French president exploits terror attacks to suspend democratic rights

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 17 November 2015

Hollande’s announcements make clear that he intends to modify the French constitution to give the government the power to impose an indefinite state of emergency.

The Paris terror attacks

With US backing, France launches bombing campaign in Syria

After Paris attacks, French government steps up police state measures

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US planes destroy civilian fuel tankers in raid over Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 17 November 2015

US A-10s and AC-130s launched saturation attacks with 500 pound bombs and 30mm machine guns against a convoy of some 300 trucks allegedly carrying ISIS-produced oil.

US-backed offensives seize towns in northern Iraq

ISIS claims deadliest bombing in Lebanon since end of civil war

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German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015

Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.

Citing Paris attacks, Jeremy Corbyn retreats from critique of UK foreign policy

By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2015

Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, cancelled plans to make a speech defending his previously stated opposition to British escalation in Syria.

Prime Minister Cameron boasts of UK role in targeted assassination of “Jihadi John”

By Jordan Shilton, 17 November 2015

UK mounts massive police operation after Paris terror attacks

Trudeau commits Canada to major role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2015

Broad sections of the ruling elite have seized on the Paris attacks to demand the Liberals renege on their election pledge to end the Canadian military’s bombing of Iraq and Syria.

“It’s terrible, a slap in the face”
Kansas City autoworkers vote “no” on UAW-Ford contract

By our reporters, 17 November 2015

Opposition to the contract at Ford is widespread, with at least 45 percent of workers voting “no” thus far, including 54 percent at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

UAW contracts sanction moves to eliminate small car production in US

By Eric London, 17 November 2015

The United Auto Workers rejects any struggle to unify workers in Mexico, Canada and the US in a common fight against the transnational auto giants.

“Ford is making record profits…and we’re living paycheck to paycheck”
Widespread opposition to UAW-Ford sellout deal as voting continues

UAW delays ratification of GM contract as it attempts to ram through deal at Ford

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Wisconsin Kohler workers strike against two-tier wage

By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2015

On Monday, a huge crowd of strikers and supporters blocked traffic outside the headquarters of the plumbing, kitchen and bathroom supply company.

Protests erupt after Minneapolis police shoot unarmed man, “execution style”

By Anthony Bertolt, 17 November 2015

According to dozens of witnesses, Jamar Clark was handcuffed and laying on the ground when police officers pinned him down and fired a round into his head early Sunday morning.

Michigan policeman who severely beat motorist Floyd Dent on trial for assault

Los Angeles Police Department shootings doubled in a single year, report shows

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Pro-EU technocratic government installed in Romania

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 17 November 2015

Romania’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on November 4, following right-wing demonstrations against his government.

Large anti-government protests in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 17 November 2015

The demonstration indicated the anger among workers and youth over new labor laws and the rewriting of school history texts.

Burmese opposition collaborates with military on “transition”

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 17 November 2015

Any changes to the constitution are likely to be purely cosmetic as Suu Kyi is not prepared to mount a direct challenge to the military.

Widespread fraud in Haitian presidential vote

By John Marion, 17 November 2015

With a runoff presidential election scheduled for December 27, the results of the first round of voting are revealed to be rife with fraud, provoking mass demonstrations.

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protest organisers silent on war preparations against China

By our reporters, 17 November 2015

Speakers opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a nationalist basis, while supporting New Zealand’s alliance with US militarism.

New in Turkish

Güvenlik ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal, Gelfand Davası ve Mark Zborowski'nin yeminli ifadesi

David North, 17 Kasım 2015

Güvenlik ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal olarak bilinen bu soruşturma, Dördüncü Enternasyonal içindeki en önemli kişilerin ve nihayetinde bizzat Troçki'nin öldürülmesinde Stalinist ajanlar tarafından oynanmış olan rolün, günümüze kadarki en ayrıntılı sergilenmesidir.

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Террористические атаки в Париже

Алекс Лантье и Бэрри Грей, 17 ноября 2015 г.

Преступное нападение на невинных граждан в Париже является предсказуемым результатом безжалостной эскалации военных операций на Ближнем Востоке, проводимых империализмом США и Европы.

Франция объявляет чрезвычайное положение после террористических атак ИГИЛ в Париже, унесших жизни более 100 человек

Алекс Лантье, 17 ноября 2015 г.

Более чем 14 лет «войны с террором» создали атмосферу растущего насилия, трагическим примером которого стали злодеяния в Париже.

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Les attentats terroristes de Paris

Par Alex Lantier et Barry Grey, 17 novembre 2015

L’assaut criminel mené contre des civils innocents à Paris est le résultat prévisible de l’escalade incessante par l’impérialisme américain et européen des opérations militaires au Moyen-Orient.

Après les attentats de Paris, Hollande prépare un État policier en France

Par Alex Lantier et Stéphane Hugues, 17 novembre 2015

Hollande a annoncé l'intention du gouvernement de modifier la Constitution française afin d'accorder des pouvoirs dictatoriaux à l'État.

