Divisions erupt at post-Brexit Bratislava summit as EU calls for military-police build-up

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 17 September 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi refused to attend a joint press conference after the summit and publicly attacked EU proposals on economic and refugee policy.

US special forces flee “moderate” rebels in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2016

The threat by the so-called rebels to slaughter American special operations troops exposed the immense contradictions underlying US imperialism’s war for regime change in Syria.

UK reneges on its promise to take in Syrian refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 17 September 2016

One year after former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to settle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, only 2,800 have arrived in Britain.

Clinton campaign in crisis over plunging support among younger voters

By Zaida Green, 17 September 2016

Former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders all made appearances to insist that young people must back Clinton.

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

Republican governor threatens violence if Hillary Clinton is elected

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Auto companies continue assault on jobs, working conditions
One year since 2015 US auto contract battle

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2016

The warning raised by the SEP and the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about the rotten nature of the contracts negotiated by the UAW is being borne out.

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

UAW balks at solidarity action as Canadian auto talks continue

Edward Snowden speaks live in 800 theaters across North America

By Toby Reese, 17 September 2016

Following a “sneak preview” of Oliver Stone’s new film, Snowden, he and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden participated in a live interview September 14.

Wells Fargo executive overseeing fraud receives $124.6 million retirement

By Gabriel Black, 17 September 2016

Carrie Tolstedt has made tens of millions overseeing massive consumer fraud as Wells Fargo’s Vice President for community banking.

US prisons ration expensive hepatitis C drugs

By Brad Dixon, 17 September 2016

Fewer than 4 percent of US prisoners with hepatitis C receive the newer drugs for the disease due to their exorbitant price.

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

SEP candidate prevented from speaking at tenants’ meeting in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 17 September 2016

A candidate of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit was barred from speaking because he intended to criticise the privatisation policy of the Left Party and the SPD.

Child poverty continues to grow in Germany

Right-wing campaign after anti-terror operation in Germany

Russian elections take place amid deepening economic and geopolitical crisis

By Vladimir Volkov, 17 September 2016

Parliamentary elections on Sunday across Russia unfold as the country’s economic decline continues and tensions mount in the ruling elite.

Canada’s Liberals defend “war on terror,” spy agencies in Bill C-51 consultation

By Roger Jordan, 17 September 2016

The Liberals’ Green Paper on Bill C-51 offers a full-throated endorsement of the intelligence agencies, while hinting at even more repressive powers to come.

New Zealand: Maori king cuts ties with Labour Party

By John Braddock, 17 September 2016

The Maori tribal head, who presides over a substantial business operation, has thrown his weight behind an electoral alliance between the Maori nationalist parties.

Australian political establishment embraces Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

UN chief praises pro-US Sri Lankan government

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 17 September 2016

Ban indirectly admitted that the UN did nothing to stop the wartime massacres in Sri Lanka, saying the world body had made “serious mistakes.”

New in Russian

Парламентские выборы в России проходят в условиях углубления экономического и геополитического кризиса

Владимир Волков, 17 сентября 2016 г.

Выборы в Государственную думу, которые состоятся в воскресенье, проходят в условиях продолжающегося экономического упадка и роста трений в правящей элите России.

В память о ветеране троцкизма Билле Брусте спустя двадцать пять лет после его смерти

Фред Мазелис, 17 сентября 2016 г.

15 сентября исполнилась двадцать пятая годовщина смерти ветерана троцкизма Билла Бруста, политическая борьба которого как революционного социалиста охватила период в 53 года.

New in French

Le socialisme contre le capitalisme et la guerre

Par le Socialist Equality Party (USA), 17 septembre 2016

Le but de la conférence est de mobiliser politiquement les travailleurs et les jeunes contre la politique de guerre de l'impérialisme américain et mondial, qui menace de provoquer une troisième guerre mondiale nucléaire.

Réunion du PSG à Berlin-Wedding

Par Elisabeth Zimmermann, 17 septembre 2016

Le terrorisme sert de prétexte pour s’attaquer aux droits démocratiques de la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Die internationale Bedeutung der Berlinwahl

Von Peter Schwarz, 17. September 2016

Die Berliner Abgeordnetenhauswahl vom kommenden Sonntag findet unter Bedingungen einer dramatischen internationalen Krise statt.

Erfolgreiche Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der PSG in Berlin

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 17. September 2016

Führende Vertreter der PSG sowie der Vierten Internationale (IKVI) erläuterten eine sozialistische Perspektive, die den Widerstand gegen Krieg mit dem Kampf gegen soziale Ungleichheit, Staatsaufrüstung und Fremdenfeindlichkeit verbindet.

Lebhafte Diskussion im Anschluss an die Wahlveranstaltung der PSG

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 17. September 2016

Im Anschluss an die Wahlabschluss-Versammlung der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in der Ufa-Fabrik in Berlin-Tempelhof nutzten die Gäste die Zeit, um im Forum vor dem Saal über die Redebeiträge, die Perspektiven der Vierten Internationale und das Programm der PSG zu diskutieren. Viele deckten sich am Büchertisch mit Literatur ein, um die Fragen vertiefen zu können.

USA gaben seit dem 11. September 2001 fast 5 Billionen Dollar für Kriege aus

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. September 2016

Ein neuer Bericht der Brown University beziffert die Ausgaben Washingtons seit dem 11. September 2001 für die Kriege, die es unter dem Vorwand des Kampfs gegen den Terror geführt hat, auf nahezu fünf Billionen Dollar.

Rechter Mob jagt Flüchtlinge durch Bautzen

Von Katerina Selin, 17. September 2016

Die rechte Politik aller etablierten Parteien und die unablässige Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge ermutigen rechtsextreme Kräfte zu offener Gewalt.

Frankreich: Hunderttausende demonstrieren erneut gegen Arbeitsgesetz

Von V. Gnana und Stéphane Hugues, 17. September 2016

Obwohl die Gewerkschaften die Proteste gegen das Gesetz während des Sommers eingestellt hatten, herrscht in der Bevölkerung weiterhin starker Widerstand.

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The international significance of the Berlin election

17 September 2016

Amid the widespread discrediting of the established political parties, the German ruling class is contemplating the formation of a “Red-Red-Green” government to suppress opposition to militarism and austerity.

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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.

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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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White denounces war, advances socialist program at third party forum

By our reporter, 17 September 2016

White participated in a radio forum of third-party and independent presidential candidates held at Flint’s Mott Community College.

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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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

PSG holds successful final election meeting in Berlin

By our correspondents, 17 September 2016

Speakers outlined a socialist program to unite the struggle against war with the fight against social inequality, the strengthening of the state apparatus and xenophobia.

Lively discussion after final PSG election meeting

By our correspondents, 17 September 2016

“It is good that the PSG raises war as the main issue.”

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 September 2016

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

Hundreds of thousands march in new protest against French labour law

Minnesota Nurses Strike

Sanders covers for union isolation of Minnesota nurses’ strike

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 September 2016

Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

By our reporting team, 13 September 2016

SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses


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

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2016

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2016

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

Pentagon openly challenges US-Russia ceasefire deal in Syria

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

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

The 2008 crisis and the lessons of history

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.

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

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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.