UAW corruption scandal: Former union VP Joe Ashton reportedly took $550,000 in illegal kickbacks

By Jerry White, 20 August 2019

Ashton would be the highest-ranking UAW officer implicated in the corruption scandal that has already led to the conviction of UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell and three other top UAW officials on the 2015 UAW-Chrysler Bargaining Committee.

Police violence the sixth leading cause of death for young men in the US

By Gary Joad and Kate Randall, 20 August 2019

There were only 22 days in all of 2018 in which someone was not shot dead by police.

Julian Assange’s father warns WikiLeaks’ publisher’s health is “declining rapidly” in Belmarsh Prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 August 2019

”The government will willingly sacrifice Julian’s well-being to the demands of the US and the UK.”

Over 450 refugees stranded in the Mediterranean for weeks as EU bars entry

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

The EU governments have no substantial differences with the fascistic anti-immigrant policies of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Trump calls for naval blockade of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2019

The US president’s demand for a military option reflects growing desperation in Washington over the failure of its regime-change operation.

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

Bolivia’s biggest mine and public health sector go on strike

By Andrea Lobo, 20 August 2019

Miners in San Cristobal, striking doctors and the entire, restive working class in Bolivia are coming into conflict with the Morales government, MAS and the trade unions.

Turkey removes HDP mayors amid impending military attack on Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 20 August 2019

The Turkish government removed mayors belonging to the Kurdish nationalist party as it plans a renewed attack on Kurdish YPG militias in Syria.

New York Police Department fires cop who killed Eric Garner

By Sandy English, 20 August 2019

The NYPD fired officer Daniel Pantaleo over five years after he choked to death Staten Island resident Eric Garner.

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

“You can’t trust the government”: Flint, Michigan residents speak out on Newark water crisis

By Sheila Brehm, 20 August 2019

The lead-in-water crisis in Newark, New Jersey is evoking angry responses from Flint residents who have gone through similar experiences over the last five years.

Australian prime minister elevates pro-US militarists to top cabinet, intelligence positions

By James Cogan, 20 August 2019

Shearer’s role will be to advise Morrison and other ministers on how to publicly promote the US-led preparations for war with China.

Blairites and Zionists escalate witch-hunt of Labour MP Chris Williamson

By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to issue a single public word in defence of his former shadow cabinet minister.

Tensions over climate change dominate Pacific Islands summit

By John Braddock, 20 August 2019

Australia, with New Zealand’s support, has again quashed efforts by small Pacific Island states to push for measures to address climate change.

Quebec’s new CAQ-authored chauvinist laws incite spike in hate crimes

By Louis Girard, 20 August 2019

The more workers challenge austerity and social inequality, the more the ruling elite promotes Islamophobia and anti-immigrant chauvinism in an attempt to divide them and divert them from the struggle against crisis-ridden capitalism.

New in Turkish

Keşmir’deki kuşatma durumu: Uluslararası işçi sınıfına yönelik bir uyarı

Bill Van Auken, 20 Ağustos 2019

Hindistan’ın denetimi altındaki Cemmu ve Keşmir’de bulunan on üç milyon insan, geçtiğimiz 13 günü, Hindistan hükümetinin uygulamaya koyduğu olağanüstü bir baskı ve toplu cezalandırma rejimi altında geçirdi.

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’ndeki 1982–86 Bölünmesinin Siyasi Kökenleri ve Sonuçları

David North, 20 Ağustos 2019

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Yaz Okulu’nun açılışında odak noktası, Uluslararası Komite’nin, Şubat 1986’da WRP ile yaşanan nihai kopuştan sonraki gelişimi oldu.

New in French

De nouvelles manifestations de masse à Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 20 août 2019

Ces protestations s'expliquent par la frustration croissante face à l'inégalité sociale flagrante de la ville et à l'absence de services sociaux, de logements abordables et de possibilités d'emploi.

L'Inde et le Pakistan échangent des tirs d'artillerie et des menaces dans le conflit de Cachemire

Keith Jones, 20 août 2019

L’armée indienne a arrêté au moins 4.000 personnes au Jammu-et-Cachemire en deux semaines depuis que New Delhi a placé la région contestée sous état de siège.

Gotabhaya Rajapakse est désigné candidat à la présidentielle par le parti de l’opposition sri-lankais

K. Ratnayake, 20 août 2019

L’ancien secrétaire à la defense a été directement impliqué dans des crimes de guerre et de grave abus des droits humains lors des phases terminales de la guerre contre les separatistes des LTTE.

Preuves accablantes de la tentative du gouvernement canadien de bloquer les poursuites criminelles contre SNC-Lavalin

Roger Jordan, 20 août 2019

Le rapport dresse le portrait d'une élite dirigeante canadienne qui travaille en coulisse avec le cabinet du premier ministre pour protéger l'une des sociétés les plus actives à l'échelle mondiale contre les poursuites criminelles.

