Trump unveils “America First” national security strategy

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017

Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

By Niles Niemuth, 19 December 2017

The review comes amid growing anger on the island and media reports that the true death toll from Hurricane Maria could exceed 1,000.

“The poverty is no longer hidden by the trees”
Hurricane Maria exposes the conditions of life for the working class in Caguas, Puerto Rico

“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”
University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria

More on Puerto Rico »

Political warfare escalates over Mueller investigation into Trump-Russia claims

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2017

Trump’s right-wing media supporters are warning of an FBI-led “coup” while Democrats suggest that Trump is about to fire the special prosecutor and trigger a constitutional crisis.

At least three dead as Amtrak train derails over Interstate 5 in Washington

By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2017

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in the accident, which resulted in at least three deaths and scores of injuries.

Few facts in horrific death of Canton, Ohio meat packing worker Samuel Martinez

By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2017

As is typical, the media has dealt with this tragedy in a perfunctory manner, seeking to conceal the social implications of the industrial carnage taking place in the United States.

Horrific death at Ohio meatpacking plant
Industrial carnage continues in US workplaces

UPS worker killed at Atlanta hub

The death toll behind corporate America’s record profits

Verdict looms in first round of trials for 194 charged in anti-Trump inauguration day protests

By E.P. Milligan, 19 December 2017

The first of a round of trials surrounding the defendants involved in the January 20 protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump came to a close on Friday.

House fire in Brooklyn kills four

By Alan Whyte, 19 December 2017

A three-alarm fire in the Homecrest section of Brooklyn, ravaged a house and killed four members of a family and injured another four.

MSF survey provides clear evidence of the Burmese military’s mass murder

By John Roberts, 19 December 2017

Médecins Sans Frontières conservatively estimated that 6,700 Rohingya were killed in Burma’s Rakhine state in the month August 25 to September 24.

Burma’s Rohingya crisis and human rights imperialism

Washington and Honduras seek to crush opposition to fraudulent re-election

By Andrea Lobo, 19 December 2017

The Honduran government and the OAS are coordinating with Washington to impose a fraudulent election using virtually the same methods as in the 2009 military coup.

Hepatitis A outbreaks hit Southeast Michigan and San Diego

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 December 2017

San Diego, with the fourth largest community of homeless in the US, has seen 567 cases of Hepatitis A, with 382 hospitalizations and 20 deaths.

Homeless man found dead in donation bin in San Diego, California

By Kevin Martinez, 19 December 2017

Record numbers of Detroit children chronically absent from school

By Nancy Hanover, 19 December 2017

Over two-thirds of Detroit children attending public school are chronically absent, according to a new report, and at least 10 percent are homeless.

Australian government returns refugees to Sri Lanka

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017

Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.

Australian by-election underscores ongoing political instability

By our reporter, 19 December 2017

The campaign in the Sydney seat of Bennelong was dominated by mutual political mudslinging and the promotion of anti-Chinese xenophobia.

New in Norwegian

Heksejakten mot seksuell trakassering møter motstand

Joseph Kishore, 16 December 2017

Etter at det første sjokket fra kampanjen begynner å avta kommer det motstand fra noen av de utsatte, blant andre Tavis Smiley fra TV-kanalen PBS.

Jens Stoltenberg og Angelina Jolie ønsker NATO-intervensjoner for å fremme «likestilling»

Julie Hyland, 16 December 2017

I en moderne vri på «den hvite manns byrde» taler NATO-generalsekretær Jens Stoltenberg og skuespillerinnen Angelina Jolie for kampen for «kulturforandring» og «kjønnslikestilling» gjennom kanonløpet.

Opphevelsen av nettnøytralitet og kampen for å forsvare det åpne internett

Andre Damon, 15 December 2017

Torsdagens tiltak fra den amerikanske regjeringen for opphevelse av nettnøytralitet innleder en epoke der foretak og regjeringen bestemmer hva folk kan få tilgang til på nettet, eller ikke.

Militarisme og tilslag mot flyktninger dominerer EU-toppmøte

Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2017

Splittet av sosiale og nasjonale motsetninger og lammet av politiske spenninger enes de 28 regjeringssjefene bare om én ting: en vesentlig eskalering av militarisme.

New in Turkish

Bitcoin çılgınlığı: Derinleşen bir krizin ateş çizelgesi

Nick Beams, 19 Aralık 2017

Bitcoin çılgınlığı, büyük çaplı bir mali çöküşün tüm koşullarının yaratılmakta olduğunun en açık ifadesidir.

AB zirvesine militarizm ve sığınmacılara yönelik baskı konuları hakim oldu

Peter Schwarz, 19 Aralık 2017

Avrupa işçi sınıfı birleşmeli ve militarizme, baskıya ve sağın yükselişine karşı muhalefeti kapitalizme karşı mücadele ile birleştiren sosyalist bir program uğruna mücadele etmelidir.

WSWS Troçki’nin Ekim Dersleri’nin Urduca çevirisini yayınladı

19 Aralık 2017

DEUK’un perspektifleri ile siyasi görüş birliği ifade eden ve DEUK’u Sosyalist Devrimin Dünya Partisi olarak inşa etmek üzere onunla birlikte çalışmaya girişen Pakistanlı Marksist Ses grubu, Ekim Dersleri’nin Urduca çevirisini kitap olarak yayınladı.

New in French

Les États-Unis de l’inégalité

André Damon, 19 décembre 2017

Alors que le Congrès se précipite pour adopter une loi fiscale qui transférera des milliards de dollars à l’oligarchie financière, il devient impossible de négliger l’échelle omniprésente des inégalités sociales aux États-Unis.

Les extrémistes de droite entrent au gouvernement en Autriche

Markus Salzman, 19 décembre 2017

Dans un pays où la classe dirigeante eut recours à la dictature au début des années 1930, et qui soutint largement l’Anschluss de l’Allemagne nazie, l’ombre du passé resurgit.

Jens Stoltenberg et Angelina Jolie appellent à une intervention de l'OTAN pour promouvoir «l'égalité des sexes»

Julie Hyland, 19 décembre 2017

Dans une version moderne du «fardeau de l'homme blanc», le secrétaire-général de l'OTAN Jens Stoltenberg et l'actrice Angelina Jolie préconisent la lutte pour le «changement culturel» et «l'égalité des sexes» à travers le canon d'une arme à feu.

New in Spanish

Los Estados Unidos de la desigualdad

Por Andre Damon, 19 diciembre 2017

Mientras el Congreso aceleraba la aprobación del proyecto de ley fiscal que le transferirá billones de dólares a la oligarquía financiera, se está volviendo imposible pasar por alto el grado extremo de la desigualdad social en Estados Unidos.

Horrible muerte en la planta empacadora de Ohio
La carnicería industrial continúa en los lugares de trabajo de los EUA

Por Jerry White, 19 diciembre 2017

Un trabajador inmigrante de 62 años es la víctima más reciente en una oleada de accidentes laborales en los EUA. Las lesiones en el trabajo se cobran casi 5000 vidas al año.

El presidente de Perú, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, enfrenta demandas de renuncia

Por Juan González, 19 diciembre 2017

Al mismo tiempo que cargos de soborno y corrupción amenazan con derribar al presidente, se intenta fortalecer el Estado peruano.

Relator de la ONU “sorprendido” de la pobreza profunda en los Estados Unidos

Por Eric London, 19 diciembre 2017

Una declaración del relator especial de la ONU Philip Alston detalla las condiciones de pesadilla a las que se enfrentan decenas de millones de estadounidenses empobrecidos y condena al gobierno estadounidense por abusos de los derechos humanos.

Jens Stoltenberg y Angelina Jolie exigen la intervención de la OTAN para promocionar la “igualdad de género”

Por Julie Hyland, 19 diciembre 2017

En un giro moderno de la “carga del hombre blanco”, el Secretario General de la OTAN Jens Stoltenberg y la actriz Angelina Jolie defienden la lucha por un “cambio cultural” y por la “igualdad de género” a punta de pistola.

New in German

Österreich: Lehren aus dem Aufstieg der extremen Recht

Peter Schwarz, 19. Dezember 2017

In Österreich sitzen Politiker an den Schalthebeln der Macht, die über enge Verbindungen zum Neonazi- und rechten Burschenschaftsmilieu verfügen.

