BREAKING: UAW President Gary Jones, former President Williams are unnamed co-conspirators in latest corruption charges, Detroit News reports

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019

The Detroit News reported Friday that Jones and Williams are “UAW Official A” and “UAW Official B” in Thursday’s criminal complaint against UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson.

On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019

The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against Jones.

Hundreds of autoworkers discuss contract fight with GM, Ford and Chrysler in online meeting

By Marcus Day, 13 September 2019

Over 300 autoworkers attended an online meeting hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter Thursday to discuss a strategy for the 2019 contract struggle.

UAW threatens workers with starvation strike pay as contract deadline at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler looms

September 12 online meeting
On the eve of the contract battle at GM, Ford, and Chrysler: A fighting strategy for autoworkers

The struggle of autoworkers against GM, Ford, and Chrysler requires a global strategy

As union prepares sell-out of their struggle
Unifor President Jerry Dias addresses Nemak workers in Windsor

By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019

A court ruling is expected as soon as Friday on an order demanding the taking down of picket lines at the parts plant where workers walked out last week in defence of jobs.

More on autoworkers struggles »

UK: “Operation Yellowhammer” details savage austerity and confirms plans for state repression post-Brexit

By Thomas Scripps, 13 September 2019

The document is dated 10 days after Johnson became prime minister, confirming that Yellowhammer is the expected outcome of a no-deal Brexit.

Fire destroys another residential tower block in London

By Thomas Scripps, 13 September 2019

The block of flats destroyed in Worcester Park was completed only in 2010 and built under conditions of the lax regulation regime demanded by the corporations and facilitated by central and local government.

Fascism and militarism characterise debate in the German Bundestag

By Johannes Stern, 13 September 2019

While opposition to war and fascism is enormous among workers and youth, even 80 years after the beginning of World War II, the ruling class is returning to its authoritarian, militaristic and racist traditions.

Former US intelligence officials say Israel spied on the White House

By Kevin Reed, 13 September 2019

A report in Politico says that the Israeli government is “most likely” behind cell phone surveillance devices found by the Department of Homeland Security in the vicinity of the White House in 2017.

Trump administration and California Democrats conspire to place the homeless in internment camps

By Rafael Azul, 13 September 2019

Democratic and Republican officials met this week in Los Angeles to discuss the removal of homeless people from the second largest city in the US.

Trump administration announces plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 September 2019

The move is in reaction to the developing epidemic that has seen more than 450 people develop severe lung illnesses attributable to “vaping” e-cigarettes, with six now confirmed dead.

Wave of anti-immigrant violence strikes South Africa amid deepening economic crisis

By Eddie Haywood, 13 September 2019

The ANC, along with other sections of the ruling class, have played a significant role over the years in stoking anti-immigrant poison and bigotry, seeking to scapegoat immigrants as the cause for the nation’s economic malaise.

Canada’s Liberals spending tens of billions on battleships, warplanes

By Louis Girard, 13 September 2019

While governments at all levels incessantly declare that “there is no money” for hospitals, schools and public services, the Trudeau Liberal government is spending billions to modernize Canada’s military arsenal.

Australian election survey refutes myths surrounding Labor Party debacle

By Mike Head, 13 September 2019

Swings by working-class voters against Labor reflected the shift in its campaign, away from its fake “fair go” promises, to reassuring big business.

New Zealand police destroyed Pike River mine disaster evidence

By Tom Peters, 13 September 2019

The latest revelations are further evidence of a cover-up designed to protect Pike River Coal’s management from prosecution for the 2010 disaster that killed 29 people.

12 September 2019

Netanyahu pledges to annex Jordan Valley if re-elected

By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2019

Scottish court rules Johnson’s suspension of parliament unlawful

By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2019

Corbyn addresses Trades Union Congress in a display of cynicism and hypocrisy

By Richard Tyler, 12 September 2019

The Financial Times lays down the law to Labour’s Corbyn

Australian establishment demands removal of alleged “pro-China” member of parliament

By James Cogan, 12 September 2019

With union support, Trudeau’s big business Liberals vie for re-election in fall vote

By Keith Jones, 12 September 2019

Italy: Conte wins vote of confidence

By Marianne Arens, 12 September 2019

German Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Greens negotiating right-wing coalition agreement in Saxony

By Martin Nowak and Johannes Stern, 12 September 2019

Greek police detain 143 migrants in Athens raid

By George Gallanis, 12 September 2019

As Brexit deadline nears
UK government intensifies attack on freedom of movement

By Margot Miller, 12 September 2019

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack
Part III: The class issues posed by state foreknowledge of Islamist attacks

By Alejandro López, 12 September 2019

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack
Part II: The Barcelona daily La Vanguardia tries to discredit Público

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack
Part I: Podemos and the Catalan nationalists cover for Spanish intelligence

Australian incarceration rate rising despite drop in crime

By Martin Scott, 12 September 2019

Sri Lankan university workers continue indefinite strike

By W. A. Sunil, 12 September 2019

New in Norwegian

13. september 2019

World Socialist Web Site har historikk uten parallell over artikler og kommentarer om terrorangrepene den 11. september, om deres opprinnelse og politiske konsekvenser. I de 18 årene som har passert er WSWS’ perspektiv siden dagen for angrepene fullstendig bekreftet – en verifisering av kraften i marxistisk analyse og prinsipiell politikk. De to artiklene nedenfor ble publisert av WSWS dagene umiddelbart etter angrepene.

