Snowden reveals massive National Security Agency hacking unit

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013

Among the TAO’s “most productive operations” is the direct interception of new PCs and other computer accessories ordered by individuals targeted by the NSA.

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Terror bombings kill at least 32 in southern Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2013

A pair of weekend terror bombings in the city of Volgograd claimed the lives of at least 32 and left over 60 wounded, many seriously.

New Year’s launch of Obamacare: A health care counter-reform in action

By Kate Randall, 31 December 2013

The revelations of the high costs and shoddy coverage being offered through Obamacare expose the fundamental basis of the Affordable Care Act—the for-profit health care system.

Protests hit Turkey as corruption probes target Erdogan government

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2013

The government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming under increasing pressure from protesters at home and also faces growing international criticism.

Japan: Okinawa governor approves new US Marine base

By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2013

US Defence Secretary Hagel hailed the decision as “the most significant milestone” in the realignment of US forces in the region.

Pakistani PM warns against anti-US drone protests

By Sampath Perera, 31 December 2013

Sharif made clear that he intends to rein in opposition to the drone strikes, in order to ensure US support.

Women threatened with deportation after exposing sexual harassment at UK detention centre

By Trevor Johnson, 31 December 2013

Serco, the private company that runs the deportation centre has consistently attempted to cover up incidents of sexual abuse in the facility they manage.

Czech Republic: Social Democrats enter into coalition with right-wing billionaire’s party

By Markus Salzmann, 31 December 2013

The Czech Social Democrats have formed a ruling coalition with the right-wing party of billionaire Andrej Babis.

Australia: Former Labor minister to assist Holden shutdown

By Terry Cook, 31 December 2013

Combet has built his career by imposing the dictates of the corporate establishment on the working class.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg calls for assault on public worker pensions

By Philip Guelpa, 31 December 2013

Following the recent stripping of constitutional protection for public pensions in Detroit, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for an all-out attack on public worker benefits.

Following social unrest, Argentine government grants police wage hikes

By Rafael Azul, 31 December 2013

Responding to social unrest triggered by provincial police strikes, Argentine authorities granted the police substantial wage increases.

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Les dernières révélations de Snowden exposent les mensonges d'Obama sur les programmes d'espionnage de la NSA

Par Bill Van Auken, 31 décembre 2013

Le président Barack Obama s'est servi de sa conférence de presse de fin d'année pour prononcer une défense orwellienne de l'espionnage massif pratiqué par la NSA.

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères du Canada demande à Edward Snowden de se livrer aux autorités américaines

Par Keith Jones, 31 décembre 2013

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères du Canada a demandé au lanceur d’alerte de la NSA, Edward Snowden, de se livrer aux autorités américaines et de faire face à la justice, une action qui, comme Baird le sait très bien, pourrait mener à l’exécution de Snowden pour trahison.

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

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Zum Jahresende 2013: Zusammenbruch des Kapitalismus verschärft sich

Von Nick Beams, 31. Dezember 2013

Statt Anzeichen für einen Aufschwung vermehren sich die Warnsignale für eine "säkulare Stagnation."

Machtkampf in der Türkei verschärft sich

Von Justus Leicht und Stefan Steinberg, 31. Dezember 2013

Die aktuelle Welle von Rücktritten im Kabinett zeigt, dass die Erdogan-Regierung, die seit 2003 an der Macht ist, in einer schweren Krise steckt.

Ägypten: Junta geht schärfer gegen Muslimbrüder vor

Von Johannes Stern, 31. Dezember 2013

Die Militärjunta nutzt den jüngsten Bombenanschlag als Vorwand, um noch schärfer gegen die Muslimbrüder vorzugehen und jeden Widerstand zu unterdrücken.

Armut in Deutschland auf neuem Rekordhoch

Von Konrad Kreft, 31. Dezember 2013

Der Bericht des Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverbands widerlegt die offizielle Propaganda, Deutschland bleibe von der Krise weitgehend verschont und sei ein Hort der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Prosperität in Europa.

