Watchdog group issues damning report on Obama administration’s war on journalists and whistleblowers

By Thomas Gaist, 14 October 2013

A report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) details the administration’s systematic intimidation of critics and reporters.

Edward Snowden and Guardian witch-hunted by UK government, MI5 and media

By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2013

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Mahalla textile workers strike amid rising opposition to Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 14 October 2013

Workers at the state-run Mahalla Weaving and Textile Company mounted a three-day strike to force Egypt’s military junta to pay a promised profit-sharing bonus.

Shutdown of National Institutes of Health imperils critical medical research

By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2013

The federal government shutdown will cause severe, and in some cases, irreparable harm to a vast amount of medical research and to many critically ill patients.

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Social conflicts intensifying in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 14 October 2013

The Greek government is increasingly resorting to authoritarian methods to enforce planned redundancies in the face of mounting working class resistance.

UK Ministry of Defence seeks to counter growing opposition to war

By Harvey Thompson, 14 October 2013

A document obtained from a Ministry of Defence think tank discusses various means of moulding public opinion to accept further and bloodier military conflicts.

French neo-fascists win Brignoles local by-election

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2013

On Sunday neo-fascist National Front (FN) candidate Laurent Lopez won in the cantonal local district election in Brignoles.

Australian PM embraces Japanese remilitarisation

By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2013

Abbott proclaimed Japan to be Australia’s “closest friend in Asia,” emphasising that Japan was “a fellow member of the US alliance network.”

Australian Labor Party installs Bill Shorten as leader

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 October 2013

Shorten will maintain Labor’s backing for Obama’s aggressive diplomatic and military policies around the world, while promoting the interests of big business at home.

Philippine president consolidates power through corruption scandal

By Dylan Lubao, 14 October 2013

Backed by Washington, President Aquino is using a corruption scandal in Congress to remove political opponents and reshape the Senate to his advantage.

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El significado de la movilización en defensa del Instituto de Artes de Detroit

Por Joe Kishore y David North, 14 Octubre 2013

Cientos de trabajadores y jóvenes atendieron la manifestación convocada por el Partido Socialista de la Igualdad.

Político australiano justifica golpe de estado de Pinochet en Chile

Por Eduardo Ballesteros, 14 Octubre 2013

El mes pasado un parlamentario del Partido Liberal australiano se alineó abiertamente a las formas dictatoriales de gobierno en un discurso conmemorativo del 40avo aniversario del golpe de estado de Chile que instaló el régimen fascista-militar del general Augusto Pinochet, apoyado por la CIA.

Setenta y cinco años de la Cuarta Internacional

Por David North, 14 Octubre 2013

Hace setenta y cinco años el 3 de septiembre de 1938? se fundó la Cuarta Internacional durante una conferencia llevada a cabo en las afueras de París.

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Perspective

Behind the US government shutdown

14 October 2013

The ongoing government shutdown and threat of a federal default is being used to create the political framework for another stage in the assault on the working class.

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25 years ago: Washington “bridge loan” to new Mexican government

On October 17, 1988, the US government announced plans for a record-setting $3.5 billion “bridge loan” to Mexico.

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50 years ago: “Sand War” between Morocco and Algeria

On October 13-14, 1963 Moroccan soldiers invaded Algeria, penetrating 25 miles into the former French colony that had gained its independence only a year earlier.

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75 years ago: Karl Kautsky dies at age 84

Karl Kautsky passed away on October 17, 1938, in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, one day after his 84th birthday.

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100 years ago: Gandhi leads strike in South Africa

On October 16, 1913, 78 Indian workers at the Farleigh Colliery in Natal struck against the £3 annual tax that had been imposed on ex-indentured Indian laborers since the end of the Boer War.

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

Video: Rally participants speak on the demonstration in defense of the DIA

10 October 2013

New SEP pamphlet available at Mehring Books
The Defense of Culture and the Crisis in Detroit

8 October 2013

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new Socialist Equality Party pamphlet, The Defense of Culture and the Crisis in Detroit, by David Walsh and Joe Kishore.

The significance of the rally to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 October 2013

Detroit firefighters call for defense of the DIA

By Thomas Gaist, 10 October 2013

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Science

New research sheds light on a key dietary change in early human evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2013

Multiple studies of carbon isotopes in fossil hominin teeth from southern and eastern Africa document the change from woodland to grassland diet which marked a major step in the evolution of early humans.

Arts Review

Born again: Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuarón

By Hiram Lee, 14 October 2013

Sandra Bullock stars as an astronaut stranded in space following a catastrophic accident in the new film from Mexican-born director Alfonso Cuarón.

7th Heaven (1927) and Street Angel (1928): two silent films by Frank Borzage

By Charles Bogle, 12 October 2013

Toronto International Film Festival 2013—Part 6
Disappointments, blind alleys and other problems

By David Walsh, 11 October 2013

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australian meetings discuss US war drive in Middle East

By our correspondents, 14 October 2013

The SEP and IYSSE meetings in Sydney and Melbourne reviewed the underlying driving forces behind the eruption of American militarism.

Crisis in the Middle East

Report finds US-backed Syrian opposition responsible for sectarian atrocity

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013

Kerry in Afghanistan to salvage US occupation treaty

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2013

Libyan prime minister abducted in retaliation for US raid on Tripoli

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2013

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Commentary

Regional tensions to rise after Obama’s no-show in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2013

Unarmed Connecticut woman killed by police in Washington, DC: Collateral damage of the “war on terror”

By David Walsh, 12 October 2013

The Boston school bus drivers’ wildcat strike

By Jerry White, 11 October 2013

NHS Fightback

UK: Trafford Council drops challenge to local Accident & Emergency closure

By Tony Robson, 12 October 2013

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Workers Struggles

Unions delay strike for Northern California transit workers

By David Brown, 12 October 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

New support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

9 October 2013

Three photojournalists and Australian actor speak out in defence of US whistleblower.

Canada spied on Brazil’s government as part of global commercial espionage campaign

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

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