Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

By James Cogan, 12 May 2018

There is almost universal and reprehensible silence on the part of organisations and individuals that once claimed to defend Assange and WikiLeaks.

The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange

Why has Ecuador silenced Julian Assange?

US steps up pressure on Iran with new round of sanctions

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2018

Announced the same day as Israel launched its largest-ever direct assault on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, the sanctions mark a further step by US imperialism in the direction of an all-out military confrontation with Iran.

For a working-class strategy against the imperialist repartition of the Middle East!

Middle East teeters on brink of region-wide war after US withdrawal from Iran deal

Israeli army kills one, wounds hundreds during latest round of Gaza protests

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2018

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that among the hundreds who were wounded in the attack on unarmed, peaceful protestors, 143 were shot with live ammunition.

No to World War III! For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!

The Ford Flat Rock accident and the fraud of UAW-management safety oversight

By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2018

The continuing erosion of safety and work conditions in US auto plants underscores the fact that joint union-management safety programs protect no one except the corporate stockholders.

“We are not robots, we are people!”
Autoworkers want answers about injury of veteran worker at Ford Flat Rock Assembly in Michigan

More on autoworkers struggles »

As Pueblo teachers strike continues
Colorado Democrats slash teacher and public employee pensions

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018

The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.

“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers
First teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 now in third day

More on US teachers »

North Carolina police officer assaults man at Waffle House

By David Moore, 12 May 2018

The latest incident of brutality caught on video is part of the systematic violence meted out by police to workers across the country

More on police violence in the US »

The referendum at SNCF: The unions seek to strangle French rail strike

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2018

The referendum on Macron’s reforms being prepared by the unions for May 14-21 represents a dead-end for railway workers.

Lega and Five Star Movement prepare a joint government in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 12 May 2018

In Italy, the right-wing extremist Lega and the Five Star protest movement are negotiating the formation of a joint government. A result is expected at the beginning of next week.

Claire Kober: From Labour leader of London’s Haringey Council to property developer

By Paul Bond, 12 May 2018

The evolution of Claire Kober shows that Labour’s enthusiastic embrace of privatisation is the basis for lucrative careers for Labour politicians once they leave elected office.

Quebec’s “Nurses on the Move” Facebook page bans WSWS reporters for criticizing unions

By Louis Girard, 12 May 2018

“Nurses on the Move” banned the WSWS reporters because it feared their exposure of the unions’ role in suppressing opposition to austerity would win wide support.

Open letter to the moderators of the Facebook page “Nurses on the Move”

By Louis Girard, 12 May 2018

“We’ll be austere… strict… rigorous”
Costa Rican president threatens workers with renewed social attacks during inaugural address

By Andrea Lobo, 12 May 2018

Alvarado, a former local marketing executive for the transnational P&G, delivered the kind of “talk” normally given by a tactless manager to workers facing a mass layoff.

Eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues into second week

By Alec Andersen, 12 May 2018

At least 1,700 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as the island has been rocked by a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions over the past week.

Plymouth, New Hampshire electrical workers strike to defend pensions

By John Marion, 12 May 2018

After a near-unanimous strike vote, electrical linemen and warehouse workers at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative are on strike to defend their pensions.

New Zealand government boosts foreign aid for “Pacific Reset”

By John Braddock, 12 May 2018

The increased spending is aimed at pushing back against growing Chinese influence in the region.

New in Russian

Капиталистическая реставрация в России: Итоги
Часть 2: Что случилось с забастовкой шахтеров

Клара Вайс, 12 мая 2018 г.

В этой серии статей рассматриваются уроки забастовок советских шахтеров 1989 года и капиталистической реставрации в России.

New in Turkish

Ortadoğu’nun emperyalist paylaşımına karşı bir işçi sınıfı stratejisi için!

Keith Jones, 12 Mayıs 2018

ABD emperyalizmi, küçük ortağı İsrail ile uyum içinde, İran’a karşı kapsamlı bir askeri, diplomatik ve ekonomik saldırı başlatmış durumda.

Ortadoğu bölge çapında bir savaşın eşiğinde

Jordan Shilton, 12 Mayıs 2018

Trump’ın Salı günü açıkladığı İran nükleer anlaşmasından çekilme kararı, Ortadoğu’yu bir bölgesel çatışmanın eşiğine itmiş durumda.

New in German

Nach Rückzug der USA aus dem Iran- Abkommen:
Der Nahe Osten am Rande eines regionalen Krieges

Jordan Shilton, 11. Mai 2018

Nachdem israelische Kampfflugzeuge zum dritten Mal innerhalb eines Monats iranische Ziele in Syrien angegriffen haben, feuerten iranische al-Quds-Brigaden angeblich Raketen auf den Norden Israels ab.

Europäische Mächte verurteilen Trumps Aufkündigung des iranischen Atomabkommens

Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 11. Mai 2018

Trumps Aufkündigung des Abkommens von 2015 hat tiefe und explosive Spaltungen zwischen Washington und seinen imperialistischen Verbündeten in Europa offenbart.

