America’s poor and homeless freeze in winter storm

By Kate Randall, 5 January 2018

As in all weather-related disasters, society’s most vulnerable are the worst affected, with the poor and homeless bearing the brunt.

Deaths continue to mount amid freezing temperatures across much of the US

British National Health Service faces escalating crisis due to chronic underfunding

By Dennis Moore, 5 January 2018

The head of the Kings College hospital trust, one of the largest in the UK, resigned citing the inability of hospitals to provide adequate care amidst soaring demand.

Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2018

A new book based largely on interviews with former Trump counselor Stephen Bannon is being used to reignite the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Chinese president orders troops to be “ready to fight”

By Mike Head, 5 January 2018

Like the US and other governments around the world, the Chinese regime is resorting to nationalism and militarism.

Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear war

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Russia: Siberian shoe factory fire kills 10 workers

By Clara Weiss, 5 January 2018

The tragedy is only the latest in a series of workplace accidents and fires which take the lives of at least 15,000 workers in Russia every year.

Berlin Senate authorises brutal deportation of refugee family before Christmas

By Carola Kleinert, 5 January 2018

The Berlin Senate is increasingly pursuing the same racist course as the current conservative-social democratic federal coalition government.

“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”
An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years

By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018

Watson was denied damages from the US government on the grounds that a two-year statute of limitation for suing the government had elapsed while he had been detained.

UC Berkeley student arrested by border patrol

By David Brown, 5 January 2018

Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.

Trump administration to roll back regulations on offshore drilling

By Matthew Taylor, 5 January 2018

The Trump administration is repealing restrictions adopted after the 2010 well blowout that polluted much of the Gulf of Mexico.

AT&T and other US telecoms begin wave of layoffs

By Mark Witkowski, 5 January 2018

Flush with billions in cash and counting on the complicity of the unions, the telecom giants are preparing more job-cutting mergers.

Australian government promotes racist diversion over so-called “African gangs”

By Patrick Kelly, 5 January 2018

Turnbull has sent a clear message that his government’s agenda for 2018 will consist of draconian new “law and order” measures, along with nationalist and racist hysteria.

Australian Council of Trade Unions launches cynical campaign against casual employment

Australia continues punitive treatment of refugees on Manus Island

By Max Newman, 5 January 2018

Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.

New in Turkish

İran’da işçi sınıfı muhalefeti patladı: 2018 dünyasının habercisi

Keith Jones, 5 Ocak 2018

Uzun süredir baskı altında tutulan ve acımasızca sömürülen İran işçi sınıfı, ülkenin burjuva dini yönetimini sarsacak şekilde sahneye çıktı.

New in Spanish

El bicentenario del nacimiento de Marx, el socialismo y el resurgimiento internacional de la lucha de clases

Por David North, 5 enero 2018

El año 2018, el bicentenario del nacimiento de Marx, será marcado ante todo por una inmensa intensificación en las tensiones sociales y una escalada en los conflictos de clases alrededor del mundo.

Protestas masivas contra la austeridad y la desigualdad social sacuden al régimen iraní

Por Keith Jones, 5 enero 2018

Las protestas son alimentadas por una ira de clase muy arraigada en un país donde la tasa de desempleo entre los jóvenes alcanza el 40 por ciento y la mitad de la población vive en la pobreza.

Huelgas contra la austeridad en todo el sector público y privado de Israel

Por Jean Shaoul, 5 enero 2018

Tensiones sociales crecientes tienen lugar en medio de un coste de la vida que se dispara, mientras que se ha recortado el gasto público en bienestar, educación, sanidad, transporte y seguridad social.

Facebook borró cuentas a instancias de los gobiernos de EUA, Israel y Alemania

Por Niles Niemuth, 5 enero 2018

La compañía de las redes sociales ha borrado cuentas de periodistas y activistas palestinos y del antiguo líder de Chechenia en una campaña de censura política internacional.

Entra en vigor la “Ley de aplicación de la red” en Alemania: una medida para censurar el Internet

Por Johannes Stern, 5 enero 2018

La nueva ley es parte de una ofensiva internacional para atacar la libertad de expresión online, con el objetivo de suprimir puntos de vista de izquierdas y socialistas.

New in German

Union und SPD bereiten extrem rechte Regierung vor

Peter Schwarz, 5. Januar 2018

Die Regierungsbildung ist in der Krise, weil CSU, CDU und SPD einen scharfen Rechtsruck vorbereiten, für den es in der Bevölkerung keinerlei Unterstützung gibt.

Arbeiterunruhen im Iran: Ein Vorgeschmack auf die Welt im Jahr 2018

Keith Jones, 5. Januar 2018

Die Arbeiterunruhen im Iran haben bereits jetzt die Planungen der iranischen Elite und der Regierungen der ganzen Welt durcheinander gebracht.

