19 October 2018

Trump threatens to deploy military to close US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 19 October 2018

Trump, with the complicity of the Democrats, has invoked the phony “threat” of the immigrant caravan to whip up xenophobia before the midterm elections.

US, Mexican and Guatemalan governments harass caravan of Honduran refugees

Amnesty International: Immigrants separated from family members for alleged “fraud”

Trump scrambles to cover for Saudi regime as crisis over Khashoggi murder mounts

By Barry Grey, 19 October 2018

Pompeo’s meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed were aimed at signaling continued US support while making a pretense of seeking a full accounting of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Feigning moral outrage, the Times’ Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

Wall Street volatile as global economy becomes “fragile”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2018

Market instability is being fuelled by the worsening global economic outlook and escalating trade tensions between the US, China and other countries.

Another financial earthquake in the making

CIA Democrat Max Rose faces off against Trump Republican in Staten Island

By Daniel de Vries, 18 October 2018

A debate Tuesday evening in Staten Island demonstrated the right-wing character of the Democratic Party’s opposition to Trump.

Anti-Kissinger protest at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 19 October 2018

Protesters gathered outside of NYU’s business school to oppose the appearance of the notorious war criminal Henry Kissinger.

New York City teachers union attempts to rush though sellout contract

By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018

The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.

Layoffs at Fiat Chrysler's Kokomo transmission operations heighten concerns over outsourcing

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2018

Temporary layoffs affecting more than 3,000 employees have hit Fiat Chrysler workers at two Kokomo, Indiana transmission plants.

UAW faces growing opposition from Indiana Lear workers following contract rejection

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

Brexit impasse at European Union summit

By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2018

The failure to reach any agreement over Brexit is the product of escalating national antagonisms within Europe and internationally.

Italian Interior Minister Salvini orders removal of migrants from Riace

By Marianne Arens, 19 October 2018

The right-wing coalition government has ordered the removal of all migrants from the “village of hospitality” in southern Calabria.

Australian government backs far-right “OK to be white” motion in Senate

By Mike Head, 19 October 2018

The government’s embrace of the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi groups, has a far-reaching significance.

New Zealand rail union promotes sellout at Wellington meeting

By our reporter, 19 October 2018

Wellington rail workers employed by Transdev and Hyundai Rotem held stopwork meetings called by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union to ratify yet another pro-company agreement.

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Führender US-Demokrat fordert Ecuador zur „Auslieferung“ Julian Assanges auf

Mike Head, 19. Oktober 2018

Der Brief ist praktisch eine Bestätigung dafür, dass Julian Assange von der britischen Regierung an die USA ausgeliefert würde, sollte der WikiLeaks-Gründer durch irgendeinen Vorwand dazu gezwungen werden, die Botschaft Ecuadors zu verlassen.

Polizeirazzia bei Mélenchon:
Staat attackiert Partei La France insoumise

Alex Lantier, 19. Oktober 2018

Der politische Angriff auf eine Partei, die ein Fünftel der Stimmen erhalten hat, darunter die meisten der linken Wähler, ist ein großer Schritt zu autoritärer Herrschaft.

Saudi-Arabien in der Krise: Empörung über Mord an Khashoggi und UN-Warnung vor Hungersnot im Jemen

Bill Van Auken, 19. Oktober 2018

Führende Demokraten und Republikanr fordern wegen der Ermordung des Journalisten Sanktionen gegen die Saudis. Andererseits wahrt Washington ein diskretes Schweigen über den Massenmord im Jemen.

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En kvart million demonstrerte i Berlin mot storkoalisjonen og gjenkomsten av fascisme

Ulrich Ripper, 18. oktober 2018

Under mottoet «#unteilbar – Solidarität statt Ausgrenzung» demontrerte 250.000 på lørdag i Berlin mot rasisme, ytrehøyrepartiet AfDs innvandrerhets og storkoalisjonsregeringens høyrepolitikk.

Ecuador gjenoppretter delvis tilgang til kommunikasjon og besøkende for Julian Assange

James Cogan, 18. oktober 2018

Ecuadors beslutning opphever ikke faren Assange står overfor, eller hans faktiske fengsling inne i den lille ambassadebygningen i London.

USA og europeiske stormakter truer den saudiske kronprinsen etter mordet på Khashoggi

Alex Lantier, 18. oktober 2018

Bevis for at USAs nærmeste arabiske allierte i Midtøsten drepte en velkjent journalist avslører hele det globale finansaristokratiets kriminalitet.

