Trump’s firing of Tillerson signals further shift toward global war

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Tillerson’s replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is bound up with a turn toward upending the nuclear agreement with Iran and a more aggressive militarist policy.

Trump taps torturer to head CIA

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Touted as the first woman to head the US spy agency, the nomination of Gina Haspel marks a further rehabilitation of the methods of torture and forced disappearances.

UK university lecturers revolt against union sell-out agreement

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2018

Thousands protested nationally and hundreds of lecturers lobbied outside the union’s headquarters in London Tuesday to demand rejection of a deal reached the previous evening.

Striking UK lecturers speak out to denounce attempted UCU sell-out: “I’d like to see the membership taking control more as it has done today”

By our reporters, 14 March 2018

“I’m delighted with the voices of solidarity from West Virginia”
Students and lecturers at the University of Aberdeen speak about the issues in the strike

By our reporters, 14 March 2018

UK lecturers dispute: Lessons from the West Virginia teachers strike
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

For a unified socialist movement of lecturers and students!

Union betrays graduate workers’ strike at University of Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2018

Having demobilized students and pushed through a sellout deal, the Graduate Employees Organization is promoting impotent appeals to university officials.

As Trump’s education secretary threatens deep education cuts
Teachers’ struggle spreads to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

More on US teachers »

UK seeks international support for anti-Russia measures

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is engaged in a high-stakes effort to turn the tide internationally towards stepped-up conflict with Russia, up to and including a military confrontation.

UK prime minister delivers ultimatum to Russia, heightening war danger

Corbyn's Shadow Chancellor says Labour MPs will boycott RT

Russia threatens counter-strikes on US forces in Syria

By Halil Celik and James Cogan, 14 March 2018

Russia’s top military commander has vowed to retaliate against any attack on its forces in Syria, while Turkey is intensifying its offensive against US-backed rebels.

Australian pseudo-lefts feature at pro-imperialist #SaveGhouta rallies

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

China’s NPC formally approves Xi’s indefinite rule

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2018

The constitutional change removing the term limits on China’s president establishes a Bonapartist leader presiding over a regime confronting crises at home and abroad.

Great power politics, militarism, increased deportations: The right-wing programme of Germany’s grand coalition

By Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2018

The ruling class of Germany is reacting to the crisis of the European Union by returning to the criminal methods it used in the past.

Germany’s incoming interior minister announces police state measures, mass deportations

Trump visits border wall prototypes in California to “pick the right one”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 March 2018

Trump’s first visit to California as president sparked protests and came in the context of an intensification of the anti-immigrant policies of the administration.

ICE carries out mass immigration roundups in Northern California

“It’s certainly not going to shut me up”
Grenfell fire: Joe Delaney answers right-wing media witch-hunt

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to north Kensington resident Joe Delaney about the recent attack on him by the Sunday Times.

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

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Canada touts military-strategic alliance with Washington to win exemption from Trump’s tariffs

By Roger Jordan, 14 March 2018

Trudeau and his ministers are boasting that Canadian steel and aluminum exports are crucial to the US war machine.

Falling wages point to economic and social reality in Australia

By Mike Head, 14 March 2018

Instead of “jobs and growth,” the statistics point to increasing casualisation, real wage cuts and deepening social inequality.

Odebrecht-related bribe revelations threaten to wipe out Peruvian political establishment

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 14 March 2018

The revelations have led many to question the political future of all the figures involved, the most visible faces of the Peruvian political class for over a generation.

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

New in Norwegian

Lærdommer fra Vest-Virginia-lærernes streik

Jerry White og Joseph Kishore, 14 March 2018

Undertrykkingen av streiken er resultat av fagforeningenes bevisste innsats for å forhindre at lærernes kamp skulle utvikle seg til en bevegelse av hele arbeiderklassen mot det kapitalistiske systemet.

Google innrømmer deltagelse i det illegale amerikanske drone-drap-programmet

Andre Damon, 14 March 2018

Selskapets engasjement i «målrettet drap»-programmet viser den sentrale rollen det spiller i den amerikanske regjeringens angrep på demokratiske rettigheter.

Tiltagende handelskonflikt

Nick Beams, 14 March 2018

Den europeiske union håper å avverge Trumps tariff-tiltak, men på en pressekonferanse blinket Trump ut EU for angrep.

