US-South Korean militaries rehearse pre-emptive strikes on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2016

This year’s joint war games are based on a new operational plan that includes pre-emptive attacks on North Korean missile and nuclear sites and “decapitation” raids to kill its leaders.

Philippines impounds suspected North Korean ship

By Dante Pastrana, 8 March 2016

While Philippine officials invoked the latest UN sanctions, the government undoubtedly acted with the approval, if not on the direct orders, of Washington.

US sends aircraft carrier to challenge China in South China Sea

Imperialism intensifies pressure on Russia and China

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Sanders pushes trade war policies
“Left” demagogy and nationalism dominate Democratic debate in Flint

By Barry Grey, 8 March 2016

In his promotion of protectionism, Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” complements the overtly fascistic demagogy of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Latest presidential primary contests intensify crisis of US two-party system

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

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US airstrike massacres 150 at al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia

By Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2016

The attack north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu marks a significant escalation of US operations in the Horn of Africa, which lies next to critical oil routes leading into the Indian Ocean.

Bank for International Settlements warns of build-up of global debt

By Nick Beams, 8 March 2016

The European Central Bank is to meet on Thursday amid rising concerns over the longer-term consequences of the global proliferation of negative interest rates.

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

EU countries and Turkey move to seal refugee routes

By Peter Schwarz, 8 March 2016

The 28 EU member states worked out a deal Monday with Turkey that would make it even more difficult for the millions of people fleeing the wars in the Middle East to enter Europe.

Tensions rise at Franco-British and Franco-German summits

Refugees face disastrous conditions in Greece

Three men sentenced for petty crimes at New Year’s event in Cologne, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2016

Two months after the New Year’s Eve events in Cologne, allegations of mass sexual assaults that day are increasingly being exposed as groundless.

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Campaign for UK exit from the EU dominated by nationalism and big business interests

By Robert Stevens, 8 March 2016

The “Leave” campaign speaks for a layer of the British ruling elite that regards the EU as a constraint on the pursuit of Britain’s national interests.

Brexit vote sparks crisis for Scottish National Party

Nationalism and “Brexit”

UK: Metropolitan Police demand Pitchford Inquiry take evidence in secret

By Trevor Johnson, 8 March 2016

The MPS uses arguments on the need for secrecy and hiding identities that were previously exercised in the run-up to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Peña Nieto joins Mexican ex-presidents in denouncing Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2016

The right-wing representatives of the Mexican bourgeoisie fear that Trump’s campaign will interfere with their collaboration with Washington.

Review board: New York police routinely conduct aggressive and illegal home searches

By Philip Guelpa, 8 March 2016

A civilian review board reports that the NYPD systematically violates protections against warrantless home invasions.

Detroit Public Schools emergency managers cash in

By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 8 March 2016

Former DPS emergency manager Darnell Earley receives generous golden parachute while the new “transition manager” is set to receive a hefty salary.

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

Fiji cyclone: Australian and New Zealand military mobilised for “humanitarian” relief

By Richard Phillips, 8 March 2016

While thousands of Fijians desperately need assistance, Canberra and Wellington have seized on the disaster to advance their own geo-strategic interests.

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Les dernières primaires présidentielles intensifient la crise du système bipartite américain

Par Patrick Martin, 8 mars 2016

Le caractère fasciste de la campagne de Trump est clairement apparu ces derniers jours dans ses appels répétés à l’utilisation de méthodes de torture comme le simulacre de noyade « et bien plus encore. »

Le referendum sur un ‘Brexit’ déclenche une crise au Parti national écossais

Par Steve James, 8 mars 2016

La dirigeante du Parti national écossais national (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon se présente maintenant comme l’avocat le plus servile de l'UE

La Cour constitutionnelle allemande envisage d'interdire le NPD néo-fasciste

Par Peter Schwarz, 8 mars 2016

Une interdiction du NPD n’affaiblirait pas mais renforcerait plutôt l'extrême-droite.

