7 November 2018

US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2018

The Republican Party retained control of the US Senate, gaining several seats, while the Democrats swept a series of governorships in the Midwest.

Billionaires, corporate money swing toward Democrats

By our reporter, 7 November 2018

The 2018 campaign is the most expensive congressional election ever, with more than $5.2 billion raised and spent.

UPS Freight, Teamsters to workers: Vote “yes” or face lockout and lose your health care

By Will Morrow, 7 November 2018

The Teamsters union has already declared it will refuse to call out UPS small package workers in the event of a strike or lockout in the freight division.

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

More on the struggle at UPS »

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018

Federal prosecutors are pointing to the systematic and pervasive character of the corruption revealed in the bribery scandal that has rocked the UAW leadership.

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

More on autoworkers issues »

Hans-Georg Maassen: A right-wing extremist at the head of the German secret service

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2018

Recent developments have made clear that Germany’s secret service has been run by a right-wing extremist for the past six and a half years.

Germany: Der Spiegel idealises far-right leader Björn Höcke

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2018

The German weekly Der Spiegel has published a flattering portrait of Björn Höcke in its issue of October 27.

Canada to dramatically hike, expedite deportations to “secure” borders

By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2018

The Trudeau Liberal government’s anti-refugee policy is emboldening reaction, including outright fascist forces.

Worker injured in explosion at ArcelorMittal steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 November 2018

The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have remained silent on the injury of a worker at the largest steel mill in North America.

Plantation unions move to shut down wage struggle amid Sri Lankan political crisis

By W. A. Sunil, 7 November 2018

The long-running plantation workers’ pay dispute has won powerful support from young people and other sections of the Sri Lankan working class.

Royal College of Nursing leadership in UK seeks re-election in defiance of no confidence vote

By Ajanta Silva, 7 November 2018

These are the same people who deliberately sold a rotten pay offer and were the subject of members’ outrage when the real details of the deal came to light.

UK students face rising debts, poor wages and further marketisation of higher education

By Thomas Scripps, 7 November 2018

Graduates’ pay figures are an expression of the declining wages and conditions of the working class.

Papua New Guinea: Thousands strike over extravagant APEC spending

By John Braddock, 7 November 2018

Workers in the impoverished Pacific island country held a one-day protest against the government’s purchase of 43 luxury cars for the APEC summit.

New in Spanish

El reporte de la Casa Blanca sobre el socialismo
El espectro de Marx se cierne sobre la burguesía estadounidense

Por Barry Grey, 7 noviembre 2018

El simple hecho de que el Gobierno reconozca el aumento en el apoyo al socialismo evidencia cambios inmensos en la conciencia política de la clase obrera y el terror que esto siembra en la élite gobernante.

Los candidatos demócratas elogian los ataques de Trump contra los inmigrantes mientras tropas llegan a la frontera

Por Eric London, 7 noviembre 2018

Los demócratas son silenciosos o apoyan las medidas del estado policial que están poniendo las vidas de los inmigrantes en peligro y preparando el camino para los ataques violentos contra todos los trabajadores.

Estados Unidos intensifica la guerra económica ilegal contra el pueblo de Irán

Por Keith Jones, 7 noviembre 2018

Washington’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iran—aimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change—is roiling world geopolitics.

ISO encubre el rol del Partido de los Trabajadores en la victoria de Bolsonaro en Brasil

Por Miguel Andrade y Bill Van Auken, 7 noviembre 2018

El ISO ve a los eventos en Brasil a través del prisma de su propio apoyo a los demócratas y el encubrimiento de sus razones reaccionarias de su oposición a Trump.

Trump intensifica su campaña antiinmigrante en vísperas de las elecciones estadounidenses

Por Patrick Martin, 7 noviembre 2018

La decisión de eliminar DACA es el más reciente ataque contra los derechos democráticos de los inmigrantes.

El Gobierno israelí defiende a Trump tras masacre en Pittsburgh

Por Jean Shaoul, 7 noviembre 2018

Las muestras espontáneas de solidaridad en comunidades judías y musulmanas por las víctimas de la atrocidad cometida en Pittsburgh fueron lo contrario al Gobierno de Netanyahu.

New in Portuguese

A vitória de Bolsonaro e o colapso do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

A eleição do fascista ex-capitão do exército sinaliza uma grande guinada à direita da classe dominante brasileira.

Quem é responsável pela ascensão do fascista Bolsonaro no Brasil?

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Uma série de grupos da pseudo-esquerda, muitos dos quais envolvidos na fundação do PT, estão defendendo o voto nesse partido capitalista de direita contra Bolsonaro.

