Turkey prepares joint action with US in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016

A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.

Mounting evidence of British “boots on the ground” in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2016

The secret deployment of the SAS is of a piece with the government’s campaign of lies, deceit and disinformation throughout the five-year-long civil war.

Syrian war threatens to escalate as Obama-Putin talks fail

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British Medical Association calls off junior doctors strikes

By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2016

The junior doctors have been isolated by both the trade unions and by the Labour Party, with a key role played by party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Separatist candidates win seats in Hong Kong election

By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2016

The new “localist” parties represent layers of the Hong Kong ruling elite who regard Beijing’s dominance as an impediment to their business interests.

Unifor selects General Motors Canada as pattern bargaining target

By Carl Bronski, 8 September 2016

The selection of GM is a signal to the Detroit automakers that Unifor is set to negotiate deals that attack the wages and benefits of autoworkers and bolster corporate profits.

“Health care is a human right”
Minneapolis students express support for striking Allina nurses

By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 8 September 2016

As management continues operations with the use of strikebreakers, the union is keeping nurses throughout the region on the job and is doing nothing to mobilize broader support in the working class.

Minnesota nurses strike highlights militant mood of US workers

Allina nurses strike reveals gulf between workers and union

Detroit teachers angered by contract deal

By Marissa Ross, 8 September 2016

Detroit teachers received contract “highlights” at a mass meeting called by the Detroit Federation of Teachers and will begin voting next week.

ITT Tech shuts down after federal government withholds student funding

By Nick Barrickman, 8 September 2016

The closure of the for-profit school’s 130 US-based campuses came after an investigation questioned the institution’s organizational integrity, financial viability and academic standards.

Trudeau attempts balancing act in eight-day China visit

By Roger Jordan, 8 September 2016

The Canadian prime minister stressed Ottawa’s desire to “reset” relations with Beijing and avoided talking publicly about the mounting tensions between US imperialism and China.

Tens of thousands of Australian public sector workers set to strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2016

The union is seeking to corral opposition to attacks on wages and conditions behind the Labor Party.

Australian government dismisses international law in The Hague over Timorese oil theft

By Patrick Kelly, 8 September 2016

While demanding Beijing abides by a recent South China Sea ruling, Canberra has rejected the court’s jurisdiction in its disputes with East Timor in the Timor Sea.

New in French

Les pourparlers entre Obama et Poutine échouent, la guerre syrienne menace de dégénérer

Par Jordan Shilton, 8 septembre 2016

Les appels à l’aide humanitaire et à des zones de sécurité sont des prétextes transparents pour légitimer une vaste intensification de l’intervention impérialiste en Syrie.

Le Front de gauche appuie l’opération Français de changement de régime au Gabon

Par Stéphane Hugues, 8 septembre 2016

Mélenchon a rejoint une manifestation, qui a implicitement appelé à une intervention militaire de la France, l’ancienne puissance coloniale, pour renverser le président sortant Ali Bongo.

Les forces armées allemandes préparent des opérations intérieures

Par Peter Schwarz, 8 septembre 2016

En février prochain, les forces armées allemandes entreprendront pour la première fois des exercices sur le territoire national – un tournant politique et une violation manifeste de la constitution allemande.

New in German

Der Aufstieg der AfD und der Rechtsruck der deutschen Eliten

Von Peter Schwarz, 8. September 2016

Nach dem Wahlerfolg der Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern übernehmen die etablierten Parteien das Programm der ultrarechten Partei.

Weißes Haus hält an nuklearer „Erstschlag-Strategie“ fest

Von Andre Damon, 8. September 2016

Das Weiße Haus will offenbar an der nuklearen „Erstschlag-Strategie“ der Vereinigten Staaten festhalten. Das berichtete der langjährige Militär- und Geheimdienstinsider David Sanger am 6. September in einem Leitartikel der New York Times.

Nach Scheitern der Gespräche zwischen Obama und Putin droht Syrienkrieg zu eskalieren

Von Jordan Shilton, 8. September 2016

Bei den Forderungen nach humanitärer Hilfe und Schutzzonen handelt es sich um offensichtliche Vorwände, mit denen eine deutliche Verschärfung der imperialistischen Intervention in Syrien gerechtfertigt werden soll.

