Trump’s lavish welcome for Japan’s prime minister

By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2017

Despite Trump’s gushing praise for Abe, a question mark remains over the US-Japan alliance and the threat of punitive US trade measures continues.

Chinese foreign minister warns against war with the US

China protests US sanctions on Iran

Air strike in Afghanistan kills more than 20 as top US commander calls for more troops

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2017

General John Nicholson, told a Senate panel that “a few thousand” more US troops were needed to sustain what is now by far Washington’s longest war.

Opponent of Medicaid, Medicare sworn in as Health and Human Services secretary

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2017

Tom Price once wrote, “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”

Trump nominee defends administration’s assault on health care

Trump nominee reaffirms support for assault on Medicare and Medicaid

Trump orders could affect up to 8 million immigrants as deportations begin

By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017

Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.

Hundreds protest as long-time US resident and mother of two is deported

US Appeals Court bars enforcement of Trump travel ban

More on the Trump presidency »

Forty-three percent of US children live in low-income families

By Shelley Connor, 11 February 2017

The number of children living in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level has increased one percentage point since 2009, the official start of the “economic recovery.”

New York City schools overwhelmed by student homelessness

Students have the right to eat!

More on youth and the social crisis »

German Left Party leader demands tougher deportation policy

By Johannes Stern, 11 February 2017

In an interview with the conservative daily Die Welt, Left Party founder Oscar Lafontaine spoke out in favour of a stricter deportation policy.

Report co-authored by murdered British MP Jo Cox advocates for war

By Richard Tyler, 11 February 2017

Cox’s brutal murder shocked millions, but her death has been used in the most cynical fashion by the most right-wing forces within the Labour Party.

EU and IMF demand more austerity measures from Greece

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2017

Under conditions in which US President Donald Trump has declared his desire for the breakup of the EU, Greece is once again in the eye of the storm.

Australian government reintroduces sweeping welfare cuts

By Mike Head, 11 February 2017

By resuscitating previously blocked budget cuts, Turnbull’s government is intensifying the assault on welfare entitlements.

Sri Lankan foreign minister raises concerns over Trump’s economic policies

By Minusha Fernando, 11 February 2017

Harsha de Silva told a Colombo meeting of business chiefs that the US president’s trade policies would drastically impact on the Sri Lankan economy.

Human rights group documents Honduran ruling class’ ties to murders of activists

By Andrea Lobo, 11 February 2017

While exposing horrific crimes, Global Witness directs its appeal to Honduran and foreign capital on the basis that these acts will entail “adverse business impacts.”

New in Spanish

“Populismo de izquierda”: un ataque de la seudoizquierda argentina contra el socialismo

Por Andrea Lobo, 11 febrero 2017

El grupo de seudoizquierda, Fracción Trotskista, está promoviendo el “populismo de izquierda” para subordinar los intereses de la clase obrera latinoamericana a los de las secciones más pudientes de la clase media.

La tercera semana de Trump: Crisis de gobierno burgués y dictadura

Por Joseph Kishore, 11 febrero 2017

Los más recientes eventos en Estados Unidos reflejan la profunda crisis política y el colapso de las formas democráticas de gobierno.

Chile arrasado por fuegos incontrolables

Por Alexandra del Piano, 11 febrero 2017

Chile enfrenta los peores fuegos forestales de su historia debido a la plantacion artifical de pinos y eucaliptos para el lucro que son altamente inflamables.

Veterana de programa de tortura es nombrada directora adjunta de la CIA

Por Fred Mazelis, 11 febrero 2017

Gina Haspel dirigió la cárcel clandestina en Tailandia donde se llevaron a cabo la práctica el submarino y otras prácticas de tortura horribles.

New in French

L’élection de Trump et la crise de l’Union européenne

Par Peter Schwarz, 11 février 2017

Toutes les tensions, les conflits et les contradictions que le Traité de Rome, en jetant les bases de l’Union européenne, devait surmonter il y a 60 ans resurgissent de nouveau.

L’ex-président Sarkozy mis en examen dans l’affaire du financement de sa campagne électorale de 2012

Par Stéphane Hughes, 11 février 2017

La mise en examen de Sarkozy fait partie de la vague croissante de scandales et règlements de comptes juridiques qui entourent son parti.

