As new Congress is sworn in: Democrats signal readiness to work with Trump

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi adopted a conciliatory stance toward the billionaire president-elect and his ultra-right cabinet.

New US Congress to launch assault on social programs

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US police killed more than 1,150 in 2016

By Gabriel Black, 4 January 2017

The number of people killed by police every year in the United States exceeds by far those killed by police in every other major capitalist country.

UK: Jeremy Corbyn re-launched as populist leader

By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2017

Corbyn’s New Year message confirms his role as frontman for a party dedicated to waging war on the working class and against opponents of British imperialism throughout the world.

British workers face pay squeeze in 2017

Spanish media promote Anticapitalistas’ and Podemos’ “back to the streets” campaign

By Alejandro López, 4 January 2017

The aim of the campaign is to trap escalating social anger behind Podemos and block the emergence of a politically independent struggle of the working class for socialism.

Cuba turns to austerity and foreign investment to counter economic contraction

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 January 2017

Despite an increase in American tourists, Cuba’s economy contracted 1 percent last year largely due to the economic crisis affecting Venezuela.

Peru’s president facing mounting crisis after six months in office

By Cesar Uco, 4 January 2017

After six months in office, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski confronts mounting corruption scandals along with growing social unrest.

At least 23 dead, 17 missing in Indonesian ferry disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 January 2017

The tragic toll from the accident appears to have been caused by overcrowding, a lack of life jackets and other lax safety practices.

Russia proposes joint military exercises with the Philippines in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 4 January 2017

The proposal was made as two Russian warships visited the Philippines in the first official navy-to-navy contact between the two countries.

Australian state Labor government announces unprecedented police buildup

By Kurt Brown and Patrick Kelly, 4 January 2017

An additional 3,100 police officers will be recruited, expanding the size of the force by 20 percent.

Australia’s “border protection” regime claims another victim

Los Angeles legal defense fund provides meager aid to immigrants

By Toby Reese, 4 January 2017

A joint measure by the City and County of Los Angeles will provide $10 million in funding for legal assistance to residents facing deportation proceedings, far below need.

New in Turkish

IŞİD İstanbul’da gece kulübüne yönelik yılbaşı saldırısını üstlendi

Alex Lantier ve Halil Çelik, 4 Ocak 2017

Gerçekte, bu dehşet verici katliam, ABD’nin ve AB’nin Ortadoğu’ya yönelik askeri müdahalesinden; özelinde ise AKP hükümetinin Suriye’de başını ABD’nin çektiği vekil savaşındaki işbirliğinden kaynaklanmaktadır.

New in French

Le socialisme et le centenaire de la révolution russe : 1917-2017

Par David North et Joseph Kishore, 4 janvier 2017

Un spectre hante le capitalisme mondial : le spectre de la révolution russe. Cette année marque le centenaire des événements à jamais historiques de 1917, qui ont commencé par la révolution de février en Russie et culminé en octobre dans « dix jours qui ébranlèrent le monde », le renversement du Gouvernement provisoire capitaliste et la conquête du pouvoir par le Parti bolchevique.

L’État islamique revendique l’attentat du Nouvel An à Istanbul

Par Alex Lantier et Halil Celik, 4 janvier 2017

Environ 700 personnes fêtaient le Nouvel An à la boîte de nuit Reina quand un tireur isolé est entré dans les locaux, a tiré sur des gardes de sécurité non armés et tué 39 personnes.

Obama intensifie la campagne contre la Russie avec de nouvelles sanctions et menaces

Par Patrick Martin, 4 janvier 2017

Le décret présidentiel publié jeudi est nominalement dirigé contre le piratage russe, mais constitue une attaque radicale sur les droits démocratiques.

Certaines parties de l’appareil d’État tenteraient-elles de déstabiliser le gouvernement allemand ?

Par Johannes Stern, 4 janvier 2017

Au vu des faits qui ont fait surface et de la manière dont l’attentat est utilisé ainsi que de l’histoire allemande, il serait politiquement naïf d’exclure une implication de certaines parties de l’appareil d’État.

Le conflit Israélo-palestinien et la « solution à deux États"

Par Nick Beams, 4 janvier 2017

Le discours de John Kerry défendant l’abstention américaine sur une résolution de l’ONU critiquant les politiques expansionnistes d’Israël était un avertissement que l’abandon de la « solution à deux États » pourrait avoir des conséquences explosives.

New in Spanish

La campaña de mentiras sobre ciberataques rusos

Por Andre Damon, 4 enero 2017

La prensa estadounidense, encabezada por el New York Times, acogió las medidas de Obama contra Rusia por presuntos ciberataques, a pesar de la falta de evidencia aportada por el gobierno estadounidense.

New in German

Der Sozialismus zum 100. Jahrestag der russischen Revolution: 1917–2017

Von David North und Joseph Kishore, 4. Januar 2017

Ein Gespenst geht um in der Welt des Kapitalismus: das Gespenst der russischen Revolution. Vor genau einhundert Jahren kam es in Russland zu den Ereignissen von welthistorischer Bedeutung, die mit der Februarrevolution begannen und im Oktober 1917 ihren Höhepunkt erreichten: In „zehn Tagen, die die Welt erschütterten“ wurde die kapitalistische Provisorische Regierung gestürzt, und die Partei der Bolschewiki eroberte unter der Führung von Wladimir Lenin und Leo Trotzki die politische Macht.

Silvester 2016 in Köln: Rassistische Hetze und Staatsaufrüstung

Von Dietmar Henning, 4. Januar 2017

Ein massiver Polizeieinsatz in der Silvesternacht in Köln dient als Anlass für hemmungslosen Rassismus und Staatsaufrüstung. Bundesinnenminister Thomas de Maizière hat den Ausbau des staatlichen Unterdrückungsapparates angekündigt.

IS bekennt sich zu Sylvesteranschlag in Istanbul

Von Alex Lantier und Halil Celik, 4. Januar 2017

Etwa 700 Menschen feierten im Nachtclub Reina Sylvester, als ein einzelner Schütze den Club betrat und unbewaffnete Wachleute sowie 39 Besucher niederschoss.

Rom: Bürgermeisterin Virginia Raggi von der Grillo-Bewegung versinkt in Korruptionsskandal

Von Marianne Arens, 4. Januar 2017

Die Partei Beppe Grillos, der die Römer Bürgermeisterin angehört, rühmt sich des Kampfs gegen Korruption. Jetzt wurde ihr wichtigster Mitarbeiter wegen Bestechlichkeit verhaftet.

„Hitlers Professoren“: Eine Dokumentation der Kriegsverbrechen deutscher Wissenschaftler von Max Weinreich

Von Clara Weiss, 4. Januar 2017

Max Weinreichs klassische Studie Hitler’s Professors aus dem Jahr 1946 dokumentiert die Beteiligung führender deutscher Wissenschaftler an der Ermordung der europäischen Juden.

Neugewählter amerikanischer Kongress beginnt Angriff auf Sozialprogramme

Von Patrick Martin, 4. Januar 2017

Am 2. Januar nahm der amerikanische Kongress die Arbeit an einer ultrarechten Agenda auf, die auf die Zerstörung aller staatlichen Sozialprogramme abzielt, vor allem von Medicare, Medicaid und der Rentenversicherung Social Security.

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Perspective

The class struggle in the US in 2017

4 January 2017

This year promises to be one of increasing class struggle in the United States and around the world.

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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.

From the Archives

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.

Arts

A century since the publication of Henri Barbusse’s antiwar novel, Under Fire

By Sandy English, 4 January 2017

Under Fire was one of the first fictional treatments and intimate accounts of the hideous conditions facing solders at the front during the First World War, as well as the rise of revolutionary sentiment in the trenches.

Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson: A tribute to American cities and poetry

By Dorota Niemitz, 3 January 2017

Best films of 2016

Popular music in 2016

Science

Some significant scientific developments of 2016

By Joe Mount, 4 January 2017

Scientific advances during the past year shed light on a variety of topics, from the nature of space and time to the increasingly dire state of Earth’s environment.

Great Barrier Reef suffering worst-ever coral bleaching

Commentary

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party
Part two

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 3 January 2017

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party
Part one

Right-wing campaign on hacking allegations continues
Democrats, Republicans call for new sanctions against Russia

By Tom Hall, 3 January 2017

US bombs hospital amid escalating assault on Mosul

NATO forces menace Russia
US Army, German Bundeswehr dispatch thousands of troops to Eastern Europe

Key player in Flint water crisis issues defensive letter to “community leaders”

25 years ago: Deposed Haitian President Aristide accepts US deal

On January 5, 1992, deposed president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, agreed to accept a US-dictated settlement which would restore him to the presidential palace as the figurehead for a regime run directly by the American Embassy and the Haitian military command.

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50 years ago: Sit-down strike in Spain

On January 2, 1967, workers at four Standard Electrica factories in Madrid staged a day-long sit-down strike, winning the release of six labor activists jailed by the Franco dictatorship.

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75 years ago: Imperial Japanese troops enter Manila

On January 2, 1942 the imperialist war for control of the Pacific intensified further when Japanese troops entered the Philippine capital Manila on the island of Luzon.

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100 years ago: SPD theoretician Karl Kautsky promotes pacifist illusions

On January 7, 1917, the centrist opposition in the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) issued a resolution appealing to the imperialist powers engaged in the bloodbath of World War I to accept a “peace of reconciliation without violation of rights.”

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Workers Struggles

As strike enters third month
Momentive workers fight Trump’s billionaire appointee Schwarzman

By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2017

1,000 former GM Opel workers facing joblessness in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 3 January 2017

US railroads demand concessions from 145,000 workers

“People are working two to three Saturdays in a row and they are laying people off”
Anger mounting among US autoworkers in wake of GM layoff announcement

Mehring Books

Final Week! Mehring Books Holiday Sale|
Leon Trotsky and the struggle against fascism

28 December 2016

For the final week of the Mehring Books Holiday sale we are featuring works dealing with the fight against the rise of fascism in the 1930s.

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

12 December 2016

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP and workers’ action committee oppose attacks on plantation workers

By our correspondent, 28 December 2016

Sri Lanka: Political lessons of the Hambantota port strike

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

NYU, the Gulf monarchies and university-backed political repression

By Daniel de Vries, 28 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.