English http://www.wsws.org/en/ White House pushes ahead with plan to slash pensions for up to one million retirees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/fein-f09.html Retired truck drivers and delivery workers said in a hearing in Detroit Monday that they had been notified their pension benefits would be reduced by between 50 and 70 percent. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7db64eb6-1eae-4712-ba29-5ce6701e97aC/fein-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Retirees speak on Teamster pension cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/pens-f09.html Retirees denounced both political parties along with the Teamsters union for the devastating pension cuts being demanded by the Central States Pension Fund. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/921baf4c-cc8b-4e4f-ae47-a60ee4c558eA/pens-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z New York City public employee pension funds in danger of “operational failure” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/nycp-f09.html A newly released report indicates that the system that provides for city worker pensions is in serious difficulty. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0d1b984-783b-4773-89cd-c0be509700eA/nycp-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Italy hit by banking crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/ital-f09.html Stock markets across the world experienced a sharp downturn at the beginning of 2016, with the stock exchange in Milan affected particularly severely. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/551a7539-786d-434e-8c8a-a2b958d7382H/ital-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/cohe-f09.html Roger Cohen’s hysterical column expresses rage within sections of the military and intelligence apparatus over the fate of the US regime-change operation. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e039988-c191-4828-bee6-7dae0b588baC/cohe-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Human Rights Watch report exposes French state of emergency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/etur-f09.html The report points to systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by police and the targeting of people of Muslim descent. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/daf3fced-81c8-4d1c-956c-21656ad4b23H/etur-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Citing influx of refugees, Hungary prepares authoritarian legislation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/hung-f09.html The Fidesz government wants to sharply curtail the right of assembly and press freedom, close down the border and grant itself the unilateral power to declare states of emergency. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ed7263c4-f610-4a95-a222-04686fbec00C/hung-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Cities and towns across the US suffer lead poisoning rates worse than Flint http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/lead-f09.html One of the first doctors to describe the effects of lead on children called the disease “a toxicity of habitation.” Today it might be more accurately termed a toxicity of poverty. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be14cd41-a8d7-4a8f-a53f-a6c959027daO/lead-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose jobless benefits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/atil-f09.html The more than 2,000 steelworkers at ATI who have been locked out for nearly six months, isolated by the union, have already lost health care benefits. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0ac1d64-2540-4698-8d3f-bd44aa1bbb0G/atil-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z The Coen Brothers’ <em>Hail Caesar!</em>: The “Passion” of a film studio troubleshooter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/hail-f09.html <em>Hail Caesar!</em>, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a comedy about Hollywood set in the early 1950s. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9c12f94-c483-4a6b-91f1-a10bea18338D/hail-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z New Mexico: Relatives sue sheriff for the fatal pepper ball shooting of 88-year-old http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/albu-f09.html Last September, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies fired over 50 rounds of pepper balls at 88-year-old great-grandfather Fidencio Duran. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc633d76-91ab-4aeb-8eb6-f97fc3eed85M/albu-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Sordid horse-trading over next Burmese president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/burm-f09.html “Democracy icon” Suu Kyi is in closed-door talks with the military to secure the presidency in return for handing more political posts to the generals. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f929469c-2dd3-4fe6-8eb1-0be78ffbbc4A/burm-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Unions preparing to shut down Pakistan airline workers strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/paka-f09.html As the militant strike of 14,000 Pakistan International Airlines workers enters its second week, the unions are maneuvering to shut it down. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca1be174-1a17-425a-bcad-1e39e0c13acC/paka-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Australia’s High Court backs indefinite offshore detention http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/high-f09.html The ruling sets a new global benchmark for the incarceration of innocent and desperate people in what amounts to Guantanamo Bay-style legal black holes. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/285ab2eb-3064-4cbb-97ee-0b50e5b0aa9F/high-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Bangladesh tea estate workers oppose government’s land seizures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/bang-f09.html The government wants the land in order to expand the number of cheap labour Economic Zones. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c33a79c3-8333-42fa-998f-6fcad2d0383I/bang-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z A new stage in the global economic breakdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/pers-f09.html The growing financial crisis in China, marked by capital flight and mounting concerns over debt levels, is accompanied by increasing doubts about the stability of the entire global banking system. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c45a6092-4183-41f9-a7d2-35006a9f788C/pers-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/inte-f09.html A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62f40b7e-f147-4eba-8376-5d2415d3d0cH/inte-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/wkrs-f09.