9 February 2018

US massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2018

US air and artillery strikes killed of as many as 100 pro-government troops as Washington drops the anti-ISIS pretext for its occupation of Syria.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

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Wall Street plunges amid fear and panic

By Nick Beams, 9 February 2018

A major feature of the turmoil has been the speed of events, with stock prices plunging and oscillating dramatically.

Global markets plunge as Dow records biggest ever one-day point fall

Partial federal shutdown ends with passage of budget deal between Trump and Democrats

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2018

Ultra-right opposition temporarily delayed the agreement on a vast increase in military spending, coupled with smaller increases in some domestic social programs.

US Senate Democrats agree to massive boost in military spending

French President Macron proposes 35 percent increase in military spending

By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2018

The ruling elites throughout Europe are determined to make the working class pay for a massive program of military rearmament.

Will India invade the Maldives?

By Rohantha De Silva, 9 February 2018

India’s armed forces are reportedly “on standby for any contingency in the Maldives from evacuation of Indian tourists to military intervention.”

Democratic mayor holds sham community forum on Flint water crisis

By Will Morrow, 9 February 2018

Police were stationed at entrances to the meeting as residents were informed they would have no opportunity to speak or ask any questions.

Tennessee police deliberately murder fleeing unarmed suspect, as sheriff boasts, “I love this sh*t”

By Dan Conway, 9 February 2018

A lawsuit is being brought against a Tennessee sheriff after footage revealed him encouraging other officers involved in a car chase to kill the man they were pursuing.

Columbia University refuses to recognize graduate student union

By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2018

Columbia University in New York City has refused to recognize the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers (GWC-UAW) Local 2110 as the bargaining agent for student workers on campus.

Racist rampage in the Italian election campaign

By Marc Wells and Marianne Arens, 9 February 2018

Four weeks before the Italian elections, a bloodbath shook the small town of Macerata with six young people shot by a racist gunman.

Corbyn prostrates himself before council leaders in the name of “Municipal Socialism”

By Chris Marsden, 9 February 2018

Corbyn addressed the audience of Labour councillors imposing cuts that have devastated vital social services as if they were passionate seekers after a new socialist dawn.

London Labour councils in league with property developers

By Julie Hyland, 9 February 2018

The Haringey Development Vehicle mass privatisation project epitomises the transformation of the Labour Party into a political adjunct of big business and the corporate elite.

Haringey Council leader Claire Kober: The social cleansing agenda of a Blairite “martyr”

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Советские победы над германскими армиями вызывают беспокойство

9 февраля 2018 г.

8 февраля 1943 года советская Красная армия овладела Курском, что стало первым звеном в цепи сражений в течение 10-дневного периода, которые вынудили Гитлера отвести свои армии к западу.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Троцкий провозглашает в Брест-Литовске «Ни мира, ни войны»

9 февраля 2018 г.

10 февраля 1918 года Лев Троцкий, глава большевистской делегации на мирных переговорах в Брест-Литовске, которые велись с представителями Центральных держав, заявил, что советская делегация считает войну законченной, но находит условия мирного договора, выдвигаемые германо-австрийской стороной, неприемлемыми.

New in Turkish

ABD gaz saldırısı iddiaları üzerinden Suriye savaşını tırmandırmakla tehdit ediyor

Bill Van Auken, 9 Şubat 2018

Bu stratejinin başlıca hedefi, bölgedeki Rusya ve İran etkisine karşı koymak ve petrol zengini Ortadoğu üzerinde ABD egemenliği uğruna daha kapsamlı bir savaşa ön hazırlık yapmaktır.

Almanya: IG Metall sendikası yüz binlerce işçinin grevini sona erdirdi

Christoph Vandreier, 9 Şubat 2018

Sendika, düşen ücretlere yönelik bastırılmış öfkenin, yeni bir koalisyon hükümetinin kurulmasını tehlikeye sokabilecek ülke çapında bir grev hareketine yol açmasını önlemeye çalıştı.

