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Trump considers reinstating family separations at the border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 October 2019

The proposal to force parents to choose between separation and deportation to war-torn Central America is a form of emotional torture.

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

Hotel workers currently on strike in the US are getting meager or no strike pay, meted out by “unions” that are in fact businesses—cheap labor contractors run by well-paid corporate managers.

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

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

While Trump’s remarks are absurd, the hypocrisy of his critics in American ruling circles, given their long support for the murderous Saud regime, is staggering.

Washington state Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as “arbitrary and racially biased”

By Kate Randall, 16 October 2018

The ruling invalidating the state’s 37-year-old death penalty law makes Washington the latest in a string of states in recent years to abandon capital punishment.

“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

The vote is a further demonstration of workers’ determination to fight back against decades of declining wages, benefits, and working conditions.

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Rank-and-file steelworkers must begin to mobilize now to demand time to study and discuss the full contract before any vote on this latest sellout deal.

“National crisis” facing UK National Health Service as deficits grow

By Ben Trent, 16 October 2018

The budget deficits are the outcome of a systemic attack on a public health service provider with the intent of bringing the 70-year-old institution into private hands.

As Pakistan seeks IMF bailout, US intensifies pressure on Islamabad

By Sampath Perera, 16 October 2018

Washington has served notice that it intends to leverage Pakistan’s current account crisis to disrupt Islamabad’s economic and strategic partnership with China

Australian Labor Party leader vows to cut taxes for the rich

By Mike Head, 16 October 2018

The handouts to business and high-income households demonstrate the fraud of Labor’s claims to be tackling “fairness.”

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

By Terry Cook, 16 October 2018

The Maritime Union of Australia has cleared the way for the latest attacks by collaborating in the destruction of jobs, wages and conditions for decades.

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

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2018

The social media monopoly’s removal of left-wing news pages with millions of followers is the latest step in a conspiracy by the state and the technology giants to censor the internet.

A quarter-million protest in Berlin against the grand coalition and the return of fascism

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 October 2018

Nearly 250,000 people demonstrated Saturday in Berlin against racism, the far-right Alternative for Germany’s witch-hunting of immigrants, and the reactionary policies of the grand coalition government.

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

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

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

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

A worker from southern California reported that during balloting on the contract, UPS management asked workers how they voted and whether they wanted to change their vote.

Death toll from Hurricane Michael continues to climb

By Matthew Taylor, 15 October 2018

Hurricane Michael is now considered to be the third most powerful storm to impact the US.

Brexit crisis leaves fate of May government in balance

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2018

If the May government fails to secure an EU deal without precipitating a pro-Brexit Conservatives and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) rebellion, a general election might result, bringing a Jeremy Corbyn Labour-led government to power.

New York judge dismisses a sexual assault charge against producer Harvey Weinstein

By David Walsh, 15 October 2018

Judge James Burke took the action after it came to light that a New York City police detective had failed to report an interview with a friend of one of the complainants, Lucia Evans, which casts doubt on her version of events.

Washington presses Central America to militarize and turn away from China

By Andrea Lobo, 15 October 2018

With immigrants as the initial target, the militarization is ultimately aimed at suppressing any challenge from below and turning Central America into a battlefield in US wars against other “great powers.”

Scottish National Party proposes pact with Labour for second Brexit referendum

By Steve James, 15 October 2018

The SNP is proposing support for a Labour government in the UK based on demands for a rerun of the 2016 Brexit vote.

Chicago cop cleared in the 2012 killing of 15-year-old Dakota Bright

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 October 2018

The decision means that Brandon Ternand will not face any discipline for the murder and will be reinstated to active duty with back pay.

In Rome, Salvini and Le Pen launch campaign for a neo-fascist Europe

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Exploiting reactionary austerity policies carried out by social-democratic and pseudo-left parties across Europe, the two neo-fascistic leaders posed as defenders of the peoples of Europe.

Unions to “work with” Quebec’s new right-wing populist government

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2018

After decades of suppressing working class opposition to Liberal and PQ-led austerity governments, the unions are now offering their services to François Legault and his right-wing populist CAQ government.

