21 January 2017

Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees
Senate confirms Trump generals to head Pentagon, Homeland Security

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2017

The lopsided support of the Democrats for Trump's military nominees highlights the basic agreement of both big business parties on a policy of expanded militarism and war abroad and increased repression at home.

Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

Automakers announce US investments, anticipate big profits under Trump

More than 200 arrested in Washington DC
Dozens of protests against Trump’s inauguration across the US

By our reporters, 21 January 2017

Police arrested 217 protestors at anti-Trump demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on Friday, as thousands rallied across the country against Trump’s inauguration.

Massive police mobilization on eve of Trump’s inauguration

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In final acts of bloodletting, Obama orders bombings in Libya, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2017

The renewal of the US air war in Libya came amid signs that Russia is exercising increasing influence in the country.

Joint Russian, Turkish bombing campaign in Syria deepens NATO crisis

Declassified reports reveal torture techniques used by Bush-era CIA

By Shelley Connor, 21 January 2017

Newly declassified reports reveal evidence of the CIA’s torture techniques at black sites throughout the world excluded from the official Senate Torture Report released in 2014.

The Obama administration and the legitimization of torture

Canada’s ruling elite braces for reopening of NAFTA

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 January 2017

The Trudeau Liberal government intends to deepen Canada’s military-strategic cooperation with Washington so as to ensure privileged market access for Canada in a Trump-led America.

Mexican government in deep crisis in wake of mass protests

By Don Knowland, 21 January 2017

The recent unrest in Mexico and a nosedive in its president’s approval rating have led to a deepening governmental crisis.

Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament as Erdogan pushes for presidential dictatorship

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 January 2017

Erdogan is pushing for dictatorial powers as he faces rising strike activity in the working class and escalating tensions with the major NATO powers over his growing ties to Russia.

Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder for killing unarmed man

By Marcus Day, 21 January 2017

Lowell Houser, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for fatally shooting and killing an unarmed man earlier this month.

Justice Department report on Chicago police an exercise in damage control

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US house fire deaths totaled 2,290 in 2016

By Steve Filips, 21 January 2017

The terrible increase in the number of house fire deaths indicates the poor housing conditions faced by the working class.

Illinois AFSCME issues strike vote authorization

By George Gallanis, 21 January 2017

If a strike is called, the AFSCME leadership will do everything in its power to quickly end it.

British Supreme Court rules claimants can pursue action against UK for torture

By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2017

The court’s decision is a blow for the British political establishment, which has fought for years to keep secret the use of torture by Britain’s spy agencies and Special Forces.

Additional 37 Crown Post Offices to close in Britain

By Richard Tyler, 21 January 2017

Workers remaining in the Post Office face a situation in which the government is systematically removing its functions and starving it of investment as a prelude to its ultimate closure.

Australian state premier’s sudden resignation highlights political instability

By Mike Head, 21 January 2017

While Mike Baird claimed to be resigning for family reasons, he sent a barbed political message to Prime Minister Turnbull.

Australia: Latrobe Valley residents denounce corporate onslaught

By our correspondents, 21 January 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to workers about the escalating attacks on jobs and wages, and existing high levels of unemployment and poverty in the region.

New in Spanish

Enormes manifestaciones en Perú contra instalación de nuevas garitas de peaje en carretera Panamericana

Por Cesar Uco, 21 enero 2017

Lima, la capital del país, contra tarifas de peaje vehicular recientemente impuestas en la carretera que une a los pobres distritos de la clase obrera del norte con el centro de la ciudad.

New in French

L'investiture de Donald Trump: un événement qui restera marqué par l'infamie

Le Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Etats-Unis), 21 janvier 2017

L'histoire a rattrapé le capitalisme américain. Un jargon démocratique a longtemps servi a dissimuler sa décomposition socio-économique et à cacher l'écart entre les mythes politiques officiels et la réalité sous-jacente. Mais à présent, le masque est tombé.

Les bombardements russo-turcs en Syrie intensifient la crise de l’OTAN

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 janvier 2017

L’action russo-turque s'est déroulée la veille de l’investiture de Donald Trump, qui préparerait une escalade majeure de l'intervention américaine dans la région.

A Davos, le president chinois Xi Jinping met en garde contre une guerre commerciale

Par Alex Lantier, 21 janvier 2017

Au Forum économique mondial de Davos, Xi a salué le libre-échange et critiqué implicitement l’appel au protectionnisme de Trump

New in German

Die Amtseinführung von Donald Trump: ein Schandfleck in der Geschichte der USA

Socialist Equality Party, 21. Januar 2017

Die Geschichte hat den amerikanischen Kapitalismus eingeholt. Jahrzehntelang wurde sein wirtschaftlicher und sozialer Niedergang durch demokratische Phrasen bemäntelt und der Gegensatz zwischen den offiziellen Mythen und der gesellschaftlichen Realität vertuscht. Nun ist die Maske gefallen.

Syrien: Gemeinsame russisch-türkische Luftangriffe verschärfen Nato-Krise

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Januar 2017

Die gemeinsamen russisch-türkischen Operationen begannen kurz vor der Amtseinführung von Donald Trump, der Berichten zufolge eine Eskalation der amerikanischen Intervention in der Region vorbereitet.

Hessen: Verdi würgt Busfahrerstreik ab

Von Marianne Arens, 21. Januar 2017

Obwohl der Streik der hessischen Busfahrer in der Bevölkerung große Unterstützung und Sympathie genießt, würgt ihn Verdi ab und tritt am Montag in die Schlichtung ein.

Parlamentskrise in Polen vertieft sich angesichts der US-Truppenstationierung

Von Clara Weiss, 21. Januar 2017

Während die USA 3,500 Truppen in Ostpolen stationieren und damit offen die Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Russland eskalieren, verschärft die Regierung ihre Offensive gegen das Parlament.

Bombardier: Arbeiter in Konfrontation mit IG Metall

Von Gustav Kemper, 21. Januar 2017

Am Dienstag versammelte die IG Metall in Görlitz ihre Mitglieder im dortigen Bombardier-Betrieb, um „die Stimmung zu testen“.

Obamas letzte Pressekonferenz ebnet Trump den Weg

Von Barry Grey, 21. Januar 2017

Obama stellte die neue Regierung aus Milliardären, Ex-Generälen und ultrarechten Ideologen als Teil des normalen „Auf und Ab“ der Politik dar.

Baberowskis Carl-Schmitt-Vorlesung
Wie die Humboldt-Universität den „Kronjuristen des Dritten Reichs“ rehabilitiert

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Januar 2017

Am 27. Oktober 2016 hielt Jörg Baberowski an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität die dritte Carl-Schmitt-Vorlesung zum Thema „Die russische Revolution und die Ursprünge der souveränen Diktatur“.

New York University schließt Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE vom Campus aus

Von Eric London, 21. Januar 2017

Am 29. November 2016 erhielten Vertreter der IYSSE an der New York University einen Brief des Student Activities Board, der die Ablehnung der IYSSE als offizielle Hochschulgruppe noch einmal bekräftigte.

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Perspective

Trump’s fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

21 January 2017

Trump’s inaugural address combined nationalistic chest-thumping against foreign countries with bullying demands for patriotism and conformity at home.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2017

A specter is haunting world capitalism: the specter of the Russian Revolution. This year marks the centenary of the world-historical events of 1917, which began with the February Revolution in Russia and culminated in October with the conquest of political power by the Bolshevik Party, under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky.

The End of the USSR

By David North, 30 December 2016

On January 4, 1992, David North, national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), delivered a report which explained the historical background and significance of the end of the USSR. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of this critical event, the World Socialist Web Site is posting North's report.

Commentary

US media on inauguration day: Toadyism, triviality, social blindness

By David Walsh, 21 January 2017

In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.

The inauguration of Donald Trump: An event that will live in infamy

Davos annual summit: A social order confronting a growing crisis

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2017

The atmosphere at the World Economic Forum was a mixture of bewilderment over the disintegration of the present global order, coupled with fears as to where it might be leading.

Wealth distribution in the United States and the politics of the pseudo-left

By Eric London, 18 January 2017

New York Times film critics watch “while white”
Against racialism in film and art

By David Walsh, 19 January 2017

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn allies himself with Fabian Society’s right-wing agenda

By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2017

Roy Innis, black nationalist turned right-wing Republican, dead at 82

The Trump presidency and the coming conflict between Europe and America

Workers Struggles

Support the striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 January 2017

The strike by Hesse bus drivers is significant because millions of workers in Germany, Europe and throughout the world suffer under similar conditions.

Striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany: “The latest company offer is a joke”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 January 2017

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

IYSSE

IYSSE wins 7 percent of vote in Humboldt University student parliament election

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The IYSSE, the student and youth organization of the Socialist Equality Party (PSG), received 192 votes, up from the 147 votes it received last year.

Berlin: Humboldt University IYSSE holds final election campaign meeting
For a socialist movement against war and militarism!

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The final meeting of the IYSSE took place at Berlin’s Humboldt University on Monday as part of the campaign for the elections to the student parliament.

Students have the right to eat!

New York University: College, Inc.
NYU’s corporate-dominated expansion plan

Arts

Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night: Punishment and crime

By Joanne Laurier, 20 January 2017

Science

Nuclear winter—the long-suppressed reality of nuclear war
An interview with scientist and anti-nuclear activist Steven Starr

By Bryan Dyne, 19 January 2017

Obituary

Civil liberties attorney Jon Posner dies at 73

By Jerry White, 19 January 2017

A well-respected criminal defense attorney in Detroit, Posner defended the Workers League, the forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, in dozens of cases in the 1980s and early 1990s.

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of the preface to A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the preface to the new book by David North, A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016. The book is available at Mehring Books in both softcover and hardcover.

Book Review

Hitler’s Professors: A documentation of war crimes by German academics against the Jewish people

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2017

A Pound of Flesh: The US legal system’s war against the poor

By Nancy Hanover, 7 January 2017

25 years ago: South Korean autoworkers seize giant Hyundai plants

On January 15, 1992, 15,000 autoworkers seized control of the massive Hyundai complex in Ulsan, South Korea.

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50 years ago: Somoza massacres hundreds in Nicaragua

On January 22, 1967, hundreds of protesters in Nicaragua were gunned down by soldiers of the Guardia Nacional of military dictator Anastasio Somoza DeBayle, as they peacefully demonstrated in Managua.

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75 years ago: US social democrats endorse World War II

On January 17, 1942 the National Executive Committee of the Socialist Party, the American social democratic organization, reversed its position on World War II and gave support to the Allied imperialist powers under the slogan, “A Democratic and Socialist Victory.”

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100 years ago: Mass strikes and protests in Russia

On January 22, 1917, hundreds of thousands of Russian workers participated in demonstrations marking the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Tsarist regime’s brutal attack on a protest 12 years earlier, which had triggered the 1905 Russian Revolution.

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History

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw—Part 1
Jewish life in Poland before World War II

By Clara Weiss, 9 January 2017

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

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

Mehring Books

100 Years since the Russian Revolution
Mehring Books announces centenary edition of landmark documentary, Tsar to Lenin

12 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?