World powers stand by as Ebola death toll passes 4,000

By Niles Williamson, 11 October 2014

The United States and other Western powers are seeking to take advantage of the crisis sparked by the deadly Ebola epidemic, not to save the victims, but to establish a stronger military presence in West Africa.

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Balkan states back US war in the Middle East

By Stefan Steinberg, 11 October 2014

Balkan countries that have joined the “coalition against IS” are whipping up anti-Islamist sentiment and introducing repressive legislation.

US, Turkey at odds over Syria intervention

Romania joins imperialist war drive against Russia

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 11 October 2014

The imperialist drive to the east poses big dangers for the working class of Moldova and Romania.

Court decisions stop voter ID requirements in Wisconsin, Texas

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2014

The judicial actions block laws that would have prevented as many as 1.1 million people from voting on November 4.

US Supreme Court opens new term

By John Andrews, 11 October 2014

The Court declined to hear cases overturning bans on same-sex marriage, then held arguments on police stops and withholding pay for time spent clearing security.

Notes on police violence in America
Another asthmatic man dead after being tackled by New York police

By Tom Hall, 11 October 2014

Daniel Levitt is the second asthmatic killed by New York police this year, along with Eric Garner, and the fourth person killed by the NYPD in the past two weeks.

Hong Kong protests swell after talks called off

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2014

Protest leaders threaten to escalate their actions unless the government responds to their demand for full and open elections in 2017.

Right-wing UK Independence Party benefits from disaffection in British by-elections

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2014

UKIP makes its core appeal on opposition to the European Union, while peddling anti-immigrant chauvinism.

IMF and EU call the tune in Bosnia elections

By Paul Mitchell, 11 October 2014

Bosnia’s fiscal deficit is expected to rise from 2 percent of GDP to 4.5 percent while the unemployment rate stands at 44 percent.

Australia’s “Camp Gallipoli”—a militarist extravaganza

By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014

The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.

Germany: Nine-hour strike by train drivers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The nationwide strike brought most long-distance, regional, freight and commuter trains to a halt.

Strike of Reynoldsburg, Ohio teachers in its fourth week

By Clement Daly, 11 October 2014

More than 350 teachers in the Columbus suburb are continuing their strike over the district’s demand to tie wages to student performance.

CLC president helped scuttle BC teachers’ strike

By Carl Bronski, 11 October 2014

Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff intervened to shut down the militant strike British Columbia teachers were mounting in defence of public education.

Chicago-area teen charged with attempting to join ISIS

By Marcus Day, 11 October 2014

The arrest of Mohammed Hamzah Khan at a Chicago airport last Saturday raises a number of questions about the degree of US intelligence involvement.

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Türkiye, Esad’ı devirmek için ABD destekli savaş talep ediyor

Bill Van Auken, 11 Ekim 2014

Kobani için “düştü düşüyor” diyen Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı, Suriye üzerinde bir uçuşa yasak bölge ve Türkiye-Suriye sınırında bir tampon bölge oluşturulması taleplerini tekrarladı.

Türkiye’nin IŞİD çatışmasındaki rolü iç savaşı yeniden canlandırma tehlikesi taşıyor

Jean Shaoul, 11 Ekim 2014

Erdoğan’ın, sinik bir şekilde, IŞİD “tehdit”ini hem Kürtler’i ezme mekanizması hem de bölgede kendisinin ve Washington’ın çıkarları adına kapsamlı bir savaş nedeni olarak kullanması, bizzat Türkiye içinde, onun denetim altında tutamayabileceği güçlerin serbest bırakılması tehlikesi oluşturan tehlikeli bir manevradır.

New in French

Les origines économiques de la marche vers la guerre

Par Nick Beams, 11 octobre 2014

La stagnation permanente de l'économie mondiale nourrit les tensions entre les pays impérialistes et crée les conditions pour la guerre.

Le parlement canadien vote pour une participation à la nouvelle guerre au Moyen-Orient

Par Keith Jones, 11 octobre 2014

La posture antiguerre des partis de l'opposition ne vise qu'à tromper: ils appuient entièrement les visées de l'intervention militaire canadienne au Moyen-Orient. Ils ne font que critiquer les tactiques.

