US Congress moves to repeal Obamacare in order to impose even deeper health cuts

By Kate Randall, 14 January 2017

Trump and the Republicans are opposing Obamacare, itself a pro-corporate attack on health care for working people, from the right, moving to dismantle Medicaid and strip more people of health coverage.

Only days before Trump’s inauguration
Obama expands NSA spying

By George Gallanis, 14 January 2017

Under new rules imposed by the Obama administration, the NSA can share the personal communications data of millions of people with 16 other US intelligence agencies.

FBI informant at Best Buy’s Geek Squad conducted warrantless searches of customers’ devices

By Zaida Green, 14 January 2017

China and Russia to counter US anti-missile systems in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 14 January 2017

While nominally directed against North Korea, the THAAD deployment in South Korea is part of the US military buildup in Asia for war against China and Russia.

Trump’s China policy threatens nuclear war

Taiwanese president meets senior Republicans, fuelling US-China tensions

Report to Davos summit: Rising inequality threatens “market capitalism”

By Nick Beams, 14 January 2017

The central theme of the World Economic Forum report for this year’s annual gathering of the global elites is that the very legitimacy of “market capitalism” is being called into question.

Ford contract worker killed at Rouge complex outside of Detroit

By Tim Rivers, 14 January 2017

A contract worker, Ricky Mcintosh, died Wednesday morning after a fall from an overhead crane.

“The union is not for us”
Detroit autoworkers speak out against GM layoffs

By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2017

With layoffs scheduled for March 5, workers are facing temporary plant closures that play havoc with their lives and finances.

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Syria accuses Israel of launching missile strike against military airport in Damascus

By Niles Niemuth, 14 January 2017

Israel reportedly carried out its third attack against Syria in as many months even as a ceasefire in the six-year-old US-stoked civil war continues to hold.

PS candidates signal continuity with French President Hollande’s policies

By Alex Lantier, 14 January 2017

Despite fears of a Socialist Party electoral collapse, not a single candidate forthrightly criticized Hollande or called for a shift in policy in the interests of working people.

Die Zeit journalists lose lawsuit against German satirical television show

By Peter Schwarz, 14 January 2017

Germany’s Federal Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision banning television channel ZDF from focusing on the ties of Zeit journalists to the security establishment.

More restrictive laws target refugees after Berlin attack

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 January 2017

Less than three weeks after the terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, the German justice minister and interior minister have agreed on a number of more restrictive laws targeting refugees and migrants.

Resignation of Sinn Fein’s McGuinness throws Northern Ireland into crisis

By Steve James, 14 January 2017

Since 2007, Sinn Fein and Martin McGuinness have defended power-sharing and their relationship with the Democratic Unionist Party.

UK: May and Corbyn suppress scandal over Israel's role in anti-Corbyn coup

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 14 January 2017

In response to proof that the coup against him was sponsored by Israel, Corbyn has not said a single word.

Millions of disabled Australians to be denied national insurance support

By Max Newman, 14 January 2017

The National Disability Insurance Scheme will deny adequate assistance to many in need, even those with severe mental illnesses.

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La politique chinoise de Trump risque la guerre nucléaire

Par James Cogan, 14 janvier 2017

Le président élu Donald Trump et la cabale de milliardaires et d’anciens généraux qui composeront son cabinet ont signalé qu’ils intensifieront considérablement le conflit des États-Unis avec la Chine.

Avec un soutien bipartite, le futur ministre de la défense de Trump décrit les plans de guerre mondiale

Par Tom Eley, 14 janvier 2017

La Commission des services armés du Sénat a voté par 24 voix contre 3 la levée des restrictions juridiques qui empêchaient un secrétaire à la défense d’assumer ses fonctions avant d’avoir quitté l’armée depuis au moins sept ans.

La nervosité face à Trump s’accroît en Europe

Par Peter Schwarz, 14 janvier 2017

Les espoirs initiaux selon lesquels Trump ferait preuve de modération après la campagne électorale en poursuivant une ligne politique compatible avec celle de la politique républicaine traditionnelle ne se sont pas concrétisés.

