Obamacare enrollment deadline: Fines mount for failure to buy costly, barebones insurance

By Kate Randall, 16 December 2015

The Obama administration is seeking to use spiking “individual mandate” penalties to browbeat the uninsured into buying private coverage for 2016.

Obamacare open enrollment: A widening health care disaster for workers

Republican “debate” in Las Vegas
A two-hour commercial for militarism and fear-mongering

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2015

The event was devoted entirely to whipping up fears over terrorism and presenting mass repression and military violence as the solution.

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

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Los Angeles shuts down entire school district after email terror threat

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2015

The message which apparently prompted the closure of more than 1,000 schools had been determined to be a hoax by early Tuesday afternoon.

Syriza government sends Greek riot police to attack refugee camp

By John Vassilopoulos, 16 December 2015

Prior to the raid, police moved all journalists, photographers and aid workers three kilometres from the camp.

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

Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany

More on the refugee crisis »

What is the BBC doing in the South China Sea?

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2015

A BBC news crew deliberately intruded inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit around a Chinese-controlled reef to provoke a reaction in an already tense situation.

Syria and the South China Sea: Two flashpoints for world war

Washington’s big lie of “peace and stability” in Asia

More on the crisis in the South China Sea »

Nexteer workers challenge UAW officials at contract information meetings

By Jerry White, 16 December 2015

Workers grilled UAW officials with angry questions Tuesday, amidst widespread opposition to a second sellout deal at the former GM steering complex in Saginaw, Michigan.

UAW official pushing Nexteer sellout lashes out at Autoworker Newsletter

Ten facts autoworkers need to know about the Nexteer tentative agreement

Volvo truck plant lays off 734 workers ahead of contract deadline

By Ed Hightower, 16 December 2015

The layoffs are a familiar tactic designed to wear down workers so they will accept a sellout contract.

After the contract at Fiat Chrysler: UAW and company cheat workers of pay

By Eric London, 16 December 2015

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with workers at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio who said anger is widespread over the impact of the new contract.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Tens of thousands march in Warsaw against constitutional coup

By Dorota Niemitz, 16 December 2015

Some 50,000 people marched Saturday through the streets of Warsaw, Poland to protest against the unconstitutional actions of the newly formed Law and Justice (PiS) government.

State of emergency declared in Flint, Michigan over poisoned water supply

By Matthew Brennan and Lawrence Porter, 16 December 2015

Behind the declaration by the newly-elected mayor is a deep-going political crisis over the poisoning of nearly 100,000 residents.

Michigan political crisis over lead poisoning in Flint

Tennessee woman arrested after attempting self-induced abortion

By Naomi Spencer, 16 December 2015

A Murfreesboro woman has been charged with attempted murder after trying to induce an abortion with a coat hanger.

Scotland: Sturgeon and Corbyn share platform against Trade Union Bill

By Steve James, 16 December 2015

Sturgeon made clear her support for the trade unions is based on their suppressing the class struggle.

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

Australian budget position worsens as cuts deepen

By Nick Beams, 16 December 2015

Even the government’s own dubious growth figures show that its much vaunted transition to a more broad-based economy is based on lowering real wages.

New in Turkish

İktidardaki Sosyalist Parti’nin Fransız bölgesel seçimlerindeki yeni yenilgisi

Kumaran Ira, 16 Aralık 2015

PS muhalefeti ezer ve polis devleti önlemlerini desteklerken, ona yönelik soldan örgütlü muhalefetin yokluğunda, 13 Kasım terörist saldırılarının ardından PS tarafından savunulan polis devleti önlemlerinden asıl yararlanan FN olmaktadır.

Rus savaş gemileri Ege’de Türk balıkçı gemisine ateş açtı

Thomas Gaist, 16 Aralık 2015

Ege’deki son gelişmeler, uluslararası işçi sınıfı için kaygı verici bir uyarıdır. Suriye iç savaşı, her an nükleer silah sahibi güçler arasında doğrudan küresel çatışmaya sıçrayabilme tehlikesini tekrar tekrar ortaya koyuyor.

New in French

Propagandistes « de gauche» pour l’escalade de la guerre impérialiste

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 décembre 2015

L’assemblage de groupes de la pseudo-gauche qui a promu comme une «révolution» la guerre par procuration orchestrée par la CIA en Syrie fait maintenant de l’agitation en faveur d’une escalade militaire majeure.

Montréal suspend 2400 cols bleus pour avoir participé à une assemblée «illégale»

Par Laurent Lafrance, 16 décembre 2015

La décision de punir les employés municipaux est un sérieux avertissement pour toute la classe ouvrière.

Les universitaires Münkler et Baberowski font la réclame de la politique étrangère impérialiste

Par Peter Schwarz, 16 décembre 2015

Le professeur de science politique Herfried Münkler et l’historien Jörg Baberowski ont parlé la semaine dernière sur le thème de la violence dans le décor militariste prussien du Schlüterhof au Musée de l’histoire allemande de Berlin.

New in German

Pseudolinke werben für Eskalation des imperialistischen Krieges

Von Bill Van Auken, 16. Dezember 2015

Mehrere pseudolinke Gruppen, die den CIA-gelenkten Stellvertreterkrieg in Syrien als „Revolution“ verklärt haben, werben jetzt für eine deutliche Eskalation.

Merkels Parteitagsrede: Ausländerfeindschaft und Deutschtümelei

Von Ulrich Rippert, 16. Dezember 2015

Merkel machte in ihrer Rede deutlich, dass ihre angebliche „Willkommenskultur“ nicht im Gegensatz zur brutalen Abschreckung von Flüchtlingen steht.

EU-Kommission plant Sondertruppe gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 16. Dezember 2015

Die EU-Kommission hat am Dienstag einen Vorschlag für den Ausbau der Europäischen Grenzschutzagentur Frontex zu einer eigenständigen Grenzpolizei vorgelegt.

Obama verspricht Ausweitung des Kriegs in Syrien

Von Joseph Kishore, 16. Dezember 2015

Präsident Barack Obama versucht seinen Kritikern im politischen Establishment entgegenzutreten, indem er die militärischen Operationen in Syrien auszuweiten gelobt.

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

The climate crisis and imperialism

16 December 2015

Far from fostering the international collaboration that would be required to reverse climate change, capitalist society is increasingly characterized by xenophobia, international conflict and war.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party

By Marcus Day, 16 December 2015

The ISO has sought to obscure the class issues surrounding police murder in Chicago, promote racial politics and prevent a break with the Democratic Party.

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

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

More on police violence in America »

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2015

Obama vows expanded war in Syria

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

By David Brown, 15 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”

Junk bond panic signals new stage in crisis of world capitalism

Paris agreement papers over failure to act on climate change

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

Arts Review

Who would celebrate Hitler today?: The German satirical film Look Who’s Back

By Bernd Reinhardt, 16 December 2015

The satirical film, based on the novel of the same title by Timur Vermes, has been seen by over two million people, making it one of the most watched in Germany this year.

Killing Them Safely: The big business of police tasers

By Kevin Martinez, 15 December 2015

Chi-Raq: A satire of social life in Chicago

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war”

We are publishing here an Arabic translation of the Perspective that was posted on the WSWS on November 25.

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

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

Autoworkers struggles

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 »

Workers Struggles

Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike action

By Kristina Betinis, 15 December 2015

Russian truckers protest massive fee hike

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

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

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 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 »

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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