Kansas City GM workers first to vote against UAW sellout deal

By Jerry White, 2 November 2015

Workers at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant voted by a two-to-one margin to reject the UAW-backed agreement with the giant automaker.

Unifor union in Canada hails UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout contract in US

By Carl Bronski, 2 November 2015

Officials are claiming that the contract pushed through at Fiat Chrysler, and a tentative agreement at General Motors, validate “grow-in” concessions contracts forced on Canadian workers.

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

Opposition mounts as GM vote begins

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Erdoğan’s AKP wins surprise fourth term amid escalating violence in Turkey

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 2 November 2015

The elections took place amid political turmoil triggered by the war in neighboring Syria and fighting between the Turkish government and the Kurdish minority.

The class issues in the Turkish elections

International airlines avoid Egypt’s Sinai after 224 die in Russian passenger jet crash

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2015

Russian investigators have so far concluded that the plane broke apart in midair over the restive peninsula.

Leaders of Japan, China and South Korea meet in Seoul

By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2015

The lack of any reference by China to maritime disputes or Japan’s whitewashing of the crimes of its military in the 1930s and 1940s was a significant concession to Tokyo.

Nepal turns to China for fuel to counter Indian blockade

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 2 November 2015

The conflict engulfing the small Himalayan state is another illustration of the sharp geo-political tensions building up across Asia.

Berlin Senate seeks to cover its tracks after murder of refugee child

By Ute Reissner, 2 November 2015

The Berlin city administration’s abominable treatment of refugees was instrumental in creating the circumstances under which the gruesome murder of four-year-old Mohamed Januzi took place.

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

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

Benedict Cumberbatch condemns UK government’s inhumane refugee policy

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2015

Cumberbatch has regularly appealed for donations for Syrian children after performances to Barbican audiences.

Two more refugees commit suicide in Australia

By Max Newman, 2 November 2015

The Australian government’s responsibility for the suicides is underscored by the treatment of Khodayar Amini, who set himself alight last month.

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Report documents pervasive use of excessive force by US Border Patrol agents

By Marc Wells, 2 November 2015

A recent report exposed hundreds of instances where Taser guns were used by US border agents to terrorize, injure and kill immigrants.

Notes on police violence in America
Judge dismisses manslaughter charges against Texas officer citing position as a federal agent

By Evan Blake, 2 November 2015

Employing the rarely used Supremacy Clause to whitewash a brutal police killing, federal judge Lee Yeakel demonstrated the lengths to which the state will go to shield killer cops.

FBI Director James Comey’s apology for police murder

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New York City school bus workers authorize strike action

By Daniel de Vries, 2 November 2015

While workers are determined to resist the assault on their wages and benefits, the unions are working to prevent opposition from developing into a political conflict with the Democratic Party.

Deutsche Bank to cut up to 35,000 jobs

By Marianne Arens, 2 November 2015

The Ver.di trade union is cooperating with the Deutsche Bank management to lay off tens of thousands of workers.

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

Social crisis dominates municipal elections in Ukraine

By Markus Salzmann, 2 November 2015

Nearly 21 months after the coup that overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych the country is in social and economic free-fall.

Fraud, cancellations, mass abstention mark Ukrainian local elections

Alberta NDP’s maiden budget wins praise from big business

By Roger Jordan, 2 November 2015

Commentators have noted the similarity between the Alberta NDP’s infrastructure investment program and that advocated by Canada’s incoming big business Liberal government.

New in Turkish

Çin’in ekonomik yavaşlamasının küresel önemi

Nick Beams, 2 Kasım 2015

Çin’in, ülke ekonomisinde 2008-2009 küresel mali krizinden bu yana gerçekleşen en yavaş hızda büyümeyi gören en son gayri safi yurtiçi hasıla rakamlarının önemi, bizzat sayılardan çok, bir bütün olarak küresel ekonomi için ifade ettikleri anlamda yatmaktadır.

Çin ekonomisi yavaşlamaya devam ediyor

Nick Beams, 2 Kasım 2015

Çin, 2009 yılının başlarındaki küresel mali krizin hemen ardından bu yana, yılın üçüncü çeyreğinde yüzde 6,9 gelen gayri safi yurtiçi hasıla artışıyla, en düşük büyüme oranını kaydetti.

