Voting begins as UAW seeks to push through deal with Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2015

The UAW is seeking to give workers as little time as possible to study and discuss the contract before they have to vote on it.

Third tier created for Mopar workers, axle operators in UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2015

The creation of a lower pay scale for Mopar and axle workers is buried on pages 255-57 of the full contract and not included in the self-serving “highlights” released by the UAW.

Video: Fiat Chrysler workers speak out against UAW sellout contract

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 23 September 2015

Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck workers explained why they rejected the proposed contract that the UAW is seeking to push through.

The political issues in the autoworkers’ struggle

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

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Serving UK general threatens mutiny against a future Corbyn government

By Chris Marsden, 23 September 2015

The comments of the general are part of an ongoing political campaign of destabilisation mounted by the Conservative government, the media and large sections of the Labour Party.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the national anthem row

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

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Pope arrives in US amid heaviest security ever

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2015

The Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing tens of thousands of federal, state and local police and intelligence agents for events in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia.

Pope Francis to Cubans: “avoid ideology”…or else!

By Rafael Azul, 23 September 2015

German Left Party leaders welcome Syriza election victory

By Sven Heymanns, 23 September 2015

The enthusiasm with which the Left Party supports Syriza illustrates that the savage assault on the working class is not just a Greek issue, but rather an international social and political phenomenon.

Syriza’s Tsipras and Independent Greeks finalise new austerity coalition

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

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Canadian troops begin mission to train Ukrainian Army and National Guard

By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2015

With the support of the entire political establishment, Canada is playing a leading role in the US drive to harness Ukraine to its predatory global strategic agenda.

Australian tax summit sees an emerging “consensus”

By Nick Beams, 23 September 2015

Business economist Saul Eslake set out a strategy for “selling” an increase in the regressive Goods and Services Tax to fund cuts in corporate and income tax levels.

Nominee for FDA commissioner has close ties to drug industry

By Kate Randall, 23 September 2015

Pharmaceutical watchdog groups have noted Dr. Robert Califf’s long-held ties to the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry.

New Zealand: Socialist Aotearoa supports US-led war in Syria

By Tom Peters, 23 September 2015

Echoing pseudo-left organisations internationally, Socialist Aotearoa used last week’s pro-refugee demonstration in Auckland to promote the imperialist intervention in Syria.

New in French

Tsipras, Syriza et les Grecs indépendants finalisent la nouvelle coalition de l’austérité

Par Robert Stevens, 23 septembre 2015

La principale caractéristique de l'élection était l’abstention massive; le taux de participation a été le plus bas depuis la restauration de la démocratie après la chute de la junte militaire en 1974.

Les questions politiques de la lutte des travailleurs de l'automobile

Par Jerry White, 23 septembre 2015

La lutte des travailleurs pour acquérir les droits les plus élémentaires, comme une amélioration significative du niveau de vie et une fin du système des salaires à deux niveaux, impose aux travailleurs de l'automobile une lutte contre l'ensemble du système économique et politique.

New in German

US-Autoarbeiter stehen vor politischen Fragen

Von Jerry White, 23. September 2015

Der lange unterdrückte Klassenkampf dringt wieder an die Oberfläche des gesellschaftlichen und politischen Lebens der Vereinigten Staaten.

Die Linke begrüßt den Wahlsieg Syrizas

Von Sven Heymanns, 23. September 2015

Obwohl sich Tsipras verpflichtet hat, das bislang härteste Spardiktat der Europäischen Union zu verwirklichen, hat er die volle Unterstützung der Linkspartei.

Syriza und Anel gehen neue Austeritätskoalition ein

Von Robert Stevens, 23. September 2015

Das auffälligste Merkmal der Wahl war die hohe Wahlenthaltung. Die Wahlbeteiligung war die niedrigste seit der Wiederherstellung des Parlamentarismus nach dem Fall der Militätjunta 1974.

Der VW-Skandal

Von Peter Schwarz, 23. September 2015

Der Skandal um manipulierte Abgaswerte von Diesel-Fahrzeugen in den USA hat den Volkswagen-Konzern in eine tiefe Krise gestürzt.

Der britische Labour-Vorsitzende Jeremy Corbyn und das Gezänk um die Nationalhymne

Von Julie Hyland, 23. September 2015

Das Gezeter um Corbyns Weigerung, die Nationalhymne zu singen, ist Anschauungsmaterial für den Charakter des politischen Systems in Großbritannien.

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Perspective

The Volkswagen emissions scandal

23 September 2015

The unscrupulousness and criminality employed by automakers in the struggle for global market share reflect the inherent contradictions of the capitalist 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

Mercedes-Daimler imposes unpaid work at French Smart car plant

By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 September 2015

The workers’ decision to accept unpaid working hours in exchange for supposed job security was a vote of no confidence in the unions.

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

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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?

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Commentary

German interior minister plans abolition of right to asylum

By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015

The resurrection of borders in Europe

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

By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2015

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Fed decision fails to calm markets

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2015

The GM ignition defect settlement and capitalist “justice”

Yemen: A war crime made in America

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

IYSSE

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

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

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

Seattle teachers union pushes through sellout contract

By David Brown, 22 September 2015

Detroit teachers union removes local president despite majority vote by membership

By Sheila Brehm, 22 September 2015

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

By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015

Lockout of US steelworkers at ATI enters sixth week

Contract worker killed at US Steel mill in Pittsburgh

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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

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The Socialist Equality Party of Germany reviews the lessons of Greece

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

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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