US announces expeditionary force for combat in Syria

By Niles Williamson and Thomas Gaist, 2 December 2015

Under the pretext of a “war against ISIS,” Washington is embarking on open-ended ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria.

Germany to send 1,200 troops to Syria

NATO and Turkey defend shoot-down of Russian jet

Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

UK prepares military action against Syria after Corbyn clears the path

By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2015

Corbyn has surrendered to Labour’s right wing despite the fact that the party’s members have indicated overwhelming opposition to war.

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

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After Paris attacks, neo-fascists surge in polls for French regional elections

By Kumaran Ira, 2 December 2015

The neo-fascist National Front has emerged as the main beneficiary of the law-and-order hysteria and draconian police-state measures of the Socialist Party.

The police crackdown in Paris and the drift towards dictatorship in France

September 11 and the Paris terrorist attacks

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Chicago police chief fired as anger mounts over cover-up of police killings

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2015

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in an effort to prevent further damage to his own position.

Trial begins for police officer in Freddie Gray murder

The conspiracy to cover up the police murder of Laquan McDonald

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UAW reaches sellout deal with Nexteer Automotive

By Jerry White, 2 December 2015

The UAW reached an agreement with Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan, two days after sanctioning the closure of the Mitsubishi plant in Illinois, wiping out 1,250 jobs.

“This is a great agreement for our company”
Ford execs, Wall Street investors gloat over new UAW contract

Unifor prepares Canadian autoworkers for more concessions after UAW sellout deals

Lessons of the autoworkers’ battle

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US: 2,200 locked-out steelworkers lose health care

By Samuel Davidson, 2 December 2015

The steelworkers, who have been locked out of their jobs since August 14, had their health insurance eliminated on Tuesday by Allegheny Technologies Inc.

US steelmakers attack employee health care

Top Democrat in New York legislature convicted of corruption on all counts

By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2015

In one of two ongoing corruption trials of prominent New York politicians, Sheldon Silver was convicted on seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering.

Entergy to shutter two nuclear plants in US, laying off 1,200

By Steve Filips, 2 December 2015

The upsurge in nuclear plant closures is being driven by lower energy prices due to the glut in the supply of oil and natural gas from the recent boom in fracturing.

EU-Turkey conference reaches deal at refugees’ expense

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 December 2015

Turkey has pledged to prevent refugees from entering the EU and in exchange will receive €3 billion and a commitment to speed up negotiations for EU membership.

Humanitarian disaster on the Balkan refugee route

Refugees rescued off West Timor after being dumped by Australia

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Polish government cracks down on culture

By Dorota Niemitz, 2 December 2015

A key aim of the newly elected conservative PiS government is to transform the public media into a nationalistic institution under state control.

British Medical Association calls off UK junior doctors strikes

By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2015

The BMA’s betrayal allows the government further time to come up with a repackaged deal, in order to carry out effectively the same attacks on doctors’ employment conditions and pay.

Australia: Reserve Bank leaves rates on hold despite plunge in investment

By Mike Head, 2 December 2015

The investment figures throw into doubt the government’s efforts to talk up the country’s economic prospects.

New in Turkish

Paris’teki polis baskısı ve Fransa’da diktatörlüğe doğru sürükleniş

Alex Lantier, 2 Aralık 2015

Kemer sıkmaya ve emperyalist savaşa yönelik geniş halk muhalefeti, halkın ezici çoğunluğunun düşüncelerini düşmanlık ve korku ile seyreden siyaset kurumu içinde hiçbir ifade bulamaz.

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Corbyn ouvre la porte à un soutien des travaillistes au bombardement de la Syrie

Par Chris Marsden, 2 décembre 2015

En permettant aux députés travaillistes un «vote libre» sur une intervention militaire britannique contre la Syrie, Jeremy Corbyn a donné à l'aile droite du parti le feu vert pour qu’elle se joigne aux conservateurs et entraîne la Grande-Bretagne dans la guerre.

Le sommet écologique COP21 s’ouvre sur fond de tensions de guerre, Paris verrouillé

Par Stéphane Hugues, 2 décembre 2015

Les grandes puissances, au bord de la guerre en Syrie, ont sans surprise échoué à s’unir pour résoudre les problèmes écologiques complexes liés au réchauffement climatique.

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Corbyn ebnet Luftschlägen gegen Syrien den Weg

Von Chris Marsden, 2. Dezember 2015

Der Führer der Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, hat entschieden, bei der Abstimmung im Londoner Unterhaus über die Bombardierung Syriens die Abgeordneten seiner Partei frei entscheiden zu lassen.

Bundesregierung beschließt Teilnahme am Syrienkrieg

Von Ulrich Rippert, 2. Dezember 2015

Die Bundeswehr wird mit sechs Aufklärungstornados, Luftbetankung, einer Fregatte und bis zu 1.200 Soldaten in Syrien eingreifen.

Nato und Türkei verteidigen Abschuss von russischem Flugzeug

Von Thomas Gaist, 2. Dezember 2015

Führende Nato-Funktionäre verteidigten ausdrücklich den Angriff auf einen russischen Bomber an der türkisch-syrischen Grenze und deuteten an, dass weitere derartige Vorfälle unvermeidlich seien.

