17 November 2011

Obama increases US military presence in Australia and Asia

By James Cogan, 17 November 2011

Obama’s announcement confirms that the chief target of his administration’s turn to the Asia-Pacific region is China.

Anti-Wall Street protests

Mayors conspired to close Occupy Wall Street encampments
Arrests continue in major cities

By Andre Damon, 17 November 2011

City officials throughout the US—possibly coordinated with federal intelligence agencies—worked together to plan police action against occupy encampments on the basis trumped-up charges of sanitation and public safety.

Thousands protest education fee hikes in California

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UK unemployment reaches 17-year high

By Julie Hyland, 17 November 2011

Fully 2.62 million people are officially out of work in Britain, the highest level in 17 years.

US more segregated in rich and poor neighborhoods

By Barry Grey, 17 November 2011

A new study released Wednesday on the relationship between family income and housing patterns in the US underscores the degree to which social inequality pervades every aspect of life in America.

Israel imposes heavy sentence on whistle-blower Anat Kam to protect the guilty

By Danny Richardson, 17 November 2011

An Israeli court has sentenced Anat Kam, a 24-year-old former conscript, to four-and-a-half years for leaking documents implicating Israel’s top military commanders in war crimes.

Political issues in the arson attack on France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine

By Alex Lantier, 17 November 2011

Even before the identity or the motives of the arsonists were established, French politicians and the press began a racist campaign, posing as defenders of democratic rights threatened by Islam.

Japanese PM’s support for US trade pact provokes opposition

By John Chan, 17 November 2011

Noda’s announced commitment to the TPP is designed to signal Japan’s strong support for Washington’s broader campaign against China.

Pro-European Union, right-wing candidate wins Bulgarian presidency

By Anna Rombach, 17 November 2011

Rosen Plevneliev, the candidate of the right-wing GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) party, won the Bulgarian presidency October 30.

Jefferson County, Alabama files largest municipal bankruptcy in US history

By E.P. Bannon, 17 November 2011

Jefferson County, Alabama, home to the state’s most populous city of Birmingham, filed bankruptcy October 9.

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L’Espagne fait face à la catastrophe économique

Par Vicky Short et Paul Mitchell, 17 novembre 2011

La croissance économique a ralenti et le chômage a explosé en Espagne, faisant craindre que la quatrième économie de la zone euro soit en danger d’une crise de la dette à pleine échelle.

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APEC-Gipfel: USA setzen China in Handelsfragen unter Druck

Von Peter Symonds, 17. November 2011

US-Präsident Obama bereitete während des APEC-Gipfels am letzten Wochenende in Honolulu den Weg für eine Reihe von Schritten, die in den nächsten Tagen erfolgen werden und den Einfluss Chinas in dieser Region untergraben sollen

New Yorker Polizei räumt Occupy-Wall-Street-Lager

Von Jerry White, 17. November 2011

Hunderte Polizisten in Kampfmontur überfielen in der Nacht zum Dienstag den Zuccotti-Park in Manhattan, den Geburtsort der Occupy-Wall-Street-Bewegung. Gewaltsam vertrieben sie die Protestierenden und rissen ihre Zelte nieder.

Linkspartei in Sachsen drängt auf Bündnis mit SPD und Grünen

Von Martin Nowak, 17. November 2011

Die sächsische Linkspartei hat auf ihrem Landesparteitag die Weichen für eine mögliche rot-rot-grüne Koalition gestellt.

„Total Policing“ und die Kriminalisierung von Protest

Von Chris Marsden, 17. November 2011

Das riesige Polizeiaufgebot gegen eine relativ kleine und vollkommen friedliche Protestveranstaltung zeigt, dass die herrschende Elite nicht mehr bereit ist, politischen und gesellschaftlichen Widerstand, egal in welcher Form, zu tolerieren.

