As temperatures drop, thousands of refugees left stranded on Europe’s borders

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2015

With Serbia, Croatia, Austria and other countries moving to seal their borders, refugees have been left to brave the elements without shelter or warm clothes.

Neo-Nazi attacks mayoral candidate in Cologne

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2015

All of the establishment political parties in Germany bear responsibility for the climate of hate that forms the background to the attack.

Eight refugees killed by European border guards

Refugees arriving in German capital face disastrous conditions

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Canada’s Liberals sweep to power on phony anti-austerity vow

By Keith Jones, 20 October 2015

The pro-austerity campaign mounted by the social-democratic NDP and unions enabled the big business Liberals to fraudulently pose as the proponents of “progressive” change.

SEP statement on Canadian election: To oppose war and austerity, workers need their own party

Canada’s elections: “Progressive” bluster, war and reaction

Harper’s “Victims of Communism” monument and the revival of bellicose Canadian nationalism

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“The union uses scare tactics to threaten workers”
Fiat Chrysler workers denounce sell-out contract ahead of second vote

By our reporters, 20 October 2015

The basic aims of the second contract are the same as the first, including a permanent reduction in base pay and benefits by maintaining and expanding the two-tier system.

New details from FCA-UAW contract reveal plan to create casual labor workforce

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Russia summons French ambassador over near-miss in European air space

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2015

Whatever the nationality of the fighter jet that nearly collided with a Russian jetliner near Geneva, it is clear that a serious diplomatic incident occurred.

New York Times renews propaganda campaign against Russia over MH17

Chinese economy continues to slow

By Nick Beams, 20 October 2015

Although China’s third-quarter growth rate was the slowest since 2009, the real state of the economy may be even worse than presented in official figures.

Massive US-Japanese display of naval force

By Peter Symonds, 20 October 2015

The triennial fleet review staged in seas near Tokyo on Sunday was part of the US-led military preparations for new provocations against China.

Anti-immigration party wins election in Switzerland

By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2015

The SVP, directed on a strict right-wing course by multibillionaire Christoph Blocher, exploited fears of job losses by victimising refugees and immigrants.

Contradiction between pro-business policies and leftist rhetoric defines Scottish National Party conference

By Paul Mitchell, 20 October 2015

Aware of the precarious nature of the support for the SNP, the conference was directed towards attempts at maintaining its already damaged anti-austerity image.

Australia: Human rights abuses in Northern Territory juvenile detention centres

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2015

Reports indicate that solitary confinement and other abuses are regularly meted out to incarcerated children, mostly Aboriginal.

Detroit water system layoffs signal pro-corporate transformation

By James Brewer, 20 October 2015

The latest round of layoffs at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department are the outcome of measures imposed last year as a result of the city’s bankruptcy.

Flint workers speak out against lead poisoning of water supply

Pennsylvania budget impasse adversely affects social services, schools

By Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2015

With state funding cut back, some schools and non-profits have had to scale back or fully eliminate programs and lay off workers.

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Le parti travailliste britannique ouvre la voie à une intervention en Syrie

Par Robert Stevens et Chris Marsden, 20 octobre 2015

Le chef nouvellement élu du parti travailliste a donné une victoire aux éléments explicitement pro-guerre de son parti, sans combattre.

Soutien militaire américain accru au moment où Israël intensifie ses attaques contre les Palestiniens

Par Jean Shaoul, 20 octobre 2015

La promesse américaine d'une aide militaire accrue survient au moment où la répression des Palestiniens par l'Etat sioniste devient de plus en plus brutale tant dans les territoires occupés qu’ en Israël même.

L'élite dirigeante canadienne penche pour un gouvernement libéral

Par Roger Jordan, 20 octobre 2015

Trudeau a fait un appel bien calibré au mécontentement populaire sur les inégalités sociales, tout en indiquant qu’un gouvernement libéral appliquera impitoyablement le programme de la grande entreprise.

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Perspective

The significance of the Fiat Chrysler workers’ fight

20 October 2015

The new contract agreed to by the UAW is a deal between two business entities to restructure Fiat Chrysler’s global operations and divvy up the profits obtained through the intensified exploitation of the workers.

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Autoworkers Struggles

Vote “no” on second UAW-FCA sellout contract! Build rank-and-file action committees in every plant!

20 October 2015

The WSWS urges workers to download this statement, distribute it to fellow workers and post it on social media.

Autoworkers’ struggle at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 14 October 2015

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75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

David North to speak at public meetings in US: Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky

16 September 2015

At meetings marking 75 years since Trotsky’s assassination, North will speak on the significance of Trotsky’s murder at the hands of the Stalinist GPU and the origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

Why and how the GPU murdered Leon Trotsky
Online interviews with David North
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Arts Review

Coming Home: A small, sincere film about big, complex times

By David Walsh, 20 October 2015

In the late 1970s, after two decades in a remote “rehabilitation camp,” a Chinese political prisoner returns to his long-suffering wife, who does not recognize him.

Sicario: A Zero Dark Thirty for the “war on drugs”?

By Joanne Laurier, 15 October 2015

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part Five
Eight films from Africa, the Middle East, China, Latin America and Eastern Europe: Contemporary social realism

Commentary

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 19 October 2015

French airstrike on Syria was targeted killing of a French citizen

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US military chief pledges increased support as Israel steps up attacks on Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 19 October 2015

German Army plans combat mission in Mali

By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2015

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2015

Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

Right-wing academic Jörg Baberowski agitates against refugees at Christian Social Union event in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 17 October 2015

Scholarship not war propaganda at Humboldt University!

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Syriza launches drastic attack on pensions under terms of EU bailout of Greece

Army chief warns that Brazil’s crisis is threat to “stability”

The 2016 US Elections

Bernie Sanders endorses Obama’s decision to keep troops in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2015

Bernie Sanders backs the prosecution of Edward Snowden

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and socialism

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 October 2015

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

25 years ago: Economic crisis over Gulf War provokes strikes

On October 24, 1990, over 1,000 riot police were mobilized to force the reopening of the key Basque crossing point into France after the blockading of border crossings to both France and Portugal by striking Spanish independent truckers.

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50 years ago: Klansman acquitted in Liuzzo murder

On October 22, 1965, an all-white jury in Haynesville, Alabama acquitted Leroy Wilkins, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, in the murder of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo.

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75 years ago: Lewis denounces Roosevelt, endorses Willkie

On October 25, 1940, John L. Lewis, head of the United Mine Workers and president of the CIO, denounced Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt for being prowar and antilabor in a nationwide radio broadcast.

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100 years ago: Italy and Russia declare war on Bulgaria

On October 19, 1915, Italy and Russia declared war on Bulgaria, following the latter’s attack on Serbia.

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