Massachusetts: National Grid joins roster of companies risking customers’ lives

By John Marion, 15 October 2018

Another incident by a gas utility has been linked to overpressurization of gas lines.

New Zealand to fine travellers who refuse to unlock electronic devices at border

By Tom Peters, 15 October 2018

Under a new law, anyone entering New Zealand can be fined $5,000 for refusing to provide passwords and encryption keys, enabling Customs agents to search their electronic devices.

SEP holds campaign rally at FCA Warren Stamping plant

Autoworkers welcome SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By Tim Rivers, 15 October 2018

Autoworkers gave SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth a warm welcome at a plant gate rally Saturday afternoon in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan.

Another financial earthquake in the making

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2018

Two reports prepared by the IMF for its semiannual meeting pointed to the mounting problems of the global economy and financial system.

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder

Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

By Jordan Shilton, 13 October 2018

The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2018

PropOrNot, an organization that published a blacklist of oppositional media organizations in 2016, hailed Facebook’s actions as the precursor to shutting down the targeted organizations' web sites.

Bonus removal cancels out Amazon’s UK pay rise

By Alice Summers, 13 October 2018

Workers are effectively paying for their own wage increase through the slashing of employee benefits, share and incentive schemes, with some possibly seeing a net loss.

US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

By our reporters, 13 October 2018

The workers are rebelling against poverty level wages and inadequate benefits that have left many struggling to keep their heads above water.

Sri Lankan tea estate workers step up demands for higher pay

By M. Thevarajah, 13 October 2018

Demonstrations by estate workers underscore growing working-class opposition to the attacks of the government and employers.

Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast

By Kate Randall, 13 October 2018

Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.

Macron fails to name new French government

By Francis Dubois, 13 October 2018

More than ten days after Interior Minister Gérard Collomb resigned, President Emmanuel Macron again missed a self-imposed deadline to name a new government.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry:

Survivors and bereaved give evidence—“We will not be silenced anymore”

By Paul Bond, 13 October 2018

The evidence reveals a devastating picture of official negligence before and after the fire.

Russia: Putin ally Kudrin pushes for rapprochement with the imperialist powers

By Clara Weiss, 13 October 2018

Underlying the push toward improving ties with imperialism are the growing class tensions in Russia itself.

Australian government flags forcing new immigrants to live in designated zones

By Mike Head, 13 October 2018

The scapegoating of immigrants underscores the wholesale lurch to the right within the political establishment signalled by Prime Minister Morrison’s installation.

Australian “edu-business” set to profit under Gonski 2.0

By Erika Zimmer, 13 October 2018

Gonski 2.0 advocates an even more regressive testing regime than the NAPLAN model implemented by the Rudd Labor government in 2008.

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

By Eric London, 13 October 2018

Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian have struck a well-timed blow against postmodernism, a reactionary obstacle to the development of scientific socialist consciousness.

France’s Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht’s xenophobic Aufstehen group

By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2018

By his silence, Mélenchon is tacitly supporting forces within his Unsubmissive France party that are orienting toward right-wing populism and the militarization of Europe.

Indian sanitation workers union shuts down month-long strike; Western Australian bus drivers strike over pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 October 2018

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

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.

Facebook carries out massive purge of oppositional pages

By Andre Damon, 12 October 2018

In a sweeping assault on democratic rights, Facebook has carried out a purge of oppositional media pages with millions of followers.

US places alleged “Chinese spy” on public trial

By Mike Head, 12 October 2018

The timing of the unprecedented extradition points to a new stage in the US drive to prevent China from becoming an economic or military threat to US global hegemony.

Hurricane Michael leaves trail of death and destruction in southeastern US

By Daniel de Vries, 12 October 2018

The death toll, which currently stands at six, will almost certainly rise as emergency personnel gain access to more communities laid to waste by the storm.

Wall Street fall continues in day of swings

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2018

All major US indexes are now below their 200-day moving average, which is regarded as a key indicator of the market’s direction.

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The billionaire’s political career demonstrates the fundamental identity of the two corporate-controlled parties that comprise the US two-party system.

