1 October 2014

Mass protests continue in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2014

The tense standoff continues after Hong Kong’s chief executive ruled out any compromise and protesters ignored his demand to clear the streets.

“Poisonous” economic combinations preparing new international crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 October 2014

According to the latest Geneva Report, with debt at historically elevated levels, any part of the world economy could set off a new financial crisis.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s UN speech: War propaganda cloaked in pacifist phrases

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2014

Steinmeier’s speech on Saturday combined threats against Russia with the demand for a massive military intervention in the Middle East and more German “responsibility” throughout the world.

US ramps up war in Syria

Le Monde promotes French government war propaganda on Iraq

Turkey lines up for military role in Syria–Part 2

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2014

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has come under enormous pressure from Washington to join President Obama’s coalition for a new war of aggression in the Middle East.

Turkey lines up for military role in Syria–Part 1

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Protests and sick-outs continue in Colorado against “patriotic” curriculum

By D. Lencho, 1 October 2014

Teachers outside Denver, Colorado called in sick September 29, closing two high schools amidst continuing protests against the school board’s drive to rewrite the US history curriculum.

Recordings show Federal Reserve covered up Wall Street crimes

By Gabriel Black, 1 October 2014

The tapes were made public by a former Federal Reserve regulator who said she was fired because she would not “falsify” her findings.

“Abu-Ghraib-like” torture of refugees exposed in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 1 October 2014

Reports from various German refugee facilities have revealed that residents are subjected to systematic torture and humiliation at the hands of security staff.

American FBI instigates another Australian anti-terrorism raid

By Will Marshall and James Cogan, 1 October 2014

Homes were searched in five northern and western suburbs of Melbourne to seek evidence of “terrorism financing.”

Australia to effectively repudiate international refugee law

By Mike Head, 1 October 2014

New legislation will allow asylum seekers to be deported irrespective of Australia’s “non-refoulement obligations.”

Almost 900,000 refugees from war in Ukraine flee to Russia

By Clara Weis, 1 October 2014

Although the policies of Berlin and Washington are chiefly responsible for the refugee crisis in Ukraine, it has been ignored by the Western media.

Mass graves reveal torture and executions in eastern Ukraine

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Russian metallurgy giant Mechel faces bankruptcy

By Andrea Peters, 1 October 2014

Mechel’s looming bankruptcy is one sign of Russia’s mounting industrial and monetary crisis, made worse by the imposition of Western sanctions.

UK Tories outline next phase of their war on working class

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2014

The Conservative Party’s plan to freeze welfare benefits will leave low-income families with children between £350 and £500 a year worse off.

Modi promotes India as world’s sweatshop

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 October 2014

Modi’s new BJP government is seeking to convince world capital that India is the go-to destination for cheap labour.

US elite rolls out red carpet for Indian PM Modi

Mexican government imposes education “reform” over teacher protests

By Don Knowland, 1 October 2014

Mexican President Peña Nieto signed into law a national system implementing standardized evaluations of public school teachers.

German government approves new law on sexual offenses

By Justus Leicht, 1 October 2014

The background to the new law is is a witch-hunt against the former chairman of an investigation into the NSU neo-fascist terror group.

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Gran plan de la élite estadounidense: Detroit sin democracia

Por Jerry White, 1 octubre 2014

LLa quiebra de Detroit reorganiza el andamiaje político para excluir de ahora en adelante toda oposición a lo que dcreten las empresas y la banca.

España: pseudo-izquierda catalana intensifica su agitación por la independencia

Por Alejandro López, 1 octubre 2014

Las organizaciones de la pseudo-izquierda intensifican su campaña independentista para Cataluña.

El voto por el No en Escocia y la crisis del estado-nación británico

Declaración del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido), 1 octubre 2014

El voto por el NO no ha disminuido los peligros que confrontan al pueblo trabajador por toda Gran Bretaña.

El cambio climático y el sistema capitalista

Por Patrick Martin, 1 octubre 2014

La solución cambio climático global depende de la transformación socialista de la sociedad.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto 2014—Parte 2: Fénix y Laberinto de mentiras: La historia de Alemania y otras cuestiones complejas

Por Joanne Laurier, 1 octubre 2014

Esta es la segunda parte de nuestro análisis del reciente Festival de Cine de Toronto, Canadá.

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Illusions et tromperie aux Nations Unies

Par Barry Grey, 01 octobre 2014

Le discours d'Obama s'est surtout démarqué par la totale déconnexion entre son contenu et la réalité politique.

Comment aller de l’avant dans la grève des pilotes d’Air France

Par Alex Lantier, 1 octobre 2014

Les pilotes doivent rejeter la capitulation abjecte qu’exige le syndicat des pilotes et qui ne conduirait qu’à de sévères réductions des salaires et détériorations des conditions de travail.

