GM ignition defect settlement: A wrist-slap for corporate criminals

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

The settlement announced Thursday in the GM ignition recall scandal is a travesty that allows the company to get off virtually scot-free for the criminal cover-up of a deadly safety defect.

Family of GM accident victim speaks
“I believe GM murdered my daughter”

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

New update in the contract fight
Fiat Chrysler autoworkers demand time to study contract before vote

By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2015

Autoworkers spoke to the WSWS about the deep opposition to the tentative agreement in plants throughout the country, and warned against the UAW’s schemes to push the deal through.

Kokomo Transmission workers denounce UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout

By Jerry White, 18 September 2015

Workers at Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana expressed their anger, as details of the agreement signed by the UAW became known.

The UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal: A conspiracy against autoworkers

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Citing global economy, Fed keeps rates near zero

By Barry Grey, 18 September 2015

Exuberance over the decision to delay a rate hike was tempered by concerns over the state of the global economy and financial system as reflected in the Fed statement.

Japan’s credit rating cut as economy contracts

By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2015

The S&P move is a signal to Japan that the financial markets demand further measures to shift the economic burden onto the backs of the working class.

France to close borders, Germany to cut benefits as refugee crisis escalates

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015

The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Hungarian border police fire tear gas and water cannon at refugees

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis in Europe?

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Massive earthquake hits Chile

By Cesar Uco, 18 September 2015

Facing charges of corruption, low approval ratings, and a rapid deceleration of the economy, the Bachelet government is acutely aware that a natural disaster can spark social unrest.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the national anthem row

By Julie Hyland, 18 September 2015

The commotion over Corbyn’s refusal to sing the anthem provides an object lesson in the nature of the political set-up in Britain.

UK Labour leader Corbyn, addressing Trades Union Congress, makes first policy speech

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

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Foreign policy dilemmas over China confront new Australian PM

By Nick Beams, 18 September 2015

The conundrum facing Australian capitalism, flowing from its economic relationship with China and its strategic integration with the US anti-China “pivot to Asia,” could be set to worsen.

Business warns new Australian PM over promises to National Party

Poll shows 81 percent of Syrians believe US created ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2015

Half of those surveyed oppose US airstrikes, and only 21 percent believe their lives are better now than before the Western-orchestrated civil war in Syria.

US-Russian tensions rise over Syria

German politicians and media promote military intervention in Syria

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Northern Ireland power sharing agreement threatened after First Minister resigns

By Jordan Shilton, 18 September 2015

Efforts by the unionist parties to paint Sinn Fein as opponents of power sharing are absurd, not least because they have close ties with loyalist paramilitary groups.

Bloc Quebecois hails Canada’s role in Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 18 September 2015

The pro-Quebec independence Bloc Québécois is trumpeting its support for Canada’s role in the latest Mideast war, as it seeks to muster votes for the October 19 federal election.

Spate of killings by New Zealand police

By Tom Peters, 18 September 2015

As social tensions rise, the government’s response is to expand the prison system and boost the police, including by arming them with more deadly weapons.

Northern Virginia school officials hold meetings on cuts to public education

By Joe Williams and Nick Barrickman, 18 September 2015

The head of the budget task force promoted the meetings on the cutting of vital school programs as a demonstration of “transparency” by the school system.

New in Russian

Конец британской демократии

Джули Хайленд, 17 сентября 2015 г.

Политика целенаправленных убийств, впервые начатая Израилем, является сейчас международным феноменом. Правительства соревнуются одно с другим в том, какое из них в состоянии убивать чаще и эффективнее.

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L'entente entre l'UAW et Fiat Chrysler: un complot contre les travailleurs de l'auto

Par Joseph Kishore, 18 septembre 2015

Les deux parties négociantes, Chrysler Fiat et l'UAW, sont des entreprises qui tirent leurs revenus de l'exploitation des travailleurs.

La police hongroise réprime brutalement les réfugiés à la frontière

Par Chris Marsden, 18 septembre 2015

Quelles que soient les critiques officielles formulées contre la Hongrie, les grandes puissances européennes réagissent brutalement elles aussi aux réfugiés

Les tensions s’avivent entre les Etats-Unis et la Russie à propos de la Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 18 septembre 2015

Les tensions continuent d’augmenter à propos d’allégations américaines que la Russie serait en train d'installer une « base aérienne avancée » aux abords de la ville portuaire de Lattaquié.

Les alliés européens de Syriza publient un réactionnaire « Plan B en Europe »

Par Alex Lantier, 18 septembre 2015

Les alliés de Syriza publient une stratégie « Plan B » nationaliste parce que leur « Plan A », l'élection d'un gouvernement Syriza en Grèce, a fait faillite.

La France recrute massivement pour son armée

Par Anthony Torres, 18 septembre 2015

L'Etat veut mobiliser l'armée non seulement pour des guerres à l'extérieur, mais aussi pour la répression de l'opposition sociale en France.

New in German

Europa zieht die Grenzen hoch

Von Peter Schwarz, 18. September 2015

Die europäischen Mächte reagieren auf die selbst geschaffene Flüchtlingskatastrophe, indem sie die Grenzen wieder hochziehen und Europa in eine Festung verwandeln.

Wachsende Spannungen zwischen Russland und den USA um Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 18. September 2015

Die USA beschuldigen Russland, vor den Toren der nordwestlichen Hafenstadt Latakia einen Luftwaffenstützpunkt aufzubauen.

Syrizas europäische Verbündete veröffentlichen reaktionären „Plan B für Europa“

Von Alex Lantier, 18. September 2015

Syrizas Verbündete haben eine nationalistische Strategie mit dem Namen „Plan B“ veröffentlicht, nachdem „Plan A“, die Wahl einer Syriza-Regierung, politisch gescheitert ist.

