Trump launches trade war

By Nick Beams, 2 March 2018

In imposing a global tariff hike, rather than selective measures, Trump took the toughest option presented to him by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Responding to US threats, Russian President Putin proclaims nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 2 March 2018

In a belligerently nationalistic speech Thursday, Putin boasted about advances in Russia’s nuclear arsenal and played a video depicting a nuclear strike on the United States.

All West Virginia schools closed today as teachers’ rebellion continues

By Jerry White, 2 March 2018

Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.

Defiant West Virginia teachers denounce union efforts to sell out strike

By Will Morrow, 2 March 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with public school employees as 30,000 workers continued to defy the unions’ efforts to shut down the strike.

Jacobin, Socialist Alternative and the ISO hailed union deal rejected by West Virginia teachers

By Niles Niemuth, 2 March 2018

The upper-middle class organizations jumped at the opportunity to promote the unions’ efforts to end the struggle.

Mobilize the entire working class behind West Virginia teachers! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 2 March 2018

Strikers must appeal to the working class—the miners, firefighters, nurses, railroad workers, warehouse workers, and telecommunications workers—not the capitalist politicians or union bureaucrats.

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

University of Illinois strike exposes plight of graduate students, adjuncts

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 March 2018

As the strike of UIUC graduate student workers enters a fifth day, the walkout brings to the fore many of the problems facing universities, colleges and their students.

More on US teachers »

Industrial tannery dump contaminates drinking water in west Michigan community

By Carlos Delgado, 2 March 2018

The levels of toxic PFOA and PFOS chemicals found in drinking water near the dump site are among the highest ever recorded in the United States.

French unions negotiate rail privatization with Macron government

By Anthony Torres, 2 March 2018

The unions and the Macron government plan to discuss for two months how to implement the EU-mandated opening of French railways to private competition by privatizing the SNCF and gutting the rail workers’ statute.

Draft EU Brexit agreement deepens divisions over Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 2 March 2018

The European powers’ draft, put together in consultation with the Irish government, is an aggressive response to British maneuvers.

Presidential frontrunner López Obrador backs off threat to undo Mexican oil privatization

By Don Knowland, 2 March 2018

It is now clear that AMLO’s past campaigns against opening up Mexico’s oil industry to foreign interests were little more than political showboating.

New Zealand governments lied about “non-combat” role in Iraq

By Sam Price, 2 March 2018

Successive governments falsely claimed that New Zealand soldiers in Iraq are engaged in a training capacity.

Australian rail union prepares sellout in NSW train dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.

Australian and New Zealand transport workers must unite their struggles

New in Italian

Vent'anni del World Socialist Web Site: 1998-2018

David North e Joseph Kishore, 2 marzo 2018

Come il WSWS marca il suo 20esimo anniversario di pubblicazioni giornaliere, prende l’iniziativa di esporre la cospirazione da parte di governi e corporazioni di censurare l’internet mentre la classe dirigente si prepara per Guerra e repressione interna.

New in Turkish

ABD ordusu ve Trump yönetimi Suriye’de savaş yürütmek için sınırsız yetkiler talep ediyor

Patrick Martin, 2 Mart 2018

Emperyalist güçlerin, özellikle de ABD’nin savaş yönelimine karşı bağımsız bir uluslararası işçi sınıfı hareketinin inşası acil bir gerekliliktir.

İtalya seçimleri: İşçi sınıfı için bir perspektif

Peter Schwarz, 2 Mart 2018

Avrupa genelindeki işçilerin ve gençlerin karşı karşıya olduğu tüm siyasi sorunlar, bu Pazar günü İtalya’da düzenlenecek olan seçimlerde yoğunlaşmış bir biçimde dışavuruluyor.

BM ateşkesinin ardından Suriye’de çatışmalar sürüyor

Chris Marsden, 2 Mart 2018

Birleşmiş Milletler Güvenlik Konseyi’nin en son ateşkes kararına rağmen, Suriye’deki çatışmalar hafta sonunda devam etti.

UNICEF: Toplumsal eşitsizlik her gün 7.000 yenidoğan bebeğin canına mal oluyor

Shelley Connor, 2 Mart 2018

Küresel toplumsal krizin merkezi olan kapitalist sistemin üstesinden gelinmedikçe, dünyadaki en korunmasız çocuklar tehlikede olmaya devam edecek.

