White House spearheads assault on cell phone encryption

By Andre Damon, 23 February 2016

The Obama administration’s demand that Apple hack a single iPhone is the spearhead of a concerted drive to undermine the use of encryption worldwide.

White House steps up drive to outlaw encryption

India: Mounting death toll as army deployed to end caste-based job agitation

By Sarath Kumara and Keith Jones, 23 February 2016

For decades the Indian bourgeoisie and its political hirelings have manipulated and incited caste and communal divisions, the better to divide the working class.

US blocked talks with North Korea before nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2016

For seven years, the Obama administration has stymied any resumption of the six-party negotiations to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

German historian calls for harsher measures against refugees

By Katerina Selin, 23 February 2016

Under the cover of scholarship, an increasing number of academics and intellectuals are using the media to propagate backward, right-wing ideas.

Hundreds demonstrate in Berlin against harsher asylum law

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’s Deutsche Bank in crisis

By Gustav Kemper, 23 February 2016

Fears of collapse and panic sell-offs on the stock market have halved Deutsche Bank’s value over the course of a year to €20 billion.

OECD downgrades global growth forecast

French judiciary opens investigation into ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 23 February 2016

The Socialist Party’s shift to the right and the rise of the National Front since last year’s terror attacks in Paris are for now undermining Sarkozy’s support in ruling circles.

Canada: NDP leader Mulcair “apologizes” for social democrats’ election debacle

By Carl Bronski, 23 February 2016

Having led a “Harper Lite” campaign advocating austerity, no tax hikes on the rich, and increased military spending, NDP leader Tom Mulcair now claims to be battling social inequality.

South Africa: Police open fire on Modimolle water protests

By G.T. Maqhubela, 23 February 2016

Police opened fire last week with rubber bullets on residents who had gathered to protest against water shortages amid the worst drought in recent memory.

Louisiana legislators plan deep cuts to education, health care

By Tom Hall, 23 February 2016

A special session of the Louisiana state legislature convened on Sunday to close a $2.9 billion deficit.

California Coastal Commission head ousted

By David Levine, 23 February 2016

The second head of the California Coastal Commission was fired last week as the result of a political campaign backed by Democrats tied to developers.

At least 29 dead, thousands displaced after Cyclone Winston hits Fiji

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 February 2016

The most powerful storm ever recorded in the region has produced a mounting humanitarian crisis.

Australia: BlueScope Steel profits leap on back of union-imposed job cuts

By Terry Cook, 23 February 2016

After the AWU and other unions helped impose savage cost cutting, the Australian steel manufacturer doubled its profits.

BlueScope praises Australian unions for pushing through job destruction at Port Kembla

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Australian health care rallies promote election of Labor and Greens

By Zac Hambides, 23 February 2016

Not one of the speakers mentioned the cutting of health spending by the last Labor government, kept in office by the Greens.

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La guerre et l’élection présidentielle américaine de 2016

Par Joseph Kishore, 23 février 2016

Dans la campagne présidentielle, il n'y a pas de discussion sur la préparation par la classe dirigeante américaine d'une immense intensification de la guerre après l’élection du mois de novembre.

Les États-Unis lancent des frappes aériennes contre la Libye

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 février 2016

Cinq ans après le renversement du gouvernement de la Libye, Washington et ses alliés se lancent dans une nouvelle campagne militaire sous le prétexte de la guerre contre le terrorisme.

L’Arabie Saoudite annule trois milliards de dollars de subventions à l'aide militaire française au Liban

Par Kumaran Ira, 23 février 2016

La décision de l’Arabie Saoudite de stopper l’aide militaire au Liban indique une escalade des tensions au Moyen-Orient, déclenchée par la montée de la guerre en Syrie.

New in Turkish

Avrupa kırılma noktasında

Alex Lantier, 23 Şubat 2016

Avrupalı ve uluslararası yetkilileri bir araya getiren geçtiğimiz hafta sonundaki Münih Güvenlik Konferansı, yıkılmakta olan Avrupa kapitalizmi üzerine derin ve keskin bölünmeleri gözler önüne serdi.

Yerçekimsel dalgaların keşfi: Bilimsel bir dönüm noktası

Bryan Dyne, 23 Şubat 2016

Albert Einstein tarafından neredeyse tam yüz yıl önce öngörülmüş olan yerçekimsel dalgaların ilk kez doğrudan tespit edilmesi, bilimsel kavrayışta ve doğal dünyanın teknik bilgisinde önemli bir ilerlemeye işaret etmektedir.

Türkiye Ankara’daki terör saldırısının ardından savaş tehditlerini tırmandırıyor

Johannes Stern, 23 Şubat 2016

AKP hükümeti, başkent Ankara’da gerçekleştirilen terör saldırısını, ülkenin doğusunda, Suriye’nin kuzeyinde ve Irak’ta Kürtlerin yoğun olduğu bölgelere karşı askeri harekatını tırmandırmak için bir bahane olarak değerlendirdi.

