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Israel again opens fire on Gaza protesters, killing three and wounding hundreds

By Will Morrow, 28 April 2018

For the fifth Friday in a row, the Israeli army rained gunfire on thousands of unarmed protesters in Gaza, bringing the number killed since March 30 to 45.

Teachers union celebrates alliance with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

By Fred Mazelis, 28 April 2018

The union’s embrace of Cuomo is a sharp warning to teachers in New York and across the US.

UAW executives are “nothing more than fat cats collecting huge checks”

Autoworkers denounce company-UAW scheme to hire low-paid workers in the face of mass layoffs

By Tim Rivers, 28 April 2018

Autoworkers have begun to fight back by sharing articles across social media in a storm of protest.

Refinery explosions rock Texas and Wisconsin

By Trévon Austin, 28 April 2018

The two explosions released tons of toxic material into the air, posing serious health risks.

Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot

By Alec Andersen, 28 April 2018

The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.

Ontario Liberals give boost to Unifor union raiding strategy

By Carl Bronski, 28 April 2018

The new Labour Relations Board regulation is yet another illustration of the intimate ties between the big business Liberals and the country’s largest industrial union.

German Chancellor Merkel and Donald Trump hold tense meeting in Washington

By Peter Schwarz, 28 April 2018

While the meeting appeared superficially friendly, Trump made no concessions on the fundamental issues discussed.

UK: Brexit divisions threaten government defeat

By Chris Marsden, 28 April 2018

The prime minister is under pressure from both sides of her party to clarify her position on the customs union, the mechanism allowing goods to be transported tariff-free between European Union member states.

Australian government prepares budget and possible early election

By Mike Head, 28 April 2018

Such an election would be the latest attempt to install a government that can carry through a far deeper assault on social spending, as well as prepare for potential trade wars and wars.

New Zealand prime minister strengthens military ties with France

By Tom Peters, 28 April 2018

Jacinda Ardern sought increased military cooperation with France and Britain in the Pacific, to push back against China’s strategic and economic influence.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2018

The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

Arizona strike biggest yet in teachers’ revolt in US

By David Moore, 27 April 2018

Arizona teachers launched their first strike in state history while educators in neighboring Colorado are walking out as the struggle of teachers continues to grow.

“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”

Striking Arizona teachers speak out

By our reporters, 27 April 2018

Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.

The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2018

The nominal “opposition” party paved the way for the installation of an advocate of war, mass surveillance and torture as the new US secretary of state.

North and South Korea hold “peace” summit

By James Cogan, 27 April 2018

Any concrete development toward a rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula on US-dictated terms will be viewed with immense concern in Beijing.

Ben Carson: “Poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind”

US housing secretary proposes tripling rent for poorest households

By Kate Randall, 27 April 2018

Carson's proposal comes amidst a housing crisis that is forcing millions to live in squalid conditions and driving increasing numbers of people into homelessness.

German chancellor travels to Washington amid trade and geopolitical tensions

By Peter Schwarz, 27 April 2018

Merkel’s meeting with Trump takes place against the backdrop of planned US tariffs on steel and aluminum, and divisions over the Iran nuclear deal.

European Central Bank points to slowing economic growth

By Nick Beams, 27 April 2018

The ECB appears to have adopted a “wait and see” approach on monetary policy in light of the latest eurozone slowdown.

Germany: IG Metall union sabotages workers’ struggle to defend jobs

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 April 2018

Opel auto workers in Germany are confronting corporate management’s demand for massive cuts in jobs and wages combined with a drastic deterioration of working conditions.

Thousands of UK auto jobs to go

By Margot Miller, 27 April 2018

Nissan’s sales in the UK have dropped by a third so far this year, and its exports to Europe are also falling, from 75,000 in March compared with 91,000 in the same month last year.

Four years since beginning of Flint water crisis: Youth denounce government criminality

By our reporters, 27 April 2018

On the fourth anniversary of the Flint water crisis residents and youth speak out on the unresolved lead poisoning disaster.

