8 February 2016

North Korean satellite launch heightens US-China tensions

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2016

Washington immediately seized on the launch to intensify pressure on Beijing for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang and accelerate the US military build-up in Asia.

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 February 2016

Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country.

London donor conference pledges aid only to keep Syrian refugees out of Europe

By Jean Shaoul, 8 February 2016

The amount raised for 2016 equates to less than $400-500 per person per year, assuming the donors honour their pledges.

Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention

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In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2016

“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” billionaire Donald Trump declared, evoking applause from the Republican audience.

Iowa Democratic Party rejects audit of caucus vote

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Hillary Clinton covers for Obama and Democrats in Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2016

In a visit to Flint on Sunday, Clinton sought to obscure the criminal role of Democratic officials at all levels of government in covering up the lead poisoning of residents.

Emails reveal Michigan governor’s staffer knew about Flint Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in March 2015

6 February 2016

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Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

By Tom Carter, 8 February 2016

After 12 years of litigation, the Obama administration has released only 198 out of at least 2,000 photographs depicting torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US Congress holds hearing on drug prices

By Brad Dixon, 8 February 2016

While there was plenty of political grandstanding by legislators, the primary concern was to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry by reining in the most egregious offenders.

Job losses mount in US steel and aluminum industries
Arcelormittal announces $8 billion loss

By Samuel Davidson, 8 February 2016

Manufacturers have posted record losses amid a massive fall in prices and continuing slump in domestic and world demand.

Italian steel work faces closure or sell-off

By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2016

On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs.

Portugal’s Socialist Party agrees to impose further austerity

By Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2016

The Left Bloc, Communist Party and Greens have enabled the Socialist Party government to impose one pro-capitalist measure after another in the short time it has been in power.

Support for Poroshenko regime collapses in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 8 February 2016

The decline in popularity for Poroshenko explodes the myth that the right-wing Maidan “revolution” was a democratic transformation.

Australian public hospitals face growing funding crisis

By Mike Head, 8 February 2016

According to the AMA’s annual hospital report card, waiting times lengthened in 2014–15 and funding shortfalls will worsen in 2017 when the latest cutbacks come into effect.

Australia: Sydney city council locks out community theatre group

By Richard Phillips, 8 February 2016

Closure of the inner-western Sydney Archway 1 theatre and exhibition space takes place amid ongoing federal and state government cuts to the arts.

Unstable government in Vanuatu following snap election

By John Braddock, 8 February 2016

Deepening popular opposition to the political elite has left no single party able to form a government.

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Les gouvernements britannique et suédois continuent leur persécution de Julian Assange

Par Robert Stevens, 8 février 2016

Londres et Stockholm ont rejeté le verdict de l'ONU selon lequel Assange a été détenu arbitrairement.

Sanders et la feinte vers la gauche de la politique capitaliste

Par Patrick Martin, 8 février 2016

Sanders n’est pas le représentant d’un mouvement de la classe ouvrière. Il est plutôt le bénéficiaire temporaire de la montée d’une opposition populaire qui n’en est qu’au premier stade de sa différenciation sociale et de classe.

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BM kurulu WikiLeaks kurucusunun tutukluluğunu mahkum etti
Julian Assange’a yönelik zulmü durdurun!

Bill Van Auken, 8 Şubat 2016

Assange’ı tutuklama ya da iade etme yönünde herhangi bir girişime, Britanya’da, ABD’de ve dünya çapında kitlesel gösterilerle ve grevlerle yanıt verilmelidir.

Pentagon bütçesi: III. Dünya Savaşı için detaylı bir plan

Bill Van Auken, 8 Şubat 2016

Ashton Carter’ın Salı günkü 2017 mali yılı Pentagon bütçesi konuşması, Washington’ın Rusya ve Çin ile askeri çatışmalar için ileri düzeydeki hazırlıklarını ayrıntılı biçimde açıkladı.

Bir günlük genel grev Syriza’nın kemer sıkma önlemlerini sarstı

Robert Stevens, 8 Şubat 2016

Perşembe günü, 50 bin kadar işçi, Yunanistan’da kemer sıkmaya yönelik son yıllardaki en büyük seferberliklerden biri olan bir günlük genel grevde, Atina’da yürüyüş gerçekleştirdi.

New in German

UN-Gremium verurteilt Freiheitsentzug des WikiLeaks-Gründers
Stoppt die Verfolgung von Julian Assange!

Von Bill Van Auken, 6. Februar 2016

Washington will Assange unter allen Umständen zum Schweigen bringen und bestrafen, weil er die verbrecherische Politik der USA aufgedeckt hat.

Griechenland:
Eintägiger Massenstreik gegen Syrizas Sparmaßnahmen

Von Robert Stevens, 6. Februar 2016

Vor einem Jahr feierten pseudolinke Gruppen auf der ganzen Welt den Machtantritt Syrizas. Mittlerweile ist diese Partei verhasst und verachtet.

Slavoj Žižek: Vom Pseudolinken zum neuen Rechten

Von Peter Schwarz, 6. Februar 2016

Žižek lässt im Spiegel seinem Hass und seiner Verachtung für Unterdrückte und Benachteiligte freien Lauf.

Syrien-Verhandlungen nach zwei Tagen zusammengebrochen

Von Thomas Gaist, 6. Februar 2016

Weil die Kämpfe zwischen den von den USA und den von Russland unterstützten Kräften zugenommen haben, wurden die Gespräche über den Krieg in Syrien für mindestens drei Wochen unterbrochen.

Bankenkrise in Italien

Von Marianne Arens, 6. Februar 2016

Die Krise an der Mailänder Börse hat den Konflikt Italiens mit der EU verschärft. Regierungschef Matteo Renzi reagiert darauf mit neuen sozialen Angriffen.

Mann Mobilia XXXL sperrt Mannheimer Belegschaft aus

Von Anna Rombach, 6. Februar 2016

Fast hundert Mitarbeiter der Möbelgruppe Mann Mobilia XXXL standen am Montagmorgen vor verschlossener Tür. Das Unternehmen rüstet sich mit Entlassungen und Standortschließungen auf die wachsende Konkurrenz am Möbelmarkt.

Das Pentagon-Handbuch zum Kriegsrecht, Teil 2
Eine Blaupause für totalen Krieg und Militärdiktatur

Von Tom Carter, 6. 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 zweite Teil einer vierteiligen Serie.

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Perspective

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

8 February 2016

The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.

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Featured Commentary

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2016

Sanders is not the representative of a working class movement. He is rather the temporary beneficiary of a rising tide of popular opposition that is passing through only its initial stages of social and class differentiation.

Commentary

Slavoj Žižek: From pseudo-left to new right

By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2016

In an article published in Der Spiegel, Slovenian academic Slavoj Žižek gives free rein to his hatred of the oppressed.

Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war

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!

Pro-refugee organisation comes under political attack in Germany

By Verena Nees, 6 February 2016

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Recession risk on the rise

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2016

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

By Anthony Torres, 6 February 2016

NHS Fightback

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

By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 February 2016

The British Medical Association used the event to bolster their ongoing fruitless negotiations with Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

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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Arts Review

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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

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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