20 November 2014

US government, corporations preparing new offensive against workers’ pensions

By Jerry White, 20 November 2014

The release of the annual Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation report is being seized upon to demand a new round of pension cuts for private-sector workers.

US media silent over “state of emergency” declaration in Missouri

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2014

The declaration of a preemptive “state of emergency” is an attempt to silence and intimidate opposition to police violence.

National Guard arrives in St. Louis, Missouri

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 November 2014

Preemptive state of emergency in Missouri

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Senate blocks any limit to NSA spying on phone calls

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2014

Senate Republicans opposed the bill, which imposed only minor restrictions on NSA searches of telephone records, citing the threat of terrorism.

US Defense Department organizing covert operations against "the general public"

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Kiev, NATO step up threats against Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2014

The Kiev government feels strengthened by the international campaign against Putin.

German military to lead NATO rapid response force

By Philipp Frisch, 20 November 2014

Canada’s Prime Minister spearheads attack on Russia at G-20 summit

G-20 summit intensifies threat of war against Russia

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Spanish military prepares for domestic repression

By Vicky Short, 20 November 2014

The training of army units in crowd control is based on the assumption that insurrectionary struggles are inevitable in Spain.

Big business candidate wins Romanian presidential elections

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 20 November 2014

While posing as a nonaligned technocrat, Klaus Iohannis represents the interests of big business and imperialism.

UK to expand fracking despite pollution and safety concerns

By Kelly Taylor, 20 November 2014

Fracking firms are to be allowed to carry on their activities 300 metres or more below a property without having any legal obligation to notify the homeowner or provide compensation.

French-backed army junta sets up figurehead regime in Burkina Faso

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 20 November 2014

A few days after his nomination by the army, transitional president Michel Kafando named junta leader Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister yesterday.

France’s pseudo-left NPA backs restoration of law and order in Burkina Faso

Police in Brazil kill six people a day

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2014

The latest report on crime statistics shows Brazil’s militarized police force killing at five times the rate of their counterparts in the US.

Australian government embraces security pact with India

By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2014

The manoeuvres surrounding the Indian prime minister’s visit were likened to the “Great Game” of imperialist rivalry in Asia before World War I.

Australia’s housing bubble fuels a social disaster

By Mike Head, 20 November 2014

Working class households are increasingly priced out of buying a home, while thousands of properties lie vacant.

Sri Lankan plantation workers denounce government over landslide tragedy

By our correspondents, 20 November 2014

Strikes and demonstrations condemned the Rajapakse government, plantation managements and trade unions for leaving families exposed to disasters for years.

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Le sommet du G20 accroit le danger d’une guerre avec la Russie

Par Peter Schwarz, 20 novembre 2014

Le danger que les menaces lancées par les puissances de l’OTAN contre la Russie se transforment en guerre ouverte grandit quotidiennement

Le « discours sur les Huns » de Merkel contre la Russie

Par Johannes Stern, 20 novembre 2014

Dans le but de justifier sa propre politique belliciste, la chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, a accusé, à Sydney en Australie, la Russie d’avoir commis une violation massive du droit international.

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Alman ordusu iç savaşa hazırlanıyor

Denis Krassnin, 20 Kasım 2014

İkinci “Uluslararası Kentsel Operasyonlar Konferansı” 20-22 Ekim tarihleri arasında Berlin’in merkezinde gerçekleşti.

ABD Irak ve Suriye’deki askeri operasyonları hızlandırıyor

Patrick Martin, 20 Kasım 2014

ABD savaş uçakları, Başkan Obama’nın üç ay önce ABD’nin bölgedeye askeri müdahalesini emretmesinden bu yana gerçekleşen en yoğun bombardımanda, geçtiğimiz dört gün boyunca kuzey Suriye ile kuzey ve batı Irak’taki geniş bir bölgeyi vurdu.

ABD ve Avrupa, Ukrayna’nın ayrılıkçı bölgelerindeki seçimlerin ardından yeni tehditlerde bulunuyor

Andrea Peters, 20 Kasım 2014

Ukrayna Devlet Başkanı Petro Poroşenko ve Batılı liderler, Pazar günü Donetsk Halk Cumhuriyeti (DHC) ile Luhansk Halk Cumhuriyeti’nde (LHC) yapılan seçimlerin geçersiz olduğunu ilan ettiler.

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Kämpfe in der Ostukraine spitzen sich zu

Von Christoph Dreier, 20. November 2014

Die ukrainische Armee geht im Osten des Landes zunehmend rücksichtslos vor. Die Nato stärkt ihr dabei den Rücken.

