Editorials

French ex-left parties support state persecution of the Roma

By Anthony Torres, 21 August 2012

The petty-bourgeois parties are maintaining a deafening silence over President François Hollande’s decision to destroy the Roma camps.

New York Times gives glimpse of sectarian bloodbath being prepared by Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2012

An article published last week in the New York Times on the spillover of sectarian tensions from Syria into Turkey belies the “democratic” and “humanitarian” pretexts for the ever more violent drive for regime change by the US and its allies.

What Danny Boyle’s Olympic pageant does and does not say about Britain

By Chris Marsden, 1 August 2012

It is to film director Danny Boyle’s credit that his Olympic Games opening ceremony aroused such a hostile reaction from a section of the UK’s Conservative right.

“Save Our Schools” webinar: ISO shills for the AFT bureaucracy

By Walter Gilberti, 30 July 2012

Union officials and black Democratic Party operatives join forces with the backing of the International Socialist Organization.

Police violence in Anaheim: The class issues

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 26 July 2012

Police brutality is directed at all sections of the working class, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and immigrant.

New York Times’ David Brooks: Aurora tragedy has nothing to do with American society

By David Walsh, 26 July 2012

David Brooks of the New York Times produced an especially stupid column July 23 on the mass killing in Aurora, Colorado, denying that the crime had anything to do with the state of society.

European auto crisis requires a socialist answer

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 July 2012

The crisis in the European car industry is not of a temporary or conjunctural nature, but is rather a direct result of the international economic crisis and the austerity measures imposed by European governments at the behest of the banks.

UK ex-left groups cover up collapsing support for education unions

By Tania Kent and Chris Marsden, 23 July 2012

Marches organised July 14 by the NUT and NASUWT in Sheffield and Oxford were billed as a major new initiative in the fight to defend public sector pensions.

Defend the right to vote! Down with photo ID laws!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for vice president, 21 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the efforts to use restrictive voter ID laws to inhibit voting, and the collaboration of the Obama administration and the federal courts with this anti-democratic campaign.

Ruth Keedy Benjamin (June 4, 1947—June 29, 2012)

18 July 2012

On June 29, Ruth Keedy Benjamin, a member of the American Trotskyist movement for over 40 years, succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Spokeswoman for CLASSE: “We have shaken Quebec’s government”

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 July 2012

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jeanne Reynolds, a leader of CLASSE, the organization that initiated and has led Quebec’s student strike.

Middle-class protest politics or a socialist orientation to the working class: A critique of the politics of CLASSE

By Keith Jones, 7 July 2012

The interview the WSWS has published with CLASSE spokeswoman Jeanne Reynolds exemplifies the protest perspective championed by CLASSE’s leadership. It also sheds lights on conceptions that are widely held among Quebec's striking students.

The heat wave in the US and the decay of infrastructure

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 6 July 2012

It is only the beginning of July and already 23 deaths are attributed to violent storms and an unprecedented heat wave throughout much of the US, following one of the warmest winters on record.

The Fourth of July

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 4 July 2012

The official marking of the Fourth of July will be the usual celebration of militarism and jingoism long used to undermine an understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of the beginning of the American Revolution 236 years ago.

The reactionary politics of Grace Lee Boggs

By Shannon Jones, 2 July 2012

In The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century, Detroit’s Grace Lee Boggs advances a political perspective thoroughly hostile to the interests of the working class.

New York Times lauds Supreme Court’s “exquisite delicacy” in health care decision

By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2012

The specialty of the Times is to serve up the lying hypocrisy of the liberal bourgeois establishment, which is then transmitted in various forms down through the “left” defenders of the Democratic Party.

No to school privatization!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 27 June 2012

In an unprecedented attack on public education the public schools in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park, Michigan are being turned over to for profit charter school operators.

Thirty years since the murder of Vincent Chin

By Shannon Jones, 23 June 2012

Thirty years ago this week, on June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin, an Asian-American draftsman, was beaten to death by a Chrysler foreman and his son in a racially motivated killing.

The way forward for the Quebec student strike

By Socialist Equality Party, 22 June 2012

This statement will be distributed at a mass rally of students and workers today.

A modest proposal for indentured servitude

By Nancy Hanover, 22 June 2012

A recent column published in the New York Times makes the case for financing higher education by “venture capitalists.”

