Wealth of world’s billionaires soars amid stock market surge

By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2017

In 2016 the combined wealth of the world’s richest individuals rose 18 percent to a staggering $7.67 trillion.

French presidential debate: Political establishment shifts far to the right

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2017

On Monday night, 9.8 million people watched a three-hour television debate between the five leading candidates in the French presidential elections.

Presidential front-runner Macron pledges to bring back the draft in France

US threatens more sanctions, military build-up against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2017

As the US secretary of state declared last week, all options, including military action against Pyongyang, are under consideration.

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

Fighting flares in Damascus as US escalates air war in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2017

The renewed fighting underscores the highly unstable situation into which the Trump administration is preparing to send a further 1,000 US marines.

Israel air raid targets government positions as Syrian conflict intensifies

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

More on the war in Syria »

Germany’s new president to accelerate militarist foreign policy agenda

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

In office, former president Gauck was a more strident advocate of German militarism than virtually any other federal president.

“Don’t believe what they’re going to tell you”
As Caterpillar-UAW contract vote nears, Deere workers warn of union betrayal

By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 22 March 2017

With just four days left before voting, workers at agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co. spoke on the lessons of their 2015 contract struggle.

“I think it’s a set-up with the union and Caterpillar”
Caterpillar-UAW deal: Workers denounce information blackout

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

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education
Part two

By Esther Galen, 22 March 2017

The budget proposed by the White House slashes education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education
Part one

With over 630 killed in house fires so far this year
Trump budget proposes to end heating assistance, slash housing program

By Steve Filips, 22 March 2017

As federal housing aid comes under the axe, poor and working Americans continue to contend with stagnant wages, climbing utility bills and substandard housing.

Trump met by protesters in Nashville, Tennessee

More on the Trump presidency »

Proposed Florida budget cuts to hit Holocaust survivors

By Matthew Taylor, 22 March 2017

The cuts are part of a larger $20 million budget cut proposal that would primarily affect programs that fund medical research and give aid to the elderly.

Rising food and fuel prices driving millions more Britons into poverty

By Dennis Moore, 22 March 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that between 2008 and 2015, those classed as living below the Minimum Income Standard had risen by 4 million.

UK budget steps up attacks on education

UK: Bournemouth Intermediate Care Services axes staff

By Ajanta Silva, 22 March 2017

The discharging of staff in Bournemouth is a sign that further decimation of services are on the horizon in 44 areas throughout England.

New Australian union head feigns concern for workers’ rights

By Will Morrow, 22 March 2017

McManus’s elevation is part of the unions’ preparations to try and divert rising working-class anger behind the return of a Labor government in 2019.

Australian Labor’s “self-managing schools,” seven years on

New Zealand Labour Party installs new deputy leader

By John Braddock, 22 March 2017

Jacinda Ardern has been elevated as part of Labour’s desperate attempt to reverse the collapse in support caused by the party’s right-wing policies.

New in Russian

Фальсификация истории Йоргом Баберовски

Кристоф Вандрайер, 22 Март 2017 г.

Историки подобные Йоргу Баберовски из Университета имени Гумбольдта, занимаются переписыванием и фальсификацией истории для того, чтобы оправдать новые войны и дискредитировать оппозицию к ним.

New in Turkish

Hindistan’da 13 işçi ömür boyu hapse mahkum edildi
Komplo kurulan Maruti Suzuki işçilerine özgürlük!

Dördüncü Enternasyonal'in Uluslararası Komitesi, 22 Mart 2017

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, okurlarını, komplo kurulan 13 Maruti Suzuki işçisinin serbest bırakılmasını talep eden çevrimiçi dilekçeyi imzalamaya çağırıyor!

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Trece condenados a cadena perpetua en India
¡Liberen a los trabajadores inculpados falsamente de Maruti Suzuki!

Por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 22 marzo 2017

Condenaron a trece trabajadores de la fábrica de Maruti Suzuki a una vida en prisión tras ser incriminados por la compañía y las autoridades, en complicidad con los principales partidos políticos.

El legado de 1905 y la estrategia de la Revolución Rusa
La segunda conferencia sobre la Revolución Rusa tendrá lugar este sábado

22 marzo 2017

Fred Williams, el traductor de varias obras históricas y de literatura rusas, hablará sobre la revolución de 1905, el primer levantamiento revolucionario del Siglo XX.