Russland und China bauen wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit aus

Von Clara Weiss, 20. November 2014

Als Reaktion auf die pazifischen und atlantischen Handelsblöcke (TPP und TTIP), die die USA unter Ausschluss Russlands und Chinas anstreben, zeichnet sich die Bildung eines Blocks zwischen Russland und China ab.

Interview mit Tatjana Smilga-Polujan

Von Clara Weiss, 20. November 2014

Die WSWS veröffentlicht Interviews mit Kindern der sowjetischen Linken Opposition, die einen Einblick in die frühe Sowjetunion und den Kampf des Trotzkismus gegen den Stalinismus geben.

Ex-Arcandor-Chef Middelhoff zu drei Jahren Haft verurteilt

Von Dietmar Henning, 20. November 2014

Die Verurteilung des ehemaligen Arcandor-Chefs wird von den Medien genutzt, um der Wut über die hemmungslose Bereicherung an der Spitze der Gesellschaft zu begegnen. Deren Ursachen beseitigt sie nicht.

Ausnahmezustand in Ferguson, Missouri

Von Andre Damon, 20. November 2014

Der Gouverneur von Missouri erklärt vorbeugend den Ausnahmezustand und mobilisiert die Nationalgarde

Volkswagen öffnet UAW die Hintertür im Werk Tennessee

Von Tom Eley, 20. November 2014

Weil sich Volkswagen sicher ist, dass die amerikanische Autogewerkschaft UAW eine für die Firma günstige Politik macht, will sie sie entgegen dem Votum der Arbeiter in ihrem Werk in Tennessee etablieren.

Vorgezogene Neuwahl in Japan: Symptom einer Krise in Wirtschaft und Politik

Von Peter Symonds, 20. November 2014

Nur einen Tag vor Shinzo Abes Ankündigung war bekannt geworden, dass sich das Land wieder in der Rezession befindet.

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Perspective

Global economy falls deeper into slump

20 November 2014

Economic stagnation in Europe and the fourth Japanese recession in six years show that the world economy is in a downward spiral.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The “rescue” of the Detroit Institute of Arts has resolved nothing

By David Walsh, 20 November 2014

The so-called “rescue” of the DIA raises a number of complex questions that belie the current celebratory mood.

Detroit Workers Action Committee meeting: Lessons of the Detroit bankruptcy

19 November 2014

This special meeting of the DWAC will discuss the Detroit bankruptcy and the way forward for the working class.

Financial Review Commission continues bankers’ control of Detroit

By Jerry White, 18 November 2014

Video: Defend the social rights of Detroit workers!

By Lawrence Porter, 13 November 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Workers Struggles

American Airlines flight attendants and the global airline industry

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2014

All the major airlines are seeking to drive down wages and slash costs under conditions of continuing global economic slump.

Arts Review

Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 November 2014

The Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus, Germany has been an annual event since 1991.

Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work: A biography of the remarkable actor

By Charles Bogle, 19 November 2014

Director Carlos Reygadas at the Colombo film festival: But what is cinematic art?

Book Review

James Risen on war and the US financial aristocracy
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

By Eric London, 19 November 2014

James Risen’s latest book details crimes committed by the Bush and Obama administrations under the auspices of the “war on terror” and the profits made by corporate interests.

Commentary

Merkel’s “Hun Speech” against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2014

Japan’s snap election: A sign of economic and political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens clampdown after synagogue killing

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2014

Obamacare adviser: Administration exploited “the stupidity of the American voter”

“A permanent Third World in America”
Child homelessness at all-time high in US

Obama envisions “circumstances” requiring US ground troops in Iraq

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting in Montreal this Sunday: Oppose Canada’s participation in the new Mideast War

19 November 2014

More on health care in the US »

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

18 November 2014

IYSSE (UK) public meetings: Imperialism and the Ebola crisis

17 November 2014

25 years ago: Mass demonstrations begin against Czech regime

A mass demonstration of students in Prague on November 17, 1989, followed a smaller one the previous day in the city of Bratislava, both called to commemorate International Students Day.

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50 years ago: FBI Director Hoover denounces Martin Luther King, Jr.

On November 18, 1964, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover publicly denounced civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him “the biggest liar in the country.”

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75 years ago: “Phoney War” punctured by German sinking of HMS Rawalpindi

On November 23, 1939, an armed British merchant cruiser, HMS Rawalpindi, was sunk by two German battleships in the waters known as the Iceland Gap.

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100 years ago: Britain seizes control of Basra in modern-day Iraq

On November 21, 1914, British forces seized Basra from the Ottoman Empire, following a battle that had begun on November 11.

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