Hillary Clinton verurteilt russische „Einmischung“ in die US-Wahlen

Von Patrick Martin, 8. September 2016

Die demokratische Präsidentschaftskandidatin verschärft ihre Kampagne im McCarthy-Stil gegen den Republikaner Donald Trump, den sie als Verbündeten oder Handlanger von Präsident Wladimir Putin bezeichnet.

Elefantenrunde zur Berlinwahl – ein abstoßendes Schauspiel

Von Ulrich Rippert, 8. September 2016

Am Dienstagabend fand im rbb Fernsehen eine Diskussionsrunde mit zahlreichen Spitzenkandidaten für die Wahl zum Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus am 18. September statt.

Erdbeben-Katastrophe verschärft soziale Krise in Italien

Von Marianne Arens, 8. September 2016

Zwei Wochen nach dem Erdbeben vom 24. August in Zentralitalien wird klar, dass es eine menschengemachte Katastrophe war, hervorgerufen durch Korruption und Verantwortungslosigkeit.

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Perspective

Clinton and Trump bow to the military

8 September 2016

The unstated premise of Wednesday night’s forum before a veteran’s group in New York City was that the military should have veto power in the selection of the next US “commander-in-chief.”

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Commentary

“Stand Up against Racism”: A right-wing alliance in support of an SPD/Left Party/Green coalition government

By Katerina Selin, 8 September 2016

A few thousand demonstrators gathered last Saturday at Adenauerplatz in Berlin to drum up support for a Social Democrat/LeftParty/Green coalition government.

White House to maintain nuclear “first strike” policy

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2016

State election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The right-wing threat in Germany and the need for a socialist party

By Ulrich Rippert—leading candidate of the PSG for the Berlin state election, 7 September 2016

Left Front promotes French regime-change operation in oil-rich Gabon

UK Conservative divisions over Brexit go public once again

Obama and the US secret war in Laos

Mehring Books

The Political Lessons of the Bernie Sanders Campaign and The Great Autoworkers Struggle of 2015
Mehring Books announces two new SEP pamphlets

7 September 2016

Mehring Books has published two pamphlets: one dealing with the political lessons of the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US and the other reviewing the great autoworkers struggle of 2015.

Workers Struggles

Thousands of teachers strike as Costa Rican unions suppress struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 7 September 2016

Massachusetts: MBTA janitors to be laid off as cuts continue

By John Marion, 7 September 2016

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

24 August 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP US presidential candidates denounce war drive at Humboldt University meeting in Berlin

By our correspondents, 6 September 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to workers at Detroit Labor Day event

By Shannon Jones, 6 September 2016

Socialism and the 2016 elections
Socialist Equality Party campaign launches fall election meetings

5 September 2016

SEP West Virginia candidate Naomi Spencer speaks on heroin epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 5 September 2016

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Green Party presidential candidate seeks to corral antiwar sentiment

By Jerry White, 5 September 2016

The 2016 US elections

Clinton denounces Russian “interference” in US elections, calls for escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2016

The most unpopular candidates in American history

Trump outlines ten-point plan for mass deportations and martial law

Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ “Our Revolution”

As Clinton escalates war threats, Sanders begins campaigning for Democratic nominee

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

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Arts Review

Jason Bourne again

By Hiram Lee, 6 September 2016

War Dogs: Cry havoc? Or what exactly?

Science

Warming of Earth proceeding at unprecedented pace

By Bryan Dyne, 3 September 2016

25 years ago: Greyhound striker freed on bail

Roger Cawthra, the framed-up Greyhound bus lines striker, walked out of a Connecticut prison September 5, 1991, free on bail.

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50 years ago: President Johnson rejects Vietnam withdrawal

On September 5, 1966, US President Lyndon Johnson rejected a proposal by French President Charles de Gaulle to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US military forces from Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany lays siege to Leningrad

On September 9, 1941 German armies encircled Leningrad and launched a supposed final blitzkrieg to take the city.

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100 years ago: Mass transit strike in New York

On September 6, 1916, the second phase of a mass strike by New York transit workers began with a unanimous vote to walk off the job on the IRT subway lines.

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

PSG election campaign: Anger at the government’s new civil defence guidelines

By our correspondents, 31 August 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Join the IYSSE! Join the fight against war, inequality and the danger of dictatorship! Join the fight for socialism!
Statement of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality

27 August 2016

History

The class essence of the Confederacy in the American Civil War
A further comment on Free State of Jones

By Douglas Lyons, 30 August 2016