23 August 2019

“We are ready stay out as long as it takes”
Workers at GM, Ford, and Chrysler ready to strike in contract fight

By Jerry White, 23 August 2019

In front of the factory gates Thursday, Fiat Chrysler workers explained what the most critical issues they want addressed in new labor agreements.

“It’s ludicrous the way they treat the temps”
GM autoworker speaks out on UAW corruption, upcoming contract fight

Autoworkers determined to fight as UAW contract deadline approaches

More on autoworkers struggles »

US escalates preparations for nuclear war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2019

After withdrawing from the INF treaty, the US is accelerating its preparations to fight a nuclear war with China or Russia by testing and stockpiling dangerous new weapons in a nuclear arms race.

Wildfires rage throughout the Amazon rainforest

By Bryan Dyne, 23 August 2019

The Amazon rainforest supplies one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and plays a key role in the planet’s climate.

Macron-Putin meeting before G7 summit highlights global geopolitical conflicts

By Will Morrow, 23 August 2019

The meeting took place in the context of increasing calls centered in Paris and Berlin for the European Union to develop its capabilities to wage wars independently of the United States.

Australia joins US naval operation against Iran, foreshadows involvement in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 23 August 2019

Sixteen years after the Iraq war, US imperialism has plans for even more catastrophic crimes—against both Iran and China.

German defence minister visits troops in Jordan and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 23 August 2019

The message of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was the same everywhere: The German army should continue and even expand its operations in the resource-rich Middle East.

Bangladesh: Thousands of families homeless after fire destroys Dhaka shanty homes

By Wimal Perera, 23 August 2019

The disaster highlights the grim situation facing millions of poor people struggling to survive in megacities around the world.

Democrats enforce crackdown on vehicular homelessness in Los Angeles

By Rafael Azul, 23 August 2019

Nearly 10,000 people are forced by high rents and stagnant wages to live in their vehicles on the streets of the second largest city in the United States.

UK High Court rules in favour of spy agencies

By Trevor Johnson, 23 August 2019

It is now legal for state agents to hack into large numbers of electronic devices, without any grounds for suspicion, on the say-so of judges.

UK government prepares for social unrest following no-deal Brexit

Brandenburg, Germany: Far-right AfD leads polls in state election

By Tino Jacobson, 23 August 2019

While large parts of Brandenburg have been deindustrialised and abandoned, nearly 600 millionaires live in the state.

Germany’s Merkel tells UK government no Brexit concessions—Labour’s Corbyn steps up calls for caretaker government

Australia: Train workers’ union calls off Melbourne strike

By David Cohen, 23 August 2019

Confronted by yet another sell-out, workers need to take their fight out of the hands of the RTBU bureaucracy, forming rank and file committees.

New in Portuguese

Os 79 anos do assassinato de Leon Trotsky

Bill Van Auken, 23 Agosto 2019

Setenta e nove anos depois de ser assassinado pelas mãos de um agente stalinista, Trotsky permanece uma imponente figura histórica com imensa relevância política contemporânea.

New in Turkish

Sri Lanka SEP Hatton’da “Assange’a Özgürlük” mitingi ve halk toplantısı düzenledi

Muhabirlerimizden, 23 Ağustos 2019

Sinhala ve Tamil dilinde pankartlar taşıyan katılımcılar, Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük sloganları attılar.

New in Norwegian

Italias statsminister Conte trekker seg og utløser regjeringskrise

Marianne Arens, 23. august 2019

Den viktigste oppgaven for en ny regjering er innen den 15. oktober å legge frem et budsjett EU vil godkjenne, og det vil kreve store nedskjæringer på arbeiderklassens bekostning.

Merkel avviser Brexit-innrømmelser til den britiske regjeringen – Labour’s Corbyn trapper opp krav om caretaker-regjering

Robert Stevens, 23. august 2019

Storbritannias statsminister Boris Johnson søker innrømmelser basert på å få overbevist EU-lederne om at et Storbritannia som krasjer ut også reiser vesentlige problemer for Europa.

New in French

Macron compte réprimer les manifestations contre le sommet du G7 à Biarritz

Kumaran Ira, 23 août 2019

Le gouvernement Macron mobilise un dispositif de sécurité draconien à Biarritz, utilisant les forces militaires pour lutter contre l’opposition sociale.

