Stocks plunge amid fears of global slump and credit meltdown

By Barry Grey, 12 December 2015

The global slowdown, reflected in collapsing prices for oil and other basic commodities, is now wreaking havoc on the corporate bond market.

A new tipping point in the global economic crisis

Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany

By Philipp Frisch, 12 December 2015

Independent investigations by German media outlets suggest that the authorities probing right-wing anti-immigrant violence systematically downplay and even defend it.

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

Indonesian government discusses offering Australia an island to detain refugees

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Saudi-orchestrated gathering of Syrian “rebels” ends in disarray

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2015

The collection of Al Qaeda-linked militias and exile politicians brought together in Riyadh represent not the Syrian people, but rather the various regimes that finance them.

Germany’s Left Party and the war in Syria

Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases

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As details of new tentative agreement emerge
Workers oppose UAW-Nexteer divide-and-conquer tactics

By Eric London, 12 December 2015

The UAW is working with Nexteer to trick workers into voting for a sellout deal that will ensure high corporate profits at the workers’ expense.

Nexteer victimizes dozens of workers as UAW prepares new sellout

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

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

Video: Nexteer workers speak on the picket line

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

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

Opel Bochum: Few new jobs a year after plant closure

By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2015

2,500 former Opel workers will soon face unemployment.

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Republican Party crisis deepens over Trump anti-Muslim statements

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2015

Top party leaders reportedly met in Washington to discuss the possibility of a brokered convention to nominate the Republican presidential candidate.

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

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

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US Supreme Court justice argues black students should attend inferior schools

By Tom Carter, 12 December 2015

Sixty years after court-ordered school desegregation, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that black students would be better off attending schools where classes would not be “too fast for them.”

Defense rests in trial of first police officer charged in killing of Freddie Gray

By Nick Barrickman, 12 December 2015

Typifying the callous approach of the defense was the testimony of Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist, who coldly asserted that Gray’s death was “just an accident … and accidents happen.”

Two police officers indicted for murder of six-year-old

By Gabriel Black, 12 December 2015

Evidence released after the indictment shows that the six-year-old and his father posed no threat to the police officers.

New video released in 2012 Chicago police killing of Philip Coleman

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Quebec: Wave of walkouts against Liberals’ austerity agenda

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 December 2015

The unions are determined to suppress the growing working class challenge to the Liberals’ assault on public services and workers’ wages and pensions.

Australian PM unveils plan for indefinite detention of “terrorists”

By Mike Head, 12 December 2015

Turnbull’s announcement came amid an intensive campaign by his ousted predecessor, Tony Abbott, to demonise Muslims and call for ground troops to be deployed to Syria and Iraq.

As court bans racist rally, Australian media promotes far-right

By Richard Phillips, 12 December 2015

The media has provided blanket coverage of plans for an anti-Islamic rally in Cronulla, where racist mobs attacked Middle Eastern youth in 2005.

UK and Ireland devastated by floods

By Joan Smith and Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015

The human cost of the severe flooding in large parts of northern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland over the last week is emerging.

UN report says Sri Lankan government terrorising families of the disappeared

By K.Nesan, 12 December 2015

The findings constitute a political indictment of the US-led regime-change operation that brought Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to power in January.

New in Russian

Смысл повышения статуса китайского юаня

Ник Бимс, 12 декабря 2015 г.

Повышение статуса китайского юаня до уровня одной из мировых резервных валют, является выражением огромных сдвигов в мировой экономике, лежащих в основе усиления геополитической напряженности.

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın tutuklanmasının beşinci yılı

Robert Stevens, 12 Aralık 2015

İşçiler ve gençlik, Assange’ın, Snowden’ın, Manning’in ve emperyalist devletlerin suçlarını ifşa ettiği için peşi bırakılmayan ve zulmedilen diğer herkesin özgürlüğünü talep etmelidir.

Neo-faşist Ulusal Cephe Fransa bölgesel seçimlerinin ilk turunda başı çekti

Kumaran Ira, 12 Aralık 2015

Seçimler, Paris’teki 13 Kasım terör saldırılarının ardından Sosyalist Parti hükümetinin ilan ettiği olağanüstü halin ortasında, polis baskısının ve Müslüman karşıtı histerinin zehirli atmosferinde gerçekleşti.

New in French

Elections régionales en France
Echec des tentatives de « front républicain » pour faire obstacle aux néo-fascistes

Par Alex Lantier, 12 décembre 2015

Alors que la politique bourgeoise cherche à imposer l’état d'urgence permanent, ses appels creux à la population pour qu’elle se rallie derrière elle en défense de la «démocratie» ont peu d'impact.

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

Social inequality and the disintegration of the American middle class

12 December 2015

The decline of the middle classes in America has profound and revolutionary implications.

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Commentary

A balance sheet of Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015

Within days of becoming party leader, Jeremy Corbyn set out on a course that has seen him utterly betray the anti-war sentiment and hostility to the ruling elite that his election reflected.

Spain: Podemos seeks to demobilise popular opposition to war

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2015

The “Not in Our Name” manifesto signed by leading members of Podemos omits any mention of the imperialist foreign policy of the current Popular Party government and the war-mongering of the Socialist Party.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2015

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

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2015

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2015

Dangerous developments in Germany

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

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

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

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

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

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 11 December 2015

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

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

By Niles Williamson, 11 December 2015

Workers Struggles

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts takes aim at guards’ jobs and working conditions

By Kate Randall, 12 December 2015

MFA management wants to implement a more “militarized” approach to museum security, utilizing ceiling-mounted cameras and video surveillance at the expense of personnel.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 December 2015

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

History

Network of former Nazis in German Interior Ministry

By Sibylle Fuchs and Verena Nees, 11 December 2015

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

By Tom Mackaman, 8 December 2015

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

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

Autoworkers struggles

“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

After less than 24 hours, UAW shuts down Nexteer strike

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

By Eric London, 8 December 2015

More on autoworkers struggles »

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 »

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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