US, Turkey at odds over Syria intervention

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2014

Obama and Erdogan are in conflict over the methods to achieve their common goal, the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad.

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

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

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Two months after killing of Michael Brown
Off-duty cop kills St. Louis teenager

By Andre Damon, 10 October 2014

The officer fired 17 shots, including a downward shot to the head that killed the 18-year-old.

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Tens of thousands protest massacre of Mexican student teachers

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2014

The killings have triggered a tidal wave of national anger that threatens the stability of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

India and Pakistan trade warnings over escalating border clashes

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 October 2014

India and Pakistan have exchanged bellicose warnings over what are being described as the most serious border skirmishes in more than a decade.

Australian PM foreshadows ban on Islamist group

By Mike Head, 10 October 2014

Tony Abbott said Hizb ut-Tahrir could be proscribed under new laws against “promoting terrorism.”

Burqas banned in Australian parliament

By Richard Phillips, 10 October 2014

The ban was issued during a series of terror scares designed to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria and draconian new anti-terror legislation.

Germany: Left Party bangs the drum for military action against the Islamic State

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014

Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"

UK unions begin to demobilise their own pathetic protest strike

By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2014

Strikes were called to give undeserved credibility to the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) October 18 “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march and rally in London.

Right-wing governing coalition wins parliamentary elections in Latvia

By Markus Salzmann, 10 October 2014

Laimdota Straujuma’s declared goals are a continuation of severe austerity measures and an intensification of the confrontation with Russia.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky announces his return to Russian politics

By Clara Weiss, 10 October 2014

Khodorkovsky speaks for sections of the Russian ruling elite striving for closer collaboration with the imperialist countries, where they have hoarded vast quantities of wealth.

Atlantic City, New Jersey casino workers arrested at protest over slashed benefits

By Sandy English, 10 October 2014

Workers blocked traffic to oppose draconian cuts to their health and pension benefits.

Authors weigh in on the Amazon-Hachette war

By Christine Schofelt and Fred Mazelis, 10 October 2014

The ongoing e-commerce dispute raises fundamental questions about culture and how—and by whom—the immense advances in technology will be used and controlled.

New in French

La richesse des 400 Américains les plus riches bondit à 2290 milliards de dollars

Par Andre Damon, 10 octobre 2014

Les 400 personnes les plus riches aux États-Unis ont vu leur valeur nette combinée croître de 13 % pour atteindre 2290 milliards de dollars cette année, en pleine flambée record des marchés boursiers et des bénéfices d'entreprises.

Propagande de guerre au Musée de l'Histoire Allemande

Par Johannes Stern, 10 octobre 2014

La semaine dernière, le responsable de la sécurité Horst Teltschik et les historiens Michael Wolffsohn, Sönke Neitzel et Jörg Baberowski ont discuté du rôle de l'Allemagne comme force d'intervention au Musée de l'Histoire Allemande.

New in German

Ebola-Epidemie: eine soziale Katastrophe in Westafrika

Von Niles Williamson, 10. Oktober 2014

Für die anhaltende Ebola-Krise sind die imperialistischen Mächte verantwortlich, die Westafrika wirtschaftlich ausbluten.

SPD-Chef Gabriel will Rüstungsindustrie ausbauen

Von Gustav Kemper, 10. Oktober 2014

Gabriels Rede gipfelte in der Forderung, den Rüstungsexport in den Dienst der deutschen Außenpolitik und des Aufbaus einer schlagkräftigen Armee zu stellen.

Miners Shot Down: Eine Dokumentation über das Massaker von Marikana

Von Derek Bell und Martin Kreickenbaum, 10. Oktober 2014

Der Film zeigt, mit welcher Grausamkeit die südafrikanische Regierung, die Bergwerksgesellschaft und die Gewerkschaften gegen die Bergarbeiter vorgingen.

Schweiz: Volksabstimmung lehnt Einheitskrankenkasse ab

Von Stefan Gfeller, 10. Oktober 2014

Der Vorschlag einer Einheitskrankenkasse, der Ende September in einer Schweizer Volksabstimmung abgelehnt wurde, hätte an der heutigen unsozialen Kopfprämie nichts geändert.

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Perspective

The economic roots of the drive to war

10 October 2014

The permanent stagnation in the world economy is fuelling inter-imperialist tensions and creating the conditions for war.

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Commentary

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

10 October 2014

The administration has conditioned its approval of a meeting room for the IYSSE on the censorship of any political criticism of members of the University.

War propaganda in the German Historical Museum

By Johannes Stern, 9 October 2014

Germany: Joschka Fischer’s declaration of war on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014

The Ebola epidemic: A social disaster in West Africa

By Niles Williamson, 9 October 2014

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

High school students walk out to defend Philadelphia teachers

The bank bailout and the Forbes 400

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 5
99 Homes, Shelter and harsh American realities: Filmmakers inch their way toward important truths
Director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 October 2014

99 Homes deals with the foreclosure and eviction crisis, Shelter with the homeless. Also screened was a documentary about a Mexican citizen 30 years on death row, The Years of Fierro.

Snowpiercer: A new ice age and its consequences

By Muhammad Khan, 8 October 2014

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History

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 2
LSSP rejects the ICFI’s defence of Trotskyism

By Saman Gunadasa, 10 October 2014

The second of four articles on the political lessons of the entry of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party into the Sri Lankan government of Madame Sirima Bandaranaike in June 1964.

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 October 2014

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

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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