Assailant charged with murder following Toronto van attack

By Roger Jordan, 27 April 2018

The political establishment and bourgeois media have responded to Monday’s atrocity with a combination of reaction, Canadian nationalist appeals, and perplexity.

After Washington briefings, Australian Labor Party reiterates support for “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 27 April 2018

Just as another anti-China scare campaign was launched, Labor’s shadow foreign affairs minister emphasised its backing for the measures directed against China and anti-war dissent.

Workers and youth denounce Sri Lankan May Day ban

By our correspondents, 27 April 2018

SEP and IYSSE members are winning important support for their campaign against the government’s prohibition on celebrations of the international workers’ day.

Addressing US Congress, Macron backs neocolonial carve-up of Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s address to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday was one of the most belligerent public statements ever made by a French president.

US and China to hold trade talks as tariff deadline looms

By Nick Beams, 26 April 2018

Trump said there was a “very good chance of making a deal,” but if not, the US would impose “very substantial tariffs” on Chinese imports.

State takeover looms for Kentucky’s largest school district

By J. Cooper, 26 April 2018

The newly appointed pro-charter school education commissioner, Wayne Lewis, says he will issue his decision by Monday.

NEA pushes through sellout a month after shutdown of Jersey City teachers’ strike

By Steve Light, 26 April 2018

The union acted quickly to isolate and shut down the Jersey City strike.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2018

Hawaii is challenging Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of Somalia, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Syria, North Korea and many Venezuelans from traveling to the United States.

Alleged corruption scandal in Bremen used to restrict right to asylum in Germany

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2018

An incident hyped by the right-wing Bild tabloid as a “major corruption scandal” turns out on closer inspection to be nothing of the sort.

Corbyn urges St. George’s Day national holiday

By Julie Hyland, 26 April 2018

The demand for Labour to champion an English national identity has long been promoted by sections of the party’s right wing under the banner, “Flag, faith and family.”

UK government’s persecution of Caribbean workers the tip of an iceberg

By Paul Mitchell, 26 April 2018

In 2016, almost 40,000 people were removed from the UK or classified as “departing voluntarily” after having received threatening letters.

Washington announces plans to pressure Nicaragua after largest demonstrations in 40 years

By Andrea Lobo, 26 April 2018

Fearful of the growth of social opposition to IMF diktats in Central America, US imperialism is ramping up its efforts to contain the situation and advance its own reactionary agenda.

New Zealand rail union rams through pro-company collective agreement

By our correspondent, 26 April 2018

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union has imposed a deal that attacks wages, jobs and conditions.

Australian health care costs among the worst internationally

By John Mackay, 26 April 2018

Deepening cuts to public health funding mean patients confront higher out of pocket charges from doctors, clinics and hospitals.

NY Times, Mark Rudd on anniversary of Columbia U sit-in: Socialist revolution is a “fantasy”

By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2018

Mark Rudd, the most prominent leader of the student protests at Columbia University in 1968, has taken to the pages of the leading capitalist newspaper to deny the possibility of revolution.

The teachers’ struggle spreads to Arizona and Colorado

By Jerry White, 25 April 2018

With the teachers’ struggle spreading, it is urgent that workers review the political lessons of the experience of educators in the first stage of this battle.

In Washington, Macron calls for renegotiation of nuclear deal with Iran

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2018

Paris is joining Washington in telling Iran it must comply with US dictates or face the renewal of trade sanctions and the possibility of military attack.

Seychelles opposition alliance rejects India’s plans for military base

By Rohantha De Silva, 25 April 2018

India’s move to establish a military base in Seychelles is part of its drive for strategic dominance of the Indian Ocean.

Australian government imposes harsh financial burdens on immigrant families

By Max Newman, 25 April 2018

New migrants now have to pay more than double to bring family members to Australia.

Oppose the Sri Lankan government’s ban on May Day celebrations

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 April 2018

The SEP calls on all workers, oppressed people, youth, students and intellectuals to join it in protesting against this blatant attack on the democratic rights of the working class.

