NATO reveals plan for deploying 4,000 troops on Russia’s borders

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2015

The proposed escalation of the US-led encirclement of Russia heightens the threat of a military confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear-armed powers.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

Chinese military warns against continued US operations in South China Sea

By Nick Beams, 30 October 2015

Pressure is set to intensify on Australia to take a direct part in the US naval operations.

US military cabal organised South China Sea provocation

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

Dozens of refugees drown in the Aegean Sea as Fortress Europe is expanded

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 October 2015

Upwards of 50 refugees died on Wednesday in several boating accidents while making the journey from the Turkish coast to the nearby Greek Aegean islands.

German intelligence agencies criticise government’s refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015

The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.

Dangerous developments in Germany

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

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“They are crooks, every one of them are crooks.”
Michigan GM workers denounce UAW sellout deal

By Jerry White, 30 October 2015

Workers at GM’s massive Delta Township Assembly Plant near Lansing, Michigan are angered over the new agreement, which maintains the hated two-tier wage and benefit system.

Opposition to UAW-GM sellout mounts as details surface

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

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The third Republican debate: The myth of “big government”

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2015

The debate was dominated by demands for an end to all government regulation of big business and the destruction of social programs like Medicare and Social Security.

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Florida leads nation in blocking unemployment claims

By Matthew Taylor, 30 October 2015

A new report shows that workers in Florida increasingly face unprecedented challenges in filing unemployment claims, preventing a growing number from gaining access to payments.

UK: Jeremy Corbyn and unions demand turn to economic protectionism

By Julie Hyland, 30 October 2015

Through their protectionist policies, the Labour and trade union bureaucracy and their allies are working to divide workers and prevent a unified class struggle against the profit system.

Switzerland after the National Council elections

By Max Schneider, 30 October 2015

The Swiss parliamentary elections on October 18 initiated a shift to the right in government policy that will be carried out at the expense of the working population.

French state quashes discussion of safety issues after 43 die in bus crash

By Stéphane Hugues, 30 October 2015

The Socialist Party government has been at pains to stamp out any suggestion that the accident could be linked to its liberalisation agenda.

Australian unions peddle anti-Chinese chauvinism as they enforce job destruction

By Mike Head, 30 October 2015

The union campaign seeks to blame Chinese workers, and Chinese companies, for the growing unemployment in Australia.

Sri Lankan government boosts spending on security forces

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 October 2015

President Sirisena’s government is preparing an austerity budget that will make deep inroads into working-class living standards.

New in Turkish

Washington’ın Güney Çin Denizi provokasyonu ve III. Dünya Savaşı hayaleti

Peter Symonds, 30 Ekim 2015

ABD savaş gemisinin dün Çin’in hak iddia ettiği Güney Çin Denizi’ndeki 12 deniz millik alanını ihlal etmesi, iki nükleer silahlı güç arasında çok daha geniş bir çatışmayı tetikleme tehlikesi oluşturan kasıtlı ve pervasız bir provokasyondur.

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Une évolution dangereuse en Allemagne

Par Johannes Stern, 30 octobre 2015

Des efforts renouvelés ont été entrepris ces dernières semaines pour se servir de la crise des réfugiés dans la construction et la légitimation des forces d’extrême-droite en Allemagne.

La police prend d’assaut les médias de l’opposition turque à l’approche de l’élection de dimanche

Par Alex Lantier, 30 octobre 2015

Miné par sa participation à la guerre menée par les États-Unis en Syrie et face à une éventuelle défaite dimanche, le gouvernement turc veut à tout prix réduire au silence les médias d’opposition.

L'opposition monte contre le contrat au rabais de l'UAW-GM

Par Jerry White, 30 octobre 2015

Le contrat UAW-GM, comme celui de Fiat Chrysler avant, vise la création d'une échelle permanente de bas salaires dans toute l'industrie automobile.

New in German

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

The mergers boom, the financial oligarchy and imperialism

30 October 2015

The rapid growth of mergers and acquisitions is an expression not of economic vitality, but of the rot and parasitism at the heart of global capitalism.

Earlier Perspectives »

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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News Feature

Railroads lay off hundreds and close routes in Appalachia

By Jeff Lusanne, 29 October 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

Vote “no” on UAW-GM sellout contract!
Workers have the right to study the deal!

29 October 2015

The United Auto Workers is seeking to give autoworkers as little as two days to study a new-four year deal announced Wednesday, modeled off the sell-out agreement pushed through at Fiat Chrysler.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2015

Lordstown GM worker speaks on UAW-GM contract

30 October 2015

A veteran GM worker detailed her opposition to the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.

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

28 October 2015

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Arts Review

F.W. Murnau’s classic, groundbreaking Nosferatu in US theaters …
… and two poor, new films (Beasts of No Nation, Rock the Kasbah)

By Joanne Laurier, 30 October 2015

Several movie theaters in the US are currently screening F.W. Murnau’s classic silent film, Nosferatu (1922). We also look briefly at Rock the Kasbah and Beasts of No Nation.

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

Actress Maureen O’Hara dead at 95

NHS Fightback

Britain: Government’s general practitioner surgeries plan paves way for further privatisation

By Ben Trent, 30 October 2015

New GP “super-practices” will be given more autonomy, making them more attractive for prospective private companies.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 October 2015

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

Commentary

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

By Alex Lantier, 29 October 2015

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

More on the war in Syria and Iraq »

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

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

By David Brown, 29 October 2015

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

By Barry Grey, 29 October 2015

Canada’s NDP rallies behind Mulcair after election debacle

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 October 2015

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

By Peter Schwarz, 29 October 2015

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

By K. Ratnayake, 29 October 2015

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

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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