25 October 2014

Amnesty International: Ferguson police crackdown violated US and international law

By Andre Damon, 25 October 2014

Police arrested and brutalized journalists and sought to “collectively punish” Ferguson residents and peaceful protestors.

Autopsy shows St. Louis teenager Vonderit Myers was gunned down by police while fleeing

By Thomas Gaist, 25 October 2014

Attorneys for Myers’s family said the young man was killed by a final execution-style shot to the head.

US media campaign to exonerate cop who killed Michael Brown

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Washington Post seizes on chemical weapons claims to press for wider war in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 25 October 2014

Two items in Friday’s Washington Post reporting chemical weapons attacks in Iraq and Syria are part of a propaganda campaign by the media to turn the operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria into a war to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.

Germany plans to expand its military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2014

Australian imperialism: Political attack dog for US war drive

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

More on the crisis in Iraq and Syria »

As World Health Organization, drug companies meet
Why is there no vaccine for Ebola?

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2014

There are several reports that after the US National Institutes of Health developed an Ebola vaccine that worked in monkeys, major drug companies refused to develop it further because it was not profitable.

Ebola crisis: Major powers line up to send troops to Africa

Ebola in America

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Right-wing oligarchs vie for power in Ukraine elections

By Markus Salzmann and Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2014

Far from ushering in a period of democracy and freedom, the coup in February and new western-backed government have plunged Ukraine into war and dictatorship.

Human Rights Watch documents Ukrainian military’s use of cluster rockets

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Pennsylvania’s “Mumia Law”: New attack on political prisoners and new threat to freedom of speech

By Ed Hightower, 25 October 2014

The “Revictimization Relief Act” is a thoroughly reactionary piece of legislation that will allow crime victims and their families to sue prison inmates for engaging in constitutionally protected speech.

No cause yet determined in Pennsylvania house fire
Hundreds mourn victims in a candlelight vigil

By Samuel Davidson, 25 October 2014

Fire officials have yet to release the cause of the tragic fire that swept through an old wood-frame house in McKeesport, killing four children and two adults.

Brazil: São Paulo drought poses public health and economic catastrophe

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2014

Across the state of São Paulo, some 15 million people face a severe water emergency.

Brazil’s Workers Party faces its tightest election after 12 years in power

Sri Lankan president visits war-ravaged north under massive security cordon

By Subash Somachandran, 25 October 2014

Rajapakse’s government is using de facto military rule and cheap labour in the north to attract investors.

New in Turkish

Fırtına bulutları dünya ekonomisi üzerinde toplanıyor

Nick Beams, 25 Ekim 2014

Uluslararası Para Fonu (IMF) ve Dünya Bankası’nın yıllık toplantıları, derinleşen ekonomik ve mali krizin ortasında ve dünya ekonomisinde hiçbir toparlanma beklentisi olmadan geçtiğimiz hafta sonu Washington’da tamamlandı.

Öğrencilerin kaybolması üzerine Meksika genelinde protestolar

Rafael Azul, 25 Ekim 2014

Öğretmenlik eğitimi gören 43 öğrencinin Meksika’nın güneyindeki Guerrero eyaletinde kaçırılması ve ortadan kaybolması üzerine Meksika genelinde başlatılan protesto yürüyüşleri ve mitingleri Salı ve Çarşamba günleri de devam etti.

New in French

Blackwater, la torture et l’impérialisme américain

Par Joseph Kishore, 25 octobre 2014

La raison de la détermination de la Maison Blanche à couvrir les crimes du gouvernement Bush est suffisamment claire. Pour reprendre les mots de Faulkner, « Le passé n’est jamais mort. Il n’est même pas passé. »

La loi antiterroriste votée par le Sénat français attaque les droits démocratiques

Par Anthony Torres, 25 octobre 2014

La nouvelle loi attaque la liberté de mouvement telle qu’elle est définie par le droit international.

Les industriels allemands exigent une ouverture plus grande du marché chinois

Par Gustav Kemper, 25 octobre 2014

La troisième ronde de consultations intergouvernementales germano-chinoises a eu lieu le 10 octobre à Berlin.

L’EJIES défend la liberté de parole à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin

Par notre correspondant, 25 octobre 2014

Nous publions ici une lettre envoyée à l’administration de l’Université Humboldt et qui réaffirme le droit de l’EJIES de critiquer les positions politiques publiques des membres de l’Université.

