Scandal mounts over failure by Belgian police to halt Brussels attacks

By Alex Lantier, 26 March 2016

Friday saw more revelations of inexplicable lapses by Belgian and allied security forces that helped terrorists evade detection before the Brussels attacks.

After Brussels attacks, German politicians and media demand increased state powers

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2016

The German interior minister is using Tuesday’s attacks to press for further police powers in Germany and throughout Europe.

The Belgium bombing: Why the dots are not connected

Belgian authorities had “precise intelligence warnings” of Brussels bombings

Arrests follow call for Chinese President Xi’s resignation

By Peter Symonds, 26 March 2016

An open letter by “loyal Communist Party members” called on President Xi to resign all positions and blamed him for China’s “unprecedented problems and crises.”

Indian auto workers fight to defend wages and conditions

By Arun Kumar, 26 March 2016

Workers at major car makers including Maruti Suzuki, Honda Motors and Tata, as well as auto-related companies, have been involved in plant occupations, strikes, rallies and marches.

One year since the launch of the US-backed war
Vast majority of Yemen population without reliable food, water and sanitation

By Thomas Gaist, 26 March 2016

Relentless bombing and ground operations by the Saudi-led Arab coalition have left more than 20 million Yemenis in dire need of humanitarian aid.

US airstrike kills 40 in Yemen

Researchers and scientists subpoenaed in anti-abortion witch-hunt

By Gabriel Black, 26 March 2016

The congressional subpoena would make public the names of researchers, students and other medical workers involved in research using fetal tissue.

Chicago Teachers Union approves one-day stunt “strike” on April 1

By Kristina Betinis, 26 March 2016

As union leaders deepen their alliance with the Democratic Party and the right-wing administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are coming into increasing conflict with the union.

Greece’s Syriza government detains refugees

By Katerina Selin, 26 March 2016

The Syriza-led government is doing everything in its power to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal.

Tube drivers shut down London Piccadilly Line

By Ross Mitchell, 26 March 2016

Prior to the stoppage, the RMT union sought to get the strike off the agenda.

Large protests in East Timor over ongoing Australian oil theft

By Patrick Kelly, 26 March 2016

The demonstration was among the largest in East Timor since the former Portuguese colony and Indonesian territory received formal independence in 2002.

Escalating crisis hits New Zealand dairy industry

By John Braddock, 26 March 2016

The crisis in the New Zealand dairy industry following severe cuts to milk prices is a symptom of a broader economic slump.

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Attentats à la bombe en Belgique: pourquoi on n’a pas « fait le lien »

Par Alex Lantier et Andre Damon, 26 mars 2016

L’ampleur d’une connaissance préalable de l’attaque de Bruxelles par les services de renseignement a fait éclater le discours officiel selon lequel les agences de renseignement avaient manqué de « faire le lien ».

Après les attentats de Bruxelles, les responsables de l’UE préparent une vaste escalade de l’espionnage policier

Par Alex Lantier, 26 mars 2016

Ignorant les questions posées sur comment il fut permis à des terroristes connus de planifier et d’exécuter un attentat alors que Bruxelles était en état d’alerte, les responsables de l’UE lancent de nouvelles attaques sur les droits démocratiques.

New in German

Die Anschläge von Brüssel: Warum die Zusammenhänge nicht erkannt werden

Von Alex Lantier und Andre Damon, 26. März 2016

Die offizielle Behauptung, die Geheimdienste in Brüssel hätten Zusammenhänge nicht erkannt, ist völlig unglaubwürdig.

Bundesregierung erhöht Wehretat und rüstet massiv auf

Von Johannes Stern, 26. März 2016

Dem neuem Haushaltsplan der Großen Koalition zufolge soll der Verteidigungsetat bis 2020 um mehr als 10 Milliarden Euro steigen.

