No money for teacher pay or textbooks, but…
US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records

By Barry Grey, 18 April 2018

A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.

As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian “cyber war”

By Will Morrow, 18 April 2018

An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.

US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma

UK government rejects Corbyn’s demand for parliament to vote on war

By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2018

Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.

UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing

UK: Demands grow for May government to hold debate on Syria attack

Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria

By our reporters, 18 April 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.

French students protest war, support striking rail workers

Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria

By Roger Jordan, 18 April 2018

Trudeau’s summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.

US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war

EU foreign ministers push for regime change in Damascus following Syria attack

More on the war against Syria »

Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders

By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2018

The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government’s repressive actions.

University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike

By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2018

It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether

Government crisis in the Czech Republic

By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2018

Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border

By Michael Anders, 18 April 2018

The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs

By a reporter, 17 April 2018

The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 18 April 2018

At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie’s preferred party of government.

Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses’ struggle

By Tom Peters, 18 April 2018

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.

New in Turkish

III. Dünya Savaşına Hayır! Sosyalist bir savaş karşıtı hareketin inşası için!

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi Yayın Kurulu’nun Açıklaması, 18 Nisan 2018

Emperyalizme karşı mücadele etmek isteyen tüm işçileri ve gençleri DEUK ile bağlantı kurmaya ve III. Dünya Savaşı’nı önlemek için devrimci mücadeleye katılmaya çağırıyoruz.

New in Norwegian

Lærernes opprør sprer seg mens titusenvis streiker i Oklahoma og Kentucky

Joseph Kishore, 18 April 2018

Den voksende bølgen av uro blant lærere trenger ikke bare alle arbeideres oppmerksomhet og støtte, men også deres aktive deltakelse.

Fransk generalstreik utfordrer Macrons høyreorienterte reformer

Peter Schwarz og Eric London, 18 April 2018

Jernbanearbeidernes streik, som startet mandag kveld, er den største styrkeprøven til dags dato mellom president Emmanuel Macron og den franske arbeiderklassen.

Eksplosive sosiale betingelser i Spania bak trekkene mot politistat

Vicky Short, 18 April 2018

Bak politistatstiltakene som gjennomføres i Spania ligger det økonomiske, politiske og sosiale spenninger som nå også kommer til uttrykk i en voksende bevegelse i arbeiderklassen.

New in Spanish

¡No a una Tercera Guerra Mundial Nuclear! ¡Por un movimiento socialista contra la guerra!

Declaración del Consejo Editorial del World Socialist Web Site, 18 abril 2018

El asalto por parte de las potencias imperialistas contra Siria es solo el preludio de un conflicto mucho más sangriento contra Irán, Rusia y China.

Sindicatos paran huelga de profesores de Oklahoma

Por Jerry White, 18 abril 2018

La valiente lucha de los docentes por mejoras salariales y el aumento de la financiación de las escuelas para sus estudiantes fue traicionada por la Asociación de Educación de Oklahoma y la Federación de Docentes Estadounidenses-Ciudad de Oklahoma.

Estados Unidos arremete contra Rusia, mientras los inspectores de la OPCW se preparan para entrar en Duma

Por Peter Symonds, 18 abril 2018

Los gobiernos y los medios occidentales que propagaron las afirmaciones infundadas sobre un ataque con armas químicas para justificar ataques ilegales con misiles a Siria están intentando cubrir sus huellas.

New in French

Les ministres des affaires étrangères de l’UE demandent un changement de régime à Damas après l’attaque sur la Syrie

Peter Schwarz, 18 avril 2018

Bien que l’attaque contre la Syrie soit une violation flagrante du droit international, la réunion des ministres des affaires étrangères de l’UE à Luxembourg l’a explicitement approuvée.

Non à la troisième guerre mondiale ! Pour la construction d’un mouvement socialiste anti-guerre !

