Right-wing, anti-immigrant offensive escalates in aftermath of Berlin terror attack

By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2016

The lack of clarity about the facts has not stopped politicians and the media from using the Berlin attack to launch a concerted campaign against refugees and demand a massive buildup of the state apparatus.

Initial suspect freed in Berlin terror attack

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

Germany: SPD leader calls for cuts to child benefits for European citizens

By Dietmar Henning, 22 December 2016

As poverty levels grow in Germany the Social Democratic Party is fostering xenophobia.

Russia, Iran and Turkey issue joint declaration on Syrian settlement

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2016

The joining of Turkey, a NATO ally, with Moscow and Tehran has provoked anger and recriminations from the US establishment and media.

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

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

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Final election figures show Clinton won popular vote by nearly three million

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2016

Neither the Democratic Party nor the corporate media has made an issue of Trump’s lack of any popular mandate for his ultra-right program.

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

Trump to bring private security staff to White House

By Ed Hightower, 22 December 2016

Press accounts this week detail president-elect Donald Trump’s intention to retain a private security staff upon occupying the White House.

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Trump’s election fuels foreign policy debate in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2016

The disputes centre on the basic dilemma facing the ruling class: how to balance between China, Australia’s largest export market, and the US, its longstanding strategic partner.

Pentagon sends advanced surveillance team to train Sri Lanka’s military

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 22 December 2016

In line with Washington’s enhancement of India’s military capability, the US military is establishing interoperability with the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Massive explosion kills 31, injures scores at fireworks market in Mexico

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 December 2016

A massive chain-reaction explosion erupted at one of the largest fireworks markets in the country in Tultepec, just north of the capital.

UK unions seek to head off further strikes

By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2016

This week, a strike by conductors on Southern Rail was joined by a walkout of Crown Post Office workers, while further action was scheduled to take place at Swissport and British Airways.

UK government denounces strike wave

Funding cuts across almost all UK schools

By Tom Pearce, 22 December 2016

According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, government spending proposals for schools will mean that “around 90 percent of schools" would see funding cuts.

Homeownership rates at historic lows for young people in the US

By Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016

Recent reports reveal that homeownership levels for young people have dropped to record lows in the years following the 2008 financial crisis.

Washington DC Metro officials punish half of transit system’s inspection team for safety lapses

By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016

The ultimate responsibility for Metro’s state of disrepair lies with years of underfunding of the transit system.

Boston public transit union agrees to open contract and impose wage cuts

By John Marion, 22 December 2016

In the face of threats from MBTA management that jobs will be privatized, Boston Carmen’s Local 589 has agreed to wage cuts in the middle of the contract period.

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New in Turkish

Seçiciler Kurulu oylamasına doğru: Demokratlar Rusya’ya karşı McCarthyci kampanyayı yoğunlaştırıyorlar

Patrick Martin, 22 Aralık 2016

Gelen Trump yönetimi ve onun hem Demokratik hem de Cumhuriyetçi partili karşıtları, temel hedef değil; taktikler ve yöntemler konusunda çatışıyorlar.

New in Spanish

Obama y Clinton incentivan campaña anti-rusa

Por Patrick Martin, 22 diciembre 2016

En la última conferencia de prensa del año, Obama reiteró sus acusaciones contra el gobierno ruso sobre presuntos ciberataques, sin proporcionar evidencia alguna.

New in German

Weihnachten an der Wall Street: Dow-Jones-Index nahe der 20.000-Marke

Von Barry Grey, 22. Dezember 2016

Die herrschende Oligarchie in den USA rechnet damit, dass alle Schranken für ihre Bereicherung auf Kosten der Gesellschaft fallen.

Rechte Offensive nach dem Anschlag in Berlin

Von Peter Schwarz, 22. Dezember 2016

Obwohl die Hintergründe des Anschlags auf einen Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt noch völlig ungeklärt sind, nutzen ihn Politiker und Medien in Deutschland und ganz Europa für eine rechte Offensive.

Türkei, Russland und Iran unterzeichnen Syrien-Abkommen trotz Mord an russischem Botschafter

Von Halil Celik und Alex Lantier, 22. Dezember 2016

Obwohl die Türkei NATO-Verbündeter der USA ist, reagiert sie auf den Sieg des syrischen Regimes in Aleppo mit einer Annäherung an Russland und den Iran.

US-Militärdokument schildert Strategie für Häuserkampf in „modernen Stalingrads“

Von Eric London, 22. Dezember 2016

Laut dem Bericht „Militärische Krisensituationen in Megastädten und Metropolen“ sind amerikanische Angriffe auf Großstädte in der „nahen Zukunft unausweichlich.“

Mannheimer GE-Betriebsrat akzeptiert Einigungsstelle zum Stellenabbau

Von Anna Rombach und Marianne Arens, 22. Dezember 2016

Der US-Konzern General Electric will in Mannheim tausend Arbeitsplätze vernichten und arbeitet dabei eng mit der IG Metall zusammen.

General Motors kündigt Massenentlassungen in Amerika an

Von Jerry White, 22. Dezember 2016

Der größte US-Autohersteller gibt bekannt, dass die zweite Schicht in seinem Montagewerk Detroit-Hamtramck gestrichen wird. Damit werden 1200 Arbeitsplätze vernichtet.

Polnisch-britisches Gipfeltreffen zeigt wachsende nationale Spannungen in Europa

Von Clara Weiss, 22. Dezember 2016

Am 28. November fand in London ein Gipfeltreffen von polnischen und britischen Regierungsvertretern statt, das die strategische Allianz der beiden Länder festigen sollte.

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.

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Perspective

Mosul, Iraq and Obama’s legacy of war

22 December 2016

There is no doubt as to the overriding motive behind the 1991 Gulf War, years of sanctions on Iraq, the 2003 US invasion and the blood-letting in Mosul—oil.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

In wake of Trump victory: Michael Eric Dyson denounces the “white working class”

By Fred Mazelis, 22 December 2016

According to Dyson, any focus on the issue of economic inequality is equivalent to racism.

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

By Barry Grey, 21 December 2016

The United States of Inequality

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ love letter to Barack Obama

By Niles Niemuth and David Walsh, 21 December 2016

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

By Eric London, 21 December 2016

Obama threatened war over alleged Russian election hacking

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2016

The International Socialist Organization and the fall of Aleppo

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2016

More on the war in Syria and Iraq »

Arts

La La Land and Jackie: More American success stories

By Joanne Laurier, 22 December 2016

La La Land is an all-too appropriately titled romantic musical that celebrates Los Angeles as a place where ambitious artists can strike it rich. Jackie is a murky, superficial biographical portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Rogue One: Does it really “stand alone”?

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 December 2016

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

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.

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

Mehring Books

Week Five: Introduction to Marxism
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21 December 2016

For those new to the World Socialist Web Site, some suggestions to enhance your library of Marxist classics. For everybody: Don’t miss all our great deals!

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.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

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

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 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

General Motors announces mass layoffs of workers in the US

By Jerry White, 21 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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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.