Amid state of emergency, French workers jailed for struggle to defend jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 14 January 2016

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.

German government moves to loosen restrictions on refugee deportations

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 14 January 2016

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.

Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany

German media incites racist hysteria

New Year’s message for refugees in Berlin: It will get worse!

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Michigan governor calls out National Guard over Flint water crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 January 2016

The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint is the direct result of cost-cutting measures carried out under the Michigan emergency manager law.

Dramatic spike in Legionnaires’ disease deaths possibly linked to Flint River water

By James Brewer, 14 January 2016

“They’ve taken us back to the dark ages”
Outraged Flint residents protest water contamination

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

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As union, Democrats try to smother protests
Detroit teachers issue demands to defend public education

By Jerry White, 14 January 2016

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.

Autoworkers support Detroit teachers’ fight

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

Autoworkers have spoken out in defense of Detroit teachers who have launched a series of sickouts in defense of public education.

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Pennsylvania constable shoots dead 12-year-old girl during home eviction

By Tom Eley, 14 January 2016

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.

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Iran releases US sailors in run-up to nuclear sanction relief

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2016

The incident served to highlight the deep divisions within the US political establishment over the nuclear deal.

Canada weighing options to expand its role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 14 January 2016

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.

Wave of selling hits US markets

By Nick Beams, 14 January 2016

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.

China’s deep economic malaise

Tamil nationalists conceal ongoing use of torture by Sri Lankan government

By K. Nesan, 14 January 2016

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.

Junior doctors strike throughout England

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

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.

UK: Oppose introduction of student nurse tuition fees and scrapping of bursaries

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Tata Steel sale of Long Products Division means attacks on wages, pensions and conditions

By Danny Richardson, 14 January 2016

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.

South Korea’s opposition splits ahead of general election

By Ben McGrath, 14 January 2016

The departure of Kim Han-gil and the creation of new opposition parties constitute attempts to head off discontent among South Korean workers.

New in Turkish

Türkiye ve Batılı güçler İstanbul saldırısına karşılık olarak savaş söylemini tırmandırıyor

Thomas Gaist, 14 Ocak 2016

Her yeni terör saldırısı, Türk devletinin amaçladığı savaş politikaları için fazladan bir bahane sağlamaktadır.

Küresel piyasalar düşmeye devam ediyor

Nick Beams, 14 Ocak 2016

Çin ekonomisi yuanın değeri ve Çinli mali yetkililerin politikaları üzerine endişeler bir dizi şok dalgası gönderirken, küresel borsalar, son yirmi yıl içinde en kötü yeni yıl açılış haftasını yaşadı.

New in French

La tragédie des réfugiés et l’Union européenne: Le bilan pour 2015

Par Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 janvier 2016

Le mauvais traitement des réfugiés fuyant vers l’Europe a pris des proportions qui auraient été impensables il y a douze mois.

La lutte des enseignants de Detroit pour la défense de l’éducation publique

Par Jerry White, 14 janvier 2016

Ce n’est pas un hasard si l’opposition sociale prend la forme d’une rébellion contre des syndicats qui ont longtemps agi en tant que police industrielle des grandes entreprises et du gouvernement

Allemagne: émeute de centaines de néonazis à Leipzig

Par Christoph Dreier, 14 janvier 2016

L’émeute d’extrême droite à Leipzig lundi s’est produite au milieu d’une campagne raciste antimusulmane promue par les partis politiques et les médias allemands.

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Bundesregierung verschärft ein weiteres Mal das Asylrecht

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 14. Januar 2016

Die Bundesregierung nutzt die gezielt geschürte rassistische Hysterie nach den Ereignissen der Silvesternacht in Köln für eine Verschärfung des Asylrechts und den Aufbau eines Polizeistaats.

Obamas Rede zur Lage der Nation: Lügen, Ausflüchte und Drohungen

Von Patrick Martin, 14. Januar 2016

Weder der US-Präsident selbst, noch sein Publikum aus den Kongressabgeordneten beider Parteien konnten sich ehrlich oder ernsthaft mit der sozialen Krise in Amerika auseinandersetzen.

Türkei und Westmächte verschärfen Kriegsdrohungen nach Anschlag in Istanbul

Von Thomas Gaist, 14. Januar 2016

Auf den Anschlag in Istanbul reagierten türkische und westliche Politiker und Nato-Sprecher mit den altbekannten Drohungen und moralisierenden Stellungnahmen.

Israels tödliche Politik gegen die Palästinenser

Von Jean Shaoul, 14. Januar 2016

Israels Einsatz von scharfer Munition und seine Politik der gezielten Tötungen hat seit Anfang Oktober mindestens 146 palästinensische Todesopfer und Tausende Verletzte gefordert.

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Obama’s State of the Union address and the breakdown of American democracy

14 January 2016

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.

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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

Concussion: Highlighting the perils of American football

By Alan Gilman, 14 January 2016

Despite its limitations, Concussion serves to bring before a mass audience the grave risks inherent in playing America’s most popular sport.

Carol and The Danish Girl: Real problems, but the danger of exclusivism

Book Review

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency
Obama’s place in history: Permanent war and the breakdown of American democracy
Part two

By Eric London, 14 January 2016

A significant 769-page book from New York Times reporter Charlie Savage provides a chilling, detailed insider view of the Obama administration’s pseudo-legal justifications for war and authoritarianism.

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency
Obama’s place in history: Permanent war and the breakdown of American democracy
Part one


Obama’s final State of the Union: Lies, evasions and threats

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2016

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016

The New York Times and “human rights” imperialism in Syria

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Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional

By Joseph Santolan, 13 January 2016

Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2016

German politicians and media agitate against Poland

Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities

Gang warfare continues to infest Mexican politics

25 years ago: US begins carpet-bombing of Iraq

On January 17, 1991, one day after a UN-imposed deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, “Operation Desert Storm,” an all-out air war against Iraqi forces began.

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50 years ago: US B-52 crash drops four hydrogen bombs on Spain

On January 17, 1966, four hydrogen bombs fell on Spain without igniting, when a US Air Force B-52G bomber crashed above the fishing village of Palmores, on the country’s southeastern Mediterranean coast.

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75 years ago: Defense strikes in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois

On January 13, 1941, in Saginaw, Michigan, hundreds of striking members of the United Auto Workers clashed with police and shut down production at an Eaton Manufacturing plant, which was being operated by scabs represented by the rival United Auto Workers-AFL.

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100 years ago: Karl Liebknecht expelled from German SPD

On January 13, 1916, Karl Liebknecht, the well-known revolutionary leader and internationalist opponent of World War I, was expelled from the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and its parliamentary group on the grounds of “continuous gross infractions of party discipline.”

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Third election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University
Jörg Baberowski’s appeal for dictatorship and war

By our correspondents, 9 January 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

By David Brown, 8 January 2016

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

By Eric London, 5 January 2016

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 23 December 2015

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Twenty five years of the World Wide Web

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2016

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Tom Hall, 6 January 2016

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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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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

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