Labor Day 2014
Temp labor at record levels in US

By Andre Damon, 2 September 2014

In a Labor Day speech in Wisconsin, President Obama hailed the run-up on the stock market and the record pace of corporate profits.

GM moving production from Mexico to Tennessee

By Shannon Jones, 2 September 2014

Labor Day report details huge decline in wages for Michigan workers

Anti-government protests deepen Pakistan’s political crisis

By Sampath Perera and K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2014

After a violent police crackdown last weekend, a discussion is now taking place within Pakistan’s political establishment on whether the military should take power.

French unions open for business with new pro-austerity government

By Pierre Mabut, 2 September 2014

The trade union bureaucracy opposes strike action to challenge the deeply unpopular Valls government, lest it fall.

Germany: ThyssenKrupp announces more job cuts

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2 September 2014

The company official who announced the layoffs was Oliver Burkard, who recently quit his post as local boss of the IG Metall union.

Venezuela announces plan to sell US oil operations

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 September 2014

With the government experiencing a cash crunch, Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez has announced a bid to sell Citgo for $10 billion.

NSA surveillance targets Turkish political and military leadership

By Thomas Gaist, 2 September 2014

US surveillance operations have targeted Turkey’s political elite in an effort to collect information about “leadership intentions” inside the government.

US government-funded database created to track “subversive propaganda” online

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

New protest in Ferguson, Missouri over police murder

By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014

While Democratic Party speakers urged faith in Obama, a section of the protest broke away to demonstrate at the local police station.

Another homicide at hands of New York City cops

From Detroit to Ferguson: The brutal face of American capitalism

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The human toll of slump and part-time employment
New Jersey woman dies while napping between jobs

By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2014

Maria Fernandes worked part-time at three separate Dunkin’ Donuts.

Homelessness increasing rapidly in Colorado

By Douglas Lyons, 2 September 2014

The homeless rate in Pueblo, Colorado has ballooned by 75 percent since January 2014.

Poorest in the UK less healthy and dying younger

By Dennis Moore, 2 September 2014

The UK has one of the worst rates for early neonatal deaths in Western Europe.

Economic downturn shifts New Zealand election campaign further right

By John Braddock, 2 September 2014

New Zealand’s government, which previously appeared to have a winning position, is increasingly under fire over scandals and economic policy.

Australia: Tasmanian budget cuts public sector jobs, wages

By Patrick Kelly, 2 September 2014

Tasmania already has the worst poverty and unemployment levels of any Australian state.

Suicides highlight harsh conditions in Australia’s mining industry

By Joe Lopez, 2 September 2014

Nine Pilbara “Fly In Fly Out” workers have committed suicide in the past 12 months, despite an earlier federal parliamentary inquiry.

New in French

Soixante-quinze ans après le début de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale

Par Barry Grey, 2 septembre 2014

Dans une situation de tensions sociales grandissantes et d’aggravation de la crise économique, les classes dirigeantes impérialistes poussent le conflit sur l’Ukraine jusqu'au bord d’une guerre ouverte entre l’OTAN et la Russie.

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Die Ukraine und die Militarisierung Europas

Von Peter Schwarz, 2. September 2014

Der Konflikt in der Ukraine wird systematisch ausgenutzt, um die politischen und gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse in Europa neu zu gestalten.

Sachsenwahl: Die Verantwortung von SPD und Die Linke für das Wachsen der Rechten

Von Ulrich Rippert, 2. September 2014

Die rechte Politik in linkem Gewand der Partei Die Linke stärkt die Rechtspopulisten. Das ist das Geheimnis der Sachsenwahl vom vergangen Sonntag.

75 Jahre nach Beginn des Zweiten Weltkriegs

Von Barry Grey, 2. September 2014

Angesichts der wachsenden sozialen Spannungen und der zunehmenden Wirtschaftskrise schüren die imperialistischen herrschenden Klassen leichtsinnig den Konflikt um die Ukraine, sodass ein offener Krieg zwischen der Nato und Russland droht.

Der Polizeimord an Michael Brown und die offizielle Vertuschung sozialer und politischer Probleme

Von Andre Damon, 2. September 2014

Die Zeremonie, die von der Sharpton Organisation bezahlt und veranstaltet wurde, sollte die Klassenfragen verschleiern, die durch die Tötung von Brown hochgekommen sind, und die de fakto Verhängung des Kriegsrechts in Ferguson legitimieren.

Die New York Times und Flug MH17

Von Bill Van Auken, 2. September 2014

Die New York Times macht die ostrukrainischen Rebellen für den Abschuss von MH17 verantwortlich, nachdem sie über einen Monat lang nicht ein Wort darüber brachte.

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Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

2 September 2014

The politics of the European bourgeoisie is a mixture of ruthless aggression and desperation. Confronted with the hopeless crisis of their system, they are rushing toward a catastrophe, just as they did in 1914 and 1939.

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Arts Review

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers: A songwriter returns

By Hiram Lee, 2 September 2014

Country music icon Willie Nelson marks a successful return to songwriting with his latest album.

Detroit Bankruptcy

A call to action
Emergency meeting to oppose water shutoffs in Detroit

2 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Action Committee are holding a public meeting September 9 to mobilize the working class throughout the Detroit area against water shutoffs.

“We have a war going on in our own country”
Detroit meeting discusses city’s bankruptcy and police violence in Ferguson

By Zac Corrigan, 29 August 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »


Oppose the new imperialist war in Iraq!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 September 2014

The Australian political establishment as a whole has committed to a new US-led intervention that threatens to trigger a broader regional and global conflict.

Seventy-five years since the outbreak of World War II

By Barry Grey, 1 September 2014

US steps up Mideast military intervention

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2014

Netanyahu indicates Gaza ceasefire paves way for wider war

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2014

New reports of inmate deaths from beatings at New York’s Rikers Island prison

By Philip Guelpa, 1 September 2014

US military planning to suppress domestic unrest

By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014

Scottish referendum campaign

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014

The following is an edited version of a speech given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at a public meeting in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow on August 27.

Photo gallery: Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Scottish independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2014

More coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

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SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Jaffna and Kandy

2 September 2014

The SEP and IYSSE will hold meetings on the US “pivot to Asia” and the threat of another world war.

The Fight Against War and the Political Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

25 August 2014

This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.

Workers Struggles

Union seeks to ram through grocery worker contract in Southern California

By Jake Dean, 2 September 2014

The UFCW is keeping secret all details of the new tentative contract.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 September 2014

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

Video reports on police violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Video: Interviews with workers at the funeral of Michael Brown in St. Louis

27 August 2014

In this on-the-spot report, the WSWS interviews some of those attending Brown’s funeral on Monday.

25 years ago: Last apartheid election in South Africa

The elections had been called to demonstrate backing for the anti-apartheid reformist measures of National Party leader F. W. de Klerk, and to prepare the way for the entry of the black elite into joint rule via the still-illegal African National Congress.

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50 years ago: US leftist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn dead at 74

The “Rebel Girl” of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) died September 5, 1964 at the age of 74 in Moscow, where she was visiting in her capacity as chairman of the Communist Party USA, a position she had held since 1961.

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75 years ago: Nazi invasion of Poland begins WWII

On September 1, 1939, the world was plunged once more into imperialist barbarism, just 21 years after the end of the First World War.

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100 years ago: First Battle of the Marne ends German offensive

On September 6, 1914, British and French forces counterattacked against the German army and brought to a halt its month-long offensive against France, which had reached the outskirts of Paris.

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