Pentagon claims “Russian aggression” against NATO

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2014

The comments by General Raymond Odierno came after a series of flights by Russian warplanes over international waters around Europe.

US, EU hail election staged by ultra-right regime in Ukraine

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Israeli provocations ignite growing Palestinian revolt in Jerusalem

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2014

Israel has launched a major security crackdown in East Jerusalem following the shooting of a right-wing Zionist known for staging provocations at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Judge backs Stockton, California bankruptcy plan ending retiree health care payments

By Jerry White, 31 October 2014

A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a restructuring plan that will eliminate health care benefits for 2,400 retired city workers and their families.

NSA chief calls for more “permeable” barrier between state and tech corporations

By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014

The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.

St. Louis police stock up on riot gear ahead of grand jury decision on Brown killing

By Ed Hightower, 31 October 2014

Police in St. Louis County spent $172,669 since August on tear gas, rubber bullets and other riot equipment.

Notes on police violence
Video shows “firing squad” police killing of Michigan man

By EP Bannon and Tom Hall, 31 October 2014

A recently-released video shows a group of Saginaw, Michigan police officers firing dozens of rounds at a 49-year-old homeless man.

Albuquerque authorities seek to dampen public outrage over police violence

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Sri Lanka: About 200 killed in landslide

By Suranga Siriwardana and R.M. Dayananda, 31 October 2014

The government is already trying to shift the blame claiming that the victims had been warned to move out of the area.

Canadian government exploiting shootings to promote militarism, attack civil rights

By Roger Jordan, 31 October 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is using last week’s killings of two soldiers to shamelessly promote militarism and bellicose nationalism.

Australian data retention bill means mass surveillance

By Mike Head, 31 October 2014

The “metadata” bill, which orders the storage of vast amounts of phone and on-line information, is directed against the entire population.

Relatives of disappeared students confront Mexico’s president

By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2014

At a meeting with Peña Nieto, relatives of kidnapped students voiced anger over federal government inaction.

Political crisis deepens in Mexico as army is called on to testify on Iguala massacre

Woman wearing a niqab forced to leave Paris Opera

By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014

This anti-democratic and discriminatory action is the product of constant anti-Muslim agitation by the French political establishment.

13 million in Germany at risk for poverty

By Gustav Kemper, 31 October 2014

While the fear of sliding into poverty is growing in ever-broader circles of the population, the top 10 percent can look forward to expanding income and wealth.

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Türkiye Kürtlerin Suriye’nin Kobani kasabasına takviye güç göndermesine izin verdi

Peter Symonds, 31 Ekim 2014

Türk hükümeti, Washington’dan gelen yoğun baskı altında, Iraklı Kürt peşmerge savaşçılarının, Kobani kasabasında Irak ve Şam İslam Devleti (IŞİD) ile savaşan Suriyeli Kürtleri desteklemek için topraklarından geçmesine izin verdi.

İşçi Parti’li Rousseff kıl payı farkla yeniden seçildi

Bill Van Auken, 31 Ekim 2014

Brezilya’da Pazar günü yapılan başkanlık seçimlerinin ikinci turunda, İşçi Partisi (PT) başkanı Dilma Rousseff, Brezilya Sosyal Demokrasi Partisi’nden (PSDB) sağcı rakibi Aecio Neves’i yaklaşık yüzde üçlük bir oy farkıyla yenerek ucu ucuna bir zafere imza attı.

Klinghoffer’in Ölümü’nün New York’taki öngösterimi

Fred Mazelis, 31 Ekim 2014

John Adams’ın önemli çalışması Klinghoffer’in Ölümü’nün planlanmış sekiz ön gösteriminden ilki olan açılış performansı, Pazartesi gecesi Metropolitan Operası’nda sahnelendi.

New in French

Le gouvernement canadien dépose un projet de loi pour élargir les pouvoirs des services de renseignement

Par Roger Jordan et Keith Jones, 31 octobre 2014

Le gouvernement conservateur du Canada a déposé un projet de loi au parlement lundi afin de renforcer considérablement les pouvoirs du principal organisme de renseignement intérieur du Canada, le Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité (SCRS).

