World Socialist Web Site
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). The WSWS 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.
Type of site
|News and analysis|
|Headquarters||Oak Park, Michigan|
|Owner||International Committee of the Fourth International|
|Editor||David North (editorial board chairman)|
|Alexa rank||13,185 (July 2020[update])|
|Commercial||No (supported by donations)|
|Registration||No (Disqus account is required for commenting on articles)|
|Launched||14 February 1998|
The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) was established on February 14, 1998, as an online purveyor of socialist news and analysis. The site was launched as a means of turning the official organ of the Workers League, the newspaper The Bulletin, into an online newspaper. The site was redesigned on October 22, 2008.
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.
The WSWS publishes articles on politics, finance and economics, culture, police violence, and labor issues.
The WSWS periodically undertakes focused political campaigns, during which numerous articles, videos, interviews, and perspectives are published on the topic. Campaigns undertaken include defending Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden, civil rights and free speech, and the opposition to utility shutoffs and bankruptcy in Detroit. The WSWS has criticized the New York Times' 1619 Project.
- The daily 'Perspective' article presents the position of the WSWS on a range of political, theoretical, and historical issues.
- News articles which cover the day's significant international political and economic developments
- Arts Review – under the editorship of Marxist arts critics David Walsh and Joanne Laurier
- Workers' Struggles
- Philosophy lectures which defend philosophical materialism and oppose idealism
- "This Week in History", providing brief synopses of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago
- 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 searchesEdit
In July 2017, the WSWS 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". 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 to the WSWS, between late April 2017 and the beginning of August 2017, wsws.org Google search traffic fell by 67%. Google said that it had not deliberately targeted any particular website; Google VP Ben Gomes wrote that Google had "adjusted [its] signals to help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content." The documentary film-maker John Pilger has offered his support for the website in its response to Google.
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- "Keith Jones and the Socialist Alternative – Kingstonist". Kingstonist. April 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 2017-10-24. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
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- "Glenn Beck: The Revolution Is Now". Fox News. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 2017-10-24. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
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- "A reply to redbaiting by the general counsel of the Detroit AFL-CIO – Recovery Team UAW 933". recoveryteam.tv. Archived from the original on 2017-10-23. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
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- "Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry". World Socialist Web Site. ICFI. December 6, 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-01-27. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "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". MLive.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-23. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- Kishore, Joseph. "The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy". World Socialist Web Site. ICFI. Archived from the original on 2017-10-24. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "The '1619 Project' Gets Schooled". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
- "Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites". www.counterpunch.org. 2017-08-09. Archived from the original on 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
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- Wakabayashi, Daisuke (September 26, 2017). "As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- Sheffield, Matthew (October 18, 2017). "'Fake news' or free speech: Is Google cracking down on left media?". Salon. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
- "Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, 'Organizing resistance to Internet censorship'website=World Socialist Web Site". ICFI. January 11, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-01-11. Retrieved January 13, 2018.