Trump’s State of the Union address: A spectacle of reaction and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The foul character of the speech, the media coverage, and the ceremony as a whole testifies to the exclusion of any opposition within the political establishment to the agenda of corporate America.

As Trump, Republicans move to derail Russia probe, Democrats rush to defend FBI

Investigators now claim Hawaii employee who sent false alert thought attack was real

By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2018

The message read out to workers at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on the morning of January 13 included the words, “This is not a drill.”

Corporate giants announce partnership to cut employer health care costs

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2018

The initiative heralds a further monopolization of health care by a handful of billionaire-run corporations and a further subordination of social needs to Wall Street.

Fiat Chrysler workers file class action against UAW demanding return of union dues

By Jerry White, 31 January 2018

A legal complaint by three autoworkers charges the union with colluding to destroy wages and rights, and defrauding workers of hundreds of millions of dollars in union dues.

“Everybody wants to walk at our plant”
US autoworkers want to overturn contracts UAW signed after corporate bribes

Contracts signed by corrupt UAW should be nullified: A reply to Dennis Williams

The UAW corruption scandal: The case for workers’ committees

Harley-Davidson to close Kansas City plant, lay off 800

By Marcus Day, 31 January 2018

The mass layoffs at the motorcycle manufacturer are part of a growing wave of job losses, belying Trump’s claims of strength in the US economy.

Questions remain one month after death of auto parts worker in Western Michigan

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Puerto Rican Governor calls for the closing of a quarter of the island’s public schools

By Rafael Azul, 31 January 2018

As part of his new fiscal spending plan, Governor Rosselló has proposed to cut $303.4 million from education by closing 300 K-12 schools.

Notes from Puerto Rico
Four months of life in the dark after Hurricane Maria

Four months after Hurricane Maria
Continuing crisis used to justify sell-off of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid

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

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Currency conflicts deepen between US and Europe

By Nick Beams, 31 January 2018

Remarks by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the advantages of a lower dollar brought a sharp response from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.

A series of attacks at Russian schools

By Clara Weiss, 31 January 2018

Within one week, three schools witnessed outbreaks of violence, and one school a stabbing. Dozens of children and several teachers were wounded.

Indian-Pakistani clashes in Kashmir put South Asia on knife’s edge

By Sampath Perera, 31 January 2018

India’s army chief has said that if the deteriorating situation along the border warrants it, his forces stand ready to call Islamabad’s nuclear “bluff” and strike inside Pakistan.

Australian government unveils draconian “foreign interference” bills
Part 1: Preparing for war against China

By Mike Head, 31 January 2018

The legislation, targeting alleged “improper influence” by China and other “foreign states,” will have far-reaching consequences for free speech and political dissent.

Over 100 feared dead in Kiribati ferry disaster

By John Braddock, 31 January 2018

The high death toll and unseaworthiness of the ferry are prompting growing anger in the small, impoverished Pacific nation.

New in Italian

Lo scandalo di corruzione del sindacato americano UAW: la questione dei comitati di lavoratori

Joe Kishore, 30 gennaio 2018

La corruzione del sindacato UAW da parte della Fiat Chrysler espone il carattere anti-lavoratori dell’intero apparato sindacale.

New in Russian

Наследие, которое мы защищаем и другие важные книги Дэвида Норта и МКЧИ опубликованы на турецком языке

Халиль Челик, 31 января 2018 г.

В стране, где рабочий класс и социалистическое движение в целом в течение десятилетий находились под преобладающим влиянием сталинизма, маоизма и мелкобуржуазных националистических тенденций, эти книги имеют важнейшее значение для развития социалистического сознания среди рабочих и молодежи.

New in Spanish

El Economist: la humanidad se tambalea al borde de una guerra mundial

Por James Cogan, 31 enero 2018

El último número del semanario londinense declara que el último cuarto de siglo de contiendas sangrientas es tan solo el preludio de un futuro mucho más horrífico.

En medio de una campaña estatal de censura, los medios franceses denuncian “teorías conspirativas”

Por Anthony Torres, 31 enero 2018

El diario francés Libération ha publicado un artículo destacado que denuncia la “teoría conspirativa” según la cual el Estado Islámico y Al Qaeda están “de hecho manipulados por agencias de inteligencia occidentales”.

