US bombs hospital amid escalating assault on Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2016

The attack came as US-backed Iraqi forces launched what they described as the second phase of their assault on Iraq’s second-largest city.

Russia and Turkey broker ceasefire in Syria

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

NATO forces menace Russia
US Army, German Bundeswehr dispatch thousands of troops to Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2016

The deployment of US combat troops is part of NATO's continual eastward expansion since the dissolution of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.

Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats

More than 5,000 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean in 2016

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 31 December 2016

The dramatic rise was a direct result of the European Union’s brutal deterrence policy—in particular the reinforcement of the EU’s external borders.

Berlin’s “red-red-green” state government sets up refugee ghettos made from shipping containers

French army chief demands large defence budget increases

By Anthony Torres, 31 December 2016

Pierre de Villiers, the chief of staff of the French armed forces, is calling for an increase in military spending to 2 percent of France’s gross domestic product.

Massive security operations planned for US New Year’s celebrations

By Tom Hall, 31 December 2016

The military-style security operations, in response to unsubstantiated warnings of terror attacks, have become as much a tradition in the US as the events themselves.

US government collecting social media accounts of visitors to country

By E.P. Milligan, 31 December 2016

The request is part of the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a visa waiver application that many visitors must complete before traveling to the United States.

Key player in Flint water crisis issues defensive letter to “community leaders”

By James Brewer, 31 December 2016

The CEO of the pipeline project that lobbied for Flint to sever its connection to the Detroit water system issued a defensive open letter in an apparent attempt to preempt charges.

Many US communities face worse lead contamination than Flint

By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2016

Some 1,100 communities investigated by the Reuters news agency had water with lead levels at least four times those found in Flint, Michigan.

US railroads demand concessions from 145,000 workers

By Jeff Lusanne, 31 December 2016

Freight railroads in the US, bolstered by the government, are demanding cuts to health care and working conditions from workers.

UK: The Sky takeover deal and the rehabilitation of Rupert Murdoch

By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2016

Less than six years after the phone-hacking scandal involving the News of the World, the media oligarch Rupert Murdoch and his Fox corporation are set to take over UK TV company Sky.

Soaring prison populations highlight social crisis in Australia

By Robert Campion, 31 December 2016

There has been virtually no media coverage of the spiralling trend, because it raises serious questions about the rising level of social inequality.

Provincial councils oppose Sri Lankan government’s investment bill

By W. A. Sunil, 31 December 2016

The government’s planned development ministry and its wide-ranging powers highlight Colombo’s desperate efforts to attract foreign investment.

New in Russian

Российский нефтяной гигант «Роснефть» продает крупный пакет акций западным компаниям

Иван Гелиопольский, 30 декабря 2016 г.

По мере того, как Россия погружается в пучину экономического кризиса, Кремль распродает государственную собственность, — в частности, западным инвесторам, — пытаясь защитить интересы российской олигархии.

New in Italian

Il Monte dei Paschi di Siena cerca il salvataggio dallo Stato

Alex Lantier e Marianne Arens, 30 dicembre 2016

Mentre l’Europa scivola ancor più in un burrone economico, decine di miliardi di euro stanno per essere consegnati nelle mani dell’aristocrazia finanziaria attraverso un bailout che prepara la scena per ulteriori attacchi sociali.

New in Turkish

2016’te “dünyada barış” yoktu

Andre Damon, 30 Aralık 2016

1917 Rus Devrimi’nin yüzüncü yıldönümü olan 2017, savaşa karşı mücadeleyi, bir kez daha, insanlığın en önemli ve en acil siyasi görevi haline getirecektir.

Türkiye, Suriye’deki ateşkese arabuluculuk yaptığını iddia ediyor

, 30 Aralık 2016

Türk yetkililer, Suriye hükümet birliklerinin Halep’i bu ayın başlarında yeniden ele geçirmesinin ardından kentte ilan edilen ateşkesi Suriye’nin tamamına yayacak bir anlaşma konusunda anlaşmış olduklarını belirtti.

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) 82 yaşında öldü

Hiram Lee, 30 Aralık 2016

Kanadalı şarkıcı ve söz yazarı Leonard Cohen, 7 Kasım günü, 82 yaşında, Los Angeles’ta öldü. Menajeri Robert Kory, kanser olan Cohen’in uykusunda düşerek öldüğünü açıkladı.

Berlin terör saldırısının ardından sağcı, göçmen karşıtı saldırı tırmanıyor

Peter Schwarz, 30 Aralık 2016

Pazartesi günü Berlin Noel pazarında gerçekleşen saldırının arka planını belirsizliğini koruduğu halde, politikacılar ve medya, onu, Almanya’da ve Avrupa genelinde sağcı bir saldırıyı başlatmak için kullanıyor.

Kuzey Kutup Bölgesi’nde sıcaklıklar yükselirken deniz buzu seviyesi rekor derecede düştü

Daniel de Vries, 30 Aralık 2016

Yaşlı ve daha kalın buzulların neredeyse tamamı, nispeten daha sıcak hava sırasında ek erimeye karşı bölgeyi daha da savunmasız bırakacak şekilde eriyip kaybolmuş ya da incelmiş durumda.

New in French

Obama intensifie la campagne antirusse avec de nouvelles sanctions

Par Patrick Martin, 31 décembre 2016

Le décret publié jeudi, qui vise prétendument le piratage russe, constitue une attaque radicale sur les droits démocratiques.

