Breakdown in Mexico-US relations as Trump threatens trade war

By Eric London, 27 January 2017

The Trump administration floated the threat of a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports after President Peña Nieto cancelled his US visit over demands Mexico pay for the border wall.

Trump launches war against immigrant workers

White House to issue executive order on “safe zones” in Syria, ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees

By Niles Niemuth, 27 January 2017

The leak of the draft executive order to the media on Thursday was preceded by an extended interview with ABC News in which Trump endorsed US-controlled “safe zones” inside Syria.

Trump, citing “voter fraud,” moves to escalate attacks on voting rights

By Fred Mazelis, 27 January 2017

The new president’s call for a “major investigation,” in the absence of any evidence of fraud, is the latest in a long string of attacks on the most basic democratic right, the right to vote.

Trump threatens to “send in the Feds” to Chicago

By Kristina Betinis, 27 January 2017

Hundreds, including journalists, charged with rioting in wake of inauguration protest

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 January 2017

Hundreds of protesters, including media personnel, have been charged with felony rioting after Friday’s protests during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington DC.

Anti-inauguration protests infiltrated by provocateurs with ties to Trump administration

By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2017

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

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Hamon presents pro-war, law-and-order program in French elections

By Anthony Torres, 27 January 2017

Popular opposition to President Hollande’s policies of war, austerity, and police state rule cannot find any expression through PS “rebel” candidate Benoît Hamon.

Allegations of manipulation in French Socialist Party’s presidential primary

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

European neo-fascists gather in Koblenz, Germany to hail Trump inauguration

By Alex Lantier, 27 January 2017

The neo-fascists applauded Trump’s inauguration for creating a new political order in which they would turn farther to the right and play a more prominent role.

Sigmar Gabriel resigns as Social Democratic Party leader and chancellor candidate

Iowa worker killed in partial mine collapse

By Matt Rigel and Marcus Day, 27 January 2017

In the first US mining fatality of 2017, a truck operator died after a partial collapse at Linwood Mining and Mineral in eastern Iowa.

Video game industry strike in US now second-longest in screen actors’ history

By Kevin Martinez, 27 January 2017

The 99-day strike over pay and work conditions involves voice actors who perform for the highly profitable video game industry.

New York raises transit fares as train and bus workers vote on concessions deal

By Alan Whyte, 27 January 2017

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation voted Wednesday to increase its fare and tolls about 4 percent.

Pennsylvania budget prepares attacks on social programs, teachers, state workers

By Douglas Lyons, 27 January 2017

Facing a budget shortfall of $600 million and structural deficit of $2 billion, Governor Wolf has started to attack social programs and state workers.

Industrial court endorses sacking of Australian miners after union betrayal

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 January 2017

The ruling was one of a series of interventions by the Fair Work Commission into industrial disputes that underscore its role as an apparatus of the corporate elite.

Central Bank governor says Sri Lankan economy “hospitalised”

By Saman Gunadasa, 27 January 2017

The bank chief, whose remarks exposed the depth of the country’s economic crisis, urged the government to step up IMF austerity measures.

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ИМССР завоевывает 7 процентов голосов на выборах в студенческий парламент Гумбольдтского университета

От нашего корреспондента, 27 января 2017 г.

ИМССР, студенческая и молодежная организация Партии Социалистического Равенства (PSG), получила 192 голоса в сравнении с 147 голосами годом ранее.

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.

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Trump göçmen işçilere karşı savaş başlattı

Bill Van Auken, 27 Ocak 2017

Demokratik hakların ve toplumsal koşulların savunusu, yalnızca, ABD içindeki göçmen ve yerel işçileri birleştirerek; ABD’li ve Meksikalı işçilerin mücadelelerini, onları ayıran sınırın ötesinde, ortak düşmanları olan kapitalizme karşı birleştirerek ilerletilebilir.

Suriye hükümeti ve “asiler” Kazakistan’daki görüşmelerde bir araya geldi

Bill Van Auken, 27 Ocak 2017

Toplantının sonuç bildirisi, “asiler” ya da Esad hükümeti tarafından değil; görüşmeleri organize eden Rusya, İran ve Türkiye tarafından imzalandı.

