Report on Cleveland exposes national epidemic of police killings and abuse

By Thomas Gaist, 6 December 2014

The Cleveland Department of Police “endorses” the excessive use of extreme and deadly force by its officers, according to a report by the Department of Justice.

Cleveland police seek to justify shooting death of 12-year-old boy

By Samuel Davidson, 6 December 2014

Protests continue over decision not to charge cop who killed Eric Garner

By our reporters, 6 December 2014

Details have begun to emerge about the background of the police officer who choked Garner to death, and the rigged character of the grand jury that decided not to bring charges.

Police shooting of unarmed man in Phoenix, Arizona sparks protests

By Charles Abelard, 6 December 2014

In Phoenix, Arizona, 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon was shot dead in yet another police confrontation, setting off more protests against police violence.

Police killings in America: The class issues

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New nuclear arms race underway

By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 6 December 2014

Beset by mounting economic and social problems for which they have no progressive solution, the ruling elites are ever more inclined to see war as a risk worth taking.

Wages flat despite job growth in latest US employment report

By Niles Williamson, 6 December 2014

While the latest US jobs report continues the trend of moderate job growth, American workers’ wages remain flat, with wage increases barely outpacing inflation.

US Supreme Court considers limits to online speech

By Ed Hightower, 6 December 2014

In oral arguments on a case involving Facebook “threats,” the Roberts Court indicated it is seriously considering a major attack on freedom of speech and expression.

Venezuela announces budget cuts and other financial measures in the wake of OPEC decision

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2014

Relying heavily on income from oil production, the OPEC decision to maintain low oil prices has exacerbated Venezuela’s financial and political crisis.

ANC-affiliated student group stages anti-Semitic stunts against South African retailer

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 December 2014

In late October, the Congress of South African Students dumped a severed pig’s head in the meat section of a Woolworths store in Sea Point, Cape Town.

New “anti-terror” legislation rushed through Canada’s parliament

By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is pushing for speedy passage of three new laws that will bolster police powers, including to surveil telecommunications and make preventive arrests.

Toyota Australia details restructuring plans after 2017 shutdown

By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014

The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.

Malaysian government retains draconian Sedition Act

By John Roberts, 6 December 2014

While the government will use the Act against its political opponents, it is also part of the police-state measures that will be used against the working class.

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Les questions de classes soulevées en Amérique par les meurtres policiers

Par Joseph Kishore, 6 décembre 2014

Une fois de plus, dans une ville américaine, un policier n’est pas inculpé après avoir tué un homme non armé dans la rue.

La police paramilitaire d’Obama: la «guerre contre le terrorisme» en sol américain

Par Andre Damon, 6 décembre 2014

La militarisation des forces de police locales est une composante centrale de l’assaut contre les droits démocratiques aux États-Unis.

Poutine met un terme au gazoduc South Stream

Par Peter Schwarz, 6 décembre 2014

Lundi 1er décembre, lors d’une conférence de presse, le président russe a rendu l’Union européenne responsable de l’arrêt du projet de gazoduc South Stream.

Le régime égyptien condamne à mort près de deux cents personnes

Par Mike Head, 6 décembre 2014

Cette troisième condamnation de masse depuis avril a lieu dans le contexte d’une répression croissante de la part de la junte appuyée par les Etats-Unis.

Le dictateur égyptien al-Sissi signe des accords militaires et économiques à Paris

Par Kumaran Ira, 6 décembre 2014

Le gouvernement du Parti socialiste a chaleureusement accueilli le dictateur militaire égyptien al-Sissi

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Polizeimorde in den USA: Die Klassenfragen

Von Joseph Kishore, 6. Dezember 2014

Erneut wird in der USA ein Polizist laufen gelassen, der einen unbewaffneten Mann in aller Öffentlichkeit umgebracht hat.

Die Schließung von Opel Bochum und der Bankrott der IG Metall

Von Dietmar Henning, 6. Dezember 2014

Am Donnerstag lief der letzte in Bochum produzierte Opel vom Band. Möglich gemacht haben dies die IG Metall und der Betriebsrat.

