Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.

Canada joins US in stepping up threats against North Korea at Vancouver summit

By Roger Jordan, 18 January 2018

The talk of negotiations and a diplomatic solution is a smokescreen behind which preparations for a military attack are well advanced.

As US government shutdown looms, Democrats push punitive immigration deal

By Barry Grey, 18 January 2018

The latest version of the bipartisan plan proposes even more billions to militarize the US-Mexico border, including funds earmarked for Trump’s border wall with Mexico.

Two key players in UAW corruption scandal to enter guilty pleas

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2018

The wife of a deceased UAW official and a Fiat Chrysler executive are expected to plead guilty to charges they took part in a scheme to siphon off millions from the UAW-Chrysler Joint Training Center.

Kentucky becomes first state to impose Medicaid work requirements

By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2018

Within five years, state officials estimate, the new initiative will result in 100,000 fewer Medicaid enrollments in Kentucky, saving the state $2.4 billion.

“The state trooper choked me because I was telling the truth”
Former coal miner in Eastern Kentucky speaks about police assault at public meeting

Kentucky water crisis outrage: Another US worker arrested for criticizing government officials

“Keep fighting, we have to come together”
Educators denounce attack on Louisiana school teacher Deyshia Hargrave

Twelve arrested outside San Diego for feeding the homeless

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 January 2018

On January 14, 12 members of the activist group “Break the Ban” were arrested in the city of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California, for providing food to a homeless community.

Budget cuts lead to teacher and student injuries at Massachusetts school

By Julian James, 18 January 2018

Last year the school eliminated special classes for students with major behavioral and learning challenges.

Boston Transit: Control Board fiddles while the Red Line burns

By John Marion, 18 January 2018

Three years after a series of snow storms shut down Boston’s public transportation system, no real improvements to the decrepit infrastructure have been made.

Carillion’s collapse in UK and the East Coast bailout: What would ending the “Private Financial Initiative rip-off” entail?

By Jean Shaoul, 18 January 2018

In the wake of the collapse of construction giant Carillion, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demagogically declared it was time “to end the rip-off privatisation policies.”

Another bonanza year for highest paid UK CEOs

By Dennis Moore, 18 January 2018

The median average pay of the top FTSE 100 CEO's is £3.45 million a year, 120 times the average pay of a worker.

UK workers confront rising job losses in 2018

Australia: New South Wales rail workers to strike for 24 hours

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 January 2018

The rail union is seeking to prevent the stoppage, which reflects explosive anger among workers over the gutting of wages and conditions.

Japan’s working poor

By Kurt Brown, 18 January 2018

There has been a huge increase in the proportion of the workforce engaged in poorly paid, part-time work.

New in Russian

Массовые протесты против мер жесткой экономии и социального неравенства сотрясают иранский режим

Кейт Джонс, 17 января 2018 г.

Протесты подпитываются глубоко укорененным классовым гневом в стране, где уровень безработицы среди молодежи достигает 40 процентов, а половина населенияживет в нищете.

New in French

Japon : fausse alerte au missile

Peter Symonds, 18 janvier 2018

La fausse alerte, seulement quelques jours après un incident similaire à Hawaï, met en évidence les préparatifs avancés des Etats-Unis et leurs alliés pour la guerre avec la Corée du Nord.

Bernie Sanders cherche à détourner l’opposition grandissante de la classe ouvrière au capitalisme

Patrick Martin, 18 janvier 2018

Le sénateur de Vermont a lancé un appel à combattre l’inégalité croissante mondiale qui ne fait aucune mention du capitalisme, du socialisme, de la guerre ou de la lutte des classes.

Les États-Unis vont mettre sur pied une «force frontalière» de 30.000 soldats en Syrie

Peter Symonds, 18 janvier 2018

Après avoir proclamé la défaite de Daech, Washington est déterminé à poursuivre son objectif d’évincer le régime syrien soutenu par l’Iran et la Russie.

New in Spanish

Bernie Sanders busca hacer descarrilar el aumento de la oposición obrera al capitalismo

Por Patrick Martin, 18 enero 2018

El senador de Vermont llamó a oponerse al incremento de la desigualdad global sin mencionar el capitalismo, el socialismo, las guerras ni la lucha de clases.

El gobierno español directo continuará si el líder catalán exiliado intenta gobernar desde Bélgica

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 18 enero 2018

El gobierno español está preparando extender la aplicación del Artículo 155 de la Constitución, invocado para tomar el control de Cataluña.

El Día de Martin Luther King toma lugar con un racista declarado en la Casa Blanca

Por Fred Mazelis, 18 enero 2018

La llegada de Trump expone la realidad de los hipócritas tributos oficiales al líder asesinado de la lucha por los derechos civiles.

Reino Unido: las lecciones políticas del colapso de Carillion

Por Julie Hyland, 18 enero 2018

Cuando los gerentes, los contadores, los reguladores y los gobiernos están todos implicados en tales eventos, no es la corrupción de una sola entidad corporativa la que está en cuestión, sino el sistema de ganancias capitalista en sí mismo.