Conforme Trump y los republicanos buscan desviar la investigación de Rusia, los demócratas se apresuran a defender al FBI

Por Barry Grey, 31 enero 2018

A lo largo de la cada vez más enconada investigación de Rusia los demócratas han asumido el papel de defensores patrióticos de las agencias de inteligencia y la policía.

Notas desde Puerto Rico
Cuatro meses de oscuridad después del huracán María

Por Antonio Castro, 31 enero 2017

Este es el primero de una serie de informes desde el lugar de los hechos por parte de un trabajador local puertorriqueño sobre la crisis que se desenvuelve en la isla tras el paso del huracán María.

El Tribunal Constitucional de España intenta impedir la investidura del presidente catalán

Por Alejandro López, 31 enero 2018

La decisión del Tribunal Constitucional significa que si el presidente regional depuesto Carles Puigdemont no asiste personalmente a la sesión de jura de su cargo, su elección será anulada.

Syriza monta un ataque salvaje a los niveles de vida y a los derechos democráticos en Grecia

Por John Vassilopoulos, 31 enero 2018

Las medidas de austeridad aprobadas el 15 de enero por el parlamento griego están entre las más salvajes que hayan sido impuestas hasta ahora —que benefician a un gobierno de derechas cuyas credenciales de “izquierda radical” están hechas jirones.

"Cualquiera podría estar aquí mañana"
Entrevistas con gente sin techo en Anaheim, California

Por Adam McClean, Kevin Martinez y Kimie Saito, 31 enero 2017

En vez de darle las mismas caridades a los que viven a lo largo del río, la ciudad ahora comienza la “lenta y metódica” campaña de acabar con el campamento de desamparados.

India: la primera visita de un primer ministro israelí utilizada para fortalecer lazos estratégicos

Por Wasantha Rupasinghe, 31 enero 2018

La floreciente sociedad militar y estratégica de la India con Israel encaja con su alineamiento cada vez más pronunciado con Washington y sus principales aliados asiáticos, Japón y Australia.

New in French

The Economist : L’humanité au bord de la guerre mondiale

James Cogan, 31 janvier 2018

Le dernier numéro du magazine hébdomadaire de Londres déclare que le quart de siècle passé de conflits sanguinaires n’est que le prélude à un avenir encore plus terrifiant.

Poussée renouvelée pour que l’Australie construise des armes nucléaires

Peter Symonds, 31 janvier 2018

La discussion en cours est un autre signe de l’aggravation des tensions géopolitiques et de l’accélération de la course aux armements des grandes puissances du monde entier.

New in German

Für die Ausweitung der Metallerstreiks und Neuwahlen

Peter Schwarz, 31. Januar 2018

Die größte Streikbewegung in Deutschland seit 15 Jahren zeigt, dass die Spaltung Europas nicht zwischen Ländern oder Nationen, sondern zwischen Klassen verläuft.

The Economist: Menschheit steht kurz vor dem Weltkrieg

James Cogan, 31. Januar 2018

Die britische Wochenzeitung The Economist erklärt in ihrer aktuellen Ausgabe, die blutigen Konflikte des letzten Vierteljahrhunderts waren nur Vorspiel für eine schreckliche Zukunft.

Britischer Verteidigungsminister beschuldigt Russland, „abertausende“ Briten töten zu wollen

Robert Stevens, 31. Januar 2018

Der britische Verteidigungsminister Gavin Williamson hat behauptet, Russland verfolge „Pläne zur Zerstörung der lebenswichtigen Infrastruktur Großbritanniens“. Kurz zuvor hat der britische Generalstabschef gefordert, sich aktiv auf einen Krieg mit Russland vorzubereiten.

Wut und Streikbereitschaft der Metallarbeiter am Beispiel der Opel-Werke

unseren Korrespondenten, 31. Januar 2018

Am heutigen Mittwoch befinden sich tausende Metallarbeiter in einem 24-stündigen Warnstreik.

Konflikt innerhalb der herrschenden Klasse in den USA verschärft sich

Barry Grey, 31. Januar 2018

Mit Blick auf die umstrittene Russland-Untersuchung, die die Trump-Regierung ablehnt, übernehmen die Demokraten die Rolle der patriotischen Verteidiger von Geheimdiensten und Polizeibehörden.

EU-Skeptiker Zeman gewinnt tschechische Präsidentenwahl

Markus Salzmann, 31. Januar 2018

Der amtierende tschechische Staatspräsident Milos Zeman hat am Freitag und Samstag die Stichwahl um das Präsidentenamt knapp mit rund 51 Prozent der Stimmen für sich entschieden.

