Global stocks plunge amid fears of a new financial crisis

By Barry Grey, 16 January 2016

Friday’s selloff, with the EURO STOXX/50 index down 2.37 percent and all of the major US indexes lower by well over 2 percent, caps off the worst-ever yearly opening for Wall Street.

Wave of selling hits US markets

The New Year stock sell-off

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores worldwide

By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2016

The big box retailer cited as causes for the closures competition with online retailers and the impact of marginal employee wage increases.

Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2016

The seven candidates sought to whip up fears over terrorism to justify policies of militarism abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home.

Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims

Obama, Trump and the working class

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Video shows another unarmed youth killed by Chicago police

By George Gallanis, 16 January 2016

The video, which has been concealed by the Chicago Police Department for three years, contradicts the official findings of the police.

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

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

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India in talks to open ports, bases to US military

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 January 2016

According to an unnamed Indian official, the only outstanding question is “what happens in the case of war?”

German chancellor announces massive expansion of military budget

By Johannes Stern, 16 January 2016

The ruling elite intends to make the working class pay for the return of an aggressive German foreign policy.

Police in Britain illegally arrest thousands of children

By Thomas Scripps, 16 January 2016

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act states that children under 18 in custody should be transferred to the care of the local authority.

Cuts lead to staffing crisis in UK education

By Tom Pearce, 16 January 2016

Schools are paying recruitment agencies ever greater sums for finders fees.

Cuts and closures intensify in Australian TAFE colleges

By Erika Zimmer, 16 January 2016

Young people seeking vocational training are facing skyrocketing tuition fees.

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Le chef du Pentagone présente son plan d’escalade de la guerre en Irak et en Syrie

Par Patrick Martin, 16 janvier 2016

Le secrétaire américain à la Défense Ashton Carter s’est adressé à plusieurs centaines de membres des commandos à Fort Campbell, Kentucky, avant leur déploiement dans la zone de guerre au Moyen-Orient

En Allemagne, le Parti de gauche rejoint la campagne anti-réfugiés

Par Dietmar Henning, 16 janvier 2016

La dirigeante du groupe parlementaire du Parti de gauche (Die Linke) Sahra Wagenknecht se joint à l’agitation d’extrême-droite contre les réfugiés et demande plus de pouvoirs pour la police.

Sur quelle base faut-il rejeter l’entente de principe dans le secteur public québécois?

Le Parti l’égalité socialiste (Canada), 16 janvier 2016

Les employés du secteur public sont confrontés à une lutte politique. En rejetant les termes inacceptables de l’accord de principe, c’est tout le programme de classe de l’élite dirigeante qu’ils remettraient en question.

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Perspective

Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

16 January 2016

Allegations that Syrian government forces are deliberately starving besieged villagers have become the basis for yet another propaganda campaign for regime change.

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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

Fourth IYSSE election meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University
The struggle against war and the lessons of history

By our correspondent, 16 January 2016

The IYSSE has launched its campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with lectures titled “No more war! Scholarship instead of war propaganda.”

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

By our correspondents, 9 January 2016

Commentary

Charlie Hebdo joins racist campaign against refugees in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2016

The French weekly magazine declared that Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old refugee whose drowning death last year sparked worldwide outrage, would have grown up to be a “groper.”

The New York Times backs anti-refugee drive in Germany

German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign

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BAYAN’s phony opposition to the US basing deal in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 16 January 2016

The Maoist-dominated BAYAN has called for the armed defense of the Philippines’ territorial claims in the South China Sea and has led repeated demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy.

Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2016

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

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Pentagon chief outlines plan for escalation of Iraq-Syria war

Poland placed under EU supervision amid escalating Polish-German tensions

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

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

Arts Review

The Revenant: Are we all savages? (And Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth )

By Joanne Laurier, 16 January 2016

The Revenant is a sensationalized account of the life of American fur trapper Hugh Glass, who famously survived a mauling by a bear. Youth is a banal meditation on aging.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations

By David Walsh, 15 January 2016

Concussion: Highlighting the perils of American football

By Alan Gilman, 14 January 2016

Obituary

David Bowie (1947-2016)

By Hiram Lee, 16 January 2016

British rock icon David Bowie died January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album Blackstar .

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 January 2016

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

National union leader tries to corral protesting Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 15 January 2016

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

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

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 January 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

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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NHS Fightback

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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Science

New research reveals effects of the Agricultural Revolution on human evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 15 January 2016

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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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?

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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