Rejecting Macron’s speech, fuel tax protesters call new demonstrations in France

By Alex Lantier, 28 November 2018

French President Macron’s decision to give a speech addressing the protesters only made clear that he firmly intends to pursue his right-wing policies and has nothing to offer.

Slanders depicting “Yellow Vest” protesters as violent neo-fascists collapse

By our reporter, 28 November 2018

No to Macron’s maneuvers to strangle the Yellow Vest protests in France

French riot police assault mass protests in Paris

General Motors worker on job cuts: “This is all about corporate greed”
Detroit-Hamtramck autoworkers want to fight against plant closures

By our reporters, 28 November 2018

Workers expressed their contempt for the UAW, which did not even bother to turn up at the plant for the first shift since the announcement.

“Workers in the US, Mexico and Korea should all stand up”
Lordstown GM autoworkers oppose shutdown and mass layoffs

Unifor union pushes nationalist poison over GM Oshawa closure plan

By Carl Bronski, 28 November 2018

After Oshawa GM workers walked out, Unifor officials ordered them back to work and sought to divert opposition with appeals to Trudeau and Trump for tariffs against Mexico.

Form rank-and-file committees
Reject the UAW-Lear sellout contract! Unite with GM and other autoworkers in a common fight!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 28 November 2018

The UAW, defying the will of its membership, is forcing a vote on virtually the same rotten deal Lear workers overwhelmingly rejected in October.

In run-up to contract vote
UAW intensifies campaign of intimidation against Indiana Lear workers

More on autoworkers issues »

Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2018

The attack, which also wounded four Americans, came amid a worsening deterioration of the US position after 17 years of war.

Plead for charity or die: A blunt message from the American health care system

By Nancy Hanover, 28 November 2018

One of the ugly secrets of US medical care—the rationing of life-saving procedures based on ability to pay—was exposed by the recent experiences of a Michigan woman seeking a heart transplant.

Thousands remain homeless after Columbia Gas disaster in Massachusetts

By John Marion, 28 November 2018

More than 5,000 people are still unable to return to their homes after a series of explosions ripped through the Merrimack Valley in September.

From the Nazis to the AfD: Big business finances the far-right

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2018

The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was made possible by huge contributions from billionaire August von Finck, whose father financed Hitler and made a fortune by “Aryanising” Jewish property.

British PM May attacked from all sides ahead of parliament Brexit vote

By Robert Stevens, 28 November 2018

As it stands there is no parliamentary arithmetic under which May can get the Brexit deal passed.

Rajapakse-aligned MPs boycott Sri Lankan parliament

By W.A. Sunil, 28 November 2018

The ongoing crisis has shattered the carefully cultivated image of parliament as an august and democratic assembly, engaging in serious discussion on issues of public interest.

US-South Korean tensions over stance towards North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2018

US ultimatums to Pyongyang to denuclearise are threatening South Korean efforts to reduce tensions and engage with North Korea.

Australian government announces early budget

By Mike Head, 28 November 2018

As the government tears itself apart, the prime minister is engaged in a desperate bid to hold onto office until May, 2019, the latest possible date for the next election.

Australian parliamentary inquiry discusses intensifying internet censorship

Australian prime minister denounces students’ climate-change protests

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 November 2018

Scott Morrison’s comments expressed the acute fear of the ruling establishment that students and young people are beginning to enter into political struggle.

To stem climate change, capitalism must be ended

New in Russian

Россия обстреливает и захватывает военные корабли Украины

Клара Вайс, 28 ноября 2018 г.

Военная эскалация в Азовском море готовилась ​​в течение нескольких месяцев серией провокаций со стороны украинского режима, поддерживаемого европейским и американским империализмом.

New in Turkish

Putin ve Erdoğan, Türk Akımı boru hattının tamamlanmasını kutladı

Peter Schwarz, 28 Kasım 2018

Boru hattı projesi, başta ABD, Rusya, Türkiye ve Avrupa olmak üzere, büyük ve bölgesel güçler arasında patlayıcı anlaşmazlıkların konusu olan karmaşık bir ekonomik ve jeostratejik çıkarlar ağını bir araya getiriyor.

