Syriza’s Tsipras and Independent Greeks finalise new austerity coalition

By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2015

The main feature of the election was the massive abstention, resulting in the lowest turnout since the restoration of democracy after the fall of the military junta in 1974.

Socialist Project’s Panitch and Gindin defend Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek working class

Election program of Greece’s Popular Unity is a political fraud

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Autoworkers denounce UAW efforts to force through deal with Fiat Chrysler
Many warn of ballot rigging to ensure “yes” vote

By Eric London, 22 September 2015

In the face of widespread opposition to the agreement, the UAW is seeking to hold votes as rapidly as possible, giving workers no time to study the contract and organize opposition.

Anger erupts at UAW meeting in Sterling Heights, Michigan

UAW “highlights” of Fiat Chrysler deal expose corporate-union conspiracy against autoworkers

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UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal is a warning to John Deere workers

By George Gallanis, 22 September 2015

Discussions between the UAW and Deere, which began in late August, have been shrouded in secrecy, the same method the UAW has used in the auto negotiations.

German interior minister plans abolition of right to asylum

By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015

Germany’s interior minister and the EU heads of government intend to adopt new measures against refugees this week.

German government adopts drastic measures to deter refugees

The resurrection of borders in Europe

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Fed decision fails to calm markets

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2015

Divisions have emerged in financial circles over the Fed’s decision not to lift interest rates, highlighting the absence of any coherent policy on the part of those in charge of the financial system.

Citing global economy, Fed keeps rates near zero

Seattle teachers union pushes through sellout contract

By David Brown, 22 September 2015

Under pressure from the union, teachers in Seattle have accepted a sellout contract as other school districts continue to strike.

Detroit teachers union removes local president despite majority vote by membership

By Sheila Brehm, 22 September 2015

The executive board of the Detroit Federation of Teachers pushed through the removal of Steve Conn on trumped-up charges.

Notes on police violence
Family sues over death of inmate in Fishkill, New York prison

By Sandy English and John Marion, 22 September 2015

Prison authorities claimed that Harrell died of an overdose of synthetic marijuana, but an autopsy has shown that he had no chemical substances in his body.

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New subway station in New York cannot hide the growing crisis of public transit and housing

By Mark Witkowski and Sandy English, 22 September 2015

New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter of a century is a gift to wealthy realtors.

Canada’s party leaders tout rival right-wing programs in election debate

By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2015

Even many media pundits have conceded last Thursday’s debate only served to highlight just how narrow are the differences between the big business Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP.

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UN report on Sri Lanka details atrocities during the civil war

By Rohantha De Silva and K. Ratnayake, 22 September 2015

If the report is “milder” than it might have been, it is because the US wants no disruption to the new pro-US government in Colombo.

French army launches large-scale recruitment drive

By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2015

The state is planning to mobilize the army not only for foreign wars, but also to repress social protests within France itself.

Poor hit hardest by UK Conservatives’ July budget

By Barry Mason, 22 September 2015

Among those hit the hardest will be working single parents.

Australian coroner: Chinese student killed in building fire because laws violated

By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2015

All the factors that led to the Bankstown tragedy are replicated in many buildings across Australia, potentially endangering thousands of lives.

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Grèce: Syriza est réélu au gouvernement, l’abstention est massive

Par Bill Van Auken, 22 septembre 2015

Aucun parti n'a donné de voix au sentiment de refus populaire et massif de l'austérité en Grèce, que le référendum de juillet avait révélé.

Yémen : Un crime de guerre fabriqué aux États-Unis

Par Niles Williamson, 22 septembre 2015

La mort et la destruction que l’Arabie saoudite abat sur le Yémen depuis six mois ne seraient pas possibles sans le soutien de l’impérialisme américain qui cherche à affirmer son hégémonie sur l’ensemble du Moyen-Orient.

Annulez l'interdiction de l'EJIES !

