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Death toll from California fires likely to soar, with nearly 1,300 people still missing

By David Brown, 18 November 2019

There is growing popular outrage as details emerge pointing to the culpability of the state’s energy giants and government officials in creating the conditions for the deadly inferno.

France shaken by mass protests

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2018

There were cries of “Macron resign” from protesters holding signs saying “No to the president of the rich.”

US vice president steps up confrontation with China at APEC summit

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2018

For the first time in APEC’s 29-year history, the summit did not issue a final communique after the United States and China failed to agree on its wording.

Congressional Democrats push Russia probe, censorship

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2018

With virtually all results of the November 6 election determined, the Democratic Party has cemented control over the House of Representatives with a gain of nearly 40 seats.

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers’ union relinquishes due process rights

By Nancy Hanover, 19 November 2018

The union-endorsed agreement will open the door to streamlining the ability of the Little Rock School district to fire educators.

Amidst talk of US auto industry consolidation UAW pushes economic nationalism ahead of 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2018

The United Auto Workers has responded to the threat to jobs by aligning itself ever more closely with the Trump administration's America First nationalism and protectionism.

Thousands attend anti-fascist protest in London

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2018

The nationalist and pro-capitalist programme of rally organisers provided no basis for workers and youth to fight fascism and the far right.

“Capitalism is causing the problem with refugees and making them the scapegoat”

London demonstrators speak out against racism and fascism

By our reporters, 19 November 2018

A number of those interviewed spoke of the parallels with the 1930s and the need to oppose the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.

Sri Lankan president’s “all party conference” fails to overcome political crisis

By Rohantha De Silva, 19 November 2018

Sirisena’s meeting followed three consecutive days of bitter and violent fighting in the parliament between the Rajapakse and Wickremesinghe factions.

Anti-stall feature in new Boeing planes may have contributed to Indonesian aviation disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2018

Boeing allegedly did not inform pilots or airlines of an automated mechanism, on its latest 737 model, that can potentially trigger a catastrophic nosedive.

Australian Greens pursue right-wing coalition government with Labor in Victoria

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 November 2018

Resting upon a wealthy, upper-middle class base, the Greens are determined to extend their influence within the political establishment.

The only answer to Brexit is the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 19 November 2018

Every faction of Britain’s ruling elite—whether pro- or anti-EU membership or urging some form of continued relations—is viciously opposed to the interests of the working class.

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

Part one of a two-part series

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 November 2018

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 was the deadliest outbreak of disease in human history, killing as many as 100 million people.

Death toll rises to 71, more than 1,000 missing from devastating California wildfires

By Evan Blake, 17 November 2018

Most of those listed as missing are elderly, with 91 percent over the age of 50, and therefore more likely to have perished given the rapidity of the wildfire’s spread and the lack of a citywide warning system.

Sri Lanka: Second no-confidence motion passed as violent clashes erupt in parliament

By W.A. Sunil, 17 November 2018

While the UNP and Sri Lanka’s parliamentary speaker claim victory for another no confidence vote, nothing is resolved.

US has spent almost $6 trillion on wars since 2001

By Trévon Austin, 17 November 2018

The Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria wars cost $5.6 trillion alone, not including future interest on money borrowed that will total at least $8 trillion.

As Canada Post steps up provocations, union silent on back-to-work law threat

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 17 November 2018

A government source told Canadian Press Friday evening that state intervention against postal workers could come as early as Sunday, adding, in a reference to Trudeau’s earlier threat, “‘all the options’ does include legislating.”

Israel: Netanyahu’s coalition government collapses, forcing early elections

By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2018

Lieberman has pushed Netanyahu into an election campaign that will be fought over the Gaza debacle and the prime minister’s “weakness.”

Eleven military-intelligence Democrats win US House seats

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2018

The influx of former military commanders, CIA agents and civilian war planners is unprecedented for the Democratic Party.

Britain: Reading University flags article on “ethics of revolution” under anti-terror policy

By Tom Scripps, 17 November 2018

The banning of Norman Geras’ essay under anti-terrorism legislation is a police state measure that has, for the first time, targeted an article discussing socialism and revolution.

Migrant caravan reaches US border as Latin American governments discuss austerity and repression

By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2018

As the first caravan of mostly Honduran migrants begins to arrive at the US border, local elites met at the Ibero-American Summit, vowing deeper social austerity and militarized repression.

UAW hides details of new tentative agreement from Indiana Lear workers

By Marcus Day, 17 November 2018

Workers are increasingly angry over the information blackout being carried out by both the company and the union.

US teacher unions’ “Remember in November” fizzles

By J. Cooper, 17 November 2018

After sabotaging the teachers’ strike movement last spring, the teachers unions turned all energy toward the ballot box. What happened?

Trump manoeuvres ahead of US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 17 November 2018

The central demand of the Trump administration is that Beijing scrap its “Made in China” program and adopt a subservient economic position in relation to the US.

Anti-Chinese campaign escalates in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 17 November 2018

The media and the Labour Party-led government have painted Chinese investment in the Pacific as a threat to New Zealand.

Netherlands: 10,000 protest pro-corporate government policies

By Harm Zonderland, 17 November 2018

The demonstration was one of the largest since the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) came to power last year.

French riot police attack protests against deadly Marseille building collapse

By Anthony Torres, 17 November 2018

The clashes express the immense social anger over the deaths of eight people in the building collapse on the Rue d’Aubagne.

Scotland: Michelin plans closure of Dundee plant with loss of 845 jobs

Rank-and file organisations needed to organise fight-back

By Steve James, 17 November 2018

French-based transnational Michelin’s decision to close its Dundee tyre manufacturing plant poses workers with the challenge of creating new organisations of struggle.

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

By James Cogan, 17 November 2018

The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.

A terrorist network inside the German Army

By Peter Schwarz, 17 November 2018

The right-wing extremist conspiracy inside the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) is tolerated, covered up and supported by the highest authorities inside the state and politics.

DSA-backed “progressive Democrats” drop phony opposition to Trump’s attacks on immigrants

By Will Morrow, 17 November 2018

The Democrats “progressive” caucus, including DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is calling for a more “humane” and “effective” American immigration Gestapo.

“Eighty Years of the Fourth International” series continues with meetings in California and Oregon

By our reporters, 17 November 2018

Taking place in the backdrop of the rising death toll from the California fires and the rise of the far-right, the meetings attracted broad audiences of youth, students and workers across the West Coast.

Web television series Homecoming: Everything about America’s wars, corporate elite is “rotten” …

… And two much weaker series, Maniac and Wanderlust

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 17 November 2018

Homecoming, a compelling, disturbing 10-episode web television series, concerns itself with a facility in Florida that supposedly helps Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Indian chrome miners strike over safety; Western Australian mine workers walkout over “wage theft”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 November 2018

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

Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for “horrendous,” “devastating” war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 16 November 2018

A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress has provided the Democrats’ rubber stamp to the Trump administration’s plans to prepare for war between “great powers.”

World Socialist Web Site speaks with California wildfire evacuees

By our reporters, 16 November 2018

The death toll in Northern California’s Camp Fire jumped to 63 on Thursday with the number of missing increasing to 631.

Some of the main provisions of the draft EU-UK proposed Brexit deal

By our reporter, 16 November 2018

The 585-page document includes a legal guarantee to ensure the Irish border remains open after Brexit, with the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU until a broader EU-UK trade deal can be finalised.

Brexit deal threatens survival of May government

By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2018

Prime Minister May has been brought face to face with the full implications of the growing antagonisms between the US and Europe.

German chancellor calls for a “real European army”

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2018

Merkel’s call for a “real European army” in Strasbourg underscores the reactionary traditions evoked by the ruling elites in Germany and Europe.

Civilian death toll mounts as US escalates offensive in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2018

The so-called campaign against ISIS is aimed at carving out a US-controlled zone in eastern Syria and ultimately overthrowing the Damascus government.

US imposes limited sanctions on Saudi officials over Khashoggi’s murder

By Mike Head, 16 November 2018

The announcement’s timing points to the White House seeking to shore up the latest Saudi version of the events, which protects Crown Prince Mohammed.

