Ten killed in mass shooting at Texas high school

By Trévon Austin, 19 May 2018

The horrific frequency of mass shootings in the US is indicative of a diseased society, combining extreme levels of social alienation with the endless promotion of militarism by the ruling class.

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

The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump's election campaign

By Barry Grey, 19 May 2018

The Democratic response has been to rush to the defense of the FBI and declare unqualified support for its operations, as well as those of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The US political police and the 2016 elections

The noose tightens around Trump

Trump administration to ban abortions at facilities receiving federal family planning funds

By Kate Randall, 19 May 2018

The new rule barring abortions at facilities that receive Title X funds marks an escalation of the administration’s attack on a woman’s constitutionally protected reproductive rights.

Trump axes NASA climate research program

Greek Syriza government steps up brutal repression of refugees and asylum seekers

By John Vassilopoulos, 19 May 2018

Syriza and its government coalition partners have become the EU’s jailor, presiding over what are essentially concentration camps.

South Carolina teachers to rally for better pay and funding for schools

By Hiram Lee, 19 May 2018

For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.

North Carolina teachers oppose unions’ shutting down of walkout

Twenty thousand teachers rally in North Carolina

Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!
North Carolina and the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

More on US teachers »

Five Star Movement and Lega unveil coalition agreement to form right-wing Italian government

By Marianne Arens, 19 May 2018

The ultra-right extremists and Beppe Grillo’s protest movement intend to deport half a million immigrants and eliminate tens of thousands of public sector jobs.

French unions negotiate with government to impose railway privatization

By Anthony Torres, 19 May 2018

France’s major trade unions are moving toward a capitulation to President Emmanuel Macron’s government in the face of this politically explosive and deeply unpopular attack.

EU summit: Anger over Trump hides European tensions

By Peter Schwarz, 19 May 2018

The US imposition of punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium, and the withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement, are regarded by the European powers as a major blow.

Seattle City Council and Kshama Sawant capitulate to Amazon, pass watered-down head tax

By Alec Andersen, 19 May 2018

The city council unanimously gave in to Amazon’s demands after the company threatened to cut 7,000 jobs if a higher head tax were enacted.

Ontario Liberals face electoral oblivion in June 7 provincial vote

By Roger Jordan, 19 May 2018

The right-wing populist Doug Ford has, thus far, been the principal beneficiary of the popular anger against Ontario’s trade union-backed, big business Liberal government.

Australian government rules out referendum as dual citizenship crisis escalates

By Mike Head and James Cogan, 19 May 2018

The Coalition government has moved to make it even more difficult to prove “unqualified allegiance” to Australia

Bangladesh students demonstrate over job quota system

By Wimal Perera, 19 May 2018

Protesting students face government repression, severe unemployment and lack of facilities.

New in Russian

Стареющий лжец торгует несвежим товаром

Дэвид Норт, 19 мая 2018 г.

Алекс Стайнер пытается оправдать свое отречение от троцкизма при помощи клеветы против Международного Комитета.

New in Spanish

La policía política de Estados Unidos y las elecciones del 2016

Por Patrick Martin, 19 mayo 2018

Un reporte de 4.000 palabras en la primera plana del New York Times retrata un sistema política estadounidense en el que el FBI y la CIA desempeñan un papel crítico y a veces decisivo.

Académicos protestan por el papel de Google en los asesinatos con drones

Por Andre Damon, 19 mayo 2018

Tres destacados intelectuales de la tecnología han publicado una carta abierta, que lleva recogidas 900 firmas, condenando la colaboración de Google con el programa ilegal “asesinatos selectivos” del Pentágono.

¡En oposición a la represión de los socialistas polacos!

Por Consejo Editorial del WSWS, 19 mayo 2018

El WSWS condena las acciones represivas del gobierno polaco contra el sitio web socialista Władza Rad y otras medidas autoritarias contra la oposición de izquierdas.

New in French

Les syndicats négocient avec le gouvernement l’imposition de la privatisation de la SNCF

Anthony Torres, 19 mai 2018

Les syndicats négocient avec le gouvernement des miettes pour espérer pouvoir mettre fin aux grèves et imposer le projet de réforme du gouvernement aux travailleurs.

Non à la répression des socialistes polonais !

Le comité de rédaction du WSWS, 19 mai 2018

Le WSWS condamne les actes de répression du gouvernement polonais contre le site web socialiste Wladza Rad et ses autres mesures autoritaires visant l’opposition de gauche.

Neuf ans depuis que guerre civile sri-lankaise s’est terminée dans un massacre des Tamouls

K. Nesan et V. Gnana, 19 mai 2018

Des milliers de personnes à travers le monde se réunissent aujourd’hui pour marquer l’anniversaire de l’un des massacres les plus infâmes du 21ᵉ siècle.

De retour au 19e siècle
L'administration Trump donne le feu vert au travail des enfants

Patrick Martin, 19 mai 2018

Le ministère du Travail veut abolir des restrictions de longue date sur l'utilisation d'équipement lourd, incluant l'utilisation de tronçonneuses par des jeunes âgés de 16 à 17 ans.

Il y a 50 ans : les occupations d’usine se propagent en France

19 mai 2018

Une partie d’une des manifestations qui ont eue lieu en même temps que les occupations d’usines en mai-juin 1968

New in German

Die Rolle der politischen Polizei in den US-Wahlen 2016

Patrick Martin, 19. Mai 2018

In einem Bericht auf der Titelseite der New York Times wird ausführlich beschrieben, wie FBI und CIA im politischen System der USA eine gewichtige, bisweilen sogar die entscheidende Rolle spielen.

