Britain prepares to join US-led war in Iraq and Syria

By Paul Mitchell, 26 September 2014

Both the Conservatives and Labour Parties back British involvement in the US-led war, which is aimed at reasserting military dominance in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

In wake of Obama speech, UN debate dominated by “terror,” war

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2014

European powers solidarized themselves with the latest US imperialist war, while other states used the “terror” hysteria to justify their own crimes.

Australia: Questions over police killing of young Muslim “terrorist”

By our correspondents, 26 September 2014

Workers and youth expressed concern and disbelief to the WSWS over the police shooting of the 18-year-old.

Deceit and delusion at the United Nations

The bombing of Syria and unending US war

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

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2014

Police throughout the country continued their campaign of violence this week, tackling a pregnant woman, shooting a handcuffed man and killing a 14-year-old boy.

Police crack down on renewed protests in Ferguson, Missouri

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Killings at UPS Alabama facility the latest workplace shooting in US

By Jerry White, 26 September 2014

A just-released FBI study of so-called Active Shooter Incidents in 2000-13 reveals a staggering toll of 1,043 casualties, with 486 killed and 557 wounded, excluding the shooters.

Immigrant detainees in New Mexico denied release on bond

By Jake Dean, 26 September 2014

Central and South American immigrants are being held at a detention center in the US with no hope of being released.

Massive police manhunt in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 26 September 2014

The police manhunt for Eric Frein, charged with fatally shooting a state trooper on September 13, has seen the imposition of a “shelter-in-place” order.

Air France pilots’ strike hardens despite government climbdown

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2014

The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France.

Lufthansa insists on pension cuts for pilots

By Dietmar Henning, 26 September 2014

At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions.

German committee criticises television news coverage of Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 26 September 2014

The criticism confirms that reportage on German public television has degenerated into government and military propaganda.

Germany’s Die Zeit: Publishing war propaganda in weekly installments

Job cuts mounting in Australia as mining slump intensifies

By Terry Cook, 26 September 2014

In the past week alone, coal mine closures in central Queensland have directly destroyed another 700 jobs.

India strengthens strategic ties with Vietnam

By John Roberts, 26 September 2014

The Indian and Vietnamese presidents issued a joint statement on the need for security in the South China Sea that was clearly aimed against China.

Canada’s NDP makes left feint in bid to stanch electoral reversals

By Carl Bronski, 26 September 2014

Stung by a series of electoral reversals and fearing a debacle in the 2015 federal election, the NDP has made a tiny feint left.

New in Persian

تغییرات آب و هوا و نظام سرمایه داری

پاتریک مارتین
20 سپتامبر 2014

انتظار می رود صدها هزار نفر، روز یکشنبه در راه پیمایی اقلیم ِ مردم در نیویورک و رویدادهای مرتبط با آن در سرتاسر جهان شرکت کنند. شرکت عده کثیری از مردم به ویژه نسل جوان، بازتاب نگرانی های فزاینده ی مردمی نسبت به تاثیر گرمایش زمین بر محیط زیست است.

New in French

Le grève des pilotes d'Air France durcit malgré le recul du gouvernement

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 26 septembre 2014

La décision du pouvoir, de faire retirer le projet d'Air France de créer Transavia Europe face à l'opposition des travailleurs, signale une crise politique majeure en France.

Le premier ministre Valls en visite à Berlin

Par Stéphane Hugues, 26 septembre 2014

La rencontre du premier ministre Valls avec la chancelière allemande Merkel ne peut masquer les tensions franco-allemandes croissantes en Europe.

New in German

Lug und Trug bei den Vereinten Nationen

Von Barry Grey, 26. September 2014

Auffallend war an Obamas Rede vor allem, wie vollständig die darin gemachten Feststellungen von der politischen Realität losgelöst waren.

Bundesregierung liefert erste Waffen in den Irak und unterstützt US-Luftschläge gegen Syrien

Von Johannes Stern, 26. September 2014

Anders als beim Überfall der USA unter George W. Bush auf den Irak im Jahr 2003, steht die Bundesregierung heute uneingeschränkt hinter dem neuen Krieg im Nahen und Mittleren Osten.

„Die Kriegsministerin“ und der Stern

Von Denis Krassnin, 26. September 2014

Das Nachrichtenmagazin Stern besinnt sich seiner braunen Wurzeln – und trifft sich dabei mit Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen.

