French workers, youth defy state of emergency to protest austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 1 April 2016

As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government.

Workers and youth speak out against French labour law reform

By our reporters, 1 April 2016

Temps and contractors accounted for all US job growth since 2005

By Patrick Martin, 1 April 2016

A report by economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger found that nearly one in every six US workers is in “alternative work arrangements,” either temporary, contract or on-call.

Following Machinists union betrayal
Boeing to slash 4,000-8,000 jobs

US deploying additional armored brigades to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 1 April 2016

The US military is preparing to deploy some military equipment and thousands of troops directly on the Russian border as part of a “permanent footprint.”

Labour Party and unions mount nationalist campaign over UK steel industry

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2016

The position of Labour and the unions is based on developing protectionist measures to defend what they view as an industry critical to the interests of British imperialism.

Forty thousand jobs threatened as Tata Steel announces end of UK operations

Notes on Police Violence
Minneapolis police officers who shot and killed Jamar Clark will not face prosecution

By Kevin Martinez, 1 April 2016

Clark’s shooting last year sparked widespread protests which saw police respond with paramilitary units to break up demonstrations and a protest encampment.

New York prosecutor urges no jail time for killer cop

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Harlan, Kentucky coal miner killed

By Naomi Spencer, 1 April 2016

The fatality, the fourth in the US this year, comes as the state legislature considers scrapping coal mine safety laws.

German army calls for domestic deployments

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2016

On the German army’s official website, CDU politician Rupert Scholz calls for a reform of the country’s constitution to enable the domestic deployment of the armed forces.

Politicians and media promote far-right Alternative for Germany

The Belgium bombing: Why the dots are not connected

More on the Brussels terror attacks »

Australian government in disarray over spending cuts

By Mike Head, 1 April 2016

In his latest twist, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seeking to shift the blame for devastating and deeply unpopular cuts onto state and territory governments.

Australian prime minister lurches from one crisis to the next

Pakistan’s military expands its power in wake of Lahore terror attack

By Sampath Perera, 1 April 2016

Pakistan’s military has seized on last Sunday’s terrorist atrocity to implement plans for an “antiterrorism” offensive and to strengthen its authority over the civilian government.

Mexican Congress lays legal foundation for martial law

By Neil Hardt, 1 April 2016

An amendment to the Mexican Constitution would grant the president dictatorial powers to establish a state of emergency and suspend democratic rights.

Fresh corruption allegations undermine Malaysian prime minister

By John Roberts, 1 April 2016

The corruption scandal swirling around Prime Minister Najib Razak points to deep rifts in ruling circles produced by a deteriorating economy and rising geo-political tensions.

Chinese mineworkers arrested after protest on unpaid wages

By John Ward, 1 April 2016

The police crackdown points to Beijing’s fears of social unrest amid a slowing economy and plans for mass sackings across basic industry.

New in Spanish

Advertencias de una carrera armamentista mundial preceden cumbre de seguridad nuclear

Por Andre Damon, 1 abril 2016

En momentos en que los líderes del mundo se juntan en Washington para la cumbre de seguridad nuclear, grupos políticos de expertos pronostican nuevas carreras armamentistas y la necesidad de prepararse para el Armagedón.

New in French

L'opposition des travailleurs et des jeunes à l'austérité défie l'état d'urgence de Hollande

Par Anthony Torres, 1 avril 2016

Des masses de travailleurs et de jeunes, 1,2 million selon les syndicats, ont manifesté hier à travers la France contre la Loi El Khomri.

Les jeunes et les travailleurs s'expriment contre la Loi El Khomri

Par nos reporters, 1 avril 2016

Des lycéens et des étudiants ont expliqué les raisons de leur opposition à la réforme réactionnaire du Code du Travail proposée par le PS.

La guerre : Le sujet tabou des élections américaines 2016

Par Joseph Kishore, 1 avril 2016

Bien que ce ne soit pas un sujet de débat important entre les différents candidats en lice pour la nomination présidentielle, la poussée grandissante à la guerre internationale, menée par les Etats-Unis, projette son ombre sur la campagne électorale.

