With US backing, France launches bombing campaign in Syria

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015

The major imperialist powers are moving rapidly to escalate their military intervention in Syria in the wake of Friday night’s terror attack in Paris.

After Paris attacks, French government steps up police state measures

By Kumaran Ira, 16 November 2015

The Socialist Party government plans to extend the current state of emergency for three months or possibly indefinitely.

France declares state of emergency after ISIS terrorist attacks kill over 100 in Paris

UK mounts massive police operation after Paris terror attacks

By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2015

The Paris attacks resulted in calls from the media and sections of the military for Britain to take a central part in military strikes in Syria.

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015

The Democratic presidential debate Saturday night began with all three candidates pledging support to imperialist military intervention in the Middle East in the name of fighting ISIS.

Bernie Sanders’ first campaign ad: From “political revolution” to “real change”

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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“Ford is making record profits…and we’re living paycheck to paycheck”
Widespread opposition to UAW-Ford sellout deal as voting continues

By Marcus Day, 16 November 2015

Supporters of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaigned for a “no” vote among Ford workers at plants in Michigan and Illinois over the weekend.

UAW delays ratification of GM contract as it attempts to ram through deal at Ford

Autoworker speaks out: Life for young workers in America’s rustbelt

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Obama administration continues to suppress report on CIA torture

By Tom Carter, 16 November 2015

The Department of Justice has instructed its employees not to read the report, and the State Department has stamped the report, “Do Not Open, Do Not Access.”

Study shows US charter schools pocketing billions with no accountability

By Walter Gilberti, 16 November 2015

“Charter School Black Hole” exposes the Department of Education’s failure to oversee the profitable—and sometimes criminal—financial dealings of the charter school industry.

Michigan policeman who severely beat motorist Floyd Dent on trial for assault

By Lawrence Porter, 16 November 2015

Melendez’s actions only came to light after the release through Freedom of Information requests of videos that had been hidden by the police with the help of local officials.

Los Angeles Police Department shootings doubled in a single year, report shows

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Bloody Sunday Massacre: Ex-Paras launch bid to halt Northern Ireland murder investigation

By Mark Blackwood, 16 November 2015

On Bloody Sunday, 13 unarmed civilians aged between 17 and 41 were gunned down and murdered during a 30-minute killing spree conducted by 1 Para.

German government prepares new combat mission in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2015

German defence officials are making plans to send over 100 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where they are to “accompany” and “advise” Afghan forces.

Divisions emerge over Chinese contract for northern Australian port

By James Cogan, 16 November 2015

The discussion shifted from the commercial opportunities offered by Chinese investment to the “threat” posed by Chinese companies.

Sri Lankan PM delivers “economic policy statement” to boost big business

By Saman Gunadasa, 16 November 2015

The sweeping pro-market reforms being proposed will drastically affect jobs, wages and living conditions of workers and the poor.

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Les USA envoient des bombardiers à capacité nucléaire près des îlots chinois

Par Peter Symonds, 16 novembre 2015

La dernière provocation militaire de Washington en mer de Chine méridionale a lieu à la veille de sommets internationaux à Manille et Kuala Lumpur.

Obama fait la leçon au G20

Par Barry Grey, 16 novembre 2015

Que les États-Unis, dont l’économie croît au taux anémique d’environ 2 pour cent, soient considérés comme l’« exemple positif » dans le monde en dit long sur l’échec du G20 à engendrer une véritable reprise après la crise financière de 2008.

Justice de classe aux États-Unis: un garçon de huit ans accusé de meurtre

Par Eric London, 16 novembre 2015

Tous les problèmes sociaux aux États-Unis sont abordés comme une question policière, une occasion d'augmenter les pouvoirs de l’État et son corps d’hommes armés.

La Cour constitutionnelle espagnole suspend la résolution sécessionniste catalane

Par James Lerner, 16 novembre 2015

Alors que le parlement régional de Catalogne n’a toujours pas constitué de gouvernement, Madrid signale que toute tentative d’entreprendre effectivement une sécession se heurterait à une action en justice.

Les employés du secteur public québécois à la croisée des chemins

Par Richard Dufour, 16 novembre 2015

La conspiration contre les conditions de travail et les droits démocratiques des employés du secteur public prend place avec la pleine collaboration des syndicats du Front commun.

