Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war

By Peter Symonds, 5 February 2018

The warplane was shot down as Russian and US military forces face off at close quarters on opposing sides of Syria’s disastrous civil war.

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying

By Eric London, 5 February 2018

In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

Release of Nunes memo throws anti-Russia campaign into disarray

Evidence that Norwood Jewell was bribed to sign 2015 UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 5 February 2018

Fiat Chrysler threw a lavish party for Jewell, two months after the top administrative body of the UAW tagged him to lead negotiations with the automaker.

Workers discuss UAW corruption scandal at WSWS Autoworker Newsletter call-in meeting

Contracts signed by corrupt UAW should be nullified: A reply to Dennis Williams

The UAW corruption scandal: The case for workers’ committees

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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

Corbyn and his pseudo-left backers are using the prospect of a Labour government reversing the attacks on the NHS to suppress any mobilisation of the working class.

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

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s demonstration in London to defend the NHS.

The human cost of the destruction of the National Health Service

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German grand coalition parties negotiate over rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2018

While the media reported “breakthroughs” in health and housing policies, initial reports on the coalition paper show what the talks are really about.

French president Macron to end lifetime job guarantee for public sector workers

By Francis Dubois, 5 February 2018

The Macron government is seeking to scrap the rights of public sector workers amid rising strikes and social protests across Europe.

French workers support growing mass strikes in Germany

Political in-fighting escalates as Cape Town, South Africa approaches “Day Zero” water shutoff

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 February 2018

The Democratic Alliance fears its inability to address the water crisis will lead to a loss of support ahead of the 2019 elections.

Two crew members killed in South Carolina train crash

By Jeff Lusanne, 5 February 2018

An Amtrak train operating on a CSX railroad was mistakenly sent into the path of a freight train on Sunday, killing the crew and injuring over 100 passengers.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2018

The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.

Pope preaches dogma of reaction in Latin America

By Cesar Uco, 5 February 2018

The Pope’s first stop was Chile, where he denounced parishioners as “idiots manipulated by leftists” for opposing a bishop implicated in the cover-up of child sexual abuse.

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018

The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Australian mining union isolates locked out Oaky North workers

Australian Labor Party parliamentarian resigns over dual citizenship furore

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2018

David Feeney’s case underscores the reactionary character of the ongoing witch hunt.

Australian government defies criticism of sweeping “foreign interference” bills

India strengthens ties with ASEAN countries

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 February 2018

Modi’s manoeuvres with ASEAN are part of India’s transformation into a frontline state in Washington’s strategic offensive against China.

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Angst vor Erwachen der Arbeiterklasse drückt auf Aktienkurse

Barry Grey, 5. Februar 2018

Der aufkommende Widerstand der Arbeiterklasse verunsichert die Börsen.

Großkoalitionäre verhandeln über Aufrüstung und Krieg

Johannes Stern, 5. Februar 2018

Während die Medien Sonntagabend „Durchbrüche“ in der Gesundheits- und Wohnungspolitik meldeten, zeigen erste Informationen über das Koalitionspapier worum es in Wirklichkeit geht.

Trump-Regierung fordert Optionen für Krieg gegen Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 5. Februar 2018

Obwohl die Spannungen auf der koreanischen Halbinsel im Vorfeld der Winterolympiade nachgelassen haben, setzen die USA ihre Vorbereitungen auf einen Militärschlag fort.

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Economist: İnsanlık dünya savaşının eşiğinde

James Cogan, 5 Şubat 2018

Economist, Amerikan ordusunun her yerdeki egemenliğine yönelik sözde meydan okumaları sindirmek üzere konuşlandırılmasıyla birlikte, felaket ve şiddet dolu bir gelecek öngörüyor.

MESS metal işçilerini yatıştırma umuduyla ücret artışı yaptı

Halil Çelik, 5 Şubat 2018

Türkiye egemen sınıfının ve AKP iktidarının metal işçilerine verdiği küçük tavizler, onların bir işçi sınıfı seferberliğini göze alamamaları ile bağlantılıdır.

