West Virginia teachers carry out state-wide strike

By Jerry White, 23 February 2018

In the first teachers strike in nearly three decades, nearly 15,000 West Virginia teachers, school bus drivers and other school employees walked out Thursday.

“We are tired of waiting”
West Virginia teachers demand quality pay, health care

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

The WSWS spoke to many of those participating in a rally of thousands of teachers and their supporters in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday

The political issues facing West Virginia teachers

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“This is a political attack”
Striking UK lecturers speak on struggle against assault on pensions

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK during yesterday’s national strike by lecturers against attacks on their pensions.

UK university lecturers and college staff strike against pension cuts and wage cap

Nova Scotia teachers vote massively in favour of “illegal” strike

By Roger Jordan, 23 February 2018

The province's Liberal government is seeking to ram through changes to the education system that will enhance its managerial power over teachers and facilitate further spending cuts.

Air France workers strike to demand pay increase

By Anthony Torres, 23 February 2018

Rejecting a miserable sweetheart contract negotiated by a group of trade unions closely allied to management, Air France workers took strike action yesterday.

Germany: SPD leadership seeks to fool party members in vote on grand coalition

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 February 2018

The SPD has sent out ballot papers to its members asking them to vote on a new edition of the grand coalition with the CDU/CSU.

Report by German armed forces commissioner prompts calls for rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2018

The annual report sets the stage for a massive expansion of military spending on the part of the incoming grand coalition government.

The 2018 Munich Security Conference and the emerging conflict between the US and Europe

Amid growing great power rivalry
Maldives political crisis deepens

By Rohantha De Silva, 23 February 2018

A strategically-located Indian Ocean archipelago, the Maldives has become a focal point of the increasingly explosive geopolitical competition between India and the US on one side, and China on the other.

Egyptian elections held under massive repression

By Jean Shaoul, 23 February 2018

The election is set to take place amid mounting social and economic dissent among the impoverished working class.

Study finds regular use of common cleaning chemicals decreases lung capacity

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 February 2018

A study conducted by Norwegian scientists confirms earlier findings that common cleaning agents have a detrimental impact on workers’ lung health.

A law unto themselves: US Border Patrol expands use of warrantless searches

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 February 2018

The US Border Patrol has been given full authority to push the margins of the Fourth Amendment, carrying out warrantless searches and seizures far beyond the borders.

Trump administration pursues inhumane policy of separating migrant children from parents

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Los Angeles report on homelessness reveals widening funding gap

By Adam Mclean, 23 February 2018

Homelessness in LA is growing at a much higher rate than was previously thought, outstripping the already limited funding allocated to programs aimed at aiding the homeless.

Australia: Widespread discontent overshadows Tasmanian state election

By Mike Head, 23 February 2018

Under Liberal and Labor-Greens governments, the situation confronting the working class has continued to worsen.

Job cuts continue in New Zealand under Labour government

By Sam Price, 23 February 2018

The ongoing job destruction exposes the Labour Party-led government’s claims that it will raise living standards.

New in Spanish

La Conferencia de Seguridad de Múnich del 2018 y el conflicto emergente entre Estados Unidos y Europa

Por Alex Lantier, 23 febrero 2018

La conferencia del fin de semana pasado estuvo dominada por un recrudecimiento del potencialmente violento conflicto entre las grandes potencias, marcadamente entre Estados Unidos y Europa.

Las protestas estudiantiles sobre los tiroteos escolares se extienden

Por Patrick Martin, 23 febrero 2018

Miles de estudiantes participaron en manifestaciones y huelgas escolares de costa a costa, mientras que una delegación de supervivientes de la masacre de Parkland visitó la Casa Blanca.

Crece la oposición a recortes de educación pública en Oklahoma

Por Todd Thompson, 23 febrero 2018

Los maestros piden reportarse "enfermermos" en todo el estado, mientras que los estudiantes de dos escuelas han organizado huelgas recientes.

La ofensiva del gobierno sirio provoca una intensificación de la intervención militar de los EUA

Por Jordan Shilton, 23 febrero 2018

Los medios estadounidenses aprovechan la intensificación de la violencia para exigir la expansión de la intervención militar ilegal de Washington.

El columnista del New York Times Charles Blow culpa a Rusia por la disminución de la participación de votantes negros

Por Fred Mazelis, 23 febrero 2018

Blow tacha la decisión de no escoger entre los dos candidatos de la clase dominante de muestra ilegítima de “apatía”.

New in French

La conférence de Munich et la montée des conflits euro-américains

Alexandre Lantier, 23 février 2018

La conférence de ce week-end a été dominée par un conflit croissant et potentiellement violent entre les grandes puissances, notamment les États-Unis et l’Europe.

Les travailleurs d’Air France font grève pour réclamer des augmentations

Anthony Torres, 23 février 2018

Face à un accord salarial misérable négocié par des appareils syndicaux à la botte de la direction, les travailleurs d'Air France se sont mobilisés en lutte hier.

Le conflit syrien s'intensifie alors que les forces pro-syriennes entrent dans Afrin

Halil Celik, 23 février 2018

Le conflit en Syrie devient de plus en plus complexe, les forces turques, kurdes syriennes et syriennes se faisant face maintenant dans la même petite zone.

Les autorités indiennes intensifient leur vendetta contre les travailleurs de Maruti-Suzuki

Keith Jones, 23 février 2018

Les autorités d’État font pression sur les tribunaux pour qu’ils imposent la peine de mort à 13 ouvriers de l’automobile dont le seul crime a été de lutter contre les salaires de misère et les conditions de travail brutales.

Fin du procès en appel de Jérôme Cahuzac

Francis Dubois, 23 février 2018

L’affaire Cahuzac avait montré la nature réactionnaire du gouvernement Hollande et indiqué la proximité politique du PS avec l’extrême-droite.