Rumänische Ford- Arbeiter leisten Widerstand gegen erpresserischen Tarifvertrag

Jerry White und Eric London, 5. Januar 2018

Zu Beginn des neuen Jahres versucht der Autokonzern Ford einen Tarifvertrag mit zweijähriger Laufzeit gegen die 4.200 Beschäftigten im rumänischen Craiova durchzusetzen.

Trump droht Nordkorea mit Atomkrieg

Peter Symonds, 5. Januar 2018

Trumps Bemerkung über den „nuklearen Startknopf“ richtet sich nicht nur gegen Nordkorea, sondern gegen jedes Land, das eine Bedrohung für die globale Hegemonie der USA darstellt.

New in Arabic

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١٢ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٧

إن برنامج الثورة الاشتراكية العالمية الذي طرحه لينين و تروتسكي مثل الاستراتيجية الوحيدة القابلة للحياة في مواجهة انهيار النظام الذي بدأ مع اندلاع الحرب الأوروبية.

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Perspective

The Dow at 25,000: The bonanza for the oligarchy continues

5 January 2018

Rather than reflecting economic health, the stock market bubble is a mechanism for the perverse and malignant upward redistribution of social wealth.

Earlier Perspectives »

WSWS Online Webinar

Featured Commentary

The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle

3 January 2018

The year 2018—the bicentenary of Marx’s birth—will be characterized, above all, by an immense intensification of social tensions and an escalation of class conflict around the world.

Final reflections on the centennial year of the October Revolution

By David North, 30 December 2017

Commentary

Sulzbergers pass gilded baton at the New York Times

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2018

In assuming the post of Times publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, 37, inherits his father’s $5.1 million annual paycheck.

Working class opposition erupts in Iran: A harbinger for the world in 2018

By Keith Jones, 4 January 2018

Mass protests against austerity and social inequality shake Iranian regime

Facebook deleted accounts at the behest of US, Israeli and German governments

By Niles Niemuth, 4 January 2018

Germany’s “Network Enforcement Law” goes into effect: A move to censor the Internet

More on Internet censorship »

Arts Review

All the Money in the World—above all, the “expunging” of Kevin Spacey—and The Shape of Water

By Joanne Laurier, 5 January 2018

Probably the most important thing about Ridley Scott’s new film, an account of the 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, is the decision to erase Spacey’s performance. The Shape of Water is a charming “fairy tale,” with anti-authoritarian overtones.

Director of A World Not Ours, A Man Returned and A Drowning Man
An interview with Palestinian filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel: “A film is like a historical document, it should be solid enough to endure”

By David Walsh, 4 January 2018

Short films considered for Academy Award nominations: Emmett Till, a Jack London story and an isolated child

Mehring Books

Featured Video

Interview: Rómulo Avelíca, undocumented worker released from detention following protests

Rómulo Avelíca-Gonzalez was abducted by ICE agents as he dropped off his daughter at school.

Workers Struggles

Regional transport workers strike in Netherlands
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 January 2018

A 24-hour strike involving some 12,000 workers hit bus and train service on Thursday in the Netherlands to demand better pay and working conditions.

Romanian Ford workers defiant as company seeks to impose blackmail contract

By Jerry White and Eric London, 4 January 2018

Romanian Ford workers must make international appeal!

More on autoworkers issues »

As teachers face new battles against Trump
Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 4 January 2018

Strikes against austerity throughout Israel’s public and private sector

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2018

Science

Insights into a new class of HIV retroviral drugs

By Benjamin Mateus, 30 December 2017

Recent investigation into the process of the HIV virus capsid maturation suggests a new method of disrupting its ability to infect.

Puerto Rico

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“The government has done nothing”
Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

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Socialist Equality Party

Indian ICFI supporters call public meeting in Kolkata to mark Russian Revolution centenary

29 December 2017

The Kolkata meeting will discuss the political and theoretical struggles led by Lenin and Trotsky and their significance for today.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) stands for local government elections

By our correspondents, 23 December 2017

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondent, 20 December 2017

On the 30th anniversary of the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 19 December 2017

Keerthi’s death on December 18, 1987 was an irreplaceable loss to the International Committee of the Fourth International and its Sri Lankan section.

Australian and New Zealand Trotskyists hold powerful Russian Revolution centenary meetings

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Arabic translation of “The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics”

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 25-31: Soviet government nationalizes the banks

27 December 2017

The year 1917 closes with the Russian Revolution in a precarious situation. The new Soviet government is menaced on all sides by hostile armies. Meanwhile, the imperialist war rages on, and the October insurrection catalyzes revolutionary struggles around the world.

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 25 November 2017

The eight-part serial is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production.

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

History

How former Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 27 December 2017

Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-World War II head of the German Federal Intelligence Service and ex-Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon begins operations in Australia

By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017

Amazon worker dies after vomiting blood at Sacramento, California fulfillment center

By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017

OSHA dragging its feet investigating death of Pennsylvania Amazon worker Devan Shoemaker

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
One day strike hits German and Italian Amazon distribution centres

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Google Censorship

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2017

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

Watch: Stop online censorship!

More on Google Censorship »

IYSSE

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.