CIA employed “medieval” torture that brought prisoners “to the point of death”

By Thomas Gaist, 9 September 2014

According to a US Senate report that the CIA has sought to block, torture methods it used far exceeded what has previously been acknowledged.

Obama defends CIA torturers

Military maneuvers and sanctions: NATO, EU escalate threats against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2014

The three-day marine exercise “Sea Breeze” is another Western provocation and raises the risk of a direct military confrontation with Russia.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

Seventy-five years since the outbreak of World War II

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Vote on Iraqi government sets stage for expanded US war

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2014

The Obama administration insisted on a so-called unity government as the pre-condition for a greater US military intervention against ISIS militias.

ISIS atrocities and US imperialism

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Bowing to Senate Democrats
Obama reneges on pledge to ease deportations

By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2014

Both conservative and liberal Democrats opposed any relaxation of anti-immigrant policies before the November election.

The human cost of deportations
What happens to Obama’s deported children and youth?

By Norisa Diaz and Marc Wells, 9 September 2014

Immigrants deported back to Central America face extreme violence and poverty. These are some of their stories.

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2004 Bush administration memos advocate unlimited presidential powers

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2014

Recently declassified documents detail the early stages of the ongoing effort to create the pseudo-legal framework for a police state in America.

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New school year starts with educational funding crisis in US

By Nancy Hanover, 9 September 2014

As 50 million students begin school, federal and state budgets for public education have never been restored to pre-recession levels.

Possible “yes” vote in Scotland referendum provokes split in UK Conservative Party

By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2014

There is a gathering political crisis in the Conservative Party over the September 18 referendum on Scotland's independence from the UK.

Japanese prime minister reshuffles cabinet

By John Watanabe, 9 September 2014

The new ministry will intensify the attacks on the working class at home and expand Japan’s remilitarization directed at its rivals abroad.

Social welfare workers killed in New Zealand shooting

By John Braddock, 9 September 2014

The tragedy reflects the country’s deepening social crisis, the result of an assault on the working class by successive governments.

Chicago apartment fire kills four children

By Marcus Day, 9 September 2014

A fire on Chicago’s impoverished far South Side early Monday morning left four children dead and two adults in critical condition.

Canada: BC government escalates attack on striking teachers

By Keith Jones, 9 September 2014

The teachers are fighting to defend public education, which has been ravaged by budget cuts, even as the government increases funding for private schools and cuts corporate taxes.

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Obama s'engage à ce que les Etats-Unis entrent en guerre contre la Russie pour défendre les Etats baltes

Par Barry Grey, 9 septembre 2014

La semaine dernière, dans une série de discours et de conférences de presse en Europe, le président Obama s'est publiquement engagé à ce que les Etats-Unis entrent en guerre contre Moscou pour défendre les Etats baltes qui ont une frontière commune avec la Russie.

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Obama verspricht baltischen Staaten Unterstützung in Krieg gegen Russland

Von Barry Grey, 9. September 2014

Präsident Obama kündigte letzte Woche in einer Reihe von Reden und Pressekonferenzen an, die USA seien zu einem Krieg gegen Russland bereit, um die baltischen Staaten zu verteidigen.

Militärmanöver und Sanktionen: Nato und EU verschärfen Aggression gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 9. September 2014

Am Montag begann trotz russischer Proteste ein Militärmanöver der Nato im Schwarzen Meer. Gleichzeitig verkündete die EU neue Sanktionen gegen Russland.

Trotz Waffenstillstands neue Kämpfe in der Ostukraine

Von Johannes Stern und Alex Lantier, 9. September 2014

Das Kiewer Regime und seine Unterstützer in der NATO benutzen die Feuerpause, um eine noch aggressivere Politik in der Ostukraine vorzubereiten.

Kapitalistischer Zusammenbruch und Kriegsgefahr

Von Nick Beams, 9. September 2014

Wie schon vor 1914 beinhaltet der Zusammenbruch des globalen kapitalistischen Systems die Gefahr eines neuen Weltkriegs.

Nach Umbesetzung der SP-Regierung bieten Neofaschisten an, die Regierung zu übernehmen

Von Kumaran Ira und Alex Lantier, 9. September 2014

In einem langen Interview im Figaro erklärte die Führerin des neofaschistischen Front National, Marine le Pen, die Bereitschaft ihrer Partei, die Regierung zu übernehmen.

Die russische Revolution und das unvollendete 20. Jahrhundert

Von David North, 9. September 2014

Vor Kurzem ist bei Mehring Books "The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century" von David North erschienen. Wir veröffentlichen an dieser Stelle das Vorwort in deutscher Übersetzung.

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The collapse of household income in the US

9 September 2014

The Fed report is only the latest in a series of studies on the continuing growth of poverty and social inequality in the midst of what is billed as a recovery from the crash of 2008.

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American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 9 September 2014

The American government and its European allies bear the ultimate responsibility for the rise of ISIS and other Islamic extremist organizations, such as the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, in Syria and Iraq.

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Obama commits US to war against Russia in defense of Baltic states

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2014

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The New Anti-capitalist Party and the political crisis in France

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2014

Savage cuts in Israel follow Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2014

Wall Street firm hires former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for $3.4 million

By Gabriel Black, 8 September 2014

Missouri set to execute inmate despite evidence state lied about lethal injection drugs

By Paul Michaels, 8 September 2014

Capitalist breakdown and the drive to war

The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site

Arts Review

Atlanta Symphony locks out its musicians

By Fred Mazelis, 9 September 2014

The ongoing attacks on symphony musicians raise fundamental political issues.

World War I remembered through British art
Truth and Memory at the Imperial War Museum, London, until March 2015

By Tom Pearse, 6 September 2014


The beginning of modern physics

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 9 September 2014

David Whitehouse’s Renaissance Genius: Galileo Galilei and His Legacy to Modern Science, provides a human portrait of Galileo, his times and his role in the advancement and popularization of science.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 September 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Support grows for SEP meeting Tuesday against Detroit water shutoffs

By a WSWS reporting team

Day four of the confirmation hearings
Financial advisor details social cuts, increased policing in Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Thomas Gaist, 6 September 2014

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Scottish referendum campaign

Third televised debate in Scottish referendum: No one speaks for working people

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014

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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.


Fifty years since the Rochester, New York riots

By Jonathan White, 5 September 2014

25 years ago: Hungarian Stalinist regime breaks with Soviet bloc

On September 8, 1989, the Hungarian People’s Republic opened its borders to allow some 10,000 citizens of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) to emigrate to West Germany via Austria, over the protests of the Stalinist government in East Berlin.

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50 years ago: Attempted coup in South Vietnam

On September 13, 1964, the puppet regime in South Vietnam of Major General Nguyen Khanh survived a coup led by former Interior Minister Lam Van Phat. Rebel troops occupied key positions in Saigon without resistance, taking over Khanh’s office and arresting several officers.

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75 years ago: Nazi terror in Poland

This week in 1939 saw the full-scale rout of the Polish army before the German invasion that had begun on September 1. France, Poland’s nominal ally, failed to open a second front by refusing to attack Nazi Germany from the west.

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100 years ago: German chancellor outlines war aims in secret “September program”

On September 9, 1914, German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg sent to his deputy in Berlin a secret document outlining Germany’s aims in the war that had broken out the previous month.

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