Trump’s pro-corporate rampage of reaction
Executive orders approve Dakota, Keystone pipelines

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2017

The White House ordered the expediting of corporate projects and froze all antipollution regulations by the EPA.

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

By Kate Randall, 25 January 2017

Price arrogantly dismissed questioning about the new administration’s planned assault on Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general.

Senate moves toward confirmation of billionaire opponent of public schools

By Isabelle Belanger, 25 January 2017

The Senate will vote January 31 on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire proponent of school privatization.

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

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

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

Special report
Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

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Syrian government, “rebels” meet for talks in Kazakhstan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2017

In the wake of the strategic defeat suffered by the CIA-backed Islamist militias, the US participated only as an observer in the talks brokered by Russia.

British Supreme Court rules only Parliament can trigger Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2017

While the Supreme Court came down in favour of Parliament, nothing has been resolved politically by its verdict.

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

French presidential candidate François Fillon calls for alliance with Germany against US

By Alice Laurençon, 25 January 2017

The purpose of Fillon’s meetings in Berlin was to prepare a policy of countering, with military power if necessary, hostile moves from Washington.

Allegations of manipulation in French Socialist Party’s presidential primary

Was the Berlin Christmas market attacker an undercover agent?

By Dietmar Henning, 25 January 2017

A recent report by the Federal Criminal Office raises the question of whether Anis Amri worked as an intelligence agent.

German police spread false information about events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 25 January 2017

The allegation by the police that some 2,000 men of North African origin had banded together in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2016 turns out to be a outright lie.

Poland “faces tragic decision” after Trump election

By Clara Weiss, 25 January 2017

According to the conservative newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Poland faces a “devilish decision” between allying itself either with the US or with Germany and the European Union.

Parliamentary crisis in Poland deepens amid US troop deployment

Report reveals deepening poverty in West Virginia

By Joe McGee, 25 January 2017

“Why is West Virginia so poor?” a new report asks. Some answers are to be found in the history of coal mining in the state as well as the severe impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

Philippine President Duterte threatens martial law

By Joseph Santolan, 25 January 2017

Duterte warned that he would impose military rule to “complete the slaughter” in his war on drugs.

Australian government defies public outcry on welfare debt assault

By Margaret Rees, 25 January 2017

Despite leaks of damning information by public sector workers, the Turnbull government is ratchetting up its attack on welfare recipients.

New in Russian

Как строить борьбу против Трампа?

Партия Социалистического Равенства, 25 января 2017 г.

Единственной социальной силой, способной свести счеты с капиталистической олигархией, является политически сознательный рабочий класс, вооруженный социалистической и интернационалистической программой.

New in Spanish

Crisis del gobierno mexicano se agudiza con protestas

Por Don Knowland, 25 enero 2017

Las demostraciones en México y el colapso en el índice de aprobación del presidente han recrudecido la crisis del gobierno.

New in Turkish

Trump’a karşı mücadelede ileriye giden yol

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (ABD), 25 Ocak 2017

Bir kitlesel radikalleşme ve benzeri görülmemiş siyasi mücadeleler dönemine giriyoruz. Şimdi mücadeleye dahil olmanın zamanıdır. SEP’e katıl ve onu inşa et!

New in French

Sanders soutient le nationalisme économique de « l’Amérique d’abord » de Trump

Par Jerry White, 25 janvier 2017

Après que Trump a signé un decret presidentiel pour se retirer du pacte commercial du Partenariat Trans-Pacifique, Bernie Sanders a loué le nouveau président et a dit qu’il serait « ravi » de travailler avec lui.

Allégations de truquage dans la primaire présidentielle du Parti socialiste

Par Alex Lantier, 25 janvier 2017

Le truquage du taux de participation par les responsables du Parti socialiste, qui semble bien avoir eu lieu, a souligné les vifs conflits au PS alors qu’il est confronté à un désastre aux élections en 2017.

