14 December 2017

On-the-spot report
Over a million in Puerto Rico living without the necessities of modern life
“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 14 December 2017

Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall a WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in San Sebastian, Puerto about the discrepancy between official news reports of the island’s recovery and the actual conditions they face.

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Congressional Republicans reach deal to pass tax cuts before Christmas

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2017

Trump announced that a deal had been reached on a bill that will slash $1.5 trillion in taxes and provide another major windfall for the rich and large corporations.

Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
Ford workers speak out on Kentucky Truck worker’s death

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 December 2017

A coroner ruled that Ivan Bridgewater, 41, died of blunt force trauma under still unexplained circumstances.

Details of Kentucky Ford worker’s death still not revealed

Electrician, 41, killed at Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on Saturday

The death toll behind corporate America’s record profits

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Trump administration scotches suggestion of talks with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s offer of talks without pre-condition was quickly followed by a White House official declaring that “now is not the time.”

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Germany: SPD and Christian Democrats initiate exploratory talks on new government

By Peter Schwarz, 13 December 2017

The leaderships of the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats met yesterday for the first talks on forming a new government.

German Left Party supports SPD foreign minister’s great power politics

German Social Democratic Party congress paves way for grand coalition

Italy’s “Black Wave” of neo-fascist attacks

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017

Around 10,000 demonstrators protested last Saturday in the northern Italian city of Como against the “Black Wave”, the increase of neo-fascist attacks throughout the country.

Outgoing Fed chair Yellen brushes off financial warning signs

By Nick Beams, 14 December 2017

While she dismissed the impact of bitcoin on the financial system, Yellen was reminded by one questioner that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, had said in 2007 that the sub-prime bubble would have no broader effects.

Bitcoin frenzy: The fever chart of a deepening crisis

Amid “full employment,” no recovery in US wages

More on the US economy »

Alabama Senate result shows collapse of support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

African-American voters and young people, along with residents in upscale suburban areas, provided the biggest margins against Republican Roy Moore.

Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

UN rapporteur reports extreme poverty “unseen in the first world” in Alabama

US Supreme Court rejects appeal by gay woman in employment discrimination case

By Ed Hightower, 14 December 2017

The high court’s inaction means that employers in most states can openly discriminate against homosexuals without consequences under federal law.

US Supreme Court hears oral argument on cake shop anti-gay discrimination case

Portland billionaire attacks city’s homeless

By Hector Cordon, 14 December 2017

An effort has begun to shift the city’s response toward the homeless crisis to a more open policy of criminalization.

BJP and Congress Party stoke reaction in Gujarat state election

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 14 December 2017

While the Congress Party is benefiting from popular anger over mass joblessness, it has mounted a foul campaign, competing with the BJP to prove its Hindu bonafides and making reactionary casteist appeals.

Top Peruvian businessmen arrested in Odebrecht bribery scandal

By Cesar Uco, 14 December 2017

The Odebrecht scandal has played an increasing role in deepening Peru’s economic and political crises.

Sri Lankan unions betray railway workers’ strike

By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017

Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.

Sri Lankan railway workers defy government ban on strike

New in French

Les guerres secrètes de Washington

Bill Van Auken, 14 décembre 2017

Le refus de révéler le niveau des déploiements de troupes à l’étranger vise avant tout à cacher au peuple américain la portée mondiale sans cesse croissante des guerres et du militarisme américains

Amnesty International dévoile le rôle de l'UE dans la torture de masse des réfugiés en Libye

Alexandre Lantier, 14 décembre 2017

L'Union européenne participe au financement et au fonctionnement d'un vaste réseau de camps de détention où les réfugiés subissent d’atroces sévices.

La Maison-Blanche de Trump prépare une attaque de grande envergure contre les démunis

Patrick Martin, 14 décembre 2017

L’administration Trump cherche à faire payer sa réduction d’impôt de 1,5 billion de dollars pour les riches en menant des compressions dans les programmes de coupons alimentaires, Medicaid, les logements sociaux et les soins aux anciens combattants.

Le Parti de gauche allemand soutient la politique de grande puissance du ministre SPD des Affaires étrangères

Johannes Stern, 14 décembre 2017

Dietmar Bartsch, chef de file parlementaire du Parti de gauche, s’est fait l’écho de Gabriel, ministre SPD des Affaires étrangères en préconisant un « rôle affirmé » pour l’Allemagne dans le monde.

New in Spanish

Las guerras secretas de Washington

Por Bill Van Auken, 14 diciembre 2017

La negativa a reportar el número de tropas desplegadas en el extranjero busca primordialmente enmascarar la expansión global del alcance de las guerras estadounidenses y el militarismo.

El saldo de muertes de las ganancias corporativas récord en Estados Unidos

Por Jerry White, 14 diciembre 2017

Un electricista de 41 años de la fábrica de camiones Ford de Kentucky es la última víctima del inexorable afán de lucro de las corporaciones en Estados Unidos.

El informe de Amnistía Internacional expone el papel de la Unión Europea en la tortura en masa de refugiados en Libia

Por Alex Lantier, 14 diciembre 2017

La Unión Europea ayudó a construir y equipar una enorme red de campos de prisión donde detienen, golpean, torturan, venden como esclavos y matan a los refugiados arbitrariamente.

Casi tres cuartas partes de los mileniales en Estados Unidos quieren un nuevo partido

Por Tony Colton, 14 diciembre 2017

Una reciente encuesta reconfirma la radicalización en marcha del estudiantado y los trabajadores jóvenes y la desilusión entre la generación milenial con el Partido Demócrata.