Fransız polisi Paris’teki kitlesel protestolara saldırdı

Alex Lantier, 28 Kasım 2018

Sarı Yelekliler’in taleplerinin, Fransa’da ve dünya çapında, yalnızca devrimci mücadele ve siyasi iktidarın işçi sınıfına aktarılması yoluyla elde edilebileceği her zamankinden daha açık hale gelmektedir.

Yemen’de en az 85.000 çocuğun ölümü ve Suudi-ABD savaş suçları

Mike Head, 28 Kasım 2018

Suudi Arabistan, 2015’te, Obama yönetiminin desteğiyle, Suudi egemenlerinin bölgesel rakibi İran tarafından desteklendikleri iddia edilen Şii asilerle savaşmak için Yemen iç savaşına müdahale etmişti.

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in 80 Yılı: Tarihin Dersleri ve Günümüzde Sosyalizm Uğruna Mücadele

David North, 28 Kasım 2018

Dördüncü Enternasyonal, Troçki tarafından, işçi sınıfı içindeki devrimci önderlik krizini çözmek için kuruldu.

New in Spanish

¡Defiendan a los trabajadores inmigrantes de la violencia estatal!

Por Eric London, 28 noviembre 2018

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EUA) condena la operación militar del Gobierno estadounidense en la frontera de EUA-México el domingo como un horrible crimen de lesa humanidad.

GM cerrará cinco plantas en EUA y Canadá, recortando 14.700 empleos

Por Jerry White, 28 noviembre 2018

Los sindicatos han facilitado el cierre de la planta y plantean la necesidad de que los trabajadores automotrices en los EUA y Canadá formen organizaciones independientes para preparar una huelga coordinada.

Oficiales de EUA y México fomentan reacción nacionalista contra los inmigrantes

Por Noriza Díaz, 28 noviembre 2018

Después de una manifestación contra la caravana el domingo en Tijuana, la Patrulla Fronteriza cerró la garita San Ysidro el lunes por la mañana, dejando a decenas de miles en pánico, como un intento para atizar ira y confusión.

En repudio a las maniobras de Macron para estrangular las protestas de los Chalecos Amarillos en Francia

Por Alex Lantier, 28 noviembre 2018

Las negociaciones que Macron les ha ofrecido hoy a los manifestantes son una trampa para un movimiento que necesita girar decididamente a la clase obrera y a una estrategia revolucionaria.

La desaceleración económica mundial golpea las exportaciones peruanas

Por Cesar Uco, 28 noviembre 2018

Detrás de los crecientes escándalos de corrupción en Perú se encuentra la crisis del modelo económico de libre mercado introducido en la década de 1990.

Inmigrantes pasan hambre en Estados Unidos por temor a ser deportados si usan cupones de alimentos

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 noviembre 2018

La inseguridad alimentaria en las familias inmigrantes de EUA por menos de cinco años aumentó de 9,9 por ciento en 2007 a 17,8 por ciento en la primera mitad de 2018.

New in French

Le mensonge que les Gilets jaunes seraient des néofascistes violents s’effondre

Alexandre Lantier, 28 novembre 2018

Aucun des travailleurs gardés à vue arrêtés à Paris lors de la manifestations des Gilets jaunes n'était fiché, ni à l’extrême-droite ni parmi les mouvances anarchistes.

L’assaut militaro-policier à San Ysidro
Il faut défendre les travailleurs immigrés contre la violence de l’État !

Eric London, 28 novembre 2018

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (États-Unis) condamne l’opération militaire menée dimanche par le gouvernement américain à la frontière américano-mexicaine comme un horrible crime contre l’humanité.

GM va fermer cinq usines aux États-Unis et au Canada, supprimant 14 700 emplois
Pour une contre-offensive sociale contre les suppressions d’emplois !

Jerry White, 28 novembre 2018

Les fermeture d’usines ont été facilitées par les syndicats et posent la nécessité de former des organisations indépendantes par les travailleurs américains et canadiens de l’automobile en vue de préparer une grève coordonnée.