De politiske røttene for terrorangrepet på New York og Washington

WSWS’ redaksjonsråd, 13. september 2019

World Socialist Web Site fordømmer utvetydig terrorangrepene på World Trade Center og Pentagon. De som er ansvarlige for kapringen av fire kommersielle passasjerfly og konverteringen av dem til flygende bomber er skyldige i massemord. Ingenting av en sosialt progressiv karakter vil kunne oppnås på grunnlag av en så vilkårlig og nådeløs destruksjon av menneskeliv.

Antiamerikanisme: Tåpenes «antiimperialisme»

David North og David Walsh, 13. september 2019

Et sjikt av middelklassekommentatorer har reagert på det forferdelige angrepet på New York City og Washington med kynisme og uberørthet.

Russland: Stalinister og ytrehøyrekandidater vant, med støtte fra Navalnij

Clara Weiss, 13. september 2019

Vestlige medier har desperat forsøkt å skjule den høyreorienterte karakteren til de politiske kreftene som gjorde fremskritt ved valgene i Moskva og Khabarovsk.

Motedesigner Vivienne Westwood besøker Assange: «Han er en frihetsforkjemper»

Oscar Grenfell, 13. september 2019

Westwood uttalte at Assange er «en uskyldig mann» som har blitt «forfulgt i ni år for å ha fortalt sannhet.»

New in French

Une cour écossaise juge illégale la suspension du Parlement par Johnson

Robert Stevens, 13 septembre 2019

La Cour suprême d’Écosse, la Court of Session, a rendu un jugement en appel mercredi que la prorogation du Parlement pendant cinq semaines par le premier ministre Boris Johnson était illégale.

Le New York Times: il se pourrait que la principale source de la campagne anti-Russie ait été un « agent double ».

André Damon, 13 septembre 2019

La dernière allégation rapportée par le New York Times démasque plus encore les fausses assertions concoctées par les Démocrates à propos d’une « subversion » russe du système politique américain.

New in German

US-Studie zeigt: Armut und soziale Ungleichheit sind tödlich

Patrick Martin, 13. September 2019

Eine Studie des Government Accountability Office, die diese Woche veröffentlicht wurde, zeigt: Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, vor Erreichen des Rentenalters zu sterben, ist für arme Amerikaner fast doppelt so hoch wie für reiche.

Zweitägiger Streik von 4.000 Piloten der British Airways endet

Will Morrow, 13. September 2019

Der Streik hat die immense objektive Stärke der Arbeiterklasse gezeigt. In zwei Tagen fielen über 1.700 Flüge aus, 300.000 Passagiere waren davon betroffen.

„Die russische Revolution und das unvollendete zwanzigste Jahrhundert“ – Vorwort zur türkischen Ausgabe

David North, 13. September 2019

„Die Russische Revolution und das unvollendete zwanzigste Jahrhundert“ ist jetzt auch auf Türkisch erhältlich.

New in Spanish

Estudio en Estados Unidos: la pobreza y la desigualdad social matan

Patrick Martin, 13 septiembre 2019

Un estudio de la Oficina de Contabilidad del Gobierno publicado esta semana muestra que los estadounidenses pobres tienen hasta el doble de posibilidad de morir antes de llegar a mayor edad que los estadounidenses ricos.

El legado de Syriza: cuatro años de austeridad, privatizaciones, militarismo y ataques a refugiados—Primera parte

Katerina Selin, 13 septiembre 2019

La intención de esta serie de artículos es explicar lo que los cuatro años de Gobierno bajo Syriza significó concretamente para los trabajadores, jóvenes y jubilados en Grecia.

Socialistas Democráticos de Estados Unidos lanza una campaña nacional para Bernie Sanders

Genevieve Leigh, 13 septiembre 2019

El DSA es una facción del Partido Demócrata, que está respaldando la campaña de Sanders en su intento de desviar la oposición entre los trabajadores y los jóvenes a canales seguros.

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Perspective

The bipartisan attack on the right to asylum

13 September 2019

The US Supreme Court’s decision abolishes the right to asylum for hundreds of thousands fleeing imperialist war and violence.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2019

This lecture was delivered by Bill Van Auken, senior writer for the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019.

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2019

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 3 September 2019

“1619” and the myth of white unity under slavery
Book review: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South by Keri Leigh Merritt

By Eric London, 9 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Pamela Anderson defends Julian Assange: “Journalism is not a crime!”

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, actress Pamela Anderson says imprisoned journalist Julian Assange is “depending on all of us to save him.”

Pamela Anderson defends Assange, challenges McCain’s daughter on US TV

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood visits Assange: “He’s a freedom fighter!”

