Right-wing parties benefit from anger over austerity, inequality
Historic defeat for social democrats in Italian election

By Marianne Arens, 6 March 2018

Amid growing popular disaffection with the centre-left parties and their pseudo-left apologists, Sunday’s parliamentary election resulted in a victory for the right-wing and extreme-right forces.

Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses

Reject the sellout deal that robs Medicaid from school children
West Virginia teachers have the right to vote on any return to work!

By Jerry White, 6 March 2018

On Tuesday morning, the West Virginia governor and the unions announced that a deal had been made to shut down the teachers’ strike.

Thousands converge on state capitol to show support for West Virginia teachers strike

By Jerry White, 6 March 2018

Teachers, school bus drivers, and custodians from across the state converged on Charleston as the walkout of 33,000 school employees continued.

“If you have one bad illness and go to the hospital, that wipes your income out”
West Virginia teachers demand the right to affordable healthcare

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2018

The teachers’ union has sought to bury the issue of insurance funding as part of its attempt to sell out the strike.

The revolt of the West Virginia teachers

Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!
The way forward for West Virginia teachers

Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class

“I think they should keep striking”
Chicago Ford workers speak out in support of West Virginia teachers

By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 6 March 2018

Chicago autoworkers expressed their support for the West Virginia teachers on strike and denounced the conditions they face.

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Parasitism and “tax reform”: Trump’s corporate tax cuts fuel stock buybacks, not investment

By Gabriel Black, 6 March 2018

Catalyst Capital predicts that 2018 will be the biggest stock buyback year on record, with corporations spending $1.2 trillion to push up their share values.

China’s National People’s Congress to install Xi as political strongman

By Peter Symonds, 6 March 2018

The CCP rules through a police-state regime that is handing extraordinary powers to Xi, driven by fears it will confront mounting social unrest and the danger of war.

Putin’s state of the nation speech highlights crisis of Russian oligarchy

By Clara Weiss, 6 March 2018

Menaced by US imperialism and gripped by economic crisis, the Russian state headed by Putin offers no solution to the historic impasse facing the country.

UK government lies exposed over civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2018

Airwars estimated that the number of civilians killed last year by the US-led coalition against IS was between 11,000 and 18,000.

Belgian military plans to quintuple spending on weapons systems

By Olivier Laurent, 6 March 2018

The country will spend billions of euros to buy weapons systems designed not only for neo-colonial wars but also large-scale land warfare in Europe itself.

Impoverished California parents arrested, charged with raising children in substandard conditions

By Dan Conway, 6 March 2018

By all indications, the only crime committed by the two homeless parents was raising their children while extremely poor.

Mexico: The most dangerous country for journalists outside of war zones

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 March 2018

The growing number of disappearances and targeted killings of journalists has made Mexico the most dangerous country for the press outside of war-torn areas

Sri Lanka university workers maintain indefinite strike as union backtracks

By Saman Gunadasa, 6 March 2018

The trade unions were compelled to call the industrial action as workers’ unrest grew.

Deep social crisis ignored in South Australian election campaign

By Mike Head, 6 March 2018

After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with “SA Best.”

New in Spanish

El significado histórico de las medidas de guerra comercial de Trump

Por Nick Beams, 6 marzo 2018

Las medidas constituyen un paso importante hacia desmantelar el sistema de relaciones económicas establecido por Washington después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

¡Formen comités de base para expandir la huelga!
El camino a seguir para los profesores de West Virginia

Por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 6 marzo 2018

El PSI urge a los docentes y trabajadores escolares en huelga a pasar de reuniones y mítines espontáneos a la elección de comités de huelga de las bases para movilizar a la clase obrera en su conjunto.

Gobierno estadounidense corta la ayuda a Puerto Rico a la mitad

Por Antonio Castro, 6 marzo 2018

En medio de una creciente crisis de salud mental y apagones constantes, el gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció una reducción drástica de la ayuda a la isla que aún se tambalea por los daños causados por el huracán.

La Unión Europea exige que Google y Facebook intensifiquen la censura de Internet

Por Kumaran Ira, 6 marzo 2018

El llamamiento de la UE para la eliminación automática del contenido en línea es parte de un intento internacional de censurar la oposición social a la austeridad y la guerra.

Por qué Richard Ojeda no es un luchador para la clase trabajadora

Por Eric London, 6 marzo 2018

El senador demócrata estatal de West Virginia es presentado por los medios corporativos como un amigo fiel de la clase trabajadora. Eso no podría ser más lejos de la verdad.

