US issues trade ultimatum to China

By Nick Beams, 7 May 2018

The list of measures is not intended as the basis for negotiations but to escalate economic conflict and military tensions.

Facebook censors Arizona educators’ rank-and-file committee group

By Jerry White, 7 May 2018

Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.

After union betrayal in Arizona, teacher militancy continues to build across US

By Nancy Hanover, 7 May 2018

Opposition continues to grow among educators over more than a decade of school funding cuts and falling living standards.

“If the workers united we would be a dominating force”
Arizona teachers oppose union sellout and call for nationwide strike

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53,000 workers begin three-day strike at California universities and hospitals

By Evelyn Rios, 7 May 2018

Workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike in April, rejecting the UC’s last offer of 3 percent yearly wage increases and a prorated, lump-sum payment of $750.

Ford Flat Rock workers halt production after worker mangled in machinery

By Tim Rivers, 7 May 2018

When a female worker’s legs were crushed in machinery early Friday morning, the second shift of nearly 1,500 workers at the Ford Flat Rock assembly south of Detroit refused a call by the company to return to work for an extended shift and instead walked out.

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The hypocritical, cowardly expulsion of Roman Polanski from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1977 victim Samantha Geimer: It’s “an ugly and cruel action”

By David Walsh, 7 May 2018

The decision by the Academy, the industry body that hands out the Oscars, to expel filmmaker Roman Polanski is the latest atrocity attributable to the sexual witch hunt launched last October.

US relaunches Second Fleet in war preparations against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2018

The revival of the fleet, which was mothballed in 2011, was described by the US Navy as an implementation of a new national security doctrine focused on “great power competition.”

US special forces operations in Yemen presage wider regional war

US seizes on missile allegations to ramp up threats against China

By Mike Head, 7 May 2018

With military, geo-strategic and trade war tensions mounting, there has been a recent elevation of alarming accusations against Beijing.

Report shows NSA tripled its domestic surveillance operations in 2017

By E.P. Milligan, 7 May 2018

In addition to spying on US citizens, the agency monitored record numbers of foreign individuals living outside the United States.

Sunday Times Insight team: Propagandists for Internet censorship and war

By Steve James and Laura Tiernan, 7 May 2018

The Sunday Times feature, published April 29, purports to show that Russian Twitter bots tried to “swing” the 2017 general election for Jeremy Corbyn.

UK: Labour-controlled Leeds City Council censors conference questioning official Syria narrative

By Julie Hyland, 7 May 2018

The council’s actions amount to blatant censorship, in line with government and media efforts to silence opposition to their regime-change policy.

São Paulo’s high-rise fire collapse tied to city’s homeless crisis

By Gabriel Lemos, 7 May 2018

The real cause of the spectacular fire and building collapse was the negligence of the state and the huge housing crisis in one of the most unequal cities in the world.

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador’s lead in election polls

By Don Knowland, 7 May 2018

Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico’s electoral campaign last week as the “left” bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

With complicity of UAW, Honeywell announces plans to eliminate healthcare coverage for 4,700 US retirees

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 May 2018

The announcement comes shortly after Honeywell announced substantial growth of $10.39 billion in revenue for its first quarter of 2018, up from $9.49 billion in the same period in 2017.

Australia: Melbourne university staff strike to defend academic freedom

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 May 2018

Through the “reforms” of successive Labor and Liberal-National governments, universities have been transformed into privatised and corporatised entities.

New in Turkish

Küresel askeri harcamalar 1,7 trilyon dolara ulaştı

Niles Niemuth, 7 Mayıs 2018

2017 yılındaki küresel askeri harcamalar 1,7 trilyon doları aştı ki bu Soğuk Savaş döneminden bu yana tanık olunan en üst düzey.

New in Spanish

Las operaciones de las fuerzas especiales estadounidenses en Yemen presagian una guerra regional más amplia

Por Jordan Shilton, 7 mayo 2018

La decisión secreta de desplegar fuerzas especiales estadounidenses en Yemen en diciembre pone nuevamente de relieve la descabellada marcha de Washington hacia un conflicto regional contra Irán.

Trump termina estado de protección temporal para 86,000 hondureños

Por Eric London, 7 mayo 2018

La decisión prácticamente pone fin al programa de protección temporal, ya que el 97 por ciento de los de los beneficiarios perderán su protección.

Juez dice que el fiscal especial Mueller busca derrocar a Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 7 mayo 2018

La declaración durante una audiencia en el tribunal en Alexandria es el reconocimiento más claro del propósito subyacente de la campaña anti-Rusia.

El País advierte a los sindicatos españoles de su pérdida de control sobre la clase trabajadora

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 7 mayo 2018

Desde que estallara la crisis capitalista global en 2008, CCOO y UGT han perdido unos 600.000 miembros.

New in French

Les opérations des forces spéciales américaines au Yémen annoncent une guerre plus vaste dans la région

Jordan Shilton, 7 mai 2018

La décision secrète de déployer des forces spéciales américianes au Yémen en décembre dernier souligne encore une fois la marche téméraire de Washington vers un embrasement de toute la région pour contrer l’Iran.

Pourquoi l’AfD d’extrême droite en Allemagne défend-elle Israël ?

Peter Schwarz, 7 mai 2018

La reconnaissance des intérêts d’Israël en matière de sécurité n’a rien à voir avec les considérations morales découlant de la Shoah.

