Top general says US troops may be needed to retake Iraqi cities

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2014

The Pentagon is “certainly considering” sending US ground troops into Iraq, as the Obama administration debates escalating campaign for regime change in Syria.

US troops sent to Iraq’s Anbar province

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Stage set for confrontation, not cooperation, at G20

By Peter Symonds, 15 November 2014

Even before the summit began, Australian and British leaders targeted Russia—a sign of the bitter rivalry and wrangling that will dominate the talks.

Corporatist agenda of trade unions on display at G20 summit

NATO intensifies threats against Russia over Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2014

While NATO powers are accusing Russia of violating Ukrainian sovereignty, they are themselves preparing a massive escalation of military violence.

Russian strategic bombers to patrol off US coastlines

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

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UN hearing: US acknowledges it “crossed the line” on torture

By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2014

While President Obama previously admitted that the US “tortured some folks,” the administration has blocked and obstructed investigations and prosecutions of those responsible.

Decision imminent on whether to indict Ferguson cop in killing of Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 15 November 2014

A coordinated campaign by the media and state and local officials to justify the killing of Michael Brown has been combined with threats to call in the National Guard.

Notes on police violence in America
Fatal police shooting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

As grand jury decision in Michael Brown case nears
Missouri governor vows to deploy National Guard against protesters

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Volkswagen opens backdoor entry for UAW at Tennessee plant

By Tom Eley, 15 November 2014

Assured that the organization will do its bidding, VW is preparing to defy a vote by workers and install the UAW at its Chattanooga plant.

Port truck drivers strike in southern California

By Marc Wells, 15 November 2014

Truck drivers went on strike last Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over poverty pay and wage theft.

Amid meager international assistance, Ebola death toll in Africa surges past five thousand

By Gabriel Black, 15 November 2014

The medical response to Ebola remains woefully inadequate, as hundreds more are infected each week.

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

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European Court rules governments can refuse migrants social welfare

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 November 2014

The German ruling class welcomes workers from poorer EU states as a source of cheap labour, but they are effectively second class citizens with no democratic or social rights.

UK government assumes control of Tower Hamlets local authority

By Jordan Shilton, 15 November 2014

The fact that only minor examples of wrongdoing were identified in a nearly 200-page report points to the political character of the decision to send in commissioners.

Right-wing minority government formed in Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 15 November 2014

The formation of a far-right minority government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his party will intensify the crisis in the European Union’s poorest member state.

Australia: Sham promises on jobs crisis in state election

By Patrick Kelly, 15 November 2014

Several working class areas in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, now have depression-level unemployment rates.

Huge growth in China’s shadow banking system

By Douglas Lyons, 15 November 2014

China’s shadow banking sector now ranks as the third largest in the world, according to a report by the Financial Stability Board.

New in Italian

Crescono le proteste contro il governo Renzi

Dai nostri corrispondenti, 15 novembre 2014

Nelle ultime settimane sono cresciute le proteste dei lavoratori, che riflettono la profonda rabbia contro il governo del Partito Democratico del primo ministro Matteo Renzi e la sua politica contro la classe lavoratrice.

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Le Parti socialiste a dissimulé son rôle dans le meurtre de Rémi Fraisse

Par Kumaran Ira, 15 novembre 2014

Des documents judiciaires montrent que le PS savait que la police avait tué le manifestant écologiste Rémi Fraisse mais l'a dissimulé pour cacher son propre rôle dans la répression.

Les actions de protestation se multiplient en Italie contre le gouvernement Renzi

Par nos correspondants, 15 novembre 2014

La réaction du gouvernement a été de déclencher une violente répression policière contre les manifestations.

Le scandale de l’évasion fiscale au Luxembourg secoue l’Union européenne

Par Jean Shaoul, 15 novembre 2014

Des documents fuités montrent comment, pour éviter de payer des impôts, 340 multinationales ont créé les structures complexes de sociétés conçues tout spécialement pour être conformes aux autorités luxembourgeoises.

Le Sénat français vote une loi facilitant la destitution du président

Par Kumaran Ira et Olivier Laurent, 15 novembre 2014

La nouvelle loi remplace la procédure de ‘haute trahison’ permettant jusque là l’éloignement du président de sa fonction et donne la possibilité de le destituer sur la base de critères vagues et subjectifs.

Festival du film de Toronto
La guerre des drones dans Good Kill
et une table ronde avec le scénariste et réalisateur Andrew Niccol et l’acteur Ethan

Par David Walsh, 15 novembre 2014

Le scénariste et réalisateur Andrew Niccol s’attarde sur le sujet de la guerre des drones dans le film Good Kill, qui met en vedette Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz et January Jones.

New in German

Obama und der APEC-Gipfel
USA steigern wirtschaftliche Offensive gegen China

Von Nick Beams, 15. November 2014

Die amerikanische Handelspolitik dient dem Ziel der Vorherrschaft in der Weltwirtschaft – mit militärischen und wirtschaftlichen Mitteln.

