Google sets up “news initiative” to censor political opposition and promote mainstream media

By Andre Damon, 22 March 2018

Google announced its latest censorship initiative as Facebook came under pressure from the media and Congressional Democrats to crack down on political opposition.

The Russians are tweeting! The Russians are tweeting!

By Will Morrow, 22 March 2018

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report claims that demonstrations in Wisconsin in 2016 against a police killing were used by Russian Twitter bots to “stoke flames of racial division.”

Facebook and Sri Lankan government collaborate on social media censorship

Cambridge Analytica used harvested data from 50 million Facebook profiles

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Kentucky and Arizona teachers rally to defend public education

By J. Cooper, 22 March 2018

Teachers in Arizona organized sickouts Wednesday and traveled to Phoenix to demand pay raises, while educators in Kentucky rallied in the state capital to oppose attacks on retirement benefits.

US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe
Global struggles by teachers mounting against austerity and attacks on public education

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

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

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Former top aide to UAW VP Norwood Jewell indicted in corruption investigation

By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2018

Nancy Johnson, the number two UAW official overseeing the 2015 Fiat Chrysler negotiations, is charged with five felony counts related to receiving illegal payoffs from company officials.

Trump boasts of arms deals, backs Saudi slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2018

The White House gave the Saudi regime unconditional support for its war in Yemen, while cementing the anti-Iranian alliance between Washington and Riyadh.

US to launch trade measures against China

By Nick Beams, 22 March 2018

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said action would be taken outside the WTO, because China’s “state-dominated economy” rejects “market principles.”

Chinese president expounds on his nationalist “dream”

By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2018

Xi’s consolidation as China’s political strongman takes place amid growing US threats of trade war and war, as well as intense social tensions at home.

UK-led anti-Russia campaign used to hit out at Trump, pressure EU

By Chris Marsden, 22 March 2018

Tuesday was the day the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats and their families, while May chaired a session of the national security council to discuss further actions against Russia.

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

Barely any “affordable” housing being built in the UK

By Margot Miller, 22 March 2018

Local councils, many Labour-run, have responded to rapacious funding cuts from central government by privatising services, selling off remaining council stock and facilitating highly profitable deals with developers.

Officials call for more police in schools after shooting in suburban Maryland

By Nick Barrickman, 22 March 2018

The most recent school shooting comes just days before Saturday’s scheduled “March for Our Lives” protests in Washington, DC and across the United States.

Two billionaires to face off in race for governor of Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 22 March 2018

Hyatt Hotels billionaire J. B. Pritzker won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner, a former hedge fund boss.

New York City MTA track worker killed in fall

By Alan Whyte, 22 March 2018

St. Clair Richard Stephens, died after falling about 20 feet landing on his head after a wooden safety railing broke.

GM and Unifor collude to cut labour costs in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2018

The moves to cut labour costs through outsourcing and early retirements at GM’s Ontario engine plant further expose the reactionary nature of the 2016 “framework agreements” rammed through by Unifor.

Quebec: Aluminum giants demand steeper concessions from locked-out ABI workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 22 March 2018

Even as ABI amplifies its concession demands, the steelworkers union has agreed to reopen the contract at a second Quebec smelter owned by Rio Tinto-Alcan.

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Il significato delle proteste in massa degli studenti contro la violenza armata in America

Genevieve Leigh, 22 marzo 2018

Mentre I Democratici e i mass media hanno cercato di limitare le proteste a proposte di controllo delle armi, ci sono questioni molto più ampie dietro la politicizzazione della gioventù negli USA.

New in Norwegian

Syv dager i mars: Trump-administrasjonen og det amerikanske demokratiets sammenbrudd

Patrick Martin, 22 March 2018

Trump-administrasjonens handlinger denne uken avslører den stadig mer åpne dreiningen mot autoritarisme, mens demokratene har blitt partiet til CIA.

Fransk styringselite brysker for krig i Syria blant britisk-amerikanske trusler mot Russland

Alex Lantier, 22 March 2018

Mens Paris tar grep for å gjenopprette militær verneplikt skaper NATO- stormaktene betingelser for storkriger der store verneplikt-hærer kunne innsettes.

Tyskland: Merkels gjenvalg og kampen mot militarisme, velferdskutt og diktatur

Johannes Stern, 22 March 2018

Med gjenvalget av Angela Merkel er den mest høyreorienterte tyske regjeringen innsatt siden Det tredje rikets fall.

Odebrecht-relaterte åpenbaringer om bestikkelser truer med å stryke ut det peruanske politiske etablissement

Armando Cruz und Cesar Uco, 22 March 2018

Åpenbaringene har ført mange til å stille spørsmål ved den politiske fremtiden for alle involverte parter, den peruanske politiske klassens mest synlige ansikter over en generasjon.

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Quince años desde el lanzamiento de la guerra de Irak

Por Patrick Martin, 22 marzo 2018

Ni los militaristas de Washington y Londres ni sus apologistas en la prensa han rendido cuentas por el mayor crimen del siglo XXI.

EUA, el Caribe, África, América Latina y Europa
Las luchas globales de los docentes van en aumento contra la austeridad y los ataques contra la educación pública

Por Jerry White, 22 marzo 2018

Diez años después del crac financiero de 2008, que abrió paso a una década de salvajes recortes presupuestarios, enseñantes de todo el mundo están protestando y yendo a la huelga.

Gran coalición alemana gira bruscamente hacia la derecha

Por Johannes Stern, 22 marzo 2018

El nuevo gobierno está avivando una atmósfera racista para impulsar su programa de militarismo, ataques sociales y el fortalecimiento del aparato represivo estatal.

