Japan’s snap election: A sign of economic and political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2014

Prime Minister Abe called the poll just a day after economic data showed that the country was in recession.

Japan slides back into recession

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens clampdown after synagogue killing

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2014

The attack and Israel’s response portend a wider conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Canada’s Prime Minister spearheads attack on Russia at G-20 summit

By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.

G-20 summit intensifies threat of war against Russia

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

US Defense Department organizing covert operations against "the general public"

By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2014

According to the New York Times, the military and its investigative agencies have almost as many undercover agents working inside the United States as the FBI.

Cameron announces plans to remove British passports from suspected terrorists

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Delinquent US mines allowed to continue dangerous operations

By Clement Daly, 19 November 2014

Nearly $70 million in delinquent fines are owed by 2,700 mining companies throughout the US.

Token charges filed against coal executive in West Virginia mine disaster

UK faces further round of austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2014

The new cuts to be inflicted by whichever government emerges from the next election will be even deeper and more widespread.

New UK study finds 300,000 more people living in poverty

By Dennis Moore, 19 November 2014

Since 2008, soaring food and fuel costs have had a severe impact on the poorest 20 percent.

Latvia’s new government promotes austerity policies and war propaganda

By Markus Salzmann, 19 November 2014

In her acceptance speech, Laimdota Straujuma praised the austerity measures imposed in Latvia since 2009.

Growing protests in Italy against austerity policies

By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2014

Violent clashes took place between demonstrators and police in several Italian cities last Friday.

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Putin aponta para o crescente perigo de guerra

Por Nick Beams, 19 de novembro de 2014

O presidente russo Vladimir Putin enfaticamente advertiu que ações dos Estados Unidos, violando normas que regiam as relações internacionais desde o fim da II Guerra Mundial, podiam levar a guerra.

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Pourquoi la commémoration de la guerre avec des coquelicots à la Tour de Londres est-elle devenue un événement de masse ?

Par Paul Mitchell, 19 novembre 2014

L’installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, qui représente une immense perte de vies, correspond bien à l’opinion de millions de personnes face à l’horreur et au gaspillage absurde occasionnés par la Première Guerre mondiale.

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Merkels „Hunnenrede“ gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 19. November 2014

Die Bundeskanzlerin hat Russland in Sydney eine massive Verletzung des Völkerrechts vorgeworfen, um die eigene aggressive Kriegspolitik zu rechtfertigen.

Bundeswehr wird schnelle Eingreiftruppe der Nato anführen

Von Philipp Frisch, 19. November 2014

Die Bundeswehr spielt bei der Nato-Aggression gegen Russland eine zentrale Rolle.

Russischer Dirigent Gergiev vom Saar-Festival ausgesperrt

Von Verena Nees, 19. November 2014

Der international renommierte Dirigent Valerij Gergiev ist von den saarländischen Musikfestspielen im kommenden Jahr ausgeschlossen worden, weil er Russe ist und den russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin unterstützt.

WSWS veröffentlicht Interviews mit Kindern der Linken Opposition

Von Fred Williams und Clara Weiss, 19. November 2014

Die Interviews schaffen Zugang zu einem der komplexesten und bedeutendsten Kapitel der Geschichte der Arbeiterklasse – zur Oktoberrevolution, der frühen Sowjetunion und dem Kampf des Trotzkismus gegen den Stalinismus.

Wachsende soziale Proteste in Italien

Von Marianne Arens, 19. November 2014

Mit brutalen Schlagstockeinsätzen ging die Polizei in Mailand und Padua gegen soziale Proteste vor, die sich gegen die Regierung Renzi richteten.

Japan wieder in Rezession

Von Nick Beams, 19. November 2014

Die schockierende Mitteilung, Japans Wirtschaft sei im zweiten Quartal in Folge geschrumpft, hat den "Abenomics" einen schweren Schlag versetzt.

Führender General erklärt: Rückeroberung irakischer Städte erfordert möglicherweise US-Kampftruppen

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. November 2014

Das Pentagon "erwägt natürlich" die Entsendung amerikanischer Bodentruppen in den Irak, während die Obama-Regierung über die Verschärfung der Kampagne für einen Regimewechsel in Syrien debattiert.

Kapitalismus und das Weltraumprogramm

Von Don Barrett, 19. November 2014

Die Grenzen der Technik können nicht die Erklärung dafür sein, warum die Menschheit nicht weltweit in den Orbit vorgestoßen ist und nicht damit fortfährt, in einem konstanten Tempo immer ehrgeiziger das Sonnensystem und den Weltraum zu erforschen.

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Perspective

Preemptive state of emergency in Missouri

19 November 2014

Backed by the Obama administration, the governor of Missouri has declared that the mere possibility of protests requires extraordinary powers and the activation of the National Guard.

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Video: National Guard arrives in St. Louis, Missouri

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 November 2014

Area residents said that the governor’s proclamation of a “state of emergency” was an attempt to intimidate the population.

Commentary

Merkel’s “Hun Speech” against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2014

In Sydney, Australia, the German chancellor accused Russia of a massive breach of international law in order to justify her own aggressive war policy.

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

By Kate Randall, 18 November 2014

More on health care in the US »

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

By Eric London, 18 November 2014

More on police violence in America »

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

By Niles Williamson, 18 November 2014

Obama envisions “circumstances” requiring US ground troops in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2014

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

The comet landing: A new milestone in space exploration

The illegitimate US election

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

Arts Review

Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work: A biography of the remarkable actor

By Charles Bogle, 19 November 2014

Susan L. Mizruchi’s work uses the late actor’s extensive book collection, along with film scripts, research materials and notes for films, to deliver a complex and believable Marlon Brando.

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 November 2014

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

By Paul Mitchell, 18 November 2014

More on the arts »

Book Review

James Risen on war and the US financial aristocracy
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

By Eric London, 19 November 2014

James Risen’s latest book details crimes committed by the Bush and Obama administrations under the auspices of the “war on terror” and the profits made by corporate interests.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Workers Action Committee meeting: Lessons of the Detroit bankruptcy

19 November 2014

This special meeting of the DWAC will discuss the Detroit bankruptcy and the way forward for the working class.

Financial Review Commission continues bankers’ control of Detroit

By Jerry White, 18 November 2014

Video: Defend the social rights of Detroit workers!

By Lawrence Porter, 13 November 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting in Montreal this Sunday: Oppose Canada’s participation in the new Mideast War

19 November 2014

Sunday’s meeting will examine why Canada’s ruling elite is taking a leading role in US aggression, deploying fighter jets to the Mideast and supporting Washington’s provocations against Russia and China.

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

18 November 2014

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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