Chinese foreign minister warns against war with the US

By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2017

Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon declared last March there was “no doubt” that the US would go to war with China over the South China Sea in “five to ten years.”

China protests US sanctions on Iran

New York City high school students walk out against Trump’s anti-immigrant measures

By Steve Light, 9 February 2017

Though the marches were called against Trump’s anti-immigrant measures, they were also spurred by the Senate’s confirmation of billionaire Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

Lawmakers push legislation seeking to criminalize protest throughout the US

Trump proposes tax break for church political activities

Trudeau and Trump: An alliance of aggression and war

By Roger Jordan, 9 February 2017

Trudeau’s Liberal government is moving to expand Canada’s already extensive role in Washington’s wars.

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Caterpillar workers in US overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Marcus Day, 9 February 2017

Workers at the heavy-equipment giant voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike last Thursday.

US Federal Court rules that Google must turn over emails stored abroad

By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2017

The court’s ruling reverses a recent legal precedent that allows corporations to withhold data related to criminal investigations as long as it is stored abroad.

Only days before Trump’s inauguration
Obama expands NSA spying

UK House of Commons approves Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 9 February 2017

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to support the government’s bill whether his party’s amendments were accepted or not.

British Airways cabin crew strike at Heathrow Airport

By Ross Mitchell, 9 February 2017

This week’s strikes went ahead despite the best efforts of the Unite trade union bureaucracy to sabotage the struggle.

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

UK: Spending cuts deepen crisis in NHS mental health services

By Jean Gibney, 9 February 2017

Government cuts to mental health services in Britain have produced a situation where there is enormous demand with little capacity to meet the need.

Austrian coalition government adopts right-wing programme

By Markus Salzmann, 9 February 2017

At the centre of the grand coalition’s programme are attacks on refugees and asylum seekers, an easing of labour laws and the abolition of basic democratic rights.

Right-wing senator’s defection intensifies rifts in Australian government

By Mike Head, 9 February 2017

While Bernardi’s split is not, by itself, an immediate threat to the ruling Coalition’s one-seat majority in the lower house, it points to broader processes tearing apart the government.

Argentina: Macri’s immigration decree brings back the politics of the Videla dictatorship

By Rafael Azul, 9 February 2017

President Macri’s executive order on immigration streamlines deportations and creates legal barriers to immigration from neighboring countries.

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

Sri Lanka: Tamil parties launch communal campaign to divert social tensions

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 9 February 2017

The political aim of the Batticaloa protest is to divide Tamil workers and the poor from their class brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka’s south.

New in Spanish

Trump deja escapar verdad sobre asesinatos de EE.UU. y la prensa se enfuria

Por Bill Van Auken, 9 febrero 2017

Detrás del furor provocado por los comentarios de Trump sobre Putin, se encuentra una élite política fuertemente dividida sobre cuestiones estratégicas para el imperialismo estadounidense.

JEIIS moviliza a cientos de personas en Nueva York y San Diego en defensa de los inmigrantes

Por nuestro equipo de redacción, 9 febrero 2017

Clubes de los Jóvenes y Estudiantes Internacionales por la Igualdad Social dirigieron rallys universitarios en defensa de inmigrantes y refugiados, rechazando las recientes medidas del gobierno de Trump.

Trump amenaza a Peña Nieto con enviar tropas estadounidenses a México

Por Clodomiro Puentes, 9 febrero 2017

El nuevo mandatario estadounidense amenazó con enviar tropas estadounidenses al sur de la frontera por la supuesta renuencia del ejército mexicano a combatir la sangrienta “guerra contra las drogas”.

Cuatrocientos años desde la muerte de William Shakespeare–Parte 2
Y una conversación con James Shapiro de la Universidad de Columbia

Por David Walsh, 9 febrero 2017

El 10 de enero publicamos la primera parte de un artículo sobre los 400 años desde la muerte del dramaturgo William Shakespeare. Esta es la segunda y última parte de ese artículo.

New in French

Dans un discours dans une base aérienne de la Floride
Trump fait appel à l’armée contre la presse et les tribunaux

Par Barry Gray, 9 février 2017

Trump a prononcé un discours dénonçant la presse et suggérant la formation d’une alliance entre la présidence et l’armée contre les tribunaux et la Constitution.

