Japan expands military operations in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 15 March 2017

While operating under the umbrella of its strategic alliance with the US, Tokyo is rearming militarily to pursue its own imperialist ambitions.

US sends drones, assassination squad to South Korea

Is the US preparing for war against North Korea?

UK government to trigger Brexit amid calls for second Scottish independence vote

By Chris Marsden, 15 March 2017

As the Tory government presses on with its plans to leave the EU, the United Kingdom could itself face the same dissolution that threatens the European Union.

Ankara whips up Turkish nationalism over Dutch bans on Turkish officials

Dutch government bans Turkish ministers from speaking in Netherlands

Socialist Party advocates nationalist and xenophobic programme in Dutch elections

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 March 2017

The ex-Maoist Socialist Party demands that Dutch workers be given preferential treatment over immigrants and calls for limits on the entry of migrants into the EU.

Workers, youth raise social issues in Dutch election

US Republican congressman defends racist diatribe against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2017

Representative Steve King of Iowa endorsed ultra-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders on the eve of elections in the Netherlands.

Trump administration secretly resumes CIA drone assassination program

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2017

The unannounced change in policy casts aside cosmetic restrictions imposed under Obama, allowing the CIA to freely function as Washington’s “Murder Inc.”

US bombing kills 11 civilians in Mosul as Washington lifts restraints on Pentagon

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

By Niles Niemuth, 15 March 2017

The number of phone searches is expected to more than double in 2017, targeting anyone, including US citizens and legal residents, as they enter the country.

US Senate passes resolution calling on Trump to escalate regime-change in Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 March 2017

Seizing on the economic crisis gripping Venezuela, the bipartisan resolution is part of an effort to oust the government of Maduro.

BJP gains in Indian state elections leave opposition Congress reeling

By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 March 2017

The BJP exploited popular anger with the Congress and various caste-ist and regional parties that have implemented pro-investor “reforms” and presided over mass joblessness.

US-backed South Sudanese regime organizing genocidal crimes, UN report finds

By Thomas Gaist, 15 March 2017

The South Sudanese elites brought to power by Washington have been organizing ethnic repression on a genocidal scale, the UN human rights commission found.

UN officials warn of worst famine crisis since World War II

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

By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017

Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.

Ecuador faces run-off vote with rightist challenging Correa’s chosen successor

Power outages leave six dead in western New York

By Jason Melanovski, 15 March 2017

All of the deaths came after the windstorm itself had passed and were the result of a social and economic system ill-prepared to deal with such crises.

Australia, Indonesia discuss closer economic, security ties

By John Roberts and James Cogan, 15 March 2017

The flurry of diplomatic activity between the two countries is largely in response to the Trump administration.

Australian government imposes phonics test on six-year-olds

By David Cohen, 15 March 2017

The new measures are aimed at extending the impact of the former Labor government’s NAPLAN testing regime and further undermining public education.

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Les États-Unis envoient des drones et des assassins en Corée du Sud

Par Peter Symonds, 15 mars 2017

The military build-up by the Trump administration takes place as the White House considers launching strikes on North Korean nuclear and military sites. Le renforcement militaire par le gouvernement Trump a lieu alors que la Maison blanche réflechit à lancer des frappes contre les sites nucléaires et militaires nord coréens

Ankara attise le nationalisme turc sur le blocage de responsables turcs par les autorités néerlandaises

Par Halil Celik, 15 mars 2017

Le gouvernement turc utilise l’interdiction faite par les autorités des Pays-Bas aux responsables turcs afin de promouvoir son référendum constitutionnel réactionnaire.

La Hongrie crée des camps d’internement pour les réfugiés

Par Ulrich Rippert, 15 mars 2017

Le gouvernement d’ultra-droite du premier ministre de Hongrie Viktor Orbán exacerbe sa politique en verrouillant le pays à l’égard des réfugiés.

L'armée canadienne se prépare à un nouveau rôle en Syrie et à prolonger sa mission en Ukraine

Par Roger Jordan, 15 mars 2017

Le déploiement de troupes canadiennes en Syrie marquerait une plus grande intégration du Canada dans la guerre de changement de régime des États-Unis.

New in German

Die Wahl in den Niederlanden und die Gefahr des Faschismus

Von Peter Schwarz, 15. März 2017

Die Parlamentswahl in den Niederlanden zeigt, dass der Einzug Donald Trumps ins Weiße Haus kein isolierter Einzelfall war.

