18 December 2018

Financial market fall accelerates on global growth fears

By Nick Beams, 18 December 2018

With all indexes now in “correction” territory, having fallen more than 10 percent since their highs, Wall Street is on track to record its biggest annual decline since 2008.

China’s economic slowdown: The political issues confronting the working class

Bombings kill 62 in Somalia amid escalating US scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2018

The intensive US air strikes in Somalia came on the heels of Washington’s unveiling of a new policy based upon Africa as an arena of great power conflict.

Sri Lanka: Action committee of Abbotsleigh Estate workers holds inaugural meeting

By our correspondents, 18 December 2018

The meeting passed resolutions calling for independent action committees to fight for decent wages and conditions, and pledged support to “yellow vest” protesters in France, US auto workers and jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in India.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan plantation workers’ strike

Sri Lankan plantation workers end strike action under protest

Los Angeles teachers and supporters speak out at mass rally
“We don’t want the wars, we don’t want the prisons, we want that money to go to students who need it”

By our reporters, 18 December 2018

WSWS reporters were warmly received by teachers and their supporters at a mass rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

Mass demonstration by Los Angeles teachers

Los Angeles teachers and the fight for social equality

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court refuses to hear SEP’s legal action against May Day meeting ban

By our correspondent, 18 December 2018

The government’s intention was to sabotage May Day demonstrations and rallies, a tradition established by workers before the end of British colonial rule in 1948.

Sri Lankan president reinstates sacked prime minister

“My union president acts as if he owns us. Like we’re his property.”
Indiana Lear worker denounces UAW effort to push through sellout deal on third vote

By Marcus Day, 18 December 2018

Voting ends Tuesday night on a third attempt by the UAW to gain ratification of a sellout deal that is little different from two earlier proposals decisively rejected by workers in Hammond and Portage.

Form rank-and-file committees to advance the fight!
UAW attempts third sellout contract at northwest Indiana Lear auto parts plants

US Navistar workers to vote again on contract after 98 percent “no” vote

More on autoworkers issues »

“I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt”
Amazon worker wrongfully fired for theft reveals company’s dead-end appeal system

By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2018

A former employee at Amazon’s BWI-5 facility in Baltimore, Maryland contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to describe what can only be called a nightmare of corporate red tape at his former employer.

Protests against new labour law in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2018

Several thousand workers have taken to the streets of Budapest on a daily basis to protest against the tightening up of labour law by the Hungarian government.

Massive collapse of UK housing built for “social rent” in last decade

By Simon Whelan, 18 December 2018

The number of council homes in Britain has halved over recent decades and is now at its lowest level since the late 1960s.

Australian Labor Party to boost police-military operations to block refugees

By Mike Head, 18 December 2018

Shorten unequivocally restated Labor’s intent to keep using the navy to push back refugee boats and to retain the “offshore processing” regime of detaining asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands.

MSF reveals “mental health suffering” in Australia’s Nauru refugee detention camp

Australian Labor Party leaders warn of rising popular discontent

“Lefts” ensure stage-managed Australian Labor Party conference

New in Turkish

İleriye doğru önemli bir adım: Detroit’teki otomotiv işçileri toplantısı

Joseph Kishore, 18 Aralık 2018

Detroit’teki toplantıda, fabrikaların kapatılmasına, işten çıkarmalara ve işçi sınıfına yönelik diğer saldırılara karşı mücadele etmek için, sendikalardan bağımsız, tabandan fabrika komiteleri kurma kararı alındı.

Detroit toplantısı, General Motors’un fabrikaları kapatmasına karşı mücadele örgütleme kararı aldı

Will Morrow, 18 Aralık 2018

Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni tarafından çağırısı yapılarak düzenlenen toplantıda, General Motors’un (GM) ABD’deki ve Kanada’daki beş fabrikasını kapatma ve 15.000 işçiyi işten çıkarma planına karşı bir direniş örgütleme kararı alındı.

