US Congress moves to cut billions in food aid

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2013

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday to slash food stamp funding by $40 billion over ten years, kicking four million people off the program next year.

US threatens war while considering talks with Syria, Iran

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2013

US officials are preparing a possible meeting between Iranian President Rouhani and President Obama at the UN General Assembly next week.

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German election: Trade unions signal support for a grand coalition

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 September 2013

With its decision just days before the election, the Confederation of German Trade Unions is offering its services to the incoming government.

Poverty grows in Germany’s large cities

By Sybille Fuchs, 21 September 2013

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White House intervenes in Supreme Court case to back prayer at town meetings

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 21 September 2013

The Obama administration’s decision to intervene in opposition to the separation of church and state is entirely in line with its general assault on democratic rights.

FISA court releases document defending NSA bulk metadata collection

By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2013

An opinion published by the FISA court this week argued that mass collection of telephone data does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

Intense storms cause death, destruction in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 21 September 2013

Twin storms have had a widespread impact across Mexico, causing floods and destruction.

UK government announces ten-year sentences for benefit fraud

By Julie Hyland, 21 September 2013

The government is targeting welfare benefits with the aim of forcing down wages, which have already fallen for 40 consecutive months.

New Australian government appoints military commander to oversee anti-refugee regime

By Mark Church, 21 September 2013

“Operation Sovereign Borders” places the military in control of not just turning back refugee boats, but of 15 civilian agencies involved in immigration control.

NZ Labour installs new leader

By John Braddock, 21 September 2013

For all his “left” posturing, Cunliffe’s elevation does not represent any shift from the pro-market restructuring begun under the Lange Labour governments.

Canada: NDP pledges not to raise taxes on rich

By Dylan Lubao, 21 September 2013

The trade union-supported New Democratic Party used its recent parliamentary strategy session to underline its commitment to a right-wing, pro-big business agenda.

Indonesian economy faces continuing economic turbulence

By John Roberts, 21 September 2013

The Bank of Indonesia foreshadowed harsh austerity measures to prepare for the end of “quantitative easing.”

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Manifestations en Grèce suite au meurtre fasciste du musicien Pavlos Fyssas

Par Christoph Dreier, 21 septembre 2013

Jeudi, des milliers de personnes sont de nouveau descendues dans la rue en Grèce pour protester contre les coupes sociales et le meurtre fasciste du musicien Pavlos Fyssas.

Le gouvernement et les médias britanniques demandent des mesures contre le voile islamique

Par Chris Marsden, 21 septembre 2013

Une décision du Juge Peter Murphy est devenue l'occasion d'une campagne exigeant des mesures supplémentaires pour réduire les droits démocratiques et plus généralement islamophobe.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2007
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Die Bedeutung der Bundestagswahl

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. September 2013

Unabhängig davon, wie sich die kommende Regierung zusammensetzt, wird sie den rücksichtslosen Sparkurs in Europa verschärfen, der Arbeiterklasse in Deutschland den Krieg erklären und jede militärische Zurückhaltung aufgeben.

Ägyptische Junta geht gegen islamistische Hochburgen vor

Von Johannes Stern, 21. September 2013

Ägyptische Polizisten und Soldaten überfielen am Donnerstag den Vorort Kerdasa und verhafteten Dutzende von angeblich aufständischen Islamisten.

Iranischer Präsident ruft zu Dialog mit den USA auf

Von Peter Symonds, 21. September 2013

Obama wird Gespräche mit dem Iran auszunutzen versuchen, um Zugeständnisse zu bekommen, die Wirtschaftssanktionen und militärischen Drohungen aber aufrechterhalten.

Bis zu 150 Millionen Menschen in Europa von Armut bedroht

Von Stefan Steinberg, 21. September 2013

Ein letzte Woche veröffentlichter Bericht warnt, dass fast ein Drittel der europäischen Bevölkerung von Armut bedroht ist.

Stahlindustrie: Salzgitter AG streicht mehr als 1.500 Arbeitsplätze

Von Sven Heymanns, 21. September 2013

IG Metall und Betriebsrat spielen bei der Abwälzung der Krise auf die Belegschaft eine entscheidende Rolle.

