With bipartisan support, Trump defense nominee outlines plans for global war

By Tom Eley, 13 January 2017

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 24-3 to waive the legal restriction preventing the approval of a secretary of defense who has not been out of the military for at least seven years.

Trump taps anti-vaccine activist to chair vaccine safety panel

By Brad Dixon, 13 January 2017

Trump press conference: The oligarchy rules

Anti-Russian war-mongering dominates Senate hearing on Trump nominee for secretary of state

Inspector general to probe FBI role in 2016 elections

By a reporter, 13 January 2017

The wide-ranging investigation will include FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress on October 28, which Democrats claim tipped a closely fought election to Trump.

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Growing nervousness in Europe over Trump

By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2017

Initial hopes that Trump would moderate himself after the election campaign and pursue a course compatible with traditional Republican politics have not been realised.

French defence minister whips up hysteria over Russian hacking of elections

By Anthony Torres, 13 January 2017

Despite anti-Russian hysteria in the media, no concrete evidence has been produced to show that Moscow hacked election results either in the United States or France.

Industrial court endorses massive pay cuts at Australian power station

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 January 2017

The industrial tribunal’s ruling clears the way for pay cuts of 30–65 percent, a precedent that will be used against other workers.

Pensions cut for 330,000 Australian retirees

By Will Morrow, 13 January 2017

The cuts are the thin edge of the wedge of a far-reaching assault on the democratic right to a secure retirement.

Six children dead in Baltimore house fire

By Shelley Connor, 13 January 2017

Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly, but the three-storey, 107-year-old home was already completely engulfed in flames.

Outpouring of anger at Flint town hall meeting

By James Brewer, 13 January 2017

An overflow crowd of anxious and angry residents wasn’t buying the rosy scenario presented by officials on the Flint water crisis.

Judge orders Michigan to stop collections relating to alleged unemployment insurance fraud

By Debra Watson and Zac Corrigan, 13 January 2017

State officials used aggressive collection measures to force tens of thousands of unemployed workers to pay back benefits based on false accusations of fraud.

Long-delayed Second Avenue subway extension opens in New York City

By Mark Witkowski, 13 January 2017

New York City’s Second Avenue subway, which opened at the start of the year amid media fanfare, is geared mostly to the interests of the wealthy and the city’s real estate industry.

California state workers voting on new contract

By Dan Conway, 13 January 2017

More than 96,000 state workers are voting this week on a new contract between Service Workers International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 and the state government, led by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

Norway moves to join NATO anti-missile shield targeting Russia

By Terje Maloy, 13 January 2017

Norway is intensifying its plans to join the US-NATO missile defence system, serving as a strategically located military outpost on Russia’s northwestern border.

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Ekonomik ulusalcılık ve savaş sonrası düzenin çöküşü

Nick Beams, 13 Ocak 2017

2016 yılının en önemli özelliklerinden biri, ekonomik ulusalcılığın tırmanması ve sağcı milliyetçi ve popülist hareketlerin yükselmesiydi.

Sol Parti’nin önderi Berlin saldırısından dolayı Merkel’in sığınmacı politikasını suçluyor

Johannes Stern, 13 Ocak 2017

Berlin’deki Noel pazarına düzenlenen saldırıdan bu yana, Almanya parlamentosundaki tüm politikacılar, devlet yetkilerinde kapsamlı bir artış ve sığınmacılara yönelik daha sert baskı yönündeki taleplerde birbirleriyle yarışıyorlar.

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La rueda de prensa de Trump y el dominio oligárquico

Por Patrick Martin, 13 enero 2017

El miércoles pasado, Donald Trump demostró por una hora entera la arrogancia de la oligarquía y un desdeño hacia los principios democráticos sin paralelo en la historia de EE.UU.

El legado de Obama: guerra, represión y desigualdad

Por Joseph Kishore, 13 enero 2017

Obama y los sectores privilegiados alrededor del Partido Demócrata pueden llenarse halagos y técnicas de mercadeo para fabricar su legado, pero millones de personas más lo juzgarán por sus acciones.

El Congreso se postra ante la CIA e intensifica la histeria sobre los “ciberataques rusos”

Por Patrick Martin, 13 enero 2017

Ante una audiencia al Congreso, los senadores estadounidenses parecían competir entre ellos para demostrar quien le era más leal a las agencias de inteligencia.

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Conférence de presse de Trump : L’oligarchie règne

Par Patrick Martin, 13 janvier 2017

La conférence de presse de Trump mercredi matin a été une démonstration d’une heure d’arrogance oligarchique et de mépris pour les principes démocratiques qui n’a pas de parallèle dans l’histoire américaine moderne.

Le Drian agite la menace de cyberattaques russes pendant la présidentielle française

Par Anthony Torres, 13 janvier 2017

Malgré le tollé médiatique anti-russe après l’élection de Trump, aucun élément de preuve ne démontre une ingérence russe dans les élections aux États-Unis ou en France.

