Behind hacking allegations: Explosive conflict over US policy toward Russia

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2016

Behind the claims of Russian hacking in the 2016 elections is a raging dispute within the US ruling elite and its military-intelligence apparatus over what policy to adopt towards Moscow.

Obama’s parting shot at Russia

Trump threatens to overturn One China policy

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2016

By placing a question mark over US-China relations, Trump is recklessly compounding rising uncertainty in Asia and around the world, as well as the threat of war.

China warns Trump over Taiwan phone call

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

Markets pushed to record highs on Trump surge

By Nick Beams, 12 December 2016

The chief component in the rise in the Dow over the past month has been a 33 percent surge in shares of Goldman Sachs, accounting for 29 percent of the stock index’s ascent.

Oil industry stooge tapped to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency

By Daniel de Vries, 12 December 2016

Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt signals an attempt to gut environmental protections.

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Developers are “deliberately making properties uninhabitable”
Tenant rights attorney discusses housing crisis behind Oakland “Ghost Ship” tragedy

By David Brown, 12 December 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Laura Lane, the Housing Practice Director for the East Bay Community Law Center on conditions facing tenants in Oakland.

Warehouse in deadly Oakland fire never inspected for safety

The Oakland fire tragedy and the housing crisis in America

Heroin epidemic in the US reaches historic proportions

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 December 2016

The year 2015 marks the first in recent history in which more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides.

New reports show social inequality is deepening in US

By Gabriel Black, 12 December 2016

The average top percentile income earner makes double in a year what an average worker in the bottom half of society makes working their entire life.

US sends more ground troops to support Kurdish militias in Syria

By James Cogan, 12 December 2016

The increased involvement of American forces will heighten already tense relations between the United States and Turkey.

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

Red-Red-Green coalition heads Berlin state government: Austerity repackaged

By Verena Nees, 12 December 2016

The SPD, which many workers and young people rejected in the September state elections because of its anti-social policies, once again heads the Berlin state executive.

German defence minister on the offensive in the Middle East

UK: Government sponsored “integration” report an agenda for division

By Julie Hyland, 12 December 2016

The centrepiece of Louise Casey’s report is her call for the promotion of “British values” and for immigrants to swear an “integration oath.”

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

UK Supreme Court completes hearing on Brexit procedure

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Sri Lankan government sends navy to suppress striking port workers

By our reporters, 12 December 2016

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government has sent a message to the entire working class that it will use police-military methods to suppress their struggles.

Sri Lankan president asks Trump to end war crime investigations

The 21st Century Cures Act: A gift to the US pharmaceutical industry

By Brad Dixon, 12 December 2016

The bill guts the regulatory powers of the US Food and Drug Administration, weakening the standards used to judge the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices.

Anger and opposition expressed over New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2016

In a public hearing held Thursday night in Manhattan, one of eight, workers and students expressed their anger and hostility to the New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes.

Judge temporarily delays imposition of draconian contract on Illinois state workers

By George Gallanis, 12 December 2016

The legal maneuver by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is aimed at convincing the governor to let the union impose his deep cuts.

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Obama se despide de Rusia con más provocaciones

Por Bill Van Auken, 12 diciembre 2016

Mientras que Obama y los demócratas le dan paso al gobierno más derechista en la historia de EE.UU., temen que Trump no sea lo suficientemente agresivo con Moscú.

Los sindicatos estadounidenses elogian a Trump y su nacionalismo de “EE.UU. ante todo”

Por Jerry White, 12 diciembre 2016

Los ejecutivos que controlan los sindicatos no tardaron en ofrecerle su apoyo y sus servicios al presidente electo, Donald Trump.

Las cuestiones políticas de las protestas en Standing Rock

Por Patrick Martin, 12 diciembre 2016

Es imposible luchar por el ambiente y por los derechos de los pueblos indígenas limitados a las ataduras del Partido Demócrata y del capitalismo.

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La Banque centrale européenne rejette la demande italienne d’un délai pour sauver une banque en difficulté

Par Nick Beams, 12 décembre 2016

Ce geste augmente les chances d’un sauvetage par le gouvernement qui imposerait des pertes importantes aux petits investisseurs et porteurs d’obligations.

Corée de Sud : La présidente Park suspendue de ses fonctions

Par Ben McGrath et Peter Symonds, 12 décembre 2016

Les manifestations anti-Park – les plus importantes de l’histoire de la Corée du Sud – reflètent l’hostilité populaire et la colère envers la Présidente sur des questions sociales et politiques plus larges.

La ministre allemande de la Défense passe à l’offensive au Moyen-Orient

Par Johannes Stern, 12 décembre 2016

Le grand objectif du déplacement d’Ursula von der Leyen en Arabie saoudite, à Bahreïn et en Jordanie est l’expansion de l’influence impérialiste de l’Allemagne dans une région géostratégiquement importante.

Un chef syndical québécois prend la tête d’un nouveau parti populiste de droite

Par Louis Girard, 12 décembre 2016

Citoyens au pouvoir, le nouveau véhicule politique du syndicaliste Bernard «Rambo» Gauthier, combine un discours anti-immigrants à des dénonciations démagogiques de «l’establishment».

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Study on pay for young adults highlights plunge in US living standards

12 December 2016

It is the social catastrophe, rooted in the decline of American capitalism, that underlies the political crisis of both big-business parties and will lead to immense social convulsions.

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The New York Times' hypocritical rant against social media

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2016

While the Times editorial is framed as a critique of Trump, its real target is public access to information that is not censored and massaged by the US intelligence apparatus.

Bank of England governor warns of the “spectre of communism”

By Richard Tyler, 12 December 2016

Mark Carney compared the crisis today with the period of revolutionary upheavals that swept across Europe in 1848.

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

Democrats capitulate after publicity stunt over miners’ health care benefits

By Eric London, 10 December 2016

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

The political issues in the Standing Rock protests

Mehring Books

100 Years since the Russian Revolution
Mehring Books announces centenary edition of landmark documentary, Tsar to Lenin

12 December 2016

Produced by the legendary Herman Axelbank and narrated by Max Eastman, Tsar to Lenin is the definitive documentary of a revolution that “shook the world” and changed the course of history.

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


From a reader: A second comment on Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight

By Thomas Douglass, 12 December 2016

The authentic and genuinely interesting character of the protagonists is one of Moonlight’s greatest appeals.

Manchester by the Sea: The suffering of an ordinary man

By Joanne Laurier, 10 December 2016

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.

25 years ago: US sanctions against Iraq kill 80,000 children

Iraq’s emissary to the Arab League declared on December 17, 1991, that more than 80,000 children under the age of five had died as a result of US and UN sanctions imposed in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.

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50 years ago: US bombs civilians in Hanoi

On December 13, 1966, the government of North Vietnam reported that American bombers hit working class neighborhoods in Hanoi, destroying homes and inflicting casualties on residents.

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75 years ago: Japanese rout Britain in Malay campaign

During the week beginning December 12, 1941, the imperialist war for control of the Pacific colonies intensified.

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100 years ago: British Labour Party and unions agitate in favor of war

This week in December 1916, representatives of the British Labour Party and the major trade unions issued a series of bellicose statements demanding a continuation of the imperialist bloodbath of World War I.

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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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Workers Struggles

Sharp Professional Nurses Network union rams through concessionary contract

By Seb Gomez, 10 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

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

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