Macron préconise l’austérité, le tout sécuritaire et le militarisme aux élections françaises

Par Kumaran Ira, 9 février 2017

Se présentant comme « ni de gauche, ni de droite », Macron mène une campagne présidentielle en faveur d’austérité rigoureuse afin de rétablir la compétitivité des entreprises françaises.

Trump suscite la furie des médias en disant que les États-Unis sont responsables de tueries

Par Bill Van Auken, 9 février 2017

Derrière la fureur suscitée par les remarques de Trump sur Poutine se dissimule un conflit féroce au sein de l’establishment quant à la stratégie impérialiste que doivent suivre les États-Unis.

New in German

Trump wirbt bei Militär um Unterstützung gegen die Presse und die Gerichte

Von Barry Grey, 9. Februar 2017

Auf einer Luftwaffenbasis in Florida verurteilte Trump die Presse und schlug dem Militär ein Bündnis gegen die Justiz und die Verfassung vor.

25 Jahre nach dem Vertrag von Maastricht

Von Peter Schwarz, 9. Februar 2017

Die EU befindet sich in der tiefsten Krise ihrer Geschichte. Brexit, Eurokrise, Staatsverschuldung, Flüchtlinge, nationale Spannungen sowie der Aufstieg rechter, chauvinistischer Parteien drohen sie zu sprengen.

Berlin und Warschau suchen Annäherung

Von Clara Weiss, 9. Februar 2017

Der Besuch von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel am Dienstag in Warschau war vom beiderseitigen Versuch geprägt, die bilateralen Beziehungen wieder zu verbessern.

Lafontaine fordert konsequente Abschiebungspolitik

Von Johannes Stern, 9. Februar 2017

In einem Interview mit der konservativen Tageszeitung die Welt hat sich der Mitbegründer der Linkspartei, Oskar Lafontaine, für eine konsequente Abschiebepolitik ausgesprochen.

Turbinenwerk Mannheim soll geschlossen werden

Von Anna Rombach und Marianne Arens, 9. Februar 2017

Der US-Konzern General Electric (GE) und der Betriebsrat des Turbinenwerks haben sich darauf verständigt, die Fabrik in Mannheim-Käfertal mit fast 1800 Beschäftigten zu schließen.

Präsidentschaftswahlen in Frankreich
Macron von „En Marche“ propagiert Sozialkürzungen und Militarismus

Von Kumaran Ira, 9. Februar 2017

Macron bezeichnet sich als „weder links noch rechts,“ spricht sich aber für eine umfassende Sparpolitik aus, um die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit Frankreichs wiederherzustellen.

Warum unterstützt die New York Times den „Schwarzen Block“?

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Februar 2017

In ihrer Freitags-Ausgabe veröffentlichte die New York Times einen außergewöhnlichen Artikel unter dem Titel „Anarchisten versprechen, Höhenflug der Rechten aufzuhalten. Notfalls mit Gewalt.“

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Perspective

Week three of the Trump presidency: A crisis of bourgeois rule and turn toward dictatorship

9 February 2017

Events of the past several days have exposed the acute political crisis in the United States and the breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The New York Times indicts Trump for questioning the CIA’s moral superiority

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2017

In its campaign to demonize Russia, the Times editorial board manages to whitewash all of the crimes of US imperialism that the newspaper itself once reported.

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

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

Socialism and defence of the free movement of labour: Part one

By Julie Hyland, 9 February 2017

The support of the pseudo-left for immigration controls is the outcome of their perspective of national economic regulation under capitalism, which is diametrically opposed to the perspective of revolutionary socialist internationalism.

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

By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017

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

By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2017

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

By Jerry White, 8 February 2017

Dakota Access pipeline construction to proceed

By Shelley Connor, 8 February 2017

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

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2017

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

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2017

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.

IYSSE

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

By our reporters, 8 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

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

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

The Trump Presidency

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

By Niles Niemuth, 8 February 2017

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

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

Democrats back Trump administration’s new sanctions against Iran

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

Trump plans rollback of drug industry regulations

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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

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.

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?