Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

A candidate claiming to be socialist won the largest vote ever in the first US presidential primary.

In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

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Obama budget proposes increases in military, security spending

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

The budget’s proposed increases in domestic spending are empty election-year posturing, but the increases in military and security spending will almost certainly be enacted.

Japanese bond rate goes negative as bank shares tumble

By Nick Beams, 10 February 2016

All eyes in global financial markets will be on Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen as she delivers testimony to the US Congress Wednesday.

Greek military to play main role in setting up refugee concentration camps

By John Vassilopoulos, 10 February 2016

Whether enforcing the EU’s reactionary refugee agenda or implementing austerity, the Syriza-led government relies heavily on the police and army to force through its measures.

Mass one-day strike hits Syriza’s austerity measures in Greece

The end of liberal Europe

Human Rights Watch underscores Australia’s abuses of refugees

By Max Newman, 10 February 2016

The report documents Australia’s stripping of asylum seekers of basic democratic rights and the build-up of repressive police powers.

Australia’s High Court backs indefinite offshore detention

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Canada to triple its Special Forces contingent in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 10 February 2016

Washington was quick to praise the Trudeau government’s plans to expand Canada’s role in the Mideast war.

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

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Fatal rail crash in Bavaria

By Marianne Arens, 10 February 2016

Ten people were killed in Bavaria Tuesday morning when two local trains collided on a single-track line. Ninety more people were injured.

Haitian president ends term amid widening protests

By John Marion, 10 February 2016

As the Organization of American States forces Haiti’s ruling parties into an electoral compromise, protests are being attacked by former soldiers.

Earthquake in Taiwan leaves over 100 killed and missing

By Ben McGrath, 10 February 2016

The lack of earthquake safety measures contributed to the collapse of an apartment complex and the subsequent deaths.

Australian establishment condemns government’s retreat over increased consumption tax

By James Cogan, 10 February 2016

Raising the GST is viewed in corporate circles as the most rapid means of shifting more of the tax burden onto the working class.

Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand amid mass protests

By Tom Peters, 10 February 2016

The protest organisers do not speak for the working class but express the interests of less competitive sections of business that fear losing out to global rivals.

Hundreds more US coal miners laid off

By Naomi Spencer, 10 February 2016

Mine employment continues to hemorrhage across Appalachia and the Illinois coal basin.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections blocks thousands of inmates from receiving life-saving hepatitis-C drug

By Douglas Lyons, 10 February 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) is purposely withholding the drug until the disease has progressed to advanced stages.

New in French

Une nouvelle étape dans l’effondrement de l'économie mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 10 février 2016

La crise financière grandissante en Chine, marquée par la fuite des capitaux et la montée des inquiétudes sur le niveau d'endettement, s’accompagne de doutes croissants quant à la stabilité du système bancaire mondial.

Un rapport de Human Rights Watch expose l'état d'urgence

Par Stéphane Hugues, 10 février 2016

Le rapport souligne le refus arbitraire et systématique de droits démocratiques fondamentaux par la police et le ciblage des personnes d'origine musulmane.

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Ein neues Stadium des globalen Wirtschaftszusammenbruchs

Von Nick Beams, 10. Februar 2016

Kapitalflucht und wachsende Sorgen über die steigende Verschuldung kennzeichnen Chinas Finanzkrise. Begleitet wird das Szenario von wachsendem Zweifel an der Stabilität des weltweiten Bankensystems.

Merkel kündigt Nato-Einsatz in der Ägäis an

Von Ulrich Rippert, 10. Februar 2016

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel war am Montag erneut in Ankara. Dieses Mal stand die politische und militärische Zusammenarbeit gegen Russland im Mittelpunkt der Gespräche.

Schweres Bahnunglück in Oberbayern

Von Marianne Arens, 10. Februar 2016

In Bayern starben am Dienstagmorgen zehn Personen, als zwei Regionalzüge auf eingleisiger Strecke frontal kollidierten. Neunzig weitere wurden verletzt.

