Republicans win control of Senate in US congressional elections

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2014

The result is a debacle for the Democratic Party and the Obama administration and presages a further shift to the right in official Washington.

The political issues posed by the US midterm elections

Obama in Detroit

More on the US elections »

Another shakeup hits US nuclear missile command

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2014

The firing of two commanders and the administrative punishment of a third follow a long string of crises and scandals in a command whose job is nuclear annihilation.

UK Tories in conflict with Merkel government over limiting EU immigration

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2014

High level sources within the German government have indicated they are prepared to see Britain leave the European Union.

Canada launches first air strikes in Iraq

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 5 November 2014

The head of Canadian military operations has boasted that Canada is “actively involved in the command-and-control structure” of the coalition bombing campaign.

Washington-backed “rebels” surrender US arms to Al Qaeda in Syria

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

German labour minister presents legislation on comprehensive pay agreements

By Dietmar Henning, 5 November 2014

In future, the major German trade unions are to decide if and when a strike can go ahead.

New warnings of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014

A report released this week draws details scenarios that could trigger a conflict in the East China Sea.

Heavy military presence at G20 summit in Australia

By Mike Head, 5 November 2014

On the pretext of protecting G20 leaders from terrorist threats, more than 2,000 military personnel and 6,000 police will be mobilised next week.

Massive power outage in Bangladesh

By W.A. Sunil, 5 November 2014

A fault at a transmission station on Saturday left the entire country without power for 12 hours.

Federal agency conspired with police to keep media out of Ferguson airspace

By Sandy English, 5 November 2014

Recorded telephone conversations by FAA officials make clear that the purpose of a no-fly zone set up during protests in Ferguson, Missouri was “to keep the media out.”

More on police violence in America »

Portland, Maine: Five young workers die in apartment fire

By John Marion, 5 November 2014

Maine’s deadliest fire in 30 years could have been avoided.

State education cuts reduce share of low-income students going to college

By Kevin Martinez, 5 November 2014

State funding for higher education has fallen 17 percent between 2008 and 2012, after adjusting for inflation.

Undocumented immigrants make up 10 percent of California’s workforce

By Norisa Diaz, 5 November 2014

In the world’s eighth-largest economy, 1.85 million workers live in constant fear of deportation.

New in French

Les syndicats et la faillite de Detroit

Par Jerry White, 5 novembre 2014

L'affaire de la faillite de Detroit expose une fois de plus le caractère anti-ouvrier des syndicats.

France: le Parti socialiste réprime brutalement les manifestations contre le meurtre par la police de Rémi Fraisse

Par Alex Lantier, 5 novembre 2014

Le Parti socialiste, impopulaire et totalement discrédité, cherche à écraser les mouvements de protestation par l’interdiction des manifestations de rue et le recours à la brutalité policière et aux arrestations.

New in German

Tod als Abschreckung
Das Ende von Mare Nostrum

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 5. November 2014

Am 1. November hat Italien die Rettung von Flüchtlingen aus dem Mittelmeer auf Druck der Europäischen Union offiziell eingestellt.

Lokführer setzen Streik fort
DGB, Bundesregierung und Medien attackieren GDL

Von Dietmar Henning, 5. November 2014

An den GDL-Mitgliedern soll ein Exempel statuiert werden, das sich gegen alle Arbeiter richtet, die ihre Löhne und Arbeitsbedingungen verteidigen wollen.

Kapitalismus und die Ebola-Krise

Von Niles Williamson, 5. November 2014

Grund für die Ebola-Epidemie ist das imperialistische Joch über Westafrika, demzufolge sämtliche sozialen Bedürfnisse hinter dem kapitalistischen Profitsystem zurückzutreten haben.

Amerikanische Waffen für al-Qaida
Washingtons “Rebellen” in Syrien reichen diese Waffen weiter

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. November 2014

In Syrien knicken die “moderaten Rebellen” ein, während das Pentagon versucht, die irakische Armee für eine Offensive gegen Isis zu rüsten.

Ukraine: Neue Drohungen der USA und Europas nach Wahl in separatistischen Regionen

Von Andrea Peters, 5. November 2014

Kiew signalisiert seine Bereitschaft, die Offensive gegen die Region mit der Begründung zu erneuern, dass die Wahl am 2. November gegen den brüchigen Waffenstillstandsvertrag verstoßen hat, den die Separatisten im September unterzeichnet haben.

DDR-Künstler und Stasi
Zum Dokumentarfilm Anderson

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 5. November 2014

Der Künstler und Stasi-Spitzel Sascha Anderson war eine zentrale Figur der jungen DDR-Literaturszene der achtziger Jahre.

Other Languages


The European Union uses death to deter immigrants

5 November 2014

Under pressure from the EU, the Italian government has ended its Mare Nostrum rescue program and will permit tens of thousands of refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.

Earlier Perspectives »


New York Times column advocates ending midterm elections in America

By Barry Grey, 5 November 2014

Schanzer, the homeland security expert, wants an imperial presidency whose agenda is unimpeded by expensive distractions such as congressional elections.

US, Europe issue new threats after elections in Ukraine’s separatist regions

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2014

Poland to send troops to eastern border

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Canada imposes draconian travel restrictions citing Ebola crisis

By Roger Jordan, 4 November 2014

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

More on the Ebola crisis »

Sri Lankan pseudo-lefts promote right-wing UNP leader as presidential candidate

By K. Ratnayake, 4 November 2014

Bank of Japan’s shock stimulus further destabilizes global economy

Film director Roman Polanski questioned, released in Poland

The Detroit Bankruptcy

Mass water shutoffs continue in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 4 November 2014

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

The carve-up of Detroit

More on the Detroit bankruptcy »

Arts Review

“Give me something to do”
The literary impact and social concerns of American novelist Dave Eggers

By James Brookfield, 3 November 2014

More on the arts »

25 years ago: Berlin Wall comes down

On November 9, 1989, thousands of residents of East Germany crossed the border into West Berlin after the government of Egon Krenz announced free travel into West Germany.

More »

50 years ago: Johnson wins US election landslide

On November 3, 1964, Democrat Lyndon Johnson won the most lopsided presidential election in US history, in terms of popular vote, winning more than 61 percent to Republican Barry Goldwater's 38 percent.

More »

75 years ago: Failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler

On the evening of November 8, 1939, at an event to commemorate the 16th anniversary of Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, an unsuccessful attempt was made on the life of the Nazi leader.

More »


100 years ago: Britain annexes Cyprus

On November 5, 1914, the British government formally annexed Cyprus, which had previously been within the nominal sphere of influence of the Ottoman Empire.

More »

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

Mehring 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.