Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2018

Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to “retool” US society for “great power conflict.”

Pompeo visit heightens US-China rift

Leaked Google document: Tech firms have shifted away from “free speech and towards censorship”

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2018

On Tuesday, the far-right news outlet Breitbart News published a leaked internal document by technology giant Google that openly discusses political censorship.

The US military’s vision for state censorship

Ongoing opposition to Teamsters ramming through UPS contract despite workers’ vote

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

In order to push through the contract, Teamsters officials have dredged up a never-used obscure clause in the union constitution, stuck in 30 years ago.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

“It proves they aren’t fighting for us but against us”
UPS workers speak out against Teamsters’ defiance of their vote

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

US government may put separated immigrant children up for adoption

By Eric London, 11 October 2018

In one case, AP reports, “It took 28 minutes for a judge in a rural courthouse” to transfer guardianship of a toddler, without even notifying her mother.

Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida as category four storm

By Matthew Taylor, 11 October 2018

The storm is one of the most powerful on record to impact the US

Major fall on Wall Street as interest rates rise

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2018

The main factor behind the fall appears to be the spike in yields on US Treasury bonds, which have risen sharply in recent days to above 3 percent.

IMF revises down global growth projection

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2018

The world outlook report warns that trade tensions have shifted the “balance of risks” to the downside.

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera strike for the first time in 50 years

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera have gone on strike as funding to the arts is drastically cut in the United States.

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018

Strikes and protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu companies that employ the majority of India’s 7.6 million auto manufacturing workers.

Britain’s pseudo-left oppose worker rebellion against Royal College of Nurses leadership

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 11 October 2018

The no-confidence motion against the executive of the Royal College of Nurses is only one example of growing opposition to the decades of betrayals by the trade union bureaucracy.

Calls grow in Madrid to ban Catalan nationalist parties

By Alejandro López, 11 October 2018

Banning parties that collectively receive millions of votes would mark a major escalation in the drive of the Spanish and European bourgeoisie to establish a police state.

Kilometres from the ashes of Grenfell Tower
British royals spend millions on palace improvements

By Laura Tiernan, 11 October 2018

More than £1.4 million will be spent to make Kensington Palace more comfortable for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

New Zealand government bans “foreigners” from buying houses

By Sam Price, 11 October 2018

The scapegoating of immigrants is an attempt to divert attention from the Labour Party-led government’s refusal to address the housing crisis.

New in French

La visite de Pompeo agrandit la faille dans les relations sino-américaines

James Cogan, 11 octobre 2018

Signe des rapports conflictuels avec les États-Unis, le ministre chinois des Affaires étrangères fustige publiquement l‘administration Trump.

La menace d'extrême droite au Brésil et le rôle du Parti des travailleurs

Bill Van Auken, 11 octobre 2018

L'étonnant vote de 46 pour cent pour l'ancien capitaine fasciste Bolsonaro est l'aboutissement de décennies de trahisons par le Parti des travailleurs (PO) et ses complices et apologistes pseudo de gauche.

Un rapport de l'ONU avertit des conséquences catastrophiques dues au changement climatique d'ici 20 ans

Bryan Dyne, 11 octobre 2018

Les avertissements de plus en plus sévères des scientifiques sur l’impact du réchauffement climatique du à l’homme contrastent nettement avec la réaction molle et suffisante des gouvernements dans le monde.

New in German

Gauland wärmt Hitlers Blut-und-Boden-Ideologie neu auf

Peter Schwarz, 11. Oktober 2018

Ein Gastbeitrag des AfD-Vorsitzenden Alexander Gauland in der FAZ stützt sich auf eine Rede, die Adolf Hitler am 10. November 1933 vor Siemens-Arbeitern in Berlin hielt.

UN-Bericht warnt vor katastrophalen Folgen des Klimawandels in den nächsten 20 Jahren

Bryan Dyne, 11. Oktober 2018

Die immer unheilvolleren Warnungen der Wissenschaftler vor den Auswirkungen der von Menschen verursachten Erderwärmung stehen im deutlichen Gegensatz zur zögerlichen und selbstzufriedenen Reaktion der Regierungen weltweit.

Die rechte Gefahr in Brasilien und die Rolle der Arbeiterpartei PT

Bill Van Auken, 11. Oktober 2018

Die hohen Wahlergebnisse für den faschistischen Ex- Militär Bolsonaro sind das Ergebnis des jahrzehntelangen Verrats der Arbeiterpartei und ihrer pseudolinken Komplizen und Apologeten.

