24 November 2014

Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2014

Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iranian nuclear talks at impasse as deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2014

The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.

Israel steps up repression against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 24 November 2014

The latest crackdown follows last week’s killing of four rabbis and a policeman in a synagogue in West Jerusalem.

In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 November 2014

Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia.

Netherlands covers up secret pact controlling investigation of MH17 crash

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Sri Lankan minister quits ruling party to contest presidential election

By K. Ratnayake, 24 November 2014

At the very least, this move against President Rajapakse was undertaken with Washington’s knowledge and approval.

German army opens “career centre” in the heart of Berlin

By Katerina Selin, 24 November 2014

The Berlin Career Centre is aimed at once again making militarism a visible part of German social life.

Twelve-year-old boy killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio

By Samuel Davidson, 24 November 2014

The child was playing with a toy pistol in a playground when he was fatally shot by police officers.

New York police kill unarmed man in Brooklyn housing project

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Senate hearings on Wall Street crimes: The bankers rule

By Barry Grey, 24 November 2014

The two hearings were exercises in political theater, with politicians posturing as critics of Wall Street and bank executives and Fed officials making little effort to conceal their contempt.

Wall Street banks and commodities fraud

Teamsters sell out strike by port truck drivers in southern California

By Marc Wells, 24 November 2014

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft.

Chicago commuter rail agency approves a decade of fare hikes

By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014

Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.

After historic blizzard, death toll rises and floods threaten Buffalo, New York

By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014

As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.

British health unions carrying fraudulent “fair pay fight”

By Ajanta Silva, 24 November 2014

It was the Labour Party’s Private Finance Initiatives that began the privatisation of health care.

New in Spanish

Las financieras de Wall Street y la estafa en recursos primarios

Por Nick Beams, 24 noviembre 2014

Un reciente informe del senado de Estados Unidos revela más sobre la criminalidad de empapa el sistema financiero estadounidense y mundial.

New in French

L’armée mexicaine menace d’intervenir contre le mouvement de protestation à propos de la disparition des normalistas

Par Eric London, 24 novembre 2014

L’ensemble de l’establishment mexicain, qui a le soutien des Etats-Unis, est impliqué dans la disparition et le massacre probable de quarante-trois étudiants normaliens.

La Grande-Bretagne a préparé le terrain pour la nouvelle demande d’extradition d’Assange

Par Robert Stevens, 24 novembre 2014

Le seul “crime”du fondateur de WikiLeaks Julian Assange a été de révéler les crimes de guerre impérialistes et les complots menés contre la population du monde entier.

Le candidat de la grande entreprise gagne l’élection présidentielle roumaine

Par Andrei Tudora et Tina Zamfir, 24 novembre 2014

Bien qu’il se fasse passer pour un technocrate non-aligné, Klaus Iohannis représente les intérêts des grandes entreprises et de l’impérialisme

New in Serbo-Croatian

Dvadesetpet godina od pada berlinskog zida

Peter Schwarz, 24. novembar 2014.

Pad berlinskog zida i njemačko ujedinjenje nisu obilježili novu epohu slobode i demokratije. Naprotiv, oni su iznijeli na površinu sve neriješene probleme koji su doveli do dva svjetska rata u prvoj polovini 20. vijeka.

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Perspective

Who is responsible for violence in Ferguson?

24 November 2014

The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials.

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Arts Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1: More battle scenes and bloodshed—to what end?

By Christine Schofelt, 24 November 2014

With the third film in the Hunger Games series, the phenomenon is wearing increasingly thin.

Film and theater director Mike Nichols dies at 83

By David Walsh, 22 November 2014

Nichols, whose career spanned five decades, was undoubtedly an artistically gifted individual, known for his sharp wit and urbanity as well as his considerable skill with actors.

Jon Stewart’s Rosewater: Fatal sins of omission

By Joanne Laurier, 21 November 2014

25 years ago: Pilots and flight attendants abandon Eastern Airlines strike

After eight and a half months on the picket line, Eastern Airlines flight attendants voted within a day of the pilots to end their strike.

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50 years ago: US drops Belgian paratroopers into rebel-held Congo

On November 24, 1964, a battalion of Belgian paratroopers, backed by the US Air Force and mercenaries, overwhelmed the capital of the recently-proclaimed “People’s Republic of the Congo.”

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75 years ago: Mounting confrontation between Finland and USSR

On November 26, 1939, four Red Army personnel were killed and nine wounded near the Soviet-Finnish border, in an event staged by Stalin to provoke hostilities between the two countries.

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100 years ago: Russian war losses pass one million

This week, the European press reported that Russian losses during the first three months of World War I had surpassed one million, including the dead, the wounded, those who deserted and those taken prisoner.

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Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale

24 November 2014

Prices marked down up to 50 percent on a large selection of titles and sale bundles.

Commentary

Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2014

Mexican military threatens intervention against mass protests

By Eric London, 22 November 2014

US manufacturing wages plummet

By Gabriel Black, 22 November 2014

UK paved way for Sweden’s new demand for Assange’s extradition

By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2014

German Greens parade pro-business, pro-war credentials

By Dietmar Henning, 22 November 2014

Russian conductor barred from German music festival

US government, corporations preparing new offensive against workers’ pensions

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

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

By David Walsh, 20 November 2014

Video: Defend the social rights of Detroit workers!

By Lawrence Porter, 13 November 2014

Detroit Workers Action Committee meeting: Lessons of the Detroit bankruptcy

19 November 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Workers Struggles

Australian mining services workers reject 25 percent pay cut

By Declan O’Malley and Mike Head, 22 November 2014

American Airlines flight attendants and the global airline industry

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2014

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.

Socialist Equality Party

ICFI/WSWS supporters in India hold public meeting on danger of world war

By our correspondents, 22 November 2014