Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet

By Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019

The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham “transition to democracy” political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2019

The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

As president delivers fascistic speech in Dallas
Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria

At Tennessee “informational meeting” UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2019

The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.

Sons of convicted UAW bribe taker Norwood Jewell were co-signers of GM sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.

Opposition to GM deal grows as UAW rushes vote on sellout contract

By our reporters, 21 October 2019

The deal announced by the UAW last Thursday betrays all the demands GM workers struck for.

What autoworkers need to know about the sellout UAW-GM contract

No to the sellout contract! Take the GM strike out of the hands of the UAW!

Video: Lordstown workers demand “No” vote on UAW-GM contract

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Two years since the death of temporary autoworker Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 21 October 2019

The still unexplained death of Jacoby, a 21-year-old temporary part-time worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant, exemplifies the brutal treatment of temps, a central issue in the GM strike.

As UAW-company talks restart
Striking Mack Truck-Volvo workers struggle enters second week

By Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2019

Mack-Volvo workers face a conspiracy between the company and the United Auto Workers trade union, which is seeking to isolate them under conditions of growing class struggle.

Mack-Volvo Truck strike to idle 3,000 at Volvo’s New River Valley factory in Virginia

UAW isolates Mack Truck strike as it moves towards sellout at GM

More on the GM strike »

UK Prime Minister Johnson forced to send request for Brexit extension after “Super Saturday” parliamentary setback

By Chris Marsden, 21 October 2019

The government is pushing for a speedy vote on Johnson’s deal, while the opposition wants to prevent one by tabling amendments, given that a no-deal Brexit outcome has been ruled out.

Labour leads effort to vote down Johnson’s Brexit deal

Johnson’s Brexit deal faces UK parliamentary vote Saturday

More on Brexit »

Pro-European Union demonstration mobilises hundreds of thousands in London

By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2019

The protest was led by a right-wing coalition of Blairites, Liberal Democrats and pro-EU Conservatives, culminating in a joint video presentation in Parliament Square, featuring John Major and Tony Blair.

World economy “sleepwalking” to another financial crisis, warns former Bank of England chief

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2019

Mervyn King said the US would suffer a “financial Armageddon” if the Federal Reserve were not able to combat another crisis, with the world in a low growth trap.

As global economy enters synchronised slowdown
US Federal Reserve starts “quantitative easing forever”

Newark and New Jersey officials continue to dissemble about statewide lead poisoning crisis

By Shuvu Batta, 21 October 2019

Residents of Newark, New Jersey continue to be exposed to lead in their tap water, as city and state officials attempt to lie their way out of the crisis.

Michigan’s Democratic governor takes lead in cutting 2020 state budget

By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2019

Democratic Party governor Gretchen Whitmer attacked the September 30 Republican budget as “a mess,” and then proceeded to redline major funding cuts.

Inquiry whitewashes Kiribati government over ferry disaster

By John Braddock, 21 October 2019

The report identifies no criminal culpability in Kiribati's worst ever disaster, which led to 95 deaths and makes no criticism of the government or its agencies.

Australia: Inspections reveal dangerous conditions on NSW construction sites

By Terry Cook, 21 October 2019

The NSW government's promises are aimed at placating public outrage over conditions in the construction sector, the third most dangerous by workplace fatalities.

19 October 2019

Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies

Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2019

Fighting continues in wake of US-Turkish agreement on northern Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2019

A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda

Trump defends US pullback in Syria

More on the war in Syria »

Algerian junta to slash energy subsidies amid mass protests

By Kumaran Ira, 19 October 2019

UK police gain access to details of thousands of men, women and children through government’s Prevent database

By Barry Mason, 19 October 2019

Childhood and adolescent obesity worldwide expected to increase 70 percent by 2030

By Katy Kinner, 19 October 2019

Canada’s unions spending millions to re-elect Trudeau’s pro-war, pro-austerity Liberals

By Roger Jordan, 19 October 2019

Opinion polls indicate Canada’s elections to end in hung parliament

New in Spanish

¡No al contrato entreguista! ¡Quítenle al UAW el control de la huelga en GM!

Tom Hall, 19 octubre 2019

El UAW está intentando implementar a la fuerza las concesiones que serán un nuevo punto de referencia para la explotación de las generaciones futuras.

United Steelworkers, otros sindicatos mantienen a los mineros de Asarco en huelga en la oscuridad

Jessica Goldstein, 19 octubre 2019

Los mineros en Asarco tienen un inmenso apoyo de sus hermanos y hermanas en la clase trabajadora que están dispuestos a pelear con ellos.

Los trabajadores automotores denuncian el acuerdo del UAW con GM

nuestros reporteros, 19 octubre 2019

Los trabajadores automotores en las líneas de huelga de General Motors, en las plantas de Fiat Chrysler y Ford y en las redes sociales están denunciando el acuerdo tentativo que el United Auto Workers está intentando imponer.

