US-backed Iraqi forces tighten noose around Mosul

By James Cogan, 18 October 2016

The increasingly clear intent is to use air strikes, starvation and desperation to weaken what remains of ISIS’s fighting strength.

The US-directed assault on Mosul and imperialist hypocrisy

EU foreign ministers adopt statement denouncing Russia and Syria

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2016

The European Union statement is aligned with the flood of anti-Russian propaganda emanating from Washington over the NATO war for regime change in Syria.

US steps up anti-Russian rhetoric over Syria as EU foreign ministers meet

German media in war mode over Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 18 October 2016

German editorial writers and leading members of the Greens are calling for military intervention in Syria and for “toughness against Russia.”

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Syriza agrees to further austerity measures

By John Vassilopoulos, 18 October 2016

European Union commissioner Pierre Moscovici praised Syriza’s “tremendous work” in imposing all the attacks demanded against the working class.

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

Strike continues at Libbey Glass factory in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 18 October 2016

Workers at the Libbey Glass plant in Toledo are continuing a strike that began October 12 after they rejected an inadequate wage offer and work rule concessions.

Harvard students and faculty show support for HUDS strikers

By Kate Randall and Mike Ingram, 18 October 2016

Harvard students walked out of classes Friday in support of dining room service workers who have been on strike for 12 days.

Food safety concerns as Harvard dining workers’ strike enters second week

Professors and faculty threaten to strike at 14 Pennsylvania universities

By Samuel Davidson, 18 October 2016

Professors and faculty members at Pennsylvania’s state-run universities are set to go on strike Wednesday against cuts to health benefits and the expanded use of adjunct professors.

Cleveland teacher denounces sellout contract

By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016

Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.

Workers Party suffers major defeat in Brazil’s local elections

By Miguel Andrade, 18 October 2016

The vote, coming barely one month after the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, saw record levels of abstention and spoiled ballots.

US amplifies its support for India’s military strikes on Pakistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 October 2016

Washington’s endorsement of India’s jettisoning of “strategic restraint” will only encourage New Delhi to carry out still more aggressive and provocative military actions.

Indian Stalinists aid BJP’s bellicose anti-Pakistan campaign

Sri Lankan president warns of autocratic measures

By K. Ratnayake, 18 October 2016

Sirisena, who won office on bogus slogans of good governance and fighting corruption, has moved to halt even the limited actions of the Bribery Commission and police.

Amnesty report: Australian government running torture detention on Nauru

By Nick Beams, 18 October 2016

Efforts by Australian politicians to sell their detention model have helped create the conditions where governments around the world are regularly in breach of international law.

Report details widespread and rising poverty in Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2016

The growth of poverty is a direct result of the policies implemented by successive governments, Liberal-National and Labor alike.

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L’assaut américain sur Mossoul et l’hypocrisie impérialiste

Par James Cogan, 18 octobre 2016

En Syrie et en Irak, les objectifs des États-Unis sont les mêmes : affirmer leur domination de la région qui produit le plus de pétrole au monde.

Dans ses discours secrets pour Goldman Sachs, Clinton explique pourquoi les riches doivent gouverner

Par Tom Carter, 18 octobre 2016

Les discours de Hillary Clinton, somptueusement rémunérés, devant des rassemblements de multi-millionnaires de Wall Street révèlent pourquoi elle est la candidate favorite de l’élite patronale et financière.

Unifor force l’adoption d’une autre entente de trahison chez Fiat-Chrysler

Par Carl Bronski, 18 octobre 2016

Les résultats du vote sur l’entente, qu’Unifor a vantée comme la meilleure depuis des années, reflètent une opposition croissante parmi les travailleurs, non seulement envers les termes du contrat, mais aussi envers le syndicat propatronal qu’est Unifor.

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Perspective

Is the US election rigged?

18 October 2016

The reactionary character of Trump’s claims that the US election is “rigged” does not lend any credibility to the self-righteous and hypocritical response of the Democratic Party.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 12 October 2016

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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

US SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White to speak at two meetings in Toronto this week

18 October 2016

White’s campaign is directed at mobilizing workers in the US, Canada and around the world against war and social inequality and the capitalist system in which they are rooted.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks at election meetings in South Dakota

By our reporter, 18 October 2016

The meetings in Rapid City and Pine Ridge Reservation were the first SEP meetings to be held in the state, and the latter was the first held on an American Indian reservation.

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

Commentary

DeRay Mckesson and the right-wing character of racialist politics

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 October 2016

A prominent spokesman for Black Lives Matters addressed a political forum sponsored by the online newspaper Voice of San Diego.

Billionaires back Black Lives Matter

The ISO and the New America think tank denounce opposition to the war in Syria

By Eric London, 17 October 2016

Fed Chair Yellen speaks in Boston: An admission of perplexity and impotence

By Nick Beams, 17 October 2016

In secret Goldman Sachs speeches, Clinton explains why the rich should rule

By Tom Carter, 17 October 2016

The great diversion: Democrats focus on sex scandal as conflict with Russia escalates

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IYSSE

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2016

As the new academic year begins at German universities this week, the IYSSE is distributing the following statement to first-year students.

Australian IYSSE holds Inaugural General Meeting at the University of Melbourne

By the IYSSE (Australia), 15 October 2016

The meeting was the culmination of a two-and-a-half year fight to establish an IYSSE club at the university.

Workers Struggles

National strike needed in Britain to defend striking Southern GTR conductors

By Michael Barnes, 18 October 2016

Conductors should reject the RMT’s proposal to accept new contracts.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 October 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Unifor rams through another sellout deal at Fiat-Chrysler

By Carl Bronski, 17 October 2016

Vote “No” on FCA-Unifor sellout deal
Build rank-and-file committees to resist company-union concessions

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Book Review

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: The dystopian vision of racial politics

By Tom Eley and David Walsh, 15 October 2016

Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution, by Kenneth D. Ackerman

By Linda Tenenbaum, 8 October 2016

25 years ago: Former Ku Klux Klan leader wins large vote in Louisiana primaries

October 19, 1991, ex-Ku Klux Klansman David Duke finished second in a primary election for governor of Louisiana, winning a place in the November 16 runoff.

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50 year ago: GE workers strike military plants

On October 17, 1966, members of three national unions struck five General Electric plants, after their local contracts expired without agreements.

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75 years ago: Japan forms war cabinet

On October 17, 1941 the third cabinet of Prince Konoye collapsed after negotiations between Japan and the United States failed to reach any compromise over conflicting imperialist interests in Asia and the Pacific.

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100 years ago: Friedrich Adler assassinates Austrian Prime Minister

On October 21, 1916, Friedrich Adler, a leader of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, assassinated Prime Minister Karl von Stürgkh in a politically bankrupt act of terrorism.

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Arts Review

The Dressmaker, The Girl on the Train: The “return of the native” and other issues

By Joanne Laurier, 15 October 2016

Polish film and theatre director Andrzej Wajda dead at 90

By Dorota Niemitz and Stefan Steinberg, 14 October 2016

Science

Rosetta spacecraft completes mission with crash landing into comet

By Bryan Dyne, 14 October 2016

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting in India discusses war and the fight for socialism

By our correspondent, 10 October 2016

Greetings to Chennai meeting from SEP (Sri Lanka) general secretary

By Wije Dias, 10 October 2016

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