European Union-Turkey deal to expel refugees comes into force

By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2016

The same powers that have routinely invoked “human rights” to justify war in the Middle East are denying refugees the right to seek protection from the disaster these wars have produced.

Berlin senate speeds up deportations of refugees

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

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Australian government threatens a “double dissolution” election

By Mike Head, 22 March 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is trying to break through a political crisis that has increasingly engulfed the government and the parliamentary system itself.

US accelerating military encirclement of China

By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2016

Beijing responded to the implementation of the US-Philippines basing agreement by warning that Washington was turning Asia into “a new Middle East.”

US sends aircraft carrier to challenge China in South China Sea

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US presidential candidates give warmongering speeches backing Israel at AIPAC conference

By Barry Grey, 22 March 2016

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton went out of her way to satisfy the most diehard defenders of the Israeli state and its brutally repressive policies against the Palestinian people.

Trump and the Democratic Party

More attacks on anti-Trump protesters at Tucson, Arizona campaign rally

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Resignation of UK work and pensions secretary divides Conservative government

By Robert Stevens, 22 March 2016

Under conditions of escalating economic crisis, the rifts in the Tory party are an expression of political realignments underway within bourgeois politics internationally.

UK super-rich seize 26 percent of all new wealth since 2000

By Barry Mason, 22 March 2016

According to a new report by Oxfam, just seven percent of the increase in wealth over the past 15 years went to the poorest 50 percent, or 30 million people.

Spanish officer corps hears lecture justifying Franco coup and dictatorship

By Alejandro López, 22 March 2016

The glorification of a fascist coup is a warning that sections of the army brass have begun contemplating a military intervention into political life.

Hunger stalks US campuses

By Johanna Proust, 22 March 2016

Since the 2008 financial crisis, US colleges have opened food pantries due to increased tuition costs, reductions in grants and increased numbers of food-insecure students.

Coal giant Peabody Energy on verge of bankruptcy

By Clement Daly, 22 March 2016

In a string of bankruptcies, the courts are being used to attack the wages, pensions, health care and working conditions of miners—gains realized through decades of struggle.

New York City affordable housing programs designed to benefit developers

By Philip Guelpa, 22 March 2016

A compromise over two affordable housing programs between Mayor de Blasio and the City Council will do nothing to ameliorate the city’s acute housing crisis.

New York City’s housing crisis deepens under “progressive” Mayor de Blasio

Boston-area mass transit: Fare increases, service reductions and attacks on pensions

By John Marion, 22 March 2016

The governor-appointed board votes to increase fares, end late-night service, and prepares attacks on MBTA workers’ pensions behind the scenes.

Boston: MBTA seeks to pit transit riders against workers as infrastructure crumbles

Peru’s electoral board bars two presidential candidates before first round of elections

By Armando Cruz, 22 March 2016

The elections are dominated by the thoroughgoing alienation of the Peruvian population from the political establishment as a whole.

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Arrestation à Bruxelles de Salah Abdeslam, suspect-clé des attentats terroristes de Paris

Par Alex Lantier, 22 mars 2016

L’homme le plus recherché d’Europe en cavale depuis quatre mois se cachait, fait stupéfiant, non loin de l’appartement de ses parents dans le quartier bruxellois fortement surveillé de Molenbeek.

Trump et le Parti démocrate

Par Patrick Martin, 22 mars 2016

Les démocrates vont briguer la présidence cet automne en tant que parti du statu quo, de la complaisance et de l'auto-satisfaction, laissant essentiellement les mécontents économiques à Donald Trump.

Le Parti socialiste français attise l’hystérie du tout sécuritaire après l’arrestation d’Abdeslam

Par Kumaran Ira, 22 mars 2016

Alors que l'establishment politique français salue l'arrestation d’Abdeslam, le PS pousse à une hystérie de loi et d’ordre et exige plus d’attaques sur les droits démocratiques.

Québec: le gouvernement va réduire drastiquement les prestations d'aide sociale

Par Louis Girard, 22 mars 2016

Le projet de loi 70 représente une attaque frontale sur l'aide sociale et un pas de plus vers son abolition pure et simple.