Les Verts allemands critiquent le manque de «préparation» militaire

Johannes Stern, 23 février 2018

Les anciens pacifistes sont devenus des militaristes si convaincus qu'ils attaquent la ministre de la Défense conservatrice depuis la droite.

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Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Германия нарушает условия перемирия и вторгается на территорию Советской России

22 февраля 2018 г.

Пятьдесят три дивизии войск Германской и Австро-Венгерской империи вторгаются на этой неделе 1918 года на территорию России, — в нарушение военного перемирия, установленного после продолжительных, но незавершенных, переговоров в Брест-Литовске.

New in Turkish

Münih Güvenlik Konferansı ve Almanya’nın dünya gücü politikasına dönüşü

Peter Schwarz, 22 Şubat 2018

Almanya, geçtiğimiz yüzyılda iki dünya savaşına ve insanlık tarihindeki en korkunç suçlara yol açan militarizme ve büyük güç politikasına dönüyor.

Marx’ın sermayenin yasalarına ilişkin çözümlemesi ve hisse senedi piyasası krizi

Nick Beams, 22 Şubat 2018

Marx’ın sermayenin devinim yasalarına ilişkin çözümlemesi, yanlışlanmış ya da zamanını doldurmuş olmak bir yana, canlı olaylar eliyle doğrulanmıştır.

Tillerson ABD-Türkiye ilişkilerinin “krizde” olduğunu ilan etti

Jordan Shilton ve Halil Celik, 22 Şubat 2018

Bir ABD-Türkiye uzlaşması olasılığı, özellikle Trump yönetimi İran ile cepheleşmeyi sadece Suriye’de değil ama Ortadoğu genelinde hızla derinleştirme yönünde ilerlediği için, dışlanmamalı.

Film yönetmeni Michael Haneke Berlin film festivali öncesinde #MeToo hareketini eleştirdi

Katerina Selin, 22 Şubat 2018

Avusturyalı yönetmen, verdiği röportajda, filmleri ve sanat eserlerini sansürleme yönündeki son girişimlere yönelik öfkesini de dile getirdi.

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Perspective

The Parkland shooting: Why are mass killings so common in the United States?

23 February 2018

Thousands of students have joined demonstrations in the aftermath of the latest eruption of homicidal violence. But to stop the killings, they need to understand the deeper social and political roots of these tragedies.

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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.

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

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

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

WSWS Chairperson David North interviewed on Chris Hedges’ “On Contact”

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IYSSE

IYSSE meeting draws together Flint, Puerto Rico, Kentucky workers to discuss water crisis

By our reporter, 23 February 2018

The meeting provided a forum for workers and youth to discuss the root causes of the mounting water crisis in the US and internationally and a socialist perspective to fight back.

Students and workers call for the unity of the working class following meeting on Flint water crisis

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

Students and workers who attended the meeting spoke to the WSWS and expressed their support for the struggle of workers in Puerto Rico, Kentucky and Flint.

The coal slurry disaster of 2000
The story behind the water crisis in Martin County, Kentucky

Arts Review

Bill Frisell: A Portrait—an intimate documentary about a unique guitarist

By Richard Phillips, 23 February 2018

Emma Franz’s film is a fascinating overview of Frisell’s creative work and his constant search for new musical challenges.

A conversation with Emma Franz, director of Bill Frisell: A Portrait

By Richard Phillips, 23 February 2018

Filmmaker and musician Emma Franz speaks about her latest documentary and the political and artistic conceptions that informed her approach.

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: A hollow “defining moment” cloaked in identity politics

By Nick Barrickman, 22 February 2018

Workers Struggles

Ukrainian miners strike over unpaid wages
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 February 2018

Some 10,000 Ukrainian coal miners began strike action last week at four mines operated by state-owned Selydove Coal over wage arrears dating back to December 2017.

Autoworkers Struggles

Four months since the death of a young Ford worker
Still no serious investigation into death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 22 February 2018

Indian authorities intensify vendetta against framed-up Maruti-Suzuki workers

By Keith Jones, 22 February 2018

Commentary

The New York Times and the strange case of Quinn Norton

By Will Morrow, 22 February 2018

New York Times exploits Parkland tragedy to escalate anti-Russian campaign

New York Times columnist Charles Blow blames Russia for the fall in black voter turnout

BBC gender pay row: Selective outrage of wealthy women

By Laura Tiernan, 22 February 2018

Tory-media witch-hunt claims Labour’s Corbyn was a spy

By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2018

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 Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Fire Forum: Failed by the State co-director discusses smear campaign against his documentary

By our reporter, 19 February 2018

Failed by the State co-writer and presenter Ish: “I wasn’t trying to push agendas, I was just trying to tell the truth about Grenfell.”

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2018

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25 years ago: Terrorist bombing of World Trade Center in New York

Far-right Islamic terrorists detonated a bomb in a parking area beneath the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing six deaths and over 1,000 injuries and sicknesses.

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50 years ago: Kerner Commission issues report on US riots

The report laid the blame for the 1967 riots on grinding poverty, police brutality and "white racism."

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75 years ago: American Communist Party defends murders of Polish socialists

On February 27, 1943, the newspaper of the American Communist Party, came to the defense of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin for his 1941 murder of two prominent Polish socialists.

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100 years ago: Germany breaks truce, invades Soviet Russia

On March 3, 1918, G.Y. Sokolnikov signed the Brest-Litovsk treaty on terms dictated by German imperialism, officially ending Russia’s participation in World War I.

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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.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Investment Summit discusses how to profit from human tragedy

By Rafael Azul, 19 February 2018

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.