Seventeen killed in mass shooting at Florida high school

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2018

The mass shooting in Parkland is the latest in an endless series of violent incidents at schools in America.

Democrats back punitive immigration plan as Senate vote looms

By Eric London, 15 February 2018

The framework of the immigration debate is far to the right of any public discussion on the subject since Congress imposed racial quotas in the 1920s.

US Congress begins debate on milestone anti-immigrant legislation

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Thousands to be sacked at GM factory in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 15 February 2018

General Motors is demanding additional cuts to auto workers’ wages and conditions as it threatens to pull out of South Korea entirely.

French President Macron calls for the draft and threatens strikes on Syria

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2018

Macron's alliance with Berlin is aimed at converting Europe into an aggressive militarist bloc.

#MeToo campaign turns on French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot

By Francis Dubois, 15 February 2018

The media hysteria that the French government initially helped stir up around #MeToo is now turning against the government itself.

Corporate giant Unilever demands crackdown on oppositional Internet content

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

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

Germany: The coalition agreement and the return of militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2018

Important sections of the coalition pact between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats agreed last week bear the imprint of the top military brass.

German grand coalition planning major military build-up

UK Prime Minister May calls for fight to “defeat socialism”

By Julie Hyland, 15 February 2018

May spoke almost 40 years after Thatcher vowed to “roll back the tide of socialism,” and more than 25 years since the liquidation of the Soviet Union was hailed as proof of the triumph of capitalism.

Greece’s far-right and military lead protests over Republic of Macedonia name

By John Vassilopoulos, 15 February 2018

The Western powers, led by the US, have placed maximum pressure on both countries to resolve the dispute so Macedonia can be incorporated into NATO.

Twenty thousand demonstrate against fascist rampage in Macerata, Italy

By Marianne Arens, 15 February 2018

Some 20,000 protesters, many of them young people, participated in an anti-fascist march through the town of Macerata Saturday.

China boosts censorship of social media

By Robert Campion, 15 February 2018

The Chinese regime justifies censoring the Internet in terms that are indistinguishable from those of the US government and corporate giants such as Google and Facebook.

As profits soar, US construction workers see increase in death and injury on the job

By Jessica Goldstein and Tim Rivers, 15 February 2018

In spite of revolutionary advances in the technology for tracking and preventing accidents on job sites, deaths and disabling injuries among construction workers are on the rise.

Cross-Canada protests after acquittal of Saskatchewan rancher in fatal shooting of Indigenous youth

By Roger Jordan, 15 February 2018

Despite shooting Colten Boushie in the head at point-blank range, rancher Gerald Stanley was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter, provoking popular outrage across Canada.

Scientists warn of health costs of Australian heatwaves

By Frank Gaglioti, 15 February 2018

The extreme heat conditions have intensified and become more frequent due to the effects of global warming, resulting in a rising death toll.

New in Norwegian

Nytt NATO-hovedkvarter planlagt i Tyskland

Johannes Stern, 12 February 2018

Med et nytt NATO-hovedkvarter vil Tyskland bli enda sterkere involvert i NATOs forberedelser for krig mot Russland.

Sensur, heksejakt og skitne penger hos New York Times

Andre Damon, 12 February 2018

The Times har gjort lite for å dekke over det faktum at rekord-overskuddet i vesentlig grad er drevet at statlig sensur og medialt skandalemakeri.

Nicholas Kristof fra New York Times fremmer #MeToo-heksejakta på Woody Allen

Will Morrow, 12 February 2018

Inngrepet til Kristof, som har viet sin karriere til å fremme ulovlige amerikanske kriger i «menneskerettighetenes» navn, bidrar til å avsløre den høyreorienterte karakteren til #MeToo.

Russisk lærer oppsagt etter kritikk av lave lønninger

Clara Weiss, 10 February 2018

Lærerne skrev at i 2017 var deres månedslønn 8.289 rubler (145 dollar), samme beløp som i 2012, til tross for 50 prosent inflasjon siden da.

