International Court of Justice strikes down US sanctions against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2018

The International Court of Justice has no power to enforce its decision, and US officials immediately made clear they will defy the ICJ ruling.

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

Anger grows as Indonesian tsunami disaster worsens

By Mike Head, 4 October 2018

Because of the lack of government and international assistance, desperate residents have been reduced to scavenging for food in wrecked houses, shops, farms and orchards.

As voting for drivers, warehouse workers concludes
UPS aircraft mechanics reject Teamsters contract proposal

By Jerry White, 4 October 2018

In a blow to the Teamsters, aircraft mechanics and other UPS Airlines workers in Louisville, Kentucky, defeated a sellout deal pushed by the union and a federal mediator.

Widespread opposition to sellout UPS contract in run-up to Friday vote deadline

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

“We are just new slaves”
1,500 Boston hotel workers walk out as UNITE HERE seeks to end Chicago strike

By George Marlowe, 4 October 2018

From the start of the strike in Chicago, the UNITE HERE union has sought to isolate workers by signing piecemeal deals with one hotel chain after another.

UNITE HERE isolates striking Chicago hotel workers, rams through deal with Marriott

Brexit and growing social divide dominate crisis-ridden Tory conference

By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2018

Both wings of the Tories are concerned that Prime Minister May’s downfall could lead to a Corbyn-led Labour government that would be unable to keep the working class in check.

Horrors at ICE prison in California: nooses found hanging in majority of cells

By Norisa Diaz, 4 October 2018

An unexpected visit from DHS inspectors found three quarters of the cells had nooses hanging from overhead pipes at a California immigrant detention center.

Child concentration camps in America

Forbes 400 List
Wealth of 400 richest Americans hits record $2.9 trillion

By Alec Andersen, 4 October 2018

The net worth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest individual, grew by $78.5 billion over the past year.

Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka

By Murali Maran and Vimal Rasenthiran, 4 October 2018

The skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed in northern Sri Lanka after 74 days of excavation.

Demolition of Bedouin village highlights Netanyahu’s “Greater Israel” plan

By Jean Shaoul, 4 October 2018

The authorities have already demolished 26 homes in the community, making 132 people homeless, 77 of them children and teenagers, over the last 12 years.

New Zealand: Wellington bus drivers vote for indefinite strike

By our correspondent, 4 October 2018

Drivers threaten to walk out against attacks on wages, jobs and conditions.

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Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Ельцин отдает приказ о бомбардировке российского парламента

4 октября 2018 г.

4 октября 1993 года Москва представляла собой сцену «кровавой бойни, запущенности и страшного разрушения», говорилось в одном газетном отчете, — после того как российский президент Борис Ельцин отдал приказ о проведении боевого штурма российского Белого дома.

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Un groupe néo-nazi allemand arrêté après l’émeute d'extrême droite de Chemnitz

Johannes Stern, 4 octobre 2018

Les procureurs de Saxe et de Bavière ont ordonné lundi l’arrestation de sept personnes soupconnées d’avoir fondé une organisation terroriste d’extrême droite

Lors d’une conférence de presse à Colombo, David North souligne l’importance contemporaine du trotskysme

nos journalistes, 4 octobre 2018

La prise de parole de North a suscité des questions réfléchies de la part des journalistes de Capital Radio et du Réseau de télévision indépendant (ITN).

Dix ans après le sauvetage des banques en 2008

Andre Damon, 4 octobre 2018

La création, le 3 octobre 2008, du programme « Troubled Asset Relief » fut le premier pas d’une redistribution massive de la richesse et d’une restructuration des relations de classe aux États-Unis et dans le monde.

Une campagne se développe au sein de Podemos pour une alliance avec la droite espagnole

Alejandro López, 4 octobre 2018

Après que des figures de la direction de Podemos ont loué le gouvernement d'extrême droite italien, un mouvement pour le nationalisme et des appels aux partis de droite se développe dans le parti.

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Una década desde el rescate bancario de 2008

Por Andre Damon, 4 octubre 2018

La creación del Programa de Rescate de Activos en Problemas del 3 de octubre de 2008 fue el paso inicial en una redistribución masiva de riqueza y la reestructuración de relación de clases en Estados Unidos e internacional.

Washington amenaza con un ataque preventivo contra misiles rusos

Por Bill Van Auken, 4 octubre 2018

La amenaza de la enviada estadounidense Kay Bailey Hutchison de “sacar” los misiles rusos hace aflorar el espectro de una Tercera Guerra Mundial nuclear.

¿Qué hay detrás del plan de Amazon para aumentar su salario mínimo a $15 por hora?

Por Jerry White, 4 octubre 2018

Con el aumento de la ira debido al incremento del nivel de pobreza y las condiciones de los talleres de explotación en Amazon, el gigante minorista y la compañía de logística implementarán un pequeño aumento salarial el 1 de noviembre.

Más de 800 muertos tras terremoto y tsunami en Indonesia

Por John Braddock, 4 octubre 2018

Catorce años después de que un tsunami en 2014 matara a 230.000 personas, los Gobiernos de la región e internacionalmente no han hecho nada para prevenir una tragedia masiva similar.

Tras el acuerdo comercial de América del Norte, Trump intensificará la guerra comercial contra China

Por Nick Beams, 4 octubre 2018

De una manera que recuerda a un capo de la mafia, Trump dejó en claro que la amenaza de las tarifas de los automóviles era fundamental para asegurar el acuerdo comercial con Canadá y México.

Trump promociona aranceles y guerra comercial después de la renegociación del TLCAN

Por Roger Jordan, 4 octubre 2018

El pacto comercial revisado forja un bloque comercial proteccionista dirigido por Estados Unidos en preparación para un conflicto económico y militar con los rivales globales de Washington, especialmente China.

Titular del FMI advierte sobre mayores riesgos para la economía global

Por Nick Beams, 4 octubre 2018

El Fondo Monetario Internacional reducirá su pronóstico de crecimiento global en medio de las tensiones comerciales.

Crece la campaña en Podemos para una alianza con la derecha española

Por Alejandro López, 4 octubre 2018

Después de que dirigentes de Podemos elogiaran al gobierno ultraderechista italiano, crecen en Podemos un movimiento por el nacionalismo y llamamientos a los partidos derechistas.

Las protestas golpearon la detención masiva de niños inmigrantes en el campamento de Texas

Por Bill Van Auken, 4 octubre 2018

El desolado campamento en el desierto en la frontera mexicana es construido para albergar hasta 3.800 niños.

La ofensiva neonazi en Alemania y el papel de los historiadores

Por Cristoph Vandreier, 4 octubre 2018

La 52ª Historikertag (Conferencia de Historiadores), del 25 al 28 de septiembre en Münster, tiene un contexto en que las preguntas históricas asumen un significado inmenso.

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خمسة وعشرون عام بعد أوسلو، كارثة عميقة بالنسبة للفلسطينيين

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صادف يوم الخميس الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين لتبني كل من زعيم منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية ياسر عرفات ورئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية إسحق رابين اتفاقيات أوسلو خلال لقاء في واشنطن في ضيافة رئيس الولايات المتحة بيل كلنتون.

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Perspective

The fraud of Amazon’s $15 wage

4 October 2018

The “raise” announced by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is a publicity stunt aimed above all at preventing an explosion of the class struggle.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

German government celebrates “unity day” under the shadow of renewed neo-fascist movement

By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2018

The honeyed phrases of government politicians about a “united, democratic Germany” could not hide the fact that fascism once again menaces the country.

German neo-Nazi group arrested after far-right riot in Chemnitz

The neo-Nazi offensive in Germany and the role of historians

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats’ right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh

By Barry Grey, 4 October 2018

The US pseudo-left has seized on allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh to intensify its promotion of #MeToo and the Democratic Party’s campaign in the November elections.