O caminho na luta contra o perigo da extrema-direita na Alemanha

Ulrich Rippert e Johannes Stern, 6 de novembro de 2018

A enorme manifestação do último final de semana em Berlin expressou ampla oposição popular ao retorno do fascismo e do militarismo na Alemanha.

A ameaça da extrema-direita no Brasil e a responsabilidade do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Os impressionantes 46% de votos válidos obtido pelo fascista ex-capitão do exército Jair Bolsonaro no primeiro turno da eleição brasileira é o resultado de décadas de traições do Partido dos Trabalhadores e seus cúmplices e defensores da pseudo-esquerda.

New in French

L’effondrement d’immeubles à Marseille: le produit d’un crime social

Anthony Torres, 7 novembre 2018

Les travailleurs morts ou blessés dans cette tragédie l’ont été parce qu’ils étaient pauvres et se voyaient obligés de vivre dans des immeubles vétustes.

Les États-Unis intensifient leur guerre économique illégale contre le peuple iranien

Keith Jones, 7 novembre 2018

S’exprimant comme un don de la mafia, Pompeo a proposé que l’Iran fasse « un choix » entre un « demi-tour en abandonnant son action de hors-la-loi » et celui de voir « l’effrondrement de son économie ».

Le spectre de Marx hante la classe dirigeante américaine

Barry Gray, 7 novembre 2018

Le fait même que le gouvernement des États-Unis reconnaisse l’augmentation du soutien au socialisme témoigne de vastes changements dans la conscience politique de la classe ouvrière et de la terreur que cela provoque au sein de l’élite dirigeante.

Le président chinois dénonce la « loi de la jungle » dans le commerce

Nick Beams, 7 novembre 2018

Le discours du président chinois était une tentative de trouver des alliés dans l’intensification de la guerre commerciale avec les États-Unis.

L’Alliance du peuple tamoul de Wigneswaran : un piège pour les travailleurs sri-lankais

K. Nesan et V. Gnana, 7 novembre 2018

Dans un contexte de radicalisation internationale de la classe ouvrière, l’Alliance du peuple tamoul (TPA) vise à diviser les travailleurs en fonction de critères ethniques et à bloquer la croissance du Parti de l’égalité socialiste.

New in German

Zeltstädte für Immigranten und rechter Terror: Der neue Normalzustand in Amerika

Eric London, 5. November 2018

Widerstand gegen die zunehmende politische Gewalt und die Diktaturvorbereitungen setzt voraus, mit der Demokratischen Partei zu brechen und die amerikanische und internationale Arbeiterklasse zu mobilisieren.

Erfolgreiche Veranstaltung zum 80. Jahrestag der Vierten Internationale in Berlin

unseren Reportern, 5. November 2018

David North zeigte auf, dass all die Fragen, die vor 80 Jahren zur Gründung der Vierten Internationale führten, heute auf einem globalen Level wieder aufbrechen.

Europawahl 2018
Gegen die EU, soziale Ungleichheit, Faschismus und Krieg!Für Sozialismus und die Einheit der europäischen Arbeiterklasse!

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 5. November 2018

Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei hat auf einem Parteitag am 20./21. Oktober beschlossen, an der Europawahl vom 26. Mai 2019 teilzunehmen, und die Kandidaten für die bundesweite Wahlliste gewählt. Die folgende Resolution erklärt, welche Ziele die SGP dabei verfolgt und welche Aufgaben sie sich stellt.

Italien: Proteste und Streiks gegen die Regierung

Allison Smith, 5. November 2018

Vergangene Woche kam es in ganz Italien zu Streiks und Protesten gegen die Koalitionsregierung aus Lega und Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung. In Rom demonstrierten fast 10.000 Menschen gegen die Bürgermeisterin Virginia Raggi (M5S).

Ungarn erklärt Obdachlose zu Kriminellen

Markus Salzmann, 5. November 2018

Mit Haftstrafen für Obdachlose und Zwangsarbeit für Sozialhilfeempfänger knüpft die ungarische Regierung von Viktor Orbán an die barbarischen Praktiken des Faschismus und des Frühkapitalismus an.

New in Norwegian

Rapport om sosialisme fra Det hvite hus
Marx’ spøkelse hjemsøker den amerikanske styringsklassen

Barry Grey, 6. november 2018

Det faktum at den amerikanske regjeringen anerkjenner vekst i støtten for sosialisme vitner om store endringer i arbeiderklassens politiske bevissthet og den frykten dette utløser innen styringseliten.

USA eskalerer illegal økonomisk krig mot Irans befolkning

Keith Jones, 6. november 2018

Med ordvalg som en mafia don, ga Pompeo Iran «valget» mellom «180-graders-helomvending fra den lovløse handlingskursen» eller å se sin «økonomi smuldre».

