Support grows for striking West Virginia teachers as decisive week starts

By Jerry White, 5 March 2018

The strike by more than 33,000 teachers and support staff has entered its eighth day and a new and decisive stage.

The revolt of the West Virginia teachers

Jacobin, Socialist Alternative and the ISO hailed union deal rejected by West Virginia teachers

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 March 2018

The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

West Virginia telecommunications workers continue strike, support teachers

By our reporters, 5 March 2018

The 1,400 telecom workers began their walkout as more than 33,000 teachers and public employees continued their strike across all 55 counties in the state.

Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class

By Eric London, 5 March 2018

The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses

By Alex Lantier, 5 March 2018

Yesterday’s general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.

UK lecturers dispute: Lessons from the West Virginia teachers strike
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

5 March 2018

The West Virginia teachers are fighting over issues familiar to workers the world over: wage cuts, attacks on public education and health, and growing social inequality.

UK education workers send messages of solidarity to striking West Virginia teachers

By our reporters, 5 March 2018

“Teachers from Oklahoma stand with West Virginia”
Oklahoma teachers demand strike action, funding for education

By Todd Thompson, 5 March 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.

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Kenya lecturers’ strike paralyzes public universities

By Eddie Haywood, 5 March 2018

The lecturers have vowed to continue the strike until their demands for increased salaries and funding to upgrade facilities are met by the government.

Canadian auto parts workers strike in Windsor

By Carl Bronski, 5 March 2018

In previous strikes by parts workers, the Unifor union has intervened to engineer a return to work before production at major auto assembly plants was disrupted.

South Korea delegation heads to Pyongyang for talks

By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2018

Despite appeals from South Korea, there is no sign that the Trump administration is prepared to make any concessions to enable negotiations with North Korea to proceed.

US media airs pretexts for preemptive attack on North Korea

German Social Democratic Party votes to form grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2018

The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.

European Union demands Google, Facebook step up Internet censorship

By Kumaran Ira, 5 March 2018

The EU’s call for the automatic removal of online content is part of an international attempt to censor social opposition to austerity and war.

Special needs New York student imprisoned over Facebook posting

The political agenda behind the UK ruling elite’s attack on Oxfam

By Margot Miller, 5 March 2018

The offensive against Oxfam is bound up with the shift by the ruling elite to militarism and war, and away from “soft power”—including the use of charities—to push its geopolitical interests.

Davino Watson, US citizen wrongfully detained by ICE, calls for the defense of immigrants facing deportation

By Nick Barrickman, 5 March 2018

Watson, a naturalized US citizen, was detained by ICE agents in 2008 after having been arrested for a minor offense.

Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election

By Mike Head, 5 March 2018

Far from an “historic” victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Australian rail union pushes through sellout agreement at Pacific National

By Patrick Davies, 5 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has imposed another deal that slashes conditions and provides for the ever-greater use of casual labour by the freight operator.

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Conflictos dentro de la burguesía estadounidense se enfocan en el círculo íntimo de la Casa Blanca de Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 5 marzo 2018

La prensa corporativa y los servicios de inteligencia están encabezando un ataque que ha debilitado a la Casa Blanca y parece perseguir el derrocamiento de Trump.

En respuesta a amenazas de EUA, el presidente Putin de Rusia declara una carrera armamentista nuclear

Por Andre Damon, 5 marzo 2018

En un discurse beligerantemente nacionalista el jueves, Putin presumió avances en el arsenal nuclear ruso y reprodujo un video de un ataque nuclear a EUA.

Aumenta el apoyo a los maestros de West Virginia, según los sindicatos y los demócratas se esfuerzan por terminar la huelga

Por Jerry White, 5 marzo 2018

Mientras la poderosa huelga de 30.000 docentes de West Virginia y otros empleados escolares se extiende hacia el fin de semana, los sindicatos y los demócratas del estado esperan imponer un acuerdo ya rechazado por los enseñantes de base.

La neofascista francesa Marine Le Pen acusada de tuitear fotografías de asesinatos del EI

Por Francis Dubois, 5 marzo 2018

La incriminación de dos diputados del Frente Nacional por publicar imágenes en Twitter es un acto de censura política que amenaza los derechos democráticos básicos.

Un nuevo llamado “izquierdista” para una intervención imperialista en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 5 marzo 2018

La “carta abierta” estaba claramente dirigida hacia Washington y sus aliados, quiénes exigen la intensificación de su uso de fuerza armada contra el devastado país.

Favorito a la Presidencia, López Obrador retira amenaza de revertir la privatización del petróleo mexicano

Por Don Knowland, 5 marzo 2018

Queda claro que las campañas pasadas de AMLO contra la apertura de la industria petrolera a los intereses extranjeros eran poco más que pantomima.

