Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

By Thomas Gaist, 9 January 2016

A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications.

The assaults in Cologne and the call for a strong state

By Dietmar Henning and Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2016

The events in Cologne have much to do with the social crisis in major German cities, but nothing to do with the influx of almost one million refugees over the past year.

German government party steps up its anti-refugee agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 January 2016

The three-day CSU party meeting in the Bavarian town of Wildbad Kreuth began with a sharp attack on refugees.

US, China tensions sharpen after North Korean nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2016

China is caught in a bind: not wanting North Korea to trigger an arms race in North East Asia, but also seeking to stave off a collapse of the unstable regime.

US, South Korea discuss deploying “strategic weapons”

Global markets continue to fall

By Nick Beams, 9 January 2016

The impact of events in China points to the worsening situation facing major Western corporations.

Federal prosecutors claim two US Palestinians are linked to terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2016

Despite media headlines suggesting the arrested men have ties to ISIS, the only charges brought to date involve Internet chatter and making false statements to immigration officials.

FBI arrests mentally ill Rochester man in fabricated ISIS plot

By Josh Varlin, 9 January 2016

US jobs report: Employment numbers obscure deeper social crisis

By Tom Hall, 9 January 2016

While the economy unexpectedly added 292,000 jobs last month according to government figures, the situation facing American workers continues to worsen.

Survey finds a majority of Americans unable to pay for major unexpected expenses

By Nick Barrickman, 9 January 2016

Less than four in 10 Americans are able to pay out of pocket for an emergency expense of $1,000, such as an emergency room visit or the cost of repairing a broken down vehicle.

Survey: One in four US adults burdened by medical debt

Chicago police accused of threatening witnesses of Laquan Mcdonald shooting and falsifying accounts

By George Gallanis, 9 January 2016

Attorneys uncovered further evidence of a cover-up by the CPD while reading through recently released witness statements from the night of the shooting.

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

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

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Florida carries out first US execution of 2016

By Kate Randall, 9 January 2016

Oscar Ray Bolin’s execution was delayed for more than four hours as the US Supreme Court considered Bolin’s final appeal. The justices denied the appeal just before 10 p.m.

UK public parks face perilous future

By Dennis Moore, 9 January 2016

Parks are not a statutory service and local authorities have no legal obligation to fund them.

Canada: Liberals repackage Harper’s aggressive foreign policy

By Roger Jordan, 9 January 2016

Trudeau has made clear his government intends to align itself with the US in all of its major military-strategic offensives around the globe.

South Korean union leader charged with sedition

By Ben McGrath, 9 January 2016

Not used since 1986, the charge of sedition represents a deepening of the Park government’s suppression of political dissent.

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Alman Hava Kuvvetleri Suriye savaşına katılıyor

Johannes Stern, 9 Ocak 2016

Alman Hava Kuvvetleri’nin Suriye’deki savaşa girmesi, dünya kapitalizminin askerileşmesinde tehlikeli bir yeni aşamayı başlatmaktadır.

Kuzey Kore dördüncü nükleer denemesini yaptı

Peter Symonds, 9 Ocak 2016

Kuzey Kore’nin nükleer denemesi, Kuzey Doğu Asya’da ve Obama yönetiminin Çin’e yönelik çatışmacı “Asya’ya dönüş”ü eliyle bölge genelinde oluşturulmuş gergin ve tehlikeli durumu daha da ağırlaştıracaktır.

2016 artan bir sınıf mücadelesi yılı olacak

Jerry White, 9 Ocak 2016

Amerikalı işçilerin mücadeleleri, uluslararası sosyalizm uğruna ortak bir kavgada dünyanın dört bir yanındaki işçilerin mücadelelerine bilinçli bir şekilde bağlanmalıdır.

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El Frente Nacional neofascista encabeza la primera vuelta de las elecciones regionales en Francia

Por Kumaran Ira, 9 enero 2016

La subida del FN da fe del papel reaccionario del PS y de la profunda crisis del capitalismo francés.

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Die Übergriffe in Köln und der Ruf nach dem starken Staat

Von Dietmar Henning und Peter Schwarz, 9. Januar 2016

Die Ereignisse in Köln haben viel mit der sozialen Krise in deutschen Großstädten zu tun, aber absolut nichts mit dem Zuzug einer knappen Million Flüchtlinge im vergangenen Jahr.

