12 February 2016

Stock market panic risks new financial crisis

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2016

The global sell-off expresses growing fears that the trillions pumped into the financial system since 2008 have done nothing to improve its underlying health, and may have sown the seeds for a crash on an even greater scale.

Amid mounting signs of slump and financial crisis
Fed seeks to reassure markets on rate increases

A new stage in the global economic breakdown

US prepares harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2016

Washington and its allies are escalating a dangerous confrontation with Pyongyang following its recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

GM and UAW donate $3 million to Flint: criminals covering their tracks

By Jerry White, 12 February 2016

Outside of the state and local authorities, there are few if any other entities so deeply implicated in the social catastrophe in Flint as GM and the UAW.

Flint inmates forced to use contaminated water

By Sheila Brehm, 12 February 2016

Former inmate and Flint resident Jody Cramer brought the situation to public attention when he spoke out on a national radio program.

The World Socialist Web Site and the Flint water crisis

Cities and towns across the US suffer lead poisoning rates worse than Flint

Supreme Court blocks Obama plan on climate change

By John Burton, 12 February 2016

The Supreme Court has issued a summary order that effectively invalidates the Obama administration’s new regulations to lower carbon emissions from power plants.

Report: Berlin police delayed search for murdered refugee boy

By Sven Heymanns, 12 February 2016

Berlin police failed to carry out a thorough search for the missing four-year-old but instead placed the child’s entire family under suspicion

Government to impose contract on junior doctors after second England-wide strike

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2016

The government’s unprecedented and authoritarian move signifies a new stage in the efforts of the ruling elite to dismantle the National Health Service.

British junior doctors speak from the picket lines

By our reporters, 12 February 2016

Striking junior doctors and their supporters say that the government’s attacks on them are part of a broader assault on the National Health Service.

Canada’s media pushes for more military spending, bigger Mideast war role

By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2016

The Trudeau government is significantly expanding Canada’s role in the Mideast war, yet the media is criticizing it for not acting even more aggressively in alliance with Washington.

New wave of job cuts in Australia as global slump deepens

By John Harris, 12 February 2016

The mining and resources sector is now in headlong decline, and the fallout is spreading throughout the economy, including the retail sector.

New in Italian

O chiusura o svendita per i lavoratori dell'acciaio

Di Marianne Arens, 12 febbraio 2016

Il 4 gennaio il Ministro dell'Industria Federica Guidi ha annunciato che il governo sta cercando un acquirente per la società siderurgica Ilva e la sua fabbrica di Taranto, che l'acciaieria ha bisogno di un nuovo propietario, entro la fine di giugno 2016, e che i potenziali acquirenti hanno fino al 10 febbraio per segnalare il loro interesse.

New in French

Le rôle politique de la campagne Bernie Sanders

Par Joseph Kishore, 12 février 2016

Sanders ne n’exprime pas les intérêts de la classe ouvrière, mais d’une partie de la classe dirigeante et de l’establishment politique qui craignent la croissance de l’opposition sociale et cherchent un moyen de la contenir.

Merkel annonce l’intervention de l’OTAN en mer Egée

Par Ulrich Rippert, 12 février 2016

Merkel était de nouveau à Ankara lundi. Cette fois-ci, la collaboration politique et militaire contre la Russie a été au cœur des discussions.

New in German

Die politische Rolle des Wahlkampfs von Bernie Sanders

Von Joseph Kishore, 12. Februar 2016

Sanders spricht nicht für die Arbeiterklasse, sondern für einen Teil der herrschenden Klasse und des politischen Establishments, der die wachsende soziale Opposition voller Furcht betrachtet und einen Weg sucht, um sie unter Kontrolle zu bringen.

Nato stationiert Tausende Soldaten im Baltikum und in Osteuropa

Von Thomas Gaist, 12. Februar 2016

Die Nato baut ihre militärische Infrastruktur in Osteuropa aus und zieht Tausende zusätzliche Soldaten in Gebieten zusammen, die direkt an die Russische Föderation grenzen.

Gauck auf imperialistischer Mission in Afrika

Von Gustav Kemper, 12. Februar 2016

Gaucks Reise nach Nigeria und Mali steht ganz im Zeichen der Vergrößerung des wirtschaftlichen und politischen Gewichts Deutschlands in Afrika.

