US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2014

While the PYD and its armed wing are still on the US list of terrorist organisations, Secretary of State Kerry is rebadging them as Washington’s latest “valiant” freedom fighters.

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

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Turkish government seeks new police state powers

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2014

According to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, the Homeland Security Reform Bill would “give the upper hand to the police” and “more space to resort to new tools and measures.”

US midterm elections dominated by corporate cash

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2014

Billionaires and big corporate interests account for the vast bulk of campaign spending for both parties in the 2014 US elections, much of it secret.

The US midterm elections and the bankruptcy of the capitalist system

The invisible election

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France, Germany hold talks on EU approval of France’s 2015 budget

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 October 2014

Paris and Berlin are working on a behind-the-scenes deal for intensified, long-term austerity measures against the working class.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

Germany: Lufthansa pilots take renewed strike action

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 October 2014

While the immediate issue in the pilots’ dispute is cuts in early retirement provision, the background is the major changes in the air industry that affect not only pilots but all airline workers in Europe and across the globe.

Workers protest East London Labour council budget cuts

By Paul Stuart, 21 October 2014

Already 800 local authority jobs have been lost in Barking and Dagenham under cuts implemented by Labour.

Detroit hearing on water shutoffs promotes UN, Democrats

By Jerry White, 21 October 2014

The event on Sunday was sponsored by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit Peoples Water Board.

A US judge declares Detroit residents have no right to water

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Hundreds of prison deaths in Florida under investigation

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 October 2014

Whistleblowers have revealed a wave of torture and murder by guards in Florida prisons.

UAW imposes concessions on Pennsylvania Boeing workers

By Angelo Bosworth, 21 October 2014

The deal follows similar concessions pacts worked out by the UAW, the International Association of Machinists and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace at Boeing facilities in Seattle and other cities.

Australia: Opposition Labor Party rubberstamps “Foreign Fighters Bill”

By Mike Head, 21 October 2014

The second of the Abbott government’s three “terrorism” bills is set to pass through parliament before the end of the month.

Municipal elections a debacle for Peruvian “left”

By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014

The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.

New in German

Die amerikanische Oligarchie

Von Andre Damon, 21. Oktober 2014

Trotz aller Vortäuschung des Prinzips “eine Person - eine Stimme” ist Tatsache, dass das Spitzenzehntelprozent die Politik diktiert und die wesentliche Personenauswahl vornimmt, wenn es um ihre Umsetzung geht

Verteidigt die Lokführer und Piloten!

Von Ulrich Rippert, 21. Oktober 2014

Die herrschenden Eliten sehen im Streik der Lokführer einen Ausdruck der wachsenden Opposition gegen die unsoziale Politik und den Kriegskurs der Regierung.

Volkswagen: Betriebsrat legt Sparprogramm über 5 Milliarden Euro vor

Von Dietmar Henning, 21. Oktober 2014

Der Betriebsrat von VW hat dem Konzernvorstand 400 Seiten Sparvorschläge überreicht, die das Unternehmen in die Lage versetzen sollen, die Rendite zu verdreifachen.

Appelle der von Ebola betroffenen Länder und von Gesundheitsexperten stoßen bei Großmächten auf taube Ohren

Von Patrick Martin, 21. Oktober 2014

Die imperialistischen Großmächte und die Pharmaunternehmen lassen zehntausende Menschen sterben.

Der große Verrat der LSSP in Sri Lanka – Teil 2
LSSP weist Verteidigung des Trotzkismus durch IKVI zurück

Von Saman Gunadasa, 21. Oktober 2014

Dies ist der zweite von vier Artikeln über die Lehren aus dem Eintritt der LSSP in die Sirima Bandaranaike-Regierung im Juni 1964.

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Market gyrations and the need for socialism

21 October 2014

The wild swings on financial markets last week indicate that the crisis which erupted in 2008 is returning in an even more explosive form.

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Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan: May 22, 1919 – September 27, 2014

By Clara Weiss, 21 October 2014

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of the Left Oppositionist Ivar Smilga, dedicated her life to restoring historical truth about those who had been murdered and whose names had been besmirched by Stalinist reaction.


The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 4
The political consequences of the LSSP’s betrayal

By Sujeeva Amaranath and K. Ratnayake, 21 October 2014

The final article in the series examines the aftermath of the LSSP’s betrayal and draws the necessary political conclusions for the working class in Sri Lanka and internationally.

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

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

German intellectuals in World War I

By Verena Nees, 20 October 2014

Arts Review

Citizenfour documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US

By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2014

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP meetings oppose Australian involvement in US war in the Middle East

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

The SEP held five public meetings to oppose the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the recent anti-terror raids in Australian cities.

Workers and youth discuss the war in Syria and Iraq

By our reporters, 21 October 2014

Keen interest in anti-war campaign of IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 October 2014

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

International lecture series extends to Australia and New Zealand
Imperialism and the World Wars of the Twentieth Century: Historical lessons and present dangers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 October 2014


Australian imperialism: Political attack dog for US war drive

By Nick Beams, 20 October 2014

Pleas to major powers from Ebola-stricken countries, health professionals fall on deaf ears

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2014

Ebola in America

Political issues in the Ebola crisis

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US Supreme Court allows Texas to implement anti-democratic voter ID law

By Tom Carter, 20 October 2014

Obama administration signals reluctance to bring civil rights charges against killer cop in Missouri

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2014

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The American oligarchy

By Andre Damon, 18 October 2014

From pseudo-left to New Right: The trajectory of France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 18 October 2014

Workers Struggles

Tens of thousands march in London against low wages

By Paul Mitchell, 20 October 2014

Philadelphia unions use teachers’ rally to promote Democrats

By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 20 October 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Leaked documents expose secret contracts between NSA and tech companies

FBI director demands unfettered access to all encrypted phone data

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“Risky Business” study highlights the inability of capitalism to address the consequences of climate change

By Philip Guelpa, 20 October 2014

25 years ago: People’s Republic of Hungary officially ends

On October 23, 1989, acting President Matyas Szueroes declared that Hungary was no longer a Soviet-bloc country.

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50 years ago: African leaders protest US Congo intervention

Leaders of the African Conciliation Commission, representing nine colonial countries, called on the US to remove its military equipment and advisers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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75 years ago: Stalinists hold rigged poll in conquered Poland

The Stalin government in Moscow staged National Assembly elections in the Soviet-controlled sector of Poland on October 22, 1939.

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100 years ago: The first Battle of Ypres

This week in October 1914, the First Battle of Ypres began in Belgium.

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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.