Worst US jobs report in three years shatters claims of economic recovery

By Andre Damon, 11 January 2014

In the so-called “recovery” since the Wall Street crash of 2008, a decline in the official jobless rate has perversely become an indicator of deepening social crisis rather than a sign of expanding production.

US troops kill Afghan four-year-old

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2014

Amid rising tensions over a deal to keep US troops in Afghanistan after 2014, Afghan officials reported that American forces shot and killed a four-year-old in Helmand province.

Thai opposition vows to shut down Bangkok

By Tom Peters, 11 January 2014

Opposition leaders had vowed to "shut down" Bangkok in the latest effort to distrupt next month's elections and create the conditions for a military coup.

Thatcher planned to use army against 1984-1985 British miners’ strike

By Robert Stevens, 11 January 2014

The documents reveal that the government, in alliance with the National Coal Board, had a secret “hit list” to close many more coal mines than the 20 originally announced.

Inhuman treatment of UK woman in privately-run prison

By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2014

After receiving no medical attention during her miscarriage in the cell, Nadine Wright was allegedly ordered to clean up the blood by prison guards.

Germany: The grand coalition and the Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2014

As leader of the official opposition, the Left Party is serving as a reliable support for the German government.

Neglect of the elderly in care increases in Germany

By Werner Albrecht, 11 January 2014

A book published last year details abuses in the German elderly care system.

Dramatic increase in poverty in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 11 January 2014

The social crisis in Hungary has dramatically worsened in the three years since the right-wing government of Viktor Orban came to power.

Australia: Former Labor prime ministers call on conservative government to slash spending more quickly

By Richard Phillips, 11 January 2014

Hawke and Keating are calling for immediate austerity measures to cut the projected $47 billion deficit.

Chemical spill leaves 300,000 without water in West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 11 January 2014

Up to 300,000 people in nine West Virginia counties have been left without safe water after a chemical spill Thursday.

Millionaires become the majority in US Congress

By Thomas Gaist, 11 January 2014

An analysis published by the Center for Responsive Politics highlighted the concentration of wealth in the hands of the political elite.

Three children killed in Indiana house fire

By Chris Davion, 11 January 2014

The family of seven lived in a badly maintained apartment with no utilities, relying on a propane space heater.

Troubled 18-year-old murdered by police in North Carolina

By Tom Hall, 11 January 2014

Keith Vidal, a teenager suffering from schizophrenia, was murdered by police in his own home.

New in Turkish

Almanya ve Britanya Sosyalist Eşitlik Partilerinin 2014 Avrupa Seçimleri Üzerine Açıklaması
Avrupa Birliği’ne Karşı, Avrupa Birleşik Sosyalist Devletleri İçin!

11 Ocak 2014

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’nin bütün okurlarını, kampanyamızı pratikte ve mali olarak desteklemeye, adaylarımıza oy vermeye, PSG ve SEP ile ilişkiye geçmeye ve partimize katılmaya çağırıyoruz.

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Contre l'Union européenne, pour les Etats socialistes unis d'Europe !

Déclaration du Parteï für Soziale Gleichheit et du Socialist Equality Party (UK) pour les élections européennes 2014, 11 janvier 2014

Le Parteï für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) en Allemagne et le Socialist Equality Party (SEP) en Grande-Bretagne veulent mobiliser un mouvement de masse politique et social de la classe ouvrière contre le grand patronat, ses partis et ses gouvernements.

Canada: Les plus riches PDG gagnent 171 fois plus qu'un travailleur ordinaire

Par Carl Bronski, 11 janvier 2014

En début d'après-midi de la première journée de travail du nouvel an, les cent chefs d'entreprise les mieux rémunérés du Canada avaient déjà empoché un salaire plus élevé que ce que la majorité des travailleurs gagneront pour toute l'année.

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

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2014: Geopolitische Spannungen wie zu Beginn des Ersten Weltkriegs

Von Nick Beams, 11. Januar 2014

Die Financial Times eröffnete das neue Jahr mit einem Leitartikel, der Parallelen zwischen der aktuellen geopolitischen Lage und der Lage zog, die vor 100 Jahren zur Katastrophe führte.

Am Rande der Syrienkonferenz setzt die US-Regierung den Iran unter Druck

Von Keith Jones, 11. Januar 2014

Washington will bei der bevorstehenden Syrien-Konferenz sowohl stärker gegen Baschar al-Assad vorgehen, als auch dem Iran neue Zugeständnisse abringen.

Besuch des japanischen Verteidigungsministers in Indien stärkt militärische Bindungen

Von Deepal Jayasekera, 11. Januar 2014

Tokio versucht, Neu-Delhi in ein von den USA geführtes strategisches Bündnis gegen China einzuspannen.

Drastischer Anstieg der Armut in Ungarn

Von Markus Salzmann, 11. Januar 2014

Drei Jahre nach der Regierungsübernahme durch die rechte Regierung von Viktor Orban hat sich die soziale Misere in Ungarn rasant ausgeweitet.

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Asia: The 21st century tinderbox for war

11 January 2014

As the world marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, the danger of another global catastrophe erupting in Asia has become increasingly acute.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge has rubber-stamped plans to steal the pensions of Detroit workers and sell off the city's cultural heritage. Now it's time for the working class to expose and fight this conspiracy.

Why is Dan Gilbert on the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force?

By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2014

An examination of the Blight Removal Task Force co-chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert shows it has nothing to do with improving the conditions of life of the people of Detroit.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and 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

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Socialist Equality Party

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!
Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

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 »

Arts Review

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 1

By Sybille Fuchs, 11 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: A film largely without history or even politics

By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014


Obama’s phony campaign against inequality

By Andre Damon, 10 January 2014

The International Socialist Organization and the betrayal of the Boeing workers

By Jerry White, 10 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 January 2014

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

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

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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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