World Socialist Web Site

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World Socialist Web Site
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Type of site
News and analysis
Headquarters Oak Park, Michigan
Owner International Committee of the Fourth International
Website www.wsws.org
Alexa rankDecrease Positive.svg 41,992 (September 2017) [1]
LaunchedFebruary 14, 1998 [2]

The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is an international socialist news site that is the online news and information publication of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). [3] The World Socialist Web Site publishes articles and analysis of news and events from around the world, updated daily. The site also includes coverage of the history of working class political and organized labor movements.

The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) is the name of two Trotskyist internationals; one with sections named Socialist Equality Party which publishes the World Socialist Web Site, and another linked to the Workers Revolutionary Party in Britain.

Contents

About

The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) was established on February 14, 1998, as an online purveyor of socialist news and analysis. [2] [ non-primary source needed ] The site was launched as a means of turning the official organ of the Workers League, the newspaper The Bulletin, into an online newspaper. [4] The site was redesigned on October 22, 2008. [5]

The WSWS supports and helps campaign for the Socialist Equality Parties in elections. The site has no advertisements, except for material from Mehring Books, the ICFI's publishing arm. Instead, it sustains itself through the donations of readers and supporters.[ citation needed ] David North serves as Chairman of the site's International Editorial Board. [6]

Mehring books is the publishing house of the International Committee of the Fourth International. In addition to putting out its own titles, it maintains an online storefront selling historical works of the socialist movement.

WSWS articles are often collated by the Asian Tribune and AllAfrica.com regional news sites, [7] and its articles are also regularly cited in newspapers in Asia. [8] [9]

The Asian Tribune is an online newspaper that provides news and editorial on the current affairs of Asia, with a special emphasis on South Asia but mostly concentrates its news on the current Civil conflict in Sri Lanka.

AllAfrica.com is a website that aggregates news produced primarily on the African continent about all areas of African life, politics, issues and culture. It is available in both English and French and produced by AllAfrica Global Media, which has offices in Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C.. AllAfrica is the successor to the African News Service.

Writers for the World Socialist Web Site deliver lectures on a variety of topics to meetings of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and other events, [10] including Marxist theory, [11] history, [12] art, [13] [14] and war. [15]

The International Youth Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is the student organization of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Committee of the Fourth International, an international Trotskyist organization. Launched in 2006, the IYSSE aims to build an international socialist movement of students and workers opposing militarist violence, social inequality and attacks on democratic rights. The IYSSE continues the work of its predecessor the Students for Social Equality and the International Students for Social Equality, with student clubs at Universities and High Schools worldwide.

Content

The World Socialist Web Site periodically undertakes focused political campaigns, during which numerous articles, videos, interviews, and perspectives are published on the topic. Campaigns undertaken by the WSWS include defending Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, [16] [17] [18] civil rights and free speech, [19] [20] [21] intervention in the 2015 United Automobile Workers (UAW) concessions contract and other contract negotiations, [22] [23] [24] and the opposition to utility shutoffs and bankruptcy in Detroit. [12] [25] [26] [27] The WSWS is against what it sees as imperialist wars. [28] [29]

Julian Assange Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist

Julian Paul Assange is an Australian journalist, computer programmer, and the founder and director of WikiLeaks. Assange describes himself as an advocate of information transparency and market libertarianism. Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, an international publishing organisation known for revealing war crimes, human rights abuses, and corruption. WikiLeaks came to international attention in 2010 when it published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning. These leaks included the Collateral Murder video, the Afghanistan war logs, the Iraq war logs, and CableGate. After the 2010 leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.

Edward Snowden American whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor

Edward Joseph Snowden is an American whistle-blower who is wanted by United States authorities for copying and leaking highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and contractor. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, and prompted a cultural discussion about national security and individual privacy.

United Automobile Workers

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Automobile Workers (UAW), is an American labor union that represents workers in the United States and Canada. It was founded as part of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the 1930s and grew rapidly from 1936 to the 1950s. The union played a major role in the liberal wing of the Democratic party under the leadership of Walter Reuther. It was known for gaining high wages and pensions for auto workers, but it was unable to unionize auto plants built by foreign-based car makers in the South after the 1970s, and it went into a steady decline in membership; reasons for this included increased automation, decreased use of labor, movements of manufacturing, and increased globalization.

Sections

  1. The daily 'Perspective' article presents the position of the WSWS on a range of political, theoretical, and historical issues.
  2. News articles which cover the day's significant international political and economic developments
  3. Arts Review – under the editorship of Marxist arts critics David Walsh and Joanne Laurier critiquing films, film festivals, music selections, theatre productions, and writing lectures concerning Art and Socialism [30] [31] [32] [33]
  4. Science – Human Genetics, Evolution, the Internet, Space Research & Astronomy, and Climate Change
  5. Workers' Struggles, reporting from picket lines across the world, and inviting workers to write in about their experiences [34]
  6. History lectures focused on the 20th century
  7. Philosophy lectures which defend philosophical materialism and oppose idealism
  8. "This Week in History", providing brief synopses of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago [35]
  9. ICFI/Marxist Library – the Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party is archived, along with original translations of classic Marxist literature, with works by James P. Cannon, Leon Trotsky, Vladimir Lenin, and Karl Marx

Notable interviews

The World Socialist Web Site publishes interviews with workers, students, academics, and artists. [36] [37]

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

The World Socialist Web Site commemorated the Russian Revolution of 1917. The site published a weekly chronology entitled 'This Week in the Russian Revolution', which brought forward global events, Russian events, culture, and political questions each week throughout 1917. Writers of the World Socialist Web Site participated in a lecture series concerning questions surrounding the Russian Revolutions of February and October. The WSWS also published new, original translations of documents published by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky during 1917. [38] [ non-primary source needed ]

Demotion in Google Searches

In July 2017, the World Socialist Website began to oppose new Google search algorithms, which it believes is a form of Google censorship, and claims that the changes are intended to remove "fake news". [39] [40] [41] The WSWS has used evidence from SEMrush, an analytics suite for search engine optimization, that showed that several socialist and anti-war news sites had received reduced traffic from Google due to changes in its search algorithm; according it is said, between late April 2017 and the beginning of August 2017, wsws.org Google search traffic fell by 67%. [42] [43] "This is not an accident," David North told The New York Times in September 2017. "This is some form of deliberate intervention". He was "against censorship in any form" and speculated "It's not going to stop with the World Socialist Web Site. It's going to expand and spread". The newspaper, using SimilarWeb, could not "find the same level of traffic declines at all of [left] publications". [44] Google has rejected the claim it has consciously targeted any website, [44] but Google VP Ben Gomes wrote that Google had "adjusted [its] signals to help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content." [45] The documentary film-maker John Pilger has offered his support for the website in its response to Google. [46]

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Jerome "Jerry" White is an American politician and journalist, and is the Labor Editor reporting for the World Socialist Web Site. He is a member of the Socialist Equality Party of the United States, and was a member of its predecessor the Workers League, joining the movement in 1979. White ran as the SEP candidate for United States President in 1996 and 2008, and again in 2012 with running mate Phyllis Scherrer. White was again the SEP presidential nominee in the 2016 election.

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