Obama’s crisis speech on San Bernardino attack

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2015

Obama’s speech Sunday night from the White House reflected the growing political crisis in his administration, amidst mounting calls for an expansion of the US war drive in Syria.

FBI calls San Bernardino mass shooting a terrorist attack

The mass killing in San Bernardino, California

Nexteer workers denounce UAW-company alliance following overwhelming “no” vote

By Eric London, 7 December 2015

Sunday’s 97.5 percent “no” vote is an overwhelming repudiation of the United Auto Workers and another sign of the deep anger and opposition in the working class as a whole.

Massive “no” vote by Nexteer workers rejects UAW sellout

By our reporting team, 7 December 2015

An overwhelming 97 percent of workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan defeated the deal, which maintains poverty level wages.

Behind the UAW-IG Metall transnational partnership

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

More on autoworkers struggles »

Neo-fascist National Front leads first round of French regional elections

By Kumaran Ira, 7 December 2015

In elections held under a state of emergency after the November 13 attacks in Paris, the National Front made broad gains in six of France’s 13 regions.

Polish government signals interest in hosting US nuclear weapons

By Thomas Gaist, 7 December 2015

Poland would become the sixth country in Europe to host US nuclear forces as part of the NATO “nuclear sharing” program.

Washington prepares for World War III

Poland: New government moves quickly to disempower constitutional court

After Syria vote, British pseudo-left pledge loyalty to Corbyn and Labour

By Chris Masden, 7 December 2015

Even as they urge deselection and campaigns to “democratise” the Labour Party, the pseudo-left groups oppose drawing any lessons from Corbyn’s surrender.

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

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Chinese president seeks to shore up relations with Africa

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2015

Like every part of the globe, Africa has been transformed into an arena for geo-political rivalry.

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

The significance of the elevation of the Chinese renminbi

US: Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers nears end of fourth month

By Samuel Davidson, 7 December 2015

US steelmakers are using the slump in demand and falling prices to push for massive concessions and the destruction of many thousands of jobs.

US Senate report details high prices of Hepatitis C drugs

By Brad Dixon, 7 December 2015

A report released by the US Senate found that the drugmaker Gilead priced its $84,000 hepatitis C drug to maximize revenue, even as it restricted patient access.

Deadly fire destroys three apartments in Lynn, Massachusetts

By John Marion, 7 December 2015

The fire moved so quickly in the overcrowded building that four people, including a pregnant woman, were unable to get out alive.

US border agents cleared of charges in murder of immigrant Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas

By Toby Reese and Jake Dean, 7 December 2015

Five years after the death of Hernandez-Rojas at the hands of US border agents, the Department of Justice has decided to close the investigation.

Canada: Liberals mask right-wing program with “real change” rhetoric

By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2015

Friday’s Throne Speech underscored that the Liberals’ “real change” rhetoric is a fraud, aimed at obscuring their plans to assert the interests of big business at home and abroad.

UK private care homes facing closure

By Barry Mason, 7 December 2015

In taking over the provision of care homes and related services, private companies have sought to undermine working conditions.

Ex-minister’s defection highlights fragility of Australian government

By Mike Head, 7 December 2015

Less than three months after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott there are intense rifts within his government.

Pacific Island nations “bearing the brunt” of climate change

By John Braddock, 7 December 2015

Rising sea levels and extreme weather events are beginning to destroy Pacific Islands and threaten their existence.

Australian state government sells power generator for next to nothing

By Terry Cook, 7 December 2015

The power trade unions have diverted workers’ opposition into harmless protests while helping axe thousands of jobs through “voluntary” redundancies.

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Almanya savaş yolunda

Peter Schwarz, 7 Aralık 2015

Yaklaşan felaketi önlemek için bir savaş karşıtı hareketin inşa edilmesi, yalnızca, parlamentonun ve orada temsil edilen partilerin dışında gerçekleştirilebilir.

