European governments step up offensive against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2016

Proposals made at the EU meeting amount to the transformation of Greece into a giant concentration camp for refugees.

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

The end of liberal Europe

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US secretary of state demands China act against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 28 January 2016

Kerry threatened to expand the US military presence in Asia unless Beijing took tough measures in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

Wall Street falls on global growth fears

By Nick Beams, 28 January 2016

A downturn in the share prices of two major companies, Apple and Boeing, was responsible for more than half of yesterday’s fall in the Dow.

The political significance of the global economic turmoil

What is driving the stock market panic?

Detroit student protest organizers explain issues behind Cass Tech walkout

By E.P. Bannon, 28 January 2016

Leaders of the group, We the Students, at Cass Technical High School in Detroit explained the reasons behind their student walkout on Monday.

Detroit high school students stage walkouts to support teachers

Federal agents kill one, arrest eight in confrontation with Oregon militia leaders

By Joseph Santolan, 28 January 2016

During the arrests, officers repeatedly shot Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, killing him and wounding another.

Manslaughter trial in police killing of Akai Gurley begins in Brooklyn

By Fred Mazelis, 28 January 2016

The incident, in November 2014, followed soon after the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

Over a thousand jobs to go at Welsh steel plants

By Danny Richardson, 28 January 2016

There is no suggestion of opposition from either the trade unions or the Labour Party.

Polish government intensifies military build-up

By Dorota Niemitz, 28 January 2016

The US and Britain have promised Poland more troops to strengthen the “eastern flank of NATO” against “Russian aggression.”

Latvian Greens and neo-fascists in coalition

By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2016

Maris Kucinskis of the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) is poised to head a new governing coalition in Latvia.

Russian arms consignment arrives in Fiji

By John Braddock, 28 January 2016

The shipment underlines the deepening geo-strategic tensions in the Pacific.

New in Turkish

Mısır Devrimi üzerine notlar

Nick Beams, 28 Ocak 2016

Nick Beams tarafından 2011 yılında Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Avustralya) yaz okulunda Mısır Devrimi üzerine verilen rapor.

New in Spanish

Podemos se plantea formar gobierno con los Socialistas españoles, PSOE

Por James Lerner y Alejandro López, 28 enero 2016

El propósito de tal gobierno sólo podía ser para hacer cumplir las medidas de austeridad aún más impopulares.

El Pentágono exige un "giro" político hacia Latinoamérica

Por Bill Van Auken, 28 enero 2016

Se exige dentro del ejército yanqui una lucha contra China por la dominación del hemisferio.

New in French

Un groupe de recherches américain présente un plan directeur pour aller en guerre contre la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 28 janvier 2016

Le rapport du CSIS est la voix du vaste establishment militaire américain, qui voit la Chine comme la principale menace à une domination stratégique sans entrave des États-Unis en Asie.

Espagne: Podemos fait pression sur le PSOE pour former un nouveau gouvernement

Par Alejandro López et Paul Mitchell, 28 janvier 2016

Les manœuvres de Podemos avec les sociaux-démocrates pro-austérité montrent que l’opposition de la classe ouvrière à l'austérité et à la guerre ne peut s’exprimer à travers aucun des quatre principaux partis.

Le Premier minister propose un état d’urgence permanent en France

Par Stéphane Hughes et Alex Lantier, 27 janvier 2016

Dans un coup d'Etat au ralenti, l'élite dirigeante travaille pour transformer la vie politique en France et créer ainsi un régime politique autoritaire.

La France donne des aides à la Tunisie afin de bloquer les manifestations contre le chômage

Par Kumaran Ira, 27 janvier 2016

Washington et Paris augmentent également leur soutien militaire à la Tunisie pour préparer la suppression de mouvements d'opposition ouvrière.

New in German

Sanders und der Sozialismus

Von Barry Grey, 28. Januar 2016

Die Unterstützung für Bernie Sanders hat mehrere Fiktionen über die amerikanische Bevölkerung und die amerikanische Politik zerplatzen lassen.

Von der Leyen will die Bundeswehr mit 130 Milliarden aufrüsten

Von Johannes Stern, 28. Januar 2016

Die Bundeswehr will vor allem bei den Großgeräten aufrüsten. Die Rede ist von zusätzlichen Spähpanzern, Panzerhaubitzen, Marine-Hubschraubern, Transport-Hubschraubern und Schiffen.

Massenproteste gegen Arbeitslosigkeit in ganz Tunesien

Von Alex Lantier, 28. Januar 2016

Keines der Probleme, welche die Arbeiterklasse vor fünf Jahren zu Revolutionen gegen Ben Ali in Tunesien und danach gegen Mubarak in Ägypten getrieben haben, wurde bisher gelöst.

Untersuchungsbericht im Mordfall Litwinenko:
Britischer Regierungsausschuss beschuldigt Putin

Von Tom Carter, 28. Januar 2016

Die britischen Medien schlachten den Untersuchungsbericht aus, in dem Robert Service als „Hauptexperte“ zitiert wird. Dabei gibt es keine Beweise für die Beschuldigungen.

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Perspective

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

28 January 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Large turnout at emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint called by SEP

28 January 2016

Over a hundred workers, retirees and young people, including representatives of teachers and students participating in a sickout protest in Detroit Public Schools, as well as autoworkers and Flint residents, attended an emergency meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Detroit Wednesday. A full report on the meeting will follow tomorrow.

Video: Flint residents protest paying for poisoned water

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 January 2016

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 »

Arts Review

A modern Antigone: Son of Saul by László Nemes

By Dorota Niemitz, 28 January 2016

The debut film of Hungarian director László Nemes depicts the horrors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the prisoner uprising of October 1944.

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

By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2016

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

Commentary

Sanders and socialism

By Barry Grey, 27 January 2016

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

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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UK government inquiry purports to link Putin to Litvinenko assassination

By Tom Carter, 27 January 2016

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

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2016

Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war

By Christoph Dreier, 27 January 2016

Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion operatives who doctored videos

By Kate Randall, 27 January 2016

Podemos pressures Socialist Party to form new government in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 27 January 2016

Prime Minister Valls pledges permanent state of emergency in France

Five years of the Egyptian Revolution

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

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

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

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.

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