While decrying “massacre” in Aleppo, US steps up bloodshed in Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2016

The hypocrisy of US denunciations of Syria, Russia and Iran for the suffering in Aleppo is exposed by the plight of the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul.

Washington’s hypocrisy over the fall of Aleppo

Dylann Roof convicted on all counts in Charleston church massacre

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2016

The gunman had ties to white supremacist groups which supported right-wing Republican politicians.

Trump meets with tech industry leaders

By Kevin Reed, 16 December 2016

President-elect Donald Trump met with 13 prominent US technology company executives on Wednesday in an event at Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump nominates opponent of environmental regulation for secretary of the interior

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Bakersfield, California police shoot unarmed 73-year-old man

By Shannon Jones, 16 December 2016

The shooting of Francisco Serna, who was suffering from dementia, is the latest horrifying episode in the continuing wave of police violence in the United States.

Militarized police deployed to Los Angeles subway system after bomb hoax

By Zaida Green, 16 December 2016

The operation last week mobilized heavily-armed sheriff’s deputies, sniffer-dog squads, and undercover police from the FBI, the LAPD, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

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Tennessee wrongfully imprisoned man for three decades, provided only $75 compensation

By Shelley Connor, 16 December 2016

After spending 31 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Lawrence McKinney is fighting the Tennessee Parole Board for the $1 million compensation he is entitled.

Massive protests in Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 December 2016

Protesters at the Frankfurt airport carried stop signs and chanted slogans such as “Deportation is torture, deportation is murder. A right to stay for all, immediately!”

UK Southern Rail strike continues as British Airways cabin crew vote to strike

By Richard Tyler, 16 December 2016

The Conservative government is planning to pass legislation against strikes on the rail network in response to the determined struggle by Southern Rail workers.

Significant rise in UK homelessness

By Joe Mount, 16 December 2016

London, with a population of 8.6 million, is worst affected with 2 percent of people facing housing insecurity.

Social Democratic Party wins Romanian elections

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 16 December 2016

The vote represented broad rejection of the technocratic government headed by former EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

Following Trump election, Mexico begins to move towards deepening ties with China

By Clodomiro Puentes, 16 December 2016

In the weeks following the election of Donald Trump, the Mexican ruling class is preparing for an unfavorable turn in trade relations with the US along with increased social unrest.

Corporate tax-dodging in Australia costs billions

By Mike Head, 16 December 2016

More than a third of the largest companies operating in Australia paid no tax in 2014-15 and multinational tax evasion cost an estimated $4.8 billion.

Amnesty International reports Fiji’s police and military using torture

By John Braddock, 16 December 2016

Ongoing and widespread brutality by Fiji’s security forces is conducted in a climate of “near impunity.”

New in French

Le nouveau Premier ministre français Cazeneuve prolonge l’état d’urgence

Par Alex Lantier, 16 décembre 2016

Les droits démocratiques fondamentaux resteront suspendus en France jusqu’en juillet 2017, après les élections présidentielles de mai 2017

Trump choisit un magnat du pétrole comme secrétaire d’État

Par Patrick Martin, 16 décembre 2016

La nomination du PDG d’ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, est la cerise sur le gâteau du gouvernement de milliardaires de Trump.

Le parti espagnol Podemos cherche à faire dévier la colère sociale avec sa campagne « retour à la rue »

Par Alejandro López, 16 décembre 2016

S’ils « retournent » dans les rues, c’est parce que Podemos et les syndicats espagnols n’ont pas organisé d’importantes manifestations depuis des années, malgré l’austérité draconienne.

New in German

Großes Gezeter in Washington nach dem Fall von Aleppo

Von Bill Van Auken, 16. Dezember 2016

Mit ihrem Geschrei über angebliche Gräueltaten in Ost-Aleppo beweisen die westlichen Regierungen und Medien, das der US-Imperialismus in Syrien Schiffbruch erlitten hat.

Frankreich: Neuer Premierminister verlängert Ausnahmezustand

Von Alex Lantier, 16. Dezember 2016

Die demokratischen Grundrechte in Frankreich bleiben noch bis mindestens Juli 2017 ausgesetzt, d.h. bis nach der Präsidentschaftswahl im Mai.

