16 February 2017

Intelligence agencies clash with Trump over Russia allegations

By Tom Eley, 16 February 2017

The warfare within the ruling class is being waged along a front that extends from the intelligence agencies through the Republican Party and into the Trump White House itself.

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

Fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump labor nominee

By a reporter, 16 February 2017

Puzder faced opposition from both the right wing of the Republican Party and all Senate Democrats.

First ICE raids under Trump arrest nearly 700 immigrants in five days

By Zaida Green, 16 February 2017

Among those being threatened with deportation is 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was granted deferred leave and a work permit under the Obama administration.

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

Trump, Netanyahu dismiss “two-state solution,” threaten Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2017

Both the US president and the Israeli prime minister referred to a “regional” approach based on securing the support of Arab Sunni despots for an escalation of militarism against Iran.

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“This is a big kick for families that are already struggling.”
Video report: Oroville dam evacuees criticize state response, remain ready to flee

By Zac Corrigan, 16 February 2017

Thousands of evacuees from beneath the eroded Oroville dam sheltered their families at the fairgrounds in Chico, California.

Oroville Dam crisis highlights deteriorating state of US infrastructure

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2017

Billions of dollars in dam repairs needed around the United States are not being made, putting countless lives at risk.

Evacuees return home beneath Oroville dam in California as new storm approaches

Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline continues amid growing protests

By Shelley Connor, 16 February 2017

On February 15 protests took place throughout the US as part of a “Day of Action” against the pipeline.

Munich Security Conference chairman advocates European rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2017

Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, proposed defending the “Western order of values” by means of a massive increase in military spending.

US-backed UN statement condemns North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2017

The UN warned of “further significant steps” if Pyongyang did not halt its testing and called on UN members “to redouble their efforts” to implement existing sanctions.

US drumbeat for action against North Korea

UK think tank warns of fall in economic growth and rising inequality

By Margot Miller, 16 February 2017

Planned changes to the tax and benefit system mean that the poorest 10 percent in society will be 3.1 percent worse off, which translates into a loss of £314 a year.

Tensions mount in Chilean copper miners strike

By Cesar Uco, 16 February 2017

The walkout at Escondida, the largest copper mine in the world, follows a similar strike at Las Bambas, neighboring Peru’s largest mine.

India to become hub for US Seventh Fleet

By Keith Jones, 16 February 2017

Under a deal announced earlier this week, India will become a major service and repair hub for the US Seventh Fleet—the armada that is central to US war preparations against China.

Trump administration to expand India-US military-strategic alliance

Sri Lankan president calls for “sacrifice” at Independence Day celebration

By Saman Gunadasa, 16 February 2017

Sirisena’s call for “economic freedom” was not to ease the burdens on the masses but to ensure the “freedom” of businesses to boost profits.

Australian government faces deep budget crisis

By Mike Head, 16 February 2017

Over the past decade, it has become increasingly difficult for any government to push through parliament the brutal measures demanded by the corporate elite.

New in Russian

Нацисты в Белом доме Трампа

Патрик Мартин, 16 февраля 2017 г.

Ведущие позиции в администрации Трампа занимает клика фашистских советников.

New in Spanish

Ante amenazasestadounidenses, el presidente mexicano pide “unidad nacional”

Por Clodomiro Puentes, 16 febrero 2017

El llamado de Peña Nieto ha sido coreado por figurascomo el multimillonario, Carlos Slim, al igual que por los grupos deseudoizquierda que orbitan el Partido Morena.

¿Qué hay detrás dela “conferencia antifascista” de Podemos en España?

Por Alejandro López, 16 febrero 2017

Por sí mismo, Podemos ha legitimado la integración de las fuerzas de la extrema derecha en la política burguesa europea al clamar que el nacionalismo es progresista.

New in French

Derrière la démission de Flynn et la crise de Trump: Un conflit acharné sur la politique impérialiste

Par Patrick Martin, 16 février 2017

Les démocrates au Congrès parlent au nom d’une large section de l’appareil du renseignement et militaire qui veut à tout prix maintenir la pression sur Moscou.

Le social-démocrate Steinmeier élu président en Allemagne

Par Johannes Stern, 16 février 2017

La présidence se transforme une fois de plus en un centre politique pour la promotion du militarisme allemand.

Trump et Trudeau réaffirment l’«indispensable» alliance canado-américaine

Par Roger Jordan, 16 février 2017

Le partenariat entre le Canada et les États-Unis sera fondé sur l’intensification de la violence militaire et l’intégration du Canada dans un bloc commercial protectionniste dirigé par les États-Unis.

