In interview with British and German press
Trump places question mark over EU, NATO and free trade

By Peter Schwarz, 17 January 2017

Leading German politicians have responded to Trump’s remarks by asserting Germany’s own economic and geopolitical claims.

Amid anti-Russia media campaign
First permanent deployment of US troops on Russian border since Cold War

Trump’s election as seen from Europe

Canada scrambles to keep privileged ties with Trump-led America

By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2017

Canada’s “progressive” Liberal government is mounting a full-court press to convince the incoming administration of Canadian imperialism’s importance to US global power.

Pledging “insurance for everybody,” Trump prepares to escalate attack on health care

By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017

The president-elect gave no specifics on how he will achieve “much lower deductibles,” and a less expensive system in which all Americans are “beautifully covered.”

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

Trump taps anti-vaccine activist to chair vaccine safety panel

More on the 2016 US election »

Iraqi civilian death toll mounts as fighting intensifies in Mosul

By Jordan Shilton, 17 January 2017

Up to 30 civilians were reportedly killed in a US-led air strike last Thursday. The UN reports that fully half of all casualties in Mosul have been civilians.

Mosul, Iraq and Obama’s legacy of war

Paris conference pleads with Trump to continue Middle East “peace process”

By Jean Shaoul, 17 January 2017

The Paris meeting demonstrates the futility of seeking a way forward for for the Palestinian people through a filthy deal between the Palestinian bourgeoisie, the Israeli government and the reactionary Arab states.

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

More on the war in Syria and Iraq »

Japan and Australia strengthen ties ahead of Trump’s inauguration

By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2017

In pursuing aggressive “America First” trade measures, Trump threatens the economic interests not only of China but also of close allies such as Australia and Japan.

Justice Department report on Chicago police an exercise in damage control

By George Marlowe, 17 January 2017

A report released by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice last week highlights unconstitutional acts of police brutality by the Chicago Police Department.

Notes on police violence
NYPD shoot, kill man holding screwdriver

By Kevin Martinez, 17 January 2017

Police killed Jahlire Nicholson on Friday after he allegedly threatened his mother with a screwdriver. He was the third person killed by the NYPD in less than two weeks.

More on police violence in America »

IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of working class families

By Marcus Day, 17 January 2017

The IRS is planning to delay processing billions of dollars in tax refunds to low-income recipients under the pretext of combating tax fraud and identity theft.

Four homeless dead in Portland, Oregon since beginning of 2017

By Hector Cordon, 17 January 2017

Record cold and snowfall are leading to perilous conditions for the city’s growing homeless population.

Protests lead to cancellation of alt-right speaking event at UC Davis

By Evan Blake, 17 January 2017

The hosting of far-right Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and the event's cancellation due to protests, mark the politically charged atmosphere leading up to Trump's inauguration.

Privatized highway toll sparks mass protest in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 17 January 2017

The eruption of violent clashes in Lima over the imposition of tolls follows a similar pattern seen in Mexico with the protests over the hike in gasoline prices.

Union seeks to impose wage cuts on Australian Paper workers

By Chris Sadlier, 17 January 2017

The union and management are invoking the threat of an imminent plant closure to bludgeon workers into accepting the deal.

Teenager killed on Australian building site

By Virginia Browne, 17 January 2017

The tragedy is one of a growing number of fatalities in the construction industry as builders, with union complicity, maximise profits by cutting basic health and safety.

New in Russian

Вашингтон использует против России язык войны

Джозеф Кишор, 17 января 2017 г.

В продолжение нескольких недель ведущие представители демократов и республиканцев постоянно обвиняют российского президента Владимир Путин в том, что он «военный преступник», следуя сценарию, неоднократно использованному перед каждым предыдущим актом военной агрессии.

New in Turkish

Meksika sahte solu ve gasolinazo karşıtı protestolar

Eric London, 17 Ocak 2017

Meksika genelinde patlak veren güçlü kendiliğinden protestolar, halkın geniş kesimlerinin eşitsizliğe, yolsuzluğa ve artan hayat pahalılığına karşı ortak hoşnutsuzluğunu açıkça ortaya çıkardı.

New in Spanish

El gobierno y los sindicatos mexicanos intentan sofocar las protestas para allanarle el camino a Trump

Por Rafael Azul y Eric London, 17 enero 2017

Las protestas en México contra los recortes a los subsidios para combustibles están siendo contenidas y suprimidas por el gobierno y los sindicatos para darle la bienvenida a Trump.

New in French

De Selma jusqu’à la CIA
John Lewis, Donald Trump et la disparition de l’establishment des « droits civiques »

Par Patrick Martin, 17 janvier 2017

L’ancien dirigeant du mouvement des droits civiques et membre démocrate du Congrès de longue date s’est joint à la campagne pour préparer l’opinion publique américaine à la guerre contre la Russie.

En plein campagne médiatique anti-russe
Premier déploiement permanent de troupes américaines à la frontière russe depuis la guerre froide

Par Andre Damon, 17 janvier 2017

Quelque 4000 soldats américains, accompagnés de chars, d’artillerie et de véhicules blindés, sont arrivés en Pologne le week-end passé, venant s’ajouter aux tensions avec la Russie à l’approche de l’entrée en fonctions de Trump.

