Life expectancy plunges for low-income Americans

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2015

The gap in life expectancy between higher and lower-income Americans has soared in recent decades, according to the results of a new study commissioned by the US Congress.

US health insurance deductibles rise sharply, far outpacing wage gains

Fiat Chrysler workers challenge UAW vote count at Warren Truck

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2015

Workers at the suburban Detroit factory expressed suspicion that the UAW rigged the vote to overcome widespread opposition to the sellout agreement.

UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal expands network of anti-worker joint programs

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2015

The labor-management programs provide lucrative payoffs to hundreds of UAW officials.

Fiat Chrysler workers sending UAW-backed deal to defeat

The political issues in the autoworkers’ struggle

Hyundai autoworkers in South Korea strike for better wages

By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2015

Auto manufacturers like Hyundai and GM Korea are demanding wage cuts and speedups as well as the casualization of the workforce.

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New Labour Party shadow chancellor seeks to reassure big business at party conference

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2015

McDonnell called for right-wing opponents of Corbyn in the Labour Party to “come back,” while making clear that the new party leadership would not challenge the capitalist system.

UK Labour Party conference begins under leadership of Corbyn

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

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German government and EU Commission complicit in Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 29 September 2015

The leadership of the Volkswagen group, the German government and the EU Commission knew about the manipulation of emissions readings in diesel vehicles for years.

The political issues in the Volkswagen scandal

Catalan separatists secure majority in regional elections

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2015

Behind the nationalist fanfare, the truth is that the combined vote of the ERC and CDC has fallen compared to the last regional elections.

Teachers strike in Scranton, Pennsylvania

By a correspondent, 29 September 2015

Some 900 teachers and support staff are striking against cuts to health care and increased class sizes.

Germany: Ver.di union delegates re-elect chairman despite sellouts

By Dietmar Henning, 29 September 2015

The Ver.di leadership is haunted by the prospect of younger layers of workers turning away from the unions and escaping their control.

Social cleansing escalates in Inner London boroughs

By Tom Scripps, 29 September 2015

Since 2011, 50,000 London families have been forcibly relocated outside of their boroughs.

Canada: NDP leader defends Manitoba government’s childcare record

By Janet Browning, 29 September 2015

Federal NDP leader Mulcair sought to deflect blame for the “at risk” childcare crisis in Manitoba from the province’s NDP government.

US-Sri Lankan resolution to UN human rights body to cover up war crimes

By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2015

Washington’s willingness to countenance a largely domestic “human rights inquiry” is a payoff to the new pro-US government in Colombo.

Australian PM calls summit with union and business leaders

By Nick Beams, 29 September 2015

The summit is aimed at developing a “consensus” for the sweeping attacks on social and working conditions being demanded by corporate and financial elites.

Australia: Union shuts down industrial action by public transport workers

By Frank Gaglioti, 29 September 2015

Workers are being deliberately kept in the dark over deals being struck by the unions and management behind closed doors.

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La France lance une campagne de bombardements en Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 29 septembre 2015

Un acte de guerre qui n’intensifie pas seulement le bain de sang en Syrie et la misère de millions de réfugiés syriens, mais menace de provoquer un conflit avec la Russie, le principal soutien du régime Assad.

Les travailleurs de Fiat Chrysler mettent en échec l’accord promu par l’UAW

Par Jerry White, 29 septembre 2015

Les travailleurs de la plupart des usines américaines du constructeur automobile ont déjà voté « non » sur un accord traître qui attaquera les emplois, les salaires et l’assurance maladie.

La SNCF coupable de discrimination envers les travailleurs marocains

Par Pierre Mabut, 29 septembre 2015

Le jugement contre la SNCF pourrait avoir de vastes ramifications dans le reste de l'industrie française, où la discrimination prospère depuis des années.

Le Bloc Québécois fait l'éloge du Canada dans la guerre au Moyen-Orient

Par Keith Jones, 29 septembre 2015

En pleine campagne pour les élections fédérales du 19 octobre, le Bloc Québécois clame son appui pour le rôle de premier plan que joue le Canada dans la guerre des États-Unis au Moyen-Orient.

