14 December 2018

Trump’s war on immigrants
Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2018

The growth of the child detainee population and the Trump administration’s escalation of workplace raids represent an attack on the entire working class.

More on North American immigrants »

Legal noose tightens around Trump

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2018

The guilty pleas by Michael Cohen and the admission of campaign finance violations by the National Enquirer publisher appear to place the president in serious legal jeopardy.

Political warfare in Washington escalates to crisis of capitalist rule

More on the Trump presidency »

Sri Lankan Supreme Court rules against President Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 December 2018

The court’s decision will further intensify the infighting within the ruling elite.

Julian Assange denounces his illegal detention in Ecuadorian embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2018

The WikiLeaks publisher, whose health appears to be deteriorating, made the comments at a hearing against the Ecuadorian government’s “Special Protocol,” aimed at forcing him into British and US custody.

Time magazine honors journalists facing repression—but snubs Julian Assange

The Australian Labor Party and the persecution of Julian Assange

Germany: Ford announces massive job cuts at its Saarlouis plant

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 December 2018

At a factory meeting last Monday, local Ford management announced that production of the company’s C-Max model is to be discontinued with the loss of 1,600 jobs.

Nightmare odyssey of an American autoworker
A Chrysler worker’s 15-year fight to win her job back

By Shannon Jones, 14 December 2018

After speaking out against sexual harassment on the job, Cordella Minney faced retaliation from management and the United Auto Workers union for a period spanning more than a decade.

“Five Eyes” intelligence agencies behind drive against Chinese telecom giant Huawei

By Nick Beams, 14 December 2018

An Australian Financial Review report details an “unprecedented campaign” by the members of the network to prevent Huawei supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks.

Canada subjects Huawei executive to onerous bail terms pending outcome of US extradition case

North Carolina state election board alleges fraud by Republican campaign aide

By Trévon Austin, 14 December 2018

The fraud is so pervasive that a new election may be required in the Ninth Congressional District.

Over 4,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers on limited strike in California

By Kevin Martinez and Kim Saito, 12 December 2018

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is ending the five-day strike tomorrow without resolving workers’ demands for higher wages, more staffing and the restoration of pensions for new-hires.

After 89 days, trade unions sell out historic strike in Costa Rica

By Andrea Lobo, 14 December 2018

It was the longest strike in Costa Rican history, marking a new stage in the growth of the class struggle and revealing that the treachery of the trade unions knows no bounds.

Unions call off general strike in Catalonia

By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 14 December 2018

Union leaders made clear they called off the strike because of the political and social crisis that threatens the rule of the minority Socialist Party government.

Second phase of Grenfell inquiry delayed for a year

By Alice Summers, 14 December 2018

The delay leaves the corporations and governmental bodies that are responsible for the fire able to continue to evade justice.

Britain's NHS denies life-saving treatment to migrants

By Kelly Taylor, 14 December 2018

A 71-year-old Jamaican woman, Elfreda Spencer, died of sepsis this year after being denied chemotherapy because she could not afford to pay the upfront cost of her treatment.

Indian state elections show mounting social anger against ruling Hindu-supremacist BJP

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 December 2018

The BJP lost power to the Congress Party in three states that are part of the “Hindi heartland,” its traditional power-base—Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Australian Labor Party prepares for government amid political and economic turmoil

By Mike Head, 14 December 2018

For all the “fair go” rhetoric, Labor’s three-day conference will seek the backing of big business for a government that can suppress unrest, impose austerity and prepare for further US-led wars.

New in Russian

Протесты «желтых жилетов» во Франции: Куда дальше?

Алекс Лантье, 14 декабря 2018 г.

Ключевым вопросом является создание независимых организаций рабочего класса во Франции и в международном масштабе в качестве подготовки к европейской всеобщей забастовке.

New in French

Les démocrates minimisent la censure de Google lors d'une audience au Congrès

Andre Damon, 14 décembre 2018

Les principales cibles de la censure exercée par les entreprises de l’Internet, en collaboration avec les agences de renseignement américaines, sont les points de vue politiques de gauche, antiguerre et socialistes.

Un important pas en avant: la réunion des travailleurs de l’auto à Detroit décide de former des comités de la base

Joseph Kishore, 14 décembre 2018

Au centre du capitalisme mondial, la classe ouvrière commence à établir le cadre organisationnel et politique nécessaire à une contre-offensive.

