Columbus, Ohio 13-year-old gunned down by police

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2016

A companion to the boy killed by police disputed claims that the victim brandished a weapon, as the wave of officer-involved killings in the United States continues.

Notes on Police Violence
Murrieta, California police caught on video savagely beating unarmed man

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The true cost of the American gulag: $1 trillion a year

By Catherine Long, 16 September 2016

The US prison system, the world’s largest, with more than 2 million inmates, exacts an enormous social cost, documented in a recent study.

Hundreds of thousands march in new protest against French labour law

By V. Gnana and Stéphane Hugues, 16 September 2016

Deep popular opposition remains to the law, even after trade unions halted the protests over the summer holidays.

Brazilian prosecutors charge ex-president Lula as “commander” of Petrobras bribery racket

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2016

Coming on the heels of Rousseff’s ouster as president, the charging of Lula further deepens the crisis of Brazil’s Workers Party.

After the impeachment: Brazil’s pseudo lefts shift further rightward

Pacific forum reveals regional geo-strategic tensions

By John Braddock, 16 September 2016

The admission of two French territories into the Pacific Islands Forum signals the involvement of another imperialist power in a bid to counter China.

Protesters continue to defy Indian state violence in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara, 16 September 2016

India’s government is resorting to increasingly desperate measures to quell the popular protests that have convulsed the Kashmir Valley for the past ten weeks.

Many UK museums face closure due to funding cuts

By Barry Mason, 16 September 2016

Museums are being forced to absorb a one-third cut in public funding and the pressure of falling visitor numbers due to the economic crisis.

Child poverty continues to grow in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2016

No other city has as many impoverished children or young people as Berlin.

Right-wing campaign after anti-terror operation in Germany

By Katerina Selin, 16 September 2016

The arrest of three terrorist suspects in Schleswig-Holstein was immediately seized upon by politicians and the media to encourage xenophobic sentiments and call for a strong state.

Australian political establishment embraces Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

By Mike Head, 16 September 2016

Hanson’s first Senate speech, which was given wall-to-wall media coverage, focused on vilifying Muslims, China and welfare recipients.

Death toll rises in Bangladesh factory fire

By Sarath Kumara, 16 September 2016

The Tampaco Foils disaster highlights the unsafe conditions and shoddy construction for which Bangladesh is now notorious.

New in Spanish

¡Miss Sharon Jones!, documental de Barbara Kopple

Por Kevin Martinez, 16 septiembre 2016

¡Mis Sharon Jones! es una obra muy entretenida y recomendable. Es el antídoto perfecto a las locuras de verano de Hollywood.

New in French

Le Pentagone défie ouvertement le cessez-le-feu américano-russe en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 septembre 2016

Les déclarations des huiles de l’armée opposées au cessez – le-feu sont un signe incontestable du danger réel et croissant d’une guerre des États-Unis contre la Russie.

Le Président de la Commission européenne appelle au renforcement des États et à la guerre

Par Johannes Stern, 16 septembre 2016

Deux jours avant le sommet post-Brexit de vendredi à Bratislava, Jean-Claude Juncker prévient que l’UE fait face à « une crise existentielle » et appelle au renforcement des États et à la guerre.

La faim et la catastrophe sociale vécues par la jeunesse américaine

Par Kate Randall, 16 septembre 2016

Alors que deux nouveaux rapports documentent les conséquences révoltantes de l’insécurité alimentaire, la catastrophe sociale qui règne aux États-Unis est ignorée dans les élections et la lutte que se mènent Clinton et Trump.

New in German

Pentagon gegen amerikanisch-russisches Waffenstillstandsabkommen in Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 16. September 2016

In den Äußerungen führender US-Militärs zeigt sich die reale Gefahr eines Krieges zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten und Russland.

Präsident der Europäischen Kommission Juncker fordert Staatsaufrüstung und Krieg

Von Johannes Stern, 16. September 2016

In seiner Rede zur Lage der Union warnte Juncker, dass die Europäische Union in einer „existenziellen Krise“ sei und machte klar, dass die europäische herrschende Elite der Arbeiterklasse nichts weiter zu bieten hat als Sparmaßnahmen, Nationalismus, Polizeistaatsaufbau und Krieg.

Bewaffnete Proteste gegen den ehemaligen Stanford-Studenten Brock Turner

Von David Walsh, 16. September 2016

Anfang September zeigte sich die Logik der schmutzigen feministischen Medienkampagne rund um den Fall sexueller Gewalt an der Stanford University in den USA, als bewaffnete selbsternannte „Anarchisten“ das Haus von Brock Turner belagerten.

