Trump threatens violence at Republican National Convention

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2016

Trump’s implied threat of violence against the leadership of his own party follows his instigation of attacks on protesters at his campaign rallies.

Trump peddles nationalist poison at Ohio rally

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

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

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Obama’s choice to replace Scalia on Supreme Court had won Republican praise

By John Andrews, 17 March 2016

President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, a federal judge and former US prosecutor, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia.

The glorification of Antonin Scalia

US Federal Reserve aligns itself closer to market demands

By Nick Beams, 17 March 2016

Wednesday’s announcement by the US central bank that it intends to keep interest rates on hold and reduce the pace of rate hikes was welcomed by financial markets.

Central banks confront unintended consequences

Flint emergency manager, EPA continue to dodge responsibility for water crisis

By James Brewer, 17 March 2016

While federal, state and local officials tried to evade responsibility, Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards indicted the EPA for allowing the poisoning of Flint residents.

Second test of Flint water being performed by Virginia Tech

By James Brewer, 17 March 2016

An event was held in Flint last Saturday, billed as an “EPA Open House,” to collect water samples from Flint homes.

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New Jersey Transit contract includes major concessions in health care costs

By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2016

Unions representing 4,200 New Jersey Transit workers have agreed to sweeping concessions.

Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2016

The attack on the Chinese ship has triggered the first foreign policy crisis for Argentina’s new right-wing president.

Mexican union leaders paid over $30 million for imposing cuts on oil workers

By Neil Hardt, 17 March 2016

A report from the daily La Jornada reveals that leaders of two major Mexican unions were given kickbacks in return for renegotiating the contract with Pemex.

Refugees face death and despair on Greek-Macedonian border

By Katerina Selin, 17 March 2016

Shocking images from northern Greece expose the brutal nature of Europe’s refugee policy.

Tsipras acts as gatekeeper for Fortress Europe

The refugee crisis and the polarization of Europe

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French government, trade unions rework reactionary labor reform

By Anthony Torres, 17 March 2016

The unions and the Socialist Party want to channel workers’ opposition to the most unpopular government since World War II behind minor changes to its hated reform.

UK Budget: Austerity for workers pays for tax breaks for corporations and the rich

By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2016

Conservative Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, announced Wednesday, dramatically slashes the tax rate on corporate profits and capital gains.

Constitutional crisis in Poland continues

By Clara Weiss, 17 March 2016

The move to the right by the Polish government has exacerbated the crisis in the EU and led to growing tensions with Germany.

Glasgow City Council workers strike against cuts and poverty wages

By Steve James and Minnie Watson, 17 March 2016

Another round of spending cuts imposed by the Scottish National Party government on behalf of the Conservative central government is likely to cost as many as 15,000 job losses.

Australian Greens join government in ramming through Senate voting changes

By Mike Head, 17 March 2016

In the machinations over the electoral laws, the Greens have stepped forward, not just to assist the government, but to try to shore up the parliamentary system itself.

New Burmese president installed amid tensions with the military

By John Roberts, 17 March 2016

Despite Suu Kyi’s efforts to appease the generals, no deal was reached to allow her to assume the country’s presidency.

New in Spanish

Nacionalismo económico, guerra y la lucha por el socialismo internacional

Por Nick Beams, 17 marzo 2016

La perspectiva del nacionalismo económico, avanzado por los Trumps y los Sanders de este mundo, representa un intento de arrastrar a la humanidad hacia una nueva edad oscura.

Peña Nieto se une al coro de denuncias contra Trump

Por Bill Van Auken, 17 marzo 2016

Que una figura fascistoide como Trump se haya convertido en un principal candidato presidencial en Estados Unidos representa una seria advertencia a la clase trabajadora en ambos lados de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos.

New in Turkish

Fransa’da işçiler ve öğrenciler iş yasası reformuna karşı yürüdü

Alex Lantier, 17 Mart 2016

Çarşamba günü, işçi ve öğrenci sendikalarının çağrısıyla 250.000-450.000 arası işçi ve genç, Sosyalist Parti’nin (PS) iş yasası reformuna karşı Fransa çapında protesto yürüyüşleri gerçekleştirdi.

Kiev darbesinin ikinci yılı – II. Bölüm

Andrea Peters, 17 Mart 2016

Ukrayna’daki 2014 Maidan darbesinin ikinci yılı üzerine iki bölümlük bir makalenin, çeşitli sahte sol örgütlerin rolünü inceleyen ikinci bölümü.