International Viewpoint stimmt in rassistische Flüchtlingshetze ein

Von Johannes Stern, 12. Februar 2016

Während die hysterische Kampagne um die Ereignisse der Neujahrnacht am Kölner Hauptbahnhof in den bürgerlichen Medien etwas abgeflaut ist, wird sie in pseudolinken Kreisen unvermindert fortgesetzt.

Unterstützung für Poroschenko-Regime in der Ukraine bricht ein

Von Jason Melanovski, 12. Februar 2016

Poroschenkos Popularität zerfällt – und mit ihr der Mythos, die rechte Maidan-„Revolution“ sei ein demokratischer Umsturz gewesen.

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Perspective

The US “Plan B” for Syria and the threat of world war

12 February 2016

With the war for regime change in Syria on the ropes, Washington and its allies are in feverish discussions over implementing a “Plan B” of direct military intervention.

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Science

Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted by Einstein

By Will Morrow, 12 February 2016

The LIGO Collaboration has published the first direct detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time.

Commentary

International Viewpoint joins in racist anti-refugee agitation

By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2016

While the hysterical campaign over the events of New Year’s Eve at Cologne’s main train station has subsided somewhat in the bourgeois media, it continues in pseudo-left circles undiminished.

NATO to send thousands of troops to forward bases in the Baltics and Eastern Europe

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2016

Obama budget proposes increases in military, security spending

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016

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Who is Kenneth Feinberg?
Kenneth Feinberg and the victim compensation racket

By Shannon Jones, 11 February 2016

The looting of US workers’ pensions

By Andre Damon, 10 February 2016

The assault on the pension benefits of retirees is an escalation of the decades-long drive to reduce American workers to the conditions of life that existed in the 19th century.

The 2016 US Elections

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 11 February 2016

Torture, murder and Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 11 February 2016

Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary

Wall Street donors account for 40 percent of super PAC funds in US election

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Arts Review

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace dramatized in a new television series

By Joanne Laurier, 11 February 2016

Tolstoy’s titanic novel has received a new adaptation by the BBC and is now airing in numerous countries.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 February 2016

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

“If the company gets away with this, they will do it with other workers”
Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose jobless benefits

By Evan Winters, 9 February 2016

Unions preparing to shut down Pakistan airline workers strike

By Sampath Perera, 9 February 2016

NHS Fightback

UK: Junior doctors demonstrate in run-up to Wednesday strike

By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 February 2016

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Video: Retirees speak on Teamsters pension cuts in Detroit

11 February 2016

Chicago teachers march to oppose budget and job cuts

By Jerry White, 5 February 2016

Illinois legislators continue assault on public higher education

By George Marlowe, 5 February 2016

25 years ago: Australian journalists strike over Hawke’s pro-war witchhunt

Some 800 journalists at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation carried out a nationwide strike February 13, 1991 against a state witchhunt over the network’s coverage of the Gulf War.

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50 years ago: South Korean soldiers massacre Vietnamese

Beginning on February 12 and ending on March 17, 1966, South Korean soldiers supporting the US war against Vietnam carried out a series of brutal massacres of unarmed civilians.

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75 years ago: GPU murders defector Walter Krivitsky

On the February 10, 1941 Walter Krivitsky, the former Red Army chief of intelligence for Western Europe who defected in 1937, was murdered in a Washington, DC hotel by Stalinist GPU agents.

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100 years ago: Conflicts in Wilson administration over World War I

On February 10, 1916, Lindley Garrison, Secretary of War in the United States, resigned from office in protest over President Woodrow Wilson not moving more rapidly toward entry into World War I.

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Autoworkers Struggles

As its hometown of Flint remains poisoned, GM makes record 2015 profit

By Jerry White, 4 February 2016

“GM will do anything for profits and stockholders”
US autoworkers speak on record profits

GM skilled trades worker killed at Defiance, Ohio factory

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Mehring Books

Twenty-five years since the first Gulf War
Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq—an enduring contribution to waging war on war

By Eric London, 21 January 2016

In 1991, the Workers League, forerunner of the SEP, published this valuable compendium of articles and statements providing a Marxist analysis of the imperialist war in Iraq and the breakdown of the postwar international order.

75 Years Since the Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky