US budget charade causes government shutdown

By Eric London, 20 January 2018

Whatever the immediate outcome of the ongoing budget negotiations, the result will shift the political landscape even further to the right.

As US government shutdown looms, Democrats push punitive immigration deal

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2018

The document presented by Defense Secretary James Mattis confirms an open shift by US imperialism toward preparations for a third world war.

Trump’s National Security Strategy: The return of “great power” military conflict

UK, France boost military, intelligence ties at Sandhurst summit

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2018

The summit aimed to boost UK-French cooperation despite the crisis in NATO caused by the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Macron prepares draconian new French anti-immigrant law

Germany: SPD leadership steps up pressure for coalition with Merkel

German trade unions beat the drums for another grand coalition

Extension of warrantless NSA spying, with bipartisan support, heads to Trump for signature

By Fred Mazelis, 20 January 2018

Lopsided votes in both the US Senate and House reflect the role of Democrats as a party of American imperialism.

House Democrats supply votes to block limits on NSA spying

Immigration agents destroy humanitarian water supplies along US-Mexico border

By Will Morrow, 20 January 2018

The actions of border agents are the logical outcome of the bipartisan policy to deter immigrants from reaching the United States.

Massive raids threatened against immigrants in California

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Federal agency promotes religious “exceptions” to health care

By Ed Hightower, 20 January 2018

A government office devoted to protecting the religious freedom of health care workers is a solution in search of a problem.

US house fires kill 320 since Christmas, up 50 percent from last year

By Steve Filips and Matthew Richter, 20 January 2018

The total of fire deaths in the US due to intense winter weather has increased dramatically since Christmas.

Second Bronx fire in less than a week injures 23

DC Metro train derails, passengers stranded for 90 minutes

By Harvey Simpkins, 20 January 2018

In yet another mishap on Washington D.C.’s chronically underfunded public transportation system, a Metro train derailed on Monday, causing three of the eight cars to go off track.

Boston Transit: Control Board fiddles while the Red Line burns

Australia: Union officials desperately trying to prevent NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018

The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.

Australian rail union collaborating with Pacific National to impose sell-out agreement

Australian power workers vote for industrial action

By Terry Cook, 20 January 2018

The overwhelming vote to strike reflects widespread anger over years of cost cutting, including a de facto wage freeze, enforced by the trade unions.

Students and staff to bear brunt of latest Australian university funding cut

By Mike Head, 20 January 2018

A two-year freeze on funding for undergraduate enrolments will be followed by pro-business “performance targets” imposed on university funding.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
25–31 декабря 1917: Советское правительство национализирует банки

20 января 2018 г.

Завершается 1917 год, а положение русской революции крайне нестабильно. Новому Советскому правительству со всех сторон угрожают враждебные армии, голод, анархия и контрреволюционные интриги. Между тем бушует империалистическая война, а Октябрьское восстание мобилизует революционную борьбу во всем мире.

New in Spanish

Estados Unidos anuncia un despliegue militar indefinido en Siria

Por James Cogan, 20 enero 2018

El pretexto de que el único interés de EUA en Siria consiste en combatir a Estado Islámico de Irak y Siria ha sido puesto a un lado.

Inmigrantes en California amenazados con redadas masivas

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 enero 2018

Fueron develados los planes para colmar las ciudades del norte de California con agentes migratorios de todo el país para encercar y arrestar a al menos a 1.500 inmigrantes indocumentados.

La clase obrera se mueve contra el gobierno de Syriza en Grecia

Por Alex Lantier, 20 enero 2018

La clase trabajadora está luchando por defender sus derechos sociales y democráticos contra todas las organizaciones que durante décadas han pasado por ser la “extrema izquierda” del establishment político.

¿Qué representa el “líder de oposición” ruso Alexei Navalny?

Por Clara Weiss, 20 enero 2018

La única salida para que la clase trabajadora rusa radica en rechazar todas las formas de nacionalismo, ya sea de Navalny o de Putin.