Washington’s “democratic” hypocrisy: The cases of Egypt and Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2012

The hypocrisy of US imperialism’s pretense of promoting democracy on the world arena is manifest in Washington’s markedly different reactions to the Iranian elections of 2009 and the recent military coup in Egypt.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists’ reaction to army coup: Complacency and tacit support

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2012

The coup launched Thursday by Egypt’s ruling military junta has exposed the bankruptcy of the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) and Egypt’s entire petty-bourgeois ex-left milieu.

The bankers rule: Jamie Dimon at the US Senate

By David Walsh, 16 June 2012

The members of the Senate Banking Committee treated JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon with awe and reverence.

ISO silent on Obama’s kill list

By Joseph Kishore, 13 June 2012

In the two weeks since the New York Times report on Obama’s kill list, the International Socialist Organization has not published a single article on the topic.

The Wisconsin election: The political lessons

Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 June 2012

The victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker in the Wisconsin recall election is the predictable outcome of the sabotage by the trade unions and the Democratic Party of the mass protest movement that erupted in the Midwestern US state in February 2011.

Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom on singer Bob Dylan

By David Walsh, 1 June 2012

It is certainly permissible to be disgusted by the ceremony Tuesday during which President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Bob Dylan, but it is perhaps better to understand.

Opel/Vauxhall workers need an international strategy

Statement by the Socialist Equality Parties of the UK and Germany

By Socialist Equality parties of the UK and Germany, 31 May 2012

The European head of General Motors, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, will put forward a restructuring plan involving annual savings of $1 billion (800 million euros) at GM’s supervisory board on June 28.

Vote “No” in Ireland’s referendum on EU fiscal treaty

By Socialist Equality Parties (UK and Germany), 30 May 2012

The Socialist Equality parties of Britain and Germany call for a “No” vote in the Irish Republic’s May 31 referendum on the European Union’s fiscal treaty.

Harry Belafonte provides an historical insight into the civil rights movement’s decay

By Fred Mazelis, 25 May 2012

Belafonte’s memoir describes in some detail his last meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. in March 1968, exactly a week before the civil rights leader was assassinated.

A revealing look at Murdoch’s influence on British politics

By A review by Dave Hyland, 25 May 2012

Labour MP Tom Watson and Independent journalist Martin Hickman throw some light on the way in which politicians in the UK have bowed down before Rupert Murdoch’s wealth and power, as well detailing the incestuous relationship between his newspapers and a corrupt police force.

The JPMorgan fiasco and the case for nationalization

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2012

In just four trading days since JPMorgan Chase’s announcement of massive losses in derivatives trading, the estimated toll has risen from $2 billion to more than $3 billion.

Hydraulic fracturing and the case for socialist planning

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 18 May 2012

The Socialist Equality Party opposes the uncontrolled application of hydraulic fracturing by private corporations whose sole aim is the maximization of profits at any cost.

Obama, the UAW and the auto bailout

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2012

In its campaign for his reelection, the UAW is portraying President Obama—who oversaw an historic attack on auto workers’ jobs and living standards—as a champion of the working class.

Obama campaign underscores dead end of American political system

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 10 May 2012

With his appearances at college campuses over the last few days, President Obama officially launched his reelection campaign. The carefully crafted media events, complete with vetted audiences of cheering college students, were an exercise in empty demagogy.

Washington’s human rights hypocrisy and the case of Chen Guangcheng

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2012

While media attention has focused on charges that the Obama administration bungled the case of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, a more basic question is ignored: what gives Washington the right to sit in judgment on the question of human rights?

The attacks on Günter Grass—a balance sheet

By Peter Schwarz, 5 May 2012

There have been many acrimonious conflicts in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany but there is nothing to compare with the flood of abuse, slanders and insults unleashed in the media against the 84-year-old Günter Grass in recent weeks.

May Day 2012: Unite workers around the world against austerity and war

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 1 May 2012

The following May Day statement was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president in the 2012 elections.

CBS’s “60 Minutes” interviews Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky

By Fred Mazelis, 1 May 2012

Dr. Nora Volkow appeared on the “60 Minutes” television program to discuss not only her work as the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), but also her family background as the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky.

Behind the right-wing racial politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

By Tom Eley, 1 May 2012

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who seized on the killing of Trayvon Martin to obscure the class divide in American society, have a sordid and right-wing political history.