US federal, state governments wage war on workers and the poor

By Kate Randall, 24 April 2018

While Trump and corporate boardrooms celebrate the “booming” economy and the rising stockpiles of cash for the super-rich, they are seeking ways to gut what remains of the social safety net.

At least 10 killed in deliberate attack on Toronto pedestrians

By Keith Jones, 24 April 2018

Police have said nothing about a possible motive, only that they have not definitively ruled anything out.

Starting Washington visit, Macron pledges endless war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2018

Notwithstanding the deep and growing tensions between US imperialism and its European counterparts, all of them are set on a course of escalating war.

Saudi airstrike kills 33 at wedding in northern Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2018

With the full support of the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia has been waging an unrelenting war against Yemen for more than three years, killing thousands of civilians.

Demonstrations grow in Nicaragua after Ortega suspends pension cuts

By Andrea Lobo, 24 April 2018

Nearly 30 are dead and protests swelled yesterday even as the government announced it was temporarily canceling pension cuts.

India’s BJP government imposes death penalty for child rape

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 April 2018

The BJP ordinance is an attempt to divert attention from the role its leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have played in shielding those who raped and murdered an eight-year-old Muslim girl.

Australian and Chinese navy ships reportedly face off in the South China Sea

By Gary Alvernia, 24 April 2018

International media outlets gave the incident prominent coverage, depicting it as a “Chinese challenge” to Australian warships.

After mass layoffs at Ohio plant, UAW gives GM greenlight to hire lower-paid temps

By Tim Rivers, 24 April 2018

Just days after eliminating an entire shift at the Lordstown plant, General Motors announced its subsidiary at the factory will hire low-paid temps under a “memorandum of agreement” signed by the UAW.

Police descend on Georgia city, arrest anti-Nazi protesters under anti-Klan law

By Alec Andersen, 24 April 2018

Seven hundred police officers dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-style assault rifles protected a small rally of neo-Nazis from an anti-fascist counterprotest.

Australian unions impose sweeping job and pay cuts via “interest-based bargaining”

By Mike Head, 24 April 2018

The IBB process is a new stage in the decades-long transformation of the unions into corporatist entities.

London residents speak out on Grenfell fire

By our reporters, 24 April 2018

Ten months since the inferno that killed at least 72 people at a housing tower in London, no one has been held accountable.

Australian workers and youth denounce persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 23 April 2018

The sentiments of ordinary people stand in stark contrast to the actions of the official parliamentary parties, which are all complicit in the attacks on WikiLeaks and Assange.

US issues ultimatums to IMF on trade

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2018

Adopting the tone of an overlord, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanded that the IMF back Washington in its drive against what it claims are “unfair global trade practices.”

The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2018

The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.

Geoffrey Rush defamation case: Australian judge dismisses newspaper’s latest defence

By Richard Phillips, 23 April 2018

Friday’s ruling is another legal setback for the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph and the #MeToo campaign’s contempt for democratic principles.

British Commonwealth summit sees line up against China and Russia

By Mike Head, 23 April 2018

The CHOGM gathering saw a concerted drive to transform the 53-member grouping, long regarded as an imperial relic, into a confrontational vehicle.

Australian banking revelations fuel political crisis

By Mike Head, 23 April 2018

Public outrage has mounted as damning evidence emerges from hearings conducted by a royal commission into financial services.

French students, workers march in April 19 protests against Macron

By Anthony Torres, 21 April 2018

The first protest of strikers from multiple professions since November 2017 took place amid spreading blockades of universities by students opposed to Macron.

Melenchon keeps silent on Syria strikes at Marseille protest

By Anthony Torres, 21 April 2018

The rally underscored the gulf separating the determination of workers and youth to fight against Macron and the growing danger of war, and the pro-war petty bourgeois parties that called the rally.

Disregard for passenger safety exposed in wake of fatal Southwest Airlines engine explosion

By Alec Andersen, 21 April 2018

Southwest Airlines has pushed back against inspection directives even as mechanics have reportedly raised numerous safety concerns which have been dismissed by the airline.

