27 February 2017

Democrats, media step up right-wing campaign on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2017

There is mounting pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Talk show host Bill Maher: Intelligence agencies “our last line of defense”

Appointment of “Warrior-Scholar” McMaster signals intensification of anti-Russia confrontation

How many people would die in a war between the US and Russia?

More on the Trump presidency »

Private prison companies to profit from mass immigrant detention

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 February 2017

Private prison companies such as CoreCivic and GEO Group, Inc. stand to reap massive profits from the mass detentions of immigrants expected from Trump’s executive orders.

Amid Mexico talks, Trump calls deportations a “military operation”

US anti-immigrant witch-hunt leads asylum seekers to make perilous trek to Canada

One dead, two injured in anti-immigrant shooting in Kansas

Stop the attacks on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders and full rights for all workers!

More on the attacks on immigrants »

Democratic National Committee chooses a chairman from the party establishment

By Tom Hall, 27 February 2017

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, endorsed by most Obama administration officials, defeated Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who had the backing of Bernie Sanders.

US: Republican governors call for dramatic changes to Medicaid

By Kate Randall, 27 February 2017

While agreeing in principle with drastic cuts to Medicaid, the governors want input on how to impose them under any Obamacare replacement legislation.

Hostility to immigrants dominates major parties in Dutch election

By Dietmar Henning and Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 February 2017

According to recent polls, the liberal-social democratic governing coalition in the Netherlands will be punished for its drastic austerity policies on March 15.

Spanish port workers prepare national strike against EU reforms

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 27 February 2017

Spanish port workers unions have called nine days of strikes starting on March 6, as anger builds among workers against the Popular Party government’s port liberalization decree.

Border issues and Brexit dominate Northern Ireland elections

By Steve James, 27 February 2017

The British and Irish governments have insisted that, post-Brexit, no border checks will be imposed, but no one has yet come up with a means to explain how this can be done.

More on the UK brexit referendum »

Israel: Azaria manslaughter sentence presages stepped up repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 27 February 2017

Convicted murderer Elor Azaria was notorious for his hatred of Arabs, which he voiced repeatedly on social media, calling for the massacre of every Palestinian in Gaza.

Dockworkers’ union threatens one-day strike on US East Coast

By Daniel de Vries, 27 February 2017

Tens of thousands of longshoremen are poised to shut down ports from Maine to Texas.

CWA forces 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers to stay on job as contract expires

By Mark Witkowski, 27 February 2017

Nearly two weeks after the contract expired the Communications Workers of America continues to force its members to work although it admits it “remains miles apart on all major issues.”

US Congress proposes governance changes for dysfunctional DC Metro system

By Harvey Simpkins, 27 February 2017

The federal government is seeking to punish workers employed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for problems caused by the chronic underfunding of the DC area transit system.

Netanyahu receives effusive official welcome in Australia

By Mike Head, 27 February 2017

The Australian government and financial elite feted Netanyahu, whose government is accelerating illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Australian youth pushed into unpaid “work experience”

By Robert Campion, 27 February 2017

Almost 60 percent of young people have been compelled to do unpaid labour, amid mounting unemployment and job insecurity.

New Zealand Labour Party feud over candidate selection

By John Braddock, 27 February 2017

Former Alliance MPs are being brought into the Labour Party to give it a phony veneer of concern for the urban poor and Maori.

New in Spanish

Las políticas de “América Primero” de Trump y la erupción global del nacionalismo económico

Por Nick Beams, 27 febrero 2017

Hablando en nombre del capital europeo, el Financial Times, con sede en Londres, ha descrito las políticas comerciales del gobierno de Trump como un “peligro claro y presente” para el sistema comercial y monetario mundial.

El capitalismo y la epidemia de adicciones en EE.UU.

Por Andre Damon, 27 febrero 2017

El fuerte aumento en las sobredosis es una de las expresiones más claras de la devastadora crisis social que se vive en EE.UU.

En medio de los diálogos con México, Trump llama las deportaciones una “operación militar”

Por Bill Van Auken, 27 febrero 2017

La provocadora declaración del presidente llegó cuando sus secretarios de Estado y de Seguridad Nacional se encontraban en México tratando de asegurar la colaboración del gobierno de Peña Nieto.

La administración de Trump adopta un despiadado protocolo de inmigración

Por Eric London, 27 febrero 2017

El secretario de prensa, Sean Spicer, dejó en claro que los inmigrantes con historial criminal son sólo los primeros objetivos del plan antiinmigrante de Trump.

Trump ataca a la prensa en la Conferencia de Acción Política Conservadora

Por Joseph Kishore, 27 febrero 2017

Ante un grupo de activistas ultraderechistas del Partido Republicano, Trump retomó varios de los temas de su discurso inaugural de hace un mes.

New in French

Forte montée du Front national dans les sondages sur la présidentielle française

Par Kumaran Ira et Alex Lantier, 27 février 2017

L’émergence de ce parti néo-fasciste comme candidat crédible au pouvoir marque la crise profonde du régime bourgeois en France et à travers l’Europe.

Les manifestations se généralisent contre le viol de Théo par la police d'Aulnay

Par Anthony Torres, 27 février 2017

Ce mouvement est hautement explosif, car il se déroule dans le cadre de l’état d’urgence imposé par le PS et des élections présidentielles françaises de 2017.

Diatribe de Trump contre les médias au rassemblement annuel des conservateurs américains

Par Joseph Kishore, 27 février 2017

Les remarques de Trump devant ce rassemblement d’ultra-droite des militants du Parti républicain ont repris bon nombre des thèmes de « l’Amérique d’abord » avancés dans son discours inaugural prononcé il y a un mois.

La pseudo-gauche fonde un Parti de gauche italien

Par Marianne Arens, 27 février 2017

Sinistra Italiana a été formé à partir du SEL de Nichi Vendola. Son rôle est de défendre le régime bourgeois, l’Union européenne et l’euro qui connaissent leur plus profonde crise à ce jour.

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Perspective

The assault on immigrants and the specter of a US police state

27 February 2017

Boasting of having “taken the shackles off” of ICE and Border Patrol agents for a crackdown against immigrants, the Trump administration is preparing police state measures against the working class as a whole.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
February 27-March 5: American imperialism prepares for world war

27 February 2017

From the eruption of war in 1914, the US maintained a position of formal neutrality—partly owing to mass anti-war sentiment among American workers and farmers. The neutrality became increasingly fictitious as the war dragged on.

WSWS Editorial Board Chairman David North discusses upcoming lecture series on Russian Revolution

The ICFI is initiating its commemoration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 with a series of online lectures. David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, will give the first lecture, “Why Study the Russian Revolution?” The lecture will be streamed on YouTube on Saturday, March 11 at 5:00 pm Eastern (US). Four biweekly lectures will follow.

Register for the lectures today at wsws.org/1917

Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2017

Commentary

Juan Cole promotes Washington’s lies at University of Michigan talk on Syria

By Carlos Delgado, 27 February 2017

The professor sought to whitewash the role of US imperialism in Syria and provide support for the political establishment’s anti-Russia campaign.

Capitalism and America’s addiction epidemic

By Andre Damon, 25 February 2017

The discovery of a system with seven “Earth-like” exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 24 February 2017

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The racialist agenda of the “Decolonise Education” movement

By Joe Mount, 24 February 2017

Violent arrests as police begin evacuating Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp

By Zaida Green, 23 February 2017

Trade growth slows to lowest level since global financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 23 February 2017

Arts

Why is the Flaming Lips’ Oczy Mlody so disappointing?

By Hiram Lee, 27 February 2017

Indie rock veterans The Flaming Lips have returned with a new album of mostly detached psychedelia.

Russian revolutionary art exhibition in London excises Trotsky—and, more generally, historical truth
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

By Paul Mitchell, 25 February 2017

Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall: Issues bound up with a major Chinese film production

By Joanne Laurier, 23 February 2017

Australian governments’ decade-long cultural wrecking operation

By Richard Phillips and Linda Tenenbaum, 22 February 2017

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Bruckner symphony cycle in New York

The Trump Presidency

Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

By Joseph Kishore, 25 February 2017

Nazis in the Trump White House

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

Trump administration revokes transgender rights guidance issued by Obama administration

By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2017

US unions back Trump’s ultra-right “America First” program

By Jerry White, 23 February 2017

As the media hails Lt. General McMaster, the military strengthens its grip on the government

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2017

More on the Trump presidency »

Workers Struggles

“They are leaving us basically to fend for ourselves”
Detroit GM workers speak on layoffs as deadline draws near

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2017

With mass job cuts looming, German union pits Bombardier workers against one another

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2017

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the January 3 WSWS perspective article, “Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017”

IYSSE

Student representative body denounces right-wing positions of professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 20 February 2017

IYSSE meeting defends Bremen University Student Union against attacks by Jörg Baberowski

The election of Donald Trump, the danger of war and the political tasks facing young people

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 20 February 2017

ISO endorses IYSSE application for club status at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 16 February 2017

Open Letter to the International Socialist Organization
Reverse ISO position supporting political censorship at NYU

Socialist Equality Party

A wave of class struggles in Sri Lanka: Workers must fight for a socialist program to defend their rights

By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 February 2017

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
Trump and Brexit: For a socialist opposition to economic nationalism

11 February 2017

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
The political significance of Trump and the accelerated drive to war

10 February 2017

History

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part one

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part two

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

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?