rückgrat der Forconi bilden Landwirte, Fernfahrer, Händler und Kleinunternehmer. Ihre Führung ist nicht einheitlich, wird aber von rechten Kräften dominiert.

Lampedusa: Überlebende der Tragödie im Auffanglager wie Vieh behandelt

Von Robert Stevens, 20. Dezember 2013

Eine Handy-Aufnahme, die der italienische Sender RAI2 am Dienstag veröffentlichte, zeigt, wie Migranten im Auffanglager von Lampedusa sich in Gegenwart des andern Geschlechts nackt ausziehen müssen und dann der Reihe nach mit einem Schlauch abgespritzt werden.

Ägypten: Neue Verfassung legitimiert Putsch und festigt Militärdiktatur

Von Johannes Stern, 20. Dezember 2013

Was zynisch als Schritt zu Demokratie und nationaler Einheit dargestellt wird, ist in Wirklichkeit der Versuch einer brutalen Junta, den Putsch vom 3. Juli zu legitimieren.

Die Rolle von Labor und Gewerkschaften beim Angriff auf die australischen Autoarbeiter

Von James Cogan, 20. Dezember 2013

Die Demagogie gegen Abbott wegen der Schließung von GM Holden ist inszeniert, zynisch und verlogen.

87-jährige Rentnerin wegen Schwarzfahrens verhaftet

Von Konrad Kreft, 20. Dezember 2013

Eine 87-jährige, mittellose Rentnerin wurde vom Wuppertaler Amtsgericht wegen Schwarzfahrens zu einer Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt und per Haftbefehl gesucht.

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Australia’s auto closures pose need for a global workers’ strategy

20 December 2013

The ending of production in an entire country is a concentrated expression of the ongoing, ruthless restructuring of the global auto industry.

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Further condolences on the death of Dave Hyland

20 December 2013

Below we publish additional letters of condolence sent by Dave’s comrades internationally.

Eileen Hyland responds with thanks

20 December 2013

A letter from Eileen Hyland thanking those sending condolences on the death of her husband.

Mehring Books

Special offer, WSWS Chronology now $12.00

18 December 2013

The WSWS Chronology is now available for online purchase at a reduced price.

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


US academics approve boycott of Israeli universities

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2013

Members of the American Studies Association approved by a two-thirds majority a boycott of all Israeli academic institutions.

German ruling class closes ranks in grand coalition government

By Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2013

Wall Street celebrates Fed announcement, sending US stocks to record highs

By Barry Grey, 19 December 2013

Survivors of Lampedusa tragedy among refugees brutalised in Italian camp

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2013

European Left selects Tsipras as lead candidate in European elections

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2013

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

In the bankruptcy court
Detroit emergency manager conceals evidence of possible financial collusion

By Thomas Gaist, 19 December 2013

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

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

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Arts Review

Philomena: Crime and forgiveness

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 December 2013

Stephen Frears’ new film deals with the Magdalene asylums, which operated in Ireland and other countries where the Catholic Church had a strong influence from the 18th well into the 20th centuries.

Filmmaking and social life in postwar America
The Crime Films of Anthony Mann: A comment and a conversation with the author—Part 1

By David Walsh, 18 December 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 December 2013

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

India: Frame-up trial of Maruti Suzuki auto workers continues

By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: SEP meetings oppose war preparations against China

By our reporters, 20 December 2013

The meetings discussed the necessity to unite the working class on a socialist program to oppose US military aggression against China.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013

Edward Snowden’s open letter sparks asylum debate in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 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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