10 July 2019

A mounting attack on democratic rights
FBI and ICE scanning driver’s license photos with facial recognition technology

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2019

Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

UN human rights chief denounces “outrageous conditions” for immigrants in US concentration camps

By Josh Varlin, 10 July 2019

Indicating that the US government has no intention of heeding Bachelet’s statement, DHS has requested another 1,000 National Guard troops on the border between Texas and Mexico.

Washington approves large arms package to Taiwan

By Ben McGrath, 10 July 2019

The deal with Taiwan is part of a stepped-up campaign by Washington to arm allies in the region as part of its preparation for war against China.

US-British relations hit bottom following ambassador’s leaked Trump criticism

By Chris Marsden, 10 July 2019

Trump’s attack on May over Brexit is the latest broadside supportive of her likely successor Boris Johnson and of the breakup of the European Union.

Australian police monitoring journalists’ travel and internet data

By Mike Head, 10 July 2019

New reports demonstrate an escalating effort to criminalise exposures about key military and intelligence operations.

Building the infrastructure of a police state
Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed

Hack of Department of Homeland Security contractor exposes government surveillance of drivers on US roads and border crossings

UK’s GCHQ spy centre seeks new powers to circumvent encryption

Australia: DP World stevedoring strike against attacks on conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 July 2019

While the stoppage expresses growing militancy among dock workers, the union is seeking to contain any struggle and enforce a sell-out agreement.

10,000 Portland-area grocery workers authorize strike

By Norisa Diaz, 10 July 2019

The strike vote comes less than two weeks after 46,000 workers at three of the largest supermarket chains in Southern California also authorized a walkout.

Minnesota nurses struggle betrayed by union

By Jonas Boquist, 10 July 2019

The piecemeal ratifications carried out by the MNA diluted the strength of all 13,000 nurses and facilitated the implementation of contracts acceptable to hospital management.

Chicago water meter program halted after testing reveals lead contamination

By Benjamin Mateus, 10 July 2019

Officials have known for many years that the city has a serious issue related to lead in its drinking water.

Chilean union bureaucracy pleads with teachers to end five-week strike

By Andrea Lobo, 10 July 2019

Teachers striking in defense of public education are being told by the union to “pull our movement back, end the strike, and go back to school before vacations.”

New in Portuguese

O 4 de Julho de Trump: discurso militarista de um sistema em crise

Por Joseph Kishore, 10 Julho 2019

Planejado como uma demonstração do eterno poder e grandeza do capitalismo estadunidense, o que foi exposto no espetáculo grotesco é uma classe dominante sitiada e isolada.

New in Norwegian

Syrizas valgnederlag: Et balanseregnskap av et politisk bedrageri

Alex Lantier, 10. juli 2019

Den Syriza-ledede regjeringen til Alexis Tsipras, som av middelklassens venstre ble hyllet som et «radikalt» alternativ til kapitalismen, har på vegne av EU i fire år gjennomført nedskjærings- og sparetiltak.

Hong Kong protesterende appellerer til fastlandskinesere om støtte

Ben McGrath, 10. juli 2019

Enheten i den kinesiske arbeiderklassen som helhet er en forutsetning for kampen for demokratiske rettigheter og sosial likhet.

Paul Hanebrinks Et spøkelse hjemsøker Europa: Myten om jøde-bolsjevisme
Del 2: Stalinisme, kommunisme og antisemittisme

Clara Weiss, 10. juli 2019

Hanebrinks feilaktige likhetstegn mellom stalinisme og kommunisme fører til en vesentlig og misvisende utelatelse i hans diskusjon om gjenkomsten av antisemittisme i Øst-Europa etter den andre verdenskrigen, og internasjonalt i dag.

New in German

Das Sterben im Mittelmeer geht weiter

Marianne Arens, 10. Juli 2019

Nach der Landung der „Sea Watch 3“ auf Lampedusa und der „Alan Kurdi“ in Malta ist die Havarie eines Schiffs vor Tunesien mit 82 Toten bekannt geworden.