Arabisches Filmfestival Berlin
18 Days

Von Johannes Stern, 17. November 2011

Vom 2. bis zum 10. November fand das dritte Arabische Filmfestival Berlin statt. Ein Schwerpunkt des Festivals waren die Revolutionen in Ägypten und Tunesien. Wir besprechen hier den Film 18 Days (diverse Regisseure, Ägypten 2011) und in weiteren Beiträgen Forbidden (Amal Ramsis, Ägypten 2011) und No More Fear (Mourad Ben Cheikh, Tunesien 2011).

New in Arabic

المجلس العسكري يدافع عن مذبحته،ويطلق هجمات جديدة على المتظاهرين

ن14 أكتوبر/ تشرين الأول 2011

دافع لؤاءات المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة المصرية عن حملتهم الأخيرة على المتظاهرين السلميين،في مؤتمر صحفي يوم الثلاثاء.كان الجيش قد هجم بوحشية على حوالي 10000متظاهر سلمي أغلبهم من الأقباط أمام مبنى الإذاعة و التليفزيون في ماسبيرو،بوسط القاهرة.وقتل26متظاهر على الأقل وأصيب أكثر من 300.

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The shutdown of Occupy Wall Street

17 November 2011

The move by New York’s multi-billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg to forcefully shut down the occupation of Zuccotti Park in Manhattan early Tuesday is a gross violation of basic democratic rights.

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The story of Mark Zborowski: Stalin’s spy in the Fourth International

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International,
17 November 2011

We are republishing a statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International originally published on June 15, 1990 in the Fourth International magazine on the death of Mark Zborowski. Zborowski, a GPU spy against the Trotskyist movement, was responsible for the murder of leading cadre of the Fourth International in the 1930s and for preparing, along with other Stalinist agents, the assassination of Leon Trotsky.

Arts Review

Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar

By Joanne Laurier, 17 November 2011

Clint Eastwood’s new film treats the life and times of J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director and a malignant presence in American society for nearly half a century.

Asuncion: Inauspicious debut play from film actor Jesse Eisenberg

By Robert Fowler, 15 November 2011

Auto Workers Struggles

UAW-run trust fund to cut retiree health benefits

By Jerry White, 17 November 2011

The medical benefits of approximately 820,000 retired auto workers and their spouses in the US are in danger of being sharply reduced or eliminated outright, as the retiree health care trust fund, run by the United Auto Workers union, is in danger of insolvency.

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Workers Struggles

Papuan miners extend two-month strike

By Mike Head, 17 November 2011

Despite an Indonesian government-backed police ultimatum, the 8,000 striking miners are continuing to man the blockades that have brought production to a halt since September 15.

Australian airline unions seek deal with Qantas

By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 16 November 2011


Berlusconi and the Italian “left”

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2011

Neo-Nazi terror and the German intelligence forces

By Dietmar Henning, 16 November 2011

International Students for Social Equality

Public meetings in Britain
The Occupy movement and beyond
Inequality and the fight for socialism

SEP and ISSE public meetings
Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: Equality and the Fight for Socialism

Public Lecture: The JVP crisis and the SEP’s struggle for Marxism in Sri Lanka

Committee Against Utility Shutoffs

Oppose all utility shutoffs! Heat and Light are a social right! Join CAUS Today!

Statement of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs,
14 November 2011

25 years ago: Corporate raider Ivan Boesky fined, Milken subpoenaed

On November 14, 1986, corporate raider Ivan Boesky was fined $100 million by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the practice of insider trading, speculation based on information provided illegally by employees inside publicly-traded firms.

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50 years ago: China, India trade accusations in border dispute

On November 20, 1961, India made public its accusation that the People's Republic of China was occupying areas claimed by New Delhi in the disputed Himalayan border region.

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75 years ago: Germany and Japan sign Anti-Comintern Pact

On November 15, 1936 Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan signed what would become known as the "Anti-Comintern Pact," which stipulated neither Germany nor Japan would aid the Soviet Union in the event of an attack by either power.

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100 years ago: Dominican Republic president assassinated

On the evening of November 19, 1911, Dominican Republic president Ramon Caceres was assassinated by a small group headed by Luis Tejera as he drove through the streets of the capital Santo Domingo.

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Letters on the Penn State scandal

17 November 2011

Letters in response to The Penn State scandal and sports in America.