19 August 2019

Further mass protests in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 19 August 2019

Underlying the protests is mounting frustration with the city’s glaring social inequality and the lack of welfare services, affordable housing and job opportunities.

As China masses troops on border, Trump calls for end to Hong Kong “problem”

India, Pakistan exchange artillery-fire, threats over Kashmir

By Keith Jones, 19 August 2019

At least 4,000 people have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir in the two weeks since New Delhi placed the disputed region under a state of siege.

Sri Lankan opposition party picks Gotabhaya Rajapakse as presidential candidate

By K. Ratnayake, 19 September 2019

The former defence secretary was directly implicated in war crimes and gross human rights abuses during final stages the war against the separatist LTTE.

Guardian columnist Owen Jones attacked by fascist thugs in London

By Robert Stevens, 19 August 2019

The attack is the latest on prominent left-wing figures and political organisations.

American media shuts down the Epstein story

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2019

Despite many unanswered questions, virtually all reporting on the death of multi-millionaire sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has halted following the verdict of suicide by the medical examiner.

Lawyers raise questions after medical examiner declares Epstein committed suicide

Why is the media dismissing questions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death as “conspiracy theories”?

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

Trump administration calls for permanent restoration of bulk phone communications surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 19 August 2019

The outgoing director of National Intelligence appealed to Congress for the restoration of the surveillance program that was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“This is corruption, collusion, conspiracy”
Newark, New Jersey residents denounce Democrats over lead-poisoned water

By our reporters, 19 August 2019

The city began distributing bottled water last week after it was revealed that faucet filters were failing to screen toxic lead from home drinking water.

Ashok Leyland autoworkers in India strike to demand higher bonuses

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 August 2019

The Ashok Leyland strike is part of series of militant struggles developing among autoworkers globally amid a major crisis in automobile industry in India and internationally.

As Australian government threatens to jail journalists, media chiefs denounce Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 19 August 2019

While claiming to champion the “right to know,” media executives condemned the WikiLeaks founder for exposing the crimes of the US spy and military apparatuses.

Germany: Ex-intelligence chief campaigns for Christian Democrats and far-right AfD

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 August 2019

Maassen is organizing election meetings in which there are often more supporters of the far-right AfD than CDU voters.

Germany: Plans to break up ThyssenKrupp take shape

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 August 2019

The ThyssenKrupp Group is accelerating its offensive against its 160,000-strong workforce.

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

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Amid slumps in sales due to escalating trade tensions and low corn and soybean harvests, Deere is intent on cutting production costs.

ArcelorMittal and state officials hid news of Indiana chemical spill

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 August 2019

Despite the posturing of local politicians, ArcelorMittal will likely receive no more than a slap on the wrist for its reckless polluting of the environment.

New in Romanian

1 Mai 2018 si bicentenarul nasterii lui Karl Marx

David North, 6 mai 2018

Ziua de 1 Mai 2018 este investită cu o semnificație deosebită, pentru că sărbătorim nu numai ziua solidarității internaționale a muncii, ci și cea de-a 200-a aniversare a nașterii lui Karl Marx.

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।

New in Norwegian

Konflikten mellom Japan og Sør-Korea intensiveres

Nick Beams, 19. august 2019

Sør-Korea kunngjorde i forrige uke at de har fjernet Japan fra lista av land som kvalifiserer for akselerert forsyning for sørkoreanske produkter, etter at Japan den 2. august hadde innført et tilsvarende tiltak mot Sør-Korea.

Ubesvarte spørsmål om russisk atomulykke

Andrea Peters, 19. august 2019

Farene forbundet med det raskt akselererende globale våpenkappløpet er åpenbare, selv om det gjenstår spørsmål om karakteren av den kjernefysiske eksplosjonen som fant sted i det nordlige Russlands forleden uke.

Beleiringstilstand i Kashmir: en advarsel til den internasjonale arbeiderklassen

Bill Van Auken, 19. august 2019

Vestlige regjeringer og medier har så godt som lagt lokk på informasjon om politi-stat-tilslaget mot 13 millioner kashmirer.

Den siste #MeToo-uhyrligheten: Operasangeren Plácido Domingo under angrep

David Walsh, 19. august 2019

Den 13. august la Associated Press ut en artikkel skrevet av Jocelyn Gecker med påstander om at den spanske operasangeren Plácido Domingo har seksuelt trakassert et antall kvinner, over en periode på flere tiår.

