Chicago Ford workers reject UAW agreement

By Jerry White, 7 November 2019

In the first major Ford assembly plant to vote, 1,497 workers (62 percent) voted “no” on the deal and 913 (38 percent) voted “yes,” according to figures released by UAW Local 551.

Wall Street at record highs as global growth slows

By Nick Beams, 7 November 2019

Surging stock prices amidst a slowing real economy show the class role of the central banks in supplying the financial elite with unlimited cash while workers' conditions continue to worsen.

Uncertainty hangs over US-China trade deal

As global economy enters synchronised slowdown
US Federal Reserve starts “quantitative easing forever”

India: 48,000 striking Telangana transport workers defy back to work order

By Kranti Kumara, 7 November 2019

Over 48,000 drivers, mechanics, conductors and other workers at the state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation have defied a November 5 back-to-work order.

India’s Telangana state government gives fresh ultimatum to 48,000 fired strikers

Democrats’ gains in Tuesday’s elections reflect shifts within the upper-middle class

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2019

In Tuesday’s state and local elections, Democrats made their biggest gains in upscale suburban areas.

Comparing two impeachments

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

By Marcus Day, 7 November 2019

Ashton, the highest-ranking UAW official charged in the corruption investigation, is accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar kickback scheme through GM’s Center for Human Resources.

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

How Ford and the UAW plan to cut autoworkers’ health care

Lessons of the GM autoworkers strike

More on autoworkers struggles »

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks for British ruling elite in his attack on Grenfell fire victims

By Robert Stevens, 7 November 2019

Everything done by the Tory government from the morning after the fire has been aimed at shielding the guilty and preventing justice from being done.

Inquiry issues cover-up report on Grenfell Tower fire disaster

Flight attendants to take further strike action at Lufthansa

By Marianne Arens, 7 November 2019

Germany’s main airline, Lufthansa, faces a 48-hour strike by cabin crew on Thursday and Friday.

Largest Brazilian media group implicates Bolsonaro in death squad execution of Marielle Franco

By Miguel Andrade, 7 November 2019

Every faction of the Brazilian political system, from the Army to the pseudo-left, fears that Bolsonaro’s austerity measures and fascistic rhetoric may trigger a social explosion.

Five candidates contest December 12 Algerian election amid mass opposition

By Kumaran Ira, 7 November 2019

The field of candidates, who are all tools of the regime, vindicates the overwhelming opposition of workers and youth in Algeria to the elections.

New Zealand Labour-led government extends draconian anti-terror laws

By John Braddock, 7 November 2019

The new legislation, which proposes new control orders for people trying to return home after allegedly supporting extremist groups overseas, vastly expands existing anti-terror laws.

Geoffrey Rush defamation victory contested in Sydney’s Federal Court

By Linda Tenenbaum, 7 November 2019

The appeal by Murdoch-owned Nationwide News against last year’s Federal Court judgement in favour of Oscar-winning Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush, was heard early this week.

Australia: One third of Mascot Tower owners face bankruptcy over $20 million repair bill

By John Wilson, 7 November 2019

Australian state and local governments, along with the construction industry, are seeking to shirk all responsibility for a plethora of problems in apartments built over the past 25 years.

6 November 2019

Trump calls for US troops to wage “war” on drug cartels in Mexico

By Eric London, 6 November 2019

Democrats make gains in off-year elections

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2019

Neo-Nazi would-be synagogue bomber arrested in Colorado

By Julian James, 6 November 2019

The New Zealand terrorist attack and the international danger of fascism

Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
Anti-Semitic violence erupts in America

“Teachers, autoworkers, everybody in this country, should go on strike”
New York City bus and subway workers speak out against concession demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2019

High lead levels found in many Detroit metropolitan cities

By James Brewer, 6 November 2019

UK: 1,000 Asda supermarket workers threatened with sack for rejecting new contract

By Margot Miller, 6 November 2019

Former Australian PM asked to register under “foreign agent” laws

By Mike Head, 6 November 2019

New in Arabic

راديكالية الشبيبة العالمية والنضال من أجل الاشتراكية

٢٩ تشرين الأول أكتوبر ٢٠١٩

في جميع أنحاء العالم ، في بلدان مختلفة ثقافياً مثل الإكوادور ولبنان وفرنسا وألمانيا والولايات المتحدة والعراق وتشيلي وهايتي ، دخل جيل جديد من شباب الطبقة العاملة في ساحة المعركة من النضال الطبقي العالمي.

New in German

Thüringen: CDU-Funktionäre fordern Zusammenarbeit mit Höcke-AfD

Marianne Arens, 7. November 2019

In Thüringen werden Stimmen in der CDU lauter, die eine offene Zusammenarbeit mit der rechtsextremen AfD fordern. Die Linke bemüht sich indessen um ein Bündnis mit der CDU. So rückt das gesamte politische Spektrum nach rechts.

