Detroit emergency manager to freeze city pensions

By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Thursday to freeze the city’s pension plans, wiping out benefits for thousands of workers.

“Detroit is being used as a milestone for every city”
Detroit workers, retirees oppose pension cuts

By our reporters, 28 September 2013

White House officials visit Detroit to support “restructuring” plans

By Shannon Jones, 28 September 2013

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UN Security Council backs US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical disarmament

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2013

While US officials tried to present the UN resolution as a triumph for their diplomatic agenda, the risk of a broad regional war remains.

Thousands protest military rule in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood ban

By Johannes Stern, 28 September 2013

On Friday, thousands protested against military rule in Egypt after the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters outlawed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood earlier this week.

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Britain uses anti-terror powers to detain Yemeni activist

By Jordan Shilton, 28 September 2013

Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni activist who has campaigned against the use of drones, was detained on Monday at Gatwick airport by border agents under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

CSEC’s spying: What Canada’s elite don’t want the public to know

By Ed Patrick, 28 September 2013

The government, opposition and corporate media are determined to keep Canadians in the dark about the activities of CSEC, the Canadian counterpart and partner of the NSA.

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JPMorgan CEO in secret meeting with Attorney General Holder over fraud probes

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2013

The fact that the highest US law enforcement official holds an unannounced meeting with the head of a bank under investigation by his department says a great deal about the role of the government in shielding bankers.

South Africa’s police concealed evidence, lied to cover up Marikana massacre

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2013

South African police face accusations this week at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that they doctored and concealed evidence in order to whitewash their August 2012 massacre of striking miners.

Austria on the eve of parliamentary elections

By Marcus Salzmann, 28 September 2013

Like the recent federal election in Germany, there is little to distinguish between the competing parties in Austria.

Bachelet enlists Chilean CP in electoral coalition

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 28 September 2013

Bringing the Chilean Stalinists onto the ex-president’s ticket is aimed at quelling growing social unrest.

Australian “border protection” regime fuels dispute with Indonesia

By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2013

Jakarta’s opposition to Canberra’s naval operations to halt refugee boats is bound up with broader concerns over Australia’s close alignment with Obama’s “pivot to Asia.”

China protests British and US interference in Hong Kong

By John Chan, 28 September 2013

Britain and the US are provocatively exploiting the issue of democratic rights in the territory to exert pressure on China.

New in Turkish

İran Cumhurbaşkanı ABD’yi diyaloga çağırıyor

Peter Symonds, 28 Eylül 2013

İran’la görüşmelere yönelik bu son hamlelerin sonucu ne olursa olsun, ABD emperyalizmi Ortadoğu’daki sınırsız hakimiyetine engel olarak gördüğü Şam’da ve Tahran’da rejim değişikliği planlarından vazgeçmeyecektir.

New in French

Rencontre Etats-Unis, Iran pour des pourparlers sur le nucléaire

Par Bill Van Auken, 28 septembre 2013

Le ministre américain des Affaires étrangères John Kerry et son homologue iranien Javad Zarif se sont rencontrés jeudi, organisant ainsi les pourparlers au plus haut niveau entre les deux pays depuis la révolution iranienne de 1979.

La classe ouvrière et le musée de Detroit

Par Joseph Kishore, 28 septembre 2013

La lutte contre la vente des œuvres d’art du musée de Detroit est de la plus haute importance pour les travailleurs et les jeunes de la région, du pays et du monde entier.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2007
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Die politischen Fragen im Kampf gegen Faschismus und Diktatur in Griechenland

Von Christoph Dreier, 28. September 2013

Die faschistische Partei Chrysi Avgi wurde von Teilen der herrschenden Klasse systematisch aufgebaut, um die Speerspitze des Kampfs gegen die soziale Opposition der Arbeiter zu bilden.

USA und Iran treffen sich zu Gesprächen über Atomprogramm

Von Bill Van Auken, 28. September 2013

US-Außenminister John Kerry und der iranische Außenminister Dschawad Sarif trafen sich am Donnerstag zu Gesprächen auf der höchsten Ebene, die die beiden Länder seit der Revolution 1979 hatten.

Warum Arbeiter das Detroit Institute of Arts verteidigen müssen

Erklärung der Socialist Equality Party, 28. September 2013

Die Kunstwerke des DIA gehören der Bevölkerung, nicht den Reichen!

