More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff

By Kate Randall, 2 February 2016

The SNAP cutoffs loom as hunger and food insecurity continue to rise and more than a quarter of the unemployed have been jobless for more than six months.

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

Cruz wins Iowa Republican caucuses; Clinton and Sanders in near-tie

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2016

Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was razor-thin, while Cruz held a significant lead over Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.

On eve of first presidential contest: US two-party system in crisis

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Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016

The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history.

Neo-Nazi mob assaults immigrants in Stockholm, Sweden

Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy

Doctor challenges Australian government over refugee conditions on Nauru

By Max Newman, 2 February 2016

A paediatrics professor who worked in Nauru has condemned the indefinite detention of asylum seekers as torture, defying the police-state secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act.

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Former British Prime Minister Blair joins call for a European army

By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2016

In calling for the creation of a European military force, Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage.

Netherlands to begin bombing Islamic State in Syria

By Josh Varlin, 2 February 2016

Prime Minister Rutte’s announcement of the decision to begin bombing ISIS in Syria marks a dramatic escalation of the Netherlands’ involvement in the US-led campaign.

Pentagon prepares another war in Libya

Washington to escalate US Mideast wars

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Pressure mounts on Australian government to challenge China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2016

“Freedom of navigation” is the threadbare pretext used to disguise US-led preparations for war with China.

US navy carries out provocative operation in South China Sea

South Korea joins US-Japan intelligence link

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Global manufacturing continues to fall

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2016

The Chinese steel industry recorded a loss of more than $9 billion for 2015, in the clearest expression of China’s economic slowdown.

Five immigrant workers die in Novi, Michigan house fire

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 February 2016

The five immigrants, at least three teenagers, were living in the basement of a house owned by the boss of the restaurant where they worked.

Father of girl killed by Pennsylvania cop charged with murder

By Tom Eley, 2 February 2016

The father of Ciara Meyer is being charged with the murder of his own daughter, who was killed by a constable who arrived to evict the family from their rental apartment.

Records show “intentional destruction” of dashcams by Chicago cops

By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2016

The majority of Chicago police dashcam videos lack audio due to tampering with equipment, raising questions about how many more incidents of police brutality have been hidden.

Report reveals ongoing social crisis for Chicago’s youth and young adults

Illinois prepares new attack on pensions as budget impasse enters eighth month

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 February 2016

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is working with Democrats to cut pensions and strike a budget deal, even as social service providers and colleges prepare to shut their doors.

Maldives government releases former president

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 2 February 2016

The strategically-located island archipelago has increasingly become a focal point of Washington’s “pivot” to the Indo-Pacific region to confront China.

New in French

Suède: une bande néo-nazie agresse des immigrés à Stockholm

Par Jordan Shilton, 2 février 2016

L'apparition d'un mouvement fasciste dans les rues d'une grande ville européenne est le résultat de l'hystérie anti-réfugiés attisée par l'establishment politique sur tout le continent.

À la veille de la première primaire présidentielle, le système bipartite américain est en crise

Par Patrick Martin, 2 février 2016

Les caucus de l’Iowa lundi soir marquent la première primaire d’une campagne présidentielle déjà caractérisée par les convulsions politiques des deux grands partis bourgeois.

New in German

US-Vorwahlen:
Die Krise des amerikanischen Zweiparteiensystems

Von Patrick Martin, 2. Februar 2016

Die Vorwahl in Iowa am Montagabend war die erste Vorwahl eines von politischen Erschütterungen in beiden Parteien geprägten Wahlkampfs.

Der „Schießbefehl“ der AfD und die Rechtswende der deutschen Politik

Von Johannes Stern, 2. Februar 2016

Die Forderung der rechtsextremen Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), man müsse gegen Flüchtlinge an der Grenze „notfalls“ Schusswaffen einsetzen, kennzeichnet einen neuen Höhepunkt der rechtsextremen Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge.

Schweden: Neonazi-Mob greift Flüchtlinge an

Von Jordan Shilton, 2. Februar 2016

Die Hysterie gegen Flüchtlinge, die das politische Establishment in ganz Europa schürt, hat in Stockholm nackte faschistische Straßengewalt entfesselt.

Österreichische Gemeinden erlassen Badeverbot für Flüchtlinge

Von Markus Salzmann, 2. Februar 2016

Das Schwimmbadverbot für Flüchtlinge in zwei österreichischen Städten weckt Erinnerungen an die dunkelsten Kapitel der Geschichte.

Wall Street Kurse fallen wegen globaler Wachstumsschwäche

Von Nick Beams, 2. Februar 2016

Am Mittwoch kam die Wall Street ins Rutschen, als die Aktien der zwei Großkonzerne Apple und Boeing abstürzten.

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Perspective

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

2 February 2016

The opening of the talks was overshadowed by a vicious bombing attack on a Shia shrine outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Report: Flint lead filters provide inadequate protection for residents

By Shannon Jones, 2 February 2016

Officials are now warning residents that lead levels are so high that the water filters that have been distributed are not adequate.

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

The World Socialist Web Site and the Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2016

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

“This is not a race issue—we need everyone to support this”
Detroit Public School students take a stand with teachers, spreading protests

By Nancy Hanover, 1 February 2016

High school students throughout Detroit speak up, walk out and protest to make their stand with teachers.

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

By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016

Workers Struggles

On what program should workers oppose the sellout agreement in Quebec’s public sector?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 2 February 2016

Quebec public sector workers face a political struggle. In rejecting the sellout agreement touted by the inter-union Common Front, they will be challenging the austerity program of the entire ruling elite.

Uber cuts protested by New York City drivers

By Steve Light and Isaac Finn, 2 February 2016

With support from taxi drivers, Uber drivers in New York City protested rate cuts by the international company, which will reduce already meager incomes even further.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 February 2016

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

Longshoremen walk out at New York/New Jersey Port

Commentary

Human Rights Watch report documents attack on democratic rights in US and Europe

By Tom Hall, 1 February 2016

US Congress quietly enables funding for Ukrainian neo-Nazi-led Azov Regiment

By David Levine, 1 February 2016

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

German parliament backs new military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 1 February 2016

World Bank documents growth of “ninis” in Latin America: Youth neither working nor in school

By Kevin Martinez, 1 February 2016

Wall Street celebrates mounting signs of US slump

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2016

Japan moves to negative interest rates

Republican debate in Iowa promotes war and reaction

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

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

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: US saturation bombing kills thousands of Iraqi civilians

This week in 1991, Operation Desert Storm brought the saturation bombing of Iraqi cities, towns and villages by US warplanes.

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50 years ago: Soviet probe lands on the Moon

On February 3, 1966, the Soviet Union announced the successful soft landing of its unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft on the surface of the moon, in the lunar region called the Ocean of Storms.

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75 years ago: Bulgaria drawn into Axis

On February 4, 1941, the Bulgarian government of Tsar Boris III was reported about to accept Berlin’s demand to join the Axis powers’ “Tripartite Pact.”

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100 years ago: Mass garment workers strike in New York City

Mass strikes of garment workers continued to grow in New York this week in 1916, taking the total number of striking garment workers in the New York metropolitan area to 25,000.

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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