5 December 2012

Mass anti-Mursi protests, clashes with police in Cairo

By Chris Marsden, 5 December 2012

Protests Tuesday against the dictatorial powers assumed by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and his efforts to ram through a new constitution culminated in a massive march on the presidential palace.

Public tussle over US deficit plans masks bipartisan agenda

By Barry Grey, 5 December 2012

The profound and reactionary implications of the changes being negotiated are concealed behind a stage-managed show of partisan warfare.

Italian steel workers fight for jobs

By Marianne Arens, 5 December 2012

Employees of the Ilva steel group carried out demonstrations throughout Italy last week to protest against the closure of the company's main plant in Taranto.

South China Sea disputes flare up

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2012

The Philippines and Vietnam have condemned new Chinese regulations to permit the boarding of foreign ships in what Beijing regards as its territorial waters.

Australian central bank cuts interest rates amid signs of economic slump

By Mike Head, 5 December 2012

The new rate matches what Treasurer Wayne Swan called the “emergency” setting in April 2009 amid the global financial crisis.

Massive cost-cutting by airlines across Europe

By Jordan Shilton, 5 December 2012

Eight trade unions have lent their support to drastic cost-cutting proposals drawn up by Scandinavian Airlines management.

German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau faces bankruptcy

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 5 December 2012

The demise of the Frankfurter Rundschau is a consequence of the hardening of its right-wing political line, which alienated its readership.

Scores dead as typhoon hits the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 5 December 2012

The deaths so far reported have resulted from landslides, flash floods and falling trees and power lines. But the underlying cause is poverty.

Hurricane Sandy compounds crisis facing public schools in New York City

By Steve Light, 5 December 2012

When New York City schools re-opened a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, 57 school buildings remained closed due to damage and 29 due to lack of electricity.

Notes on the social crisis in America

By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2012

Michigan mother harassed for deceased son's student loans, study released on homeless students, and an Ohio state road falls into a sinkhole.

Obama administration to allow further US media consolidation

By David Maynard, 5 December 2012

The Obama administration is quietly planning to pass changes proposed under Bush and permit even greater media consolidation.

New in Persian

راه حركت به جلو در مصر

يوهانس اشترن 26 نوامبر 2012

فرمان قانون اساسي توسط رئيس جمهور مصر، محمد مرسي، طبقهی كارگر را با سوالات اساسي در ارتباط با چشم انداز سياسي مواجه ميكند. طبق اين فرمان، مرسي تمام قدرت مقننه، قانون اساسي، مجريه و قضائي را در دست خود متمركز ميكند.

New in Chinese

中国的新领导人:寡头们的简介

作者:陈骏, 2012年12月5日

中共中央政治局常委的七名成员的简历,凸显了该政权彻底的腐败和寡头性质。

New in French

Tunisie: Opposition de masse à la répression des manifestations contre la pauvreté

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 5 décembre 2012

La police a brutalement réprimé les manifestations contre le chômage et la suppression des programmes anti-pauvreté dans la ville de Siliana.

Les sidérurgistes de Florange trahis par les syndicats et le gouvernement français

Par Pierre Mabut, 5 décembre 2012

Le gouvernement du Parti socialiste capitule devant le sidérurgiste ArcelorMittal, mettant en péril les 629 emplois des salariés des hauts-fourneaux.

New in German

Rechtsstaatlichkeit und staatlicher Mord

Von Bill Van Auken und David North, 5. Dezember 2012

Die wichtigste liberale Zeitung in Amerika schlägt vor, die kriminelle Politik staatlicher Tötungen durch eine Reihe administrativer Maßnahmen zu legalisieren.

Die historische Bedeutung der Weltrezession

Von Nick Beams, 5. Dezember 2012

Die OECD warnt, dass eine schwere Rezession nicht ausgeschlossen werden kann.

Studierendenverband der Linkspartei gibt sich staatstragend

Von Christoph Dreier, 5. Dezember 2012

Der Kongress "Kapitalismus vs. Demokratie" des Studierendenverbands der Linkspartei markiert einen scharfen Rechtsruck der Linkspartei und ihrer kleinbürgerlichen Satelliten.

Neue Kriegsdrohungen gegen Syrien
Obama-Regierung nutzt angebliche Chemiewaffen als Vorwand

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. Dezember 2012

Die Obama-Regierung und die Medien drohen Syrien erneut mit militärischer Intervention und rechtfertigen dies mit unbestätigten Geheimdienstinformationen über Chemiewaffen.

Italienische Stahlarbeiter kämpfen um Arbeitsplätze

Von Marianne Arens, 5. Dezember 2012

Für über zwanzigtausend italienische Stahlarbeiter der Riva-Gruppe ist die Zukunft ungewiss.

Milliardär Stronach gründet neue Rechtspartei in Österreich

Von Markus Salzmann, 5. Dezember 2012

Angesichts der zunehmenden wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Spannungen vertritt Stronach rigoros die Interessen der Finanzelite und erhält entsprechenden Zuspruch aus Wirtschaftskreisen.

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Perspective

Obama and Al Qaeda

5 December 2012

As the US threatens to intervene in Syria on the pretext of countering chemical weapons, a sinister alliance between Washington and Al Qaeda comes ever more clearly into focus.

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Auto Workers Struggles

Behind the UAW’s “support” for the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 5 December 2012

The United Auto Workers union in the United States has issued a letter of protest against the firing and arrests of workers at a Maruti Suzuki India plant.

“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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Workers Struggles

Striking bus drivers in Singapore face arrest and deportation

By a correspondent, 5 December 2012

Bus drivers recruited from China struck against Singapore’s second largest transport operator, prompting arrest and repression by government authorities.

Boeing professional and technical workers oppose concessions demands

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 5 December 2012

Rank-and-file union members sent out anonymous emails calling for a one-day wildcat strike on December 5.

Los Angeles area port workers’ strike continues

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2012

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

Arts Review

Nirvana’s Nevermind reissued by Sony/Universal
Assessing an American pop icon

By Nick Barrickman, 5 December 2012

In late 2011, a re-mastered edition of the seminal album Nevermind by pop-punk band Nirvana was released, marking the work’s 20th anniversary.

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

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.

Commentary

The historical significance of the gathering world slump

By Nick Beams December 2012

The “rule of law” and state killings

By David North and Bill Van Auken, 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 (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

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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

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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