Top 1 percent own more than half of world’s wealth

By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2015

The growth of global inequality has reached a turning point, with the financial aristocracy owning more than the rest of the human race combined, according to a Credit Suisse report.

Perplexity and gloom dominate IMF-World Bank meeting

A crisis of global dimensions

Democratic presidential debate: Nervousness and demagogy

By our reporter, 14 October 2015

The five candidates feigned sympathy with the problems of working people, but offered no solutions to the crisis of the capitalist system.

Sanders backs US aggression in the Middle East

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UAW caught covering up plan to double temporary workers in new Fiat Chrysler agreement

By Eric London, 14 October 2015

The UAW has agreed to double the size of FCA’s temporary workforce, creating a large, permanent tier of low-wage, on-demand workers.

Growing demands from John Deere workers for recount on sell-out contract

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Dutch investigation into MH17 shoot-down fails to substantiate accusations against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 14 October 2014

Sections of the American media have sought to spin the DSB report as implying that Russian responsibility for the attack had been established.

Police arrest Air France strikers who confronted bosses over mass layoffs

By Kumaran Ira, 14 October 2015

The arrest of the strikers is a deliberate act of political intimidation aimed at the working class as a whole, which is broadly sympathetic to the strikers.

Scottish Socialist Party takes its nationalist stand against Jeremy Corbyn

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 14 October 2015

Corbyn’s election to head the Labour Party, based on his professed opposition to austerity and militarism, has cut across the SSP’s propaganda in the service of Scottish nationalism.

Canada’s NDP to prop up big business Liberal government

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2015

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has said that should no party emerge on October 19 with a parliamentary majority, his party would be ready to form a government with the Liberals.

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New Australian “terrorism” laws to target 14-year-olds

By Mike Head, 14 October 2015

The Turnbull government is exploiting yet another terrorism scare campaign to justify handing further powers to the police and intelligence apparatuses.

US navy planning provocative “patrols” in South China Sea

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2015

The apparent US decision to go ahead with “patrols” in the South China Sea follows a steady drumbeat from within military circles.

Volunteer for refugees in Hamburg: “If we do not do the work, no one will”

By Benjamin Hader and Ute Reissner, 14 October 2015

The refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa have been left to their fate by the Hamburg Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Greens.

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BBC’s Panorama attacks Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015

Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.

Recovery efforts continue after South Carolina flooding

By Hiram Lee, 14 October 2015

As recovery crews clean up after the historic flood in South Carolina, the social element of the disaster is becoming clearer.

Amid moves to sell-out Hutchison workers, Maritime Union of Australia threatens WSWS

By James Cogan, 14 October 2015

The MUA’s main fear is that the alternative perspective provided by the WSWS has won an audience among waterfront workers.

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Syrie: les Etats-Unis parachutent des armes alors que la Russie intensifie ses bombardements

Par Bill Van Auken, 14 octobre 2015

Quelques jours seulement après avoir abandonné son programme manqué de formation de « rebelles », le Pentagone a largué environ 50 tonnes d'armes et de munitions en Syrie.

L'État français assassine six de ses propres citoyens dans un raid aérien en Syrie

Par Stéphane Hugues, 14 octobre 2015

Selon les responsables du Parti socialiste, les Français qu'ils ont assassinés auraient pu à l’avenir mener des attaques terroristes en France.

La police arrête les grévistes d’Air France qui ont confronté les patrons à propos des licenciements

Par Kumaran Ira, 14 octobre 2015

L'arrestation des grévistes vise à intimider la classe ouvrière, qui est largement solidaire du geste de colère des grévistes contre les patrons qui licencient.

Volkswagen profite de la crise des émissions de CO2 pour imposer des coupes drastiques

Par Ulrich Rippert, 14 octobre 2015

Le syndicat IG Metall et les comités d’entreprise jouent un rôle clé dans la restructuration prévue chez Volkswagen et qui entraînera des coupes et des licenciements très importants.

New in German

USA werfen Waffen in Syrien ab

Von Bill Van Auken, 14. Oktober 2015

Nur wenige Tage nach dem gescheiterten “Rebellen”-Ausbildungsprogramm hat das Pentagon 50 Tonnen Waffen und Munition über Syrien abgeworfen. Russland weitet Bombardements aus.

USA planen Entsendung von Kriegsschiffen in chinesische Küstengewässer

Von unserem Reporter, 14. Oktober 2015

Die US Navy steht angeblich kurz davor, mit Kriegsschiffen in die Zwölf-Seemeilen-Zone um die Inseln einzudringen, die China im Südchinesischen Meer durch Landgewinnung erzeugt hat.

Massive Proteste gegen Erdogan-Regierung

Von Chris Marsden, 14. Oktober 2015

Tausende demonstrierten bei den Begräbnissen der Opfer des Bombenanschlags am Samstag.

Weitere offene Fragen zum Oktoberfest-Attentat

Von Dietmar Henning, 14. Oktober 2015

Eine Podiumsdiskussion der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung machte deutlich, warum die Hintergründe des Terroranschlags auf das Münchener Oktoberfest nach 35 Jahren weiterhin im Dunkeln liegen.

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The strange death of the antiwar movement

14 October 2015

The lack of any organized expression of the overwhelming popular opposition to war is bound up with the right-wing evolution of the socio-political layer that makes up the pseudo-left.

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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.

Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers’ struggle at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 14 October 2015

To take forward the struggle, everything depends on the independent initiative of workers and their deepening understanding of the political challenges they face.

Vote “no” on second UAW-FCA sellout contract! Build rank-and-file action committees in every plant!

13 October 2015

UAW hires public relations firm to sell Fiat Chrysler deal

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

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Scholarship not war propaganda at Humboldt University!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 14 October 2015

Professor Jörg Baberowski at Berlin’s Humboldt University no longer limits his right-wing propaganda to his own academic area; he is using his position to build a far-right movement.

Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview and the crisis of US policy in Syria

By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015

US airdrops arms in Syria as Russia escalates bombing campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2015

French government assassinates six of its own citizens in bombing raid in Syria

By Stéphane Hugues, 13 October 2015

Turkey gripped by protests against Erdogan government

By Chris Marsden, 13 October 2015

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The whitewash of Tamir Rice’s killing and the fight against police violence

By Niles Williamson, 13 October 2015

More on police violence in the US »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part Five
Eight films from Africa, the Middle East, China, Latin America and Eastern Europe: Contemporary social realism

By David Walsh, 14 October 2015

A number of films at the recent Toronto film festival sought, with varying degrees of persuasiveness, to present pictures of modern life with an emphasis on social relationships.

“Artists have the capacity to expose the reality of war”
Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 October 2015

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

25 years ago: Gorbachev unveils program for capitalist restoration

On October 16, 1990, Soviet Stalinist leader Mikhail Gorbachev unveiled plans for the dismantling of the planned economy and nationalized property relations established in the October 1917 Russian Revolution.

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50 years ago: Democrats drop “Right-to-Work” repeal

On October 12, 1965, the Democratic Party dropped half-hearted attempts to repeal Section 14(b) of the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act.

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75 years ago: Protests against Jim Crow in the US military

On October 12, 1940, black leaders denounced US President Franklin Roosevelt for falsely claiming they had approved his policy of maintaining racial segregation in the armed forces.

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100 years ago: Mass demonstration of striking garment workers in Chicago

On October 12, 1915, 15,000 striking garment workers marched through the streets of the Loop District of Chicago in a mass demonstration, carrying signs and banners proclaiming their cause.

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Workers Struggles

German childcare workers’ wage dispute: Vote “no”!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 13 October 2015

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

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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

5 October 2015