8 December 2016

A cabinet of generals: Trump appoints John Kelly to lead Department of Homeland Security

By Eric London, 8 December 2016

The unprecedented prominence of the military in the incoming cabinet is a dangerous sign that the American ruling class is preparing for war abroad and repression at home.

In counterterrorism speech, Obama hints at danger of dictatorship

Trump picks General “Mad Dog” Mattis for secretary of defense

Trump picks trusted go-between as ambassador to China

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2016

Branstad’s support for the TPP and his unfamiliarity with key foreign policy issues indicate he will not play a significant role in determining US policy toward Beijing.

China warns Trump over Taiwan phone call

Trump’s phone call with Taiwan: A provocation against China

German chancellor demands stricter asylum laws and ban on burqa

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 December 2016

At the CDU party congress in Essen, Chancellor Merkel delivered a right-wing speech full of xenophobic attacks and calls for the strengthening of the police and military.

German government plans mass deportation of refugees

Ohio legislature passes “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill

By Marcus Day, 8 December 2016

The law would criminalize abortions performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception.

Georgia carries out its ninth execution of 2016

By Kranti Kumara, 8 December 2016

William Sallie was put to death by lethal injection in Georgia Tuesday night after the US Supreme Court rejected his plea for a stay of execution.

Michigan legislature targets school employee pensions

By Shannon Jones, 8 December 2016

Republican lawmakers are seeking to end defined benefit pensions for new hires under conditions in which the entire system is massively underfunded.

120,000 coal miners face loss of retirement benefits

US-backed Islamist militias abandon Aleppo’s old city as Syrian army advances

By Alex Lantier, 8 December 2016

Reports are emerging that Washington is pressing opposition forces in Aleppo to abandon the city and continue fighting elsewhere.

Russia and China block UN resolution as Syrian army continues advance in Aleppo

Australia’s Socialist Alternative agitates for escalation of US intervention in Syria

More on the war in Syria »

Italian Prime Minister Renzi officially resigns

By Marianne Arens, 8 December 2016

Italy’s Senate voted in favour of the budget and thus cleared the way for Renzi’s resignation.

Italian president “freezes” resignation of Prime Minister Renzi

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

UK parliament passes Labour motion calling for government to publish “Brexit plan”

By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May originally opposed the motion, but was forced to accept it as between 20 and 40 pro-EU Tory rebels were pledged to back Labour.

UK Supreme Court hears opposed arguments on whether Parliament must vote to trigger Brexit

European Union finance ministers insist on more austerity

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

Inquest evidence shows Australian government was responsible for asylum seeker’s death

By Max Newman, 8 December 2016

The medical evidence makes clear that Hamid Kehazaei died as a direct consequence of the refugee detention regime imposed by successive Australian governments.

Indian defence minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016

The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.

New in Italian

Mattarella "congela" le dimissioni di Renzi da Primo Ministro

Peter Schwarz, 8 dicembre 2016

Il voto “No” sul referendum di domenica ha gettato l’Italia, insieme all’UE, in una più profonda crisi politica.

New in French

François Hollande ne se portera pas candidat à la présidence française

Par Kumaran Ira, 8 décembre 2016

C'est la première fois sous la Cinquième République qu'un président sortant choisit de ne pas se présenter aux élections à la fin de son premier mandat.

Le parlement polonais approuve la création d’une milice paramilitaire

Par Clara Weiss, 8 décembre 2016

Le parlement polonais a autorisé mi-novembre la création d’une armée de défense territoriale.

L’élite canadienne applaudit l’approbation des oléoducs par les libéraux et exige que Trudeau montre plus de trempe

Par Roger Jordan, 8 décembre 2016

Les médias ont loué Trudeau pour sa décision «audacieuse» sur la question des oléoducs, l’incitant à faire preuve du même «leadership» pour imposer d’autres mesures de la grande entreprise encore plus impopulaires.

New in German

CDU-Parteitag: Bundeskanzlerin Merkel fordert schärferes Asylrecht und Burka-Verbot

Von Ulrich Rippert, 8. Dezember 2016

Auf dem CDU-Parteitag in Essen hielt Merkel eine außerordentlich rechte Rede voller ausländerfeindlichen Attacken und Forderungen nach polizeilicher und militärischer Aufrüstung.

Die Linke: Mit Spitzenduo auf Regierungskurs

Von Johannes Stern, 8. Dezember 2016

Die Linkspartei wird mit ihren beiden Fraktionsvorsitzenden Sahra Wagenknecht und Dietmar Bartsch als Spitzenkandidaten in den Bundestagswahlkampf 2017 ziehen.

