Growing signs of state foreknowledge of attack on Berlin Christmas market

By Christoph Vandreier, 24 December 2016

Monday’s attack, which killed 12 people and injured 50, is being exploited to denounce the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel and shift German politics even further to the right.

Berlin terror suspect was well known to security forces

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

Trump’s new White House office for trade war

By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2016

Trump’s decision to pull out of the TPP is not a retreat from Obama’s confrontational policy toward China but a marked intensification on all fronts.

Trump names billionaire corporate raider Icahn to slash regulations on business

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US abstains as UN passes toothless resolution criticizing Israeli settlements

By Jean Shaoul, 24 December 2016

The passage of the resolution followed the intervention of president-elect Donald Trump, who urged a veto and worked with Israel in an effort to delay the vote.

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

Brazil imposes drastic austerity amid deepening constitutional crisis

By Miguel Andrade, 24 December 2016

The combination of government crisis, corruption revelations and social unrest has led to warnings of a possible military intervention.

US public opinion turns against capital punishment

By Ed Hightower, 24 December 2016

A recent study by the Pew Research Center documents a steep fall in support for the death penalty, one of America’s most barbaric and anti-democratic institutions.

Washington, DC mayor seeks restrictions on homeless access to city shelters

By Alex Gonzalez, 24 December 2016

A proposal by the Washington, DC mayor would increase screening requirements for homeless people and sharply curtail the right to shelter in the city.

Former officials at US fentanyl maker charged with bribing doctors

By Brad Dixon, 24 December 2016

Federal agents arrested six former employees of Insys Therapeutics for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s highly addictive fentanyl product, Subsys.

European Court verdict no obstacle to UK state surveillance

By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act is a staggering and unprecedented attack on the rights and privacy of every UK citizen.

Quebec union leader heads new right-wing populist party

By Louis Girard, 24 December 2016

A prominent FTQ-Construction official has taken the leadership of a new right-wing populist party that combines anti-immigrant broadsides with demagogic denunciations of the “establishment.”

Australian government exploits “Christmas terror plot”

By Will Morrow, 24 December 2016

Although the circumstances of the police raids remain unclear, the political establishment and media are using the events to foment an atmosphere of crisis.

Australia: Sacked brewery workers return after union “productivity” deal

By Chris Sadlier, 24 December 2016

The unions have repeatedly boasted of their role in boosting productivity and profitability at the CUB plant.

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Mosul, Irak y el legado bélico de Obama

Por James Cogan, 24 diciembre 2016

No cabe duda alguna de cuál fue el motivo principal para haber librado la guerra del Golfo en 1991, los años de sanciones contra Irak, la invasión de Irak en el 2003 y, ahora, la batalla en Mosul: petróleo.

Los Estados Unidos de la desigualdad

Por Andre Damon, 24 diciembre 2016

En su nuevo estudio, los economistas Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez y Gabriel Zucman otorgan la más completa descripción de la desigualdad en EE.UU. hasta la fecha.

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Trumps Twitter-Nachricht und die Gefahr eines Atomkriegs

Von James Cogan, 24. Dezember 2016

Donald Trump hat wiederholt für den Einsatz von Atomwaffen plädiert, um die imperialistischen Ziele Washingtons durchzusetzen.

Sollte der Anschlag in Berlin den Sturz Merkels herbeiführen?

Von Christoph Vandreier, 24. Dezember 2016

Die Umstände des Anschlags von Berlin bleiben unklar und legen den Verdacht nahe, dass Teile des Staatsapparats involviert waren.

Bailout für italienische Bank Monte dei Paschi beschlossen

Von Alex Lantier und Marianne Arens, 24. Dezember 2016

Während Europa immer tiefer in der Krise versinkt und die Finanzaristokratie weitere Milliarden Euro kassiert, löst der Bailout eine neue Runde sozialer Angriffe aus.

Die International Socialist Organization und der Fall von Aleppo

Von Andre Damon, 24. Dezember 2016

Die pseudolinken Verteidiger des US-Imperialismus reagieren aggressiv auf die Krise des amerikanischen Stellvertreterkriegs zum Regimewechsel in Syrien.

New York Daily News feiert die Ermordung des russischen Botschafters

Von Bill Van Auken, 24. Dezember 2016

Die schmutzige Kolumne vergleicht den Mörder des russischen Botschafters mit Herschel Grynszspan, der 1938 einen Nazifunktionär erschossen hatte.

„Nie Wieder Krieg! Wissenschaft statt Kriegspropaganda!“
Veranstaltungsreihe der IYSSE zu den StuPa-Wahlen an der Humboldt-Universität

Von den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 24. Dezember 2016

Im Rahmen ihrer Wahlkampagne führen die IYSSE vier Veranstaltungen durch, auf denen sie die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus und den Rechtsruck des politischen Establishments analysieren und ihre sozialistische Perspektive erklären.

Autoarbeiter-Info findet große Resonanz

Von unseren Reportern, 24. Dezember 2016

Unterstützer der WSWS haben mehrere Tausend Exemplare des neunten Autoarbeiter-Infos an den Werkstoren von VW in Wolfsburg, Emden und Hannover verteilt.

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No “Peace on Earth” in 2016

24 December 2016

The vast scale of global violence this past year will be eclipsed only by what next year threatens to bring.

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Trump’s tweet and the danger of nuclear war

By James Cogan, 23 December 2016

New York Daily News column hails assassination of Russian ambassador

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2016

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

By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2016

Mosul, Iraq and Obama’s legacy of war

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 December 2016

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

“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

General Motors announces mass layoffs of workers in the US

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UK unions seek to head off further strikes


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

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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

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

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2016

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

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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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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.