13 December 2017

Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2017

The Democratic victory was the result of a larger-than expected turnout of about 37 percent, with voting high, compared to previous elections, especially among African Americans and young people.

UN rapporteur reports extreme poverty “unseen in the first world” in Alabama

By Shelley Connor, 13 December 2017

Residents of Alabama’s Black Belt region are suffering in social conditions most frequently encountered in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Bitcoin frenzy: The fever chart of a deepening crisis

By Nick Beams, 13 December 2017

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is the most egregious expression of the rampant speculation that has come to dominate the global economy.

Warnings of new financial bubble as bitcoin price hits $10,000

German Left Party supports SPD foreign minister’s great power politics

By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2017

Dietmar Bartsch, the Left Party’s parliamentary leader, has followed Social Democrat Foreign Minister Gabriel in advocating an “assertive role” for Germany in the world.

German Social Democratic Party congress paves way for grand coalition

Grenfell fire inquiry opens: No one faces police questioning until autumn 2018

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2017

In the week prior to the procedural hearings, survivors launched a petition to demand that the blatantly undemocratic nature of the inquiry be changed.

Grenfell Fire forum discusses upcoming six month anniversary

Grenfell fire families challenge government inquiry cover-up

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Millions of the poorest in the UK eat an unhealthy diet

By Thomas Scripps, 13 December 2017

Under the impact of cuts to social services, falling wages and rising food prices, many working people are unable to provide themselves, and particularly their children, with a healthy diet.

Amnesty International report exposes EU role in mass torture of refugees in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017

The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.

Details of Kentucky Ford worker’s death still not revealed

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 13 December 2017

The 41-year-old electrician was buried in his hometown of Seymour, Indiana Tuesday, while his family and Ford workers continue to be kept in the dark about the cause of this tragedy.

The death toll behind corporate America’s record profits

Electrician, 41, killed at Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on Saturday

Nearly three-quarters of Millennials in the US want a new party

By Tony Colton, 12 December 2017

A recent survey further confirmed the growing radicalization of students and young workers and widespread disillusion among the Millennial generation with the Democratic Party.

Panel calls for cost-cutting to stabilize New Jersey pension fund

By Mark Ferretti, 13 December 2017

The panel recommended reducing state employees’ health benefits to the less-generous levels common in the private sector.

Canada avoids criticizing Trump over Jerusalem provocation

By Roger Jordan, 13 December 2017

Ottawa’s muted response was aimed at avoiding antagonizing the Trump administration, but was also bound up with Canadian imperialist strategy in the oil-rich Middle East.

EU rejects Trump’s call to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Australian Labor senator resigns amid anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2017

Dastyari was denounced as a “double agent” for his dealings with Chinese businessmen in a McCarthyite campaign spearheaded by the establishment media and intelligence agencies.

Australian union imposes cost-cutting deal on Hunter Valley miners

By Terry Cook, 13 December 2017

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union agreements with Glencore in New South Wales will allow the international mining giant to further boost its profits.

New in Russian

Телевизионный сериал Троцкий: Чудовищное нагромождение исторических фальсификаций и антисемитизма

Фред Уильямс и Дэвид Норт, 13 декабря 2017 г.

8-серийный сериал является демонстрацией политического, интеллектуального и культурного падения всех тех, кто был задействован в его создании.

New in Turkish

Kudüs: Çatışmalarda iki Filistinli öldürüldü, yüzlercesi yaralandı

Jordan Shilton, 13 Aralık 2017

Trump’ın politika değişikliği, bölgedeki gerilimleri şimdiden kaynama noktasına getirmiş durumda.

Bir sanatçının gözünden Rus Devrimi

Sybille Fuchs, 13 Aralık 2017

Grimme Ödülü’nü iki kez kazanmış olan Kathrin Rothe, Rusya'da Şubat-Ekim 1917 arasında yaşanan olayları beş sanatçının gözünden resmediyor.

New in French

Poutine en Syrie déclare sa « mission accomplie »

Bill Van Auken, 13 décembre 2017

La déclaration du président russe d’une « victoire » sur l’État islamique ne présage pas de la paix, mais d’un conflit encore plus direct et agressif entre les Etats-unis et la Russie.

Le taux de mortalité derrière les profits records des entreprises américaines

Jerry White, 13 décembre 2017

Un électricien âgé de 41 ans à la Kentucky Truck Plant de Ford est la dernière victime de la course au profit incessante des entreprises en Amérique.

New in German

SPD und Union nehmen Sondierungen auf

Von Peter Schwarz, 13. Dezember 2017

Am heutigen Mittwoch treffen sich die Spitzen von CDU, CSU und SPD zu ersten Gesprächen über die Bildung einer neuen Regierung.

