24 August 2019

Strike votes continue as autoworkers gear up for contract fight against GM, Ford, and Chrysler

By our reporters, 24 August 2019

The balloting is taking place under conditions in which the union has been widely discredited by its role in forcing through decades of sellout contracts and an expanding corruption scandal.

“We are ready to stay out as long as it takes”
Workers at GM, Ford, and Chrysler ready to strike in contract fight

“It’s ludicrous the way they treat the temps”
GM autoworker speaks out on UAW corruption, upcoming contract fight

Autoworkers determined to fight as UAW contract deadline approaches

More on autoworkers struggles »

“We are all equal!” Captain who saved refugees refuses award from Paris mayor

By Will Morrow, 24 August 2019

Klemp repudiated the award and denounced the anti-refugee polices of the Paris authorities.

Wall Street falls as US-China trade conflict intensifies

By Nick Beams, 24 August 2019

Tweets by Trump in response to tariff measures by Beijing were his most belligerent to date, taking aim not only against China, but US corporations and the Federal Reserve.

Rift widens between Australia and Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 24 August 2019

The Pacific Islands Forum has opened up a bitter dispute over the Australian government’s refusal to agree to urgent measures to address climate change.

Australia joins US naval operation against Iran, foreshadows involvement in South China Sea

Massive police mobilization in Biarritz, France as G7 summit opens

By Kumaran Ira, 24 August 2019

In preparation for this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, the French authorities are carrying out a massive police mobilization to prepare to suppress any opposition.

Macron-Putin meeting before G7 summit highlights global geopolitical conflicts

UK Prime Minister Johnson fails to secure Brexit concessions from Germany and France

By Robert Stevens, 24 August 2019

Corbyn’s meeting with Remain-supporting parties and MPs is his latest capitulation to the agenda of sections of big business opposed to leaving the EU.

Germany’s Merkel tells UK government no Brexit concessions—Labour’s Corbyn steps up calls for caretaker government

UK government prepares for social unrest following no-deal Brexit

UK High Court rules in favour of spy agencies

US commander says navy ready for Venezuela intervention

By Andrea Lobo, 24 August 2019

The threat by the head of the US Southern Command came as both Trump and Maduro confirmed that US and Venezuelan officials have been holding direct talks.

Texas prisoner executed despite debunked forensic evidence pointing to his innocence

By Kate Randall, 24 August 2019

The US Supreme Court denied Larry Swearingen’s appeal for a stay, clearing the way for his execution.

Machinists on strike at Berkshire Hathaway-owned Special Metals in New Hartford, New York

By Steve Filips, 24 August 2019

More than 200 workers at Special Metals rejected the company’s last contract proposal and have been on strike since last Saturday.

Hundreds of workers laid off, have healthcare eliminated as Philadelphia refinery closes

By Samuel Davidson, 24 August 2019

Workers at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, which is being shut down after a major explosion in June, will receive no severance pay and have had their healthcare coverage terminated.

Michigan: Two million gallons of untreated sewage spill into Flint River

By Mitch Marcus, 24 August 2019

Exposure to or ingestion of raw or partially treated sewage, as the city maintains is the case here, can cause immediate harmful effects.

Ann Arbor forum discusses who was responsible for the Flint water crisis

The work of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in the Flint water crisis

More on the Flint water crisis »

Unifor convention gives centre-stage to Trudeau, Freeland and the Liberal re-election campaign

By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 24 August 2019

Unifor is spearheading a massive union drive to keep the big business, pro-austerity, pro-war Trudeau Liberal government in power.

UK: Fire breaks out in tower block near Grenfell Tower

By Steve James, 24 August 2019

The fire in Markham tower in North Kensington, just yards from Grenfell Tower, shows the criminal character of enveloping Grenfell in highly flammable cladding.

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko faces charges over corruption and “high treason”

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 24 August 2019

The new Zelensky government is making use of criminal charges to settle accounts within the ruling class—a well-trodden path in the fractional battles within the country’s oligarchy.

Australian state Labor government’s lies about “protest violence” exposed

By Mike Head, 24 August 2019

Labor’s fabricated “booby trap” claims illustrate how governments concoct fear campaigns to attack basic democratic rights.

New in Turkish

Yunanistan’ın Yeni Demokrasi hükümeti Syriza’nın sığınmacı karşıtı politikasını yoğunlaştırıyor

George Gallanis, 24 Ağustos 2019

Yunanistan’ın yeni iktidara gelen Yeni Demokrasi (ND) partisi, önceki Syriza (Radikal Sol Koalisyon) hükümetinin sığınmacı karşıtı acımasız politikalarını yoğunlaştırıyor.

New in French

La réunion Macron-Poutine avant le sommet du G7 met en lumière les conflits géopolitiques mondiaux

Will Morrow, 24 août 2019

La réunion a eu lieu dans le contexte des appels grandissants à Paris et Berlin pour que l’Union européenne développe ses capacités à mener des guerres indépendamment des États-Unis.

Les États-Unis intensifient leurs préparatifs en vue d'une guerre nucléaire avec la Russie et la Chine

Andre Damon, 24 août 2019

Après s'être retirés du traité FNI, les États-Unis accélèrent leurs préparatifs en vue d'une guerre nucléaire avec la Chine ou la Russie en testant et en stockant de nouvelles armes dangereuses dans une course aux armements nucléaires.

Un prix du cinéma allemand est décerné à Margarethe von Trotta, réalisatrice de Rosa Luxemburg (1986) et Rosenstrasse (2003)

Bernd Reinhardt, 24 août 2019

Margarethe von Trotta («Rosa Luxemburg», «Rosenstrasse», «Hannah Arendt») est l'une des plus importantes cinéastes allemandes de l'après-guerre.

New in Norwegian

Trumps bud på Grønland og den imperialistiske gjenoppstykkingen av verden

Bill Van Auken, 24. august 2019

Mens mediene har fokusert på Trumps ubehøvlede tilnærming er den dødsens alvorlige imperialistkjivingen om kontroll over Arktis underliggende for forslaget om å kjøpe Grønland.

Hvorfor forbereder USA seg på atomkrig med Russland og Kina?

Andre Damon, 24. august 2019

Etter å ha trukket seg fra INF-traktaten akselererer nå USA sine forberedelser for å utkjempe en atomkrig med Kina eller Russland, ved å teste og lagre farlige nye våpen i et atomart våpenkappløp.

Skogbranner raser på tvers av Amazonregnskogen

Bryan Dyne, 24. august 2019

Amazonas’ regnskoger forsyner oss med en-femtedel av verdens oksygen, og spiller en nøkkelrolle for klodens klima.

Hvorfor prøver New York Times fortsatt å feie Epstein-saken under teppet?

Patrick Martin, 24. august 2019

Times hevder at spørsmål vedrørende dødfallet til USAs mest berømte fange og veltilknyttede sexmenneskehandler er «konspirasjonsteorier», samtidig som det kommer rapporter om fengselsrepresentanters «fantastiske» brudd på prosedyrene.

Bill Frisell snakker med WSWS: «Musikk er som en lærer som åpner øynene for deg for så mange ting»

Richard Phillips, 24. august 2019

Den virtuose jazzgitaristen Bill Frisell diskuterte noen av oppfatningene som ligger til grunn for hans musikalske tilnærming og for hans kommende album, under den australske etappen av hans nylige Asia-turné.

New in Spanish

La oferta de Trump de comprar Groenlandia y el reparto imperialista del planeta

Bill Van Auken, 24 agosto 2019

Mientras la prensa se ha enfocado en los crudos métodos de Trump, la propuesta de comprar Groenlandia pone de manifiesto una pugna imperialista mortalmente seria por el control del Ártico.

Estados Unidos escala preparativos para guerra nuclear con Rusia y China

Andre Damon, 24 agosto 2019

Después de retirarse del tratado nuclear INF, los Estados Unidos está acelerando sus preparativos para luchar una guerra nuclear con China o Rusia poniendo a prueba y acumulando nuevas armas peligrosas en una carrera armamentista nuclear.

"Estamos listos para continuar la huelga todo el tiempo que sea necesario"
Trabajadores de GM, Ford y Chrysler listos para luchar contra los acuerdos laborales

Jerry White, 24 agosto 2019

El jueves, frente a las puertas de la fábrica, los trabajadores de Fiat Chrysler explicaron cuáles son los problemas más críticos que quieren abordar en los nuevos acuerdos laborales.

Había una vez… en Hollywood:
El conformismo inconformista de Quentin Tarantino

Joanne Laurier, 24 agosto 2019

La más reciente película de Tarantino reimagina la ciudad de Los Ángeles de 1969 y la desintegración del sistema de estudios tradicional.

Huelga regional contra proyecto minero desata divisiones dentro de gobierno peruano en crisis

Armando Cruz y Cesar Uco, 24 agosto 2019

Miles de personas se unieron a la huelga, confrontando a la policía militarizada, bloqueando la carretera panamericana y las calles de la ciudad capital de Arequipa y cerrando un puerto importante.

New in German

Trumps Kaufangebot für Grönland: ein Schritt zur imperialistischen Neuaufteilung der Welt

Bill Van Auken, 24. August 2019

Hinter Trumps Vorschlag steckt der Kampf um die Kontrolle über die Arktis.