Facebook hires former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

By Joe Mount, 16 November 2018

Clegg joins Facebook at a time when it is censoring socialist, left-wing and oppositional web sites, including the closure of hundreds of such sites over the last several weeks.

French “Yellow Vest” protesters prepare road blockades against fuel tax hike

By Anthony Torres, 16 November 2018

Fear is growing in official circles that tomorrow’s nationwide road blockades could develop into an explosion of mass social anger against French President Macron.

Fiji First Party retains power in sham election

By John Braddock, 16 November 2018

The election, marked by widespread voter abstention, was a contest between two parties run by former military coup leaders.

Australian teacher unions’ phoney campaign against NAPLAN

By Erika Zimmer, 16 November 2018

The teacher unions have no principled opposition to the high-stakes testing agenda, while Australian teachers have opposed it from the start.

The political crisis in Sri Lanka: Its lessons for the international working class

By Keith Jones and K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2018

Only the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) fights for the working class to assert its own class interests, independently of and in opposition to both rival bourgeois camps.

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 November 2018

The “protest” in the offices of Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi was a calculated operation aimed at solidarizing Ocasio-Cortez with the Democratic Party establishment.

Investigations point to energy corporation’s negligence in California wildfire

By E.P. Milligan, 15 November 2018

The PG&E utility company admitted Tuesday that it had submitted an “electric incident report” moments before the outbreak of the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California history.

Trump demands end to Florida recount in new attack on voting rights

By Patrick Martin, 15 November 2018

The president’s demand that his favored candidates in Florida be declared the victors, regardless of the actual vote, is an ominous warning.

At least 200 soldiers in German Army neo-Nazi terror network

By Christopher Lehmann and Johannes Stern, 15 November 2018

The latest revelations suggest that at least 200 active duty and retired soldiers are involved in a neo-Nazi terror network that planned to assassinate political opponents.

Sri Lankan parliament rejects Rajapakse as prime minister

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 November 2018

The major global powers are monitoring the developing political and constitutional crisis and firing off warning signals.

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2018

General Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to confront refugee men, women and children as a “moral and ethical mission.”

US threats dominate Indo-Pacific summits

Trump’s envoys issue ultimatums to China and other Asian countries

By Mike Head, 15 November 2018

Washington’s representatives, Pence and Bolton, effectively sought to veto any agreements struck with China by the region’s governments.

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol agents

By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadesan, 15 November 2018

Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

French teachers mobilize against Macron’s attacks on education

By Anthony Torres, 15 November 2018

Monday’s strike was the first day of action called by the education unions since 2011.

Geoffrey Rush’s lawyer slams “gutter journalism” in Sydney defamation trial

By Linda Tenenbaum and Richard Phillips, 15 November 2018

Bruce McClintock SC likened the methods of the Daily Telegraph to those of newspapers published by Lords Rothermere and Beaverbrook, as described by British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in 1931.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry hears harrowing witness statements

By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018

Grenfell Tower residents confirm that cost-cutting on cladding and the authorities’ refusal to consult with them on refurbishment were key factors in the fire.

DSA calls US midterm elections the “rebirth of the American socialist movement”

By Genevieve Leigh, 15 November 2018

As the Democratic Party continues its shift to the right, the DSA claims that the election of a handful of DSA-endorsed Democratic candidates has significantly altered the trajectory of American politics.

Washington’s censorship regime goes global

Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka

By Andre Damon, 14 November 2018

Facebook is acting as an agent of the US intelligence agencies, which see the growing audience for international socialism as an obstacle to their efforts to exploit ethnic divisions in developing countries.

Sri Lanka crisis escalates as Supreme Court overturns Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament

By K. Ratnayake, 14 November 2018

The Supreme Court made its ruling after hearing 12 fundamental rights petitions challenging Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament on November 9.

Chinese regime cracks down on student labour activists

By Robert Campion, 14 November 2018

The repression is another sign of growing unrest in the working class and fear in the CCP regime that the involvement of students will politicise the strikes and protests.

Court battles over ballot counts in Georgia, Florida

By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2018

One week after the November 6 elections, one Senate contest, two governor’s races and as many as a dozen House seats remain undecided.

