Federal shutdown ends as Democrats cave in to Trump

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2018

Hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients still face possible deportation in six weeks as the supposed “resistance” to Trump by Senate Democrats lasted less than three days.

The class issues in the US federal shutdown

Fighting rages as Turkey advances on Syrian Kurdish enclave

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2018

The Turkish military incursion into northern Syria has exacerbated deepening tensions within the NATO alliance and between the US and Europe.

Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

Oxfam: Bottom half of world’s population received none of the wealth created in 2017

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2018

The annual survey, which reported the largest annual increase in the number of billionaires worldwide, was released to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Indian Prime Minister Modi to tout pro-business record at World Economic Forum

By Kranti Kumara, 23 January 2018

The WEF deliberations will be bookended by speeches from Modi, a slavish servant of big business and Hindu supremacist, and the fascist-minded billionaire, US President Donald Trump.

“Fractures, Fears and Failures:” World’s ruling elites stare into the abyss

Officials begin clearing out homeless encampment in Anaheim, California

By Kevin Martinez, 23 January 2018

The estimated 1,000 people living in tents along the Santa Ana riverbed will be cleared out by Orange County sheriffs. The vast majority have no place to go and authorities have no plans to house them.

Twelve arrested outside San Diego for feeding the homeless

Five missing after Oklahoma drilling rig explosion

By Matthew Taylor, 23 January 2018

The explosion occurs only weeks after the Trump administration moved to roll back regulations on off-shore oil drilling implemented in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed eleven workers.

Wave of immigrant arrests, deportations in Michigan

By Will Morrow, 23 January 2018

The attacks are part of a broader escalation of Trump’s anti-immigrant crackdown on immigrants and undocumented workers across the country.

Massive raids threatened against immigrants in California

UK: Private landlords refusing to remedy Grenfell-style flammable cladding

By Barry Mason, 23 January 2018

Proxima GR Properties are refusing to meet the costs of replacing the flammable cladding—in violation of Landlord and Tenant Law—or even the costs of providing the fire safety warden service.

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

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Germany: IG Metall greets far-right AfD participants at union protest

By our correspondents, 23 January 2018

The reactionary orientation of the union was most evident when an IGM functionary greeted the participation of the far-right AfD on the demonstration.

Russia’s presidential election campaign unfolds amid rising social discontent

By Clara Weiss, 23 January 2018

A recent commentary in the Gazeta.Ru warned that the kind of working class unrest that shook Iran might also easily occur in Russia.

“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

NYU faculty members have been victimized under the dirty deal struck by the university with the reactionary Persian Gulf oil monarchy.

Seattle school bus drivers reject second contract proposal by First Student

By Jean LaChance and Hector Cordon, 23 January 2018

Drivers voted by 85 percent to reject a concessions deal brought back by the Teamsters union

Amazon narrows rat race for second HQ to 20 cities

By Mark Ferretti, 23 January 2018

Twenty cities and regions are entering a second round of jockeying, flattery and bribery to woo the mammoth retailer.

Opioid overdoses killed over 4000 Canadians in 2017

By Janet Browning, 23 January 2018

Preliminary statistics for 2017 show opioid deaths in Canada rose by more than 30 percent last year.

Sri Lankan president threatens to end ruling coalition

By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2018

Sirisena’s cabinet walkout demonstrates the government’s crisis and points to preparations for dictatorial rule.

Australian rail accident causes 16 injuries

By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018

The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.

Australian rail workers, bus drivers and commuters support NSW train strike

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
25–31 декабря 1917: Советское правительство национализирует банки

20 января 2018 г.

Завершается 1917 год, а положение русской революции крайне нестабильно. Новому Советскому правительству со всех сторон угрожают враждебные армии, голод, анархия и контрреволюционные интриги. Между тем бушует империалистическая война, а Октябрьское восстание мобилизует революционную борьбу во всем мире.

New in French

La Turquie envahit la Syrie pour attaquer les forces kurdes soutenues par les États-Unis

Halil Celik et Alex Lantier, 23 janvier 2018

L’invasion turque indique une rupture historique dans l’OTAN, dont les États-Unis et la Turquie sont membres.