Massiver Protest gegen erste Sammeldeportation nach Afghanistan

Von Marianne Arens und Martin Kreickenbaum, 16. Dezember 2016

Am Frankfurter Flughafen demonstrierten rund tausend Menschen und skandierten Sprechchöre wie: „Abschiebung ist Folter, Abschiebung ist Mord. Bleiberecht für alle, jetzt sofort!“

Bundesgerichtshof bestätigt Urteil gegen früheren SS-Mann Oskar Gröning

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16. Dezember 2016

Der BGH-Beschluss vom 20. September 2016 stellt klar: Wer in Auschwitz als SS-Angehöriger funktionell in den arbeitsteilig organisierten, systematischen Massenmord eingebunden war, hat Beihilfe zum Mord begangen.

US-Admiral will China im Südchinesischen Meer entgegentreten

Von Peter Symonds, 16. Dezember 2016

Eine aggressive Rede von Admiral Harris zeigt, dass die Aussicht auf die Trump-Präsidentschaft die kriegerische Haltung der Generäle stark ermutigt hat.

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Perspective

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

16 December 2016

The ferocious denunciations of Russia that have dominated the American media are aimed at poisoning public sentiment and paving the way for war.

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Commentary

“Sanders in Trump Country”: Vermont senator peddles his own brand of economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 16 December 2016

The MSNBC town hall meeting covered up the reactionary record of the Democrats and gave Sanders a platform to blame job losses on China and Mexico.

New York Times’ narrative of Russian hacking: War propaganda in the guise of news

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2016

After election debacle, Democrats debate identity politics

By Niles Niemuth, 15 December 2016

Federal Reserve hikes key rate, signals faster monetary tightening

By Barry Grey, 15 December 2016

Pseudo-left covers for Corbyn’s capitulation to Blair over Iraq war

US coal miners face cutoff of health, pension benefits

Science

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

By Bryan Dyne, 16 December 2016

The BBC documentary explores how life has evolved and adapted across islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities.

New dinosaur discovery in Myanmar includes feathers

The election of Donald Trump

US admiral pledges to confront China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2016

To target China, US further enhances military-strategic alliance with India

Trump, Republicans spout nationalism and reaction at Wisconsin rally

By Christopher Davion and Catherine Long, 15 December 2016

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 2

The United Steelworkers, Wilbur Ross and economic nationalism

Trump picks oil mogul as secretary of state

China reproaches Trump over Taiwan stance

Trump endorses Duterte’s murderous drug war in the Philippines

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Socialist Equality Party

David North speaks in Berlin on Donald Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 15 December 2016

Australia: Intense discussions about Trump victory at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

Workers and youth in Australia speak about US election and SEP program

Sri Lankan SEP and Deeside Workers Action Committee call meeting to defend plantation workers

15 December 2016

The meeting will discuss a program to defend plantation workers’ jobs, wages and social rights.

Arts

Miss Sloane and All We Had: Aiming at American life

By Joanne Laurier, 15 December 2016

Aquarius: Personal resistance and isolation in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 13 December 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 December 2016

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

Book Review

An exposure of high-stakes testing in Australia’s public schools
Beautiful Failures by Lucy Clark

By Karen Holland, 15 December 2016

Probing more deeply the causes of her daughter’s crippling anxiety during the last two years of school, Clark found a general consensus that “education is broken.”

Mehring Books

Week Four: Holiday gift sales!
MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

14 December 2016

All titles, including the centenary edition of Tsar to Lenin, are discounted from 10 percent to 50 percent during our annual holiday sale.

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.

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?

History

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.

25 years ago: US sanctions against Iraq kill 80,000 children

Iraq’s emissary to the Arab League declared on December 17, 1991, that more than 80,000 children under the age of five had died as a result of US and UN sanctions imposed in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.

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50 years ago: US bombs civilians in Hanoi

On December 13, 1966, the government of North Vietnam reported that American bombers hit working class neighborhoods in Hanoi, destroying homes and inflicting casualties on residents.

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75 years ago: Japanese rout Britain in Malay campaign

During the week beginning December 12, 1941, the imperialist war for control of the Pacific colonies intensified.

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100 years ago: British Labour Party and unions agitate in favor of war

This week in December 1916, representatives of the British Labour Party and the major trade unions issued a series of bellicose statements demanding a continuation of the imperialist bloodbath of World War I.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Growing support for IYSSE campaign against censorship at New York University

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2016

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board