Washington green lights Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

By Alex Lantier and Ulaş Atesci, 8 October 2019

Trump abandoned to their fate Kurdish nationalist militias that have fought since 2015 as Washington’s main proxy force in the NATO war for regime change in Syria.

“Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd grills senator: “You don’t trust the FBI and CIA?”

By Barry Grey, 8 October 2019

An exchange between “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd and Senator Ron Johnson sums up the right-wing basis on which the Democratic Party is conducting its impeachment drive against Trump.

US impeachment campaign escalates with claim of second whistleblower

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

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“We should all be out”
Growing call for industrywide strike to back GM workers

By Jerry White, 8 October 2019

Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant denounced the UAW for isolating GM workers and called for an all-out strike by GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers.

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

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

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Key witness in trial and conviction of police officer Amber Guyger murdered in Dallas

By Kevin Reed, 8 October 2019

Joshua Brown was killed two days after the sentencing of the officer to ten years in prison for the September 6, 2018 off-duty shooting death of Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Australia’s prisoner swap with Iran contrasts with persecution of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 8 October 2019

The deal exposes the denial of basic legal and democratic rights by the Australian, British and US governments in the continued detention and psychological torture of the WikiLeaks founder.

“Defender 2020”: NATO powers threaten war against Russia

By Gregor Link, 8 October 2019

In the coming year, armed forces from 17 NATO states, including the US and Germany, will carry out the “Defender 2020” manoeuvres.

General Electric freezes pension benefits for over 20,000 employees

By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2019

Beginning January 1, 2021, affected employees will no longer be allowed to make contributions to nor accrue additional benefits to their pension plan.

Trump issues proclamation to deny immigration visas to workers lacking health insurance

By Casey Gold, 8 October 2019

Last Friday, the White House released a presidential proclamation suspending immigration visas for applicants “who will financially burden the United States health care system.”

CUPE torpedoes Ontario school support-staff strike, accepts Ford’s wage and budget cuts

By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2019

CUPE has agreed to a sell-out contract that strengthens the hand of the Ford government as it presses forward with savage cuts to education, including dramatic class-size increases.

European Union set to reject Johnson’s Brexit proposal

By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2019

The government is set on a massive escalation of the constitutional crisis opened up by Brexit.

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

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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Little prospect of agreement as US-China trade talks set to resume

By Nick Beams, 8 October 2019

China is reported to be opposed to any all-encompassing deal on trade and changes to its economic programs along the lines being demanded by the US.

Australian PM aligns with Trump administration against “globalism” and China

By James Cogan, 8 October 2019

Morrison reviewed the sweeping steps that have already been taken to assist the United States wage “strategic competition” against China.

7 October 2019

Death toll in Iraq protests tops 105

By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2019

Australian Labor Party courts big business

By Mike Head, 7 October 2019

Canada: Five thousand public sector workers strike in Saskatchewan

By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019

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

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 October 2019

Bone-crushing labor prevails across the American meatpacking industry

By Brian Brown, 7 October 2019

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

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

By Margot Miller, 7 October 2019

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

By Thomas Scripps, 7 October 2019

New in French

Alors que la grève entre dans sa quatrième semaine
Les TUA déclarent que les pourparlers avec GM se sont «détériorés»

Jerry White, 8 octobre 2019

La ligne dure maintenue par GM prouve que les TUA mènent la grève à la défaite et indique clairement que les travailleurs doivent réagir en étendant la lutte à Ford et Fiat Chrysler.

La vie de Julian Assange est en danger!

James Cogan, 8 octobre 2019

John Shipton, le père du fondateur de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, a averti que son fils «pourrait mourir» en raison des conditions dans lesquelles il est incarcéré à la prison de Belmarsh à Londres.

Pompeo signe une alliance militaire américano-grecque et menace l'Iran, la Russie et la Chine

Alex Lantier et V.Gnana, 8 octobre 2019

La politique étrangère agressive des États-Unis et de l’Europe intensifie le risque que le conflit entre grandes puissances aux Balkans et au Moyen-Orient puisse déclencher une guerre mondiale.

Canada: Cinq mille travailleurs du secteur public en grève en Saskatchewan

Carl Bronski, 8 octobre 2019

La grève, qui regroupe des travailleurs de SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskWater, SaskEnergy, la Water Security Agency et deux filiales de SaskTel, est la plus importante en Saskatchewan depuis des décennies.

New in Spanish

¡La vida de Julian Assange está en peligro!

James Cogan, 8 octubre 2019

John Shipton, el padre del fundador de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, ha advertido que su hijo “podría morir” como resultado de las condiciones impuestas durante su encarcelamiento en la prisión Belmarsh en Londres.

Huelga llega a cuarta semana y sindicato UAW dice que negociaciones con GM “han empeorado”

Jerry White, 8 octubre 2019

La intransigencia de GM prueba que el UAW está conduciendo la huelga hacia una derrota y deja en claro que los trabajadores deben responder expandiendo la lucha a Ford y Fiat Chrysler.

Pompeo firma alianza militar entre Estados Unidos y Grecia y amenaza a Irán, Rusia y China

Alex Lantier y V. Gnana, 8 octubre 2019

La política exterior agresiva de Estados Unidos y Europa está intensificando el riesgo de que un conflicto de grandes potencias sobre los Balcanes y Oriente Medio pueda desencadenar una guerra global.

La campaña de destitución en Estados Unidos se intensifica con el reclamo del segundo denunciante

Patrick Martin, 8 octubre 2019

El Partido Demócrata sigue recibiendo apoyo de las agencias de inteligencia por su esfuerzo anti-Trump.

Aprendiendo de la escisisón del CICI —estrategia internacional y táctica nacional: el cambio en la evaluación del CICI de los movimientos de liberación nacional

Deepal Jayasekera, 8 octubre 2019

Deepal Jayasekera, Secretario Adjunto del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (PSI) de Sri Lanka, dio esta charla en la Escuela de Verano del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EEUU) el 25 de julio de 2019.

New in Norwegian

Julian Assanges liv er i fare!

James Cogan, 8. oktober 2019

John Shipton, WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren Julian Assanges far, har advart for at sønnen «kan dø» som resultat av betingelsene han er fengslet under i Belmarsh Prison i London.

Der streiken går inn i fjerde uka melder UAW at samtalene med GM har «snudd til det verre»

Jerry White, 8. oktober 2019

GMs harde linje beviser at UAW fører streiken til nederlag, og gjør det klart at arbeidere må svare med å utvide kampen til Ford og Fiat Chrysler.

«Kapitalismen er problemets rot»:Streikende GM-arbeidere oppfordrer til global kamp mot bilkonsernene

Tim Rivers og Tom Hall, 8. oktober 2019

GM-arbeidere på streikevakter i helgen diskuterte behovet for en internasjonal strategi for utvidelsen av deres streik med World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter.

Pompeo undertegner amerikansk-gresk militærallianse og truer Iran, Russland, Kina

Alex Lantier og V. Gnana, 8. oktober 2019

Den aggresive amerikanske og europeiske utenrikspolitikken intensiverer faren for at stormaktskonflikt over Balkan og Midtøsten kan utløse en global krig.

Peterloo-massakren og Shelley
Del 2: Shelleys politikk og hans Peterloo-diktsyklus

Paul Bond, 8. oktober 2019

Som Eleanor Marx og Edward Aveling skrev i 1888 var Shelleys forpliktelse til revolusjonær endring «mer enn bare vage bestrebelser etter frihet i det abstrakte».

New in German

Julian Assange in Lebensgefahr

James Cogan, 8. Oktober 2019

John Shipton, der Vater von WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange, warnte vor den mörderischen Konsequenzen, die sich aus der Haft im Londoner Belmarsh Prison für seinen Sohn ergeben.

US-griechisches Militärabkommen bedroht den Iran, Russland und China

Alex Lantier und V. Gnana, 8. Oktober 2019

Das Abkommen, das US-Außenminister Pompeo in Athen unterzeichnete, weist auf das steigende Risiko eines neuen Großmachtkonflikts im Balkan und im Nahen Osten hin.

Über hundert Todesopfer bei Protesten im Irak

Bill Van Auken, 8. Oktober 2019

Bei den Massenprotesten der letzten Woche sind laut offiziellen Angaben mehr als 6.100 Menschen verwundet worden.

100 Jahre Bauhaus: „Die neue Zeit“

Sybille Fuchs, 8. Oktober 2019

Selten ist ein Jubiläum so ausgiebig gefeiert und kommentiert worden wie die Gründung des Staatlichen Bauhauses in Weimar 1919. Was macht diese Hochschule gerade heute so bedeutend?

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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 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

Expand the strike to Ford and FCA!
The GM strike is a fight against the entire ruling class

8 October 2019

The outcome of the strike will determine conditions of life for millions of workers across not just the auto industry, but all workplaces for years to come.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Julian Assange’s life is in danger!

By James Cogan, 7 October 2019

Iraq in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2019

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

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

Arts Review

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

By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2019

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

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

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

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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Workers Struggles

Public employees union blocks strike by 55,000 Ontario education workers
Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 October 2019

A deal reached just before a midnight Sunday strike deadline by the Canadian Union of Public Employees ended the threat of a walkout by school support workers across the province that could have cancelled classes for up to 2 million students.

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

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019

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

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

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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.