On eve of presidential primaries
Growing support for Sanders highlights US political crisis

By Tom Eley, 26 January 2016

The growth of working class opposition that underlies the support for Sanders is the main factor in the crisis that has emerged, in different forms, in both parties of big business in the current election campaign.

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

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

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Detroit judge rules against restraining order over teacher “sickouts”

By Jerry White, 26 January 2016

In a highly political decision, a Detroit judge denied the request by the emergency manager over the Detroit schools for legal action to halt the wave of teacher “sickout” protests.

“This isn’t just our fight, it’s for public education across the country.”
Detroit teachers denounce legal witch-hunt

By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2016

Detroit teachers in court Monday spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after a judge rejected a request for legal action against sickout protests.

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

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity

Prime Minister Valls pledges permanent state of emergency in France

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2016

As if in a slow-motion military coup, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian political regime.

France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016

Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.

Austria closes its borders to refugees

By Marianne Arens, 26 January 2016

As Europe is firmly in the grip of winter, one government after another is closing its borders.

Berlin town hall meeting protests discrimination against refugees

By Verena Nees, 26 January 2016

Many of those attending the mass meeting were appalled at the treatment of refugees, confined in airport hangars and other mass accommodation.

Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany

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Australia “central” to US plans for war with China

By James Cogan, 26 January 2016

The CSIS report demands a build-up of the Australia military, as well as US bases across the north of the continent.

CSIS report: A blueprint for US war with China

Indonesian authorities seize on Jakarta attack to strengthen detention powers

By John Roberts, 26 January 2016

Beneath the cloak of combatting terrorism, Suharto-era measures are being revived in response to developing social tensions.

Victorian-era diseases making a comeback in the UK

By Alice Summers, 26 January 2016

Hospital admissions for cholera have quadrupled over the last four years

Corporate gas leak in California’s Aliso Canyon to continue for months

By David Brown, 26 January 2016

The continuing leak of natural gas in Southern California highlights corporate negligence and decaying infrastructure.

US: 237 perish in house fires in the new year

By Steve Filips, 26 January 2016

Eighteen people have died in Alabama alone, including five people spanning three generations who were killed in a single fire on January 2 in Bryant.

Wave of youth suicides in Oklahoma town

By Naomi Spencer, 26 January 2016

Four young people, the youngest just 11 years old, have killed themselves in the small town of Anadarko in the past few weeks.

Australian Dulux workers return to work but job cuts loom

By Mike Head, 26 January 2016

Together with the other trade unions, United Voice is seeking to contain the growing anger among workers over the mounting destruction of jobs.

New in Russian

Правительство России готовит сокращения на фоне роста масштабов бедности

Андреа Питерс, 26 января 2016 г.

В то время как цены на нефть снижаются, Кремль готовит 10-процентное сокращение всех социальных расходов.

New in Turkish

Mısır Devrimi’nin beş yılı

Johannes Stern, 26 Ocak 2016

Mısır’da diktatör Hüsnü Mübarek’in devrilmesine yol açan kitlesel devrimci mücadelelerin patlamasından beş yıl sonra, General Abdülfettah el-Sisi’nin başında bulunduğu karşı-devrimci askeri cunta başka bir toplumsal patlamadan korkuyor.

Büyük şirketler Avrupa çapında işten çıkarmalar ilan ediyor

Kumaran Ira, 26 Ocak 2016

Çin’deki yavaşlamayı ve düşen petrol ve emtia fiyatlarını kapsayan büyüyen küresel ekonomik sıkıntının ortasında, büyük şirketler Avrupa genelinde toplu işten çıkarmalar ilan ediyor.

New in French

Cinq ans de Révolution égyptienne

Par Johannes Stern, 26 janvier 2016

Le problème fondamental de la révolution égyptienne était d'établir l'indépendance politique de la classe ouvrière vis-à-vis de toutes les forces diverses de la bourgeoisie.

Il semble de plus en plus évident que la contamination de l'eau de Flint a causé la mort

Par Andre Damon, 26 janvier 2016

Au moins 10 personnes sont mortes d'une épidémie de la maladie du légionnaire qui serait lié à la contamination de résidents de Flint, dissimulée pendant plus d'un an par le gouvernement.

L'origine de la crise à Flint et Detroit

Par Eric London, 26 janvier 2016

La catastrophe sociale au Michigan, y compris l'empoisonnement au plomb de milliers de résidents de Flint, suscite l'indignation à travers le pays.

Nouvel An à Cologne: de plus en plus d’incohérences

Par Ulrich Rippert, 26 janvier 2016

Après trois semaines d’enquête intenses, ce qui s’est vraiment passé à la gare centrale de Cologne dans la nuit du Nouvel An n’est toujours pas clair.

New in German

Fünf Jahre ägyptische Revolution

Von Johannes Stern, 26. Januar 2016

Das Grundproblem der ägyptischen Revolution war das Fehlen einer politischen Führung.

Welt-Chef Stefan Aust wirbt für Krieg

Von Christoph Dreier, 26. Januar 2016

Seit Jahresbeginn veranstalten deutsche Medien ein regelrechtes Trommelfeuer, um die Achse der offiziellen Politik nach rechts zu verschieben.

Vor den „Friedensgesprächen” zu Syrien:
Washington droht mit Verschärfung des Konflikts im ganzen Nahen Osten

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Januar 2016

Hochrangige Vertreter der USA erklären, dass sie bereit sind, eine „militärische Lösung“ in Syrien herbeizuführen, Bodentruppen im Irak einzusetzen und einen weiteren Krieg in Libyen zu beginnen.

Weiterer Rechtsruck in Lettland

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. Januar 2016

Maris Kucinskis vom Bündnis der Grünen und Bauern (ZZS) steht vor der Bildung einer neuen Regierungskoalition.

Spanien:
Podemos will mit Sozialistischer Partei Regierung bilden

Von Alejandro López, 26. Januar 2016

Alle Parteien, die bereit sind, eine „linke Regierung“ zu bilden oder zu unterstützen, haben schon bewiesen, dass sie für Austerität und Krieg stehen.

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Perspective

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

26 January 2016

The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Video: Flint residents protest paying for poisoned water

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 January 2016

On Monday, residents protested the exorbitant utility rates charged by the city of Flint, Michigan for water tainted with lead and other poisons.

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.

Democratic state treasurer played key role in Flint water disaster

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

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Arts Review

J.M.W. Turner and modern art: Comments on an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

By Lee Parsons, 26 January 2016

Given the current upsurge of interest in representational imagery, the exhibition of the late work of J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is of particular interest.

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

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

Commentary

Five years of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

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

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2016

Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Global slowdown to deepen attacks on jobs

By Nick Beams, 25 January 2016

Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests

By Armando Cruz, 25 January 2016

The end of liberal Europe

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

Mass protests against unemployment erupt across Tunisia

Spain: Podemos ready to form government with Socialist Party

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

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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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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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

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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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