Syrizas Wahlniederlage: Bilanz eines politischen Verrats

Alex Lantier, 10. Juli 2019

Die Syriza-Regierung unter Alexis Tsipras, die von der bürgerlichen Linken als „radikale“ Alternative zum Kapitalismus gefeiert wurde, setzte vier Jahre lang die Spardiktate der EU um.

Iran überschreitet Obergrenze für Urananreicherung – USA verschärfen Drohungen

Bill Van Auken, 10. Juli 2019

Die iranische Regierung verstößt vorsätzlich gegen das Atomabkommen, um die restlichen Unterzeichner unter Druck zu setzen, sich den verheerenden US-Wirtschaftssanktionen zu widersetzen.

Branchenanalyst bezeichnet Verhandlungen zwischen Gewerkschaft und Autofirmen als „Kabuki-Theater“
US-Autoarbeiter fordern vor Beginn der Tarifverhandlungen deutlich bessere Löhnen und Arbeitsbedingungen

Jerry White, 10. Juli 2019

Am 15. Juli beginnen die Tarifverhandlungen. Die Autoarbeiter in den USA sind entschlossen, die Zugeständnisse der Gewerkschaft aus den letzten Jahrzehnten rückgängig zu machen.

New in Spanish

La derrota electoral de Syriza: un balance de una traición política

Por Alex Lantier, 10 julio 2019

Celebrada como una alternativa “radical” al capitalismo por parte de la izquierda de la clase media, el Gobierno encabezado por Syriza del primer ministro Alexis Tsipras pasó 4 años llevando a cabo medidas de austeridad a instancias de la UE.

Manifestantes de Hong Kong piden apoyo a chinos continentales

Por Ben McGrath, 10 julio 2019

La unidad de la clase obrera china como un todo es un prerrequisito para la lucha por los derechos democráticos y la igualdad social.

A medida que los conflictos económicos se intensifican
A un año del estallido de la guerra comercial de EUA versus China

Por Nick Beams, 10 julio 2019

En un entorno de relativo declive económico, a los EUA es intolerable el desarrollo industrial y económico chino. Hace todo lo que puede para impedirlo.

New in French

Le 25e anniversaire d'Amazon: un conglomérat basé sur le parasitisme et l'exploitation

Tom Carter, 9 juillet 2019

La technologie et l’infrastructure qui sous-tendent le trajectoire météorique d’Amazon et la plus grande fortune individuelle de l’histoire moderne doivent être mis au service des besoins et des aspirations de la population mondiale.

New in Turkish

Lübcke cinayeti ve Almanya’da “Nazi sorunu”nun dönüşü

Johannes Stern, 9 Temmuz 2019

Walter Lübcke’nin sağcı bir terörist tarafından suikasta kurban gitmesi, Almanya’nın yeniden çok ciddi bir Nazi sorununa sahip olduğuna ilişkin uzun süredir gizlenen kirli gerçeği gözler önüne serdi.

Yunanistan seçimleri: Kemer sıkma yıllarının ardından Syriza ağır bir yenilgiye uğradı

Alex Lantier, 9 Temmuz 2019

Yunanistan’da Pazar günü düzenlenen milletvekili seçimlerinde, sağcı Yeni Demokrasi (ND), Syriza’yı (“Radikal Sol Koalisyon”) yenilgiye uğrattı.

New in Urdu

ایرانی انقلاب۔۔۔۔چالیس سال بعد

کیتھ جونز

یہ سٹالنسٹ تودہ پارٹی اور سٹالنزم کی سیاست ہے جو بنیادی طور پر ایرانی انقلاب کے پٹڑی سے اُتر جانے کی ذِمہ دار ہے۔

New in Russian

За всемирную кампанию против выдачи Джулиана Ассанжа в США!
За формирование Глобального комитета защиты для его освобождения!

Заявление международной редакционной коллегии Мирового Социалистического Веб Сайта, 6 июля 2019 г.

Необходимо организовать массовое движение, чтобы не допустить экстрадикции Джулиана Ассанжа в Соединенные Штаты.

