After less than 24 hours, UAW shuts down Nexteer strike

By Jerry White, 9 December 2015

With consummate contempt for workers, the UAW ordered Nexteer strikers to return to their jobs less than a day after the walkout began and before they could see the new agreement.

Nexteer autoworkers on strike denounce UAW-Nexteer contract

By Thomas Gaist, 9 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to workers prior to an announcement late on Tuesday that the UAW was calling off the strike.

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

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

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Amid terror scare, US House passes new restrictions on visa-free visits

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2015

The bill, passed with near-unanimous bipartisan support and backed by the White House, is an attempt to use the Paris and San Bernardino attacks to expand state repression.

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

US air strike kills 36 Syrian civilians, including 20 children

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2015

As the bombing of Syria intensifies, Saudi Arabia is assembling Islamist militias and exile politicians in Riyad as part of a US-backed policy of regime change.

Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria

Syria claims US airstrikes targeted government forces

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

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UK Labour right wing tries to silence opposition to war

By Julie Hyland, 9 December 2015

In the Orwellian language of the Labour right, any calls for MPs to be held politically accountable for their actions is tantamount to “bullying” and “intimidation.”

US to base spy planes in Singapore

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2015

The basing of P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft in Singapore foreshadows further provocative US activities against China in the South China Sea.

Mining giant Anglo American to cut 85,000 jobs

By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2015

The fifth largest mining corporation in the world, Anglo American, will reduce its workforce by 63 percent in response to low commodity prices and a stagnating global economy.

BIS warns of sudden end to “uneasy” financial calm

Illinois state attorney not pressing charges in Ronald Johnson killing

By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2015

A video released Monday shows 25-year-old Ronald Johnson fleeing as he is gunned down by police.

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

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Expansion of Russian-German Nord Stream pipeline exacerbates tensions within the European Union

By Clara Weiss, 9 December 2015

At the end of November, several Eastern European members of the EU urged the European Commission to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

OECD finds UK pensions amongst lowest in world

By Margot Miller, 9 December 2015

Pensions have come under sustained attack by the previous Labour, Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and present Conservative governments.

Tamil party complicit in detention of Sri Lankan political prisoners

By K. Nesan, 9 December 2015

The Tamil National Alliance functioned throughout the prisoners’ hunger strike as a servant of the government, deceiving the prisoners and their families.

Haitian government reinstates the army

By John Marion, 9 December 2015

The government’s decree will bring back a force of internal repression that was disbanded in 1994 after decades of torture and killings.

Child poverty increases across Canada

By Roger Jordan, 9 December 2015

Child poverty rates, food bank usage and other signs of social distress continue to rise in Canada in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

Scores of Australian workers killed in workplace incidents

By Terry Cook, 9 December 2015

Workers continue to die or be severely injured in work-related accidents that are entirely preventable.

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Conflictos sociales estallan en Perú luego de sangrienta confrontación minera

Por Cesar Uco, 9 diciembre 2015

Luego del arreglo de una huelga contra el mega-proyecto minero Las Bambas, más de 200 luchas sociales similares continúan por todo el país. La Defensoría del Pueblo, una agencia semiautónoma encargada de la protección de derechos constitucionales y básicos, emitió un informe con 150 luchas "activas" y otras 64 "latentes".

New in French

Allemagne : les appels se multiplient pour des troupes au sol en Syrie

Par Johannes Stern, 9 décembre 2015

Un article paru dans le magazine Der Spiegel montre nettement qu’on est en train de préparer dans le dos de la population une vaste escalade de l’intervention militaire allemande en Syrie.

Le discours d'Obama sur San Bernardino et le brusque virage à droite de la politique américaine

Par Barry Grey, 9 décembre 2015

Le battage organisé en faveur de l’escalade militaire est le résultat d'une décision calculée d'utiliser la tuerie de San Bernardino pour vaincre la désaffection et l'opposition populaire croissante à la guerre

Non aux ententes de trahison dans le secteur public québécois

Par Richard Dufour, 9 décembre 2015

Les chefs syndicaux ont tout fait pour limiter l’opposition des membres de la base à de simples protestations qui acceptent entièrement le cadre budgétaire fixé par le gouvernement.

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

Imperialism, the “war on terror” and anti-Muslim hysteria

9 December 2015

The call by Donald Trump that Muslims be prevented from traveling to the United States exemplifies the reactionary politics that go hand-in-hand with the drive to war.

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Commentary

The forced resignation of Erika Christakis at Yale University

By David Walsh, 9 December 2015

Yale University lecturer Erika Christakis, at the center of controversy since the end of October, has decided not to continue teaching courses at the university.

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

Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2015

Mark Zuckerberg, philanthrocapitalism and parasitism

By Nancy Hanover, 8 December 2015

Greek parliament approves austerity budget for 2016

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 December 2015

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

Polish government signals interest in hosting US nuclear weapons

Report makes case for prosecuting US war criminals

Science

100 years of General Relativity—Part Three

By Bryan Dyne, 9 December 2015

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

100 years of General Relativity—Part Two

100 years of General Relativity—Part One

Arts Review

An interview with Ted Dawe, author of Into the River

By Tom Peters, 9 December 2015

Dawe’s novel has been attacked in the media and by fundamentalist Christians because of its realistic depiction of New Zealand society, from the point of view of a working-class Maori teenager.

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

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.

Socialist Equality Party

Public meeting in Chicago
The way forward in the fight against police violence

9 December 2015

On December 13, the Socialist Equality Party will hold a public meeting in Chicago on the political lessons of the brutal police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and its cover-up.

Public meetings in Detroit and New York
The roots and political implications of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino

9 December 2015

On December 9 and December 12, the IYSSE is holding meetings on the attacks in France and the US, and the way they are being used by the ruling class.

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

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

Autoworkers struggles

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

By Eric London, 7 December 2015

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

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.

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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