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Kriegswolken über der UN-Generalversammlung

Von Nick Beams, 29. September 2015

Wachsende geopolitische Spannungen zwischen den Großmächten beherrschen die Vollversammlung der Vereinten Nationen.

VW-Skandal: Bundesregierung und EU-Kommission sind mitverantwortlich

Von Peter Schwarz, 29. September 2015

Die Führung von VW, die Bundesregierung und die EU-Kommission wussten seit Jahren über die Manipulation von Abgaswerten Bescheid, ohne dagegen einzuschreiten.

Gauck macht im Mainzer Dom Stimmung gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Johannes Stern, 29. September 2015

Es war schwer zu sagen, was abstoßender ist: die dumpfe Hetze eines Seehofer oder Orbán oder die moralisierenden Predigten des amtierenden Bundespräsidenten.

CSU hofiert ungarischen Premier Orbán

Von Markus Salzmann, 29. September 2015

Mit der Einladung Orbáns bemüht sich die CSU, ausländerfeindliche Stimmungen zu schüren und die Politik der Bundesregierung weiter nach rechts zu rücken.

Labour-Parteitag unter Corbyns Führung beginnt

Von Chris Marsden, 29. September 2015

Auf dem Parteitag wird über die Abschaffung des Trident-Raketensystems weder diskutiert noch abgestimmt. Die großen Gewerkschaften haben klargestellt, dass sie jede Diskussion darüber ablehnen.

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Perspective

Obama at the United Nations
Washington prepares heightened aggression against Damascus and Moscow

29 September 2015

It would be a dangerous mistake to believe that Washington’s decision to seek talks with Russia and Iran means the US is backing off from the use of military violence.

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Autoworkers Struggles

A revealing clash between Toledo Jeep workers and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell

By Jerry White, 29 September 2015

Jewell, the chief architect of the Fiat-Chrysler sellout deal, was confronted by angry Jeep workers Sunday.

“Conditions are verging on an explosion”
Bowling Green, Kentucky autoworker speaks out

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2015

Video: Fiat Chrysler workers speak out against UAW sellout contract

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 23 September 2015

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

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Science

Strong evidence for liquid water flows on present-day Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 29 September 2015

The dark streaks observed on Mars are most likely salt deposits left behind from liquid water flows across the Martian surface.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 September 2015

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Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2,200 steelworkers enters seventh week

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 26 September 2015

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Commentary

War clouds loom over UN General Assembly

By Nick Beams, 28 September 2015

German federal and state governments agree on hardline approach to refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015

Agonising suicide in Australian refugee detention centre

By Max Newman, 28 September 2015

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France launches bombing campaign in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2015

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Behind the resignation of US House Speaker Boehner

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2015

US coal giant seeks to eliminate health care for retirees

By Samuel Davidson, 28 September 2015

Canada’s parties united in urging military spending hike

The Pope in America

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part one
The physical and emotional toll that capitalist society takes

By David Walsh, 26 September 2015

99 Homes’ director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system”

2016 US Elections

Scott Walker quits Republican presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2015

Political lessons of the battle of Wisconsin

More bigotry from Republican presidential candidates

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2015

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

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

25 years ago: East and West Germany reunified

October 3, 1990 marked the official proclamation of a united Germany, based on the dissolution of the Stalinist-ruled German Democratic Republic into the Federal Republic of Germany.

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50 years ago: Military coup sets stage for Indonesia bloodbath

On October 1, 1965, military officers staged a coup attempt against President Sukarno of Indonesia.

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75 years ago: Nazi decree establishes Warsaw Ghetto

On October 2, 1940, a decree signed by the German Governor General Hans Frank established a Jewish ghetto in Polish capital, Warsaw.

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100 years ago: Bulgaria enters World War I

On October 4, 1915, Bulgaria formally entered World War I on the side of the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary.

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