Le gouvernement Trudeau criminalise la grève à Postes Canada

Roger Jordan et Keith Jones, 28 novembre 2018

La loi libérale qui rend illégale la campagne de grèves tournantes des travailleurs de Postes Canada n'est que la dernière loi de toute une série qui ont largement aboli le droit de grève au Canada.

Les métallurgistes iraniens font la grève pour les arriérés de salaire, la sécurité et les emplois

Samuel Davidson et Keith Jones, 28 novembre 2018

La grève de 4000 métallurgistes dans la ville d'Ahvaz, dans le sud-ouest du pays, s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une lutte croissante de la classe ouvrière contre les salaires de misère, la privatisation et les mesures d'austérité.

L’impasse Russie-Ukraine sur la mer d’Azov se poursuit alors que Porochenko déclare la loi martiale

Clara Weiss, 28 novembre 2018

L’évolution dangereuse de la situation dans la région de la mer Noire souligne le danger d’une troisième guerre mondiale.

Québec: la voie de l’avant pour les travailleurs d’ABI
Pas de concessions, ni coupures dans les pensions ou les emplois! Il faut élargir la lutte!

le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Canada), 28 novembre 2018

Les travailleurs doivent établir un comité de la base indépendant de l'appareil syndical et lutter pour mobiliser la force de la classe ouvrière contre Alcoa et Rio Tinto.

En pleine crise politique au Sri Lanka, l’USP tend un piège « de gauche » à la classe ouvrière

Vilani Peiris et K. Ratnayake, 28 novembre 2018

L’appel du Parti socialiste uni (USP) de pseudo-gauche en faveur d’une alliance de gauche vise à promouvoir l’illusion que l’une ou l’autre faction dirigeante peut faire l’objet de pressions pour défendre les droits des travailleurs.

Les travailleurs grecs protestent contre les attaques sociales du gouvernement Syriza

John Vassilopoulos, 28 novembre 2018

Les grèves et les protestations en Grèce s’inscrivent dans le cadre d’une recrudescence plus large de la lutte des classes dans toute l’Europe.

New in Norwegian

Militær-politi-angrepet ved San Ysidro
Forsvar immigrantarbeiderne mot statsvold!

Eric London, 27. november 2018

Socialist Equality Party (USA) fordømmer den amerikanske regjeringens militæroperasjon ved USA-Mexico grensa på søndag som en uhyrlig forbrytelse mot menneskeheten.

Russland-Ukraina duellen over Azovhavet fortsetter og Porosjenko erklærer krigsrett

Clara Weiss, 27. november 2018

Den farlige utviklingen i Svartehavsregionen understreker faren for en tredje verdenskrig.

Tysklands storkoalisjonsregjering vedtar krigsbudsjett

Johannes Stern, 27. november 2018

Den 14. november vedtok Tysklands storkoalisjonsregjering et lovforslag som vil øke landets militærbudsjett med massive 12 prosent.

New in German

Von den Nazis zur AfD: Die Kontinuität der Geldgeber

Peter Schwarz, 27. November 2018

Der Aufstieg der AfD wurde durch hohe Geldzuwendungen des Milliardärs August von Finck befördert, dessen Vater Hitler finanziert und sein Vermögen durch die Arisierung jüdischen Besitzes vermehrt hat.

Frankreich: Bereitschaftspolizei geht gegen Massenproteste in Paris vor

Alex Lantier, 27. November 2018

Laut dem französischen Innenministerium haben 106.000 Menschen an mehr als eintausend Protestveranstaltungen in ganz Frankreich teilgenommen, 8.000 davon bei einer Demonstration auf den Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Extreme Ausbeutung ausländischer LKW-Fahrer in Deutschland

Dietmar Henning, 27. November 2018

Das Schicksal von 16 philippinischen LKW-Fahrern, das Anfang des Monats bekannt geworden ist, wirft ein Schlaglicht auf die extreme Ausbeutung ausländischer Fahrer in Deutschland und ganz Europa.

Russische Ausgabe von Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis wird auf Moskauer Buchmesse ausgestellt

unserem Korrespondenten, 27. November 2018

Über 100 Jahre nach der Oktoberrevolution und zum 80. Jahrestag der Gründung der Vierten Internationale ist David Norths Buch „Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis“ gerade in Russland hochaktuell.

