Hospital bombing in Afghanistan was premeditated, AP reports

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2015

US special operations analysts had been gathering intelligence on the Doctors Without Borders hospital days before it was destroyed, a flagrant war crime.

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

Social Security benefit freeze for 65 million in US

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2015

Nearly a third of the elderly or disabled people whose benefits are frozen will also be hit by huge increases in Medicare premiums.

A historic attack on Medicare

Labour right wing blocks with Tories in UK austerity vote

By Julie Hyland, 16 October 2015

The “charter of fiscal responsibility” is the means by which successive governments have written austerity into law.

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

Behind the UAW “health care co-op” scam

By E. Galen, 16 October 2015

The goal of the union and the auto companies is to destroy guaranteed benefits for active autoworkers, just as they have begun to do with retirees.

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

UAW propaganda videos: An exercise in psychological warfare

By Eric London, 16 October 2015

The UAW has put its New York City-based public relations firm BerlinRosen to work spinning a campaign of lies to push through the second agreement but a lot of autoworkers are not buying it.

“We’ll be ‘in-progression’ workers until we’re 65”
Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit denounce second UAW sellout

The emissions scandal at Volkswagen widens

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 October 2015

Volkswagen is trying to use the crisis to organise a fundamental restructuring of the company, centred on a programme of extensive attacks on wages and social benefits.

Volkswagen systematically cheated on emissions tests in Europe

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Notes on police violence in America
Federal lawsuit alleges beating and torture of 20 inmates in Sonoma County jail
“They went in like the Gestapo,” attorney charges

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2015

The horrific incident in the California jail detailed in the court filing highlights the increasingly brutal and sadistic actions of US police.

Prosecutor in Cleveland police killing hired “independent” investigators who favor law enforcement

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Upper Big Branch mine disaster: Opening statements in trial of former Massey Energy CEO

By Clement Daly, 16 October 2015

Twenty-nine miners died in the April 5, 2010 explosion, the worst coal mine disaster in nearly four decades.

Canada’s Greens shill for “Anybody but Harper” fraud

By Dylan Lubao, 16 October 2015

The Greens are vocal supporters of a Liberal or Liberal-NDP government that would employ “progressive” rhetoric while pursuing austerity and imperialist aggression.

Quebec Solidaire’s disingenuous role in Canada’s reactionary niqab debate

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Ontario court allows U.S. Steel to halt retiree health benefits, suspend pension contributions

By Carl Bronski, 16 October 2015

U.S. Steel Canada has been given leave to halt health benefits to 20,600 retirees and their dependents and to suspend millions of dollars in pension contributions and local taxes.

Two young Australian Muslims arrested as “extremism” summit prepares surveillance of youth

By Mike Head, 16 October 2015

The Turnbull government foreshadowed further draconian “terrorism” laws and called for pervasive monitoring of young people.

New Zealand union collaborates in cuts to mining and steel jobs

By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015

As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.

New in French

Les armées américaine et russe se rencontrent alors que le danger de guerre monte en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 octobre 2015

Les objectifs poursuivis par l’impérialisme américain et le régime russe en Syrie, sous le prétexte commun de combattre l’État islamique, sont diamétralement opposés.

Le chef militaire canadien a discuté d'une pleine intégration avec l'armée américaine

Par Roger Jordan, 16 octobre 2015

Les trois options envisagées étaient une plus grande interopérabilité, la création d'une force canado-américaine d'intervention à l'étranger, et la pleine intégration des armées des deux pays.

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Bernie Sanders unterstützt US-Aggression im Nahen Osten

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Oktober 2015

Beide Spitzenkandidaten für die Wahl zum Demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten unterstützen die amerikanische Militärintervention im Nahen Osten.

Bundeswehr plant Kampfeinsatz in Mali

Von Peter Schwarz, 16. Oktober 2015

Laut Plänen des deutschen Verteidigungsministeriums sollen robuste Kampfeinheiten und Aufklärungsdrohnen im umkämpften Norden Malis zum Einsatz kommen.

Berlin: Flüchtlingshelfer klagen Senatsverwaltung an

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 16. Oktober 2015

Nur durch die unermüdliche Arbeit von vielen freiwilligen Helfern war es bisher möglich, eine noch schlimmere Katastrophe zu verhindern.

Israelisches Militär intensiviert Repressionen in Jerusalem und im Westjordanland

Von Jean Shaoul, 16. Oktober 2015

Der israelische Premierminister Netanjahu machte den „muslimischen Extremismus“ für die Gewalt zwischen rechten israelischen Juden und Palästinensern verantwortlich und versetzte Israel in Kriegsstimmung.

Türkische Regierung versucht die wachsende Protestwelle zu unterdrücken

Von Halil Celik, 16. Oktober 2015

Die Erdogan-Regierung setzte die Polizei ein, um Demonstrationsverbote durchzusetzen.

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Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

16 October 2015

Seven years after his election based on promises to end US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has ordered thousands of troops to continue fighting in both countries.

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75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

David North to speak at public meetings in US: Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky

16 September 2015

At meetings marking 75 years since Trotsky’s assassination, North will speak on the significance of Trotsky’s murder at the hands of the Stalinist GPU and the origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation.

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.


The conflict over refugee policy in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2015

Leading German political and media figures have called for an ever-greater crackdown on migrants.

German conservative parties plan concentration camps for refugees

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New York Times renews propaganda campaign against Russia over MH17

By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015

Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.

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

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 15 October 2015

Democratic presidential debate: Nervousness and demagogy

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US, Russian military meet amid warnings over war threat

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2015

Amnesty report: US-backed Kurdish militias forcibly displaced thousands in northern Syria

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

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Turkish government tries to repress a growing wave of protests

By Halil Celik, 15 October 2015

The strange death of the antiwar movement

Scholarship not war propaganda at Humboldt University!

Autoworkers Struggles

The way forward for autoworkers: An online interview with Jerry White

15 October 2015

This Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the WSWS will host an interview with WSWS Autoworker Newsletter editor Jerry White.

Autoworkers’ struggle at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 14 October 2015

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

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 October 2015

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

ATI remains intransigent against steelworkers despite financial losses

By Evan Winters, 15 October 2015

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

By James Cogan, 14 October 2015

Arts Review

Sicario: A Zero Dark Thirty for the “war on drugs”?

By Joanne Laurier, 15 October 2015

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

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

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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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