Obama meets with US combat commanders amid mounting calls for ground troops

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2014

There has been a steadily escalating drumbeat of criticism of the ongoing US air war as inadequate.

Turkey’s role in ISIS conflict threatens to reignite civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2014

Canada’s parliament votes to join new Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2014

The opposition parties’ “anti-war” stance is a sham: they fully support the aims of Canada’s military intervention in the Mideast, quibbling only over the appropriate tactics.

The Australian Greens and their phony anti-war posturing

By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.

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IMF report records global economic breakdown

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2014

The World Economic Outlook cannot explain why the IMF’s reports over the past four years have consistently over-estimated global growth.

High school students walk out to defend Philadelphia teachers

By Jerry White, 9 October 2014

Students were protesting Monday’s decision by the School Reform Commission to tear up the labor contract covering 15,000 teachers.

State authorities revoke labor contract for 15,000 Philadelphia teachers

Wal-Mart to eliminate health benefits for 30,000 workers

By Andre Damon, 9 October 2014

Wal-Mart announced this week that it would join Target and Home Depot in slashing healthcare for part-time workers in response to the Affordable Care Act.

Police and Obama administration plan for nationwide crackdown on Ferguson protests

By Eric London, 9 October 2014

State and federal officials are preparing a coordinated nationwide attack on protests if a grand jury whitewashes the police killing of Michael Brown.

Felony charges dropped against Detroit cop who killed seven-year-old girl

Notes on police violence in the US
Police killed 77 people in September

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Germany: Joschka Fischer’s declaration of war on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014

With his policy towards Russia, Fischer draws directly from the legacy of German imperialism in the last century.

Hong Kong protests dwindle ahead of talks

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

Talks tomorrow are unlikely to reach any agreement, but have already served the government’s purpose in defusing the protests.

Haiti’s President Martelly eulogizes ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier

By John Marion, 9 October 2014

After the former dictator, known as “Baby Doc” died October 4, Martlelly hailed him as an “authentic son of Haiti.”

Malaysian government tries to railroad opposition leader to jail

By John Roberts, 9 October 2014

Anwar Ibrahim faces imprisonment and senior opposition figures have been charged under the notorious 1948 Sedition Act for criticising the government.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Vlada Srbije reže plate i penzije

Paul Mitchell, 9. oktobar 2014.

Da bi zadovoljila uslove za novi kredit Međunarodnog Monetarnog Fonda, vlada Srbije planira rezanje plata u javnom sektoru i penzija za do 20 posto.

New in Turkish

Emperyalizm ve Ebola felaketi

Patrick Martin, 9 Ekim 2014

Dünya emperyalizmi açısından bölgenin değeri, yeraltındaki mineral zenginliğinde yatmaktadır. Bu topraklarda yaşayan insanların hayatları bütünüyle ikincil önemdedir.

İki grafikte ABD’deki toplumsal eşitsizlik
Resesyon sonrası gelir kazançları giderek daha fazla zenginlere gidiyor

Tom Hall ve Andre Damon, 9 Ekim 2014

Journal of Post Keynesian Economics’in son sayısında yayımlanan makalede, 2009-2012 dönemindeki tüm gelir kazançlarının yüzde 116’sının nüfusun en zengin yüzde 10’luk kısmına gittiği belirtiliyor.

New in French

La Turquie demande aux Etats-Unis de soutenir la guerre pour faire tomber Assad en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 9 octobre 2014

Alors que les forces de l’EI étaient sur le point de prendre la ville syrienne de Kobané sur la frontière turque, le président turc Erdogan a réitéré ses conditions pour se joindre à la guerre menée par les USA dans la région.

La CGT condamnée pour détournement des fonds du plus grand comité d’entreprise français

Par Pierre Mabut, 9 octobre 2014

Les détails de ce dossier soulignent comment le Parti communiste français et les bureaucraties syndicales ont depuis très longtemps perdu toute base dans la classe ouvrière

Le retour de l’Allemagne à la politique de grande puissance et les attaques contre l’historien Fritz Fischer

Par Ulrich Rippert et Peter Schwarz, 9 octobre 2014

Le politologue berlinois Herfried Münkler poursuit une campagne véhémente contre Fritz Fischer, historien qui fait autorité pour ce qui est de la compréhension de la responsabilité allemande dans la Première Guerre mondiale.

New in German

Joschka Fischers Kriegserklärung an Russland

Von Peter Schwarz, 9. Oktober 2014

In einem Gastkommentar für die Süddeutschen Zeitung reklamiert der ehemalige deutsche Außenminister die Ukraine für den deutschen Einflussbereich.

Grünen-nahe Denkfabrik drängt auf Offensive gegen Russland

Von Stefan Steinberg, 9. Oktober 2014

Siebzig Jahre nach dem Versuch der deutschen Bourgeoisie, Mitteleuropa zu kontrollieren, wollen die Grünen und die Heinrich Böll-Stiftung den gleichen Pfad wieder einschlagen.

