Turkish police storm opposition media in run-up to Sunday’s election

By Alex Lantier, 29 October 2015

Undermined by its participation in the US-led war in Syria and facing possible defeat on Sunday, the Turkish government is desperate to silence opposition media.

Opposition to UAW-GM sellout mounts as details surface

By Jerry White, 29 October 2015

The UAW-GM contract, like the Fiat Chrysler deal before it, is aimed at creating a permanently lower wage and benefit scale in the auto industry.

“We are not fools, we will not be bought out”
Autoworkers react to GM-UAW contract details

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2015

The UAW’s announcement of a sellout contract at GM that is based on the Fiat Chrysler deal has quickly provoked widespread anger and opposition.

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

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

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Half of US workers make less than $30,000 per year

By David Brown, 29 October 2015

The decades-long stagnation of wages in the US has left millions of workers unable to start a family or buy a house.

US military cabal organised South China Sea provocation

By Nick Beams, 29 October 2015

The US naval operation was the outcome of months of planning by the Pentagon, accompanied by a build-up of pressure on the Obama administration to authorise it.

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

Tensions soar internationally following US deployment in South China Sea

US mulls deploying Special Forces, attack helicopters as Iran joins Syria talks

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2015

Washington appears to be thrashing about desperately to salvage its regime-change campaign in Syria and maintain its grip over the broader region.

Pentagon preparing for new ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria

Pseudo-lefts back Washington hardliners on Syria and Russia

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US-backed Saudi war coalition shows “complete disregard” for civilian lives, MSF says
Saudi strikes destroy Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2015

The US-backed Saudi war coalition has laid waste to civilian infrastructure across Yemen since launching “Operation Decisive Storm” in March

Yemen: A war crime made in America

Holding rates near zero, Fed keeps option of a hike in December

By Barry Grey, 29 October 2015

The Fed has come under enormous pressure to abandon its stated intention, declared last year, to begin gradually raising interest rates in 2015 for the first time in nine years.

Central banks boost stocks as world economy sinks deeper into slump

Thousands “disappeared” at Chicago Police Homan Square black site

By George Marlowe, 29 October 2015

More than 7,000 people have been detained in the last decade at the Chicago Police Department’s secretive interrogation center.

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

FBI director says “viral videos” intimidating police in US

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Canada’s NDP rallies behind Mulcair after election debacle

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 October 2015

The NDP leadership has reacted to the party’s electoral rout by declaring its full support for the party’s pro-austerity federal leader, Tom Mulcair.

Pseudo-left CUP props up pro-austerity separatist government in Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 29 October 2015

The CUP came to prominence with the backing of various pseudo-left parties that have promoted separatism in Catalonia and the Basque Country for decades.

Irish military was on stand-by during financial crisis in 2011

By Steve James, 29 October 2015

Senior members of the current government have pointed to army preparations following the collapse of Ireland’s banks and the imposition of austerity.

Mounting humanitarian crisis in wake of Pakistan-Afghanistan quake

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015

The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.

Landslide in Guatemala leaves hundreds dead and missing

By Clodomiro Puentes, 29 October 2015

Unexamined in official warnings of impending disaster are the factors that compel impoverished layers of the population to build homes in disaster-prone areas in the first place.

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Fiat Chrysler onayının ardından: Otomotiv işçileri için ileriye giden yol

Joseph Kishore, 29 Ekim 2015

Birleşik Otomotiv İşçileri sendikasının, Fiat Chrysler ile toplu sözleşmenin FCA işçilerinin çoğunluğu tarafından onaylanmış olduğunu ilan etmesi, işçi sınıfı karşıtı şirket- sendika- hükümet komplosuna karşı mücadelenin bir sonraki turuna zemin hazırlamaktadır.

Arjantin genel seçimleri ve İşçilerin Sol Cephesi

Rafael Azul, 29 Ekim 2015

Arjantin’de devlet başkanlığı ve parlamento seçimleri, çöken sosyal güvenlik programı; siyasi, ekonomik ve enflasyonist krizler; artan işsizlik ve temel sağlık ve sosyal yardım kuruluşlarına yönelik beliren bir saldırı ortamında gerçekleşiyor.

