UK’s Porton Down military lab head: Russia not identified as source of Skripal poisoning

By Julie Hyland, 4 April 2018

The laboratory’s statements explode the British government’s utilisation of the Skripals’ apparent poisoning to ratchet up NATO’s provocations against Moscow.

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

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

The poisoning of Skripal and the campaign against Russia

Strikes by railway workers and aircrews paralyze France

By our correspondents, 4 April 2018

The striking transit workers were joined by students walking out in opposition to the Macron government’s assault on public education.

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

Oklahoma teachers converging on capitol for third day of strike

By Jerry White, 4 April 2018

By early Tuesday evening, most of the state’s districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced that schools would be closed Wednesday.

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

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

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!

“This is not the civics lessons we’ve been teaching … we’re going to see more of this!”
Thousands of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose cuts

By J. Cooper, 4 April 2018

Not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders and others attended the rally at the state capitol.

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

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

More on US teachers »

Teachers across the UK vote for industrial action

By Thomas Scripps, 4 April 2018

Representing the vast majority of teachers in the UK, the votes are a response to the catastrophic conditions prevailing in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Germany: Public service trade union announces extension of protest strikes

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2018

Verdi is responding to growing anger and militancy among public employees, who refuse to accept staff reductions and increased workloads while their wages stagnate or decline.

One dead, three injured in shooting at YouTube HQ in Northern California

By Norisa Diaz, 4 April 2018

While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, what is certain is that American society continues to produce mass shootings on an almost daily basis.

As Trump talks of bringing troops home, Washington escalates aggression from Libya to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2018

While Trump repeated his populist promise to “bring our troops home,” the reality is that the Pentagon is escalating interventions across the Middle East.

Sunday Times uses dirty tricks, slander and lies to tar Labour’s pro-Corbyn left as anti-Semitic

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 4 April 2018

The Sunday Times investigation is an exercise in McCarthyite witch-hunting, which has failed to substantiate spurious allegations of widespread anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

German state prosecutor calls for extradition of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2018

With this decision, the state prosecutor in Schleswig-Holstein is giving its backing to the Spanish government and adopting Madrid’s arguments.

Spanish parties unite to demand repression against Catalan nationalists

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2018

The Catalan crisis is being used to criminalise all political and social opposition under conditions of intensification of the class struggle.

Explosive social conditions in Spain behind moves toward police state

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

German Socialist Equality Party demands immediate release of Carles Puigdemont

The new traditions of Germany’s armed forces: Hero-worship, militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2018

Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen’s speech reawakens the cult-like veneration of the fallen “war heroes” of the Kaiser’s Empire and of the period of the Nazis.

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

Regional governor Tuleev resigns in wake of Kemerovo fire in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 4 April 2018

The Kemerovo fire has brutally laid bare the class relations in Russia and triggered an ongoing political crisis.

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students, faculty stage sit-in to protest cuts to humanities

By Jacob Crosse and Christopher Davion, 4 April 2018

The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.

After election, Costa Rica’s ruling party announces austerity-driven “National Unity Government”

By Andrea Lobo, 4 April 2018

Polls indicated Costa Rican workers are desperately seeking an alternative to the traditional parties, their pseudo-left apologists and the ongoing austerity policies.

Vietnam: Ruling party’s anti-corruption purge continues

By John Roberts, 4 April 2018

As well as pursuing his factional opponents through the courts, General Secretary Trong has tightened his faction’s control of the state apparatus.

New in Russian

Протесты против чиновников вспыхивают после пожара в Кемерово

Клара Вайс, 4 апреля 2018 г.

Ужасающий пожар в кемеровском торгово-развлекательном центре «Зимняя вишня», произошедший в воскресенье, 25 марта, довел общественную и политическую напряженность в России до точки кипения.

New in French

France : une grève massive met en question les réformes de droite de Macron

Peter Schwarz et Eric London, 4 avril 2018

La grève des cheminots, qui a débuté lundi soir, est la plus grande épreuve de force à ce jour entre le président Emmanuel Macron et la classe ouvrière française.

