US jobs data underscore downbeat IMF assessment of world economy

By Nick Beams, 3 October 2015

The recessionary trends and falling commodity prices gripping the global economy are having a growing impact on the United States.

US, allies blast Russia for attacking Al Qaeda in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2015

The demand that Moscow confine its airstrikes to ISIS targets amounts to a tacit defense of the Al-Nusra Front, the main fighting force against the Assad government.

Threat of wider war mounts as Russia continues airstrikes in Syria

The US-Russian clash in Syria and the threat of war

Obama-Putin meeting highlights crisis of US policy in Syria

More on the crisis in Syria »

After landslide “no” vote on Fiat Chrysler contract, UAW declares no better deal possible

By Joseph Kishore, 3 October 2015

Both the UAW and Fiat Chrysler are scrambling to find some way to push through a pro-company deal in the face of overwhelming opposition from autoworkers.

The significance of the “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

After the “no” vote: The way forward for autoworkers

UAW tells John Deere workers nothing in run-up to vote on Sunday

By George Gallanis and Eric London, 3 October 2015

The WSWS urges John Deere workers to reject what can only be a rotten sellout and join forces with autoworkers in a joint struggle against the corporations and the UAW.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Nine months after the official end of combat operations
US Special Forces fight Taliban militants in Kunduz, Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 3 October 2015

The intensified combat operations come just days after the Pentagon announced plans to station at least 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan through 2017.

Virginia executes prisoner despite claim of intellectual disability

By Kate Randall, 3 October 2015

The execution of Alfredo Rolando Prieto came as Oklahoma suspended executions over lethal drug mix-up. Executions are also planned in Missouri and Texas.

Oklahoma governor stays Richard Glossip execution for 37 days

Georgia executes first woman in 70 years

Wealth of America’s super-rich grows to $2.34 trillion

By Nick Barrickman, 3 October 2015

The total net worth for the multi-billionaires on the list set new records, displacing last year’s all-time high of $2.29 trillion.

Brazil’s PT government reshuffles cabinet to push through austerity program

By Souza Gonzaga, 3 October 2015

Rousseff’s political strategy is to win support for her government’s austerity program and forestall her own impeachment by turning even further to the right.

US Steel Canada issues ultimatum to end pension payments and health benefits

By Carl Bronski, 3 October 2015

Should an Ontario Superior court not rule in its favor, the steel company has threatened that it will shut down the entirety of its operations in Canada by the end of this year.

German union IG Metall holds one-day protests against short-term contracts

By Gustav Kemper, 3 October 2015

IG Metall, which is directly integrated into management, is fully aware of and tacitly accepts the practice.

UK to send troops to Somalia and South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 3 October 2015

The US and its European allies are engaged in a ferocious struggle with China for control of the oil resources in the Horn of Africa region.

Major strike by Indian plantation workers for better pay

By Arun Kumar and Sathish Simon, 3 October 2015

The state-wide strike in Kerala followed an angry walkout by thousands of estate workers against a sell-out deal involving the unions, employers and the state government.

New Zealand: Solid Energy privatisation threatens hundreds of jobs

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 3 October 2015

The state-owned coal mining company has agreed to a “gradual” sell-off that threatens over 700 workers.

Australia: Ausgrid plans far-reaching restructure ahead of privatisation

By Terry Cook, 3 October 2015

Power distribution business Ausgrid intends to close depots, phase out apprenticeships, sell off training facilities and outsource call centres.

New in Russian

Американо-российский конфликт в Сирии и угроза войны

Билл Вэн Оукен, 3 октября 2015 г.

Кампания воздушных ударов в Сирии, начатая Москвой, является насквозь реакционной интервенцией, цель которой состоит не в защите сирийского народа, но в отстаивании интересов прибылей российской олигархии.

