Washington-backed “rebels” surrender US arms to Al Qaeda in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2014

The collapse of the so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria comes as the Pentagon is attempting to rebuild the Iraqi army for an anti-ISIS offensive next year.

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

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

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France’s Socialist Party cracks down on protests against police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2014

Utterly discredited and unpopular, the Socialist Party is seeking to crush protests through bans on street demonstrations, police crackdowns and mass arrests.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

US, Europe issue new threats after elections in Ukraine’s separatist regions

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2014

Kiev is signaling its readiness to renew its military offensive against the region on the grounds that the November 2 vote violated the fragile peace deal signed with the separatists in September.

Poland to send troops to eastern border

By Sonja Bach, 4 November 2014

The historic realignment of military forces is part of NATO’s escalation against Russia.

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Canada imposes draconian travel restrictions citing Ebola crisis

By Roger Jordan, 4 November 2014

Canada’s decision reflects the callous indifference of the government to the plight of the growing numbers of people suffering as a result of the spread of Ebola in Africa.

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

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Research confirms harshness of sentences handed out to youth following the 2011 UK riots

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2014

The denial of basic rights to those arrested showed there was no constituency within the British ruling class prepared to defend basic democratic norms.

US state prison population soars as education spending plummets

By Kate Randall, 4 November 2014

If state corrections spending had been held at mid-1980s levels, US states would have $28 billion more each year to allocate to education and other social spending.

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

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US military’s Defense Clandestine Service to deploy hundreds of international spies

By Thomas Gaist, 4 November 2014

Launched in 2012, US military’s new in-house intelligence agency is developing a global network comparable to that of the CIA.

Justice Department seeks massive expansion of FBI hacking powers

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Warner Brothers to slash over 10 percent of its workforce

By Kevin Martinez, 4 November 2014

The studio is expected to lay off over 1,000 workers as part of a $200 million cost-cutting plan.

US blocks Australian participation in China-backed bank

By Nick Beams, 4 November 2014

Washington’s intervention, objecting to the bank on strategic grounds, points to the escalating military drive against China.

Captain of South Korean sunken ferry faces death penalty

By Ben McGrath, 4 November 2014

The ferry tragedy is being exploited to revive the death penalty, which has not been carried out in South Korea since 1997.

South Africans under 60 disqualified from state-funded housing

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 November 2014

Having failed over 20 years to reduce the housing backlog, the government is now excluding younger South Africans from state-funded housing.

New in Russian

Выступление Татьяны Иваровны Смилги-Полуян на митинге памяти Вадима Роговина в берлинском университете имени Гумбольдта 5 декабря 1998 г.

4 ноября 2014 г.

Мы публикуем выступление Татьяны Иваровны Смилги-Полуян, дочери известного большевика и члена Левой оппозиции Ивара Смилги, на митинге памяти Вадима Роговина в берлинском университете имени Гумбольдта 5 декабря 1998 года.

New in Turkish

Maden felaketi Türk hükümetinin krizini derinleştiriyor

Isaac Finn, 4 Kasım 2014

Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) hükümeti, yeni bir maden felaketinin onu daha derin bir siyasi krize sürükleyeceği korkusunun bir belirtisi olarak, dünkü Cumhuriyet Bayramı kutlamalarını iptal etti.

New in Spanish

Brasil: Rousseff del Partido de los Trabajadores fue reelegida en la votación más estrecha desde el fin de la dictadura militar

Por Bill Van Auken, 04 noviembre 2014

El segundo gobierno de Dilma Rousseff se prepara a imponer las mismas medidas antiobreras que reclama la oposición.

La gran traición del PLSS: Parte 2
El PLSS rechaza la defensa del trotskismo del CICI

Por Saman Gunadasa, 04 noviembre 2014

La segunda parte de esta serie trata de la oposición sin principios del PLSS a la formación del CICI y de su posterior degeneración como parte del pablista Secretariado Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional.

New in French

Coup militaire lors des manifestations de masse au Burkina-Faso

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 4 novembre 2014

L'armée a pris le pouvoir après l'eruption de manifestations contre la tentative du Président Blaise Campaoré de changer la Constitution afin de pouvoir briguer encore une fois la présidence.

La France et l’Italie font des coupes supplémentaires pour faire valider leur budget par l’UE

Par Anthony Torres, 4 novembre 2014

Paris et Rome mènent des attaques contre des acquis sociaux fondamentaux de la classe ouvrière.

De la recherche, pas de la propagande de guerre! Déclaration de l’EJIES sur le conflit à l'Université Humboldt de Berlin

Etudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale, 4 novembre 2014

Nous publions ici une déclaration parue avant la réunion de l’EJIES le 23 novembre et qui attire l’attention sur les questions sous-tendant le conflit politique entre l’administration de l’Université et l’EJIES.

New in German

Bundesarbeitsministerin Nahles legt Gesetzentwurf zur Tarifeinheit vor

Von Dietmar Henning, 4. November 2014

Zukünftig sollen die großen DGB-Gewerkschaften entscheiden können, wer wann streiken darf – oder nicht.

Pentagon wirft Russland "Aggression" gegen die Nato vor

Von Patrick Martin, 4. November 2014

Den Äußerungen von General Raymond Odierno ging eine Reihe von Flügen russischer Kampfflugzeuge über internationalen europäischen Gewässern voraus.

Polen verlegt Truppen an die Ostgrenze

Von Sonja Bach, 4. November 2014

Die polnische Regierung hat angekündigt, ihren militärischen Schwerpunkt an die Ostgrenze zu verlegen und massiv aufzurüsten.

EU akzeptiert Haushalt 2015
Frankreich und Italien müssen stärker kürzen

Von Anthony Torres, 4. November 2014

In den Haushaltsverhandlungen haben Frankreich und Italien weitere Angriffe auf die sozialen Rechte der Arbeiterklasse zugesagt.

Geldpolitik der Bank von Japan destabilisiert Weltwirtschaft zusätzlich

Von Nick Beams, 4. November 2014

Deflation und Währungskrieg Folge von geldpolitischen Maßnahmen der Bank von Japan

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Perspective

The political issues posed by the US midterm elections

4 November 2014

By agreement between the Democrats and Republicans, there has been no discussion in the election campaign of the stepped-up program of war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights that will unfold after November 4.

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Commentary

Sri Lankan pseudo-lefts promote right-wing UNP leader as presidential candidate

By K. Ratnayake, 4 November 2014

NSSP leader Wickremabahu Karunaratne is seeking to assemble a coalition of “left” and right to put a UNP president in office.

Obama in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2014

US election campaign staggers to the finish line

The $2 billion Congress

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Bank of Japan’s shock stimulus further destabilizes global economy

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2014

Film director Roman Polanski questioned, released in Poland

By David Walsh, 3 November 2014

The New York Times throws Roman Polanski to the wolves

Labour-run Newham council pioneers social cleansing in London

By Paul Bond, 3 May 2012

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

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

By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2014

The CIA torture cover-up continues

The Detroit Bankruptcy

Mass water shutoffs continue in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 4 November 2014

Nearly 30,000 households in the city have had their water service disconnected so far this year.

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

The carve-up of Detroit

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 November 2014

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

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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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

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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.