Slowdown in growth of trade highlights global economic stagnation

By Nick Beams, 29 September 2016

Both the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund warned of an increase in protectionist measures alongside a fall in the rate of world trade growth.

US threatens Russia with end to cooperation in Syria as fighting rages in Aleppo

By Jordan Shilton, 29 September 2016

Kerry’s blunt warning to Lavrov that the US is considering ending all bilateral cooperation with Russia in Syria shows how close the situation is to all-out war.

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

International Socialist Organization backs NATO escalation in Syria

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SPD, Left Party and Greens commence coalition talks after Berlin election

By Christoph Vandreier, 29 September 2016

The task of a “red-red-green” coalition will be to step up the right-wing policies of boosting state powers, attacking refugees and slashing social programs.

The international significance of the Berlin election

Sanders stumps for Clinton at University of New Hampshire

By Barry Grey, 29 September 2016

Sanders evidently believes the American people are infinitely gullible and cannot see through a “political revolution” that consists of supporting the favored candidate of the financial aristocracy and the CIA.

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

Bernie Sanders campaigns for Clinton at Ohio campuses

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Police kill 30-year-old mentally ill man in El Cajon, California

By Norisa Diaz, 29 September 2016

The killing of Alfred Olango one week after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked demonstrations in the impoverished San Diego suburb.

Police violence and the social crisis in America

Charlotte police release videos showing Keith Scott with arms down as he was shot

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Pittsburgh residents demand their water be tested for lead

By Samuel Davidson and James Brewer, 29 September 2016

Belated lead-in-water testing by Pittsburgh authorities showed dangerously high levels of lead in 43 percent of homes.

Walmart to cut 7,000 back-office jobs in the US

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 September 2016

The announcement of mass layoffs at the largest employer in the US comes amid a wave of cuts in the retail industry.

Canadian autoworkers denounce contract sellout

By Carl Bronski, 29 September 2016

Workers at Canadian plants operated by the Detroit Three auto companies spoke to the WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter of their opposition to contract concessions and the pro-company policies of Unifor.

Unifor’s big lie exposed
Ontario Liberal government reveals GM investments are not finalized

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After Kashmir attack, US media threaten to support India in war with Pakistan

By Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016

Washington’s anti-China “pivot to Asia” is fueling war tensions between Pakistan and India, which have escalated since Islamist militants attacked an Indian military base in Kashmir.

India launches campaign to “punish” Pakistan

War danger surges as India blames Pakistan for attack on Kashmir base

Vienna refugee conference reaffirms Europe’s closed-border policy

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 29 September 2016

The conference has underscored the inhumane and reactionary content of German Chancellor's Merkel’s refugee policy.

British Medical Association sells out struggle of UK junior doctors

By Robert Stevens, 29 September 2016

The isolation and defeat of the doctors' struggle is the result of the collective efforts of the entire labour and trade union bureaucracy.

Workers’ strikes spreading throughout South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2016

The South Korean working class is fighting against government-led attempts to cut wages in public and private businesses.

Ex-Australian Labor minister calls for deregulation of university fees

By Mike Head, 29 September 2016

Dawkins appealed for Labor and the Coalition government to develop a bipartisan policy to further slash education spending and deny access to working class youth.

New in Turkish

Suriye ve emperyalizm yanlısı sahte sol

Alex Lantier, 29 Eylül 2016

Achcar ile Smith’in yazıları, başlıca sahte sol siyasi eğilimler ile emperyalizmin en acımasız temsilcilerinin tutumları arasındaki herhangi bir belirgin ayrımı yok ediyor.

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Resoluciones del Congreso del PSI (EE.UU.) 2016
Por la unidad obrera en Estados Unidos y América Latina

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 29 septiembre 2016

Esta resolución fue aprobada en el Cuarto Congreso Nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EE.UU.), celebrado entre el 31 de julio y el 5 de agosto en Detroit, Michigan.

Bombas en Nueva York sirven para azuzar la “guerra al terror”

Por Bill Van Auken, 29 septiembre 2016

Tal como ocurre con casi todos los atentados terroristas en Estados Unidos desde el 11 de septiembre 2001, las más recientes detonaciones fueron causadas por alguien que conocían las agencias de inteligencia estadounidenses.

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Le chef du Pentagone annonce les plans américains pour une guerre nucléaire avec la Russie

Par Bill Van Auken, 29 septembre 2016

Le secrétaire à la Défense Ashton Carter a prononcé un discours glaçant en faveur d’une escalade nucléaire devant le personnel de l’US Air Force en charge du lancement d’attaques stratégiques de bombardiers et de missiles.

Hollande appelle au démantèlement de la « jungle » de Calais

Par Anthony Torres, 29 septembre 2016

Tentant de faire oublier leur politique d’austérité et de cacher le danger grandissant d’une guerre, les candidats présidentiels français attaquent tous les migrants.

La Grande-Bretagne s’élève contre les projets d’une union européenne militaire formulés au sommet de Bratislava

Par Johannes Stern et Alex Lantier, 29 septembre 2016

Les responsables britanniques considèrent les plans franco-allemands de militarisation de l’Union européenne comme une menace intolérable pour l’OTAN et les relations de l’Europe avec les États-Unis.

Les travailleurs de GM Canada adoptent de justesse une entente de trahison

Par Carl Bronski, 29 septembre 2016

Après avoir imposé un modèle de contrat de trahison de 4 ans chez GM, Unifor tentera à présent de l’imposer aux travailleurs des opérations canadiennes de Ford et Fiat-Chrysler.