Las órdenes antiinmigrantes de Trump y la Ley de esclavos fugitivos de 1950

Por Tom Mackaman, 22 marzo 2017

Existe una gran similitud entre la infame Ley de Esclavos Fugitivos de 1850 y los decretos antiinmigrantes del presidente Trump.

La Organización Socialista Internacional y Alternativa Socialista promueven a demócratas y cortes como defensores de inmigrantes

Por Eric London, 22 marzo 2017

Los esfuerzos de la seudoizquierda para bloquear el surgimiento de un movimiento obrero independiente facilitan la ejecución de los planes antiinmigrantes de Trump.

New in French

Débat présidentiel du 20 mars : la classe politique vire vers l'extrême-droite

Par Alexandre Lantier, 22 mars 2017

Lundi soir, 9,8 millions de téléspectateurs ont regardé sur TF1 un débat de plus de trois heures entre cinq candidats aux présidentielles françaises.

Le soutien grandit pour les travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki accusés à tort en Inde

Par Jerry White, 22 mars 2017

L'opposition aux condamnations brutales à prison à perpétuité pour 13 travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki grandit en Inde et dans le monde.

La liberté immédiate des travailleurs emprisonnés de Maruti Suzuki

22 mars 2017

Le CIQI exhorte les travailleurs de l’automobile et tous les lecteurs et sympathisants du WSWS à s’opposer à cette parodie et à exiger la liberté immédiate des travailleurs emprisonnés de Maruti Suzuki.

L’hystérie anti-Russie des démocrates prépare le terrain à la guerre

Par Patrick Martin, 22 mars 2017

La véritable cible de l’audition de lundi 20 mars devant la Commission du renseignement de la Chambre des représentants est la Russie et non Trump.

Le conflit qui se développe

Par Léon Trotsky, 22 mars 2017

Dans cet article, Trotsky écrit : « Un conflit ouvert entre les forces de la révolution dirigées par le prolétariat urbain et la bourgeoisie libérale antirévolutionnaire, temporairement au pouvoir, est absolument inévitable. »

Sous la bannière de la Commune

Par Léon Trotsky, 22 mars 2017

Le WSWS publie de nouvelles traductions des écrits de Trotsky de février à mars 1917. Dans de nombreux cas, ces articles sont maintenant en anglais pour la première fois. Dans cet article, Trotsky écrit : « Dans les tranchées débordant de sang et de boue, dans les villes et les villages affamés, des millions de cœurs sont remplis d’indignation, de désespoir et de rage. Et ces sentiments, combinés à la pensée socialiste, se transforment en enthousiasme révolutionnaire. »

New in German

Anhörung vor Geheimdienstausschuss des Repräsentantenhauses
US-Demokraten bereiten Krieg gegen Russland vor

Von Patrick Martin, 22. März 2017

Bei der Anhörung vor dem Geheimdienstausschuss des Repräsentantenhauses hatten die US-Demokraten in erster Linie nicht die Trump-Regierung, sondern Russland im Visier.

Wachsende Unterstützung für die verurteilten Maruti-Suzuki-Arbeiter

Von Jerry White, 22. März 2017

In Indien und weltweit wächst die Opposition gegen die brutalen, lebenslangen Haftstrafen, zu denen dreizehn Arbeiter des PKW-Herstellers Maruti Suzuki verurteilt worden sind.

Merkel droht Ankara

Von Johannes Stern, 22. März 2017

Mit der Drohung der deutschen Bundesregierung, Auftrittsverbote gegen türkische Regierungspolitiker in Deutschland zu verhängen, haben die deutsch-türkischen Beziehungen einen neuen Tiefpunkt erreicht.

Justizminister Maas plant Internetzensur

Von Justus Leicht, 22. März 2017

Am 14. März stellte Maas einen Gesetzesentwurf vor, das großen Internetdiensten wie Facebook und Twitter weitgehende Lösch- und Überwachungspflichten auferlegt.

Frankreich: Macron kündigt Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht an

Von Alex Lantier, 22. März 2017

Die Äußerungen des französischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Macron müssen als Warnung verstanden werden. Sie lassen erkennen, wie weit die Kriegspläne schon fortgeschritten sind.

Bundeswehrwerbung: „Mahnruf an alle jungen Menschen“

Von Werner Siepmann, 22. März 2017

Der Autor dieses Artikels, Jahrgang 1931, schildert seine persönlichen Erfahrungen und Erinnerungen an Kindheit und Jugend während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus und des Weltkriegs.

