UK stages bombing raid on Syria hours after parliamentary vote

By Robert Stevens, 4 December 2015

The suppression of anti-war sentiment is paramount for the ruling elite, as it embarks on yet another war of conquest under socially and politically polarised conditions.

US announces expeditionary force for combat in Syria

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

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Second one-day protest strike hits pro-austerity Syriza government in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 4 December 2015

Transport workers on the state railways and the Athens subway, trams and airport walked off the job, together with workers in the country’s ports and shipping industries.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

One Belt, One Road: China’s response to the US “pivot”

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2015

Through its grandiose plan to integrate Eurasia, Beijing is hoping to draw in countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa to counter Washington’s offensive.

Fed chair signals rate hike as ECB expands stimulus

By Barry Grey, 4 December 2015

The US economy remains depressed more than seven years after the 2008 Wall Street crash, with economic growth at about half the average rate for the post-World War II period.

Former Massey CEO escapes most serious charges for role in mine disaster

By Clement Daly, 4 December 2015

Blankenship was found guilty of only one misdemeanor count of conspiring to willfully violate federal mine health and safety laws but acquitted of more serious felony charges.

Resistance grows as UAW seeks to ram through Nexteer sellout

By Jerry White, 4 December 2015

There is widespread opposition to the UAW’s effort to impose yet another concessions contract on 3,400 auto parts workers at the Nexteer complex in Saginaw, Michigan.

Behind the UAW-IG Metall transnational partnership

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

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

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Video shows murder by San Francisco police firing squad

By a reporter, 4 December 2015

Widely viewed on the Internet, the video shows a group of police officers opening fire simultaneously on a cornered 26-year-old man.

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

Jury seated in first Freddie Gray police murder trial

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California State University faculty union votes to authorize strike

By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015

There is strong discontent amongst the faculty after years of minimal pay raises that failed to compensate for inflation, or no raises at all, and the recent imposition of furloughs.

Berlin: Hundreds demonstrate against ill treatment of refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 4 December 2015

Hundreds of people demonstrated last weekend in Berlin to protest against the inhumane treatment of refugees.

EU-Turkey conference reaches deal at refugees’ expense

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NATO incorporates Montenegro, escalating anti-Russian front in Balkans

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2015

In announcing Montenegro's accession Wednesday, the US and German-dominated alliance is opening a new front in their campaign against Moscow.

Mass job losses loom in Scotland

By Stephen Alexander, 4 December 2015

Job losses are mounting, even before the huge cuts announced in the Autumn Statement are factored into the Scottish budget.

Open University staff in Britain protest regional centre closures

By Joyce Smith, 4 December 2015

The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK and Europe by student number.

Australian government pushes through bill to revoke citizenships

By Mike Head, 4 December 2015

The new powers, which can be exercised without any trial or judicial process, go far beyond targeting alleged terrorist suspects.

New in Russian

11 сентября и террористические атаки в Париже

Петер Шварц, 4 декабря 2015 г.

Подлинной причиной взрыва американского милитаризма после 11 сентября являлся кризис империализма США в глобальном масштабе и рост классовых противоречий в самих Соединенных Штатах. То же самое характеризует реакцию французских властей на парижские атаки.

New in Turkish

Suriye’de Alman müdahalesine hayır!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 4 Aralık 2015

Ortadoğu’da ve dünyanın diğer bölgelerinde şekillenmeye başlayan, bu kez nükleere silahlarla yapılacak olan bir Üçüncü Dünya Savaşı tehlikesini, yalnızca, işçi sınıfını sosyalist bir program temelinde seferber eden uluslararası savaş karşıtı bir hareket engelleyebilir.

New in French

Le parlement britannique approuve les bombardements de la Syrie comme la droite travailliste forme un bloc avec le gouvernement

Par Julie Hyland, 4 décembre 2015

Le débat était un carnaval de la réaction, incarné par l’affirmation du Premier ministre David Cameron que ceux qui sont opposés à ces bombardements étaient des « sympathisants des terroristes."

Le gouvernement allemand accepte de participer à la guerre en Syrie

Par Ulrich Rippert, 4 décembre 2015

L’armée allemande engagera en Syrie six avions de reconnaissance, des avions ravitailleur, une frégate et près de 1.200 soldats.

