26 March 2015

US backs Saudi airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 26 March 2015

In addition to airstrikes on Houthi positions, Saudi Arabia has positioned heavy artillery on its southern border amid reports that Yemeni President Hadi has fled the advance of the rebels.

Houthi militia takes over Taiz as Yemen descends into civil war

Clash of oligarchs shakes Ukrainian regime

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2015

The confrontation between President Petro Poroshenko and oligarch Igor Kolomoisky has laid bare the real social base of the US-backed regime in Kiev.

Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated?

Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion

By Zaida Green, 26 March 2015

Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network for nearly five years, could face life in prison if convicted.

The US media and the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl

Canada plans dramatic expansion of its role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2015

The expansion of Canadian bombing raids to Syria is a new act of aggression and a major step towards Canada’s participation in a war for regime change in Damascus.

Canada invokes “jihadi threat” to pursue agenda of war and reaction

The Germanwings Airbus crash: What is the state of airline safety?

By Dietmar Henning, 26 March 2015

In light of the latest tragedy, which killed 150 people, it is necessary to examine the state of safety conditions in the international airline industry.

German Airbus crash in southern France kills 150

Ultra-right Texas senator is first official US presidential candidate

By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2015

Senator Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian fundamentalist college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

US presidential election season begins

At bargaining convention in Detroit
UAW president insists auto workers must “face the facts” of global competition

By Jerry White, 26 March 2015

Facing demands from workers for a significant improvement of wages, the UAW reasserted its commitment to maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the US automakers.

United Auto Workers union meets in Detroit to prepare 2015 contract betrayal

BP workers in Indiana denounce USW isolation of oil workers strike

By George Marlowe, 26 March 2015

Workers at BP’s Whiting, Indiana plant and a handful of other refineries remain on strike, as the USW works to quickly end the walkout at Shell, Tesoro and other companies.

Striking US oil workers explain issues at stake in their struggle

Reject USW-Shell sellout deal!
For a general strike to defend jobs, safety and living standards!

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The California drought: Water-rationing plan leaves corporate interests untouched

By Evan Blake, 26 March 2015

Last week, the state passed emergency legislation targeting residential “water wasters,” while giving free rein to the agricultural giants to continue their overuse of groundwater.

New York State budget proposals intensify attack on public education

By Philip Guelpa, 26 March 2015

The plan from Governor Cuomo and the state legislature continues the drive to dismantle public education through the expansion of charter schools and attacks on teachers.

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship pleads not guilty to updated charges

By Clement Daly, 26 March 2015

It is nearly five years since the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch killed 29 West Virginia miners in the worst US mine disaster in nearly four decades.

UK police watchdog justifies killing of Mark Duggan

By Robert Stevens, 26 March 2015

Duggan, a 29-year-old father of six, was unarmed when he was shot twice in Tottenham, north London by an armed police officer on August 4, 2011.

Australian property bubble could be heading for a bust

By Nick Beams, 26 March 2015

Australian household debt has reached a record high, fuelled by low interest rates.

Australian trade unions spearhead slashing of wage penalty rates

By Mike Head, 26 March 2015

The agreement sends a wider signal: the unions and the Labor Party are ready to enforce an all-out assault on wages and working conditions.

Opposition parties promote anti-immigrant New Zealand First

By John Braddock, 26 March 2015

This chauvinist campaign dovetails with US moves to incorporate New Zealand more fully into its anti-China operations.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Pseudo-leva grupa unutar Sirice povezana sa ISO brani kapitulaciju pred merama štednje

Alex Lantier, 26. mart 2015.

Budućnost za radnike i omladinu nije da poklekne i da se preda desničarskoj politici socijal-demokrata niti pseudo-levim partijama izabranim da vode administraciju kapitalističke države, nego u izgradnji političkog vođstva koje će se boriti za preuzimanje vlasti od strane radničke klase, kao deo međunarodne socijalističke revolucije.

New in Turkish

Çin destekli Asya yatırım bankası üzerine anlaşmazlık

Nick Beams, 26 Mart 2015

Başlıca Avrupalı güçlerin 50 milyar dolarlık Çin destekli Asya Altyapı Yatırım Bankası’na (AIIB) katılma kararı Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ne önemli bir darbedir.

New in Spanish

Los cortes de agua de Detroit y la doctrina aristocrática

Por Andre Damon, 26 marzo 2015

La lógica de la doctrina aristocrática detrás de los cortes de agua en Detroit es que la clase trabajadora no tiene ningún derecho y que la oligarquía tiene todos los derechos.

La rendición del gobierno griego de Syriza ante la UE desenmascara a Podemos en España

Por Alex Lantier y Alejandro López, 26 marzo 2015

El registro de Syriza muestra lo que sería un gobierno de Podemos en España: un sirviente del imperialismo que trabaja con fuerzas abiertamente de derechas para atacar a la clase trabajadora.

New in French

Les avertissements sont de plus en plus nombreux qu’une nouvelle catastrophe financière se prépare

Par Nick Beams, 26 mars 2015

Il y a un nombre croissant de mises en garde que les marchés financiers pourraient se diriger vers une « crise de liquidité » si les principaux acteurs décidaient d’une sortie simultanée.

Tsipras à Berlin: l’Allemagne et la Grèce s’engagent à « coopérer » pour imposer l’austérité

Par Johannes Stern, 26 mars 2015

La capitulation totale de Syriza devant les banques européennes montre clairement que ce parti non seulement poursuivra les mesures d’austérité dictées par la « troïka » mais les intensifiera.

Les alliés de l’ISO au sein de Syriza défendent leur capitulation à l’austérité

Par Alex Lantier, 26 mars 2015

Syriza ment éhontément quand elle affirme qu’elle n’avait d’autre choix que de capituler à l’austérité. Sa position reflète plutôt les intérêts matériels des forces réactionnaires de la classe moyenne privilégiée qu’elle représente.

