Turkish government moves to crush Kurdish parliamentary HDP party

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2016

Under the state of emergency imposed after a failed, NATO-backed coup in July, Turkey is rapidly being transformed into a presidential dictatorship.

Capsized boats in Mediterranean leave 240 refugees dead

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2016

At least 4,220 refugees have already died in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach Europe.

Refugee deaths surge in the Mediterranean

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Suicides up sharply among US middle school children

By Tom Eley, 5 November 2016

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that American children from 10 through 14 are now more likely to die from suicide than from car accidents.

Workers and youth largely absent at Clinton rally in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 5 November 2016

Speaking in Detroit, a city devastated by decades of plant closures and downsizing, the Democratic presidential candidate had virtually nothing to say about poverty or unemployment.

Class struggle in US intensifies on eve of election

The 2016 US election and the crisis of the two-party system

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Injunction threat in Philadelphia transit strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 November 2016

As the walkout by 4,700 Philadelphia transit workers entered its fourth day the media and Democratic politicians stepped up their attacks on the strikers.

Strike pits Philadelphia transit workers against budget-cutting Democrats

Election eve US jobs report reflects continuing stagnation

By Barry Grey, 5 November 2016

The decline in the official unemployment rate to 4.9 percent was not the result of workers joining the labor force and finding jobs, but the departure of 425,000 more working-age Americans.

Canada’s Liberal government outlines privatization plans

By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016

Moves to privatize Canada’s eight largest airports are already well advanced.

Speculation mounts over snap general election as UK Brexit crisis intensifies

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2016

The High Court ruling that only parliament may trigger Britain’s exit from the EU has spurred collaboration between pro-remain forces committed to overturning the referendum vote to leave.

High Court verdict on EU Brexit plunges UK deeper into crisis

Scottish National Party pushes for second independence referendum

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Hamburg court acquits defendants in Cologne New Years Eve frameup

By Dietmar Henning, 5 November 2016

Three defendants were kept in detainment for almost half a year, although the charges against them were based on the “provision of false facts.”

Indian elite rails against China for its ties to Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2016

Relations between India and China are rapidly spiraling downwards, as regional geopolitics become increasingly polarized along Indo-US versus China-Pakistan lines.

Death toll rises to 25, as India-Pakistan border clashes heighten war danger

Chinese president’s visit to Bangladesh highlights growing rivalry in South Asia

By Sarath Kumara, 5 November 2016

Xi’s trip was aimed at countering the efforts of India, backed by the US, to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh.

Australian government steps up assault on social welfare

By Richard Phillips, 5 November 2016

The measures are in response to growing demands by the financial elite for major cuts in social spending.

Dreamworld tragedy underscores unions’ role in undermining safety

By Terry Cook, 5 November 2016

The unsafe working conditions now prevalent in every industry are the result of the collaboration of the trade unions with the decades-long drive by corporations to slash costs.

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La lutte des classes s’intensifie aux Etats-Unis à l’approche de l’élection

Par Jerry White, 5 novembre 2016

Il existe une opposition grandissante parmi les travailleurs aux exigences du gouvernement et du patronat pour obtenir sans cesse des réductions des salaires, de l’assurance maladie et des retraites

Un groupe de réflexion allemand demande une politique étrangère plus indépendante des États-Unis

Par Johannes Stern, 5 novembre 2016

À tout juste quelques jours de l’élection présidentielle américaine, l’Institut de politique étrangère (SWP), groupe de réflexion du gouvernement allemand, a publié un article appelant à une politique étrangère allemande plus indépendante.

Le ministre de la Défense britannique déclare que le R-U serait prêt à entrer en guerre contre la Russie

Par Robert Stevens, 5 novembre 2016

Fallon a déclaré devant le Comité de la Défense du parlement que les forces armées britanniques jouaient un rôle central dans l’actuel encerclement de la Russie par l’OTAN.

Le verdict de la Haute Cour sur le Brexit plonge le Royaume-Uni en crise

Par Julie Hyland, 5 novembre 2016

La Haute Cour a statué que seul le Parlement avait le droit de déclencher la sortie de la Grande-Bretagne de l’Union européenne.

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Vor den US-Wahlen verschärft sich der Klassenkampf

Von Jerry White, 5. November 2016

In den USA formiert sich mehr und mehr die Gegenwehr von Arbeitern gegen Angriffe auf Löhne, Renten und Krankenversicherungen.

Europäische Reaktionen auf die US-Wahl

Von Peter Schwarz, 5. November 2016

Europa reagiert auf die amerikanische Präsidentenwahl mit einer Mischung aus Abscheu, Nervosität und Angst.

Rot-Rot-Grün positionieren sich als vehemente Verteidiger der EU

Von Verena Nees, 5. November 2016

Am Freitag veröffentlichten Vertreter von SPD, Linkspartei und Grünen einen Aufruf zur Verteidigung der Europäischen Union durch eine grundlegende Reform ihrer Institutionen.

240 Tote bei Flüchtlingsunglück vor Libyen

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 5. November 2016

In diesem Jahr sind im Mittelmeer bereits mindestens 4220 Flüchtlinge beim Versuch, Europa zu erreichen, ums Leben gekommen, so viele wie nie zuvor innerhalb eines Jahres.

Urteil des High Court über den EU-Austritt stürzt Großbritannien noch tiefer in die Krise

Von Julie Hyland, 5. November 2016

Der High Court hat entschieden, dass nur das Parlament das Recht hat, den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der Europäischen Union zu veranlassen.

Veranstaltungen der Socialist Equality Party (USA) vor der Antikriegskonferenz

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 5. November 2016

Der Vizepräsidentschaftskandidat der SEP, Niles Niemuth, sprach in der letzten Woche auf zwei Veranstaltungen in Rock Island und Chicago (Illinois) vor Arbeitern und Studenten.

