Tens of thousands join protests against police killings in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2014

Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.

Protesters in Washington, DC denounce police killings

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014

New York City protest fills streets of Manhattan

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

Race, class and police violence in America

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Australia: Police lockdown as Sydney siege continues

By Mike Head, 15 December 2014

Without any evidence being made public of terrorist involvement, a massive police operation has been set in motion in Sydney and other Australian cities.

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.

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Right-wing LDP wins Japanese election amid low turnout

By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2014

The turnout of just 52 percent reflects widespread alienation from the entire political establishment and its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation.

Oil price fall brings global market turbulence

By Nick Beams, 15 December 2014

Share prices fell last week amid fears that the rapid drop in oil prices is having an impact on debt markets and signals a world downturn.

Oil price slide rocks world economy

Italy: One-day general strike against Renzi’s Jobs Act

By Marianne Arens, 15 December 2014

Renzi has the backing of an all-party political alliance and can also rely on the support of the union leadership in enforcing his anti-labour reform plans.

FBI investigates possible lynching of 17-year-old in Bladenboro, North Carolina

By Evan Blake, 15 December 2014

The FBI has taken over the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging in a park in Bladenboro, North Carolina on August 29.

German government to send combat troops to Iraq

By Christoph Dreier, 15 December 2014

The German parliament’s imminent backing of a combat mission in Iraq marks a crucial step in the unleashing of German militarism.

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

New far-right party in Greece

By John Vasilopoulos, 15 December 2014

Panayiotis Baltakos, the force behind this move, is a former cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Antonis Samaris. He has close relations to the fascist Golden Dawn party.

France: Neo-fascists defeat ruling Socialist Party in legislative elections

By Stéphane Hugues, 15 December 2014

The National Front has inflicted another humiliating defeat upon the PS, the government, and President François Hollande.

UK faces a return to 1930s levels of poverty

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2014

The ruling elite in Britain intend to carry out an offensive against the working class equal to that in Greece.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Godinu dana od početka krize u Ukrajini

Peter Schwarz, 15. decembar 2014.

Sutra, u subotu, će biti prva godišnjica od istočnog Partnerskog samita u Vilniusu, gdje je tadašnji ukrajinski predsjednik Viktor Januković odbio da potpiše sporazum o pridruživanju Evropskoj Uniji.

New in Turkish

Dünya kapitalizminin durumu: Emek üretkenliğinde artış, gerçek ücretlerde düşüş

Patrick Martin, 15 Aralık 2014

Cuma günü Uluslararası Çalışma Örgütü (ILO) tarafından yayımlanan 2014/15 Küresel Ücret Raporu, üretkenlik yükselmeye devam ederken bile ileri derece sanayileşmiş ülkelerin çoğunda işçi ücretlerindeki durgunluğu belgeliyor.

Petrol fiyatlarının düşüşü dünya ekonomisini sarsıyor

Nick Beams, 15 Aralık 2014

Petrol fiyatlarındaki düşüş, dünya kapitalist sisteminin -ekonomik daralma, emperyalistler arasında çatışmanın yükselişi ve nihayetinde savaş yönündeki- temel itici güçlerinin bir başka ifadesidir.

New in Spanish

Torturas, matanzas, armamentismo en Estados Unidos

Por Bill Van Auken, 15 diciembre 2014

El nuevo informe público del proyecto de torturas de la CIA en momentos en que policías matan desenfrenadamente pone el dedo en una estructura corrupta donde criminales del Estado actúan con total impunidad.

El proyecto de tortura de la CIA y el colapso de la democracia estadounidense

Por Joseph Kishore, 15 diciembre 2014

La reacciones del gobierno de Obama y de los grupos de poder al Informe del Senado sobre tortura de la CIA demuestran que ninguno de los culpables será detenido, acusado o sancionado.

New in French

Le Front national néo-fasciste défend l’utilisation de la torture par la CIA

Par Alex Lantier, 15 décembre 2014

Le Front national défend l’usage de la torture par la CIA en tant que partie de la ‘guerre contre la terreur’.

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Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

15 December 2014

The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Defense of Historical Truth

Wide audience for online interview with David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our reporter, 15 December 2014

Many hundreds of people from over thirty countries listened to the interview held December 13.

The Fight Against Imperialist War

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor defends his attack on the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By Johannes Stern, 15 December 2014

In a panel discussion at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, the future co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jürgen Kaube, again defended the militarist and revisionist views of Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski.

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

SEP statement for Sri Lanka’s presidential election
Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution!

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 December 2014

The SEP is the only party fighting for a socialist program against the growing threat of world war and the relentless assault on the living conditions and democratic rights of working people.

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

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014

Arts Review

Devil’s Knot, The Congress, The Giver and The Last Sentence: A few of this year’s films

By Joanne Laurier, 15 December 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, the WSWS will comment on a number of films that were released in North America and, in some cases, globally in the course of the past 12 months.

Edith Wharton—The Sense of Harmony: A documentary about the American novelist

By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2014

25 years ago: US invades Panama

On December 20, 1989, the US launched a full-scale invasion of Panama to oust strongman Manuel Noriega.

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50 years ago: Political crisis in South Vietnam

On December 20, 1964, the South Vietnamese military dissolved the civilian legislature, provoking a new political crisis for the US puppet government.

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75 years ago: First air battle of World War II

On December 18, 1939, the first major air battle of the Second World War occurred between British and German forces.

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100 years ago: France launches winter offensive against Germany

On December 20, 1914, French forces, led by the Fourth Army, launched an offensive against German positions in the Champagne region of northeast France.

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Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2014

Who are Obama and the US Congress to sanction Venezuela?

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

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Canada’s International Socialists promote unions’ “anti-Harper,” pro-Liberal campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 13 December 2014

US budget resolution funds war and repression

By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2014

Federal judges overturn insider trading convictions

Murder of Palestinian minister is latest Israeli provocation

UN agency calls Mediterranean Sea deadliest route for refugees

US blocked negotiations for hostages killed in Yemen raid

Financialization of rental market threatens future of home ownership in US

US Congress to vote on union-backed plan to cut workers’ pensions

Rolling Stone magazine and the University of Virginia rape allegations

Chicago Teachers Union backs long-time Democratic Party politician for mayor

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Bankruptcy firms to collect huge fees from Detroit

By James Brewer, 13 December 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Orr departs as bankruptcy cuts take effect

By Shannon Jones, 12 December 2014