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 September 2019

India: Kolkata students and workers demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 11 September 2019

Peter Greste’s panel discussion in Sydney: Support for censorship and throwing Assange to the wolves

By James Cogan, 7 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Official Secrets: A whistleblower attempts to prevent the Iraq War

By Tim Avery, 13 September 2019

The intensely relevant film is based on the true story of Katharine Gun, who leaked a memo exposing the criminality of the preparations for war against Iraq and was charged by the British government under the Official Secrets Act.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 1
Paris Stalingrad: The plight of refugees in the French capital, once “one of the best cities”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

An interview with Hind Meddeb, director of Paris Stalingrad: “It’s not a film about refugees, it’s a film about human beings”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

Obituary: African-American novelist Toni Morrison dead at 88

By Sandy English, 7 September 2019

Science

Hubble Space Telescope detects water vapor on habitable-zone exoplanet

By Bryan Dyne, 13 September 2019

The discovery is another step toward finding a world with an environment, and possibly life, on a planet outside our Solar System.

On the anniversary of 9/11

The World Socialist Web Site has an unparalleled record of articles and commentary on the terrorist attacks of September 11, their origins and political consequences. In the 18 years since, the perspective advanced by the WSWS since the day of the attack has been entirely confirmed—a vindication of the power of Marxist analysis and principled politics.

The two articles below were published by the WSWS in the days following the attacks.

The political roots of the terror attack on New York and Washington

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 12 September 2001

Anti-Americanism: The “anti-imperialism” of fools

By David North and David Walsh, 22 September 2001

Commentary

The Legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 3

By Katerina Selin, 13 September 2019

The intention of this series of articles is to depict what the four years of Syriza’s government policy meant concretely for workers, youth and retirees in Greece.

The legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 2

The legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 1

US study shows: Poverty and social inequality are killers

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2019

Trump fires Bolton as national security advisor

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2019

New York Times: Main source for anti-Russia campaign may have been a “double agent”

By Andre Damon, 11 September 2019

Democratic Socialists of America launches nationwide campaign for Bernie Sanders

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2019

Unsubmissive France summer school promotes Islamophobia

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 12 September 2019

UK government to target “far left” in revised Counter Extremism Strategy

By Laura Tiernan, 10 September 2019

Leaked document reveals state spying
FBI targets groups opposing Trump’s concentration camps as “Extremists”

By Eric London, 9 September 2019

Hong Kong protesters: Turn to the Chinese working class, not US imperialism

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2019

Workers Struggles

Slovenian pilots strike; Paris, France rail and metro strike
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 September 2019

Slovenian pilots carried out a three-day stoppage September 8 - 10 over contract issues while Paris Metro workers are set to strike Friday to protest adverse pension changes by the Macron government.

Two-day strike by 4,000 British Airways pilots concludes

By Will Morrow, 12 September 2019

Ontario education unions disarm teachers, support staff facing attack on jobs and conditions

By Roger Jordan, 11 September 2019

Autoworkers struggles

How Detroit Democrats handed Fiat-Chrysler $400 million for a new assembly plant

By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2019

“It would be great for workers from different countries to band together”
As auto contract deadline approaches, GM Detroit-Hamtramck workers determined to fight

UAW apologists try to cover up corruption scandal

By Jerry White, 10 September 2019

Countdown to contract fight: In final week before contract expires, autoworkers gear up for struggle against companies and UAW

By Tom Hall, 9 September 2019

UAW to autoworkers: We won’t tell you anything, but don’t read the World Socialist Web Site

By Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2019

Autoworkers must form rank-and-file committees to counter UAW conspiracy

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 6 September 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE lecture series in Australia
Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

While the revolution vastly transformed international relations and class relations within China, the Communist Party, based on the Stalinist program of “Socialism in One Country,” deformed the newly-created state from the outset.

Socialist Equality Party

Build action committees! Expand the strike!
A socialist perspective for the Sri Lankan university employees’ struggle

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 September 2019

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

25 years ago: Castro bows to imperialism on immigration

On September 9, 1994, the Castro and Clinton governments signed an agreement to halt further uncontrolled immigration to the United States from Cuba. The deal marked a further step in the capitulation to imperialism by the bourgeois-nationalist Castro regime.

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50 years ago: US government conducts underground nuclear test in Colorado

On September 10, 1969 the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) set off a nuclear blast as part of research into two different projects, Operation Mandrel and Operation Plowshare.

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75 years ago: Greek resistance fighters defeat Nazi collaborators at battle of Meligalas

On September 15, 1944, partisans of the Greek People’s Liberation Army, the Communist popular resistance movement against the German occupation of the country, defeated security forces that had collaborated with the Nazis in the southwestern town of Meligalas.

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100 years ago: Italian nationalists seize Fiume on Yugoslav coast

On September 12, 1919, an armed detachment led by the proto-fascist poet and aviator Gabriele D’Annunzio took Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia), a city then with a largely Italian-speaking population, disputed by Italy and the newly established state of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later renamed Yugoslavia.

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History

The Causes and Consequences of World War II

By David North, 31 August 2019

Eighty years since the outbreak of World War II

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

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

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

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.