US, South Korea discuss deploying “strategic weapons”

By Ben McGrath, 8 January 2016

The stationing of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula would be a major escalation of the US military build-up in Asia, directed primarily against China, not North Korea.

North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test

Stock markets continue to plunge amidst growing signs of economic crisis

By Andre Damon, 8 January 2016

The continued sell-off points to growing fears of a divergence between stock market values, which have been rising for nearly six years, and the slowdown of the world economy.

Global financial turmoil continues on fears of slower growth

The New Year stock sell-off

Iran claims Saudis “deliberately” struck embassy in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2016

The accusations that Saudi jets attacked an Iranian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, come amid rising tensions that are pushing the Middle East to the brink of all-out war.

One year after Charlie Hebdo attack
Police gun down youth in poor Paris neighborhood

By Stéphane Hugues, 8 January 2016

Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning.

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

Notes on police violence in America
Arresting officer in Sandra Bland death charged with perjury

By Josh Varlin, 8 January 2016

This decision to charge Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia comes about two weeks after the same grand jury refused to indict the Waller County jailers involved in her death.

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

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Survey: One in four US adults burdened by medical debt

By Kate Randall, 8 January 2016

Medical bills are straining family budgets to the breaking point, forcing significant numbers of people to go without basic household necessities or to forgo treatment.

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

By David Brown, 8 January 2016

The contract worker died as Honda draws large profits and continues to recall defective airbags responsible for nine deaths.

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State officials, Wall Street target Detroit schools for bankruptcy restructuring

By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016

Pro-privatization politicians and financial interests are seeking to use the crisis at the Detroit Public Schools to ram through a reorganization of the district.

Behind the Detroit Public School’s debt numbers
How banks, privatizers and politicians bankrupted the schools

By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016

Michigan officials, rating agencies move against cash-strapped schools

Turkey and Arab states line up with Israel over Syria, repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016

Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations.

UK regulator abandons banking inquiry

By Paul Mitchell, 8 January 2016

All the pledges made by the leaders of the major powers and top bankers in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 collapse to clean up the financial system have come to nought.

UK: Sonae Industrial gets slap on wrist for deaths of two workers

By Danny Richardson, 8 January 2016

James Bibby, 25, and Thomas Elmer, 27, died from multiple injuries after they were dragged into machinery at a wood-chip processing factory.

New Zealand court approves Kim Dotcom’s extradition to the US

By John Braddock, 8 January 2016

The ruling is a significant legal victory for the US and New Zealand’s National Party government, which has operated in concert with Washington throughout the affair.

Papua New Guinea government ejects Australian “advisors”

By Patrick Kelly, 8 January 2016

The decision marks a setback for Australian imperialist interests in its resource-rich former colony.

New in Russian

Массовые казни обезглавливанием в Саудовской Аравии

Билл Вэн Оукен, 8 января 2016 г.

Варварское публичное убийство, осуществленное режимом Эр-Рияда, является расчетливым политическим актом, обусловленным как внутренними, так и международными целями.

New in French

La tourmente financière se poursuit avec la crainte d'une croissance en baisse

Par Nick Beams, 8 janvier 2016

La chute des prix du pétrole à leur plus bas niveau depuis onze ans indique que les tendances à la récession s'intensifient augmentant le risque de défauts de paiement pour les obligations de pacotille.

Syriza prépare des coupes drastiques dans les retraites

Par Kumaran Ira, 8 janvier 2016

Après les mesures d'austérité imposées par Syriza en 2015, les travailleurs doivent supposer que ses assurances qu’elle veut protéger les retraites sont de purs mensonges.

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), chef d'orchestre et compositeur d'avant-garde

Par Alex Lantier, 8 janvier 2016

Boulez dirigeait de multiples orchestres ou opéras et savait obtenir des musiciens des exécutions et des enregistrements puissantes, précises, et de bon goût.

New in German

Regierung beschließt Ausweitung der Bundeswehreinsätze in Mali und im Irak

Von Gustav Kemper, 8. Januar 2016

Ein Blick auf die offizielle Website des Außenministeriums lässt keinen Zweifel daran, welche Interessen der deutsche Imperialismus in Mali verfolgt.

Was steckt hinter der deutschen Hetze gegen Polen?

Von Clara Weiss, 8. Januar 2016

Seit dem Wahlsieg der rechtsnationalen Partei PiS (Recht und Gerechtigkeit) haben sich die Spannungen zwischen Deutschland und Polen in rasantem Tempo verschärft.

Nordkorea führt vierten Atomtest durch

Von Peter Symonds, 8. Januar 2016

Der Atomtest vom Mittwoch verschärft die angespannte Situation in Nordostasien noch weiter.

Syriza legt Plan für drastische Rentenkürzung vor

Von Kumaran Ira, 8. Januar 2016

Angesichts von Syrizas bisheriger Regierungsbilanz müssen die Arbeiter davon ausgehen, dass die Zusicherung, die Renten zu schützen, eine dreiste Lüge ist.

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Perspective

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

8 January 2016

The poisoning of the population in the former manufacturing center for General Motors—and the cover-up by state officials—highlights the socially destructive character of American capitalism.

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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.

History

Twenty five years of the World Wide Web

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2016

The first successful connection between two computers over the Internet using the World Wide Web was created by Tim Berners-Lee twenty five years ago.

Arts Review

Carol and The Danish Girl: Real problems, but the danger of exclusivism

By Joanne Laurier, 8 January 2016

The two films address significant subjects that could potentially shed light on society and its moral and psychological condition.

Racism and revenge: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

By Hiram Lee, 7 January 2016

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 January 2016

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

Commentary

Syriza presents plan for drastic pension cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 7 January 2016

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

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

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

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Crocodile tears from the commander-in-chief

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2016

German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war

Obama administration rings in new year with deportation of children

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

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.

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