Obama administration rings in new year with deportation of children

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2016

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.

The refugee crisis, war and socialism

French government considers deprivation of nationality as possible sentence to all citizens

By Alex Lantier, 6 January 2016

The Socialist Party is increasingly taking up positions associated with the extreme right and the traditions of 20th century European fascism.

The French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship

US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2016

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.

Middle East tensions escalate in wake of Saudi mass beheadings

The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia

Bernie Sanders poses as an opponent of Wall Street in New York speech

By Tom Hall, 6 January 2016

Sanders’ pledge to break up the major Wall Street banks during his first year in office came with a caveat that rendered it toothless.

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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Obama announces executive measures for gun control

By Tom Eley, 6 January 2016

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.

Freightliner announces nearly 1,000 layoffs at North Carolina plant

By Jerry White, 6 January 2016

The layoff announcement follows similar job cuts and UAW-sanctioned attacks on workers at Volvo, Navistar and other truck manufacturers in the US.

UAW local publishes blacklist of workers who opt out of dues payment

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Michigan governor declares state of emergency over Flint lead poisoning

By James Brewer, 6 January 2016

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.

Top Michigan environmental safety officials resign amidst ongoing Flint water crisis

CDC report: Worsening drug abuse epidemic across US

By Douglas Lyons, 6 January 2016

2014 has eclipsed all other recorded years as the most deadly, with nearly 48,000 drug overdose deaths.

Spain: Elections anticipated after CUP refuses to back Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 6 January 2016

The petty-bourgeois Candidatures of Popular Unity have refused to invest Catalan President Artur Mas, whose party they have backed in parliament.

UK: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd residents describe flood destruction

By Liz Smith and John Farmer, 6 January 2016

West Yorkshire residents interviewed by the WSWS were angry at the response of the government and local authorities.

Student accommodation costs rocket in UK

By Thomas Scripps, 6 January 2016

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.

Germany: Poverty of welfare recipients increases

By Dietmar Henning, 6 January 2016

The real value of already low welfare payments under Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits system has continued to fall.

Deepening social crisis in New Zealand

By Jeremy Lin, 6 January 2016

A series of recent reports paint a grim picture of worsening poverty and social inequality.

Sri Lankan government moves to criminalise “hate speech”

By Saman Gunadasa, 6 January 2016

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.

New in Turkish

Sığınmacılar Berlin'de perişan durumda

Verena Nees, 6 Ocak 2016

Lageso’daki ve toplu konaklama kamplarındaki çok kötü koşulların kasıtlı olarak yaratıldığı ve diğer sığınmacıların cesaretini kırmayı amaçladığı giderek açık hale geliyor.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri – Bölüm 9

6 Ocak 2016

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (SEP-ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri adlı doküman, SEP’in 3-9 Ağustos 2008 tarihleri arasında toplanan kuruluş kongresinde tartışılmış ve kabul edilmiştir. Aşağıda 9. bölümünü sunduğumuz dokümanı toplam 11 bölüm halinde yayımlayacağız.

New in French

Le plongeon des actions en bourse de cette nouvelle année

Par Barry Grey, 6 janvier 2016

Les indicateurs d’une aggravation de la crise de production envoient des ondes de choc à travers les marchés financiers parce qu’ils annoncent l’effondrement imminent d’une vaste édifice spéculative bâtie depuis le krach de 2008 à Wall Street.

Les tensions montent au Moyen-Orient après les décapitations en masse saoudiennes

Par Bill Van Auken, 6 janvier 2016

Les décapitations en masse de la monarchie saoudienne et la rupture des liens avec l’Iran qui s’en est suivie ont toutes les caractéristiques d’une provocation délibérée.

