US Congress begins repeal of anti-pollution regulations

By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2017

The first legislative act under the Trump administration will repeal a regulation on coal companies that dump mine waste into mountain streams and rivers throughout Appalachia.

Federal employees resist administration attempts to impose media gags

By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2017

Trump dresses down Australian prime minister

By Mike Head, 3 February 2017

Trump’s bullying treatment of Turnbull has thrown the Australian government and the media into turmoil.

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Police, National Guard raid Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, arrest 76

By Shelley Connor, 3 February 2017

With the aid of the National Guard, local law enforcement raided the Last Child Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Wednesday evening, using armored vehicles as well as water and sound cannons.

Trump threatens UC Berkeley funding cut after protest against fascistic provocateur

By Gabriel Black, 3 February 2017

Anarchist tactics at the protest played into the hands of Trump and the far right, who have seized on the violence to demand a crackdown on opposition to the administration’s policies.

Anti-Trump protests continue to sweep US cities and campuses

Harley-Davidson execs, union leaders meet with Trump at the White House

By Jerry White, 3 February 2017

The public relations exercise was a further demonstration of the complete prostration of American unions to the corporations and the government.

Illinois governor threatens to dispatch National Guard if state workers strike

By George Gallanis, 3 February 2017

Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has threatened to carry out a Reagan-style strikebreaking operation if 30,000 state workers walk out to oppose his demands for concessions.

Illinois attorney general files request to halt state workers’ pay

German Green Party leader demands Europe “grow up in terms of power politics”

By Peter Schwarz, 3 February 2017

Responding to the nationalist policy of US President Donald Trump, the former Green foreign minister, Joschka Fischer has called for a massive rearmament of Germany and Europe.

Divisions widen in Spanish ruling class over relations with US

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2017

Spain must come to terms with the fact that the new Trump administration is repudiating its previous role as the overseer of European integration.

Trump’s nationalist threats and the response of the European ruling class

Indian budget tabled amid demonetisation shock, mounting economic uncertainty

By Kranti Kumara, 3 February 2017

Ignoring mass joblessness and plunging exports and business investment, Finance Minister Jaitley claimed India is the “bright spot on the world economic landscape.”

Former Sri Lanka president intensifies efforts to resume power

By K. Ratnayake, 3 February 2017

The escalating conflict reflects deepening political instability within the ruling elite.

Australian Greens put forward nationalist trap for anti-Trump sentiment

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 February 2017

The Greens are cynically invoking Trump’s immigration ban to advocate a more “independent” foreign policy for the Australian ruling elite.

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Первая неделя администрации Трампа: Правительство войны и социальной реакции

Джозеф Кишор, 2 февраля 2017 г.

Когда будущие историки станут рассматривать этот период, они неизбежно обратят внимание на то, что ему предшествовало — на политические, социальные, экономические и культурные факторы, на основе которых выросло президентство Трампа.

Значение успеха ИМССР на выборах в Берлинском университете имени Гумбольдта

Интернациональная молодежь и студенты за социальное равенство, 2 февраля 2017 г.

На выборах в студенческий парламент ИМССР получила больше голосов, чем студенческие группы, связанные с Христианско-демократическим союзом, партией «Зеленых» и Левой партией.

New in Spanish

Las protestas anti-Trump y el rol del Partido Demócrata

Por Bill Van Auken, 3 febrero 2017

Mientras que cientos de miles de personas marchan en EE.UU. y el resto del mundo contra el veto a musulmanes y refugiados implementado por Trump, el Partido Demócrata se ha enfocado en las preocupaciones estratégicas del imperialismo estadounidense.

Las amenazas nacionalistas de Trump y la respuesta de la burguesía europea

Por Alex Lantier, 3 febrero 2017

Ante las amenazas proteccionistas de Trump y sus críticas contra el euro, Alemania y sus aliados más cercanos están preparando sus fuerzas armadas y policiales para un conflicto con Washington.

