US officials met with Venezuelan military to discuss coup plot

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 September 2018

Washington’s involvement in yet another Latin American coup plot makes plain the hypocrisy of the claims of Russian “meddling” by sections of the American bourgeoisie and media.

US Marines deploy to Syria for live fire exercise

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2018

The drill, which included air assaults backed by artillery fire, underscores that the seven-year war in Syria could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between the major powers.

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions

US set to escalate trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 10 September 2018

Trump’s threat of further tariffs means that Chinese exports into the US would be subject to increased tariffs if China carries through on its threat of retaliatory measures.

Japan and China improve relations in face of US trade war measures

By Ben McGrath, 10 September 2018

The apparent thaw in what has been a frigid, and at times hostile, relationship underscores the destabilizing impact of Trump’s aggressive America First drive.

Police suppress protest over schools in debt-ridden Chinese city

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 September 2018

The immediate reason for the protest was a local government decision to cut costs in government schools by relocating all fifth and sixth grade students to private schools.

Seattle Education Association pushes through sellout deal

By Evan Blake, 10 September 2018

The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.

Chicago hotel workers’ strike enters fourth day

By Marcus Day, 10 September 2018

Thousands of hotel workers have struck at 25 locations in and around downtown Chicago since Friday, fighting for better health care and wages.

“Capitalism is not working, and it never has for us”
Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out on fight for wages, health care

By our reporters, 10 September 2018

Podemos proposes to “co-govern” with Spain’s Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López, 10 September 2018

Podemos is signaling to the banks that it will try to stabilize the current pro-austerity government, with which it has at most minor differences.

Syriza jails Syrian swimmer Sara Mardini for helping refugees in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2018

This blatant attempt to criminalize humanitarian aid to refugees is a devastating exposure of the European Union and Greece’s Syriza government.

Civil war clashes erupt in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018

A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.

Israel’s Netanyahu extends hand of friendship to fascistic Philippines President Duterte

By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2018

The main purpose of Duterte’s trip was to explore future arms deals, including advanced weaponry and, potentially, aircraft.

Grand Coalition adopts plan for historic rearmament of German military forces

By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2018

Behind the backs of the population, the Grand Coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats is planning a massive arms drive.

As National Football League season opens
Nike unveils ad featuring blacklisted quarterback Colin Kaepernick

By Alan Gilman, 10 September 2018

The National Football League season has opened against the backdrop of Colin Kaepernick becoming the face of Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign and a ruling allowing his collusion lawsuit against the NFL to go forward.

A warning to students and the working class
Who are California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the University of California Board of Regents?

By Evelyn Rios, 10 September 2018

Brown appointed his chief fiscal policy advisor, a top union bureaucrat, a former EPA official, and prior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the weapons manufacturer.

Sri Lankan prime minister threatens increased internet and social media censorship

By Saman Gunadasa, 10 September 2018

Wickremesinghe’s comments are part of the escalating global censorship of the internet and social media, and other attacks on democratic rights.

Hundreds of Australian Aborigines killed in state custody

By Richard Phillips, 10 September 2018

Figures published last week by the Guardian reveal that over 400 Aborigines have died whilst in the custody of Australian police and prison officers since 1991.

New in Romanian

Ca consecință a coborârii ratingului, se apropie disponibilizări masive la Ford

De Shannon Jones, 10 septembrie 2018

Coborârea ratingului la Ford la aproape un statut gunoi este o avertizare de la Wall Street pentru a presa patronatul ca să intensifice atacurile la muncitori.

New in French

Seehofer, ministre allemand de l’intérieur, soutient les bandes fascistes

Peter Schwarz, 10 septembre 2018

Les néo-nazis et leur milieu n’osent se comporter de manière aussi effrontée que parce que le gouvernement et les services de sécurité les soutiennent pleinement.

Un record de 31 500 milliards de dollars amassés par les oligarques

Eric London, 10 septembre 2018

Le rapport « Wealth X » souligne l’immense potentiel révolutionnaire de la situation actuelle. Les ressources pour la transformation de la planète sur une base égalitaire existent déjà.

