White House and ex-intelligence chiefs push torture veteran as CIA director

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2018

With a public Senate hearing set for Wednesday, supporters of Gina Haspel for the post of CIA director argue that her role in the agency’s torture program is outweighed by her anti-Russia record.

“This is the deadliest plant I’ve ever worked in”
Injured Flat Rock Ford worker was shifted to dangerous job with almost no training

By Jerry White, 9 May 2018

Ford workers at the Flat Rock plant rebelled when management tried to restart production after a horrific accident in the early hours of May 4.

Form rank-and-file factory committee to enforce worker safety
UAW and Ford silent as anger simmers in wake of injury at Flat Rock Assembly

Ford Flat Rock workers halt production after worker mangled in machinery

Two injured in massive fire, explosion at Michigan auto parts plant

By Tom Hall, 9 May 2018

Last week’s firestorm at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids exposes the dangerous conditions faced by auto parts workers.

More on autoworkers struggles »

ICE officials break into home in San Diego to detain immigrant worker in front of his five children

By Kevin Martinez and Genevieve Leigh, 9 May 2018

A San Diego immigrant was forcibly detained by armed ICE officials after they broke into his home Tuesday afternoon as his five children looked on.

US to separate all families charged with illegal border crossing

Sympathy strike expands University of California picket lines

By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018

Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.

More than 50,000 UC workers on strike
For a political movement of the entire working class against inequality and capitalism!

By David Moore, 9 May 2018

The strike of university workers in California is part of a growing wave of workers’ struggles around education and healthcare.

“There’s an attack on all public workers”
Striking University of California workers speak out

NYC New School worker-students strike against poverty wages

By Alan Whyte, 9 May 2018

Striking worker-students set up picket lines Tuesday at three entrances of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Cafeteria workers at the New School threatened with layoffs

Ontario Liberals attempt to legislate end to York University strike

By Roger Jordan, 9 May 2018

The Liberals’ anti-strike bill underscores that in their fight against poverty wages and precarious employment, York contract faculty and graduate assistants face a political struggle.

Jeremy Corbyn silent on persecution of Julian Assange

By Laura Tiernan, 9 May 2018

It is more than two years since a United Nations human rights panel ruled that Assange’s persecution by the Swedish and British governments amounts to “arbitrary detention” and a violation of international law.

Putin begins his fourth term as Russia’s president

By Clara Weiss, 9 May 2018

Putin’s fourth term as president will inevitably be characterized by increasing social struggles in Russia.

Putin wins Russian presidential elections amid growing international and domestic instability

Putin’s state of the nation speech highlights crisis of Russian oligarchy

German defence minister calls for faster increase in military spending

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2018

Since the government’s initial budget was announced last week, there has been an aggressive campaign in politics and the media with the aim of upgrading the German military much faster and more comperehensively.

Iowa governor signs unconstitutional “heartbeat” bill that bans most abortions

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2018

The new law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, at about six weeks, when many women are not aware they are pregnant.

Detroit exits bankruptcy, but conditions remain bleak

By Helen Hayes, 9 May 2018

The federal courts and the state government are relinquishing direct control over city operations, entrusting further budget cuts and austerity measures to the administration of Democratic Mayor Mike Duggan.

Strike breaks out at Goodyear factory in central Mexico

By Alex González, 9 May 2018

About 600 workers went on strike to demand the right to form their own union.

A desperate and vicious pre-election budget in Australia

By Mike Head, 9 May 2018

The government is preparing to try and scrape back into office before the economic and political situation worsens.

Report underscores Australian rental affordability crisis

Sri Lankan president makes anxious calls for political unity

By K. Ratnayake, 9 May 2018

Sirisena’s speech was a response to deep divisions within his unstable government and deepening working class opposition to its social austerity measures.

New in Norwegian

Femti år etter mai-juni 1968 bryter klassekampen ut i Frankrike

Alex Lantier, 9 April 2018

Med den voksende motstanden mot den franske presidenten Emmanuel Macrons arbeidsdekreter går klassekampen i Europa inn i et nytt og eksplosivt stadium.

Kina forbereder mottiltak mens den amerikanske handelskrigen intensiveres

Nick Beams, 9 April 2018

På en briefing med journalister i Beijing fredag kveld sa Gao Feng, det kinesiske handelsdepartementets talsmann, at USAs trekk var «ekstremt feil», og at Kina forbereder mottrekk.

JPMorgans adm. dir. truer med renteøkning for å bryte amerikanske arbeideres lønnsbevegelse

Barry Grey, 9 April 2018

Jamie Dimon, administrerende direktør for JPMorgan, advarte om økende lønninger og pekte på muligheten for en kraftig renteheving for å bremse den økonomiske veksten og øke ledigheten.

Sosialmediene og foretakspressen lanserer sensurtiltak før valgene i Mexico

Alex Gonzáles, 9 April 2018

#Verificado2018-kampanjen ble lansert angivelig for å beskytte velgerne mot russisk innblanding i de kommende generalvalgene den 1. juli.

New in Russian

Троцкизм — это марксизм XXI века

Джозеф Кишор, 9 мая 2018 г.

