9 February 2016

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

By Andre Damon, 9 February 2016

Retired truck drivers and delivery workers said in a hearing in Detroit Monday that they had been notified their pension benefits would be reduced by between 50 and 70 percent.

“This is a dog and pony show”
Retirees speak on Teamster pension cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 February 2016

New York City public employee pension funds in danger of “operational failure”

By Philip Guelpa, 9 February 2016

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

By Carlos Delgado, 9 February 2016

One of the first doctors to describe the effects of lead on children called the disease “a toxicity of habitation.” Today it might be more accurately termed a toxicity of poverty.

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

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Citing influx of refugees, Hungary prepares authoritarian legislation

By Markus Salzmann, 9 February 2016

The Fidesz government wants to sharply curtail the right of assembly and press freedom, close down the border and grant itself the unilateral power to declare states of emergency.

Australia’s High Court backs indefinite offshore detention

By Mike Head, 9 February 2016

The ruling sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of innocent and desperate people in what amounts to Guantanamo Bay-style legal black holes.

Pro-refugee organisation comes under political attack in Germany

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Human Rights Watch report exposes French state of emergency

By Stéphane Hugues, 9 February 2016

The report points to systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by police and the targeting of people of Muslim descent.

Italy hit by banking crisis

By Marianne Arens, 9 February 2016

Stock markets across the world experienced a sharp downturn at the beginning of 2016, with the stock exchange in Milan affected particularly severely.

“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

The more than 2,000 steelworkers at ATI who have been locked out for nearly six months, isolated by the union, have already lost health care benefits.

New Mexico: Relatives sue sheriff for the fatal pepper ball shooting of 88-year-old

By D. Lencho, 9 February 2016

Last September, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies fired over 50 rounds of pepper balls at 88-year-old great-grandfather Fidencio Duran.

Sordid horse-trading over next Burmese president

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 9 February 2016

“Democracy icon” Suu Kyi is in closed-door talks with the military to secure the presidency in return for handing more political posts to the generals.

Unions preparing to shut down Pakistan airline workers strike

By Sampath Perera, 9 February 2016

As the militant strike of 14,000 Pakistan International Airlines workers enters its second week, the unions are maneuvering to shut it down.

Bangladesh tea estate workers oppose government’s land seizures

By Wimal Perera, 9 February 2016

The government wants the land in order to expand the number of cheap labour Economic Zones.

New in French

Les enseignants de Detroit et de Chicago en lutte pour défendre l'éducation publique

Par Jerry White, 9 février 2016

La lutte pour défendre le droit à l'éducation pose des questions politiques qui sont essentielles pour l'ensemble de la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Bernie Sanders: Eine linke Fassade für kapitalistische Politik

Von Patrick Martin, 9. Februar 2016

Sanders spricht nicht etwa für die Arbeiterbewegung. Er profitiert vorübergehend von dem wachsenden, noch diffusen Widerstand in der Bevölkerung, der sich sich im weiteren Verlauf nach gesellschaftlichen Interessen und Klassen ausdifferenzieren wird.

Satellitenstart in Nordkorea verstärkt Spannungen zwischen USA und China

Von Peter Symonds, 9. Februar 2016

Washington nahm den Raketenstart sofort zum Anlass, die Aufrüstung in Asien voranzutreiben und Peking zu härteren Sanktionen gegen Pjöngjang zu drängen.

Ungarn bereitet Notstandsgesetze vor

Von Markus Salzmann, 9. Februar 2016

Unter dem Vorwand der Terrorbekämpfung und der Flüchtlingsabwehr verschafft sich die Regierung Orban diktatorische Vollmachten, mit denen sie jede soziale und politische Opposition unterdrücken kann.

Ex-Premierminister Blair unterstützt Forderung nach europäischer Armee

Von Jordan Shilton, 9. Februar 2016

Blair ruft zur Schaffung einer europäischen Streitmacht auf und fordert, die europäischen Mächte müssten in der Lage sein, ihre Interessen auf der Weltbühne zu vertreten.

Das Pentagon-Handbuch zum Kriegsrecht, Teil 3
Eine Blaupause für totalen Krieg und Militärdiktatur

Von Thomas Gaist, 9. Februar 2016

Das neue „Pentagon-Handbuch zum Kriegsrecht“ enthält die rechtliche Grundlage für totalen Krieg und Diktatur – nicht nur in den Vereinigten Staaten. Hier der dritte Teil einer vierteiligen Serie.

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Perspective

A new stage in the global economic breakdown

9 February 2016

The growing financial crisis in China, marked by capital flight and mounting concerns over debt levels, is accompanied by increasing doubts about the stability of the entire global banking system.

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Commentary

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2016

Roger Cohen’s hysterical column expresses rage within sections of the military and intelligence apparatus over the fate of the US regime-change operation.

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

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Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

By Jerry White, 8 February 2016

North Korean satellite launch heightens US-China tensions

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2016

Slavoj Žižek: From pseudo-left to new right

By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2016

UK and Swedish governments continue their persecution of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2016

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

Recession risk on the rise

Left Party founder Jean-Luc Mélenchon covers for French government’s authoritarian policies

The 2016 US Elections

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016

A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2016

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

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Arts Review

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

By Joanne Laurier, 9 February 2016

Hail Caesar!, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a comedy about Hollywood set in the early 1950s.

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

By C.W. Rogers, 6 February 2016

NHS Fightback

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

By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 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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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Politicians, unions use the “carrot and stick” to try to derail Detroit Public Schools struggle

By Nancy Hanover, 6 February 2016

Hundreds attend University of Michigan talk on Flint water crisis

By Carlos Delgado, 6 February 2016

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

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

By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 February 2016

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

Reject the Rail Maritime and Transport Union’s call to accept latest London Underground sell-out contract!

By Michael Barnes, 6 February 2016

Pakistan airline workers defy government repression, continue strike

By Sampath Perera, 6 February 2015

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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

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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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.

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