US arms Syrian Islamists with surface-to-air missiles

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2016

The portable missiles have been placed in the hands of the so-called “rebels” in an apparent attempt to escalate the conflict in advance of the change in US administrations.

Fighting intensifies in Mosul and northern Iraq

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As Trump assembles a war cabinet, the Kremlin hopes for better relations

By Andrea Peters, 23 November 2016

While the Kremlin is responding positively to Trump’s election, the US president-elect is appointing anti-Russian hawks to his incoming administration.

France’s Jean-Pierre Chevènement hails US President-elect Trump

Trump’s election as seen from Europe

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Merkel to run for fourth term as German chancellor

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 November 2016

A new Merkel chancellorship is an appeal for all parties to close ranks as opposition grows to austerity and militarism.

Former economy minister Macron announces French presidential election bid

By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2016

The election bid points to the advanced state of disintegration of François Hollande’s government and of the Socialist Party, which is anticipating a debacle in the elections.

UK: Chilcot Iraq War inquiry cover-up confirmed

By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2016

That the Chilcot inquiry was wholly a creature of the government and had no real independence is confirmed in declassified documents.

Over 120,000 British children will be homeless this winter

By Alice Summers, 23 November 2016

Nearly 4 million children live in poverty in Britain.

South Korean opposition parties call for President Park’s impeachment

By Ben McGrath, 23 November 2016

Another mass protest in Seoul on Saturday involving hundreds of thousands of people has continued to put pressure on Park to resign.

Detroit housing crisis deepens with county tax foreclosure auction

By Debra Watson, 23 November 2016

Following the rejection of a lawsuit on a moratorium, thousands of Wayne County, Michigan residents may soon face eviction as officials seize properties for back taxes.

Hundreds killed in US home fires

By Steve Filips, 23 November 2016

So far this fall, 25 people have died in home fires in Texas, 25 Georgia and 21 in Pennsylvania.

Sri Lankan president orders arrest of “inciters of racism”

By W.A. Sunil, 23 November 2016

Under the pretext of “curbing racism,” the government is preparing for a broader crackdown not only on opposition parties but against the working class.

New Zealand’s capital caught unprepared for earthquake and flooding

By Chris Ross, 23 November 2016

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand, the capital city was struck by aftershocks and cut off by a severe weather system.

New in Spanish

Enormes manifestaciones de estudiantes contra Trump: El camino a seguir

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad y Jóvenes y Estudiantes Internacionales por la Igualdad Social, 22 noviembre 2016

La oposición expresada por los estudiantes y la gente joven en las protestas a lo largo de Estados Unidos contrastan con la deplorable postración del Partido Demócrata ante Trump.

New in Turkish

Çatışmalar Musul’da ve Kuzey Irak’ta yoğunlaşıyor

James Cogan, 23 Kasım 2016

Kuzey Irak’taki Musul kentini ve çevresindeki kasabalar ile köyleri Irak ve Şam İslam Devleti’nden (IŞİD) geri almaya yönelik ABD yönetimindeki saldırı beşinci haftasına girdi.

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La marge du vote populaire contre Trump atteint 1,7 million de voix

Par Patrick Martin, 23 novembre 2016

Trump a perdu le vote populaire de façon plus décisive que n’importe quel vainqueur précédent du vote du Collège électoral.

L'ex-ministre de l'économie Macron annonce sa candidature à la présidentielle

Par Anthony Torres, 23 novembre 2016

Cette candidature souligne la désintégration avancée du gouvernement Hollande et du PS, qui s'attend à une débâcle à la présidentielle.

Jean-Pierre Chevènement salue le président Trump

Par Kumaran Ira, 23 novembre 2016

L’ancien dirigeant du Mouvement républicain et citoyen essaye de rassembler une coalition politique, dont le Front national, afin de poursuivre des politiques nationalistes

La réunion de l’IYSSE à Berlin sur Trump suscite d’intenses discussions

Par nos correspondants, 23 novembre 2016

Le vaste auditoire et les discussions animées qui eurent lieu lors de la réunion montrent qu’une nouvelle génération de jeunes travailleurs et d’étudiants sont en train de se radicaliser.

New in German

Trump erhielt 1,7 Millionen Stimmen weniger als Clinton

Von Patrick Martin, 23. November 2016

Trump liegt bei den Wählerstimmen stärker im Hintertreffen als jeder andere Kandidat, der zuvor die Wahl im Wahlmännergremium gewann.

Trumps Videobotschaft: Handelskrieg und fremdenfeindliche Maßnahmen

Von Barry Grey, 23. November 2016

Das Video verdeutlicht, was die Regierung Trump ausmachen wird: Extremer Nationalismus und Militarismus gepaart mit Rassismus sowie die Liberalisierung der Wirtschaft zugunsten der Konzerne.

Nach Trumps Wahl: Baltische Staaten drängen auf Aufrüstung gegen Russland

Von Markus Salzmann, 23. November 2016

Trumps Aussagen im Wahlkampf haben in den baltischen Regierungen Ängste ausgelöst. Nun fordern Vertreter der drei Länder einmütig, die EU-Mitglieder müssten ihre Verteidigungsausgaben massiv erhöhen.

Studierendenparlament der HU gegen Bundeswehr-Werbung an der Uni

Von unserem Reporter, 23. November 2016

Am Montagabend sprach sich das Studierendenparlament der Berliner Humboldt-Universität gegen jegliche Bundeswehr-Werbung an der Uni aus.