New in French

Hamon présente un programme proguerre et sécuritaire aux primaires du PS

Par Anthony Torres, 27 janvier 2017

L'opposition populaire à la politique de guerre, d'austérité, et d'Etat policier du PS ne peut trouver d'issue dans la candidature de Hamon

Observations complémentaires sur l’inégalité sociale et la politique de la pseudo-gauche

Par Eric London et David North, 27 janvier 2017

Plusieurs commentaires de lecteurs sur la perspective du 18 janvier « La répartition de la richesse aux États-Unis et la politique de la pseudo-gauche » méritent d’être approfondis sur la position des socialistes sur la stratification sociale et les perspectives politiques des « 9 % suivants ».

Sigmar Gabriel démissionne de son poste de secrétaire général du Parti social démocrate et renonce à briguer la chancellerie

Par Ulrich Rippert, 27 janvier 2017

Le SPD se réorganise pour se charger de refaçonner l’Europe dans l’intérêt de l’impérialisme allemand.

New in German

Trump beginnt Krieg gegen Einwanderer

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Januar 2017

Trump verdeutlicht mit der Unterzeichnung eines Dekrets zum Bau seiner Mauer entlang der mexikanischen Grenze, dass er den Einwanderungsbehörden und der Grenzpolizei bei der Unterdrückung einer der schwächsten Schichten der Arbeiterklasse freie Hand lassen wird.

Trump-Euphorie an Wall Street treibt Dow Jones auf über 20.000 Punkte

Von Barry Grey, 27. Januar 2017

Der Grund für den Aufschwung an der Börse waren Trumps Versprechen, Steuern für Konzerne und Reiche zu senken, Arbeitsregulierungen abzubauen, die Militärausgaben zu erhöhen und sämtliche Sozialprogramme auf den Prüfstand zu stellen.

Bundestag verstärkt Militäreinsatz in Mali

Von Johannes Stern, 27. Januar 2017

Am Donnerstag beschloss der deutsche Bundestag mit großer Mehrheit, das militärische Eingreifen der Bundeswehr in Mali um ein Jahr zu verlängern und massiv auszuweiten.

Italien: Verfassungsgericht kippt Teile des Wahlrechts

Von Marianne Arens, 27. Januar 2017

Das italienische Verfassungsgericht hat Teile des Wahlrechts „Italicum“ für ungültig erklärt, nicht jedoch das ganze Wahlrecht. Beppe Grillo und die Lega Nord, aber auch Matteo Renzi fordern sofortige Neuwahlen.

Österreich: Bundeskanzler Kern formuliert rechtes Programm

Von Markus Salzmann, 27. Januar 2017

Der österreichische Bundeskanzler Christian Kern hat Anfang des Monats unter dem Titel „Plan A“ die künftige Agenda der Sozialdemokratischen Partei (SPÖ) vorgestellt.

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بناء حزب المساواة الاشتراكية (فرنسا)
البيان التأسيسي للقسم الفرنسي للجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة 2016

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

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Perspective

Trump’s meeting with the UK’s Theresa May and the US/European conflict

27 January 2017

It is a measure of the deterioration in relations between the US and the rest of the world that May’s visit has prompted bitter recriminations from leading voices representing British imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

IYSSE

The significance of the IYSSE’s electoral success at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2017

At the student parliament elections, the IYSSE received more votes than the student groups of the Christian Democratic Union, the Greens and the Left Party.

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

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

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2016 Congress resolutions
For a new socialist movement against militarism, austerity and war

New York University and the military-university complex

By Isaac Finn, 27 January 2017

The US military/intelligence apparatus exercises immense influence over the school’s political and intellectual life.

Featured Commentary

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

By Eric London and David North, 26 January 2017

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

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

The SEP and IYSSE begin nationwide meetings on the significance and implications of the Trump election

By a WSWS reporting team, 27 January 2017

The Socialist Equality Party has held the first of an ongoing series of meetings across the United States in San Diego and Detroit.

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

12 February 2017

The way forward in the fight against Trump

Commentary

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

By Barry Grey, 26 January 2017

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten risk of nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2017

Oligarch investor seeks leadership of Canada’s Conservatives

By Carl Bronski, 26 January 2017

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

Was the Berlin Christmas market attacker an undercover agent?

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 January 2017

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

“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

The Trump Presidency

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

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2017

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

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2017

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

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 »

Arts

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

By Joanne Laurier, 26 January 2017

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

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

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

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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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?