La démission du premier ministre italien Conte déclenche une crise gouvernementale

Marianne Arens, 23 août 2019

La tâche la plus importante d'un nouveau gouvernement est de présenter un budget conforme aux directives de l'UE d'ici le 15 octobre, ce qui nécessitera des coupes massives aux dépens de la classe ouvrière.

Alors que Merkel refuse toute concession sur le Brexit face au gouvernement britannique
Le travailliste Corbyn intensifie son appel à la formation d’un gouvernement intérimaire

Robert Stevens, 23 août 2019

Le premier ministre britannique Boris Johnson cherche à obtenir des concessions des dirigeants de l’Union européenne en tentant de les convaincre qu’un Brexit chaotique aurait de graves conséquences pour l’UE.

Il y a 75 ans: Paris libéré de l'occupation nazie

WSWS, 23 août 2019

New in Spanish

Cómo luchar por los derechos democráticos en Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 23 agosto 2019

Los trabajadores y jóvenes en Hong Kong necesitan apelar a sus hermanos y hermanas de clase en China que enfrentan al mismo enemigo de clase: el régimen estalinista en Beijing que defiende los intereses de la élite corporativa y los superricos.

La nueva atrocidad de #MeToo (#YoTambién): el cantante de ópera Plácido Domingo es objeto de ataques

David Walsh, 23 agosto 2019

El 13 de agosto la Associated Press publicó un artículo de Jocelyn Gecker que afirmó que el cantante de ópera español Plácido Domingo acosó sexualmente a varias mujeres durante décadas.

Trump ordena el encarcelamiento indefinido de familias inmigrantes detenidas, ataca la ciudadanía por derecho de nacimiento

Eric London, 23 agosto 2019

Los demócratas han respaldado en gran medida los ataques de Trump contra los inmigrantes, con el New York Times describiendo sus campos de concentración como "centros de detención familiar".

Trump denuncia a los judíos por “deslealtad” si no votan por él

Patrick Martin, 23 agosto 2019

Dicho por primera vez el martes y repetido el miércoles, el comentario de Trump es un llamado abierto a sus simpatizantes fascistas y supremacistas blancos.

Los pagos globales de dividendos alimentan la creciente desigualdad social

Will Morrow, 23 agosto 2019

El informe demuestra cómo los mercados financieros sirven como mecanismo para la transferencia de riqueza en la escala de ingresos, de la clase trabajadora a la élite corporativa.

Más de un tercio de las personas con altos salarios viven en Londres mientras los trabajadores apenas pueden salir adelante

Thomas Scripps, 23 agosto 2019

Londres representa una concentración monstruosa de todas las contradicciones y de las inequidades sociales del capitalismo británico.

New in German

Wie der Kampf für demokratische Rechte in Hongkong geführt werden muss

Peter Symonds, 23. August 2019

Arbeiter und Jugendliche in Hongkong müssen sich an ihre Klassengenossen in China wenden. Sie sind mit dem gleichen Gegner konfrontiert: dem stalinistischen Regime in Peking, das die Interessen der Eliten aus der Wirtschaft und der Superreichen vertritt.

Merkel und Orbán: Einigung auf Kosten von Flüchtlingen und Demokratie

Peter Schwarz, 23. August 2019

Zum 30. Jahrestag stimmten Merkel und Orbán Lobeshymnen auf die „Freiheit“ an – zu Lasten von Flüchtlingen und demokratischen Rechten und im Interesse einer engeren militärischen Zusammenarbeit.

Merkel lehnt Brexit-Zugeständnisse ab, Corbyn erneuert Aufruf zu „Übergangsregierung“

Robert Stevens, 23. August 2019

Der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson will Zugeständnisse von den EU-Regierungschefs erzwingen, indem er sie davon überzeugt, dass ein harter Brexit auch Europa vor große Probleme stellen würde.

Britische Regierung bereitet sich auf soziale Unruhen nach hartem Brexit vor

Robert Stevens, 23. August 2019

Die herrschende Elite wird wegen des Brexits von der schwersten Krise seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zerrissen.

