US workplace fatalities rose 7 percent in 2016

By Jerry White, 20 December 2017

The rise in occupational deaths during Obama’s last years in office lifts the lid on record corporate profits and America’s so-called “economic recovery.”

OSHA dragging its feet investigating death of Pennsylvania Amazon worker Devan Shoemaker

By Douglas Lyons, 20 December 2017

28-year-old Devan Shoemaker was run over by a tractor-trailer while working for Amazon. He leaves behind a young son and wife.

The death toll behind corporate America’s record profits

US Congress set for Wednesday passage of multi-trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich

By Barry Grey, 20 December 2017

Legislation that will transfer trillions of dollars from the working class to the richest 10 percent of the population will be made the law of the land within less than two months of its initial release and without a single congressional hearing.

The United States of Inequality

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

Actor Matt Damon comes under attack for his criticisms of the sexual misconduct campaign

By David Walsh, 20 December 2017

The actor suggested there was a continuum of inappropriate behavior, and that the punishments meted out to Sen. Al Franken and comic Louis C.K. were perhaps too harsh.

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

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

Lafarge affair exposes French ruling elite’s funding of Islamic State terrorists

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 20 December 2017

From 2011 to 2015, a multi-billion-dollar firm leading the CAC-40 French stock exchange funded a terror militia that carried out attacks across Europe and in France.

Germany: SPD leadership officially explores entering coalition with the Christian Democrats

By Johannes Stern, 20 December 2017

The Social Democratic Party leadership unanimously agreed to hold exploratory talks in January with the Christian Democrats over the formation of a new government.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital deepens crisis of Arab leaders

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2017

Egypt’s military junta downplayed Trump’s announcement so as not to further inflame tensions already running high due to soaring food prices and unemployment.

Pentagon faces outrage for declaring Guantanamo art will burn

By E.B. Cohen, 20 December 2017

The Pentagon is directing its military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to confiscate detainees’ finished art and has threatened to destroy it.

Disney to purchase 21st Century Fox for $66.1 billion, creating new mega-conglomerate

By Gabriel Black, 20 December 2017

The merger is expected to lead to as many as 10,000 layoffs.

Argentina’s Congress passes social security “reform” after violent crackdown on protesters

By Rafael Azul, 20 December 2017

Mass protests have erupted against the vote in the lower house for pension legislation that will slash benefits for more than 40 percent of the Argentine population.

Australian government ends year with more austerity cuts

By James Cogan, 20 December 2017

The “improvement” to the budget is coming from the ongoing assault on the living standards of the working class.

New in Spanish

Washington y Honduras buscan aplastar la oposición a una reelección fraudulenta

Por Andrea Lobo, 20 diciembre 2017

El Gobierno hondureño y la OEA están coordinando con Washington para imponer una fraudulenta elección utilizando prácticamente los mismos métodos del golpe militar del 2009.

New in Norwegian

Heksejakten mot seksuell trakassering møter motstand

Joseph Kishore, 20 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, 20 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, 20 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, 20 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 French

Le parti d’extrême droite entre au gouvernement autrichien

Peter Schwarz, 20 décembre 2017

Les politiciens ayant des liens étroits avec le milieu néo-nazi et l’extrême droite sont maintenant aux manettes du gouvernement en Autriche

Trump dévoile la stratégie de sécurité nationale de « l’Amérique d’abord »

Bill Van Auken, 20 décembre 2017

Derrière le discours de style de campagne galvaudé prononcé par Trump Monday, l’appareil militaire et de renseignement américain se prépare à la guerre mondiale.

Nos journalistes à Porto Rico
Plus d'un million de personnes vivent sans les nécessités de la vie moderne
«L'île est sans dessous dessous depuis la tempête»

Geneviève Leigh et Zac Corrigan, 20 décembre 2017

Près de trois mois après l'arrivée de l'ouragan Maria sur l'île de Porto Rico, une équipe de journalistes du World Socialist Web Site a parlé à des résidents de San Sebastian sur la différence marquée entre les reportages officiels sur la reconstruction dans l'île et les conditions réelles qui existent.

