Trump exploits drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities to threaten war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2019

In a menacing threat against Iran, Trump tweeted that “there is reason to believe that we know the culprit” and that the US was “locked and loaded,” implying imminent military strikes.

“The rank and file have to take control!”
Ford, Fiat-Chrysler workers call for all-out strike alongside GM workers

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 16 September 2019

Workers are demanding an all-out fight against the companies and the corrupt UAW, which only called a strike after forcing GM workers to cross picket lines against striking janitors.

US autoworkers shut down production at GM in nationwide strike

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 16 September 2019

UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire

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

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

Video: GM workers speak out on strike

By our reporters, 16 September 2019

GM workers from the Flint Assembly and Romulus Engine plant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the issues behind the walkout of 46,000 GM workers.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Germany: IG Metall union concludes pact with corporate bosses and government against workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 September 2019

The union is offering to cooperate in “structural changes” that will boost the profits of the auto companies.

IG Metall plays treacherous role in the Riva steelworkers strike

Abrupt closures of two hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio leave region reeling

By Naomi Spencer, 16 September 2019

The termination of critical healthcare services will have a deeply damaging impact on the communities, and potentially deadly consequences for individuals who rely on them.

New York City mayor declares end of measles public health emergency

By Gary Joad, 16 September 2019

During a nine-month period, 52 people were hospitalized and 16 individuals placed in intensive care units. Eighty percent of those contracting measles were children.

Two years on, Foxconn’s Wisconsin boondoggle continues under Democrats

By Jacob Crosse, 16 September 2019

With the aid of state and local government officials, the Foxconn swindle rolls on even as job expectations fell short for the second year in a row.

Canada’s media join Conservatives in pushing for RCMP to play key role in election outcome

By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2019

The Trudeau government is a pro-austerity, pro-war government that must be implacably opposed by the working class. But in doing so, it must lend no support to the reactionary intrigues of the Tories and their media allies.

“Protecting the European way of life” and “a stronger Europe in the world”
New EU Commission to intensify militarism and attacks on refugees

By Will Morrow, 16 September 2019

The European bourgeoisie is shifting so far to the right that it is dispensing even with hypocritical “humanitarian” titles that it previously bestowed on its right-wing policies.

Fascism and militarism characterise debate in the German Bundestag

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

Election in Austria: Freedom Party demonstrates its close links to the Identitarian movement

By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2019

The speech delivered by an experienced FPÖ official to a group of several dozen neo-Nazis, shortly before the election, sends a clear signal.

Scottish father of two beaten to death in a prison in 2015
Fatal Accident Inquiry finds death was “entirely preventable”

By Steve James, 16 September 2019

Allan Marshall, father of two, was beaten to death in Saughton prison, Edinburgh, in 2015. A Fatal Accident Inquiry has found his death was “ entirely preventable.”

Australian government pushes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 September 2019

The trial, which is aimed at extending “welfare quarantining” measures, would target working class areas hit by job destruction and government budget cuts.

Australian election survey refutes myths surrounding Labor Party debacle

Abortion bill in NSW used to push Australian politics further to the right

By Cheryl Crisp, 16 September 2019

The emotive demagogy over abortion is part of a campaign to mobilise a right-wing Christian base and recruit them into the Liberal Party.

14 September 2019

French transit workers strike against attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 14 September 2019

Defending pensions against Macron requires an international political strategy

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2019

Fascistic elements in Republican Party threaten Democrats O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez

By Matthew Taylor, 14 September 2019

Ohio jury acquits young woman on murder charges in baby’s death

By Casey Gold, 14 September 2019

No letup in Trump’s war on immigrants as 37-year-old Mexican man dies in ICE custody

By Kevin Martinez, 14 September 2019

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

The bipartisan attack on the right to asylum

More on North American immigrant issues »

Two workers crushed to death at Michigan granite supplier

By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2019

Boston transit system limps along as MBTA carries out disruptive repairs

By Andrew Timon, 14 September 2019

Labour Party revokes Electronic Intifada journalist’s press pass in bid to suppress left-wing criticism

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2019

Billionaire Duke of Westminster carrying out social cleansing of working class residents in London

By Charles Hixson, 14 September 2019

Fire destroys another residential tower block in London

Russia, Ukraine carry out high-profile prisoner exchange

By Jason Melanovski, 14 September 2019

New Zealand opposition National Party attacked over relations with China

By John Braddock, 14 September 2019

Sri Lanka: Tamil People’s Council calls rally to stir up Tamil nationalism

By M. Thevarajah, 14 September 2019

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Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Журнал Fourth International предостерегает о преследованиях против уругвайских троцкистов

16 сентября 2019 г.

