US-backed Kurdish militia announces assault on ISIS capital in Syria

By James Cogan, 7 November 2016

The largely rhetorical announcement appears primarily aimed at bolstering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

US election stokes deep concerns in Australian ruling circles

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2016

Not only the “pivot to Asia,” but the whole framework of post-war alliances in Asia is being called into question.

Australian workers and young people discuss US election crisis

By our reporters, 7 November 2016

Perplexity, fear in New Zealand establishment over US election

By John Braddock, 7 November 2016

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Auto parts workers launch strike at Integram facility in Windsor, Ontario

By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2016

If the strike remains under Unifor’s control, it will inevitably be isolated and betrayed.

Reject Ford Canada-Unifor sellout agreement
For a counteroffensive of North American autoworkers against wage and job cuts

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Transit officials, Democrats seek injunction to break Philadelphia transit strike

By Alan Whyte, 7 November 2016

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Democrats on the local and state level want to use the courts to end the strike.

Strike pits Philadelphia transit workers against budget-cutting Democrats

Momentive workers strongly oppose tentative agreement

By Philip Guelpa, 7 November 2016

Momentive Performance Materials is seeking major concessions from its thousand-strong workforce, continuing the trend in past contracts.

UK: Corbyn threatens to block Brexit and trigger general election

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 7 November 2016

In portraying the European Single Market as progressive, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is siding with finance capital and big business interests against the working class.

Speculation mounts over snap general election as UK Brexit crisis intensifies

High Court verdict on EU Brexit plunges UK deeper into crisis

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Refugees face catastrophic conditions in Italy and Greece

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 November 2016

Amnesty International has accused the Italian security forces of using torture and ill-treatment to force refugees to be fingerprinted.

Capsized boats in Mediterranean leave 240 refugees dead

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New Spanish government makes austerity budget its first task

By Paul Mitchell, 7 November 2016

The European Union is insisting on a further €5.5 billion in cuts on top of those previously imposed by Spanish governments over the last decade.

Growing tensions in Chinese-German relations

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 November 2016

The visit to China this week by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel is overshadowed by mounting tensions.

Mass protests call on Korean president to resign

By Ben McGrath, 7 November 2016

Park’s approval rating has fallen to 5 percent, the lowest of any South Korean president, as a result of the corruption scandal involving her personal confidante, Choi Soon-sil.

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Emperyalist savaşa karşı uluslararası bir hareket inşa edin!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (ABD), 7 Kasım 2016

5 Kasım’daki konferans, savaşa ve kapitalizme karşı sosyalist bir uluslararası işçi sınıfı hareketinin hazırlanmasında bir kilometre taşı olacaktır.

AKP hükümeti HDP’li milletvekillerini ezmek üzere harekete geçti

Alex Lantier, 7 Kasım 2016

Türk polisi, Halkların Demokratik Partisi’nin (HDP) eş başkanları Figen Yüksekdağ ile Selahattin Demirtaş dahil en az 12 üst düzey üyesini gözaltına aldı.

ABD seçim kampanyasının son haftasında siyasi gerilimler artıyor

Patrick Martin, 7 Kasım 2016

ABD seçim kampanyasının bitmesine yalnızca altı gün kalmışken, her iki kapitalist parti, 8 Kasım’daki seçimlerin Beyaz Saray’ın kontrolü üzerine süren sert mücadeleyi sonuçlandırmayacağı bir duruma hazırlanıyor.

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La campagne électorale américaine révèle l’écart entre les masses et le système bipartite

Par Patrick Martin, 7 novembre 2016

Un sondage du New York Times/CBS révèle que les électeurs, étaient dégoutés, à six contre un, par la compétition Clinton-Trump.

Le gouvernement turc tente de détruire le parti parlementaire kurde HDP

Par Alex Lantier, 7 novembre 2016

Sous l’état d’urgence imposé après l’échec de la tentative de coup d’État soutenue par l’OTAN en juillet, la Turquie se transforme rapidement en dictature présidentielle.

L’Europe réagit aux élections américaines avec peur et appréhension.

Par Peter Schwarz, 7 novembre 2016

L’Europe réagit aux élections présidentielles américaines avec un mélange de dégoût, de nervosité et de peur.

Amanda Taub du New York Times et la «crise de la blancheur»

Par David Walsh, 7 novembre 2016

L’article de Taub du premier novembre blâme les «blancs» pour le caractère sans précédent des élections américaines de 2016 à cause de leur attitude défensive et leur refus du changement.

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Perspective

On the eve of the 2016 US election

7 November 2016

The election campaign has plumbed new depths of filth and reaction, sparking concerns in ruling circles that it has done lasting damage to the credibility of the United States, both internationally and at home.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

Broad turnout for “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference in Detroit

By Kate Randall, 7 November 2016

The conference mapped out a strategy for building a new antiwar movement based on the fight for socialist internationalism in opposition to the two parties of big business and war.

Attendees at SEP anti-war conference speak on war danger, US election

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 November 2016

Workers and young people attending the conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” held November 5 in Detroit, said they were impressed by the presentations and encouraged by the fight against war being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party and the IYSSE.

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

WSWS to live-stream commentary on 2016 election

7 November 2016

Socialist Equality Party candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will provide live commentary and video statements throughout election night on the WSWS Facebook page.

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

By our reporters, 4 November 2016

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

Arts Review

USA Network’s Mr. Robot, Season 2: Pessimism overtakes anger, with unfortunate results

By Carlos Delgado, 7 November 2016

After an intriguing start, the second season of the television drama about anti-corporate hackers spirals largely into gloom and incoherence.

Loving: “Tell the court I love my wife…”

By Joanne Laurier, 5 November 2016

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

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

Commentary

Stylianos Pattakos (1912-2016): Leader of Greece’s CIA-backed military junta

By John Vassilopoulos, 7 November 2016

Pattakos was tried and convicted for his crimes during the military junta, but the Greek Stalinists and Syriza allowed him to return to political life.

Suicides up sharply among US middle school children

By Tom Eley, 5 November 2016

Turkish government moves to crush Kurdish parliamentary HDP party

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2016

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

By David Walsh, 3 November 2016

German think tank demands greater foreign policy independence from the US

Putin criticizes the US and pleads for a change in course

Former president arrested in El Salvador amid government default crisis

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

Britain’s pseudo-left and the party of war

The 2016 US elections

US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2016

Europe reacts to US election with fear and apprehension

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2016

Workers and youth largely absent at Clinton rally in Detroit

Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson endorses Hillary Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 2 November 2016

Class struggle in US intensifies on eve of election

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

25 years ago: Santa Cruz Cemetery massacre in East Timor

On November 12, 1991, 271 protesters were killed and 278 wounded when Indonesian army units opened fire on an unarmed funeral procession in Dili, the capital of East Timor.

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50 year ago: CPSU condemns Mao’s “Cultural Revolution”

On November 7, 1966, at celebrations commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union issued a sharp statement condemning the “cultural revolution” being led by Mao Zedong in China.

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75 years ago: Stalin ends his public absence since Nazi invasion

On November 7, 1941, Stalin took the occasion of the anniversary of the October Revolution to end his months-long public absence from Soviet life.

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100 years ago: Leon Trotsky arrested in Spain

On November 9, 1916, exiled Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky was arrested in Madrid, Spain, apparently as a result of information provided by the French police.

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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.

Workers Struggles

California state workers to vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2016

Sri Lanka: Deeside plantation workers form action committee

By our correspondents, 4 November 2016

UK: South Yorkshire cleaning workers continue strike

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2016

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

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

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