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With Pakistan’s prime minister at his side,

Trump threatens to wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the Earth”

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 24 July 2019

US President Trump threatened Monday to “kill 10 million” Afghans in “a week” so as to win a quick victory in America’s longest war.

Boris Johnson premiership deepens Brexit crisis and heralds bitter class conflict

By Robert Stevens, 24 July 2019

Despite Johnson’s boast that he will “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn,” his position is precarious.

Senator Warren warns of US economic “crash”

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2019

The bogus character of the agenda advanced by Warren, who has described herself as “capitalist to the bone,” is underscored by the measures she advances to meet the signs of a deepening crisis.

Defective transmissions on Ford vehicles tied to numerous injuries and accidents

By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2019

For years Ford covered up a transmission defect in its Fiesta and Focus models that can cause sudden acceleration or stalling.

Japan’s ruling party wins upper house election

By Ben McGrath, 24 July 2019

The opposition parties in the National Diet will not offer any real opposition to Abe’s efforts to revise Article 9, the antimilitary provision in the Japanese constitution.

Australian government demands police-state powers over protests and exclusions of citizens

By Mike Head, 24 July 2019

The bills would hand governments the most authoritarian powers since the two world wars.

Turkish government prepares to deport Syrian refugees living in Istanbul

By Çetin Akın and Ulas Atesci, 24 July 2019

Ankara has announced that Syrian refugees not registered in Istanbul have until August 20 to return to the cities in Turkey where they are registered or face deportation.

Bradford NHS workers to strike against “backdoor privatisation”

By Barry Mason, 24 July 2019

The Bradford hospital trust’s plans are aimed at enforcing government-imposed efficiency cuts of 4 percent each year, around £16 million in the current financial year.

Indian auto workers speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 24 July 2019

The Trotskyists in India are building support in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal for rallies to demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Mass protests shake Puerto Rican and US political establishment

By Jerry White, 23 July 2019

In what has been described as the largest demonstration in Puerto Rican history, an estimated half a million people marched Monday to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

Gang members attack Hong Kong protesters

By Ben McGrath, 23 July 2019

Beijing and local authorities are fearful that the Hong Kong protest movement will spread to the mainland and are employing increasingly violent means against it.

Iran accuses 17 of spying for CIA as tensions escalate

By Steve James and Robert Stevens, 23 July 2019

Iran’s arrest of 17 alleged CIA agents follows weeks of intense US pressure that brought the Trump administration within 10 minutes of bombing raids.

Millions without electrical power in Michigan and northeast US

By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2019

The blackouts induced by summer storms and the ongoing heatwave expose the fragility of infrastructure in the United States.

Report details Indian security forces use of torture against Kashmiri people

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 23 July 2019

Jammu and Kashmir has been under de facto military rule since 1990, with over half a million security forces deployed in a state of just 13 million people.

Indonesian court backs Widodo’s election

By John Roberts, 23 July 2019

With the presidency and parliamentary numbers settled for now, sordid deals are being made among the different sections of the ruling elite.

Reports expose Trump administration’s “Border Patrol to emergency room” pipeline

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2019

Immigrant detainees are deliberately being subjected to conditions that spread disease in detention centers along the southern border.

War danger in Middle East exacerbates political crisis in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2019

As Britain moves closer to war, the Iran crisis is being seized on by those advocating a drastic increase in the UK’s military budget.

Russian Ford workers betrayed by union, left with meager compensation and without jobs

By Clara Weiss, 22 July 2019

The MPRA has played a critical role in making sure that workers at the Vsevolozhsk plant were forced to sign “voluntary” severance agreements” dictated by Ford.

Ontario government writes off 2009 auto bailout loan to Chrysler

By Carl Bronski, 22 July 2019

The federal Conservative and Ontario Liberal governments handed $13.7 billion over to the auto bosses at General Motors and Chrysler, while extorting massive wage and benefit concessions from autoworkers.

“I want to strike and send a message to the city”

With anger growing, Chicago Teachers Union floats threat of September walkout

By Kristina Betinis, 22 July 2019

Teachers who have suffered through years of falling real income, deteriorating classroom conditions and mass layoffs are determined to fight, but they face a brick wall of opposition from the CTU.

Fire at Japanese animation studio leaves nearly three dozen dead

By Ben McGrath, 22 July 2019

A man suffering mental illness is alleged to have ignited the inferno in a building that lacked basic fire safety measures.

One month since Steve Caniço’s disappearance in police raid in Nantes, France

Macron threatens: “Calm must be restored in the country”

By Will Morrow, 22 July 2019

Macron is using the latest crime by police to send a message that state forces can attack and kill working people with impunity.

