US imposes steel and aluminium tariffs
Trump administration takes major step toward global trade war

By Nick Beams, 1 June 2018

The European Union said it would take immediate steps to retaliate, warning of a 1930s-style depression.

UAW President Dennis Williams backs Trump’s policies of militarism and trade war

Trump sets out timetable for anti-China tariffs

Fed eases “Volcker Rule” limits on bank speculation

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2018

The move is the latest step in a systematic campaign to lift even the mild restrictions on bank activities imposed after the 2008 Wall Street crash.

Senate Democrats join Republicans to gut Dodd-Frank banking regulations

YouTube removes “drill” music videos at request of London’s Metropolitan Police

By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2018

On the basis of a few isolated cases, an entire musical genre is being targeted on the basis that it is responsible for what is described as a “surge” in knife crime in London.

The anti-worker program of Italy’s new populist and neo-fascist government

By Marc Wells, 1 June 2018

The policies adopted in the new government's program reflect the neo-fascist character of Lega as well as the law-and-order approach of the Five Star Movement.

One million Indian bank employees and thousands of Sri Lankan railway workers strike

By our correspondents, 1 June 2018

Industrial action has erupted across the subcontinent against government austerity measures.

Japanese and Russian leaders meet to discuss economic and security concerns

By Gary Alvernia, 1 June 2018

The summit between Abe and Putin highlighted the cracks emerging between Tokyo and Washington.

Australian “terrorist weapon” was a modified fly swatter

By Mike Head, 1 June 2018

The belated police admission raises further questions about the supposed bomb plot and the “war on terror.”

Migrant children, increasingly separated from their parents, fill US detention centers

By Trévon Austin, 1 June 2018

The spike in child detentions is the result of a new policy announced last month to criminally prosecute all undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border.

Leading Democratic activists accidentally share photos of immigrants detained under Obama administration

The nightmare inside America’s child immigrant jails

More on North American immigrant issues »

Puerto Rican resident speaks on death toll cover up, crisis on the island

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 June 2018

Jose, a 29-year-old resident of the island, spoke to the WSWS about the conditions which led to 5,000 deaths after Hurricane María and about the way forward for the working class

A social crime and cover-up exposed
Five thousand deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria

Harley-Davidson workers’ anger grows over impending Kansas City plant closure

By Marcus Day, 1 June 2018

Fueling outrage is the company’s brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.

Ellicott City, Maryland hit by major flood, one reported dead

By Matthew Taylor, 1 June 2018

The Baltimore suburb was still recovering from a similar flood two years ago when it was inundated by heavy rains on Sunday.

Impoverishment pushes another New York City taxi driver to suicide

By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2018

In the five months from the beginning of the year, five taxi or livery drivers have committed suicide due to dramatic income declines caused by competition from ride-share companies.

Israel deepens crackdown on human rights advocates, opponents of government’s policies

By Josh Varlin, 1 June 2018

Professor Katherine Franke, along with three other human rights activists, were deported from Israel as part of a crackdown on all opposition to Israeli government policy.

Naomi Klein promotes pro-war, pro-austerity NDP as antidote to populist far-right

By Roger Jordan, 1 June 2018

Under conditions of a global resurgence of the class struggle, Klein has intervened in the Ontario election campaign to try to refurbish the NDP’s tattered “left” credentials and resuscitate illusions in the failed national-reformist perspective.

Teamsters scuttle Canadian Pacific Rail strike, laud Trudeau

New in Spanish

Un crimen social y su encubrimiento expuestos
Cinco mil muertes en Puerto Rico por el huracán María

Por Genevieve Leigh, 1 junio 2018

Un estudio de Harvard estima que casi 5.000 puertorriqueños murieron como consecuencia del huracán María, exponiendo de forma condenatoria el encubrimiento oficial de la muerte de devastación de la isla.

Huelga general en Grecia contra el último paquete de medidas de austeridad por Syriza

Por Robert Stevens, 1 junio 2018

El paro, casi la 50ª huelga general desde 2010, dejó parados el transporte y los servicios en Grecia.

