Primary election results highlight US political crisis

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2016

While a fascistic movement is emerging from the Republican Party, broad layers of the American population are moving to the left.

Renowned photojournalist assaulted by US Secret Service at Trump rally

Trump backed by fascists, quotes Mussolini

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Chinese slowdown continues amid plans for major job cuts

By Nick Beams, 2 March 2016

Fears of where the global economy is heading led former British Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls to warn of “echoes of the 1930s.”

G-20 summit rules out coordinated stimulus

FBI director, Apple lawyer testify before Congress on encryption dispute

By Barry Grey, 2 March 2016

The hearing indicated that a majority on the House Judiciary Committee will support a law compelling tech firms to provide the government backdoor access to encrypted information.

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

France attacks refugees, launches destruction of Calais camp

By Francis Dubois and Stéphane Hugues, 2 March 2016

The expulsion in the middle of winter of thousands of refugees fleeing war, including women and children, is part of the escalating persecution of refugees throughout Europe.

Macedonian police tear-gas refugees trying to cross Greek border

Anti-refugee xenophobia and the danger of war

German parliament adopts anti-democratic “Asylum Package II”

By Verena Nees, 2 March 2016

The new package of measures agreed in Germany fundamentally restricts the right to asylum and robs a section of the population of democratic rights.

Swiss voters reject xenophobic anti-refugee initiative

German Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy and the call for a European army

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 March 2016

On one of the Sunday talk shows on German television, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated her opposition to a change in course on refugee policy.

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Ex-Australian PM calls for “freedom of navigation” challenge to China

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2016

Abbott’s comments are part of growing demands for the Australian government to mount a military intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea.

The Australian Defence White Paper and the drive to war

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

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Fatal police shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina provokes protests

By Kate Randall, 2 March 2016

Witnesses say Akiel Denkins, 24, was unarmed when he was shot in the back seven times as he ran from police.

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

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”Why did they bring in the judge now? Because he is bought”
Judge Rhodes appointed “transitional manager” over Detroit public schools

By Nancy Hanover, 2 March 2016

Detroit teachers have denounced the appointment of Rhodes, who ripped up the Michigan constitution to deprive workers of their pensions, as the school district's emergency manager.

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

Los Angeles area teachers stage “sickouts” over pay

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Medical neglect caused deaths of detained immigrants in the US

By Marc Wells, 2 March 2016

An analysis of reports submitted by ICE shows that negligence and inadequate medical care has caused an increase in deaths at detention centers in the last 13 years.

Mine disaster in Russia kills 36

By David Levine, 2 March 2016

A series of explosions at the Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia caused the deaths of 36 people, including five rescue workers.

Ontario report: Inequality at levels “not seen since the Great Depression”

By Dylan Lubao, 2 March 2016

A report by a union-sponsored organization documents social devastation in Canada’s largest province but is silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in facilitating it.

Australian Greens back government’s Senate voting “reforms”

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2016

The legislation is aimed at shoring-up the political establishment and clearing out the Senate to push through the sweeping austerity measures demanded by big business.

New in French

Pour un boycott actif du référendum sur le Brexit!

Déclaration du Parti de l’égalité socialiste, section britannique du Comité International de la Quatrième Internationale, 2 mars 2016

Le référendum du 23 juin sur le maintien ou non de la Grande-Bretagne dans l’Union européenne (UE) soulève des questions d’une immense importance internationale.

Les policiers macédoniens gazent les réfugiés qui tentent de franchir la frontière grecque

Par Alex Lantier, 2 mars 2016

La police a tiré des grenades assourdissantes et des gaz lacrymogènes sur des centaines de réfugiés syriens et irakiens désespérés qui cherchent à traverser les Balkans vers l’Allemagne.

Les électeurs suisses rejettent l’initiative xénophobe contre les réfugiés

Par Marianne Arens, 2 mars 2016

Le rejet de l’initiative de « mise en œuvre de la déportation d’étrangers criminels » est en grande partie dû à un taux de participation exceptionnellement élevé.

New in German

Das australische Verteidigungsweißbuch und die wachsende Kriegsgefahr

Von James Cogan, 2. März 2016

Die militaristische Agenda, die im Weißbuch dargelegt wird, ist unvereinbar mit den demokratischen und sozialen Rechten der Arbeiterklasse.

Mazedonische Polizei setzt Tränengas gegen Flüchtlinge ein

Von Alex Lantier, 2. März 2016

Die Polizei setzte Blendgranaten und Tränengas gegen Hunderte von verzweifelten syrischen und irakischen Flüchtlingen ein, die über den Balkan nach Deutschland wollen.

Linksfraktion nimmt Kurs auf Rot-Rot-Grün in Berlin

Von Johannes Stern, 2. März 2016

Bei den Wahlen zum Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus im September strebt die Linkspartei wie in Thüringen eine Regierungskoalition mit den Hartz-IV- und Kriegsparteien SPD und Grünen an.

Erste Urteile nach Kölner Silvesternacht: Kleinkriminelle als Sündenböcke

Von Dietmar Henning, 2. März 2016

Zwei Monate nach den Ereignissen der Silvesternacht in Köln lösen sich die Anschuldigungen über massenhafte sexuelle Gewalt zunehmend in Luft auf.

Armutsbericht widerlegt Propaganda vom sozialen Aufschwung

Von Stefan Steele, 2. März 2016

15,4 Prozent der deutschen Bevölkerung, und somit fast jeder sechste Deutsche, galten im Jahr 2014 als einkommensarm.

Spotlight: Aufschlussreiche Darstellung des Sexualmissbrauchs in der katholischen Kirche

Von Joanne Laurier, 2. März 2016

Tom McCarthys Film Spotlight ist ein spannender, geradezu politischer Thriller, der den Verlauf der bedeutsamen Enthüllung weitverbreiteten Kindesmissbrauchs katholischer Priester in Boston und Umgebung durch den Boston Globe im Jahr 2002 nachzeichnet.

Die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus und die Gefahr eines dritten Weltkriegs
Veranstaltung des Mehring Verlags während der Buchmesse in Leipzig

2. März 2016

In einer Podiumsdiskussion mit David North und Peter Schwarz stellt der Mehring Verlag im Rahmen der Leipziger Buchmesse das Buch „Wissenschaft oder Kriegspropaganda“ vor.

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Perspective

Imperialism intensifies pressure on Russia and China

2 March 2016

Leading strategists of US imperialism increasingly see the fomenting of national secessionist movements as a means to destabilize and subjugate the Eurasian land mass.

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

Featured Commentary

An exchange on the SEP’s call for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2016

We are posting here replies to two comments from readers on the statement published this week by the Socialist Equality Party.

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

Iranian elections strengthen Rouhani’s hand

By Keith Jones, 1 March 2016

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

By Eric London, 1 March 2016

Arts Review

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

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2016

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

Workers Struggles

United Steelworkers tries to ram sellout deal past ATI workers

By Evan Winters, 1 March 2016

Lockout of steelworkers at ATI enters sixth month

NHS Fightback

The way forward for UK junior doctors

By Tony Robson, 2 March 2016

The central risk to the junior doctors is the continued isolation of their struggle by the trade unions.

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

By James Brewer, 1 March 2016

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

An interview with Professor Marc Edwards on the Flint water crisis

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Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers support challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Shannon Jones, 1 March 2016

Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

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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

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

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

By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2016

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

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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