Podemos, Catalan nationalists cover up role of intelligence in Barcelona attack

By Alejandro López, 22 July 2019

The reactionary forces promoted in the bourgeois media as the “left” in Spain are downplaying or ignoring Spanish intelligence’s complicity in the 2017 attacks.

Outrage grows at Spanish media silence on state complicity in Barcelona attack

By Alejandro López, 22 July 2019

Readers are writing in to denounce the silence at explosive revelations of intelligence complicity in the 2017 Barcelona attacks in the online daily Público.

Australian aged care home closes abruptly, traumatising residents

By Jenny Campbell, 22 July 2019

Nurses and other Earle Haven staff members watched in horror and shame as patients were left in limbo, with their medications, patient records and equipment quickly removed from the premises.

The Bretton Woods Agreement 75 years on

By Nick Beams, 22 July 2019

The participants at the conference were acutely conscious of the fact that what was at stake in their deliberations to establish a new world economic order was nothing less than the survival of their rule.

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka intensifies the campaign to free Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 22 July 2019

The Sri Lankan Trotskyists held a well-attended public meeting in Colombo and a powerful rally in Jaffna.

Wild Rose and Yesterday: A Scottish singer seeks country music fame and a world without the Beatles

By Joanne Laurier, 22 July 2019

Two recent British-made films delve into the field of popular music. Works about such a subject can be a means of getting at social life from an unusual and unorthodox point of view.

This week in history: July 22-28

22 July 2019

25 years ago: Strikes break out in South AfricaOn July 26, 1994, a strike wave of over 100,000 workers broke out in South Africa. Mining, steel, telecommunications and postal unions declared official disputes with employers, giving effective strike notice. The Council of Mining Unions, representing white workers, followed the lead of the National Union of Mineworkers, representing black workers, in declaring a dispute with the main diamond and gold mining companies. About 300,000 autoworkers in the region scheduled to take a strike ballot by the end of the month.

22 July 2019

22 July 2019

Fifty years since the first Moon landing

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2019

The first Moon landing remains an epoch-making scientific, technical and organizational achievement.

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

Protests demanding resignation of governor continue in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 20 July 2019

Friday marked the seventh consecutive day of protests in Puerto Rico demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Roselló.

Consortium News website taken down by a malware attack after streaming program defending Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 20 July 2019

The independent investigative journalism website Consortium News was brought down on Monday by a malware attack following the inaugural episode of CN Live!

US immigration agents use children to inflict terror on migrant families

By Joe Williams, 20 July 2019

Three recent incidents highlight the depravity of the US government’s bipartisan war on immigrants, spearheaded by the Trump administration.

Mixed signals on rate cut prompts Trump to demand the Fed enlist in US trade war against rivals

By Nick Beams, 20 July 2019

Trump is demanding that the Fed drop all pretence of “independence” and openly serve as an instrument of Washington’s economic war against its global competitors.

Explosion at electrical substation in Madison, Wisconsin, leaves thousands without power on hottest day of the year

By Jacob Crosse, 20 July 2019

No official explanation has been given as to the cause of the explosion that left, by some estimates, over 13,000 people without power throughout the day Friday.

UK intelligence agencies exonerated of responsibility in London Bridge terror attack

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 20 July 2019

The families of the victims presented evidence before the inquest showing that the attacks could and should have been prevented.

Publico reports Spanish intelligence facilitated 2017 Barcelona terror attack

By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2019

The report is prima facie evidence of criminal behavior by the Spanish state, abetted by other NATO powers, to create the climate to build a fascistic police-state regime.

Canada’s Trudeau postures as opponent of Trump following US president’s fascist outburst

By Roger Jordan, 20 July 2019

Trudeau’s theatrics notwithstanding, his government is an enthusiastic accomplice of Trump in implementing some of his administration’s most reactionary and belligerent policies.

Plastic waste from foreign nations dumped in East Java village

By Owen Howell, 20 July 2019

With China blocking imports of recyclable waste, developed countries have now resorted to illegally smuggling plastic into Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia.

Scottish National Party supports the witch-hunting of Julian Assange

By Steve James, 20 July 2019

The statements of Scottish National Party representatives on the hounding and torture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange make clear the party supports his jailing and extradition.

Thousands of Korean workers strike against government labour policies; Sri Lanka teachers walk out for better pay; Bangladesh municipal workers resume strikes

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 July 2019

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

Over 100,000 in Puerto Rico demand resignation of governor as protests continue

By Julio Patron, 19 July 2019

The protests demanding the ouster of the Governor of Puerto Rico are the culmination of years of austerity measures enacted by the Obama administration and enforced by the Puerto Rican government.

