Tillerson pledges long-term US military role in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 23 March 2017

The Trump administration commitment to establish “interim zones of stability” in Syria will require a substantial increase in the US military presence in the country.

Fighting flares in Damascus as US escalates air war in Syria

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 »

Five confirmed dead, 40 injured in terror attack in London

By Chris Marsden, 23 March 2017

The ruling elite in Britain and internationally were quick to make political capital from the appalling event.

Political warfare flares over surveillance of Trump transition team

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told the press that he had learned of intercepts of communications by US intelligence involving Trump transition team members.

Trump aides sought military vehicles for inaugural parade

By our reporter, 23 March 2017

Pentagon emails released under the Freedom of Information Act have confirmed earlier reports in the Huffington Post.

Appearance of military officers during Trump’s inaugural address still unexplained

Concerns over Trump crisis roil financial markets

By Barry Grey, 23 March 2017

Whatever the short-term trend on the financial markets, Tuesday’s downturn reflected the underlying unsustainability of the massively inflated stock valuations.

Wealth of world’s billionaires soars amid stock market surge

Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin museums in Philadelphia closed by Trump administration hiring freeze

By Douglas Lyons, 23 March 2017

The Trump administration’s hiring freeze and threatened budget cuts prompted the National Park Service to close the historic attractions.

US and UK ban carry-on electronics on flights from Muslim-majority countries

By Zaida Green, 23 March 2017

Publicly unveiled on Tuesday, the new restrictions in the US and the UK target direct flights from the Middle East and North Africa.

US Customs and Border Protection searched nearly 25,000 phones in 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatens Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2017

German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

Frenetic greeting by delegates for the new SPD leader

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 March 2017

Last Sunday, Martin Schulz was elected chairman of the SPD with 100 percent of delegates' votes.

Germany’s new president to accelerate militarist foreign policy agenda

UK judges overturn murder conviction of war criminal Alexander Blackman

By Alice Summers, 23 March 2017

The ruling comes after campaigns by the media and sections of the army to exonerate Blackman in order to cultivate a climate justifying further imperialist wars.

“The union works against us”
With contract battle looming, Canadian autoworkers at GM CAMI plant speak out

By Carl Bronski, 23 March 2017

Unifor officials have expressed concern about growing support for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter as CAMI workers look to recoup years of union-backed wage and benefit concessions.

Reports expose widespread use of child labor in the Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 23 March 2017

The horrific labor practices uncovered in the DRC are not an isolated occurrence but rather the predominant reality inflicted by the capitalist system on workers around the globe.

Report documents extent of US-Australia economic ties

By Nick Beams, 23 March 2017

A recent paper argues that any shift by Australia away from its foreign policy alignment with the US could have potentially dire economic consequences.

New in Turkish

Komplo kurulan Maruti Suzuki işçilerine destek büyüyor

Jerry White, 23 Mart 2017

Dünyanın dört bir yanındaki işçiler onların yardımına koşmalı ve hapsedilen Maruti Suzuki işçilerinin derhal serbest bırakılmasını ve tüm mahkumiyetlerin hükümsüz kılınmasını talep etmelidir.

New in Spanish

Encuestas en EE.UU. muestran un amplio apoyo hacia inmigrantes pese a histeria antiinmigrante de Trump

Por Eric London, 23 marzo 2017

Una encuesta de CNN encontró que el 90 por ciento de estadounidenses, incluyendo al 84 por ciento de los partidarios de Trump, cree que el gobierno debería ayudarle a los inmigrantes en EE.UU. a conseguir la ciudadanía.

New in Russian

Антироссийская истерия американских демократов готовит почву для войны

Патрик Мартин, 23 Март 2017 г.

Подлинной целью состоявшихся в понедельник слушаний в Комитете по делам разведки Конгресса США была Россия, а не администрация Трампа.

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Нарастающий конфликт. (Внутренние силы русской революции)

Лев Троцкий, 23 Март 2017 г.

