Canadian government seizes on Ottawa shooting to promote militarist, anti-democratic agenda

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 24 October 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is seeking to exploit the killing of two Canadian Armed Forces’ soldiers this week to dramatically shift politics further to the right.

Ottawa terror attack triggers massive police-military mobilization

Canada: Harper using “terror attack” to impose anti-democratic measures

Australia expands military involvement in Middle East war

By Mike Head, 24 October 2014

Australian attacks in Iraq are assisting the US to pursue the real thrust of the war—a renewed drive by Washington to oust Syrian President Assad.

Australian imperialism: Political attack dog for US war drive

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

More on the crisis in Iraq and Syria »

Democratic Senate candidates sound right-wing themes in pre-election debates

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2014

In a series of campaign debates last week, Democratic candidates for the US Senate vied with their Republican opponents in their support for militarism and budget-cutting.

Democrat Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race

By Douglas Lyons, 24 October 2014

The US midterm elections and the bankruptcy of the capitalist system

Rise in US corporate profits fueled by fall in real wages

By Jerry White, 24 October 2014

Caterpillar, Boeing, GE and GM led US manufacturers with better-than-expected third quarter profits.

Mass protests in Mexico over Iguala Massacre

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2014

Students are demanding that the investigation into the killing and abduction of their classmates be taken out of the hands of the government.

Mexico’s disappeared students

Brazil’s Workers Party faces its tightest election after 12 years in power

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2014

Whether the PT or the right-wing opposition party, the PSDB, wins Sunday’s vote, the Brazilian working class will face deepening attacks on its living standards.

Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni war shrine

By Ben McGrath, 24 October 2014

The visit is part of the Abe government’s agenda of whitewashing the Japanese army’s war crimes in the 1930s and 1940s and remilitarising Japan.

UK Tories intensify anti-EU, anti-immigrant rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to make immigration reform the centrepiece of a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the European Union.

Germany’s SPD leadership backs Left Party premier in Thuringia

By Johannes Stern, 24 October 2014

The pending installation of Ramelow as premier heralds a new stage in the rightward shift of the Left Party.

College police across the US armed with military-grade weaponry

By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2014

The Defense Department has provided at least 117 college police departments with military hardware.

New in Spanish

Los desaparecidos estudiantes mexicanos

Por Bill Van Auken, 23 octubre 2014

La desaparición de 43 estudiantes en Guerrero, México está entremezclada con la desigualdad y el salvajismo que acompañan las reformas de libre empresa en esa nación.

Los vaivenes de los mercados financieros y el socialismo

Por Nick Beams, 23 octubre 2014

El loco vaivén de los mercados financieros la semana pasada presagia que vuelve con más garra la crisis del 2008.

New in French

Les fluctuations incessantes du marché et la nécessité du socialisme

Par Nick Beams, 24 octobre 2014

Les fluctuations brusques de Wall Street et des marchés obligataires signifie que la crise qui a éclaté en 2008, non seulement n'est toujours pas résolue, mais pourrait même revenir sous une forme encore plus explosive.

Une attaque terroriste déclenche une mobilisation en masse de la police et de l'armée à Ottawa

Par Keith Jones, 24 octobre 2014

Dans la foulée de l'attaque sur la colline parlementaire, les policiers ont rapidement déployé un périmètre de sécurité à l'intérieur duquel tous les bureaux, commerces et écoles ont été placés en confinement, barrant l'accès aux véhicules et aux piétons et déployant des forces spéciales d'intervention lourdement armées.

Allemagne: Il faut défendre les conducteurs de train et les pilotes de ligne!

Par Ulrich Rippert, 24 octobre 2014

L’élite dirigeante allemande considère les grèves des conducteurs de train et des pilotes de ligne comme l’expression d’une opposition grandissante à l’encontre du programme d’austérité et de guerre du gouvernement.

Une femme portant le niqab exclue de l'Opéra de Paris

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 24 octobre 2014

Loin de provoquer un tollé dans la presse contre cet acte d'oppression discriminatoire et antidémocratique, les élites politiques françaises réagissent comme si cela était tout à fait normal.

New in German

Heftige Marktschwankungen und die Notwendigkeit des Sozialismus

Von Nick Beams, 24. Oktober 2014

Die wilden Schwankungen auf den Finanzmärkten in der letzten Woche deuten darauf hin, dass die Krise, die 2008 ausgebrochen ist, in einer noch explosiveren Form zurückkehrt.

Berlin plant größeren Militäreinsatz im Nahen und Mittleren Osten

Von Johannes Stern, 24. Oktober 2014

Laut einem Bericht in der Süddeutschen Zeitung will die Bundesregierung ihr militärisches Eingreifen im Irak massiv ausweiten.

Dokumentarfilm über Edward Snowden
”Citizenfour” in Großbritannien und den USA angelaufen

Von Robert Stevens, 24. Oktober 2014

Snowden nennt die NSA und den ganzen staatlichen Überwachungsapparat in Laura Poitras Dokumentarfilm “die größte Unterdrückungswaffe der Menschheitsgeschichte“.

Der große Verrat der LSSP: Teil 4
Die politischen Folgen des Verrats der LSSP

Von Sujeeva Amaranath und K. Ratnayake, 24. Oktober 2014

Der vierte und letzte Teil der Serie untersucht die Periode nach dem Verrat der LSSP und zieht die notwendigen politischen Schlussfolgerungen für die Arbeiterklasse in Sri Lanka und international.

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Blackwater, torture and US imperialism

24 October 2014

The reason for the White House’s determination to cover up the crimes of the Bush administration is clear enough. In the words of Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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Socialist Equality Party

Over 200 attend IYSSE meeting at Berlin's Humboldt University

24 October 2014

The October 23 meeting organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University in Berlin entitled “Why do the German elites once again want war?” was highly successful. The audience of students and workers listened attentively to the lecture by ICFI secretary Peter Schwarz, which was followed by a lively discussion period. A detailed report will be published tomorrow.

IYSSE antiwar campaign resonates with workers and youth in Berlin

By our correspondents, 23 October 2014

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

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University


The carve-up of Detroit

By Jerry White, 23 October 2014

Ebola crisis: Major powers line up to send troops to Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2014

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US media campaign to exonerate cop who killed Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 23 October 2014

More on police violence in America »

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

Human Rights Watch documents Ukrainian military’s use of cluster rockets

German union proposes cost-cutting plan to boost VW profits

Census report: Half of Americans poor or near poor

Market gyrations and the need for socialism

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 October 2014

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

Defend striking German train drivers and airline pilots!

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 October 2014

Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

Waukegan, Illinois teachers’ strike enters third week

Arts Review

The Death of Klinghoffer premieres in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 22 October 2014

The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

David Fincher’s Gone Girl: The lady vanishes

By Marcelo Arias Souto, 22 October 2014

Citizenfour documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US

By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2014

More on the arts »


Climate change behind recent extreme weather conditions

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 October 2014

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

By Philip Guelpa, 20 October 2014


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 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

The Detroit Bankruptcy

Detroit hearing on water shutoffs promotes UN, Democrats

By Jerry White, 21 October 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

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.

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