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US-Präsidentschaftsdebatte und Kriegspläne der herrschenden Klasse

Von Patrick Martin, 29. September 2016

In der TV-Debatte hetzte Hillary Clinton erneut gegen Russland und stellte Donald Trump als Marionette des russischen Präsidenten Putin hin.

US-Verteidigungsminister skizziert Pläne für Atomkrieg mit Russland

Von Bill Van Auken, 29. September 2016

Verteidigungsminister Ashton Carter sprach sich in einer beängstigenden Rede vor Soldaten der US Air Force für eine nukleare Eskalation aus.

Italien: Renzi verkündet Verfassungsreferendum im Dezember

Von Marianne Arens, 29. September 2016

Das Referendum ist ein Schritt hin zu autoritären Herrschaftsformen und soll die Voraussetzungen für heftige Angriffe auf die italienischen Arbeiter schaffen.

Berliner Polizei erschießt irakischen Flüchtling

Von Verena Nees, 29. September 2016

Auf die verheerenden Zustände in den Massenunterkünften für Flüchtlinge reagieren Sicherheitskräfte mit ungezügelter Gewalt.

Johnson Controls schließt Werk in Bochum

Von Dietmar Henning, 29. September 2016

Die erneute Vernichtung von Arbeitsplätzen ist eine Anklage an die IG Metall, die schon die Stilllegung des Opel-Werks organisierte und nun erneut jeden ernsthaften Kampf zur Verteidigung der Arbeitsplätze verhindert.

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Perspective

Corbyn’s capitulation to the right wing and the lessons of the UK Labour leadership contest

29 September 2016

Corbyn’s defence of the Labour Party’s grip on the working class and his continued opposition to any struggle against the right wing is a vindication of the political stand taken by the Socialist Equality Party.

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Online Interview with David North

Large audience for interview with David North, author of A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony, 1990-2016

By our reporter, 29 September 2016

The online interview, which has been accessed more than 4,000 times, deals with the issues raised in North’s book and their relevance for contemporary politics.

WSWS interview with David North: A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony, 1990-2016

28 September 2016

The interview covered a wide range of topics, from the significance of the dissolution of the USSR to the pro-imperialist politics of the pseudo-left and the revolutionary role of the working class.

November 5 Antiwar Conference

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War
The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

Register today at sep2016.com/conference


Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 2
The Chosen, on Trotsky, and other political subjects

By David Walsh, 29 September 2016

The appearance of an honest and accurate film about the plot to assassinate Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1940 is a welcome—and long overdue—event.

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 1
How well does filmmaking reflect present-day life?

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: The “Miracle on the Hudson” dramatized

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2016

Leonardo da Vinci–The Genius in Milan: The marketing of genius

History

New Zealand Labour Party marks its centenary

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2016

Contrary to the myths advanced by Labour’s apologists, the party was never socialist. It has always defended capitalism at home and supported imperialist war abroad.

Commentary

Pentagon chief outlines preparations for nuclear war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2016

Economist magazine warns of revolutionary consequences of unprecedented corporate power

By Gabriel Black, 28 September 2016

Deutsche Bank plunge sparks talk of “Lehman moment”

Financial parasitism and the rising war danger

UK Labour Party conference: Corbyn again prostrate before right wing

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2016

UK Labour right views Corbyn’s compromises as chance to resume offensive

Britain attacks plans for European military union at Bratislava summit

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 28 September 2016

Polish Parliament approves ban on abortion

By Clara Weiss, 28 September 2016

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian workers and students speak out against US war drive

By our correspondents, 28 September 2016

Public meeting in Chennai, India: Oppose the imperialist war drive! Fight for socialist program!

New Zealand public meetings: The US Navy visit and the drive to war

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 27 September 2016

“You are a man of unimpeachable revolutionary integrity”
On the 75th birthday of Sri Lankan Trotskyist leader Wije Dias

By David North, 9 September 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

“I’d say it’s the worst election ever”
US autoworkers speak out on war, inequality and the 2016 elections

By Eric London and Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2016

SEP presidential candidates to be on the ballot in Louisiana

By our reporter, 26 September 2016

Jerry White speaks in Detroit and Ann Arbor
SEP presidential candidate warns of war dangers

By a reporting team, 24 September 2016

SEP candidate restored to ballot in West Virginia

By our reporter, 23 September 2016

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

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

Science

New fossil discovery may date origin of life on Earth earlier than previously known

By Philip Guelpa, 27 September 2016

IYSSE

“Democracy doesn’t exist in the United States”
Students at Wayne State and San Diego State universities speak on war and the 2016 elections

By the IYSSE, 26 September 2016

25 years ago: Military coup in Haiti

The Haitian military carried out a bloody military coup on September 30, 1991, overthrowing President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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50 year ago: Klansman acquitted of murder of Viola Liuzzo

On September 27, 1966, a state court in Alabama acquitted Eugene Thomas, one of four Ku Klux Klan members who murdered Detroit civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo.

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75 years ago: Stalin appeals for American and British aid

On September 28, 1941 representatives of American and British imperialism began three days of meetings in the Kremlin with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to discuss the establishment of avenues for military aid.

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100 years ago: The Battle of Thiepval Ridge at the Somme

On September 26, 1916, British forces launched an attack on Thiepval Ridge as part of their new offensive in the final stages of the Battle of the Somme.

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25 years since the death of Bill Brust

A remembrance of veteran Trotskyist Bill Brust, twenty-five years after his death

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2016

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of veteran Trotskyist Bill Brust, whose political struggle as a revolutionary socialist spanned 53 years.

The Life and Times of Bill Brust

By David North, 15 September 2016

This speech, originally delivered by David North at a memorial meeting in Minneapolis in 1991, reviews the life and political legacy of Bill Brust.