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Die amerikanische Präsidentschaftswahl und die soziale Krise in Flint

Von Jerry White, 8. März 2016

Sanders wirtschaftsnationalistischen Pläne ergänzen sich mit dem immigrantenfeindlichen Rassismus und der Fremdenfeindlichkeit des republikanischen Spitzenkandidaten Donald Trump.

EU-Türkei-Gipfel riegelt Flüchtlingsrouten ab

Von Peter Schwarz, 8. März 2016

Ein Sondergipfel der 28 EU-Mitglieder und der Türkei hat am Montag ein ganzes Bündel von Maßnahmen beschlossen, um die Flüchtlingsrouten nach Europa hermetisch abzuriegeln.

Slowakei: Rechtsruck bei der Parlamentswahl

Von Markus Salzmann, 8. März 2016

Die sozialdemokratische Smer-SD hat den Wahlkampf in der Slowakei vollständig auf die Flüchtlingsfrage ausgerichtet und einen massiven Rechtsruck geerntet.

USA entsenden Flugzeugträger ins Südchinesische Meer

Von Peter Symonds, 8. März 2016

Die Entsendung einer amerikanischen Trägerkampfgruppe ist Teil einer Serie von Provokationen der USA gegen China wegen dessen angeblicher Militarisierung des Südchinesischen Meeres.

USA drängen Indien, antichinesischem Bündnis beizutreten

Von K. Ratnayake, 8. März 2016

Der Oberbefehlshaber des amerikanischen Pacific Command hat Indien zu Schritten gedrängt, die das Land zum „Frontstaat“ in der Kampagne der USA zur Einkreisung Chinas und der Vorbereitung eines Krieges machen würde.

Bombardier: Massiver Arbeitsplatzabbau an ostdeutschen Standorten

Von Dietmar Henning, 8. März 2016

Betriebsräte und die IG Metall arbeiten Hand in Hand mit der Konzernleitung zusammen, um den Arbeitsplatzabbau möglichst reibungslos durchzusetzen.

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Perspective

US moves to harness India to anti-China “pivot”

8 March 2016

Washington is determined to make India a “frontline state” in its drive to strategically isolate, encircle and potentially wage war against China.

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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

Arts Review

American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson: An indictment of American celebrity culture

By Charles Bogle, 8 March 2016

The FX series examines the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in June 1994, for which former football star O. J. Simpson was charged.

66th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3:
Alone in Berlin—a working class couple opposes the Nazis

By Bernd Reinhardt, 7 March 2016

Commentary

Two years since the Kiev coup
Part two

By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016

This, the second part of a two-part article on two years since the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, reviews the role of various pseudo-left organizations. The first part was posted on March 7.

Two years since the Kiev coup
Part one

The Hillary Clinton emails: A record of imperialist crimes

By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016

Canada deploying fighter jets to Romania in training mission

By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2016

Chinese premier outlines plans for accelerated pro-market restructuring

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2016

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

By Jerry White, 7 March 2016

Flint resident files lawsuit against corporations, officials

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

An interview with Professor Marc Edwards on the Flint water crisis

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 March 2016

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

United Steelworkers rams through sellout contract at ATI

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

USW-ATI contract imposes health care and pension cuts, casualized labor

25 years ago: Serbia on the verge of civil war

On March 9, 1991, tanks and armored cars dispersed a mass demonstration against the Stalinist regime of Slobodan Milosevic, as the political crisis in Yugoslavia came to the verge of civil war.

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50 years ago: Australia to triple forces in Vietnam War

On March 8, 1966, the Liberal government of Australian Prime Minister Harold E. Holt announced that it would triple its contingent of troops in Vietnam from 1,500 to 4,500.

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75 years ago: Lend-Lease Act passes US Congress

On March 11, 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act moments after an overwhelming congressional majority passed the bill.

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100 years ago: American troops pursue Pancho Villa in Mexico

This week in March 1916, the US government sent troops into Mexico on a “punitive” expedition targeting the famous agrarian revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa and his supporters.

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The 2016 US Elections

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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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

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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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

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