Opposition to Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban mounts on eve of court deadline

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2017

The executive order has sparked a deepening conflict within the US ruling elite, with major corporations, 15 states and former top national security officials denouncing it.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

Democratic Party regional forum in Detroit: An exercise in evasion and duplicity

By Shannon Jones, 7 February 2017

The assembled Democratic Party officials had nothing to propose in the midst of mass protests against the Trump administration.

DeVos plans to “rewrite the education playbook for America”
Half of Detroit’s public schools targeted for closure

By Nancy Hanover, 7 February 2017

As DeVos’s nomination for US education secretary comes up to a vote, her policies for the destruction of public education are being tested in the State of Michigan.

German newsweekly Der Spiegel calls for “resistance” to Trump

By Johannes Stern, 7 February 2017

The demands of German politicians, business leaders and the media for Berlin to oppose the US are becoming more aggressive.

UK Trotskyist Barbara Slaughter speaks at Leeds anti-Trump demonstration

By Harvey Thompson, 7 February 2017

Slaughter’s comments were met with cheering and applause.

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French presidential elections too close to call after weekend campaign launch

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2017

After a weekend in which several leading candidates gave major speeches to launch their campaign, there is enormous uncertainty over the French presidential election.

Riots erupt after youth sexually assaulted by French police at Aulnay

By Kumaran Ira, 7 February 2017

Four police officers have been charged with assaulting an innocent 22-year-old in a working-class suburb of Paris.

Netanyahu in London for talks with British prime minister

By Jean Shaoul, 7 February 2017

Netanyahu is seeking to extract every last ounce out of Trump’s hostility to Iran and his support for Israel, and Theresa May’s utter dependency on Washington.

UK: More deaths of those ruled “fit to work”

By Paul Bond, 7 February 2017

The deaths of Lawrence Bond and James Harrison are added to a list of sick or disabled people who have died after losing their entitlement to sickness benefit and being declared fit for work.

Police carry out mass anti-Muslim raids in Hesse, Germany

By Marianne Arens, 7 February 2017

In a major police raid, 1,100 officers searched more than 50 locations in the Rhein-Main region.

Pro-Trump Australian senator splits from Coalition government

By James Cogan, 7 February 2017

In Bernardi’s resignation statement, he highlighted the deepening crisis of the two-party political establishment.

Australian coalition government faces defections

New Zealand government refuses to condemn Trump’s anti-immigrant bans

By Tom Peters, 7 February 2017

While stating that he “disagrees” with Trump’s anti-Muslim bans, Prime Minister Bill English is focused on maintaining New Zealand’s strategic alliance with the US.

New York City schools overwhelmed by student homelessness

By Steve Light, 7 February 2017

The effects of record homelessness on children in New York City are compounded by inadequate resources for public schools.

Conviction upheld of CEO who oversaw West Virginia mine disaster

By Clement Daly, 7 February 2017

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who oversaw the Upper Big Branch mine where 29 West Virginia miners were killed in 2010, failed to overturn his conviction

New in Spanish

Continúan en México las protestas contra la subida de los precios del gas y la privatización del agua

Por Clodomiro Puentes, 7 febrero 2017

Las protestas contra el gobierno mexicano continúan bajo condiciones de creciente inflación y creciente preocupación por el impacto de la presidencia de Trump en EE.UU.

Se profundiza la brecha en la clase gobernante española sobre Estados Unidos

Por Alejandro López, 7 febrero 2017

El nuevo gobierno de Donald Trump va a abandonar el papel de EE.UU. de supervisar la integración europea.

New in French

Le Parti démocrate et l’hystérie anti-russe

Par Patrick Martin, 7 février 2017

Alors que des millions de personnes qui ont manifesté contre Trump sont motivées par l’opposition au chauvinisme national et à l’autoritarisme, la critique de Trump par les démocrates est centrée sur leur demande d’agresser la Russie.