Teilverkauf von Karstadt bedroht Arbeitsplätze und Löhne

Von Sybille Fuchs, 21. September 2013

Der deutsch-amerikanische Finanzinvestor Berggruen wurde von der Gewerkschaft als „Retter“ bejubelt. Tatsächlich hat er keines seiner Versprechen eingelöst.

Polen: Großdemonstration gegen Sparpolitik der Regierung

Von Markus Salzmann, 21. September 2013

Die Demonstrationen richten sich gegen die Anhebung des Rentenalters auf 67 Jahre, die Ausweitung prekärer Arbeitsverhältnisse und anderer Sparmaßnahmen der Regierung Tusk.

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The significance of the German election

21 September 2013

The incoming German government will intensify austerity across Europe and declare war on the working class in Germany.

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

Why workers must defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 September 2013

The art at the DIA belongs to the people, not the rich!

Video: Wayne State University students and staff oppose selloff of DIA art

By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 20 September 2013

The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Shannon Jones, 20 September 2013

The defense of culture and the crisis in Detroit

By David Walsh, 17 September 2013

Socialist Equality Party to hold demonstration in defense of the Detroit Institute of Arts

By our reporter, 16 September 2013

The SEP and the IYSSE will hold a demonstration on Friday, October 4 to oppose the sale of artworks at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the city bankruptcy plan.

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The Washington Navy Yard shooting

By David Walsh, 21 September 2013

In one of the latest mass shootings in the US, at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, civilian contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 people and wounded several others before being fatally shot by police.

The US health care overhaul and the social rights of the working class

By Kate Randall, 20 September 2013

Protests shake Greece after fascist murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas

By Christoph Dreier, 20 September 2013

JPMorgan receives wrist slap fine for hiding derivatives loss

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2013

War Drive against Syria

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

By David North, 19 September 2013

The following lecture was delivered September 17, 2013 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

The German Left Party’s pursuit of war in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

SEP and IYSSE public meetings: No to war and dictatorship!

IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand: Oppose war against Syria!

18 September 2013

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

SEP (Germany) election video: Defend Bradley Manning

21 September 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) produced the following video in defense of persecuted US soldier and whistle-blower Bradley Manning.

SEP campaign video: Voices against war with Syria

19 September 2013

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Vote SEP in Sri Lankan Northern Provincial elections

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 September 2013

Sri Lanka: The JVP’s sham support for democratic rights

By K. Ratnayake, 18 September 2013

Sri Lankan SEP holds meeting in Jaffna—No to war against Syria

By Rohantha De Silva, 17 September 2013

Workers Struggles

Irish trade unions agree to government-imposed cuts at Dublin Bus

By Jordan Shilton, 21 September 2013

Workers at Dublin Bus took three days of strike action earlier last month against an €11.7 million cost-cutting deal.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 September 2013

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

The betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike: One year on

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 19 September 2013

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2013—Part 1
Twenty years of covering the Toronto film festival

By David Walsh, 20 September 2013

Defend Edward Snowden!

Citing Snowden leaks, FISA judge orders release of rulings authorizing domestic surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2013

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25 years ago: New coup signals revolutionary crisis in Haiti

On September 17, 1988, the Haitian dictatorship of Gen. Henri Namphy was overthrown in the course of battles between rival military factions.

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50 years ago: Britain cobbles together Malaysia

On September 16, 1963, the country of Malaysia came into being as a federation of former British colonies Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, and Sabah (North Borneo).

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75 years ago: British and French governments abandon Czechoslovakia

On the afternoon of September 22, 1938, one week after initial discussions at Berchtesgaden had drawn to a close, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met once more in Bad Godesberg to discuss the fate of Czechoslovakia.

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100 years ago: Miners strike begins in Colorado

On September 16, 1913, over 11,000 coal miners went on strike in Colorado, demanding better pay and working conditions as well as recognition of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).

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Letters from our readers

21 September 2013

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