Autoworkers in major plants vote overwhelmingly against UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 26 September 2015

Thousands of workers across the US are rejecting the sellout agreement as opposition to the UAW-FCA alliance deepens.

Fiat Chrysler workers reject UAW contract at Michigan and Indiana plants

Auto news update
Mopar workers in Michigan vote to reject UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal as anger grows

Tipton, Indiana Fiat Chrysler worker: Company punished workers for getting injured on the job

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UK Labour Party conference begins under leadership of Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 26 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn’s brief time at the helm has seen one political retreat after another.

Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2,200 steelworkers enters seventh week

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 26 September 2015

The United Steelworkers of America continues to isolate 2,200 steelworkers who have been locked out by ATI.

Contract worker killed at US Steel mill in Pittsburgh

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A tense visit by Chinese president to the White House

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2015

Obama and Xi both paid lip service to the need for greater cooperation, but the lack of agreement on key issues highlights the danger of confrontation and conflict.

Chinese president seeks to blunt Obama administration’s criticisms

Hungary deploys army against refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2015

The mobilization of the military at the border, while targeting refugees, is aimed at annulling fundamental democratic rights for the entire population.

EU summit reinforces Fortress Europe

The resurrection of borders in Europe

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US House Speaker John Boehner announces resignation

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2015

The leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives faced growing opposition from an ultra-right faction in his own party.

Minister from Independent Greeks appointed by Tsipras forced to resign from Syriza-led coalition

By Robert Stevens, 26 September 2015

Tsipras, who appointed Kammenos, is well aware of the reactionary character of the Independent Greeks.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras selects pro-austerity cabinet

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Spain: Pro-secession parties expected to win in Catalan regional election

By James Lerner, 26 September 2015

The “Together for Yes” coalition comprises a collection of bourgeois and petty-bourgeois political forces.

Barcelona: Mass pro-independence demonstration on Catalonia’s national day

Obama, Putin to meet at UN talks on Syria, Ukraine

By Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2015

The talks, the first since 2013, come amid signals by the Obama administration that it is open to a deal with Russia aimed at forging a transitional regime in Syria.

US, Russia discuss possible coordination, political settlement in Syria

Canada’s parties united in urging military spending hike

By Roger Jordan, 26 September 2015

Canada’s political establishment is united in supporting the expansion of Canada’s military so it can continue to serve as a major Pentagon partner.

Quebec Common Front seeks limited rotating-strike mandate

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Colombia and FARC commit to peace deal in six months

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2015

The Colombian government and the guerrilla movement reached an agreement on “transitional justice.”

US stations new nuclear weapons in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2015

The new B 61-12 nuclear bombs to be stationed at the Büchel air base combined have 80 times the explosive power of the nuclear bomb exploded in Hiroshima.

Notes on police violence in the US
Delaware police shoot wheelchair-bound man a dozen times

By Ed Hightower, 26 September 2015

Officers said the 28-year-old paraplegic man had a gun, a claim unsubstantiated by a bystander video and denied by his family.

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Flint, Michigan residents fight lead poisoning of water supply

By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2015

The head of the Virginia Tech university team that conducted a survey of Flint’s water toxicity warned residents not to trust the government's claims that city water is safe to drink.

Study shows Flint, Michigan has “very serious lead in water problem”

Reports forecast worsening economic conditions for Australia

By Mike Head, 26 September 2015

The mining investment boom that partly shielded the Australian economy from the full effects of the global financial crisis, has gone into sharp reverse.

Tamil parties embrace UN report on Sri Lankan war crimes

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 26 September 2015

The Tamil National Alliance and other bourgeois Tamil formations hope to use the UN report to broker a new political deal with Sri Lanka’s pro-US government.

New in French

Catastrophe en Arabie saoudite, le pilier de la politique américaine au Moyen-Orient

Par Bill Van Auken, 26 septembre 2015

Le décès de plus de 700 pèlerins musulmans près de La Mecque a souligné l'aggravation de la crise de la monarchie saoudienne, un pilier de la politique de Washington au Moyen-Orient.

Burkina Faso: après le coup d’Etat, le gouvernement de transition rétabli

Par Stéphane Hugues, 26 septembre 2015

Une semaine après un coup d’Etat mené par des partisans du président déchu Blaise Compaoré, un accord soutenu par la France et l’armée du Burkina Faso a rétabli le gouvernement de transition.