Le chef des armées françaises réclame une hausse du budget de défense

Par Anthony Torres, 31 décembre 2016

Le chef d'état-major des armées Pierre de Villiers plaide dans la presse pour une augmentation de 8 milliards d'euros par an du budget des armées.

New in German

Israel und Palästina: Die „Zweistaatenlösung“ im Nahostkonflikt

Von Nick Beams, 31. Dezember 2016

John Kerry verteidigte in seiner Rede die Enthaltung der USA bei der Verabschiedung einer UN-Resolution, die Israels expansionistische Politik kritisierte. Er warnte, die Abkehr von der „Zweistaatenlösung“ könne explosive Folgen haben.

Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Russland: US Army und Bundeswehr verlegen Kampftruppen nach Osteuropa

Von Johannes Stern, 31. Dezember 2016

Gegenwärtig findet ein massiver Aufmarsch von US- und Nato-Truppen in Polen und den baltischen Staaten statt.

Ein Jahr nach der „Kölner Silvesternacht“: Die Hetze gegen Muslime und Flüchtlinge hält an

Von Lena Sokoll, 31. Dezember 2016

Die Kölner Ereignisse wurden aufgebauscht und für eine ausländerfeindliche Kampagne genutzt, um demokratischer Rechte abzuschaffen und eine massive Aufrüstung des Staatsapparats zu rechtfertigen.

2016: Über 5000 Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer ertrunken

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 31. Dezember 2016

Im Schnitt sind an jedem einzelnen Tag in diesem Jahr 14 Menschen, die in Europa Schutz oder ein besseres Leben gesucht haben, auf dem Mittelmeer gestorben.

Obama verschärft Kampagne gegen Russland mit zusätzlichen Sanktionen und Drohungen

Von Patrick Martin, 31. Dezember 2016

Obamas Verfügung vom Donnerstag richtet sich offiziell gegen russische Hackerangriffe, stellt aber in Wirklichkeit einen umfassenden Angriff auf demokratische Rechte dar.

Stoppt die Bundeswehrwerbung an der HU – Wählt IYSSE

Von den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31. Dezember 2016

Die IYSSE nehmen an der Wahl zum Studierendenparlament der Berliner Humboldt-Universität teil, um eine Bewegung gegen Militarismus und Krieg, soziale Ungleichheit und den Aufstieg der Rechten aufzubauen.

Das Ende der Sowjetunion

Von David North, 31. Dezember 2016

Am 26. Dezember 1991 wurde die Sowjetunion, die als Ergebnis der Oktoberrevolution von 1917 entstanden war, vom stalinistischen Regime unter Michael Gorbatschow formal aufgelöst. David North analysierte dieses wichtige Ereignis am 4. Januar 1992 in einem Bericht, den wir hier anlässlich des 25. Jahrestags veröffentlichen.

Die Kriegsbriefe von Clara Zetkin
Teil 2: Revolution

Von Sybille Fuchs, 31. Dezember 2016

Clara Zetkins Kriegsbriefe sind ein höchst aktuelles Zeugnis des unermüdlichen Kampfs einer überzeugten Sozialistin gegen Chauvinismus, Militarismus und den Verrat der sozialdemokratischen Führung von 1914.

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Perspective

The lying campaign on Russian hacking

31 December 2016

The US media, led by the New York Times, has embraced Obama’s retaliatory measures against alleged Russian hacking despite the fact that the White House has put forward no evidence to substantiate its claims.

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From the Archives

The End of the USSR

By David North, 30 December 2016

On January 4, 1992, David North, national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), delivered a report which explained the historical background and significance of the end of the USSR. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of this critical event, the World Socialist Web Site is posting North's report.

Commentary

Behind the faction fight in the UK’s pro-Corbyn Momentum movement

By Chris Marsden, 31 December 2016

The overarching political concern of the bureaucratic cabal at the heart of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn Momentum group is to ensure that it remains a useful adjunct of the Labour Party.

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party
Part one

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 December 2016

QS is a pseudo-left, pro-capitalist party that articulates the aspirations and grievances not of the working class, but of privileged sections of the upper-middle class.

Trumka on Trump: AFL-CIO chief urges president-elect to work with unions to save capitalism

By Jerry White, 30 December 2016

Israel-Palestine and the “two-state solution”

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2016

Berlin terror attack suspect was well known to German intelligence agencies

By Johannes Stern, 30 December 2016

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

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

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

Arts

Best films of 2016

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2016

Although technologies have sped up and made possible many things, they cannot by themselves overcome the gap between reality and its artistic assimilation and representation.

Popular music in 2016

By Hiram Lee and Matthew Brennan, 31 December 2016

Much of the pop music released in North America this past year was uninspired and superficial. Some was merely empty-headed and crude.

At the Public Theater in New York City
Sweat: An honest depiction of the American working class

By Fred Mazelis, 30 December 2016

Carrie Fisher and the Star Wars phenomenon

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

31 December 2016

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

“People are working two to three Saturdays in a row and they are laying people off”
Anger mounting among US autoworkers in wake of GM layoff announcement

By Shannon Jones, 30 December 2016

More on autoworkers struggles »

Science

Great Barrier Reef suffering worst-ever coral bleaching

By Bryan Dyne, 30 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

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

The election of Donald Trump

Trump’s new White House office for trade war

By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2016

Trump’s tweet and the danger of nuclear war

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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