Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The deaths of Russian military contractors under the rain of bombs and missiles unleashed by the Pentagon has sharply escalated war tensions.

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

British judge refuses to overturn Julian Assange’s arrest warrant

By Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2018

Lawyers for Assange argued the warrant should be revoked because Sweden dropped its extradition warrant last year and that arresting him was no longer “proportionate” or “in the public interest.”

Britain warned Sweden not to drop Assange extradition proceedings

Corporate giant Unilever demands crackdown on oppositional Internet content

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2018

The Unilever statement marks an escalation in the campaign by the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, in alliance with corporate interests, to censor the Internet.

German grand coalition planning major military build-up

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2018

An article in IP magazine, published by the German Council for Foreign Relations, gives a glimpse of the foreign policy debates going on behind the scenes.

German government plans massive military expansion in Iraq

Germany: The resignation of Martin Schulz

Top US intelligence official declares “decision time” on North Korea coming closer

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2018

Amid speculation about talks between North and South Korea, the US Director of National Intelligence was skeptical that Pyongyang would negotiate away its nuclear weapons.

2018 Winter Olympics held in Korea under shadow of war

Trump nominates anti-China hawk as US ambassador to Australia

By James Cogan, 14 February 2018

The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.

One dead as fires strike homeless encampments in Oakland, California

By Guillaume Garnier and David Brown, 14 February 2018

A fire that burned down the tents of roughly 20 people in a semi-official encampment was followed by a blaze in a separate camp that killed one man.

“We want to be able to afford to live”
West Virginia teachers press for statewide strike

By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2018

Rank-and-file teachers are increasingly clashing with union executives who are seeking a rotten compromise with the state government.

West Virginia teachers authorize statewide strike

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

What is the connection between Britain First and Conservative leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg?

By Steve James, 14 February 2018

Invited to speak at the University of the West of England, Rees-Mogg faced a small protest—the fallout from which has placed the spotlight on his following among fascists.

South Africa’s ANC votes to remove President Jacob Zuma

By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2018

The Zuma government has been characterized by corruption and nepotism while presiding over a deteriorating economy, conditions which have made foreign investors nervous.

Amid jockeying over Maldives, Washington presses for closer ties with India

By Rohantha De Silva, 14 February 2018

India is plotting with the US to exploit the political crisis in the Maldives to pursue their geostrategic interests, including through a possible Indian invasion.

Japan’s ruling party pushing to end constraints on military

By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2018

While the constitution has not prevented Japan from building a military, Prime Minister Abe is working to remove all legal barriers to the aggressive pursuit of Japanese interests.

Cyclone Gita leaves thousands homeless in Tonga

By Tom Peters, 14 February 2018

Australia and New Zealand have announced grossly inadequate aid after the storm destroyed crops and damaged about 40 percent of houses on Tonga’s main island.

New in Turkish

Alman koalisyon anlaşmasını reddedin! Tüm gizli anlaşmalar açıklansın!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 14 Şubat 2018

CDU/CSU ile Sosyal Demokrat Parti arasındaki koalisyon anlaşması, Nazi rejiminin çöküşünden beri Almanya’daki en sağcı hükümetin kurulmasının zeminini oluşturuyor.

ABD’nin Suriye askerlerini katletmesi daha büyük bir savaşı başlatma tehdidi oluşturuyor

Bill Van Auken, 14 Şubat 2018

Washington, Suriye hükümetinin petrol kaynakları üzerindeki denetimini kabul etmemeye kararlı ve bu amaçla Suriye’de bir ABD kontrol bölgesi oluşturmaya çalışıyor.

New in Urdu

انٹرنیٹ پر سنسر شپ کیخلاف لڑنے اور ایک انٹرنیشنل کو لیشن کیلئے

23 January 2018

ورلڈ سوشلسٹ ویب سائٹ کے انٹرنیشنل ادارتی بورڈ کی جانب سے سوشلسٹ ،جنگ مخالف،بائیں با زو،ترقی پسند ویب سائٹس تنظیموں اور سرگرم سیاسی کارکنوں کے نام کھلا خط:

New in French

L’attaque israélienne contre la Syrie aggrave le risque d’une guerre au Moyen-Orient plus large

Chris Marsden, 14 février 2018

Israël a attaqué 12 des sites de défense aérienne les plus importants du pays, ce que les Forces armées israéliennes ont décrit comme des « cibles iraniennes ».

Corée : les Jeux olympiques d’hiver 2018 sous l’ombre de la guerre

Will Morrow, 14 février 2018

Ces Jeux olympiques, comme ceux qui les ont précédés, ont été dominés par des expressions extrêmes de nationalisme et de chauvinisme, en particulier par les États-Unis.

