Washington issues warning as South Sudan slides toward civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2013

President Obama’s warning followed the Pentagon’s dispatch of 45 US troops to the South Sudanese capital of Juba to secure the US embassy.

White House grants new Obamacare exemptions as enrollment deadline hits

By Kate Randall, 23 December 2013

People whose policies have been canceled will be allowed to purchase “catastrophic” coverage or be granted a “hardship exemption” to avoid a penalty for not having insurance.

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EU summit: Berlin calls for stricter budgetary discipline

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 December 2013

The new German grand coalition, which enjoys an overwhelming parliamentary majority, was even more aggressive in its posture toward the EU than the government it replaced.

Implementation of US-Iran interim nuclear deal stalls

By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013

Negotiations on implementing the US-designed nuclear deal with Iran have stalled, leading Iranian officials to publicly question whether it will unravel.

Putin pardons Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky in overture to the West

By Andrea Peters, 23 December 2013

The Kremlin’s pardoning of ex-billionaire oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a maneuver to reach an accommodation with US and European imperialism.

Mass opposition blocks Portuguese pension reform

By Jordan Shilton, 23 December 2013

The largest budget cuts in over 30 years provoked widespread strikes and protests in Portugal.

Canada’s foreign minister calls on Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities

By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013

Canada’s foreign minister has called on US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities and face prosecution—action that Baird knows full well could result in Snowden being executed for treason.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden »

Democrat Party to boycott Thai elections

By John Roberts, 23 December 2013

The last Democrat election boycott in 2006 set the stage for a military coup against the present prime minister’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.

South Korean police raid unions over railway strike

By Ben McGrath, 23 December 2013

The police operation is a clear attempt by the Park administration to crush working class opposition to the attacks on jobs and living standards.

Australian government inquiry blames wage levels for car plant closures

By James Cogan, 23 December 2013

The primary purpose of the Productivity Commission’s interim report is to endorse the clamour by corporations and media commentators for cuts to wages and conditions.

East Timor takes Australia to International Court of Justice over ASIO raids

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 December 2013

East Timor has asked the court to rule that the seizure of legal documents by Australia’s spy agency violated the country’s sovereignty and breached international law.

Obama pushes program to turn public schools over to corporations

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 23 December 2013

Obama, backed by New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the teachers’ union, is promoting efforts to privatize public education.

New in Italian

Il Movimento dei Forconi

Di Marianne Arens, 23 dicembre 2013

Il Movimento dei Forconi ha fatto notizia nelle ultime due settimane.

New in Spanish

Detrás del apretón de manos entre Obama y Raúl Castro durante el homenaje a Mandela

Por Alexander Fangmann, 23 Diciembre 2013

Fuera de los elogios vacíos amontonados sobre Nelson Mandela por servicios prestados, el rescate del capitalismo sudafricano, la ceremonia en su memoria en Johannesburgo el 10 de diciembre ofreció a los jefes de Estado que asistieron a un espacio para maniobras diplomáticas.

El plan de privatización del Instituto de Artes de Detroit socavaría tanto al arte como a las pensiones

Por Jerry White, 23 Diciembre 2013

Aunque los detalles sobre las discusiones secretas que involucran el destino del Instituto de Artes de Detroit (Detroit Institute of Art, DIA) todavía son incompletos, se informa que un mediador federal en el caso de bancarrota de Detroit está muy cerca de un acuerdo que podría privatizar al DIA y poner fin a un siglo del museo de arte en manos del público, un fin a su colección de fama mundial.

¡Por una investigación obrera al ataque contra el Instituto de Arte y a la quiebra de Detroit!

Declaración del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 23 Diciembre 2013

La clase obrera de Detroit está bajo ataque. El interventor del gobernador, Kevyn Orr, se confabula con el tribunal de bancarrota para destruir los derechos sociales de los trabajadores.

New in French

Irak : Des dizaines de personnes tuées et blessées tandis que le bain de sang sectaire s'intensifie

Par Rosa Shahnazarian, 23 décembre 2013

Au cours de la semaine passée, des vagues d’explosions à la bombe et de fusillades ont déchiré l’Irak en faisant des victimes dans le pays tout entier.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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New in Turkish

Mandela ve Güney Afrika Komünist Partisi

Bill Van Auken, 23 Aralık 2013

Mandela, önce 1964’teki duruşmasında (anlaşılabilir nedenlerle) ve sonra, ırk ayrımcı rejimin sona ermesinin ardından, GAKP yasal bir örgüt haline geldiğinde GAKP üyeliğini inkar etmişti.

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Behind North Korea’s political crisis

23 December 2013

Whatever the immediate reasons for the turmoil, the chief responsibility for the political upheaval lies not in Pyongyang, but in Washington.

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Notice to Our Readers

World Socialist Web Site Holiday Schedule

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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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Inquiry gains momentum among workers
Detroiters denounce the widening social divide

By Tim Rivers, 23 December 2013

At a Chrysler plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market, workers denounced the looting of city pensions and the art museum, the mortgage swindle and the disappearance of well-paying jobs.

“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

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

By Joseph Kishore, 20 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

“I will stir the smooth sands of monotony:” Peter O’Toole, 1932-2013

By Paul Bond, 23 December 2013

Actor Peter O’Toole, one of the remarkable film and stage actors of his generation, died December 14 at 81.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra threatened with closure

By Niles Williamson, 23 December 2013

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is threatened with closure if it fails to raise $5 million in the next two months to cover its operating costs.

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

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

25 years ago: US was warned about Lockerbie bombing in advance

An official State Department document warning of an impending bombing attempt was published in the media on December 23, 1988—two days after the Lockerbie crash.

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50 years ago: FBI adopts aim of “neutralizing Martin Luther King, Jr.”

At a December 23, 1963 meeting at its Washington DC headquarters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched a plan to nullify King “as an effective Negro leader.”

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75 years ago: Fascist offensive in Spain

General Francisco Franco’s fascist forces, heavily bolstered by crack mechanised Italian troop units, launched a fresh offensive on the Catalan front on December 23, 1938.

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100 years ago: Woodrow Wilson signs US Federal Reserve Act

On December 23, 1913, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law, establishing the central banking system known as the Federal Reserve System.

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Mehring Books

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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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2013

Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013

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Italy’s “Forconi” movement

By Marianne Arens, 21 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

Workers Struggles

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

By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2013