Senate confirms Trump choice for CIA director

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2017

Representative Mike Pompeo was approved despite apparently reversing his position on torture, telling senators he might ask for the legal ban on waterboarding to be rescinded.

Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees
Senate confirms Trump generals to head Pentagon, Homeland Security

Trump uses executive orders to impose hiring and regulatory freezes

By Tom Eley, 24 January 2017

Trump has issued orders that outline his administration’s far-right agenda: economic nationalism and war abroad; attacks on living standards and democratic rights at home.

US media on inauguration day: Toadyism, triviality, social blindness

WSWS continuing coverage
Massive anti-Trump protests across US

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 January 2017

The WSWS continues its coverage of Saturday’s protests, in which millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world.

Hundreds of thousands rally in Chicago to oppose Trump

By our reporters, 24 January 2017

Millions across the US protest Trump
WSWS continuing coverage

German officials demand aggressive response to Trump’s inaugural address

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2017

German politicians, business leaders and the media are increasingly realizing that the new US president regards Europe, and above all Germany, as economic and political rivals.

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Allegations of manipulation in French Socialist Party’s presidential primary

By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2017

The apparent manipulation of the voter turnout by Socialist Party officials highlighted sharp conflicts in the PS as it faces disaster in the 2017 elections.

French prime minister beaten into second place in Socialist Party presidential primary

Socialist Party officials back banker Macron in French presidential elections

Northern Ireland general election called as Stormont collapses amid Brexit crisis

By Steve James, 24 January 2017

The resignation of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, was aimed at bringing down his rival, First Minister Arlene Foster of the DUP.

UK government crisis erupts over Trident nuclear missile failure

By Paul Mitchell, 24 January 2017

The Conservative government imposed a news blackout after a missile was fired from a newly refurbished nuclear submarine from its position off the Florida coast.

Cold weather kills hundreds in Eastern Europe and the Balkans

By Markus Salzmann, 24 January 2017

The situation in the refugee camps along the so-called Balkan route and in Greece is particularly dire, an indictment of the policy of the Syriza government in Athens.

Rescue attempts abandoned for seven buried Peruvian miners

By Cesar Uco, 24 January 2017

There are thousands of informal mines in Peru, with miners risking their lives working for third parties under extremely dangerous conditions.

US student loan corporation faces lawsuit for cheating millions

By Seb Gomez, 24 January 2017

Student loan collector Navient faces allegations of misleading borrowers and other illegal practices that increased the loan repayment costs for millions.

Australian state government’s “law and order” response to Melbourne car killings

By Patrick Kelly, 24 January 2017

While unable to connect the Bourke Street incident to the bogus “war on terror,” the Victorian Labor government has used it to prepare far more stringent bail laws.

Australia: Parmalat lockout in bid to slash conditions

By Will Morrow, 24 January 2017

The lockout of 65 Parmalat workers is part of a corporate onslaught on the wages and conditions of manufacturing workers nationally.

Quebec’s municipalities slash workers’ pensions, again

By Richard Dufour, 24 January 2017

It is estimated that over the next 15 years retired municipal workers will see the purchasing power of their pensions diminish by between one-third and a half.

New in Spanish

Estados Unidos: Distribución de riquezas y política de seudoizquierda

Por Eric London, 24 enero 2017

Una evaluación de las estadísticas de estratificación económica estadounidense revela los cimientos de la política de identidad.

New in French

La voie à suivre dans la lutte contre Trump

Socialist Equality Party (US), 24 janvier 2017

La seule force sociale capable de régler son compte a l’oligarchie capitaliste est une classe ouvrière politiquement consciente, armée d’un programme socialiste et internationaliste.

Le Premier ministre français renvoyé en seconde place à la primaire présidentielle du Parti socialiste

Par Alex Lantier, 24 janvier 2017

Le gouvernement du président français François Hollande a subi un autre défaite humiliante dimanche soir lors de la primaire présidentielle du Parti socialiste.

L’IYSSE obtient 7 pour cent des voix aux élections étudiantes à l’université Humboldt

Par nos correspondants, 24 janvier 2017

L’IYSSE, l’organisation des Etudiants et Jeunes internationalistes pour l’Egalité sociale a obtenu 192 voix contre 147 l’année dernière.

New in Turkish

Erdoğan başkanlık diktatörlüğü için bastırırken mecliste kavga çıktı

Halil Çelik ve Alex Lantier, 23 Ocak 2017

Anayasa değişikliği cumhurbaşkanının yargılanmasını ve görevden alınmasını önemli derecede zorlaştırırken; ona kararname çıkarma, bakanları üst düzey devlet yetkililerini atama ve meclisi feshetme imkanını veriyor.