Wieder eine Palastrevolte in Australien

Von Peter Symonds, 18. September 2015

Zum dritten Mal in fünf Jahren ist die australische Bevölkerung über Nacht mit einem innerparteilichen Putsch konfrontiert, der ihr eine neue Regierung beschert.

Britische Regierung will Streiks und Proteste kriminalisieren

Von Michael Barnes, 18. September 2015

Einige der undemokratischen Maßnahmen in dem Gesetzesentwurf der konservativen Regierung hat es vorher nur unter diktatorischen Regimes gegeben.

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The resurrection of borders in Europe

18 September 2015

It is only a matter of time before the soldiers of different countries, who are presently warding off refugees at the various borders, start shooting at each other.

Earlier Perspectives »

Seventy-five years ago, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by an agent of the Soviet secret police, the GPU, in Coyoacán, a suburb of Mexico City, where he was living in exile.

The assassination of Trotsky ranks among the most politically consequential crimes of the twentieth century, with far-reaching implications for the development of the world socialist movement. And yet, for decades the circumstances surrounding Trotsky’s assassination remained shrouded in secrecy.

In 1975, the International Committee of the Fourth International launched Security and the Fourth International, the first systematic investigation by the Trotskyist movement into the 1940 assassination. This investigation led to the exposure of the network of GPU agents within the Fourth International who ensured the success of Stalin’s conspiracy against Trotsky’s life.

David North, the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, played a central role in the Security and the Fourth International investigation. In two online interviews on October 3 and October 10, North will discuss the significance of Trotsky’s assassination, the origins and development of the International Committee’s investigation and its key findings. The interviews will begin at 1:00 pm US Eastern Time and will be broadcast live internationally.

Click here for more information and to register »

75 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

75 years since the assassination of Trotsky: 1940-2015
Leon Trotsky’s place in history

By David North, 21 August 2015

Published here is a section of a lecture delivered on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky. The full lecture is included in David North’s book, In Defense of Leon Trotsky.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2015

Featured Comment

A world convulsed by crises

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 12 September 2015

Crisis is not the exception, but the rule. The very speed of events, with virtually no intervals of calm between the storms, denotes an intensifying general crisis.

Autoworkers Struggles

“They are using smoke and mirrors to fool the people”
Auto workers denounce UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2015

How Wall Street took over the auto industry

By Gabriel Black, 16 September 2015

UAW used threats to stop walkout at Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant

By Jerry White, 16 September 2015

Why the UAW picked Fiat Chrysler

As the Big Three contracts expire
The way forward for US autoworkers

What is the UAW?

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Election program of Greece’s Popular Unity is a political fraud

By Christoph Dreier, 18 September 2015

The Popular Unity Party is seeking to cover its own tracks in the Syriza government and is presenting a nationalist program in the Greek elections.

European allies of Syriza issue a reactionary “Plan B in Europe”

Syriza attempts to rewrite history in futile effort to stem collapse in support

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Republican presidential debate: A reactionary political system in decay

By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2015

Each of the candidates is backed by a billionaire or billionaires, with Trump playing both roles in his own campaign.

More on the 2016 US elections »

“Late Show” debut: After Colbert drops the satire, what’s left?

By Evan Blake, 18 September 2015

Stephen Colbert, who made his name as a satirist under the Bush administration, has long since shown his conformist colors.

Refugee crisis reveals human cost of French NPA’s “humanitarian” wars

General Petraeus calls for recruiting Al Qaeda

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 September 2015

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

Seattle teachers union calls off strike

By David Brown, 16 September 2015

Socialist Equality Party

The Socialist Equality Party of Germany reviews the lessons of Greece

By Marianne Arens, 17 September 2015

An internationalist strategy to oppose the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

the Socialist Equality Party, 17 September 2015

UGL workers face deepening job cuts in Australia and Asia

Australian steel unions enforce destruction of jobs and conditions


A reply to the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee
Overturn the ban on the IYSSE!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (University of Melbourne), 17 September 2015

IYSSE in Sri Lanka, India condemn ban at University of Melbourne

IYSSE in Germany protests against University of Melbourne ban

Arts Review

Kamasi Washington’s The Epic: A bold statement in jazz

By Jeff Lusanne, 17 September 2015

Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco—Mostly hidden and obscured
Change the World or Go Home by Alejandro Almanza Pereda

2016 US Elections

US presidential campaign: Sanders opens up lead in Iowa, New Hampshire polls

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Clinton pledges to outdo Obama in militarism

The reactionary campaign around Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

Donald Trump: The ugly face of capitalist politics

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The crimes of the Nazis in Greece: Part three

By Katerina Selin, 14 September 2015


Remains of a new species of early human discovered in South African cave

By Philip Guelpa, 14 September 2015

25 years ago: US Air Force chief of staff cashiered

General Michael J. Dugan, the Air Force chief of staff, was summarily dismissed from his post on September 17, 1990 by US Defense Secretary Richard Cheney.

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50 years ago: Government of “national emergency” installed in Greece

On September 17, 1965, former Deputy Premier Stephanos Stephanopoulos was installed as prime minister of Greece by King Constantine.

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75 years ago: US Congress passes draft bill

On September 16, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Service and Training Act, which required men from the ages of 26 to 35 to register for the draft.

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100 years ago: Tsar suspends Russian Duma amid mass strike wave

On 16 September, 1915, the Tsar suspended the Fourth Russian Duma, or parliament, amid a deepening crisis of the regime spurred by disastrous reversals in World War One, deepening social discontent, and a mass strike movement of the working class.

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