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

By Barry Grey, 31 December 2015

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde wrote that global economic growth next year would be “disappointing” and the outlook for the medium term had also deteriorated.

A New Year’s sense of foreboding over the global economy

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2015

The US-backed government’s security forces have proven incapable of holding back an ongoing offensive by the Taliban.

NATO to station AWACS radar aircraft in Turkey

By Christoph Dreier, 31 December 2015

After the downing of a Russian fighter by Turkish aircraft, NATO demonstratively gave its backing to Turkey and announced it would provide Ankara with military assistance.

Police officer escapes indictment for shooting unarmed man in Colorado

By Nick Barrickman, 31 December 2015

The exoneration comes two days after an Ohio grand jury decided not to issue an indictment of Cleveland police officers for the 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Massive police buildup planned in cities throughout the US for New Year’s Eve

By our reporter, 31 December 2015

After grand jury whitewash in Tamir Rice killing
More police murders across the US

US cops killed more people this year than in 2014

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Analyst says US auto contracts will not increase labor costs

By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2015

Despite claims by the UAW that the agreements were among the richest in history, the overall labor costs at the Detroit automakers will remain essentially unchanged.

Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part Two
With UAW complicity, Ford fires workers for voicing opposition

Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part One
Autoworker crushed to death in conveyer belt catastrophe

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Top Michigan environmental safety officials resign amidst ongoing Flint water crisis

By Matthew Brennan, 31 December 2015

The resignations are an attempt by Republican governor Rick Snyder to obscure the criminal role he and his "Emergency Managers" in Flint and Detroit have played in creating a public health crisis.

State of emergency declared in Flint, Michigan over poisoned water supply

US: Mississippi River flooding threatens millions

By Tom Eley, 31 December 2015

The National Weather Service currently estimates that there are 17 million Americans—over 5 percent of the population—living in areas under flood warning, with worse to come.

Post-elections negotiations fail to produce new Spanish government

By Alejandro López, 31 December 2015

The elections produced an unprecedented hung parliament and the collapse of the two-party system that dominated Spanish politics since the end of the Franco dictatorship.

EU renegotiation talks open up “civil war” in UK Tory government

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2015

Cameron pledged to hold an “in-out” referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 to appease the Eurosceptic wing of his party.

Lifetime council tenancies in UK to be scrapped

By Dennis Moore, 31 December 2015

The abolition of the secure tenancy and the offer of fixed-term tenancies will create insecurity for many people.

German trade union chief agrees to €1 an hour jobs for refugees

One million people fled to Europe in 2015

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President Humala declares state of emergency in Peru’s port of Callao

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 31 December 2015

The state of emergency is intended as a demonstration for the domestic and foreign business elites that the government can—and will—suspend democratic rights as it sees fit.

Indonesian foreign policy tilts towards the US and its allies

By John Roberts, 31 December 2015

Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.

Private operator to run New Zealand capital’s rail service

By our correspondent, 31 December 2015

Despite the denials of the trade unions, rail workers face a new round of attacks on jobs and conditions.

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Las causas políticas de la crisis electoral española

Por Alex Lantier, 31 diciembre 2015

Igual que Syriza, Podemos se convertirá en un rival implacable de la lucha para unificar a la clase trabajadora europea contra la guerra, la austeridad y la Unión Europea.

La presidente Rousseff de Brasil encara la destitución

Por Bill Van Auken, 31 diciembre 2015

El inicio del proceso de destitución de la presidenta de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff coincide con el anuncio de un colapso económico.

Los 33: Un drama sobre el desastre minero del 2010 en Chile

Por Hiram Lee, 31 diciembre 2015

El desastre expuso una vez más las condiciones brutales bajo las cuales los mineros son obligados a trabajar, no sólo en Chile, sino en todo el mundo.

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Schlechte Aussichten für die Weltwirtschaft zum Jahreswechsel

Von Nick Beams, 31. Dezember 2015

Die Weltwirtschaft war im Jahr 2015 von immer mehr rückläufigen Tendenzen gekennzeichnet.

2016: Mehr Waffen und Soldaten für neue Kriege

Von Philipp Frisch und Johannes Stern, 31. Dezember 2015

Die Kommentare und Interviews von führenden Politikern, Journalisten und Akademikern zum Jahreswechsel, lassen keinen Zweifel daran, dass der Kriegskurs der Bundesregierung im Jahr 2016 fortgesetzt werden soll.

Obama, Trump und die Arbeiterklasse

Von Niles Williamson, 31. Dezember 2015

Dass Donald Trump in der Lage ist, den Unmut und die Wut der Bevölkerung für seine reaktionären Zwecke zu nutzen, ist vor allem die Verantwortung der sogenannten „Linken“ in der amerikanischen Politik.

Socialist Equality Party (GB) fordert die Veröffentlichung der Namen aller Polizeiagenten und Spione

Socialist Equality Party, 31. Dezember 2015

Selbst die wenigen Informationen, die an die Öffentlichkeit gedrungen sind, machen deutlich, dass Undercoverbeamte an kriminellen Aktivitäten beteiligt waren und sie geleitet haben.

Sarah Gavrons Film Suffragette – Taten statt Worte
Was haben Mrs. Pankhurst und eine East-End-Wäscherin gemeinsam?

Von Joanne Laurier, 31. Dezember 2015

Suffragette – Taten statt Worte ist ein Spielfilm über die Frauenwahlrechtsbewegung in Großbritannien zur Zeit kurz vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg.

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On the threshold of the New Year

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.

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Arts Review

The Big Short: The criminality of Wall Street and the crash of 2008

By Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2015

Adam McKay’s new film The Big Short is a hard-hitting comedy-drama about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Best films of 2015

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2015

The most interesting films we saw in 2015, both those that played in a movie theater in the US and those not yet distributed.

The year in popular music

30 December 2015

In Jackson Heights: Documentarian Frederick Wiseman on life in a New York City neighborhood


Obama, Trump and the working class

By Niles Williamson, 30 December 2015

The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump

More on the 2016 US elections »

The New York Times celebrates “retaking Ramadi”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2015

US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

After Paris attacks, anti-Muslim riot erupts in Corsica

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2015

Federal agency prepares new crackdown on US travelers

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2015

The US terror scare

US military to expand global operations in 2016

The fracturing of the European Union

No “peace on Earth” in 2015

The 2016 US Elections

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

By Eric London, 24 December 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Fear-mongering and war dominate third Democratic presidential debate

Republican “debate” in Las Vegas
A two-hour commercial for militarism and fear-mongering

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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


Notes on a visit to Łódź, Poland

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2015

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

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

25 years ago: Chinese Communist Party Central Committee meeting exposes crisis

The six-day meeting of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party ended on December 30, 1990.

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50 years ago: Transit strike in New York City

On January 1, 1966, all bus and subway service in New York City halted as 33,000 members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 walked off the job after rejecting the contract offer by the Transit Authority.

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75 years ago: Voorhis Act takes effect in US

On January 1, 1941 the Voorhis Anti-Propaganda Act, passed by the US Congress in October 1940, went into effect.

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100 years ago: Report shows American capitalism profiting from world war

Figures released by the US government on January 1, 1916 underscored that American capitalism was becoming the leading economic power in the world, under conditions in which the European powers were being decimated by the carnage of World War I.

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