19 January 2017

US Senate panel rubber stamps “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2017

All but one Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense.

Trump nominee reaffirms support for assault on Medicare and Medicaid

By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017

Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.

Pledging “insurance for everybody,” Trump prepares to escalate attack on health care

Obama uses final press conference to smooth transition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 19 January 2017

Obama portrayed the new government of billionaires, ex-generals and ultra-right ideologues as part of the normal “ebb-and-flow” of politics.

From Selma to the CIA
John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment

Trump press conference: The oligarchy rules

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Trump signals shift on “strong dollar”

By Nick Beams, 19 January 2017

Trump’s remarks to the Wall Street Journal were in line with the anti-China rhetoric that marked his election campaign.

Economic nationalism and the breakdown of the post-war order

Immigrant rights protests held across the United States

By Clodomiro Puentes, 19 January 2017

Amidst a broader wave of anti-Trump protests leading up to the inauguration on Friday, demonstrations targeting the incoming administration’s immigration policies were held last weekend.

United States ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy for Cuban migrants

Three Florida construction workers killed on the job

By Matthew Taylor, 19 January 2017

The three employees of a private utilities contractor were killed when they were exposed to a poisonous mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas in an underground drainage ditch.

Canada appoints anti-Russia hawk as foreign minister

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2017

Freeland’s appointment exemplifies the Canadian elite’s support for intensifying Washington’s reckless military-strategic offensive against nuclear-armed Russia.

US escalates Russia tensions on eve of Trump inauguration

Washington invokes the language of war against Russia

Former US ambassador advocates American military bases on Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2017

Bolton is among those militarist layers who regard conflict with China as inevitable.

Trump’s China policy threatens nuclear war

German Constitutional Court rejects ban on fascist NPD

By Peter Schwarz, 19 January 2017

The court justified its decision by arguing that while the party was anti-constitutional and shared an ideological kinship with Nazism, it was not significant enough to seriously jeopardize democracy.

UK: Spying powers used more than 55,000 times by local government agencies

By Trevor Johnson, 19 January 2017

Under the RIPA spying apparatus, local councils in Britain launched 2,800 separate surveillance operations lasting up to 90 days each.

Brazil’s Temer government sends military into the prisons

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2017

With 134 inmates having been killed in upheavals so far this year, President Michel Temer has opted to send troops into Brazil’s prisons.

Australian report highlights collapse of union membership

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 January 2017

The Roy Morgan data shows that membership is lowest among young people and the most impoverished sections of the working class.

New in Italian

Europa: Grillo cambia corso

Marianne Arens, 19 gennaio 2017

I deputati M5S del Parlamento Europeo stavano per virare da un gruppo euroscettico a uno pro-europeo. Ma si trovano ora di nuovo con gli euroscettici.

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Oxfam publica estudio en vísperas del Foro de Davos
Ocho millonarios controlan tanta riqueza como la mitad de la población mundial

Por Nick Beams, 19 enero 2017

Mientras se lleva a cabo la cumbre de multimillonarios en Davos, Oxfam devela que la desigualdad en el mundo es incluso mayor de lo que se venía reconociendo.

New in French

Dans la primaire, le PS fait appel à Macron et à Mélenchon

Par Anthony Torres, 19 janvier 2017

De larges sections du PS qui soutiennent Hollande cherchent à échapper à la débâcle annoncée en s'alignant sur une politique plus franchement à droite menée par Macron.

La Première ministre britannique, Theresa May, s'engage à durcir le Brexit et menace de lancer une guerre commerciale

Par Chris Marsden, 19 janvier 2017

La position agressive de May est liée aux efforts visant à forger une alliance éonomique et politique avec l'administration entrante de Donald Trump aux États-Unis..

Le Canada s'efforce de maintenir ses liens privilégiés avec les États-Unis de Trump

Par Roger Jordan, 19 janvier 2017

Le gouvernement canadien libéral «progressiste» a lancé une mobilisation diplomatique générale pour convaincre l’administration entrante de l’importance de l’impérialisme canadien pour la puissance mondiale des États-Unis.

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Die Präsidentschaft Trumps und der kommende Konflikt zwischen Europa und Amerika

Von Chris Marsden, 19. Januar 2017

Niemals zuvor hat sich ein US-Präsident ausdrücklich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Europäische Union zu zerschlagen.

Premierministerin May kündigt harten Brexit an und droht mit Handelskrieg

Von Chris Marsden, 19. Januar 2017

Mays aggressives Auftreten hängt mit ihren Bemühungen um ein wirtschaftliches und politisches Bündnis mit der künftigen Trump-Regierung zusammen.

Streikende Busfahrer in Hessen: „Angebot ist ein Hohn“

Von Marianne Arens, 19. Januar 2017

Der Streik der hessischen Busfahrer erhält wachsende Unterstützung, wird aber von Verdi auf Sparflamme geführt.

