Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests

By Andrea Lobo, 9 October 2019

In the face of a continuing strike and mass indigenous mobilization, Moreno took the unprecedented step of moving his government from Quito to Guayaquil.

UAW keeps GM contract proposal secret from workers at company’s request

By Eric London, 9 October 2019

The UAW is keeping workers in the dark as the strike has forced furloughs or layoffs of at least 150,000 workers across the auto industry.

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

India: Motherson autoworkers strike at cross roads

By Arun Kumar, 9 October 2019

Motherson workers should break the isolation imposed upon them by All India Central Council of Trade Unions and fight for the broadest mobilization of workers in India and internationally behind their struggle.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2019

The CIA official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint against Trump is being defended by those who spent eight years under the Obama administration persecuting whistleblowers.

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

US protects NSA spy’s wife wanted in UK over teenager’s death

By Laura Tiernan, 9 October 2019

Anne Sacoolas is wanted by police over the death of the young motorcyclist in Northamptonshire on August 27 but left the UK claiming diplomatic immunity

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in central London

By Steve James, 9 October 2019

Over 500 peaceful climate protestors have been arrested in central London in just two days as part of an escalating response from the British state aimed at outlawing mass environmental protest as a form of terrorism.

Brazilian unions push “green and yellow” chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference

By Miguel Andrade, 9 October 2019

A range of issues, from austerity measures to privatizations, have repeatedly brought students to the streets, causing panic not only in the government, but in the unions and the opposition.

President Vizcarra dissolves Congress in response to conflict within Peruvian state

By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019

One of the main props sustaining Vizcarra’s government has been the refusal of the pseudo-left to confront his right-wing policies.

Mass protests against endemic poverty, government corruption convulse Haiti

By Richard Dufour, 9 October 2019

Moïse and his corrupt and repressive regime cling to power thanks only to the support of Washington, and its French, and Canadian allies.

Amazon workers in California win job back for fired co-workers

By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019

The development is a result of a recent group formed by workers at a delivery center in Sacramento, California, who submitted a petition of 78 signatures demanding the rehiring, full back pay, and paid time off for all part-time workers.

Workers in stone fabrication industry worldwide at high risk of deadly lung disease, CDC finds

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 October 2019

The CDC investigation highlights the international character of the risk of silicosis, a deadly and incurable occupational lung disease, among stone fabrication workers.

Sri Lankan railway unions end strike, after “promises” from President Sirisena

By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 9 October 2019

Sirisena’s assurances are worthless but always seized on by the union bureaucracy to shut down industrial action and impose a sell-out.

Student protests in Indonesian Papua suppressed by police violence

By Owen Howell, 9 October 2019

As social tensions in the West Papua region continue to escalate, authorities are trying to conceal the true nature of the state violence used to quell protests.

8 October 2019

Washington green lights Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

By Alex Lantier and Ulaş Atesci, 8 October 2019

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

By Kevin Reed, 8 October 2019

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

By Mike Head, 8 October 2019

“Defender 2020”: NATO powers threaten war against Russia

By Gregor Link, 8 October 2019

General Electric freezes pension benefits for over 20,000 employees

By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2019

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

By Casey Gold, 8 October 2019

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

By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2019

European Union set to reject Johnson’s Brexit proposal

By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2019

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

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

By James Cogan, 8 October 2019

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın hayatı tehlikede!

James Cogan, 9 Ekim 2019

Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük kampanyası, işçi sınıfını kapitalizme bağlı tutmaya uğraşan siyaset ve sendika aygıtlarına karşı bir başkaldırı uğruna mücadeleden ayrılamaz. Onları savunma kampanyası, işyerlerine, üniversitelere, okullara ve işçi sınıfı mahallelerine taşınmalıdır.

ABD-Yunanistan askeri anlaşmasını imzalayan Pompeo İran’ı, Rusya’yı ve Çin’i tehdit etti

Alex Lantier ve V. Gnana, 9 Ekim 2019

Pompeo’nun Balkan turu, Washington’da ve onun NATO üyesi Avrupalı ve Türk sözde “müttefikler” ile ilişkilerinde patlayıcı bir krizin ortasında gerçekleşti.