Un quotidien allemand accuse Macron de capituler devant la «populace jaune»

Peter Schwarz, 14 décembre 2018

La presse économique allemande réagit avec indignation à la tentative du président français Emmanuel Macron d'apaiser le mouvement de protestation des «gilets jaunes» par des concessions sociales.

Les travailleurs sri-lankais des plantations défient le syndicat et continuent de faire grève

Pani Wijesiriwardena, 14 décembre 2018

Exprimant leur détermination à se battre, les travailleurs ont manifesté partout dans le district de la plantation mercredi, un jour après l’annonce par le syndicat que la grève était terminée.

New in Turkish

Protestocular Macron’un tavizlerini reddederken, Mısır sarı yelek satışını yasakladı

Alex Lantier, 13 Aralık 2018

Fransa Devlet Başkanı Macron’a karşı olan harekete sempati duyan protestolar uluslararası ölçekte yayılırken, General El Sisi’nin kanlı diktatörlüğü Mısır’da sarı yelek satışını yasaklıyor.

New in German

Ein bedeutender Schritt nach vorn: Autoarbeiter-Versammlung in Detroit beschließt Bildung von Aktionskomitees

Joseph Kishore, 14. Dezember 2018

Im Zentrum des Weltkapitalismus beginnt die Arbeiterklasse, die organisatorischen und politischen Voraussetzungen für eine Gegenoffensive zu schaffen.

Im Vorfeld der „Gelbwesten“-Proteste: Drei Tote und zwölf Verletzte bei Anschlag in Straßburg

Alex Lantier, 14. Dezember 2018

Die herrschende Elite Frankreichs benutzt den Anschlag, um sich mit Forderungen an die „Gelbwesten“, sie sollen ihren Protest gegen Macron aufgeben, über demokratische Rechte hinwegzusetzen.

Keine Betriebsschließungen bei GM! Mobilisiert die Arbeiterklasse gegen Entlassungen und Zugeständnisse!

14. Dezember 2018

Die folgende Entschließung wurde am 9. Dezember von dem Treffen, das der „WSWS Autoworker Newsletter“ in Detroit gegen Unternehmensschließungen und Entlassungen einberufen hatte, einstimmig angenommen.

New in Spanish

Un importante paso adelante: reunión en Detroit de trabajadores automotores decide formar comités de base

Joseph Kishore, 14 diciembre 2018

En el centro del capitalismo mundial, la clase obrera está comenzando establecer el marco organizacional y político necesario para una contraofensiva.

Los demócratas restan importancia a la censura de Google en audiencia del Congreso

Andre Damon, 14 diciembre 2018

Los principales objetivos de la censura por parte de las compañías de internet, que trabajan con las agencias de inteligencia estadounidenses, son los puntos de vista políticos de izquierdas, que se oponen a la guerra, y socialistas.

“Esta reunión es una poderosa expresión de la creciente oposición de la clase obrera”
Reporte a la reunión de Detroit para combatir los cierres de plantas de GM

Jerry White, 14 diciembre 2018

Jerry White, editor de asuntos laborales del WSWS, introdujo la resolución a la reunión del 9 de diciembre detallando la estrategia para unificar a los trabajadores de EUA e internacionalmente contra los ataques a sus empleos y condiciones.

Las tensiones entre Estados Unidos y Rusia aumentan sobre aviones de guerra en Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 14 diciembre 2018

El vuelo de los aviones de guerra rusos a Caracas viene después del provocativo sobrevuelo de la Fuerza Aérea estadounidense en Ucrania la semana pasada.

New in Norwegian

Politisk krigføring i Washington eskalerer til krise for kapitalistisk styre

Barry Grey, 12. desember 2018

Trumps omfavnelse av mord, hans forsvar av fascister, hans rasistiske angrep på innvandrere sprenger vekk en ideologisk søyle i den amerikanske imperialistiske utenrikspolitikken – pretensjonen om at USA er et bolverk for menneskerettigheter og demokrati.

Massepermitteringer truer ved europeiske GM- og Ford-fabrikker

Marianne Arens, 12. desember 2018

Som del av den nye omstruktureringen av den globale bilindustrien vil Ford kutte 25.000 arbeidsplasser verden over, med de fleste i Europa.

Hyundai- og Kia-arbeidere streiker i Sør-Korea i opposisjon mot angrep på lønninger

Ben McGrath, 12. desember 2018

Innføringen av et nytt nivå av lavtlønnede arbeidere i Gwangju er bare forvarslet om bredere angrep på arbeidernes betingelser.

