White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

Canada’s hypocritical response to Trump’s anti-Muslim order

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2017

While tweeting “support” for refugees, Prime Minster Trudeau has refused to criticize Trump’s discriminatory travel ban or increase Canada’s tiny refugee intake.

US defence secretary backs Japan, threatens war against China over disputed islets

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2017

Mattis’s remarks were precisely what Tokyo wanted to hear: a US commitment to wage war against China in the event of a conflict over the Senkakus.

Tens of thousands rally in London in second round of anti-Trump protests

By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2017

The protest organisers sought to divert opposition to Trump into appeals to May to end the “special relationship” with the US.

UK protesters speak out against Trump

By our reporters, 6 February 2017

Greens and pseudo-lefts promote Australian nationalism at anti-Trump protests

By our reporters, 6 February 2017

While the demonstrators were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees and the rise of militarism, protest organisers called for an “independent” Australian foreign policy.

Australian protesters speak on war dangers and Trump immigration ban

By our reporters, 6 February 2017

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2017

Gina Haspel ran the black site prison in Thailand where waterboarding and other gruesome practices were carried out.

Trump plans rollback of drug industry regulations

By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2017

Trump met with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and executives at the White House last week.

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EU summit approves sealing off the Mediterranean from refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 February 2017

As European governments hypocritically denounce Trump’s anti-immigrant measures, the EU is planning to build up the Libyan coastguard and establish internment camps in North Africa to keep out refugees.

Australian coalition government faces defections

By Mike Head, 6 February 2017

The ruling Liberal-National Coalition is riven with divisions on foreign and domestic policy that have only been intensified by the advent of the Trump administration.

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”

Chile ravaged by fires

By Alexandra del Piano, 6 February 2017

The fires, which have burned over half a million hectares, taken 11 lives and left over 3,000 people homeless, constitute one of the worst disasters in the country’s history.

Officials declare Pittsburgh’s water unsafe to drink

By Samuel Davidson, 6 February 2017

More than 100,000 Pittsburgh residents were advised to boil their water before drinking or using it for other needs.

Chicago Housing Authority refuses to provide housing assistance while homelessness grows

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 February 2017

A newly released report details how the public housing agency fails to provide housing vouchers or construct new units.

Governor Scott Walker attacks Wisconsin’s working poor

By Gary Joad, 6 February 2017

Walker wants to impose draconian work requirements, drug testing and other punitive measures on food stamp recipients.

New in Spanish

Trump intimida a su “aliado” Australia

Por Mike Head, 6 febrero 2017

En tan sólo dos semanas de ejercer la presidencia, Trump ha provocado sismos políticos en todo el mundo con su agresivo programa de “EE.UU. ante todo”.

La amenaza de guerra de Washington contra Irán

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 febrero 2017

Sería un error peligroso creer que las acciones de la Casa Blanca de Trump son el resultado de simples improvisaciones o impulsos. Más bien, son parte de un plan definido.

New in French

Trump intimide son “allié” australien

Par Mike Head, 6 février 2017

Après seulement deux semaines dans ses fonctions, la politique aggressive de “l’Amérique d’abord” de nationalisme économique et de militarisme de Trump, envoient des ondes de choc politiques dans le monde entier.

Le sommet de l’UE marque une escalade du conflit Europe-États-Unis

Par Johannes Stern, 6 février 2017

Au sommet de l’UE à Malte, plusieurs chefs d’État européens, dont la chancelière allemande et le président français, ont vivement critiqué les politiques du gouvernement Trump.

Les manifestations contre la corruption continuent en Roumanie

Par Peter Schwarz, 6 février 2017

Derrière les manifestations se cache une lutte de pouvoir au sein de l’élite dirigeante qui fait rage depuis des années à propos de l’orientation de la politique étrangère et du partage des prébendes.

New in Arabic

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

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Perspective

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

6 February 2017

While millions who have demonstrated against Trump are motivated by opposition to national chauvinism and authoritarianism, the criticism of Trump by the Democrats is centered on their demand for aggression against Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

IYSSE

Germany: Growing support for defense of Bremen University students against right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 6 February 2017

On February 2, about 100 students at the University of Bremen attended a meeting in support of the General Student Committee, which is the target of legal action by Baberowski.

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.

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

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

Commentary

Why is the New York Times promoting the “black bloc”?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017

Trump threatens UC Berkeley funding cut after protest against fascistic provocateur

FBI secret manuals allow for warrantless stalking of journalists

By Zaida Green, 4 February 2017

Theresa May’s White Paper offers no plan for post-Brexit Britain

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2017

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

EU summit marks escalation of conflict between Europe and US

By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017

Protests continue against corruption in Romania

By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2017

GM Canada slashes CAMI workforce in Ontario

By Carl Bronski, 4 February 2017

Pittsburgh community college students and staff speak on hunger

By Evan Winters, 4 February 2017

The Obamas prepare to cash in

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

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

25 years ago: US send refugees back to death squads in Haiti

The US Supreme Court refused on February 10, 1992 to halt the forced return of Haitian refugees to their homeland, thus giving the green light to the Bush administration’s brutal campaign.

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50 years ago: Liu Shaoqi, Deng Xiaoping removed from power in China

On February 6, 1967, Japanese media reported that the President of the People’s Republic of China, Liu Shaoqi, and the secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Deng Xiaoping, had been removed from their positions.

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75 years ago: Yugoslav Partisans retake Montenegro

On February 10, 1942, Partisan units led by the Yugoslav Communist Party succeeded in recapturing major parts of Montenegro from Italian occupying forces.

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100 years ago: Tsarist autocracy steps up repression in Russia

This week in February 1917, members of the Workers Group of the War Industries Committee of St. Petersburg were arrested by the Tsarist government of Russia.

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The Trump Presidency

Trump issues orders to roll back bank regulations

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2017

US defence secretary threatens North Korea with “overwhelming” force

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2017

Democrats back Trump administration’s new sanctions against Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 4 February 2017

Trump threatens to send US troops to Mexico in conversation with Peña Nieto

By Clodomiro Puentes, 4 February 2017

US Congress begins repeal of anti-pollution regulations

Federal employees resist administration attempts to impose media gags

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

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

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

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Arts

Black Mirror: A murky reflection

By Carlos Delgado, 4 February 2017

Lion: A former homeless child searches for his town

American painter Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective, Mastry

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

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

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?