21 November 2018

Thousands of GM salaried workers to lose jobs in 2019

By Jerry White, 21 November 2018

The cuts are a prelude to a far broader assault on jobs and living standards amid an expected shake-out of the global auto industry.

Amidst talk of US auto industry consolidation UAW pushes economic nationalism ahead of 2019 contracts

UAW hides details of new tentative agreement from Indiana Lear workers

More on autoworkers issues »

Trump rules out further action against Saudi regime over Khashoggi’s murder

By James Cogan, 21 November 2018

Trump’s only real concern is US “national interest”—namely, lucrative economic relations with the Saudi monarchy and Saudi support for US aggression in the Middle East.

Ocasio-Cortez to support Pelosi as top Democrat and House Speaker

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2018

The newly elected congresswoman, a member of the DSA, called Pelosi the most progressive candidate to lead Democrats in the House of Representatives.

DSA-backed “progressive Democrats” drop phony opposition to Trump’s attacks on immigrants

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

More on US politics »

Sri Lanka: UNP demands Facebook protect identity of party supporters

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 November 2018

UNP allegations that state authorities could be collaborating with Facebook to target its supporters came amid escalating infighting within the Sri Lankan political elite.

Washington’s censorship regime goes global
Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka

The political crisis in Sri Lanka: Its lessons for the international working class

Amazon dictates terms to New York over second headquarters

By Guillaume Garnier, 21 November 2018

The deal between Amazon and the city and state will provide billions to the world’s richest company.

The government’s $4.6 billion handout to Amazon
Why Amazon should be expropriated

Thousands of Austrian metal workers on strike

By Markus Salzmann, 21 November 2018

Metal workers are striking for higher wages and against the tightening of labour laws by the right-wing government.

At APEC, PM puts Australia on frontline of US confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2018

Australian Prime Minister Morrison lined up with US Vice President Pence at the recent APEC meeting, as China’s policies were denounced across the board.

US vice president beats war drums in Asia

UN says millions in Britain deliberately plunged into “great misery”

By Robert Stevens, 21 November 2018

UN special rapporteur: “We are witnessing the gradual disappearance of the postwar British welfare state.”

Protests over PetroCaribe continue as Haitian president seeks imperialist support

By John Marion, 21 November 2018

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets over the embezzlement of PetroCaribe funds and to call for the ouster of President Jovenel Moïse.

City of London Corporation reneges on its social housing pledge

By Charles Hixson, 21 November 2018

Only 900 units, less than a quarter of the City’s council home building project, are set to be completed by 2025.

Pakistan prime minister visits Beijing amid heightened US-China tensions

By Pradeep Ramanayaka, 21 November 2018

If Khan was hoping for an immediate financial bailout from China, he was disappointed as Beijing offered no specific aid and signed no significant agreements.

Bipartisan push to ramp up police powers after Australia’s latest “terror” attack

By Mike Head, 21 November 2018

Amid another anti-Muslim scare campaign, the Labor Party defended its “fine record of bipartisanship on national security.”

New in Turkish

Fransa, kitlesel protestolarla sarsılıyor

Alex Lantier, 20 Kasım 2018

Macron’un akaryakıt vergisi zammına karşı protestolarda, toplumsal eşitsizliğe karşı bastırılmış öfkenin dizginsiz bir şekilde taşmasına tanık olundu.

ABD, Kaşıkçı cinayeti nedeniyle sınırlı yaptırımlar uyguladı

Mike Head, 20 Kasım 2018

Hem ABD Hazine Bakanlığı’nın yaptırımlarının zamanlaması hem de önlemlerin zar zor hedefini bulan niteliği, Beyaz Saray’ın, Suudilerin olaylara ilişkin en son versiyonunu desteklemeye çalıştığına işaret etmektedir.

New in French

Près de 1300 personnes sont toujours portées disparues
Incendies en Californie: Le bilan risque de s’alourdir considérablement

David Brown, 20 novembre 2018

L'indignation populaire augmente au fur et à mesure qu'apparaissent des détails pointant vers la culpabilité des géants de l'énergie de l'État et des représentants du gouvernement pour avoir créé les conditions de ce brasier fatal.

Le vice-président américain intensifie l’épreuve de force avec la Chine au sommet de l’APEC

Peter Symonds, 20 novembre 2018

Pour la première fois en 29 ans d’existence de l’APEC, le sommet n’a pas publié de communiqué final, les États-Unis et la Chine n’ayant pas réussi à se mettre d’accord sur ses termes.

Des Gilets jaunes mobilisés parlent au World Socialiste Website

nos correspondants, 20 novembre 2018

Des participants aux actions des gilets jaunes expliquent pourquoi ils se mobilisés. Le mouvement s’est poursuivi hier dans de nombreuses régions.

La « conférence de tous les partis » du président Sri-lankais ne parvient pas à surmonter la crise

Rohantha De Silva, 20 novembre 2018

La réunion de Sirisena a suivi trois jours consécutifs de heurts violents et acharnés au parlement entre les fractions de Rajapakse et de Wickremesinghe.

