Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2017

Neil Gorsuch, a circuit court judge and right-wing Republican, is a fervent admirer of the late Antonin Scalia, leader of the court’s reactionary bloc.

Trump fires acting attorney general, pushes ahead with ban on refugees

The Trump-Bannon government: Rule by decree

Democrats move Trump cabinet nominees through confirmation process

By Niles Niemuth, 1 February 2017

While Senate Democrats maneuvered to delay Senate committee votes on some of Trump’s nominees, they are rapidly moving forward most of his extreme right-wing cabinet picks.

Tens of thousands in UK protest Trump Muslim ban

By Robert Stevens, 1 February 2017

There was a stark contrast between the genuine response of protesters and pro-imperialist critique of Trump from the protest organisers.

UK protesters speak out against Trump and May

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

Germany, France criticize Trump’s immigration ban

At Detroit rally SEP speaker calls for mobilization of working class to defend immigrant rights

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

Hundreds of students at Detroit’s Wayne State University protested Trump’s ban on refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Thousands protest in Boston against immigration ban

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German Social Democrats prepare for conflict with the US

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2017

The ruling circles in Germany consider the nationalist policy of the new US president not only a danger, but also an opportunity to realize their own great power ambitions.

SPD leader Gabriel succeeds Steinmeier as German foreign minister

Quebec City mosque assailant identified with ultra-right

By Jacques Richard, 1 February 2017

The person charged with Sunday’s heinous attack on a Quebec City mosque is an unabashed admirer of Trump and Marine Le Pen.

Six killed in terror attack on Quebec City mosque

India: Tamil Nadu police brutally attack Jallikattu protesters

By Arun Kumar and Yuvan Darwin, 1 February 2017

Indian authorities were taken aback by the mass character of the protests, which had erupted outside the traditional political parties.

Missouri executes Mark Christeson, a disabled man denied federal review

By Kate Randall, 1 February 2017

Christeson,37, was executed after the US Supreme Court and the Missouri governor refused to grant either a stay or clemency.

Workers killed on the job near Rochester, New York

By Steve Filips, 1 February 2017

Workplace fatalities will be certain to increase under the administration of Trump, which has pledged to gut what little remains of federal workplace safety regulations.

Drug distributors fined for failing to report suspicious orders of opioids

By Brad Dixon, 1 February 2017

Drug distributors have repeatedly failed to report “suspicious orders” of opioids, while industry lobbying has curtailed enforcement of the law by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Italian court sentences ex-Latin American dictators for Operation Condor

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While convicting the ex-military rulers of Peru and Bolivia, the court absolved a confessed Uruguayan torturer residing in Italy, the one defendant it had the power to punish for his crimes.

Recriminations in Australian Greens threaten split

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 February 2017

Sections of the Greens are calling for an anti-establishment posture, in order to prevent the party being bypassed by a developing movement of workers and young people.

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Trump desafía las protestas contra sus medidas antiinmigrantes

Por Eric London, 1 febrero 2017

Decenas de miles de personas se manifestaron en aeropuertos y ciudades el domingo pasado para protestar contra la medida ilegal de prohibirle la entrada a personas provenientes de países musulmanes.

Setenta y Cinco años desde la Conferencia de Wannsee

Por Clara Weiss, 1 febrero 2017

El 20 de enero de 1942 acontece la infame Conferencia Wannsee; quince importantes personalidades del régimen nazi trazaron la “solución final de la cuestión judía” (Endlösung der Judenfrage).

New in French

Les manifestations contre l’interdiction des musulmans par Trump et le conflit interne à l’État

Par Barry Grey, 1 février 2017

L’opposition de sections de l’establishment politique à l’interdiction de musulmans par Trump n’est pas motivée par la défense des droits démocratiques, mais par des inquiétudes que la mesure puisse mettre en danger les intérêts de l’impérialisme américain et ses opérations dans le monde.

L’Allemagne et la France critiquent le blocage de l’immigration par Trump

Par Alex Lantier, 1 février 2017

Au milieu des protestations croissantes à travers les États-Unis et internationalement contre l’ordonnance du président américain Donald Trump qui refuse aux voyageurs de sept pays musulmans l’accès aux États-Unis, des responsables allemands et français ont critiqué l’interdiction le week-end dernier.

Six morts dans une attaque terroriste contre une mosquée de Québec

Par Keith Jones, 1 février 2017

La tuerie de dimanche est le produit de l'environnement politique et social toxique créé par les gouvernements et l'élite capitaliste d'Amérique du Nord.

La britannique Theresa May critiquée après sa rencontre avec Trump

Par Robert Stevens et Chris Marsden, 1 février 2017

Face aux protestations qui ont lieu aux États-Unis et dans le monde entier, May fut contrainte d’opérer un brutal virage après avoir initialement refusé de commenter le décret de Trump qui interdit aux musulmans d’entrer aux États-Unis.

