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Chicago ZF chassis plant to close, lay off 261 workers

By George Gallanis, 29 December 2018

The UAW has remained silent on the job cuts announced by the German-based auto parts company at its Chicago plant.

Government-named arbitrator to dictate Canada Post workers’ contract

By Louis Girard, 29 December 2018

The criminalization of the postal workers’ strike campaign and the impending imposition of concessionary contracts constitute an attack on the entire working class.

UK: Investigation into Grenfell fire will “take years, not months,” police say

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 29 December 2018

With the police investigation now to take years, there is plenty of scope for the criminals responsible for Grenfell to kick things even further into the long grass.

Facebook: The global censor

By Andre Damon, 29 December 2018

This year has seen an intensification of internet censorship by Google, Facebook and Twitter, transforming these companies into censors that police what their users say, do and think.

Academics and students oppose Cambridge University appointment of eugenicist Noah Carl—Part 1

By Thomas Scripps, 29 December 2018

This is the first of a two-part series on the political significance of the appointment by Cambridge University of eugenicist Noah Carl as a research fellow.

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the fraud of Mélenchon’s “citizens revolution”

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2018

With his calls for “yellow vest” protesters to carry out a “citizens revolution,” Mélenchon is trying to confuse, strangle and shut down the movement.

One million Indian bank workers strike; tens of thousands of Korean taxi drivers protest

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 December 2018

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Protests erupt in Tunisia after self-immolation of journalist Abderrazak Zorgui

By Alex Lantier, 28 December 2018

In a video on social media, Zorgui said he hoped his act would cause a new revolution, eight years after the toppling of Tunisian President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.

Federal agents release more than 1,000 immigrants in El Paso, Texas

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2018

The mass releases, with detained immigrants dropped at bus stations, shelters and city parks, seem to be a politically-motivated campaign by ICE agents.

Right-wing rampage in Michigan, Wisconsin lame duck sessions

By Jacob Crosse and Patrick Martin, 28 December 2018

The Republican-controlled legislatures in the two Midwest states have enacted bills effectively overturning voter decisions in the November 6 election.

UAW, Democrats seek to block struggle by workers against GM plant shutdowns

By Marcus Day, 28 December 2018

The UAW and the Democratic Party are seeking to whip up anti-Mexican sentiment and divert anger away from the auto corporations, which are attacking workers around the world.

Teamsters union releases new sellout contracts for 15,000 Midwest UPS workers

By George Marlowe, 28 December 2018

The planned sellouts in Chicago and across three US states are all the more significant because of the central role played by the Teamsters for a Democratic Union.

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts as MP resigns

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 December 2018

Jeremy Buckingham tore up a piece of paper with “toxic NSW Greens” written on it, as he told the media he was quitting the party.

Social crisis worsens under New Zealand Labour Party-led government

By Tom Peters, 28 December 2018

The promises of the ruling Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition to address poverty and inequality have been exposed as a fraud.

Trump’s visit to Iraq and Washington’s never-ending war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2018

Trump’s buffoonish performance in Iraq carried one serious message: With or without troops in Syria, the decades-long US war for hegemony in the Middle East goes on.

Actor Kevin Spacey releases defiant video: “It’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life”

By David Walsh, 28 December 2018

In the course of his three-minute video, Spacey (while in character as House of Cards ’ Frank Underwood) urged viewers not to “believe the worst without evidence” and not to “rush to judgment without facts.”

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Fight by rail guards at UK rail franchises continues

28 December 2018

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Trump stages visit to Iraq amid mounting crisis over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2018

The surprise visit appeared aimed at mollifying sections of the military-intelligence apparatus and reasserting Trump's commitment to US militarism in the Middle East.

Wild swings on Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 27 December 2018

Even with yesterday’s jump in share prices, both the Dow and the S&P 500 are on track for their worst December since 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression.

Federal workers thrown into crisis by US government shutdown

By Barry Grey, 27 December 2018

In this cynical charade between the Democrats and Republicans, hundreds of thousands of federal workers and millions of family members and dependents are being used as pawns.

