Richest one percent controls nearly half of global wealth

By Andre Damon, 17 October 2014

Hypothetically, if the growth of inequality were to proceed at last year’s rate, the richest one percent would control all the wealth on the planet within 23 years.

Turmoil rips through global financial markets

US boosts air war in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2014

As the US seeks to consolidate its presence in Iraq and further plans for regime change in Syria, the logic of the military situation points to a further escalation of the war.

US-backed militias commit war crimes in Iraq

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

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CIA warned arming Syrian “rebels” unlikely to succeed

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2014

The intelligence agency concluded on the basis of decades of experience that its arming of US-backed insurgents seldom proved successful.

Lack of training, safety at Texas hospital where nurses contracted Ebola

By Kate Randall, 17 October 2014

Texas Health Presbyterian’s handling of Ebola cases has come under fire from registered nurses at the hospital.

Political issues in the Ebola crisis

Ebola in America

Who is responsible for the Ebola virus case in Spain?

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Deal with bond insurer paves way for approval of Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 17 October 2014

A settlement with FGIC announced Thursday will give the bond insurer control of choice riverfront property and other city owned assets.

“We protested because we love our teachers and our education”
Students, workers denounce attack on Philadelphia teachers

By Steve Light and Alden Long, 17 October 2014

High school students who walked out last week to support their teachers discussed the fight against budget-cutting and the attack on public education.

San Ysidro, California teachers sold out after three-day strike

A case study in hypocrisy
An Australian Labor leader feigns concern over terror laws

By Mike Head, 17 October 2014

Albanese’s interview prompted extensive media coverage, promoting the illusion that he was mounting a challenge to the Labor Party’s backing for the legislation.

Reports expose Australian government’s data retention plans

Russia, Ukraine to negotiate amid deepening crisis

By Christoph Dreier, 17 October 2014

The propositions made to Moscow in the negotiations are accompanied by massive threats and preparations for new aggression against Russia.

Rising inequality in Denmark

By Ennis Wynne, 17 October 2014

Denmark’s 50 richest individuals have more than doubled their wealth.

Death claims mount from GM ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 17 October 2014

So far, there have been 178 death claims filed, far in excess of the 13 fatalities acknowledged by GM in vehicles it has recalled for faulty ignitions.

Pro-charter think tank in New Orleans forced to retract flawed study

By Tom Hall, 17 October 2014

The Cowen Institute at Tulane University released a dishonest study whose apparent “findings” were determined in advance by its methodology.

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La política de Ébola

Por Patrick Martin, 17 octubre 2014

Acabar con la epidemia de ébola requiere un enorme y bien coordinado esfuerzo mundial.

Partidos de la pseudo-izquierda sufren una abrumadora derrota en elecciones municipales en Perú

Por Armando Cruz, 17 octubre 2014

El Frente Amplio de Izquierda, que agrupa en el Perú la constelación de los partidos de "izquierda" más y más se alinea con poderosos intereses empresariales para sostener y prolongar el capitalismo.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto 2014— Parte 5:
99 casas, Refugio y realidades americanas duras: Cineastas que poco a poco se acercan hacia verdades importantes

Por Joanne Laurier, 17 octubre 2014

99 Casas ilustra la crisis de hipotecas y desalojos; Refugio revela la situación de los sin techo. También se mostró un documental sobre un ciudadano mexicano condenado a muerte que ha pasado 30 años en prisión: Los Años de Fierro.

New in French

Une nouvelle crise ébranle les marchés financiers mondiaux

Par Nick Beams, 17 octobre 2014

Une journée de remous sur les marchés financiers mondiaux démontre que les conditions vécues lors de la crise financière de 2008 pourraient réapparaître.

L'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé dit que le nombre de cas d'Ebola pourrait atteindre 10.000 par semaine

Par Andre Damon, 17 octobre 2014

Les Instituts Nationaux de Santé ont indiqué que les Etats-Unis auraient probablement développé un vaccin contre Ebola si des coupes budgétaires n'avaient pas taillé dans le financement de la recherche.

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Ebola in Amerika

Von Andre Damon, 17. Oktober 2014

Die inkompetente und verantwortungslose Reaktion auf die Ebola-Krise in den USA ist ein Armutszeugnis für das politische Establishment Amerikas.

Die Linke als Kriegspartei

Von Ulrich Rippert, 17. Oktober 2014

Die Linke nutzt die Verteidigung der kurdischen Minderheit als Vorwand für die Unterstützung imperialistischer Kriegspolitik.

Wissenschaft statt Kriegspropaganda!

Erklärung der IYSSE zur Auseinandersetzung an der HU, 17. Oktober 2014

Die IYSSE wollen verhindern, dass die Berliner Humboldt-Universität, wieder in ein Zentrum für Militarismus und Diktatur verwandelt wird.

Weltfinanzmärkte im Chaos

Von Nick Beams, 17. Oktober 2014

Ein chaotischer Tag an den Weltfinanzmärkten hat zu Warnungen geführt, dass die Bedingungen der Finanzkrise von 2008 wieder vor der Tür stehen könnten.

Verhandlungen über die Ukraine-Krise

Von Christoph Dreier, 17. Oktober 2014

Verhandlungsangebote der westlichen Mächte und der ukrainischen Regierung an Russland werden von massiven Drohungen begleitet und dienen der Vorbereitung neuer Aggressionen.

Eine parteiübergreifende Verschwörung
Australischer Imperialismus und der Krieg im Nahen Osten

Erklärung der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 17. Oktober 2014

Die Rechtfertigung für diesen Krieg ist genauso verlogen wie die Behauptung von 2003, beim US-Einmarsch im Irak sei es um "Massenvernichtungswaffen" gegangen.

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The US midterm elections and the bankruptcy of the capitalist system

17 October 2014

The US midterm elections are taking place six years after the election of Obama, hailed as a “transformative” candidate who would alter the course of American politics.

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David Greenglass, star witness against the Rosenbergs, dies at 92

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2014

The Rosenberg case must serve as a warning in the current climate of preparation for war.

Arts Review

The Gary Webb story in Kill the Messenger: Shedding light on CIA criminality and conspiracy

By Joanne Laurier, 17 October 2014

Michael Cuesta’s film tells the story of the journalist whose 1996 investigative series, “Dark Alliance,” uncovered ties between the Central Intelligence Agency and massive drug peddling by the right-wing Nicaraguan Contras.

The Gold Mine by Kelsey Waldon: Life, more or less

By Dylan Lubao, 16 October 2014

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

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Australia’s pseudo-left organisation complicit in US war for regime change in Syria

By Will Morrow, 17 October 2014

Socialist Alternative has yet to write a single article even acknowledging that US bombs have begun to rain down on Syria. As the old maxim states, silence is consent.

Germany’s Left Party emerges as a party of war

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 October 2014

The Left Party is using the defence of the Kurdish minority as a pretext to support a policy of imperialist war.

White House publicity stunt offers no relief to long-term jobless workers

The invisible election

European Union threatens to veto France’s 2015 budget

Socialist Equality Party

New Zealand WSWS meeting discusses election outcome

By our reporters, 17 October 2014

The World Socialist Web Site’s public meeting in Lower Hutt discussed the socialist alternative to the drive towards war and the austerity policies which every party supported in last month’s election.

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 15 October 2014

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

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

13 October 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 October 2014

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

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

By our reporters, 15 October 2014

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

By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014


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

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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