Chomsky’nin emperyalizm yanlısı Afrin dilekçesi

Nick Beams, 9 Şubat 2018

Sahte sol örgütler ve bireyler, dikkatle hazırlanmış bir senaryoya uygun davranıyormuşçasına, bu yalanları sağlamak için bir adım öne çıkmış durumdalar.

New in Spanish

Hay que declarar nulos e inválidos los contratos del UAW

Por Jerry White, 9 febrero 2018

La corrupción develada por el escándalo continuo no es una aberración, sino la expresión de la esencia misma del UAW.

Los partidos alemanes llegan a un acuerdo sobre una gran coalición proguerra y proausteridad

Por Johannes Stern, 9 febrero 2018

Una nueva gran coalición entre los partidos socialdemócratas y conservadores iniciará una gran acumulación militar, nuevas rondas de austeridad y medidas de Estado policial.

Extrabajadores temporales y a tiempo parcial en Jeep presentan demanda contra el UAW, Fiat Chrysler

Por Shannon Jones, 9 febrero 2018

Los trabajadores dicen que las revelaciones de los sobornos de la administración a los funcionarios del UAW requiere que los tribunales reexaminen su solicitud.

Notas desde Puerto Rico
Miles de trabajadores en Puerto Rico siguen viviendo sin agua

Por Antonio Castro, 9 febrero 2018

Este es el segundo de una serie de actualizaciones de un trabajador puertorriqueño local sobre la crisis en la isla como consecuencia del huracán María.

Los mercados globales caen cuando el índice bursatil Dow Jones registra su mayor descenso en un día

Por Nick Beams, 9 febrero 2018

Una de las características más importantes del último declive fue la velocidad con el índice Dow Jones cayó 900 puntos en solo 11 minutos debido a una avalancha de ventas.

New in French

Les partis allemands parviennent à un accord sur une grande coalition pour la guerre et l’austérité

Johannes Stern, 9 février 2018

Une nouvelle grande coalition entre les partis conservateurs et sociaux-démocrates déclenchera une remilitarisation massive et une nouvelle vague d’austérité, et mettra en oeuvre des mesures d’État policier.

Macron propose une augmentation de 35 pour cent des budgets militaires

Alexandre Lantier, 9 février 2018

Sous l'égide de Macron, les banques et l'armées mènent une offensive contre les travailleurs, pour financer la militarisation de la France et de l'Europe sur leur dos.

L'Espagne doublera ses dépenses militaires

Alejandro López, 9 février 2018

Le gouvernement espagnol tente de surmonter la contradiction entre soutenir à la fois le PESCO, dirigé par l'Allemagne, et l'OTAN, dirigée par les États-Unis.

La pétition pro-impérialiste de Chomsky

Nick Beams, 9 février 2018

Comme s’ils agissaient selon un script soigneusement rédigé d'avance, des organisations et des individus de la pseudo-gauche se sont avancés pour fournir des justifications pour les nouvelles opérations américaines au Moyen-Orient.

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Perspective

Falling US life expectancy: The product of a deliberate ruling class policy

9 February 2018

The US is wracked by record social inequality, a catastrophic health crisis, and a government health policy aimed at deliberately lowering life expectancy while catering to corporate profit.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Falcon Heavy launch marks new stage in the privatization—and perversion—of space exploration

By Don Barrett and Patrick Martin, 9 February 2018

The new rocket has two purposes, neither of them connected with the advance of science: to boost the wealth of billionaire Elon Musk, and to expand the military arsenal of the Pentagon.

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018

A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s
“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2018

German parties reach agreement on grand coalition for war and austerity

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2018

US vice president foreshadows “toughest” sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2018

Why does Mélenchon want to expel Syriza from the European Left Party?

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2018

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Featured Interview

An interview with David North
Socialism or Barbarism: Reflections on Global Disorder

6 February 2018

In October 2017, David North delivered a lecture on the centenary of the October Revolution at St. Andrews College in Scotland. Prior to the lecture, he was interviewed by Adam Stromme, the editor in chief of the St Andrews Economist, the official publication of the St Andrews Economics Society.

