Obama’s cheap-labor “promise zone” fraud

By Barry Grey, 9 January 2014

The zones do not constitute an antipoverty program at all. Rather, like free enterprise zones internationally, they are an inducement to private companies to profit from highly exploited, low-paid labor.

Mass protests by migrants and asylum seekers in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2014

Asylum seekers began a three-day strike at restaurants, hotels, and other workplaces throughout the country.

Saudi budget signals growing social crisis

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 9 January 2014

Saudi Arabia faces rising social tensions and joblessness amid falling oil revenues and a deepening political crisis in the Middle East.

Iran offers major concessions to US and European oil giants

By Alan Leigh, 9 January 2014

The offer of lucrative energy contracts shows that much more is being discussed behind closed doors at international talks with Iran than its nuclear program.

Spanish workers face years of mass unemployment

By Paul Mitchell, 9 January 2014

In Spain, around 26 percent of the working population are without jobs and the figure rises to over 55 percent for youth.

French Socialist Party runs Florange steelworks union leader in European elections

By Anthony Torres, 9 January 2014

To head its list of candidates in eastern France, the ruling PS has selected a union leader who ensured his steelworks’ closure.

Cambodian garment workers forced back to work

By John Roberts, 9 January 2014

The strike’s collapse followed a military police crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

Australian fruit cannery sacks workers, threatens closure

By Will Marshall, 9 January 2014

SPC’s closure would devastate Shepparton, which has a population of just over 60,000 and an already high official unemployment rate of 8.6 percent.

Obama crony joins Carlyle Group

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2014

Julius Genachowski moves from regulating telecommunications and media to profiting from those industries.

Canada’s top CEOs paid 171 times more than the average worker

By Carl Bronski, 9 January 2014

By early afternoon of the first working day in 2014, Canada’s top hundred executives had already pocketed more compensation than most workers will earn the entire year.

Record cold has devastating effect on US homeless

By Matthew MacEgan, 9 January 2014

The polar vortex which swept across North America this week exposed the massive scale of homelessness in the United States.

US stalls on new coal dust rules as black lung disease spreads

By Clement Daly, 9 January 2014

Black lung continues to take its toll on US miners as new coal dust regulations await final approval by the Obama administration.

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Vor fünfzig Jahren: Johnsons Kriegserklärung an die Armut

Von Tom Mackaman, 9. Januar 2014

Vor fünfzig Jahren erklärte Präsident Lyndon B. Johnson seinen "War on Poverty“ (Krieg gegen die Armut). Es war der letzte Atemzug des liberalen Reformismus.

Gegen die Europäische Union, für die Vereinigten Sozialistischen Staaten von Europa!
Gemeinsamer Aufruf der PSG und der SEP zur Europawahl 2014

9. Januar 2014

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Deutschland) und die Socialist Equality Party (Großbritannien) beteiligen sich an der Europawahl im Mai 2014.

Ein Musterbeispiel für Schadensbegrenzung:
New York Times schlägt Gnadenerlass für Snowden vor

Von Eric London, 9. Januar 2014

Der Leitartikel "Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower" ist ein verspätetes Eingeständnis der Tatsache, dass der Mann, der die totalitären NSA-Aktivitäten enthüllt hat, in der Bevölkerung große Unterstützung genießt.

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L'Irak glisse vers la guerre civile

Par Bill Van Auken, 9 janvier 2014

Des combats très durs ont éclatés jeudi entre les troupes gouvernementales irakiennes et des militants sunnites qui se sont emparés de grandes parties de Falloujah et de Ramadi.

Les voeux de Nouvel An du président français: un programme pour le militarisme et la guerre de classe

Par Pierre Mabut, 9 janvier 2014

Les voeux de Nouvel An du président français vantent le militarisme et annoncent une déclaration de guerre contre le niveau de vie et les droits démocratiques de la classe ouvrière française.

La campagne contre l’immigration s’intensifie en Grande-Bretagne

Par Jordan Shilton, 9 janvier 2014

Tandis que s'intensifie l'assaut sur l'aide sociale, les services publics et les salaires, les immigrants sont pris comme boucs émissaires dans tout le continent.

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US imperialism and Iraq’s descent into civil war

9 January 2014

A decade after the US military waged two barbaric sieges of Fallujah, the Iraqi city is once again the scene of a bloody armed conflict.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Behind the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts
The oligarchs and their playthings: The private museum comes into its own

By Nancy Hanover, 9 January 2014

In December, a US District Court judge proposed a “grand bargain” in which the world-class Detroit Institute of Art would be handed over to private foundations in exchange for $500 million, ending the century-long public ownership of the famous museum.

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

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2014

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

By Tom Mackaman, 8 January 2014

Why aren’t the Wall Street criminals prosecuted?

By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014

Japan scrambles fighters amid escalating tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 8 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.


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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

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

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


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

By Debra Watson, 8 January 2014

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

An appreciation of Phil Everly and the Everly Brothers

By Hiram Lee, 7 January 2014

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

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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Letters from our readers

9 January 2014

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.