Obama’s final State of the Union: Lies, evasions and threats

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2016

Neither the US president nor his bipartisan congressional audience were capable of dealing honestly or seriously with the social crisis in America.

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

US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2016

US Republicans seized on yesterday’s incident to repeat their charge that Obama is “appeasing” Tehran and demand a renewed campaign of economic sanctions and military threats against Iran.

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016

Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.

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Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 13 January 2016

Monday’s right-wing riot in Leipzig took place amid a racist anti-Muslim campaign promoted by German political parties and the media.

German media incites racist hysteria

New Year’s message for refugees in Berlin: It will get worse!

By Verena Nees, 13 January 2016

The onset of winter has worsened conditions for the approximately 40,000 refugees in Berlin.

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

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Detroit public schools teachers continue sickouts

By Nancy Hanover, 13 January 2016

Despite the attempts by Michigan politicians and the Detroit Federation of Teachers to end teachers’ growing protests, the sickouts are continuing.

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

Cold snap brings fatal house fires to Detroit

By James Brewer, 13 January 2016

Three deadly house fires occurred in Detroit since the weekend, resulting in three deaths.

Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional

By Joseph Santolan, 13 January 2016

The decision gives the legal green light for the deployment of US military forces to the Philippines, in direct confrontation with China.

Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2016

The calls from within the military envision a struggle with China over domination of the hemisphere.

China’s deep economic malaise

By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2016

The economic slowdown, which is exposing massive overcapacity and high levels of debt, is threatening to trigger an upsurge in the class struggle.

India-Pakistan talks may be derailed even before they begin

By K. Ratnayake, 13 January 2016

Whoever was responsible for the January 2 assault by armed gunmen on India’s Pathankot Air Force Base, its purpose was to scuttle the US-backed “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

Divisions within UK Tory party deepen over EU membership

By Simon Whelan, 13 January 2016

It is estimated that up to two-thirds of Conservative MPs support a “Brexit.”

Tuscaloosa, Alabama police using university students as drug informants

By Shelley Connor, 13 January 2016

The use of college students as informers has gained traction throughout the United States in the past decade, even as it has attracted vociferous criticism.

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Les médias allemands incitent à l’hystérie raciste

Par Peter Schwarz, 13 janvier 2016

Des allégations racistes non fondées de harcèlement sexuel de masse sont utilisées pour une chasse aux sorcières anti-immigrés et pour légitimer les préparatifs de l’Allemagne en vue d’une intervention militaire élargie au Moyen-Orient.

S'inclinant devant les appels racistes de Trump
Obama rejette les demandes voulant stopper les déportations

Par Patrick Martin, 13 janvier 2016

La Maison-Blanche d'Obama va faire fi des opposants aux nouvelles déportations sommaires de femmes et enfants vers l'Amérique centrale.

Réunion de l’EJIES dans le cadre de l’élection au parlement étudiant à l’université Humboldt
Le plaidoyer de Jörg Baberowski pour la dictature et la guerre

Par nos correspondants, 13 janvier 2016

Lors de la réunion, l’EJIES a examiné les conceptions politiques et théoriques mises en avant par le professeur Baberowski dans son tout dernier livre.

New in German

Rechtsextremer Terror in Leipzig

Von Christoph Dreier, 13. Januar 2016

Am Montag griffen hunderte organisierte Rechtsextremisten linke Treffpunkte, ein türkisches Restaurant und Wohnhäuser in Leipzig an.

Die New York Times und der „Menschenrechts“-Imperialismus in Syrien

Von Niles Williamson, 13. Januar 2016

Die New York Times nutzt Berichte über das Leid der hungernder Bevölkerung von Madaja in Syrien, um den Sturz des Präsidenten Assad zu fordern.

Regierungskrise destabilisiert Republik Moldawien

Von Markus Salzmann, 13. Januar 2016

Politische, wirtschaftliche und soziale Verwerfungen bedrohen zunehmend die Stabilität des zwischen der Ukraine und Rumänien gelegenen Landes.Stabilität des zwischen der Ukraine und Rumänien gelegenen Landes.

Separatisten wählen neuen katalanischen Präsidenten

Von Alejandro López, 13. Januar 2016

Das Regionalparlament hat Carles Puigdemont mit Unterstürtzung der pseudolinken CUP zum Regionalpräsidenten gewählt.

Zum Tod des Dirigenten und zeitgenössischen Komponisten Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)

Von Alex Lantier, 13. Januar 2016

Boulez war jahrzehntelang eine führende Persönlichkeit der europäischen klassischen Musik. Als Dirigent erarbeitete er umfangreiche Einspielungen mit führenden Orchestern und Opernhäusern, die dank ihm zu kraftvollen, präzisen, unprätentiösen und stets geschmackvollen Darbietungen wurden, wenngleich sie manchmal einen Schatten von Kälte aufweisen.

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Perspective

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

13 January 2016

It is no accident that social opposition is taking the form of a rebellion against the trade unions, which have long served as industrial police for the corporations and government.

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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.

Book Review

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency
Obama’s place in history: Permanent war and the breakdown of American democracy
Part one

By Eric London, 13 January 2016

A significant 769-page book from New York Times reporter Charlie Savage provides a chilling, detailed insider view of the Obama administration’s pseudo-legal justifications for war and authoritarianism.

Commentary

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

By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016

German politicians and media agitate against Poland

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2016

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

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2016

Gang warfare continues to infest Mexican politics

By Don Knowland, 12 January 2016

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

US flies B-52 strategic bomber close to Korean border

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

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

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

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

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NHS Fightback

UK: Junior doctors strike against new contracts

By Tony Robson, 12 January 2016

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

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

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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

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