Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016

The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.

The US “Plan B” for Syria and the threat of world war

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US push on South China Sea falls short at ASEAN summit

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2016

Obama’s failure to secure a tough statement against Beijing will not stop the provocative US freedom of navigation operations challenging Chinese maritime claims.

US military boosts anti-missile systems in South Korea

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

Egypt: Italian student tortured to death

By Johannes Stern, 17 February 2016

Evidence is mounting that the Egyptian military used bestial methods to torture student and journalist Giulio Regeni to death.

In Detroit visit, Sanders promotes the UAW and economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 17 February 2016

Just months after the UAW rammed pro-company deals past the opposition of rank-and-file autoworkers, the self-described “democratic socialist” praised the discredited organization.

Bernie Sanders campaigns at Eastern Michigan University

Youth discuss war, inequality at Michigan rally for Sanders

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

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Texas carries out third execution of 2016

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2016

The last legal act of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was denial of a stay of execution for Gustavo Julian Garcia.

Rife with scandal, Detroit’s state-run school district to fold as privatization schemes continue

By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 17 February 2016

The Education Achievement Authority’s record of outright bribery and FBI indictments made it a notorious symbol of the avarice behind the drive for school privatization.

Detroit bankruptcy judge appointed to restructure public schools

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Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

By Evan Winters, 17 February 2016

Half a year into the Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout, 2,200 workers in six states are set to lose their unemployment benefits.

United Steelworkers offers ArcelorMittal millions in concessions

Economic problems mount in Japan and China

By Nick Beams, 17 February 2016

The latest statistics from the world’s second and third largest economies underscore the worsening world downturn.

European Union pushes for energy independence from Russia

By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2016

The EU Commission has indicated that it will seek to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline, which would supply natural gas from Russia to Germany.

French National Assembly enshrines state of emergency in constitution

By Kumaran Ira, 17 February 2016

French police have conducted more than 3,200 warrantless house searches, imposed 400 house arrest orders, and closed numerous mosques and businesses.

Spain: More arrests and resignations in Popular Party corruption scandals

By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 17 February 2016

Corruption is an integral part of political life in Spain, and is by no means limited to the right-wing Popular Party.

Australian ministerial reshuffle underscores political impasse

By Mike Head, 17 February 2016

Amid deteriorating economic conditions, Prime Minister Turnbull is under mounting criticism by the corporate elite.

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La crisi del sistema bancario italiano

Di Marianne Arens, 17 febbraio 2016

I mercati di borsa mondiali hanno registrato forti cali dall’inizio del 2016, con la Borsa di Milano in una posizione di particolare difficoltà.

New in French

Les combats s’intensifient en Syrie à l’approche de la date du cessez-le-feu

Par Bill Van Auken, 17 février 2016

L’intensification des affrontements sur la frontière turco-syrienne a créé une situation où le conflit qui dure depuis cinq ans n’est plus qu’à un pas du déclenchement d’une confrontation mondiale

New in Turkish

Küresel ekonomik çöküşte yeni bir aşama

Nick Beams, 17 Şubat 2016

Uluslararası işçi sınıfı, siyasi iktidarı ele geçirmeyi ve kapitalist kar sistemini yıkmayı hedefleyen uluslararası sosyalist bir program uğruna mücadele temelinde, sonuna kadar tasarlanmış kendi stratejisini geliştirmelidir.

Dünya Sağlık Örgütü Zika virüsünü “halk sağlığı için acil durum” ilan etti

David Brown, 17 Şubat 2016

Dünya Sağlık Örgütü (WHO), 1 Şubat’ta yapılan acil bir toplantıda, Zika virüsü salgınını “halk sağlığı için uluslararası acil durum” olarak ilan etti.

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Syrien:
Kämpfe eskalieren trotz vereinbarter Frist für einen Waffenstillstand

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. Februar 2016

Die zunehmenden Zusammenstöße an der syrisch-türkischen Grenze könnten jederzeit eine globale Konfrontation auslösen.

Washington attackiert Russland auf der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz

Von Alex Lantier, 17. Februar 2016

Auf dem Hauptpodium der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz brach am Samstag offener Streit über Syrien aus, als der amerikanische Außenminister John Kerry und der französische Premierminister Manuel Valls Russland attackierten.