New in French

Le PS remanie la loi du Travail pour que les syndicats puissent tenter de l'imposer

Par Anthony Torres, 17 mars 2016

Les syndicats et le PS veulent canaliser l'opposition ouvrière au gouvernement le plus impopulaire depuis la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

Elections des Lands en Allemagne: le parti d’extrême-droite Alternative pour l’Allemagne réalise des scores à deux chiffres

Par Peter Schwarz, 17 mars 2016

Les résultats des élections de dimanche dernier soulèvent la question de pourquoi un parti xénophobe comme l’AfD a été en mesure de mobiliser à ses propres fins le mécontentement face aux partis de l’establishment.

Tsipras se fait le gardien de la forteresse Europe

Par Katerina Selin, 17 mars 2016

Le gouvernement Syriza en Grèce joue un rôle clé dans le blocage des réfugiés essayant d’atteindre l’Europe en provenance du Moyen-Orient.

New in German

Wirtschaftsnationalismus, Krieg und der Kampf für internationalen Sozialismus

Von Nick Beams, 17. März 2016

Wohin Wirtschaftsnationalismus führt, zeigen die Erfahrungen der 1930er Jahre. Er hatte verheerende gesellschaftliche Folgen und führte zum Weltkrieg.

Tod und Verzweiflung an der griechisch-mazedonischen Grenze

Von Katerina Selin, 17. März 2016

Die schockierenden Bilder aus Nordgriechenland zeigen den brutalen Charakter der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik.

Ungarische Regierung verhängt Krisenzustand

Von Markus Salzmann, 17. März 2016

Die Regierung Orbán begründet den Krisenzustand mit der Flüchtlingskrise, tatsächlich reagiert sie auch auf wachsende soziale Spannungen und Proteste im eigenen Land.

Veranstaltung zur Leipziger Buchmesse stößt auf starke Resonanz

Von Marianne Arens, 17. März 2016

In Leipzig werben mehrere Teams für die Veranstaltung des Mehring Verlags zur Buchmesse. Die Diskussionen drehen sich um die wachsende Kriegsgefahr, die Flüchtlingskrise und den rechten Kurs der bürgerlichen Parteien.

Russland gibt Teilrückzug aus Syrien bekannt

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. März 2016

Das Hauptziel von Moskaus Intervention war es, die Errichtung eines amerikanischen Marionettenregimes in Damaskus zu verhindern, das den Interessen der russischen Oligarchie feindselig gegenübersteht.

Clinton und Trump feiern Erfolge auf dem Weg zur Nominierung als Präsidentschaftskandidaten

Von Patrick Martin, 17. März 2016

Die Spitzenkandidaten der Demokratischen und der Republikanischen Partei haben am zweiten Super Tuesday große Siege in fünf Staaten gefeiert und damit jeweils die Hälfte der Delegiertenstimmen erreicht, die sie für die Nominierung benötigen.

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Perspective

After the March 15 US primaries: The political role of the Sanders campaign

17 March 2016

From the beginning, Sanders’ role has been to serve as a lightning rod for social discontent and direct it into the dead end of the Democratic 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

Arts Review

Novelist Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

By Sandy English, 17 March 2016

Franzen’s highly praised fifth novel is a largely––and carelessly––misanthropic, right-wing work that fails to create complex or plausible characters.

Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90

By Hiram Lee, 15 March 2016

Socialist Equality Party

Upcoming events in Cambridge, Mass. and Albuquerque, New Mexico
SEP meetings in the US: Socialism and the fight against war

16 March 2016

These meetings will review the present state of the global war drive and outline a political strategy for the building of a new mass, anti-war movement.

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

14 March 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.

Commentary

Russia announces partial withdrawal from Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2016

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What is behind the electoral success of the Alternative for Germany?

By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2016

India: BJP presses forward with frame-up of JNU students on sedition charges

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 March 2016

Economic nationalism, war and the fight for international socialism

Millions join protests in Brazil demanding ouster of Workers Party government

South Korea imposes extra sanctions on North Korea

The 2016 US Elections

Clinton, Trump take major steps toward US presidential nominations

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2016

Sanders and Clinton posture as defenders of immigrants in Miami debate

By Andre Damon, 11 March 2016

Sanders’ upset win in the Michigan primary

War and the 2016 US elections

Once again on Sanders and socialism

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
A socialist program to fight the Coalition-Labor-Greens assault on education in Australia

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 March 2016

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Flint meeting examines background of city’s water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 12 March 2016

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

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

By Nancy Hanover, 14 March 2016

Detroit teacher: “Children are made into dollar signs”

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Book Review

Book Review
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

By Debra Watson, 15 March 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

Slumping car sales lead to extended layoff of Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights workers

By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2016

UAW sanctions mass layoffs by farm equipment giant John Deere

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Education crisis in Australia and New Zealand

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

By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 14 March 2016

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

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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

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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75 Years Since the Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

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Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky