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World Socialist Web Site
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Type of site News and Analysis
Available in Arabic Afrikaans Chinese Czech English French German Indonesian Italian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbo-Croatian Sinhalese Spanish Tamil Turkish
Owner International Committee of the Fourth International
Created by International Committee of the Fourth International
Launched February 14, 1998[1]
Alexa rank positive decrease 35,921 (October 2014)[2]

The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is the most widely accessed international socialist news site in the world,[3] and is the online news and information center of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The site publishes articles and analysis covering a range of topics and events around the world. A major portion of the site has been dedicated to the history of working class movements and the ICFI in particular.

The WSWS supports and helps campaign for the Socialist Equality Parties in elections. The site has no corporate sponsorship and runs no advertisements except for material from Mehring Books, the ICFI's publishing arm. Instead, it sustains itself through the donations of readers and supporters. The content is published in 19 different languages. David North serves as Chairman of the site's International Editorial Board.[4]

Some newspapers in the US have referenced the World Socialist Web Site as an example of left-wing extremism,[5] and Glenn Beck, formerly of Fox News, cited the web site on numerous occasions while on air, calling it an example of "radical Islamists, communists, socialists" all working together.[6] WSWS articles are often collated by the Asian Tribune and regional news sites, and its articles are cited in newspapers in Africa,[7][8] the Middle East[9][10] and in Asia.[11][12]


  • 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 political and economic developments.
  • Arts Review - with Marxist arts critics David Walsh and Joanne Laurier critiquing films, film festivals, music selections, theatre productions, and writing lectures concerning Art and Socialism[13][14][15]
  • Science, focusing on Human Genetics, Evolution, the Internet, Space Research & Astronomy, and Climate Change
  • Workers Struggles, reporting from picket lines across the world, and inviting workers to write in about their experiences
  • "This Week in History", providing brief synopses of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.[16]
  • 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


The WSWS was launched on February 14, 1998, turning the Workers League printed newspaper The Bulletin into an online newspaper, accessible all over the world.

The site was redesigned and launched on October 22, 2008[17] enhancing the visual and technical aspects of the content and web site.

In January 2010, the site launched a new journal, Perspectives.[18]

The World Socialist Web Site launched a podcast in 2012. In 2013 the podcast was expanded to carry 3 articles. It is posted daily and read by several different voices.[19]

In 2013, the World Socialist Web celebrated its 15 year anniversary. Features of the celebration include a Timeline of Major Events, a Statement by Chairman David North, detailed summaries of each year between 1998 and 2013, and a Testimonials page titled "Why I read the WSWS".


  1. ^ "This Year in Review: 1998". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Socialist Organizations". 
  4. ^ Statement of the World Socialist Web Site:
  5. ^ See for instance, "Who favors unlimited government growth?," The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 29 March 2006.
  6. ^ Glenn Beck, Fox News on February 28, 2011
  7. ^ "Lessons for All From the Tunisia Revolution," All Africa, 19 January 2011.
  8. ^ Johnston, D. and Rogers, A., "Economic analysis clarifies how Chad benefits from oil," Oil and Gas Journal, 28 July 2008.
  9. ^ "WikiLeaks exposes occupiers’ war crimes in Afghanistan," The Tehran Times, 28 July 2010.
  10. ^ Ngurare, Elijah, "The Cowboy Justice Suffered By Saddam," All Africa, 12 January 2007.
  11. ^ "Internationalist socialist solution ideal for Lanka," The Daily News, 5 November 2005.
  12. ^ "Sri Lankan government to give evicted land to Chinese," New Indian Express, 29 September 2010.
  13. ^ Merli, Melissa, "Celebration Company season: Mix of offerings," The News Gazette, 19 September 2004.
  14. ^ Grimes, William, "Robin Wood, Film Critic Who Wrote on Hitchcock, Dies at 78," The New York Times, December 2, 2009.
  15. ^ Storm, Jonathan, "24: Its number is up, but is Jack Bauer's, too?" The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2010.
  16. ^ New Feature: This Week in History
  17. ^ Welcome the redesigned World Socialist Web Site
  18. ^ World Socialist Web Site announces launch of new perspectives journal
  19. ^ "World Socialist Web Site Daily Podcast by the International Committee of the Fourth International". iTunes. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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