Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle
West Virginia telecommunications workers begin strike as teachers’ walkout enters second week

By Jerry White, 4 March 2018

The beginning of the Frontier Communications strike follows a calculated provocation by the state Senate, which voted Saturday night to reduce the pay offer to teachers and school employees from 5 percent to 4 percent.

Support grows for West Virginia teachers as unions, Democrats scramble to end strike

By Jerry White, 3 March 2018

As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.

The revolt of the West Virginia teachers

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

“A lot of people are calling for all the workers to go out on strike”
State workers, auto workers, teachers throughout the world back West Virginia strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.

“I think the working class should be in control”
West Virginia student demonstration supports call to expand teachers strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

More than 1,500 students and teachers attended a demonstration and march outside the state capitol building organized by high school students.

Watch: IYSSE member addresses rally in West Virginia

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

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Nova Scotia Teachers Union abandons strike mandate, capitulates to Liberal attack on education

By Roger Jordan, 3 March 2018

In exchange for the NSTU’s suppression of teacher opposition to its right-wing education “reform,” Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has agreed to changes that will bolster the union apparatus.

EU threatens retaliation to Trump’s trade war measures

By Peter Symonds, 3 March 2018

Trump’s announcement of global tariffs on steel and aluminium has triggered international criticism, including from US allies that will be among the hardest hit.

Trump launches trade war

US media airs pretexts for preemptive attack on North Korea

By James Cogan, 3 March 2018

Newspaper articles indicate that a war crime of historic dimensions is being prepared.

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

French neo-fascist Marine Le Pen indicted for tweeting pictures of IS killings

By Francis Dubois, 3 March 2018

The indictment of two National Front deputies for posting pictures on Twitter is an act of political censorship threatening basic democratic rights.

Theresa May’s Brexit speech gets short shrift from European Union

By Chris Marsden, 3 March 2018

Despite her conciliatory tone, May failed to meet EU demands to flesh out what her government means by “ambitious managed diversion.”

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slithers toward sellout

Germany: The membership vote and the war policy of the SPD

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2018

The massive pressure the SPD leadership has exerted on its members is part of a political conspiracy to implement a militaristic program.

Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 3 March 2018

Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow’s parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

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

The Italian elections: A perspective for the working class

Ferguson, Missouri nursing home workers in fourth month of strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 March 2018

The 90 full and part time workers have been replaced by strikebreakers while the SEIU pursues an impotent appeal to the National Labor Relations Board.

US government cuts aid to Puerto Rico by half

By Antonio Castro, 3 March 2018

Amidst a mounting mental health crisis and constant power outages, the US government announced a drastic cut in aid to the island still reeling from hurricane damage.

Special needs New York student imprisoned over Facebook posting

By Jason Melanovski, 3 March 2018

Several dozen students across the US have been swept up in a hysterical law and order crackdown since the Parkland school shooting.

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

Four Detroit area police officers await trial for murder, use of excessive force

By Tyler Van Dyke, 3 March 2018

The indictments follow a year that witnessed mounting public outrage in the wake of a series of incidents involving police violence against unarmed and unresisting citizens.

EU threats add to pressure on Maldives government

By Rohantha De Silva, 3 March 2018

The EU, US and India are intensifying efforts to undermine Chinese influence on the strategically located Indian Ocean island nation.

Emergency declared after earthquake devastates Papua New Guinea

By Mike Head, 3 March 2018

More than 50 people are feared dead and anger is mounting over the lack of government assistance.

New in Italian

Le elezioni italiane: una prospettiva per la classe lavoratrice

Peter Schwarz, 3 marzo 2018

Nelle elezioni italiane di domenica sono espressi in maniera concentrata tutti gli stessi problemi politici che giovani e lavoratori si trovano ad affrontare nell'Europa intera.

L'alleanza elettorale italiana Potere al Popolo: un riconfezionamento della politica della pseudo-sinistra

Marianne Arens e Peter Schwarz, 3 marzo 2018

La forza trainante dietro questa nuova alleanza elettorale in Italia è Rifondazione Comunista, che per molti anni ha espletato un ruolo cruciale nello stabilizzare l’ordine borghese e nel sopprimere la lotta di classe.

