On eve of Syria “peace talks,” Washington threatens escalation across region

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2016

Top US officials have declared that they are prepared to seek a “military solution” in Syria, put “boots on the ground” in Iraq and launch another US-NATO war in Libya.

Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

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CSIS report: A blueprint for US war with China

By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2016

The study is a master plan for an accelerating arms race in Asia in preparation for a conflict that would draw in the entire region and the world.

Syria and the South China Sea: Two flashpoints for world war

Global slowdown to deepen attacks on jobs

By Nick Beams, 25 January 2016

Stock markets recovered some of their losses at the end of the last week, but the underlying trend in the world economy is slower growth and outright recession.

The political significance of the global economic turmoil

The ruling class meets at Davos

”Democracy is being taken away in Michigan”
As Detroit teachers head to court, politicians plot further attacks

By Nancy Hanover, 25 January 2016

Teachers face a hearing Monday as the Detroit Public Schools seeks an injunction against sickouts and legislators ramp up efforts to ban opposition to the destruction of public education.

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Democratic state treasurer played key role in Flint water disaster

By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2016

Andy Dillon, who played a key role in the conspiracy to throw Detroit into bankruptcy, gave the go-ahead for Flint to leave the Detroit water system, a decision that set in motion the disaster.

Evidence mounts that poisoned Flint water caused deaths

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

US blizzard: At least 27 dead, hundreds of thousands without power

By Nick Barrickman and Eric London, 25 January 2016

In the supposedly most advanced country in the world, the ability of storms to bring life to a standstill is an indictment of an economic system devoid of any rational planning.

Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity

By Kristina Betinis, 25 January 2016

Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the administration of Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance to cuts, including from Detroit teachers.

Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

The Left Party’s open promotion of xenophobic, right-wing, anti-refugee political positions is bound up with its support for German imperialism.

German media incites racist hysteria

More on the refugee crisis »

UK: British Medical Association and Labour isolate junior doctors’ strike

By Tony Robson, 25 January 2016

Taking advantage of BMA's decision to call off a strike by doctors, the Conservative government has revived the threat to impose new contracts unilaterally.

Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests

By Armando Cruz, 25 January 2016

The fare hikes are part of a year-long attack on the living standards of the population, designed to placate the international banks.

US threatens to withdraw from major Pacific fisheries treaty

By John Braddock, 25 January 2016

The US withdrawal from the 27-year-old Tuna Treaty threatens to devastate the economies of many small island states.

New in Turkish

Tunus genelinde işsizliğe karşı kitlesel protestolar patlak verdi

Alex Lantier, 25 Ocak 2016

Mohamed Bouazizi’nin, kendini yakma eyleminden beş yıl sonra, Tunus’un dört bir yanında, yeniden, işçilerin ve öğrencilerin işsizliğe karşı kitlesel protestoları patladı.

İşçi Mücadeleleri: Amerika Kıtaları

25 Ocak 2016

Amerikalı işçilerin mücadeleleri, uluslararası sosyalizm uğruna ortak bir kavgada dünyanın dört bir yanındaki işçilerin mücadelelerine bilinçli bir şekilde bağlanmalıdır.

New in French

La fin de l’Europe libérale

Par Peter Schwarz, 25 janvier 2016

Le virement à droite opéré par les élites européennes a son origine dans les contradictions sociales, économiques et politiques explosives qui se sont accumulées depuis l’effondrement de l’Union soviétique il y a 25 ans.

Des manifestations de masse contre le chômage éclatent dans toute la Tunisie

Par Alex Lantier, 25 janvier 2016

Aucun des griefs qui avaient conduit la classe ouvrière dans la lutte révolutionnaire il y a cinq ans, contre Ben Ali en Tunisie d'abord, puis contre Moubarak en Egypte, n’ont été résolus.

Espagne: Podemos prêt à former un gouvernement avec le Parti socialiste

Par Alejandro López, 25 janvier 2016

Tous les partis disposés à former ou soutenir un «gouvernement de gauche» ont historiquement un bilan et un programme d'austérité et de guerre.

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Perspective

Five years of the Egyptian Revolution

25 January 2016

The basic problem of the Egyptian Revolution was to establish the political independence of the working class from all of the different bourgeois forces.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

“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

Emergency meeting January 27 on the crisis in Flint and Detroit

22 January 2016

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are calling a public meeting in Detroit, Michigan on January 27 to discuss a political strategy to unite the working class.

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

25 years ago: Mass protests against Iraq war erupt as US experiences first casualties

On January 26, 1991, nine days after the launching of an aerial assault on Iraq, more than 150,000 people marched in Washington, DC in opposition to the US war in the Persian Gulf.

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50 years ago: Johnson resumes “Rolling Thunder” bombing of North Vietnam

On January 31, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam following a 37-day pause.

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75 years ago: Romanian fascist revolt dissolves

On January 25, 1941 the London Times reported that the Romanian military under the leadership of right-wing dictator General Ion Antonescu had wrested back control of Bucharest from the fascist Iron Guard.

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100 years ago: Zeppelin raids in Britain

On January 31, 1916, six German dirigibles attacked East Anglia and the Midlands in Britain, killing 70 people and injuring a further 113.

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Commentary

The end of liberal Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 23 January 2016

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Growing inconsistencies

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 January 2016

Mass protests against unemployment erupt across Tunisia

By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2016

Spain: Podemos ready to form government with Socialist Party

By Alejandro López, 23 January 2016

Mass protests against pension cuts in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 23 January 2016

Indian Stalinist leaders divided over alliance with big business Congress Party

By Arun Kumar and K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2016

Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict

Job cuts mount as global economy falters

Japan heightens its profile in the South China Sea

Arts Review

Charlie Kaufman’s often charming, moving Anomalisa (and Michael Moore’s feeble Where to Invade Next)

By Joanne Laurier, 23 January 2016

Jazz album: Crisis by Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble

By Jeff Lusanne, 22 January 2016

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

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 statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections

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

Mehring Books

Twenty-five years since the first Gulf War
Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq—an enduring contribution to waging war on war

By Eric London, 21 January 2016

In 1991, the Workers League, forerunner of the SEP, published this valuable compendium of articles and statements providing a Marxist analysis of the imperialist war in Iraq and the breakdown of the postwar international order.

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.

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016

Bernie Sanders poses as an opponent of Wall Street in New York speech

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US Elections »

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 »

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

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