US plans massive military escalation in Syria and Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2014

Statements from top US officials are part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to prepare public opinion for full-scale war in the Middle East.

German media and politicians promote rearmament

By Christoph Dreier, 29 September 2014

The demand for major increases in the military budget has moved to the center of German war propaganda.

Germany’s new war minister and Stern magazine

By Denis Krassnin, 29 September 2014

French government exploits Islamist murder of Hervé Gourdel to expand Iraq war

By Pierre Mabut, 29 September 2014

The Islamist forces that murdered Gourdel benefited from the support of France and its allies amid the imperialist powers' proxy wars in Libya and Syria.

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Pilots union pushes for sell-out of Air France pilots strike

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 29 September 2014

The unions and the Socialist Party government are desperately pushing pilots to accept a deal that would pave the way to deep cuts in wages and conditions.

French Prime Minister Valls denounces striking Air France pilots

Hong Kong police crackdown on protests

By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2014

The Occupy Central organization has stepped in to ensure that the protests remain limited to the narrow demand for open chief executive elections.

More arrests in Ferguson, Missouri after police chief “apologizes”

By Eric London, 29 September 2014

Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri show no sign of subsiding seven weeks after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Black lung disease hits highest levels in four decades

By Clement Daly, 29 September 2014

The most severe form of black lung, a preventable disease resulting from insufficient ventilation in coalmines, has increased tenfold over fifteen years.

Washington Post slashes retirement benefits

By a reporter, 29 September 2014

The newspaper is cutting benefits immediately for non-union employees and demanding the same cuts in contract talks with the Newspaper Guild.

Mississippi prison inmates indefinitely detained and subject to “barbaric” conditions

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 September 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union filed two lawsuits this week claiming that Mississippi prison inmates were being indefinitely detained and others were kept in conditions “tantamount to torture.”

Shia insurgency sets stage for expanded US military intervention in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 29 September 2014

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Sanaa amid an ongoing occupation of Yemen’s capital city by Houthi rebels.

Spain’s government denounces Catalan referendum

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2014

The deputy prime minister held a press conference where she reiterated that Madrid would not allow the referendum to take place

Australia: Workers condemn police killing of alleged “terrorist” Abdul Numan Haider

By our correspondents, 29 September 2014

Everything suggests that prior to the shooting Haider was highly emotional and unstable as a result of the pressure he was under from the police and ASIO.

Sri Lanka: Leading Tamil party gives ultimatum for power-sharing deal

By W.A. Sunil, 29 September 2014

ITAK has threatened widespread agitation if the Rajapakse government fails to offer Tamil elite a new devolution deal by early 2015.

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Bombardovanje Sirije i beskrajni rat SAD-a

Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2014

Neobuzdani militarizam je ne samo instrument za ostvarenje globalnih interesa američkog imperijalizma, već i za regulisanje društvene nestabilnosti, za projektovanje ka napolju ogromnih tenzija koje bujaju u ovoj zemlji sa najvećom društvenom polarizacijom među razvijenim kapitalističkim zemljama.

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France: Le premier ministre Valls critique les pilotes grévistes d’Air France

Par Stéphane Hugues, 29 septembre 2014

Le chef du gouvernement PS qualifie les pilotes d’« égoïstes » alors que le soutien de l’opinion publique aux grévistes augmente.

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Perspective

The model for America: Ruling elites dispense with democracy in Detroit

29 September 2014

The new arrangement is part of a reorganization of political structures in the city to ensure the permanent exclusion of any opposition to the dictates of the corporate and financial elite.

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Michael Banda, former leader of the British WRP, dies at age 84

29 September 2014

Until the crisis that erupted in the Workers Revolutionary Party in 1985, Banda was a central leader of the British Trotskyist movement for more than three decades.

Commentary

The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder

By Tom Carter, 29 September 2014

During his six-year term, Holder has presided over the most comprehensive and aggressive trampling of democratic rights in US history.

Obama’s “best of all possible worlds”

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2014

The discovery of the “Khorasan Group” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 27 September 2014

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

By Kate Randall, 27 September 2014

Deceit and delusion at the United Nations

By Barry Grey, 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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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 York Public Library exhibition on US entry into World War I

By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2014

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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

The Struggle Against War

Video: Detroit residents speak out against war

By Tim Rivers and Seraphine Collins, 24 September 2014