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dbeb09c2-b3c8-4d02-89be-55645273588L/wkrs-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/afgh-f08.html Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/850742dd-e1b4-41e2-b5d1-aafd199236cF/afgh-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/pers-f08.html The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e83753b2-550e-496a-a94e-73074ec2a3fH/pers-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z North Korean satellite launch heightens US-China tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/nkor-f08.html Washington immediately seized on the launch to intensify pressure on Beijing for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang and accelerate the US military build-up in Asia. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ff2ec9f-a2d5-4233-bce0-0bd29eed303D/nkor-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z London donor conference pledges aid only to keep Syrian refugees out of Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/dono-f08.html The amount raised for 2016 equates to less than $400-500 per person per year, assuming the donors honour their pledges. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/254464ff-9c80-4948-b637-9eda49ee2fdE/dono-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/trum-f08.html “I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” billionaire Donald Trump declared, evoking applause from the Republican audience. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/776c217c-7ec5-474e-a8a5-0e307e3c945A/trum-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Hillary Clinton covers for Obama and Democrats in Flint water crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/clin-f08.html In a visit to Flint on Sunday, Clinton sought to obscure the criminal role of Democratic officials at all levels of government in covering up the lead poisoning of residents. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5363ad26-2f1c-40b6-80a9-943dcbab09eK/clin-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/tort-f08.html After 12 years of litigation, the Obama administration has released only 198 out of at least 2,000 photographs depicting torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/99222006-5a2b-402c-a61d-d25d786e46cD/tort-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z US Congress holds hearing on drug prices http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/drug-f08.html While there was plenty of political grandstanding by legislators, the primary concern was to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry by reining in the most egregious offenders. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c90772ce-82f2-4c78-9485-72656cf194bJ/drug-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Job losses mount in US steel and aluminum industries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/jobs-f08.html Manufacturers have posted record losses amid a massive fall in prices and continuing slump in domestic and world demand. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84dcfa66-0ea4-4e85-8757-045acf7f157O/jobs-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Italian steel work faces closure or sell-off http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/ital-f08.html On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16c36812-f189-4c5c-89d7-5b1cc7ed21bL/ital-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Support for Poroshenko regime collapses in Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/preg-f08.html The decline in popularity for Poroshenko explodes the myth that the right-wing Maidan “revolution” was a democratic transformation. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b32533b-3d0a-45da-907a-63f84af443dO/preg-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Portugal’s Socialist Party agrees to impose further austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/port-f08.html The Left Bloc, Communist Party and Greens have enabled the Socialist Party government to impose one pro-capitalist measure after another in the short time it has been in power. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c35c0760-62fc-4120-b2a0-459694476e6H/port-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Australian public hospitals face growing funding crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/hosp-f08.html According to the AMA’s annual hospital report card, waiting times lengthened in 2014–15 and funding shortfalls will worsen in 2017 when the latest cutbacks come into effect. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/562871ce-43a3-49ec-8404-298ddc6c711E/hosp-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Australia: Sydney city council locks out community theatre group http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/arch-f08.html Closure of the inner-western Sydney Archway 1 theatre and exhibition space takes place amid ongoing federal and state government cuts to the arts. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bed0c1eb-f284-40f5-9e40-dcc6ad753b7C/arch-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Unstable government in Vanuatu following snap election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/vanu-f08.html Deepening popular opposition to the political elite has left no single party able to form a government. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc1e1189-b18c-467e-9d80-261f8e07966D/vanu-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z Slavoj Žižek: From pseudo-left to new right http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/zize-f08.html In an article published in <em>Der Spiegel</em>, Slovenian academic Slavoj Žižek gives free rein to his hatred of the oppressed. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29dbfa73-6d09-4e99-9d5b-f82c1eaab74K/zize-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z UK: Junior doctors demonstrate in run-up to Wednesday strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/juni-f08.html The British Medical Association used the event to bolster their ongoing fruitless negotiations with Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52bf95f5-ba0d-4d3b-96ab-c322c254ccaK/juni-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z This week in history: February 8-14 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/twih-f08.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43f696b7-a22e-41f2-b804-51e8eb3111cC/twih-f08.html 2016-02-08T05:00:00Z 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 refugees 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 publicly 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 other 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 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