Washington to escalate US Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2016

The Obama White House is set to approve Pentagon demands for more troops in Iraq and another US military intervention in Libya.

Pentagon prepares another war in Libya

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Japan moves to negative interest rates

By Nick Beams, 30 January 2016

A quarter of the world’s gross domestic product now emanates from countries with negative official interest rates, an unprecedented situation in the history of world capitalism.

Job cuts and threats of defaults as commodity prices fall

By a reporter, 30 January 2016

The political significance of the global economic turmoil

German government restricts right to asylum

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 January 2016

The new measures underscore the ruthlessness and brutality with which the government is acting against refugees, in the full knowledge that the provisions being adopted will result in the loss of life.

Greek Syriza government colludes with EU in refugee crackdown

By John Vassilopoulos, 30 January 2016

Syriza boasts that they have deported 130 people back to Turkey in the space of 15 days.

Sweden announces plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees

Cameron’s attack on migrants spearheads appeal to far right in the UK

The end of liberal Europe

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Cameron continues EU negotiations amid deepening inner-party divisions

By Simon Whelan, 30 January 2016

Forty Conservative MPs wrote to the prime minister calling for a meeting to discuss concerns that he is not asking for sufficiently radical changes in return for the UK’s continued EU membership.

State workers in Flint supplied with bottled water one year prior to acknowledgement of crisis

By E.P. Bannon, 30 January 2016

An internal email shows that the administration of Michigan Governor Snyder was providing state workers in Flint with bottled water long before any government official publicly acknowledged a health hazard existed.

Questions emerge over motives behind ending Flint’s ties to Detroit water system

The Rachel Maddow show in Flint: Damage control for Democrats

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Republican debate in Iowa promotes war and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2016

The seven candidates plumbed the depths of fear-mongering and racism even without billionaire demagogue Donald Trump.

Sanders and socialism

More on the 2016 US Elections »

CIA planned rendition operation to kidnap Edward Snowden

By Thomas Gaist, 30 January 2016

The CIA stationed a plane in Copenhagen for the specific purpose of seizing the whistleblower, documents published by Danish media on Thursday show.

Steelworkers union begins counting ballots in sellout contract at US Steel

By Evan Winters, 30 January 2016

The contract being rammed through with no discussion by the USW reportedly includes a three-year wage freeze, no signing bonus and the elimination of retiree health care for new-hires.

San Diego officials to fight ruling against pension cutback

By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2016

A state labor board ruled against cutbacks to pensions last December, prompting the City Council to vote unanimously for an appeal.

Toronto cop found guilty on lesser charge in killing of Sammy Yatim

By Dylan Lubao, 30 January 2016

The media is hailing the conviction of the killer cop James Forcillo on the lesser charge of attempted murder as an “end to police impunity.” It is nothing of the sort.

Europe joins the economic “gold rush” to Tehran

By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2016

Iranian President Rouhani’s trip to Europe signals that Iran is wide open for foreign investors following this month’s lifting of international sanctions.

Australian state government plans to privatise public housing

By Terry Cook, 30 January 2016

The New South Wales government’s blueprint will provide a bonanza for property developers and finance houses.

New in Portuguese

Governo brasileiro reprime protestos em São Paulo contra o aumento do transporte

Por Armando Cruz, 30 de janeiro de 2016

O aumento da tarifa no transporte público é parte de um ano inteiro de ataques ao padrão de vida da população.

New in Turkish

Küresel ekonomik çalkantının siyasi önemi

Nick Beams, 30 Ocak 2016

Yeni jeo-ekonomik ve siyasi ortamdaki en önemli faktör, mevcut düzene karşı milyarlarca insanın bilincine derinlemesine yerleşmiş olan, tırmanan toplumsal muhalefet dalgasıdır.

Suriye “barış görüşmeleri” arifesinde Washington bölgede müdahaleyi tırmandırma tehdidinde bulunuyor

Bill Van Auken, 30 Ocak 2016

Sözde barış görüşmelerine kimin katılacağı üzerine şiddetli anlaşmazlıkların altında, ABD ile Rusya arasındaki keskin şekilde uyumsuz olan çıkarlar yatmaktadır.

New in German

Das Pentagon plant einen weiteren Krieg in Libyen

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. Januar 2016

Die Quelle der angeblichen terroristischen Bedrohung in Libyen, die als Vorwand für einen weiteren imperialistischen Krieg dienen soll, sind die US-geführten Militärinterventionen des Westens selbst.

Große Koalition einigt sich auf Verschärfung des Asylrechts

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 30. Januar 2016

Mit der Aussetzung des Familiennachzugs unterzeichnet die Bundesregierung das Todesurteil für Dutzende, wenn nicht Hunderte weitere Flüchtlingskinder.

CSU droht Merkel mit Verfassungsklage

Von Ulrich Rippert, 30. Januar 2016

Hinter dem Streit über Merkels Flüchtlingspolitik verbergen sich Konflikte über die Ausrichtung der zukünftigen Außenpolitik.

Bundestag beschließt neuen Kampfeinsatz der Bundeswehr in Mali

Von Johannes Stern, 30. Januar 2016

Die Reden im Parlament ließen keinen Zweifel daran, dass die Bundeswehr in Mali interveniert, um die wirtschaftlichen und geopolitischen Ziele des deutschen Imperialismus zu verteidigen.

Wachsende soziale Ungleichheit in Deutschland: Ärmere Hälfte besitzt nur ein Prozent

Von Denis Krassnin, 30. Januar 2016

Seit dem Beginn der rot-grünen Koalition unter Gerhard Schröder (SPD) vor nunmehr 18 Jahren hat die soziale Ungleichheit in Deutschland massiv zugenommen.

Große Versammlung zur Krisenlage in Detroit und Flint

Von E.P. Bannon, 30. Januar 2016

Zahlreiche Lehrer, Autoarbeiter, städtische Bedienstete, Studierende und viele weitere Arbeiter beteiligten sich an der Diskussion über eine Strategie für die Arbeiterklasse.

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Perspective

Wall Street celebrates mounting signs of US slump

30 January 2016

The financial markets responded to a series of reports pointing to a sharp economic downturn in the US by staging a euphoric rally.

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Arts Review

Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy

By David Walsh, 30 January 2016

It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the New York Times and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi—Michael Bay’s mythmaking

By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2016

Hollywood’s latest propaganda piece tells the story of the 2012 attack on a US base in Libya from a right-wing perspective, with predictable results.

Drone, a Norwegian-made documentary: “We just made orphans out of all these children”

A modern Antigone: Son of Saul by László Nemes

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint draws over one hundred workers and youth

By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016

Detroit student protest organizers explain issues behind Cass Tech walkout

By E.P. Bannon, 28 January 2016

Video: Flint residents protest paying for poisoned water

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 January 2016

Workers Struggles

Longshoremen walk out at New York/New Jersey Port

By Daniel de Vries, 30 January 2016

Hours after the job action began, the International Longshoremen’s Association moved to shut down the strike, telling workers on Friday evening to return to work.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 January 2016

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

Commentary

World Health Organization: Zika virus “spreading explosively” in Americas

By Kate Randall, 29 January 2016

German defence minister demands additional €130 billion for military

By Johannes Stern, 29 January 2016

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

By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

By Andre Damon, 28 January 2016

US secretary of state demands China act against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 28 January 2016

UK government inquiry purports to link Putin to Litvinenko assassination

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

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

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