Sixty killed in new US-Saudi war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2016

At least 60 civilians were killed in the latest bombing raid, which comes on the heels of reports warning of mass starvation.

UN warns US-Saudi war threatens mass starvation in Yemen

US launches missile strikes against Yemen

Selloff in global bond markets

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2016

Significant falls in the price of bonds last week could be the sign of greater turbulence to come amid uncertainty about the monetary policies of the world’s central banks.

US mergers set new record in October

The gig economy: More than 160 million in US and EU rely on “independent work”

Another major earthquake strikes central Italy

By Marc Wells, 31 October 2016

At 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Italians in the central area of Marche and Umbria were woken by a violent earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.

In run-up to constitutional referendum
Italy: Another earthquake and an impending political crisis

Vote by Chicago teachers on concessions contract begins today, after postponement

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016

The decision by the Chicago Teachers Union to delay the vote by two days, supposedly to allow teachers to read the contract, is an indication that there is widespread opposition.

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

Harvard concedes main demands of dining hall workers to end strike

By Mike Ingram, 31 October 2016

The strike of Harvard dining hall workers ended after three weeks with a new contract that appears to satisfy the main issues of health care and wages that prompted the strike.

Eurowings strike grounds domestic German flights

By Dietmar Henning, 31 October 2016

The conflict is a reaction to Lufthansa’s strategy of reducing the wages and working conditions of all of its employees to the level of its cut-price subsidiary airline Eurowings.

Polish government prepares legal action against EU council president Donald Tusk

By Clara Weiss, 31 October 2016

The Polish government is preparing legal action against the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

UK: Man who appeared on reality TV show “Benefits Street” dies in poverty

By Alice Summers, 31 October 2016

Lee Nutley is just one of countless people who have been driven to food banks, substance abuse and, in the worst cases, ultimately to their deaths after sanctions to their benefit claims.

Mexican defense secretary calls for more troops, greater powers in waging “war on drugs”

By Kevin Martinez, 31 October 2016

General Salvador Cienfuegos says the army is worn down after a decade of fighting drug cartels, but has asked for the military to be expanded and take an even greater role.

Sri Lanka: New anti-terror measures lay foundations for police state

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 31 October 2016

While President Sirisena postured as a champion of democracy in 2015, Sri Lanka’s planned anti-terror act is a major assault on the basic rights of the working class.

Push for harsher anti-immigrant measures in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 31 October 2016

The most significant voices in growing anti-immigrant agitation are the Unite union, which includes members of two pseudo-left groups, and the trade union-funded Daily Blog.

Report documents Canadian government’s abuse of immigrant and refugee children

More on the refugee crisis »

Australia: Widespread exploitation of backpackers and overseas labourers

By John Harris, 31 October 2016

The report documented the slave-like conditions for overseas workers which flow directly from the 417 visa arrangements enforced by Labor and Liberal-National governments.

Australia: Murdoch columnist blames young people for inability to purchase homes

New in Arabic

مؤتمر الخامس من شهر تشرين الثاني، تحت شعار رؤية الاشتراكية في مواجهة  الرأسمالية والحرب ، والسعي لبناء حركة جديدة مناهضة للحرب الإمبريالية.

Eric London و Joseph Kishore, 12 أكتوبر 2016

ستستضيف جامعة واين ،في مدينة دترويت في ولاية مشيغان،  مؤتمر مناهض للحرب، ينظمه حزب المساواة الاشتراكي، والحركة الدولية للشباب والطلبة المناضلين في سبيل االمساواة الاجتماعية تحت شعار " رؤية الاشتراكية في مواجهة الإمبريالية والحرب".

New in French

Le FBI intervient dans les élections américaines

Par Patrick Martin, 31 octobre 2016

L’annonce par le FBI qu'il allait prendre de nouvelles «mesures d’enquête» sur Hillary Clinton et son utilisation d’un serveur privé pour ses courriels, faite seulement 11 jours avant l’élection, est extraordinaire et sans précédent.

