Middle East tensions escalate in wake of Saudi mass beheadings

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2016

The Saudi monarchy’s mass beheadings and subsequent cutting of ties with Iran have all the earmarks of a deliberate provocation.

The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia

US threatens new sanctions on Iran

Russia names United States, NATO as threats to its national security

By Alex Lantier, 5 January 2016

The contents of the Russian national security strategy testify to the bankruptcy of the world capitalist system and amount to an indictment of the reckless policy of the imperialist powers.

Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

NATO to station AWACS radar aircraft in Turkey

Condemnations of Chinese flight in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2016

Washington’s calls for restraint are in marked contrast to its escalating provocations to challenge Chinese claims in the disputed waters.

Vietnam accelerates military build-up, plans for war

By John Braddock, 5 January 2016

Syria and the South China Sea: Two flashpoints for world war

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Indian prime minister visits Russia to consolidate relations

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2016

While supporting the US “pivot to Asia” against India’s regional rival China, the Modi government is maintaining New Delhi’s longstanding ties with Russia.

Right-wing militia members occupy federal building in rural Oregon

By Niles Williamson, 5 January 2016

A group of armed right-wing militia members, led by the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, seized control of a building at a national wildlife refuge to protest restrictions on federal lands.

UAW local publishes blacklist of workers who opt out of dues payment

By Eric London, 5 January 2016

The anti-democratic move by Local 412 in suburban Detroit is aimed at victimizing workers who criticize the UAW’s collusion with corporate management.

2016 will be a year of escalating class struggle

Worker crushed to death after wall collapses at Chicago Ford plant

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Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2016

The first television ad released by the Republican frontrunner reiterates his most openly racist comments from the campaign.

Obama, Trump and the working class

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Michigan officials, rating agencies move against cash-strapped schools

By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 5 January 2016

The State of Michigan has allotted itself new powers to withhold state funding and appoint emergency managers to deal with financially distressed schools.

Puerto Rican government will not pay portion of its debt

By Rafael Azul, 5 January 2016

The government of Puerto Rico announced that it would default on $37 million out of a $900 million payment this week.

UK Tories step up attacks on school education

By Tom Pearce, 5 January 2016

The cuts in education are part of the government’s austerity agenda aimed at saving more than £20 billion in public finances.

Police agent-provocateurs exposed at Montreal anti-austerity demonstration

By Carl Bronski, 5 January 2016

The Montreal Police Department is strongly defending the actions of an undercover cop who drew his revolver and threatened protesters who had “outed” him.

New in Turkish

Yıldız Savaşları: Güç Uyanıyor: Gerçek uyanış yok

Matthew MacEgan ve David Walsh, 5 Ocak 2016

Güç Uyanıyor’un vasat bir aksiyon filmi olduğunu söylemek gerek. O, George Lucas tarafından yönetilen son “ön bölümler” gibi katlanılmaz değil ama hafif bir eğlence parçasıyken bile, hala sıradan.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri – Bölüm 8

5 Ocak 2016

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (SEP-ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri adlı doküman, SEP’in 3-9 Ağustos 2008 tarihleri arasında toplanan kuruluş kongresinde tartışılmış ve kabul edilmiştir. Aşağıda 8. bölümünü sunduğumuz dokümanı toplam 11 bölüm halinde yayımlayacağız.

New in French

Les décapitations en masse en Arabie Saoudite

Par Bill Van Auken, 5 janvier 2016

La tuerie barbare menée par les parasites royaux de Riyad était un acte politique calculé motivé par leurs objectifs nationaux et internationaux.

La Sécurité et la Quatrième Internationale, le procès Gelfand et la déposition de Mark Zborowski
Une lettre ouverte de David North à Susan Weissman

24 décembre 2015

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Perspective

The New Year stock sell-off

5 January 2016

The indicators of a deepening crisis in production sent shock waves through the financial markets because they portend the looming collapse of a vast speculative house of cards built up since the 2008 Wall Street crash.

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Featured Commentary

On the threshold of the New Year

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 31 December 2015

It is characteristic of a period of crisis that more and more the essential nature of capitalism—a system of exploitation, inequality, war and repression—comes into alignment with the everyday experiences of broad masses of people.

Arts Review

The failure of David O. Russell’s Joy, or, what any “sensible” person should know about modern society

By David Walsh, 5 January 2016

Russell’s film is loosely inspired by the life story of millionaire inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who created a self-wringing mop and other products.

Lulu: A new production of a challenging 20th century opera

By Fred Mazelis, 4 January 2016

The Big Short: The criminality of Wall Street and the crash of 2008

Best films of 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 January 2016

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

Commentary

German political establishment calls for faster remilitarization

By Philipp Frisch and Johannes Stern, 4 January 2016

Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s police “reform”: Increased repression and cover-up

By Kristina Betinis, 4 January 2016

Justice Scalia repudiates separation of church and state

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2016

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia says Constitution allows torture

IMF head warns of slow growth and economic “shocks” in 2016

By Barry Grey, 31 December 2015

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

Top Michigan environmental safety officials resign amidst ongoing Flint water crisis

25 years ago: On eve of war on Iraq, Pentagon muzzles press

On January 4, 1991, Pentagon representatives met with Washington bureau chiefs of the major US news organizations on the just-announced “press guidelines” for the impending war.

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50 years ago: Massacres continue in Indonesia

On January 12, 1966, the first reports of the extent of the slaughter of members and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party appeared in the capitalist press.

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75 years ago: AFL bars strikes by building trades

On January 7, 1941, leaders of 19 national unions affiliated with the Building Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor announced that they would bar strikes on construction sites related to military defense projects.

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100 years ago: Allied troops complete evacuation of Gallipoli peninsula

On January 9, 1916, the final contingent of British troops left the Gallipoli peninsula, marking the decisive victory for the Ottoman Empire over the invasion by the Allied Powers including France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

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The 2016 US Elections

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

By Eric London, 24 December 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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Socialist Equality Party

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

By our correspondents, 30 December 2015

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

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.

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