The US in 2016: No money for social programs, cash to burn for the military

By Andre Damon, 12 January 2016

The US will spend hundreds of billions of dollars this year on warships, nuclear warheads and supersonic fighters, even as there is “no money” for vital social programs like food stamps.

The lottery and social despair in America

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

“For too long we looked to the union… now we have to do it ourselves”
Teacher sickouts shut two-thirds of Detroit schools

By Jerry White, 12 January 2016

The struggle has erupted outside of the control of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, which has a long and sordid history of collaborating with state and local officials.

“Our livelihood is at stake”
Teacher sickouts spread in Detroit

State officials, Wall Street target Detroit schools for bankruptcy restructuring

Supreme Court hears arguments in union dues case

By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2016

The lawsuit targets millions of dollars in union revenue from labor agreements that compel public employees to pay a fee to a union even if they choose not to be a member.

Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2016

The US-supported Saudi coalition destroyed two separate MSF facilities during the final months of 2015, before deploying cluster bombs against residential areas in Sanaa during the first week of 2016.

Yemen: A war crime made in America

German politicians and media agitate against Poland

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2016

Representatives of German imperialism and its servants in the media have absolutely no right to lecture any country about “democracy” and “tolerance.”

New Catalan premier installed on pro-austerity platform of secession from Spain

By Alejandro López, 12 January 2016

The regional parliament has elected Carles Puigdemont as regional premier for the Together for Yes coalition, with the support of the pseudo-left CUP.

Spain: CUP supports a pro-austerity, separatist Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 12 January 2016

Chinese markets continue to fall, amid mounting concerns over growth

By Nick Beams, 12 January 2016

The Shenzhen Composite Index has fallen by more than 20 percent so far this year, wiping off almost $1 trillion from share values.

Australian stocks fall sharply on China and global fears

By Mike Head, 12 January 2016

A new year sharemarket rout highlights Australian capitalism’s acute vulnerability to the slowing growth and signs of economic instability in China.

Gang warfare continues to infest Mexican politics

By Don Knowland, 12 January 2016

The new mayor of Temixco in Morelos state, near Mexico City, was assassinated the day after being sworn in.

Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2016

Around 46 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations and clashes with the security forces by a single shot to the head or chest.

House Republican committee chairman attacks climate change scientists

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2016

Lamar Smith has issued a subpoena to a group of climate change scientists who have shown that a global warming slowdown has not occurred over the past 15 years.

Two dead, scores of homes destroyed in Western Australian bushfire

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2016

Residents of Yarloop, a town virtually destroyed by the blaze, were given almost no warning and were left without water.

New in Turkish

Türkiye ile Arap devletleri Suriye ve Filistinlilerin bastırılması konusunda İsrail’in yanında

Jean Shaoul, 12 Ocak 2016

Ekim ayında Filistinlilere baskının başlaması, Rusya’nın Suriye’deki doğrudan askeri müdahalesiyle çakışmıştı. Bunun üzerine, Washington’ın bölgesel müttefikleri İsrail ile ilişkilerini sağlamlaştırdılar.

New in French

Washington fait voler un bombardier stratégique B-52 près de la frontière nord-coréenne

Par Peter Symonds, 12 janvier 2016

Washington exploite le dernier essai nucléaire nord-coréen pour accélérer, dans le cadre du « pivot » américain « vers l'Asie », son développement militaire contre la Chine dans la région.

Podemos envisage de former un gouvernement avec les sociaux-démocrates espagnols

Par James Lerner et Alejandro López, 12 janvier 2016

Le but d'un tel gouvernement serait, comme celui de Syriza en Grèce, d'imposer davantage de mesures d'austérité impopulaires aux travailleurs et à l'ensemble de la population.

Québec: forte opposition à l'entente de principe dans le secteur public

Par Laurent Lafrance, 12 janvier 2016

Les chefs syndicaux mentent lorsqu’ils promettent de poursuivre la lutte contre l’austérité.

New in German

Rassistische Hysterie in den deutschen Medien

Von Peter Schwarz, 12. Januar 2016

Der Vorwurf sexueller Übergriffe in Köln wird benutzt, um gegen Flüchtlinge zu hetzen und die deutschen Kriegsvorbereitungen im Nahen Osten zu rechtfertigen.

Politik und Medien fordern Staatsaufrüstung

Von Dietmar Henning, 12. Januar 2016

Die Bundesregierung benutzt die Ereignisse der Silvesternacht in Köln, um den Staatsapparat aufzurüsten und ihre Politik gegen Flüchtlinge zu verschärfen.

Sieg für Trumps rassistische Hetze:
Obama lehnt Stopp von Abschiebungen ab

Von Patrick Martin, 12. Januar 2016

Das Weiße Haus hat Forderungen nach einem Ende der Abschiebungen von Frauen und Kindern aus Lateinamerika abgelehnt.

Nordkoreanischer Atomtest verschärft amerikanisch-chinesische Spannungen

Von Peter Symonds, 12. Januar 2016

China steht vor einem Dilemma: einerseits will es verhindern, dass Nordkorea ein Wettrüsten in Nordostasien auslöst, andererseits will es einen Zusammenbruch des instabilen Regimes vermeiden.

Globaler Börsensturz hält an

Von Nick Beams, 12. Januar 2016

Was in China passiert, verweist auf den Niedergang großer westlicher Konzerne.

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Perspective

German media incites racist hysteria

12 January 2016

Unsubstantiated and racist allegations of mass sexual harassment are being used to witch-hunt immigrants and legitimize German preparations for an expanded military intervention in the Middle East.

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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.

Commentary

The New York Times and “human rights” imperialism in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016

The New York Times continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad.

Bowing to Trump’s racist agitation
Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations

By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2016

US flies B-52 strategic bomber close to Korean border

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2016

The refugee tragedy and the European Union: The balance sheet for 2015

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 January 2016

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German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern, 11 January 2016

One year of Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s rule: Propaganda and reality

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 11 January 2016

Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

Global markets continue to fall

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

Canada: Liberals repackage Harper’s aggressive foreign policy

Featured Report

“They’ve taken us back to the dark ages”
Outraged Flint residents protest water contamination

By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 12 January 2016

At a recent demonstration residents described the horrific conditions they are facing and demanded that state officials be held accountable for the man-made disaster.

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

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NHS Fightback

UK: Junior doctors strike against new contracts

By Tony Robson, 12 January 2016

It has been more than four decades since the last national strike by junior doctors over pay and conditions

Thousands of student nurses, midwives and junior doctors demonstrate in London

By Ajanta Silva, 11 January 2016

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 January 2016

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

25 years ago: US begins carpet-bombing of Iraq

On January 17, 1991, one day after a UN-imposed deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, “Operation Desert Storm,” an all-out air war against Iraqi forces began.

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50 years ago: US B-52 crash drops four hydrogen bombs on Spain

On January 17, 1966, four hydrogen bombs fell on Spain without igniting, when a US Air Force B-52G bomber crashed above the fishing village of Palmores, on the country’s southeastern Mediterranean coast.

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75 years ago: Defense strikes in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois

On January 13, 1941, in Saginaw, Michigan, hundreds of striking members of the United Auto Workers clashed with police and shut down production at an Eaton Manufacturing plant, which was being operated by scabs represented by the rival United Auto Workers-AFL.

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100 years ago: Karl Liebknecht expelled from German SPD

On January 13, 1916, Karl Liebknecht, the well-known revolutionary leader and internationalist opponent of World War I, was expelled from the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and its parliamentary group on the grounds of “continuous gross infractions of party discipline.”

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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

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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History

Twenty five years of the World Wide Web

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2016

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

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