As Trump stages photo-ops in the Carolinas
Hurricane flooding exposes mass poverty, class oppression in America

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 20 September 2018

President Trump staged photo ops and offered empty promises and lies to a region struck twice in two years by deadly storms.

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

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

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

Germany’s grand coalition promotes far-right secret service chief to state secretary

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 September 2018

The grand coalition has responded to mass protests against the AfD and its neo-fascist provocations by integrating the hated secret service president and his pro-AfD policy more directly into the government.

German Social Democrats feign opposition to fascist AfD

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing #Standup initiative

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch list

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2018

The aid group Save the Children warned that the US-Saudi war threatens to kill “an entire generation of Yemen’s children.”

“It is not a crime for workers to seek their rights”
Turkish government frames up airport construction workers

By Jean Shaoul, 20 September 2018

More than 40 workers face severe charges, while hundreds remain detained after the government crackdown on construction workers protesting deadly conditions at a new airport site.

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

Conflict over FBI investigation puts Kavanaugh hearing in doubt

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2018

The effort by the Democrats to block Kavanaugh’s nomination solely through allegations of teenage sexual misconduct seems on the brink of failure.

Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”
Kokomo Chrysler workers press for strike action

By Jerry White, 20 September 2018

Two months after their unanimous strike vote, workers at FCA’s Indiana transmission plants are opposing the stalling tactics of the UAW.

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

Thousands of ArcelorMittal steelworkers in US cast unanimous strike vote

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 September 2018

The vote to back a walkout by 15,000 ArcelorMittal workers follows a similar unanimous vote by workers at US Steel.

United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

Trump administration announces record low cap on refugees allowed into the US

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 September 2018

The Trump administration has announced that the number of refugees allowed into the US in the coming year will be capped at 30,000—a record low for the 43-year old refugee resettlement program.

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

Bangladesh garment workers denounce minimum wage offer

By Wimal Perera, 20 September 2018

Four million workers in the profitable garment industry have not had a pay rise since 2013.

Korean summit yields new agreement, but few tangible results

By Ben McGrath, 20 September 2018

Regardless of the immediate results of the talks in Pyongyang, the deal does not address the underlying regional tensions fueled by the US war drive against China.

Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down

By Kumaran Ira, 20 September 2018

Using serial numbers provided by European investigators, Moscow gave evidence that the missile that shot down MH17 was held not by Russian, but Ukrainian forces.

European Union announces draconian internet censorship measures

By Thomas Scripps, 20 September 2018

The new EU law will formalise even closer relationships between state security services and tech companies.

Italian officials received prior warnings of catastrophic bridge collapse in Genoa

By Allison Smith and Marc Wells, 20 September 2018

The government and private bridge operator received repeated warnings about the bridge’s structural integrity.

Young girl imprisoned on Nauru at “high risk of suicide” if not evacuated to Australia

By Max Newman, 20 September 2018

The child is one of dozens of detainees under the age of 18 suffering trauma due to their imprisonment on the tiny Pacific island.

New in Russian

Пятьдесят лет вторжению войск Варшавского договора в Чехословакию
Часть 2: «Пражская весна»

Клара Вайс, 19 сентября 2018 г.

В ночь с 20 на 21 августа 1968 года десятки тысяч солдат государств Варшавского договора вторглись в Чехословакию для подавления «Пражской весны» и удушения зарождавшегося движения рабочего класса. Это вторая часть серии из четырех статей.

New in French

Dix ans après le krach financier:
Les salaires de Wall Street en hausse de 13 pour cent alors que les salaires des travailleurs stagnent

Barry Grey, 20 septembre 2018

Le salaire moyen des traders et courtiers à Wall Street est en hausse pour atteindre 422.500 dollars.

Brett Kavanaugh et, encore une fois, le rôle des allégations d'inconduite sexuelle dans la politique américaine

David Walsh, 20 septembre 2018

Le New York Times, le Washington Post, les principaux démocrates et autres personnalités de l’establishment tentent de faire dérailler la nomination de Kavanaugh au motif d’une allégation sans fondement d’agression sexuelle.

D’autres rafles policières et une chasse à l’homme à la grandeur de l’Europe contre des opposants du G20

Sven Heymanns, 20 septembre 2018

Alors que les néonazis traquent les immigrants dans les villes allemandes, la police a saccagé 15 appartements et arrêté une personne pour son implication présumée dans des émeutes «d'extrême gauche» à Hambourg.

«Nous devons unir nos luttes!»
Les travailleurs de Ford à Chicago appuient les travailleurs de l'hôtellerie en grève

George Marlowe et Marcus Day, 20 septembre 2018

Les travailleurs de l'usine Ford Assembly de Chicago se sont prononcés en faveur des grévistes de l'hôtellerie et des luttes communes auxquelles tous les travailleurs sont confrontés.

New in Spanish

Brett Kavanaugh y el papel —una vez más— de las acusaciones de mala conducta sexual en la política estadounidense

Por David Walsh, 20 septiembre 2018

El New York Times, Washington Post, los dirigentes demócratas y otras figuras políticas están buscando descarrillar la nominación de Kavanaugh con base en acusaciones infundadas de agresión sexual.

