Workers struggles mount in run-up to US election

By Jerry White, 6 October 2016

Strikes by nurses, orchestra musicians other sections of public and private sector workers reveals the broad scope of social opposition in the United States.

Harvard dining hall workers strike over health insurance, wages

By Kate Randall, 6 October 2016

The strike by Harvard University Dining Services workers is the first since 1983, and the first ever during the academic year.

Faculty set October 19 strike date at Pennsylvania universities

By Samuel Davidson, 6 October 2016

“We are representing the entire working class”
Minnesota nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

Escalating war games in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2016

Tensions have only worsened since the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of the US-backed Philippine challenge to Chinese maritime claims.

US defence secretary announces “third phase” of military build-up against China

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Philippine President Duterte tells Obama to “go to hell”

By Joseph Santolan, 6 October 2016

The statement was the latest in a string of outbursts by Duterte, who has responded angrily to Western criticisms of his murderous anti-drug crusade.

India’s military calls for more strikes on Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 6 October 2016

Large sections of India’s ruling elite are urging the Hindu communalist BJP government to further escalate military pressure on Pakistan.

France’s sale of Rafale jets to India stokes Indo-Pakistani war tensions

India and Pakistan teeter on the brink of war

Yahoo spied on “hundreds of millions” of email accounts on behalf of US spy agencies

By Nick Barrickman, 6 October 2016

The revelation further reveals the near-seamless collusion of the major internet and telecommunications firms with the US intelligence apparatus.

FBI director says agency preparing attack on data encryption after the elections

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Tunisian men reveal new details of torture at CIA black sites

By Kevin Martinez, 6 October 2016

The ex-detainees described gruesome forms of torture not mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA torture program.

Nazi propaganda during German Unity celebration in Dresden

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 October 2016

Police encouraged right-wing anti-immigrant activists to demonstrate right in front of the main reviewing stands.

German media steps up drumbeat for war and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2016

Articles in two prominent newspapers urge intensification of the war drive despite the opposition of the population.

UK: May dresses up policies of austerity and militarism in the language of fairness and opportunities

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2016

The Conservative Party spent its four-day conference outlining a raft of policies that collectively make Prime Minister Theresa May’s government the most right-wing in British history.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson maps out post-Brexit agenda

New in Spanish

El debate Clinton Trump: Un espectáculo degradante

Por Patrick Martin, 6 octubre 2016

Clinton y Trump demostraron en su debate que el próximo gobierno será el más reaccionario de la historia de Estados Unidos.

New in French

Washington a mis fin aux pourparlers sur la Syrie, Le risque d’un affrontement avec la Russie se développe

Par Bill Van Auken, 6 octobre 2016

L’Administration Obama s’apprête à discuter des options militaires alors même que la Russie a commencé à déployer des missiles antiaériens plus sophistiqués en Syrie.

La campagne de Sanders pour Clinton : une “révolution politique” en défense du statu quo

Par Joseph Kishore, 6 octobre 2016

L’effort de Sanders pour susciter un soutien envers Clinton par son apparition dans une série de réunions de campagne cette semaine est fondé sur des sophismes et mensonges.

«S’ils nous arrivent avec le même contrat que chez GM, nous allons le rejeter!»
Unifor prépare la trahison chez Fiat-Chrysler

Par Carl Bronski, 6 octobre 2016

L’équipe de négociation d’Unifor de chez Fiat-Chrysler Canada met la touche finale au contrat «modèle» déjà négocié chez GM à la fin du mois dernier.

La vente des Rafales français à l’Inde attise les tensions indo-pakistanaises

Par Senthooran Ravee, 6 octobre 2016

L’achat des Rafales est une des plus importantes transactions d’armes jamais réalisées par l’Inde.

New in German

Abbruch der Syrien-Gespräche verschärft Gefahr einer amerikanisch-russischen Konfontation

Von Bill Van Auken, 6. Oktober 2016

Die Obama-Regierung diskutiert über militärische Optionen und Russland stationiert hochmoderne Flugabwehrraketen in Syrien.

