US, European powers prepare new air and ground operations against Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 21 December 2015

Led by the US, Britain and France, the Western powers are preparing a new military onslaught on Libya, including the deployment of commando teams, hundreds of conventional ground troops and yet another bombing campaign.

Hung parliament emerges from Spanish elections as traditional parties collapse

By Alejandro López, 21 December 2015

Initial reports last night all pointed to unprecedented uncertainty over who, if anyone, would be able to form a government in Spain.

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

Putin news conference highlights Russian crisis

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2015

In his end-of-year news conference last week, the Russian president failed to cover up the disastrous state of the Russian economy and the geopolitical quagmire facing the country.

Notes on police violence in America
Four recent police shootings spark outrage

By John Andrews, 21 December 2015

Newly released video recordings that captured two brutal law enforcement shootings starkly demonstrate that police violence and official cover ups continue unabated.

The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party

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Fear-mongering and war dominate third Democratic presidential debate

By Andre Damon, 21 December 2015

The three Democratic candidates—Clinton, Sanders O'Malley—encouraged the hysterical fear of terrorism being whipped up by the American media.

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

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United Steelworkers announces deal with US Steel

By Jerry White, 21 December 2015

The USW has reached a deal for a new three-year contract with US Steel that will accelerate the attack on 18,000 workers at the largest steel company in the United States.

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

After the Big Three contracts
Auto companies cheat retirees while posting record sales

By Eric London, 21 December 2015

As auto sales hit new records, an autoworker at GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana explained how workers are being cheated of their signing bonuses.

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

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German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan

By Gustav Kemper, 21 December 2015

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan

Canadian Special Forces battle ISIS militants as calls grow for expanded war

By Roger Jordan, 21 December 2015

Canada’s media is becoming increasingly shrill in its demand that Trudeau renege on his election pledge to recall Canada’s fighter jets from the Iraq-Syria war.

UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria

German army begins military intervention in Syria

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Slavery “pervasive” in global seafood supply

By Gabriel Black, 21 December 2015

A recent Associated Press report found that many leading seafood suppliers buy shrimp processed by slaves in Thailand working in horrific conditions.

Israel: No prosecutions for firebombing of Palestinian family

By Jean Shaoul, 21 December 2015

The refusal to prosecute the suspects testifies to Netanyahu’s undeclared policy of leniency and conciliation towards the fascistic forces that successive governments have promoted.

Split looms in South Korea’s opposition party

By Ben McGrath, 21 December 2015

Ahn Cheol-soo’s departure from the NPAD indicates the party is in disarray amid falling approval ratings after years of anti-working class policies while in power.

Report reveals Australian disability scheme’s cost-cutting agenda

By Max Newman, 19 December 2015

Under-funded NDIS service providers are struggling to cope with low prices set by governments and are employing an increasingly casualised workforce.

New in Turkish

Alman ordusu Suriye’de askeri müdahaleye başladı

Johannes Stern, 21 Aralık 2015

Son günlerde, başta Başbakan Angela Merkel (CDU) ve Dışişleri Bakanı Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Sosyal Demokrat-SPD) olmak üzere önde gelen politikacılar, müdahaleyi sıkı biçimde savunuyorlar.

Türkiye içeride ve bölge çapında Kürtlere karşı savaş yönelimini tırmandırıyor

Halil Çelik, 21 Aralık 2015

Tank ve helikopter destekli 10.000 civarında Türk asker ve polis gücü, Kürdistan İşçi Partisi’ni (PKK) hedef alan “terörle mücadele” gerekçesiyle, aralarında Diyarbakır, Mardin ve Şırnak’ın bulunduğu Kürt illerindeki operasyonlarını arttırıyor.

New in French

Une résolution de l’ONU cache les profondes divisions sur la Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 décembre 2015

La résolution sur la Syrie adoptée vendredi 18 décembre au Conseil de sécurité a laissé ouverts tant l’avenir d’Assad que la distinction entre opposition et groupes terroristes.

Après la hausse des taux de la Réserve fédérale les failles de l'économie mondiale s’approfondissent

Par Nick Beams, 21 décembre 2015

La turbulence croissante des marchés financiers est une manifestation du renforcement des tendances à la récession dans l'économie mondiale.

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Perspective

The US terror scare

21 December 2015

The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa.

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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.

Mehring Books

Pamphlet on Syriza’s betrayal in Greece now available from Mehring Books

21 December 2015

The betrayal of the anti-austerity struggles of the Greek working class by the Syriza government is a strategic experience for the working class not only in Greece, but internationally.

25 years ago: First world wide web server goes online

On December 25, 1990, Tim Berners-Lee completed the initial implementation of his proposal for a world wide web, building and bringing online the first workstation dedicated to serving the files necessary for a working web..

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50 years ago: Four million immigrant workers in northern Europe

A report published in the New York Times on December 23, 1965, estimated that there were roughly 4 million immigrant workers then living in the northern European countries of West Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg.

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75 years ago: Churchill attacks Mussolini as threat to colonies

On December 23, 1940 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcast a radio address to be aired to “the Italian people.”

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100 years ago: Lloyd George demands working class “sacrifices”

On December 16, 1915, British Minister of Munitions David Lloyd George addressed a meeting of several thousand trade union officials and shop stewards in Glasgow on the issue of suspending existing trade union rules in the interests of the “war effort.”

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Commentary

After Fed rate hike, global economic fault lines deepen

By Nick Beams, 19 December 2015

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

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015

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

By Halil Celik, 19 December 2015

US Congress passes $1.8 trillion spending and tax package

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2015

European Union summit seeks to avert British exit from the EU

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 19 December 2015

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

Conflicts over refugee policy dominate EU summit

No further prosecutions in UK phone hacking scandal

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

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

The 2016 US Elections

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?

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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

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.