Macedonian police tear-gas refugees trying to cross Greek border

By Alex Lantier, 1 March 2016

Police fired stun grenades and tear gas at hundreds of desperate Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to travel through the Balkans towards Germany.

Swiss voters reject xenophobic anti-refugee initiative

By Marianne Arens, 1 March 2016

The rejection of the initiative “to enforce the deportation of criminal foreigners” is largely due to the unusually high turnout.

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

Anti-refugee xenophobia and the danger of war

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Iranian elections strengthen Rouhani’s hand

By Keith Jones, 1 March 2016

Last Friday’s elections have strengthened a faction of Iran’s ruling elite that favours speedy rapprochement with Washington and accelerated neo-liberal restructuring.

On eve of “Super Tuesday” primaries in US: A political system in crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2016

Candidates for the two big business parties will be contesting ballots in 12 states, making March 1 the day when the largest number of delegates is chosen for party conventions.

Renowned photojournalist assaulted by US Secret Service at Trump rally

By Andre Damon, 1 March 2016

Christopher Morris was choked and thrown to the ground while fulfilling his duties as a photographer for TIME magazine.

Trump backed by fascists, quotes Mussolini

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US, China agree to new UN sanctions on North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 1 March 2016

The draft resolution contains measures reportedly the strictest in 20 years and will further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.

Autoworkers support challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Shannon Jones, 1 March 2016

An internal UAW Local 600 hearing on the challenge to the ratification vote by a Ford skilled trade worker is set for Thursday.

Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

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New information emerges about Flint’s decision to switch to untreated water

By James Brewer, 1 March 2016

The examination of uncovered documents, combined with the thousands of newly-public emails released by Governor Rick Snyder, begin to uncover the economic interests behind the poisoning of Flint.

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

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United Steelworkers tries to ram sellout deal past ATI workers

By Evan Winters, 1 March 2016

After deliberately isolating locked out workers for over six months, the USW is forcing 2,200 Allegheny Technologies Inc. workers to vote on a sellout contract Tuesday.

Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

Poor evicted under nuisance laws by New York City police

By Steve Light, 1 March 2016

The NYPD is carrying out housing evictions without warning using a “nuisance” law, even when no crime was committed.

California inmate firefighter, 22, crushed to death protecting Malibu mansions

By Eric London, 1 March 2016

Shawna Lynn Jones, who was incarcerated in Los Angeles, died Friday after her skull was crushed by a boulder while fighting a brushfire.

Boston: MBTA seeks to pit transit riders against workers as infrastructure crumbles

By John Marion, 1 March 2016

The MBTA is seeking to offload the continuing deferred maintenance crisis caused by years of underfunding onto the backs of the working class.

Bombardier adds to Northern Ireland manufacturing jobs massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 1 March 2016

The corporation announced that 1,080 jobs would go at its plant in Belfast, Ireland, which makes the wings for its new C-Series plane.

New Zealand: Five years after the Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters and Matthew Carrington, 1 March 2016

Thousands of residents have been abandoned by the government, which has protected the interests of big business, including the insurance industry.

New in French

Le socialisme et la lutte contre la guerre

Déclaration du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, 1 mars 2016

Le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale et ses sections accueillent les discussions fraternelles, sur la base des principes défendus dans cette déclaration, avec les tendances politiques et les personnes à travers le monde qui reconnaissent le besoin urgent de bâtir un mouvement de masse international contre la guerre.

Divisions au grand-jour au sein du Parti socialiste français sur l’état d’urgence

Par Alex Lantier, 1 mars 2016

Des critiques à l’intérieur du PS craignent que ses politiques d’austérité profonde et ses appels aux opinions néo-fascistes l’exposent dangereusement à des attaques depuis sa gauche.

Le sommet du G-20 exclut une relance coordonnée

Par Nick Beams, 1 mars 2016

Malgré les appels du Fonds monétaire international à une relance budgétaire, le seul secteur dans lequel les puissances économiques majeures augmentent leurs dépenses est celui de l’armée.

Les étudiants de l’université de Leipzig s’élèvent contre un professeur de droite

Par Christoph Vandreier, 1 mars 2016

Les tirades xénophobes et militaristes du professeur de l’Université de Leipzig Thomas Rauscher ont suscité l’opposition des étudiants et du personnel de la faculté de droit.

