Merkel and Trump hold crisis talks in Washington

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2017

Tensions between Germany and the US have risen to their highest point since the end of the Second World War.

India: Framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life imprisonment

By Keith Jones, 18 March 2017

India’s ruling elite has imposed savage sentences on the Maruti Suzuki workers to intimidate the working class and reassure investors that it will ruthlessly enforce sweatshop conditions.

Indian court to hear sentencing arguments against framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

India: 31 victimized Maruti Suzuki workers convicted on frame-up charges

Israel air raid targets government positions as Syrian conflict intensifies

By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2017

Syrian government forces fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli aircraft carrying out air strikes near Palmyra, amid reports that the US bombed a mosque near Aleppo, killing 46 civilians.

Letter from a Syrian reader: “There is a new sentiment of solidarity in the ranks of the poor people”

18 March 2017

The WSWS has received the following correspondence from a reader and supporter in Damascus on the situation in Syria after six years of a civil war instigated and abetted by the major imperialist powers.

Pentagon prepares to send a thousand more troops into Syria

More on the war in Syria »

Trade talks in Chile on continuing TPP without the US

By James Cogan, 18 March 2017

Despite concerns expressed about protectionism, the most obvious feature of the Chile summit was the manner in which various states pursued their own national trade agendas.

US immigration bars Canadian nurses employed at Michigan hospitals

By Shannon Jones, 18 March 2017

Some Canadian nurses employed in the US have been blocked from entering the country by a more restrictive interpretation of US immigration policy.

Trump taunts judicial branch as judges block second travel ban

More on the attacks on immigrants »

Coal miner killed at mine owned by West Virginia governor

By Clement Daly, 18 March 2017

Jason Kenneth Matthews was killed at the Bishop Preparation Plant, owned by Jim Justice, West Virginia’s governor and richest man.

Sanders seeks to cast the Democrats as ally of coal miners at West Virginia town hall

Los Angeles school district sends layoff notices to 1,600 administrators

By Dan Conway, 18 March 2017

The layoffs are part of an ongoing attempt to gut public education in the nation’s second largest school district.

Assault on boat off coast of Yemen kills over 40 Somali refugees

By Niles Niemuth, 18 March 2017

Friday’s assault highlights the historic humanitarian crisis which is engulfing a significant portion of the African continent and Middle East.

Saudi king postpones visit to Maldives

By Rohantha De Silva, 18 March 2017

The postponement took place amid intensifying conflicts within the Maldivian ruling elite, bound up with the geo-political rivalry between the US, India and China.

Netherlands: Following elections, establishment parties shift to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 18 March 2017

The defeat of Geert Wilders in the Dutch election has not stopped the growth of nationalism and xenophobia; it has amplified it in the establishment parties.

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte wins out against far-right challenger

The Dutch elections and the danger of fascism

UK: Labour-led Lewisham council attempt land-grab involving football ground

By Simon Whelan, 18 March 2017

The plan by Labour-run Lewisham borough council to seize Millwall’s football ground and sell it on to an offshore-registered developer has only been put on hold.

Amid economic disaster, Brazilian unions promote Lula da Silva 2018 presidential bid

By Miguel Andrade, 18 March 2017

The number of unemployed, including those who have abandoned the search for a job after prolonged inability to find work, has risen to 23 million.

Garbage dump landslide kills over 110 in Ethiopia

By Eddie Haywood, 18 March 2017

A landslide on the outskirts of Addis Ababa buried a number of makeshift homes under tons of refuse, claiming scores of lives and leaving many others injured.

A new wave of job cuts at Australian universities

By Mike Head, 18 March 2017

Staff and students suffer as universities axe hundreds more jobs, usually via “voluntary” redundancy schemes, assisted by the trade unions.

Australian media directs anti-Muslim witch-hunt at primary school children

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
13-19 марта: Царь Николай отрекается от престола

18 Март 2017 г.

Династия Романовых, правившая Россией с 1613 года, сметена революцией, начавшейся в Петрограде. Наступает период «двоевластия» Временного правительства и Советов.

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 год
Неспокойно в Европе

Лев Троцкий, 18 Март 2017 г.

Эта статья была опубликована в нью-йоркской газете «Новый мир» 15 марта 1917 года. Позднее она вошла в книгу Троцкого «Война и революция» (1923), том 2, с. 419-421.

New in Spanish

Trabajadores inmigrantes en EE.UU. se preparan para más redadas de deportación en el lugar de trabajo

Por Jerry White, 18 marzo 2017

Las deportaciones masivas se utilizan para aterrorizar a los trabajadores inmigrantes y dar a los empleadores una mano libre para socavar los salarios y condiciones de todos los trabajadores.

