Escalating Michigan crisis overwhelms Obama’s visit to Detroit

By Andre Damon, 21 January 2016

Amid growing evidence of the Michigan government’s complicity in poisoning thousands of children in Flint, Obama boasted that “all kinds of good things are happening.”

School authorities seek injunction to halt Detroit teacher protests

By Jerry White, 21 January 2016

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2016

From January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015, the UN recorded at least 55,047 civilian casualties, while warning that the real toll could be much higher.

Pentagon chief outlines plan for escalation of Iraq-Syria war

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

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Illinois Republicans announce Chicago bankruptcy legislation

By Kristina Betinis, 21 January 2016

Plans to allow the city of Chicago and its school system to declare bankruptcy are part of an escalating attack on public education and all the rights of the working class.

Port of Oakland in California to close major terminal

By David Brown, 21 January 2016

The decision of the largest terminal operator to leave the Port of Oakland is a harbinger of a crisis in the shipping industry and worsening conditions for port workers.

German defence minister announces military intervention in Libya

By Dietmar Henning and Johannes Stern, 21 January 2016

The talk of a struggle against an “axis of terrorism” is simply the propaganda smokescreen behind which long-discussed plans are being implemented in practice.

What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 January 2016

The chancellor, whose position seemed unassailable a few months ago, could now prematurely lose office as she comes under attack from sections of the political establishment.

UK: Corbyn offers Labour’s right an olive branch over Trident

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2016

Whatever his mildly left rhetoric, Corbyn is wedded to the party on which British imperialism has relied for more than a century to police the working class and preserve its rule.

Scottish government imposes more cuts

By Minnie Watson, 21 January 2016

The Scottish National Party is faithfully imposing the attacks dictated by the Conservatives, including significant cuts in education and the arts.

Calls for “primary of the left” offer political cover to French ruling party

By Francis Dubois, 21 January 2016

A part of the bourgeoisie fears that the appeals to the far right from the ruling Socialist Party could discredit its policies of austerity and war.

Labor Party in Australia demands “action” against China

By James Cogan, 21 January 2016

Shadow defence spokesman Stephen Conroy’s column underscores the Labor Party’s role as the most fervent supporter of the US-Australia alliance.

Australian government unveils new cuts to health care

By Mike Head, 21 January 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s government has made the slashing of basic health services one of the priority targets of its austerity agenda.

New in Turkish

Borsa paniğini harekete geçiren ne?

Barry Grey, 21 Ocak 2016

Piyasalardaki kısa vadeli değişim ne olursa olsun, yeni yıla damgasını vuran çalkantı, dünya kapitalist sistemi içindeki şiddetli ve derinleşen çelişkileri yansıtmaktadır.

Olağanüstü halin ortasında, işlerini savunmak için mücadele eden Fransız işçiler tutuklandı

Kumaran Ira, 21 Ocak 2016

Kuzey Fransa'daki Amiens Fransız ceza mahkemesi, 12 Ocakta, sekiz eski Goodyear lastik işçisini, iki yıl hapis cezasına çarptırdı.

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La proposition de primaire à gauche: une manœuvre de soutien au PS

Par Francis Dubois, 21 janvier 2016

Une partie de la bourgeoisie craint que les appels lancés en direction de l'extrême droite par le PS ne discrédite l’austérité imposée par Hollande et par l'UE.

La Chine confirme son ralentissement économique alors que le FMI baisse ses prévisions de croissance mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 21 janvier 2016

Les risques pour l'économie mondiale cités par le Fonds monétaire international ne sont pas des prévisions à long ou à moyen terme, mais bien des réalités quotidiennes.

Le ralentissement de l'économie canadienne ébranle le gouvernement libéral

Par Roger Jordan, 21 janvier 2016

Les libéraux envisagent d'accélérer la mise en œuvre de nouvelles dépenses d'infrastructure, alors qu'augmente la crainte que la baisse des prix du pétrole et la croissance mondiale anémique vont pousser le Canada dans la récession.

New in German

Was treibt die Börsenpanik an?

Von Barry Grey, 21. Januar 2016

Seit sieben Jahren pumpen Zentralbanken und Regierungen Billionen Dollar in die Finanzmärkte. Die Realwirtschaft dagegen hat sich vom Wall Street Crash von 2008 niemals erholt.

Was steckt hinter der wachsenden Kritik an Merkel?

Von Ulrich Rippert, 21. Januar 2016

Die Bundeskanzlerin, deren Stellung vor wenigen Monaten noch unantastbar schien, könnte nun sogar vorzeitig ihr Amt verlieren.

Haushaltskürzungen der russischen Regierung verschärfen Massenarmut

Von Andrea Peters, 21. Januar 2016

Wegen der niedrigen Ölpreise bereitet der Kreml zehnprozentige Kürzungen in allen Ressorts vor.

Präsidentschaftsdebatte der Demokraten:
Bernie Sanders' „politische Revolution“ – eine politische Trockenübung

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Januar 2016

Wer den Kern von Bernie Sanders‘ Politik erfassen will, muss seine Haltung zum Krieg und zur Rolle des US-Imperialismus untersuchen.

The Big Short: Die Kriminalität der Wall Street und der Zusammenbruch von 2008

Von Joanne Laurier, 21. Januar 2016

Adam McKays neuer Film The Big Short ist eine hart austeilende Komödie über den historischen Zusammenbruch der amerikanischen Immobilienblase im Jahr 2008.

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Perspective

The political significance of the global economic turmoil

21 January 2016

The turmoil on global markets is an expression of the breakdown of the mechanisms and structures that have sustained world capitalism over the past quarter-century.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections

By our correspondent, 21 January 2016

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University in Berlin, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality received 149 votes and will have four seats in the student parliament.

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

“We are all in this together. This is class warfare”
Video: Detroit teachers speak out in protests during Obama visit

By Jerry White and Buster Haycook, 21 January 2016

Hundreds of teachers shut down the school system in a “sick out” protest Wednesday against decaying buildings, overcrowded classrooms and years of pay and benefit cuts.

The Flint water crisis and the criminality of American capitalism

By Jerry White, 20 January 2016

“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

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.

Arts Review

The semi-boycott of the “whites only” Academy Awards

By David Walsh, 21 January 2016

Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, both African-American, have indicated they will shun this year’s award ceremony on February 28.

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

By Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016

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

Commentary

China confirms economic slowdown as IMF cuts global growth forecast

By Nick Beams, 20 January 2016

Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

By Anthony Torres, 20 January 2016

Prominent German journalist attacks refugees in the New York Times

By Johannes Stern, 20 January 2016

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

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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

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

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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

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

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