Italien: Renzi offiziell zurückgetreten

Von Marianne Arens, 8. Dezember 2016

Der italienische Senat stimmte dem Haushalt zu und machte damit den Weg für Renzis Rücktritt frei.

EU-Finanzminister fordern mehr Sparmaßnahmen

Von Julie Hyland, 8. Dezember 2016

Nach sieben Jahren Austerität fordert die EU von Athen weitere Einsparungen in Höhe von 4,2 Milliarden Euro und neue Arbeitsmarktreformen.

Obama deutet Gefahr einer Diktatur an

Von Patrick Martin, 8. Dezember 2016

In einer Rede vor Militärs in Florida zitierte der US-Präsident zweimal das Nürnberger Kriegsverbrechertribunal als Warnung an die neue Regierung von Donald Trump.

Frankreich: Hollande verzichtet auf erneute Kandidatur

Von Kumaran Ira, 8. Dezember 2016

Hollande ist der erste Präsident seit Gründung der Fünften Republik 1958, der sich nicht um eine zweite Amtszeit bemüht.

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Perspective

The political issues in the Standing Rock protests

8 December 2016

It is impossible to defend the environment or the rights of Native Americans within the straitjacket of the Democratic Party and the capitalist system.

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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

A new book, Trotskyists on Trial: Free Speech and Political Persecution Since the Age of FDR, by Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, reveals a previously unknown level of FBI surveillance of the Trotskyist movement in the US.

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.

Mehring Books

Week Three: The Struggle Against War
MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

8 December 2016

For week three of our Holiday Sale we are featuring works on the fight against imperialist war

Workers Struggles

Australia: Industrial tribunal backs the sacking of striking German Creek miners

By Terry Cook, 8 December 2016

A Fair Work Commission ruling, allowing Anglo American to dismiss workers involved in “protected” strike action, sets a dangerous precedent.

Australia: NSW Teachers Federation holds stop work meetings across the state
Demand the right to read the agreement before voting on it! Abolish NAPLAN, TIP, inspectors and other regressive measures!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 7 December 2016

Australia: NSW Teachers Federation calls meetings to ram through government deal
Demand the new agreement be circulated immediately! Delay the meetings to December 15!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 December 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Growing support for IYSSE campaign against censorship at New York University

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2016

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board

Germany: Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump’s election held in Frankfurt

By our correspondents, 5 December 2016

The election of Donald Trump

Trump names opponent of public housing to run Housing and Urban Development

By Fred Mazelis, 7 December 2016

After Carrier deal, effusive praise for Trump from steelworkers union

By Jerry White, 7 December 2016

Trump outlines right-wing program of extreme nationalism at Cincinnati rally

President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

Tensions mount over US presidential election recounts

More on the 2016 US elections »

Arts

Novelist Lionel Shriver’s The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 imagines an American meltdown

By James Brookfield, 6 December 2016

When we meet the cast of characters, in Shriver’s dystopian novel set in the not-so-distant future, the US is mired in economic crisis, driven largely by the growth of entitlement spending.

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today—the 1948 documentary restored

By Clara Weiss, 5 December 2016

Commentary

The Oakland fire tragedy and the housing crisis in America

By Kate Randall, 7 December 2016

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

IYSSE opposes physical attack on right-wing professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University

IYSSE to stand candidates in 2017 student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meeting in Colombo discusses Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 6 December 2016

Sri Lankan workers and students discuss Trump’s election

25 years ago: European Council drafts Maastricht Treaty

Leaders of 12 European nations met on December 9-10, 1991 in the Dutch regional capital city of Maastricht to discuss the institution of a single European market.

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50 years ago: Korean forces massacre Vietnamese village

Between December 3 and December 6, 1966, South Korean soldiers serving in the American imperialist war against Vietnam slaughtered 430 civilians in the village of Bình Hòa in Quảng Ngãi province, eleven miles from My Lai.

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75 years ago: Red Army drives back German forces outside Moscow

On December 5, 1941, a Red Army counteroffensive halted and drove back Hitler’s armies at the gates of Moscow, delivering the first major defeat to Germany since the beginning of World War II.

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100 years ago: Central Powers invade Romania

On December 6, 1916, Austro-Hungarian and German troops entered Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The invasion signaled the end of Romania’s participation in the war for a number of months.

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International Committee of the Fourth International

The International Committee of the Fourth International founds its French section

By our reporter, 15 November 2016

Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!

15 November 2016