US Homeland Security memo: Deploy 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants

By Eric London, 18 February 2017

The proposals outlined in a memo obtained by the AP would require the imposition of de facto martial law across broad swaths of the United States.

Thousands participate in nation-wide “A day without immigrants” protest

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

US Senate confirms industry stooge to head Environmental Protection Agency

By Daniel de Vries, 18 February 2017

Former Oklahoma attorney general and anti-regulation zealot Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite

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As Trump promotes America First nationalism at South Carolina Boeing plant
UAW to launch “Buy American” campaign

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2017

The UAW is ramping up its promotion of economic nationalism in line with the reactionary America First demagogy of the Trump administration.

On eve of GM Detroit layoffs
Jeep announces partial shutdown of Toledo, Ohio complex

“The union is not for us”
Detroit autoworkers speak out against GM layoffs

Pentagon chief warns of “arc of instability” at Munich security conference

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2017

Trump's defense secretary, James Mattis, sounded a warning to the conference aimed at justifying a further escalation of US and NATO militarism.

US demands greater European military spending at NATO summit

German defence minister announces massive increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2017

What was once unthinkable is now official policy. The German government is determined to double the military budget, which currently stands at approximately €37 billion.

In Russia, reality sinks in after Flynn ouster

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2017

Anxieties are growing in Moscow as the forced resignation of US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn points to an intensification of anti-Russian hysteria in Washington.

French neo-fascists present anti-EU, anti-immigrant program in 2017 elections

By Alice Laurençon, 18 February 2017

The National Front opponents in the French ruling elite are increasingly anxious about the growing possibility of an FN victory in the presidential elections.

Conservative Fillon campaign faces collapse in French presidential elections

French authorities step up financial probe of conservative presidential candidate François Fillon

UK: Southern GTR drivers vote against union-backed sellout deal

By Michael Barnes, 18 February 2017

This principled stand by a majority of drivers comes despite immense pressure from management and the union to accept the deal.

Lufthansa-union agreement on arbitration ruling: an attack on pilots in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 18 February 2017

Lufthansa and the pilots union have accepted an arbitration ruling on compensation for 5,400 pilots, and the airline linked the agreement with a new declaration of war on workers.

Republican health care plan guts Medicaid, shifts funds from poor to rich

By Kate Randall, 18 February 2017

The proposals would roll back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and convert the program to either a per capita cap or a block grant to the states.

Iowa governor signs bill limiting collective bargaining for state employees

By Marcus Day, 18 February 2017

Iowa’s Republican-controlled state government enacted legislation Friday gutting collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public workers.

The bizarre murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2017

If Kim Jong-un did order the assassination, it can only further undermine North Korea’s relations with China.

Australian stripped of citizenship, setting dangerous precedent

By Mike Head, 18 February 2017

By targeting Khaled Sharrouf, the government is continuing a pattern of using individuals demonised by the media to set legal precedents that threaten basic democratic rights.

Australian prime minister defends Trump’s anti-immigrant bans

Human Rights Watch again condemns Australia’s inhuman treatment of refugees

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Sri Lankan regime whips up hysteria over alleged assassination attempt on TNA parliamentarian

By K. Nesan, 18 February 2017

The law-and-order, anti-Tamil hysteria whipped up over the alleged assassination attempt against M. Sumanthiran has all the hallmarks of a state provocation.

New in Turkish

Çatışmalar sürerken Astana’daki Suriye görüşmeleri yeniden başladı

Jordan Shilton, 17 Şubat 2017

Görüşmelerin ikinci turu, Rusya ile Türkiye arasında yeni gerilimler ve muhalefet heyetinin katılmayı reddetme olasılığı ile gölgelenmiş durumda.

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La renuncia de Flynn y la crisis de Trump: una pugna sobre política imperialista

Por Patrick Martin, 17 febrero 2017

Los congresistas demócratas hablan por un sector importante del aparato militar y de inteligencia opuesto a disminuir las presiones sobre Rusia.

New in French

Conférence de presse de Trump: miroir de conflits intenses dans l’élite dirigeante

Par Patrick Martin, 18 février 2017

Lors d’un point de presse sans précédent dans l'histoire américaine moderne, le président américain a échangé des insultes avec les journalistes et violemment dénoncé ses pourfendeurs dans les médias.

Le Parquet intensifie l’enquête financière sur le candidat présidentiel François Fillon

Par Stéphane Hugues et Alex Lantier, 18 février 2017

Une lutte de faction vicieuse a éclaté au sein de l’élite dirigeante française, après que Fillon a proposé de réorienter la politique étrangère française et européenne vers la Russie.

Réunion de l’IYSSE en défense de l’association des étudiants de Brême contre les attaques de Jörg Baberowski

Par nos correspondants, 18 février 2017

L’International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) a organisé une réunion à l’université Humboldt de Berlin pour la défense de la liberté d’expression de l’Asta de Brême.

New in German

Pressekonferenz mit Donald Trump: Heftige Konflikte in der herrschenden Klasse

Von Patrick Martin, 18. Februar 2017

Donald Trumps Auftreten auf der letzten Pressekonferenz ist in der jüngeren amerikanischen Geschichte ohne Beispiel. Der Präsident beleidigte Journalisten und beschimpfte seine Gegenspieler in den Medien.