New in Portuguese

O caminho para os trabalhadores automotivos dos EUA

Por Jerry White e Eric London, 3 de outubro de 2015

Com o fim do contrato de 141.000 trabalhadores da General Motors, Ford e Fiat Chrysler, os trabalhadores automotivos dos EUA enfrentam uma batalha decisiva, cujo desfecho é de enorme importância para toda a classe trabalhadora.

New in French

La Russie poursuit ses frappes aériennes en Syrie, le risque grandit d'une guerre plus vaste

Par Barry Grey, 3 octobre 2015

Des voix influentes au sein de l'establishment américain de la politique étrangère, militaire et du renseignement appellent à une politique plus irresponsable encore d'escalade à la fois contre Assad et contre Poutine.

La signification du « non » chez Fiat Chrysler

Par Joseph Kishore, 3 octobre 2015

Ce vote est le début d'une contre-offensive des travailleurs de l'automobile contre des attaques poursuivies durant des décennies, depuis le premier contrat de ‘concessions’ de Chrysler en 1979 jusqu’à la faillite organisée par le gouvernement et la restructuration de l'industrie automobile en 2009.

Après le vote négatif: la voie à suivre pour les travailleurs de l'automobile

3 octobre 2015

Ayant voté «non» à Chrysler, les travailleurs de l'automobile ont pris l'initiative. La question est maintenant de savoir comment aller de l'avant.

Grève des travailleurs de Hyundai en Corée du Sud pour de meilleurs salaires

Par Ben McGrath, 3 octobre 2015

Les constructeurs automobiles comme Hyundai et GM Corée exigent des baisses de salaire, l'accélération de la cadence de travail et la précarisation de la main-d'oeuvre.

Les questions politiques liées à la lutte contre l'austérité

Le parti l’égalité socialiste (Canada), 3 octobre 2015

En rejetant les mesures d'austérité du gouvernement Couillard, les travailleurs du secteur public remettent en cause le programme de toute l'élite capitaliste et entrent en conflit avec le gouvernement, ses lois anti-syndicales et l'appareil répressif de l'État.

New in German

25 Jahre deutsche Einheit

Von Peter Schwarz, 3. Oktober 2015

Für die Arbeiterklasse waren die Folgen der kapitalistischen Restauration verheerend. Westliche Konzerne, Banken und Glücksritter fielen wie Aasgeier über das vergesellschaftete Eigentum her.

Russische Luftangriffe in Syrien erhöhen Kriegsgefahr

Von Barry Grey, 3. Oktober 2015

Einflussreiche Elemente der amerikanischen Außenpolitik sowie des Militär- und Geheimdienstapparates fordern eine noch rücksichtslosere Eskalation gegenüber Assad und Putin.

Die Ablehnung des Tarifvertrags bei Fiat Chrysler

Von Joseph Kishore, 3. Oktober 2015

Die Ablehnung das Tarifvertrags ist der Beginn einer Offensive gegen die ständigen Angriffe der letzten Jahrzehnte, beginnend 1979 mit dem Tarifvertrag bei Chrysler bis zur erzwungenen Insolvenz und der Umstrukturierung der Autoindustrie in 2009.

NPD verteidigt Humboldt-Professoren Münkler und Baberowski

Von Johannes Stern, 3. Oktober 2015

Die aktuelle Ausgabe der Deutschen Stimme, eines Parteiblatts der rechtsextremen NPD, verteidigt Münkler und Baberowski gegen linke Kritik.

Rechtsextreme FPÖ verdoppelt Stimmenanteil in Oberösterreich

Von Markus Salzmann, 3. Oktober 2015

In Oberösterreich sind die Sozialdemokraten nur noch die drittstärkste politische Kraft, hinter der konservativen ÖVP und der rechtsextremen FPÖ.

„Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer“

Von Sybille Fuchs, 3. Oktober 2015

Der neue Film über den Frankfurter Generalstaatsanwalt Fritz Bauer, der am Donnerstag in die Kinos kam, ist bereits der dritte innerhalb weniger Jahre über diese wichtige Persönlichkeit.

