US fires ICBMs amid war threats against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2016

The Pentagon described the unusual launching of two unarmed missiles in the space of a week as a “signal” that Washington is ready for nuclear war.

War and the 2016 US elections

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

Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III

Pentagon inflates “China threat” to justify massive build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2016

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that advanced preparations are being made for war with China.

Mounting US pressure on China over South China Sea

More on the South China Sea crisis »

Apple counters government demands as White House expands NSA data sharing

By Tom Hall, 27 February 2016

Thursday’s court filing by Apple accused the government of seeking to establish a precedent to “conscript” American corporations into spying on the population.

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

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

More mass shootings in the US

By Niles Williamson, 27 February 2016

Mass shootings have occurred in Kansas, Arizona and Washington state since six people were killed last week in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan leaves six dead

Top advisors to Michigan governor urged switching water supply from polluted Flint River

By Shannon Jones, 27 February 2016

Newly released emails show that top aides to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder advocated switching the Flint water supply back to the Detroit water system by October 2014, a year before the public disclosure of contamination.

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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Strike at Chinese steel plant points to impact of global slump

By John Ward, 27 February 2016

A stoppage at a Guangzhou stainless steel factory highlights the mounting resistance of Chinese workers to deepening attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

UK generals intervene to oppose Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2016

The letter by 13 military officials is testament to the role of the European Union in the militarist agenda of the main European powers.

Nationalism and “Brexit”

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

University of Leipzig students speak out against right-wing professor

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 February 2016

The xenophobic and militaristic tirades of University of Leipzig Professor Thomas Rauscher have met with opposition from both students and faculty.

German historian calls for harsher measures against refugees

Strike at 200 Further Education colleges in England

By Margot Miller, 27 February 2016

Some Further Education staff have suffered a reduction in pay by as much as 17 percent after years on lower than inflation pay rises.

Indian ruling elite in economic bind

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 27 February 2016

Longstanding tensions between India’s BJP-led government and the country’s central bank over how to revive India’s flagging economy have intensified in the run-up to Monday’s budget speech.

India: Unions call off Tamil Nadu government workers strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 27 February 2016

Workers’ main demands—abolition of the National Pension Scheme, a salary increase, permanent employment and the filling of all vacancies—have been ignored.

New in Russian

Война и выборы в США 2016 года

Джозеф Кишор, 27 февраля 2016 г.

В ходе кампании по президентским выборам в США полностью отсутствует какая-либо дискуссия по поводу подготовки правящего класса к резкой эскалации военных действий в период после проведения выборов в ноябре этого года.

New in Turkish

Suriye ateşkesindeki çekişmeli konu: Washington’ın El Kaide’ye verdiği destek

Bill Van Auken, 27 Şubat 2016

Washington’ın Suriye’de ve başka yerlerde gerçekleştirdiği canice ve pervasız eylemler, CIA’in silahlandırdığı ve desteklediği “ılımlı” teröristlerin çok daha ölümcül misilleme operasyonlarının ortaya çıkması yönünde yakın bir tehdit oluşturmaktadır.

New in French

La perplexité et la division marquent la réunion du G20

Par Nick Beams, 27 février 2016

La réunion du G-20 à Shanghai est déchirée par les divisions croissantes entre grandes puissances capitalistes dans un contexte où la crise de l’économie mondiale s’intensifie.

La conférence menée par l’Autriche ferme la route des Balkans pour les réfugiés et divise l’Europe

Par Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 février 2016

L’intervention des pays occidentaux des Balkans visant à bloquer les réfugiés quittant la Grèce va déclencher une crise humanitaire et intensifier les tensions dans toute l'Europe.

Bernie Sanders et le « modèle scandinave »

Par Jordan Shilton, 27 février 2016

L'invocation par Sanders du Danemark et de la Suède pour illustrer le type de société qu'il vise à construire est un nouvel exemple du caractère frauduleux de sa rhétorique « socialiste ».

New in German

Sozialismus und der Kampf gegen Krieg
Für eine internationale Bewegung der Arbeiterklasse und der Jugend gegen den Imperialismus!

Erklärung des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale, 27. Februar 2016

Es gilt eine neue internationale Antikriegsbewegung aufzubauen, in der sich die arbeitenden Menschen und die Jugend gegen Kapitalismus und Imperialismus zusammenschließen.

Flüchtlingshetze und Kriegsgefahr

Von Peter Schwarz, 27. Februar 2016

Zehntausende Flüchtlinge, die der Hölle der Kriege im Mittleren Osten entronnen sind, werden sämtlicher Rechte und jeder menschlichen Würde beraubt und dienen als Manövriermaße zwischen den Staaten.

Nato-Operation in Ägäis erhöht Kriegsgefahr mit Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 27. Februar 2016

Die Verlegung von Kriegsschiffen zur Flüchtlingsabwehr in das strategisch wichtige Ägäische Meer erhöht die Gefahr eines direkten Eingreifens der Nato in Syrien.

Die 66. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin
Flüchtlingskrise im Mittelpunkt der Berlinale
Teil 1

Von Stefan Steinberg, 27. Februar 2016

Dies ist der erste Teil einer Artikelreihe zu den kürzlich zu Ende gegangenen Filmfestspielen in Berlin (66. Berlinale: 11.-20. Februar 2016).

Berlinale Teil 2
Zum Goldenen Bären für Fuocoammare

Von Bernd Reinhardt, Verena Nees, 27. Februar 2016

Dies ist der zweite Teil einer Artikelreihe zu den kürzlich zu Ende gegangenen Filmfestspielen in Berlin (66. Berlinale: 11.-20. Februar 2016).

Ratlosigkeit und Differenzen bestimmen G-20-Gipfel

Von Nick Beams, 27. Februar 2016

Das G-20-Treffen in Schanghai zeigt die immer größer werdenden Gegensätze, die sich angesichts der Verschärfung der globalen Wirtschaftskrise zwischen den großen kapitalistischen Mächten auftun.

Soziale Krise in den USA überschattet Präsidentschaftswahl 2016

Von Patrick Martin, 27. Februar 2016

Die amerikanischen Medien berichten rund um die Uhr über die kleinsten Details der kapitalistischen Politik, doch die katastrophalen Lebensbedingungen der Arbeiterklasse finden kaum Beachtung.

Other Languages

Perspective

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

27 February 2016

Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate was a demonstration of the degraded state of American politics and the intellectual and moral decay of the American ruling elite.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

Anti-refugee xenophobia and the danger of war

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2016

Tens of thousands of refugees who have escaped the hell of war in the Middle East are being deprived of all rights and used as pawns in conflicts between the European states.

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

Germany: Racism in Saxony and political hypocrisy

More on the refugee crisis »

Perplexity and divisions mark G-20 meeting

By Nick Beams, 26 February 2016

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

By Roger Jordan, 26 February 2016

US and the Philippines move rapidly to implement military deal

By Dante Pastrana, 26 February 2016

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

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Arts Review

66th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2:
A critique of Europe’s refugee policy: On the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Fire at Sea

By Verena Nees and Bernd Reinhardt, 27 February 2016

This is the second in a series of articles on the recent Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, held February 11-20, 2016.

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

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

The 2016 US Elections

US social crisis overshadows 2016 presidential election

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2016

Bernie Sanders and the “Scandinavian model”

By Jordan Shilton, 26 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

Trump wins Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada

By Barry Grey, 25 February 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 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

Autoworkers Struggles

Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Eric London, 26 February 2016

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

Downsizing begins as Fiat Chrysler seeks merger partner

More on auto workers struggles »

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

By our reporters, 26 February 2016

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

More on the defense of public education »

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

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

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

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