China confirms economic slowdown as IMF cuts global growth forecast

By Nick Beams, 20 January 2016

The risks cited by the International Monetary Fund to the global economy are not situated on the longer term horizon, but are an ever-present reality.

Major companies announce job cuts across Europe

The ruling class meets at Davos

What is driving the stock market panic?

Russian government prepares cuts as poverty surges

By Andrea Peters, 20 January 2016

With the price of oil collapsing, the Kremlin is preparing a 10 percent across-the-board budget cut.

Supreme Court to rule on Obama immigration program

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2016

The court’s announcement came amid rising anger and fear over the roundup and deportation of Central American refugees.

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

Danish and Swedish governments step up attacks on refugees

By Jordan Shilton, 20 January 2016

Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

European governments adopt Nazi-style measures against refugees

German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign

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Naval buildup in Black Sea escalates US-Russian tensions

By Thomas Gaist, 20 January 2016

As part of Washington’s drive to militarily encircle Russia, the US Navy is preparing to blockade commercial lifelines across the highly strategic inland sea.

Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

By Anthony Torres, 20 January 2016

As “priority” targets in direct contact with Al Qaeda's top leadership, the perpetrators of the January 2015 attacks were under intensive surveillance, which was later totally abandoned.

RISE: “Scottish Syriza” seeks alliance with Scottish National Party

By Steve James, 20 January 2016

Under conditions where the SNP government is enforcing austerity policies, RISE seeks to ensure that disaffection with the SNP is channelled along nationalist and separatist lines.

Obama thanks Australian prime minister for war efforts

By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2016

While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world.

Australian nickel refinery crisis threatens thousands of jobs

By Mike Head, 20 January 2016

The livelihoods of workers in the northern city of Townsville and the French colony of New Caledonia are imperiled by the threatened closure of the Queensland Nickel plant.

Sri Lankan government tries to woo foreign investors

By Saman Gunadasa, 20 January 2016

The government’s “Sri Lanka Economic Forum” highlighted the country’s vulnerability in the deepening global economic downturn.

New in Spanish

Retrato de una ciudad americana: Flint, Michigan

Por Andre Damon, 20 enero 2016

La catástrofe cometida adrede en Flint devela la realidad de relaciones sociales en Estados Unidos, encubierta por los medios de difusión y la clase política.

Postrándose ante el racismo de Trump
Obama rechaza peticiones para detener las deportaciones

Por Patrick Martin, 20 enero 2016

Comenzaron redadas y deportaciones asaltando hogares de inmigrantes centroamericanos en Texas, Georgia y Carolina del Norte.

Veinticinco años del World Wide Web

Por Bryan Dyne, 20 enero 2016

Lo que comenzó hace un cuarto de siglo como una herramienta para los investigadores de la Organización Europea para la Investigación Nuclear para coordinar mejor su trabajo ha evolucionado en una red de alcance mundial de computadoras que conectan directamente a las personas en cada punto del planeta.

New in French

Les grandes entreprises annoncent des suppressions d'emplois à travers l'Europe

Par Kumaran Ira, 20 janvier 2016

L'assaut mené contre la classe ouvrière européenne survient alors que se multiplient les signes que l'économie mondiale est sur la voie d'une autre crise majeure.

La classe dirigeante se réunit à Davos

Par Andre Damon, 20 janvier 2016

Le Forum économique mondial de Davos, en Suisse, a lieu cette année dans le contexte d'une crise mondiale qui s’aggrave et de la flambée des inégalités.

Washington invoque la faim pour faire la promotion de la guerre en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 20 janvier 2016

Les allégations selon lesquelles les forces gouvernementales syriennes affament délibérément des villageois assiégés servent de base à une nouvelle campagne de propagande pour le changement de régime.

New in German

Die herrschende Klasse trifft sich in Davos

Von Andre Damon, 20. Januar 2016

Das diesjährige Weltwirtschaftsforum im schweizerischen Davos findet vor dem Hintergrund einer wachsenden internationalen Krise und sprunghaft steigender Ungleichheit statt.