Ecuador se va a la segunda vuelta con un derechista desafiando al sucesor escogido de Correa

Por Cesar Uco y Armando Cruz, 18 marzo 2017

El Ecuador está fuertemente polarizado, con la derecha tratando de capitalizar los ataques perpetrados por el gobierno de Correa a los derechos sociales y democráticos.

El primer ministro holandés Rutte gana contra el retador de extrema derecha

Por Peter Schwarz, 18 marzo 2017

El resultado peor de lo esperado de Wilders no señala un fin al cambio brusco a la derecha en la política europea.

New in French

Le Premier ministre néerlandais s’impose contre le concurrent d’extrême-droite

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 mars 2017

Les résultats plus médiocres que prévus de Wilders ne signent pas la fin du virage prononcé vers la droite de la politique européenne.

L’alliance corporatiste de l’UAW avec Trump

Par Niles Niemuth, 18 mars 2017

La présence du Président du syndicat UAW Dennis Williams mercredi auprès du président Donald Trump et des patrons des trois grandes sociétés d’automobiles américaines pour promouvoir le nationalisme de « l’Amérique d’abord » est une confirmation supplémentaire du caractère anti-ouvrier des syndicats.

L’élite dirigeante des États-Unis veut en finir avec les acquis des années 1960

Par Patrick Martin, 18 mars 2017

Jouissant de l’opposition purement symbolique des démocrates, l’administration Trump et les républicains au Congrès sont en train d’éviscérer tout ce qui reste des acquis de la classe ouvrière qui remontent à la dernière période de réforme sociale.

New in German

Autogewerkschaft und Donald Trump: Eine korporatistische Allianz

Von Niles Niemuth, 18. März 2017

Gemeinsam mit US-Präsident Donald Trump und den drei großen Autobossen beteiligte sich Gewerkschafts-Präsident Dennis Williams an einer Kundgebung für Trumps nationalistische „America first“-Politik. Das zeigt einmal mehr den arbeiterfeindlichen Charakter der Gewerkschaften.

Krisengespräche: Merkel trifft Trump in Washington

Von Johannes Stern, 18. März 2017

Noch nie seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs waren die Spannungen zwischen Deutschland und den USA so große wie heute.

Niederlande: Rechtsruck der etablierten Parteien

Von Peter Schwarz, 18. März 2017

Die Wahl in den Niederlanden hat das Anwachsen von Nationalismus und Ausländerfeindlichkeit nicht gestoppt; es spielt sich nur verstärkt innerhalb der etablierten Parteien ab.

US-Haushalt: Trump will Krieg durch Sozialkürzungen finanzieren

Von Patrick Martin, 18. März 2017

Trumps Haushaltsplan sieht eine Erhöhung der Ausgaben für Militär und innere Sicherheit um fast sechzig Milliarden Dollar vor. Dafür werden Umwelt- und Sozialprogramme zerschlagen.

Berlin: Was steckt hinter dem Rückkauf der Charité-Tochter CFM?

Von Markus Salzmann, 18. März 2017

Mit dem Rückkauf sollen nicht die prekären Arbeitsbedingungen verbessert, sondern verschärfte Arbeitsbedingungen in der gesamten Charité festgeschrieben werden.

Vereinigung Cockpit kapituliert vor Lufthansa-Vorstand

Von Marianne Arens, 18. März 2017

Der jüngste Abschluss im Tarifstreit der Lufthansa muss abgelehnt werden. Mit seinem Streikverzicht bindet er den Piloten fünf Jahre lang die Hände.

New in Urdu

یونان میں سیریزاکی غداری کے سیاسی اسباق

13نومبر2015ء

آئی سی آئی ایف ہی وہ واحد گروپ تھا جس نے عالمی محنت کشوں کو متنبہ کیا تھا کہ سیریزا کوئی انقلابی پارٹی نہیں بلکہ سرمایہ داری کی حامی اور مزدور دشمن پارٹی ہے.وقت نے سیریزا پر آئی سی آئی ایفکی طرف سے ہونے والی تنقید کو سچ ثابت کر دیا۔

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Perspective

US threats against North Korea and the danger of war in Asia

18 March 2017

As the Trump administration charts a course toward war in the Asia-Pacific, there is no discussion within the American media or political establishment of the catastrophic consequences.

Earlier Perspectives »

Writings of Leon Trotsky on The Russian Revolution

Writings of Trotsky from 1917
Two Faces (Internal Forces of the Russian Revolution)

18 March 2017

In this article, Trotsky writes, “The masses have rebelled with demands for bread and peace. The appearance in power of a few liberals has neither fed the starving nor healed anyone’s wounds.”

