Chinese vessel seizes US undersea drone in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 17 December 2016

With Washington issuing a formal protest, the incident could rapidly heighten the already tense standoff between the US and China in the strategic waters.

US admiral pledges to confront China in South China Sea

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Facebook’s “fake news” measures: A move toward censorship

By George Gallanis, 17 December 2016

Facebook will begin validating articles posted on the social media platform through third party agencies, dominated by the establishment media and institutions affiliated with the state.

The “fake news” furor and the threat of Internet censorship

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

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2016

David Friedman, an attorney who helped Trump reap millions from the bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos, is considered to the right of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump meets with tech industry leaders

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EU summit lines up against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 17 December 2016

Following the Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as US president, and the rise of right-wing nationalist forces in many European countries, the EU is paralyzed and divided.

European Union and IMF demand new austerity measures in Greece

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2016

At a joint press conference in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a show of unity in advance of new attacks on the working class.

European powers criticize Trump’s threats against China

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2016

A month before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, tensions are already emerging with the European powers over his “America first” program.

UK: Labour says free movement in Europe must be curtailed post-Brexit

By Julie Hyland, 17 December 2016

Labour’s Keir Starmer called for a “national consensus on Brexit,” with freedom of movement restrictions central to negotiations with the European Union.

Huge increase in hospital admissions for malnutrition in Britain

By Jean Gibney, 17 December 2016

Three million people are at risk of malnutrition, with 7,366 of these admitted to hospital with the condition between August 2014 and July 2015.

Australia: Testimony details abuse in youth detention centres

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 December 2016

Royal commission evidence, including testimony by Dylan Voller, who was repeatedly assaulted, shows that youth detention abuses were the result of government policy.

US companies win greater access to lucrative Pacific fisheries

By John Braddock, 17 December 2016

Following threats by Washington to withdraw from the Tuna Treaty, the deal gives US companies significantly improved access to vast fishing grounds.

Report documents widespread failure of US communities to test water for lead

By Shannon Jones, 17 December 2016

Some four million people in the US live in communities where local officials either do not test water supplies for lead or conduct the tests improperly.

Volvo to lay off 500 workers at Virginia truck plant

By Ed Hightower, 17 December 2016

The company is requiring the very workers they will terminate in February to come in to work overtime shifts this Saturday.

New in French

Pendant qu'ils dénoncent le «massacre» à Alep, les États-Unis intensifient leur assaut contre Mossoul

Par Bill Van Auken, 17 décembre 2016

L’hypocrisie des dénonciations américaines de la Syrie, de la Russie et de l’Iran pour la souffrance à Alep est mise en lumière par la situation désespérée de la ville irakienne assiégée de Mossoul.

La campagne digne de McCarthy des médias américains pour la guerre contre la Russie

Par André Damon, 17 décembre 2016

Les féroces dénonciations de la Russie qui ont dominé les médias américains visent à empoisonner le sentiment public et à ouvrir la voie à la guerre.

Manifestations massives en Allemagne contre les déportations vers l’Afghanistan

Par Marianne Arens et Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 décembre 2016

A l’aéroport de Francfort, les manifestants ont brandi des panneaux de signalisation « stop » en scandant des slogans tels « Déportation égal torture, déportation égal meurtre. Le droit de rester pour tous, tout de suite ! »

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

Obama, Clinton stoke anti-Russia campaign

17 December 2016

In his final press conference, Obama reiterated claims of Russian government hacking against the US election while refusing to provide any evidence.

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

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2016

Washington’s hypocrisy over the fall of Aleppo

After election debacle, Democrats debate identity politics

Federal Reserve hikes key rate, signals faster monetary tightening

Arts

Greg Lake, pioneer of progressive rock music, dies at 69

By Kevin Reed, 17 December 2016

Greg Lake was a founder, along with schoolmate Robert Fripp, of the British band King Crimson in 1968 and later the 1970s’ supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Miss Sloane and All We Had: Aiming at American life

Aquarius: Personal resistance and isolation in Brazil

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 December 2016

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

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

By Richard Tyler, 16 December 2016

Science

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

By Bryan Dyne, 16 December 2016

New dinosaur discovery in Myanmar includes feathers

The election of Donald Trump

Trump nominates opponent of environmental regulation for secretary of the interior

By Nick Barrickman, 15 December 2016

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

Book Review

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

By Karen Holland, 15 December 2016

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