Socialist Equality Party kandidiert bei den britischen Parlamentswahlen: Nein zu Sozialkürzungen, Militarismus und Krieg! Freiheit für Julian Assange! Für Klassenkampf und sozialistischen Internationalismus!

der Socialist Equality Party (GB), 7. November 2019

Die Socialist Equality Party tritt bei den britischen Parlamentswahlen am 12. Dezember an, um einen politischen Kampf gegen Sparpolitik, autoritäre Herrschaft, Militarismus und Krieg zu führen.

Trump fordert US-Truppen für „Krieg“ gegen Drogenkartelle in Mexiko

Eric London, 7. November 2019

Trump twitterte: „Es ist Zeit, dass Mexiko mit Hilfe der Vereinigten Staaten KRIEG gegen die Drogenkartelle führt und sie vom Angesicht der Erde tilgt.“

Konzert für Assange vor britischem Innenministerium: „Keine Auslieferung!“

Laura Tiernan, 7. November 2019

Hunderte Besucher kamen zu dem Konzert. Neben dem Auftritt der Rapperin M.I.A. sprachen auch Julian Assanges Vater, John Shipton, und die Modeschöpferin Vivienne Westwood.

New in Portuguese

Peronismo retorna ao poder na Argentina em meio a enorme revolta social

Andrea Lobo, 2 Novembro 2019 2019

Apesar de sua demagogia populista vazia, Fernández já deixou claro que imporá brutalmente as exigências do capital financeiro.

New in French

La fusion entre le Groupe PSA et Fiat Chrysler laisse présager une nouvelle attaque contre les travailleurs de l'automobile

Shannon Jones, 2 novembre 2019

La création du quatrième plus grand constructeur automobile du monde va intensifier la lutte pour les parts de marchés mondiaux et les profits sur fond de signes croissants de guerre commerciale et de récession.

L'interdiction de la publicité politique sur Twitter: Une nouvelle mesure pour censurer l'Internet

Andre Damon, 2 novembre 2019

La décision de Twitter est une capitulation face aux demandes des démocrates du Congrès et des médias qui demandent aux entreprises technologiques de censurer plus agressivement les déclarations politiques, sous prétexte de «vérification des faits».

New in Spanish

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad participa en las elecciones generales británicas: ¡No a la austeridad, el militarismo y la guerra! ¡Libertad a Julian Assange! ¡Por la lucha de clases y el internacionalismo socialista!

Por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido), 7 noviembre 2019

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad postulará candidatos en las elecciones generales del 12 de diciembre en Reino Unido para librar una lucha política contra la austeridad, el autoritarismo, el militarismo y la guerra.

Trump llama a las tropas estadounidenses a emprender una “guerra” contra los carteles de la droga en México

Por Eric London, 7 noviembre 2019

Trump tuiteó: “Este es el momento para que México, con la ayuda de los Estados Unidos, libre una GUERRA contra los cárteles de la droga y los borre de la faz de la tierra.”

La investigación sobre la denuncia de Estados Unidos publica las primeras transcripciones

Por Patrick Martin, 7 noviembre 2019

La publicación del testimonio de dos altos funcionarios del Departamento de Estado marca una nueva etapa en el esfuerzo de juicio político.

New in Norwegian

Usikkerhet henger over USA-Kina handelsavtale

Nick Beams, 7. november 2019

Washington har ikke sagt seg enig om å heve noen av de allerede pålagte tolltariffene, fordi de vil forsikre seg om at Kina overholder USAs dikterte vilkår.

Socialist Equality Party stiller i det britiske valget: Nei til innstramminger, militarisme og krig! Løslat Julian Assange! For klassekamp og sosialistisk internasjonalisme

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 7. november 2019

Socialist Equality Party stiller kandidater i generalvalget i Storbritannia den 12. desember, for å føre en politisk kamp mot innstramminger, autoritært styre, militarisme og krig.

Trump oppfordrer til at amerikanske tropper fører «krig» mot narkokartell i Mexico

Eric London, 7. november 2019

Trump tvitret: «Tiden er inne for at Mexico, med USAs bistand, fører KRIG mot narkokartellene og feier dem av jordas overflate.»

Konsert for Assange foran Storbritannias innenriksdepartement krevde «Ingen utlevering!»

Laura Tiernan, 7. november 2019

Hundrevis samlet seg for å høre taler fra Assanges far John Shipton og moteikonet Vivienne Westwood, og en opptreden av rap-artisten M.I.A.

New in Turkish

GM grevi ve küresel sınıf mücadelesi

Marcus Day, 23 Ekim 2019

WSWS Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni, GM işçilerini, anlaşmaya “hayır” oyu vermeye, tabandan fabrika komiteleri kurmaya ve grevin kontrolünü sendikanın elinden kendi ellerine almaya çağırıyor.

Katalan milliyetçilerine hapis cezası: İspanyol hükümeti bir polis devleti inşa ediyor

Alex Lantier, 23 Ekim 2019

Katalan milliyetçisi partiler seçimlerde, 135 sandalyeli Katalan meclisinde, kıl payı bir çoğunlukla, 70 sandalye kazandılar.

ABD askerleri Suriye’den Irak’a çekildi

Patrick Martin, 23 Ekim 2019

Pazartesi günü yüzlerce ABD askeri, Suriye sınırından Irak’a geçti. Bu, Başkan Donald Trump’ın Washington’da bir siyasi fırtına koparan çekilme emrinin ilk büyük ölçekli yerine getirilmesiydi.

