West Virginia strike continues as teachers reject unions’ back-to-work order

By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2018

The continuation of the strike requires the formation of independent rank-and-file committees and an urgent appeal to the entire working class to support the West Virginia teachers.

Anger mounts over sellout of West Virginia teachers’ strike

“Stand up for what you believe in and for what you deserve”
Workers, students speak out in support of West Virginia teachers

Demand a statewide vote before any return to work!
Reject the sellout of West Virginia teachers’ strike!

By Jerry White, 28 February 2018

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Washington infighting intensifies with resignation of White House communications director

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2018

Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to the Trump family, was the fifth person to hold the top communications position for Trump in little over a year.

UK university lecturers, college staff and students hold joint protest in London

By our reporters, 1 March 2018

The rally followed the previous day’s talks during which the union signalled its intention to capitulate by offering further concessions over pensions.

UK lecturers and students speak out during second week of strikes over pensions

The UK lecturer’s dispute and the marketisation of higher education

By Thomas Scripps, 1 March 2018

The attack on university lecturers is one element in a far advanced programme aimed at the destruction of higher education as it has been known for decades.

ICE carries out mass immigration roundups in Northern California

By Alec Andersen, 1 March 2018

Since Sunday, dozens of ICE agents have conducted broad sweeps of immigrant communities, knocking on doors and arresting those who were unable to produce proper immigration documents.

Media, Democrats silent as US Supreme Court rules immigrants can be indefinitely detained

Trump’s reign of terror on California immigrants

Skoda workers in the Czech Republic prepare to strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 March 2018

The strike preparations at Skoda are part of a growing radicalisation of workers in Eastern Europe, who are no longer willing to accept conditions of extreme exploitation.

Fed’s concern over prospect of a wages movement jolts markets

By Nick Beams, 1 March 2018

One of the key aspects of Fed chief Powell’s question-time comments was his views on the “continuing strength in the labour market.”

German defence minister confirms grand coalition’s rearmament plans

By Johannes Stern, 1 March 2018

Ursula von der Leyen made clear in a recent interview what the central tasks of Germany’s incoming government will be: a major rearmament programme and the waging of war.

Peru’s president proposes minimum wage hike in bid to divert impeachment drive

By Cesar Uco, 1 March 2018

The desperate populist appeal comes as the chances of Kuczynski finishing his term are dwindling, while his approval rating has fallen to 19 percent.

Mass protests in Peru over pardoning of Fujimori

New Zealand government intensifies campaign against Chinese “interference”

By John Braddock, 1 March 2018

The government’s investigation into claims of Chinese “intimidation” of an academic points to a state intelligence operation.

Trump proposes cuts to heating aid while US house fire deaths spike

By Steve Filips, 1 March 2018

This season’s severe winter and frigid temperatures is exacting a brutal toll in fire fatalities.

Security firm Palantir secretly providing New Orleans police with predictive policing software

By Tom Hall, 1 March 2018

The deal concluded in 2012 with mayor Mitch Landrieu handing over the city’s population as guinea pigs for products destined for other police departments and spy agencies.

New in Arabic

الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس

٢ كانون الثاني يناير ٢٠١٨

يصادف هذا العام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس ، منشئ المفهوم المادي للتاريخ ومؤلف رأس المال، ومؤسس الحركة الاشتراكية الثورية الحديثة بالتعاون مع فريدريك انجلز.

New in Russian

Доклад уполномоченного парламента Германии по вооруженным силам провоцирует призывы к вооружению страны

Петер Шварц, 1 марта 2018 г.

Годовой отчет создает основу для масштабного увеличения военных расходов недавно созданным правительством «большой коалиции».

75 лет тому назад: Коммунистическая партия США защищает убийство польских социалистов

1 марта 2018 г.

27 февраля 1943 года газета Коммунистической партии США выступила с оправданием действий советского диктатора Иосифа Сталина, касавшихся убийства в 1941 году двух видных польских социалистов.

