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Workers Vanguard No. 1105

10 February 2017
The closing date for news in this issue is 7 February.

Workers Vanguard

Down With Anti-Muslim Ban!

Trump Escalates Obama’s War on Immigrants

No Deportations! For Full Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!

Tens of thousands of people across the country have rallied at airports and on the streets to protest Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim ban of immigrants and refugees. The president’s executive order barring citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Somalia and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely, came on the heels of his order to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico and hiring 15,000 more border guards and immigration cops. There is indeed plenty to fear and to protest as Trump and his advisers, most prominently the poison pen of “white nationalist” reaction, Steve Bannon, roll out their viciously racist agenda. But beware the Democratic Party, which has been the central force organizing the protests, as its politicians now shed crocodile tears!

Trump is emboldening the forces of anti-immigrant terror, from the border police to racist vigilantes and outright fascists. But his policies are simply a more grotesque expression—unvarnished by pious “humanitarian” rhetoric—of those of his Democratic Party predecessors, including Barack Obama. A wall with Mexico? There already are 700 miles of wall, begun under Bill Clinton’s administration. In his 2013 State of the Union address, Obama boasted of “putting more boots on the Southern border than any time in our history” by adding 20,000 more border police. While Obama claims he “fundamentally disagrees” with Trump’s ban, his administration deported more people than any other in U.S. history. Others languish in detention center hellholes. Notably, the Democratic “grassroots” organizations that are mobilizing thousands against Trump’s ban were not so motivated to protest Obama’s war on immigrants.

The countries targeted by Trump’s Muslim ban include those named in the Obama administration’s 2015 Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, which passed Congress with barely a burp of protest. Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are among the countries devastated by U.S. imperialism’s wars, occupations, drone strikes and other military assaults. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions more displaced as desperate refugees. Iran and Sudan have been subjected to punishing sanctions, further impoverishing, if not outright starving, countless people. (read on)

Latest Postings

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· Workers Vanguard No. 1105

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· Le Bolchévik nº 218

· Australasian Spartacist No. 230

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· 레온 트로츠키의 영구혁명 이론의 발전과 확장

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· El colonialismo estadounidense estrangula a Puerto Rico

· Australasian Spartacist No. 229

· Organizational Rules and Guidelines of the Spartacist League/U.S.
  (updated June 2016)

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· La sinistra italiana e la Brexit: soccorso “rosso” all’Unione Europea

· Abbasso l’imperialismo Usa e i suoi alleati!

· L’Internationalist Group sulla Grecia: Un ponte verso il Quarto Reich

· Spartacist Canada No. 190

· Spartacist South Africa Leaflet
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· Déclaration de la LTF sur l’attentat criminel de Nice

· Black People Under Siege in Racist, Capitalist America

· Brexit : un camouflet pour les banquiers et patrons d’Europe !

· Brexit: defeat for the bankers and bosses of Europe!

· ¡Por movilizaciones obreras en defensa de la CNTE!

· Os operários não têm lado no impeachment do Brasil

· Precz z wyrokami sądowymi przeciw komunistom!

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· 『スパルタシスト』38号

· Impeachment in Brasile: gli operai non hanno un lato

· El impeachment en Brasil: Los obreros no tienen lado

· Platforma Spartakusowców 20

· Ο Μπολσεβίκος Τεύχος 1, Μάρτιος 2016

· Australasian Spartacist No. 228

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· Spartacist (edición en español) Número 39

· Spartacist (édition française) numéro 42

· Spartacist (deutsche Ausgabe) Nummer 30

· Крым является русским
  Бюллетень Спартаковцев, Приложение N°22

· Spartacist (English edition) No. 64

· Türkiye: Kitlesel Protestolar İslamcı Rejimi Sarsıyor

· İlkeler Ve Bazı Program Öğeleri Bildirisi

· !دافعوا عن ليبيا ضد الهجوم الأمبريالى

· مصر: انتفاضة جماهيرية تتحدى الدكتاتورية

· Militant Strike Wave in China (Chinese)

· Deklarasyon ng mga Prinsipyo
  at Ilang Elemento ng Programa

Latest Archival Postings

· Spartacist South Africa No. 11, Winter 2014

· 중국 기형화된 노동자 국가에 대하여 무조건적인 군사적 방어를! (2008)

· 우리는 러시아 혁명의 당이다 (2008)

· 『スパルタシスト』33号—35号

· Διακήρυξη Αρχών και Μερικά Στοιχεία Προγράμματος
  Διεθνής Κομμουνιστική 'Ενωση (Τεταρτοδιεθνιστική) (2000)

· Η ίδρυση της Τροτσκιστικής Ομάδας της Ελλάδας
  Για ένα Λενινιστικό κόμμα στην Ελλάδα!
  Για μία Σοσιαλιστική Ομοσπονδία των Βαλκανίων! (2004)

· Cuadernos Marxistas No. 3
  Chile: Lecciones del Frente Popular (1975)

· L’agonie meurtrière de Bourguiba (janvier 1984)

· Répression antisyndicale en Tunisie
  Bas les pattes devant l'UGTT! (mars 1986)

· Le coup d'Etat de Ben Ali et la menace intégriste
  (janvier 1988)

· Near East, 1950s:
  Permanent Revolution vs. Bourgeois Nationalism
  (August 2000)

About the ICL

V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!