A cabinet of billionaires
Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers’ rights

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2016

Trump has picked Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and anti-Medicare zealot Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

US president-elect says flag burners should be stripped of their citizenship

By John Burton, 30 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Trump refuses to sever ties with his business empire

By E.P. Milligan, 30 November 2016

Trump has business interests in real estate, management and branding in no less than 18 foreign countries, spanning virtually the entire globe.

Obama denounces recount effort

Trump considers asset stripper Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary

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US officials press Trump to tackle North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2016

Former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen warned that the Korean peninsula was “more likely than anyplace else in the world to potentially create an explosive outcome.”

US and allies threaten North Korea with sanctions and military attack

Amazon worker attempts suicide at Seattle headquarters

By Jerry White, 30 November 2016

Monday’s tragedy sheds light on the realities of the “new economy” and the extreme exploitation facing employees of the online retail giant.

US unions channel workers’ wage demands into “Fight for 15” publicity stunts

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 November 2016

Low-wage workers are being used by the Service Employees International Union and its supporters as a bargaining chip.

At least five dead as extreme drought, wildfires ravage southeastern US

By Zaida Green, 30 November 2016

One of the most devastated communities is the tourist town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where at least three people have been killed and 14,000 forced to flee their homes.

Right-wing German daily and Christian Democratic politicians call for nuclear weapons

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2016

Following the decision by the German parliament last Friday to increase the military budget, a discussion has begun about providing the military with nuclear weapons.

German engineering workers protest job cuts in Berlin

By our reporters, 30 November 2016

The IG Metall trade union and works council intend to present a business plan to management under which job cuts will supposedly be a “last resort.”

UK: Two homeless people die in fire in derelict Manchester building

By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 30 November 2016

Labour councils have been in the forefront of demonizing the homeless.

Canada’s Liberal government boosts employer assault on pensions

By Roger Jordan, 30 November 2016

The Canadian Labour Congress’ opposition to Bill C-27 is a sham.

Rio de Janeiro faces violent demonstrations amid state of financial emergency

By Gabriel Lemos, 30 November 2016

The clashes in Rio are an indication of the struggles that will confront the Brazilian working class as a whole in the coming period.

India’s opposition parties cancel strike against Modi government’s demonetisation

By Arun Kumar, 30 November 2016

The retreat underscores that fact that the opposition has no real objection to the pro-investor agenda of the Modi government.

Former Murdoch executive axes more jobs at Australian Broadcasting Corporation

By our reporter, 30 November 2016

The job losses did not begin with the current Liberal-National government but with chronic underfunding that started with the Hawke-Keating Labor administrations three decades ago.

New in French

Les enjeux politiques de la campagne pour recompter les voix aux élections américaines

Par Joseph Kishore et David North, 30 novembre 2016

Trois semaines après les élections présidentielles américaines, la crise politique déclenchée par l’initiative pour un nouveau décompte des voix dans le Wisconsin, le Michigan et la Pennsylvanie s’intensifie.

Les « rebelles » des États-Unis proches de la déroute à Alep

Par Bill Van Auken, 30 novembre 2016

Les forces gouvernementales syriennes se sont emparées d’environ 40 pour cent de la région précédemment contrôlée par les milices dirigées par le Front al-Nosra qui est proche d’Al-Qaïda.

New in German

Die Kampagne für eine Neuauszählung der Stimmen in drei US-Bundesstaaten

Von David North und Joseph Kishore, 30. November 2016

Die Kampagne für eine Neuauszählung der Stimmen in drei US-Bundesstaaten hat eine politische Krise ausgelöst, die zusehends an Brisanz gewinnt.

Obama verurteilt Bemühungen um Stimmen-Neuauszählung

Von Eric London, 30. November 2016

Präsident Barack Obama distanziert sich von einer Neuauszählung der Stimmen. Dabei ist dies ein völlig legitimer juristischer Vorgang, um das Wahlergebnis in Bundesstaaten mit ungewöhnlich knappem Ausgang zu überprüfen.