Bericht von Human Rights Watch:
Ein entlarvender Blick auf den Ausnahmezustand in Frankreich

Von Stéphane Hugues, 10. Februar 2016

Wie der HRW-Bericht zeigt, verletzt die französische Polizei systematisch die demokratischen Grundrechte. Die Ausnahmegesetze richten sich vor allem gegen Menschen muslimischer Abstammung.

Lehrer in Detroit und Chicago kämpfen für das öffentliche Bildungswesen

Von Jerry White, 10. Februar 2016

Aus dem Kampf zur Verteidigung des Rechtes auf Bildung ergeben sich politische Fragen, die für die ganze Arbeiterklasse von Bedeutung sind.

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Perspective

The looting of US workers’ pensions

10 February 2016

The assault on the pension benefits of retirees is an escalation of the decades-long drive to reduce American workers to the conditions of life that existed in the 19th century.

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Commentary

The origins of the Oxford University “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign

By Joan Smith and G. T. Maqhubela, 10 February 2016

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign’s focus on the removal of a statue is bound up with a political agenda that utilizes racial rather than socialist politics to conceal the pro-capitalist orientation of its leading figures.

White House pushes ahead with plan to slash pensions for up to one million retirees

By Andre Damon, 9 February 2016

“This is a dog and pony show”
Retirees speak on Teamster pension cuts

New York City public employee pension funds in danger of “operational failure”

A new stage in the global economic breakdown

By Nick Beams, 9 February 2016

Italy hit by banking crisis

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2016

Human Rights Watch report exposes French state of emergency

Sordid horse-trading over next Burmese president

North Korean satellite launch heightens US-China tensions

Slavoj Žižek: From pseudo-left to new right

UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
Stop the persecution of Julian Assange!

The 2016 US Elections

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016

Sanders and socialism

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Wall Street donors account for 40 percent of super PAC funds in US election

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2016

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

By Jerry White, 8 February 2016

Politicians, unions use the “carrot and stick” to try to derail Detroit Public Schools struggle

Cities and towns across the US suffer lead poisoning rates worse than Flint

By Carlos Delgado, 9 February 2016

Hundreds attend University of Michigan talk on Flint water crisis

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

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Arts Review

The Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!: The “Passion” of a film studio troubleshooter

By Joanne Laurier, 9 February 2016

At the Jewish Museum in New York City
“The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film”—an exhibition

By C.W. Rogers, 6 February 2016

NHS Fightback

UK: Junior doctors demonstrate in run-up to Wednesday strike

By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 February 2016

25 years ago: Australian journalists strike over Hawke’s pro-war witchhunt

Some 800 journalists at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation carried out a nationwide strike February 13, 1991 against a state witchhunt over the network’s coverage of the Gulf War.

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50 years ago: South Korean soldiers massacre Vietnamese

Beginning on February 12 and ending on March 17, 1966, South Korean soldiers supporting the US war against Vietnam carried out a series of brutal massacres of unarmed civilians.

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75 years ago: GPU murders defector Walter Krivitsky

On the February 10, 1941 Walter Krivitsky, the former Red Army chief of intelligence for Western Europe who defected in 1937, was murdered in a Washington, DC hotel by Stalinist GPU agents.

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100 years ago: Conflicts in Wilson administration over World War I

On February 10, 1916, Lindley Garrison, Secretary of War in the United States, resigned from office in protest over President Woodrow Wilson not moving more rapidly toward entry into World War I.

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Workers Struggles

“If the company gets away with this, they will do it with other workers”
Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose jobless benefits

By Evan Winters, 9 February 2016

Unions preparing to shut down Pakistan airline workers strike

By Sampath Perera, 9 February 2016

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Chicago teachers march to oppose budget and job cuts

By Jerry White, 5 February 2016

Illinois legislators continue assault on public higher education

By George Marlowe, 5 February 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

As its hometown of Flint remains poisoned, GM makes record 2015 profit

By Jerry White, 4 February 2016

“GM will do anything for profits and stockholders”
US autoworkers speak on record profits

GM skilled trades worker killed at Defiance, Ohio factory

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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.

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