Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2018

The Democratic Party is siding with the intelligence agencies against Trump in a conflict pitting two reactionary and criminal sections of the ruling class against each other.

German industrial workers shut down auto sector as strikes spread

By our reporters, 2 February 2018

Workers in the automotive and electrical industries are striking for a third consecutive day for higher wages and the voluntary reduction of the workweek.

Tens of thousands of German industrial workers on strike

Workers discuss UAW corruption scandal at WSWS Autoworker Newsletter call-in meeting

By our reporters, 2 February 2018

Autoworkers discussed the significance of the scandal and the Autoworker Newsletter’s call for the formation of rank-and-file committees, independent of the United Auto Workers union.

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

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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Washington prepares new escalation as Afghanistan unravels

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2018

The inability of Afghan security forces and their US “advisers” to secure even the most heavily guarded zones of Kabul has been underscored in a series of spectacular attacks.

Russian-backed Syrian peace talks reach deal on constitution as US discusses escalating conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2018

A day after the conclusion of the talks, the Trump administration raised new and unsubstantiated claims that the Assad regime is developing chemical weapons.

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

Signs of turbulence in stock markets

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2018

The major concern in financial markets is that a rise in bond yields could see an end to the rise in stock prices and even set off a major downturn.

Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

By Daniel de Vries, 2 February 2018

Even as a humanitarian crisis continues to ravage the United States’ largest territory, officials are plotting the privatization of the public electric utility.

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

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US Border Patrol vilify DACA recipients, linking them to human smuggling

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018

The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.

Trump unveils sweeping attack on immigrants in reform proposal

Amidst cuts to special education and school closure protests
Chicago Public Schools appoints new CEO

By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 2 February 2018

After the resignation of the previous school chief, Chicago Public Schools officials have appointed a new CEO groomed by the political establishment to ramp up the attack on education.

European Union skeptic wins Czech presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2018

Acting Czech President Milos Zeman narrowly won the second round of the presidential election last Friday and Saturday.

As May faces leadership challenge, Corbyn and Labour make Brexit pitch to employers’ groups

By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met privately with the leaders of the major employers’ organisations, including the Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Business to discuss Brexit.

Demands for US intervention against “Russian meddling” in Mexico’s presidential election

By Alex González, 2 February 2018

Russia is accused of using social media to help “left” presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Social cleansing in Haringey: Labour right reject Corbyn’s pleas for “unity”

By Julie Hyland, 2 February 2018

Haringey’s Labour-run council is mounting one of the largest privatisation and social cleansing operations in London

Australian cabinet files affair used to ramp-up “security” and US intelligence ties

By Mike Head, 2 February 2018

The ABC’s supposedly “alarming” discovery of the documents is being exploited to support sweeping new “foreign interference” bills.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills
Part 3: Far-reaching measures against political dissent

By Mike Head, 2 February 2018

Old “treasonous” offences are being “modernised” for a new period of war and political convulsions.

Australia: Government-union “negotiations” stall in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 February 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said it will enforce a court ban on any industrial action, while seeking a sell-out deal with the state government.

New in Russian

Польское правительство пытается криминализовать упоминания о преступлениях поляков в период Холокоста

Клара Вайс, 2 февраля 2018 г.

Этот далеко идущий удар по свободе слова является очередным шагом в систематических действиях правой правящей партии «Право и справедливость» по усилению фашистских сил в стране и, в соответствии с этой целью, фальсификации истории Польши.

75 лет назад: Последние солдаты Вермахта сдаются в Сталинграде

2 февраля 2018 г.

2 февраля 1943 года после ожесточенного сопротивления последняя группировка Шестой немецкой армии, заблокированной в Сталинграде, окончательно капитулировала перед советской Красной армией.

New in French

Des dizaines de milliers de travailleurs font grève en Allemagne

nos correspondants, 2 février 2018

Environ 500.000 travailleurs participent aux grèves de 24 heures dans l’industrie automobile et électrique, les plus importantes en 15 ans.

L'état d'illusion de Trump

Barry Grey, 2 février 2018

La dégénérescence de l'état de l'Union en tant qu'institution est liée à l'intensification de la crise du capitalisme américain.

«Notre métier se résume à un abattage»
Les aide-soignants des Ehpad se mobilisent pour défendre les personnes âgées et les conditions de travail

Anthony Torres, 2 février 2018

Mardi, une grève inédite des aide-soignants des établissements d’hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes (Ehpad) a été suivie largement.

Cent cinquante personnes à l’université d’Humboldt participent à une activité de l’EJIES sur le bicentenaire de Karl Max

les Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale, 2 février 2018

Environ 150 étudiants ont assisté à une réunion des Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale à l’université d’Humboldt à Berlin, en appui à la campagne de l’EJIES pour les élections au parlement étudiant.

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 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 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

From Facebook to Policebook

2 February 2018

Facebook is being transformed into an instrument of censorship and surveillance, monitoring the actions and thoughts of its users.

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

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

29 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

More on censorship » »

Arts Review

Jeff Daniels’ Flint: A drama about the former industrial city
Is it “all about the money” or all about race?

By David Walsh, 2 February 2018

Jeff Daniels’ drama is currently being performed at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, some 60 miles west of Detroit. The play will run until March 10.

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

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

By Paul Mitchell, 30 January 2018

Commentary

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg endorses #MeToo

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018

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

By David Walsh, 31 January 2018

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

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

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

The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle

3 January 2018

Final reflections on the centennial year of the October Revolution

By David North, 30 December 2017

Workers Struggles

Turkish employers grant pay raises in hopes of appeasing metalworkers

By Halil Celik, 2 February 2018

With social tensions growing along with opposition to the Turkish invasion of Syria, the employers association granted a 24.6 percent wage increase to 130,000 metalworkers.

Seattle schoolbus drivers walk out in indefinite strike

By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018

After a one-day strike in November failed to yield an improved contract offer, schoolbus drivers walked off the job Thursday in what is being billed as an indefinite strike.

“Our job is like working in a slaughterhouse”
French retirement home workers strike to defend elderly, working conditions

By Anthony Torres, 2 February 2018

In an unprecedented event on Tuesday, workers at retirement homes (Ehpad) across France overwhelmingly followed calls for strike action.

Finnish workers strike to oppose government attacks on unemployed
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

2 February 2018

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

Science

“Big Sugar” and metabolic syndrome, killers of millions annually worldwide

By Gary Joad, 2 February 2018

Mass consumption of excessive quantities of sugar plays a major rolein adolescent and adult diabetes, heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cancer, a fact that has long been suppressed by the industry and federal agencies.

History

Fifty years since the Tet Offensive

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

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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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