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The German October: The missed revolution of 1923

By Peter Schwarz, 30 October 2008

In October 1923, the German Communist Party prepared an insurrection and then cancelled it at the last minute, prompting Leon Trotsky to characterize it as “a classic demonstration of how it is possible to miss a perfectly exceptional revolutionary situation of world-historic importance.”

US defense secretary expands pre-emptive war doctrine to include nuclear strikes

By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2008

In a remarkable speech on October 28, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates painted a dire portrait of international affairs and argued that Washington should expand the doctrine of pre-emptive war formulated by the Bush administration to include possible nuclear strikes.

Opportunism versus socialism: lessons of two “left” conferences in Britain

30 October 2008

For all the factional heat between the SWP and Respect Renewal, what is striking is the fundamental similarity between the approaches of both parties to the economic crisis of world capitalism. Both groups are extraordinarily anxious to downplay the severity of the global crisis that has brought down many of the world’s major financial institutions and threatens whole economies with bankruptcy.

US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates as recession deepens

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 October 2008

The rapidity of the economic downturn has alarmed a number of economists who are now warning of a potential deflationary crisis.

Advocate of Afghan “troop surge” selected as head of British Army

By Harvey Thompson, 30 October 2008

Gen. Sir David Richards, recent commander of the NATO’s ISAF in Afghanistan, has been appointed the new head of the British Army.

Ford Australia sackings signal a wave of auto job losses

By Terry Cook, 30 October 2008

Ford Australia is preparing a series of job cuts that are just the beginning of downsizing and restructuring throughout the industry amid the global economic downturn and collapsing new car sales internationally.

Detroit residents denounce social decay in fire deaths

30 October 2008

The following video is part of a series by the World Socialist Web Site reporters on the dire social conditions prevailing former auto production centers in Detroit.

Canadian Government defends export of asbestos to poorer nations

By John MacKay, 30 October 2008

The Canadian government has played a major role in keeping chrysotile asbestos off a United Nation’s list of dangerous substances.

Letters from our readers

30 October 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Turkish court provides explanation of its ban on headscarves

By Sinan Ikinci, 30 October 2008

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has provided a long-awaited explanation of its annulment of constitutional amendments that served to ban Muslim headscarves.