US exploiting West Africa Ebola outbreak to establish military foothold

By Niles Williamson, 4 October 2014

More than 7,000 have fallen ill and more than 3,300 have died in the current epidemic, the most widespread outbreak since the disease was first identified 28 years ago.

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US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978

By Andre Damon, 4 October 2014

The headline figure of 248,000 jobs added in September obscures the fundamental trends of the US labor market: mass unemployment, a sharp fall in the labor force participation rate and declining wages.

US social inequality in two graphs
Income gains after recessions increasingly go to the wealthy

Hong Kong protests ebb

By Peter Symonds, 4 October 2014

Protesters came under attack from thugs who took advantage of growing public frustration over the disruption to daily life.

Australia commits to combat operations in Middle East

By James Cogan, 4 October 2014

The Abbott government’s deployment of military forces has been facilitated by the bipartisan support of the Labor Party opposition.

Canada to dramatically escalate its role in Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2014

Canada is deploying fighter jets to participate in the US bombing campaign in Iraq and possibly Syria.

Marines in Kuwait; Turkey joins US coalition
New steps to wider war in Middle East

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Corporate elite divvies up Detroit as bankruptcy plan confirmation looms

By Thomas Gaist, 4 October 2014

As the Detroit bankruptcy moves into its final stage, it becomes ever more clear that the corporate-financial oligarchy is implementing the wholesale privatization of an entire US city.

A US judge declares Detroit residents have no right to water

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Majority of Texas abortion clinics to close following court ruling

By Kate Randall, 4 October 2014

The court action could force nearly one million Texas women to drive at least 300 miles round trip to access their constitutionally protected right to an abortion.

Anti-Muslim ads removed from New York buses after protest from James Foley's family

By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014

The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.

Spain’s Constitutional Court suspends Catalan independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 4 October 2014

The 12 judges unanimously agreed to an appeal lodged by Spain’s Popular Party government against the referendum.

French neo-fascists win two Senate seats amid government defeat

By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 October 2014

The Senate elections on September 28 were yet another humiliating defeat for France’s ruling Socialist Party.

In response to exposure of abuses, German interior minister attacks refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2014

Thomas de Maizière blamed refugees for overcrowding in the camps, the lack of basic hygiene and the inhuman conditions in which they live.

Elections in Bulgaria take place amidst political and economic crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 4 October 2014

It is already clear that the second general election in 18 months will not bring stability to Bulgaria.

Australia, US back sham election staged by Fiji military regime

By Frank Gaglioti, 4 October 2014

The major powers are seeking to forge stronger ties with Fiji as a means of undercutting China’s influence in the South Pacific.

New in Turkish

ABD Suriye’de savaşı tırmandırıyor

Peter Symonds, 4 Ekim 2014

ABD IŞİD’e, ancak Irak sınırını geçip Washington'ın Bağdat’taki kukla yönetimini yerinden etmekle tehdit ettiği zaman düşman oldu.

Alman hükümeti Irak’a silah gönderiyor ve Suriye'deki ABD hava saldırılarını destekliyor

Johannes Stern, 4 Ekim 2014

Emperyalist devletler ve bölgesel müttefikleri, bu savaşlarda uzun süre destekledikleri aynı İslamcı güçleri, şimdi, doğrudan bir askeri müdahalenin bahanesi olarak kullanıyorlar.

Çin Devlet Başkanı Hindistan’ı ziyaret etti

Deepal Jayasekera, 4 Ekim 2014

Xi, Hindistan ziyaretinden, Yeni Delhi’yi, Pekin ile olan bağlarını güçlendirmesi durumunda oldukça kazançlı çıkacağına ikna etmek için yararlanmaya çalıştı.

New in French

La résurgence du militarisme allemand: un an après

Par Peter Schwarz, 4 octobre 2014

Le retour de l’impérialisme allemand sur les champs de bataille du monde est un élément profondément déstabilisateur dans un monde déjà instable.

Le Monde diffuse la propagande de guerre gouvernementale sur l’Irak

Par Kumaran Ira, 4 octobre 2014

Le Monde tente de noyer le public dans la propagande de guerre de l'Etat pour lui faire accepter une escalade massive de la guerre au Moyen-Orient.

New in German

EU stellt Seenotrettung von Flüchtlingen ein

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. Oktober 2014

Die EU reagiert auf die horrenden Zahlen ertrunkener Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer, indem sie die Seenotrettung weitestgehend einstellt.

Lokführer stimmen für Streik

Von Ulrich Rippert, 4. Oktober 2014

Donnerstagnachmittag gab die Lokführer-Gewerkschaft GDL bekannt, dass sich 91 Prozent ihrer Mitglieder in einer Urabstimmung für einen unbefristeten Streik ausgesprochen haben.