Linksfront unterstützt Frankreichs Einmischung im zentralafrikanischen Gabun

Von Stéphane Hugues, 16. September 2016

Mélenchon schloss sich in Paris einer Demonstration an, deren Teilnehmer eine Militärintervention Frankreichs in Gabun forderten, um den gewählten Präsidenten Ali Bongo zu stürzen.

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Clinton’s fall in the polls and the crisis of the Democratic Party

16 September 2016

Clinton holds only a narrowing lead over Trump because the Democratic Party is incapable of making a genuine appeal to working people and youth facing unemployment, poverty and low wages.

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Socialist Equality Party (US)

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

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Online meeting with SEP presidential candidates to begin at 7:00 pm US Eastern Time

15 September 2016

West Virginia Supreme Court rules against independent petitioner

Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 15 September 2016

Socialism and the 2016 elections
Socialist Equality Party campaign launches fall election meetings

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Featured Video

The unions “are shameless crooks that live on the backs of our work”
Immigrant workers in Los Angeles speak on war and social conditions

By our reporters, 16 September 2016

The WSWS recently spoke to two janitorial workers, María and Jaime, about their experience with the SEIU union and their working and living conditions.

Minnesota Nurses Strike

Sanders covers for union isolation of Minnesota nurses’ strike

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 September 2016

The letter by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders does nothing to strengthen the fight against Allina Health and its corporate and political backers.

Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

By our reporting team, 13 September 2016

SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses

2016 US Elections

Republican governor threatens violence if Hillary Clinton is elected

By Nick Barrickman, 15 September 2016

Media misinformation and the US election’s war agenda

Clinton steps up appeals to Republicans, military

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Pentagon openly challenges US-Russia ceasefire deal in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2016

More on the war in Syria »

European Commission President Juncker calls for state-build up and war

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2016

Further considerations on the household income report: Poverty and inequality in America

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2016

Wage crisis for youth in US labor market

The 2008 crisis and the lessons of history

By Nick Beams, 15 September 2016

US has spent nearly $5 trillion on wars since 9/11

By Bill Van Auken, 14 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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 September 2016

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

For a counteroffensive against the auto bosses!
A socialist-internationalist strategy for Canadian Detroit Three workers

Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 September 2016

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Berlin election: Pseudo-left supports right-wing election campaign of the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2016

The state of emergency in France and the intensification of the class struggle in Europe
PSG election meeting in Berlin-Wedding

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 September 2016

“The danger of a third world war was never as great as it is today”
PSG candidate in Berlin election speaks on German television

By our correspondents, 12 September 2016

Berlin state election 2016
Vote against war! Vote PSG!
Election manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party

Arts Review

Hell or High Water: A remarkable snapshot

By Charles Bogle, 14 September 2016

Miss Sharon Jones! Barbara Kopple’s documentary

By Kevin Martinez, 12 September 2016

Featured commentary

Fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks

By the WSWS editorial board, 12 September 2016

Below are several articles from the archive of the World Socialist Web Site on the response of the Socialist Equality Party to the attacks of 9/11 and the reaction of the George W. Bush administration.

The political roots of 9/11

By David North and David Walsh, 12 September 2001

Was the US government alerted to September 11 attack?

Part 1: Warnings in advance

Part 2: Watching the hijackers

Part 3: The United States and Mideast terrorism

Part 4: The refusal to investigate

Book Review

Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By Debra Watson, 13 September 2016

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s evictions in major American cities like Milwaukee were a fraction of what they are today. Meanwhile, in the US, post-2008 rental housing market rates continue to rise as working class incomes stagnate and even fall.

25 years ago: Criminal charges against Oliver North dropped

On September 16, 1991, a US judge dismissed all criminal charges against Lt. Col. Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-contra conspiracy.

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50 year ago: Segregationists attack black school children in Mississippi

On September 12, 1966, dozens of black children attending school for the first time at the newly-integrated Lizzie Horn Elementary School in Grenada, Mississippi were attacked by racist mobs.

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75 years ago: Nazi forces surround Kiev

On September 16, 1941, German tank units initiated the final siege that resulted in the annihilation of the Soviet forces in Ukraine.

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100 years ago: Allied offensive at the Battle of the Somme

On September 15, 1916, Allied forces launched a major offensive against German troops, initiating the third stage of the Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France.

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International Committee of the Fourth International

“You are a man of unimpeachable revolutionary integrity”
On the 75th birthday of Sri Lankan Trotskyist leader Wije Dias

By David North, 9 September 2016

In his greetings, David North reviewed the significance of the more than 50-year struggle for revolutionary internationalism waged by Wije Dias, the leader of the SEP in Sri Lanka.