Après les attentats de Paris, le gouvernement français renforce les mesures d'Etat policier

Par Kumaran Ira, 17 novembre 2015

Le gouvernement du Parti socialiste projette d'étendre l'état d'urgence à trois mois ou peut-être indéfiniment.

Le Royaume-Uni monte une opération policière massive après les attentats terroristes de Paris

Par Robert Stevens, 17 novembre 2015

Les attentats de Paris ont donné lieu à des appels de la part des médias et de sections de l'armée pour que la Grande-Bretagne joue un rôle central dans les frappes militaires en Syrie.

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After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

17 November 2015

Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.

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ICFI Statement

The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

13 November 2015

The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015


Liberal propagandists in US agitate for total war in Syria and Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 17 November 2015

Among the chief warmongers are the New York Times’ Roger Cohen and the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, who jumped at the opportunity to call for the massive expansion of US-led military intervention.

The class character of the student protests on US campuses

By David Walsh, 17 November 2015

The student protests initiated over the past two weeks have a decidedly upper middle class character, aimed not at fighting for social equality but at carving out greater privileges for relatively privileged African American and other minority professionals.

The “Great Recession” and the deepening austerity drive

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015

Obama administration continues to suppress report on CIA torture

By Tom Carter, 16 November 2015

Study shows US charter schools pocketing billions with no accountability

By Walter Gilberti, 16 November 2015

Obama lectures the G20

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2015

US flies nuclear-capable bombers close to Chinese islets

By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2015

Washington’s big lie of “peace and stability” in Asia

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Class justice in America: Eight-year-old charged with murder

By Eric London, 14 November 2015

Chicago Teachers Union holds mock strike vote as it prepares to back massive cuts

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Thousands of refugees crammed into airport hangars in Berlin, Germany

By Verena Nees, 16 November 2015

EU Summit in Malta strikes dirty deal to keep refugees out of Europe

German Left Party leader rails against refugees

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Workers Struggles

Australian unions seek to ram through job destruction at BlueScope Steel

By Oscar Grenfell and James Cogan, 17 November 2015

Opposition has steadily increased to the union’s efforts to blackmail workers into voting to slash their own conditions.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 November 2015

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

California: Kaiser Permanente mental health workers set to strike

By Julio Patron, 16 November 2015

India: Kerala plantation workers denounce unions’ wage sellout

Quebec unions silent about plans to illegalize workers’ job action

Arts Review

Force of Destiny—a thoughtful film about surviving cancer

By Richard Phillips, 16 November 2015

“Cinema must have a social conscience”
Veteran filmmaker Paul Cox discusses his latest feature

By Richard Phillips, 16 November 2015

Australian writer and director speaks about Force of Destiny, his artistic approach, concerns about militarism and the commercial pressures on filmmakers.

The Wrecking Crew: The “secret star-making machine” of 1960s pop music

By Joanne Laurier, 14 November 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

Vote “no” on UAW-Ford sellout contract!

12 November 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Ford workers to distribute this statement to fellow workers at the plants and upcoming contract votes.

Autoworker speaks out: Life for young workers in America’s rustbelt

“The company is making huge profits but it is not doing us any good”
Michigan Ford workers denounce UAW sellout

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The cult of Helmut Schmidt

By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2015

News of the death of Helmut Schmidt on November 10 had hardly emerged before the German media went into overdrive eulogizing the former chancellor, who would have turned 97 on December 23.

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose the TPP and the drive to war against China!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 13 November 2015

Sri Lankan SEP condemns arrest of Frontline Socialist Party leader

New book from Mehring Verlag
Scholarship or War Propaganda attracts wide interest in Germany

The 2016 US Elections

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015

Bernie Sanders’ first campaign ad: From “political revolution” to “real change”

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

At Republican presidential debate
“Wages are too high,” declares billionaire Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2015

Republicans make limited gains in off-year US election

After the Democratic presidential debate
Pseudo-left groups step up promotion of Sanders and the Democrats

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and socialism

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25 years ago: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher falls in Tory ballot

Britain’s Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation on November 22, 1990, after more than 11 years in office.

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50 years ago: Macleod warns of British “stagflation”

On November 17, 1965, Tory politician and economic spokesman Iain Norman Macleod coined the term “stagflation” to describe the seemingly contradictory phenomena of stagnation and inflation in the British economy.

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75 years ago: UAW strikes defense industry

This week in 1940, 5,200 aircraft workers were idled when the United Auto Workers (UAW) struck Vultee Aircraft near Los Angeles, seeking a 25 cent wage increase to 75 cents an hour.

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100 years ago: Joe Hill executed on frame-up charges

On November 19, 1915, Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, was executed by firing squad in Utah, after being convicted on the frame-up charge of murdering two.

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