US social crisis overshadows 2016 presidential election

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2016

The American media gives round-the-clock coverage to the minutiae of capitalist politics, but very little attention is paid to the catastrophe facing the working class.

Trump wins Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada

War and the 2016 US elections

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Former US bankruptcy judge to be new emergency manager of Detroit schools

By our reporters, 26 February 2016

The Detroit Federation of Teachers brought the judge who oversaw the city's bankruptcy to a meeting of school employees to sugarcoat the bipartisan attack on public education.

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

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Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Eric London, 26 February 2016

A worker at Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant is continuing to pursue his allegations of fraud during the 2015 contract ratification vote in the face of stonewalling by the United Auto Workers.

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

Downsizing begins as Fiat Chrysler seeks merger partner

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Austrian-led conference closes Balkan route for refugees and divides Europe

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 February 2016

The move by West Balkan countries to block refugees from leaving Greece will unleash a humanitarian crisis and intensify tensions throughout Europe.

Germany: Racism in Saxony and political hypocrisy

German historian calls for harsher measures against refugees

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US and the Philippines move rapidly to implement military deal

By Dante Pastrana, 26 February 2016

The Enhanced Defense Cooperative Agreement paves the way for a major US military build-up in the Philippines that will greatly heighten tensions with China.

BAYAN mounts second bogus challenge to US basing deal

Slowdown in Pennsylvania natural gas industry adds to state budget crisis

By Douglas Lyons, 26 February 2016

The Pennsylvania natural gas industry, located in the Marcellus Shale region, has curtailed production and laid off hundreds of workers in response to declining gas and oil prices globally.

Leading California Democrat sentenced to five years in prison for corruption

By Alan Gilman, 26 February 2016

Leland Yee, a long-time legislator, has become the most recent former member of the scandal-ridden California legislature to be sentenced to prison.

Police call for boycott after Beyoncé endorses opposition to police brutality

By Nick Barrickman, 26 February 2016

Police have denounced pop star Beyoncé Knowles following the release of a music video in which the singer apparently endorses the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

UK: Tottenham residents speak on plans to demolish Broadwater Farm estate

By our reporters, 26 February 2016

Many residents will be uprooted and unable to find a new affordable accommodation, as the deposit required to acquire a mortgage stands at £80,000.

Tens of thousands homeless in Fiji cyclone disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 February 2016

Australia and New Zealand have responded by dispatching substantial military hardware to Fiji.

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.

New in French

La pierre d’achoppement dans la trève en Syrie : le soutien de Washington à Al-Qaïda

Par Bill Van Auken, 26 février 2016

Au milieu de récriminations amères sur la « cessation des hostilités » négociée par les États-Unis et la Russie, tous les mensonges utilisés pour promouvoir à la fois le changement de régime en Syrie et la « guerre contre le terrorisme » s’effondrent.

La Maison-Blanche à la tête de l'assaut contre le chiffrement des téléphones cellulaires

Par Andre Damon, 26 février 2016

La demande de l'administration Obama à Apple de pirater un iPhone est le fer de lance d'un effort concerté pour miner l'utilisation du chiffrement dans le monde entier.

Les syndicats français cherchent à réprimer l’opposition aux réformes du travail de Hollande

Par Stéphane Hugue, 26 février 2016

L’opposition se développe parmi les travailleurs et les étudiants à l’état d’urgence et les attaques historiques du Parti socialiste sur la classe ouvrière.

La justice française ouvre une enquête sur l’ex-président Nicolas Sarkozy

Par Stéphane Hugue et Alex Lantier, 26 février 2016

Le virage à droite du Parti socialiste et la montée du Front national depuis les attaques terroristes de l’année dernière à Paris minent maintenant le soutien de Sarkozy dans les cercles dirigeants.

Secteur public au Québec: les syndicats veulent entériner l’entente à tout prix

Par Laurent Lafrance, 26 février 2016

Les syndicats du secteur public agissent de concert pour étouffer l’opposition des travailleurs à la destruction des emplois, des régimes de retraite et des services publics.

New in German

Das Hauptproblem der Waffenruhe in Syrien: Washingtons Unterstützung für al-Qaida

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Februar 2016

Während die gegenseitigen Beschuldigungen über die Nichteinhaltung der vereinbarten Waffenruhe weiter gehen, platzen alle Lügen mit denen der Regimewechsel in Syrien und der „Krieg gegen den Terror“ gerechtfertigt wurden.

Westbalkankonferenz schließt Grenzen und spaltet Europa

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 26. Februar 2016

Eine von der österreichischen Regierung einberufene Konferenz der Westbalkanländer hat beschlossen, die Grenzen für Flüchtlinge auf der so genannten „Balkanroute“ faktisch zu schließen.

Bundestag stimmt Verschärfung des Asylrechts zu

Von Marianne Arens, 26. Februar 2016

Das Asylpaket II erlaubt sogar die Abschiebung kranker Flüchtlinge und verschlechtert die Bedingungen in den Unterkünften.

Französische Gewerkschaften wollen den Widerstand gegen Hollandes Arbeitsmarktreformen unterdrücken

Von Stéphane Hugues, 26. Februar 2016

Unter Arbeitern und Studenten wächst der Widerstand gegen den Notstand und die historischen Angriffe der Sozialistischen Partei auf die Arbeiterklasse.

USA verstärken Druck auf China im Südchinesischen Meer

Von Peter Symonds, 26. Februar 2016

Vor dem Besuch des chinesischen Außenministers in Washington wurden Berichte in den Medien verbreitet, die die „Militarisierung“ durch China grotesk übertreiben.

Südkorea schürt Angst vor Nordkoreas Atomprogramm

Von Ben McGrath, 26. Februar 2016

Seoul äußert seine Vorwürfe gegen Pjöngjang im Vorfeld eines riesigen gemeinsamen Militärmanövers mit den USA, bei der eine Eroberung der gesamten koreanischen Halbinsel simuliert wird.

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Perspective

Perplexity and divisions mark G-20 meeting

26 February 2016

The G-20 meeting in Shanghai is riven by the widening divisions between the major capitalist powers as the crisis of the global economy intensifies.

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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

Bernie Sanders and the “Scandinavian model”

By Jordan Shilton, 26 February 2016

Sanders’ invocation of Denmark and Sweden to illustrate the type of society he is aiming to construct provides yet another example of just how fraudulent his “socialist” rhetoric is.

Once again on Sanders and socialism

Canada’s pseudo-left silent on trade unions’ support for Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 26 February 2016

A Socialist Project article bemoans the Liberals’ success in donning a “progressive” guise, but is completely silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in fashioning it.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2016

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

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

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

By David Brown, 25 February 2016

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

German news magazine Der Spiegel urges war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2016

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

Mounting US pressure on China over South China Sea

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 February 2016

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

USW agrees to sellout deal to end ATI lockout

By Evan Winters, 25 February 2016

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

By James Brewer, 25 February 2016

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

Despite lead poisoning, Flint water rates highest in US

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Science

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

By Gregory McAvoy, 24 February 2016

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

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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Book Review

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

By Eric London, 23 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

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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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