Syrian government retakes eastern Aleppo

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2016

Under a deal brokered between Turkey and Russia, Islamist militias have agreed to evacuate the last remaining area of the city under their control.

US sends more ground troops to support Kurdish militias in Syria

Former Texas governor who called for abolition of Energy Department to be Trump’s energy secretary

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016

As an unsuccessful presidential candidate, Rick Perry called for the abolition of the Department of Energy.

Green Party ends bid for presidential election recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2016

The United Steelworkers, Wilbur Ross and economic nationalism

By Evan Winters, 14 December 2016

The USW has a long history of collaborating with billionaire asset stripper Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary.

Oil industry stooge tapped to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency

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

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 2

By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2016

Under the banner of “free enterprise,” Trump’s pick for education secretary has combined religious obscurantism with American hucksterism and the promotion of militarism.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

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Security theater at Trump Tower in New York City

By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2016

Extreme security measures, representing a further “normalization” of a pervasive militarized police presence, have been established at Trump Tower.

US Supreme Court denies appeals of four death row inmates

By Kate Randall, 14 December 2016

On Monday, the US Supreme Court denied review in four death penalty cases, each of which had been relisted by the court multiple times.

Spain’s Podemos aims to derail social anger through “back to the streets” campaign

By Alejandro López, 14 December 2016

If they are going “back” to the streets, it is because Podemos and the Spanish trade unions have held no significant protests for years, despite draconian austerity.

UK-Poland summit reveals growing national antagonisms in Europe

By Clara Weiss, 14 December 2016

Theresa May’s government hosted a summit November 28 between Great Britain and Poland aimed at fostering a strategic political and military alliance between the two countries.

Rail strike halts services throughout southern England

By Richard Tyler, 14 December 2016

The ability of railworkers to prosecute a successful fight to defend their pay, conditions and the safety of the travelling public, is undermined by the unions and Labour Party.

Sri Lankan port minister threatens to sack striking workers

By our reporters, 14 December 2016

The government’s repression of the Magampura Port workers is a warning to the whole working class.

New Zealand: Labour candidate wins Auckland by-election amid low turnout

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 14 December 2016

The by-election revealed widespread hostility toward the National Party government and the Labour opposition, which both support austerity, militarism and attacks on immigrants.

New in Italian

Paolo Gentiloni è il nuovo Presidente del Consiglio

Marianne Arens, 14 dicembre 2016

A capo di un governo transitorio, Gentiloni continuerà le politiche del suo predecessor Matteo Renzi, soprattutto in relazione all’enorme crisi bancaria e di debito.

New in French

La Maison Blanche et Clinton interviennent dans le conflit sur les accusations de piratage russe

Par Andre Damon, 14 décembre 2016

La Maison Blanche et la campagne Clinton sont intervenues lundi dans le conflit grandissant entre les agences de renseignement et les différentes factions de l’État sur la politique américaine envers la Russie.

Paolo Gentiloni nommé nouveau Premier ministre italien

Par Marianne Arens, 14 décembre 2016

A la tête d’un gouvernement de transition, Gentiloni poursuivra la politique de son prédécesseur Matteo Renzi, notamment dans le traitement de la massive crise bancaire et de la dette publique.

Les déclarations de Julian Assange démentent les allégations de viol

Par Steve James, 14 décembre 2016

Assange démasque non seulement les fausses allégations de viol contre lui, mais présente un examen dévastateur de la campagne menée par les États-Unis pour assurer son arrestation en attendant la déportation.

New in German

USA: Bergarbeiter sollen Gesundheitsversorgung und Renten verlieren

Von Jerry White, 14. Dezember 2016

In den nächsten Monaten droht über 120.000 ehemaligen Bergleuten die Einstellung der Leistungen ihrer Krankenversicherung und der Renten, weil der Gesundheits- und Rentenkasse der Gewerkschaft das Geld ausgeht.

Clinton und das Weiße Haus schüren Konflikt um Hacking-Vorwürfe gegen Russland

Von Andre Damon, 14. Dezember 2016

Am Montag mischten sich das Weiße Haus und Clintons Wahlkampfteam in den zunehmenden Konflikt über die amerikanische Politik gegenüber Russland ein.

Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen südkoreanische Präsidentin

Von Ben McGrath und Peter Symonds, 14. Dezember 2016

Die Proteste gegen Park sind die größten in der Geschichte Südkoreas und ein Ausdruck der allgemeinen Ablehnung und Wut der Bevölkerung über ihre Regierung.

Arktis: Eisbedeckung auf Rekordtief

Von Daniel de Vries, 14. Dezember 2016

Die Eisdecke der Arktis ist so klein wie nie zuvor seit Beginn der Satellitenmessungen in den späten 1970er Jahren.

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Perspective

Trump picks oil mogul as secretary of state

14 December 2016

The nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson puts the finishing touches on Trump’s government of billionaires.

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News Feature

University of Florida students speak out about food insecurity

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 December 2016

A new report shows that more than 400 universities across the United States now have food pantries to help financially distressed students get the nutrition they need.

Study on pay for young adults highlights plunge in US living standards

New reports show social inequality is deepening in US

Commentary

Pseudo-left covers for Corbyn’s capitulation to Blair over Iraq war

By Laura Tiernan, 14 December 2016

The pseudo-left’s support for Corbyn gives Labour a blank cheque to facilitate British military aggression.

US coal miners face cutoff of health, pension benefits

By Jerry White, 13 December 2016

Congressional Republican leader introduces plan to slash Social Security

By Kevin Martinez, 13 December 2016

Bank of England governor warns of the “spectre of communism”

By Richard Tyler, 12 December 2016

The election of Donald Trump

White House, Clinton campaign intervene in conflict over Russian hacking charges

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2016

The New York Times' hypocritical rant against social media

Obama’s parting shot at Russia

China reproaches Trump over Taiwan stance

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2016

Trump threatens to overturn One China policy

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

Trump endorses Duterte’s murderous drug war in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 13 December 2016

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Mehring Books

Week Four: Holiday gift sales!
MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

14 December 2016

All titles, including the centenary edition of Tsar to Lenin, are discounted from 10 percent to 50 percent during our annual holiday sale.

100 Years since the Russian Revolution
Mehring Books announces centenary edition of landmark documentary, Tsar to Lenin

12 December 2016

Produced by the legendary Herman Axelbank and narrated by Max Eastman, Tsar to Lenin is the definitive documentary of a revolution that “shook the world” and changed the course of history.

Arts

Aquarius: Personal resistance and isolation in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 13 December 2016

From a reader: A second comment on Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea: The suffering of an ordinary man

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: Intense discussions about Trump victory at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

Workers and youth in Australia speak about US election and SEP program

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

Science

New dinosaur discovery in Myanmar includes feathers

By Matthew MacEgan, 13 December 2016

Workers Struggles

Sharp Professional Nurses Network union rams through concessionary contract

By Seb Gomez, 10 December 2016

Security and the Fourth Internaional

Security and the Fourth International
The Smith Act trial and government infiltration of the Trotskyist movement—Part one

By Eric London, 8 December 2016

Security and the Fourth International
The Smith Act trial and government infiltration of the Trotskyist movement—Part two
Why wasn’t Joseph Hansen a defendant in the Smith Act trial?

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.

25 years ago: US sanctions against Iraq kill 80,000 children

Iraq’s emissary to the Arab League declared on December 17, 1991, that more than 80,000 children under the age of five had died as a result of US and UN sanctions imposed in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.

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50 years ago: US bombs civilians in Hanoi

On December 13, 1966, the government of North Vietnam reported that American bombers hit working class neighborhoods in Hanoi, destroying homes and inflicting casualties on residents.

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75 years ago: Japanese rout Britain in Malay campaign

During the week beginning December 12, 1941, the imperialist war for control of the Pacific colonies intensified.

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100 years ago: British Labour Party and unions agitate in favor of war

This week in December 1916, representatives of the British Labour Party and the major trade unions issued a series of bellicose statements demanding a continuation of the imperialist bloodbath of World War I.

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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

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