Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

The Democrats are basing their impeachment drive not on opposition to Trump’s fascistic attack on immigrants and pro-corporate social policies, but on claims that he is not pursuing US foreign policy aggressively enough.

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

Impeachment crisis: Trump, Democrats exchange threats and warnings

Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates

GM shuts down Silao complex in Mexico as workers’ rebellion brews

By Andrea Lobo, 4 October 2019

The decision to close Silao was likely aimed at preempting a simmering rebellion by workers who are making appeals for a joint struggle with US strikers.

UAW orders workers to stay on job past contract expiration at Volvo-Mack trucks

By Steve Filips, 4 October 2019

The October 1 contract deadline passed, however workers at two Volvo-Mack Trucks facilities were told by the UAW to stay at their posts until further notice.

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

As Wall Street bankrolls GM, UAW tries to starve strikers into submission

A call to action:
Why students and youth should support striking GM workers

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Bernie Sanders halts campaign activities over health crisis

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

The candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination was hospitalized Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada and received two stents in an artery.

Silicon Valley public service workers complete day two of “rolling” strike

By Renae Cassimeda, 4 October 2019

Taking to the picket lines for the first time in 40 years, 1,200 public service workers are on strike at facilities throughout Santa Clara County, California.

Chicago teachers, schools staff and parks district workers set joint October 17 strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 4 October 2019

Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants teachers to accept wage increases that barely rise above the inflation rate along with higher healthcare costs and more cuts to school services.

John Deere announces layoffs at plants in Illinois and Iowa

By George Gallanis, 4 October 2019

With the assistance of the UAW, Deere is using a slump in sales to attack workers and increase profits.

UK Royal Mail workers wildcat strike over racist insult by management

By Laura Tiernan, 4 October 2019

The “unofficial” strike in defence of a Muslim co-worker is a powerful answer to the nationalist climate being stoked by the British ruling class over Brexit.

Indonesia: Student unrest continues as tens of thousands of workers set to strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2019

Police have responded to the largest student demonstrations since the movement that toppled the Suharto dictatorship in 1998 with violent repression and mass arrests.

Australia: Another “super union” merger—a bigger industrial policeman

By Terry Cook, 4 October 2019

Claims that the merger of United Voice and the National Union of Workers will serve the interests of workers are belied by the betrayals and sell-outs of both organisations.

3 October 2019

Markets plunge as US enters manufacturing recession

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2019

Iraqi protesters gunned down as demonstrations and strikes spread across Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2019

UK Prime Minister Johnson outlines Brexit proposals and Thatcherite agenda at Tory conference

By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2019

Corbyn holds pro-Remain party discussions over leading “caretaker” administration or stepping aside to allow “government of national unity”

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

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Mississippi city attorney argues immigrant killed by police had no rights under US Constitution

By Kevin Martinez, 3 October 2019

Jeff Bezos’ Whole Foods slashes medical benefits for nearly 2,000 part-time workers

By Eddie Haywood, 3 October 2019

Quebec prosecuting nearly 100 crane operators for “illegal” 2018 strike

By Louis Girard, 3 October 2019

While the government is making an example of the crane operators with the aim of intimidating workers into bowing before the anti-strike laws, the unions are deafeningly silent.

Algerian regime jails top generals, Workers Party leader Louisa Hanoune

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2019

Workers protest closure of Wrightbus in Northern Ireland

By our reporters, 3 October 2019

Ukraine government announces large-scale privatizations, threatening mass layoffs

By Jason Melanovski, 3 October 2019

Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call

Australian central bank cuts interest rates to record low

By Mike Head, 3 October 2019

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers take further strike action

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2019

New Zealand: Unexplained death at university hall of residence

By John Braddock, 3 October 2019

New in Turkish

Seçimlerin ardından: Sahte sol CHP’nin arkasında nasıl toplandı? – II. Bölüm

Ulaş Ateşçi ve Alex Lantier, 4 Ekim 2019

Sahte solun CHP’ye yönelmesi bir hata ya da değiştirmeye ikna edilebilecekleri bir yanlış anlama değildir. Tersine, bu yönelim, söz konusu partilerin dayandığı hali vakti yerinde orta sınıf içindeki işçi sınıfı ve Marksizm karşıtı tabakaların maddi çıkarlarını yansıtmaktadır.

