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

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

One of the most significant features of yesterday’s decline was its speed with the Dow plunging 900 points in just 11 minutes in an avalanche of selling.

The working class and the capitalist economy

Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2018

A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

US flu epidemic rages on, with more deaths and record hospitalizations

By Kate Randall, 6 February 2018

As the flu outbreak shows no signs of waning, the CDC has been hit by a scandal forcing its head to resign and the Trump administration is proposing drastic cutbacks to the programs that fight such epidemics.

Germany’s Grand Coalition for austerity and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018

In the final stretch of coalition negotiations, SPD leader Martin Schulz announced an agreement between his party and the conservative CDU/CSU on European policy.

Hamburg police searching for G20 protesters Europe-wide

By Marianne Arens, 6 February 2018

The extension of the operation is part of the plans of the grand coalition between the SPD and Christian Democrats to further strengthen police powers and coordinate security policy on a European basis.

German grand coalition parties negotiate over rearmament and war

May’s China visit highlights UK’s post-Brexit dilemma

By Jean Shaoul, 6 February 2018

The US tied May’s hands, leading to her refusal to sign a memorandum of understanding officially endorsing China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Post-Grenfell Tower fire report confirms systemic corporate flouting of health and safety standards

By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2018

Even on essential safety issues like fire prevention, the Hackitt report considers it too great an imposition on landlords to demand, in law, that they carry out basic improvements such as fitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks.

UK: Justice4Grenfell meeting endorses May government’s inquiry

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

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“They chew you up and spit you out”
Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption

By our reporters, 6 February 2018

Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.

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

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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“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

Teachers and state employees are in a fight against both big business parties that have starved public education of resources for decades.

West Virginia teachers hold one-day strikes and statewide protests

Six Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering

By Harvey Simpkins, 6 February 2018

The criminal activity of the Gun Trace Task Force exposes in microcosm the contempt that the police have for the constitutional rights of the working class throughout the United States.

Brazil’s political crisis deepens after court upholds conviction of Lula

By Miguel Andrade, 6 February 2018

The unexpected unanimous decision by the appeals court on both the conviction of Lula and the lengthening of his jail sentence unleashed a frenzied run-up on the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

Surging violence and political crisis in Congo

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 6 February 2018

The year-old civil war in central Congo’s Kasai provinces is now producing more refugees than the wars in Iraq and Syria.

Families’ spokesman on New Zealand earthquake building collapse: “Are there people who are above the law?”

By Sam Price, 6 February 2018

Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died when the CTV building crumbled during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, condemned the police decision not to prosecute anyone over the disaster.

Australian electricity unions suspend industrial action

By Terry Cook, 6 February 2018

Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.

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

New in Spanish

La clase obrera y la economía capitalista

Por Nick Beams, 6 febrero 2018

La caída el viernes de los mercados bursátiles, en respuesta al leve aumento en los salarios estadounidenses, demuestra la importancia de la teoría del valor-trabajo, la cual develó el funcionamiento interno de la economía capitalista.

Los demócratas defienden al FBI cuando el memorando republicano muestra una campaña antirrusia basada en el espionaje ilegal

Por Eric London, 6 febrero 2018

En el conflicto faccioso dentro de la clase dominante, los demócratas se han convertido en los principales defensores del aparato militar-inteligencia.

El Papa predica el dogma de la reacción en América Latina

Por Cesar Uco, 6 febrero 2018

La primera parada del Papa fue en Chile, donde denunció a los feligreses como "idiotas manipulados por izquierdistas" por oponerse a un obispo implicado en el encubrimiento del abuso sexual infantil.

Evo Morales marca 12 años en el poder en Bolivia en medio de crecientes luchas sociales

Por Tomas Rodriguez, 6 febrero 2018

El asombroso crecimiento de las ganancias generadas por el sector financiero bajo el gobierno de Morales contrasta enormemente con las condiciones a las que se enfrentan las masas bolivianas.