Syrizas Vermächtnis: Vier Jahre Kürzungen, Privatisierungen, Militarismus und Angriffe auf Flüchtlinge
Teil 3

Katerina Selin, 23. August 2019

In dieser Artikelserie soll aufgezeigt werden, was die vierjährige Regierungspolitik von Syriza für Arbeiter, Jugendliche und Rentner in Griechenland konkret bedeutete.

Mélenchon preist Regierung Mexikos als Inbegriff einer „Bürgerrevolution“

Will Morrow, 23. August 2019

Jean-Luc Mélenchons Lob für die AMLO-Regierung spricht Bände darüber, welche Art Regierung er selbst führen würde, wenn er die Präsidentschaftswahlen 2022 gewinnen würde.

New in Russian

Ядерная авария в Северодвинске: Вопросов больше, чем ответов

Андреа Питерс, 22 августа 2019 г.

Опасности, связанные с быстро усиливающейся глобальной гонкой вооружений, ясны; при этом остаются вопросы относительно природы ядерного взрыва, произошедшего в начале месяца на российском крайнем севере.

New in Hindi

कश्मीर पर नई दिल्ली का हमला और सांप्रदायिक प्रतिक्रिया, साम्राज्यवाद और युद्ध के खिलाफ लड़ाई

कीथ जोन्स, १० अगस्त २०१९

पिछले सोमवार(5 अगस्त) परमाणु शक्ति सम्पन्न देशों भारत व पाकिस्तान के बीच 70 साल पुरानी सैन्य-रणनीतिक प्रतिद्वंद्विता का केंद्र रहे तथा भारत द्वारा नियंत्रित कश्मीर क्षेत्र के भूभाग से भारतीय हिंदूवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) सरकार द्वारा जम्मू-कश्मीर (J& K)की‘अर्द्ध’-स्वायत्तस्थिति को अवैध रूप से समाप्त कर दिया गया।

New in Bengali

কাশ্মীরের ওপর নতুন দিল্লীর আক্রমণও এবং সাম্প্রদায়িক প্রতিক্রিয়া, সাম্রাজ্যবাদ ও যুদ্ধের বিরুদ্ধে লড়াই

কিথ জোন্‌স্‌, ১০ অগাস্ট ২০১৯

গত সোমবার, ভারতের হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি) সরকার জম্মু ও কাশ্মীরের বিশেষ, আধা-স্বায়ত্বশাসনের অধিকারকে অবৈধভাবে বাতিল করেছে। এই জম্মু ও কাশ্মীর ভারতের নিয়ন্ত্রণে থাকা কাশ্মীর অঞ্চল, যা গত সাত দশক ধরে পরমাণু শক্তিধর দুই রাষ্ট্র ভারত ও পাকিস্তানের মধ্যে হয়ে চলা সামরিক-কৌশলগত শত্রুতার কেন্দ্রে রয়েছে।

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Perspective

Trump’s bid for Greenland and the imperialist redivision of the world

23 August 2019

While the media has focused on Trump’s crude methods, underlying the proposal to buy Greenland is a deadly serious imperialist scramble for control of the Arctic.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

In this 1998 tribute to Vadim Z. Rogovin, David North explains what made this Soviet historian a remarkable “prophet of historical truth.”

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

14 August 2019

Commentary

Why is the New York Times still trying to sweep the Epstein case under the rug?

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2019

Amid reports of “stunning” violations of protocol by prison officials in the death of America’s most famous prisoner, the Times claims that questions regarding the well-connected sex trafficker are “conspiracy theories.”

American media shuts down the Epstein story

On the 79th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2019

Seventy-nine years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains a towering historical figure with immense contemporary political relevance.

