IG Metall union shuts down strike by hundreds of thousands in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2018

The suppression of the strike paves the way for the formation of a grand coalition government that will slash workers’ wages and benefits to pay for military rearmament.

Half a million metalworkers participate in strikes in Germany

Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches

By Eric London, 7 February 2018

The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.

Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill

ICE agents arrest Kansas chemistry professor who was taking his daughter to school

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 February 2018

The scope of the administration’s brutal immigration policies continues to widen as stay orders become increasingly out of reach for blue and white collar workers.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

Julian Assange loses initial bid to overturn British arrest warrant

By Mike Head, 7 February 2018

Even if the judge withdraws the warrant next week, Assange still faces extradition to the US to be tried on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war

Political crisis erupts in the Maldives

By Rohantha De Silva, 7 February 2018

After the Maldives president imposed a state of emergency, the opposition leader called for an Indian intervention into the small Indian Ocean state.

Polish president signs bill censoring free speech about the Holocaust

By Clara Weiss, 7 February 2018

The action will have a “chilling effect” on all forms of political speech and scientific research opposed by the ultra-right Polish authorities.

Nothing learned from Auschwitz

Polish government seeks to criminalize mention of Polish crimes during the Holocaust

UK: Convicted fascist Finsbury Park attacker planned to kill Jeremy Corbyn

By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2018

Osborne’s radicalisation ended with him establishing connections to fascist groups, but it was prepared by a more general climate of political reaction.

US Secretary of State Tillerson threatens oil sanctions against Venezuela

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2018

On his tour of Latin America, Tillerson escalated US threats against Venezuela as part of a broader campaign to undermine Russian and Chinese interests in the region.

Police step up harassment of Los Angeles homeless

By Adam Mclean, 7 February 2018

The harassment of the homeless is connected to efforts to gentrify downtown Los Angeles, which is near Skid Row, the largest concentration of homeless people in California.

CNN suppressed leaked DHS report on Super Bowl LII security operation

By Matthew Taylor, 7 February 2018

CNN’s decision to withhold their report until after the Super Bowl illustrates the media’s role as collaborators with, and mouthpieces of, the military intelligence apparatus.

New in French

Plongeon des marchés mondiaux alors que le Dow enregistre sa plus grand chute en un jour

Nick Beams, 7 février 2018

L’une des caractéristiques les plus remarquables du déclin d’hier a été sa vitesse : le Dow a plongé de 900 points en seulement 11 minutes dans une avalanche de ventes.

Trump envisage une frappe du « nez ensanglanté » contre la Corée du Nord

Peter Symonds, 7 février 2018

Une agression américaine contre la Corée du Nord provoquerait presque certainement une riposte menant à une escalade du conflit qui entraînerait d’autres puissances nucléaires telles la russie et la Chine.

Pourquoi Mélenchon veut-il expulser Syriza du Parti de la gauche européenne?

Alexandre Lantier, 7 février 2018

Mélenchon veut défendre la politique antiouvrière des partis membres du PGE face à la colère et la radicalisation croissantes de la classe ouvrière à travers toute l'Europe.

Une grande coalition allemande pour l’austérité et la guerre

Johannes Stern, 7 février 2018

Dans la derniére phase des négociations pour la coalition, le leader du SPD Martin Schulz a annoncé un accord entre son parti et la CDU/CSU conservatrice sur la politique européenne.

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Trump erwägt einen harten, begrenzten Schlag gegen Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 7. Februar 2018

Ein US-Angriff auf Nordkorea würde zweifellos einen Vergeltungsschlag auslösen und zu einem ausufernden Konflikt führen, der Atommächte wie Russland und China mit hineinzieht.

IG Metall würgt Streik in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie ab

Christoph Vandreier, 7. Februar 2018

Obwohl die Auftragsbücher voll sind und die großen Konzerne der Branche Rekordprofite einfahren, hat die IG Metall die Kürzung der Reallöhne fortgeschrieben und die Arbeitszeit erhöht.

Französische Arbeiter unterstützen Streiks in Deutschland

V. Gnana und Alex Lantier, 7. Februar 2018

„Wenn wir sie heute bei ihrem Kampf unterstützen, werden sie morgen für uns das gleiche tun“, sagte ein Arbeiter in Paris, der mehrere Jobs braucht, um leben zu können.