Amazon announces new headquarters in metropolitan New York City and Washington D.C.

By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2018

The culmination of Amazon’s year-long pageant is indicative of the immense power of giant transnational corporations and the oligarchs who head them.

As lame duck Congress convenes

Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2018

The likely leader of the new Democratic-controlled House, Nancy Pelosi, has dismissed opposition to Trump’s war on immigrants, saying Democrats should not “take the bait.”

Sri Lankan political crisis deepens: Prime minister splits from president

By W.A. Sunil, 13 November 2018

None of the factions of the ruling class will defend the basic rights of working people, but will ruthlessly impose the austerity dictates of the IMF and big business.

Ex-Australian Labor Party leader joins far-right anti-immigrant One Nation

By Mike Head, 13 November 2018

The Hanson-Latham union is another stark example of the intense efforts being made to push the entire parliamentary establishment further in a Trump-style direction.

Australia: Welfare cut leaves asylum seekers facing destitution

By Max Newman, 13 November 2018

A new report shows that nearly 80 percent of those cut off benefits are at risk of homelessness.

California wildfire deadliest and most destructive in state history

By David Brown, 12 November 2018

Social infrastructure, including fire departments, have been starved of funds for decades as trillions of dollars have been funneled into the bank accounts of the rich.

Bitter US-European tensions mark centenary of World War I armistice in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2018

Heads of state from 70 countries gathered in Paris to mark the centenary of the end of World War I under the shadow of rising conflicts between the great powers.

After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

The vote is in effect a declaration of no confidence in the union by workers, who know it would not wage any struggle for their interests.

Fire at workers’ apartment in South Korea leaves seven dead

By Ben McGrath, 12 November 2018

Public safety continues to be ignored under the South Korean administration no less than under previous conservative governments.

Workers killed in New York state helicopter crash and zinc mine accidents

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2018

One of the threads that connects these and other deaths at work is the gutting of safety measures and oversight to maximize profits.

UK: SNP-led Glasgow City Council uses gender politics and threats of blacklisting to isolate equal pay struggle

By Stephen Alexander, 12 November 2018

To obscure the class issues, the major parties, together with the unions and the media, have presented the Glasgow equal pay dispute in terms of “institutionalized” gender discrimination.

Sheffield Labour Students cancels anti-war meeting, citing police investigation of anti-Semitism allegations

By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2018

The broader political purpose of the banning of Chris Williamson is aimed at silencing anti-war sentiment among students, young people and the entire working class.

Ukrainian politician dies after fascist acid attack

By Jason Melanovski, 12 November 2018

The brutal killing of Handziuk and the ongoing cover-up are a stark exposure of the reactionary nature of the regime brought to power in the US-backed coup in 2014.

Imelda Marcos convicted on seven counts of graft in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 12 November 2018

The ruling handed down against Marcos after three decades of delays is an expression of the sharp crisis of political rule under President Duterte.

US-China talks signal worsening confrontation

By Peter Symonds, 12 November 2018

For years, first under Obama, then under Trump, the US has been engaged in an aggressive effort to undermine China economically, and encircle it militarily in preparation for war.

Australia: Alleged terror attacker “known to police and intelligence agencies”

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 November 2018

The deranged actions of an individual in need of psychological treatment were seized upon by the media and politicians to whip up resentment against immigrants, particularly Muslims.

The armistice of November 11, 1918 and the lessons for today

By Nick Beams, 12 November 2018

The silencing of the guns 100 years ago was not the end of the bloodshed and carnage but was simply the conclusion of the first phase of what was to become a thirty-year international war between the major capitalist powers.

California wildfires kill nine, drive 150,000 from their homes

By David Brown, 10 November 2018

Driven by heavy winds, three major fires broke out Thursday across California, one of which destroyed the northern town of Paradise.

US multinationals dodge $180 billion in taxes on foreign profits per year

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2018

This money is diverted from government revenues in the US and around the world, and funneled into the bank accounts and stock portfolios of the global financial oligarchy.