Des dizaines de milliers de personnes se rassemblent à Londres pour la deuxième série de manifestations contre Trump

Par Robert Stevens, 7 février 2017

Les organisateurs de la manifestation ont cherché à détourner l’opposition à Trump dans les appels à May de mettre fin à « la relation spéciale » avec les États-Unis.

Pourquoi le New York Times fait-il la promotion du «black bloc»?

Par Bill Van Auken, 7 février 2017

La tentative du Times de faire la promotion des groupes anarchistes, qui attirent des éléments démoralisés de la petite-bourgeoisie et des taupes de la police, relève de la provocation politique.

New in German

Die Demokratische Partei und die anti-russische Hysterie

Von Patrick Martin, 7. Februar 2017

Millionen Menschen gehen gegen nationalen Chauvinismus und autoritäre Herrschaftsformen auf die Straße, doch die Demokraten fordern eine aggressivere Politik gegenüber Russland.

Der Spiegel ruft zum „Widerstand“ gegen Trump auf

Von Johannes Stern, 7. Februar 2017

Die Forderungen von deutschen Politikern, Wirtschaftsvertretern und Medien, Berlin müsse den USA entgegentreten, werden immer aggressiver.

Trump geht gegen Aufhebung des Einreiseverbots für Muslime vor

Von Tom Carter, 7. Februar 2017

Trump attackierte den „so genannten“ Richter auf Twitter. Seine Anwälte argumentieren, die Autorität des Präsidenten in Fragen der Zuwanderungs- und Außenpolitik stehe „außerhalb juristischer Kontrolle“.

Ein Nachtrag zum Thema soziale Ungleichheit und pseudolinke Politik

Von Eric London, David North, 7. Februar 2017

Unserer Analyse zum „Zusammenhang zwischen der Einkommensverteilung in den USA und der Politik der Pseudolinken“ hat zahlreiche Leserzuschriften ausgelöst. Daher soll hier noch einmal genauer erklärt werden, wie wir als Sozialisten die gesellschaftliche Stellung und die Politik der „nachfolgenden 9 Prozent“ einschätzen.

Nein zum Schlichterspruch im hessischen Busfahrerstreik!

Von Marianne Arens, 7. Februar 2017

Das Ergebnis der Schlichtung enthält nur sehr geringe Lohnverbesserungen und eine Laufzeit bis März 2019. Zusätzlich soll eine Art Zwangsschlichtung künftige Streiks der Busfahrer verhindern.

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Perspective

Trump blurts out the truth about US killings and the media goes wild

7 February 2017

Underlying the furor over Trump’s remarks about Putin are fierce conflicts within the ruling establishment over US imperialist strategy.

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IYSSE

Jörg Baberowski sues the student body of the University of Bremen

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 7 February 2017

The right-wing professor of Eastern European history at Berlin’s Humboldt University is attempting to muzzle critics of his reactionary positions.

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

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

1 February 2017

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

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

Arts

John Berger, radical art critic, 1926-2017

By Sandy English and David Walsh, 7 February 2017

Prominent left-wing art critic John Berger died on January 2 and left a mixed legacy of writing on art and society.

Black Mirror: A murky reflection

By Carlos Delgado, 4 February 2017

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan riot police attack Colombo port workers

By our reporters, 7 February 2017

The police set up barricades and used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a protest of port workers against privatisation.

“None of these games would be possible without our labor”
Striking video game actors rally in Los Angeles

By Glenn Mulwray, 7 February 2017

The Screen Actors Guild called for a rally in support of video game performers striking against 11 major entertainment corporations.

Workers Struggles: the Americas

7 February 2017

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

Commentary

EU summit approves sealing off the Mediterranean from refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 February 2017

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

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

The Trump Presidency

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2017

Democrats back Trump administration’s new sanctions against Iran

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

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2017

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

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2017

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2017

Trump plans rollback of drug industry regulations

By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2017

Trump issues orders to roll back bank regulations

US defence secretary threatens North Korea with “overwhelming” force

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

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

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

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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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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?