NATO begins dress rehearsal for Europe-wide war

By Thomas Gaist, 21 October 2015

The exercises include training scenarios developed in response to the conflict with Russia over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including ballistic missile warfare, hybrid war, and rapid mobilization of NATO’s high-readiness forces.

NATO vows biggest buildup against Russia since Cold War

US, NATO step up threats to Russia over Syria

Fiat Chrysler workers vote as UAW and media push second sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2015

Despite a coordinated campaign by the company, media and the UAW, there is widespread opposition to the contract among FCA workers throughout the country.

The significance of the Fiat Chrysler workers’ fight

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Canada’s incoming Liberals will pursue austerity and war

By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2015

Trudeau’s government will use “progressive” rhetoric and cosmetic changes to repackage big business’s agenda of attacks on workers rights and imperialist aggression.

“Team Trudeau”: Tried and trusted representatives of big business

By our reporter, 21 October 2015

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

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Israel: Racist mob lynches migrant as violence intensifies

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2015

Ultra-nationalist Jewish politicians have encouraged the mobilisation of vigilante groups and fascistic mobs that go on the rampage while the police stand and watch.

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

Demonstrators condemn brutal treatment of refugees in Berlin, Germany

By our correspondents, 21 October 2015

About a thousand people demonstrated Saturday against the Berlin city government’s failure to provide even the most rudimentary social assistance to refugees.

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

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UK woos China during Xi visit

By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015

The key announcement from the Chinese President’s visit is that London has been chosen as the first overseas financial centre for a sovereign debt market in Chinese renminbi.

Thousands of job losses in UK steel industry

By Danny Richardson and Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015

The main steel unions have repeated their customary pro-business objections, centring on condemning cheap steel imports from China and high taxes on UK steel manufacturers.

US, South Korean leaders hold summit

By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2015

The US is seeking to apply pressure to South Korea to pursue an agenda more in line with Washington’s “pivot to Asia” against China.

Congressional deal unlikely to avert Medicare premium spikes

By Kate Randall, 21 October 2015

A freeze in Social Security benefits for 65 million Americans in 2016 means that 8 million people will also see their Medicare premiums spike by 52 percent.

Kentucky row house fire kills five, including three children

By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015

On October 20, fire engulfed a section of 175-year-old row houses in Maysville, Kentucky, killing a mother, her three children and an elderly neighbor.

Amidst mass coal mine layoffs, West Virginia takes blunt ax to budget

By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015

With coal tax revenue “in free fall,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin abruptly enacted $100 million in budget cuts by executive order.

“I feel like it’s the days of peasants and lords—and we’re the peasants.”
US grocery workers speak out against store closures

By Jake Dean and Norisa Diaz, 21 October 2015

The grocery chain Haggen announced plans to close all of its locations in California, Nevada and Arizona, laying off at least 8,000 workers.

Haiti: UN Security Council votes to extend by a year its military presence

By John Marion, 21 October 2015

While claiming to promote “security” and fight gangs, the UN and Washington are worried about public unrest during the upcoming elections.

Mining giant Glencore cuts global output and jobs

By Terry Cook, 21 October 2015

In a bid to reduce debt, the Anglo-Swiss giant will slash production throughout its zinc, copper and coal mines.

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Victoire écrasante du Parti libéral du Canada grâce à une posture anti-austérité

Par Keith Jones, 21 octobre 2015

La campagne pro-austérité du NPD et des syndicats a permis au Parti libéral, un parti de la grande entreprise, de se faire passer pour un agent «progressiste» du changement.

La signification de la lutte des travailleurs de Fiat Chrysler

Par Jerry White, 21 octobre 2015

Le nouveau contrat accepté par l'UAW est un accord passé entre deux entités d'affaires en vue de restructurer la production de Fiat-Chrysler au plan mondial et de se partager les profits obtenus par une exploitation intensifiée des travailleurs.

La Russie convoque l’ambassadeur français au sujet d’un accident aérien évité de justesse

Par Alex Lantier, 21 octobre 2015

Quelle que soit la nationalité de l’avion de chasse étant presque entré en collision avec un avion de ligne russe près de Genève, il est clair qu’ un grave incident diplomatique s’est produit.

Allemagne: attentat néo-nazi contre la candidate à la mairie de Cologne

Par Peter Schwarz, 21 octobre 2015

C’est l’ensemble des partis traditionnels allemands qui porte la responsabilité du climat de haine qui forme le contexte de cette attaque.

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Flüchtlingskrise, Krieg und Sozialismus

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Oktober 2015

Mit den Flüchtlingen, die versuchen, der Hölle im Mittleren Osten zu entrinnen, ist die Realität des Krieges auch im Zentrum Europas angelangt.

Merkels schmutziger Deal mit der türkischen Regierung

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 21. Oktober 2015

Die Türkei soll zur Pufferzone für Bürgerkriegsflüchtlinge aus Syrien und Irak und die Regierung in Ankara zum obersten Grenzschützer der EU gemacht werden.

Pegida und die staatlichen Initiativen zum Aufbau einer rechtsextremen Bewegung

Von Christoph Dreier, 21. Oktober 2015

Die selbsternannten „Patriotischen Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes“ wurden systematisch vom Staatsapparat und den Medien aufgebaut. Angesichts wachsender Hetze von Politik und Medien gegen Flüchtlinge fühlen sie sich gestärkt.

Obama unterstützt Israels Vorgehen in Jerusalem

Von Patrick Martin, 21. Oktober 2015

Israelische Sicherheitskräfte haben seit dem 1. Oktober 37 Palästinenser getötet. Die meisten davon waren Jugendliche, die erschossen wurden, weil sie Steine auf israelische Polizisten und Soldaten geworfen hatten.

Die Bedeutung des Kampfes der Arbeiter bei Fiat Chrysler in den USA

Von Jerry White, 21. Oktober 2015

Der neue Tarifvertrag, dem die UAW zugestimmt hat, dient der Profitmaximierung auf Kosten der Arbeiter.

Eine Antwort auf die antikommunistische Hetze der AFL-CIO

Von Eric London, 21. Oktober 2015

Weil der Einfluss der WSWS unter den amerikanischen Autoarbeitern ständig zunimmt, sah sich die Gewerkschaft UAW zu einem verzweifelten Angriff gezwungen.

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Perspective

The refugee crisis, war and socialism

21 October 2015

With the influx of refugees seeking to escape the living hell created by imperialism in the Middle East, the reality of war has arrived in the centre of Europe.

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75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

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

21 October 2015

A public meeting in London on Sunday November 22 has been added to a series of US meetings that will review 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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Commentary

Pseudo-lefts back Washington hardliners on Syria and Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2015

The International Socialist Organization has weighed in on the Syria policy dispute in Washington, backing the most bellicose factions within the US state.

Neo-Nazi attacks mayoral candidate in Cologne

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2015

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

German Army plans combat mission in Mali

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

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

Autoworkers Struggles

Letter from Ohio GM worker on UAW betrayal of Kmart struggle

21 October 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter received the following letter from a worker at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly plant about the struggle of Kmart workers.

Tennessee GM autoworker expresses solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers

By our reporter, 21 October 2015

An autoworker at GM's Spring Hill plant expressed solidarity with Fiat-Chrysler workers, opposed the UAW’s second sellout deal and described conditions in the Tennessee plant.

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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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

Suburban Chicago teachers conduct seven-day strike

By Christopher Davion, 21 October 2015

McHenry High School District 156 teachers returned to work October 13 after being pressured to agree to a deal that includes two years without any base salary increase.

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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Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 20 October 2015

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