US backs India’s military strikes on Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 1 October 2016

Washington’s readiness to endorse India’s new aggressive posture will only encourage New Delhi to take still greater military-strategic risks.

India launches military attacks against Pakistan

US media steps up campaign for Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2016

The editorials denouncing Donald Trump and the flurry of exposés of his shady business practices are part of an effort by the US ruling elite to drag the campaign of Hillary Clinton across the finish line.

Sanders stumps for Clinton at University of New Hampshire

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

More US troops sent to Iraq ahead of assault on Mosul

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El Cajon, California police release video showing fatal shooting of Alfred Olango

By Kevin Martinez, 1 October 2016

The videos have been released in an effort to quell dissent, after the San Diego suburb saw three nights of protests and the deployment of riot police.

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Nationwide strike continues by US and state prison labor

By Gary Joad, 1 October 2016

The first-ever national strike by federal and state prisoners began September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, to protest against zero or low wages for prison labor.

Michigan attorney general asserts right to close dozens of Detroit schools

By Nancy Hanover, 1 October 2016

On Wednesday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled that dozens of “failing” public schools in Detroit could face closure at the end of the school year.

Research team hikes estimate: At least half of Flint, Michigan homes have lead pipes

By James Brewer, 1 October 2016

The unserious efforts being made in replacing lead service lines in Flint are further discredited by the revelation that even more homes have them.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi announces constitutional referendum for December

By Marianne Arens, 1 October 2016

The referendum is a step towards authoritarian forms of rule and lays the basis for fierce attacks on Italian workers.

Philippine President Duterte declares end to joint war games with the US

By Joseph Santolan, 1 October 2016

As Duterte has sought to pursue ties with China, Washington, using the pretext of human rights as a means to pressure the Philippine president, has criticized his murderous drug war.

Sri Lankan president at the UN prostrates himself to Washington

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 1 October 2016

The accolades he received simply reflected that fact that Sirisena has dutifully toed the US line against China since coming to power in January last year.

Sri Lankan regime, Tamil nationalists reject ex-LTTE members’ poisoning allegations

By K. Nesan, 1 October 2016

The Tamil nationalist parties, like the Sri Lankan regime and its imperialist backers, are desperate to cover up the crimes of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Australian state government to privatise five hospitals

By John Mackay, 1 October 2016

The plan will set a model for the wholesale handover of health care to profit-making corporate operators.

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Le New York Times qualifie la Russie d’« État hors-la-loi »

Par Bill Van Auken, 1 octobre 2016

Les propos hystériques du Times reflètent le débat qui a lieu au sein des cercles dirigeants quant à savoir s’il faut lancer une nouvelle importante escalade de la guerre avant ou après les élections américaines.

L’Inde lance des attaques militaires contre le Pakistan

Par Keith Jones, 1 octobre 2016

Des frappes militaires indiennes ont tué des « dizaines » de personnes, selon les reportages des médias, ce qui amène l’Asie du Sud au bord d’une véritable guerre avec des conséquences potentiellement catastrophiques.

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New York Times brandmarkt Russland als „Unrechtsstaat“

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. Oktober 2016

Vor den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen wächst die Gefahr, dass die USA eine weitere militärische Eskalation in Syrien gegen Russland vorbereiten.

Indisches Militär greift Pakistan an

Von Keith Jones, 1. Oktober 2016

Die Zahl der Todesopfer durch Angriffe des indischen Militärs bewegt sich laut Medienberichten im zweistelligen Bereich. Südasien steht gefährlich nahe am Rande eines offenen Krieges mit möglicherweise katastrophalen Folgen.

Dresden: Einheitsfeier unter Polizeistaatsbedingungen

Von Marianne Arens und Ulrich Rippert, 1. Oktober 2016

Nach zwei Bombenanschlägen finden die Veranstaltungen zum Jahrestag der deutschen Einheit unter extremen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen statt.

Streiks und Proteste gegen „Jobs Act“ der Renzi-Regierung

Von Marianne Arens, 1. Oktober 2016

Italien erlebt eine Welle neuer Streiks und Proteste, die teilweise gewaltsame Formen annehmen.

25 Jahre seit dem Tod von Bill Brust
Erinnerung an einen Veteranen des Trotzkismus

Von Fred Mazelis, 1. Oktober 2016

Am 15. September jährte sich zum 25. Mal der Todestag des trotzkistischen Veteranen Bill Brust, dessen politischer Kampf als revolutionärer Sozialist eine Zeitspanne von 53 Jahren umfasste.

Bill Brust 1919-1991: Das Leben eines trotzkistischen Kämpfers

Von David North, 1. Oktober 2016

Auf einer Gedenkverstaltung am 27. Oktober 1991 hielt David North folgende Rede über das Leben und politische Vermächtnis von Bill Brust.

