Australia, Japan “strongly support” US, amid rising tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015

As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.

Japanese premier forges ties with India to counter China

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2015

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

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UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2015

The resolution adopted Friday left open the future of Assad and the distinction between opposition and terrorist groups.

Obama responds to terror scare over San Bernardino attack

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2015

The propaganda campaign over San Bernardino aims to shift US politics even further to the right and overcome popular opposition to expanded military operations in the Middle East.

Obama vows expanded war in Syria

German army begins military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

The German army played a supporting role in air strikes by the international coalition against the Islamic State on Tuesday night.

Germany on a war footing

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

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

Turkey escalates war drive against Kurds at home and across the region

By Halil Celik, 19 December 2015

Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast is being plunged into civil war as the fighting from the imperialist war to topple the Syrian regime spreads into Turkey itself.

“They want this contract shoved down our throats”
UAW claims ratification of Nexteer sellout as lies exposed

By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2015

Broad sections of Nexteer workers remain opposed to the latest sellout in the face of UAW-company threats, lies and intimidation.

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

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

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US Congress passes $1.8 trillion spending and tax package

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2015

The deal includes restrictions on the visa-waiver program and a cybersecurity measure that removes restrictions on direct information sharing by companies with government agencies.

Spanish political establishment shifts to right in run-up to general election

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 19 December 2015

While the Podemos and Citizens parties have emerged to rebrand parts of Spain’s discredited ruling establishment, neither speaks to workers’ social aspirations.

European Union summit seeks to avert British exit from the EU

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 19 December 2015

While Cameron is walking a tightrope by mooting a possible “Brexit,” there is widespread concern among the major EU powers over such an outcome.

Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs

By George Gallanis, 19 December 2015

While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped.

Inhumane conditions in privately run New Zealand prison

By Tom Peters, 19 December 2015

The government has been forced to announce that it will not renew Serco’s contract to run Mount Eden Prison.

New in Turkish

Suudi Arabistan ve “terörle mücadele”

Bill Van Auken, 19 Aralık 2015

Suudi monarşisinin terörizm olarak gördüğü şey, tamamı reşit olmadan tutuklanmış üç genç insanın, Riyad’daki ABD destekli yönetimin acımasız baskısına karşı barışçıl bir gösteriye katılma “suç”undan kafaları kesilerek öldürülmeyi beklediği Suudi hapishane hücrelerinde bulunabilir.

New in French

L'Arabie saoudite et la «guerre contre le terrorisme»

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 décembre 2015

Les responsables américains ont salué la proclamation par la monarchie saoudienne d'une alliance sunnite sectaire « contre le terrorisme » alors que le régime saoudien prépare une autre série de décapitations.

Perquisitions en masse sous l'État policier en France

Par Anthony Torres, 19 décembre 2015

Perquisitions et assignations à résidence à tout-va préparent l’imposition de l’état d’urgence permanent par le gouvernement PS

Entente de principe dans le secteur public québécois: nouvelle trahison des syndicats

Par nos reporters, 19 décembre 2015

Le gouvernement aurait la «paix syndicale» pour les cinq prochaines années et le champ libre pour imposer ses brutales mesures d'austérité.

New in German

Saudi-Arabien und der „Krieg gegen den Terror“

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Dezember 2015

Während die USA die saudische Monarchie für die Gründung eines sunnitischen Bündnisses „gegen den Terrorismus“ loben, bereitet das saudische Regime weitere Hinrichtungen durch Enthauptung vor.

Bundestag beschließt Ausweitung der Militärmission in Afghanistan

Von Gustav Kemper, 19. Dezember 2015

Mit großer Mehrheit beschloss der Bundestag am Donnerstag die Verlängerung und Ausweitung der Teilnahme der Bundeswehr an der Nato-Mission „Resolute Support“ in Afghanistan.

Amerikanische Nazi-Website lobt Humboldt-Professor Jörg Baberowski

Von Johannes Stern, 19. Dezember 2015

Der Osteuropawissenschaftler Jörg Baberowski erlangt wachsende Anerkennung in internationalen rechtsextremen und faschistischen Kreisen.

Neonazi Wohlleben sagt im NSU-Prozess aus

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Dezember 2015

„Der Staat hätte die NSU-Terroristen aufspüren können, wenn er gewollt hätte“, behauptete der Mitangeklagte Ralf Wohlleben im Münchener NSU-Prozess.

Seit den Anschlägen in Paris:
NPA unterstützt Polizeistaat und Krieg

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Dezember 2015

Die französische Neue Antikapitalistische Partei (NPA) übt keine Kritik am Kriegskurs in Frankreich, sondern rückt Widerstand gegen imperialistischen Krieg in die Nähe von Unterstützung für Terrorismus.

Eine Antwort auf Leserbriefe zu den Wahlen in Venezuela

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Dezember 2015

Die drängendste Frage in Lateinamerika ist die der revolutionären Führung: Die Notwendigkeit, neue Parteien aufzubauen, die die politische Unabhängigkeit der Arbeiterklasse von allen bürgerlichen Bewegungen anstreben.

Agent Orange: Opfer des Vietnamkriegs in der vierten Generation

Von Sibylle Fuchs, 19. Dezember 2015

Eine Dokumentation der ARD zeigt, dass 40 Jahre nach dem Ende des Vietnamkriegs immer noch zahlreiche Menschen unter den schlimmen Folgen des von der US-Armee versprühten Entlaubungsgifts Agent Orange leiden.

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

After Fed rate hike, global economic fault lines deepen

19 December 2015

The growing turbulence in financial markets is a manifestation of deepening recessionary trends in the global economy.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles.

Arts Review

“Bloody instructions ... return to plague the instructor”
A new film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth

By George Marlowe and David Walsh, 19 December 2015

A new version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard emphasizes the bloody, barbaric times.

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

By Lee Parsons, 18 December 2015

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

Workers Struggles

After isolating locked-out ATI workers
Steelworkers union prepares to push through concessions contract at US Steel

By Samuel Davidson, 19 December 2015

The United Steelworkers union is moving to impose a concessions contract on workers at US.

Montreal suspends 2,400 workers for participating in an “illegal” meeting

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 December 2015

Montreal’s mayor is accusing workers of “bullying” while his administration is attacking wages, pensions and benefits won through generations of struggle.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 December 2015

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

Commentary

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2015

Conflicts over refugee policy dominate EU summit

By Peter Schwarz, 18 December 2015

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

More on the refugee crisis »

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

By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2015

No further prosecutions in UK phone hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2015

Corporate elite demands deeper budget cuts from Australian government

By Mike Head, 18 December 2015

The French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship

Pennsylvania school bans teaching of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

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

Thousands forced to live without water in Detroit

The climate crisis and imperialism

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

Hillary Clinton calls for escalation of US war in Syria, Iraq

Sanders outlines pro-capitalist, pro-war positions in speech on “democratic socialism”

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.

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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