Obama orders Special Forces troops into Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2015

Repudiating his repeated rejection of “boots on the ground,” Obama is sending in troops not to fight terrorism, but to counter Russia.

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

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UN Tribunal to adjudicate South China Sea legal dispute

By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015

The tribunal’s ruling is a blow to China and strengthens the propaganda of Washington, which will use it to provide a legal fig leaf to escalate its war-mongering.

Chinese military warns against continued US operations in South China Sea

Internal tensions mount despite facade of Chinese leadership unity

By Peter Symonds, 31 October 2015

The Chinese Communist Party plenum this week occurred amid a continuing economic slowdown and Tuesday’s provocative US incursion in the South China Sea.

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

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Chevron to lay off 7,000 workers
Mass layoffs in US point to deepening slump

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2015

Friday's announcement by Chevron was in response to the continuing slump in oil prices, due in large part to falling demand.

The mergers boom, the financial oligarchy and imperialism

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

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

GM Components Holding workers: The “third tier” in the GM-UAW contract

By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2015

The parts workers at GMCH, who will receive even lower wages than second-tier workers elsewhere in GM, are intended to serve as a model for workers throughout the company.

Opposition mounts as GM vote begins

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2015

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

Opposition to UAW-GM sellout mounts as details surface

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Berlin: Bureaucratic treatment of refugees leads to death of 4-year-old

By Ludwig Weller and Ute Reissner, 31 October 2015

While the exact circumstances behind the murder of Mohamed remain unclear, the conditions leading to this tragedy were the result of a chain of bureaucratic harassment.

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

German intelligence agencies criticise government’s refugee policy

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EU Parliament votes nonbinding resolution to protect Edward Snowden

By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2015

While cynically bowing to mass support for Snowden’s exposure of state criminality, the EU offers him no protection from persecution by US and European spy agencies.

Poland will not extradite Roman Polanski to the US

By Dorota Niemitz, 31 October 2015

American authorities sought Polanski’s deportation to the US during the director’s visit to attend the opening ceremony of the museum on the history of Polish Jews in October 2014.

Polish court delays decision in Polanski extradition case

US judge orders release of Guantanamo torture videos

By Tom Carter, 31 October 2015

A federal district judge rejected the Obama administration’s latest attempt to block the disclosure of videos that depict beatings and force-feeding at the torture camp.

Former French President Sarkozy in Moscow proposes closer ties to Russia

By Stéphane Hugues, 31 October 2015

Sarkozy met with Putin on Wednesday to discuss ways to end the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions on Russia, and forge a joint coalition with Russia in Syria.

Royal Marines stage protest in London to defend war criminal

By Robert Stevens, 31 October 2015

Wednesday’s protest was in support of Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who was found guilty of the murder of an injured Afghan prisoner of war in November 2013.

More austerity for Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2015

While the US congress considers bankruptcy for Puerto Rico, legislators in the Caribbean island are stepping up austerity measures.

US-Pakistan summit fails to paper over growing strategic rift

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 31 October 2015

Pakistani authorities have issued increasingly alarmed warnings that the US has upset the balance of power in South Asia through its military-strategic embrace of India.

Sri Lankan plantation companies to tear up workers’ rights

By W.A. Sunil, 31 October 2015

The proposed “revenue sharing” wage formula is a major attack on the already low incomes, jobs and working conditions of plantation workers.

New in Turkish

Türkiye’deki seçime ilişkin sınıfsal konular

Halil Çelik ve Peter Schwarz, 31 Ekim 2015

Erdoğan, iktidarı kontrolü altında tutmaya yönelik çaresiz bir girişimle, Türkiye’yi iç savaşın eşiğine getirecek şekilde Kürtlere karşı savaşı yeniden başlattı, Suriye’deki askeri müdahaleyi arttırdı ve diktatörce önlemlere başvurdu.

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L’OTAN divulgue un projet de déploiement de 4.000 soldats aux frontières russes

Par Bill Van Auken, 31 octobre 2015

L’escalade envisagée dans l’encerclement de la Russie par les Etats-Unis accroît le danger d’une confrontation militaire entre les deux principales puissances nucléaires du monde.