Conflit entre les Etats-Unis et la Chine à propos de la nouvelle Banque pour le financement d’infrastructures

Par Nick Beams, 31 octobre 2014

Les Etats-Unis font campagne contre une participation de l’Australie et d’autres puissances régionales à une Banque asiatique pour les infrastructures mise en place par la Chine.

New in German

Nach der US-Halbzeitwahl wird der Nahostkrieg verschärft

Von Bill Van Auken, 31. Oktober 2014

Nachdrücklich fordern amerikanische Militär- und Geheimdienstkreise eine stärkere Bombardierung und mehr amerikanische Bodentruppen im Irak und in Syrien.

Weltweiter Wirtschaftsabschwung
Europa droht Deflationsspirale

Von Barry Grey, 31. Oktober 2014

Warnungen vor einer Deflationsspirale nehmen zu. Fallende Preise drohen einen Teufelskreis aus Bankrotten und Entlassungen zu schaffen, die zu mehr Bankrotten und Entlassungen führen

Türkei lässt kurdische Verstärkung für Kobane passieren

Von Peter Symonds, 31. Oktober 2014

Die USA suchen engere Bindungen an kurdische Milizen, um ihr eigentliches Ziel eines Regimewechsels in Syrien voranzubringen.

Ungarn: Massenproteste gegen Internet-Steuer

Von Markus Salzmann, 31. Oktober 2014

Am Dienstag demonstrierten in Budapest und zehn anderen ungarischen Städten rund 100.000 Menschen gegen Pläne der Regierung Orban, eine Internet-Steuer einzuführen.

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The CIA torture cover-up continues

31 October 2014

The highest echelons of the state are engaged in an unconstitutional plot to hide from the public the harrowing torture methods employed by the CIA.

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Australian Labor leader Gough Whitlam (1916–2014)

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2014

Nothing of value can be learned from the official outpourings that have followed the death of Australian Labor Party leader Gough Whitlam


Amidst slowdown in global economy
Europe threatened with deflationary spiral

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2014

US Federal Reserve ends “quantitative easing” program after funneling trillions to financial markets

A “great leap backwards”
UNICEF report: 2.6 million more children in poverty in developed countries since 2008

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2014

The $2 billion Congress

By Andre Damon, 28 October 2014

Turkey allows Kurdish reinforcements into Syrian town of Kobani

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2014

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

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New book sheds further light on US government protection of ex-Nazis

By Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2014

Arts Review

Three darkish comedies: Birdman, The Skeleton Twins and St. Vincent

By Joanne Laurier, 30 October 2014

Pride: The UK miners’ strike through the distorted mirror of identity politics

By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2014

The Cut, a story of the Armenian Genocide

By Hiram Lee, 28 October 2014

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The Detroit Bankruptcy

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 30 October 2014

Lawyers deliver closing statements in Detroit bankruptcy case

By Jerry White, 28 October 2014

The carve-up of Detroit

By Jerry White, 23 October 2014

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

31 October 2014

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


Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, daughter of leading Soviet Left Oppositionist

By Clara Weiss, 27 October 2014

Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan (May 1919-September 2014) came from a remarkable family with longstanding revolutionary traditions. Not only her parents, but also her uncles and aunts were active participants in the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Civil War.

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

Socialist Equality Party

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 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

25 years ago: Anti-Stalinist demonstrations spread in East Germany

Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in three major cities in East Germany (GDR) on October 30, 1989.

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50 years ago: General strike brings down Sudanese government

On October 31, 1964, General Ibrahim Abboud resigned as prime minister of Sudan, after a week-long general strike and escalating protests against his government.

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75 years ago: Soviet Union expropriates capitalist property in Poland

On October 28, 1939 the Stalinist Soviet bureaucracy announced the expropriation of capitalist property in the eastern Polish territory that had been annexed by the Red Army after the Stalin-Hitler pact.

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100 years ago: Trotsky writes The War and the International

This week in October 1914, the Russian Marxist leader Leon Trotsky finalized his work The War and the International for serialized publication the following month in Golos, a daily socialist newspaper in Paris.

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