“La propaganda del gobierno y la guerra contra el terror desde el 11 de septiembre hasta Siria”
Periodistas y académicos exponen las acciones criminales del Reino Unido en Medio Oriente

Por Julie Hyland, 1 junio 2018

A pesar de la difamación de los medios y de la censura por parte del Gobierno, Medios de Comunicación en el Banquillo celebró un evento importante y exitoso que denunció la conexión entre la propaganda de la prensa y el belicismo.

Los camioneros brasileños rechazan el intento del Gobierno y el sindicato de cerrar la huelga

Por Eric London y Miguel Andrade, 1 junio 2018

El Gobierno ha tratado de bloquear la propagación de los disturbios sociales después del fallo el martes que un ataque planificado por los trabajadores petroleros es ilegal.

Activistas demócratas accidentalmente comparten fotos de inmigrantes detenidos bajo el Gobierno de Obama

Por Genevieve Leigh, 1 junio 2018

Exoficiales del Gobierno de Obama compartieron fotografías del 2014 de niños inmigrantes durmiendo en jaulas en las prisiones para inmigrantes como un intento hipócrita para descreditar a Trump por sus políticas antiinmigrantes.

Nuevas estimaciones indican que el número real de víctimas en Puerto Rico por el huracán María es de casi 5.000

Por Genevieve Leigh, 1 junio 2018

El estudio es el reporte más reciente que desmiente la cifra oficial del Gobierno de 64 muertes por el huracán del 2017.

New in Turkish

Tuticorin katliamı ve Modi’nin Hindistan’ı

Keith Jones, 31 Mayıs 2018

Hindistanlı işçilerden ve emekçilerden yükselen toplumsal muhalefet, devlet baskısıyla ve topluluksal gericiliğin ve tehlikeli kast politikasının kışkırtılmasıyla karşılaşmaktadır.

Aşırı sağcı Almanya İçin Alternatif’e karşı mücadele sosyalist bir perspektifi gerektiriyor

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin ve Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler’in açıklaması, 31 Mayıs 2018

İnsanlık tarihindeki en korkunç suçlara yol açmış olan faşist politika bir daha asla egemen olmamalı! Geçmişin barbarlığı ve felaketleri yinelenmemeli!

John Pilger, Julian Assange’ı savunmak için Sidney’de düzenlenecek gösteriyi destekliyor

31 Mayıs 2018

Dünya çapında takdir gören araştırmacı gazeteci ve belgesel film yapımcısı John Pilger, Julian Assange’ın koşulsuz özgürlüğünü destekleyen aşağıdaki açıklamayı yayınladı.

New in French

La désignation d’un gouvernement technocratique plonge l'Italie dans une crise de régime

Alex Lantier, 31 mai 2018

Les marchés financiers paniquent et des manifestations s’organisent alors que de virulentes divisions au sein de la bourgeoise italienne éclatent en plein jour

La classe ouvrière doit se mobiliser pour la libération de Julian Assange!

André Damon, 31 mai 2018

L’exigence que Julian Assange soit libéré doit être liée au mouvement international des travailleurs en train de se développer contre les inégalités, l'oppression et l'exploitation.

Les cheminots se mobilisent contre les réformes négociées avec Matignon

V. Gnana et Senthooran Ravee, 31 mai 2018

Les cheminots ont témoigné de leur sympathie pour les appels du Parti de l’égalité à la formation de comités d’action pour unifier les luttes contre Macron.

1968: grève générale et révolte étudiante en France
Troisième partie: Comment la JCR d’Alain Krivine a couvert la trahison du stalinisme (1)

Peter Schwarz, 31 mai 2018

Il y a cinquante ans, une grève générale en France a presque abouti à une révolution prolétarienne. Cette série en huit parties décrit les événements et tire les leçons politiques pour aujourd’hui.

New in German

Die Arbeiterklasse muss den Kampf für die Freiheit von Julian Assange führen!

Andre Damon, 31. Mai 2018

Die Forderung nach Freiheit für Julian Assange muss mit der wachsenden internationalen Bewegung von Arbeitern gegen Ungleichheit, Unterdrückung und Ausbeutung verbunden werden.

