Pentagon preparing for new ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 28 October 2015

Defense Secretary Carter said the US would step up ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria even as Turkey announced air strikes against US-backed Kurdish militias.

US signals military escalation in Iraq and Syria

Pseudo-lefts back Washington hardliners on Syria and Russia

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Tensions soar internationally following US deployment in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 October 2015

The reckless calculation in Washington is that the Chinese regime’s diplomatic and military response to its provocative actions are nothing more than rhetoric.

US launches South China Sea military provocation against China

Obama reaches right-wing budget, debt deal with Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2015

The bipartisan agreement favors the Pentagon and includes new cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security disability benefits.

UAW prepares snap vote as local union officials meet to rubber stamp GM sellout

By Shannon Jones, 28 October 2015

The UAW is moving to wrap up ratification of its sellout agreement with GM before workers can study the deal and mobilize opposition to it.

The tale of two tax returns: 1988 and 2010
Letter from a GM Lordstown worker

28 October 2015

Ford third-quarter profits double

After the Fiat-Chrysler ratification: The way forward for autoworkers

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Berlin security guards assault refugees

By Christoph Dreier and Franci Vier, 28 October 2015

Video shows guards at a Berlin reception centre overpowering refugees, wrestling them to the ground and punching and kicking them.

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

Hamburg: Social Democrats and Greens promote brutal policy towards refugees

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Right-wing nationalist party wins Polish parliamentary elections

By Clara Weiss, 28 October 2015

The outcome of the Polish election will mean an intensification of national conflicts within the European Union and a continuation of Warsaw’s militarist policy towards Russia.

EU and Syriza prepare mass evictions in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2015

The EU and Syriza are negotiating how to slash protections on eviction, which could lead to hundreds of thousands of Greek families being thrown onto the streets.

French president applauds Syriza’s austerity measures before Greek parliament

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Notes on police violence
No charges for South Carolina police officer who killed Zachary Hammond

By George Gallanis, 28 October 2015

The exoneration of the cop who killed 19-year-old Hammond, who was unarmed, came one day after video showed another South Carolina officer brutally assaulting a high school student.

FBI director says “viral videos” intimidating police in US

By Kate Randall, 28 October 2015

FBI chief Comey attempted to sidestep the inconvenient truth that the cell phone videos he finds so disruptive are catching murderous activity by police across the country.

FBI director admits use of spy planes over Ferguson and Baltimore

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Obama issues hypocritical criticism of standardized testing in US schools

By Jerry White, 28 October 2015

Well aware of popular opposition to relentless testing, the president most identified with expanding this destructive policy has suddenly declared it might not be good for learning.

Argentine election goes to run-off in blow to ruling Peronist faction

By Rafael Azul, 28 October 2015

It is an open secret in Argentina that whoever forms the next government will usher in austerity measures and attacks on wages and jobs.

British government loses vote on cuts to tax credits in House of Lords

By Robert Stevens, 28 October 2015

The cuts to tax credit payments are central to the Tories’ plans to cut welfare spending by an additional £12 billion, as part of their ongoing austerity offensive.

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Накануне выборов в правящем классе Польши раскол по поводу внешней политики

Клара Вайс, 28 октября 2015 г.

Главным пунктом разногласий между двумя ведущими партиями Польши, крайне-правой партией «Право и справедливость» и правящей «Гражданской платформой», является отношение к Германии.

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Provocation militaire des États-Unis contre la Chine en Mer de Chine méridionale

Par Nick Beams, 28 octobre 2015

Le caractère insolent et agressif de l'opération est souligné par le fait qu'elle a été entreprise en l'absence totale d'activité militaire contre les États-Unis de la part de la Chine.

Le sommet UE-Balkans boucle hermétiquement la route des réfugiés

Par Peter Schwarz, 28 octobre 2015

Des gouvernements soi-disant démocratiques ont décidé de renforcer les forces de sécurité, boucler les frontières, ouvrir des camps d’internement et renvoyer des réfugiés démunis et vulnérables vers les zones de guerre qu’ils ont fuies.

