31 August 2016

France demands end to trade talks with US amid rising US-EU tensions

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 31 August 2016

As France demanded an end to talks on the TTIP trade deal, the EU said it would levy a €13 billion fine on Apple, a move the US Treasury said could damage US-EU ties.

German vice chancellor says talks on US-EU free trade agreement have failed

US war planes and battleships to start using Indian bases

By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2016

With the signing of the basing agreement, India is being transformed into a “frontline” state in the US drive to isolate, encircle, and prepare to wage war on China.

Tens of millions of Indian workers to join one-day protest strike

By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 31 August 2016

The widespread support for the strike is an expression of mounting working-class anger and militancy and part of a global resurgence of class struggle.

US deepens military ties with Sri Lanka

By Vilani Peiris, 31 August 2016

Washington wants to use Sri Lanka as one of its bases in the event of war with China.

Taliban captures key Afghan district in fierce fighting

By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2016

The latest attack takes place against the backdrop of geo-political intrigue that is drawing the entire region, including Afghanistan, into US preparations for war against China.

Obama success story: Third biggest stock market boom since 1900

By E.P. Bannon, 31 August 2016

The Obama bull market is the product of years of pro-corporate, anti-working class policies, including the bailout of the banks and attacks on wages and benefits.

Millennium Tower: Boston’s latest playground for the filthy rich

By Mike Ingram, 31 August 2016

The Millennium Tower in Boston's downtown provides a playground in the sky for the wealthy, overlooking an increasingly polarized city.

Union blocks teachers’ strike as Clinton comes to Cleveland

By Phyllis Steele, 31 August 2016

The Cleveland Teachers Union called off Thursday’s strike to prevent a confrontation with the Democrats and the Obama administration’s attack on public education.

“It’s our turn to reap some of the rewards of record profits”
Canadian autoworkers overwhelmingly approve strike action

By Carl Bronski, 31 August 2016

Voter turnout at many of the union locals was extremely high, reflecting a determined mood of militancy, but the Unifor union has no intention of waging a serious struggle.

Despite Canada Post’s provocations, postal union opposes strike action

Italian soldiers fighting in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2016

Basing itself on a new “anti-terror” law, the Renzi government is deploying Italian soldiers in Libya without the consent of parliament.

Libya’s Tobruk parliament refuses to recognize Western-backed government

Spain’s public debt reaches record levels

By Alejandro López, 31 August 2016

All the major parties—Popular Party, Socialist Party, Citizens and the pseudo-left Podemos—are committed to upholding the payment of the debt.

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Washington presse la Turquie de freiner ses attaques contre les Kurdes syriens

Par Patrick Martin, 31 août 2016

L’Administration Obama s’est alliée avec les deux parties dans le conflit provoqué par l’invasion par la Turquie du nord de la Syrie.

La base socio-économique de la politique identitaire : L’inégalité et la montée d’une élite afro-américaine

Par David Walsh, 31 août 2016

Une forte polarisation est apparue chez les afro-américains au cours des quatre dernières décennies. La couche privilégiée qui a été produite constitue une base importante pour les politiques racialistes.

Les bureaucrates d’Unifor accueillent Trudeau en héros

Par Roger Jordan, 31 août 2016

Le président d’Unifor Jerry Dias a affirmé que les politiques du gouvernement pro-austérité et proguerre Trudeau représentaient «un départ exemplaire pour les travailleurs».

New in German

Die sozioökonomische Grundlage der Identitätspolitik
Ungleichheit und der Aufstieg einer afroamerikanischen Elite

Von David Walsh, 31. August 2016

Unter den Afroamerikanern hat es in den letzten vier Jahrzehnten eine starke Polarisierung gegeben. Die neu entstandene privilegierte Schicht bildet eine wichtige Basis für eine Politik, die auf Rassenmerkmale abhebt.

Nichts ist revolutionär an Sanders‘ „Our Revolution“

Von Patrick Martin, 31. August 2016

Sanders neue Organisation ist ein durchsichtiger Versuch, Jugendliche und Arbeiter hinter die Demokratische Partei zu bringen.

