Major strikes in France challenge Macron’s right-wing reforms

By Peter Schwarz and Eric London, 3 April 2018

The railway workers’ strike, which began Monday evening, is the biggest test of strength to date between President Emmanuel Macron and the French working class.

After 15,000 march on capitol, Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second day

By Jerry White, 3 April 2018

Unable to stop the strike initiated by rank-and-file teachers, the unions are now seeking to prevent the walkout in Oklahoma from becoming a catalyst for a far broader strike.

“This needs to go to all 50 states”
Oklahoma teachers call for broadening of strike

By our reporters, 3 April 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking teachers, teachers’ assistants and other public employees who attended yesterday’s demonstration of more than 15,000 people.

Oklahoma teachers strike as workers’ upsurge spreads in US

Build rank-and-file committees to unite with teachers in Arizona and Kentucky!
Mobilize the working class behind striking Oklahoma educators!

Interview with a teacher from Greece: “Teachers have the same problems worldwide”

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Explosive social conditions in Spain behind moves toward police state

By Vicky Short, 3 April 2018

Behind the police-state measures being enacted in Spain lie economic, political and social tensions that are also now finding expression in a growing movement of the working class.

Spanish judiciary accuses former Catalan President Puigdemont of “mobilising the masses”

German Socialist Equality Party demands immediate release of Carles Puigdemont

Gaza death toll mounts to 18 as US backs Israel’s massacre of Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2018

The Israeli government has taken the response of the US and the major European powers as a green light to act with impunity in drowning Palestinian protest and resistance in blood.

US media’s silent complicity in Israeli massacre in Gaza

China imposes tariffs as trade war heats up

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2018

The Chinese moves appear to have had an impact on Wall Street, where the Dow was down by more than 450 points at end of yesterday.

Ex-Australian prime minister embraces Pauline Hanson

By Mike Head, 3 April 2018

Abbott’s decision to launch Hanson’s book marks a sharp shift to the right within the political establishment to promote nationalism and xenophobia.

Claims by Cambridge Analytica whistleblower used for new electoral investigation into Brexit

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018

The Electoral Commission’s latest investigation testifies to the deep tensions within the British bourgeoisie over Brexit.

Palantir Technologies: A “CIA-backed startup”

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018

Palantir’s clients include a disproportionate number of US military, state and intelligence agencies, among them the CIA, NSA, FBI and Homeland Security.

Immigrant mother seeks sanctuary from deportation in New York City church

By Josh Varlin, 3 April 2018

Some 40 immigrants are publicly taking sanctuary in US churches to avoid deportation, and no doubt many more are doing so in secret.

Trump gives Liberian immigrants a year to leave or face deportation

Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants

ICE arrests wrongly convicted Chicago man released after 20 years in prison

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Second New York City transit worker killed in a week

By Alan Whyte, 3 April 2018

Stephen Livecchi, 59, was directing traffic in the depot when a bus operator, who failed to see him while driving in reverse, ran over him.

Northern California teacher placed on leave after encouraging discussion of school shooting protests

By Dan Conway, 3 April 2018

Rocklin High School history teacher Julianne Benzel was disciplined after encouraging discussion over last month’s school shooting protests.

Sheriff’s deputy runs down Sacramento protester and flees scene

By Alec Andersen, 2 April 2018

A woman taking part in demonstrations against the police murder of Stephon Clark Saturday evening had to be transported to the hospital after a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy struck her with his SUV and fled the scene.

Protests continue in Sacramento as autopsy shows police shot Stephon Clark multiple times in the back

The murder of Stephon Clark and the fight against police violence

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Australia: Victorian police assault disability pensioner

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2018

Captured on CCTV footage, the incident graphically exposes the impunity with which police officers brutalise working class people, especially the poor and the vulnerable.

New in French

La complicité silencieuse des médias américains dans le massacre israélien à Gaza

Jean Shaoul et Barry Grey, 3 avril 2018

Les principaux médias américains, avec le New York Times en tête, traitent le meurtre de masse et les blessures des manifestants palestiniens, non armés et pacifiques, comme un non-événement.

New in Norwegian

EU melder seg på Storbritannias hausing av antiRussland-kampanjen

Chris Marsden, 3 April 2018

Skripal-affæren blir brukt av Storbritannia og mektige stemmer i USAs politiske og militære etablissement for å presse de to vesentlige europeiske statene unna Russland.

Trussel om amerikansk angrep på Syria vokser med fallet av «opprører»-støttepunkt

Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2018

Den forestående fallet av Damaskus-forstaden Øst-Ghouta ledsages av Tyrkias overrulling av Afrin i nord, og det signaliserer et nytt stadium i den syv-år-lange syriske krigen.

