US government case against Apple would create broad precedent to override phone encryption

By David Brown, 25 February 2016

Newly released documents highlight the spurious claim of the government that the issue of Apple encryption is limited to one case of terrorism in San Bernardino, California.

The assault on encryption and the drive to expand police state spying

New York police used military-grade cellphone surveillance equipment over 1,000 times

By Isaac Finn, 25 February 2016

The NYPD has disclosed documents on its extensive use of a mobile cellphone surveillance device known as “StingRay.”

Trump wins Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada

By Barry Grey, 25 February 2016

Trump’s candidacy is one expression, on the extreme right, of an unprecedented crisis of political legitimacy of the more than 160-year-old two-party system.

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2016

The Nano workers’ strike is a sign of the growing social unrest created by the deteriorating living and working conditions of workers throughout India.

Downsizing begins as Fiat Chrysler seeks merger partner

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2016

The plans by CEO Sergio Marchionne to eliminate small car production as part of a potential merger call into question the future of thousands of jobs at the company’s US operations.

Flint death toll from Legionnaires’ disease worsened by state and federal inaction

By James Brewer, 25 February 2016

From early on, the criminally negligent handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak by the highest officials exacerbated its scope and effects.

USW agrees to sellout deal to end ATI lockout

By Evan Winters, 25 February 2016

The United Steelworkers union and Allegheny Technologies Inc. have announced a tentative agreement to end the six-month lockout of 2,200 workers.

Deadly storms across the southern United States

By Kevin Martinez, 25 February 2016

At least five people died after 27 tornadoes hit five states in just 24 hours.

South Korea whips up fears over North Korea’s nuclear program

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2016

Seoul’s denunciations of Pyongyang come before massive war games with the US, designed to simulate a takeover of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Polish government expands police state powers

By Clara Weiss, 25 February 2016

Since assuming power last autumn, the right-wing nationalist PiS government has enacted a series of authoritarian laws.

French unions seek to suppress opposition to Hollande’s labour reforms

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 February 2016

Opposition is growing among workers and students to the state of emergency and the Socialist Party’s historic attacks on the working class.

UK government proposes to set up Muslim-only jail

By Barry Mason, 25 February 2016

The precedent for grouping prisoners based on shared ideological beliefs is the infamous “H blocks” in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.

Hundreds of Australian climate-change science jobs to be axed

By Perla Astudillo and Richard Philips, 25 February 2016

The CSIRO cuts are a major setback for scientific investigation into ocean temperatures, greenhouse gas levels and other climate-change issues.

New in Turkish

Sosyalizm ve Savaşa Karşı Mücadele
Emperyalizme Karşı Uluslararası Bir İşçi Sınıfı ve Gençlik Hareketi İnşa Edin!

DEUK, 25 Şubat 2016

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, savaşa karşı uluslararası kitlesel bir hareketin inşasına olan acil gereksinimin farkında olan siyasi eğilimlere ve bireylere bu açıklamada sunulan çözümlemenin en geniş şekilde tartışılması için çağrı yapmaktadır.

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Sous couvert d’une trêve avec la Russie Washington prépare une escalade militaire en Syrie

Par Barry Grey, 25 février 2016

Le gouvernement Obama a poussé à une trêve principalement pour gagner du temps et pour éviter une déroute militaire totale du Front al-Nosra, affilié à al-Qaïda, et de ses alliés «rebelles ».

Allemagne: le racisme en Saxe et l’hypocrisie politique

Par Ulrich Rippert, 25 février 2016

Les attaques racistes qui se sont produites à Clausnitz et dans plusieurs autres villes et communes d’Allemagne sont la conséquence directe de la politique xénophobe poursuivie par le gouvernement fédéral.

New in German

Der Angriff auf Verschlüsselung und die Ausweitung polizeistaatlicher Überwachung

Von Joseph Kishore, 25. Februar 2016

Der in aller Öffentlichkeit ausgetragene Rechtsstreit mit Apple über den Zugang zu einem verschlüsselten Telefon dient der Obama-Regierung dazu, ihre Befugnisse zur Bespitzelung auszuweiten.

USA bereiten militärische Eskalation in Syrien vor

Von Barry Grey, 25. Februar 2016

Die Obama-Regierung will mit ihrem Drängen auf einen Waffenstillstand Zeit gewinnen und eine vollständige militärische Niederlage der al-Nusra-Front und ihrer verbündeten „Rebellen“ verhindern.

„Säkulare Stagnation“ und die Widersprüche des Kapitalismus

Von Nick Beams, 25. Februar 2016

Niedrige Zinsen, quantitative Lockerung und jetzt sogar Negativzinsen vergrößern die Instabilität des Finanzsystems und bereiten eine weitere Krise vor.

Der Papst besucht Mexiko

Von Clodomiro Puentes, 25. Februar 2016

Der Papstbesuch wurde von der Regierung und reichen mexikanischen Geschäftsleuten finanziert, die darin eine Möglichkeit sahen, die wachsende Wut der Bevölkerung einzudämmen.

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Perspective

Sticking point in Syria truce: Washington’s support for Al Qaeda

25 February 2016

Amid bitter recriminations over the “cessation of hostilities” brokered by the US and Russia, all the lies used to promote both regime-change in Syria and the “war on terror” are disintegrating.

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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 news magazine Der Spiegel urges war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2016

The lead article in the latest issue of Der Spiegel, entitled “Putin’s aggressions,” calls for the Western powers to decisively “counter” Russia.

Under cover of truce with Russia, US prepares military escalation in Syria

By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016

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

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Obama, Pentagon outline latest plan to close Guantanamo, move prisoners to US

By E.P. Bannon, 24 February 2016

Guantánamo: A decade of US torture and repression

Mounting US pressure on China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2016

Australian media use US admiral’s comments to push for confrontation with China

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

More on the South China Sea crisis »

Germany: Racism in Saxony and political hypocrisy

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 February 2016

German historian calls for harsher measures against refugees

More on the refugee crisis »

Bolivians reject fourth term for Evo Morales in constitutional referendum

By Neil Hardt, 24 February 2016

BAYAN mounts second bogus challenge to US basing deal

By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2016

Nationalism and “Brexit”

“Secular stagnation” and the contradictions of capitalism

US blocked talks with North Korea before nuclear test

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Who is Judge Steven Rhodes?
The political struggle facing Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 24 February 2016

Detroit teachers were brought to a meeting Wednesday to listen to retired judge Steven Rhodes, who, during the Detroit bankruptcy, did the dirty work for Wall Street while posturing as a neutral and even-handed arbiter.

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Flint residents protest lead poisoning and political cover-up

By Buster Haycook and Zac Corrigan, 23 February 2016

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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Science

Alternative approach to nuclear fusion energy at German lab takes important first step

By Gregory McAvoy, 24 February 2016

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

War and the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 22 February 2016

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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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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 »

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