The cynical charade of Obama’s campaign for jobless benefits

By Andre Damon, 8 January 2014

Having ensured that jobless benefits expire for over a million people by not including the provision in a budget deal worked out with the Republicans, the White House is now attempting to posture as the defender of the unemployed.

Obamacare site botches more than 100,000 Medicaid, CHIP enrollments

By Kate Randall, 8 January 2014 fails to transit proper information to the states about Medicaid eligibility, leading to dropped enrollments.

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Japan scrambles fighters amid escalating tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2014

In the midst of the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute with China, the Japanese government announced that it was registering another 280 remote islands as state property.

Tunisian political parties resume “national dialogue,” vote on constitution

By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 8 January 2014

As the Tunisian Revolution approaches its third anniversary, the Tunisian ruling elite is resuming its “national dialogue” aimed at pre-empting renewed working class struggles.

One in five Israelis lives in poverty

By Barry Mason, 8 January 2014

The report noted the persistence of poverty among poor Israeli families with children, with around two-thirds of such families being in long term poverty.

Death toll rises from North American “polar vortex”

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 January 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have lost major utilities, and reports of deaths are trickling in to news outlets across both the United States and Canada.

Australian union calls for auto funding switch to military spending

By Terry Cook, 8 January 2014

Under the AMWU’s plan, the very future of thousands of workers is to be tied directly to the war aims of Australian and US imperialism.

Surveys of British youth find growing anger and despair

By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2014

Widespread discontent and alienation amongst the young in the UK is the ultimate source of the August 2011 riots and the repression meted out by the authorities.

German police declare parts of Hamburg “no-go zone”

By Christoph Dreier, 8 January 2014

For the first time in Germany’s post-war history, police have declared large parts of a major city to be a “no-go zone.”

French president’s New Year message: an agenda for militarism and class war

By Pierre Mabut, 8 January 2014

French president's New Year address vaunts militarism and announces a declaration of war on the French working class’s living standards and social and democratic rights.

New in Russian

Дэвид Эдвард Хайленд: 7 марта 1947 г. — 8 декабря 2013 г.

Крис Марсден, 8 января 2013 г.

С чувством глубокой утраты Мировой Социалистический Веб Сайт сообщает своим читателям о смерти товарища Дэйва Хайленда (Dave Hyland) в возрасте 66 лет.

New in Turkish

Irak iç savaşa doğru kayıyor

Bill Van Auken, 8 Ocak 2014

Irak halkı, on yıldan uzun süredir, ABD emperyalizminin yağmacı savaşlarının ve sömürge tipi saldırganlığının korkunç bedelini ödüyor.

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Fiat acquisisce Chrysler pagando $ 4,35 miliardi a UAW, Inc.

Di Jerry White, 8 gennaio 2014

Il giorno di Capodanno, la casa automobilistica italiana FIAT ha accettato di pagare 4,35 miliardi di dollari al fondo fiduciario del sindacato metalmeccanico United Auto Workers (UAW), per acquistarne le quote in Chrysler.

New in French

Le New York Times donne son avis sur la déstabilisation du Moyen-Orient

Par Chris Marsden, 8 janvier 2014

Le Moyen-Orient est la preuve du rôle que joue l'impérialisme pour imposer une pauvreté écrasante et une exploitation brutale et pour aggraver sans cesse le risque de guerre.

Comment Khodorkovsky est devenu l’homme le plus riche de Russie

Par Peter Schwarz, 8 janvier 2014

L’enthousiasme universel pour Khodorkovsky en dit plus sur l’état de la démocratie en Allemagne que sur la situation politique en Russie.

Inde: une manifestation dénonce le coup monté contre les travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki

Par Jai Sharma et Arun Kumar, 8 janvier 2014

Les manifestants ont exigé la libération immédiate des 148 travailleurs de l'auto qui sont emprisonnés depuis seize mois sous de fausses accusations de meurtre et autres mensonges.