Obamas neuer Verteidigungsminister
Ashton Carter wird Chef im Pentagon

Von Patrick Martin, 6. Dezember 2014

Der ehemalige stellvertretende Verteidigungsminister setzte sich für einen Präventivkrieg gegen Nordkorea und andere potentielle Sicherheitsrisiken für den US-Imperialismus ein.

Proteste in Rom nach Angriff auf Arbeitsrecht

Von Marc Wells, 6. Dezember 2014

Am Mittwoch gingen Arbeiter und Jugendliche in Rom gegen Renzis Arbeitsmarkt-“Reform” auf die Straße, weil sie den letzten Rest der Arbeitsplatzsicherheit zerstört.

Streit zwischen Großbritannien und China über Hongkong

Von Julie Hyland, 6. Dezember 2014

Ein nennenswerter Teil der herrschenden Eliten in Washington und London nutzen den Streit um Hongkongs Status aus, um die Zerteilung Chinas zu ermöglichen.

Verzerrung und Verlogenheit: Ukrainische Filme auf dem Filmfestival Cottbus

Von Stefan Steinberg, 6. Dezember 2014

Das Festival des osteuropäischen Films in Cottbus findet seit 1991 jedes Jahr statt.

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The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down

6 December 2014

The latest Global Wage Report by the International Labor Organization documents the international working class’s declining share of world income.

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German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s great power speech to big business

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2014

In his opening speech at the SZ Economic Summit, the foreign minister appealed to business heads to support Germany’s ambitions to be a global power.

European Central Bank meeting downgrades euro zone forecast

By Nick Beams, 5 December 2014

The Obama administration and disappeared Mexican students

By Marc Wells, 5 December 2014

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2014

Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

Egyptian regime imposes death penalties on nearly 200

Ebola epidemic continues to ravage West Africa


One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 3
The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 6 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the final part of a three-part series.

In Defense of Historical Truth

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

For scholarship instead of war propaganda
IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 1 December 2014

Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE of Germany

WSWS readers will be able to participate in this live interview on December 13 with International Editorial Board Chairman David North, the author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 December 2014

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

Arts Review

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014

A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole.

Whiplash: Heaping scorn on mediocrity

By Joanne Laurier, 4 December 2014

“Seeking for Utopia”—or were they? The Russian avant-garde and Soviet modernism in posters
Exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

By John Watanabe, 3 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Mass protests against Quebec government’s austerity drive
To defend public services and pensions: Workers need a socialist strategy

the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 5 December 2014

The unions are seeking to channel mass anger along nationalist lines so as to prevent the emergence of a genuine working class challenge to the Couillard government.

Sri Lankan SEP holds press conference to announce its presidential campaign

By our correspondents, 29 November 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Detroit blackout

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2014

Infrastructure collapse blacks out large portions of Detroit

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Mehring Books

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century now available in eBook format

3 December 2014

This book by David North is an essential addition to every Marxist library.

Book Review

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
Radley Balko, 2013, PublicAffairs

By Nick Barrickman, 2 December 2014

While arguing that the US is not yet a totalitarian society, Balko acknowledges that “we have entered a police state writ small.”

25 years ago: Military coup attempt in Philippines

On December 1, 1989, rebel forces within the Philippines military began what became known as the “Christmas coup” against the government of Corazon Aquino.

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50 years ago: Mass arrest of UC Berkeley students

On December 3, 1964, the California Highway Patrol arrested 796 University of California at Berkeley students who were staging a sit-in to protest the school administration’s restrictions on campus political activity.

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75 years ago: Stalin establishes puppet regime in Finland

On December 2, 1939, after a massive Red Army invasion of Finland at the end of November, a puppet regime was installed.

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100 years ago: German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht votes against war credits in the Reichstag

On December 2, 1914, Karl Liebknecht, a leading representative of the revolutionary and internationalist tendency that had emerged from the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), voted against war credits in the Reichstag.

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