Pentagon chief outlines plan for escalation of Iraq-Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed several hundred US commandos at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, before their deployment to the Mideast war zone.

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

Canada weighing options to expand its role in Mideast war

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

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National union leader tries to corral protesting Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 15 January 2016

After three straight days of “sick-out” protests, hundreds of determined teachers attended a union meeting Thursday, where officials tried to smother resistance.

As union, Democrats try to smother protests
Detroit teachers issue demands to defend public education

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

New revelations expose federal cover-up in Flint, Michigan water crisis

By James Brewer, 15 January 2016

US Environmental Protection Agency officials knew as early as April that the Flint River water was not being treated for corrosivity.

Michigan governor calls out National Guard over Flint water crisis

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

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

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US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

The huge sums now being handed out to investors expose the lies by the UAW that there was no more money on the table in the 2015 auto contract negotiations.

“Paris-style” terror attacks in Jakarta

By Thomas Gaist, 15 January 2016

The largest terror attacks in Indonesia since 2009 have produced a flurry of media propaganda geared to legitimize a further escalation of the US “War on Terror” throughout the region.

Poland placed under EU supervision amid escalating Polish-German tensions

By Dorota Niemitz and Clara Weiss, 15 January 2016

The European Commission has initiated a monitoring of “the rule of law” in Poland.

German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign

By Dietmar Henning, 15 January 2016

The parliamentary group leader of the Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, has joined in the far-right agitation against refugees and is calling for more police powers.

German government moves to loosen restrictions on refugee deportations

Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany

German media incites racist hysteria

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Tamil nationalists stage sham protest vs. Sri Lankan president’s visit to Jaffna

By Subash Somachandran and K. Nesan, 15 January 2016

The protest, two days in advance of the visit, was a shameful manoeuvre to provide cover for the TNA’s support for President Maithripala Sirisena’s government.

Montreal: Labour board upholds draconian suspension of 2,000 city workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 January 2016

The victimization of the Montreal blue-collar workers is part of the systematic “illegalization” of worker resistance by governments across Canada.

New Zealand’s healthcare crisis

By Tom Peters, 15 January 2016

As a result of the government’s austerity measures thousands of people are being denied vital operations, health workers’ wages have been cut and many people cannot afford prescription medicines.

UK’s floods are the responsibility of the super-rich

By Barry Mason and Paul Mitchell, 15 January 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a paltry £40 million to repair flood defences in Leeds and York.

Detroit-area residents protest Marathon Oil request to increase air pollution

By our reporters, 15 January 2016

Following the completion of $2.2 billion upgrade which began in 2012, Marathon is requesting a permit from the state of Michigan to emit an additional 22 tons of sulfur dioxide per year.

Former city employee sues Albuquerque Police Department officials for obstructing public records requests

By D. Lencho, 15 January 2016

The lawsuit alleges that APD officials instructed public records custodian Reynaldo Chavez to delay, deny, withhold and destroy requested public records.

New in Spanish

Presidente peruano Humala declara estado de emergencia en el puerto del Callao

Por Por César Uco y Armando Cruz, 15 enero 2016

Presidente Humala declaró estado de emergencia de 45 días en la región del Callao como respuesta a las advertencias de una guerra total entre pandillas rivales dedicadas al tráfico de drogas y extorsión.

New in French

En plein état d’urgence
Des travailleurs français condamnés à la prison ferme pour avoir lutté pour leurs emplois

Par Kumaran Ira, 15 janvier 2016

Avec la décision sans précédent de condamner à la prison ferme des travailleurs de Goodyear qui avaient fait grève contre les licenciements de masse, l’Etat montre que l’état d’urgence vise directement à la classe ouvrière.

Le discours de l’état de l’Union d’Obama et l’effondrement de la démocratie américaine

Par Eric London et Barry Grey, 15 janvier 2016

Il y a une signification objective à la réduction de ce discours de l’état de l’Union, une tradition politique américaine qui remonte à George Washington, à un spectacle médiatique vide et cynique.

Canada: Les libéraux apportent des changements cosmétiques à la politique étrangère agressive de Harper

Par Roger Jordan, 15 janvier 2016

Trudeau a clairement fait savoir que son gouvernement a l'intention de s'aligner sur les États-Unis en participant à l'ensemble de leurs grandes offensives militaro-stratégiques dans le monde entier.

New in German

Obamas Rede zur Lage der Nation und der Zusammenbruch der amerikanischen Demokratie

Von Eric London und Barry Grey, 15. Januar 2016

Die Degradierung der Rede zur Lage der Nation zu einem hohlen und zynischen Medienspektakel ist von objektiver Bedeutung.

Die Linke reiht sich in die Flüchtlingshetze ein

Von Dietmar Henning, 15. Januar 2016

Die Fraktionsvorsitzende der Linken, Sahra Wagenknecht, stimmt in die braune Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge und den Ruf nach mehr Polizei ein.

Vierte Wahlveranstaltung der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität
Der Kampf gegen Krieg und die Lehren der Geschichte

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 15. Januar 2016

Ulrich Rippert ging auf der Veranstaltung der IYSSE auf den Zusammenhang zwischen der gegenwärtigen Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge und der Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus ein.

Frankreich:
Arbeiter wegen Verteidigung ihrer Arbeitsplätze im Gefängnis

Von Kumaran Ira, 15. Januar 2016

Die Entscheidung, die Arbeiter von Goodyear, die sich gegen Massenentlassungen gewehrt hatten, zu Gefängnisstrafen zu verurteilen, zeigt, dass sich die Notstandsmaßnahmen des Staats vor allem gegen die Arbeiterklasse richten.

Mannheim: Arbeiter des Turbinenwerks protestieren gegen Arbeitsplatzabbau

Von Anna Rombach, 15. Januar 2016

Beim Mannheimer Turbinenwerk will der neue Eigentümer General Electric 1066 Stellen abbauen. IG Metall und SPD setzen auf die nationalistische Karte.

Iran lässt amerikanische Soldaten wieder frei

Von Keith Jones, 15. Januar 2016

Der Iran hatte am Dienstag zwei Schnellboote der US-Marine aufgebracht und ihre Besatzungen – insgesamt zehn Soldaten – zwischenzeitlich festgenommen.

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Perspective

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

15 January 2016

The man-made disaster in Flint has revealed the reality of social relations in America behind the official facade constructed by the media and politicians.

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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 backs anti-refugee drive in Germany

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2016

America’s “newspaper of record” provides a phony liberal veneer for the virulent anti-immigrant chauvinism being whipped up in Europe.

Obama’s State of the Union address and the breakdown of American democracy

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 14 January 2016

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

Amid state of emergency, French workers jailed for struggle to defend jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 14 January 2016

Pennsylvania constable shoots dead 12-year-old girl during home eviction

By Tom Eley, 14 January 2016

More on police violence in America »

Iran releases US sailors in run-up to nuclear sanction relief

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2016

Junior doctors strike throughout England

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

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

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Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional

Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America

Arts Review

The 88th Academy Awards nominations

By David Walsh, 15 January 2016

The Academy Award nominations revealed the usual muddle-headedness, liberal good intentions and severe limitations of the social grouping that decides these things.

Concussion: Highlighting the perils of American football

By Alan Gilman, 14 January 2016

Science

New research reveals effects of the Agricultural Revolution on human evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 15 January 2016

Several new studies highlight the dialectical interaction between the physical and genetic makeup of modern humans and the development of agriculture.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 January 2016

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

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 two

By Eric London, 14 January 2016

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

History

Twenty five years of the World Wide Web

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2016

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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