Cold wave, house fires prove lethal for US homeless, poor

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2017

The current bout of severe weather has created conditions for an upsurge in fatal house fires, accidents and deaths due to exposure.

Erie, Pennsylvania buried by more than five feet of snow

By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2017

Over 700 Yemeni civilians killed and wounded by US-backed Saudi airstrikes in December

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2017

The savage intensification of the Saudi bombing campaign is a function of both Riyadh’s frustration over the stalemate in its war and the unstinting support of Washington.

Saudi crisis threatens wider war in the Middle East

Zimbabwe government and opposition compete for imperialist backing

By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2017

To underscore President Mnangagwa’s commitment to free market economic reform, the first budget since the coup was framed as an appeal for investment, matched with pledges to curtail government spending.

The way forward in Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Australian dramatic arts workers defend Geoffrey Rush, denounce #MeToo witch-hunt

By our reporters, 29 December 2017

“There’s nothing progressive about the #MeToo campaign. Its methods attack long established legal rights.”

The petition against Matt Damon and the “erasing” of Kevin Spacey: The fiercely antidemocratic character of the sexual misconduct campaign

Actor Matt Damon comes under attack for his criticisms of the sexual misconduct campaign

Australian car attack highlights mental healthcare crisis

By Will Morrow, 29 December 2017

The political and media establishment has sought to channel the natural humanitarian response toward the victims in a reactionary direction.

Toxic contamination zone expanded around Australia’s Williamtown air force base

By Patrick Davies, 27 December 2017

The suddenly re-drawn “red zone” encompasses another 250 households who were previously told that their properties were not affected and no health precautions were necessary.

Canada: Former CUPE chief steward caught in cash-for-jobs scandal

By Carl Bronski, 29 December 2017

The case is yet another example of the pro-corporate union bureaucracy’s descent into corruption and outright gangsterism.

Hepatitis A outbreak continues to impact Southeast Michigan

By Muhammad Khan, 29 December 2017

Michigan had the highest per capita rate of hepatitis A infections in the United States with more than 500 cases recorded in 2017.

Massachusetts public transportation workers’ wages, benefits, and safety under attack

By John Marion, 29 December 2017

A report by the transport authority’s Fiscal and Management Control Board hints at plans to continue privatizing the nation’s fifth-largest public transportation system.

New in Arabic

مكانة ثورة أكتوبرعلى مستوى تاريخ العالم وفي السياسات المعاصرة

١٢ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٧

إن برنامج الثورة الاشتراكية العالمية الذي طرحه لينين و تروتسكي مثل الاستراتيجية الوحيدة القابلة للحياة في مواجهة انهيار النظام الذي بدأ مع اندلاع الحرب الأوروبية.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
18–24 декабря: В Брест-Литовске начались мирные переговоры

29 декабря 2017 г.

Троцкий позднее писал: «История сложилась так, что делегатам самого революционного режима, который когда-либо знало человечество, пришлось заседать за общим дипломатическим столом с представителями самой реакционной касты среди всех правящих классов».

New in French

Allemagne : l’annulation d’une exposition consacrée à un collectionneur juif soulève la question des œuvres d’art confisquées par les nazis

Par Sibylle Fuchs, 29 décembre 2017

La collection d’art de la galerie de Max Stern à Düsseldorf fut vendue aux enchères sous la pression du régime d’Hitler dans les années 1930 et est restée en grande partie confidentielle depuis.

New in Spanish

La oligarquía contra la sociedad

Por Barry Grey, 29 diciembre 2017

Es imposible abordar seriamente cualquier problemática social importante sin destruir el dominio político y económico de la oligarquía financiera sobre la sociedad.

Hasta tres veces más inmigrantes mueren cruzando la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México de lo que se informaba

Por Trévon Austin, 29 diciembre 2017

Una investigación realizada por USA Today revela que hasta 27.000 inmigrantes pueden haber muerto cruzando la frontera en las últimas dos décadas.

New in Turkish

ABD hükümeti ve Rusya seçimleri

Andre Damon, 29 Aralık 2017

Putin’den ve temsil ettiği oligarşiden kurtulmak, ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı’nın ve istihbarat kurumlarının değil, Rusya işçi sınıfının görevidir.

Romanyalı Ford işçisi yasadışı grev hakkında WSWS’ye konuştu

Eric London, 29 Aralık 2017

Perşembe günkü greve katılan ve WSWS’nin bu mücadeleye ilişkin videosunu izleyen Romanyalı bir Ford işçisi, WSWS'ye konuştu.

Katalan milliyetçileri kriz seçimlerinde kıl payı çoğunluk sağladı

Alex Lantier ve Alejandro López, 29 Aralık 2017

Katalan milliyetçisi partiler seçimlerde, 135 sandalyeli Katalan meclisinde, kıl payı bir çoğunlukla, 70 sandalye kazandılar.

BM Genel Kurulu Trump’ın Kudüs kararını tanımadı

Jordan Shilton, 29 Aralık 2017

Çok sayıda devletin ABD’ye bu kadar açık bir şekilde karşı koymaya hazır oluşu, emperyalistler arasındaki artan uzlaşmazlıkların ve ABD kapitalizminin uzun süreli gerilemesinin bir ifadesidir.

