Missouri governor declares state of emergency, mobilizes National Guard ahead of protests

By Andre Damon, 18 November 2014

The move marks a significant step towards the imposition of police state forms of rule in the United States.

“This country is turning into a police state”
Ferguson residents condemn mobilization of National Guard against protests

By Eric London, 18 November 2014

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with Ferguson residents as the possibility of major state repression loomed over the St. Louis suburb.

De facto martial law in Ferguson, Missouri

Capitalism and the police-military mobilization in Ferguson, Missouri

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“A permanent Third World in America”
Child homelessness at all-time high in US

By Niles Williamson, 18 November 2014

A record 2.5 million American children were homeless last year amidst what the Obama administration has insisted is an economic recovery.

Obama envisions “circumstances” requiring US ground troops in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2014

The US president’s remark came as the top uniformed commander carried out an unannounced visit to Iraq.

Top general says US troops may be needed to retake Iraqi cities

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Japan slides back into recession

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2014

The shock announcement that Japan’s economy shrank for the second quarter in a row dealt a major blow to “Abenomics.”

Empty commitment by G20 to boost global growth

Central bank decisions deepen global capitalist disorder

Chinese president seeks to use trade to counter US “pivot”

By James Cogan, 18 November 2014

Xi’s speech in the Australian parliament yesterday was a carefully-crafted response to President Obama's bellicose reaffirmation of the “pivot” last Saturday.

Cameron announces plans to remove British passports from suspected terrorists

By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2014

The home secretary will have the power to cancel passports and impose a “temporary exclusion” order for two years.

US Justice Department uses spy planes in mass surveillance of cellphones

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Scottish National Party budget delivers another round of cuts

By Steve James, 18 November 2014

The SNP government has imposed spending levels set by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition in Westminster.

Witness implicates German intelligence agency at neo-Nazi murder trial

By Sven Heymanns, 17 November 2014

New courtroom testimony confirms that the Thuringian intelligence agency aided and abetted neo-Nazis.

Sri Lanka’s court rubberstamps Rajapakse’s bid for third presidential term

By W.A. Sunil and Wije Dias, 18 November 2014

The Supreme Court ruling, initiated by the president himself, is to preempt any legal or political challenge to his bid to continue in office.

Australian “Direct Action” climate plan to reward corporate polluters

By Barry Andrews, 18 November 2014

The scheme is even more of a travesty than the previous Labor government’s carbon tax regime, which also sought to boost business profits.

Token charges filed against coal executive in West Virginia mine disaster

By Samuel Davidson, 18 November 2014

The government cover-up of the death of 29 West Virginia coal miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine in April 2010 is continuing.

New in French

Le discours d’Obama en Australie: une menace de guerre contre la Chine

Par James Cogan, 18 novembre 2014

Chaque mot prononcé par Obama au sujet des visées économiques et politiques de l’impérialisme est un mensonge.

L’Espagne augmente ses dépenses militaires

Par Alfie Cook et Alejandero Lopez, 18 novembre 2014

Le nouveau programme militaire espagnol comprend l’achat de cinq frégates F-110 anti sous-marins conçues pour les missions de combat de haute intensité.

Mort de Rémi Fraisse : le NPA défend la police française

Par Anthony Torres, 18 novembre 2014

La réaction du NPA est un avertissement à la classe ouvrière : la pseudo-gauche défend l'assassinat de manifestants hostiles au Parti socialiste.

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G-20-Gipfel verschärft Kriegsgefahr

Von Peter Schwarz, 18. November 2014

Die Gefahr, dass die militärischen Drohungen gegen Russland in einen heißen Krieg umschlagen, wächst täglich.

G20-Gipfel in Australien: Obama droht China mit Krieg

Von James Cogan, 18. November 2014

Jedes einzelne Wort Obamas in seiner Rede über die Ziele des US-Imperialismus war eine Lüge.

Hohle Versprechungen der G-20 für globales Wachstum

Von Nick Beams, 18. November 2014

Die Verpflichtung des G-20-Gipfels zu mehr Wachstum wird sowohl durch das Handeln der Großmächte als auch durch das Kommuniqué selbst widerlegt.

