20 April 2018

US military-intelligence apparatus presses for further strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2018

Fresh reporting from the scene of the alleged chemical weapons attack that was the pretext for the April 14 missile strikes on Syria has further exposed it as a fabrication.

Murdoch’s Times witch-hunts academics for questioning UK government’s Syria lies

Germany’s pro-war Left Party postures as a “party of peace”

Merkel, Macron meet in Berlin as Syrian strike deepens conflicts inside NATO

By Alex Lantier, 20 April 2018

The German and French leaders endorsed the unprovoked strike on Syria, but were unable to hide growing differences inside NATO, particularly over economic policy.

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Banks impose massive attack on Puerto Rican workers amid island-wide blackout

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 April 2018

Puerto Rico’s unelected Financial Oversight Management Board passed a fiscal plan Thursday which includes cuts to education, pensions, sick leave and vacation pay.

Criminal referral filed against former FBI deputy director

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2018

The legal move raises the extraordinary prospect of the Trump administration seeking to jail a former leading figure in the military-intelligence apparatus.

Arizona teachers vote to strike

By Jerry White, 20 April 2018

More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.

Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout

The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts

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UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 April 2018

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

The UAW corruption scandal: The case for workers’ committees

Chinese military conducts exercises in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

By Gary Alvernia, 20 April 2018

The Chinese naval drills are in response to Washington’s confrontational stance toward Beijing.

BJP leaders’ cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 April 2018

Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua District.

German public service union closes ranks with the government

By Marianne Arens and Christoph Vandreier, 20 April 2018

The contract deal presented by unions and employers’ associations on Wednesday after a third round of negotiations is a slap in the face to Germany’s 2.3 million public service workers.

UK: Report by building research firm reveals scale of criminality that led to Grenfell fire

By Barry Mason, 20 April 2018

No one has been brought to justice for last June’s fire, but a report by a building research body makes clear there is ample evidence to allow for immediate arrests and charging to proceed.

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Nearly 30,000 single-parent families made homeless in England in 2017

By Dennis Moore, 20 April 2018

Last year, one third of single parents were affected by welfare cuts, while 39 percent are struggling in low-paid, often insecure work.

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 April 2018

The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

New in Russian

Мировая экономика стоит перед угрозой «развала»

Ник Бимс, 20 апреля 2018 г.

Глава МВФ Кристин Лагард заявила, что благодаря легким финансовым условиям глобальный долг — государственный и частный — достиг рекордного уровня в 164 трлн. долларов.

New in French

Après les frappes sur la Syrie, les appels à une guerre plus vaste des États-Unis se font plus insistants

Will Morrow, 20 avril 2018

Une campagne est en cours dans l’establishment politique, le renseignement et l’armée des États-Unis pour une escalade majeure en Syrie et une confrontation avec l’Iran et la Russie.

La diplomatie secrète de Trump avec la Corée du Nord

Peter Symonds, 20 avril 2018

Le gouvernement Trump sent la possibilité de promouvoir les intérêts de l’impérialisme américain en Asie contre ses principaux rivaux, la Russie et la Chine, et des concurrents potentiels tels que le Japon.

L’intersyndicale suspend sa concertation avec la ministre des Transports

Anthony Torres, 20 avril 2018

Craignant de se faire déborder par les travailleurs hostiles à leurs tractations avec Macron, les syndicats veulent opérer un toilettage en surface de leur politique.

Les étudiants et les travailleurs manifestent le 19 avril contre Macron

Anthony Torres, 20 avril 2018

La première manifestation interprofessionnelle depuis novembre 2017 s’est déroulée sur fond d’extension des blocages dans les universités et des grèves.

New in Spanish

La diplomacia secreta de Trump con Corea del Norte

Por Peter Symonds, 20 abril 2018

El Gobierno de Trump percibe la posibilidad de avanzar los intereses del imperialismo estadounidense en Asia contra sus principales rivales, Rusia y China, además de posibles competidores como Japón.

Después de ataques en Siria, crece el redoble de tambores para una guerra estadounidense más amplia

Por Will Morrow, 20 abril 2018

Hay una campaña en curso en el establishment estadounidense político y militar-de inteligencia para una gran intensificación en Siria y confrontación con Irán y Rusia.

El Times de Murdoch persigue a los académicos por cuestionar las mentiras del gobierno del Reino Unido sobre Siria

Por Julie Hyland, 20 abril 2018

Bajo condiciones en las que las potencias imperialistas están arrastrando a la humanidad hacia una tercera guerra mundial, las élites gobernantes ya no pueden consentir opiniones críticas.

Gobierno australiano revela proyectos de ley draconianos de “interferencia extranjera”
Segunda parte: criminalizando las conexiones y donaciones extranjeras

Por Mike Head, 20 abril 2018

Estas medidas tienen implicaciones serias para las libertades políticas de expresión y organización.