New in French

Le régime algérien incarcère des généraux et la dirigeante du Parti des travailleurs

Kumaran Ira et Alex Lantier, 4 octobre 2019

Le procès a étouffé les crimes historiques des accusés militaires et crée un précédent pour la répression des luttes des travailleurs contre le régime sanglant de l’armée algérienne.

Après les élections turques: comment la pseudo-gauche s'est rangée derrière le CHP
Partie II: L'impasse de l'orientation de la petite-bourgeoisie vers le CHP

Ulas Atesci et Alex Lantier, 4 octobre 2019

Les élections municipales de 2019 et leur répétition à İstanbul ont marqué une étape importante dans l'intégration de toute une série de partis de la classe moyenne dans l'establishment au pouvoir.

Conrad Black dénonce le leadership «faible» de Trudeau et sa «campagne nocive»

Roger Jordan, 4 octobre 2019

L'éditorial du National Post écrit par Black met en lumière les véritables motifs derrière la prétendue «indignation» de l'establishment politique et médiatique à l'égard des photos des «blackface» du premier ministre Justin Trudeau.

New in Spanish

Los demócratas excluyen las políticas antiinmigrantes fascistas de Trump de su investigación de juicio político

Eric London, 4 octubre 2019

Según el New York Times, Trump llamó a electrificar la valla fronteriza y dispararles a los inmigrantes que ingresen en EUA.

Manifestantes iraquíes asesinados mientras manifestaciones y huelgas se extienden por Oriente Próximo

Bill Van Auken, 4 de octubre 2019

La cifra de muertos en Irak aumentó al menos nueve como las fuerzas de seguridad dispararon en protestas masivas contra el desempleo y el deterioro de las condiciones.

UAW se prepara para vender huelga de GM, a medida que surgen nuevas revelaciones de corrupción

Tom Hall, 4 octubre 2019

El UAW y GM están dando los últimos toques sobre su plan para vender su acuerdo de concesiones.

New in German

Demokraten halten Trumps faschistische Politik gegen Einwanderer aus Amtsenthebungsuntersuchung heraus

Eric London, 4. Oktober 2019

Nach Angaben der New York Times forderte Trump, dass der Grenzzaun elektrifiziert und Einwanderer bei ihrer Einreise in die USA erschossen werden sollen.

Im Nahen Osten breiten sich Demonstrationen und Streiks trotz der Todesopfer im Irak weiter aus

Bill Van Auken, 4. Oktober 2019

Die Zahl der Todesopfer im Irak ist auf mindestens neun gestiegen, nachdem die Sicherheitskräfte mit scharfer Munition gegen Massenproteste gegen Arbeitslosigkeit und den Niedergang der Lebensbedingungen vorgegangen sind.

DIW-Studie: Extrem ungleiche Vermögensverteilung in Deutschland

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 4. Oktober 2019

In Deutschland besitzen die reichsten zehn Prozent mehr als die Hälfte des gesamten Vermögens, die ärmere Hälfte der Bevölkerung dagegen nur 1,3 Prozent.

Parteitag der Tories: Premierminister Johnson propagiert seine Brexit-Vorschläge und einen politischen Kurs à la Margaret Thatcher

Robert Stevens, 4. Oktober 2019

Johnson betonte in seiner Rede, dass er den Brexit endlich durchziehen will und stellte seine politische Agenda vor, die Sky News als „Wahlprogramm“ bezeichnete.