IYSSE-Veranstaltung an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Die Aktualität des Marxismus

unserem Korrespondenten, 11. Mai 2018

Mehr als 100 Studierende und Arbeiter kamen am Mittwoch zur Veranstaltung der IYSSE an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). Noch lange nach dem offiziellen Ende diskutierten sie über Grundfragen des Marxismus, soziale Ungleichheit, Militarismus und die revolutionären Perspektiven der Vierten Internationale.

Eine Antwort an einen Verfechter des „iranischen islamischen Sozialismus“
Der Kampf gegen den Imperialismus und für die Arbeitermacht im Iran – Teil 2

Keith Jones, 11. Mai 2018

Mazaheri setzt die Islamische Republik mit der „demokratischen volksnahen“ Erhebung von 1978 und 1979 gleich. Doch in Wirklichkeit waren daran antagonistische Klassenkräfte beteiligt, mit sehr unterschiedlichen Klassenzielen und -bestrebungen.

New in French

Le référendum d’entreprise à la SNCF: les syndicats tentent d’étrangler la lutte

Alexandre Lantier, 11 mai 2018

Avec le référendum du 14-21 mai qu’elle prépare sur la réforme de Macron, l’intersyndicale dirige les cheminots dans une impasse.

Le Moyen-Orient au bord d’une guerre régionale après le retrait des États-Unis de l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien

Jordan Shilton, 11 mai 2018

Après que des avions de chasse israéliens ont ciblé du personnel iranien en Syrie pour la troisième fois en moins d’un mois, les forces Al-Qods iraniennes auraient apparemment lancé des missiles dans le nord d’Israël.

Les puissances européennes condamnent l’annulation par Trump du traité nucléaire iranien

Alex Lantier et Johannes Stern, 11 mai 2018

L’abandon par Trump du traité de 2015 a révélé des divisions profondes et explosives entre Washington et ses alliés impérialistes en Europe.

L’expulsion hypocrite et lâche de Roman Polanski de l’Académie des arts et des sciences du cinéma
La victime de 1977, Samantha Geimer: c’est «un acte horrible et cruel»

David Walsh, 11 mai 2018

La décision de l’Académie, l’organisme de l’ industrie cinématographique qui distribue les Oscars, d’expulser le cinéaste Roman Polanski est la dernière atrocité imputable à la chasse aux sorcières sexuelle lancée en octobre dernier.

New in Spanish

¡Por una estrategia de la clase obrera contra el reparto imperialista de Oriente Próximo!

Por Keith Jones, 12 mayo 2018

Tanto en Irán como en el resto del mundo, la lucha contra las agresiones y guerras imperialistas debe estar basada en la movilización política independiente de la clase obrera y la perspectiva de la Revolución Permanente.

Las leyes del capitalismo y la descomposición de la economía global

Por Nick Beams, 12 mayo 2018

El siguiente discurso fue pronunciado en el Mitin internacional en línea del CICI en mayo de 2018 por Nick Beams, miembro destacado del Partido de la Igualdad Socialista en Australia.

Podemos propone una alianza con el partido derechista Ciudadanos en España

Por Paul Mitchell, 12 mayo 2018

Errejón insiste en que Podemos abandone su “pecado original” de rechazar acuerdos con otros partidos y que favorezca una alianza de “fuerzas democráticas” con el PSOE y Ciudadanos.

Argentina: el Gobierno responde a la crisis del peso con venta en pánico de las reservas en dólares y aumento de las tasas de interés

Por Rafael Azul, 12 mayo 2018

La burguesía argentina, bajo la presión de Wall Street, teme que ocurra una situación como la crisis del 2001-2002.

La crisis financiera argentina podría ser señal de una turbulencia más amplia

Por Nick Beams, 12 mayo 2018

Los países con deudas altas están bajo presión por el aumento de las tasas de interés y una apreciación del valor del dólar estadounidense.

A FAVOR de Isla de perros, EN CONTRA de Vengadores: Infinity War

Por David Walsh, 12 mayo 2018

No tienen límites la ceguera y estupidez de la obsesión que la clase media adinerada siente por la política de identidades; una batalla de críticas sobre Isle of Dogs (Isla de perros) de Wess Anderson y Avengers: Infinity War (Vengadores: Infinity War en España), de los hermanos Russo devela ese fenómeno.

New in Arabic

لينين ، تروتسكي وماركسية ثورة أكتوبر

دافيد نورث, ١٨ آذار مارس ٢٠١٨

هذا نص المحاضرة التي ألقاها دافيد نورث، رئيس مجلس تحرير موقع الاشتراكية العالمية ورئيس حزب المساواة الاشتراكية في الولايات المتحدة في جامعة لايبزيغ في ألمانيا في 16 مارس .

New in Italian

No alla Terza Guerra Mondiale! Per la costruzione di un movimento socialista contro la guerra!

Dichiarazione della redazione editoriale del World Socialist Web Site, 26 aprile 2018

L’assalto da parte delle potenze imperialiste sulla Siria è solo il preludio di un conflitto più ampio e sanguinoso contro Iran, Russia e Cina.