Die Flüchtlingstragödie und die Europäische Union: Bilanz eines Jahres

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 9. Januar 2016

Der brutale Umgang mit Flüchtlingen hat ein Ausmaß angenommen, das vor zwölf Monaten für viele Menschen noch undenkbar gewesen wäre.

Dritte Wahlveranstaltung der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität
Baberowskis „Räume der Gewalt“: Ein Plädoyer für Polizeistaat und Krieg

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 9. Januar 2016

Neben knapp einhundert Studierenden kamen auch zwei Professoren des Geschichtsinstituts der HU, um mit den IYSSE über Baberowskis neues Buch „Räume der Gewalt“ zu diskutieren.

Neujahrsbotschaft am Berliner Lageso: Es wird schlimmer!

Von Verena Nees, 9. Januar 2016

Der Wintereinbruch verschärft die Lage für die inzwischen rund 40.000 Flüchtlinge in Berlin. Ohne die ehrenamtlichen Helfer hätte es längst Tote gegeben.

USA und Südkorea diskutieren über die Stationierung „strategischer Waffen“

Von Ben McGrath, 9. Januar 2016

Die Stationierung von Atomwaffen auf der koreanischen Halbinsel wäre eine deutliche Eskalation der militärischen Aufrüstung er USA in Asien. Sie richtet sich in erster Linie gegen China.

Börsen stürzen weiter ab

Von Andre Damon, 9. Januar 2016

Die anhaltende Verkaufswelle deutet auf wachsende Befürchtungen hin, dass die Kluft zwischen den weltweit steigenden Börsenwerten und der Wachstumsschwäche der Wirtschaft offen sichtbar wird.

Der Iran beschuldigt Saudi-Arabien, seine Botschaft im Jemen „bewusst“ bombardiert zu haben

Von Thomas Gaist, 9. Januar 2016

Die Anschuldigung, dass saudische Kampfflugzeuge eine iranische Botschaft in Sanaa, Jemen, angegriffen haben sollen, verschärft die Spannungen im Nahen Osten.

Venezuela
Maduro erklärt den “ökonomischen Ausnahmezustand”

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Januar 2016

Trotz scharfen Streits zwischen den Chavisten und der von den USA unterstützten Opposition bereiten beide Seiten scharfe Angriffe auf die Arbeiterklasse vor.

Das Pentagon-Handbuch zum Kriegsrecht, Teil 1
Eine Blaupause für totalen Krieg und Militärdiktatur

Von Tom Carter, 9. Januar 2016

Das neue „Pentagon-Handbuch zum Kriegsrecht“ enthält die rechtliche Grundlage für totalen Krieg und Diktatur – nicht nur in den Vereinigten Staaten. Hier der erste Teil einer vierteiligen Serie.

Hegel: „In ihren Kunstwerken kann man menschliche Natur und Menschen studieren und kennenlernen.”
Holländische Gemälde des 17. Jahrhunderts im Bostoner Kunstmuseum

Von David Walsh, 9. Januar 2016

Die Ausstellung im Bostoner Museum of Fine Arts zeigt noch bis zum 18. Januar fünfundsiebzig Gemälde aus vierzig Museen in den USA, Kanada und Europa.

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Perspective

The lottery and social despair in America

9 January 2016

For millions of people, the dream of winning the lottery has replaced the “American Dream” of living a decent life.

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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.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Third election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University
Jörg Baberowski’s appeal for dictatorship and war

By our correspondents, 9 January 2016

At the meeting the IYSSE reviewed the political and theoretical conceptions laid out by Professor Baberowski in his latest book.

NHS Fightback

UK: Oppose introduction of student nurse tuition fees and scrapping of bursaries

By Ajanta Silva, 9 January 2016

A student nurse graduating in 2020 could leave with debts over £50,000.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 January 2016

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

Commentary

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 8 January 2016

Michigan governor declares state of emergency over Flint lead poisoning

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State officials, Wall Street target Detroit schools for bankruptcy restructuring

By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016

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

By Nancy Hanover, 8 January 2016

Iran claims Saudis “deliberately” struck embassy in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2016

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

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016

Crocodile tears from the commander-in-chief

Syriza presents plan for drastic pension cuts

UK: Resignations follow Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle by Corbyn

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

Racism and revenge: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

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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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

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

By David Brown, 8 January 2016

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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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

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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