European Union joins UK in ratcheting up anti-Russia campaign

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2018

The Skripal affair has been used by the UK and powerful voices within the US political and military establishment to push the two major European states away from Russia.

Witch-hunt of Corbyn aims to silence popular opposition to anti-Russia offensive

London, NATO step up war threats against Russia over Skripal poisoning

Questions mount about UK allegations over "novichok" poison in Skripal case

Threat of US attack on Syria grows amid fall of “rebel” stronghold

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2018

The imminent fall of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta has been accompanied by Turkey’s overrunning of Afrin in the north, signaling a new stage in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

“It’s all about building the stock market and not about people”
Numerous Kentucky schools to close Wednesday, as teachers’ protests mount

By J. Cooper and Nancy Hanover, 20 March 2018

Kentucky, which borders West Virginia, is the scene of escalating protests by educators, with growing demands for strike action over deep-going threats to their pensions.

Union cuts deal to end Jersey City strike as teacher protests spread

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

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Striking Kenyan lecturers defy labor court injunction, Nigeria lecturers strike

By Eddie Haywood, 20 March 2018

The strikes by university lecturers and staff in Kenya and Nigeria are part of growing labor unrest in Africa and internationally.

Democrats drop DACA recipients from budget talks

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2018

The action is only the latest betrayal of immigrants by the capitalist politicians who pretend to sympathize with them.

Trump demands death penalty for drug dealers as answer to opioid overdose crisis

By Niles Niemuth, 20 March 2018

Trump blamed the crisis on America’s supposedly lax drug laws and pointed to countries which have “zero tolerance” policies, including the death penalty for dealers and traffickers.

Fourth bomb blast in three weeks sends panic through Austin, Texas

By Trévon Austin, 20 March 2018

After the latest explosion, police believe a serial bomber is behind the incidents.

European Union seeks tariff exemptions as US sets out demands

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2018

Talks in Washington with the Trump administration will determine whether the EU proceeds with threatened measures in retaliation against the US imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Facebook and Sri Lankan government collaborate on social media censorship

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 20 March 2018

The Sri Lankan government is working with the giant social media corporation to establish greater political control of the Internet.

French President Macron signs basing deals in India

By Athiyan Silva, 20 March 2018

Macron’s four-day visit to India last week highlighted the growing military build-up in South Asia.

Tenants sue New York City Housing Authority over horrific conditions

By Philip Guelpa, 20 March 2018

The city’s public housing complexes have suffered decades of underfunding, resulting in severe deterioration of its infrastructure.

Australian by-election in Melbourne heightens Greens’ crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 20 March 2018

The Greens’ defeat in Batman marks a significant blow to their hopes of enlarging their influence within the parliamentary apparatus.

Interviews with voters at the Batman by-election

By our reporters, 20 March 2018

Union prepares another sellout deal at Australia’s Macquarie University

By our correspondent, 20 March 2018

The secrecy imposed by the NTEU is a warning that Macquarie will be a test case for the union’s capacity to impose intensifying cuts and pro-business measures.

Australian women join legal actions over pelvic implants

By Michelle Stevens, 20 March 2018

The allegations against the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, if proven correct, will reveal a profit-driven disregard for the health and wellbeing of the women.

New in Russian

Путин побеждает на президентских выборах в России на фоне растущей международной и внутренней нестабильности

Владимир Волков и Клара Вайс, 20 марта 2018 г.

Кампания президентских выборов в России проходила на фоне беспрецедентного обострения геополитической напряженности и продолжительного снижения уровня жизни населения.

New in French

L’Otan intensifie ses menaces contre la Russie dans l'affaire Skripal

Alexandre Lantier, 20 mars 2018

Des hauts responsables lancent un barrage de menaces politiques et militaires contre la Russie, une puissance nucléaire, sans fournir aucune preuve de leurs allégations.

La guerre politique à Washington entre dans une nouvelle phase après le renvoi de l’ancien directeur adjoint du FBI

Patrick Martin, 20 mars 2018

L’ancien directeur de la CIA, John Brennan, a répliqué au renvoi du directeur adjoint du FBI, Andrew McCabe, en disant à Trump : « Vous prendrez la place qui vous revient dans la poubelle de l’histoire en tant que démagogue déshonoré. »

Le doute plane sur les allégations britanniques sur le poison «Novitchok» dans l'affaire Skripal

Alexandre Lantier, 20 mars 2018

Les scientifiques ont à plusieurs reprises remis en question l’existence du poison «Novitchok» avec lequel la Russie aurait empoisonné les Skripals, selon Londres.

