US life expectancy falls for first time since 1993

By Jerry White, 9 December 2016

The decline is a product of decades of deindustrialization and social retrogression, and is a devastating verdict on the eight years of the Obama administration.

Courts halt presidential election recount in Michigan

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2016

A federal judge announced Wednesday he would defer to a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that Green Party candidate Jill Stein did not have standing to seek a recount.

Trump chooses millionaire fast food executive as secretary of labor

By Shelley Connor, 9 December 2016

Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, is a long-time opponent of minimum wage increases and mandatory overtime for salaried employees.

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

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

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As anger grows against Carrier deal, United Steelworkers grovels before Trump

By Shannon Jones, 9 December 2016

Anger among workers is mounting as the claims by Trump and the United Steelworkers that the Carrier deal would save 1,100 jobs is being exposed as a lie.

After Carrier deal, effusive praise for Trump from steelworkers union

Warehouse in deadly Oakland fire never inspected for safety

By David Brown, 9 December 2016

While the immediate cause of the fire is as yet unknown, details have emerged about the long-term official negligence that left the building uninspected for decades.

The Oakland fire tragedy and the housing crisis in America

Greek workers stage 24-hour strike against Syriza government austerity

By John Vassilopoulos, 9 December 2016

In calling the 24-hour general strike, the aim of the union federations was to allow Greek workers to let off steam while the barrage of austerity measures continues unabated.

European Central Bank cuts asset purchases but insists “quantitative easing” continues

By Nick Beams, 9 December 2016

President Mario Draghi emphasised that “uncertainty prevails everywhere” and it was very difficult to assess the long-term impact of the “radically new administration” in the US.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi officially resigns

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

Tensions mount after EU freezes talks on Turkey’s membership

By Halil Celik, 9 December 2016

After the NATO-backed coup of July 15 and rising tensions with the European Union, the Turkish government is threatening that it might ally with Russia and China.

Germany to begin mass deportations to Afghanistan

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 December 2016

Later this month the German government will begin the mass deportations of asylum seekers back to Afghanistan.

German Left Party announces federal election candidates

By Johannes Stern, 9 December 2016

The Left Party will take part in the federal elections in 2017 with its two parliamentary faction leaders, Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch, as leading candidates.

Notes on London’s housing crisis
London borough council housing has 50-year waiting list

By Allison Smith, 9 December 2016

London’s Barking and Dagenham borough, which has 50 times more people on the waiting list than available properties, has a 50-year waiting list for council housing.

Economic contraction intensifies pressure on Australian government

By Mike Head, 9 December 2016

The worst downturn since 2008 is part of a longer-term decline in Australia’s commodity export-dependent economy.

Australia: NSW Teachers Federation pushes through new agreement in anti-democratic meetings

By our reporters, 9 December 2016

Socialist Equality Party supporters challenged the union’s refusal to circulate the deal before forcing teachers to vote on it.

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!

New in Italian

Renzi si dimette ufficialmente

Marianne Arens, 9 dicembre 2016

Il Senato ha votato in favore della legge sul bilancio, spianando la strada per le dimissioni di Renzi.

New in French

Le Premier ministre italien Matteo Renzi démissionne officiellement

Par Peter Schwarz et Marianne Arens, 9 décembre 2016

Le Sénat italien a voté le budget et donc ouvert la voie à la démission de Renzi

Un cabinet de généraux : Trump nomme John Kelly pour diriger le département de la Sécurité intérieure

Par Eric London, 9 décembre 2016

L’importance sans précédent des militaires dans le nouveau cabinet est un signe dangereux du fait que la classe dirigeante américaine se prépare à la guerre à l’étranger et à la répression à l’intérieur.

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Die politischen Fragen bei den Protesten gegen die Gaspipeline in Standing Rock

Von Patrick Martin, 9. Dezember 2016

Im Korsett der Demokratischen Partei und des kapitalistischen Systems lassen sich weder die Umwelt noch die Rechte der amerikanischen Ureinwohner verteidigen.

Kabinett der Generäle: Trump macht John Kelly zum Heimatschutzminister

Von Eric London, 9. Dezember 2016

Die außergewöhnlich große Zahl an Militärs im neuen Kabinett ist ein gefährliches Zeichen dafür, dass die herrschende Klasse Amerikas sich auf Kriege im Ausland und Unterdrückung im Inneren vorbereitet.

Von der Leyens Kriegsoffensive im Nahen und Mittleren Osten

Von Johannes Stern, 9. Dezember 2016

Im Zentrum der Reise der Verteidigungsministerin nach Saudi-Arabien, Bahrain und Jordanien steht die Ausweitung des deutschen Einflusses in der rohstoffreichen und geostrategisch wichtigen Region.

Rot-Rot-Grün in Berlin – Müllers Sparsenat in neuer Verpackung

Von Verena Nees, 9. Dezember 2016

Gestern wurde die rot-rot-grüne Regierungskoalition in Berlin installiert. Die SPD steht erneut an der Spitze der Regierung. Lediglich die Koalitionsfarben haben sich gewandelt.

„Black Lives Matter“ gibt „weißem Rassismus“ Schuld an Trumps Wahlsieg

Von Evan Blake und Barry Grey, 9. Dezember 2016

Die Bewegung geht über die faktischen Analysen des wirklichen Wahlergebnisses hinweg und präsentiert Trumps Sieg als Ausdruck einer von Rassismus dominierten Gesellschaft.

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A Trump junta?

9 December 2016

The growing number of recently retired generals joining the Trump cabinet is an expression of the ever-growing power of the military over political life.

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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 two
Why wasn’t Joseph Hansen a defendant in the Smith Act trial?

By Eric London, 9 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.

Security and the Fourth International
The Smith Act trial and government infiltration of the Trotskyist movement—Part one

By Eric London, 8 December 2016


Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback covers up CUPW betrayal of postal workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 9 December 2016

Although CUPW’s sellout of the postal workers’ struggle has emboldened the government to go on the offensive, Fightback has hailed its president as a “friend” and “comrade.”

The political issues in the Standing Rock protests

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2016

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

By Alex Lantier, 8 December 2016

More on the war in Syria »

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

By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2016

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of 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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 December 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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

By Terry Cook, 8 December 2016

Mehring Books

Week Three: The Struggle Against War

8 December 2016

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

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 picks trusted go-between as ambassador to China

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2016

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

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

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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

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