London, NATO stepper opp krigstrusler mot Russland over Skripal-forgiftningen

Alex Lantier, 3 April 2018

NATO-myndigheter utstedte et sperreild av politiske og militære trusler mot Russland, en atomvåpenmakt, uten å gi noen bevis for sine påstander.

Spørsmålene tiltar om britiske påstander om ‘novitsjok’-gift i Skripal-saken

Alex Lantier, 3 April 2018

London har enda ikke presentert konkrete bevis som underbygger anklagene og det reiser spørsmålet om hvorvidt hele saken mot Russland er basert på løgner.

New in German

Amerikanische Medien schweigen über israelisches Massaker in Gaza

Jean Shaoul und Barry Grey, 3. April 2018

Führende amerikanische Medien, allen voran die New York Times, behandeln das Massaker des israelischen Militärs an unbewaffneten und friedlichen palästinensischen Demonstranten in Gaza als unbedeutendes Ereignis.

Frankreich: Machtprobe zwischen Macron und Eisenbahnern

Peter Schwarz, 3. April 2018

Der Eisenbahnerstreik, der Montagabend um 19 Uhr begann, gilt als bisher größte Machtprobe zwischen Präsident Emmanuel Macron und der französischen Arbeiterklasse.

„Berlin brennt“: Feuerwehrleute wehren sich gegen Sparpolitik von Rot-Rot-Grün

Carola Kleinert und Andy Niklaus, 3. April 2018

Mit einer Mahnwache protestieren Berliner Feuerwehrleute gegen katastrophale Arbeitsbedingungen, zu wenig Personal und die Einführung von Zwölf-Stunden Schichten.

Neues Anti-Terror- Zentrum in Berlin-Tempelhof

Tino Jacobson und Marianne Arens, 3. April 2018

Ab 2020 sollen im neuen Anti-Terror-Zentrum in Berlin- Tempelhof mehrere Eliteeinheiten eng zusammenarbeiten. Es ist ein weiterer Schritt im Aufbau eines Überwachungs- und Polizeistaates.

Eine politische Perspektive für die streikenden Dozenten und Studierenden in Großbritannien

unseren Reportern, 3. April 2018

Am Education Fightback Forum der Socialist Equality Party (SEP) mit dem Titel „Nein zum Verrat der UCU! Bildet Basiskomitees!“ nahmen Dozenten und Studenten aus ganz Großbritannien teil.

New in Spanish

La complicidad silenciosa de la prensa estadounidense con la masacre israelí en Gaza

Por Jean Shaoul y Barry Grey, 3 abril 2018

Los principales medios de comunicación estadounidenses, encabezados por el New York Times, están tratando como algo intrascendente el asesinato masivo en Gaza a manos del ejército israelí.

Los demócratas dan luz verde a la creciente guerra de Trump contra los inmigrantes

Por Eric London, 3 abril 2018

Entre otras medidas, el Gobierno de Trump planea prohibir que los inmigrantes que hayan recibido asistencia social puedan conseguir un estatus legal.

La gran coalición de Alemania y el regreso de un estado policial

Por Johannes Stern, 3 abril 2018

El arresto del expresidente catalán Carles Puigdemont el 25 de marzo demuestra cuán avanzado está el desarrollo de un Estado policial en Alemania y en toda Europa.

Los maestros en Oklahoma hacen huelga según se extiende el surgimiento obrero en EUA

Por Tom Hall, 3 abril 2018

La valiente batalla iniciada por los docentes en Oklahoma se produce después de una huelga de nueve días en West Virginia, donde el desafío de los maestros contra las autoridades estatales y los sindicatos movilizó a trabajadores en todo el país e internacionalmente.

El fracaso en Siria profundiza la crisis de la administración de Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 3 abril 2018

Mientras Trump hablaba la semana pasada de retirar las tropas estadounidenses de Siria, las fuerzas “rebeldes” respaldadas por los EUA perdían su último bastión cerca de la capital, Damasco.

ICE arresta a hombre de Chicago que fue condenado incorrectamente y liberado después de 20 años en prisión

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 abril 2018

Ricardo Rodríguez, sentenciado erróneamente por el asesinato en 1995 de un hombre sin techo fue finalmente liberado 20 años después solo para ser detenido inmediatamente por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas.

La verdad sobre Cambridge Analytica-SCL: operaciones psicológicas de actores del Estado profundo de Gran Bretaña y Estados Unidos

Por Julie Hyland, 3 abril 2018

Cambridge Analytica y SCL no estaban actuando como representantes del Estado ruso sino más bien de sectores significativos del ejército y del aparato de inteligencia de los EUA y del Reino Unido.

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Perspective

Teachers’ rebellion spreads as tens of thousands strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky

3 April 2018

The growing wave of unrest among educators requires not only the attention and support of all workers, but their active participation.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP 2018 election campaign

Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

3 April 2018

David Moore, SEP candidate for the US Senate, and Kevin Mitchell, SEP candidate in the 51st Congressional District, will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.

