US appeals court to rule on restoration of anti-Muslim travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2017

At a hearing Tuesday, three appeals court judges appeared skeptical of the claims by the Trump administration that the travel ban was needed to prevent terrorist attacks on the US.

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

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

Confirmation vote as farce: Senate approves billionaire enemy of public schools as secretary of education

By Niles Niemuth, 8 February 2017

Betsy DeVos, who “earned” the position through her family’s donation of $200 million to support Republican candidates, is a supporter of charter schools and privatization.

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

Dakota Access pipeline construction to proceed

By Shelley Connor, 8 February 2017

The Army Corps of Engineers has given Energy Transfer Partners the final go-ahead needed to tunnel under Lake Oahe and complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The political issues in the Standing Rock protests

Lawmakers push legislation seeking to criminalize protest throughout the US

By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2017

Republican state legislators are attacking the constitutional right of free speech and ability to peacefully assemble.

Trump proposes tax break for church political activities

By Ed Hightower, 8 February 2017

Eliminating the Johnson amendment would allow tax-subsidized political donations funneled through religious institutions.

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GM makes $9.4 billion in global profits as it slashes thousands of jobs

By Jerry White, 8 February 2017

GM is doling out $14 billion in stock buybacks even as it lays off 3,300 workers in Michigan and Ohio.

China protests US sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2017

The Trump administration blacklisted three Chinese individuals and two Chinese companies in retaliation for Iran’s missile test.

Philippine President Duterte declares “all-out war” against Maoist party

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2017

The party has strongly supported Duterte but the peace talks were undermined by the military and by a section of the leadership of the CPP’s armed wing.

Macron advocates austerity, law-and-order and militarism in French elections

By Kumaran Ira, 8 February 2017

Calling himself “neither left nor right,” Macron is running a presidential campaign proposing deep austerity to restore French business competitiveness.

French presidential elections too close to call after weekend campaign launch

Riots erupt after youth sexually assaulted by French police at Aulnay

Germany deploys troops to Lithuania in NATO build-up against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2017

The German-led battle group is the first German battalion in Eastern Europe since the Wehrmacht’s war of annihilation against the Soviet Union during the Second World War.

UK: A conductor’s appeal to Southern GTR drivers
Vote “no” in the “referendum” on Driver Only trains

8 February 2017

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has received the following letter from a train conductor.

New Zealand: Auckland protest against Trump’s anti-Muslim travel bans

By our correspondents, 8 February 2017

Demonstrators in Aotea Square voiced their anger over US President Trump’s actions, which the New Zealand government has refused to condemn.

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

UAW agrees to sweetheart settlement in Michigan “robo-fraud” scandal

By Debra Watson, 8 February 2017

A US District Court judge has agreed to an out of court settlement in the Michigan “robo-fraud” scandal that lets state officials off the hook and leaves thousands of claimants out in the cold.

Top Peruvian politicians implicated in Brazil’s “Lava Jato” corruption scandal

By Armando Cruz, 8 February 2017

Among the major figures that may be targeted by prosecutors is the current Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

New in Russian

Германия: Растущая поддержка кампании в Бременском университете против правого профессора Йорга Баберовского

От нашего корреспондента, 8 февраля 2017 г.

2 февраля около сотни студентов Бременского университета приняли участие в митинге поддержки Всеобщего студенческого комитета, который стал объектом судебного преследования со стороны Баберовского.

New in Turkish

Merkel Malta’daki AB zirvesi öncesinde Erdoğan ile görüştü

Johannes Stern, 8 Şubat 2017

Merkel’in Türkiye ziyareti, Alman dış politikasını meşrulaştırmak için kullanılan insan hakları hakkındaki içi boş lafları ifşa etmektedir.

Romanya’da yolsuzluğa karşı protestolar devam ediyor

Peter Schwarz, 8 Şubat 2017

Romanya’da her gün on binlerce insan, yolsuzluk karşıtı yasaların yumuşatılmasına karşı sokaklara dökülüyor.