Le culte d’Helmut Schmidt

Par Peter Schwarz, 16 novembre 2015

La nouvelle du décès d’Helmut Schmidt le 10 novembre avait à peine été annoncée que les médias allemands se mettaient en surrégime pour chanter ses louanges. L’ancien chancelier aurait eu 97 ans le 23 décembre prochain.

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Perspective

The Paris terror attacks

16 November 2015

The criminal assault on innocent civilians in Paris is the predictable outcome of US and European imperialism’s relentless escalation of military operations in the Middle East.

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Thousands of refugees crammed into airport hangars in Berlin, Germany

By Verena Nees, 16 November 2015

The Berlin city government is housing refugees under insufferable conditions in an abandoned airport built under the Nazis.

EU Summit in Malta strikes dirty deal to keep refugees out of Europe

German Left Party leader rails against refugees

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ICFI Statement

The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

13 November 2015

The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

Arts Review

Force of Destiny—a thoughtful film about surviving cancer

By Richard Phillips, 16 November 2015

Australian filmmaker Paul Cox’s first dramatic feature in seven years explores some of the complex emotional issues confronting those fighting cancer.

“Cinema must have a social conscience”
Veteran filmmaker Paul Cox discusses his latest feature

By Richard Phillips, 16 November 2015

Australian writer and director speaks about Force of Destiny, his artistic approach, concerns about militarism and the commercial pressures on filmmakers.

The Wrecking Crew: The “secret star-making machine” of 1960s pop music

By Joanne Laurier, 14 November 2015

New Orleans songwriter, musician Allen Toussaint dead at 77

Commentary

The “Great Recession” and the deepening austerity drive

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015

The loss of output following the global financial crisis is equivalent to the removal of Germany from the world economy.

Obama lectures the G20

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2015

US-backed offensives seize towns in northern Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 14 November 2015

ISIS claims deadliest bombing in Lebanon since end of civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2015

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US flies nuclear-capable bombers close to Chinese islets

By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2015

Washington’s big lie of “peace and stability” in Asia

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Class justice in America: Eight-year-old charged with murder

By Eric London, 14 November 2015

Chicago Teachers Union holds mock strike vote as it prepares to back massive cuts

Workers Struggles

California: Kaiser Permanente mental health workers set to strike

By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015

Mental health workers remain isolated, as their union seeks to subordinate them to the Democratic Party.

India: Kerala plantation workers denounce unions’ wage sellout

Quebec unions silent about plans to illegalize workers’ job action

25 years ago: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher falls in Tory ballot

Britain’s Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation on November 22, 1990, after more than 11 years in office.

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50 years ago: Macleod warns of British “stagflation”

On November 17, 1965, Tory politician and economic spokesman Iain Norman Macleod coined the term “stagflation” to describe the seemingly contradictory phenomena of stagnation and inflation in the British economy.

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75 years ago: UAW strikes defense industry

This week in 1940, 5,200 aircraft workers were idled when the United Auto Workers (UAW) struck Vultee Aircraft near Los Angeles, seeking a 25 cent wage increase to 75 cents an hour.

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100 years ago: Joe Hill executed on frame-up charges

On November 19, 1915, Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, was executed by firing squad in Utah, after being convicted on the frame-up charge of murdering two.

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Autoworkers Struggles

Vote “no” on UAW-Ford sellout contract!

12 November 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Ford workers to distribute this statement to fellow workers at the plants and upcoming contract votes.

“The company is making huge profits but it is not doing us any good”
Michigan Ford workers denounce UAW sellout

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Obituary

The cult of Helmut Schmidt

By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2015

News of the death of Helmut Schmidt on November 10 had hardly emerged before the German media went into overdrive eulogizing the former chancellor, who would have turned 97 on December 23.

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose the TPP and the drive to war against China!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 13 November 2015

Sri Lankan SEP condemns arrest of Frontline Socialist Party leader

New book from Mehring Verlag
Scholarship or War Propaganda attracts wide interest in Germany

The 2016 US Elections

At Republican presidential debate
“Wages are too high,” declares billionaire Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2015

Republicans make limited gains in off-year US election

After the Democratic presidential debate
Pseudo-left groups step up promotion of Sanders and the Democrats

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and socialism

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