Federal worker: “Democrats are just as eager as Republicans to victimize immigrants”

By our reporters, 27 December 2018

The WSWS spoke with federal workers locked out as a result of the US government shutdown.

Israel’s Netanyahu calls early election amid corruption charges

By Jean Shaoul, 27 December 2018

While Netanyahu will have to fight the election under a cloud, he sees this as preferable to doing so as an indicted crook.

Israeli premier demands German government stop funding Jewish Museum Berlin

By Sybille Fuchs, 27 December 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu’s letter accuses the museum of “anti-Israel activities” for seeking to engage in dialogue with Muslims and others.

Death toll rises from Indonesian tsunami

By Richard Phillips, 27 December 2018

Heavy monsoonal rains have made some roads impassable, holding up the delivery of heavy machinery and desperately needed relief supplies to isolated areas.

“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”

College loan debt and the life of an adjunct professor

By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018

An adjunct community college professor speaks to the WSWS about the impossible situation faced by so many college instructors.

Residents defend immigrant workers after ICE raids Indiana restaurants, arrests five

By Michael Walters, 27 December 2018

Over 100 people rallied last week in Portage, Indiana to support the workers who had been detained earlier this month.

Germany’s Der Spiegel spreads fake news

By Peter Schwarz, 27 December 2018

Der Spiegel has responded to the revelation that it spread invented "news" with an admission of guilt, self-pity and attempts to shift the blame.

UK: Denial of access to justice following Legal Aid cuts

By Dennis Moore, 27 December 2018

The lack of Legal Aid and access to representation in the courts has resulted in a fivefold increase of people representing themselves.

Labour’s London mayor Sadiq Khan plans to demolish 8,000 council homes

By Charles Hixson, 27 December 2018

Khan’s policies mean that 31,000 residents in at least 8,000 homes will face demolition on 118 estates in the coming decade.

NSW Ambulance makes stunning reversal of allegation against Australian paramedic Tony Jenkins

By Cheryl Crisp, 27 December 2018

Scrutiny of the “Root Cause Analysis” forces reversal of allegation against veteran NSW paramedic.

The death of Felipe Alonzo-Gómez: A crime of US imperialism

By Eric London, 27 December 2018

The eight-year-old immigrant died in US custody after fleeing from Nentón, Guatemala, close to where a horrific massacre took place in 1982 during the country’s civil war.

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)

The RCL/SEP’s political struggle against the LSSP’s betrayal

By W.A. Sunil and Deepal Jayasekera, 27 December 2018

The RCL waged a consistent struggle, under difficult conditions, against the second coalition government, particularly against the LSSP, which continued to dishonestly trade on its previous Trotskyist record.

Moon targeted for further exploration, orbiting space stations and militarization

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 27 December 2018

The development of the Lunar Gateway cannot be seen outside the context of the plan to create a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the US military and the growing militarization of space in general.

New postings in Urdu on capitalist breakdown and war, France’s Yellow Vest protests

27 December 2018

Four recent WSWS Perspectives are now available in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language.

At least 280 dead as tsunami hits Indonesian settlements

By Richard Phillips, 24 December 2018

The devastation caused by what are termed natural disasters is compounded by inadequate warning systems and infrastructure, and by the poverty that is rife in the region.

US government shutdown may extend into January

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2018

Both the Trump White House and the Democratic leadership in Congress are indifferent to the impact of the partial shutdown on federal workers and the general public.

European powers condemn Trump’s withdrawal from Syria

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2018

Trump’s planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the subsequent resignation of defence secretary James Mattis have provoked a fierce response from European leaders.

French “yellow vest” protesters mount pre-Christmas protest against Macron

By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2018

On Saturday, tens of thousands of “yellow vests” demonstrated in cities and on highways across France, amid a growing strike wave in nearby Spain and Portugal.

Commercy “yellow vest” protesters hold second Popular Assembly

By our reporter, 24 December 2018

Over 100 workers, contractors, small businesspeople and unemployed gathered to discuss perspectives for a struggle against French President Emmanuel Macron.

Autoworkers at JLR and Vauxhalls UK face thousands of job losses

By Margot Miller, 24 December 2018

JLR’s decision to shed jobs highlights the increasing anxiety of the majority faction of the UK bourgeoisie opposed to a hard Brexit.