Le syndicat des enseignants a termine la grève à Jersey City avec un accord au rabais alors que les enseignants se mobilisaient

Jerry White, 20 mars 2018

Le syndicat s’est empressé de conclure l’accord alors que les enseignants s’opposaient à l’injonction du juge de reprendre le travail, ce qui aurait provoqué un affrontement avec les politiciens démocrates et républicains de l’État.

Le Canada vante son alliance militaire et stratégique avec Washington pour être exempté des tarifs de Trump

Roger Jordan, 20 mars 2018

Trudeau et ses représentants gouvernementaux vantent le fait que l'acier et l'aluminium canadiens sont indispensables à la machine de guerre américaine.

Québec solidaire utilisera ses liens avec Jean-Martin Aussant pour se rapprocher du PQ

Louis Girard, 20 mars 2018

QS veut canaliser l’opposition montante des travailleurs à l’austérité et à la guerre derrière le Parti québécois pro-patronal et la bureaucratie syndicale pro-capitaliste.

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Große Koalition rückt weit nach rechts

Johannes Stern, 20. März 2018

Die neue Regierung schürt gezielt rassistische Stimmungen, um ein reaktionäres Programm des Militarismus, des Sozialabbau und der inneren Aufrüstung gegen wachsende Opposition durchzusetzen.

Putin gewinnt russische Präsidentschaftswahl

Wladimir Wolkow und Clara Weiss, 20. März 2018

Die russische Präsidentschaftswahl fand vor dem Hintergrund beispielloser geopolitischer Spannungen und einem anhaltenden Niedergang des allgemeinen Lebensstandards statt.

Washington: Entlassung des früheren stellvertretenden FBI-Direktors markiert neues Stadium der politischen Krise

Patrick Martin, 20. März 2018

Der ehemalige CIA-Direktor John Brennan erklärte als Reaktion auf die Entlassung des früheren stellvertretenden FBI-Direktors Andrew McCabe gegenüber US-Präsident Trump: „Sie werden ihren rechtmäßigen Platz als diskreditierter Demagoge auf dem Müllhaufen der Geschichte einnehmen.“

Lenin, Trotzki und der Marxismus der Oktoberrevolution

David North, 20. März 2018

Den folgenden Vortrag hielt David North, Leiter der internationalen Redaktion der WSWS, am 16. März 2018 an der Universität Leipzig.

VW-Vorstand sahnt ab

Gustav Kemper, 20. März 2018

Trotz Dieselskandal, den damit verbundenen Gesundheitsschäden und der Gefährdung zehntausender Arbeitsplätze sind die Vorstandsbezüge bei Volkswagen um fast ein Drittel auf gut 50 Millionen Euro gestiegen.

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La guerra política en Washington entra en nueva etapa tras despido del ex director adjunto del FBI

Por Patrick Martin, 20 marzo 2018

El exdirector de la CIA, John Brennan, impugnó el despido del ex director adjunto del FBI, Andrew McCabe, diciéndole a Trump: “tomará su lugar designado como un demagogo desgraciado en el basurero de la historia”.

Londres, OTAN escalan amenazas de guerra contra Rusia por envenenamiento de Skripal

Por Alex Lantier, 20 marzo 2018

Las autoridades de la OTAN descargaron una nueva ronda de amenazas políticas y militares contra Rusia, una potencia nuclear, sin proveer una muestra de evidencia para sus acusaciones.

Putin gana elecciones presidenciales rusas en medio de creciente inestabilidad interna e internacional

Por Vladimir Volkov y Clara Weiss, 20 marzo 2018

Las elecciones presidenciales rusas tuvieron lugar en el contexto de tensiones geopolíticas sin precedentes y un declive prolongado en los niveles de vida populares.

Caza de brujas contra Corbyn busca silenciar oposición popular a ofensiva antirrusa

Por Chris Marsden, 20 marzo 2018

La advertencia del líder laborista, Jeremy Corbyn, sobre no “precipitarse a emitir un juicio” sobre el envenenamiento del ex doble agente, Sergei Skripal, ha incitado una frenética campaña mediática denunciándolo.

