Republican Congress, Trump plan assault on Medicare

By Kate Randall, 26 November 2016

The attack on Medicare will be a centerpiece of the drive by the Trump administration to destroy all that remains of the social reforms of the past century.

Trump names opponent of public schools to head Department of Education

By Eric London, 26 November 2016

An organization that billionaire Betsy DeVos led and financed for a decade recently published an article advocating the return of child labor.

Incoming Trump administration prepares assault on federal workers

Popular vote margin against Trump hits 1.7 million

Scottish government in crisis over Trump victory

By Steve James, 26 November 2016

The Scottish National Party had anticipated a Clinton victory and was considering how best to use it to add weight to the case for a reversal of the Brexit referendum.

Election of Donald Trump foreshadows trade war in Asia

German establishment criticizes Trump’s protectionist economic policy

In wake of Trump election, Baltic states push for military build-up against Russia

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Thanksgiving in Los Angeles: Widespread hunger and homelessness

By Marc Wells, 26 November 2016

An examination of social conditions in Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, reveals the intense hardship facing wide layers of the population.

“There are a lot of struggling people in the Detroit Metro area”
Hard-pressed Detroit area families face bleak holiday

Thanksgiving 2016 and the social crisis in America

Tony Blair heads new pro-European Union movement

By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2016

Support for a second referendum on the UK’s European Union membership has only minority support in Parliament but cuts across existing party divisions.

UK government Autumn Statement: Economic crisis accelerates after Brexit vote

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 26 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

German city builds four-metre-high wall in front of refugee shelter

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Construction scaffolding collapses, killing 74 at Chinese power plant

By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2016

The disaster was the tragic outcome of company demands for “hard work” speed-ups and cuts to basic safety procedures.

US and Philippine militaries maintain “robust” ties

By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2016

US Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, dismissed any suggestion that Philippine President Duterte’s anti-American remarks would derail the US-Philippine alliance.

Japanese quakes highlight danger of new catastrophe

By Mike Head, 26 November 2016

The tremors point to the lack of remedial, planning and precautionary measures taken by successive Japanese governments since the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

After six-month lockout, workers reject UAW-Honeywell ultimatum

By Jerry White, 26 November 2016

Honeywell workers in the US are waging a courageous struggle against corporate management and the UAW, which is backing the company’s demands for health care concessions.

Four workers critically injured in fire at Louisiana refinery

By Tom Hall, 26 November 2016

The fire at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery, the fourth largest in the country, flows from the betrayal of the 2015 refinery strike by the United Steel Workers union.

Sharp Healthcare nurses in San Diego, California to begin three-day strike

By Marko Leone, 26 November 2016

Nurses are determined to fight, while the union has called a limited strike to let off steam while it works to impose a contract on management’s terms.

GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky reject concessions deal

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2016

Despite the significant rejection vote, the IUE–CWA has not called a strike and is instead seeking further meetings with management.

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L’élection de Donald Trump annonce la guerre commerciale en Asie

Par Peter Symons, 26 novembre 2016

Trump n’a pas seulement fait couler le Partenariat Trans-Pacifique, il a remis en question toute la base de l’ordre post-Seconde Guerre mondiale dans la région Asie-Pacifique.

La guerre syrienne menace de s’aggraver alors que la Turquie accuse Damas d’attaquer ses troupes

Par Jordan Shilton, 26 novembre 2016

La montée des tensions entre la Syrie et la Turquie, un membre de l’OTAN, présente un risqué réel d’affrontements entre les grandes puissances.

Les leçons de la lutte des travailleurs canadiens de l'automobile

Par Roger Jordan et Carl Bronski, 26 novembre 2016

L’imposition par Unifor d’une autre ronde d’ententes de concessions souligne à quel point il est urgent pour les travailleurs de l’automobile de rejeter sa perspective nationaliste et propatronale et de construire de nouvelles organisations de lutte.