Washington Türkiye’nin Suriye’de YPG’ye saldırısına yeşil ışık yaktı

Alex Lantier ve Ulaş Ateşçi, 9 Ekim 2019

Washington, 2015’ten beri Suriye’deki NATO savaşında başlıca vekil gücü olarak savaşan ve Türk hükümetinin teröristler olarak suçladığı Kürt milliyetçisi milisleri kaderlerine terk etti.

New in French

Washington donne le feu vert à l'attaque turque contre les forces kurdes en Syrie

Alex Lantier et Ulaş Atesci, 9 octobre 2019

Trump abandonné à leur sort les milices nationalistes kurdes qui sont depuis 2015 la principale force se battant pour le compte de Washington dans la guerre de l'OTAN pour un changement de régime en Syrie.

«Defender 2020»: les puissances de l'OTAN menacent de faire la guerre à la Russie

Gregor Link, 9 octobre 2019

L’année prochaine, les forces armées de 17 pays de l’OTAN, dont les États-Unis et l’Allemagne, mèneront les manœuvres de «Defender 2020».

Haïti secouée par des manifestations de masse contre la pauvreté chronique et la corruption gouvernementale

Richard Dufour, 9 octobre 2019

Moïse et son régime corrompu et répressif ne s'accrochent au pouvoir que grâce au soutien de Washington et de ses alliés français et canadiens.

Le SCFP torpille la grève du personnel scolaire de soutien de l’Ontario et accepte les réductions salariales et budgétaires de Ford

Roger Jordan, 9 octobre 2019

Le SCFP a accepté un contrat de capitulation qui renforce la position du gouvernement Ford alors qu’il s’apprête à procéder à des compressions sauvages dans le domaine de l’éducation, notamment par une augmentation spectaculaire de la taille des classes.

New in Norwegian

Utvid streiken til Ford og FCA!
GM-streiken er en kamp mot styringsklassen i sin helhet

Eric London, 9. oktober 2019

Streikens resultat vil avgjøre livsvilkårene for millioner av arbeidere ikke bare i bilindustrien, men for alle arbeidsplasser for år fremover.

Tyrkia får grønt lys fra Washington for angrep på kurdiske styrker i Syria

Alex Lantier og Ulaş Atesci, 9. oktober 2019

Trump overlater de nasjonalistiske kurdiske militsene som siden 2015 har slåss som Washingtons viktigste stedfortrederstyrke i NATO-krigen for regimeskifte i Syria, til deres egen skjebne.

«Defender 2020»: NATO-makter truer Russland med krig

Gregor Link, 9. oktober 2019

Det kommende året skal væpnede styrker fra 17 NATO-stater, inkludert USA og Tyskland, gjennomføre manøvrene «Defender 2020».

Den europeiske union innstilt på å avvise Johnson’s Brexit-forslag

Robert Stevens, 9. oktober 2019

Regjeringen er innstilt på en massiv opptrapping av den konstitusjonelle krisen som ble åpnet av Brexit.

New in German

Weitet die Streiks aus!
Der Streik bei General Motors richtet sich gegen die gesamte herrschende Klasse

Eric London, 9. Oktober 2019

Das Ergebnis des Streiks wirkt sich auf die Lebensbedingungen von Millionen von Arbeitern aus – nicht nur in der Automobilindustrie, sondern in allen Branchen.

Die Wahl der SPD-Spitze und der Niedergang der Sozialdemokratie

Ulrich Rippert, 9. Oktober 2019

Ein Blick auf die Kandidatenliste für den SPD-Parteivorsitz macht deutlich, welche soziale Schicht in dieser Partei den Ton angibt und welch reaktionäres Programm sie vertritt.

