NATO vows biggest buildup against Russia since Cold War

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2015

The NATO defense ministers’ meeting seized on Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria as a pretext for escalating the military encirclement of Russia.

Syria and the drumbeat of world war

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Teamsters pension fund to slash benefits for 400,000 retirees

By Andre Damon, 9 October 2015

The White House, major corporations and the Teamsters union are colluding to slash the fund’s pension benefits by an average of 23 percent.

“The UAW is using smoke and mirrors to get this contract signed”
Fiat Chrysler workers denounce second sellout, demand united fight

By our reporters, 9 October 2015

FCA workers in Detroit responded to the aborting of their strike and the announcement by the UAW that they have a new deal.

UAW announces last-minute agreement with Fiat Chrysler, canceling strike

French autoworkers support US workers’ rejection of Fiat-Chrysler contract

John Deere workers denounce vote and demand recount

Volkswagen uses emissions crisis to impose deep cuts

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 October 2015

The IG Metall trade union and works council are paying a key role in the planned restructuring of Volkswagen, which will entail major cuts and layoffs.

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Financial Times reports US plans to send warships into waters claimed by China

By our reporter, 9 October 2015

Any action by the US Navy to breach the 12-mile exclusion zone around Chinese claimed islands in the South China Sea would threaten a head-on military confrontation.

The TPP: A step on the road to war

IMF-World Bank meeting confronts lowest global growth since 2009

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2015

The world capitalist economy is being hit by two interconnected and toxic processes: worsening economic stagnation and the mounting risk of a major financial crisis.

“Nobody can live like this”: A young refugee in Hamburg speaks out

By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015

Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.

German political establishment lines up against refugees

EU intensifies anti-refugee military operations in the Mediterranean

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McCarthy withdrawal highlights deepening Republican Party crisis

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2015

The Republican crisis has something of the character of a political iceberg, with nine-tenths or more beneath the surface.

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Extensive damage left in wake of historic South Carolina flood

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Hiram Lee, 9 October 2015

The flooding has led to numerous water line breaks and sewage spills throughout the state, prompting boil water advisories in many counties.

The flooding in South Carolina and the decay of social infrastructure

Drugs cost up to 10 times more in US

By Brad Dixon, 9 October 2015

Prescription drugs cost up to 10 times more in the United States than they do in other countries, according to a new report.

BP, US government finalize $20 billion settlement over 2010 oil spill

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2015

The oil giant will pay a fraction of the maximum possible fine for the worst environmental catastrophe in American history, while not a single top executive will spend a day in jail.

UAW pushes through Blue Cross contract on revote

By E. Galen, 9 October 2015

After a crushing 72 percent rejection vote, the UAW imposed essentially the same contract on workers at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

Canada’s ruling elite increasingly rallying behind prospect of a Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 9 October 2015

Trudeau has made a calibrated appeal to popular anger over social inequality, while signaling that a Liberal government will ruthlessly pursue the agenda of big business.

Canada’s trade union-backed NDP mounts “Harper lite” campaign

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New constitution triggers political turmoil in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 9 October 2015

Pressure from India is compounding conflicts in Nepal, wedged between India and China.

Sydney teenager detained for 100 hours questioning over alleged “terrorist” killing

By Mike Head, 9 October 2015

Such prolonged detention without charge is another serious attack on basic legal and democratic rights.

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Huelgas mineras contra Codelco señalan huelga un aumento de lucha de clases en Chile

Por Cesar Uco, 9 octubre 2015

El paro de 23 días por los trabajadores tercerizados de la empresa estatal Codelco señala un resurgimiento de la lucha de clases en Chile.

Terremotos masivos sacuden el litoral chileno

Por Cesar Uco, 9 octubre 2015

Al menos 11 personas murieron y más de un millón se vieron obligadas a abandonar sus hogares cuando un terremoto de magnitud 8,4 sacudió la costa del Pacífico de Chile.

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Syrien und die Gefahr eines Weltkriegs

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Oktober 2015

Mit seiner Intervention in Syrien hat Russland die jahrzehntelangen Pläne der USA durchkreuzt, einen Regimewechsel herbeizuführen und die Grenzen im Nahen Osten neu zu ziehen.

Der Kampf gegen TTIP ist eine Klassenfrage

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 9. Oktober 2015

Es macht einen gewaltigen Unterschied, ob man TTIP vom Standpunkt der internationalen Arbeiterklasse bekämpft oder vom Standpunkt der nationalen Interessen Deutschlands.

TPP-Abkommen: Ein Schritt auf dem Weg zum Krieg

Von Nick Beams, 9. Oktober 2015

Das TPP-Abkommen beruht nicht auf Freihandel. Es ist ein Bündnis zwischen den USA und Japan, um China zu schwächen und auf einen halbkolonialen Status zurückzudrängen.