Nato droht Russland mit militärischer Eskalation

Von Christoph Dreier, 15. November 2014

Am Vorabend des G20-Gipfels in Australien verschärfen die Nato-Staaten ihre Drohungen gegen Russland.

Russland schickt strategische Bomber auf Patrouille vor amerikanischer Küste

Von Alex Lantier, 15. November 2014

Moskau sieht den Bürgerkrieg in der Ukraine und die Nato-Aufrüstung in Osteuropa als existenzielle Bedrohung, auf die es möglicherweise mit einem Atomschlag reagieren muss.

NSU-Prozess: Aussage von V-Mann-Führer belastet Verfassungsschutz

Von Sven Heymanns, 15. November 2014

Die Aussagen des V-Mann-Führers Norbert Wießner im Münchner NSU-Prozess bestätigen, dass der Verfassungsschutz Thüringen die Neonaziszene im Freistaat aufgebaut und gedeckt hat.

Luxemburger Steuerbetrugsskandal erschüttert Europäische Union

Von Jean Shaoul, 15. November 2014

Durchgesickerte Dokumente zeigen, wie 340 multinationale Gruppen Unternehmensstrukturen entwickeln, um Steuern zu sparen.

Schweizer Ecopop-Initiative
Dumpfer Rassismus in grünem Gewand

Von Max Schneider und Marianne Arens, 15. November 2014

Die fremdenfeindliche Ecopop-Initiative will die Zuwanderung in die Schweiz auf maximal sechzehntausend Personen im Jahr beschränken.

Gewaltsame Ausschreitungen auf Unabhängigkeitskundgebung

Von Dorota Niemitz, 15. November 2014

Am polnischen Unabhängigkeitstag wurden in Warschau mehr als 270 Personen verhaftet, als sich rechtsextreme Demonstranten eine Schlacht mit der Bereitschaftspolizei lieferten.

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The comet landing: A new milestone in space exploration

15 November 2014

The landing of Philae is an important reminder that humanity is capable of great things—capabilities that are constrained not by the productive capacity of mankind, but by the organization of society.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

City workers denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling

By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2014

In contrast to the official celebration by the political and corporate establishment, workers are reacting to the ruling with bitterness and anger

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: Suspending democracy to impose the dictates of Wall Street

By Tom Carter, 14 November 2014

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: A new chapter in the class war against workers

Video: Defend the social rights of Detroit workers!

By Lawrence Porter, 13 November 2014

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Arts Review

Still The Enemy Within: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left

By Paul Mitchell, 15 November 2014

The central problem with the documentary is its promotion of the state capitalist Socialist Workers Party’s perspective, which lets the Labour Party and the unions entirely off the hook for the betrayal of the miners.

The Death of Klinghoffer dramatizes 1985 hijacking of Achille Lauro

By Fred Mazelis, 14 November 2014

John Adams’s opera is a worthy addition to the contemporary operatic repertory.

Atlanta Symphony musicians agree to concessions after nine-week lockout

Anderson: Artists and the Stasi in Stalinist East Germany

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 November 2014

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

German train drivers face political struggle

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 November 2014

After flight attendants reject contract, American Airlines makes offer to pilots

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2014

Socialist Equality Party

The struggle against war and the tasks of the PSG

the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 November 2014

The German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG) held its Second National Congress in Berlin between October 31 and November 2.

David North to speak November 15 in Toronto on “Imperialism and the World Wars of the Twentieth Century”

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand postponed

ICFI/WSWS public meeting in India on the danger of world war


Obama at APEC: US steps up economic offensive against China

By Nick Beams, 14 November 2014

The disappeared students and Mexico’s deepening political crisis

By Don Knowland, 14 November 2014

Bank of Canada governor tells youth to work “for free”

By Dylan Lubao, 14 November 2014

French Socialist Party covered up its role in police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2014

German intelligence agency plans major expansion of spying powers

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2014

The illegitimate US election

By Joseph Kishore, 13 November 2014

Philae spacecraft lands successfully on comet

By Don Barrett and Bryan Dyne, 13 November 2014

With its touchdown on Wednesday, the Philae module became the first spacecraft to land on the surface of a comet.

Capitalism and the space program

France’s pseudo-left NPA backs restoration of law and order in Burkina Faso

Harvard’s new sexual harassment policy, democratic rights and the new right

Twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

25 years ago: Nicaraguan peace talks suspended by contras

Nicaraguan peace talks in New York effectively collapsed when leaders of the US-backed contras demanded their immediate suspension on November 15, 1989.

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50 years ago: Israel provokes border clash with Syria

This week in 1964, Israel and Syria engaged in a series of border clashes. Seven Syrian soldiers and three Israelis were killed in the fighting, which began on November 13.

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75 years ago: Soviet Army moves into Baltic States

On November 14, 1939, Red Army detachments moved into the Baltic state of Lithuania under the terms of an agreement forced on the small country by Stalin and his foreign minister, Molotov.

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100 years ago: Germany and Russia fight battle of Lodz

On November 11, 1914, the German and Russian armies confronted one another near Lodz, a city in what is now south-central Poland.

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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.