Par Étudiants jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale (Université Melbourne), 22 septembre 2015

La Commission de la vie sociale du syndicat des étudiants de l'Université de Melbourne a refusé l'affiliation d'un groupe étudiant des Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale (EJIES), pour la troisième fois en un an.

New in Turkish

UAW-Fiat Chrysler anlaşması: Otomotiv işçilerine karşı gizli bir komplo

Joseph Kishore, 22 Eylül 2015

İşçi sınıfının üretimden gelen gücünün seferber edilmesinin yanı sıra, yeni bir siyasi strateji gerekmektedir. İşleri ve yaşam standartlarını savunma uğruna her bir mücadele, şirketlere ve hükümete karşı siyasi bir mücadeledir ve sendikalara başkaldırmayı gerektirir.

Yunanistan’daki Halkın Birliği’nin seçim programı siyasi bir sahtekarlıktıri

Christoph Dreier, 22 Eylül 2015

Kemer sıkmaya ve AB’ye karşı bir Avrupa işçi sınıfı hareketi, Syriza’ya ve onun Halkın Birliği gibi sahtekar uzantılarına karşı çıkmalıdır. Syriza’nın ihanetinden çıkarılacak başlıca ders, sosyal saldırılara direnmek için devrimci bir perspektifin ve uluslararası bir partinin gerekliliğidir.

Anket, Suriyelilerin yüzde 81’inin IŞİD’i ABD’nin yarattığına inandığını gösteriyor

Bill Van Auken, 22 Eylül 2015

Bir kamuoyu yoklaması, Suriye’nin 14 vilayetinin tamamından ankete katılanların yüzde 81’inin, Başkan Barack Obama hükümetinin göstermelik olarak savaşta olduğu IŞİD’in bizzat Washington’ın eseri olduğuna inandığını gösterdi.

New in German

Jemen: Ein Kriegsverbrechen made in USA

Von Niles Williamson, 22. September 2015

Die sechsmonatige Terrorkampagne gegen Jemen unter der Führung Saudi-Arabiens wäre ohne die Unterstützung des US-Imperialismus nicht möglich gewesen. Die USA versuchen auf diesem Wege ihre Hegemonie im ganzen Nahen Osten zu festigen.

Innenminister de Maizière will Asylrecht abschaffen

Von Dietmar Henning, 22. September 2015

Die Innenminister und Regierungschefs der Europäischen Union wollen diese Woche neue Maßnahmen gegen den Zustrom von Flüchtlingen beschließen.

Syriza bei massiver Enthaltung wiedergewählt

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. September 2015

Keine Partei, die an der Wahl teilnahm, gab der Stimmung der Masse der Bevölkerung Ausdruck, die sich im Referendum im Juli gegen den Sparkurs ausgesprochen hatte.

Japans Kreditrating heruntergestuft

Von Ben McGrath, 22. September 2015

Die Finanzmärkte fordern weitere Maßnahmen, um die Last der Wirtschaftskrise der japanischen Arbeiterklasse aufzubürden.

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Perspective

The political issues in the autoworkers’ struggle

22 September 2015

The fight to win the most elemental rights of workers, including a significant improvement in living standards and an end to the two-tier wage system, pits autoworkers in a struggle against the entire economic and political system.

Earlier Perspectives »

Seventy-five years ago, on August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by an agent of the Soviet secret police, the GPU, in Coyoacán, a suburb of Mexico City, where he was living in exile. Thus ended the life of the great Marxist theoretician of world socialist revolution and one of the towering figures of modern political history.

The assassination of Leon Trotsky ranks among the most politically consequential crimes of the twentieth century, with far-reaching and long-enduring consequences for the development of the international working class and the world socialist movement. And yet for decades the circumstances surrounding Trotsky’s assassination remained shrouded in secrecy. The massive scale of the Stalinist conspiracy against Trotsky—in particular, the extent of the penetration of the Trotskyist movement by the GPU—was the subject of a carefully orchestrated cover-up.

