As special counsel zeros in on Trump, political warfare in Washington heats up

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2018

The Democrats are rushing to defend the FBI against attacks by Republican opponents of Mueller’s investigation and using the Russia probe to escalate the campaign for censorship.

Political lessons from the sham US government shutdown

One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

Democrats demand Facebook and Twitter release information on campaign over spying on Trump

By Andre Damon, 25 January 2018

Democratic lawmakers have sent a letter to social media companies demanding that they compile lists of accounts spreading the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo.

Twitter warns users: We’re watching you

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

In plea deal with prosecutors
Former Fiat Chrysler negotiator says FCA bribed the UAW to secure passage of 2009, 2015 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2018

According to a court filing Alphons Iacobelli paid $1.5 million to top UAW officials between 2009 and 2015 for the express purpose of influencing contract negotiations.

British Armed Forces chief prepares for war with Russia

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2018

The statement by General Sir Nick Carter of the “need” to project land warfare capability up to 2,000 km is a direct threat to Russia with a horrifying historical parallel.

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

German, French parliaments prepare new alliance, 55 years after Elysée treaty

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2018

The resolution commits Berlin and Paris to a major arms build-up and deep austerity to enable them to carry out military operations independent of Washington.

Catalan nationalists struggle to form government

By Paul Mitchell, 25 January 2018

Spain’s Popular Party government is threatening to re-impose Article 155 and direct rule of the autonomous region by Madrid.

Asia-Pacific trade bloc reshaped, without the US

By Mike Head, 25 January 2018

The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.

Toys “R” Us, Kimberly-Clark add to job cuts in 2018

By Jerry White, 25 January 2018

Even as the Trump administration touts its massive corporate tax cuts, claiming it is spurring new investment, hiring and rising wages, US corporations have embarked on a wave of mass layoffs.

Detroit protest against planned deportation of Albanian immigrant

By Will Morrow, 25 January 2018

Ded Rranxburgaj has taken refuge in a Detroit church in a desperate effort to prevent his deportation scheduled for today.

Volunteer arrested for giving food and water to immigrants along US-Mexico border

Wave of immigrant arrests, deportations in Michigan

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Police in Racine, Wisconsin fatally shoot 26-year-old man during traffic stop

By Christopher Davion, 25 January 2018

The fatal shooting of Donte Shannon last week during a traffic stop by an unmarked police vehicle has been followed by protests by friends, family, and area residents.

Strike by Northern Illinois Bay Valley Foods workers enters ninth week

By George Gallanis, 25 January 2018

Striking workers are defying the bitter cold and efforts by the Teamsters to push through another sellout contract.

BlackRock’s Laurence Fink urges CEOs to serve a “social purpose”

By Katy Kinner, 25 January 2018

Fink, whose firm manages $6 trillion in investments, has penned a worried and hypocritical letter to the world’s CEOs urging them to exercise a “positive influence on society.”

Ontario unions hold bogus “day of action” over wage clawbacks at Tim Hortons

By Roger Jordan, 25 January 2018

The unions are working to exploit the anger over Tim Hortons’ clawbacks to boost their campaign to re-elect Ontario’s big business, pro-austerity Liberal government.

Media frenzy over New Zealand PM’s pregnancy distracts attention from inequality

By Tom Peters, 25 January 2018

Prime Minister Ardern’s announcement prompted an avalanche of praise and glorification of her Labour Party government.

Australia: Fair Work Commission bans Monday’s NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 January 2018

To combat the ruling, workers must break with Labor and the unions, and reject their bogus claims that the big business tribunal is an “independent umpire.”

Australia: Workers reject union-government attempts to cancel NSW rail strike

Australian Paper workers strike over wages and conditions

By our correspondents, 25 January 2018

While the workers at Preston are determined to fight the company’s attack, the AMWU has left them isolated and is preparing a sellout deal.