New in French

Élections italiennes : une perspective pour la classe ouvrière

Peter Schwarz, 1 mars 2018

Tous les problèmes politiques auxquels font face les ouvriers et les jeunes de toute l’Europe trouvent se retrouvent dans les élections qui auront lieu en Italie ce dimanche.

L’avocat d’un syndicat déclare à la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis : « La sécurité syndicale est la contrepartie de l’absence de grèves »

Joseph Kishore, 1 mars 2018

Dans les arguments présentés à la Cour suprême, un avocat pour le syndicat AFSCME des collectivités territoriales a plaidé que sans les syndicats il y aurait « un spectre indescriptible d’agitation sociale à travers le pays ».

Black Panther de Ryan Coogler: Un «moment charnière» vide dissimulé sous la politique identitaire

Nick Barrickman, 1 mars 2018

Célébré comme un «moment charnière» dans l'histoire du cinéma afro-américain, Black Panther est une superproduction de superhéros superficiel qui ne peut faire face à la moindre réflexion critique.

New in Spanish

“La seguridad a los sindicatos es la compensación por no tener huelgas”, dice representante sindical a la Corte Suprema de EUA

Por Joseph Kishore, 1 marzo 2018

En sus argumentos a la Corte Suprema, un abogado del sindicato del sector público AFSCME señaló que sin los sindicatos habría un “espectro inefable de inestabilidad laboral por todo el país”.

Los medios de comunicación y los demócratas se quedan callados mientras la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos dictamina que los inmigrantes pueden ser detenidos indefinidamente

Por Eric London, 1 marzo 2018

La decisión de la Corte establece el marco pseudo-legal para la expansión de los campamentos de internación de inmigrantes.

Ataque aéreo estadounidense mata a decenas de personas en medio de una creciente propaganda de guerra occidental sobre Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 1 marzo 2018

La protesta orquestada por las muertes de civiles en Ghouta y el estribillo de las denuncias de armas químicas señalan que se está preparando una nueva gran escalada imperialista en el Medio Oriente.

La ira se apodera de la traición a la huelga de docentes de Virginia Occidental

Por Jerry White, 1 marzo 2018

Los líderes sindicales anunciaron el martes por la noche que terminarían la huelga estatal y ordenarían que los maestros regresen a las aulas el jueves.

¡Demanden una votación estatal antes de cualquier regreso al trabajo!
¡Rechacen la traición contra la huelga de los maestros en West Virginia!

Por Jerry White, 1 marzo 2018

Hay un enojo generalizado entre los educadores contra el acuerdo entreguista de la Asociación de Educación de West Virginia y la Federación Estadounidense de Maestros-West Virginia.

¡Apoyo total para los maestros de West Virginia!

Por Jerry White, 1 marzo 2018

El World Socialist Web Site llama a la movilización urgente de todos los sectores de la clase trabajadora para apoyar a los maestros en huelga de West Virginia.

La Corte Suprema de EUA escucha argumentos en caso de cuotas sindicales

Por Shannon Jones, 1 marzo 2018

No hay nada progresista en mantener provisiones que obliguen a los trabajadores a pagar cuotas de agencia a sindicatos que abandonaron hace mucho cualquier defensa de la clase obrera.

El acuerdo judicial del ex asistente de Trump lleva a la investigación sobre Rusia un paso más hacia la Casa Blanca

Por Barry Grey, 1 marzo 2018

El acuerdo judicial de Gates viene en medio de una campaña cada vez más histérica en los medios contra Rusia.

New in German

Verhandlung vor Oberstem Gerichtshof: US-Gewerkschaften sprechen sich gegen Streiks aus

Joseph Kishore, 1. März 2018

Ein Anwalt der größten Gewerkschaft des öffentlichen Dienstes erklärte gegenüber dem Obersten Gerichtshof, ohne die Gewerkschaften drohten „Arbeitskämpfe von noch nie dagewesenem Ausmaß“.

Verteidigungsministerin bekräftigt Aufrüstungspläne der Großen Koalition

Johannes Stern, 1. März 2018

In einem aktuellen Interview stellte Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) erneut klar, was die zentrale Aufgabe der nächsten Bundesregierung sein wird: massive Aufrüstung und Krieg.