Administración Trump escala ataques contra la encriptación de la información

Por Will Morrow, 18 enero 2018

En una señal de que la Casa Blanca se está movilizando para criminalizar la encriptación de datos, el subprocurador general Rod Rosenstein argumentó que los archivos “a prueba de autorizacion” son inconstitucionales.

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“Fractures, Fears and Failures:” World’s ruling elites stare into the abyss

18 January 2018

The Global Risk Report released in advance of the World Economic Forum in Davos exposes mounting anxiety in ruling circles over the threat of war and social revolution.

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Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites to counter Internet censorship

By Niles Niemuth, 18 January 2018

The WSWS hosted a livestreamed discussion between David North and Chris Hedges that reviewed the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and the necessary steps for an effective fight-back.

Statement to the World Socialist Web Site webinar
Julian Assange calls effort of corporations to control Internet discourse “an existential threat to humanity”

18 January 2018

This statement was sent by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the January 16 webinar, “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship.”

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

By Eric London, 15 January 2018

Facebook announces major plan to censor news content

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

Arts Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A vengeful mother stands up to the local “patriarchy”

By Kevin Martinez, 18 January 2018

Morbid and banal, the story concerns a mother battling local authorities to find the killer of her daughter. Unsurprisingly, it has won considerable acclaim from the arts establishment, including the recent Golden Globes.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post: To reveal government secrets and lies or not?

By Joanne Laurier, 17 January 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Indian Trotskyists hold Russian Revolution centenary meeting in Kolkata

By Ritwik Mitter, 18 January 2018

The meeting explained the significance of the Bolsheviks’ internationalist perspective in leading the October 1917 Revolution.

Local government election in Sri Lanka: Support SEP campaign against austerity and war! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government!

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

Commentary

Bernie Sanders seeks to derail growing working class opposition to capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2018

False alarm of incoming missile in Japan

By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2018

Hawaii’s “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea

The missile alert in Hawaii
Thirty-eight minutes of chaos

German trade unions beat the drums for another grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 17 January 2018

For new elections and a socialist offensive against the grand coalition in Germany

#MeToo allegations against 95-year-old Marvel comics legend Stan Lee backfire

By Laura Tiernan, 16 January 2018

Washington Post columnist goes after Woody Allen’s “lechery”

France’s Socialist Party attacks Catherine Deneuve for opposing #MeToo witch-hunt

French artists rebuff #MeToo witch-hunt

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Families and survivors hold seven-month commemoration of Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 17 January 2018

Fraud of official inquiry into Grenfell fire exposed by forced withdrawal of project management adviser

UK government refuses to pay for essential safety improvements six months after Grenfell fire

Workers Struggles

The merger of Germany’s Thyssen with Tata Steel
Vote “No” on union-backed steel contract! Defend all jobs!

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 January 2018

German industrial workers continue strikes

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25 years ago: Bill Clinton sworn in as 42nd US president

A founding figure of the right-wing Democratic Leadership Council, Clinton’s aim was to adapt the Democratic Party to the policies of austerity and war put forth by the Republicans.

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50 years ago: Britain to withdraw from east of Suez

On January 16, 1968, Britain announced plans to withdraw all its military forces stationed east of the Suez Canal by the end of 1972.

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75 years ago: Soviets establish land corridor to the besieged city of Leningrad

On January 18, 1943, as part of an offensive against the German military, the Red Army’s 372nd Rifle Division and 123rd Rifle Brigade established a land corridor that would provide some relief to the starving population of Leningrad.

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100 years ago: Bolsheviks dissolve Constituent Assembly in Russia

On January 19, the Russian Constituent Assembly, elected the previous November 25, convened in Petrograd. It was dissolved the same day by order of the Bolshevik-dominated Soviet Central Executive Committee.

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NHS Fightback

Virgin Care and other private companies seize another £3.1 billion of NHS contracts

By Ajanta Silva, 15 January 2018

Featured Video

“Capitalism puts a price tag on everything, including lives”

Death and destruction in Puerto Rico

On-the-spot interviews from Caguas, Puerto Rico, where more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria residents lack access to electricity and water, leading to the death of a dialysis patient.

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Puerto Rico, more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria: The class issues

The deadly impact of Hurricane María extends to US hospitals
Power outages set off IV bag shortages

Mehring Books

New publication by Mehring Books (UK)
The falsification of David King’s work

12 January 2018

Mehring Books has produced a new pamphlet to memorialise David King, who devoted his extraordinary artistic gifts to salvaging the historical truth of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath.

Book Review

The crisis of dental care under American capitalism

By Esther Galen, 11 January 2018

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America, exposes the reality of poor dental health and lack of dental care endured by the working class and poor in the US.

The tragic and needless death of Deamonte Driver, a victim of dental disease

By Esther Galen, 11 January 2018

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of “100 years since the Balfour Declaration.”

We are publishing here, in one part, the Arabic translation of the two-part article series, “100 years since the Balfour Declaration.” This was first published on the World Socialist Web Site on November 7/8, 2017.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

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

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