À la veille du Sommet sur la sécurité nucléaire: les dangers d'une course mondiale aux armements

Par Andre Damon, 1 avril 2016

Alors que les dirigeants du monde se réunissent pour le sommet nucléaire de cette semaine à Washington, les principaux groupes de réflexion mettent en garde contre une «nouvelle course aux armements» et affirment qu'il est nécessaire de se préparer à «l'apocalypse».

New in German

Krieg ist das große Tabuthema der US-Präsidentschaftswahl

Von Joseph Kishore, 1. April 2016

Obwohl die Anwärter auf die Präsidentschaftskandidatur in ihren Debatten kaum auf den internationalen Kriegskurs eingehen, der vor allem von den USA forciert wird, schwebt das Thema über den Wahlkämpfen.

Griechenland: Widerstand gegen die Flüchtlingspolitik der EU

Von Katerina Selin, 1. April 2016

Am Mittwochabend demonstrierten etwa 2.000 Flüchtlinge und Helfer in Athen gegen das Abkommen zwischen der Europäischen Union und der Türkei, das die Schließung der Balkanroute besiegelt.

Leipzig, das Buch und die Messe – Klassenbesinnung ...
David North im Gespräch

Von der elektronischen Zeitung Schattenblick, 1. April 2016

Interview mit David North zu dem Buch „Die Frankfurter Schule, die Postmoderne und die Politik der Pseudolinken“

Brasilien:
Nach Platzen der Regierungskoalition droht Präsidentin Roussef die Amtsenthebung

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. April 2016

Das brasilianische und das internationale Kapital verlangen eine radikale Änderung der Regierungspolitik.

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Perspective

The drive to impeachment and the dangers facing the Brazilian working class

1 April 2016

The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.

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

Marxism and the pseudo-left: David North interviewed at Leipzig Book Fair

1 April 2016

Following a presentation of the new German edition of The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left, North was interviewed by the newspaper Schattenblick on the theoretical and political issues addressed in his book.

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

CTU calls phony one-day “strike” to back Democrats

By Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2016

The most critical issue facing teachers is developing an independent struggle against the CTU-Democratic Party alliance

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 31 March 2016

More on the 2016 US Elections »

The political economy of endless austerity

By Nick Beams, 31 March 2016

Warnings of global arms race ahead of Nuclear Security Summit

On sexual harassment policy
Professors’ group charges Obama administration with undermining academic freedom and due process

Supreme Court ruling favors unions in agency shop dues case

Arts Review

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2016—Part 3
From Cuba a grim drama (La obra del siglo) and from Argentina a political thriller (El Clan) and a road trip (Camino a La Paz)

By Kevin Martinez and Toby Reese, 1 April 2016

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

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2016—Part 2
The human cost of the drug war in Mexico and a drama from Venezuela: Retratos de una búsqueda and Dauna. Lo que lleva el río

Eye in the Sky: The liberal war on terror

By Joanne Laurier, 31 March 2016

New in Greek

WSWS publishes “Socialism and the Fight Against War” in Greek

Posted here is a translation into Greek of the Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International posted 18 February 2016.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 April 2016

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

“What’s happening here is emblematic of what’s going on across the country”
Detroit newspaper workers protest contract takeaways

By Shannon Jones, 31 March 2016

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Newly-released email details complicity of Obama’s EPA in Flint poisoning

By James Brewer, 30 March 2016

Obama administration to cut off Flint emergency aid

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

2016 US elections

Clinton primary contest losses intensify Democratic Party crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2016

Republican Party crisis deepens as candidates renege on “loyalty” pledge

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

Clinton, media step up pressure for Sanders to withdraw

Fundraising for US presidential campaign surpasses $1 billion

Trump and the Democratic Party

More on the 2016 US elections »

NHS Fightback

UK Junior doctors dispute at a crossroads
Statement by NHS Fightback

29 March 2016

History

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

By Jordan Shilton, 26 March 2016

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

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

IYSSE/SEP meetings

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

16 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

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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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