UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters’ defiance of contract vote

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

There is widespread and growing distrust and skepticism among workers about the officially reported figures for both the vote and the turnout.

After “no” vote by UPS workers, Teamsters bureaucracy declares contract ratified

UPS workers denounce Teamsters effort to impose sellout contract, despite “no” vote

Watch: UPS workers speak out

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

Marriott hotel workers strike spreads to Hawaii

By Kevin Martinez, 9 October 2018

Nationwide, 7,700 workers from 23 hotels are now on strike in eight cities, demanding better pay and safer working conditions.

Detroit Westin Book Cadillac workers join hotel walkouts

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

Key provision of USMCA trade deal aimed at China

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2018

A clause in the US trade deal with Canada and Mexico is aimed at nothing less than a “reset” of global trade relationships.

Brutal conditions at Greek refugee camps condemned

By John Vassilopoulos, 9 October 2018

The appalling conditions in Greece refugee camps are a direct consequence of the filthy deal cut between the European Union, Turkey and the Syriza government in 2016.

Journalist reported tortured and slain in Saudi consulate in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2018

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi a week ago is further confirmation of the barbaric character of Washington’s closest ally in the Arab world.

Chemnitz: German Neo-Nazi terrorist group relied on extremist network

By Christopher Lehmann, 9 October 2018

The authorities’ claims that the anti-immigrant rampage by neo-Nazis in Chemnitz took them by surprise are not credible.

40,000 people protest in Munich, Germany against racism and police state laws

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

German government organises mass deportations of refugees to Kabul

By Marianne Arens, 9 October 2018

The louder the protests of working people, the more deliberate and mercilessly the German government pursues its right-wing policies.

French government on verge of collapse after interior minister resigns

By Alex Lantier, 9 October 2018

Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, ministers are abandoning Macron in an attempt to save their political careers by finding positions in municipal politics.

French government staggered by Interior Minister Collomb’s resignation

Relations deteriorate between Hungary and Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 9 October 2018

Two of eastern Europe’s right-wing governments clash in a dispute over passports, language laws and military exercises.

Ford announces plans for more layoffs amid new restructuring efforts

By Marcus Day, 9 October 2018

Under increasing pressure from Wall Street, Ford announced further restructuring efforts last week, including the planned elimination of thousands of salaried positions.

Detroit Medical Center doctors fired after speaking out for patient safety

By Joseph Lorenz, 9 October 2018

In a statement announcing his resignation from the medical staff, Dr. Ted Schreiber said, “Unfortunately, the current focus of some in health care is on profits and stock holder value.”

New Zealand prime minister’s false facade of “hope” and “kindness”

By John Braddock, 9 October 2018

Ardern’s platitudinous speech to the UN general assembly was aimed at covering up her Labour-led government’s agenda of austerity and militarism.

Australian union prepares sellout after ending Alcoa strike

By Terry Cook, 9 October 2018

Alcoa’s “job security” promise, touted by the union to end an indefinite strike at the company’s Western Australian operations, is worthless.

New in Russian

Кремль терпит ряд поражений на региональных выборах

Андреа Питерс, 9 октября 2018 г.

Результаты региональных выборов, состоявшихся в сентябре, стали свидетельством растущего недовольства в отношении российской правящей партии.

New in Turkish

Endonezya’daki deprem felaketi

Tom Peters, 9 Ekim 2018

Endonezya’nın Sulawesi adasının merkezini yıkıma uğratan 7,5 büyüklüğündeki depremden ve tsunamiden sekiz gün sonra, ölü sayısı artmaya devam ediyor.

İsrail’in Gazzelilere yönelik toplu katliamı çocukları hedef alıyor

Jean Shaoul, 9 Ekim 2018

Cuma günü, İsrail ordusu, Gazze Şeridi’ndeki Filistinli protestoculara ateş açtı ve aralarında 12 yaşında bir erkek çocuğun bulunduğu üç kişiyi öldürdü.

New in French

Le Sénat américain installe le juge de droite Brett Kavanaugh à la Cour suprême

Patrick Martin, 9 octobre 2018

La confirmation de Brett Kavanaugh marque encore un pas majeur à droite de la plus haute cour des États-Unis.

Non aux négociations avec Macron ! Formons des comités d’action pour unifier les luttes !

Alexandre Lantier, 9 octobre 2018

Face au choix entre la contre-révolution macronienne et une lutte pour faire chuter Macron, la seule question qui vaille est comment mobiliser une lutte révolutionnaire.

Après le vote « non » des travailleurs d’UPS, la bureaucratie des Teamsters déclare la convention ratifiée

Jerry White, 9 octobre 2018

La vérité indéniable est que la base a voté non à la convention et le syndicat des Teamsters ignore de façon despotique leur vote et impose cette convention de toute façon.

Le candidat fasciste Jair Bolsonaro en tête de l’élection présidentielle brésilienne

Miguel Andrade, 9 octobre 2018

Avec 46 pour cent des voix, Jair Bolsonaro est en première position, et fera face lors de second tour au candidat du PT, Fernando Haddad, qui s’est placé deuxième, mais avec peu de voix.