How to fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2019

Trump orders indefinite jailing of detained immigrant families, attacks birthright citizenship

By Eric London, 22 August 2019

Trump denounces Jews for “disloyalty” if they do not vote for him

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2019

Record global dividend payouts fuel rising social inequality

By Will Morrow, 22 August 2019

Greece’s New Democracy government intensifies Syriza's anti-refugee policy

By George Gallanis, 22 August 2019

Voices from Ferguson, Missouri five years after the police murder of Michael Brown

By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2019

Five years after police murder of Michael Brown
Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests

Ann Arbor forum discusses who was responsible for the Flint water crisis

By James Brookfield, 22 August 2019

The work of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in the Flint water crisis

By James Brookfield, 22 August 2019

The fascist attack on Guardian journalist Owen Jones

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2019

Arts Review

Bill Frisell speaks with WSWS: “Music is like a teacher who opens your eyes to many things”

By Richard Phillips, 23 August 2019

Virtuoso jazz guitarist Bill Frisell discussed some of the conceptions underpinning his musical approach and his forthcoming album during the Australian leg of his recent Asian tour.

Brian Banks: A false rape accusation and its consequences
Also, Rosie and Angels Are Made of Light

By Joanne Laurier, 21 August 2019

The newest #MeToo atrocity: Opera singer Plácido Domingo comes under attack

By David Walsh, 17 August 2019

German film prize goes to Margarethe von Trotta, director of Rosa Luxemburg (1986) and Rosenstrasse (2003)

Free Assange and Manning

Auto and railway workers in Tamil Nadu, India defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 22 August 2019

Socialist Equality Party wins support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning at Manchester Peterloo Massacre commemoration

By our reporters, 22 August 2019

Sri Lankan SEP holds “Free Assange” rally and public meeting in Hatton

By our reporters, 21 August 2019

Julian Assange’s father warns WikiLeaks’ publisher’s health is “declining rapidly” in Belmarsh Prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 August 2019

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Workers Struggles

Harlan County, Kentucky workers support coal miners’ blockade

By Samuel Davidson, 23 August 2019

Miners blocking shipments of coal from a bankrupt mine have the backing of other workers and residents in eastern Kentucky

“It’s not just miners, but all blue-collar workers, like the teachers, who have been mistreated too”
Blackjewel miners in Kentucky vow to continue fight against coal operator

Ontario teachers face threat of state repression, wage and job cuts in upcoming contract fight

By Carl Bronski, 23 August 2019

The role of the teacher unions has been to hand the initiative to the Ford government, allowing the Tories to unveil a sweeping assault on teachers’ wages and working conditions without their organizing any meaningful opposition.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 August 2019

Portuguese truck drivers’ strike called off but dispute continues; further strikes by ground staff at Spain’s Barcelona airport; national strike at Nigeria’s universities

Ryanair faces industrial unrest across Europe

By our reporter, 22 August 2019

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

One year after Washington state strikes, layoffs and cuts propel educators into new fight

By Kayla Costa and Diana Green, 21 August 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

Joe Ashton, UAW VP named in corruption scandal, had long history of selling out auto workers

By Jerry White, 21 August 2019

UAW corruption scandal: Former union VP Joe Ashton reportedly took $550,000 in illegal kickbacks

Detroit to serve as a cheap labor platform
Behind Fiat Chrysler’s $4.5 billion investment in the Motor City

By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2019

Mass layoffs for workers; millions for GM, Ford and Chrysler CEOs

By Andre Damon, 19 August 2019

US farm equipment manufacturer John Deere calls for “organizational efficiency,” threatening jobs

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Science

New human species discovered in the Philippines

By Frank Gaglioti, 21 August 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

25 years ago: US Senate approves Clinton crime bill

On August 25, 1994, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was given final approval by the US Senate after being agreed to by the House.

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50 years ago: Hurricane Camille devastates US Southeast

On August 19-20 Hurricane Camille made its way from the Gulf of Mexico through the southeast US to the state of Virginia, causing an immense loss of life and damage.

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75 years ago: Paris liberated from Nazi occupation

On August 25, 1944, the German military, which had occupied Paris since 1940, surrendered the historic city after a successful offensive of Allied troops and a widespread uprising of the French Resistance.

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100 years ago: Fredrich Ebert becomes first president of the Weimar Republic

On August 21, 1919, German Social-Democratic leader Fredrich Ebert became the first president of the newly established Weimar Republic.

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Socialist Equality Party

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 August 2019

Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Mass protests erupt after Sudan’s military junta guns down school children”

We are publishing in Arabic the article published August 1 on the World Socialist Web Site by Jean Shaoul.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE wins seat in student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

By the IYSSE group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 16 July 2019

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Fund Appeal

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.