Gewerkschaften weisen auf dem Gipfel korporatistische Agenda vor

Von James Cogan, 18. November 2014

Die an die Führer der G-20 gerichtete Erklärung der Gewerkschaften ist insgesamt ein zynischer Mischmasch aus Forderungen, von denen diese privilegierten Funktionäre wissen, dass sie nie umgesetzt werden.

Die verschwundenen Studenten und die politische Krise in Mexiko

Von Don Knowland, 18. November 2014

Das Verschwinden von 43 Lehramtsstudenten hat zu einer wachsenden Ablehnung der wichtigsten politischen Parteien in Mexiko beigetragen.

Lettlands neue Regierung: Sparhaushalt und Kriegspropaganda

Von Markus Salzmann, 18. November 2014

Der Koalitionsvertrag der wiedergewählten lettischen Regierung schriebt den brutalen Sparkurs fort und macht das Land außenpolitisch zur Vorhut im Konflikt mit Russland.

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Perspective

G-20 summit intensifies threat of war against Russia

18 November 2014

The danger that the NATO powers’ military threats against Russia could erupt into open warfare is growing by the day.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Financial Review Commission continues bankers’ control of Detroit

By Jerry White, 18 November 2014

The unelected panel of financial and real estate executives will have unilateral power to overturn labor agreements and borrowing and spending decisions for 13 years.

Video: Defend the social rights of Detroit workers!

By Lawrence Porter, 13 November 2014

City workers denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling

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

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

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Arts Review

Director Carlos Reygadas at the Colombo film festival: But what is cinematic art?

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 November 2014

Several works by the Mexican filmmaker were highlighted at the recent Colombo film festival. The primitive realism and worship of the unconscious in Reygadas’ approach to cinema is considered here.

Why did the poppy war commemoration at the Tower of London become a mass event?

By Paul Mitchell, 18 November 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, with its depiction of a massive loss of life, chimes with the views of millions as to the horror and senseless waste of the First World War.

Workers, youth comment on World War I installation: “Young people must oppose war”

By Paul Mitchell, 18 November 2014

Spectators react to Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red ceramic poppy installation in London.

Still The Enemy Within: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left

The Death of Klinghoffer dramatizes 1985 hijacking of Achille Lauro

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Commentary

Obamacare adviser: Administration exploited “the stupidity of the American voter”

By Kate Randall, 18 November 2014

The president has attempted to distance himself from Gruber’s comments because he is well aware of the inconvenient truths they reveal about Obamacare.

Cost of Obamacare coverage to rise in 2015

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Obama’s speech in Australia: A threat of war against China

By James Cogan, 17 November 2014

Obama at APEC: US steps up economic offensive against China

The comet landing: A new milestone in space exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 15 November 2014

NATO intensifies threats against Russia over Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2014

The illegitimate US election

Twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: A balance sheet

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 November 2014

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

German train drivers face political struggle

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

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

18 November 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

IYSSE (UK) public meetings: Imperialism and the Ebola crisis

17 November 2014

The struggle against war and the tasks of the PSG

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 November 2014

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand postponed

14 November 2014

25 years ago: Mass demonstrations begin against Czech regime

A mass demonstration of students in Prague on November 17, 1989, followed a smaller one the previous day in the city of Bratislava, both called to commemorate International Students Day.

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50 years ago: FBI Director Hoover denounces Martin Luther King, Jr.

On November 18, 1964, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover publicly denounced civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him “the biggest liar in the country.”

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75 years ago: “Phoney War” punctured by German sinking of HMS Rawalpindi

On November 23, 1939, an armed British merchant cruiser, HMS Rawalpindi, was sunk by two German battleships in the waters known as the Iceland Gap.

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100 years ago: Britain seizes control of Basra in modern-day Iraq

On November 21, 1914, British forces seized Basra from the Ottoman Empire, following a battle that had begun on November 11.

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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.