UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledges hard Brexit, threatens trade war

By Chris Marsden, 18 January 2017

May’s aggressive posture is bound up with efforts to forge an economic and political alliance with the incoming administration of Donald Trump in the United States.

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

Chelsea Manning sentence commuted after seven years of brutal imprisonment

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2017

Manning’s trial and imprisonment for leaking evidence of war crimes was itself a crime, for which the US military and Obama administration are responsible.

US escalates Russia tensions on eve of Trump inauguration

By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2017

The deployment of 300 Marines to Norway Monday was accompanied by a barrage of anti-Russian rhetoric from the outgoing Obama administration.

Parliamentary crisis in Poland deepens amid US troop deployment

By Clara Weiss, 18 January 2017

As 3,500 US troops deploy to Poland, escalating plans for war against Russia, the ruling Law and Justice Party continues its efforts to build up a dictatorial regime.

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns of trade war in speech to Davos forum

By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2017

Xi delivered a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland hailing free trade and implicitly criticizing Trump’s call for protectionism.

Nepal-China military exercises: Another sign of rising geo-political rivalry

By W.A. Sunil, 18 January 2017

India considers increased military cooperation between China and Nepal will further undermine its influence in Kathmandu and a threat to its strategic ambitions.

Unanimous US Supreme Court insists on broad immunity for police

By Tom Carter, 18 January 2017

The eight justices on the US Supreme Court complained that lower federal courts are not granting immunity to police officers often enough.

Union reaches deal to block New York transit workers from recouping concessions

By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.

New York transit workers denounce sellout

By our reporting team, 18 January 2017

United States ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy for Cuban migrants

By Alexander Fangmann, 18 January 2017

The immediate end of preferential immigration policies for Cubans is entirely in line with Obama’s role as deporter-in-chief and Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.

Germany: Bus drivers in Hesse continue their strike

By Marianne Arens, 18 January 2017

In the last few weeks and months, workers in bus and transport companies and the public sector have commenced major strikes in France, Italy and the US.

Cyprus reunification talks seek to curb Russian influence in Mediterranean

By John Vassilopoulos, 18 January 2017

A request to attend by Russia, which has strong economic links to Cyprus and naval access to its ports, was not taken up.

India’s demonetisation scheme causing mass hardship

By Kranti Kumara, 18 January 2017

Demonitisation has forced farmers to sell to wholesalers at fire-sale prices, depressed consumer demand, and led cash-short employers to lay off workers en masse.

Australia: Melbourne homeless speak out against police harassment

By our reporters, 18 January 2017

Large contingents of police have used “move on” powers to shift groups of homeless people from busy areas of the city popular with tourists, including Flinders Street station.

New in French

Dans une interview avec la presse britannique et allemande
Trump remet en cause l'UE, l'OTAN et le libre-échange

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 janvier 2017

Des politiciens allemands ont réagi aux propos de Trump en affirmant les revendications économiques et géopolitiques de l'Allemagne.

Oxfam publie un rapport à la veille de la conférence de Davos
Huit milliardaires contrôlent autant de richesses que la moitié de l'humanité

Par Nick Beams, 18 janvier 2017

Le rapport, publié alors que les milliardaires du monde convergeaient sur Davos, révèle le caractère extrême de l’inégalité sociale du capitalisme mondial.

New in German

Acht Milliardäre besitzen mehr als die ärmere Hälfte der Weltbevölkerung

Von Nick Beams, 18. Januar 2017

Der Oxfam-Bericht erschien, als die Milliardäre der Welt im Schweizer Bergidyll Davos zusammenkamen. Er zeigt, dass die globale Ungleichheit ausgeprägter ist als bisher bekannt.

Bundesverfassungsgericht lehnt Verbot der NPD ab

Von Peter Schwarz, 18. Januar 2017

Das BVerfG begründete sein Urteil damit, dass die rechtsextreme Partei zwar verfassungsfeindlich sei, nicht aber bedeutend genug, um die Demokratie ernsthaft zu gefährden.

Erste permanente Stationierung von US-Truppen an russischer Grenze

Von Andre Damon, 18. Januar 2017

Rund 4.000 amerikanische Soldaten trafen am Wochenende mit Panzern, Artillerie und gepanzerten Fahrzeugen in Polen ein. Kurz vor der Amtseinführung Donald Trumps am 20. Januar verschärfen sich dadurch die Spannungen mit Russland.

Kölner Silvesternacht: Polizei verbreitete falsche Zahlen

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18. Januar 2017

Die Behauptung, in Köln hätten sich in der letzten Silvesternacht 2000 Männer aus Nordafrika zusammengerottet, war eine schlichte Lüge.

Vierte Wahlveranstaltung der IYSSE an der HU
Für eine sozialistische Bewegung gegen Krieg und Militarismus

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 18. Januar 2017

Am Montag fand die Abschlussveranstaltung der IYSSE für den Wahlkampf zum Studierendenparlament an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin statt.

Japan und Australien bauen ihre Beziehungen aus

Von Peter Symonds, 18. Januar 2017

Trumps Kurs der aggressiven nationalistischen Handelspolitik gefährdet nicht nur die wirtschaftlichen Interessen Chinas, sondern auch die von engen Verbündeten wie Australien und Japan.

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Perspective

Wealth distribution in the United States and the politics of the pseudo-left

18 January 2017

An analysis of statistics on economic stratification in the United States reveals the material basis of identity politics.

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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.

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

Patriots Day: An ode to law enforcement and repression

By Hiram Lee, 18 January 2017

The latest collaboration of director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg is a right-wing tribute to law enforcement following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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

Commentary

Germany’s Left Party presents right-wing draft programme for federal election

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2017

At the heart of the programme is the Left Party’s desire to assume government responsibility at the federal level in coalition with the SPD and Greens, two parties of austerity and war.

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

By Nick Beams, 17 January 2017

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

By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017

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

Canada scrambles to keep privileged ties with Trump-led America

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Justice Department report on Chicago police an exercise in damage control

By George Marlowe, 17 January 2017

Pro-Corbyn Momentum group seeks affiliation to Labour Party

By Richard Tyler, 17 January 2017

IYSSE

Students have the right to eat!

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

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

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2017

Workers Struggles

Dayton transit workers set to vote on sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017

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

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?