The hourglass society: Middle-income households no longer the majority in the US

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2015

A study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center called the collapse of middle-income households in the US “a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point.”

Life expectancy plunges for low-income Americans

Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases

By Thomas Gaist, 11 December 2015

The expanded US basing arrangements will include at least four new large-scale bases in East Africa, West Africa and Afghanistan.

US defense secretary outlines general military escalation in Middle East

US air strike kills 36 Syrian civilians, including 20 children

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Nexteer victimizes dozens of workers as UAW prepares new sellout

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

Nexteer management has fired up to 30 workers at its Saginaw, Michigan complex in a move to break the resistance of the rank and file to a new UAW-backed concessions deal.

Celebrating the sellout: UAW sends negotiators on paid vacation at exclusive Miami resort

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

The day after ramming through the sellout contract at Ford, the UAW sent out an internal memo to the UAW-Ford negotiators announcing a celebratory trip to South Beach on the workers’ dime.

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.

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

After less than 24 hours, UAW shuts down Nexteer strike

“If you don’t put a stop to it now, it will never stop”
Kohler strike in fourth week

By Shannon Jones, 11 December 2015

Contract talks are in progress as the UAW continues isolation of the strike.

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Event commemorating one year anniversary of Detroit bankruptcy breaks up in debacle

By Niles Williamson, 11 December 2015

The event at Wayne State University, which featured key players in the conspiracy to loot city workers’ pensions, was cut short in the face of repeated outbursts from the audience.

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow in “advanced talks” about merger

By Gabriel Black, 11 December 2015

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies could merge in a move to cut costs amidst a deepening economic slump.

Parasitism and the slump in US manufacturing

US Senate holds hearing on rising generic drug prices

By Brad Dixon, 11 December 2015

The price hikes of a number of generic drugs have limited patient access, according to expert testimony at a US Senate hearing.

Efforts collapse to form “Republican front” to block neo-fascists in French regional elections

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

As France’s bourgeois politicians seek to impose a permanent state of emergency, their hollow appeals to the population to rally behind them to defend “democracy” have little impact.

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

Report highlights gap between executive and workers’ pay in UK

By Barry Mason, 11 December 2015

At least 535 executives were being paid at least £1 million a year in salaries, plus other compensation and expenses.

Latvian government resigns under pressure from pro-austerity right

By Markus Salzmann, 11 December 2015

Sections of the Latvian elite and the European Union regard Unity leader Straujuma as incapable of enforcing another round of massive cuts.

Indonesian government discusses offering Australia an island to detain refugees

By Max Newman, 11 December 2015

As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces.

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

The European refugee crisis and international law

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Australia: Productivity Commission proposes further major cutbacks to pensions

By Richard Phillips, 11 December 2015

The report targets the family home, which for more than a century has been exempt from inclusion in the pension assets test.

New in French

La triste réalité de la politique américaine

Par Patrick Martin, 11 décembre 2015

L’émergence d’un raciste affirmé comme principal candidat républicain à la présidentielle est une conséquence de décennies de guerre impérialiste et de la brutalisation de la société américaine.

Secteur public québécois: travailleurs en colère, syndicats prêts à capituler

Par Laurent Lafrance, 11 décembre 2015

Les syndicats font tout pour empêcher une mobilisation de tous les travailleurs contre l’austérité.

Le parti allemand Die Linke et la guerre en Syrie

Par Ulrich Rippert et Peter Schwarz, 11 décembre 2015

Malgré son discours contre le projet du gouvernement allemand d’intervenir en Syrie, le parti Die Linke (La Gauche) préconise depuis longtemps l’expansion du militarisme allemand au Moyen-Orient.

New in German

Donald Trump: Die hässliche Wirklichkeit amerikanischer Politik

Von Barry Grey, 11. Dezember 2015

Der führende republikanische Präsidentschaftsbewerber tritt offen als Rassist auf. Das ist das Ergebnis jahrzehntelanger imperialistischer Kriege und der Verrohung der amerikanischen Gesellschaft.

Pentagon-Chef erläutert militärische Eskalation im Nahen Osten

Von Thoman Gaist, 11. Dezember 2015

Bei einer Kongressanhörung am Mittwoch präsentierte US-Verteidigungsminister Carter eine ganze Batterie aggressiver Maßnahmen in Syrien, dem Irak und darüber hinaus.

Opel Bochum: Ein Jahr nach der Schließung kaum neue Arbeitsplätze

Von Dietmar Henning, 11. Dezember 2015

2500 ehemalige Opelaner fürchten, schon bald in die Arbeitslosigkeit und in Hartz IV abzurutschen.

Lettische Regierung tritt zurück

Von Markus Salzmann, 11. Dezember 2015

Die lettische Ministerpräsidentin Straujuma begründete ihren Rücktritt mit dem wachsenden Druck in der eigenen Partei und der Regierungskoalition.

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 Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left”

11 December 2015

The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America.

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Commentary

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2015

What most concerns the Times is that the crude politics of Trump shatters the lying rhetoric used by Democrats and Republicans alike to justify the policies of the ruling class.

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

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

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2015

In the Prussian militarist setting of the Schlüterhof, political scientist Herfried Münkler and historian Jörg Baberowski spoke Monday evening on the topic of violence.

Dangerous developments in Germany

After Paris attacks, New Anti-capitalist Party backs police state rule and war

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

The NPA is not denouncing war or the threat of police dictatorship in France, but insinuating that opposition to imperialist war is support for terrorism.

The police crackdown in Paris and the drift towards dictatorship in France

The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 2

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 11 December 2015

The anarchists’ “no politics” injunction is directed against the socialist struggle for the political independence of the working class and serves to uphold the political and ideological domination of the unions and pro-capitalist parties.

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

Germany’s Left Party and the war in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2015

The Scottish National Party’s tactical opposition to bombing Syria

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A new tipping point in the global economic crisis

Brazilian students occupy Sao Paulo schools against “restructuring” plan

New video released in 2012 Chicago police killing of Philip Coleman

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

The forced resignation of Erika Christakis at Yale University

History

Network of former Nazis in German Interior Ministry

By Sibylle Fuchs and Verena Nees, 11 December 2015

According to a new study by historians, there were more former Nazis in leading positions in the German Interior Ministry than in any other ministry.

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

By Tom Mackaman, 8 December 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 December 2015

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

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

Arts Review

Brooklyn: Irish immigration through rose-colored glasses

By Joanne Laurier, 10 December 2015

An interview with Ted Dawe, author of Into the River

By Tom Peters, 9 December 2015

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

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?

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

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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