European Union and Turkey reach deal to seal borders and expel refugees

By Jordan Shilton, 19 March 2016

Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece.

Hungarian government declares “state of crisis” over refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2016

Refugees face death and despair on Greek-Macedonian border

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Impeachment drive accelerates amid expanding political crisis in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2016

The release of illegal wiretap recordings of a conversation between Brazil’s current and former Workers Party presidents has brought the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

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

Sanders under pressure to quit from Democratic leaders, media

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2016

Leaked remarks by President Obama suggested that it was time for the Democratic Party to unite behind a presidential nominee, presumably Hillary Clinton.

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

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UAW discussing lower pay rate at Lear in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 19 March 2016

The UAW is seeking a deal that will expand its dues income by creating a lower-paid tier of workers at the US-based automobile seat maker.

UAW pushes local deals past opposition at GM Lordstown plant

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After first failed attempt, court grants Ohio another chance to execute death row inmate

By Kate Randall, 19 March 2016

In 2009, the Ohio execution team tried for as long as two hours to insert the IV lines to kill Romell Broom before giving up.

Faculty and students protest budget cuts proposed for City University of New York

By Isaac Finn, 19 March 2016

Hundreds demonstrated against plans to cut $485 million in CUNY funding at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan.

Justice Department refuses to prosecute New York police killer of Ramarley Graham

By Steve Light, 19 March 2016

The US attorney for Southern Manhattan has refused to bring civil rights violation charges against the cop who killed Graham in 2012.

Two US prosecutors who covered up police killings lose primary elections

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Kaiser Permanente nurses in Los Angeles on one-week strike

By Marc Wells, 19 March 2016

1,200 nurses walked out March 15 at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, after six years without a wage increase and complaints about understaffing and back wages.

NFL admits connection between concussions and degenerative brain disease

By Alan Gilman, 19 March 2016

The NFL’s public acknowledgement that playing American football may cause brain damage is motivated by an attempt to protect the organization against future lawsuits.

India: Intensifying BJP witch-hunt, JNU to punish “anti-national” students

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 19 March 2016

One of India’s most prestigious universities, JNU has long been decried by the BJP and its Hindu supremacist allies as a “hotbed” of leftism.

Honduran Government covers up involvement in murders of indigenous rights leaders

By Andrea Lobo, 19 March 2016

Protesters continue to demand explanations from the authorities for the murder of Berta Cáceres.

UK teacher shortages on the rise

By Tom Pearce, 19 March 2016

The failure of the UK government to achieve its target for teacher recruitment is symptomatic of the crisis arising from dictatorial conditions and extreme governmental pressure.

New Zealand government plans further expansion of spy powers

By Tom Peters, 19 March 2016

Backed by the Labour Party, the government is preparing to effectively merge the internal and external spy agencies and remove restrictions on mass surveillance.

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

Nach fünf Jahren Syrienkrieg droht eine weitere Eskalation

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. März 2016

Die „Einstellung der Kampfhandlungen“ und der Teilrückzug der russischen Truppen wird die Ausweitung der US-Militäraktionen in der Region und der Welt nicht aufhalten.

Millionen protestieren in Brasilien und fordern Amtsenthebung der Regierung

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. März 2016

Einflussreiche Teile der brasilianischen Wirtschaftseliten wollen die Roussef-Regierung stürzen, um die politische Krise im Land zu lösen und eine drastische Steuerreform durchzusetzen.

Sinkender Lebensstandard und wachsende Unzufriedenheit in Russland

Von Wladimir Wolkow, 19. März 2016

Ein Anzeichen für die extreme wirtschaftliche Not der Bevölkerung ist die Tatsache, dass der Absatz im Einzelhandel auf den niedrigsten Stand seit 40 Jahren gesunken ist.

Zwei Jahre seit dem Putsch in Kiew
Teil 1

Von Andrea Peters, 19. März 2016

Zwei Jahre nach der gewaltsamen Vertreibung des ukrainischen Präsidenten Viktor Janukowitsch ist die Arbeiterklasse des Landes mit einer wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Krise konfrontiert.

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Perspective

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

19 March 2016

The revelation of widespread lead contamination in drinking water in the US, and the complete indifference of the government to it, have shown where the priorities of American capitalism lie.

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

Commentary

The pseudo-left’s nationalist Leave campaign in the UK Brexit referendum
Part Two

By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2016

Against the pseudo-left, the Socialist Equality Party intervenes in the referendum campaign in order to clarify the fundamental historical and programmatic issues raised by the struggle against austerity, militarism and war.

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

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

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016

Living standards fall and discontent rises in Russia

By Vladimir Volkov, 18 March 2016

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

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 18 March 2016

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

Constitutional crisis in Poland continues

Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel

Arts Review

Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups: It is impossible to learn anything from this

By David Walsh, 19 March 2016

Thematically and stylistically, Malick’s latest film follows in the footsteps of his two previous efforts, The Tree of Life (2011) and To the Wonder (2012).

Novelist Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

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

By Andre Damon, 18 March 2016

Video: Lead poisoning discussed at Flint water event

By James Brewer, 18 March 2016

Flint meeting examines background of city’s water crisis

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Science

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

By our reporters, 18 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.

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

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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