La campagne de l'EJIES en Australie fait reculer la censure politique à l’Université Griffith

Par nos correspondants, 26 mars 2015

Le mouvement de jeunesse du Parti de l’égalité socialiste a eu le soutien des étudiants de Griffith et des lecteurs du WSWS, qui ont protesté contre la censure politique flagrante de l'université.

New in German

Warnungen vor neuer Finanzkrise

Von Nick Beams, 26. März 2015

Auf den Finanzmärkten breitet sich die Angst vor einer „Liquiditätsklemme“ aus.

Germanwings-Absturz: Wie ist es um die Flugsicherheit bestellt?

Von Dietmar Henning, 26. März 2015

Anstatt die gesetzlichen Regelungen den Sicherheitsbedürfnissen anzupassen, werden sie den Profitinteressen der Fluggesellschaften untergeordnet.

Washington stoppt Truppenabzug aus Afghanistan

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. März 2015

Obama gab am Dienstag bekannt, den für dieses Jahr geplanten Abzug von weiteren 5000 Soldaten aus Afghanistan aufzuschieben. Die Lage des US-gestützten Regimes hat sich weiter verschlechtert.

Südkorea will an US-Raketenabwehrsystem teilnehmen

Von Ben McGrath, 26. März 2015

Eine Stationierung des US-Raketenasbwehrsystems THAAD auf Südkorea wird die Spannungen des Landes mit China erheblich verschärfen.

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Perspective

The firing squad returns to America

26 March 2015

The revival of execution methods most people had long considered relics of a more barbaric past exposes the real state of class relations in America.

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IYSSE

Quebec Liberals respond to student anti-austerity strike with repression and threats

By Keith Jones, 26 March 2015

The greatest fear and concern of the Canadian ruling class is that the student protests could trigger an eruption of mass working-class struggle.

The Quebec student strike and the fight against austerity: A socialist perspective is necessary

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 26 March 2015

To prevent a defeat like in 2012, students must reject the nationalist-protest politics of ASSE and the Spring 2015 committee.

The political issues in the fight to defend education

Australia: IYSSE campaign pushes back Griffith University’s political censorship

Commentary

Syriza leader Tsipras meets with Left Party leaders in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2015

The Left Party is firmly backing Tsipras precisely at the point when he is uncritically accepting the line of the German government and the austerity policy of the European banks.

Tsipras in Berlin: Germany and Greece pledge “cooperation” in imposing austerity

Official endorsements reveal Kshama Sawant’s close ties with Democratic Party

By Eric London, 25 March 2015

Growing warnings of another financial disaster

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2015

Military court clears four Polish soldiers of war crimes in Afghanistan

Israel spied on US-Iran talks in effort to block deal

By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2015

Behind the tensions between Obama and Netanyahu

Philadelphia police shot nearly four hundred people over the past eight years

By Evan Blake, 25 March 2015

More on police violence in America »

Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign: Turkish elite commemorates imperialist bloodbath

Democrats, pseudo-left groups maneuver in lead-up to Chicago mayoral runoff

Detroit’s water shutoffs and the aristocratic principle

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest

SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

Revealing candidates forum in NSW election

By Zac Hambides, 26 March 2015

Apart from SEP National Secretary James Cogan, all the election candidates sought to confine the debate to so-called local issues and promote illusions in the parliamentary system.

Key historical issues discussed at SEP’s final New South Wales election meeting

By our reporters, 25 March 2015

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 25 March 2015

NSW election: Greens strike vote-swapping deal with Labor

Youth unemployment—a social catastrophe for the working class

More on the SEP (Australia) election campaign »

Arts Review

FICUNAM 2015: Part 3
Pedro Costa’s Horse Money, Jean-Marie Straub’s “leftism” and other problems

By David Walsh, 25 March 2015

FICUNAM 2015: Part 2
The rule and the exceptions—three good films: Court, National Gallery and The Gold Bug

FICUNAM 2015
An interview with Alejo Moguillansky, co-director of The Gold Bug

FICUNAM 2015: Part 1
A remarkable film festival in Mexico City

Bleakness without respite: Atticus Lish’s novel Preparation for the Next Life

By Sandy English, 24 March 2015

Philistinism and crime in the German art market

By Sybille Fuchs, 23 March 2015

Obituary

Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015): A political assessment

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

History

250 years since the Stamp Act
The Coming of the American Revolution

By Tom Mackaman, 24 March 2015

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part one
“Labor celebrated as the highest value”

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part two
“History has to engage the whole public”

Workers Struggles

Toronto university strikes: Workers reject another sell-out contract

By Dylan Lubao, 24 March 2015

Toronto university strikes:
A socialist strategy to defeat austerity and defend education

In Defense of Historical Truth

Socialism and historical truth
A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

By David North, 17 March 2015

Hundreds attend lecture introducing German edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

NHS FightBack

UK: Private sector given largest ever National Health Service contract

By Ajanta Silva, 23 March 2015

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25 years ago: Australian Labor government narrowly survives election

The Labor government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke barely remained in office for its fourth term after the general election held on March 24, 1990.

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50 years ago: Civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo murdered

On March 25, 1965, civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan near Lowndesboro, Alabama.

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75 years ago: Ali Jinnah advocates separate state for Indian Muslims

At the Muslim League conference in Lahore on March 24, 1940, the group’s President Muhammad Ali Jinnah publicly advocated the division of the Indian subcontinent along religious lines.

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100 years ago: Karl Liebknecht mustered into the German army

On March 25 1915, Karl Liebknecht, a leader of the revolutionary wing of German Social Democracy, was mustered into the German army and assigned to the eastern front.

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