Deutsche Bahn streicht 2100 Stellen im Güterverkehr

Von Dietmar Henning, 26. März 2016

Bundesweit sollen 215 so genannte Güterverkehrsstellen aufgegeben werden. Es ist der erste Schritt zum weiteren Abbau von Arbeitsplätzen.

Australien: Wirtschaftseliten halten Druck auf Premierminister aufrecht

Von Nick Beams, 26. März 2016

Das Ende des Bergbaubooms wird als Vorwand genommen, um schwere Angriffe auf Löhne und soziale Verhältnisse durchzusetzen.

Die nationalistische Kampagne der Pseudolinken für den EU-Austritt Großbritanniens
Teil 2

Von Chris Marsden, 26. März 2016

Die Socialist Equality Party analysiert die Kampagne der Pseudolinken in dem Referendum, um die grundlegenden historischen und programmatischen Fragen zu klären, die sich im Kampf gegen Austerität, Militarismus und Krieg stellen.

Zwei Jahre seit dem Putsch in Kiew
Teil 2

Von Andrea Peters, 26. März 2016

Zwei Jahre nach der gewaltsamen Vertreibung des ukrainischen Präsidenten Wiktor Janukowitch von der Macht ist die Arbeiterklasse des osteuropäischen Landes mit einer wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Krise konfrontiert.

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Perspective

Obama’s pivot to Latin America

26 March 2016

Behind Obama’s empty human rights rhetoric, Washington is prepared to carry out new and bloodier crimes in Latin America in pursuit of US profit interests.

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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

The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Flint water task force report leaves Snyder off the hook

By James Brewer, 26 March 2016

While the Snyder-appointed task force report includes damning findings, the Michigan governor is cynically using it to co-opt widespread outrage against his administration.

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2016

It is to preempt and subvert the growth of class consciousness that the Times, the “newspaper of record” of the American ruling class, ferociously promotes racial politics.

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

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

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Arts Review

I Saw the Light: A biography of country singer Hank Williams

By David Walsh, 26 March 2016

Marc Abraham’s film is an account of the last decade in the life of American country music performer Hank Williams (1923-1953), who died tragically at the age of 29.

Atom Egoyan’s Remember: A Nazi criminal hunted…

By Joanne Laurier, 25 March 2016

“We make the terror:” Season four of House of Cards

24 March 2016

History

One hundred years since Ireland’s Easter Rising—Part One

By Jordan Shilton, 26 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history with critical political lessons for the international working class.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Meeting at Toronto’s York University: Socialism and the Fight Against War

26 March 2016

Tuesday’s meeting will examine the causes and implications of the resurgence of imperialist violence and outline a political strategy for building a global working class movement against war.

Socialism and the Fight Against War
IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand—Build an International Movement of the Working Class and Youth Against Imperialism!

24 March 2016

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

16 March 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

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

Book Review

German Left Party leader’s plea for nationalism and the free market economy

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2016

Commentary

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the US “pivot to Asia”

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 March 2016

Corporate elites maintain pressure on Australian prime minister

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2016

Indian analyst urges US to use secret diplomacy in harnessing Delhi to anti-China “pivot”

By K. Ratnayake, 25 March 2016

Hundreds of US Marines provide combat support as Iraqi forces advance toward Mosul

By Thomas Gaist, 25 March 2016

French students speak out against austerity and state of emergency

By Kumaran Ira and Anthony Torres, 25 March 2016

Canada’s establishment “canonizes” former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2016

Corbyn’s six months as UK Labour leader: A record of capitulation and betrayal

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2016

Obama in Cuba

2016 US elections

Fundraising for US presidential campaign surpasses $1 billion

By Joseph Kishore, 25 March 2016

Following terror attacks in Brussels
US presidential candidates call for stepped-up war and police measures

Trump and the Democratic Party

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 March 2016

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

Autoworkers Struggles

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

By Jerry White, 23 March 2016

UAW discussing lower pay rate at Lear in Detroit

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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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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