Nissan to lay off 1,000 Mexican autoworkers

By Alex González, 24 December 2018

The layoffs will have a devastating effect for tens of thousands of autoworkers and are part of a larger restructuring of the auto industry.

Virginia teachers plan statewide protest to demand school funding

By Ed Hightower, 24 December 2018

Thousands of Virginia teachers are expected to march on the state capitol in Richmond on January 28, as the fight in defense of public education continues to spread across the US.

Meeting on Oakland school closure expresses hostility to attacks on public education

By Jonathan Burleigh, 24 December 2018

Numerous attendees condemned the school district for its cuts to public education in Oakland and their drive to convert public schools to private charter schools.

Blackwater mercenary convicted of first-degree murder in Iraq massacre

By Jacob Crosse, 24 December 2018

Nick Slatten will face life in prison for his role in the 2007 massacre in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Union shuts down manufacturing workers strike in Wisconsin

By Christopher Davion and Jacob Crosse, 24 December 2018

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 621 struck a deal with the company and ended the strike, without providing any details of its content.

A tale of two cities: Grenfell Tower and the “ultra-luxury” lives of the super-rich

By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2018

Just 18 months after the Grenfell Tower inferno, the RBKC has given permission for the building of two “ultra-luxury” residential retirement homes just a few miles away.

RMT union cancels three strikes on London Underground

By Angela Austin, 24 December 2018

Underground rail workers have been involved in a series of disputes and strikes over worsening working conditions, staff shortages and victimisations.

As Australian government unravels, Labor prepares to take office

By Mike Head, 24 December 2018

Key sections of the ruling capitalist elite are again looking to a Labor government to impose “sacrifice” on the working class.

New Zealand government calls for greater US military presence in the Pacific

By Tom Peters, 24 December 2018

The Labour Party-led government’s call for a stronger American military presence in the Pacific region flows from New Zealand’s integration into US war plans against China.

Trump administration in question as political warfare in Washington intensifies

By Joseph Kishore, 24 December 2018

In Trump’s foreign policy shifts, the Democrats, speaking for the military and intelligence apparatus, see an abandonment of what they consider to be the fundamental premise of American geostrategy.

Yet another murder that wasn’t: The Perepilichny case and the anti-Russia campaign

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2018

The Perepilichny case is the latest stark example of the propagation of “fake news” in the anti-Russia campaign.

Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite: The unimpressive recent results of “women in film”

By Joanne Laurier, 24 December 2018

Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite belong to this year’s flood of “women” films. Many others have already disappeared without a trace.

800,000 US federal workers hit by partial government shutdown

By Barry Grey, 22 December 2018

The shutdown is part of a move by Trump to counter mounting political and legal threats by appealing for popular support outside of the normal two-party channels, including among fascistic elements of his base.

The resignation of General Mattis and America’s crisis of class rule

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2018

The panic and hysteria over the resignation of the former Marine Corps general reflects a deep-going crisis within the US ruling establishment.

Trump administration tightens work requirements for food stamps

By Trévon Austin, 22 December 2018

An estimated 755,000 individuals aged between 18 and 49 will lose food stamp benefits over the next three years if the US Department of Agriculture rule is implemented.

Fed attempt at calming markets fails

Wall Street plunge continues

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2018

Both the S&P and the Dow are on track for their worst December performance since December 1931, during the Great Depression.

Malaysia files charges against Goldman Sachs over 1MDB scandal

By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2018

The 1MDB scandal was a significant factor in ousting the long-reigning UMNO government and reorienting Malaysian foreign policy away from China.

Demands surge for Britain to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 22 December 2018

John Pilger told an online vigil: “Julian is a touchstone for opposition to so much of what is happening in our world right now—the rise of fascism, the threat of nuclear war.”

“Amazon ruined my life”

Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

By Tom Hall, 22 December 2018

Having denied surgery for Michelle Quinones’s wrist injury, Amazon’s workers compensation administrator Sedgwick hired private investigators to spy on and harass Michelle.

