The escalating US war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2014

In less than two months, Obama’s phony “humanitarian mission” to protect the Yazidis in Iraq has become a full-blown war across two countries.

Britain’s parliament votes for war in Iraq, and also Syria

By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament there was “no legal barrier” to Britain extending parliament’s approval for bombing Iraq to cover similar action in Syria.

Deceit and delusion at the United Nations

German government sends arms to Iraq and backs US air strikes in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2014

The German government plans to deliver weapons worth around 70 million euros to Iraq in the coming days.

The discovery of the “Khorasan Group” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 27 September 2014

Alleged plotting of the so-called Khorasan Group has been used by the Obama administration as a further justification for its ongoing bombing in Syria.

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French Prime Minister Valls denounces striking Air France pilots

By Stéphane Hugues, 27 September 2014

The head of the Socialist Party government denounced pilots as “selfish” as public support grows for the strikers.

Detroit political establishment reaches deal to extend financial dictatorship

By Thomas Gaist, 27 September 2014

The agreement is aimed at cementing in political form the conspiracy against the working class to restructure the city of Detroit using the bankruptcy courts.

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

Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy enters its final stage

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Widening inequality intensifies New York City housing crisis

By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2014

Cuts in the Section 8 voucher program are being used to threaten families and force them into substandard conditions.

SYRIZA grooms itself for government power in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 27 September 2014

The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is positioning itself to take the leading role in imposing austerity measures against the Greek population.

German Greens state premier votes for tougher asylum laws

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 27 September 2014

The Greens recently tipped the balance in the German parliament to further sharpen the government’s brutal refugee policy.

Australian government celebrates WWI seizure of German colonies

By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2014

The military victory at Bita Paka in New Guinea opened the way for Australian imperialism’s takeover of Germany’s South Pacific territories.

Australia to offload refugees in Cambodia

By Mike Head, 27 September 2014

An unknown number of people, starting with those detained on Nauru, will be consigned to one of the poorest countries on earth.

Canadian spy agency creates global hacking network

By Dylan Lubao, 27 September 2014

The Communications Security Establishment Canada has developed high-powered software to hijack computers and use them to hack into other machines and networks.

A million people hit by drought in rural Sri Lanka

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Ratnasiri Malalagama, 27 September 2014

A long-running drought has further impoverished peasant farmers across wide areas of the island.

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El imperialismo y la catástrofe del Ébola

Por Patrick Martin, 27 de septiembre de 2014

La epidemia que azota a África no es una calamidad natural. Es una consecuencia del colonialismo y de la opresión imperialista.

El Cielo entre las Hojas – Introducción

Por David Walsh, 27 de septiembre de 2014

Con esta introducción comenzamos la publicación en serie en español del libro “El Cielo Entre las Hojas”, una colección de ensayos sobre el cine y la sociedad, escrito por David Walsh, editor de arte del World Socialist Web Site.

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Dans la foulée du discours d’Obama, le débat à l’ONU dominé par le « terrorisme » et la guerre

Par Bill Van Auken, 27 septembre 2014

Les puissances européennes se sont solidarisées avec la toute dernière guerre impérialiste américaine tandis que d’autres Etats recourent à l’hystérie déclenchée au sujet de la « terreur » pour justifier leurs propres crimes.

New in Turkish

İskoçya’daki bağımsızlık referandumunun Avrupa üzerindeki etkisi

Chris Marsden ve Robert Stevens, 27 Eylül 2014

İskoçya’nın bağımsızlığı için yapılan referandum oylaması, Britanya ve tüm Avrupa için tarihi bir dönüm noktasıdır.

İsrailli yedek askerler Filistinlilere komplo kurmayı reddediyor

Jean Shaoul, 27 Eylül 2014

İsrail’in prestijli askeri istihbarat toplama birliği Birim 8200’deki 43 yedek asker ve subay, Batı Şeria’daki Filistin toplumu ile ilgili bilgi toplama faaliyetinde daha fazla yer almayı reddetti.

Japonya Başbakanı, Sri Lanka’ya Çin ile bağlarını zayıflatması için baskı yapıyor

W. A. Suni, 27 Eylül 2014

Shinzo Abe’nin iki günlük Sri Lanka ziyareti, Japonya’nın Güney Asya’daki etkisini Çin aleyhine güvence altına almaya yönelik daha geniş bir yönelimle bağlantılıydı.

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Imperialismus und die Ebola-Katastrophe

Von Patrick Martin, 27. September 2014

Die Epidemie, die momentan in Westafrika wütet, ist keine Naturkatastrophe, sondern eine soziale: sie ist ein Ergebnis des Kolonialismus und imperialistischer Unterdrückung.

Deutsche Medien und Politiker werben für Aufrüstung

Von Christoph Dreier, 27. September 2014

Die Forderung nach einer Erhöhung des Wehretats ist diese Woche ins Zentrum der Kriegspropaganda von Medien und Politik gerückt.

Kampf gegen Isis deckt amerikanischen Ölraub ab

Von Jean Shaoul, 27. September 2014

Die Vereinigten Staaten wollen ihren ungehinderten Zugang zum Öl und Gas des Irak sicherstellen und gleichzeitig festlegen, wie viel von diesen lebenswichtigen Energieressourcen anderen Ländern zugänglich sein darf, insbesondere ihren Konkurrenten China und Russland.

Daimler plant Abbau von 1.000 Arbeitsplätzen in Düsseldorf

Von Dietmar Henning, 27. September 2014

Der Daimler-Konzern will Teile der Sprinter-Produktion aus Düsseldorf abziehen und in die USA verlegen.

Pilotenstreik bei Air France geht trotz Rückziehers der Regierung weiter

Von Antoine Lerougetel, 27. September 2014

Die Entscheidung der französischen Regierung, Air France angesichts des Pilotenstreiks zur Aufgabe ihrer Pläne zu zwingen, eine Billiglohntochter zu gründen, ist ein Anzeichen für die Verschärfung der politischen Krise in Frankreich.

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Perspective

Obama’s “best of all possible worlds”

27 September 2014

Obama’s claim that “this is the best time in human history to be born,” is a self-deluded absurdity.

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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

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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Commentary

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

By Kate Randall, 27 September 2014

Emanuel’s prescription is to do away with America’s “manic desperation to endlessly extend life,” forego advanced medical treatment and allow death to take its course.

Imperialism and the Ebola catastrophe

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2014

Danish Socialist Workers Party supports imperialist war in the Middle East

By Christoph Dreier, 26 September 2014

Share buybacks: Symptom of a decaying economic order

By Nick Beams, 26 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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 September 2014

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to 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

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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