Final Trump-Clinton debate: A bankrupt political system staggers toward the finish line

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2016

The 2016 election offers the American people the “choice” between the two most reactionary candidates in modern US history.

Trump running mate attacks black voter registration effort

Is the US election rigged?

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

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Five thousand faculty strike at Pennsylvania state campuses

By Samuel Davidson and Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2016

The strike by Pennsylvania faculty is an expression of growing social opposition among different sections of workers in the run-up to the US election.

Philadelphia transit workers vote to strike

US Social Security Administration announces effective cut in benefits

By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2016

A 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment in monthly checks will be completely eaten up by increased Medicare premiums.

One out of two Americans in facial recognition databases

By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2016

A recent report by Georgetown Law Center reveals that half of American adults are in photo recognition databases maintained by law enforcement agencies.

Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates approves concessions contract

By our reporter, 20 October 2016

Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.

Chicago charter school union announces contract deal

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 October 2016

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

Amid Mosul offensive, Turkey denounces US policy, stakes claims in Balkans

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2016

Greek officials warned that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements threatened to undermine Turkey's relations with Greece and the entire European Union.

Egyptian junta cultivates Russia and China as a counterweight to the US

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2016

Egypt’s turn to Russia and China is a desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy.

British press witch-hunt refugee children from Calais

By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2016

A xenophobic campaign by British politicians and media is being waged against children arriving in the UK from the Calais migrant camp.

Red-Red-Green coalition in Berlin state prepares to continue austerity drive

By Verena Nees, 20 October 2016

A so-called Red-Red-Green coalition in Berlin will pursue budgetary consolidation and impose an austerity programme on the backs of the working population.

Over 20 patients die in Indian hospital fire

By Arun Kumar, 20 October 2016

Indian governments fail to ensure basic fire safety standards at hospital facilities throughout the country.

Report documents hunger across the Pacific

By John Braddock, 20 October 2016

The report points to the dire social consequences of extreme weather events and vast climatic changes across the Pacific.

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Washington agit pour faire taire Wikileaks

Par Bill Van Auken, 20 octobre 2016

L’élite dirigeante américaine est prête à tout pour empêcher de nouvelles révélations sur les vrais intérêts sociaux et politiques qui se cachent derrière l’élection présidentielle grotesque de 2016.

L’offensive sur Mossoul menace d’enflammer les conflits sectaires en Irak et en Syrie

Par Jordan Shilton, 20 octobre 2016

L’offensive sur Mossoul menace non seulement plus d'un million d’habitants de la ville, mais elle intensifie en plus les conflits ethniques et régionaux en Irak et dans tout le Moyen-Orient.

Les forces irakiennes soutenues par les États-Unis resserrent leur étau autour de Mossoul

Par James Cogan, 20 octobre 2016

Le but de plus en plus évident est d’utiliser les frappes aériennes, la famine et le désespoir pour affaiblir ce qui reste de la force de combat de l’EI.

New in Turkish

Savaş propagandası değil, bilim!

Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler (Almanya), 20 Ekim 2016

Biz, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’nin (DEUK) gençlik ve öğrenci örgütü olarak, kökenine, milliyetine, ten rengine ya da dinine bakmaksızın bütün işçileri birleştirme uğruna mücadele ediyor ve uluslararası savaş karşıtı bir hareket inşa ediyoruz.

İspanya Sosyalist İşçi Partisi darbesi Podemos’u teşhir ediyor

Paul Mitchell ve Alex Lantier, 20 Ekim 2016

İspanya Sosyalist İşçi Partisi (PSOE) içindeki başarılı darbe, sahte sol Podemos partisinin gerici karakterini açığa vurmuş durumda.

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Washington will WikiLeaks mundtot machen

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. Oktober 2016

Das politische Establishment in den USA will mit allen Mitteln verhindern, dass WikiLeaks die wirklichen sozialen und politischen Interessen entlarvt, die hinter dem absurden Präsidentschaftswahlkampf stehen.

Die Offensive gegen Mossul schürt religiöse Konflikte

Von Jordan Shilton, 20. Oktober 2016

Die Offensive gegen Mossul gefährdet nicht nur die knapp eine Million Einwohner der Stadt, sondern verschärft auch die ethnischen und regionalen Konflikte im Irak und dem ganzen Nahen Osten.

Der ARD-Film „Terror“ und der Angriff auf demokratische Rechte

Von Johannes Stern und Peter Schwarz, 20. Oktober 2016

Der Fernsehfilm „Terror – Ihr Urteil“ wurde von der ARD gezielt eingesetzt, um eine Bresche für den deutschen Militarismus zu schlagen und demokratische Grundrechte und Prinzipien auszuhebeln.

1,4 Millionen leben länger als acht Jahre von Hartz IV

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20. Oktober 2016

4,2 Millionen erwerbsfähige Hartz-IV-Empfänger sind teilweise seit vielen Jahren von dem schikanösen System der Jobcenter abhängig.

USA unterstützen indische Militärschläge gegen Pakistan

Von Deepal Jayasekera, 20. Oktober 2016

Die Obama-Regierung hat den provokativen und illegalen Angriff Indiens vom 28. und 29. September auf Pakistan offiziell abgesegnet.

Zum Tod des polnischen Theater- und Filmregisseurs Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016)

Von Dorota Niemitz und Stefan Steinberg, 20. Oktober 2016

Am 9. Oktober starb in Warschau der neunzigjährige Film- und Theaterregisseur Andrzej Wajda, eine der prominentesten Persönlichkeiten im kulturellen Leben Nachkriegspolen.

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Perspective

The siege of Mosul and the crimes of US imperialism

20 October 2016

The offensive against Mosul is the latest in a series of US war crimes that have killed, maimed and displaced millions across the Middle East.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

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

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

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

Commentary

Sanders’ damning silence on Clinton’s Wall Street speeches

By Barry Grey, 20 October 2016

As Sanders continues to hustle votes for Clinton, while saying nothing about her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial malefactors, there is about him a palpable odor of dishonesty and cynicism.

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

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Bremen University student body protests against Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 October 2016

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2016

Mosul offensive threatens to inflame sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016

The US-directed assault on Mosul and imperialist hypocrisy

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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

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Ohio glass workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 October 2016

Workers in the second week of their strike against the multinational glass maker are determined to resist further attacks on working conditions, health insurance and pay.

War and the 2016 US elections: SEP candidates launch final election tour

20 October 2016

In the two weeks before the US elections, Jerry White will be giving meetings in Canada and the US West Coast, and Niles Niemuth will be traveling throughout the Midwest.

SEP campaigners speak with Huntington, West Virginia residents

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

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

History

The autocratic record of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

By Tom Peters, 20 October 2016

King Bhumibol, who is being glorified by the media and politicians around the world, supported one military dictatorship after another to suppress the working class and the poor.

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 20 October 2016

Coming just weeks after the Flint sit-down strike, the 1937 strike at GM’s Oshawa facilities contains pivotal lessons for autoworkers fighting to defend their jobs and rights against the Detroit Three and the Unifor bureaucracy.

Arts Review

The false friends of Peter Weiss, German dramatist, filmmaker and novelist

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 October 2016

Central to Peter Weiss’s work were the seminal experiences of the twentieth century––the crimes of fascism, the October Revolution and its subsequent betrayal by the Stalinist bureaucracy.

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

Toronto International Film Festival 2016—Part 6
Marija, Past Life, Ember: Facing life, in different ways

By David Walsh, 12 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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Socialist Equality Party

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

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