Frankreich: Macron wendet sein neues Arbeitsrecht gegen Eisenbahner an

Alex Lantier, 1. März 2018

Am Montag verkündete der französische Premierminister Edouard Philippe seinen Plan, das Statut der französischen Eisenbahner aufzuheben und die Französische Eisenbahngesellschaft SNCF zu privatisieren.

Nordrhein-Westfalen verschärft Sicherheitsgesetze

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 1. März 2018

Die CDU-FDP-Koalition in NRW hat den Einsatz von elektronischen Fußfesseln, eine stärkere Videoüberwachung von öffentlichen Plätzen und die Ausrüstung der Polizei mit Elektroschockpistolen (Tasern) beschlossen.

„Warum die Russische Revolution studieren“ – zweiter Band erhältlich

Mehring Verlag, 1. März 2018

Der zweite Band, „In Richtung Arbeitermacht und sozialistische Weltrevolution“, zeichnet den Verlauf der Revolution von den Julitagen bis zur Machteroberung im Oktober nach.

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Perspective

Xi Jinping’s power grab: Bonapartism with Chinese characteristics

1 March 2018

The same social and economic processes that have led to Xi’s elevation in China—above all, the tensions produced by the enormous gulf between rich and poor—are also driving the ruling classes in so-called liberal democracies to autocratic forms of rule.

Earlier Perspectives »

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Featured Commentary

Union lawyer tells US Supreme Court: “Union security is the tradeoff for no strikes”

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2018

In Supreme Court arguments, a lawyer for the public-sector union AFSCME argued that without the trade unions there would be “an untold specter of labor unrest throughout the country.”

Arts Review

A conversation with Raoul Peck, director of The Young Karl Marx

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2018

Filmmaker Raoul Peck discusses his portrait of the young Marx and Engels.

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017

The Young Karl Marx, Raoul Peck's biographical portrait of Marx and Engels between 1843 and 1847, opened in movie theaters in New York City and Los Angeles Friday to be followed by a wider US release. We are re-posting the review which originally appeared on the WSWS last March.

“This is a great loss for both the community of San Diego and Tijuana”
Baja California and San Diego lose sole classical music station

By Norisa Diaz, 1 March 2018

The popular station was eventually forced off the air yesterday after struggling financially for over a decade.

Arts editor David Walsh speaks on the centenary of the October Revolution
What the Russian Revolution meant for modern art and culture

By David Walsh, 28 February 2018

Commentary

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slithers toward sellout

By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2018

Corbyn’s speech expresses the role that would be played by any future Labour government, under conditions where a deepening Tory crisis could hasten a general election.

The New York Times procures salacious details of “gray-zone sex”

By Eric London, 1 March 2018

The Times has issued a call for college students to describe and submit images related to sexual encounters.

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The Italian elections: A perspective for the working class

By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2018

Ex-CIA head John Brennan hired as news analyst by NBC

By Julian James, 28 February 2018

Australian and New Zealand transport workers must unite their struggles

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 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

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”

More on Internet censorship » »

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of “The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle.”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the WSWS perspective article, “The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle”. This article by WSWS International Editorial Board chairperson, David North, was first published on January 3, 2018.

Book Review

Daniel Golden’s Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and foreign intelligence secretly exploit America’s universities

By Clara Weiss, 28 February 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

Parti de l'égalité socialiste holds meeting in Paris against militarism and austerity

By our reporters, 27 February 2018

The meeting exposed the militaristic plans underlying attempts to form a Grand Coalition government in Germany working closely with President Emmanuel Macron.

Workers Struggles

India’s highest court upholds life sentences for framed-up Pricol workers

By Kranti Kumara, 28 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

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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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.

Autoworkers Struggles

Canadian auto parts workers set to strike Windsor plants

By Carl Bronski, 26 February 2018

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

The Grenfell Tower fire

Right-wing media launch witch-hunt against Grenfell activist Joe Delaney

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 28 February 2018

Grenfell Tower combustible cladding was never tested

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.