As reports point to nationwide epidemic of lead contamination
Michigan governor, EPA head testify on Flint water crisis

By Andre Damon, 18 March 2016

The same day as Rick Snyder and Gina McCarthy testified before Congress, USA Today reported that up to one-fifth of America’s water systems may be contaminated with lead.

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

Second test of Flint water being performed by Virginia Tech

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Two US prosecutors who covered up police killings lose primary elections

By David Brown, 18 March 2016

Popular anger over efforts to cover up police violence has resulted in county prosecutors for Chicago and Cleveland being defeated in Democratic primaries.

UAW pushes local deals past opposition at GM Lordstown plant

By Jerry White, 18 March 2016

Union officials made it clear that they would force workers to vote again and again until they approved a local contract.

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

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Washington DC forced to suspend all metro service due to electrical fires

By Nick Barrickman, 18 March 2016

In response to an electrical fire Monday, Metro officials suspended service on all lines Wednesday and Thursday morning for the second largest public transit system in the US.

US drug prices doubled since 2011

By Brad Dixon, 18 March 2016

Since 2008, the prices of brand-name prescription drugs have increased by a whopping 164 percent.

European Union chiefs determined to reach deal with Turkey to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016

EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”

Refugees face death and despair on Greek-Macedonian border

Tsipras acts as gatekeeper for Fortress Europe

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Podemos enters government talks with Spain’s social democrats, conservatives

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 18 March 2016

The broaching of alliances between Podemos and openly right-wing parties is a warning sign that the ruling class is preparing deep new attacks against the workers.

Living standards fall and discontent rises in Russia

By Vladimir Volkov, 18 March 2016

In a sign of the population’s intense economic distress, retail trade levels in Russia have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years.

Germany: Siemens cuts another 2,500 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 March 2016

Siemens management announced the cutting of a further 2,500 jobs on March 9, with motor plants in Bavaria being hit hardest.

Australia: Fairfax journalists strike over job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 18 March 2016

The latest attack is part of a decade-long process of job destruction and restructuring at Fairfax Media.

Australian journalists condemn the axing of more Fairfax jobs

By our reporters, 18 March 2016

Anti-protest laws attack democratic rights in Australia

By Mike Head, 18 March 2016

New laws in three states impose draconian punishments for allegedly disrupting or hindering business operations.

Manitoba aboriginal youth suicides exemplify systemic crisis

By Carl Bronski, 18 March 2016

Leaders of the Pimicikamak Cree First Nation in Northern Manitoba have declared a state of emergency after the sixth suicide of a young person in three months.

New in Russian

Два года после переворота в Киеве
Часть первая

Андреа Питерс, 18 марта 2016 г.

Спустя два года после того, как украинский президент Виктор Янукович был насильственно отстранен от власти в ходе поддержанного США правого переворота, трудящиеся этой восточно-европейской страны сталкиваются с усугубляющейся экономической и социальной катастрофой.

New in Greek

Ο διωγμός των προσφύγων και ο κίνδυνος πολεμικής σύρραξης

Πέτερ Σβάρτς, 18 Μάρτιος 2016

Από δεκάδες χιλιάδες πρόσφυγες που ξεφύγαν απ’ την κόλαση του πολέμου στη Μέση Ανατολή, αφαιρούνται όλα τα δικαιώματά τους και η ανθρώπινη αξιοπρέπεια, καθώς μανουβράρονται μαζικά από κράτος σε κράτος.

New in Turkish

Rusya Suriye’den kısmi olarak çekileceğini açıkladı

Bill Van Auken, 18 Mart 2016

Rusya’nın Suriye’deki yaklaşık altı aylık müdahalesinde konuşlandırılmış savaş uçaklarının bazıları Salı günü Rusya’ya geri döndü.

Ankara’da bir ay içindeki ikinci terörist saldırıda 37 kişi öldürüldü

Halil Çelik, 18 Mart 2016

Türk egemen seçkinleri, 13 Mart saldırısından, ülkenin Kürt illerinde sürdürülmekte olan askeri operasyonlarını gerekçelendirecek şekilde milliyetçi ve askeri propagandayı daha fazla yükseltmek için yararlandılar.

New in French

Après les primaires américaines du 15 mars
Le rôle politique de la campagne de Sanders

Par Joseph Kishore, 18 mars 2016

Dès le début, le rôle de Sanders a été de servir de paratonnerre au mécontentement social pour le diriger dans l’impasse du Parti démocratique.

Qu’est-ce qui est à l’origine du succès électoral de l’Alternative pour l’Allemagne ?

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 mars 2016

Le parti Die Linke a créé les conditions qui ont permis au parti nationaliste d’extrême-droite AfD de profiter de la frustration et de la colère sociale pour la canaliser dans une direction réactionnaire.

New in German

EU-Türkei-Pakt zur Flüchtlingsabwehr

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 18. März 2016

Um sich rigoros gegen Flüchtlinge abzuschotten, ist die EU bereit, jeden Preis zu bezahlen.

Trump droht mit Gewalt auf dem Nominierungsparteitag der Republikaner

Von Patrick Martin, 18. März 2016

Erst stiftete Trump auf seinen Wahlkampfveranstaltungen zu Angriffen auf Demonstranten an, jetzt droht er indirekt der Führung seiner eigenen Partei mit Gewalt.

Nach den Vorwahlen am 15. März:
Die politische Rolle von Sanders' Kandidatur

Von Joseph Kishore, 18. März 2016

Sanders sollte von Anfang an die soziale Unzufriedenheit auffangen und in die Sackgasse der Demokratischen Partei führen.

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Perspective

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

18 March 2016

The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Video: Lead poisoning discussed at Flint water event

By James Brewer, 18 March 2016

As home water samples were being collected in Flint, city residents told the World Socialist Web Site how the lead poisoning crisis has affected them.

Flint meeting examines background of city’s water crisis

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Commentary

The pseudo-left’s nationalist “Leave” campaign in the UK Brexit referendum
Part one

By Chris Marsden, 18 March 2016

The Socialist Party has played the central role in glossing over the nationalist opposition to immigration on the part of Trade Unionists Against the European Union and its predecessors.

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International

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

By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2016

Once again on Sanders and socialism

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

By John Andrews, 17 March 2016

Constitutional crisis in Poland continues

By Clara Weiss, 17 March 2016

US Federal Reserve aligns itself closer to market demands

By Nick Beams, 17 March 2016

Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2016

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

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

Science

Recent developments in science: oceanography, neuroscience, planetary astronomy
Scientists use gravity to map Earth’s ocean floor

By our reporters, 18 March 2016

Previously undiscovered features found include an underwater mountain range in the Gulf of Mexico, a major fault line in the South Atlantic Ocean, many smaller hill-like features on the ocean floor and thousands of previously unknown underwater mountains and volcanoes.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 March 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Glasgow City Council workers strike against cuts and poverty wages

By Steve James and Minnie Watson, 17 March 2016

Arts Review

Novelist Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

By Sandy English, 17 March 2016

Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90

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.

The 2016 US Elections

Trump threatens violence at Republican National Convention

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2016

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

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

Clinton, Trump take major steps toward US presidential nominations

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

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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

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

More on education issues in Australia and New Zealand »

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

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