French government proposes constitutional amendment on state of emergency, deprivation of citizenship

By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2015

Proposed moves to deprive people of French nationality were traditionally associated to the far-right National Front and were used against the Jews during the Nazi Occupation.

Mass police raids in French state of emergency find no terror networks

The French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship

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Notes on police violence in America
Texas grand jury refuses to indict police officers involved in the death of Sandra Bland

By Nick Barrickman and Tom Hall, 24 December 2015

Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell in July where she was being held after a traffic stop.

US cops killed more people this year than in 2014

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Idaho food service worker fired for giving hungry student free food worth $1.70

By George Gallanis, 24 December 2015

Following the incident, Dalene Bowden was placed on unpaid leave and then received a letter days later issuing the termination of her position.

US-backed Nigerian military massacres hundreds in Shia minority

By Thomas Gaist, 24 December 2015

The death toll continues to rise from the mass slaughter by the US-backed Nigerian forces in Zaria, Kaduna state.

UK Labour leader urges party not to defy Conservative spending cuts

By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is far more concerned with placating the right wing than he is with opposing cuts.

UK: Employment practises of Sports Direct retail giant exposed

By Harvey Thompson and Robert Stevens, 24 December 2015

Sports Direct has gained notoriety for its employment conditions, with its Shirebrook warehouse known locally as the “Gulag”.

German government creates new “Anti-Terror Unit”

By Philipp Frisch, 24 December 2015

Under conditions of increasing class tensions in Germany and the revival of an aggressive foreign policy, the ruling elite is preparing for the suppression of popular opposition.

Germany doubles number of deportations

Western Australia suffers “greatest revenue shock since Great Depression”

By Mike Head, 24 December 2015

Collapsing global iron ore and gas prices have triggered an abrupt economic reversal in Australia’s premier “mining boom” state.

Sri Lankan farmers protest against budget cuts

By W.A. Sunil, 24 December 2015

Farmers marched to the prime minister’s office, denouncing cuts to fertiliser subsidies and rice prices.

Quebec: Common Front unions promote sell-out agreement

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 December 2015

The Common Front leaders are seeking to impose a concessionary agreement that will enshrine the massive cuts the Liberals have made to public services.

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İspanya seçimlerinde geleneksel partiler çöktü

Alejandro López, 24 Aralık 2015

İspanya seçimleri, hiçbir partinin mutlak çoğunluk sağlayamaması ve 1977’de, General Francisco Franco’nun faşist diktatörlüğünün sonundaki siyasi geçişten doğan iki partili sistemin tarihi bir çöküşü ile sonuçlandı.

Yunan parlamentosu 2016 kemer sıkma bütçesini onayladı

Stefan Steinberg, 24 Aralık 2015

Syriza, halihazırda, emeklilik yaşını yükseltti, emeklilerin zorunlu sağlık katkı ödemelerini arttırdı ve erken emeklilik avantajlarının çoğunu ıskartaya çıkardı.

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L'amendement du PS sur l'état d'urgence en France flatte les néo-fascistes

Par Alex Lantier, 24 décembre 2015

La déchéance de nationalité était une disposition traditionnellement associée au FN, car elle renvoie à l'Occupation nazie et au rôle des autorités françaises dans la Shoah.

Les questions politiques dans la crise électorale espagnole

Par Alex Lantier, 24 décembre 2015

Podemos, qui se présente comme un opposant populiste à l’austérité, se montrera tout aussi hostile à la classe ouvrière que Syriza en Grèce.

Canada: L'«accueil» des réfugiés et le véritable programme du nouveau gouvernement Trudeau

Par Roger Jordan, 24 décembre 2015

Trudeau donne à son gouvernement des teintes humanitaires et «progressistes» afin de couvrir politiquement la poursuite du programme de politique étrangère agressive de l'élite canadienne.

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Das Aufbrechen der Europäischen Union

Von Peter Schwarz, 24. Dezember 2015

Überall in Europa rücken die herrschenden Eliten scharf nach rechts. Nur die Mobilisierung der europäischen Arbeiterklasse auf der Grundlage eines sozialistischen Programms kann der drohenden Katastrophe Einhalt gebieten.