Grande-Bretagne : des motions de censure ont été adoptées contre des parlementaires blairistes de premier plan

Paul Mitchell, 10 septembre 2018

Les blairistes n’ont aucune scrupule à défier les membres du Labour et ne partiront que s’ils sont expulsés

«Reporter» de Seymour Hersh: Une vie dédiée à exposer les mensonges et les crimes du gouvernement

Andre Damon, 10 septembre 2018

Seymour Hersh, le journaliste d’enquête qui a joué un rôle de premier plan dans la dénonciation du massacre de My Lai au Vietnam en 1968 et des tortures infligées par l’administration Bush à des prisonniers à Abou Ghraib, a publié une autobiographie attendue depuis longtemps.

New in Turkish

Donetsk Halk Cumhuriyeti'nin önderi suikaste uğradı

Andrea Peters, 10 Eylül 2018

Donetsk Halk Cumhuriyeti’nin (DNR) başkanı Aleksandr Zaharçenko’nun geçtiğimiz Cuma günü suikasta uğraması, Rusya ile Batılı emperyalist devletler arasında zaten artmış durumda olan gerilimleri şiddetlendiriyor.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi ve Corbyn karşıtı darbe komplosu: Bir okura yanıt

Chris Marsden, 10 Eylül 2018

Biz, ne önderliği Corbyn’e bırakıyor ne de on binlerce işçiyi ve genci kemer sıkma ve savaş yanlısı sağcı bir hizip ile karşı karşıya getiren bir siyasi mücadeleden kaçınıyoruz. Biz, zafer için gerekli sosyalist politikalarla donanmış bir karşı koyma yolu sunuyoruz.

1968: Fransa’da genel grev ve öğrenci isyanı
3. Bölüm: Alain Krivine’in JCR’si Stalinizmin ihanetlerini nasıl gizledi

Peter Schwarz, 10 Eylül 2018

Pablocu Birleşik Sekreterlik, onun Fransız destekçileri ve Alain Krivine liderliğindeki Devrimci Komünist Gençlik Stalinistlerin genel grevi kontrol altına almasına yardımcı oldular.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Красная армия начинает наступление на Казань

10 сентября 2018 г.

7 сентября 1918 года Красная армия начала обстрел Казани, наиболее важного города, оказавшегося под контролем контрреволюционных сил, боровшихся против большевистского режима.

New in Spanish

Un récord de $31,5 billones acumulados por los oligarcas corporativos

Por Eric London, 10 septiembre 2018

El informe Wealth X pone de manifiesto el inmenso potencial revolucionario de la situación actual. Los recursos para la transformación del planeta sobre una base igualitaria ya existen.

Reportero, de Seymour Hersh: una vida exponiendo las mentiras y crímenes del gobierno

Por Andre Damon, 10 septiembre 2018

Seymour Hersh, el periodista de investigación que tuvo un papel principal en la exposición de la masacre de My Lai en 1968, y la tortura de prisioneros en Abu Ghraib por parte del gobierno de Bush, ha publicado una autobiografía largamente esperada.

La Primavera de Praga
Cincuenta años desde la invasión de Checoslovaquia por el Pacto de Varsovia: segunda parte

Por Clara Weiss, 10 septiembre 2018

El 20 y 21 de agosto de 1968, decenas de miles de soldados del Pacto de Varsovia invadieron Checoslovaquia para aplastar la “Primavera de Praga” y sofocar un movimiento naciente de la clase trabajadora. Esta es la segunda parte de cuatro.

Revueltas sociales masivas deja a la capital petrolera de Iraq en llamas

Por Bill Van Auken, 10 septiembre 2018

En la ciudad sureña de Basora, capital petrolera del país y centro de su mayoría chiita, se dieron protestas masivas que han dejado en llamas a muchos de los edificios que albergan las oficinas del gobierno, los principales partidos políticos, las milicias chiíes e incluso el consulado iraní.

¡Rechacen la traición en Seattle! ¡Para una huelga de docentes estatal y nacional!

Por el WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 10 septiembre 2018

El WSWS Teacher Newsletter incita a que los docentes reunidos hoy voten “no” e inmediatamente se constituyan como un comité de bases independiente para formular una lucha seria.

