20 December 2012

UN admits Syria wracked by sectarian civil war

By Chris Marsden, 21 December 2012

A United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry has finally admitted that a sectarian civil war is raging in Syria.

Social discontent grows in Greece against austerity

By Christoph Dreier, 21 December 2012

Workers are vehemently opposed to the implementation of the most recent cuts package, in particular the massive layoffs planned for the public sector.

Forecast: 13.1 percent to be jobless some time in US next year

By David Walsh, 21 December 2012

The US jobs situation remains grim. Data released by the Economic Policy Institute indicate that more than one in eight workers will be out of a job at some point in 2013.

State Department officials sanctioned for Benghazi attack

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2012

The disciplining of four State Department officials and the report issued by the inquiry into the attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya amount to an official coverup of the real issues involved.

US Congress drops measure banning indefinite detention of US citizens

By Bryan Dyne, 21 December 2012

Congress dropped an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act nominally protecting US citizens and permanent residents against indefinite detention.

French President promotes corporate interests, Mali war in Algeria visit

By Alex Lantier, 21 December 2012

On December 19-20, French President François Hollande made a 36-hour visit to Algeria, to expand military and trade ties between France and its former colony.

Australian government abandons budget surplus pledge

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 December 2012

Next year’s election is shaping up as a conspiracy against the working class—all the parliamentary parties are committed to a savage austerity agenda, but none will discuss it publicly.

Australian refugee lawyer condemns deportations to Sri Lanka

By Mike Head, 21 December 2012

A lawyer involved in 16 recent Sri Lankan deportation cases explains that methods being used by the government are unlawful.

Malaysian ruling party mobilises for crisis election

By John Roberts, 21 December 2012

The election next year is likely to be the closest since formal independence from Britain in 1957.

New in Persian

مشخصات رفراندوم قانون اساسي در مصر: ميزان مشاركت پايين همراه با سوظن به تقلبات در رأيگيري

17 دسامبر 2012 يوهانس اشترن

مرحله اول رأيگيري پيش نويس قانون اساسي در كشور مصر در 10 استان از 27 استان، از جمله در دو تا از بزرگترين شهرهاي اين كشور، در قاهره و شهر ساحلي اسكندريه روز دوشنبه صورت گرفت. براي 17 استان باقي مانده، تاريخ رأيگيري روز 22 دسامبر تعيين شده است.

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L'importance persistante de la vie et de l'œuvre du camarade Keerthi Balasuriya

Par le Comité international la Quatrième Internationale, 21 décembre 2012

Le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale et le World Socialist Web Site marquent aujourd'hui le 25e anniversaire de la mort du Camarade Keerthi Balasuriya, secrétaire général de la Revolutionary Communist League (RCL), prédécesseur du Parti de l'égalité socialiste du Sri Lanka.

L'Alliance de la gauche unie irlandaise présente son budget "différent"

Par Jordan Shilton, 21 décembre 2012

la proposition de budget "différente" de l'ULA montre clairement qu'elle s'aligne sur la défense du capitalisme contre l'opposition montante dans la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Jetzt wird's ernst mit der "Haushaltsklippe"
Obama will Renten kürzen

Von Patrick Martin, 21. Dezember 2012

Die amerikanische Regierung will Sozialprogramme wie Renten, Medicare und Medicaid beschneiden und nur noch für Militär und Polizei mehr Geld als bisher ausgeben.

Empörung in Griechenland wächst

Von Christoph Dreier, 21. Dezember 2012

Obwohl die Wut und Empörung in Griechenland wächst, beteiligten sich verhältnismäßig wenig Arbeiter an den gewerkschaftlichen Protesten.

Michigan und das Gesetz zum "Recht auf Arbeit"

Von Jerry White, 21. Dezember 2012

Die Unfähigkeit der Gewerkschaft der Autoarbeiter (UAW) und anderer Gewerkschaften irgendeinen ernsthaften Widerstand gegen das arbeiterfeindliche Gesetz zustande zu bringen, beweist den Bankrott dieser Organisationen.

United Left Alliance stellt "alternativen" Haushaltsplan vor

Von Jordan Shilton, 21. Dezember 2012

Der "alternative Haushaltsplan" der United Left Alliance für Irland zeigt, dass die Pseudolinken bereit sind, den Kapitalismus gegen den wachsenden Widerstand der Arbeiterklasse zu verteidigen.

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The German chancellor’s Christmas message

21 December 2012

In an interview last weekend with the Financial Times, the German chancellor declares that the European welfare state cannot be sustained.

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Germany’s Left Party mobilizes for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 21 December 2012

Last week, leading figures of the German Left Party signed a statement calling for intervention in Syria.

Fiscal cliff talks get down to business
Obama proposes Social Security cuts

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2012

Obama announces task force on gun violence

By Joseph Kishore, 20 December 2012

The Australian Labor government and the "mummy bloggers"

By Patrick O'Connor, 20 December 2012

Arts Review

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood embraces the “dark side”

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2012

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty brings to film-making what “embedded” reporting did for journalism—an uncritical embrace of and identification with the military-intelligence complex and its crimes.

“Andrew Marr’s History of the World”: A slur against revolution

By Thomas Scripps, 19 December 2012


Ravi Shankar, acclaimed Indian musician, dies at 92

By Kapila Fernando, K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 20 December 2012

What was unique about Ravi Shankar was the breadth of his interests, willingness to experiment and passion for making classical Indian music available to the world.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 December 2012

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

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Tsar to Lenin premiered in Berlin

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 20 December 2012

The enduring significance of the life and work of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

18 December 2012

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site today mark 25 years since the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya, the general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka

In Memory of Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 18 December 2012

This article was originally posted on the WSWS in two parts on December 18-19, 2007.

Sri Lankan SEP marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By our correspondent, 19 December 2012

SEP members and supporters attended the memorial ceremony in the Colombo General Cemetery.


Stone tools and the evolution of modern human cognition

By Philip Guelpa, 18 December 2012

25 years ago: Wall Street insider trader sentenced to prison

Ivan Boesky, 50 years old and one of Wall Street's most successful speculators, was sentenced to three years in prison on December 18, 1987.

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50 years ago: Juan Bosch elected president of the Dominican Republic

The first free elections in the history of the Dominican Republic, held December 20, 1962, resulted in the election of the left bourgeois nationalist Juan Bosch.

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75 years ago: “Rape of Nanking” by Japanese army horrifies world opinion

The first reports of the mass slaughter of Chinese residents of the city of Nanking by invading Japanese forces reached the world December 18, 1937.

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100 years ago: Fake Piltdown man unveiled

On December 18, 1912, one of the most notorious of scientific hoaxes began.

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