US-Russian war tensions mount over Eastern Europe and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2016

NATO countries meeting in Brussels have promised to deploy troops and heavy weapons on Russia’s borders in the biggest buildup since the height of the Cold War.

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

Refugee deaths surge in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 October 2016

According to UN data, 3,740 refugees drowned at sea in the first ten months of 2016, more than the total for all of last year.

French police launch demolition of “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais

British press witch-hunt refugee children from Calais

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Clinton preparing a bipartisan government of austerity and war

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2016

Clinton is seeking to assemble something akin to a grand coalition between the Democratic Party and the Republican leadership.

The 2016 elections and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

The 2016 elections: American democracy in shambles

Is the US election rigged?

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Philippine President Duterte says he wants US troops out of the country in two years

By Joseph Santolan, 27 October 2016

The abrupt shift in Manila’s foreign policy toward China is an expression of the immense geopolitical tensions stoked by Washington's policies.

US “pivot to Asia” in disarray

China: CCP plenum on tightening party discipline signals inner crisis

By Peter Symonds, 27 October 2016

The Chinese regime confronts a slowing economy, mounting social and class tensions and Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining and subordinating China.

China growth on target but debt concerns mount

By Nick Beams, 27 October 2016

EU crisis deepens as trade deal with Canada stalls

By Jordan Shilton, 27 October 2016

Whether or not the deal is ultimately ratified, the conflicts over CETA have again starkly exposed the advanced state of decomposition of the European Union.

Surveillance requests expand by 500 percent in Washington, DC

By Nick Barrickman, 27 October 2016

Court dockets released to the ACLU in July show that federal officials’ requests to conduct electronic surveillance on the population in the DC metropolitan region has skyrocketed in recent years.

Unifor prepares pattern sellout for Ford Canada workers

By Carl Bronski, 27 October 2016

In advance of the approaching contract deadline at Ford, Unifor President Jerry Dias is defending the sellout agreements imposed at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.

Report finds that more than 40 percent of British housing is substandard

By Barry Mason, 27 October 2016

In London, nearly three quarters of residents classified their homes as failing to meet the Living Home Standard established by the housing charity Shelter.

New Zealand: The US warship visit and the fraud of Peace Action

By Tom Peters, 27 October 2016

Peace Action Wellington and Auckland Peace Action do not represent any alternative to the Greens and other organisations which have discredited themselves by embracing imperialist war preparations.

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Toplumsal eşitsizlik ve kapitalizme karşı mücadele

Nick Beams, 27 Ekim 2016

Toplumsal muhalefetteki büyümede ve dünya genelinde (Brexit’ten ABD seçimlerine kadar) kapitalist hükümetleri ve kurumları sarsan şiddetli siyasi krizlerde tanık olduğumuz şey, Piketty’nin ve diğer reformist statüko eleştirmenlerinin hayalleri değil, tüm çelişkileriyle birlikte yeni bir devrimci mücadele döneminin ortaya çıkışıdır.

Musul saldırısı bölgesel gerilimleri yoğunlaştırıyor

Jordan Shilton, 27 Ekim 2016

Medyanın sivillere yönelik tehdide ilişkin haberleri neredeyse yalnızca IŞİD’in sivilleri canlı kalkan olarak kullanmasına odaklanırken, asıl tehdit, ABD ve müttefikleri önderliğinde saldırıya destek amacıyla gerçekleştirilen hava saldırılarından ve büyük ihtimalle tetiklenecek olan mezhepsel şiddet dalgasından geliyor.

Putin Merkel ve Hollande ile bir araya geldi

Peter Schwarz, 27 Ekim 2016

Almanya başbakanı ile Fransa, Rusya ve Ukrayna devlet başkanları arasında Çarşamba günü Berlin’de yapılan görüşme, hiçbir pratik sonuç doğurmadı.

Chomsky Chicago’da: Bol sulu “kötünün iyisi” politikası lapası

Marcus Day ve George Gallanis, 27 Ekim 2016

Chomsky’nin Clinton’a oy vermeyi tavsiye ederek “kötünün iyisine oy verme” çağrısı yapması, onu, bir Demokratik Parti destekçisi olarak damgalamakta; bu partinin geçmişte gerçekleştirdiği ve şimdi hazırlamakta olduğu suçlardan siyasi olarak sorumlu kılmaktadır.

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Les pertes civiles montent dans l’offensive contre Mossoul

Par Bill Van Auken, 27 octobre 2016

Selon de nombreux reportages, les combattants de l’Etat islamique refluent depuis Mossoul vers la Syrie.

Le « pivot vers l'Asie » des Etats-Unis en désarroi

Par Peter Symonds, 27 octobre 2016

Loin de batttre en retraite, Washington réagira à ses revers en intensifiant ses intrigues diplomatiques et militaires en Asie.

Le Canada forme un partenariat avec la France pour mener la guerre en Afrique

Par Laurent Lafrance, 27 octobre 2016

Sous prétexte de promouvoir la paix et de lutter contre le «terrorisme islamiste», l’impérialisme canadien se prépare à faire avancer ses intérêts économiques et géopolitiques croissants en Afrique.