Quince prisioneros mueren en un mes en Mississippi

Por Aaron Murch, 10 septiembre 2018

El rápido aumento en las muertes de prisioneros en Mississippi subrayan la brutalidad e inhumanidad del sistema de prisiones, donde hay más de dos millones de personas empobrecidas y de clase obrera por todo EUA.

New in Arabic

الاشتراكية والهمجية: تأملات في الفوضى الشاملة.

٥ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٨

في شهر أكتوبر 2017 ، ألقى دافيد نورث محاضرة بمناسبة مئوية ثورة أكتوبر في معهد سانت أندروز في سكوتلاندا، وقبل المحاضرة أجرى معه آدم ستروم ، رئيس تحرير الصحيفة الرسمية الناطقة باسم جمعية سانت أندروز الاقتصادية هذه المقابلة ونحن نعيد نشر المقابلة التي سبق أن نشرت في الموقع الإلكتروني للصحيفة في السادس والعشرين من شهر نوفمبر 2017.

New in German

Wirtschaftsoligarchen sitzen auf 31,5 Billionen Dollar

Eric London, 10. September 2018

Die diesjährige Wealth X-Studie verdeutlicht das immense revolutionäre Potenzial der aktuellen Situation. Die Mittel für die Umgestaltung der Welt auf einer egalitären Grundlage sind bereits vorhanden.

Demo gegen Polizeigesetz in Hannover: Nein zu Rechtsruck, Krieg und sozialer Ungleichheit

unseren Reportern, 10. September 2018

Am Samstag demonstrierten in Hannover rund 10.000 Menschen gegen das niedersächsische Polizeigesetz (POG). Viele Demonstranten wandten sich nicht nur gegen das Polizeigesetz, sondern auch gegen den zunehmenden Rechtsruck, gegen Militarismus und gegen die wachsende soziale Ungleichheit.

Obama schaltet sich in den Fraktionskampf gegen Trump ein

Barry Grey, 10. September 2018

Obamas jüngste Rede bestand im Wesentlichen aus einem Appell an unzufriedene Republikaner und Konservative, im Herbst für die Demokraten zu stimmen.

Über 5.000 demonstrieren gegen AfD in München und Dachau

unseren Reportern, 10. September 2018

Auf dem Marienplatz demonstrierten am Samstag etwa 3.000 Menschen gegen eine Kundgebung der rechtsextremen Alternative für Deutschland. 2.500 versammelten sich in Dachau, wo die Nazis eines der ersten Konzentrationslager errichteten.

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Perspective

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

10 September 2018

There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and his opponents within the military-intelligence apparatus, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

German Secret Service denies neo-Nazi violence in Chemnitz

By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2018

After thousands of neo-Nazis rampaged through the East German city of Chemnitz late last month, dominant sections of the German state and political establishment have come to the defence of the fascists.

German Interior Minister Seehofer backs the brown mob

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch list

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Obama speech escalates factional warfare against Trump

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2018

New York Times op-ed by anonymous Trump official gives implicit support for palace coup

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

New York Times covers up Google’s censorship

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2018

A warning to the working class
Facebook’s partnership with the Atlantic Council

In Senate hearing, Facebook pledges to replace “bad speech” with “alternative facts”

Mass social unrest leaves Iraq’s oil capital in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2018

A record $31.5 trillion hoarded by corporate oligarchs

By Eric London, 8 September 2018

The Socialist Equality Party and the anti-Corbyn coup plot: A reply to a reader

By Chris Marsden, 5 September 2018

Reject the anti-Semitism slurs against Jeremy Corbyn! Drive out the Labour Party right wing!

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured Amazon worker Angela: “If workers controlled Bezos’ billions, nobody would be homeless”

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) spoke to Angela Shelton, an injured worker at the DFW7 Amazon fulfillment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where a number of injured workers have recently been made homeless.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Life under capitalism for an American youth
Injured Texas Wal-Mart worker describes how and why she switched to socialism

By Eric London, 5 September 2018

More on Amazon »

Arts Review

Bisbee ’17: The deportation of Arizona copper miners is a “still-polarizing event”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 September 2018

In July 1917, 1,200 striking copper miners in Bisbee, Arizona were illegally kidnapped, loaded in cattle cars and dumped in the southwest New Mexico desert. This episode is the subject of Bisbee ’17.

