Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2016

At least 5,000 US troops are now in Iraq, some 20 percent more than the “cap” supposedly set by the Obama White House.

US generals push for more troops in Iraq, Syria

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Obama’s Cuba speech: “Democratic” veneer for US capitalist invasion

By Bill Van Auken, 23 March 2016

While the president’s speech extolled “human rights,” his aides listed the US dollar and corporate power as Washington’s principal concerns.

Obama in Cuba

Indonesia accuses China of encroaching on its territory

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 March 2016

Last weekend’s incident involving Chinese and Indonesian vessels is a sign of the acute tensions being generated by Washington’s intervention in South China Sea disputes.

US accelerating military encirclement of China

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Germany’s Left Party favours coalition with conservative CDU

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2016

The Left Party's entreaties to form an alliance with the traditional right-wing party of postwar German capitalism makes clear its class character as a bourgeois political outfit.

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

With support of US Supreme Court, Texas authorities execute mentally ill man

By Evan Blake, 23 March 2016

The high court’s refusal to spare Adam Kelly Ward, who was clearly induced to murder by paranoia and psychosis, demonstrates their support for executing the mentally impaired.

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

US government delays hearing in Apple iPhone encryption case

By Niles Williamson, 23 March 2016

Until the DOJ’s filing on Monday, the US government held that it lacked the means to access the contents of the encrypted phone without the direct assistance of Apple engineers.

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

St. Louis autoworkers bar UAW vice president from their Facebook page

By Jerry White, 23 March 2016

GM workers in Wentzville, Missouri blocked Cindy Estrada from their page in order to prevent her from spying for the UAW International and the company.

UAW seeks to ram through contract at Volvo

UAW discussing lower pay rate at Lear in Detroit

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Northwestern University faculty oppose selection of US general to head global studies institute

By Alexander Fangmann, 23 March 2016

Eikenberry, a former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, was selected in order to more closely integrate the university into the plans of American imperialism.

Opposition grows to Boston Public Schools budget cuts

By Kate Randall, 23 March 2016

Hundreds of Boston Public Schools parents, students and teachers packed BPS headquarters to protest planned cuts to the 2016-2017 school budget.

West Virginia budget gap widens, economy worsens

By Naomi Spencer, 23 March 2016

If the current revenue projection is realized, West Virginia will collect only $137.5 million in business and corporate taxes in 2017—an all-time low for the historically distressed state.

Arson attack on witness to murders in Palestinian village of Duma

By Jean Shaoul, 23 March 2016

The fire was clearly aimed at intimidating the witnesses in the forthcoming trial.

Hundreds of refugees in Australia face return to offshore camps

By Max Newman, 23 March 2016

Asylum seekers who have been receiving medical treatment in Australia are threatened with being sent back to Nauru or Manus Island.

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Gobierno hondureño encubre involucramiento en asesinatos de líderes indígenas

Por Andrea Lobo, 23 marzo 2016

El pueblo en protesta exige explicaciones del gobierno por el asesinato de Berta Cáceres.

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Россия объявляет о частичном выводе своих войск из Сирии

Билл Вэн Оукен, 23 марта 2016 г.

Военная интервенция Москвы в Сирии была главным образом направлена на то, чтобы не допустить создание Соединенными Штатами марионеточного режима в Дамаске, враждебного интересам российской правящей олигархии.

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Obama à Cuba

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 mars 2016

La mascarade d'Obama sur les « Droits de l'homme » est encouragée non seulement par de serviles médias américains, mais aussi par le gouvernement Castro.

L’accord entre l’UE et la Turquie pour expulser les réfugiés entre en vigueur

Par Jordan Shilton, 23 mars 2016

Les mêmes puissances qui invoquent régulièrement «les droits de l'homme» pour justifier la guerre au Moyen-Orient privent les réfugiés de leur droit de protection des désastres produits par ces guerres.

Les États-Unis accélèrent leur encerclement militaire de la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 23 mars 2016

Pékin a répondu à la mise en œuvre de l’Accord sur des bases militaires entre les États-Unis et les Philippines en avertissant que Washington transformait l’Asie en un « nouveau Moyen-Orient. »

Referendum du ‘Brexit’ au Royaume-Uni
La campagne nationaliste de la pseudo-gauche pour une sortie de l’UE

Par Chris Marsden, 23 mars 2016

Contre la pseudo-gauche, le Parti de l’égalité socialiste intervient dans la campagne référendaire afin de clarifier les questions historiques et programmatiques fondamentales soulevées par la lutte contre l’austérité, le militarisme et la guerre.

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Obama in Kuba

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. März 2016

Obamas Menschenrechtsmaskerade wird nicht nur von den kriecherischen amerikanischen Medien unterstützt und begünstigt, sondern auch von der Castro-Regierung selbst.

Das Abkommen zwischen EU und Türkei zur Flüchtlingsabwehr tritt in Kraft

Von Jordan Shilton, 23. März 2016

Die gleichen Mächte, die immer wieder die „Menschenrechte“ als Rechtfertigung für Kriege im Nahen Osten benutzt haben, verweigern Flüchtlingen das Recht auf Schutz vor dem Leid, das diese Kriege verursacht haben.

Nach dem Wahlerfolg der AfD: Rechte Netzwerke wittern Morgenluft

Von Dietmar Henning, 23. März 2016

In der AfD und um sie herum haben sich rechte Netzwerke gebildet, die die Partei auf einen extrem rechten Kurs bringen wollen. Im Zentrum steht Götz Kubitschek, der enge Verbindungen zu Björn Höcke und André Poggenburg hält.

Slowakei: Fico bildet instabile Rechtsregierung

Von Markus Salzmann, 23. März 2016

Die sozialdemokratische Smer-SD hat sich mit der rechtsextremen Slowakischen Nationalpartei (SNS), der Partei der ungarischen Minderheit Most-Hid und der rechten Partei Siet auf eine Koalition geeinigt.

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Perspective

The terror bombings in Brussels

23 March 2016

This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.

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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.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE campaigns against war at San Diego State University

By our reporters, 23 March 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) has held well-attended meetings on the San Diego campus and is receiving a positive response from students, workers and youth.

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

16 March 2016

Commentary

Québec Solidaire welcomes suppression of anti-austerity struggle

By Louis Girard and Laurent Lafrance, 23 March 2016

Québec Solidaire has endorsed the unions’ suppression of the struggle public sector workers have mounted against the Liberal government’s concession demands and ravaging of social services.

European Union-Turkey deal to expel refugees comes into force

By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2016

Berlin senate speeds up deportations of refugees

More on the refugee crisis »

US presidential candidates give warmongering speeches backing Israel at AIPAC conference

By Barry Grey, 22 March 2016

Trump and the Democratic Party

More on the 2016 US elections »

Australian government threatens a “double dissolution” election

By Mike Head, 22 March 2016

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

Arts Review

Book Review
Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See: All the history the novelist cannot see

By Leah Jeresova, 23 March 2016

Doerr’s second novel takes a moralizing, ahistorical view of events during the Second World War.

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Michigan governor’s Flint “action plan”: A cover for criminality

By James Brewer, 23 March 2016

Rick Snyder’s “action plan” for Flint amounts to self-serving bluster, while Obama’s World Water Day event falls flat.

Chief proponent of Flint water supply switch hosts public meeting

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

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Workers Struggles

India: Tata workers end strike after being isolated by the unions

By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016

The trade unions, mainly those led by Stalinists, played a key role in pushing Tata auto workers to end the strike.

Seven-day nurses strike ends at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles

By Marc Wells, 23 March 2016

Nurses have gone without a wage increase for six years and face chronic understaffing.

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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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