В начале сентября 1944 теоретический журнал опубликовал редакционную статью с предупреждением о преследованиях, направленных против троцкистов в Уругвае, что стало частью более общего подавления движения в международном масштабе.

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Les travailleurs de la RATP font grève contre les attaques de Macron sur les retraites

Will Morrow, 16 septembre 2019

Les syndicats cherchent à empêcher toute lutte contre l’attaque de Macron par une série de grèves isolées d’une journée au cours du mois prochain.

Alors que les travailleurs de l'automobile se préparent à se battre, le président et l’ancien président de l’UAW impliqués dans le scandale de corruption

Tom Hall, 16 septembre 2019

Les révélations de l’implication du président actuel et de l’ancien président de l'UAW font d’eux des gangsters et font du «syndicat» une organisation criminelle.

Le débat présidentiel démocrate: à mille lieues de la réalité sociale américaine

Patrick Martin, 16 septembre 2019

Les 10 candidats sur la scène à Houston ont évité toute discussion sur l'aggravation de la crise sociale en Amérique et sur l'opposition croissante aux inégalités sociales.

Les travailleurs américains de l’auto veulent une grève totale

Shannon Jones, 16 septembre 2019

Alors que prend fin leur convention collective, 158.000 travailleurs des constructeurs automobiles basés à Detroit se disent prêts à débrayer pour rattraper des décennies de reculs sociaux.

Une juge britannique condamne Assange à la prison indéfiniment, en dépit de la fin de sa peine de prison

Oscar Grenfell, 16 septembre 2019

Cette décision, qui confine Assange en prison pour une durée indéterminée, est la dernière d’une série d’atteintes à ses droits juridiques et démocratiques par la justice britannique.

Pamela Anderson défend Julian Assange: «Le journalisme n'est pas un crime!»

Oscar Grenfell, 16 septembre 2019

Dans une interview accordée au World Socialist Web Site, l'actrice Pamela Anderson déclare que le journaliste emprisonné Julian Assange «compte sur nous tous pour venir à son aide».

Trump congédie son conseiller en matière de Sécurité nationale

Patrick Martin, 16 septembre 2019

Le désaccord sur un projet d’entente avec les talibans en Afghanistan a apparemment été la goutte qui a fait déborder le vase dans le conflit interne à la Maison-Blanche.

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El debate presidencial demócrata: un millón de millas de la realidad social estadounidense

Patrick Martin, 16 septiembre 2019

Los diez candidatos en el escenario en Houston evitaron cualquier discusión sobre el recrudecimiento de la crisis social en Estados Unidos y la creciente oposición a la desigualdad social.

Defender las jubilaciones contra Macron requiere una estrategia política internacional

Alex Lantier, 16 septiembre 2019

El camino para defender las jubilaciones y oponerse al avanzado impulso hacia el régimen de Estado policial de tipo fascista es dirigirse a la clase trabajadora internacional.

Elementos fascistas en el Partido Republicano amenazan a los demócratas O'Rourke y Ocasio-Cortez

Matthew Taylor, 16 septiembre 2019

Ambos incidentes reflejan la amenaza crecimiento de violencia política de la extrema derecha.

Noticia en desarrollo
Ante oposición masiva de obreros, UAW convoca huelga nacional en GM

Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotores del WSWS, 16 septiembre 2019

El UAW anunció una huelga nacional en General Motors en una rueda de prensa el domingo en el centro de Detroit. La huelga oficialmente comenzará a la media noche el domingo.

El Proyecto 1619, del New York Times: una falsificación racialista de la historia estadounidense y mundial—Parte 2

Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman y David North, 16 septiembre 2019

El Proyecto 1619, lanzado por el New York Times, presenta el racismo y el conflicto racial como la característica esencial y la fuerza motriz de la historia estadounidense.

