Mass protests against austerity and social inequality shake Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 3 January 2018

The protests are fueled by deep-rooted class anger in a country where the unemployment rate for youth approaches 40 percent and half of the population lives in poverty.

Strikes against austerity throughout Israel’s public and private sector

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2018

Rising social tensions take place amid a soaring cost of living, while public spending on welfare, education, health, transport and social security has been slashed.

North and South Korea propose to hold talks

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2018

The proposal came amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula after bellicose US threats and crippling sanctions against North Korea.

US president accuses China of illegal oil transfer to North Korea

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Tensions between South Korea and Japan reemerge over “comfort women”

By Ben McGrath, 3 January 2018

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea and its predecessors have long used anti-Japanese sentiment to distract the public from their anti-working class policies.

As US Congress reconvenes
Democrats looking for deal with Trump on social cuts, increased military spending

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2018

Bipartisan meetings will discuss the congressional agenda in the two weeks remaining before the January 19 expiration of the federal funding authorization.

The US government and the Russian election

Record low temperatures kill at least nine people in US

By Trévon Austin, 3 January 2018

The wave of cold weather has exposed the disastrous state of social conditions in the US, affecting the most vulnerable: the homeless, impoverished elderly and youth.

Second Bronx fire in less than a week injures 23

By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2018

New York City officials have tried to obscure inadequate fire prevention measures by blaming the victims.

Deadly Bronx fire: A tragic product of inequality and social crisis in America

Kansas police kill unarmed man after false emergency call

By Niles Niemuth, 3 January 2018

Andrew Finch was shot by a heavily armed SWAT team December 28 after police were dispatched to his family’s home by a prank “swatting” call over an unrelated dispute.

More low-income Michigan workers set to lose food assistance

By Debra Watson, 3 January 2018

Some 16,000 Michigan food stamp recipients could lose benefits this year due to the imposition of work requirements.

Incoming German government plans massive military rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2018

A recent paper by the Bavarian Christian Social Union makes clear what the real questions are about forming the next government.

Germany: Demands grow for Merkel’s resignation

Head of Britain’s NHS demands national roll-out of drunk tanks

By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2018

There is a direct relationship between this orgy of financial parasitism and the explosion of self-medication.

India: Fourteen die in Mumbai fire

By Rohantha De Silva, 3 January 2018

The restaurant fire underscores the impact of India’s pro-market reforms, in which all safety concerns are subordinated to profit.

New in French

Manifestations au Maroc après la mort de deux personnes travaillant dans une mine désaffectée

Alex Lantier, 3 janvier 2018

Le chômage de masse et la pauvrété obligent des milliers de gens dans l’Est de Maroc à risquer leurs vies dans les mines de charbon abandonnées, que les résidents de Jerada appellent « les mines de la mort ».

Avec une opposition symbolique des démocrates
Le Congrès américain accorde un immense cadeau fiscal aux entreprises et aux riches

Barry Grey, 3 janvier 2018

Les démocrates appuient les baisses d'impôt pour les entreprises et n’ont rien fait pour s’opposer sérieusement à cette mesure qui favorise ouvertement à la classe dirigeante.

New in Turkish

Macron çalışma kararnamelerini otomotiv işçilerine yöneltiyor

Alex Lantier, 03 Ocak 2018

Otomotiv devleri, işçi sınıfı tarafından yaratılmış servetten milyarlarca avroyu daha süper zenginlerin cebine indirmek için işçileri işten çıkarıyorlar.

Rus Devrimi’ni Neden İncelemeliyiz?

David North, 03 Ocak 2018

Felakete gidişi durdurabilecek tek şey, dünya sosyalizmi uğruna bilinçli mücadelenin yeniden canlandırılmasıdır. Rus Devrimi’ni incelemek, her şeyden önce bunun için gerekiyor.

ABD’li Ford işçisi Romanya’daki grevi destekliyor: “Bizimle ilişki kurmalılar”

Tim Rivers, 03 Ocak 2018

ABD’li bir Ford işçisi, Romanya’daki mücadele ile 2015’te ABD’de patlak veren otomotiv toplu sözleşmesi mücadelesi ve trajik sonrası arasındaki benzerlikleri ifade etti.

New in Norwegian

Russland anklager Pentagon for å trene tidligere IS-krigere

Bill Van Auken, 03 Januray 2018

Rapporten om at USA trener tidligere ISIS-krigere er en indikasjon på at Washington forbereder en ny fase av krigen i Syria.

Hvordan den tidligere nazi-offiseren Reinhard Gehlen grunnla en stat i staten i Etterkrigs-Tyskland

Wolfgang Weber, 03 Januray 2018

Over 100 000 sider med dokumenter knyttet til Den tyske føderale etterretningstjenestens (BND) etterkrigshistorie og den tidligere nazi-representanten Reinhard Gehlen har blitt lekket til Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Demokratenes heksejegere sikter inn på Det grønne partiets kandidat Jill Stein

Erklæring fra SEP – Det sosialistiske likestillingspartiets politiske komité (US), 03 Januray 2018

Socialist Equality Party (SEP) fordømmer angrepet på Jill Stein, kandidat for De Grønne i 2016-valget, fra demokratene i Senatets etterretningskomité.