Regierung beschließt „Lex Edathy“

Von Justus Leicht, 26. September 2014

Die Bundesregierung hat letzte Woche ein Paket aus mehreren Gesetzesänderungen zur Verschärfung des Sexualstrafrechts beschlossen.

Syriza bereitet sich auf Regierungsübernahme vor

Von Christoph Dreier, 26. September 2014

Angesichts der tiefen Krise der griechischen Regierung bereitet sich Syriza darauf vor, die Regierungsgeschäfte zu übernehmen, um das Spardiktat der EU durchzusetzen.

Australische Polizei tötet Jugendlichen in Hysterie über Anti-Muslim „Terrorismus“

Von James Cogan, 26. September 2014

Der Jugendliche ist das erste Todesopfer der “Antiterror”-Operationen in ganz Australien, die von Angstkampagnen der Medien vor „Terrorzellen“ unter der muslimischen Bevölkerung begleitet werden.

Britische pseudolinke Gruppen streben nach dauerhaftem Bündnis mit Nationalisten in Schottland

Von Chris Marsden und Julie Hyland, 26. September 2014

Der Sunday Herald enthüllte, dass eine Fraktion innerhalb der Scottish National Party auf eine „unabhängigkeitsfreundliche gemeinsame Plattform mit den Grünen und der Scottish Socialist Party drängt.”

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Perspective

Imperialism and the Ebola catastrophe

26 September 2014

The epidemic now devastating West Africa is not a natural calamity, but a social one: it is a product of colonialism and imperialist oppression.

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Commentary

Share buybacks: Symptom of a decaying economic order

By Nick Beams, 26 September 2014

US corporations are increasingly using their profits to finance share buybacks rather than productive investment, spending more than $500 billion last year.

Danish Socialist Workers Party supports imperialist war in the Middle East

By Christoph Dreier, 26 September 2014

The Danish section of the United Secretariat, the Socialist Workers Party, joined the vote to send an Air Force Hercules transport plane carrying arms to Iraq.

Australian police kill teenager amid anti-Muslim “terrorism” hysteria

Proposals to further restrict access to White House follow security breach

The witch-hunting of Steven Salaita and the new McCarthyism

US plans to invest $1 trillion in nuclear weapons arsenal

Arts Review

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

New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol has taken on the subject of drone warfare in Good Kill, featuring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones.

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 2
Phoenix and Labyrinth of Lies: German history and other complex questions

Video: WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh speaks on the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

25 September 2014

New York Public Library exhibition on US entry into World War I

By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2014

“Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind” describes the way in which propaganda and mass media “were used to shape and control public opinion about the war” a century ago.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Testimony reveals public health danger and suffering caused by Detroit water shutoffs

By Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2014

Victims of water shutoffs and public health experts gave evidence about the impact the city’s water shutoff policy.

Detroit officials defend water shutoffs

By Jerry White, 25 September 2014

Detroit bankruptcy judge holds hearing on water shutoffs

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 September 2014

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

No to the Quebec Liberals’ Bill 3!
For a working class counteroffensive to defend pensions and public services!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 24 September 2014

Obituary

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

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2014

Poli led the 1981 strike of air traffic controllers that was crushed by the Reagan administration with the connivance of the AFL-CIO

Science

US and Indian probes successfully reach Mars orbit

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2014

Mangalyaan is designed to showcase the growing technical abilities of the Indian Space Research Organization, especially following the failure of a Chinese mission to Mars in 2012.

The Struggle Against War

Video: Detroit residents speak out against war

By Tim Rivers and Seraphine Collins, 24 September 2014

Scottish Referendum Campaign

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan declares for Scottish National Party

By Julie Hyland, 23 September 2014

Scotland’s No vote and the crisis of the British nation state
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

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Socialist Equality Party

The return of German militarism and the tasks of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany)
Resolution of the Special Conference Against War of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

20 September 2014

25 years ago: Hundreds of thousands protest apartheid in South Africa

On September 22, 1989 and over the next several days, hundreds of thousands marched against apartheid throughout South Africa.

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50 years ago: Warren Commission publishes JFK assassination cover-up

On September 24, 1964, the official presidential committee convened to investigate the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy released its findings in an 889-page report.

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75 years ago: Japan suffers defeat in Battle of Changsha

The occupying Japanese army launched a fresh offensive in southern China against Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on September 24, 1939.

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100 years ago: World War I fighting reaches Tahiti

On September 22, 1914, German warships attacked Papeete in French Polynesia, as the bloody battles of the first month of World War I reached Tahiti in the Pacific.

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