La Casa Blanca de Trump está preparando un ataque de gran alcance a los pobres

Por Patrick Martin, 14 diciembre 2017

La administración tiene como objetivo ayudar a pagar su billón y medio de dólares de reducción de impuestos a los ricos recortando el gasto en vales de comida, Medicaid, vivienda de bajo coste y atención a veteranos.

Putin proclama “misión cumplida” en visita a Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 14 diciembre 2017

La proclamación de una victoria sobre Estado Islámico por parte del mandatario ruso no presagia la paz, sino la apertura de un conflicto aún más directo y agresivo entre EUA y Rusia.

New in German

Washingtons geheime Kriege

Bill Van Auken, 14. Dezember 2017

Die Weigerung, Auskünfte über das Ausmaß der Stationierung von US-Truppen im Ausland zu geben, verfolgt ein klares Ziel. Die Bevölkerung soll darüber getäuscht werden, dass die USA immer größere Teile der Welt mit Krieg und Militarismus überziehen.

Bundestag verlängert militärische Auslandseinsätze mit Stimmen der AfD

Johannes Stern, 14. Dezember 2017

Trotz der andauernden Regierungskrise treiben alle Parteien im Bundestag die Militarisierung der deutschen Außenpolitik voran.

Demokrat Doug Jones siegt bei Senatswahlen in Alabama über rechtsextremen Evangelikalen Roy Moore

Barry Grey, 14. Dezember 2017

Der Grund für den Sieg der Demokraten war eine höhere Wahlbeteiligung von circa 37 Prozent. Speziell unter den Afroamerikanern war die Wahlbeteiligung im Vergleich zu früheren Wahlen besonders hoch.

Landesarbeitsgericht entscheidet gegen Air-Berlin-Belegschaft

Gustav Kemper, 14. Dezember 2017

Das Landesarbeitsgericht Berlin hat den Beschäftigten von Air Berlin Einsicht in Geschäftsunterlagen verwehrt, die sie benötigen, um ihre Rechte wahrzunehmen.

Amazon: Totalüberwachung im neuen Werk Winsen

Marianne Arens, 14. Dezember 2017

Im neusten und modernsten Amazon-Werk im niedersächsischen Winsen werden die Arbeiter noch lückenloser kontrolliert und überwacht als bisher bekannt.

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Телевизионный сериал Троцкий: Чудовищное нагромождение исторических фальсификаций и антисемитизма

Фред Уильямс и Дэвид Норт, 13 декабря 2017 г.

8-серийный сериал является демонстрацией политического, интеллектуального и культурного падения всех тех, кто был задействован в его создании.

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Perspective

Lessons of the Alabama election

14 December 2017

Following the Alabama election and the defeat of Roy Moore, the Democrats are intensifying their campaign against Trump based on allegations of sexual misconduct and anti-Russia hysteria.

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Commentary

Six months since the Grenfell Tower fire

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 December 2017

On June 14, in the wealthiest borough of one of the very richest of capital cities, working class residents were burned to death because their home had been turned into a death trap.

Film Review
“Grenfell changed everything”—Failed by the State: The Struggle in the Shadow of Grenfell

By Paul Bond, 14 December 2017

A new three-part documentary shows how the Grenfell Tower inferno exposed the realities of class oppression and social inequality in the most brutal way.

Grenfell Fire forum discusses upcoming six month anniversary

Grenfell fire inquiry opens: No one faces police questioning until autumn 2018

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Washington’s secret wars

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2017

National Public Radio’s This American Life promotes anti-immigrant propaganda

By Eric London, 13 December 2017

Why has Time magazine endorsed the #MeToo “revolution”?

By David Walsh, 12 December 2017

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

By David North, 9 December 2017

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

13 December 2017

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

By Keith Jones, 13 December 2017

WEEK 3: TROTSKY’S LEGACY

Arts Review

Cancellation of exhibition about Jewish art collector in Germany raises issue of Nazi-confiscated art

By Sibylle Fuchs, 13 December 2017

Art historian Linda Nochlin (1931-2017)

By Clare Hurley and David Walsh, 12 December 2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017), one of opera’s greatest baritones

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas: Charles Dickens and the writing of A Christmas Carol

Science

The roots of intelligence: What the study of whales and dolphins can reveal about the basis of human intelligence

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 11-17: White forces capture Rostov

11 December 2017

As forces commanded by the counterrevolutionary General Kaledin occupy Rostov, a major industrial center in southern Russia, conflict continues to rage in the Bolshevik leadership over the question of the Constituent Assembly.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Obituary

Patricia Noonan Jukovsky (1947-2017)

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

Pat Jukovsky was an active member of the US Workers League in its early years, and the wife of Marty Jukovsky, a devoted supporter of the Socialist Equality Party.

Featured Video

Watch: Davino Watson, American Citizen, imprisoned by ICE for 3.5 years

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers ask “$100 billion man” Jeff Bezos: where’s my cut?

By our reporters, 9 December 2017

“We’re human beings, not slaves and animals”
UK newspaper exposé details Amazon’s super-exploitation of workforce

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

Temp work past the age of retirement
Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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NHS Fightback

UK government accelerates plans to ration and privatise National Health Service

By Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose Trudeau and Trump, the Canada-US alliance, and imperialist war!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 4 December 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers
Indian ICFI supporters to hold a public meeting in Sriperumbudur

27 November 2017

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

Meeting in Wellington on December 14, Sydney on December 17
100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

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

Oppose right-wing censorship at Leipzig University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2017

Christian Democratic student association calls for the banning of the IYSSE at German universities

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 November 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.

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!

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