Le gouvernement allemand prévoit une expansion militaire massive en Irak

Johannes Stern, 14 février 2018

La ministre des Affaires étrangères, Ursula von der Leyen, a annoncé le renforcement militaire durant son voyage au Moyen-Orient le week-end dernier.

New in Norwegian

Martin Schulz sin fratredelse

Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2018

Omstendighetene rundt Schulzs fratredelse viser at det raser voldsomme makt- og retningskamper i Berlin, mens offentligheten stort sett holdes i mørket om det reelle innholdet.

Avvis den tyske koalisjonspakten! Offentliggjør alle hemmelige avtaler!

Erklæring fra Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 February 2018

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei krever publisering av alle hemmelige protokoller og lister over deltakerne i koalisjonsforhandlingene, som har lagt grunnlaget for en maktovertakelse av den mest høyreorienterte regjeringen siden nazistenes fall.

New in Spanish

Las Olimpiadas de Invierno del 2018 se celebran bajo la sombra de la guerra

Por Will Morrow, 14 febrero 2018

Estas Olimpiadas, al igual que las que le precedieron, han estado dominadas por expresiones extremas de nacionalismo y chauvinismo, particularmente de parte de Estados Unidos.

El Congreso de los EUA comienza el debate sobre la histórica legislación antiinmigrante

Por Eric London, 14 febrero 2018

Los inmigrantes no podrían imaginar un peor grupo de personas para determinar sus destinos que los 535 aficionados corporativos y los títeres de la inteligencia militar que conforman el Congreso de los Estados Unidos.

Presupuesto de guerra de Trump exige recortes radicales a Medicare, Medicaid y cupones de alimentos

Por Patrick Martin, 14 febrero 2018

La Casa Blanca instó a los republicanos del Congreso a proceder con el gasto militar propuesto en un acuerdo bipartidista la semana pasada, pero incumplió las promesas de aumentar el gasto en programas sociales domésticos.

Censura, caza de brujas y dinero sucio en el New York Times

Por Andre Damon, 14 febrero 2018

El Times ha hecho pocos esfuerzos por ocultar el hecho de que sus ganancias sin precedentes se deben a la censura del gobierno y los escándalo publicados por los medios de comunicación.

New in German

Der Koalitionsvertrag und die Rückkehr des Militarismus

Ulrich Rippert, 14. Februar 2018

Wichtige Teile des Koalitionsvertrags, den CDU/CSU und SPD in der vergangenen Woche vereinbart haben, tragen die Handschrift der Bundeswehrführung.

Siemens: Arbeitsplatzabbau trotz Rekordgewinn

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14. Februar 2018

Siemens-Chef Joe Kaeser ließ am Rande der Aktionärsversammlung von Siemens keinen Zweifel, dass er am Abbau von 6900 Arbeiteplätzen festhält. Er wird dabei von Gewerkschaft und Betriebsrat unterstützt.

Präsidentschaftswahlen in Russland: Hinter der Kandidatur von Xenia Sobtschak

Clara Weiss, 14. Februar 2018

Xenia Sobtschak vertritt das Bemühen von Teilen des Kremls, Kanäle für eine Wiederannäherung an den US-Imperialismus zu suchen und die Reihen innerhalb der herrschenden Klasse zu schließen.

Südkorea: Winterspiele im Schatten der Kriegsgefahr

Will Morrow, 14. Februar 2018

Auch auf den diesjährigen Olympischen Winterspielen wird übelster Nationalismus und Chauvinismus zur Schau gestellt. Besonders die USA tun sich damit hervor.

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Perspective

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

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Commentary

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”
The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 14 February 2018

The history of Iran and the global struggle against imperialism demonstrates that a viable anti-imperialist strategy can only be founded on the independent political mobilization of the working-class in opposition to all factions of the bourgeoisie.

The working class unrest in Iran: The WSWS replies to an apologist of the Iranian regime

Minnesota school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum

By Sandy English, 14 February 2018

The Duluth school board has decided to stop teaching two literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn, because of their frequent use of racial slurs.

US Congress begins debate on milestone anti-immigrant legislation

By Eric London, 13 February 2018

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

By Matthew Taylor, 13 February 2018

Plundering of Puerto Rico continues as governor attacks public education

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

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018

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

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

14 February 2018

These public meetings have been called to alert workers and youth to the far-reaching efforts to censor the Internet, and to organize resistance. Contact the WSWS for information on meetings in your area.

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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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.

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

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

By Zac Corrigan, 12 February 2018

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”

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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