European Central Bank rejects request by Italy for more time to rescue ailing lender

By Nick Beams, 10 December 2016

The move increases the odds of a government bailout that would impose major losses on small investors and bondholders.

South Korean President Park impeached

By Ben McGrath and Peter Symonds, 10 December 2016

The anti-Park protests—the largest in South Korea’s history—reflect widespread popular hostility and anger towards the president over broader social and political issues.

Another gruesome execution in the US: Alabama inmate heaves, coughs during lethal injection

By Kate Randall, 10 December 2016

Ronald Smith was executed utilizing a three-drug lethal injection protocol after the US Supreme Court denied his last-minute appeal.

Democrats capitulate after publicity stunt over miners’ health care benefits

By Eric London, 10 December 2016

The cynical maneuver by several Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in 2018 would have forced a government shutdown.

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New York City homeless crisis results in deaths of two toddlers

By Steve Light, 10 December 2016

Lack of affordable housing and overcrowding of the homeless shelter system results in tragedies, the most recent being the death of two young sisters by radiator steam burns.

UK Supreme Court completes hearing on Brexit procedure

By Robert Stevens, 10 December 2016

Whatever verdict on whether Prime Minister Theresa May has the power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will only deepen the schism in ruling circles.

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

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UK: Voter turnout collapses by half in “Brexit” by-election

By Julie Hyland, 10 December 2016

The Sleaford by-election was dominated by bitter conflicts within ruling circles over British exit from the European Union.

Request to extradite Roman Polanski to US rejected by Polish Supreme Court

By Dorota Niemitz, 10 December 2016

In 2014 the US authorities requested that the veteran film director, a dual Polish and French citizen, who spends part of his time in Poland, be extradited to America.

German defence minister on the offensive in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 10 December 2016

The central goal of Ursula von der Leyen’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan is the expansion of German imperialist influence in the geo-strategically important region.

Biden visits Ottawa to promote Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 10 December 2016

While the Trudeau government was rattled by Trump’s election, it is now seeking to position itself as the most loyal ally of what will be the most reactionary administration in US history.

Sri Lankan president asks Trump to end war crime investigations

By K. Ratnayake, 10 December 2016

Sirisena’s appeals to Washington expose the anti-democratic character of the Sri Lankan government and its determination to cover-up the military’s atrocities.

Malaysian PM appeals to Malay chauvinism at party assembly

By John Roberts, 10 December 2016

Despite his appearance of strength at the UMNO assembly, the ground is shifting rapidly under Najib’s feet.

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La llamada de Trump con Taiwán: Una provocación hacia China

Por Peter Symonds, 10 diciembre 2016

La política de Trump en la región de Asia-Pacífico, bajo la consigna de “paz a través de la fuerza”, es realmente una estrategia de guerra.

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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.

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Une junte Trump ?

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 décembre 2016

Le nombre croissant de généraux récemment retraités qui rejoignent le Cabinet Trump est l’expression du pouvoir toujours plus important des militaires sur la vie politique américaine.

Les tribunaux arrêtent le recompte des votes des élections présidentielles au Michigan

Par Patrick Martin, 10 décembre 2016

Un juge fédéral a annoncé mercredi qu’il allait suivre une décision de la Cour d’appel du Michigan selon laquelle la candidate du Parti Vert Jill Stein n’a pas le droit de demander un nouveau dépouillement.

La BCE réduit ses achats d’actifs mais insiste sur la poursuite de l’« assouplissement quantitatif »

Par Nick Beams, 10 décembre 2016

Le président Mario Draghi a souligné que « l’incertitude prévaut partout » et que c’était très difficile d’évaluer l’effet à long terme du « nouveau gouvernement radical » aux États-Unis.

Les ministres des Finances de l’Union européenne insistent sur plus d’austérité

Par Julie Hyland, 10 décembre 2016

Après sept ans d’austérité, l’UE insiste pour qu’Athènes impose des économies supplémentaires de 4,2 milliards d’euros et d’avantage de réformes du code du travail dont la suppression des négociations collectives.

La chancelière allemande veut restreindre le droit d’asile et interdire la burqa

Par Ulrich Rippert, 10 décembre 2016

Au congrès de la CDU à Essen, la chancelière Merkel a prononcé un discours droitier qui foisonnait d’attaques xénophobes et d’appels pour le renforcement de la police et de l’armée.

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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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Obama’s parting shot at Russia

10 December 2016

While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.

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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

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?


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.


Manchester by the Sea: The suffering of an ordinary man

By Joanne Laurier, 10 December 2016

Kenneth Lonergan’s film is a humane examination of the suffering of an ordinary man, whose terrible personal tragedy has emotionally crippled him.

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

The election of Donald Trump

A Trump junta?

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2016

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

By Shannon Jones, 9 December 2016

Trump chooses millionaire fast food executive as secretary of labor

By Shelley Connor, 9 December 2016

Trump picks trusted go-between as ambassador to China

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

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Warehouse in deadly Oakland fire never inspected for safety

By David Brown, 9 December 2016

The Oakland fire tragedy and the housing crisis in America

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

By Laurent Lafrance, 9 December 2016

The political issues in the Standing Rock protests

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

Workers Struggles

Sharp Professional Nurses Network union rams through concessionary contract

By Seb Gomez, 10 December 2016

Having called off a strike hours before it was set to begin, the Sharp Professional Nurses Network pushed through a new sellout contract.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 December 2016

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

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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

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