Die politischen Fragen in der spanischen Wahlkrise

Von Alex Lantier, 24. Dezember 2015

Podemos inszeniert sich zwar als populistischer Gegner des Sparkurses, wird sich aber als genauso arbeiterfeindlich erweisen wie Syriza in Griechenland.

Die Zeit ruft nach dem „starken Staat“

Von Johannes Stern, 24. Dezember 2015

Unter der Überschrift „Politische Führung: Darf's auch etwas mehr sein?“ ruft das liberale Wochenblatt Die Zeit nach einem „starken Staat“.

Berliner Flüchtlingselend: „Senatsverantwortliche haben sich strafbar gemacht“

Von Verena Nees, 24. Dezember 2015

Die schrecklichen Zustände am Berliner Lageso und in den Massenunterkünften sind gewollt und sollen der Abschreckung weiterer Flüchtlinge dienen.

DGB-Chef Hoffmann unterstützt 1-Euro-Jobs für Flüchtlinge

Von Dietmar Henning, 24. Dezember 2015

Regierung, Unternehmen und Gewerkschaften arbeiten daran, die meisten Flüchtlinge zügig abzuschieben und die restlichen als billige Arbeitskräfte einzusetzen.

Europäische Union will britischen EU-Austritt verhindern

Von Simon Whelan und Robert Stevens, 24. Dezember 2015

Während Cameron mit seinen Überlegungen über einen möglichen „Brexit“ einen Drahtseilakt vollführt, bereitet die Aussicht auf ein solches Ergebnis den anderen EU-Großmächten große Sorge.

Australien und Japan unterstützen die USA angesichts wachsender Spannungen mit China

Von Peter Symonds, 24. Dezember 2015

Während sich der japanische und der australische Premierminister in Tokio trafen, berichtete eine amerikanische Zeitung über eine Verletzung des chinesischen Luftraums im Südchinesischen Meer durch das US-Militär.

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Perspective

No “peace on Earth” in 2015

24 December 2015

The official promotion of the “Christmas spirit” collides against the reality of ever-expanding war, violence and social misery that dominate capitalist society.

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Commentary

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

By Eric London, 24 December 2015

Efforts to create a phony “left” veneer for sections of the political establishment have become an increasingly important axis upon which the fate of capitalism relies.

Political issues in the Spanish election crisis

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2015

One million people fled to Europe in 2015

By Andre Damon, 23 December 2015

More on the refugee crisis »

US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2015

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Co-defendant Ralf Wohlleben testifies in German neo-Nazi trial

By Dietmar Henning, 23 December 2015

WTO buries Doha Round: Another rupture in the post-war order

Haiti’s political crisis deepens in wake of fraudulent elections

History

Notes on a visit to Łódź, Poland

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2015

Few cities in Eastern Europe have played as great a role in the history of the working class movement as Łódź.

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

Socialist Equality Party

Public meetings in Australia mark 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s murder

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

There was intense interest as speakers explained the significance of Trotsky’s life and work, and why and how he was assassinated by Stalin’s secret police, the GPU.

Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

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

Autoworkers Struggles

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 23 December 2015

Nexteer workers denounce UAW after ratification of sellout deal

By our reporters, 22 December 2015

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

An interview with performer, educator and archivist of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein

By Barry Grey, 23 December 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: No real awakening

By Matthew MacEgan and David Walsh, 22 December 2015

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Second election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University
Herfried Münkler: An academic in the service of German imperialism

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

Professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University are playing a leading role in ideologically justifying the return of German militarism.

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.

Workers Struggles

Kellingley Colliery—last remaining deep coal mine in Britain—closes

By Harvey Thompson and Trevor Johnson, 22 December 2015

Chicago area Coca-Cola workers enter fourth week of strike, face isolation by Teamsters

By George Gallanis, 22 December 2015

The 2016 US Elections

Fear-mongering and war dominate third Democratic presidential debate

By Andre Damon, 21 December 2015

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

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2015

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.

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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