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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
Alexa rank Positive decrease 41,992 (September 2017)[1]
Launched February 14, 1998[2]

The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is a widely accessed 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. The World Socialist Web Site publishes articles and analysis of news and events all around the world updated on a daily basis. The site also includes extensive coverage of the history of working class political and organized labor movements.

The American right-wing press has referenced the World Socialist Web Site as an example of left-wing extremism,[3] 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.[4]



The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) was established on February 14, 1998, as an online purveyor of socialist news and analysis.[5] 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,[6] enhancing the visual and technical aspects of the content and web site.

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.[7]

The World Socialist Web Site periodically undertakes focused political campaigns, during which numerous articles, videos, interviews, and perspectives are published on the topic. Some notable campaigns undertaken by the WSWS include the defense of Edward Snowden and opposition to NSA spying,[8] opposition to the 2015 UAW autoworkers concessions contract,[9] opposition to the war in Syria,[10] and the opposition to utility shutoffs in Detroit.[11]


  • 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 critiquing films, film festivals, music selections, theatre productions, and writing lectures concerning Art and Socialism[12][13][14]
  • 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
  • History lectures and essays, with a pointed focus on the 20th century
  • 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.[15]
  • 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

Contemporary impact[edit]

The World Socialist Web Site is regularly cited by journals, newspapers, and books for its coverage of social inequality and workers' rights,[16][17][18] social struggles,[19][20] international politics and economics,[21][22][23][24][25][26] and American wars and war crimes.[27][28][29] WSWS articles are often collated by the Asian Tribune and regional news sites, and its articles are also regularly cited in newspapers in Africa,[30][31] the Middle East[32][33] and in Asia.[34][35]

Google Search Censorship[edit]

In July 2017, the World Socialist Website began a campaign to oppose new Google search algorithms that claimed to fight "fake news."[36][37] The WSWS presented evidence from SEMrush that showed that several socialist, anti-war, and progressive news sites had received reduced traffic from Google due to changes in its search algorithm; between late April 2017 and the beginning of August 2017, Google search traffic fell by 67 percent.[38] In an interview responding to the data WSWS International Chairman David North stated, "The actions of Google constitute political censorship and are a blatant attack on free speech. At a time when public distrust of establishment media is widespread, this corporate giant is exploiting its monopolistic position to restrict public access to a broad spectrum of news and critical analysis.”[39]


  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. ^ See for instance, "Who favors unlimited government growth?," The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 29 March 2006.
  4. ^ Glenn Beck, Fox News on February 28, 2011
  5. ^ "Year in Review: 1998," World Socialist Web Site, May 2016.
  6. ^ Welcome the redesigned World Socialist Web Site
  7. ^ Statement of the World Socialist Web Site:
  8. ^ Mazhar, Fatimah, "World’s Most Widely Accessed Socialist Website Defends Edward Snowden", Carbonated.TV, retrieved 20 February 2016 
  9. ^ Burns, Gus (27 November 2015), "Socialist media 'forcibly' ejected from UAW press conference in Dearborn", MLive, retrieved 20 February 2016 
  10. ^ Stanton, Ryan (12 September 2013), "Anti-war protesters in Ann Arbor argue against U.S. military strike in Syria", MLive, retrieved 20 February 2016 
  11. ^ Diane, Bukowski (20 March 2011), "Detroiters Demand End to Utility Shutoffs", MLive, retrieved 20 February 2016 
  12. ^ Merli, Melissa, "Celebration Company season: Mix of offerings," The News Gazette, 19 September 2004.
  13. ^ Grimes, William, "Robin Wood, Film Critic Who Wrote on Hitchcock, Dies at 78," The New York Times, December 2, 2009.
  14. ^ Storm, Jonathan, "24: Its number is up, but is Jack Bauer's, too?" The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2010.
  15. ^ New Feature: This Week in History
  16. ^ Millow, Courtland, "A Charitable Project Worthy of Billions: The Nation's Capital," The Washington Post, July 5, 2006.
  17. ^ Hayden, Bridget (1 January 2010), "The Hand of God: Capitalism, Inequality, and Moral Geographies in Mississippi After Hurricane Katrina", Anthropological Quarterly, retrieved 18 November 2011 
  18. ^ Malott, Curry; Porfilio, Brad (1 January 2011), "Guiding White Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers toward Critical Pedagogy: Utilizing Counter-Cultures in Teacher Education", The Journal of Educational Foundations, retrieved 18 November 2011 
  19. ^ Morath, Eric (27 October 2007), "Chrysler deal may be sealed today", The Detroit News, retrieved 18 November 2011 
  20. ^ Morath, Eric "American Axle workers vote on contract," The Detroit News, 23 May 2008.
  21. ^ Sreenivasan, Sreenath, "Taking In the Sites; Internet Can Help Sort Out Economic Turmoil in Asia," The New York Times, January 19, 1998.
  22. ^ Samonte, Sheila, "Indonesia: the road to democracy," Business World, June 7, 1999.
  23. ^ Bonsignore, E. and Kogan, E., "Fatal Attraction: The EU Defence Industry And China." Military Technology, 1 June 2005.
  24. ^ Brenner, Susan W, "At light speed: attribution and response to cybercrime/terrorism/warfare," Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 1 January 2007.
  25. ^ Dris-Aït-Hamadouche, Louisa and Zoubir, Yahia, "The US-Saudi relationship and the Iraq War: The dialectics of a dependent alliance," Journal of Third World Studies, 1 April 2007.
  26. ^ Doniger, Wendy, "From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India," Social Research, 1 April 2011.
  27. ^ Klotzer, Charles, "Freedom under attack in U.S.(THE 10 BEST-CENSORED STORIES)," St. Louis Journalism Review, 1 October 2005.
  28. ^ "WikiLeaks exposes occupiers war crimes in Afghanistan," Mehr News Agency, 28 July 2010.
  29. ^ Whitlock, Craig, "U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport," The Washington Post, 20 September 2010.
  30. ^ "Lessons for All From the Tunisia Revolution," All Africa, 19 January 2011.
  31. ^ Johnston, D. and Rogers, A., "Economic analysis clarifies how Chad benefits from oil," Oil and Gas Journal, 28 July 2008.
  32. ^ "WikiLeaks exposes occupiers’ war crimes in Afghanistan," The Tehran Times, 28 July 2010.
  33. ^ Ngurare, Elijah, "The Cowboy Justice Suffered By Saddam," All Africa, 12 January 2007.
  34. ^ "Internationalist socialist solution ideal for Lanka," The Daily News, 5 November 2005.
  35. ^ "Sri Lankan government to give evicted land to Chinese," New Indian Express, 29 September 2010.
  36. ^ "Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites". 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  37. ^ RT America (2017-07-31), Google turning into ‘censorship engine’ – reporter, retrieved 2017-08-14 
  38. ^ Damon, Andre. "Google’s new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites". Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  39. ^ Damon, Andre. "New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites". Retrieved 2017-08-14. 

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