Les États socialistes unis d’Europe sont la seule réponse au Brexit

Chris Marsden, 20 novembre 2018

Toutes les factions de l’élite britannique au pouvoir, qu’elles soient pour ou contre l’adhésion à l’UE, ou pour un autre moyen de maintenir les relations avec l’UE, s’opposent violemment aux intérêts de la classe ouvrière.

La série de conférences sur les 80 ans de la quatrième internationale se poursuit avec des réunions en Californie et en Oregon

Nos jounalistes, 20 novembre 2018

Dans le contexte du nombre croissant de victimes des incendies en Californie et de la montée de l’extrême droite, les réunions ont attiré un large public de jeunes, d’étudiants et de travailleurs de la côte ouest.

New in Arabic

ثمانون عام على تأسيس الأممية الرابعة: دروس من التاريخ ومن النضال في سبيل الاشتراكية اليوم

٨ تشرين الأول أكتوبر ٢٠١٨

في السابع من شهر أكتوبر قدم دافيد نورث ، رئيس هيئة التحرير الدولية لموقع الاشتراكية العالمية ، المحاضرة التالية أمام لقاء جماهيري حاشد في كولومبو نظمه حزب المساواة الاشتراكية في سريلانكا. وكان هذا هو اللقاء الثاني في سريلانكا وتم تنظيمه بمناسبة الاحتفال بالذكرى الثمانين لتأسيس الأممية الرابعة وبمناسبة الذكرى الخمسين لتأسيس حزب المساواة الاشتراكية في سريلانكا.

New in Spanish

El vicepresidente de Estados Unidos percute los tambores de la guerra en Asia

Por Peter Symonds, 21 noviembre 2018

Mike Pence efectivamente le presentó el siguiente ultimátum a China: acepten un estatus subordinado y semicolonial o enfréntense a todo el poderío diplomático, económico y, en última instancia, militar de Estados Unidos.

En medio de protestas masivas, Francia anuncia el regreso al servicio militar universal

Por Alex Lantier, 21 noviembre 2018

Después de que cientos de miles de personas protestaran contra aumentos de impuestos antiobreros durante el fin de semana, el gobierno francés anunció sus planes para empezar a reclutar a los jóvenes el próximo verano.

El conflicto comercial entre Estados Unidos y China lleva a la liquidación en Wall Street

Por Nick Beams, 21 noviembre 2018

La liquidación fue dirigida por acciones de alta tecnología que son sensibles a las tensiones de guerra comercial intensificadas que impactan en sus cadenas de abastecimiento globales y podrían disminuir la demanda por sus productos.

Gran Bretaña: Universidad de Reading pone artículo sobre la “ética de la revolución” bajo políticas contra el terrorismo

Por Tom Scripps, 21 noviembre 2018

La prohibición del ensayo de Geras bajo la ley contra el terrorismo es una medida una medida del estado policial que, por primera vez, ha puesto la mira en un artículo que discute el socialismo y la revolución.

New in German

US-Vizepräsident trommelt in Asien für Krieg

Peter Symonds, 21. November 2018

Mike Pence stellte China ein Ultimatum. Entweder Peking akzeptiert einen unterwürfigen Status als Halbkolonie oder es wird sich der vollen Härte des diplomatischen, wirtschaftlichen und letztendlich militärischen Gewichts der USA stellen müssen.

Frankreich kündigt angesichts von Massenprotesten die Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht an

Alex Lantier, 21. November 2018

Nachdem am Wochenende in Frankreich Hunderttausende gegen arbeiterfeindliche Steuererhöhungen protestiert hatten, kündigte die Regierung an, bereits ab nächsten Sommer Jugendliche zum Wehrdienst einzuziehen.

Putin und Erdogan feiern Fertigstellung von TurkStream-Pipeline

Peter Schwarz, 21. November 2018

In dem Pipelineprojekt bündelt sich ein komplexes Geflecht ökonomischer und geostrategischer Interessen, die Gegenstand explosiver Konflikte zwischen Groß- und Regionalmächten sind.

Bundesweiter Warnstreik der Gebäudereiniger

Dietmar Henning, 21. November 2018

Bestreikt wurden unter anderem Flughäfen, Krankenhäuser, Verwaltungen, Industriestandorte und Schulen. Die Branche ist von extremer Ausbeutung geprägt.

IYSSE kandidieren zur Wahl des Studierendenparlaments an der Ruhr-Uni Bochum

unserem Korrespondenten, 21. November 2018

Die IYSSE treten zu den StuPa-Wahlen an, um eine sozialistische Bewegung gegen Militarismus und Krieg, soziale Ungleichheit und den Aufstieg der extremen Rechten aufzubauen.

New in Norwegian

Frankrike rystet av masseprotester

Alex Lantier, 19. november 2018

Det var rop som «Macron gå av» fra demonstranter som holdt plakater der det sto «Nei til de rikes president.»

USAs visepresident skrur opp konfrontasjonen med Kina på APEC-toppmøte

Peter Symmonds, 19. november 2018

For første gang i APECs 29-årige historie publiserte ikke toppmøtet en slutterklæring, da USA og Kina ikke ble enige om ordlyden.