Weshalb die Russische Revolution studieren?

Von David North, 22. März 2017

Dies ist der erste von fünf Vorträgen, die das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale aus Anlass des einhundertsten Jahrestags der Russischen Revolution von 1917 präsentiert.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
20.–26. März: Doppelherrschaft in Russland

22. März 2017

Die Doppelherrschaft entstand in Petrograd, als der „Karren der blut- und schmutzbesudelten Romanowschen Monarchie“ (um Lenins Worte zu benutzen) in der schroffen Wendung des Februaraufstands umstürzte.

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Perspective

The return of the US-German conflict

22 March 2017

President Trump’s refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during their photo-op in the Oval Office expressed the deepening tensions between the US and Germany.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Democrats’ anti-Russia hysteria prepares the ground for war

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017

The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

The key facts of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ case

22 March 2017

There is not a shred of evidence against any of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life in prison.

Support grows for framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

Thirteen sentenced to life imprisonment in India
Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

International Committee of the Fourth International, 20 March 2017

More on the struggle of Maruti Suziki auto workers »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
March 20-26: Dual Power in Russia

20 March 2017

In the vacuum left by the abrupt and ignominious collapse of the “filthy and blood-stained cart of the Romanov monarchy,” to use Lenin’s words, a precarious configuration of “dual power” emerged in Petrograd.

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

Germany: Great interest in upcoming screening of Tsar to Lenin at Leipzig Book Fair

By our correspondents, 22 March 2017

The IYSSE and Mehring Verlag will be screening the documentary on the Russian Revolution at the upcoming Leipzig Book Fair.

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

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.

Writings of Leon Trotsky on The Russian Revolution

Writings of Trotsky from 1917
From Whom and How to Defend the Revolution

By Leon Trotsky, 21 March 2017

In this article, Trotsky writes, ‘“The gentry’s lands, but not Constantinople!’—the soldier-proletarian will say to the soldier-peasant, explaining to him who is served by the imperialist war and what its aims are.”

Writings of Trotsky from 1917
War or Peace? (Internal Forces of the Revolution)

By Leon Trotsky, 20 March 2017

Commentary

The New York Times demands a Trump special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2017

The Times is the media spearhead of the campaign by the Democratic Party and the military-intelligence apparatus to whip up a war frenzy against Russia.

Europe-wide demonstrations in defence of migrants and refugees

By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2017

Pseudo-left groups champion Scottish National Party’s independence referendum demand

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2017

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

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

Netherlands: Following elections, establishment parties shift to the right

IYSSE

Candidate for Student Senate, Mitch Abrams, speaks with international students
IYSSE defends immigrant rights at Eastern Michigan University

By Tim Rivers, 22 March 2017

EMU students from India made arrangements to meet with the IYSSE’s candidate after learning that the club opposes the policies of Trump as well as the Democratic Party.

IYSSE leads opposition against anti-democratic policies at Los Angeles City College

By Zaida Green and Glenn Mulwray, 21 March 2017

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

By Isaac Finn, 18 March 2017

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 »

Workers Struggles

For a unified struggle of drivers and conductors
Vote “no” to the ASLEF sell-out deal at UK’s Southern GTR rail!

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 March 2017

Another “no” vote in opposition to the ASLEF/Southern deal would represent a powerful blow against the plans by the train companies and government to impose DOO.

Union sells out striking Kenyan doctors

By Eddie Haywood, 21 March 2017

Coal miner killed at mine owned by West Virginia governor

By Clement Daly, 18 March 2017

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

History

Trump turns to American history
The strange political afterlife of Andrew Jackson

By Tom Mackaman, 21 March 2017

The political art of Jackson, which so inspires the Trump administration, consisted of his ability to obscure powerful contradictions behind a veil of nationalism and populist demagogy.

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.

Arts

Revisiting John Steinbeck’s A Russian Journal from 1948

By Clara Weiss, 21 March 2017

Bitter Harvest: Ukrainian nationalist fantasy as film

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

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

The Trump Presidency

US blocks statement opposing protectionism in G20 communiqué

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2017

Trump, Tillerson press China for action against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2017

Despite Trump’s anti-immigrant hysteria, US polls show broad support for immigrants

By Eric London, 20 March 2017

Trump taunts judicial branch as judges block second travel ban

The UAW’s corporatist alliance with Trump

Key House Republicans and Trump agree to Medicaid block grants, work requirements

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2017

Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending

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.

The defense of immigrant rights

"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