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Lehren aus dem Volkswagen-Skandal

Von Peter Schwarz, 26. September 2015

Der systematische Betrug bei VW ist Ausdruck der Irrationalität des Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftssystems, in dem der Konzern operiert.

Bund und Länder einigen sich auf neue Härten gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 26. September 2015

Beim Flüchtlingsgipfel im Berliner Kanzleramt haben sich Vertreter der Bundesregierung und die Ministerpräsidenten der Länder auf weiter Verschärfungen im Asylrecht geeinigt.

Ungarn setzt Militär gegen Flüchtlinge ein

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. September 2015

Das ungarische Parlament hat am Montag die Verfassung geändert, um künftig die Armee an der Grenze gegen Flüchtlinge einsetzen zu können.

Verdi-Bundeskongress stellt sich hinter Bsirske

Von Dietmar Henning, 26. September 2015

Die tausend Delegierten des Gewerkschaftskongresses stärkten ihrem Vorsitzenden trotz ausverkaufter Streiks den Rücken.

Massenpanik in Saudi-Arabien

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. September 2015

Der Tod von über 700 muslimischen Pilgern nahe Mekka verdeutlicht die wachsende Krise der saudischen Monarchie, die eine zentrale Stütze der Politik der USA im Nahen Osten ist.

Chinesischer Staatsbesuch in den USA:
Präsident Xi versucht Obamas Kritik zu dämpfen

Von Peter Symonds, 26. September 2015

Bezeichnenderweise traf Präsident Xi zunächst auf Henry Kissinger, der schon länger befürchtet, dass Obamas Konfrontationskurs einen Krieg mit China auslösen könnte.

Der Papst in Amerika

Von Tom Carter, 26. September 2015

Die Ansprache von Papst Franziskus vor einer gemeinsamen Sitzung des Kongresses der Vereinigten Staaten stellt einen Meilenstein in der Rechtsentwicklung des amerikanischen politischen Establishments dar.

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The political issues in the Volkswagen scandal

26 September 2015

The systematic fraud at VW is an expression of the irrationality of the economic and social system in which the corporation operates.

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Autoworkers Struggles

Steelworkers in Detroit call for common fight with autoworkers

By a reporting team, 26 September 2015

Workers in both the auto and steel industries are facing attacks on jobs, wages, health care benefits, and pensions.

Video: Fiat Chrysler workers speak out against UAW sellout contract

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 23 September 2015

Healthcare cuts planned as part of UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 24 September 2015

The UAW-company productivity plan: A recipe for speedup and injuries

By Eric London, 24 September 2015

Third tier created for Mopar workers, axle operators in UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

The UAW and the Democratic Party

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Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2015: Part one
The physical and emotional toll that capitalist society takes

By David Walsh, 26 September 2015

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival screened some 285 feature films and 110 shorts from 71 countries.

99 Homes’ director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system”

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 September 2015

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

Caterpillar announces plans to lay off 10,000 workers

By George Gallanis, 25 September 2015

A thousand jobs to go at UK Tata Steel


Catastrophe in Saudi Arabia, pillar of Washington’s Middle East policy

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2015

A reactionary Congress applauds the Pope

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2015

The Pope in America

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull gets US backing

By Nick Beams, 24 September 2015

US pharmaceutical industry price-gouging and the case of Martin Shkreli

By Nick Barrickman, 24 September 2015

Nominee for FDA commissioner has close ties to drug industry

2016 US Elections

Scott Walker quits Republican presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2015

Political lessons of the battle of Wisconsin

More bigotry from Republican presidential candidates

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2015

Republican presidential debate: A reactionary political system in decay

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

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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IYSSE (Australia) lectures discuss significance of Zimmerwald anti-war conference

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

25 years ago: US tensions mount over war, budget deadlines

Twenty-five years ago this week, the administration of George H. W. Bush headed into twin crises over the US budget deficit and the preparations for war in the Persian Gulf.

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50 years ago: Aden declared British crown colony

On September 26, 1965, British imperialism deposed the government of Aden and reimposed direct colonial rule over the tiny protectorate at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, which is now part of Yemen.

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75 years ago: Japan invades Indochina

On September 23, 1940, Japanese military forces invaded French Indochina, including present-day Vietnam.

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100 years ago: Battle of Loos begins on the Western Front

On September 25, 1915, the British army tried to break through German lines on the Gohelle plain near the village of Loos.

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