New in German

Großer Andrang bei IYSSE-Versammlung an der Berliner Humboldt Universität

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 25. Oktober 2014

Etwa 200 Besucher, darunter viele Studierende der HU, drängten sich in den zu kleinen Hörsaal um eine Antwort auf die von den IYSSE gestellte Frage zu finden: „Warum wollen die deutschen Eliten wieder Krieg?“

Parlamentswahlen in der Ukraine

Von Markus Salzmann und Christoph Dreier, 25. Oktober 2014

Ein Blick auf die Wahlen in der Ukraine zeigt, dass der Maidan-Putsch nicht zu Demokratie und Freiheit, sondern zu Krieg und Diktatur geführt hat.

Großbritannien:
Tories verstärken EU- und immigrantenfeindliche Propaganda

Von Chris Marsden, 25. Oktober 2014

Premierminister David Cameron hat angekündigt, eine Reform des Einwanderungsrechts in den Mittelpunkt der Neuverhandlungen über Großbritanniens Beziehung zur Europäischen Union zu stellen.

Türkische Regierung will neue Polizeistaatsbefugnisse einführen

Von Jean Shaoul, 25. Oktober 2014

Laut Vize-Ministerpräsident Bülent Arınç würde die vorgeschlagene Gesetzesänderung zur inneren Sicherheit der Polizei, die sich „umfassender Gewaltbereitschaft“ ausgesetzt sehe, „die Oberhand verleihen“ und „größeren Spielraum bei der Anwendung neuer Mittel und Maßnahmen“ geben.

Brasiliens Arbeiterpartei steht vor knappstem Ergebnis seit zwölf Jahren

Von Bill Van Auken, 25. Oktober 2014

Wer auch immer die Wahlen in Brasilien am Sonntag gewinnt, ob die PT oder die oppositionelle PSDB, die Arbeiterklasse wird heftigen Angriffen auf ihren Lebensstandard ausgesetzt sein.

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Perspective

The Ottawa Shooting

25 October 2014

The Harper government is seizing on the recent attacks by individuals influenced by extreme Islamist ideologies to implement a predetermined, reactionary agenda: expanding Canada’s role in the new Mideast war and strengthening the state’s apparatus of repression.

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Socialist Equality Party

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 October 2014

Some 200 people, including many students from Humboldt University, packed the hall for a meeting called by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality on the topic “Why do the German elites once again want war?”

IYSSE antiwar campaign resonates with workers and youth in Berlin

By our correspondents, 23 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

Interview

US Marine lawyer Michael Mori discusses fight to release Guantanamo prisoner David Hicks

By Richard Phillips, 25 October 2014

In this interview, Mori explains his experiences defending former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks and how the US violated the Geneva Conventions.

History

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

By Clara Weiss, 21 October 2014

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of the Left Oppositionist Ivar Smilga, dedicated her life to restoring historical truth about those who had been murdered and whose names had been besmirched by Stalinist reaction.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 4
The political consequences of the LSSP’s betrayal

By Sujeeva Amaranath and K. Ratnayake, 21 October 2014

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 3
LSSP enters capitalist coalition government in Sri Lanka.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 2
LSSP rejects the ICFI’s defence of Trotskyism

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 1
The liquidation of the Bolshevik Leninist Party of India

Commentary

Blackwater, torture and US imperialism

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2014

Democratic Senate candidates sound right-wing themes in pre-election debates

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2014

Mass protests in Mexico over Iguala Massacre

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2014

Germany’s SPD leadership backs Left Party premier in Thuringia

By Johannes Stern, 24 October 2014

College police across the US armed with military-grade weaponry

By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2014

The carve-up of Detroit

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

German union proposes cost-cutting plan to boost VW profits

Census report: Half of Americans poor or near poor

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

25 October 2014

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Defend striking German train drivers and airline pilots!

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 October 2014

Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

Waukegan, Illinois teachers’ strike enters third week

Arts Review

The Death of Klinghoffer premieres in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 22 October 2014

The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

Citizenfour documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US

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Science

Climate change behind recent extreme weather conditions

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 October 2014

25 years ago: People’s Republic of Hungary officially ends

On October 23, 1989, acting President Matyas Szueroes declared that Hungary was no longer a Soviet-bloc country.

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50 years ago: African leaders protest US Congo intervention

Leaders of the African Conciliation Commission, representing nine colonial countries, called on the US to remove its military equipment and advisers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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75 years ago: Stalinists hold rigged poll in conquered Poland

The Stalin government in Moscow staged National Assembly elections in the Soviet-controlled sector of Poland on October 22, 1939.

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100 years ago: The first Battle of Ypres

This week in October 1914, the First Battle of Ypres began in Belgium.

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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.