New in German

Rücktritt Flynns verschärft Krise der Trump-Regierung

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Februar 2017

Die Kongressfraktion der Demokraten spricht für einen großen Teil des Militär- und Geheimdienstapparats, der jede Lockerung des Drucks auf Russland ablehnt.

Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz: Ischinger wirbt für Aufrüstung

Von Peter Schwarz, 16. Februar 2017

Der Chef der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz schlägt vor, die „westliche Werteordnung“ durch die massive Erhöhung der Militärausgaben zu verteidigen.

General Motor will Opel-Vauxhall an Peugeot Citroën (PSA) verkaufen

Von Marianne Arens, 16. Februar 2017

Die Verkaufsverhandlungen zwischen GM und PSA leiten eine neue Runde massiver Rationalisierungsmaßnahmen ein. Autoarbeiter aller Länder stehen jetzt vor der Notwendigkeit eines gemeinsamen Kampfs.

Neuer Höhenflug der Börsenkurse nach Auftritt der US-Notenbankchefin vor dem Senat

Von Barry Grey, 16. Februar 2017

Yellen verteidigte zwar das von Trump infrage gestellte Bankenaufsichtsgesetz, sprach sich aber zugleich für eine „Entlastung“ der Finanzinstitute von regulatorischen Auflagen aus.

IYSSE-Versammlung verteidigt Bremer Asta gegen Angriffe von Jörg Baberowski

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 16. Februar 2017

Mit einer Veranstaltung an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität verteidigten die International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) den Bremer Asta und sein Recht auf freie Meinungsäußerung.

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Perspective

Democrats seek to channel opposition to Trump behind anti-Russia offensive

16 February 2017

Trump’s critics in the media and political establishment are seeking to disorient the opposition of workers and youth to Trump and corral it behind the war plans of the CIA.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2017

IYSSE

ISO endorses IYSSE application for club status at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 16 February 2017

In replying to the IYSSE’s call that it end its silence on political censorship at NYU, the ISO said it supports the democratic right of students to form an IYSSE club while denouncing the IYSSE’s “aggressive sectarianism.”

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

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

IYSSE meeting defends Bremen University Student Union against attacks by Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 16 February 2017

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) organised a meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University to defend the freedom of expression of the Bremen Asta (Student Union).

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

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

History

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part two

By Jerry White, 16 February 2017

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the 44-day battle by US autoworkers in 1936-37 that forced General Motors, the world’s largest industrial enterprise, to recognize the recently founded United Auto Workers union.

Eighty years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike—Part one

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

Commentary

Britain: Pseudo-left TUSC reaffirms support for Labour

By Julie Hyland, 16 February 2017

The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party fear nothing more than the collapse of the Labour Party and will do all in their power to prop it up.

2017 French elections: Why is the NPA criticizing the Left Front’s populism?

By Kumaran Ira, 16 February 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's repudiation of the working class as a political force exposes the entire nationalist, pseudo-left milieu to which the New Anti-capitalist Party belongs.

What did billionaire Mike Ilitch leave Detroit?

By Shannon Jones, 15 February 2017

Momentive strikers forced to take pay and health cuts as US owner throws a multi-million-dollar party

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

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

US stocks hit new highs following Senate testimony by Fed chief

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2017

Brazilian army sent into streets of Rio amid mounting protests

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2017

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

Conservative Fillon campaign faces collapse in French presidential elections

Arts

Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta: A mother and daughter … and what else?

By Joanne Laurier, 16 February 2017

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, Julieta, is a family melodrama that seeks to explore themes of guilt, alienation and absence, but with very limited results.

Columnist Myles E. Johnson on Beyoncé at the Grammys
The New York Times opens its pages to frenzied racialism

By David Walsh, 16 February 2017

The February 14 op-ed piece in the Times by Myles E. Johnson (“What Beyoncé Won Was Bigger Than a Grammy”) is an especially repugnant example of racialism.

Recording artists voice opposition to the White House at 2017 Grammy Awards

By Nick Barrickman, 15 February 2017

Composer David Axelrod dies at age 85

By Nick Barrickman, 15 February 2017

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

The Trump Presidency

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

US Senate confirms former Goldman Sachs executive as Treasury secretary

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2017

Thousands demonstrate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against deportations

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 14 February 2017

Trump and Trudeau reaffirm “indispensable” Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan, 14 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

Workers Struggles

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

Book Review

Eliot Cohen’s blueprint for World War Three

By Eric London, 8 February 2017

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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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?