Trump fires acting attorney general, pushes ahead with ban on refugees

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2017

The president has fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, after she refused to support his executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Thousands protest in Boston against immigration ban

By Kate Randall, 31 January 2017

Germany, France criticize Trump’s immigration ban

By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2017

Australian prime minister defends Trump’s anti-immigrant bans

By Mike Head, 31 January 2017

Trump executive order vows elimination of government regulations

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2017

The “one in, two out” regulatory rule would mandate that for every new federal regulation introduced, two others must be singled out for elimination.

The Trump-Bannon government: Rule by decree

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Six killed in terror attack on Quebec City mosque

By Keith Jones, 31 January 2017

Sunday’s mass killing is a product of the noxious political and social environment that has been created by North America’s governments and capitalist elite.

Protests in Mexico continue against gas price hike, water privatization

By Clodomiro Puentes, 31 January 2017

Protests against the Mexican government continue under conditions of rising inflation and increasing concern over the impact of the Trump presidency in the US.

Senior Chinese military official warns of rising danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 31 January 2017

The remarks reflect growing concerns in the Chinese regime over the bellicose remarks of Trump and his advisers toward Beijing.

Israel’s Netanyahu steps up settlement construction

By Jean Shaoul, 31 January 2017

A new law, now going through the Knesset, will establish a national enforcement unit to suppress unauthorised construction in Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.

UK Labour Party split threatened over Brexit

By Paul Mitchell, 31 January 2017

Political divisions have been brought to the peak of intensity by Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to cultivate relations with the US administration of Donald Trump.

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SPD leader Gabriel succeeds Steinmeier as German foreign minister

By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2017

Sigmar Gabriel will pursue the turn to an aggressive foreign policy even more energetically than his predecessor.

First US coal mine fatality of 2017

By Naomi Spencer, 31 January 2017

Ray Hatfield, a Kentucky coal miner, was killed January 26 while working alone in a Pike County pit.

US deaths from cervical cancer higher than previously thought

By Gary Joad, 31 January 2017

Some 12,990 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed last year and 4,120 women died of the disease.

Australian state Labor government threatens violence against detained youth

By Eric Ludlow and Patrick Kelly, 31 January 2017

Adult prison guards will be deployed to two youth detention centres as part of a crackdown on alleged child rioters.

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Le gouvernement Trump-Bannon : gouverner par décret

Par Patrick Martin, 31 janvier 2017

Le décret du gouvernement Trump contre les immigrés rend claire l’intention du nouveau gouvernement d’utiliser son contrôle de l’État au maximum pour imposer les intérêts de l’oligarchie financière.

Le Canada veut collaborer avec Trump sur le plan militaire et sur la sécurité

Par Roger Jordan, 31 janvier 2017

Alors que Trump lance une guerre commerciale et menace la Chine, l'élite dirigeante canadienne veut s'intégrer davantage aux plans de guerre de Washington.

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Decretos antiinmigrantes movilizan a miles

Por Eric London, 31 enero 2017

Los detenidos son las primeras víctimas de los decretos de Trump, que tienen el propósito de prohibir la entrada al país de inmigrantes de siete países de mayoría musulmana; establece el andamiaje para la detención y deportación de millones.

Trump reitera su ultimátum a México tras llamada con Peña Nieto

Por Eric London, 31 enero 2017

El presidente mexicano, Enrique Peña Nieto, le pidió a Trump abstenerse de hablar sobre quién pagará por el muro fronterizo.

Colapso en las relaciones México-Estados Unidos por la amenaza de Trump de una guerra comercial

Por Eric London, 31 enero 2017

El gobierno de Trump lanzó la amenaza de un impuesto del 20 por ciento sobre las importaciones mexicanas después de que el presidente Peña Nieto canceló su visita en repuesta a las demandas que México pague por el muro fronterizo.

La diatriba fascista de Trump: En camino a la 3a Guerra Mundial

Por Patrick Martin, 31 enero 2017

El discurso inaugural de Trump combinó el golpe de pecho nacionalista contra países extranjeros con demandas de intimidación por patriotismo y conformidad en casa.

La inauguración de Donald Trump: Un día que vivirá en la infamia

Por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 31 enero 2017

La historia ha alcanzado al capitalismo estadounidense. El proceso prolongado de decadencia económica y social fue oculto durante décadas con frases democráticas que sirvieron para encubrir la brecha entre los mitos políticos oficiales y la realidad subyacente. Pero se ha caído la máscara.

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Trump und Bannon: Regieren per Erlass

Von Patrick Martin, 31. Januar 2017

Die jüngste ausländerfeindliche Verordnung der Regierung Trump macht eines deutlich: Diese Regierung wird ihre Kontrolle über den Staat vollständig im Interesse der Finanzoligarchie ausüben.

Trump trotzt den Massenprotesten gegen ausländerfeindliche Maßnahmen

Von Eric London, 31. Januar 2017

Am Sonntag demonstrierten Zehntausende in Flughäfen und Innenstädten gegen das rechtswidrige Einreiseverbot der Trump-Regierung gegen Einwanderer aus muslimischen Ländern.