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Trump und die Demokratische Partei

Von Patrick Martin, 22. März 2016

Die Demokraten werden im Herbst als Partei des Status Quo, der Selbstgefälligkeit und Selbstzufriedenheit kandidieren. Diejenigen, die sozial unzufrieden sind, überlassen sie Donald Trump.

Leipzig: Veranstaltungen zu Kriegsgefahr und Pseudolinken stoßen auf große Resonanz

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 22. März 2016

Insgesamt fast 500 Teilnehmer kamen am Freitag zu zwei Veranstaltungen, die der Mehring Verlag im Rahmen der Leipziger Buchmesse durchführte.

Linkspartei nun auch für Regierungsbündnis mit der CDU

Von Johannes Stern, 22. März 2016

Die Linkspartei reagiert auf ihr katastrophales Ergebnis bei den Landtagswahlen vom 13. März und den Wahlerfolg der rechtsextremen AfD mit einer weiteren Rechtswende.

EU und Türkei schließen Pakt zur Abwehr von Flüchtlingen

Von Jordan Shilton, 22. März 2016

Flüchtlinge, die über die Ägäis auf den griechischen Inseln anlanden, sollen zurück in die Türkei geschickt werden.

Das Amtsenthebungsverfahren und die politische Krise in Brasilien

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. März 2016

Die Veröffentlichung eines illegal aufgezeichneten Gesprächs zwischen der gegenwärtigen Präsidentin und dem ehemaligen Präsidenten haben das Land an den Rand einer Verfassungskrise gebracht.

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Perspective

Obama in Cuba

22 March 2016

Obama’s “human rights” masquerade is aided and abetted not only by the slavish US media, but also by the Castro government itself.

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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

Socialist Equality Party

Hundreds attend meetings in Leipzig, Germany on the danger of war and the politics of the pseudo-left

By our correspondents, 22 March 2016

Nearly 500 participants attended two meetings held by Mehring Verlag at the Leipzig Book Fair on The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique and Scholarship or War Propaganda?.

David North addresses Sri Lankan SEP launch of Sinhala edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 22 March 2016

Publication of this new translation of David North’s The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century will contribute significantly to the education of workers and youth in Sri Lanka.

Colombo meeting launches Sinhala translation of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 22 March 2016

SEP general secretary Wije Dias stressed that the book’s exposure of historical falsifications was “a weapon in the revolutionary struggles of the future.”

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

16 March 2016

Commentary

Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam arrested in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2016

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New study says entire regions of US will remain in slump until the 2020s

By Jerry White, 21 March 2016

Sri Lankan parliament to draft new constitution to shore up capitalist rule

By Rohantha De Silva, 21 March 2016

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

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

Argentina: President Macri’s first 100 days

Impeachment drive accelerates amid expanding political crisis in Brazil

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 March 2016

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Chief proponent of Flint water supply switch hosts public meeting

By James Brookfield, 21 March 2016

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2016

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

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 »

Autoworkers Struggles

UAW seeks to ram through contract at Volvo

By Shelly Connor, 21 March 2016

UAW discussing lower pay rate at Lear in Detroit

UAW pushes local deals past opposition at GM Lordstown plant

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Arts Review

Ten years since the death of hip hop artist James “J Dilla” Yancey

By Nick Barrickman, 21 March 2016

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

25 years ago: US abets Iraq’s bloody suppression of rebellions

On March 26, 1991, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater gave a press conference in which he declared, “We don’t intend to involve ourselves in the internal conflict in Iraq.”

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50 years ago: Worldwide protests against Vietnam War

On March 26, 1966, protests against the war in Vietnam were held in New York and other major American cities, as well as in foreign capitals such as Rome, London and Ottawa.

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75 years ago: Mass anti-fascist demonstrations in Yugoslavia

On March 25, 1941 a spontaneous demonstrations broke out in Yugoslavia following the monarchy’s decision to sign Hitler’s Tripartite Pact.

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100 years ago: German U-boat attacks French passenger steamship

On March 24, 1916, a German U-boat torpedoed a French passenger steamship, the Sussex, while it was crossing the English Channel from Britain to France.

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The 2016 US Elections

Sanders under pressure to quit from Democratic leaders, media

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2016

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

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

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