New in Norwegian

Valget i Italia: Et perspektiv for arbeiderklassen

Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2018

Alle problemstillingene som arbeidere og ungdom i Europa står overfor sammenfattes og konsentreres i det italienske parlamentsvalget søndag den 4. mars.

Berlinalen: SPD-minister kjører frem #MeToo-kampanjen

Katarina Selin, 27 February 2018

Familie- og arbeidsminister Katarina Barley forfulgte dypt reaksjonære mål med sin støtte for #MeToo-kampanjen på årets Berlinale-filmfestival.

Skoda-arbeidere i Tsjekkia forbereder streik

Ulrich Rippert, 27 February 2018

Strikeforberedelser ved Skoda er en del av en økende radikalisering av arbeiderne i Øst-Europa, som ikke lenger vil akseptere de ekstreme utbyttingsforholdene.

New in Spanish

La revuelta de los maestros en West Virginia

Por Joseph Kishore, 3 marzo 2018

Trump lanza una guerra comercial

Por Nick Beams, 3 marzo 2018

Al imponer un aumento de aranceles global, en vez de medidas selectivas, Trump escogió la opción más dura que le presentó el secretario de Comercio Wilbur Ross.

La alianza electoral italiana Potere al Popolo: Un refrito de políticas pseudoizquierdistas

Por Marianne Arens y Peter Schwarz, 3 marzo 2018

La fuerza impulsora tras esta nueva alianza electoral italiana es Rifondazione Comunista, que durante muchos años jugó un papel crucial en la estabilización del orden burgués y la represión a la lucha de clases.

El presidente de Perú propone un aumento de salario mínimo en un intento por desviar el proceso de acusación por corrupción en su contra

Por Cesar Uco, 3 marzo 2018

Una desesperada propuesta populista presidencial cuando las posibilidades de que Kuczynski termine su mandato están desvaneciéndose, mientras que su índice de aprobación ha caído al 19 por ciento.

New in French

En réaction aux menaces des États-Unis, le président de la Russie déclare une course à l'armement nucléaire

Andre Damon, 3 mars 2018

Lors d'un discours belliqueux et nationaliste jeudi, Poutine a vanté les progrès de l'arsenal nucléaire russe et a montré une vidéo d'une attaque nucléaire contre les États-Unis.

La révolte des enseignants de Virginie-Occidentale

Joseph Kishore, 3 mars 2018

Le rejet par les enseignants de Virginie-Occidentale des efforts des syndicats pour mettre fin à leur lutte fait partie des nombreux signes de la combativité croissante de la classe ouvrière aux États-Unis.

Marine Le Pen mise en examen pour avoir affiché des photos sur Twitter

Francis Dubois, 3 mars 2018

La mise en examen de deux députés FN pour des photos sur Twitter est un acte draconien de censure politique qui menace les droits démocratiques.

La Belgique veut quintupler ses dépenses d'armement

Olivier Laurent, 3 mars 2018

Alors que la fièvre militariste gagne l'Otan et les élites dirigeantes européennes, la Belgique lance un réarmement massif.

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.

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Perspective

Ruling class conflicts in the US target inner circle of Trump White House

3 March 2018

The corporate media and the intelligence services are spearheading an attack that has crippled the White House and seems aimed at forcing Trump out.

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Arts Review

The Oscar speech we’d like to hear Sunday night: “Members of the Academy, what hypocrites and conformists so many of you are!”

By David Walsh, 3 March 2018

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, ostensibly honoring the best films and performances of 2017, will be held Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2018

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

Commentary

Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party

By E.P. Milligan, 3 March 2018

The annual conference was aimed primarily at turning young people interested in socialism into foot-soldiers for the Democrats organizers for the anti-working class trade unions.

Obituary: Jim Anderton, a pivotal defender of New Zealand capitalism

By John Braddock, 3 March 2018

As leader of NewLabour and the Alliance, Anderton played a critical role defending the capitalist order by blocking any rebellion against the Labour government.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2018

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

Xi Jinping’s power grab: Bonapartism with Chinese characteristics

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

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.

Workers Struggles

Nurses threaten strike action in Solomon Islands
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 March 2018

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

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

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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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.