Diez años después del colapso financiero
Wall Street paga el 13 por ciento mientras los salarios de los trabajadores se estancan

Por Barry Grey, 20 septiembre 2018

La paga media de operadores y corredores bursátiles de Wall Street se elevó a $422.500.

China toma represalias contra las medidas de guerra comercial de los Estados Unidos

Por Peter Symonds, 20 septiembre 2018

La guerra comercial que se intensifica está elevando la inestabilidad económica y alimentando tensiones geopolíticas, no solo entre los EUA y China, sino en todo el mundo.

La Corte Suprema de Perú sentencia a los líderes de Sendero Luminoso a nuevos términos de prisión de por vida

Por Cesar Uco, 20 septiembre 2018

El nuevo juicio por terrorismo se produjo en medio de una ola de escándalos de corrupción que envolvieron a todo el aparato estatal peruano.

Los principales partidos de la pseudoizquierda española saludan al gobierno neofascista italiano

Por Alejandro López, 20 septiembre 2018

Semanas después de que Sahra Wagenknecht lanzara el movimiento antiinmigrantes #Aufstehen, figuras de Podemos están discutiendo alianzas con fuerzas de la derecha.

La Unión Europea inicia un procedimiento disciplinario contra Hungría

Por Markus Salzmann, 20 septiembre 2018

El miércoles pasado, el Parlamento Europeo votó a favor de un procedimiento que podría llevar a la retirada de los derechos de voto de Hungría en el Consejo de Ministros.

New in Turkish

ABD-Çin ticaret savaşının olası sonuçları

Nick Beams, 19 Eylül 2018

ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, 200 milyar dolar değerindeki Çin malına gümrük vergileri getirildiğini duyurdu.

İstanbul 3. Havaalanı’ndaki eylemin ardından yüzlerce inşaat işçisi gözaltına alındı

Jerry White, 19 Eylül 2018

Türkiye’deki yüzlerce inşaat işçisi, İstanbul’daki yeni havaalanı şantiyesindeki ölümcül çalışma koşullarına karşı kitlesel protestolar düzenlemelerinin ardından, polis ve jandarma tarafından gözaltına alındılar.

Rus uçağı, İsrail’in Lazkiye’ye füze saldırısı sırasında düştü

Bill Van Auken, 19 Eylül 2018

Suriye’deki mücadelede yoğunlaşan patlayıcı jeopolitik çatışmalar, çok daha geniş bir bölgesel ve hatta küresel bir savaş biçiminde patlak verme tehdidi yaratıyor.

İsrail füzeleri Şam yakınlarını hedef aldı

Jordan Shilton, 19 Eylül 2018

Cumartesi akşamı, İsrail, Şam Uluslararası Havaalanı yakınlarındaki hedeflere bir dizi füze saldırısı düzenledi.

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

America: The garrison state

20 September 2018

As the victims of Hurricane Florence were told no government money was available to help them rebuild their homes, the Senate quietly forked over $675 billion to the US military.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

Commentary

The militarist component of Trump’s trade war

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2018

While China is at present the prime target, the Trump administration sees the US as being involved in an economic war against the rest of the world.

China retaliates against US trade war measures

The implications of US-China trade war

The strange case of Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America candidate for New York Senate

By Josh Varlin, 20 September 2018

In the run-up to her victory in the Democratic Party primaries last week, media reports exposed Salazar’s systematic fabrication and/or misrepresentation of her personal and political history.

Anticapitalistas in Spain’s Podemos debate orienting to far-right Italian regime

By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018

While weakly criticising applause from Podemos of the Salvini government’s policies, the Pabloites are only concerned that it would expose them to criticism from the left.

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

UK: Corbyn’s media policies leave corporate domination unchanged, silent on censorship

By Joe Mount and Julie Hyland, 20 September 2018

There was not a single proposal by the Labour Party leader challenging the corporate oligarchy’s domination of the media.

Ten years after the financial crash
Wall Street pay up 13 percent while workers’ wages stagnate

By Barry Grey, 19 September 2018

Ten years after Lehman: New financial crises in the making

Ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2018

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

More on the wars in the Middle East »

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

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

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

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

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party

80th anniversary of the Fourth International and 50th anniversary of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
David North to address meetings in Sri Lanka on the lessons of the history and contemporary struggle for socialism

19 September 2018

Understanding the historic fight waged by the Fourth International and the SEP for the revolutionary leadership of the international working class is vital for the emerging class struggles.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Vote for Niles! Fight for Socialism!

Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress, is fighting for genuine revolutionary socialism for workers and youth in Michigan's 12th district and all around the world. Find out more at Niles2018.com

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Support the fight of University of Michigan nurses!

By Niles Niemuth, 18 September 2018

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

18 September 2018

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.

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

Operation Finale depicts the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2018

Workers Struggles

Unions shut down Washington teacher strikes

By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018

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

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

By our reporter

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

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 18 September 2018

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

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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 to livestream meeting in Sydney on the political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

6 September 2018

The meeting on Sunday, September 30 will be addressed by Nick Beams and James Cogan. WSWS readers across Australia and internationally can watch it live or later on the SEP's Facebook page.

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

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

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.