26 October 2016

Two weeks before the US election
Government announces huge Obamacare premium rises for 2017

By Kate Randall, 26 October 2016

The premium increases are part of a sea change in the US health care system, in which corporations and the government are burdening working families with rising health care costs.

The 2016 elections and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

The 2016 elections: American democracy in shambles

Is the US election rigged?

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Civilian toll mounts as Mosul offensive enters second week

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2016

There are increasing reports that ISIS fighters are being funneled from Mosul across the border into Syria.

Obama administration split on “Plan B” for Syria intervention

Mosul offensive intensifies regional tensions as Turkish soldiers intervene in Iraq

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Terror attack on Pakistani police academy kills more than 60

By Keith Jones, 26 October 2016

The attack on the Balochistan Police College is said to be the deadliest terrorist attack ever mounted on Pakistan’s security forces.

Scandal erupts over Pentagon’s forcing California National Guard veterans to repay bonuses

By John Burton, 26 October 2016

A Pentagon program to claw back millions of dollars in reenlistment bonuses has revealed the contempt of the military-intelligence complex for its former soldiers.

Fatal crash near Palm Springs, California leaves 13 dead, 31 injured

By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016

The accident is one of the deadliest of its kind in California history.

SAG-AFTRA picketers discuss strike, US elections

By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016

SAG-AFTRA video games actors went on strike Monday for better pay, safety and transparency.

SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike

Musicians speak out at concert to support Pittsburgh Symphony strike

By Evan Winters, 26 October 2016

Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, together with other musicians and PSO students, played to hundreds of people in person and thousands more online.

BRICS summit riven by geo-political rivalry

By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 October 2016

India’s attempt to use the BRICS summit to isolate Pakistan met with stiff Chinese opposition—underscoring the hardening of the Indo-US and Sino-Pakistani alliances.

Flight attendants union calls off strikes at Eurowings airline in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2016

The small sectoral union, Ufo, does not represent any alternative to the large service sector union Verdi which collaborates closely with Lufthansa and other companies.

Royal Bank of Scotland accused of corrupt practices with small business investors

By Jean Shaoul, 26 October 2016

In 2008, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alastair Darling took an 83 percent stake in RBS, pumping in £45 billion of taxpayers’ money to keep the bank afloat.

UK: Durham teaching assistants vote to strike

By Tania Kent, 26 October 2016

The cuts to education budgets mean thousands of teaching assistants losing their jobs or facing a major reduction in their hours.

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

By our correspondents, 26 October 2016

The death of two Tamil students is a continuation of the police-state methods developed during the war and now increasingly being used against working people throughout the island.

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La police française lance la démolition du camp de réfugiés de la “Jungle” à Calais

Par Kumaran Ira et Alex Lantier, 26 octobre 2016

Que le gouvernement du Parti socialiste salue l’assaut de la police contre le camp comme une opération « humanitaire » destinée à protéger les réfugiés est un mensonge politique odieux.

Qu’y a-t-il derrière la campagne anti-Russie aux États-Unis ?

Par Andrew Damon, 26 octobre 2016

Un thème majeur de la campagne présidentielle américaine de 2016 a été la campagne pour représenter la Russie comme résolue à manipuler l’élection au moyen de la cyber-guerre.

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El asedio de Mosul y los crímenes del imperialismo estadounidense

Por Bill Van Auken, 26 octubre 2016

La ofensiva militar en Mosul representa otro de los tantos crímenes de guerra cometidos por EE.UU. en Oriente Medio.

Miles de profesores se van a la huelga en Brasil debido a los ataques que el gobierno prepara contra la educación

Por Gabriel Lemos, 26 octubre 2016

Fue la más grande manifestación de trabajadores desde la destitución del mes pasado de la presidenta Dilma Rousseff del Partido de los Trabajadores (PT). Enmiendas constitucionales congelarían los salarios y prevendría nuevas contrataciones por dos años.

Profesores brasileños hablan sobre los recortes a la educación y los ataques sociales

Por nuestros reporteros, 26 octubre 2016

Reporteros del WSWS hablaron con profesores durante el mitin del 22 de setiembre convocado por las confederaciones sindicales de profesores y la CUT.

La Organización Socialista Internacional y el Grupo de Reflexión New America denuncian la oposición a la guerra en Siria

Por Eric London, 26 octubre 2016

El 11 de octubre, como parte de su campaña por una escalada de la intervención militar de Estados Unidos en Siria, ISO publicó en su sitio Web Trabajador Socialista una entrevista con el periodista Anand Gopal, bajo el título “Una pesadilla en la ficción de Mosul.”

