Democratic Party demagogy in South Carolina debate

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2016

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.

Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism

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

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US and EU lift economic sanctions against Iran

By Keith Jones, 18 January 2016

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.

European governments adopt Nazi-style measures against refugees

By Dietmar Henning, 18 January 2016

Refugees in Europe are being excluded, bullied, expropriated and detained. Thousands are paying with their lives for trying to flee terrorism, poverty and war.

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

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Opposition candidate wins Taiwan’s presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2016

While Tsai is unlikely to move towards independence from China, her election will inevitably heighten tensions with Beijing.

Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis

By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016

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.

Michigan workers speak on the poisoning of Flint water

By James Brewer, 18 January 2016

Workers in Flint and surrounding areas are incensed at the continued crisis around the poisoning of Flint’s water.

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

New revelations expose federal cover-up in Flint, Michigan water crisis

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Democrats and unions scramble to contain Detroit teacher protests

By Nancy Hanover, 18 January 2016

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.

“We are not happy with the union. We finally acted independently”
Detroit teachers determined to continue fight

By our reporters, 18 January 2016

Over the weekend, the World Socialist Web Site spoke to Detroit teachers about the issues in their struggle.

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

Detroit public schools teachers continue sickouts

Illinois professor fired for expressing sympathy for Muslims

By Joe Williams, 18 January 2016

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.

More US drug price hikes in 2016

By Brad Dixon, 18 January 2016

Drug makers kicked off the New Year with a new round of drug price hikes despite growing public anger and political backlash.

US drive to war with China dominates Philippine presidential election campaigns

By Joseph Santolan, 18 January 2016

Deepening economic crisis, massive social inequality and Washington’s drive to war have shifted bourgeois politics in the Philippines sharply to the right.

As fighting spreads, Turkey moves to crush pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party

By Halil Celik, 18 January 2016

The Turkish government is mounting escalating military operations against Kurds and Kurdish forces operating in the imperialist-backed proxy war in Syria and Iraq.

French Prime Minister Valls’ district threatens to suspend social spending

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 January 2016

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.

Netanyahu brands Israel’s Palestinian citizens as criminals

By Jean Shaoul, 18 January 2016

Israel’s Palestinian citizens have suffered decades of discrimination under Israeli rule.

Bangladesh: 41 belatedly charged over Rana Plaza factory collapse

By Sarath Kumara, 18 January 2016

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.

New in Turkish

İşçi Mücadeleleri: Avrupa, Ortadoğu ve Afrika

18 Ocak 2016

Amerikalı işçilerin mücadeleleri, uluslararası sosyalizm uğruna ortak bir kavgada dünyanın dört bir yanındaki işçilerin mücadelelerine bilinçli bir şekilde bağlanmalıdır.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Tarihsel ve Uluslararası Temelleri – Bölüm 11

18 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 metnin 11. son bölümünü yayımlayacağız.

New in French

Charlie Hebdo se joint à la campagne raciste contre les réfugiés en Europe

Par Alex Lantier, 18 janvier 2016

L'hebdomadaire français déclare qu’Aylan Kurdi, le petit réfugié de trois ans dont la noyade l’an dernier avait suscité l'indignation dans le monde entier, aurait grandi pour devenir un « peloteur. »

Quatrième réunion électorale de l’EJIES à l’université Humboldt de Berlin
La lutte contre la guerre et les leçons de l’histoire

Par nos correspondants, 18 janvier 2016

L’EJIES mène sa campagne pour les élections au parlement étudiant de l’Université Humboldt avec des conférences intitulées « Plus jamais la guerre! De la science, pas de la propagande de guerre. »

Star Wars – Le Réveil de la force: Pas de véritable réveil

Par Matthew MacEgan et David Walsh, 18 janvier 2016

Le nouveau Star Wars sert de première partie à une nouvelle trilogie qui raconte l'histoire de la prochaine génération en recyclant beaucoup des mêmes thèmes.

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What is driving the stock market panic?

18 January 2016

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.

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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.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Fourth IYSSE election meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University
The struggle against war and the lessons of history

By our correspondent, 16 January 2016

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

Arts Review

Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

By Clare Hurley, 18 January 2016

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.

The Revenant: Are we all savages? (And Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth )

By Joanne Laurier, 16 January 2016

The 88th Academy Awards nominations

By David Walsh, 15 January 2016

25 years ago: First week of bombing in US war against Iraq

On January 19, 1991, after two days of relentless air strikes on Iraqi forces during the “Desert Storm” operation, military analysts declared the Iraqi air force could no longer “be regarded as any kind of a serious threat.”

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50 years ago: Pentagon asks for more troops in Vietnam

On January 20, 1966, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara outlined Pentagon plans to more than double US troop strength in Vietnam during the year to over 400,000.

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75 years ago: Churchill government crackdown on Communist Party

On January 21, 1941 Britain’s Home Secretary Herbert Morrison ordered the suppression of the Daily Worker, newspaper of British Communist Party.

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100 years ago: British parliament introduces conscription

On January 24, 1916, the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Military Service Act, a bill to introduce conscription into the army.

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Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2016

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores worldwide

By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2016

Charlie Hebdo joins racist campaign against refugees in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2016

The New York Times backs anti-refugee drive in Germany

German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign

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India in talks to open ports, bases to US military

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 January 2016

BAYAN’s phony opposition to the US basing deal in the Philippines

Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional


David Bowie (1947-2016)

By Hiram Lee, 16 January 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 January 2016

National union leader tries to corral protesting Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 15 January 2016

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Montreal: Labour board upholds draconian suspension of 2,000 city workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 January 2016

Autoworkers Struggles

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

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

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

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NHS Fightback

Junior doctors strike throughout England

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

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

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New research reveals effects of the Agricultural Revolution on human evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 15 January 2016

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

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

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?

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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