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Are we headed for another crash?

Where is the world economy headed?

In this three-part feature, Lee Sustar answers questions about the world economy since the Great Recession and the shape of things to come.

I: Threats of another crash

The turmoil on international stock markets is a warning sign that the world economy is headed for trouble--and the U.S. economy isn't immune.

II: The roots of the turmoil

From Europe to China to the U.S., the problems in the world economy today are rooted in the capitalist system itself.

III. Toward a new recession?

Working people were already left behind in the U.S. economic recovery--but conditions may be headed from bad to worse.

Greece's left after the election

Tsipras' crime is not only the imposition of new austerity, but destroying the optimism unleashed by SYRIZA coming to power.

Looking for lost momentum

Spain's radical party Podemos is losing ground in opinion polls ahead of a general election. Can it rebound in time?

Why is Russia backing Assad?

The editors of a left-wing Russian website explain why Russia is now openly moving troops into Syria to back the Assad regime.

An NDP breakthrough?

If Canada's New Democratic Party wins in upcoming federal elections, it is likely to continue the politics of austerity.

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