G-20 summit rules out coordinated stimulus

By Nick Beams, 29 February 2016

Despite calls for fiscal stimulus by the International Monetary Fund, the only area in which the major economic powers are increasing their spending is on the military.

Perplexity and divisions mark G-20 meeting

“Secular stagnation” and the contradictions of capitalism

NATO operation in Aegean heightens threat of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016

The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.

Anti-refugee xenophobia and the danger of war

US fires ICBMs amid war threats against Russia

Syria fighting continues into third day of US-Russian “truce”

By Thomas Gaist, 29 February 2016

US war planes continue to strike targets throughout large areas of the country, while American commandos organized offensive operations by an array of proxy forces.

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

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

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Tens of thousands attend London protest against nuclear weapons

By Robert Stevens, 29 February 2016

In his speech to the rally, Labour party leader Corbyn made no mention of the advanced preparation for war being made by the imperialist powers, including Britain.

Clinton sweeps South Carolina primary as turnout plunges

By Patrick Martin, 29 February 2016

The former secretary of state won 76 percent of the vote, but Democratic turnout fell 32 percent from the record set eight years ago.

Trump backed by fascists, quotes Mussolini

By a reporter, 29 February 2016

The Republican frontrunner, appearing on “Meet the Press,” boasted of retweeting a quotation from the Italian dictator.

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

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Police refuse to release video showing shooting of Salt Lake City teenager

By David Brown, 29 February 2016

Protests have erupted in Salt Lake City, Utah after Saturday night’s police shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed, who was reportedly holding a broomstick when he was critically injured.

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Scalia’s final junket linked to aristocratic hunting society

By Tom Carter, 29 February 2016

Supreme Court Justice Scalia, who vigorously opposed the principle of separation of church and state, spent his final hours with wealthy members of an aristocratic Catholic order.

The legacy of Antonin Scalia

Los Angeles area teachers stage “sickouts” over pay

By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016

The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.

Chicago State University threatens to lay off entire staff amidst state budget impasse

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 February 2016

The South Side institution is on its way to becoming the first victim of the bipartisan effort to drastically downsize public higher education in Illinois.

More on the defense of public education »

US uses “partnership dialogue” to strengthen ties with Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 29 February 2016

The bilateral talks last Friday were undoubtedly a rather one-sided monologue with the US laying out its strategic and military requirements of the Colombo government.

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Lancement d’ICBM par les Etats-Unis et menaces de guerre contre la Russie

Par Bill Van Auken, 29 février 2016

Le Pentagone a qualifié le lancement inhabituel de deux missiles balistiques non armés en l'espace d'une semaine de « signal » que Washington était prêt pour une guerre nucléaire.

Des généraux britanniques interviennent pour s’opposer à un «Brexit»

Par Robert Stevens, 29 février 2016

La lettre de13 haut gradés militaires témoigne du rôle de l’UE dans l’agenda militariste des principales puissances européennes.

La xénophobie anti-réfugié et le danger de guerre

Par Peter Schwarz, 29 février 2016

Des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés qui ont échappé à l’enfer de la guerre au Moyen-Orient sont privés de tous les droits et utilisés comme des pions dans les conflits entre les États européens.

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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

Public split in French Socialist Party over state of emergency

By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2016

Critics inside the PS are concerned that its policies of deep austerity and appeals to neo-fascist sentiment leave it dangerously exposed to attack from the left.

Australian feminists deride public sympathy for family murder-suicide victims

By Patrick Kelly and Linda Tenenbaum, 29 February 2016

Public grief and sympathy provoked anger from feminist commentators, providing a revealing glimpse into the political role of identity politics.

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

By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2016

More on the South China Sea crisis »

University of Leipzig students speak out against right-wing professor

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 February 2016

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

More on the refugee crisis »

Apple counters government demands as White House expands NSA data sharing

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

US and the Philippines move rapidly to implement military deal

Science

New technologies expand knowledge of early art in North America

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 February 2016

Early art produced more than 8,000 years ago has been identified in several states and provinces in Canada, the United States and Mexico by using new photographic technology.

25 years ago: LA police videotaped brutally beating Rodney King

During the early morning hours of March 3, 1991, up to a dozen Los Angeles police officers were videotaped viciously torturing a helpless black motorist, Rodney King.

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50 years ago: India unleashes savage repression against Mizos

On March 5-6, 1966, the Indian government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi unleashed an air assault on the Indian province of Mizo, destroying several villages and paving the way for the forced collectivization of the population in Mizoram.

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75 years ago: Bulgaria joins the Nazi Axis

On March 1, 1941 the premier of Bulgaria, Bogdan Philoff, declared his country would adhere to the Axis in a ceremonial meeting with Adolf Hitler.

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100 years ago: Persian government collapses under pressure from Britain

On the March 5, 1916, Prince Firman Firma, the prime minister of Persia (modern day Iran) and Mohtashim ed Douleh, the foreign minister, both resigned office.

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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

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

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 27 February 2016

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

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 »

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 »

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.

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