Pentagon budget directed toward war with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2016

The thrust of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s speech before the Economic Club on Tuesday was that US imperialism is preparing for a new world war.

US Environmental Protection Agency administrator appears in Flint, Michigan to “rebuild trust” over water crisis

By James Brewer, 3 February 2016

The one-day visit was a politically orchestrated effort at damage control engineered from the highest levels of government.

Report: Flint lead filters provide inadequate protection for residents

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Detroit Public Schools emergency manager resigns

By Jerry White, 3 February 2016

The removal of Darnell Earley paves the way for a bipartisan deal in the state legislature to restructure the schools and divert even more resources to private education companies.

What’s behind the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ lawsuit?

By Phyllis Steele, 3 February 2016

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

Chicago teachers face mass layoffs after bargaining committee rejects CTU-backed deal

By Kristina Betinis, 3 February 2016

The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union.

Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity

West Coast US cities sue Monsanto over toxic chemicals

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 February 2016

Seattle is the latest city to file a lawsuit against multinational corporation Monsanto for marketing PCBs that it knew would poison the environment.

Canada’s spy agencies illegally collected and shared personal information

By Roger Jordan, 3 February 2016

The Liberal government has sought to downplay the latest exposure of illegal acts committed by Canada’s intelligence agencies.

Working-class opposition to Socialist Party grows in Portugal

By Paul Mitchell, 3 February 2016

The Portuguese Stalinists and pseudo-left gave their support to the Socialist Party, knowing full well that it is a pro-business, pro-austerity party.

French President Hollande visits India to boost military ties, investment

By Sarath Kumara, 3 February 2016

Coming after New Delhi opened talks on possibly hosting US troops on Indian bases, Hollande’s visit pointed to the military escalation seizing South Asia.

Germany: Poorest half of population owns just 1 percent of wealth

By Denis Krasnin, 3 February 2016

The wealthiest 10 percent in Germany owns more than half (51 percent) of the wealth, while the poorest half owns a mere 1 percent.

Many UK children go to school hungry

By Tom Pearce, 3 February 2016

Nearly 50 percent of teachers in the UK said some pupils arrived at school hungry at least three or four times a week.

Open leadership row at Vietnam’s ruling party congress

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 3 February 2016

While General Secretary Trong may be more cautious than his rival about embracing US imperialism, Vietnam’s leadership will continue the tilt to Washington.

New in German

Syrien-Verhandlungen in Genf haben begonnen

Von Bill Van Auken, 3. Februar 2016

Der Beginn der Verhandlungen wurde von dem brutalen Bombenanschlag auf eine schiitische Pilgerstätte nahe Damaskus überschattet.

Vorwahlen in Iowa:
Cruz siegt bei Republikanern, Clinton und Sanders Kopf an Kopf

Von Patrick Martin, 3. Februar 2016

Hillary Clinton erzielte nur einen knappen Sieg über Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz setzte sich derweil mit einem deutlichen Vorsprung gegen Donald Trump und Marco Rubio durch.

Wirtschaftsminister Gabriel versucht in Warschau die Wogen zu glätten

Von Clara Weiss, 3. Februar 2016

Einer der wichtigsten Streitpunkte zwischen Berlin und Warschau ist die Pipeline Nord Stream, die seit 2011 Gas aus Russland über die Ostsee nach Deutschland liefert.

Neubrandenburger Auschwitzprozess droht zu platzen

Von Sibylle Fuchs, 3. Februar 2016

Der Prozess gegen den früheren SS-Mann Hubert Z. in Neubrandenburg droht wegen Befangenheit der Richter zu platzen.

Japan führt Negativzinsen ein

Von Nick Beams, 3. Februar 2016

Ein Viertel des Bruttoinlandsprodukts der Welt wird von Ländern mit negativen Leitzinssätzen erwirtschaftet. Eine solche Situation gab es in der Geschichte des Weltkapitalismus noch nie.

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Perspective

The Sanders vote in Iowa

3 February 2016

The mass support for Sanders explodes the myth, peddled endlessly by the American media, that the American people are unalterably wedded to capitalism.

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Socialist Equality Party

The Pentagon’s CSIS report and Australia’s role in the escalating war drive against China

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016

Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.

Commentary

Far-right German nationalist party calls for shooting refugees

By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2016

The politicians and media figures now denouncing the Alternative for Germany share responsibility for the return of its fascistic demands to the realm of official political discourse.

Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016

Neo-Nazi mob assaults immigrants in Stockholm, Sweden

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Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2016

Netherlands to begin bombing Islamic State in Syria

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

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2016

US navy carries out provocative operation in South China Sea

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More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff

By Kate Randall, 2 February 2016

Global manufacturing continues to fall

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2016

Arts Review

“Light lights in air”: Value, price, profit and Louis Zukofsky’s poetry

By Andras Gyorgy, 3 February 2016

Louis Zukofsky (1904–78), largely unknown today except in academic circles, was a remarkable American poet. In the late 1920s and 1930s, a supporter of the Communist Party, he wrote complex, modernist works.

Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy

By David Walsh, 30 January 2016

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

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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

Uber cuts protested by New York City drivers

By Steve Light and Isaac Finn, 2 February 2016

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.

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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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.

Autoworkers Struggles

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

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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