17 October 2018

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2018

While leading Democrats and Republicans have called for sanctions over the Saudi journalist’s killing, Washington has maintained a discreet silence over the US-backed mass murder in Yemen.

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

US wars claim soaring civilian casualties in Yemen and Afghanistan

Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port

Australia backs Trump as US ramps up anti-China drive

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2018

There is an intense discussion in Australian think tanks and military and intelligence circles over the need to accelerate preparations for regional and global war.

Striking Tamil Nadu auto workers face dismissal

By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018

The unions have refused to mobilise workers to defend strikers at Yamaha, Enfield and MSA, and instead are making futile appeals to the courts and state government.

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

Amnesty International: Immigrants separated from family members for alleged “fraud”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 17 October 2018

Amnesty International reveals thousands of children have been separated from relatives for supposed fraud and defines separation as a form of torture under US and international law.

US government may put separated immigrant children up for adoption

Protests hit mass detention of immigrant children in Texas tent camp

US announces new barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants

Bay area hotel workers determined to fight as union, Democrats try to derail strike

By our reporters, 17 October 2018

“Nobody can afford rising health costs and still make ends meet on our pay.”

US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

Sears files for bankruptcy, set to close 200 stores

By Trévon Austin, 16 October 2018

Tens of thousands of workers at Sears are the latest victims of the ongoing “retail apocalypse” in the United States.

British PM addresses EU summit as “no deal” Brexit threatened

By Thomas Scripps, 17 October 2018

With the government in turmoil, Labour is advancing itself as a responsible representative of the British ruling elite.

Slashing of welfare spending forces millions into poverty in UK

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Survivor’s statement reveals disdain for residents by the political and corporate elites

By Paul Bond, 17 October 2018

The statement by Edward Daffarn further demonstrates how residents were kept in the dark about decisions regarding the Tower and their fatal consequences.

Fascistic candidate Bolsonaro widens lead in Brazilian polls

By Miguel Andrade, 17 October 2018

The breakdown of the vote leaves no doubt that the elections amounted to a referendum on the 14 years of Workers Party (PT) rule.

Australian housing market slumps toward potential crash

By James Cogan, 17 October 2018

Many borrowers face becoming “mortgage prisoners,” condemned to paying off loans greater than the value of their homes.

Australian Labor Party leader vows to cut taxes for the rich

Australia: Hutchison pushes cuts to waterfront workers’ wages and conditions

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Hitler’in Almanya’da yeniden canlanması

Peter Schwarz, 17 Ekim 2018

Adolf Hitler’in sözcükleri ve düşünceleri Almanya’nın en önde gelen gazetelerinden birinde yeniden canlandırıldı.

Berlin’de çeyrek milyon insan büyük koalisyonu ve faşizmin dönüşünü protesto etti

Ulrich Rippert, 17 Ekim 2018

İşçi sınıfı mücadelelerinin kıta geneline genişletilmesi çağrısı yapıyoruz. Büyük koalisyonun, istihbarat kurumlarının ve aşırı sağcıların komplosunun sona erdirilmesi gerekiyor.

BM raporu, iklim değişikliğinin 20 yıl içindeki yıkıcı sonuçları konusunda uyarıyor

Bryan Dyne, 17 Ekim 2018

kaynakların, iklim değişikliğinin yanı sıra savaşın, yoksulluğun ve eşitsizliğin üstesinden gelmek için geliştirilmesi, ekonomik yaşamın tümüyle sosyalist bir temelde yeniden örgütlenmesini gerektirmektedir.

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Macron affaibli remanie le gouvernement pour poursuivre les attaques sociales

Francis Dubois, 17 octobre 2018

Le remaniement opéré hier par Macron ne résoud pas la crise profonde de sa présidence ni n’empêchera le développement d’une réelle crise de régime

Perquisition chez Mélenchon: l’État attaque la France insoumise

Alexandre Lantier, 17 octobre 2018

Les perquisitions menées hier chez Jean-Luc Mélenchon et aux locaux de la France insoumise sont une attaque majeure contre les droits démocratiques en Europe.

