Paris agreement papers over failure to act on climate change

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2015

Even in the face of a growing threat to human survival, the leaders of rival capitalist nations are incapable of serious action to combat global warming.

Paris climate talks accomplish nothing to curb global warming

New defeat for ruling Socialist Party in French regional elections

By Kumaran Ira, 14 December 2015

Although the neo-fascist National Front did not win any regions, their success in the first round shows that they are now emerging as a central force in French politics.

Shots fired amid Russian-Turkish naval standoff in Aegean

By Thomas Gaist, 14 December 2015

A Turkish fishing vessel nearly rammed a Russian warship near the Aegean island of Lemnos on Sunday, prompting warning shots to be fired by the Russians.

Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

Ten facts autoworkers need to know about the Nexteer tentative agreement

By Eric London, 14 December 2015

If accepted, the UAW-Nexteer contract will guarantee four-and-a-half years of poverty wages, dictatorial plant conditions and record profits for the company.

Letter from Indiana autoworker to Nexteer workers: Contract is a bad deal for skilled trades

By our reporter, 14 December 2015

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

Nexteer victimizes dozens of workers as UAW prepares new sellout

Video: Nexteer workers speak on the picket line

More on autoworkers struggles »

Weakening currency and economic slowdown in China

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2015

The downward slide in the renminbi’s value threatens other Asian export-dependent countries and heightens the danger of a currency war.

California mosque firebombed amid record spike in anti-Muslim violence

By Tom Carter, 14 December 2015

Primary responsibility for the increasing attacks on Muslims rests with the entire American political establishment, including both political parties, the Obama administration and the media.

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

Notes on police violence: Los Angeles police fatally shoot man 33 times

By Gabriel Black, 14 December 2015

Nicholas Robertson was shot multiple times, first in the back and then as he lay on the ground trying to crawl away from the police officers.

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

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

More on police violence in America »

US: As winter approaches increasing numbers killed in home fires

By Steve Filips, 14 December 2015

A spate of house fires in recent weeks has pushed total fire deaths this year to more than 2,100, a stark exposure of the social conditions facing the working class.

Election polls point to breakdown of two-party system in Spain

By James Lerner, 14 December 2015

Growing popular disaffection with Spain’s political establishment is reflected in opinion polls showing as much as 41 percent of the electorate still undecided.

Spain: Podemos seeks to demobilise popular opposition to war

Small turnout at Stop the War Coalition rally in London, England

By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2015

The main aim of the Stop the War Coalition is to channel widespread anti-war sentiment behind Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

London anti-war demonstration participants speak out against war

By our reporters, 14 December 2015

Russian truckers protest massive fee hike

By Andrea Peters, 14 December 2015

Long-haul drivers in Russia have been staging demonstrations across the country for weeks to oppose a new levy that will devastate their earnings.

Testimony of German neo-Nazi covers up state involvement

By Dietmar Henning, 14 December 2015

The statement in court by the only surviving member of the fascist NSU terror gang, Beate Zschäpe, raises more questions than it answers.

Sri Lankan corporate giant sues environmental activist

By Vilani Peiris, 14 December 2015

The damages action is part of the record of big business and government suppression of opposition to industrial pollution.

New in Persian

حملات تروریستی پاریس

الکس لانتیر و بری گری
۱۳۹۴ آبان ۲۵

آمریکا، فرانسه و دیگر قدرت های امپریالیستی قساوت تروریستی دولت اسلامی عراق و سوریه در پاریس را مستمسکی برای تشدید سیاست های جنگ طلبانه و غارتگرانه ای که جوامع خاورمیانه را به نابودی کشانده است، قرار داده اند. سیاست هایی که شرایط را برای رشد نیرو های ارتجاعی مانند آنهایی که جمعه شب گذشته ۱۲۹ نفر را کشته و صد ها نفررا زخمی کردند فراهم نموده است.

New in Spanish

Las lecciones políticas de la traición de Syriza en Grecia

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 14 diciembre 2015

Las advertencias del CICI y WSWS que Syriza es un partido pro-capitalista, hostil a la clase obrera, han sido completamente vindicado.

New in Turkish

Venezuela seçimleri ve Latin Amerika’nın “sola dönüş”ünün çıkmazı

Bill Van Auken, 14 Aralık 2015

“Bolivarcı devrim” ve “21. yüzyıl sosyalizmi” gibi söylemlerine karşın, Chavez ve Maduro hükümetleri, Venezuela kapitalizmini savunmuş ve başta onların egemenliğinin temel direğini oluşturan ordu olmak üzere kapitalist devletin başlıca kurumlarına dokunmamıştır.

Küresel ekonomik krizde yeni bir taşma noktası

Nick Beams, 14 Aralık 2015

Derinleşen küresel ekonomik kriz, özellikle geçtiğimiz ay boyunca patlama yapan militarizmin itici güçlerinden birisidir. Bununla beraber, savaş yöneliminin tırmanması, ekonomik ve mali durumu yalnızca ağırlaştırabilir.

Bir Kuşak Bir Yol: Çin’in ABD’nin “Asya’ya dönüş”üne yanıtı

Peter Symonds, 14 Aralık 2015

Obama yönetiminin “Asya’ya dönüş”ü, özenle hazırlanmış ya da uyumlu bir strateji olmamakta birlikte, dolaylı olarak, Avrasya kara parçasını ABD hegemonyası altına almak amacıyla Çin’i ve Rusya’yı parçalamaya ve onlara boyun eğdirmeye yönelmektedir.

New in French

Chute boursière sur fond de craintes de récession mondiale et d'effondrement du crédit

Par Barry Grey, 14 décembre 2015

Le ralentissement économique mondial reflété dans l'effondrement des prix du pétrole et d'autres produits de base fait maintenant des ravages sur le marché des obligations des grandes sociétés. Stocks plongent au milieu des craintes de récession mondiale et l'effondrement du crédit

L’inégalité sociale et la désintégration de la classe moyenne américaine

Par David Walsh, 14 décembre 2015

Le déclin des classes moyennes aux Etats-Unis a des implications profondes et révolutionnaires

Mark Zuckerberg, le philanthrocapitalisme et le parasitisme

Par Nancy Hanover, 14 décembre 2015

Un examen plus approfondi de l'annonce du milliardaire que lui et sa femme feront don de 99 pour cent de leurs actions de Facebook révèle que l'empereur philanthrope «se promène nu» et en dit long sur l'élite financière, les médias et l'état des États-Unis.

Lettre ouverte du Parti de l'égalité socialiste (SEP-Royaume-Uni)
Le SEP demande que l'Enquête sur les infiltrations policières publie les noms de tous les agents de la police et de tous les espions

Parti l'égalité socialiste (SEP-Royaume-Uni), 14 décembre 2015

Cette lettre ouverte a été adressée à l'Enquête sur les infiltrations policières en Grande-Bretagne, dirigée par le juge Pitchford.

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

Junk bond panic signals new stage in crisis of world capitalism

14 December 2015

The mounting crisis in the junk bond market has profound and convulsive implications for the entire credit system, in the US and internationally.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

A reply to discussion on the Venezuelan elections

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2015

The burning question posed in Latin America is that of revolutionary leadership: the building of new parties based on the struggle for the political independence of the working class.

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

Social inequality and the disintegration of the American middle class

By David Walsh, 12 December 2015

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

US Supreme Court justice argues black students should attend inferior schools

By Tom Carter, 12 December 2015

Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany

By Philipp Frisch, 12 December 2015

More on the refugee crisis »

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

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2015

Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

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

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

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

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

25 years ago: Aristide victorious in Haitian elections

The Haitian general elections, organized by the US and Canada, were held on December 16, 1990. Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a Roman Catholic priest who espoused “liberation theology” and in the past described himself as a socialist, won a landslide victory..

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50 years ago: Democrats back Vietnam War tax

House Democratic Whip Hale Boggs of Louisiana, returning from a trip to Vietnam, stated that a tax increase would probably be necessary to pay for the cost of the war.

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75 years ago: Labor leaders support US war buildup

On December 16, 1940, American Federation of Labor President William Green gave a radio address in which he pledged to subordinate the AFL trade unions to US imperialism’s war buildup in preparation for entry into World War II.

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100 years ago: Pancho Villa suffers major defeats in Mexico civil war

On December 18, 1915, General Francisco (Pancho) Villa, one of the leading figures in the Mexican Revolution that had begun in November 1910, all but conceded defeat, declaring his intention to leave Mexico and go into political exile.

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: A socialist program to fight budget cuts

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 14 December 2015

The trade unions have reluctantly called a one-day strike to deflect mounting opposition among workers and the poor to the government’s austerity measures.

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

Arts Review

Chi-Raq: A satire of social life in Chicago

By George Marlowe, 14 December 2015

In Spike Lee’s latest film, young women in Chicago seek to end gang violence and social breakdown by means of a sex strike.

Brooklyn: Irish immigration through rose-colored glasses

Book Review

The fate of Zuckerberg’s “gift” to Newark schools

By Fred Mazelis, 14 December 2015

A new book provides a case study on the nature of the “school reform” movement and the attacks on public education.

Mark Zuckerberg, philanthrocapitalism and parasitism

Mehring Books Holiday Sale

Now in eBook format: The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

14 December 2015

North’s book defends historical materialism against contemporary anti-Marxist philosophical tendencies related to the Frankfurt School and postmodernism.

The 2016 US Elections

Republican Party crisis deepens over Trump anti-Muslim statements

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2015

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

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 »

Workers Struggles

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

By Kate Randall, 12 December 2015

Quebec: Wave of walkouts against Liberals’ austerity agenda

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

Autoworkers struggles

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

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

“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 One

By Don Barrett, 7 December 2015

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

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.