10 December 2012

Mursi calls on military in Egypt crisis

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2012

Army officers have been given the power to arrest civilians to maintain “public order.”

As American commanders target Afghan children
Karzai offers immunity for continued US occupation

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2012

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he is willing to offer US troops immunity from prosecution after 2014, amid fresh reports of war crimes.

Syrian “rebels” establish unified military command

By Oliver Campbell, 10 December 2012

The composition of the new council exposes the reactionary character of the Syrian opposition, dominated by Islamists, lacking any popular base and reliant on the major powers.

Tunisian UGTT union calls one-day national strike

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 December 2012

The UGTT union has called a one-day national strike for December 13 amid rising working class protests and clashes with right-wing Islamist groups.

Peabody closes Illinois mine after miner's death, laying off 400

By Clement Daly, 10 December 2012

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy has announced it will permanently close its Willow Lake Mine in southern Illinois, laying off 400 miners after a miner was crushed to death last month.

New York City police arrest artist who created drone satires

By Sandy English, 10 December 2012

Essam Attia, an artist who designed and surreptitiously placed satirical posters dealing with the NYPD's potential use of pilotless drone aircraft was arrested last week.

Inter-European conflicts torpedo plans for banking union

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2012

Discussions between European Union finance ministers on the formation of a banking union for the euro zone broke down last Tuesday.

Protests against Slovenian government

By Markus Salzmann, 10 December 2012

On December 3, tens of thousands took to the streets in Slovenia to demonstrate against the austerity measures of Prime Minister Janez Janša's right-wing government.

Death toll from Philippine typhoon exceeds 600

By Joseph Santolan, 10 December 2012

At least 100 of the deaths were the result of collapsed or buried evacuation centers.

Australian governments make bogus pledge to lower electricity bills

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 December 2012

The Australian energy network is now among the most deregulated and corporatised in the world, but the Labor government is demanding further privatisation.

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Les protestations contre la dictature islamique se propagent à travers toute l’Egypte

Par Johannes Stern, 10 décembre 2012

Les protestations de masse contre le gouvernement islamiste du président Mohamed Morsi soutenu par les Etats-Unis se sont propagées hier à toute l’Egypte.

Accumulation de preuves sur l’existence de plans d’intervention militaire contre la Syrie

Par Chris Marsden, 10 décembre 2012

Les allégations infondées selon lesquelles la Syrie envisage de recourir à des armes chimiques sont un prétexte tout aussi évident pour une agression militaire que l’étaient il y a une décennie les « armes de destruction massive. »

Budget d'automne au Royaume-Uni: l'austérité sans fin pour les travailleurs

Par Julie Hyland, 10 décembre 2012

Le ministre des Finances britannique George Osborne a ajouté 5 milliards de livres de coupes budgétaires visant les prestations sociales aux mesures d'austérité déjà prises par la coalition conservatrice-libérale et qui se montent à 155 milliards de livres.

Résolution 6 : Il faut défendre Julian Assange

Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Australie), 10 décembre 2012

Voici la sixième 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.

New in Romanian

Protestele împotriva dictaturii islamiste se răspândesc în întreg Egiptul

De Johannes Stern, 10 decembrie 2012

Protestele în masă împotriva hotărârii Frăţiei Musulmane islamiste (MB) şi a Preşedintelui Mohamed Mursi, susţinut de SUA, privind afirmarea puterii sale dictatoriale, s-au răspândit vineri în întreg Egiptul.

New in Spanish

Miles protestan por la toma de mando del nuevo presidente de México

Por Rafael Azul, 10 Diciembre 2012

En medio de un gran resentimiento popular, el nuevo presidente mexicano tomó el poder el primero de diciembre. Obreros, estudiantes y campesinos protestaron a través del país.

El callejón sin salida de la independencia catalana, segunda parte

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 10 Diciembre 2012

Esta es la segunda parte de un análisis de la los movimientos separatistas catalanes.

New in Turkish

Küresel kapitalizmin acımasız yüzü

Peter Symonds, 10 Kasım 2012

Tazreen Fashions yangını gibi trajediler, hükümetlere ve ulusötesi şirketlere yapılan çağrılarla durdurulamaz. Böylesi suçlara son vermenin yolu, tüm dünyadaki işçilerin, barbarca kâr sistemine bir son vermek ve toplumu planlı bir dünya ekonomisi temelinde yeniden örgütlemek uğruna birleşik mücadelesinden geçmektedir.

Bangladeş'deki yangının ardından hazır giyim işçileri protestolar düzenledi

Peter Symonds, 10 Kasım 2012

Küresel şirketler, Bangladeş'in hazır giyim sanayisinin tamamında çok kötü ücret, çalışma koşulları ve güvenlik standartları olduğunun farkındalar.

Mısır'da ileriye giden yol

Johannes Stern, 10 Kasım 2012

Mısır Devlet Başkanı Muhammed Mursi'nin, bütün yasama, anayasal güçler, yürütme ve yargı güçleri üzerinde hak iddia ettiği Anayasa Kararnamesi, işçi sınıfının önüne temel siyasi perspektif sorunlarını koymaktadır.

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Perspective

The “fiscal cliff” and the dismantling of Medicare

10 December 2012

The introduction of means testing signifies the transformation of Medicare from a universal health care program into a poverty program, the first step in its being starved of funds and ultimately dismantled.

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Workers Struggles

For an independent political struggle by the working class
No to Snyder’s ‘right-to-work’ legislation

Statement of Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2012

The Michigan right-to-work bill is a fundamental attack on the right of the working class to resist attacks on jobs, wages and living conditions.

Trade unions shut down South African farm workers strike

By Iqra Qalam and Jashua Lumet, 8 December 2012

Locked out American Crystal Sugar workers reject contract again

By Michael Stapleton, 7 December 2012

25 years ago: GM permanently shuts down first sit-down strike plant

The plant where the great Flint sit-down strike of 1936-37 began was permanently shut down on December 10, 1987.

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50 years ago: Mariner 2 transmits from Venus

On December 14, 1962, the NASA probe Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to transmit from another planet back to Earth.

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75 years ago: Tensions exacerbated by Japanese sinking of USS Panay

The American river gunboat the USS Panay was sunk by Japanese bombers in China on the Yangtze river on December 12, 1937.

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100 years ago: Peace talks on Balkan War commence in London

On December 16, 1912, peace talks on the ongoing Balkan War began in London, convened under the auspices of the major European powers.

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Arts Review

BrubeckJazz musician Dave Brubeck dies at 91

By Hiram Lee, 10 December 2012

A significant figure in postwar American culture, Brubeck's classic 1959 album Time Out sold a million copies, the first jazz album to hold that distinction.

Elliott Carter (1908-2012) and the crisis of contemporary music

By Fred Mazelis, 6 December 2012

American composer Elliott Carter reflected the trajectory of Western classical music in the past century.

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

By Tom Mackaman, 12 November 2012

Commentary

Japanese election mired in nationalism and militarism

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2012

The American establishment and the British royal pregnancy

By David Walsh, 7 December 2012

The SYRIZA model

By Christoph Dreier, 7 December 2012

Michigan legislators pass right-to-work bill as police attack protesters

By Shannon Jones, 7 December 2012

Mursi’s crackdown exposes counter-revolutionary role of Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2012

Auto Workers Struggles

Defend auto workers victimised by Maruti Suzuki and Indian authorities

By the World Socialist Web Site, 6 December 2012

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

By Jerry White, 5 December 2012

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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.

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).