Trump orders indefinite jailing of detained immigrant families, attacks birthright citizenship

By Eric London, 22 August 2019

Democrats have largely backed Trump’s attacks on immigrants, with the New York Times describing his concentration camps as “family detention centers.”

Trump administration refuses to vaccinate migrants in detention centers

“It’s ludicrous the way they treat the temps”
GM autoworker speaks out on UAW corruption, upcoming contract fight

By Debra Watson, 22 August 2019

Workers at the Big Three in the US begin voting today to authorize strike action if no agreement is reached on deal when their contracts expire next month.

Autoworkers determined to fight as UAW contract deadline approaches

“That was our money!” Autoworkers livid over UAW corruption scandal

More on autoworkers struggles »

Trump denounces Jews for “disloyalty” if they do not vote for him

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2019

First voiced Tuesday, and repeated Wednesday, Trump’s remark is a thinly veiled appeal to his fascist and white supremacist supporters.

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

Record global dividend payouts fuel rising social inequality

By Will Morrow, 22 August 2019

The report demonstrates how the financial markets serve as a mechanism for the transfer of wealth up the income scale, from the working class to the corporate elite.

Markets await key speech by US Fed chair

By Nick Beams, 22 August 2019

Powell’s speech will be scoured for what it indicates about the future policy of the US Federal Reserve in conditions of growing financial turbulence and a slowing world economy.

US Steel announces up to 200 layoffs at Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, Michigan

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 August 2019

The recent layoffs in suburban Detroit serve to shatter any illusion that workers' jobs and living standards can be protected through trade war measures.

Voices from Ferguson, Missouri five years after the police murder of Michael Brown

By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2019

Residents spoke about life in a country where the police kill with impunity to defend a capitalist social order based on historic levels of inequality.

Five years after police murder of Michael Brown
Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests

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

Resignation of Italian Prime Minister Conte triggers government crisis

By Marianne Arens, 22 August 2019

The most important task of a new government is to present an EU-compliant budget by October 15, which will require massive cuts at the expense of the working class.

The political crisis in Italy

Greece’s New Democracy government intensifies Syriza's anti-refugee policy

By George Gallanis, 22 August 2019

As it plans stepped-up police-state repression, ND bases itself directly on policies of the previous pseudo-left Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) government.

Germany’s Merkel tells UK government no Brexit concessions—Labour’s Corbyn steps up calls for caretaker government

By Robert Stevens, 22 August 2019

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is seeking concessions based on convincing European Union leaders that Britain crashing out also poses major problems for Europe.

UK government prepares for social unrest following no-deal Brexit

Ryanair faces industrial unrest across Europe

By our reporter, 22 August 2019

Ryanair organises its operations on a pan-European basis and faces a situation in which workers in four of its subsidiaries are in dispute.

Australia’s US Studies Centre advocates war-footing against China

By James Cogan, 22 August 2019

The policies that the pro-US think tank proposes could not be implemented without the suppression of widespread political opposition.

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.

New Zealand government exploits Christchurch shooter’s letter to push for censorship of prisoners

By Tom Peters, 22 August 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seized on the publication of a letter by Brenton Tarrant to demand all prisoners’ letters containing “hate speech” be blocked.

New in Russian

Ядерная авария в Северодвинске: Вопросов больше, чем ответов

Андреа Питерс, 22 августа 2019 г.

Опасности, связанные с быстро усиливающейся глобальной гонкой вооружений, ясны; при этом остаются вопросы относительно природы ядерного взрыва, произошедшего в начале месяца на российском крайнем севере.

New in Turkish

Lev Troçki’nin öldürülmesinin 79. Yıldönümü

Bill Van Auken, 22 Ağustos 2019

Yetmiş dokuz yıl önce bugün, Rus Devrimi’nin Vladimir Lenin ile birlikte önderi, Kızıl Ordu’nun komutanı ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in kurucusu olan Lev Troçki, Stalinist bir katilin saldırısının yol açtığı ağır yaralar nedeniyle hayatını kaybetti.

