US launches airstrikes against Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2016

Five years after toppling Libya’s government, Washington and its allies are embarking on a new military campaign under the banner of the war on terror.

Western powers move closer to new military intervention in Libya

Turkish threats against Kurds set stage for ground invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 20 February 2016

The Turkish government is escalating its accusations that Syrian Kurdish forces carried out Wednesday’s terror bombing in Ankara.

Turkey escalates war threats after terror attacks

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

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

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Brexit referendum to go ahead after UK secures deal with European Union

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 February 2016

Despite disputes over financial regulation, there was broad agreement among EU heads of state for Prime Minister Cameron’s proposed cuts to social benefits for refugees.

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

Divisions erupt at EU summit over refugees, possible British exit

Europe at the breaking point

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Syriza-led Greek government takes its place in US war drive alongside Israel

By John Vassilopoulos and Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2016

The pseudo-left Syriza government is backing US plans to dominate the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

Antonin Scalia’s death during secret junket points to new ethical violations

By John Burton, 20 February 2016

Antonin Scalia died as he lived, violating legal ethics by hobnobbing with wealthy and powerful people whose interests are directly affected by decisions of the Supreme Court.

The glorification of Antonin Scalia

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

Jesse Jackson promotes Democratic Party at Flint rally

By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2016

While the anger expressed by march participants was genuine, Jackson sought to channel outrage behind the very same politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of Flint residents.

Wal-Mart reports currency losses and falling sales, profits

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2016

The giant retailer, the largest private employer in the United States, is under fire on Wall Street for failing to aggressively exploit online sales.

The Pope visits Mexico

By Clodomiro Puentes, 20 February 2016

The papal tour was paid for by the government and wealthy Mexican businessmen, who clearly saw it as a means of defusing mounting popular anger.

European Steel unions demand trade war in Brussels

By Dietmar Henning, 20 February 2016

The European trade unions, led by Germany’s IG Metall, demonstrated last Monday in Brussels for trade war measures against Russia and China.

Labor Party steps up demands for Australia to “stand up” to China

By James Cogan, 20 February 2016

Labor is serving as the catspaw of the US military establishment and seeking to dramatically ratchet up military tensions with Beijing.

Rhetoric escalates over Chinese missile installation in Paracel Islands

US condemns Chinese missiles in the South China Sea

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Fiji orders second arms consignment from Russia

By John Braddock, 20 February 2016

Moves by Russia to establish itself as a Pacific power, in response to the US drive to dominate the region, will only heighten tensions in the Asia Pacific.

Global volatility triggers concerns about Australian banks

By Mike Head, 20 February 2016

The ongoing collapse of commodity prices has placed question marks over the exposure of the banks to losses in the resources sector.

Canada’s Liberals debate aid for Bombardier as it slashes 7,000 jobs

By Roger Jordan, 20 February 2016

The urgency of the bailout talks has intensified following the company’s announcement that it is slashing 7,000 jobs, close to 10 percent of its global workforce.

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

New in Turkish

Türkiye Suriye’ye yönelik kara istilası için bastırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 20 Şubat 2016

Herhangi bir Türk-Suudi müdahalesi, Kürtleri ezmeye ve İslamcıları desteklemeye yönelik olacaktır. Her iki amaç da, hızla, Suriye hükümeti ve onu destekleyen Rus güçleri ile doğrudan bir askeri çatışma tehdidi doğuracaktır.

New in Russian

75 лет назад: ГПУ убивает невозвращенца Вальтера Кривицкого

20 февраля 2016 г.

10 февраля 1941 года Вальтер Кривицкий, бывший руководитель советской разведки в Западной Европе, бежавший на Запад в 1937 году, был убит в вашингтонском отеле агентами сталинистского ГПУ.

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Divisions ouvertes sur les réfugiés et une possible sortie britannique de l’UE au sommet de Bruxelles

Par Alex Lantier, 20 février 2016

Les chefs d'Etat réunis au sommet de l’UE n’ont pu se mettre d'accord sur la politique des réfugiés ou sur les concessions réactionnaires visant à garder la Grande-Bretagne dans l'Union européenne.

La politique de la chancelière allemande sur les réfugiés et le danger croissant d’une guerre avec la Russie

Par Ulrich Rippert, 20 février 2016

Angela Merkel souhaite développer une collaboration étroite avec le gouvernement turc qui suit un cours de confrontation militaire avec la Russie en Syrie.

Slavoj ‌i‌ek: De la pseudo-gauche à la nouvelle droite

Par Peter Schwarz, 20 février 2016

Dans un article publié dans Der Spiegel, l'intellectuel slovène Slavoj ‌i‌ek donne libre cours à sa haine des opprimés.

La détection des ondes gravitationnelles: un jalon scientifique

Par Bryan Dyne, 20 février 2016

Des astronomes détectent les ondes gravitationnelles prédites par Einstein.

New in German

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

Once again on Sanders and socialism

20 February 2016

Outside of a mass struggle that directly challenges the bases of capitalist rule—private ownership of the corporations and banks and the system of wage slavery—no genuinely progressive changes can be achieved.

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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

Workers Struggles

India: Over 200,000 Tamil Nadu government workers on indefinite strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 20 February 2016

The state-wide walkout reflects the growing opposition of Indian workers to successive government attacks on basic democratic rights and living standards.

Pakistan steps up privatization drive after unions suppress airline strike

By Sampath Perera, 20 February 2016

Nawaz Sharif’s government has seized on the unions’ betrayal of the PIA anti-privatization strike to victimize hundreds of the most militant workers.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 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

By Evan Winters, 17 February 2016

Commentary

White House steps up drive to outlaw encryption

By Andre Damon, 19 February 2016

OECD downgrades global growth forecast

By Nick Beams, 19 February 2016

Economic problems mount in Japan and China

Real estate statistics point to precarious state of Chinese economy

West Virginia passes “right-to-work” law

By Naomi Spencer and Jerry White, 19 February 2016

Health experts warn that Zika virus will infect millions worldwide

By Kevin Martinez, 19 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 International Socialist Organization backs Mayor Emanuel’s attack on Chicago teachers

Indian government jails student leader on trumped up sedition charges

The Water Crisis in Flint

An interview with Professor Marc Edwards on the Flint water crisis

By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2016

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

Woman at the Window: Oratorio remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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