Wall Street’s Trump euphoria propels Dow above 20,000

By Barry Grey, 26 January 2017

The surge was buoyed by Trump’s promises of massive tax cuts for corporations and the rich, the wholesale lifting of business regulations, a massive expansion of military spending, and the prospect of a full-scale attack on social programs.

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

“We have to fight fire with fire”
Trump applauds torture in CIA interrogations

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2017

The interview in which the president made his remarks was taped on the same day that a draft memorandum surfaced suggesting his administration might reopen secret CIA prisons.

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

“Sure he wants jobs in America—by lowering our wages”
GM autoworkers speak out on layoffs and Trump

By Jerry White and Shannon Jones, 26 January 2017

Amid all the claims about new investments and jobs, General Motors is pressing ahead with the destruction of 3,300 jobs in Michigan and Ohio.

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

Senate moves toward confirmation of billionaire opponent of public schools

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Oligarch investor seeks leadership of Canada’s Conservatives

By Carl Bronski, 26 January 2017

A Trump wannabe, businessman and reality television star Kevin O’Leary is the frontrunner in the race to succeed former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Conservative leader.

Canada’s ruling elite braces for reopening of NAFTA

Maryland Democrat vetoes $15 county-wide minimum wage bill

By Nick Barrickman, 26 January 2017

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said the requirement would place the county at a “competitive disadvantage” in relation to other state jurisdictions.

A governor from and for the super-rich
Jim Justice: A profile of the new governor of West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 26 January 2017

The billionaire Democratic governor has many similarities to the billionaire Republican president Donald Trump.

Report reveals deepening poverty in West Virginia

US and India sharing intelligence on Chinese submarine and ship movements

By Keith Jones, 26 January 2017

The head of the US Pacific Command likened the Indo-US military partnership to a war axe that needs to be “razor sharp,” “because we never know when events will force us to use it.”

Sigmar Gabriel resigns as Social Democratic Party leader and chancellor candidate

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 January 2017

The SPD is reorganising in order to take up the role of reshaping Europe in the interests of German imperialism.

Average household debt in UK reaches more than £13,000

By Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2017

Reports of record levels of UK household debt follow warnings that credit card lending is at an unprecedented level, with unsecured debt rising at its fastest rate in 11 years.

New legislation gives private sector further access to higher education in Britain

By Alice Summers and Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2017

Student “choice” is in fact a euphemism for the introduction of measures designed to lower the requirements that educational institutions must satisfy in order to attain university status.

Australia: Union hails “cooperation” with Alcoa after government subsidy

By Frank Gaglioti and Will Morrow, 26 January 2017

The federal and state handouts will depend on Alcoa and the Australian Workers Union cutting workers’ wages and conditions.

Opposition parties feign support for New Zealand mine disaster families

By Tom Peters, 26 January 2017

The Labour Party and its allies, including the trade union bureaucracy, are complicit in the unsafe conditions that led to the 2010 Pike River tragedy.

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Sanders apoya el nacionalismo económico de Trump

Por Jerry White, 26 enero 2017

Después de que Trump firmara una orden ejecutiva para retirarse del Acuerdo Transpacífico de Cooperación Económica, Bernie Sanders dijo que estaría “encantado” de trabajar con el nuevo presidente.

New in Arabic

مقمة كتاب الرفيق دافيد نورث
بناء حزب المساواة الاشتراكية (فرنسا)
البيان التأسيسي للقسم الفرنسي للجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة 2016

١٤ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٦

قامت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة بإنشاء حزب المساواة الاشتراكية كفرع لها في فرنسا.

New in Turkish

Trump’ın Güney Çin üzerine tehditleri nükleer savaş riskini arttırıyor

Peter Symonds, 26 Ocak 2017

Trump yönetimi, göreve başlamasından yalnızca birkaç gün sonra, Güney Çin Denizi üzerine, Çin ile askeri bir çatışma ve savaş tehlikesi oluşturan bir çatışma rotası belirledi.

Almanya Hessen’deki otobüs sürücüleri grevini destekleyin!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 26 Ocak 2017

Grev, gerekli gücü ve kapsamı, yalnızca, işçileri kökenlerine ve milliyetlerine bakmaksızın dünya çapında kapitalizme karşı birleştirmeyi amaçlayan bir politika çerçevesinde geliştirebilir.

New in French

Les menaces de Trump sur la mer de Chine méridionale augmentent le risque de guerre nucléaire

Par Peter Symonds, 26 janvier 2017

Le seul moyen de bloquer l’accès de la Chine à ces îlots dans la mer de Chine méridionale est un blocus naval et aérien, qui serait un acte de guerre.

