Turkey escalates war threats after terror attacks

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2016

NATO member Turkey is deliberately risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.

Saudi Arabia pushes for alliance with Turkey and Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

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

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Western powers move closer to new military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2016

The main task of the national unity government in Libya will be to give the green light to a new military intervention in the oil rich North African country.

Divisions erupt at EU summit over refugees, possible British exit

By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2016

The assembled heads of state failed to agree on refugee policy or on reactionary concessions aiming to ensure that Britain does not leave the European Union.

Rhetoric escalates over Chinese missile installation in Paracel Islands

By James Cogan, 19 February 2016

The entire issue has been inflated and exaggerated for definite political and diplomatic purposes.

US condemns Chinese missiles in the South China Sea

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

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OECD downgrades global growth forecast

By Nick Beams, 19 February 2016

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said global growth has “practically flat-lined” and financial instability risks are on the rise.

Economic problems mount in Japan and China

Obama to make March trip to Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2016

Emphasizing Obama’s intention to meet with “dissidents” and “entrepreneurs,” the White House made clear that the trip is part of a policy aimed at restoring US control over Cuba.

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

Air conditioner maker Carrier to close two Indiana plants, slash 2,100 jobs

By Steve Filips, 19 February 2016

Anger erupted on the shop floor of an Indianapolis factory last week after a spokesman told workers the plant closing was the “best way to stay competitive.”

Former Navy crewman executed in Georgia

By Kate Randall, 19 February 2016

Travis Hittson was the second inmate put to death in Georgia so far this year.

Texas carries out third execution of 2016

West Virginia passes “right-to-work” law

By Naomi Spencer and Jerry White, 19 February 2016

The dispute between Democrats and Republicans on right-to-work laws is over the most efficient means of funneling even more money into the hands of the corporate and financial elite.

Oxfam Report exposes reality of Spain’s “economic recovery”

By James Lerner, 19 February 2016

The 20 richest people in Spain have as much wealth as the bottom 30 percent, while 13.4 million Spaniards are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Real estate statistics point to precarious state of Chinese economy

By John Ward, 19 February 2016

For the past seven years, speculative property investment has maintained growth in China, but this has laid the foundation for a broader crisis.

After tiny tax hike
Canada’s Globe and Mail demands Trudeau “stop whacking the 1 percent”

By Roger Jordan, 19 February 2016

The Globe fears even the most limited and dishonest appeal to antiestablishment feeling could fuel social anger and inadvertently trigger social opposition.

Health experts warn that Zika virus will infect millions worldwide

By Kevin Martinez, 19 February 2016

The mosquito-borne virus is spreading and affecting entire countries and their societies, impacting an already severe economic situation.

Australian union escalates nationalist campaign over shipping layoffs

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 February 2016

The Maritime Union of Australia is seeking to divide workers along national lines and obscure its own role in facilitating the job destruction.

New in French

L’État français veut détruire le camp de réfugiés à Calais

Par Stéphane Hugues, 19 février 2016

Fabienne Buccio, la Préfète du Pas-de-Calais a commencé à raser la moitié du camp de fortune bâti près de Calais par les réfugiés qui tentent de passer en Angleterre.

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Erdoğan-Regime verschärft Krieg gegen Kurden

Von Johannes Stern, 19. Februar 2016

Das türkische AKP-Regime reagiert auf die jüngsten Terroranschläge mit einer Eskalation des Kriegs in Syrien und gegen die Kurden.

Obama belehrt Russland über den syrischen „Sumpf“

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Februar 2016

Den „Sumpf“, in dem der Nahe Osten steckt, hat Washington mit seinen endlosen Kriegen zu verantworten, mit denen es die amerikanische Vorherrschaft über die Region und seine riesigen Energievorkommen sichern will.

USA verurteilen Stationierung chinesischer Raketen im Südchinesischen Meer

Von Peter Symonds, 19. Februar 2016

Ein Großteil der Berichterstattung in den amerikanischen und internationalen Medien über die chinesischen Raketen ist übertrieben und bewusst irreführend.

Bombardier baut weltweit 7000 Arbeitsplätze ab

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Februar 2016

Der kanadische Flugzeug- und Zughersteller Bombardier will in den nächsten zwei Jahren rund 7000 Stellen streichen. In Deutschland fallen 1430 der rund 10.000 Arbeitsplätze weg.

Zahl rechtsextremer Straftaten in Deutschland massiv gestiegen

Von Philipp Frisch, 19. Februar 2016

Zahlen des Bundesinnenministeriums zeigen für 2015 einen dramatischen Anstieg rechtsextremer Straftaten.

Ungleichheit, Klassenzugehörigkeit und Lebenserwartung in Amerika

Von Barry Grey, 19. Februar 2016

Der immer größere Unterschied in der Lebenserwartung zwischen armen und reichen Amerikanern ist ein deutlicher Ausdruck der sozialen Ungleichheit und der Klassenpolarisierung in den USA.

In Venezuela droht ein Staatsstreich

Von Eric London, 19. Februar 2016

Angesichts explodierender Inflation, Nahrungsmittelknappheit und Wirtschaftsstagnation versucht der oppositionelle Democratic Unity Roundtable Maduro abzusetzen.

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Perspective

White House steps up drive to outlaw encryption

19 February 2016

Tuesday’s ruling by a US judge demanding that Apple create a “backdoor” to its mobile device operating system is part of the drive to weaken, or even criminalize, encrypted communications.

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

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 February 2016

Commentary

German Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy and the growing danger of a war with Russia

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 February 2016

Merkel wants to expand Germany’s close collaboration with the Turkish government, which is pressing ahead with military confrontation with Russia in Syria.

Europe at the breaking point

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

By Marcus Day, 18 February 2016

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

By David Brown, 18 February 2016

Indian government jails student leader on trumped up sedition charges

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 18 February 2016

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

The Water Crisis in Flint

An interview with Professor Marc Edwards on the Flint water crisis

By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2016

The Virginia Tech University professor responsible for revealing the Flint water crisis to the world speaks about the complicity of government agencies in concealing dangerous levels of lead in public drinking water.

Despite lead poisoning, Flint water rates highest in US

By James Brewer, 18 February 2016

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

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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Arts Review

John Patrick Shanley’s Prodigal Son: A working class youth at a Catholic high school in the 1960s

By Robert Fowler, 19 February 2016

The playwright raises some important issues and then proceeds to skirt them, leaving the audience with little more than a banal liberalism.

Woman at the Window: Oratorio remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 February 2016

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

Mechanics at United Continental reject sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2016

Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

Obituary

The glorification of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 16 February 2016

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

The 2016 US Elections

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

Socialist Alternative defends Sanders’ support for imperialist war

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

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

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

Science

The detection of gravitational waves: A scientific milestone

By Bryan Dyne, 13 February 2016

Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted by Einstein

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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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