Republican frontrunner Trump steps up attacks on demonstrators

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2016

Donald Trump called on protestors to be “thrown into a jail,” and offered to pay the legal fees of a supporter who punched, then threatened to kill, a protestor.

Donald Trump rally in Chicago cancelled amidst mass protests

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

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Obama backs attack on encrypted communication

By Evan Blake, 14 March 2016

Speaking at the South by Southwest festival, Obama sought to minimize the far-reaching scope of the FBI’s demands that Apple create anti-encryption software.

Pentagon deploying drone aircraft within the US

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

UK bill hands vast surveillance powers to police and intelligence agencies

By Barry Mason, 14 March 2016

ISPs will have to keep records of the browsing history of everyone who accesses the Internet for 12 months, with this data freely available to the police and the GCHQ.

China: Thousands of coal miners protest over unpaid wages

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2016

The protests are a sign of the acute social tensions building up as the economy slows and the government prepares to axe millions of jobs.

Workers, students march against French labor law reform

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2016

The brutal police crackdown in Lyon underscores that, under cover of the state of emergency, the Socialist Party aims to illegalize constitutionally protected protests.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deletes criticisms of EU from his web site

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2016

There is nothing that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn once proclaimed as an issue of political principle that he will not jettison.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

In its latest lead article, Die Zeit calls for the West to intervene militarily in Libya under the guise of the fight against ISIS.

US-trained Chechen ISIS commander Abu Omar al-Shishani survives US assassination strike

By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2016

The Georgian militant’s career exemplifies the close ties between US imperialism and its supposed enemies in the Islamic State.

As April 8 fiscal deadline approaches
Judge Rhodes threatens shutdown of Detroit Public Schools

By Nancy Hanover, 14 March 2016

As Wall Street demands action on the reorganization of Detroit Public Schools, Judge Steven Rhodes threatened that schools could “go dark.”

Detroit teacher: “Children are made into dollar signs”

By our reporters, 14 March 2016

Detroit teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at the DFT emergency meeting on Thursday, March 10.

The conspiracy against the Chicago teachers

Boston Public Schools students walk out over proposed budget cuts

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

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Australian primary teachers resign in protest at standardised, assessment-based education

By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 14 March 2016

The two teachers decided to go public, hoping to encourage other teachers to speak out about the escalating education crisis.

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California Faculty Association prepares to sell out CSU workers

By Evan Blake and Guillaume Garnier, 14 March 2016

With a limited strike looming, the CFA is rushing to push through another deal that will erode the living standards of 26,000 professors and other staff.

UAW sanctions mass layoffs by farm equipment giant John Deere

By George Gallanis, 14 March 2016

Since November, John Deere has laid off 445 workers with the full complicity of the United Auto Workers.

Australia: Despite deaths, no youth mental facility in Brisbane

By Declan O’Malley, 14 March 2016

The official inquiry is an attempt to cover up the refusal of successive state and federal governments to provide adequate mental health services.

New in Turkish

Sığınmacı krizi ve Avrupa’nın kutuplaşması

Peter Schwarz, 14 Mart 2016

Sığınmacıların savunusu, savaşa ve militarizme muhalefet ve kapitalizme karşı mücadele birbirinden ayrılamaz. Avrupa’nın milliyetçiliğe, barbarlığa ve savaşa dönüşünü, yalnızca uluslararası sosyalist bir programa dayalı bir işçi sınıfı hareketi önleyebilir.

ABD’li generaller Irak’ta ve Suriye’de daha fazla asker istiyor

Bill Van Auken, 14 Mart 2016

Pentagon’un yüksek rütbeli subaylarının talep ettiği “ek kapasite”, bu iki ülkeye neredeyse kesin olarak binlerce ek Amerikan askerinin gönderilmesinin önünü açacak.

Meksika’daki çelik işçileri grevde

Rafael Azul, 14 Mart 2016

Meksika Michoacán’da bulunan liman kenti Lázaro Cárdenas’taki ArcelorMittal çelik fabrikasındaki 3.500’den fazla işçi, dünyanın en büyük çelik üreticisine karşı greve gitti.

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Le Pentagone déploie les drones sur le territoire des États-Unis

Par Joseph Kishore, 14 mars 2016

L'usage de drones militaires fait partie d’un développement plus général, sous couvert de «guerre contre le terrorisme», de l'activité militaire à l'intérieur des Etats-Unis et constitue un sérieux avertissement pour la classe ouvrière.

La violence, le racisme et la campagne de Trump

Par Patrick Martin, 14 mars 2016

Il faut comprendre la violence et l’agitation raciste contre les migrants du favori à l’investiture républicaine Donald Trump comme un avertissement que du système bipartite américain en putréfaction est en train d’émerger un mouvement fascisant.

L’ISO fait de l’agitation pour une guerre avec la Russie à propos de la Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 14 mars 2016

Alors qu’il y a d’âpres disputes au sein de l’État américain sur la politique d’Obama en Syrie, l’ISO (Organisation socialiste internationale) cherche à développer un soutien plus large en faveur d’une escalade de l’engagement américain dans la guerre au Moyen-Orient.

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Perspective

The Trump campaign: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

14 March 2016

With the eruption of violence inside and outside rallies of billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, American politics has reached a turning point.

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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

Public meeting at Leipzig Book Fair
The return of German militarism and the threat of World War III

14 March 2016

Mehring Books speakers will present the book Scholarship or War Propaganda at the Leipzig Book Fair, which begins this week.

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.

Arts Review

66th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4:
Flight and persecution—yesterday and today (The Diary of Anne Frank and Meteorstraße)

By Bernd Reinhardt, 14 March 2016

A new adaptation of the immortal Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, about Nazi persecution, and a film about Palestinian refugees in contemporary Germany.

A Perfect Day: 24 hours in the Bosnian War

By Joanne Laurier, 12 March 2016

Race: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to hold Jaffna public meeting on imperialist war and Tamil nationalism

14 March 2016

The meeting will expose the pro-imperialist stance of the Tamil nationalist parties and elaborate a socialist perspective to halt the growing danger of world war.

SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo to introduce Sinhala edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

22 February 2016

25 years ago: Sweeping price increases announced in USSR

On March 19, 1991, the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy headed by President Mikhail Gorbachev announced plans for sweeping price increases.

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50 years ago: Suharto completes Indonesia power grab

On March 16, 1966, CIA-backed Indonesian military strongman Suharto placed under house arrest the vice premier of Indonesia, Chairul Saleh, accusing him of being a communist sympathizer.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt acts to quell US defense strikes

On March 19, 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt announced the formation of a war labor mediation board which aimed to quell the growing number of strikes sweeping the defense industry.

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100 years ago: German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht denounces militarization of education

On March 18, 1916, Karl Liebknecht delivered a series of remarks in the German Reichstag, denouncing the militarization of education and the glorification of war.

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Commentary

German state elections: The repackaging of right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2016

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

Brazil’s president rejects resignation as prosecutors demand Lula’s arrest

By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2016

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

Trudeau pledges strengthened Canada-US partnership in White House visit

By Roger Jordan, 12 March 2016

Canada’s parliament endorses expanded role in Mideast war

Medicare to test cost-cutting plan for Part B prescription drugs

By Kate Randall, 12 March 2016

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Flint meeting examines background of city’s water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 12 March 2016

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

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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 2016 US Elections

Violence, racism and the Trump campaign

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2016

Sanders and Clinton posture as defenders of immigrants in Miami debate

By Andre Damon, 11 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

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NHS Fightback

Junior doctors in England mount 48-hour strike

By Robert Stevens, 12 March 2016

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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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