US Congress passes $633 billion military spending bill

By Kate Randall, 21 December 2013

The sums spent on the military dwarf spending on critical social programs, such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, that face deep cuts.

UK reneges on promised independent inquiry on rendition, torture

By Paul Mitchell, 21 December 2013

Instead of an independent inquiry, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee will hold its own inquiry.

UK faces most severe youth unemployment crisis in decades

By Joe Mount, 21 December 2013

The number of under-25s in work fell 13 percent since 2008 to 3.5 million during the last quarter, the lowest figure since records began in 1992.

Dozens killed and wounded as sectarian bloodshed escalates in Iraq

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 21 December 2013

Over the past week, waves of sectarian bombings and shootings have torn into Iraq, hitting victims throughout the country.

Islamist political leader executed in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 21 December 2013

The government is cynically exploiting the issue of “war crimes” in the lead up to elections to divert public attention from its record in office.

Kellogg announces plant closures in Australia and Canada

By Terry Cook, 21 December 2013

Hundreds of jobs are being destroyed in Kellogg’s Project K “efficiency and effectiveness plan” to restructure its global operations.

Further strikes at Amazon, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 21 December 2013

Protest action by German and US trade unions this week against working conditions at Amazon are a farce aimed at sealing a deal with the company.

Italy’s “Forconi” movement

By Marianne Arens, 21 December 2013

The main source of support for the Forconi movement comes from farmers, long-distance drivers, traders and small businessmen.

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Schließung von Autowerken in Australien erfordert weltweite Strategie der Arbeiter

Von Mike Head, 21. Dezember 2013

Die Beendigung der Produktion in einem ganzen Land ist ein konzentrierter Ausdruck der rücksichtslosen Umstrukturierung der globalen Autoindustrie.

Große Koalition: Der neue Staatssekretär für Geheimdienste

Von Christoph Dreier, 21. Dezember 2013

Die Ernennung des CSU-Mitglieds Fritsches unterstreicht, dass die Große Koalition eine umfassende Staatsaufrüstung und die Ausweitung der Überwachung plant.

Wall Street feiert Ankündigung der Fed - Aktienkurse steigen auf Rekordniveau

Von Barry Grey, 21. Dezember 2013

Die Stellungnahme der Fed zielte darauf ab, die Besorgnis der Märkte wegen der Verringerung der Wertpapieraufkäufe zu zerstreuen, indem sie verspricht, die Zinssätze auf ihrem historischen Tiefststand zu halten.

Fünfzig Jahre nach dem Frankfurter Auschwitzprozess

Von Sybille Fuchs, 21. Dezember 2013

Ab dem 23. Dezember 1963 mussten sich zum ersten Mal in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland einige der persönlich und unmittelbar an der Vernichtungsmaschinerie des Nationalsozialismus Beteiligten vor Gericht verantworten.

New in French

Les fermetures d’usines automobiles en Australie rendent nécessaire une stratégie mondiale pour les travailleurs

Par Mike Head, 21 décembre 2013

L’arrêt de la production dans un pays tout entier est l’expression concentrée de la restructuration impitoyable et continue de l’industrie automobile mondiale.

France : la loi de programmation militaire vise la population française

Par Olivier Laurent, 21 décembre 2013

La nouvelle Loi française de programmation militaire inclut un volet sur la surveillance de la population qui revient pour l'essentiel à donner aux autorités françaises des droits comparables à ceux de leurs homologues américains

L'expertise de Christie's ouvre la voie à la vente des chefs d'oeuvre du Detroit Institute of Arts

Par Joseph Kishore, 21 décembre 2013

Une liste de la compagnie de vente aux enchère de New York estime la valeur totale d'une sélection d'oeuvres du DIA à 867 millions de dollars.

«Presque orwellien»: un juge américain condamne l’espionnage de la NSA

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 décembre 2013

La décision du juge Richard Leon, même si elle ne fait rien pour empêcher l'espionnage illégal et anticonstitutionnel de la NSA, admet néanmoins que ces méthodes sont celles traditionnellement associées à un État policier.

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

New in Turkish

Alman egemen sınıfı büyük koalisyonda saflarını sıklaştırıyor

Peter Schwarz, 21 Aralık 2013

Salı günü çalışmasına başlayan büyük koalisyon hükümetiyle birlikte, Almanya’daki egemen sınıf saflarını sıklaştırıyor.

New in Greek

Ντέιβιντ Έντουαρντ Χάιλαντ: 7 Μαρτίου 1947 - 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Του Κρις Μάρσντεν, 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Η διαρκής πολιτική κληρονομιά του Ντέιβ Χάιλαντ είναι ότι το 1985-1986 ηγήθηκε της παράταξης του Εργατικού Επαναστατικού Κόμματος που διακήρυξε την υποστήριξη της για τη Διεθνή Επιτροπή της Τέταρτης Διεθνούς και αντιτάχθηκε στις προσπάθειες της κεντρικής ηγεσίας του κόμματος, Τζέρι Χήλι, Κλιφ Σλότερ και Μάικ Μπάντα, να διαλύσουν το τροτσκιστικό κίνημα στη Βρετανία και διεθνώς.

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Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs

21 December 2013

President Obama used an end-of-the-year press conference to deliver an Orwellian defense of the massive spying operations of the National Security Agency.

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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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

“What you have now is not a true government, it is a dictatorship”
Detroit bus drivers speak out on bankruptcy, crisis in city bus system

By our reporters, 21 December 2013

For four years, Detroit residents have seen the already grossly inadequate public bus system gutted by cuts in public funding.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 20 December 2013

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

By Thomas Gaist, 19 December 2013

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 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

Arts Review

Juno and the Paycock at the Irish Repertory Theatre: An interview with J. Smith-Cameron and Ciarán O’Reilly

By David Walsh, 21 December 2013

The actors who play the title roles in the current production of Juno and the Paycock in New York, J. Smith-Cameron and Ciarán O’Reilly, spoke with David Walsh recently about the play and other issues.

Philomena: Crime and forgiveness

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 December 2013

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


Australia: Adelaide workers discuss Holden shutdown

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 December 2013

US academics approve boycott of Israeli universities

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2013

German ruling class closes ranks in grand coalition government

By Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2013

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

By Mike Head, 20 December 2013

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

By Barry Grey, 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

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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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