Landgericht Bonn weist Entschädigungsklage von Kundus-Opfern ab

Von Verena Nees, 31. Dezember 2013

Sollte das Urteil Bestand haben, gibt es der Bundeswehrführung freie Hand, ohne völkerrechtliche Bedenken hinsichtlich ziviler Opfer Kriegseinsätze durchzuführen.

Mikrokredite und die Wiederkehr der Schuldknechtschaft

Von Denis Krassnin, 31. Dezember 2013

2006 wurde die Mikrokredit-Bank in Bangladesch mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet. Inzwischen wächst das Mikrofinanzwesen rasant, beschert den Kapitalgebern traumhafte Renditen und bringt den Armen der Welt Tod und Verderben.

Georg Büchner (1813-1837)
Ein zeitgemäßes Jubiläum – Teil 3

Von Sybille Fuchs, 31. Dezember 2013

”Georg Büchner – Revolutionär mit Feder und Skalpell”, so heißt die sehenswerte Ausstellung zum zweihundertsten Geburtstag des revolutionären Dichters. Sie ist noch bis Mitte Februar im hessischen Darmstadt zu sehen.

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The pseudo-legal arguments for a police state

31 December 2013

US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

After years of privatization, Detroit charter school enrollment tops public schools

By Walter Gilberti and Nancy Hanover, 31 December 2013

Long before Michigan’s emergency manager law was used to throw Detroit into bankruptcy, the anti-democratic measure was first used to restructure Detroit schools and create a profit driven school system.

Statement from the chairman of the Workers Inquiry
Cancel Detroit’s debt!

By Lawrence Porter, 27 December 2013

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

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Workers Struggles

India: Protest denounces frame-up of Maruti Suzuki auto workers
An on-the-spot report

By Jai Sharma and Arun Kumar, 31 December 2013

Victimized workers from Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a two-day protest in Gurgaon, Haryana earlier this month to denounce the witch hunt that the company, police and Congress Party state government have jointly mounted against them.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 December 2013

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

Arts Review

Best films of 2013

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2013

The commercial cinema still shows virtually no interest in the lives and conditions of some 95 percent of the world’s population. However, more interesting and compelling work also makes an appearance.

The Wolf of Wall Street: Why should we admire such figures?

By David Walsh, 30 December 2013

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2013

By our reporters, 27 December 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Public Meeting: David Hyland—a political appreciation

28 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is hosting a memorial meeting on January 18 for Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, aged 66.


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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Memories of Dave Hyland from the US and Australia

28 December 2013

Eileen Hyland responds with thanks

20 December 2013

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

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Book Review

The humanitarian industry: A “force multiplier” for imperialism
Humanitarianism Contested, Where Angels Fear to Tread, by Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss

By Nancy Hanover, 30 December 2013

The growing nexus between imperialism and international non-governmental organizations makes the 2011 book Humanitarianism Contested, Where Angels Fear to Tread a timely read.


Fifty years since the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 December 2013

The Auschwitz hearings marked the first time some of the individuals responsible for the Nazis’ machinery of extermination were brought before courts in the German Federal Republic.

Mehring Books

Special offer, WSWS Chronology now $12.00

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

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013

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As 2013 draws to a close, capitalist breakdown is intensifying

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2013

Cutoff of jobless benefits caps year of attacks on US workers

By Andre Damon, 30 December 2013

A cruel Christmas gift: Jobless benefits cut off for 1.3 million Americans

By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 28 December 2013

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2013

25 years ago: Two Libyan aircraft shot down by US F-14s in Gulf of Sidra

On January 4, 1989, US Navy F-14 Tomcats shot down two Libyan MIG-23 aircraft over the waters just off Libya’s coast.

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50 years ago: Communal violence in Cyprus

In the first days of January, scores of Turkish and Greek families left mixed neighborhoods and suburbs of Nicosia, under the threat of ethnic violence.

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75 years ago: Nazi decree bars Jews from German economy

A Nazi decree took effect January 1, 1939 barring German Jews from operating shops, stores, markets or other small businesses.

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100 years ago: Battle of Ojinaga in Mexican Revolution

On December 31, close to 5,000 of Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries carried out an offensive against the Mexican Federal Army entrenched in Ojinaga.

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