Other Languages

Perspective

Amid political warfare in Washington, Trump steps up his fascistic appeal

12 May 2018

In a series of rallies in the industrial Midwest, Trump is spreading the poison of economic nationalism and anti-immigrant racism.

Earlier Perspectives »

May Day 2018 International Online Rally

May Day 2018 and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

By David North, 6 May 2018

Opening the ICFI’s International Online Rally on Saturday, May 5, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), spoke on the historical significance of Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, 200 years after his birth.

Anti-migrant measures and the assault on workers’ jobs and living standards: Two sides of the same class policy

By Julie Hyland, 12 May 2018

Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech to the ICFI’s Online May Day Rally. She has been a leading member of the IC for more than 30 years.

Lessons of the May–June 1968 general strike in France

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2018

The following speech was delivered to the International Committee of the Fourth International’s May Day 2018 International Online Rally by Alex Lantier, leader of the French section of the ICFI, the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, (PES) founded in November 2016.

Trotskyism is the Marxism of the 21st Century

By Joseph Kishore, 7 May 2018

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

Commentary

The downfall of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman

By David Walsh and Eric London, 12 May 2018

On the basis of a May 7 feature article in the New Yorker magazine, “Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse,” the twice-elected Schneiderman resigned as of the following day.

How Jacobin and the ISO assisted in the betrayal of the Arizona teachers’ strike

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018

Both organizations played a critical role in the sellout of the strike of tens of thousands of teachers by the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United.

The resurgence of class struggle: More strikes in the US so far in 2018 than all of last year

By Jerry White, 11 May 2018

Back to the 19th century
Trump administration preparing green light to child labor

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2018

Stop the terror directed against refugees in Germany!

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 May 2018

US Senate pays homage to CIA torturer

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2018

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the lecture “Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution” that was delivered by David North at the University of Leipzig in Germany in March.

Arts Review

Kanye West on slavery and Trump: Ignorance and the self-deluding influence of wealth

By Nick Barrickman, 12 May 2018

West’s disoriented statements and actions are in keeping with a persona that has been cultivated and praised in the press, including by the “left,” for over a decade and a half.

1945: The horrors of the Holocaust in Hungary

By Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2018

Christian Petzold’s Transit: The condition of refugees as hell on earth

The hypocritical, cowardly expulsion of Roman Polanski from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1977 victim Samantha Geimer: It’s “an ugly and cruel action”

Workers Struggles

Delivery drivers strike in China, Korean Airline pilots and workers demand dismissal of company chairman
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 May 2018

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

US aerospace workers strike at United Launch Alliance

By our reporter, 11 May 2018

University of California three-day strike ends without any resolution for workers

By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018

More than 50,000 UC workers on strike
For a political movement of the entire working class against inequality and capitalism!

The way forward for New Zealand nurses: Break from the unions! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 10 May 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas?

By Kevin Mitchell SEP candidate for Congress, 5 May 2018

Unite the working class against police killings!

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s national guard deployment!
Statement of Socialist Equality Party Senate and Congressional candidates

Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

Internet Censorship and Workers' Struggles

Facebook censors Arizona educators’ rank-and-file committee group

By Jerry White, 7 May 2018

Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose Sri Lanka’s National Defence University Act! No privatisation of education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 8 May 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party holds meetings in Australia on Internet censorship

By our reporters, 5 May 2018

Australian workers and youth speak after public meetings
“Julian Assange took an enormously courageous stand”

By our correspondents, 5 May 2018

Despite government ban, Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful May Day meeting

By our correspondents, 3 May 2018

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress
The SEP and the Political Independence of the Working Class

20 April 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Report shows NSA tripled its domestic surveillance operations in 2017

By E.P. Milligan, 7 May 2018

Facebook codifies its censorship regime

By Andre Damon, 25 April 2018

SEP and IYSSE hold meeting on war, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By our reporter, 23 April 2018

Workers, students speak out against war, censorship and inequality at Detroit meeting

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 »

25 years ago: Man executed after Supreme Court rules it “does not correct errors of fact”

On May 12, 1993, at 4:49 a.m., Leonel Herrera was executed in Huntsville, Texas, after Governor Ann Richards refused a last-minute appeal for clemency and the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that new evidence that might exonerate him was irrelevant.

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50 years ago: General strike in France backs student protests

After two weeks of demonstrations and strikes by French college and high school students, which had witnessed pitched battles on the streets of Paris with police, the most powerful social force in France began to make its presence felt: the working class.

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75 years ago: Axis powers suffer final defeat in North Africa

On May 13, 1943, the remaining German and Italian forces in Tunisia surrendered to British and US troops, marking the end of the North African campaign, a three-year series of battles for control over the geo-strategically critical and resource-rich region.

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100 years ago: Wilson administration circulates “German-Bolshevik conspiracy” slander

On May 9, 1918, Edgar Sisson, an agent of the US propaganda bureaucracy known as the Committee on Public Information (CPI), circulated the first of 68 forged Russian documents that came to form the pamphlet The German-Bolshevik Conspiracy.

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Mehring Books

Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats

7 April 2018

Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

History

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.