18 September 2018

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate

Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation

Thirty-one dead as Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas

By Matthew Taylor, 18 September 2018

Cities cut off from aid, police guarding storefronts against desperate displaced residents, widespread power outages—this scene is now routine during America's Hurricane season.

Hurricane Florence kills five in North Carolina, leaves nearly one million without power

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2018

As in previous natural disasters, the poor and workers in low-paid precarious industries have been the hardest hit.

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee will call Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify Monday, delaying a confirmation vote originally set for this Thursday.

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

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“We have to join our struggles together”
Chicago Ford autoworkers support hotel workers on strike

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 18 September 2018

Workers at the Chicago Ford Assembly Plant spoke out in support of striking hotel workers and the common struggles all workers face.

“All the hotel workers should go on strike”
Chicago hotel workers continue walkout as workers throughout the US vote to strike

Residents of Chicago’s Little Village speak out against increasing poverty and unaffordable housing

European Union launches disciplinary procedure against Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 18 September 2018

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of a procedure that could lead to the withdrawal of Hungary's voting rights in the Council of Ministers.

Economist magazine calls for soldier MPs to lead UK

By Julie Hyland, 18 September 2018

The Bagehot column celebrates that the tradition of soldier-statesman is “now being renewed, after a succession of wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

London: 8,000 council homes set for demolition

By Alice Summers, 18 September 2018

The continuing social cleansing of the city will see over 31,000 social housing residents forced to leave their homes.

UN special rapporteur to examine extreme poverty in the UK

UK Food Foundation: Four million children have poor diets

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2018

Weeks after Sahra Wagenknecht launched the anti-immigrant #Aufstehen movement, figures in Podemos are discussing alliances with right-wing forces.

Quebec: Right-wing populist CAQ exploits disaffection with traditional parties

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 September 2018

The CAQ is able to posture as the “party of change” only because the unions have derailed a series of explosive social struggles against big business’ austerity agenda.

South Korean president in Pyongyang for summit on denuclearization

By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2018

Whatever the result of this week’s talks, it will do nothing to resolve the dangerous tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

China’s $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa in context

By Gabriel Black, 18 September 2018

While China’s role in Africa has grown significantly in the past two decades, the United States and its allies remain the principal issuers of debt.

Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia

New in French

Des centaines d’arrestations lors de heurts entre travailleurs et forces de sécurité sur le chantier d’un aéroport turc

Jerry White, 18 septembre 2018

Des milliers de travailleurs ont débrayé vendredi après le dernier en date d’une série d’accidents mortels ou quasi-mortels sur un chantier de construction près d’Istanbul.

Les liens malsains de la Silicon Valley : guerre, censure et inégalité

Andre Damon, 18 septembre 2018

L’apparition du PDG d’Amazon, Jeff Bezos à la conférence anuelle de l’Association de l’armée de l’air montre la fusion des monopoles d’entreprises technologiques américaines avec l’apareil de représsion de l’État.

Dix ans après Lehman : de nouvelles crises financières en préparation

Nick Beams, 18 septembre 2018

Les commentaires sur l’anniversaire de l’effondrement de Lehman Brothers font craindre une nouvelle crise.

New in Spanish

El nexo corrupto de Silicon Valley: guerra, censura y desigualdad

Por Andre Damon, 18 septiembre 2018

La aparición del CEO de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, en la conferencia anual de la Asociación de la Fuerza Aérea encarna la fusión de los monopolios tecnológicos estadounidenses con el aparato estatal de represión.

Diez años desde el colapso de Lehman Brothers

Por Nick Beams, 18 septiembre 2018

El 15 de septiembre de 2008 marcó el estallido de la crisis de mayor alance y devastación del sistema capitalista desde la Gran Depresión de los ’30.

Diez años después de Lehman: una nueva crisis financiera en camino

Por Nick Beams, 18 septiembre 2018

Los comentarios sobre el aniversario de la caída de Lehman Brothers en la prensa temen otro colapso financiero.

New in German

Der korrupte Nexus des Silicon Valley: Krieg, Zensur und Ungleichheit

Andre Damon, 18. September 2018

Der Auftritt von Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos auf der Jahreskonferenz der Air Force Association verkörpert die Fusion der amerikanischen Technologiemonopole mit dem staatlichen Unterdrückungsapparat.

Türkei: Hunderte Verhaftungen nach Zusammenstößen zwischen Bauarbeitern und Sicherheitskräften

Jerry White, 18. September 2018

Nach der jüngsten Serie von teils tödlichen Unfällen auf einer Baustelle bei Istanbul legten am Freitag tausende Arbeiter die Werkzeuge nieder.

25 Jahre nach Oslo: Palästinenser in katastrophaler Lage

Bill van Auken, 18. September 2018

Der Jahrestag trifft mit einer Reihe von Strafmaßnahmen Washingtons gegen die Palästinenser zusammen. Die US-Regierung will damit das Natanjahu-Regime in Israel stützen und die Palästinenser zur Unterwerfung zwingen.

