11 February 2016

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

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2016

NATO leaders agreed on Wednesday to expand the alliance’s military infrastructure and troop deployments all along Russia’s western frontier

Obama budget proposes increases in military, security spending

Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016

Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.

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

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2016

Yellen broadly hinted that the Fed would hold off on a further increase in its benchmark federal funds interest rate when its policy-making Federal Open Market Committee meets again in mid-March.

Japanese bond rate goes negative as bank shares tumble

A new stage in the global economic breakdown

Video: Retirees speak on Teamsters pension cuts in Detroit

11 February 2016

In this video, retired truck drivers and delivery workers discuss the plans to slash their pensions by as much as 75 percent.

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

By Shannon Jones, 11 February 2016

Once again Feinberg is offering his services as a “fixer,” this time for the US government and giant trucking corporations, to strip workers of hard-earned pensions.

The looting of US workers’ pensions

White House pushes ahead with plan to slash pensions for up to one million retirees

“It’s not just a fight for teachers or students, it’s a fight for education”
Detroit Public Schools students launch protests to demand quality education

By Nancy Hanover, 11 February 2016

DPS students use Michigan “Count Day” to emphasize their fight to defend their teachers and the right of all young people to a decent education.

National teachers’ union leader seeks to smother Detroit protests

By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 11 February 2016

The American Federation of Teachers is seeking to divert opposition into fruitless appeals to state Democrats and Republicans—the very forces seeking to dismantle public education.

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

E-mails show Michigan state officials knew of Legionnaires’ outbreak in Flint in early 2015

By James Brewer, 11 February 2016

Numerous health experts concerned that Flint River water was the source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak were thwarted by state water authorities.

Protest at University of Michigan on Flint crisis promotes racial politics

By James Brookfield, 11 February 2016

The intervention by SEP Assistant National Secretary Lawrence Porter provoked considerable discussion about the class issues in the water disaster, the Democratic Party and racial politics.

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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Report points to growing epidemic of drug abuse in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 11 February 2016

Communities within Appalachia and the Rust Belt region are particularly hard hit by opioid abuse.

Federal report criticizes lack of regulation and safety in West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion

By Stuart Winter, 11 February 2016

Fifteen died and more than 160 were injured in the 2013 blast.

Tens of thousands of steel, energy, retail, government jobs cut in the UK

By Harvey Thompson, 11 February 2016

Jobs are being destroyed in every sector, amid growing global economic turmoil.

Australian shipbuilding workers sacked in takeover deal

By Terry Cook, 11 February 2016

Forgacs workers were escorted off the job following the completion of a takeover by Civmec, as part of a sweeping restructuring of the industry.

International investigations fuel Malaysian corruption scandal

By John Roberts, 11 February 2016

The government’s attempt to bury the protracted 1MDB scandal last month has floundered amid damaging new revelations.

New in French

Sanders remporte la primaire démocrate du New Hampshire

Par Patrick Martin, 11 février 2016

Un candidat qui se prétend socialiste a remporté le plus grand nombre de voix jamais obtenu dans la première primaire de l'élection présidentielle américaine.

L'International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders et le Parti démocrate

Par Tom Hall et Barry Grey, 11 février 2016

Une caractéristique de l’ISO est, comme chez toutes les autres organisations qui composent la pseudo-gauche anti-marxiste, le rejet de toute analyse de classe de l’évolution politique.

Le pillage des retraites des travailleurs américains

Par Andre Damon, 11 février 2016

L'assaut sur les retraites aux Etats-Unis est une escalade de la campagne de plusieurs décennies menée pour réduire les travailleurs américains aux conditions de vie qui régnaient au 19ème siècle.

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Perspective

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

11 February 2016

Sanders does not speak for the working class, but for a section of the ruling class and political establishment that views the growth of social opposition with fear and is seeking some way of containing it.

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The 2016 US Elections

Torture, murder and Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 11 February 2016

After his embrace of torture and “a hell of a lot worse” during last Saturday’s debate, the Republican frontrunner has now advocated assassination, targeting North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture

Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

Sanders and socialism

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.

The Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!: The “Passion” of a film studio troubleshooter

At the Jewish Museum in New York City
“The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film”—an exhibition

Commentary

The Guardian defends continued persecution of Julian Assange by UK and Sweden

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2016

In seeking to undermine the UN’s opinion, the Guardian simply parrots the line of the British and Swedish governments.

UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
Stop the persecution of Julian Assange!

The origins of the Oxford University “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign

By Joan Smith and G. T. Maqhubela, 10 February 2016

Greek military to play main role in setting up refugee concentration camps

By John Vassilopoulos, 10 February 2016

Mass one-day strike hits Syriza’s austerity measures in Greece

The end of liberal Europe

Human Rights Watch underscores Australia’s abuses of refugees

More on the refugee crisis »

Canada to triple its Special Forces contingent in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 10 February 2016

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

NHS Fightback

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

By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 February 2016

Workers Struggles

“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

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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