New in German

US-Gewerkschaft ratifiziert neuen Tarifvertrag bei UPS gegen den Willen der Arbeiter

Jerry White, 9. Oktober 2018

Die UPS-Arbeiter haben sich mehrheitlich gegen den neuen Tarifvertrag entschieden, doch die Teamster-Gewerkschaft setzt sich despotisch über diese Entscheidung hinweg.

US-Senat bestätigt Brett Kavanaugh als Obersten Richter

Patrick Martin, 9. Oktober 2018

Die Ernennung des strammen Rechtskonservativen für den Supreme Court markiert einen weiteren deutlichen Rechtsruck am höchsten amerikanischen Gericht.

New in Spanish

Después de que trabajadores de UPS votan en contra, la burocracia de sindicato Teamsters declara ratificación de contrato

Por Jerry White, 9 octubre 2018

El hecho innegable es que las bases votaron en contra del contrato y el sindicato está ignorando su voto despóticamente e imponiéndolo de todos modos.

El Senado de Estados Unidos alza al juez de derechas Brett Kavanaugh a la Corte Suprema

Por Patrick Martin, 9 octubre 2018

La confirmación de Brett Kavanaugh un importante paso más hacia la derecha por parte de la Corte Suprema de los EUA.

El candidato fascista Jair Bolsonaro ocupa el primer lugar en las elecciones presidenciales brasileñas

Por Miguel Andrade, 9 octubre 2018

Con 46 por ciento del voto, Jair Bolsonaro quedó en el primer puesto y enfrentará una segunda vuelta con el candidato del PT Fernando Haddad, quién quedó en un distante segundo lugar.

Obama respalda a Ocasio-Cortez de DSA, junto con los demócratas de la CIA

Por Nick Barrickman, 9 octubre 2018

El DSA es un instrumento para promocionar al derechista y militarista Partido Demócrata proporcionándole un barniz “izquierdista”.

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Perspective

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

9 October 2018

The thoroughly right-wing campaign waged by the Democratic Party over the Kavanaugh nomination, focused solely on allegations of sexual assault, has set the tone for the US congressional elections.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

On October 7, David North, International Editorial Board chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered the following lecture to a well-attended public meeting in Colombo, organised by the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka).

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

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

David North concluded his Sri Lankan tour with a powerful lecture in Colombo, delivered to a large, enthusiastic audience.

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

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

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

Commentary

Canada: Workers need a socialist program to fight the right-wing populist danger

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

It is the official “left” has created the conditions for right-wing populist forces to come to power exploiting popular disaffection with the traditional big business parties.

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 2: Unions work to diffuse swelling working-class opposition

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 1: The significance of Harris’ “Common Sense Revolution”

US Senate elevates right-wing judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats’ right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh

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

Obama endorses DSA’s Ocasio-Cortez, along with CIA Democrats

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2018

Socialist Alternative on New York primaries: Burrowing further into the Democratic Party

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

NY Times exposé on Trump fortune: An empire built on tax evasion and fraud
“Behind every great fortune there is a great crime” – Honoré de Balzac

By Barry Grey, 6 October 2018

More on US politics »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2018

Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell is both an auto heiress and the latest iteration of a political dynasty that has dominated the Detroit Downriver area for 85 years.

Niles Niemuth lays out socialist perspective on healthcare, immigration and more at televised forum

The Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress in Michigan's 12th district, Niles Niemuth, appeared alongside his opponents from the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the pseudo-left Working Class Party, at this televised forum on October 5. Watch Niles' answers above. See the full video, including responses from all candidates, here.

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks in Ann Arbor on the right to universal health care

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

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

18 September 2018

Campaign website »

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

By our reporters, 4 October 2018

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

Workers Struggles

Chilean teachers in two-day national strike; BC forestry workers set to walk out
Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 October 2018

Tens of thousands of teachers struck across Chile on October 3 and 4 to press demands, including economic grievances, while 2,000 forestry workers in northern British Columbia in Canada are preparing to go on strike.

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

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

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo workers angered by UAW obstruction to fight over health and safety

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 4
Damien Chazelle’s First Man: Reduced in space—and opera singer Maria Callas, the Afghanistan war, small-town America

By Joanne Laurier, 8 October 2018

“I am a poet who has the ability to sing his poems” – Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)

By Paul Bond, 6 October 2018

International Amazon Workers Voice

Bernie Sanders covers for Jeff Bezos as fraud of $15 pay raise at Amazon is exposed

By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018

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

“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.

More on Amazon »

25 years ago: Clinton announces stepped-up intervention in Somalia

US President Bill Clinton, on a nationally televised address October 7, 1993, announced that he was sending 2,350 more American soldiers to Somalia.

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50 years ago: Military officers overthrow Panamanian president

Just 11 days after being inaugurated, On October 11, 1968, Panamanian President Arnulfo Arias was overthrown by the military.

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75 years ago: Italy declares war against Nazi Germany

On October 13, 1943, the Italian government, led by King Victor Emmanuel and Premier Pietro Badoglio, declared war against its former ally, Nazi Germany, just three months after the fall of Mussolini and Italy’s surrender to the Allies.

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100 years ago: British troops capture Beirut

The 7th Division of the British Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) occupied Beirut, the capital city in what is now Lebanon, on October 8, 1918 to secure the roads to Homs in Syria.

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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

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

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.

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

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.