Cleveland cop who killed twelve-year-old exonerated

By Tom Hall, 29 December 2015

The decision not to charge Officer Timothy Loehmann for killing Tamir Rice is the outcome of a well-orchestrated campaign by the county prosecutor’s office.

Three shot, two killed by Chicago police in one day

US cops killed more people this year than in 2014

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Criminal investigation launched into police killing of unarmed man in London

By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2015

One witness stated that Jermaine Baker was asleep in a car when he was shot and killed by police in the north London area of Tottenham earlier this month.

US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS

By James Cogan, 29 December 2015

Amidst boasting by Iraqi Prime Minister of the “liberation” of Ramadi, even the sanitised media footage shows scenes of utter devastation.

US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians

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India’s Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2015

Modi’s Pakistan trip was a pragmatic maneuver aimed at placating Washington and shoring up the increasingly embattled Indian government domestically.

Winter storms kill dozens across US South and Midwest

By Shannon Jones, 29 December 2015

As usual in such disasters, hardest hit were working class communities where less well constructed homes as well as trailers were flattened by unusual December tornadoes.

Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part One
Autoworker crushed to death in conveyer belt catastrophe

By Eric London, 29 December 2015

The deceased worker leaves behind a wife and small children. Meanwhile, Ford keeps hush, the UAW blames workers and the government said it will not investigate the workplace tragedy.

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

Nexteer workers denounce UAW after ratification of sellout deal

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George Washington University apologizes for censorship of Palestinian flag

By Isaac Finn, 29 December 2015

The incident at the Washington, D.C university is only one of many similar attacks on free speech rights aimed at suppressing criticism of Israel.

Ruthless cuts in West Virginia public employee health care

By Clement Daly, 29 December 2015

A large budget shortfall in the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency has prompted “draconian” cuts to the health care of more than 200,000 state workers and retirees.

Canada’s central bank expresses trepidation over economic downturn

By Roger Jordan, 29 December 2015

Canada’s central bank has announced that in the event of a major crisis it will consider adopting negative interest rates and other unconventional policies.

German trade union chief agrees to €1 an hour jobs for refugees

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2015

The government, the corporations and the trade unions in Germany are collaborating to deport most refugees, while using those who remain for cheap labour.

Refugees confront misery in Berlin

One million people fled to Europe in 2015

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Portugal’s new Socialist Party government bails out another bank

By Paul Mitchell, 29 December 2015

The bailout of Banif was only possible because of the actions of the Left Bloc and the Communist Party, whose support brought the minority PS government to power last month.

Dozens of Chinese miners killed in three accidents

By Ben McGrath, 29 December 2015

The callous disregard for the safety of miners, resulting in a series of mine explosions and cave-ins, is a product of the drive to cut production costs and boost profits.

Tamil People's Forum sets a new nationalist trap for Sri Lankan workers

By V. Gnana, 29 December 2015

The formation of the TPF is a shabby political maneuver to give a facelift to Tamil nationalist groups discredited by their support for the Sri Lankan government.

Widespread abstention in New Zealand flag referendum

By Sam Price, 29 December 2015

The opposition to the referendum reflects hostility to the promotion of nationalism and militarism to divert attention from social inequality.

New in Polish

Rozłam Unii Europejskej

Peter Schwarz, 29 grudzień 2015

W zeszłym stuleciu dążenia wielkich mocarstw, nacjonalizm i faszyzm uczyniły z kontynentu ognisko dwóch światowych wojen, które pochłonęły razem blisko 100 milionów ofiar. Obecnie znów ma miejsce rozprzestrzenianie się tych samych tendencji.

New in German

Das Jahr 2015: Kein „Frieden auf Erden“

Von Andre Damon, 29. Dezember 2015

Der mediale Feiertagsrummel kollidiert mit der kapitalistischen Realität, die von endlosen Kriegen, Gewalt und sozialem Elend bestimmt wird.

Französische Regierung will Ausnahmezustand in der Verfassung verankern

Von Alex Lantier, 29. Dezember 2015

Die vom französischen Präsidenten Hollande vorgeschlagene Änderung würde die dauerhafte Errichtung eines Polizeistaats in Frankreich ermöglichen.

Pharma-Manager wird kroatischer Regierungschef

Von Markus Salzmann, 29. Dezember 2015

Sechs Wochen nach der Parlamentswahl in Kroatien wurde der parteilose Tihomir Orešković mit der Bildung einer neuen Regierung beauftragt.

Porsche-Betriebsrat vereinbart dreistelliges Millionen-Sparpaket

Von Dietmar Henning, 29. Dezember 2015

Die Vereinbarung beim profitabelsten Bereich des Volkswagenkonzerns lässt erahnen, was die Arbeiter bei der Kernmarke VW zu erwarten haben.

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Perspective

US military to expand global operations in 2016

29 December 2015

US imperialism is expanding its global Special Forces network, preparing new deployments of combat forces to confront Russia and China, and flooding every region of the world with advanced weaponry.

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Notice to Our Readers

World Socialist Web Site holiday schedule

Over the holiday period, we will not publish on Friday, January 1 and Saturday, January 2. We will resume our regular schedule of postings on January 4. The WSWS extends season's greetings to all of our readers.

Arts Review

In Jackson Heights: Documentarian Frederick Wiseman on life in a New York City neighborhood

By Mark Witkowski and Fred Mazelis, 29 December 2015

If nothing else, Wiseman’s new documentary is a reminder of the fact that, even in this wealthiest city in the world, the working class makes up the vast majority of the population.

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

By Jeff Lusanne, 28 December 2015

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

Commentary

The fracturing of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2015

Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2015

German weekly Die Zeit calls for a “strong state”

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2015

Puerto Rico faces default on its debts

By Rafael Azul, 28 December 2015

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

By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 28 December 2015

Prince Charles and William granted access to top secret UK documents

By Margot Miller, 28 December 2015

No “peace on Earth” in 2015

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

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

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

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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

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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: 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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