Top US general calls for “advisers” in Iraq combat zone

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2014

Gen. Dempsey’s proposal would put US troops in predominantly Sunni Anbar province, where ISIS controls roughly 80 percent of the territory.

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

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Report to UN condemns US government’s “international criminal program of torture”

By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2014

The report to the UN Committee Against Torture calls for criminal prosecutions of all top US military and civilian officials implicated in the post-9/11 torture regime.

The CIA torture cover-up continues

US election campaign staggers to the finish line

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2014

Only one thing about the election is certain: whatever the division of power in the US Senate, House of Representatives, state governorships and state legislatures, the official two-party system will continue its inexorable shift to the right.

Republican-led purge of voter rolls targets seven million people

By our reporter, 1 November 2014

The $2 billion Congress

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Putin points to growing war dangers

By Nick Beams, 1 November 2014

The Russian president delivered a major speech warning that the global domination of the United States is heightening international tensions.

Pentagon claims “Russian aggression” against NATO

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Deadly SpaceShipTwo crash follows explosion of unmanned Antares rocket

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2014

The two space disasters in the span of one week highlight the growing prominence of private companies in space missions.

Hungarian government temporarily withdraws Internet tax after mass protests

By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2014

On Tuesday, 100,000 people demonstrated in Budapest and 10 other cities against the government’s planned Internet tax.

UK Lloyds Banking Group to shed another 9,000 jobs and close 200 branches

By Robert Stevens, 1 November 2014

The restructuring is part of a three-year strategy, with Lloyds planning to make a further £1 billion a year in cost savings by 2017.

Amidst slowdown in global economy
Europe threatened with deflationary spiral

Egyptian military regime steps up repression

By Jean Shaoul, 1 November 2014

The target of the ongoing repression by the Egyptian military junta is the working class and young people.

Standoff continues between Hong Kong government and protesters

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2014

There are signs of growing concern in Beijing over the Hong Kong chief executive’s inability to end the month-long protests.

Australia: Wages slashed to boost corporate profits

By Terry Cook, 1 November 2014

The cost-cutting drive is intensifying amid the implosion of the mining boom, with export prices falling sharply and thousands of jobs being destroyed by mine closures.

Top officials at New York City’s Rikers Island prison resign amid brutality scandal

By Sandy English, 1 November 2014

The resignations follow revelations of widespread violence, neglect and torture at the prison.

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

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

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Detroit Medical Center to outsource housekeeping in cost-cutting drive

By Shannon Jones, 1 November 2014

The DMC has a long history of aggressive downsizing and cost-cutting going back to the tenure of now-Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as CEO

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Risque d’escalade du conflit du gaz entre l’Ukraine, l’UE et la Russie

Par Clara Weiss, 1 novembre 2014

Une coupure d’approvisionnement du gaz russe à l’UE serait une catastrophe économique pour plusieurs pays européens.

Miners Shot Down: un documentaire sur le massacre de Marikana en 2012

Par Derek Bell et Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 novembre 2014

Le film traite du massacre des mineurs de platine en grève organisé il y a deux ans par le gouvernement ANC d’Afrique du Sud en coopération avec les syndicats et la direction de la compagnie minière.

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Vertuschung von CIA Folter geht weiter

Von Eric London, 1. November 2014

Die höchsten Ränge des Staates sind an einer verfassungswidrigen Verschwörung beteiligt, deren Ziel es ist, die grauenhaften Foltermethoden der CIA vor der Öffentlichkeit zu verbergen.

Japanische Minister besuchen Yasukuni Kriegsschrein

Von Ben McGrath, 1. November 2014

Der Besuch ist Teil der Agenda der Abe-Regierung, die Kriegsverbrechen der japanischen Armee in den 1930ern und 1940ern reinzuwaschen und Japan wieder zu militarisieren.

Plenum der Kommunistischen Partei Chinas treibt marktfreundliche Agenda voran

Von Ben McGrath, 1. November 2014

Die chinesische Führung benutzte das Plenum, um die Macht stärker in ihren Händen zu konzentrieren und die marktwirschaftlichen Umstrukturierungen verstärkt fortzusetzen.

Zum Tode von Siegfried Lenz (17. März 1926 – 7. Oktober 2014)

Von Sybille Fuchs, 1. November 2014

Mit Siegfried Lenz ist am 7. Oktober einer der beliebtesten und meistgelesenen Autoren der deutschen Nachkriegs- und Gegenwartsliteratur gestorben.

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Después del balotaje en Estados Unidos: más guerra en en Medio Oriente

Por Bill Van Auken, 1 noviembre 2014

La enorme máquina militar y de espionaje de Estados Unidos campanea a favor de más bombas y más soldados en Irak y Siria.

La gran traición del LSSP: Parte 1
La liquidación del Partido Bolchevique Leninista de India

Por Nanda Wickremasinghe y K. Ratnayake, 1 noviembre 2014

La primera parte trata sobre el establecimiento del Partido Bolchevique Leninista de India (PBLI) en 1942 como sección dela Cuarta Internacional y su posterior liquidación política, que tendría serias consecuencias para la clase trabajadora de Asia e internacional.

Gran audiencia en la reunión de JEIIS en la Universidad Humboldt de Berlín

1 noviembre 2014

Jovenes y Estudiantes por la Igualdad Social llevaron a cabo una importante y popular conferencia en Berlín sobre la historia del nuevo imperialismo germano y como combatirlo.

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilgá-Poluyan: 22 de mayo 1919 – 27 de septiembre del 2014

Por Clara Weiss, 1 noviembre 2014

Tatiana Ivarovna Smilgá dedicó su vida en la defensade la verdadera crónica histórica de los que habían sido asesinados y calumniados por la reacción estalinista.

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Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

1 November 2014

The Ebola epidemic that is devastating West Africa is a product of the imperialist subjugation of the continent and the subordination of all social needs to the capitalist system and the profit motive that drives it.

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Arts Review

Fury: What is “realism”? What is an “anti-war” film?

By David Walsh, 1 November 2014

David Ayer’s morbid and militarist film follows an American tank crew, led by Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), in the final days of World War II in Europe.

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

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The HANDY model of human and nature dynamics: A critical review

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2014

A recently published model of the dynamics of human society and its interaction with nature concedes the contradictions in class societies but obscures their significance.


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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 November 2014

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


Israeli provocations ignite growing Palestinian revolt in Jerusalem

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2014

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

By Jerry White, 31 October 2014

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

By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014

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Canadian government exploiting shootings to promote militarism, attack civil rights

By Roger Jordan, 31 October 2014

Relatives of disappeared students confront Mexico’s president

By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2014

Woman wearing a niqab forced to leave Paris Opera

By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014

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

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

The Detroit Bankruptcy

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 30 October 2014

The carve-up of Detroit

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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

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: 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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