Washington threatens confrontation with Russia over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2015

The threats to Moscow over aid to Syria underscore Washington’s overriding aim of regime-change.

Amid refugee crisis in Europe, NATO powers prepare war escalation in Syria

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Cameron government justifies targeted assassinations of UK citizens

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 9 September 2015

The attack parallels the Obama administration’s policy of extrajudicial executions and constitutes a violation of democratic rights and the rule of law.

Turkish government escalates war against Kurdish PKK

By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 9 September 2015

The Turkish government has put much of southeastern Turkey under de facto martial law and is escalating its military operations against the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Desperate refugees storm registration office in Berlin

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 September 2015

“They force me to wait over a month to register my claim to asylum. It is no way to treat a fellow human being.”

Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

European governments treat refugees as a hostile invasion force

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis in Europe?

New Zealand political leaders feign sympathy for refugees

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 9 September 2015

The political establishment has sought to whip up hostility toward foreigners, while supporting the US-led wars that have produced the refugee crisis.

Australia: Thousands rally in defense of refugees at nationwide vigils

8 September 2015

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Stalinist mayor orders the dismantling of Roma camp near Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 9 September 2015

A French Communist Party mayor ordered riot police to evict Roma from a camp in La Courneuve, a northern suburb of Paris.

Syriza prepares right-wing government coalition

By Christoph Dreier, 9 September 2015

Syriza leader Tsipras has made clear that, regardless of the result of the upcoming election, he will do everything possible to implement the new credit agreement with the EU.

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New York Mayor de Blasio’s tale of two cities: Homeless routed out of encampments

By Clare Hurley, 9 September 2015

The Democratic mayor is taking more aggressive measures to close down homeless encampments.

Interviews with residents of Pamoja House Homeless Shelter in Brooklyn

By Clare Hurley, 9 September 2015

Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4 million to avoid civil lawsuit

By Evan Blake, 9 September 2015

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, keenly aware that the city would lose a civil trial brought by the Gray family, is seeking to mitigate further exposures of the corrupt Baltimore Police Department.

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Pennsylvania Democrats call for elimination of pensions for new-hires

By Douglas Lyons, 9 September 2015

In the third month of a state budget impasse, Democrats are calling for new attacks on public employees.

Union ends Washington state paper strike, orders workers back without a contract

By Hector Cordon, 9 September 2015

Eight hundred paper mill workers in Longview, Washington ended a weeklong strike after the union offered an unconditional return to work.

Children in England unhappier in school than their peers elsewhere

By Tom Scripps, 9 September 2015

Despite increased demand, the budget for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been cut by nearly £50 million.

New in French

Dans le New York Times, Kristof exploite la crise des réfugiés pour une intensification de la guerre en Syrie

Par Barry Grey, 9 septembre 2015

Les propagandistes des médias comme Kristof versent des larmes de crocodile sur les réfugiés afin de mieux plaider pour une escalade de la politique criminelle qui a causé la catastrophe.

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Die Solidarität mit den Flüchtlingen und der Kampf gegen Krieg

Von Ulrich Rippert, 9. September 2015

Die Lebensgefahr und Zerstörung, die Hunderttausende Menschen in die Flucht treiben, sind das Ergebnis der Verbrechen des Imperialismus.

Syrien: Frankreichs Präsident trommelt für Ausweitung des Kriegs

Von Alex Lantier, 9. September 2015

Die europäischen Mächte treten das Asylrecht mit Füßen und bereiten gleichzeitig eine militärische Eskalation in Syrien mit katastrophalen Folgen vor.

Syriza bereitet rechte Regierungskoalition vor

Von Christoph Dreier, 9. September 2015

Am Montag erklärte der Syriza-Voritzende Alexis Tsipras, dass die Sozialkürzungen der EU alternativlos seien.

Abgeschobene Kosovo-Flüchtlingen stehen vor dem Nichts

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 9. September 2015

Ein Bericht des ARD-Magazins Monitor vom 3. September zeigt die unmenschliche Brutalität, mit der Flüchtlinge aus Deutschland in den Kosovo abgeschoben werden.

Brasilianische Autoarbeiter streiken gegen Massenentlassungen

Von Armando Cruz, 9. September 2015

In der brasilianischen Autoindustrie, die von multinationalen Konzernen wie GM, Mercedes-Benz und Volkswagen dominiert wird, wurden bisher allein in diesem Jahr 38.700 Stellen abgebaut.