USA kritisieren türkisches Vorgehen in Nordsyrien

Von Patrick Martin, 31. August 2016

In Nordsyrien hat der Einmarsch der Türkei die Lage verschärft. Die Obama-Regierung ist mit beiden Konfliktparteien verbündet.

PSG-Wahlkampf: Empörung über Zivilschutzkonzept der Bundesregierung

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 31. August 2016

Wahlkampfteams der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) diskutieren mit Menschen in Berlin über die wachsende Kriegsgefahr und die soziale Situation in der Hauptstadt.

Fed-Vorsitzende prognostiziert langfristige wirtschaftliche Stagnation

Von Barry Grey, 31. August 2016

Yellen gab praktisch zu, dass die amerikanische und weltweite Wirtschaft dauerhaft von Stagnation und extremer finanzieller Instabilität geprägt sein werden.

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Perspective

EpiPen price gouging: Capitalism and the US health care crisis

31 August 2016

The EpiPen scandal has become a focal point of anger over the subordination of health care to huge corporations driven by an insatiable quest for profit.

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Socialist Equality Party (US)

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

24 August 2016

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
For the unity of the working class in the United States and Latin America

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
The fight for socialism and the tasks of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns global youth unemployment

29 August 2016

Socialist Equality Party (US) vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth issued this statement in response to the recent International Labour Organization report that 71 million young people are currently unemployed worldwide.

ILO report: Global youth unemployment to rise for first time in three years

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can do unless some type of revolution kicks off”
Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Aurora, Illinois

By our reporters, 31 August 2016

SEP campaigners visited Aurora, once a major industrial center, and now the second largest city in the state, to promote Jerry White and Niles Niemuth’s presidential campaign.

West Virginia Supreme Court to weigh independent ballot access
Ruling to impact independent candidates statewide

“There is going to be a civil war in this country”
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns at Detroit auto factory

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

PSG election campaign: Anger at the government’s new civil defence guidelines

By our correspondents, 31 August 2016

Berliners discuss the growing war danger and social conditions in the capital with supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

Commentary

Brazil’s impeachment crisis provokes split in Morenoite PSTU

By Miguel Andrade, 31 August 2016

The split reflects the deep crisis and broad realignments taking place throughout the Brazilian pseudo-left due to the debacle of the Workers Party (PT) government of President Dilma Rousseff.

UK: Corbyn, Brexit and the so-called progressive alliance

By Julie Hyland, 31 August 2016

There are increasing efforts to link up the Labour Party, the Greens and the various nationalist blocs in Wales and Scotland on the basis of a pro-EU program.

The socioeconomic basis of identity politics: Inequality and the rise of an African American elite

By David Walsh, 30 August 2016

The New York Times and “disinformation”

By Andre Damon, 30 August 2016

One-third of US counties will have only one Obamacare plan in 2017

By Kate Randall, 30 August 2016

US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016

Professional football quarterback Colin Kaepernick protests US police killings

Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ “Our Revolution”

Arts Review

Southside With You: An insufferable account of the Obamas’ first date

By Matthew MacEgan, 31 August 2016

This fictionalized account of the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama in 1989 presents a racialized view of society served up with a large side of banality.

“Political art” in New York City this summer

By Clare Hurley, 29 August 2016

Anthropoid: A film looks at 1942 assassination of Nazi chief Reinhard Heydrich

History

The class essence of the Confederacy in the American Civil War
A further comment on Free State of Jones

By Douglas Lyons, 30 August 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Join the IYSSE! Join the fight against war, inequality and the danger of dictatorship! Join the fight for socialism!
Statement of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality

27 August 2016

The 2016 US Elections

Clinton highlights Trump’s ultra-right ties to curry favor with establishment Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2016

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 18 August 2016

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

After the Sanders debacle
“Socialist Convergence” meets to prepare a new trap for the working class

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