10 February 2018

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2018

The reports of Russian casualties came as Turkey resumed its own air strikes against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

US massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war

More on the war in Syria »

Wild swings on Wall Street at end of turbulent week

By Nick Beams, 10 February 2018

The business channel CNBC calculated that the Dow gyrated a total of 22,000 points up and down during the week.

Wall Street plunges amid fear and panic

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

Plundering of Puerto Rico continues as governor attacks public education

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2018

Governor Rosselló announced his intention to privatize the public school system a week and a half after announcing the sell-off of the electricity grid.

Notes from Puerto Rico
Thousands of workers in Puerto Rico continue to live without running water

Russian teacher fired after criticizing low salaries

By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2018

The teachers wrote that in 2017, their monthly wage was 8,289 rubles ($145), the same amount as in 2012, despite 50 percent inflation since then.

Three thousand Pittsburgh schoolworkers vote on strike

By Samuel Davidson, 10 February 2018

The Pittsburgh Public Schools workers are frustrated over massive budget cuts and years without a new contract.

Moody’s downgrades Ford’s credit forecast as investors demand deep cuts

By Tom Hall, 10 February 2018

The move by the credit ratings agency reflects fears that Ford’s “Fitness Redesign” initiative could meet with uncontrollable opposition from autoworkers.

UAW contracts must be declared null and void

Quebec: Steelworkers union maneuvering to impose concessions on locked-out aluminum workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 10 February 2018

The USW has touted phony claims of support for the workers from various capitalist politicians, most notably Martine Ouellet, a former Parti Québécois cabinet minister.

US regulators conclude sleep apnea, lack of signals caused two recent train disasters

By Alan Whyte, 10 February 2018

In both accidents, the train engineers accelerated instead of stopping their trains, which resulted in a collision with “bumping blocks” at the end of the tracks.

US: Food insecurity may be twice as common as previously estimated

By Mark Ferretti, 10 February 2018

A clear class division separates those who can buy healthy food easily from those who cannot.

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

Sleeping rough in the UK: “I never expected to be on the streets”

By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 10 February 2018

WSWS reporters recently spoke to rough sleepers on the streets of Manchester in north west England.

UK: Pro-Corbyn councillors vote with Blairites against scrapping Haringey Council’s social cleansing project

By Paul Mitchell, 10 February 2018

Labour councillors, backed by Momentum, refused to back a motion that would have brought an end to the UK’s most infamous handover of council assets.

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

UK: Northamptonshire County Council on verge of bankruptcy

By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2018

The crisis facing councils is an indictment of the austerity, privatisation and outsourcing that has been the policy of successive central governments and local authorities.

Anti-China dossier highlights target of Australian “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 10 February 2018

A parliamentary submission depicts Chinese Australians as participants in a subversive Chinese Communist Party network.

New in Spanish

La caída en la esperanza de vida en EUA: el producto de una política premeditada de la burguesía

Por Kate Randall, 10 febrero 2018

Estados Unidos está siendo golpeado por una desigualdad social récord, una catastrófica crisis de salud y una política pública de sanidad que procura disminuir deliberadamente la expectativa de vida en servicio del lucro corporativo.

El desfile militar de Trump y la amenaza de una dictadura militar

Por Bill Van Auken, 10 febrero 2018

La solicitud del presidente estadounidense de pasear tanques por la avenida Pennsylvania no es un simple deseo personal. Es parte de cambios profundos en la sociedad estadounidense y el Estado capitalista.

La masacre estadounidense de tropas sirias amenaza con desencadenar una guerra más amplia

Por Bill Van Auken, 10 febrero 2018

Los golpes aéreos y de artillería por parte de Estados Unidos mataron a 100 soldados pro-gubernamentales aunque Washington desecha el pretexto de luchar contra el ISI para ocupar Siria.

Wall Street sufre pérdidas en medio del miedo y el pánico

Por Nick Beams, 10 febrero 2018

Uno de los rasgos principales del jaleo ha sido la velocidad de los acontecimientos, con los precios de las acciones desplomándose y oscilando dramáticamente.

Trabajadores automotrices de APTIV en el norte de México están cerca de ir a huelga

Por Alex González, 10 febrero 2018

Más de 4.000 trabajadores automotrices están luchando por un mejor salario y condiciones laborales.

No se aprendió nada de Auschwitz

Por Johannes Stern, 10 febrero 2018

Apenas un somero vistazo a los políticos reunidos en el parlamento alemán para conmemorar el 73 aniversario de la liberación de Auschwitz deja claro que la misma clase gobernante que hizo canciller a Hitler hace 85 años está volviendo a sus tradiciones infames.

Christine Lagarde, directora del FMI, otorga a #MeToo el sello de aprobación de los bancos

Por Alex Lantier, 10 febrero 2018

La entrevista para Le Monde de la titular del Fondo Monetario Internacional, Christine Lagarde, aplaudiendo el movimiento #MeToo pone de relieve su apoyo por parte de la aristocracia financiera.

New in French

Le massacre américain des troupes syriennes menace de déclencher une guerre plus large

Bill Van Auken, 10 février 2018

Les frappes aériennes et d’artillerie des États-Unis ont tué pas moins de 100 combattants pro-gouvernement alors que Washington abandonne le prétexte de combattre l’ÉI pour son occupation de la Syrie.

Le défilé de Trump et la menace d’une dictature militaire

Bill Van Auken, 10 février 2018

La volonté du Président américain de faire rouler des chars sur Pennsylvania Avenue ne sont pas un simple caprice personnel. Elle est liée à des changements profonds dans la société américaine et l’appareil d’État capitaliste.

Wall Street plonge, en proie à la peur et la panique

Nick Beams, 10 février 2018

Une caractéristique majeure de la tourmente a été la rapidité des événements, avec des prix des actions plongeants et oscillants de façon spectaculaire.

Entretien avec David North
Socialisme ou barbarie : Réflexions sur le désordre mondial

David North, 10 février 2018

En octobre 2017, David North a donné une conférence sur le centenaire de la révolution d’octobre au Saint Andrews College en Écosse. Avant la conférence, il a accordé un entretien à Adam Stromme, rédacteur en chef du « St Andrews Economist », la publication officielle de la St Andrews Economics Society.

L’héritage que nous défendons et d’autres livres importants de David North et du CIQI publiés en turc

Halil Celik, 10 février 2018

Dans un pays où la classe ouvrière et le mouvement socialiste en général ont été dominés par le stalinisme, le maoïsme et les tendances nationalistes petites-bourgeoises pendant des décennies, ces livres sont d’une importance primordiale pour développer la conscience socialiste des travailleurs et des jeunes.

New in German

Der Rückzug von Martin Schulz

Peter Schwarz, 10. Februar 2018

Die Umstände des Rückzugs von Schulz zeigen, dass in Berlin heftige Macht- und Richtungskämpfe toben, über deren wirklichen Inhalt die Öffentlichkeit weitgehend im Dunkeln gelassen wird.

Neues Nato-Hauptquartier in Deutschland geplant

Johannes Stern, 10. Februar 2018

Mit einem neuen Nato-Hauptquartier wird Deutschland noch stärker als bisher zum Dreh- und Angelpunkt der Nato-Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Russland.

Amerikanisches Massaker an syrischen Truppen könnte größeren Krieg auslösen

Bill Van Auken, 10. Februar 2018

Durch amerikanische Luftangriffe und Artilleriebeschuss sind am Mittwoch bis zu 100 syrische Regierungstruppen getötet worden. Gleichzeitig lässt Washington den Vorwand des Kampfs gegen den IS offen fallen.

Macron fordert Erhöhung der Rüstungsausgaben um 35 Prozent

Alex Lantier, 10. Februar 2018

Die Herrschenden in Europa sind entschlossen, die Arbeiter für das gewaltige militärische Aufrüstungsprogramm bezahlen zu lassen.

Bestandsaufnahme Gurlitt in der Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn:
Das Ausmaß der NS-Raubkunst ist noch nicht abschätzbar

Sybille Fuchs, 10. Februar 2018

Die Ausstellung zeigt anhand der Lebens- und Wirkungsgeschichte von Hildebrand Gurlitt (1895–1956) und seiner Sammlung die Dimension der verheerenden Auswirkungen der NS-Kulturpolitik auf.

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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.

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Perspective

Democrats and Republicans pass budget to prepare US for war

10 February 2018

The Democratic Party provided the necessary votes to allocate $1.4 trillion for the military.

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Commentary

Reject German coalition pact! Make public all secret agreements!

Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 February 2018

The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party) demands the publication of all secret protocols and lists of participants in the coalition talks, which have laid the basis for the coming to power of the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazis.

German parties reach agreement on grand coalition for war and austerity

The suicide of Jill Messick: #MeToo campaign claims a victim

By David Walsh, 10 February 2018

Messick was the manager of actress Rose McGowan at the time of an incident involving producer Harvey Weinstein in January 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival, during which McGowan alleges a sexual assault occurred.

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

By Don Barrett and Patrick Martin, 9 February 2018

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

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

YouTube censors video opposing far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018

The video by the left-wing, socialist channel “Political Analysis” was evidently censored following appeals by far-right circles to YouTube.

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

Workers strike in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 February 2018

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

Seattle, Washington school bus drivers enter second week of strike

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.

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Amazon begins operations in Australia

By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017

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