World Socialist Web Site

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World Socialist Web Site
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Web address
Type of site
News and Analysis
Owner International Committee of the Fourth International
Launched February 14, 1998[1]
Alexa rank
43,002 (December 2015)[2]

The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is a widely accessed international socialist news site[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 wide range of topics and events all 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]

The American right-wing press has 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 regularly 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.

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


The World Socialist Web Site has been cited in the United States for its coverage of social inequality and workers' rights,[18][19][20] social struggles,[21][22] international politics and economics,[23][24][25][26][27][28] and American wars and war crimes.[29][30][31]


  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 2014-04-01. 
  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. ^ Millow, Courtland, "A Charitable Project Worthy of Billions: The Nation's Capital," The Washington Post, July 5, 2006.
  19. ^ 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 
  20. ^ 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 
  21. ^ Morath, Eric (27 October 2007), "Chrysler deal may be sealed today", The Detroit News, retrieved 18 November 2011 
  22. ^ Morath, Eric "American Axle workers vote on contract," The Detroit News, 23 May 2008.
  23. ^ Sreenivasan, Sreenath, "Taking In the Sites; Internet Can Help Sort Out Economic Turmoil in Asia," The New York Times, January 19, 1998.
  24. ^ Samonte, Sheila, "Indonesia: the road to democracy," Business World, June 7, 1999.
  25. ^ Bonsignore, E. and Kogan, E., "Fatal Attraction: The EU Defence Industry And China." Military Technology, 1 June 2005.
  26. ^ Brenner, Susan W, "At light speed: attribution and response to cybercrime/terrorism/warfare," Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 1 January 2007.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Doniger, Wendy, "From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India," Social Research, 1 April 2011.
  29. ^ Klotzer, Charles, "Freedom under attack in U.S.(THE 10 BEST-CENSORED STORIES)," St. Louis Journalism Review, 1 October 2005.
  30. ^ "WikiLeaks exposes occupiers war crimes in Afghanistan," Mehr News Agency, 28 July 2010.
  31. ^ Whitlock, Craig, "U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport," The Washington Post, 20 September 2010.

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