New dates in Newark and Tracy
Public meetings in California: The Socialist Equality Party campaign in the 2018 midterm elections

3 April 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

The New York Times takes on the social media “hordes”

By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018

Times columnist Farhad Manjoo demanded in a recent article that the government do something to “fix” social media to keep the online “herd” from voicing their opinions.

“The people are behind you!”
Students, faculty and staff at University of Michigan oppose persecution of Julian Assange

By Zac Corrigan, 3 April 2018

On Monday, an IYSSE campaign team spoke to students and faculty at the University of Michigan about the confinement and persecution of Julian Assange.

Journalists, filmmakers, artists demand end to persecution of Julian Assange

2 April 2018

Why has Ecuador silenced Julian Assange?

By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2018

WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

April 8, public meeting in Chennai, India
Oppose Internet censorship! Defend freedom of speech!

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

More on Internet censorship » »

Arts Review

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7
A fresh look at German cinema in the Weimar Republic era (1919-1933)

By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 April 2018

The major retrospective at this year’s Berlinale, “Weimar Cinema Revisited,” presented films—along with their directors in many cases—that have been forgotten for decades.

Babylon Berlin: A lavish television series about 1920s’ Germany

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 April 2018

Vertigo: Sixty years since the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s disturbing classic

By Joanne Laurier, 30 March 2018

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread: Art for the artist’s sake

Commentary

Germany’s grand coalition and the return of a police state

By Johannes Stern, 2 April 2018

Yulia Skripal “improving rapidly”: The unravelling of the Russian Novichok narrative

By Chris Marsden, 31 March 2018

In response to US-UK provocations
Russia expels US diplomats, closes consulate in St. Petersburg

The poisoning of Skripal and the campaign against Russia

Sisi’s sham election and the fate of the Egyptian Revolution

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2018

Education Fightback Forum

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds online meeting for education workers and students

By our reporters, 2 April 2018

Education Fightback forum hears special needs teacher: “A 30 percent increase in class size with the same level of staffing”

By our reporters, 2 April 2018

Education Fightback forum:UK lecturer speaks on casualisation of Higher Education sector

By our reporters, 2 April 2018

25 years ago: Clinton-Yeltsin summit works out plan for selloff of Russian economy

In an April 4, 1993 summit held in Vancouver, US President Bill Clinton offered strong political support to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, as well as more than $1 billion in aid in exchange for the guarantees on the plunder of what remained of the social wealth of the Soviet Union.

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50 years ago: Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated

At 6:01 p.m., on April 4, 1968, civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr., was shot by an assassin while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had gone in support of a strike of sanitation workers.

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75 years ago: Hitler and Mussolini meet amid deepening crisis of Axis forces

On April 8, 1943, the German and Italian fascist leaders, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and military commanders from the two nations, met in Salzburg, Austria, amid a deepening crisis of Axis forces in the Second World War.

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100 years ago: German-born coal miner lynched in Illinois

At 12:30 a.m., April 5, 1918, Robert Prager, a German-born coal miner, was strung to a tree and hung until dead by a crowd estimated at 200 near the southern Illinois mining town of Collinsville.

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Workers Struggles

US Appeals Court acknowledges UAW lied to Toledo Jeep workers

By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2018

“We want to know the details of the agreement”
CWA tries to ram through sellout deal to end Frontier strike

By our reporters, 27 March 2018

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 March 2018

WSWS 20th Anniversary Fund

Donate to support coverage of mass rallies!

The WSWS and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) organized real-time social media news coverage of the mass rallies against the epidemic of school shootings in the US, and provided a political perspective for a new generation of workers and young people entering into political life.

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Protest Against School Shootings in the US

Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States

By Tom Hall, 27 March 2018

“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”
California: Protesters denounce war and social inequality

By our reporters, 27 March 2018

“I am motivated to make that change for our future generations”
Students, youth speak about war, inequality at DC March for Our Lives rally

“No more wars, no more violence!”
Over 80,000 youth and students in Chicago protest against mass violence

The international significance of the March for Our Lives demonstrations

By Eric London, 26 March 2018

The protests against school shootings and the growth of the class struggle

Now available from Mehring Books
New pamphlet: The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2018

There is a growing awareness that something is deeply amiss with the present social order.

Mehring Books

Mehring Books publishes The Struggle against Imperialism and For Workers’ Power in Iran

24 March 2018

The pamphlet addresses pivotal issues of socialist strategy in a country that for decades has been a target of US imperialist intrigue and aggression, and where the working class, as heralded by the protests that opened 2018, is now striving to find the road of independent class struggle.

NHS Fightback

NHS FightBack: Reject health trade unions’ sellout NHS pay deal!

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party, 23 March 2018

More on NHS Fightback »

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.

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

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.

Twenty years of the WSWS

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

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.