Right-wing “Remain” and “Leave” campaigns begin for UK referendum on EU membership

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 22 February 2016

What is on offer in the June 23rd referendum is a choice between supporting one of two reactionary camps that articulate opposed strategies for the British bourgeoisie.

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

Divisions erupt at EU summit over refugees, possible British exit

More than 100 killed in ISIS suicide bombings in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 22 February 2016

The devastating attacks in Homs and Damascus came just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a tentative ceasefire, for the second time in two weeks.

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

Turkish threats against Kurds set stage for ground invasion of Syria

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Saudi Arabia cancels $3 billion grant for French military aid to Lebanon

By Kumaran Ira, 22 February 2016

Saudi Arabia’s decision to halt military aid to Lebanon points to escalating tensions across the Middle East unleashed by the war drive in Syria.

Trump, Clinton win US presidential nomination contests

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2016

The Republican contest has evolved into a three-way race, with the fascistic Trump facing Cruz and the militaristic Rubio, who is backed by the bulk of party leaders.

Once again on Sanders and socialism

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As official veneration of right-wing justice continues
Divisions emerge over appointment of Scalia’s successor to US Supreme Court

By Tom Carter, 22 February 2016

While the American political establishment and media have united to present Scalia as an “extraordinary legal figure,” the appointment of his replacement is generating conflict.

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

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

Mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan leaves six dead

By Joseph Lorenz, 22 February 2016

While it is often the most psychologically fragile who snap, the regularity of mass shootings points to the diseased character of American society as a whole.

Illinois inmates terrorized by prison guard unit

By George Gallanis, 22 February 2016

A class action lawsuit has been filed by hundreds of prisoners from four Southern Illinois state prisons over sexual humiliation and other forms of sadistic punishment by guards.

Families of Americans killed by Mexican drug cartels sue banking giant HSBC

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 February 2016

The families charge HSBC with providing “material support” to the killers by laundering drug money.

German defence ministry spent billions on wars abroad

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2016

The German armed forces has spent at least €17.2 billion on foreign deployments since 1992, Spiegel Online reported.

Hundreds demonstrate in Berlin against harsher asylum law

By our correspondents, 22 February 2016

Many young people and refugees joined a demonstration in Berlin last Tuesday to protest against the tightening up of asylum laws.

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

Europe at the breaking point

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Germany: Trial opens against SS guard at Auschwitz

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 22 February 2016

Reinhold Hanning, former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, is accused of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

French labor law reform sets stage for historic attack on workers’ rights

By Francis Dubois, 22 February 2016

The impact of this reform is being compared to that of epoch-making attacks like the Hartz IV reforms in Germany or the breaking of the PATCO union in the US.

Portuguese government prepares second austerity package

By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2016

The Eurogroup welcomed the commitment of the Socialist Party/Left Bloc/Communist Party coalition to comply with the EU’s austerity demands.

Arrium threatens to close Whyalla steelworks in South Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 February 2016

The Australian Workers Union, working hand in hand with the company, is preparing to impose another round of job cuts and attacks on working conditions.

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.

New in French

Une fois encore à propos de Sanders et du socialisme

Par Barry Grey, 22 février 2016

Aucun changement véritablement progressiste ne peut être réalisé sans une lutte de masse qui remette directement en question les fondements du régime capitaliste, la propriété privée des entreprises et des banques et le système de l’esclavage salarial.

Après l’obtention d’un accord avec l’UE, un référendum se tiendra sur un ‘Brexit’ au Royaume-Uni

Par Robert Stevens et Chris Marsden, 22 février 2016

Malgré les conflits sur la réglementation financière il y avait un large consensus parmi les chefs d’Etat pour des coupes dans les prestations sociales des immigrés, proposées par le premier ministre britannique David Cameron.

Hollande mène une attaque historique contre le droit du Travail

Par Francis Dubois, 22 février 2016

Le projet de loi sur la réforme du droit du travail est une attaque fondamentale des droits sociaux des travailleurs portée par les syndicats.

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Perspective

War and the 2016 US elections

22 February 2016

There is no discussion in the US presidential campaign of the preparations of the ruling class for an immense escalation of war following the elections in November.

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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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo to introduce Sinhala edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

22 February 2016

David North’s book makes clear that an understanding of the key strategic experiences of the 20th century, particularly the Russian Revolution of 1917, is essential for a renaissance of socialist consciousness in the working class.

IYSSE Australia

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
A socialist program to fight war, austerity and dictatorship!

By the IYSSE (Australia), 22 February 2016

Young people confront the stark alternative outlined by the great revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg following the outbreak of World War One—either socialism or barbarism.

Commentary

Sri Lankan Maoist party advocates “progressive Tamil nationalism”

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 22 February 2016

There is nothing progressive about Tamil nationalism, or indeed about nationalism in general, which only divides workers and blocks a unified struggle against war and austerity.

US launches airstrikes against Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2016

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

By John Vassilopoulos and Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2016

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

By James Cogan, 20 February 2016

The Pope visits Mexico

By Clodomiro Puentes, 20 February 2016

White House steps up drive to outlaw encryption

OECD downgrades global growth forecast

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

25 years ago: Blitzkrieg by US forces against fleeing Iraqi troops

On February 26-27, 1991, US-led forces carried out an all-out air and ground attack against retreating Iraqi military personnel fleeing Kuwait along the highway to Basra.

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50 years ago: Nkrumah ousted by military coup in Ghana

On February 24, 1966, Kwame Nkrumah, president of the western African republic of Ghana, was deposed in a CIA-backed military coup.

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75 years ago: Dutch workers strike against persecution of Jews

On February 25, 1941 an event occurred in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam that would become known as the “February Strike.”

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100 years ago: Heavy fighting in the Battle of Verdun

This week in 1916, Germany launched a major offensive in the northeast region of France intending to rapidly capture Côtes de Meuse overlooking Verdun.

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Arts Review

66th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1:
Refugee crisis takes centre stage at the Berlinale

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 February 2016

The main prize of the festival went to Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi, dealing with the fate of refugees attempting to enter Europe.

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

Mehring Books

Mehring Books features classic biography of Rosa Luxemburg

By Shannon Jones, 22 February 2016

This work by Paul Fröhlich, a contemporary of Luxemburg, outlines both her personal and political struggles.

Workers Struggles

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

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 20 February 2016

Pakistan steps up privatization drive after unions suppress airline strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

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

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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

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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

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

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