Marines in Kuwait, Türkei tritt amerikanischer Koalition bei
Neue Schritte zu einem größeren Krieg im Nahen Osten

Von Patrick Martin, 4. Oktober 2014

Trotz Obamas Versprechen, keine Bodentruppen zu schicken, könnten mehr als 17.000 US-Soldaten in Kuwait schnell in den neuen Krieg in Syrien und dem Irak entsandt werden.

Türkei bereitet sich auf einen militärischen Einsatz in Syrien vor - Teil 1

Von Jean Shaoul, 4. Oktober 2014

Erdogan wird von Washington enorm unter Druck gesetzt. Er soll sich vorbehaltlos hinter Präsident Barack Obamas Koalition für einen neuen Angriffskrieg im Nahen Osten stellen

Italien: Renzi nimmt Kündigungsschutz ins Visier

Von Marianne Arens, 4. Oktober 2014

Der Jobs Act der Regierung Renzi soll den italienischen Arbeitsmarkt deregulieren, die Löhne senken und Entlassungen erleichtern.

“Giftige Mischung” wirtschaftlicher Entwicklungen leitet neue Weltkrise ein

Von Nick Beams, 4. Oktober 2014

Bisherige Studien wiesen zwar auch auf die anhaltenden Probleme der kapitalistischen Weltwirtschaft hin, versuchten aber wenigstens, ein “Licht am Ende des Tunnels” zu entdecken. Nicht so der 16. Geneva Report.

Parlamentswahlen in Bulgarien

Von Markus Salzmann, 4. Oktober 2014

Schon jetzt ist klar, dass auch die zweite Parlamentswahl innerhalb von 18 Monaten Bulgarien keine Stabilität bringen wird.

Other Languages


Behind the war against ISIS

4 October 2014

The call for a military crusade against “savagery,” “zealots” and “raw evil” is an echo of the rhetoric employed by the yellow press over a century ago.

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The demise of “bond king” Bill Gross: Financial and political implications

By Nick Beams, 4 October 2014

The sudden departure of Bill Gross as chief executive of the world’s largest bond trading firm could be a new source of instability for financial markets

The revival of German militarism: One year on

By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2014

Obama deported a record 438,421 people last year

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2014

CIA document details cover-up of drug trafficking by Contras

Pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party backs France’s “war on terror” agenda

“Poisonous” economic combinations preparing new international crisis

Socialist Equality Party

Why is the German elite once again agitating for war?
The historical and political reasons behind Germany’s renewed bid for world power

4 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) is planning meetings in Frankfurt, Bochum and Berlin on the threat of war.

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

4 October 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

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

4 October 2014

SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.

Arts Review

Calvary: An Irish priest threatened for another’s crimes

By Christine Schofelt, 4 October 2014

In the opening scene, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) takes confession from an unseen man who recounts being sexually abused by a priest as a child, and informs James he is going to kill him “Sunday week.”

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 4
Iraqi Odyssey and other pictures of the modern world

By David Walsh, 2 October 2014

Miners Shot Down: Documentary about the 2012 Marikana massacre

By Derek Bell and Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 October 2014

An evaluation of South African novelist Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)

By Sandy English, 30 September 2014

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Michael Banda, former leader of the British WRP, dies at age 84

29 September 2014

Until the crisis that erupted in the Workers Revolutionary Party in 1985, Banda was a central leader of the British Trotskyist movement for more than three decades.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 October 2014

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

Indian contract workers continue strike at state-owned energy company

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 3 October 2014

Police Violence in America

Revelations of brutality deepen crisis over New York’s Rikers Island prison

By Philip Guelpa, 3 October 2014

Los Angeles police kill about one person per week

By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014

More arrests in Ferguson, Missouri after police chief “apologizes”

By Eric London, 29 September 2014

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Mississippi prison inmates indefinitely detained and subject to “barbaric” conditions

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 September 2014

Notes on police violence in America
Police kill at least 20 people in the past week

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2014

25 years ago: Crackdown on strikers in the USSR

On October 4, 1989, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, presided over by Michael Gorbachev, decreed an immediate ban on strikes in “important industries,” including coalfields, power plants and transportation.

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50 years ago: Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley

On October 1, 1964, an attempt by University of California police to arrest a former student, Jack Weinberg, ignited what came to be called the Berkeley Free Speech Movement.

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75 years ago: Warsaw falls to invading German troops

The Nazi siege of the Polish capital Warsaw ended October 1, 1939, when German troops marched into the city unhindered.

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100 years ago: British troops massacre Sikh deportees from Canada

On October 2, 1914, rioting broke out near Calcutta, India when Sikhs who had been denied the right to migrate to Canada resisted efforts by British colonial authorities to put them on board a train for the Punjab.

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The Struggle Against War

Video: Detroit residents speak out against war

By Tim Rivers and Seraphine Collins, 24 September 2014

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 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

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