Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2015

Most of those targeted are women and children who have sought to escape gang attacks, drug-related violence and brutality by US-backed security services in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Three shot, two killed by Chicago police in one day

By Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2015

The shootings occur amid a crisis in the city following the exposure of a cover-up by the Emanuel administration of the police murder of 19-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Police suppress protest at Mall of America over recent police killing in Minneapolis

By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 28 December 2015

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

US cops killed more people this year than in 2014

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Locked out ATI workers in US left isolated by United Steelworkers union

By Samuel Davidson, 28 December 2015

The USW's announcement of a federal unfair labor practice complaint against Allegheny Technologies Inc. is a stunt aimed at justifying the continued isolation of the workers.

FDA capitulates to pharmaceutical company on drug claims

By Brad Dixon, 28 December 2015

The move marks the latest episode of the drug industry’s attempts to roll back restrictions on “off-label” marketing practices based on “free speech” claims.

Puerto Rico faces default on its debts

By Rafael Azul, 28 December 2015

Despite his protests over congressional inaction, the Padilla administration has contributed to the increasing human misery facing Puerto Ricans with draconian austerity measures.

Refugees confront misery in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 28 December 2015

The terrible conditions facing newly arrived refugees in Berlin are deliberate and aimed at deterring other refugees from travelling to Germany.

One million people fled to Europe in 2015

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Police operations against protest groups extended into Scotland

By Steve James, 28 December 2015

The Pitchford investigation into infiltration of protest groups by British and European governments is set to expand to cover spy operations in Scotland.

An open letter
Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies

Prince Charles and William granted access to top secret UK documents

By Margot Miller, 28 December 2015

While the documents in question have been freely handed to the British monarchy, the government insists that they not be released to the public for at least three decades.

Australia: One year after the Sydney siege, the cover-up continues

By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 28 December 2015

The investigations into the Lindt café tragedy over the past year are above all aimed at obscuring the role of the state apparatus, especially the intelligence agencies.

Sri Lankan government lifts suspension on China-funded Port City project

By Vilani Peiris, 28 December 2015

Facing a fiscal crisis, President Sirisena’s cash-strapped government has approved the Colombo Port City and other Chinese projects.

New in Turkish

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.

New in French

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

The fracturing of the European Union

28 December 2015

In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again.

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Commentary

German weekly Die Zeit calls for a “strong state”

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2015

The leading German liberal newsweekly’s call for a “strong state” is a warning that the ruling class is seeking to defend its interests at home and abroad with military-police methods.

German government creates new “Anti-Terror Unit”

No “peace on Earth” in 2015

By Andre Damon, 24 December 2015

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

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

By Eric London, 24 December 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US elections »

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

By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2015

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

More on the Paris terror attacks »

Political issues in the Spanish election crisis

US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians

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

Arts Review

John Heartfield: Laughter Is A Devastating Weapon
David King on the famed German photomontage artist

By Jeff Lusanne, 28 December 2015

Laughter is a Devastating Weapon presents 50 full-page images of John Heartfield’s work, revealing the power, impact and problems of the brilliant German artist’s satirical photomontages.

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

25 years ago: Chinese Communist Party Central Committee meeting exposes crisis

The six-day meeting of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party ended on December 30, 1990.

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50 years ago: Transit strike in New York City

On January 1, 1966, all bus and subway service in New York City halted as 33,000 members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 walked off the job after rejecting the contract offer by the Transit Authority.

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75 years ago: Voorhis Act takes effect in US

On January 1, 1941 the Voorhis Anti-Propaganda Act, passed by the US Congress in October 1940, went into effect.

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100 years ago: Report shows American capitalism profiting from world war

Figures released by the US government on January 1, 1916 underscored that American capitalism was becoming the leading economic power in the world, under conditions in which the European powers were being decimated by the carnage of World War I.

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History

Notes on a visit to Łódź, Poland

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2015

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

Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death

Sri Lanka: A socialist program to fight budget cuts

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 14 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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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.

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.