Political tensions mount in final week of US election campaign

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2016

Both the Democratic and Republican campaigns are preparing for a contested outcome of the November 8 vote.

The 2016 US election and the crisis of the two-party system

Democrats step up campaign against FBI director

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Leaked emails reveal Clinton campaign deception over Flint

By James Brewer, 2 November 2016

The latest round of emails released by WikiLeaks reveals that Clinton was tipped off a day in advance of the Flint debate about a resident’s question.

Death toll rises to 25, as India-Pakistan border clashes heighten war danger

By Alex Lantier, 2 November 2016

As US officials pledge greater support to India against Pakistan and China, both Indian and Pakistani officials are vowing to escalate their conflict over Kashmir.

India-Pakistan cross-border barrages heighten South Asia’s war crisis

Indonesia and Australia discuss joint naval patrols in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 November 2016

The naval operations would be anything but routine, given that the Indonesian navy has already clashed with Chinese fishing trawlers in the South China Sea.

South Korea’s president in crisis over corruption scandals

By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2016

Intense conflicts in ruling circles are behind accusations that President Park Gen-hye and her confidantes were involved in illegal activity.

Popular support grows for anti-oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota

By Kevin Martinez, 2 November 2016

The mainly Native American protesters have received over $1 million in crowdsource funding, but only silence from Hillary Clinton and attacks from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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

Officials threaten court action against Philadelphia transit strikers

By Alan Whyte, 2 November 2016

Transit workers are in a battle against the attack on health benefits, which is being spearheaded by the Obama administration.

Philadelphia transit workers go on strike

German Left Party pushes for red-red-green coalition before federal election

By Verena Nees, 2 November 2016

The Left Party parliamentary group leader called on the SPD leadership to end the grand coalition early and proposed an agreement on welfare cuts and foreign military interventions.

German welfare recipients threatened with fines of up to €5,000

Germany: UFO union calls off strikes and begs for hearing with Lufthansa bosses

By Dietmar Henning, 2 November 2016

The Independent Flight Attendants Organisation has cancelled strikes planned for this week at Eurowings, declaring it is “speechless” at the company's tough stance.

Flight attendants union calls off strikes at Eurowings airline in Germany

The pseudo-left and Brazil’s municipal elections: A trial run for mass betrayal

By Miguel Andrade, 2 November 2016

The crushing defeat for the Workers Party, amid record abstention rates, has exposed the crisis of the entire political establishment, particularly Brazil’s pseudo-left.

Australia: Police break up Sydney College of the Arts occupation

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 November 2016

The growing use of police against campus protests is bound up with the transformation of universities into for-profit entities reliant on corporate funds and with close ties to the state.

New in Russian

Социальное неравенство и борьба против капитализма

Ник Бимс, 2 ноября 2016 г.

Факты и данные, собраные французским политэкономистом Томом Пикетти, свидетельствуют, что нет никакой возможности побороть все растущее социальное неравенство, кроме как средствами социалистической революции.

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Troisième semaine d’offensive à Mossoul : les tensions sectaires montent en Irak

Par Jordan Shilton, 2 novembre 2016

Des troupes gouvernementales irakiennes sont entrées lundi dans la banlieue est de la ville irakienne du nord, au milieu des avertissements d’une catastrophe humanitaire pour ses habitants.

L’élection américaine de 2016 et la crise du système bipartite

Par Barry Grey, 2 novembre 2016

Le conflit acharné au sein de l’establishment politique en réponse à l’intervention dans l’élection du directeur du FBI, James Comey, a exposé la crise profonde de la domination bourgeoise aux États-Unis.

New in German

Die US-Wahlen und die Krise des Zweiparteiensystems

Von Barry Grey, 2. November 2016

Die Intervention von FBI-Chef James Comey in den Wahlkampf hat den Konflikt im politischen Establishment weiter vertieft.