New in German

Rechter Terror: Die Verantwortung der Großen Koalition

Johannes Stern, 19. Oktober 2019

Die Verantwortung für den rechten Terror liegt nicht nur bei der AfD, sondern auch bei der Großen Koalition und ihren politischen Unterstützern in Linkspartei und Grünen.

Nein zum Ausverkauf! Entreißt der Gewerkschaft United Auto Workers die Kontrolle über den Streik bei General Motors!

Tom Hall, 19. Oktober 2019

Die Autogewerkschaft UAW versucht Zugeständnisse durchzusetzen, die für kommende Generationen einen neuen Maßstab an Ausbeutung setzen werden.

New Yorker Forum zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning
UN-Sonderermittler für Folter: „Assange wird in Virginia keinen fairen Prozess erhalten“

Sandy English, 19. Oktober 2019

Eine Diskussionsrunde am 16. Oktober an der Columbia University machte völlig klar, wie verlogen die Anklagen sind, die gegen Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning erhoben werden.

Sri-lankischer Präsidentschaftskandidat der SEP gibt Pressekonferenz

unseren Korrespondenten, 19. Oktober 2019

„Diese Wahl findet inmitten einer zunehmenden politischen und wirtschaftlichen Krise der Regierung und der ganzen herrschenden Klasse statt.“

New in Norwegian

Nei til knefall-avtalen! Ta GM-streiken ut av UAWs hender!

Tom Hall, 19. oktober 2019

UAW forsøker å tvinge gjennom innrømmelser som ville sette ny industristandard for utbytting for generasjoner fremover.

Flere enn 30 000 lærere og undervisningspersonal streiker i Chicago, Illinois

Kristina Betinis, 19. oktober 2019

Chicago Teachers Union jobber tett med politikere fra Det demokratiske partiet, som styrer byen, for å få lagt ned streiken så raskt som mulig og få innført en avtale som samsvarer med byadministrasjonens forlangender.

Offisiell FN-representants orientering om tortur av Assange boikottet av amerikanske medier

Oscar Grenfell, 19. oktober 2019

Medietausheten er en videreføring av deres medvirkning til det Nils Melzer, FNs spesialrapportør om tortur, har beskrevet som «offentlig mobbing» av Assange.

Bilarbeidere fordømmer UAW-avtalen med GM

et WSWS rapporteringsteam, 19. oktober 2019

På General Motors-streikevaktene, på fabrikkene til Ford og Fiat Chrysler og på sosialmedier fordømmer bilarbeidere den tentative avtalen United Auto Workers prøver å få banket gjennom.

USA hevder «våpenhvile»-avtale for Tyrkias invasjon av Syria

Bill Van Auken, 19. oktober 2019

Etter torsdagens møte mellom den amerikanske visepresidenten Pence og den tyrkiske presidenten Erdogan skryter tyrkiske myndigheter av at Ankara fikk alt de ønsket.

New in French

Londres: la police interdit les manifestations d’Extinction Rebellion – plus de l 500 personnes arrêtées

Chris Marsden, 17 octobre 2019

Suite à l’interdiction, des centaines de policiers ont été déployés pour évacuer les tentes de Trafalgar Square, l’unique zone où les manifestants avaient eu auparavant l’autorisation de se rassembler

Les démocrates soutiennent la « guerre pour toujours »

Bill Van Auken, 17 octobre 2019

La réaction va-t-en-guerre du Parti démocrate au fiasco syrien a permis à Trump de se présenter frauduleusement comme un opposant à la guerre.

Élections canadiennes: le Bloc Québécois se fait le champion du chauvinisme de la CAQ

Louis Girard, 17 octobre 2019

Lorsque le Bloc insiste dans son slogan électoral que «Le Québec, c’est nous», il parle du Québec de la grande entreprise, qui réclame la destruction des emplois et le démantèlement des services publics afin d’augmenter ses profits déjà faramineux.

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 Portuguese

Sindicatos brasileiros promovem chauvinismo “verde e amarelo” em greve da educação

Por Miguel Andrade, 16 Outubro 2019

Várias questões, desde as medidas de austeridade até as privatizações, têm levado frequentemente os estudantes às ruas, causando pânico não apenas ao governo, mas também aos sindicatos e à oposição.

Robert Mugabe, presidente do Zimbábue por décadas, morre aos 95 anos

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 Outubro 2019

Mugabe foi o último líder sobrevivente das lutas anticoloniais da África que posteriormente chegou ao poder em uma nação que acabava de se tornar independente.

New in Arabic

واشنطن تعطي الضوء الأخضر لهجوم تركي على القوات الكردية في سوريا

بقلم فاديم . ز. روغوفين, ٢٩ آب أغسطس ٢٠١٩

قامت دار نشر مهرنغ مؤخراً بإصدار المجلد الثاني من مجموعة تضم سبعة مجلدات كتبها فاديم روغوفين تحت عنوان هل كان هناك بديل للستالينية؟ وهي نتاج عقود من البحث ، وهذه المجموعة هي تحفة فريدة في الأدب التاريخي.

