Strikes spread in Mexico, thousands of police deployed to capital

By Neil Hardt, 6 January 2017

The trade unions and the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) are being mobilized to strangle the growing movement against cuts in gas subsidies.

Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico

Macy’s, Sears announce mass layoffs, hundreds of store closings across the US

By Niles Niemuth, 6 January 2017

The closings and layoffs are an indication of the actual state of the economy, more than seven years after the beginning of the supposed economic “recovery.”

Uncertainty over Trump program dominated Fed meeting

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2017

The Federal Reserve open market committee forecast a gradual rise in interest rates, and made clear it would take action to prevent wages from rising substantially.

Senators call for retaliation against Russia at “hacking” hearing

By Tom Hall, 6 January 2017

Yesterday’s hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee provided an opportunity for senators to kowtow before the US intelligence agencies and bray for war against Russia.

Split widens between Trump, CIA over Russian hacking allegations

WikiLeaks data reveals close cooperation between German intelligence and NSA

By Sven Heymanns, 6 January 2017

Some of the emails published by Wikileaks show the panicked reaction of the spy agencies to the revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013.

German interior minister demands centralisation of intelligence agencies

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 January 2017

De Maiziere’s proposals for strengthening the security apparatus calls into question the entire structure of the Federal Republic.

Indonesian military suspends “cooperation” with Australia

By James Cogan, 6 January 2017

The incident sheds light on the deep concerns in the Indonesian military over the prospect of the country becoming embroiled in a confrontation between China and the US.

Wakefield school cleaning workers sacked after three-month strike in UK

By Barry Mason, 6 January 2017

Unison, with over 1.2 million members and an annual income of more than £200 million, has proved unwilling and incapable of defending the jobs of three embattled cleaners.

US Senate report details price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies

By Zaida Green, 6 January 2017

The pharmaceutical companies, operating like hedge funds, cornered the markets on drugs for rare and life-threatening conditions to maximize profits.

Illinois enters 2017 in the midst of an ongoing budget crisis

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 January 2017

With a stop-gap budget having expired on December 31, higher education and social services throughout the state have been left without funding.

New Puerto Rican governor declares fiscal emergency, paves way for massive cuts

By Rafael Azul, 6 January 2017

During his inaugural speech, Governor Ricardo Roselló promised to work with the US fiscal control board aimed at increasing the flow of payments to the island’s Wall Street creditors.

Job losses continue in Australia amid stalling economic growth

By Terry Cook, 6 January 2017

Mounting levels of unemployment and underemployment underscore the fraud of the government’s claim that its policies would deliver “jobs and growth.”

New in Spanish

Manifestaciones en todo México contra el aumento de la gasolina

Por Eric London, 6 enero 2017

Miles de mexicanos se movilizan en las calles en contra de la decisión de Año Nuevo del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto de recortar los subsidios a la gasolina.

New in French

Protestations contre la hausse des prix de l’essence à travers le Mexique

Par Eric London, 6 janvier 2017

La décision du gouvernement mexicain de réduire les subventions à l’essence a provoqué des manifestations généralisées, des barrages routiers et des occupations de stations-service, suscitant des craintes au sein de la classe dirigeante d’une explosion sociale.

La campagne anti-russe sur les “fausses nouvelles” lancée à travers l’Europe

Par Julie Hyland, 6 janvier 2017

Les divisions aux États-Unis sur la politique étrangère trouvent leur reflet au sein et entre les élites dirigeantes à travers l’Europe

New in German

Mexiko: Landesweite Proteste gegen Benzinpreiserhöhung

Von Eric London, 6. Januar 2017

Große Teile der mexikanischen Bevölkerung reagieren auf die angekündigte Kürzung der Benzinsubventionen mit Demonstrationen, Straßensperren und der Besetzung von Tankstellen. Die herrschende Klasse fürchtet eine soziale Explosion.

Anschlag von Berlin: Attentäter Amri war deutschen Behörden unter 14 verschiedenen Identitäten bekannt

Von Johannes Stern, 6. Januar 2017

Zweieinhalb Wochen nach dem schrecklichen Terroranschlag in Berlin wird immer klarer, dass der auf der Flucht in Italien erschossene mutmaßliche Attentäter Anis Amri seine Tat de facto unter den Augen der Sicherheitsbehörden vorbereitete und durchführte.

Antirussische „Fake-News“-Kampagne in ganz Europa

Von Julie Hyland, 6. Januar 2017

Die vom Europäischen Parlament verabschiedete Resolution gegen sogenannte Falschnachrichten ist Bestandteil der Bemühungen, Russland zu destabilisieren und militärisch einzukreisen

Offener Streit zwischen Trump und CIA über „russische Hackerangriffe“

Von Andre Damon, 6. Januar 2017

In der Frage der russischen Einmischung in die Präsidentschaftswahl 2016 beschuldigen sich der designierte US-Präsident Donald Trump und geheimdienstnahe Politiker gegenseitig.

Wahlveranstaltung der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität
Die Wahl Trumps und die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 6. Januar 2017

Am Mittwoch kamen mehr als 60 Studierende und junge Arbeiter zur zweiten Veranstaltung der Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität im Rahmen der diesjährigen Wahlen zum Studierendenparlament.

Bulgarien vor Neuwahlen

Von Markus Salzmann, 6. Januar 2017

Zehn Jahre nach dem Beitritt zur Europäischen Union steckt Bulgarien in einer massiven politischen und sozialen Krise.

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Perspective

Congress grovels before the CIA as it escalates “Russian hacking” hysteria

6 January 2017

At Thursday’s congressional hearing, US Senators seemed to be in competition to demonstrate the most abject loyalty to the intelligence agencies.

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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 December 26, 1991, the Soviet Union (also known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)—which emerged out of the socialist revolution of October 1917—was formally dissolved by the Stalinist regime led by Mikhail Gorbachev. The destruction of the Soviet Union was the outcome of the anti-socialist and nationalist policies of the ruling bureaucracy. 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

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

By Tom Hall, 5 January 2017

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

By Dietmar Henning, 5 January 2017

Germany in 2016: Mass deportations and brutality toward refugees

The class struggle in the US in 2017

UK: Jeremy Corbyn re-launched as populist leader

Workers Struggles

New York City transit workers must fight to defend living standards and basic rights!

6 January 2017

The following statement is being distributed to New York City transit workers who are holding a mass meeting Saturday, ahead of the January 15 contract deadline for 30,000 bus drivers, subway workers and other transit authority workers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 January 2017

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

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

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 5 January 2017

Arts

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

By George Marlowe, 5 January 2017

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

Science

Some significant scientific developments of 2016

By Joe Mount, 4 January 2017

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.