Hollande bietet Russland ein Bündnis gegen den IS an

Von Stéphane Hugues, 2. Dezember 2015

Zwei Tage vor Hollandes Treffen mit Putin hatten türkische Jagdflugzeuge einen russischen Bomber an der syrisch-türkischen Grenze abgeschossen.

EU-Türkei-Gipfel: Ein zynischer Deal auf Kosten der Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 2. Dezember 2015

Die Türkei verpflichtet sich, Flüchtlinge an der Einreise in die EU zu hindern, und erhält im Gegenzug Finanzhilfen sowie eine Beschleunigung der Verhandlungen über einen EU-Beitritt.

Berlin: Hunderte demonstrieren gegen Misshandlung von Flüchtlingen

Von Christoph Dreier, 2. Dezember 2015

Am Sonntagabend demonstrierten hunderte Menschen vor dem Lageso in Berlin gegen die unmenschliche Behandlungen der Flüchtlinge dort.

Vor dem „Jobgipfel“: Verdi einigt sich mit Lufthansa

Von Marianne Arens, 2. Dezember 2015

Die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Verdi hat sich mit dem Lufthansa-Konzern über einen neuen Tarif für das Bodenpersonal geeinigt, der erstmalig auf die garantierten Betriebsrenten verzichtet.

Wer würde Hitler heute zujubeln?
Zur deutschen Filmsatire „Er ist wieder da“

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 2. Dezember 2015

Die Filmsatire „Er ist wieder da“ nach dem gleichnamigen Roman von Timur Vermes, den inzwischen über zwei Millionen Zuschauern gesehen haben, gehört zu den erfolgreichsten deutschen Kinofilmen dieses Jahres.

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Perspective

Parasitism and the slump in US manufacturing

2 December 2015

The money that corporations are refusing to spend on productive investment is being channeled back to the financial elite in the form of share buybacks, dividend hikes and increased CEO pay.

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New in Greek

Greek translation of “The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece”
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

We are publishing here a Greek translation of the ICFI statement that was posted in English on November 13.

Commentary

New York Times covers up US responsibility for ISIS surge in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015

A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.

Top Workers Party senator arrested in Brazil’s corruption scandal

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2015

COP21 ecological summit opens amid war tensions, with Paris in lockdown

By Stéphane Hugues, 1 December 2015

Government attempts to avoid court hearing into UK complicity in rendition

By Mark Blackwood, 1 December 2015

Planned Parenthood shooter motivated by right-wing smear campaign

Yanis Varoufakis in Australia: A political cover for his role in Syriza’s betrayal

Arts Review

The 33: A drama of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster

By Hiram Lee, 2 December 2015

The new film from Mexican-born director Patricia Riggen tells the story of the 2010 mine disaster in Chile, in which 33 miners were trapped underground for more than two months.

Trumbo and the history of the Hollywood blacklist

By Fred Mazelis, 30 November 2015

Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette: What do Mrs. Pankhurst and an East End laundress have in common?

Mehring Books

Mehring Books holiday sale

24 November 2015

Mehring Books is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Sale. From now through January 4 we are offering discounts on new titles as well as a wide array of Marxist classics.

Workers Struggles

A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 December 2015

Plantation companies, in collusion with the government and unions, are planning a far-reaching reversal of working conditions and social spending to boost profits.

Quebec public sector unions cancel three-day strike

By Richard Dufour, 1 December 2015

Sri Lankan plantation workers sacked for demanding wage rise

By M. Thevarajah, 1 December 2015

US: More than 3,000 laid off in closure of Fresh & Easy grocery stores

By Jake Dean, 1 December 2015

25 years ago: Gorbachev assumes emergency powers

On December 1, 1990, the Supreme Soviet approved constitutional changes which concentrated unprecedented executive powers in the hands of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev..

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50 years ago: De Gaulle fails to gain plurality in presidential bid

On December 5, 1965, French President Charles de Gaulle failed to gain a majority in the initial round of the first direct national presidential election held in the Fifth Republic.

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75 years ago: Nazi leadership plans invasion of the USSR

On December 5, 1940, German military leaders submitted planned objectives for an invasion of the Soviet Union to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

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100 years ago: IWW organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn acquitted

On November 30, 1915, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was found innocent of charges of “inciting to personal injury” during the Paterson silk mill strike of 1913.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE runs candidates for student parliament election at Humboldt University in Germany

By our correspondent, 28 November 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

UAW moves to wrap up concessions contracts for Nexteer workers, component drivers

By Shannon Jones, 28 November 2015

The UAW’s illegitimate vote at Ford
Form rank-and-file factory committee to carry forward the fight!

“It seems it was going to pass regardless.”
Accusations mount of UAW vote-rigging in Ford contract ratification

“The workers will never forget what happened here”
Dearborn Assembly workers allege fraud in UAW-Ford contract vote

“I am not surprised…because that’s the way they treat us”
More autoworkers denounce UAW attack on WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters

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75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky

By our correspondents, 23 November 2015

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

ICFI Statement

The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

13 November 2015

The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

The 2016 US Elections

Trump spews racism and anti-Muslim bigotry

By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2015

Hillary Clinton calls for escalation of US war in Syria, Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2015

Sanders outlines pro-capitalist, pro-war positions in speech on “democratic socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2015

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meetings on the 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination

SEP public meetings in Australia:
Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky