As Senate confirmation hearings begin
Trump names son-in-law to White House post

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2017

Jared Kushner will be the seventh billionaire to take a top position in the Trump administration.

US destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian patrol boats

By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2017

The incident underscores the volatile situation in the Middle East and the potential for a rapid rise of US-Iranian tensions once Trump assumes the US presidency.

US-Russian tensions sharpen over Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 10 January 2017

The carrying out of a ground raid by US special forces troops in eastern Syria makes clear Washington’s determination to escalate the conflict.

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

Russia and Turkey broker ceasefire in Syria

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Mexican government, trade unions mobilize against protests to pave the way for Trump

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 10 January 2017

In response to mass demonstrations against gasoline subsidy cuts, the government and trade unions are policing popular anger in order to lay out the welcome mat for Trump.

Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico

Brexit deepens existential crisis of UK and European Union

By Chris Marsden, 10 January 2017

The row over what relationship the UK will have with the European Union takes place under conditions where its very survival is threatened.

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

Dayton, Ohio transit workers strike over wages, health care

By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2017

The walkout by 463 drivers and mechanics is the first by transit workers in Dayton in nearly 60 years.

University of California support staff in one-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 10 January 2017

The strike affects all 10 UC campuses and five medical centers throughout the system.

Details emerge of Fort Lauderdale shooter’s experience in military

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 January 2017

Reports from friends and family continue to emerge regarding the toll that Esteban Santiago’s time in Iraq took on his mental state.

Notes on police violence
Philadelphia to pay $4.4 million to delivery worker shot by police in 2014

By E.P. Milligan, 10 January 2017

Though Phillippe Holland has been awarded a multi-million dollar settlement, the incident has radically altered the young man’s life after being shot in the head and body.

Cleveland to pay $2.25 million settlement over 2011 police killing

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Massachusetts governor cuts social programs, continues corporate tax giveaways

By John Marion, 10 January 2017

According to official statistics, the Massachusetts economy is booming, but Republican Charlie Baker will not consider corporate tax increases to pay for lifesaving social programs.

Over 100 inmates killed in wave of Brazilian prison massacres

By Miguel Andrade, 10 January 2017

Overcrowding and systematic abusive detentions expose inmates to harassment by organized crime and many forms of oppression by authorities.

Devastating HIV epidemic hits Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 January 2017

A quarter century after the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991, an HIV epidemic, closely bound up with massive heroin consumption, is raging in Russia.

Former Sri Lankan president threatens to topple government

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 January 2017

Rajapakse hopes to return to power in 2017 by exploiting the growing political and economic crisis facing the government.

“Kindy boot camp” enrolments proliferating in Australia

By Perla Astudillo, 10 January 2017

Increasing numbers of parents are feeling pressured to organise tutoring for their young children in “kindy boot camps” where they undergo structured learning and constant testing.

New in Spanish

Cuatro muertes y más de mil arrestos en protestas en todo México

Por Eric London, 10 enero 2017

Mientras que la policía reprime las demonstraciones, los sindicatos y la “izquierda” burguesa hacen lo posible para contener el movimiento de protesta.

El presidente del Perú enfrenta una creciente crisis a los seis meses de asumir el cargo

Por Cesar Uco, 10 enero 2017

Después de seis meses en el cargo, el presidente peruano, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, enfrenta escándalos de corrupción aumentando y creciente agitación social.

Cuatrocientos años desde la muerte de William Shakespeare—Parte 1
Y una conversación con James Shapiro de la Universidad de Columbia

Por David Walsh, 10 enero 2017

Cuatro siglos han pasado desde la muerte del dramaturgo William Shakespeare. El redactor de artes del WSWS, David Walsh, habló con James Shapiro, autor de numerosos libros notables sobre el dramaturgo y sus tiempos.

New in French

La campagne médiatique sur le piratage russe et la débâcle américaine en Syrie

Par Andre Damon, 10 janvier 2017

Malgré l’absence de toute preuve factuelle dans le rapport des agences de renseignement américaines publié la semaine dernière sur le piratage attribué aux russes, la campagne des médias ne donne pas de signes d’essoufflement.

Grèves dans les transports et d’autres secteurs prévues au Royaume-Uni

Par Robert Stevens, 10 janvier 2017

La série de grèves indique une rébellion naissante des travailleurs contre les efforts des syndicats pour supprimer l’opposition à l’assaut sur les emplois et les salaires.

Les municipalités du Québec réduisent les pensions, encore

Par Richard Dufour, 10 janvier 2017

Les régimes de retraite à prestations déterminées sont sous attaque patronale-syndicale conjointe partout au Canada.

New in German

Angebliche russische Hackerangriffe und das US-Debakel in Syrien

Von Andre Damon, 10. Januar 2017

Obwohl ein Bericht der US-Geheimdienste keinerlei Beweise enthält, geht die Medienkampagne gegen angebliche russische Hackerangriffe munter weiter.

Joschka Fischer ruft nach nationaler Aufrüstung

Von Peter Schwarz, 10. Januar 2017

Unter der Überschrift, „Eingezwängt zwischen den Präsidenten Trump und Putin kann die EU nicht weiter ‚Soft Power‘ bleiben“, plädiert der ehemalige grüne Außenminister für eine „Sicherheitsoption auf der Grundlage des Nationalstaats“.

USA: Massenentlassungen zum neuen Jahr

Von Jerry White, 10. Januar 2017

Das Einzelhandelsunternehmen The Limited aus Ohio schließt 250 Filialen und streicht 4.000 Stellen. Auch Macy's und Sears haben Filialschließungen angekündigt.

Großbritannien: Streiks im Bahnverkehr und weiteren Sektoren

Von Robert Stevens, 10. Januar 2017

Arbeiter wehren sich mit den Streiks gegen die Gewerkschaften, denn diese unterdrücken den Widerstand gegen die Angriffe von Regierung und Unternehmen auf Arbeitsplätze und Löhne.

Rassistische Ausschreitungen in Polen

Von Clara Weiss, 10. Januar 2017

In der nordostpolnischen Stadt Ełk gab es zu Neujahr nach der Ermordung eines 21-jährigen Polen rassistische Ausschreitungen. Seitdem ist es auch in mehreren anderen Städten zu rassistischen Übergriffen gekommen.

Frankfurt: Demonstration gegen Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan

Von Marianne Arens, 10. Januar 2017

Über tausend Teilnehmer protestierten in Frankfurt gegen die Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan. Alle etablierten Parteien, auch Die Linke, unterstützen die menschenverachtende deutsche Asylpolitik.

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Perspective

Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

10 January 2017

For Obama and the privileged social layers that surround the Democratic Party, a legacy can be crafted with honeyed phrases and clever marketing. Millions of people, however, will judge the administration by its actions.

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

Racial politics in the service of the CIA
New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s McCarthyite rant on Russian hacking

By Tom Hall, 10 January 2017

Blow’s column is a demonstration of the pro-imperialist, right-wing orientation of the liberal, upper-middle class Democratic Party layers that are obsessively focused on racial and identity politics.

Germany: The Greens’ Joschka Fischer calls for national rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 10 January 2017

Under the headline, “Squeezed between Presidents Putin and Trump, the EU cannot remain a ‘soft power,’” the former Green Party foreign minister advocates a “security option based on the nation state.”

UK rail union TSSA and pro-Corbyn Momentum stoke up anti-European sentiment

By Paul Mitchell, 10 January 2017

A video posted by the pro-Corbyn Momentum organization seeks to portray the population of Europe as benefitting from the privatization if the UK’s rail network.

Intelligence report offers no evidence of Russian hacking of US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2017

More on the 2016 US election »

The Obama administration and the legitimization of torture

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2017

Arts

Hail to the Chief—wealthy celebrities bid farewell to Obama

By Hiram Lee, 10 January 2017

The Obama administration hosted an all-star farewell party at the White House this weekend, and celebrities from throughout the film and music industries came to pay their respects.

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

By Bernd Reinhardt, 9 January 2017

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 January 2017

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

Strikes in transport and other sectors to hit the UK

By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2017

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

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

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

New year opens with wave of layoffs in the US

By Jerry White, 9 January 2017

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.

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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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?