Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2017

The administration aims to help pay for its $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy by slashing spending on food stamps, Medicaid, low-cost housing and veterans’ care.

Following passage of Senate tax bill, US ruling class takes aim at Social Security and Medicare

Amid “full employment,” no recovery in US wages

Putin stages “mission accomplished” visit to Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2017

The Russian President's pronouncement of a 'victory' over ISIS presages not peace, but an even more direct and aggressive conflict between the US and Russia.

US-Russia tensions mount after ISIS’s defeat in Syria

While Southern California burns, governor declares fire devastation to be “new normal”

By Brian Dixon and Dan Conway, 12 December 2017

Though some of the relatively smaller fires are now considered completely or nearly completely contained, larger fires in Ventura, San Diego and Riverside continue to burn.

Police mobilize in New York City after bomb detonated in subway system

By Sandy English, 12 December 2017

According to police, the device was hidden on the person of a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant worker, Akayed Ullah, who has lived in Brooklyn for seven years.

EU rejects Trump’s call to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2017

The EU meeting in Brussels pointed to divisions between Washington and its European allies over the explosive conflicts in the Middle East.

“We need to talk about Jeremy”: The City of London discusses its attitude to a Labour government

By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership team has spent months persuading ruling circles that Labour can be trusted to take the reins of state.

General Electric follows Siemens in announcing mass layoffs

By Gustav Kemper, 12 December 2017

The American conglomerate General Electric announced the layoff of 12,000 workers last week, including 4,500 in Europe.

Virginia charging commuters up to $40 a trip for use of interstate highway

By Harvey Simpkins, 12 December 2017

The state of Virginia is introducing High-Occupancy Toll, or “HOT lanes,” for those seeking to commute into the nation’s capital.

Reports highlight the crisis of New York mass transit

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2017

Three recent reports reveal mounting crisis of the New York metropolitan area’s mass bus, subway and railroad systems.

Oakland, California school board set to enact mid-year budget cuts

By Jonathan Burleigh, 12 December 2017

The austerity measures will further undermine education in a school district that has already faced deep cuts.

Gruesome murder case in Japan reflects social alienation and despair

By Gary Alvernia, 12 December 2017

The media has been quick to sensationalise every detail of the murders, while completely ignoring any broader examination of their social causes.

Sri Lankan railway workers defy government ban on strike

By W.A. Sunil, 12 December 2017

The government’s intervention against the stoppage is part of a broader crackdown on social and political opposition.

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Er USA på terskelen til atomkrig?

Andre Damon, 12. Dezember 2017

I løpet av de 13 dagene siden Nord-Korea testet en interkontinental ballistisk rakett som kunne nå store deler av Nord-Amerika har USA ytterligere eskalert sine krigstrusler.

Amerikas seneste seksualmoralske hysteri

David North, 12. Dezember 2017

Arbeidere bør styre unna den høyreorienterte «Me too»-kampanjen.

Konfliktene tilspisses innen den amerikanske herskende klassen etter Flynns tilståelse

Andre Damon, 12. Dezember 2017

Mens demokratene forsøker å legge grunnlaget for å fjerne Trump på grunn av utenrikspolitiske meningsforskjeller gjør de ingenting for å motsette seg Trump-administrasjonens offensiv mot arbeiderklassen.

Palasskupp eller klassekamp: Den politiske krisen i Washington og arbeiderklassens strategi

Joseph Kishore und David North på vegne av SEPs politiske komité, 12. Juni 2017

Arbeiderklassen kan ikke stå på sidelinja i kampen mellom Trump og demokratene. Den må tvert i mot utvikle sin kamp mot Trump under sitt eget banner og med sitt eget program.

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¿Se encuentra Estados Unidos al borde de una guerra nuclear?

Por Andre Damon, 12 diciembre 2017

Durante los trece días después de que Corea del Norte pusiera a prueba un misil intercontinental capaz de llegar a gran parte de América del Norte, EUA ha escalado sus amenazas bélicas.

Las tensiones entre Estados Unidos y Rusia aumentan después de la derrota del ISIS en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 12 diciembre 2017

Washington y Moscú han intercambiado acusaciones de acciones provocativas por parte de los aviones de guerra del otro en el cielo encima de la cuenca del río Éufrates.

En medio del “pleno empleo” los salarios estadounidenses no se recuperan

Por Jerry White, 12 diciembre 2017

El informe sobre empleos brinda más pruebas de que la tan cacareada “recuperación” en los EUA ha beneficiado abrumadoramente a Wall Street a costa de la clase trabajadora.

Los sindicatos puertorriqueños proponen asociarse con la junta de control financiero de Wall Street

Por Rafael Azul, 12 diciembre 2017

Con ira social creciendo contra la criminal indiferencia de la administración de Trump y nuevas demandas de medidas de austeridad, los sindicatos están desesperadamente tratando de bloquear el estallido de la lucha obrera.

New in French

Les tensions Etats-Unis-Russie montent après la défaite de l’État islamique en Syrie

Bill Van Auken, 12 décembre 2017

Washington et Moscou ont échangé des accusations d’actions provocatrices de la part de leurs avions de combat respectifs dans le ciel de la vallée de l’Euphrate.

Les États-Unis sont-ils au bord de la guerre nucléaire ?