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (UK) organise une réunion Internet pour les travailleurs de l’éducation et les étudiants

nos correspondents, 4 avril 2018

Le forum de la Riposte pour défendre l’éducation, intitulé « Non à la trahison du syndicat UCU ! Organiser des comités de base ! » a été suivi par les enseignants et étudiants en Grande-Bretagne.

New in Turkish

ABD’deki öğretmenlerin başkaldırısı yayılıyor

Joseph Kishore, 4 Nisan 2018

ABD’deki öğretmenlerin başkaldırısı, on binlerce öğretmenin, öğrencinin ve işçi sınıfından destekleyicilerin Oklahoma’daki ve Kentucky’deki büyük gösterilere katılmasıyla, Pazartesi günü yeni bir aşamaya girdi.

Ekvador Julian Assange’ı neden susturuyor?

Bill Van Auken, 4 Nisan 2018

Ekvadorlu yetkililer, WikiLeaks’in kurucusunun internete erişiminin yanı sıra, yaklaşık altı yıldır kapatıldığı Quito’nun Londra büyükelçiliğinden dışarıya tüm diğer iletişimini de engelledi.

ABD medyası İsrail’in Gazze’deki katliamı karşısında sessiz

Jean Shaoul ve Barry Grey, 4 Nisan 2018

Amerikan medyası, İsrail ordusunun Gazze’de silahsız ve barışçıl protestocuları topluca öldürmesini ve yaralamasını önemsiz bir olaymış gibi ele alıyor.

New in Spanish

La rebelión docente se expande al salir en huelga decenas de miles de maestros en Oklahoma y Kentucky

Por Joseph Kishore, 4 abril 2018

La expansión de las luchas docentes no solo exige la atención y apoyo de todos los trabajadores, sino su participación activa.

Grandes huelgas en Francia desafían las reformas derechistas de Macron

Por Peter Schwarz y Eric London, 4 abril 2018

La huelga de los ferroviarios, que empezó el lunes por la tarde, es la mayor prueba de fuerza hasta la fecha entre el Presidente Emmanuel Macron y la clase obrera francesa.

Condiciones sociales explosivas en España detrás de las medidas para crear un Estado policial

Por Vicky Short, 4 abril 2018

Detrás de las medidas de Estado policial que se están aplicando en España hay tensiones económicas, políticas y sociales que ahora también están encontrando expresión en un movimiento creciente de la clase trabajadora.

El New York Times encara a las “plagas” de los medios sociales

Por Andre Damon, 4 abril 2018

Farhad Manjoo, comentarista del New York Times, exige que el gobierno “arregle” de alguna manera los medios sociales para callar a la “horda” de los medios cibernéticos.

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.

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Perspective

Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border

4 April 2018

The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Fifty years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Fred Mazelis, 4 April 2018

The life of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his premature death, raise questions that have lost none of their urgency in the past five decades.

Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants

More on the attack on immigrants in the US »

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

By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2018

US media’s silent complicity in Israeli massacre in Gaza

China imposes tariffs as trade war heats up

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2018

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

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2018

Arts Review

The controversy surrounding the Roseanne television series

By David Walsh, 4 April 2018

The first two episodes of the new season, broadcast on ABC back to back on March 27, were watched by more than 20 million people. The network has announced plans for an 11th season.

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

Halt the thuggery of non-academic union bureaucrats against WSWS reporters

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2018

A WSWS journalist and photographer was violently attacked by union officials at a meeting of striking non-academic employees in the Colombo suburbs on March 27.

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

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

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018

Palantir Technologies: A “CIA-backed startup”

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018

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

By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018

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

By Zac Corrigan, 3 April 2018

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 » »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 April 2018

The treatment of temporary workers is a major outstanding issue in a walkout by 1,300 Labrador City ironworkers against the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

US Appeals Court acknowledges UAW lied to Toledo Jeep workers

By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2018

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 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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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.

Donate now so that we can continue this work!

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

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.

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