New in Spanish

El gigante corporativo Unilever exige medidas enérgicas contra el contenido oposicional de Internet

Por Will Morrow, 15 febrero 2018

La declaración de Unilever marca una intensificación en la campaña del Partido Demócrata y las agencias de inteligencia, en alianza con los intereses corporativos, para censurar el Internet.

Una jueza británica se niega a revocar la orden de arresto de Julian Assange

Por Paul Mitchell, 15 febrero 2018

Los abogados de Assange argumentaron que hay que revocar la orden judicial porque Suecia abandonó su orden judicial de extradición el año pasado y que arrestarlo ya no era “proporcionado” o “de interés público”.

Gran Bretaña advirtió a Suecia de no abandonar el proceso de extradición a Assange

Por Paul Mitchell, 15 febrero 2018

Reino Unido parece determinado en arrestar al periodista Julian Assange, quién está atrapado en la embajada ecuatoriana en Londres, en relación a los cargos fabricados de “acoso sexual”.

New in German

Europäischer Polizeikongress in Berlin: Politik und Konzerne bereiten Polizeistaat vor

Katerina Selin, 15. Februar 2018

Als am 6. und 7. Februar der Koalitionsvertrag zwischen CDU, CSU und SPD vereinbart wurde, tagte unweit des Regierungsviertels der 21. Europäische Polizeikongress.

Führungswechsel in der SPD

Peter Schwarz, 15. Februar 2018

Es handelt sich um den dreizehnten Wechsel an der Spitze der SPD, seit Hans-Jochen Vogel 1986 Willy Brandt ablöste, der die Partei 23 Jahre lang geführt hatte.

Britische Richterin lehnt Aufhebung des Haftbefehls gegen Julian Assange ab

Paul Mitchell, 15. Februar 2018

Assanges Rechtsanwälte argumentierten, dass der Haftbefehl aufgehoben werden sollte, weil Schweden das Auslieferungsverfahren letztes Jahr eingestellt hat und eine Festnahme Assanges nicht mehr „verhältnismäßig“ oder „im öffentlichen Interesse“ wäre.

Berichte bestätigen russische Todesopfer bei US-Angriffen auf syrische Ölfelder

Bill Van Auken, 15. Februar 2018

Der Tod russischer Söldner bei den amerikanischen Bomben- und Raketenangriffen verschärft die Spannungen in der Region und erhöht die Gefahr eines größeren Krieges.

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Perspective

Neo-McCarthyite hysteria at US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

15 February 2018

Tuesday’s hearing was an exercise in right-wing hysteria aimed at promoting the claim that all social opposition in the United States is the product of foreign subversion.

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Twenty years of the WSWS

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

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 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.

Commentary

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”
The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran—Part 2

By Keith Jones, 15 February 2018

Mazaheri equates the Islamic Republic with the “democratic popular” upsurge of 1978 and 1979. In reality, this upsurge involved antagonistic class forces with very different aims and aspirations.

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

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

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

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

By Sandy English, 14 February 2018

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

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

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2018

2018 Winter Olympics held in Korea under shadow of war

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2018

History

PBS’s The Gilded Age: Removing the working class from the stage of history

By Tom Mackaman, 15 February 2018

PBS aired the documentary as part of its American Experience series on February 6.

The Grenfell Tower fire

Oppose the right-wing campaign against Grenfell fire documentary Failed by the State

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018

The attack on the documentary is part of a broader offensive by the ruling elite and its media, which are attempting to portray all expressions of political and social dissent as “fake news” being spread by the Putin regime in Russia.

Failed by the State co-director Daniel Renwick: “Every day I meet people who have been politicised and have a deeper consciousness”

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Daniel Renwick about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.

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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.

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

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

By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2018

West Virginia teachers authorize statewide strike

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

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.

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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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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