New in French

Provocation de Washington en mer de Chine méridionale: le spectre d’une Troisième Guerre mondiale

Par Peter Symonds, 29 octobre 2015

L'entrée du destroyer lance-missiles américain USS Lassen dans les eaux revendiquées par la Chine comporte le danger d'une confrontation militaire entre les deux puissances nucléaires.

Le Pentagone prépare de nouvelles opérations de combat au sol en Irak et en Syrie

Par Thomas Gaist, 29 octobre 2015

Alors que le secrétaire américain à la Défense Carter faisait savoir que les Etats-Unis intensifieraient leurs opérations de combat au sol en Irak et en Syrie, la Turquie annonçait des frappes aériennes contre les milices kurdes soutenues par les Etats-Unis.

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Der Rechtsruck in Polen und die Krise der EU

Von Peter Schwarz, 29. Oktober 2015

Die Europäische Union, lange Zeit als Verkörperung der europäischen Einheit, des Friedens und der Prosperität angepriesen, entpuppt sich als Brutstätte von Nationalismus, Ungleichheit, Diktatur und Krieg.

Deutsch-österreichische Grenze: Bundespolizei zwingt Tausende, im Freien zu übernachten

Von Marianne Arens, 29. Oktober 2015

Während die deutschen Behörden die Flüchtlinge zwingen, die Nacht in der Kälte zu verbringen, kündigt Innenminister de Maizière Tausende Abschiebungen an.

Soziale Krise dominiert Kommunalwahl in der Ukraine

Von Markus Salzmann, 29. Oktober 2015

Eineinhalb Jahre nach dem Putsch in Kiew befindet sich das Land wirtschaftlich und sozial im freien Fall.

Die britische Labour Party und ihre Unterstützung für imperialistische Kriege

Von Chris Marsden, 29. Oktober 2015

Es war nicht nur Tony Blair, sondern die Labour Party als Ganzes unterstützte die Kriege im Irak, Kosovo, Sierra Leone und Afghanistan.

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Perspective

Dangerous developments in Germany

29 October 2015

Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.

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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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News Feature

Railroads lay off hundreds and close routes in Appalachia

By Jeff Lusanne, 29 October 2015

In response to plummeting coal production, two major railroads have suspended operations over century-old routes and laid off hundreds of workers in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

West Virginia counties, school districts make drastic cuts as coal industry contracts

Collapse of West Virginia coal industry spurs growing inequality

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

Autoworkers Struggles

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

28 October 2015

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Arts Review

Hegel: “In their paintings we can study and get to know men and human nature”
Seventeenth-century Dutch paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

By David Walsh, 29 October 2015

The exhibition is not huge, but its 75 paintings from 40 institutions in the US, Canada and Europe, a third of which have not been seen in the US before, were thoughtfully chosen.

Actress Maureen O’Hara dead at 95

By Hiram Lee, 28 October 2015

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

Commentary

The shift to the right in Poland and the crisis of the EU

By Peter Schwarz, 29 October 2015

The European Union, touted by the political establishment as the embodiment of European unity, peace and prosperity, is today a hotbed of nationalism, inequality, dictatorship and war.

Right-wing nationalist party wins Polish parliamentary elections

NSSP leader backs US cover-up of Sri Lankan war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 29 October 2015

At every point, the NSSP has followed in the footsteps of US imperialism, justifying Washington’s actions and giving credence to its bogus “human rights” posturing.

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 28 October 2015

Berlin security guards assault refugees

By Christoph Dreier and Franci Vier, 28 October 2015

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

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EU and Syriza prepare mass evictions in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2015

French president applauds Syriza’s austerity measures before Greek parliament

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Obama issues hypocritical criticism of standardized testing in US schools

By Jerry White, 28 October 2015

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

New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz

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?

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Socialist Equality Party

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

By our correspondent, 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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