Sosialisme og hundreårsmarkeringen av Den russiske revolusjonen: 1917-2017

David North und Joseph Kishore, 03 Januray 2018

Et spøkelse hjemsøker verdenskapitalismen: Den russiske revolusjonens spøkelse. 2017 var hundreårsmarkeringen av de verdenshistoriske begivenhetene fra 1917, som begynte med Februarrevolusjonen i Russland og kulminerte i oktober med den politiske makterobringen av Den bolsjevikiske partiet, under ledelse av Lenin og Trotski.

New in Spanish

Últimas reflexiones sobre el año del centenario de la Revolución de Octubre

Por David North, 3 enero 2018

Las conmemoraciones del centenario de la Revolución de Octubre reflejaron los intereses políticos y perspectivas de fuerzas de diferentes clases.

Fuego mortal en el Bronx: un producto trágico de la desigualdad y la crisis social en América

Por Fred Mazelis y A. Woodson, 3 enero 2018

En todas las esferas de la vida, Nueva York sigue siendo lo que Bill de Blasio, el alcalde demócrata recientemente reelegido, hipócritamente prometió cambiar cuatro años atrás: dos mundos en una ciudad.

Mensaje de Navidad de la clase dominante a los supervivientes de Grenfell: No obtendréis nada de nosotros

Por Steve James, 3 enero 2018

Tres días antes de Navidad, la Primera Ministra Theresa May rechazó una petición organizada por un superviviente del incendio de la Torre Grenfell de Londres en junio.

¡Los trabajadores de Ford Rumanía tienen que hacer un llamado internacional!

World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 3 enero 2018

El éxito de la lucha de los trabajadores de Craiova será determinado por su capacidad de mantener su independencia de los sindicatos y los partidos burgueses, y por su capacidad de romper el aislamiento de su huelga y de vincularse a sus compañeros de trabajo en Ford a nivel internacional.

Trabajador de Ford en los EUA apoya la huelga de los trabajadores del automóvil en Rumanía: “Tienen que conectarse con nosotros”

Por Tim Rivers, 3 enero 2018

El obrero dio la bienvenida a la rebelión contra los burócratas sindicales rumanos, declarando, “Estoy seguro de que en todos los aspectos, toda la cadena de mando del sindicato estaba comprada y a sueldo”.

VW coludió en tortura militar contra trabajadores durante la dictadura militar en Brasil

Por Ludwig Weller, 3 enero 2018

El documento producido por el investigador principal demuestra que Volkswagen trabajó de manera cercana con la dictadura militar en Brasil que estuvo en el poder entre 1964 y 1985 en la persecución y tortura de militantes trabajadores de la industria automotriz.

Es la época más agotadora del año: los trabajadores de Amazon y de UPS denuncian condiciones de vacaciones agotadoras

Por nuestros reporteros, 3 enero 2018

En medio de informes de fallecimientos en Amazon y UPS, los trabajadores de Amazon, UPS, FedEx, el Servicio Postal de los EUA, y otras compañías de logística y mensajería han estado bajo una inmensa presión para hacer frente a una demanda incrementada durante las vacaciones de Navidad.

El presidente peruano Kuczynski indulta a Fujimori luego de sobrevivir a un intento de destitución

Por Armando Cruz, 2 enero 2018

El indulto a Fujimori ha desatado una ola de protestas, mayormente por parte de jóvenes en la capital y otras ciudades.

New in German

Deutschland: Gesetz zur Internetzensur tritt in Kraft

Johannes Stern, 3. Januar 2018

Das NetzDG ist Bestandteil einer internationalen Offensive zur Zensur des Internets, die vor allem auf die Unterdrückung linker und sozialistischer Opposition zielt.

Trump unterstellt China illegale Öllieferungen nach Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 3. Januar 2018

Trumps Tweet, laut dem Peking „auf frischer Tat ertappt“ wurde, ist offensichtlich eine inszenierte Provokation mit dem Ziel, die Spannungen mit China und Nordkorea zu verschärfen.

Marokko: Proteste nach zwei Todesfällen in stillgelegtem Bergwerk

Alex Lantier, 3. Januar 2018

Armut und Massenarbeitslosigkeit zwingen Tausende, im Osten Marokkos ihr Leben in stillgelegten Kohlegruben zu riskieren, die als „Todesminen“ bezeichnet werden.

Teilzeitarbeit in Deutschland massiv gestiegen

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 3. Januar 2018

Die Zahl der Arbeitsstunden, die in Teilzeit geleistet werden, ist zwischen 2000 und 2016 um fast 70 Prozent gestiegen. Gleichzeitig hat sich die Zahl der Menschen, die auf Lebensmittelspenden der Tafeln angewiesen sind, drastisch erhöht.