Echoing Trump, Unifor pleads for GM to cut Mexican auto jobs

By Carl Bronski, 22 December 2018

For decades, Unifor and the UAW have pitted workers against each other, helping the automakers to whip-saw jobs, wages, pensions and benefits back and forth across borders in a never-ending race to the bottom.

UPS worker dies of heart attack; UPS Freight lays off part-timers over holidays

Workplace nightmare after Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 22 December 2018

Peak season is the most profitable of the year and UPS earns billions in profits on the back of countless workers’ broken bones, ripped fingers and deaths.

Protests in Portugal and Catalonia met with police repression amid rising wave of strikes

By Paul Mitchell, 22 December 2018

To stem rising social anger, the government in Portugal secured an agreement from Facebook to close down the Yellow Vest protest organisers’ website and drafted in 20,000 security police.

UK: Half of Royal College of Nursing leadership re-elected after being forced out

By Ajanta Silva, 22 December 2018

The re-elected union functionaries played a crucial role in selling a rotten pay deal to their members earlier this year, after conspiring with other unions and the government.

Frente Amplio and Piñera government in Chile suppress 36-day dockworkers’ strike

By Andrea Lobo, 22 December 2018

The FA worked alongside its Morenoite satellites and the trade union to isolate the striking workers at a time of growing social unrest in Chile and across the world.

Factional acrimony continues as Sri Lankan president appoints new cabinet

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 22 December 2018

Sirisena’s delay in appointing the new cabinet makes clear that bitter factional infighting is continuing within Colombo’s political elite.

Australian Labor Party rejects demands to increase unemployment benefits

By Robert Campion, 22 December 2018

The national party conference’s unanimous stand against the poorest members of the working class exposed the utter fraud of Labor’s “fair go for Australia” logo.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part three

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

Her photos shed light on history: The outstanding work of photographer Maria Austria (1915-75)

By Verena Nees, 22 December 2018

Her work deserves to be exhibited in one of Germany’s or Austria’s major museums, not least because she is the source of the only photographic record of the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family before deportation to Auschwitz.

Land record officers strike in Indian state of Punjab; Bangladesh garment workers strike continues; Australian ferry drivers walkout again in Brisbane.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 December 2018

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

Defense Secretary Mattis resigns amid Washington backlash over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2018

Driving the outrage of Republicans, Democrats, Washington think tanks and major media are the imperialist interests underlying the Syrian intervention.

Trump administration to immediately deport new Central American asylum seekers to Mexico

By Eric London, 21 December 2018

The policy announced Thursday is a historically unprecedented attack on workers and peasants fleeing violence and inequality caused by decades of US imperialist intervention and corporate exploitation.

US steps up offensive against China with more “hacking charges”

By Mike Head, 21 December 2018

As part of an internationally-coordinated operation, the US Justice Department has published indictments of two Chinese men.

Workers in South Australian city devastated by GM plant closure support US autoworkers’ struggle

By Robert Campion and Mike Head, 21 December 2018

A WSWS reporting team found strong support in Elizabeth for Detroit autoworkers’ decision to fight plant closures.

Sri Lanka: Abbotsleigh tea plantation workers speak out against harsh living and working conditions

By our reporters, 21 December 2018

Sri Lankan plantation workers, like their international counterparts, are being ruthlessly exploited by the giant corporations that control the industry.

Trump administration to immediately deport new Central American asylum seekers to Mexico

By Eric London, 21 December 2018

The policy announced Thursday is a historically unprecedented attack on workers and peasants fleeing violence and inequality caused by decades of US imperialist intervention and corporate exploitation.

ICAC raids Labor Party office in major escalation of anti-China campaign in Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 December 2018

The raid is the latest chapter in an ongoing attempt by the political and media establishment to whip-up a wartime atmosphere and xenophobia against China.

Australia: Understaffing and equipment shortages at new Sydney public-private hospital

By Clare Bruderlin, 21 December 2018

The state Liberal government marketed the $840 million hospital as having state-of-the-art facilities.

Trump’s Syrian withdrawal order sparks political firestorm in Washington

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2018

The announcement follows discussions between Trump and Erdogan, who has threatened to send Turkish troops into the northeastern Syrian region where US troops are based.

