Pentagon prepares plan to deploy ground troops in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2017

The dispatch of conventional ground troops to Syria as well as an intensification of US airstrikes are reportedly both under consideration.

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US demands greater European military spending at NATO summit

By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2017

European officials present at the summit responded with their own calls for military rearmament targeted against Russia.

Munich Security Conference chairman advocates European rearmament

Thousands participate in nation-wide “A day without immigrants” protest

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 February 2017

The protests including work stoppages, marches and student sick-outs, and were directed against the Trump administration’s actions against immigrants and refugees.

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

Stunning rebuke to machinists’ union at South Carolina Boeing plant

By Jerry White, 17 February 2017

The IAM’s record of collaboration with Boeing’s attack on jobs and living standards did far more to repel workers than the campaign against the union by the aerospace giant.

As Michigan cuts off water bill credits, Flint officials announce shutoffs

By James Brewer, 17 February 2017

An improvement in water lead levels is the pretext for cutting off water bill subsidies to Flint residents and resuming water shutoffs.

US District courts dismiss remaining Federal lawsuits over Flint water poisoning

Video exposes official lies about police killing in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 17 February 2017

Police claims that Jocques Scott Clemmons had assaulted the officer who eventually killed him as he left his car during a traffic stop have been shown to be demonstrably false.

Woman forced to give birth on floor of Macomb County, Michigan jail cell

By Nick Rodriguez, 17 February 2017

The disturbing incident, which took place last year but was only recently made public, sheds a stark light on the harsh realities of life confronting the working class.

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

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On eve of GM Detroit layoffs
Jeep announces partial shutdown of Toledo, Ohio complex

By Shannon Jones, 17 February 2017

The UAW is collaborating with GM to lay off some 1,300 workers at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant while trying to divert anger with a reactionary “Buy American” campaign.

General Motors intends to sell Opel-Vauxhall to Peugeot-Citroen

By Marianne Arens, 17 February 2017

The talks between GM and PSA will set the stage for a major wave of restructuring. Autoworkers in every country now face the necessity of taking up a joint struggle.

Heroin overdoses spike in Louisville, Kentucky

By Naomi Spencer, 17 February 2017

Last week, Louisville reported 151 overdoses over four days, 52 of them within a 32-hour period.

Canadian elite lauds Trudeau’s courting of Trump

By Roger Jordan, 17 February 2017

The only Canadian establishment voice to criticize Trudeau’s meeting with Trump was the NDP, which postured as an opponent of Trump’s discriminatory travel ban.

French authorities step up financial probe of conservative presidential candidate François Fillon

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 17 February 2017

A vicious faction fight has erupted inside the French ruling elite, after Fillon proposed to reorient French and European foreign policy towards Russia.

Families demand investigation into New Zealand mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 17 February 2017

Families of men who died in the 2010 Pike River catastrophe have told a parliamentary hearing that the mine must be searched to recover the bodies and gather evidence to prosecute the company bosses.

Australian housing among the world’s most unaffordable

By John Harris, 17 February 2017

Soaring housing prices are causing widespread financial stress and social hardship, especially for young people.

Australian government faces deep budget crisis

New in Turkish

Çatışmalar sürerken Astana’daki Suriye görüşmeleri yeniden başladı

Jordan Shilton, 17 Şubat 2017

Görüşmelerin ikinci turu, Rusya ile Türkiye arasında yeni gerilimler ve muhalefet heyetinin katılmayı reddetme olasılığı ile gölgelenmiş durumda.

New in Spanish

La renuncia de Flynn y la crisis de Trump: una pugna sobre política imperialista

Por Patrick Martin, 17 febrero 2017

Los congresistas demócratas hablan por un sector importante del aparato militar y de inteligencia opuesto a disminuir las presiones sobre Rusia.

