Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2018

The threat by the US envoy Kay Bailey Hutchison to “take out” Russian missiles raises the specter of a nuclear Third World War.

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

What’s behind Amazon’s plan to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour?

By Jerry White, 3 October 2018

With anger growing over poverty level wages and sweatshop conditions at Amazon, the retail giant and logistics company will implement a small pay increase on November 1.

US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2018

Any misstep or accident in East Asia’s sea and airspace now threatens to trigger a full-scale war between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

After North America trade deal, Trump to escalate trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 3 October 2018

In a manner recalling a Mafia don, Trump made clear that the threat of auto tariffs was central in securing the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Trump touts tariffs and trade war following NAFTA renegotiation

CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2018

Democratic challengers seeking Republican congressional seats, particularly those with a military-intelligence background, are pushing for ever greater military spending.

German neo-Nazi group arrested after far-right riot in Chemnitz

By Johannes Stern, 3 October 2018

State prosecutors in Saxony and Bavaria ordered the arrest of seven people on Monday on suspicion of forming a right-wing terrorist organisation.

The neo-Nazi offensive in Germany and the role of historians

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

UK nurses vote to remove Royal College of Nursing leadership after pay deal sellout

By Ajanta Silva, 3 October 2018

There is growing opposition among nurses and health care workers to a deal that includes an effective cut in real wages following years of attacks on wages and conditions.

Vote “yes” on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!

Quebec: Right-wing populist CAQ exploits mass disaffection to win office

By Keith Jones, 3 October 2018

Media claims of a swing right on the part of working people are belied by the major social struggles that have roiled Quebec since 2012.

Widespread opposition to sellout UPS contract in run-up to Friday vote deadline

By our reporters, 3 October 2018

The Teamsters’ strategy of lies has been developed in collaboration with BerlinRosen, the Democratic Party-aligned public relations firm.

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

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

The United Steelworkers is seeking to push through a concessions contract with Cleveland-Cliffs that will set a precedent for cutting healthcare and keeping wages stagnant.

New York City affordable housing crisis continues to worsen

By Philip Guelpa, 3 October 2018

Nearly half a million affordable housing units were lost over the last dozen years, while there was a fourfold increase in high-end units during the same period.

Australian academics union tries to impose another sellout agreement at University of Melbourne

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2018

On virtually every substantive issue concerning staff wages and working conditions, the NTEU made significant concessions in line with the management’s requirements.

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Пятьдесят лет вторжению войск Варшавского договора в Чехословакию
Часть 4: Раскол с OCI и перерождение РРП

Клара Вайс, 3 oктября 2018 г.

Вмешательство паблоистского Интернационального Секретариата в ход событий в Восточной Европе 1968-1985 годов было облегчено перерождением британской Рабочей революционной партией.

New in Norwegian

Trump priser tariffer og handelskrig etter reforhandling av NAFTA

Roger Jordan, 2. oktober 2018

Den reviderte handelsavtalen smir en USA-ledet nordamerikansk proteksjonistisk handelsblokk i forberedelse for økonomisk og militær konflikt med Washingtons globale rivaler, fremfor alt Kina.

IMF-sjefen advarer for de økende risikoene verdensøkonomien står overfor

Nick Beams, 2. oktober 2018

IMF er klar for å nedgradere sin prognose for den globale veksten konfrontert med økende handelsspenninger.

Voksende kampanje innen Podemos for allianse med det spanske høyre

Alejandro López, 2. oktober 2018

Etter at figurer i Podemos’ lederskap roste Italias ytrehøyreregjering vokser det innen Podemos en bevegelse for nasjonalisme og appeller til høyrepartier.

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Québec: la CAQ profite d’une désaffection de masse pour prendre le pouvoir

Keith Jones, 3 octobre 2018

La théorie d'un virage à droite de la population qui est véhiculée par les médias est démentie par les grandes luttes sociales qui secouent le Québec depuis 2012 et par la montée du soutien électoral pour un Québec solidaire supposément à gauche et anti-austérité.

Après la renégociation de l'ALENA: Trump fait la promotion des tarifs douaniers et de la guerre commerciale

Roger Jordan, 3 octobre 2018

Le traité commercial révisé institue un bloc commercial protectionniste nord-américain dirigé par les États-Unis en prévision d'un conflit économique et militaire avec les rivaux de Washington, surtout la Chine.

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Der Tag der Deutschen Einheit und die Rückkehr der extremen Rechten

Johannes Stern, 3. Oktober 2018

Die offiziellen Feierlichkeiten zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit können nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass die Gefahr des Faschismus 85 Jahre nach Hitlers Machtübernahme nach Deutschland zurückkehrt.

