US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle East

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2014

In Senate hearings yesterday, the top US general contradicted President Obama’s pledge that no US troops would engage in combat in Iraq or Syria.

The war for regime-change in Syria

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Obama uses Ebola crisis to “surge” 3,000 troops into West Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2014

The response to the Ebola epidemic underscores the reliance of US imperialism on its residual military superiority in the second “scramble for Africa”, which pits it against China.

Forty five million in poverty in the US

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2014

Figures released by the Census Bureau Tuesday showed that the number of people in poverty remained at the highest level on record, while household incomes stagnated last year.

The collapse of household income in the US

OECD points to falling world economic growth

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2014

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned of falling world growth, sub-par expansion of trade and financial turbulence.

Six years since the Wall Street crash

Valls government narrowly wins confidence vote in French National Assembly

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2014

France’s National Assembly gave its support yesterday to a new government after a first, deeply unpopular government led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls fell on August 25.

Germany: Voters reject establishment parties in state elections

By Dietmar Henning, 17 September 2014

Widespread hostility to the status quo and the rise of the right wing AfD make it increasingly difficult for the main German parties to achieve stable majorities.

Victorian-era diseases return to Britain

By Julie Hyland, 17 September 2014

Figures from England and Wales indicate that there was a 19 percent increase in the number of people hospitalised for malnutrition in the last year.

Japanese PM pressures Sri Lanka to weaken ties with China

By W.A. Sunil, 17 September 2014

Shinzo Abe’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka was bound up with a broader drive to secure Japanese influence in South Asia at the expense of China.

The social counterrevolution in New Orleans schools
Recovery School District fires 84 percent of staff

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2014

After it became the nation’s first all-charter school district over the summer, the state-run Recovery School District in New Orleans slashed its operating budget and fired 84 percent of its staff.

Gas billionaire purchases Buffalo NFL Franchise for record $1.2 billion

By Jason Melanovski, 17 September 2014

Terry Pegula has been awarded the rights to the Buffalo Bills National Football League franchise in a bidding war that lasted for several months.

The Ray Rice case and the violence of American football

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Le Canada appuie la nouvelle guerre de Washington au Moyen-Orient

Par Keith Jones, 17 septembre 2014

Avec l'appui total de l'élite patronale du pays, le Canada adhère à la nouvelle «coalition des volontaires» que l'impérialisme américain met sur pied pour faire la guerre en Irak, en Syrie et ailleurs.

Le gouvernement français brandit la menace d’une nouvelle guerre contre la Libye

Par Stéphane Hugues, 17 septembre 2014

Paris appelle à une nouvelle intervention en Libye, soi-disant pour combattre les milices islamiques qu’il a armées en 2011 pendant la guerre de l’OTAN contre ce pays.

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Die Bedeutung des schottischen Unabhängigkeitsreferendums für Europa

Von Chris Marsden und Robert Stevens, 17. September 2014

Die enormen Spannungen, die das schottische Referendum bloßgelegt hat, deuten auf eine beispiellose Krise der Herrschaft hin, ganz unabhängig davon, wie die Abstimmung am Donnerstag ausgeht.

Pariser Konferenz gibt grünes Licht für neuen Krieg im Nahen Osten

Von Patrick Martin, 17. September 2014

Das Kommuniqué der Konferenz, an der die meisten internationalen Großmächte teilnahmen, sagt der neuen Regierung in Bagdad Unterstützung gegen Angriffe der Isis zu, erwähnt jedoch nicht den Konflikt in Syrien.

Über 700 Schiffbrüchige im Mittelmeer ertrunken
Viele sind Kriegsflüchtlinge aus dem Nahen Osten

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. September 2014

Hintergrund der verzweifelten Fluchtversuche ist das Chaos, das mehrere imperialistische Interventionen im Nahen Osten und in Afrika angerichtet haben.

Vereinigte Staaten und Nato halten Militärübungen in der Westukraine: Feuerpause im Osten reißt ab

Von Niles Williamson, 17. September 2014

Manöver der Ukraine, der USA und zahlreicher anderer Länder begannen am Montag. Waffenlieferungen an das prowestliche Russland-feindliche Regime in Kiew wurden aufgenommen.

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Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy enters its final stage

17 September 2014

After reaching settlements with key players over the past week, the federal bankruptcy court is moving quickly to approve the anti-working class restructuring plan.

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SEP Lecture Series

The Socialist Equality Party in the US and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are hosting this series of lectures by David North, the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site.

Scottish Referendum Campaign

UK trade union bureaucracy split on Scottish independence

By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2014

The trade unions have facilitated the promotion of regionalism for years.

The Scottish referendum: Lessons from Quebec

By Keith Jones, 17 September 2014

As in Scotland today, in the run-up to the 1995 Quebec referendum, the unions and pseudo-left played a critical role in giving a “progressive” coloring to the reactionary project for an independent capitalist Quebec.

The impact on Europe of the Scottish independence referendum

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Feature Report

The social crisis behind the rise in Chicago street violence

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014

The hopelessness that violence and gang activity ultimately reflect can be understood only in relationship to the historical decline in working-class living standards in Chicago.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit charged $126 million by law firms and consultants in bankruptcy case

By Thomas Gaist, 17 September 2014

Jones Day, the former law firm of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, has charged the city nearly $50 million.

Video: Detroit resumes water shutoffs

By Tim Rivers, 13 September 2014

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WMO report: Greenhouse gas levels accelerating at record pace

By Daniel de Vries, 17 September 2014

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere grew last year at the highest rate since 1984.

Arts Review

Common’s Nobody’s Smiling: A murky offering by the Chicago rapper

By Nick Barrickman, 16 September 2014

The tenth studio album from Grammy award-winning rapper Common attempts to grapple with gang violence and social misery in his hometown of Chicago

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Mediterranean shipwrecks leave over 700 refugees dead, many fleeing Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2014

US and NATO hold military exercises in western Ukraine, as ceasefire begins to fray in east

By Niles Williamson, 16 September 2014

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White House threatens to cut off Obamacare subsidies to 360,000

Peña Nieto pushes oil privatization in Mexico

Rhode Island pension-cutter wins Democratic primary

Honolulu city officials vote to transfer homeless to former WWII internment camp

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

NSA developing real time map of all Internet-connected devices

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014

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Book Review

Who Owns Germany? Documenting the widening gulf between rich and poor

By Gustav Kemper, 15 September 2014

Workers Struggles

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area teachers in third week of strike

By Phyllis Scherrer, 16 September 2014

UAW holds one-day strike at Indiana auto parts plant

By Kristina Betinis, 16 September 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war

29 September 2014

Sri Lankan provincial election: Oppose the drive to war and austerity

the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2014

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Kandy, Galle and Gampaha

12 September 2014

25 years ago: Strikers jailed in International Falls, Minnesota

On September 15, 1989, 12 of 28 strikers remained in jail in the iron range town of International Falls, Minnesota, while state and local authorities threatened to arrest hundreds more.

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50 years ago: Strom Thurmond quits Democratic Party

On September 17, 1964, South Carolina’s reactionary senator, Strom Thurmond, officially quit the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party in order to campaign for its nominee for the presidency, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

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75 years ago: Stalin orders Soviet army into Poland

On September 17, 1939,two-and-a-half weeks after Poland was invaded from the west by Nazi Germany, Soviet armed forces crossed Poland’s long eastern frontier.

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100 years ago: US peace treaties delay entry into World War I

On September 15, 1914, William J. Bryan, United States secretary of state under Woodrow Wilson, signed treaties for the “advancement of peace” with China, France, Great Britain and Spain.

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