US suspends security aid to Pakistan as part of Afghan War push

By Jordan Shilton, 6 January 2018

The deepening of US-Pakistan tensions is bound up not just with the Afghan War, but also the growing polarization of the region between the Indo-US and Sino-Pakistani military-strategic alliances.

Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis

By Barry Grey, 6 January 2018

The book has received nonstop media coverage and provided new ammunition for those factions within the ruling class that are pushing for Trump’s removal from office.

Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare

Talks between North and South Korea to proceed

By Peter Symonds, 6 January 2018

The meeting will take place under conditions of extreme tension as a result of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear war

Chinese president orders troops to be “ready to fight”

North and South Korea propose to hold talks

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Trump threatens Palestinian aid cut-off

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2018

A cut to the budget of the UNRWA for Palestinian refugees would have a devastating impact, particularly in the city of Gaza.

UN General Assembly repudiates Trump over Jerusalem announcement

Britain’s National Health Service is being deliberately brought to the brink of collapse

By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2018

NHS employees now often refer to the conditions they face at work as a “battlefield” or “war zone.”

British National Health Service faces escalating crisis due to chronic underfunding

Over 20 dead in winter storm as US cold wave continues

By Kathleen Martin, 6 January 2018

While media reports are conflicting, the winter storm emerging from the ‘bomb cyclone’ on the eastern coast of the US has directly claimed at least 22 lives, with the number expected to rise over the weekend.

America’s poor and homeless freeze in winter storm

Gentrification fueling eviction crisis in New York City

By Steve Light, 6 January 2018

The rise in eviction cases demonstrates the increasing unaffordability of housing in working class neighborhoods in New York City.

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

December US jobs report reveals weaker than expected growth

By Trévon Austin, 6 January 2018

The modest improvement in the unemployment rate and number of jobs added over the last year are not reflective of the real situation confronting millions of workers.

The Dow at 25,000: The bonanza for the oligarchy continues

AT&T and other US telecoms begin wave of layoffs

Foxconn tax subsidies to build Wisconsin plant reach over $4 billion

By George Gallanis, 6 January 2018

Decades of deindustrialization have created unprecedented levels of social inequality, poverty and unemployment, which corporations like Foxconn can exploit.

Australia: Ex-general agitates for stepped-up war preparations

By James Cogan, 6 January 2018

Creating a militarily “self-reliant” Australia is becoming the pretext for expanding the armed forces, and making a greater contribution to the operations of its American ally.

New Zealand government seeks to contain outrage over Pike River mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 6 January 2018

The Labour Party-led government has no intention of holding any corporate leaders responsible for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.

New in Romanian

Muncitorii de la Ford România sunt sfidători, compania încercând să impună un contract prin șantaj

De Jerry White şi Eric London, 4 ianuarie 2018

Muncitorii s-au întors din vacanță gata de luptă, având loc opriri sporadice ale muncii și crescând determinarea pentru o rezistență colectivă

New in Russian

Правительство США и выборы в России

Андре Деймон, 6 Январь 2018 г.

Соединенные Штаты, государство с наибольшим уровнем социального неравенства и самой недемократической политической системой среди развитых стран, являются главным источником войны и диктатуры во всем мире, и они не имеют никакого права читать другим лекции о «демократии».

Пожар на обувной фабрике в Сибири уносит жизни 10 рабочих

Клара Вайс, 6 Январь 2018 г.

Эта трагедия является лишь последним эпизодом в серии несчастных случаев на рабочем месте и пожаров, которые в России ежегодно уносят жизни, как минимум, 15 тысяч рабочих.

New in Turkish

Marx’ın doğumunun 200. yıldönümü, sosyalizm ve uluslararası sınıf mücadelesinin yeniden canlanması

David North, 6 Ocak 2018

2018 yılı (Marx’ın doğumunun 200. yıldönümü), her şeyden önce, tüm dünyada, toplumsal gerilimlerde devasa bir yoğunlaşma ve sınıf çatışmasında bir tırmanma eliyle karakterize edilecek.

New in Spanish

La oposición en la clase obrera estalla en irán: el preludio a un convulso mundo en el 2018

Por Keith Jones, 6 enero 2018

Las manifestaciones obreras en Irán no solo han perturbado los cálculos de la élite iraní, sino de Gobiernos alrededor del mundo.

Los trabajadores rumanos de la Ford se muestran desafiantes ante el intento de la compañía de imponerles un contrato chantajista

Por Jerry White y Eric London, 6 enero 2018

Los trabajadores volvieron de sus vacaciones con un estado de ánimo rebelde realizando paros esporádicos y con una creciente determinación para una resistencia colectiva.

El índice Dow cruza la marca de los 25.000 puntos: el periodo de bonanza para la oligarquía continúa

Por Nick Beams, 6 enero 2018

En vez de reflejar salud económica, la burbuja bursátil es un perverso y maligno mecanismo de redistribución de la riqueza social hacia los ricos.

New in German

Der 200. Geburtstag von Marx, der Sozialismus und die Wiederkehr des internationalen Klassenkampfs

David North, 6. Januar 2018

Das Jahr 2018, das Jahr des 200. Geburtstags von Karl Marx, wird in erster Linie durch eine enorme Verschärfung der sozialen Spannungen und durch eine weltweite Zuspitzung des Klassenkampfs gekennzeichnet sein.