Après l’attentat de Berlin : des lois plus contraignantes visent les réfugiés

Par Martin Kreikenbaum, 17 janvier 2017

Moins de trois semaines après l’attaque terroriste contre un marché de Noël à Berlin, le ministre de la Justice et le ministre de l’Intérieur, se sont mis d’accord sur un nombre de lois plus contraignantes ciblant les réfugiés et les migrants.

Il y a 75ans
Les sociaux-démocrates américains soutenaient la Seconde Guerre mondiale

17 janvier 2017

Le 17 janvier 1942, le Comité exécutif national du Parti socialiste américain a renversé sa position sur la Seconde Guerre mondiale

New in German

Der lange Marsch zur CIA
John Lewis, Donald Trump und das Ende der offiziellen „Bürgerrechtsbewegung“

Von Patrick Martin, 17. Januar 2017

Der bekannte Ex-Bürgerrechtler und langjährige Kongressabgeordnete John Lewis stimmt in die Kriegshetze gegen Russland ein.

Trump stellt EU, Nato und Freihandel in Frage

Von Peter Schwarz, 17. Januar 2017

In einem ausführlichen Interview mit der Londoner Times und der deutschen Bild-Zeitung stellte der designierte US-Präsident Donald Trump am Montag die Grundpfeiler der europäischen Nachkriegsordnung in Frage.

Trump droht erneut mit Abbruch der Ein-China-Politik

Von Peter Symonds, 17. Januar 2017

China wies Trumps Äußerungen zurück und erklärte, das Ein-China-Prinzip stehe als Grundlage der amerikanisch-chinesischen Beziehungen nicht zur Disposition.

Linkspartei präsentiert rechten Programmentwurf für Bundestagswahlen 2017

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Januar 2017

Im Kern des Programms steht der Anspruch des Linkspartei, 2017 auch auf Bundesebene Regierungsverantwortung zu übernehmen und eine Koalition mit den Hartz-IV- und Kriegsparteien SPD und Grüne einzugehen.

Dutzende Kältetote in Osteuropa und auf dem Balkan

Von Markus Salzmann, 17. Januar 2017

Eisige Temperaturen haben Dutzende Tote gefordert. Besonders dramatisch ist die Situation in den Flüchtlingslagern entlang der sogenannten Balkanroute.

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Perspective

Oxfam issues report on eve of Davos conference
Eight billionaires control as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population

17 January 2017

The report, released as the world’s billionaires converge on Davos, Switzerland, reveals that global inequality is even more pronounced than previously recognized.

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

Pro-Corbyn Momentum group seeks affiliation to Labour Party

By Richard Tyler, 17 January 2017

Any pretence Momentum maintained that it was a radical rank-and-file group, nominally independent of the Labour Party, has been destroyed.

From Selma to the CIA
John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2017

Trump again threatens to tear up One China policy

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2017

Former Australian prime minister denounces Trump over China

More on the South China Sea crisis »

Washington invokes the language of war against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 14 January 2017

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

More on the 2016 US election »

IYSSE

Students have the right to eat!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (United States), 17 January 2017

As the new year begins, students across the country are confronted with a basic problem: they do not have enough money for food.

New York University: College, Inc.
NYU’s corporate-dominated expansion plan

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2017

New York University announced last month that it will spend more than $1 billion on the construction of a single building, partially financed through contributions from ultra-wealthy individuals.

Workers Struggles

Dayton transit workers set to vote on sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017

Published details of the agreement include a major attack on health care benefits and a derisory pay increase.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 January 2017

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2017

Ford contract worker killed at Rouge complex outside of Detroit

More on auto workers struggles »

Book Review

Hitler’s Professors: A documentation of war crimes by German academics against the Jewish people

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2017

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

By Nancy Hanover, 7 January 2017

Arts

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

By Fred Mazelis, 14 January 2017

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

By Lee Parsons, 13 January 2017

25 years ago: South Korean autoworkers seize giant Hyundai plants

On January 15, 1992, 15,000 autoworkers seized control of the massive Hyundai complex in Ulsan, South Korea.

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50 years ago: Somoza massacres hundreds in Nicaragua

On January 22, 1967, hundreds of protesters in Nicaragua were gunned down by soldiers of the Guardia Nacional of military dictator Anastasio Somoza DeBayle, as they peacefully demonstrated in Managua.

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75 years ago: US social democrats endorse World War II

On January 17, 1942 the National Executive Committee of the Socialist Party, the American social democratic organization, reversed its position on World War II and gave support to the Allied imperialist powers under the slogan, “A Democratic and Socialist Victory.”

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100 years ago: Mass strikes and protests in Russia

On January 22, 1917, hundreds of thousands of Russian workers participated in demonstrations marking the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Tsarist regime’s brutal attack on a protest 12 years earlier, which had triggered the 1905 Russian Revolution.

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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

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?