New in German

Für ein internationales Bündnis gegen Internetzensur
Offener Brief der internationalen Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site an sozialistische, linke, progressive und Antikriegs-Websites, Organisationen und Aktivisten

25. Januar 2018

Die US-amerikanische Regierung hat in enger Zusammenarbeit mit Google, Facebook, Twitter und anderen mächtigen Technologiekonzernen Mechanismen eingeführt, die den Internetzugang zu sozialistischen, progressiven und Antikriegs-Websites massiv einschränken. Ähnliche repressive Methoden werden auch von anderen kapitalistischen Regierungen in Europa und weltweit eingesetzt.

Krise und Krieg überschatten das Weltwirtschaftsforum in Davos

Von Bill Van Auken, 25. Januar 2018

Das Foru...mentreffen, findet vor dem Hintergrund des Zusammenbruchs der kapitalistischen Nachkriegsordnung und zunehmender Konflikte zwischen den Großmächten statt.

Alle Parteien binden AfD in die parlamentarische Arbeit ein

Von Christoph Vandreier, 25. Januar 2018

Sämtliche Fraktionen im Bundestag haben sich darauf geeinigt, der rechtsextremen Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) den Vorsitz im wichtigsten Ausschuss des Bundestags, dem Haushaltsausschuss, zu überlassen.

Politische Lehren aus dem „Shutdown“ der US-Regierung

Von Eric London, 25. Januar 2018

Der rückgratlose Umgang der Demokraten mit der Situation Hunderttausender verängstigter junger Einwanderer steht in scharfem Kontrast zu den Bemühungen der Partei, die geopolitischen Interessen des Militärs und der Geheimdienste zu vertreten.

New in French

Les combats font rage alors que les troupes turques progressent dans l’enclave kurde en Syrie

Bill Van Auken, 25 janvier 2018

L’incursion militaire turque dans le nord de la Syrie vient exacerber les tensions de plus en plus graves au sein de l’OTAN et entre les États-Unis et l’Europe.

Facebook expose son plan pour censurer les fils de nouvelles et manipuler l'opinion publique

Andre Damon, 25 janvier 2018

Sous prétexte de combattre la «polarisation sociale», Facebook est en train de créer un cadre pour la censure, la dissémination de propagande gouvernementale et la manipulation de masse de l'opinion publique.

New in Turkish

İnternet sansürü ile mücadele etmek üzere uluslararası bir güç birliği için
Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’nin Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu’nun sosyalist, savaş karşıtı, solcu ve ilerici web sitelerine, örgütlere ve aktivistlere açık mektubu

25 Ocak 2018

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, internet sansürü ile mücadele etmek üzere Sosyalist, Savaş Karşıtı ve İlerici Web Sitelerinin Uluslararası Güç Birliği’nin kurulması için inisiyatif alıyor.

Ankara Suriye istilasına yönelik muhalefeti bastırıyor

Halil Çelik, 25 Ocak 2018

Türkiye’nin Suriye’nin Afrin bölgesindeki ABD destekli Kürt güçlere karşı askeri harekatı dördüncü gününe girerken, Türkiye genelinde en az 50 kişi gözaltına alındı.

ABD Suriye’de süresiz askeri güç konuşlandırmasını duyurdu

James Cogan, 25 Ocak 2018

Tillerson, emperyalist bir kibirle, ABD’nin askeri güçlerini Suriye içinde süresiz olarak tutacağını ve Şam’da ABD’ye bağımlı bir devlet işlevi görmeyen hiçbir hükümeti kabul etmeyeceğini ilan etti.

Savuduğumuz Miras ve David North ile DEUK’un diğer önemli kitapları Türkçede yayınlandı

Halil Celik, 25 Ocak 2018

Genel olarak sosyalist harekete neredeyse tüm tarihi boyunca Stalinizmin, Maoculuğun ve küçük burjuva ulusalcı eğilimlerin egemen olduğu bir ülke olan Türkiye’de, bu kitaplar, işçiler ve gençlik içinde sosyalist bilincin gelişmesi açısından son derece büyük önem taşımaktadır.

