Storm clouds gather over world economy

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2014

The IMF and World Bank meetings produced no policies to bring about an economic recovery.

The economic roots of the drive to war

WHO, CDC heads warn of Ebola epidemic’s dangers

By Niles Williamson, 14 October 2014

The head of WHO described the vast social and economic inequalities highlighted by the Ebola crisis, saying, “The rich get the best care. The poor are left to die.”

Health care workers protest conditions faced in treating Ebola

By our reporter, 14 October 2014

Healthcare workers in several countries have protested the lack of training and equipment necessary for safely treating those infected with Ebola and halting the spread of the virus.

Political issues in the Ebola crisis

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European Union threatens to veto France’s 2015 budget

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014

The French ruling class is considering even more ferocious austerity measures in response to the demands of the banks and the European Commission.

Greens back deployment of German ground troops to Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 14 October 2014

With their call for the deployment of ground troops, the German Greens are going further than the government of Prime Minister Angela Merkel.

Drumbeat grows for US troops in Middle East war

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In Wayne State gubernatorial debate
Michigan Democrat backs Detroit bankruptcy, auto wage-cutting

By Jerry White, 14 October 2014

From the bankruptcy of Detroit to the promotion of low wages, deregulation and further tax cuts for corporations, Mark Schauer demonstrated his agreement with Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

The Mideast war and the US election

The midterm elections and the political crisis in the US

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Who is responsible for the Philadelphia school budget crisis?

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2014

It is not teachers’ pay and benefits that have starved the city’s schools of money, but rather multibillion-dollar tax breaks for corporations and speculators.

High school students walk out to defend Philadelphia teachers

Laid off New York City school bus workers ignored by Mayor de Blasio

By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014

Hundreds of New York City school bus workers rallied at City Hall to demand the reinstatement of their jobs.

North Korean leader’s public absence remains unexplained

By Ben McGrath, 14 October 2014

A report by the official North Korean news agency apparently signals an end to Kim Jong-un’s lengthy disappearance from public life.

South Africa: ANC and unions exploit popular anger over electronic toll collections

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 14 October 2014

In its efforts to limit its losses in the municipal elections due in 2016, the Gauteng ANC is relying on the services of COSATU.

Swiss referendum rejects single public health insurance fund

By Stefan Gfeller, 14 October 2014

The Swiss Social Democrats’ proposed public health insurance scheme would not have improved the present anti-social system.

Latest Australian “terrorist” witch-hunt targets Islamist meeting in Sydney

By Mike Head, 14 October 2014

In order to keep anti-Muslim agitation on the boil, Prime Minister Abbott teamed up with right-wing radio host Alan Jones to denounce a regular weekly lecture by an Islamist group.

Western Australian government announces further public sector job cuts

By Joe Lopez, 14 October 2014

With the reversal of the mining boom, both the state government and the Labor opposition agree that the working class must pay the price.

New in Italian

Nel mirino di Renzi la protezione contro il licenziamento

Di Marianne Arens, 14 ottobre 2014

Il parlamento sta dibattendo il “Job Act” del governo Renzi. La riforma del mercato del lavoro ha lo scopo di deregolamentare i rapporti di lavoro, decurtare i salari e rendere più facile il licenziamento.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Ekonomski uzroci srljanja ka ratu

Nick Beams, 14 October 2014

Nastavak pada globalnog ekonomskog rasta znači da će militarizam da se intenzivira u narednom periodu, stvarajući uslove za izbijanje novog svjetskog rata.

MMF i EU vuku sve konce u izborima u Bosni

Paul Mitchell, 14 October 2014

Koje god stranke ili individue preuzmu državni aparat nakon izbora, Međunarodni Monetarni Fond i Evropska unija će nastaviti da diktiraju ekonomsku i socijalnu politiku.

New in Spanish

A dos meses de la matanza policial en Missouri

Por Andre Damon, 14 octubre 2014

Tan solo dos meses después del asesinato a sangre fría de Michael Brown por un policía de Ferguson Missouri, otro muchacho muere bajo similares circumstancias en St. Louis.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto 2014—Parte 4: Odisea iraquí y más películas del mundo moderno

Por David Walsh, 14 octubre 2014

Esta es la cuarta de una serie de artículos dedicados al reciente festival de cine de Toronto (septiembre 4-14).

New in French

L'armée américaine prépare une intervention au sol dans la guerre au Moyen-Orient

Par Peter Symonds, 14 octobre 2014

L'armée continue ses préparatifs face à l'avancée de l'Etat islamique malgré des démentis de la Maison Blanche dus à l'impopularité d'une nouvelle guerre.

L'Union Européenne menace de recaler le budget de la France

Par Stéphane Hugues et Alexandre Lantier, 14 octobre 2014

La classe dirigeante française envisage des mesures d'austérité encore plus féroces pour répondre aux exigences de la Commission Européenne et des banques.

