Republicans, Obama prepare post-election escalation of war, social attacks

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2014

The measures being discussed in Washington will fuel corporate profits and the wealth of the billionaires at the expense of working people.

Minimum wage increase passes in five states

By our reporter, 6 November 2014

New York Times column advocates ending midterm elections in America

The political issues posed by the US midterm elections

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Washington moving towards wider war in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2014

The Pentagon has put out contracts for the support of fighting in the region through 2024.

Canada launches first air strikes in Iraq

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

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Podemos party tops opinion poll in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 6 November 2014

The polling success for Podemos is a sign of the volatile political situation in Spain and the collapse of support for the establishment parties.

Trade unions and media denounce German train drivers

By Dietmar Henning, 6 November 2014

The current strike was provoked in order to make an example of train drivers and set a precedent for attacking the rights of all workers.

Australian government warns of more police anti-terror raids

By Mike Head, 6 November 2014

“Get used to it” was the basic message delivered by the attorney general and the police counter-terrorism commander in a provocative performance on national television.

Cronyism paralyses South African state-owned enterprises

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 6 November 2014

An acrimonious strike has crippled the South African Post Office for 12 weeks.

Portsmouth, Virginia school bus drivers stage sick out

By Ed Hightower, 6 November 2014

Drivers are angry over low wages and difficult working conditions, poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, and broken security and communications equipment.

Bloomberg report names Atlanta and New Orleans as the most unequal cities in the US

By E.P. Bannon, 6 November 2014

A recent report released by Bloomberg listed the 50 most unequal cities in the United States.

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La Unión Europea refrena la migración ahogando refugiados

Por Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 noviembre 2014

La Unión Europea e Italia han decidido no rescatar a navíos con inmigrantes que se hundan cruzando el Mar Mediterráneo.

Socialismo francés ataca manifestaciones de repudio al asesinato policial de Rémi Fraisse

Por Alex Lantier, 6 noviembre 2014

En cara a un total repudio popular, el Partido Socialista francés prohíbe manifestaciones, utiliza la policía en su contra y detiene a muchísimos.

¿Qué está en juego en las elecciones legislativas de Estados Unidos?

Por Patrick Martin, 6 noviembre 2014

Los partidos Demócrata y Republicano acordaron no mencionar en el balotaje legislativo del 4 de noviembre ni la guerra, ni la austeridad, ni los ataques a los derechos democráticos.

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L’Union européenne se sert de la mort comme moyen de dissuasion

Par Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 novembre 2014

Sous la pression de l’Union européenne, le gouvernement italien a mis fin à l’opération de sauvetage Mare Nostrum et laissera se noyer des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés en Méditerranée.

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Verteidigt die streikenden Lokführer und Zugbegleiter!

Von Ulrich Rippert, 6. November 2014

Im Streik der Lokführer geht es um ein grundlegendes Prinzip: Das Recht von Arbeitern, sich gegen sinkende Einkommen, steigende Arbeitshetze und Arbeitsplatzabbau zur Wehr zu setzen.

US-Halbzeitwahlen: Republikaner gewinnen Mehrheit im Senat

Von Patrick Martin, 6. November 2014

Das Wahlergebnis ist ein Debakel für die Demokratische Partei und die Obama-Regierung. Es kündigt eine weitere Rechtswende im offiziellen Washington an.

Arbeitsplatzabbau in der Autozulieferindustrie

Von Jan Peters, 6. November 2014

Die Sparprogramme der deutschen Autobauer treffen nicht nur die Arbeiter in den Montagewerken, sondern vermehrt auch die Beschäftigten in der Zuliefererindustrie.

Tatjana Iwarowna Smilga-Polujan: 22. Mai 1919 – 27. September 2014

Von Clara Weiss, 6. November 2014

Tatjana Iwarowna Smilga-Polujan, die Tochter des Revolutionärs und Linken Oppositionellen Iwar Smilga, starb am 27. September in Moskau im Alter von 95 Jahren.

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The Democratic Party implosion

6 November 2014

The 2014 US midterm election results are a reflection of widespread disaffection and hostility toward the Obama administration and the entire political system.

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The Detroit Bankruptcy

A city for sale
Detroit auctions city assets for pennies on the dollar

By Seraphine Collins and Andre Damon, 6 November 2014

As part of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, Detroit auctioned off garbage trucks, public lighting vehicles and busses at fire sale prices Wednesday.

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

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Book Review

Broken Nation: A glimpse of Australian anti-war sentiment in World War I

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2014

It is significant—and to Joan Beaumont’s credit—that her latest book lifts the lid, albeit within definite limits, on anti-war opposition in the working class.


The European Union uses death to deter immigrants

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2014

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

By Sandy English, 5 November 2014

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New warnings of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014

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

Poland to send troops to eastern border

Canada imposes draconian travel restrictions citing Ebola crisis

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

Arts Review

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

By James Brookfield, 3 November 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.