Putins Besuch in Syrien: „Mission erfüllt“

Von Bill Van Auken, 13. Dezember 2017

Der russische Präsident verkündet einen Sieg über den IS. Dies lässt nicht „Frieden“ erwarten, sondern vielmehr noch direktere und aggressivere Konflikte zwischen den USA und Russland.

”Wir müssen über Jeremy reden”
Die City of London disktutiert über eine mögliche Labour-Regierung

Von Chris Marsden, 13. Dezember 2017

Jeremy Corbyns Team versucht seit Monaten, die herrschenden Kreise von den Vorzügen einer Labour-Regierung zu überzeugen.

Piloten von Ryanair kündigen europaweiten Streik an

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 13. Dezember 2017

Es handelt sich um den ersten Pilotenstreik in der Geschichte der Billigairline, die 1985 in Dublin gegründet wurde.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
11.–17. Dezember: Die Weißen nehmen Rostow ein

13. Dezember 2017

Unter General Kaledins Befehl marschieren konterrevolutionäre Truppen in der südrussischen Industriestadt Rostow ein. In der bolschewistischen Führung wird ein Streit über die Frage der Konstituierenden Versammlung ausgefochten.

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Perspective

Washington’s secret wars

13 December 2017

The refusal to reveal the level of overseas troop deployments is aimed first and foremost at concealing from the American people the ever expanding global reach of US wars and militarism.

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Commentary

National Public Radio’s This American Life promotes anti-immigrant propaganda

By Eric London, 13 December 2017

The episode broadcast last week provided a platform for ultra-right-wing, anti-immigrant figures and lent credibility to their racist agenda.

Why has Time magazine endorsed the #MeToo “revolution”?

By David Walsh, 12 December 2017

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

By David North, 9 December 2017

Australian workers, actors, filmmakers oppose the “trial by media” of Geoffrey Rush

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush fights back, suing Daily Telegraph for defamation

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2017

Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2017

Putin stages “mission accomplished” visit to Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2017

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

13 December 2017

Lessons of October reviews the history of the October 1917 Russian Revolution and the pivotal role of revolutionary leadership.

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

By Keith Jones, 13 December 2017

Trotsky’s Lessons of October was written from the standpoint of preparing future “Octobers,” both in the advanced capitalist countries of Europe and the US, and in the oppressed countries of the East.

WEEK 3: TROTSKY’s LEGACY

Arts Review

Cancellation of exhibition about Jewish art collector in Germany raises issue of Nazi-confiscated art

By Sibylle Fuchs, 13 December 2017

Düsseldorf art gallery owner Max Stern’s art collection was auctioned under pressure from the Hitler regime in the 1930s and has remained largely unseen ever since.

Art historian Linda Nochlin (1931-2017)

By Clare Hurley and David Walsh, 12 December 2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017), one of opera’s greatest baritones

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas: Charles Dickens and the writing of A Christmas Carol

Science

The roots of intelligence: What the study of whales and dolphins can reveal about the basis of human intelligence

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2017

Workers Struggles

Near walkout at Detroit auto plant over unsafe conditions

“Part-time work in the auto plants is modern day slavery”
Six weeks since the tragic death of US autoworker Jacoby Hennings

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 11-17: White forces capture Rostov

11 December 2017

As forces commanded by the counterrevolutionary General Kaledin occupy Rostov, a major industrial center in southern Russia, conflict continues to rage in the Bolshevik leadership over the question of the Constituent Assembly.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Obituary

Patricia Noonan Jukovsky (1947-2017)

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

Pat Jukovsky was an active member of the US Workers League in its early years, and the wife of Marty Jukovsky, a devoted supporter of the Socialist Equality Party.

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International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers ask “$100 billion man” Jeff Bezos: where’s my cut?

By our reporters, 9 December 2017

“We’re human beings, not slaves and animals”
UK newspaper exposé details Amazon’s super-exploitation of workforce

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
One day strike hits German and Italian Amazon distribution centres

Temp work past the age of retirement
Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers

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NHS Fightback

UK government accelerates plans to ration and privatise National Health Service

By Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose Trudeau and Trump, the Canada-US alliance, and imperialist war!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 4 December 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers
Indian ICFI supporters to hold a public meeting in Sriperumbudur

27 November 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Australia: Socialist Equality Party holds successful meetings on Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 7 December 2017

Workers and youth discuss the Russian Revolution at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 7 December 2017

Meeting in Wellington on December 14, Sydney on December 17
100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 25 November 2017

The eight-part serial is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production.

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

IYSSE

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

Oppose right-wing censorship at Leipzig University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2017

Christian Democratic student association calls for the banning of the IYSSE at German universities

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 November 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.

Google Censorship

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2017

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

Watch: Stop online censorship!

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