West Virginia teachers strike at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 26 February 2018

The unions and the Democratic Party are working frantically behind the scenes to contain and smother the statewide strike.

“The politicians don’t want to fund education; they’d rather fund war”
Teachers speak out on the struggle in West Virginia

By a reporting team, 26 February 2018

Educators in Michigan, New York and Arizona, as well as West Virginia, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site in support of the striking West Virginia teachers.

West Virginia teachers take a stand

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Democratic memo defends FBI’s illegal spying on Trump campaign

By Barry Grey, 26 February 2018

The Democratic Party has shifted so far to the right that it is now the most subservient defender of the repressive apparatus of the American state.

Plea deal by former Trump aide brings Russia probe closer to White House

In wake of Parkland school shooting, Republicans and Democrats call for boosting police powers

By Kate Randall, 26 February 2018

What is not being addressed in the official debate are the social issues that lie at the root of repeated eruptions of mass violence in America.

After Parkland shooting, Trump calls for teachers to be armed

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

Fighting continues in Syria after another UN ceasefire

By Chris Marsden, 26 February 2018

Tensions between the United States, Russia, Iran, and Turkey remained high in the wake of a US attack that killed dozens of Russian troops.

South Korean president holds talks with top North Korean officials

By Ben McGrath, 26 February 2018

North Korea has offered to hold talks with the US, but the Trump administration is insisting that Pyongyang must first demonstrate its willingness to denuclearise.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

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

Australian prime minister expands war commitments during Washington trip

By Mike Head, 26 February 2018

Turnbull was clearly under pressure to step-up Canberra’s participation in US military operations.

German Left Party voices support for military rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 26 February 2018

Left Party representative Stefan Liebich greeted the war speech of Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) at the Munich Security Conference.

German Chancellor promotes rearmament and war in speech to parliament

Report by German armed forces commissioner prompts calls for rearmament

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London tower block leaseholders oppose having to pay cladding repair bill

By our reporters, 26 February 2018

The owners of the Citiscape apartments in south London, Proxima GR Properties, are trying to force leaseholders to pay at least £2 million for replacing unsafe cladding.

“We will not eat until we are free”
UK: Hunger strikers at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre

By Laura Tiernan, 26 February 2018

The mainly women detainees are demanding an end to indefinite detention, describing “systematic torture” by the Home Office and the private security firm, Serco.

US immigration service quietly removes “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 February 2018

Anticipating protests, the White House declared that the change in the mission statement did not originate from the President.

“These sorts of things have been happening for several years, but people have been less secure in publicizing them”
Interview with Arang Keshavarzian, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 26 February 2018

For years, the United States has forged an anti-Iranian alliance with reactionary Sunni Persian Gulf oil monarchies, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Canadian auto parts workers set to strike Windsor plants

By Carl Bronski, 26 February 2018

That a top Unifor official should begin negotiations with a public statement decrying worker wage demands as “unrealistic” should come as no surprise to auto workers.

Australia: Locked-out Glencore coal mine workers face new provocations

By Terry Cook, 26 February 2018

As the union isolates the Oaky North workers, the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating a protest picket near the Queensland mine.

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Los maestros de West Virginia llevan su lucha al frente

Por Joseph Kishore, 26 febrero 2018

La huelga de dos días de los maestros en West Virginia es parte de una oleada cada vez más fuerte de oposición de la clase obrera en Estados Unidos e internacionalmente.

La creciente amenaza de guerra comercial global

Por Nick Beams, 26 febrero 2018

Dos importantes iniciativas de la administración Trump durante el último mes han incrementado las tensiones globales, lo que ha generado la amenaza de represalia por parte de la Unión Europea y China.

Cumbre de la Unión Europea intensifica amenazas de guerra en Oriente Próximo y de ataques contra los migrantes

Por Alex Lantier, 26 febrero 2018

En la cumbre, fueron destacadas las amenazas contra Siria y las intenciones de escalar la guerra neocolonial francesa en Malí.

La Asamblea Legislativa de Virginia Occidental emite un ultimátum a los profesores cuando huelga estatal comienza

Por Shannon Jones, 26 febrero 2018

En la víspera de una programada huelga estatal por los maestros de Virginia Occidental, la Asamblea Legislativa del estado emitió un ultimátum apoyado por amenazas legales.

España: el apoyo a Podemos se desploma tras un bandazo hacia la derecha

Por Paul Mitchell, 26 febrero 2018

Uno de los factores principales del declive de Podemos ha sido la experiencia de los trabajadores y de la clase media con este partido en numerosos ayuntamientos de pueblos y ciudades.

Caza de brujas de los medios de comunicación y tories afirma que Corbyn del Partido Laborista era un espía

Por Chris Marsden, 26 febrero 2018

Esta última ofensiva del Partido conservador y los medios se da después de las amenazas de altos cargos militares de que no se debe permitir que Corbyn forme un gobierno.

