Russian strategic bombers to patrol off US coastlines

By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2014

This is a dire warning that Moscow sees the civil war in Ukraine and the NATO build-up in Eastern Europe as an existential threat, potentially requiring a nuclear response.

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

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Threat of war hangs over ASEAN summit

By Joseph Santolan, 14 November 2014

The tensions throughout Southeast Asia, centered upon the disputed waters of the South China Sea, have reached their sharpest pitch in decades.

Obama-Xi talks underscore US war threat in Asia

Canada deeply implicated in US anti-China “pivot”

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 November 2014

The Conservative government is integrating Canada ever more fully into Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

Harper’s Beijing trip highlights Canadian-Chinese tensions

Corporatist agenda of trade unions on display at G20 summit

By James Cogan, 14 November 2014

The unions’ statement to the G20 leaders is a grab-bag of issues that their privileged functionaries know will never be acted on.

Australia: Silence on G20 lockdown at “Peoples Summit” forum on civil liberties

By Mike Head, 14 November 2014

Florida governor presides over 20th execution in first term

By Kate Randall, 14 November 2014

Chadwick Banks was the eighth prisoner in Florida, and the thirty-second in the United States, to be put to death this year.

Notes on police violence in America
Fatal police shooting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By E.P. Bannon, 14 November 2014

A 54-year-old Ann Arbor man asked police to escort his girlfriend out of his home. Instead, they shot her multiple times.

As grand jury decision in Michael Brown case nears
Missouri governor vows to deploy National Guard against protesters

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The disappeared students and Mexico’s deepening political crisis

By Don Knowland, 14 November 2014

The disappearance of 43 rural teaching students has contributed to a growing popular rejection of the major political parties in Mexico.

Bank of Canada governor tells youth to work “for free”

By Dylan Lubao, 14 November 2014

In a remark indicative of the big business elite’s contempt for working people, the head of the Bank of Canada said jobless youth should get “real-life experience” by working for free.

Luxembourg tax avoidance scandal rocks European Union

By Jean Shaoul, 14 November 2014

Leaked documents show how 340 multinational groups set up corporate structures to avoid taxes.

French Socialist Party covered up its role in police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2014

Court documents show the PS knew police had killed ecological protester Rémi Fraisse but covered it up to hide the PS’s role in pressing for a crackdown.

German intelligence agency plans major expansion of spying powers

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2014

In an attempt to catch up with US and UK spy agencies, the BND is implementing a major upgrade.

India and Vietnam build closer economic and military ties

By Sujeeva Amaranth, 14 November 2014

The recent trip by Vietnam’s prime minister to India is the second high-level visit in two months involving the two countries.

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La bancarrota de Detroit, nuevo peldaño en la guerra contra los obreros

Por Jerry White, 14 noviembre 2014

El juez federal de bancarrotas abre la puerta al uso del pretexto de “emergencia financiera” para suspender derechos democráticos e imponer sobre la clase obrera medidas impopulares.

Pasadas las elecciones estadounidenses: Se intensificarán las guerras y la contrarrevolución social

Por Joseph Kishore, 14 noviembre 2014

La victoria del Partido Republicano el cuatro de noviembre fue la consecuencia del desmoronamiento del Partido Demócrata.

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Les entretiens entre Obama et Xi soulignent la menace de guerre américaine en Asie

Par Patrick Kelly, 14 novembre 2014

Le nouveau « mécanisme pour développer la confiance » ne résout aucun des problèmes qui sous-tendent la confrontation de Washington avec la Chine.

L’armée allemande se prépare à la guerre civile

Par Denis Krassnin et Peter Schwarz, 14 novembre 2014

Quatre cent spécialistes militaires et de l’armement de quarante pays différents ont discuté, lors d’une conférence de trois jours qui s’est tenue en octobre à Berlin, de la répression des soulèvements et autres formes de guerre civile.

Le syndicat GDL met fin à la grève des conducteurs de train

Par nos correspondants, 14 novembre 2014

Samedi 8 novembre, le Syndicat des conducteurs de trains (GDL– Gewerkschaft der Lokführer) a mis un terme à la grève qu’il menait contre la société nationale des chemins de fer allemands Deutsche Bahn (DB).

A propos du bicentenaire de la naissance de l’écrivain allemand Georg Büchner – Cinquième partie

Par Sybille Fuchs, 14 novembre 2014

le bicentenaire de la naissance de l’auteur allemand révolutionnaire Georg Büchner, commémorée l’an dernier, a permis de rappeler la grande actualité de son œuvre. Une des manifestations les plus marquantes de ce bicentenaire fut une exposition dans la ville de Darmstadt, en Hesse, où Büchner a vécu. (Voir aussi Première partie;Deuxième partie;Troisième partie;Quatrième partie)

New in German

US-Wahlen ohne Legitimität

Von Joseph Kishore, 14. November 2014

Die geringe Wahlbeteiligung bei den amerikanischen Halbzeitwahlen haben das große Ausmaß an Desillusionierung und offener Feindschaft gegen die Obama-Regierung, das ganze politische Establishment und die beiden großen Wirtschaftsparteien gezeigt.