New in French

Le gouvernement britannique se prépare à des troubles sociaux après un Brexit sans accord

Robert Stevens, 22 août 2019

La crise qui frappe l’élite dirigeante au sujet du Brexit est la plus sévère depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale

A l'occasion du 79e anniversaire de l'assassinat de Léon Trotsky

Bill Van Auken, 22 août 2019

Soixante-dix-neuf ans après son assassinat par un agent stalinien, Trotsky reste une figure historique imposante d’une immense importance politique contemporaine.

La crise politique en Italie

Peter Schwarz, 22 août 2019

Les problèmes et les tâches auxquels est confrontée la classe ouvrière internationale toute entière peuvent être vus en Italie comme à travers un microscope.

Les travailleurs de l'automobile déterminés à se battre à l'approche de l'échéance du contrat de l’UAW

Tom Hall, 22 août 2019

L’échéance du contrat le 14 septembre approche à grands pas pour plus de 150.000 travailleurs dans les usines de Ford, GM et Chrysler aux États-Unis.

Canada: Une nouvelle loi fédérale élargit les pouvoirs répressifs des organismes de sécurité nationale

Laurent Lafrance, 22 août 2019

La nouvelle loi libérale enchâsse les principales dispositions antidémocratiques du projet de loi C-51 du gouvernement Harper et accorde aux agences canadiennes d'espionnage des pouvoirs encore plus draconiens.

New in Norwegian

I anledning 79-årsdagen for attentatet på Leo Trotskij

Bill Van Auken, 22. august 2019

Trotskij er fortsatt en ruvende historisk størrelse, 79 år etter at han ble myrdet av en stalinistisk agent, og han har enorm samtidspolitisk relevans.

Den politiske krisen i Italia

Peter Schwarz, 22. august 2019

Problemene og oppgavene den internasjonale arbeiderklassen som helhet står overfor stilles åpent til skue i Italia, som var de under mikroskopet.

Storbritannias regjering forbereder for sosial uro etter no-deal-Brexit

Robert Stevens, 22. august 2019

Krisen som rir styringseliten over Brexit er den alvorligste siden andre verdenskrig.

New in Spanish

El 79 aniversario del asesinato de León Trotsky

Por Bill Van Auken, 22 agosto 2019

Setenta y nueve años después de su asesinato a manos de un agente estalinista, Trotsky sigue siendo una figura histórica prominente con una relevancia política contemporánea inmensa.

La administración Trump se niega a vacunar a los migrantes en los centros de detención

Por Alex González, 22 agosto 2019

La decisión de dirigir campos de detención sucios y plagados de enfermedades es parte de una estrategia definitiva de los asesores fascistas de Trump.

Trump exige bloqueo naval de Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 22 agosto 2019

La demanda del presidente estadounidense de una opción militar refleja la creciente desesperación en Washington por el fracaso de su operación de cambio de régimen.

La mina más grande en Bolivia y el sector de salud pública entran en huelga

Por Andrea Lobo, 22 agosto 2019

Los mineros en San Cristóbal, los doctores en huelga y el resto de la intranquila clase obrera en Bolivia están entrando en conflicto con el Gobierno de Morales, el MAS y los sindicatos.

Mujer salvadoreña exonerada tras sentencia de 30 años por muerte fetal

Por Andrea Lobo, 22 agosto 2019

La decisión no refleja un alejamiento de las leyes antiabortistas más draconianas en el mundo, las cuales siguieron siendo aplicadas por el FMLN.

La crisis política en Italia

Por Peter Schwarz, 22 agosto 2019

Los problemas y tareas que enfrenta la clase trabajadora internacional en su conjunto se revelan en Italia como si estuvieran bajo un microscopio.

