Threat of US-Russia clash grows after Washington cuts off Syria talks

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2016

The Obama administration is set to discuss military options even as Russia has begun deploying more sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.

The “major and deadly” wars to come

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

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IMF cuts growth forecasts for major economies

By Nick Beams, 5 October 2016

The International Monetary Fund has warned of a “deflationary trap” where further cuts in interest rates cannot provide a stimulus to the world economy.

Deutsche Bank and the global financial crisis

Air of crisis overhangs central bankers’ meeting

Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti and heads north

By John Marion, 5 October 2016

The storm made landfall Tuesday morning in a country that has been devastated by the 2010 earthquake and still lacks basic infrastructure.

Vice presidential candidates agree on US military escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2016

Most of the 90-minute vice presidential debate consisted of unintelligible squabbling, but the Democratic and Republican candidates agreed on the overriding issue of war.

Trump’s taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege

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

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“We are representing the entire working class”
Minnesota nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

By Matt Rigel and Jerry White, 4 October 2016

Nurses in the Twin Cities have defied all the political forces arrayed against them, from the Allina bosses and corporate media, to the Democratic Party politicians and the Minnesota Nurses Association, which have failed to defeat them.

Defeat MNA sellout!
Mobilize the working class behind the Minnesota nurses strike!

Opposition grows to GM Canada pattern contract

By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2016

Fearing mass rank-and-file opposition to the rotten “pattern” agreement Unifor reached at GM Canada, the local leadership at Ford’s Oakville assembly plant now claim to oppose it.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White visits Windsor
Growing opposition from Canadian autoworkers to Unifor-backed sellout contracts

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Los Angeles police kill second man in two days

By Zaida Green, 5 October 2016

The unidentified young man was shot to death just a day after the fatal shooting of another youth, 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr.

Video raises questions in 2012 New York police killing of Ramarley Graham

By Sandy English, 5 October 2016

A new surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News shows paramedics covering and then uncovering the corpse of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in 2012.

Death toll mounts in US police killings

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Poland: Tens of thousands protest proposed anti-abortion bill

By Clara Weiss, 5 October 2016

If passed, the bill would implement a ban on abortions, including for minors and victims of rape.

Syriza government assaults Greek retirees

By Katerina Selin, 5 October 2016

On Monday, the Greek government mobilised the police to attack protesting retirees.

UK Labour Party attacks Greater Manchester firefighters

By Margot Miller, 5 October 2016

Firefighters are opposing new shift patterns that will cut service during the night.

The pseudo-left’s role in the defeat of the British junior doctors’ struggle

France’s sale of Rafale jets to India stokes Indo-Pakistani war tensions

By Senthooran Ravee, 5 October 2016

The Rafale deal is one of India’s largest-ever arms purchases

India and Pakistan teeter on the brink of war

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El New York Times llama a Rusia un “Estado fuera de la ley”

Por Bill Van Auken, 5 octubre 2016

La retórica histérica del Times refleja un debate dentro de los círculos gobernantes sobre si una escalada de la guerra puede esperar hasta después de las elecciones.

New in French

Washington met fin aux négociations avec la Russie sur le conflit syrien

Par Jordan Shilton, 5 octobre 2016

La tentative de Washington de faire porter la responsabilité pour l’effondrement des pourparlers en Syrie à la Russie est malhonnête et hypocrite.

Les USA lancent une “troisième phase” de renforcement militaire contre la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 5 octobre 2016

Ashton Carter a souligné que les Etats-Unis veulent approfondir leur “avantage militaire” en Asie afin de rester l’armée la plus puissante dans la région

Le coup au sein du Parti socialiste espagnol démasque Podemos

Par Paul Mitchell et Alex Lantier, 5 octobre 2016

La perspective de Podemos était de former un gouvernement avec le Parti socialiste, qui oeuvre actuellement à porter un gouvernement de droite au pouvoir en Espagne.

New in German

Die „großen und verheerenden“ Kriege der Zukunft

Von Andre Damon, 5. Oktober 2016

Der Bericht einer führenden geopolitischen Denkfabrik verdeutlicht, dass sich das US-Militär intensiv auf Kriege mit riesigen Opferzahlen vorbereitet.

Syrienkrieg: USA stellen Gespräche mit Russland ein

Von Jordan Shilton, 5. Oktober 2016

In einem durch und durch unehrlichen Schritt weist die amerikanische Regierung die Schuld am Zusammenbruch der Syrien-Diplomatie Russland zu.