Kleve: Zu Unrecht inhaftierter Flüchtling stirbt in Gefängniszelle

Martin Kreickenbaum, 11. Oktober 2018

Der tragische Tod von Ahmed A. wirft ein grelles Schlaglicht auf die Rechtlosigkeit von Flüchtlingen und die Polizeiwillkür in Deutschland.

New in Spanish

La amenaza de la ultraderecha en Brasil y el papel del Partido de los Trabajadores

Por Bill Van Auken, 11 octubre 2018

El impactante 46 por ciento recibido por el excapitán fascista del Ejército, Bolsonaro, es el producto final de las décadas de traiciones por parte del Partido de los Trabajadores y sus cómplices y apologistas pseudoizquierdistas.

A los 50 años de la fundación del PSI (Sri Lanka)
A los 50 años de la fundación del PSI (Sri Lanka)

Kapila Fernando, 11 octubre 2018

Este es el tercero 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.

El informe de la ONU advierte sobre las consecuencias catastróficas del cambio climático en 20 años

Por Bryan Dyne, 11 octubre 2018

Las advertencias cada vez más graves de los científicos sobre el impacto del calentamiento global provocado por el hombre contrastan con la respuesta a medias y complaciente de los gobiernos del mundo.

La visita de Pompeo aumenta la enemistad entre Estados Unidos y China

Por James Cogan, 11 octubre 2018

Testificando sobre el tenso estado de las relaciones entre ambos países, el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de China criticó públicamente a Estados Unidos.

New in Turkish

UPS işçilerinin “hayır” oyunun ardından, sendika toplu sözleşmenin onaylandığını açıkladı

Jerry White, 10 Ekim 2018

United Parcel Service’de (UPS) çalışan işçilerin, şirket yanlısı bir toplu sözleşmeyi oylamayla reddetmelerinin ardından, sendika, beş yıllık anlaşmanın yine de onaylanmış olduğunu açıkladı.

Gazeteci Kaşıkçı’nın İstanbul’daki Suudi Konsolosluğu’nda işkence görüp katledildiği söyleniyor

Bill Van Auken, 10 Ekim 2018

Kaşıkçı’nın son köşe yazısı, Suudi Arabistan’ın, Yemen’e karşı, Pentagon’dan olmazsa olmaz bir askeri-lojistik destek alan soykırımsal savaşının sürdürülmesini eleştiriyordu.

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.

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Perspective

Murder in Istanbul

11 October 2018

The apparent brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul exposes the criminality not only of the Saudi regime, but also its principal patron, US imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2018

The leading Democratic Party-aligned newspaper joined the Republican president in gushing over the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times

History of the Fourth International

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

10 October 2018

David North, the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, discussed the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International on “Rise and Shine,” Sri Lanka’s most popular English-language morning television show, on October 8.

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

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

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

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

IYSSE

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

Among the many students who oppose the school’s partnership with the CIA is a medical student who told the IYSSE, “The CIA is the greatest terrorist organization in the world, and now it wants its tentacles on our campus.”

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

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 2018

New York University’s DC campus, heavily funded by the Department of Defense and military-affiliated philanthropists, operates as a conference hall and recruitment center for the intelligence agencies and armed forces.

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

Arts Review

Mack the Knife—Brecht’s Threepenny Film: The famed “play with music,” and the controversies surrounding it, brought to life

By Sybille Fuchs, 11 October 2018

Joachim A. Lang’s film deals with the failed attempts of left-wing German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1930 to make a film based on his successful play The Threepenny Opera (1928).

Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born: It’s true, the artist must have “something to say”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 October 2018

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

More arts reviews »

Commentary

The case of Sydney Schanberg
How the NY Times shielded Trump and the Manhattan real estate mafia

By Barry Grey, 11 October 2018

The Times got rid of Schanberg because he was writing column after column exposing the Westway project—a $4 billion highway-luxury apartment development that was being avidly promoted by Trump and his fellow real estate speculators.

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

The far-right threat in Brazil and the role of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2018

UN report warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change within 20 years

By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2018

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995-97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 3: The 1997 Ontario teachers’ strike

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 10 October 2018

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”

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

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

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2018

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

By Christopher Lehmann, 9 October 2018

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

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

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

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

More on US politics »

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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2018

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

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

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured US Amazon workers face “workers compensation” regime rigged in favor of employers

By John Marion and Evan Cohen, 10 October 2018

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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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.