Indian Trotskyists to hold “Free Julian Assange” rallies in Chennai and Kolkata

19 July 2019

Rallies in two of India’s biggest cities will take forward the call issued by the World Socialist Web Site international editorial board for the formation of a Global Defence Committee.

Thousands protest in central China against proposed waste incinerator

By Robert Campion, 19 July 2019

The Wuhan protests are an expression of the growing social discontent throughout China, occurring at the same time as the mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

Gulf between wealthy and poor widening in Australia

By Mike Head, 19 July 2019

Successive governments, both Liberal-National and Labor, have enriched the corporate elite at the expense of the working class.

The vindictive campaign against Chelsea Manning, America’s political prisoner

By Niles Niemuth, 18 July 2019

Daily fines placed on Manning for refusing to testify against Julian Assange doubled on Tuesday, threatening the courageous whistleblower with personal bankruptcy. She has been jailed for more than four months.

Trump aide demands of Jewish reporter: “What’s your ethnicity?”

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2019

Kellyanne Conway’s outburst, which has been hailed by neo-Nazi groups, gives a glimpse of the fascistic climate within Trump’s inner circle.

US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

By Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2019

The failure to charge Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death is an endorsement of lethal police violence against the working class, under conditions of growing social unrest.

The European Union expands its war against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 18 July 2019

As anger grows at the number of refugees dying in the Mediterranean, EU politicians are demanding military operations in Libya.

Protests erupt in Puerto Rico after leaked texts from governor reveal conspiracy to loot island

By Julio Patron, 18 July 2019

The texts range from the childish and profane to gangster-like jokes about the death toll from Hurricane Maria like, “don't we have some cadavers to feed our crows?"

Alaska governor cuts $400 million from education, social services

By Adam Mclean, 18 July 2019

The 41 percent reduction in the state budget for the University of Alaska will result in the elimination of dozens of degree programs and jeopardize climate research.

As US senators deepen attack on Huawei

Trump’s trade war against China hits Asian economies

By Nick Beams, 18 July 2019

Because it functions as a transhipment hub for final destinations in the rest of Asia, a sharp decline in exports from Singapore last month points to an economic slowdown across the region.

France: Delevoye report prepares the slashing of pensions by Macron

By Anthony Torres, 18 July 2019

Despite the growing opposition expressed in the “yellow vest” protests, the Macron government is accelerating its assault on the social rights of the working class.

Riot police attack Athens protest against Airbnb as housing costs soar

By John Vassilopoulos, 18 July 2019

The attack by riot police came one day after Draconian law-and-order plans were unveiled by the newly elected conservative New Democracy government.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna calls for removal of Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 18 July 2019

Under conditions of political crisis, in which the main parties of government are widely discredited, the JVP is proposing itself as the party capable of saving the capitalist system.

Canada’s Liberal government steps up internet censorship with creation of new media fund

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 18 July 2019

Drawing on the language used by Google to justify its censorship, the Trudeau government plans to dispense $600 million to media outlets deemed to be producing “authoritative content.”

UK: Bed shortages cause increasing reliance on emergency beds in NHS hospitals

By Ben Trent, 18 July 2019

Over the past 30 years, NHS bed capacity has been halved by Labour and Conservative governments.

Australian aged care inquiry hears damning evidence of abuse

By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2019

Testimony by care workers, patients and family members has underscored how the cost-cutting drive for profit jeopardises the health, safety and quality of life of elderly people.

Hundreds protest over drowning of refugee schoolgirl in UK

By Liz Smith, 17 July 2019

In the area surrounding the school just outside Manchester, one-third of all children live in poverty, that is in families whose income is less than 60 percent of the national median income.

India’s pro-business BJP government tables austerity budget

By Kranti Kumara, 17 July 2019

The budget was tabled amid a mounting economic crisis and competing demands by domestic and foreign business, on the one hand, and the rating agencies and IMF, on the other.

Wall Street Journal warns job threats might not prevent rebellion by autoworkers

By Jerry White, 17 July 2019

The mouthpiece of the banks said younger workers who have never experienced mass layoffs are the “big wild card” in this year’s contract fight.

Deutsche Bank to eliminate one in five jobs

By Gustav Kemper and Peter Schwarz, 17 July 2019

Employees are now paying the price for the bank’s criminal activities over the last 30 years.