New in French

Formez des comités de base pour élargir la grève !
La voie à suivre pour les enseignants de la Virginie-Occidentale

Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 6 mars 2018

Le SEP exhorte les enseignants et les employés des écoles en grève à passer de réunions et de rassemblements impromptus à l’élection de comités de grève de base pour mobiliser toute la classe ouvrière.

Jacobin, Socialist Alternative et l'ISO encensent l'entente syndicale rejetée par les enseignants de Virginie-Occidentale

Niles Niemuth, 6 mars 2018

Les organisations qui représentent la classe moyenne supérieure ont sauté sur l'occasion de défendre la tentative des syndicats de mettre fin à la grève.

Un nouvel appel « de gauche » à l’intervention impérialiste en Syrie

Bill Van Auken, 6 mars 2018

Le 27 février, la New York Review of Books a publié une lettre ouverte signée par quelque 200 personnes, dont beaucoup s’identifient comme des militants, des universitaires, des écrivains et des journalistes. À l’origine intitulé « Arrêtez de prétendre que vous ne pouvez rien faire pour sauver les Syriens », le titre a ensuite été remplacé par The World Must Act Now on Syria, « Le monde doit agir maintenant en Syrie ».

Québec: la colère gronde dans le réseau de la santé

Louis Girard, 6 mars 2018

Les dures conditions que vivent les infirmières, et les patients destinés à recevoir les soins, sont les conséquences de décennies de coupes dans les services publics par le Parti québécois et les Libéraux.

New in Farsi

برای یک ائتلاف بین المللی جهت مبارزه با سانسور اینترنت

۳ بهمن ۱۳۹۶

نامه سرگشاده از طرف هیئت مدیره بین الملللی تار نمای جهانی سوسیالیست به تارنما های سوسیالیست، ضد جنگ، چپ و پیشرو، سازمان ها و فعالان

New in Norwegian

Trump lanserer handelskrig

Nick Beams, 2 March 2018

Med pålegget om en global tollsatsøkning i stedet for selektive tiltak, valgte Trump det strammeste alternativet foreslått av handelsminister Wilbur Ross.

Mobiliser hele arbeiderklassen bak Vest-Virginia lærerne! Etabler grunnplankomitéer for å utvide kampen!

WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 2 March 2018

De streikende må appellere til arbeiderklassen – gruvearbeidere, brannmenn, sykepleiere, jernbanearbeidere, lagerarbeidere og telekommunikasjonsarbeidere – ikke til de kapitalistiske politikerne eller fagforeningsbyråkratene.

Vest-Virginia-lærernes revolt

Joseph Kishore, 2 March 2018

Vest-Virginia-lærernes avvisning av fagforeningenes tiltak for å slå ned kampen deres er et av mange tegn på økende arbeiderklassemilitans i USA.

New in Russian

В ответ на угрозы со стороны США российский президент Путин объявляет о новом витке гонки ядерных вооружений

Андре Деймон, 6 марта 2018 г.

В ходе воинственного националистического выступления российский президент Владимир Путин похвалялся успехами в создании российского ядерного арсенала. Его слова сопровождались видео-презентацией, изображающей удар атомным оружием по Соединенным Штатам.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Британские силы начинают империалистическую оккупацию Советской России

6 марта 2018 г.

6 марта 1918 г1918 г. части британской королевской морской пехоты высадились в Мурманске, положив начало империалистической интервенции в ход событий Гражданской войны в России.

New in Italian

Le elezioni italiane: una prospettiva per la classe lavoratrice

Peter Schwarz, 3 marzo 2018

Nelle elezioni italiane di domenica sono espressi in maniera concentrata tutti gli stessi problemi politici che giovani e lavoratori si trovano ad affrontare nell'Europa intera.

L'alleanza elettorale italiana Potere al Popolo: un riconfezionamento della politica della pseudo-sinistra

Marianne Arens e Peter Schwarz, 3 marzo 2018

La forza trainante dietro questa nuova alleanza elettorale in Italia è Rifondazione Comunista, che per molti anni ha espletato un ruolo cruciale nello stabilizzare l’ordine borghese e nel sopprimere la lotta di classe.

