29 November 2012

US fiscal cliff talks target the working class

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2012

As the deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" grows nearer, indications mount that the artificial fiscal emergency is the starting point for deep structural cuts in social programs.

OECD warns of lower growth, increased unemployment

By Bryan Dyne, 29 November 2012

In its most recent report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development revised its forecast, warning of the possibility of a "deep recession and deflation."

Germany: Fire at workshop for the disabled kills 14

By Marianne Arens, 29 November 2012

One of the worst such disasters to take place in Germany in years, the fire killed 14 workers.

German Pirate Party sets sail to the right

By Christoph Dreier, 29 November 2012

The program of the Pirate Party includes not only a clear commitment to the market economy, but also the ideological justification for austerity policies.

Rotherham by-election in Britain

By Dave Hyland, 29 November 2012

Today's by-election for the parliamentary seat of Rotherham Central in South Yorkshire is being used to shift official politics further to the right.

marchNational Union of Students organises token London protest

By Zach Reed, 29 November 2012

Students marched through London on November 21 in protest against the trebling of tuition fees and cuts to education.

Hostess unions line up with Wall Street asset strippers

By Jerry White, 29 November 2012

A week after a US bankruptcy court approved the liquidation of Hostess Brands, private equity firms and buyout specialists are seeking to cash in on the carve-up of the baked goods producer.

Report highlights UN “failure” in Sri Lanka

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 29 November 2012

The lessons drawn from the report are aimed at fashioning the UN into a more effective tool of imperialist intervention.

Australia: High-rise crane collapses on building site

By Terry Cook, 29 November 2012

A boom from a burning tower crane fell onto an inner city Sydney building site this week, narrowly missing construction workers.

Judge orders dismissal of Toronto’s right-wing populist mayor

By Keith Jones, 29 November 2012

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to vacate the office on December 10 after finding him guilty on conflict of interest charges.

New in French

La face brutale du capitalisme mondial

Par Peter Symonds, 29 novembre 2012

Les conditions de travail à Tazreen Fashions, ou sont morts 112 employés, n'étaient pas une exception, mais la règle.

Les partis séparatistes dominent les résultats des élections en Catalogne

Par Paul Mitchell, 29 novembre 2012

Les élections législatives qui se sont tenues le 25 novembre ont eu pour résultat un vote significatif pour les partis réclamant l’indépendance par rapport à l’Espagne.

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Frauda privind "prăpastia fiscală"

De Andre Damon, 29 noiembrie 2012

După ce Congresul american s-a reunit în urma vacanţei de Ziua Recunoştinţei, mass-media a reînceput propaganda sa ofensivă privind aşa-numita "prăpastie fiscală."

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Sparen ohne Ende

Von Peter Schwarz, 29. November 2012

Die Europäische Union hat der griechischen Bevölkerung nichts zu bieten, außer weitere Jahre und Jahrzehnte der Austerität.

Das brutale Gesicht des Weltkapitalismus

Von Peter Symonds, 29. November 2012

Die Bedingungen in der Fabrik von Tazreen Fashions sind nicht die Ausnahme, sondern die Regel.

Massenproteste gegen Präsident Mursi

Von Johannes Stern, 29. November 2012

Auf dem Tahrir-Platz und in ganz Ägypten demonstrierten Tausende gegen den islamistischen Präsidenten Mohamed Mursi und die Moslembruderschaft.

Brandenburg: Lehrer protestieren gegen rot-rote Landesregierung

Von Ernst Wolff, 29. November 2012

Am vergangenen Donnerstag protestierten in Brandenburg 11.000 von insgesamt 16.800 Lehrern gegen die Bildungspolitik der rot-roten Landesregierung.

Bradley Mannings Anhörung konzentriert sich auf unrechtmäßige Bestrafung vor Prozessbeginn

Von Naomi Spencer, 29. November 2012

Am Dienstag ging die gerichtliche Voruntersuchung von Bradley Manning vor dem Militärgericht weiter. Ihm wird vorgeworfen, WikiLeaks tausende vertrauliche Dokumenten zugespielt zu haben.

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Austerity without end

29 November 2012

The main message from Monday's meeting of euro zone finance ministers is that the Greek people confront years, if not decades, of austerity.

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Socialist Equality Party

Report to the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party

By David North, 27 November 2012

We are publishing here the opening report to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Second National Congress, given July 8, 2012 by SEP National Chairman David North.

Workers Struggles

Illinois graduate assistants’ union attempts to force through sellout contract

By Marcus Day, 29 November 2012

Leaders of the Graduate Employees Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed a tentative agreement Tuesday containing major wage and health care concessions.

Australia: Victorian teachers’ union abandons wage claim

By Susan Allan, 29 November 2012

Even though the AEU has dropped its demand for a 30 percent wage rise, the state government is insisting on further major concessions.

South African farmworkers speak on issues in strike

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 26 November 2012

Mehring Books

KingNow available from Mehring Books: Russian Revolutionary Posters by David King

29 November 2012

Mehring Books is proud to offer for sale a new book, Russian Revolutionary Posters: From Civil War to Socialist Realism, From Bolshevism to the End of Stalin by David King (Tate Publishing).

Arts Review

filmSilver Linings Playbook: It’s the little things in life …

By Joanne Laurier, 29 November 2012

In this comedy-drama, former substitute history teacher Pat has just been released from a psychiatric facility when he meets Tiffany, the widow of a policeman. Together they struggle to overcome their difficulties.

The Man with the Iron Fists: Reactionary Kung-Fu

By Kevin Kearney, 26 November 2012

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the historical drama of the Civil War

By Tom Mackaman, 12 November 2012


The brutal face of global capitalism

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2012

The “fiscal cliff” fraud

By Andre Damon, 27 November 2012

ISO paves way for Chicago school closures

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 27 November 2012


The growing impact and dangers of global warming

By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2012


Twenty years since Deng Xiaoping’s “Southern tour”—Part 2

By John Chan, 27 November 2012

Bankstown Fire

Australia: Safety experts discuss Bankstown apartment fire

By our reporters, 27 November 2012

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Book Review

An exercise in myth-making
Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History by Jenny Hocking

By Nick Beams, 26 November 2012

25 years ago: Namphy regime calls off Haiti ballot after election day massacre

Dozens of Haitians were killed and scores more injured in violence on the day of the scheduled national elections, November 29, 1987.

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50 years ago: India, Pakistan tensions over Kashmir

With its war with the People's Republic of China over disputed territory in the Himalayas still at a cease-fire stage, India found itself embroiled in new controversy with Pakistan over disputed areas in Kashmir.

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75 years ago: Japan recognizes Franco regime in Spain

The Japanese cabinet publicly recognized General Franco’s fascist forces as the sole legitimate authority in Spain on December 1, 1937, flouting the Republican government in Madrid and international law.

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100 years ago: Albania declares independence from Ottoman Empire

On November 28, 1912, Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

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Letters from our readers

29 November 2012

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