GM fabrikalarının kapatılmasına karşı Detroit toplantısının kararı
GM fabrikalarının kapanmasına hayır! İşten çıkarmaları ve tavizleri durdurmak için işçi sınıfını harekete geçirin!

18 Aralık 2018

Toplantı, fabrikaların kapatılmasına karşı muhalefeti örgütlemek için, etkilenen tüm işyerlerinde, fabrikalarda ve mahallelerde, UAW’den, Unifor’dan ve diğer sendikalardan bağımsız taban komiteleri kurmayı karara bağlar.

New in French

Cinquième manifestation des Gilets Jaunes contre le gouvernement Macron

Alex Lantier, 18 décembre 2018

Les médias et les partis officiels font pression sur les Gilets Jaunes pour qu’ils acceptent la légalisation des référendums d’initiative populaire comme une concession qui justifierait la fin des manifestations.

La crise mondiale du pouvoir capitaliste et la stratégie de la révolution socialiste

Joseph Kishore, 18 décembre 2018

Quelles que soient les particularités nationales, la crise politique de la domination de classe dans chaque pays est déterminée par les mêmes processus mondiaux.

Corbyn, le Brexit et la lutte pour les États socialistes unis d’Europe

Chris Marsden, 18 décembre 2018

Le dirigeant travailliste Jeremy Corbyn s’est attribué le rôle de garant de la stabilité nationale, dénonçant l’incapacité de Theresa May et des conservateurs à « mettre fin au chaos ».

Le parlement étudiant de l’Université Humboldt de Berlin condamne l’attaque de la droite contre la réunion de l’IYSSE

Nos correspondants, 18 décembre 2018

Le parlement étudiant a adopté à l’unanimité une résolution défendant l’International Students for social equality contre les tentatives de l’Alternative pour l’Allemagne, parti d’extrême droite, de perturber ses réunions.

Le Canada soumet la dirigeante de Huawei à de lourdes conditions de remise en liberté en attente des résultats des procédures d’extradition vers les États-Unis

Keith Jones, 18 décembre 2018

La Chine a publié une déclaration mardi qualifiant l’arrestation de Meng de «complot politique» fomenté par le Canada et les États-Unis.

New in German

Die globale Krise der kapitalistischen Herrschaft und die Strategie der sozialistischen Revolution

Joseph Kishore, 18. Dezember 2018

Unabhängig von den nationalen Besonderheiten wird die politische Krise der Klassenherrschaft in jedem Land von den gleichen globalen Prozessen getragen.

Rechtsextreme Zelle in der Frankfurter Polizei

Marianne Arens, 18. Dezember 2018

Offenbar ist in der Frankfurter Polizei ein rechtsradikales Netzwerk aufgeflogen. Die Polizisten schickten sich Nazi-Kommentare, Hakenkreuze und ausländerfeindliche Hetzparolen. Sie sollen auch hinter den Morddrohungen gegen die zweijährige Tochter einer Rechtsanwältin stecken.

Eisenbahngewerkschaft akzeptiert minimale Lohnerhöhung

Dietmar Henning, 18. Dezember 2018

Am Wochenende einigten sich die Deutsche Bahn und die Eisenbahngewerkschaft EVG auf einen neuen Tarifvertrag. Auf ein Jahr gerechnet beträgt die prozentuale Erhöhung 2,5 Prozent, was etwa der aktuellen Inflationsrate entspricht.

NRW-Landtag verschärft Polizeigesetz und Regeln der Abschiebehaft

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18. Dezember 2018

Obwohl Zehntausende dagegen demonstriert hatten, stimmte neben den Regierungsparteien CDU und FDP auch die SPD für das umstrittene Gesetz.

Sri Lanka: Präsident setzt entlassenen Premierminister wieder ein

K. Ratnayake, 18. Dezember 2018

Sirisenas Entscheidung, Wickremesinghe wieder einzusetzen, wird die Krise nicht beenden, sondern den politischen Konflikt in der herrschenden Elite Sri Lankas nur kurzzeitig unterbrechen.

Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis auf Moskauer Buchmesse „non/fiction“ vorgestellt

unseren Korrespondenten, 18. Dezember 2018

Die russische Ausgabe von David Norths Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis wurde auf der internationalen Buchmesse „non/fiction“ in Moskau vorgestellt.

New in Spanish

La crisis global del dominio capitalista y la estrategia de la revolución socialista

Por Joseph Kishore, 18 diciembre 2018

Más allá de las peculiaridades nacionales, los mismos procesos globales impulsan las crisis políticas del gobierno capitalista en cada país.

Manifestación masiva de docentes en Los Ángeles

Por Dan Conway, 18 diciembre 2018

La protesta, la cual involucró hasta 50.000 manifestantes, es la más reciente indicación del retorno de la resistencia por parte de los educadores en todo EUA que han participado en la mayor ola huelguística de maestros en décadas.

Los docentes de Los Ángeles y la lucha por la igualdad social

Por el Boletín de los maestros del WSWS, 18 diciembre 2018

Esta declaración será distribuida en la manifestación masiva de maestros y simpatizantes en Los Ángeles el sábado.

Indefendible de Rohini Hensman: la ISO descubre su musa —la CIA— Primera parte

Por Alex Lantier, 18 diciembre 2018

Los argumentos de Hensman se inclinan inevitablemente en una dirección: las guerras estadounidenses han sido la principal fuerza liberadora del último cuarto de siglo.

New in Russian

Протесты «желтых жилетов» во Франции: Куда дальше?

Алекс Лантье, 14 декабря 2018 г.

Ключевым вопросом является создание независимых организаций рабочего класса во Франции и в международном масштабе в качестве подготовки к европейской всеобщей забастовке.

New in Norwegian

Israel ruller ut den røde løperen for Europas nyfascister

Bill Van Auken, 14. desember 2018

Netanyahus hylling av Italias høyreekstreme innenriksminister Salvini som en «stor venn av Israel» demonstrerer affiniteten mellom den sionistiske staten og nyfascismen.

Julian Assange fordømmer sin illegale innesperring i den ekvadorianske ambassaden

Oscar Grenfell, 14. desember 2018

WikiLeaks-utgiveren, som åpenbart er ved forringet helse, kom med kommentarene i en høring mot den ekvadorianske regjeringens «Spesialprotokoll», som har som formål å tvinge ham over i britiske og amerikanske hender.

Tre drept og 12 såret i masseskyting i Strasbourg, før «gul vest»-protest

Alex Lantier, 13. desember 2018

Den franske styringseliten griper allerede til angrepet som anledning til å trampe på demokratiske rettigheter, med krav om at «gule vest»-demonstranter legger ned sine protester mot Macron.

Tyske aviser anklager Macron for kapitulering for den «gule mobben»

Peter Schwarz, 13. desember 2018

Næringslivsorienterte tyske medier reagerer med indignasjon på den franske presidentens forsøk på å tekkes «gul vest»-protestbevegelsen med sine sosiale innrømmelser.

Bundeswehr anskaffer ny tanksbataljon

Johannes Stern, 13. desember 2018

Utvidelsen av tanksdivisjonene er en del av Tysklands omfattende planer for oppgradering av alle Bundeswehrs våpengrener.

Ford-direktører dømt for torturanklager fra 1970-tallet

Bill Van Auken, 13. desember 2018

Ford-direktørene anga militante arbeidere til militærdiktaturets politi og bidro med å sette opp et torturssenter inne på bilkonsernets argentinske fabrikkanlegg.

Et vesentlig skritt fremover: Bilproduksjonsarbeidernes Detroit-møte beslutter å etablere grunnplankomitéer

Joseph Kishore, 13. desember 2018

I sentrum av verdenskapitalismen begynner arbeiderklassen å etablere det nødvendige organisatoriske og politiske rammeverket for en motoffensiv.