World Socialist Web Site führt Kommentarfunktion ein

der Redaktion, 6. Januar 2018

Die WSWS lädt alle ihre Leserinnen und Leser ein, regelmäßig Kommentare zu schreiben, Fragen zu stellen oder auf Kommentare und Fragen anderer Leser zu antworten.

Gabriel fordert aggressive Großmachtpolitik

Christoph Vandreier, 6. Januar 2018

In einem Interview mit Spiegel Online spricht sich der sozialdemokratische Außenminister für eine Großmachtpolitik aus, die sich an den imperialistischen Interessen Deutschlands orientiert.

Dow Jones über 25.000 Punkten
Oligarchie weiter im Goldrausch

Nick Beams, 6. Januar 2018

Der Boom am Aktienmarkt ist nicht Ausdruck wirtschaftlicher Gesundheit; vielmehr unterstützt die Blase die üble Umverteilung des gesellschaftlichen Reichtum von unten nach oben.

Bannons Angriff auf das Weiße Haus heizt die politischen Grabenkämpfe an

Patrick Martin, 6. Januar 2018

In Washington wird mit der bevorstehenden Veröffentlichung eines Buchs eine neue Runde politischer Grabenkämpfe angestoßen.

VW will alle Leiharbeiter entlassen

Dietmar Henning, 6. Januar 2018

Das Ende der Leiharbeit bei VW bildet den Auftakt zur größten Entlassungswelle in der Autoindustrie seit Jahrzehnten.

New in Norwegian

Tohundreårsmarkeringen av Marx sin fødsel, sosialisme og gjenoppblussingen av den internasjonale klassekampen

3 January 2018

Året 2018 – tohundreårsmarkeringen for Marx sin fødsel – vil først og fremst bli preget av en enorm intensivering av sosiale spenninger og en eskalering av klassekonflikt rundt om i verden.

Den kommende tyske regjeringen planlegger massiv militæropprustning

Johannes Stern, 3 January 2018

Et nylig dokument fra Bayerns Kristeligsosiale union (CSU) klargjør hva de virkelige spørsmålene handler om for dannelsen av en ny tysk regjering.

Utenriksminister Gabriel fremmer tysk stormaktspolitikk

Peter Schwarz, 6 December 2017

Gabriels nye kurs markerer et brudd med de siste sytti årenes tyske utenrikspolitikk og er en tilbakevending til politikken før 1945.

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.

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Perspective

Governments and corporations escalate Internet censorship and attacks on free speech

6 January 2018

Technology companies and governments all over the world have kicked off the New Year with a massive assault on freedom of expression on the Internet.

Earlier Perspectives »

WSWS Online Webinar

Featured Commentary

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.

Final reflections on the centennial year of the October Revolution

By David North, 30 December 2017

Commentary

The working class unrest in Iran: The WSWS replies to an apologist of the Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 6 January 2018

The WSWS’s attitude toward Iran is based on two fundamental factors: Iran’s character as a historically oppressed country that must be defended against imperialism and the antagonistic relationship between the Iranian bourgeoisie and working class.

Working class opposition erupts in Iran: A harbinger for the world in 2018

Mass protests against austerity and social inequality shake Iranian regime

German conservatives and Social Democrats prepare formation of far-right government

By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2018

There is a crisis over the formation of the government because the Christian Democrats, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats are preparing a sharp shift to the right, which finds no support among the population.

Sulzbergers pass gilded baton at the New York Times

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2018

“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”
An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years

By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018

UC Berkeley student arrested by border patrol

More on the attack on immigrants in the US »

Facebook deleted accounts at the behest of US, Israeli and German governments

By Niles Niemuth, 4 January 2018

Germany’s “Network Enforcement Law” goes into effect: A move to censor the Internet

More on Internet censorship »

Arts Review

Daphne Merkin’s “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings”
The New York Times’ reactionary sexual harassment campaign runs into opposition

By David Walsh, 6 January 2018

In a column Friday, critic and novelist Daphne Merkin acknowledges there is considerable hostility to the current sexual misconduct witch-hunt even within its target demographic.

All the Money in the World—above all, the “expunging” of Kevin Spacey—and The Shape of Water

By Joanne Laurier, 5 January 2018

Director of A World Not Ours, A Man Returned and A Drowning Man
An interview with Palestinian filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel: “A film is like a historical document, it should be solid enough to endure”

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

Workers Struggles

As teachers face new battles against Trump
Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 2

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 6 January 2018

Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) contain powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.

As teachers face new battles against Trump
Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 1

Thousands of private health care doctors strike in India
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 January 2018

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

Romanian Ford workers defiant as company seeks to impose blackmail contract

By Jerry White and Eric London, 4 January 2018

Romanian Ford workers must make international appeal!

More on autoworkers issues »

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Featured Video

Interview: Rómulo Avelíca, undocumented worker released from detention following protests

Rómulo Avelíca-Gonzalez was abducted by ICE agents as he dropped off his daughter at school.

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

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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

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.

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

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.

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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 »

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.