Israel presses settlement expansion, defies UN resolution

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2016

The attack on the Palestinians is being encouraged by the incoming Trump administration in the United States.

German intelligence agent drove alleged perpetrator in Christmas market attack to Berlin

By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2016

One week after the attack, there is a chorus of demands for the elimination of basic democratic rights and the erection of new barriers to refugees.

Growing signs of state foreknowledge of attack on Berlin Christmas market

Berlin terror suspect was well known to security forces

Japanese PM visits Pearl Harbor

By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2016

The ceremony was not about peace and goodwill, but was rather in preparation for new wars amid escalating tensions in the Asia Pacific with China.

Manila to investigate claims of a US plot to oust Philippine president

By Joseph Santolan, 28 December 2016

According to the Manila Times, former US Ambassador Goldberg drew up detailed plans for the removal of Duterte from office over the course of the next year and a half.

Cause of fatal Christmas Day Russian military plane crash still undetermined

By Niles Niemuth, 28 December 2016

Russian investigators have downplayed the possibility that the plane was brought down Sunday by a bomb or missile, instead focusing on mechanical failure or pilot error.

Chicago transit workers protest concession demands

By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2016

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA officials are pressing ahead for even deeper concessions, knowing the ATU has buckled under recently in Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Obama White House spurns appeal to shield “DREAMers” and green-card holders

By Zaida Green, 28 December 2016

Information collected by the Obama administration under its DACA program could be used by the Trump administration as the basis for mass deportations.

Rural America registers spike in babies born with opioid withdrawal

By Naomi Spencer, 28 December 2016

The increase coincides with the deepening of poverty and an explosion of painkiller and heroin use in the United States.

Former officials at US fentanyl maker charged with bribing doctors

Brexit seized on by Scottish government to mount new power grab

By Steve James, 28 December 2016

The Scottish National Party government are hoping to directly benefit from the Brexit debacle by laying claim to additional powers for the Scottish parliament.

Britain’s National Health Service being prepared for privatisation

By Barry Mason, 28 December 2016

The Sustainability and Transformation Plans prepared by National Health Service bosses are aimed at ending universal health care.

Russian oil giant Rosneft sells large stake to Western companies

By Ivan Geliopolskiy, 28 December 2016

As Russia descends further into economic crisis, the Kremlin is selling off state property, in part to Western investors, as it attempts to defend the interests of the Russian oligarchy.

More layoffs at Bombardier in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2016

Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel is trying to prevent a strike and class struggles developing in 2017, when federal elections will take place.

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Gueorgui Valentínovich Plejánov (1856-1918) y su lugar en la historia del marxismo

Por David North y Vladimir Volkov, 28 diciembre 2016

El movimiento socialista internacional conmemora el nacimiento de Gueorgui Valentínovich Plejánov, “el padre del marxismo ruso”, hace 160 años.

No hubo “paz en la tierra” en el 2016

Por Andre Damon, 28 diciembre 2016

El grado de violencia alrededor del mundo en el 2016 será eclipsado por el que el próximo año amenaza con traer.

El New York Times sobre los ciberataques rusos: propaganda de guerra en forma de noticias

Por Joseph Kishore, 28 diciembre 2016

El New York Times destacó un artículo propagandístico con la intención de contaminar la opinión pública y sentar las bases para una agresión militar contra Rusia.

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Anschlag in Berlin: V-Mann fuhr Täter nach Berlin

Von Peter Schwarz, 28. Dezember 2016

Eine Woche nach dem Anschlag auf einen Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt häufen sich die Forderungen nach einer massiven Aufrüstung des Staatsapparats. Dabei wurde der Anschlag buchstäblich unter den Augen der Behörden vorbereitet.

Polen: Regierung entmachtet Parlament und Verfassungsgericht

Von Clara Weiss, 28. Dezember 2016

Ermutigt durch den Wahlsieg von Donald Trump in den USA hat die polnische Regierungspartei Recht und Gerechtigkeit (PiS) ihre Bemühungen um die Errichtung eines autoritären Regimes verschärft.

Trumps neue Handelskriegsbehörde

Von Peter Symonds, 28. Dezember 2016

Trumps Rückzug von der TPP bedeutet kein Abrücken von Obamas Konfrontationskurs mit China, sondern dessen deutliche Verschärfung.

Nach Trumps Wahlsieg: Michael Eric Dyson attackiert die „weiße Arbeiterklasse“

Von Fred Mazelis, 28. Dezember 2016

Jede Beschäftigung mit dem Problem der wirtschaftlichen Ungleichheit ist für US-Autor Dyson mit Rassismus gleichzusetzen.

