Conflicts over refugee policy dominate EU summit

By Peter Schwarz, 18 December 2015

As European governments move sharply to the right, deep-rooted conflicts of interests are threatening to tear the European Union apart.

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

EU plans further crackdown on refugees

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Weapon used in November 13 Paris attacks came from CIA-linked arms dealer

By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2015

Investigations of the November 13 attacks raise the question of whether elements in or around the state machine facilitated the commission of the terror attacks in Paris.

Widespread opposition as voting begins on second UAW-Nexteer deal

By Jerry White, 18 December 2015

Auto parts workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan expressed their opposition to the UAW-backed sellout when they came to vote on Thursday.

Low-wage America
Detroit auto parts worker endures homelessness, surrenders custody of children

By our reporter, 17 December 2015

Dwayne Cole and Siretha Lattimore made the wrenching decision to hand their children over to state custody after being homeless for a year, despite Dwayne’s full-time job at an auto parts factory.

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

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Martin Shkreli arrested for securities fraud

By Tom Hall, 18 December 2015

The 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals became infamous this year for price-gouging lifesaving medication.

Family of San Diego man killed by police disputes official story of his death

By Kevin Martinez, 18 December 2015

Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, who struggled with PTSD from experiences in Afghanistan, was shot and killed by San Diego police April 30.

Hung jury in first trial for police killing of Freddie Gray

The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party

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No further prosecutions in UK phone hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2015

Over the last four years, every effort was made to ensure that Murdoch and his flunkeys would escape justice.

Alberta NDP government’s climate change plan hailed by Big Oil

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 18 December 2015

The plan allows oil industry carbon emissions to rise a further 42 percent by 2030 and includes a regressive carbon tax that will hit working people disproportionately hard.

Job losses mount throughout Australian mining sector

By Terry Cook, 18 December 2015

Anglo American’s announcement last week of massive layoffs, globally and in Australia, is just one indication of the crisis throughout the mining industry.

Corporate elite demands deeper budget cuts from Australian government

By Mike Head, 18 December 2015

The global slump and collapsing commodity prices have shattered the government’s promises to return to a surplus by the end of the decade.

New in French

La Réserve fédérale américaine commence un « resserrement accommodant »
Première hausse de taux en neuf ans

Par Barry Grey, 18 décembre 2015

La présidente de la Fed, Janet Yellen, a souligné que les augmentations suivantes seraient graduelles et que les taux d’intérêt resteraient anormalement bas, déclenchant une forte hausse des cours des actions américaines.

Les élections régionales en France et la menace de dictature

Par Alex Lantier, 18 décembre 2015

Le Front national, qui continue sa progression, a pour objectif de gagner les élections présidentielles de 2017 et d’arriver à la tête de l’Etat policier que le Parti socialiste est en train de mettre en place.

New in German

Die Regionalwahlen in Frankreich und die Gefahr einer Diktatur

Von Alex Lantier, 18. Dezember 2015

Der Front National will die Präsidentschaftswahl 2017 gewinnen und sich an die Spitze eines Polizeistaates stellen, den die Sozialistische Partei gerade aufbaut.

EU-Gipfel: Heftige Konflikte über Flüchtlingspolitik

Von Peter Schwarz, 18. Dezember 2015

Während alle europäischen Regierungen scharf nach rechts rücken, drohen unüberbrückbare Interessengegensätze die Europäische Union zu sprengen.

Erste Zinserhöhung in neun Jahren: Fed will „behutsam“ gegensteuern

Von Barry Grey, 18. Dezember 2015

Janet Yellen, Chefin der US-Notenbank, will weitere Zinserhöhungen nur Schritt für Schritt vornehmen und Zinsen weiter niedrig halten, um den Börsenhöhenflug nicht zu gefährden.

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

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

18 December 2015

US officials hailed the Saudi monarchy’s proclamation of a Sunni sectarian alliance “against terrorism,” as the Saudi regime prepares another round of beheadings.

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Arts Review

Canada’s role in Afghanistan
Hyena Road: Neither pro- nor anti-war? Not so fast, Mr. Gross…!

By Lee Parsons, 18 December 2015

Paul Gross’s film follows the construction of a tactically important road being built in the heart of Taliban territory by Canadian forces in southern Afghanistan.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 17 December 2015

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

Commentary

The French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2015

Pennsylvania school bans teaching of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

By Hiram Lee, 17 December 2015

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

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2015

Junk bond panic signals new stage in crisis of world capitalism

Stocks plunge amid fears of global slump and credit meltdown

Thousands forced to live without water in Detroit

By James Brewer, 17 December 2015

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

The climate crisis and imperialism

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

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

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 December 2015

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

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?

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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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