German parliament votes for military intervention in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 December 2015

The decision to launch a major military escalation, with far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, was rammed through parliament in expedited proceedings.

Germany on a war footing

UK stages bombing raid on Syria hours after parliamentary vote

US announces expeditionary force for combat in Syria

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FBI calls San Bernardino mass shooting a terrorist attack

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2015

Within barely a day of the attack, US politicians moved to exploit the killings as a means of scapegoating immigrants.

The mass killing in San Bernardino, California

Number of US investable wealth millionaires grew by 8.6 percent in 2014

By Andre Damon, 5 December 2015

The growth in the number of “high net worth individuals,” who make up slightly more than one percent of the population, comes as the earnings of a typical household continue to decline.

US jobs report shows continued stagnation in manufacturing, rise in low-paid jobs

By Nick Barrickman, 5 December 2015

Fed chair signals rate hike as ECB expands stimulus

Parasitism and the slump in US manufacturing

US Congress passes corporate-backed highway construction bill

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2015

The five-year, $305 billion bill provides a huge subsidy to construction companies, agribusiness and export giants like Boeing, while keeping mass transit programs on rations.

Paris climate talks accomplish nothing to curb global warming

By Daniel de Vries, 5 December 2015

The expected agreement from the summit falls woefully short, even in its ambition, of what is necessary to protect humanity from the worst consequences of a warming planet.

Ahead of legislative elections
Support for ruling Chavistas evaporates as living standards collapse in Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 December 2015

The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces a collapse in working class support driven by historic cuts in real wages and a scarcity of basic goods.

EU Council president wants to seal off Europe from refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 December 2015

European Council President Donald Tusk wants to intern refugees for 18 months after their arrival and has pleaded for sealing off Europe’s foreign borders.

Berlin: Hundreds demonstrate against ill treatment of refugees

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Portugal’s Left Bloc backs pro-austerity Socialist Party government

By Paul Mitchell, 5 December 2015

The Left Bloc, which promoted itself in the general election as an alternative to austerity, has stepped forward to defend Portuguese and European capitalism.

Poland: New government moves quickly to disempower constitutional court

By Dorota Niemitz, 5 December 2015

The appointment of five new judges to Poland’s highest court is an integral part of the new PiS government’s campaign to introduce an authoritarian state.

Labour’s Oldham by-election victory and Corbyn’s refusal to fight the right wing

By Robert Stevens, 5 December 2015

Labour won the election by a majority of more than 10,000 votes, increasing its share of the vote by 7 percent from May’s general election.

Postal strike ends in Finland

By Ellis Wynne, 5 December 2015

The attack on jobs and conditions in the Finnish Post Office is part of a general attack on workers’ conditions launched by Juha Sipilae’s right-wing coalition government.

China bails out embattled Malaysian prime minister

By John Roberts, 5 December 2015

A state-owned Chinese corporation has bought the power assets of Malaysia’s heavily indebted 1MDB fund, which is at the centre of a corruption scandal.

India: Hundreds die in Tamil Nadu floods

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2015

The crisis in Chennai is a damning indictment of all levels of Indian government which have failed to implement serious flood-control measures or provide adequate emergency relief.

Sri Lankan housemaid faces execution in Saudi Arabia

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 5 December 2015

The impending death by stoning highlights the Sri Lankan government’s concern not to offend the Saudi regime and indifference to the plight of migrant workers.

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AB-Türkiye konferansı sığınmacılar zararına anlaşmaya vardı

Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 Aralık 2015

Avrupa Birliği (AB) hükümet ve devlet başkanları, Pazar günü Brüksel’deki AB-Türkiye konferansında Türkiye Başbakanı Ahmet Davutoğlu ile rezil bir anlaşmaya vardılar.

Alman hükümeti Afganistan'da yeni savaş görevine hazırlıyor

Johannes Stern, 5 Aralık 2015

Alman hükümeti, Afganistan’da konuşlandırılmış gücünü 980 personele çıkaracak şekilde 100 asker daha gönderme planları yapıyor.

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Une heure après que son parlement a voté, le Royaume-Uni bombarde la Syrie

Par Robert Stevens, 5 décembre 2015

La suppression d'un sentiment anti-guerre est primordiale pour l'élite dirigeante alors qu’elle se lance dans une nouvelle guerre de conquête dans des conditions de polarisation sociale et politique.

Les leçons politiques de la trahison de Syriza en Grèce

5 décembre 2015

Le CIQI et le WSWS ont averti que Syriza était un parti pro-capitaliste hostile aux travailleurs, ce qui a été entièrement confirmé par les événements.

Déclaration du Comité International de la Quatrième Internationale, 5 décembre 2015

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Deutschland auf Kriegskurs

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Dezember 2015

Die Entscheidung des Bundestags, sich mit eigenen Truppen am Syrienkrieg zu beteiligen, markiert einen Wendepunkt der deutschen Außenpolitik mit verheerenden Folgen.

Britisches Unterhaus stimmt für Bombardierung Syriens

Von Julie Hyland, 4. Dezember 2015

Der Labour-Vorsitzende Jeremy Corbyn hatte den Weg zum Krieg geebnet, als er vor dem rechten Flügel seiner Partei kapitulierte und eine „freie Abstimmung“ über die Militäraktion erlaubte.

Tusk will Europa gegen Flüchtlinge abschotten

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. Dezember 2015

Der Ratspräsident der Europäischen Union, Donald Tusk, will Flüchtlinge für 18 Monate internieren und plädiert für eine strikte Abschottung der europäischen Außengrenzen.

Finanzparasitismus und Produktionsrückgang in den USA

Von Andre Damon, 4. Dezember 2015

Das Geld, das die Konzerne nicht in produktive Investitionen stecken, wird in Form von Aktienrückkäufen, Dividendensteigerungen und gigantischen Vorstandsgehältern an die Finanzelite zurückgeleitet.

Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Brasiliens Präsidentin eröffnet

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. Dezember 2015

Der brasilianische Kongress hat ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Präsidentin Dilma Roussef eröffnet. Kurz zuvor waren beunruhigende Wirtschaftszahlen bekannt geworden.

New in Greek

Τα Πολιτικά Διδάγματα της Προδοσίας του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην Ελλάδα
Δήλωση της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής της Τέταρτης Διεθνούς

1 Δεκέμβριος 2015

Οι προειδοποιήσεις της ΔΕΤΔ και του WSWS ότι ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ είναι ένα φιλο-καπιταλιστικό κόμμα, εχθρικό προς την εργατική τάξη, έχουν τελείως δικαιωθεί.

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The significance of the elevation of the Chinese renminbi

5 December 2015

The renminbi’s elevation to the status of a global reserve currency is an expression of vast shifts in the world economy that underlie the rise in geopolitical tensions.

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Report makes case for prosecuting US war criminals

By Tom Carter, 5 December 2015

The Human Rights Watch report calls for the criminal prosecution of senior US officials involved in CIA torture and exposes the ongoing cover-up by the Obama administration.

The European refugee crisis and international law

By Mike Head, 5 December 2015

The blatant abrogation of the 1951 international Refugee Convention, despite the terrible plight of asylum seekers, is an indictment of the capitalist nation-state system.

Woodrow Wilson and Black Lives Matter
The political consequences of the racial evaluation of history

By Eric London, 4 December 2015

One Belt, One Road: China’s response to the US “pivot”

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2015

Video shows murder by San Francisco police firing squad

By a reporter, 4 December 2015

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

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Former Massey CEO escapes most serious charges for role in mine disaster

By Clement Daly, 4 December 2015

Second one-day protest strike hits pro-austerity Syriza government in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 4 December 2015

Autoworkers struggles

Vote “no” on UAW-Nexteer sellout
Build a rank-and-file factory committee to fight the auto companies!

By Shannon Jones, 5 December 2015

The Autoworker Newsletter urges Nexteer workers to move immediately to build a rank-and-file factory committee as the true representative voice of workers in opposition to both management and their UAW stooges.

Resistance grows as UAW seeks to ram through Nexteer sellout

By Jerry White, 4 December 2015

Behind the UAW-IG Metall transnational partnership

“This is a great agreement for our company”
Ford execs, Wall Street investors gloat over new UAW contract

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

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Arts Review

Interview with Denny Tedesco, director of The Wrecking Crew
“Everybody loves this music around the world”

By Joanne Laurier, 5 December 2015

The WSWS recently spoke with Denny Tedesco, son of legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco and director of The Wrecking Crew, a documentary about the 1960s’ musical scene in Los Angeles.

Janis: Little Girl Blue–Amy Berg’s valuable documentary about singer Janis Joplin

By David Walsh, 5 December 2015

Singer Janis Joplin, born in Port Arthur, Texas, was immensely popular for the last several years of her life until her tragic demise from heroin and alcohol in October 1970.

Spotlight: A telling exposé of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

The 33: A drama of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 December 2015

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

California State University faculty union votes to authorize strike

By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015

A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

After four months, no contract for Verizon telecom workers


Behind the struggle for affordable housing in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2015

Seventy years since the Nuremberg Trials

By Verena Nees, 3 December 2015

The 2016 US Elections

Trump spews racism and anti-Muslim bigotry

By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2015

Hillary Clinton calls for escalation of US war in Syria, Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2015

Sanders outlines pro-capitalist, pro-war positions in speech on “democratic socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2015

Bernie Sanders lines up with Middle East war drive

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US elections »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE runs candidates for student parliament election at Humboldt University in Germany

By our correspondent, 28 November 2015

75 Years Since The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky

By our correspondents, 23 November 2015

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

ICFI Statement

The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

13 November 2015

The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meetings on the 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination

SEP public meetings in Australia:
Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky

25 years ago: Gorbachev assumes emergency powers

On December 1, 1990, the Supreme Soviet approved constitutional changes which concentrated unprecedented executive powers in the hands of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev..

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50 years ago: De Gaulle fails to gain plurality in presidential bid

On December 5, 1965, French President Charles de Gaulle failed to gain a majority in the initial round of the first direct national presidential election held in the Fifth Republic.

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75 years ago: Nazi leadership plans invasion of the USSR

On December 5, 1940, German military leaders submitted planned objectives for an invasion of the Soviet Union to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

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100 years ago: IWW organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn acquitted

On November 30, 1915, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was found innocent of charges of “inciting to personal injury” during the Paterson silk mill strike of 1913.

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