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Perspective

Trump’s threat to override Supreme Court on census: The march toward rule by decree

10 July 2019

Trump’s greatest asset is the fecklessness of the Democratic Party, whose record is one of complete acquiescence to Trump’s escalating attack on basic democratic principles.

Earlier Perspectives »

Obituary

H. Ross Perot, billionaire third-party US presidential candidate, dead at 89

By Fred Mazelis, 10 July 2019

The Texas tycoon won the biggest support for a third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

Workers Struggles

As industry analyst calls UAW-automaker negotiations “Kabuki theatre”
Autoworkers demand substantial improvement in wages and conditions on eve of contract talks

By Jerry White, 9 July 2019

Countdown to contract fight
Auto execs, UAW have a game plan: What will autoworkers do?

Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio

Help autoworkers gear up for the battle ahead

More on autoworkers struggles »

Bus drivers in Massachusetts strike over wages and healthcare

By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019

Book Review

Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism
Part 2: Stalinism, communism and anti-Semitism

By Clara Weiss, 9 July 2019

Hanebrink’s false equation of Stalinism with communism leads to a significant and misleading omission in his discussion of the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe after World War II and internationally today.

Part 1: Counter-revolution and anti-Semitism
Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism

By Clara Weiss, 8 July 2019

Commentary

Syriza’s election defeat: A balance sheet of a political betrayal

By Alex Lantier, 9 July 2019

Amazon’s 25th anniversary: A conglomerate based on parasitism and exploitation

By Tom Carter, 8 July 2019

As economic conflicts intensify
One year since the start of US trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2019

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Germany: Following the murder of politician Walter Lübcke—the call for a strong state

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2019

More on the fight against fascism »

Arts Review

Racialism and money-grubbing: The New York Times explains why “more critics of color” are needed

By David Walsh and Fred Mazelis, 9 July 2019

A conversation with Mike Kaplan, the producer of The Whales of August (1987), Lillian Gish’s final film
The famed actress “was filled with curiosity, creativity and imagination”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2019

Marching Song, play co-written by Orson Welles about abolitionist John Brown, to be published after 85 years

By David Walsh, 2 July 2019

A conversation with Todd Tarbox, editor of Marching Song

Free Assange and Manning

Strong support for Julian Assange at Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University

By our reporters, 9 July 2019

SEP (Australia) holds rally in Brisbane to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Gary Alvernia, 8 July 2019

Julian Assange’s birthday celebrated at vigils in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

Video: Watch the Sydney Free Assange rally

4 July 2019

The demonstration is one of a series of rallies organised by the Socialist Equality Party to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning; the next will be in Brisbane on Saturday followed by Melbourne on Sunday July 14.

Video: Protesters at SEP (Australia) rally speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

25 years ago: North Korean Stalinist leader Kim Il-Sung dies

On July 8, 1994, North Korean Stalinist ruler Kim Il-Sung died at the age of 83 from a heart attack. His death was officially announced by the government 30 hours later.

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50 years ago: “Soccer War” breaks out between El Salvador and Honduras

On July 14, 1969 El Salvador’s president Fidel Sánchez Hernández ordered the invasion and bombing of neighboring Honduras.

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75 years ago: Nazis liquidate Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania

On July 8, 1944, Nazi forces began the liquidation of the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania, amid the approach of Red Army troops.

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100 years ago: Red Army takes key Urals city of Zlatoust

On July 13, 1919, the Red Army’s Fifth Army under the command of Mikhail Tukhachevsky took Zlatoust, a key town in the southern Urals, from the counterrevolutionary forces of Admiral Kolchak.

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History

American Independence Day 2019: From the “asylum for mankind” to the land of concentration camps

By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meetings review political lessons of Australia’s federal election

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

Australian workers and youth discuss SEP election campaign

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

IYSSE

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 4 July 2019

The Trotskyist youth movement is running two candidates in the elections for the Student Parliament in at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

Fund Appeal

Science

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 June 2019

Mehring Books

Available in English and Spanish
New pamphlet on Matamoros wildcat strikes

6 June 2019

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new pamphlet, The 2019 workers’ rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico by WSWS writer Andrea Lobo.

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

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.