European Central Bank seeks to reassure financial markets

By Nick Beams, 7 November 2014

ECB president Mario Draghi insisted that the bank stands ready to inject up to one trillion euros into the financial system.

Obama’s letter to Iranian leader complicates nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2014

Whatever the exact circumstances behind the revelation of the secret letter, the outcome is likely to be a harder line from Washington toward Iran.

French President Hollande’s mid-term TV appearance: No shift in right-wing policies

By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2014

Billed as a last-ditch attempt to halt the collapse of Hollande’s Socialist Party, the TV appearance made clear Hollande intends to make no change in his reactionary policies.

More than 100,000 march in Mexico City over disappeared students

By Rafael Azul, 7 November 2014

Marchers demanded the resignation of President Peña Nieto over the government’s handling of the September 26 massacre and mass kidnapping.

Mexico’s disappeared students

Climate report warns of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts”

By Daniel de Vries, 7 November 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest in a series of studies warning that time to act on climate is running out.

New York Governor Cuomo wins reelection in record low turnout

By Fred Mazelis, 7 November 2014

The election reflected workers’ growing disgust with the Democrats, as well as the increasingly depraved character of big business politics.

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Justice Department imposes wrist-slap “reforms” on Albuquerque police after series of shootings

By Stuart Winter and D. Lencho, 7 November 2014

The settlement does not hold any of the officers who participated in the string of police murders criminally accountable.

Federal agency conspired with police to keep media out of Ferguson airspace

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AT&T and Verizon use “supercookies” to track users’ online activities

By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2014

The leading mobile phone companies use so-called “supercookies” to secretly record day-to-day Internet usage by at least 100 million customers

Australia’s WWI Albany commemoration: All about the future, not the past

By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2014

Senior Japanese officials were honoured guests at the latest First World War centenary event.

Catalan regional government proceeds with alternative referendum despite new suspension

By Alejandro López, 7 November 2014

Madrid has sent 500 anti-riot police of the infamous police intervention units and around 800 intervention units of the militarized police, the Civil Guards, to Catalonia.

Podemos party tops opinion poll in Spain

Further job cuts in European auto industry

By Jan Peters, 7 November 2014

Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry.

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Le nouveau parti Podemos en tête des sondages en Espagne

Par Alejandro López et Paul Mitchell, 7 novembre 2014

Le succès de Podemos dans les sondages souligne l’instabilité de la situation politique en Espagne et la profonde impopularité de la classe politique.

A propos du bicentenaire de la naissance de l’écrivain allemand Georg Büchner (1813-1837) -- Première Partie

Par Sybille Fuchs, 7 novembre 2014

Nous publions ici un article en cinq parties sur l’auteur allemand révolutionnaire Georg Büchner dont on a commémoré le bicentenaire l’an dernier. Une des manifestations les plus marquantes de ce bicentenaire fut une exposition dans la ville de Darmstadt, en Hesse, où Büchner a passé son enfance et sa jeunesse.

New in German

Linkspartei greift Streik der Lokführer an

Von Johannes Stern, 7. November 2014

Linken-Chef Bernd Riexinger bezeichnet den Streik der Lokführer als falsch.

Lokführer setzen Streik fort

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 7. November 2014

Die Lokführer und Zugbegleiter der Gewerkschaft GDL setzen ihren Streik fort. Seit gestern wird neben dem Güter- auch der Personenverkehr bestreikt.

Video: "Wir streiken für Grundrechte"
Interviews mit streikenden Lokführern in Berlin

Von Fabian Winter und Hiram Lee, 7. November 2014

Auf dem Berliner Ostbahnhof versammelten sich dutzende Lokführer und Zugbegleiter, um für ihre Forderungen zu demonstrieren und die Fahrgäste über die Ziele des Streik aufzuklären.

Die Implosion der Demokratischen Partei

Von Joseph Kishore, 7. November 2014

Die Ergebnisse der amerikanischen Halbzeitwahl 2014 sind ein Ausdruck der weit verbreiteten Unzufriedenheit und Feindseligkeit gegenüber der Obama-Regierung und dem gesamten politischen System.

Kolumne der New York Times fordert Abschaffung der amerikanischen Halbzeitwahl

Von Barry Grey, 7. November 2014

Der Experte für Heimatschutz Schanzer will eine imperiale Präsidentschaft, deren Politik nicht durch teure Ablenkungen wie beispielsweise Kongresswahlen gestört wird.

Führender US-General fordert Entsendung von "Beratern" in irakische Kampfzone

Von Bill Van Auken, 7. November 2014

Nach General Dempseys Vorschlag würden US Soldaten in die sunnitisch dominierte Provinz Anbar, in der ISIS ungefähr 80 Prozent des Territoriums kontrolliert, entsendet.

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Perspective

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

7 November 2014

The push for a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force is aimed at preparing a war that will be far wider and even more protracted than those launched over a decade ago.

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The best of all possible worlds?
Students respond to Obama’s claim that this is the “best time in human history”

By Seraphine Collins and Jeff Lusanne, 7 November 2014

The WSWS asked Michigan college students to respond to President Barack Obama’s claim that this is the best time in human history for young people.

Commentary

The Nation and the International Socialist Organization respond to the 2014 elections

By David Walsh, 7 November 2014

Various political forces combined in 2008, and again in 2012, to paint Barack Obama as an alternative to Bush and the Republicans, including the Nation magazine and the ISO.

The Democratic Party implosion

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2014

Republicans, Obama prepare post-election escalation of war, social attacks

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2014

New York Times column advocates ending midterm elections in America

By Barry Grey, 5 November 2014

The European Union uses death to deter immigrants

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2014

New warnings of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014

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

Workers Struggles

German train drivers strike in first day

By our correspondents, 7 November 2014

There is widespread support among passengers and coworkers for the train drivers strike.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 November 2014

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

Science

Prehistoric rock art in Indonesia dated to 40,000 years ago

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 November 2014

Archaeologists have used new dating techniques to determine the ages of cave rock art in Southeast Asia, demonstrating that such art was not limited to continental Europe.

The Detroit Bankruptcy

A city for sale
Detroit auctions city assets for pennies on the dollar

By Seraphine Collins and Andre Damon, 6 November 2014

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

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Book Review

Broken Nation: A glimpse of Australian anti-war sentiment in World War I

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2014

It is significant—and to Joan Beaumont’s credit—that her latest book lifts the lid, albeit within definite limits, on anti-war opposition in the working class.

Arts Review

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

By James Brookfield, 3 November 2014

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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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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.