Hvorfor ytre-høyre vant i Italia

Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2018

Tiår med nedskjæringer og angrep på demokratiske rettigheter fra det offisielle «venstre» i Italia, hjulpet og støttet av sine pseudo-venstre forsvarere, resulterte i valgseier for ytre-høyre-partiene.

Vest-Virginia-lærernes fagforeninger tvang gjennom en knefall-avtale for å avslutte streiken

Will Morrow, 14 March 2018

Avtalen adresserer ikke lærernes sentralkrav – slutt på de skyhøye helsetjenestekostnadene – mens den dekker inn utilstrekkelige lønnsøkninger med kutt for Medicaid og andre sosiale program.

New in Spanish

La CIA toma control del Partido Demócrata

Por Patrick Martin, 14 marzo 2018

La participación de docenas de veteranos militares y de las agencias de inteligencia en las elecciones primarias este año representa un apoderamiento del Partido Demócrata por parte de la CIA y el Pentágono.

Los principales candidatos presidenciales de México hacen arrodillan ante los banqueros

Por Don Knowland, 14 marzo 2018

El candidato populista supuestamente de izquierda, López Obrador, le aseguró a los banqueros que no luchara contra sus intereses si es elegido.

La primera ministra del Reino Unido lanza un ultimátum a Rusia, aumentando el peligro de guerra

Por Laura Tiernan, 14 marzo 2018

El discurso de May viene tras una oleada de histeria anti-Rusia desatada por el establishment mediático, político y militar, incluyendo la movilización de 180 militares en la ciudad de la catedral de Salisbury.

El canciller en la sombra de Corbyn dice que los parlamentarios laboristas boicotearán a RT

Por Laura Tiernan, 14 marzo 2018

Una vez más los seguidores de Corbyn han adoptado posiciones respecto a políticas asociadas con la mayoría favorable a la guerra que domina al Partido Laborista parlamentario.

New in German

Merkels Wiederwahl und der Kampf gegen Militärismus, Sozialabbau und Diktatur

Johannes Stern, 14. März 2018

Mit der heutigen Wiederwahl Angela Merkels (CDU) zur Bundeskanzlerin und der Vereidigung des neuen Bundeskabinetts durch Präsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) übernimmt die rechteste deutsche Regierung seit dem Untergang des Dritten Reichs ihre Geschäfte.

Britische Premierministerin stellt Russland Ultimatum

Laura Tiernan, 14. März 2018

May hielt ihre Rede, nachdem die Medien und das politische und militärische Establishment eine Welle von antirussischer Hysterie verbreitet hatten. Dazu gehörte auch die Mobilmachung von 180 Soldaten in der Domstadt Salisbury.

CIA übernimmt die Demokratische Partei

Patrick Martin, 14. März 2018

Zig Militär- und Geheimdienstveteranen treten bei der Halbzeitwahl in den USA für die Demokratische Partei an. Dies bedeutet faktisch die Übernahme der Partei durch CIA und Pentagon.

Deutsche Post bereitet Lohnkürzungen vor

Gustav Kemper und Dietmar Henning, 14. März 2018

Die Brief- und Paketzustellung der Post soll mit der Billig-Tochter DHL Delivery zu einem neuen Unternehmen zusammengefasst werden.

Die 68. Berlinale und die #MeToo-Kampagne

Stefan Steinberg und Verena Nees, 14. März 2018

Die Berlinale, die am 25. Februar zu Ende ging, ist das weltweit größte Publikumsfestival. In diesem Jahr war es von einem Widerspruch geprägt: Auf der einen Seite nahmen sich erneut Hunderttausende Menschen Zeit für die Reise nach Berlin, um neue anregende Filme zu entdecken, die brennende Fragen der Gegenwart behandeln und später oftmals nicht in die Kinos kommen.

New in Farsi

برای یک ائتلاف بین المللی جهت مبارزه با سانسور اینترنت

۳ بهمن ۱۳۹۶

نامه سرگشاده از طرف هیئت مدیره بین الملللی تار نمای جهانی سوسیالیست به تارنما های سوسیالیست، ضد جنگ، چپ و پیشرو، سازمان ها و فعالان

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.

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Perspective

The Skripal poisoning: What lies behind UK-US ultimatums against Russia?

14 March 2018

As London and NATO concoct a case for war against Russia based on allegations that Moscow poisoned Sergei Skripal, certain elementary questions must be asked.

