Crumbling California dam forces 188,000 to evacuate as threat of major flood looms

By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2017

The state government ignored clear warnings of an impending disaster at the Oroville dam and gave residents just one hour to evacuate when the emergency spillway began to fail.

Thousands demonstrate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against deportations

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 14 February 2017

The mass protest was called to oppose the Trump administration’s immigration policies and County Sheriff David Clarke’s plan to grant his deputies the power to enforce deportations.

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

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

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

Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigns

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2017

The controversy over what Flynn told Moscow’s ambassador underscores the intense conflict within Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus over US war policy.

US Senate confirms former Goldman Sachs executive as Treasury secretary

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2017

The vote came as the stock market roared ahead, hailing Trump’s promises of a bonanza for US corporations and banks through the cutting of taxes and regulations.

Trump and Trudeau reaffirm “indispensable” Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2017

The Canada-US partnership will be based on an intensification of military violence and Canada’s integration into a US-led protectionist trade bloc.

In face of US threats, Mexican president calls for “national unity”

By Clodomiro Puentes, 14 February 2017

Peña Nieto’s appeal has been echoed by everyone from billionaire Carlos Slim to the pseudo-left groups orbiting the Morena party.

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French police mobilize against protests by youth in Aulnay

By Anthony Torres, 14 February 2017

The Socialist Party deployed large numbers of police under the state of emergency against youth protesting a sexual assault by police in a poor suburb of Paris.

Conservative Fillon campaign faces collapse in French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2017

The wife of François Fillon, the right wing Les Républicains’ candidate, received about €900,000 at no-show government jobs.

Social Democrat Steinmeier is elected president of Germany

By Johannes Stern, 14 February 2017

The presidency is being transformed once again into a centre of political power to further the return of German militarism.

British court hears appeal of conviction of war criminal Alexander Blackman

By Harvey Thompson, 14 February 2017

The appeal is the outcome of a media-orchestrated campaign by right-wing forces, allied with sections of the military, who were never reconciled to Blackman’s jailing.

Australian government uses investment collapse to push Trump-style corporate tax cuts

By Mike Head, 14 February 2017

Under intense pressure from the financial markets, the Turnbull government is seeking to slash social spending to enable cuts to business taxes.

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 14 February 2017

The government’s decision underscores its readiness to use draconian measures against political opponents, workers and the poor.

Two workplace explosions kill four workers in Louisiana

By J. L’Heureau, 14 February 2017

Lax safety regulations coupled with deteriorating equipment continue to jeopardize the lives of workers in Louisiana.

Caterpillar to move headquarters from Peoria to Chicago

By Alexander Fangmann and Owen Green, 14 February 2017

Caterpillar’s decision to move its headquarters to Chicago will contribute to the further economic decline of Peoria.

US District courts dismiss remaining Federal lawsuits over Flint water poisoning

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2017

The dismissals come as a US congressional committee shuts down the official investigation and reports of more potentially lead-connected deaths emerge.

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Des Nazis à la Maison Blanche de Trump

Par Patrick Martin, 14 février 2017

Le gouvernement Trump a attribué à une cabale de conseillers fascistes des rôles de premier plan.

Le PS mobilise la police aux manifestations contre l'agression de Théo à Aulnay

Par Anthony Torres, 14 février 2017

Le PS a mobilisé un important dispositif policier dans le cadre de l'état d'urgence contre les manifestants soutenant le jeune agressé sexuellement par la police.

Qu’est-ce qui se cache derrière la “conférence antifasciste” de Podemos en Espagne ?

Par Alejandro López, 14 février 2017

Podemos a lui-même légitimé l’intégration accélérée des forces d’extrême-droite dans la politique bourgeoise européenne traditionnelle en saluant le nationalisme comme étant progressiste.

Après la tuerie à une mosquée: Québec solidaire encourage le chauvinisme anti-musulmans

Par Richard Dufour, 14 février 2017

Dans le débat sur le projet de loi 62 des libéraux, QS s’est joint à des populistes de droite pour exiger des mesures encore plus sévères visant à priver les minorités religieuses de leurs droits démocratiques.

Trudeau et Trump: une alliance d’agression et de guerre

Par Roger Jordan, 14 février 2017

Le gouvernement libéral de Trudeau se prépare à étendre le rôle déjà considérable du Canada dans les guerres de Washington.

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Trump-Regierung hebt faschistische Berater in hohe Ämter
Nazis im Weißen Haus

Von Patrick Martin, 14. Februar 2017

Am Sonntagmorgen erlebte die amerikanische Öffentlichkeit erstmalig Trumps obersten Politikberater Stephen Miller. Es war abstoßend. Wenn Hollywood demnächst noch jemanden für die Rolle eines SS-Offiziers sucht, können sie Miller buchen.

Weitere Abschiebungen durch das Weiße Haus angekündigt
Tausende demonstrieren in den USA zur Verteidigung von Migranten

Von Tom Eley, 14. Februar 2017

Am Wochenende fanden in den Vereinigten Staaten weitere Demonstrationen gegen die Massenverhaftung von Zuwanderern und die erste „Abschiebungswelle“ der US-Regierung statt. Präsident Donald Trump hatte am 25. Januar ein Dekret unterzeichnet, das die Grundlage für die migrantenfeindlichen Polizeiaktionen darstellt.

Merkels Abschiebekultur

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 14. Februar 2017

Die Bundes- und Landesregierungen haben sich am vergangenen Donnerstag auf ein Maßnahmenpaket zur beschleunigten Abschiebung von Flüchtlingen geeinigt.

Einseitige Berichterstattung der taz zum Fall Baberowski

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 14. Februar 2017

Die taz hat einen Leserbrief von Sven Wurm, dem Sprecher der IYSSE an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität, veröffentlicht, der gegen ihre einseitige Berichterstattung über das Vorgehen des rechten Professors gegen den Bremer Asta protestiert.

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Perspective

US drumbeat for action against North Korea

14 February 2017

North Korea’s missile test took place amid mounting tensions between the US and China, North Korea’s ally, over trade, monetary policy, Taiwan and territorial disputes in the South China and East China seas.

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.

Register for the lectures today at wsws.org/1917

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

ISO seeks to channel anti-Trump protests behind the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 14 February 2017

The International Socialist Organization conceals the reactionary basis on which the Democrats criticize Trump while promoting illusions that the new government’s policies can be stopped through pressure on the two-party system.

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

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2017

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

By George Marlowe, 13 February 2017

More on police violence in America »

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

By Alejandro López, 13 February 2017

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

Arts

I Am Not Your Negro: Raoul Peck’s documentary on James Baldwin

By Clare Hurley, 14 February 2017

The film takes as its point of departure Baldwin’s proposal to his editor in 1979 to write a piece about civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman

By Tom Carter, 13 February 2017

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

By Fred Mazelis, 11 February 2017

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 February 2017

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

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

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2017

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

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

The Trump Presidency

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

“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

Japanese and US leaders condemn North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2017

Trump’s lavish welcome for Japan’s prime minister

The election of Trump and the crisis of the European Union

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

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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

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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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?