Dirigió Los amores de una rubia, Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco, Amadeus:Falleció Miloš Forman (1932-2018), uno de los más grandes representantes de la Nueva Ola Checoslovaca (Nova Vlná)

Por David Walsh, 20 abril 2018

El cineasta checoslovaco Miloš Forman, bien conocido por sus obras Los amores de una rubia (1964), ‘¡Al fuego bomberos! (1967), Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco (1975), Ragtime (1981) y Amadeus (1984), murió el sábado pasado en un hospital de Danbury, Connecticut, cerca de su hogar en Warren, a los ochenta y seis años de edad.

New in German

Trumps Geheimdiplomatie mit Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 20. April 2018

Die Trump-Regierung erkennt die Möglichkeit, die Interessen des US-Imperialismus in Asien gegen seine wichtigsten Rivalen Russland und China sowie gegen potenzielle Konkurrenten wie Japan durchzusetzen.

US-Heimatschutzministerium führt Datenbank über Journalisten auf der ganzen Welt

Will Morrow, 20. April 2018

Die Trump-Regierung sammelt und überwacht die „Ansichten” und persönlichen Informationen von Journalisten und Personen, die die Medien „beeinflussen“, auf der ganzen Welt.

Pseudolinke Parteien unterstützen Raketenangriff gegen Syrien durch USA, Frankreich und Großbritannien

Will Morrow, 20. April 2018

DSA und ISO in den USA und die NPA in Frankreich verbreiten die Lügen der Medien und Geheimdienste, um die Bombardierungen mit “humanitären“ Begründungen zu rechtfertigen.

Hartz-IV: Eine Bilanz der Sanktionen gegen Arbeitslose

Michele Hell, 20. April 2018

Fast einer Million Arbeitslosen wurde im letzten Jahr ihr ohnehin kümmerliches Existenzminimum von 416 Euro im Monat gekürzt. Diese Praxis hat verheerende Folgen für die Gesundheit der Betroffenen.

New in Turkish

Trump ile Abe savaşın ve iç krizin ortasında buluşuyor

Peter Symonds, 19 Nisan 2018

ABD ve Japonya gibi bugünün müttefikleri çok uzak olmayan bir gelecekte amansız düşmanlar haline gelebilirler.

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Perspective

Macron and the democracy of class war

20 April 2018

For French President Macron, “democracy” means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.

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Socialist Equality Party

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

20 April 2018

The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018 .

Resolutions of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Fourth National Congress
For an International Anti-War Movement!

20 April 2018

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls May Day meeting in Colombo

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 April 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 April 2018

The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.

Public Meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange!

14 April 2018

John Pilger and Julian Burnside denounce silencing of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram

By Clara Weiss, 17 April 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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Arts Review

2018 San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 2
How are striking miners (Bisbee ’17), a great painter (Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti), Native Americans (The Rider) and others treated by the filmmakers?

By Joanne Laurier, 20 April 2018

A further look at the recent San Francisco film festival and its variety of films. Interesting, complex subjects may still receive inadequate or uneven treatment.

2018 San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1
Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …)

Director of The Loves of a Blonde, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus
Filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018), one of the leading figures of the Czech New Wave

By David Walsh, 16 April 2018

Commentary

Trump’s secret diplomacy with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2018

Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis

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

Statement of the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 17 April 2018

War, lies and censorship

By Andre Damon, 13 April 2018

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute

By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018

Trump orders indefinite detention of immigrants at border as troop deployment looms

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The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda

By Eric London, 19 April 2018

No money for teacher pay or textbooks, but…
US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records

Workers Struggles

Further two-day strike by French rail workers
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 April 2018

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

University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike

By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2018

As part of a global strategy of cost-cutting and plant shutdowns
GM to slash 1,500 jobs at Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Tim Rivers, 16 April 2018

SEP 2018 election campaign

Unite the working class against police killings!

By David Moore: SEP candidate for US Senate from California, 19 April 2018

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

By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 12 April 2018

SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 10 April 2018

New dates in Newark and Tracy
Public meetings in California: The Socialist Equality Party campaign in the 2018 midterm elections

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

25 years ago: FBI raid in Waco, Texas, kills 76

On April 19, 1993, US Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a military-style FBI raid on the compound of a small Christian sect near Waco, Texas, resulting in 76 deaths, including 25 children.

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50 years ago: Leading Tory delivers fascist “Rivers of Blood” speech

On April 20, 1968, a leading Conservative Member of Parliament Enoch Powell delivered a fascist speech to a major Tory Party gathering, the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Center in Birmingham.

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75 years ago: Warsaw Ghetto uprising

On April 19, 1943, Jewish inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto, in the capital of German-occupied Poland, launched a heroic rebellion against the genocidal Nazi regime.

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100 years ago: Britain extends draft age to 56, includes Ireland

On April 20, 1918, the House of Commons issued a proclamation lifting the draft age of British men up to age 56 years and subjecting, for the first time, the colony of Ireland to the draft.

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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.