IYSSE Humboldt Üniversitesi öğrenci meclisi seçimleri için adaylar gösteriyor

Muhabirlerimizden, 7 Aralık 2015

Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler (IYSSE), savaş karşıtı bir hareket inşa etmek amacıyla öğrenci meclisi seçimlerine katılıyor.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri – Bölüm 6

6 Aralık 2015

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (SEP-ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri adlı doküman, SEP’in 3-9 Ağustos 2008 tarihleri arasında toplanan kuruluş kongresinde tartışılmış ve kabul edilmiştir. Aşağıda 6. bölümünü sunduğumuz dokümanı toplam 11 bölüm halinde yayımlayacağız.

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L'importance de l'élévation du renminbi chinois

Par Nick Beams, 7 décembre 2015

L'élévation du renminbi au statut de monnaie de réserve mondiale est l’expression de vastes changements dans l'économie mondiale, qui sous-tendent l’essor des tensions géopolitiques.

Allemagne: le parlement vote l’intervention militaire en Syrie

Par Ulrich Rippert, 7 décembre 2015

La décision de déclencher une escalade militaire majeure aux conséquences vastes et imprévisibles a été adoptée à toute vitesse par le parlement en procédure accélérée.

Une route, une région: la réponse de la Chine au «pivot» d’Obama « vers l’Asie »

Par Peter Symonds, 7 décembre 2015

Grâce à son plan grandiose d’intégration de l'Eurasie, Beijing espère inclure les pays d'Europe, d'Asie, du Moyen-Orient et d'Afrique dans ses efforts pour contrer l’offensive de Washington.

Portugal: Le Bloc de gauche appuie le gouvernement pro-austérité du Parti socialiste

Par Paul Mitchell, 7 décembre 2015

Le Bloc de gauche, qui s'est présenté comme une alternative à l'austérité lors des élections, est intervenu pour défendre le capitalisme portugais et européen.

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 new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

7 December 2015

The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies.

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Science

100 years of General Relativity—Part One

By Don Barrett, 7 December 2015

This is the first of a three-part series examining the history, science and implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Arts Review

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

By Lee Parsons, 7 December 2015

Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India.

Interview with Denny Tedesco, director of The Wrecking Crew
“Everybody loves this music around the world”

By Joanne Laurier, 5 December 2015

Janis: Little Girl Blue–Amy Berg’s valuable documentary about singer Janis Joplin

By David Walsh, 5 December 2015

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

The 33: A drama of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster

25 years ago: Lech Walesa elected president of Poland

In the second round of the Polish presidential election, held December 9, 1990, Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa easily defeated businessman Stanisław Tymiński..

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50 years ago: Johnson cuts social spending to fund Vietnam War

On December 10, 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson held talks at his Texas ranch with cabinet members and other government officials in which he approved, for the first time, major cuts to social spending.

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75 years ago: Italian debacle in North Africa

On December 11, 1940, British forces delivered a devastating blow to the Italian army in northwest Egypt, with the balance of Italian forces being driven back into Libya.

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100 years ago: Yuan Shikai proclaims himself Emperor of China

On December 12, 1915, Yuan Shikai, China’s ruling warlord, “accepted” an invitation from a handpicked “Representative Assembly” and proclaimed himself Emperor of China.

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Commentary

Number of US investable wealth millionaires grew by 8.6 percent in 2014

By Andre Damon, 5 December 2015

German parliament votes for military intervention in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 December 2015

Report makes case for prosecuting US war criminals

By Tom Carter, 5 December 2015

The European refugee crisis and international law

By Mike Head, 5 December 2015

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

By Eric London, 4 December 2015

Video shows murder by San Francisco police firing squad

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

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

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

Autoworkers struggles

Vote “no” on UAW-Nexteer sellout
Build a rank-and-file factory committee to fight the auto companies!

By Shannon Jones, 5 December 2015

Resistance grows as UAW seeks to ram through Nexteer sellout

By Jerry White, 4 December 2015

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

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Workers Struggles

California State University faculty union votes to authorize strike

By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015

A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

After four months, no contract for Verizon telecom workers

History

Behind the struggle for affordable housing in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2015

Seventy years since the Nuremberg Trials

By Verena Nees, 3 December 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