After grand jury whitewash in Tamir Rice killing
More police murders across the US

By Tom Eley, 30 December 2015

Police have taken repeated exonerations, often in the face of overwhelming evidence, as in the murder of Tamir Rice, as a green light for more violence.

Cleveland cop who killed twelve-year-old exonerated

US cops killed more people this year than in 2014

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Federal agency prepares new crackdown on US travelers

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2015

The Transportation Security Administration will reject driver’s licenses from at least nine states as valid ID for boarding an airplane, with the first notices to be issued in January.

The US terror scare

Japan and South Korea reach agreement over comfort women

By Ben McGrath, 30 December 2015

The deal will be welcomed in Washington which has been pressing its two allies to mend their rift and collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China.

Seven confirmed dead in industrial landslide in Shenzhen, China

By Will Morrow, 30 December 2015

The response of the Chinese regime is aimed at diverting attention from the broader social and political implications of the disaster.

Chinese industrial zone engulfed by waste landslide

Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part Two
With UAW complicity, Ford fires workers for voicing opposition

By Eric London, 30 December 2015

A local UAW official confirmed that at least a dozen workers have been fired from the Kansas City plant for comments posted on Facebook, and the union has done nothing.

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

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New York City intensifies assault on the homeless

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2015

As the growth of income inequality in the city compounds a major housing crisis, the de Blasio administration is increasing its attacks on the homeless.

UK floods bring further destruction to thousands

By Barry Mason, 30 December 2015

The storms are estimated to have dropped an average month’s rainfall within a 24-hour period.

Wedding video shows Israeli far-right gathering celebrating arson attack on Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2015

The couple getting married was well known in the radical right, and guests included friends of the suspects in the arson attack.

As fighting in Turkey mounts, Kurdish nationalists escalate independence drive

By Halil Celik, 30 December 2015

Kurdish nationalist groups are responding to the Turkish military crackdown with appeals to Russia and the imperialist powers for support to wage war inside Turkey.

After Paris attacks, anti-Muslim riot erupts in Corsica

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2015

The anti-Muslim riots in Corsica are the product of the incitement of racial hatreds by the entire French political establishment.

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

One million people fled to Europe in 2015

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Drug company boss is new head of Croatian government

By Markus Salzmann, 30 December 2015

The naming of Orešković was preceded by weeks of horse-trading between the right-wing HDZ and MOST and the former Stalinist SDP.

New in Russian

Российские дальнобойщики протестуют против резкого роста платежей

Андреа Питерс, 30 декабря 2015 г.

Российские водители-дальнобойщики проводят по всей стране акции протеста, выступая против введения новой транзитной платы за пользование федеральными автотрассами, которая подорвет их доходы.

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2015’te “dünyada barış” yoktu

Andre Damon, 30 Aralık 2015

2015’te dünyayı gözlemlemiş olan herkes, 2016’nın eşi görülmedik bir şiddet ve toplumsal sefalet yılı olacağını beklemelidir. Fakat dünyayı dünya savaşının eşiğine getiren aynı süreçler, zorunlu olarak, işçi sınıfının toplumsal mücadelesine de yol açmaktadır.

İspanya seçim krizindeki siyasi meseleler

Alex Lantier, 30 Aralık 2015

Syriza'dan hiçbir farkı olmayan Podemos, Avrupa işçi sınıfını savaşa, kemer sıkmaya ve Avrupa Birliği'ne karşı birleştirme mücadelesinin amansız bir düşmanı olduğunu kanıtlayacaktır.

Fed’in faiz artışı sonrasında küresel ekonomik fay hatları derinleşiyor

Nick Beams, 30 Aralık 2015

Fed ve diğer merkez bankaları tarafından piyasalara trilyonlarca dolarlık ucuz para sağlanması, 2008’de patlak vermiş olan krizi çözmek ya da gerçek bir ekonomik toparlanma yaratmak adına hiçbir şey yapmamıştır.

Berlin'deki IYSSE toplantısında Suriye savaşı ve Alman emperyalizminin Ortadoğu'daki hedefleri tartışıldı

Muhabirlerimizden, 30 Aralık 2015

Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler (IYSSE), Almanya'nın Berlin şehrindeki Humboldt Üniversitesi'nin öğrenci meclisi seçimleri kampanyasını "Savaşa hayır! Savaş propagandası değil, bilim" başlıklı bir dizi konferansla başlattı.

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Die USA planen für 2016 eine Ausweitung ihrer globalen Militäroperationen

Von Thomas Gaist, 30. Dezember 2015

Der US-Imperialismus baut sein globales Netzwerk von Spezialkräften aus, bringt neue Kampftruppen gegen Russland und China in Stellung und überschwemmt jeden Teil der Welt mit hochmodernen Waffen.

Bundeswehr stationiert weitere Soldaten in der Türkei

Von Christoph Dreier, 30. Dezember 2015

Die Nato verlegt mehrere Awacs-Aufklärungsflugzeuge aus Deutschland in die Türkei. Ein Drittel der Besatzung besteht aus deutschen Soldaten.

Flüchtlinge werden häufiger und brutaler abgeschoben

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30. Dezember 2015

Seit der Verschärfung des Asylrechts im Oktober ist die Zahl der Abschiebungen massiv gestiegen und die Brutalität und Unmenschlichkeit haben eine neue Qualität erreicht.

Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht – kein wirkliches Erwachen

Von Matthew MacEgan und David Walsh, 30. Dezember 2015

Der neue Star Wars Streifen ist als Teil einer Trilogie gedacht, die die Geschichte der nächsten Generation erzählt. Sie bedient sich dabei vielfach der gleichen Ideen und visuellen Effekte wie die vorangegangenen Filme.

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Perspective

A New Year’s sense of foreboding over the global economy

30 December 2015

Economic developments in 2015 were dominated by intensifying recessionary trends throughout the world economy.

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Commentary

Obama, Trump and the working class

By Niles Williamson, 30 December 2015

Trump’s ability to exploit grievances and popular anger for reactionary purposes is due above all to what passes for “left” in official American politics, exemplified by Obama, which has nothing but hostility and contempt for the working class.

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

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The New York Times celebrates “retaking Ramadi”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2015

The Times’ duplicitous cheerleading for the military action by the Pentagon and its Iraqi puppet forces serves only to cover up for those who are principally to blame for the rise of ISIS.

US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS

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US military to expand global operations in 2016

By Thomas Gaist, 29 December 2015

Winter storms kill dozens across US South and Midwest

Criminal investigation launched into police killing of unarmed man in London

The fracturing of the European Union

Portugal’s new Socialist Party government bails out another bank

German weekly Die Zeit calls for a “strong state”

India’s Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan

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

Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants

No “peace on Earth” in 2015

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds public meeting on 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination

By our correspondents, 30 December 2015

Well aware that World War II would produce revolutionary upheavals, neither Stalinism nor imperialism could tolerate Trotsky’s continued existence.

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

Arts Review

The year in popular music

30 December 2015

World Socialist Web Site music writers pick their favorite recordings of 2015.

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

By Mark Witkowski and Fred Mazelis, 29 December 2015

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 December 2015

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

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

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

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

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

By Eric London, 24 December 2015

Fear-mongering and war dominate third Democratic presidential debate

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

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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

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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