New in German

Die Oligarchen gegen die Gesellschaft

Barry Grey, 29. Dezember 2017

Ohne die politische und wirtschaftliche Kontrolle der Finanzoligarchie über die Gesellschaft zu durchbrechen, ist es unmöglich, auch nur ein einziges soziales Grundproblem in Angriff zu nehmen.

Forderung nach Merkels Rückzug wird lauter

Peter Schwarz, 29. Dezember 2017

In den vergangenen Tagen haben führende Vertreter der Wirtschaft, der politischen Parteien und der Medien die Ablösung der Bundeskanzlerin in spätestens ein oder zwei Jahren gefordert.

Russland wirft USA Ausbildung ehemaliger IS-Kämpfer vor

Bill Van Auken, 29. Dezember 2017

Der Bericht, laut dem die USA ehemalige IS-Kämpfer ausgebildet hätten, ist ein weiteres Anzeichen, dass Washington im Syrien-Krieg eine neue Phase vorbereitet.

Streik bei Amazon in Bad Hersfeld

Marianne Arens, 29. Dezember 2017

Der viertägige Streik am größten deutschen Versandlager soll das Umtauschgeschäft nach Weihnachten stören.

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Perspective

Macron turns France’s labor decrees on auto workers

29 December 2017

The announcement of mass layoffs by Europe’s second-largest automaker is part of a relentless international assault on workers' jobs, working conditions and social rights.

Earlier Perspectives »

WSWS Holiday Schedule

Over the holiday period, we will not publish on Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2. We will resume our regular schedule of postings on Wednesday, January 3. The WSWS extends season's greetings to all of our readers.

Auto Workers Struggles

Romanian Ford workers must make international appeal!

World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 29 December 2017

The success of the Craiova workers’ struggle will be determined by their ability to retain their independence from the trade unions and the bourgeois parties, and by their ability to break the isolation of their strike and link up with their fellow Ford workers internationally.

US Ford worker supports autoworker strike in Romania: “They need to hook up with us”

By Tim Rivers, 29 December 2017

The worker welcomed the rebellion against the Romanian union bureaucrats, stating, “I am sure that up and down the line, the whole union chain of command was bought and paid for.”

Romanian Ford worker speaks to WSWS about wildcat strike at Craiova plant

More on auto workers issues »

Puerto Rico

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“The government has done nothing”
Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

More on Puerto Rico »

Arts Review

Remarkable collection of early Soviet films on DVD: The New Man—Awakening and Everyday Life in Revolutionary Russia

By Bernd Reinhardt, 29 December 2017

A notable collection of early Soviet films has been released on DVD in Germany to coincide with the centenary of the October Revolution.

Downsizing: Alexander Payne’s take on climate change, overpopulation, social inequality … and more

By Joanne Laurier, 23 December 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Indian ICFI supporters call public meeting in Kolkata to mark Russian Revolution centenary

29 December 2017

The Kolkata meeting will discuss the political and theoretical struggles led by Lenin and Trotsky and their significance for today.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) stands for local government elections

By our correspondents, 23 December 2017

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondent, 20 December 2017

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 19 December 2017

Keerthi’s death on December 18, 1987 was an irreplaceable loss to the International Committee of the Fourth International and its Sri Lankan section.

Australian and New Zealand Trotskyists hold powerful Russian Revolution centenary meetings

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

Workers Struggles

Israeli workers protest job cuts
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 December 2017

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

Commentary

The oligarchy versus society

By Barry Grey, 28 December 2017

Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017

Pentagon claims confrontation with Russian warplanes over Syria

More on the war in Syria »

Was the 2016 terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market an “intelligence operation with deadly collateral damage?”

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2017

The US government and the Russian election

By Andre Damon, 27 December 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Arabic translation of “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the concluding lecture in the ICFI series marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics.” The lecture by David North, the WSWS chairman, was streamed live on November 11.

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 25-31: Soviet government nationalizes the banks

27 December 2017

The year 1917 closes with the Russian Revolution in a precarious situation. The new Soviet government is menaced on all sides by hostile armies. Meanwhile, the imperialist war rages on, and the October insurrection catalyzes revolutionary struggles around the world.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

History

How former Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 27 December 2017

Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-World War II head of the German Federal Intelligence Service and ex-Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

Profiteering by insulation industry central to Grenfell Tower fire in London

By Tom Pearce, 28 December 2017

Six months since the Grenfell Tower fire

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon begins operations in Australia

By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017

Amazon worker dies after vomiting blood at Sacramento, California fulfillment center

By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017

OSHA dragging its feet investigating death of Pennsylvania Amazon worker Devan Shoemaker

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
One day strike hits German and Italian Amazon distribution centres

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Google Censorship

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2017

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

Watch: Stop online censorship!

More on Google Censorship »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Australia: Socialist Equality Party holds successful meetings on Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 7 December 2017

Workers and youth discuss the Russian Revolution at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 7 December 2017

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 25 November 2017

The eight-part serial is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production.

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

IYSSE

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.