Un ataque turco contra kurdos sirios marca una gran escalada en el Medio Oriente

Por Halil Celik, 20 enero 2018

El ataque a la región siria de Afrin es la respuesta hostil de Turquía al anuncio de los EUA de que continuará apoyando a las fuerzas kurdas como sus representantes clave en Siria.

Columnista del Washington Post persigue la “lascivia” de Woody Allen

Por David Walsh, 20 enero 2018

De manera peculiarmente estadounidense, sectores de clase media acaudalada han descubierto repentinamente la piedad y la moralidad, por lo menos en público. Un puritanismo absurdo y repulsivo se ha apoderado de los medios y círculos oficiales.

New in French

Les États-Unis annoncent un déploiement illimité de forces militaires en Syrie

James Cogan, 20 janvier 2018

Le prétexte selon lequel le motif des États-Unis en Syrie était de combattre l'État islamique d'Irak et de Syrie a été mis de côté.

L’attaque turque contre les Kurdes syriens marque une escalade majeure au Moyen-Orient

Halil Celik, 20 janvier 2018

L’attaque contre la région d’Afrin en Syrie est la réponse hostile de la Turquie à l’annonce par les États-Unis qu’ils continueront à soutenir les forces kurdes en tant que leurs principaux intermédiaires en Syrie.

Le Canada et les États-Unis intensifient leurs menaces contre la Corée du Nord durant le sommet de Vancouver

Roger Jordan, 20 janvier 2018

Les références à des pourparlers et à une solution diplomatique ne servent qu'à obscurcir les préparatifs avancés pour une attaque militaire.

Macron prépare une nouvelle loi draconienne anti-migrants

Athiyan Silva, 20 janvier 2018

Le projet de loi représente une sévère attaque contre le droit d’asile, donnant en pratique à la police le pouvoir d’expulser les réfugiés sans avoir bénéficié d’aucune audition sérieuse

Après la hausse du salaire minimum en Ontario
Les entreprises canadiennes récupèrent les salaires des travailleurs à faible revenu

Carl Bronski, 20 janvier 2018

Même si la colère est répandue au sein de la classe ouvrière en réaction aux mesures scandaleuses des grandes entreprises, elle ne trouve pas d'expression politique dans les protestations hypocrites organisées par les syndicats.

New in German

USA wollen in Syrien auf unbegrenzte Zeit Streitkräfte stationieren

James Cogan, 20. Januar 2018

Die USA haben den Vorwand für ihr Eingreifen in Syrien – den Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat – fallengelassen.

SPD-Parteigranden warnen vor Niedergang der Sozialdemokratie

Johannes Stern, 20. Januar 2018

Vor dem SPD-Sonderparteitag am 21. Januar in Bonn sprechen sich immer mehr sozialdemokratische Spitzenpolitiker für eine Fortsetzung der Großen Koalition aus.

Heftige Konflikte in der Linkspartei

Peter Schwarz, 20. Januar 2018

Die Aufgabe der „linken Sammlungsbewegung“ Oskar Lafontaines besteht darin, eine Linksentwicklung der Arbeiterklasse zu blockieren und die wachsende soziale Empörung in rechte Kanäle zu lenken.

Anhörung vor dem US-Senat:
Facebook und Google erläutern Pläne für beispiellose Massenzensur

Andre Damon, 20. Januar 2018

Ein Vertreter von Facebook erklärte am Donnerstag im US-Senat, das Unternehmen wolle die Zahl seiner Zensoren bis Ende des Jahres auf fast 20.000 verdoppeln.

Martin Luther King Day: Ein Rassist im Weißen Haus „ehrt“ den schwarzen Bürgerrechtler

Fred Mazelis, 20. Januar 2018

Der Aufstieg von Trump entlarvt die Realität hinter den heuchlerischen offiziellen Würdigungen des ermordeten Bürgerrechtsführers.