Le Premier ministre belge diffame le cinéaste Ken Loach qualifié d’« antisémite »

Paul Bond, 7 mai 2018

La calomnie employée par ce Premier ministre pro-austérité démontre comment les accusations d’antisémitisme sans fondement sont utilisées pour attaquer toute forme de protestation ou de commentaire social.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
50 лет назад: В Париже вспыхивают студенческие протесты

4 мая 2018 г.

2 мая 1968 года полицейский спецназ попытался усмирить студенческий протест против закрытия колледжа искусств в Университете Париж-Нантер.

New in Arabic

لا لحرب عالمية ثالثة ! وفي سبيل بناء حركة اشتراكية مناهضة للحرب.

١٦ نيسان أبريل ٢٠١٨

خلال الأيام التي مرت منذ قيام الولايات المتحدة والناتو بقصف مدينتي دمشق وحمص السوريتين بأكثر من مائة صاروخ ، صار من الواضح أن القوى الإمبريالية لم تكن راضية عن إراقة الدماء الأخير.

New in Italian

No alla Terza Guerra Mondiale! Per la costruzione di un movimento socialista contro la guerra!

Dichiarazione della redazione editoriale del World Socialist Web Site, 26 aprile 2018

L’assalto da parte delle potenze imperialiste sulla Siria è solo il preludio di un conflitto più ampio e sanguinoso contro Iran, Russia e Cina.

Other Languages

Perspective

Trotskyism is the Marxism of the 21st Century

7 May 2018

The ICFI’s fifth annual May Day Online Rally demonstrated that the continuity of Marxism is embodied in the history of the Fourth International.

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May Day 2018

May Day 2018 and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

By David North, 6 May 2018

Opening the ICFI’s International Online Rally on Saturday, May 5, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), spoke on the historical significance of Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, 200 years after his birth.

The Maruti Suzuki workers and the re-emergence of class struggle across South Asia

By Wije Dias, 7 May 2018

Wije Dias, general secretary of the Sri Lankan section of the ICFI, and a veteran Trotskyist of more than 50 years standing, spoke from Colombo to the ICFI’s International Online May Day Rally.

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

May Day 2018: Millions march on International Workers Day

Arts Review

Tully, A Quiet Place, You Were Never Really Here: Every poor film is poor in its own way

By Joanne Laurier, 7 May 2018

It’s not clear that good movies resemble one another, but recent history certainly suggests there are many different ways in which films can be weak.

Unequivocally, FOR Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and AGAINST Avengers: Infinity War

By David Walsh, 5 May 2018

Artists on the Tate Modern’s David King exhibition, Red Star over Russia: “In essence the exhibition was anti-Trotsky”

By our reporters, 3 May 2018

2018 San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 5
The generally—and genuinely—inadequate character of global filmmaking

By David Walsh, 2 May 2018

25 years ago: Man executed after Supreme Court rules it “does not correct errors of fact”

On May 12, 1993, at 4:49 a.m., Leonel Herrera was executed in Huntsville, Texas, after Governor Ann Richards refused a last-minute appeal for clemency and the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that new evidence that might exonerate him was irrelevant.

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50 years ago: General strike in France backs student protests

After two weeks of demonstrations and strikes by French college and high school students, which had witnessed pitched battles on the streets of Paris with police, the most powerful social force in France began to make its presence felt: the working class.

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75 years ago: Axis powers suffer final defeat in North Africa

On May 13, 1943, the remaining German and Italian forces in Tunisia surrendered to British and US troops, marking the end of the North African campaign, a three-year series of battles for control over the geo-strategically critical and resource-rich region.

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100 years ago: Wilson administration circulates “German-Bolshevik conspiracy” slander

On May 9, 1918, Edgar Sisson, an agent of the US propaganda bureaucracy known as the Committee on Public Information (CPI), circulated the first of 68 forged Russian documents that came to form the pamphlet The German-Bolshevik Conspiracy.

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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party holds meetings in Australia on Internet censorship

By our reporters, 5 May 2018

Australian workers and youth speak after public meetings
“Julian Assange took an enormously courageous stand”

By our correspondents, 5 May 2018

Despite government ban, Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful May Day meeting

By our correspondents, 3 May 2018

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress
The SEP and the Political Independence of the Working Class

20 April 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas?

By Kevin Mitchell SEP candidate for Congress, 5 May 2018

Unite the working class against police killings!

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

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

Commentary

Trump ends temporary protected status for 86,000 Hondurans

By Eric London, 5 May 2018

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees
US denies right to asylum

Judge says Special Counsel Mueller seeks to oust Trump

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2018

Global military spending at record $1.7 trillion

By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2018

Capitalist restoration in Russia: A balance sheet
Part 4: The Kuzbass today

By Clara Weiss, 4 May 2018

The case for expropriation
Amazon halts construction in Seattle to protest tax hike

By Eric London, 4 May 2018

Michelle Wolf’s Flint comment touches a nerve in Michigan’s capital

By Jim Brewer, 4 May 2018

CIA expands its Signature School program to University of Illinois Chicago

By George Gallanis and Kristina Betinis, 4 May 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Facebook codifies its censorship regime

By Andre Damon, 25 April 2018

SEP and IYSSE hold meeting on war, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By our reporter, 23 April 2018

Workers, students speak out against war, censorship and inequality at Detroit meeting

The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2018

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

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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.

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.