L'agence d'espionnage canadienne crée un réseau mondial de piratage informatique

Par Dylan Lubao, 14 octobre 2014

Le Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications Canada a développé et testé un logiciel qui peut secrètement s'infiltrer dans un ordinateur et s'en servir pour pirater d'autres ordinateurs et réseaux.

New in German

Die politischen Fragen in der Ebola Krise

Von Patrick Martin, 14. Oktober 2014

Die Ebola-Epidemie in Westafrika erfordert sofort massives globales Handeln, um Leben zu retten und die weitere Ausbreitung der Seuche zu verhindern.

Grüne für deutsche Bodentruppen in Syrien

Von Peter Schwarz, 14. Oktober 2014

Die Fraktionsvorsitzende der Grünen im Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, hat der Süddeutschen Zeitung erklärt, dass die Grünen einen deutschen Militäreinsatz in Syrien unterstützen.

IYSSE verteidigen ihr Recht auf Meinungsfreiheit an der Humboldt-Universität

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 14. Oktober 2014

Die Leitung der Berliner Humboldt-Universität hat versucht, eine Veranstaltung der IYSSE mit dem Titel „Warum wollen die deutschen Eliten wieder Krieg?“ zu zensieren und politische Kritik an Professoren der Universität zu unterdrücken. Wir dokumentieren die Fortsetzung des Briefwechsels mit der Universität.

Rumänien unterstützt imperialistischen Kriegskurs gegen Russland

Von Andrei Tudora und Tina Zamfir, 14. Oktober 2014

Der imperialistische Drang nach Osten birgt große Gefahren für die Arbeiterklasse von Moldawien und Rumänien.

Zehntausende protestieren gegen das Massaker an angehenden mexikanischen Lehrern

Von Rafael Azul, 14. Oktober 2014

Die Morde an den Lehrerstudenten provozierten außerdem eine landesweite Welle der Empörung, die die Stabilität der Regierung von Präsident Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI, Institutionelle Revolutionspartei) gefährdet.

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US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

14 October 2014

The Pentagon is preparing for unlimited global warfare and military dictatorship within the United States.

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The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 3
LSSP enters capitalist coalition government in Sri Lanka.

By Rohantha de Silva and K. Ratnayake, 14 October 2014

The LSSP’s betrayal was not a sudden about-face, but the product of more than a decade of political backsliding, aided and abetted by the Pabloite International Secretariat.


Uncovering the Maritime Silk Road

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 October 2014

Archaeologists across the globe are beginning to tackle larger questions about the interconnectivity of societies across continents and oceans.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 October 2014

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

German media attacks train drivers’ right to strike

By Dietmar Henning, 13 October 2014

Socialist Equality Party

A bipartisan conspiracy
Australian imperialism and the Middle East war
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

13 October 2014

October 15 public meeting at York University: Against Canada’s participation in Mideast war

13 October 2014

Canada’s ruling elite is taking a leading role in US aggression, signing Canada up for the new Mideast war and supporting Washington’s provocations against Russia and China.

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

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

10 October 2014

Feature Article

Toxic fallout from US war produces record child birth defect rates in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 October 2014

Arts Review

The legacy of postwar Polish filmmaker Andrzej Munk

By Dorota Niemitz, 13 October 2014

Munk, part of a generation of Eastern European artists struggling to deal with the postwar situation, was able to create a humane and authentic portrait of his times.

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

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Protests continue against police violence in St. Louis

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2014

Two months since the police murder of Michael Brown

More on police violence in America »

“Terrorist” sword seized in Australian police raids was plastic

By James Cogan, 13 October 2014

Australian forces deployed in Iraq: Bipartisanship and the war drive

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014

More on the crisis in Iraq and Syria »

Australia’s “Camp Gallipoli”—a militarist extravaganza

By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014

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

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

Merhing Books

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: US role exposed in failed Panamanian coup

On October 13, 1989, US President George H.W. Bush repeated a call for the overthrow of the regime of Gen. Manuel Noriega in Panama.

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50 years ago: Khrushchev ousted as Soviet leader

On October 16, 1964, Communist Party First Secretary and Soviet head of state Nikita Khrushchev was deposed by the Stalinist bureaucracy.

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75 years ago: Cannon defends USSR in SWP internal discussion

On October 15, 1939, before the New York branch of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the American Trotskyist leader James Cannon gave a speech on “the Russian question.”

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100 years ago: Lenin delivers anti-war lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland

This week in 1914, Vladimir Lenin, the Russian Marxist and leader of the Bolsheviks, delivered two lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland outlining a socialist and internationalist perspective in opposition to World War I.

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