World Socialist Web Site

World Socialist Web Site
World Socialist Web Site logo.svg
Type of site
News and analysis
Headquarters Oak Park, Michigan
Owner International Committee of the Fourth International
Alexa rank Positive decrease 41,992 (September 2017)[1]
Launched February 14, 1998[2]

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


The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) was established on February 14, 1998, as an online purveyor of socialist news and analysis.[4] The site was launched as a means of turning the official organ of the Workers League, the newspaper The Bulletin, into an online newspaper.[5] The site was redesigned on October 22, 2008.[6]

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. David North serves as Chairman of the site's International Editorial Board.[7]

WSWS articles are often collated by the Asian Tribune and regional news sites,[8] and its articles are also regularly cited in newspapers in Asia.[9][10]

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,[11] including Marxist theory,[12] history,[13] art,[14][15] and war.[16]


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 defense of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden,[17][18][19] defense of civil rights and free speech,[20][21][22] intervention in the 2015 United Automobile Workers (UAW) concessions contract and other contract negotiations,[23][24][25] and the opposition to utility shutoffs and bankruptcy in Detroit.[13][26][27][28] The WSWS is against what is sees as imperialist wars.[29][30]


  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 orship of Marxist arts critics David Walsh and Joanne Laurier critiquing films, film festivals, music selections, theatre productions, and writing lectures concerning Art and Socialism[31][32][33][34]
  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[35]
  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[36]
  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

Demotion in Google Searches[]

In July 2017, the World Socialist Website began a campaign to oppose new Google search algorithms, which it believes is a form of Google censorship, and the claims that the changes are intended to remove "fake news."[37][38][39] 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, Google search traffic fell by 67%.[40][41] "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".[42] Google has rejected the claim it has consciously targeted any website,[42] but Google VP Ben Gomes wrote that Google had "adjusted [its] signals to help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content."[43] The documentary film-maker John Pilger has offered his support for the website in its response to Google.[44]

Notable interviews[]

The World Socialist Web Site publishes interviews with workers, students, academics, and artists.[45][46]

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.[47]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  2. ^ "This Year in Review: 1998". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Keith Jones and the Socialist Alternative – Kingstonist". Kingstonist. April 10, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Year in Review: 1998," World Socialist Web Site, May 2016.
  5. ^ "The Bulletin (1964–1998)". Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Welcome the redesigned World Socialist Web Site
  7. ^ Statement of the World Socialist Web Site:
  8. ^ e.g. "Lessons for All From the Tunisia Revolution," All Africa, January 19, 2011; Ngurare, Elijah, "The Cowboy Justice Suffered By Saddam," All Africa, January 12, 2007.
  9. ^ "Internationalist socialist solution ideal for Lanka," The Daily News, November 5, 2005.
  10. ^ "Sri Lankan government to give evicted land to Chinese," New Indian Express, September 29, 2010.
  11. ^ "Catálogo FICUNAM 2015". issuu. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  12. ^ Moran, Jocelyn. "Data shows voter change in election". The Daily Aztec. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "IYSSE facilitates campus discussion about socialism". The South End. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "David Walsh: Art, Socialism and the Working Class (May 1, 2014)". International Youth and Students for Social Equality. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "Art, War & Social Revolution | Happening @ Michigan". Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "Socialism and the Struggle Against War | SDSU Library and Information Access". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Glenn Beck: The Revolution Is Now". Fox News. December 10, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rape allegations: What's behind them?". Hot Topics. September 1, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  19. ^ Mazhar, Fatimah, "World's Most Widely Accessed Socialist Website Defends Edward Snowden", Carbonated.TV, retrieved February 20, 2016
  20. ^ Elliott, Tim (May 5, 2010). "Hunt was up against civil rights arguments". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  21. ^ ""Fake news" or free speech: Is Google cracking down on left media?". Salon. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  22. ^ "Socialists Bash Loony Campus Race Protesters At Evergreen State". The Daily Caller. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  23. ^ "Union deductions leaving many Chicago teachers with tiny paychecks". October 9, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  24. ^ "Socialists SLAM Seattle Teachers Union". The Daily Caller. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  25. ^ "A reply to redbaiting by the general counsel of the Detroit AFL-CIO – Recovery Team UAW 933". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  26. ^ "Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry". World Socialist Website. December 6, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  27. ^ "Socialists to protest in defense of Detroit's DIA Friday, day after EM Orr tells business leaders he was once 'somewhat of a Socialist' himself". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  28. ^ Kishore, Joseph. "The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy". WSWS. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  29. ^ "Guide to anti-war websites | Special reports". The Guardian. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  30. ^ "Nuclear expert says WWIII would probably wipe out the human race – Personal Liberty". Personal Liberty. April 21, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  31. ^ Merli, Melissa, "Celebration Company season: Mix of offerings," The News Gazette, 19 September 2004.
  32. ^ Grimes, William, "Robin Wood, Film Critic Who Wrote on Hitchcock, Dies at 78," The New York Times, December 2, 2009.
  33. ^ Storm, Jonathan, "24: Its number is up, but is Jack Bauer's, too?" The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2010.
  34. ^ "The Official Image Will Be Revealed as a Fraud". n+1. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  35. ^ Helm, Angela. "Shame on You Jeff Bezos! Amazon Data Center Threatens a Century-Old Black Va. Neighborhood". The Root. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  36. ^ New Feature: This Week in History
  37. ^ "Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites". 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  38. ^ RT America (July 31, 2017), Google turning into ‘censorship engine’ – reporter, retrieved August 14, 2017
  39. ^ "Is "Fake News" Scare Being Used to Stifle Dissent? | Accuracy.Org". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  40. ^ "The Dawn of an Orwellian Future". Consortiumnews. July 28, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  41. ^ Damon, Andre (August 2, 2017). "Google's new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites". World Socialist Website. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  42. ^ a b Wakabayashi, Daisuke (September 26, 2017). "As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  43. ^ Sheffield, Matthew (October 18, 2017). "'Fake news' or free speech: Is Google cracking down on left media?". Salon. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  44. ^ "Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, 'Organizing resistance to Internet censorship'". World Socialist Website. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  45. ^ "Should college students get food stamps?". 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  46. ^ World Socialist Web Site. "Interviews".
  47. ^ "From the archives of the Revolution". World Socialist Web Site. ICFI.

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