Chemnitz: Ein politisch motiviertes Urteil

Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 24. August 2019

Ein 24-jähriger Flüchtling aus Syrien soll neuneinhalb Jahre ins Gefängnis, damit die AfD und der rechtsextreme Mob, der im vergangenen Sommer in Chemnitz wütete, ihr Opfer haben.

Treffen von Macron und Putin vor G7-Gipfel unterstreicht globale geopolitische Konflikte

Will Morrow, 24. August 2019

Aus Paris und Berlin werden zunehmend Forderungen laut, die Europäische Union müsse ihre militärischen Kapazitäten weiterentwickeln, um unabhängig von den USA Kriege führen zu können.

Warum bereiten die USA einen Atomkrieg gegen Russland und China vor?

Andre Damon, 24. August 2019

Nach ihrem Austritt aus dem INF-Vertrag forcieren die USA ihre Vorbereitungen auf einen Atomkrieg gegen China oder Russland. Zu diesem Zweck testen und lagern sie im Rahmen des atomaren Wettrüstens gefährliche neue Waffen.

„Wir sind bereit, so lange zu streiken, wie nötig“
Tarifkampf bei GM, Ford und Chrysler: Arbeiter sind streikbereit

Jerry White, 24. August 2019

Vor den Werkstoren erklärten am Donnerstag Fiat- Chrysler-Arbeiter, was in den neuen Tarifverträgen für sie die wichtigsten Fragen sind.

Opel: Kurzarbeit in Rüsselsheim und weitere Entlassungen

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 24. August 2019

Die Werksferien sind zu Ende, die Kurzarbeit beginnt. Die Zusammenarbeit von Betriebsrat, IG Metall und Konzernmanagement nimmt immer mehr die Form einer Verschwörung gegen die Opel- Beschäftigten an.

80. Jahrestag des Hitler-Stalin-Pakts

Alex Lantier, 24. August 2019

Vor achtzig Jahren schlossen Hitler und Stalin einen Nichtangriffspakt, dem eine Woche später der deutsche Überfall auf Polen, der Beginn des Ersten Weltkriegs, folgte. Wir veröffentlichen hier eine Analyse aus trotzkistischer Sicht.

New in Portuguese

Os 79 anos do assassinato de Leon Trotsky

Bill Van Auken, 23 Agosto 2019

Setenta e nove anos depois de ser assassinado pelas mãos de um agente stalinista, Trotsky permanece uma imponente figura histórica com imensa relevância política contemporânea.

New in Russian

Ядерная авария в Северодвинске: Вопросов больше, чем ответов

Андреа Питерс, 22 августа 2019 г.

Опасности, связанные с быстро усиливающейся глобальной гонкой вооружений, ясны; при этом остаются вопросы относительно природы ядерного взрыва, произошедшего в начале месяца на российском крайнем севере.

New in Hindi

कश्मीर पर नई दिल्ली का हमला और सांप्रदायिक प्रतिक्रिया, साम्राज्यवाद और युद्ध के खिलाफ लड़ाई

कीथ जोन्स, १० अगस्त २०१९

पिछले सोमवार(5 अगस्त) परमाणु शक्ति सम्पन्न देशों भारत व पाकिस्तान के बीच 70 साल पुरानी सैन्य-रणनीतिक प्रतिद्वंद्विता का केंद्र रहे तथा भारत द्वारा नियंत्रित कश्मीर क्षेत्र के भूभाग से भारतीय हिंदूवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) सरकार द्वारा जम्मू-कश्मीर (J& K)की‘अर्द्ध’-स्वायत्तस्थिति को अवैध रूप से समाप्त कर दिया गया।

New in Bengali

কাশ্মীরের ওপর নতুন দিল্লীর আক্রমণও এবং সাম্প্রদায়িক প্রতিক্রিয়া, সাম্রাজ্যবাদ ও যুদ্ধের বিরুদ্ধে লড়াই

কিথ জোন্‌স্‌, ১০ অগাস্ট ২০১৯

গত সোমবার, ভারতের হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি) সরকার জম্মু ও কাশ্মীরের বিশেষ, আধা-স্বায়ত্বশাসনের অধিকারকে অবৈধভাবে বাতিল করেছে। এই জম্মু ও কাশ্মীর ভারতের নিয়ন্ত্রণে থাকা কাশ্মীর অঞ্চল, যা গত সাত দশক ধরে পরমাণু শক্তিধর দুই রাষ্ট্র ভারত ও পাকিস্তানের মধ্যে হয়ে চলা সামরিক-কৌশলগত শত্রুতার কেন্দ্রে রয়েছে।

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Perspective

Trump escalates economic confrontation with China

24 August 2019

Trump’s “order” for American companies to leave China marks a milestone in the global descent into economic nationalism and preparations for military conflict.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

In this 1998 tribute to Vadim Z. Rogovin, David North explains what made this Soviet historian a remarkable “prophet of historical truth.”

