Tens of thousands of German industrial workers on strike

By our reporters, 1 February 2018

Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.

Hundreds of thousands of industrial workers strike in Germany

Workers demand nullification of contracts
Anger mounts as UAW VP for Fiat Chrysler is implicated in corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2018

Former Fiat Chrysler chief negotiator Iacobelli named Jewell’s charity as the recipient of “prohibited payments” siphoned through the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.

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

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

The UAW corruption scandal: The case for workers’ committees

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One hundred years since the 1918 flu pandemic
America is unprepared for the next deadly influenza outbreak

By Kate Randall and Tom Hall, 1 February 2018

The deadliest flu season in years has demonstrated the complete inability of American capitalism to deal with a public health crisis on the scale of the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Funerals begin for five Oklahoma workers killed in gas well explosion

By Trévon Austin, 1 February 2018

The rig explosion was the deadliest in the oil and gas industry since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

Unifor disaffiliates from Canadian Labour Congress in spat over “raiding”

By Carl Bronski, 1 February 2018

None of the rival rightwing factions involved in the current inter-union squabble over union dues represents the interests of the working class.

CIA director brands China “as big a threat to the US” as Russia

By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2018

Pompeo’s warning signals the ramping up of a campaign on alleged Chinese interference in the US as Washington increases its trade war measures and military build-up against Beijing.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills
Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.

Australian Labor leader sounds alarm about popular hostility to political establishment

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”

Growing opposition to Israeli government’s plans to deport African refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 1 February 2018

Israel has a less than one percent success rate for asylum seekers, far below that of European Union countries.

UK: Conservative government backs efforts to overturn parole of rapist John Worboys

By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2018

The moves to challenge the Parole Board’s January 4 decision have implications for legal norms and due process.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales marks 12 years in power amid mounting social struggles

By Tomas Rodriguez, 1 February 2018

The stunning rise in profits generated by the financial sector under the Morales government stands in stark contrast to the conditions confronting the masses of Bolivians.

New in Turkish

Alman sanayi işçileri büyük grevlere girişmeye hazır

Dietmar Henning, 1 Şubat 2018

Almanya’nın en önemli sanayi işkolu olan metal ve elektronik sektörü, grev eylemlerinin büyük çaplı genişlemesinin eşiğinde.

Göçmenleri savunmak için sosyalist bir strateji gerekiyor!

Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler, 1 Şubat 2018

Tüm işçilere, seçtikleri ülkede, sınır dışı edilme ya da baskı korkusu olmaksızın çalışma ve seyahat hakkını kapsayan tam yurttaşlık hakkıyla yaşama hakkı.

New in Spanish

Cientos de miles de obreros industriales en paro en Alemania

Por Peter Schwarz, 1 febrero 2018

La mayor ola de huelgas del país en 15 años se suma a las señales internacionales de que el 2018 será testigo de una intensificación de la lucha de clases.

El discurso del estado de la Unión de Trump: un espectáculo de reacción y militarismo

Por Patrick Martin, 1 febrero 2018

El repugnante carácter del discurso, la cobertura mediática y la ceremonia en general evidencian la inexistencia de cualquier oposición dentro de la élite política a su agenda proempresarial.

Conflictos sobre el nivel del dólar se profundizan entre EE.UU. y Europa

Por Nick Beams, 1 febrero 2018

Las declaraciones del secretario del Tesoro de Estados Unidos Steven Mnuchin sobre las ventajas de un dólar más bajo generaron una fuerte respuesta del presidente del Banco Central Europeo, Mario Draghi.

En cartas al congreso, las compañías de las redes sociales detallan sus planes de censura masiva

Por Will Morrow, 1 febrero 2018

Los gigantes tecnológicos están contratando a más miles de revisores humanos y están desarrollando algoritmos de inteligencia artificial para monitorizar y censurar el discurso político en internet.

New in French

Des centaines de milliers de travailleurs en grève dans l’industrie allemande

Peter Schwarz, 1 février 2018

La plus grande vague de grèves en Allemagne depuis 15 ans est encore un signe que 2018 verra une intensification de la lutte des classes dans le monde.

Le discours de Trump sur l’état de l’Union : un spectacle de réaction et de militarisme

Patrick Martin, 1 février 2018

Le caractère infecte du discours, de la couverture médiatique, et de la cérémonie dans son ensemble témoigne de l’exclusion de toute opposition à l’ordre du jour des entreprises américaines au sein de l’establishment politique.

Tandis que Trump et les républicains s'efforcent de faire dérailler l'enquête sur l'ingérence russe, les démocrates se lancent à la défense du FBI

Barry Grey, 1 février 2018

Dans l'enquête de plus en plus amère sur l'ingérence russe, les démocrates assument le rôle de défenseurs patriotiques des services de renseignement et de police.

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 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

Trump’s State of Delusion

1 February 2018

The degeneration of the State of the Union as an institution is connected to the mounting crisis of American capitalism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured 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.

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

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

29 January 2018

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

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

New York Times cashes in on Facebook’s news censorship

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Commentary

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg endorses #MeToo

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018

As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.

US media glorifies small protests by right-wing Putin opponent Alexei Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 1 February 2018

Though tens of thousands protested last year against social inequality and corruption, Navalny has been unable to tap into the massive social discontent, largely due to his fascistic politics.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2018

The media’s guilty silence on Hawaii nuclear war alert

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

By Thomas Scripps, 31 January 2018

The Economist: Humanity teeters on the brink of world war

Trump unveils sweeping attack on immigrants in reform proposal

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

2018 begins with US police reign of terror

Arts Review

Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt

By Fred Mazelis, 1 February 2018

The 1941 case, in which a black man was acquitted of rape charges, poses awkward questions for those who dismiss due process in their campaign against sexual harassment, both real and alleged.

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

History

Fifty years since the Tet Offensive

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

Featured Video

Will ICE raid this Detroit Church?

Ded Rranxburgaj has lived in the US for 17 years, and is the sole caregiver for his disabled wife, Flora. Wanted by ICE, they're seeking refuge in a church in downtown Detroit.

Detroit protest against planned deportation of Albanian immigrant

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

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

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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