Russia warns US strikes against Syria may lead to war

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2016

A US attack on Syrian government targets, which is being actively discussed by the White House, could trigger war between the world’s main nuclear-armed powers.

German government urges tougher action against Russia and Syria

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2016

With the conflict between the US and Russia intensifying dramatically, the German government has hardened its attitude towards Moscow.

Kerry charges “war crimes” as US escalates tensions with Russia

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Thousands protest Saudi bombing that killed and wounded over 700 in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2016

The airstrike on a funeral hall in the capital of Sanaa is the worst in a long series of war crimes carried out with the backing of Washington.

Secret Clinton speeches and emails reveal systematic corruption

By Tom Carter, 10 October 2016

In private speeches to financial tycoons, Hillary Clinton bragged that she did all she could to make sure Wall Street continued to prosper.

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Hundreds of preventable deaths caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

By John Marion, 10 October 2016

Tens of thousands are without shelter and many areas still unable to communicate with the outside world nearly a week after the storm made landfall.

Hurricane Matthew kills 19 in southeastern US

By Shelley Connor, 10 October 2016

Hurricane Matthew wrought significant damage in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday.

More than 30 injuries in Long Island Rail Road collision

By Philip Guelpa, 10 October 2016

A collision between a commuter train and a work train on Long Island is only the latest in a series of rail accidents in the New York metropolitan area.

Opposition grows in Indo-Pakistan borderlands to India’s warmongering

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 October 2016

Despite the bellicose propaganda campaign of the Indian government and media, there is widespread public opposition to a war between Pakistan and India.

Pakistani elite rattled by “strategic isolation” following Indian attack

US seals military basing deal with Australia

By Mike Head, 10 October 2016

The cost-sharing pact will mean billions of dollars being spent on upgrading facilities across Australia for the US military.

Australian Labor Party restates call for military challenge to China

France calls for its own “pivot to Asia” amid US war drive against China

By Kumaran Ira, 10 October 2016

French imperialism is laying out an aggressive military strategy in the Asia-Pacific as Washington intensifies its war drive against China.

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UK: Dalzell steelworks reopened by commodities trader Liberty House Group

By Stephen Alexander, 10 October 2016

The plant has been reopened with just 120 staff, little over half of its former workforce.

German Supreme Court rejects compensation for Kunduz bombing victims

By Verena Nees, 10 October 2016

The ruling on the Kunduz massacre strengthens the military and increases the likelihood that similar crimes will be committed in the future.

Fifteen years of the war in Afghanistan

Ethiopian government massacres ethnic minorities in Oromia region

By Thomas Gaist, 10 October 2016

Ethiopia’s government declared a state of emergency on Sunday, one week after security forces massacred as many as 600 civilians.

Toxic smog over South East Asia killed over 100,000 in 2015

By John Harris, 10 October 2016

The estimate, which is yet to be verified by an analysis of official mortality data, far exceeds the Indonesian government’s death toll.

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Kerry lance des accusations de « crimes de guerre », Washington fait monter les tensions avec la Russie

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 octobre 2016

Le secrétaire d’État américain accuse Moscou de « crimes de guerre », quand les « rebelles » affiliés à Al-Qaïda et soutenus par les États-Unis, semblent près de la défaite à Alep.

Un mois avant l’élection présidentielle aux États-Unis – ce qui nous attend

Par Patrick Martin, 10 octobre 2016

Le prochain président supervisera une crise mondiale grandissante du capitalisme, les attaques croissantes sur l’emploi, le niveau de vie et les services sociaux au pays, et l’escalade des conflits militaires au Moyen-Orient et contre la Russie et la Chine.

La crainte du « Brexit dur » cause la dégringolade de la livre britannique

Par Nick Beams, 10 octobre 2016

Le plongeon éclair subi vendredi par la monnaie britannique constitue une mise en garde que l’afflux de capitaux nécessaires pour le financement du déficit de la balance courante britannique pourrait se tarir.