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 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 » »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants

By Anthony del Olmo, 9 February 2018

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has held meetings on the defense of immigrants at several US universities.

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan local elections: SEP holds public meetings in island’s north

By our correspondent, 9 February 2018

SEP candidates explained why an international socialist program is necessary to fight the government’s social austerity measures and attacks on democratic rights.

Workers Struggles

Seattle, Washington school bus drivers enter second week of strike

By Hector Cordon, 9 February 2018

The Teamsters union agreed to federal mediation Thursday with management arrogantly holding fast to its concession demands.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
180,000 Finnish municipal workers begin overtime ban

9 February 2018

The action is to protest cuts in bonuses for 2018 and 2019, and has impacted public transport, health and care services.

APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike

By Alex González, 8 February 2018

“They chew you up and spit you out”
Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption

More on autoworkers' struggles »

“The 1 percent raise is a slap in the face.”
After one-day strike, West Virginia teachers face battle over wages and medical benefits

By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 6 February 2018

Arts Review

Colors: Beck’s foray into mainstream pop

By Jay James, 5 February 2018

Jeff Daniels’ Flint: A drama about the former industrial city
Is it “all about the money” or all about race?

Obituary

Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry dies at 68

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2018

Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded Consortiumnews.com after confronting the corporate media’s impediments to serious investigative journalism.

NHS Fightback

As thousands demonstrate in London in defence of health care
UK unions and Labour suppress struggle to defend National Health Service

By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2018

London protesters speak out in defence of the National Health Service
“The Conservatives don’t care how many people die so long as they line their pockets”

By our reporters, 5 February 2018

The human cost of the destruction of the National Health Service

SEP NHS FightBack »

25 years ago: Clinton moves to scuttle peace effort in Bosnia

In a bid to create conditions for US military intervention in the Balkans, the Clinton administration this week announced its opposition to a Bosnia peace plan put forward by the UN and the European Community.

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50 years ago: US, South Korean troops massacre Vietnamese villagers

In the midst of the Tet Offensive, US and South Korean soldiers, acting on explicit orders from US commanders, carried out massacres in several south Vietnamese villages.

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75 years ago: Soviet victories over German armies worry imperialism

On February 8, 1943, the Soviet Red Army captured Kursk—the first of a string of battles over a 10-day period that threw Hitler’s armies back to the west.

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100 years ago: Trotsky declares: “No War, No Peace” at Brest-Litovsk

On February 10, 1918, Leon Trotsky, the head of the Bolshevik delegation at the Brest-Litovsk peace talks with the Central Powers declared that the Soviet delegation considered the war to be over, but that it found the German-Austrian “peace” terms unacceptable.

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Puerto Rico

On-the-spot interviews: How many Puerto Ricans will die due to criminal government indifference?

Four months after Maria, millions are without power, water, health care, and the basic necessities of life in this US colony.

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Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

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Science

“Big Sugar” and metabolic syndrome, killers of millions annually worldwide

By Gary Joad, 2 February 2018

Mehring Books

The Heritage We Defend and other important books by David North and the ICFI published in Turkish

By Halil Celik, 20 January 2018

In a country where the working class and socialist movement in general has been dominated by Stalinism, Maoism and petty-bourgeois nationalist tendencies for decades, these books are of prime importance in developing socialist consciousness among workers and youth.

New publication by Mehring Books (UK)
The falsification of David King’s work

12 January 2018

Mehring Books has produced a new pamphlet to memorialise David King, who devoted his extraordinary artistic gifts to salvaging the historical truth of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath.

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of “100 years since the Balfour Declaration.”

We are publishing here, in one part, the Arabic translation of the two-part article series, “100 years since the Balfour Declaration.” This was first published on the World Socialist Web Site on November 7/8, 2017.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon begins operations in Australia

By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017

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