Advokater reiser spørsmål etter rettsmedisinsk sakkyndiges erklæring om at Epstein begitt selvmord

Jessica Goldstein, 19. august 2019

New York Times har grepet til den avvisende uttalelsen avgitt av New York Citys rettsmedisinske sakkyndige som angivelig bevis for at enhver antydning om mulig stygt spill vedrørende Epsteins død er resultat av grunnløse «konspirasjonsteorier».

Eksplosjoner ved russiske militæranlegg, med åtte døde

Andrea Peters, 19. august 2019

En eksplosjon ved et forsøksanlegg for kjernevåpen i nord-Russland, forbundet med det akselererende globale våpenkappløpet, og flere eksplosjoner ved et ammunisjonsdepot i Sibir har skadet flere titalls mennesker.

Tysklands Grønne forbereder seg for regjeringsdeltakelse

Peter Schwarz, 19. august 2019

Fjorten år etter sammenbruddet av den første koalisjonsregjeringen mellom sosialdemokratene SPD og die Grünen, er det angivelige miljøpartiet igjen betraktet som et kurant regjeringsparti i Tyskland.

New in French

Deux semaines de confinement sans précédent du Cachemire par l’Inde

K. Ratnayake, 19 août 2019

Le gouvernement hindouiste et suprémaciste indien du BJP a imposé un blocage total pour réprimer l'opposition de masse à la domination permanente du gouvernement central indien sur le Cachemire.

Corbyn veut se mettre à la tête d’un «gouvernement par intérim» pour empêcher un Brexit sans accord

Chris Marsden, 19 août 2019

La lettre de Corbyn révèle sa prosternation en voulant rassurer ses opposants politiques, y compris les blairistes de son propre parti, ainsi que le grand patronat, qu’il n'a que «l’intérêt national» comme objectif.

Les Verts allemands se préparent à participer au gouvernement

Peter Schwarz, 19 août 2019

Quatorze ans après l'échec du premier gouvernement du Parti social-démocrate-Verts, les Verts sont à nouveau considérés comme un parti de gouvernement viable en Allemagne.

État de siège au Cachemire: Un avertissement pour la classe ouvrière internationale

Bill Van Auken, 19 août 2019

Les gouvernements et les médias occidentaux ont gardé le silence sur la répression policière menée par l’État contre 13 millions de Cachemiris.

Les avocats soulèvent des questions après que le médecin légiste a déclaré qu'Epstein s'était suicidé

Jessica Goldstein, 19 août 2019

Le New York Times s’est emparé de la déclaration laconique publiée par le médecin légiste de la ville de New York comme preuve supposée que toute suggestion d’un possible acte criminel dans la mort d’Epstein serait le résultat de «théories de complot» sans fondement.

Comment le Canada est devenu un refuge pour les collaborateurs nazis ukrainiens

Roger Jordan, 19 août 2019

Après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le Canada est devenu un refuge pour les nationalistes ukrainiens d'extrême droite qui avaient collaboré avec les nazis, notamment en faisant la guerre à l'Union soviétique et en assassinant des Juifs.

New in Spanish

Estado de sitio en Cachemira: una advertencia para la clase obrera internacional

Bill Van Auken, 19 agosto 2019

Los Gobiernos y la prensa occidentales se han mantenido prácticamente en silencio sobre la represión del Estado policial contra los 13 millones de cachemiros.

Tlaib acepta términos israelíes, luego se echa atrás sobre visita a Cisjordania

Barry Grey, 19 agosto 2019

Los eventos de los últimos dos días han dado nuevas muestras de la cobardía del Partido Demócrata y la falta en su interior de cualquier oposición de principios a la agenda autoritaria de Donald Trump en su interior.

Corte militar venezolana encarcela a oficial sindical según crece la oposición en la clase obrera

Andrea Lobo, 19 agosto 2019

La imputación de Rubén González es parte de un esfuerzo para criminalizar la creciente oposición social entre los trabajadores y las masas empobrecidas.

New in German

Belagerungszustand in Kaschmir: Eine Warnung an die internationale Arbeiterklasse

Bill Van Auken, 19. August 2019

Die Regierungen und Medien im Westen befassen sich so gut wie gar nicht mit dem polizeistaatlichen Vorgehen gegen die 13 Millionen Einwohner von Kaschmir.

Atomunfall in Russland: Nach wie vor ungeklärte Fragen

Andrea Peters, 19. August 2019

Über die Atomexplosion im hohen Norden Russlands sind noch viele Fragen offen, doch die Gefahren, die von dem eskalierenden globalen Wettrüsten ausgehen, sind eindeutig erkennbar.

