Archive http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/ UK and Swedish governments continue their persecution of Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/assa-f06.html London and Stockholm have rejected the UN’s verdict that Assange has been arbitrarily detained. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b480c23c-0ace-4e2a-8d56-a4e28136a77E/assa-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/pers-f06.html Sanders is not the representative of a working class movement. He is rather the temporary beneficiary of a rising tide of popular opposition that is passing through only its initial stages of social and class differentiation. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cadc863b-97b1-4bbd-85e7-464e2b5333bG/pers-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Recession risk on the rise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/econ-f06.html Falling yields in US and global bond markets point to a rising risk of recession as the IMF warns that commodity-exporting countries are coming under “severe stress.” Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca54b8cf-e441-448e-a922-c0c00413355M/econ-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/syri-f06.html The deployment of Saudi troops on the pretext of fighting the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq would inevitably be aimed at toppling the Assad government. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/366a2dac-bb91-4fe5-8b9b-586362e1937E/syri-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Emails reveal Michigan governor’s staffer knew about Flint Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in March 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/flin-f06.html A March 13 email to a staffer for Governor Snyder related that county health officials suspected that the “uptick” in Legionnaires’ disease was due to the switch to the Flint River. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08b27a0b-0c70-483d-8aad-075149efbc0B/flin-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Politicians, unions use the “carrot” and “stick” to try to derail Detroit Public Schools struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/detr-f06.html As Emergency Manager Darnell Earley resigns, union officials and Michigan politicians are working overtime to try to derail the struggle of Detroit teachers. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/79c9d01a-99e7-48fa-bd9a-c191712c5bfL/detr-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Iowa Democratic Party rejects audit of caucus vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/iowa-f06.html The <em>Des Moines Register</em> published an editorial headlined “Something smells in the Democratic Party,” denouncing state party officials for refusing to agree to an audit or release details of the voting. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f640b343-5f43-4f00-aa3e-bc9b580f844I/iowa-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Pro-refugee organisation comes under political attack in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/refu-f06.html A false report about the death of a refugee has served as the pretext for a right-wing campaign against volunteers assisting refugess in Berlin, Germany. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a729276b-65a6-40b1-b43d-b76ac22bc13M/refu-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z North Korea announces satellite launch http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/nkor-f06.html The proposed launch has further raised tensions following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test and will undoubtedly be exploited by the US to justify its military buildup in Asia. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af45a723-64df-4d21-889f-31e7dd8d0b0J/nkor-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: Plantation unions suppress struggle for wage rise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/slpl-f06.html The trade unions are promoting the illusion that the government will force the companies to grant a 2,500-rupee ($17) increase in the monthly wage. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8a01fd0b-f988-4893-8b4d-96ee22df240J/slpl-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Crane collapses in Manhattan, killing one and injuring three http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/cran-f06.html One person was killed and three others hurt when a 565-foot crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dbd33578-0327-4c3f-be80-a7ba2dcb253B/cran-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z More recalls of Takata exploding airbags http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/taka-f06.html Recalls have proceeded in a piecemeal fashion since 2008, when Honda first publically reported the deadly defect. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8522e657-cebd-495d-819e-5d4c9530156E/taka-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Report: Low-income households are low priority in US budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/budg-f06.html The increased funding for social programs benefiting low or moderate income households in the 2016 budget is substantially smaller than other areas of non-defense spending. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f867f856-33e7-4aa7-b012-026625c2035J/budg-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/joff-f06.html For a substantial lobby of war-mongering scribblers in the editorial offices of the bourgeois press, the rearmament of Germany is not taking place fast enough. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f31ae8a1-6ada-4e15-b93e-9278f3d1d1bC/joff-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Left Party founder Jean-Luc Mélenchon covers for French government’s authoritarian policies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/mele-f06.html There are no fundamental differences between Mélenchon and the Socialist Party government, which is building a police state in France. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa103acb-60ad-4f76-9cf6-9b1b38d2f36D/mele-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film”—an exhibition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/phot-f06.html The exhibition examines some of the remarkable photography, magazines, film posters and innovative films produced in the years that followed the October Revolution of 1917. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c45c2e25-f659-4aef-8f59-25787b3beaeF/phot-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Hundreds attend University of Michigan talk on Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/mona-f06.html Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha spoke about her work and the devastating impact of lead poisoning on Flint residents. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec8d64e5-902a-4fa7-9137-f687685959eD/mona-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Junior doctors to take second strike in England http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/doct-f06.html The British Medical Association has reluctantly proceeded with the strike but has scaled back the action. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/120cc1e8-b23e-4deb-b17b-b3298bef4d1O/doct-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Reject the Rail Maritime and Transport Union’s call to accept latest London Underground sell-out contract! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/tube-f06.html Rail workers have seen the trade unions sabotage every struggle against the Conservative government since 2010. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30ec574c-e26a-4134-80f0-b8b137acde7B/tube-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/labo-f06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86cba33e-6350-4e56-86e8-7ec9077f9e0A/labo-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z Mass one-day strike hits Syriza’s austerity measures in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/gree-f05.html Just over one year after it came to power, Syriza, the party that was hailed by pseudo-left groups internationally, is an object of hatred and contempt. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0bcf424-50ff-4040-863d-12f13ace86eF/gree-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Stop the persecution of Julian Assange! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/pers-f05.html Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16a5f856-7714-4dec-b1af-96a3690ddafL/pers-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Illinois legislators continue assault on public higher education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/illi-f05.html Both Democrats and Republicans have starved colleges and universities of state funding in order to effect permanent reductions in the number of students attending institutions of higher education. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31511389-c3c5-45f6-95fc-e326261d1d0D/illi-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Oil price fall brings significant losses for big producers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/econ-f05.html The conventional wisdom was that the fall in oil prices would boost the economy, but this soothing scenario has been shattered. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/adfee5ed-9a1c-4a4d-be7d-44392f89460A/econ-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z The Ezubao scam: A sign of deeper problems in China’s financial system http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/chin-f05.html Ezubao was part of the largely unregulated peer-to-peer online finance industry that has drawn in millions of small investors with the offer of high returns. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/384c84f9-e63d-43b0-b891-7579873dc6eC/chin-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Nazi war crime trial in Neubrandenburg threatens to collapse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/nazi-f05.html Hubert Z. will probably be one of the last individuals to face trial for his role in the Holocaust. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5aeebd9-87ec-4ac2-96c9-6c7aaf17f11E/nazi-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Massive fire in Detroit enclave sparks water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/high-f05.html The fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a warehouse in Highland Park, a city surrounded by Detroit. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/149bb036-2a4d-42f2-a77b-23d216d33cdK/high-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Albuquerque, New Mexico police murder case moves towards trial http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/boyd-f05.html It has been nearly two years since the March 16, 2014 fatal shooting of homeless camper James Boyd by Albuquerque police officers. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a56a63fb-e9e2-4fd0-bf47-265b14bd52eA/boyd-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z US Congressional memos highlight price-gouging strategies of drug companies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/drug-f05.html The practice of hiking prices to enrich shareholders and then obfuscating the issue through PR is endemic to the pharmaceutical industry as a whole. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca188388-7cf5-4f8f-950b-897a9f9e162K/drug-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Belgian rail unions cancel mandated strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/belg-f05.html After organising a 48-hour strike that shut down the Belgian rail network January 6-7, the unions wound up three others days of planned action. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2ea08923-b983-44fa-a92e-bb9560401f1N/belg-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Irish pseudo-left form electoral pact http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/irel-f04-f05.html The “Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit” electoral pact is inspired by Greece’s Syriza, which has imposed draconian austerity measures on the Greek population. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3412413-aaef-4a1b-a451-ee1a2260bb8J/irel-f04-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Iran’s President Rouhani visits Italy, France as economic rivalries deepen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/iran-f05.html After lifting sanctions on Iran, the imperialist powers are locked in a bitter competition over who will seize the largest share of lucrative Iranian markets. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2144f09-6207-4ef3-8138-0876823e170J/iran-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z India steps up pressure on Nepal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/nepl-f05.html The conflicting signals over whether Nepal’s prime minister will first visit India or China reveals a political crisis exacerbated by India’s US-backed intervention. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf2dd4f8-475c-40f4-a561-749d3570d94I/nepl-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Chicago teachers march to oppose budget and job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/vide-f05.html Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c1542b44-c512-4e4d-97a8-ffaeefc1b71I/vide-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Residents speak out against Flint water disaster at Congressional hearing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/flin-f05.html The WSWS interviewed some of those who attended this week's Congressional hearing on the Flint water poisoning crisis. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/577555c5-1895-4d3f-840e-a01239e23ddH/flin-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z <em>45 Years</em>: A nightmare on the brain of the living? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/45ye-f05.html In Andrew Haigh’s <em>45 Years</em>, a childless, middle class couple living in a provincial English town, are on the eve of their 45th wedding anniversary. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/887d3682-a2c2-4c39-ac98-afbc1fb5096A/45ye-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/work-f05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e892a58-9563-47d7-9c21-3fa8421296dH/work-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z As its hometown of Flint remains poisoned, GM makes record 2015 profit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/prof-f04.html General Motors announced that it made $11 billion in pre-tax profits last year as residents in Flint continue to suffer from the water, which was chiefly poisoned by the giant automaker. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7f1a901-674e-408d-9d05-55c4aaa2abeI/prof-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/pers-f04.html Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s preview of the Pentagon budget spelled out Washington’s advanced preparations for war against both Russia and China. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b937ffff-ab80-460c-aa40-7457f5b7648F/pers-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z US autoworkers speak on record profits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/gmwk-f04.html Workers said the record profits being recorded by the Detroit automakers were paid for by the blood and sweat of workers. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d676ef8-c79a-46fb-89b2-b23f55ac484F/gmwk-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z GM skilled trades worker killed at Defiance, Ohio factory http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/defi-f04.html 50-year-old Terry Bodenbender, father of two, was working on an overhead crane when he plunged to his death Tuesday afternoon. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d17baa00-b460-4297-9d28-b6b8d2ad1aeP/defi-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Political crisis over Flint poisoning intensifies as Congress holds hearing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/flin-f04.html Scientists and residents of Flint, Michigan who testified in Washington described a systematic cover-up of lead poisoning at the local, state and federal level. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/266ad5f8-b309-48d1-b587-5c061039a6cF/flin-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Wall Street donors account for 40 percent of super PAC funds in US election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/fund-f04.html Already in the 2016 election, the total amount of super PAC money from banks and financial firms is 70 times the level 12 years ago. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc486d02-cc71-4348-8d08-9edf83ec5a4G/fund-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z UK Prime Minister Cameron signals early referendum on EU membership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/brex-f04.html The proposed agreement between Cameron and European Council President Donald Tusk is a refutation of those who depict the EU as the guardian of a more progressive agenda. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ddcdf34b-7752-4b6d-a1ed-fc15f48869cK/brex-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Two workers killed as government seeks to crush Pakistan airline strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/paki-f04.html Pakistan’s government is determined to break the strike so as to demonstrate mass opposition will not deter it from pushing through a sweeping IMF privatization program. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfdb23aa-d023-4475-b369-b65d2fb6dfaM/paki-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/syri-f04.html The talks have been postponed for at least three weeks amid an upsurge of fighting between US and Russian-backed forces. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d57ba9a3-dd7f-480e-8032-3c1d99dbd37C/syri-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z German government steps up attacks on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/refu-f04.html Germany’s grand coalition government is adopting ever more drastic measures against refugees and paving the way for far-right forces in the process. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef657851-841d-4a08-ad96-eae4f85fcbbP/refu-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Australian High Court sanctions indefinite offshore detention of refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/aust-f04.html The decision sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of men, women and children in conditions that amount to torture. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9b21a780-ad5e-48c4-aaa8-7ee763f3709J/aust-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Spain’s King calls on Socialist Party to form a government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/psoe-f04.html The Socialist Party is bitterly divided over whether to try to pursue austerity policies through an alliance with Podemos or the right-wing Popular Party. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9dad86db-ac05-47eb-85a3-21c39a355beJ/psoe-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z German economics minister seeks to smooth relations with Poland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/pola-f04.html The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, is one of the most important issues of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/822c75af-56b4-4dbf-84f1-21420cdd16eJ/pola-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z WHO declares Zika virus a “public health emergency” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/zika-f04.html The WHO held a meeting to assess the “appropriate level of international concern” and to avoid a repeat of the Ebola outbreak, when the WHO was criticized for its slow response. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/017c957f-f013-4f47-98dc-41a273c60f9E/zika-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z New Zealand to host signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/nztp-f04.html New Zealand’s opposition parties are leading a nationalist campaign against the TPP, but the entire political establishment backs the country’s integration into US war plans against China. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a5a9448c-7db5-4d11-8c13-7c998dc8c09A/nztp-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z US: Georgia executes oldest inmate on its death row http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/exec-f04.html The Supreme Court denied a last-minute request for a stay, clearing the way for Brandon Astor Jones’ lethal injection early Wednesday morning. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e1f6514-d0f5-41d6-a1b0-2d7c13effccP/exec-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Deaths in Bronx fires highlight homeless crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/fire-f04.html The search for shelter in the largest city in the US, especially in the cold winter weather, has had tragic consequences. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f7e02462-0ec3-461e-9cf6-dfdee4a8e9dJ/fire-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Parents fighting lead poisoning denounce government inaction and lies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/misl-f04.html Following a preview screening of the film <em>MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic</em>, which documents the epidemic spread of lead across America, a panel of parents was joined by the director of the film and a state expert for lead risk assessment. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74ffb1b7-16f7-4a9d-9a19-31ff2141a95G/misl-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Michigan lead expert exposes misinformation and delays in Flint crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/wenz-f04.html Ed Wenz, a lead expert who provides training to abatement contractors, spoke with the WSWS about about the efforts to cover up and delay efforts to address the Flint water crisis. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42022b75-8370-4341-804b-d891c531cd9M/wenz-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z New Zealand’s first Labour Party leader was no socialist: A reply to the pseudo-left ISO http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/hary-f04.html The claim that NZ Labour was founded as a socialist party in 1916 is a fabrication designed to justify the pseudo-left’s support for this pro-imperialist party. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/576b6bd6-931a-4847-b51f-734000e75ceF/hary-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Mobilize the working class to defend public education in Chicago! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/chic-f04.html A real struggle to defend public education must begin with an understanding that teachers face in the Chicago Teachers Union an enemy no less bitter than Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf578062-17ab-44af-a287-26ac8f839acM/chic-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Pentagon budget directed toward war with Russia and China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/pent-f03.html The thrust of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s speech before the Economic Club on Tuesday was that US imperialism is preparing for a new world war. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d22d4b27-ac38-4578-ba58-72d7156aadcG/pent-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z US Environmental Protection Agency administrator appears in Flint, Michigan to “rebuild trust” over water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/flin-f03.html The one-day visit was a politically orchestrated effort at damage control engineered from the highest levels of government. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eaaa8fd7-67a6-4de9-88d1-e34ae75ae27C/flin-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Detroit Public Schools emergency manager resigns http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/earl-f03.html The removal of Darnell Earley paves the way for a bipartisan deal in the state legislature to restructure the schools and divert even more resources to private education companies. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/de56c195-1e11-48cc-a69f-62707fb08dcJ/earl-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z What’s behind the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ lawsuit? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/laws-f03.html Union officials claim the lawsuit and appeals to Democratic politicians will address teachers’ concerns and render unnecessary any further independent action. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13b351a4-8159-487a-8593-e692cee4c8cK/laws-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Chicago teachers face mass layoffs after bargaining committee rejects CTU-backed deal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/ctuv-f03.html The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45ead9cc-d4d9-463b-ad62-d0a672b61cdH/ctuv-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z West Coast US cities sue Monsanto over toxic chemicals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/mons-f03.html Seattle is the latest city to file a lawsuit against multinational corporation Monsanto for marketing PCBs that it knew would poison the environment. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4518cc18-b455-4ea4-85a2-6af38871103O/mons-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Canada’s spy agencies illegally collected and shared personal information http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/cana-f03.html The Liberal government has sought to downplay the latest exposure of illegal acts committed by Canada’s intelligence agencies. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7bd398d4-18a7-4997-984f-2d6a51016e2M/cana-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Working-class opposition to Socialist Party grows in Portugal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/port-f03.html The Portuguese Stalinists and pseudo-left gave their support to the Socialist Party, knowing full well that it is a pro-business, pro-austerity party. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3a81e42-6d93-4c45-ab8a-84bb26a0e8bM/port-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z French President Hollande visits India to boost military ties, investment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/indi-f03.html Coming after New Delhi opened talks on possibly hosting US troops on Indian bases, Hollande’s visit pointed to the military escalation seizing South Asia. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7b90ff7-342a-4092-9574-49ad0fe1d7dO/indi-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Germany: Poorest half of population owns just 1 percent of wealth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/germ-f03.html The wealthiest 10 percent in Germany owns more than half (51 percent) of the wealth, while the poorest half owns a mere 1 percent. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d12700e6-cfa1-42d9-9af2-b28ac1f7c64M/germ-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Many UK children go to school hungry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/food-f03.html Nearly 50 percent of teachers in the UK said some pupils arrived at school hungry at least three or four times a week. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3523ef6b-e6c2-413a-a82a-3489261bc86J/food-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Open leadership row at Vietnam’s ruling party congress http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/viet-f03.html While General Secretary Trong may be more cautious than his rival about embracing US imperialism, Vietnam’s leadership will continue the tilt to Washington. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6e38c2f-5a1b-4aca-82bd-1ac27eb5510D/viet-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z The Sanders vote in Iowa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/pers-f03.html The mass support for Sanders explodes the myth, peddled endlessly by the American media, that the American people are unalterably wedded to capitalism. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72d376c0-7cc6-48d1-80b0-68d205953f3N/pers-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z The Pentagon’s CSIS report and Australia’s role in the escalating war drive against China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/sepa-f03.html Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f38959a-fd70-4b36-b7ae-60068fbabbeN/sepa-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Far-right German nationalist party calls for shooting refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/refu-f03.html The politicians and media figures now denouncing the Alternative for Germany share responsibility for the return of its fascistic demands to the realm of official political discourse. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d38c22c-678c-458c-be31-2bbc489a13dN/refu-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z “Light lights in air”: Value, price, profit and Louis Zukofsky’s poetry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/zuko-f03.html Louis Zukofsky (1904–78), largely unknown today except in academic circles, was a remarkable American poet. In the late 1920s and 1930s, a supporter of the Communist Party, he wrote complex, modernist works. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff758408-9d3d-4e9b-8f2d-147c7522995H/zuko-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Cruz wins Iowa Republican caucuses; Clinton and Sanders in near-tie http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/iowa-f02.html Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was razor-thin, while Cruz held a significant lead over Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d82d444-3b9a-41ab-a229-ac0c17c0c33E/iowa-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/snap-j01.html The SNAP cutoffs loom as hunger and food insecurity continue to rise and more than a quarter of the unemployed have been jobless for more than six months. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ccd5257c-b448-4359-8423-dc41687137fH/snap-j01.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/pers-f02.html The opening of the talks was overshadowed by a vicious bombing attack on a Shia shrine outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9fee20a-b3d1-4b55-a0a2-8a30c524994F/pers-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/aust-f02.html The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f534833-3e89-440d-8a27-19ef866187cG/aust-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Doctor challenges Australian government over refugee conditions on Nauru http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/refu-f02.html A paediatrics professor who worked in Nauru has condemned the indefinite detention of asylum seekers as torture, defying the police-state secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e83cb1d3-4a6d-4696-ad5b-c4aa3480037O/refu-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Former British Prime Minister Blair joins call for a European army http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/blai-f02.html In calling for the creation of a European military force, Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f6750e0-941d-4380-8218-cf675113d2dG/blai-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Netherlands to begin bombing Islamic State in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/nlsy-f02.html Prime Minister Rutte’s announcement of the decision to begin bombing ISIS in Syria marks a dramatic escalation of the Netherlands’ involvement in the US-led campaign. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/561ce0e9-3b92-46e1-94a8-f1b3b65adc6G/nlsy-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Pressure mounts on Australian government to challenge China in South China Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/navi-f02.html “Freedom of navigation” is the threadbare pretext used to disguise US-led preparations for war with China. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d6d2c05-9bf4-494e-8ebc-19cc08c0659N/navi-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Global manufacturing continues to fall http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/econ-f02.html The Chinese steel industry recorded a loss of more than $9 billion for 2015, in the clearest expression of China’s economic slowdown. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6cbf112-ba36-4b93-b96f-f5cc49b0cd7N/econ-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Five immigrant workers die in Novi, Michigan house fire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/novi-f02.html The five immigrants, at least three teenagers, were living in the basement of a house owned by the boss of the restaurant where they worked. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b92cb207-7a20-4bfe-a0c6-85a072782baI/novi-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Father of girl killed by Pennsylvania cop charged with murder http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/girl-f02.html The father of Ciara Meyer is being charged with the murder of his own daughter, who was killed by a constable who arrived to evict the family from their rental apartment. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/77c5e100-e802-4042-8647-bb63482c93aL/girl-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Records show “intentional destruction” of dashcams by Chicago cops http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/dash-f02.html The majority of Chicago police dashcam videos lack audio due to tampering with equipment, raising questions about how many more incidents of police brutality have been hidden. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc7707f7-9d7d-41e6-9148-cb6fa64db3bD/dash-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Illinois prepares new attack on pensions as budget impasse enters eighth month http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/illi-f02.html Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is working with Democrats to cut pensions and strike a budget deal, even as social service providers and colleges prepare to shut their doors. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76bfabfc-6655-40b4-b010-0fa9cd8e0d9F/illi-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Maldives government releases former president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/mald-f02.html The strategically-located island archipelago has increasingly become a focal point of Washington’s “pivot” to the Indo-Pacific region to confront China. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf6fcbf6-eed1-4ceb-add1-db5d9d349b8O/mald-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Report: Flint lead filters provide inadequate protection for residents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/flin-f02.html Officials are now warning residents that lead levels are so high that the water filters that have been distributed are not adequate. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d1ada6c-345f-4bcb-abd7-e0894f8c242K/flin-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z On what program should workers oppose the sellout agreement in Quebec’s public sector? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/cana-f02.html Quebec public sector workers face a political struggle. In rejecting the sellout agreement touted by the inter-union Common Front, they will be challenging the austerity program of the entire ruling elite. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2f2c440-82ea-4760-9b9a-e8744c07cc7N/cana-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Uber cuts protested by New York City drivers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/uber-f02.html With support from taxi drivers, Uber drivers in New York City protested rate cuts by the international company, which will reduce already meager incomes even further. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5851ff18-a201-413a-b519-2fbd9f419e6M/uber-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/wkrs-f02.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a030c459-b8cb-4a26-a3d9-d85f7cdb68eP/wkrs-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Neo-Nazi mob assaults immigrants in Stockholm, Sweden http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/swed-f01.html The emergence of a fascist movement on the streets of a major European city is a result of the anti-refugee hysteria being whipped up by the political establishment across the continent. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/10dba41d-0d80-4c23-aa12-b8cf80058d3O/swed-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z On eve of first presidential contest: US two-party system in crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/pers-f01.html Tonight’s Iowa caucuses mark the first primary contest in a presidential election campaign already characterized by political convulsions in both corporate-controlled parties. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f194375-9a2a-424e-b1b5-62b23b5afd4C/pers-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z US navy carries out provocative operation in South China Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/usch-f01.html Washington’s actions are deliberately confrontational and reckless, raising the danger of a military clash with China. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4bbaee66-9a8c-401f-8e0d-f450e87d083F/usch-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z South Korea joins US-Japan intelligence link http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/kore-f01.html Seoul’s decision will further integrate South Korea into Washington’s plans for an anti-ballistic missile system aimed against China. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0f47d8e-d525-41b3-b9c5-e2c27c0dd49O/kore-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/csu-f01.html The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef0bf6d3-ea76-407c-9f52-67f9077eaa3H/csu-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z German parliament backs new military intervention in Mali http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/mali-f01.html The speeches in parliament left no doubt that the German military is intervening in Mali to defend the economic and geopolitical interests of German imperialism. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a97604c-ed0c-4a23-9212-708d4528fa0H/mali-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Human Rights Watch report documents attack on democratic rights in US and Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/hrw-f01.html The group’s annual report warns, “blatant Islamophobia and shameless demonizing of refugees have become the currency of an increasingly assertive politics of intolerance.” Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b8c2c53e-cb3e-42a0-a41f-be3779c0e15O/hrw-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Detroit Public School students take a stand with teachers, spreading protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/detr-f01.html High school students throughout Detroit speak up, walk out and protest to make their stand with teachers. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df2db6a3-28f8-44c5-a878-ef73de27bb6L/detr-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Pennsylvania police shoot dead 12-year-old girl during home eviction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/penn-f01.html The constable had arrived to remove the family from their rental apartment. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51135476-c24c-45d9-bbda-5b9fbffedbbC/penn-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Report reveals ongoing social crisis for Chicago’s youth and young adults http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/chic-f01.html In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47b140b6-13d0-4e71-a9db-a217a8d37ffN/chic-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Number of empty luxury apartments in New York City continues to rise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/hous-f01.html As the number of homeless reaches new heights in New York City, more and more apartments owned by absentee, super-wealthy owners stay empty for most of the year. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d338536-acd7-4089-ac23-93d2595e97bN/hous-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z US Congress quietly enables funding for Ukrainian neo-Nazi-led Azov Regiment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/azov-f01.html A proposed ban on US funding of Ukrainian neo-Nazis that had attracted substantial media attention last June when it was introduced never actually became law. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db42b478-39b5-4e51-ab7c-41468834339N/azov-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z World Bank documents growth of “ninis” in Latin America: Youth neither working nor in school http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/nini-f01.html At least 20 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean are neither studying nor working despite the region being touted as a economic “success story.” Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19723009-2784-4763-946a-ded2aad2585H/nini-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z China announcing 400,000 steelworker job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/chin-f01.html The steelworkers will lose their jobs, in line with plans to slash crude steel production capacity by between 100 million and 150 million tons. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93c4a269-6a3f-46e0-b779-39ad2dd81b5B/chin-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Thousands of jobs threatened in North Sea oil and gas industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/nsea-f01.html As many as 200,000 oil-related jobs could be lost in the UK. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcd50120-846a-4c99-8a59-7b75787029aA/nsea-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Australian teenager arrested for documents “connected” to terrorism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/terr-f01.html The vague charges underscore the increasingly repressive sweep of Australia’s “anti-terrorism” laws. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e7b20a4-d33f-4db0-a35f-6031a8d2c33B/terr-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z The World Socialist Web Site and the Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/wsws-f01.html Long before the crisis in Flint became a national issue, the <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> was exposing the facts and issuing warnings. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9d09fb61-466f-4d52-9f9c-73058b98e5fJ/wsws-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z This week in history: February 1-7 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/twih-f01.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a1816656-2802-45a7-b2f8-9f655e7d440B/twih-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Washington to escalate US Mideast wars http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/iraq-j30.html The Obama White House is set to approve Pentagon demands for more troops in Iraq and another US military intervention in Libya. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1727bf4a-7681-4349-9ddf-13e6b779e39H/iraq-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Wall Street celebrates mounting signs of US slump http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/pers-j30.html The financial markets responded to a series of reports pointing to a sharp economic downturn in the US by staging a euphoric rally. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5e9bf54-7404-427b-a7c3-9c0495d4849D/pers-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Japan moves to negative interest rates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/japa-j30.html A quarter of the world’s gross domestic product now emanates from countries with negative official interest rates, an unprecedented situation in the history of world capitalism. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6032e8a5-554a-4181-83b1-6438a88fe68A/japa-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Job cuts and threats of defaults as commodity prices fall http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/mine-j30.html The South African mines minister has warned that 32,000 jobs could be lost in the industry as a result of the fall in commodity prices. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3385ac88-7cee-4d4f-aacd-3d92b25aecaG/mine-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z German government restricts right to asylum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/germ-j30.html The new measures underscore the ruthlessness and brutality with which the government is acting against refugees, in the full knowledge that the provisions being adopted will result in the loss of life. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/486905a9-8288-416a-b71e-d78b9dd9786O/germ-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Greek Syriza government colludes with EU in refugee crackdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/gree-j30.html Syriza boasts that they have deported 130 people back to Turkey in the space of 15 days. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b670519-21c1-4466-931a-90f7408f659J/gree-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Cameron continues EU negotiations amid deepening inner-party divisions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/brex-j30.html Forty Conservative MPs wrote to the prime minister calling for a meeting to discuss concerns that he is not asking for sufficiently radical changes in return for the UK’s continued EU membership. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f956b3dc-fbb4-4028-8e55-dccf2f6362eN/brex-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z State workers in Flint supplied with bottled water one year prior to acknowledgement of crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/flin-j30.html An internal email shows that the administration of Michigan Governor Snyder was providing state workers in Flint with bottled water long before any government official publicly acknowledged a health hazard existed. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba401401-4ea8-4da2-870a-235bbb31319H/flin-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Republican debate in Iowa promotes war and reaction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/repu-j30.html The seven candidates plumbed the depths of fear-mongeringand racism even without billionaire demagogue Donald Trump. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f26460b-6991-4167-9de6-77f9615d09fL/repu-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z CIA planned rendition operation to kidnap Edward Snowden http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/snow-j30.html The CIA stationed a plane in Copenhagen for the specific purpose of seizing the whistleblower, documents published by Danish media on Thursday show. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/04b9c82b-0ea3-4898-b438-c153afb2e7bL/snow-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Steelworkers union begins counting ballots in sellout contract at US Steel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/steel-j30.html The contract being rammed through with no discussion by the USW reportedly includes a three-year wage freeze, no signing bonus and the elimination of retiree health care for new-hires. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5aa8a5c6-ee7b-46be-b592-a149a1c0255A/steel-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z San Diego officials to fight ruling against pension cutback http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/pens-jan16-j30.html A state labor board ruled against cutbacks to pensions last December, prompting the City Council to vote unanimously for an appeal. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55d1ba5b-5b95-4d41-b042-f9740c3a178H/pens-jan16-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Toronto cop found guilty on lesser charge in killing of Sammy Yatim http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/cana-j30.html The media is hailing the conviction of the killer cop James Forcillo on the lesser charge of attempted murder as an “end to police impunity.” It is nothing of the sort. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7457510f-bdd5-4215-bc9b-f8212bcdd5aG/cana-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Europe joins the economic “gold rush” to Tehran http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/iran-j30.html Iranian President Rouhani’s trip to Europe signals that Iran is wide open for foreign investors following this month’s lifting of international sanctions. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc424ae3-caa4-4c19-bd24-36b9940f84cD/iran-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Australian state government plans to privatise public housing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/hous-j30.html The New South Wales government’s blueprint will provide a bonanza for property developers and finance houses. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd47974e-ea4f-4284-ae60-b271c70df20P/hous-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/raci-j30.html It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the <em>New York Times</em> and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30df14a1-1de8-4dfe-9c77-0b6d4ca9addG/raci-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z <em>13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi</em>—Michael Bay’s mythmaking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/beng-j30.html Hollywood’s latest propaganda piece tells the story of the 2012 attack on a US base in Libya from a right-wing perspective, with predictable results. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53e95b19-71b4-4432-a71c-eeb1e48a1caE/beng-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Longshoremen walk out at New York/New Jersey Port http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/port-j30.html Hours after the job action began, the International Longshoremen’s Association moved to shut down the strike, telling workers on Friday evening to return to work. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b12192e-1e0c-4880-a0ed-427a7780b94C/port-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/labo-j30.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/798603d5-bf2c-418d-9ab7-138a2762b41B/labo-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z Sweden announces plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/swed-j29.html Sweden’s announcement came the same day as Human Rights Watch published a scathing indictment of the curtailment of democratic rights in Europe in response to the refugee crisis. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48f872e6-010a-4294-8e78-2bd867545f2I/swed-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Cameron’s attack on migrants spearheads appeal to far right in the UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/migr-j29.html Comments this week by UK Prime Minister David Cameron make clear that anti-immigrant propaganda is an integral part of a pro-corporate agenda of austerity and war. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e91c0f9-08a0-4bb5-9fd0-ad42444102bO/migr-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Google’s UK tax deal leaves major corporations with nothing to fear http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/goog-j29.html Technology giant Google’s pathetically small British tax payment confirms once again that major corporations operate virtually unhindered by national governments. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aee88149-74c2-47b9-b1d1-d4d6cd8e4f2C/goog-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Questions emerge over motives behind ending Flint’s ties to Detroit water system http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/dwsd-j29.html The official narrative, that Flint officials disconnected the city from the relationship from the Detroit water system simply to save money, has been undermined by recent revelations. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c01a3b98-ceab-49dc-bfc0-be993930f76E/dwsd-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z The Rachel Maddow show in Flint: Damage control for Democrats http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/madd-j29.html Maddow’s appearance was an attempt to bolster the credibility of the state’s political establishment, whose criminality has been exposed by the crisis around the city’s lead-poisoned water. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66eac6e2-d79c-4328-ae27-8d14322212dL/madd-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z World Health Organization: Zika virus “spreading explosively” in Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/zika-j29.html In Brazil, there have been an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million people infected by Zika as of early January, and nearly 4,000 children have been born with congenital microcephaly. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f4c67511-40be-4774-96b3-799015fc8a5I/zika-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Ten thousand jobs in danger at Volkswagen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/volk-j29.html VW has signaled through the corporate press that it is planning mass layoffs, wage cuts and a drastic worsening of working conditions. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5527640-ab23-42ff-8d14-0200a2727daN/volk-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z German defence minister demands additional €130 billion for military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/vond-j29.html The German government is calling for the procurement of more armoured vehicles, howitzer tanks, marine helicopters, transport helicopters and ships. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b476323-061b-4862-b0f9-41f246cc0abB/vond-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Former army chief named “Australian of the Year” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/army-j29.html The award is part of a broader campaign to normalise military involvement in political life, under conditions of escalating militarism and war. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3524e56b-dd8e-4481-8f6d-31c62bb4401B/army-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Australian Treasury head demands deep spending cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/aust-j29.html Fraser’s speech is part of a mounting ideological offensive by the financial and corporate elite to combat public hostility to the austerity agenda. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c8d9924-cd3d-4e9b-b94f-944d66714beI/aust-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Death toll climbs to 49 in US snowstorm http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/bliz-j29.html The fatalities continue to mount as local officials in Washington, DC struggle to bring the city’s decaying infrastructure back on line. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aded03b2-dc2e-4a10-8f52-5c62763708aL/bliz-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Expedited US drug approvals lack adequate post-market oversight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/drug-j29.html Expedited approvals reduce the time needed to test a drug’s safety and efficacy by allowing drug sponsors to conduct shorter and smaller clinical trials. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e6d6284-7c60-4817-a047-b289361664eP/drug-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Pentagon prepares another war in Libya http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/pers-j29.html Having first devastated Libya in the name of “human rights,” Washington is now about to attack it again on the pretext of fighting terrorism. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52365677-13c3-4504-9eff-4b888d120f1D/pers-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint draws over one hundred workers and youth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/meet-j29.html The meeting, which was attended by teachers, city workers, autoworkers, students and other sections of the working class, discussed a political strategy for the entire working class. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06c76809-30f4-4c0e-aa65-ee916d72d11J/meet-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z <em>Drone</em>, a Norwegian-made documentary: “We just made orphans out of all these children” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/dron-j29.html The documentary brings together opponents of the CIA drone program and includes interviews with two former US Air Force drone pilots. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa317f37-3aba-4627-865f-4f327a21d21B/dron-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/euro-j29.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9188ebce-b343-40c6-bbd2-9c4efd4de1cI/euro-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z European governments step up offensive against refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/refu-j28.html Proposals made at the EU meeting amount to the transformation of Greece into a giant concentration camp for refugees. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/478ce18c-3022-4573-b1e5-e86c7171792E/refu-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/pers-j28.html The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/38c45e80-099b-4224-b097-9f8ba306545L/pers-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z US secretary of state demands China act against North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/kerr-j28.html Kerry threatened to expand the US military presence in Asia unless Beijing took tough measures in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3202301-8bf7-430b-977b-cbf4b47c062D/kerr-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Wall Street falls on global growth fears http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/fedr-j28.html A downturn in the share prices of two major companies, Apple and Boeing, was responsible for more than half of yesterday’s fall in the Dow. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8373d668-bc65-4c8d-9f42-8ebb334e58eN/fedr-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Detroit student protest organizers explain issues behind Cass Tech walkout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/cass-j28.html Leaders of the group, We the Students, at Cass Technical High School in Detroit explained the reasons behind their student walkout on Monday. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1cbdb813-4d4a-4c34-a270-7f11458fe2fP/cass-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Federal agents kill one, arrest eight in confrontation with Oregon militia leaders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/oreg-j28.html During the arrests, officers repeatedly shot Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, killing him and wounding another. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85bd399f-f1b2-4e48-8f3f-fcdada97ba0N/oreg-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Manslaughter trial in police killing of Akai Gurley begins in Brooklyn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/akai-j28.html The incident, in November 2014, followed soon after the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4be04f9d-48e8-43b6-997a-c6f6c02fa1fJ/akai-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Over a thousand jobs to go at Welsh steel plants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/tata-j28.html There is no suggestion of opposition from either the trade unions or the Labour Party. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2d2a409-476e-4d29-8a9d-579c0702e57C/tata-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Polish government intensifies military build-up http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/pola-j28.html The US and Britain have promised Poland more troops to strengthen the “eastern flank of NATO” against “Russian aggression.” Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5ac7f709-d234-4f89-8547-4c685d49c8cJ/pola-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Latvian Greens and neo-fascists in coalition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/lett-j28.html Maris Kucinskis of the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) is poised to head a new governing coalition in Latvia. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d7f74497-4d4f-44d3-85f7-13e5b7bd817D/lett-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Russian arms consignment arrives in Fiji http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/fiji-j28.html The shipment underlines the deepening geo-strategic tensions in the Pacific. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b2f0dfa-ddd3-4d1a-8367-084e4b683b5F/fiji-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Large turnout at emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint called by SEP http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/meet-j28.html Over a hundred workers, retirees and young people, including representatives of teachers and students participating in a sickout protest in Detroit Public Schools, as well as autoworkers and Flint residents, attended an emergency meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Detroit Wednesday. A full report on the meeting will follow tomorrow. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/781780e0-0c42-40c0-a527-436dabb8bdaA/meet-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z A modern Antigone: <em>Son of Saul</em> by László Nemes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/saul-j28.html The debut film of Hungarian director László Nemes depicts the horrors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the prisoner uprising of October 1944. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf97f65b-4f41-4360-8077-6f1b176307dN/saul-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z US planning to keep military forces in Afghanistan for “decades” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/afgh-j27.html The US military is planning on using Afghanistan as a launching pad for military operations throughout South and Central Asia, senior US military officials told the <em>Washington Post</em>. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/631fb292-38e8-4599-be64-00374fd13d8H/afgh-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Plight of Syrians on Jordan’s border exposes US and European policy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/jord-j27.html Around 17,000 Syrians desperate to flee violent civil war are marooned in a remote and barren area near a military base on the southern border with Jordan. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0b7b064-4885-455c-9b5d-45a26338cd4N/jord-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/aust-j27.html German media outlets are seeking to outdo each other in stirring up hatred against refugees, calling for a strong state and for more military missions. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0444fd2-2bd8-41b9-9ef6-853c758ef4fO/aust-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Detroit high school students stage walkouts to support teachers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/walk-j27.html As teachers were forced to appear in court, high school students staged walkouts in protest of repression against teachers and the deplorable conditions in city schools. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5647b1c8-5c99-49ed-b595-899ba3cd96dN/walk-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion operatives who doctored videos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/abor-j27.html The pair from the Center for Medical Progress were indicted on felony charges, while Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1f5872b7-a186-4d15-a551-37beb002603N/abor-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Podemos pressures Socialist Party to form new government in Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/pode-j27.html Podemos’ maneuvers with pro-austerity Social Democrats exposes the fact that none of the four leading parties speak for working class opposition to austerity and war. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f1f335d-389d-4a05-a232-95f009faba5E/pode-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Londoners spend majority of their income on housing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/hous-j27.html A new report released this week by the House of Commons shows that private sector rent makes up 62 percent of pre-tax income, up from 49 percent just five years ago. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11f9b8b5-b0f2-4221-8214-f715475d588J/hous-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Australian maritime union isolates and betrays Portland seamen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/port-j27.html The Maritime Union of Australia’s “Our Coast. Our Jobs” campaign divides workers and obscures the union’s role as the enforcer of sweeping cuts demanded by big business. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3e60cec-531b-4ac7-9edb-b046f26bcc4L/port-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z New Zealand government arrests alleged student loan defaulter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/univ-j27.html The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna sets the stage for more attacks on thousands of students and former students, who owe a combined total of $14.8 billion. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ece779c9-ef50-4ea7-8a16-132c676433bG/univ-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Canada’s prime minister courts global financial elite http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/cana-j27.html Even as Trudeau enthused over Canada’s “financial stability,” the country’s economy was being roiled by plummeting oil prices and the rapid depreciation of the Canadian dollar. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55698b4b-dc89-4fc6-91ad-348a690a072G/cana-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Sanders and socialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/pers-j27.html The continued and growing support for Sanders has exploded a whole series of fictions about the American people and American politics. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f7c9582-0c3f-4dc2-ae41-7cb766b769bL/pers-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z UK government inquiry purports to link Putin to Litvinenko assassination http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/litv-j27.html The report of the inquiry, based in part on the testimony of key “expert” witness Robert Service, has been loudly advertised in the media over the past week, despite the absence of any evidence to support its findings. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19b0a658-e67b-48c9-946a-ea79336acf8M/litv-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Bernie Sanders mobilizes African American celebrities to help “keep hope alive” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/sand-j27.html In an effort to broaden his appeal, Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has shifted gears in recent weeks and begun making appeals to African American voters. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c245a08-8552-4d2e-87a2-8dde71eb4ccM/sand-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/wkrs-j27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13e8f8b3-e767-4848-b696-068a405f58dO/wkrs-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Growing support for Sanders highlights US political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/dems-j26.html The growth of working class opposition that underlies the support for Sanders is the main factor in the crisis that has emerged, in different forms, in both parties of big business in the current election campaign. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25cd3e99-e25c-4417-9906-34e9c91492fC/dems-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Detroit judge rules against restraining order over teacher “sickouts” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/teac-j26.html In a highly political decision, a Detroit judge denied the request by the emergency manager over the Detroit schools for legal action to halt the wave of teacher “sickout” protests. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6de8af88-014d-43e2-9604-06aede01637J/teac-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/tuni-j26.html Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37718b8d-df60-41eb-b846-57a63a4d516M/tuni-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Corporate gas leak in California’s Aliso Canyon to continue for months http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/la+m-j26.html The continuing leak of natural gas in Southern California highlights corporate negligence and decaying infrastructure. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/034f31d5-83d7-4d62-8bf7-8fb44a35e4cD/la+m-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Detroit teachers denounce legal witch-hunt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/detr-j26.html Detroit teachers in court Monday spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after a judge rejected a request for legal action against sickout protests. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b6eb98a-fd02-4703-99d1-e77327e5caaM/detr-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Prime Minister Valls pledges permanent state of emergency in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/stem-j26.html As if in a slow-motion military coup, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian political regime. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96ec0b3a-7175-42a2-aa66-d7bd5d52211F/stem-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Austria closes its borders to refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/aust-j26.html As Europe is firmly in the grip of winter, one government after another is closing its borders. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f8fc3fa-db14-45d7-86a2-2f7688be6f9E/aust-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Wave of youth suicides in Oklahoma town http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/suic-j25.html Four young people, the youngest just 11 years old, have killed themselves in the small town of Anadarko in the past few weeks. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8b4c226-ba19-43a1-b2fc-2ace3bf91ceH/suic-j25.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Berlin town hall meeting protests discrimination against refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/berl-j26.html Many of those attending the mass meeting were appalled at the treatment of refugees, confined in airport hangars and other mass accommodation. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e619eee4-6511-4e54-925a-537c7e5b9c5C/berl-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Indonesian authorities seize on Jakarta attack to strengthen detention powers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/indo-j26.html Beneath the cloak of combatting terrorism, Suharto-era measures are being revived in response to developing social tensions. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0842f8f-8caf-46b2-af28-cee90aec3abN/indo-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Victorian-era diseases making a comeback in the UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/vict-j26.html Hospital admissions for cholera have quadrupled over the last four years Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96eda488-55d8-484e-bab2-498a332972fD/vict-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z US: 237 perish in house fires in the new year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/fire-j26.html Eighteen people have died in Alabama alone, including five people spanning three generations who were killed in a single fire on January 2 in Bryant. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a99fd1dc-289b-44ed-90e5-99fbcceb87eM/fire-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Australian Dulux workers return to work but job cuts loom http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/dulu-j26.html Together with the other trade unions, United Voice is seeking to contain the growing anger among workers over the mounting destruction of jobs. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/069e4625-fa94-459d-a6e8-1891b04d8a6E/dulu-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Australia “central” to US plans for war with China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/csis-j26.html The CSIS report demands a build-up of the Australia military, as well as US bases across the north of the continent. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d1d9ace-ab9c-4239-acde-de8d624e117I/csis-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z US think tank outlines master plan for war with China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/pers-j26.html The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fa4c9fa-4ce5-48bf-9108-bdc323722d4M/pers-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Video: Flint residents protest paying for poisoned water http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/flin-j26.html On Monday, residents protested the exorbitant utility rates charged by the city of Flint, Michigan for water tainted with lead and other poisons. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0aef9eb6-d332-4eef-ba63-5553c17074eH/flin-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z J.M.W. Turner and modern art: Comments on an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/turn-j26.html Given the current upsurge of interest in representational imagery, the exhibition of the late work of J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is of particular interest. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32c027c6-ef5a-4e6f-809a-415bd9f5aebF/turn-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/wkrs-j26.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e341f956-9eb5-4834-9d89-80d5bbe93b4H/wkrs-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z On eve of Syria “peace talks,” Washington threatens escalation across region http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/mide-j25.html Top US officials have declared that they are prepared to seek a “military solution” in Syria, put “boots on the ground” in Iraq and launch another US-NATO war in Libya. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf172333-fdea-4308-921a-1cb39a5da2bK/mide-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Five years of the Egyptian Revolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/pers-j25.html The basic problem of the Egyptian Revolution was to establish the political independence of the working class from all of the different bourgeois forces. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f7bf70f-0a02-4228-a80d-4a9ae7f0941J/pers-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z CSIS report: A blueprint for US war with China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/csis-j25.html The study is a master plan for an accelerating arms race in Asia in preparation for a conflict that would draw in the entire region and the world. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69aac52a-ff79-44ca-b5f6-26712452abeC/csis-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Global slowdown to deepen attacks on jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/econ-j25.html Stock markets recovered some of their losses at the end of the last week, but the underlying trend in the world economy is slower growth and outright recession. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bbb1b534-a7aa-4336-a2a7-17a7603e2b8I/econ-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z As Detroit teachers head to court, politicians plot further attacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/detr-j25.html Teachers face a hearing Monday as the Detroit Public Schools seeks an injunction against sickouts and legislators ramp up efforts to ban opposition to the destruction of public education. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f58ce047-3373-4e57-ba20-d416d20d140I/detr-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Democratic state treasurer played key role in Flint water disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/flin-j25.html Andy Dillon, who played a key role in the conspiracy to throw Detroit into bankruptcy, gave the go-ahead for Flint to leave the Detroit water system, a decision that set in motion the disaster. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48098181-f71d-4c62-a882-c92180d0a18E/flin-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z US blizzard: At least 27 dead, hundreds of thousands without power http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/snow-j25.html In the supposedly most advanced country in the world, the ability of storms to bring life to a standstill is an indictment of an economic system devoid of any rational planning. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5841004f-263b-4dea-ae1a-26369170818N/snow-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/chic-j25.html Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the administration of Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance to cuts, including from Detroit teachers. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fd520e3-9d3c-4749-bf21-d338ddfe4b1P/chic-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/left-j25.html The Left Party’s open promotion of xenophobic, right-wing, anti-refugee political positions is bound up with its support for German imperialism. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4be1577b-016c-4204-affd-b99a91d82ccF/left-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z UK: British Medical Association and Labour isolate junior doctors’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/heal-j25.html Taking advantage of BMA's decision to call off a strike by doctors, the Conservative government has revived the threat to impose new contracts unilaterally. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e7abeec2-ea40-4688-910d-7f40c57ae59I/heal-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/braz-j25.html The fare hikes are part of a year-long attack on the living standards of the population, designed to placate the international banks. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/035ae5ca-0fec-4ea7-9f57-a12b80512a1A/braz-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z US threatens to withdraw from major Pacific fisheries treaty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/tuna-j25.html The US withdrawal from the 27-year-old Tuna Treaty threatens to devastate the economies of many small island states. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a43d6b0b-7300-4c3c-bff7-1ba4ad82cadK/tuna-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 25-31 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/25/twih-j25.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30b774b8-ea23-467d-bbb3-3af8b278d1aM/twih-j25.html 2016-01-25T05:00:00Z Evidence mounts that poisoned Flint water caused deaths http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/flin-j23.html At least 10 people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which has been linked to the poisoning of Flint residents covered up for more than a year by the government. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6afd77c9-0074-4591-9725-b0fad0bb119F/flin-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z The end of liberal Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/pers-j23.html The shift to the right by the European elites is rooted in explosive social, economic and political contradictions that have been building up since the collapse of the Soviet Union 25 years ago. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98a18cc9-46d0-4878-b65c-3a8e026728aC/pers-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Michigan residents speak on Flint lead poisoning http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/lans-j23.html Workers and students from Flint, Detroit, Lansing and other cities in Southeastern Michigan demonstrated their anger at the poisoning of Flint’s water supply at the state Capitol building in Lansing on Tuesday evening. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54a9d429-1ff5-4d21-9043-776b69fcd6bN/lans-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Detroit schools’ injunction against teachers: An anti-democratic attempt to crush protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/teac-j23.html DPS is threatening to fire all protesting teachers, encouraging teachers to snoop on each other and employing reactionary legal arguments to attack public education. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6037fc94-56d7-4ea5-b98c-e068302749bH/teac-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Mass protests against unemployment erupt across Tunisia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/tuni-j23.html None of the grievances that drove the working class into revolutionary struggle five years ago against first Ben Ali in Tunisia, then Mubarak in Egypt, have been resolved. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37018c85-79f4-498d-bd99-f77fe15a2caL/tuni-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Growing inconsistencies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/colo-j23.html After three weeks of intense investigations, what really took place at the central train station in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve remains unclear. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e036fb67-579a-4ba9-a5f7-ddf7e697b0dL/colo-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Australian industrial court bans port strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/dock-j23.html The ruling will likely be invoked by the union to strike a backroom deal with the port company. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7777b61c-576c-4b68-a87e-947cfd9a590C/dock-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Dozens of refugees drown near Greek island of Farmakonisi http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/refu-j23.html The deaths come amid escalating state repression and military operations by the European powers targeting refugees. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/018b1aba-d7ae-46f9-91aa-78b5e3f0156P/refu-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Spain: Podemos ready to form government with Socialist Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/spai-j23.html All of the parties willing to form or back a “left government” have a historical record and programme of supporting austerity and war. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a414275-b032-4bf2-b8e6-89e21ba6d68J/spai-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Mass protests against pension cuts in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/gree-j23.html In Greece, an increasing number of professional groups are protesting against the planned pension cuts of the Syriza government. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/252b364f-9df8-47d0-8299-e1b9595f698B/gree-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Misery compounds as mass layoffs continue in West Virginia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/wvir-j23.html Each week brings announcements of hundreds of layoffs in coal, rail or other industries across the state. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/580e8d53-495a-4a98-931c-6a59aecc7f3M/wvir-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Windfall affordable housing tax break for New York developers expires http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/hous-j23.html Failure to renew the 421-a tax break for developers will have a negligible effect on the critical lack of affordable housing in New York City. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/91f09d57-76f2-45d9-8a16-98c0b250db4N/hous-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Indian Stalinist leaders divided over alliance with big business Congress Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/indi-j23.html For weeks, leaders of the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been signalling their readiness to form an electoral alliance with the Congress Party for the West Bengal state elections. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd036b93-48d7-4390-b4f2-eb0e131e2cdH/indi-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Australian prime minister visits US military commander in Hawaii http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/turn-j23.html Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/721ee663-ee60-409e-89c1-a87071d1feeJ/turn-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Charlie Kaufman’s often charming, moving <em>Anomalisa</em> (and Michael Moore’s feeble <em>Where to Invade Next</em>) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/anom-j23.html <em>Anomalisa</em> is an adult animated film created with stop-motion puppetry centering around an angst-ridden, self-help author. <em>Where to Invade Nex</em>t is a non-comment on Washington’s never-ending wars. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c844767-e8b4-4dbd-a330-9d3fd2256f7H/anom-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/labo-j23.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ceeb7a03-c0b5-4291-94dd-71d18397ff4F/labo-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/syri-j22.html The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67a79eaf-5e5b-48ec-8520-a8c0d0ca973K/syri-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/pers-j22.html The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/94a977f7-35d5-4fec-a617-1d44c0e61e4D/pers-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Job cuts mount as global economy falters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/jobs-j22.html The cascade of job cuts comes as prominent figures attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland predict a grim future for the world economy. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/531f33f9-da9c-4169-988d-0b33e379b7eK/jobs-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Hearing scheduled to consider injunction against protesting Detroit teachers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/teac-j22.html While a judge denied an initial request for a temporary injunction, 23 teachers have been ordered to appear on Monday morning to answer accusations that they organized “illegal strikes.” Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/711d3bb0-9d5d-4493-b3f9-c0a9ac5f0e2J/teac-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Emergency meeting January 27 on the crisis in Flint and Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/meet-j22.html The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are calling a public meeting in Detroit, Michigan on January 27 to discuss a political strategy to unite the working class. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b429d70-e1c8-4609-bfb8-deb4e54d24cP/meet-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Autoworkers speak on Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/auto-j22.html Workers expressed their solidarity with the people of Flint who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the criminal actions of state, local and federal authorities. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fff589c3-c1f3-4914-b99c-3a074869da5E/auto-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z UK parliament debates banning Donald Trump—but what about David Cameron? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/came-j22.html The parliamentary debate on whether to ban Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the UK took place on the same day that Prime Minister David Cameron launched his own campaign to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcf1a9cf-0982-4c93-b3ff-e766a6e3374H/came-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Financial markets press Portugal to intensify austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/port-j22.html The Socialist Party has already made clear that it is committed to the troika’s demands, offering to cut the budget deficit by more than it previously suggested. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33768659-db0a-457a-8320-910cbb2a0deH/port-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Japan heightens its profile in the South China Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/japa-j22.html Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98f84b95-48f3-4409-913f-b5d56d332ccM/japa-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z President Maduro to rule by emergency decree as Venezuela heads toward default http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/vene-j22.html With the price of oil falling to $26 per barrel, Venezuela’s government is preparing to take emergency measures to impose austerity and ensure payments to the banks. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b136904b-55e8-48b8-aa6a-29a0538d22aP/vene-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Three US coal miners killed in three weeks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/mine-j22.html Three coal miners have died in separate accidents 19 days into the new year, the highest number to occur in such a period since 2006. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6577aba-1224-4b7d-b128-c2439defca7C/mine-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z General Electric given $145 million in incentives to move headquarters to Boston http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/gene-j22.html Incentives offered to GE include tax breaks, public property for a new building, a private airplane hangar and two ferry boats. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/07e3268f-0593-47ec-8696-cc5feb194cdC/gene-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Massive methane gas leak imperils Los Angeles neighborhood http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/gas-j22.html One of the largest methane gas leaks in US history, the product of corporate greed, could grow substantially worse in the event of a well head blowout. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/09e0d83b-8470-40f0-aa2b-55093ddb578H/gas-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Canadian elite seizes on Burkina Faso terrorist attack to push militarist agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/cana-j22.html Sections of Canada’s military-defence establishment are urging the government to exploit the terrorist atrocity in Ouagadougou to justify a Canadian military intervention in West Africa. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f047dc6a-26fb-4d1c-967f-795f78df16cJ/cana-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Indian Stalinists form pro-imperialist Third Front in Tamil Nadu http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/indi-j22.html The Stalinists chose V. Gopalasamy, a pro-US politician and admirer of Barack Obama, as the leader coordinating the activities of the Front’s different parties. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7405bfe9-3b89-42cf-af04-ebddb68985fO/indi-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Imprisonment periods lengthening in Australian immigration detention centres http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/refu-j22.html Detainees are now being incarcerated for an average 445 days, resulting in severe mental distress. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89911eea-b352-4c09-9ef2-010dbf21481F/refu-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/humb-j22.html The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2a22614d-5b51-4bbc-b794-ee38c23b08fN/humb-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Jazz album: <em>Crisis</em> by Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/elsa-j22.html An album fusing Western jazz traditions and traditional Arab music preserves an endangered Iraqi art form and creates a new sound. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d02885c-3f95-4001-9fab-5570a69c9baM/elsa-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/wkrs-j22.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2613b938-6297-416e-a263-764cb46e70dH/wkrs-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z Escalating Michigan crisis overwhelms Obama’s visit to Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/obam-j21.html Amid growing evidence of the Michigan government’s complicity in poisoning thousands of children in Flint, Obama boasted that “all kinds of good things are happening.” Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bcb846f-295f-4465-a547-2fed7b6edbaP/obam-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z “Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/iraq-j21.html From January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015, the UN recorded at least 55,047 civilian casualties, while warning that the real toll could be much higher. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b069b197-a56b-4ca2-b98f-e7c60b9bdbeB/iraq-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z The political significance of the global economic turmoil http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/pers-j21.html The turmoil on global markets is an expression of the breakdown of the mechanisms and structures that have sustained world capitalism over the past quarter-century. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5642dcd-5598-46b6-baea-222c56dc7c3J/pers-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z School authorities seek injunction to halt Detroit teacher protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/teac-j21.html Twenty-eight defendants are named in a legal action, which could result in large fines if teachers continue “sick out” protests. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a53b229d-5697-479d-b618-8c5c597dabfC/teac-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Illinois Republicans announce Chicago bankruptcy legislation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/repu-j21.html Plans to allow the city of Chicago and its school system to declare bankruptcy are part of an escalating attack on public education and all the rights of the working class. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9dfb78e-bcfc-40a2-9abf-5394f7dcd8bA/repu-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Port of Oakland in California to close major terminal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/oakl-j21.html The decision of the largest terminal operator to leave the Port of Oakland is a harbinger of a crisis in the shipping industry and worsening conditions for port workers. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce38877e-1384-4ec9-afac-4e0f08de3c1L/oakl-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z German defence minister announces military intervention in Libya http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/leye-j21.html The talk of a struggle against an “axis of terrorism” is simply the propaganda smokescreen behind which long-discussed plans are being implemented in practice. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/17352b45-e100-45e0-9ad7-797198b676aC/leye-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/merk-j21.html The chancellor, whose position seemed unassailable a few months ago, could now prematurely lose office as she comes under attack from sections of the political establishment. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e988b26f-6427-4cad-8970-f030048553eF/merk-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z UK: Corbyn offers Labour’s right an olive branch over Trident http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/corb-j21.html Whatever his mildly left rhetoric, Corbyn is wedded to the party on which British imperialism has relied for more than a century to police the working class and preserve its rule. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97d52f28-b5b6-4975-891a-b4b88f89b2cJ/corb-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Labor Party in Australia demands “action” against China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/auch-j21.html Shadow defence spokesman Stephen Conroy’s column underscores the Labor Party’s role as the most fervent supporter of the US-Australia alliance. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b218d70-1d6a-454c-bce0-495f96c9decK/auch-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Scottish government imposes more cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/scot-j21.html The Scottish National Party is faithfully imposing the attacks dictated by the Conservatives, including significant cuts in education and the arts. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/191961c8-2c8c-439a-831c-4b728952376C/scot-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Calls for “primary of the left” offer political cover to French ruling party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/prim-j21.html A part of the bourgeoisie fears that the appeals to the far right from the ruling Socialist Party could discredit its policies of austerity and war. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fde67fda-da97-4fd8-8fac-f95ff42a099H/prim-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Australian government unveils new cuts to health care http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/heal-j21.html Malcolm Turnbull’s government has made the slashing of basic health services one of the priority targets of its austerity agenda. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd7cea63-89af-4c16-b5a3-54c279b2161A/heal-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Video: Detroit teachers speak out in protests during Obama visit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/detr-j21.html Hundreds of teachers shut down the school system in a “sick out” protest Wednesday against decaying buildings, overcrowded classrooms and years of pay and benefit cuts. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66d51c9b-7f72-4186-8772-044fbe17e59B/detr-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z The semi-boycott of the “whites only” Academy Awards http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/acad-j21.html Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, both African-American, have indicated they will shun this year’s award ceremony on February 28. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20ffc08f-d5dc-4f6f-9cf9-2f04af82b40G/acad-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z <em>Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq</em>—an enduring contribution to waging war on war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/dese-j21.html In 1991, the Workers League, forerunner of the SEP, published this valuable compendium of articles and statements providing a Marxist analysis of the imperialist war in Iraq and the breakdown of the postwar international order. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ad56e16-e72f-46f1-b576-7a21ec7d6feJ/dese-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/iyss-j21.html According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University in Berlin, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality received 149 votes and will have four seats in the student parliament. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f65dfbbd-cc89-4867-9f25-e92f931e0cbC/iyss-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z China confirms economic slowdown as IMF cuts global growth forecast http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/econ-j20.html The risks cited by the International Monetary Fund to the global economy are not situated on the longer term horizon, but are an ever-present reality. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45a83554-1357-4fa3-ac9f-77ef5675422D/econ-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Russian government prepares cuts as poverty surges http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/russ-j20.html With the price of oil collapsing, the Kremlin is preparing a 10 percent across-the-board budget cut. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34eeecf2-e4a8-410a-87d9-e74f3b49c35B/russ-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Supreme Court to rule on Obama immigration program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/immi-j20.html The court’s announcement came amid rising anger and fear over the roundup and deportation of Central American refugees. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96332a13-b1bc-49f3-8067-d2d0cc94decA/immi-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Danish and Swedish governments step up attacks on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/asyl-j20.html Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06a88fb4-dc8d-4eeb-b4a3-e65e80d7376F/asyl-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Naval buildup in Black Sea escalates US-Russian tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/blac-j20.html As part of Washington’s drive to militarily encircle Russia, the US Navy is preparing to blockade commercial lifelines across the highly strategic inland sea. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f30914c6-f91d-4bd8-a5eb-6fa4451d093O/blac-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/char-j20.html As “priority” targets in direct contact with Al Qaeda's top leadership, the perpetrators of the January 2015 attacks were under intensive surveillance, which was later totally abandoned. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df23c012-6040-435d-ba04-b66bac7386dI/char-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z RISE: “Scottish Syriza” seeks alliance with Scottish National Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/rise-j20.html Under conditions where the SNP government is enforcing austerity policies, RISE seeks to ensure that disaffection with the SNP is channelled along nationalist and separatist lines. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4bb72ae0-dde7-4f6a-8a5b-dad7cfeb9d3B/rise-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Obama thanks Australian prime minister for war efforts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/turn-j20.html While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/154f3995-0522-4d88-8379-1f0b26daa6eA/turn-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Australian nickel refinery crisis threatens thousands of jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/nick-j20.html The livelihoods of workers in the northern city of Townsville and the French colony of New Caledonia are imperiled by the threatened closure of the Queensland Nickel plant. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d274850-bd07-4d7f-95a3-ea9abf2ed5fO/nick-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government tries to woo foreign investors http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/econ-j20-1.html The government’s “Sri Lanka Economic Forum” highlighted the country’s vulnerability in the deepening global economic downturn. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/46295a9c-478b-4fbc-896f-29a5bf4a62bB/econ-j20-1.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z The Flint water crisis and the criminality of American capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/pers-j20.html In a State of the State address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sought to cover up and evade responsibility for the poisoning of an American city. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc95f8aa-3dfb-483e-8162-af7329f7c6cD/pers-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Video: Workers and youth protest Flint water poisoning at Michigan State Capitol http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/fli2-j01.html The WSWS spoke to demonstrators outside the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan as Governor Rick Snyder spoke on the water crisis in Flint. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5b2e8dc-dff5-45bd-ba08-7c967e9a53eK/fli2-j01.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z To create a genuine artistic “avant garde” means confronting critical historical issues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/avan-j20.html The essay by David Walsh we are posting today considers whether or not an artistic vanguard exists today—and, if not, what such a vanguard would consist of and what questions it would have to confront. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6621c15e-faee-470f-a812-df6ffe47fbbJ/avan-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z 30 Americans at the Detroit Institute of Arts: The art of identity politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/thir-j20.html 30 Americans is a collection of artwork created under the influence of racialist and gender politics, and it provides an opportunity to assess the aesthetic contribution of this outlook. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66d678d6-0df7-4a17-a7fd-289b954bcd0J/thir-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Prominent German journalist attacks refugees in the New York Times http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/bitt-j20.html The hysterical, racist campaign surrounding the New Year events at Cologne Central Station is spreading internationally and assuming ever greater dimensions. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/690c657b-9c49-4b46-ab82-f5b923856daB/bitt-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z IYSSE at Berlin’s Humboldt University holds final election campaign meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/humb-j20.html More than 80 students and workers attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s final campaign meeting in the student parliament elections at Humboldt University in Berlin. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5092840-e181-4284-8e35-1ff15531540G/humb-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Major companies announce job cuts across Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/econ-j19.html The assault on the European working class comes amid mounting signs that the world economy is nearing another major crisis. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c715c5f7-5971-40de-969c-eed32547226A/econ-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z The ruling class meets at Davos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/pers-j19.html This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland takes place against the backdrop of a deepening global crisis and soaring inequality. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/05dfa302-409c-4867-b617-3050800bb7cF/pers-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Drug overdoses in US drive sharp rise in mortality rates among white young adults http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/mort-j19.html Rising mortality rates among young white adults, ages 25-34, have risen to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a13df4f5-4ce0-4884-919a-ae9083ce491P/mort-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Union officials work with Obama administration to crush Detroit teacher protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/detr-j19.html The Detroit Federation of Teachers sent out a letter to educators urging them to stop their protests and place their faith in city officials and President Obama. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1790f6b3-e9f3-4f46-8f89-666d6544dfdM/detr-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Kentucky Social Security recipients commit suicide after benefits cut http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/kent-j19.html An attorney representing 1,500 disability recipients warns that “the suicide chatter is way up” as the state threatens additional budget cuts. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fbdb7a44-ce98-4d70-96fa-97c095748f6I/kent-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Massachusetts: MBTA proposes steep public transit fare hikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/mbta-j19.html Proposed fare increases, to be effective July 1, are part of a growing attack on the basic social right to safe and affordable public transportation. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1049111-d463-4a87-b375-f3fe67b49fcP/mbta-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Berlin police raid: A civil war exercise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/berl-j19.html The illegal raid involving hundreds of police officers was intended to intimidate an entire neighbourhood. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d05fc859-d015-4a0f-af9d-0ff117163dfP/berl-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Council of Europe issues report on far-right massacre in Odessa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/odes-j16.html The Council of Europe report serves to cover up the role of far-right militias in the massacre of oppositionists. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a6fadbbd-2bf9-4926-a01b-c80b4cc0e27L/odes-j16.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z UK Government announces demolition of council housing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/coun-j19.html Cameron’s plans spell the death knell for inner-city public housing, especially in London. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/390ee332-b132-4e75-986e-2114e9f3839D/coun-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Finnish government outlines onslaught against working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/finl-j18.html With the Finnish economy mired in crisis, the bourgeois elite in Helsinki are seeking to make the working class pay. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85483baa-7411-41de-b315-ab2871a43d3G/finl-j18.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Canada’s slumping economy rattles Liberal government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/cana-j19.html The Liberals are said to be considering speeding up implementation of new infrastructure spending, as fears mount that falling oil prices and anemic world growth will push Canada back into recession. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a02d72b-55ef-41e7-af00-28734d072f4B/cana-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Bank of Montreal stress testing assets for $25 per barrel oil http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/cans-j19.html Bank of Montreal Chief Executive Officer Bill Downe announced last week that Canada’s fourth largest bank is stress-testing its oil and gas portfolio to determine the impact on the bank’s balance sheet of oil prices of US $25 per barrel. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d7298fc-2bd0-4b9e-93fb-6967cc9e4c8D/cans-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Sanders in the Democratic debate: A “political revolution” that stops at the water’s edge http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/dems-j19.html The attitude taken by the candidates toward the questions of war and US imperialism’s role in the world is the touchstone for understanding the real character of their politics. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74017fb7-a8a4-414c-9403-b73d45ab7d2D/dems-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z <em>Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycle Thieves</em>—a documentary on Italian cinema http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/neor-j19.html The 72-minute film provides a general outline of neo-realist cinema, but it is a seriously limited one. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81d411d9-45ec-4137-aa60-e7f03e14d0aE/neor-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: the Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/wkrs-j19.html The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a8a6852-7ddc-4485-a91a-f0f31db1456B/wkrs-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Democratic Party demagogy in South Carolina debate http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/deba-j18.html The three Democratic presidential candidates scrambled to out-do one another in populist denunciations of Wall Street in an effort to keep popular opposition bottled up within the Democratic Party. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db228b21-08c0-4d82-aee8-42cff8f92c9H/deba-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z What is driving the stock market panic? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/pers-j18.html After more than seven years of bailouts and trillions in virtually free cash for the banks and financial markets, the real economy has not only not recovered from the Wall Street crash of 2008, it is rapidly deteriorating. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/61365c76-30a7-484e-8be5-d02342063bbN/pers-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z US and EU lift economic sanctions against Iran http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/iran-j18.html The nuclear deal with Iran is a tactical shift by Washington, the aim of which is to strengthen US imperialism so it can better confront, including militarily, China and Russia. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28b5ea13-396c-49ba-9516-edc16e6eb87L/iran-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z European governments adopt Nazi-style measures against refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/refu-j18.html Refugees in Europe are being excluded, bullied, expropriated and detained. Thousands are paying with their lives for trying to flee terrorism, poverty and war. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7386fd1-dcdf-47f4-86dd-c0b4a1fae1fM/refu-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Opposition candidate wins Taiwan’s presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/taiw-j18.html While Tsai is unlikely to move towards independence from China, her election will inevitably heighten tensions with Beijing. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/209c995b-5ffc-4685-922c-0db0ca038f9J/taiw-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/flin-j18.html In the face of an immense public health catastrophe, the American federal government has mustered the meager sum of some five million in federal funds. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd1c49db-d4aa-4b27-9981-d699c367292B/flin-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Michigan workers speak on the poisoning of Flint water http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/ints-j18.html Workers in Flint and surrounding areas are incensed at the continued crisis around the poisoning of Flint’s water. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd1d28b6-9569-4a0d-940d-11fa557bcf0H/ints-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Democrats and unions scramble to contain Detroit teacher protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/teac-j18.html Fearing that the sickouts could trigger a broader rebellion by the working class, the enemies of teachers spent last week trying to quash the movement. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06442e0f-36b7-4327-8156-9a6f1047f2cE/teac-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Detroit teachers determined to continue fight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/tint-j18.html Over the weekend, the World Socialist Web Site spoke to Detroit teachers about the issues in their struggle. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3e8ebab4-2789-4e72-8aed-3b41b93c6ecG/tint-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Illinois professor fired for expressing sympathy for Muslims http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/whea-j18.html Wheaton College has begun termination proceedings against Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured professor who wore a hijab during the Christian Advent period to protest anti-Muslim bigotry. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c01596c1-0c8a-405c-9ca6-ce412977e74L/whea-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z More US drug price hikes in 2016 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/drug-j18.html Drug makers kicked off the New Year with a new round of drug price hikes despite growing public anger and political backlash. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6139ccb2-912e-40fd-a624-5dd2b69c01fN/drug-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z US drive to war with China dominates Philippine presidential election campaigns http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/phil-j18.html Deepening economic crisis, massive social inequality and Washington’s drive to war have shifted bourgeois politics in the Philippines sharply to the right. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/478729c2-abfc-4f3b-a666-8153eda804fJ/phil-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z As fighting spreads, Turkey moves to crush pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/kurd-j18.html The Turkish government is mounting escalating military operations against Kurds and Kurdish forces operating in the imperialist-backed proxy war in Syria and Iraq. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f549c56a-d336-426a-b5ac-9b73a8fdddbO/kurd-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z French Prime Minister Valls’ district threatens to suspend social spending http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/esso-j18.html This callous assault on the basic social needs of vulnerable sections of the population is part of a European-wide offensive of the ruling class on workers’ basic social rights. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0cf7d287-9229-4f89-8290-1372a9aafd0C/esso-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Netanyahu brands Israel’s Palestinian citizens as criminals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/isra-j18.html Israel’s Palestinian citizens have suffered decades of discrimination under Israeli rule. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3eb634c2-5dc0-4d29-ba58-88d3f3c46beI/isra-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Bangladesh: 41 belatedly charged over Rana Plaza factory collapse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/bang-j18.html The trial is essentially a face-saving attempt by the Awami League-led government, which has a long record of disregard for the appalling conditions facing apparel workers. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f651fa2d-f823-4f7e-a1bf-778a67e8f9eC/bang-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/pica-j18.html MoMA has given Picasso’s sculpture blockbuster treatment, including more than 140 pieces. The handful of sculptures that are a discovery tend to get lost in the crowd. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90430df8-23de-4874-9eb8-2c1ac6657beI/pica-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 18-24 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/18/twih-j18.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b154d14-52b9-4437-9f6f-65a97fe909bL/twih-j18.html 2016-01-18T05:00:00Z Global stocks plunge amid fears of a new financial crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/econ-j16.html Friday’s selloff, with the EURO STOXX/50 index down 2.37 percent and all of the major US indexes lower by well over 2 percent, caps off the worst-ever yearly opening for Wall Street. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba092a98-e914-46ed-ad9d-93ce59ee590I/econ-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/pers-j16.html Allegations that Syrian government forces are deliberately starving besieged villagers have become the basis for yet another propaganda campaign for regime change. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b011865-31b1-4403-b911-32194bc74a0A/pers-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Wal-Mart to close 269 stores worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/walm-j16.html The big box retailer cited as causes for the closures competition with online retailers and the impact of marginal employee wage increases. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9977efa2-e69d-4c8b-ad51-10cef250638H/walm-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/deba-j16.html The seven candidates sought to whip up fears over terrorism to justify policies of militarism abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6eb9ebd3-d6d0-49f7-944c-70a9eeea742P/deba-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Video shows another unarmed youth killed by Chicago police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/poli-j16.html The video, which has been concealed by the Chicago Police Department for three years, contradicts the official findings of the police. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7bd7861d-3494-4205-9b1b-9e72622ce97H/poli-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z India in talks to open ports, bases to US military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/indi-j16.html According to an unnamed Indian official, the only outstanding question is “what happens in the case of war?” Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0629b5f8-e029-471e-ab0a-a0e1915b1d1D/indi-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z German chancellor announces massive expansion of military budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/germ-j16.html The ruling elite intends to make the working class pay for the return of an aggressive German foreign policy. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33824e6e-dd51-4e96-ade0-c8af8b5771aI/germ-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Police in Britain illegally arrest thousands of children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/yout-j16.html The Police and Criminal Evidence Act states that children under 18 in custody should be transferred to the care of the local authority. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e7fb622d-0426-4def-9077-abf346d9907A/yout-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Cuts lead to staffing crisis in UK education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/edu-j16.html Schools are paying recruitment agencies ever greater sums for finders fees. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc9fc3cc-92fe-465e-baf1-2ef9cf6aa66I/edu-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Cuts and closures intensify in Australian TAFE colleges http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/aust-j16.html Young people seeking vocational training are facing skyrocketing tuition fees. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90c668a0-77fb-495a-be41-43b6be2cbbbO/aust-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Fourth IYSSE election meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/humb-j16.html The IYSSE has launched its campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with lectures titled “No more war! Scholarship instead of war propaganda.” Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4fd8c105-4776-49b8-a735-8cc2b170314C/humb-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Charlie Hebdo joins racist campaign against refugees in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/char-j16.html The French weekly magazine declared that Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old refugee whose drowning death last year sparked worldwide outrage, would have grown up to be a “groper.” Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2cb5c216-c81d-4b68-a192-23bebebb21aG/char-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z BAYAN’s phony opposition to the US basing deal in the Philippines http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/phil-j16.html The Maoist-dominated BAYAN has called for the armed defense of the Philippines’ territorial claims in the South China Sea and has led repeated demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89c8541f-da49-4694-8abb-4e2ca8eb406F/phil-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z <em>The Revenant</em>: Are we all savages? (And Paolo Sorrentino’s <em>Youth</em> ) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/reve-j16.html <em>The Revenant</em> is a sensationalized account of the life of American fur trapper Hugh Glass, who famously survived a mauling by a bear. <em>Youth</em> is a banal meditation on aging. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1f7c3f2c-8cc1-4ea0-9052-c4f74f38944D/reve-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z David Bowie (1947-2016) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/bowi-j16.html British rock icon David Bowie died January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album Blackstar . Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49719865-9e51-4689-b7f6-59bf40cd918H/bowi-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/16/labo-j16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e81f04de-36b7-49d2-913c-10901598bddF/labo-j16.html 2016-01-16T05:00:00Z Pentagon chief outlines plan for escalation of Iraq-Syria war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/cart-j15.html Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed several hundred US commandos at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, before their deployment to the Mideast war zone. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6239a35c-6ec6-42dc-a816-51d44202bbaP/cart-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z National union leader tries to corral protesting Detroit teachers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/teac-j15.html After three straight days of “sick-out” protests, hundreds of determined teachers attended a union meeting Thursday, where officials tried to smother resistance. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9dbb7327-95eb-4072-b072-552ea53b139B/teac-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z New revelations expose federal cover-up in Flint, Michigan water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/flin-j15.html US Environmental Protection Agency officials knew as early as April that the Flint River water was not being treated for corrosivity. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/311805a7-8f7f-4478-9ed4-2c7bbf2fd8eP/flin-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/auto-j15.html The huge sums now being handed out to investors expose the lies by the UAW that there was no more money on the table in the 2015 auto contract negotiations. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/99cb5ed1-31d1-4893-b14f-a32f5e55a5cP/auto-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z “Paris-style” terror attacks in Jakarta http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/jaka-j15.html The largest terror attacks in Indonesia since 2009 have produced a flurry of media propaganda geared to legitimize a further escalation of the US “War on Terror” throughout the region. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4cc18325-c7be-4a07-9f73-7ab7e615419H/jaka-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/left-j15.html The parliamentary group leader of the Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, has joined in the far-right agitation against refugees and is calling for more police powers. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/88f6e3cb-61c5-486f-81a9-76f6bd4d8a4K/left-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Tamil nationalists stage sham protest vs. Sri Lankan president’s visit to Jaffna http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/jaff-j15.html The protest, two days in advance of the visit, was a shameful manoeuvre to provide cover for the TNA’s support for President Maithripala Sirisena’s government. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48ab050b-171d-429d-aa4c-d2d8ab8f0d1L/jaff-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Detroit teachers and the political struggle for public education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/stmt-j15.html Rank-and-file teachers have taken their own initiative and acted independently of every faction of the Detroit Federation of Teachers and political establishment in Detroit and Lansing. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96a61a0c-d49f-4a5a-b3d6-8fe0c4389feI/stmt-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Poland placed under EU supervision amid escalating Polish-German tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/pola-j15.html The European Commission has initiated a monitoring of “the rule of law” in Poland. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2edc432a-574a-4557-be1c-93f87f5f87fC/pola-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Montreal: Labour board upholds draconian suspension of 2,000 city workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/queb-j15.html The victimization of the Montreal blue-collar workers is part of the systematic “illegalization” of worker resistance by governments across Canada. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b24128ca-bf75-45b5-a51b-0061c523b39C/queb-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z UK’s floods are the responsibility of the super-rich http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/floo-j15.html Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a paltry £40 million to repair flood defences in Leeds and York. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e808e5af-ae40-4e9d-8eaf-824215730d9N/floo-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z New Zealand’s healthcare crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/nzhe-j15.html As a result of the government’s austerity measures thousands of people are being denied vital operations, health workers’ wages have been cut and many people cannot afford prescription medicines. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eacc621e-b604-48d3-8119-b30b0dc41faM/nzhe-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Detroit-area residents protest Marathon Oil request to increase air pollution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/mara-j15.html Following the completion of $2.2 billion upgrade which began in 2012, Marathon is requesting a permit from the state of Michigan to emit an additional 22 tons of sulfur dioxide per year. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98d49589-6207-4327-b5d1-8379217e300J/mara-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Former city employee sues Albuquerque Police Department officials for obstructing public records requests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/albq-j15.html The lawsuit alleges that APD officials instructed public records custodian Reynaldo Chavez to delay, deny, withhold and destroy requested public records. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a182629-89ad-4d0d-864a-789f38d32c5H/albq-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/pers-j15.html The man-made disaster in Flint has revealed the reality of social relations in America behind the official facade constructed by the media and politicians. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98a3e42a-d679-4bf9-9497-7954d3004baM/pers-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z The New York Times backs anti-refugee drive in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/nyti-j15.html America’s “newspaper of record” provides a phony liberal veneer for the virulent anti-immigrant chauvinism being whipped up in Europe. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fe653f76-8cad-4c4c-ab6a-4e354c95ca4D/nyti-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z The 88th Academy Awards nominations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/acad-j15.html The Academy Award nominations revealed the usual muddle-headedness, liberal good intentions and severe limitations of the social grouping that decides these things. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a440dd4a-56d9-45a2-850a-7631787a311H/acad-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z New research reveals effects of the Agricultural Revolution on human evolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/agri-j15.html Several new studies highlight the dialectical interaction between the physical and genetic makeup of modern humans and the development of agriculture. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16c91b89-9093-4c4b-b958-0db431fb387M/agri-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/15/lab2-j15.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to <a href="http://www.wsws.org/wsws/dd-formmailer/dd-formmailer.php">contribute</a> to this regular feature. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d25b0f3-23ae-4a3d-8878-87179169f10E/lab2-j15.html 2016-01-15T05:00:00Z Amid state of emergency, French workers jailed for struggle to defend jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/good-j14.html With the unprecedented decision to jail Goodyear workers who struck against mass layoffs, the state is showing that its emergency powers are aimed squarely at the working class. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71225628-1a56-4bf9-aafb-308701bf913O/good-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Obama’s State of the Union address and the breakdown of American democracy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/pers-j14.html There is an objective significance to the reduction of the State of the Union address, an American political tradition that goes back to George Washington, to an empty and cynical media spectacle. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b80d1d8b-1b28-4cd1-b93e-22552c2d927C/pers-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z German government moves to loosen restrictions on refugee deportations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/refu-j14.html Amid the racist hysteria whipped up by the media and politicians in the wake of alleged sexual assaults by refugees, the German government is moving to further restrict the right to asylum. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a1549da-368f-40e5-9097-7eb96ab4b1fL/refu-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Michigan governor calls out National Guard over Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/flin-j14.html The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint is the direct result of cost-cutting measures carried out under the Michigan emergency manager law. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53ba7524-70cd-4029-be60-71e01d7c846E/flin-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Dramatic spike in Legionnaires’ disease deaths possibly linked to Flint River water http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/legi-j14.html Health officials announced that 87 cases of the disease resulting in 10 deaths occurred while the city was on Flint River water. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e8d59e51-3a04-43b8-9611-fe422ab885aO/legi-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Detroit teachers issue demands to defend public education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/teac-j14.html Sickout protests continued Wednesday as the American Federation of Teachers and the city’s Democratic Party establishment sought to corral the protests and end them. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca27335a-3f1f-4a04-ab4a-a230c7316dbF/teac-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Autoworkers support Detroit teachers’ fight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/auto-j14.html Autoworkers have spoken out in defense of Detroit teachers who have launched a series of sickouts in defense of public education. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a182eb4-fe49-4a27-9aa4-8e3b5760cc1D/auto-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Pennsylvania constable shoots dead 12-year-old girl during home eviction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/girl-j14.html The law enforcement officer was seeking to remove the girl’s family for being less than three months behind in payment for their rental apartment. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cc5c98f-5195-4a7e-b6cc-4db8412e7d2G/girl-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Iran releases US sailors in run-up to nuclear sanction relief http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/iran-j14.html The incident served to highlight the deep divisions within the US political establishment over the nuclear deal. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9161de6-faa2-4c4d-b5f9-bac4f05d82fO/iran-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Canada weighing options to expand its role in Mideast war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/cana-j14.html The proposals made by Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff include using Special Forces to conduct black ops in Iraq and deploying regular army units to train fighters. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cd958bb7-3351-462d-8a13-4563efdc213G/cana-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Wave of selling hits US markets http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/econ-j14.html The sharp downturn in US markets has come amid a series of statements by banking officials that the conditions for a new financial crisis are rapidly developing. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/774bee0e-202d-495e-924a-391a406717fI/econ-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Tamil nationalists conceal ongoing use of torture by Sri Lankan government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/tami-j14.html A detailed report by a South African-based human rights group exposes the continued resort to state terror against the Tamil ethnic minority in Sri Lanka. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cdc2613d-1d73-4dc4-945b-2db9c5b5182J/tami-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Junior doctors strike throughout England http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/jrdr-j14.html The strike came after four months of a dispute in which the government has insisted its proposed changes go through and was the first such work stoppage since the 1970s. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b834d2d2-634c-43ed-bb78-e3aa38432feD/jrdr-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Tata Steel sale of Long Products Division means attacks on wages, pensions and conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/tata-j14.html Tata Steel is desperate to offload the main loss-making section of its operations in Europe as a means to further slash the wages and conditions of steelworkers. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/24779659-c489-4661-9f13-bedaa2846a2A/tata-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z South Korea’s opposition splits ahead of general election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/kore-j14.html The departure of Kim Han-gil and the creation of new opposition parties constitute attempts to head off discontent among South Korean workers. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f8f0223-e25f-4f2f-8769-51632dc4c42J/kore-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z <em>Concussion</em>: Highlighting the perils of American football http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/conc-j14.html Despite its limitations, <em>Concussion</em> serves to bring before a mass audience the grave risks inherent in playing America’s most popular sport. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7706f25b-2976-45cb-8193-c350629acbfM/conc-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z <em>Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/14/sav2-j14.html A significant 769-page book from <em>New York Times</em> reporter Charlie Savage provides a chilling, detailed insider view of the Obama administration’s pseudo-legal justifications for war and authoritarianism. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d7584e64-bdfc-44fa-8755-ca0f478c2ddB/sav2-j14.html 2016-01-14T05:00:00Z Obama’s final State of the Union: Lies, evasions and threats http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/sotu-j13.html Neither the US president nor his bipartisan congressional audience were capable of dealing honestly or seriously with the social crisis in America. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/da4bbfd5-3569-4456-8279-e0a25785006L/sotu-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/pers-j13.html It is no accident that social opposition is taking the form of a rebellion against the trade unions, which have long served as industrial police for the corporations and government. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e814468d-6aa9-4461-805a-8406e670400F/pers-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/iran-j13.html US Republicans seized on yesterday’s incident to repeat their charge that Obama is “appeasing” Tehran and demand a renewed campaign of economic sanctions and military threats against Iran. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fa97e46-4785-40d7-9820-debcfd079c9F/iran-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/turk-j13.html Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26ca880a-c27b-46f0-ad70-c19f4d75d54G/turk-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/leip-j13.html Monday’s right-wing riot in Leipzig took place amid a racist anti-Muslim campaign promoted by German political parties and the media. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ea95edc-52c8-4e4e-bf05-3ffb96ba587N/leip-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z New Year’s message for refugees in Berlin: It will get worse! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/refu-j13.html The onset of winter has worsened conditions for the approximately 40,000 refugees in Berlin. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eab5c2a9-f087-4015-8e32-8b19195bd80H/refu-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Detroit public schools teachers continue sickouts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/dpst-j13.html Despite the attempts by Michigan politicians and the Detroit Federation of Teachers to end teachers’ growing protests, the sickouts are continuing. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d42ff138-cc56-437f-9a69-b3b39332fffF/dpst-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Cold snap brings fatal house fires to Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/fire-j13.html Three deadly house fires occurred in Detroit since the weekend, resulting in three deaths. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8509d3d-e5eb-4bd6-87de-6e494b624acO/fire-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/edca-j13.html The decision gives the legal green light for the deployment of US military forces to the Philippines, in direct confrontation with China. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ad0d302-c053-4a3f-a769-4d4859249a9E/edca-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/lata-j13.html The calls from within the military envision a struggle with China over domination of the hemisphere. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e70172d7-4aaa-4275-8801-b42b96ac925J/lata-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z China’s deep economic malaise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/chin-j13.html The economic slowdown, which is exposing massive overcapacity and high levels of debt, is threatening to trigger an upsurge in the class struggle. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7679dc61-e938-4bad-864f-477d9bd2145A/chin-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z India-Pakistan talks may be derailed even before they begin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/indi-j13.html Whoever was responsible for the January 2 assault by armed gunmen on India’s Pathankot Air Force Base, its purpose was to scuttle the US-backed “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed rivals. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/653454e2-289a-4e61-bbbd-563493fa43aA/indi-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Divisions within UK Tory party deepen over EU membership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/brex-j13.html It is estimated that up to two-thirds of Conservative MPs support a “Brexit.” Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e24ef728-41aa-4f23-a070-2d624478de6N/brex-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Tuscaloosa, Alabama police using university students as drug informants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/alab-j13.html The use of college students as informers has gained traction throughout the United States in the past decade, even as it has attracted vociferous criticism. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1dc6f92f-9dc4-4aca-b167-f706f83c4f6C/alab-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z <em>Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/book-j13.html A significant 769-page book from <em>New York Times</em> reporter Charlie Savage provides a chilling, detailed insider view of the Obama administration’s pseudo-legal justifications for war and authoritarianism. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cf9e85a-256e-4400-af2a-69e68e7d1d0P/book-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z The US in 2016: No money for social programs, cash to burn for the military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/spen-j12.html The US will spend hundreds of billions of dollars this year on warships, nuclear warheads and supersonic fighters, even as there is “no money” for vital social programs like food stamps. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfd04f67-0bd5-4c97-b936-401c420ab2bA/spen-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z German media incites racist hysteria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/pers-j12.html Unsubstantiated and racist allegations of mass sexual harassment are being used to witch-hunt immigrants and legitimize German preparations for an expanded military intervention in the Middle East. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad45e172-468c-454c-8521-ef6c8b0bae1L/pers-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Teacher sickouts shut two-thirds of Detroit schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/teac-j12.html The struggle has erupted outside of the control of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, which has a long and sordid history of collaborating with state and local officials. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1d77f2e-dc5d-40ed-8a83-a12828b282bO/teac-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Supreme Court hears arguments in union dues case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/dues-j12.html The lawsuit targets millions of dollars in union revenue from labor agreements that compel public employees to pay a fee to a union even if they choose not to be a member. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19bea50f-4282-4e06-8c6d-b9b39b700d2M/dues-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/yeme-j12.html The US-supported Saudi coalition destroyed two separate MSF facilities during the final months of 2015, before deploying cluster bombs against residential areas in Sanaa during the first week of 2016. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0ee6bed-d7fe-4d2f-83ad-342445b2579I/yeme-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z German politicians and media agitate against Poland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/pola-j12.html Representatives of German imperialism and its servants in the media have absolutely no right to lecture any country about “democracy” and “tolerance.” Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/758192bc-af4d-4cf2-8a23-81d9730d050A/pola-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z New Catalan premier installed on pro-austerity platform of secession from Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/cata-j12.html The regional parliament has elected Carles Puigdemont as regional premier for the Together for Yes coalition, with the support of the pseudo-left CUP. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/09302e7d-f197-4618-83f0-32d9ea81132P/cata-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Spain: CUP supports a pro-austerity, separatist Catalan government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/cup-j12.html The Popular Unity Candidacy and the pro-austerity separatist parties of the Together for Yes coalition have joined to elect a new Catalan premier. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8c871b8-cd2b-4dc3-867e-c903f57210cB/cup-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Chinese markets continue to fall, amid mounting concerns over growth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/chin-j12.html The Shenzhen Composite Index has fallen by more than 20 percent so far this year, wiping off almost $1 trillion from share values. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bce7f52a-7003-439d-8c03-a5540c246fdJ/chin-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Australian stocks fall sharply on China and global fears http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/econ-j12.html A new year sharemarket rout highlights Australian capitalism’s acute vulnerability to the slowing growth and signs of economic instability in China. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/049cd084-3dee-4f9d-8f6f-17170827dfbB/econ-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Gang warfare continues to infest Mexican politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/mexi-j12.html The new mayor of Temixco in Morelos state, near Mexico City, was assassinated the day after being sworn in. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b05d6962-19e3-4e23-b849-7a00302111fC/mexi-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/isra-j12.html Around 46 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations and clashes with the security forces by a single shot to the head or chest. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ab88084-cfd0-495c-912d-566c1042544O/isra-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z House Republican committee chairman attacks climate change scientists http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/clim-j12.html Lamar Smith has issued a subpoena to a group of climate change scientists who have shown that a global warming slowdown has not occurred over the past 15 years. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3aae7f48-0309-4d79-8ef5-c013c0221ebA/clim-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Two dead, scores of homes destroyed in Western Australian bushfire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/fire-j12.html Residents of Yarloop, a town virtually destroyed by the blaze, were given almost no warning and were left without water. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a47daec6-52b7-43e6-b533-7a75c278f08E/fire-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z The New York Times and “human rights” imperialism in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/time-j12.html The <em>New York Times</em> continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca2baa3b-6e7b-4bcd-885e-2e395336203E/time-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Outraged Flint residents protest water contamination http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/flin-j12.html At a recent demonstration residents described the horrific conditions they are facing and demanded that state officials be held accountable for the man-made disaster. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/beac1365-f8f9-4573-9594-bf58e4ac75eL/flin-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z UK: Junior doctors strike against new contracts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/doct-j12.html It has been more than four decades since the last national strike by junior doctors over pay and conditions Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d33851d8-554d-40c1-98ec-83f1bbdceabJ/doct-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/wkrs-j12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9fe90799-730d-4aa4-833b-92686f3e128N/wkrs-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z US flies B-52 strategic bomber close to Korean border http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/nkor-j11.html Washington has seized on the latest North Korean nuclear test to accelerate its military build-up in the region against China as part of the US “pivot to Asia.” Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4c4e9ca-26cf-4963-b77c-fd9b06c9e4bO/nkor-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/pers-j11.html The White House has rebuffed pleas to call a halt to the summary deportations of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3a4cce3-0ef3-47fb-93bc-acdb2962839G/pers-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z German media and politicians demand increased state powers in response to Cologne assaults http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/colo-j11.html Alleged sexual assaults by refugees in Cologne are being used as a pretense for pumping out racist agitation and cracking down on refugees. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a73f8baf-f7cb-40c5-b2b5-f8c8bcc0a8bL/colo-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z The refugee tragedy and the European Union: The balance sheet for 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/euro-j11.html The mistreatment of refugees fleeing to Europe has assumed proportions that would have been unthinkable twelve months ago. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0c0bbf83-2b2c-43cb-be0a-18cbaab7fcfE/euro-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/germ-j11.html A glance at the foreign ministry’s web site leaves no doubt about the economic interests being pursued by German imperialism. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c60de05-80ba-4343-929a-dc416633276N/germ-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Teacher sickouts spread in Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/dpst-j11.html Teachers expressing their opposition to continuous attacks on public education and increasing threats to privatize the Detroit school district. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e6d897d9-b420-400b-aeac-9b966761902G/dpst-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Mentally ill man arraigned for shooting Philadelphia police officer http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/mana-j11.html Government authorities and the media have emphasized the fact that Edward Archer is Muslim and have attempted to tie him to the Islamic State. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9372675c-fe7b-4542-bcf2-1139ee3b43aF/mana-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Boston: Museum of Fine Arts victimizes veteran worker http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/mfag-j11.html John Powhida was fired after the museum refused his request for a four-day unpaid leave. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76ea1d80-7a92-411c-870a-9ff8cb63e10E/mfag-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Walter Energy bankruptcy threatens thousands of workers and retirees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/walt-j11.html The Birmingham, Alabama-based firm was one of five coal companies to file for bankruptcy in 2015, and one amongst more than three dozen to file for bankruptcy since 2012. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e725b8f4-6873-4a3a-a848-daadb6ee602J/walt-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z UK military returns to Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/afgh-j11.html Prime Minister David Cameron is following the lead of President Obama, who last October reneged on his pledge to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan before the end of his administration. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/05511b90-64ec-4dcb-8044-157cf764503K/afgh-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Podemos considers forming government with Spanish social democrats http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/pode-j11.html The purpose of such a government, like Syriza in Greece, would be to enforce more unpopular austerity measures on working people and the entire population. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/14f11ffe-0791-4a2e-a39c-44246334448J/pode-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Thirty-eight percent of Australia’s large companies paid no tax in 2013-14 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/atax-j11.html Tax office data reveals that the country’s major firms pay little or no company tax, while demanding an increased goods and services tax and the slashing of government spending. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ec8feac-a2d6-4cba-9cbe-e78b7bf5e9cE/atax-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Tamil National Alliance backs austerity, pro-investor policies in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/tna-j11.html The Tamil nationalist organizations in Sri Lanka are escalating their support for austerity and the use of Sri Lankan workers as cheap labor for international capital. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec743584-f50b-4133-b5c4-57835a611b4B/tna-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z One year of Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s rule: Propaganda and reality http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/pres-j11.html The government is both intensifying the offensive against the working class and tying the country to the war plans of the United States. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b44aa142-6c60-4bea-9bee-d5af143d3c7G/pres-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Thousands of student nurses, midwives and junior doctors demonstrate in London http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/nurs-j11.html The Conservative government has announced plans to scrap bursaries and introduce student fees. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b673bc2-7e14-44f2-9250-034be8b9f89L/nurs-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 11-17 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/twih-j11.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ca63f7a-0d58-4bc7-bc19-436b86c1a54B/twih-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/soci-j09.html A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd85dad8-292a-4665-aad1-1b21cfe6d94F/soci-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z The lottery and social despair in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/pers-j09.html For millions of people, the dream of winning the lottery has replaced the “American Dream” of living a decent life. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c85bcfc2-98cf-475d-b045-0b924f49bbbB/pers-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z The assaults in Cologne and the call for a strong state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/colo-j09.html The events in Cologne have much to do with the social crisis in major German cities, but nothing to do with the influx of almost one million refugees over the past year. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e74dc4b-197d-49da-a879-ec30c36f55bC/colo-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z US, China tensions sharpen after North Korean nuclear test http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/kore-j09.html China is caught in a bind: not wanting North Korea to trigger an arms race in North East Asia, but also seeking to stave off a collapse of the unstable regime. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/141d5dff-9553-4c53-9e26-9945c3ea30aM/kore-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Global markets continue to fall http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/econ-j09.html The impact of events in China points to the worsening situation facing major Western corporations. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9737b218-9777-4f21-98d6-ab9a9794ebdA/econ-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Federal prosecutors claim two US Palestinians are linked to terrorism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/terr-j09.html Despite media headlines suggesting the arrested men have ties to ISIS, the only charges brought to date involve Internet chatter and making false statements to immigration officials. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5229b2b0-0d66-41e3-b936-7c0f1a0c081J/terr-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z FBI arrests mentally ill Rochester man in fabricated ISIS plot http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/roch-j09.html The FBI arrested Emanuel Lutchman, a 25-year-old man with a history of mental illness, based on a supposed plot to attack a bar in Rochester, New York, on New Year’s Eve. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/959e0a12-6e6c-419c-9380-7342916b04cP/roch-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z US jobs report: Employment numbers obscure deeper social crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/jobs-j09.html While the economy unexpectedly added 292,000 jobs last month according to government figures, the situation facing American workers continues to worsen. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d8feeba-dba0-4305-918e-0e7b34772c1I/jobs-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Survey finds a majority of Americans unable to pay for major unexpected expenses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/surv-j09.html Less than four in 10 Americans are able to pay out of pocket for an emergency expense of $1,000, such as an emergency room visit or the cost of repairing a broken down vehicle. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e26bf498-920d-42b8-965c-39bea123b70I/surv-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Chicago police accused of threatening witnesses of Laquan Mcdonald shooting and falsifying accounts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/poli-j09.html Attorneys uncovered further evidence of a cover-up by the CPD while reading through recently released witness statements from the night of the shooting. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/538b930e-9980-4b91-b3ae-953925e977dG/poli-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Florida carries out first US execution of 2016 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/exec-j09.html Oscar Ray Bolin’s execution was delayed for more than four hours as the US Supreme Court considered Bolin’s final appeal. The justices denied the appeal just before 10 p.m. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb80b5a6-e3f0-4df6-955b-cc4c14989d9A/exec-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z German government party steps up its anti-refugee agitation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/csur-j09.html The three-day CSU party meeting in the Bavarian town of Wildbad Kreuth began with a sharp attack on refugees. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c48afb5-d9a0-42a6-adca-ec98fa4d93dJ/csur-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z UK: Oppose introduction of student nurse tuition fees and scrapping of bursaries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/nurs-j09.html A student nurse graduating in 2020 could leave with debts over £50,000. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0baf187f-ee48-47f2-aef8-94b304c5a04L/nurs-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z UK public parks face perilous future http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/park-j09.html Parks are not a statutory service and local authorities have no legal obligation to fund them. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59b1514a-5aff-428c-be36-965afa1e32fH/park-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Canada: Liberals repackage Harper’s aggressive foreign policy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/cana-j09.html Trudeau has made clear his government intends to align itself with the US in all of its major military-strategic offensives around the globe. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b8773cc-95d5-4a2d-a1f3-22a00f6e364B/cana-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z South Korean union leader charged with sedition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/skor-j09.html Not used since 1986, the charge of sedition represents a deepening of the Park government’s suppression of political dissent. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0b46545-7aec-4541-9389-889c77abcecJ/skor-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Jörg Baberowski’s appeal for dictatorship and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/iyss-j09.html At the meeting the IYSSE reviewed the political and theoretical conceptions laid out by Professor Baberowski in his latest book. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a26124a1-cfeb-4a4b-ae78-7209fabdf72L/iyss-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/09/labo-j09.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7429d90c-ae60-4092-b07d-1fa1e05f73eC/labo-j09.html 2016-01-09T05:00:00Z Stock markets continue to plunge amidst growing signs of economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/econ-j08.html The continued sell-off points to growing fears of a divergence between stock market values, which have been rising for nearly six years, and the slowdown of the world economy. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f87483c-3965-489d-bb41-f9b253f1495K/econ-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/pers-j08.html The poisoning of the population in the former manufacturing center for General Motors—and the cover-up by state officials—highlights the socially destructive character of American capitalism. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35ca9819-a63f-4812-9187-4354503de92L/pers-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Iran claims Saudis “deliberately” struck embassy in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/iran-j08.html The accusations that Saudi jets attacked an Iranian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, come amid rising tensions that are pushing the Middle East to the brink of all-out war. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33fdb90a-2852-4121-9d77-d0eaffc5a5dJ/iran-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Police gun down youth in poor Paris neighborhood http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/chpa-j08.html Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01421195-9fd8-4588-9499-56cf7d2bac6A/chpa-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z US, South Korea discuss deploying “strategic weapons” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/lead-j08.html The stationing of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula would be a major escalation of the US military build-up in Asia, directed primarily against China, not North Korea. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1d23261-0da6-4237-8f73-4e774534a3cE/lead-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Arresting officer in Sandra Bland death charged with perjury http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/poli-j08.html This decision to charge Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia comes about two weeks after the same grand jury refused to indict the Waller County jailers involved in her death. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ec21d57-ff6e-4827-bde9-67524ac0b8cI/poli-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Survey: One in four US adults burdened by medical debt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/kais-j08.html Medical bills are straining family budgets to the breaking point, forcing significant numbers of people to go without basic household necessities or to forgo treatment. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/78bf0c23-344d-4d2d-a061-3bf05f959feI/kais-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/hnda-j08.html The contract worker died as Honda draws large profits and continues to recall defective airbags responsible for nine deaths. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9401a70e-64da-44a5-95af-2e2bb1b05d1C/hnda-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z How banks, privatizers and politicians bankrupted the schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/numb-j08.html The Detroit Public Schools have been the target of both sordid profit-taking and deliberate destabilization by privatization forces. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dcc070b7-65f9-4c55-ba8e-7db00f4c669O/numb-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z State officials, Wall Street target Detroit schools for bankruptcy restructuring http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/det2-j08.html Pro-privatization politicians and financial interests are seeking to use the crisis at the Detroit Public Schools to ram through a reorganization of the district. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7be71f38-4469-4558-b732-4dfd7f75d1dO/det2-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Turkey and Arab states line up with Israel over Syria, repression of Palestinians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/isra-j08.html Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c9e9e34-1a95-4607-938c-0193a53246dL/isra-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z UK regulator abandons banking inquiry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/bank-j08.html All the pledges made by the leaders of the major powers and top bankers in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 collapse to clean up the financial system have come to nought. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1de4fa8-8e97-4213-8a34-cae23ea4e2fA/bank-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z UK: Sonae Industrial gets slap on wrist for deaths of two workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/sona-j08.html James Bibby, 25, and Thomas Elmer, 27, died from multiple injuries after they were dragged into machinery at a wood-chip processing factory. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d78d11f2-0974-4978-a92b-7eb5e2ff4c1L/sona-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z New Zealand court approves Kim Dotcom’s extradition to the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/nzdo-j08.html The ruling is a significant legal victory for the US and New Zealand’s National Party government, which has operated in concert with Washington throughout the affair. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f468f50-61ba-4106-8498-1e8003306dfI/nzdo-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Papua New Guinea government ejects Australian “advisors” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/pngp-j08.html The decision marks a setback for Australian imperialist interests in its resource-rich former colony. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a21d35d-26df-4901-a8a0-9c7caef848aJ/pngp-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Twenty five years of the World Wide Web http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/wweb-j08.html The first successful connection between two computers over the Internet using the World Wide Web was created by Tim Berners-Lee twenty five years ago. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/017e050f-e6cf-428f-a73b-32550233de6A/wweb-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z <em>Carol</em> and <em>The Danish Girl</em>: Real problems, but the danger of exclusivism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/caro-j08.html The two films address significant subjects that could potentially shed light on society and its moral and psychological condition. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/570c5fc0-869c-4e4a-91f8-bc89df61b01P/caro-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/wrks-j08.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and others to <a href="http://www.wsws.org/wsws/dd-formmailer/dd-formmailer.php">contribute</a> to this regular feature. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdb87256-4932-4480-8eb5-a24eb5c0a46M/wrks-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z Global financial turmoil continues on fears of slower growth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/econ-j07.html The fall in oil prices to their lowest level in 11 years points to deepening recessionary trends that increase the risk of defaults in high-risk, high-yield bonds. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36de6769-d7ad-4c44-95e5-41298504d5bJ/econ-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Crocodile tears from the commander-in-chief http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/pers-j07.html Obama professes to mourn for children killed by gun violence while presiding over a never-ending escalation of military violence around the world. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c7badb6-cafd-48f0-8077-7f12f2bc4c7I/pers-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Syriza presents plan for drastic pension cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/syri-j07.html Based on Syriza’s record in government, workers must assume that its assurances that it is seeking to protect pensions as much as possible are outright lies. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba81e242-9bbf-4c59-9f4a-25582a5ccccA/syri-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z UK: Resignations follow Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle by Corbyn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/corb-j07.html The Labour Party right wing, having emerged largely unscathed from the reshuffle, immediately went back on the offensive. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8a82d51-ab99-447f-a487-a88e89366e9A/corb-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/nkor-j07.html The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ffd6da9-a0c0-427e-bbc0-28eed054b6fK/nkor-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Chicago attorney resigns after judge rules he concealed evidence in police shooting case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/chic-j07.html A Senior Corporation Counsel for the city resigned after a judge sanctioned him and overturned a jury verdict that found in favor of two police officers in a wrongful death lawsuit. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1388bae7-8f1a-48be-b20b-4f00c82f412J/chic-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Conductor and avant-garde composer Pierre Boulez (1925–2016) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/boul-j07.html As a conductor who worked and recorded extensively with leading orchestras and opera companies, Boulez elicited powerful, precise, unpretentious and always tasteful performances, though they sometimes had a touch of coldness. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7666141-8726-4e84-ba64-9684a3ffbf6N/boul-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Toronto Star report outlines alarming police Taser use http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/cana-j07.html Although promoted as a safe alternative to firearms, Tasers have been associated with approximately 1,000 deaths since they were introduced in 2000. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28df8efe-e02f-43e6-8a2c-27ec11ac737F/cana-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z 190 Muslim workers fired from Colorado meatpacking plant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/soma-j07.html The workers, mostly Somali refugees, walked off the job last month in protest after management at the Cargill plant refused to allow them prayer time at sundown. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8ff2d89-6a91-4f66-94c7-57ea6c0a9feE/soma-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Residents speak on social crisis in San Bernardino, California following mass shooting in December http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/sanb-j07.html Despite constant coverage of the recent San Bernardino shootings in the mainstream media, little attention has been given to the city’s widespread poverty and social distress. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/394c7a39-c521-4150-84b2-e4f0e20d554L/sanb-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Venezuela’s Maduro declares “economic emergency” as opposition takes control of legislature http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/vene-j07.html Despite the bitter recriminations between the chavistas and the US-backed opposition, both sides are preparing new attacks on the working class. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad1901f6-663c-495c-aa0d-f450926f479D/vene-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Official PR campaign sought to present Ukrainian oligarch Julia Tymoshenko as martyr http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/ukr-j07.html A report from news magazine <em>Der Spiegel</em> has revealed how a PR firm in Berlin sought to bolster the image of the right-wing Ukrainian nationalist politician four years ago. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0492a053-1709-4bda-8200-71c6d3af8d4A/ukr-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Australian government seizes on trade union report to attack workers’ conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/trad-j07.html While the immediate target of the royal commission report is the trade unions, the real aim is to clear the way for a fundamental transformation of Australian industrial relations. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4dd08fc9-ac6b-4a08-ac31-190b93f2a80J/trad-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Australian electronics retailer placed in receivership, threatening thousands of jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/elec-j07.html The Dick Smith chain’s collapse has underscored the deepening crisis in the Australian economy, and drawn attention to the parasitic operations of private equity firms. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/360630de-df83-4729-b592-37f36bbd7ecH/elec-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Racism and revenge: Quentin Tarantino’s <em>The Hateful Eight</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/07/hate-j07.html Tarantino’s latest is a deeply unpleasant work, another in a long line of the director’s blood-soaked revenge fantasies. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2945d6bf-117b-4e46-b41f-387c15d31c6E/hate-j07.html 2016-01-07T05:00:00Z Obama administration rings in new year with deportation of children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/immi-j06.html More than 100 people were taken into custody over the weekend in a series of nationwide raids targeting refugees fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ea003551-07b4-477f-ad52-df2d06b614bN/immi-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z French government considers deprivation of nationality as possible sentence to all citizens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/fran-j06.html The Socialist Party is increasingly taking up positions associated with the extreme right and the traditions of 20th century European fascism. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19123d05-b195-4b7d-81bf-166a51e2b37A/fran-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/figh-j06.html The US government has helped coordinate the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which has already killed thousands of civilians and reduced large sections of the population to starvation. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc5040c0-f6e8-4062-beee-8edb93ef8f0M/figh-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Bernie Sanders poses as an opponent of Wall Street in New York speech http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/sand-j06.html Sanders’ pledge to break up the major Wall Street banks during his first year in office came with a caveat that rendered it toothless. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55c42a02-5389-40ca-92cc-3146333fed1P/sand-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Obama announces executive measures for gun control http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/guns-j06.html Not even Obama claims that his proposals, which amount to a further expansion of the already vast police-intelligence apparatus, will resolve the scourge of gun violence in the US. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5443030-25d8-4c74-bf5a-c9a0d0e12e3P/guns-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Freightliner announces nearly 1,000 layoffs at North Carolina plant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/frei-j06.html The layoff announcement follows similar job cuts and UAW-sanctioned attacks on workers at Volvo, Navistar and other truck manufacturers in the US. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82fadf6a-c8b1-4b0d-af5d-f0cf0df6db4I/frei-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Michigan governor declares state of emergency over Flint lead poisoning http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/flin-j06.html Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement came the day after the Genesee County Board of Commissioners held a meeting to discuss its approval of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s request for a federal disaster declaration. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4792bd3-933c-4431-83a8-8c55c7b8584H/flin-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z CDC report: Worsening drug abuse epidemic across US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/drug-j06.html 2014 has eclipsed all other recorded years as the most deadly, with nearly 48,000 drug overdose deaths. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a43a1006-ad21-4c24-9808-31a7debfa4dG/drug-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Spain: Elections anticipated after CUP refuses to back Catalan government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/spai-j06.html The petty-bourgeois Candidatures of Popular Unity have refused to invest Catalan President Artur Mas, whose party they have backed in parliament. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4846485f-d423-494c-94c9-6544b0ec88bI/spai-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z UK: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd residents describe flood destruction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/floo-j06.html West Yorkshire residents interviewed by the WSWS were angry at the response of the government and local authorities. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a261bbe-19fc-4eb9-b801-764852a78edN/floo-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Student accommodation costs rocket in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/stud-j06.html Investors are responding to the profits available due to the increased enrolment of foreign students in British universities and the expansion of privately rented halls. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/da9c8a14-9040-4ccf-be0b-d086eb287f4E/stud-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Germany: Poverty of welfare recipients increases http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/hart-j06.html The real value of already low welfare payments under Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits system has continued to fall. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13fab785-d2e2-4b9b-9f0a-04d36986059A/hart-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Deepening social crisis in New Zealand http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/nzie-j06.html A series of recent reports paint a grim picture of worsening poverty and social inequality. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45b961d7-b5f4-43d1-b37f-d37ff93db31N/nzie-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government moves to criminalise “hate speech” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/crim-j06.html The planned new laws are an attack on the democratic rights of the working class, directed in particular against any person or party fighting for a revolutionary socialist perspective. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcc3c3b7-bdf9-45b9-89d4-7ceed378460O/crim-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/pers-j06.html The entry of the Luftwaffe into the Syrian war, backed by some 1,200 German soldiers and a frigate, opens a new and ominous chapter in the resurgence of German militarism. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6933edc5-cdb7-4dd9-ade6-8029218d9c9J/pers-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Frank Capra: The Early Collection—The American filmmaker’s most ambitious and honest work http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/capr-j06.html The box set contains five pre-Code movies: <em>Ladies of Leisure</em> (1930), <em>Rain Or Shine</em> (1930), <em>The Miracle Woman</em> (1931), <em>Forbidden</em> (1932) and <em>The Bitter Tea of General Yen</em> (1933). Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2dca9f6d-c4f9-4706-be82-21c5b8e3091P/capr-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Middle East tensions escalate in wake of Saudi mass beheadings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/saud-j05.html The Saudi monarchy’s mass beheadings and subsequent cutting of ties with Iran have all the earmarks of a deliberate provocation. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0380b179-3cbb-41c8-a98c-fea3531ae1aH/saud-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z The New Year stock sell-off http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/pers-j05.html The indicators of a deepening crisis in production sent shock waves through the financial markets because they portend the looming collapse of a vast speculative house of cards built up since the 2008 Wall Street crash. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/743fcb72-0511-4a2d-9b12-acfb8f080b2M/pers-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Russia names United States, NATO as threats to its national security http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/russ-j05.html The contents of the Russian national security strategy testify to the bankruptcy of the world capitalist system and amount to an indictment of the reckless policy of the imperialist powers. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a30e1c56-ef90-4423-8acb-e2b469f1794O/russ-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Indian prime minister visits Russia to consolidate relations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/indi-j05.html While supporting the US “pivot to Asia” against India’s regional rival China, the Modi government is maintaining New Delhi’s longstanding ties with Russia. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fe8ba327-94b4-49cf-b71d-cc61d195d40A/indi-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Condemnations of Chinese flight in South China Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/scse-j05.html Washington’s calls for restraint are in marked contrast to its escalating provocations to challenge Chinese claims in the disputed waters. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a559b37-7d0e-46c3-ad70-300d1917ef8A/scse-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Right-wing militia members occupy federal building in rural Oregon http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/oreg-j05.html A group of armed right-wing militia members, led by the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, seized control of a building at a national wildlife refuge to protest restrictions on federal lands. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26016094-cd87-4438-b90c-bf46166586aJ/oreg-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z UAW local publishes blacklist of workers who opt out of dues payment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/auto-j05.html The anti-democratic move by Local 412 in suburban Detroit is aimed at victimizing workers who criticize the UAW’s collusion with corporate management. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5df31ee0-1fe5-4edb-8f9b-ffc72f5c50eI/auto-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/trum-j05.html The first television ad released by the Republican frontrunner reiterates his most openly racist comments from the campaign. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86d18d4f-3199-43ae-88c0-3c2156f40acK/trum-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Michigan officials, rating agencies move against cash-strapped schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/mich-j05.html The State of Michigan has allotted itself new powers to withhold state funding and appoint emergency managers to deal with financially distressed schools. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/645761a8-4cc3-41db-bc9b-840af79d329J/mich-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Puerto Rican government will not pay portion of its debt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/rico-j05.html The government of Puerto Rico announced that it would default on $37 million out of a $900 million payment this week. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/577b7554-e89e-4c3b-829a-e32af20fd64D/rico-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Vietnam accelerates military build-up, plans for war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/viet-j05.html Vietnam is preparing to enter an imperialist war as an accomplice of the United States against China. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9d418e82-fba7-4cca-8617-cd976424628I/viet-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z UK Tories step up attacks on school education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/educ-j05.html The cuts in education are part of the government’s austerity agenda aimed at saving more than £20 billion in public finances. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bac61753-6373-4a03-a973-a411e3a87ceI/educ-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Police agent-provocateurs exposed at Montreal anti-austerity demonstration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/cana-j05.html The Montreal Police Department is strongly defending the actions of an undercover cop who drew his revolver and threatened protesters who had “outed” him. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c6e901d-8b12-4627-b482-06b45b85fc6P/cana-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z The failure of David O. Russell’s <em>Joy</em>, or, what any “sensible” person should know about modern society http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/joym-j05.html Russell’s film is loosely inspired by the life story of millionaire inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who created a self-wringing mop and other products. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40a608f9-f50b-4932-aa2f-504132c6539B/joym-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/wkrs-j05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/456d29ff-14fa-45dc-81eb-7790df81532C/wkrs-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z 2016 will be a year of escalating class struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/clas-j04.html Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e172633-c8cf-410c-b0de-1e716abbad4B/clas-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/pers-j04.html The barbaric killing spree carried out by the royal parasites in Riyadh was a calculated political act driven by both domestic and international objectives. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e04db2f-1e13-4887-8487-d66dba5bf2dM/pers-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Worker crushed to death after wall collapses at Chicago Ford plant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/ford-j04.html One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday after a concrete wall collapsed at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, the company’s oldest continually operating factory. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f41a9ae9-fc7f-46f8-9fde-d850f561e6fF/ford-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z US threatens new sanctions on Iran http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/iran-j04.html Washington’s threat is particularly provocative as it came just days after Tehran fulfilled a key aspect of last July’s nuclear deal—to ship its enriched uranium to Russia. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3ada1bd-edcc-49fe-afc5-45c3f5148eeE/iran-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z German political establishment calls for faster remilitarization http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/germ-j04.html Comments by leading politicians, journalists and academics at the New Year leave no room for doubt that the drive to war will only escalate in 2016. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00d717c6-9f64-49cc-8ea4-c8c5cafc601O/germ-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Large numbers of refugees brutally deported from Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/depo-j04.html Since the tightening of restrictions on the right to asylum in October, the number of deportations has grown sharply, and inhumane treatment has reached a new level. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d038417-a35c-4a10-a014-1a607ba709bH/depo-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Right-wing Polish government takes control of public media http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/pola-j04.html In another step towards establishing authoritarian rule, the Law and Justice government has adopted a bill to subordinate public broadcast services to its right-wing agenda. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2a85b1e-7a36-43c8-ad55-2bace49aab4M/pola-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s police “reform”: Increased repression and cover-up http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/chic-j04.html In the name of “reform” and in the midst of a deepening political crisis, Emanuel is planning to double the number of tasers employed by the police. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53365251-b68b-4761-ac54-e695d3c9439E/chic-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z America’s richest 400 households paid a 16.7 percent tax rate in 2012 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/rich-j04.html America’s super-rich and giant corporations hide trillions of dollars in order to avoid paying taxes on their earnings. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c60d2e5-3aae-4ef2-ab1c-f6625df7618L/rich-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Death toll rises to 24 in Mississippi River floods http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/miss-j04.html The floods along the Mississippi, unusual during the winter months, are due to severe storms throughout the central United States which occurred late last month. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e8f05e38-ed2f-4665-9856-45e310c7b72E/miss-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Massachusetts: New attacks on public transportation and transit workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/mbta-j04.html Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers and riders are being pitted against each other by the release of data about employees’ earnings. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2355298-5090-4e0b-8411-c482a403c05L/mbta-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Ukrainian government officials celebrate Nazism, anti-Semitism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/anti-j04.html Several recent incidents in Ukraine have further exposed the far-right nature of the forces unleashed by the 2014 Maidan “revolution.” Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/acfc6c54-2285-4f07-990f-3f9ceaa7f7fL/anti-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Monopolisation of wealth by UK super-rich accelerates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/ineq-j04.html The concentration of wealth by a tiny minority is revealed in the fact that the top one percent of wealthiest households has as much wealth as the poorest 57 percent combined. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a7e44dc-0293-4164-8e33-ac790f85e3cH/ineq-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z UK government opens vast areas to fracking firms http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/frac-j04.html Exploration for oil and gas across about 5,000 square miles of England will be permitted, in addition to 1,000 square miles in licenses awarded in the summer. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/becc9486-18aa-4b6c-99e4-f375c74b33aB/frac-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Australia: Over 100 houses destroyed in Victorian bushfires http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/fire-j04.html Victoria has been hit by more than 2,500 bushfires since October but the hottest months, when the most dangerous fires usually occur, are still to come. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3870ea63-e633-4222-b4ae-68006996495E/fire-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Justice Scalia repudiates separation of church and state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/scal-j04.html The Supreme Court justice’s statement that there is no barrier to the US government discriminating in favor of religious believers adds to his litany of bigoted attacks on democratic rights. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3a2d392-47f1-4cf7-be30-f411013d9b3J/scal-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z <em>Lulu</em>: A new production of a challenging 20th century opera http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/lulu-j04.html Alban Berg found ways to express drama and emotional power within the atonal framework pioneered by his teacher Arnold Schoenberg. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b252f5fe-ceb7-47d4-aa8c-15e1ac69983C/lulu-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 4-10 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/twih-j04.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/981f81b1-f4e6-49ef-abb4-1c470badb24O/twih-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/labo-j04.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49b2f910-1ebe-4fd1-83d2-4a18abfa9a9N/labo-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z IMF head warns of slow growth and economic “shocks” in 2016 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/econ-d31.html IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde wrote that global economic growth next year would be “disappointing” and the outlook for the medium term had also deteriorated. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eed3be52-c0ae-4806-ae04-8b107aa753aI/econ-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z On the threshold of the New Year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/pers-d31.html It is characteristic of a period of crisis that more and more the essential nature of capitalism—a system of exploitation, inequality, war and repression—comes into alignment with the everyday experiences of broad masses of people. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b756787-f2d6-4128-804b-af863cdea46F/pers-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/afgh-d31.html The US-backed government’s security forces have proven incapable of holding back an ongoing offensive by the Taliban. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a7469f0-aaf1-40aa-8ac0-c9ab5005f96G/afgh-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z NATO to station AWACS radar aircraft in Turkey http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/awacs-d31.html After the downing of a Russian fighter by Turkish aircraft, NATO demonstratively gave its backing to Turkey and announced it would provide Ankara with military assistance. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/591ca76f-a585-42a9-9fb6-07435c4a7ccD/awacs-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Police officer escapes indictment for shooting unarmed man in Colorado http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/colo-d31.html The exoneration comes two days after an Ohio grand jury decided not to issue an indictment of Cleveland police officers for the 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15210dc9-6c46-4cdc-a1c8-8807a704e0aB/colo-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Massive police buildup planned in cities throughout the US for New Year’s Eve http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/year-d31.html In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France in November and the shooting deaths of 14 people in San Bernardino, California earlier this month, US officials have announced massive security buildups in preparation for celebrations set to occur for New Year’s celebrations. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4c94537-fed7-49d5-87d2-f1eed25f351K/year-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Analyst says US auto contracts will not increase labor costs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/auto-d31.html Despite claims by the UAW that the agreements were among the richest in history, the overall labor costs at the Detroit automakers will remain essentially unchanged. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42434d1c-7169-474b-83e0-843336d16d4K/auto-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Top Michigan environmental safety officials resign amidst ongoing Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/flin-d31.html The resignations are an attempt by Republican governor Rick Snyder to obscure the criminal role he and his "Emergency Managers" in Flint and Detroit have played in creating a public health crisis. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/169dcd49-314b-4890-997f-5846f2d4f96K/flin-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z US: Mississippi River flooding threatens millions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/flod-d31.html The National Weather Service currently estimates that there are 17 million Americans—over 5 percent of the population—living in areas under flood warning, with worse to come. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67746567-64e8-44f7-b14b-b50c7f6418cJ/flod-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Post-elections negotiations fail to produce new Spanish government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/spai-d31.html The elections produced an unprecedented hung parliament and the collapse of the two-party system that dominated Spanish politics since the end of the Franco dictatorship. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e0b2078-2aec-47ef-b4a3-9e3b8c1930aE/spai-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z EU renegotiation talks open up “civil war” in UK Tory government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/refe-d31.html Cameron pledged to hold an “in-out” referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 to appease the Eurosceptic wing of his party. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42191475-c918-4c24-ad00-ad40e893e38G/refe-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Lifetime council tenancies in UK to be scrapped http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/tena-d31.html The abolition of the secure tenancy and the offer of fixed-term tenancies will create insecurity for many people. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb6855f2-d2eb-4bb4-8bad-7609495b0c1G/tena-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z President Humala declares state of emergency in Peru’s port of Callao http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/peru-d31.html The state of emergency is intended as a demonstration for the domestic and foreign business elites that the government can—and will—suspend democratic rights as it sees fit. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9584023f-c103-4aeb-a0eb-2183d4081fdJ/peru-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Indonesian foreign policy tilts towards the US and its allies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/indo-d31.html Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f9a684d-00ea-4cd5-89c3-89c8369af8eH/indo-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Private operator to run New Zealand capital’s rail service http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/rail-d31.html Despite the denials of the trade unions, rail workers face a new round of attacks on jobs and conditions. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c3e2cc6-05cb-4e8e-871d-8919ec415beF/rail-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z <em>The Big Short</em>: The criminality of Wall Street and the crash of 2008 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/shor-d31.html Adam McKay’s new film <em>The Big Short</em> is a hard-hitting comedy-drama about the 2008 financial meltdown. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9518f85-ef37-4112-86f3-1768efa6303N/shor-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z Best films of 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/31/best-d31.html The most interesting films we saw in 2015, both those that played in a movie theater in the US and those not yet distributed. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e6fc1415-c888-41d9-9cd1-4a0e877d574G/best-d31.html 2015-12-31T05:00:00Z A New Year’s sense of foreboding over the global economy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/pers-d30.html Economic developments in 2015 were dominated by intensifying recessionary trends throughout the world economy. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e4656ad-c778-416e-a212-a2c04985952M/pers-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z More police murders across the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/poli-d30.html Police have taken repeated exonerations, often in the face of overwhelming evidence, as in the murder of Tamir Rice, as a green light for more violence. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/79d9ab8c-c0d4-49bc-a7ae-91513dcbd23H/poli-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Federal agency prepares new crackdown on US travelers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/tsa-d30.html The Transportation Security Administration will reject driver’s licenses from at least nine states as valid ID for boarding an airplane, with the first notices to be issued in January. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29f1bcd4-e61f-4e00-819d-99d9ce77c8aB/tsa-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z As fighting in Turkey mounts, Kurdish nationalists escalate independence drive http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/kurd-d30.html Kurdish nationalist groups are responding to the Turkish military crackdown with appeals to Russia and the imperialist powers for support to wage war inside Turkey. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/854ee7f0-e1b1-4f8b-b73a-0ff4ca3eca9J/kurd-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Japan and South Korea reach agreement over comfort women http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/jpko-d30.html The deal will be welcomed in Washington which has been pressing its two allies to mend their rift and collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f20a0f65-3c4f-4081-ac9a-31efd308af8G/jpko-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Seven confirmed dead in industrial landslide in Shenzhen, China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/shen-d30.html The response of the Chinese regime is aimed at diverting attention from the broader social and political implications of the disaster. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/830c93ce-e41d-4282-bbf4-00783909658E/shen-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z With UAW complicity, Ford fires workers for voicing opposition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/ford-d30.html A local UAW official confirmed that at least a dozen workers have been fired from the Kansas City plant for comments posted on Facebook, and the union has done nothing. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c6128da-531f-4417-9898-b036ece4325L/ford-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z New York City intensifies assault on the homeless http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/home-d30.html As the growth of income inequality in the city compounds a major housing crisis, the de Blasio administration is increasing its attacks on the homeless. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/032fb34c-e342-48fb-aa54-57983101b82K/home-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z UK floods bring further destruction to thousands http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/floo-d30.html The storms are estimated to have dropped an average month’s rainfall within a 24-hour period. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c62d4963-98f6-4f7d-8a48-95289c6e84cG/floo-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Wedding video shows Israeli far-right gathering celebrating arson attack on Palestinians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/isra-d30.html The couple getting married was well known in the radical right, and guests included friends of the suspects in the arson attack. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a43408f9-c055-4bfe-993c-a44e98a16cdJ/isra-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z After Paris attacks, anti-Muslim riot erupts in Corsica http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/cors-d30.html The anti-Muslim riots in Corsica are the product of the incitement of racial hatreds by the entire French political establishment. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7eaf0f3f-9945-4da0-b959-d016523eb90M/cors-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Drug company boss is new head of Croatian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/croa-d30.html The naming of Orešković was preceded by weeks of horse-trading between the right-wing HDZ and MOST and the former Stalinist SDP. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8592042d-2a1b-48db-ba36-fa1292891cdF/croa-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Obama, Trump and the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/bara-d30.html Trump’s ability to exploit grievances and popular anger for reactionary purposes is due above all to what passes for “left” in official American politics, exemplified by Obama, which has nothing but hostility and contempt for the working class. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51e4e985-8dda-4b7e-b897-0fe31c2af1fI/bara-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z The New York Times celebrates “retaking Ramadi” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/time-d30.html The <em>Times</em>’ duplicitous cheerleading for the military action by the Pentagon and its Iraqi puppet forces serves only to cover up for those who are principally to blame for the rise of ISIS. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a927b4fa-1129-4ae2-9892-cc40cd3588dH/time-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z SEP (Sri Lanka) holds public meeting on 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/trot-d30.html Well aware that World War II would produce revolutionary upheavals, neither Stalinism nor imperialism could tolerate Trotsky’s continued existence. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/976ad2c8-abd8-4308-bd51-d381e166182D/trot-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z The year in popular music http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/musi-d30.html <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> music writers pick their favorite recordings of 2015. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/efadeb17-fffc-4ddd-bb4d-5ca716b58c1L/musi-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/wkrs-d30.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/483b0ac7-1b22-4a42-a4c9-8c2d289d51aB/wkrs-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Cleveland cop who killed twelve-year-old exonerated http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/rice-d29.html The decision not to charge Officer Timothy Loehmann for killing Tamir Rice is the outcome of a well-orchestrated campaign by the county prosecutor’s office. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/067de26f-8b82-4a3a-9aab-93fb5c6eaa7I/rice-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z US military to expand global operations in 2016 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/pers-d29.html US imperialism is expanding its global Special Forces network, preparing new deployments of combat forces to confront Russia and China, and flooding every region of the world with advanced weaponry. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67224000-d84b-42c9-bb41-f16f265ab75G/pers-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Criminal investigation launched into police killing of unarmed man in London http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/ukpo-d29.html One witness stated that Jermaine Baker was asleep in a car when he was shot and killed by police in the north London area of Tottenham earlier this month. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df16a468-88c9-4911-bacf-f458a088b6eG/ukpo-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/rama-d29.html Amidst boasting by Iraqi Prime Minister of the “liberation” of Ramadi, even the sanitised media footage shows scenes of utter devastation. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31d29168-eb89-46e9-94cb-790c8766935D/rama-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z India’s Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/indi-d29.html Modi’s Pakistan trip was a pragmatic maneuver aimed at placating Washington and shoring up the increasingly embattled Indian government domestically. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eee73a31-8cf5-4369-81c7-0ab196b6785L/indi-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Winter storms kill dozens across US South and Midwest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/strm-d29.html As usual in such disasters, hardest hit were working class communities where less well constructed homes as well as trailers were flattened by unusual December tornadoes. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74803672-c784-4fb0-90b0-8712f7f1838F/strm-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Autoworker crushed to death in conveyer belt catastrophe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/ford-d29.html The deceased worker leaves behind a wife and small children. Meanwhile, Ford keeps hush, the UAW blames workers and the government said it will not investigate the workplace tragedy. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22c860b3-fafc-46e1-8110-1eefb0fddecO/ford-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z George Washington University apologizes for censorship of Palestinian flag http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/pale-d29.html The incident at the Washington, D.C university is only one of many similar attacks on free speech rights aimed at suppressing criticism of Israel. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bbf407e6-3107-4df6-9ba1-aae654adaceP/pale-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Ruthless cuts in West Virginia public employee health care http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/wvir-d29.html A large budget shortfall in the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency has prompted “draconian” cuts to the health care of more than 200,000 state workers and retirees. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d5ead29-98ca-40cb-9c88-6fa048f522dK/wvir-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Canada’s central bank expresses trepidation over economic downturn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/cana-d29.html Canada’s central bank has announced that in the event of a major crisis it will consider adopting negative interest rates and other unconventional policies. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d48c873d-c379-4a38-9362-9d064581f43L/cana-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z German trade union chief agrees to €1 an hour jobs for refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/germ-d29.html The government, the corporations and the trade unions in Germany are collaborating to deport most refugees, while using those who remain for cheap labour. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c31100e-a057-4cf0-84c7-d27036a169dN/germ-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Portugal’s new Socialist Party government bails out another bank http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/port-d29.html The bailout of Banif was only possible because of the actions of the Left Bloc and the Communist Party, whose support brought the minority PS government to power last month. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb9f000d-cabc-42ac-a64f-b31e82d9dd3O/port-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Dozens of Chinese miners killed in three accidents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/chin-d29.html The callous disregard for the safety of miners, resulting in a series of mine explosions and cave-ins, is a product of the drive to cut production costs and boost profits. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/220e3e7d-1dcf-491e-9b49-72b69e579bfF/chin-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Tamil People's Forum sets a new nationalist trap for Sri Lankan workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/tami-d29.html The formation of the TPF is a shabby political maneuver to give a facelift to Tamil nationalist groups discredited by their support for the Sri Lankan government. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcb54126-50cb-4dfd-ae1a-5145573c68bA/tami-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Widespread abstention in New Zealand flag referendum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/flag-d29.html The opposition to the referendum reflects hostility to the promotion of nationalism and militarism to divert attention from social inequality. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/627f92ce-5672-4513-98db-d3f54e5bcefF/flag-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z <em>In Jackson Heights</em>: Documentarian Frederick Wiseman on life in a New York City neighborhood http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/fred-d29.html If nothing else, Wiseman’s new documentary is a reminder of the fact that, even in this wealthiest city in the world, the working class makes up the vast majority of the population. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f63a330-af16-4859-924d-f6c85308a33A/fred-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/immi-d28.html Most of those targeted are women and children who have sought to escape gang attacks, drug-related violence and brutality by US-backed security services in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35693c7d-ae5f-4eea-8f44-459c474d638K/immi-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z The fracturing of the European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/pers-d28.html In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e026fdb-65eb-4e23-8023-21fbc44ec15A/pers-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Three shot, two killed by Chicago police in one day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/chic-d28.html The shootings occur amid a crisis in the city following the exposure of a cover-up by the Emanuel administration of the police murder of 19-year-old Laquan McDonald. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/331d9bc9-71b8-4bbc-a9d7-7a8e23304a8A/chic-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Police suppress protest at Mall of America over recent police killing in Minneapolis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/minn-d28.html On Wednesday, December 23, riot-clad police cracked down on a demonstration of hundreds of protesters at the Mall of America (MOA) called in response to the recent police killing of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/900f3783-44a9-48b2-9967-04cf92c3430L/minn-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Locked out ATI workers in US left isolated by United Steelworkers union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/stee-d28.html The USW's announcement of a federal unfair labor practice complaint against Allegheny Technologies Inc. is a stunt aimed at justifying the continued isolation of the workers. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/013affb1-3b8e-44d6-b3cb-5a2a1b78694J/stee-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z FDA capitulates to pharmaceutical company on drug claims http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/offl-d28.html The move marks the latest episode of the drug industry’s attempts to roll back restrictions on “off-label” marketing practices based on “free speech” claims. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8098bb0-df4d-4496-ba0f-7bfa5a6c0d1L/offl-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Puerto Rico faces default on its debts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/puer-d28.html Despite his protests over congressional inaction, the Padilla administration has contributed to the increasing human misery facing Puerto Ricans with draconian austerity measures. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b4e0183-ea75-4244-aeb8-a1edb0a6094O/puer-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Refugees confront misery in Berlin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/germ-d28.html The terrible conditions facing newly arrived refugees in Berlin are deliberate and aimed at deterring other refugees from travelling to Germany. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/097e1fcc-f3ac-49fc-b486-d4d6256326aE/germ-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Police operations against protest groups extended into Scotland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/pitc-d28.html The Pitchford investigation into infiltration of protest groups by British and European governments is set to expand to cover spy operations in Scotland. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ebc82a48-f00b-432c-80ab-27c960147acI/pitc-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Prince Charles and William granted access to top secret UK documents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/mona-d28.html While the documents in question have been freely handed to the British monarchy, the government insists that they not be released to the public for at least three decades. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c9ad27e-fc3d-4356-b151-788c382dbbaL/mona-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Australia: One year after the Sydney siege, the cover-up continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/lind-d28.html The investigations into the Lindt café tragedy over the past year are above all aimed at obscuring the role of the state apparatus, especially the intelligence agencies. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf49080d-cd65-4d45-aee7-e8aa82f711cM/lind-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government lifts suspension on China-funded Port City project http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/sril-d28.html Facing a fiscal crisis, President Sirisena’s cash-strapped government has approved the Colombo Port City and other Chinese projects. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d6cfe72-1a3b-4dc1-9a14-2660600b7d5D/sril-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z German weekly Die Zeit calls for a “strong state” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/zeit-d28.html The leading German liberal newsweekly’s call for a “strong state” is a warning that the ruling class is seeking to defend its interests at home and abroad with military-police methods. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33e40f4b-e226-4aaa-b35d-7e79120179bA/zeit-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z <em>John Heartfield: Laughter Is A Devastating Weapon</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/hear-d28.html <em>Laughter is a Devastating Weapon</em> presents 50 full-page images of John Heartfield’s work, revealing the power, impact and problems of the brilliant German artist’s satirical photomontages. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d95ffd0-3acd-4111-bdea-0a18e488effO/hear-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 28-January 3 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/twih-d28.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/198d968f-8b93-47c0-a8b2-07b5933809aE/twih-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z French government proposes constitutional amendment on state of emergency, deprivation of citizenship http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/cons-d24.html Proposed moves to deprive people of French nationality were traditionally associated to the far-right National Front and were used against the Jews during the Nazi Occupation. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2218bb7-c9ec-4ee9-98db-2681504aa57I/cons-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z No “peace on Earth” in 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/pers-d24.html The official promotion of the “Christmas spirit” collides against the reality of ever-expanding war, violence and social misery that dominate capitalist society. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/434da5e8-d0fe-4879-b543-0394481c7d9N/pers-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Texas grand jury refuses to indict police officers involved in the death of Sandra Bland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/nopv-d24.html Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell in July where she was being held after a traffic stop. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4cf6544f-340b-468e-9364-2b7ca1e72caN/nopv-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Idaho food service worker fired for giving hungry student free food worth $1.70 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/food-d24.html Following the incident, Dalene Bowden was placed on unpaid leave and then received a letter days later issuing the termination of her position. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d0103ff-1e30-4511-8f68-20b1608ac91E/food-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z US-backed Nigerian military massacres hundreds in Shia minority http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/nige-d24.html The death toll continues to rise from the mass slaughter by the US-backed Nigerian forces in Zaria, Kaduna state. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19cdc82c-77f1-442d-84de-ecbfe76086dI/nige-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z UK Labour leader urges party not to defy Conservative spending cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/corb-d24.html Jeremy Corbyn is far more concerned with placating the right wing than he is with opposing cuts. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b68840e4-4b09-4a47-8e47-fbe61b2d1bbN/corb-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z UK: Employment practises of Sports Direct retail giant exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/dire-d24.html Sports Direct has gained notoriety for its employment conditions, with its Shirebrook warehouse known locally as the “Gulag”. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9414fc96-0e97-4daf-87e0-84c4628e706A/dire-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z German government creates new “Anti-Terror Unit” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/germ-d24.html Under conditions of increasing class tensions in Germany and the revival of an aggressive foreign policy, the ruling elite is preparing for the suppression of popular opposition. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7ac3090-4728-4d41-b40e-df470d174d9P/germ-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan farmers protest against budget cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/farm-d24.html Farmers marched to the prime minister’s office, denouncing cuts to fertiliser subsidies and rice prices. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7bf80cc9-4392-4006-a32c-9d754897bb1K/farm-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Quebec: Common Front unions promote sell-out agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/queb-12-12-d24.html The Common Front leaders are seeking to impose a concessionary agreement that will enshrine the massive cuts the Liberals have made to public services. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e77085f-229f-4c6d-8eee-fa1cff11992J/queb-12-12-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/salt-d24.html Efforts to create a phony “left” veneer for sections of the political establishment have become an increasingly important axis upon which the fate of capitalism relies. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b85807ac-f75c-4a93-819e-a656eb4f581H/salt-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Western Australia suffers “greatest revenue shock since Great Depression” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/wabu-d24.html Collapsing global iron ore and gas prices have triggered an abrupt economic reversal in Australia’s premier “mining boom” state. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b569ec3-b356-48ca-9f5b-780f2aeda7aN/wabu-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Notes on a visit to Łódź, Poland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/lodz-d24.html Few cities in Eastern Europe have played as great a role in the history of the working class movement as Łódź. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c577842f-02bc-49c2-a769-17515f0f143O/lodz-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z One million people fled to Europe in 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/refu-d23.html The wars stoked by American and European imperialism in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have helped turn more than 60 million people worldwide into refugees. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f667607c-25e4-4c60-8e79-7ec489c7fbcA/refu-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Political issues in the Spanish election crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/pers-d23.html Podemos, while posing as a populist opponent of austerity, will prove as hostile to the working class as Syriza in Greece. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66442d93-6b48-443d-8b40-424af80fc2aL/pers-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Germany doubles number of deportations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/depo-d23.html According to official figures from Germany’s interior ministry, 18,363 people were forcibly deported in the first 11 months of this year. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85e5b1d8-d9c1-4686-a315-f85d55dc486M/depo-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/iraq-d23.html The latest death toll from the US bombing campaign came as Iraqi troops and militias entered the ISIS-held city of Ramadi. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7136ca9d-c190-49f3-9d75-1ef4e615ffbL/iraq-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z NZ Labour leader calls for “troops on the ground” to fight ISIS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/nzwa-d23.html Little’s announcement that Labour would support sending elite SAS troops to the Middle East is fully in line with the demands of US imperialism. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9b5de42-d106-449c-8aa9-858b5d27c03I/nzwa-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Spanish political system in turmoil over hung parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/spai-d23.html Sunday’s elections resulted in a historic collapse of the two-party system that has dominated Spanish politics since the fascist Franco dictatorship fell in 1977. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c9f237c-973a-48b3-ac80-9e0b40106e8G/spai-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Mass police raids in French state of emergency find no terror networks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/fran-d23.html Mass searches and house arrests are part of the preparation for the imposition of a permanent state of emergency by the Socialist Party government. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2abb6f01-ff50-471c-8f9f-b521ace58feG/fran-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Amid French state of emergency, Sodexo sacks 19 workers for striking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/sode-d23.html The sudden and unprecedented mass sacking by food and facilities management multinational Sodexo is an attack on the constitutionally protected right to strike. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42399070-643a-4810-91fe-8384e643dcdG/sode-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Illinois coal miner killed on the job http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/mine-d23.html The death of Tyler D. Rath is the third fatal accident at the Foresight Energy mine in Macedonia, Illinois in as many years. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20bddc16-ab20-4bdb-9873-e0dc50bf7eaM/mine-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Co-defendant Ralf Wohlleben testifies in German neo-Nazi trial http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/nsut-d23.html Wohlleben stands accused of having provided the weapons that were used in a series of politically motivated murders that took place in 2000-2007. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ea11ea7-fc97-43b3-b623-acf632bebdbB/nsut-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Scotland: Victims demand removal of former police spy from St. Andrew’s University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/univ-d23.html Every political or campaign organisation whose outlook implies the slightest criticism of the authorities has been spied upon by the police. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba379776-777b-44ba-8211-1957530220cJ/univ-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Ethiopian government kills students in protests over latest land grab http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/ethi-d23.html Weeks of protests in Addis Ababa and surrounding towns have culminated in clashes that left 75 civilians dead and an as-yet-unknown number arrested. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/884d3f00-54d6-46af-b5b7-8bd0f0a8a83J/ethi-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z An interview with performer, educator and archivist of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/fein-d23.html “I feel that this body of work is timeless, because it has a level of craft, inspiration and quality that transcends the era in which it was created.” Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ecc14f1-3ea1-4731-bb30-8496fab971fO/fein-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/reut-d23.html Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e0878bf-4961-4521-a2b6-34c2d1db5c6M/reut-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Herfried Münkler: An academic in the service of German imperialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/humb-d23.html Professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University are playing a leading role in ideologically justifying the return of German militarism. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d288d25e-1a43-4ec6-b11f-5b709a53e29A/humb-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Public meetings in Australia mark 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s murder http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/meet-d23.html There was intense interest as speakers explained the significance of Trotsky’s life and work, and why and how he was assassinated by Stalin’s secret police, the GPU. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31e3a642-b58e-4893-9ca2-a2edb28c2f7D/meet-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/ints-d23.html WSWS correspondents interviewed some of those who attended the meetings last week in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on “How and Why the GPU Murdered Trotsky” [link]. Members of the audience were asked about why they had come to the meetings and what they thought were the most significant aspects of the reports delivered on Trotsky’s life, his assassination and the Security and the Fourth International investigation, conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International, into the circumstances surrounding Trotsky’s murder. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f1f9322-eae3-4411-afd9-348b4ce8151B/ints-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z US cops killed more people this year than in 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/poli-d22.html Despite mass protests against police violence by tens of thousands of people over the past year, the wave of police terror gripping the US has only intensified. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/39056be1-3f97-42f4-8958-f8af21f786cN/poli-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z WTO buries Doha Round: Another rupture in the post-war order http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/pers-d22.html The decision to end the Doha Round signifies the end of the multilateralism that formed a crucial foundation of post-World War II economic expansion. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f352333-9f46-4404-8f22-656b69b8abaO/pers-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Six US soldiers killed as Taliban overruns Helmand district in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/afgh-d22.html The suicide bomb attack on a US-Afghan patrol is symptomatic of the escalating crisis of the continued American occupation of Afghanistan. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9f39b51-49ca-4f03-ae5c-cccb8b33a7dB/afgh-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Chinese industrial zone engulfed by waste landslide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/shen-d22.html Rescuers are struggling to find those missing after a tidal wave of mud and waste toppled buildings and inundated an area of Shenzhen. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d81b1f7-8031-4b38-9a74-8a95bb3b26cJ/shen-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Nexteer workers denounce UAW after ratification of sellout deal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/next-d22.html Just days after the UAW pushed through a new five-year agreement, workers at the former GM steering complex spoke out against the union-management conspiracy to push through the deal. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f57c8ca9-1a7c-4f5d-8618-99de2504141O/next-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Chicago area Coca-Cola workers enter fourth week of strike, face isolation by Teamsters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/coke-d22.html The Teamsters union, which represents 15,000 Coca-Cola workers, is isolating the 319 striking workers in order to block a wider fight. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/197f17de-d395-4f85-b24e-94c055b927aK/coke-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Poland: Anti-government rallies continue as Lech Wałęsa warns of civil war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/pola-d22.html As the constitutional crisis drags on, thousands took to the streets to oppose the new Polish government for the second week in a row. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e168b6d2-49ed-40ff-a38f-4f0139b1c08F/pola-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Kellingley Colliery—last remaining deep coal mine in Britain—closes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/kell-d22.html When Kellingley opened in 1965, coal production in Britain employed around 500,000 workers and produced up to 177 million tonnes of coal. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11d9f112-0a30-4d55-baf5-29f4b3ae69aA/kell-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Haiti’s political crisis deepens in wake of fraudulent elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/hait-d22.html The political crisis is unfolding as economic developments are further impoverishing one of the poorest countries in the world. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eecf9b8b-9e96-440a-af2e-2599ea97071C/hait-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Australian report calls for cutting penalty wage rates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/pena-d22.html Big business is demanding the further lowering of wages and conditions to match those imposed on workers across America and Europe following the 2008 global financial crisis. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54cb4236-1210-45f9-a9c3-9825f82eaa5L/pena-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>: No real awakening http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/star-d22.html The new <em>Star Wars</em> offering serves as the first part of a “sequel” trilogy that tells the story of the next generation by reusing many of the same ideas and visuals. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c17e55d-35a3-468a-96e6-79bb6d3382dH/star-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/wkrs-d22.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71906cc8-7757-47fb-9cfa-fef85d1a64dP/wkrs-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z US, European powers prepare new air and ground operations against Libya http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/liby-d21.html Led by the US, Britain and France, the Western powers are preparing a new military onslaught on Libya, including the deployment of commando teams, hundreds of conventional ground troops and yet another bombing campaign. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ceeb1c7-ac8c-4f94-b1d0-4ecbbbe94b5I/liby-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z The US terror scare http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/pers-d21.html The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1701d589-58ad-4b8e-9e2c-1cbab4c4479L/pers-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Hung parliament emerges from Spanish elections as traditional parties collapse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/spai-d21.html Initial reports last night all pointed to unprecedented uncertainty over who, if anyone, would be able to form a government in Spain. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d06fde75-9f4c-49b4-9aa2-c8635b69b33J/spai-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Putin news conference highlights Russian crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/puti-d21.html In his end-of-year news conference last week, the Russian president failed to cover up the disastrous state of the Russian economy and the geopolitical quagmire facing the country. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/795152ec-4bd4-4fa4-9d7d-c13c36492bfH/puti-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Four recent police shootings spark outrage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/four-d21.html Newly released video recordings that captured two brutal law enforcement shootings starkly demonstrate that police violence and official cover ups continue unabated. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75317265-1b05-443e-a6dc-3bf66cb0178E/four-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Fear-mongering and war dominate third Democratic presidential debate http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/deba-d21.html The three Democratic candidates—Clinton, Sanders O'Malley—encouraged the hysterical fear of terrorism being whipped up by the American media. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5e527c4-39f1-47fd-829f-e0f94b91c75E/deba-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z United Steelworkers announces deal with US Steel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/stee-d21.html The USW has reached a deal for a new three-year contract with US Steel that will accelerate the attack on 18,000 workers at the largest steel company in the United States. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/778d8478-d3f9-46f4-80ca-0632b757892K/stee-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Auto companies cheat retirees while posting record sales http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/fort-d21.html As auto sales hit new records, an autoworker at GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana explained how workers are being cheated of their signing bonuses. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28fabaad-f225-488a-a064-4267c048cbfO/fort-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/afgh-d21.html Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5d497f0-e4a5-4fdc-965b-b1fec0d7e51I/afgh-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Canadian Special Forces battle ISIS militants as calls grow for expanded war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/cana-d21.html Canada’s media is becoming increasingly shrill in its demand that Trudeau renege on his election pledge to recall Canada’s fighter jets from the Iraq-Syria war. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e962bc69-8f0d-4b8c-a725-9ba1fa99c2eB/cana-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Slavery “pervasive” in global seafood supply http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/slav-d21.html A recent Associated Press report found that many leading seafood suppliers buy shrimp processed by slaves in Thailand working in horrific conditions. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2971bce0-fe3c-4849-9542-50d46349b06H/slav-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Israel: No prosecutions for firebombing of Palestinian family http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/isra-d21.html The refusal to prosecute the suspects testifies to Netanyahu’s undeclared policy of leniency and conciliation towards the fascistic forces that successive governments have promoted. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c9f96425-5cc5-4149-a774-236063b893bH/isra-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Split looms in South Korea’s opposition party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/kore-d21.html Ahn Cheol-soo’s departure from the NPAD indicates the party is in disarray amid falling approval ratings after years of anti-working class policies while in power. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3bc6dbb3-b507-4b0d-8361-92f25b71c93F/kore-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Pamphlet on Syriza’s betrayal in Greece now available from Mehring Books http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/mehr-d21.html The betrayal of the anti-austerity struggles of the Greek working class by the Syriza government is a strategic experience for the working class not only in Greece, but internationally. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ccaf9125-5724-4b93-a9f0-ee7df6037d1B/mehr-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 21-27 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/twih-d21.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/334b463f-69d6-4333-8edc-c77bbf1313cN/twih-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Australia, Japan “strongly support” US, amid rising tensions with China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/aujp-d19.html As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/078eb078-ee28-4a38-9c4b-fccd259ded3I/aujp-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z After Fed rate hike, global economic fault lines deepen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/pers-d19.html The growing turbulence in financial markets is a manifestation of deepening recessionary trends in the global economy. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a88f247d-0351-4fad-92f2-912c58929e9A/pers-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Japanese premier forges ties with India to counter China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/indi-d19.html While currently proceeding under the aegis of the US “pivot,” Abe’s push for a closer partnership with India is driven by Japanese imperialism’s own substantial military-strategic and economic ambitions. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1fe20d45-8115-4c98-81ee-c4dc4a5e66fK/indi-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/syri-d19.html The resolution adopted Friday left open the future of Assad and the distinction between opposition and terrorist groups. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3aeea1d5-a970-41d6-93b0-c1579a8e335D/syri-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Obama responds to terror scare over San Bernardino attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/obam-d19.html The propaganda campaign over San Bernardino aims to shift US politics even further to the right and overcome popular opposition to expanded military operations in the Middle East. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b5875a0-b1a2-4231-9be9-0288f6c1357M/obam-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z German army begins military intervention in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/germ-d19.html The German army played a supporting role in air strikes by the international coalition against the Islamic State on Tuesday night. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2a150e43-010b-4342-8c63-decdcde6fbfG/germ-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/babe-d19.html Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d0f4f5d-f08f-4fad-a8ba-11549837a86E/babe-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Turkey escalates war drive against Kurds at home and across the region http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/turk-d19.html Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast is being plunged into civil war as the fighting from the imperialist war to topple the Syrian regime spreads into Turkey itself. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59ba369a-148d-476f-ae8a-4a6990bcae5E/turk-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z UAW claims ratification of Nexteer sellout as lies exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/next-d19.html Broad sections of Nexteer workers remain opposed to the latest sellout in the face of UAW-company threats, lies and intimidation. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95ed1486-c15c-4283-82c6-17d8af91e36D/next-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z US Congress passes $1.8 trillion spending and tax package http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/budg-d19.html The deal includes restrictions on the visa-waiver program and a cybersecurity measure that removes restrictions on direct information sharing by companies with government agencies. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23dc0b06-6cf4-49fd-9c0c-4a045b56ce8P/budg-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Steelworkers union prepares to push through concessions contract at US Steel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/stee-d19.html The United Steelworkers union is moving to impose a concessions contract on workers at US. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5224ec76-665f-439f-a67f-b0b34f9e346G/stee-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Spanish political establishment shifts to right in run-up to general election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/citi-d19.html While the Podemos and Citizens parties have emerged to rebrand parts of Spain’s discredited ruling establishment, neither speaks to workers’ social aspirations. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a893c951-2406-4365-87a8-7464fddfa12I/citi-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z European Union summit seeks to avert British exit from the EU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/came-d19.html While Cameron is walking a tightrope by mooting a possible “Brexit,” there is widespread concern among the major EU powers over such an outcome. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/310cd5d5-f396-4440-a525-d74c70f85a1I/came-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/afgh-d19.html While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/093d76d7-1938-43da-8c90-b2911f2010dE/afgh-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Inhumane conditions in privately run New Zealand prison http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/serc-d19.html The government has been forced to announce that it will not renew Serco’s contract to run Mount Eden Prison. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e38aed9-3d9f-4990-9899-18548978c6aD/serc-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Report reveals Australian disability scheme’s cost-cutting agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/ndis-d19.html Under-funded NDIS service providers are struggling to cope with low prices set by governments and are employing an increasingly casualised workforce. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35aba360-cb7a-4869-be7a-b97acb3b2ffI/ndis-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z A new film version of Shakespeare’s <em>Macbeth</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/macb-d19.html A new version of William Shakespeare’s <em>Macbeth</em> with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard emphasizes the bloody, barbaric times. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8637268-8fdd-46c1-88e2-5adb74785f5B/macb-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Steelworkers union prepares to push through concessions contract at US Steel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/stee-d19-1.html The United Steelworkers union is moving to impose a concessions contract on workers at US. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b50238d9-e8b2-4de6-bb31-fc042a31b9bH/stee-d19-1.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Montreal suspends 2,400 workers for participating in an “illegal” meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/cana-d19.html Montreal’s mayor is accusing workers of “bullying” while his administration is attacking wages, pensions and benefits won through generations of struggle. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1df4599c-aced-487d-aa07-2f74e8968cbI/cana-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/labo-d19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f8237560-8c33-45b3-a538-b390be4983aJ/labo-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Conflicts over refugee policy dominate EU summit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/refu-d18.html As European governments move sharply to the right, deep-rooted conflicts of interests are threatening to tear the European Union apart. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef2abc4b-7e63-4349-84d9-86f6498b7d8A/refu-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Weapon used in November 13 Paris attacks came from CIA-linked arms dealer http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/cial-d18.html Investigations of the November 13 attacks raise the question of whether elements in or around the state machine facilitated the commission of the terror attacks in Paris. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a6bc093-46c7-4df2-af22-1cc74197ff9L/cial-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z No further prosecutions in UK phone hacking scandal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/hack-d18.html Over the last four years, every effort was made to ensure that Murdoch and his flunkeys would escape justice. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bce82682-30bc-47c6-b092-b96b242f913N/hack-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Widespread opposition as voting begins on second UAW-Nexteer deal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/next-d18.html Auto parts workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan expressed their opposition to the UAW-backed sellout when they came to vote on Thursday. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93321144-335b-4cdf-ae20-8aa3e4118c9A/next-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Family of San Diego man killed by police disputes official story of his death http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/sand-d18.html Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, who struggled with PTSD from experiences in Afghanistan, was shot and killed by San Diego police April 30. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6dd0d6d-86dc-48ba-b1f2-6c9c3111501A/sand-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Martin Shkreli arrested for securities fraud http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/shkr-d18.html The 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals became infamous this year for price-gouging lifesaving medication. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a853eac0-4520-4c61-af26-c91142c1e0cL/shkr-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Alberta NDP government’s climate change plan hailed by Big Oil http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/cana-d18.html The plan allows oil industry carbon emissions to rise a further 42 percent by 2030 and includes a regressive carbon tax that will hit working people disproportionately hard. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6a2ba1d-6974-4091-b5e4-3c406c2bc2cD/cana-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Job losses mount throughout Australian mining sector http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/mine-d18.html Anglo American’s announcement last week of massive layoffs, globally and in Australia, is just one indication of the crisis throughout the mining industry. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2230b98c-840b-41ae-83ef-f6a60a18f19K/mine-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Corporate elite demands deeper budget cuts from Australian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/turn-d18.html The global slump and collapsing commodity prices have shattered the government’s promises to return to a surplus by the end of the decade. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/989ea9aa-f202-4fde-8046-04c3f602849L/turn-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/pers-d18.html US officials hailed the Saudi monarchy’s proclamation of a Sunni sectarian alliance “against terrorism,” as the Saudi regime prepares another round of beheadings. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b1342e4-8baf-44e9-9910-31ce9183659D/pers-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z <em>Hyena Road</em>: Neither pro- nor anti-war? Not so fast, Mr. Gross…! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/hyen-d18.html Paul Gross’s film follows the construction of a tactically important road being built in the heart of Taliban territory by Canadian forces in southern Afghanistan. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b4e6a25-8dd5-478e-9478-9f8f74497afG/hyen-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/wkrs-d18.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0a689df-24f9-42fb-b34a-171dbc33853B/wkrs-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Federal Reserve begins “dovish tightening” with first rate hike in nine years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/bank-d17.html Fed Chair Janet Yellen stressed that further increases would be incremental and gradual and interest rates would remain abnormally low, triggering a sharp rise in US stock prices. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc3c94ab-3266-4f3f-a0fb-1647757f5eeI/bank-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z The French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/pers-d17.html The ascendant neo-fascist National Front aims to win the 2017 presidential election and emerge atop the police state being built by the Socialist Party. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c671f3b-506c-4157-b7df-c9d02bb0404A/pers-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z EU plans further crackdown on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/eupl-d17.html The European Commission unveiled a proposal Tuesday to vastly expand Frontex, the EU border patrol agency. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81300d57-b90b-4c97-9648-b8edb93b8b3M/eupl-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z US administration approves $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/taiw-d17.html The sale—the first in more than four years—provoked an angry reaction from China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/746b3e3c-2651-4611-8670-1d31cac33a6E/taiw-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Detroit auto parts worker endures homelessness, surrenders custody of children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/asth-d17.html Dwayne Cole and Siretha Lattimore made the wrenching decision to hand their children over to state custody after being homeless for a year, despite Dwayne’s full-time job at an auto parts factory. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76fa390e-d67d-4edf-832d-3d2fbf293cbI/asth-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Senior UK Labourites Darling and Brown join the gravy train http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/darl-d17.html Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are emulating the unindicted war criminal Tony Blair, now estimated to be worth over £125 million Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5aba1e62-d327-43f1-9c3a-8950cba4b2dE/darl-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z UAW shuts down Kohler strike, rams through contract in snap vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/kohl-d17.html Throughout the month-long strike, the United Auto Workers isolated the Kohler workers and strung them out on $200 a week in strike benefits. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25fc1d57-1baf-4754-8459-ffd34f213a3H/kohl-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Low-wage America: Detroit auto parts worker endures homelessness, surrenders custody of children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/asth-d17.html Dwayne Cole and Siretha Lattimore made the wrenching decision to hand their children over to state custody after being homeless for a year, despite Dwayne’s full-time job at an auto parts factory Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d7a9048-e430-4617-98e5-8eaf6b16f11F/asth-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Thousands forced to live without water in Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/detr-d17.html Detroit's policy of mass water shutoffs has been called a human rights violation by the United Nations. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bdfe1ba1-48f9-4d79-bd77-573fbf3b8ceL/detr-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Metro Detroit residents sell plasma to support families http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/det2-d17.html With 40 percent of residents living in poverty, many Detroit workers are forced to find alternative ways to make money, including selling their plasma. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d0daeac-49f9-4dd0-8f3f-9a99f8fa534F/det2-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Hung jury in first trial for police killing of Freddie Gray http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/gray-d17.html Wednesday’s ruling places the prosecutors’ strategy for the other five cases in the Baltimore, Maryland police killing in serious jeopardy. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/27da8951-7994-45f8-a603-75a3135571dL/gray-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Brazil hit with new credit downgrade as impeachment crisis deepens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/braz-d17.html Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff appear set to go forward as Brazil’s economy sinks deeper into crisis. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eabe40bd-391f-4a9b-8b29-f14b6321faaH/braz-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Cases of malnutrition surge in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/maln-d17.html Almost three million people in the UK at any one time in 2014 were estimated either to be suffering or at risk from malnutrition Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9b8e2e8f-7a3b-4ade-a582-5fdae31b6b7A/maln-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan trade unions call off one-day stoppage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/trad-d17.html From the outset, the unions sought to scuttle the strike, even as opposition mounted among workers to the government’s budget cuts. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a09115ce-4a6f-43a1-9410-c5ca9b5ae60F/trad-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Warning of unrest in New Caledonia over Australian nickel smelter closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/cale-d17.html The repercussions of the looming plant shutdown are a sign of the escalating turmoil being caused by the sharp drop in global commodity prices. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e00d95c-0f94-4c90-a1ce-536957ddf88N/cale-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Angela Merkel’s party congress speech: Anti-immigrant chauvinism and right-wing nationalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/merk-d17.html German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Monday that multiculturalism is a “sham” and demanded further repressive measures against refugees. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1c12d45-e36c-493e-9687-699d0053385L/merk-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Pennsylvania school bans teaching of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/huck-d17.html A school in Pennsylvania will no longer teach Mark Twain’s classic novel, following complaints that its use of racial slurs made students uncomfortable. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c58cf55c-3fe8-4b22-8374-1b0da178cfeN/huck-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Vote “No” on UAW-Nexteer sellout deal! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/next-d17.html The new deal is not a “contract” in any real sense but a slave’s charter, with the UAW imposing management’s demands for poverty wages and a dictatorship on the shop floor. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa6fbcaa-e47b-42df-9838-e48040dd0efM/next-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z <em>Legend</em> and <em>Room</em>: Once again, celebrating the underworld—and a peculiar film about captives http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/lege-d17.html <em>Legend</em> is a British crime drama about the Kray twins, London’s most notorious gangsters in the 1960s; <em>Room</em> concerns a mother and her five-year-old son held prisoner in a shed for seven years. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9c0a7b3-9f01-46f8-84fc-7e1c740d2b5M/lege-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Obamacare enrollment deadline: Fines mount for failure to buy costly, barebones insurance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/obam-d16.html The Obama administration is seeking to use spiking “individual mandate” penalties to browbeat the uninsured into buying private coverage for 2016. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/adb70b15-6037-4b6c-906b-31d40024957P/obam-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z The climate crisis and imperialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/pers-d16.html Far from fostering the international collaboration that would be required to reverse climate change, capitalist society is increasingly characterized by xenophobia, international conflict and war. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e14edf04-4c8c-4d35-ac60-6919ab02748N/pers-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z A two-hour commercial for militarism and fear-mongering http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/deba-d16.html The event was devoted entirely to whipping up fears over terrorism and presenting mass repression and military violence as the solution. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81598e30-b48b-4bac-9a50-bf524b73cb2P/deba-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Los Angeles shuts down entire school district after email terror threat http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/lasc-d-16.html The message which apparently prompted the closure of more than 1,000 schools had been determined to be a hoax by early Tuesday afternoon. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/579094e3-cc12-40a3-aeb4-d3a7b10d442M/lasc-d-16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Syriza government sends Greek riot police to attack refugee camp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/gree-d16.html Prior to the raid, police moved all journalists, photographers and aid workers three kilometres from the camp. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b613ca8-5cab-4c05-b008-feb46c524e3D/gree-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z What is the BBC doing in the South China Sea? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/scse-d16.html A BBC news crew deliberately intruded inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit around a Chinese-controlled reef to provoke a reaction in an already tense situation. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cc00272-2780-41b7-aced-7e25eae293eN/scse-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Nexteer workers challenge UAW officials at contract information meetings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/next-d16.html Workers grilled UAW officials with angry questions Tuesday, amidst widespread opposition to a second sellout deal at the former GM steering complex in Saginaw, Michigan. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/962642f2-4c6c-4e4b-b292-bb4be1957acL/next-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Volvo truck plant lays off 734 workers ahead of contract deadline http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/volvo-dec.rtf-d16.html The layoffs are a familiar tactic designed to wear down workers so they will accept a sellout contract. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8e8bc19-a302-4147-9f8e-e09b4bcfec5J/volvo-dec.rtf-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z After the contract at Fiat Chrysler: UAW and company cheat workers of pay http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/tole-d16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> recently spoke with workers at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio who said anger is widespread over the impact of the new contract. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/687a5e44-75fb-48c1-9a62-5683c49ef1dM/tole-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands march in Warsaw against constitutional coup http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/pola-d16.html Some 50,000 people marched Saturday through the streets of Warsaw, Poland to protest against the unconstitutional actions of the newly formed Law and Justice (PiS) government. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/348e5985-429f-461a-b609-a202270107eA/pola-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z State of emergency declared in Flint, Michigan over poisoned water supply http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/flin-d16.html Behind the declaration by the newly-elected mayor is a deep-going political crisis over the poisoning of nearly 100,000 residents. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9008469f-33d4-4edf-a1ea-b4b75b24931D/flin-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Tennessee woman arrested after attempting self-induced abortion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/tenn-d16.html A Murfreesboro woman has been charged with attempted murder after trying to induce an abortion with a coat hanger. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82d3d85c-6829-433c-b601-e77a23a1643H/tenn-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Scotland: Sturgeon and Corbyn share platform against Trade Union Bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/scot-d16.html Sturgeon made clear her support for the trade unions is based on their suppressing the class struggle. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e0e6eb32-ac85-4097-b262-23677b4166fN/scot-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Australian budget position worsens as cuts deepen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/myef-d16.html Even the government’s own dubious growth figures show that its much vaunted transition to a more broad-based economy is based on lowering real wages. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e90d5f0d-bb66-4e5d-9a86-bd1aa58624dO/myef-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/chic-d16.html The ISO has sought to obscure the class issues surrounding police murder in Chicago, promote racial politics and prevent a break with the Democratic Party. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20732f1e-088a-419d-aa7b-5af0487e311H/chic-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Who would celebrate Hitler today?: The German satirical film <em>Look Who’s Back</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/16/back-d16.html The satirical film, based on the novel of the same title by Timur Vermes, has been seen by over two million people, making it one of the most watched in Germany this year. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75336830-f1d6-4876-a35e-f271f80c84aL/back-d16.html 2015-12-16T05:00:00Z Boston “ghost train” incident exposes decay of public infrastructure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/mbta-j01.html While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3ee223d-20a1-4a81-92fd-e18aa8b7770N/mbta-j01.html 2015-12-15T06:00:00Z Obama vows expanded war in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/syri-d15.html In remarks at the Pentagon, President Obama sought to counter his critics within the political establishment by vowing to escalate US military operations in Syria. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7c44ff5-832f-4d15-a630-a274923406aF/syri-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z “Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/pers-d15.html A collection of pseudo-left groups that have promoted the CIA-orchestrated proxy war in Syria as a “revolution” are now agitating for a major escalation. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e209f84-d15a-4e6b-a885-b4ade0cf0a4B/pers-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Nexteer workers express anger and opposition to new contract deal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/next-d15.html The United Auto Workers is holding so-called information meetings, starting today, with Saginaw, Michigan workers voting on the second deal Thursday and Friday. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3304df8e-b47e-4b53-aee9-904b3d4f98bK/next-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/berg-d15.html The vitriol coming from Army officials and politicians towards Bergdahl expresses deep fears about the impact of future imperialist adventures on the discipline of the armed forces. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d2d77992-f863-44b8-8efa-c678d0168a3D/berg-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Junk bond crisis brings “stress” warning http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/bank-d15.html The price of oil is at its lowest point for seven years with natural gas prices at the lowest level in more than a decade, sparking a crisis in the bond markets. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4503e9b4-5623-444d-8ffe-342b69769d6O/bank-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/chic-d15.html While teachers have repeatedly demonstrated their determination to fight, the Chicago Teachers Union is opposed to any struggle against the Democratic Party. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f56a1c5d-27ab-4b24-9949-623a64450adM/chic-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court considering end to “one person, one vote” principle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/supr-d15.html Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases brought to abolish the basic democratic principle that legislative districts be apportioned based on total population. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23e299b9-23ee-4d00-a5d0-a07101d7c50M/supr-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Chicago police officer accused of jamming gun down throat of suspect acquitted http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/poli-d15.html A notorious Chicago judge acquitted a veteran police officer Monday of official misconduct and aggravated battery, despite DNA evidence on his gun. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4991039d-524d-4bc6-9f86-1544352676eH/poli-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Pennsylvania budget impasse nears possible resolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/penn-d15.html The five-month-old deadlock has been used to withhold state and federal funds from nonprofit social service companies as well as public schools. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/65fb80f1-5ac9-4b3e-827c-d094b07e4f9F/penn-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Trudeau’s refugee “welcome” and the real agenda of Canada’s new government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/cana-d15.html Trudeau is giving his government “progressive” and humanitarian hues to provide political cover for continuing the Canadian elite’s aggressive foreign policy agenda. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7e15247-3fe4-4d51-ba68-c4c90bde517J/cana-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z UK spy agency admits hacking phones and computers without warrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/gchq-d15.html The GCHQ claims the authority to target groups as loosely-defined as “all mobile telephones” in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3447b663-7b01-4d65-8244-6559b8342f0G/gchq-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Government conspiracy against 1972 UK builders’ strike exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/shre-d15.html The frame-up of the striking workers, known as the Shrewsbury 24, required the intimate involvement of then-Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/894ae53f-a0ec-49b6-baa2-f101ae68c73L/shre-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z India: Government negligence responsible for flood disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/indi-d15.html Tens of thousands of people in the capital Chennai and across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are yet to be rescued and properly assisted. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/05cc3010-71ca-4d55-852a-ce7c1f85381C/indi-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z UAW official pushing Nexteer sellout lashes out at Autoworker Newsletter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/wurt-d15.html Facing a rebellion over efforts to push through another rotten contract, a UAW International executive took to Facebook to denounce autoworkers and the WSWS. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7cdc4a3-2a19-4d4a-893f-7e2b43207aaP/wurt-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z <em>Killing Them Safely</em>: The big business of police tasers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/kill-d15.html The documentary is a disturbing look at TASER International, the company that has cornered the market for police electro-shock weapons. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98a871ee-ead1-424c-8aca-37e4a4e90feO/kill-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z IYSSE meeting in Berlin discusses the Syrian war and the aims of German imperialism in the Middle East http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/iyss-d15.html The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has launched its election campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with a series of lectures entitled “Not another war! Scholarship, not war propaganda.” Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6b656f0-f011-4eea-9620-fb15910be1eB/iyss-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/wkrs-d15.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80839476-0b8a-439c-89d8-d157b72d43fK/wkrs-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Junk bond panic signals new stage in crisis of world capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/pers-d14.html The mounting crisis in the junk bond market has profound and convulsive implications for the entire credit system, in the US and internationally. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3257d2e5-f81a-4b25-8cd3-76e634fe189P/pers-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Paris agreement papers over failure to act on climate change http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/clim-d14.html Even in the face of a growing threat to human survival, the leaders of rival capitalist nations are incapable of serious action to combat global warming. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19e4e6a1-ae14-4b7c-87e8-1768cbcdd8aC/clim-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z New defeat for ruling Socialist Party in French regional elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/regi-d14.html Although the neo-fascist National Front did not win any regions, their success in the first round shows that they are now emerging as a central force in French politics. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f162459-cdf7-486f-bbe2-f908d04ba0cE/regi-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Shots fired amid Russian-Turkish naval standoff in Aegean http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/turk-d14.html A Turkish fishing vessel nearly rammed a Russian warship near the Aegean island of Lemnos on Sunday, prompting warning shots to be fired by the Russians. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e90d8ead-0c34-4814-b0a1-7bb40faf5c2L/turk-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Letter from Indiana autoworker to Nexteer workers: Contract is a bad deal for skilled trades http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/lett-d14.html An Indiana autoworker who read sections of the Nexteer contract has a warning for Nexteer skilled trades. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8505cf39-8099-49fc-9695-a9889551e0eL/lett-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Ten facts autoworkers need to know about the Nexteer tentative agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/next-d14.html If accepted, the UAW-Nexteer contract will guarantee four-and-a-half years of poverty wages, dictatorial plant conditions and record profits for the company. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f200375-b6be-4942-b99e-3a9af449eceP/next-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Weakening currency and economic slowdown in China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/chin-d14.html The downward slide in the renminbi’s value threatens other Asian export-dependent countries and heightens the danger of a currency war. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b62a6fc2-9a0a-4a00-b9fd-c898b05436fE/chin-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z California mosque firebombed amid record spike in anti-Muslim violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/hate-d14.html Primary responsibility for the increasing attacks on Muslims rests with the entire American political establishment, including both political parties, the Obama administration and the media. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f22174c4-9548-4cd9-82b7-639e7fb38ecA/hate-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Notes on police violence: Los Angeles police fatally shoot man 33 times http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/poli-d14.html Nicholas Robertson was shot multiple times, first in the back and then as he lay on the ground trying to crawl away from the police officers. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c134655-7808-408d-aab0-42a9e8dc019P/poli-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Election polls point to breakdown of two-party system in Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/spai-d14.html Growing popular disaffection with Spain’s political establishment is reflected in opinion polls showing as much as 41 percent of the electorate still undecided. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/657c8be6-a936-4586-83d0-fe7846e907aB/spai-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Small turnout at Stop the War Coalition rally in London, England http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/stop-d14.html The main aim of the Stop the War Coalition is to channel widespread anti-war sentiment behind Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c36476ad-9cac-4a3e-9002-231a5decf26L/stop-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z London anti-war demonstration participants speak out against war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/ints-d14.html A number of those attending the demonstration against the British bombing of Syria spoke to the WSWS. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1203ffbf-8759-4ea3-a573-24c746f64a2H/ints-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Russian truckers protest massive fee hike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/rus2-d14.html Long-haul drivers in Russia have been staging demonstrations across the country for weeks to oppose a new levy that will devastate their earnings. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/328e0d83-c428-4f1a-95bf-e877ef28848N/rus2-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Testimony of German neo-Nazi covers up state involvement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/nsut-d14.html The statement in court by the only surviving member of the fascist NSU terror gang, Beate Zschäpe, raises more questions than it answers. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/477266cf-621e-4871-907d-97827c9b674G/nsut-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan corporate giant sues environmental activist http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/thun-d14.html The damages action is part of the record of big business and government suppression of opposition to industrial pollution. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13d1b6ca-72d8-4e5f-a753-f7c1435d7b8A/thun-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z US: As winter approaches increasing numbers killed in home fires http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/finy-d14.html A spate of house fires in recent weeks has pushed total fire deaths this year to more than 2,100, a stark exposure of the social conditions facing the working class. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af2f32a6-5793-4a77-ade4-56c7c27acecJ/finy-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z A reply to discussion on the Venezuelan elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/vene-d14.html The burning question posed in Latin America is that of revolutionary leadership: the building of new parties based on the struggle for the political independence of the working class. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fe2b6c9-cd65-4713-aae8-cf3737241fbH/vene-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: A socialist program to fight budget cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/trad-d14.html The trade unions have reluctantly called a one-day strike to deflect mounting opposition among workers and the poor to the government’s austerity measures. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7cd70a5-7819-4744-b1ff-875a50af8d3P/trad-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z The fate of Zuckerberg’s “gift” to Newark schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/priz-d14.html A new book provides a case study on the nature of the “school reform” movement and the attacks on public education. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d73191f2-9c67-45ec-9021-510f9e4d5b0H/priz-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z <em>Chi-Raq</em>: A satire of social life in Chicago http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/chir-d14.html In Spike Lee’s latest film, young women in Chicago seek to end gang violence and social breakdown by means of a sex strike. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6373803b-7865-4b0d-b5f4-d43e2272165J/chir-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Now in eBook format: <em>The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/mehr-d14.html North’s book defends historical materialism against contemporary anti-Marxist philosophical tendencies related to the Frankfurt School and postmodernism. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d799a3d2-47d2-4bcc-8696-b6843246db8E/mehr-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 14-20 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/14/twih-d14.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d04e373c-93d2-4cb8-b997-1916aba8e0bH/twih-d14.html 2015-12-14T05:00:00Z Stocks plunge amid fears of global slump and credit meltdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/econ-d12.html The global slowdown, reflected in collapsing prices for oil and other basic commodities, is now wreaking havoc on the corporate bond market. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/912fe9cb-e8a8-4fac-a940-af3e96e197cG/econ-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Social inequality and the disintegration of the American middle class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/pers-d12.html The decline of the middle classes in America has profound and revolutionary implications. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b90a09a-60c7-480a-a9f4-99d726e995fP/pers-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/refu-d12.html Independent investigations by German media outlets suggest that the authorities probing right-wing anti-immigrant violence systematically downplay and even defend it. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ba0f2bd-b91e-4348-8377-b418d60492cG/refu-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Saudi-orchestrated gathering of Syrian “rebels” ends in disarray http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/syri-d12.html The collection of Al Qaeda-linked militias and exile politicians brought together in Riyadh represent not the Syrian people, but rather the various regimes that finance them. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d0a90bd-3b23-463e-a13f-5f2894fd235J/syri-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Workers oppose UAW-Nexteer divide-and-conquer tactics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/next-d12.html The UAW is working with Nexteer to trick workers into voting for a sellout deal that will ensure high corporate profits at the workers’ expense. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85c37491-5a04-41c1-9b26-230208e926cI/next-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Republican Party crisis deepens over Trump anti-Muslim statements http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/trum-d12.html Top party leaders reportedly met in Washington to discuss the possibility of a brokered convention to nominate the Republican presidential candidate. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7445e253-c300-4222-98ca-f4f9c11c204J/trum-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court justice argues black students should attend inferior schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/scal-d12.html Sixty years after court-ordered school desegregation, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that black students would be better off attending schools where classes would not be “too fast for them.” Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a1b28ce-9a7b-4539-90d5-bcf303403daO/scal-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Defense rests in trial of first police officer charged in killing of Freddie Gray http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/gray-d12.html Typifying the callous approach of the defense was the testimony of Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist, who coldly asserted that Gray’s death was “just an accident … and accidents happen.” Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7de4fee3-e994-4ea6-9b7f-2b44ab18c3fG/gray-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Two police officers indicted for murder of six-year-old http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/poli-d12.html Evidence released after the indictment shows that the six-year-old and his father posed no threat to the police officers. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae09dfb5-9f9e-4486-80fc-15d968d1af8O/poli-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Quebec: Wave of walkouts against Liberals’ austerity agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/queb-d12.html The unions are determined to suppress the growing working class challenge to the Liberals’ assault on public services and workers’ wages and pensions. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2a201a46-4ada-4819-b057-c8f256c0557B/queb-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Australian PM unveils plan for indefinite detention of “terrorists” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/turn-d12.html Turnbull’s announcement came amid an intensive campaign by his ousted predecessor, Tony Abbott, to demonise Muslims and call for ground troops to be deployed to Syria and Iraq. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8276657b-d159-414e-98f6-455dd95f9c5H/turn-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z As court bans racist rally, Australian media promotes far-right http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/cron-d12.html The media has provided blanket coverage of plans for an anti-Islamic rally in Cronulla, where racist mobs attacked Middle Eastern youth in 2005. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45b5006e-7105-492c-865a-6dc4f27453fM/cron-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Opel Bochum: Few new jobs a year after plant closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/opel-d12.html 2,500 former Opel workers will soon face unemployment. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f65058c-b24a-42fc-9f25-ce4544d1e27D/opel-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z UK and Ireland devastated by floods http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/floo-d12.html The human cost of the severe flooding in large parts of northern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland over the last week is emerging. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b1d6c45-da49-45b5-8168-259de784ce4B/floo-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z UN report says Sri Lankan government terrorising families of the disappeared http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/wgei-d12.html The findings constitute a political indictment of the US-led regime-change operation that brought Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to power in January. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06893e65-139c-4c53-8034-5530c9e8a26P/wgei-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z A balance sheet of Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/corb-d12.html Within days of becoming party leader, Jeremy Corbyn set out on a course that has seen him utterly betray the anti-war sentiment and hostility to the ruling elite that his election reflected. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45d9f27b-8708-43c9-82e6-bb5f01ae088D/corb-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Spain: Podemos seeks to demobilise popular opposition to war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/niom-d12.html The “Not in Our Name” manifesto signed by leading members of Podemos omits any mention of the imperialist foreign policy of the current Popular Party government and the war-mongering of the Socialist Party. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f8c58a8-842b-4480-bb8b-12a7e7ac7f1B/niom-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts takes aim at guards’ jobs and working conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/mfag-d12.html MFA management wants to implement a more “militarized” approach to museum security, utilizing ceiling-mounted cameras and video surveillance at the expense of personnel. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e0e7fd4-e12f-4c6d-a9ed-3811a71fcf9F/mfag-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/labo-d12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e175f1e9-51e5-4920-985c-2b2028ac226B/labo-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z The hourglass society: Middle-income households no longer the majority in the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/ineq-d11.html A study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center called the collapse of middle-income households in the US “a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point.” Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89feccf5-0666-45eb-b868-982fa94bff0G/ineq-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/pent-d11.html The expanded US basing arrangements will include at least four new large-scale bases in East Africa, West Africa and Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b007855c-21d9-483d-b167-37a7544251dA/pent-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Nexteer victimizes dozens of workers as UAW prepares new sellout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/fire-d11.html Nexteer management has fired up to 30 workers at its Saginaw, Michigan complex in a move to break the resistance of the rank and file to a new UAW-backed concessions deal. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f593e32-ef23-4caf-80d9-fda70dc9f49A/fire-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Celebrating the sellout: UAW sends negotiators on paid vacation at exclusive Miami resort http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/trip-d11.html The day after ramming through the sellout contract at Ford, the UAW sent out an internal memo to the UAW-Ford negotiators announcing a celebratory trip to South Beach on the workers’ dime. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c1a6a1f-6681-48a1-9209-f6ee066491bA/trip-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Kohler strike in fourth week http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/kohl-d11.html Contract talks are in progress as the UAW continues isolation of the strike. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3271606e-cd98-4a78-b0dc-e39483eb386M/kohl-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Event commemorating one year anniversary of Detroit bankruptcy breaks up in debacle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/detr-d11.html The event at Wayne State University, which featured key players in the conspiracy to loot city workers’ pensions, was cut short in the face of repeated outbursts from the audience. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32c55809-a74c-4ff2-a19e-870603fa681M/detr-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Chemical giants DuPont and Dow in “advanced talks” about merger http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/dupo-d11.html Two of the world’s largest chemical companies could merge in a move to cut costs amidst a deepening economic slump. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c4055fd-007b-4086-a521-e1c9041502fD/dupo-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z US Senate holds hearing on rising generic drug prices http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/drug-d11.html The price hikes of a number of generic drugs have limited patient access, according to expert testimony at a US Senate hearing. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff8e3169-f1ae-4c07-b637-6df8a3a91b1L/drug-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Efforts collapse to form “Republican front” to block neo-fascists in French regional elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/regi-d11.html As France’s bourgeois politicians seek to impose a permanent state of emergency, their hollow appeals to the population to rally behind them to defend “democracy” have little impact. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0db8291-1f09-40ed-b5ad-6261a42c3bfE/regi-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Report highlights gap between executive and workers’ pay in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/exec-d11.html At least 535 executives were being paid at least £1 million a year in salaries, plus other compensation and expenses. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ba3d461-db88-4c04-8ac1-f1cf2780a27A/exec-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Latvian government resigns under pressure from pro-austerity right http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/latv-d11.html Sections of the Latvian elite and the European Union regard Unity leader Straujuma as incapable of enforcing another round of massive cuts. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c561cbe-a17f-47a0-8480-8ca735dd039H/latv-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z UN report documents death of over 9,000 Ukrainians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/ukra-d15.html The US-backed right-wing government in Kiev is guilty of serious human rights violations, according to a recent report. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d5f73b5-c7c5-4253-b0c6-4cfc40fc2d8O/ukra-d15.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Indonesian government discusses offering Australia an island to detain refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/refu-d11.html As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6693eedb-6ff4-4a95-b8df-8f4e0941d27F/refu-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Australia: Productivity Commission proposes further major cutbacks to pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/agep-d11.html The report targets the family home, which for more than a century has been exempt from inclusion in the pension assets test. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/205dbc54-037d-476f-9376-f7f8de90da4H/agep-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z The Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/pers-d11.html The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c479fc39-45ac-4505-b3ee-1ad6d972f7bI/pers-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/trum-d11.html What most concerns the <em>Times</em> is that the crude politics of Trump shatters the lying rhetoric used by Democrats and Republicans alike to justify the policies of the ruling class. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/912929f7-28bb-4cf6-b883-7e66fd072e8F/trum-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/munk-d11.html In the Prussian militarist setting of the Schlüterhof, political scientist Herfried Münkler and historian Jörg Baberowski spoke Monday evening on the topic of violence. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d903de1b-c656-4eb9-838d-b5160bc42b3G/munk-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z After Paris attacks, New Anti-capitalist Party backs police state rule and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/pari-d11.html The NPA is not denouncing war or the threat of police dictatorship in France, but insinuating that opposition to imperialist war is support for terrorism. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef4a41bd-3610-43e7-9dbe-3a62e42e49bF/pari-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/queb-d11.html The anarchists’ “no politics” injunction is directed against the socialist struggle for the political independence of the working class and serves to uphold the political and ideological domination of the unions and pro-capitalist parties. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55cb2d50-62a9-403c-b846-396a8bb10faL/queb-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Network of former Nazis in German Interior Ministry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/nazi-d11.html According to a new study by historians, there were more former Nazis in leading positions in the German Interior Ministry than in any other ministry. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3825dae-1330-4274-bc87-b73705e15a5I/nazi-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/wrks-d11.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/79ccb437-e924-4374-aa44-e5fd89725a9B/wrks-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z US defense secretary outlines general military escalation in Middle East http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/iraq-d10.html During a congressional hearing Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter presented an array of escalatory moves in Syria, Iraq and beyond. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/807c16a8-d462-4ec0-927d-02c662ca75eE/iraq-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Trump: The ugly reality of American politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/pers-d10.html The emergence of an open racist as the leading Republican presidential contender is a consequence of decades of imperialist war and the brutalization of American society. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3a539bf-6c10-48b0-8445-8cd6eb983b7A/pers-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z The Scottish National Party’s tactical opposition to bombing Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/scot-d10.html The SNP’s position expresses concerns in sections of the Scottish and British establishment that Cameron’s Syrian adventure threatens to embroil the British military in an uncharted calamity. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c8aab9f-9bfd-4224-bfa0-170af878410N/scot-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Nexteer workers’ anger grows as UAW prepares to ram through new sellout deal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/next-d10.html Workers at Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan denounced the UAW for calling off a 20-hour strike without telling workers anything about the alleged new tentative agreement. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd2620c2-9626-4c5f-86b4-d858711af07D/next-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Video: Nexteer workers speak on the picket line http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/nvid-d10.html The WSWS spoke to strikers in Saginaw before the UAW called off the 20-hour strike, ordering them back to work without a chance to vote on a new deal. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72426119-2bf1-4aa8-b9e6-88c447716ebA/nvid-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Ford workers call for joint struggle with Nexteer workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/ford-d10.html As Saginaw, Michigan auto parts workers face the combined forces of Nexteer and the UAW, workers at Ford pledged their support and called for a common fight. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c574630-95fc-4476-bd37-3cbc0595df1M/ford-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z US: Georgia carries out fifth execution of 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/exec-d10.html It took an hour for the nurse assigned to Brian Terrell’s execution to get IVs inserted into both of the condemned man’s arms. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/de86d011-80d5-4aa8-a455-8c0f2b079aeD/exec-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z New video released in 2012 Chicago police killing of Philip Coleman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/chic-d10.html Democratic Party Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading efforts to diffuse public anger even as new revelations of police brutality continue to emerge. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/299611f5-11c2-4076-a38e-82232b6e16eC/chic-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Dozens of refugees drowned last week in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/refu-d10.html Even as they work to seal Europe’s borders, the EU powers are expanding the wars that have forced millions to flee. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9eebf67c-5adc-40b8-bb82-85661b9ceecO/refu-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Brazilian students occupy Sao Paulo schools against “restructuring” plan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/braz-d10.html The students struggle has become a regional flashpoint in Brazil, attracting broad popular support. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4baab55a-bc00-4543-b9b9-74ac8662ae8C/braz-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Court case begins in Japan over Okinawa base relocation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/japa-d10.html Extensive protests have taken place against the construction of a new US military base in Okinawa. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7de83c10-f914-49c5-982d-51b04d90605C/japa-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Suu Kyi holds transition talks with Burmese military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/burm-d10.html Having raised popular expectations during the November election, the NLD leader, like the military, is concerned over the potential for social unrest. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43f81c35-a715-4388-93f0-9323ae47cf9K/burm-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/open-d10.html Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96d639a8-0a85-455d-acf7-a1eb5f423d9N/open-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z <em>Brooklyn</em>: Irish immigration through rose-colored glasses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/broo-d10.html <em>Brooklyn</em> focuses on a young Irish girl who emigrates to America in the early 1950s and struggles with homesickness and adjusting to an alien environment. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d2cd087-b521-45a1-baa5-b99df9233d2D/broo-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z A new tipping point in the global economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/econ-d10.html Corporate defaults are on the rise, not only in the energy sector hit by falling prices, but across the board. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/648a0a83-9926-4aab-99bc-1b504c28c3eA/econ-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z Germany’s Left Party and the war in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/left-d10.html Despite its rhetoric against the German government’s plan to intervene in Syria, the Left Party has long advocated the expansion of German militarism in the Middle East. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5f70a19-207e-4874-80af-946e0740201M/left-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/queb-d10.html Like the rest of the CLASSE leadership, the anarchists opposed a turn to the working class and promoted a Quebec nationalist perspective. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e340d163-e5da-4f76-994e-9fb96db0737H/queb-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z After less than 24 hours, UAW shuts down Nexteer strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/next-d09.html With consummate contempt for workers, the UAW ordered Nexteer strikers to return to their jobs less than a day after the walkout began and before they could see the new agreement. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e0e917cd-c745-4e3f-b277-ab07214e8d7J/next-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Imperialism, the “war on terror” and anti-Muslim hysteria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/pers-d09.html The call by Donald Trump that Muslims be prevented from traveling to the United States exemplifies the reactionary politics that go hand-in-hand with the drive to war. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a668c0f4-33bd-4e6b-a5d6-a032249a10bP/pers-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Nexteer autoworkers on strike denounce UAW-Nexteer contract http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/inte-d09.html The WSWS <em>Autoworker Newsletter</em> spoke to workers prior to an announcement late on Tuesday that the UAW was calling off the strike. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b591f48a-d620-44e6-b631-c2cfb81d84aA/inte-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Amid terror scare, US House passes new restrictions on visa-free visits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/dome-d09.html The bill, passed with near-unanimous bipartisan support and backed by the White House, is an attempt to use the Paris and San Bernardino attacks to expand state repression. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a062e09-96d7-4a5f-9cb0-9559548999bC/dome-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z US air strike kills 36 Syrian civilians, including 20 children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/syri-d09.html As the bombing of Syria intensifies, Saudi Arabia is assembling Islamist militias and exile politicians in Riyad as part of a US-backed policy of regime change. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f6c869f-4a54-44ee-82d4-ef46f5edf40J/syri-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z UK Labour right wing tries to silence opposition to war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/corb-d09.html In the Orwellian language of the Labour right, any calls for MPs to be held politically accountable for their actions is tantamount to “bullying” and “intimidation.” Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6472bd10-7e91-46f5-ba16-798bfc43504F/corb-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z US to base spy planes in Singapore http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/sing-d09.html The basing of P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft in Singapore foreshadows further provocative US activities against China in the South China Sea. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35ea46e3-0a1d-4d7d-a9e7-8d8ba211b03D/sing-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Mining giant Anglo American to cut 85,000 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/econ-d09.html The fifth largest mining corporation in the world, Anglo American, will reduce its workforce by 63 percent in response to low commodity prices and a stagnating global economy. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a530b240-ba4d-4784-ab7d-0641da39399I/econ-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Illinois state attorney not pressing charges in Ronald Johnson killing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/poli-d09.html A video released Monday shows 25-year-old Ronald Johnson fleeing as he is gunned down by police. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/61f05af8-2d70-4055-8307-01e10248d73B/poli-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Expansion of Russian-German Nord Stream pipeline exacerbates tensions within the European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/nord-d09.html At the end of November, several Eastern European members of the EU urged the European Commission to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d88cfa42-ffb4-4f2e-ad55-1cdc153da50G/nord-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z OECD finds UK pensions amongst lowest in world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/pens-d09.html Pensions have come under sustained attack by the previous Labour, Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and present Conservative governments. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7893ea62-1422-4835-b19a-56aa677e07aP/pens-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Tamil party complicit in detention of Sri Lankan political prisoners http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/tami-d09.html The Tamil National Alliance functioned throughout the prisoners’ hunger strike as a servant of the government, deceiving the prisoners and their families. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf7b32c6-094c-4d56-9e72-836f4ee0a49P/tami-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Haitian government reinstates the army http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/hait-d09.html The government’s decree will bring back a force of internal repression that was disbanded in 1994 after decades of torture and killings. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ddf1c369-bfc9-4571-b775-f285068b4b7A/hait-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Child poverty increases across Canada http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/cana-d09.html Child poverty rates, food bank usage and other signs of social distress continue to rise in Canada in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7777777-c0ec-4321-839a-5e835a1d5b1F/cana-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Scores of Australian workers killed in workplace incidents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/dead-d09.html Workers continue to die or be severely injured in work-related accidents that are entirely preventable. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0115225-0454-4517-b620-c68c18dc9c4P/dead-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z The forced resignation of Erika Christakis at Yale University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/yale-d09.html Yale University lecturer Erika Christakis, at the center of controversy since the end of October, has decided not to continue teaching courses at the university. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7796167-27ea-47cc-ab33-7e6e6bb5bc8P/yale-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z 100 years of General Relativity—Part Three http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/ein3-d09.html This is the last part of a three-part series examining the history, science and implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/523256b2-3875-4e34-8362-fb5cf7427c0I/ein3-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z An interview with Ted Dawe, author of <em>Into the River</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/dawe-d09.html Dawe’s novel has been attacked in the media and by fundamentalist Christians because of its realistic depiction of New Zealand society, from the point of view of a working-class Maori teenager. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/804c67dc-f74a-4085-b31c-72c94447976N/dawe-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z The way forward in the fight against police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/chic-d09.html On December 13, the Socialist Equality Party will hold a public meeting in Chicago on the political lessons of the brutal police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and its cover-up. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c15a25c8-fbbf-4795-816d-e8cd08f1f07J/chic-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z The roots and political implications of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/mtgs-d09.html On December 9 and December 12, the IYSSE is holding meetings on the attacks in France and the US, and the way they are being used by the ruling class. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/068f816e-89c9-46a6-a0d0-5c34282ad4fF/mtgs-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/bund-d08.html A report in <em>Der Spiegel</em> makes clear that far-reaching plans to escalate the German intervention in Syria are being prepared behind the backs of the population. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e14586e3-b562-41d6-89ca-ba10f7f2701N/bund-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Syria claims US airstrikes targeted government forces http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/syri-d08.html Reports of the first direct US strikes against Syrian government forces come as hundreds of Turkish forces massed in Iraq in defiance of Baghdad’s call for their withdrawal. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1c0b546-5a8e-4cad-8205-55995711c1eE/syri-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Over 3,300 auto parts workers strike in Saginaw, Michigan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/next-d08.html The striking Nexteer workers deserve and need the support of all autoworkers and every section of the working class in the US and internationally. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b205027f-7595-440d-b72d-f10865ce59aO/next-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z After the “no” vote at Nexteer: A message from a Ford worker http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/ford-d08.html The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to a Ford worker in Louisville, Kentucky on the struggle at Nexteer and the lessons of the contract fight at the Big Three auto companies. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f40164ad-9563-4baa-b588-d0a43be0d2aC/ford-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Maduro government suffers steep electoral losses to Venezuelan right http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/vene-d08.html The election results will drive the Maduro government further to the right, while opening up a crisis within the chavista movement. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/703b26a3-5f20-4601-97c2-966c1b32eb6C/vene-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Global warming compounds Atlantic cod fishing industry problems http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/codf-d08.html Recent scientific studies point to the effects of global warming on Atlantic cod populations already reduced to historically low sizes by decades of overfishing. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43989076-e726-4637-8485-476ccebb342N/codf-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Greek parliament approves austerity budget for 2016 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/gree-d08.html Aware of the massive popular opposition to austerity, Tsipras has sought to win the support of the right-wing opposition for an all-party offensive to enforce his program. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cad4510-62ec-427b-800b-c4456ea1da5A/gree-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z BIS warns of sudden end to “uneasy” financial calm http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/bank-d08.html Junk bonds are heading for their first losses since the global financial crisis, indicating the present stock market boom may be living on borrowed time. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f065874-3694-4ed8-9953-6e802930aa5D/bank-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Chilean military exercises fuel tensions with Bolivia and Peru http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/chil-d08.html The exercises took place under conditions in which both Peru and Bolivia have won favorable rulings from the International Court of Justice in territorial disputes with Chile. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3040a3a4-cdfd-4efb-af21-17d1e88d4e0H/chil-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Notes on London’s housing crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/lond-d08.html A report on homelessness in England that over the past year homelessness has increased up by 5 percent across the country and by 10 percent in London. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8e6e9fd-28b3-4406-a061-16f43ece043E/lond-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z US pressures Australian government to toe the line on China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/aust-d08.html Washington’s misgivings over Turnbull have been heightened by the lease of Darwin port to a Chinese company and his failure to agree to joint military challenges to Chinese claims in the South China Sea. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60cce960-2276-4459-9be8-4934dddd72fL/aust-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Australian union officials arrested on blackmail charges for imposing bans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/crim-d08.html The use of the criminal law to punish industrial action is a bid to wind the clock back to the nineteenth century. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35ac830d-cd28-4f44-82c4-66705317485H/crim-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z South Korean workers and farmers denounce Park government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/kore-d08.html Saturday’s protestors criticized laws that will increase the casualization of the workforce and demanded President Park’s resignation. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63219a13-aaec-43c7-9359-f9eaf631efbE/kore-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Obama’s San Bernardino speech and the rightward lurch of US politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/pers-d08.html The drumbeat for military escalation is the result of a calculated decision to utilize the San Bernardino killings to overcome growing popular disaffection and opposition to war. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62c79bb3-5b61-4f3b-afde-89335695ee0N/pers-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z 100 years of General Relativity—Part Two http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/ein2-d08.html This is the second of a three-part series examining the history, science and lasting implications of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which remains, along with his special theory, one of the central pillars of modern physics. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a07aab26-1198-454a-bb2c-f56fa0f03baN/ein2-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z The end of chattel slavery in American history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/amen-d08.html On December 6, 1865, Georgia became the 27th state to pass the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, securing ratification of the measure that abolished once and for all the institution of chattel slavery in the US. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d005e96-2e49-41f3-bd80-d752a2f9b39L/amen-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Mark Zuckerberg, philanthrocapitalism and parasitism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/zuck-d08.html A closer look at the billionaire’s announcement that he and his wife are donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares reveals that the charitable emperor “has no clothes”—and says a lot about the financial elite, the media and the state of America. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f58478a6-c632-4584-b9cd-1a7397079adK/zuck-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/assa-d08.html Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a4ae9618-fc19-40ca-bb0c-640ba16f0f8D/assa-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z <em>The Heritage We Defend</em> is now available in e-pub format http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/mehr-d08.html <em>The Heritage We Defend</em>, which reviews the political and theoretical disputes inside the Fourth International, is now available in e-pub form. It is essential reading for a new generation coming into struggle against capitalism. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/677f9e1c-a0d7-4295-9c5f-c55d2dca504L/mehr-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/wkrs-d08.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d72f1b98-36bb-4dca-b4a8-b47c1a2720fO/wkrs-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/pers-d07.html The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f60ab3ea-7f6d-45ac-a9bc-a7ef87bc905P/pers-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Obama’s crisis speech on San Bernardino attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/obam-d07.html Obama’s speech Sunday night from the White House reflected the growing political crisis in his administration, amidst mounting calls for an expansion of the US war drive in Syria. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/170bcf25-8255-4bf5-a47c-138e9e4b6b8C/obam-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Neo-fascist National Front leads first round of French regional elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/regi-d07.html In elections held under a state of emergency after the November 13 attacks in Paris, the National Front made broad gains in six of France’s 13 regions. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab5a1a72-afc6-4041-accc-f45b259b5a8H/regi-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Polish government signals interest in hosting US nuclear weapons http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/poli-d07.html Poland would become the sixth country in Europe to host US nuclear forces as part of the NATO “nuclear sharing” program. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3becfb4-6dd4-47a3-bf6e-55f600e7dbcG/poli-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z After Syria vote, British pseudo-left pledge loyalty to Corbyn and Labour http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/corb-d07.html Even as they urge deselection and campaigns to “democratise” the Labour Party, the pseudo-left groups oppose drawing any lessons from Corbyn’s surrender. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/92f650de-7d5b-4a82-ae4e-ab3546f07fcM/corb-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Chinese president seeks to shore up relations with Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/chin-d07.html Like every part of the globe, Africa has been transformed into an arena for geo-political rivalry. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60228722-d6a1-4b84-9e88-fcdec85c46fM/chin-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Canada: Liberals mask right-wing program with “real change” rhetoric http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/cana-d07.html Friday’s Throne Speech underscored that the Liberals’ “real change” rhetoric is a fraud, aimed at obscuring their plans to assert the interests of big business at home and abroad. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15154d5c-2932-4e34-aa49-ccf6962a8bdM/cana-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Massive “no” vote by Nexteer workers rejects UAW sellout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/next-d07.html An overwhelming 97 percent of workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan defeated the deal, which maintains poverty level wages. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/051efa40-d0dd-467b-95e6-362b2d256a4D/next-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z US: Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers nears end of fourth month http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/stee-d07.html US steelmakers are using the slump in demand and falling prices to push for massive concessions and the destruction of many thousands of jobs. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0b31dbb-202e-4447-8f46-5a07946daa0I/stee-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z US Senate report details high prices of Hepatitis C drugs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/hepc-d07.html A report released by the US Senate found that the drugmaker Gilead priced its $84,000 hepatitis C drug to maximize revenue, even as it restricted patient access. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6fb32ee-e071-4ab1-8337-f7854e85a44A/hepc-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Deadly fire destroys three apartments in Lynn, Massachusetts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/lynn-d07.html The fire moved so quickly in the overcrowded building that four people, including a pregnant woman, were unable to get out alive. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30d4c186-121c-497d-a14d-8fa568ab7c7D/lynn-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z US border agents cleared of charges in murder of immigrant Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/bord-d07.html Five years after the death of Hernandez-Rojas at the hands of US border agents, the Department of Justice has decided to close the investigation. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/83e0fe9d-f173-4a0f-ba23-e60ad54c7e8P/bord-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Ex-minister’s defection highlights fragility of Australian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/rift-d07.html Less than three months after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott there are intense rifts within his government. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/267f23e6-21ab-4b8c-8572-e76d3ede402N/rift-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Nexteer workers denounce UAW-company alliance following overwhelming “no” vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/auto-d07.html Sunday’s 97.5 percent “no” vote is an overwhelming repudiation of the United Auto Workers and another sign of the deep anger and opposition in the working class as a whole. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/99113d1b-0a90-4a78-8a54-8dd6b25b212G/auto-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z UK private care homes facing closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/care-d07.html In taking over the provision of care homes and related services, private companies have sought to undermine working conditions. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8e61c39-4c94-4642-8038-890ae48ce2eJ/care-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Pacific Island nations “bearing the brunt” of climate change http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/clim-d07.html Rising sea levels and extreme weather events are beginning to destroy Pacific Islands and threaten their existence. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c363d335-ac3f-45b5-b77b-08deeff579dB/clim-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Australian state government sells power generator for next to nothing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/vale-d07.html The power trade unions have diverted workers’ opposition into harmless protests while helping axe thousands of jobs through “voluntary” redundancies. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59b054ac-18be-4d7a-b675-67c190e937bI/vale-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of <em>The Factory</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/fact-d07.html Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb5c1758-3cc0-4391-9189-4e0613ac1b8G/fact-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z 100 years of General Relativity—Part One http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/ein1-d07.html This is the first of a three-part series examining the history, science and implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/938b22b8-73fa-468d-8b7b-111c7ebb09fF/ein1-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 7-13 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/twih-d07.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3e14498-7e87-40ea-86c0-b6d59bb7b7fP/twih-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z German parliament votes for military intervention in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/germ-d05.html The decision to launch a major military escalation, with far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, was rammed through parliament in expedited proceedings. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84e1830a-5b08-4f96-aef7-591c11ce924N/germ-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z The significance of the elevation of the Chinese renminbi http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/pers-d05.html The renminbi’s elevation to the status of a global reserve currency is an expression of vast shifts in the world economy that underlie the rise in geopolitical tensions. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a905749-6347-423a-9292-011a19a7627N/pers-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z FBI calls San Bernardino mass shooting a terrorist attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/sanb-d05.html Within barely a day of the attack, US politicians moved to exploit the killings as a means of scapegoating immigrants. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b38970a0-fcdb-4ec0-8d37-77afab30148P/sanb-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Number of US investable wealth millionaires grew by 8.6 percent in 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/econ-d05.html The growth in the number of “high net worth individuals,” who make up slightly more than one percent of the population, comes as the earnings of a typical household continue to decline. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96fdd625-9f0d-4250-aae8-db1df067189G/econ-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z US jobs report shows continued stagnation in manufacturing, rise in low-paid jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/jobs-d05.html Today, there are 4.7 million less manufacturing jobs located within the United States than before the 2008 financial collapse. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49e36196-ace6-491f-afe0-73370c31a19M/jobs-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z US Congress passes corporate-backed highway construction bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/high-d05.html The five-year, $305 billion bill provides a huge subsidy to construction companies, agribusiness and export giants like Boeing, while keeping mass transit programs on rations. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1d07975-4520-4e33-b3d9-81d2b312125M/high-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Paris climate talks accomplish nothing to curb global warming http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/clim-d05.html The expected agreement from the summit falls woefully short, even in its ambition, of what is necessary to protect humanity from the worst consequences of a warming planet. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8af617e1-c67a-4f03-aaed-1de6ec9cc8aC/clim-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Support for ruling Chavistas evaporates as living standards collapse in Venezuela http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/vene-d05.html The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces a collapse in working class support driven by historic cuts in real wages and a scarcity of basic goods. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc253657-3c15-4a20-b598-76ad1c369bbB/vene-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z EU Council president wants to seal off Europe from refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/tusk-d05.html European Council President Donald Tusk wants to intern refugees for 18 months after their arrival and has pleaded for sealing off Europe’s foreign borders. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08eaa7b1-a271-4017-87c0-9edbd457889I/tusk-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Portugal’s Left Bloc backs pro-austerity Socialist Party government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/port-d05.html The Left Bloc, which promoted itself in the general election as an alternative to austerity, has stepped forward to defend Portuguese and European capitalism. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6322b492-4911-4084-8e7b-681da3d8838C/port-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Poland: New government moves quickly to disempower constitutional court http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/pola-d05.html The appointment of five new judges to Poland’s highest court is an integral part of the new PiS government’s campaign to introduce an authoritarian state. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0b0532e-6dc3-4ac9-be4f-4da0ba96bd3N/pola-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Labour’s Oldham by-election victory and Corbyn’s refusal to fight the right wing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/oldh-d05.html Labour won the election by a majority of more than 10,000 votes, increasing its share of the vote by 7 percent from May’s general election. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30eb325b-e1f0-4b9c-90cf-5b9f583a619B/oldh-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Postal strike ends in Finland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/post-d05.html The attack on jobs and conditions in the Finnish Post Office is part of a general attack on workers’ conditions launched by Juha Sipilae’s right-wing coalition government. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/875e48b1-106e-4f15-8b4f-f1a757bde0eM/post-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z India: Hundreds die in Tamil Nadu floods http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/indi-d05.html The crisis in Chennai is a damning indictment of all levels of Indian government which have failed to implement serious flood-control measures or provide adequate emergency relief. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf997273-8448-4fe3-a029-7f5ab9fad24E/indi-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z China bails out embattled Malaysian prime minister http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/mala-d05.html A state-owned Chinese corporation has bought the power assets of Malaysia’s heavily indebted 1MDB fund, which is at the centre of a corruption scandal. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/946cf48a-60f7-401b-a252-a8b6fd65918F/mala-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan housemaid faces execution in Saudi Arabia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/saud-d05.html The impending death by stoning highlights the Sri Lankan government’s concern not to offend the Saudi regime and indifference to the plight of migrant workers. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3147ed60-18c6-4894-95ac-dd6862dfd14D/saud-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Report makes case for prosecuting US war criminals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/tort-d05.html The Human Rights Watch report calls for the criminal prosecution of senior US officials involved in CIA torture and exposes the ongoing cover-up by the Obama administration. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/278659e7-696a-41af-8e4b-30c0c3422d1N/tort-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z The European refugee crisis and international law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/conv-d05.html The blatant abrogation of the 1951 international Refugee Convention, despite the terrible plight of asylum seekers, is an indictment of the capitalist nation-state system. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a66f0172-a04b-4777-a175-3bbd84868d3A/conv-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Vote “no” on UAW-Nexteer sellout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/next-d05.html The <em>Autoworker Newsletter</em> urges Nexteer workers to move immediately to build a rank-and-file factory committee as the true representative voice of workers in opposition to both management and their UAW stooges. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90cf0134-7dfd-4cd5-bc9e-6d5f152256bM/next-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Interview with Denny Tedesco, director of <em>The Wrecking Crew</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/tede-d05.html The WSWS recently spoke with Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco and director of <em>The Wrecking Crew</em>, a documentary about the 1960s’ musical scene in Los Angeles. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a77fc176-75e2-4566-9f9f-6fa7eb08ad5H/tede-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z <em>Janis: Little Girl Blue</em>–Amy Berg’s valuable documentary about singer Janis Joplin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/jopl-d05.html Singer Janis Joplin, born in Port Arthur, Texas, was immensely popular for the last several years of her life until her tragic demise from heroin and alcohol in October 1970. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba94e325-ae4b-4747-a8f7-8da3a11311dI/jopl-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/05/labo-d05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35047cc5-bb51-4244-8f07-823e7f9ee80C/labo-d05.html 2015-12-05T05:00:00Z UK stages bombing raid on Syria hours after parliamentary vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/uksy-d04.html The suppression of anti-war sentiment is paramount for the ruling elite, as it embarks on yet another war of conquest under socially and politically polarised conditions. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e145617-5bec-4b49-8b79-190caa246aeM/uksy-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z Second one-day protest strike hits pro-austerity Syriza government in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/gree-d04.html Transport workers on the state railways and the Athens subway, trams and airport walked off the job, together with workers in the country’s ports and shipping industries. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37d83b65-6ff7-43a2-93da-a05fa72efa2B/gree-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z One Belt, One Road: China’s response to the US “pivot” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/obor-d04.html Through its grandiose plan to integrate Eurasia, Beijing is hoping to draw in countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa to counter Washington’s offensive. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d7286a3c-6bcd-4448-a5d5-1844761053eI/obor-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z Fed chair signals rate hike as ECB expands stimulus http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/bank-d04.html The US economy remains depressed more than seven years after the 2008 Wall Street crash, with economic growth at about half the average rate for the post-World War II period. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad5c8523-2869-4ea3-bbc4-f6da5a682bfI/bank-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z Former Massey CEO escapes most serious charges for role in mine disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/blan-d04.html Blankenship was found guilty of only one misdemeanor count of conspiring to willfully violate federal mine health and safety laws but acquitted of more serious felony charges. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db3aafd8-7aaa-44bf-a4fc-45fad534928P/blan-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z Resistance grows as UAW seeks to ram through Nexteer sellout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/next-d04.html There is widespread opposition to the UAW’s effort to impose yet another concessions contract on 3,400 auto parts workers at the Nexteer complex in Saginaw, Michigan. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9d091682-609e-490f-abba-7caae36203cH/next-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z Video shows murder by San Francisco police firing squad http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/sfpd-d04.html Widely viewed on the Internet, the video shows a group of police officers opening fire simultaneously on a cornered 26-year-old man. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a297734e-70f0-4f40-93dc-13699ac2b08H/sfpd-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z California State University faculty union votes to authorize strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/csut-d04.html There is strong discontent amongst the faculty after years of minimal pay raises that failed to compensate for inflation, or no raises at all, and the recent imposition of furloughs. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d55a6528-fbd3-453d-bbad-919af5bc116O/csut-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z Berlin: Hundreds demonstrate against ill treatment of refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/refu-d04.html Hundreds of people demonstrated last weekend in Berlin to protest against the inhumane treatment of refugees. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5d348a2-3ac0-4e3b-b555-6667e65cf44K/refu-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z NATO incorporates Montenegro, escalating anti-Russian front in Balkans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/04/nato-d04.html In announcing Montenegro's accession Wednesday, the US and German-dominated alliance is opening a new front in their campaign against Moscow. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/24bc097a-9b58-460f-b15f-1b8d3c5fc91B/nato-d04.html 2015-12-04T05:00:00Z