With Ford pact in jeopardy, UAW intensifies economic blackmail

By Jerry White, 19 November 2015

After Ford workers at two Louisville factories overwhelmingly voted “no,” the United Auto Workers held a hastily called press conference to threaten workers with plant closings and layoffs.

“It’s pretty obvious that the UAW is a pro-company organization”
Chicago Ford workers reject UAW-corporate agreement

By our reporters, 19 November 2015

Workers who rejected the sellout agreement at the Chicago Assembly and Louisville Assembly plants spoke with the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

Video shows UAW officials grabbing cell phone, forcibly ejecting WSWS reporters from press conference

By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2015

The UAW’s thuggish actions against the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reflect its hostility to the working class and its fear of any exposure of its conspiracy with the auto companies.

UAW Ford Council approves sellout deal

UAW scabs do bidding of US auto companies

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Paris suburb of Saint Denis under military lockdown as gun battle plays out

By Stéphane Hugues, 19 November 2015

Residents in the center of Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, were woken up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning by an enormous explosion and heavy gunfire.

French government’s bill on state of emergency threatens democratic rights

By Anthony Torres, 19 November 2015

The modification of the French Constitution paves the way for security forces to ban strikes, demonstrations or any public meetings that displease the authorities.

The media and the Paris terror attacks

After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

The Paris terror attacks

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US politicians seize on Paris attacks to promote xenophobia

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015

Republican presidential candidates and elected officials have called for the closure of mosques, a religious check on refugees and even the use of concentration camps to hold migrants.

NPR fawns over neo-fascist Marine Le Pen

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015

US officials seize on Paris attacks to press for “back door” to encryption

Labour MPs side with Tory government against Corbyn on war and repression

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2015

Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.”

UK government outlines plans for expanding militarism and repression after Paris attacks

Citing Paris attacks, Jeremy Corbyn retreats from critique of UK foreign policy

German government exploits cancellation of football match to expand state powers

By Christoph Dreier, 19 November 2015

The interior ministry is using an alleged planned terrorist attack in Hannover to provoke hysteria and press ahead with the strengthening of the state.

German media lurches further to the right after Paris attacks

German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

Israel: Netanyahu capitalises on Paris bombings

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is using the terrorist attacks in Paris to ramp up tensions in pursuit of Israel’s geostrategic interests.

Israeli raid on Hebron hospital sparks new protests

US and Turkey planning new military operations along Syrian border

By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2015

The US is launching new military operations along the Turkish border amid signs of a US-French-Russian rapprochement over Syria.

After Paris attacks, NATO powers press for military escalation in Syria

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Obama demands China halt South China Sea activities

By Mike Head, 19 November 2015

In Manila for the APEC summit, Obama condemned China specifically, further escalating the confrontation over the South China Sea.

Washington’s gunboat diplomacy in Manila

US president reproaches Australian PM over Darwin port deal

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2015

Amid rising tensions with Beijing, Obama said Washington should have had “a heads-up” over a Chinese company winning the northern Australian port lease.

Notes on police violence
Minneapolis police break up protest over killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark

By Niles Williamson and Stuart Winter, 19 November 2015

Police dressed in military fatigues and armed with riot gear on Wednesday broke up a tent encampment protesting the killing of Jamar, who died Monday night.

US Supreme Court expands immunity for killer cops

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Pennsylvania budget deal cuts pensions for future state and public school workers

By Douglas Lyons, 19 November 2015

Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf announced last week that a “broad framework” for a budget deal had been brokered with the Republican-controlled legislature.

New in Spanish

Sobre el ataque terrorista en París

Por Alex Lantier y Barry Grey, 19 noviembre 2015

El ataque criminal contra gente inocente en París es el resultado predecible de aumento de las operaciones militares de los imperialismos estadounidense y europeo en el Medio Oriente.

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L'état d'urgence et l'effondrement de la démocratie en France

Par Alex Lantier, 19 novembre 2015

Les amendements à la constitution française proposés par Hollande mettent en place le cadre juridique d'une transformation de la France en dictature présidentielle.