USA: Regierung steckt Kinder in Konzentrationslager

Eric London, 3. Oktober 2018

Immigrationsbeamte treiben hunderte von Kindern bei Nacht zusammen und bringen sie in eine Zeltstadt in Texas.

David North gibt Pressekonferenz in Sri Lanka

David North, 3. Oktober 2018

Wir veröffentlichen hier die Ausführungen von David North, dem Vorsitzenden der Internationalen Redaktion der WSWS, auf einer Pressekonferenz am 1. Oktober in Colombo.

Buchbesprechung: „Crashed“ von Adam Tooze
Die Grenzen eines linksliberalen Historikers

Nick Beams, 3. Oktober 2018

Der Historiker Adam Tooze hat eine detaillierte Darstellung der Entstehung und Entwicklung der globalen Finanzkrise von 2008 und ihrer Folgen veröffentlicht.

New in Spanish

Cientos de miles exigen huelgas en Estados Unidos

Por Jerry White, 2 octubre 2018

A medida que se desborda el enojo hacia la caída en los niveles de vida, los sindicatos están buscando desviar desesperadamente la oposición detrás de la elección de candidatos demócratas en noviembre.

Docenas de heridos en choques entre independentistas catalanes y la policía regional en Barcelona

Por Alejandro López, 2 octubre 2018

Un año después del referéndum por la independencia de Cataluña, no se ha resuelto ninguno de los asuntos que llevaron a la crisis del referéndum y la violenta represión por parte de Madrid.

Julian Assange nombra un nuevo editor en jefe de WikiLeaks

Por Patrick O'Connor, 2 octubre 2018

El nombramiento de Kristinn Hrafnsson atestigua la invalorable contribución de WikiLeaks al periodismo verdadero.

El Banco Mundial advierte que Gaza se enfrenta a un colapso económico

Por Jean Shaoul, 2 octubre 2018

La organización advirtió que la mitad de los habitantes de Gaza viven en pobrez y que el desempleo juvenil supera el 70 por ciento.

López Obrador promete comisión de la verdad sobre desaparición de normalistas de Ayotzinapa

Por Don Knowland, 2 octubre 2018

Cualquier nueva investigación se enfrentará inevitablemente a límites, incluyendo en abordar el papel del ejército en los acontecimientos y su encubrimiento.

Líder del Partido de los Trabajadores de Brasil encubre amenazas ultraderechistas a próximo Gobierno

Por Miguel Andrade, 2 octubre 2018

El Partido de los Trabajadores está cortejando al ejército brasileño, presentándose como la fuerza mejor equipada para defender sus intereses.

A los 50 años de la fundación de la PSI (Sri Lanka)
Desde la Gran Traición del LSSP hasta la fundación del LCR

Por Wije Dias, 2 octubre 2018

Este es el segundo de una serie de artículos publicados por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (PSI) en Sri Lanka para conmemorar el 50 aniversario de su fundación en junio de 1968.

New in Portuguese

A prisão de uma professora na Louisiana: mais um dia, mais um ultraje

Jerry White, 1 de outubro de 2018

Há algo “americano” no tratamento de Deyshia Hargrave, que teve a ousadia de protestar contra o aumento de salários para os dirigentes escolares concedido enquanto professores e estudantes são privados de recursos.

O índice Dow Jones a 25.000 pontos: a bonança para a oligarquia continua

Nick Beams, 1 de outubro de 2018

Ao invés de refletir saúde econômica, a bolha no mercado de ações é um mecanismo para uma redistribuição perversa e maligna de riqueza social para as camadas superiores.

O bicentenário do nascimento de Marx, socialismo e o ressurgimento da luta de classes internacional

David North, 1 de outubro de 2018

O ano de 2018 – o bicentenário do nascimento de Marx – será caracterizado, acima de tudo, por uma imensa intensificação das tensões sociais e um aumento dos conflitos de classes ao redor do mundo.

Macron usa a reforma trabalhista francesa contra os trabalhadores da indústria automobilística

Alex Lantier, 1 de outubro de 2018

O anúncio de demissões em massa na segunda maior empresa automotiva europeia é parte de um ataque internacional incessante aos empregos, condições de trabalho e direitos sociais dos trabalhadores.

New in Arabic

خمسة وعشرون عام بعد أوسلو، كارثة عميقة بالنسبة للفلسطينيين

١٣ أيلول سبتمبر ٢٠١٨

صادف يوم الخميس الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين لتبني كل من زعيم منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية ياسر عرفات ورئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية إسحق رابين اتفاقيات أوسلو خلال لقاء في واشنطن في ضيافة رئيس الولايات المتحة بيل كلنتون.