In 1975 the International Committee of the Fourth International launched the first intensive and systematic investigation by the Trotskyist movement into the 1940 assassination. This investigation, known as Security and the Fourth International, led to the exposure of the network of GPU agents within the Fourth International—especially in Paris, Mexico City and New York—which ensured the success of Stalin’s conspiracy against Trotsky’s life. The International Committee’s investigation was bitterly opposed by Pabloite and pseudo-left organizations, which denounced the exposure of spies placed inside the Trotskyist movement as “agent-baiting.” This has remained their position, despite the fact that state intelligence documents released following the dissolution of the Soviet Union confirmed the findings of the International Committee and vindicated Security and the Fourth International.

David North, the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, has been a major figure in the international Trotskyist movement for forty years. He played a central role in the Security and the Fourth International investigation. In these international on-line interviews, WSWS correspondent Andrea Peters will speak with North about the significance of Trotsky’s assassination, the origins and development of the International Committee’s investigation, and its key findings.

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Autoworkers Struggles

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

For all of the US labor movement’s militancy, self-sacrifice and social power, its Achilles heel has been its failure to free itself from the political domination of capitalist parties and politicians.

Reject UAW sellout! Build rank-and-file committees to fight the union-company conspiracy against autoworkers!

By Jerry White, 21 September 2015

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IYSSE

IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

The lectures outlined the contemporary political significance of the struggle waged by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the carnage of World War I.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

A reply to the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee
Overturn the ban on the IYSSE!

Workers Struggles

Unions push protectionism while pledging to impose steel job cuts at Wollongong rally

By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015

At a “Save Our Steel” rally the unions sought to channel the anger over job losses into nationalist calls for governments to subsidise local steel producers.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 September 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Lockout of US steelworkers at ATI enters sixth week

By Evan Winters, 21 September 2015

Contract worker killed at US Steel mill in Pittsburgh

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Copper mine strike signals growing class struggle in Chile

By Cesar Uco, 21 September 2015

2016 US Elections

More bigotry from Republican presidential candidates

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2015

Republican presidential debate: A reactionary political system in decay

US presidential campaign: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa, New Hampshire polls

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Clinton pledges to outdo Obama in militarism

The reactionary campaign around Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

Donald Trump: The ugly face of capitalist politics

Commentary

Yemen: A war crime made in America

By Niles Williamson, 21 September 2015

Obama’s hypocrisy over Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who brought a clock to school

By David Walsh, 21 September 2015

Japanese government pushes military bills through upper house

By Ben McGrath, 21 September 2015

Turnbull’s cabinet to deepen attacks on Australian working class

By Nick Beams, 21 September 2015

A world convulsed by crises

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 12 September 2015

The GM ignition defect settlement and capitalist “justice”

New York Times again mocks concerns over Jade Helm domestic military exercise

25 years ago: US tensions mount over war, budget deadlines

Twenty-five years ago this week, the administration of George H. W. Bush headed into twin crises over the US budget deficit and the preparations for war in the Persian Gulf.

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50 years ago: Aden declared British crown colony

On September 26, 1965, British imperialism deposed the government of Aden and reimposed direct colonial rule over the tiny protectorate at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, which is now part of Yemen.

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75 years ago: Japan invades Indochina

On September 23, 1940, Japanese military forces invaded French Indochina, including present-day Vietnam.

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100 years ago: Battle of Loos begins on the Western Front

On September 25, 1915, the British army tried to break through German lines on the Gohelle plain near the village of Loos.

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Socialist Equality Party

Withdraw all Australian military forces from Syria and the Middle East!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015

More on the war in Syria and Iraq »

The Socialist Equality Party of Germany reviews the lessons of Greece

An internationalist strategy to oppose the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Arts Review

Kamasi Washington’s The Epic: A bold statement in jazz

By Jeff Lusanne, 17 September 2015