La réponse de M. Sandkühler de l'Université Humboldt à l’ÉJIES: Une déclaration de faillite intellectuelle

Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale, 26 novembre 2016

Le professeur Sandkühler de l'Université Humboldt prétend qu’il est «inacceptable» de critiquer les positions d’extrême droite de Jörg Baberowski, et refuse toute discussion substantielle.

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Thanksgiving im Zeichen der sozialen Krise in Amerika

Von Andre Damon, 25. November 2016

Am nationalen Feiertag Thanksgiving werden Millionen amerikanische Familien ihre wirtschaftliche Unsicherheit und soziale Misere besonders bitter empfinden.

Deutsche Reaktionen auf Trumps protektionistische Wirtschaftpolitik

Von Peter Schwarz, 25. November 2016

Die „America first“-Politik Donald Trumps hat in Deutschland Befürchtungen ausgelöst, die Weltwirtschaft werde in eine ähnliche Phase des Protektionismus zurückfallen wie in den 1930er Jahren.

Hillary Clinton erhielt zwei Millionen Stimmen mehr als Trump

Von Patrick Martin, 25. November 2016

Clintons Vorsprung bei den Wählerstimmen wird von den amerikanischen Medien, dem politischen Establishment und sogar der demokratischen Parteiführung größtenteils ignoriert.

Obama lehnt Begnadigung Snowdens ab

Von Jerry White, 25. November 2016

In einem Interview mit deutschen Medien wies Obama eine Begnadigung des NSA Whistleblowers Edward Snowden durch den Präsidenten ab.

IYSSE kandidieren zur StuPa-Wahl 2017 an der Humboldt-Universität

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 25. November 2016

Am Mittwoch reichten Mitglieder der IYSSE die Kandidatenliste beim Studentischen Wahlvorstand ein. Die Wahl findet am 17. und 18. Januar statt.

Soy Nero: Ein zeitgemäßer Film nach der Trump-Wahl

Von Stefan Steinberg, 25. November 2016

Der sehenswerte Film Soy Nero von Rafi Pitts über die amerikanisch-mexikanische Grenze gewinnt nach der Wahl von Donald Trump zum US-Präsidenten große Aktualität.

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Perspective

Growing concerns in Europe over Trump agenda

26 November 2016

The European Central Bank has warned of increased financial turbulence as a result of the rise in interest rates and the trade policies of a Trump administration.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

By our correspondent, 26 November 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is taking part in the Student Parliament election in order to build a movement against militarism and war.

Germany: Humboldt University Student Parliament opposes military advertising at university

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

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

The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University »

Australia: IYSSE establishes student club at the University of Melbourne

By our reporters, 24 November 2016

Mehring Books

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

The “Mark Twain of jazz” dies at 89
Mose Allison: 1927-2016

By James Brewer, 26 November 2016

Over his six-decade musical career, Allison performed live thousands of times and released over 50 albums. He left behind a tremendous body of recorded work dating back to the mid-1950s.

Bleed for This and The Edge of Seventeen: Are these any match for the times?

By Joanne Laurier, 24 November 2016

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) dies at 82

Commentary

French right’s presidential primary highlights shift far to the right

By Alex Lantier and Alice Laurençon, 25 November 2016

Syrian war threatens to escalate as Turkey accuses Damascus of attacking its troops

By Jordan Shilton, 25 November 2016

US arms Syrian Islamists with surface-to-air missiles

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Trump to build on Obama’s antidemocratic legacy

By Tom Carter, 24 November 2016

2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony
Obama awards those who “have helped make me who I am”

By David Walsh, 24 November 2016

Canada must be inside Trump’s “walls,” declares voice of financial elite

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 November 2016

King Donald meets his media courtiers

More on the 2016 US elections »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 November 2016

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

New Zealand: Auckland youth and workers concerned over US election result, danger of war

By our correspondents, 24 November 2016

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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Science

Record-low sea ice as Arctic temperatures soar

By Daniel de Vries, 22 November 2016

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