Une tentative de réhabiliter Hitler

Par Peter Schwarz, 1 octobre 2014

Le magazine The European a fait d’Hitler le thème principal de sa dernière édition et donne la parole à Ernst Nolte qui fait un plaidoyer fervent en faveur du leader nazi.

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Flüchtlinge in Deutschland schwer misshandelt

Von Christoph Dreier, 1. Oktober 2014

Berichte aus verschiedenen Flüchtlingsheimen zeigen, dass es dort zu systematischer Folter und Erniedrigung der Bewohner kommt.

Wie weiter im Pilotenstreik bei Air France?

Von Alex Lantier, 1. Oktober 2014

Die Piloten müssen die feige Kapitulation ihrer Gewerkschaft zurückweisen, die nur in die Katastrophe führen kann.

Aktienrückkäufe: Symptom einer in Auflösung begriffenen Wirtschaftsordnung

Von Nick Beams, 1. Oktober 2014

Amerikanische Konzerne kaufen mit ihren Profiten zunehmend ihre eigenen Aktien zurück, anstatt produktive Investitionen zu tätigen. Sie gaben dafür letztes Jahr mehr als 500 Mrd. Dollar aus.

Die Entdeckung der "Khorasan-Gruppe" in Syrien

Von Niles Williamson, 1. Oktober 2014

Die Obama-Regierung hat die angeblichen Terrorpläne der "Khorasan-Gruppe" als zusätzliche Rechtfertigung zur Fortsetzung ihrer Luftangriffe auf Syrien ausgenutzt.

Wirtschaftskrieg lässt Auto-Verkäufe in Russland zurückgehen

Von Jan Peters, 1. Oktober 2014

Die im Zuge der Ukraine-Krise verhängten Sanktionen gegen Russland und der Krieg im Nahen Osten lassen die deutsche Wirtschaft schrumpfen.

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Perspective

A US judge declares Detroit residents have no right to water

1 October 2014

Judge Steven Rhodes openly stated the operating principle that guides the ruling class the world over.

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Arts Review

Miners Shot Down: Documentary about the 2012 Marikana massacre

By Derek Bell and Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 October 2014

The film deals with the atrocity against mine workers carried out by the ANC government in South Africa, in cooperation with trade unions and company management.

An evaluation of South African novelist Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)

By Sandy English, 30 September 2014

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 3
Drone warfare in Good Kill … and a roundtable interview with writer-director Andrew Niccol and actor Ethan Hawke

By David Walsh, 26 September 2014

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Commentary

The midterm elections and the political crisis in the US

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2014

What way forward for the Air France pilots’ strike?

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2014

The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder

By Tom Carter, 29 September 2014

Obama’s “best of all possible worlds”

The discovery of the “Khorasan Group” in Syria

“Why I Hope to Die at 75”: Ezekiel Emanuel’s sinister argument against prolonging life

Workers Struggles

Montreal: Witch hunt against city workers opposed to pension cuts

By Laurent Lafrance, 1 October 2014

Quebec’s big-business political establishment is witch hunting Montreal municipal workers for protesting against sweeping cuts to their pensions.

Michael Banda, former leader of the British WRP, dies at age 84

29 September 2014

Until the crisis that erupted in the Workers Revolutionary Party in 1985, Banda was a central leader of the British Trotskyist movement for more than three decades.

Police Violence in America

Los Angeles police kill about one person per week

By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014

More arrests in Ferguson, Missouri after police chief “apologizes”

By Eric London, 29 September 2014

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Mississippi prison inmates indefinitely detained and subject to “barbaric” conditions

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 September 2014

Notes on police violence in America
Police kill at least 20 people in the past week

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2014

Obituary

Robert Poli, blacklisted leader of PATCO union, dies at 78

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2014

25 years ago: Crackdown on strikers in the USSR

On October 4, 1989, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, presided over by Michael Gorbachev, decreed an immediate ban on strikes in “important industries,” including coalfields, power plants and transportation.

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50 years ago: Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley

On October 1, 1964, an attempt by University of California police to arrest a former student, Jack Weinberg, ignited what came to be called the Berkeley Free Speech Movement.

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75 years ago: Warsaw falls to invading German troops

The Nazi siege of the Polish capital Warsaw ended October 1, 1939, when German troops marched into the city unhindered.

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100 years ago: British troops massacre Sikh deportees from Canada

On October 2, 1914, rioting broke out near Calcutta, India when Sikhs who had been denied the right to migrate to Canada resisted efforts by British colonial authorities to put them on board a train for the Punjab.

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The Struggle Against War

Video: Detroit residents speak out against war

By Tim Rivers and Seraphine Collins, 24 September 2014