Von der Leyen kündigt Bundeswehreinsatz in Libyen an

Von Dietmar Henning, Johannes Stern, 20. Januar 2016

Wie bei den jüngst beschlossenen Kampfeinsätzen der Bundeswehr in Mali und in Syrien begründet die Regierung das Eingreifen in Libyen vor allem mit dem Kampf gegen den „islamistischen Terror“.

Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität
„Die StuPa-Wahl ist der Anfang einer Antikriegsbewegung“

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 20. Januar 2016

Am Montag kamen mehr als 80 Studierende und Arbeiter zur Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der IYSSE an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität.

USA und EU heben Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen den Iran auf

Von Keith Jones, 20. Januar 2016

Das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran ist ein taktischer Schachzug, mit dem Washington die Position des US-Imperialismus verbessern will.

Unternehmen kündigen Massenentlassungen in ganz Europa an

Von Kumaran Ira, 20. Januar 2016

Um sich für die nächste große Weltwirtschaftskrise zu wappnen, greifen viele europäische Konzerne die Arbeiterklasse massiv an.

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Perspective

The Flint water crisis and the criminality of American capitalism

20 January 2016

In a State of the State address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sought to cover up and evade responsibility for the poisoning of an American city.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Water Crisis in Flint

“We’ve lost our democracy. It’s a revolutionary time.”
Video: Workers and youth protest Flint water poisoning at Michigan State Capitol

By Lawrence Porter and Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016

The WSWS spoke to demonstrators outside the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan as Governor Rick Snyder spoke on the water crisis in Flint.

Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis

Michigan workers speak on the poisoning of Flint water

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Featured Commentary

To create a genuine artistic “avant garde” means confronting critical historical issues

By David Walsh, 20 January 2016

The essay by David Walsh we are posting today considers whether or not an artistic vanguard exists today—and, if not, what such a vanguard would consist of and what questions it would have to confront.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE at Berlin’s Humboldt University holds final election campaign meeting

By our correspondents, 20 January 2016

More than 80 students and workers attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s final campaign meeting in the student parliament elections at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Commentary

Prominent German journalist attacks refugees in the New York Times

By Johannes Stern, 20 January 2016

The hysterical, racist campaign surrounding the New Year events at Cologne Central Station is spreading internationally and assuming ever greater dimensions.

Sanders in the Democratic debate: A “political revolution” that stops at the water’s edge

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016

Democratic Party demagogy in South Carolina debate

More on the 2016 US elections »

Drug overdoses in US drive sharp rise in mortality rates among white young adults

By Kate Randall, 19 January 2016

Union officials work with Obama administration to crush Detroit teacher protests

By Jerry White, 19 January 2016

Council of Europe issues report on far-right massacre in Odessa

Arts Review

30 Americans at the Detroit Institute of Arts: The art of identity politics

By Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016

30 Americans is a collection of artwork created under the influence of racialist and gender politics, and it provides an opportunity to assess the aesthetic contribution of this outlook.

Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycle Thieves—a documentary on Italian cinema

By Richard Phillips, 19 January 2016

Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “On the threshold of the New Year”

We are publishing here an Arabic translation of the Perspective that was posted on the WSWS in English on December 31.

25 years ago: First week of bombing in US war against Iraq

On January 19, 1991, after two days of relentless air strikes on Iraqi forces during the “Desert Storm” operation, military analysts declared the Iraqi air force could no longer “be regarded as any kind of a serious threat.”

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50 years ago: Pentagon asks for more troops in Vietnam

On January 20, 1966, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara outlined Pentagon plans to more than double US troop strength in Vietnam during the year to over 400,000.

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75 years ago: Churchill government crackdown on Communist Party

On January 21, 1941 Britain’s Home Secretary Herbert Morrison ordered the suppression of the Daily Worker, newspaper of British Communist Party.

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100 years ago: British parliament introduces conscription

On January 24, 1916, the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Military Service Act, a bill to introduce conscription into the army.

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Obituary

David Bowie (1947-2016)

By Hiram Lee, 16 January 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

UAW local publishes blacklist of workers who opt out of dues payment

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

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