2 October 2014

Student leaders threaten to escalate Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 2 October 2014

The pressing social issues facing working people in Hong Kong find no expression in the demands advanced by the parties and organisations dominating the protests.

US social inequality in two graphs
Income gains after recessions increasingly go to the wealthy

By Tom Hall and Andre Damon, 2 October 2014

Social inequality has grown far more than most people realize, recent academic papers show.

Germany’s ill-equipped army—the campaign for higher military spending

By Johannes Stern, 2 October 2014

New “revelations” about the “ailing” state of the German army have a clear objective: a massive increase in defense spending.

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

Britain begins bombing in Iraq
UK Conservatives pledge further attacks on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 2 October 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May announced that if the Conservatives are returned to power in 2015, they will fully implement the “snoopers charter.”

Australian spy agencies given vast new powers

By Mike Head, 2 October 2014

Not a single vote was cast against the bill’s final reading in the House of Representatives yesterday.

Australia to effectively repudiate international refugee law

First Ebola case diagnosed in US

By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2014

A man from Liberia visiting family in Texas is the first person in the US diagnosed with the deadly virus.

CIA document details cover-up of drug trafficking by Contras

By Thomas Gaist, 2 October 2014

The CIA worked with the major media outlets to suppress reporting on cocaine trafficking operations by the US-backed Contra militias.

US Secret Service director resigns amid mounting security scandals

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2014

Julia Pierson stepped down after bipartisan demands for an independent probe of lapses in security surrounding the White House and the president.

Libya disintegrates as rival governments vie for control

By Jean Shaoul, 2 October 2014

Libya’s government is now based in the city of Tobruk in the far eastern part of Libya, isolated and exercising little control over the country.

One-day strike by Lufthansa pilots in Germany

By Helmut Arens, 2 October 2014

The Lufthansa pilots’ strike was directed against the attempt by the corporation to carry through attacks on retirement benefits for 5,400 pilots.

French government prepares to slash family, health benefits

By Stéphane Hugues, 2 October 2014

The cuts now being implemented will hit broad sections of the working class and the middle classes.

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Социалистическая Рабочая партия Дании поддерживает империалистическую войну на Ближнем Востоке

Кристоф Драйер, 2 октября 2014 г.

Датская секция Объединенного Секретариата, Социалистическая Рабочая партия, проголосовала за решение направить военно-транспортный самолет «Геркулес» для поставок оружия в Ирак.

25 лет назад: Репрессивные меры против забастовщиков в СССР

2 октября 2014 г.

4 октября 1989 года Верховный Совет СССР, контролируемый Михаилом Горбачевым, принял решение о запрещении забастовок в «ведущих отраслях промышленности», включая шахты, электростанции и транспорт.

100 лет назад: Ленин выступает с заявлением против предательства СДПГ и против мировой войны

2 октября 2014 г.

Вскоре после того, как германская Социал-демократическая партия и другие ведущие партии Второго Интернационала предали дело социализма, поддержав военные усилия «своих» правительств, Владимир Ленин выступил с заявлением, предлагая революционно-интернационалистический ответ на варварство Первой мировой войны.

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Des manifestations de masse secouent Hong Kong

Par Peter Symonds, 2 octobre 2014

La confrontation se poursuit après que les autorités de la ville aient exclu tout compromis et que les manifestants aient ignoré leur demande de quitter les rues.

Le NPA assume l’agenda politique impérialiste de guerre « contre la terreur »

Par Francis Dubois, 2 octobre 2014

La réaction du NPA à la « loi antiterroriste » du gouvernement PS défend à la fois la guerre impérialiste au Moyen-Orient et la répression sécuritaire en France.

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„Marode Bundeswehr“: Eine Kampagne für höhere Rüstungsausgaben

Von Johannes Stern, 2. Oktober 2014

Mit immer neuen Meldungen über angebliche „Pannen“ bei der Bundeswehr bereiten die Medien eine massive Erhöhung des Verteidigungsetats vor.

ZDF berichtet tendenziös über Ukraine

Von Sybille Fuchs, 2. Oktober 2014

Wegen ihrer tendenziösen Berichterstattung über die Ukraine sind sowohl das Erste wie das Zweite deutsche Fernsehen unter massive Kritik geraten.

Eintägiger Streik bei Lufthansa

Von Helmut Arens, 2. Oktober 2014

Der Streik der Vereinigung Cockpit richtete sich gegen den Versuch von Lufthansa, die Rentenbedingungen für ihre 5.400 Piloten massiv zu verschlechtern.

Massenproteste in Hongkong dauern an

Von Peter Symonds, 2. Oktober 2014

Die angespannte Konfrontation in Hongkong dauert weiter an, nachdem die Regierung jeden Kompromiss ausgeschlossen hat und die Demonstranten die Forderung ignoriert haben, die Straßen zu räumen.

Großbritannien: Nächster Schritt im Krieg der Tories gegen die Arbeiterklasse

Von Robert Stevens, 2. Oktober 2014

Der Plan der Konservativen Partei, die Sozialleistungen einzufrieren, bedeutet für Geringverdiener mit Kindern den Verlust von jährlich 350 bis 500 Pfund.

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Perspective

US war against the people of Syria and Iraq

2 October 2014

The White House said Tuesday that restrictions on drone missile strikes meant to limit civilian casualties would not apply to operations in Syria and Iraq.

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Commentary

Pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party backs France’s “war on terror” agenda

By Francis Dubois, 2 October 2014

The NPA’s response to the French government’s anti-terror law amounts to a defense of both imperialist war in the Middle East and police repression at home.

A US judge declares Detroit residents have no right to water

By Jerry White, 1 October 2014

“Poisonous” economic combinations preparing new international crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 October 2014

What way forward for the Air France pilots’ strike?

The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder

The midterm elections and the political crisis in the US

Obama’s “best of all possible worlds”

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 4
Iraqi Odyssey and other pictures of the modern world

By David Walsh, 2 October 2014

The film, directed by Iraqi-Swiss filmmaker Samir, attempts to interweave the complex saga of the director’s own family with the larger history of Iraq over the past half-century or more.

Miners Shot Down: Documentary about the 2012 Marikana massacre

By Derek Bell and Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 October 2014

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

By Sandy English, 30 September 2014

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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.

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

More on the Killing of Michael Brown »

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