Wagenknecht übt Schulterschluss mit Petry und der AfD

Von Johannes Stern, 6. Oktober 2016

Die Linkspartei spielt eine Schlüsselrolle dabei, die rechtsextreme Partei hoffähig zu machen. Der jüngste Höhepunkt ist ein Doppelinterview Wagenknechts mit der AfD-Vorsitzenden Frauke Petry in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung.

Britischer Außenminister skizziert post-Brexit-Agenda

Von Robert Stevens, 6. Oktober 2016

Boris Johnson stimmte einen üblen Lobgesang auf Militarismus und das Empire an und prahlte damit, dass Großbritannien in zweihundert Jahren 178 Länder überfallen oder erobert habe.

Polen: Zehntausende demonstrieren gegen Anti-Abtreibungs-Gesetz

Von Clara Weiss, 6. Oktober 2016

Wenn das Gesetz verabschiedet wird, würde dies praktisch ein absolutes Abtreibungsverbot bedeuten.

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Perspective

Beating the drums for war with Russia

6 October 2016

The New York Times and other major media are weighing in on the side of escalating the US intervention in Syria and militarily confronting Russia.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

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

Register today at socialismvswar.com


Commentary

One year since the exposure of the Flint water crisis

By Carlos Delgado and James Brewer, 6 October 2016

October 1 marked the anniversary of the first acknowledgement by the governor of Michigan of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned an entire city.

The development of public water systems and the crisis in Flint

One year since the official acknowledgment of the Flint water crisis
Billions for infrastructure and health care not war!

More on the Flint water crisis »

Ford Australia’s closure demonstrates need for a global auto workers’ strategy

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 October 2016

Ford’s shutdown of its Australian production tomorrow is one of the final nails in the coffin of an entire industry, at the hands of the transnational auto companies.

Threat of US-Russia clash grows after Washington cuts off Syria talks

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2016

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

IMF cuts growth forecasts for major economies

Syriza government assaults Greek retirees

Colombia votes against peace accord between the FARC and government

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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Live online forum with SEP presidential candidates
One month until the US elections: the political issues facing the working class

5 October 2016

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to students and workers in Northern Virginia

By Alex Gonzalez and Nick Barrickman, 4 October 2016

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks about the presidential debate and the danger of war

By Niles Niemuth, 1 October 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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 4
Sami Blood from Sweden, Werewolf from Canada, Park from Greece: Society’s cruelty to its youngest members

By David Walsh, 5 October 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Ma’ Rosa from the Philippines: Small-time drug dealers set upon by the police

By Dylan Lubao, 5 October 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 3
Loving, The Birth of a Nation: Distinct approaches to historical events

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

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

Autoworkers Issues

Opposition grows to GM Canada pattern contract

By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White visits Windsor
Growing opposition from Canadian autoworkers to Unifor-backed sellout contracts

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Book Review

Adam Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts: A deeply felt work on the Spanish Civil War marred by its perspective

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 3 October 2016

25 years ago: Yugoslav civil war deaths reach 2,500

On October 7, 1991, the Croatian capital of Zagreb sustained surface-to-surface missile attacks and the presidential palace was rocketed by warplanes, nearly killing the republic’s president and other leaders.

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50 year ago: Hoffa fraud and conspiracy conviction upheld

On October 4, 1966, the conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges of Teamster President James R. “Jimmy” Hoffa was upheld by the US Court of Appeals in a 2-to-1 decision.

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75 years ago: Nazi armies advance upon Moscow

On October 3, 1941, Hitler made his first address to the German public since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, known as Operation Barbarossa.

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100 years ago: New Japanese cabinet formed amid international tensions

On October 4, 1916, the Emperor of Japan, Taishō, requested that Lieutenant General Count Seiki Terauchi form a new cabinet to replace the government that had been headed by Marquis Okuma.

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Obituary

Shimon Peres (1923-2016)

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2016

The state funeral for Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and prime minister, brought leaders from around the world to pay tribute, not so much to the individual as to the rapacious, land-grabbing, militaristic state he did so much to construct.

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.