Offensive gegen Mossul verschärft religiöse Spannungen im Irak

Von Jordan Shilton, 2. November 2016

Irakische Regierungstruppen sind trotz Warnungen vor einer humanitären Katastrophe für die Bewohner am Montag in die östlichen Vororte von Mossul vorgedrungen.

Angebliche Einigung im Geschacher um Kaiser’s Tengelmann

Von Dietmar Henning, 2. November 2016

Am Montag einigte sich der Besitzer von Kaiser’s Tengelmann angeblich mit dem Edeka- und dem Rewe-Konzern über die Aufteilung der Lebensmittelkette. Ob am Ende nicht doch die Zerschlagung steht, ist ungewiss.

Präsidentenwahl in der Republik Moldau: Prorussischer Kandidat liegt vorn

Von Markus Salzmann, 2. November 2016

Die Wahl gilt als richtungsweisend dafür, ob Moldawien die Annäherung an die Europäische Union fortsetzt oder seine Beziehungen zu Russland stärkt.

Grenzgefechte zwischen Indien und Pakistan verschärfen Krise in Südasien

Von Keith Jones, 2. November 2016

Die indische Regierungspartei BJP nutzt die Krise, um sich gegenüber Pakistan in Stellung zu bringen und die rechten Kräfte im eigenen Land zu stärken.

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".

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Perspective

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

2 November 2016

The Times piece amounts to war propaganda, echoing the hysterical claims of the Baltic states that a Russian invasion is imminent and glorifying the legacy of Nazism.

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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

Commentary

Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson endorses Hillary Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 2 November 2016

For any who retain illusions that this advocate of racialist politics and Black Lives Matter are anti-establishment, the Washington Post piece should serve as a useful antidote.

Britain’s pseudo-left and the party of war

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2016

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader one year ago has not changed Labour’s pro-war agenda one iota.

Sixty killed in new US-Saudi war crime in Yemen

US-Russian war tensions mount over Eastern Europe and Syria

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

By Kate Randall, 31 October 2016

Obamacare: The reality hits home

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

Sectarian tensions rise in Iraq as Mosul offensive enters third week

By Jordan Shilton, 1 November 2016

US-backed Islamist rebels launch offensive in Syria

Aleppo, Mosul and “war crimes”

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

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 31 October 2016

Obituary

Albert Dragstedt (1933-2016)

By Fred Williams, 2 November 2016

A long-time member of the Workers League, which he joined in the early 1970s, and a supporter of the Socialist Equality Party, Albert combined immense erudition with an unwavering dedication to Marxism.

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meeting in Jaffna: Imperialist war, Tamil nationalism and the fight for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 November 2016

The Tamil nationalist parties support Washington’s war drive in Asia and have pleaded for US backing to secure privileges for the Tamil elite in Sri Lanka.

Arts Review

Volhynia (Hatred) by Wojciech Smarzowski—a gripping account of the 1943 massacre

By Dorota Niemitz, 2 November 2016

Volhynia (Hatred) is an honest attempt to recreate the background to the murder of thousands of Poles by right-wing Ukrainian nationalists during World War II.

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

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

Book Review

The political anatomy of pseudo-left war propaganda
Part two

By Eric London, 2 November 2016

A Road Unforeseen employs postmodernist political categories and identity politics in an explicit call for US war in the Middle East.

The political anatomy of pseudo-left war propaganda
Part one

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

Science

Vertebrate species populations in dramatic decline

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2016

A study by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London projects that by 2020 vertebrate species populations will have dropped by two thirds since 1970.

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

Hundreds attend lecture by David North in Frankfurt, Germany

Workers Struggles

Unifor announces sell-out agreement with Ford Canada

By Carl Bronski, 1 November 2016

Unifor rams through another sellout deal at Fiat-Chrysler

Unifor prepares pattern sellout for Ford Canada workers

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

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

US SEP presidential candidate addresses Sri Lankan audience

By our correspondents, 31 October 2016

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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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