5 February 2016

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

By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2016

Just over one year after it came to power, Syriza, the party that was hailed by pseudo-left groups internationally, is an object of hatred and contempt.

Oil price fall brings significant losses for big producers

By Nick Beams, 5 February 2016

The conventional wisdom was that the fall in oil prices would boost the economy, but this soothing scenario has been shattered.

The Ezubao scam: A sign of deeper problems in China’s financial system

By Peter Symonds, 5 February 2016

Ezubao was part of the largely unregulated peer-to-peer online finance industry that has drawn in millions of small investors with the offer of high returns.

Nazi war crime trial in Neubrandenburg threatens to collapse

By Sibylle Fuchs, 5 February 2016

Hubert Z. will probably be one of the last individuals to face trial for his role in the Holocaust.

Illinois legislators continue assault on public higher education

By George Marlowe, 5 February 2016

Both Democrats and Republicans have starved colleges and universities of state funding in order to effect permanent reductions in the number of students attending institutions of higher education.

Massive fire in Detroit enclave sparks water crisis

By Lawrence Porter, 5 February 2016

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a warehouse in Highland Park, a city surrounded by Detroit.

Albuquerque, New Mexico police murder case moves towards trial

By D. Lencho, 5 February 2016

It has been nearly two years since the March 16, 2014 fatal shooting of homeless camper James Boyd by Albuquerque police officers.

US Congressional memos highlight price-gouging strategies of drug companies

By Brad Dixon, 5 February 2016

The practice of hiking prices to enrich shareholders and then obfuscating the issue through PR is endemic to the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.

Iran’s President Rouhani visits Italy, France as economic rivalries deepen

By Kumaran Ira, 5 February 2016

After lifting sanctions on Iran, the imperialist powers are locked in a bitter competition over who will seize the largest share of lucrative Iranian markets.

Belgian rail unions cancel mandated strike action

By Ross Mitchell, 5 February 2016

After organising a 48-hour strike that shut down the Belgian rail network January 6-7, the unions wound up three others days of planned action.

Irish pseudo-left form electoral pact

By Dermot Quinn, 5 February 2016

The “Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit” electoral pact is inspired by Greece’s Syriza, which has imposed draconian austerity measures on the Greek population.

India steps up pressure on Nepal

By W. A. Sunil, 5 February 2016

The conflicting signals over whether Nepal’s prime minister will first visit India or China reveals a political crisis exacerbated by India’s US-backed intervention.

New in Turkish

Avrupa hükümetleri sığınmacılara karşı saldırıyı arttırıyor

Marianne Arens, 5 Şubat 2016

Politikacılar ve gazeteciler, açıkça, sığınmacıların nasıl en iyi şekilde engellenebileceğini, gözaltına alınabileceğini, suya atılabileceğini ve bir yerden başka bir yere itilebileceğini sanki hayvanlardan ya da eşyalardan söz ediyormuş gibi tartışıyorlar.

New in French

Le budget du Pentagone : Un plan pour la Troisième Guerre mondiale

Par Bill Van Auken, 5 février 2016

L’aperçu du secrétaire à la Défense américain Ashton Carter du budget du Pentagone a énoncé les préparations avancées de Washington à la guerre contre la Russie et la Chine.

Le Premier ministre britannique Cameron signale un referendum anticipé sur l’adhésion à l’UE

Par Chris Marsden, 5 février 2016

L’accord entre Cameron et le président du Conseil européen Donald Tusk est une réfutation de ceux qui dépeignent l’UE comme le gardien d’un agenda plus progressiste.

Après le départ de Taubira, Mélenchon couvre la politique autoritaire du PS

Par Anthony Torres, 5 février 2016

Il n’y a pas de rupture fondamentale entre Taubira et la politique réactionnaire du gouvernement PS, qui vise à mettre en place un régime autoritaire.

Des municipalités en Autriche interdisent aux réfugiés l'accès aux piscines

Par Markus Salzmann, 5 février 2016

L'interdiction d'accès «sans escorte» aux piscines pour les réfugiés dans deux villes autrichiennes rappelle les chapitres les plus sombres de l'histoire de l'Autriche.