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Trumps Einreiseverbot für Muslime und die Konflikte im US-Staatsapparat

Von Barry Grey, 1. Februar 2017

Teile des politischen Establishments in den USA wenden sich gegen Trumps Einreiseverbot für Muslime. Sie befürchten, dass diese Maßnahme den imperialistischen Interessen des Landes schadet. Demokratische Rechte verteidigen sie nicht.

Deutschland und Frankreich kritisieren Trumps Einreiseverbot

Von Alex Lantier, 1. Februar 2017

Die Regierungen Deutschlands und Frankreichs versuchen die Empörung über Trump ausnutzen, um ihre eigene Machtstellung zu festigen.

Gregor Gysi wirbt für rot-rot-grüne Bundesregierung

Von Ulrich Rippert, 1. Februar 2017

Während Millionen Menschen über die reaktionäre Politik der neuen amerikanischen Regierung entsetzt sind, versucht die Linkspartei den wachsenden Widerstand in Unterstützung für eine neue deutsche Großmachtpolitik umzumünzen.

Berlin: Rot-Rot-Grün rüstet auf

Von Carola Kleinert und Andy Niklaus, 1. Februar 2017

Am 9. Januar einigte sich die Berliner Landesregierung aus SPD, Linkspartei und Grünen auf eine weitere Aufrüstung der Berliner Polizei und eine Ausweitung der Videoüberwachung.

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

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Perspective

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

1 February 2017

While hundreds of thousands have marched in the US and around the world against Trump’s police state ban on Muslims and refugees, the concerns of the Democratic Party are focused on the strategic interests of US imperialism.

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

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.

IYSSE

IYSSE demonstrations in Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago
Unite the working class against the attack on immigrants and refugees!

1 February 2017

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is organizing protest demonstrations in Chicago and Detroit on February 7 and in New Orleans on February 10.

“This situation is bad for democracy”
New York University students and workers support IYSSE campaign in defense of immigrants

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

The IYSSE gathered dozens of student signatures in support of its application for club status and is holding a rally and meeting on Thursday, February 2.

New York University and the military-university complex

An attack on democratic rights: Sociologist Andrej Holm fired from Humboldt University

By Sven Heymanns, 31 January 2017

Commentary

Sri Lanka: Pseudo-left NSSP celebrates alliances with capitalist parties

By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 1 February 2017

The NSSP has intensified its campaign to defend the current government as the government implements the IMF’s austerity demands and faces growing opposition from workers.

Benoît Hamon wins Socialist Party presidential primary in France

By Alice Laurençon, 30 January 2017

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

UK Labour Party split threatened over Brexit

By Paul Mitchell, 31 January 2017

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

Arts

The generally lackluster Gold and 20th Century Women

By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2017

Set in the 1980s, Gold is a fictionalized account of a notorious mining fraud. 20th Century Women is a trite “coming of age” piece located in 1979 California.

Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

By Josh Varlin, 30 January 2017

The Trump Presidency

The protests against Trump's Muslim ban and the conflict within the state

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2017

Trump executive order vows elimination of government regulations

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2017

Trump orders military to prepare for world war

By Tom Eley, 28 January 2017

Trump repeats ultimatums to Mexico after call with Peña Nieto

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

Vice President Pence addresses annual anti-abortion rally in Washington

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Workers Struggles

Protests in Mexico continue against gas price hike, water privatization

By Clodomiro Puentes, 31 January 2017

“It’s not the fault of Mexican or Chinese workers”
1,200 GM workers laid off at Lordstown plant in Ohio

By Jerry White, 31 January 2017

Socialist Equality Party

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

12 February 2017

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 way forward in the fight against Trump

25 years ago: Venezuelan constitution suspended following coup attempt

The government of President Carlos Andres Perez announced its suspension of the Venezuelan constitution February 4, 1992, as it continued operations aimed at suppressing an abortive military coup that began the night before.

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50 years ago: Reuther resigns from AFL-CIO council

On February 3, 1967, labelling the AFL-CIO as “complacent” and a “custodian of the status quo,” UAW President Walter Reuther resigned from the Executive Council and other important posts in the federation.

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75 years ago: German Afrika Korps retakes Benghazi

At noon on January 30, 1942, General Erwin Rommel’s German Afrika Korps recaptured control of the eastern Libyan coastal city of Benghazi.

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100 years ago: Germany declares unrestricted submarine warfare

On January 31, 1917, the German government announced that it was resuming unlimited submarine warfare, using U-boats, and targeting all shipping in the war zone of the eastern Atlantic.

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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

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?