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Perspective

German imperialism’s new drive for world power

7 November 2019

In a lecture on the theme of “Germany’s role in a globalised world,” the president of the parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, called for a return to a foreign policy of military violence.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Socialist Equality Party stands in UK general election: No to austerity, militarism and war! Free Julian Assange! For class struggle and socialist internationalism!

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 November 2019

The Socialist Equality Party is standing candidates in the December 12 UK general election to wage a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Free Assange and Manning

Australian Greens member demands party leader defend Julian Assange

7 November 2019

“Assange is being held as a political prisoner. That is undeniable now, and still no action from the Greens... Ultimately, you have abandoned Assange.”

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Meeting defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning in Melbourne this Sunday

28 October 2019

Concert for Assange outside UK Home Office demands “No extradition!”

By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2019

Julian Assange calls for workers to organise in his defence

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2019

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer warns: Julian Assange may die in a British prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Workers Struggles

Vote “no” on the tentative teachers' contract! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education in Chicago!

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2019

With voting set to begin on the tentative agreement, teachers and other educators in Chicago are approaching a critical juncture in the fight to defend public education.

Chicago teachers denounce union’s sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim “victory”

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy

The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike
The defense of public education and the fight for socialism

Australia: Mobilise students, staff and academics against the closure of Macquarie University’s human sciences faculty

By the Committee for Public Education, 7 November 2019

The National Tertiary Education Union’s major concern is not the job cuts themselves, but that they were left out of the “consultation process” required to implement them.

UK: Tens of thousands of university and college staff vote to strike
Ballot follows strike votes by postal workers, railway conductors, airline pilots, NHS staff

Little Rock teachers set to strike against privatization and segregation threats

Wildcat strike by sanitation workers against CHP administration in Maltepe, Turkey

Unifor’s attempt to impose concessions contracts on Saskatchewan workers meeting widespread opposition

The New York Times' 1619 Project

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Slavery and the American Revolution: A Response to the New York Times 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 1 November 2019

This is the text of the lecture delivered by Tom Mackaman at the University of Michigan on October 22, 2019 as part of a series on the New York Times' "Project 1619."

An interview with the author of The Free State of Jones
Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

“1619” and the myth of white unity under slavery
Book review: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South by Keri Leigh Merritt

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

Commentary

Washington Post and New York Times incite racist campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 5 November 2019

Modi’s assault on Kashmir and the Indian working class

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2019

US Attorney General William Barr and the establishment of religion

By Ed Hightower, 5 November 2019

Twitter’s ban on political advertisement: A new move to censor the internet

Right-wing politics in a “left” wrapper: Elizabeth Warren’s plan for education

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP holds presidential election meeting in Hatton

By our correspondents, 6 November 2019

Why the Sri Lankan Tamil parties appeal to the UNP and SLPP presidential candidates

Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election
Build a socialist movement against imperialist war, austerity and dictatorship

Eightieth birthday tribute to Sri Lankan Trotskyist Nanda Wickremasinghe

By David North, 26 October 2019

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Arts Review

Pain and Glory from Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar

By David Walsh, 6 November 2019

Judy: Singer-actress Judy Garland’s sad fate brought to the screen
And Harriet: A film biography of abolitionist Harriet Tubman

By Joanne Laurier, 4 November 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE meetings in Germany: Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By our correspondents, 6 November 2019

Stop the censorship of socialist views by the University of Leipzig student council

Germany: Humboldt University student parliament supports lawsuit against far-right Professor Baberowski

History

Britain: 180 years since the Newport Rising—Part 2

By Paul Bond, 5 November 2019

Britain: 180 years since the Newport Rising—Part 1

By Paul Bond, 4 November 2019

Alexander Reznik’s Trotsky and Comrades: A false account of the emergence and politics of the Left Opposition

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2019

25 years ago: Republican Party wins control of US House for the first time in 40 years

On November 8, 1994, the Republican Party won majorities in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate in the midterm congressional election, picking up eight seats in the Senate and netting a gain of 54 seats in the House.

More »

50 years ago: 150,000 General Electric workers continue strike, clash with police

The strike by 150,000 General Electric (GE) workers against the world’s largest electronics company continued into a second week, marked by clashes between strikers and police, the mobilization of the National Guard in several areas, and court injunctions aimed at hamstringing effective picketing.

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75 years ago: Report on conference of Trotskyists in Nazi-occupied Europe

On November 4, 1944, the Militant, the newspaper of the American Socialist Workers Party (SWP), then the US Trotskyist party, reported on a conference held by five European Trotskyist parties in France the previous February. The front-page report was published under the headline, “Inspiring news just received of February meeting in France under Nazi Terror.”

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100 years ago: Palmer Raids begin against US immigrants and socialists

On November 7, 1919, after months of planning, agents of the Bureau of Investigation (later the FBI) and local police began a series of raids on the offices of the Union of Russian Workers in 12 American cities. In New York alone over 200 workers were attested at the Russian People’s House.

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Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

Obituary

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2019

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

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

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019