Globale Aktienmärkte stürzen ab, Dow Jones verzeichnet größten Tagesverlust

Nick Beams, 7. Februar 2018

Eine Welle von Abverkäufen trieb den Dow Jones am Montag in nur elf Minuten um 900 Punkte nach unten.

Thyssenkrupp Stahl: IG Metall setzt Tarifvertrag durch

Dietmar Henning, 7. Februar 2018

Mit einer intensiven Propagandakampagne und massivem Druck auf die Belegschaft hat die IG Metall den Weg für die Fusion des Thyssenkrupp-Stahlgeschäfts mit Tata Steel Europe freigemacht.

Youtube zensiert Anti-AfD-Video

Johannes Stern, 7. Februar 2018

Am vergangenen Donnerstag sperrte YouTube für mehrere Stunden ein Anti-AfD-Video des linken und sozialistischen Kanals „Analyse der Politik“.

Rassistischer Amoklauf im italienischen Wahlkampf

Marc Wells und Marianne Arens, 7. Februar 2018

Vier Wochen vor den italienischen Wahlen wurden in der Kleinstadt Macerata sechs junge Menschen von den Schüssen eines rassistischen Amokläufers getroffen.

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Trump considera ataque para dejarle la “nariz ensangrentada” a Corea del Norte

Por Peter Symonds, 7 febrero 2018

La agresión estadounidense contra Corea del Norte sin duda provocaría medidas de represalia y conduciría a una escalada del conflicto que podría involucrar a otras potencias nucleares como Rusia y China.

El presidente francés Macron pondrá fin a las garantías de trabajo fijo para los trabajadores del sector público

Por Francis Dubois, 7 febrero 2018

El gobierno de Macron persigue abandonar los derechos de los trabajadores del sector público en medio de huelgas crecientes y protestas sociales en toda Europa.

Regresa “la hora de los sinvergüenzas”: el neopuritanismo de #MeToo y de sus antecesores

Por David Walsh, 7 febrero 2018

La caza de brujas en EUA, contra pecados sexuales, continúa y representa un peligro para los derechos democráticos y la libertad de expresión.

Los trabajadores demandan la anulación de los contratos
Aumenta la ira porque el vicepresidente UAW de Fiat Chrysler está implicado en escándalo de corrupción

Por Shannon Jones, 7 febrero 2018

El ex negociador en jefe de Fiat Chrysler, Iacobelli, nombró a la organización benéfica de Norwood Jewell como receptora de "pagos prohibidos" transferidos a través del Centro Nacional de Capacitación UAW-Chrysler.

ICE conduce 77 redadas en el lugar del trabajo en el norte de California

Por Evan Blake, 7 febrero 2018

La gran escala de las incursiones en el lugar de trabajo podría indicar el inicio de una represión que amenaza el arresto y deportación de al menos 1.500 inmigrantes en la región.

“El uno por ciento de aumento es una bofetada”
Tras jornada de huelga, los maestros de West Virginia se enfrentan a una batalla para defender sus salarios y beneficios de salud

Por Phyllis Steele y Jerry White, 7 febrero 2018

Los empleados públicos y los profesores están luchando contra ambos partidos proempresariales que han limpiado a la educación pública de recursos por décadas.

Reporte pos-Grenfell confirma infracciones corporativas sistémicas de normas de sanidad y seguridad

Por Trevor Johnson, 7 febrero 2018

LHasta las cuestiones esenciales de seguridad como la prevención de incendios son consideradas una imposición excesiva para los arrendadores en el reporte Hackitt, incluyendo la colocación de sistemas de aspersores en torres de apartamentos.

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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 Norwegian

Arbeiderklassen og den kapitalistiske økonomien

Nick Beams, 5 February 2018

Fredagens fall på verdens aksjemarkeder som respons på en liten oppgang i amerikanske lønninger demonstrerer relevansen av Marx sin arbeidsverditeori, som forklarer den kapitalistiske økonomiens indre sammenhenger.

