US to rapidly expand war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2014

While ISIS is the nominal target, the new US-led war is above all a revival of plans to topple the Assad regime in Syria.

Obama’s war in Iraq and Syria

American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq

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Senate hearing whitewashes militarization of American police

By Tom Hall and E. P. Bannon, 12 September 2014

Tuesday’s hearing was aimed at reinforcing and intensifying the federal government’s arming of police forces under the guise of a “review.”

New witnesses describe police murder of Michael Brown

By Thomas Gaist, 12 September 2014

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Executions in Missouri and Texas
Courts reject condemned inmates’ appeals on lethal injection drugs

By Paul Michaels and Kate Randall, 12 September 2014

The two prisoners’ appeals challenging the secrecy surrounding the source and quality of lethal injection drugs and state protocols failed to halt their executions.

Spain: Catalan separatist leader declares Scottish vote “an example for us”

By Alejandro López, 12 September 2014

The separatists in Catalonia and Scotland invoke a false historical narrative that depicts each region as an oppressed nation.

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Beppe Grillo’s M5S promotes European imperialism

By Marc Wells, 12 September 2014

A leading spokesman for the right-wing Italian party criticized Washington’s role in order to advance the interests of Italian and European capital.

Australian government lifts “terror alert” level

By Mike Head, 12 September 2014

The “war on terror” is being revived in a bid to drum up support for the renewed war in Iraq and bolster the powers of the police-intelligence apparatus.

German government adopts tighter laws on economic immigration

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 12 September 2014

The German government is restricting the freedom of movement and right of residence within the European Union.

German federal court upholds whitewash of death of refugee

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 12 September 2014

Germany’s federal court has upheld the mild penalty given to a German policeman responsible for the death of Oury Jalloh.

Pakistani talks to end anti-government protests collapse

By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2014

The political impasse facing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has deepened, with protest leaders continuing to call for his resignation.

Railroad workers in US reject concessions contract

By Jeff Lusanne, 12 September 2014

The proposed contract centered on a reduction in crew size that threatened the safety of both employees and passengers, and was rejected by members despite the unions efforts to pass it.

South African trade union federation promotes illusions in Castroism
Part Two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 12 September 2014

This is the conclusion of a two-part article on the promotion of Castroism by South Africa’s trade unions.

South African trade union federation promotes illusions in Castroism
Part one

New in Persian

سوسیالیسم و نبرد با جنگ امپریالیستی

بیانیه کمیته بین المللی انترناسیونال چهارم
3 جولای 2014

صد سال پس از آغاز جنگ جهانی اول و 75 سال پس از آغاز جنگ جهانی دوم، بار دیگر نظام امپریالیستی خطر بروز فاجعه ای دیگر را در برابر بشریت قرار داده است.

قساوت های داعش و امپریالیسم امریکا

پاتریک مارتین
4 سپتامبر 2014

قتل وحشیانه استیون ساتلوف روزنامه نگار امریکایی خشم و نفرت میلیونها نفر در سراسر جهان را برانگیخته است. با این حال، ضروری است علاوه بر همدردی با خانواده ساتلوف علل عمیق تر این فاجعه را دریابیم.

New in French

Amnesty International rassemble des preuves sur des crimes de guerre commis par la milice pro-Kiev

Par Julie Hyland, 12 septembre 2014

Un rapport d’Amnesty International confirme que les Ukrainiens recourent à des milices d’extrême droite pour réprimer l’opposition politique.

Canada: Le gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique intensifie ses attaques contre les enseignants en grève

Par Keith Jones, 12 septembre 2014

Les enseignants se battent pour défendre l’éducation publique, ravagée par les compressions budgétaires des libéraux, alors même que le gouvernement Clark augmente le soutien financier aux écoles privées et prodigue des réductions d’impôt aux grandes entreprises et aux riches.

Coupes budgétaires sauvages en Israël après la guerre à Gaza

Par Jean Shaoul, 12 septembre 2014

Tandis que la classe ouvrière israélienne doit faire face à une aggravation de l’austérité, l’Autorité Palestinienne a estimé que la reconstruction de Gaza coûtera environ 7,8 milliards de dollars.

New in German

Ukraine: Amnesty International dokumentiert Kriegsverbrechen von regierungstreuen Milizen

Von Julie Hyland, 12. September 2014

Ein Bericht von Amnesty International bestätigt, dass die Ukraine rechtsextreme Milizen einsetzt, um politischen Widerstand zu brechen.

Skandalöse Zustände in Aufnahmeeinrichtungen für Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 12. September 2014

Das Bundesinnenministerium bemüht sich, Flüchtlingen durch immer neue Gesetzesverschärfungen das Leben in Deutschland zur Hölle zu machen.

Großbritannien stellt neue “Anti-Terror” Gesetze vor

Von Robert Stevens, 12. September 2014

In einer künstlich erzeugten Atmosphäre der Angst werden grundlegende Rechte abgeschafft.

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Perspective

Obama’s speech on ISIS: Perpetual war in Iraq, Syria and beyond

12 September 2014

In his nationally televised speech Wednesday night, Obama outlined a program of perpetual war, with ISIS a convenient pretext.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Regional authority a prelude for privatization of Detroit water system

By Jerry White, 12 September 2014

The Detroit bankruptcy and moves toward the privatization of the water department are fully backed by the Obama administration, which has encouraged cities to enter “public-private partnerships” to fill the gap from reduced federal and state funding.

Detroit Workers Action Committee meeting opposes water shutoffs, bankruptcy

By WSWS reporters, 11 September 2014

City-owned assets hived off in Detroit bankruptcy deals

By Jerry White, 11 September 2014

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Commentary

Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks
CIA torture and the “war on terror”

By Joseph Kishore, 11 September 2014

Amnesty International documents war crimes by pro-Kiev militia

By Julie Hyland, 11 September 2014

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

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

The Ray Rice case and the violence of American football

By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 10 September 2014

Australian government signals purchase of Japanese submarines

New Jersey, New York part of a national trend
Northeastern US states seek to cut public worker pensions

Pennsylvania mother sentenced to jail for giving daughter abortion pill

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan provincial election: Oppose the drive to war and austerity

By the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2014

The government and opposition parties are engaged in a nationalist and chauvinist campaign to blind workers and youth to the real political issues they face.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Kandy, Galle and Gampaha

12 September 2014

The SEP and IYSSE will hold meetings on the US “pivot to Asia” and the danger of world war.

Arts Review

Atlanta Symphony locks out its musicians

By Fred Mazelis, 9 September 2014

Science

The beginning of modern physics

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 9 September 2014

David Whitehouse’s Renaissance Genius: Galileo Galilei and His Legacy to Modern Science, provides a human portrait of Galileo, his times and his role in the advancement and popularization of science.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 September 2014

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

British Columbia teachers’ union seeks to scuttle strike

By Keith Jones, 12 September 2014

The BC Teachers’ Federation wants to scuttle the thirteen week-old strike by British Columbia’s 41,000 public school teachers without any of the teachers’ demands having been met.

Scottish referendum campaign

UK party leaders in emergency visit to Scotland as official No campaign offers more regional powers

By Jordan Shilton, 11 September 2014

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

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014

More coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

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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