Der Kampf gegen Krieg und die Aufgaben der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit
Parteitagsresolution der PSG

14. November 2014

Vom 31. bis zum 2. November fand in Berlin der ordentliche Parteitag der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, der deutschen Sektion des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale, statt.

Die Grünen als Wirtschafts- und Kriegspartei

Von Dietmar Henning, 14. November 2014

Die Grünen müssen die neue klassische Wirtschaftspartei werden, erklärte Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann auf dem Landesparteitag der Grünen in Baden-Württemberg.

Europäischer Gerichtshof: Regierungen dürfen EU-Zuwanderern Sozialleistungen verweigern

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 14. November 2014

Der Europäische Gerichtshof hat am Mittwoch entschieden, dass Deutschland Zuwanderern aus anderen EU-Staaten Sozialleistungen verweigern darf, wenn sie nicht aktiv Arbeit suchen.

Bundesregierung beschließt schärfere Gesetze gegen „Armutszuwanderung“

Gespräche zwischen Obama und Xi verdeutlichen US-Kriegsgefahr in Asien

Von Patrick Kelly, 14. November 2014

Die Probleme, die Washingtons Konfrontation mit China zugrunde liegen, werden durch „vertrauensbildende Mechanismen“ des Militärs nicht gelöst.

Die Reaktion der Nation und der International Socialist Organization auf die Halbzeitwahlen 2014

Von David Walsh, 14. November 2014

Sowohl 2008 wie auch 2012 haben sich diverse politische Kräfte zusammengetan, um Barack Obama als eine Alternative zu Bush und den Republikanern anzupreisen. Zu diesen Kräften zählen die Zeitschrift The Nation und eine ganze Reihe linksliberaler Gruppierungen, sowie die International Socialist Organization (ISO).

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Perspective

Obama at APEC: US steps up economic offensive against China

14 November 2014

US trade policy is based on a drive to secure domination of the world economy, using both military and economic means.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: Suspending democracy to impose the dictates of Wall Street

By Tom Carter, 14 November 2014

The decision by federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes is a landmark ruling, establishing a pseudo-legal framework for suspending democracy and the rule of law.

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: A new chapter in the class war against workers

Video: Defend the social rights of Detroit workers!

By Lawrence Porter, 13 November 2014

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Arts Review

The Death of Klinghoffer dramatizes 1985 hijacking of Achille Lauro

By Fred Mazelis, 14 November 2014

John Adams’s opera is a worthy addition to the contemporary operatic repertory.

Atlanta Symphony musicians agree to concessions after nine-week lockout

Anderson: Artists and the Stasi in Stalinist East Germany

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Socialist Equality Party

The struggle against war and the tasks of the PSG

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 November 2014

The German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG) held its Second National Congress in Berlin between October 31 and November 2.

David North to speak November 15 in Toronto on “Imperialism and the World Wars of the Twentieth Century”

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand postponed

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 14 November 2014

David North will not be able to travel to Australia at the beginning of December. The lectures that he was to deliver in Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand between December 10 and 14, 2014 will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

ICFI/WSWS public meeting in India on the danger of world war

Workers Struggles

German train drivers face political struggle

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 November 2014

By shutting down the train drivers strike, the leadership of the GDL union signaled its readiness to collaborate with the government.

After flight attendants reject contract, American Airlines makes offer to pilots

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2014

Initial reports indicate pilots are overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal, which removes profit-sharing.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 November 2014

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

Commentary

The illegitimate US election

By Joseph Kishore, 13 November 2014

Philae spacecraft lands successfully on comet

By Don Barrett and Bryan Dyne, 13 November 2014

With its touchdown on Wednesday, the Philae module became the first spacecraft to land on the surface of a comet.

Capitalism and the space program

France’s pseudo-left NPA backs restoration of law and order in Burkina Faso

US troops sent to Iraq’s Anbar province

Harvard’s new sexual harassment policy, democratic rights and the new right

Twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

25 years ago: Nicaraguan peace talks suspended by contras

Nicaraguan peace talks in New York effectively collapsed when leaders of the US-backed contras demanded their immediate suspension on November 15, 1989.

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50 years ago: Israel provokes border clash with Syria

This week in 1964, Israel and Syria engaged in a series of border clashes. Seven Syrian soldiers and three Israelis were killed in the fighting, which began on November 13.

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75 years ago: Soviet Army moves into Baltic States

On November 14, 1939, Red Army detachments moved into the Baltic state of Lithuania under the terms of an agreement forced on the small country by Stalin and his foreign minister, Molotov.

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100 years ago: Germany and Russia fight battle of Lodz

On November 11, 1914, the German and Russian armies confronted one another near Lodz, a city in what is now south-central Poland.

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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.