Cincuenta años de la Ofensiva del Tet

Por Patrick Martin, 5 marzo 2018

El ataque militar marcó un punto de inflexión en la Guerra de Vietnam, demostrando el poder duradero de la lucha popular revolucionaria y perjudicando a la administración de Johnson.

Ligan la muerte de obrero británico precarizado a la falta de cuidado médico

Por Margot Miller, 5 marzo 2018

La muerte de un mensajero de cincuenta y tres años revela las condiciones que encaran los obreros en la “industria de la chamba”.

Ginsburg, de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de EUA respalda a #MeToo

Por Ed Hightower y Tom Carter, 5 marzo 2018

Como jueza de la Suprema Corte, los comentarios de Ginsburg concedió una sanción cuasi oficial al ambiente del muchedumbre de linchamiento que rodea la campaña.

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Le soutien aux enseignants de Virginie-Occidentale monte alors que les syndicats et les démocrates se démènent pour mettre fin à la grève

Jerry White, 5 mars 2018

Alors que cette grève puissante de 30 000 enseignants et employés des établissements scolaires de Virginie occidentale s’étend dans le week-end, les syndicats et le Parti démocrate de l’État espèrent imposer un accord qui a déjà été rejetté par la base des enseignants.

Après l’attentat à Ouagadougou, Macron veut accélérer la militarisation du Sahel

Francis Dubois, 5 mars 2018

Suite à l’attaque sanglante de la capitale burkinabé, le gouvernement Macron et l’UE comptent intensifier la militarisation du Sahel

Trump déclare la guerre commerciale

Nick Beams, 5 mars 2018

En imposant une augmentation de ces taxes à tous les pays importateurs, au lieu de mesures sélectives, Trump a choisi l’option la plus dure parmi celles proposées par le ministre du Commerce Wilbur Ross.

L’UE menace de répliquer aux mesures de guerre commerciale de Trump

Peter Symonds, 5 mars 2018

Les dirigeants européens ont menacés hier de répliquer après l’annonce par le président Trump de tarifs douaniers de 25 pourcents sur les importations d’acier et de 10 pour cent sur les importations d’aluminium, appliqués à tous les autres pays.

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 Norwegian

Valget i Italia: Et perspektiv for arbeiderklassen

Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2018

Alle problemstillingene som arbeidere og ungdom i Europa står overfor sammenfattes og konsentreres i det italienske parlamentsvalget søndag den 4. mars.

Berlinalen: SPD-minister kjører frem #MeToo-kampanjen

Katarina Selin, 27 February 2018

Familie- og arbeidsminister Katarina Barley forfulgte dypt reaksjonære mål med sin støtte for #MeToo-kampanjen på årets Berlinale-filmfestival.

Skoda-arbeidere i Tsjekkia forbereder streik

Ulrich Rippert, 27 February 2018

Strikeforberedelser ved Skoda er en del av en økende radikalisering av arbeiderne i Øst-Europa, som ikke lenger vil akseptere de ekstreme utbyttingsforholdene.

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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Доклад уполномоченного парламента Германии по вооруженным силам провоцирует призывы к вооружению страны

Петер Шварц, 1 марта 2018 г.

Годовой отчет создает основу для масштабного увеличения военных расходов недавно созданным правительством «большой коалиции».

75 лет тому назад: Коммунистическая партия США защищает убийство польских социалистов

1 марта 2018 г.

27 февраля 1943 года газета Коммунистической партии США выступила с оправданием действий советского диктатора Иосифа Сталина, касавшихся убийства в 1941 году двух видных польских социалистов.

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Perspective

The historic significance of Trump’s trade war measures

5 March 2018

Trump’s trade measures are a major step in the dismantling of the system of economic relations established by Washington itself after World War II.

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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.

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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Arts Review

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

By Fred Mazelis, 5 March 2018

The movie, directed by Yale Strom, seeks to turn Debs’ revolutionary message into its opposite.

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

By David Walsh, 3 March 2018

A conversation with Raoul Peck, director of The Young Karl Marx

By Fred Mazelis, 1 March 2018

Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx

Featured video

Watch: IYSSE member addresses rally in West Virginia

Commentary

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”

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2018

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

EU threatens retaliation to Trump’s trade war measures

By Peter Symonds, 3 March 2018

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

By E.P. Milligan, 3 March 2018

Germany: The membership vote and the war policy of the SPD

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2018

Obituary: Jim Anderton, a pivotal defender of New Zealand capitalism

By John Braddock, 3 March 2018

Xi Jinping’s power grab: Bonapartism with Chinese characteristics

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

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”

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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.