Mosul offensive threatens to inflame sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016

The offensive on Mosul not only threatens the city’s more than 1 million residents, but is intensifying the ethnic and regional conflicts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

US-backed Iraqi forces tighten noose around Mosul

The US-directed assault on Mosul and imperialist hypocrisy

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Bremen University student body protests against Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 October 2016

This and similar protests in Germany demonstrate that students are not prepared to tolerate the transformation of the universities into right-wing and militarist think tanks.

Philippine president in China seeks to cement closer ties

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2016

Duterte has signalled that he is open to closer military relations with China and Russia as he seeks billions of dollars in Chinese aid and investment.

Philippine President Duterte tilts toward China

The International Socialist Organization campaigns for layoffs, school closures in Chicago

By Eric London, 19 October 2016

A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.

Trump running mate attacks black voter registration effort

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2016

Indiana state police raided the offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project and confiscated equipment and filled-out voter applications.

Is the US election rigged?

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

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

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Guantánamo Diary author released after 14 years in illegal detention

By Zaida Green, 19 October 2016

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, now 45, has never been charged with a crime.

Philadelphia transit workers vote to strike

By Alan Whyte, 19 October 2016

Nearly 6,000 bus, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics have voted to stop work if a new labor agreement is not reached by October 31.

UK education funding cuts bring schools to breaking point

By Tom Pearce, 19 October 2016

An Institute for Fiscal Studies report notes that school spending per pupil is likely to fall by around 8 percent in real terms by 2020.

Australia: Large protest against Wyong hospital privatisation

By John Mackay, 19 October 2016

Unions New South Wales is seeking to channel widespread opposition to the attacks on healthcare behind the Labor Party.

Australia: Five workers killed in industrial incidents within a week

By Terry Cook, 19 October 2016

Five workers died within seven days, pointing to increasingly unsafe conditions in the construction and transport industries.

UN committee condemns Australia’s Nauru refugee camp

By Max Newman, 19 October 2016

The Committee on the Rights of the Child described the treatment of children in the Australian-controlled detention centre as “inhumane and degrading.”

New in French

Est-ce que l’élection américaine est truquée ?

Par Barry Grey, 19 octobre 2016

Le caractère réactionnaire des allégations de Trump selon lesquelles l’élection américaine est « truquée » ne prête aucune crédibilité à la réponse hypocrite du Parti démocrate.

Les ministres des Affaires étrangères de l’UE adoptent la déclaration dénonçant la Russie et la Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 19 octobre 2016

La déclaration de l’Union européenne est alignée sur le flot de propagande anti-russe émanant de Washington sur la guerre de l’OTAN pour changer le régime en Syrie.

New in German

Werden die US-Wahlen manipuliert?

Von Barry Grey, 19. Oktober 2016

Trumps Behauptung, die US-Wahl werde „manipuliert“, hat einen zutiefst reaktionären Charakter. Doch die selbstgerechte und heuchlerische Reaktion der Demokratischen Partei auf diesen Vorwurf entbehrt jeder Glaubwürdigkeit.

Irakische Truppen ziehen die Schlinge um Mossul enger

Von James Cogan, 19. Oktober 2016

Es wird immer klarer, dass die verbliebene Kampfkraft des IS durch Luftschläge, Hungersnot und Verzweiflung geschwächt erden soll.

EU-Außenminister verurteilen Russland und Syrien

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Oktober 2016

Die Erklärung der EU liegt auf einer Linie mit der antirussischen Propaganda aus Washington. Sie ergibt sich aus dem Bestreben der Nato, durch den Krieg in Syrien einen Regimewechsel in Damaskus herbeizuführen.

Kaiser’s Tengelmann wird zerschlagen

Von Marianne Arens, 19. Oktober 2016

Nach dem Platzen des Runden Tischs der Gewerkschaft Verdi mit den Einzelhandels-Bossen beginnt seit dieser Woche der Ausverkauf der Filialen in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Berlin: Rot-Rot-Grün bereitet Fortsetzung des Sparkurses vor

Von Verena Nees, 19. Oktober 2016

Ein rot-rot-grünes Bündnis wird den bisherigen Kurs der Haushaltskonsolidierung und damit der Sparprogramme auf dem Rücken der Bevölkerung fortsetzen.

Ungarn: Regierungskritische Zeitung wird eingestellt

Von Markus Salzmann, 19. Oktober 2016

Die erzwungene Einstellung der regierungskritischen Zeitung Népszabadság am 8. Oktober ist ein weiterer Schritt zur Abschaffung der Pressefreiheit und zum Aufbau autoritärer Strukturen in Ungarn.

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Perspective

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

19 October 2016

The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.

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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

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, condemns the escalation of US military violence and calls on workers to attend the November 5 conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.”

SEP campaigners speak with Huntington, West Virginia residents

By our reporters, 19 October 2016

Huntington residents spoke with SEP candidate Naomi Spencer about the US elections, poor social conditions, and the need for an independent political movement of the working class.

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

18 October 2016

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

By our reporter, 18 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

Commentary

DeRay Mckesson and the right-wing character of racialist politics

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 October 2016

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

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

EU foreign ministers adopt statement denouncing Russia and Syria

German media in war mode over Syria

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 October 2016

Workers Struggles

Strike continues at Libbey Glass factory in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 18 October 2016

Harvard students and faculty show support for HUDS strikers

By Kate Randall and Mike Ingram, 18 October 2016

National strike needed in Britain to defend striking Southern GTR conductors

By Michael Barnes, 18 October 2016

IYSSE

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

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

Australian IYSSE holds Inaugural General Meeting at the University of Melbourne

By the IYSSE (Australia), 15 October 2016

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