Comité de rédaction du World Socialist Web Site, 18 avril 2018

L’assaut des puissances impérialistes contre la Syrie n’est que le prélude à un conflit beaucoup plus large et plus sanglant avec l’Iran, la Russie et la Chine.

Les frappes de missiles américaines, britanniques et françaises contre la Syrie augmentent le risque d’une guerre catastrophique

Barry Grey, 18 avril 2018

Les bases de nouvelles provocations et de nouveaux prétextes d’agression militaire sont déjà posées.

Censure politique au nom de #MoiAussi
Non à l’interdiction de Fightback par le syndicat sur les piquets de grève de l’université York à Toronto

les Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale (Canada), 18 avril 2018

Le recours à la censure politique par le Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique va de pair avec sa détermination à isoler et à supprimer les luttes ouvrières chaque fois qu’elles éclatent.

New in German

Kein dritter Weltkrieg! Für den Aufbau einer sozialistischen Antikriegsbewegung!

Erklärung der Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site, 18. April 2018

Der Angriff der imperialistischen Mächte auf Syrien ist nur der Auftakt zu einem weitaus größeren und blutigeren Konflikt mit dem Iran, Russland und China.

Der zynische Versuch der Linken, sich als „Friedenspartei“ zu präsentieren

Johannes Stern, 18. April 2018

Nach dem Luftangriff der USA und ihrer europäischen Verbündeten auf Syrien bemüht sich die Linkspartei, ihre eigene Unterstützung für die imperialistische Offensive gegen Syrien zu verschleiern.

„Berlin brennt“ – Gewerkschaften und Senat bereiten Ausverkauf vor

Andy Niklaus und Carola Kleinert, 18. April 2018

Die Mahnwache „Berlin brennt“ ist mittlerweile in die vierte Woche gegangen. Der tägliche Protest der Feuerwehrleute vor dem Berliner Rathaus gegen katastrophale Arbeitsbedingungen, Personalmangel und niedrige Einkommen erregt großes Aufsehen. Alle großen Berliner Zeitungen berichteten in den vergangenen Wochen darüber.

Gewerkschaften würgen Lehrerstreik in Oklahoma ab

Jerry White, 18. April 2018

Die Lehrergewerkschaften OEA und AFT haben den mutigen Kampf der Lehrer für höhere Gehälter und eine bessere Finanzierung der Schulen verraten.

Other Languages

Perspective

Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis

18 April 2018

The two longstanding military allies—the US and Japan—are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

No to World War III! For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!

Statement of the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 17 April 2018

The assault by the imperialist powers on Syria is only the prelude to a far broader and bloodier conflict with Iran, Russia, and China.

US and imperialist allies launch strikes against Syria

The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 April 2018

All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.

War, lies and censorship

By Andre Damon, 13 April 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news outlets function not as journalists, but as propagandists for the US/NATO war drive against Syria.

The Class Struggle in the United States

The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 April 2018

The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.

Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 17 April 2018

Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US

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

Watch: Oklahoma teacher denounces union, discusses broadening strike

Watch: Oklahoma teacher explains why the strike should continue

Watch: Oklahoma teachers and students speak out

Students and teachers speak on the impossible financial situation facing Oklahoma teachers, and the effect of budget cuts on the arts.

Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts

By Trévon Austin, 17 April 2018

Kentucky teachers denounce governor for saying students were “sexually assaulted” due to walkout

More on US Teachers »

Arts Review

2018 San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1
Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …)

By David Walsh, 18 April 2018

The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.

Director of The Loves of a Blonde, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus
Filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018), one of the leading figures of the Czech New Wave

By David Walsh, 16 April 2018

Nor Any Drop to Drink previewed to Flint audience

By James Brewer, 13 April 2018

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
Brothers (1929) and Comradeship (1931): Two films dealing with the workers movement

By Bernd Reinhardt, 6 April 2018

Commentary

Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France’s New Anti-capitalist Party

By Kumaran Ira, 18 April 2018

The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.

Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2018

The noose tightens around Trump

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

More on the crisis of the Trump administration »

Pseudo-left parties promote US-French-British bombing of Syria

By Will Morrow, 16 April 2018

War fever grips German media

More on the drive to war in Syria »

Political censorship in the name of #MeToo
Oppose union’s banning of Fightback from Toronto university strike picketline

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 16 April 2018

US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world’s journalists

By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018

Trump to consider rejoining TPP to step up pressure on China

By Nick Beams, 14 April 2018

Trade war issues come into sharper focus

US and North Korean officials discuss Trump-Kim summit

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2018

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Geoffrey Rush’s career “irreparably damaged” by media allegations

By Richard Phillips, 12 April 2018

New Anti-capitalist Party seeks to strangle French rail strikes

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2018

Fifty years after May-June 1968, the class struggle erupts in France

SEP 2018 election campaign

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s national guard deployment!
Statement of Socialist Equality Party Senate and Congressional candidates

By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 12 April 2018

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump’s anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 10 April 2018

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

“Berlin is Burning”: Berlin firefighters’ campaign of resistance raises political issues

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 18 April 2018

The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.

Sri Lankan workers’ inquiry presents findings on Meethotamulla garbage disaster

By our correspondents, 12 April 2018

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

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

Workers Struggles

National Union of Students lobs sexual harassment smears at UK lecturers

By Thomas Scripps, 12 April 2018

Students protest against Macron as strikes against austerity mount in France

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 11 April 2018

Togo doctors strike over disastrous state of public hospitals

By Eddie Haywood, 11 April 2018

German public service strikers fear sell-out

By Marianne Arens, 13 April 2018

Autoworkers Struggles

As part of a global strategy of cost-cutting and plant shutdowns
GM to slash 1,500 jobs at Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Tim Rivers, 16 April 2018

Chicago Ford workers speak out against treatment of temporary part-timers

By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 9 April 2018

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

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram

By Clara Weiss, 17 April 2018

US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2018

Indian Trotskyists hold public meeting in Chennai against Internet censorship

By our correspondents, 16 April 2018

Meeting in Brisbane May 20: Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange!

14 April 2018

The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington’s escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.

John Pilger and Julian Burnside denounce silencing of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

By Niles Niemuth, 12 April 2018

Bloomberg: Ecuador cut Assange’s Internet to win “good graces of international investors”

Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2018

Oklahoma teachers discuss Internet censorship and the unification of workers struggles across the US

Visit wsws.org/endcensorship to register for the April 22 conference "The Class Struggle and the Fight Against 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

More on Internet censorship »

25 years ago: FBI raid in Waco, Texas, kills 76

On April 19, 1993, US Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a military-style FBI raid on the compound of a small Christian sect near Waco, Texas, resulting in 76 deaths, including 25 children.

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50 years ago: Leading Tory delivers fascist “Rivers of Blood” speech

On April 20, 1968, a leading Conservative Member of Parliament Enoch Powell delivered a fascist speech to a major Tory Party gathering, the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Center in Birmingham.

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75 years ago: Warsaw Ghetto uprising

On April 19, 1943, Jewish inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto, in the capital of German-occupied Poland, launched a heroic rebellion against the genocidal Nazi regime.

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100 years ago: Britain extends draft age to 56, includes Ireland

On April 20, 1918, the House of Commons issued a proclamation lifting the draft age of British men up to age 56 years and subjecting, for the first time, the colony of Ireland to the draft.

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Mehring Books

Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats

7 April 2018

Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

The Grenfell Tower Fire

London residents draw connection between Grenfell and Kemerovo fires

By our reporters, 7 April 2018

UK: Grenfell fire inquiry withholds vital evidence from the bereaved and survivors

Grenfell Tower combustible cladding was never tested

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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

WSWS 20th Anniversary

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.

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.

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.