Bank of Japan’s shock stimulus further destabilizes global economy

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2014

The Japanese central bank’s surprise announcement of new monetary stimulus measures has led to accusations that it is trying to export deflation and warnings of a currency war.

Amidst slowdown in global economy
Europe threatened with deflationary spiral

Military launches coup amid mass protests in Burkina Faso

By Antoine Lerougetel, 3 November 2014

The army took power in Burkina Faso after protests erupted against President Blaise Campaoré’s attempt to modify the constitution so he could again run for the presidency.

Film director Roman Polanski questioned, released in Poland

By David Walsh, 3 November 2014

Washington’s vindictive effort is the latest episode in a campaign to return the director to the US based on his having pled guilty in 1977 to having sex with an underage girl.

The New York Times throws Roman Polanski to the wolves

The sordid coalition pursuing filmmaker Roman Polanski

Justice Department seeks massive expansion of FBI hacking powers

By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2014

Proposed changes to legal restrictions on government surveillance would authorize the FBI to infect computers worldwide with ultrasophisticated surveillance malware.

FBI director demands unfettered access to all encrypted phone data

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

BP oil spill left massive “bathtub ring” in Gulf of Mexico

By Tom Hall, 3 November 2014

Millions of gallons of oil released during the 2010 BP oil spill fell to the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a study released last week.

Pennsylvania fifth grader still in prison

By Tom Eley, 3 November 2014

The ten-year-old has been held in an isolated cell since October 11.

Popular opposition grows to London Newham council’s social cleansing policies

By our reporters, 3 November 2014

An occupation by 29 young mothers of an empty block of former social housing flats in London has highlighted the social cleansing policies of Labour Party-controlled Newham council.

“Now we’re fighting for decent homes for everybody”

By our reporters, 3 November 2014

Last British combat troops leave Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014

The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.

France, Italy vow more social cuts as EU approves their 2015 budgets

By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014

In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.

Australian law to protect spy operations triggers media debate

By Mike Head, 3 November 2014

Under the new “terrorism” laws, anyone who “discloses information” about an intelligence operation can be jailed for up to 10 years.

Australia: Two NSW by-elections reveal the rot of official politics

By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 3 November 2014

The corruption scandals surrounding the by-elections underscore the intimate connection between government and various forms of speculative investment.

New Zealand Labour Party stages election leadership charade

By John Braddock, 3 November 2014

All four candidates are committed to austerity and the drive to war.

New in French

Récupération de la fusillade d'Ottawa par le gouvernement canadien pour promouvoir le militarisme et les attaques contre les droits civiques

Par Roger Jordan, 3 novembre 2014

Le gouvernement conservateur du Canada utilise les meurtres de deux soldats pour faire la promotion du militarisme et d'un nationalisme canadien belliqueux.

New in German

Vertuschung von CIA Folter geht weiter

Von Eric London, 1. November 2014

Die höchsten Ränge des Staates sind an einer verfassungswidrigen Verschwörung beteiligt, deren Ziel es ist, die grauenhaften Foltermethoden der CIA vor der Öffentlichkeit zu verbergen.

Japanische Minister besuchen Yasukuni Kriegsschrein

Von Ben McGrath, 1. November 2014

Der Besuch ist Teil der Agenda der Abe-Regierung, die Kriegsverbrechen der japanischen Armee in den 1930ern und 1940ern reinzuwaschen und Japan wieder zu militarisieren.

Plenum der Kommunistischen Partei Chinas treibt marktfreundliche Agenda voran

Von Ben McGrath, 1. November 2014

Die chinesische Führung benutzte das Plenum, um die Macht stärker in ihren Händen zu konzentrieren und die marktwirschaftlichen Umstrukturierungen verstärkt fortzusetzen.

Zum Tode von Siegfried Lenz (17. März 1926 – 7. Oktober 2014)

Von Sybille Fuchs, 1. November 2014

Mit Siegfried Lenz ist am 7. Oktober einer der beliebtesten und meistgelesenen Autoren der deutschen Nachkriegs- und Gegenwartsliteratur gestorben.