La amenaza de un ataque estadounidense a Siria crece en medio de la caída de un baluarte “rebelde”

Por Bill Van Auken, 22 marzo 2018

La caída inminente del suburbio de Damasco de Guta oriental ha sido acompañado por la invasión de Afrin por parte de Turquía en el norte, apuntando a una nueva etapa en la guerra en Siria que ya dura siete años.

La Unión Europea busca excepciones arancelarias ya que Estados Unidos establece demandas

Por Nick Beams, 22 marzo 2018

Las conversaciones en Washington con la administración de Trump determinarán si la UE procede con medidas amenazantes en represalia contra la imposición de aranceles estadounidenses al acero y al aluminio.

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Non à la concertation avec Macron sur la SNCF!
Pour une lutte politique contre l'austérité et le militarisme en Europe!

Alexandre Lantier, 21 mars 2018

Les travailleurs qui se mobilisent le 22 mars lors d'une première journée d'action contre la privatisation de la SNCF sont confrontés à une lutte politique internationale.

L’Union européenne rejoint le Royaume-Uni en intensifiant la campagne anti-Russie

Chris Marsden, 22 mars 2018

L’affaire Skripal a été utilisée par le Royaume-Uni et des voix puissantes au sein de l’establishment politique et militaire américain pour éloigner les deux principaux États européens de la Russie.

Quinze ans depuis le début de la guerre en Irak

Patrick Martin, 22 mars 2018

Il y a quinze ans hier, dans la nuit du 20 au 21 mars 2003, les forces armées des États-Unis et de la Grande-Bretagne ont lancé une invasion illégale et non provoquée de l’Irak.

Les syndicats d’enseignants intensifient leurs efforts pour réprimer la lutte de classe qui se développe aux États-Unis

Jerry White, 22 mars 2018

Un récent article d’un ancien dirigeant de la Fédération américaine d’enseignants soutient que les syndicats existent pour « maintenir la paix du travail » et « tempérer les plaintes et la discorde de la base ».

La grande coalition allemande vire brusquement à droite

Johannes Stern, 22 mars 2018

Le nouveau gouvernement attise une atmosphère raciste pour poursuivre son programme de militarisme, d’austérité et de renforcement de l'appareil de répression.

Le président français signe des accords militaires avec l’Inde

Athiyan Silva, 22 mars 2018

La visite de quatre jours de Macron en Inde la semaine dernière a souligné le renforcement militaire en cours en Asie du Sud

New in German

Fünfzehn Jahre seit Beginn des Irakkriegs

Von Patrick Martin, 22. März 2018

Weder die Kriegsherren in Washington und London noch ihre Unterstützer in den Medien wurden für das bislang größte Verbrechen im 21. Jahrhundert zur Rechenschaft gezogen.

Merkels Regierungserklärung: Flüchtlingshetze, Aufrüstung und Krieg

Von Johannes Stern, 22. März 2018

Mit der für sie typischen Mischung aus Lethargie und Langeweile präsentierte die Bundeskanzlerin das reaktionärste Regierungsprogramm seit Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs.

SPD-Finanzminister Scholz bestellt Goldmann-Sachs-Manager zum Staatssekretär

Von Ulrich Rippert, 22. März 2018

Die Entscheidung von Finanzminister Olaf Scholz (SPD), den Deutschlandchef der US-Großbank Goldman Sachs, Jörg Kukies, zu seinem Staatssekretär zu machen, ist eine politische Richtungsentscheidung und gezielte Provokation.

Türkei erobert Afrin: Gefahr eines regionalen Kriegs im Nahen Osten

Von Halil Celik, 22. März 2018

Ankara rückt von seinen Nato-Partnern ab und baut engere wirtschaftliche und militärische Beziehungen zu Russland und dem Iran auf, den Hauptgegnern des US-Imperialismus.

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 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

Geoffrey Rush lawsuit strikes blow against anti-democratic #MeToo campaign

22 March 2018

A judge ruled that the Murdoch media could not substantiate the allegations of sexual misconduct it made against acclaimed Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.

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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

Fifteen years since the launching of the Iraq War

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2018

Turkey’s seizure of Afrin and the growing threat of a regional war in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 21 March 2018

Sanders town hall in DC promotes illusions in the Democrats and trade unions

By Tom Hall, 21 March 2018

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship
Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet

By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018

Former Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine files suit against “McCarthyite” sexual harassment charges and firing

By David Walsh, 21 March 2018

The public humiliation and destruction of Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 19 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

Workers Struggles

No to talks with Macron on the privatisation of French railways!
For a political struggle against austerity and militarism in Europe!

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2018

Workers taking part in a nationwide strike in France on March 22 are confronted with an international political struggle.

Maruti Suzuki workers hold protest demanding release of 13 framed-up colleagues

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 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

Striking Kenyan lecturers defy labor court injunction, Nigeria lecturers strike

By Eddie Haywood, 20 March 2018

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!

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Arts Review

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
Styx and Eldorado: Once again on the plight of refugees

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 March 2018

A handful of movies at the 2018 Berlinale dealt powerfully and insightfully with the European Union’s criminal policy toward refugees.

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

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

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

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

The CIA and the Democratic Party

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

Science

Some early modern populations in Britain may have had dark skin

By Philip Guelpa, 22 March 2018

Recently published research suggests that Mesolithic Britons may have had dark skin, but the science is unsettled.

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

By Bryan Dyne, 15 March 2018

The Grenfell Tower fire

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference and that’s how those in power view many in our society”
Grenfell fire: An interview with North Kensington resident Joe Delaney

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2018

In this interview, local resident Joe Delaney speaks about his initial involvement in tenants housing issues in North Kensington and the Grenfell Action Group, his thoughts on the Grenfell fire and the official public inquiry.

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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.

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