Messages du nouvel an des syndicats québécois:
Le sabotage de la résistance ouvrière aux libéraux va se poursuivre

Par Louis Girard, 14 janvier 2017

Si le gouvernement Couillard a pu imposer son programme de droite dans la dernière année, malgré une large opposition populaire, c’est grâce à la complicité des syndicats.

Il y a 25 ans
La communauté européenne engageait le démembrement de la Yougoslavie

14 janvier 2017

Le 15 janvier 1992, la Communauté européenne a formellement établi des relations diplomatiques avec les deux républiques du Nord de la Yougoslavie : la Croatie et la Slovénie.

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Trumps China-Politik droht Atomkrieg auszulösen

Von James Cogan, 14. Januar 2017

Der designierte Präsident Donald Trump und seine Gefolgsleute aus Milliardären und Ex-Generälen in seinem Kabinett haben signalisiert, dass sie den Konflikt der Vereinigten Staaten mit China erheblich verschärfen werden.

Parteiübergreifende Unterstützung für Kriegspläne von Trumps Verteidigungsminister

Von Tom Eley, 14. Januar 2017

Der Streitkräfteausschuss des Senats stimmte mit einer Mehrheit von 24 zu drei Stimmen für die Aussetzung der rechtlichen Einschränkung bei der Ernennung eines Verteidigungsministers, der vor weniger als sieben Jahren aus dem Militär ausgetreten ist.

Trumps künftiger Justizminister verteidigt rechtes antidemokratisches Programm

Von Patrick Martin, 14. Januar 2017

Die Anhörung von Senator Jeff Sessions zu seiner Berufung zum Justizminister hat klar gemacht, dass die Trump-Regierung die rechteste Regierung in der amerikanischen Geschichte sein wird, und dass die Demokraten nichts dagegen unternehmen werden.

Socialist Equality Party (UK), Resolutionen des Parteitags 2016
Für eine neue sozialistische Bewegung gegen Militarismus, Austerität und Krieg

14. Januar 2017

Ende Oktober 2016 hielt die Socialist Equality Party (UK) in Sheffield ihren dritten Parteitag ab.

Ruhrgebiet: Sozialdemokraten laufen zur AfD über

Von Dietmar Henning, 14. Januar 2017

Viele SPD-Funktionäre reagieren auf die soziale Krise, indem sie gegen Muslime und Flüchtlinge hetzen und zur AfD wechseln. Der bekannteste unter ihnen ist Guido Reil.

Grillos Kehrtwende im Europaparlament

Von Marianne Arens, 14. Januar 2017

Die Europaabgeordneten der italienische Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung sollten nach Grillos Willen vom EU-skeptischen ins EU-freundliche Lager wechseln – und sitzen jetzt wieder bei den EU-Gegnern.

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Perspective

Washington invokes the language of war against Russia

14 January 2017

Over the past several weeks, top Democratic and Republican officials have denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “war criminal,” following a script used before every previous act of military aggression.

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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 Mexican pseudo-left and the anti-gasolinazo protests

By Eric London, 14 January 2017

The MTS is appealing to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s nationalist and pro-capitalist Morena to lead opposition to the gasolinazo subsidy cuts.

Mexican protests continue as consumer prices rise

“Left” Greens faction formed in Australia amid growing discontent

By James Cogan, 14 January 2017

The motivation for the faction’s formation is concern over the fall of support for the Greens.

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

By Tom Eley, 13 January 2017

Inspector general to probe FBI role in 2016 elections

Trump taps anti-vaccine activist to chair vaccine safety panel

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

By Julie Hyland, 13 January 2017

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

Economic nationalism and the breakdown of the post-war order

Arts

August Wilson’s Fences—an African-American family in mid-20th century Pittsburgh

By Fred Mazelis, 14 January 2017

The film is the first screen adaptation of any of the plays in Wilson’s cycle of 10 spanning the 20th century.

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

By Lee Parsons, 13 January 2017

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 January 2017

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

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

Government and employers attack striking apparel workers in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2017

California state workers voting on new contract

By Dan Conway, 13 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?