Suudi Arabistan Türkiye ile Mısır’ın anlaşması için baskı yapıyor

Jean Shaoul, 23 Şubat 2016

Suudi Arabistan, bir Türk heyetinin Riyad’taki üç günlük ziyaretinin ve Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri’nde bu ayın başındaki bir toplantı sırasındaki görüşmelerin ardından, diplomatik ilişkileri yeniden kurmaları için müttefikleri Türkiye’ye ve Mısır’a baskı yapıyor.

Arcelormittal 8 milyar dolar zarar açıkladı
ABD çelik ve alüminyum sektörlerinde işten çıkarmalar tırmanıyor

Samuel Davidson, 23 Şubat 2016

İmalatçılar, fiyatlardaki devasa düşüş ve yerli ve küresel talepte devam eden durgunluğun ortasında rekor kayıplar bildirirken; ABD çelik ve alüminyum sektörlerinde işten çıkarmalar tırmanmaya devam ediyor.

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Krieg und die US-Wahlen 2016

Von Joseph Kishore, 23. Februar 2016

In der Wahlkampagne zur US-Präsidentschaft gibt es keinerlei Diskussion über die Vorbereitungen der herrschenden Klasse auf eine enorme Eskalation der Kriegspolitik.

Rassismus in Sachsen und politische Heuchelei

Kommentar von Ulrich Rippert, 23. Februar 2016

Die rassistischen Attacken in Clausnitz und vielen anderen Städten und Gemeinden sind das direkte Ergebnis der ausländerfeindlichen Politik der Bundesregierung.

Leipziger Studierende kritisieren rechten Professor

Von Christoph Vandreier, 23. Februar 2016

An der Universität Leipzig formiert sich Widerstand gegen den rechtslastigen Professor Thomas Rauscher.

USA bombardieren Libyen

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. Februar 2016

Fünf Jahre nach dem Sturz der libyschen Regierung bereiten sich Washington und seine Verbündeten erneut auf eine Intervention unter dem Banner des „Kriegs gegen den Terror“ vor.

Referendum in Großbritannien:
Rechte Kampagnen für und gegen den Austritt aus der EU beginnen

Von Chris Marsden und Robert Stevens, 23. Februar 2016

Die Bevölkerung hat bei dem Referendum am 23. Juni die Wahl zwischen zwei reaktionären Lagern, die gegensätzliche Strategien für die britische Bourgeoisie artikulieren.

Polen: PiS-Regierung baut Polizeistaat aus

Von Clara Weiss, 23. Februar 2016

Seit der Regierungsübernahme im vergangenen Herbst hat die rechtsnationale PiS zahlreiche autoritäre Gesetze erlassen.

Erneut mysteriöser Todesfall im NSU-Komplex

Von Dietmar Henning, 23. Februar 2016

Sascha W. ist mindestens der vierte Zeuge, der im Rahmen der Ermittlungen zu den Terrormorden des „Nationalsozialistischen Untergrunds“ unter mysteriösen Umständen ums Leben kam.

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Perspective

Nationalism and “Brexit”

23 February 2016

The first responsibility of a socialist in the referendum on “Brexit” is to reject all appeals for working people to fall in behind one or another faction of the bourgeoisie fighting over which strategy best upholds the interests of British imperialism.

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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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Flint residents protest lead poisoning and political cover-up

By Buster Haycook and Zac Corrigan, 23 February 2016

The WSWS spoke to residents about the ongoing water crisis which has revealed fundamental problems of American society, including unprecedented levels of social inequality.

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

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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Commentary

Solitary confinement and the brutality of the US prison system
“Angola 3” prisoner Albert Woodfox released after 45 years

By Kate Randall, 23 February 2016

The circumstances surrounding Woodfox’s trial and incarceration epitomize the brutality of the United States prison system, and the arbitrary and sadistic manner in which judicial authorities mete out their punishments.

“Secular stagnation” and the contradictions of capitalism

By Nick Beams, 23 February 2016

The lowering of interest rates, quantitative easing and now negative interest rates are only compounding financial instability and laying the basis for another crisis.

War and the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 22 February 2016

Sri Lankan Maoist party advocates “progressive Tamil nationalism”

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 22 February 2016

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

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

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 22 February 2016

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

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

Book Review

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War

By Eric London, 23 February 2016

According to a recent book by Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon, there is no objective foundation for an end to economic stagnation in the United States.

The 2016 US Elections

Trump, Clinton win US presidential nomination contests

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2016

In Detroit visit, Sanders promotes the UAW and economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 17 February 2016

Once again on Sanders and socialism

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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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 February 2016

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

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

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

Arts Review

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

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 February 2016

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.

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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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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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