Le président français Hollande se rend en Inde pour renforcer les liens militaires et l'investissement

Par Sarath Kumara, 5 février 2016

Suivant l'ouverture par New Delhi de pourparlers sur l’hébergement éventuel de troupes américaines sur des bases indiennes, la visite de Hollande souligne l’escalade militaire qui s'empare de l’Asie du Sud.

New in German

Der Pentagon-Etat:
Ein Plan für den Dritten Weltkrieg

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. Februar 2016

Der Etatentwurf für das Pentagon verdeutlicht Washingtons Vorbereitungen auf einen Krieg gegen Russland und China.

Joffes Schrei nach Aufrüstung und Krieg

Von Johannes Stern, 5. Februar 2016

Zeit-Herausgeber Josef Joffe gehen die milliardenschweren Rüstungspläne und Kriegspläne der Bundesregierung nicht ansatzweise weit genug.

Cameron signalisiert baldiges EU-Referendum

Von Chris Marsden, 5. Februar 2016

Der zwischen Cameron und EU-Präsident Tusk vereinbarte Vorschlag widerlegt die Argumente derer, die die Europäische Union als Garanten einer fortschrittlicheren sozialen und politischen Agenda hinstellen.

GE-Alstom will in der Schweiz über 1300 Stellen abbauen

Von Max Schneider und Marianne Arens, 5. Februar 2016

Mitte Januar kündigte der amerikanische Weltkonzern General Electric an, bei GE-Alstom in der Schweiz in den kommenden zwei Jahren über 1300 Stellen abzubauen.

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Perspective

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

5 February 2016

Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.

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Featured video

Chicago teachers march to oppose budget and job cuts

By Jerry White, 5 February 2016

Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget.

Mobilize the working class to defend public education in Chicago!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Residents speak out against Flint water disaster at Congressional hearing

By our reporter, 5 February 2016

The WSWS interviewed some of those who attended this week's Congressional hearing on the Flint water poisoning crisis.

Political crisis over Flint poisoning intensifies as Congress holds hearing

Flint pre-screening of the documentary MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic
Parents fighting lead poisoning denounce government inaction and lies

Michigan lead expert exposes misinformation and delays in Flint crisis

The World Socialist Web Site and the Flint water crisis

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager resigns

By Jerry White, 3 February 2016

What’s behind the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ lawsuit?

Emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint draws over one hundred workers and youth

By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016

Arts Review

45 Years: A nightmare on the brain of the living?

By David Walsh, 5 February 2016

In Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, a childless, middle class couple living in a provincial English town, are on the eve of their 45th wedding anniversary.

“Light lights in air”: Value, price, profit and Louis Zukofsky’s poetry

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 February 2016

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

Two workers killed as government seeks to crush Pakistan airline strike

By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2016

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

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

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Commentary

Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2016

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2016

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

New Zealand’s first Labour Party leader was no socialist: A reply to the pseudo-left ISO

By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016

German government steps up attacks on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 February 2016

More on the refugee crisis »

WHO declares Zika virus a “public health emergency”

By David Brown, 4 February 2016

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2016

The Sanders vote in Iowa

By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2016

Sanders and socialism

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

Obama, Trump and the working class

More on the 2016 US elections »

Socialist Equality Party

The Pentagon’s CSIS report and Australia’s role in the escalating war drive against China

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016

Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.

Featured Commentary

To create a genuine artistic “avant garde” means confronting critical historical issues

By David Walsh, 20 January 2016

The essay by David Walsh we are posting today considers whether or not an artistic vanguard exists today—and, if not, what such a vanguard would consist of and what questions it would have to confront.

25 years ago: US saturation bombing kills thousands of Iraqi civilians

This week in 1991, Operation Desert Storm brought the saturation bombing of Iraqi cities, towns and villages by US warplanes.

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50 years ago: Soviet probe lands on the Moon

On February 3, 1966, the Soviet Union announced the successful soft landing of its unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft on the surface of the moon, in the lunar region called the Ocean of Storms.

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75 years ago: Bulgaria drawn into Axis

On February 4, 1941, the Bulgarian government of Tsar Boris III was reported about to accept Berlin’s demand to join the Axis powers’ “Tripartite Pact.”

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100 years ago: Mass garment workers strike in New York City

Mass strikes of garment workers continued to grow in New York this week in 1916, taking the total number of striking garment workers in the New York metropolitan area to 25,000.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

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