7 December 2016

In counterterrorism speech, Obama hints at danger of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2016

In a speech to a military audience in Florida, the US president twice cited the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal as a warning to the incoming administration of Donald Trump.

US Congress overwhelmingly backs $619 billion Pentagon budget

Trump names opponent of public housing to run Housing and Urban Development

By Fred Mazelis, 7 December 2016

Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is a vitriolic opponent of social programs to benefit the working class.

After Carrier deal, effusive praise for Trump from Steelworkers union

By Jerry White, 7 December 2016

The United Steelworkers union praised Trump’s protectionist and chauvinist policies along with his deal with Carrier, which will wipe out 1,300 of the firm’s 2,100 production jobs in Indiana.

120,000 coal miners face loss of retirement benefits

By Clement Daly, 7 December 2016

The growing insolvency of the various UMWA health and retirement funds is rooted in the continuing global economic crisis and the resulting collapse of commodities prices.

Italian president “freezes” resignation of Prime Minister Renzi

By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2016

The “No” vote in Sunday's referendum has thrown Italy, together with the EU, deeper into political crisis.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi resigns after defeat in constitutional referendum

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

UK Supreme Court hears opposed arguments on whether Parliament must vote to trigger Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 7 December 2016

The Supreme Court hearing takes place amid an escalating political crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union, as the EU itself descends ever deeper into chaos.

Supreme Court Brexit hearing begins amid growing divisions in UK ruling circles

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François Hollande declines to run for re-election as French president

By Kumaran Ira, 7 December 2016

This is the first time since the creation of the office of the French presidency in 1958 that a first-term incumbent has chosen not to run for re-election.

Fillon presidential bid in France exposes bankruptcy of NPA backing of Hollande

France: Fillon wins presidential primary of right-wing parties

European Union finance ministers insist on more austerity

By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2016

Following seven years of austerity, the EU insists that Athens impose an extra €4.2 billion in austerity savings and further labour reforms, including abolishing collective bargaining.

German government plans mass deportation of refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 December 2016

The German government is significantly expanding its deportation efforts and intends to construct what in practice will be a mass deportation apparatus.

China warns Trump over Taiwan phone call

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2016

The People’s Daily condemned the phone call as “despicable” and accused Trump of violating the One China policy—the foundation of US-China relations.

Trump’s phone call with Taiwan: A provocation against China

Five dead, three missing in New Caledonia landslides

By John Braddock, 7 December 2016

The mudslides, which followed widespread flooding, were linked with the unregulated activities of the transnational mining corporations.

Australia: Thunderstorm-related deaths expose impact of health cuts

By Kurt Brown, 7 December 2016

Melbourne, a city of more than three million people, ran out of ambulances as thousands of people suffered potentially fatal thunderstorm-related asthma.

New in Russian

Египет погружается в экономический и социальный кошмар

Джин Шаул, 7 декабря 2016 г.

МВФ настаивает на проведение в Египте реформ, включая введение плавающей валюты, нового НДС, сокращение государственных субсидий и приватизацию предприятий государственного сектора.

New in Turkish

Suriye ordusu Halep’te ilerlerken, Rusya ve Çin BM kararını veto etti

Jordan Shilton, 7 Aralık 2016

ABD destekli İslamcı güçlerin Halep’te yenilgiye uğratılması, Avrupalı emperyalist güçleri, çatışmaya alternatif bir çözüm geliştirmeye teşvik ediyor.

New in French

La Russie et la Chine bloquent la résolution de l’ONU, l’armée syrienne avance toujours à Alep

Par Jordan Shilton, 7 décembre 2016

L’armée syrienne et les milices chiites soutenant son offensive dans l’est d’Alep ont maintenant pris contrôle d’environ deux tiers des quartiers tenus par les « rebelles ».

La conversation téléphonique de Trump avec Taiwan : une provocation contre la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 7 décembre 2016

La politique de Trump dans la région Asie-Pacifique de « paix par la force » n’est pas une stratégie de paix, mais de guerre.

