Federal Reserve begins “dovish tightening” with first rate hike in nine years

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2015

Fed Chair Janet Yellen stressed that further increases would be incremental and gradual and interest rates would remain abnormally low, triggering a sharp rise in US stock prices.

Stocks plunge amid fears of global slump and credit meltdown

EU plans further crackdown on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 December 2015

The European Commission unveiled a proposal Tuesday to vastly expand Frontex, the EU border patrol agency.

Dangerous developments in Germany

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

Hung jury in first trial for police killing of Freddie Gray

By Tom Hall, 17 December 2015

Wednesday’s ruling places the prosecutors’ strategy for the other five cases in the Baltimore, Maryland police killing in serious jeopardy.

The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party

More on police violence in America »

US administration approves $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 17 December 2015

The sale—the first in more than four years—provoked an angry reaction from China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province.

Senior UK Labourites Darling and Brown join the gravy train

By Margot Miller, 17 December 2015

Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are emulating the unindicted war criminal Tony Blair, now estimated to be worth over £125 million

UAW shuts down Kohler strike, rams through contract in snap vote

By Shannon Jones, 17 December 2015

Throughout the month-long strike, the United Auto Workers isolated the Kohler workers and strung them out on $200 a week in strike benefits.

Thousands forced to live without water in Detroit

By James Brewer, 17 December 2015

Detroit's policy of mass water shutoffs has been called a human rights violation by the United Nations.

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

Metro Detroit residents sell plasma to support families

By Kathleen Martin, 17 December 2015

With 40 percent of residents living in poverty, many Detroit workers are forced to find alternative ways to make money, including selling their plasma.

Brazil hit with new credit downgrade as impeachment crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2015

Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff appear set to go forward as Brazil’s economy sinks deeper into crisis.

Cases of malnutrition surge in UK

By Liz Smith and Harvey Thompson, 17 December 2015

Almost three million people in the UK at any one time in 2014 were estimated either to be suffering or at risk from malnutrition

Sri Lankan trade unions call off one-day stoppage

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 December 2015

From the outset, the unions sought to scuttle the strike, even as opposition mounted among workers to the government’s budget cuts.

Warning of unrest in New Caledonia over Australian nickel smelter closure

By John Braddock, 17 December 2015

The repercussions of the looming plant shutdown are a sign of the escalating turmoil being caused by the sharp drop in global commodity prices.

New in Russian

Выборы в Венесуэле и тупик латиноамериканского «левого поворота»

Билл Вэн Оукен, 17 декабря 2015 г.

Поражение, понесенное правящими чавистами в Венесуэле, является частью растущего кризиса, охватившего «левые» буржуазные правительства по всей Латинской Америке.

New in Spanish

Las elecciones en Venezuela y el callejón sin salida del "giro a la izquierda" en América Latina

Por Bill Van Auken, 17 diciembre 2015

Las amargas lecciones la experiencia política venezolana se pueden resumir en la necesidad ardiente de construir partidos revolucionarios de la clase obrera latinoamericana para luchar por el poder obrero y el socialismo.

New in Turkish

Venezüella seçimleri konusundaki tartışmaya bir yanıt

Bill Van Auken, 17 Aralık 2015

WSWS, Devlet Başkanı Nicolas Maduro’nun iktidardaki partisi PSUV’nin (Venezüella Birleşik Sosyalist Partisi) geçen hafta uğradığı bozgunu, bu derinleşen nesnel krizin ve çalışan kitlelerin giderek daha fazla bu hükümetlere karşı dönmesinin belirtisi olarak ele almıştı.

New in French

La crise climatique et l'impérialisme

Par Andre Damon, 17 décembre 2015

L'issue de la Conférence des Nations-Unies sur le changement climatique qui s’est achevée ce week-end à Paris, a été saluée presque unanimement par les politiciens et la presse comme un triomphe de la collaboration internationale qui allait empêcher l'humanité de tomber dans le gouffre d'une catastrophe écologique.

Les élections vénézuéliennes et l'impasse du «virage à gauche» latino-américain

Par Bill Van Auken, 17 décembre 2015

La défaite encaissée par les Chavistas au pouvoir au Venezuela s'inscrit dans la crise des soi-disant partis bourgeois «de gauche» qui se développe partout en Amérique latine.

Une réponse à la discussion sur les élections vénézuéliennes

Par Bill Van Auken, 17 décembre 2015

La question brûlante posée en Amérique latine est celle de la direction révolutionnaire c'est-à-dire la construction de nouveaux partis fondés sur la lutte pour l'indépendance politique de la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Klimakrise und Imperialismus

Von Andre Damon, 17. Dezember 2015

Die Lösung der Klimakrise erfordert internationale Zusammenarbeit, aber der Kapitalismus bringt nur Fremdenhass und Krieg hervor.

Bundeswehr beginnt Kriegseinsatz in Syrien

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Dezember 2015

In der Nacht zu Mittwoch unterstützte die Bundeswehr erstmals direkt die Luftangriffe der internationalen Koalition gegen den sogenannten „Islamischen Staat“.

Warschau: 50.000 demonstrieren gegen Verfassungsputsch

Von Dorota Niemitz, 17. Dezember 2015

Mit einer Massendemonstration protestierten am Samstag viele Polen gegen das verfassungswidrige Vorgehen der neuen Regierung.

Corbyn als Vorsitzender der britischen Labour Party: eine Bilanz

Von Robert Stevens, 17. Dezember 2015

Nur wenige Tage nachdem er zum Parteivorsitzenden gewählt wurde, stellte sich Jeremy Corbyn gegen die Antikriegsstimmung, die ihn an die Spitze der Partei gebracht hatte.

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 French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship

17 December 2015

The ascendant neo-fascist National Front aims to win the 2017 presidential election and emerge atop the police state being built by the Socialist Party.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Angela Merkel’s party congress speech: Anti-immigrant chauvinism and right-wing nationalism

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 December 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Monday that multiculturalism is a “sham” and demanded further repressive measures against refugees.

Pennsylvania school bans teaching of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

By Hiram Lee, 17 December 2015

A school in Pennsylvania will no longer teach Mark Twain’s classic novel, following complaints that its use of racial slurs made students uncomfortable.

The climate crisis and imperialism

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2015

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

By Kate Randall, 16 December 2015

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

A reply to discussion on the Venezuelan elections

Autoworkers struggles

Vote “No” on UAW-Nexteer sellout deal!
Build factory committees to mobilize all autoworkers in a common struggle

By Jerry White, 17 December 2015

The new deal is not a “contract” in any real sense but a slave’s charter, with the UAW imposing management’s demands for poverty wages and a dictatorship on the shop floor.

Nexteer workers challenge UAW officials at contract information meetings

By Jerry White, 16 December 2015

UAW official pushing Nexteer sellout lashes out at Autoworker Newsletter

Ten facts autoworkers need to know about the Nexteer tentative agreement

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

Legend and Room: Once again, celebrating the underworld—and a peculiar film about captives

By Joanne Laurier, 17 December 2015

Legend is a British crime drama about the Kray twins, London’s most notorious gangsters in the 1960s; Room concerns a mother and her five-year-old son held prisoner in a shed for seven years.

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

By Bernd Reinhardt, 16 December 2015

Killing Them Safely: The big business of police tasers

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.

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2015

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2015

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

By Patrick Martin, 10 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 »

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

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

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.

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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