German parties reach agreement on grand coalition for war and austerity

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2018

A new grand coalition between the Social Democrats and conservative parties will launch a massive military build-up, initiate a new round of austerity and carry out police-state measures.

Germany’s Grand Coalition for austerity and war

Hundreds of thousands of industrial workers strike in Germany

US Senate Democrats agree to massive boost in military spending

By Josh Varlin, 8 February 2018

The bipartisan budget plan demonstrates that both big business parties agree on military escalation and further attacks on immigrants' rights.

US vice president foreshadows “toughest” sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2018

Pence’s aggressive remarks cut across any attempt by the South Korean president to use the Winter Olympics to create an opening for negotiations with North Korea.

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

Earthquake hits Taiwan, killing eight people and injuring hundreds

By Eric Ludlow, 8 February 2018

Scores of people remain trapped in damaged buildings in Hualien, not far from the earthquake’s epicentre.

New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages

By Sandy English, 8 February 2018

Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.

Former TPT workers at Jeep seek to reopen lawsuit against UAW, Fiat Chrysler

By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2018

The workers say revelations of management payoffs to UAW officials require the courts to reexamine their lawsuit.

Notes from Puerto Rico
Thousands of workers in Puerto Rico continue to live without running water

By Antonio Castro, 8 February 2018

This is the second in a series of updates from a local Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.

UK High Court rejects Lauri Love’s extradition to US

By Margot Miller, 8 February 2018

The High Court judges agreed with Love’s legal team that, on medical grounds, he should be tried in the UK, not the US.

Belgium: terror trial begins of Saleh Abdeslam, “Europe’s most wanted man”

By Anthony Torres, 8 February 2018

The trial of the sole survivor of the team that carried out the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, Saleh Abdeslam, opened Monday in Belgium.

Spain to double its military spending

By Alejandro López, 8 February 2018

The Spanish government is attempting to straddle the contradictions of supporting both the German-led PESCO and US-led NATO.

Australia: Union pushes sell-out deal in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018

The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.

Australia: Why the RBTU is muzzling railworkers

Canada’s defence minister touts new offensive cyberwar powers

By Laurent Lafrance, 8 February 2018

CSE is to be empowered to launch offensive cyber attacks on foreign targets, including individuals, state organizations, and reputed terrorist groups deemed a threat to Canada’s “national security.”

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Facebook anuncia su medida más reciente en la campaña de censura, dar prioridad a las “noticias locales”

Por Will Morrow, 8 febrero 2018

El director ejecutivo Mark Zuckerberg dijo que la nueva medida ayudaría a “bajar la temperatura” en “temas nacionales divisorios”.

El sindicato IG Metall desconvoca la huelga de cientos de miles de trabajadores en Alemania

Por Cristoph Vandreier, 8 febrero 2018

La supresión de la huelga deja abierta la vía a la formación de un gobierno de gran coalición que recortará los salarios y las prestaciones de los trabajadores para costear el rearme militar.

La petición proimperialista de Chomsky

Por Nick Beams, 8 febrero 2018

En el momento exacto, como si estuviesen siguiendo un guion, las organizaciones e individuos pseudoizquierdistas han tomado la iniciativa de ofrecer justificaciones para nuevas operaciones estadounidenses en Oriente Próximo.

El Jefe de Gabinete de Trump se burla de los jóvenes inmigrantes como “miedosos” y “perezosos” mientras se acerca la fecha límite de DACA

Por Eric London, 8 febrero 2018

El ambiente en Washington antes del plazo para el presupuesto el jueves da una idea del marco derechista de cualquier acuerdo sobre inmigración al que lleguen demócratas y republicanos.

El secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos, Tillerson, amenaza con sanciones petroleras contra Venezuela

Por Andrea Lobo, 8 febrero 2018

En su gira por América Latina, Tillerson intensificó las amenazas estadounidenses contra Venezuela como parte de una campaña más amplia para socavar los intereses rusos y chinos en la región.

Evidencia de que Norwood Jewell fue sobornado para que firmara el acuerdo entre el UAW y Fiat Chrysler

Por Jerry White, 8 febrero 2018

Fiat Chrysler organizó una lujosa fiesta para Jewell, dos meses después de que la administración del UAW lo eligió para dirigir negociaciones con el automotriz.

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Tysklands storkoalisjon for innstramminger og krig

Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018

I sluttspurten av koalitionsforhandlingene annonserte SPD-leder Martin Schulz en avtale mellom sitt parti og de konservative CDU/CSU om Europa-politikk.

