US sends aircraft carrier to challenge China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2016

The dispatch of a US carrier strike group is part of a wave of provocations over China’s alleged militarisation of the South China Sea.

Imperialism intensifies pressure on Russia and China

The Australian Defence White Paper and the drive to war

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US presses India to join anti-China alliance

By K. Ratnayake, 5 March 2016

The head of the US Pacific Command urged India to take steps that would make it a “frontline state” in the US drive to encircle and prepare for war against China.

Police arrest and interrogate Brazil’s ex-President Lula

By Rafael Azul, 5 March 2016

The detention and questioning of Lula heightens the crisis of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party.

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

US employment report: Payrolls rise, wages fall

By Barry Grey, 5 March 2016

According to the Labor Department’s household survey, only 11.7 percent of new jobs created in February were full-time.

Flint resident files lawsuit against corporations, officials

By James Brewer, 5 March 2016

LeeAnne Walters, whose four children still experience symptoms from exposure to lead, named three companies and three officials in her suit.

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

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Leading tech firms join Apple suit over iPhone encryption

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2016

FBI demands for access to Apple encryption systems are fueling divisions within the US political and corporate elite.

FBI director, Apple lawyer testify before Congress on encryption dispute

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

Cameron and Hollande beat anti-immigrant drum to oppose Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2016

French officials threatened that a British exit from the European Union could lead France to stop blocking refugees from traveling via Calais to Britain.

Nationalism and “Brexit”

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour Party and Britain’s bosses are “natural allies”

By Julie Hyland, 5 March 2016

Corbyn used his first speech to a gathering of Britain’s corporate heads to reassure them that the Labour Party under his leadership is an ally of big business.

German parties shift to the right ahead of state elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 March 2016

Elections take place March 13 in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.

Report on German poverty refutes propaganda of social recovery

By Stefan Steele, 5 March 2016

Almost one in six in Germany were registered as poor in 2014.

Australia: Qantas reaps record profits by slashing jobs and wages

By Terry Cook, 5 March 2016

Deep cuts have been imposed on the airline’s workers through a combination of intimidation and the collaboration of the trade unions.

Australia: Job cuts threaten Sydney water safety

Indian power deal with Bangladesh highlights geo-political rivalry

By Sarath Kumara, 5 March 2016

Intense competition over infrastructure projects in Bangladesh shows that every country is being drawn into the maelstrom of war tensions created by the US drive against China.

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Chine et Brésil: deux manifestations d’un effondrement du capitalisme qui s’aggrave

Par Nick Beams, 5 mars 2016

Alors que le « modèle BRICS » de croissance économique se désintègre, les conditions se dessinent pour une autre crise financière.

L’Union européenne menace de déporter sommairement des masses de réfugiés

Par Alex Lantier, 5 mars 2016

Alors que les réfugiés fuient en nombre croissant les guerres impérialistes au Moyen-Orient, l’UE prépare des attaques draconiennes contre les droits démocratiques pour les empêcher de venir en Europe.

Québec solidaire accueille l’entente de trahison dans le secteur public

Par Louis Girard et Laurent Lafrance, 5 mars 2016

Malgré ses prétentions «anti-austérité», Québec solidaire est un parti pro-capitaliste.

New in German

Für einen aktiven Boykott des Brexit-Referendums!
Erklärung der britischen Sektion des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale (Socialist Equality Party)

5. März 2016

Die Socialist Equality Party ruft alle Arbeiter und Jugendlichen auf, das Brexit-Referendum am 23. Juni zu boykottieren.

Fortschreitender Zusammenbruch des Kapitalismus manifestiert sich in China und Brasilien

Von Nick Beams, 5. März 2016

Während das Wachstumsmodell der BRICS-Staaten zerfällt, entstehen die Bedingungen für eine neue Finanzkrise.

Europäische Union droht Flüchtlingen mit Massenabschiebungen

Von Alex Lantier, 5. März 2016

Immer mehr Menschen flüchten vor den imperialistischen Kriegen im Nahen Osten. Mit drakonischen Maßnahmen will die Europäische Union sie jetzt von Europa fernhalten.

Die dramatische Situation der Flüchtlinge in Griechenland

Von Katerina Selin, 5. März 2016

In Griechenland entwickelt sich in diesen Tagen eine menschliche Katastrophe, in der sich die hässliche Fratze der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik in ihrer ganzen Offenheit zeigt.

Krise in der Republikanischen Partei nach Romneys Angriffen auf Trump

Von Patrick Martin, 5. März 2016

Der republikanische Präsidentschaftskandidat von 2012 nennt den führenden Kandidaten für 2016 einen „Betrüger” und eine Bedrohung für die Demokratie.

Bernie Sanders und das „skandinavische Modell“

Von Jordan Shilton, 5. März 2016

Dass Sanders Dänemark und Schweden als Vorbild für seine gesellschaftlichen Vorstellungen nennt, beweist einmal mehr, wie betrügerisch seine „sozialistischen“ Bekenntnisse sind.

Französische Sozialistische Partei über Ausnahmezustand gespalten

Von Alex Lantier, 5. März 2016

Kritiker innerhalb der Sozialistischen Partei sind besorgt, dass deren Sparpolitik und die Anpassung an neofaschistische Stimmungen zu massivem Widerstand unter Arbeitern führt.

Die 66. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin
Alone in Berlin: Neuverfilmung von Falladas Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Teil 3

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 5. März 2016

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

Eine wirkliche künstlerische „Avantgarde“ erfordert, sich den entscheidenden historischen Fragen zu stellen

Von David Walsh, 5. März 2016

David Walshs Essay befasst sich mit der Frage, ob es heute eine künstlerische Avantgarde gibt – und falls nicht, wie sie aussehen könnte und auf welche Themen sie eingehen müsste.

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Perspective

TVA pension cuts: A new stage in the assault on American workers

5 March 2016

The attack on the pensions of federal employees is a warning that no section of the working class is exempt from the social counterrevolution being carried out in the interests of the financial aristocracy.

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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

The 2016 US Elections

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

By David North, 3 March 2016

US Republican Party in crisis as Romney denounces Trump

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2016

Detroit autoworkers discuss Trump, US election campaign

By our reporters, 4 March 2016

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

Bernie Sanders and the “Scandinavian model”

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

Once again on Sanders and socialism

Socialist Alternative defends Sanders’ support for imperialist war

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

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Arts Review

Two poor films on the Afghanistan war—Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and A War—and Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto

By Joanne Laurier, 5 March 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a semi-comic treatment of the tragic Afghan conflict; A War from Denmark is ostensibly a more serious effort. Desierto takes up the war against Mexican immigrants.

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE campaigns against war at universities in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 March 2016

The IYSSE’s campaign initiated a serious discussion among broad layers of students about the socialist and internationalist alternative to the preparations for World War Three.

Australian university students denounce the drive to war and austerity

By our reporters, 5 March 2016

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

Commentary

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

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2016

European Union threatens summary mass deportations of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2016

More on the refugee crisis »

Albuquerque, New Mexico residents protest fatal shooting by US Marshals

By D. Lencho, 4 March 2016

Fatal police shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina provokes protests

More on police violence in America »

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

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2016

German Constitutional Court considers banning neo-fascist NPD

By Peter Schwarz, 4 March 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 March 2016

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

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

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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

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 »

NHS Fightback

UK immigration policy inflicts more damage on National Health Service

By Sascha Woods, 4 March 2016

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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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