US Congress begins debate on milestone anti-immigrant legislation

By Eric London, 13 February 2018

Immigrants could wish for no worse group of people to determine their fates than a Congress controlled by the corporations and the military-intelligence agencies.

ICE arrests immigrant at asylum interview in San Francisco

By our reporter, 13 February 2018

The unprecedented arrest of Omer Abdelmaed, who escaped torture in Sudan, is a dangerous sign that immigration police are operating as an extra-legal force.

The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

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Texas woman, 38, falls victim to US flu epidemic and exorbitant drug costs

By Kate Randall, 13 February 2018

Heather Holland’s death casts a grim light on the deplorable state of the US health care system and the government’s lack of preparedness and funding in the face of this season’s deadly flu epidemic.

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

Trump war budget calls for sweeping cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2018

The White House urged congressional Republicans to proceed with the military spending proposed in a bipartisan budget deal last week, but renege on promises to increase spending on domestic social programs.

Democrats and Republicans pass budget to prepare US for war

German government plans massive military expansion in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.

Britain warned Sweden not to drop Assange extradition proceedings

By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2018

The UK remains determined to arrest journalist Julian Assange, who is trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in relation to trumped-up “sexual assault” charges.

Julian Assange loses initial bid to overturn British arrest warrant

French president Macron prepares to privatize railways

By Anthony Torres, 13 February 2018

After announcing the end of lifetime employment guarantees for public sector employees, French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to do the same with rail workers.

Russia’s presidential elections: What is behind Ksenia Sobchak’s candidacy?

By Clara Weiss, 13 February 2018

Sobchak’s candidacy signals an attempt by sections of the Kremlin to find channels for a rapprochement with US imperialism, and to close ranks within the ruling class.

Kentucky residents face water shutoffs as UK study exposes health dangers from leaking pipes

By Warren Duzak, 13 February 2018

After losing service due to collapsing infrastructure, Martin County residents now face shutoffs and a 50 percent rate hike for contaminated water.

“The water is milky white and smells like bleach”
Kentucky residents told it may take a decade to get clean, safe water

“The state trooper choked me because I was telling the truth”
Former coal miner in Eastern Kentucky speaks about police assault at public meeting

Puerto Rico blackout exposes the precarious state of the island’s electrical grid

By Matthew Taylor, 13 February 2018

An explosion ripped through the Monacillo power plant outside of San Juan Sunday night, leaving 175,000 residents without power for several hours.

Plundering of Puerto Rico continues as governor attacks public education

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Kimberly-Clark to lay off over 600 workers and close two plants in Wisconsin

By Christopher Davion, 13 February 2018

The announcement of the plan to close two plants in northeastern Wisconsin is part of an international restructuring which involves laying off as many as 5,500.

Australian Labor Party president warns of collapsing membership

By Mike Head, 13 February 2018

Mark Butler’s remarks point to a growing fear of the deepening hostility in the working class toward the Labor Party and the trade unions.

Australia: Union confirms sell-out agreement in NSW rail dispute includes job cuts

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at “African gangs” rally

By our reporters, 13 February 2018

The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.

Australian government used ASIO to stop refugees obtaining visas

New in Italian

La furia razzista nella campagna elettorale italiana

Marc Wells e Marianne Arens, 13 febbraio 2018

Quattro settimane prima delle elezioni in Italia, un bagno di sangue ha scosso la città di Macerata quando un razzista ha aperto il fuoco su sei giovani.

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Les médias français approuvent le projet de Grande coalition en Allemagne

Alex Lantier, 13 février 2018

L’accord de la Grande coalition et le nouvel axe Berlin-Paris sont tous deux basés sur le programme le plus à droite depuis la fin de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

New in Norwegian

Den franske presidenten Macron foreslår 35 prosent økning av militærutgiftene

Alex Lantier, 13 February 2018

Styringselitene over hele Europa er fast bestemt på å få arbeiderklassen til å betale for et massivt militært gjenopprustningsprogram.

Falcon Heavy utskytingen markerer nytt stadium i privatiseringen – og perversjonen – av romforskning

Don Barrett und Patrick Martin, 13 February 2018

Den nye raketten har to formål, ingen av dem knyttet til vitenskaplige fremskritt: økning av rikdommen til milliardæren Elon Musk, og utvidelse av Pentagons militærarsenal.

Trumps parade og faren for militærdiktatur

Bill Van Auken, 13 February 2018

Den amerikanske presidentens forslag om å rulle tanks ned Pennsylvania Avenue er ikke bare et personlig påfunn. Det er forbundet med dype endringer i det amerikanske samfunnet og det kapitalistiske statsapparatet.

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Estados Unidos expandirá despliegues en torno a elevado peligro de guerra en Asia

Por James Cogan, 13 febrero 2018

Estados Unidos se está preparando para un “conflicto entre potencias” en el Pacífico por medio de una mayor presencia militar en la región.

Ataque israelí contra Siria recrudece el peligro de una guerra más extensa en Oriente Próximo

Por Chris Marsden, 13 febrero 2018

Israel atacó 12 de los principales puntos de defensa aérea del país, que las Fuerzas de Defensa de Israel calificó como “blancos iraníes”.

