World’s richest increased their wealth by $237 billion in 2016

By Nick Beams, 29 December 2016

US billionaires alone have increased their wealth by $77 billion due to the rise in the stock market since the election of Trump less than two months ago.

Christmas on Wall Street: The Dow closes in on 20,000

Kerry argues against ditching the “two-state solution” in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2016

In a lengthy speech at the State Department, Kerry warned that the anti-Palestinian policy of Netanyahu and Trump will have explosive consequences for US imperialist interests in the Middle East.

Israel presses settlement expansion, defies UN resolution

Turkey claims to have brokered cease-fire in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016

On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.

Turkey, Russia, Iran sign deal on Syria after shooting of Russian ambassador

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The Berlin terror attack: Is a section of the state trying to destabilize the German government?

By Johannes Stern, 29 December 2016

In light of the facts that have emerged and the manner in which the attack is being used, as well as German history, it would be politically naive to rule out the involvement of sections of the state.

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

US weapons dealers top the market in global arms sales

By Nick Barrickman, 29 December 2016

The United States concluded over a third of the world’s weapons deals to developing nations in the last eight years.

New York City schools fail lead-in-water tests

By Steve Light, 29 December 2016

Officials claimed the levels of lead in drinking water in the city's public schools were safe, but the testing was exposed as deceptive.

“Opioid orphans”: Foster care systems in US buckle under weight of drug epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2016

Social services and foster care programs across the US are overwhelmed by the influx of children from families shattered by the opioid epidemic.

Rural America registers spike in babies born with opioid withdrawal

Polish government strips powers from parliament and constitutional court

By Clara Weiss, 29 December 2016

Encouraged by the electoral victory of Donald Trump in the US, the Polish ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has stepped up its efforts to establish an authoritarian regime.

UK: “Localism” flagship Bristol City Council on verge of bankruptcy

By Mark Blackwood, 29 December 2016

The Labour Party, Greens and Liberal Democrats have collaborated to impose tens of millions of pounds in spending cuts in Bristol.

Australia: Political instability deepens as Liberal Party faces potential split

By Linda Tenenbaum, 29 December 2016

Returning from a three-month stint in the US, where he fraternised with Trump supporters, right-wing Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi is testing the waters for a new far-right party.

Australia: Video reveals agonising death of Aboriginal woman in custody

By Zac Hambides, 29 December 2016

Although racism undoubtedly plays a role in the cruel treatment of indigenous people by the police, Dhu’s death points to the high rate of deaths for all prisoners.

IMF lowers Sri Lanka’s growth forecast

By Saman Gunadasa, 29 December 2016

The IMF report warned that the Sri Lankan government faced weaker capital inflows, growing debt and a falling rupee.

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Panique dans les centres commerciaux américains : les tensions de classe prêtes à exploser

Par Eric London, 29 décembre 2016

Lundi, des milliers de consommateurs, craignant des tirs massifs, ont fui des centres commerciaux, soulignant le niveau aigu des tensions sociales à l’approche de 2017.

Les preuves montent que l'Etat était au courant des préparatifs de l'attentat de Berlin

Par Christoph Vandreier, 29 décembre 2016

On exploite l'attentat, qui a fait 12 morts et 50 blessés, pour dénoncer la politique de Merkel à l'égard des réfugiés et faire virer la politique allemande encore plus à droite.

L’offensive xénophobe s'intensifie après l’attentat terroriste à Berlin

Par Peter Schwarz, 29 décembre 2016

Malgré le manque de clarté sur les circonstances de l'attentat, les politiciens et les médias s'en servent pour lancer une chasse aux sorcières contre les réfugiés.

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Kein „Friede auf Erden“ im Jahr 2016

Von Andre Damon, 29. Dezember 2016

Das extreme Ausmaß an Gewalt weltweit in diesem Jahr wird droht im nächsten Jahr sogar noch übertriffen zu werden.

Anschlag von Berlin: Wollen Teile des Sicherheitsapparats die Regierung Merkel destabilisieren?

Von Johannes Stern, 29. Dezember 2016

Angesichts der deutschen Geschichte und der Art und Weise, wie der Anschlag genutzt wird, wäre es politisch naiv, eine Beteiligung von Teilen des Staatsapparats auszuschließen.

Israel setzt Ausbau der Siedlungen trotz UN-Resolution fort

Von Patrick Martin, 29. Dezember 2016

Die künftige Trump-Regierung ermutigt Israel bei seinem aggressiven Vorgehen gegen die Palästinenser.

Sektion des IKVI in Frankreich gegründet
Für den Aufbau der Parti de l’égalité socialiste!

29. Dezember 2016

Das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale hat die Parti de l'égalité socialiste als französische Sektion anerkannt.

1000 ehemalige Bochumer Opel-Arbeiter gehen in die Arbeitslosigkeit
Das Ende der Transfergesellschaft

Von Dietmar Henning, 29. Dezember 2016

Statt den Gewerkschafts-Versprechungen von Qualifizierung und Neubeschäftigung droht den ausscheidenden Opelanern Arbeitslosigkeit, prekäre Beschäftigung, Leiharbeit und später Hartz IV.

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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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Perspective

Obama signs his last Pentagon budget: A legacy of war and reaction

29 December 2016

The Democratic president’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act ensures that the infamous prison at Guantanamo will be handed over intact to Donald Trump.

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Arts

Carrie Fisher and the Star Wars phenomenon

By David Walsh, 29 December 2016

The announcement Tuesday that Carrie Fisher had died at only 60 was sad news. The actress, writer and humorist was an appealing figure and personality.

Exile as an Intellectual Way of Life: The collaboration of Lion Feuchtwanger and Bertolt Brecht

By Sybille Fuchs, 29 December 2016

In his new book, journalist and non-fiction writer Andreas Rumler examines the intellectual relationship between two major German literary figures, Lion Feuchtwanger and Bertolt Brecht.

Allied: Conventional warfare

By Kevin Martinez, 28 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

Commentary

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

By Eric London, 28 December 2016

Japanese PM visits Pearl Harbor

By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2016

No “Peace on Earth” in 2016

By Andre Damon, 24 December 2016

Trump’s tweet and the danger of nuclear war

New York Daily News column hails assassination of Russian ambassador

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our correspondent, 28 December 2016

Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

NYU, the Gulf monarchies and university-backed political repression

By Daniel de Vries, 28 December 2016

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

Workers Struggles

Chicago transit workers protest concession demands

By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2016

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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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

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.

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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