André Damon, 12 décembre 2017

Au cours des 13 jours qui se sont écoulés depuis que la Corée du Nord a testé un missile balistique intercontinental capable d’atteindre de larges portions de l’Amérique du Nord, les États-Unis ont intensifié leurs menaces de guerre.

New in German

Stehen die USA am Rande eines Atomkriegs?

Andre Damon, 12. Dezember 2017

Nach Nordkoreas Raketentest vor knapp zwei Wochen haben die USA ihre Kriegsdrohungen weiter verschärft.

Linkspartei unterstützt Gabriels Großmachtpolitik

Johannes Stern, 12. Dezember 2017

Der Fraktionsvorsitzende der Linkspartei, Dietmar Bartsch, tritt wie der sozialdemokratische Außenminister für eine „selbstbewusste Rolle“ Deutschlands in der Welt ein.

„Schwarze Welle“ in Italien

Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 12. Dezember 2017

Rund 10.000 Demonstranten protestierten am Samstag in der norditalienischen Stadt Como gegen die „schwarze Welle“, die Zunahme neofaschistischer Überfälle im ganzen Land.

Nach der Niederlage des IS in Syrien wachsen die Spannungen zwischen den USA und Russland

Bill Van Auken, 12. Dezember 2017

Washington und Moskau werfen sich gegenseitig vor, mit ihren Kampfflugzeugen provokative Manöver über dem Euphrat zu fliegen.

Für eine sozialistische Perspektive gegen Nationalismus und Krieg
Veranstaltungsreihe der IYSSE zur StuPa-Wahl an der Humboldt-Universität

den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 12. Dezember 2017

Die IYSSE treten zur Wahl des Studierendenparlaments der Humboldt-Universität an, um eine sozialistische Bewegung gegen Militarismus und Krieg, soziale Ungleichheit und den Aufstieg der extremen Rechten aufzubauen.

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Perspective

The death toll behind corporate America’s record profits

12 December 2017

A 41-year-old electrician at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant is the latest victim of the relentless drive for corporate profit in America.

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Commentary

Why has Time magazine endorsed the #MeToo “revolution”?

By David Walsh, 12 December 2017

Given the ongoing frenzy, the magazine’s decision was entirely predictable. Had its editors made any other choice there would have been a media-organized uproar.

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

By David North, 9 December 2017

Australian workers, actors, filmmakers oppose the “trial by media” of Geoffrey Rush

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush fights back, suing Daily Telegraph for defamation

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2017

Alabama Senate election pits corporate Democrat vs. fascistic Republican

Anti-China witch-hunt in Australia escalates

The Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Fire forum discusses upcoming six month anniversary

By our reporter, 12 December 2017

Six months after the Grenfell Tower inferno, more than half of the households that require rehousing remain in temporary accommodation, including many children.

Grenfell fire families challenge government inquiry cover-up

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Science

The roots of intelligence: What the study of whales and dolphins can reveal about the basis of human intelligence

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2017

Both humans and cetaceans have large and highly developed brains as well as sophisticated social behaviors.

Arts Review

Art historian Linda Nochlin (1931-2017)

By Clare Hurley and David Walsh, 12 December 2017

Art historian Linda Nochlin published a number of valuable and insightful works on the art of the 19th century in particular. Later, she played a seminal role in establishing a feminist approach to art history.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017), one of opera’s greatest baritones

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas: Charles Dickens and the writing of A Christmas Carol

Workers Struggles

Oakland, California city workers strike reaches one-week mark
Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 December 2017

Some 3,000 workers have struck to oppose the city’s inadequate pay offer and the mistreatment of part time workers, who receive no benefits.

Electrician, 41, killed at Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on Saturday

By Jessica Goldstein, 11 December 2017

Ivan Bridgewater III was killed while working the third shift at the Louisville Kentucky plant and leaves behind a wife and young son.

Near walkout at Detroit auto plant over unsafe conditions

“Part-time work in the auto plants is modern day slavery”
Six weeks since the tragic death of US autoworker Jacoby Hennings

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 11-17: White forces capture Rostov

11 December 2017

As forces commanded by the counterrevolutionary General Kaledin occupy Rostov, a major industrial center in southern Russia, conflict continues to rage in the Bolshevik leadership over the question of the Constituent Assembly.

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Obituary

Patricia Noonan Jukovsky (1947-2017)

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

Pat Jukovsky was an active member of the US Workers League in its early years, and the wife of Marty Jukovsky, a devoted supporter of the Socialist Equality Party.

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International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers ask “$100 billion man” Jeff Bezos: where’s my cut?

By our reporters, 9 December 2017

“We’re human beings, not slaves and animals”
UK newspaper exposé details Amazon’s super-exploitation of workforce

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
One day strike hits German and Italian Amazon distribution centres

Temp work past the age of retirement
Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers

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NHS Fightback

UK government accelerates plans to ration and privatise National Health Service

By Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose Trudeau and Trump, the Canada-US alliance, and imperialist war!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 4 December 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers
Indian ICFI supporters to hold a public meeting in Sriperumbudur

27 November 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Australia: Socialist Equality Party holds successful meetings on Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 7 December 2017

Workers and youth discuss the Russian Revolution at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 7 December 2017

Meeting in Sydney on December 17
100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 25 November 2017

The eight-part serial is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production.

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

IYSSE

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

Oppose right-wing censorship at Leipzig University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2017

Christian Democratic student association calls for the banning of the IYSSE at German universities

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 November 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.

Google Censorship

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2017

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

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