«Dette møtet er et kraftig uttrykk for den voksende opposisjonen i arbeiderklassen»Rapport til Detroit-møtet for å bekjempe GM-fabrikknedleggelsene

Jerry White, 13. desember 2018

Jerry White, arbeidsredaktør for WSWS, introduserte resolusjonen til 9.-desember-møtet, som skisserte strategien for å forene arbeidere i USA og internasjonalt mot angrepene på arbeidernes jobber og betingelser.

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Perspective

The disinformation campaign behind the allegations of Russian “disinformation”

18 December 2018

The US media was dominated Monday by reports that Russia is responsible for the growth of opposition to police violence and social inequality in the United States.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The global crisis of capitalist rule and the strategy of socialist revolution

By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2018

Whatever the national peculiarities, the political crisis of class rule in every country is driven by the same global processes.

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Watch: Shannon Allen's remarks at Detroit autoworkers meeting

On December 9, Amazon worker Shannon Allen delivered these remarks at an emergency meeting of autoworkers held in Detroit to oppose plant closures.

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Parti de l’égalité socialiste holds Paris meeting on “yellow vest” protests

By our reporter, 18 December 2018

Several dozen people attended the meeting, including several “yellow vest” protesters as well as members of the Tamil community in Paris.

SEP (Australia) meeting announces rallies in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 18 December 2018

The protests in Sydney and Melbourne will demand that the government take immediate action to secure Assange’s return to Australia, with a guarantee against extradition to the US.

SEP meeting attendees speak out in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 18 December 2018

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 4

By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2018

Hensman’s attempts to provide a moral-humanitarian rationale for supporting imperialist wars as “democratic revolutions” form an obscene political lie.

Commentary

Corbyn, Brexit and the struggle for the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 17 December 2018

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2018

French state prepares crackdown for fifth Saturday of “yellow vest” protests

Fifth French “yellow vest” protest opposes Macron government

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2018

Ex-1968 student leader Cohn-Bendit denounces French “yellow vest” protests

More on the 2018 "yellow vest" protests in France »

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2018

Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2018

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

Workers Struggles

Ontario Tories to block power workers strike; Mexican teachers strike to demand bonus
Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 December 2018

Thousands of teachers in Baja California struck to demand payment of their year-end bonus last week while the Ontario Tory government has recalled the provincial legislature to illegalize a threatened strike by power workers.

Nightmare odyssey of an American autoworker
A Chrysler worker’s 15-year fight to win her job back

By Shannon Jones, 14 December 2018

Over 4,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers on limited strike in California

Germany: Ford announces massive job cuts at its Saarlouis plant

Arts Review

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma: Art and struggle

By Rafael Azul, 17 December 2018

Bodyguard: A political thriller in six episodes from the UK

By David Walsh, 15 December 2018

The ignorant, repressive attack on Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

By David Walsh, 14 December 2018

WSWS 2018 Year End Fund

Homeless Amazon worker Shannon Allen: “In order to grow, the WSWS needs money.”

Donate now at wsws.org/donate.

IYSSE

Student parliament condemns right-wing attack on IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our reporters, 17 December 2018

25 years ago: Milošević wins Serbian parliamentary election

The party of Serbian President Slobodan Milošević won parliamentary elections on December 19, 1993, the first popular vote to be held in Serbia after the break-up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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50 years ago: Apollo 8 begins voyage to the moon

On December 21, 1968, the US Apollo 8 spacecraft lifted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida on a mission to become the first manned vehicle to circle the moon.

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75 years ago: Military coup in Bolivia

On December 20, 1943, Bolivian President Enrique Penarada was overthrown by a coup carried out by military officers under the leadership of Gualberto Villarroel and supported by the bourgeois nationalist Revolutionary Nationalist Movement.

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100 years ago: Revolutionary sailors block all the exits of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin

On December 23, 1918, German sailors of the Peoples Naval Division, who had been threatened with transfer and had had their pay withheld by the Social Democratic government, marched on the government headquarters in Berlin.

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Mehring Books

In Defense of Leon Trotsky presented at Moscow Book Fair

By our correspondents, 15 December 2018

Science

Greenland ice sheet melting at an accelerating rate due to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Fund appeal

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

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

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 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.

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.