Pentagon bereitet Entsendung von Bodentruppen nach Syrien vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 18. Februar 2017

Laut Medienberichten erwägen die USA die Entsendung von regulären Bodentruppen sowie eine Verschärfung ihrer Luftangriffe.

Nato-Gipfel: USA fordern höhere Militärausgaben der Europäer

Von Chris Marsden, 18. Februar 2017

Die europäischen Vertreter auf dem Gipfel reagierten mit eigenen Forderungen nach militärischer Aufrüstung, die sich gegen Russland richtet.

Widerstand gegen rechte Professoren an der Humboldt-Universität wächst

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 18. Februar 2017

Die Fachschaftsräte und -initiativenversammlung (FRIV) an der HU hat eine „Stellungnahme gegen rechte Positionen in der Lehre“ verabschiedet. Sie setzt damit ein klares Zeichen gegen die Rechtsentwicklung und für die Meinungsfreiheit an der HU.

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The popular movement against Trump vs. the corporate media’s anti-Russia witch-hunt

18 February 2017

Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference, the ferocious battle over imperialist policy between contending factions of the ruling class is intensifying.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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.

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Socialism and the centenary of the Russian Revolution: 1917-2017

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2017


US late-night comics fall into (anti-Russian) line

By David Walsh, 18 February 2017

Predictably, America’s late-night comics and television talk show hosts have joined the right-wing campaign to depict Trump as an ally or even pawn of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The way forward in the fight against Trump and May

By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2017

The two rival groups organising overlapping rallies on February 20 offer no means to wage a struggle against Trump’s cabinet of billionaires and social reactionaries and May’s pack of baying Thatcherites.

Pentagon prepares plan to deploy ground troops in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2017

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As Michigan cuts off water bill credits, Flint officials announce shutoffs

By James Brewer, 17 February 2017

Canadian elite lauds Trudeau’s courting of Trump

By Roger Jordan, 17 February 2017

Britain: Pseudo-left TUSC reaffirms support for Labour

2017 French elections: Why is the NPA criticizing the Left Front’s populism?

ISO seeks to channel anti-Trump protests behind the Democratic Party

What did billionaire Mike Ilitch leave Detroit?

NHS FightBack

Patient at Britain’s Newham Acute Day Hospital launches campaign to fight closure

By our reporters, 18 February 2017

The hospital, opened in 2000, has been the lifeline for thousands of people who suffer from mental health problems.

Socialist Equality Party

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

The series protests of private and public sector workers are a sign of the mass social upheavals to come against the pro-US government and the capitalist class as a whole.

SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Mobilize the working class to defend immigrant rights!

12 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: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 February 2017

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

Canada: Nova Scotia teachers on one-day strike against imposition of concessions contract

By Laurent Lafrance and Carl Bronski, 17 February 2017

Stunning rebuke to machinists’ union at South Carolina Boeing plant

By Jerry White, 17 February 2017

Momentive strikers forced to take pay and health cuts as US owner throws a multi-million-dollar party


British actor John Hurt: 1940-2017

By Kevin Martinez, 17 February 2017

Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta: A mother and daughter … and what else?

By Joanne Laurier, 16 February 2017

Columnist Myles E. Johnson on Beyoncé at the Grammys
The New York Times opens its pages to frenzied racialism

By David Walsh, 16 February 2017

Recording artists voice opposition to the White House at 2017 Grammy Awards

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“This is a big kick for families that are already struggling.”
Video report: Oroville dam evacuees criticize state response, remain ready to flee

By Zac Corrigan, 16 February 2017

Oroville Dam crisis highlights deteriorating state of US infrastructure

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2017

The Trump Presidency

Democrats seek to channel opposition to Trump behind anti-Russia offensive

By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2017

Intelligence agencies clash with Trump over Russia allegations

By Tom Eley, 16 February 2017

Fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump labor nominee

By a reporter, 16 February 2017

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

Trump, Netanyahu dismiss “two-state solution,” threaten Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2017

US Senate confirms former Goldman Sachs executive as Treasury secretary

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2017

Trump and Trudeau reaffirm “indispensable” Canada-US alliance

By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2017

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

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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

IYSSE resubmits application at NYU, draws large turnout for rally and meeting

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

By our correspondents, 16 February 2017

Right-wing German professor Jörg Baberowski threatens students who criticize him

Berlin students defend University of Bremen student parliament against right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski


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

25 years ago: Pentagon prepares for new wars

Classified documents leaked by the Pentagon, reported in the New York Times and the Washington Post the week of February 17, 1992, revealed that the US was engaged in intensive planning for wars in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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50 years ago: CIA funding of US student and labor groups exposed

The February 13, 1967 admission by leaders of the liberal National Student Association (NSA) that their organization had been receiving funds from the Central Intelligence Agency since the 1950s sparked a series of exposures.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt orders internment of Japanese-Americans

On February 19, 1942 US President Franklin Roosevelt, under authority of the War Powers Act, signed Executive Order 9066, which put the Army in charge of uprooting Japanese-Americans and placing them in internment camps for the duration of World War II.

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100 years ago: Food riots in Brooklyn, New York

On February 19, 1917, food riots broke out in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, amid mounting anger among workers and the poor over the rising cost of living, including food prices.

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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?