Obama meets anti-ISIS “coalition” amid rising US-Turkish tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2014

The meeting at Andrews Air Force Base could not mask the deepening divisions over the strategy guiding the US-led war in Iraq and Syria.

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

The economic roots of the drive to war

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World Health Organization says Ebola cases could reach 10,000 per week

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2014

The figures came as the head of the National Institutes of Health said that the US would likely have already developed a vaccine for Ebola if budget cuts had not slashed research funding.

WHO, CDC heads warn of Ebola epidemic’s dangers

Health care workers protest conditions faced in treating Ebola

Political issues in the Ebola crisis

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Australian prime minister threatens to “shirtfront” Vladimir Putin

By James Cogan, 15 October 2014

For a G20 leader to threaten another with physical violence—even figuratively—indicates how far diplomatic norms have broken down.

Police clash with Hong Kong protesters

By Peter Symonds, 15 October 2014

Having taken no action against the protests last week, the Hong Kong government is now seeking to dismantle the protest sites, step by step.

Catalan government cancels independence referendum

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 15 October 2014

The task of the pseudo-left groups is to advise the Catalan bourgeoisie on how to market separatism to the working class.

UK health workers strike: “We should all be out together”

By our reporters, 15 October 2014

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed National Health Service workers participating in a four-hour action over pay on Monday.

Street battles erupt in Guerrero over disappeared Mexican students

By Rafael Azul, 15 October 2014

Students, education workers and families mobilized in Guerrero demanding the resignation of the governor and the return of the disappeared students.

Sharp rise in US contract workers killed on the job

By Steve Filips, 15 October 2014

The number of contract workers killed on the job has increased by 35 percent since 2011.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s defense demands prosecutors turn over evidence on 2011 murders

By Nick Barrickman, 15 October 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense asserts information proving their client’s knowledge of a 2011 triple homicide would support their claims that the elder brother was the driving force in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Reports point to worsening conditions for Pennsylvania workers

By Douglas Lyons, 15 October 2014

Newly released figures show declining or stagnating wages and widening social inequality

Job cuts deepen in Australian TAFE colleges

By Erika Zimmer, 15 October 2014

The Abbott government is intensifying funding cuts and pro-market restructuring begun under the previous Labor government.

New in French

L’armée américaine élabore un plan pour la Troisième Guerre mondiale

Par Bill Van Auken et David North, 15 octobre 2014

Le Pentagone se prépare à une guerre mondiale illimitée et une dictature militaire aux Etats-Unis.

Québec solidaire et le référendum écossais : nouveaux appels en direction du PQ

Par Louis Girard et Richard Dufour, 15 octobre 2014

Québec solidaire offre ses services au Parti québécois pour donner un vernis «progressiste» au projet réactionnaire de la souveraineté du Québec.

New in German

US-Armee entwirft Blaupause für dritten Weltkrieg

Von Bill Van Auken und David North, 15. Oktober 2014

Das Pentagon bereitet sich auf weltweite Kriege und eine Militärdiktatur in den Vereinigten Staaten vor.

Warum wollen die deutschen Eliten wieder Krieg?
Gut besuchte Versammlung in Frankfurt am Main

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 15. Oktober 2014

Die Antikriegs-Versammlung der PSG und der IYSSE in Frankfurt stieg auf reges Interesse. Der Versammlungssaal war bis zum letzten Platz besetzt.

Dunkle Wolken ziehen über der Weltwirtschaft auf

Von Nick Beams, 15. Oktober 2014

Die Treffen von IWF und Weltbank haben keine Politik hervorgebracht, die zu einem Wirtschaftsaufschwung führen könnte.

Zwei Monate nach Polizeimord an Michael Brown

Von Andre Damon, 15. Oktober 2014

Erneut hat ein Polizist in St. Louis (Missouri) einen Jugendlichen erschossen. Die Polizei bleibt weiterhin ungestraft.

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The invisible election

15 October 2014

The interests of American working people, the vast majority of the population, find no expression in the election campaigns of the two parties.

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Socialist Equality Party

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 15 October 2014

This exchange of letters documents the attempt by the Humboldt University administration in Berlin to censor the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s meeting on the topic “Why Do the German Elites Again Want War?”.

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Why does the German ruling elite want war? A well-attended meeting in Frankfurt

By our reporters, 15 October 2014

The meeting was called by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality as part of a campaign against the revival of German militarism.

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

13 October 2014

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

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2014—Part 6
Tigers and global corporate criminality: “We’ve got a really bad system”

By David Walsh, 15 October 2014

Danis Tanović’s new film focuses on a scandal that stretches back at least four decades—the marketing of infant formula to women in poor countries, which has caused untold suffering and death.

The legacy of postwar Polish filmmaker Andrzej Munk

By Dorota Niemitz, 13 October 2014

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Storm clouds gather over world economy

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2014

European Union threatens to veto France’s 2015 budget

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014

Greens back deployment of German ground troops to Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 14 October 2014

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

By Mike Head, 14 October 2014

Protests continue against police violence in St. Louis

“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


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

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


Uncovering the Maritime Silk Road

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 October 2014

Workers Struggles

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

By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014

German media attacks train drivers’ right to strike

By Dietmar Henning, 13 October 2014

Feature Article

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

By Thomas Gaist, 13 October 2014

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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