Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 22 January 2018

The Turkish invasion points to a historic breakdown of the NATO alliance, of which the United States and Turkey are both members.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

Twitter warns users: We’re watching you

By Andre Damon, 22 January 2018

In an overt act of political intimidation, Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users informing them that they had shared or followed “Russian propaganda.”

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

Women’s March promotes Democratic Party, sabotages opposition to Trump

By Josh Varlin, 22 January 2018

While last year's marches to a degree reflected opposition to Trump's agenda of war and xenophobia, this year’s were focused almost exclusively on electoral politics and the #MeToo campaign.

“The water is milky white and smells like bleach”
Kentucky residents told it may take a decade to get clean, safe water

By Jerry White, 22 January 2018

Working class residents of the former coal mining area have had no water or only intermittent service for weeks.

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

German SPD congress agrees to initiate coalition talks with conservatives

By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2018

The Social Democratic Party’s special party congress in Bonn voted 362 to 279 for coalition talks with the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union.

Germany: SPD leadership steps up pressure for coalition with Merkel

Germany: Sharp conflicts inside the Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 22 January 2018

After the shift to the right in last year’s federal elections and the Social Democrats’ decision to continue the grand coalition with the Christian Democrats, long-simmering conflicts inside the Left Party have intensified.

German Left Party supports SPD foreign minister’s great power politics

#MeToo censors French filmmaker Brigitte Sy for signing Le Monde appeal

By Francis Dubois, 22 January 2018

Supporters of the feminist #MeToo campaign have banned a showing and discussion of Sy’s film L’Astragale, an adaptation of Albertine Sarazin’s book.

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

Craig McLachlan accused as Australian media steps up #MeToo witch-hunt

By Richard Phillips, 22 January 2018

McLachlan has decided to sue for defamation over allegations that he sexually harassed three women during the production of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.

Australian workers, actors, filmmakers oppose the “trial by media” of Geoffrey Rush

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush fights back, suing Daily Telegraph for defamation

Carillion collapse in UK leaves pension scheme deficit of £2.6 billion

By Robert Stevens, 22 January 2018

A Sky News investigation revealed that Carillion’s debts and pension liabilities were almost double the amount initially cited.

UK: Carillion collapse threatens jobs and pensions, exposing plunder of social assets

US takes aim at China over trade

By Nick Beams, 22 January 2018

The Trump administration has declared it was a mistake to admit China to the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

US destroyer intrudes into waters around Chinese-controlled islet

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2018

The latest “freedom of navigation” provocation came on the eve of a meeting of top naval commanders in India where US Admiral Harry Harris condemned China as “a disruptive force.”

Ohio police kill 16-year-old in courthouse

By Trévon Austin, 22 January 2018

There has been no indication that charges will be brought against the deputy.

Jeep workers demonstrate at Detroit auto show against job cuts

By Tim Rivers, 22 January 2018

United Auto Workers Local 12 called the demonstration to vent worker anger over the termination of 88 union truck drivers from the Fiat Chrysler Toledo Truck Terminal.

Republicans and Democrats co-sponsor bill to dismantle Dodd-Frank bank regulations

By E.P. Milligan, 22 January 2018

The latest bill represents yet another brazen attempt to cut regulations set in place in the wake of the now decade-old financial meltdown.

Australian rail workers, bus drivers and commuters support NSW train strike

By our reporters, 22 January 2018

Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: Union officials desperately trying to prevent NSW rail strike

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

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

Un año de sabotajes demócratas a la oposición contra Trump

Por Barry Grey, 22 enero 2018

El Partido Demócrata ha pasado el último año suprimiendo y desviando la resistencia popular al Gobierno de Trump.

Pentágono revela estrategia para enfrentamiento militar con Rusia y China

Por Bill Van Auken, 22 enero 2018

El documento presentado por el secretario de Defensa James Mattis confirma un desplazamiento abierto del imperialismo estadounidense hacia preparativos para una tercera guerra mundial.

Agentes de inmigración destruyen suministros humanitarios de agua a lo largo de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México

Por Will Morrow, 22 enero 2018

Las acciones de los agentes fronterizos son el resultado lógico de la política bipartidista para disuadir a los inmigrantes de entrar en los Estados Unidos.

Los legisladores demócratas dan los votos para bloquear los límites al espionaje de la NSA

Por Niles Niemuth, 22 enero 2018

El apoyo del Partido Demócrata asegura que el programa de vigilancia ilegal que comenzó con George W. Bush y fue expandido por Obama pasará indemne a las manos de Donald Trump.

Diego Rivera en la Unión Soviética: Una exposición en la Ciudad de México

Por Alex González, 22 enero 2018

La exposición en la Ciudad de México se enfoca en las dos visitas de Rivera a la URSS, en 1927-28 y 1955-56. Contiene muchos ítems destacables.

Se vuelven en contra de #MeToo sus acusaciones contra Stan Lee, leyenda de cómics de Marvel de 95 años

Por Laura Tiernan, 22 enero 2018

Las acusaciones de acoso sexual contra él creador de Spiderman y The Fantastic Four han resultado en escarnio público.

New in French

Le Royaume-Uni et la France renforcent leurs liens militaires et de renseignement au sommet de Sandhurst

Robert Stevens et Alex Lantier, 22 janvier 2018

Le sommet visait à renforcer la coopération franco-britannique malgré la crise de l’OTAN provoquée par l’élection de Donald Trump et la sortie de la Grande-Bretagne de l’Union européenne.

Une année de sabotage de l’opposition à Trump par les démocrates

Barry Grey, 22 janvier 2018

Le Parti démocrate a passé l’année écoulée à supprimer et détourner la résistance populaire au gouvernement de Trump.

#Metoo censure Brigitte Sy, signataire de la tribune du Monde contre la délation sexuelle

Francis Dubois, 22 janvier 2018

La réalisatrice voit son film l’Astragale, une adaptation du roman d’Albertine Sarazin, interdit de projection par les tenants de la campagne #metoo/#balancetonporc.

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

The class issues in the US federal shutdown

22 January 2018

Through the conflict between two capitalist parties, the whole spectrum of bourgeois politics in America is being shifted further to the right.

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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”

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

25 years ago: US corporations slash 110,000 jobs

Major US corporations eliminated 110,000 jobs this week in 1993—the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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50 years ago: US spy ship seized in North Korean waters

On January 23, 1968, an American spy ship, the USS Pueblo, was seized in or near North Korean waters.

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75 years ago: Imperialist horse-trading at Casablanca

On January 24, 1943, British, French and American leaders concluded a major summit in North Africa, at Casablanca, Morocco.

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100 years ago: Wartime strikes in Germany, Austria; insurrection in Finland

On January 24, 1918, in the midst of World War I, strikes in Berlin by thousands of workers shut down the Daimler, Boersig Ludwig and General Electric works.

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Science

Explore the complexities and beauty of Earth’s oceans in Blue Planet II

By Bryan Dyne, 22 January 2018

The series is a vindication of what can be achieved with scientifically coordinated and socially progressive human activity.

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

One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2018

US budget charade causes government shutdown

By Eric London, 20 January 2018

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2018

UK: Office for Students spearheads privatisation and policing of universities

By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2018

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

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

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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