Пятый ежегодный Первомайский онлайновый митинг МКЧИ продемонстрировал, что преемственность марксизма воплощена в истории Четвертого Интернационала.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Германский империализм создает марионеточные режимы на Украине и в Финляндии

9 мая 2018 г.

В конце апреля — начале мая 1918 года германская военная интервенция приводит к созданию вассальных государств на Украине и в Финляндии, во главе которых встают правые националисты.

New in Spanish

La lucha de los docentes en EUA continúa tras traición sindical en Arizona

Por Jerry White, 9 mayo 2018

Las huelgas y manifestaciones que han estallado este año son las expresiones iniciales de un movimiento social poderoso y objetivo que plantea cuestiones políticas básicas para todos los trabajadores.

Estados Unidos para separar a todas las familias acusadas de cruzar ilegalmente la frontera

Por Patrick Martin, 9 mayo 2018

El fiscal general Jeff Sessions anunció una nueva iniciativa para enjuiciar a todos los detenidos cruzando la frontera sin autorización y separarlos de sus niños.

La burguesía mexicana toma pasos para responder a la ventaja de López Obrador en las encuestas

Por Don Knowland, 9 mayo 2018

La campaña electoral la semana pasada estuvo dominada por ataques y maniobras políticas agresivas ante la constante ventaja de 20 por ciento en las encuestas para el candidato burgués “izquierdista”, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 9 mayo 2018

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

New in French

Les tensions montent à l’approche de la décision de Trump sur l’accord nucléaire iranien

Bill Van Auken, 9 mai 2018

Les alliés de Trump signalant qu’il va abandonnner l’accord, Israël a émis des menaces de plus en plus belliqueuses contre l’Iran.

La lutte des enseignants américains continue malgré la trahison du syndicat en Arizona

Jerry White, 9 mai 2018

Les grèves et manifestations qui ont éclaté cette année sont l’expression initiale d’un mouvement social puissant et objectif qui soulève des questions politiques fondamentales pour tous les travailleurs.

Trudeau défend la vente de 15 milliards $ d’armes par le Canada au régime despotique saoudien

Laurent Lafrance, 9 mai 2018

Le gouvernement Trudeau se ligue entièrement avec Washington pour former une alliance anti-iranienne avec Israël et l'Arabie saoudite.

New in German

Amerikanische Lehrkräfte trotzen den Gewerkschaften und kämpfen weiter

9. Mai 2018

Die Streiks und Proteste in diesem Jahr sind der erste Ausdruck einer starken sozialen Bewegung. Sie wirft grundlegende Fragen für alle Arbeiter auf.

Air France-Beschäftigte widersetzen sich Gewerkschaften und lehnen Tarifvertrag ab

Alex Lantier, 9. Mai 2018

Die Arbeiter trotzten nicht nur den Drohungen von Air France und der Regierung, sondern auch den Forderungen der Gewerkschaftsbürokraten, für den Tarifvertrag zu stimmen.

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.

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Perspective

Trump torpedoes Iran nuclear accord

9 May 2018

In its reckless and ruinous drive for global hegemony, US imperialism, like the Nazi regime, makes diplomatic agreements only to break them when expedient.

Earlier Perspectives »

May Day 2018 International Online Rally

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.

Trotskyism is the Marxism of the 21st Century

By Joseph Kishore, 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.

The global significance of the resurgence of class struggle in the United States

By Jerry White, 9 May 2018

The following speech was delivered to the ICFI’s May Day 2018 International Online Rally by Jerry White, labor editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

Socialism and the struggle against Internet censorship

By Andre Damon, 9 May 2018

The following speech was delivered by Andre Damon, a leader of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

Internet Censorship and Workers' Struggles

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.

Commentary

Billionaire Bloomberg and union chief Weingarten join forces to undermine teachers’ struggle

By Fred Mazelis and Steve Light, 9 May 2018

The former New York City mayor and the head of the American Federation of Teachers are worried the wave of strikes and protests initiated by the rank and file will spread and challenge decades of austerity.

“It is like being tortured in your mind and your body for 10 hours a night”
Injured Amazon worker describes high-tech dystopia inside Texas warehouse

By Tom Carter, 8 May 2018

Report: Amazon and Tesla among most dangerous workplaces in the US

More on Amazon »

Dozens of classes without teachers at Flint, Michigan, high school

By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 8 May 2018

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

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

More on US teachers »

Oppose the brutal police crackdown on refugees in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 9 May 2018

The brutal police assault on a refugee camp in Ellwangen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg marks a step in the direction of a police state and undermines core democratic rights.

Arts Review

Christian Petzold’s Transit: The condition of refugees as hell on earth

By Stefan Sternberg, 9 May 2018

The fate of refugees is the subject of Transit, the latest film by prominent German director Christian Petzold, which featured at the 2018 Berlinale and is now on public release in Germany.

Is The Changeover just Twilight set in New Zealand?

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2018

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

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

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose Sri Lanka’s National Defence University Act! No privatisation of education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 8 May 2018

Workers Struggles

Defying the trade unions, Air France workers vote to reject contract

By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2018

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

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Report shows NSA tripled its domestic surveillance operations in 2017

By E.P. Milligan, 7 May 2018

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

More on Internet censorship »

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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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.