Эта статья была опубликована в нью-йоркской газете «Новый мир» 19 марта 1917 года. Позднее она была включена в Сочинения Троцкого, выходившие в 1920-е годы (том 3, часть 1, «От Февраля до Октября». Москва-Ленинград, 1924).

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Два лица. (Внутренние силы русской революции)

Лев Троцкий, 23 Март 2017 г.

Эта статья была опубликована в нью-йоркской газете «Новый мир» 17 марта 1917 года. Позднее она была включена в Сочинения Троцкого, выходившие в 1920-е годы (том 3, часть 1, «От Февраля до Октября». Москва-Ленинград, 1924). Примечания к статье даются по тексту этого издания.

New in French

Le retour du conflit germano-américain

Par Johannes Stern, 23 mars 2017

Le refus du président Trump de serrer la main de la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel lors de la séance photo dans le bureau ovale traduit les tensions grandissantes entre les États-Unis et l’Allemagne.

Les États-Unis menacent la Corée du Nord de nouvelles sanctions et un renforcement militaire

Par Peter Symonds, 23 mars 2017

Comme l’a dit le secrétaire d’État américain la semaine dernière, toutes les options, y compris l’action militaire contre Pyongang, sont à l’étude.

Le nouveau président allemand accéléré le programme militariste en politique étrangère

Par Johannes Stern, 23 mars 2017

En poste, Gauck fut un strident défenseur du militarisme allemand – plus que pratiquement n’importe quel autre président fédéral.

New in German

Börsen machen Milliardäre immer reicher

Von Shannon Jones, 23. März 2017

2016 stieg das Vermögen der reichsten Männer der Welt um achtzehn Prozent auf schwindelerregende 7,67 Billionen Dollar.

Wahlen in Frankreich
Debatte der Präsidentschaftskandidaten: Das politische Establishment rückt weiter nach rechts

Von Alex Lantier, 23. März 2017

9,8 Millionen Menschen verfolgten am Montagabend eine dreistündige TV-Debatte zwischen den fünf Spitzenkandidaten in der französischen Präsidentschaftswahl.

Die wichtigsten Fakten im Fall der Maruti-Suzuki-Arbeiter

23. März 2017

Es gibt nicht den geringsten Beweis gegen irgendeinen der 13 Maruti-Suzuki-Arbeiter, die zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wurden.

Rechtsextreme „Gruppe Freital“ vor Gericht

Von Martin Nowak, 23. März 2017

In Sachsen steht erstmals eine rechtsextreme Gruppe wegen Bildung einer terroristischen Vereinigung vor Gericht. Wie im Fall des NSU gibt es zahlreiche Indizien, die auf Verstrickungen mit dem Staatsapparat hinweisen.

Other Languages

Perspective

Democratic Party floats proposal for a palace coup

23 March 2017

An 'open letter' by Times columnist Thomas Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people.

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!

Sham character of Maruti Suzuki workers’ trial further exposed

By Keith Jones, 23 March 2017

The presiding judge had to admit police colluded with Maruti Suzuki and fabricated evidence, but even as he did so, he downplayed the significance of these crimes.

Campaign for release of Maruti Suzuki workers wins support in India and Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 23 March 2017

South Asian workers denounce the frame-up of innocent workers.

The key facts of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ case

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 Suzuki auto workers »

Arts

Rock ’n’ roll great Chuck Berry dead at 90

By Hiram Lee, 23 March 2017

It would be difficult to overstate Berry’s influence on American popular music in the second half of the 20th century. Perhaps more than any other artist in the genre, he defined the sound of rock ’n’ roll.

Revisiting John Steinbeck’s A Russian Journal from 1948

By Clara Weiss, 21 March 2017

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.”

Commentary

The return of the US-German conflict

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

French presidential debate: Political establishment shifts far to the right

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2017

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

By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2017

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

By Esther Galen, 22 March 2017

More on the Trump presidency »

New Australian union head feigns concern for workers’ rights

By Will Morrow, 22 March 2017

Europe-wide demonstrations in defence of migrants and refugees

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

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

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

“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

Union sells out striking Kenyan doctors

Coal miner killed at mine owned by West Virginia governor

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.

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