New in German

79 Jahre seit der Ermordung Leo Trotzkis

Bill Van Auken, 22. August 2019

79 Jahre nach seiner Ermordung durch einen stalinistischen Agenten bleibt Trotzki eine überragende historische Figur von großer aktueller politischer Bedeutung.

Kramp-Karrenbauer besucht Truppen in Jordanien und im Irak
Große Koalition will deutschen Kriegseinsatz im Nahen Osten ausweiten

Johannes Stern, 22. August 2019

Die Botschaft der neuen deutschen Verteidigungsministerin war überall die gleiche. Die deutsche Armee soll ihren Einsatz im geostrategisch wichtigen und rohstoffreichen Nahen Osten auch nach Auslaufen des bisherigen Mandats am 31. Oktober fortsetzen und sogar ausweiten.

Italien: Ministerpräsident Conte zurückgetreten

Marianne Arens, 22. August 2019

Der italienische Regierungschef Giuseppe Conte hat am Dienstagabend bei Staatspräsident Sergio Mattarella seinen Rücktritt eingereicht, bleibt aber geschäftsführend im Amt.

US-Autoindustrie: Tarifverträge laufen aus
Autoarbeiter sind zum Kampf entschlossen

Tom Hall, 22. August 2019

Am 14. September laufen die Tarifverträge von mehr als 150.000 Autoarbeitern bei Ford, GM und Chrysler in den USA aus.

#MeToo attackiert Opernsänger Placido Domingo

David Walsh, 22. August 2019

Am 13. August behauptete die Journalistin Jocelyn Gecker in einem Associated Press-Artikel, dass der spanische Opernsänger über mehrere Jahrzehnte hinweg Frauen sexuell belästigt habe.

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

How to fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong

22 August 2019

Hong Kong workers and youth need to reach out to their class brothers and sisters in China who confront the same class enemy—the Stalinist regime in Beijing that defends the interests of the corporate elite and the super-rich.

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Featured Commentary

On the 79th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2019

Seventy-nine years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains a towering historical figure with immense contemporary political relevance.

Free Assange and Manning

Auto and railway workers in Tamil Nadu, India defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 22 August 2019

Workers denounced the ongoing persecution of Assange and Manning and spoke out against the brutal attacks by the Indian government on their own basic rights and social conditions.

Socialist Equality Party wins support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning at Manchester Peterloo Massacre commemoration

By our reporters, 22 August 2019

SEP campaigners distributed WSWS’s call for a worldwide campaign to defend Assange and Manning.

Sri Lankan SEP holds “Free Assange” rally and public meeting in Hatton

By our reporters, 21 August 2019

The hour-long morning demonstration won important working-class support in the central province town, which is surrounded by Sri Lanka’s major tea estates.

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 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!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

Ann Arbor forum discusses who was responsible for the Flint water crisis

By James Brookfield, 22 August 2019

A Democratic state senator tried to blame the disaster solely on the Republican state government, although the mayor of Flint and other local officials were Democrats.

The work of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in the Flint water crisis

By James Brookfield, 22 August 2019

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

Twitter purges 200,000 accounts “originating from China”

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 August 2019

Indian assault on Kashmir in third week, thousands arrested

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 August 2019

The fascist attack on Guardian journalist Owen Jones

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

Joe Ashton, UAW VP named in corruption scandal, had long history of selling out auto workers

By Jerry White, 21 August 2019

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

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

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

By Andre Damon, 19 August 2019

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

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

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?

Arts Review

Brian Banks: A false rape accusation and its consequences
Also, Rosie and Angels Are Made of Light

By Joanne Laurier, 21 August 2019

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

Science

New human species discovered in the Philippines

By Frank Gaglioti, 21 August 2019

Workers Struggles

One year after Washington state strikes, layoffs and cuts propel educators into new fight

By Kayla Costa and Diana Green, 21 August 2019

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

By Andrea Lobo, 20 August 2019

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

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

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.