New year opens with wave of layoffs in the US

By Jerry White, 9 January 2017

The Ohio-based retailer The Limited’s decision to close 250 stores and eliminate 4,000 jobs follows store-closing announcements by Macy’s and Sears.

US jobs report shows lower than expected hiring in December

Strikes in transport and other sectors to hit the UK

By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2017

The series of strikes points to a nascent rebellion by workers against the efforts of the trade unions to suppress opposition to the onslaught on jobs and wages.

Death toll mounts as UK National Health Service deliberately destroyed

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 January 2017

Having set the NHS up to fail, the government and the media will inevitably insist that the NHS must be made more efficient through the closure of “failing” services and privatisations.

German Interior Minister De Maiziere calls for police state powers

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 January 2017

The “Guidelines for a strong state in difficult times,” published by the interior minister in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, breaks with the fundamental principles of the constitution.

German government plans propaganda agency in response to “fake news”

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2017

The campaign against “fake news” on the Internet is being used as a pretext for state censorship and the establishment of a propaganda agency.

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

Palestinian kills four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem truck attack

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2017

The attack is the bloodiest incident in Jerusalem since Israeli authorities announced a stepped-up expansion of Jewish housing in the predominantly Arab eastern half of the city.

Right-wing campaign to pardon Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian

As contract expiration nears, union moves to block fight by New York transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.

“The working class needs better health care, wages, and retirement.”
New York transit workers discuss issues in contract battle

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 January 2017

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

Cleveland to pay $2.25 million settlement over 2011 police killing

By E.P. Milligan, 9 January 2017

While it is clear that the use of lethal force by the officer who shot Daniel Ficker was excessive and illegitimate, criminal charges were quickly ruled out.

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

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Child abuse and neglect soar in US military families

By Shelley Connor, 9 January 2017

For years, the Pentagon has maintained that child abuse is less common and less severe in military homes than it is among the civilian population.

Trial of Jakarta governor signals wider political turmoil in Indonesia

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 9 January 2017

The campaign against Basuki is a sign of sharpening rivalry among Indonesia’s political elites, amid growing economic uncertainty and a widening social gulf between rich and poor.

Australian government intensifies welfare “debt” crackdown

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2017

The government is dispatching thousands of “debt notices” demanding that current and former welfare recipients repay hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars.

Shots fired in clash between Papua New Guinea police and military

By John Braddock, 9 January 2017

Ongoing conflicts between police and soldiers highlight the explosive social antagonisms in PNG, which are being fuelled by a deepening economic crisis.

New in Spanish

Seguridad y la Cuarta Internacional
El juicio de la Ley Smith y la infiltración dentro del movimiento trotskista: Segunda parte
¿Por qué no se acusa a Joseph Hansen en el juicio de la Ley Smith?

Por Eric London, 9 enero 2017

Hace 75 años, 18 trotskistas fueron sentenciados a prisión por el gobierno estadounidense. Un nuevo libro sobre este acontecimiento escrito por Donna Haverty-Stacke devela un nivel antes desconocido de espionaje dentro del movimiento trotskista en EE.UU.

La lucha de clases estadounidense en el 2017

Por Jerry White, 9 enero 2017

El 2017 promete ser un año de creciente lucha de clases en Estados Unidos y por todo el mundo.

La pronta confrontación de Trump con China

Por Peter Symonds, 9 enero 2017

Sin la fuerza suficiente para imponer las reglas comerciales en el mundo, Estados Unidos está recurriendo a una escalada militar en Asia para reafirmar su poder, independientemente de que pueda desencadenar una guerra contra China.

Cuba gira hacia la austeridad y la inversión extranjera para contrarrestar la contracción económica

Por Alexander Fangmann, 9 enero 2017

A pesar de un incremento en turistas, la economía cubana se contrajo 1 por ciento el año pasado debido en gran parte a la crisis económica que afecta a Venezuela.

Israel, Palestina y la “solución de dos estados”

Por Nick Beams, 9 enero 2017

El discurso de John Kerry defendiendo la abstención de EE.UU. en la resolución de la ONU que critica las políticas expansionistas de Israel fue una advertencia de que el abandono de la “solución de dos Estados” podría tener consecuencias explosivas.

New in French

La confrontation à venir de Trump avec la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 9 janvier 2017

N’ayant plus les moyens économiques de déterminer les règles du commerce international, les États-Unis ont déjà entamé un renforcement militaire dramatique en Asie pour affirmer leur domination, même si cela mène à la guerre avec la Chine.

Les politiciens américains et les services de renseignement veulent couper les liens des néo-fascistes français avec la Russie

Par Alex Lantier, 9 janvier 2017

Les conflits entre les services de renseignement américaines, Donald Trump et le Front national français font ressortir les tensions géopolitiques qui sous-tendent l’hystérie anti-russe en Amérique et en Europe.

Dix ans de Québec solidaire:‭ ‬un parti pro-capitaliste et pro-impérialiste

Par Louis Girard et Richard Dufour, 9 janvier 2017

La fonction particulière de Québec Solidaire (QS) dans la politique québécoise et canadienne est de faire revivre le programme rétrograde et chauvin de l'indépendance du Québec.

New in Italian

Sindaco M5S di Roma Virginia Raggi travolta dagli scandali

Marianne Arens, 7 gennaio 2017

E' raro che un partito politico venga smascherato così completamente come è successo al Movimento 5 Stelle a Roma.

New in Russian

Катастрофическая эпидемия ВИЧ в России

Клара Вайс, 7 января 2017 г.

Спустя четверть века после упразднения СССР Россия охвачена эпидемией ВИЧ-инфекции, которая напрямую связана с массовым потреблением героина.

New in Turkish

Sosyalizm ve Rus Devrimi’nin yüzüncü yıldönümü: 1917-2017

David North ve Joseph Kishore, 7 Ocak 2017

Dünya kapitalizminin üstünde bir hayalet dolaşıyor: Rus Devrimi’nin hayaleti.

Türk yetkililer Reina saldırganının kimliğini tespit ettiklerini iddia ediyor

Halil Çelik, 7 Ocak 2017

Saldırı hakkındaki bilgiler, belirsiz ve güvenilmez kalmaya devam ediyor. Türk makamları, daha önce, fail olduğu düşünülen bir adamın fotoğraflarını yayınlamışlardı ama onun masum bir Kazak vatandaşı olduğu kanıtlandı.

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Perspective

The media campaign on Russian hacking and the US debacle in Syria

9 January 2017

Despite the absence of any factual evidence in the report released last week by US intelligence agencies on alleged Russian hacking, the media campaign for war shows no signs of abating.

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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

Maren Ade’s award-winning Toni Erdmann: Slaves to modern global business

By Bernd Reinhardt, 9 January 2017

The considerable international success of the German film certainly has something to do with frustrating and bitter experiences of broad sections of the population.

Rap artist Yasiin Bey’s “final” performance at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center

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

The core exhibition at the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw has now marked its second anniversary.

Commentary

The Obama administration and the legitimization of torture

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2017

Intelligence report offers no evidence of Russian hacking of US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2017

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

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Trump’s coming confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2017

US politicians, intelligence move to cut French neo-fascists’ ties to Russia

By Alex Lantier, 7 January 2017

25 years ago: European Community moves to dismember Yugoslavia

On January 15, 1992, the European Community formally opened diplomatic ties with the two northern Yugoslav republics Croatia and Slovenia.

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50 years ago: Johnson promises “more agony” in Vietnam

President Lyndon Johnson used his State of the Union address, delivered on January 10, 1967, to promise that the US would “face more cost, more loss, and more agony” in a war that had already killed thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt sets up War Labor Board

On January 12, 1942, US President Franklin Roosevelt established the War Labor Board, aimed at suppressing the class struggle in America for the duration of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Leon Trotsky arrives in New York

On January 14, 1917, Leon Trotsky arrived in New York as a political exile, having been deported first by France and then by Spain for his anti-war writings and activities.

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Workers Struggles

Protest by Illinois auto parts workers wins broad support on Facebook

By Shannon Jones, 7 January 2017

The class struggle in the US in 2017

UK: Janitors and IT workers at Glasgow City Council face common struggle

By Minnie Watson, 7 January 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Berlin university meeting discusses election of Trump and the return of German militarism

By our correspondents, 7 January 2017

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

Book Review

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

By Nancy Hanover, 7 January 2017

A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor, a new book by sociologist Alexes Harris, shows how legal financial obligations (LFOs) penalize the poorest among us.

Science

Some significant scientific developments of 2016

By Joe Mount, 4 January 2017

Mehring Books

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

12 December 2016

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?