UN officials warn of worst famine crisis since World War II

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2017

While adverse weather conditions, particularly drought, are a contributing factor in the humanitarian disasters, the primary cause is civil war, in which each side is using food supplies as a weapon.

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

Republicans push plan to gut Medicaid and slash taxes for the wealthy

By Kate Randall, 13 March 2017

The Republican bill to replace Obamacare will slash taxes for the wealthy by $600 billion.

A socialist policy for universal health care

Trump hails Australia’s draconian immigration regime

By Max Newman, 13 March 2017

The “Australian model” combines cruelty toward refugees, with a “points-based” program that discriminates in favour of employers and the wealthy.

Hungary builds internment camps for refugees

More on the refugee crisis »

Thousands still without power in metro Detroit

By Kathleen Martin, 13 March 2017

Tens of thousand of residents remain in the dark and without heat in below freezing temperatures following high winds last week that crippled the aging electrical grid in the Detroit area.

Dutch government bans Turkish ministers from speaking in Netherlands

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2017

The move is part of a nationalist campaign by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is appealing to anti-Muslim sentiment in the run-up to the March 15 elections.

Threat of war increases in the western Balkans

By Markus Salzmann, 13 March 2017

The political and social crisis in the Balkans is exacerbating conflicts between the successor states of Yugoslavia, heightening the threat of another war in the region.

UK rail conductors strike at three companies to defend jobs and safety conditions

By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2017

Claims by the government and rail companies that removing conductors and eventually drivers will have no impact on public safety have been proven false by several recent incidents.

Defend Martin Zee!
Merseyrail conductor scapegoated over passenger safety in UK

By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 13 March 2017

The Crown Prosecution Service decided to pursue Martin Zee despite Merseyrail’s own inquiry having exonerated him of all blame.

Huge anti-government swing in Western Australian election

By Mike Head, 13 March 2017

The result indicates an intensification of the political volatility that has ousted one government after another around the country over the past decade.

As backdoor UAW-Caterpillar negotiations and tax fraud investigation continue
Former Caterpillar worker speaks on 2012 Joliet, Illinois strike betrayal

By Marcus Day, 13 March 2017

Caterpillar is in the midst of a worldwide restructuring, laying off tens of thousands and closing multiple plants.

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

Teacher describes impact of social crisis in Toledo, Ohio schools

By Phyllis Steele, 13 March 2017

Public school teachers are being scapegoated for the school problems produced by poverty and decades of educational cutbacks.

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

New in Turkish

Mısır, ekmek sübvansiyonlarının kesilmesinin ardından protestolarla sarsıldı

Niles Niemuth, 13 Mart 2017

Mısırlılar, İskenderiye, Minye, Dısuk ve Kahire’nin işçi sınıfı semti İmbaba dahil birçok kentte, ekmek sübvansiyonlarının sert bir şekilde kesilmesini protesto etmek için bir araya geldi.

Deniz Piyadeleri Suriye’ye konuşlandırılırken ABD hava saldırısı 23 sivili katletti

Bill Van Auken, 13 Mart 2017

ABD’nin bölgedeki artan askeri varlığı, Irak ile Suriye’deki çatışmanın çok daha geniş bir savaşa dönüşmesi tehdidi oluşturmaktadır.

New in French

Le Sommet de l’UE : pour la guerre commerciale et le militarisme

Par Johannes Stern, 13 mars 2017

L’Union européenne réagit à la crise la plus profonde depuis sa fondation en militarisant davantage le continent et en se préparant à une confrontation économique avec les États-Unis.

La vente d’Opel-Vauxhall par GM montre qu’il faut une lutte internationale pour défendre les emplois dans l’automobile

Par Jerry White, 13 mars 2017

La décision de GM fait partie d’une restructuration de l’industrie automobile mondiale qui met en péril les emplois et les moyens de subsistance de dizaines de milliers de travailleurs de par le monde.

L’Université de New York rejette une deuxième fois la demande de club de l’ÉJIES

Par Daniel Vries, 13 mars 2017

L’ÉJIES s’est vu refuser sa demande bien qu’il atteigne et même excède tous les prérequis pour la reconnaissance d’un nouveau club, incluant l’obtention de signatures de centaines d’étudiants.

