30 October 2014

Amidst slowdown in global economy
Europe threatened with deflationary spiral

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2014

There are growing warnings of a deflationary spiral, in which falling prices create a vicious cycle of bankruptcies and layoffs leading to more bankruptcies and layoffs.

US Federal Reserve ends “quantitative easing” program after funneling trillions to financial markets

By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2014

Storm clouds gather over world economy

Turkey allows Kurdish reinforcements into Syrian town of Kobani

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2014

The US is seeking to forge closer ties with the Kurdish militia groups as it pursues its broader aims of regime-change in Syria.

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

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Obama uses Ebola doctors as campaign prop

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2014

The media event at the White House, five days before the congressional election, was aimed at giving US imperialism a “humanitarian” face.

Australia shuts door to Ebola-hit countries

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Mine disaster deepens crisis of Turkish government

By Isaac Finn, 30 October 2014

The mining disaster in Turkey led to the cancellation of celebrations of a national holiday.

One execution in Texas, another stayed in Missouri

By Kate Randall, 30 October 2014

Texas executed its tenth death row prisoner of the year on Tuesday, while the US Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay of execution in Missouri.

Arizona’s two-hour execution and the brutalization of America

Ukraine’s recession continues to deepen

By David Levine, 30 October 2014

National elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday as social conditions in the country continued a steep decline.

Gas dispute between Ukraine, EU and Russia threatens to escalate

US, EU hail election staged by ultra-right regime in Ukraine

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Germany: Final stage in dismantling of Karstadt department store chain

By Ludwig Weller, 30 October 2014

Last Friday, Karstadt announced that six stores would be shut down by the middle of 2015.

Sri Lankan president brings down election budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 October 2014

All the limited concessions offered to the working people will be ripped up once January’s presidential election is out of the way.

South Africa metalworkers union announces formation of new party

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 October 2014

Militant strikes by workers have earned South Africa the pejorative title of “protest capital of the world.”

Federal jury convicts friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect of lying to the FBI

By John Marion, 30 October 2014

Robel Phillipos, an acquaintance of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, faces up to 16 years in federal prison despite not being involved in the bombings.

Quebec Solidaire renews appeals to big business PQ

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 30 October 2014

Citing Scotland as a model, Quebec Solidaire is appealing to the big business PQ to give it and other “left” forces a greater place in the PQ-led Quebec independence movement.

New in Russian

Татьяна Иваровна Смилга-Полуян: 22 мая 1919 г. — 27 сентября 2014 г.

Клара Вайс, 30 октября 2014 г.

Татьяна Иваровна Смилга-Полуян, дочь члена Левой оппозиции Ивара Смилги. посвятила свою жизнь восстановлению исторической правды о всех тех, кто был убит сталинистской реакцией, и чьи имена были беззастенчиво и абсолютно несправедливо очернены.

New in Turkish

Alman şirketleri Çin pazarının daha çok açılmasını talep ediyor

Gustav Kemper, 30 Ekim 2014

Avrupa Birliği (AB) ülkelerine ve uygulanan yaptırımlar nedeniyle Rusya’ya yapılan ihracatta düşüşle karşılaşan Alman hükümeti, Çin ile ticaretin genişletilmesi için bastırıyor.

İspanyol öğrenciler Ukraynalı faşist haydutları kovdu

Alfie Cook, 30 Ekim 2014

Öfkeli öğrenciler, saldırıya “Faşistler dışarı!” sloganıyla yanıt verdiler ve faşistleri kampüsten kovdular.

Financial Times’ın Thomas Piketty’ye saldırısı

Joseph Kishore, 30 Ekim 2014

Financial Times (FT), son birkaç gün içinde yayımlanan bir dizi köşe yazısında ve Pazartesi günkü başyazısında, Thomas Piketty’ye ve onun kitabı 21.Yüzyılda Kapital’e yönelik çirkin bir saldırı başlattı.