Der Pilotenstreik erfordert eine sozialistischen Perspektive

Von Ulrich Rippert, 30. November 2016

Der Streik der Lufthansa-Piloten muss von allen Arbeitern und Arbeiterinnen unterstützt werden. Der Konzernvorstand ist nicht bereit nachzugeben und greift die streikenden Piloten auf allen Ebenen an.

„Rebellen“ in Aleppo vor verheerender Niederlage

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. November 2016

Syrische Regierungstruppen haben etwa 40 Prozent des Gebiets zurückerobert, das von den al-Qaida-nahen und US-gestützten Milizen kontrolliert wurde.

Abschiebungen: Berliner Verwaltungsgericht stellt Recht auf Anwalt in Frage

Von Verena Nees, 30. November 2016

Bei einer Abschiebung hatte die Bundespolizei einem Anwalt den persönlichen Kontakt zur betroffenen Mandantin verweigert und ihm einen Platzverweis erteilt. Das Berliner Verwaltungsgericht urteilte zugunsten der Polizei.

„Es geht um die Rechte der Anwaltschaft als Ganzes“

Von Verena Nees und Sonja Bach, 30. November 2016

Die WSWS sprach nach der Gerichtsverhandlung mit den drei Anwälten, die an der Verhandlung vor dem Berliner Verwaltungsgericht beteiligt waren.

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Perspective

New York Times vents Washington’s rage over debacle in Syria

30 November 2016

The Times has churned out countless lying editorials and columns justifying the bloodbath instigated by US imperialism in Syria as a “human rights” crusade.

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Commentary

Black Lives Matter blames “white supremacy” for election of Trump

By Evan Blake and Barry Grey, 30 November 2016

The organization ignores factual analyses of the actual vote to present a false interpretation of the election as the expression of a society dominated by racism.

Putsch in Socialist Party exposes breakdown of Spanish democracy

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 November 2016

The putsch in the PSOE led to the installation of an unpopular right-wing government.

The political issues in the campaign for a recount in the US elections

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 29 November 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

The political legacy of Fidel Castro

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2016

Castroism and the Politics of Petty-Bourgeois Nationalism

Obama extends global reach of US Special Operations death squads

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 30 November 2016

Acts of violence against professors undermine the fight against right-wing ideology and provide a pretext for university administrators to crack down on political opposition.

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

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 »

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

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 November 2016

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Globalization and the International Working Class: A Marxist Assessment

17 November 2016

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Arts

Moonlight: How much can a person be reduced?

By Glenn Mulwray, 30 November 2016

The critically-acclaimed film by Barry Jenkins, about a working-class youth in Miami, seeks to understand a person’s development in fairly narrow terms.

Silent Night: A moving contemporary opera on the 1914 Christmas truce

By Fred Mazelis, 29 November 2016

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan workers and students discuss Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 29 November 2016

New Zealand: Socialist Equality Group holds public meeting on US election outcome

By our reporters, 29 November 2016

Sri Lankan SEP holds meeting in Jaffna on the socialist alternative to nationalism and war

By our correspondents, 28 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

Meetings on the US elections

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

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

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

25 years ago: Pan American World Airways ends operations

On Wednesday, December 4, 1991, one-time industry giant Pan American World Airways shut down operations and grounded all its aircraft after running out of cash.

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50 year ago: Jordanian troops clash with Syria

On December 2, 1966, Jordanian troops crossed the border into Syria in pursuit of alleged terrorist infiltrators, sparking an exchange of acrimonious charges by both governments.

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75 years ago: Nazi special forces massacre German Jews in Lithuania

On November 29, 1941, Nazi forces carried out their second mass killing of Jews in four days in Lithuania.

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100 years ago: British government takes over coal mines

On November 29, 1916, the British government of Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George announced that from December 1 it would assume direct control of all coal mines in South Wales, a hotbed of working class militancy.

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Workers Struggles

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

By Jerry White, 26 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