Washington accuses Russia of bombing US-backed forces in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 2 March 2017

The incident underscores the explosive character of the Syria conflict, which could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between nuclear-armed powers.

Thousands flee as US artillery and air strikes intensify in Mosul offensive

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

More on the war in Syria »

US, South Korea mount massive joint military exercises

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2017

This year’s war games take place amid an already tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile testing and alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

South Korea demonises North Korea over Malaysian murder

US immigration authorities expand dragnet raids

By Zaida Green, 2 March 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, encouraged by the Trump administration, are sweeping up growing numbers of undocumented workers in “collateral” arrests.

Popular outcry against murder of Indian immigrant in US

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

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

By Eric London, 2 March 2017

11,000 immigrants have died crossing to the US as a direct result of anti-immigrant policies implemented by the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Those that survive face hyper-exploitation in the US.

Students in El Paso, Texas speak about life on the US-Mexico border

More on the attacks on immigrants »

India: Million-strong bank workers’ strike opposes Modi’s big business “reforms”

By Arun Kumar, 2 March 2017

Tuesday’s nationwide bank strike expresses growing working class opposition to the Indian elite’s economic “reform” programme of austerity, privatisation, and casualisation.

US private prison industry thrives under Trump

By Shelley Connor, 2 March 2017

The policies of the Trump administration benefit the private prison industry at the expense of inmates and their health.

The Obamas sign reported $65 million book deal

By David Walsh, 2 March 2017

The Financial Times revealed that Penguin Random House had won a record-breaking auction between publishing houses and will buy the two books for more than $65 million.

UAW orders thousands of Caterpillar workers to stay on the job as contract expires

By Marcus Day, 2 March 2017

The UAW and Caterpillar have maintained a media blackout in the current negotiations as they prepare to demand further concessions from workers.

Boil advisory issued in Detroit following water system malfunction

By Kathleen Martin, 2 March 2017

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department issued a boil water advisory Tuesday due to concerns over bacterial contamination affecting a large section of the city.

UK Supreme Court upholds minimum income immigration rule

By Richard Tyler, 2 March 2017

Under the rule, a British citizen must have a minimum annual income of at least £18,600 if they want a spouse or civil partner born outside the EU to come and live with them in Britain.

Peruvian president wanted in Odebrecht corruption scandal

By Cesar Uco, 2 March 2017

The Odebrecht corruption scandal has implicated leading politicians not only in Peru, but throughout Latin America.

IMF head to visit Sri Lanka to demand more austerity measures

By K. Ratnayake, 2 March 2017

Christine Lagarde will use the financial crisis faced by the Colombo government to dictate terms.

Australian unions and Labor Party launch bogus campaign over penalty rate cuts

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2017

The Labor politicians and trade union bureaucrats are the ones most responsible for this historic cut in penalty rates.

New in Spanish

Inmigración bajo el capitalismo: Entre la vida y la muerte en la frontera de EE.UU. con México

Por Eric London, 2 marzo 2017

El WSWS entrevistó a una madre inmigrante que huyó de El Salvador en febrero y fue capturada la semana pasada por la Patrulla Fronteriza.

Podemos de España a punto de separarse antes su congreso Vistalegre II

Por Alex Lantier y Alejandro López, 2 marzo 2017

Los conflictos dentro de Podemos reflejan la bancarrota de la política populista, nacionalista y capitalista de este partido y su rápido viraje hacia la derecha.

New in Russian

Открытие системы из семи экзопланет «земного типа»

Брайан Дайн, 2 марта 2017 г.

Открытие новой планетарной системы стало результатом сотрудничества в достижении общей цели, и движущей силой этого процесса было стремление к знанию, а не к накоплению личного богатства.

New in Turkish

“Dünya benzeri” yedi gezegenden oluşan bir sistemin keşfi

Bryan Dyne, 2 Mart 2017

Bu dünyaların keşfedilmesi, 1990’ların ortasında Güneş benzeri bir yıldız etrafında keşfedilen ilk “güneş sistemi dışındaki gezegen”den bu yana, yeni bilimsel bulgular dalgası içinde en dikkat çekici olanıdır.

Trump’ın konuşması içeride sınıf savaşı, dışarıda savaş planlarını özetliyor

Andre Damon, 2 Mart 2017

Dolandırıcı ve sahtekar bir artist olan Trump’ın ülkedeki en yüksek siyasi makama yükseltilmiş olması, ABD’deki burjuva egemenliğinin derinlemesine çürümüşlüğünün kanıtıdır.

1917-2017 Rus Devrimi’nin 100. Yıldönümü
Uluslararası Çevrimiçi Konferans Serisi

2 Mart 2017

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, Rus Devrimi’nin 100. yıldönümünü, 1917’nin olağanüstü olaylarının temelleri, gidişatı ve sonuçları üzerine çevrimiçi konferanslarla kutluyor.