Le Pentagone dévoile sa stratégie militaire contre la Russie et la Chine

Bill Van Auken, 23 janvier 2018

Le document présenté par le secrétaire à la défense, James Mattis, confirme un virage ouvert de l’impérialisme américain vers la préparation d’une troisième guerre mondiale.

L’Aluminerie de Bécancour tient ses employés en lock-out depuis plus d’une semaine

Nos reporters, 23 janvier 2018

L’attaque du géant de l’aluminium contre les travailleurs de Bécancour fait partie d’une offensive des grandes compagnies à l’échelle mondiale contre les acquis sociaux.

New in Spanish

Las cuestiones de clase en el cierre del Gobierno federal estadounidense

Por Patrick Martin, 23 enero 2018

Mediante el conflicto entre ambos partidos, el espectro político burgués en EUA está tomando un giro todavía más hacia la derecha.

Turquía invade Siria para atacar a las fuerzas kurdas respaldadas por Estados Unidos

Por Halil Celik y Alex Lantier, 23 enero 2018

La invasión turca señala hacia un colapso de la alianza de la OTAN, de la que Turquía y Estados Unidos son miembros.

Estados Unidos afina puntería contra China en cuestiones de comercio

Por Nick Beams, 23 enero 2018

La administración Trump ha declarado que fue un error admitir a China ante la Organización Mundial del Comercio en 2001.

Twitter advierte a sus usuarios: los estamos vigilando

Por Andre Damon, 23 enero 2018

Como una intimidación política abierta, Twitter les envió un correo electrónico a cientos de miles de usuarios informándoles que han compartido o seguido “propaganda rusa”.

New in German

„Shutdown“ in den USA: Die Klassenfragen in der Zwangspause für die US-Regierung

Patrick Martin, 23. Januar 2018

Der Konflikt zwischen den Republikanern und Demokraten, der die Haushaltsperre ausgelöst hatte, wird die gesamte bürgerliche Politik noch weiter nach rechts verschieben.

Syrien: Türkei greift von USA unterstützte kurdische Truppen an

Halil Celik und Alex Lantier, 23. Januar 2018

Der türkische Einmarsch markiert einen historischen Zusammenbruch des Nato-Bündnisses, dem sowohl die USA also auch Türkei angehören.

IG Metall sucht schnelles Ende der Tarifverhandlungen

Gustav Kemper, 23. Januar 2018

Mit einem „Verhandlungsmarathon“ am Mittwoch wollen IG Metall und der Arbeitgeberverband Südwestmetall den Tarifstreit in der Elektro- und Metallindustrie beenden.

Investoren fordern Zerschlagung von Thyssenkrupp

Dietmar Henning, 23. Januar 2018

Konzernchef Hiesinger treibt die Aufspaltung des Konzerns voran, nur nicht in dem Tempo, das die aggressiven Fonds verlangen.

New in Farsi

ناآرامی طبقه کارگر در ایران: پاسخ تارنمای سوسیالیسم جهانی (WSWS) به یک مدافع رژیم ایران

کیت جونز,۶ ژانویه ۲۰۱۸

رامین مظاهری خبرنگار برون مرزی ایرانی که برای شبکه بین المللی تحت حمایت دولت - پرس تی وی کار میکند در یک قطعه انتقادی طولانی تارنمای سوسیالیسم جهانی را متهم به تخطی از "اصول سوسیالیستی“ خودش و کمک به امپریالیسم میکند.

New in Norwegian

Bernie Sanders søker å avspore voksende opposisjon mot kapitalisme

Patrick Martin, 17 January 2018

Senatoren fra Vermont leverte en appell om å opponere mot voksende global ulikhet helt uten referanser til kapitalisme, sosialisme, krig eller klassekamp.

Falsk alarm om missilangrep i Japan

Peter Symonds, 17 January 2018

Den falske alarmen, dager etter en lignende hendelse på Hawaii, fremhever USA og landets alliertes avanserte forberedelser for krig med Nord-Korea.

