European Central Bank cuts rates and pours more money into financial markets

By Nick Beams, 11 March 2016

The ECB’s latest measures will do nothing to boost the real economy, but only lead to further financial speculation and increase the danger of a currency war.

As Chinese exports plunge
IMF issues new warning on global economy

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

Sanders and Clinton posture as defenders of immigrants in Miami debate

By Andre Damon, 11 March 2016

The Democratic Party candidates declared that President Obama was doing a “great job,” even as his administration continued its mass round-up of children for deportation.

Sanders’ upset win in the Michigan primary

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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Europe’s attack on refugees produces humanitarian catastrophe

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 11 March 2016

With its agreement with Turkey to seal borders, the European Union is trampling elementary principles of international refugee law underfoot.

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

EU countries and Turkey move to seal refugee routes

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What do the electoral gains of the right-wing Alternative for Germany signify?

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2016

The AfD, which achieved 13.2 percent of the vote in its first outing in the Hesse municipal elections, is a party created from above, not a movement from below.

Washington steps up threats over Iran missile tests

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2016

While the tests by Iran do not violate the nuclear accord, Washington sees them as an intolerable affront to its drive for hegemony.

US generals push for more troops in Iraq, Syria

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Spanish unions, Podemos-backed mayor defeat Barcelona Metro strike

By Paul Mitchell, 11 March 2016

Barcelona Mayor Ana Colau's role makes clear that Podemos, should it come to power, would be a bitter enemy of the working class.

Minnesota’s Iron Range hammered by steel industry layoffs

By a correspondent, 11 March 2016

The United Steelworkers and the Democratic Party have responded with nationalist demagogy, blaming China for “illegal dumping” of steel products on the US market.

Newark, New Jersey schools shut off lead-poisoned drinking water

By Daniel de Vries, 11 March 2016

The alarming number of elevated levels, encompassing 45 percent of the district’s schools, raises questions about whether officials ignored or covered up previous results.

Women inmates file lawsuit against New York state prisons for sexual abuse

By Robert Fowler, 11 March 2016

Officers are not searched upon entering the facilities, so they are able to bring in drugs and alcohol, which according to the lawsuit are then used to coerce prisoners.

Sri Lankan government to convert Western province into investment hub

By Minusha Fernando, 11 March 2016

The government’s “megapolis” project will see thousands of workers and low-income residents ejected from their homes.

Growing concerns about Australia’s housing bubble

By Mike Head, 11 March 2016

Australia’s economy has so far avoided a recession, largely because of debt-fuelled household spending, based on steep rises in house prices.

New in Turkish

Çin ve Brezilya: Derinleşen kapitalist çöküşün iki dışavurumu

Nick Beams, 11 Mart 2016

Çin hükümeti devasa fazla kapasitenin ortasında ana sanayilerdeki milyonlarca işi ortadan kaldırmayı planlarken Brezilya muhtemelen tarihindeki en derin durgunluğa girmiş durumda.

AB ülkeleri ve Türkiye sığınmacı rotalarını kapatmaya girişiyor

Peter Schwarz, 11 Mart 2016

28 Avrupa Birliği üyesi devlet, Pazartesi günü Türkiye ile özel bir zirvede, Ortadoğu’daki savaşlardan kaçan milyonlarca insanın Avrupa’ya girmesini daha da zorlaştıracak bir anlaşma düzenledi.

Hindistan: Honda motosiklet işçileri polisin ve yönetimin saldırılarına karşı mücadele ediyor

Arun Kumar, 11 Mart 2016

Hindistan işçi sınıfının diğer kesimleri gibi, Honda işçilerinin de karşı karşıya olduğu can alıcı görev, mevcut sendikaların siyasi deli gömleğinden kurtulmaktır.

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La victoire surprise de Sanders dans la primaire du Michigan

Par Patrick Martin, 11 mars 2016

L’échec flagrant des sondages des médias à détecter le changement dans le sentiment de classe est lui-même une démonstration de l’abîme qui sépare l’ensemble de l’establishment politique de la grande majorité de la population.

Avec la baisse des exportations chinoises
Le FMI émet un nouvel avertissement sur l’économie mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 11 mars 2016

La chute brutale des exportations chinoises reflète un recul du commerce mondial qui a été exprimé également dans les données du commerce des États-Unis.

Secteur public québécois
La FSSS écarte le vote des membres et se soumet au gouvernement

Par Laurent Lafrance, 11 mars 2016

La nouvelle entente doit être rejetée sans hésitation, mais sur la base d’une autre stratégie de lutte.

Reportage photo : Un bénévole au camp de réfugiés français parle au WSWS

Par Jill Lux et Toby Reese, 11 mars 2016

Le camp de Grand-Synthe est l’exemple-même des conditions sordides que rencontrent les personnes qui ont fui leurs foyers au milieu de la plus grande crise de réfugiés depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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Die Flüchtlingskrise und die Polarisierung Europas

Von Peter Schwarz, 11. März 2016

Während große Teile der Bevölkerung die brutale Verfolgung von Flüchtlingen mit Abscheu verfolgen, hat sich die offizielle Debatte auf ein Spektrum zwischen rechts und ultrarechts verengt.

US-Generäle fordern mehr Truppen im Irak und Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 11. März 2016

Ein wichtiger amerikanischer General machte vor dem Kongress deutlich, dass sich die US-Intervention nicht nur gegen den IS richtet, sondern auch gegen den Iran und Russland.

Europas Kampf gegen Flüchtlinge verursacht humanitäre Katastrophe

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 11. März 2016

Mit dem Abkommen zwischen der EU und der Türkei zertrampeln die europäischen Regierungen elementare Grundsätze des internationalen Flüchtlingsschutzes.

Lageso: Korruption zu Lasten der Flüchtlinge

Von Carola Kleinert, 11. März 2016

Am 26. Februar wurden in Berlin Haftbefehle gegen einen Referatsleiter am Lageso und den Chef einer Sicherheitsfirma wegen Korruptionsverdachts erlassen.

Die Verhaftung von Ex-Präsident Lula und die Krise der bürgerlichen Herrschaft in Brasilien

Von Bill van Auken, 11. März 2016

Die Verhaftung Lulas hat nicht nur die Krise der Regierungspartei in Brasilien, sondern der bürgerlichen Herrschaft als Ganzes dramatisch verschärft.

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Perspective

The refugee crisis and the polarization of Europe

11 March 2016

Large sections of the population look on the brutal conditions of refugees with horror and disgust, but the official political debate takes place within a narrow spectrum ranging from the right to the ultra-right.

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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 Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

By Buster Haycook, 10 March 2016

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Commentary

Striking cashiers and dockers interrogated under French state of emergency

By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2016

Chinese finance minister calls for easier dismissals under labour laws

By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2016

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote Maori nationalism

By Tom Peters, 10 March 2016

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

The death of Nancy Reagan

US Air Force to boost presence in northern Australian bases

More on the South China Sea crisis »

Two years since the Kiev coup
Part two

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 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

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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Arts Review

Race: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Alan Gilman and David Walsh, 10 March 2016

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Eric London, 9 March 2016

Sanders, Trump win presidential primaries in Michigan

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Education crisis in Australia and New Zealand

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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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