SPD auf AfD-Kurs

Ulrich Rippert, 19. Dezember 2017

Unter der Überschrift „Sehnsucht nach Heimat“ fordert Sigmar Gabriel im Spiegel seine Partei auf, Begriffe wie „Identität“, „Leitkultur“ und „Heimat“ zu übernehmen.

London: Sechs Monate seit dem Brand des Grenfell Towers

Robert Stevens und Chris Marsden, 19. Dezember 2017

Die Katastrophe steht sinnbildlich für die Verwüstung, die der Kapitalismus nicht nur in Großbritannien, sondern überall auf der Welt angerichtet hat.

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Perspective

Far-right party enters Austrian government

19 December 2017

Politicians with close ties to the neo-Nazi scene and ultra-right circles now wield power in Austria.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 19 December 2017

Keerthi’s death on December 18, 1987 was an irreplaceable loss to the International Committee of the Fourth International and its Sri Lankan section.

Indian Trotskyists hold meeting for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 16 December 2017

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

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

Commentary

Why is Canada’s Liberal government endorsing the #MeToo witch-hunt?

By Roger Jordan, 19 December 2017

The Trudeau government’s goal is to use #MeToo to mobilize support for its reactionary militarist foreign policy among a well-heeled section of the middle class on the basis of identity politics.

Jens Stoltenberg and Angelina Jolie call for NATO intervention to promote “gender equality”

Opposition mounts to sexual harassment witch-hunt

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

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

The United States of Inequality

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2017

UN rapporteur “shocked” by deep poverty in US

Republicans release final bill to slash taxes for US corporations and the rich

World’s richest one percent capture twice as much income growth as the bottom half

US secretary of state issues new ultimatum to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2017

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

More on the war threat against North Korea »

The end of net neutrality and the fight to defend the free internet

Arts Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi—The further business of the Disney franchise

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 December 2017

The third Star Wars film released by Disney does little to break with the prescribed formula. Bombast and some surprises fail to carry good talent to meaningful places.

The Falsification of David King’s work—Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 at the Tate Modern in London

By Paul Mitchell, 19 December 2017

The latest British exhibition on the Russian Revolution is another reprehensible attempt to distort its history, including by excising Leon Trotsky.

Dover Quartet recital offers unusual program, including works by “forgotten composers” Viktor Ullmann and Szymon Laks

By Fred Mazelis, 18 December 2017

Mudbound and life in post-World War II Mississippi: Dreaming “in brown”
… and a word on James Franco’s The Disaster Artist

Cancellation of exhibition about Jewish art collector in Germany raises issue of Nazi-confiscated art

Workers Struggles

SEIU calls off week-long Oakland city strike without contract
Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 December 2017

The calling off of the walkout is a stab in the back for workers who are seeking improvements in wages and better treatment of part time workers.

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 18-24: Peace negotiations begin at Brest-Litovsk

18 December 2017

Trotsky later writes, “The circumstances of history willed that the delegates of the most revolutionary regime ever known to humanity should sit at the same diplomatic table with the representatives of the most reactionary caste among all the ruling classes.”

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Families and survivors hold six-month commemoration of Grenfell Tower fire

By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017

Oppose media witch-hunt against “the left” over Grenfell fire

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2017

Six months since the Grenfell Tower fire

Film Review
“Grenfell changed everything”—Failed by the State: The Struggle in the Shadow of Grenfell

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Auto workers struggles

Autopsy report refutes claims young Ford worker was on drugs at time of factory shooting

By Jerry White, 15 December 2017

“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
Ford workers speak out on Kentucky Truck worker’s death

Amid escalating corruption scandal, top UAW operatives step down

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2017

More on auto worker struggles »

Book Review

Ron Chernow’s Grant: An able and compelling new biography

By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017

Chernow capably weaves together an account of the life of the Civil War general, president and memoirist.

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

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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Watch: Davino Watson, American Citizen, imprisoned by ICE for 3.5 years

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017

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

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

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

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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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.

Watch: Stop online censorship!

More on Google Censorship »

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

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

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.