After calling for Medicare, Social Security cuts
Obama’s Federal Reserve pick reassures Wall Street of continued bank bailouts

By Andre Damon, 10 October 2013

One day after mooting plans to slash Social Security and Medicare, Obama appointed Janet Yellen, a top advocate of continuing billion-dollar handouts to the banks, to head the Federal Reserve.

Washington stokes conflict with China at ASEAN summit

By Joseph Santolan, 10 October 2013

With Obama canceling his trip to South East Asia, Kerry is trying to offset Beijing’s temporary advantage by escalating Washington’s provocative rhetoric.

Boston school bus drivers end wildcat strike

By Kate Randall, 10 October 2013

Most Boston school bus drivers returned to work Wednesday, following a one-day work stoppage that shut down bus service for Boston’s 33,000 public, private and parochial schools.

Sixty-day strike ban ending for northern California transit workers

By David Brown, 10 October 2013

The legal injunction against strikes by BART workers, requested by California Governor Brown and supported by the unions, comes to an end at midnight Thursday.

Wall Street coalesces around “progressive activist, fiscal conservative” mayoral candidate

By Dan Brennan, 10 October 2013

Less than a month before New York City elects its next mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is offering a glimpse of what lies beneath the “progressive” gloss on his campaign.

German defence minister praises German deployment to Afghanistan

By Peter Schwarz, 10 October 2013

While the German population welcomes the partial German withdrawal from Afghanistan, ruling circles regard it as a model for future military interventions.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court hands land powers to central government

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 10 October 2013

The verdict overturns constitutional provisions and further strengthens Rajapakse’s authoritarian administration.

New Zealand PM re-affirms commitment to war drive against Syria

By Tom Peters, 10 October 2013

Prime Minister John Key criticised the lack of a UN Chapter 7 resolution to authorise the use of military force against Syria.

Right-wing minority government takes shape in Norway

By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2013

The September 30 agreement between Conservatives-Progress Party makes clear that the incoming administration will be one of the most right wing in Norwegian history.

French austerity budget raises taxes on workers

By Olivier Laurent, 10 October 2013

The French austerity budget slashes social spending and increases taxes for workers while companies get tax breaks.

Foxconn imposes Chinese-style sweatshop conditions in Europe

By Denis Krassnin, 10 October 2013

Working conditions tantamount to modern slavery are being introduced into Europe by the notorious Foxconn corporation.

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Sommet de l'APEC: ralentissement en Asie et défaut de paiement américain dominent les débats

Par Joseph Santolan, 10 octobre 2013

Une atmosphère de crise économique et de tensions géopolitiques régnait durant le sommet de l'APEC à Bali.

Recrudescence des manifestations à l'annonce d'un bilan probable de 400 morts dans la catastrophe de Lampedusa

Par Robert Stevens, 10 octobre 2013

Le gouvernement italien est responsable de la mort de près de 400 migrants au large de l'île de Lampedusa au sud de l'Italie

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2007
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Rivalitäten zwischen USA und China auf Apec-Gipfel

Von Peter Symonds, 10. Oktober 2013

Über dem Treffen hing die Gefahr eines amerikanischen Staatsbankrottes, falls der Kongress es nicht schafft, die Schuldenobergrenze der USA anzuheben.

Die Linkspartei nach den Wahlen

Von Johannes Stern, 10. Oktober 2013

Die Linkspartei reagiert auf die Bundestagswahl, indem sie politischen Ballast abwirft und immer lauter nach einer rot-rot-grünen Bundesregierung ruft.

Outokumpu schließt Edelstahlwerk in Bochum und baut weltweit 3.500 Stellen ab

Von Sybille Fuchs, 10. Oktober 2013

Der finnische Konzern hatte das Bochumer Werk erst zum Jahreswechsel 2012/13 von ThyssenKrupp übernommen und will es nun stilllegen.

US-Haushalt- und Schuldenkrise:
Renten und Krankengeld jetzt im Visier

Von Patrick Martin, 10. Oktober 2013

Demokraten und Republikaner verhandeln über Sozialkürzungen, die Millionen Menschen betreffen.

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IMF report points to deepening recessionary trends in global economy

10 October 2013

Even if a US default is averted, the latest IMF World Economic Outlook report points to deepening recessionary trends in the world economy

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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

Workers and students spoke on their reasons for attending the “Defend the DIA” demonstration on October 4.

Detroit firefighters call for defense of the DIA

By Thomas Gaist, 10 October 2013

Detroit firefighters voiced their approval for the Defend the DIA! demonstration organized by the SEP and discussed how the struggle against the emergency manager could be taken forward.

Endorsements for Defend the DIA campaign

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2013

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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.


The UAW and “21st Century industrial relations”

By Jerry White, 9 October 2013

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

By Andre Damon, 9 October 2013

Arts Review

The bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi

By Fred Mazelis, 10 October 2013

It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this iconic figure. Opera—certainly Italian opera—cannot be spoken of without mentioning Verdi’s name.

Ed Dorn and the politics of the New American Poetry

By Andras Gyorgy, 9 October 2013

Britain: Labour council destroys Newport Chartist uprising mural

By Paul Mitchell, 9 October 2013

SEP (Britain)

Socialist Equality Party Public Meetings
UK workers and young people discuss Syria and the threat of war

By our reporters, 10 October 2013

The overwhelming majority of a mainly young audience were scathing of the humanitarian pretext being used for war.

Crisis in the Middle East

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

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

Mass anger builds in Libya after US Special Forces raid

By Thomas Gaist, 9 October 2013

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

By Bill Van Auken, 8 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.

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

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

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

By Kevin Reed, 4 October 2013