Sanders, Trump win presidential primaries in Michigan

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2016

Bernie Sanders’ upset victory over Hillary Clinton reflects the growing anger among working people and youth over the destruction of jobs and living standards.

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

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

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Western powers prepare military operations in Libya

By Niles Williamson, 9 March 2016

Plans for a renewed imperialist intervention in Libya have reached an advanced stage following the deployment of US and European special forces to the country in recent weeks.

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

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

US Air Force to boost presence in northern Australian bases

By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2016

Citing Chinese “militarisation” of the South China Sea, the US Pacific Air Forces commander insisted that the US had to maintain “a credible combat power” in Asia.

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

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

Australian government wracked by rifts over US military demands and austerity

By Mike Head, 9 March 2016

Sharp divisions within the political establishment lie behind recriminations within the Turnbull government.

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Boston Public Schools students walk out over proposed budget cuts

By our reporter, 9 March 2016

More than a thousand students walked out of classes Monday to protest planned cuts to teaching positions, extracurricular activities, music and arts classes and language programs.

Democrats cover up role of Obama administration in Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 9 March 2016

Clinton and Sanders said nothing about the US Environmental Protection Agency, which concealed its findings of high lead levels in Flint’s water.

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

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Nearly one-third of US food stamp recipients rely on food pantries

By Kate Randall, 9 March 2016

A USDA study found that about 45 percent of SNAP clients limited food consumption, usually by skipping meals, to make it through the month.

Cuba denounces continued US enforcement of embargo

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 March 2016

Following recent fines levied on Halliburton subsidiaries, Cuban officials pressed for an end to the embargo in order to facilitate their full re-entry into market relations.

Slovakian parliamentary elections marked by rightward shift

By Markus Salzmann, 9 March 2016

The social democratic Smer-SD sought to draw attention away from the social crisis by waging a sustained propaganda campaign against refugees and Muslims.

Poor mental health care in England is “ruining lives,” report finds

By Dennis Moore, 9 March 2016

Mental health services for children and young people in England were cut by £35 million last year alone.

UK energy firms rake in profits as “fuel poverty” escalates

By Emily Wilson and Robert Stevens, 9 March 2016

In recent years, the annual profits of British Gas averaged £584 million.

Australia: Labor Party, teacher unions prepare further assault on public education

By Patrick Kelly and Frank Gaglioti, 9 March 2016

The Labor and union campaign for a new “Gonski” school funding model is a fraud from start to finish.

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Une lutte contre la loi El Khomri doit s'opposer à la guerre et à l'état d'urgence

Par Anthony Torres et Alex Lantier, 9 mars 2016

Le mouvement doit s'élargir en une lutte politique des travailleurs, y compris contre l'état d'urgence liberticide et la poussée internationale à la guerre contre la Russie.

Les Etats-Unis cherchent à embrigader l'Inde dans leur « pivot » contre la Chine

Par Keith Jones, 9 mars 2016

Washington est déterminé à faire de l'Inde un « Etat de première ligne » dans la campagne qu’il mène pour isoler stratégiquement et encercler la Chine, et potentiellement lancer une guerre contre elle.

Des caissières et des dockers convoqués par la gendarmerie – un avertissement pour les travailleurs

Par Anthony Torres, 9 mars 2016

La convocation de dockers et de caissières d'un Casino à la gendarmerie a provoqué une journée de grève sur le port de Marseille fin février.

La Banque des règlements internationaux met en garde contre une accumulation de la dette mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 9 mars 2016

La Banque centrale européenne se réunira jeudi alors que l’inquiétude augmente quant aux conséquences à long terme de la prolifération de taux d’intérêt négatifs dans le monde.

L'EJIES fait campagne contre la guerre dans les universités d'Australie et de Nouvelle-Zélande

Par nos reporters, 9 mars 2016

La campagne de l'EJIES a entamé une discussion importante parmi de larges couches d'étudiants sur la construction d'un mouvement socialiste et internationaliste en opposition aux préparatifs pour une Troisième Guerre mondiale.

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USA wollen Indien in Kriegspläne gegen China einspannen

Von Keith Jones, 9. März 2016

Um China strategisch zu isolieren, einzukreisen und möglicherweise militärisch zu unterwerfen, macht die US-Regierung Indien zu einem „Frontstaat“ ihrer Kriegskampagne.

USA und Südkorea proben Präventivschlag gegen Nordkorea

Von Peter Symonds, 9. März 2016

Das gemeinsame Manöver basiert auf einem Angriffsplan gegen Nordkorea, der unter anderem Präventivschläge gegen dessen Atomanlagen und Raketenbasen vorsieht.

Deutsch-französisches und französisch-britisches Gipfeltreffen:
Zunehmende Spannungen zwischen europäischen Mächten

Von Francis Dubois, 9. März 2016

Die Gipfeltreffen in Amiens und Paris haben die Spannungen innerhalb Europas angesichts der sich zuspitzenden Flüchtlingskrise und des Kriegs in Syrien gezeigt.

New York Times zu Clinton und Libyen: Portrait einer Kriegsverbrecherin

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. März 2016

Ein Artikel in der Times schildert ausführlich Hilary Clintons Rolle im Libyen-Krieg, der zehn-, wenn nicht sogar hunderttausende Tote forderte.

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Perspective

The arrest of former President Lula and the crisis of rule in Brazil

9 March 2016

The detention and questioning of the founder of the Workers Party and former president has dramatically intensified the crisis of Brazil’s ruling party.

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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

Mehring Books

ICFI statement “Socialism and the Fight Against War” now available from Mehring Books

9 March 2016

Mehring Books has just published in pamphlet format the statement calling for the building of a new anti-war movement based on the perspective of international socialism.

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

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

Commentary

The New York Times ’ Nicholas Kristof warns of “Donald the Dangerous”

By Eric London, 9 March 2016

Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.

The death of Nancy Reagan

By David Walsh, 9 March 2016

The American political and media establishment has responded in predictably fawning and dishonest fashion to the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6.

Two years since the Kiev coup
Part two

By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016

Two years since the Kiev coup
Part one

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

EU countries and Turkey move to seal refugee routes

Tensions rise at Franco-British and Franco-German summits

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

SEP and IYSSE meeting: The political and social roots of the Flint water crisis

9 March 2016

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) will examine the real causes of the Flint water crisis––and who is responsible for the poisoning of the population.

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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Detroit Public Schools emergency managers cash in

By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 8 March 2016

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

Arts Review

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

By Charles Bogle, 8 March 2016

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

By Bernd Reinhardt, 7 March 2016

Workers Struggles

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

Peña Nieto joins Mexican ex-presidents in denouncing Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 8 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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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

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