Washington gibt grünes Licht für türkischen Angriff auf kurdische Kräfte in Syrien

Alex Lantier und Ulaş Atesci, 9. Oktober 2019

Trump hat die kurdisch-nationalistischen Milizen, die seit 2015 Washingtons wichtigste Stellvertretertruppe im Nato-Krieg für einen Regimewechsel in Syrien waren, ihrem Schicksal überlassen.

„Und der Zukunft zugewandt“ – ein Film über die stalinistischen Wurzeln der DDR

Bernd Reinhardt und Verena Nees, 9. Oktober 2019

Regisseur Bernd Böhlich wirft in seinem Film die Frage des „Geburtsfehlers“ der DDR auf, ihr Schweigen über die stalinistischen Verbrechen, denen die alten Bolschewiki wie Leo Trotzki und ebenso zahllose deutsche Kommunisten zum Opfer fielen.

New in Spanish

¡Expandan la huelga a Ford y Fiat Chrysler!
La huelga en GM es una batalla contra toda la clase gobernante

Por Jerry White, 9 octubre 2019

El resultado de la huelga determinará las condiciones de vida para millones de trabajadores tanto dentro como fuera de la industria automotriz por los años.

El presentador de "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd interroga al senador: "¿No confías en el FBI y la CIA?"

Por Barry Grey, 9 octubre 2019

Un intercambio el domingo entre el moderador de "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd y el senador Ron Johnson (republicano de Wisconsin) resume la base de la derecha sobre la cual el Partido Demócrata está conduciendo su juicio político contra el presidente Trump.

"El capitalismo es el corazón del problema": Los trabajadores en huelga de GM hicieron un llamamiento a una lucha global contra las compañías automotrices

Por Tim Rivers y Tom Hall, 9 octubre 2019

Los trabajadores del piquete de General Motors hablaron este fin de semana con el Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotores del World Socialist sobre la necesidad de una estrategia internacional para expandir su huelga.

Trump emite decreto para negar visas de inmigración a trabajadores que no tienen seguro de salud

Por Casey Gold, 9 octubre 2019

El viernes pasado, la Casa Blanca emitió un decreto presidencial que suspende las visas de inmigración para los solicitantes “que constituyan una carga financiera para el sistema de atención médica de los Estados Unidos”.

"Defensor 2020": las potencias de la OTAN amenazan guerra contra Rusia

Por Gregor Link, 9 octubre 2019

En el próximo año, las fuerzas armadas de 17 países de la OTAN, incluidos los EE.UU. y Alemania, llevarán a cabo las maniobras “Defender 2020”.

New in Portuguese

Setenta anos desde a Revolução Chinesa
As lições políticas da falência do maoísmo

Por Peter Symonds, 9 Outubro 2019

Os herdeiros políticos de Mao Zedong não conseguem explicar como e por que as aspirações dos trabalhadores por um futuro socialista, pelo qual tantos se sacrificaram há 70 anos, resultaram hoje no beco sem saída do capitalismo.

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».

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Perspective

Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

9 October 2019

The Democrats have chosen quite deliberately to base their opposition to Trump on the most reactionary, anti-democratic grounds possible: support for the intelligence agencies and American imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

The SWP resolution summed up the lengthy discussion within the Trotskyist movement of the significance of 1949 Chinese Revolution and its deformation under the Stalinist leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

9 October 2019

On the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, the World Socialist Web Site is republishing the resolution adopted in 1955 by the Socialist Workers Party, then the Trotskyist party in the United States, on the issues raised by the revolution and its aftermath.

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

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

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

Arts Review

Joker: An unenlightening approach to serious problems

By Carlos Delgado, 9 October 2019

The film attempts to treat a number of critical social issues, but falls short of making much sense of them.

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

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

By Barry Grey, 26 September 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

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

9 October 2019

The Socialist Equality Party meetings will discuss the vital social and political issues confronting workers, youth and the poor.

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

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

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

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

Commentary

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

By Eric London, 8 October 2019

Julian Assange’s life is in danger!

By James Cogan, 7 October 2019

Iraq in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2019

Death toll in Iraq protests tops 105

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

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

Canada: Five thousand public sector workers strike in Saskatchewan

By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019

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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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.