As Chinese exports plunge
IMF issues new warning on global economy

By Nick Beams, 10 March 2016

The sharp fall in Chinese exports reflects a decline in global trade that has been expressed as well in US trade data.

Chinese finance minister calls for easier dismissals under labour laws

By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2016

With the Chinese government planning to sack millions of workers, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei complained that the legal system made it too difficult to dismiss employees.

Chinese government prepares to sack millions of workers

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

US generals push for more troops in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2016

In congressional testimony, a top commander made clear that the US intervention is aimed not merely at ISIS, but at Iran and Russia as well.

Western powers prepare military operations in Libya

Under cover of truce with Russia, US prepares military escalation in Syria

Canada’s parliament endorses expanded role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 10 March 2016

The Liberal government’s expansion of Canada’s role in the Mideast war underscores the fraudulent character of its anti-war pose in last year’s election.

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Photo essay: Volunteer at French refugee camp speaks to the WSWS

By Jill Lux and Toby Reese, 10 March 2016

The camp at Grand-Synthe epitomizes the squalid conditions facing people who have fled their homes amid the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

EU countries and Turkey move to seal refugee routes

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Striking cashiers and dockers interrogated under French state of emergency

By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2016

The unprecedented attack on the right to strike is yet another warning of the anti-working class character of the state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party.

Mass layoffs at Bombardier hit Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 10 March 2016

In Germany, the works council and IG Metall trade union are working hand-in-glove with management to implement job cuts.

Five years after Japan’s nuclear disaster, TEPCO executives charged

By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2016

As it seeks to reopen the country’s nuclear plants, the government is opposing even the limited charges of negligence in connection with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

US steel union hails Obama trade war measures

By Shannon Jones, 10 March 2016

Predictably, the USW showered praise on the Obama administration for measures targeting imported rolled steel.

Fires at Detroit wastewater plant underscore danger of job cuts

By Dan Coles, 10 March 2016

A series of fires has broken out at the facility in southwest Detroit.

Baltimore school police officers face felony charges for assaulting student

By Nick Barrickman, 10 March 2016

The student, whose name has been withheld from the public, endured injuries to his face and ribs.

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L'arrestation de l'ex-président Lula et la crise du pouvoir au Brésil

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 mars 2016

La détention et l'interrogatoire de l’ancien président brésilien et fondateur du Parti des travailleurs (PT) a considérablement intensifié la crise du parti au pouvoir au Brésil.

Les États-Unis et la Corée du Sud répètent des scénarios de frappes préventives contre la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 10 mars 2016

Les manœuvres militaires interarmées sont basées sur un nouveau plan opérationnel qui comprend des attaques préventives sur les sites de missiles et nucléaires nord-coréens, ainsi que des raids de «décapitation» pour tuer les dirigeants du pays.

Les puissances occidentales préparent des opérations militaires en Libye

Par Niles Williamson, 10 mars 2016

Après le déploiement ces dernières semaines de forces spéciales américaines et européennes en Libye, les plans pour une nouvelle intervention impérialiste dans ce pays ont atteint un stade avancé.

New in German

Was bedeuten die Stimmengewinne der AfD in Hessen?

Von Marianne Arens und Ulrich Rippert, 10. März 2016

Die AfD, die auf Anhieb 13,2 Prozent der Stimmen erreichte, ist eine Partei von oben, entstanden in der gesellschaftlichen Führungsschicht, und nicht eine Bewegung von unten.

VW-Betriebsratschef warnt vor „dramatischen sozialen Folgen“ des Abgasbetrugs

Von Dietmar Henning, 10. März 2016

Auf der Betriebsversammlung im Wolfsburger VW-Stammwerk stimmte Betriebsratschef Bernd Osterloh die Belegschaft auf kommende soziale Angriffe ein.

Sanders und Trump gewinnen Vorwahlen in Michigan

Von Patrick Martin, 10. März 2016

Sanders Überraschungssieg über Hillary Clinton widerspiegelt die wachsende Wut von Arbeitern und Jugendlichen über die Vernichtung von Arbeitsplätzen und den sinkenden Lebensstandard in den USA.

Westliche Mächte bereiten Militäroperationen in Libyen vor

Von Niles Williamson, 10. März 2016

Die Pläne für eine erneute imperialistische Intervention in Libyen sind in den letzten Wochen nach der Stationierung amerikanischer und europäischer Spezialkräfte vor Ort weit fortgeschritten.

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Perspective

Sanders’ upset win in the Michigan primary

10 March 2016

The glaring failure of media polling to detect the shift in class sentiment is itself a demonstration of the chasm that separates the entire political establishment from the vast majority of the population.

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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

Brexit referendum: Remain camp backs European Union of austerity and militarism

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 10 March 2016

The support of the dominant sections of Britain’s financial and business elite for remaining in the European Union is based on maintaining trade links within the world’s largest single market.

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

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Flint residents call out government’s failure to act on water poisoning

By Buster Haycook, 10 March 2016

Despite pledges to act by politicians at the federal, state and local levels, no serious action is being taken to address the poisoning of city residents.

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

9 March 2016

Detroit Public Schools emergency managers cash in

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Commentary

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote Maori nationalism

By Tom Peters, 10 March 2016

At protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the opposition parties have promoted Maori identity politics to block a unified struggle by workers against austerity and war.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2016

The death of Nancy Reagan

By David Walsh, 9 March 2016

US Air Force to boost presence in northern Australian bases

By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2016

Australian government wracked by rifts over US military demands and austerity

More on the South China Sea crisis »

Two years since the Kiev coup
Part two

By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016

Arts Review

Race: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Alan Gilman and David Walsh, 10 March 2016

Stephen Hopkins’ film centers on critical events in the life of African-American track and field legend Jesse Owens.

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

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

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Eric London, 9 March 2016

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

By David North, 3 March 2016

Sanders, Trump win presidential primaries in Michigan

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2016

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

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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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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE campaigns against war at universities in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 March 2016

Australian university students denounce the drive to war and austerity

By our reporters, 5 March 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

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