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Les menaces nationalistes de Trump et la réaction de la classe dirigeante européenne

Par Alex Lantier, 3 février 2017

Face aux menaces protectionnistes de Trump contre l’Europe et l’euro, l’Allemagne et ses alliés préparent un renforcement majeur des forces armées.

La social-démocratie allemande se prépare à un conflit avec les États-Unis

Par Peter Schwarz, 3 février 2017

Les cercles dirigeants allemands estiment non seulement que la politique nationaliste du nouveau président américain est dangereuse, mais aussi que c’est une occasion de réaliser leurs propres ambitions de grande puissance.

Le gouvernement britannique autorisé à déclencher le Brexit

Par Chris Marsden, 3 février 2017

Suite au vote, le Royaume-Uni entrera dans une période de crise politique intense.

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Trumps nationalistische Drohungen und die Reaktion der herrschenden Klasse in Europa

Von Alex Lantier, 3. Februar 2017

Als Reaktion auf die protektionistischen Drohungen Trumps gegen Europa und seine Kritik am Euro bereiten Deutschland und seine engsten Verbündeten eine massive militärische Aufrüstung und eine Stärkung der Polizei vor.

Weißes Haus richtet Kriegsdrohung an den Iran

Von Peter Symonds, 3. Februar 2017

Der Nationale Sicherheitsberater Michael Flynn bezeichnete den iranischen Raketentest als „destabilisierendes Verhalten“.

Merkel triff Erdogan vor EU-Gipfel in Malta

Von Johannes Stern, 3. Februar 2017

Das Treffen fand in einer extrem angespannten außenpolitischen Situation nach dem Amtsantritt des neuen amerikanischen Präsidenten Donald Trump statt.

Österreich: Regierungskoalition einigt sich auf rechtes Programm

Von Markus Salzmann, 3. Februar 2017

Im Zentrum des neuen Arbeitsprogramms der großen Koalition stehen Angriffe auf Flüchtlinge und Asylbewerber, eine Lockerung des Arbeitsrechts und der Abbau demokratischer Grundrechte.

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Perspective

Washington’s war threat against Iran

3 February 2017

It would be a dangerous mistake to believe that the actions of the Trump White House are the result of mere improvisation or impulse. Rather, they are part of a definite plan.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The Obamas prepare to cash in

By David Walsh, 3 February 2017

The great question a recent study addresses is whether the Obamas will outdo the Clintons in amassing wealth after leaving the White House.

Raid kills 30 civilians in Yemen, including eight-year-old daughter of US citizen assassinated by Obama

By Shelley Connor, 2 February 2017

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine amid continued NATO buildup against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2017

Amid trade war rhetoric from White House, Fed holds interest rates steady

By Barry Grey, 2 February 2017

British government secures vote to proceed with Brexit

By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2017

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

IYSSE

Hundreds attend IYSSE rallies to defend immigrant rights in New York and San Diego

By our reporters, 3 February 2017

Chapters of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality led campus rallies to defend immigrant and refugee rights against the policies of the Trump administration.

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

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

Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump at Ruhr University in Bochum

By our reporters, 3 February 2017

The meeting “Where is America going? The Trump election and the global struggle against militarism and war” was an important step in the building of the IYSSE in Germany.

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

Arts

Lion: A former homeless child searches for his town

By George Morley, 3 February 2017

The two-hour feature, about a young Indian-Australian man finding his birth mother, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

American painter Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective, Mastry

By Clare Hurley, 2 February 2017

The generally lackluster Gold and 20th Century Women

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 February 2017

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

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

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.

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

The Trump Presidency

Senate confirms former ExxonMobil CEO as secretary of state

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2017

Draft White House orders would accelerate deportation of low-income immigrants

By Eric London, 2 February 2017

The right-wing record of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

By Tom Carter, 2 February 2017

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

The Trump-Bannon government: Rule by decree

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2017

Trump orders military to prepare for world war

By Tom Eley, 28 January 2017

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

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

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

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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?