US student critical of Israel detained at Tel Aviv airport for more than a week

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2018

Lara Alqasem, 22, was targeted because she is president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the BDS campaign against Israel.

Polls in German state elections forecast massive rejection of Grand Coalition

By Marianne Arens and Markus Salzmann, 12 October 2018

If current opinion polls are correct, the election results will not only send shock waves through the states affected, but also through the federal government.

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Teachers face losing a quarter of their real wages this year, while Macri’s austerity policies threaten to cut funding for public education by up to 40 percent in real terms.

As union ignores strike authorization votes

Tubing company locks out steelworkers in Trenton, Georgia

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2018

The United Steelworkers continues to force US Steel and ArcelorMittal workers to stay on the job, despite unanimous strike votes.

As APWU keeps workers on the job

US Postal Service workers protest Trump’s privatization plans

By George Marlowe, 12 October 2018

Postal workers in more than 140 cities protested Trump’s privatization proposals while unions keep 200,000 workers on the job weeks after their contract expired on September 20.

Lead at some Detroit schools 50 times the allowable federal level

By Lawrence Porter, 12 October 2018

A new report on lead and copper in Detroit schools reveals the acute health dangers facing working class families due to the massive deterioration in education funding.

Another train derailment in New York strands thousands

By Guillaume Garnier, 12 October 2018

The neglect of infrastructure maintenance for decades has allowed the conditions of the subway and interstate rail systems to physically collapse.

US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China

By Tom Peters, 12 October 2018

Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.

Hitler’s resurrection in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2018

A column by Alternative for Germany (AfD) Chairman Alexander Gauland, based largely on a 1933 speech by Hitler, has been published in one of Germany’s most prominent newspapers.

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

12 October 2018

David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, was interviewed at length on Radio Sri Lanka’s “Coffee with Dan” program early this week.

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 October 2018

Grenell’s piece is an extreme example of the obsession with gender and race that has infected the upper middle class and the pages of the New York Times in particular.

US government may put separated immigrant children up for adoption

By Eric London, 11 October 2018

In one case, AP reports, “It took 28 minutes for a judge in a rural courthouse” to transfer guardianship of a toddler, without even notifying her mother.

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2018

Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to “retool” US society for “great power conflict.”

Major fall on Wall Street as interest rates rise

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2018

The main factor behind the fall appears to be the spike in yields on US Treasury bonds, which have risen sharply in recent days to above 3 percent.

Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida as category four storm

By Matthew Taylor, 11 October 2018

The storm is one of the most powerful on record to impact the US

Leaked Google document: Tech firms have shifted away from “free speech and towards censorship”

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2018

On Tuesday, the far-right news outlet Breitbart News published a leaked internal document by technology giant Google that openly discusses political censorship.

IMF revises down global growth projection

By Nick Beams, 11 October 2018

The world outlook report warns that trade tensions have shifted the “balance of risks” to the downside.

Ongoing opposition to Teamsters ramming through UPS contract despite workers’ vote

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

In order to push through the contract, Teamsters officials have dredged up a never-used obscure clause in the union constitution, stuck in 30 years ago.

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera strike for the first time in 50 years

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera have gone on strike as funding to the arts is drastically cut in the United States.

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018

Strikes and protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu companies that employ the majority of India’s 7.6 million auto manufacturing workers.

Britain’s pseudo-left oppose worker rebellion against Royal College of Nurses leadership

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 11 October 2018

The no-confidence motion against the executive of the Royal College of Nurses is only one example of growing opposition to the decades of betrayals by the trade union bureaucracy.

065 Steelworkers lockout in Georgia

11 October 2018

080 USPS contract protest

11 October 2018

Calls grow in Madrid to ban Catalan nationalist parties

By Alejandro López, 11 October 2018

Banning parties that collectively receive millions of votes would mark a major escalation in the drive of the Spanish and European bourgeoisie to establish a police state.

Kilometres from the ashes of Grenfell Tower

British royals spend millions on palace improvements

By Laura Tiernan, 11 October 2018

More than £1.4 million will be spent to make Kensington Palace more comfortable for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

New Zealand government bans “foreigners” from buying houses

By Sam Price, 11 October 2018

The scapegoating of immigrants is an attempt to divert attention from the Labour Party-led government’s refusal to address the housing crisis.