Linkspartei trommelt für Militäreinsatz gegen den Islamischen Staat

Von Johannes Stern, 9. Oktober 2014

Am Dienstag haben 14 führende Politiker der Linkspartei einen Aufruf unter dem Titel „Kobane retten!“ veröffentlicht, der zu einer massiven Militärintervention gegen den Islamischen Staat in Syrien und im Irak aufruft.

Türkei bereitet sich auf einen militärischen Einsatz in Syrien vor
Teil 2

Von Jean Shaoul, 9. Oktober 2014

Washington setzt Erdogan enorm unter Druck. Er soll sich vorbehaltlos hinter Präsident Barack Obamas Koalition für einen neuen Angriffskrieg im Nahen Osten stellen.

Neun-Stunden-Streik der Lokführer

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 9. Oktober 2014

Die WSWS sprach in Frankfurt mit streikenden Lokführern. Sie berichteten über die drastische Verschlechterung der Arbeitsbedingungen bei der Bahn.

NPA und Lutte Ouvrière bejubeln Ausverkauf des Air France Streiks

Von Alex Lantier, 9. Oktober 2014

Die französischen Pseudolinken bejubeln den Verrat an den Piloten nicht nur, um die Gewerkschaften zu verteidigen, sondern auch die Sparpolitik der sozialistischen Regierung und der Europäischen Union.

IYSSE protestiert gegen Zensur an der Humboldt-Universität

9. Oktober 2014

Die Leitung der Berliner Humboldt Universität hat eine Veranstaltung der IYSSE nur unter der Bedingung genehmigt, dass sie politische Kritik an Mitgliedern der Universität unterlassen. Die IYSSE haben diesen Akt der Zensur scharf zurückgewiesen.

Lettland: Rechte Regierungskoalition gewinnt Parlamentswahl

Von Markus Salzmann, 9. Oktober 2014

Die Rechts-Regierung von Ministerpräsidentin Laimdota Straujuma wird nach der Parlamentswahl vom Samstag voraussichtlich erneut die Regierung in Riga stellen.

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Perspective

The Ebola epidemic: A social disaster in West Africa

9 October 2014

Responsibility for the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa lies with the imperialist powers that have subjected the continent to extreme economic exploitation.

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Commentary

War propaganda in the German Historical Museum

By Johannes Stern, 9 October 2014

Last week former security official Horst Teltschik and the historians Michael Wolffsohn, Sönke Neitzel and Jörg Baberowski discussed Germany's role as an intervention force at the German Historical Museum.

An attempt to rehabilitate Hitler

The Ben Affleck-Bill Maher-Sam Harris dispute: Anti-Muslim bigotry and American imperialist policy

By David Walsh, 9 October 2014

The argument that erupted on the October 3 edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was revealing.

The bank bailout and the Forbes 400

By Andre Damon, 8 October 2014

Wealth of richest 400 Americans surges to $2.29 trillion

Burned bodies of 28 Mexican teaching students pulled from mass graves

By Don Knowland, 8 October 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Public Meetings
Oppose Australia’s participation in Iraq-Syria war! Oppose anti-democratic laws and police raids!

9 October 2014

The real aim of the US and its allies is regime-change in Syria and total US domination over the oil-rich Middle East.

Arts Review

Snowpiercer: A new ice age and its consequences

By Muhammad Khan, 8 October 2014

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film tackles environmental catastrophe and social revolution.

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 4
Iraqi Odyssey and other pictures of the modern world

By David Walsh, 2 October 2014

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History

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 1
The liquidation of the Bolshevik Leninist Party of India

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 7 October 2014

The first of four articles on the political lessons of the entry of the LSSP into the government of Madame Sirima Bandaranaike in June 1964.

The Struggle Against War

New pamphlet outlines basis for struggle against imperialist war

7 October 2014

The pamphlet contains three important statements on war from the International Committee of the Fourth International, the Socialist Equality Party in the US and the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany.

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 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

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: Thousands of demonstrators confront East German police

On October 9, 1989, the streets and squares of East Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig and other East German cities were the scene of demonstrations by thousands against the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy.

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50 years ago: Nasser releases Tshombe from jail

On October 9, 1964, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser released Congolese President Moise Tshombe from house arrest, after he had attempted to attend a gathering of the “nonaligned countries” held in Cairo.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany carves up Poland

On October 8, 1939, after the fall of Warsaw to the Nazi invaders days earlier, Hitler redrew Poland’s borders.

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100 years ago: Japan seizes German possession in the Pacific

On October 7, 1914, it was reported in the press that Japanese military forces had seized the island of Jaluit, a German colony in the Marshall Islands situated in the western Pacific.

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