New in French

Fillon restera candidat présidentiel malgré l'annonce de sa mise en examen

Par Alex Lantier, 2 mars 2017

Ce n'est pas l'indubitable corruption de l'élite dirigeante française, mais les conflits géostratégiques au sein de l'OTAN qui ont fait éclater le scandale qui entoure Fillon.

Derrière les attaques antisémites et racistes aux États-Unis

Par Patrick Martin, 2 mars 2017

L’arrivée au pouvoir du gouvernement Trump a encouragé forces les plus réactionnaires, racistes et rétrogrades dans la société américaine.

Trump intensifie sa politique de guerre commerciale

Par Nick Beams, 2 mars 2017

La logique objective de la politique de guerre économique de Trump, fondée sur « l’Amérique d’abord » conduit inexorablement au conflit militaire.

Un journal allemand publie un article faux sur des « agressions sexuelles de masse »

Par Marianne Arens, 2 mars 2017

Le dévoilement des mensonges répandus par l’article du journal Bild jette un éclairage supplémentaire sur le prétendu harcèlement sexuel de masse des femmes survenu la veille du Nouvel An 2015 et 2016 à Cologne.

New in German

Die Hintergründe der antisemitischen und rassistischen Anschläge in den USA

Von Patrick Martin, 2. März 2017

Trumps Machtübernahme hat den reaktionärsten, rassistischsten und rückständigsten Elementen der amerikanischen Gesellschaft Auftrieb verschafft.

Marx21 feiert Martin Schulz als „Wiederbelebung der Sozialdemokratie“

Von Ulrich Rippert, 2. März 2017

Der Medienhype um Schulz ist nicht „Teil der Gegenreaktion auf Trump“, wie Marx21 behauptet, sondern der Versuch, die „Gegenreaktion auf Trump“ für eine deutsche Großmachtpolitik nutzbar zu machen.

Trump-Rede: Pläne für Krieg im Inneren und nach Außen

Von Andre Damon, 2. März 2017

In seiner Rede vor dem Kongress bekräftigte Trump seine zentralen Ziele: Wirtschaftsnationalismus, Verfolgung von Einwanderern, Ausbau des Militärs und Beseitigung der Schranken für Unternehmen.

Dauerkrise in kroatischer Regierung

Von Markus Salzmann, 2. März 2017

Nach gerade einmal vier Monaten im Amt nehmen die Spannungen innerhalb der kroatischen Regierungskoalition zu.

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Perspective

Wall Street, media celebrate Trump’s address to Congress

2 March 2017

Wall Street soared to record highs as media commentators praised Trump’s speech, which promised tax cuts for businesses, the slashing of workplace and anti-pollution regulations, and a massive military build-up.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

More than 75,000 view interview with David North
Growing international interest in Russian Revolution Centenary online lecture series

1 March 2017

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

IYSSE

New York University professors speak out to defend IYSSE club status and support free speech

By our reporters, 2 March 2017

Several professors have written to the NYU Student Activities Board demanding an end to efforts by the university to prevent the IYSSE from organizing a club on campus.

Stop censorship at Loyola University-Chicago
Students have the right to form political organizations on campus!

IYSSE campaigns for student senate at Eastern Michigan University

Stop the shift to the right at Humboldt University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 2 March 2017

Professor Jörg Baberowski, who regularly advances xenophobic, authoritarian and militarist positions in public, is going to court and mobilising right-wing students to suppress any criticism of his views

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

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

Commentary

A revealing episode: Sanders applauds Trump during speech before Congress

By Jerry White, 2 March 2017

Sanders’ calculated applause for Trump’s economic nationalist policies during the speech on Tuesday night says much about Sanders’ politics and the role assigned to him.

Behind the anti-Semitic and racist attacks in the US

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2017

German newspaper publishes fraudulent refugee “sex-mob” report

By Marianne Arens, 1 March 2017

The Torch Light protest in Manchester: A cynical cover by Labour for complicity in austerity cuts

By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 1 March 2017

South Sudan civil war causing widespread famine

By Thomas Gaist, 1 March 2017

Arts

67th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
Filmmaking in “apocalyptic” times

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 March 2017

There was very little evidence in Berlin this year of filmmakers and the festival as a whole taking up burning social and political issues.

89th Academy Awards: What does Hollywood offer today?

By David Walsh, 28 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

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).

The Trump Presidency

Trump’s speech outlines plans for class war at home and war abroad

By Andre Damon, 1 March 2017

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

Trump proposes huge hike in military and police spending

Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

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

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

More on the Trump presidency »

Workers Struggles

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

By Michael Barnes, 28 February 2017

UAW shuts down strike at Kansas City auto parts supplier plant

By Shannon Jones and Nick Rodriguez, 28 February 2017

Australian union pushes through pay cut at paper mill

By Chris Sadlier, 28 February 2017

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

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

10 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

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?