Brand in griechischem Konzentrationslager Moria: Proteste nach Todesfall

Robert Stevens, 4. Oktober 2019

Das Höllenlager Moria wurde von der pseudolinken Syriza-Regierung errichtet, um Flüchtlinge und Asylsuchende bis zu ihrer Abschiebung festzuhalten.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Британские оккупационные силы начинают вывод войск из Советской России

1 октября 2019 г.

27 сентября 1919 года начался вывод британских войск из Архангельска — города на севере России, недалеко от полярного круга. В октябре они покинут Мурманск, расположенный еще севернее. Вывод американских войск начался в июне, когда империалистическая кампания по уничтожению большевистской революции потерпела крах.

New in French

Trump parle de possibilité de «guerre civile» alors que les démocrates intensifient leur campagne de destitution

Andre Damon, 2 octobre 2019

Le président Donald Trump, dans une menace implicite de violence contre ses opposants politiques, a laissé entendre dimanche soir que les efforts des démocrates pour le démettre de ses fonctions pourraient précipiter le pays dans une «guerre civile».

Soixante-dix ans après la révolution chinoise
Tirer les leçons politiques de la faillite du maoïsme

Peter Symonds, 2 octobre 2019

Les héritiers politiques de Mao Zedong ne peuvent expliquer comment et pourquoi les aspirations des travailleurs à un avenir socialiste, pour lequel tant de personnes firent des sacrifices il y a 70 ans, ont abouti à l’impasse du capitalisme aujourd’hui.

Manifeestations après au moins une mort dans un incendie au camp de concentration de Moria en Grèce

Robert Stevens, 2 octobre 2019

La Moria est un enfer créé par le gouvernement Syriza de pseudo-gauche de 2015-2019, où les réfugiés et les demandeurs d'asile sont détenus en attendant leur expulsion.

New in Norwegian

Trump og demokratene befester posisjonene med eskalerende pådriv for impeachment

Barry Grey, 3. oktober 2019

Mange innen styringsklassen tar Trumps prat om borgerkrig som en alvorlig trussel.

Pentagon overfører kommandosenter for Midtøsten i forberedelse for krig mot Iran

Bill Van Auken, 3. oktober 2019

Overføringen av CENTCOMs kommando- og kontrollsenter til amerikansk territorium var en generalprøve for en krig der amerikanske baser ville bli mål for iransk gjengjeldelse.

Ukrainas oligarki i krise over Zenenskij-Trump telefonsamtalen

Clara Weiss, 3. oktober 2019

Skandalen over Trumps blatante forsøk på å presse den ukrainske presidenten Volodymyr Zelenskij til å etterforske sønnen til den ledende demokraten Joe Biden, som nå danner grunnlaget for den CIA-støttede granskningen for en mulige riksrettstiltale mot Trump, har kastet det ukrainske oligarkiet ut i en dyp krise.

New in Portuguese

A greve da GM está em perigo

Por Marcus Day, 25 Setembro 2019

Enquanto a greve de uma semana de trabalhadores da GM nos EUA tem conquistado o apoio de trabalhadores em todo o mundo, o UAW está elaborando uma estratégia para estrangulá-la o mais rápido possível.

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Perspective

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe

4 October 2019

The Trump administration’s announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

Placido Domingo resigns from LA Opera, as #MeToo campaign continues

By Fred Mazelis, 4 October 2019

The world-famous tenor, baritone and conductor is facing the equivalent of a blacklist in the US.

