US to give arms, air support to Islamist militias in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2015

The plan floated by the White House could quickly bring US warplanes into direct confrontation with Russia’s forces in Syria.

NATO vows biggest buildup against Russia since Cold War

Syria and the drumbeat of world war

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UAW releases “highlighter” of new pro-company agreement with Fiat Chrysler

By Eric London, 10 October 2015

The new proposed agreement includes a multi-tiered wage scale, maintenance of the alternative work schedule, no cost of living adjustment and nothing for retirees.

Oppose the destruction of the car industry in Australia! Launch a struggle in defence of jobs!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 10 October 2015

The closure of the car plants is not inevitable, but it can only be fought on the basis of a new political perspective and new forms of organisation.

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

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

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

Volkswagen uses emissions crisis to impose deep cuts

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Hungary expedites deportation of refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 10 October 2015

The government is treating asylum seekers like criminals, charging them in expedited proceedings with “illegal border crossing” and deporting them.

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

German political establishment lines up against refugees

EU intensifies anti-refugee military operations in the Mediterranean

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Papua New Guinea trial obscures Australian responsibility for refugee’s death

By Max Newman, 10 October 2015

Two Manus Island locals accused of murdering Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Reza Barati have won an order re-opening their trial.

Israeli forces step up repression in Jerusalem, West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2015

Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been wounded in dozens of violent clashes with Israeli troops, police and settlers over the past week.

Canada’s Conservatives stoke anti-Muslim bigotry

By Keith Jones, 10 October 2015

As the campaign for Canada’s election enters its final days, Prime Minister Harper is doubling down on his reactionary and Islamophobic, anti-niqab campaign.

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

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

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Michigan governor belatedly orders change in Flint’s water supply

By James Brewer, 10 October 2015

The action by the state of Michigan is a tacit admission that the city’s population has been subjected to lead poisoning for 17 months.

Michigan governor grudgingly admits Flint water danger

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in death penalty cases

By Tom Carter, 10 October 2015

The arguments were not concerned with the possibility of abolishing America’s capital punishment system, but with fine-tuning the government death machine.

New study documents California’s “Hidden Poor”

By Jill Lux, 10 October 2015

A new UCLA study reveals that more than 772,000 older Californians fall into the category of the “hidden poor.”

New York City joins Strong Cities “anti-terror” network, stepping up police surveillance

By Isaac Finn, 10 October 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement drew criticism from civil liberties and Muslim community organizations, who argue that the program will unfairly target Muslims.

Right-wing parties monopolize Polish parliamentary election

By Dorota Niemitz, 10 October 2015

Just two weeks before parliamentary elections, tensions between Poland’s leading right-wing parties grow as they strive to lure voters with populist appeals.

Sri Lankan estate workers face government-company-union conspiracy on wages

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 10 October 2015

The tea plantation companies have repeatedly rejected any wage rise and are demanding increased production quotas.

New in Portuguese

Vinte e cinco anos desde a queda do Muro de Berlim: uma avaliação

Por Peter Schwarz, 10 de outubro de 2015

O domingo, 9 deste novembro assinala o aniversário da queda do muro de Berlim. Este evento proclama o fim da República Democrática Alemã (RDA), quarenta e cinco anos após sua fundação.

New in French

L’OTAN s’engage au plus fort accroissement de sa puissance militaire contre la Russie depuis la Guerre froide

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 octobre 2015

La réunion des ministres de la Défense de l'OTAN s’est saisie des frappes aériennes de Moscou en Syrie pour en faire le prétexte d’une extension de l'encerclement militaire de la Russie.

L’universitaire allemand Jörg Baberowski attise la haine contre les réfugiés

Par Christoph Dreier, 10 octobre 2015

Dans la manière typique de l’extrême-droite, Baberowski cherche à dresser les couches les plus pauvres de la société contre les immigrés.

New in German

Eine Krise von globalem Ausmaß

Von Joseph Kishore, 10. Oktober 2015

Die Häufigkeit und die Intensität der Krisen ist ein Symptom für den fortgeschrittenen Verfall des Kapitalismus.

Nato verkündet massive Aufrüstung gegen Russland

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Oktober 2015

Die Nato-Verteidigungsminister nutzen Moskaus Luftschläge in Syrien als Vorwand, um die militärische Einkreisung Russlands voranzutreiben.

VW hat auch in Europa systematisch betrogen

Von Ulrich Rippert, 10. Oktober 2015

Eng verbunden mit den kriminellen VW-Praktiken ist die Integration der Gewerkschaften und Betriebsräte ins Management.

US-Autoarbeiter rebellieren gegen erneuten Ausverkauf

Von Dietmar Henning, 10. Oktober 2015

Die Autoarbeitergewerkschaft in den USA versucht mit allen Mitteln die Angriffe der Autoindustrie gegen die rebellierenden Arbeiter durchzusetzen.

Opel-Arbeiter unterstützen Kampf der US-Autoarbeiter bei Fiat-Chrysler

Von unseren Reportern, 10. Oktober 2015

Am Freitag sprachen Reporter der WSWS mit Arbeitern vor dem Werk in Rüsselsheim und viele erklärten sich solidarisch mit ihren amerikanischen Kollegen.

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The government-union conspiracy to raid US workers’ pensions

10 October 2015

The Obama administration, Wall Street, major corporations and the trade unions have conspired to slash hundreds of billions of dollars from multi-employer pension funds.

Earlier Perspectives »

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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.

Arts Review

Black Mass: The story of Whitey Bulger, gangster and FBI informant

By Kevin Martinez, 10 October 2015

Despite exhibiting a healthy cynicism toward the authorities, the film fails to give a satisfying picture of Boston’s underworld, or the city’s social relations, in the 1970s and 1980s.

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

By Clare Hurley and Fred Mazelis, 9 October 2015

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

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

John Deere workers denounce vote and demand recount

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 7 October 2015

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

More on autoworkers struggles »


The struggle against the TTIP is a class question

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 10 October 2015

It makes a big difference whether one combats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from the standpoint of the international working class or from the standpoint of German national interests.

A crisis of global dimensions

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2015

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

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

By our reporter, 9 October 2015

IMF-World Bank meeting confronts lowest global growth since 2009

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2015

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

More on the crisis in Greece »

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


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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 October 2015

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

Teamsters pension fund to slash benefits for 400,000 retirees

By Andre Damon, 9 October 2015

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2015

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!

2016 US Elections

McCarthy withdrawal highlights deepening Republican Party crisis

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2015

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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