Hollande donne à l'armée et au renseignement le « feu vert pour tuer »

Par Kumaran Ira, 13 janvier 2017

Selon de récentes enquêtes de journalistes, le Parti socialiste a massivement intensifié le programme d’assassinats extrajudiciaires de l’État français qui a assassiné au moins 40 personnes.

Jeremy Corbyn : l’échec pour redorer l’image d’un “confusionniste de gauche”

Par Paul Mitchel, 13 janvier 2017

Le discours de Corbyn était un signal qu’il est prêt à faire les changements politiques que l’aile droite du parti exige de lui, y compris l’adoption d’une politique d’anti-immigration.

Une dirigeante de Die Linke attribue l’attentat de Berlin à la politique de Merkel envers les réfugiés

Par Johannes Stern, 13 janvier 2017

Une dirigeante de Die Linke, Sarah Wagenknecht, se présente à la tête d’une campagne droitière contre la politique de la chancelière Angela Merkel à l’égard des réfugiés en plaidant en faveur d’une extension des pouvoirs policiers.

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Trumps Pressekonferenz: Die Oligarchie an der Macht

Von Patrick Martin, 13. Januar 2017

Trump demonstrierte auf seiner einstündigen Pressekonferenz am Mittwochmorgen die ganze Arroganz der Oligarchie, die für demokratische Prinzipien nur Verachtung übrig hat.

Europa: Wachsende Nervosität über Trump

Von Peter Schwarz, 13. Januar 2017

Anfängliche Hoffnungen, Donald Trump werde sich nach Abschluss des Wahlkampfs mäßigen und einen Kurs verfolgen, der sich im konventionellen Rahmen republikanischer Politik bewegt, haben sich nicht bestätigt.

Wachsende Spannungen zwischen USA und China: Taiwans Präsidentin trifft führende Republikaner

Von Peter Symonds, 13. Januar 2017

Peking unterstrich seine Befürchtungen über engere Beziehungen zwischen den USA und Taiwan, indem es den Flugzeugträger „Liaoning“ die Formosastraße passieren ließ.

Antirussische Kriegstreiberei bei Senatsanhörung über Trumps Außenminister

Von Andre Damon, 13. Januar 2017

Senatoren beider US-Parteien brandmarkten den russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin als Kriegsverbrecher, Autokraten und Mörder.

Dritte Wahlveranstaltung der IYSSE an der HU
Die Universitäten als Zentren für rechte und militaristische Ideologien

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 13. Januar 2017

Am Mittwoch führte die Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität ihre dritte Veranstaltung im Rahmen der diesjährigen Wahlen zum Studierendenparlament durch.

Busfahrer-Streik in Hessen

Von Marianne Arens, 13. Januar 2017

Der Streik der hessischen Busfahrer, den Verdi für maximal zwei Tage Zum Dampfablassen geplant hatte, weitet sich aus.

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Perspective

Trump’s China policy threatens nuclear war

13 January 2017

President-elect Donald Trump and the cabal of billionaires and ex-generals who will comprise his cabinet have signaled they will substantially intensify the United States’ conflict with China.

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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.

Commentary

The Guardian uses anti-Russian hacking claims to proselytise for CIA and war

By Julie Hyland, 13 January 2017

The Guardian demands that readers abandon their critical faculties—or what the newspaper would undoubtedly deem their “illegitimate scepticism”—to line up behind the war aims of the CIA and the Democratic Party.

Taiwanese president meets senior Republicans, fuelling US-China tensions

By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2017

Mexican protests continue as consumer prices rise

By Rafael Azul, 12 January 2017

The Chicago Facebook torture video: A symptom of social decay in capitalist America

By George Gallanis, 12 January 2017

Economic nationalism and the breakdown of the post-war order

Obama’s farewell address: One last round of clichés and lies

In town hall broadcast, Sanders declares his readiness to work with Trump on trade war agenda

Arts

Saving the world: The moving legacy of sculptor Ernst Neizvestny (1925-2016)

By Lee Parsons, 13 January 2017

Last August the Soviet-Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny, one of the most interesting artists of the postwar period, and someone with a distinctive political history, died in New York City at the age of 91.

Hidden Figures and Passengers: One official story, and another trite one

By Joanne Laurier, 12 January 2017

Meryl Streep, Donald Trump and the Golden Globes

By David Walsh, 11 January 2017

Hail to the Chief—wealthy celebrities bid farewell to Obama

Workers Struggles

On-the-spot report from Chennai
Death of Renault Nissan worker exposes reality of India’s pro-investor policies

By Moses Rajkumar and Yuan Darwin, 13 January 2017

Basic safety conditions at Indian factories have further deteriorated due to the Modi government’s changes to labour laws that favour of investors.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 January 2017

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

Government and employers attack striking apparel workers in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2017

The repression is aimed at preventing a broader eruption by workers against their appalling living and working conditions.

Union reaches deal, moves to end Dayton, Ohio transit strike

By Vernon Stevens, 12 January 2017

Ohio workers face precedent-setting pension and retiree health cuts

By Evan Winters, 11 January 2017

History

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw—Part 2
From the Holocaust to present-day Poland

By Clara Weiss, 11 January 2017

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

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

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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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.

Mehring Books

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

12 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?