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Die ökonomischen Wurzeln der Kriegspolitik

Von Nick Beams, 11. Oktober 2014

Die dauerhafte Stagnation der Weltwirtschaft befeuert die innerimperialistischen Spannungen und schafft die Bedingungen für Krieg.

USA und Türkei uneins über Intervention in Syrien

Von Patrick Martin, 11. Oktober 2014

Obama und Erdogan befinden sich in einem Konflikt darüber, mit welchen Methoden sie ihr gemeinsames Ziel erreichen wollen: den Sturz von Baschar al-Assad.

Rolle der Türkei im Konflikt mit Isis droht neuen Bürgerkrieg zu entfachen

Von Jean Shaoul, 11. Oktober 2014

Die regierende AKP reagierte mit ungehaltener Wut auf die empörten Demonstrationenim ganzen Land, nachdem die Regierung es abgelehnt hatte, die syrischen Kurden in der Stadt Kobane zu unterstützen.

Medien greifen Lokführer und Streikrecht an

Von Dietmar Henning, 11. Oktober 2014

Die Attacken der Medien gegen die Lokführer gelten allen Arbeitern, die für ihre Rechte kämpfen und ihre Löhne und sozialen Errungenschaften verteidigen.

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Two months since the police murder of Michael Brown

11 October 2014

The latest shooting outside St. Louis, Missouri shows that police continue to commit murder with impunity.

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Socialist Equality Party

David North lectures in US Midwest on lessons of 20th Century imperialism

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

Lectures in Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit were well attended by students and young workers.

Sri Lankan SEP anti-war campaign receives support among workers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Public Meetings
Oppose Australia’s participation in Iraq-Syria war! Oppose anti-democratic laws and police raids!


Australian forces deployed in Iraq: Bipartisanship and the war drive

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014

The illusion of “strength” surrounding the Abbott government as it commits troops to the US-led war is, above all, a product of the bipartisan support it is receiving.

“Chicago Socialist Campaign” seeks to head off opposition to Democrats

By Marcus Day and Jerry White, 11 October 2014

Jorge Mújica, a longtime Democratic Party activist, is running as an “independent socialist” candidate in next February’s election for Chicago City Council.

The economic roots of the drive to war

By Nick Beams, 10 October 2014

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

10 October 2014

India and Pakistan trade warnings over escalating border clashes

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 October 2014

Tens of thousands protest massacre of Mexican student teachers

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2014

War propaganda in the German Historical Museum

By Johannes Stern, 9 October 2014

Germany: Joschka Fischer’s declaration of war on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014

The Ben Affleck-Bill Maher-Sam Harris dispute: Anti-Muslim bigotry and American imperialist policy

High school students walk out to defend Philadelphia teachers

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 5
99 Homes, Shelter and harsh American realities: Filmmakers inch their way toward important truths
Director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 October 2014

99 Homes deals with the foreclosure and eviction crisis, Shelter with the homeless. Also screened was a documentary about a Mexican citizen 30 years on death row, The Years of Fierro.

Snowpiercer: A new ice age and its consequences

By Muhammad Khan, 8 October 2014

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The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 2
LSSP rejects the ICFI’s defence of Trotskyism

By Saman Gunadasa, 10 October 2014

The second of four articles on the political lessons of the entry of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party into the Sri Lankan government of Madame Sirima Bandaranaike in June 1964.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 1
The liquidation of the Bolshevik Leninist Party of India

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 October 2014

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

The Struggle Against War

New pamphlet outlines basis for struggle against imperialist war

7 October 2014

The pamphlet contains three important statements on war from the International Committee of the Fourth International, the Socialist Equality Party in the US and the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany.

25 years ago: Thousands of demonstrators confront East German police

On October 9, 1989, the streets and squares of East Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig and other East German cities were the scene of demonstrations by thousands against the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy.

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50 years ago: Nasser releases Tshombe from jail

On October 9, 1964, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser released Congolese President Moise Tshombe from house arrest, after he had attempted to attend a gathering of the “nonaligned countries” held in Cairo.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany carves up Poland

On October 8, 1939, after the fall of Warsaw to the Nazi invaders days earlier, Hitler redrew Poland’s borders.

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100 years ago: Japan seizes German possession in the Pacific

On October 7, 1914, it was reported in the press that Japanese military forces had seized the island of Jaluit, a German colony in the Marshall Islands situated in the western Pacific.

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