L’Allemagne enverra 1200 soldats en Syrie

Par Johannes Stern, 4 décembre 2015

Presque du jour au lendemain, et sans aucun débat public, une mission de combat a été lancée, ses conséquences et son ampleur finale restent inconnues.

«C'est une excellente convention collective pour notre entreprise»
Les dirigeants de Ford et les investisseurs de Wall Street se réjouissent du nouveau contrat conclu avec l'UAW

Par Jerry White, 4 décembre 2015

Le PDG de Ford Mark Fields a dit aux investisseurs que la nouvelle convention collective conclue avec le syndicat de l’UAW coutera au constructeur automobile moins de 1,5 pour cent par an, ce qui est inférieur au taux actuel d'inflation.

New in German

Deutschland auf Kriegskurs

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Dezember 2015

Die Entscheidung des Bundestags, sich mit eigenen Truppen am Syrienkrieg zu beteiligen, markiert einen Wendepunkt der deutschen Außenpolitik mit verheerenden Folgen.

Britisches Unterhaus stimmt für Bombardierung Syriens

Von Julie Hyland, 4. Dezember 2015

Der Labour-Vorsitzende Jeremy Corbyn hatte den Weg zum Krieg geebnet, als er vor dem rechten Flügel seiner Partei kapitulierte und eine „freie Abstimmung“ über die Militäraktion erlaubte.

Tusk will Europa gegen Flüchtlinge abschotten

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. Dezember 2015

Der Ratspräsident der Europäischen Union, Donald Tusk, will Flüchtlinge für 18 Monate internieren und plädiert für eine strikte Abschottung der europäischen Außengrenzen.

Finanzparasitismus und Produktionsrückgang in den USA

Von Andre Damon, 4. Dezember 2015

Das Geld, das die Konzerne nicht in produktive Investitionen stecken, wird in Form von Aktienrückkäufen, Dividendensteigerungen und gigantischen Vorstandsgehältern an die Finanzelite zurückgeleitet.

Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Brasiliens Präsidentin eröffnet

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. Dezember 2015

Der brasilianische Kongress hat ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Präsidentin Dilma Roussef eröffnet. Kurz zuvor waren beunruhigende Wirtschaftszahlen bekannt geworden.

New in Greek

Τα Πολιτικά Διδάγματα της Προδοσίας του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην Ελλάδα
Δήλωση της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής της Τέταρτης Διεθνούς

1 Δεκέμβριος 2015

Οι προειδοποιήσεις της ΔΕΤΔ και του WSWS ότι ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ είναι ένα φιλο-καπιταλιστικό κόμμα, εχθρικό προς την εργατική τάξη, έχουν τελείως δικαιωθεί.

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Perspective

The mass killing in San Bernardino, California

4 December 2015

The mass killing at the Inland Regional Center is only the latest in a long string of tragedies that point to the deeply diseased and dysfunctional state of American society.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Germany on a war footing

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2015

The decision to be taken today by the parliament to participate in the Syrian war marks a turning point in German foreign policy with terrible consequences.

No to German intervention in Syria!

Woodrow Wilson and Black Lives Matter
The political consequences of the racial evaluation of history

By Eric London, 4 December 2015

The demonstrations on racism in the US are of a typically middle class character and represent a very familiar and toxic element of bourgeois politics: the fight amongst different factions within the wealthiest ten percent.

Parasitism and the slump in US manufacturing

By Andre Damon, 2 December 2015

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

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

Polish government cracks down on culture

History

Behind the struggle for affordable housing in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2015

A current museum exhibit looks at the history of housing for the working class, and leaves much unsaid or distorted.

Seventy years since the Nuremberg Trials

By Verena Nees, 3 December 2015

The post-World War II trials led to the adoption of the Nuremberg principles, forbidding aggressive war as the greatest international crime.

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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 December 2015

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

A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

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

After four months, no contract for Verizon telecom workers

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 3 December 2015

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

British Medical Association calls off UK junior doctors strikes

Arts Review

Spotlight: A telling exposé of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

By Joanne Laurier, 3 December 2015

The 33: A drama of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster

By Hiram Lee, 2 December 2015

Trumbo and the history of the Hollywood blacklist

By Fred Mazelis, 30 November 2015

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?

More on the 2016 US elections »

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

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.

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

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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