US food stamp assistance to be slashed next week

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2013

Benefits payments from the US government’s SNAP program will be cut drastically on November 1, the first across-the-board reduction in food stamp benefits in US history.

NSA wiretapping scandal dominates European Union summit

By Christoph Dreier, 26 October 2013

The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday was dominated by discussion of the NSA bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

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Pakistani prime minister holds talks in Washington

By Sampath Perera, 26 October 2013

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif concluded a four-day visit Wednesday after meeting with President Obama and other top US officials.

US stages show of naval force in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 26 October 2013

The presence of an aircraft carrier battle group was designed to shore up the US diplomatic position in Asia after Obama’s no-show at key regional summit meetings.

Australia: Investment figures highlight recessionary trends

By Nick Beams, 26 October 2013

RBA deputy governor Philip Lowe pointed to the underlying shifts in the world and Australian economies that lie behind the worsening economic outlook.

Sri Lankan government prepares for Commonwealth summit

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 26 October 2013

Colombo is hoping to ease international pressure over Sri Lankan human rights abuses.

Irish pensioners protest in Dublin

By Dermot Quinn, 26 October 2013

The Irish coalition government’s savage austerity programme is having a devastating impact on pensioners

Trade unions pave way for job and wage cuts at Spain’s largest bakery

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 26 October 2013

Spain’s largest bakery, Panrico, is preparing to sack nearly 50 percent of its 4,000 employees and cut wages by 30 percent, with the collusion of the trade unions.

Davis, California firefighters hit by budget cuts

By Julien Kiemle and Juan Verala Luz, 26 October 2013

Conditions for Davis, California firefighters have grown increasingly worse over the past four years, following a pattern set in Detroit and in other cities across the US.

Kansas suicide rate jumps more than 30 percent in one year

By Matt Sloan and Kristina Betinis, 26 October 2013

The increase in number of Kansas suicides from 2011 to 2012 coincides with deep cuts to state-funded mental health care.

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Нет войне против Сирии!

Политический Комитет Партии Социалистического Равенства (США), 25 октября 2013 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства и Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала призывают рабочих и молодежь Соединенных Штатов, Европы и всего мира к мобилизации своих коллективных сил против планов правительства Обамы и его союзников начать военное нападение на Сирию.

Погромы мигрантов в Москве

Клара Вайсс, 25 октября 2013 г.

Толпа расистов, насчитывающая несколько тысяч человек, в течение нескольких часов бесчинствовала в районе Бирюлево Западное города Москвы.

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L’Allemagne accuse les Etats-Unis d’avoir mis sur écoute le portable de la chancelière Merkel

Par Peter Schwarz, 26 octobre 2013

Le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères a officiellement sommé l'ambassadeur américain de répondre à l'accusation que la NSA écoutait le téléphone portable de la chancelière.

Colère des responsables saoudiens après l'abandon par les États-Unis de l'attaque contre la Syrie

Par Peter Symonds, 26 octobre 2013

le chef du renseignement de l'Arabie saoudite, le prince Bandar bin Sultan a annoncé un changement majeur dans l'alliance de longue date établie entre son pays et les États-Unis.

Québec: la Commission Charbonneau dévoile des liens incestueux entre syndicats et patrons

Par Laurent Lafrance, 26 octobre 2013

Les lieux incestueux et criminels des syndicats avec la grande entreprise sont le produit de leur tournant corporatiste.

La France va intensifier son intervention militaire en Centrafrique

Par Kumaran Ira, 26 octobre 2013

Avec l'intensification des luttes sectaires contre les groupes de la Seleka qui ont pris le pouvoir avec le soutien français et américain en mars, Paris intervient pour défendre le régime.

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Perspective

German government talks: A grand coalition of social cuts and imperialist foreign policy

26 October 2013

The future government will not simply be a repetition of the grand coalition of 2005-2009, but impose deeper social cuts and adopt a more aggressive foreign policy.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Top banker, emergency manager testify in third day of Detroit bankruptcy trial

By Thomas Gaist, 26 October 2013

Day three of the bankruptcy hearings saw initial testimony from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who described his appointment as “a call to action.”

Workers World Party: The pseudo-left face of the Democratic Party

By Jerry White, 24 October 2013

Driver sickout halts bus service in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2013

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

Los Angeles museum visitors oppose sell-off of DIA artwork
“More people should be educated about art today, not less”

By Dan Conway and Danielle DeSaxe, 23 October 2013

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

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 October 2013

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

Commentary

ISO lines up behind Democrats in New York mayoral election

By Fred Mazelis, 25 October 2013

The ISO’s attitude toward Bill de Blasio flows directly from its class orientation and political program.

Wealth and poverty in America

By Andre Damon, 25 October 2013

Political lessons of the Leonarda affair

By Peter Schwarz, 24 October 2013

The witch-hunt of Britain’s Guardian newspaper

By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2013

Arts Review

Wealth and status under fire: Lorde’s Pure Heroine

By Ed Hightower, 25 October 2013

“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 2

By our reporters, 24 October 2013

Mehring Books

New SEP pamphlet available at Mehring online
Hegel, Marx, Engels and the Origins of Marxism

21 October 2013

Mehring Books is pleased to announce that the pamphlet Hegel, Marx, Engels and the Origins of Marxism by David North is now available for online purchase.

Science

New fossil skull find may revolutionize view of early human evolution

By Thomas Douglass, 22 October 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

New evidence of NSA spying on France, Mexico

By Thomas Gaist, 22 October 2013

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25 years ago: Civil service employees in Honduras begin national strike

A national strike by 60,000 government workers in Honduras paralyzed 90 percent of all government offices.

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50 years ago: 225,000 students walk out on “Freedom Day” in Chicago

On October 22, 1963, 225,000 Chicago public schools students, about half the district’s enrollment, boycotted classes on a “Freedom Day” protest in favor of black equality.

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75 years ago: Chinese cities Canton and Hankou fall to Japanese attack

The Imperial Japanese Army entered the southern Chinese port city of Canton (Guangzhou) on the afternoon of October 21, 1938.

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100 years ago: Monarchist conspiracy suppressed in Portugal

This week in October 1913, the republican government of Portugal suppressed an attempted coup d'état by monarchist forces.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

26 October 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.