War of smears and scandals in US election campaign

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2016

The presidential election campaign is being conducted in a way designed to avoid any serious examination of the critical issues of war, economic inequality and attacks on democratic rights.

As election tightens, Clinton steps up right-wing appeals

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

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US air strikes kill scores of civilians in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2016

More than 15 years after the Bush administration invaded Afghanistan, the US-backed regime controls less territory than ever, and the slaughter of civilians is escalating.

Aleppo, Mosul and “war crimes”

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High Court verdict on EU Brexit plunges UK deeper into crisis

By Julie Hyland, 4 November 2016

The High Court ruled that Parliament alone has the right to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Scottish National Party pushes for second independence referendum

Legal challenge to Brexit threatens constitutional crisis in UK

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German think tank demands greater foreign policy independence from the US

By Johannes Stern, 4 November 2016

Just days before the US presidential election, the German government-aligned Foreign Policy Institute (SWP) published a paper calling for a more independent German foreign policy.

Putin criticizes the US and pleads for a change in course

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2016

As military, economic and diplomatic pressures mount, Putin feels obliged to discuss the aggressive and provocative character of US policy toward Russia.

California state workers to vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2016

The union fears that a strike will cut across its support for the Democratic Brown administration and the Democratic Party.

Parti Québécois selects third leader in three years

By Laurent Lafrance, 4 November 2016

Of the candidates vying for PQ leader, the winner, Jean-François Lisée, is the most closely identified with the PQ’s support for austerity and promotion of chauvinism.

Haiti: Teenagers shot dead by police as post-Matthew crisis deepens

By John Marion, 4 November 2016

The United Nations and Haitian National Police are violently suppressing popular unrest as hundreds of thousands remain without homes, medical treatment and adequate food supplies.

Former president arrested in El Salvador amid government default crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 4 November 2016

The arrests of senior officials throughout the region on corruption charges are being used by Washington to discipline its client regimes and push through further social cuts.

Sri Lanka: Deeside plantation workers form action committee

By our correspondents, 4 November 2016

The committee’s establishment is an important step toward breaking from the trade unions, which function as industrial police for big business and the government.

Australian government hit by legal challenges to two senators

By Mike Head, 4 November 2016

The turmoil produced by the bids to disqualify the senators has intensified the Turnbull government’s precariousness.

Australia: Hazelwood power station closure threatens thousands of jobs

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2016

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is seeking to impose an “orderly closure” of the plant.

New Zealand moves to restore relations with Fijian regime

By John Braddock, 4 November 2016

New Zealand’s welcoming of Fiji’s Prime Minister Bainimarama was aimed at advancing the geo-strategic interests of the US and its local allies against China.

New in French

Construisons un mouvement international contre la guerre impérialiste !

Socialist Equality Party, 4 novembre 2016

La conférence qui aura lieu samedi à Detroit, dans le Michigan, « Le socialisme contre le capitalisme et la guerre » proposera une stratégie politique pour construire un mouvement socialiste de la classe ouvrière internationale contre le danger d’une Troisième Guerre mondiale.

Des manifestations éclatent au Maroc après la mort d’un poissonnier

Par Alex Lantier, 4 novembre 2016

Mouhcine Fikri a trouvé la mort, écrasé par une benne à ordures vendredi lorsqu’il essayait d’empêcher les autorités de détruire sa marchandise.

Unifor annonce une entente de trahison avec Ford Canada

Par Carl Bronski, 4 novembre 2016

Les dirigeants d’Unifor ont reconnu que l’accord proposé avec Ford comprend de «mauvaises choses» et autres éléments qu’ils «n’aiment pas», mais refusent d’en dire plus à cet effet.

New in German

Für den Aufbau einer internationalen Bewegung gegen den imperialistischen Krieg!

Socialist Equality Party, 4. November 2016

Auf der Konferenz „Sozialismus versus Kapitalismus und Krieg“ am 5. November wird eine politische Strategie gehen die Gefahr eines dritten Weltkriegs diskutiert.

Wachsende Spannungen in den deutsch-chinesischen Beziehungen

Von Ulrich Rippert, 4. November 2016

Der Chinabesuch von Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) wird von heftigen Spannungen überschattet.

Deutscher Thinktank fordert mehr außenpolitische Unabhängigkeit von den USA

Von Johannes Stern, 4. November 2016

Wenige Tage vor den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen hat der regierungsnahe deutsche Thinktank „Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik“ (SWP) ein Papier veröffentlicht, das für eine aggressivere deutsche und europäische Außenpolitik plädiert.

Britischer Verteidigungsminister erklärt Großbritannien bereit für Krieg gegen Russland

Von Robert Stevens, 4. November 2016

Fallon erklärte vor dem Verteidigungsausschuss, Großbritanniens Streitkräfte seien von zentraler Bedeutung für die Umzingelung Russlands durch die Nato.

Marokko: Proteste nach dem Tod eines Fischverkäufers

Von Alex Lantier, 4. November 2016

Mouhcine Fikri wurde am vergangenen Freitag in einer Müllpresse zerquetscht, als er die Behörden an der Zerstörung seiner Waren hindern wollte.

Italien und Griechenland: Katastrophale Zustände für Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. November 2016

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International wirft italienischen Sicherheitskräften vor, Flüchtlinge gefoltert und misshandelt zu haben.

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

Class struggle in US intensifies on eve of election

4 November 2016

There is growing opposition among American workers to corporate and government demands for endless rollbacks in wages, health care and pension benefits.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

Build an international movement against imperialist war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 3 November 2016

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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP holds meetings in Illinois in lead-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our reporters, 4 November 2016

Niles Niemuth, the SEP US vice presidential candidate, addressed workers and students at meetings held in Rock Island and Chicago, Illinois, over the last week.

US SEP presidential candidate addresses Sri Lankan audience

By our correspondents, 31 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

Workers Struggles

UK: South Yorkshire cleaning workers continue strike

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2016

The three cleaning workers’ strike is being isolated by the trade unions.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 November 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Nearly one-third of Chicago teachers reject CTU concessions deal

By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016

The International Socialist Organization and the Chicago teachers contract betrayal

Pittsburgh Symphony musicians begin their second month on strike

By Samuel Davidson, 3 November 2016

Musicians speak out at Pittsburgh Symphony strike support concert

Strike pits Philadelphia transit workers against budget-cutting Democrats

By Alan Whyte, 3 November 2016

Commentary

The New York Times’ Amanda Taub and “the crisis of whiteness”

By David Walsh, 3 November 2016

Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson endorses Hillary Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 2 November 2016

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2016

Britain’s pseudo-left and the party of war

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2016

Mehring Books

David North’s A Quarter Century of War now available in ePub and Kindle formats

3 November 2016

Both ePub and Kindle versions of David North’s recent book A Quarter Century of War: The U.S. Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016 are now available from 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

Arts Review

Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes and the current cultural vacuum

By Joanne Laurier, 3 November 2016

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

By Dorota Niemitz, 2 November 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

Book Review

The political anatomy of pseudo-left war propaganda
Part two

By Eric London, 2 November 2016

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

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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