Split widens between Trump, CIA over Russian hacking allegations

By Andre Damon, 5 January 2017

President-elect Trump and factions of the political establishment aligned with the CIA hurled accusations at each other Wednesday over allegations that the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 US election.

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

Anti-Russia “fake news” campaign rolled out across Europe

By Julie Hyland, 5 January 2017

Divisions within the US over foreign policy are mirrored within and between national ruling elites across Europe.

Notes on the Trump transition
Wall Street lawyer to head Securities and Exchange Commission

By Tom Hall, 5 January 2017

Trump’s appointment of Jay Clayton to head the SEC is another sign that his administration intends to remove all restrictions on the financial industry.

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

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Trump’s provocative tweets over North Korean missile threat

By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2017

Trump’s tweets are a further indication that he intends to put North Korea high on his foreign policy agenda as another means of exerting pressure on China.

Impeachment trial of South Korean president begins

By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2017

Key witnesses in the proceedings have been called to testify Thursday and next Tuesday, with a decision likely this or next month.

Turkish officials claim to have identified shooter in Istanbul nightclub attack

By Halil Celik, 5 January 2017

Turkish authorities issued photos of the alleged member of the Islamic State who reportedly entered Turkey from Syria and stayed in the province of Konya.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu faces possible indictment for corruption

By Jean Shaoul, 5 January 2017

An indictment would put Netanyahu under enormous pressure to step down.

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Racist agitation and state repression

By Dietmar Henning, 5 January 2017

The huge police deployment in Cologne on New Year’s Eve was accompanied by calls for the strengthening of the state apparatus.

Germany in 2016: Mass deportations and brutality toward refugees

By Stefan Steele, 5 January 2017

The ruthlessness and cruelty of German authorities against refugees is assuming alarming proportions. Last year alone, 25,000 were deported.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi of the Five Star Movement engulfed in corruption scandal

By Marianne Arens, 5 January 2017

Rarely has a party been so thoroughly unmasked as Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Rome.

Disability services privatised and targeted for more cuts in Australia’s public schools

By Susan Allan, 5 January 2017

An already under-funded scheme for providing disability services to public school children in the state of Victoria is to be targeted for further cuts.

Notes on police violence in America
Police kill unarmed man in Chicago, mentally ill man in New York

By Marcus Day, 5 January 2017

In a brutal start to 2017, police shot and killed two people each in Chicago and New York City, while a cellphone video widely shared on Twitter showed a North Carolina school officer body-slamming a teenage girl.

US police killed more than 1,150 in 2016

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More than 100 injured in Brooklyn train derailment

By Philip Guelpa, 5 January 2017

Wednesday’s crash is yet another in a series of recent railroad accidents in the New York metropolitan area pointing to deteriorating infrastructure and inadequate investment.

New in Spanish

La lucha por el socialismo y el centenario de la Revolución Rusa: 1917-2017

Por David North y Joseph Kishore, 5 enero 2017

Un espectro acecha al capitalismo mundial: el espectro de la Revolución Rusa. Este año marca el centenario de los históricos eventos que iniciaron con la Revolución de Febrero en Rusia y que culminaron en octubre con la conquista del poder por el Partido Bolchevique, liderado por Lenin y Trotsky.

New in French

Les médias espagnols font la promotion de la campagne « retour à la rue » d’Anticapitalistas et Podemos

Par Alejandro López, 5 janvier 2017

Le but de la campagne est de piéger l’escalade de la colère sociale derrière Podemos et de bloquer l’émergence d’une lutte politiquement indépendante de la classe ouvrière pour le socialisme.

Le dirigeant allemand de Die Linke Gregor Gysi va prendre la tête de la Gauche européenne

Par Peter Schwarz, 5 janvier 2017

Le 5e congrès du Parti de la gauche européenne a élu Gregor Gysi comme son nouveau président sur les recommandations empressées d’Alexis Tsipras de Syriza.

New in German

Der Klassenkampf in den USA – Ausblick auf 2017

Von Jerry White, 5. Januar 2017

In den USA und weltweit ist 2017 mit harten gesellschaftlichen Konfrontationen zu rechnen.

Bundesregierung plant „Abwehrzentrum gegen Desinformation“

Von Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 5. Januar 2017

Die Kampagne gegen Fake News im Internet dient als Vorwand, um eine staatliche Zensur- und Propagandabehörde einzurichten.

Innenminister de Maizière fordert Zentralisierung von Polizei und Geheimdienst

Von Ulrich Rippert, 5. Januar 2017

Zwei Wochen nach dem Terroranschlag auf einen Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt fordert der Innenminister eine grundlegende Umstrukturierung und Zentralisierung des Sicherheitsapparats.

Verheerende Armut in Polen

Von Clara Weiss, 5. Januar 2017

Ein Bericht der NGO Szlachetna Paczka, die armen Familien während der Weihnachtsfeiertage hilft, dokumentiert das Ausmaß der Armut in Polen.

Neuer US-Kongress: Demokraten signalisieren Bereitschaft zur Zusammenarbeit mit Trump

Von Patrick Martin, 5. Januar 2017

Die Führer der Demokratischen Minderheit im Senat und Repräsentantenhaus geben sich versöhnlich gegenüber dem Milliardärspräsidenten und seinem ultrarechten Kabinett.

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Perspective

Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico

5 January 2017

The Mexican government’s decision to cut gas subsidies has provoked widespread demonstrations, road blockades and gas station occupations, sparking fears within the ruling class of a social explosion.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

Commentary

Obamacare defenders extol health care overhaul as boon to corporate profits

By Kate Randall, 5 January 2017

Obama’s health care overhaul was never about providing universal or even near-universal, decent quality health care for the American people.

The class struggle in the US in 2017

By Jerry White, 4 January 2017

UK: Jeremy Corbyn re-launched as populist leader

By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2017

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

By Alejandro López, 4 January 2017

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

Arts

Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago
The photomontages of Soviet political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky (1907-1993)

By George Marlowe, 5 January 2017

An exhibition in Chicago features the work of a leading Soviet photomontage artist and designer, whose works attacked war, imperialism and fascism.

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

By Sandy English, 4 January 2017

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

Workers Struggles

Build rank-and-file committees
Fight GM layoffs! Defend the right to a job!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 5 January 2017

The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter has issued the following statement to General Motors workers in the wake of the announcement of mass layoffs by the Detroit-based automaker.

“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

Science

Some significant scientific developments of 2016

By Joe Mount, 4 January 2017

Great Barrier Reef suffering worst-ever coral bleaching

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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Mehring Books

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.