New in French

Le président de la Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité prône le réarmement de l’Europe

Par Peter Schwarz, 17 février 2017

Wolfgang Ischinger, le président de la Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité, a proposé de défendre le « système de valeurs occidental » par une augmentation considérablement des dépenses militaires.

Élections françaises 2017 : Pourquoi le NPA critique-t-il le populisme du Front de gauche ?

Par Kumaran Ira, 17 février 2017

Le répudiation de la classe ouvrière comme une force politique par Jean-Luc Mélenchon démasque tout le milieu nationaliste, de pseudo-gauche, auquel le NPA appartient.

New in German

Demokraten versuchen Opposition gegen Trump für Offensive gegen Russland einzuspannen

Von Joseph Kishore, 17. Februar 2017

Trumps Kritiker in den Medien und im politischen Establishment versuchen die Opposition von Arbeitern und Jugendlichen gegen Trump zu desorientieren und hinter den Kriegsplänen der CIA zu sammeln.

Von der Leyen verkündet massive Aufrüstung der Bundeswehr

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Februar 2017

Was lange als undenkbar galt, ist nun offizielle Politik: Die Bundesregierung ist entschlossen, den Verteidigungshaushalt von gegenwärtig 37 Milliarden Euro nahezu zu verdoppeln.

Trump und Netanjahu lehnen „Zweistaatenlösung“ ab und drohen dem Iran

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. Februar 2017

Sowohl der US-Präsident als auch der israelische Ministerpräsident sprachen von einer „regionalen“ Herangehensweise. Diese solle darauf basieren, sunnitische Despoten für eine Verschärfung des militärischen Drucks gegen den Iran zu gewinnen.

Vereinigung Cockpit stimmt Schlichtung für die Lufthansa-Piloten zu

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Februar 2017

Lufthansa-Konzern und VC haben am Mittwoch den Schlichterspruch zur Vergütung der rund 5400 Lufthansa-Piloten angenommen. Die Fluggesellschaft verband die Zustimmung mit einer erneuten Kampfansage an die Piloten

New in Russian

Нацисты в Белом доме Трампа

Патрик Мартин, 16 февраля 2017 г.

Ведущие позиции в администрации Трампа занимает клика фашистских советников.

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Perspective

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite

17 February 2017

The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

WSWS Editorial Board Chairman David North discusses upcoming lecture series on 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

Arts

British actor John Hurt: 1940-2017

By Kevin Martinez, 17 February 2017

Renowned for playing outsiders and “commoners,” British actor John Hurt died January 25, three days after his 77th birthday.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 16 February 2017

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

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

Workers Struggles

Canada: Nova Scotia teachers on one-day strike against imposition of concessions contract

By Laurent Lafrance and Carl Bronski, 17 February 2017

The Liberal government's anti-teacher legislation comes in the wake of teachers rejecting for the third time a tentative contract endorsed by their union.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By our reporters, 17 February 2017

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

Tensions mount in Chilean copper miners strike

By Cesar Uco, 16 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

Featured Video

“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

Oroville Dam crisis highlights deteriorating state of US infrastructure

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2017

The Trump Presidency

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

By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2017

Intelligence agencies clash with Trump over Russia allegations

By Tom Eley, 16 February 2017

Fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump labor nominee

By a reporter, 16 February 2017

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2017

US Senate confirms former Goldman Sachs executive as Treasury secretary

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2017

Trump and Trudeau reaffirm “indispensable” Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2017

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

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Commentary

Britain: Pseudo-left TUSC reaffirms support for Labour

By Julie Hyland, 16 February 2017

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

By Kumaran Ira, 16 February 2017

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

By Tom Hall, 14 February 2017

What did billionaire Mike Ilitch leave Detroit?

By Shannon Jones, 15 February 2017

US stocks hit new highs following Senate testimony by Fed chief

Conservative Fillon campaign faces collapse in French presidential elections

IYSSE

ISO endorses IYSSE application for club status at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 16 February 2017

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

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 one

By Jerry White, 15 February 2017

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

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

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

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?