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Perspective

Refugee crisis in Europe: Popular support for migrants confronts official inhumanity

9 September 2015

The outpouring of support for the refugees has exposed the chasm separating state policy from the sentiments of broad masses of people.

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Autoworkers Struggles

UAW emails autoworkers: We won’t tell you anything

By Eric London, 9 September 2015

Autoworkers should organize rank-and-file committees, independent of the UAW, to demand the full disclosure of the contract negotiations.

Labor Day in America
Union sellouts promote Democratic wage-cutters

By Jerry White, 8 September 2015

For a united struggle of US steel, auto and telecommunications workers!

Mass layoffs provoke strikes by Brazilian autoworkers

By Armando Cruz, 8 September 2015

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt
Part One

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

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IYSSE

Mobilize workers and youth to stop the attack on Northern Virginia schools!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 9 September 2015

The proposal to cut up to $100 million from the Fairfax County public school system will, if implemented, devastate vital school programs.

Letters oppose refusal to affiliate IYSSE at University of Melbourne

8 September 2015

IYSSE campaigns against University of Melbourne affiliation ban

Commentary

PBS documentary Putin’s Way: Half-truths and lies in the service of US warmongering against Russia

By Andrea Peters, 9 September 2015

The half-truths, omissions and hypocritical expressions of moral indignation that characterize this supposed exposé of Putin are intended to make the case for regime-change in Russia.

Exploiting refugee crisis, NY Times’ Kristof calls for escalation of war in Syria

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2015

Harper government making pro forma complaints over jailing of Egyptian-Canadian journalist

By Dylan Lubao, 8 September 2015

After Detroit bankruptcy: Tax foreclosures threaten 30,000 residents

The G20 summit: A spectacle of political bankruptcy

Syriza betrayal exposes role of Irish pseudo-left

Arts Review

Woman: The confessions of R&B singer Jill Scott

By Hiram Lee, 9 September 2015

The latest album from the neo-soul singer is an interesting but uneven effort.

Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (1947): The weight of history

Workers Struggles

Australian waterside workers “in the dark” as union negotiates job cuts with Hutchison

By Richard Phillips, 9 September 2015

“All sorts of people control our destinies—everybody except us,” sacked Hutchison wharfie.

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Chester, Pennsylvania teachers unanimously vote to work for free

By Nancy Hanover and Lawrence Porter, 8 September 2015

Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout enters fourth week

By Evan Winters, 7 September 2015

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Book Review

The French Republic as killing machine
The Killers of the Republic, by Vincent Nouzille

By Anthony Torres, 9 September 2015

Nouzille’s book lifts the veil on the history of French President François Hollande's “kill list” and the increasing resort to state murder.

2016 US Elections

Six Republican presidential candidates back defiance of gay marriage ruling

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2015

Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk jailed for contempt of court

Top aides to Hillary Clinton testify before Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2015

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2015

Donald Trump: The ugly face of capitalist politics

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2015

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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Socialist Equality Party

PSG campaigns throughout Germany for public meetings on the crisis in Greece

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

25 years ago: Gorbachev joins US line-up against Iraq

President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev held a summit in Helsinki, Finland, on September 9, 1990, as the US prepared for war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in the aftermath of its invasion of the oil sheikdom of Kuwait.

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50 years ago: Hurricane Betsy slams New Orleans

On September 9, 1965, Hurricane Betsy hit New Orleans. It was the most financially destructive hurricane in US history to that point.

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75 years ago: Germany begins “Blitz” bombing of Britain

On September 7, 1940, the German Luftwaffe began an extensive period of nighttime bombing raids of British cities and industry.

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100 years ago: Mounting tensions between the US and Germany, Austria-Hungary

On September 9, 1915, US Secretary of State Robert Lansing announced the delivery of a note to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Vienna, asking for the recall of the Austro-Hungarian ambassador to the US, Dr. Konstantin Theodor Dumba.

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75 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

75 years since the assassination of Trotsky: 1940-2015
Leon Trotsky’s place in history

By David North, 21 August 2015

Published here is a section of a lecture delivered on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky. The full lecture is included in David North’s book, In Defense of Leon Trotsky.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2015