Nazipropaganda während der Einheitsfeier

Von Ulrich Rippert, 5. Oktober 2016

Die Polizei in Dresden unterstützte rechtsradikale Pegida-Aktivisten. Selbst ein Plakat mit einem Goebbels-Zitat wurde ausdrücklich zugelassen.

Deutsche Medien trommeln wieder für Krieg und Militarismus

Von Johannes Stern, 5. Oktober 2016

Führende deutsche Medien reagieren auf die Zuspitzung des Syrienkonflikts mit Rufen nach einer völkerrechtswidrigen Militärintervention im Nahen und Mittleren Osten.

Krise der Deutschen Bank:
Deutschland und USA werfen sich gegenseitig Wirtschaftskrieg vor

Von Stefan Steinberg, 5. Oktober 2016

Zwar richten sich die jüngsten transatlantischen Feindseeligkeiten gegen die Deutsche Bank, doch auch anderen Banken droht die Insolvenz.

Sparpolitik in Griechenland: Syriza-Regierung attackiert protestierende Rentner

Von Katerina Selin, 5. Oktober 2016

Am Montag ging die pseudolinke Syriza-Regierung brutal gegen eine kleine Gruppe protestierender Rentner vor, die durch die Athener Innenstadt marschierten.

Air Berlin streicht 1200 Stellen

Von Gustav Kemper, 5. Oktober 2016

Seit Montag kommt es zu zahlreichen Flugausfällen und Verspätungen, weil empörte Arbeiter und Angestellte spontan in Streiks treten oder sich krank melden.

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Sanders’ campaign for Clinton: A “political revolution” in defense of the status quo

5 October 2016

Sanders’ bid to drum up support for Clinton in a series of campaign appearances this week is based on sophistries and lies.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

November 5 Antiwar Conference

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

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The development of public water systems and the crisis in Flint

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2016

The events in Flint are a sharp expression of a historical retrogression in the United States, where gains made by the working class in an earlier period are being stripped away.

Spanish Socialist Party coup exposes Podemos

By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2016

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson maps out post-Brexit agenda

By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2016

Colombia votes against peace accord between the FARC and government

By Andrea Lobo, 4 October 2016

US defence secretary announces “third phase” of military build-up against China

By Peter Symonds, 4 October 2016

UAW lines up behind Trump’s call for trade war

By Shannon Jones, 4 October 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

One year since the official acknowledgment of the Flint water crisis
Billions for infrastructure and health care not war!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 5 October 2016

The Socialist Equality Party fights for the only viable program to address the disaster inflicted on the residents of Flint, Michigan.

Live online forum with SEP presidential candidates
One month until the US elections: the political issues facing the working class

5 October 2016

On October 7, at 7:00 Eastern Time, SEP candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will join SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore to discuss the state of US politics one month before the election.

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to students and workers in Northern Virginia

By Alex Gonzalez and Nick Barrickman, 4 October 2016

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

By Niles Niemuth, 1 October 2016

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Part 4
Sami Blood from Sweden, Werewolf from Canada, Park from Greece: Society’s cruelty to its youngest members

By David Walsh, 5 October 2016

Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood, from Sweden, is not an easy film to watch. It was also one of the most moving and authentic films shown in Toronto this year.

Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Ma’ Rosa from the Philippines: Small-time drug dealers set upon by the police

By Dylan Lubao, 5 October 2016

The 14th film from Filipino director Brillante Mendoza was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and earlier premiered at Cannes.

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

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?

Workers Struggles

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh orchestra musicians on strike

By Fred Mazelis, 3 October 2016

Australia: Strike continues at Anglo American’s German Creek coal mine

Book Review

Adam Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts: A deeply felt work on the Spanish Civil War marred by its perspective

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 3 October 2016

25 years ago: Yugoslav civil war deaths reach 2,500

On October 7, 1991, the Croatian capital of Zagreb sustained surface-to-surface missile attacks and the presidential palace was rocketed by warplanes, nearly killing the republic’s president and other leaders.

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50 year ago: Hoffa fraud and conspiracy conviction upheld

On October 4, 1966, the conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges of Teamster President James R. “Jimmy” Hoffa was upheld by the US Court of Appeals in a 2-to-1 decision.

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75 years ago: Nazi armies advance upon Moscow

On October 3, 1941, Hitler made his first address to the German public since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, known as Operation Barbarossa.

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100 years ago: New Japanese cabinet formed amid international tensions

On October 4, 1916, the Emperor of Japan, Taishō, requested that Lieutenant General Count Seiki Terauchi form a new cabinet to replace the government that had been headed by Marquis Okuma.

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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.

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


New Zealand Labour Party marks its centenary

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2016

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.