On eve of NATO summit
US and NATO step up military preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 3 September 2014

The United States and its European allies are preparing to deploy thousands of NATO troops to Eastern Europe, escalating their aggressive military moves directed against Russia.

German President Gauck threatens Russia with war

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2014

German President Joachim Gauck used a meeting commemorating the outbreak of the Second World War to launch a direct attack on Russia.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

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ISIS murders another US journalist, Steven Sotloff

By Mike Head, 3 September 2014

Even before the beheading was verified, the American media ratcheted up demands for Obama to escalate the military campaign in Iraq and extend it into Syria.

German parliament approves shipment of weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 3 September 2014

The German intervention in Iraq and Berlin's aggressive posture towards Russia are part of the foreign policy shift to German great power politics announced at the beginning of the year at the Munich Security Conference.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

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Court hearings resume for Detroit’s “plan of adjustment”

By Thomas Gaist, 3 September 2014

Despite their differences, all parties represented in the bankruptcy court are determined to make the workers of Detroit pay for the social crisis.

From Detroit to Ferguson: The brutal face of American capitalism

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Economic data show gathering global slump

By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014

Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.

US drone strikes in Somalia part of drive to control Horn of Africa

By Tom Eley, 3 September 2014

An drone attack on Monday was aimed at assassinating a leader of the Islamist al-Shabab group.

Britain outlines new “anti-terror” laws

By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2014

Fundamental democratic norms are being obliterated in a manufactured atmosphere of fear.

US election campaign: Two right-wing parties offer no solution to social crisis

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2014

There is growing popular disillusionment with both the Democrats and the Republicans and the political institutions they control.

Police lock down Maryland school after suspension of teacher

By Nick Barrickman, 3 September 2014

The teacher, Patrick McLaw, who wrote a science fiction novel depicting a school massacre, was placed on administrative leave.

UK: The Rotherham child sex abuse scandal

By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2014

A recent report details how, from the early 2000s, social services in Rotherham were collapsing under the impact of budget cuts and growing caseload numbers.

Germany: Social Democrats, Left Party responsible for growth of right in Saxony elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 September 2014

The right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland won 9.7 percent of the vote.

Hong Kong protests denounce Beijing’s anti-democratic plans

By Ben McGrath, 3 September 2014

While granting “one person, one vote,” Beijing will retain effective control of the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s chief executive by closely vetting candidates.

Safety Board confirms Canadian government culpability in Lac-Mégantic rail disaster

By Carl Bronski, 3 September 2014

The report points to a veritable laundry list of Transport Canada regulatory failures and exposes a culture of profit before safety at the MMA railroad.

What is behind the New Zealand justice minister’s resignation?

By Tom Peters, 3 September 2014

Judith Collins’ resignation is bound up with a push in ruling circles to align New Zealand more firmly with Washington’s military build-up in Asia against China.

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L’Ukraine et la militarisation de l’Europe

Par Peter Schwarz, 3 septembre 2014

La politique de la bourgeoisie européenne est un mélange d’agression impitoyable et de désespoir. Confrontée à la crise désespérée de son système, elle est en train de se précipiter vers une catastrophe, tout comme elle l’avait fait en 1914 et en 1939.

Les États-Unis et l'Europe multiplient les provocations envers la Russie

Par Johannes Stern, 3 septembre 2014

Le sommet de l'Union européenne tenu ce week-end à Bruxelles représente une sérieuse escalade de l'agression des puissances occidentales envers la Russie, ce qui augmente le risque d'une guerre totale en Europe et même d'une guerre nucléaire entre l'OTAN et la Russie.

France: Les syndicats sont prêts à coopérer avec le nouveau gouvernement pro-austérité

Par Pierre Mabut, 3 septembre 2014

La bureaucratie syndicale n’appelle pas à la grève contre le gouvernement profondément impopulaire de Valls, de peur de faire tomber le gouvernement.

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Bundestag beschließt Waffenlieferungen in den Irak

Von Johannes Stern, 3. September 2014

In einer von Zynismus und Geschichtsvergessenheit geprägten Debatte nutzte der Bundestag den 75. Jahrestag des Beginns des Zweiten Weltkriegs, um die deutsche Politik einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung Militarismus, Krieg und Diktatur zu entwickeln.

Bundespräsident Gauck droht Russland mit Krieg

Von Peter Schwarz, 3. September 2014

Der deutsche Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck hat am 1. September eine Gedenkveranstaltung zum Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkriegs für einen Frontalangriff auf Russland benutzt.

Polnischer Regierungschef Tusk wird neuer EU-Ratspräsident

Von Christoph Dreier, 3. September 2014

Die Ernennung Tusks zum EU-Ratspräsidenten ist ein eindeutiges politisches Signal für einen Konfrontationskurs mit Russland und weitere soziale Angriffe auf dem ganzen Kontinent.

Netanjahu sieht Waffenstillstand in Gaza als Übergang zum nächsten Krieg

Von Jean Shaoul, 3. September 2014

Netanjahu steht in der Kritik der eigenen Likud-Partei und seiner Koalitionsregierung, weil er die Kampfhandlungen eingestellt hat, ohne das erklärte Ziel erreicht zu haben, die Hamas zu vernichten.

Bilanz der Proteste gegen Staatshaushalt in Australien

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 3. September 2014

Die Veranstalter der Proteste haben den Widerstand der Bevölkerung in die Sackgasse parlamentarischer Manöver geführt und die Illusion verbreitet, Labor und die Grünen würden die Haushaltskürzungen verhindern.

Das pakistanische Militär greift in die politische Krise ein

Von K. Ratnayake, 3. September 2014

Die direkte Einmischung der Armee in die gegenwärtigen politischen Unruhen ist ein bedrohliches Anzeichen dafür, dass weitere Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte vorbereitet werden.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Leipzig: IG Metall und Linke bereiten Ausverkauf der Arbeitsplätze vor

Von Gustav Kemper, 3. September 2014

Die Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG hat das Aus für den traditionsreichen Standort in Leipzig verkündet.

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The Obama administration and American labor

3 September 2014

The chasm between working people and the political establishment was exemplified by the Labor Day speeches of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

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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.

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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

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New protest in Ferguson, Missouri over police murder

By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014

The official cover-up of social and political issues in the police murder of Michael Brown

Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri

Oppose the new imperialist war in Iraq!

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

Seventy-five years since the outbreak of World War II

By Barry Grey, 1 September 2014

Anti-government protests deepen Pakistan’s political crisis

By Sampath Perera and K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2014

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

By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2014

US military planning to suppress domestic unrest

By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014

Arts Review

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers: A songwriter returns

By Hiram Lee, 2 September 2014

Socialist Equality Party

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

2 September 2014

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

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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