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Amerikanischer „Pivot to Asia“ in der Krise

Von Peter Symonds, 27. Oktober 2016

Die US-Regierung reagiert auf Rückschläge im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum nicht etwa mit einem Rückzieher, sondern mit noch mehr diplomatischen Intrigen und kriegerischen Provokationen.

Libysche Küstenwache attackiert Flüchtlingsboot

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 27. Oktober 2016

Nach offiziellen Angaben der Vereinten Nationen sind in den ersten zehn Monaten dieses Jahres bereits 3.740 Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer ertrunken, mehr als im gesamten Vorjahr.

Zweite Woche der Offensive gegen Mossul: Zahl der zivilen Opfer wächst

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Oktober 2016

Mehreren Berichten zufolge werden IS-Kämpfer von Mossul über die Grenze nach Syrien geschleust.

Ungarn: Feiern zum 60. Jahrestag des Arbeiteraufstands

Von Markus Salzmann, 27. Oktober 2016

Mit einer nationalistischen Hetztirade gegen Flüchtlinge und Muslime gedachte der ungarische Premier Viktor Orban am Sonntag der ungarischen Revolution vor 60 Jahren.

Hartz-IV-Empfängern droht Strafgeld bis zu 5000 Euro

Von Anna Rombach, 27. Oktober 2016

Laut der verschärften staatlichen Hartz-IV-Regelung müssen Arbeitslose jetzt mit drastischen Strafen rechnen, wenn ihre Angaben unvollständig sind.

Ägyptische Junta umwirbt Russland und China als Gegengewicht zu den Vereinigten Staaten

Von Jean Shaoul, 27. Oktober 2016

Die ägyptische Militärdiktatur, die lange Zeit als entscheidender Verbündeter der Vereinigten Staaten fungierte, hält Ende dieses Monats erstmals Militärübungen mit Russland ab.

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Perspective

Obamacare: The reality hits home

27 October 2016

On Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that premiums for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase on average by 25 percent in 2017, raising health care costs of millions of working people by thousands of dollars.

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Mehring Books

Philosophy and Politics in an Age of War and Revolution
A lecture delivered at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

By David North, 25 October 2016

This lecture by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North was delivered in German on October 22 at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. North spoke at the invitation of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Hundreds attend lecture by David North in Frankfurt, Germany

By our correspondents, 25 October 2016

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

Arts Review

Michael Moore in TrumpLand grovels in praise of Hillary Clinton

By Fred Mazelis, 27 October 2016

With his latest effort, Moore emerges as a chief promoter of the favored candidate of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

Nick Hedges’s photographs reveal what Britain’s slums were like in the 1960s and 1970s

By Margot Miller, 25 October 2016

The Magnificent Seven: Hollywood remakes and the problem of diminishing returns

Book Review

Making the case for war in Eastern Europe
Robert D. Kaplan’s In Europe’s Shadow

By Clara Weiss, 26 October 2016

The latest book by Robert D. Kaplan advocates transforming Romania into a military staging ground for US imperialism and preparing for all-out war against Russia.

Commentary

Two weeks before the US election
Government announces huge Obamacare premium rises for 2017

By Kate Randall, 26 October 2016

Thomas Piketty in Sydney: Data on social inequality, but no solution

By Nick Beams, 26 October 2016

Social inequality and the fight against capitalism

Following meeting, leading Black Lives Matter activist endorses Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 25 October 2016

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

Billionaires back Black Lives Matter

After installation of Popular Party government
Podemos, pseudo-left prepare for political power in Spain

Scottish National Party pushes for second independence referendum

Plans take shape for red-red-green federal coalition in Germany

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

Workers Struggles

SAG-AFTRA picketers discuss strike, US elections

By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016

SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike

Musicians speak out at concert to support Pittsburgh Symphony strike

By Evan Winters, 26 October 2016

Mobilize the working class to defend public education
Vote “no” on the CPS-CTU concessions contract!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016

Union ends strike at Pennsylvania state campuses, pushes concessions

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP presidential candidate speaks in Toronto on struggle against war

By Dylan Lubao, 25 October 2016

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford workers in Toronto

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

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

20 October 2016

US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to address Sri Lankan public meeting via Internet

21 October 2016

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

25 years ago: Strike wave challenges Mitterrand regime in France

This week in 1991 saw a growing strike wave shake the right-wing social democratic regime of President François Mitterrand and Prime Minister Edith Cresson.

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50 year ago: Manila conference on Vietnam War

On October 24, 1966, talks opened in Manila between the United States, the puppet regime in Saigon and the five other countries participating in the imperialist intervention in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: US miners fight for union shop

On October 25, 1941 the United Mine Workers resumed its strike to obtain a union shop agreement for 53,000 US coal miners who worked in “captive mines.”

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100 years ago: Australian government moves to introduce military conscription

On October 28, 1916, Australia held its first, non-binding plebiscite under the Military Service Referendum Act 1916, on the question of the government’s power to conscript citizens to fight in the war overseas.

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History

The autocratic record of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

By Tom Peters, 20 October 2016

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 20 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