New in German

Woche Drei von Trumps Präsidentschaft: Die Krise der bürgerlichen Herrschaft und die Gefahr einer Diktatur

Von Joseph Kishore, 10. Februar 2017

Die Ereignisse der letzten Tage haben die akute politische Krise in den USA und den Zusammenbruch demokratischer Formen der Herrschaft enthüllt.

Chinesischer Außenminister warnt vor Krieg mit den USA

Von Peter Symonds, 10. Februar 2017

Trumps Chefberater Stephen Bannon erklärte im März 2016, es gäbe „keinen Zweifel“ daran, dass die USA wegen des Südchinesischen Meers in „fünf bis zehn Jahren“ einen Krieg gegen China beginnen würden.

Berliner Studierendenvertretungen solidarisieren sich mit Bremer Asta gegen Professor Baberowski

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 10. Februar 2017

Das Studierendenparlament der Freien Universität und die Fachschaftskoordination der Humboldt-Universität haben das juristische Vorgehen Baberowskis gegen den Bremer Asta scharf verurteilt.

NRW: Flüchtlinge beim Karneval unerwünscht

Von Dietmar Henning, 10. Februar 2017

Das Rundschreiben einer nordrhein-westfälischen Polizeibehörde erklärt Flüchtlinge auf den kommenden Karnevalsveranstaltungen „aus polizeilicher Sicht“ für unerwünscht.

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Perspective

Stop the attacks on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders and full rights for all workers!

11 February 2017

The brutalization of immigrants is one of the most damning expressions of the bankruptcy of capitalism and the nation-state system to which it is tied.

Earlier Perspectives »

The ICFI is initiating its commemoration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 with a series of online lectures. David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, will give the first lecture, “Why Study the Russian Revolution?” The lecture will be streamed on YouTube on Saturday, March 11 at 5:00 pm Eastern (US). Four biweekly lectures will follow.

IYSSE

Berlin students defend University of Bremen student parliament against right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 11 February 2017

Representatives of the student bodies at two leading universities in Germany have issued statements denouncing the attempt by Baberowski to use the courts to muzzle students at the University of Bremen.

Jörg Baberowski sues the student body of the University of Bremen

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

Open Letter to the International Socialist Organization
Reverse ISO position supporting political censorship at NYU

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 10 February 2017

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

Commentary

Spain’s Podemos party on verge of split before Vistalegre II congress

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 11 February 2017

The conflicts inside Podemos reflect the bankruptcy of that party’s populist, nationalist and pro-capitalist politics and its rapid turn to the right.

What is behind Podemos’ international “anti-fascist conference” in Spain?

By Alejandro López, 11 February 2017

Podemos has itself legitimized the deepening integration of far-right forces into mainstream European bourgeois politics, by hailing nationalism as progressive.

Sanders ditches “political revolution” in Obamacare debate with Ted Cruz

By Kate Randall, 10 February 2017

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

By Julie Hyland, 9 February 2017

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

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
Trump and Brexit: For a socialist opposition to economic nationalism

11 February 2017

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding a series of meetings on the significance of Trump’s election and the necessity to oppose all forms of economic nationalism on the basis of the fight for socialism.

SEP meeting in Detroit Saturday to oppose GM layoffs

10 February 2017

The SEP and the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter have called this meeting to organize and mobilize opposition to the layoffs throughout the region.

“It’s like we’re working for a temporary agency”
As deadline nears, autoworkers speak on General Motors layoffs in Detroit

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
The political significance of Trump and the accelerated drive to war

10 February 2017

Arts

Budapest Festival Orchestra in New York
Classical music performers take a stand against Trump’s travel ban

By Fred Mazelis, 11 February 2017

Symphony orchestras in major US cities (and many smaller cities as well) have large and growing numbers of immigrants in their ranks, and the music they perform is international in scope and history.

Alberto Cavalcanti and postwar British cinema

By Joanne Laurier, 10 February 2017

John Berger, radical art critic, 1926-2017

By Sandy English and David Walsh, 7 February 2017

The Trump Presidency

The election of Trump and the crisis of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2017

How the Democrats paved the way for Betsy DeVos

By Jerry White, 10 February 2017

Sessions sworn in as attorney general as Trump signs orders to increase police powers

By Tom Eley, 10 February 2017

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

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2017

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

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2017

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

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

More on the Trump presidency »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 February 2017

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

Caterpillar workers in US overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Marcus Day, 9 February 2017

British Airways cabin crew strike at Heathrow Airport

By Ross Mitchell, 9 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.

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?