Suriye üzerine gerilimler Türkiye-NATO ilişkilerinin altını daha da oyuyor

Halil Çelik, 2 Mart 2018

BM Güvenlik Konseyi’nin, Suriye genelindeki ateşkes kararına rağmen, Ankara, Afrin’e yönelik harekatını desteklemek için ek özel kuvvetler gönderdi.

New in Spanish

La acumulación de poder de Xi Jinping: bonapartismo con características chinas

Por Peter Symonds, 2 marzo 2018

Los mismos procesos sociales y económicos que elevaron a Xi a su cargo, por encima las tensiones provocadas por la enorme brecha entre ricos y pobres, también están conduciendo a las clases gobernantes en las llamadas democracias liberales a adoptar formas autocráticas de gobierno.

La huelga en West Virginia continúa mientras los docentes rechazan la orden de regreso al trabajo de los sindicatos

Por Joseph Kishore, 2 marzo 2018

La continuación de la huelga requiere la formación de comités independientes de la base y un llamamiento urgente a toda la clase trabajadora para apoyar a los docentes de West Virginia.

ICE lleva a cabo redadas masivas de inmigración en el norte de California

Por Alec Andersen, 2 marzo 2018

Desde el domingo, docenas de agentes de ICE han llevado a cabo amplias redadas en comunidades de inmigrantes, golpeando puertas y arrestando a aquellos que no pudieron presentar los documentos de inmigración adecuados.

Los trabajadores de Skoda en la República Checa se preparan para la huelga

Por Ulrich Rippert, 2 marzo 2018

Los preparativos para la huelga en Skoda son parte de una radicalización creciente de los trabajadores en Europa del Este, que ya no están dispuestos a aceptar condiciones de explotación extrema.

La preocupación de la Reserva Federal norteamericana sobre la perspectiva de un movimiento de salarios sacudirá los mercados

Por Nick Beams, 2 marzo 2018

Uno de los aspectos clave del presidente de la respuesta a preguntas por Fed Powell fue su opinión sobre la "fortaleza continua en el mercado laboral".

Las elecciones italianas: Una perspectiva para la clase trabajadora italiana

Por Peter Schwarz, 2 marzo 2018

Todos los problemas políticos con los que se confrontan los trabajadores y los jóvenes en toda Europa se expresan de manera concentrada en las elecciones que se celebrarán en Italia este domingo.

New in French

La grève en Virginie-Occidentale se poursuit alors que les enseignants rejettent l'ordre de retour au travail des syndicats

Joseph Kishore, 2 mars 2018

La poursuite de la grève nécessite la formation de comités de la base indépendants ainsi qu'un appel urgent à toute la classe ouvrière visant à soutenir les enseignants de Virginie-Occidentale.

Xi Jinping s’accroche au pouvoir: le bonapartisme à la chinoise

Peter Symonds, 2 mars 2018

Les mêmes processus sociaux et économiques qui ont mené à l’accession de Xi au pouvoir en Chine – surtout, les tensions générées par l’immense fossé qui sépare les riches et les pauvres – poussent aussi les classes dirigeantes des prétendues démocraties libérales à adopter des formes de pouvoir dictatorial.

Les syndicats négocient la privatisation de la SNCF avec l'Etat

Anthony Torres, 2 mars 2018

Les travailleurs n'ont d'autre choix que de se préparer à une lutte politique, menée indépendamment des appareils syndicaux, contre Macron et l'Union européenne.

L’oligarchie francaise accueille favorablement les mémoires de Jean-Marie Le Pen

Francis Dubois, 2 mars 2018

La sortie des mémoires du fondateur du Front National a été saluée par les médias grand public comme un événement majeur et ses thèses largement acceptées.

Jeremy Corbyn du Parti travailliste britannique rampe vers la trahison

Chris Marsden, 2 mars 2018

Le discours de Corbyn exprime le rôle que jouera tout futur gouvernement du Parti travailliste, dans des conditions où la crise des conservateurs est telle qu’une élection anticipée pourrait avoir lieu.

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste tient une réunion à Paris contre le militarisme et l’austérité

nos journalistes, 2 mars 2018

Cette réunion a montré quels sont les projets militaires qui sont à la base du projet de gouvernement de grande coalition en Allemagne, en étroite collaboration avec le président Emmanuel Macron.