„Tannbach“: Die 60er Jahre

Sybille Fuchs, 20. Januar 2018

In der zweiten Staffel der ZDF-Serie „Tannbach“ stehen sich Anfang der 1960er Jahre im Kalten Krieg Ost und West feindlich und hoch gerüstet gegenüber.

Die Lehren des Oktobers: Die innerparteiliche Krise der Bolschewiki am Vorabend der Machteroberung

Chris Marsden, 20. Januar 2018

Den folgenden Vortrag hielt Chris Marsden, der Vorsitzende der britischen Socialist Equality Party, im Rahmen der Online-Vortragsreihe des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale aus Anlass des 100. Jahrestags der Russischen Revolution.

New in Farsi

ناآرامی طبقه کارگر در ایران: پاسخ تارنمای سوسیالیسم جهانی (WSWS) به یک مدافع رژیم ایران

کیت جونز,۶ ژانویه ۲۰۱۸

رامین مظاهری خبرنگار برون مرزی ایرانی که برای شبکه بین المللی تحت حمایت دولت - پرس تی وی کار میکند در یک قطعه انتقادی طولانی تارنمای سوسیالیسم جهانی را متهم به تخطی از "اصول سوسیالیستی“ خودش و کمک به امپریالیسم میکند.

New in Norwegian

Bernie Sanders søker å avspore voksende opposisjon mot kapitalisme

Patrick Martin, 17 January 2018

Senatoren fra Vermont leverte en appell om å opponere mot voksende global ulikhet helt uten referanser til kapitalisme, sosialisme, krig eller klassekamp.

Falsk alarm om missilangrep i Japan

Peter Symonds, 17 January 2018

Den falske alarmen, dager etter en lignende hendelse på Hawaii, fremhever USA og landets alliertes avanserte forberedelser for krig med Nord-Korea.

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Perspective

One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

20 January 2018

The Democratic Party has spent the past year suppressing and diverting popular resistance to the Trump administration.

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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”

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE secures re-election to student parliament at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 20 January 2018

After a successful election campaign, the IYSSE is re-entering Humboldt University’s student parliament with two representatives.

One hundred and fifty attend IYSSE event at Humboldt University on Karl Marx bicentenary

Mehring Books

The Heritage We Defend and other important books by David North and the ICFI published in Turkish

By Halil Celik, 20 January 2018

In a country where the working class and socialist movement in general has been dominated by Stalinism, Maoism and petty-bourgeois nationalist tendencies for decades, these books are of prime importance in developing socialist consciousness among workers and youth.

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.

Commentary

UK: Office for Students spearheads privatisation and policing of universities

By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2018

Accompanied by lifting the cap on tuition fees and selling off of student debt to private holders, the Office for Students is set to complete the basic framework for the wholesale privatisation of higher education.

The working class moves against Greece’s Syriza government

By Alex Lantier, 19 January 2018

Greek workers strike against Syriza’s imposition of EU austerity “multi-bill”

German newspaper Die Zeit and SPD back #MeToo witch-hunt

By Verena Nees, 19 January 2018

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

Sharp fall in bitcoin price a sign of growing financial turbulence

By Nick Beams, 19 January 2018

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

By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2018

False alarm of incoming missile in Japan

Bernie Sanders seeks to derail growing working class opposition to capitalism

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP holds first local election meeting in plantation area

By our correspondents, 19 January 2018

Indian Trotskyists hold Russian Revolution centenary meeting in Kolkata

By Ritwik Mitter, 18 January 2018

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

Arts Review

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, dead at age 46

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2018

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

By Kevin Martinez, 18 January 2018

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

By Joanne Laurier, 17 January 2018

Workers Struggles

Striking cleaners occupy Korean university; Australian Paper plant workers strike indefinitely
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 January 2018

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

Two key players in UAW corruption scandal to enter guilty pleas

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2018

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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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

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

Puerto Rico

“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

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.

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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