Des protestations de masse dans le monde entier contre la présidence Trump

Une équipe reporters du WSWS, 25 janvier 2017

Des millions de personnes ont participé à plus de 600 manifestations dans le monde entier en n’épargnant aucun continent dans ce qui est la plus vaste protestation à l’échelle mondiale depuis le début de la guerre en Irak.

New in German

Sanders unterstützt Trumps „America First“-Wirtschaftsnationalismus

Von Jerry White, 25. Januar 2017

Kurz nachdem Donald Trump den Ausstieg aus dem TTP-Freihandelsabkommen besiegelt hatte, erklärte Bernie Sanders, er würde „gern mit Trump zusammenarbeiten“.

Sigmar Gabriel tritt als SPD-Chef und Kanzlerkandidat zurück

Von Ulrich Rippert, 25. Januar 2017

Die SPD stellt sich neu auf und bietet sich als Partei an, die angesichts „neuer Herausforderungen“ Europa im Interesse des deutschen Imperialismus reorganisiert.

Senat bestätigt Trumps CIA-Direktor

Von Patrick Martin, 25. Januar 2017

Mike Pompeo wurde vom US-Senat als CIA-Direktor bestätigt, obwohl er den Senatoren erklärt hatte, er werde eventuell die Aufhebung des gesetzlichen Verbots von Waterboarding beantragen.

Hessische Busfahrer: Was bringt die Schlichtung?

Von Marianne Arens, 25. Januar 2017

Zwei Wochen lang haben die hessischen Busfahrer gestreikt. Seit Montag läuft nun die Schlichtung.

Französischer Premierminister bei Präsidentschaftsvorwahlen nur auf zweitem Platz

Von Alex Lantier, 25. Januar 2017

Bei den Präsidentschaftsvorwahlen der Sozialistischen Partei erlitt die Regierung von Präsident François Hollande in der Nacht auf Montag erneut einen demütigenden Rückschlag.

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Perspective

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten risk of nuclear war

25 January 2017

The only means of barring China from access to its islets in the South China Sea is a naval and air blockade, an act of war.

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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.

Socialist Equality Party

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

12 February 2017

At these meetings, representatives of the SEP and IYSSE will speak on the significance of Trump’s election and the political perspective that must guide opposition to war, inequality and dictatorship.

The way forward in the fight against Trump

Arts

2017 Academy Award nominations: Hollywood’s “sigh of relief” over racial “diversity”

By David Walsh, 25 January 2017

The media is now so conditioned to treat every major social and cultural phenomenon in racial, ethnic or gender terms that questions of artistic quality or social truthfulness barely receive a mention.

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

By David Walsh, 19 January 2017

Mehring Books

The Election of Donald Trump: The Insurrection of the Oligarchy
New pamphlet from Mehring Books

25 January 2017

The demonstrations against Trump foreshadow the eruption of class struggle in the US on a massive scale.

100 Years since the Russian Revolution
Mehring Books announces centenary edition of landmark documentary, Tsar to Lenin

History

Seventy-five years since the Wannsee Conference

By Clara Weiss, 25 January 2017

Last Friday, January 20, marked the 75th anniversary of the notorious Wannsee Conference, in which 15 influential representatives of the Nazi regime discussed the so-called “final solution of the Jewish question.”

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

Book Review

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: Right-wing propaganda in the guise of personal memoir

By Henry Seward, 25 January 2017

The 2016 best-selling memoir by a lawyer at a Silicon Valley investment firm is a rehash of reactionary attacks on the working class in Appalachia and the Midwest.

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

The Trump Presidency

Senate confirms Trump choice for CIA director

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2017

Trump uses executive orders to impose hiring and regulatory freezes

By Tom Eley, 24 January 2017

Trump delivers diatribe against press at CIA headquarters

Trump scraps TPP and outlines trade war agenda

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

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

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

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Commentary

German officials demand aggressive response to Trump’s inaugural address

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2017

UK government crisis erupts over Trident nuclear missile failure

By Paul Mitchell, 24 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

Workers Struggles

Striking British Airways cabin crew explain appalling work contract

By Ross Mitchell, 24 January 2017

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

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.

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?