1937: Quand les travailleurs de l’auto canadiens et américains luttaient côte à côte

Par Roger Jordan, 31 octobre 2016

La grève de 1937 chez GM à Oshawa contient des leçons clés pour les travailleurs qui luttent pour défendre leurs emplois et leurs droits contre les patrons de l'auto et la bureaucratie du syndicat Unifor.

New in Turkish

Halep, Musul ve “savaş suçları”

Bill Van Auken, 31 Ekim 2016

Rus ordusunun Halep’in doğusunda kapana kısılmış sivillere karşı gerçekleştirdiği eylemler kuşkusuz suçlanmayı hak ediyor. Buna karşılık, savaş suçları hakkında çığlık atanların asıl endişesi bu değildir.

ABD ile Rusya arasında savaş gerilimleri artıyor

Bill Van Auken, 31 Ekim 2016

ABD emperyalizminin küresel egemenlik yönelimi, parlama noktası ister Doğu Avrupa’da isterse Suriye’de ortaya çıksın, dünya savaşı tehdidini durmadan arttırıyor.

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Perspective

Political warfare explodes in Washington

31 October 2016

The FBI's announcement of new “investigative steps” against Hillary Clinton has brought to the surface a raging conflict within the American state and ruling elite.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

Commentary

Another apologia for Obamacare from the New York Times’ Paul Krugman

By Kate Randall, 31 October 2016

The columnist downplays the impact of skyrocketing premiums, deductibles and co-pays to tout the pro-corporate health care “reform” as a brilliant success.

Obamacare: The reality hits home

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

The FBI intervenes in the 2016 election

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2016

Leaked documents detail how Wall Street bought the Clintons

Clinton preparing a bipartisan government of austerity and war

More on the 2016 US elections »

US-Russian war tensions mount over Eastern Europe and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2016

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

Violent police attack on anti-oil pipeline protest in North Dakota

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

Social inequality and the fight against capitalism

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

US SEP presidential candidate addresses Sri Lankan audience

By our correspondents, 31 October 2016

Yesterday’s meeting in Colombo unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the socialist anti-war conference to be held by the US SEP in Detroit on November 5.

Sri Lankan students and workers discuss US SEP’s election intervention

SEP candidates hold successful meetings in run-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our correspondents, 29 October 2016

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

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

25 years ago: Largest general strike in South African history

Millions of black South African workers staged a powerful two-day general strike on November 4-5, 1991 to protest the apartheid government’s attacks on their living standards.

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50 year ago: Florence flooding kills 149, destroys historic patrimony

On November 4, 1966, a flash flood swept through Italy’s historic city of Florence and its surrounding areas, killing 149 people and destroying or damaging invaluable Renaissance art and literature.

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75 years ago: Cetniks and Partisans clash in Yugoslavia

On November 1, 1941 the Serbian Cetnik forces under the nationalist Draza Mihailovic launched surprise attacks against Uzice and other positions held by Yugoslav Partisan units led by Tito’s Communist Party.

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100 years ago: IWW members killed in Everett Massacre

On November 5, 1916, armed sheriff’s deputies killed five members of the revolutionary-syndicalist and anti-war Industrial Workers of the World in Everett, Washington.

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Arts Review

American Pastoral: A film version of Philip Roth’s novel

By David Walsh, 29 October 2016

Certain Women: A certain anger at America’s coldness, loneliness …
… And Christopher Guest’s Mascots

Workers Struggles

Strikes end at Libbey Glass in Ohio and Jim Beam in Kentucky

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2016

“They are picking on the most vulnerable sections of society”
Blue Cross retirees stage picket over health care cuts

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of call to conference against war

Posted here is a translation into Arabic of “The November 5 conference, ‘Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,’ and the building of a new movement against imperialist war,” the October 12 Perspective on the WSWS.

History

Berlin exhibition—“Mass Shootings: The Holocaust from the Baltic to the Black Sea 1941-1944”

By Verena Nees, 28 October 2016

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.