Obama marshals allies for war on Syria and Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2014

Washington’s claims to have “universal support” cannot obscure the fact that it is waging another war of aggression based on lies.

US generals challenge Obama on ground troops in Iraq, Syria

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Australian terror raids provide pretext for police-state laws

By Mike Head, 22 September 2014

Australia’s largest-ever police-intelligence raids are being used to justify the introduction of further draconian provisions.

Australia: Youth and workers express disbelief over anti-terror raids

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

Australian anti-terror raids part of US war drive

New Zealand election: Labour’s worst defeat in 92 years

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2014

About one million people did not vote, reflecting the widespread hostility of working people to the political establishment and its agenda of austerity and militarism.

Workers and youth voice disgust over New Zealand election

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

Climate change marches draw large crowds

By Daniel de Vries, 22 September 2014

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in New York City to demand action on climate change.

The impact of climate change—“This is a great injustice”

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

University of Illinois victimizes professor critical of Israel’s policies

By Kristina Betinis, 22 September 2014

University leaders voted 8-1 to rescind a job offer made to Steven Salaita, provoking protests and an academic boycott of the university.

Pentagon supplies grenade launchers and armored vehicles to schools

By Nick Barrickman, 22 September 2014

Twenty-six US school districts have received military hardware under the Defense Department’s 1033 program.

America’s paramilitary police

Western powers intensify military pressure on Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 September 2014

The NATO plan to establish a cordon of Western troops along Russia’s eastern border makes clear that the primary aim of the ceasefire is to buy time for the Ukrainian army to reorganise its forces.

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 22 September 2014

Sarkozy’s hour-long prime time TV interview painted a stark picture of political crisis in France and across Europe.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

Spain’s most powerful banker warned of “radicalisation”

By Vicky Short, 22 September 2014

Four days before his death on September 10, Emilio Botín invited Spanish journalists to a dinner at which he revealed his fears about the “radicalisation” of Spain.

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La richesse des milliardaires s’élève à 7,3 billions $

Par Joseph Kishore, 22 septembre 2014

Il y a 2325 milliardaires dans le monde et leur richesse combinée a augmenté de 12 pour cent dans la dernière année, selon un rapport de Wealth-X et la banque UBS.

La France bombarde les positions de l’EI en Irak

Par Alex Lantier, 22 septembre 2014

Le gouvernement PS de Francois Hollande a mené vendredi dernier sa première action militaire officielle contre des forces de l’EI en Irak.

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The Alibaba IPO frenzy: Symptom of a diseased economic order

22 September 2014

The frenzy surrounding the Alibaba IPO, which saw the accumulation of vast fortunes based on a company that has invented nothing and developed no new technology, is an expression of the parasitism at the centre of the global economic system.

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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

Britain’s fake-left groups seek permanent nationalist alliance in Scotland

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 22 September 2014

Having embraced nationalism in Scotland, Britain’s fake-left groups are emerging ever more openly as right-wing tendencies.

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

18 September 2014

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

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The Struggle Against War

Socialist Equality Party campaigns against war in Detroit and Minneapolis

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

Socialist Equality Party campaign teams spoke to workers and young people in Detroit and Minneapolis last weekend to promote the upcoming lecture series on the danger of world war.

Socialist Equality Party

The return of German militarism and the tasks of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany)
Resolution of the Special Conference Against War of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

20 September 2014

On September 13 and 14, the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) held a Special Conference Against War in Berlin. The following resolution was adopted unanimously by the delegates.

Arts Review

Grave of the Fireflies: Two children fighting for survival in wartime Japan

By Elle Chapman, 22 September 2014

Produced over 25 years ago, the Japanese animation feature is a unique and emotionally intense story set in Kobe during the last months of World War II.

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

By David Walsh, 18 September 2014

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New Anti-capitalist Party tries to whitewash France’s scramble for Africa

By Kumaran Ira, 22 September 2014

The NPA cynically claims that, now that the bourgeois “left” Socialist Party rules France, France’s bloody wars in Africa are driven by concern for Africa’s security.

Detroit teachers union president retires

By Walter Gilberti, 22 September 2014

After 21 years of collaborating in the destruction of teachers’ jobs and conditions, Detroit Federation of Teachers president Keith Johnson announced his retirement earlier this month.

Climate change and the capitalist system

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2014

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party orients to Socialist Party critics of Hollande

Wealth of world’s billionaires: $7.3 trillion

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

By David Walsh, 19 September 2014

25 years ago: Hundreds of thousands protest apartheid in South Africa

On September 22, 1989 and over the next several days, hundreds of thousands marched against apartheid throughout South Africa.

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50 years ago: Warren Commission publishes JFK assassination cover-up

On September 24, 1964, the official presidential committee convened to investigate the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy released its findings in an 889-page report.

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75 years ago: Japan suffers defeat in Battle of Changsha

The occupying Japanese army launched a fresh offensive in southern China against Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on September 24, 1939.

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100 years ago: World War I fighting reaches Tahiti

On September 22, 1914, German warships attacked Papeete in French Polynesia, as the bloody battles of the first month of World War I reached Tahiti in the Pacific.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The “Detroit Homecoming”: City planning by and for the billionaires

By Thomas Gaist, 22 September 2014

A select group of billionaires and wealthy private foundations gathered at an invitation-only event this week to plan Detroit’s future.

Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy enters its final stage

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

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WSWS Fund Appeal

In this video, WSWS writer Andre Damon explains why now more than ever the World Socialist Web Site needs its readers' financial support.

Feature Report

The social crisis behind the rise in Chicago street violence

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014