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

14 August 2019

Commentary

Merkel and Orbán: A sordid deal at the expense of refugees and democracy

By Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2019

On the 30th anniversary of the opening up of the Hungarian-Austrian border, Merkel and Orbán sang the praises of “freedom” while agreeing to closer military collaboration.

German defence minister visits troops in Jordan and Iraq

On the 79th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2019

Seventy-nine years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains a towering historical figure with immense contemporary political relevance.

Trump’s bid for Greenland and the imperialist redivision of the world

By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2019

US escalates preparations for nuclear war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2019

Wildfires rage throughout the Amazon rainforest

By Bryan Dyne, 23 August 2019

Why is the New York Times still trying to sweep the Epstein case under the rug?

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2019

How to fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2019

The fascist attack on Guardian journalist Owen Jones

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2019

Brandenburg, Germany: Far-right AfD leads polls in state election

Arts Review

Dear White People Volume 3 and the weaponization of identity politics

By Nick Barrickman, 24 August 2019

In the third season of Justin Simien’s series, events culminate in a #MeToo-style attack on a popular professor.

Bill Frisell speaks with WSWS: “Music is like a teacher who opens your eyes to many things”

By Richard Phillips, 23 August 2019

Workers Struggles

GM Korea auto workers strike for higher pay
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

24 August 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Harlan County, Kentucky workers support coal miners’ blockade

By Samuel Davidson, 23 August 2019

Miners blocking shipments of coal from a bankrupt mine have the backing of other workers and residents in eastern Kentucky

“It’s not just miners, but all blue-collar workers, like the teachers, who have been mistreated too”
Blackjewel miners in Kentucky vow to continue fight against coal operator

Australia: Train workers’ union calls off Melbourne strike

By David Cohen, 23 August 2019

Ontario teachers face threat of state repression, wage and job cuts in upcoming contract fight

By Carl Bronski, 23 August 2019

The role of the teacher unions has been to hand the initiative to the Ford government, allowing the Tories to unveil a sweeping assault on teachers’ wages and working conditions without their organizing any meaningful opposition.

Ryanair faces industrial unrest across Europe

By our reporter, 22 August 2019

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

One year after Washington state strikes, layoffs and cuts propel educators into new fight

By Kayla Costa and Diana Green, 21 August 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Auto and railway workers in Tamil Nadu, India defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 22 August 2019

Workers denounced the ongoing persecution of Assange and Manning and spoke out against the brutal attacks by the Indian government on their own basic rights and social conditions.

Socialist Equality Party wins support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning at Manchester Peterloo Massacre commemoration

By our reporters, 22 August 2019

Sri Lankan SEP holds “Free Assange” rally and public meeting in Hatton

By our reporters, 21 August 2019

Julian Assange’s father warns WikiLeaks’ publisher’s health is “declining rapidly” in Belmarsh Prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 August 2019

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Autoworkers Struggles

Joe Ashton, UAW VP named in corruption scandal, had long history of selling out auto workers

By Jerry White, 21 August 2019

UAW corruption scandal: Former union VP Joe Ashton reportedly took $550,000 in illegal kickbacks

Detroit to serve as a cheap labor platform
Behind Fiat Chrysler’s $4.5 billion investment in the Motor City

By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2019

Mass layoffs for workers; millions for GM, Ford and Chrysler CEOs

By Andre Damon, 19 August 2019

US farm equipment manufacturer John Deere calls for “organizational efficiency,” threatening jobs

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Science

New human species discovered in the Philippines

By Frank Gaglioti, 21 August 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

25 years ago: US Senate approves Clinton crime bill

On August 25, 1994, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was given final approval by the US Senate after being agreed to by the House.

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50 years ago: Hurricane Camille devastates US Southeast

On August 19-20 Hurricane Camille made its way from the Gulf of Mexico through the southeast US to the state of Virginia, causing an immense loss of life and damage.

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75 years ago: Paris liberated from Nazi occupation

On August 25, 1944, the German military, which had occupied Paris since 1940, surrendered the historic city after a successful offensive of Allied troops and a widespread uprising of the French Resistance.

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100 years ago: Fredrich Ebert becomes first president of the Weimar Republic

On August 21, 1919, German Social-Democratic leader Fredrich Ebert became the first president of the newly established Weimar Republic.

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Socialist Equality Party

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 August 2019

Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Mass protests erupt after Sudan’s military junta guns down school children”

We are publishing in Arabic the article published August 1 on the World Socialist Web Site by Jean Shaoul.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE wins seat in student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

By the IYSSE group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 16 July 2019

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Fund Appeal

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.