Le boom des fusions, l'oligarchie financière et l'impérialisme

Par Andre Damon, 31 octobre 2015

L'essor rapide des fusions-acquisitions est une manifestation non pas de vitalité économique mais de pourriture et de parasitisme au cœur du capitalisme mondial.

Québec: pourquoi les syndicats gardent le silence sur la menace d’une loi spéciale

Par Laurent Lafrance, 31 octobre 2015

Les chefs syndicaux prévoient se servir d’une loi spéciale pour justifier une capitulation totale et immédiate.

New in German

Megafusionen, Finanzoligarchie und Imperialismus

Von Andre Damon, 31. Oktober 2015

Die aktuellen Fusionen beweisen nicht etwa wirtschaftliche Stärke und „Dynamik“: Sie sind Ausdruck des Verfalls im Herzen des globalen Kapitalismus.

Nato plant Stationierung von 4.000 Soldaten an der Grenze zu Russland

Von Bill Van Auken, 31. Oktober 2015

Die zunehmende militärische Einkreisung Russlands erhöht die Gefahr einer Konfrontation zwischen den beiden größten Atommächten der Welt.

Parlamentswahl in der Türkei: Die Klassenfragen

Von Halil Celik und Peter Schwarz, 31. Oktober 2015

Die türkische Parlamentswahl vom 1. Oktober findet unter schweren politischen und gesellschaftlichen Erschütterungen statt.

Zum Mord an Mohamed in Berlin
Innensenator Henkel fühlt sich ertappt

Von Ute Reissner, 31. Oktober 2015

Der Innensenator von Berlin versucht das Offensichtliche zu leugnen: Das durch bürokratische Schikanen geschaffene Chaos an der zentralen Aufnahmestelle hat die Entführung des Flüchtlingskinds wesentlich erleichtert.

Deutsche Bank streicht 15.000 Stellen

Von Marianne Arens, 31. Oktober 2015

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi begrüßt die Umbaupläne des Deutsche-Bank-Vorstands, die bis zu 35.000 Stellen gefährden.

VW Hannover: „Alle haben Angst um ihren Arbeitsplatz“

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 31. Oktober 2015

Viele Arbeiter befürchten, dass sie die Zeche zahlen müssen, wenn die Auswirkungen des VW-Abgasskandals greifen.

Portugal: Koalitionsverhandlungen der Sozialisten entfesseln politische Krise

Von Paul Mitchell, 31. Oktober 2015

Angesichts der wachsenden sozialen Wut der arbeitenden Bevölkerung versucht die PS, nach dem Vorbild von Syriza in Griechenland, eine Regierung zu bilden, die den Sparkurs hinter einer „linken“ Fassade verbirgt.

Die Wahl in Argentinien und die Linke Arbeiterfront

Von Rafael Azul, 31. Oktober 2015

Die Linke Arbeiterfront, ein Zusammenschluss von diversen pseudolinken Organisationen, ist eine Falle für die argentinische Arbeiterklasse, ebenso wie Syriza für die griechische.

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Perspective

FBI Director James Comey’s apology for police murder

31 October 2015

The implication of Comey’s argument is that those who expose police brutality serve to promote violent crime and should be suppressed.

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Commentary

The class issues in the Turkish elections

By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 31 October 2015

Under the impact of the global economic crisis and the Syrian civil war, bourgeois rule in Turkey is in deep crisis in the run-up to elections on November 1.

Socialist Alternative proposes electoral alliance with Seattle Democrats

By Eric London, 31 October 2015

The pseudo-left group says that the election of a slate of Democrats to the Seattle City Council “would be a big step forward.”

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

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2015

UK: Jeremy Corbyn and unions demand turn to economic protectionism

By Julie Hyland, 30 October 2015

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

By Alex Lantier, 29 October 2015

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

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

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

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

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

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

28 October 2015

More on autoworkers struggles »

NHS Fightback

UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital placed in “special measures” over quality concerns

By Tom Pearce, 31 October 2015

Addenbrooke’s dire situation is symptomatic of a financial crisis across the NHS, with two-thirds of trusts predicting a deficit this year.

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

By Ben Trent, 30 October 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

31 October 2015

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

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

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

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2015

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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