22 October 2014

Census report: Half of Americans poor or near poor

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2014

A related study found that “nearly two-thirds of New York City residents struggled to make ends meet.”

The American oligarchy

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

By Barry Grey, 22 October 2014

“The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes,” the report states.

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Sweden mounts military operation to find alleged Russian submarine

By Jordan Shilton, 22 October 2014

The alleged underwater threat is being exploited to justify the militarization of the region.

Sharp rise of Ebola cases in western Sierra Leone

By Kate Randall, 22 October 2014

There are now 851 confirmed cases of Ebola and an estimated 20 deaths a day in two western Sierra Leone districts.

Ebola in America

Political issues in the Ebola crisis

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Hong Kong protests continue after televised debate

By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2014

The discussion between government officials and protest leaders reached no agreement on the framework for the 2017 election for chief executive.

Two newly-appointed Japanese cabinet members resign

By Ben McGrath, 22 October 2014

The resignations of the ministers is evidence of a further right-wing shift in the Abe government.

Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

By Sathish Simon, 22 October 2014

Bosch auto workers have been on strike in Bangalore since September 16, fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.

German union proposes cost-cutting plan to boost VW profits

By Dietmar Henning, 22 October 2014

VW’s works council has presented a 400-page proposal aimed at tripling company profits.

Waukegan, Illinois teachers’ strike enters third week

By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2014

Although the suburban Chicago district has a $37 million budget surplus, school officials are demanding teachers pay higher medical costs and accept a de facto wage cut.

Wyoming coal miner killed

By Naomi Spencer, 22 October 2014

The death at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine was the 13th US coal mining fatality this year

Canada: Harper using “terror attack” to impose anti-democratic measures

By Keith Jones, 22 October 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is seizing upon a purported terrorist attack to advance the ruling elite’s agenda of war and attacks on democratic rights.

New in Russian

Международный кинофестиваль в Торонто — Часть 5
99 домов, Убежище и суровая реальность Америки: Деятели кино медленно продвигаются к важным элементам действительности
Режиссер Рамин Бахрани: «Злодей — это система»

Джоанна Лорье, 22 октября 2014 г.

Фильм 99 домов рассказывает про проблемы с ипотекой и выселениями, Убежище — о бездомных. Также был показан документальный фильм о мексиканце, проведшем 30 лет в камере смертников —Годы Фиерро.

75 лет назад: Кэннон защищает СССР в ходе внутренней дискуссии в американской СРП

22 октября 2014 г.

15 октября 1939 года лидер американских троцкистов Джеймс Кэннон на собрании нью-йоркской ячейки Социалистической Рабочей партии (СРП) выступил с речью по «русскому вопросу».

New in French

Paris et Berlin en pourparlers sur une approbation du budget 2015 de la France par l’UE

Par Kumaran Ira et Alex Lantier, 22 octobre 2014

Les deux gouvernements travaillent dans les coulisses à un accord sur des mesures d’austérité renforcées et à long terme contre la classe ouvrière en France.

New in German

EU will Frankreichs Haushalt 2015 zurückweisen

Von Kumaran Ira und Alex Lantier, 22. Oktober 2014

Frankreich und Deutschland suchen hinter den Kulissen nach einer Lösung für schärfere Sparmaßnahmen gegen die Arbeiterklasse.

USA verstärken Unterstützung für kurdische Miliz in Syrien

Von Peter Symonds, 22. Oktober 2014

Die USA stufen die PYD und ihren bewaffneten Flügel nach wie vor als Terrororganisation ein. Gleichzeitig bezeichnet Außenminister Kerry die kurdische Organisation neuerdings als Washingtons "tapfere" Freiheitskämpfer.

Antikriegs-Kampagne der IYSSE stößt auf Resonanz unter Arbeitern und Jugendlichen

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 22. Oktober 2014

Die IYSSE werben für die Berliner Veranstaltung, die an der Humboldt-Universität stattfindet, nicht nur unter Studenten, sondern auch vor Betrieben, Jobcentern und Berufsschulen.

Deutsche Industrie fordert weitere Marktöffnung in China

Von Gustav Kemper, 22. Oktober 2014

Am 10. Oktober fanden die 3. Deutsch-Chinesischen Regierungskonsultationen in Berlin statt.

Frankreich:
Von der Pseudolinken zur Neuen Rechten: Die Laufbahn des Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Von Alex Lantier und Kumaran Ira, 22. Oktober 2014

Aus Angst vor der globalen Krise des Kapitalismus schwört Mélenchon dem Sozialismus ab und nimmt Verbindung zur Peripherie des neofaschistischen Front National auf.

Spanische Studenten vertreiben ukrainische Faschisten vom Campus

Von Alfie Cook, 22. Oktober 2014

Studenten der Madrider Universität Complutense haben faschistische Schläger vertrieben, die eine Veranstaltung zum Angriff am 2. Mai auf das Gewerkschaftshaus in Odessa in der Ukraine zu stören versuchten. Damals waren etwa 42 Menschen umgekommen.

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Perspective

Mexico’s disappeared students

22 October 2014

The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

The Death of Klinghoffer premieres in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 22 October 2014

Despite vitriolic attacks and demands that the performance be cancelled, John Adams’s work went on as scheduled at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night.

The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

David Fincher’s Gone Girl: The lady vanishes

By Marcelo Arias Souto, 22 October 2014

Gone Girl wants to be a psychological study, a black comedy about the upper middle class, a social critique and a satire of media sensationalism. A few aspects are intriguing, even accomplished.

Citizenfour documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US

By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2014

More on the Arts »

Commentary

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014

Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.

Market gyrations and the need for socialism

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2014

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2014

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

US midterm elections dominated by corporate cash

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2014

The US midterm elections and the bankruptcy of the capitalist system

The invisible election

More on the US elections »

Australian imperialism: Political attack dog for US war drive

US Supreme Court allows Texas to implement anti-democratic voter ID law

Obama administration signals reluctance to bring civil rights charges against killer cop in Missouri

From pseudo-left to New Right: The trajectory of France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Workers Struggles

Defend striking German train drivers and airline pilots!

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 October 2014

The German ruling elite regards the strikes by train drivers and pilots as an expression of growing opposition to the government’s program of austerity and war.

Germany: Lufthansa pilots take renewed strike action

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 October 2014

Workers protest East London Labour council budget cuts

By Paul Stuart, 21 October 2014

UAW imposes concessions on Pennsylvania Boeing workers

By Angelo Bosworth, 21 October 2014

Tens of thousands march in London against low wages

Philadelphia unions use teachers’ rally to promote Democrats

Obituary

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.

History

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

German intellectuals in World War I

By Verena Nees, 20 October 2014

The Detroit Bankruptcy

Detroit hearing on water shutoffs promotes UN, Democrats

By Jerry White, 21 October 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meetings oppose Australian involvement in US war in the Middle East

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

Workers and youth discuss the war in Syria and Iraq

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

Keen interest in anti-war campaign of IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 October 2014

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

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

International lecture series extends to Australia and New Zealand
Imperialism and the World Wars of the Twentieth Century: Historical lessons and present dangers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 October 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Leaked documents expose secret contracts between NSA and tech companies

By Thomas Gaist, 20 October 2014

FBI director demands unfettered access to all encrypted phone data

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Science

“Risky Business” study highlights the inability of capitalism to address the consequences of climate change

By Philip Guelpa, 20 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.