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Vier Wochen vor den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen

Von Patrick Martin, 10. Oktober 2016

Was der nächste US-Präsident für die Welt bedeutet, ist bereits heute klar: Die Verschärfung der weltweiten Krise, noch brutalere Angriffe auf Arbeitsplätze und Sozialleistungen, sowie die Eskalation der Kriege im Nahen Osten und auch gegen Russland und China.

US–russische Spannungen in Syrien:
Kerry wirft Russland „Kriegsverbrechen” vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Oktober 2016

Weil den so genannten „Rebellen“ in Aleppo eine Niederlage droht, fordert der US-Außenminister eine Untersuchung gegen Russland wegen „Kriegsverbrechen“.

Polen: PiS-Regierung tritt Rückzug bei Anti-Abtreibungs-Gesetz an

Von Clara Weiss, 10. Oktober 2016

Angesichts enormer Opposition in der Bevölkerung gegen ein geplantes Abtreibungsverbot, sah sich die Regierungspartei Partei Recht und Gerechtigkeit (PiS) in Polen gezwungen, den Gesetzesentwurf zurückzuziehen.

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The Trump scandal and the US gutter election

10 October 2016

The generally degraded state of American politics entered a new low this weekend following the release of video showing Republican candidate Donald Trump boasting of his ability to use his position of wealth and celebrity to assault women.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

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

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Meeting in India discusses war and the fight for socialism

By our correspondent, 10 October 2016

The meeting in Chennai organised by Indian supporters of ICFI took place amid growing tensions between the US and Russia and China, as well as a dangerous confrontation between India and Pakistan.

Greetings to Chennai meeting from SEP (Sri Lanka) general secretary

By Wije Dias, 10 October 2016

Workers Struggles

Harvard dining hall workers continue strike

By Mike Ingram, 10 October 2016

Harvard University Dining Services workers are continuing their strike over health care and wages, the first since 1983.

“This is everyone’s fight”
After rejection of contract at Allina, Minnesota nurses call for expanded struggle


Oppose imperialist war against China and Russia
Join and Build the IYSSE at University of Melbourne!

By IYSSE (Australia), 10 October 2016

The IYSSE will hold its Inaugural General Meeting at University of Melbourne on October 13 at 1pm.

25 years ago: Clarence Thomas confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

On October 15, 1991, the US Senate voted narrowly to confirm Clarence Thomas as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, after three days of nationally televised hearings on charges that he sexually harassed female employees.

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50 years ago: Black Panther Party formed in Oakland, California

On October 15, 1966, in Oakland, California, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale formed the Black Panther Party, with a founding “Ten Point Program” focused on a series of black nationalist demands.

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75 years ago: US Communist Party supports ban on war-time strikes

On October 10, 1941 the American Communist Party (CPUSA) announced its support for a no-strike policy, following agreements between the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt and the Kremlin bureaucracy.

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100 years ago: Oil workers strike in New Jersey

On October 11, 1916, clashes broke out between striking workers and police in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Book Review

Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution, by Kenneth D. Ackerman

By Linda Tenenbaum, 8 October 2016

Trotsky in New York, 1917 focuses on a remarkable period in the life of one of the greatest political figures in modern history.


One month to the US presidential election—what lies ahead

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2016

Bernie Sanders stumps for Clinton in Michigan

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Germany: Common ground between Left Party leader Wagenknecht and the far-right AfD

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

The class issues exposed by Hurricane Matthew

By Niles Niemuth—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 8 October 2016

Poverty, combined with the lack of adequate infrastructure and planning, has resulted in the deaths of more than 800 in Haiti and at least 4 people in the US, while disrupting the lives of millions.

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


Nobel Prize in physics awarded for discoveries about condensed states of matter

By Bryan Dyne, 8 October 2016

The combination of the mathematics of topology and condensed matter physics is expected to lead directly to new types of materials and electronics.

Arts Review

Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold: Reveries of The Connected World
Exploring the origins and impact of the Internet

By Kevin Reed, 8 October 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016—Part 5
Lady Macbeth, John Coltrane, Mali Blues and more: What makes a film festival interesting?

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

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


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.

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.