Earlier Perspectives »

Protests against school shootings

Nationwide protests, high school walkouts to oppose school shootings in the US

By our reporters, 14 March 2018

Thousands of students are walking out at high schools throughout the US today, in opposition to school shootings.

The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 14 March 2018

The framework of the official debate over the horrific regularity of mass shootings like that in Parkland, Florida obscures the underlying causes: social inequality and war.

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

The Columbine High School massacre: American Pastoral ... American Berserk

Horror in Newtown

Featured Commentary

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2018

The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year’s congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.

The CIA Democrats: Part one
Introduction

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

Commentary

Yale witch hunters and the decline of democratic consciousness

By Eric London, 14 March 2018

The Yale Daily News does not understand that “Not guilty” most certainly does mean “innocent.”

Connecticut jury acquits Yale student in campus sexual assault case

“If only there were more female billionaires!”— New York Times

By David Walsh, 14 March 2018

The New York Times Sunday Review prominently featured an article by Susan Chira, a senior correspondent and editor on gender issues, headlined, “Money Is Power. And Women Need More of Both.”

The condition of working-class women on International Women’s Day

New York Times celebrates Metropolitan Opera dismissal of James Levine

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

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Foreign “meddling” in elections—Yankee imperialist style

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”
The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

WSWS 20th anniversary fund

Donate to support coverage of workers struggles!

The World Socialist Web Site sent a full-time reporting team to West Virginia to provide news coverage and a political perspective during the critical battle of teachers and school employees. Donate now so that we can continue this work!

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Public conference in Detroit April 22
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

12 March 2018

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

West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

Google’s alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America

More on Internet censorship » »

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.

Arts Review

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
The 2018 Berlinale and the #MeToo campaign

By Stefan Steinberg and Verena Nees, 14 March 2018

The 68th Berlin Film Festival, whose 2018 edition ended February 25, is the world’s largest film festival open to the public.

Berlin film festival: SPD cabinet minister promotes #MeToo campaign

Sweet Country: Bitter truths about Aboriginal dispossession in Australia

By George Morley, 13 March 2018

Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya: Confessions of a media pariah

By Carlos Delgado, 12 March 2018

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin: A fatally ill-conceived “black comedy”

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! Take up the fight for socialism!

By the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2018

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) distributed the following statement at university orientation week events across Australia and in New Zealand.

An Open letter from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the editors of German daily Tageszeitung

12 March 2018

Workers Struggles

Unifor shuts down ZF-TRW auto parts strike in Windsor, Canada

By Carl Bronski, 12 March 2018

California: 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses authorize strike

“If we all band together, there’s no fight we can’t win.”
Striking West Virginia telecom workers call for unified struggle

As teacher walkouts spread across the country, Frontier telecommunication workers in West Virginia continue to strike for job security and health care.

As nine-day teachers’ strike concludes
Striking West Virginia Frontier telecom workers speak out

The West Virginia Teachers Strike

Watch: WSWS Labor Editor Jerry White speaks on lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

White discussed the strike on The Robust Opposition with Lauren Steiner.

Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim “victory” in West Virginia teachers sellout

Watch: IYSSE member addresses rally in West Virginia

More on US teachers »

25 years ago: Italian political corruption scandal spreads

On March 16, 1993, the third head of a major Italian party stepped down amidst a spreading corruption scandal that shook the entire political order.

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50 years ago: Worldwide panic in gold markets

On March 15, 1968, Britain closed its London gold market following a week of panic buying that threatened to destroy the $35-per-ounce gold standard.

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75 years ago: Imperialists contest over French Guiana

On March 16, 1943, demonstrations erupted against the Vichyite administration in the colony of French Guiana.

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100 years ago: Soviet Congress meets over Brest-Litovsk Treaty

On March 14, 1918, an extraordinary Fourth All-Russia Congress of Soviets was convened in Moscow for the purpose of ratifying the Brest-Litovsk Treaty ending Russian participation in World War I.

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Mehring Books

Now available on Mehring Books
Why Study the Russian Revolution? Volume II: Toward Workers’ Power and World Socialist Revolution

The second volume includes the final four lectures in the ICFI lecture series, tracing the course of the revolution from the July Days through the conquest of power by the working class under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party in October.

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.

History

Fifty years since the Kerner Commission report
The urban riots of the 1960s and the remaking of American racial ideology

By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2018

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