Other Languages


The Oregon school shooting and America’s brutal society

3 October 2015

The killing of nine students in Oregon on Thursday is the latest in a wave of mass shootings that reflects something deeply dysfunctional in American society.

Earlier Perspectives »

Listen to part one now


Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

The assassination of the greatest leader of the 1917 October Revolution marked the climax of the Stalinist regime’s eradication of the socialist workers and intellectuals who had secured the victory of the Bolshevik revolution.


Former Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis denounces working class, praises British Tories

By Chris Marsden, 3 October 2015

Varoufakis is, in essence, Tony Blair in a Greek context—shaped by the same political events and drawing the same political conclusions.

German academic Jörg Baberowski stirs up hatred against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015

In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.

The New York Times discovers a problem: Too many political parties

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015

According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.

UK Labour conference ends with attacks on Corbyn over nuclear weapons and Syria

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2015

Corbyn speech to UK Labour conference criticises austerity but offers no viable alternative

More on the British Labor Party election »

German parliament prepares crackdown on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 October 2015

More on the refugee crisis »

The fall of Kunduz: A debacle for German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2015

Canada’s top general discussed fully integrating its armed forces with US military

By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2015

German court clears the way for military deployments without parliamentary approval

Global recessionary trends intensify

Fifty years since the Indonesian coup

Tsipras returns to US to offer up Greece for capitalist exploitation

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part Three
I Saw the Light (Hank Williams) and Janis: Little Girl Blue (Janis Joplin)—Popular music and its discontents

By David Walsh, 3 October 2015

Country music performer Hank Williams (1923-1953) and rock and roll singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970) were both significant figures in the history of American popular culture.

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part Two
THE PEOPLE vs. FRITZ BAUER, Colonia, Desierto: Criminals and their crimes

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part one
The physical and emotional toll that capitalist society takes

Re-released after 40 years: The strengths and weaknesses of Robert Altman’s Nashville

By David Walsh, 30 September 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

Workers have the right to know what’s in the contract
Reject UAW effort to ram through sellout deal!
For a unified fight of Deere, Fiat Chrysler and all autoworkers!

3 October 2015

If the UAW can blackmail 11,000 Deere workers into accepting this, the Solidarity House leadership thinks it will bolster its efforts to beat back the resistance of Fiat Chrysler, Ford and GM workers.

UAW working with Ford to ensure minimal impact of possible strike in Kansas City

By Eric London, 2 October 2015

The UAW is helping the company move production to Michigan so any strike in Kansas City would have no impact on corporate profits.

After workers defeat Fiat Chrysler deal, UAW and auto bosses plot counter-attack

“Workers are beginning to see through the lies”
Autoworkers hail “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

As opposition to UAW sellout grows, union hack denounces WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

Thirty years since the Canadian split from the UAW: Lessons for today

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

More on autoworkers struggles »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 October 2015

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

UK: PCS union isolates National Gallery strikers

By Allison Smith, 2 October 2015


Strong evidence for liquid water flows on present-day Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 29 September 2015

2016 US Elections

Surge of small donations helps Sanders match Clinton fund-raising

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2015

Scott Walker quits Republican presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2015

Political lessons of the battle of Wisconsin

More bigotry from Republican presidential candidates

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2015

US presidential campaign: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa, New Hampshire polls

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US elections »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

25 years ago: East and West Germany reunified

October 3, 1990 marked the official proclamation of a united Germany, based on the dissolution of the Stalinist-ruled German Democratic Republic into the Federal Republic of Germany.

More »

50 years ago: Military coup sets stage for Indonesia bloodbath

On October 1, 1965, military officers staged a coup attempt against President Sukarno of Indonesia.

More »

75 years ago: Nazi decree establishes Warsaw Ghetto

On October 2, 1940, a decree signed by the German Governor General Hans Frank established a Jewish ghetto in Polish capital, Warsaw.

More »


100 years ago: Bulgaria enters World War I

On October 4, 1915, Bulgaria formally entered World War I on the side of the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary.

More »