I Roma lanserer Salvini og Le Pen kampanje for et nyfascistisk Europa

Francis Dubois og Alex Lantier, 18. oktober 2018

De to nyfascistiske lederne poserte som forsvarere av Europas befolkninger, ved å utnytte den reaksjonære sparepolitikken ført av sosialdemokratiske og pseudo-venstre-partier over hele Europa.

Et nytt finansielt jordskjelv under utvikling

Nick Beams, 18. oktober 2018

To IMF-rapporter utarbeidet for deres halvårlige møte pekte på de voksende problemene i verdensøkonomien og i finanssystemet.

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Après les perquisitions chez LFI, l’État et les médias lynchent Mélenchon

Alexandre Lantier, 18 octobre 2018

Le traitement des perquisitions chez LFI par l’État et les médias témoigne du fait qu’un État policier existe et se consolide rapidement en France.

Une réfugiée qui a fui la dictature chilienne dénonce la perquisition chez LFI: «On commence à voir la même chose» en France

Alexandre Lantier, 18 octobre 2018

Le WSWS a interviewé Myriam, une réfugiée chilienne, devant le siège de La France insoumise perquisitionné par la police.

Une réponse au quotidien Libération
Le WSWS exagère-t-il la menace de guerre?

Alexandre Lantier, 17 octobre 2018

Tout en avouant que le WSWS rapporte avec exactitude les mesures militaires américaines visant Moscou et Beijing, Libération affirme que nous exagérons les préparatifs pour une «guerre totale».

La «nouvelle guerre froide», la censure et l'avenir d'Internet

Andre Damon, 18 octobre 2018

Internet devient un champ de bataille pour les conflits économiques et géopolitiques, alors que les États agissant au nom des élites capitalistes, cherchent à censurer l’information en ligne

Allemagne : les élections en Bavière portent un coup dur au gouvernement de grande coalition

Johannes Stern, 18 octobre 2018

Les élections qui se sont tenues dimanche ont révélé la vaste hostilité à l'égard de la politique de droite du gouvernement fédéral.

Des travailleurs de l’hôtellerie en grève affamés, laissés sans ou avec peu d‘indemnités de grève
Les nombreux milliards de dollars du business syndical américain

Jerry White, 18 octobre 2018

Les travailleurs de l’hôtellerie en grève actuellement aux Etats-Unis reçoivent peu ou aucune indemnité de grève de la part de « syndicats » qui sont en réalité des entreprises – des sous-traitants de main-d’œuvre bon marché gérés par des cadres d’entreprises bien rémunérés

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Después de que 250.000 personas marcharan en Berlín
El derrotero en la lucha contra el peligro derechista en Alemania

Ulrich Rippert y Johannes Stern, 19 octubre 2018

La masiva manifestación el fin de semana pasado en Berlín expresó una oposición popular generalizada contra el regreso al fascismo y el militarismo en Alemania.

Dirigente demócrata de EUA exige que el presidente de Ecuador “entregue” a Julian Assange

Por Mike Head, 19 octubre 2018

La carta efectivamente confirma que, si el fundador de WikiLeaks es obligado a dejar la embajada de Ecuador, sea cual fuere el pretexto, el Gobierno británico se lo entregará a Estados Unidos.

Una respuesta al diario francés Libération
¿El WSWS está exagerando la amenaza de guerra?

Alex Lantier, 19 octubre 2018

Aunque admite que el WSWS informa adecuadamente sobre las medidas militares estadounidenses contra Rusia y China, Libération afirma que estamos sobreestimando los preparativos de los EUA para una “guerra total”.

Gobiernos de Estados Unidos, México y Guatemala hostigan caravana de refugiados hondureños

Por Andrea Lobo, 19 octubre 2018

Miles de refugiados están huyendo de la violencia y pobreza endémicas impuestas por el saqueo económico e injerencia política del imperialismo estadounidense.

Perú: Fujimori y otros políticos de derecha detenidos por vínculos con el escándalo de Odebrecht

Por Cesar Uco y Armando Cruz, 19 octubre 2018

Durante más de 12 años, Odebrecht ganó contratos y proyectos en Perú pagando a altos funcionarios y empresarios.

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Italia: l'arresto del sindaco di Riace provoca proteste

Allison Smith, 16 ottobre 2018

L'arresto di Domenico Lucano, il sindaco di Riace, in Calabria, ha scatenato proteste pro-immigrati in tutta Italia.