Suriye’deki Rusya-Türkiye bombardımanı NATO krizini derinleştiriyor

Bill Van Auken, 23 Ocak 2017

Rus ve Türk savaş uçaklarının Suriye’nin kuzeyindeki IŞİD hedeflerine karşı eşgüdümlü hava saldırıları başlatması, NATO ittifakını uğraştıran çelişkileri daha fazla açığa çıkardı.

IYSSE Humboldt Üniversitesi öğrenci meclisi seçimlerinde oyların yüzde 7’sini aldı

Muhabirlerimizden, 23 Ocak 2017

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (PSG) öğrenci ve gençlik örgütü IYSSE, Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi’nde bu hafta yapılan öğrenci meclisi seçimlerinde oyların yüzde 7’sini aldı.

Sol Parti federal seçimler için sağcı taslak programını sundu

Johannes Stern, 23 Ocak 2017

Sol Parti’nin bir federal hükümetteki rolü, Alman militarizminin küresel sahneye geri dönüşünü “insani” söylemle örtmek ve bu tür bir politikanın halk muhalefetine rağmen uygulanmasına yardım etmek olacaktır.

New in German

Trumps faschistoide Hetzrede: Auf dem Weg zum Dritten Weltkrieg

Von Patrick Martin, 23. Januar 2017

In seiner Antrittsrede trat Trump nationalistisch-großkotzig gegenüber anderen Staaten auf und verlangte auf einschüchternde Weise Patriotismus und Anpassung von der amerikanischen Bevölkerung.

Weltweite Massenproteste gegen Trump-Präsidentschaft

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 23. Januar 2017

Am Sonntag gingen in den Vereinigten Staaten und auf der ganzen Welt Millionen Menschen auf die Straße. Es war eine machtvolle Demonstration des Widerstands gegen die Trump-Regierung.

Weltwirtschaftsforum in Davos: Eine Gesellschaftsordnung in der Krise

Von Nick Beams, 23. Januar 2017

Die Atmosphäre war eine Mischung aus Fassungslosigkeit über den anhaltenden Zerfall der globalen Ordnung und Angst vor den Konsequenzen.

Die Grünen unterstützen Sammelabschiebungen nach Afghanistan

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 23. Januar 2017

Die unmittelbar bevorstehende nächste Sammelabschiebung von afghanischen Flüchtlingen wird von den Grünen in den beteiligten Landesregierungen unterstützt.

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Perspective

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

24 January 2017

After Trump signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bernie Sanders praised him and said he would be “delighted” to work with the new president.

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.

The Trump Presidency

SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Mobilize the working class to defend immigrant rights!

12 February 2017

The way forward in the fight against Trump

Appearance of military officers during Trump’s inaugural address still unexplained

By Jerry White, 23 January 2017

Trump’s fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2017

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

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support General “Mad Dog” Mattis as head of Pentagon

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2017

Trump delivers diatribe against press at CIA headquarters

By Barry Grey, 23 January 2017

Trump scraps TPP and outlines trade war agenda

By Mike Head, 23 January 2017

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Commentary

Divisions in UK ruling elite widen over post-Brexit orientation to Trump

By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2017

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

By Eric London, 18 January 2017

Canada’s ruling elite braces for reopening of NAFTA

Mexican government in deep crisis in wake of mass protests

Davos annual summit: A social order confronting a growing crisis

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

Book Review

Book review
Lessons from the 1937 Little Steel strike in the US
The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America, by Ahmed White

By Tom Mackaman, 23 January 2017

Workers Struggles

Striking British Airways cabin crew explain appalling work contract

By Ross Mitchell, 24 January 2017

The WSWS spoke to striking British Airways cabin crew at their picket at Hatton Cross Metro station last week during a 72-hour strike.

Verdi union strangles bus drivers’ strike in Hesse, Germany

By Marianne Arens, 23 January 2017

Support the striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany!

Illinois AFSCME sets strike authorization vote

By George Gallanis, 21 January 2017

25 years ago: World recession dominates G-7 meeting

The Group of Seven (G-7) failed to coordinate any joint economic policy during their seven-hour meeting in Garden City, New York on January 25, 1992.

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50 year ago: Launchpad fire kills three Apollo astronauts

On January 27, 1967, three Apollo astronauts were killed by a fire on the launching pad at Cape Kennedy, in the first US space disaster.

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75 years ago: Irish protest US troops landing in Ulster

On January 26, 1942, the Republic of Ireland protested the landing of several thousand American troops in Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom.

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100 years ago: US invading force withdrawn from Mexico

On January 28, 1917, thousands of US army troops began withdrawing from Mexico, after a pursuit of the Mexican revolutionary leader, Pancho Villa that had lasted for almost a year.

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IYSSE

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

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

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

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

Arts

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

By David Walsh, 19 January 2017

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

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.

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?