Interview mit David North, Autor von "Kriegszeiten: Das Weltmachtstreben der USA 1990-2016", stößt auf großes Interesse

Von unserem Reporter, 1. Oktober 2016

Das Interview wurde bislang fast 8.000 mal angesehen. Es behandelt eine ganze Reihe von Fragen, die North in seinem Buch diskutiert und erklärt ihre Beziehung zur aktuellen politischen Entwicklung.

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Deutsche Bank and the global financial crisis

1 October 2016

The contradiction between booming financial markets and intractable slump in the underlying economy is assuming an ever more explosive form.

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Online Interview with David North

Large audience for interview with David North, author of A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony, 1990-2016

By our reporter, 29 September 2016

The online interview, which has been accessed more than 4,000 times, deals with the issues raised in North’s book and their relevance for contemporary politics.

November 5 Antiwar Conference

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War
The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks about the presidential debate and the danger of war

By Niles Niemuth, 1 October 2016

The American ruling class is preparing a massive escalation of war to be carried out under either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

“I’d say it’s the worst election ever”
US autoworkers speak out on war, inequality and the 2016 elections

By Eric London and Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2016

Jerry White speaks in Detroit and Ann Arbor
SEP presidential candidate warns of war dangers

Socialism and the 2016 elections
Socialist Equality Party campaign launches fall election meetings

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party


Shimon Peres (1923-2016)

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2016

The state funeral for Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and prime minister, brought leaders from around the world to pay tribute, not so much to the individual as to the rapacious, land-grabbing, militaristic state he did so much to construct.

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 3
Loving, The Birth of a Nation: Distinct approaches to historical events

By Joanne Laurier, 1 October 2016

Certain artists are being propelled to consider critical questions, while another group is ever more consumed by identity politics and the pursuit of personal celebrity and wealth.

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 2
The Chosen, on Trotsky, and other political subjects

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 1
How well does filmmaking reflect present-day life?

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: The “Miracle on the Hudson” dramatized

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 October 2016

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

As union heads scramble to settle
Chicago teachers set strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016

The Verdi union’s despicable role in the breakup of Germany’s Kaiser’s Tengelmann retail group

By Marianne Arens, 30 September 2016

Canadian autoworkers denounce contract sellout

By Carl Bronski, 29 September 2016


New York Times brands Russia an “outlaw state”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2016

JIT investigation blames Russia for MH17 crash in Ukraine

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2016

Congress overrides Obama veto of bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits

By Tom Carter, 30 September 2016

Crisis at Germany’s Deutsche Bank intensifies

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 September 2016

Slowdown in growth of trade highlights global economic stagnation

Economist magazine warns of revolutionary consequences of unprecedented corporate power

Corbyn’s capitulation to the right wing and the lessons of the UK Labour leadership contest

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2016

UK Labour Party conference: Corbyn again prostrate before right wing

SPD, Left Party and Greens commence coalition talks after Berlin election

By Christoph Vandreier, 29 September 2016

The international significance of the Berlin election

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian workers and students speak out against US war drive

By our correspondents, 28 September 2016

Public meeting in Chennai, India: Oppose the imperialist war drive! Fight for socialist program!

New Zealand public meetings: The US Navy visit and the drive to war

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 27 September 2016

“You are a man of unimpeachable revolutionary integrity”
On the 75th birthday of Sri Lankan Trotskyist leader Wije Dias

By David North, 9 September 2016


New Zealand Labour Party marks its centenary

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2016

Contrary to the myths advanced by Labour’s apologists, the party was never socialist. It has always defended capitalism at home and supported imperialist war abroad.


New fossil discovery may date origin of life on Earth earlier than previously known

By Philip Guelpa, 27 September 2016

25 years ago: Military coup in Haiti

The Haitian military carried out a bloody military coup on September 30, 1991, overthrowing President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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50 year ago: Klansman acquitted of murder of Viola Liuzzo

On September 27, 1966, a state court in Alabama acquitted Eugene Thomas, one of four Ku Klux Klan members who murdered Detroit civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo.

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75 years ago: Stalin appeals for American and British aid

On September 28, 1941 representatives of American and British imperialism began three days of meetings in the Kremlin with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to discuss the establishment of avenues for military aid.

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100 years ago: The Battle of Thiepval Ridge at the Somme

On September 26, 1916, British forces launched an attack on Thiepval Ridge as part of their new offensive in the final stages of the Battle of the Somme.

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25 years since the death of Bill Brust

A remembrance of veteran Trotskyist Bill Brust, twenty-five years after his death

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2016

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of veteran Trotskyist Bill Brust, whose political struggle as a revolutionary socialist spanned 53 years.

The Life and Times of Bill Brust

By David North, 15 September 2016

This speech, originally delivered by David North at a memorial meeting in Minneapolis in 1991, reviews the life and political legacy of Bill Brust.