Murder in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2018

The apparent brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul exposes the criminality not only of the Saudi regime, but also its principal patron, US imperialism.

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2018

The leading Democratic Party-aligned newspaper joined the Republican president in gushing over the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

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.

The case of Sydney Schanberg

How the NY Times shielded Trump and the Manhattan real estate mafia

By Barry Grey, 11 October 2018

The Times got rid of Schanberg because he was writing column after column exposing the Westway project—a $4 billion highway-luxury apartment development that was being avidly promoted by Trump and his fellow real estate speculators.

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

Among the many students who oppose the school’s partnership with the CIA is a medical student who told the IYSSE, “The CIA is the greatest terrorist organization in the world, and now it wants its tentacles on our campus.”

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

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 2018

New York University’s DC campus, heavily funded by the Department of Defense and military-affiliated philanthropists, operates as a conference hall and recruitment center for the intelligence agencies and armed forces.

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

Pompeo visit heightens US-China rift

By James Cogan, 10 October 2018

Testifying to the fraught state of relations, China’s foreign minister publicly lambasted the United States.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

#MeToo-style allegations used to oust popular University of Michigan professor

By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018

John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.

Australian encryption bill becomes a global test case for surveillance

By Mike Head, 10 October 2018

Internet service providers would be compelled to facilitate the cracking of encryption codes.

The far-right threat in Brazil and the role of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2018

The stunning 46 percent vote for the fascistic former army captain Bolsonaro is the end product of decades of betrayals by the Workers Party and its pseudo-left accomplices and apologists.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no”

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2018

The thoroughly right-wing campaign waged by the Democratic Party over the Kavanaugh nomination, focused solely on allegations of sexual assault, has set the tone for the US congressional elections.

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters’ defiance of contract vote

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

There is widespread and growing distrust and skepticism among workers about the officially reported figures for both the vote and the turnout.

Marriott hotel workers strike spreads to Hawaii

By Kevin Martinez, 9 October 2018

Nationwide, 7,700 workers from 23 hotels are now on strike in eight cities, demanding better pay and safer working conditions.

Key provision of USMCA trade deal aimed at China

By Nick Beams, 9 October 2018

A clause in the US trade deal with Canada and Mexico is aimed at nothing less than a “reset” of global trade relationships.

Brutal conditions at Greek refugee camps condemned

By John Vassilopoulos, 9 October 2018

The appalling conditions in Greece refugee camps are a direct consequence of the filthy deal cut between the European Union, Turkey and the Syriza government in 2016.

Chemnitz: German Neo-Nazi terrorist group relied on extremist network

By Christopher Lehmann, 9 October 2018

The authorities’ claims that the anti-immigrant rampage by neo-Nazis in Chemnitz took them by surprise are not credible.

German government organises mass deportations of refugees to Kabul

By Marianne Arens, 9 October 2018

The louder the protests of working people, the more deliberate and mercilessly the German government pursues its right-wing policies.

French government on verge of collapse after interior minister resigns

By Alex Lantier, 9 October 2018

Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, ministers are abandoning Macron in an attempt to save their political careers by finding positions in municipal politics.

Relations deteriorate between Hungary and Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 9 October 2018

Two of eastern Europe’s right-wing governments clash in a dispute over passports, language laws and military exercises.

Ford announces plans for more layoffs amid new restructuring efforts

By Marcus Day, 9 October 2018

Under increasing pressure from Wall Street, Ford announced further restructuring efforts last week, including the planned elimination of thousands of salaried positions.

Australian union prepares sellout after ending Alcoa strike

By Terry Cook, 9 October 2018

Alcoa’s “job security” promise, touted by the union to end an indefinite strike at the company’s Western Australian operations, is worthless.

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.

New Zealand prime minister’s false facade of “hope” and “kindness”

By John Braddock, 9 October 2018

Ardern’s platitudinous speech to the UN general assembly was aimed at covering up her Labour-led government’s agenda of austerity and militarism.

US Senate elevates right-wing judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh marks a further major step to the right by the highest US court.