FBI wins court order forcing Apple to install backdoor in iPhone security systems

By Thomas Gaist, 18 February 2016

The Obama administration is seeking to use last year’s attacks in San Bernardino to intensify the assault on democratic rights and expand the police-state spying powers of the government.

Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

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US condemns Chinese missiles in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2016

Much of the US and international media coverage of the Chinese missile revelations is exaggerated and deliberately misleading.

US push on South China Sea falls short at ASEAN summit

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

Australian foreign minister echoes US demands against China

By James Cogan, 18 February 2016

Bishop’s visit to Japan and China underscored Australia’s role as a key partner of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.”

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Despite lead poisoning, Flint water rates highest in US

By James Brewer, 18 February 2016

A report by a national water advocacy group surveys comparative rates in the country’s largest water systems.

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

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Mechanics at United Continental reject sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2016

By a 93 percent margin workers rejected a contract proposal that would have created a two-tier system with drastically lower pay and benefits for new hires.

Armed US marshals arrest man over 30-year-old student loan debt

By David Brown, 18 February 2016

US marshals are planning to serve up to 1,500 warrants on people who have defaulted on their student loans.

Chicago officer sues estate of teenager he fatally shot

By George Marlowe, 18 February 2016

In an attempt to intimidate any opposition to police brutality, a Chicago police officer is suing the estate of Quintonio LeGrier, whom he fatally shot, for $10 million in damages.

Cuts lead to closure of youth centres across UK

By Alice Summers, 18 February 2016

Local government spending on youth services has been slashed by more than a third since 2011.

Popular Unity Candidacy votes ensure passage of Catalan austerity budget

By Alejandro López, 18 February 2016

The vote exposes the CUP’s reactionary role and that of all the parties in Spain and internationally that have promoted its false “anti-capitalist” pretensions.

Indian government jails student leader on trumped up sedition charges

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 18 February 2016

Home Minster Rajnath Singh personally ordered last Friday’s arrest of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar on the grounds he had made “anti-national” statements.

Australia’s “Closing the Gap” fraud: Indigenous conditions worsen

By Mary Beadnell, 18 February 2016

Deteriorating social conditions are hitting the entire working class, with Aborigines among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

New in Russian

Славой Жижек: От псевдо-левых к новым правым

Петер Шварц, 18 февраля 2016 г.

В статье, опубликованной в журнале Der Spiegel, словенский философ Славой Жижек дает волю своей ненависти и презрению к угнетенным и обездоленным.

New in Italian

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 Turkish

Ateşkes için son tarih yaklaşırken Suriye savaşı tırmanıyor

Bill Van Auken, 18 Şubat 2016

Sözde ateşkes için son tarih bu Cuma günü, ancak karadaki olaylar, ABD destekli rejim değişikliği savaşının yalnızca aralıksız bir ölüm ve şiddet tırmanması üreteceğine işaret ediyor.

Uluslararası Sosyalist Örgüt, Bernie Sanders ve Demokratik Parti

Tom Hall ve Barry Grey, 18 Şubat 2016

Sosyalist İşçi web sitesinde yayınlanan bir yazı, örgütün, kendisini “demokratik sosyalist” olarak tanımlayan Bernie Sanders’ın kampanyası üzerinden Demokratik Parti’ye yönelik yanılsamaları destekleme çabalarını ileriye taşıyor.

İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü raporu, ABD ve AB'deki demokratik haklara yönelik saldırıyı belgeledi

Tom Hall, 18 Şubat 2016

İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü, hükümetlerin göçmen krizine bir tepki olarak gerekçelendirdiği Avrupa ve Kuzey Amerika genelindeki demokratik haklara yönelik tırmanan saldırılar konusunda uyarıda bulundu.

New in French

L'Europe au point de rupture

Par Alex Lantier, 18 février 2016

L’attaque par la France de la politique allemande d’accueil des réfugiés fuyant du Moyen-Orient vers l’Europe a mis à jour de profondes divisions au sein de l’UE.

