Trump names billionaire corporate raider Icahn to slash regulations on business

By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2016

Carl Icahn, long notorious for asset stripping and destroying jobs, is the seventh billionaire to be assigned a major role in the Trump administration.

Final election figures show Clinton won popular vote by nearly three million

Ahead of Electoral College vote: Democrats intensify McCarthyite campaign against Russia

Trump to bring private security staff to White House

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Berlin terror suspect was well known to security forces

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2016

Nobody asks the obvious question: Are there forces in political circles and the security apparatus who knew about the planned attack and were prepared to allow it in order to advance their extreme right-wing agenda?

Right-wing, anti-immigrant offensive escalates in aftermath of Berlin terror attack

Initial suspect freed in Berlin terror attack

UK: Cambridge “spy” forum splits over alleged “Russian influence”

By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2016

The split comes against the backdrop of US and British imperialism’s debacle in Syria.

Edward Snowden accused of having Russian intelligence ties

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 December 2016

A recently declassified House Intelligence Committee report smears Snowden as a dishonest miscreant who stole information for Moscow’s and his own personal gain.

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“They have no concern for workers. You are just a number”
US autoworkers express anger, opposition to GM layoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 December 2016

Autoworkers reacted with anger and defiance in the face of the announcement by GM that it is cutting 1,192 jobs at the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

General Motors announces mass layoffs of workers in the US

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Monte Paschi bank will seek Italian state bailout

By Alex Lantier and Marianne Arens, 23 December 2016

As Europe slides ever deeper into slump, tens of billions of euros are to be handed to the financial aristocracy in a bailout that only sets the stage for more social attacks.

German Left Party leader Gregor Gysi to head European Left

By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2016

The recent congress elected Gysi the president of the Party of the European Left, following a strong recommendation by Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras.

Report exposes Indian state’s unrelenting repression in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara, 23 December 2016

The report documents human rights violations by Indian security personnel, including targeted killings of unarmed civilians, indiscriminate pellet-gun firing, and collective punishments.

Pauline Hanson launches bids to join Australia’s political establishment

By Mike Head, 23 December 2016

Hanson’s political program is directed at supporting big business, while blaming immigrants, foreigners, welfare recipients and “the Chinese” for social devastation.

New Zealand: Families of disaster victims blockade road to Pike River mine

By Tom Peters, 23 December 2016

No one has been held accountable for the death of 29 miners, even though a royal commission found that the 2010 tragedy was entirely preventable.

Texas moves forward with plans to defund Planned Parenthood

By Shelley Connor, 23 December 2016

Thousands of low-income women will potentially be affected by the state’s decision to deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

“Instacart is stealing, manipulating and creating stress”
US grocery delivery workers file lawsuit over reduced pay

By Kevin Martinez, 23 December 2016

Instacart, like ride services Uber and Lyft, classifies their workers as “independent contractors” to avoid having to pay benefits and overtime.

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Rusya, Türkiye ve İran Suriye’de çözüm konusunda ortak açıklama yaptı

Bill Van Auken, 23 Aralık 2016

Salı günü Moskova’da düzenlenen toplantının ardından yapılan açıklamanın zamanlaması ve onu imzalayan üç ülkenin jeopolitik uyumu, bu belgeyi Washington için son derece rahatsız edici kılmaktadır.

Rus büyükelçisinin öldürülmesinin ardından Türkiye, Rusya ve İran anlaşma imzaladı

Halil Çelik ve Alex Lantier, 23 Aralık 2016

Türkiye ABD’nin NATO müttefiki olduğu halde, Ankara, Suriye yönetiminin, Rusya’nın ve İran’ın Halep’teki zaferine, Rusya ile her zamankinden daha sıkı bağlar geliştirerek karşılık veriyor.

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La Russie, l’Iran et la Turquie publient une déclaration commune sur la Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 décembre 2016

Le soutien apporté par la Turquie, un pays membre de l’OTAN, à l'initiative de Moscou et de Téhéran, provoque une profonde colère dans la classe politique et les médias américains.

Mossoul, l'Irak, et l’héritage de guerre d’Obama

Par James Cogan, 23 décembre 2016

La principale raison de la guerre du Golfe en 1991, des années de sanctions, de l’invasion américaine en 2003 et du bain de sang actuel à Mossoul est le pétrole.

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Der Anschlag von Berlin und der Ruf nach dem starken Staat

Von Peter Schwarz, 23. Dezember 2016

Ein Dreivierteljahrhundert nach dem Sturz der Nazi-Diktatur rufen deutsche Kommentare wieder nach einem starken Staat, ohne auf die Verbrechen der Vergangenheit Rücksicht zu nehmen.

Berlin: Terrorverdächtiger war Sicherheitsbehörden lange bekannt

Von Johannes Stern, 23. Dezember 2016

Niemand geht der naheliegenden Frage nach: Gibt es in der Politik und im Sicherheitsapparat Kräfte, die genauer über die Anschlagspläne informiert waren, diese zuließen oder vielleicht sogar indirekt unterstützten?

Gemeinsame Erklärung von Russland, Türkei und Iran zur Syrien-Vereinbarung

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. Dezember 2016

Das Zusammengehen des Nato-Mitglieds Türkei mit Moskau und Teheran hat zu Verärgerung und Vorwürfen aufseiten des US-Establishments und der Medien geführt.

Obamas Kriegsvermächtnis in Mossul und im Irak

Von James Cogan, 23. Dezember 2016

Was hat die aktuelle Schlacht um Mossul mit dem ersten und zweiten Golfkrieg und den jahrelangen Sanktionen gegen den Irak gemein? Die Antwort lautet: Es geht immer ums Öl.

Entlassungen bei Bombardier: Wirtschaftsminister Gabriel trifft sich mit Unternehmensspitze

Von Dietmar Henning, 23. Dezember 2016

Der SPD-Chef versucht zu verhindern, dass es im kommenden Wahljahr zu Streiks und heftigen Klassenkämpfen kommt.

BVG-Personalratswahlen: Verdi verliert an Unterstützung

Von Franz Schobert, 23. Dezember 2016

Mitte November fanden bei den Berliner Verkehrsbetrieben (BVG) Personalratswahlen statt. Die seit Jahrzehnten tarifführende Gewerkschaft Verdi verlor vor allem unter dem Fahrpersonal bis zu 30 Prozent ihrer bisherigen Unterstützung.

New in Spanish

Obama y Clinton incentivan campaña anti-rusa

Por Patrick Martin, 22 diciembre 2016

En la última conferencia de prensa del año, Obama reiteró sus acusaciones contra el gobierno ruso sobre presuntos ciberataques, sin proporcionar evidencia alguna.

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Trump’s tweet and the danger of nuclear war

23 December 2016

Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested the use of nuclear weapons to achieve American imperialist ends and impose Washington’s dictates.

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New York Daily News column hails assassination of Russian ambassador

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2016

The filthy column supporting the assassination was made even more offensive by comparing the Turkish cop who carried it out to 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan, who shot and killed a Nazi official in 1938.

Mosul, Iraq and Obama’s legacy of war

By James Cogan, 22 December 2016

Russia, Iran and Turkey issue joint declaration on Syrian settlement

The International Socialist Organization and the fall of Aleppo

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US Army document on urban warfare advances strategy for “contemporary Stalingrads”

By Eric London, 21 December 2016

In wake of Trump victory: Michael Eric Dyson denounces the “white working class”

By Fred Mazelis, 22 December 2016

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ love letter to Barack Obama

Christmas on Wall Street: The Dow closes in on 20,000

The United States of Inequality

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 December 2016

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

Washington DC Metro officials punish half of transit system’s inspection team for safety lapses

Boston public transit union agrees to open contract and impose wage cuts

UK unions seek to head off further strikes

By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2016


La La Land and Jackie: More American success stories

By Joanne Laurier, 22 December 2016

Rogue One: Does it really “stand alone”?

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 December 2016

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 1
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

By David Walsh, 19 December 2016

It is four centuries since the death of dramatist William Shakespeare. Arts editor David Walsh spoke to James Shapiro, the author of numerous remarkable books on the playwright and his times.

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 2
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

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Week Five: Introduction to Marxism

21 December 2016

For those new to the World Socialist Web Site, some suggestions to enhance your library of Marxist classics. For everybody: Don’t miss all our great deals!

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.

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Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 December 2016

David North speaks in London on Donald Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 19 December 2016

Workers, youth at London meeting respond to David North’s analysis of Trump’s victory

By our reporters, 19 December 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE holds meeting on political censorship at New York University

By IYSSE reporting team, 20 December 2016

The election of Donald Trump

As Electoral College rubber-stamps election
Trump adds another billionaire to his administration

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2016

Trump names hard-line “deficit hawk” to head budget office

By our reporter, 19 December 2016

Trump taps right-wing supporter of settlers as ambassador to Israel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2016

The US media’s neo-McCarthyite campaign for war against Russia

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016

Obama, Clinton stoke anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2016

25 years ago: Hawke ousted as Australian prime minister

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was ousted as prime minister of the Labor government, in a 56-51 parliamentary caucus vote on December 19, 1991, that installed former Treasury Minister Paul Keating as his successor.

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50 years ago: Soviet Union lands Luna 13 on Moon

On December 24, 1966, the Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna 13 landed on the Moon, the same day gathering data demonstrating the feasibility of landing manned missions on the lunar surface.

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75 years ago: French exile forces seize control of St. Pierre and Miquelon

On December 24, 1941, a small force of French exiles loyal to General Charles de Gaulle landed on the tiny islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, a French possession off the coast of Newfoundland, and deposed the Vichy administration in a bloodless coup.

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100 years ago: Ottoman troops defeated at Battle of Magdhaba

On December 23, 1916, British troops successfully defeated a contingent of Ottoman troops in the Battle of Magdhaba, as part of a push by Allied troops to secure the Sinai peninsula in modern-day Egypt.

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Planet Earth II: David Attenborough narrates the dramas of life a second time

By Bryan Dyne, 16 December 2016

New dinosaur discovery in Myanmar includes feathers

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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.