Tusener deltok i demonstrasjon mot fascisme i London

Robert Stevens, 19. november 2018

Arrangørenes nasjonalistiske og pro-kapitalistiske program byr ikke arbeidere og ungdom noe grunnlag for å bekjempe fascismen og det ytrehøyre.

«Kapitalismen skaper problemet med flyktninger og gjør dem til syndebukker»
London-demonstranter snakker ut mot rasisme og fascisme

our reporters, 19. november 2018

En rekke av de som ble intervjuet snakket om parallellene med 1930-tallet og behovet for å opponere mot at innvandrere og flyktninger blir gjort til syndebukker.

Det eneste svaret på Brexit er De forente sosialistiske stater av Europa

Chris Marsden, 19. november 2018

Alle fraksjoner av Storbritannias styringselite – enten de er for eller mot EU-medlemskap, eller om de oppfordrer til en eller annen form for fortsatte relasjoner – er like brutalt imot arbeiderklassens interesser.

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Perspective

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

21 November 2018

While wildfires, like hurricanes, are rooted in natural causes, the horrific consequences are the product of corporate malfeasance and government neglect.

Earlier Perspectives »

Photo Essay

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

By Toby Reese and Douglas Alan, 19 November 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited a tent camp set up outside of a Walmart near Chico, California, as well as parts of Paradise, California, which was destroyed by the Camp Fire.

Commentary

France shaken by mass protests

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2018

Amid mass protests, France announces return to universal military service

By Alex Lantier, 20 November 2018

“Macron is the president of the rich”: “Yellow Vest” protesters speak out

US-China trade conflict leads to Wall Street sell-off

By Nick Beams, 20 November 2018

The only answer to Brexit is the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 19 November 2018

Brexit deal threatens survival of May government

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

By James Cogan, 17 November 2018

Australian establishment collaborates in US vendetta against Julian Assange

A terrorist network inside the German Army

By Peter Schwarz, 17 November 2018

At least 200 soldiers in German Army neo-Nazi terror network

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold lecture on “Lessons of History and the Fight for Socialism Today”

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 November 2018

The lecture in Jaffna will focus on the political lessons of key strategic experiences of the 20th century for the working class and their contemporary relevance.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold meetings on the socialist solution to the political crisis

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

Arts Review

Showtime’s Kidding with Jim Carrey: Everyone has a breaking point

By Ed Hightower, 20 November 2018

The often humorous drama follows beloved children’s television personality, Mr. Pickles, through personal and social tragedy.

Web television series Homecoming: Everything about America’s wars, corporate elite is “rotten” …
… And two much weaker series, Maniac and Wanderlust

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 17 November 2018

Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old: A devastating depiction of the horrors of war

By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

Workers Struggles

Canada Post and Trudeau government conspire to break postal strike

By Keith Jones, 20 November 2018

As Canada Post steps up provocations, union silent on back-to-work law threat

Canada Post union silent on Trudeau’s threat to outlaw strike

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers’ union relinquishes due process rights

By Nancy Hanover, 19 November 2018

US teacher unions’ “Remember in November” fizzles

After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

“The Teamsters union is with the company”
UPS workers oppose Teamsters isolation of freight division, call for united struggle

More on the struggle at UPS »

25 years ago: Clinton intervenes to halt American Airlines strike

The American Professional Flight Attendants union called off a five-day strike against American Airlines on November 23, 1993, after the Clinton administration brokered a deal to submit the strikers’ demands to binding arbitration.

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50 years ago: West Virginia disaster kills 78 US coal miners

On November 20, 1968, a series of explosions at the Consolidation Coal (Consol) No. 9 mine in Mannington, West Virginia, killed 78 miners.

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75 years ago: Uprising against liquidation of Janowska concentration camp in Poland

On November 19, 1943, Jewish prisoners in the Janowska concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland launched a heroic rebellion against the imminent liquidation of the center and the mass murder of all those incarcerated in it.

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100 years ago: Anti-semitic pogrom begins in Polish-Ukrainian city of Lvov

Rioting from November 21-23, 1918, primarily by ethnic Poles and encouraged by Polish armed forces, left scores of Jews dead in Lvov, the largest city of Galicia, in what is now western Ukraine.

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History of the Fourth International

“Eighty Years of the Fourth International” series continues with meetings in California and Oregon

By our reporters, 17 November 2018

Taking place in the backdrop of the rising death toll from the California fires and the rise of the far-right, the meetings attracted broad audiences of youth, students and workers across the West Coast.

Growing interest in socialism at Chicago meeting on 80th anniversary of Fourth International

By the IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 14 November 2018

David North lecture tour
Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

David North lecture tour
More than 100 attend meeting at MIT on anniversary of the Fourth International

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

Friday, November 30, 6pm for 6:30. Admission free, please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

Mehring Books

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

9 November 2018

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

Vote Niles Niemuth, Socialist Equality Party, for US House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th district!

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

Campaign website »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The way forward for young people: Not Democratic Party politics, but the fight for socialism!

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 November 2018

Against the right-wing attacks of university administrators and the far-right
Successful solidarity event for the student union of Humboldt University

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

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

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

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.

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.