Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016

The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.

Terror attack claims at least 15 lives in central Turkey

Twelve killed, dozens injured as truck crashes into Berlin Christmas market

By our reporter, 20 December 2016

Police initially spoke of a terrorist attack, but later declared that the circumstances were unclear and asked people “not to spread rumors.”

As Electoral College rubber-stamps election
Trump adds another billionaire to his administration

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2016

Vincent Viola, a commodities speculator and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, is the sixth billionaire in the Trump administration.

Ahead of Electoral College vote: Democrats intensify McCarthyite campaign against Russia

Trump names hard-line “deficit hawk” to head budget office

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UK government denounces strike wave

By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2016

The strikes are indicative of growing opposition to years of attacks by successive British governments and are part of a growing movement of the working class throughout Europe.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde let off scot-free after negligence conviction

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2016

As French finance minister in 2008, Lagarde failed to do due diligence to oppose calls for a €400 million state payoff to corporate raider Bernard Tapie.

Putin-Abe talks in Japan fail to resolve territorial dispute

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2016

In the wake of Trump’s election and the prospect of better relations with the US, the Russian president no longer felt the need to make concessions to Japan.

Germany’s low-wage sector is expanding

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 December 2016

More than one in five Germans work for a wage of less than €10 per hour.

Michigan officials defraud workers of jobless benefits

By Shannon Jones, 20 December 2016

A review reluctantly and belatedly conducted by the state shows that 93 percent of claims flagged for fraud between 2013 and 2015 were in fact legitimate.

Finnish government prepares new attacks on working class

By Ennis Wynne, 20 December 2016

The attack on the living standards of the working class is set to intensify due to Finland’s escalating economic crisis.

Québec Solidaire makes new overtures to big business PQ

By Richard Dufour, 20 December 2016

The pseudo-left Québec Solidaire is preparing the political terrain for an “anti-Liberal” alliance with the pro-war, pro-austerity PQ.

Insider’s book sheds light on Sri Lanka’s regime-change operation

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 20 December 2016

A parliamentarian’s recent book contains some inside information on how leading figures in the country’s ruling elite conspired to oust Rajapakse.

UN agency says government torture and abductions continue in Sri Lanka

Global agencies demand deeper budget cuts in Australia

By Mike Head, 20 December 2016

An air of unreality hung over the government’s budget update because of the worldwide uncertainty in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as US president.

New in French

À l’approche du vote du Collège électoral, les démocrates intensifient la campagne McCarthyiste contre la Russie

Par Patrick Martin, 20 décembre 2016

La campagne des démocrates contre Trump ne concerne pas le caractère d’extrême-droite de son gouvernement, mais son attitude insuffisamment agressive envers la Russie

La Chine accuse les États-Unis d’utiliser le drone sous-marin pour espionner

Par Peter Symonds, 20 décembre 2016

L’incident intensifie les tensions sino-américaines produites par le « pivot vers l’Asie » du gouvernement Obama qui a transformé la mer de Chine méridionale en une poudrière dangereuse.

Une attaque terroriste fait au moins 15 morts dans le centre de la Turquie

Par Halil Celik, 20 décembre 2016

Un attentat-suicide à Kayseri a tué 15 soldats et blessés et 54 autres, y compris des civils, samedi.

New in German

Demokraten hetzen im McCarthy-Stil gegen Russland

Von Patrick Martin, 20. Dezember 2016

Vor der Abstimmung im Wahlmännergremium haben die Demokraten Trump harsch kritisiert – allerdings nicht wegen seines extrem rechten Kabinetts, sondern weil er angeblich nicht aggressiv genug gegen Russland auftritt.

SPD-Chef Gabriel fordert Kindergeldkürzung bei EU-Ausländern

Von Dietmar Henning, 20. Dezember 2016

Angesichts wachsender Armut schürt die SPD gezielt ausländerfeindliche Stimmungen.

Niedriglohn-Sektor in Deutschland wächst

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20. Dezember 2016

Laut den Zahlen des Bundesarbeitsministerium arbeiten rund 20 Prozent der Beschäftigten in Deutschland für einen Niedriglohn von weniger als 10 Euro pro Stunde, mit steigender Tendenz.

Türkei: Mindestens fünfzehn Tote bei Terroranschlag in Zentralanatolien

Von Halil Celik, 20. Dezember 2016

Bei einem Selbstmordanschlag mit einer Autobombe in Kayseri wurden am Samstag fünfzehn Soldaten getötet und weitere 54 Personen verwundet, darunter auch Zivilisten.

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Perspective

The United States of Inequality

20 December 2016

A new study by economists Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman gives the most complete picture to date of social inequality in America.

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Arts

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 2
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

By David Walsh, 20 December 2016

It is four centuries since the death of dramatist William Shakespeare. Arts editor David Walsh spoke to James Shapiro, the author of numerous remarkable books on the playwright and his times. The second of two articles.

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 1
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

Commentary

The International Socialist Organization and the fall of Aleppo

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2016

The crisis of the US-backed proxy war for regime change in Syria has provoked a furious response from the pseudo-left apologists for US imperialism.

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

Washington’s hypocrisy over the fall of Aleppo

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China accuses US of using undersea drone to spy

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2016

US deaths from synthetic opioids surge by 72 percent

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2016

US coal miners hit by sharp rise in deadliest black lung disease

By Clement Daly, 19 December 2016

US coal miners face cutoff of health, pension benefits

Police break up opposition-led blockade of Polish parliament

By Clara Weiss, 19 December 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE holds meeting on political censorship at New York University

By IYSSE reporting team, 20 December 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held a successful meeting to mobilize students against New York University’s policy of blocking the formation of new student clubs on campus.

Growing support for IYSSE campaign against censorship at New York University

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

Socialist Equality Party

David North speaks in London on Donald Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 19 December 2016

Workers, youth at London meeting respond to David North’s analysis of Trump’s victory

By our reporters, 19 December 2016

The election of Donald Trump

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

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2016

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

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016

Obama, Clinton stoke anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2016

Trump meets with tech industry leaders

By Kevin Reed, 16 December 2016

Trump nominates opponent of environmental regulation for secretary of the interior

By Nick Barrickman, 15 December 2016

25 years ago: Hawke ousted as Australian prime minister

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was ousted as prime minister of the Labor government, in a 56-51 parliamentary caucus vote on December 19, 1991, that installed former Treasury Minister Paul Keating as his successor.

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50 years ago: Soviet Union lands Luna 13 on Moon

On December 24, 1966, the Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna 13 landed on the Moon, the same day gathering data demonstrating the feasibility of landing manned missions on the lunar surface.

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75 years ago: French exile forces seize control of St. Pierre and Miquelon

On December 24, 1941, a small force of French exiles loyal to General Charles de Gaulle landed on the tiny islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, a French possession off the coast of Newfoundland, and deposed the Vichy administration in a bloodless coup.

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100 years ago: Ottoman troops defeated at Battle of Magdhaba

On December 23, 1916, British troops successfully defeated a contingent of Ottoman troops in the Battle of Magdhaba, as part of a push by Allied troops to secure the Sinai peninsula in modern-day Egypt.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 December 2016

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

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.