Thousands demonstrate in defense of immigrants as White House vows more deportations

By Tom Eley, 13 February 2017

Hundreds of immigrants were rounded up and deported without notice in several days of raids concluding Friday, spreading terror in immigrant communities across the US.

“We urge students and young people to turn to the working class”
IYSSE member speaks at a rally to oppose Trump’s immigrant ban

By our reporters, 13 February 2017

Interview: Syrian student in US separated from family by Trump’s travel ban

By Zac Corrigan and Kevin Martinez, 13 February 2017

New England Patriots players plan to boycott meeting with Trump

By Alan Gilman, 13 February 2017

Japanese and US leaders condemn North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2017

Trump’s flat-footed performance at the press conference only heightens the danger that he will embark on a reckless course of action against North Korea.

“Health care has been under attack for quite a long time”
Protests in support of Planned Parenthood draw tens of thousands nationwide

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017

Supporters of Planned Parenthood mobilized nationwide on Saturday to counter demonstrations by right-wing opponents of the right to abortion.

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

Scotland: Thousands protest in Edinburgh against Trump’s attacks on migrants

By Steve James, 13 February 2017

Scotland Against Trump put forward no perspective to mobilise the working class against the most right-wing, anti-democratic government ever elected in US history.

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Cook County, Illinois refuses to charge officer involved in fatal shooting of two

By George Marlowe, 13 February 2017

In what amounts to yet another political cover up of police murders in Chicago, prosecutors claimed that the officer acted in self-defense despite witness testimony to the contrary.

“Blue Lives Matter” law extends safeguards to police in Louisiana

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Turkey schedules April 16 referendum on constitutional changes

By Halil Celik, 13 February 2017

The proposed amendments would turn Turkey into a presidential dictatorship, undermining fundamental democratic rights.

UK: Privatisation and cuts agenda exacerbates NHS staffing crisis

By Ajanta Silva, 13 February 2017

Junior doctors repeatedly stressed the implications of understaffing in hospitals during their industrial action last year.

UK government proposes raising fees for two-year degree courses

By Alice Summers, 13 February 2017

The claim that raising fees is intended to improve educational standards and options for students is a barefaced lie aimed at covering over the continued attack on education.

Duterte militarises the “war on drugs” in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 13 February 2017

Making the military responsible for continuing the state-sanctioned killings is a marked development in Duterte’s drive toward dictatorial power and military rule.

Infrastructure failures exacerbate Australian heatwave conditions

By Frank Gaglioti, 13 February 2017

The February heatwave is among the hottest ever recorded in southeastern Australian cities and towns, where most of the country’s people live.

Australian Paper workers voting on union wage-cutting deal

By our reporters, 13 February 2017

The CFMEU is seeking to suppress opposition to the agreement, which cuts wages by 5 percent and creates a new tier of lower-paid workers.

New in Spanish

¡Detengamos los ataques contra inmigrantes! ¡Por fronteras abiertas y derechos plenos para todos los trabajadores!

Por Barry Grey, 13 febrero 2017

La brutalidad hacia los inmigrantes es una de las expresiones más condenatorias de la bancarrota del capitalismo y del irreparablemente conectado sistema del Estado-nación.

Grupo de derechos humanos documenta los vínculos de la clase dominante hondureña a asesinatos de activistas

Por Andrea Lobo, 13 febrero 2017

Aunque ha expuesto crímenes horrorosos, Global Witness dirige sus conclusiones al capital hondureño y extranjero sobre la base de que estas acciones llevarán a “impactos comerciales adversos.”

Tribunal italiano condena a ex-dictadores latinoamericanos por participación en Operación Cóndor

Por Cesar Uco y Bill Van Auken, 13 febrero 2017

En enero condenó a cadena perpetua a varios militares latinoamericanos por la muerte de 23 ciudadanos a través de la Operación Cóndor.

New in French

Arrêtez les attaques contre les immigrants!
Pour une politique socialiste de frontières ouvertes et les pleins droits à tous les travailleurs

Par Barry Grey, 13 février 2017

Le traitement violent réservé aux immigrants est l’une des expressions les plus accablantes de la faillite du capitalisme et du système des États-nations auquel il est lié.