Berlin: Rot-rot-grüner Senat organisiert brutale Abschiebung vor Weihnachten

Carola Kleinert, 3. Januar 2018

Am 15. Dezember wurde die Familie Ajazaj in Berlin-Lichtenrade um drei Uhr nachts aus dem Schlaf gerissen und nach Albanien abgeschoben.

100 Jahre Russische Revolution
Von der Aprilkrise zum Kornilow-Putsch: Lenins Staat und Revolution

Barry Grey, 3. Januar 2018

Wir veröffentlichen hier einen Vortrag von Barry Grey, dem Herausgeber der World Socialist Web Site in den USA, vom 17. Oktober 2017. Er eröffnete den zweiten Teil der Online-Vortragsreihe, die das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale aus Anlass des 100. Jahrestags der Russischen Revolution von 1917 präsentierte.

New in Arabic

مكانة ثورة أكتوبرعلى مستوى تاريخ العالم وفي السياسات المعاصرة

١٢ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٧

إن برنامج الثورة الاشتراكية العالمية الذي طرحه لينين و تروتسكي مثل الاستراتيجية الوحيدة القابلة للحياة في مواجهة انهيار النظام الذي بدأ مع اندلاع الحرب الأوروبية.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
18–24 декабря: В Брест-Литовске начались мирные переговоры

29 декабря 2017 г.

Троцкий позднее писал: «История сложилась так, что делегатам самого революционного режима, который когда-либо знало человечество, пришлось заседать за общим дипломатическим столом с представителями самой реакционной касты среди всех правящих классов».

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Perspective

The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle

3 January 2018

The year 2018—the bicentenary of Marx’s birth—will be characterized, above all, by an immense intensification of social tensions and an escalation of class conflict around the world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

WSWS Online Webinar

Commentary

Seattle councilperson Kshama Sawant targeted by defamation lawsuit for calling police “murderers”

By Eric London, 3 January 2018

The Socialist Equality Party’s long-documented differences with Socialist Alternative do not lessen our opposition to attempts by the political establishment to silence criticism of the police.

Final reflections on the centennial year of the October Revolution

By David North, 30 December 2017

Drexel University professor resigns amid death threats from right-wing forces

By Trévon Austin, 30 December 2017

The oligarchy versus society

By Barry Grey, 28 December 2017

Arts Review

Short films considered for Academy Award nominations: Emmett Till, a Jack London story and an isolated child

By Joanne Laurier, 3 January 2018

Ten films have been voted onto the Academy Award short list in the “Best Short Film (Live Action)” category.

Best films of 2017, and other matters

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 30 December 2017

Pop and jazz in 2017

By Hiram Lee, Matthew Brennan and Nick Barrickman, 30 December 2017

Auto Workers Struggles

Romanian Ford workers must make international appeal!

World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 29 December 2017

The success of the Craiova workers’ struggle will be determined by their ability to retain their independence from the trade unions and the bourgeois parties, and by their ability to break the isolation of their strike and link up with their fellow Ford workers internationally.

US Ford worker supports autoworker strike in Romania: “They need to hook up with us”

Romanian Ford worker speaks to WSWS about wildcat strike at Craiova plant

Macron turns France’s labor decrees on auto workers

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2017

More on auto workers issues »

Science

Insights into a new class of HIV retroviral drugs

By Benjamin Mateus, 30 December 2017

Recent investigation into the process of the HIV virus capsid maturation suggests a new method of disrupting its ability to infect.

Puerto Rico

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“The government has done nothing”
Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

More on Puerto Rico »

Socialist Equality Party

Indian ICFI supporters call public meeting in Kolkata to mark Russian Revolution centenary

29 December 2017

The Kolkata meeting will discuss the political and theoretical struggles led by Lenin and Trotsky and their significance for today.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) stands for local government elections

By our correspondents, 23 December 2017

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondent, 20 December 2017

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 19 December 2017

Keerthi’s death on December 18, 1987 was an irreplaceable loss to the International Committee of the Fourth International and its Sri Lankan section.

Australian and New Zealand Trotskyists hold powerful Russian Revolution centenary meetings

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Arabic translation of “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the concluding lecture in the ICFI series marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics.” The lecture by David North, the WSWS chairman, was streamed live on November 11.

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 25-31: Soviet government nationalizes the banks

27 December 2017

The year 1917 closes with the Russian Revolution in a precarious situation. The new Soviet government is menaced on all sides by hostile armies. Meanwhile, the imperialist war rages on, and the October insurrection catalyzes revolutionary struggles around the world.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

History

How former Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 27 December 2017

Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-World War II head of the German Federal Intelligence Service and ex-Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon begins operations in Australia

By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017

Amazon worker dies after vomiting blood at Sacramento, California fulfillment center

By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017

OSHA dragging its feet investigating death of Pennsylvania Amazon worker Devan Shoemaker

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
One day strike hits German and Italian Amazon distribution centres

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Google Censorship

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2017

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

Watch: Stop online censorship!

More on Google Censorship »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Australia: Socialist Equality Party holds successful meetings on Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 7 December 2017

Workers and youth discuss the Russian Revolution at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 7 December 2017

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 25 November 2017

The eight-part serial is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production.

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

IYSSE

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.