12 February 2018

Israeli attack on Syria heightens danger of wider Mideast war

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2018

Israel attacked 12 of the country’s main air defence sites, which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as “Iranian targets.”

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

US massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war

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Germany: The resignation of Martin Schulz

By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2018

The rapid rise and fall of Schulz cannot be explained simply on the basis of personal rivalries. At stake are major political issues.

Reject German coalition pact! Make public all secret agreements!

German parties reach agreement on grand coalition for war and austerity

New NATO headquarters planned in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2018

With a new NATO headquarters, Germany would be even more strongly involved in NATO preparations for war against Russia.

French media endorse plan for anti-worker Grand Coalition government in Germany

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2018

The Grand Coalition deal and the new Berlin-Paris axis are both based on the most right-wing program since fascist parties ruled Europe.

White House aides forced out over domestic abuse allegations

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2018

The media firestorm over the charges against White House secretary Rob Porter is the latest skirmish in the political warfare in Washington between rival factions of the ruling elite.

UK: Corbyn tries to conceal Labour’s record of social cleansing

By Jean Shaoul, 12 February 2018

London’s Labour-controlled boroughs are a battleground because council estates and social housing exist side by side with some of the most expensive property in the country.

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

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

UK National Health Service “haemorrhaging nurses” as 33,000 leave in one year

By Benjamin Trent, 12 February 2018

Such is the crisis that the Royal College of Nursing estimates there are now 40,000 vacant nursing positions in the health service.

Studies connect Medicaid work requirements to poor health

By Shelley Connor, 12 February 2018

While the Trump administration heralds Medicaid work requirements as a path towards better health and prosperity for America’s poor, recent studies reveal the opposite.

The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

By Eric London, 12 February 2018

In recent weeks, immigration agents and police have waged war in working class neighborhoods across America, tearing immigrants from their families and friends.

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Testimony reveals depth of recklessness in decision to use outmoded Flint water plant

By James Brewer, 12 February 2018

Pretrial hearings last week shed further light on the criminally negligent character of the water scheme imposed on the people of Flint, Michigan.

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

West Virginia teachers authorize statewide strike

By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2018

Teachers throughout the state voted overwhelmingly to authorize strike action to raise wages and stop plans to increase public employees’ health care costs

West Virginia teacher speaks on social conditions, issues in strike vote

By Naomi Spencer, 12 February 2018

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

St. Paul, Minnesota teachers face Tuesday strike deadline

By Matt Rigel, 12 February 2018

While the school district has cried broke, federal, state and city officials have showered billions of dollars in tax cuts on the state’s Fortune 500 corporations.

Chicago public school teachers vote to approve merger with charter teachers union

By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2018

The merger between the two AFT locals was rejected by nearly one-third of those who voted, based on the Chicago Teachers Union’s complicity with Mayor Emanuel’s school privatization efforts.

Australian government used ASIO to stop refugees obtaining visas

By Max Newman, 12 February 2018

A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.

Australia: Union confirms sell-out agreement in NSW rail dispute includes job cuts

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2018

The real purpose of the marginal pay rise is to provide the union and the government with a pretext for imposing cuts to jobs and conditions.

Opposition party wins Sri Lankan local council elections

By K. Ratnayake, 12 February 2018

The vote is another indication of the mounting opposition of workers, rural poor and the youth to the country’s coalition government.

New in Turkish

Dow Jones en büyük tek günlük düşüşünü kaydederken küresel piyasalar altüst oluyor

Nick Beams, 12 Şubat 2018

Piyasaların yakın geleceği ne olursa olsun, dünkü satışlar, Trump yönetiminin krizini derinleştirerek, şimdiden siyasi bir etkide bulunmuş durumda.

New in Norwegian

Tyske partier enes om storkoalisjon for innstramminger og krig

12 February 2018

En ny storkoalisjon mellom sosialdemokrater og konservative partier vil starte en massiv militæroppbygging, innlede en ny innstrammingsrunde og gjennomføre politistat-tiltak.