New in German

Merkels Flüchtlingspolitik und der Ruf nach einer europäischen Armee

Von Ulrich Rippert, 1. März 2016

In der sonntäglichen Talkshow von Anne Will erklärte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, sie lehne einen Kurswechsel in der Flüchtlingspolitik ab.

USA testen Interkontinentalraketen und drohen mit Krieg gegen Russland

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. März 2016

Das Pentagon bezeichnete den Abschuss von zwei unbewaffneten Raketen innerhalb einer Woche als „Signal“, dass die USA für einen Atomkrieg bereit sind.

Waffenstillstand in Syrien: weitere Kämpfe auch am dritten Tag

Von Thomas Gaist, 1. März 2016

Amerikanische Flugzeuge greifen Ziele in weiten Teilen des Landes an, während US-Kommandos Angriffsoperationen verschiedener Stellvertretertruppen organisieren.

Bundestag beschließt Asylpaket II

Von Verena Nees, 1. März 2016

Das Gesetzespaket beschneidet das Grundrecht auf Asyl bis zur Unkenntlichkeit und verweigert einem Teil der Bevölkerung demokratische Grundrechte.

Schweiz: Fremdenfeindliche SVP-Initiative abgelehnt

Von Marianne Arens, 1. März 2016

Die Ablehnung der Initiative „zur Durchsetzung der Ausschaffung krimineller Ausländer“ ist vor allem der ungewöhnlich hohen Stimmbeteiligung zu verdanken.

G-20-Gipfel schließt koordiniertes Konjunkturprogramm aus

Von Nick Beams, 1. März 2016

Obwohl der Internationale Währungsfonds Konjunkturmaßnahmen gefordert hat, erhöhen die großen Wirtschaftsmächte nur die Ausgaben für ihr Militär.

Armutslöhne in der polnischen und tschechischen Textilindustrie

Von Clara Weiss, 1. März 2016

Ein neuer Bericht der Nichtregierungsorganisation Clean Clothes Campaign belegt, dass Osteuropa ähnlich wie Südostasien zu einer Billiglohnplattform für die Textilindustrie geworden ist.

Die Präsidentschaftsdebatte der Republikaner und der Verfall der Politik in den USA

Von Patrick Martin, 1. März 2016

Den Zuschauern wurde der desolate Zustand der offiziellen Politik im heutigen Amerika auf abstoßende Weise vor Augen geführt.

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Perspective

The Australian Defence White Paper and the drive to war

1 March 2016

The militarist agenda spelled out in the White Paper is incompatible with the democratic and social rights of the working class.

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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

Featured Commentary

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International

29 February 2016

Commentary

New York Times on Clinton and Libya: Portrait of a war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2016

The Times piece details the leading role played by Clinton in fomenting a war of aggression that killed tens if not hundreds of thousands.

Public split in French Socialist Party over state of emergency

By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2016

Australian feminists deride public sympathy for family murder-suicide victims

G-20 summit rules out coordinated stimulus

NATO operation in Aegean heightens threat of war with Russia

Scalia’s final junket linked to aristocratic hunting society

Arts Review

Eighty-eighth Academy Awards: Hopeful signs amidst reactionary “diversity” campaign

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2016

The Oscar awards ceremony Sunday night included some welcome notes and surprises, and generally, despite the disorienting campaign waged under the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, revealed a more humane side of Hollywood.

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Sri Lanka) public meeting: A socialist program to defend plantation workers

1 March 2016

The meeting will discuss the socialist policies needed to defend the jobs and wages of plantation workers, which are under sustained attack.

SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo to introduce Sinhala edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

22 February 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 March 2016

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

Los Angeles area teachers stage “sickouts” over pay

By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016

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

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 February 2016

More on the defense of public education »

Science

New technologies expand knowledge of early art in North America

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 February 2016

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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The 2016 US Elections

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2016

Clinton sweeps South Carolina primary as turnout plunges

By Patrick Martin, 29 February 2016

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

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2016

Downsizing begins as Fiat Chrysler seeks merger partner

More on auto workers struggles »

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Flint residents protest lead poisoning and political cover-up

By Buster Haycook and Zac Corrigan, 23 February 2016

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

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

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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