Washington intenta silenciar a WikiLeaks

Por Bill Van Auken, 26 octubre 2016

La clase política está dispuesta a usar todas las medidas necesarias para prevenir más revelaciones de los verdaderos intereses sociales y políticos que subyacen las grotescas elecciones presidenciales del 2016.

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Soziale Ungleichheit und der Kampf gegen den Kapitalismus

Von Nick Beams, 26. Oktober 2016

Die Daten aus Pikettys Analyse zeigen, dass sich die immer weiter anwachsende soziale Ungleichheit nicht anders bekämpfen lässt, als durch eine sozialistische Revolution.

Obama-Regierung diskutiert „Plan B“ für Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Oktober 2016

Der Nationale Sicherheitsrat der USA erwägt die Möglichkeit, al-Qaida-freundlichen Rebellen schwere Waffen zu liefern.

Die französische Polizei reißt das Flüchtlingscamp in Calais nieder

Von Kumaran Ira und Alex Lantier, 26. Oktober 2016

Die Regierung der Sozialistischen Partei feiert den Polizeiangriff auf das Camp als „humanitäre“ Maßnahme, die zum Ziel hat, die Flüchtlinge zu schützen. Das ist eine widerwärtige politische Lüge.

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US “pivot to Asia” in disarray

26 October 2016

Far from making a retreat, Washington’s response to its setbacks will be to escalate its diplomatic intrigues and military provocations in the Asia Pacific.

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Mehring Books

Philosophy and Politics in an Age of War and Revolution
A lecture delivered at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

By David North, 25 October 2016

This lecture by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North was delivered in German on October 22 at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. North spoke at the invitation of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Hundreds attend lecture by David North in Frankfurt, Germany

By our correspondents, 25 October 2016

November 5 Antiwar Conference

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War
The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

Book Review

Making the case for war in Eastern Europe
Robert D. Kaplan’s In Europe’s Shadow

By Clara Weiss, 26 October 2016

The latest book by Robert D. Kaplan advocates transforming Romania into a military staging ground for US imperialism and preparing for all-out war against Russia.

Workers Struggles

Mobilize the working class to defend public education
Vote “no” on the CPS-CTU concessions contract!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016

The agreement, fraudulently presented as a “fair deal” by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools system, is a further attack on teachers and public education.

Union ends strike at Pennsylvania state campuses, pushes concessions


Thomas Piketty in Sydney: Data on social inequality, but no solution

By Nick Beams, 26 October 2016

Despite the wealth of vitally important data, there was a paucity of historical and political analysis on how ever-widening social inequality can be overcome.

Social inequality and the fight against capitalism

Following meeting, leading Black Lives Matter activist endorses Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 25 October 2016

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: The dystopian vision of racial politics

Billionaires back Black Lives Matter

After installation of Popular Party government
Podemos, pseudo-left prepare for political power in Spain

By Alejandro López, 25 October 2016

Scottish National Party pushes for second independence referendum

By Steve James, 25 October 2016

Plans take shape for red-red-green federal coalition in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2016

AT&T-Time Warner merger to expand corporate, state control of media

The TV film “Terror” and the attack on democratic rights in Germany

Roger Cohen of the New York Times declares that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP presidential candidate speaks in Toronto on struggle against war

By Dylan Lubao, 25 October 2016

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford workers in Toronto

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

War and the 2016 US elections: SEP candidates launch final election tour

20 October 2016

US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to address Sri Lankan public meeting via Internet

21 October 2016

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

Arts Review

Nick Hedges’s photographs reveal what Britain’s slums were like in the 1960s and 1970s

By Margot Miller, 25 October 2016

The Magnificent Seven: Hollywood remakes and the problem of diminishing returns

25 years ago: Strike wave challenges Mitterrand regime in France

This week in 1991 saw a growing strike wave shake the right-wing social democratic regime of President François Mitterrand and Prime Minister Edith Cresson.

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50 year ago: Manila conference on Vietnam War

On October 24, 1966, talks opened in Manila between the United States, the puppet regime in Saigon and the five other countries participating in the imperialist intervention in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: US miners fight for union shop

On October 25, 1941 the United Mine Workers resumed its strike to obtain a union shop agreement for 53,000 US coal miners who worked in “captive mines.”

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100 years ago: Australian government moves to introduce military conscription

On October 28, 1916, Australia held its first, non-binding plebiscite under the Military Service Referendum Act 1916, on the question of the government’s power to conscript citizens to fight in the war overseas.

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The autocratic record of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

By Tom Peters, 20 October 2016

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 20 October 2016


Scholarship, not war propaganda!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2016

Australian IYSSE holds Inaugural General Meeting at the University of Melbourne

By the IYSSE (Australia), 15 October 2016