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

Kavanaugh’s nomination, Cosby’s sentencing: News media pornography and the enraged middle class

CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2018

More on US politics »

History of the Fourth International

David North outlines contemporary relevance of Trotskyism at Colombo media briefing

By our reporters, 3 October 2018

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

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

This series of articles published by the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka marks the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in June 1968.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

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.

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 3
Icebox and Twin Flower: The US government locks up children—and, in Italy, an African refugee finds a kindred spirit

By David Walsh, 4 October 2018

At the recent Toronto film festival, several films took up the global issue of the horrendous treatment of immigrants and the desperate conditions facing refugees.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with director Daniel Sawka and actors from Icebox: “As inequality grows, there’s always scapegoating of immigrants”

By David Walsh, 4 October 2018

The WSWS spoke to the director of Icebox and several actors about the question of immigration and the Trump administration policies.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 2
Capernaum, Screwdriver, Rosie, The Public and Black 47: Socially critical films from the Middle East, Ireland and the US

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 1
An intriguing film festival—above all, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do … is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

Commentary

Ten years since the 2008 bank bailout

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2018

Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2018

After North America trade deal, Trump to escalate trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 3 October 2018

“History never teaches anyone anything”
Russian neo-Stalinist defends Partido Obrero’s “refounding” of Fourth International

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our reporters, 4 October 2018

The speakers explained that the instability of official politics was an expression of the deepening social, economic and geo-political crises of Australian and world capitalism.

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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Niles Niemuth brings Socialist Equality Party congressional campaign to US Steel workers in suburban Detroit

By our reporter, 2 October 2018

Mobilize the working class to defend nurses and secure the right to health care!

By Niles Niemuth, 2 October 2018

Victors Care brings class-based medical care to University of Michigan hospital

“Genuine socialists are fighting to put the working class in control”

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth answered questions from commenters at this live online event on September 29. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in upcoming live events.

Campaign meeting with Niles Niemuth brings socialism to Wyandotte, Michigan

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

Campaign events for Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth
Socialism: What it is and how to fight for it

18 September 2018

Campaign website »

Workers Struggles

UK nurses vote to remove Royal College of Nursing leadership after pay deal sellout

By Ajanta Silva, 3 October 2018

Vote “yes” on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!

What’s behind Amazon’s plan to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour?

By Jerry White, 3 October 2018

Protest march on October 2 in the Netherlands
The fight against public sector cutbacks requires a socialist perspective

By the European Editorial Board of the WSWS, 2 October 2018

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

By Jerry White, 1 October 2018

25 years ago: Yeltsin orders bombardment of Russian parliament

On October 4, 1993, Moscow was a scene “of carnage, squalor and hideous destruction,” according to press reports, after Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the military storming of the Russian White House.

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50 years: Mexican police and soldiers open fire on student protesters

On October 2, 1968, more than 10,000 students and other supporters gathered in Tlatelolco Square in Mexico City.

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75 years ago: Soviet armies conclude successful Smolensk offensive

On October 2, 1943, the Soviet Union concluded its successful Smolensk offensive, having, over the previous months, liberated numerous strategically important cities from the invading forces of Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: New German government proposes an armistice to Woodrow Wilson

On October 4, 1918, the newly formed German government headed by Prince Max von Baden telegraphed to American President Woodrow Wilson appeals for an armistice.

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IYSSE

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NOVA, 25 September 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

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

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

Book review

Dopesick by Beth Macy
Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

By Gary Joad, 25 September 2018

Author Beth Macy paints a searing and heartbreaking portrait of the Appalachian victims of the current opioid epidemic in the United States.

Adam Tooze’s Crashed: The limitations of a Left-liberal historian

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The historian Adam Tooze has published a detailed account of the origins and development of the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

“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

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.

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 »

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

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.