Joint Russian, Turkish bombing campaign in Syria deepens NATO crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2017

The joint Russian-Turkish action came on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who is reportedly preparing a major escalation of US intervention in the region.

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Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

By Niles Niemuth, 20 January 2017

The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget proposal containing historic cuts, based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

US Senate panel rubber stamps “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon chief

Trump nominee reaffirms support for assault on Medicare and Medicaid

Obama uses final press conference to smooth transition to Trump

Automakers announce US investments, anticipate big profits under Trump

By Jerry White, 20 January 2017

Over the past weeks major US- and foreign-based automakers have announced they will maintain or expand production in the US and, in some cases, trim back operations in Mexico.

Massive police mobilization on eve of Trump’s inauguration

By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017

Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By our reporter, 20 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

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Global temperatures set new highs for third consecutive year

By Bryan Dyne, 20 January 2017

After eight years in which the Obama administration did nothing to address climate change, the incoming Trump government is set to fully deregulate greenhouse gas emissions.

NYPD to take over security at New York City homeless shelters

By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017

With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.

“We should take a stand and reject this contract”
New York transit workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017

New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.

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

UK: ASLEF drivers’ union calls off Southern Rail strikes

By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2017

The planned action was over the company’s plans to widen the use of driver only operated trains.

Striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany: “The latest company offer is a joke”

By Marianne Arens, 20 January 2017

Verdi is conducting the most limited possible action, mobilizing only bus drivers immediately affected while refusing to extend it to other sections of workers.

Germany: Bus drivers in Hesse continue their strike

Australian government reshuffled again under mounting corporate pressure

By Mike Head, 20 January 2017

Prime Minister Turnbull’s fourth cabinet reshuffle in 16 months underscores the Liberal-National government’s instability.

Carers cut off services under Australian disability scheme

By Max Newman, 20 January 2017

Carers of people with a disability are being denied support programs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

New in Italian

Europa: Grillo cambia corso

Marianne Arens, 19 gennaio 2017

I deputati M5S del Parlamento Europeo stavano per virare da un gruppo euroscettico a uno pro-europeo. Ma si trovano ora di nuovo con gli euroscettici.

New in Spanish

Oxfam publica estudio en vísperas del Foro de Davos
Ocho millonarios controlan tanta riqueza como la mitad de la población mundial

Por Nick Beams, 19 enero 2017

Mientras se lleva a cabo la cumbre de multimillonarios en Davos, Oxfam devela que la desigualdad en el mundo es incluso mayor de lo que se venía reconociendo.

New in French

La présidence de Trump et le conflit à venir entre l'Europe et l'Amérique

Par Chris Marsden, 20 janvier 2017

C'est la première fois qu'un président américain se fixe ouvertement comme but la dissolution de l'UE.

New in German

Unterstützt den Streik der hessischen Busfahrer!

Von der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 20. Januar 2017

Der Streik der hessischen Busfahrer ist so bedeutsam, weil Millionen Arbeiterinnen und Arbeiter in Deutschland, in Europa und auf der ganzen Welt unter ähnlichen Bedingungen leiden.

StuPa-Wahl an der HU: IYSSE gewinnen sieben Prozent

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 20. Januar 2017

Bei den Wahlen zum Studierendenparlament an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin haben die IYSSE ihr bisher bestes Ergebnis erzielt. Laut vorläufigem Ergebnis erhielten sie mit 7,05 Prozent der Stimmen vier Mandate.

Strafmaß für Chelsea Manning nach sieben Jahren brutaler Haft verkürzt

Von Patrick Martin, 20. Januar 2017

Die Strafverfolgung und brutale Behandlung Mannings sind selbst ein Verbrechen, für welches das US-Militär und die Obama-Regierung verantwortlich sind.

US-Senatsausschuss bestätigt „Mad Dog Mattis“ als Verteidigungsminister

Von Patrick Martin, 20. Januar 2017

Alle außer einem Demokraten im Streitkräfteausschuss des Senats haben dafür gestimmt, Trumps Kandidaten für das Amt des Verteidigungsministers zu bestätigen.

Trump signalisiert Abkehr vom „starken Dollar“

Von Nick Beams, 20. Januar 2017

Trumps Äußerungen im Wall Street Journal lagen auf der Linie der anti-chinesischen Rhetorik, der er sich auch im Wahlkampf bedient hatte.

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Perspective

The inauguration of Donald Trump: An event that will live in infamy

20 January 2017

History has caught up with American capitalism. The protracted process of economic and social decay has been covered over for decades with democratic phrases that served to disguise the gap between the official political myths and the underlying reality. But the mask has now come off.

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.

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.

Featured Commentary

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

By Eric London, 18 January 2017

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

IYSSE

IYSSE wins 7 percent of vote in Humboldt University student parliament election

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The IYSSE, the student and youth organization of the Socialist Equality Party (PSG), received 192 votes, up from the 147 votes it received last year.

Berlin: Humboldt University IYSSE holds final election campaign meeting
For a socialist movement against war and militarism!

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The final meeting of the IYSSE took place at Berlin’s Humboldt University on Monday as part of the campaign for the elections to the student parliament.

Students have the right to eat!

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

Commentary

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn allies himself with Fabian Society’s right-wing agenda

By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2017

No less than 15 shadow secretaries of state and nine shadow ministers, who resigned from Corbyn’s cabinet in a bid to force him out, were associated with the Fabian Society.

Roy Innis, black nationalist turned right-wing Republican, dead at 82

By Fred Mazelis, 20 January 2017

The trajectory of Innis provided a stark exposure of the reactionary politics of black nationalism.

The Trump presidency and the coming conflict between Europe and America

By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2017

Canada appoints anti-Russia hawk as foreign minister

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2017

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 January 2017

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

Arts

Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night: Punishment and crime

By Joanne Laurier, 20 January 2017

A nearly three-hour carnival of torture and cruelty, Martin Scorsese’s Silence aims to dramatize the persecution of Catholics in mid-17th-century Japan. Ben Affleck’s Live by Night is a mediocre gangster drama set in the 1920s.

New York Times film critics watch “while white”
Against racialism in film and art

By David Walsh, 19 January 2017

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

Science

Nuclear winter—the long-suppressed reality of nuclear war
An interview with scientist and anti-nuclear activist Steven Starr

By Bryan Dyne, 19 January 2017

Obituary

Civil liberties attorney Jon Posner dies at 73

By Jerry White, 19 January 2017

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of the preface to A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the preface to the new book by David North, A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016. The book is available at Mehring Books in both softcover and hardcover.

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 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?