Leave No Trace: An Iraq War veteran looks to leave the world behind

By Kevin Martinez, 6 September 2018

100 years since the birth of American filmmaker Robert Aldrich
Including an interview with film historian Tony Williams

By David Walsh, 31 August 2018

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century
The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 2

By Fred Mazelis, 25 August 2018

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century
The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 1

25 years ago: Clinton begins campaign for NAFTA ratification

On September 14, 1993, the US administration of President Bill Clinton began its efforts to win ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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50 years ago: 300,000 participate in silent march in Mexico City

On September 13, 1968, the student-led National Strike Council organized a silent march through Mexico City, which mobilized some 300,000 protesters.

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75 years ago: German troops expand occupation of Italy

On September 10, 1943, German troops invaded Naples, Rome and other Italian cities.

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100 years ago: Trotsky appeals to Czechoslovak troops

On September 13, 1918, in an appeal written days after the capture of Kazan by the Red Army, Leon Trotsky issued a special appeal to the Czechoslovak forces fighting on the side of the counterrevolution.

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History of the Fourth International

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

The founding of the Fourth International on September 3, 1938, was an event of great historical significance and contemporary relevance.

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

Teachers Struggles

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 8 September 2018

The WSWS Teacher Newsletter urges Seattle teachers meeting today to vote “no” and immediately constitute themselves as an independent rank-and-file committee to plan a serious struggle.

Striking Tacoma, Washington, teachers demand better pay, funding for education

Tacoma teachers strike as walkouts spread across Washington

Seattle Education Association orders teachers to work without contract vote

Workers Struggles

UAW silent after Fiat Chrysler worker injured at Kokomo casting plant

By Shannon Jones, 8 September 2018

In wake of credit downgrade huge job cuts looming at Ford

Thousands of rank-and-file US Steel workers cast unanimous votes to strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2018

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

By Tom Mackaman, 8 September 2018

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline
Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 6 September 2018

Break the UPS-Teamsters conspiracy! Mobilize opposition to the sellout contract!

More on the struggle at UPS »

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) forum reviews lessons of nursing union sellout

By our reporter, 7 September 2018

Alcoa workers in Canada and Australia confront the same employer offensive

By Laurent Lafrance, 6 September 2018

IYSSE

CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!

By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018

The CIA partnership is an expression of the militarization of life in the US and internationally that must be opposed by students and young people.

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

Join the IYSSE, the only organization fighting against war, authoritarianism and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district launches website

16 August 2018

Visit our new website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

Elissa Slotkin: A CIA Democrat runs for Congress in Michigan

Science

Waste plastics poison the food chain and contribute to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018

Public meetings in Australia

Nick Beams to lecture at Australian universities on the contemporary significance of Karl Marx

6 September 2018

The lectures will make clear that Marx’s theoretical breakthroughs were inextricably linked to his political work as a revolutionary determined to arm the emerging working class with a program that advanced its independent interests.

SEP Australia public meeting in Sydney: The key political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

6 September 2018

As international relations and parliamentary forms of rule break down, the ruling elite is terrified of the growing left-wing sentiment among workers and young people.

Book Review

Olen Steinhauer’s The Middleman: An American uprising, darkly imagined

By James Brookfield, 5 September 2018

At the outset of The Middleman a group of approximately 400 Americans scattered throughout the country suddenly disappear from their day-to-day lives without telling friends and family.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part one
Establishment of a deformed workers’ state in Czechoslovakia

By Clara Weiss, 28 August 2018

On August 20-21, 1968, tens of thousands of troops of the Warsaw Pact states invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” and stifle a nascent movement of the working class. This is the first part of a four-part series.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

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

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.

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.

Autoworkers Issues

Late Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne lied to federal investigators about gift to UAW official

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2018

UAW bribery predated 2009, lawyer for former Fiat Chrysler executive tells court

More on autoworkers issues »

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

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

Bringing Julian Assange Home

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.