Major companies announce job cuts across Europe

By Kumaran Ira, 19 January 2016

The assault on the European working class comes amid mounting signs that the world economy is nearing another major crisis.

What is driving the stock market panic?

Drug overdoses in US drive sharp rise in mortality rates among white young adults

By Kate Randall, 19 January 2016

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.

Union officials work with Obama administration to crush Detroit teacher protests

By Jerry White, 19 January 2016

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.

Democrats and unions scramble to contain Detroit teacher protests

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

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

Kentucky Social Security recipients commit suicide after benefits cut

By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2016

An attorney representing 1,500 disability recipients warns that “the suicide chatter is way up” as the state threatens additional budget cuts.

Massachusetts: MBTA proposes steep public transit fare hikes

By John Marion, 19 January 2016

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.

Berlin police raid: A civil war exercise

By Gustav Kemper, 19 January 2016

The illegal raid involving hundreds of police officers was intended to intimidate an entire neighbourhood.

European governments adopt Nazi-style measures against refugees

Charlie Hebdo joins racist campaign against refugees in Europe

German media incites racist hysteria

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Council of Europe issues report on far-right massacre in Odessa

By David Levine, 19 January 2016

The Council of Europe report serves to cover up the role of far-right militias in the massacre of oppositionists.

UK Government announces demolition of council housing

By Simon Whelan, 19 January 2016

Cameron’s plans spell the death knell for inner-city public housing, especially in London.

Finnish government outlines onslaught against working class

By Ellis Wynn, 19 January 2016

With the Finnish economy mired in crisis, the bourgeois elite in Helsinki are seeking to make the working class pay.

Canada’s slumping economy rattles Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2016

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.

Bank of Montreal stress testing assets for $25 per barrel oil

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2016

New in Turkish

Washington Suriye’deki savaşı ilerletmek için açlığa başvuruyor

Bill Van Auken, 19 Ocak 2016

Madaya’nın uluslararası ilginin odağı olmasının nedeni, buranın Lübnanlı Hizbullah milisleri ile birlikte Suriye hükümet güçleri tarafından kuşatılmış olmasıdır.

Sığınmacı trajedisi ve Avrupa Birliği: 2015’in bilançosu

Martin Kreickenbaum, 19 Ocak 2016

Sığınmacılara yönelik vahşi muamele, egemen seçkinlerin Avrupa genelindeki işçi sınıfına ve gençliğe yönelik düşmanlığının bir ifadesidir.

New in French

Qu’y a-t-il derrière la panique des marchés boursiers?

Par Barry Grey, 19 janvier 2016

Après plus de sept années d’opérations de sauvetage, de milliers de milliards de dollars fournis presque gratuitement aux banques et aux marchés financiers, l’économie réelle ne s’est non seulement pas remise du krach de Wall Street de 2008, mais elle se détériore encore rapidement.

Les gouvernements européens adoptent des mesures de type nazi contre les réfugiés

Par Dietmar Henning, 19 janvier 2016

Les réfugiés en Europe sont exclus, victimes d'intimidation, expropriés et détenus. Des milliers paient de leur vie pour avoir tenté de fuir le terrorisme, la pauvreté et la guerre.

Forte chute des actions et crainte d’une nouvelle crise financière

Par Barry Grey, 19 janvier 2016

La chute boursière du 15 janvier couronna l’ouverture annuelle la pire jamais vécue par Wall Street.

Le département du premier ministre Valls menace de suspendre les financements sociaux

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 19 janvier 2016

Cet assaut cruel mené contre les besoins sociaux de base de sections vulnérables de la population fait partie d'une offensive de la classe dirigeante à l'échelle européenne contre les droits sociaux fondamentaux des travailleurs.

New in German

Europa: Mit Nazimethoden gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Januar 2016

Flüchtlinge werden ausgegrenzt, schikaniert, enteignet und in Lager verfrachtet. Tausende bezahlen ihre Flucht vor Terror, Armut und Krieg mit dem Tod.

Jochen Bittner hetzt in der New York Times gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Johannes Stern, 19. Januar 2016

Die hysterische Kampagne um die Ereignisse der Neujahrnacht am Kölner Hauptbahnhof nimmt auch international immer größere Dimensionen an.

Angst vor neuer Finanzkrise führt zu weltweiten Kursstürzen

Von Barry Grey, 19. Januar 2016

Mit den Aktienverkäufen am Freitag, dem Kursverlust des Euro Stoxx 50 und den deutlichen Kursverlusten aller wichtigen amerikanischen Aktienwerte endete die bisher schlechteste erste Woche der Wall Street zu Beginn eines Jahres.

Tamilische Nationalisten vertuschen Folter durch srilankische Regierung

Von K. Nesan, 19. Januar 2016

Ein detaillierter Bericht einer südafrikanischen Menschenrechtsorganisation belegt, dass die srilankische Regierung weiterhin mit staatlichem Terror gegen die tamilische Minderheit vorgeht.

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The ruling class meets at Davos

19 January 2016

This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland takes place against the backdrop of a deepening global crisis and soaring inequality.

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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.


Sanders in the Democratic debate: A “political revolution” that stops at the water’s edge

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016

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.

Democratic Party demagogy in South Carolina debate

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

US and EU lift economic sanctions against Iran

By Keith Jones, 18 January 2016

Opposition candidate wins Taiwan’s presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2016

US drive to war with China dominates Philippine presidential election campaigns

By Joseph Santolan, 18 January 2016

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

Illinois professor fired for expressing sympathy for Muslims

By Joe Williams, 18 January 2016

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

Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

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

Arts Review

Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycle Thieves—a documentary on Italian cinema

By Richard Phillips, 19 January 2016

The 72-minute film provides a general outline of neo-realist cinema, but it is a seriously limited one.

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

By Clare Hurley, 18 January 2016

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

The Water Crisis in Flint

Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis

By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016

Michigan workers speak on the poisoning of Flint water

By James Brewer, 18 January 2016

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “On the threshold of the New Year”

We are publishing here an Arabic translation of the Perspective that was posted on the WSWS in English on December 31.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: the Americas

19 January 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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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David Bowie (1947-2016)

By Hiram Lee, 16 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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

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