Obama vows expanded war in Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2015

In remarks at the Pentagon, President Obama sought to counter his critics within the political establishment by vowing to escalate US military operations in Syria.

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

Shots fired amid Russian-Turkish naval standoff in Aegean

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

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“Everyone’s eyes are opening up now that they are reading the contract”
Nexteer workers express anger and opposition to new contract deal

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2015

The United Auto Workers is holding so-called information meetings, starting today, with Saginaw, Michigan workers voting on the second deal Thursday and Friday.

UAW official pushing Nexteer sellout lashes out at Autoworker Newsletter

By Jerry White, 15 December 2015

Ten facts autoworkers need to know about the Nexteer tentative agreement

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

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

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US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

By David Brown, 15 December 2015

The vitriol coming from Army officials and politicians towards Bergdahl expresses deep fears about the impact of future imperialist adventures on the discipline of the armed forces.

The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl

Junk bond crisis brings “stress” warning

By Nick Beams, 15 December 2015

The price of oil is at its lowest point for seven years with natural gas prices at the lowest level in more than a decade, sparking a crisis in the bond markets.

Junk bond panic signals new stage in crisis of world capitalism

Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike action

By Kristina Betinis, 15 December 2015

While teachers have repeatedly demonstrated their determination to fight, the Chicago Teachers Union is opposed to any struggle against the Democratic Party.

US Supreme Court considering end to “one person, one vote” principle

By John Burton, 15 December 2015

Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases brought to abolish the basic democratic principle that legislative districts be apportioned based on total population.

Notes on police violence in America
Chicago police officer accused of jamming gun down throat of suspect acquitted

By Gabriel Black, 15 December 2015

A notorious Chicago judge acquitted a veteran police officer Monday of official misconduct and aggravated battery, despite DNA evidence on his gun.

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

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

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Pennsylvania budget impasse nears possible resolution

By Douglas Lyons, 15 December 2015

The five-month-old deadlock has been used to withhold state and federal funds from nonprofit social service companies as well as public schools.

Boston “ghost train” incident exposes decay of public infrastructure

By John Marion, 15 December 2015

While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role.

Trudeau’s refugee “welcome” and the real agenda of Canada’s new government

By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2015

Trudeau is giving his government “progressive” and humanitarian hues to provide political cover for continuing the Canadian elite’s aggressive foreign policy agenda.

Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany

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UK spy agency admits hacking phones and computers without warrants

By Trevor Johnson, 15 December 2015

The GCHQ claims the authority to target groups as loosely-defined as “all mobile telephones” in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.

Government conspiracy against 1972 UK builders’ strike exposed

By Barry Mason, 15 December 2015

The frame-up of the striking workers, known as the Shrewsbury 24, required the intimate involvement of then-Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath.

UN report documents death of over 9,000 Ukrainians

By Jason Melanovski, 11 December 2015

The US-backed right-wing government in Kiev is guilty of serious human rights violations, according to a recent report.

India: Government negligence responsible for flood disaster

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 December 2015

Tens of thousands of people in the capital Chennai and across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are yet to be rescued and properly assisted.

New in Turkish

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri – Bölüm 7

15 Aralık 2015

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (SEP-ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri adlı doküman, SEP’in 3-9 Ağustos 2008 tarihleri arasında toplanan kuruluş kongresinde tartışılmış ve kabul edilmiştir. Aşağıda 7. bölümünü sunduğumuz dokümanı toplam 11 bölüm halinde yayımlayacağız.

New in French

Elections régionales en France: nouvelle défaite du Parti socialiste au pouvoir

Par Kumaran Ira, 15 décembre 2015

Bien que le Front national néo-fasciste n'ait remporté aucune région à l’issue du second tour de l’élection régionale, son succès du premier tour montre qu'il est en train d’émerger comme une force centrale dans la politique française.

Après les attentats de Paris, le NPA soutient la guerre et l’Etat policier

Par Alex Lantier, 15 décembre 2015

Le Nouveau parti anti-capitaliste n’a dénoncé ni la guerre ni la menace d’une dictature policière en France, mais il insinue que l’opposition à la guerre impérialiste est un soutien au terrorisme.

Espagne: Podemos tente de démobiliser l'opposition populaire à la guerre

Par Alejandro Lopez et Paul Mitchell, 15 décembre 2015

Le manifeste «Pas en notre nom» signé par des membres dirigeants de Podemos omet toute mention de la politique étrangère impérialiste du présent gouvernement du Parti populaire et les appels à la guerre du Parti socialiste.

New in German

Pariser Vertrag kaschiert klimapolitisches Scheitern

Von Patrick Martin, 15. Dezember 2015

Obwohl der Klimawandel das Überleben der Menschheit bedroht, sind die Großmächte außerstande, die Erderwärmung zu stoppen.

Regionalwahlen in Frankreich:
Sozialistische Partei erleidet eine weitere Niederlage

Von Kumaran Ira, 15. Dezember 2015

Der neofaschistische Front National wurde zwar in keiner Region stärkste Kraft, doch sein Erfolg im ersten Wahlgang zeigt, dass er sich zu einer zentralen Kraft der französischen Politik entwickelt.

Russisch-türkische Konfrontation in der Ägäis

Von Thomas Gaist, 15. Dezember 2015

Ein türkisches Fischerboot rammte am Sonntag in der Nähe der griechischen Insel Lemnos beinahe ein russisches Kriegsschiff, das daraufhin Warnschüsse abgab.

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 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

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

15 December 2015

A collection of pseudo-left groups that have promoted the CIA-orchestrated proxy war in Syria as a “revolution” are now agitating for a major escalation.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

Killing Them Safely: The big business of police tasers

By Kevin Martinez, 15 December 2015

The documentary is a disturbing look at TASER International, the company that has cornered the market for police electro-shock weapons.

Chi-Raq: A satire of social life in Chicago

By George Marlowe, 14 December 2015

Brooklyn: Irish immigration through rose-colored glasses

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE meeting in Berlin discusses the Syrian war and the aims of German imperialism in the Middle East

By our correspondent, 15 December 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has launched its election campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with a series of lectures entitled “Not another war! Scholarship, not war propaganda.”

Autoworkers struggles

Nexteer victimizes dozens of workers as UAW prepares new sellout

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

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

“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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

Paris agreement papers over failure to act on climate change

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2015

A reply to discussion on the Venezuelan elections

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2015

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

Weakening currency and economic slowdown in China

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2015

Social inequality and the disintegration of the American middle class

By David Walsh, 12 December 2015

US Supreme Court justice argues black students should attend inferior schools

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

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 December 2015

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

Russian truckers protest massive fee hike

By Andrea Peters, 14 December 2015

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

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: A socialist program to fight budget cuts

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

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

Book Review

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

By Fred Mazelis, 14 December 2015

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 »

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

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.

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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