#MeToo: Die „Entzauberung“ der Asia Argento

David Walsh, 18. September 2018

Im August wurde bekannt, dass die italienische Schauspielerin Asia Argento, ein mutmaßliches Opfer Harvey Weinsteins, 2013 den damals 17-jährigen Jimmy Bennett sexuell genötigt haben soll.

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Perspective

The implications of US-China trade war

18 September 2018

The world’s two largest economies have entered a rapidly-escalating trade war with vast global consequences.

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History

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Vadim Rogovin, we republish two tributes to the greatest Soviet and Russian Marxist sociologist and historian of the second half of the twentieth century.

Featured Video

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Featured commentary

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Support the fight of University of Michigan nurses!

By Niles Niemuth, 18 September 2018

Nurses at the University of Michigan health system have voted overwhelmingly for strike authorization in defense of adequate staffing as well as decent pay and benefits.

Campaign events for Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth
Socialism: What it is and how to fight for it

18 September 2018

The Socialist Equality Party’s campaign for Niles Niemuth has announced an initial series of meetings and campaign events through which Niles will fight for a genuine socialist program in the interest of workers and youth.

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district website

16 August 2018

Visit our website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

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SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

“Why the working class needs socialism” Large turnout to hear SEP candidate Niles Niemuth at University of Michigan

Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally!

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

Arts Review

Hal: A documentary about American filmmaker Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home)

By David Walsh, 18 September 2018

Hal Ashby (1929-88) was an American film director, generally underrated or unrecognized today, responsible for a number of valuable or, in some cases, provocative works in the 1970s.

Operation Finale depicts the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2018

Poor and unhealthy: Australia’s artists in social free-fall

Bisbee ’17: The deportation of Arizona copper miners is a “still-polarizing event”

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century
The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 1

Commentary

Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2018

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

In France, Mélenchon advisor hails Wagenknecht’s anti-immigrant Aufstehen group

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2018

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing #Standup initiative

Ten years after Lehman: New financial crises in the making

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2018

Commentaries on the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse voice fears of another meltdown.

Ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

German Social Democrats feign opposition to fascist AfD

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2018

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

German neo-Nazis attack Jewish restaurant during far-right riot in Chemnitz

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: the Americas
Costa Rican workers and students protest fiscal “reforms;” Sun-Maid workers continue strike in California

18 September 2018

Costa Rican public sector workers, backed by students and others, protest anti-worker fiscal reforms last week; meanwhile 500 Sun-Maid workers are fighting management’s concession demands.

Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

As Teamsters pushes for “yes” vote on concessions contract
UPS unveils $1 billion cost-cutting “transformation plan”

By Will Morrow, 15 September 2018

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline
Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

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United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 September 2018

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Australia: Reject NTEU sellout at Macquarie University! For a unified national struggle against cuts!

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) forum reviews lessons of nursing union sellout

IYSSE

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 12 September 2018

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 31 August 2018

25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in Russia

On September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of “democracy” in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR.

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50 years: US, China in first contact on normalizing relations

On September 17, 1968, the US State Department sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China.

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75 years ago: German troops massacre Italian soldiers

On September 20, 1943, German firing squads acting under orders from Adolf Hitler began executing Italian soldiers on the occupied Greek island of Kefalonia.

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100 years ago: British forces rout Turkish army in Palestine

On September 21, 1918,British aircraft bombed and machine-gunned the remnants of the Turkish 7th and 8th Armies near Nablus in Palestine as part of an offensive which opened the road to the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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History of the Fourth International

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

The founding of the Fourth International on September 3, 1938, was an event of great historical significance and contemporary relevance.

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured Amazon worker Angela: “If workers controlled Bezos’ billions, nobody would be homeless”

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) spoke to Angela Shelton, an injured worker at the DFW7 Amazon fulfillment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where a number of injured workers have recently been made homeless.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Life under capitalism for an American youth
Injured Texas Wal-Mart worker describes how and why she switched to socialism

By Eric London, 5 September 2018

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Public meetings in Australia

Nick Beams to lecture at Australian universities on the contemporary significance of Karl Marx

6 September 2018

The lectures will make clear that Marx’s theoretical breakthroughs were inextricably linked to his political work as a revolutionary determined to arm the emerging working class with a program that advanced its independent interests.

SEP Australia public meeting in Sydney: The key political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

6 September 2018

As international relations and parliamentary forms of rule break down, the ruling elite is terrified of the growing left-wing sentiment among workers and young people.

Science

Waste plastics poison the food chain and contribute to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018

Book Review

Olen Steinhauer’s The Middleman: An American uprising, darkly imagined

By James Brookfield, 5 September 2018

At the outset of The Middleman a group of approximately 400 Americans scattered throughout the country suddenly disappear from their day-to-day lives without telling friends and family.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part one
Establishment of a deformed workers’ state in Czechoslovakia

By Clara Weiss, 28 August 2018

On August 20-21, 1968, tens of thousands of troops of the Warsaw Pact states invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” and stifle a nascent movement of the working class. This is the first part of a four-part series.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 21 June 2018

We are posting the new preface written by David North for the soon to be released thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

Defend Julian Assange!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

Bringing Julian Assange Home

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WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.