Tensions mount over US election contests in Florida, Georgia, Arizona

By Fred Mazelis, 10 November 2018

The midterm results demonstrate again that the Democrats, far from offering an alternative to Trump and the Republicans, are part of the big business conspiracy against the working class.

Fort Wayne GM worker alleges UAW-management collusion in unjust termination

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018

After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”

Ian David Long, the Thousand Oaks, California shooter, likely suffered from PTSD

By Rafael Azul, 10 November 2018

“We train a generation to be as violent as possible, then we expect them to come home and be OK ... we’re not responding to the needs they have.”

In another anti-democratic act, Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament

By K. Ratnayake, 10 November 2018

Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament exposes the degenerated state of parliamentary democracy and the Sri Lanka ruling elite’s moves towards dictatorial forms of rule.

IBM’s purchase of Red Hat highlights growing power of technology giants

By Mike Ingram, 10 November 2018

With its purchase of the open source enterprise Linux company Red Hat, IBM hopes to compete with rival tech giants, Amazon, Microsoft and Google, particularly in the area of military cloud contracts

Tamil nationalists support US-backed factions in Sri Lankan political crisis

By K. Nesan, 10 November 2018

The TNA is pursuing the same pro-imperialist course that led it to back the US-led regime change operation, that brought President Sirisena to power in 2015.

The kiss of death: Stalinists seek to tie Tamil Nadu auto strikes to right-wing parties

By Arun Kumar, 10 November 2018

Opposing all attempts to broaden the struggle, the Stalinists convened an “all party” meeting, where they touted the leaders of opposition parties and their affiliated unions as the strikers’ allies.

UK: SEP assistant national secretary Julie Hyland addresses social sciences conference on fake news, censorship and war

By our reporters, 10 November 2018

The conference examined ways in which the media has historically been used to condition public opinion in favour of war.

UK government’s crocodile tears over burning of Grenfell Tower effigy backfire

By Robert Stevens, 10 November 2018

Social consciousness has changed as a result of the Grenfell fire. After the callous treatment of the survivors, many saw through the sympathetic posturing of the ruling elite.

US, Japan conclude massive war games targeting China

By Ben McGrath, 10 November 2018

The Keen Sword exercises have placed additional pressure on China while further militarizing the western Pacific.

New Zealand rail union enforces another pro-company pay deal

By our correspondent, 10 November 2018

In 2016, the Labour Party-dominated Greater Wellington Regional Council privatised the region's commuter rail service, to save $NZ100 million over 15 years at the expense of jobs, wages and conditions.

Trudeau threatens to criminalize Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan, 10 November 2018

The union leadership has done everything to limit postal workers’ job action, isolating it from the rest of the working class and allowing the government to go on the offensive.

French President Macron hails fascist dictator Philippe Pétain

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2018

Macron’s attempt to rehabilitate Pétain is an unabashed appeal to the far right, which he is cultivating as a base of support amid rising opposition among workers.

House of Cards Season 6: The King is dead, long live the Queen!

By Joanne Laurier, 10 November 2018

The sixth and final season of House of Cards is now streaming on Netflix. The firing of lead actor Kevin Spacey along with the #MeToo and anti-Russia campaigns have had a considerable impact on the series.

“100 years of social partnership”—a sinister celebration of trade unions, employers’ associations and the state in Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 November 2018

On October 16, the German Trade Unions and Employer Associations celebrated the centenary of the Stinnes-Legien-Agreement, which laid the foundation for the suppression of the German Revolution of 1918/19.

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 10 November 2018

If approved, the contract would create a new tier of lower-paid drivers, maintain poverty-level wages of part-time warehouse dockworkers, and continue the undermining of full-time positions.

Thousands of Indian contract workers remain on strike; 29,000 New Zealand primary school teachers to take national strike action

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 November 2018

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

Afghanistan war veteran kills 12 at a southern California dance club

By David Walsh, 9 November 2018

Another horrible mass shooting took place in the US on Wednesday night, the 307th such episode on the 311th day of the year, according to a website that tracks gun violence.

Asylum ban: Trump eliminates right to asylum for immigrants crossing without documentation

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

The decision is the most significant restriction on immigration in decades. It will cause hundreds of thousands of deportations, and send countless immigrants to their deaths.