Almanya’da yüz binlerce sanayi işçisi grevde

Peter Schwarz, 5 Şubat 2018

Grev hareketi, IG Metall önderliğinin mevcut toplu sözleşme mücadelesini frenleme ve işçilerin taleplerine ihanet eden kokuşmuş bir uzlaşmaya varma çabalarına rağmen yayılıyor.

Rusya destekli Suriye barış görüşmelerinde anayasa konusunda anlaşmaya varıldı

Jordan Shilton, 5 Şubat 2018

Anlaşma, Soçi diyaloğunu destekleyen üç ülke olan Rusya’ya, Türkiye’ye ve İran’a, anayasa komitesinin biçimlendirilmesinde önemli etki sağlayacak.

“Parçalanmış dünya”: Plütokratlar savaş ve büyük güç çatışmasının ortasında Davos’ta toplandı

Andre Damon, 5 Şubat 2018

Binlerce şirket yöneticisi, merkez bankacısı ve dünya lideri, bu hafta İsviçre’nin Davos kasabasında bir araya geldi. Genel ruh hali küresel politikanın ve ekonominin her yönüne yönelik kaygıydı.

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500 000 métallurgistes débrayent en Allemagne

nos correspondants, 5 février 2018

Les grèves de 24 heures ont culminé vendredi avec le débrayage de centaines de milliers de grévistes dans les industries métallurgique et électrique.

Les travailleurs français soutiennent les grandes grèves qui montent en Allemagne

V. Gnana and et Alex Lantier, 5 février 2018

Les travailleurs étaient d’humeur combative, enthousiastes à la fois de l’avancée des métallurgistes allemands et de la possibilité d’une lutte européenne commune.

Des travailleurs discutent du scandale de corruption dans l'UAW lors d'une rencontre organisée par la WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

nos correspondants, 5 février 2018

Des travailleurs de l'automobile ont discuté de la signification du scandale de corruption dans l'UAW et l'appel de la WSWS Autoworker Newsletter pour la formation de comités de la base, indépendants du syndicat UAW.

Macron s’attaque au statut des fonctionnaires acquis après la Libération

Francis Dubois, 5 février 2018

Le gouvernement Macron tente de démolir le statut des fonctionnaires malgré une large montée de grèves et de contestation à travers l'Europe.

Christine Lagarde estampille #MeToo «approuvé par les banques»

Alexandre Lantier, 5 février 2018

L'entrevue accordée par la cheffe du FMI au Monde souligne que la campagne féministe #MeToo a le soutien de l'aristocratie financière et des grands médias.

Le Syndicat des Métallos accueille la chef du Bloc québécois pro-patronal sur les lignes de piquetage à l’ABI

Laurent Lafrance, 5 février 2018

L’accueil favorable de Martine Ouellet sur les lignes de piquetage indique que le Syndicat des Métallos prépare une trahison des travailleurs d’ABI qui sont en lock-out depuis un mois.

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Temor a un levantamiento obrero provoca desplome financiero

Por Barry Grey, 5 febrero 2018

La mayor volatilidad en los mercados se está produciendo ante señales de una cada vez mayor resistencia de la clase obrera.

La publicación del memo de Nunes hunde a la campaña antirrusa en caos

Por Andre Damon, 5 febrero 2018

En una mayor intensificación del conflicto entre facciones dentro de la élite gobernante estadounidense, la Casa Blanca publicó un memorándum legislativo el viernes alegando que el FBI utilizó falsos pretensos para espiar a la campaña de Trump.

Setenta años después de la independencia de Sri Lanka: el registro de la decadencia capitalista y la necesidad del socialismo

Por Vijith Samarasinghe y K. Ratnayake, 5 febrero 2018

En ninguna parte de todo el subcontinente indio existe una verdadera independencia del imperialismo y las clases gobernantes han fracasado rotundamente en brindar derechos democráticos y niveles de vida decentes para todos.

Medio millón de trabajadores metalúrgicos participan en huelgas en Alemania

Por nuestros reporteros, 5 febrero 2018

El viernes, los paros de advertencia de un día en el sector metalúrgico y en el eléctrico culminaron con cientos de miles de huelguistas.