2016 verra une intensification de la lutte de classe

Par Jerry White, 6 janvier 2016

Les conflits de classe vont devenir une caractéristique de plus en plus dominante de la vie en 2016 à mesure que les classes dirigeantes aux États-Unis et partout dans le monde exigent que les travailleurs paient pour la crise économique mondiale

La Sécurité et la Quatrième Internationale, le procès Gelfand et la déposition de Mark Zborowski
Une lettre ouverte de David North à Susan Weissman

24 décembre 2015

New in German

Starker Einbruch der Aktienmärkte zum Jahresbeginn

Von Barry Grey, 6. Januar 2016

Die Anzeichen einer tiefen Produktionskrise lassen die Finanzanleger zittern. Das riesige spekulative Kartenhaus, das seit dem Wall Street Crash von 2008 errichtet wurde, droht einzustürzen.

CSU verschärft Flüchtlingshetze

Von Ulrich Rippert, 6. Januar 2016

Die dreitägige Klausurtagung der CSU-Landesgruppe im oberbayerischen Wildbad Kreuth beginnt mit einer neuen scharfen Attacke auf Flüchtlinge.

Nach den Massenenthauptungen in Saudi-Arabien:
Spannungen im Nahen Osten eskalieren

Von Bill Van Auken, 6. Januar 2016

Die Massenenthauptungen in Saudi-Arabien und der Abbruch der Beziehungen zum Iran sind offenbar eine vorsätzliche Provokation seitens der saudischen Monarchie.

Wie Julia Timoschenko zur Märtyrerin stilisiert wurde

Von Marianne Arens, 6. Januar 2016

Ein Bericht des Nachrichtenmagazins Der Spiegel zeigt, wie eine PR-Lobby in Berlin die rechte ukrainische Politikerin Julia Timoschenko vor vier Jahren instrumentalisierte.

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German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war

6 January 2016

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.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

On the threshold of the New Year

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 31 December 2015

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.

Arts Review

Frank Capra: The Early Collection—The American filmmaker’s most ambitious and honest work

By Charles Bogle, 6 January 2016

The box set contains five pre-Code movies: Ladies of Leisure (1930), Rain Or Shine (1930), The Miracle Woman (1931), Forbidden (1932) and The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933).

The failure of David O. Russell’s Joy, or, what any “sensible” person should know about modern society

By David Walsh, 5 January 2016

Lulu: A new production of a challenging 20th century opera


The New Year stock sell-off

By Barry Grey, 5 January 2016

IMF head warns of slow growth and economic “shocks” in 2016

Russia names United States, NATO as threats to its national security

By Alex Lantier, 5 January 2016

Vietnam accelerates military build-up, plans for war

By John Braddock, 5 January 2016

Right-wing militia members occupy federal building in rural Oregon

By Niles Williamson, 5 January 2016

Michigan officials, rating agencies move against cash-strapped schools

By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 5 January 2016

Puerto Rican government will not pay portion of its debt

By Rafael Azul, 5 January 2016

German political establishment calls for faster remilitarization

Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s police “reform”: Increased repression and cover-up

Justice Scalia repudiates separation of church and state

The 2016 US Elections

Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2016

Obama, Trump and the working class

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

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25 years ago: On eve of war on Iraq, Pentagon muzzles press

On January 4, 1991, Pentagon representatives met with Washington bureau chiefs of the major US news organizations on the just-announced “press guidelines” for the impending war.

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50 years ago: Massacres continue in Indonesia

On January 12, 1966, the first reports of the extent of the slaughter of members and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party appeared in the capitalist press.

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75 years ago: AFL bars strikes by building trades

On January 7, 1941, leaders of 19 national unions affiliated with the Building Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor announced that they would bar strikes on construction sites related to military defense projects.

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100 years ago: Allied troops complete evacuation of Gallipoli peninsula

On January 9, 1916, the final contingent of British troops left the Gallipoli peninsula, marking the decisive victory for the Ottoman Empire over the invasion by the Allied Powers including France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds public meeting on 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination

By our correspondents, 30 December 2015

Public meetings in Australia mark 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s murder

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death

Autoworkers Struggles

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 23 December 2015

More on autoworkers struggles »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Second election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University
Herfried Münkler: An academic in the service of German imperialism

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

Mehring Books

Pamphlet on Syriza’s betrayal in Greece now available from Mehring Books

21 December 2015

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.

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky