As strike enters fourth week, UAW says talks with GM have “taken turn for the worse”

By Jerry White, 7 October 2019

The hard line by GM proves that the UAW is leading the strike to defeat and makes clear that workers must respond by expanding the struggle to Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

Behind the GM strike: Wall Street wants temps for hi-tech vehicles and the UAW agrees

GM strike in danger of union-enforced defeat as UAW announces ‘good progress’ on temps, health care

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

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

“Capitalism is the core of the problem:” Striking GM workers call for global struggle against auto companies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 7 October 2019

GM workers on the picket discussed the need for an international strategy for the expansion of their strike with the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter this weekend.

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

20,000 jobs and six plants threatened at German tire maker Continental

More on autoworkers struggles »

US impeachment campaign escalates with claim of second whistleblower

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2019

The Democratic Party continues to draw support from the intelligence agencies for its anti-Trump effort.

Trump continues to defy Democrats’ impeachment inquiry

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

Impeachment crisis: Trump, Democrats exchange threats and warnings

Pompeo signs US-Greek military alliance and threatens Iran, Russia, China

By Alex Lantier and V. Gnana, 7 October 2019

Aggressive US and European foreign policy is intensifying the risk that great-power conflict over the Balkans and the Middle East can trigger a global war.

Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call

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Death toll in Iraq protests tops 105

By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2018

According to Iraq’s Interior Ministry, five days of mass protests also left more than 6,100 wounded.

Iraq in flames

Australian Labor Party courts big business

By Mike Head, 7 October 2019

Labor leaders are “blitzing” corporate boardrooms to win their backing in the wake of Labor’s election debacle.

Canada: Five thousand public sector workers strike in Saskatchewan

By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019

The strike, involving workers at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskWater, SaskEnergy, the Water Security Agency and two SaskTel subsidiaries, is the largest in Saskatchewan for decades.

As US vaping-related lung illnesses soar, FDA found negligent in enforcing e-cig regulations

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 October 2019

A report issued by the NIH’s drug abuse section highlights the dramatic rise in vaping among teenagers; 37.3 percent of 12th graders reported they had vaped in the past 12 months.

Bone-crushing labor prevails across the American meatpacking industry

By Brian Brown, 7 October 2019

While the meatpacking industry has historically been a dirty and dangerous occupation, taking workers lives and limbs, a dangerous job will become a lot worse with the Trump administration pushing further de-regulation.

Illinois steelworker killed on the job, police launch investigation

John Deere announces layoffs at plants in Illinois and Iowa

ICE arrests nearly 600 immigrants in enforcement surge, targeting “uncooperative” local jurisdictions

By Leslie Murtagh, 7 October 2019

The coordinated attack on immigrants by the Trump administration across 20 states at the end of last month was the largest multi-state operation reported so far this year.

UK: Inquest adjourned into death of Port Talbot steelworks contractor Justin Day

By Margot Miller, 7 October 2019

The events leading to the tragedy of Justin Day’s death are still unknown, but the circumstances of a machine switching on with an engineer working inside it points to a disastrous breakdown in health and safety protocol.

Disgraced academic Noah Carl spearheads far-right campaign on UK campuses

By Thomas Scripps, 7 October 2019

Eugenicist Carl has raised over $100,000 to begin a legal appeal against the St. Edmund’s College decision to rescind his appointment, on the grounds of wrongful dismissal.

5 October 2019

Ecuadorian government arrests hundreds and deploys military against nationwide strike

By Andrea Lobo, 5 October 2019

Hong Kong’s chief executive invokes emergency law against protest movement

By Ben McGrath, 5 October 2019

Johnson faces possible legal action as he plots to ensure UK leaves EU on October 31

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2019

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

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

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Redundant Thomas Cook workers speak out at Manchester jobs fair

By our reporters, 5 October 2019

Ontario education workers set to strike Monday against Ford’s savage cuts

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019

White supremacist Coast Guard officer pleads guilty to drug and weapons charges

By Matthew Taylor, 5 October 2019

New York City transit workers exposed to toxic asbestos for decades

By Philip Guelpa, 5 October 2019

New in Norwegian

Irak i brann

Bill Van Auken, 7. oktober 2019

For fjerde-dag-på-rad skjøt irakiske sikkerhetsstyrker på fredag mot ubevæpnede sivile, der demonstranter igjen strømmet ut i gatene og trosset statsminister Adel Abdul Mahdis utroping av et døgnkontinuerlig portforbud.

Ecuadors regjering arresterer hundrevis, og setter inn militæret mot landsdekkende streik

Andrea Lobo, 7. oktober 2019

Moreno-regjeringen har respondert på protester utløst av en massiv prisøkning på drivstoff med å innføre en nasjonal unntakstilstand i 60 dager, som inkluderte utplasseringen av militæret mot demonstranter, og suspenderingen av demokratiske rettigheter.

Bak GM-streiken: Wall Street vil ha midlertidige for hi-tech kjøretøy og UAW er enig

Jerry White, 7. oktober 2019

Streikende arbeidere motsetter seg Wall Streets forlangender om «mer fleksible produksjonssystemer» for å bygge elektrodrevne og selvkjørende biler, inkludert lavere lønnede midlertidige arbeidere, og UAW har allerede har sagt seg enig.

GM-streiken i fare for fagforenings-påtvunget nederlag, der UAW annonserer ‘gode fremskritt’ om midlertidige ansettelser og helsetjenester

Tom Hall, 7. oktober 2019

United Auto Workers (UAW) og General Motors gjør «gode fremskritt» i retning en avtale, sa Terry Dittes, UAWs visepresident for GM, i et brev publisert fredag kveld.

«Julian har nådd et punkt der han kan dø» – John Shipton, Assanges far, snakker med WSWS

Johannes Stern, 7. oktober 2019

På torsdag møtte WSWS Julian Assanges far John Shipton i Berlin, for å diskutere omstendighetene rundt sønnens fengsling i Londons Belmarsh Prison.

New in German

Irak in Flammen

Bill Van Auken, 7. Oktober 2019

Vergangenen Freitag eröffneten irakische Sicherheitskräfte am vierten Tag in Folge das Feuer auf unbewaffnete Demonstranten, die sich über die von Premierminister Adel Abdul Mahdi verhängte ganztätige Ausgangssperre hinwegsetzten.

Ecuador: Massenverhaftungen und Militäreinsatz gegen landesweiten Streik

Andrea Lobo, 7. Oktober 2019

Als Reaktion auf die Proteste, die durch eine massive Erhöhung der Benzinpreise ausgelöst wurden, hat die Moreno-Regierung einen 60-tägigen nationalen Ausnahmezustand ausgerufen, das Militär gegen Demonstranten eingesetzt und demokratische Rechte ausgesetzt.

Hongkongs Regierungschefin benutzt Notstandsgesetz gegen Protestbewegung

Ben McGrath, 7. Oktober 2019

Die herrschenden Klassen in Hongkong und Peking bereiten die Niederschlagung der seit Monaten andauernden Demonstrationen für demokratische Grundrechte vor.

New in Russian

Правительство Украины объявляет о масштабной приватизации, угрожающей массовыми увольнениями

Джейсон Мелановски, 5 октября 2019 г.

Правый мозговой центр «Атлантический совет» приветствовал инициируемую Зеленским экономическую политику как «крупнейшую постсоветскую распродажу на протяжении жизни целого поколения».

New in French

La grève chez GM à la croisée des chemins
Les TUA préparent un contrat de capitulation tandis que les travailleurs se battent pour élargir la lutte

le WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 5 octobre 2019

«L'alternative à la conspiration de GM et des TUA est que les travailleurs forment des comités d'usine de base, étendent la grève à Ford et Fiat Chrysler et mobilisent toute la classe ouvrière.»

Les nouveaux tarifs douaniers américains intensifient la guerre commerciale avec l'Europe

Alex Lantier, 5 octobre 2019

Le gouvernement Trump a déclaré des droits de douane de 7,5 milliards de dollars sur les marchandises de l’UE. Ce n’est que le coup le plus récent d’une guerre commerciale mondiale en spirale qui entraîne l’économie mondiale dans la récession.

GM ferme le complexe de Silao au Mexique alors que la rébellion des travailleurs se prépare

Andrea Lobo, 5 octobre 2019

La décision de fermer Silao visait selon toute probabilité à prévenir la rébellion larvée des travailleurs qui lancent des appels à une lutte commune avec les grévistes américains.

Après les élections turques: comment la pseudo-gauche s'est ralliée derrière le CHP
Conférence du CRFI İstanbul avec Darya Mitina à l'occasion du centenaire du Comintern.

Ulas Atesci et Alex Lantier, 5 octobre 2019

Les élections municipales de 2019 et la répétition du scrutin 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.

New in Spanish

Nuevos aranceles estadounidenses intensifican la guerra comercial con Europa

Alex Lantier, 5 octubre 2019

El anuncio del Gobierno de Trump de que impondrá aranceles a $7,5 ml millones en bienes de la UE es tan solo el último disparo de una guerra comercial que se está expandiendo y arrastrando a toda la economía mundial hacia una recesión.

Los mercados caen mientras Estados Unidos entra en recesión manufacturera

Andre Damon, 5 octubre 2019

El sector manufacturero de EUA se encogió dos trimestres en seguida y la Organización Mundial del Comercio dijo que el crecimiento del comercio este año sería el más bajo en una década.

GM clausura Complejo Silao en México al avecinarse rebelión obrera

Andrea Lobo, 5 octubre 2019

Tras las elecciones turcas: Cómo la pseudoizquierda se congregó tras el CHP
Segunda parte: El callejón sin salida de la orientación de la pequeñoburguesía al CHP

Ulas Atesci y Alex Lantier, 5 octubre 2019

Las elecciones municipales de 2019 y su repetición en Estambul fueron un hito en la integración de toda una capa de partidos de clase media en el establishment gobernante.

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

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 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

Julian Assange’s life is in danger!

7 October 2019

John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, has warned that his son “may die” as a result of the conditions under which he is being imprisoned in Belmarsh Prison in London.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

Where’s My Roy Cohn?: A documentary on McCarthy’s right-hand man, mentor to Trump

By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2019

There are definite reasons why Cohn remained influential almost to the end of his life, and why he remains a potent symbol long after his death.

Soprano Jessye Norman dies at the age of 74

By Fred Mazelis, 5 October 2019

Tolkien: Biopic of author J.R.R. Tolkien rings false

By Sandy English, 5 October 2019

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

By Fred Mazelis, 4 October 2019

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

The final lectures will be held at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) later today, and at Western Sydney University on October 9, the University of New South Wales on October 16, and Macquarie University on October 17.

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

9 September 2019

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to contest the November presidential election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 October 2019

The election has been announced amid rising opposition to the government’s austerity measures and the eruption of mass strikes by public sector workers for higher pay.

UK public meetings—The Socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

18 September 2019

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings outlining the socialist answer to Brexit.

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!

Commentary

Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

Markets plunge as US enters manufacturing recession

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

Free Assange and Manning

“Julian has reached a point where he may die”—Assange’s father John Shipton speaks with the WSWS

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2019

On Thursday the WSWS met John Shipton, Julian Assange’s father, in Berlin to discuss the condition of his son’s jailing in London’s Belmarsh Prison.

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

25 years ago: Iraq disarmament crisis

On October 8, 1994, the United Nations ordered Iraq to withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors, amid media propaganda about Iraqi development of weapons of mass destruction.

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50 years ago: “Chicago Eight” trial and “Days of Rage”

From October 8 through October 11, 1969, the trial of the “Chicago Eight” was under way: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. The group was charged with conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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75 years ago: Revolt at Auschwitz concentration camp brutally repressed

On October 7, 1944, prisoners at the notorious German-operated death camp in Auschwitz, Poland, staged a courageous revolt, in a desperate struggle for their freedom and their lives.

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100 years ago: Land reform in Estonia

On October 10, 1919, the bourgeois government in the new Estonian republic nationalized 58 percent of the farmland in Estonia. Over 1,000 estates were seized. Owners could keep only 50 hectares (123 acres) and were eventually compensated 3 percent of the value of their land. The land was redistributed to Estonian peasants and veterans.

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Autoworkers struggles

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

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

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

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 »

Workers Struggles

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

By Renae Cassimeda, 4 October 2019

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

By Kristina Betinis, 4 October 2019

UK Royal Mail workers wildcat strike over racist insult by management

By Laura Tiernan, 4 October 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2019

Thousands of Assam tea workers strike over bonus payments; 17,000 non-academic university workers remain on strike in Sri Lanka
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

5 October 2019

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

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.

Workers protest closure of Wrightbus in Northern Ireland

By our reporters, 3 October 2019

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers take further strike action

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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.