WSWS internet sansürüne karşı koymak için sosyalist ve savaş karşıtı web sitelerine güç birliği çağrısı yapıyor

Niles Niemuth, 25 Ocak 2018

WSWS, 16 Ocak’ta, sosyalist ve savaş karşıtı web sitelerine ve gazetecilere, internet sansürüne karşı koymak için uluslararası bir güç birliği oluşturma çağrısı yaptı.

New in Spanish

Las lecciones políticas del fraudulento cierre del Gobierno estadounidense

Por Eric London, 25 enero 2018

El carácter débil de la supuesta defensa demócrata de los jóvenes inmigrantes contrasta marcadamente con sus frenéticos esfuerzos de la campaña antirrusa.

El Foro Económico Mundial se reúne en Davos bajo la sombra de la crisis y la guerra

Por Bill Van Auken, 25 enero 2018

La reunión de los oligarcas del mundo está teniendo lugar en medio del colapso del orden capitalista de posguerra y el surgimiento de conflictos de grandes potencias.

El FMI mejora el pronóstico de crecimiento mundial en medio de advertencias de 'puntos de fractura'

Por Nick Beams, 25 enero 2018

Si bien la atención se centra en las predicciones de los titulares de un aumento en el crecimiento, hay advertencias de que el impulso puede no durar.

La histeria de las “noticias falsas” protagonizará en las elecciones de octubre en Brasil

Por Miguel Andrade, 25 enero 2018

Uniéndose a la cruzada global contra las “noticias falsas” las autoridades brasileñas se preparan para recurrir a la Ley de Seguridad Nacional heredada de la dictadura para censurar las noticias y la opinión pública.

Voluntario arrestado por dar comida y agua a los inmigrantes a lo largo de la frontera de los Estados Unidos y México

Por Will Morrow, 25 enero 2018

El arresto es un acto flagrante de represalia contra No More Deaths que se realizó pocas horas después que la organización publicó vídeo metraje que documenta el sabotear de agentes del suministro humanitario de agua.

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 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

US escalates war for annexation of Syria

25 January 2018

In Syria, the Pentagon’s declared shift from the “war on terror” to great power conflict has already been realized in bloody facts on the ground.

Earlier Perspectives »

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

Full transcript: “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship”

By the World Socialist Web Site, 25 January 2018

The following is an edited transcript of the January 16 webinar “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship,” featuring journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS Chairperson David North.

Facebook details plans to censor news feeds and manipulate public opinion

By Andre Damon, 24 January 2018

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

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

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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

For new elections and a socialist alternative to Germany’s grand coalition

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 25 January 2018

The ruling elite cannot be permitted to bring to power the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazi regime, in the face of strong opposition from workers and young people.

Another American mass shooting, this time in western Kentucky

By Tom Eley, 25 January 2018

Media and politicians dare not confront the most glaringly obvious question: Why do these attacks happen with such horrifying regularity in the United States?

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra terminates employment of Charles Dutoit over allegations of sexual misconduct

By Paul Bond, 25 January 2018

The temporary removal of Dutoit from his post was originally justified on the grounds of freeing him up for a legal defence, but the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has now abandoned this pretext.

Celebrated author Margaret Atwood challenges #MeToo’s lynch mob justice

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

More on the sexual misconduct witchhunt »

World Economic Forum meets in Davos under shadow of crisis and war

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2018

Oxfam: Bottom half of world’s population received none of the wealth created in 2017

Fifty-nine defendants await trial for protesting against Trump’s inauguration

By E.P. Milligan, 24 January 2018

Arts Review

The 2018 Academy Award Nominations: A few worthy films, and others to fill quotas

By Hiram Lee, 24 January 2018

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

19 January 2018

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

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

Workers Struggles

Bodies of five workers recovered at site of Oklahoma gas well blast

By Jerry White, 24 January 2018

Indian factory fire kills 17 workers

By W. A. Sunil, 24 January 2018

Seattle school bus drivers reject second contract proposal by First Student

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

“There’s a pattern here that NYU doesn’t want to acknowledge”
Interview with Mohamad Bazzi, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 23 January 2018

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

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 20 January 2018

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.

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

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.

More on Puerto Rico »

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

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