La canciller alemana promociona el rearme y la guerra en su discurso al Parlamento

Por Johannes Stern, 26 febrero 2018

Merkel dejó claro que la venidera gran coalición implementará un fortalecimiento militar masivo, una nueva ronda de austeridad y adoptará las políticas de la extrema derecha sobre los refugiados.

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Prestes a terminar seu mandato, presidente do Fed procura reconfortar mercados enquanto adverte sobre crise da dívida e desigualdade social

Nick Beams, 26 de febrero de 2018

Em meio a alta nos mercados de ações e advertências de uma nova bolha financeira, a presidente do Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, apresentou-se pela última vez diante do Congresso dos EUA.

Três meses após o furacão Harvey: Dezenas de milhares ainda sem-teto após o pior desastre natural na história dos EUA

Joseph Kishore, 26 de febrero de 2018

A catástrofe ainda em curso causada pelos furacões Harvey, Irma e Maria é uma denúncia do capitalismo americano e da oligarquia financeira que administra os Estados Unidos.

O Partido Socialista pela Igualdade na Alemanha exige novas eleições

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 26 de febrero de 2018

Sob as condições presentes, essa é a única maneira pela qual a classe trabalhadora pode intervir nos eventos políticos, trazer seus interesses à tona e combater a ofensiva política da extrema-direita.

Eric Schmidt do Google admite censura política de resultados de busca

Niles Niemuth, 26 de febrero de 2018

Comentários do presidente-executivo da companhia controladora do Google sobre esforços para “desranquear” sites de notícias críticos ao governo americano expõem a conspiração corporativa-governamental para bloquear vozes de oposição na internet.

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Lehrer in West Virginia setzen sich zur Wehr

Joseph Kishore, 26. Februar 2018

Der Streik der Lehrer in West Virginia ist Teil einer zunehmenden Welle des Widerstands der Arbeiterklasse.

Merkels rechte Ministerriege

Peter Schwarz, 26. Februar 2018

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat am Sonntag die Namen der CDU-Minister in der zukünftigen Großen Koalition bekanntgegeben. Die Liste bestätigt, dass es sich dabei um die rechteste Regierung seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs handeln würde.

Warnstreiks bei der Post

Dietmar Henning, 26. Februar 2018

Briefzusteller der Deutschen Post AG streikten am Donnerstag und Freitag für höhere Löhne. Die Gewerkschaft Verdi hält die Warnstreiks absichtlich klein und bemüht sich um einen raschen Tarifabschluss für die rund 130.000 Beschäftigten.

Trump nutzt den Besuch des australischen Premierministers für Drohungen gegen Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 26. Februar 2018

Trump warnte, falls die Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea wirkungslos blieben, würde er zu „Phase Zwei“ übergehen, die „sehr hart“ werden könnte.

Griechenland: Rechtsextreme und nationalistische Kräfte protestieren gegen Namensgebung der Republik Mazedonien

John Vassilopoulos, 26. Februar 2018

Die westlichen Großmächte üben Druck auf Griechenland und Mazedonien aus, um den Namensstreit zu lösen und Mazedonien in die Nato zu integrieren.

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Perspective

US military, Trump administration claim unlimited powers to wage war in Syria

26 February 2018

Letters from the State Department and the Pentagon maintain that no congressional approval is required to extend the US military intervention in the Middle East without limit, either in duration or scale.

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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

Opposition grows among students and youth 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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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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Commentary

In merging with split-off from big business Parti Quebecois
Pseudo-left Québec Solidaire shifts further right

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 26 February 2018

Québec Solidaire’s aim is to convince Québec’s ruling elite that it is ready to play a larger role in establishment politics.

Australian deputy prime minister ousted via untested sexual harassment allegation

By Mike Head, 24 February 2018

BBC gender pay row: Selective outrage of wealthy women

The growing threat of global trade war

By Nick Beams, 24 February 2018

The New York Times and the strange case of Quinn Norton

By Will Morrow, 22 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

Arts Review

2013 Berlin Film Festival prize winner dies in poverty

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 February 2018

Nazif Mujić, according to first accounts, has died in extreme poverty in the impoverished hamlet of Svatovac in Bosnia.

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017

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

By Richard Phillips, 23 February 2018

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

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

By Nick Barrickman, 22 February 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne
The class issues behind the racist “African gang” campaign

26 February 2018

The government has promoted a lurid media campaign, seeking to elevate a few instances of petty crime into a virtual national security threat.

Workers Struggles

UK lecturers stage second day of national strikes

By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2018

Lecturers and students stage united protests in Sheffield and Southampton

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

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

By Roger Jordan, 23 February 2018

Air France workers strike to demand pay increase

By Anthony Torres, 23 February 2018

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

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

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

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

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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.

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.