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 German

Xi Jinpings Machtergreifung: Bonapartismus chinesischer Prägung

Von Peter Symonds, 2. März 2018

Die gleichen sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Prozesse, vor allem die akuten sozialen Spannungen, die sich aus der gewaltigen und immer größer werdenden Kluft zwischen arm und reich ergeben, treiben auch die Bourgeoisien der sogenannten liberalen Demokratien zu autokratischen Herrschaftsformen.

Das Mitgliedervotum und die Kriegspolitik der SPD

Von Ulrich Rippert, 2. März 2018

Ziel der Mitgliederbefragung war es, einen Deckmantel für die Fortsetzung der Großen Koalition zu schaffen, um gegen den Widerstand in der Bevölkerung ein rechtes Programm zu verwirklichen.

Politik und Medien im Cyberkriegsmodus

Von Johannes Stern, 2. März 2018

Seit dem Bekanntwerden des angeblichen Cyberangriffs auf die Bundesregierung befinden sich Politik und Medien in einem regelrechten Kriegsmodus.

Das italienische Wahlbündnis Potere al popolo: Pseudolinke Politik in neuer Verpackung

Von Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 2. März 2018

Treibende Kraft hinter dem neuen Wahlbündnis ist Rifondazione Comunista, die jahrelang eine maßgebliche Rolle dabei spielte, die bürgerliche Ordnung zu festigen und den Klassenkampf zu unterdrücken.

West Virginia
Lehrer lehnen Gewerkschaftsanordnung zur Wiederaufnahme der Arbeit ab und streiken weiter

Von Joseph Kishore, 2. März 2018

Die Fortführung des Streiks erfordert den Aufbau von unabhängigen Basiskomitees und den dringenden Aufruf an die gesamte Arbeiterklasse, den Streik der Lehrer in West Virginia zu unterstützen.

Tarifangebot der Post: Verdi lässt Beschäftigte abstimmen

Von Dietmar Henning, 2. März 2018

In den Tarifverhandlungen für rund 130.000 Beschäftigte der Deutschen Post AG versuchen der Konzern und die Gewerkschaft Verdi eine Vereinbarung durchzusetzen, die weit weg von der ursprünglichen Forderung ist.

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Perspective

The revolt of the West Virginia teachers

2 March 2018

The rejection by West Virginia teachers of the unions’ efforts to shut down their struggle is one among many signs of growing working-class militancy in the United States.

Earlier Perspectives »

West Virginia rally cheers call for expanding teachers strike

Zac Corrigan of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality addressed a demonstration defending West Virginia teachers in Charleston Friday.

The World Socialist Web Site is covering the West Virginia teachers strike live from Charleston. For the latest updates, visit our Facebook page.

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.”

Commentary

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

After Parkland shooting, dozens of US students arrested for social media posts

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 March 2018

The tragic death of 14 students and three teachers at the Florida high school has triggered a law-and-order crackdown on students alleged to have posted threatening remarks on social media.

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

The Italian election alliance Potere al Popolo: A repackaging of pseudo-left politics

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2018

The driving force behind this new Italian electoral alliance is Rifondazione Comunista, which for many years played a crucial role in stabilising the bourgeois order and suppressing the class struggle.

The Italian elections: A perspective for the working class

Xi Jinping’s power grab: Bonapartism with Chinese characteristics

By Peter Symonds, 1 March 2018

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

By Eric London, 1 March 2018

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slithers toward sellout

By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2018

Washington infighting intensifies with resignation of White House communications director

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2018

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

By our reporters, 1 March 2018

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

ICE carries out mass immigration roundups in Northern California

By Alec Andersen, 1 March 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

Mehring Books

Death on the Picket Line, the story of John McCoy
Book traces history of West Virginia miners’ struggles

2 March 2018

West Virginia teachers and their supporters will find in this work an important resource for gaining insight into the broader issues they face.

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.

Arts Review

“A world without nations”—On the death of German jazz guitarist Coco Schumann

By Bernd Reinhardt, 2 March 2018

The German jazz guitarist Coco Schumann remained active musically until near the end of his life. He ranks as a jazz musician with one of the longest musical biographies ever.

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

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2018

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

“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

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

Workers Struggles

Protest march in Athens against job threats to nurseries
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

2 March 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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

By Kranti Kumara, 28 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.

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.