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

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Die New York Times über die Destabilisierung des Nahen Ostens

Von Chris Marsden, 8. Januar 2014

Der Nahe Osten ist ein lebender Beweis für die bösartige Rolle, die der Imperialismus dabei spielt, Armut und brutale Ausbeutung durchzusetzen und die Kriegsgefahr immer weiter zu erhöhen.

Ägypten: Tödlichste Polizeiübergriffe seit Monaten

Von Johannes Stern, 8. Januar 2014

Kurz vor dem dritten Jahrestag der ägyptischen Revolution am 25. Januar 2011 verschärft die Militärjunta die Unterdrückung jeder Opposition.

Verwahrlosung Pflegebedürftiger nimmt zu

Von Werner Albrecht, 8. Januar 2014

In dem Buch Es ist genug! Auch alte Menschen haben Rechte dokumentieren Claus Fussek und Gottlob Schober eindrucksvoll und schonungslos die Missstände in der Altenpflege. Wer wissen will, was ihm im Alter blüht, sollte dieses Buch lesen.

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Fifty years since Johnson’s declaration of the “War on Poverty”

8 January 2014

President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” declared 50 years ago Wednesday, proved to be liberal reformism's last gasp.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Wall Street swindles, not pensions, behind financial crisis in Detroit and other US cities

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2014

Detroit is only one in a long line of cities, which have paid gigantic sums to the big banks as a result of predatory interest rate swaps.

Emergency manager acknowledges bank deals pushed on Detroit were likely illegal

By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2014

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

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PBS’s Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 commemorates Michigan’s bitter labor past

By Debra Watson, 8 January 2014

A new PBS documentary looks at a miners’ strike a century ago in northern Michigan in which 73 workers and their children were victims of a company provocation.

A contemporary account of the German pogroms of November 1938

By Elizabeth Zimmerman, 7 January 2014

Arts Review

Frank Wess, Chico Hamilton, Yusef Lateef: A tribute to three important jazz musicians

By D. Lencho, 8 January 2014

These great, although lesser-known figures in jazz, who died in the last few months of 2013, left a legacy of beautiful music.

An appreciation of Phil Everly and the Everly Brothers

By Hiram Lee, 7 January 2014

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.


The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2014

How Khodorkovsky became Russia’s richest man

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2014

Why aren’t the Wall Street criminals prosecuted?

By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014

As 2014 begins
Geo-political tensions raise spectre of 1914 Great War

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2014

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014


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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

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Workers Struggles

India’s “judiciary acts on the agenda of the capitalists”
—says lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers facing frame-up murder charges

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 8 January 2014

The lawyer leading the legal defence of the 148 Maruti Suzuki India workers facing frame-up charges of murder and other grave crimes recently spoke with the WSWS.

Machinists’ union rams through sellout deal at Boeing

By Shannon Jones, 4 January 2014

Reject IAM-Boeing blackmail!
Form a rank-and-file committee to defeat concessions

the Socialist Equality Party, 3 January 2014

25 years ago: Sri Lankan Trotskyist murdered by fascist JVP

On January 6, 1989, the press of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) reported the murder of a longstanding member of the Revolutionary Communist League (RCL).

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50 years ago: Dozens killed in anti-US riots in Panama Canal Zone

Anti-US riots erupted in Panama's Canal Zone on January 9, 1964, after zone police tore up a Panamanian flag in the area of US control.

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75 years ago: Tom Mooney given a full pardon

On January 7, 1939, class-war prisoner Tom Mooney was given a full pardon by California Governor Culbert Olson.

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100 years ago: Turkish army reorganized

On January 6, 1914, Colonel Enver Bey, also known as Enver Pasha, appointed himself chief of the general staff of the Ottoman army just three days after being assigned the war ministry.

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NHS Fightback

Hampshire council in England closes more care homes

By Joan Smith and Ajanta Silva, 6 January 2014

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The genetic legacy of the Neanderthals

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 January 2014