Operation Schulz

Von Peter Schwarz, 31. Januar 2017

Lässt man die Ereignisse der letzten Woche Revue passieren, erweist sich die Rochade an der Spitze der SPD als sorgfältig vorbereitete Operation.

Jörg Baberowski verklagt die Studierendenschaft der Universität Bremen

Von den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31. Januar 2017

Der Professor für osteuropäische Geschichte an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin will Kritiker seiner reaktionären Positionen mundtot machen.

Studierende der Ruhr-Uni Bochum diskutieren über Trump

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 31. Januar 2017

An der Ruhruniversität Bochum, wo die IYSSE heute Abend eine Veranstaltung zum Thema „Wohin geht Amerika“ durchführen, verfolgen viele Studierende engagiert die Entwicklung in den USA.

Frankreich: Hamon siegt bei Präsidentschaftsvorwahlen der Sozialistischen Partei

Von Alice Laurençon, 31. Januar 2017

Ein großer Teil der PS will den rechten Banker Emmanuel Macron unterstützen, was die Partei an den Rand des politischen Kollaps bringt.

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بناء حزب المساواة الاشتراكية (فرنسا)
البيان التأسيسي للقسم الفرنسي للجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة 2016

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The protests against Trump's Muslim ban and the conflict within the state

31 January 2017

The opposition of sections of the political establishment to Trump’s anti-Muslim ban is motivated not by the defense of democratic rights, but by concerns that the measure will undercut US imperialist interests and operations around the world.

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Featured Commentary

Further observations on social inequality and the politics of the pseudo-left

By Eric London and David North, 26 January 2017

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

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.

Workers Struggles

“It’s not the fault of Mexican or Chinese workers”
1,200 GM workers laid off at Lordstown plant in Ohio

By Jerry White, 31 January 2017

More than 2,000 General Motors workers, including 1,245 in Lordstown, Ohio, were laid off the same day that Trump delivered his inaugural address.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 January 2017

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


An attack on democratic rights: Sociologist Andrej Holm fired from Humboldt University

By Sven Heymanns, 31 January 2017

Humboldt University President Sabine Kunst announced the firing of Holm due to alleged misrepresentations he made about his brief activities with the Stasi at the age of 19.

New York University and the military-university complex

By Isaac Finn, 27 January 2017

The Trump Presidency

Trump orders military to prepare for world war

By Tom Eley, 28 January 2017

Trump repeats ultimatums to Mexico after call with Peña Nieto

Canada seeks enhanced military-security collaboration with Trump-led US

Vice President Pence addresses annual anti-abortion rally in Washington

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Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

By Josh Varlin, 30 January 2017

Elle: The latest offering from Paul Verhoeven


Benoît Hamon wins Socialist Party presidential primary in France

By Alice Laurençon, 30 January 2017

Hamon presents pro-war, law-and-order program in French elections

Dozens killed in Yemen in first US special forces raid under Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 30 January 2017

Socialist Equality Party

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

12 February 2017

The SEP and IYSSE begin nationwide meetings on the significance and implications of the Trump election

By a WSWS reporting team, 27 January 2017

The way forward in the fight against Trump

25 years ago: Venezuelan constitution suspended following coup attempt

The government of President Carlos Andres Perez announced its suspension of the Venezuelan constitution February 4, 1992, as it continued operations aimed at suppressing an abortive military coup that began the night before.

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50 years ago: Reuther resigns from AFL-CIO council

On February 3, 1967, labelling the AFL-CIO as “complacent” and a “custodian of the status quo,” UAW President Walter Reuther resigned from the Executive Council and other important posts in the federation.

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75 years ago: German Afrika Korps retakes Benghazi

At noon on January 30, 1942, General Erwin Rommel’s German Afrika Korps recaptured control of the eastern Libyan coastal city of Benghazi.

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100 years ago: Germany declares unrestricted submarine warfare

On January 31, 1917, the German government announced that it was resuming unlimited submarine warfare, using U-boats, and targeting all shipping in the war zone of the eastern Atlantic.

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New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the November 16, 2016 statement: Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!. This was adopted as the historical and political basis for the founding of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, the French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Arabic translation of the preface to A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016

Mehring Books

The Election of Donald Trump: The Insurrection of the Oligarchy
New pamphlet from Mehring Books

25 January 2017

The demonstrations against Trump foreshadow the eruption of class struggle in the US on a massive scale.

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


Seventy-five years since the Wannsee Conference

By Clara Weiss, 25 January 2017

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

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

Book Review

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: Right-wing propaganda in the guise of personal memoir

By Henry Seward, 25 January 2017

Book review
Lessons from the 1937 Little Steel strike in the US
The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America, by Ahmed White

By Tom Mackaman, 23 January 2017

Security and the Fourth Internaional

Security and the Fourth International
The Smith Act trial and government infiltration of the Trotskyist movement

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?