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Le Parlement européen vote une résolution non contraignante pour protéger Edward Snowden

Par Alex Lantier, 2 novembre 2015

Bien que saluant cyniquement le soutien de masse à la révélation de la criminalité d'Etat par Snowden, l'UE ne lui offre aucune protection contre la persécution par les États-Unis et les agences européennes d'espionnage.

Le tribunal de l’ONU va statuer sur le différend juridique en mer de Chine méridionale

Par Joseph Santolan, 2 novembre 2015

La décision du tribunal est un coup dur pour la Chine et renforce la propagande de Washington, qui l’utilisera comme feuille de vigne pour intensifier sa politique belliciste.

Le virage à droite en Pologne et la crise de l’UE

Par Peter Schwarz, 2 novembre 2015

L’Union européenne, vantée par l’establishment politique comme l’incarnation de l’unité, de la paix et de la prospérité européennes, s’avère de plus en plus être un foyer de nationalisme, d’inégalité, de dictature et de guerre.

L’ex-président français Sarkozy s'est rendu à Moscou pour proposer des liens plus étroits avec la Russie

Par Stéphane Hugues, 2 novembre 2015

Sarkozy a rencontré Poutine mercredi pour discuter des moyens de mettre fin à la crise ukrainienne et de mener une action conjointe avec la Russie en Syrie.

Premières journées de grève tournante dans le secteur public québécois

Par Nos reporters, 2 novembre 2015

Depuis le début du conflit, les syndicats du Front commun tentent d'étouffer la lutte pour la défense des services publics.

Entrevues avec des travailleurs en grève

Par Nos reporters, 2 novembre 2015

Des reporters du World Socialist Web Site se sont entretenus avec des travailleurs de la grande région de Montréal lors des journées de débrayage des 28 et 29 octobre dernier.

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Perspective

The elevation of Paul Ryan as US House speaker

2 November 2015

Ryan’s political views, once considered so extreme that even most Republicans were reluctant to cast votes for his budget plans, are now presented as “mainstream” or even “moderate.”

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Commentary

Obama legal team drew up secret bin Laden assassination memos

By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2015

Following the pattern of the Bush administration’s torture memos, the Obama administration organized a secretive legal team to craft ad hoc loopholes enabling the White House to legitimize flagrantly illegal covert operations.

Socialist Alternative proposes electoral alliance with Seattle Democrats

By Eric London, 31 October 2015

UN Tribunal to adjudicate South China Sea legal dispute

By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015

Internal tensions mount despite facade of Chinese leadership unity

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Obama orders Special Forces troops into Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2015

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US-Pakistan summit fails to paper over growing strategic rift

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 31 October 2015

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

UK: Jeremy Corbyn and unions demand turn to economic protectionism

Arts Review

Steve Jobs fails to transcend conventional mythologizing

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2015

Based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, the film presents its title character as a clairvoyant and brilliant business leader with significant character flaws.

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

Workers Struggles

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal step up attack
USW isolates and divides steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2015

The union representing steelworkers at US Steel, ArcelorMittal, Cliffs Natural Resources, Allegheny Technologies and Sherwin Alumina is working to divide, isolate and ultimately betray those workers.

Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers in US enters 12th week

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2015

The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. has entered its 12th week and has now become longer than the 69-day strike against the company in 1994.

25 years ago: Wall Street economists admit recession

On November 2, 1990, the US Department of Labor reported that the US economy lost a total of 68,000 jobs in October, the biggest monthly decline since the 1981-82 slump.

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50 years ago: SWP splits New York antiwar committee

On November 6, 1965, the New York Committee to End the War in Vietnam was disbanded after supporters of the Socialist Workers Party insisted that the coalition limit itself to “minimum slogans.”

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75 years ago: Italian forces suffer debacle in Greece

During this week in November 1940, the invading Italian forces of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini suffered a resounding military defeat at the battle of Elaia-Kalamas.

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100 years ago: Greek government crisis

On November 7, 1915, Greek Prime Minister Alexandros Zaimis resigned after just one month in office after failing to receive a vote of confidence from the parliament.

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75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 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

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NHS Fightback

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

By Tom Pearce, 31 October 2015

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

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