Il faut s'opposer à Trudeau et Trump, à l'alliance Canada-États-Unis et à la guerre impérialiste!
Pour une contre-offensive de la classe ouvrière basée sur l'internationalisme socialiste

Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Canada), 20 décembre 2017

Pour repousser l’assaut de la classe dirigeante sur les conditions de vie et les droits démocratiques, et combattre le tournant de l'impérialisme canadien vers la guerre, la classe ouvrière doit adopter une nouvelle perspective politique et bâtir de nouvelles organisations de lutte.

À l’occasion du 30e anniversaire de la mort du camarade Keerthi Balasuriya

David North, 20 décembre 2017

La mort de Keerthi le 18 décembre 1987 fut une perte irremplaçable pour le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale et sa section sri-lankaise.

New in German

Die Vereinigten Staaten der Ungleichheit

Andre Damon, 20. Dezember 2017

Während der Kongress daran arbeitet, das billionenschwere Steuergeschenk für die Superreichen durchzupeitschen, lässt sich die soziale Ungleichheit in den USA kaum noch ignorieren.

„America First“: Trump stellt nationale Sicherheitsstrategie vor

Bill Van Auken, 20. Dezember 2017

Trumps Rede vom Montag klang abgedroschen, doch im Hintergrund bereitet der amerikanische Militär- und Geheimdienstapparat einen Weltkrieg vor.

Zum 30. Todestag von Genossen Keerthi Balasuriya

David North, 20. Dezember 2017

Der Tod Keerthi Balasuriyas war ein unersetzlicher Verlust für das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale und dessen Sektion in Sri Lanka.

Der neue Mensch – Aufbruch und Alltag im revolutionären Russland
DVD-Filmedition

Bernd Reinhardt, 20. Dezember 2017

Die sehenswerte DVD-Edition umfasst acht ausgewählte sowjetische Dokumentar-, Animations- und Spielfilme der Jahre 1924 bis 1932.

Der Gonski-Plan zur „bedarfsgerechten“ Schulfinanzierung in Australien
Teil: 1 Beschleunigte Umwandlung von Schulen in Unternehmen

David Cohen und Linda Tenenbaum, 20. Dezember 2017

Die Schulen Australiens sollen künftig nach privatwirtschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten finanziert werden. Der „Bedarf“ wird an standardisierten Leistungskriterien und nicht an der gesellschaftlichen Realität gemessen, sodass im Namen einer formalen Gleichbehandlung die soziale Ungerechtigkeit verschlimmert wird.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
18.–24. Dezember: Beginn der Friedensverhandlungen in Brest-Litowsk

20. Dezember 2017

„Historische Umstände hatten es so gefügt, dass die Delegierten des revolutionärsten Regimes, das die Menschheit je gekannt hat, an einem Tisch sitzen mussten mit den diplomatischen Vertretern der allerreaktionärsten Kaste unter allen regierenden Klassen“, – Leo Trotzki, „Mein Leben“.

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Perspective

Trump’s National Security Strategy: The return of “great power” military conflict

20 December 2017

The new US National Security Strategy and Trump’s speech Monday constitute a grim warning to humanity that US imperialism is firmly embarked on a road that leads to a nuclear third world war.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondent, 20 December 2017

Balasuriya’s untimely death in December 1987 “cut short an invaluable and devoted service to the cause of international socialism.”

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.

Australian and New Zealand Trotskyists hold powerful Russian Revolution centenary meetings

By our reporter, 20 December 2017

Those in attendance responded with enthusiastic applause to the speakers’ contributions and to the answers to the questions from audience members.

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

By our reporters, 20 December 2017

Arts Review

One hundred years since the birth of Romanian pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti

By Clara Weiss, 20 December 2017

Lipatti left a legacy of outstanding recordings of the major works of classical music, and is justly considered one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.

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

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 December 2017

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

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

Commentary

Far-right party enters Austrian government

By Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2017

Political warfare escalates over Mueller investigation into Trump-Russia claims

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2017

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

By Roger Jordan, 19 December 2017

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

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

By John Roberts, 19 December 2017

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

By Andrea Lobo, 19 December 2017

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

By Niles Niemuth, 19 December 2017

On-the-spot report
Over a million in Puerto Rico living without the necessities of modern life
“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”

“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 »

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.

Featured Video

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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.