L’Assemblée nationale française inscrit l'état d'urgence dans la constitution

Par Kumaran Ira, 18 février 2016

La police française a mené plus de 3200 perquisitions administratives sans contrôle judiciaire, 400 assignations à domicile et fermé de nombreuses mosquées et associations.

New in German

Europa vor der Zerreißprobe

Von Alex Lantier, 18. Februar 2016

Die Angriffe des französischen Premierministers Valls auf die deutsche Flüchtlingspolitik machen die tiefen Spaltungen innerhalb der EU deutlich.

Merkels Flüchtlingspolitik und die wachsende Gefahr eines Kriegs mit Russland

Von Ulrich Rippert, 18. Februar 2016

Die Bundeskanzlerin will ihre enge Zusammenarbeit mit der türkischen Regierung ausbauen, während diese in Syrien eine militärische Konfrontation mit Russland voran treibt.

Türkei drängt auf Bodenoffensive in Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 18. Februar 2016

Die Forderung nach einer deutlichen Eskalation der imperialistischen Intervention in Syrien wird von einer Propagandakampagne gegen angebliche russische Luftangriffe auf Krankenhäuser begleitet.

Westliche Mächte bereiten sich auf einen neuen Kriegseinsatz in Libyen vor

Von Marianne Arens, 18. Februar 2016

Hauptaufgabe der UN-Marionettenregierung für Libyen wird es sein, der Nato grünes Licht für eine neue Militärintervention in dem ölreichen nordafrikanischen Land zu geben.

Berlin: Hunderte demonstrieren gegen Verschärfung des Asylrechts

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 18. Februar 2016

Viele Jugendliche und Flüchtlinge schlossen sich Dienstagabend vor dem Berliner Lageso einer Demonstration gegen die neuerliche Verschärfung des Asylrechts an.

Deutscher Historiker Alexander Demandt fordert härteres Vorgehen gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Katerina Selin, 18. Februar 2016

Unter dem Deckmantel der Wissenschaft ziehen immer mehr Akademiker und Intellektuelle durch die Medienlandschaft, um primitives, rechtes Gedankengut salonfähig zu machen.

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Perspective

Socialism and the Fight Against War
Build an International Movement of the Working Class and Youth Against Imperialism!

18 February 2016

Fifteen years after the United States launched the “war on terror,” the entire world is being dragged into an ever-expanding maelstrom of imperialist violence.

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Commentary

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2016

If there is a “quagmire” in the Middle East, it is of Washington’s creation, the product of unending wars for regime change aimed at imposing US hegemony over the region and its vast energy resources.

Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria

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

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The International Socialist Organization backs Mayor Emanuel’s attack on Chicago teachers

By Marcus Day, 18 February 2016

In a recent article, the ISO—which plays a leading role in the Chicago Teachers Union—defended the rotten agreement the CTU attempted to ram past teachers earlier this month.

Europe at the breaking point

By Alex Lantier, 17 February 2016

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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

In Detroit visit, Sanders promotes the UAW and economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 17 February 2016

Bernie Sanders campaigns at Eastern Michigan University

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

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The glorification of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 16 February 2016

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

Australian government-union conspiracy to sack “underperforming” teachers

By Richard Phillips, 15 February 2016

More on education issues in Australia and New Zealand »

Egypt: Italian student tortured to death

Economic problems mount in Japan and China

French National Assembly enshrines state of emergency in constitution

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

Is the Indian Stalinist CPM heading for a split?

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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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

By Jerry White, 12 February 2016

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

Science

The detection of gravitational waves: A scientific milestone

By Bryan Dyne, 13 February 2016

Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted by Einstein

Workers Struggles

Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

By Evan Winters, 17 February 2016

United Steelworkers offers ArcelorMittal millions in concessions

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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Featured video

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

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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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