Fiat Chrysler layoffs hit workers in suburban Detroit

By Jerry White, 8 April 2016

The announcement that Fiat Chrysler is cutting 1,420 jobs at its Sterling Heights assembly plant foreshadows a new wave of downsizing in the auto industry.

“When the UAW folks play golf with the Fiat folks, what do you expect?”
Fiat Chrysler workers react to Sterling Heights Assembly job cuts

By Shannon Jones, 8 April 2016

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Amid Brazil’s drive to impeachment, Rousseff’s foes engulfed in corruption scandal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 April 2016

As a vote in congress approaches, both the vice president who would succeed the PT president and the congressional leader of the drive to impeach her are facing charges.

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

Chicago mayor’s choice to head police oversaw crackdown on anti-NATO protesters

By George Marlowe, 8 April 2016

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to appoint Eddie Johnson as police chief exposes the fraud of his so-called “reform” of the police department.

Dutch referendum produces majority against EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2016

Wednesday’s referendum result has deepened the political crisis in Europe and provoked nervous reactions from politicians and the media.

European steel workers face massive attacks on jobs and pensions

By Dietmar Henning, 8 April 2016

The proposed merger of Tata Steel and the steel division of Thyssen Krupp would be accompanied by an assault on jobs and pensions in the European steel industry.

The reality behind the “Save our Steel” campaign in Britain

Thousands of jobs threatened by Australian steel company collapse

By Mike Head, 8 April 2016

Steelworkers in Australia, like those around the world, are being made to pay for a colossal breakdown in the world capitalist economy.

Australian government uses “war on terror” to end airport strikes

By Terry Cook, 8 April 2016

The ban on strike action by Immigration and Border Protection employees has set a precedent that will be used against other sections of the working class.

US seeks to develop close military ties with Sri Lanka

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 8 April 2016

The US Seventh Fleet flagship’s visit to Colombo indicates moves by the Sri Lankan government to tie the country into US war plans.

French troops accused of sexual violence in the Central African Republic

By Francis Dubois, 8 April 2016

The latest revelations of sexual violence against the Central African population unmask the “humanitarian” pretensions of the French intervention.

New Zealand First proposes army training for unemployed youth

By Tom Peters, 8 April 2016

The trade union-funded Daily Blog enthusiastically endorsed the proposal, reflecting the support for militarism and nationalism by Labour and the union bureaucracy.

New in Turkish

Emperyalizm, siyasi yozlaşma ve kapitalizmin gerçek yüzü

Andre Damon, 8 Nisan 2016

Kapitalizmin milyarder oligarklarının, yozlaşmış politikacılarının ve cani CEO’larının pisliğini temizleme görevi, mevcut toplumsal düzene karşı sosyalist bir işçi sınıfı hareketinin inşa edilmesini gerektirmektedir.

New in French

Le message du Wisconsin

Par Patrick Martin, 8 avril 2016

La classe ouvrière américaine vire brusquement à gauche, déstabilisant le système bipartite contrôlé par le patronat et préparant le terrain pour l’éruption de luttes sociales majeures

L'impérialisme, la corruption politique et le vrai visage du capitalisme

Par Andre Damon, 8 avril 2016

La publication des «Panama Papers» expose la criminalité dans laquelle baignent l'élite financière et ses représentants politiques.

New in German

Die Botschaft der Wahl in Wisconsin

Von Patrick Martin, 8. April 2016

Die amerikanische Arbeiterklasse bewegt sich stark nach links, destabilisiert das kapitalistische Zweiparteiensystem und schafft die Bedingungen für den Ausbruch erbitterter sozialer Kämpfe.

Niederlande: Mehrheit gegen EU-Assoziierungsabkommen mit der Ukraine

Von Johannes Stern, 8. April 2016

Das Ergebnis der Abstimmung vom Mittwoch hat die politische Krise in Europa verschärft und nervöse Reaktionen in Politik und Medien ausgelöst.

Panama-Papiere lösen weltweit politische Krisen aus

Von Jordan Shilton, 8. April 2016

Durch die Enthüllungen der Panama-Papiere geraten politische Führer weltweit unter Druck, und es wird klar, dass bisher nur die Spitze des Eisbergs sichtbar ist.

Hunderte Festnahmen
Französische Polizei greift Studentenproteste an

Von Alex Lantier und Senthooran Ravee, 8. April 2016

Die Polizei versucht die Jugendlichen vor den nächsten großen Protestaktionen der Arbeiter und Studenten am 9. April einzuschüchtern, die sich gegen geplante Kürzungen und den Ausnahmezustand richten.

Der Film Son of Saul im Land der Täter

Von Verena Nees, 8. April 2016

Ausgerechnet in Deutschland wurde dieser herausragende Film lange blockiert und erst in die Kinos gebracht, nachdem er internationale Preise gewonnen hatte.

Eine moderne Antigone
Son of Saul von László Nemes

Von Dorota Niemitz, 8. April 2016

Der Debütfilm des ungarischen Filmregisseurs László Nemes behandelt eineinhalb Tage des Lebens eines Mitglieds des Sonderkommandos in Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

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Perspective

US provocations against China threaten world war

8 April 2016

The United States has sharply escalated its standoff with China, leading the New York Times to conclude that a “confrontation seems increasingly likely.”

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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

Featured Interview

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

Commentary

#NightOnOurFeet: A petty-bourgeois trap for opposition to French labor reform

By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2016

The occupation of Republic Square in Paris by parties closely allied to the ruling PS is a trap designed to prevent radicalized youth from turning to the working class.

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

Canada’s pseudo-left rallies round discredited pro-war, pro-austerity NDP

By Roger Jordan, 8 April 2016

Pseudo-left groups like Fightback and the Socialist Caucus shamelessly distort, falsify and lie about the political record, social composition, and class orientation of the NDP.

The message of Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2016

Sanders’ primary victory and the social crisis in Wisconsin

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Panama Papers revelation triggers political crises around the globe

By Jordan Shilton, 7 April 2016

Imperialism, political corruption and the real face of capitalism

Austria rejects all refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 7 April 2016

Greece’s Syriza: Full partner in historic crime against refugees

More on the refugee crisis »

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship sentenced to one year in prison

By Clement Daly, 7 April 2016

Arts Review

Of Men and War: Among the countless victims of American imperialist violence

By Joanne Laurier, 8 April 2016

The damage of post-traumatic stress disorder inflicted by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on US soldiers is addressed in this immersive documentary by French filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard.

Born to Be Blue and Miles Ahead: Why so much fiction when life is fascinating enough?

By John Andrews, 7 April 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—Doom and gloom, with capes

Workers Struggles

UK junior doctors speak out during latest strike

By our reporters, 8 April 2016

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines around the country.

Junior doctors face political fight to save National Health Service

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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 April 2016

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

Mobilize the working class to defend Caltrans workers!

By David Brown, 7 April 2016

Socialist Equality Party

The class issues in the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2016

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

4 April 2016

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

16 March 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose Indian government’s witch-hunt of JNU students

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 7 April 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

2016 US elections

Double-digit victory for Sanders in Wisconsin primary

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2016

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

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2016

The social crisis and the US elections

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

Clinton, Sanders clash intensifies in New York

Trump and the Democratic Party

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Michigan governor threatens to cut aid to Flint over potential lawsuit

By James Brewer, 6 April 2016

Anger erupts at Flint public hearing

By James Brewer, 2 April 2016

Detroit Public Schools principals charged with taking kickbacks

By Marissa Ross, 2 April 2016

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

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Science

Study warns of potentially catastrophic impacts from Antarctic ice melt

By Daniel de Vries, 5 April 2016

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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