Mientras miles de personas se manifiestan en Londres en defensa de la asistencia sanitaria
Los sindicatos del Reino Unido y los Laboristas reprimen la lucha para defender el Servicio Nacional de Salud

Por Robert Stevens, 6 febrero 2018

Corbyn y los pseudo-izquierdistas que lo respaldan están usando la perspectiva de un gobierno laborista que revierta los ataques a la NHS para reprimir toda movilización de la clase trabajadora.

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L’avion de combat russe abattu en Syrie augure d’une guerre plus large

Peter Symonds, 6 février 2018

L’avion de combat a été abattu alors que les forces militaires russes et américaines se font face de part et d’autre des belligérants dans la désastreuse guerre civile syrienne.

La classe ouvrière et l’économie capitaliste

Nick Beams, 6 février 2018

La chute de vendredi sur les marchés boursiers mondiaux, en réponse à une hausse des salaires américains, démontre l’importance de la théorie de la valeur-travail de Marx, qui explique le fonctionnement interne de l’économie capitaliste.

Soixante-dix ans après l’indépendance du Sri Lanka : le bilan de la décadence capitaliste et la nécessité du socialisme

Vijith Samarasinghe et K. Ratnayake, 6 février 2018

Dans tout le Sous-continent indien, il n’y a pas de véritable indépendance vis-à-vis de l’impérialisme et les classes dirigeantes n’ont absolument pas garanti des droits démocratiques et des conditions de vie décentes pour tous.

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Die Arbeiterklasse und die kapitalistische Ökonomie

Nick Beams, 6. Februar 2018

Der weltweite Rückgang der Aktienkurse am vergangenen Freitag war eine Reaktion auf die leichte Anhebung der Löhne in den USA. Diese Entwicklung zeigt die Bedeutung von Marx' Arbeitswerttheorie, die eine Erklärung der inneren Zusammenhänge der kapitalistischen Ökonomie liefert.

Große Koalition für Aufrüstung und soziale Angriffe

Johannes Stern, 6. Februar 2018

Während sich die Koalitionsverhandlungen auf der Zielgeraden befinden, trat gestern Nachmittag der SPD-Vorsitzende Martin Schulz vor die Kameras und verkündete die Einigung der Großkoalitionäre in der Europapolitik.

Abschuss eines russischen Kampfflugzeugs über Syrien droht umfassenden Krieg auszulösen

Peter Symonds, 6. Februar 2018

Das Kampfflugzeug wurde in einer Situation abgeschossen, in der russische und amerikanische Truppen auf engstem Raum auf verschiedenen Seiten des syrischen Bürgerkriegs stehen.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Kein Platz für die AfD

Sven Heymanns, 6. Februar 2018

Nach seinem Auftritt gegen die AfD wurde Peter Fischer auf der Mitgliederversammlung am Sonntag mit 99 Prozent der Stimmen zum Vereinspräsidenten wiedergewählt.

„Das Erbe, das wir verteidigen“ in türkischer Sprache erschienen

Halil Celik, 6. Februar 2018

Der marxistische Verlag Mehring Yayıncılık hat mehrere Bücher des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale in türkischer Sprache veröffentlicht. Dies ist ein bedeutender Schritt im Aufbau der sozialistischen Bewegung in der Türkei.

New in Turkish

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.

Entrevista: Davino Watson

Ciudadano estadounidense encarcelado por el ICE durante tres años y medio

New in Russian

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

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

6 February 2018

US aggression against North Korea would almost certainly trigger retaliation and result in an escalating conflict that would drag in other nuclear-armed powers such as Russia and China.

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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

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”

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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Commentary

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Right on cue, as if acting in accordance with a carefully drafted script, pseudo-left organisations and individuals have stepped forward to provide justifications for new US operations in the Middle East.

Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war

US escalates war for annexation of Syria

Nothing learned from Auschwitz

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018

Just a cursory glance at the politicians assembled in the German parliament to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz makes clear the same ruling class that made Hitler chancellor 85 years ago is returning to its infamous traditions.

Polish government seeks to criminalize mention of Polish crimes during the Holocaust

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

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

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2018

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.

Workers Struggles

British Columbia Safeway workers locked out
Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 February 2018

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

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

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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?

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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Science

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

By Gary Joad, 2 February 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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