Trump proposes huge hike in military and police spending

By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2017

A budget outline presented by the White House Monday calls for a $54 billion increase in military and police spending, offset by an equal cut in domestic social spending.

Trump steps up trade war agenda

By Nick Beams, 28 February 2017

The objective logic of Trump’s agenda of economic war, based on “America First” leads inexorably to military conflict.

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Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border
Part One

By Eric London, 28 February 2017

The WSWS recently interviewed an immigrant mother who escaped from El Salvador in February and was captured by the Border Patrol last week.

The assault on immigrants and the specter of a US police state

Private prison companies to profit from mass immigrant detention

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

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Jewish cemetery vandalized in Philadelphia, bomb threats target community centers and schools

By Niles Niemuth, 28 February 2017

A fifth wave of bomb threats resulted in the evacuation of more than dozen Jewish Community Centers Monday, just a day after a second Jewish burial ground was desecrated.

UAW shuts down strike at Kansas City auto parts supplier plant

By Shannon Jones and Nick Rodriguez, 28 February 2017

The settlement maintains a low-wage regime at the factory that makes parts for the General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant.

Nashville, Tennessee hands out millions in tax breaks for luxury water park

By Warren Duzak, 28 February 2017

While the Nashville is spending millions to promote a water park for the well-to-do, a majority of children in the city are at risk of drowning because of little or no swimming skills.

Protests spread against sexual assault by French police at Aulnay-sous-Bois

By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2017

The protests point to the gulf between popular sentiment and the field of presidential candidates, all of whom support stepped-up powers and staffing levels for police.

Southern railway workers in UK strike in the face of union sabotage

By Michael Barnes, 28 February 2017

Southern Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) conductors and drivers carried out a 24-hour strike to oppose job-cutting demands that endanger passengers.

UK: New legislation proposes to jail whistleblowers for up to 14 years

By Trevor Johnson, 28 February 2017

The UK government legal adviser, the Law Commission, has issued a “Consultation Paper” revealing plans to replace the Official Secrets Act with much more draconian powers.

Coal crisis hits Ukraine as far-right groups enforce blockade

By Jason Melanovski, 28 February 2017

Lacking coal, millions of Ukrainians could be left without heat and electricity within weeks, including in the major cities of Kiev and Kharkiv.

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2017

India and Pakistan are rapidly expanding their nuclear arsenals and proclaiming adherence to aggressive military strategies that increase the prospect of nuclear war.

Former police union leader to stand for New Zealand Labour Party

By Matthew Carrington, 28 February 2017

Labour’s new candidate Greg O’Connor is a staunch defender of police brutality and shootings and calls for officers to be more heavily armed.

Australian union pushes through pay cut at paper mill

By Chris Sadlier, 28 February 2017

The CFMEU did everything it could to bully the workforce into accepting a 5 percent pay cut and the establishment of a two-tier wage system.

New in Spanish

El proyecto racial del movimiento “Decolonise Education”

Por Joe Mount, 28 febrero 2017

Categorizar a filósofos por su color de piel, y no por su lugar en la evolución histórica de las ideas, es coordinado con el ataque contra todas las tradiciones vanguardistas de la Ilustración.

New in French

Pays-Bas : l’hostilité contre les migrants domine dans les grands partis aux élections

Par Dietmar Henning et Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 février 2017

Selon de récents sondages d’opinion, la coalition gouvernementale au pouvoir entre le parti néo-libéral VVD et les sociaux-démocrates du PvdA sera sanctionnée le 15 mars pour sa brutale politique d’austérité.

Les dockers espagnols préparent une grève nationale contre les réformes de l’UE

Par Alejandro López et Alex Lantier, 28 février 2017

Les syndicats portuaires espagnols ont appelé à neuf jours de grève à partir du 6 mars, alors que la colère s’intensifie parmi les travailleurs contre le décret du Parti Populaire de libéralisation des ports.

Les questions frontalières et le Brexit dominent les élections en Irlande du Nord

Par Steve James, 28 février 2017

Les gouvernements britannique et irlandais ont insisté sur le fait qu’après le Brexit aucun contrôle frontalier ne sera effectué, mais personne n’a encore expliqué comment cela peut être réalisé.

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Perspective

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

28 February 2017

It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

German ICFI section adopts new name

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 28 February 2017

On February 18-19, 2017, the German section of the ICFI held a congress that unanimously resolved to change the party’s name from Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Party for Social Equality) to Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party).

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
February 27-March 5: American imperialism prepares for world war

27 February 2017

From the eruption of war in 1914, the US maintained a position of formal neutrality—partly owing to mass anti-war sentiment among American workers and farmers. The neutrality became increasingly fictitious as the war dragged on.

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

89th Academy Awards: What does Hollywood offer today?

By David Walsh, 28 February 2017

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, was an even more complex and peculiar affair than usual.

Why is the Flaming Lips’ Oczy Mlody so disappointing?

By Hiram Lee, 27 February 2017

Russian revolutionary art exhibition in London excises Trotsky—and, more generally, historical truth
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

By Paul Mitchell, 25 February 2017

IYSSE

IYSSE campaigns for student senate at Eastern Michigan University

By Tim Rivers, 28 February 2017

The IYSSE submitted signatures Monday from more than 120 students in order to qualify for a spot on the ballot in upcoming elections for student government.

Student representative body denounces right-wing positions of professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 20 February 2017

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

The election of Donald Trump, the danger of war and the political tasks facing young people

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 20 February 2017

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

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: SEP meetings discuss Trump, war and the political tasks facing workers and youth

By our correspondents, 28 February 2017

The meetings attracted university students, workers, professionals and retirees seeking in-depth discussion about the Trump presidency and the dangerous shift in world politics.

SEP meeting attendees speak on Trump and the threat of war

By our reporters, 28 February 2017

A wave of class struggles in Sri Lanka: Workers must fight for a socialist program to defend their rights

By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 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

Workers Struggles: the Americas

28 February 2017

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

“They are leaving us basically to fend for ourselves”
Detroit GM workers speak on layoffs as deadline draws near

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2017

With mass job cuts looming, German union pits Bombardier workers against one another

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2017

Commentary

Juan Cole promotes Washington’s lies at University of Michigan talk on Syria

By Carlos Delgado, 27 February 2017

Capitalism and America’s addiction epidemic

By Andre Damon, 25 February 2017

The discovery of a system with seven “Earth-like” exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 24 February 2017

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The racialist agenda of the “Decolonise Education” movement

By Joe Mount, 24 February 2017

The Trump Presidency

Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

By Joseph Kishore, 25 February 2017

Nazis in the Trump White House

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

Trump administration revokes transgender rights guidance issued by Obama administration

By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2017

US unions back Trump’s ultra-right “America First” program

By Jerry White, 23 February 2017

As the media hails Lt. General McMaster, the military strengthens its grip on the government

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2017

More on the Trump presidency »

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the January 3 WSWS perspective article, “Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017”

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

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?