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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

An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, antiwar, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

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Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Twitter warns users: We’re watching you

By Andre Damon, 22 January 2018

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

Statement to the World Socialist Web Site webinar
Julian Assange calls effort of corporations to control Internet discourse “an existential threat to humanity”

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


Celebrated author Margaret Atwood challenges #MeToo’s lynch mob justice

By Linda Tenenbaum, 23 January 2018

The Canadian author of The Handmaid’s Tale has made a direct challenge to the right-wing, reactionary nostrums of the #MeToo campaign.

#MeToo censors French filmmaker Brigitte Sy for signing Le Monde appeal

Craig McLachlan accused as Australian media steps up #MeToo witch-hunt

German newspaper Die Zeit and SPD back #MeToo witch-hunt

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One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2018

Women’s March promotes Democratic Party, sabotages opposition to Trump

Bernie Sanders seeks to derail growing working class opposition to capitalism

German SPD congress agrees to initiate coalition talks with conservatives

By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2018

German Left Party supports SPD foreign minister’s great power politics

US takes aim at China over trade

By Nick Beams, 22 January 2018

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

Workers Struggles

Union in India organises hunger strike to block industrial action by Volkswagen workers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 January 2018

The Volkswagen Employees Union (VEU) is attempting to suppress growing opposition among VW workers against the German transnational’s productivity-based wage scheme.

Brazilian metro workers hold one-day strike over privatization plans
Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 January 2018

A strike by transit workers in the city of São Paulo’s paralyzed subway transport in the city leaving many morning commuters stranded.

Jeep workers demonstrate at Detroit auto show against job cuts

By Tim Rivers, 22 January 2018

Two key players in UAW corruption scandal to enter guilty pleas

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2018

The merger of Germany’s Thyssen with Tata Steel
Vote “No” on union-backed steel contract! Defend all jobs!

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 January 2018

German industrial workers continue strikes

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25 years ago: US corporations slash 110,000 jobs

Major US corporations eliminated 110,000 jobs this week in 1993—the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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50 years ago: US spy ship seized in North Korean waters

On January 23, 1968, an American spy ship, the USS Pueblo, was seized in or near North Korean waters.

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75 years ago: Imperialist horse-trading at Casablanca

On January 24, 1943, British, French and American leaders concluded a major summit in North Africa, at Casablanca, Morocco.

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100 years ago: Wartime strikes in Germany, Austria; insurrection in Finland

On January 24, 1918, in the midst of World War I, strikes in Berlin by thousands of workers shut down the Daimler, Boersig Ludwig and General Electric works.

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Explore the complexities and beauty of Earth’s oceans in Blue Planet II

By Bryan Dyne, 22 January 2018

The series is a vindication of what can be achieved with scientifically coordinated and socially progressive human activity.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE secures re-election to student parliament at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 20 January 2018

After a successful election campaign, the IYSSE is re-entering Humboldt University’s student parliament with two representatives.

One hundred and fifty attend IYSSE event at Humboldt University on Karl Marx bicentenary

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.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP holds first local election meeting in plantation area

By our correspondents, 19 January 2018

Indian Trotskyists hold Russian Revolution centenary meeting in Kolkata

By Ritwik Mitter, 18 January 2018

Local government election in Sri Lanka: Support SEP campaign against austerity and war! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government!

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

Arts Review

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, dead at age 46

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A vengeful mother stands up to the local “patriarchy”

By Kevin Martinez, 18 January 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post: To reveal government secrets and lies or not?

By Joanne Laurier, 17 January 2018

NHS Fightback

Virgin Care and other private companies seize another £3.1 billion of NHS contracts

By Ajanta Silva, 15 January 2018

Puerto Rico

“Capitalism puts a price tag on everything, including lives”

Death and destruction in Puerto Rico

On-the-spot interviews from Caguas, Puerto Rico, where more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria residents lack access to electricity and water, leading to the death of a dialysis patient.

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Puerto Rico, more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria: The class issues

The deadly impact of Hurricane María extends to US hospitals
Power outages set off IV bag shortages

Book Review

The crisis of dental care under American capitalism

By Esther Galen, 11 January 2018

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America, exposes the reality of poor dental health and lack of dental care endured by the working class and poor in the US.

The tragic and needless death of Deamonte Driver, a victim of dental disease

By Esther Galen, 11 January 2018

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

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

By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

Share this video widely! Like and Follow the International Amazon Workers Voice on Facebook

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

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