New in Spanish

Después del balotaje en Estados Unidos: más guerra en en Medio Oriente

Por Bill Van Auken, 1 noviembre 2014

La enorme máquina militar y de espionaje de Estados Unidos campanea a favor de más bombas y más soldados en Irak y Siria.

La gran traición del LSSP: Parte 1
La liquidación del Partido Bolchevique Leninista de India

Por Nanda Wickremasinghe y K. Ratnayake, 1 noviembre 2014

La primera parte trata sobre el establecimiento del Partido Bolchevique Leninista de India (PBLI) en 1942 como sección dela Cuarta Internacional y su posterior liquidación política, que tendría serias consecuencias para la clase trabajadora de Asia e internacional.

Gran audiencia en la reunión de JEIIS en la Universidad Humboldt de Berlín

1 noviembre 2014

Jovenes y Estudiantes por la Igualdad Social llevaron a cabo una importante y popular conferencia en Berlín sobre la historia del nuevo imperialismo germano y como combatirlo.

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilgá-Poluyan: 22 de mayo 1919 – 27 de septiembre del 2014

Por Clara Weiss, 1 noviembre 2014

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilgá dedicó su vida en la defensade la verdadera crónica histórica de los que habían sido asesinados y calumniados por la reacción estalinista.

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Perspective

Obama in Detroit

3 November 2014

The empty and cynical character of the election was epitomized by President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance Saturday in Detroit.

Earlier Perspectives »

25 years ago: Berlin Wall comes down

On November 9, 1989, thousands of residents of East Germany crossed the border into West Berlin after the government of Egon Krenz announced free travel into West Germany.

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50 years ago: Johnson wins US election landslide

On November 3, 1964, Democrat Lyndon Johnson won the most lopsided presidential election in US history, in terms of popular vote, winning more than 61 percent to Republican Barry Goldwater's 38 percent.

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75 years ago: Failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler

On the evening of November 8, 1939, at an event to commemorate the 16th anniversary of Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, an unsuccessful attempt was made on the life of the Nazi leader.

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100 years ago: Britain annexes Cyprus

On November 5, 1914, the British government formally annexed Cyprus, which had previously been within the nominal sphere of influence of the Ottoman Empire.

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Arts Review

“Give me something to do”
The literary impact and social concerns of American novelist Dave Eggers

By James Brookfield, 3 November 2014

Without wanting to oversimplify, one presumes that the general sympathy with which sufferers are treated in Eggers’ novels is owing in no small measure to his own experiences.

Fury: What is “realism”? What is an “anti-war” film?

By David Walsh, 1 November 2014

Three darkish comedies: Birdman, The Skeleton Twins and St. Vincent

By Joanne Laurier, 30 October 2014

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Commentary

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

By Niles Williamson, 1 November 2014

More on the Ebola crisis »

Top US general calls for “advisers” in Iraq combat zone

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2014

The Mideast war and the US election

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Report to UN condemns US government’s “international criminal program of torture”

By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2014

The CIA torture cover-up continues

US election campaign staggers to the finish line

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2014

The $2 billion Congress

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Putin points to growing war dangers

By Nick Beams, 1 November 2014

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Deadly SpaceShipTwo crash follows explosion of unmanned Antares rocket

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2014

Top officials at New York City’s Rikers Island prison resign amid brutality scandal

By Sandy English, 1 November 2014

More on police violence in America »

Canadian government exploiting shootings to promote militarism, attack civil rights

Israeli provocations ignite growing Palestinian revolt in Jerusalem

Woman wearing a niqab forced to leave Paris Opera

Science

The HANDY model of human and nature dynamics: A critical review

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2014

Obituary

Australian Labor leader Gough Whitlam (1916–2014)

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2014

Nothing of value can be learned from the official outpourings that have followed the death of Australian Labor Party leader Gough Whitlam

The Detroit Bankruptcy

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 30 October 2014

The carve-up of Detroit

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Socialist Equality Party

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 October 2014

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Mehring Books

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.