New in Arabic

الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس

٢ كانون الثاني يناير ٢٠١٨

يصادف هذا العام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس ، منشئ المفهوم المادي للتاريخ ومؤلف رأس المال، ومؤسس الحركة الاشتراكية الثورية الحديثة بالتعاون مع فريدريك انجلز.

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Perspective

The West Virginia teachers strike and the rebellion against the trade unions

6 March 2018

Every major social conflict reveals in the movement of masses of people essential political relations, testing out and evaluating the validity of political conceptions.

Earlier Perspectives »

The World Socialist Web Site is covering the West Virginia teachers strike live from Charleston. For the latest updates, visit our Facebook page.

Featured Commentary

Foreign “meddling” in elections—Yankee imperialist style

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2018

Amid unrelenting hysteria promoted by the Democrats and the media over alleged Russian “meddling” in the US election, scant attention has been paid to Washington’s own activities south of the US border.

Arts Review

90th Academy Awards: Banal, conformist and 10,000 miles from reality

By David Walsh, 6 March 2018

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night, as one media commentator observed, “passed off without a hitch.” How unfortunate.

The Oscar speech we’d like to hear Sunday night: “Members of the Academy, what hypocrites and conformists so many of you are!”

American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs—A fatally flawed documentary

By Fred Mazelis, 5 March 2018

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

German Green Party-aligned newspaper defends far-right Professor Baberowski

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 6 March 2018

The Tageszeitung, a daily close to the German Green Party, dedicated its weekend edition to a frontal attack on the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).

Workers Struggles

Unifor scuttles Windsor auto parts strikes

By Carl Bronski, 6 March 2018

Union officials called off two strikes at critical parts supplier plants before the walkouts could have any impact on production at the giant Fiat Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant.

Canadian auto parts workers strike in Windsor

420,000 Argentine teachers vote for limited strikes over wages and other demands
Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 March 2018

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

West Virginia telecommunications workers continue strike, support teachers

Kenya lecturers’ strike paralyzes public universities

Commentary

The historic significance of Trump’s trade war measures

By Nick Beams, 5 March 2018

EU threatens retaliation to Trump’s trade war measures

Ruling class conflicts in the US target inner circle of Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2018

Union lawyer tells US Supreme Court: “Union security is the tradeoff for no strikes”

Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party

The New York Times procures salacious details of “gray-zone sex”

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”
The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 14 February 2018

History

Fifty years since the Kerner Commission report
The urban riots of the 1960s and the remaking of American racial ideology

By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2018

While documenting devastating conditions in America’s cities, the report drew the false conclusion that race, not class, is the basic division in American society.

Featured video

Watch: IYSSE member addresses rally in West Virginia

25 years ago: Yeltsin survives impeachment vote

On March 10, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment vote in the Congress of People’s Deputies.

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50 years ago: Anti-Stalinist protests begin in Poland

This week in 1968 a growing wave of protests by students and working class youth rocked the Stalinist regime of the Polish People’s Republic.

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75 years ago: US government censors Trotskyist newspaper

On March 7, 1943, the Postmaster General of the United States revoked the second class mailing rights of The Militant, then the newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party, the American section of the world Trotskyist movement.

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100 years ago: British force begins imperialist occupation of Soviet Russia

On March 6, British Royal Marines landed in Murmansk, in the far north of Soviet Russia, marking the beginning of the imperialist intervention in the Russian Civil War.

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Mehring Books

Death on the Picket Line, the story of John McCoy
Book traces history of West Virginia miners’ struggles

2 March 2018

West Virginia teachers and their supporters will find in this work an important resource for gaining insight into the broader issues they face.

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.

Twenty years of the WSWS

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.

WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings
Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship

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

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

WSWS Chairperson David North interviewed on Chris Hedges’ “On Contact”

More on Internet censorship » »

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of “The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle.”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the WSWS perspective article, “The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle”. This article by WSWS International Editorial Board chairperson, David North, was first published on January 3, 2018.

Autoworkers Struggles

Four months since the death of a young Ford worker
Still no serious investigation into death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 22 February 2018

The Grenfell Tower fire

Right-wing media launch witch-hunt against Grenfell activist Joe Delaney

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 28 February 2018

Grenfell Tower combustible cladding was never tested

Grenfell Fire Forum: Failed by the State co-director discusses smear campaign against his documentary

By our reporter, 19 February 2018

Failed by the State co-writer and presenter Ish: “I wasn’t trying to push agendas, I was just trying to tell the truth about Grenfell.”

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2018

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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.