Germany’s ISSE, SEP denounce attacks on meetings in defence of Günter Grass

28 April 2012

The International Students for Social Equality has issued a statement to the German press denouncing the attacks on their meetings held in defence of Günter Grass

Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin: The historical issues

By Fred Mazelis, 27 April 2012

In the two months since the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin there have been numerous attempts to equate his killing to the lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

Withdraw US, NATO troops from Afghanistan!

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By SEP candidate for president Jerry White, 25 April 2012

The Obama administration and its Afghan puppet Hamid Karzai have codified the long-term presence of American forces in the country, until at least 2024.

Memorial for Christopher Hitchens in New York City: A gathering of the unprincipled and politically clueless

By David Walsh, 25 April 2012

Vanity Fair magazine hosted a memorial in New York City April 20 for the late journalist Christopher Hitchens, a political scoundrel of the first order, who died of cancer in December.

The Breivik trial

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 25 April 2012

The trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been dominated by the testimony of the 33-year-old right-wing terrorist.

Housing and utilities are a social right

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 April 2012

The tragic fires in Philadelphia last week, which claimed the lives of six residents and two firefighters, are an indictment of the social conditions created by the crisis and decay of American capitalism.

The witch-hunt of Günter Grass and the preparations for war against Iran

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 April 2012

Grass’s critics want to suppress discussion of the catastrophic consequences of an Israeli-American military strike against Iran and pave the way for German participation in such an imperialist crime.

Canada: To defeat McGuinty and Harper, workers must rebel against OFL and NDP

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 21 April 2012

On the part of the unions, today’s show of opposition to the Liberal cuts is political theater meant to disguise the fact that they and the NDP are preparing to prop up the minority Liberal government and ensure passage of its austerity budget.

German Left Party slanders Günter Grass

By Stefan Steinberg, 14 April 2012

The Left Party has joined in the current witch-hunt against German writer Günter Grass.

UK teaching unions complete rout of pensions fight

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 April 2012

To understand how the UK’s Conservative/Liberal Democrat government is managing to push through the most drastic cuts in public spending since the 1930s, it is necessary to look no further than last weekend’s annual conferences of the education unions.

Defend Günter Grass!

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 April 2012

The outcry in German media and political circles over a recent poem by Günter Grass is the prelude to a war-mongering campaign aimed at justifying a military adventure that could plunge the entire Middle East, and then the world, into a new conflagration.

The Bradford by-election and the need for a revolutionary socialist party

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 April 2012

The victory of Respect Party candidate George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election last week has been met with shock and nervousness throughout the political establishment and media.

The killing of Trayvon Martin and the social crisis in the US

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for president

By Jerry White, 31 March 2012

The killing of Trayvon Martin was a horrific crime that has provoked anger and protests throughout the country and internationally. A 17-year-old young man was shot in cold blood, and his killer has not been arrested or charged of any crime.

Phyllis Scherrer speaks in Morgantown, West Virginia

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 March 2012

Phyllis Scherrer, the vice presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, spoke at a meeting in West Virginia on Thursday. The meeting was attended by a laid off steel worker and students from the area.

The socialist solution to the crisis in Detroit

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 23 March 2012

Socialist Equality Party Presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement to workers in Detroit, who are facing the shredding of what little remains of the social infrastructure in the city.

New York Times’ Bill Keller sets ground rules for next war

By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2012

On the ninth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, New York Times columnist and former editor Bill Keller has penned a self-serving piece that obscures his own role in justifying that war,while setting ground rules for launching the next one.

French petty-bourgeois “left” backs imperialist war plans in Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 8 March 2012

The New Anti-Capitalist Party is promoting military intervention in Syria, as calls for war from imperialist politicians continue to mount.

German Socialist Equality Party defends Greek workers

By our correspondents, 8 March 2012

The German Socialist Equality Party (PSG) and the ISSE held a meeting in Germany calling forsolidarity with the Greek working class

The case for public ownership of the oil industry

Gas prices and the working class

Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for president

By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 3 March 2012

The sharp increase in the price of gasoline during the first two months of 2012 has dealt a blow to the living standards of working people in the United States, already hard hit by four years of unrelenting economic slump.

Quebec’s striking students must turn to the working class!

By International Students for Social Equality, 29 February 2012

Students must consciously reach out to workers as allies in a common battle and fight to transform the student strike against tuition fee increases into a unified struggle in defense of all public services, all social programmes, and all jobs.

Socialism and the Cooper Tire struggle

Statement of Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

By Jerry White, 27 February 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement to Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio. The workers are voting on a tentative agreement today after being locked out for three months.

Free Bradley Manning!

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 20 February 2012

The court martial of alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning highlights the intersection between the crimes of American militarism and the attack on democratic rights by the Obama administration.

Workers in Germany and Europe must defend the Greek working class

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 February 2012

The European working class and especially German workers must come to the aid of the Greek population.

Jerry White demands end to government repression of Sri Lankan SEP

By our reporter, 15 February 2012

The SEP’s candidate for US president issued the following statement demanding an end to the Rajapaske government’s campaign of intimidation against the SEP in Sri Lanka.

The American “left” and Obama’s State of the Union address

By Janel Flechsig, 7 February 2012

The response of representatives of left-liberal and pseudo-socialist circles to Barack Obama’s January 24 State of the Union address confirms their role as adjuncts of the Democratic Party and supporters of Obama’s reelection campaign.

The trade unions and Obama’s State of the Union speech

By Barry Grey, 28 January 2012

The American trade union leadership can be counted on to resort to demagogy and lies in pursuit of its narrow self-interest. In its response to Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the union brass did not disappoint.

The Egyptian Revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood and the apologetics of the Revolutionary Socialists

Part 2

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2012

This is the second in a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

The 2012 US presidential campaign begins: A cynical exercise in duping the people

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2012

The January 3 Iowa caucus, the first contest for the Republican presidential nomination, marks the official beginning of 2012 US election campaign, an exercise in mass deception.

The Egyptian Revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood and the apologetics of the Revolutionary Socialists

Part 1

By Jean Shaoul, 5 January 2012

This is the first of a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Democrats and Republicans conspire to impose cuts on Detroit workers

By Socialist Equality Party, 28 December 2011

The campaign by sections of the Democratic Party establishment against a state takeover of Detroit has nothing in common with a defense of the rights of working people.

The Russian Socialist Movement—a political trap for the working class

By Vladimir Volkov, 23 December 2011

The Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), created at the beginning of this March, is trying to establish in Russia a culture of pseudo-left opportunism, completely hostile to the working class.

Journalist, scoundrel Christopher Hitchens dies at 62

By David Walsh, 17 December 2011

Christopher Hitchens began his public life as a “left” journalist in Britain and moved on, without undergoing any apparent internal struggle, to become a proponent of imperialist war and oppression, residing in Washington, D.C.

The Nation backs Obama after anti-Plan B contraception ruling

By Janel Flechsig, 13 December 2011

The Nation’s Katha Pollitt responded to the Obama administration’s decision to bar over-the-counter sales of the Plan B drug to all women by pledging to vote for Obama.

The Dover mortuary scandal and America’s disposable soldiers

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2011

The military’s dumping of the remains of US soldiers killed in Iraq underscores the cynicism and brutality that have accompanied a decade of uninterrupted war.

Unite the working class to defend public education and democratic rights!

By International Students for Social Equality, 28 November 2011

The attack by campus police against a peaceful protest at UC Davis raises the need for a mass movement of the working class to protect the right to education and democratic rights.

The counterrevolutionary role of the Egyptian pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 21 November 2011

This article analyzes the role of the pseudo-left organizations in opposing a struggle by the working class to bring down the military junta in Egypt.

Oppose all utility shutoffs! Heat and Light are a social right! Join CAUS Today!

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 14 November 2011

With the winter season approaching, utility shutoffs will again claim the lives of innocent people and cause widespread suffering. This must be stopped.

Former leader Arthur Scargill makes apologia for British National Union of Mineworkers

By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2011

The gulf between the trade union bureaucracy and the working class was brought into sharp relief by an event held Monday evening at Wortley Hall, Sheffield.

The Occupy movement, identity politics and the International Socialist Organization

By David Walsh, 11 November 2011

The Occupy Wall Street and associated protests represent the re-emergence of social struggle at the center of American political life after an absence of several decades. In this context, the ISO promotes the unions and identity politics.

SEP campaigns at J’pura University for release of political prisoners

By our correspondents, 9 November 2011

The SEP and ISSE warned that the detention of Tamil youth by the Sri Lankan government is part of a wider assault on the democratic rights of workers and youth.

The JVP crisis and the SEP’s struggle for Marxism in Sri Lanka

By the International Students for Social Equality, 8 November 2011

The ISSE will hold a public lecture in Colombo on November 17 on the internal crisis of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its implications for workers and youth.

