US Republican Party in crisis as Romney denounces Trump

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2016

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee attacked the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner as a “fraud” and a threat to democracy.

What political conclusions must be drawn from Trump’s Super Tuesday?

Trump backed by fascists, quotes Mussolini

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European Union threatens summary mass deportations of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2016

As growing numbers of refugees flee imperialist wars in the Middle East, the EU is preparing draconian attacks on democratic rights to prevent them from coming to Europe.

NATO commander calls refugees a weapon of ISIS, Russia and Syria

France attacks refugees, launches destruction of Calais camp

Anti-refugee xenophobia and the danger of war

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UN Security Council imposes harsh US-sponsored sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2016

The punitive new measures will intensify North Korea’s economic and social crisis and greatly heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.

US admiral claims Russia’s intervention in Syria has implications for Arctic

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2016

Both Canada and the US are moving to rapidly expand their military capabilities in the Arctic, citing heightened tensions with Russia in Eastern Europe and the Mideast.

Obama stumps for Affordable Care Act in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By Kate Randall, 4 March 2016

The president’s argument that signups for Obamacare prove that the law champions health care as a “right for all people” is undermined by an examination of the ACA plans.

Detroit autoworkers discuss Trump, US election campaign

By our reporters, 4 March 2016

One day before Trump’s rally in Warren, Michigan, Fiat Chrysler workers at the truck assembly plant in the suburban Detroit city spoke about the rise of the extreme right candidate.

Autoworkers support challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

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Albuquerque, New Mexico residents protest fatal shooting by US Marshals

By D. Lencho, 4 March 2016

Wide discrepancies exist between the US Marshals’ version of the shooting death of Edgar Camacho-Alvarado and witness accounts.

Fatal police shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina provokes protests

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Widening social inequality exacerbates housing crisis in California

By Kevin Martinez, 4 March 2016

Even as the cost of rent continues to rise, a report by the California Budget & Policy Center found that the top 1 percent in the state captured most, if not all, income gains since 1989.

“Education should be a right”
Chicago students and faculty oppose potential school closure, layoffs

By George Marlowe, 4 March 2016

Students and faculty at the predominantly working-class Chicago State University spoke out against the possibility of budget cuts which would devastate higher education.

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

UK immigration policy inflicts more damage on National Health Service

By Sascha Woods, 4 March 2016

The NHS has lost out on the hiring of over 1,000 trained nurses due to restrictions on migration.

Sri Lankan government prepares to sign economic pact with India

By W. A. Sunil, 4 March 2016

To divert rising social discontent, nationalist groups have stepped up a virulent anti-Indian campaign that serves to divide workers in the two countries.

Australia: Job cuts threaten Sydney water safety

By Richard Phillips, 4 March 2016

The elimination of vital jobs wipes out decades of expertise and imperils the quality of water for Sydney’s 4.5 million residents.

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Quelles conclusions politiques doit-on tirer du super mardi de Trump?

Par David North, 4 mars 2016

L’émergence de Trump marque une nouvelle et dangereuse étape de la crise de la démocratie américaine.

Le gouvernement chinois se prépare à licencier des millions de travailleurs

Par John Ward et Peter Symonds, 4 mars 2016

L'émergence d'énormes surcapacités dans les industries de base de la Chine est intimement liée à la crise économique mondiale continue.

La pseudo-gauche canadienne garde le silence sur l'appui des syndicats pour le gouvernement libéral

Par Roger Jordan, 4 mars 2016

Un article de Socialist Project se plaint du fait que les libéraux réussissent à se donner des allures «progressistes», mais tait complètement le rôle des syndicats et du NPD dans leur appui pour les libéraux.

New in German

Politische Schlussfolgerungen aus Trumps Erfolg am Super-Tuesday

Von David North, 4. März 2016

Donald Trumps Aufstieg kennzeichnet ein neues und gefährliches Stadium der Krise der amerikanischen Demokratie.

Die Landtagswahlen vom 13. März und der Rechtsruck der Parteien

Von Ulrich Rippert, 4. März 2016

In Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz und Sachsen-Anhalt finden in einer Woche Landtagswahlen statt.

Nato-Kommandeur bezeichnet Flüchtlinge als „Waffe“ des IS, Russlands und Syriens

Von Patrick Martin, 4. März 2016

US-General Phillip Breedlove behauptet, Russland, Syrien und der IS würden Flüchtlinge aus Syrien als „Waffe gegen Europa“ einsetzen.

Chinesische Regierung bereitet Entlassung von Millionen Arbeitern vor

Von John Ward und Peter Symonds, 4. März 2016

Die Entstehung riesiger Überkapazitäten in Chinas Schlüsselindustrien ist eng mit der anhaltenden weltweiten Rezession verbunden.

Wahl im Iran stärkt Rohanis Einfluss

Von Keith Jones, 4. März 2016

Aus den Wahlen im Iran ist die Fraktion der herrschenden Elite gestärkt hervorgegangen, die eine schnelle Annäherung an Washington anstrebt und eine neoliberale Wirtschaftspolitik verfolgt.

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Perspective

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

4 March 2016

As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.

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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

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

By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2016

Commentary

German chancellor demands end to “waving refugees through the borders”

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2016

At a press conference with the Croatian prime minister, Merkel attacked refugees with a brutality typically associated with her right-wing critics.

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

More on the refugee crisis »

German Constitutional Court considers banning neo-fascist NPD

By Peter Schwarz, 4 March 2016

Banning the NPD would not weaken, but rather strengthen, the extreme right.

Australian Greens cover up Defence White Paper plans for war on China

By Mike Head, 3 March 2016

The Australian Defence White Paper and the drive to war

More on the South China Sea crisis »

Left and anti-austerity sentiment produces political earthquake in Ireland

By Dermot Quinn, 3 March 2016

Spain: Podemos supports sale of warships to Saudi Arabia

By Alejandro López, 3 March 2016

Imperialism intensifies pressure on Russia and China

FBI director, Apple lawyer testify before Congress on encryption dispute

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 March 2016

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Former Detroit mayor warns that city is “one incident” from a social explosion

By Jerry White, 3 March 2016

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

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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Arts Review

Deadpool: An anti-superhero?

By Kevin Martinez, 3 March 2016

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

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2016

The 2016 US Elections

Primary election results highlight US political crisis

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2016

Renowned photojournalist assaulted by US Secret Service at Trump rally

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

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 »

NHS Fightback

The way forward for UK junior doctors

By Tony Robson, 2 March 2016

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Socialist Equality Party

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

1 March 2016

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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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