The US-NATO war in Syria and the Brussels terror attacks

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2016

Islamist networks built up by the US and its European allies to provide fighters for their regime-change operation in Syria are bringing the war back to Europe, with horrific consequences.

Scandal mounts over failure by Belgian police to halt Brussels attacks

The Belgium bombing: Why the dots are not connected

Historic city of Palmyra falls to Syrian government forces

By Thomas Gaist, 28 March 2016

The renewed push by the Syrian military, aided by Russian air cover, followed last week’s visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow.

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

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Terrorist attack hits crowded children’s park in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2016

Regardless of who carried out the atrocity on Sunday, it will be seized on by Washington and Islamabad for reactionary ends.

German government increases defence budget and plans massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 28 March 2016

Germany’s defence spending will grow by more than €10 billion by 2020, according to the government’s new budget plan.

Canadian Liberal government to implement military spending hikes

By Roger Jordan, 28 March 2016

The Liberal government has already expanded Canada’s role in the Mideast war and is now considering further military interventions in Africa and Haiti.

Global oil industry job losses continue to mount

By Tom Hall, 28 March 2016

Around 100,000 jobs have been lost in the US alone since 2015, with tens of thousands more job losses expected this year.

Michigan Kids Count report shows drastic rise in child poverty over last decade

By Zac Corrigan, 28 March 2016

Eighty of Michigan’s 83 counties show an increase in child poverty, with the statewide rate increasing by 23 percent since 2006.

Indiana and Florida pass new anti-abortion laws

By Gabriel Black, 28 March 2016

The two laws come amidst ongoing attempts to whip up hysteria over doctored videos that were intended to frame Planned Parenthood for allegedly selling fetal tissue.

New York prosecutor urges no jail time for killer cop

By Daniel de Vries, 28 March 2016

Brooklyn’s first African American district attorney is pressing for probation for the NYPD officer convicted of killing of Akai Gurley.

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

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Obama high court pick Merrick Garland: A record of support for police powers

By Tom Carter, 28 March 2016

Garland’s judicial career parallels the rightward trajectory of the American judiciary over the past two decades, and especially since the launch of the “war on terror.”

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

New Zealand Labour Party leader attacks Asian immigrants

By John Braddock, 28 March 2016

Opposition leader Andrew Little singled out Indian and Chinese chefs as scapegoats for rising unemployment and worsening living standards.

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Belçika bombalı saldırıları: Neden bağlantı kurulmadı?

Alex Lantier ve Andre Damon, 28 Mart 2016

31 kişinin ölümüne, 300 kişinin yaralanmasına yol açan Belçika’daki terör saldırıları, “terörle mücadele”nin başlamasından sonraki 15 yıl içindeki bir dizi benzer sansasyonel saldırının sonuncusudur.

Savaş tehlikesi ve sahte solun politikası üzerine Leipzig’deki toplantılara yüzlerce kişi katıldı

Muhabirlerimizden, 28 Mart 2016

Geçtiğimiz Cuma günü Mehring Yayınları’nın Leipzig Kitap Fuar’ında düzenlediği iki toplantıya yaklaşık 500 kişi katıldı. Almanya’daki mevcut siyasi durumla yakın bir şekilde bağlantılı konuları irdeleyen toplantılarda iki kitap tanıtıldı.

David North Rus Devrimi ve Tamamlanmamış Yirminci Yüzyıl kitabının Sinhala baskısı üzerine Sri Lanka SEP’e hitap etti

David North, 28 Mart 2016

David North’un aşağıdaki tebrik konuşması, 15 Mart’ta, SEP’in Colombo’daki toplantısına internet aracılığıyla canlı olarak yapıldı.

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Le scandale grandit sur le fait que police belge n’a pas empêché les attentats de Bruxelles

Par Alex Lantier, 28 mars 2016

Des informations parues à la fin de la semaine dernière révèlent de nouvelles défaillances inexplicables des forces de sécurité belges et alliées ayant aidé les terroristes à ne pas être détectés avant les attentats de Bruxelles.

Le « pivot » d'Obama vers l'Amérique latine

Par Bill Van Auken, 28 mars 2016

Derrière les discours creux d'Obama sur les droits de l'homme, Washington s’apprête à commettre en Amérique latine de nouveaux crimes sanglants dans l’intérêt des profits américains.

Déjà plus d’un milliard de dollars collecté dans la campagne présidentielle américaine

Par Joseph Kishore, 28 mars 2016

Cet argent provient dans une très large proportion de 108 donateurs super riches qui ont fourni plus de la moitié de tous les dons aux « Super PACs » et assuré près d'un quart du financement de l'élection dans son ensemble.

Arrestations suite à un appel à la démission visant le président chinois Xi

Par Peter Symonds, 28 mars 2016

Une lettre ouverte de « membres fidèles du Parti communiste » a appelé à la démission du président Xi de toutes ses positions et lui reproche les « problèmes et crises sans précédent de la Chine. »

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Perspective

Clinton primary contest losses intensify Democratic Party crisis

28 March 2016

Sanders’ landslide victories in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska are a further expression of the pent-up social anger directed at the entire political establishment.

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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

Obituary

Ex-President Francisco Flores (1959–2016) and the decimation of El Salvador

By Neil Hardt, 28 March 2016

The corrupt ally of US imperialism stole millions of dollars in earthquake relief money and sent hundreds of Salvadoran soldiers to fight in the war in Iraq.

History

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

By Jordan Shilton, 28 March 2016

The Easter Rising was a seminal event in Irish history whose lessons the working class must assimilate.

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

Arts Review

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2016—Part 1
Films from Argentina, Spain and Guatemala: El Movimiento, Hablar, Ixcanul and Tras Nazarin

By Kevin Martinez and Toby Reese, 28 March 2016

The festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, South and Central America.

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

By David Walsh, 26 March 2016

Atom Egoyan’s Remember: A Nazi criminal hunted…

25 years ago: Chairman of East German privatization agency assassinated

On April 1, 1991, Detlev Rohwedder, chairman of the institution responsible for the privatization of East German industries—the Treuhand—was assassinated by a sniper.

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50 years ago: Strikes, demonstrations, bring down Ecuador junta

On March 29, 1966, the Ecuador junta headed by Admiral Ramón Castro Jijón fled the Government Palace in Quito after a week of mass labor strikes and student demonstrations.

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75 years ago: Strikes cripple US arms production

On April 2, 1941 autoworkers, steel workers, miners and other industrial workers launched powerful strikes against corporations under military contract.

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100 years ago: Mass strike of construction workers in New York City

On April 3, 1916, thousands of workers engaged in constructing the New York City subway system walked off the job.

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The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Flint water task force report leaves Snyder off the hook

By James Brewer, 26 March 2016

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2016

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

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

26 March 2016

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

Obama’s pivot to Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2016

Obama in Cuba

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

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2016

Researchers and scientists subpoenaed in anti-abortion witch-hunt

By Gabriel Black, 26 March 2016

Greece’s Syriza government detains refugees

By Katerina Selin, 26 March 2016

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

Corporate elites maintain pressure on Australian prime minister

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

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

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

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

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

By Kristina Betinis, 26 March 2016

Tube drivers shut down London Piccadilly Line

By Ross Mitchell, 26 March 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

Indian auto workers fight to defend wages and conditions

By Arun Kumar, 26 March 2016

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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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