Reseña del libro: Revuelta de estados rojos – Segunda Parte
Los Socialistas Democráticos de América muestra su hostilidad al socialismo

Nancy Hanover, 16 septiembre 2019

Parte dos de la reseña de un nuevo libro por Eric Blanc del DSA.

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

Katerina Selin, 16 septiembre 2019

La intención de esta serie de artículos es describir lo que los cuatro años de políticas de gobierno de Syriza significaron concretamente para los trabajadores, los jóvenes y los jubilados de Grecia.

Jueza británica encarcela a Assange indefinidamente, a pesar del final de la pena de prisión

Oscar Grenfell, 16 septiembre 2019

El fallo es el último de una serie de ataques contra los derechos legales y democráticos de Assange por parte del poder judicial británico.

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Frankreich: Arbeiter der Verkehrsbetriebe streiken gegen Angriff auf Renten

Will Morrow, 16. September 2019

Die Gewerkschaften versuchen, einen Kampf gegen Macrons Angriff durch eine Serie von isolierten eintägigen Aktionen abzuwürgen.

TV-Debatte zwischen den Präsidentschaftsbewerbern der Demokraten: Eine Million Meilen von der gesellschaftlichen Realität der USA entfernt

Patrick Martin, 16. September 2019

Die Präsidentschaftsdebatte am Donnerstagabend in Houston war eine dreistündige Zurschaustellung der Kluft zwischen der Demokratischen Partei und der amerikanischen Arbeiterklasse.

Offener Brief an alle Mitglieder des Deutschen Hochschulverbandes
Stoppt den Rechtsruck an den Universitäten!

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 16. September 2019

Bernhard Kempen nutzt seine Stellung als Präsident des Deutschen Hochschulverbandes, um den rechtsextremen Historiker Jörg Baberowski zu verteidigen.

Die Verteidigung der Renten gegen Macron erfordert eine internationale politische Strategie

Alex Lantier, 16. September 2019

Die Verteidigung der Renten und der Kampf gegen den weit fortgeschrittenen Aufbau eines faschistischen Polizeiregimes erfordert eine Hinwendung zur internationalen Arbeiterklasse.

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Perspective

US autoworkers shut down General Motors

16 September 2019

The strike by 46,000 GM auto workers marks a major escalation of class struggle in the United States and internationally.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The Brexit crisis and the struggle for the unity and political independence of the working class

By Thomas Scripps, 16 September 2019

The authoritarian turn represented by Johnson’s prorogation of parliament is the most advanced expression of the breakdown of the traditional mechanisms of parliamentary rule.

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

More on Brexit »

The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2019

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group covers for Steelworkers’ betrayal of ABI workers

By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019

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

By Katerina Selin, 13 September 2019

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

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

25 years ago: Clinton orders US invasion of Haiti

On September 19, 1994, the Clinton administration launched “Operation Uphold Democracy” in Haiti, sending troops to occupy the Caribbean island under the guise of fighting against dictatorship in an effort to restore ousted Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the presidency.

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50 years ago: Strike wave in Western Europe

European strikes continued to build momentum this week in 1969. On September 18, thousands of West German public service workers walked off the job in West Berlin, Munich, and Nuremburg. The unauthorized strikes, carried out before the expiration of contracts, included bus, subway, and sanitation workers.

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75 years ago: Danish workers strike against Nazi occupation

This week in September 1944, Nazi authorities launched a wave of repression in Denmark in a bid to quell a strike that had erupted against the German occupation of the country.

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100 years ago: Boston Police Commissioner refuses to rehire striking cops

On September 17, 1919, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Curtis announced that striking policemen would not be rehired and that he intended to establish an entirely new police force in the city, amid fears that the week-old walkout could lead to a citywide general strike.

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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

Autoworkers struggles

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

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019

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

By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019

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

By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019

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 »

Workers Struggles

Jammu & Kashmir power workers demand outstanding salaries; Pakistan tourism workers oppose job cuts
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

14 September 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Sri Lankan university workers continue indefinite strike

By W. A. Sunil, 12 September 2019

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

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

Free Assange and Manning

British judge jails Assange indefinitely, despite end of prison sentence

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

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

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

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!

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.