Merkel wins German election

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 September 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel has won the German election. Her Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union increased its share of the vote by around eight percent to a total of 41.5 percent.

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Kenya: Islamist militia attacks Nairobi’s Westgate mall, killing 68

By Alex Lantier, 23 September 2013

Gunmen assaulted the upscale Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi over the weekend, in an attack claimed by Somalia’s Islamist Al Shabab militia.

Behind the US budget conflict, a renewed bipartisan campaign to cut social programs

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2013

Despite the public recriminations over a looming federal government shutdown, there is a bipartisan consensus for drastic attacks on social programs and benefits for working people.

Sri Lanka: TNA wins northern provincial council election

By K. Ratnayake, 23 September 2013

While the results reflect mass hostility to the Colombo government, the Tamil National Alliance’s political perspective poses great dangers for working people.

US presses for UN resolution to justify war on Syria

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2013

Russian foreign minister Lavrov accused Washington of blackmailing Moscow, by threatening to pull out of the US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.

Spanish Socialist Party toes US line on Syria

By Alejandro López, 23 September 2013

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Suicide-bomb attack on Christian church kills 80 in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 23 September 2013

The attack on a church in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was designed to inflict maximum casualties.

Large demonstration in Poland against government austerity policies

By Markus Salzmann, 23 September 2013

Demonstrations in Poland are directed against the increase of the retirement age to 67, the expansion of precarious working conditions and other austerity measures of the Tusk government.

Halliburton pleads guilty to charges stemming from BP oil spill

By Tom Hall, 23 September 2013

Halliburton has pled guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 BP oil spill, paying a paltry $200,000 in fines.

New York police attack students protesting ex-CIA chief David Petraeus

By Sandy English, 23 September 2013

On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.

Minnesota leads US in falling living conditions

By Eric London, 23 September 2013

Minnesota’s median household income has fallen by $13,000 since the mid-2000s.

California governor strikes deal with the Labor Department over transit pensions

By Gabriel Black, 23 September 2013

Governor Jerry Brown has orchestrated an emergency agreement with the federal government that will restore $1.6 billion in public transit grants that had been revoked due to a dispute over Brown’s 2012 pension reform.

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چرا ایالات متحده در حال به راه انداختن جنگ علیه سوریه است

دوید نورث و الکس لانتیر ۲۸ آگوست ۲۰۱۳

در پی حمله سلاحهای شیمیایی ادعایی در هفته گذشته، ایالات متحده و متحدان اروپایی آن به سرعت در حال حرکت، برای به راه اندازی یک جنگ علیه سوریه هستند. حملات موشکی به منظور به زانو دراوردن این کشور احتمالا در عرض چند روز دیگر آغاز خواهند شد. بر شدت جنگ تبلیغاتی، به هدف سرهمبندی یک جنگ منفور در نگاه عموم، از جانب رسانه ها بیش از پیش افزوده میشود. لایل رسمی ارائه شده برای حمله قریب الوقوع مجموعههایی از دروغهای بیاساس، مجموعهای از دستاویزهایی هستند که با هدف توجیه سیاستی است که به مدت طولانی از پیش برنامه ریزی شده بود.

نه به جنگ علیه سوریه !

۱.حزب برابری سوسیالیستی و کمیته بین المللی انترناسیونال چهارم ، همه کارگران و جوانان در ایالات متحده، اروپا و سراسر جهان را فرا میخواند که قدرت جمعی خود را علیه برنامه های دولت اوباما و متحدان ، برای یک حمله نظامی علیه سوریه، بسیج کنند. بیانیه رئیس جمهور اوباما در روز شنبه مبنی بر اینکه، او میخواهد تصویب کنگره برای بمباران سوریه را به دست آورد ، تنها به معنای آن است که حمله به تعویق افتاده است ولی لغو نشده است. رای گیری در کنگره ، مانور سیاسی مضحکی بیش نیست. هدف این مانور سیاسی ، مشروعیت بخشیدن به یک جنگ مبتنی بر دروغ میباشد. پس از رد شدن ویرانگر قطعنامه جنگ در مجلس بریتانیا، دولت اوباما به شدت در تلاش برای به دست آوردن یک پوشش سیاسی برای یک جنگ غیر قانونی است، جنگی که توسط اکثریت قریب به اتفاق مردم آمریکا رد میشود. اوباما به درستی انتظار دارد که کنگره با حمله به سوریه موافقت کند. علاوه بر این، مانور بحث در کنگره به اوباما اجازه خواهد داد که تصمیم گیری برای جنگ را، یک تصمیم دموکراتیک که نشان دهنده "اراده مردم" است، نمایش دهد. از این استدلال برای توجیه سرکوب فزاینده مخالفان جنگ استفاده خواهد شد.