Turkey threatens to invade Syria amid tensions with Washington

By Barış Demir, 20 December 2018

Trump’s call yesterday for a US withdrawal from Syria reflected growing conflicts between Ankara and Washington over the bloody proxy war in Syria.

US media demands stepped-up domestic spying over Russian “meddling”

New York Times: Back to the good days before Edward Snowden!

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2018

In a revealing comment, the New York Times argues that the present hysteria over Russian “subversion” can roll back the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelation of illegal mass government surveillance.

Sharp fall on Wall Street in response to Fed interest rate decision

By Nick Beams, 20 December 2018

The Dow fell on the announcement of the rate increase and then dropped even further as Fed chairman Jerome Powell addressed a news conference, with traders reportedly yelling “Stop this guy talking.”

The New York Times targets McKinsey for doing business with China and Russia

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2018

The article’s overriding purpose is not to expose the collusion of American companies with autocrats, but rather to ensure that they march in lockstep with the US war drive against China and Russia.

Brutal crackdown on West Bank as Netanyahu pledges stepped-up land grab

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2018

The Palestinians have faced not just the Israel Defense Forces but also Israeli settlers who have been attacking cars and civilians.

At meeting on GM plant closings, DSA covers for UAW and Democrats

By Jerry White, 20 December 2018

Congresswoman-elect Tlaib and the other speakers accepted GM's destruction of jobs as an accomplished fact.

The US hails Wickremesinghe’s reinstatement as Sri Lankan prime minister

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 December 2018

The US was concerned that the ousting of Wickremesinghe would jeopardise the close military relations developed with Colombo under his government.

UK workers’ wages slashed by as much as a third in last decade

By Barry Mason, 20 December 2018

After a decade of relentless austerity, Britain is one of only two advanced economies—the other being Italy—where real wages are still lower than a decade ago.

Trump intervenes on behalf of confessed war criminal Mathew Golsteyn

By Niles Niemuth, 20 December 2018

Trump described Golsteyn as a “US military hero” several days after the Pentagon announced it was charging him for the premeditated murder of an Afghan man in 2010.

US Senate passes bipartisan criminal justice bill

By John Burton, 20 December 2018

The First Step Act will have only a marginal impact on the brutal and overcrowded US prison system.

Steelworker killed at plant in Granite City, Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 December 2018

The death of Roy Evans at American Steel Foundry is an indictment of cost-cutting by the corporations and the complicity of the unions.

Columbia College faculty union convenes secret tribunal to discipline members

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 December 2018

The leadership of the Columbia College Chicago’s part-time faculty union has convened a special committee to discipline members who question the union’s authority.

Ontario Conservatives ban impending power workers’ strike

By Carl Bronski, 20 December 2018

The attack on the power workers comes just three weeks after the federal Liberal government outlawed a campaign of rotating strikes against Canada Post.

Australian union leader warns of eruption of working class struggle

By Mike Head, 20 December 2018

ACTU secretary Sally McManus invoked the spectre of a tsunami of social unrest unless a Labor government bolstered the policing role of the trade unions.

A closer look at American “democracy”

By Barry Grey, 20 December 2018

The population is given the opportunity every two or four years to go to the polls and vote for one or the other corporate-controlled party. This is what is called “democracy.”

Neo-Nazi network in the German police force

By Peter Schwarz, 20 December 2018

The ruling class is promoting and covering up for extreme right-wing forces in the police.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

The bicentenary of Frederick Douglass

A leading figure of the anti-slavery struggle

By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2018

The foremost black Abolitionist escaped slavery as a young man and went on to advise Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War.

French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix at the Metropolitan Museum in New York

By Clare Hurley, 20 December 2018

The powerful exhibition is the first major survey of the artist’s work in half a century. It brings together 150 paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts that have rarely been shown together.

20 December 2018

Rising homelessness: The reality of life for workers in a “booming” US economy

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 December 2018

A new government report shows that homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row.

The working class and the environmental crisis

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2018

It is not “humanity” that is guilty of contributing to climate change or the destruction of the ecosystem. It is the capitalist class.