La prensa francesa respalda el plan del nuevo Gobierno antiobrero de la gran coalición en Alemania

Por Alex Lantier, 13 febrero 2018

Ambos, el acuerdo de la gran coalición y el axis Berlín-París, están arraigados en el programa más derechista desde que gobernaban partidos fascistas en Europa.

La muy real pesadilla para los inmigrantes en todo los Estados Unidos en 2018

Por Eric London, 13 febrero 2018

En las últimas semanas los agentes de inmigración y la policía han librado una guerra en los barrios de clase trabajadora en todo Estados Unidos, despojando a los inmigrantes de sus familias y amigos.

El presidente francés Macron propone un incremento en el gasto militar de 35 por ciento

Por Alex Lantier, 13 febrero 2018

Las élites gobernantes por toda Europa están determinados a hacer la clase trabajadora pagar por un programa masivo de rearmamento militar.

El saqueo de Puerto Rico continúa mientras el gobernador ataca la educación pública

Por Genevieve Leigh, 13 febrero 2018

El gobernador Rosselló anuncio su intención de privatizar el sistema de educación pública una semana y media después de anunciar que venderá la red eléctrica.

New in German

USA verstärken angesichts wachsender Kriegsgefahr in Asien ihre Militärpräsenz

James Cogan, 13. Februar 2018

Die USA bereiten sich mit einer massiven Verstärkung ihrer Militärpräsenz auf „Großmachtkonflikte“ im Pazifik vor.

GroKo plant massive militärische Aufrüstung

Peter Schwarz, 13. Februar 2018

Ein Beitrag der Zeitschrift IP der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP) bietet einen Einblick in die außenpolitischen Debatten, die hinter den Kulissen geführt werden.

Israelischer Angriff auf Syrien erhöht Gefahr eines umfassenden Krieges im Nahen Osten

Chris Marsden, 13. Februar 2018

Israel hat zwölf der wichtigsten Flugabwehrstellungen Syriens angegriffen, die die israelischen Verteidigungsstreitkräfte (IDF) als „iranische Ziele“ bezeichnen.

Öffentlicher Dienst: Gewerkschaften stellen Tarifforderungen vor

Dietmar Henning, 13. Februar 2018

Verdi und die anderen beteiligten Gewerkschaften fürchten, dass die angestaute Wut über sinkende Löhne, wachsenden Arbeitsstress und Sozialabbau zu einem Flächenstreik führt, der die Neuauflage der Großen Koalition gefährdet.

Viele Familien in Deutschland ärmer als bislang bekannt

Juliet Hermien, 13. Februar 2018

Laut einer Studie der Bertelsmann Stiftung ist die Einkommenssituation vieler Familien in Deutschland wesentlich schlechter als bislang angenommen.

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Perspective

2018 Winter Olympics held in Korea under shadow of war

13 February 2018

This Olympics, like those that have preceded it, has been dominated by extreme expressions of nationalism and chauvinism, particularly by the US.

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Arts Review

Public outcry forces Manchester Art Gallery to restore censored painting
John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) taken down for a week

By Dennis Moore, 13 February 2018

The removal of Hylas and the Nymphs was never about a “conversation,” as gallery official claimed, it was an open act of censorship. Hundreds of visitors left notes expressing concern. The gallery’s website registered 1,000 comments.

Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy: The tragic fate of a significant American film

By Zac Corrigan, 12 February 2018

New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof promotes #MeToo witch-hunt of Woody Allen

The suicide of Jill Messick: #MeToo campaign claims a victim

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”

Featured Interview

The unquiet death of a young Ford worker
The parents of Jacoby Hennings demand to know why their son died

By Jerry White, 12 February 2018

Nearly four months later, the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the 21-year-old temporary part-time worker remain unexplained.

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.

Commentary

US to expand military deployments as war danger builds in Asia

By James Cogan, 12 February 2018

Censorship, witch hunts and dirty money at the New York Times

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018

Germany: The resignation of Martin Schulz

By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2018

New NATO headquarters planned in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

YouTube censors video opposing far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018

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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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: the Americas

13 February 2018

Union cancels walkout by St. Paul, Minnesota teachersThe United States

West Virginia teachers authorize statewide strike

By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2018

West Virginia teacher speaks on social conditions, issues in strike vote

Three thousand Pittsburgh schoolworkers vote on strike

Quebec: Steelworkers union maneuvering to impose concessions on locked-out aluminum workers

25 years ago: Haiti ferry sinking kills hundreds

On February 17, 1993, an overcrowded ferry travelling from the provincial city of Jérémie to Port-au-Prince capsized and sank off of Haiti’s southern peninsula, killing many hundreds of passengers.

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50 years ago: Tet Offensive provokes crisis in Johnson administration

On February 12, 1968, in the wake of the Tet offensive, President Lyndon Johnson held private meetings with his top generals to discuss US strategy in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Goebbels announces Nazi program of “total war”

On February 18, 1943, Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s Reich Minister of Propaganda, announced a policy of “total war” in a speech at Berlin Sportpalast.

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100 years ago: Wilson accuses shipyard strikers of “giving aid and comfort to the enemy”

In a February 17, 1918 telegram sent to William L. Hutcheson, general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson rejected the union leader’s request for a meeting to resolve labor unrest on East Coast docks.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants

By Anthony del Olmo, 9 February 2018

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan local elections: SEP holds public meetings in island’s north

By our correspondent, 9 February 2018

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

Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

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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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