Facebook bekjentgjør siste skritt i sensurkampanjen, prioritering av «lokale nyheter»

Will Morrow, 12 February 2018

Adm. dir. Mark Zuckerberg sa det nye tiltaket ville bidra til å «senke temperaturen» på «splittende nasjonale saker».

Veteranreporteren Robert Parry død i en alder av 68 år

Bill Van Auken, 12 February 2018

Parry, som vant journalistikkpriser for å avsløre CIAs forbrytelser i Nicaragua, grunnla Consortiumnews.com etter å ha konfrontert de store mediebedriftenes hindringer for seriøs gravende journalistikk.

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Demócratas y Republicanos aprueban presupuesto para alistar a EUA para la guerra

Por Eric London, 12 febrero 2018

El Partido Demócrata dio los votos necesarios para dedicar $1,4 billones para el gasto militar.

Crisis de volatilidad en Wall Street al final una la semana turbulenta

Por Nick Beams, 12 febrero 2018

El canal televisivo CNBC calculó que el Dow Jones oscilo un total de 22.000 puntos arriba y abajo durante la semana.

¡Rechazad el pacto de la coalición alemana! ¡Haced públicos todos los acuerdos secretos!

Declaración del Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 febrero 2018

El Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Partido por la Igualdad Socialista) exige la publicación de todos los protocolos secretos y listas de participantes en las conversaciones de la coalición, que han sentado las bases de la asunción del poder del gobierno más derechista desde la caída de los nazis.

¿Por qué Mélenchon quiere expulsar a Syriza del Partido de la Izquierda Europea?

Por Alex Lantier, 12 febrero 2018

Mélenchon quiere defender las políticas antiobreras de los partidos miembros de la Izquierda Europea ante el descontento social y la militancia de clase crecientes en Europa.

Crisis política en Brasil se profundiza tras ratificación de condena de Lula

Por Miguel Andrade, 12 febrero 2018

La sorpresiva decisión unánime de la corte de apelaciones de ratificar y además extender su pena de cárcel desató un alza frenética en la bolsa de valores de Sao Paulo.

El veterano periodista de investigación Robert Parry muere a los 68 años

Por Bill Van Auken, 12 febrero 2018

Parry, que ganó premios periodísticos por denunciar crímenes de la CIA en Nicaragua, fundó Consortiumnews.com después de enfrentar los impedimentos de los medios corporativos a periodismo de investigación serio.

YouTube censura un vídeo de oposición a la extrema derecha en Alemania

Por Johannes Stern, 12 febrero 2018

El vídeo del canal izquierdista y socialista “Análisis Político” fue evidentemente censurado siguiendo las solicitudes de círculos de la extrema derecha a YouTube.

New in French

Rejetez le pacte de coalition allemand ! Tous les accords secrets doivent être publiés !
Déclaration du la Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Parti de l’égalité socialiste), 12 février 2018

Le Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Parti de l’égalité socialiste) exige la publication de tous les protocoles secrets et des listes de participants aux pourparlers de coalition, qui ont jeté les bases de l’arrivée au pouvoir du gouvernement le plus à droite depuis la chute des nazis.

Démocrates et républicains votent un budget qui prépare les États-Unis à la guerre

Eric London, 12 février 2018

Le Parti démocrate a fourni les voix nécessaires pour octroyer 1400 milliards de dollars à l’armée.

#MeToo se retourne contre le ministre de l'Environnement Nicolas Hulot

Francis Dubois, 12 février 2018

Des accusations de viol visant le ministre de l’Environnement ont déclenché une hystérie médiatique sans rapport avec le contenu des accusations.

Macron prépare la privatisation de la SNCF

Anthony Torres, 12 février 2018

Après l'annonce de la casse du statut des fonctionnaires et d'une profonde réforme de l'assurance-chômage, un autre acquis de la Libération est menacé.