Occupy Wall Street: The ISO promotes the unions against workers’ interests

By David Walsh, 28 October 2011

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of the most relentless advocates of the American trade unions anywhere on the political spectrum.

The Occupy movement and the rightward lurch of musician Billy Bragg

By Dave Hyland, 27 October 2011

Billy Bragg, the British musician and political activist, has posted an article on his web site opposing any political development of the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

Professor Cole gloats over Gaddafi’s murder

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2011

University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole claims the revolting murder of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as “vindication” for the imperialist war against Libya that he championed.

Critical political issues raised by the Occupy movement

By Nick Beams, 22 October 2011

A significant feature of the movement, at least in the US, is that it has developed largely out of the control of the various pseudo-left groups, all of which spent the past three decades promoting various forms of sexual and identity politics as they wrote off the revolutionary role of the working class.

Obama, Martin Luther King and the Occupy Wall Street protests

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2011

One day after hundreds of thousands of people around the world demonstrated against inequality and the domination of society by the banks, President Barack Obama invoked the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach the “common humanity” of the oppressor and the oppressed.

Politics and the international Occupy movement

By the WSWS editorial board, 14 October 2011

However large or small, the initial global protests this weekend reflect the elementary awareness that the working class everywhere confronts common problems and a common enemy.

New York Times hails “humanitarian” war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2011

In back-to-back pieces by its leading columnists, the New York Times proclaims NATO’s war in Libya as a new model for “humanitarian” interventionism.

A right-wing rant against British youth from Slavoj ‌Zi‌zek

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 August 2011

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj ‌i‌ek has launched a vicious attack on the youth involved in the riots.

Reject CWA-IBEW betrayal! Continue and expand the strike!

By Socialist Equality Party, 20 August 2011

Verizon workers should reject and oppose the attempt by the CWA and the IBEW to end their strike. It is the first step in selling out all the demands of the workers and imposing a disastrous defeat.

Berlin election: Socialist Alternative group supports the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2011

The petty-bourgeois Socialist Alternative grouping has revealed its true class character by backing the Left Party’s election campaign and the social devastation it has wrought in Berlin.

Professor Cole “answers” WSWS on Libya: An admission of intellectual and political bankruptcy

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2011

In response to the World Socialist Web Site’s demand for a retraction of his slanders, Juan Cole offers an unserious reply, proving himself incapable of answering our arguments or defending his support for the imperialist war against Libya.

Once again: Why Obama won’t—and can’t—be Roosevelt

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2011

A critique of Obama in the Sunday Review section of the August 7 New York Times leaves out one essential factor: the class interests which the US president serves.

Oppose state repression of British youth

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 11 August 2011

The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the police assault that has been unleashed against young people in Britain and demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the areas they now occupy.

Britain: Westminster council ban SEP public meeting in attack on democratic rights

By Paul Stuart, 11 August 2011

In an attack on democratic rights, an August 4 public meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party was banned on political grounds by management at Vital Regeneration who are contracted to run residents meeting halls by Westminster local authority, London.

An open letter to Professor Juan Cole: A reply to a slander

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2011

The World Socialist Web Site demands that Professor Cole retract his slanderous claim that the WSWS supports a massacre in Libya.

UK rail union seeks imposition of speed-ups and job losses

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 August 2011

Conductors at London Midland private rail franchise are currently voting on a restructuring package agreed between the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union and the company. The SEP is distributing this statement to workers at London Midland depots.

The American “left” and the debt ceiling deal

By David Walsh, 4 August 2011

The Nation and the International Socialist Organization (ISO) divert attention from the central lessons of the recent crisis and continue to encourage illusions in one faction or another of the Democratic Party.

The Philippine ex-left and the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 23 July 2011

As tensions between China and the United States mount over the disputed South China Sea, the various parties of the Philippine ‘left’ have been thoroughly exposed as lackeys of different sections of the local bourgeoisie.

Reject appeals to government ministers:

Saving Bombardier jobs means mobilising against Britain’s Tory-Lib Dem government

By Socialist Equality Party, 23 July 2011

Almost 1,500 jobs are set to go at the Bombardier factory in Derby, England.

SEP holds meeting in Berlin

Greece and the euro crisis

By a correspondent, 20 July 2011

At a meeting in Berlin last Saturday the chairman of the German Socialist Equality Party described the threat of the default by Greece as an expression of the global crisis of capitalism.