White House, Clinton campaign intervene in conflict over Russian hacking charges

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2016

The White House and the Clinton campaign intervened Monday in the escalating conflict between the intelligence agencies and among different factions within the state over US policy toward Russia.

Behind hacking allegations: Explosive conflict over US policy toward Russia

Obama’s parting shot at Russia

China reproaches Trump over Taiwan stance

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2016

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned that US-China cooperation was “out of the question” if Trump interfered with the One China policy.

Trump threatens to overturn One China policy

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

Trump endorses Duterte’s murderous drug war in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 13 December 2016

Trump’s call to Duterte was not just to shore up damaged relations with an ally against China, it expressed Trump’s enthusiasm for police state measures within the US.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016

Under the banner of “free enterprise,” the DeVos family has combined religious obscurantism and bigotry with American hucksterism, exploitation, tax dodging and the promotion of militarism.

Oil industry stooge tapped to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency

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

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New accusations of Russian state-sponsored doping

By Andrea Peters, 13 December 2016

Authorities have responded to new allegations of doping to demand the indefinite exclusion of Russian athletes from international sports competitions.

Congressional Republican leader introduces plan to slash Social Security

By Kevin Martinez, 13 December 2016

The legislation, which will raise the retirement age and cut benefits, exposes Donald Trump’s fraudulent campaign promise not to touch the government program for the elderly and disabled.

Bay Area workers speak on Oakland Ghost Ship fire

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

WSWS reporters spoke with workers who came to see the site of the fire that killed 36.

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

The Oakland fire tragedy and the housing crisis in America

$50 million more cut from West Virginia public employees health care

By Naomi Spencer, 13 December 2016

It is the latest in a series of devastating attacks on benefits for one of the lowest-paid public sector workforces in the country.

Paolo Gentiloni named as new Italian prime minister

By Marianne Arens, 13 December 2016

At the head of a transitional government, Gentiloni will continue the policies of his predecessor Matteo Renzi, particularly in dealing with the massive banking and debt crisis.

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

Julian Assange statement exposes bogus rape allegation

By Steve James, 13 December 2016

Assange not only exposes the bogus rape allegations made against him, but presents a devastating review of the US-led campaign to ensure his arrest pending deportation.

Nearly 4 million children living in poverty in the UK

By Barry Mason, 13 December 2016

In the constituency of Birmingham Ladywood, in the UK’s second largest city, the child poverty rate is 47.3 percent.

New prime minister installed in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 December 2016

John Key’s replacement by his deputy Bill English has exposed tensions within the government, accompanied by demands from big business for harsher austerity measures.

Human toll rises after Indonesian earthquake

By John Braddock, 13 December 2016

A hundred people are dead and nearly 84,000 displaced in the worst disaster to hit Aceh since the 2004 tsunami.

Australian government threatens to jail “overpaid” welfare recipients

By Margaret Rees, 13 December 2016

Under the banner of “welfare fraud,” the government is seeking another pretext for gutting the entire welfare system.

The Gambia president refuses to accept election result

By Eddie Haywood, 13 December 2016

After conceding defeat following the December 1 presidential election, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh reversed course, announcing that he now rejects the results.

New in Russian

Политическое наследие Фиделя Кастро

Билл Вэн Оукен, 13 декабря 2016 г.

Наследие Кастро нельзя оценивать лишь через призму Кубы; необходимо учитывать влияние его политики на международном уровне и, прежде всего, в Латинской Америке.

New in Turkish

Avrupa Merkez Bankası İtalya’nın sorunlu bankayı kurtarmak için daha fazla süre talebini reddetti

Nick Beams, 13 Aralık 2016

Avrupa Merkez Bankası, İtalya’nın en büyük üçüncü bankası olan Monte dei Paschi di Siena’yı kurtarmak için özel sektör öncülüğünde sağlanan anlaşmanın süre sonunu uzatma talebini reddetti.

AB’nin Türkiye’nin üyelik görüşmelerini dondurmasının ardından gerilimler tırmanıyor

Halil Çelik, 13 Aralık 2016

Avrupa Parlamentosu’nun 24 Kasım’da Türkiye’nin Avrupa Birliği’ne katılımı üzerine görüşmeleri dondurma kararı almasının ardından, AB ile Türkiye arasındaki gerilimler görülmemiş boyutlara tırmanıyor.

New in French

Trump menace de revenir sur la politique d’une seule Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 13 décembre 2016

En remettant en cause les relations entre les États-Unis et la Chine, Trump aggrave dangereusement l’incertitude croissante en Asie et dans le monde, ainsi que la menace de guerre.

La pique d’adieu d’Obama contre la Russie

Par Bill Van Auken, 13 décembre 2016

Tandis que Obama et les démocrates s’inclinent devant Trump pendant qu’il réunit l’administration la plus droitière de l’histoire américaine, ils craignent toujours qu’il ne soit pas assez belliqueux envers Moscou.

Derrière les allégations de piratage : un conflit explosif sur la politique américaine envers la Russie

Par Patrick Martin, 13 décembre 2016

Les affirmations sur des piratages russes pendant les élections de 2016 sont motivées par une dispute explosive au sein de l’élite dirigeante américaine et son appareil de renseignement et militaire à propos de la politique à adopter à l’égard de Moscou

New in German

Was verbirgt sich hinter den Hacking-Vorwürfen gegen Russland?

Von Patrick Martin, 13. Dezember 2016

In der US-Elite sowie ihrem Militär- und Geheimdienstapparat gibt es scharfe Konflikte über die politische Haltung, die gegenüber Russland einzunehmen ist. Das spiegelt sich auch in den Vorwürfen, Russland habe sich in die US-Präsidentschaftswahl 2016 eingemischt.

Paolo Gentiloni neuer Regierungschef Italiens

Von Marianne Arens, 13. Dezember 2016

Gentiloni wird an der Spitze einer Übergangsregierung die Politik Matteo Renzis fortsetzen. Er ist mit einer enormen Banken- und Schuldenkrise konfrontiert.

Trump droht, die „Ein-China“-Politik zu kippen

Von Peter Symonds, 13. Dezember 2016

Trump stellt das Fundament der amerikanisch-chinesischen Beziehungen in Frage und nährt damit die in Asien und weltweit wachsende Unsicherheit und Kriegsgefahr.

Berlin: Tausende demonstrieren für Abschiebestopp nach Afghanistan

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 13. Dezember 2016

Afghanische Kulturvereine, Hilfsorganisationen und Flüchtlingsinitiativen riefen anlässlich des Internationalen Tags der Menschenrechte zum Protest auf.

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US coal miners face cutoff of health, pension benefits

13 December 2016

More than 120,000 retired coal miners are threatened with the cutoff of health and pension benefits over the next several months as the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund runs out of money.

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Aquarius: Personal resistance and isolation in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 13 December 2016

Filmed prior to Brazil’s impeachment crisis, Aquarius has since become an artistic point of reference (and a target) in the continuing political turmoil wracking the country.

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

By Thomas Douglass, 12 December 2016

Manchester by the Sea: The suffering of an ordinary man

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: Intense discussions about Trump victory at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

The strong response to the SEP meetings demonstrates a significant politicisation among new layers of workers and youth.

Workers and youth in Australia speak about US election and SEP program

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

Those attending the SEP meetings voiced their concerns about Trump’s extreme-right political agenda and the social and political issues confronting workers in the US and internationally.


New dinosaur discovery in Myanmar includes feathers

By Matthew MacEgan, 13 December 2016

Researchers recently discovered a dinosaur tail encased within a chunk of amber where its bones, muscle, ligaments, skin, and feathers remain intact.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 December 2016

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

Sharp Professional Nurses Network union rams through concessionary contract

By Seb Gomez, 10 December 2016

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

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.


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

By Niles Niemuth, 12 December 2016

New reports show social inequality is deepening in US

The New York Times' hypocritical rant against social media

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2016

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

By Richard Tyler, 12 December 2016

Markets pushed to record highs on Trump surge

Heroin epidemic in the US reaches historic proportions

US sends more ground troops to support Kurdish militias in Syria

Sri Lankan government sends navy to suppress striking port workers

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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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