Thousands demonstrate across US against Trump’s anti-immigrant orders

By Eric London, 29 January 2017

Those detained are the first victims of Trump’s orders, which ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries and lay the framework for the detention and deportation of millions of immigrants.

Trump launches war against immigrant workers

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

Trump orders military to prepare for world war

By Tom Eley, 28 January 2017

In his first visit to the Pentagon, Trump issued an executive order calling for stepped up violence in Syria and preparations for war with China and Russia.

Trump uses press conference with UK Prime Minister May to restate anti-EU agenda

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 28 January 2017

For the Trump administration, “post-Brexit” Britain’s main value is not as a trading partner, but as a political weapon against the EU and, above all, Germany.

The reality of Prime Minister May’s pledge to make Britain “fairer”

By Robert Stevens, 28 January 2017

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

Trump repeats ultimatums to Mexico after call with Peña Nieto

By Eric London, 28 January 2017

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto asked Trump “not to publicly discuss” paying for the border wall during a phone call yesterday.

Breakdown in Mexico-US relations as Trump threatens trade war

Vice President Pence addresses annual anti-abortion rally in Washington

By Fred Mazelis, 28 January 2017

Opponents of abortion rights have been energized by promises of the Trump administration to advance their cause through legislation, executive order and the appointment of judges.

Media remains silent on appearance of military officers at Trump’s inauguration

By Shelley Connor, 28 January 2017

The highly irregular appearance of ten uniformed military officers behind Trump at his inauguration has yet to be explained by Trump or questioned by the American press.

Canada seeks enhanced military-security collaboration with Trump-led US

By Roger Jordan, 28 January 2017

Trudeau is offering Canada’s support as the new US president launches trade war, muses about “seizing Iraqi oil,” and threatens Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea.

Oligarch investor seeks leadership of Canada’s Conservatives

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US union membership hits new record low

By Shannon Jones, 28 January 2017

Union membership as a percentage of the workforce fell to 10.7 percent in 2016, with private sector membership falling to just 6.4 percent.

Texas executes Terry Edwards despite claims of innocence, prosecutorial misconduct

By Kate Randall, 28 January 2017

Edwards’ attorneys argued he did not fire the fatal shots in a 2002 shooting in Dallas, and that his trial was tainted with racial bias.

Corruption allegations hit conservative French presidential candidate Fillon

By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2017

Charges that François Fillon’s wife received €600,000 for jobs where she did no work, which were made just after Fillon called for closer ties to Moscow, could end his campaign.

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

Germany steps up military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 28 January 2017

The upper limit for the number of German soldiers deployed as part the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, is to be increased by 350 to more than 1,000.

Germany: What does arbitration mean for the Hesse bus drivers strike?

By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2017

The bus drivers in Hesse carried out their strike with great determination because they viewed it as a principled struggle against intolerable living conditions.

Pseudo-left’s phony “socialist” campaign in New Zealand by-election

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 28 January 2017

The campaign by Socialist Aotearoa, like the efforts of Sanders in the US and Corbyn in Britain, is an attempt to block the growing radicalisation of the working class.

Human Rights Watch again condemns Australia’s inhuman treatment of refugees

By Max Newman, 28 January 2017

The HRW report points to the rapidly escalating erosion of basic legal and democratic rights in Australia which continues despite previous such reports.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trumps Treffen mit Theresa May und der amerikanisch-europäische Konflikt

Von Chris Marsden, 28. Januar 2017

Mays Besuch hat zu erbitterten Klagen führender Stimmen des britischen Imperialismus geführt. Diese Entwicklung zeigt, wie sehr sich die wirtschaftlichen und politischen Beziehungen zwischen den USA und der übrigen Welt verschlechtert haben.

Trump droht Mexiko mit Handelskrieg

Von Eric London, 28. Januar 2017

Aufgrund von Trumps Forderungen, Mexiko solle für die Grenzmauer zu den USA bezahlen, sagte der mexikanische Präsident Peña Nieto seinen USA-Besuch ab. Trump drohte daraufhin mit einer 20-prozentigen Steuer auf mexikanische Importe.

Gabriel beerbt Steinmeier als Außenminister

Von Johannes Stern, 28. Januar 2017

Gabriel wird die Wende zu einer aggressiveren Außenpolitik noch energischer betreiben als sein Vorgänger. Schon unmittelbar nach Trumps Antrittsrede trat er dafür ein, „beinhart“ die eigenen Interessen zu definieren und zu vertreten.

Europäische Neofaschisten feiern in Koblenz Trumps Amtsübernahme

Von Alex Lantier, 28. Januar 2017

Die Neofaschisten bejubelten Trumps Amtseinführung, weil er eine politische Ordnung schafft, in der sie selbst weiter nach rechts gehen und eine noch bedeutendere Rolle spielen können.

Soziologe Andrej Holm an der Humboldt-Universität entlassen

Von Sven Heymanns, 28. Januar 2017

HU-Präsidentin Sabine Kunst hat die Entlassung des Soziologen Andrej Holm angekündigt, weil er angeblich Falschangaben über seine kurzfristige Stasi-Tätigkeit im Alter von 19 Jahren gemacht hat.

Zweite Sammelabschiebung nach Afghanistan

Von Anna Rombach, 28. Januar 2017

In einer gemeinsamen Aktion von Bund und Ländern wurden am Montag erneut 26 afghanische Flüchtlinge vom Rhein-Main-Flughafen nach Kabul deportiert.

IYSSE veröffentlichen Broschüre mit zwei Vorträgen von David North

Von den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 28. Januar 2017

Die Boschüre enthält die Vorträge „Philosophie und Politik in Zeiten von Krieg und Revolution“ und „Sozialismus und historische Wahrheit“, die der Chefredakteur der WSWS in Frankfurt und Leipzig hielt.

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Perspective

Week one of the Trump administration: A government of war and social reaction

28 January 2017

When future historians examine this period, they will inevitably direct attention to what preceded it, to the political, social, economic and cultural factors out of which the Trump presidency arose.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured 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

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

Elle: The latest offering from Paul Verhoeven

By David Walsh, 28 January 2017

Dutch-born director Verhoeven’s new film was made in France, and features Isabelle Huppert, who received an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 January 2017

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

Iowa worker killed in partial mine collapse

By Matt Rigel and Marcus Day, 27 January 2017

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

By Kevin Martinez, 27 January 2017

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

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

New York University and the military-university complex

By Isaac Finn, 27 January 2017

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

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

12 February 2017

The way forward in the fight against Trump

The Trump Presidency

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

By Fred Mazelis, 27 January 2017

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 January 2017

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

Special report
Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

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

By Alex Lantier, 27 January 2017

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

By Barry Grey, 26 January 2017

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

Senate confirms Trump choice for CIA director

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

More on the Trump presidency »

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?