Se exige una intervención estadounidense contra “intromisiones rusas” en las elecciones presidenciales mexicanas

Por Alex González, 5 febrero 2018

Rusia está siendo acusada de usar las redes sociales para apoyar al candidato presidencial “izquierdista” Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Señales de turbulencias en las bolsas

Por Nick Beams, 5 febrero 2018

La principal preocupación en los mercados financieros es que un aumento en el rendimiento de los bonos podría ver el fin del aumento de los precios de las acciones e incluso desencadenar una gran desaceleración.

Ginsburg, de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de EE.UU., respalda a #MeToo

Por Ed Hightower y Tom Carter, 5 febrero 2018

Como jueza de la Suprema Corte, los comentarios de Ginsburg concedió una sanción cuasi-oficial al ambiente del muchedumbre de linchamiento que rodea la campaña.

Entrevista: Davino Watson

Ciudadano estadounidense encarcelado por el ICE durante tres años y medio

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Польское правительство пытается криминализовать упоминания о преступлениях поляков в период Холокоста

Клара Вайс, 2 февраля 2018 г.

Этот далеко идущий удар по свободе слова является очередным шагом в систематических действиях правой правящей партии «Право и справедливость» по усилению фашистских сил в стране и, в соответствии с этой целью, фальсификации истории Польши.

75 лет назад: Последние солдаты Вермахта сдаются в Сталинграде

2 февраля 2018 г.

2 февраля 1943 года после ожесточенного сопротивления последняя группировка Шестой немецкой армии, заблокированной в Сталинграде, окончательно капитулировала перед советской Красной армией.

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Perspective

The working class and the capitalist economy

5 February 2018

Friday’s fall on world stock markets, in response to an uptick in US wages, demonstrates the significance of Marx's labor theory of value, which explains the inner workings of the capitalist economy.

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Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

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

WSWS Chairperson David North interviewed on Chris Hedges’ “On Contact”

29 January 2018

Full transcript: “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship”

By the World Socialist Web Site, 25 January 2018

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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.

Commentary

IMF chief Christine Lagarde gives #MeToo the banks’ seal of approval

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2018

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde’s interview in Le Monde hailing #MeToo underscores that this movement has the support of the financial aristocracy.

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

By Barry Grey, 3 February 2018

Half a million metalworkers participate in strikes in Germany

By our reporters, 3 February 2018

Seventy years after Sri Lankan independence: The record of capitalist decay and the necessity for socialism

By Vijith Samarasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 3 February 2018

Trump administration presses for more options for war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 February 2018

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

Arts Review

Colors: Beck’s foray into mainstream pop

By Jay James, 5 February 2018

The 11 albums Beck released prior to Colors blended a dizzying array of genres, resulting in a series of psychedelic funk, soul, folk, hip-hop and and rock-infused anthems that have consistently topped the charts.

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

By David Walsh, 2 February 2018

Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt

Netflix: The Crown Season Two—Apologetics for the monarchy as sun sets on British Empire

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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The Grenfell Tower fire

UK: Justice4Grenfell meeting endorses May government’s inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2018

UK: Private landlords refusing to remedy Grenfell-style flammable cladding

Families and survivors hold seven-month commemoration of Grenfell Tower fire

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Workers Struggles

West Virginia teachers hold one-day strikes and statewide protests

By Nancy Hanover, 3 February 2018

Turkish employers grant pay raises in hopes of appeasing metalworkers

By Halil Celik, 2 February 2018

Seattle schoolbus drivers walk out in indefinite strike

By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018

“Our job is like working in a slaughterhouse”
French retirement home workers strike to defend elderly, working conditions

By Anthony Torres, 2 February 2018

Science

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

By Gary Joad, 2 February 2018

History

Fifty years since the Tet Offensive

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2018

“There’s a pattern here that NYU doesn’t want to acknowledge”
Interview with Mohamad Bazzi, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 23 January 2018

Socialist Equality Party

SEP forum rallies opposition against racist “African gangs” campaign in Australia

By our reporters, 26 January 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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