Global financial turmoil continues on fears of slower growth

By Nick Beams, 7 January 2016

The fall in oil prices to their lowest level in 11 years points to deepening recessionary trends that increase the risk of defaults in high-risk, high-yield bonds.

The New Year stock sell-off

Syriza presents plan for drastic pension cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 7 January 2016

Based on Syriza’s record in government, workers must assume that its assurances that it is seeking to protect pensions as much as possible are outright lies.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

UK: Resignations follow Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle by Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2016

The Labour Party right wing, having emerged largely unscathed from the reshuffle, immediately went back on the offensive.

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016

The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.

Chicago attorney resigns after judge rules he concealed evidence in police shooting case

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 January 2016

A Senior Corporation Counsel for the city resigned after a judge sanctioned him and overturned a jury verdict that found in favor of two police officers in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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

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Toronto Star report outlines alarming police Taser use

By Carl Bronski, 7 January 2016

Although promoted as a safe alternative to firearms, Tasers have been associated with approximately 1,000 deaths since they were introduced in 2000.

190 Muslim workers fired from Colorado meatpacking plant

By Tom Hall, 7 January 2016

The workers, mostly Somali refugees, walked off the job last month in protest after management at the Cargill plant refused to allow them prayer time at sundown.

Freightliner announces nearly 1,000 layoffs at North Carolina plant

“They just want to score some points with this incident and then leave us.”
Residents speak on social crisis in San Bernardino, California following mass shooting in December

By our reporters, 7 January 2016

Despite constant coverage of the recent San Bernardino shootings in the mainstream media, little attention has been given to the city’s widespread poverty and social distress.

Venezuela’s Maduro declares “economic emergency” as opposition takes control of legislature

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2016

Despite the bitter recriminations between the chavistas and the US-backed opposition, both sides are preparing new attacks on the working class.

Official PR campaign sought to present Ukrainian oligarch Julia Tymoshenko as martyr

By Marianne Arens, 7 January 2016

A report from news magazine Der Spiegel has revealed how a PR firm in Berlin sought to bolster the image of the right-wing Ukrainian nationalist politician four years ago.

Australian government seizes on trade union report to attack workers’ conditions

By Will Morrow, 7 January 2016

While the immediate target of the royal commission report is the trade unions, the real aim is to clear the way for a fundamental transformation of Australian industrial relations.

Australian electronics retailer placed in receivership, threatening thousands of jobs

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 January 2016

The Dick Smith chain’s collapse has underscored the deepening crisis in the Australian economy, and drawn attention to the parasitic operations of private equity firms.

New in Turkish

Suudi Arabistan’daki toplu idamlar

Bill Van Auken, 7 Ocak 2016

Aynı anda 47 tutukluyu idam eden, Washington’ın Arap dünyasındaki en yakın müttefiki olan Suudi Arabistan monarşi diktatörlüğü, Yeni Yıl’a bir kan seliyle girdi.

Yeni yılın eşiğinde

Joseph Kishore ve David North, 7 Ocak 2016

2015 sona ererken, egemen çevrelerde bir korku ve kötü bir şeyler olacağı sezisi hakim durumda. Herhangi bir iyimserlik izine rastlamak zor.

Türkiye’de çatışma tırmanırken, Kürt milliyetçileri bağımsızlık yönelimini tırmandırıyor

Halil Çelik, 7 Ocak 2016

Savaşın yayılmasına karşı koyabilecek tek toplumsal güç, hem Ankara’daki Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi iktidarından hem de Kürt milliyetçisi gruplardan bağımsız olarak harekete geçmiş Ortadoğu işçi sınıfıdır.

New in French

Le gouvernement français envisage une déchéance de nationalité comme sanction pour tous les citoyens

Par Alex Lantier, 7 janvier 2016

Le Parti socialiste adopte de plus en plus des positions associées à l’extrême droite et aux traditions du fascisme européen du 20e siècle.

L'armée de l'air allemande fait son entrée dans la guerre en Syrie

Par Johannes Stern, 7 janvier 2016

L'entrée de la Luftwaffe dans la guerre syrienne, appuyée par quelque 1.200 soldats allemands et une frégate, ouvre un nouveau chapitre inquiétant dans la résurgence du militarisme allemand.

Agents provocateurs de la police démasqués lors d'une manifestation anti-austérité à Montréal

Par Carl Bronski, 7 janvier 2016

Le Service de police de Montréal défend fermement les actions d'un infiltrateur policier qui a sorti son pistolet et menacé les manifestants qui l'avaient «démasqué».

New in German

Deutsche Luftwaffe tritt in Syrienkrieg ein

Von Johannes Stern, 7. Januar 2016

Der Eintritt der deutschen Luftwaffe in den Krieg in Syrien markiert ein neues gefährliches Stadium in der Militarisierung des Weltkapitalismus.

Französische Regierung will den Entzug der Staatsbürgerschaft ausweiten

Von Alex Lantier, 7. Januar 2016

Die Sozialistische Partei vertritt heute politische Positionen, die man bisher dem Rechtsextremismus und dem europäischen Faschismus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts zuordnete.

Abgasbetrug: US-Regierung verklagt Volkswagen

Von Dietmar Henning, 7. Januar 2016

Die Klageerhebung in den USA verschärft die VW-Krise. Am Dienstag rutschte die Aktie erneut um sechs Prozent ab.

Die US-Gruppe Socialist Alternative unterstützt den Wahlkampf von Bernie Sanders

Von Eric London, 7. Januar 2016

Der Fortbestand des Kapitalismus erfordert zunehmend den Aufbau pseudolinker Fassaden für Teile des politischen Establishments.

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Perspective

Crocodile tears from the commander-in-chief

7 January 2016

Obama professes to mourn for children killed by gun violence while presiding over a never-ending escalation of military violence around the world.

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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.

Obituary

Conductor and avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)

By Alex Lantier, 7 January 2016

As a conductor who worked and recorded extensively with leading orchestras and opera companies, Boulez elicited powerful, precise, unpretentious and always tasteful performances, though they sometimes had a touch of coldness.

Arts Review

Racism and revenge: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

By Hiram Lee, 7 January 2016

Tarantino’s latest is a deeply unpleasant work, another in a long line of the director’s blood-soaked revenge fantasies.

Frank Capra: The Early Collection—The American filmmaker’s most ambitious and honest work

By Charles Bogle, 6 January 2016

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

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

Commentary

German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2016

Obama administration rings in new year with deportation of children

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2016

Michigan governor declares state of emergency over Flint lead poisoning

By James Brewer, 6 January 2016

US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2016

The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia

French government considers deprivation of nationality as possible sentence to all citizens

By Alex Lantier, 6 January 2016

Spain: Elections anticipated after CUP refuses to back Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 6 January 2016

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

Vietnam accelerates military build-up, plans for war

Right-wing militia members occupy federal building in rural Oregon

Puerto Rican government will not pay portion of its debt

The 2016 US Elections

Bernie Sanders poses as an opponent of Wall Street in New York speech

By Tom Hall, 6 January 2016

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2016

Obama, Trump and the working class

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

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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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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

Autoworkers Struggles

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

By Eric London, 5 January 2016

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