آگوست ببل و بیداری سیاسی طبقه کارگر

اولریش ریپرت ۲۱ آگوست ۲۰۱۳

صد سال پیش آگوست ببل درگذشت. خبر مبنی بر اینکه، بنیانگذار سوسیال دموکراتی در روز ۱۳ آگوست ۱۹۱۳ در استراحتگاه آبگرم، در پاسوگ سوئیس در نتیجه یک سکته قلبی در گذشت، در پهنهٔ گیتی در کارخانهها و محلات کارگری شوک آور و تاثر برانگیز بود. تودههای کارگری علاقمندان ببل بودند و ببل - "قیصر کارگران" - را ستایش میکردند.

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La signification des élections allemande

Par Peter Schwarz, 23 septembre 2013

Le prochain gouvernement allemand intensifiera l’austérité aux quatre coins de l’Europe et déclarera la guerre à la classe ouvrière

Les États-Unis amorcent des négociations avec la Syrie et l'Iran, mais préparent la guerre

Par Alex Lanthier, 23 septembre 2013

Après que le président iranien Hassan Rouhani eut déclaré qu'il était prêt à négocier avec les États-Unis sur le programme nucléaire de son pays, l’administation américaine vont voir se qu’ils obtiendront diplomatiquement tout en continuant à préparer la guerre.

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Perspective

Fed “taper” decision points to deepening financial crisis

23 September 2013

The central concern of the Fed is not the real economy and the worsening conditions faced by hundreds of millions of working people, but the need to maintain the inflation of asset prices.

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

Video: The fight to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Andre Damon, 23 September 2013

In this video, members of the SEP speak about the historical significance of the museum, the political implications of the drive to sell its art, and the fight to organize workers in its defense.

“This is our culture”
Chrysler workers voice support for Detroit Institute of Arts

By Jerry White, 23 September 2013

Auto workers at Chrysler’s truck assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Warren expressed deep support for the arts and anger over the emergency manager’s threat to sell off the masterpieces of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Mass opposition in Detroit to planned cuts in pensions, sell off of DIA artwork

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2013

Polls show overwhelming popular opposition to proposals from Detroit’s Emergency Manager to cut pensions and sell off art from the Detroit Institute of Arts, potentially shutting down the museum.

Why workers must defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 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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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Germany: Socialist Equality Party holds antiwar rally in Berlin

By our correspondents, 23 September 2013

One day before the German federal election, the Socialist Equality Party held a rally in Berlin against the threat of an imperialist military intervention in Syria.

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25 years ago: US continues political and covert assault on Sandinista regime

On September 27, 1988, US President Ronald Reagan made a speech before the UN General Assembly accusing the Nicaraguan Sandinista government of being a “totalitarian regime.”

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50 years ago: Dominican president toppled in CIA-backed coup

On September 25, 1963, a military coup d'état removed the democratically elected Dominican Republic President Juan Bosch from office.

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75 years ago: Munich conference called on Czechoslovakia

Late on the afternoon of September 26, 1938, Sir Horace Wilson, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s closest adviser, met with Adolf Hitler in the Reich Chancellery.

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100 years ago: Tensions between China and Japan in aftermath of rebellion

This week in September 1913, tensions between China and Japan flared into a major diplomatic row over the deaths of three Japanese citizens in Nanking.

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Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2013–Part 2
12 Years a Slave and other films

By Joanne Laurier, 23 September 2013

One of the most prominently featured and commented upon films at the 2013 Toronto film festival was 12 Years a Slave from British director Steve McQueen, based on the remarkable 1853 account written by Solomon Northup.

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

By David Walsh, 20 September 2013

Workers Struggles

Minnesota Orchestra lockout approaches one year

By Gary Joad, 23 September 2013

Leading Minnesota Democrats are pressuring musicians, who have been without pay for almost a year, to accept cuts.

UK teaching unions announce limited strike action

By Tania Kent, 23 September 2013

Concerned that opposition will develop outside of their control, the UK’s teaching unions are organizing a token show of resistance as the coalition government presses ahead with yet another round of attacks on education.

Western Australia: Thousands protest against public education cuts

By our correspondents, 23 September 2013

The state government’s cuts are part of the slashing of social programs across the board, amid the unravelling of the Australian mining boom.

Commentary

The Washington Navy Yard shooting

By David Walsh, 21 September 2013

US Congress moves to cut billions in food aid

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2013

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

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 21 September 2013

War Drive against Syria

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

By David North, 19 September 2013

US threatens war while considering talks with Syria, Iran

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2013

The German Left Party’s pursuit of war in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

SEP (US) public meetings: Syria, Iran and the geopolitics of American militarism

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

18 September 2013

Montreal meeting to discuss “The Socialist alternative to war and dictatorship”

23 September 2013

The SEP (Canada) meeting in Montreal will discuss the socialist alternative to imperialist war and the ever-widening big business assault on democratic and worker rights.

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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