Writings of Trotsky from 1917
The Growing Conflict

18 March 2017

In this article, Trotsky writes, “An open conflict between the forces of the revolution, headed by the urban proletariat, and the anti-revolutionary liberal bourgeoisie, temporarily in power, is absolutely inevitable.”

Writings of Trotsky from 1917
Under the Banner of the Commune

The Revolution in Russia

Unease in Europe

On the Threshold of Revolution

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

The Legacy of 1905 and the Strategy of the Russian Revolution
Second online lecture on centenary of the Russian Revolution to be held this Saturday

18 March 2017

Fred Williams, translator of many Russian-language works of history and literature, will speak on the Russian revolution of 1905, the first great revolutionary upheaval of the twentieth century.

This week in the Russian Revolution
March 13-19: Tsar Nicholas abdicates

13 March 2017

The Romanov Dynasty, which has ruled Russia since 1613, is swept aside by the revolution originating in Petrograd, initiating a period of “dual power” between the Duma and the Soviets.

Commentary

International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative promote Democrats and courts as defenders of immigrants

By Eric London, 18 March 2017

The pseudo-left’s attempts to block an independent movement of the working class against capitalism facilitate Trump’s plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.

Canadian media denounces exposure of foreign minister’s grandfather as Nazi collaborator

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 March 2017

Canada’s media has labelled as a Russian smear the revelation that Freeland’s grandfather edited a Ukrainian nationalist daily in Nazi-occupied Poland that published fascist propaganda.

Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2017

The UAW’s corporatist alliance with Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 17 March 2017

More on the Trump presidency »

US secretary of state ramps up pressure on China over North Korea

By Mike Head, 17 March 2017

IYSSE

Free speech under attack at NYU: IYSSE appeals second rejection of club status

By Isaac Finn, 18 March 2017

On Wednesday, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality appealed a recent decision by the New York University Student Activities Board’s denying the group club status.

New York University students denounce decision against IYSSE club status

New York University rejects club status for IYSSE for second semester

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

History

Trump’s anti-immigrant orders and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

By Tom Mackaman, 14 March 2017

There are many parallels—and even a direct connection—between the notorious Fugitive Slave Act and Trump’s executive orders attacking immigrants.

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

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

Arts

Bitter Harvest: Ukrainian nationalist fantasy as film

By Jason Melanovski, 18 March 2017

Russophobia and historical misrepresentation abound in George Mendeluk’s pseudo-historical drama.

Revolution: New Art for a New World—A careless, unserious treatment of Russian Revolutionary art

By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 17 March 2017

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017

The Settlers: Israel’s movement toward an apartheid state

Workers Struggles

Workers have the right to study the full contract!
Caterpillar-UAW deal: An anti-worker conspiracy

By Marcus Day, 18 March 2017

In an attempt to overcome worker opposition to further concessions, the UAW and Caterpillar are coordinating an information blackout over details of a proposed six-year contract announced Wednesday.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 March 2017

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

New Greek Translation

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

We are publishing here the Greek translation of the January 3 perspective article “Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017” by David North and Joe Kishore.

Obituary

Civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart dies at 77

By Fred Mazelis, 11 March 2017

The defense of immigrant rights

Protesters in Rochester, New York oppose detention of José Coyote Pérez

By our reporters, 14 March 2017

"Anyone whom ICE suspects of crime can be deported"
Interview with Alan Diamante, attorney for detained immigrant Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez

By Zac Corrigan, Marc Wells and Kevin Martinez, 11 March 2017

“This is class warfare!”
Video: Protesters oppose deportation of Rómulo Avelica-González

Video: Daughters of Rómulo Avelica-González, detained for deportation in Los Angeles, speak out

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

By Eric London, 7 March 2017

More on the attacks on immigrants »

Socialist Equality Party

German ICFI section adopts new name

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 28 February 2017

Book Review

Secret Affairs: Britain’s collusion with radical Islam
A revealing insight into political criminality and warmongering—Part 2

By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2017

Secret Affairs: Britain’s collusion with radical Islam
A revealing insight into political criminality and warmongering—Part 1

The Trump Presidency

Nominee for US Food and Drug Administration commissioner has deep ties to drug industry

By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017

Trump administration document lays out trade war agenda

As attack on jobs escalates, AFL-CIO chief pledges to “partner” with Trump administration

The Snap IPO: Trump agenda fuels an orgy of speculation

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

Trump proposes huge hike in military and police spending

More on the Trump presidency »