US planning to keep military forces in Afghanistan for “decades”

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2016

The US military is planning on using Afghanistan as a launching pad for military operations throughout South and Central Asia, senior US military officials told the Washington Post.

Plight of Syrians on Jordan’s border exposes US and European policy

By Jean Shaoul, 27 January 2016

Around 17,000 Syrians desperate to flee violent civil war are marooned in a remote and barren area near a military base on the southern border with Jordan.

Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict

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Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war

By Christoph Dreier, 27 January 2016

German media outlets are seeking to outdo each other in stirring up hatred against refugees, calling for a strong state and for more military missions.

Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany

Detroit high school students stage walkouts to support teachers

By E.P. Bannon, 27 January 2016

As teachers were forced to appear in court, high school students staged walkouts in protest of repression against teachers and the deplorable conditions in city schools.

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

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion operatives who doctored videos

By Kate Randall, 27 January 2016

The pair from the Center for Medical Progress were indicted on felony charges, while Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Podemos pressures Socialist Party to form new government in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 27 January 2016

Podemos’ maneuvers with pro-austerity Social Democrats exposes the fact that none of the four leading parties speak for working class opposition to austerity and war.

Notes on London’s housing crisis
Londoners spend majority of their income on housing

By Allison Smith, 27 January 2016

A new report released this week by the House of Commons shows that private sector rent makes up 62 percent of pre-tax income, up from 49 percent just five years ago.

Australian maritime union isolates and betrays Portland seamen

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 January 2016

The Maritime Union of Australia’s “Our Coast. Our Jobs” campaign divides workers and obscures the union’s role as the enforcer of sweeping cuts demanded by big business.

New Zealand government arrests alleged student loan defaulter

By Tom Peters, 27 January 2016

The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna sets the stage for more attacks on thousands of students and former students, who owe a combined total of $14.8 billion.

Canada’s prime minister courts global financial elite

By Roger Jordan, 27 January 2016

Even as Trudeau enthused over Canada’s “financial stability,” the country’s economy was being roiled by plummeting oil prices and the rapid depreciation of the Canadian dollar.

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

Sanders and socialism

27 January 2016

The continued and growing support for Sanders has exploded a whole series of fictions about the American people and American politics.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Video: Flint residents protest paying for poisoned water

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 January 2016

Emergency meeting January 27 on the crisis in Flint and Detroit

Democratic state treasurer played key role in Flint water disaster

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Commentary

UK government inquiry purports to link Putin to Litvinenko assassination

By Tom Carter, 27 January 2016

The report of the inquiry, based in part on the testimony of key “expert” witness Robert Service, has been loudly advertised in the media over the past week, despite the absence of any evidence to support its findings.

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2016

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

By Tom Eley, 26 January 2016

More on the 2016 US Elections »

Prime Minister Valls pledges permanent state of emergency in France

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2016

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

Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests

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

Bernie Sanders mobilizes African American celebrities to help “keep hope alive”

By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2016

In an effort to broaden his appeal, Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has shifted gears in recent weeks and begun making appeals to African American voters.

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

By Lee Parsons, 26 January 2016

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

By Joanne Laurier, 23 January 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 January 2016

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

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

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?

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

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