4 December 2012

Washington floats chemical weapons charge as pretext for Syria buildup

By Bill Van Auken, 4 December 2012

The Obama administration and the media have cited unspecified “intelligence” about chemical weapons to issue new threats against Syria.

More data pointing to slowdown in US economy

By Barry Grey, 4 December 2012

A fall in US manufacturing coincides with slumping consumer spending.

Mass opposition to Tunisian repression of anti-poverty protests

By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 December 2012

Police have brutally suppressed protests against unemployment and the scrapping of anti-poverty programmes in the town of Siliana.

Jordan hit by protests against fuel hikes and Abdullah’s rule

By Jean Shaoul, 4 December 2012

For weeks, thousands of people in towns and cities throughout Jordan have taken to the streets in protest against the government’s decision to end fuel subsidies.

Florange steelworkers betrayed by French government, unions

By Pierre Mabut, 4 December 2012

The Socialist Party government capitulated to steelmaker ArcelorMittal, putting the 629 jobs at the blast furnaces in Florange in the balance.

Japan: At least nine dead in tunnel collapse

By Oliver Campbell, 4 December 2012

Questions have been raised about the tunnel operator’s safety inspections.

Sri Lanka: Jaffna University students arrested

By our correspondents, 4 December 2012

The latest detentions follow a series of police and military provocations against Jaffna students.

Australian Senate report rejects dole increase

By Mike Head, 4 December 2012

Successive governments have driven down the real value of unemployment benefits, seeking to force jobless workers into low-wage work.

New study details growth of income inequality across US

By Clement Daly, 4 December 2012

Income gaps between the richest and poorest US households have widened significantly since the late 1970s and continue to grow at a rapid pace.

NHL union lays the basis for massive concessions for hockey players

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 December 2012

The hockey players’ union has agreed in principle to massive reductions in salary and changes in contract structure, with negotiations continuing over their implementation.

New in German

Hurrikan Sandy – ein Monat danach

Von Philip Guelpa und Fred Mazelis, 4. Dezember 2012

In diesem Wirtschaftssystem interessiert es keinen, wie die arbeitende Bevölkerung lebt.

Ägypten
Massenproteste gegen Verfassungsentwurf

Von Joseph Kishore, 4. Dezember 2012

Durch die neue Verfassung wird die Herrschaft des Militärs über die ägyptische Gesellschaft gefestigt.

Nach Entscheidung der UN:
Israel plant weitere Siedlungen in Palästina

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. Dezember 2012

Die UN hat Palästina den Status eines Beobachterstaates erteilt. Als provokante Reaktion darauf beschleunigt die Netanjahu-Regierung den Bau von 3000 neuen Siedlerwohnungen in Ostjerusalem und im Westjordanland.

Zukunft der Wirbelsturmstudien in Gefahr

Von Bryan Dyne, 4. Dezember 2012

Wegen Einsparungen können 2016 bis 2018 zehn bis 53 Monate vielleicht keine Satellitenbeobachtungen des Wetters gemacht werden

New in Romanian

După alegeri, Obama escaladează tendinţa spre război în Orientul Mijlociu

De Bill Van Auken, 4 decembrie 2012

Administraţia Obama escaladează intervenţia în Siria, ca parte a unei strategii mai largi de cucerire neocolonială.

New in French

Le parti allemand La Gauche vire encore plus à droite

Par Christoph Dreier et Peter Schwarz, 4 décembre 2012

Le parti La Gauche propose de soutenir le Parti social-démocrate (SPD) et les Verts en cas de constitution d’un gouvernement.

Premier Congrès national du PES (Australie)
Résolution 2 : Contre la guerre impérialiste

Par le Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Australie), 4 décembre 2012

Voici la deuxième 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 historical significance of the gathering world slump

4 December 2012

The OECD has warned that a major economic contraction cannot be ruled out.

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Workers Struggles

Los Angeles area port workers’ strike continues

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2012

The 800 clerical workers on strike have shut down 10 of 14 terminals of the country’s most heavily trafficked port complex. Several thousand dockworkers in Los Angeles and Long Beach have refused to cross picket lines.

University of Illinois graduate assistants:
Reject the sellout contract! Fight to defend the right to higher education and decent living standards!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 December 2012

The SEP calls on graduate assistants to reject the concessions agreement the Graduate Employees Organization has reached with the University of Illinois administration.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 December 2012

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

Socialist Equality Party (Britain) South West NHS Fightback

UK health unions mount feeble protest against attacks on National Health Service

By Mark Blackwood, 4 December 2012

Saturday’s “We are One NHS” demonstration, jointly organised by the National Health Service unions, including Unite, Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the GMB, was a dispirited affair with an extremely low turnout.

A reply to Unite Head of Health Rachael Maskell

4 December 2012

The SEP/SouthWest NHS Fightback replies to a Unite union official.

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Commentary

The “rule of law” and state killings

By David North and Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2012

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

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2012

The death of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif

By Tom Carter, 3 December 2012

German Left Party moves further to the right

By Christoff Dreier, 3 December 2012

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.

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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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

Arts Review

Dangerous Remedy: Bertram Wainer and the struggle for abortion rights

By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2012

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

By Tom Mackaman, 12 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).

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

4 December 2012

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