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Pas de “Paix sur terre” en 2016

Par Andre Damon, 27 décembre 2016

La vaste ampleur de la violence dans le monde cette année passée ne sera éclipsée que par ce que l’année prochaine nous promet.

Le tweet de Trump et le risque de guerre nucléaire

Par James Cogan, 27 décembre 2016

Donald Trump a suggéré à plusieurs reprises l’emploi d’armes nucléaires pour parvenir aux fins impérialistes américains et imposer les diktats de Washington

Trump crée un nouveau bureau pour la guerre commerciale à la Maison-Blanche

Par Peter Symonds, 27 décembre 2016

La décision de Trump de se retirer du TPP n’est pas un recul de la politique de confrontation d’Obama envers la Chine, mais une intensification marquée sur tous les fronts.

Le suspect de l’attentat terroriste de Berlin était connu des services de police

Par Johannes Stern, 27 décembre 2016

Personne n’a posé la vraie question : existait-il des forces au sein du milieu politique et de l’appareil de sécurité qui étaient au courant des projets d’attentat et qui étaient prêtes à les accepter dans le but de promouvoir leur programme de droite

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Perspective

Panic at America’s malls: Class tensions at the breaking point

28 December 2016

There were scenes of panic across the US on Monday as thousands of shoppers, fearing mass shootings, fled shopping malls, revealing an acute level of social tensions as 2016 comes to a close.

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP and workers’ action committee oppose attacks on plantation workers

By our correspondent, 28 December 2016

The Upcot public meeting discussed the necessity of a break from the unions and the establishment of independent action committees to fight for socialist policies.

Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

Arts

Allied: Conventional warfare

By Kevin Martinez, 28 December 2016

Despite its use of exotic locales and beautiful people, this World War II era “romantic thriller” fails to make a lasting—or much of any—impression.

La La Land and Jackie: More American success stories

By Joanne Laurier, 22 December 2016

Rogue One: Does it really “stand alone”?

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 December 2016

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 1
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

By David Walsh, 19 December 2016

It is four centuries since the death of dramatist William Shakespeare. Arts editor David Walsh spoke to James Shapiro, the author of numerous remarkable books on the playwright and his times.

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 2
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

NYU, the Gulf monarchies and university-backed political repression

By Daniel de Vries, 28 December 2016

The administration at New York University is complicit in Abu Dhabi’s spying on and blacklisting of faculty and staff at the satellite campus.

IYSSE holds meeting on political censorship at New York University

By IYSSE reporting team, 20 December 2016

Mehring Books

Final Week! Mehring Books Holiday Sale|
Leon Trotsky and the struggle against fascism

28 December 2016

For the final week of the Mehring Books Holiday sale we are featuring works dealing with the fight against the rise of fascism in the 1930s.

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.

25 years ago: The juridical liquidation of the Soviet Union

On December 26, 1991, the old flag of tsarist Russia was raised over the Kremlin for the first time since the 1917 October Revolution, marking the official end of the Soviet Union.

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50 year ago: De Gaulle attacks US war in Vietnam

On December 31, 1966, French President Charles De Gaulle used his annual New Year’s address to France to issue forth a sharp criticism of the US war in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Battle of the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea begins

In the week beginning December 26, 1941 the Red Army launched amphibious operations in the Black Sea to relieve the Nazi encirclement of the Soviet garrison at Sebastapol in Crimea.

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100 years ago: Rasputin murdered in Petrograd

On December 30, 1916, Grigori Rasputin, the Siberian-born monk who had exerted inordinate influence over the Tsarist regime, and had a particularly close relationship with the Tsarina, was murdered in Petrograd.

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Commentary

No “Peace on Earth” in 2016

By Andre Damon, 24 December 2016

Trump’s tweet and the danger of nuclear war

By James Cogan, 23 December 2016

New York Daily News column hails assassination of Russian ambassador

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2016

Mosul, Iraq and Obama’s legacy of war

In wake of Trump victory: Michael Eric Dyson denounces the “white working class”

Workers Struggles

Quebec union leader heads new right-wing populist party

By Louis Girard, 24 December 2016

Australia: Sacked brewery workers return after union “productivity” deal

By Chris Sadlier, 24 December 2016

“They have no concern for workers. You are just a number”
US autoworkers express anger, opposition to GM layoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 December 2016

General Motors announces mass layoffs of workers in the US

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UK unions seek to head off further strikes

The election of Donald Trump

Trump’s new White House office for trade war

By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2016

Trump names billionaire corporate raider Icahn to slash regulations on business

By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2016

As Electoral College rubber-stamps election
Trump adds another billionaire to his administration

Trump names hard-line “deficit hawk” to head budget office

Final election figures show Clinton won popular vote by nearly three million

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.