Ingenting lært av Auschwitz

Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018

Bare et kort blikk på politikerne samlet i det tyske parlamentet for å feire 73-årsjubiléet for frigjøringen av Auschwitz gjør det klart at den samme styringsklassen som gjorde Hitler til kansler for 85 år siden vender tilbake til sine beryktede tradisjoner.

Chomskys pro-imperialistiske Afrin-opprop

Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Som på suffli, som om det handles i henhold til et nøye utarbeidet manuskript, trer pseudo-venstre-organisasjoner og enkeltpersoner frem for å rettferdiggjøre nye amerikanske operasjoner i Midtøsten.

Et intervju med David North
Sosialisme eller barbari: Refleksjoner over global uorden

6 February 2018

I oktober 2017 holdt David North et foredrag om hundreårsmarkeringen av Oktoberrevolusjonen ved St. Andrews College i Skottland. Før foredraget ble han intervjuet av Adam Stromme, sjefredaktør for The St Andrews Economist, den offisielle publikasjonen til St Andrews Economics Society.

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Le syndicat IG Metall met fin à la grève de centaines de milliers de travailleurs en Allemagne

Christoph Vandreier, 8 février 2018

La fin de la grève ouvre la voie à la formation d’un gouvernement de Grande coalition qui réduira les salaires et les avantages sociaux des travailleurs pour financer le réarmement militaire.

Les accords collectifs de l’UAW doivent être déclarés nuls et non avenus

Jerry White, 8 février 2018

La corruption révélée dans le scandale en cours n’est pas une aberration, mais exprime l’essence même de l’UAW

Une nouvelle étape dans la campagne de censure de Facebook: la priorité aux «nouvelles locales»

Will Morrow, 8 février 2018

Le PDG Mark Zuckerberg a déclaré que cette nouvelle mesure aidera à «calmer les ardeurs autour des questions nationales les plus conflictuelles».

Chelsea Manning se présentera sous l’étiquette du Parti démocrate aux éléctions sénatoriales du Maryland

Nick Barrickman, 8 février 2018

Comme tant d’autres avant elle, Manning est engagée dans un effort malavisé et futile pour chercher des réformes à travers le système bipartite capitaliste américain.

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Nein zum Koalitionsvertrag!Für die Offenlegung aller geheimen Absprachen!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 9. Februar 2018

Die Arbeiterklasse hat ein Recht zu wissen, was die Große Koalition im Schilde führt. Die SGP fordert deshalb, dass alle Protokolle und Teilnehmerlisten der Koalitionsgespräche veröffentlicht werden.

Trumps Parade und die Gefahr einer Militärdiktatur

Bill Van Auken, 9. Februar 2018

Trumps Anweisung, Panzer auf der Pennsylvania Avenue auffahren zu lassen, ist nicht nur eine persönliche Laune. Sie steht im Zusammenhang mit tiefgreifenden Veränderungen in der amerikanischen Gesellschaft und dem kapitalistischen Staatsapparat.

Spanien verdoppelt seinen Militärhaushalt

Alejandro López, 9. Februar 2018

Spanien versucht den Spagat zwischen dem von Deutschland dominierten EU-Militärprojekt (PESCO) und der US-geführten Nato, indem es beide unterstützt.

Wut und Empörung über den Abschluss in der Metallindustrie

unseren Reportern, 9. Februar 2018

Nachdem IG Metall und Arbeitgeber in der Nacht zum Dienstag für den Pilotbezirk Baden-Württemberg Reallohnverluste und Mehrarbeit vereinbarten, wird der Abschluss in Betrieben im ganzen Land diskutiert.

Priorität für „lokale Nachrichten“: Facebooks neueste Zensurmaßnahme

Will Morrow, 9. Februar 2018

Laut Facebook-Chef Zuckerberg soll die Maßnahme dabei helfen, die Diskussion über „strittige nationale Fragen“ zu beruhigen.

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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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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 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

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

8 February 2018

The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

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

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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Arts Review

A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s
“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2018

It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.

Colors: Beck’s foray into mainstream pop

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

Commentary

Why does Mélenchon want to expel Syriza from the European Left Party?

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2018

Mélenchon wants to defend the anti-worker policies of European Left member parties in the face of rising social anger and working class militancy across Europe.

Haringey Council leader Claire Kober: The social cleansing agenda of a Blairite “martyr”

By Julie Hyland, 8 February 2018

Haringey Council leader Claire Kober has received the support of over 70 leaders of Labour councils nationally who are all enforcing Tory spending cuts.

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Nothing learned from Auschwitz

By Johannes Stern, 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

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

Workers Struggles

APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike

By Alex González, 8 February 2018

More than 4,000 autoworkers are fighting for a better salary and working conditions.

“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

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

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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