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USA: Demokraten und Republikaner verabschieden Kriegshaushalt

Eric London, 12. Februar 2018

Die Demokratische Partei hat die Stimmen geliefert, um 1,4 Billionen Dollar für das Militär bereitzustellen.

Große Koalition will Bundeswehreinsatz im Irak massiv ausweiten

Johannes Stern, 12. Februar 2018

Bei ihrem Besuch im Irak kündigte die geschäftsführende deutsche Außenministerin Ursula von der Leyen an, dass die Bundeswehr ihren Einsatz von der kurdischen Region auf das ganze Land ausdehnen will.

Syrien: Meldungen über russische Todesopfer durch US-Angriffe

Bill Van Auken, 12. Februar 2018

Aus Syrien wurden russische Todesopfer gemeldet. Unterdessen setzt die Türkei ihre Luftangriffe auf die kurdische Enklave Afrin fort, was zu einer direkten Konfrontation mit den USA führen kann.

Italien: Zwanzigtausend demonstrieren gegen faschistischen Amoklauf in Macerata

Marianne Arens, 12. Februar 2018

Am Samstag fanden in Macerata und anderen italienischen Städten friedliche Demonstrationen gegen faschistische Gewalt statt. Die PD-Regierung hatte versucht, sie zu verhindern.

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Perspective

US to expand military deployments as war danger builds in Asia

12 February 2018

The United Sates is preparing for “great-power conflict” in the Pacific by massively increasing its military presence in the region.

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Featured Interview

The unquiet death of a young Ford worker
The parents of Jacoby Hennings demand to know why their son died

By Jerry White, 12 February 2018

Nearly four months later, the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the 21-year-old temporary part-time worker remain unexplained.

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.

Commentary

Censorship, witch hunts and dirty money at the New York Times

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018

The Times has made little effort to hide the fact that its record-breaking profits have been driven in large measure by state censorship and media scandalmongering.

New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof promotes #MeToo witch-hunt of Woody Allen

By Will Morrow, 12 February 2018

The intervention of Kristof, who has devoted his career to promoting illegal US wars in the name of “human rights,” helps expose the right-wing character of #MeToo.

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

By David Walsh, 10 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”

Democrats and Republicans pass budget to prepare US for war

By Eric London, 10 February 2018

Wild swings on Wall Street at end of turbulent week

By Nick Beams, 10 February 2018

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

Arts Review

Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy: The tragic fate of a significant American film

By Zac Corrigan, 12 February 2018

After allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K. became public, the distributor pulled the film, one week before its scheduled opening in November.

Colors: Beck’s foray into mainstream pop

By Jay James, 5 February 2018

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

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25 years ago: Haiti ferry sinking kills hundreds

On February 17, 1993, an overcrowded ferry travelling from the provincial city of Jérémie to Port-au-Prince capsized and sank off of Haiti’s southern peninsula, killing many hundreds of passengers.

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50 years ago: Tet Offensive provokes crisis in Johnson administration

On February 12, 1968, in the wake of the Tet offensive, President Lyndon Johnson held private meetings with his top generals to discuss US strategy in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Goebbels announces Nazi program of “total war”

On February 18, 1943, Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s Reich Minister of Propaganda, announced a policy of “total war” in a speech at Berlin Sportpalast.

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100 years ago: Wilson accuses shipyard strikers of “giving aid and comfort to the enemy”

In a February 17, 1918 telegram sent to William L. Hutcheson, general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson rejected the union leader’s request for a meeting to resolve labor unrest on East Coast docks.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants

By Anthony del Olmo, 9 February 2018

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

Workers Struggles

Three thousand Pittsburgh schoolworkers vote on strike

By Samuel Davidson, 10 February 2018

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

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

By Laurent Lafrance, 10 February 2018

Puerto Rico

Plundering of Puerto Rico continues as governor attacks public education

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2018

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

Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

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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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