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Perspective

The Harvard case on racial preferences and the antidemocratic character of affirmative action

19 October 2018

Affirmative action policies seek to conceal the class division in society while permitting the political right to pose as defenders of equal protection.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

One year of the #MeToo movement

By David Walsh, 19 October 2018

The ostensible aim of this movement is to combat sexual harassment, i.e., to bring about social progress. However, the repressive means resorted to give the lie to the campaign’s “progressive” claims.

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

The raid on Unsubmissive France and the global rise of state repression

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2018

Coming after the brutal state murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the raid on LFI points to a generalized resort to police state repression against political opposition

After police raids on LFI, French courts and media denounce Mélenchon

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

By Eric London, 18 October 2018

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the internet

By Andre Damon, 17 October 2018

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

More on internet censorship »

History of the Fourth International

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

The meetings in December will enable workers, youth and professionals opposed to social inequality, authoritarianism and war to discuss the critical political lessons drawn by the Trotskyist movement during eight decades of struggle.

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

David North, the chairperson of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, will be speaking in the United States this fall to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Genuine socialism vs. the Democratic Party politics of Bernie Sanders

By Niles Niemuth, 19 October 2018

Amid growing opposition to capitalism and interest in socialism, Sanders plays a critical role in directing oppositional sentiments back behind the Democratic Party.

Socialist Equality Party Congressional candidate Niles Niemuth visits Detroit hotel workers’ picket line

By our reporter, 18 October 2018

One year since the death of Ford worker Jacoby Hennings: The failure of capitalism and the fight of young workers for a future

Tune in this Saturday, October 20 at 3PM Eastern to participate in a live Q&A with SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS labor editor Jerry White. Like and follow Niles on Facebook now to participate.

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth presents socialist solution for health care crisis

Niles spoke Monday night at the candidate forum sponsored by the Washtenaw County Medical Society.

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Commentary

Trump administration accelerates war drive against China

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2018

Since Vice President Mike Pence’s denunciations of Beijing two weeks ago, the anti-China drumbeat from top US officials has increased.

After 250,000 people march in Berlin
The way forward in the struggle against the far-right danger in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert and Johannes Stern, 18 October 2018

Bavaria state election delivers major blow to Germany’s grand coalition

Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 18 October 2018

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

UCU recall conference seeks to silence opposition to sell-out of UK lecturers’ strike

A reply to French daily Libération
Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

Striking hotel workers starved on meager or no strike pay
The multi-billion-dollar business of American trade unions

Former first lady Michelle Obama declares George W. Bush “my partner in crime”

Mehring Books

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

Arts Review

Paul Greengrass’s 22 July: Neo-fascist mass murder in Norway

By Joanne Laurier, 18 October 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 6
The Trial and Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz—An early Stalinist frame-up on film and the Nuremberg tribunal against the Nazis

By Joanne Laurier, 16 October 2018

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Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

Open letter by students condemns right-wing offensive at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 11 October 2018

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
South African plastics workers in national strike; Capetown transport workers wildcat

19 October 2018

Some 10,000 plastics workers in South Africa are on strike seeking the revocation of a pay reduction while bus drivers in Capetown walked out Monday demanding improvements in wages and working conditions.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

By Will Morrow, 18 October 2018

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

Bay area hotel workers determined to fight as union, Democrats try to derail strike

By our reporters, 17 October 2018

Striking Tamil Nadu auto workers face dismissal

By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Obituary

Carl Cooley: 1927-2018

By Fred Mazelis, 12 October 2018

Cooley, a former autoworker and high school and college teacher, had considered himself a socialist for most of his adult life. He was the US SEP’s congressional candidate in Maine in the 2004 election.

25 years ago: Benazir Bhutto begins second term as Pakistan prime minister

After two weeks of political maneuvering following Pakistan’s general election, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party won the endorsement of parliament October 20, 1993 to become the country’s prime minister.

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50 years ago: US Olympic medalists protest during the national anthem

On October 16, 1968 two African American Olympic athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists during the United States national anthem after winning gold and bronze in the 200-meter dash.

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75 years ago: Allied conference prepares to repress working class

On October 18, 1943, British Foreign Affairs Secretary Anthony Eden, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to discuss proposals for Allied strategy in the war against Germany.

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100 years ago: Germany accepts Wilson’s armistice

On October 20, 1918, the new German government of Prince Max of Baden accepted the terms of a military armistice offered by US President Woodrow Wilson.

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Socialist Equality Party

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

By the Socialist Equality Party (France), 9 October 2018

Workers face the choice between President Emmanuel Macron’s social counterrevolution and a revolutionary struggle to bring down the Macron government.

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

History

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

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

By David North, 18 September 2018

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

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.

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.