Los trabajadores de Amazon en España convocan su primera huelga en el almacén de Madrid

Por Alejandro López, 20 marzo 2018

Más de un año lleva Amazon negociando con los sindicatos para imponer un nuevo acuerdo que reduzca drásticamente los derechos de los trabajadores.

Toys R Us anuncia la liquidación en medio de "Apocalipsis minorista"

Por Anthony Bertolt, 20 marzo 2018

La cadena minorista está en el proceso de cerrar sus operaciones globales y acabar con los empleos de unos 31.000 trabajadores en Estados Unidos que serán eliminados.

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

Teachers unions intensify efforts to suppress growing class struggle in the US

20 March 2018

A recent article by a former top executive at the American Federation of Teachers argues that the unions exist to “maintain labor peace” and “tamp down rank-and-file gripes and discord.”

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.

Commentary

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 2
NYU’s role in “cybersecurity” and mass surveillance

By the IYSSE at NYU, 20 March 2018

The largest private research university in the US is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 1
NYU and the preparations of US imperialism for world war

Political warfare in Washington enters new stage following firing of former FBI deputy director

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2018

A travesty of justice that must not stand!
One year since India’s courts condemned framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers to jail for life

By Keith Jones, 17 March 2018

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

The significance of the mass student protests against gun violence in America

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 March 2018

The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

One million students walk out of class to protest gun violence and mass shootings in the US

Arts Review

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
The Waldheim Waltz: A timely film about the World War II role of former Austrian president

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 March 2018

The events surrounding Kurt Waldheim’s campaign and subsequent election in 1985-86 played a major role in uncovering the real role played by the Austrian ruling elite in the Second World War.

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
The shattering of what’s left of the American Dream: Generation Wealth, Game Girls, Lemonade

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

Call Me by Your Name: Academy Award-winning film from Luca Guadagnino

By Hiram Lee, 19 March 2018

Wonder Wheel: Woody Allen’s latest film—and the campaign to drive him out of the film industry

By Joanne Laurier, 17 March 2018

Native American author Sherman Alexie taken down in #MeToo hysteria

“A Weinsteinian sex pest”?
In defence of poet Robert Burns: “Ye know, and dare maintain, the Royalty of Man”

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

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Workers Struggles

Jamaican teachers stay away from work to protest wage offer
Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 March 2018

Primary and high school teachers stayed home for three days last week after rejecting a pay offer by the government.

The role of the UCU Left in the effort to shut down the UK lecturers strike

By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2018

UK: Lecturers and students speak on struggle to fight savage pension cuts

For a unified socialist movement of lecturers and students!

More on the UK lecturers strike »

As strike by 1,400 US telecom workers enters third week
Frontier hires Pinkerton agents, obtains restraining order

By Zac Corrigan, 17 March 2018

“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

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.

25 years ago: US, Europe back Yeltsin dictatorship in Russia

This week in 1993 the Clinton administration, followed by governments of the western European powers and Japan, backed Boris Yeltsin’s abrogation of the Russian constitution and declaration of dictatorial power.

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50 years ago: Johnson replaces Vietnam military commander

On March 22, 1968, President Johnson announced that General William Westmoreland would be removed as commander of US troops in Vietnam and appointed to a position in the Pentagon.

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75 years ago: Corruption exposed in US war industry

On March 23, 1943, a Senate committee heard testimony that officials of the US Steel corporation had deliberately sold sub-standard steel armor plates to the procurement services of the government for use in the war industry.

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100 years ago: US socialist indicted for opposing World War I

On March 21, 1918, radical author Scott Nearing, a member of the US Socialist Party and an opponent of the imperialist war, was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York City under the notorious Espionage Act.

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan workers’ inquiry meeting to announce findings on garbage disaster

By the Independent Workers Inquiry Committee, 17 March 2018

Australia: SEP meeting discusses government-media campaign over “African gangs”

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

The SEP has led a fight within the working class against the provocative hysteria against young people of African origin.

Obituary

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

By Bryan Dyne, 15 March 2018

Hawking, who lived much of his life debilitated by Lou Gehrig’s disease, was one of the world’s most significant cosmologists and a renowned popularizer of physics.

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

WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Organizing Resistance 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

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 » »

The Grenfell Tower fire

“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

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

Grenfell Fire Forum: Failed by the State co-director discusses smear campaign against his documentary

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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!

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.

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

More on US teachers »

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.

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