US defense secretary outlines general military escalation in Middle East

By Thomas Gaist, 10 December 2015

During a congressional hearing Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter presented an array of escalatory moves in Syria, Iraq and beyond.

The Scottish National Party’s tactical opposition to bombing Syria

By Steve James, 10 December 2015

The SNP’s position expresses concerns in sections of the Scottish and British establishment that Cameron’s Syrian adventure threatens to embroil the British military in an uncharted calamity.

US air strike kills 36 Syrian civilians, including 20 children

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

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“If we as workers were to stand up, what kind of a statement would that make worldwide?”
Nexteer workers’ anger grows as UAW prepares to ram through new sellout deal

By Eric London, 10 December 2015

Workers at Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan denounced the UAW for calling off a 20-hour strike without telling workers anything about the alleged new tentative agreement.

Video: Nexteer workers speak on the picket line

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

The WSWS spoke to strikers in Saginaw before the UAW called off the 20-hour strike, ordering them back to work without a chance to vote on a new deal.

After less than 24 hours, UAW shuts down Nexteer strike

“Your resolve to stand up… is something to be admired”
Ford workers call for joint struggle with Nexteer workers

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

As Saginaw, Michigan auto parts workers face the combined forces of Nexteer and the UAW, workers at Ford pledged their support and called for a common fight.

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US: Georgia carries out fifth execution of 2015

By Kate Randall, 10 December 2015

It took an hour for the nurse assigned to Brian Terrell’s execution to get IVs inserted into both of the condemned man’s arms.

New video released in 2012 Chicago police killing of Philip Coleman

By David Brown, 10 December 2015

Democratic Party Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading efforts to diffuse public anger even as new revelations of police brutality continue to emerge.

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

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Dozens of refugees drowned last week in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2015

Even as they work to seal Europe’s borders, the EU powers are expanding the wars that have forced millions to flee.

The European refugee crisis and international law

EU Council president wants to seal off Europe from refugees

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Brazilian students occupy Sao Paulo schools against “restructuring” plan

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

The students struggle has become a regional flashpoint in Brazil, attracting broad popular support.

Court case begins in Japan over Okinawa base relocation

By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2015

Extensive protests have taken place against the construction of a new US military base in Okinawa.

Suu Kyi holds transition talks with Burmese military

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 10 December 2015

Having raised popular expectations during the November election, the NLD leader, like the military, is concerned over the potential for social unrest.

New in Turkish

Ortadoğu’nun yeni emperyalist paylaşımı

Joseph Kishore, 10 Aralık 2015

Geçtiğimiz haftanın olayları, 21. yüzyıl emperyalizminin gelişiminde bir dönüm noktası olarak tarihe geçecektir.

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L'UAW arrête la grève chez Nexteer moins de 24 heures après son début

Par Jerry White, 10 décembre 2015

Avec un total mépris des travailleurs, l'UAW a ordonné aux grévistes de Nexteer de reprendre le travail moins d'une journée après que la grève a commencé et avant même qu'ils ne puissent voir le nouvel accord.

L’impérialisme, la « guerre contre le terrorisme » et l’hystérie anti-musulmane

Par Andre Damon, 10 décembre 2015

L’appel lancé par Donald Trump demandant qu’on empêche les musulmans de se rendre aux Etats-Unis personnifie la politique réactionnaire qui va main dans la main avec la course à la guerre.

New in German

Obamas Rede zu San Bernardino und die Rechtswende der US-Politik

Von Barry Grey, 10. Dezember 2015

Die Morde von San Bernardino werden benutzt, um gegen die wachsende Kriegsopposition in den USA vorzugehen.

Münkler und Baberowski werben für imperialistische Außenpolitik

Von Peter Schwarz, 10. Dezember 2015

Vor der vom preußischen Militarismus geprägten Kulisse des Schlüterhofs sprachen der Politwissenschaftler Herfried Münkler und der Historiker Jörg Baberowski am Montagabend über Gewalt.

36 Zivilisten bei US-Luftangriff in Syrien getötet
Unter den Opfern sind 20 Kinder

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Dezember 2015

Zeitgleich mit den verstärkten Luftangriffen in Syrien rief die von den USA unterstützte Monarchie in Saudi-Arabien am Dienstag so genannte syrische Rebellen und diverse Exilpolitiker zusammen, die mit unterschiedlichen ausländischen Mächten und Geheimdiensten verbandelt sind.

Deutschland: Gewalt gegen Flüchtlinge dramatisch gestiegen

Von Philipp Frisch, 10. Dezember 2015

Das Verhalten der Ermittlungsbehörden und die Hetze zahlreicher Medien und Politiker senden ein ermutigendes Signal an den rechten Mob.

Die europäische Flüchtlingskrise und das Völkerrecht

Von Mike Head, 10. Dezember 2015

Die Aushöhlung der Flüchtlingskonvention von 1951, trotz der großen Not vieler Asylbewerber, ist eine Anklage gegen das kapitalistische Nationalstaatensystem.

Griechisches Parlament verabschiedet Sparhaushalt für 2016

Von Stefan Steinberg, 10. Dezember 2015

Am letzten Sonntag stimmte das griechische Parlament für einen Haushaltsentwurf, der eine neue Runde umfassender Sparmaßnahmen für das Jahr 2016 vorsieht. Das Syriza-Kabinett unter Premierminister Alexis Tsipras hatte den Budgetentwurf verfasst.

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

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

10 December 2015

The emergence of an open racist as the leading Republican presidential contender is a consequence of decades of imperialist war and the brutalization of American society.

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Socialist Equality Party

An open letter
Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies

By Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2015

Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity.

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

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

Commentary

Germany’s Left Party and the war in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2015

Despite its rhetoric against the German government’s plan to intervene in Syria, the Left Party has long advocated the expansion of German militarism in the Middle East.

A new tipping point in the global economic crisis

By Nick Beams, 10 December 2015

Corporate defaults are on the rise, not only in the energy sector hit by falling prices, but across the board.

The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 1

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 10 December 2015

Like the rest of the CLASSE leadership, the anarchists opposed a turn to the working class and promoted a Quebec nationalist perspective.

The forced resignation of Erika Christakis at Yale University

By David Walsh, 9 December 2015

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

US to base spy planes in Singapore

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2015

Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange

Mark Zuckerberg, philanthrocapitalism and parasitism

Greek parliament approves austerity budget for 2016

Arts Review

Brooklyn: Irish immigration through rose-colored glasses

By Joanne Laurier, 10 December 2015

Brooklyn focuses on a young Irish girl who emigrates to America in the early 1950s and struggles with homesickness and adjusting to an alien environment.

An interview with Ted Dawe, author of Into the River

By Tom Peters, 9 December 2015

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

Autoworkers struggles

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

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

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Science

100 years of General Relativity—Part Three

By Bryan Dyne, 9 December 2015

History

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

By Tom Mackaman, 8 December 2015

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

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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