L’universitaire de droite Jörg Baberowski fait de l’agitation contre les réfugiés

Par Johannes Stern, 28 octobre 2015

Baberowski s’exprime à présent ouvertement comme une figure politique droitière de premier plan, déterminée à utiliser son poste à l’université Humboldt pour construire un mouvement d’extrême-droite en Allemagne.

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Weltwirtschaft sinkt tiefer in die Rezession

Von Nick Beams, 28. Oktober 2015

Die Weltwirtschaft erholt sich nicht. Eine Notfallmaßnahme folgt auf die andere und die Verantwortlichen für die Wirtschafts- und Geldpolitik wissen nicht, wie sie einen Aufschwung herbeiführen sollen.

Geheimdienste attackieren Flüchtlingspolitik der Regierung

Von Ulrich Rippert, 28. Oktober 2015

Die Welt am Sonntag berichtet über „massiven Widerstand“ gegen die Flüchtlingspolitik der Bundeskanzlerin in Geheimdienstkreisen und Sicherheitsbehörden.

USA provozieren China im Südchinesischen Meer

Von Nick Beams, 28. Oktober 2015

Die Entsendung eines US-Zerstörers in das Südchinesische Meer stellt einen besonders aggressiven Akt dar, denn China hatte keinerlei militärische Aktivität gegen die USA unternommen.

Die Schweiz nach den Nationalratswahlen

Von Max Schneider, 28. Oktober 2015

Die Schweizer Parlamentswahlen vom 18. Oktober leiten einen Rechtsruck der Regierungspolitik ein, der auf Kosten der arbeitenden Bevölkerung gehen wird.

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Perspective

Washington’s South China Sea provocation and the spectre of World War III

28 October 2015

The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.

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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
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Commentary

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 28 October 2015

It was the Labour Party, and not simply Blair, which backed the second war in Iraq, just as it did the first in 1990, and as it did in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs
ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union aligns itself with mayor against teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015

New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2015

WikiLeaks publishes documents from CIA director’s private email account

By Tom Carter, 27 October 2015

Hundreds dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015

Central banks boost stocks as world economy sinks deeper into slump

Republican ultra-right faction backs Ryan as US House leader

Pediatricians group calls for screening all US children for hunger

Arts Review

Actress Maureen O’Hara dead at 95

By Hiram Lee, 28 October 2015

Irish-born actress Maureen O’Hara, star of The Quiet Man and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, died October 24 at the age of 95. She was one of the most compelling actresses of her generation.

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies: An episode from the Cold War

By David Walsh, 24 October 2015

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

The 2016 US Elections

After the Democratic presidential debate
Pseudo-left groups step up promotion of Sanders and the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 24 October 2015

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and socialism

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Clinton testifies before House Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2015

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Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers’ struggle at the crossroads

Tennessee GM autoworker expresses solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers

John Deere workers in US demand recount, full release of contract

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News Feature

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina: Part one
The catastrophe unfolds

By E.P. Bannon, 22 October 2015

Socialist Equality Party

Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, Scholarship or War Propaganda? at Frankfurt Book Fair

By our correspondent, 27 October 2015

Workers Struggles

Postal workers strike in Belgium

By Ross Mitchell, 27 October 2015

Indian trade unions shut down Kerala plantation workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 27 October 2015

25 years ago: Bush sets Iraq invasion timetable

The US State Department confirmed October 31, 1990 that Secretary of State James Baker was leaving on a trip to the Middle East and Europe.

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50 years ago: NLF attack US airfields in South Vietnam

In one of the most devastating attacks yet on US forces in South Vietnam, National Liberation Front fighters destroyed over 20 aircraft in mortar assaults against airfields at Danang and Chulai on October 28, 1965.

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75 years ago: Fascist Italy invades Greece

On October 28, 1940, Italian forces launched an attack on Greece from Albania after Greece refused an ultimatum from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to surrender strategic bases to Italy.

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100 years ago: Cabinet crisis in France

On October 27, 1915, French Prime Minister René Viviani resigned, amid a deepening crisis of his cabinet prompted by mounting difficulties for French imperialism in World War I.

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