Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2016

None of the presidential candidates, including self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders, has made an issue of the food stamp cutoff.

The social crisis and the US elections

Clinton, Sanders clash intensifies in New York

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Syriza government carries out mass deportation of refugees from Greece to Turkey

By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016

Thousands of people are being deported as part of the deal to seal off the “Balkan route” to refugees fleeing the war zones of the Middle East.

Podemos helps strengthen “Fortress Europe” against migrants in Spain

Opposition in Greece to European Union refugee policy

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Azerbaijan-Armenia fighting erupts over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

By Kumaran Ira, 4 April 2016

The conflict threatens to escalate into a broader war between Russia, Armenia’s main backer, and Azerbaijan’s ally, Turkey, and behind Turkey, the entire NATO alliance.

US deploying additional armored brigades to Russian border

UK Tata Steel operation at centre of escalating trade war

By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016

The Labour Party and the trade unions have responded to the planned closure of Tata Steel’s UK plants with demands for protectionism and trade war.

Labour Party and unions mount nationalist campaign over UK steel industry

Two dead and dozens injured in Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia

By Alan Whyte, 4 April 2016

Two Amtrak workers were killed and 35 passengers injured Sunday in the latest wreck involving the national passenger rail system.

GM found not liable in bellwether case over ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 4 April 2016

The case was chosen by GM because evidence of corporate malfeasance appeared weakest.

“They got away with murder for profit”
Michigan will not sanction GM attorneys involved in cover-up of ignition defect

Poverty among California seniors rising despite economic “recovery”

By Adam Mclean, 4 April 2016

The poverty rate among California seniors nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014.

Pennsylvania budget underfunds education, prepares attack on pensions

By Douglas Lyons, 4 April 2016

The deal leaves an estimated $2 billion deficit unresolved until the next fiscal year.

Spain’s Podemos prepares for coalition talks with Socialist Party, Citizens

By Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2016

Podemos is playing the instrumental role in the possible formation of a PSOE-led government to continue imposing austerity on the workers in Spain.

German report confirms poor die younger

By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2016

The link between income and “years lived in good health” is even clearer than the link between income and life expectancy.

The Brazilian “More Doctors” program’s dilemma

By Pablo Gomes, 4 April 2016

The Brazilian government’s solution to the lack of health care in the small towns and rural areas was to “import” doctors from overseas, mainly Cubans.

Mexican government obstructs investigation into disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43

By Don Knowland, 4 April 2016

The Mexican government is threatening to shut down an investigation by independent experts of the disappearance of the student teachers and seeks to buy off their parents.

Sri Lankan government presents phony “Right to Information” bill

By Rohantha De Silva, 4 April 2016

The legislation provides limited access to state information, while entrenching broad areas that will remain off-limits, including national security, diplomacy and economic activities.

New Zealand voters reject flag change in referendum

By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 4 April 2016

The government and opposition sought to use the flag issue to whip up nationalism and encourage unquestioning respect for the military.

New in French

Le sommet nucléaire d’Obama met en évidence le danger de guerre

Par Peter Symonds, 4 avril 2016

L’objectif de la politique américaine de « non-prolifération » n’est pas de débarrasser le monde des armes nucléaires, mais d’assurer que les États-Unis conservent leur domination nucléaire sur tout rival potentiel.

La crise sociale et les élections américaines

Par Barry Grey, 4 avril 2016

Derrière la fausse « reprise » économique toute la structure de l'emploi aux Etats-Unis se modifie radicalement pour réduire le statut des travailleurs à celui de main-d'œuvre temporaire et super-exploitée.

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Perspective

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

4 April 2016

The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.

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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

Arts Review

The New York Times on race and art

By Hiram Lee, 4 April 2016

A review published in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review advances a racialist view of art and culture with thoroughly reactionary implications.

An exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago
The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

By Leah Jeresova, 2 April 2016

Commentary

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

1 April 2016

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

Obama’s nuclear summit underscores danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 2 April 2016

Australian political crisis deepens with humiliating defeat of PM’s state taxing plan

By Mike Head, 2 April 2016

Economic crisis heightens social tensions in Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2016

Brazil’s Supreme Court intervenes in Petrobras scandal probe

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2016

Canada’s unions hail Mulcair in run-up to NDP leadership vote

By Carl Bronski, 2 April 2016

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

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting May 24 in London
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe!

4 April 2016

The SEP meetings are part of a campaign for an active boycott of the June 23 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

25 years ago: Mass workers movement defies Moscow bureaucracy

On April 10, 1991, leaders of striking Soviet workers won the right to 15 minutes of live air time in an unprecedented broadcast on Byelorussia’s television station.

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50 years ago: Police attack Mississippi civil rights protest

On April 5, 1966, Mississippi State Police used rifle butts, nightsticks and tear gas to brutally suppress a protest by black students, housewives and workers.

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75 years ago: Germany invades Yugoslavia

On April 6, 1941 Adolf Hitler’s armed forces launched a blitzkrieg attack on Yugoslavia after a mass rebellion against the Yugoslav government’s adherence to a pact with Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: Mass strike of Puerto Rican sugar workers

On April 6, 1916, the Puerto Rican Free Federation of Laborers, affiliated to the American Federation of Labor, issued an appeal to workers in the US and internationally calling for support for striking agricultural workers.

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Detroit Public Schools principals charged with taking kickbacks

By Marissa Ross, 2 April 2016

Anger erupts at Flint public hearing

By James Brewer, 2 April 2016

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

Obama administration to cut off Flint emergency aid

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

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Obituary

Hans-Dietrich Genscher: Trailblazer for German great power politics

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 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.

2016 US elections

Conversations with Sanders supporters in Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania

By our reporters, 2 April 2016

Clinton primary contest losses intensify Democratic Party crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2016

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 31 March 2016

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

Clinton, media step up pressure for Sanders to withdraw

Fundraising for US presidential campaign surpasses $1 billion

Trump and the Democratic Party

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Workers Struggles

Chicago Teachers Union holds one-day “strike” to channel opposition behind Democrats

By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 2 April 2016

Chinese mineworkers arrested after protest on unpaid wages

By John Ward, 1 April 2016

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

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