Anwälte bezweifeln Aussage der Rechtsmedizinerin über Epsteins Selbstmord

Jessica Goldstein, 19. August 2019

Die New York Times behandelt die knappe Erklärung der Gerichtsmedizinerin als Beweis, dass jeder Hinweis auf Ungereimtheiten bei Epsteins Tod nur auf unbegründeten „Verschwörungstheorien“ beruhen kann.

Griechische Regierung schafft „Universitäts-Asyl“ ab

George Gallanis, 19. August 2019

Das Gesetz über das Universitäts-Asyl war als Reaktion auf die blutige Diktatur der Junta (1967-1974) entstanden. Mit seiner Abschaffung ebnet die herrschende Klasse den Weg für einen diktatorischen Staat.

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Perspective

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

19 August 2019

CEOs in the United States make in one day what most workers make in a year, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

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Autoworker Struggles

“That was our money!” Autoworkers livid over UAW corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2019

UAW official indicted for taking millions in bribes as scandal spreads to GM

One month before the expiration of auto contracts
US autoworkers on collision course with the companies

Layoffs in global auto industry hit Mexico, India, China and the US

By Jerry White, 7 August 2019

Layoffs mount as slump in world auto industry deepens

“We are in a war with social injustice that cannot be reversed without an uprising”
Oshawa autoworker speaks on wildcat strikes, Unifor treachery

By Marcus Day, 9 August 2019

Canadian auto parts workers stage wildcat strike as Oshawa GM plant closure looms

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

German daily defends right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2019

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is outraged because students at Humboldt University in Berlin blocked plans to establish a centre for research into dictatorships.

State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2019

Facial recognition technology and identity politics

By Kevin Reed, 17 August 2019

Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back

By Kayla Costa, 17 August 2019

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit

By Barry Grey, 17 August 2019

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Underneath the banality of Klobuchar’s presidential campaign are pro-war, right-wing politics.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Arts Review

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

By Bernd Reinhardt, 19 August 2019

Margarethe von Trotta (Rosa Luxemburg, Rosenstrasse, Hannah Arendt) is one of the most important German filmmakers of the postwar period.

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

By David Walsh, 17 August 2019

On August 13, the Associated Press posted an article by Jocelyn Gecker alleging that Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo had sexually harassed a number of women over a period of several decades.

“Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

San Francisco school board proposes “compromise” in move to suppress historic Depression-era murals

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

Comments from August 13 SFUSD school board meeting
Supporters of the “Life of Washington” mural in San Francisco speak their minds

Stop the suppression of the San Francisco murals! Defend the right to history, art and culture!

Large turnout to view George Washington murals slated for destruction by San Francisco school board

An interview with historian Brenda Wineapple, author of books on Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
“Writing is a solitary and private act … I’m going to say what I think is true”

By David Walsh, 13 August 2019

History

200 years since the Peterloo Massacre

By Paul Bond, 16 August 2019

A savage attack by sword-wielding cavalry on a crowd of protesters in Manchester, England in August 1819 resulted in at least 18 people being killed and some 700 injured.

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

Featured Report

“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

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 August 2019

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

Mehring Books

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

14 August 2019

Mehring Books has just released the new English translation of the second volume of Rogovin’s monumental seven-volume series Was There an Alternative to Stalinism?

Workers Struggles

Australian health workers protest assaults on staff

By John Wilson, 17 August 2019

US Kaiser Permanente workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike

By Dan Conway, 16 August 2019

UK: Asda supermarket workers protest inferior contract

By Robert Stevens, 16 August 2019

UK supermarket worker: “The ‘choice’ from Asda is no choice—you sign or you’re out of a job”

By our reporters, 16 August 2019

Hospital workers strike spreads throughout France

By Anthony Torres, 15 August 2019

A socialist strategy is needed to defend jobs and conditions
UK: Bradford NHS workers vote to strike against privatisation

By Richard Tyler, 15 August 2019

Free Assange and Manning

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange

John Pilger warns: “Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him”

The ABC documentary “Hero or Villain”: Undermining the defence of Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 12 August 2019

The program’s pernicious subtext was that Assange should be viewed as dubious, at best, and undeserving of sympathy, let alone active political support.

Jennifer Robinson, a leading member of Assange’s legal team, speaks with the WSWS

By our reporters, 9 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!

Persecuted Sri Lankan writer released on bail

By Vimukthi Vidarshana, 13 August 2019

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

North American Immigration Issues

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”
Residents compare trauma of Mississippi ICE Raid to Hurricane Katrina

By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

“We can come together as a force:” Nashville resident who saw neighbors stop ICE speaks out

By our reporters, 13 August 2019

Scores arrested in protests against ICE in New York City

By Owen Mullan, 13 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.