General Motors announces mass layoffs of workers in the US

By Jerry White, 21 December 2016

In its latest layoff announcement, the largest US automaker said it would eliminate the second shift at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, wiping out 1,200 jobs.

Initial suspect freed in Berlin terror attack

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 December 2016

The criminal act will be used to further the internal rearmament and strengthening of the German intelligence services and security apparatus.

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

Turkey, Russia, Iran sign deal on Syria after shooting of Russian ambassador

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 December 2016

Though Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States, it is reacting to the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo by moving closer to Russia and Iran.

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

Terror attack claims at least 15 lives in central Turkey

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US Army document on urban warfare advances strategy for “contemporary Stalingrads”

By Eric London, 21 December 2016

The report titled “Military Contingencies in Megacities and Sub-Megacities” claims that US invasion of major cities is “inescapable” in the “not-too-distant future.”

Obama threatened war over alleged Russian election hacking

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2016

The “red phone” between the White House and Kremlin, a relic of the nuclear confrontations of the Cold War, was pressed into service.

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

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Four prominent officials criminally indicted in Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 21 December 2016

The heart of the case against the four defendants is the fraudulent use of the state’s Home Rule City Act emergency bond clause.

Pennsylvania budget deficit signals further attacks on teachers, state workers

By Douglas Lyons, 21 December 2016

Pennsylvania’s current budget deficit of $600 million will be used as a bludgeon against the pensions and benefits of teachers and other state employees.

Irish government defends tax dodging by Apple

By Chris Marsden, 21 December 2016

The Fine Gael government opposes demands by the European Union that the American technology giant pay $13 billion in back taxes.

UK: Inmates riot at Birmingham prison as conditions deteriorate

By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 21 December 2016

The ruling elite’s only response is law and order and the continuation of social policies that increase the prison population.

Venezuelan government backs off of demonetization scheme after mass rioting

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2016

The government abruptly withdrew 100 bolivar notes from the economy after the measure touched off violent protests that left four dead and hundreds arrested.

Indian police begin to impose Supreme Court order on national anthem

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 December 2016

The Supreme Court order that cinemas must play, and moviegoers revere, India’s national anthem is a blatant attack on civil liberties.

Professor Marmot’s lectures in Australia chart extent of health inequality

By Cheryl Crisp, 21 December 2016

The lectures establish the connection between social inequality, the living and working conditions of the poor, and the deterioration in their health outcomes.

New in Turkish

Rusya’nın Türkiye büyükelçisi Ankara’da öldürüldü

Bill Van Auken, 21 Aralık 2016

Cinayetten doğrudan kimin sorumlu olduğuna ilişkin anlaşmazlıklar bir yana, hem Moskova’daki hem de Ankara’daki önde gelen siyasiler, suikasttan ABD’yi ve Batı’yı sorumlu tuttular.

Kayseri’deki terör saldırısında 14 kişi öldürüldü

Halil Çelik, 21 Aralık 2016

Kayseri ile İstanbul’daki terör saldırıları, yalnızca, halk kitlelerinin yönünü şaşırtmaya ve en gerici toplumsal güçlere hizmet etmektedir.

New in French

L’ambassadeur russe en Turquie assassiné à Ankara

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 décembre 2016

L’assassinat de l’ambassadeur russe par un officier de police au repos intervient au milieu des tensions internationales croissantes autour de la reprise d’Alep par le gouvernement syrien

Les États-Unis d’Inégalité

Par Andre Damon, 21 décembre 2016

Une nouvelle étude des économistes Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez et Gabriel Zucman donne le tableau le plus complet à ce jour de l’inégalité sociale en Amérique.

Conférence de David North à Londres sur l’élection de Donald Trump

Par nos correspondants, 21 décembre 2016

Une centaine de travailleurs, d’étudiants et de jeunes ont assisté à la conférence donnée samedi à Londres par North qui est le président du comité de rédaction international du WSWS et le secrétaire national du Socialist Equality Party des États-Unis.

