US prepares to furlough 800,000 workers as shutdown looms

By Andre Damon, 30 September 2013

The US House of Representatives voted Saturday to tie a bill that would fund the federal government for part of the new fiscal year to a delay in implementing Obama’s health care overhaul, setting the stage for a US government shutdown at 12:01 AM Tuesday.

Crackdown on Golden Dawn in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 30 September 2013

On Saturday, 18 leading members of Golden Dawn, including the chairman of the party, Nikos Michaloliakos, were arrested.

US and Iranian presidents talk by telephone

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2013

International talks over Iran’s nuclear program restart, but sanctions and the threat of war remain.

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New government crisis in Italy after resignation of five ministers

By Marianne Arens, 30 September 2013

The Italian government is set to collapse just five months after taking office.

NSA using metadata to compile “social network diagrams” on Americans

By Thomas Gaist, 30 September 2013

Files released by Edward Snowden show that the NSA uses bulk communications metadata to generate maps of Americans’ personal associations and social interactions.

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Spanish government approves pension “reform” and freezes public-sector pay

By Alejandro López, 30 September 2013

The ability of the Popular Party government to impose new attacks on civil servants and pensions, is entirely due to the collaboration of the trade unions.

Obama and Singh pledge major increase in US-Indian military-strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 September 2013

At their meeting last Friday, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to greatly enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership,” especially geopolitical, security, and military cooperation.

UNHRC threatens international probe of Sri Lankan war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 30 September 2013

The US is exploiting the human rights issue in Sri Lanka to pressure Colombo to loosen its ties with China.

Australian government accused of ignoring refugee boat emergency calls

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 September 2013

The accounts again raise the question as to whether Canberra allowed the drownings in order to deter other asylum seekers.

San Jose, California moves to slash pensions

By David Brown, 30 September 2013

California’s third largest city is preparing to slash pensions for new-hires, current employees and retirees.

Boeing imposes more layoffs

By Hector Cordon, 30 September 2013

The airplane manufacturing giant continues to lay off workers even as it builds more planes.

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Le conseil de sécurité de l'ONU soutient l'accord américano-russe sur le désarmement chimique de la Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 30 septembre 2013

Les cinq membres permanents du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU ont approuvé une résolution négociée entre les Etats-unis et la Russie, posant les bases d'une destruction du programme d'armes chimiques de la Syrie.

Ce que la promesse du Parti travailliste à propos des prix de l'énergie révèle sur la Grande-Bretagne

Par Julie Hyland, 30 septembre 2013

Les hurlements d'indignation ayant accueilli une timide suggestion du leader travailliste Ed Miliband de faire quelques réformes limitées mettent en lumière la réalité sociale de la Grande-Bretagne.

Les questions politiques dans la lutte contre la menace du fascisme et de la dictature en Grèce

Par Christoph Dreier, 30 septembre 2013

Le parti Aube dorée a été délibérément établi par la classe dirigeante pour être le fer de lance de la répression brutale de la classe ouvrière.

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The Obama administration and the Detroit bankruptcy

30 September 2013

Obama administration officials visited Detroit to provide a fig leaf of “reform” to the emergency manager’s plans to slash pensions and health care and sell off art from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

“The DIA has really helped educate me”
High school students defend Detroit Institute of Arts

By Zac Corrigan and Usman Clemens, 30 September 2013

The DIA, which regularly hosts school visits and runs outreach programs to area schools and communities, has long had a powerful impact on young people.

On the 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Rivera Court
Museum show misrepresents Detroit’s crisis and history

By Tim Rivers, 30 September 2013

An exhibition of 14 mural panels commemorating the completion eighty years ago, in March 1933, of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes opened September 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

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

28 September 2013

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

By Tom Mackaman, 28 September 2013

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

Detroit emergency manager to freeze city pensions

By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013

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Book Review

The politics of cultural destruction: The Rape of Europa

By Nancy Hanover, 27 September 2013

25 years ago: Palestinians call general strike in West Bank against Israeli violence

October 1, 1988, Palestinians called a three-day general strike in Hebron against Israeli violence. Two were killed in the city and more than 10 wounded by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza.

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50 years ago: Bloody right-wing coup in Honduras

On October 3, 1963, the Honduran military toppled the elected government of Ramón Villeda Morales 10 days prior to a general election and installed as president Colonel Oswaldo López Arellano.

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75 years ago: Munich Agreement dismembers Czechoslovakia

At around 1:30 am on September 30, 1938, at the Fuhrerbau, Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain and Daladier drew up a draft agreement on the future of Czechoslovakia.

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100 years ago: Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria sign Treaty of Constantinople

The treaty sought to reestablish political and economic ties between Bulgaria and the Ottomans.

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Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2013—Part 4
The drama of life in Britain, the Middle East, India, Poland and Bosnia…

By Joanne Laurier, 30 September 2013

The Toronto film festival screened a number of honest and compassionate works. Some tackled World War II and its aftermath, while others immersed themselves in current issues.

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

By Clare Hurley, 28 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.

Workers Struggles

Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians unanimously defy management, business elite

By Gary Joad, 30 September 2013

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, locked out for a year, voted down management’s latest proposal by a vote of 60-0 on Saturday in Minneapolis.

UK bakers union winds up Hovis strike

By Tony Robson, 30 September 2013

In the name of flexibility, the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union has agreed to reduced hours and cuts in pay.

Bangladesh garment workers strike for higher wages

By Sarath Kumara, 28 September 2013


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

By Christoph Dreier, 28 September 2013

Britain uses anti-terror powers to detain Yemeni activist

By Jordan Shilton, 28 September 2013

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

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2013

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

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2013

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Germany: Left Party leader attacks PSG election campaign

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 September 2013

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Crisis in the Middle East

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

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2013

Thousands protest military rule in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood ban

By Johannes Stern, 28 September 2013

Obama’s UN speech and the crisis in US policy

By Bill Van Auken, 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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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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

By Ed Patrick, 28 September 2013

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