Unions shutdown three-week strike by Chinese technology workers

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 April 2018

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

Chinese military conducts exercises in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

By Gary Alvernia, 20 April 2018

The Chinese naval drills are in response to Washington’s confrontational stance toward Beijing.

BJP leaders’ cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 April 2018

Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua District.

UK: Report by building research firm reveals scale of criminality that led to Grenfell fire

By Barry Mason, 20 April 2018

No one has been brought to justice for last June’s fire, but a report by a building research body makes clear there is ample evidence to allow for immediate arrests and charging to proceed.

Nearly 30,000 single-parent families made homeless in England in 2017

By Dennis Moore, 20 April 2018

Last year, one third of single parents were affected by welfare cuts, while 39 percent are struggling in low-paid, often insecure work.

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 April 2018

The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 April 2018

The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.

Trump’s secret diplomacy with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2018

The Trump administration senses the possibility of advancing US imperialism’s interests in Asia against its chief rivals, Russia and China, and potential competitors such as Japan.

IMF remains upbeat on global economy but trade conflicts sound a jarring note

By Nick Beams, 19 April 2018

The IMF chief economist said it seemed “paradoxical” that major economies were “flirting with trade war” at a time of economic expansion.

Seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico suffers total blackout

By Daniel de Vries, 19 April 2018

A break in a single transmission line triggered an island-wide blackout Wednesday, expected to last 24 to 36 hours.

One passenger dead after engine explodes during Southwest Airlines flight

By Alec Andersen, 19 April 2018

Ultimate responsibility for Tuesday’s incident lies in the subordination of passenger safety to the drive of the airlines for ever greater profits.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute

By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018

In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Maryland lawmakers offer Amazon $8.5 billion to locate headquarters near CIA and Pentagon

By Adam Soroka, 19 April 2018

Maryland is a finalist for Amazon’s “HQ2” because of the region’s proximity to the headquarters of Amazon’s partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.

Murdoch’s Times witch-hunts academics for questioning UK government’s Syria lies

By Julie Hyland, 19 April 2018

Under conditions where the imperialist powers are dragging humanity towards a third world war, the ruling elites can no longer countenance critical opinion.

UK government’s racist targeting of Caribbean migrants provokes backlash

By Robert Stevens and Thomas Scripps, 19 April 2018

The tightening of immigration legislation was in line with a policy of creating, in Prime Minister May’s words, a “really hostile environment” for “illegal” immigrants.

Corporate Canada demands Trudeau quell opposition to Trans Mountain pipeline

By Keith Jones, 19 April 2018

The corporate media is demanding Trudeau do whatever it takes to ensure the pipeline is built, including invoking the Emergencies Act and deploying the army.

The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda

By Eric London, 19 April 2018

The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.

Germany’s pro-war Left Party postures as a “party of peace”

By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2018

The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls May Day meeting in Colombo

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 April 2018

In holding its public meeting on May 1, the SEP is opposing the government’s efforts to sabotage May Day celebrations.

Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout

By J. Cooper, 19 April 2018

Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor’s pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.

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.

Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis

By Peter Symonds, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2018

Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.

UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing

By Chris Marsden, 17 April 2018

Yesterday May faced widespread criticism, but largely for having failed to recall Parliament rather than any substantive opposition to the illegal action taken by the US, France and the UK.

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

By Peter Schwarz, 17 April 2018

Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.

Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 April 2018

The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia’s role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.

New Zealand government supports imperialist assault on Syria

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 17 April 2018

The Ardern government’s response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.

Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram

By Clara Weiss, 17 April 2018

The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.

US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2018

Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.

Health risks found in over 80 percent of NYCHA apartments

By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2018

Residents are exposed to peeling paint, mold, damaged plaster, rodents, insects, inoperable appliances, severe electrical hazards, lack of heat, and malfunctioning smoke detectors.

Australia: Discontent as union pushes collaboration with management at Macquarie University

By Mike Head, 17 April 2018

Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union’s assurances.

Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US

By Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, 16 April 2018

Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.