Auftrittsverbot für türkische Politiker in den Niederlanden
Ankara heizt türkischen Nationalismus an

Von Halil Celik, 15. März 2017

Die türkische Regierung benutzt das Auftrittsverbot für türkische Politiker in den Niederlanden, um für ihr reaktionäres Verfassungsreferendum zu werben.

US-Elite bläst zum Angriff auf die Errungenschaften der 1960er Jahre

Von Patrick Martin, 15. März 2017

Die Trump-Regierung und die Republikaner im Kongress zerstören die letzten Reste der Errungenschaften, die sich die Arbeiterklasse in der Zeit der Sozialreformen erkämpft hat. Die Demokraten leisten höchstens symbolischen Widerstand.

Berlin: Verdi stoppt Flughafenstreik

Von Gustav Kemper und Marianne Arens, 15. März 2017

Obwohl der Streik des Bodenpersonals an den Berliner Flughäfen Tegel und Schönefeld sehr erfolgreich war und eine Großteil der Flüge ausfiel, versucht Verdi den Arbeitskampf abzuwürgen und eine Schlichtung durchzusetzen.

Flughafenstreik: Gespräch mit streikenden Arbeitern

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 15. März 2017

Zehn Jahre nach der Privatisierung der Bodendienste konkurrieren 17 Firmen miteinander und die Beschäftigten verdienen weniger als vor zehn Jahren.

Armut in Deutschland auf neuem Höchststand

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 15. März 2017

Anfang März stellte der Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband seinen neuen Armutsbericht vor. Danach sind in Deutschland 12,9 Millionen Menschen von Armut betroffen.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
13.–19. März: Zar Nikolaus II. dankt ab

15. März 2017

Die Revolution, die in Petrograd ausbricht, fegt die Romanow-Dynastie hinweg, die in Russland seit 1613 herrschte. Eine Zeit der „Doppelherrschaft“ bricht an, in der Duma und Sojwets nebeneinander bestehen.

Aus den Archiven der Revolution
„Befehl Nr. 1“ des Petrograder Sowjets

15. März 2017

Auf Verlangen der Soldaten gibt der Petrograder Sowjet am 14. März (1. März) 1917 seinen „Befehl Nr. 1“ heraus. Leo Trotzki bezeichnete ihn als das „einzige würdige Dokument der Februarrevolution“.

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

The Dutch elections and the danger of fascism

15 March 2017

The fascistic Geert Wilders has set the tone for the entire spectrum of Dutch politics, from the conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the ex-Maoist Socialist Party.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Why Study the Russian Revolution?

By David North, 13 March 2017

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.

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? New pamphlet now available

15 March 2017

In his lecture on March 11, David North answers the question with 10 reasons, followed by a summary of the main events from the February revolution to the October seizure of power by the Bolshevik Party. North’s presentation was the first of five lectures in the ICFI series commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

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

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.

Unease in Europe

By Leon Trotsky, 15 March 2017

In this article, translated for the first time, Trotsky writes, “Every decisive action taken by the Russian proletariat against the most worthless of the worthless European governments will serve as a mighty stimulus for the workers in all other countries.”

Arts

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017

The Haitian-born director Raoul Peck has set himself the task of presenting the formative years of Marxism in a film, covering the period from the prohibition of the Rheinische Zeitung in March 1843, to the writing of the Communist Manifesto at the end of 1847.

The Settlers: Israel’s movement toward an apartheid state

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

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

Commentary

The Michigan power outages and the case for the nationalization of the utility industries

By Jerry White, 15 March 2017

At its peak last week, more than a million homes, schools and businesses in the metropolitan Detroit area and outstate areas had no electricity.

“In our neighborhood, the power goes off whenever the wind blows”
Detroit residents speak on weeklong power outages

By Larry Porter, 15 March 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

By Joseph Santolan, 15 March 2017

Joma Sison and the Maoist CPP have played a politically criminal role in promoting the fascistic Duterte administration and defusing opposition to it.

US ruling elite moves to repeal the 1960s

By Patrick Martin, 14 March 2017

European powers extend offensive against Russia into Balkans

By Paul Mitchell, 14 March 2017

Threat of war increases in the western Balkans

A socialist policy for universal health care

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2017

US government agency projects 24 million to lose health coverage under Republican plan

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

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.

Workers Struggles

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

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 14 March 2017

UK train conductors strike three rail companies

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2017

UK striking rail conductors explain: “This is about the public and their safety”

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

Obituary

Civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart dies at 77

By Fred Mazelis, 11 March 2017

The defense of immigrant rights

Immigrant workers in US brace for more workplace raids

By Jerry White, 14 March 2017

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

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 »