Opposition généralisée envers les Teamsters pour avoir rejeté le vote des travailleurs d’UPS

Par nos reporters, 17 octobre 2018

Un travailleur du sud de la Californie a rapporté que lors du vote sur la convention collective, la direction d'UPS a demandé aux travailleurs comment ils avaient voté et s'ils voulaient changer leur vote.

Le Syndicat des Métallos annonce une entente de principe avec US Steel

Jessica Goldstein, 17 octobre 2018

Les travailleurs de l’acier doivent commencer à se mobiliser dès maintenant pour exiger le temps d'étudier et de discuter de l'ensemble du contrat avant tout vote sur cette dernière entente de capitulation.

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Streikende Hotelangestellte erhalten fast keine Unterstützung
Das Multi-Milliarden-Dollar-Geschäft der amerikanischen Gewerkschaften

Jerry White, 17. Oktober 2018

Hotelangestellte, die derzeit in den USA streiken, erhalten geringe oder gar keine Streiklöhne. Die „Gewerkschaften“ treten tatsächlich wie Unternehmen am Markt auf – sie bieten billige Arbeitskraft an und die Organisationen selbst werden von gut bezahlten Managern geführt.

Trump stellt sich hinter Saudi-Arabien:
Khashoggi angeblich von „fiesen Killern“ ermordet

Peter Symonds, 17. Oktober 2018

Trumps Äußerungen sind zwar absurd, doch seine Kritiker aus den herrschenden Kreisen Amerikas legen eine schamlose Heuchelei an den Tag. Sie selbst haben jahrelang das mörderische saudische Regime unterstützt.

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Trabajadores hoteleros en huelga sufren hambre por subsidios de huelga miserables o inexistentes
El negocio milmillonario de los sindicatos estadounidenses

Por Jerry White, 17 octubre 2018

Los trabajadores hoteleros en huelga en EUA están recibiendo subsidios de huelga miserables o no recibiéndolos del todo de parte de “sindicatos” que no son más que empresas contratistas de mano de obra barata administradas por gerentes corporativos altamente remunerados.

Trump apoya a Arabia Saudita, sugiriendo que “asesinos deshonestos” mataron a Khashoggi

Por Peter Symonds, 17 octubre 2018

Aunque los comentarios de Trump son absurdos, la hipocresía de sus crtíticos en los círculos gobernantes estadounidenses, dado su prolongado apoyo al régimen asesino saudí, es asombroso.

Un cuarto de millón protestan en Berlín contra el gobierno de la Gran Coalición y el retorno del fascismo

Por Ulrich Rippert, 17 octubre 2018

La protesta devela un creciente movilización de repudio al gobierno de Gran Coalición compuesta de demócrata cristianos y socialdemócratas que está implementando las posiciones xenófobas y extremistas de derecha de la AfD en todas las áreas políticas importantes.

Ecuador restablecerá parcialmente el acceso de Julian Assange a las comunicaciones y visitas

Por James Cogan, 17 octubre 2018

La decisión de Ecuador no pone fin al peligro al que se enfrenta Assange ni a su verdadero encarcelamiento dentro de la pequeña finca de la embajada en Londres.

Las elecciones del Estado de Baviera dan un gran golpe a la gran coalición de Alemania

Por Johannes Stern, 17 octubre 2018

Las elecciones celebradas el domingo revelan la hostilidad generalizada hacia las políticas derechistas del gobierno federal.

Denunciante de Amazon Shannon Allen: el celebrado pago base de $15 representa una reducción salarial para algunos trabajadores

Por Tom Carter, 17 octubre 2018

Los trabajadores de Amazon han informado a La Voz Internacional de los Trabajadores de Amazon que los cambios salariales han sido acompañados por un “endurecimiento” general del régimen interno tiránico en las bodegas.

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Italia: l'arresto del sindaco di Riace provoca proteste

Allison Smith, 16 ottobre 2018

L'arresto di Domenico Lucano, il sindaco di Riace, in Calabria, ha scatenato proteste pro-immigrati in tutta Italia.

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Perspective

The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the Internet

17 October 2018

The Internet is becoming a battleground for economic and geopolitical conflict, while states, acting on behalf of capitalist elites, are seeking to censor online information.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

A reply to French daily Libération
Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

While admitting the WSWS accurately reports US military measures aimed at Russia and China, Libération claims that we are overstating US preparations for “total war.”

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

Striking hotel workers starved on meager or no strike pay
The multi-billion-dollar business of American trade unions

By Jerry White, 16 October 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Watch: Live Q&A on the CIA Democrats, with Niles Niemuth and Patrick Martin

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS writer Patrick Martin answered questions from Facebook commenters at this live event on October 13. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in the next live discussion. Buy the pamphlet on the CIA Democrats here.

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

Niles Niemuth lays out socialist perspective on healthcare, immigration and more at televised forum

Campaign website »

History of the Fourth International

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka

12 October 2018

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

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

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

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

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.

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 6
The Trial and Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz—An early Stalinist frame-up on film and the Nuremberg tribunal against the Nazis

By Joanne Laurier, 16 October 2018

More arts reviews »

Commentary

Dozens missing in Hurricane Michael as death toll rises

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2018

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

Bavaria state election delivers major blow to Germany’s grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 15 October 2018

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2018

Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post

The US military’s vision for state censorship

More on internet censorship »

Former first lady Michelle Obama declares George W. Bush “my partner in crime”

By Nick Barrickman, 16 October 2018

The New York Times’ Alexis Grenell denounces white women for upholding the “patriarchy”

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

By Eric London, 13 October 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Another financial earthquake in the making

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2018

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

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

More on US politics »

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995-97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 4: The SEP, the unions and the pseudo-left

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 11 October 2018

To defeat the social counter-revolution spearheaded by Ford, workers need to build new organizations of struggle in political and organizational opposition to the pro-capitalist unions and NDP.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

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

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

Book review

Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war

By Kevin Martinez, 13 October 2018

The famous whistleblower of the “Pentagon Papers” provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

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Workers Struggles

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

By Marcus Day, 16 October 2018

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

Sri Lankan tea estate workers step up demands for higher pay

By M. Thevarajah, 13 October 2018

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Obituary

Carl Cooley: 1927-2018

By Fred Mazelis, 12 October 2018

Cooley, a former autoworker and high school and college teacher, had considered himself a socialist for most of his adult life. He was the US SEP’s congressional candidate in Maine in the 2004 election.

25 years ago: Benazir Bhutto begins second term as Pakistan prime minister

After two weeks of political maneuvering following Pakistan’s general election, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party won the endorsement of parliament October 20, 1993 to become the country’s prime minister.

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50 years ago: US Olympic medalists protest during the national anthem

On October 16, 1968 two African American Olympic athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists during the United States national anthem after winning gold and bronze in the 200-meter dash.

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75 years ago: Allied conference prepares to repress working class

On October 18, 1943, British Foreign Affairs Secretary Anthony Eden, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to discuss proposals for Allied strategy in the war against Germany.

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100 years ago: Germany accepts Wilson’s armistice

On October 20, 1918, the new German government of Prince Max of Baden accepted the terms of a military armistice offered by US President Woodrow Wilson.

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IYSSE

Open letter by students condemns right-wing offensive at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 11 October 2018

Student organisations from Humboldt University and across Germany published an open letter denouncing the cooperation of the university administration with the far right and its attacks on students’ social and democratic rights.

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

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

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 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

Socialist Equality Party

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

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

Workers face the choice between President Emmanuel Macron’s social counterrevolution and a revolutionary struggle to bring down the Macron government.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Public Meetings:
The fight to drive out the right-wing from the Labour Party and the struggle for socialism

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

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

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.