Berlin: Rot-Rot-Grün beschließt Koalitionsvertrag

Von Verena Nees, 23. November 2016

Vor dem Hintergrund der zugespitzten ökonomischen und politischen Krise nach der US-Wahl wird der neue rot-rot-grüne Senat die Arbeiterklasse und Jugend heftig angreifen und extrem feindlich auf jede Opposition reagieren.

Pilotenstreik bei Lufthansa

Von Marianne Arens, 23. November 2016

Ein 24-stündiger Streik der Lufthansa-Piloten führt am Mittwoch zur Annullierung von fast neunhundert Flügen. Am Dienstag streikten schon die Flugbegleiter bei Eurowings.

Steigende Armut in Europa

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 23. November 2016

Laut der jüngsten Studie der Bertelsmann-Stiftung sind in den EU-Ländern 118 Millionen Menschen von Armut betroffen. Das ist jeder vierte EU-Bürger.

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Perspective

King Donald meets his media courtiers

23 November 2016

Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University Professor Sandkühler’s response to the IYSSE: A declaration of intellectual bankruptcy

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2016

Professor Sandkühler declares any criticism of the right-wing positions of his colleague Jörg Baberowski “outrageous” and rejects any discussion of the issues involved.

Oppose right-wing ideology at Humboldt University: An open letter to Professor Thomas Sandkühler

The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University »

Berlin IYSSE meeting on Trump election provokes intense discussion

By our correspondents, 21 November 2016

Well-attended IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University on Trump’s election

”We have people in office that support war. We no longer need them”
Detroit high school students speak on Trump and the danger of war

By Zac Corrigan, 18 November 2016

David North addresses packed meeting in San Diego on the election of Donald Trump

By our reporters, 18 November 2016

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MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

23 November 2016

All titles discounted from 10 percent to 50 percent during our annual holiday sale. Week 1: The Russian Revolution.

NEW! Available for your eReader from Mehring Books
Globalization and the International Working Class: A Marxist Assessment

17 November 2016

Mehring Books is offering this analysis of the transformation of world economy, first published in 1998 and now out of print, for both ePub and Kindle eReaders.

Arts

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) dies at 82

By Hiram Lee, 23 November 2016

Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, famed for songs such as “Suzanne,” “The Stranger Song,” “So Long, Marianne,” “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” “Famous Blue Raincoat” and “Bird on the Wire,” died November 7 at the age of 82.

The “madness” of war dimly understood in Hacksaw Ridge and the world set right by aliens in Arrival

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Ang Lee on the Iraq war and American hoopla

Workers Struggles

Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals
Lessons of the Harvard University Dining Services strike

By Mike Ingram, 23 November 2016

The strike by Harvard dining workers provides political lessons for others facing poverty-level wage deals negotiated by the unions with the support of ostensibly left organizations.

Barnard College contingent faculty vote on strike authorization

By Sandy English, 19 November 2016

Significant opposition as Philadelphia transit workers ratify contract

By Alan Whyte, 21 November 2016

Philadelphia transit workers must reject sellout deal

The lessons of the Canadian autoworkers’ contract struggle

By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 19 November 2016

Commentary

Popular vote margin against Trump hits 1.7 million

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2016

Trump video outlines trade war and anti-immigrant measures

Sanders supporter Tulsi Gabbard holds meeting with Donald Trump

Trump’s authoritarian government of nationalism and war

Trump lines up militarists for cabinet posts

A chilling attack on free speech
Trump attempts to bully cast of Hamilton over criticism of anti-democratic policies

Mass student protests against Trump election: The way forward

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German Left Party backs European army

By Verena Nees, 22 November 2016

UK: Labour’s Corbyn competes with Prime Minister May for alliance with big business

By Chris Marsden, 22 November 2016

Police use water cannons on Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

By Kevin Martinez, 22 November 2016

Obama rejects pardon for Snowden

By Jerry White, 21 November 2016

Guardian columnist Will Hutton rants against the Brexit “mob”

By Paul Mitchell, 21 November 2016

Science

Record-low sea ice as Arctic temperatures soar

By Daniel de Vries, 22 November 2016

Socialist Equality Party

Report by Julie Hyland to the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By Julie Hyland, 21 November 2016

Report to the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2016 Congress resolutions
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: The strategic lessons

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2016 Congress resolutions
For a new socialist movement against militarism, austerity and war

SEP and IYSSE public meetings
The election of Donald Trump: The political issues facing workers and youth

18 November 2016

SEP public meeting in Colombo: The international implications of Trump’s election

19 November 2016

Public meetings in New Zealand and Australia
The political causes and international implications of Trump’s election: A Marxist assessment

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 November 2016

25 years ago: Haitian refugees die on the high seas

Late on November 22, 1991, a boat carrying 160 refugees sank in the straits between Haiti and Cuba, with all those aboard lost.

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50 year ago: Chinese Red Guards attack workers

On November 23, 1966, the newspaper of the Chinese Red Guards reported a violent clash between student members of the Red Guards and factory workers in Beijing.

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75 years ago: Red Army defeats Wehrmacht at Rostov

On November 21, 1941, as part of the attack upon the Soviet Union’s Caucasus region during Operation Barbarossa, German forces entered the Soviet city of Rostov and seized a bridgehead across the River Don.

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100 years ago: Austrian Emperor Franz Josef dies

On November 21, 1916, Emperor Franz Josef I, the Habsburg ruler of Austria-Hungary, died in Vienna at the age of 88.

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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

November 5 Antiwar Conference

SEP candidate Jerry White addresses Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference
The global crisis and the danger of world war

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference
SEP’s vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth reviews lessons of the Sanders campaign

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference
SEP candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates Naomi Spencer speaks on the social crisis in Appalachia