New in German

Südkoreanisches Verfassungsgericht enthebt Präsidentin Park ihres Amtes

Von Ben McGrath, 13. März 2017

Für Millionen Menschen war Parks Absetzung ein Grund zum Feiern. Ihre Rivalen in der herrschenden Elite stehen den Forderungen der Bevölkerung nach sozialer Gleichheit und der Ablehnung des Kriegskurses in Asien allerdings genauso feindselig gegenüber wie sie.

Europäische Zentralbank vollführt geldpolitische Gratwanderung

Von Nick Beams, 13. März 2017

Mit dem Festhalten an einem negativen Basiszinssatz schlägt die EZB einen anderen Kurs ein als die Federal Reserve mit einer Anhebung der Zinssätze in den USA.

Polen: Kritik an der EU nach Tusk-Wahl

Von Clara Weiss, 13. März 2017

Tusk hat als EU-Ratspräsident in praktisch allen Fragen die Linie von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel vertreten.

Offener Brief der IYSSE an den AStA der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Bochumer Stadt- und Studierendenzeitung verteidigt rechten Humboldt-Professor Jörg Baberowski

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 13. März 2017

Die IYYSE fordern den AStA der Ruhr-Universität Bochum auf, sich öffentlich von den Artikeln in der bsz zu distanzieren, die Baberowski und dessen autoritäres Vorgehen gegen studentische Kritik verteidigen.

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

Is the US preparing for war against North Korea?

13 March 2017

Amid a shrill media campaign inflating the threat posed by North Korea, the Trump administration is considering “all options” against Pyongyang.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Watch the live stream of this lecture by David North, the first in a series marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The text of the lecture is posted here.

Why Study the Russian Revolution?

By David North

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered Saturday, March 11 by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site. This is the first in a series of five international online lectures being presented by the International Committee of the Fourth International to mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Large global turnout for online lecture, “Why Study the Russian Revolution?”

13 March 2017

A large audience from more than 60 countries listened live to the lecture delivered by WSWS chairman David North, the first in a series marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

ICFI supporters in India hold public meeting on “World War and the Russian Revolution”

By our correspondents, 13 March 2017

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.

On the Threshold of Revolution

By Leon Trotsky

This article was written by Leon Trotsky on March 13, 1917. An English translation appeared as “On the Eve of a Revolution” in the 1918 edition of Trotsky’s Our Revolution, edited and translated by M. J. Olgin.

Commentary

Constitutional Court removes South Korean President Park from office

By Ben McGrath, 11 March 2017

US Attorney General Sessions praises Guantanamo as a “very fine place”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2017

Trump administration invokes “state secrets” in CIA torture case

By Barry Grey, 11 March 2017

FBI director: “No such thing as absolute privacy in America”
The WikiLeaks exposures and the CIA’s threat to democratic rights

More on the Trump presidency »

EU Summit backs trade war and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 11 March 2017

Arts

The Settlers: Israel’s movement toward an apartheid state

By Fred Mazelis, 11 March 2017

67th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
The absence for the most part of the big wide world: German films at the Berlinale

By Bernd Reinhardt, 9 March 2017

A comment on Robert Osborne (1932-2017), host of Turner Classic Movies

By David Walsh, 8 March 2017

Obituary

Civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart dies at 77

By Fred Mazelis, 11 March 2017

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

Milwaukee County Sheriffs Department will arrest immigrants on behalf of ICE

Canada’s elite determined to stanch influx of refugees fleeing US

More on the attacks on immigrants »

IYSSE

New York University students denounce decision against IYSSE club status

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 March 2017

New York University rejects club status for IYSSE for second semester

By Daniel de Vries, 8 March 2017

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

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

Trump administration document lays out trade war agenda

By Nick Beams, 7 March 2017

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

By Jerry White, 4 March 2017

The Snap IPO: Trump agenda fuels an orgy of speculation

By Nick Beams, 3 March 2017

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

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

Trump proposes huge hike in military and police spending

More on the Trump presidency »

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