EU-Gipfel: Wut über Trump verdeckt europäische Spannungen

Peter Schwarz, 19. Mai 2018

Die Verhängung von Strafzöllen und die Kündigung des Iran-Abkommens durch US-Präsident Trump wird von den europäischen Mächten als schwerer Schlag gegen die eigenen Interessen empfunden.

Ein alternder Schwindler geht mit Lügen hausieren

David North, 19. Mai 2018

Alex Steiner versucht, seine Ablehnung des Trotzkismus durch die Verleumdung des Internationalen Komitees zu rechtfertigen.

Italien: Lega und Fünf Sterne legen rechtes Koalitionspapier vor

Marianne Arens, 19. Mai 2018

Die Rechtsextremen und die Protestbewegung Beppe Grillos wollen eine halbe Million Migranten deportieren und zehntausende Arbeitsplätze im öffentlichen Dienst vernichten.

Rom: Busse fangen Feuer auf Grund von Wartungsmängeln

Allison Smith, 19. Mai 2018

In Rom brannten im vergangenen Jahr 22 Busse aus, und bei allen war der Hauptgrund ein Mangel an sachgemäßer Wartung.

New in Russian

Капиталистическая реставрация в России: Итоги
Часть 4: Кузбасс сегодня

Клара Вайс, 17 мая 2018 г.

В этой серии статей рассматриваются уроки забастовок советских шахтеров 1989 года и капиталистической реставрации в России.

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Perspective

Google, drone murder and the military-intelligence-censorship complex

19 May 2018

The publication of this week’s open letter by leading technology academics protesting Google’s role in drone murder exposes the partnership between the major technology giants and the US military/intelligence complex.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Britain’s royal wedding: Recasting the monarchy in the age of identity politics

By Paul Mitchell, 19 May 2018

Markle’s feminism and racial identity provide the basis for the ultimate post-modernist makeover of the monarchy.

Statement of the Turkish supporters of the ICFI on the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

By Toplumsal Eşitlik, 19 May 2018

The Toplumsal Eşitlik (Social Equality) group condemns the massacre carried out by Israeli troops, as well as the cynical attempts of the Turkish government to pose as defenders of the Palestinian people.

The massacre in Gaza and imperialist war policy

Academics protest Google’s role in drone murder

By Andre Damon, 18 May 2018

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung fuels the campaign against Julian Assange

By Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2018

WikiLeaks and whistleblowers condemn new allegations against Julian Assange

Conspiracy emerges to push Julian Assange into British and US hands

An aging liar peddles his wares

By David North, 17 May 2018

Oppose the repression of Polish socialists!

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 18 May 2018

New Statesman’s Paul Mason advocates for regime change in Russia

By Thomas Scripps, 18 May 2018

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

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

Arts Review

Music streaming service Spotify initiates censorship against R. Kelly and XXXTentacion

By Zac Corrigan, 19 May 2018

Spotify inaugurated its “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy by censoring the two singers based on allegations of “sexual violence.” Competitors Apple Music and Pandora Radio followed suit.

Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard: The cruelty of the motion picture business

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2018

Revisiting Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen & The Production Code Administration (2007)
How the American establishment censored Hollywood during its “Golden Age”

By Charles Bogle, 17 May 2018

Machines: An unflinching look at an Indian textile mill

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 May 2018

The Jazz Ambassadors: An episode in the history of the American musical form

By Fred Mazelis, 14 May 2018

New in Urdu

Urdu translation of WSWS Perspective on bicentenary of Marx’s birth

We are pleased to publish the Urdu translation of the perspective written by WSWS Chairman David North, “The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle.”

Workers Struggles

Indian bank workers threaten national strike, Auckland University students and staff protest in New Zealand
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 May 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Caterpillar worker dies after being crushed at South Milwaukee plant

By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2018

Michigan auto parts plant explosion highlights brutal conditions in supplier industry

The Ford Flat Rock accident and the fraud of UAW-management safety oversight

Chicago Ford workers denounce unsafe working conditions and UAW complicity

More on autoworkers struggles »

The Grenfell Tower Fire

UK: Tories seek to defuse anger over Grenfell fire ahead of official public inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 18 May 2018

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

UK meetings against war, lies and censorship: Free Julian Assange!

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

Spain: Facebook to install its “Ministry of Truth” in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 14 May 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 »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Oppose the slaughter of Palestinians! Oppose imperialist war!

By David Moore—SEP candidate for Senate in California, 17 May 2018

The Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, has a long record of support for the Israeli government’s war crimes.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Over 100 attend IYSSE meeting at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany

By our correspondents, 14 May 2018

Science

Study finds alarming decline in biodiversity worldwide

By Philip Guelpa, 14 May 2018

25 years ago: Maastricht Treaty to establish European Union passes last hurdles

Denmark ratified the Maastricht Treaty, establishing the European Union, in a referendum vote on May 18, 1993.

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50 years ago: Factory occupations sweep France

Beginning on May 14, 1968, French workers, inspired by mass student protests in the preceding weeks, began a wave of factory occupations that shook capitalist France to its foundations.

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75 years ago: Nazis liquidate Warsaw Ghetto in occupied Poland

On May 16, 1943, Nazi officials in German-occupied Poland officially concluded their brutal suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

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100 years ago: Wilson guts free speech with Sedition Act

On May 16, 1918, US President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the infamous Sedition Act, which outlawed language deemed by state authorities to be “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive” of the federal government, the military, and the flag.

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New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the lecture “Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution” that was delivered by David North at the University of Leipzig in Germany in March.

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.

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.