Un camion fonce sur un marché de Noël à Berlin, douze morts et des dizaines de blessés

Par notre correspondant, 21 décembre 2016

La police a tout d’abord parlé d’un attentat terroriste et a déclaré plus tard que les circonstances n’étaient pas encore élucidées en demandant aux gens de « ne pas propager de rumeurs. »

Christine Lagarde, directrice du FMI, coupable de négligence mais dispensée de peine

Par Alex Lantier, 21 décembre 2016

En tant que ministre français des Finances en 2008, Lagarde n’avait pas fait preuve de diligence raisonnable en refusant de former un appel contre une décision imposant le versement par l’État de 400 millions d’euros au prédateur financier Bernard Tapie.

Les mesures de Facebook contre les «fausses nouvelles»: un pas vers la censure

Par George Gallanis, 21 décembre 2016

Facebook va commencer à valider des articles publiés sur la plateforme de médias sociaux à travers des agences de tiers partis, dominés par les médias de la grande entreprise et des instituts affiliés à l’État.

New in German

Ungleichheit in den Vereinigten Staaten

Von Andre Damon, 21. Dezember 2016

Eine neue Studie der Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez und Gabriel Zucman zeichnet das bisher vollständigste Bild der sozialen Ungleichheit in Amerika.

Hintergründe des Anschlags in Berlin weiterhin ungeklärt

Von Ulrich Rippert, 21. Dezember 2016

Klar ist bisher nur, dass der Anschlag auf den Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt genutzt wird, um die innere Aufrüstung und die Stärkung der Geheimdienste und des Sicherheitsapparats weiter voranzutreiben.

Russischer Botschafter in Ankara ermordet

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Dezember 2016

Die Ermordung des russischen Botschafters durch einen Polizisten ereignete sich vor dem Hintergrund wachsender internationaler Spannungen.

Gysi wird Chef der Europäischen Linken

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Dezember 2016

Der 5. Kongress der Partei der Europäischen Linken wählte den deutschen Linken-Politiker Gregor Gysi zu ihrem neuen Vorsitzenden. Sein Ziel ist die Verteidigung der Europäischen Union.

IWF-Chefin Lagarde kommt trotz Schuldspruch straflos davon

Von Alex Lantier, 21. Dezember 2016

Das Urteil zeigt, dass führende Politiker wie Lagarde, die von den imperialistischen Mächten in Nordamerika und Europa unterstützt werden, praktisch Immunität genießen.

Polen: Polizei bricht Blockade des Sejms durch die Opposition auf

Von Clara Weiss, 21. Dezember 2016

Polen befindet sich in der tiefsten politischen Krise seit dem Zusammenbruch des stalinistischen Regimes und dem Beginn der kapitalistischen Restauration 1989.

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Perspective

Christmas on Wall Street: The Dow closes in on 20,000

21 December 2016

The American corporate elite anticipates that Trump will remove all constraints on its ability to plunder American society for personal gain.

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Commentary

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ love letter to Barack Obama

By Niles Niemuth and David Walsh, 21 December 2016

Coates’ “My President Was Black” is a piece that takes sycophancy and worship of power to extraordinary new heights.

The United States of Inequality

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2016

The International Socialist Organization and the fall of Aleppo

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2016

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

Washington’s hypocrisy over the fall of Aleppo

More on the war in Syria and Iraq »

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

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2016

Putin-Abe talks in Japan fail to resolve territorial dispute

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2016

Québec Solidaire makes new overtures to big business PQ

By Richard Dufour, 20 December 2016

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

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 20 December 2016

Mehring Books

Week Five: Introduction to Marxism
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21 December 2016

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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.

Arts

Rogue One: Does it really “stand alone”?

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 December 2016

December 16 saw the release of the first stand-alone Star Wars film. The plot of Rogue One is an exact prequel to the 1977 original.

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

By David Walsh, 19 December 2016

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

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 December 2016

Colombo’s military repression of the eight-day strike points to the urgent need to build a revolutionary leadership of the working class.

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

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

The election of Donald Trump

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

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2016

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

By our reporter, 19 December 2016

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

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

UK government denounces strike wave

By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2016

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

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Book Review

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

By Karen Holland, 15 December 2016

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.