Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017

The report that the US is training former ISIS militants is one more indication that Washington is preparing a new phase of the war in Syria.

Pentagon claims confrontation with Russian warplanes over Syria

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“The government has done nothing”
Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017

The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

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Up to three times more immigrants die crossing US-Mexico border than previously reported

By Trévon Austin, 28 December 2017

A USA Today investigation reveals that up to 27,000 may have died in the desert between the US and Mexico over the past 20 years.

VW colluded in torture of militant workers during military dictatorship in Brazil

By Ludwig Weller, 28 December 2017

The document produced by the lead investigator shows that Volkswagen worked closely with the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985 in the persecution and torture of militant workers.

Was the 2016 terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market an “intelligence operation with deadly collateral damage?”

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2017

New documents prove that both the US and German secret services had an interest in assuring the free movement of the author of the terrorist attack.

Profiteering by insulation industry central to Grenfell Tower fire in London

By Tom Pearce, 28 December 2017

One UK government department was peddling combustible plastic products even as another was being warned of the risks of using plastic insulation in residential buildings.

Six months since the Grenfell Tower fire

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UK: Thousands to see in the New Year sleeping rough on the streets

By Margot Miller, 28 December 2017

More than 9,000 people are rough sleepers and 78,000 families are living in temporary accommodation in England alone, including 120,000 children.

No decline in Michigan poverty since the Great Recession

By Debra Watson, 28 December 2017

Despite a drastic fall in the official unemployment rate since the Great Recession, the same percentage of households in Michigan are living below the poverty line.

Typhoon ravages southern Philippines

By John Roberts, 28 December 2017

A significant factor in the deaths and injuries was the failure of the authorities to evacuate people from the most vulnerable areas.

Amazon begins operations in Australia

By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017

Amazon is notorious internationally for its appalling treatment of warehouse workers.

Anti-Chinese witch-hunt against New Zealand MP intensifies

By Tom Peters, 28 December 2017

Deputy Prime Minister Peters denounced Yang as a “Manchurian candidate.”

New in Arabic

مكانة ثورة أكتوبرعلى مستوى تاريخ العالم وفي السياسات المعاصرة

١٢ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٧

إن برنامج الثورة الاشتراكية العالمية الذي طرحه لينين و تروتسكي مثل الاستراتيجية الوحيدة القابلة للحياة في مواجهة انهيار النظام الذي بدأ مع اندلاع الحرب الأوروبية.

New in Romanian

Muncitorii la Ford România opresc producție și îi dau jos pe lideri sindicali în grevă neoficială

De Eric London, 28 decembrie 2017

O grevă a izbucnit joi la o uzină Ford în Craiova, România după ce muncitorii au inlocuit liderul sindicatului și au respins contractul 2018-2019 asupră căruia sindicatul și compania conveniseră miercuri.

New in French

Les chasseurs de sorcières du Parti démocrate visent la candidate du Parti vert Jill Stein

Déclaration du bureau politique du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Etats-Unis), 28 décembre 2017

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste condamne le procès d’intention lancé contre Jill Stein, la candidate des verts aux élections présidentielles de 2016, par les démocrates de la commission sénatorielle du renseignement.

New in Turkish

Demokratik Partili cadı avcıları Yeşiller Partisi adayı Jill Stein’ı hedef alıyor

28 Aralık 2017

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, Yeşiller Partisi’nin 2016 seçimindeki başkanlık adayı Jill Stein’ın Senato İstihbarat Komitesi’ndeki yeni McCarthyci cadı avcıları tarafından hedef alınmasını kınıyor.

Toplumsal eşitsizlik ve Almanya’nın hükümet krizi

Peter Schwarz, 28 Aralık 2017

Kısa süre önce yayınlanan “Dünya Eşitlik Raporu”nun Almanya’daki toplumsal eşitsizliğin 1913’ten beri en yüksek seviyede olduğu sonucuna varmış olması, yalnızca tarihsel bir rastlantı değildir.

Kolera vakaları bir milyonu aşarken, Pentagon Yemen'deki ABD birliklerinin varlığını itiraf etti

Bill Van Auken, 28 Aralık 2017

Birçok yardım kuruluşu, savaş daha fazla kurbana mal olur ve nüfusun büyük kesimini açlığa ve hastalığa sürüklerken, milyonlarca insanın ölüm tehdidi altında olduğunu açıklayan uyarılarda bulundu.

Romanya’daki Ford işçilerinin yasadışı grevi

Eric London, 28 Aralık 2017

Romanya’daki Ford otomotiv fabrikasında, işçilerin sendika önderinin görevden alınmasını dayatmasının ve sendika ile şirket arasında yapılan sözleşmeyi kabul etmemelerinin ardından, yasadışı bir grev başladı.

New in Spanish

El Gobierno estadounidense y las elecciones rusas

Por Andre Damon, 28 diciembre 2017

A Estados Unidos, el país desarrollado más desigual y antidemocrático y el principal propulsor de guerras y dictaduras alrededor del mundo, no le corresponde dar lecciones a nadie sobre “democracia”.

Cómo el exoficial nazi Reinhard Gehlen erigió un Estado dentro de un Estado en la Alemania de la posguerra

por Wolfgang Weber, 28 diciembre 2017

Más de 100 000 páginas de documentos relacionados a Reinhard Gehlen, director del Servicio Federal de Inteligencia de Alemania en la posguerra y exoficial nazi, han sido filtrados al Süddeutsche Zeitung.

El acuerdo de DACA pospuesto hasta 2018 deja a 800.000 jóvenes bajo la amenaza de deportación

por Norisa Diaz, 28 diciembre 2017

Si bien las condiciones del acuerdo DACA todavía están siendo resueltas, no puede haber ninguna duda de que los demócratas negociarán un acuerdo que presentará algunas de las leyes más reaccionarias contra los inmigrantes desde el confinamiento japonés.

Argentina aprueba “reforma” de prestaciones sociales luego de violenta represión

por Rafael Azul, 28 diciembre 2017

El terror en Buenos Aires el 14 y el 18 de diciembre, trajo a la memoria el de los años ochenta, durante la última etapa de la dictadura (1976-1983).

Trabajador rumano de Ford habla al WSWS sobre huelga salvaje en la planta de Craiova

por Eric London, 28 diciembre 2017

“Tenemos un sindicato corrupto que trabaja por la compañía”

New in German

Die US-Regierung und die Wahl in Russland

Andre Damon, 28. Dezember 2017

Die USA, die zu den Industrienationen mit der höchsten sozialen Ungleichheit und den meisten Angriffen auf demokratische Rechte gehören und überall auf der Welt Krieg und Diktatur verbreiten, haben kein Recht, andere in Sachen „Demokratie“ zu belehren.

Großbritannien verschärft Provokationen gegen Russland

Steve James und Chris Marsden, 28. Dezember 2017

Die Fahrt eines russischen Kriegsschiffs durch die Nordsee wird von Politik und Medien in Großbritannien für ihre antirussische Propagandakampagne ausgenutzt.

Fall Rauscher: Politik und Universitätsleitung verteidigen rechtsradikalen Professor

IYSSE Leipzig, 28. Dezember 2017

Obwohl an der Universität Leipzig tausende Studierende gegen Rauscher protestiert und mehr als 18.000 eine Petition für seine Entlassung unterzeichnet haben, stärken Politik und Universitätsleitung dem Professor den Rücken.

Heinrich Böll würde sich schämen

Sybille Fuchs, 28. Dezember 2017

Vor hundert Jahren wurde der Schriftsteller Heinrich Böll geboren. Wo immer er sich einmischte, ging es um den Protest gegen Unterdrückung, Heuchelei und Kriegsgefahr.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
25.–31. Dezember: Sowjetregierung verstaatlicht die Banken

28. Dezember 2017

Zum Jahresende 1917 ist die Russische Revolution in einer schwierigen Lage. Feindliche Armeen bedrohen die neue Sowjetregierung, und im Innern drohen Hungersnöte, Anarchie und konterrevolutionäre Intrigen. Auf den Schlachtfeldern wütet immer noch der imperialistische Krieg. Weltweit inspiriert die Oktoberrevolution neue revolutionäre Kämpfe.

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Perspective

The oligarchy versus society

28 December 2017

It is impossible to seriously address a single major social issue without breaking the political and economic stranglehold of the financial oligarchy over society.

Earlier Perspectives »

WSWS Holiday Schedule

Over the holiday period, we will not publish on Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2. We will resume our regular schedule of postings on Wednesday, January 3. The WSWS extends season's greetings to all of our readers.

Commentary

The petition against Matt Damon and the “erasing” of Kevin Spacey: The fiercely antidemocratic character of the sexual misconduct campaign

By David Walsh, 28 December 2017

The New York Times is at the forefront of the reactionary witch-hunt, defending various efforts at censorship and repression.

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

The US government and the Russian election

By Andre Damon, 27 December 2017

Democratic Party witch-hunters target Green Party candidate Jill Stein

Health care threatened for nine million low-income US children

By Patrick Martin, 27 December 2017

US police kill over a thousand for fourth year in a row

By George Gallanis, 27 December 2017

Court quashes subpoena of reporter who uncovered Chicago police murder coverup

Notes on police violence
Bexar County, Texas police shoot and kill six-year-old boy

More on police violence in the US »

Social inequality and Germany’s government crisis

The contradictions of the bitcoin-blockchain frenzy

Drug deaths drive down US life expectancy for second year

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Arabic translation of “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the concluding lecture in the ICFI series marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics.” The lecture by David North, the WSWS chairman, was streamed live on November 11.

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 25-31: Soviet government nationalizes the banks

27 December 2017

The year 1917 closes with the Russian Revolution in a precarious situation. The new Soviet government is menaced on all sides by hostile armies. Meanwhile, the imperialist war rages on, and the October insurrection catalyzes revolutionary struggles around the world.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

History

How former Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 27 December 2017

Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-World War II head of the German Federal Intelligence Service and ex-Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Auto Workers Issues

Romanian Ford worker speaks to WSWS about wildcat strike at Craiova plant

By Eric London, 27 December 2017

Wildcat strike stops production as workers eject union leaders at Ford Romania

Holidays painful for family of young Ford worker killed in Detroit area plant

By Jerry White, 27 December 2017

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

“If finding out what happened could save another life at least something good would come from our son’s death”
Family, co-workers want truth about Kentucky Ford worker’s death

By Jerry White, 23 December 2017

More on auto workers issues »

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

Arts Review

Downsizing: Alexander Payne’s take on climate change, overpopulation, social inequality … and more

By Joanne Laurier, 23 December 2017

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck: “Small” films at a time of big crisis

By Carlos Delgado, 21 December 2017

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) stands for local government elections

By our correspondents, 23 December 2017

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondent, 20 December 2017

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

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

Book Review

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

By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017

Featured Video

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon worker dies after vomiting blood at Sacramento, California fulfillment center

By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017

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

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

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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.