US ramps up pressure on Beijing over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2015

The violation of Chinese maritime claims has nothing to do with upholding international law but is part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at subordinating China to US interests.

UN Tribunal to adjudicate South China Sea legal dispute

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

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French President Hollande tours Asia as divisions mount between US and Europe over China

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2015

Hollande’s was the latest in a series of high-level state visits highlighting Europe’s ever-closer relations with China.

Merkel draws a positive balance sheet on her eighth visit to China

Close vote on UAW-GM contract reveals deep discontent

By Shannon Jones, 4 November 2015

Vote results show strong opposition to the GM sellout deal despite an all-out drive by the UAW to secure ratification.

UAW sanctions closure of GM assembly plant in Wisconsin

By George Gallanis, 4 November 2015

UAW using economic blackmail in effort to ram through sellout deal

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

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Parliamentary committee warns Cameron against UK military involvement in Syria

By Julie Hyland, 4 November 2015

Differences within the ruling class over Britain’s strategy in Syria have become even more pronounced since parliament voted against airstrikes in 2013.

Obama orders Special Forces troops into Syria

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German conservative parties call for harsh border controls

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 November 2015

The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union leaderships are calling for sealing the EU’s borders and interning refugees in “transit zones.”

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

Benedict Cumberbatch condemns UK government’s inhumane refugee policy

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Catalan secessionist resolution provokes political crisis in Spain

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2015

As Madrid threatens to crack down on aggressive Catalan-secessionist measures by the ruling parties in Barcelona, what is emerging is a crisis of bourgeois rule in Spain.

Last British prisoner at Guantánamo Bay released

By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2015

Shaker Aamer was released October 30 after 5,017 days in detention.

No details from New York police on X-ray surveillance vans

By Sandy English, 4 November 2015

The NYPD is refusing to release information about the deployment of X-ray vans, which it claims will be used for “counterterrorism” efforts.

FBI Director James Comey’s apology for police murder

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Wages and jobs cut as American Apparel files for bankruptcy

By Adam Mclean, 4 November 2015

American Apparel announced earlier this year that it would be eliminating $30 million in “operating expenses.”

Sri Lankan government calls “all-party conference” to appease communal forces

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 November 2015

The main feature of the gathering was unanimity in seeking to cover up the military’s war crimes.

Australian government trials new “welfare card”

By Susan Allan, 4 November 2015

Once more, Aboriginal people are being used as guinea pigs for measures designed to dismantle welfare entitlements throughout the working class.

New in Russian

Два дня спустя после крушения российского авиалайнера над Синаем все еще нет ясности о причинах трагедии

Томас Гайст, 4 ноября 2015 г.

Утверждения, что лайнер был уничтожен ИГИЛ, остаются ничем не подтвержденными, в то время как российское правительство говорит о возможности технической поломки.

New in French

Chantage économique de l’UAW pour faire passer en force son accord au rabais

Par Jerry White, 4 novembre 2015

Après le rejet de son accord par les travailleurs de General Motors à Kansas City, le syndicat UAW redouble d’efforts pour le faire passer en force

La police israélienne menace des Palestiniens de les gazer « jusqu’à ce qu’ils meurent »

Par Jean Shaoul, 4 novembre 2015

Le gouvernement israélien a introduit des mesures destinées à réprimer et à terroriser les Palestiniens en les privant de leurs droits démocratiques et en les chassant de leurs domiciles.

New in German

Schlechte Wirtschaftsdaten versetzen globale Märkte in Feierlaune

Von Andre Damon, 4. November 2015

Die globalen Börsenkurse steigen, weil schlechte Wirtschaftsnachrichten Zinssenkungen wahrscheinlicher machen.

Große Koalition streitet über wirkungsvollste Abwehr von Flüchtlingen

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. November 2015

Der laute Streit über die Flüchtlingspolitik verdeckt, dass die inhaltlichen Differenzen zwischen Union und SPD minimal sind.

Unionsparteien einigen sich auf rigorose Abschottungspolitik

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. November 2015

CDU und CSU haben ein sechsseitiges Positionspapier verabschiedet, das Flüchtlinge elementarer Grundrechte beraubt.

Lufthansa-Flugbegleiter drohen mit Streiks

Von Dietmar Henning, 4. November 2015

Die Gewerkschaft der Flugbegleiter hat bei der Lufthansa einen einwöchigen Streik ab Freitag angekündigt.

Wachsende Spannungen auf amerikanisch-pakistanischen Gipfeltreffen

Von Sampath Perera und Keith Jones, 4. November 2015

Pakistanische Behörden warnen immer eindringlicher, dass die USA durch ihre militärische und strategische Annäherung an Indien das Kräftegleichgewicht in Südasien beschädigen.

Polen wird Roman Polanski nicht an die Vereinigten Staaten ausliefern

Von Dorota Niemitz, 4. November 2015

Polanskis Anwalt Olszewski nannte das amerikanische Auslieferungsgesuch unberechtigt.

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Perspective

Capitalism and mortality: Death rate soars for middle-aged US workers

4 November 2015

The mortality figures reflect a catastrophic decline in the social position of the working class resulting from the protracted decay of American capitalism.

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Featured Article

The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: Part two
A recipe for total war and military dictatorship

By Tom Carter, 4 November 2015

This is the second of four articles analyzing the new US Department of Defense Law of War Manual.The first article was posted November 3.

Arts Review

Truth: The victimization of CBS’s Dan Rather and Mary Mapes

By Fred Mazelis, 4 November 2015

The film at least partly reveals the role of the media as a virtual propaganda arm of the military and the CIA.

Steve Jobs fails to transcend conventional mythologizing

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2015

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

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

Commentary

Who was Ahmed Chalabi?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2015

Ahmed Chalabi, the convicted embezzler who played a leading role in providing the phony “intelligence” used to justify the US invasion of Iraq, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Baghdad.

Obamacare open enrollment: A widening health care disaster for workers

By Kate Randall, 3 November 2015

Global markets cheer dismal economic figures

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2015

German-Russian energy deal worth billions

By Clara Weiss, 3 November 2015

Indonesian authorities ban discussion of 1965 coup at Bali writers festival

By John Roberts, 3 November 2015

Israeli police threaten Palestinians with gas attacks “until you die”

US moves to dismiss insider trading charges in SAC Capital case

The elevation of Paul Ryan as US House speaker

Obama legal team drew up secret bin Laden assassination memos

Autoworkers Struggles

“The UAW doesn’t give a damn about the workers”
GM Subsystems workers demand equal pay

By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2015

German Volkswagen workers fear job cuts

By our correspondents, 3 November 2015

New York City workers back autoworkers’ contract fight

By our reporters, 3 November 2015

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

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

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Workers Struggles

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

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2015

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

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2015

New York City school bus workers authorize strike action

By Daniel de Vries, 2 November 2015

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

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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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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