Goodyear-Reifenwerk in Philippsburg mit 890 Beschäftigten soll geschlossen werden

Von Jan Peters, 5. November 2016

Anfang letzter Woche erfuhren die Beschäftigten im baden-württembergischen Philippsburg völlig überraschend, dass ihr Werk spätestens Ende 2017 geschlossen werden soll.

Verkaufswelle bei Anleihen

Von Nick Beams, 5. November 2016

Der Kursverfall bei Anleihen in der letzten Oktoberwoche könnte sich als Vorbote größerer Turbulenzen erweisen. Über die Geldpolitik der Zentralbanken herrscht Rätselraten.

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مؤتمر الخامس من شهر تشرين الثاني، تحت شعار رؤية الاشتراكية في مواجهة  الرأسمالية والحرب ، والسعي لبناء حركة جديدة مناهضة للحرب الإمبريالية.

Eric London و Joseph Kishore, 12 أكتوبر 2016

ستستضيف جامعة واين ،في مدينة دترويت في ولاية مشيغان،  مؤتمر مناهض للحرب، ينظمه حزب المساواة الاشتراكي، والحركة الدولية للشباب والطلبة المناضلين في سبيل االمساواة الاجتماعية تحت شعار " رؤية الاشتراكية في مواجهة الإمبريالية والحرب".

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US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system

5 November 2016

A New York Times/CBS poll found that voters, by a six-to-one margin, were disgusted by the Clinton-Trump contest.

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November 5 Antiwar Conference

Build an international movement against imperialist war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 3 November 2016

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

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war


Europe reacts to US election with fear and apprehension

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2016

Europe is reacting to the American presidential election with a mixture of disgust, nervousness and fear.

German think tank demands greater foreign policy independence from the US

Putin criticizes the US and pleads for a change in course

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2016

Former president arrested in El Salvador amid government default crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 4 November 2016

The New York Times’ Amanda Taub and “the crisis of whiteness”

By David Walsh, 3 November 2016

Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson endorses Hillary Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 2 November 2016

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2016

Britain’s pseudo-left and the party of war

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2016

Arts Review

Loving: “Tell the court I love my wife…”

By Joanne Laurier, 5 November 2016

Jeff Nichols’ film is a fictional recreation of the landmark case in Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s, which ultimately led to the striking down of state laws banning interracial marriage in the US.

Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes and the current cultural vacuum

By Joanne Laurier, 3 November 2016

Volhynia (Hatred) by Wojciech Smarzowski—a gripping account of the 1943 massacre

Workers Struggles

Reject Ford Canada-Unifor sellout agreement
For a counteroffensive of North American autoworkers against wage and job cuts

By Roger Jordan, 5 November 2016

Ford Canada workers should combine a “no” vote on the concessions deal with an urgent appeal to autoworkers in the US and Mexico for a united struggle against the auto bosses and their union accomplices.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 November 2016

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

California state workers to vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2016

Sri Lanka: Deeside plantation workers form action committee

By our correspondents, 4 November 2016

UK: South Yorkshire cleaning workers continue strike

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2016

Nearly one-third of Chicago teachers reject CTU concessions deal

By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016

The International Socialist Organization and the Chicago teachers contract betrayal

Pittsburgh Symphony musicians begin their second month on strike

By Samuel Davidson, 3 November 2016

Musicians speak out at Pittsburgh Symphony strike support concert

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP holds meetings in Illinois in lead-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our reporters, 4 November 2016

US SEP presidential candidate addresses Sri Lankan audience

By our correspondents, 31 October 2016

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

War and the 2016 US elections: SEP candidates launch final election tour

20 October 2016

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

Mehring Books

David North’s A Quarter Century of War now available in ePub and Kindle formats

3 November 2016

Both ePub and Kindle versions of David North’s recent book A Quarter Century of War: The U.S. Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016 are now available from Mehring Books.

Philosophy and Politics in an Age of War and Revolution
A lecture delivered at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

By David North, 25 October 2016

Hundreds attend lecture by David North in Frankfurt, Germany


Albert Dragstedt (1933-2016)

By Fred Williams, 2 November 2016

A long-time member of the Workers League, which he joined in the early 1970s, and a supporter of the Socialist Equality Party, Albert combined immense erudition with an unwavering dedication to Marxism.

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meeting in Jaffna: Imperialist war, Tamil nationalism and the fight for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 November 2016

Book Review

The political anatomy of pseudo-left war propaganda
Part two

By Eric London, 2 November 2016

The political anatomy of pseudo-left war propaganda
Part one

Making the case for war in Eastern Europe
Robert D. Kaplan’s In Europe’s Shadow

25 years ago: Largest general strike in South African history

Millions of black South African workers staged a powerful two-day general strike on November 4-5, 1991 to protest the apartheid government’s attacks on their living standards.

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50 year ago: Florence flooding kills 149, destroys historic patrimony

On November 4, 1966, a flash flood swept through Italy’s historic city of Florence and its surrounding areas, killing 149 people and destroying or damaging invaluable Renaissance art and literature.

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75 years ago: Cetniks and Partisans clash in Yugoslavia

On November 1, 1941 the Serbian Cetnik forces under the nationalist Draza Mihailovic launched surprise attacks against Uzice and other positions held by Yugoslav Partisan units led by Tito’s Communist Party.

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100 years ago: IWW members killed in Everett Massacre

On November 5, 1916, armed sheriff’s deputies killed five members of the revolutionary-syndicalist and anti-war Industrial Workers of the World in Everett, Washington.

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