Singer Placido Domingo’s forced departure from New York’s Metropolitan Opera

Theatres in Germany take a stand against the far right

By Verena Nees, 4 October 2019

A number of plays by the Austrian-Hungarian dramatist and novelist Ödön von Horváth took a clear stand against the rise of the Nazis and assume new relevance today.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 6
Youth in revolt: Les Misérables—and other films: Made in Bangladesh, Mariam, Rocks, Desert One

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019
An interview with Ladj Ly, director of Les Misérables: “Victor Hugo described the social misery perfectly”

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

The Peterloo Massacre and Shelley
Part 2: Shelley’s politics and his Peterloo poems

By Paul Bond, 1 October 2019

The Peterloo massacre and Shelley
Part 1: The aftermath of the massacre and the responses

New Met production of Porgy and Bess prompts racialist criticisms of America’s greatest opera

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

Autoworkers struggles

GM strike at the crossroads
UAW preparing sell-out contract as workers fight to expand the struggle

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 October 2019

The alternative to the conspiracy of GM and the UAW is for workers to form rank-and-file factory committees, extend the strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler and mobilize the entire working class.

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Why are trade unions hostile to socialism?

By David North, 28 September 2019

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”
Detroit college students support striking GM workers

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

More on autoworkers struggles »

History

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing Peng's report which provides important insights into the character of the 1949 Chinese Revolution and issues that it raised for the Fourth International.

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

By Peng Shuzhi

Report on the Chinese Situation to the Third Congress of the Fourth International in 1951.

One hundred years since the Great Steel Strike

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2019

Commentary

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part III: The role of the Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP)

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and re-run of the vote in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part II: The dead end of the petty-bourgeoisie’s orientation to the CHP

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2019

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part I: A political liquidation into the capitalist establishment

Chinese 70th anniversary parade testifies to a crisis-stricken regime

By James Cogan, 2 October 2019

Seventy years since the Chinese Revolution
Draw the political lessons from the bankruptcy of Maoism

Pentagon shifts Mideast command center to US in preparation for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2019

Capitalism and the climate disaster: The issues posed by the worldwide protests

By Bryan Dyne, 1 October 2019

Workers Struggles

Greece hit by further 24-hour strike; Strikes and protests continue in South Africa
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 October 2019

On Wednesday Greek unions staged a one-day strike against right-wing changes in labour laws while strikes and protests are continuing in South Africa by bank workers, health workers, pilots, firefighters and other sections of workers.

Free Assange and Manning

Assange judge blocks extradition to Azerbaijan of ‘McMafia’ wife

By Laura Tiernan, 2 October 2019

Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 2 October 2019

London: Hundreds rally for Assange outside Belmarsh Prison

By Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2019

As Trump threatens war on Iran:
Chelsea Manning imprisoned without charge for six months for refusing to testify against Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed and James Cogan, 21 September 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

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

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

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

25 years ago: UAW sells out Flint Buick City strike

On October 1, just three days after 11,500 General Motors workers walked off the job at Buick City in Flint, the United Auto Workers (UAW) betrayed the strike and reached an agreement with the company that neither addressed nor resolved either of the main demands of workers over declining full-time jobs and speed-up.

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50 years ago: Murder charges dropped against eight Green Berets

On October 1, 1969, charges were dropped against eight American Green Berets involved in the murder and cover-up of Chu Van Thai, a South Vietnamese informant who had been providing the United States with information on North Vietnamese military movements.

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75 years ago: Warsaw uprising violently suppressed by Nazi occupiers

On October 2, officers from the Polish Home Army signed a capitulation order signifying an end to their attempts to retake Warsaw, the country’s capital, from the Nazi occupiers. The effective surrender followed months of bitter fighting, and limited Allied support for the Polish resistance forces.

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100 years ago: Massacre of black farmworkers in Elaine, Arkansas

On September 30, 1919, a white police officer and a railroad detective exchanged shots with armed blacks who were attending a meeting of a newly formed sharecroppers’ union, the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, at a church in Phillips County, Arkansas, near the town of Elaine.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Mandarin announcement of Australian lecture series on 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

27 September 2019

The lectures, which are being held on university campuses across the country, have been organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

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

9 September 2019

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

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public meeting: The political issues at stake in the Indian government’s savage Kashmir lockdown

By the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE (Sri Lanka), 25 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!

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 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.