Am Vorabend der Revolution: Die Bolschewistische Partei, die Fabrikkomitees und die Massenbewegung der Arbeiterklasse

Tom Carter, 31. Januar 2018

Zweiter Vortrag der zweiten Reihe internationaler Online-Vorträge, die das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale (IKVI) aus Anlass des 100. Jahrestags der Oktoberrevolution von 1917 organisierte.

New in Norwegian

Economist: Menneskeheten vakler på kanten av verdenskrig

James Cogan, 30 January 2018

Det siste utgaven av det ukentlige London-magasinet erklærer at det siste kvarte århundrets blodige konflikter bare er forspillet til en enda mer fryktelig fremtid.

Medienes skyldige taushet om atomkrigsalarmen på Hawaii

Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2018

Litt mer enn to uker etter at 1,5 millioner mennesker på Hawaii mottok et falskt varsel om forestående kjernefysisk katastrofe, har mediene diskré lagt saken på hylla.

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Perspective

Hundreds of thousands of industrial workers strike in Germany

31 January 2018

Germany’s biggest strike wave in 15 years is another sign that 2018 will see an intensification of class struggle internationally.

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Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

WSWS Chairperson David North interviewed on Chris Hedges’ “On Contact”

29 January 2018

In letter to Congress, social media companies outline plans for mass censorship

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2018

The technology giants are hiring thousands more human reviewers and developing artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor and censor political speech on the internet.

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

New York Times cashes in on Facebook’s news censorship

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Commentary

“Scoundrel Time” returns: The neo-Puritan #MeToo censors and their predecessors

By David Walsh, 31 January 2018

The sexual misconduct witch-hunt in the US continues, with dangerous implications for democratic rights and free speech.

London Conference on Intelligence exposes link between academic promotion of eugenics and Conservative right

By Thomas Scripps, 31 January 2018

Held last May at the prestigious University College London (UCL), the London Conference on Intelligence was organised and hosted by honorary UCL Professor James Thompson.

The Economist: Humanity teeters on the brink of world war

By James Cogan, 30 January 2018

The “fractured world”: Plutocrats convene in Davos amid war and great-power conflict

Trump unveils sweeping attack on immigrants in reform proposal

By Eric London, 30 January 2018

Senate Democratic leader seeks to protect Special Counsel Mueller, not DACA immigrants

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2018 begins with US police reign of terror

By Niles Niemuth, 29 January 2018

More on police violence in America »

The media’s guilty silence on Hawaii nuclear war alert

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2018

Julian Assange challenges warrant for his arrest as doctors confirm worsening of his health

By Margot Miller, 27 January 2018

Freedom for Julian Assange!

History

Fifty years since the Tet Offensive

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The military assault marked a turning point in the Vietnam War, demonstrating the enduring power of the popular revolutionary struggle and crippling the Johnson administration.

Arts Review

Netflix: The Crown Season Two—Apologetics for the monarchy as sun sets on British Empire

By Paul Mitchell, 30 January 2018

Actress Dorothy Malone (1924-2018)

By Hiram Lee, 29 January 2018

70 years since the release of John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

By Joanne Laurier, 26 January 2018

B. Traven, the author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

By David Walsh, 26 January 2018

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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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2018

“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

25 years ago: Clinton targets welfare, Social Security for cutbacks

The US president made clear this week in 1993 that he would dismantle the system of aid to the poor known as “welfare.”

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50 years ago: Tet Offensive stuns Johnson administration

On January 31, 1968, fighters of the National Liberation Front launched a coordinated series of attacks across South Vietnam on the date of the Lunar New Year, Tet.

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75 years ago: Last Germans surrender at Stalingrad

On February 2, 1943, the last pocket of the German Sixth Army holed up in Stalingrad finally surrendered to the Soviet Red Army after bitter resistance.

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100 years ago: Unionists oppose compromise on Irish “Home Rule”

On February 2, 1918, Sir Edward Carson, Conservative Party politician, promised a renewed fight against Irish “Home Rule” in a speech in Belfast.

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP forum rallies opposition against racist “African gangs” campaign in Australia

By our reporters, 26 January 2018

The lively meeting in Melbourne was attended by workers and young people of African origin.

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.

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

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