New in Dutch

Nederland: 10.000 protesteren tegen pro-zakelijk overheidsbeleid

Harm Zonderland, 17 november 2018

Op zaterdag 10 november protesteerden 10.000 mensen tegen het pro-zakelijke beleid van de liberaal-conservatieve regering van premier Mark Rutte (VVD), die nu één jaar aan de macht is. De regering heeft al de vennootschapsbelasting verlaagd, en is van plan om de belastingen te verhogen op basisbehoeften, zoals voedingsmiddelen en medicijnen.

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Perspective

A call to action to fight the GM plant closings and mass layoffs

28 November 2018

Autoworkers and the working class as a whole cannot accept the “right” of the corporate and financial elite to shut these plants down.

Earlier Perspectives »

David North in Australia and New Zealand

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

The meetings will take place in Sydney on Sunday, December 2, in Melbourne on Thursday, December 6, and in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, December 9.

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

The Campaign to Free Julian Assange

Guardian newspaper spearheads new accusations against Assange and WikiLeaks

By James Cogan, 28 November 2018

The newspaper has the nerve to declare that it serves to “give a voice to those less heard, challenge the powerful, and hold them to account.”

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.

Obituary

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

By Richard Phillips and David Walsh, 28 November 2018

Bertolucci will be remembered for valuable films he made in the 1960s and 1970s, including La commare secca (1962—English title, The Grim Reaper), Before the Revolution (1964), The Conformist (1970) and 1900 (1976).

Science

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

InSight will spend the next two years studying the tectonic activity, internal heat flow and interior rotation of the Red Planet.

Workers Struggles

Trudeau government illegalizes Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2018

Canada Post workers need socialist strategy to defy and defeat Liberals’ back-to-work law

UAW negotiates secret deal with Columbia University to block strike action by graduate students

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 November 2018

Iranian steelworkers strike for back-wages, safety, and jobs

By Samuel Davidson and Keith Jones, 26 November 2018

UK: Vauxhall and Cammell Laird workers strike against mass job cuts

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2018

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

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!

More on the struggle at UPS »

Commentary

The military-police assault at San Ysidro
Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

By Eric London, 27 November 2018

US immigrants go hungry for fear using food stamps will lead to deportation

More on US immigrant issues »

Climate change, capitalism and socialism
New climate change report: Impact of global warming “already being felt”

By Bryan Dyne, 26 November 2018

In Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump appeals to military against courts, political opponents

By Joseph Kishore, 24 November 2018

No to the draft in France and Europe!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 23 November 2018

European elections 2019
No to the EU, social inequality, fascism and war! For socialism and the unity of the European working class!

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 23 November 2018

America’s Thanksgivings

By David Walsh, 22 November 2018

The political fraud of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal”

By Will Morrow, 23 November 2018

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

More on US politics »

Arts Review

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Only a fool “expects better” from humanity

By David Walsh, 26 November 2018

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

By Joanne Laurier, 23 November 2018

25 years ago: Belgium rocked by general strike

The biggest general strike in Belgium since 1936 paralyzed the country on Friday, November 27. as a wave of workers’ struggles continues throughout western Europe.

More »

50 years ago: Romania’s Ceausescu opposes “Brezhnev Doctrine”

The policy had already been put into action with the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August.

More »

75 years ago: Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt meet at Tehran

The Soviet dictator and the leaders of British and American imperialism were gathering to begin discussions on the geo-strategic relations that would be established in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Admiral Kolchak’s troops begin westward drive against Bolsheviks

On November 29, 1918, the 1st corps of the Siberian Army, the largest military group of the counterrevolutionary Provisional All-Russian Government, began its advance towards Perm in the Urals, a center of arms manufacture and coal production.

More »

California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

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

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Canada) to hold Montreal meeting on “Leon Trotsky, the Lessons of History, and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

24 November 2018

The SEP (Canada) is holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 28, as part of events worldwide to mark 80 Years of the Fourth International.

Indian Trotskyists celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful public meeting on political crisis

By our correspondents, 22 November 2018

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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 »

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.