Videregåendeelever demonstrerer i Paris mot den franske regjeringens utdanningsreformer

våre reportere, 12. desember 2018

Elevene opponerer mot regjeringens høyreorienterte reformer og gjeninnføringen av tvungen militærtjeneste, samtidig som de viser sin støtte til «de gule vestene».

Storbritannia: May konfronterer mulig utfordring om lederskapet etter å ha søkt innrømmelser fra EU

Robert Stevens, 12. desember 2018

På tirsdag insisterte Labour-Party-leder Jeremy Corbyn nok en gang på ikke å kreve et mistillitsvotum, og tillot dermed den kriseridde konservative regjeringen å snuble videre.

Verdens ledere samles i Polen for klimatoppmøte

Daniel de Vries, 12. desember 2018

Katowice-konferansen avholdes samtidig med alvorlige advarsler om at verden er på stø kurs mot klimakatastrofe.

Vedtak fra Detroit-møtet mot GM-fabrikknedlegginger
Nei til GMs fabrikknedlegginger! Mobiliser arbeiderklassen for en slutt på permitteringer og innrømmelser!

12. desember 2018

Dette vedtaket besluttet delegatene til møtet den 9. desember i Detroit enstemmig, for å opponere mot GMs fabrikknedleggelser og permitteringer.

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Perspective

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

14 December 2018

Netanyahu’s hailing of Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Salvini as a “great friend of Israel” demonstrates the affinity between the Zionist state and neo-fascism.

Earlier Perspectives »

WSWS 2018 Year End Fund

Homeless Amazon worker Shannon Allen: “In order to grow, the WSWS needs money.”

Donate now at wsws.org/donate.

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA
Part 1

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Hensman’s arguments tend inescapably in one direction: That US wars have been the main liberating force over the last quarter century.

Commentary

Ex-1968 student leader Cohn-Bendit denounces French “yellow vest” protests

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

The eruption of a political movement in the working class has provoked a rabidly hostile reaction from the middle-class anti-Marxist “left” milieu.

Mass shooting in Strasbourg kills 3, wounds 12 before “yellow vest” protest

German daily accuses Macron of surrender to “yellow mob”

More on the 2018 "yellow vest" protests in France »

Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2018

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

Another day, another horror in America: Five children killed in Youngstown, Ohio, house fire

By Niles Niemuth, 11 December 2018

Arts Review

The ignorant, repressive attack on Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

By David Walsh, 14 December 2018

In the song, as it is generally performed, a man encourages a woman to stay the night and she expresses concerns about what her family and the neighbors will think if she does.

Wildlife: American dreams and discouragement
And Can You Ever Forgive Me?

By Joanne Laurier, 13 December 2018

Icebox: The US government locks up children

Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm

Science

Greenland ice sheet melting at an accelerating rate due to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2018

Data obtained from ice cores taken from the Greenland ice sheet reveal that the past decade has seen the fastest melt rate in 350 years.

Workers Struggles

Los Angeles teachers and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 December 2018

This statement will be distributed at a mass demonstration of teachers and their supporters in Los Angeles, California on Saturday.

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 December 2018

Amazon workers walked out December 7 to protest dangerous working conditions and to demand a new contract while Iranian sugar and steel workers remain locked in a battle over jobs and pay.

Sri Lankan plantation workers defy union and continue to strike

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 13 December 2018

Mehring Books

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

9 November 2018

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

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

“This meeting is a powerful expression of the growing opposition of the working class”
Report to Detroit meeting to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 13 December 2018

Resolution to the Detroit meeting against GM plant closures
No to GM plant closings! Mobilize the working class to stop layoffs and concessions!

12 December 2018

Autoworkers at Detroit public meeting: “Rank-and-file committees of the working class are the answer”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

By Will Morrow, 10 December 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

International Committee of the Fourth International

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

David North spoke to the meeting in Wellington about the history of the Fourth International, the lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and the political and theoretical basis for building a socialist leadership in the working class.

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Featured video

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

Fund appeal

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons

The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout.

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50 years ago: Mass political repression in Brazil

After replacing General Humberto Castelo Branco in 1967, retired General Arthur de Costa e Silva, pledged to “humanize” the dictatorship established in the 1964 military coup and promised to transition Brazil to a democracy.

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75 years ago: Soviets try Nazi war criminals

On December 15, 1943, Soviet authorities began the first trial of Nazi war criminals in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

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100 years ago: Lloyd George wins Britain’s “khaki election”

In the British election held on December 14, 1918, David Lloyd George’s coalition government won a large majority on a platform promising social reforms, as well as punishment of the German “war criminals.”

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Obituary

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

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.

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

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

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