Nach den Krokodilstränen von Solingen: Regierung plant neue Abschiebezentren und Massendeportationen von Flüchtlingen

Marianne Arens, 31. Mai 2018

Während die Politiker in Solingen scheinheilige Reden gegen „Fremdenfeindlichkeit“ hielten, setzte der Innenausschuss in Berlin mit der Sondersitzung zur „Bamf-Affäre“ den rechten Regierungskurs fort.

Polizei fahndet europaweit nach G20-Demonstranten

Christopher Lehmann, 31. Mai 2018

Am Dienstag morgen führte die Polizei Razzien und Durchsuchungen in Italien, Spanien, Frankreich und der Schweiz in Privatwohnungen wie auch in Treffpunkten der linken Szene durch.

Italien: Ernennung von Technokratenregierung löst Krise der Klassenherrschaft aus

Alex Lantier, 31. Mai 2018

Die Finanzmärkte verfallen in Panik und Protestaktionen werden ausgerufen, während die erbitterten Konflikte innerhalb der italienischen Bourgeoisie offen zutage treten.

Demonstration in Sydney am 17. Juni
Freiheit für Julian Assange!

James Cogan, 31. Mai 2018

Assanges Lage ist direkt darauf zurückzuführen, dass die australische Regierung ihrem Staatsbürger jeden Schutz verweigert.

New in Italian

Italia: economista del FMI per formare un governo tecnico

Peter Schwarz, 30 maggio 2018

Per il momento, il tentativo di Movimento 5 Stelle e l’estrema destra di Lega di formare un governo è fallito.

New in Arabic

الرأسمالية و ثورة الذكاء الاصطناعي

٥ نيسان أبريل ٢٠١٨

في الشهر الماضي، وقع أكثر من 3,000 موظف من غوغل على رسالة تتخذ موقفا ضد تواطؤ غوغل مع برنامج الولايات المتحدة للاغتيال بالطائرات بدون طيار، الذي أدى إلى قتل وتشويه عشرات الآلاف من الناس في جميع انحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا.

New in Norwegian

For internasjonal handling til forsvar av Julian Assange!

ICFI og WSWS’ internasjonale redaksjonsråd, 30 May 2018

Demonstrasjonen i Sydney den 17. juni vil kreve at den australske regjeringen umiddelbart treffer tiltak for å sikre Assanges betingelsesløse frihet og gjenkomst til Australia.

Tysklands Süddeutsche Zeitung bidrar til kampanjen mot Julian Assange

Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2018

Den tyske dagsavisa har sluttet seg til kampanjen for å rettferdiggjøre overleveringen av WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren til britiske og amerikanske myndigheter.

WikiLeaks og varslere fordømmer nye uverifiserte påstander mot Julian Assange

James Cogan, 30 May 2018

Ved siden av WikiLeaks og WSWS har bare en håndfull andre nettsteder og enkeltpersoner stått frem for å fordømme Guardian for å tjene som redskap for antiAssange-vendettaen.

Other Languages

Perspective

The New York Times and the murder that wasn’t

1 June 2018

The response to the staged murder of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko stands as an exposure of the US media.

Earlier Perspectives »

Defend Julian Assange!

Australian students support June 17 Sydney rally demanding freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 1 June 2018

“The governments know that by attacking Assange, it will have a ripple effect. They want every single student who is against war to be intimidated.”

Demand freedom for Julian Assange! Join the demonstration in Sydney on June 17!

Break the silence on the danger facing Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 31 May 2018

“The government is after him because he’s telling the truth”
Detroit autoworkers call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By Will Morrow, 31 May 2018

The working class must mobilize to free Julian Assange!

“I don’t think Assange will be forgiven by our rulers because he educated the world”
Join the June 19 London vigil demanding freedom for Julian Assange!

John Pilger endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defence of Julian Assange

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 »

Commentary

French rail workers strike at a crossroads

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2018

As the unions begin calling to put an end to the strike, the strike must be taken out of the hands of the unions and waged on an independent, revolutionary perspective.

The way forward for French workers
Build rank-and-file committees to oppose Macron’s austerity measures!

Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (PTS) denounces Brazilian truckers strike

By Eric London, 1 June 2018

The PTS labeled the strike as right-wing, solidarizing itself with the government’s repressive measures.

Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

Remembrance Day in Sri Lanka exposes dead end of Tamil nationalism

By K. Nesan, 1 June 2018

Tamil National Alliance officials were thrown out of the memorial of the May 18 massacre that ended of the Sri Lankan Civil War, as mass anger rises against the TNA.

The cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s television series

By David Walsh, 31 May 2018

The controversy surrounding the Roseanne television series

Actor Morgan Freeman’s attorney demands retraction of CNN’s sexual harassment allegations

By Niles Niemuth, 31 May 2018

US and Europe line up behind Israel over Gaza rocket attacks

By Jean Shaoul, 31 May 2018

Arts Review

Donald Glover’s hit music video “This is America”

By Zac Corrigan, 1 June 2018

Within 24 hours, “This is America” had been viewed 12.9 million times and the song debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. It has now been viewed more than 200 million times.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music

By Hiram Lee, 28 May 2018

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s on view in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 26 May 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Facebook blocks ads in midst of US primary elections

By David Moore—SEP candidate for Senate in California, 1 June 2018

As part of the campaign against “Russian influence,” Facebook implemented new advertising rules that heavily favor established candidates.

Support the National City teachers! Defend public education!

Oppose Google’s collaboration in US war crimes!

Featured Report

“Government propaganda and the war on terror from 9/11 to Syria”
Journalists and academics expose UK’s criminal actions in the Middle East

By Julie Hyland, 31 May 2018

War, propaganda and smears: An interview with Professor Piers Robinson
Part three

History

1968: The general strike and the student revolt in France
Part 4—How Alain Krivine’s JCR covered for the betrayals of Stalinism (2)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2018

Fifty years ago, in May–June 1968, a general strike brought France to the brink of proletarian revolution. This eight-part series describes the events and draws the political lessons for today.

Workers Struggles

As French airport workers and Iranian lorry drivers strike, class struggle spreads in Africa
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 June 2018

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

General strike in Greece against Syriza’s latest austerity package

By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2018

Strike by 50,000 Las Vegas workers looms as casino owners resist pay demands

By Trévon Austin, 31 May 2018

25 years ago: German neo-Nazis kill five Turkish immigrants in Solingen

On the night of May 28-29, 1993, five members of a Turkish family in Solingen, in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, died in a house fire set by a gang of neo-Nazi youth.

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50 years ago: Dozens arrested in Poor People’s Campaign

On May 29, 1968, participants in the Poor People’s Campaign marched on the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to protest a high court ruling that affirmed limits on Indian fishing rights in several rivers of Washington state.

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75 years ago: French Committee of National Liberation established

On June 3, 1943, French military forces in North Africa, headed by generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud, formed the French Committee of National Liberation.

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100 years ago: Sixty-nine Sinn Fein leaders deported from Ireland

On May 30, 1918, Edward Shortt, chief secretary for Ireland, announced in the British House of Commons that sixty-nine leaders of the bourgeois nationalist Sinn Fein society had been deported from Ireland for internment in England.

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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.

Arabic translation of “Against imperialism, counterrevolution and war! For a socialist Middle East!”

The following is an Arabic translation of the speech, "Against imperialism, counterrevolution and war! For a socialist Middle East!", delivered to the ICFI’s International Online Rally on May 5 by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the ICFI, and the World Socialist Web Site editorial board in Germany.

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

Science

Climate scientists warn about “methane time bomb”

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 May 2018

Scientists reveal global warming’s impact on Great Barrier Reef

By Frank Gaglioti, 23 May 2018

Investigative Report

A sweatshop for Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein
Sri Lanka: Kilinochchi garment workers denounce harsh working conditions

By R. Sudarshan and Vimal Rasenthiran, 22 May 2018

Mehring Books

New from Mehring Books: Flint: A Crime of Capitalism

22 May 2018

Now available! This pamphlet exposes the social and political forces behind the lead poisoning of the water supply in Flint, which was rooted in the subordination of all aspects of social life to the profit drive of business.

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.”

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

By our correspondents, 14 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.

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.