New in French

France : incertitudes sur les élections présidentielles

Par Alex Lantier, 8 février 2017

Après un week-end où plusieurs candidats de premier plan ont prononcé des discours importants pour lancer leur campagne, il y a une énorme incertitude qui pèse sur l’élection présidentielle française.

Des émeutes éclatent après qu’un jeune a été sexuellement agressé par la police à Aulnay-sous-Bois

Par Kumaran Ira, 8 février 2017

Quatre officiers de police ont été inculpés pour une agression sur un jeune innocent de 22 ans.

L’Université de New York et le complexe militaro-universitaire

Par Isaac Finn, 8 février 2017

L'armée et les services de renseignement américains exercent énormément d'influence sur la vie politique et intellectuelle de l'université.

New in German

Trump rutscht Wahrheit über US-Morde heraus

Von Bill Van Auken, 8. Februar 2017

Hintergrund der Aufregung über Trumps Bemerkungen sind harte Auseinandersetzungen über die Strategie des US-Imperialismus.

Bundeswehr verlegt Kampftruppen nach Litauen

Von Johannes Stern, 8. Februar 2017

Mit der von Deutschland geführten Battlegroup rückt das erste deutsche Kampfbataillon seit dem Vernichtungskrieg der Wehrmacht gegen die Sowjetunion nach Osteuropa.

Brandbrief einer Krankenschwester wirft Schlaglicht auf Zustände im Gesundheitswesen

Von Markus Salzmann, 8. Februar 2017

Immer neue Runden der Einsparungen, der Privatisierung, der Auslagerung ganzer Arbeitsbereiche und des Sozial- und Tarifabbaus haben im Gesundheitswesen verheerende Zustände geschaffen.

Knapper Ausgang der Wahlen in Frankreich erwartet

Von Alex Lantier, 8. Februar 2017

Mit Reden mehrerer Spitzenkandidaten begann am Wochenende der Wahlkampf in Frankreich. Der Ausgang der Präsidentschaftswahl am 23. April ist völlig ungewiss.

Britische Trotzkistin Barbara Slaughter spricht auf Anti-Trump-Demonstration

Von Harvey Thompson, 8. Februar 2017

Slaughter erhielt für ihre Rede begeisterten Applaus.

Mutmaßlicher Bombenattentäter von Düsseldorf festgenommen

Von Dietmar Henning, 8. Februar 2017

Mehr als 16 Jahre nach dem Bombenanschlag am S-Bahnhof in Düsseldorf-Wehrhahn hat die Polizei den stadtbekannten Neonazi Ralf S. als dringend Tatverdächtigen festgenommen.

Other Languages

Perspective

In speech at Florida Air Force base
Trump appeals to the military against the press and the courts

8 February 2017

Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones denounces the Russian Revolution and its art

By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2017

Jones paints a lying picture of gratuitous violence by the Bolsheviks, but fails to mention the intervention of the imperialist powers, or to detail the White terror they helped sustain.

“Left populism”: An attack on socialism by the Argentine pseudo-left

By Andrea Lobo, 8 February 2017

The pseudo-left FT-CI advocates “left populism” to subordinate the interests of Latin American workers to the more affluent sections of the middle class.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2017

German newsweekly Der Spiegel calls for “resistance” to Trump

By Johannes Stern, 7 February 2017

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

Pro-Trump Australian senator splits from Coalition government

EU summit approves sealing off the Mediterranean from refugees

IYSSE

IYSSE resubmits application at NYU, draws large turnout for rally and meeting

By our reporters, 8 February 2017

The strong support provides a powerful rebuttal to NYU’s anti-democratic decision denying the group club status last semester.

“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

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

1 February 2017

Jörg Baberowski sues the student body of the University of Bremen

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

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

Book Review

Eliot Cohen’s blueprint for World War Three

By Eric London, 8 February 2017

The former State Department official’s book calling for preemptive nuclear war was warmly received by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Arts

John Berger, radical art critic, 1926-2017

By Sandy English and David Walsh, 7 February 2017

Black Mirror: A murky reflection

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan riot police attack Colombo port workers

By our reporters, 7 February 2017

“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 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

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

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

Trump plans rollback of drug industry regulations

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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

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?