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Perspective

Ten years since the 2008 bank bailout

3 October 2018

The creation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program on October 3, 2008, was the initial step in a massive redistribution of wealth and restructuring of class relations in the United States and internationally.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

David North outlines contemporary relevance of Trotskyism at Colombo media briefing

By our reporters, 3 October 2018

North’s address provoked thoughtful questions from Capital Radio and Independent Television Network reporters.

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

By David North, 2 October 2018

Sri Lankan students discuss upcoming anniversary meetings on the history of the Trotskyist movement

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

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

This series of articles published by the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka marks the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in June 1968.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

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.

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

Commentary

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

By David Walsh, 3 October 2018

The New York Times published an opinion piece by journalist Rebecca Traister headlined “Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It.” The piece is one of a number along the same lines that have appeared in recent weeks and months.

The political issues in the Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats, media press Kavanaugh sexual assault campaign

Kavanaugh’s nomination, Cosby’s sentencing: News media pornography and the enraged middle class

More on US politics »

Child concentration camps in America

By Eric London, 2 October 2018

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

By Jerry White, 1 October 2018

“History never teaches anyone anything”
Russian neo-Stalinist defends Partido Obrero’s “refounding” of Fourth International

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Niles Niemuth brings Socialist Equality Party congressional campaign to US Steel workers in suburban Detroit

By our reporter, 2 October 2018

Niles addressed the issues confronting steelworkers, who have not had pay raises in years and face constant speedup and dangerous work conditions.

Mobilize the working class to defend nurses and secure the right to health care!

By Niles Niemuth, 2 October 2018

The interests of nurses cannot be separated from the fight to ensure the social right to health care through the abolition of the for-profit health care system.

Victors Care brings class-based medical care to University of Michigan hospital

“Genuine socialists are fighting to put the working class in control”

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth answered questions from commenters at this live online event on September 29. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in upcoming live events.

Campaign meeting with Niles Niemuth brings socialism to Wyandotte, Michigan

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

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

18 September 2018

Campaign website »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 2
Capernaum, Screwdriver, Rosie, The Public and Black 47: Socially critical films from the Middle East, Ireland and the US

By Joanne Laurier, 1 October 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 1
An intriguing film festival—above all, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do … is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

Why is HBO’s Game of Thrones so popular?

There was far more to Leonard Bernstein than mere charisma

Workers Struggles

Protest march on October 2 in the Netherlands
The fight against public sector cutbacks requires a socialist perspective

By the European Editorial Board of the WSWS, 2 October 2018

“The union is not for all of us”
Indianapolis Allison Transmission workers face stonewalling by UAW over contract terms, pensions

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 29 September 2018

UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Joint strike by Ryanair pilots and cabin crew hits six European countries

By our correspondents, 30 September 2018

Argentina’s Macri responds to fourth general strike with yet another IMF package

By Andrea Lobo, 28 September 2018

25 years ago: Yeltsin orders bombardment of Russian parliament

On October 4, 1993, Moscow was a scene “of carnage, squalor and hideous destruction,” according to press reports, after Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the military storming of the Russian White House.

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50 years: Mexican police and soldiers open fire on student protesters

On October 2, 1968, more than 10,000 students and other supporters gathered in Tlatelolco Square in Mexico City.

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75 years ago: Soviet armies conclude successful Smolensk offensive

On October 2, 1943, the Soviet Union concluded its successful Smolensk offensive, having, over the previous months, liberated numerous strategically important cities from the invading forces of Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: New German government proposes an armistice to Woodrow Wilson

On October 4, 1918, the newly formed German government headed by Prince Max von Baden telegraphed to American President Woodrow Wilson appeals for an armistice.

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Public meetings in Australia

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

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.

IYSSE

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NOVA, 25 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

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

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

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Public Meetings:
The fight to drive out the right-wing from the Labour Party and the struggle for socialism

27 September 2018

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings explaining the political issues posed by the campaign against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by the Blairite right in alliance with the Tory government and intelligence agencies. The meetings will discuss the call by the SEP for Labour members and supporters to drive out the right-wing and why Corbyn is opposed to this elementary task.

Science

Japanese space agency lands two rovers on surface of asteroid

By Bryan Dyne, 26 September 2018

Although an asteroid was first landed on in 2001, the Japanese Hayabusa2 mission is the first to successfully deploy rovers on the surface of one.

Book review

Dopesick by Beth Macy
Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

By Gary Joad, 25 September 2018

Author Beth Macy paints a searing and heartbreaking portrait of the Appalachian victims of the current opioid epidemic in the United States.

Adam Tooze’s Crashed: The limitations of a Left-liberal historian

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The historian Adam Tooze has published a detailed account of the origins and development of the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

“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

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.

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

More on Amazon »

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.

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.

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.

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.