New in Spanish

El legado político de Fidel Castro

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 diciembre 2016

El legado de Castro no puede ser evaluado únicamente desde el prisma cubano, sino que debe tomar en cuenta el impacto de su política a nivel internacional y, sobre todo, en América Latina.

Tras la victoria de Trump el peso mexicano se desploma en medio de la inquietud de la clase gobernante

Por Clodomiro Puentes, 6 diciembre 2016

La elección de Trump y sus posiciones declaradas sobre la inmigración y el comercio externo han creado un ambiente de inquietud en los círculos gobernantes mexicanos.

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Perspective

The Oakland fire tragedy and the housing crisis in America

7 December 2016

At the root of the tragedy lies the dysfunctional character of American capitalism, including a housing crisis born of poverty, social inequality and years of neglect by government authorities.

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History

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

On December 11, the international socialist movement marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of the “father of Russian Marxism,” Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Growing support for IYSSE campaign against censorship at New York University

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is winning widespread support from faculty and students after launching a campaign against efforts to block the formation of new clubs.

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board

Germany: Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump’s election held in Frankfurt

By our correspondents, 5 December 2016

Workers Struggles

Australia: NSW Teachers Federation holds stop work meetings across the state
Demand the right to read the agreement before voting on it! Abolish NAPLAN, TIP, inspectors and other regressive measures!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 7 December 2016

The SEP calls all NSW public school teachers to demand that the full 2017–2019 Salaries and Conditions agreement be circulated well in advance of any vote.

Australia: NSW Teachers Federation calls meetings to ram through government deal
Demand the new agreement be circulated immediately! Delay the meetings to December 15!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 December 2016

The election of Donald Trump

Trump picks General “Mad Dog” Mattis for secretary of defense

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2016

Trump outlines right-wing program of extreme nationalism at Cincinnati rally

By Joseph Kishore and Jerry White, 2 December 2016

President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016

Tensions mount over US presidential election recounts

More on the 2016 US elections »

Arts

Novelist Lionel Shriver’s The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 imagines an American meltdown

By James Brookfield, 6 December 2016

When we meet the cast of characters, in Shriver’s dystopian novel set in the not-so-distant future, the US is mired in economic crisis, driven largely by the growth of entitlement spending.

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today—the 1948 documentary restored

By Clara Weiss, 5 December 2016

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30 November 2016

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Commentary

Housing crisis and neglect at root of fatal Oakland fire, one of the deadliest in US history

By David Brown, 6 December 2016

Death toll at least 33 in Oakland warehouse fire

Russia and China block UN resolution as Syrian army continues advance in Aleppo

By Jordan Shilton, 6 December 2016

Australia’s Socialist Alternative agitates for escalation of US intervention in Syria

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India rebuffs Pakistan’s “peace” overtures

By Keith Jones, 6 December 2016

Far-right candidate defeated in Austrian presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 5 December 2016

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

IYSSE opposes physical attack on right-wing professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University

IYSSE to stand candidates in 2017 student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meeting in Colombo discusses Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 6 December 2016

Speakers explained the far-reaching and reactionary implications of Trump’s victory for workers and young people globally.

Sri Lankan workers and students discuss Trump’s election

25 years ago: European Council drafts Maastricht Treaty

Leaders of 12 European nations met on December 9-10, 1991 in the Dutch regional capital city of Maastricht to discuss the institution of a single European market.

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50 years ago: Korean forces massacre Vietnamese village

Between December 3 and December 6, 1966, South Korean soldiers serving in the American imperialist war against Vietnam slaughtered 430 civilians in the village of Bình Hòa in Quảng Ngãi province, eleven miles from My Lai.

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75 years ago: Red Army drives back German forces outside Moscow

On December 5, 1941, a Red Army counteroffensive halted and drove back Hitler’s armies at the gates of Moscow, delivering the first major defeat to Germany since the beginning of World War II.

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100 years ago: Central Powers invade Romania

On December 6, 1916, Austro-Hungarian and German troops entered Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The invasion signaled the end of Romania’s participation in the war for a number of months.

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International Committee of the Fourth International

The International Committee of the Fourth International founds its French section

By our reporter, 15 November 2016

Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!

15 November 2016