New York Times skrur opp svertekampanjen mot Julian Assange

Tom Hall, 6. november 2018

Den siste runden av sverting er rettet inn mot å forberede den offentlige opinion for en eventuell påtale mot WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren om spionasjeanklager.

Kinas president fordømmer «jungelloven» for handel

Nick Beams, 6. november 2018

Den kinesiske presidentens tale var et forsøk på å sikre seg allierte i den tilspissende handelskrigen med USA.

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Perspective

The siege of Hodeidah: Washington doubles down on its war crime in Yemen

7 November 2018

Washington’s supposed demand for a ceasefire has only produced a sharp escalation in the world’s most murderous war.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 5 November 2018

Regardless of the outcome, the elections will set the stage for a further shift of US politics to the right.

White House report on socialism
The specter of Marx haunts the American ruling class

By Barry Grey, 6 November 2018

The very fact that the US government acknowledges a growth of support for socialism testifies to vast changes in the political consciousness of the working class and the terror this strikes within the ruling elite.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

After six months of campaigning, the meeting reviewed the experiences of members and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

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

6 November 2018

The WSWS urges all its readers who reside in the 12th Congressional District of Michigan to cast a class-conscious vote for the only socialist candidate in the 2018 elections.

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

By our reporter, 5 November 2018

Campaign website »

Arts Review

Venom: Childish science fiction and superheroes abound

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 November 2018

The latest Marvel film from Sony serves up a dish of superficial characters and contrived drama for a big box office success.

HBO’s The Night Of: An intelligent, gripping legal drama

By Carlos Delgado, 5 November 2018

History of the Fourth International

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

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board, spoke on the lessons of the 20th century, the attack on Marxism and the fight for socialism today.

Meetings this week in Cambridge and New York!

David North, the chairperson of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, will be speaking in the United States this fall to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Indian Trotskyists to hold meeting on 80 years of the Fourth International

6 November 2018

The meeting in Chennai, which will also mark 50 years of Sri Lanka’s SEP, will outline the lessons of the protracted struggle for Trotskyism in South Asia and internationally.

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

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

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

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

19 October 2018

Commentary

Trump steps up anti-immigrant campaign on eve of US election

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2018

US escalates illegal economic war on the people of Iran

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2018

Europe and America clash over Washington’s economic war on Iran

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

New York Times ramps up smear campaign against Julian Assange

By Tom Hall, 6 November 2018

Ecuador’s government cuts off all access to Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

ISO covers up Workers Party role in Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade and Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2018

Bolsonaro’s victory and the debacle of Brazil’s Workers Party

New York Times tries to shame “disillusioned young voters” into supporting the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 2 November 2018

Abigail Spanberger: CIA Democrat for Virginia’s 7th District

A wolf in wolf’s clothing: West Virginia Democrat Richard Ojeda

One year of the #MeToo movement

By David Walsh, 19 October 2018

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign

Exclusive Report

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”
The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

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

The fear mongering tactics of the Democratic Party and its allies are combined with a complete absence of any discussion of the actual conditions and concerns of the vast majority of young people.

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

Workers Struggles

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal announce booming profits, the United Steelworkers pushes sellout deals

By our reporters, 3 November 2018

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

More on Steelworkers Struggles »

Canada Post workers’ rotating strike briefly extended to Montreal

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

Canadian postal workers criticize ineffectual rotating walkouts

Canada: Postal union launches rotating walkout campaign

25 years ago: Castro speech, “We are becoming bourgeois”

In a speech to an audience of foreign businessmen on November 6, 1993, Cuban President Fidel Castro declared that his government was learning the ways of the capitalist world but still had extensive work to do in enforcing discipline on the Cuban working class.

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50 years ago: Nixon wins US presidential election

Republican nominee Richard Nixon won the US presidential election held on November 5, 1968, with only a narrow margin in the popular vote, but with a comfortable margin of 301 to 191 in the Electoral College.

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75 years ago: Soviet Red Army liberates Kiev

On November 6, 1943, the Red Army took control of decisive sections of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, amid heavy fighting with German forces which had occupied the city for the previous three years.

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100 years ago: Germany signs armistice with Allies, ending the First World War

On November 11, 1918, the German government, now a republic led by Friedrich Ebert, a Social Democrat who had supported the war aims of German imperialism, capitulated to the overwhelming power of an Allied offensive on the Western Front and signed a formal surrender.

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Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

This lecture was delivered by Nick Beams, a member of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, at several Australian universities during September and October 2018.

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

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Mehring Books

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.

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

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 Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

More on Amazon »

History

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

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


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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.