Italienischer Student Giulio Regeni in Ägypten zu Tode gefoltert

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Februar 2016

Die Hinweise verdichten sich, dass Regeni von der vom Westen unterstützten ägyptischen Militärjunta auf bestialische Art und Weise zu Tote gefoltert wurde.

Brüssel: Stahlgewerkschaften fordern Handelskrieg

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Februar 2016

Europäische Gewerkschaften, allen voran die IG Metall, demonstrierten am Montag für Handelskriegsmaßnahmen gegen China und Russland.

Das Vermächtnis von Antonin Scalia

Von Tom Carter, 17. Februar 2016

Scalia personifizierte die Rechtsentwicklung des amerikanischen politischen Establishments während der letzten drei Jahrzehnte, in denen es den Rest an Loyalität gegenüber den Institutionen der bürgerlichen Demokratie aufgab und polizeistaatliche Strukturen schuf.

Buchbesprechung
Wie die Verdrängung des Rechtsterrors begann

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Februar 2016

Der Journalist und Autor Chaussy analysiert in der Neuauflage seines Buches „Oktoberfest – Das Attentat: Wie die Verdrängung des Rechtsterrors begann“ die Hintergründe des Oktoberfestattentats von 1980.

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Perspective

Europe at the breaking point

17 February 2016

France's denunciations of Germany's policy of accepting Middle Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe have exposed deep divisions within the EU.

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Commentary

A reply to Tamil nationalist slanders against the World Socialist Web Site
An Open Letter to TamilNet

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 17 February 2016

TamilNet’s claim that the WSWS is working with imperialism to facilitate genocide by the Sri Lankan state is a grotesque fabrication.

The glorification of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 16 February 2016

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 15 February 2016

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record in 2015

By Thomas Gaist, 16 February 2016

Closure of Balkan refugee route deepens rifts in the EU

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 February 2016

NATO sends a flotilla to repulse refugees in the Aegean Sea

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Australian government-union conspiracy to sack “underperforming” teachers

By Richard Phillips, 15 February 2016

Is the Indian Stalinist CPM heading for a split?

Inequality, class and life expectancy in America

What is behind Varoufakis’s “Democracy Movement to Rescue Europe?”

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Water quality official warned Flint, Michigan was not prepared for switch to Flint River

By James Brewer, 16 February 2016

GM and UAW donate $3 million to Flint: Criminals covering their tracks

The World Socialist Web Site and the Flint water crisis

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Arts Review

Woman at the Window: Oratorio remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

By Adam Mclean, 16 February 2016

Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart: Three periods in modern China, a good deal of confusion

The 2016 US Elections

Republican debate in South Carolina: Lies, mudslinging and an important truth

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2016

On-the-spot report from NH primary
New Hampshire students discuss Sanders and socialism

By Kate Randall, 13 February 2016

In Democratic debate, Clinton presses Sanders on race, gender and support for Obama

Socialist Alternative defends Sanders’ support for imperialist war

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

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Science

The detection of gravitational waves: A scientific milestone

By Bryan Dyne, 13 February 2016

Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted by Einstein

25 years ago: US rejects Iraqi offer to withdraw from Kuwait

As the war in Iraq entered its second month, the Bush Administration brushed aside the February 15, 1991 offer of the Iraqi government to withdraw from Kuwait.

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50 years ago: Meany denies CIA funding of AFL-CIO

On February 21, 1966, AFL-CIO President George Meany brazenly denied well-documented reports that the labor federation was receiving funds from the CIA.

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75 years ago: US big business condemns high school textbooks

On February 21, 1941, a panel of academics, commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers to review social science textbooks announced a substantial portion were critical of American capitalism.

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100 years ago: Russian offensive captures Ottoman fortress city of Erzurum I

On February 16, 1916, Russian troops captured the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum, then the third most powerful fortress city of the Ottoman Empire.

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Autoworkers Struggles

UAW President Dennis Williams denounces role of “outside groups” in 2015 auto contract negotiations

By Shannon Jones, 13 February 2016

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

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Video: Retirees speak on Teamsters pension cuts in Detroit

11 February 2016

Who is Kenneth Feinberg?
Kenneth Feinberg and the victim compensation racket

The looting of US workers’ pensions

NHS Fightback

Government to impose contract on junior doctors after second England-wide strike

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2016

British junior doctors speak from the picket lines

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