US forces on global alert ahead of CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2014

The CIA is backing a media campaign against the Senate report, warning that even a limited exposure of its crimes at secret prisons will produce a worldwide backlash against the US government.

The CIA torture report and the crisis of legitimacy in the United States

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Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014

Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.

Los Angeles police gun down man at busy Hollywood intersection

By John Burton, 9 December 2014

“Community-oriented policing”: A cover for the militarization of police in the US

Police killings in America: The class issues

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Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2014

The latest bombing raids took place amid fresh reports of Israeli aid to the Islamist “rebels” inside Syria.

Botched US rescue operation in Yemen ends in deaths of two hostages

By Niles Williamson, 9 December 2014

A failed raid by US Navy Seals in southern Yemen Saturday resulted in the deaths of British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie.

DNA tests confirm charred remains belong to disappeared Mexican student

By Eric London, 9 December 2014

Amid the grim confirmation of the murder of normalista Alexander Mora Venancio, government threats are mounting against protests.

More than 27 dead as Typhoon Hagupit hits Philippines

By Richard Phillips, 9 December 2014

The latest disaster badly damaged infrastructure and destroyed homes throughout central-eastern Philippines.

Spain’s Podemos presents its pro-capitalist economic programme

By Alejandro López, 9 December 2014

Podemos is pledging to the financial elite that any government in which it plays a part will not mount a genuine challenge to their interests.

Australian financial inquiry warns of insolvency danger

By Mike Head, 9 December 2014

An official report says the risks confronting the economy are much greater than during the 2008–09 meltdown.

Ontario NDP riven by dissension and recriminations

By Dylan Lubao, 9 December 2014

Andrea Horwath retained the Ontario New Democratic Party leadership despite bitter infighting over what right-wing course the party should follow.

San Jose, California: “The Jungle” homeless camp dismantled

By Evan Blake, 9 December 2014

Authorities in San Jose shut down the largest homeless encampment in the United States last Thursday.

New in French

Allemagne: la fermeture de l’usine Opel révèle au grand jour la faillite de l’IG Metall

Par Dietmar Henning, 9 décembre 2014

La première fermeture d’une usine automobile de l’histoire d’après-guerre en Allemagne a été favorisée par le syndicat de la métallurgie IG Metall.

New in German

Zum Folterreport der CIA:
Die USA und ihr Legitimitätsproblem

Von Tom Carter, 9. Dezember 2014

CIA-Folter im Ausland und zügellose Polizeigewalt im Innern haben die amerikanische herrschende Klasse in eine tiefe Krise gestürzt: Die Zerstörung ihrer Legitimität hat revolutionäre Folgen.

Deutschland: Konflikte über Russlandpolitik

Von Peter Schwarz, 9. Dezember 2014

Über sechzig Persönlichkeiten aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur und Medien haben im Aufruf „Wieder Krieg in Europa? Nicht in unserem Namen!“ die Russlandpolitik der deutschen Regierung kritisiert.

Premier Netanjahu setzt Neuwahl im März 2015 an

Von Jean Shaoul, 9. Dezember 2014

Netanjahu hat die Wahl für den 17. März angesetzt und versucht die Unterstützung von ultranationalistischen und religiösen Parteien zu gewinnen.

Die Obama-Regierung und die verschwundenen mexikanischen Studenten

Von Marc Wells, 9. Dezember 2014

Das Verschwinden von 43 Studenten in Mexiko ist nicht nur das Ergebnis der Politik der Peña Nieto-Regierung, sondern auch der von Washington.

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Race, class and police violence in America

9 December 2014

In response to popular anger over police violence in the US, the Obama administration has strengthened the apparatus of repression while deploying the practitioners of identity politics to obscure the basic class issues at stake.

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The fight against imperialist war

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.

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

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meetings to launch presidential election campaign

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014

The meetings will discuss the socialist program necessary for the working class to fight the growing dangers of world war and the deepening assault on social and democratic rights.

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 December 2014

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

Arts Review

The veiled art of Alex Colville
Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition

By Lee Parsons, 8 December 2014

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014


Bank for International Settlements points to increased financial fragility

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2014

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014

Australia: Eleven-year-old Aboriginal boy commits suicide

By Susan Allan, 8 December 2014

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

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2014

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

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2014

The Obama administration and disappeared Mexican students

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party


Orion spacecraft makes first orbital flight

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014


One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 1
The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

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: Stalinism reels in Eastern Europe

This week in 1989, political upheavals continued in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria.

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50 years ago: Charges dropped against Mississippi Klansmen

On December 11, 1964, charges were dismissed against 21 supporters of the Ku Klux Klan accused by the FBI in connection to the murder of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 21 that year.

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75 years ago: WPA strikers victimized

On December 8, 1939, 14 women and eleven men, all striking WPA workers, were convicted in federal district court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on charges of conspiracy to “interfere” with scabs crossing picket lines.

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100 years ago: German naval forces routed in the Battle of the Falklands

On December 8, 1914, a contingent of the German navy, comprising eight warships, suffered a heavy defeat during a raid on British naval forces stationed at the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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