„Busfahrerstreik – die politischen Fragen“
Diskussionsveranstaltung der WSWS am 19. Januar

19. Januar 2017

Am Donnerstag den 19. Januar diskutieren Vertreter der World Socialist Web Site auf einer Diskussionsveranstaltung in Frankfurt über die politischen Fragen, mit denen Busfahrer konfrontiert sind.

War der Berliner Attentäter ein V-Mann?

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Januar 2017

Ein am Wochenende öffentlich gewordener Bericht des Bundeskriminalamts (BKA) wirft die Frage auf, ob Anis Amri als V-Mann gearbeitet hat.

Der chinesische Präsident Xi Jinping warnt in Davos vor Handelskrieg

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Januar 2017

Auf dem Weltwirtschaftsforum im schweizerischen Davos hielt Xi eine Grundsatzrede, in der er den freien Handel lobte und indirekt Trumps protektionistische Bestrebungen kritisierte.

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Perspective

The Trump presidency and the coming conflict between Europe and America

19 January 2017

Never before has a US president set as his explicit goal the breakup of the European Union.

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Featured Commentary

Wealth distribution in the United States and the politics of the pseudo-left

By Eric London, 18 January 2017

An analysis of statistics on economic stratification in the United States reveals the material basis of identity politics.

Oxfam issues report on eve of Davos conference
Eight billionaires control as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2017

A specter is haunting world capitalism: the specter of the Russian Revolution. This year marks the centenary of the world-historical events of 1917, which began with the February Revolution in Russia and culminated in October with the conquest of political power by the Bolshevik Party, under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky.

The End of the USSR

By David North, 30 December 2016

On January 4, 1992, David North, national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), delivered a report which explained the historical background and significance of the end of the USSR. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of this critical event, the World Socialist Web Site is posting North's report.

Arts

New York Times film critics watch “while white”
Against racialism in film and art

By David Walsh, 19 January 2017

It would be very nearly possible at present to post a daily column devoted to the fixation of the American media and Hollywood filmmaking with race.

August Wilson’s Fences—an African-American family in mid-20th century Pittsburgh

Patriots Day: An ode to law enforcement and repression

By Hiram Lee, 18 January 2017

Science

Nuclear winter—the long-suppressed reality of nuclear war
An interview with scientist and anti-nuclear activist Steven Starr

By Bryan Dyne, 19 January 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Steven Starr, an expert on the dangers of nuclear war.

Obituary

Civil liberties attorney Jon Posner dies at 73

By Jerry White, 19 January 2017

A well-respected criminal defense attorney in Detroit, Posner defended the Workers League, the forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, in dozens of cases in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Commentary

Germany’s Left Party presents right-wing draft programme for federal election

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledges hard Brexit, threatens trade war

By Chris Marsden, 18 January 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns of trade war in speech to Davos forum

By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2017

Chelsea Manning sentence commuted after seven years of brutal imprisonment

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2017

Unanimous US Supreme Court insists on broad immunity for police

By Tom Carter, 18 January 2017

Justice Department report on Chicago police an exercise in damage control

Workers Struggles

Germany: Bus drivers in Hesse continue their strike

By Marianne Arens, 18 January 2017

Union reaches deal to block New York transit workers from recouping concessions

By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017

IYSSE

Students have the right to eat!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (United States), 17 January 2017

New York University: College, Inc.
NYU’s corporate-dominated expansion plan

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2017

Book Review

Hitler’s Professors: A documentation of war crimes by German academics against the Jewish people

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2017

A Pound of Flesh: The US legal system’s war against the poor

By Nancy Hanover, 7 January 2017

25 years ago: South Korean autoworkers seize giant Hyundai plants

On January 15, 1992, 15,000 autoworkers seized control of the massive Hyundai complex in Ulsan, South Korea.

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50 years ago: Somoza massacres hundreds in Nicaragua

On January 22, 1967, hundreds of protesters in Nicaragua were gunned down by soldiers of the Guardia Nacional of military dictator Anastasio Somoza DeBayle, as they peacefully demonstrated in Managua.

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75 years ago: US social democrats endorse World War II

On January 17, 1942 the National Executive Committee of the Socialist Party, the American social democratic organization, reversed its position on World War II and gave support to the Allied imperialist powers under the slogan, “A Democratic and Socialist Victory.”

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100 years ago: Mass strikes and protests in Russia

On January 22, 1917, hundreds of thousands of Russian workers participated in demonstrations marking the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Tsarist regime’s brutal attack on a protest 12 years earlier, which had triggered the 1905 Russian Revolution.

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History

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw—Part 2
From the Holocaust to present-day Poland

By Clara Weiss, 11 January 2017

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw—Part 1
Jewish life in Poland before World War II

By Clara Weiss, 9 January 2017

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

Mehring Books

100 Years since the Russian Revolution
Mehring Books announces centenary edition of landmark documentary, Tsar to Lenin

12 December 2016

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?