Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2015

A report in Der Spiegel makes clear that far-reaching plans to escalate the German intervention in Syria are being prepared behind the backs of the population.

Syria claims US airstrikes targeted government forces

By Thomas Gaist, 8 December 2015

Reports of the first direct US strikes against Syrian government forces come as hundreds of Turkish forces massed in Iraq in defiance of Baghdad’s call for their withdrawal.

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

German parliament votes for military intervention in Syria

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

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Over 3,300 auto parts workers strike in Saginaw, Michigan
The way forward for Nexteer workers

By Jerry White, 8 December 2015

The striking Nexteer workers deserve and need the support of all autoworkers and every section of the working class in the US and internationally.

After the “no” vote at Nexteer: A message from a Ford worker

By Eric London, 8 December 2015

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

By Eric London, 7 December 2015

Massive “no” vote by Nexteer workers rejects UAW sellout

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Maduro government suffers steep electoral losses to Venezuelan right

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2015

The election results will drive the Maduro government further to the right, while opening up a crisis within the chavista movement.

Global warming compounds Atlantic cod fishing industry problems

By John Marion, 8 December 2015

Recent scientific studies point to the effects of global warming on Atlantic cod populations already reduced to historically low sizes by decades of overfishing.

Greek parliament approves austerity budget for 2016

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 December 2015

Aware of the massive popular opposition to austerity, Tsipras has sought to win the support of the right-wing opposition for an all-party offensive to enforce his program.

BIS warns of sudden end to “uneasy” financial calm

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2015

Junk bonds are heading for their first losses since the global financial crisis, indicating the present stock market boom may be living on borrowed time.

Chilean military exercises fuel tensions with Bolivia and Peru

By Cesar Uco, 8 December 2015

The exercises took place under conditions in which both Peru and Bolivia have won favorable rulings from the International Court of Justice in territorial disputes with Chile.

Notes on London’s housing crisis

By Allison Smith, 8 December 2015

A report on homelessness in England that over the past year homelessness has increased up by 5 percent across the country and by 10 percent in London.

US pressures Australian government to toe the line on China

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2015

Washington’s misgivings over Turnbull have been heightened by the lease of Darwin port to a Chinese company and his failure to agree to joint military challenges to Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

Australian union officials arrested on blackmail charges for imposing bans

By Mike Head, 8 December 2015

The use of the criminal law to punish industrial action is a bid to wind the clock back to the nineteenth century.

South Korean workers and farmers denounce Park government

By Ben McGrath, 8 December 2015

Saturday’s protestors criticized laws that will increase the casualization of the workforce and demanded President Park’s resignation.

New in Portuguese

As lições políticas da traição do Syriza na Grécia
Declaração do Comitê Internacional da Quarta Internacional

8 de dezembro de 2015

As advertências do CIQI e WSWS que Syriza foi um partido pró-capitalista, hostil à classe trabalhadora, foram completamente vindicada.

New in Russian

ФБР называет массовое убийство в Сан-Бернардино террористическим нападением

Билл Вэн Оукен, 8 декабря 2015 г.

Не прошло и суток после атаки, как американские политики бросились использовать массовое убийство как повод для травли иммигрантов.

75 лет назад: Нацистское руководство планирует вторжение в СССР

8 декабря 2015 г.

5 декабря 1940 года военные руководители Германии представили лидеру нацистов Адольфу Гитлеру план нападения на Советский Союз.

New in Turkish

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.

New in French

Le Front national néo-fasciste en tête au premier tour des élections régionales en France

Par Kumaran Ira, 8 décembre 2015

Lors des élections tenues sous l'état d'urgence instauré après les attentats du 13 novembre, le Front national a obtenu de larges gains dans six des treize régions françaises.

Le nouveau découpage impérialiste du Moyen-Orient

Par Joseph Kishore, 8 décembre 2015

Les raisons présentées à l’opinion publique pour expliquer la rapide escalade de la guerre en Syrie ont peu de chose à voir avec le débat stratégique en cours aux plus hauts échelons de l’armée et des agences de renseignement.

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

Obama’s San Bernardino speech and the rightward lurch of US politics

8 December 2015

The drumbeat for military escalation is the result of a calculated decision to utilize the San Bernardino killings to overcome growing popular disaffection and opposition to war.

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Science

100 years of General Relativity—Part Two

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2015

This is the second of a three-part series examining the history, science and lasting implications of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which remains, along with his special theory, one of the central pillars of modern physics.

100 years of General Relativity—Part One

History

150 years since ratification of the 13th Amendment
The end of chattel slavery in American history

By Tom Mackaman, 8 December 2015

On December 6, 1865, Georgia became the 27th state to pass the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, securing ratification of the measure that abolished once and for all the institution of chattel slavery in the US.

Commentary

Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2015

Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government.

Mark Zuckerberg, philanthrocapitalism and parasitism

By Nancy Hanover, 8 December 2015

A closer look at the billionaire’s announcement that he and his wife are donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares reveals that the charitable emperor “has no clothes”—and says a lot about the financial elite, the media and the state of America.

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

By Kumaran Ira, 7 December 2015

Polish government signals interest in hosting US nuclear weapons

By Thomas Gaist, 7 December 2015

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

Report makes case for prosecuting US war criminals

The European refugee crisis and international law

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

Mehring Books Holiday Sale

The Heritage We Defend is now available in e-pub format

8 December 2015

The Heritage We Defend, which reviews the political and theoretical disputes inside the Fourth International, is now available in e-pub form. It is essential reading for a new generation coming into struggle against capitalism.

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 December 2015

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

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

By Samuel Davidson, 7 December 2015

Arts Review

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

By Lee Parsons, 7 December 2015

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

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

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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Autoworkers struggles

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

By Jerry White, 1 December 2015

Behind the UAW-IG Metall transnational partnership

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

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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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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

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.