Les médias et les attentats terroristes Paris

Par Barry Grey, 19 novembre 2015

Il est pratiquement impossible de trouver la moindre remise en cause de la légitimité des politiques des gouvernements impérialistes dans la médiatisation à outrance des événements de Paris

Assad dit que maintenant Paris “sait ce que la Syrie a vécu depuis cinq ans”

Par Kumaran Ira, 19 novembre 2015

Alors que des divisions emergent parmi l’élite dirigeante à propos de la crise syrienne, le president syrien Bachar al-Assad cherche à se réconcilier avec les puissances impérialistes

Québec: le Front commun capitule sur toute la ligne

Par Richard Dufour, 19 novembre 2015

L'annulation des trois journées de grève prévues début décembre va démobiliser les membres de la base et laisser le champ libre au gouvernement.

New in German

Die Medien und die Terroranschläge von Paris

Von Barry Grey, 19. November 2015

In der Medienflut über die Ereignisse in Paris wird die Frage, ob das Vorgehen der imperialistischen Regierungen legitim sei, nahezu vollständig ausgeblendet.

Regierung nutzt Absage des Länderspiels für Staatsaufrüstung

Von Christoph Dreier, 19. November 2015

Das Innenministerium nutzt eine mutmaßliche Anschlagsplanung in Hannover, um nach den Terroranschlägen in Paris gezielt Hysterie zu schüren und die Staatsaufrüstung voranzutreiben.

Von der Leyen verkündet Kampfeinsatz der Bundeswehr in Mali

Von Johannes Stern, 19. November 2015

Die Bundeswehr will ihren Einsatz im westafrikanischen Mali massiv ausweiten und bereitet sich auf einen gefährlichen Kampfeinsatz im Norden des Landes vor.

Nach den Anschlägen in Paris:
Nato-Mächte drängen auf militärische Eskalation in Syrien

Von Alex Lantier, 19. November 2015

Frankreichs Versuch, mit Russland und den USA eine internationale Koalition gegen den IS zu bilden, krankt an inneren Widersprüchen.

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Perspective

The state of emergency and the collapse of French democracy

19 November 2015

Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.

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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

Commentary

Canada: Pseudo-left groups denounce Mulcair, the better to promote unions and NDP

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 19 November 2015

Canada’s middle class pseudo-Marxist groups have responded to last month’s election results with dismay at the NDP’s defeat and a dishonest cover-up of their own role in boosting the Liberals’ “progressive” credentials.

Trudeau commits Canada to major role in Mideast war

The Canadian election and the intensification of class conflict

Australian establishment seizes on Paris attacks to justify war and police state measures

By James Cogan, 18 November 2015

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Syria’s Assad says Paris now “knows what Syria has lived for five years”

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2015

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Japan enters “technical recession”

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2015

Peruvian pseudo-lefts select former ruling party member as presidential candidate

By Armando Cruz, 18 November 2015

The class character of the student protests on US campuses

The “Great Recession” and the deepening austerity drive

Obama lectures the G20

US flies nuclear-capable bombers close to Chinese islets

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

Workers Struggles

Injunction issued against Kohler strikers in Wisconsin

By James Brewer, 19 November 2015

The restraining order was issued by a Sheboygan County circuit court judge after the company filed a complaint charging that pickets were causing a traffic jam.

Australian unions force through steel job cuts and wage freeze

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2015

A significant minority of workers rejected the company-union blackmail.

Arts Review

The Holocaust as Via Dolorosa: The mysticism of Piotr Chrzan’s Klezmer

By Dorota Niemitz, 19 November 2015

Piotr Chrzan’s directorial debut deals with the subject of the organized search for the Jews, or the Judenjagd, in Nazi-Occupied Poland.

Mose Allison—American Legend: Mose’s live music finally leaves the room

By James Brewer, 18 November 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

Vote “no” on UAW-Ford sellout contract!

12 November 2015

UAW contracts sanction moves to eliminate small car production in US

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

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Featured Article

Thousands of refugees crammed into airport hangars in Berlin, Germany

By Verena Nees, 16 November 2015

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

German Left Party leader rails against refugees

The 2016 US Elections

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015

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

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

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2015

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Book Review

From Roma refugee to attorney in Germany: Nizaqete Bislimi’s Durch die Wand (“Through the Wall”)

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 November 2015

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meetings in Australia:
Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky

18 November 2015

The meetings are part of the commemoration by the ICFI of the 75th anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination.

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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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