Les étudiants de l’université de Berlin se solidarisent avec le parlement étudiant de Brême contre le professeur de droite Jörg Baberowski

Par nos correspondants, 13 février 2017

Les représentants des organisations étudiantes de deux grandes universités allemandes ont diffusé des déclarations dénonçant la tentative de Baberowski de recourir au tribunal pour museler les étudiants de l’université de Brême.

Allemagne : soutien croissant pour la campagne menée à l’université de Brême contre le professeur de droite Jörg Baberowski

Par nos correspondants, 13 février 2017

Une centaine d’étudiants de l’université de Brême étaient présents le 2 février à la réunion de soutien pour le Comité général des étudiants de Brême et qui est la cible d’une action en justice intentée par Baberowski.

New in German

Stoppt die Angriffe auf Immigranten! Für eine sozialistische Politik der offenen Grenzen und der uneingeschränkten Rechte für alle Arbeiter!

Von Barry Grey, 13. Februar 2017

In der unmenschlichen Behandlung von Immigranten kommt der Bankrott des Kapitalismus und des mit ihm verbundenen Nationalstaatensystems auf besonders abstoßende Weise zum Ausdruck.

Steinmeier zum Bundespräsidenten gewählt

Von Johannes Stern, 13. Februar 2017

Um die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus voranzutreiben soll das Präsidialamt wieder in ein politisches Planungs- und Machtzentrum verwandelt werden.

EU und IWF fordern weitere Sparmaßnahmen von Griechenland

Von Robert Stevens, 13. Februar 2017

Während US-Präsident Trump den Zerfall der EU prognostiziert, befindet sich Griechenland einmal mehr im Auge des Sturms.

Professor Baberowski bedroht kritische Studierende

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 13. Februar 2017

Der Professor für Geschichte an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität reagiert auf wachsende Kritik an seinen rechten politischen Positionen, indem er Kritiker unflätig beschimpft und von ihm abhängige Studierende gegen sie aufhetzt.

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Perspective

Nazis in the Trump White House

13 February 2017

The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.

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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

Right-wing German professor Jörg Baberowski threatens students who criticize him

By our correspondents, 13 February 2017

The professor of history at Humboldt University is responding to mounting opposition to his right-wing political positions by launching scurrilous attacks on his critics and inciting students against them.

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

Jörg Baberowski sues the student body of the University of Bremen

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

Pablo Iglesias re-elected as Podemos general secretary at Vistalegre II congress

By Alejandro López, 13 February 2017

Pablo Iglesias won the internal leadership contest yesterday, amid a bitter faction fight pitting his supporters against those of former Political Secretary Íñigo Errejón.

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

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

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

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2017

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

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2017

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

By Shelley Connor, 11 February 2017

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

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017

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

By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2017

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

Backed by Democrats, union pushes sellout deal to end Momentive strike

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2017

Following the intervention of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the union has proposed a contract that addresses none of the demands of the 700 chemical workers.

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

“The working class should defend immigrant rights”
New York transit workers denounce contract, Trump

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017

A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.

Arts

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman

By Tom Carter, 13 February 2017

“Most of the film takes place inside an apartment,” Farhadi told one interviewer, “but once the film has ended, you feel like you’ve seen the whole city.”

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

By Fred Mazelis, 11 February 2017

Alberto Cavalcanti and postwar British cinema

25 years ago: Pentagon prepares for new wars

Classified documents leaked by the Pentagon, reported in the New York Times and the Washington Post the week of February 17, 1992, revealed that the US was engaged in intensive planning for wars in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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50 years ago: CIA funding of US student and labor groups exposed

The February 13, 1967 admission by leaders of the liberal National Student Association (NSA) that their organization had been receiving funds from the Central Intelligence Agency since the 1950s sparked a series of exposures.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt orders internment of Japanese-Americans

On February 19, 1942 US President Franklin Roosevelt, under authority of the War Powers Act, signed Executive Order 9066, which put the Army in charge of uprooting Japanese-Americans and placing them in internment camps for the duration of World War II.

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100 years ago: Food riots in Brooklyn, New York

On February 19, 1917, food riots broke out in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, amid mounting anger among workers and the poor over the rising cost of living, including food prices.

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The Trump Presidency

Trump’s lavish welcome for Japan’s prime minister

By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2017

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

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

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

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

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Mobilize the working class to defend immigrant rights!

12 February 2017

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

11 February 2017

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

10 February 2017

Book Review

Eliot Cohen’s blueprint for World War Three

By Eric London, 8 February 2017

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?