Parlamentswahlen in Polen: Politiker hetzen gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Clara Weiss, 9. Oktober 2015

Vor den Parlamentswahlen am 25. Oktober nutzen Regierung und Opposition die Flüchtlingskrise, um Rassismus zu schüren und das politische Klima in Polen weiter nach rechts zu drücken.

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La Syrie et les tambours de guerre mondiale

Par Bill Van Auken, 9 octobre 2015

L'intervention russe a contrecarré des projets américains qui remontent à plusieurs décennies pour renverser le régime syrien et redessiner la carte du Moyen-Orient.

L'UAW annonce un accord de dernière minute avec Fiat Chrysler annulant la grève

Par Joseph Kishore, 9 octobre 2015

Pour le syndicat, tous les moyens serons bons pour faire passer cet accord pro-patronal dès que possible : mensonges, menaces, intimidation et propagande antisocialiste.

Les PSA soutiennent le rejet du contrat Fiat-Chrysler par les travailleurs américains

Par nos reporters, 9 octobre 2015

Les travailleurs à Poissy exprimaient leur solidarité avec les travailleurs américains et l'espoir que leur opposition militante au contrat marquerait le début d'une lutte plus large.

Les responsables américains cherchent à contenir les retombées du massacre de Kunduz

Par Thomas Gaist, 9 octobre 2015

Le président Barack Obama a présenté ses excuses à Médecins sans frontières mercredi tout en assurant qu’il ferait avancer les opérations militaires américaines en Afghanistan.

Le NPA couvre les syndicats dans la grève chez Air France

Par Anthony Torres, 9 octobre 2015

Le NPA couvre les préparatifs de la bureaucratie syndicale pour mettre en place les mesures de compétitivité voulues par la direction d'Air France.

Le rôle malhonnête de Québec solidaire dans la controverse bidon sur le niqab

Par Richard Dufour, 8 octobre 2015

Sous le prétexte fallacieux de la «laïcité», Québec solidaire accepte que des femmes musulmanes soient privées de services essentiels comme la santé ou l'éducation.

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A crisis of global dimensions

9 October 2015

As the world enters the final months of 2015, it can be said that not only the frequency, but also the intensity of crises is reaching a new inflection point.

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World Socialist Web Site online interview commemorates 75 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

5 October 2015

The second part of the interview series will take place Saturday, October 10, at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.


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.

Autoworkers Struggles

A reply to redbaiting by the general counsel of the Detroit AFL-CIO

By Eric London, 8 October 2015

UAW president denounces “outside groups” for defeat of Fiat Chrysler deal

“You have the support of a lot of other people”
Video: Ferguson, Missouri residents speak on social conditions, autoworkers struggle

By Zac Corrigan and Eric London, 7 October 2015

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

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Arts Review

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution: No lessons learned

By Clare Hurley and Fred Mazelis, 9 October 2015

Riveting video footage along with complacent commentary adds up to a misleading account.

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part Four
Guantanamo’s Child, Thank You for Bombing, The Hard Stop: Filmmakers take on the global “war on terror” and police violence at home

By Joanne Laurier, 8 October 2015

Actor Matt Damon repudiates criticisms, embraces Obama

By David Walsh, 8 October 2015

The Martian: A modern Robinson Crusoe


Grace Lee Boggs dies at 100 years old

By Shannon Jones, 9 October 2015

Boggs passed briefly through the Trotskyist movement in the early 1950s before becoming a supporter of black nationalism, feminism and the Democratic Party.

Workers Struggles

Unions push sweeping cuts to Australian steel workers’ jobs and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2015

The deal hatched by the unions and BlueScope involves hundreds of sackings and a wage freeze.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 October 2015

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

Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose health care November 30

By Evan Winters, 8 October 2015

For a united struggle of US steel, auto and telecommunications workers!


US officials seek to contain fallout from hospital massacre in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 October 2015

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

The Geneva Convention and the US massacre of POWs in Afghanistan

Tsipras wins confidence vote in Greek parliament

By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2015

Syriza budget implements dictates of European banks

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

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Far-right German National Party promotes Professors Münkler and Baberowski

Corbyn victory used to boost illusions in UK Labour Party and trade unions

Twenty-five years since the reunification of Germany

2016 US Elections

Bernie Sanders backs Obama on Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015

More on the 2016 US elections »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

SEP/IYSSE meeting in Colombo: Why is the US whitewashing Sri Lankan war crimes?

5 October 2015

25 years ago: Zionist paramilitary forces massacre Palestinians

Israeli security forces shot dead as many as 24 Palestinians and wounded another 150 in Jerusalem on October 8, 1990.

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50 years ago: US moves deeper into Vietnam conflict

This week in 1965 saw the United States fall deeper into the quagmire in Vietnam, with significant US casualties in many parts of South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: German troops enter Romania

On October 5, 1940 the first trainloads of German soldiers arrived in Romania to bring that Balkan country under the orbit of Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: Serbian capital falls to Austria-Hungary

On October 9, 1915, a combined force of Austro-Hungarian and German troops captured Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, after an assault that began October 7.

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