New in French

France: le Parti socialiste projette d’éliminer des règles de protection de l’emploi en vigueur depuis la Deuxième Guerre mondiale

Par Kumaran Ira, 30 octobre 2014

Manuel Valls propose d’abolir les contrats à long terme afin de stimuler la compétitivité française et de permettre aux entreprises d’embaucher et de licencier à volonté.

New in German

Blackwater, Folter und der US-Imperialismus

Von Joseph Kishore, 30. Oktober 2014

Der Grund, warum das Weiße Haus so entschlossen ist, die Verbrechen der Bush-Regierung zu verbergen, ist klar genug. Wie Paul Faulkner es formulierte: "Die Vergangenheit ist nie tot. Sie ist nicht einmal vorbei."

Der Ausverkauf bei Karstadt geht in die Endrunde

Von Ludwig Weller, 30. Oktober 2014

Letzten Freitag gab der Aufsichtsrat bekannt, dass bereits bis Mitte 2015 sechs Karstadt-Filialen geschlossen werden sollen.

Frankreich: PS plant Abschaffung der Arbeitsplatzsicherheits der Nachkriegszeit

Von Kumaran Ira, 30. Oktober 2014

Valls schlägt vor, langfristige Arbeitsverträge abzuschaffen, um Frankreichs Wettbewerbsfähigkeit zu stärken, indem Unternehmen ermöglicht wird, Arbeitskräfte nach Belieben einzustellen und zu entlassen.

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Perspective

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

30 October 2014

The Detroit bankruptcy has provided yet another demonstration of the anti-working class character of the unions, which function as instruments of the ruling class and the state.

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Arts Review

Three darkish comedies: Birdman, The Skeleton Twins and St. Vincent

By Joanne Laurier, 30 October 2014

Birdman deals with the washed-up star of a super-hero franchise. The Skeleton Twins portrays two siblings trying to overcome a painful psychological legacy. St. Vincent features a misanthropic Vietnam veteran who forms a life-changing attachment.

Pride: The UK miners’ strike through the distorted mirror of identity politics

By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2014

The Cut, a story of the Armenian Genocide

By Hiram Lee, 28 October 2014

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Commentary

A “great leap backwards”
UNICEF report: 2.6 million more children in poverty in developed countries since 2008

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2014

New book sheds further light on US government protection of ex-Nazis

By Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2014

Political crisis deepens in Mexico as army is called on to testify on Iguala massacre

By Rafael Azul, 29 October 2014

The $2 billion Congress

By Andre Damon, 28 October 2014

Workers Party’s Rousseff re-elected in closest vote since end of Brazil’s dictatorship

French Socialist Party plans to scrap post-World War II job security rules

German government plans massive rearmament

Obama administration continues to obstruct release of CIA torture report

History

Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of leading Soviet Left Oppositionist

By Clara Weiss, 27 October 2014

Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan (May 1919-September 2014) came from a remarkable family with longstanding revolutionary traditions. Not only her parents, but also her uncles and aunts were active participants in the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Civil War.

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan: May 22, 1919 – September 27, 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 October 2014

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Merhing Books

New pamphlet outlines basis for struggle against imperialist war

7 October 2014

The pamphlet contains three important statements on war from the International Committee of the Fourth International, the Socialist Equality Party in the US and the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany.

25 years ago: Anti-Stalinist demonstrations spread in East Germany

Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in three major cities in East Germany (GDR) on October 30, 1989.

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50 years ago: General strike brings down Sudanese government

On October 31, 1964, General Ibrahim Abboud resigned as prime minister of Sudan, after a week-long general strike and escalating protests against his government.

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75 years ago: Soviet Union expropriates capitalist property in Poland

On October 28, 1939 the Stalinist Soviet bureaucracy announced the expropriation of capitalist property in the eastern Polish territory that had been annexed by the Red Army after the Stalin-Hitler pact.

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100 years ago: Trotsky writes The War and the International

This week in October 1914, the Russian Marxist leader Leon Trotsky finalized his work The War and the International for serialized publication the following month in Golos, a daily socialist newspaper in Paris.

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