Fra Facebook til Policebook

Andre Damon, 2 February 2018

Facebook blir forvandlet til et instrument for sensur og overvåking, som kartlegger brukernes handlinger og tanker.

«Skurke-tid» igjen: de ny-puritanske #MeToo-sensorene og deres forgjengere

David Walsh, 31 January 2018

Heksejakten om seksuelle overgrep i USA fortsetter, med farlige implikasjoner for demokratiske rettigheter og fri tale.

New in Arabic

تأملات ختامية حول الذكرة المئوية لثورة أكتوبر

دافيد نورث, ٢٩ كانون الأول ديسمبر ٢٠١٧

في مطلع هذا العام الذي قارب الآن على الانقضاء كتب موقع الاشتراكية العالمي :" ثمة شبح يطارد عالم الرأسمالية، إنه شبح الثورة الروسية".

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Perspective

UAW contracts must be declared null and void

7 February 2018

The corruption revealed in the unfolding scandal is not an aberration, but expresses the very essence of the UAW.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Interview

An interview with David North
Socialism or Barbarism: Reflections on Global Disorder

6 February 2018

In October 2017, David North delivered a lecture on the centenary of the October Revolution at St. Andrews College in Scotland. Prior to the lecture, he was interviewed by Adam Stromme, the editor in chief of the St Andrews Economist, the official publication of the St Andrews Economics Society.

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”

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

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Commentary

Australia: Why the RBTU is muzzling railworkers

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 February 2018

Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike

Global markets plunge as Dow records biggest ever one-day point fall

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

The working class and the capitalist economy

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

US flu epidemic rages on, with more deaths and record hospitalizations

By Kate Randall, 6 February 2018

Post-Grenfell Tower fire report confirms systemic corporate flouting of health and safety standards

By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2018

UK: Justice4Grenfell meeting endorses May government’s inquiry

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2018

Germany’s Grand Coalition for austerity and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

IMF chief Christine Lagarde gives #MeToo the banks’ seal of approval

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2018

Workers Struggles

“They chew you up and spit you out”
Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption

By our reporters, 6 February 2018

Evidence that Norwood Jewell was bribed to sign 2015 UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

The UAW corruption scandal: The case for workers’ committees

More on autoworkers' struggles »

“The 1 percent raise is a slap in the face.”
After one-day strike, West Virginia teachers face battle over wages and medical benefits

By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 6 February 2018

Arts Review

Colors: Beck’s foray into mainstream pop

By Jay James, 5 February 2018

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

Obituary

Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry dies at 68

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2018

Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded Consortiumnews.com after confronting the corporate media’s impediments to serious investigative journalism.

NHS Fightback

As thousands demonstrate in London in defence of health care
UK unions and Labour suppress struggle to defend National Health Service

By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2018

London protesters speak out in defence of the National Health Service
“The Conservatives don’t care how many people die so long as they line their pockets”

By our reporters, 5 February 2018

The human cost of the destruction of the National Health Service

SEP NHS FightBack »

25 years ago: Clinton moves to scuttle peace effort in Bosnia

In a bid to create conditions for US military intervention in the Balkans, the Clinton administration this week announced its opposition to a Bosnia peace plan put forward by the UN and the European Community.

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50 years ago: US, South Korean troops massacre Vietnamese villagers

In the midst of the Tet Offensive, US and South Korean soldiers, acting on explicit orders from US commanders, carried out massacres in several south Vietnamese villages.

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75 years ago: Soviet victories over German armies worry imperialism

On February 8, 1943, the Soviet Red Army captured Kursk—the first of a string of battles over a 10-day period that threw Hitler’s armies back to the west.

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100 years ago: Trotsky declares: “No War, No Peace” at Brest-Litovsk

On February 10, 1918, Leon Trotsky, the head of the Bolshevik delegation at the Brest-Litovsk peace talks with the Central Powers declared that the Soviet delegation considered the war to be over, but that it found the German-Austrian “peace” terms unacceptable.

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Puerto Rico

On-the-spot interviews: How many Puerto Ricans will die due to criminal government indifference?

Four months after Maria, millions are without power, water, health care, and the basic necessities of life in this US colony.

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Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

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Science

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

By Gary Joad, 2 February 2018

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

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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