France : le candidat présidentiel François Fillon propose une alliance avec l’Allemagne contre les États-Unis

Par Alice Laurençon, 26 janvier 2017

Le but des réunions de Fillon à Berlin était de préparer une politique pour contrer, avec la force militaire si nécessaire, les actions hostiles de Washington.

Les responsables allemands réclament des réactions agressives au discours d’investiture de Trump

Par Johannes Stern, 26 janvier 2017

Les politiciens, les chefs d’entreprise et les médias allemands se rendent de plus en plus compte que le nouveau président des États-Unis considère l’Europe et notamment l’Allemagne comme des rivaux économiques et politiques.

Protestations de masse contre Trump dans tous les États-Unis

Par une équipe reporters du WSWS, 26 janvier 2017

Le WSWS poursuit sa couverture des manifestations de samedi, au cours desquelles des millions de personnes ont participé à plus de 600 manifestations dans le monde.

Bombardier: Les travailleurs confrontent le syndicat IG Metall

Par Gustav Kemper, 26 janvier 2017

La semaine dernière, le syndicat IG Metall rassemblait ses membres employés de l'entreprise Bombardier à Görlitz afin de «prendre le pouls».

New in German

Die Bedeutung des Wahlerfolgs der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 26. Januar 2017

Die IYSSE erhielten bei der Wahl zum Studierendenparlament mehr Stimmen als die Hochschulgruppen der CDU, der Grünen und der Linkspartei.

Trumps Drohungen wegen Südchinesischem Meer verstärken Gefahr von Atomkrieg

Von Peter Symonds, 26. Januar 2017

Die einzige Möglichkeit, China den Zugang zu seinen kleinen Inseln im Südchinesischen Meer zu verweigern, ist eine See- und Luftblockade. Das wäre eindeutig ein Kriegsakt.

Gespräche zwischen syrischer Regierung und „Rebellen“ in Kasachstan

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Januar 2017

Nach der strategischen Niederlage der CIA-gestützten islamistischen Milizen nahmen die USA nur als Beobachter an den von Russland organisierten Gesprächen teil.

Französischer Präsidentschaftskandidat François Fillon fordert Deutschland zu Bündnis gegen die USA auf

Von Alice Laurençon, 26. Januar 2017

Bei Fillons Besuch in Berlin sollte eine gemeinsame Reaktion auf aggressive Maßnahmen Washingtons abgesprochen werden. Dabei ging es auch um militärische Optionen.

Bundesverfassungsgericht verhandelt Tarifeinheitsgesetz

Von Gustav Kemper, 26. Januar 2017

Das Gesetz von Arbeitsministerin Andrea Nahles (SPD) soll Streiks verhindern und dafür sorgen, dass die DGB-Gewerkschaften die Belegschaften strikt kontrollieren.

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Perspective

Trump launches war against immigrant workers

26 January 2017

Signing an executive order to build his wall on the Mexican border, Trump signaled that immigration officials and the Border Patrol will be given free rein to violently repress one of the most oppressed layers of the working class.

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Commentary

Further observations on social inequality and the politics of the pseudo-left

By Eric London and David North, 26 January 2017

Several comments left by readers on the January 18 perspective “Wealth distribution in the United States and the politics of the pseudo-left” merit a further elaboration of the position of socialists on social stratification and the political outlook of the “next 9 percent.”

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

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten risk of nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2017

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

By Alice Laurençon, 25 January 2017

British Supreme Court rules only Parliament can trigger Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2017

Was the Berlin Christmas market attacker an undercover agent?

By Dietmar Henning, 25 January 2017

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

The Founder: Hollywood’s love affair with Ray Kroc and McDonald's

By Joanne Laurier, 26 January 2017

John Lee Hancock’s The Founder is a biographical drama about Ray Kroc, known as the man who established the McDonald’s global fast food chain.

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

By David Walsh, 25 January 2017

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

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the November 16, 2016 statement: Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!. This was adopted as the historical and political basis for the founding of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, the French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

12 February 2017

The way forward in the fight against Trump

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

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

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 24 January 2017

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

Special report
Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

Senate confirms Trump choice for CIA director

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2017

Trump delivers diatribe against press at CIA headquarters

More on the Trump presidency »

Workers Struggles

Striking British Airways cabin crew explain appalling work contract

By Ross Mitchell, 24 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

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?