Die Grünen nach der Wahl

Von Dietmar Henning, 28. September 2013

Die Grünen reagieren auf ihr schlechtes Abschneiden bei der Bundestagswahl, indem sie die politische Achse weiter nach rechts verschieben.

Der Klassenfragen im amerikanischen Haushaltsstreit

Von Andre Damon, 28. September 2013

Demokraten wie Republikaner führen einen künstlichen Streit um den Haushalt, um davon abzulenken, dass beide Parteien gemeinsam die Existenzbedingungen der arbeitenden Bevölkerung angreifen.

Österreich vor der Parlamentswahl

Von Markus Salzmann, 28. September 2013

Ähnlich wie bei der Bundestagswahl in Deutschland unterscheiden sich die Programme der konkurrierenden Parteien in Österreich nur wenig voneinander.

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Political issues in the struggle against the threat of fascism and dictatorship in Greece

28 September 2013

Golden Dawn has been deliberately built up by the ruling class to spearhead the violent suppression of the working class.

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

Detroit blues singer Thornetta Davis: “DIA is important to the youth of Detroit”

28 September 2013

The campaign to defend the DIA is winning widespread support from workers and youth throughout the country and internationally.

Detroit’s Belle Isle, Frederick Law Olmsted and popular access to culture

By Tom Mackaman, 28 September 2013

Along with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle Park in Detroit, initially designed by celebrated landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is being sized up for sale or liquidation.

Video: Detroit creative art students denounce DIA selloff plans

27 September 2013

Video: The fight to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Andre Damon, 23 September 2013

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

By our reporter, 16 September 2013

The working class and the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Joseph Kishore, 25 September 2013

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Book Review

The politics of cultural destruction: The Rape of Europa

By Nancy Hanover, 27 September 2013

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Germany: Left Party leader attacks PSG election campaign

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 September 2013

A leader of the Left Party and vice president of the German parliament has verbally attacked the Socialist Equality Party.

The significance of the PSG’s election campaign

By Christoph Dreier, 27 September 2013

Forming a new German government: Parties prepare for war, social attacks

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 September 2013

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Workers Struggles

Bangladesh garment workers strike for higher wages

By Sarath Kumara, 28 September 2013

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas against striking workers who had blocked roads and highways part of their protest.

Billionaire heiress intervenes in yearlong Minnesota Orchestra lockout

By Gary Joad, 28 September 2013

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, with a net worth of $3.9 billion, in collusion with the Minnesota Orchestra Association board and CEO Michael Henson, announced new and regressive terms for the 80-plus remaining players.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 September 2013

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 September 2013

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

Arts Review

Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an: Scenes of contemporary American life

By Clare Hurley, 28 September 2013

The latest installment of the Los Angeles-based artist’s ongoing project adds twelve chapters to what will be a complete English transcription of the Muslim sacred text illustrated with scenes of contemporary American life.

Toronto International Film Festival 2013—Part 3
Tensions and pressures that are almost unbearable

By David Walsh, 27 September 2013

2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Interview with Hany Abu-Assad, director of Omar

By David Walsh, 27 September 2013

Ricky Gervais’ Derek: A glimpse into the lives of caregivers

By Christine Schofelt, 26 September 2013

War, fascism and the fate of music in the 20th century

By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2013

An important new book explores the period of musical history brought to an end by fascist barbarism.


The class issues in the US budget crisis

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2013

US health exchanges will impose high out-of-pocket costs, limit choices

By Kate Randall, 27 September 2013

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE holds anti-war meetings at Australian and New Zealand campuses

By our reporters, 28 September 2013

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held meetings as part of the fight to develop an anti-war movement of the working class against the US preparations for an attack on Syria.

Crisis in the Middle East

Obama’s UN speech and the crisis in US policy

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2013

US-backed Syrian opposition forces reject political leaders, align with Al Qaeda

By Alex Lantier, 26 September 2013

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

By David North, 19 September 2013

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

Rallies in Sydney and Melbourne on October 5: No to war against Syria! End the US-Australia military alliance!

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

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

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Socialist Equality Party

Public meeting in Paris: 15 years of the WSWS

24 September 2013

Defend Eward Snowden

German domestic intelligence agency supplies data to NSA

By Sven Heymann, 25 September 2013

British artist pays tribute to Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2013

“Truth will out”—Filmmaker Deepa Mehta defends Edward Snowden

By Richard Phillips, 24 September 2013

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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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Letters from our readers

28 September 2013

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