Amid government shutdown, Obama signals cuts to Social Security, Medicare

By Andre Damon, 9 October 2013

US President Barack Obama reassured congressional Republicans that he would agree to entitlement cuts if they vote to increase the government’s debt limit.

Boston school bus drivers take wildcat action

By Kate Randall, 9 October 2013

Boston school bus drivers staged a wildcat job action Tuesday morning in defiance of their union leadership, facing threats of injunction and punitive damages by city authorities.

China-US rivalry simmers at APEC summit

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2013

Hanging over the meeting was the looming threat of a US default if the Congress fails to lift the ceiling on US government debt.

Mass anger builds in Libya after US Special Forces raid

By Thomas Gaist, 9 October 2013

Faced with ruinous social conditions after the 2011 NATO war and further US military interventions, anger is building in the Libyan population.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei issues caution on moves for US-Iran talks

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

Trying to ontain the divisions within Iran’s ruling elite, Khamenei issued a caution concerning an Iranian rapprochement with the US.

Egyptian military persecutes filmmaker who witnessed crackdown

By Dylan Lubao, 9 October 2013

After detaining them for two months, Egypt's military regime still refuses to let filmmaker John Greyson and surgeon Tarek Loubani leave Egypt.

Protests mount as Lampedusa migrant death toll expected to hit 400

By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2013

The Italian government is responsible for the deaths of up to 400 migrants off the southern island of Lampedusa.

German firm Siemens intensifies job cuts

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 9 October 2013

The announcement by Siemens’ management that 15,000 jobs will be axed worldwide is the prelude to further cuts.

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

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

The government is seeking to contain the fallout from the revelation, arising from documents leaked by whistleblower Ed Snowden.

Indian cabinet decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh sparks mass protests

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 October 2013

The Indian cabinet’s decision to proceed with the bifurcation of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and create a new state of Telangana has provoked huge protests in Andhra Pradesh’s other regions.

Australia: Abbott government starts to impose sweeping austerity agenda

By Mike Head, 9 October 2013

The lack of public fanfare surrounding the measures reflects the government’s concern that its plans could provoke opposition and resistance.

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Le raid américain sur la Libye et l'imposture de la guerre contre le terrorisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 9 octobre 2013

La cible de l’opération d’enlèvement en Libye est une personne qui avait bénéficié auparavant de la collaboration et de la protection de Washington et de ses alliés.

Budget américain: les discussions ciblent les programmes sociaux

Par Patrick Martin, 9 octobre 2013

Les démocrates et les républicains utilisent le blocage partiel du gouvernement fédéral pour créer une atmosphère de crise justifiant des coupes largement refusées par le peuple américain.

Air France va supprimer 2800 emplois

Par Pierre Mabut, 9 octobre 2013

Le 18 septembre, Air France-KLM a annoncé la suppression de 2800 emplois dans le cadre de son plan de restructuration «Transform 2015».

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2007
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Das amerikanische Kidnapping in Libyen und der Betrug mit dem Krieg gegen den Terror

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Oktober 2013

Die amerikanische Entführungsaktion in Libyen richtete sich gegen eine Person, die bisher mit Washington und seinen Verbündeten zusammengearbeitet und ihren Schutz genossen hat.

Verteidigungsminister de Maizière lobt Kundus-Einsatz

Von Peter Schwarz, 9. Oktober 2013

Die Bundeswehr und die deutsche Öffentlichkeit sollen wieder daran gewöhnt werden, dass im Interesse des deutschen Imperialismus gekämpft, getötet und gestorben wird.

Aus Furcht vor Krieg und sozialen Unruhen:
Iran will sich Washington annähern

Von Keith Jones, 9. Oktober 2013

Aus der Sicht des Iran war die Reise des neuen Präsidenten nach New York und zur UNO ein diplomatischer Triumph.

Traditionsunternehmen Loewe meldet Insolvenz an

Von Konrad Kreft, 9. Oktober 2013

Loewe hat mit Hilfe von Gewerkschaften und Betriebsrat innerhalb von weniger als einem halben Jahr etwa 35 Prozent seiner Belegschaft entlassen.

Zum Tode von Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2. Juni 1920 – 18. September 2013)
Ein Anwalt der Literatur
Zweiter und letzter Teil

Von Sybille Fuchs, 9. Oktober 2013

Mit dem Literaturkritiker Marcel Reich-Ranicki starb am 18. September eine der bedeutendsten Persönlichkeiten des kulturellen Lebens in Deutschland.

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The UAW and “21st Century industrial relations”

9 October 2013

Five years into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, American workers, like their counter-parts throughout the world, are facing unprecedented conditions of social misery and exploitation.

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

New York museumgoers oppose the threat to sell DIA artwork

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 October 2013

Visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the largest museum in the United States, opposed threats by Detroit’s emergency manager to sell off the treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 October 2013

Video: Hundreds rally to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Andre Damon, 7 October 2013

Hundreds rally to oppose sale of art at the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2013

The working class and the Detroit Industry murals at the DIA
Diego Rivera’s “Battle of Detroit”

By Tom Mackaman and Jerry White, 3 October 2013

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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.

Arts Review

Ed Dorn and the politics of the New American Poetry

By Andras Gyorgy, 9 October 2013

In a bankrupt age, it is something of a miracle that Britain’s Carcanet Press has published the Collected Poems of American poet Edward Dorn (1929-1999).

Britain: Labour council destroys Newport Chartist uprising mural

By Paul Mitchell, 9 October 2013

Increasingly, cash-starved councils in the UK are handing over control of city centres and their public spaces to private companies.


A fighter for revolutionary socialism
Raúl Rizik: 1947-2013

By Rafael Azul, 7 October 2013

SEP member Raúl Rizik (who wrote under the name of Ramón Valle) died last Wednesday, after more than 40 years as a supporter of the Trotskyist movement internationally.

Mehring Books

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.

Book Review

The politics of cultural destruction: The Rape of Europa

By Nancy Hanover, 27 September 2013

War, fascism and the fate of music in the 20th century

By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2013

25 years ago: Hundreds of Algerians killed by security forces

After six days of rioting in Algiers, known as “Black October,” more than two hundred were killed and several hundreds wounded as of October 10, 1988.

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50 years ago: Wave crests over dam in Italy, killing 2,000

At about 11 p.m. on October 10, 1963, the village of Longarone, Italy, was wiped out when a massive wave produced by landslides crested 820 feet over the top of the 873-foot-tall Vaiont Dam.

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75 years ago: Spanish Republican government charges POUM leadership with treason

In Barcelona on October 11, 1938, a trial began for nine leaders of the POUM (Marxist Unified Workers Party) before a special tribunal court on charges of high treason and espionage.

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100 years ago: Mexican president orders mass arrest of legislators

On October 10, 1913, Mexican president Jose Victoriano Huerta organized the arrest of 110 members of the Chamber of Deputies who had signed a resolution protesting the disappearance of Dr. Belisaro Dominguez.

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Crisis in the Middle East

The US raid on Libya and the fraud of the war on terror

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2013

SEP rallies in Sydney and Melbourne oppose US war drive against Syria

By our reporters, 7 October 2013

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US budget and debt talks to focus on cutting Social Security, Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2013

Egyptian junta launches crackdown on protests commemorating 1973 war

By Johannes Stern, 7 October 2013

US-Japan talks escalate war preparations against China

By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2013


NASA scientists announce historic leap in human exploration
Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space

By Kevin Reed, 4 October 2013