Obama prepares to escalate war in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2014

Obama’s statement that the Islamic State “poses a broader threat” than Al Qaeda has the most ominous implications.

Australian government poised to commit fighter jets to Iraq war

By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014

Workers and youth in Australia oppose new Iraq war

By our reporters, 8 September 2014

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Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 8 September 2014

Kiev and its NATO backers are using the pause in military operations to prepare for an even more aggressive policy in their war in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

Seventy-five years since the outbreak of World War II

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Savage cuts in Israel follow Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2014

While the Israeli working class faces more austerity, the Palestinian Authority has estimated that the reconstruction of Gaza will cost about $7.8 billion.

Germany: Official backing for Zionist crimes at pro-Israel rally in Frankfurt

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2014

Court rules BP acted with “gross negligence” in 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

By Tom Hall, 8 September 2014

The oil giant’s potential fine of $18 billion is less than its more-than $23 billion in profits last year.

Wall Street firm hires former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for $3.4 million

By Gabriel Black, 8 September 2014

Cantor’s multi-million-dollar payout represents compensation for his service to Wall Street during his time in Congress and illustrates the incestuous relationship between the US political establishment and big business.

The Bank of America settlement and the “justice” of capitalism

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2014

Missouri set to execute inmate despite evidence state lied about lethal injection drugs

By Paul Michaels, 8 September 2014

Earl Ringo, Jr. is scheduled to become the eighth inmate in Missouri and the 28th in the US to be executed this year.

Arizona’s two-hour execution and the brutalization of America

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2014

Teachers strike in three Pennsylvania school districts

By Phyllis Scherrer, 8 September 2014

Teachers in three Pennsylvania school districts, who have worked years without contracts and are facing new wage and health care cuts, have walked out on strike.

German train drivers union to hold warning strike Tuesday

By Dietmar Henning, 8 September 2014

The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers.

Report exposes impact of tax hikes on London poor

By James Hatton and Paul Bond, 8 September 2014

Last year’s elimination of the council tax benefit has raised local taxes for over 300,000 poor residents of London.

New Zealand election debates underscore bipartisan austerity agenda

By Tom Peters, 8 September 2014

Both National and Labour are big business parties that have broad agreement on protecting corporate profit at the expense of working people.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Ukrajina i militarizacija Evrope

Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2014

Cilj konflikta u Ukrajini je da se preoblikuju politički i društveni odnosi u Evropi. Glavni dirigent u ovom procesu je ekstremna desnica koja nema skoro nikakvu podršku stanovništva.

New in Polish

Polski premier Tusk zostanie nowym przewodniczącym Rady Europejskiej

Christoph Dreier, 6 wrzesień 2014

Powołanie Tuska na stanowisko przewodniczącego Rady Europejskiej jest prowokacyjnym sygnałem planów eskalacji konfrontacji z Rosją.

New in French

L’effondrement capitaliste et la poussée vers la guerre

Par Nick Beams, 8 septembre 2014

Tout comme durant la période précédant 1914, l’aggravation de l’effondrement du système capitaliste est en train d’attiser la poussée vers une nouvelle guerre mondiale.

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Perspective

Obama commits US to war against Russia in defense of Baltic states

8 September 2014

In a series of speeches and press conferences in Europe last week, President Obama publicly committed the United States to go to war against Moscow to defend the Baltic states that border Russia.

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Commentary

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the political crisis in France

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2014

The NPA will continue to defend the current government, France’s most right-wing regime since the World War II-era fascist government of Vichy.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

Capitalist breakdown and the drive to war

By Nick Beams, 6 September 2014

The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site

By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014

Department of Justice launches investigation into Ferguson police

After police killing in Ferguson, ISO calls for a “Black agenda”

More on the police killing in St. Louis »

Obama and the financial aristocracy

European Central Bank cuts rates and announces asset purchasing program

US election campaign: Two right-wing parties offer no solution to social crisis

25 years ago: Hungarian Stalinist regime breaks with Soviet bloc

On September 8, 1989, the Hungarian People’s Republic opened its borders to allow some 10,000 citizens of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) to emigrate to West Germany via Austria, over the protests of the Stalinist government in East Berlin.

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50 years ago: Attempted coup in South Vietnam

On September 13, 1964, the puppet regime in South Vietnam of Major General Nguyen Khanh survived a coup led by former Interior Minister Lam Van Phat. Rebel troops occupied key positions in Saigon without resistance, taking over Khanh’s office and arresting several officers.

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75 years ago: Nazi terror in Poland

This week in 1939 saw the full-scale rout of the Polish army before the German invasion that had begun on September 1. France, Poland’s nominal ally, failed to open a second front by refusing to attack Nazi Germany from the west.

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100 years ago: German chancellor outlines war aims in secret “September program”

On September 9, 1914, German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg sent to his deputy in Berlin a secret document outlining Germany’s aims in the war that had broken out the previous month.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Support grows for SEP meeting Tuesday against Detroit water shutoffs

By a WSWS reporting team

Campaign teams visited schools, neighborhoods and work locations over the past week in preparation for the public meeting being held Tuesday at Wayne State University.

Day four of the confirmation hearings
Financial advisor details social cuts, increased policing in Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Thomas Gaist, 6 September 2014

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Scottish referendum campaign

Third televised debate in Scottish referendum: No one speaks for working people

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014

As with the two previous debates on the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, none of the genuine concerns facing working people were seriously addressed.

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014

More coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

Arts Review

World War I remembered through British art
Truth and Memory at the Imperial War Museum, London, until March 2015

By Tom Pearse, 6 September 2014

History

Fifty years since the Rochester, New York riots

By Jonathan White, 5 September 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting at University of Michigan connects police violence to imperialist war

By Naomi Spencer, 6 September 2014

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Jaffna and Kandy

2 September 2014

The Fight Against War and the Political Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

25 August 2014

This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.