New in Spanish

Despidos masivos para los trabajadores; millones para los ejecutivos de GM, Ford y Chrysler

Andre Damon, 20 agosto 2019

Los directores ejecutivos en Estados Unidos reciben en un día lo que los trabajadores ganan en un año, según un reporte nuevo del Economic Policy Institute.

Nuevas protestas de masas en Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 20 agosto 2019

Detrás de las protestas, hay una frustración cada vez mayor por la flagrante desigualdad social y la falta de servicios básicos, viviendas asequibles y oportunidades de trabajo.

Un diario alemán defiende al profesor extremista de derecha Jörg Baberowski

Johannes Stern, 20 agosto 2019

El periódico Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung está indignado porque los estudiantes de la Universidad Humboldt de Berlín bloquearon los planes de establecer un centro de investigación sobre las dictaduras.

Los Verdes alemanes se preparan para participar en el gobierno

Peter Schwarz, 20 agosto 2019

Catorce años después del fracaso del primer gobierno del Partido Socialdemócrata-Verde, los Verdes están siendo considerados como un partido de gobierno viable en Alemania una vez más.

New in Norwegian

Ytterligere masseprotester i Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 20. august 2019

Underliggende for protestene er den voksende frustrasjonen over byens skrikende sosiale ulikhet og mangelen på velferdstjenester, rimelige boliger og jobbmuligheter.

India og Pakistan utveksler artilleribeskytning og trusler over Kashmir

Keith Jones, 20. august 2019

Minst 4 000 er arrestert i Jammu og Kashmir i løpet av de to ukene siden New Delhi satte den omstridte regionen under beleiringstilstand.

Amerikanske medier stenger ned Epstein-beretningen

Patrick Martin, 20. august 2019

Til tross for mange ubesvarte spørsmål har praktisk talt all rapportering om sex-menneskehandleren Jeffrey Epsteins dødsfall opphørt, etter den rettsmedisinske sakkyndiges proklamering av selvmord.

Australske mediesjefer fordømmer Julian Assange samtidig som regjeringen truer fengsling av journalister

Mike Head, 20. august 2019

Samtidig som de hevdet å være forkjempere for «retten til å få vite» fordømte mediesjefene WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren for å ha avslørt de amerikanske spionasje- og militærapparatenes forbrytelser.

New in German

Die politische Krise in Italien

Peter Schwarz, 20. August 2019

Wie unter einem Brennglas zeigen sich in Italien die Probleme und Aufgaben, vor denen die gesamte internationale Arbeiterklasse steht.

Erneut Massenproteste in Hongkong

Peter Symonds, 20. August 2019

Der tiefere Grund für die Proteste ist die zunehmende Frustration über die eklatante soziale Ungleichheit und das Fehlen von Sozialleistungen, bezahlbarem Wohnraum und Arbeitsplätzen in Hongkong.

Massenentlassungen für die Arbeiter – Millionen für CEOs von GM, Ford und Chrysler

Andre Damon, 20. August 2019

CEOs in den Vereinigten Staaten verdienen an einem Tag, was die meisten Arbeiter in einem Jahr bekommen, so ein neuer Bericht des Economic Policy Institute.

Deliveroo verlässt Deutschland – Wut unter den Fahrern wächst

Gregor Link, 20. August 2019

Am Montag vergangener Woche wurden hunderte Fahrer des Online-Lieferdienstes Deliveroo in einer kurzen Mail in Kenntnis gesetzt, dass sie ab Freitag arbeitslos sind.

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।

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Perspective

The fascist attack on Guardian journalist Owen Jones

20 August 2019

The brutal assault on Guardian journalist Owen Jones must be taken as a grave warning of the dangers to the working class from the far right.

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Commentary

Jean-Luc Mélenchon hails Mexican government as embodiment of “citizens’ revolution”

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

Mélenchon’s hailing of the AMLO government speaks volumes about what type of government he would lead, were he to win the presidential elections in 2022.

German daily defends right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2019

American media shuts down the Epstein story

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2019

Lawyers raise questions after medical examiner declares Epstein committed suicide

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

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2019

Hundreds of thousands again take to Hong Kong’s streets

By Peter Symonds, 19 August 2019

Autoworker Struggles

Detroit to serve as a cheap labor platform
Behind Fiat Chrysler’s $4.5 billion investment in the Motor City

By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2019

The investment of $4.5 billion by FCA in automotive manufacturing in Detroit is part of a global strategy predicated on further dramatic reductions in labor costs.

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

By Andre Damon, 19 August 2019

Ashok Leyland autoworkers in India strike to demand higher bonuses

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 August 2019

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

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

“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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Workers Struggles

Massive protests in Brazil against education policies of Bolsonaro
Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 August 2019

Hundreds of thousands staged protests last week across Brazil last week in major cities targeting the policies of the Bolsanaro administration, in particular those attacking education.

Australian health workers protest assaults on staff

By John Wilson, 17 August 2019

Germany: Plans to break up ThyssenKrupp take shape

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 August 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

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

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

By David Walsh, 17 August 2019

“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

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?

Free Assange and Manning

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

By Mike Head, 19 August 2019

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.