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Perspective

The GM strike and the global class struggle

21 October 2019

The strike by 48,000 US General Motors is part of an eruption of social struggle throughout the United States and the world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

As the federal election campaign concludes
Canadian workers must prepare for convulsive struggles

By Keith Jones, 21 October 2019

The actions of the incoming government will be determined not by its bogus election promises, but by the needs of Canada’s ruling class under conditions of economic crisis, great-power conflict and mounting working-class opposition.

Draconian verdict against Catalan politicians exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López, 21 October 2019

This crisis is giving workers and youth internationally yet another bitter lesson in the reactionary role of affluent middle class, “post-Marxist” populist parties.

General strike paralyzes Catalonia as over half-a-million demonstrate in Barcelona

The jailing of Catalan nationalists: Spanish government builds a police state

Why haven’t Boeing’s executives been arrested?

By Bryan Dyne, 21 October 2019

Internal messages leaked last week again highlight the drive by Boeing to secure short-term profits at the expense of human lives.

An open letter to all members of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers
Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 October 2019

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 14 October 2019

Workers Struggles

Form rank-and-file strike committees to expand the struggle!
Chicago teachers’ strike in danger as CTU maneuvers to shut it down

By Kristina Betinis, 21 October 2019

The success of this struggle depends on a clear understanding of what teachers are up against—who are their friends and who are their enemies.

As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois

Teachers in rural Colorado strike over low pay

Vote no! Reject UAW misinformation! Elect rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

Video report: Britain's postal union suppresses overwhelming vote for strike at Royal Mail

By our reporter, 18 October 2019

After overwhelming strike vote at Royal Mail Group rank-and-file postal workers need a socialist strategy

Communication Workers Union defies strike mandate, pledges to continue talks with Royal Mail

Obituary

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2019

The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a “progressive” gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

Arts Review

Sealed Lips: Dramatizing the Stalinist origins of the former East Germany

By Bernd Reinhardt and Verena Nees, 21 October 2019

Director Bernd Böhlich raises the “birth defect” issue of the GDR, i.e., its silence on the Stalinist purges, primarily directed at leading Bolsheviks, particularly Leon Trotsky and many German Communists.

New York City exhibit examines the creation of Verdi’s last two operas

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2019

Roger Waters “Us + Them” concert film takes on global issues

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2019

25 years ago: Assassination of Gamini Dissanayake

On October 24, 1994, Gamini Dissanayake, United National Party (UNP) candidate for president of Sri Lanka, was assassinated at an election rally. An explosion detonated by a suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) killed 50 others and injured 200 more.

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50 years ago: Willy Brandt takes office as West German chancellor

On October 21, 1969, the West German Bundestag (Parliament) voted to elect Willy Brandt as the new Chancellor of Germany, defeating the incumbent Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, a former Nazi party member. Brandt’s election was a result of his party, the Social Democrats (SPD), forming a coalition government with the smaller liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP).

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75 years ago: Massive naval battle over control of Philippines

On October 23, 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began, pitting some 300 Allied warships and auxiliary vessels against 67 Japanese craft. The battle, one of the largest naval conflicts of the 20th century, followed the US-led invasion of the Japanese-occupied Philippines several weeks before.

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100 years ago: US Congress passes Volstead Act to begin Prohibition

On October 27, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the Volstead Act, formally known as the National Prohibition Act, which effectively illegalized alcoholic beverages. The Senate passed the bill the next day.

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Free Assange and Manning

Join the protest to oppose his extradition to the United States!
Julian Assange to appear Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

UN official’s briefing on torture of Assange boycotted by US media

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2019

At New York forum in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
UN special rapporteur on torture warns: “Assange will not get a fair trial in Virginia”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2019

M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It’s about truth—and that’s something people have to uphold and fight for”

By Laura Tiernan, 14 October 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of the ICFI statement “Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!”

We are posting this important statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International in Arabic.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India’s Kashmir lockdown

By our correspondents, 19 October 2019

Sri Lankan SEP presidential candidate holds press conference

By our correspondents, 15 October 2019

Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

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

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

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Book Review

Right-wing networks in the German state exposed

By Peter Schwarz, 18 October 2019

Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers
Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

After secret meeting with CEO Mary Barra, UAW moving to shut down GM strike

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

“It’s like the UAW is management:” GM strikers speak out as union moves towards sellout

By Tom Hall, 14 October 2019

UAW promoting anti-Mexican nationalism to isolate and defeat GM strike

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

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

More on the 2019 GM strike »

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Science

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 11 October 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for research in cellular responses to oxygen

History

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

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

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

9 October 2019

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

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

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.