Scotland’s No vote and the crisis of the British nation state
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

20 September 2014

The No vote on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom has in no way lessened the dangers facing working people.

Ukrainian president delivers bellicose speech to the US Congress

By Niles Williamson, 19 September 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered an address to a joint session of Congress in which he called for increased economic and military assistance to aid in a “war for the Free World.”

Ukrainian and European parliaments adopt EU Association Agreement

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US lays new chemical weapon allegations against Syria

By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2014

While the US shelved its planned air war against Syria last year, it has never relinquished its ambition for regime change in Damascus.

“War means the people are losing”
Wayne State University students and workers speak out against war

By Seraphine Collins, 19 September 2014

The war for regime-change in Syria

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Australian “beheading” plot based on dubious evidence

By James Cogan, 19 September 2014

Absent from the lurid media stories about terrorists in Australia’s suburbs is any objective examination of the facts.

Australia: Protestors denounce police raids and anti-Muslim hysteria

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2014

“Dying in America” report: Latest volley in campaign to slash heath care costs

By Kate Randall, 19 September 2014

A new report from the Institute of Medicine argues that because people are living longer into old age, money spent to keep them alive should be slashed.

Notes on police violence in America
US police kill 104 people in August

By Tom Hall, 19 September 2014

The killings are part of a general pattern of violence and abuse carried out by an increasingly militarized police force.

Texas executes ninth inmate of 2014

By Paul Michaels, 19 September 2014

Lisa Coleman was the ninth inmate executed in Texas this year and the sixth woman executed since 1982.

For-profit immigrant family detention center planned in Texas

By Kevin Martinez and Jake Dean, 19 September 2014

Immigrant families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America are to be detained in a center run by a for-profit corporation with a documented history of abuse.

IMF points to dangers of stagnation and financial turbulence

By Nick Beams, 19 September 2014

Another warning about the state of the world economy and the global financial system has been issued, this time from the International Monetary Fund, as G20 finance ministers and major central bankers meet this weekend.

Working class disenfranchised in New Zealand election

By Tom Peters, 19 September 2014

Whatever the composition of the next government, it will deepen the assault on workers’ living standards while committing the country to imperialist wars.

European Union responsible for drowning of refugees in Mediterranean

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 19 September 2014

More than 25,000 refugees have died trying to enter Europe since 2000.

UK: National Health Service staff ballot for strike action over pay

By Tony Robson, 19 September 2014

The trade unions have opened the door to four separate pay rates for National Health Service staff performing the same job across the UK.

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L'impact en Europe du référendum sur l'indépendance de l'Écosse

Par Chris Marsden et Robert Stevens, 19 septembre 2014

Les immenses tensions produites par le référendum écossais révèlent une crise sans précédent du pouvoir, quel que soit le résultat du scrutin de jeudi.

Les pilotes d'Air France en grève contre les bas salaires

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 19 septembre 2014

Soixante-quinze pour cent des 3.760 pilotes d'Air France sont en grève depuis lundi pour une semaine.

New in German

Die Verantwortung der EU für die Flüchtlingskatastrophe im Mittelmeer

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 19. September 2014

In den letzten 15 Jahren sind 25.000 Flüchtlinge wegen der Abschottungspolitik der Europäischen Union gestorben.

Spanien: Katalanische Pseudolinke verschärfen Kampagne für Unabhängigkeit

Von Alejandro López, 19. September 2014

Pseudolinke Organisationen in Katalonien versuchen, einer reaktionären nationalistischen Bewegung einen progressiven Deckmantel umzuhängen.

Troika fordert in Griechenland weitere Sparmaßnahmen

Von Robert Stevens, 19. September 2014

Um weitere Kredite zu erhalten, muss Griechenland zeigen, dass es die notwendigen Angriffe auf den Lebensstandard der Arbeiter durchgeführt hat und den vorgegebenen Zeitplan für weitere Maßnahmen einhalten wird.

Reservisten des israelischen Sicherheitsdienstes verweigern Bespitzelung von Palästinensern

Von Jean Shaoul, 19. September 2014

Die Haltung der 43 Reservisten ist der jüngste Ausdruck einer wachsenden Opposition unter den Streitkräften gegen die anhaltende Unterdrückung des palästinensischen Volkes.

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Wealth of world’s billionaires: $7.3 trillion

19 September 2014

There are now 2,325 billionaires in the world, and their combined wealth has increased 12 percent from last year, according to a new report from Wealth-X and UBS bank.

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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

Public meetings in Scotland: After the independence referendum, lessons for the working class

18 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) invites all our supporters and readers of the World Socialist Web Site to a discussion on the implications of Scotland’s independence referendum and the way forward for the working class.

Vote No in the Scottish referendum: Fight for a Socialist Britain!

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 September 2014

UK trade union bureaucracy split on Scottish independence

The Scottish referendum: Lessons from Quebec

The impact on Europe of the Scottish independence referendum

More coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 1
Something different in filmmaking

By David Walsh, 18 September 2014

A number of remarkable films were screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, out of a total of 284 feature films and 108 shorts, from some 80 countries.

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

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The NFL’s Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson—and the moral high ground of American corporations

By David Walsh, 19 September 2014

In response to recent incidents involving US professional football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, a number of large corporations have expressed “concern” or even withdrawn sponsorships.

Brain damage affects 3 in 10 former National Football League players

The Ray Rice case and the violence of American football

Yale chaplain forced out by Zionist attacks

By Fred Mazelis, 18 September 2014

Spain: Catalan pseudo-left intensify pro-independence agitation

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2014

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

Forty five million in poverty in the US

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 September 2014

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

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

Feature Report

The social crisis behind the rise in Chicago street violence

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014


WMO report: Greenhouse gas levels accelerating at record pace

By Daniel de Vries, 17 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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