3 December 2012

In “fiscal cliff” talks, Democrats offer cuts now, cuts later

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2012

Leading Democrats have agreed to discuss cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, the biggest federal social programs, as part of ongoing budget talks with congressional Republicans.

The death of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif

By Tom Carter, 3 December 2012

The failure to enforce the most basic rights of Latif, who died in September at Guantanamo, underscores the collapse of democratic legal institutions and the expanding machinery of a police state.

German Left Party moves further to the right

By Christoff Dreier, 3 December 2012

The Left Party is offering to support the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Greens in the formation of a government.

Fifth German secret service resignation in NSU far-right terror scandal

By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 December 2012

The November 14 resignation of Claudia Schmid was the fifth resignation by a secret service chief over the cover-up of state links to the extreme right in Germany.

Demands for restructuring of public sector follow approval of Portuguese budget

By Paul Mitchell, 3 December 2012

Portugal's National Assembly last week approved the country’s harshest-ever budget.

Doha conference highlights national divisions over climate change

By Bryan Dyne, 3 December 2012

The Doha 2012 climate conference has so far been characterized by national divisions and no serious proposals to address climate change.

Social catastrophe faces UK working poor

By Julie Hyland, 3 December 2012

A new study examines the disastrous impact of current government policy, especially regarding welfare reform.

Thousands protest as new Mexican president takes office

By Rafael Azul, 3 December 2012

Across Mexico, workers and youth greeted the transfer of power to President Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI with protests.

US birth rate falls to lowest since 1920

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2012

Among wide layers of the US population, increasing numbers are putting off parenthood due to poverty, job loss and other economic stresses.

Burmese military cracks down on copper mine protest

By John Roberts, 3 December 2012

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played a key role in supporting the government by defusing anger over the project.

South Korean “independent” pulls out of presidential election

By Ben McGrath, 3 December 2012

Ahn Cheol-soo, a wealthy businessman, has thrown his support behind the Democrat in what is now largely a two-person race.

New in Romanian

Faţa brutală a capitalismului global

De Peter Symonds, 3 decembrie 2012

Cel mai grav incendiu din istoria Bangladeshului a izbucnit sâmbătă noaptea într-o fabrică din zona industrială Ashulia şi a expus partea urâtă a capitalismului global.

New in French

France: Le parti gaulliste Union pour un mouvement populaire au bord de la scission

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 3 décembre 2012

Le parti gaulliste Union pour un mouvement populaire s'achemine depuis la semaine passée vers une scission, après que François Fillon a annoncé la création d’un groupe parlementaire à part à l’Assemblée nationale.

Après les élections : Obama renforce les tendances guerrières au Moyen-Orient

Par Bill Van Auken, 3 décembre 2012

Le gouvernement d'Obama renforce son intervention dans le cadre d'une stratégie plus large de conquêtes néo-coloniales.

Les dirigeants chinois: profils d’oligarques

Par John Chan, 3 décembre 2012

Les sept membres du Politburo représentent la nouvelle élite possédante créée par le programme de restauration du capitalisme poursuivi par le régime chinois durant les trois dernières décennies

Premier Congrès national du PES (Australie)
Résolution 1 : La crise capitaliste mondiale et les tâches du PES

Par le Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Australie), 3 décembre 2012

Voici la première de sept résolutions adoptées à l’unanimité lors du premier congrès national du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Australie) qui s’est tenu du 6 au 9 avril 2012 à Sydney.

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Perspective

The “rule of law” and state killings

3 December 2012

The leading newspaper of American liberalism proposes to sanction a criminal policy of state assassinations by establishing a set of administrative procedures.

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25 years ago: Beijing protest against murder of student

A thousand students marched in Beijing on December 8, 1987, protesting the murder of a fellow student three days earlier.

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50 years ago: Acheson belittles Britain in West Point speech

On December 5, 1962, former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson delivered a speech to the Army Academy at West Point that singled out the United Kingdom for sharp criticism.

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75 years ago: Japanese forces demand surrender of Nanking

At noon December 9, 1937, Japanese aircraft dropped leaflets over the capital of China's Jiangsu province, Nanking, demanding an unconditional surrender of the city.

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100 years ago: Germany prepares for European conflagration

On December 8, 1912, the military and civilian leaders of Germany met in Berlin to hold an informal conference dubbed the German Imperial War Council.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The PQ budget and the 2012 Quebec student strike

Statement of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 3 December 2012

Continuing the perspective that resulted in the Quebec student strike being suppressed, the organizers of the Nov. 22nd protest made no mention of the PQ austerity budget

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

Grain haulers’ lockout of Northwest longshoremen postponed

By Hector Cordon, 3 December 2012

Northwest grain terminal operators accede to union's request to postpone contract deadline.

Los Angeles and Long Beach port clerical workers on strike

By Thomas Gaist, 1 December 2012

Workers protest low wages at New York City fast-food restaurants

By Sandy English, 1 December 2012

Auto Workers Struggles

“The eight-hour day is a thing of the past”
UAW sanctions “alternative” work schedule at Chrysler

By Jerry White, 30 November 2012

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Bankstown Fire

Australia: Safety experts discuss Bankstown apartment fire

By our reporters, 27 November 2012

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Arts Review

Dangerous Remedy: Bertram Wainer and the struggle for abortion rights

By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2012

New Australian telemovie falsely marketed as crime drama.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 29 November 2012

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

By Tom Mackaman, 12 November 2012

Commentary

One month since Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 1 December 2012

Bradley Manning speaks on abuse

By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2012

November sales slump in US reflects worsening social crisis

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2012

After the elections: Obama escalates war drive in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 30 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 Stalinism by David King (Tate Publishing).

Science

The growing impact and dangers of global warming

By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2012

History

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

By John Chan, 27 November 2012