Nurse shortages persist after UAW sellout of Mercy Health St. Vincent strike

By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2019

The fight by nursing staff in Toledo, Ohio has important lessons for the overall fight in defense of healthcare as well as for autoworkers facing demands for more health givebacks.

Donald Trump’s fascist strategy

By Eric London, 17 July 2019

Trump is proceeding according to a deliberate political strategy worked out with the White House’s fascist brain trust.

Trump abolishes right to asylum on US southern border

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2019

The White House order condemns many thousands of Central American men, women and children to be summarily returned to conditions of murderous violence.

Australian government seeking to prosecute journalists over exposure of war crimes

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2019

The federal police are investigating journalists over the 2017 publication of the “Afghan Files,” which revealed Australian military involvement in extrajudicial killings and other crimes.

Laid-off FCA Belvidere autoworkers, abandoned by UAW, told to uproot

By Jacob Crosse and Marcus Day, 16 July 2019

Laid-off workers have reported that they were given as little as two weeks to decide on transfers hundreds of miles away.

Hong Kong protests continue amid clashes with police

By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2019

The Hong Kong and central governments are incapable of addressing the real concerns for democratic rights and social equality that are driving the protests.

Police launch mass arrests on Bastille Day in Paris

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 15 July 2019

President Emmanuel Macron was booed and jeered as he drove in the motorcade down the Champs-Elysées on the traditional military parade Sunday morning.

As Trump launches immigration raids

Democrats back mass deportations

By Eric London, 15 July 2019

Regardless of immigration status, all workers must understand that they are the ultimate target of the anti-democratic methods used against immigrants.

Voices from the protests against Trump’s attack on immigrants

By our reporters, 15 July 2019

The WSWS spoke with hundreds across the country, including Kare, a paralegal in New York City, who said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up.”

“We want to get back everything we gave up”

Autoworkers determined to fight as contract talks open

By Jerry White, 15 July 2019

With the formal negotiations starting today autoworkers want to recoup years of UAW-backed wage and benefit concessions and substantially improve their wages and working conditions.

Manhattan blackout affects tens of thousands of New Yorkers

By Josh Varlin, 15 July 2019

While its public infrastructure decays, New York City is home to the largest number of billionaires and millionaires in the world.

Melbourne rally participants speak in defence of Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 15 July 2019

“I don’t believe any government will stand up for Assange. I think that it comes down to normal people standing and fighting.”

Talisman Sabre: US and Australia prepare for war with China

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2019

The massive military exercise in northern Australia, in preparation for conflict in the Indo-Pacific, has been treated as a non-event by the political and media establishment.

US-China trade negotiations at virtual standstill

By Nick Beams, 15 July 2019

While Beijing continues to maintain that it is open to discussions, the evidence indicates it has all but given up on any prospect of reaching an agreement.

Podemos calls internal vote to enter PSOE-led Spanish government

By Alejandro López, 15 July 2019

Aware that its falling electoral support reflects growing social opposition to the entire political establishment, Podemos is seeking to obtain as many posts as possible.

Sri Lankan prime minister promotes US defence agreement

By Vijith Samarasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 15 July 2019

Although Wickremesinghe has tabled a planned Status of Forces Agreement with the US, its contents and political implications remain a secret for millions of Sri Lankans.

Rally in Melbourne demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 July 2019

Amid cold and wet weather, about 130 people rallied with determination to demand Assange’s freedom.

Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon

By Alex Lantier, 13 July 2019

Late yesterday afternoon, approximately 700 undocumented immigrant workers held a peaceful demonstration and occupied Paris’ historic Panthéon building, demanding an immediate recognition of their right to reside in France.

Thousands protest immigrant concentration camps at vigils across the US

By our reporters, 13 July 2019

The vigils were an international event, with at least one event taking place in every US state and across five continents, expressing the broad popular opposition to the persecution of immigrants.

Trump’s nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2019

General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

Twitter removes account of Assange defence organisation

By Mike Head, 13 July 2019

Unity4J, which campaigns against the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder, was given no reason for the suspension.

Seventeen-year-old girl fatally shot by police on California freeway

By Alan Gilman, 13 July 2019

Hannah Williams was shot and killed after being involved in a minor traffic accident with a police vehicle in Fullerton, California.

European regulator uncovers autopilot problem on Boeing 737 Max

By Bryan Dyne, 13 July 2019

A leaked document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency lists five different reasons to keep the 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded.

Talks continue after workers at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in Oregon vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 July 2019

With a possible strike date of August 1, the United Steel Workers and management are maneuvering to impose a new round of concessions on workers.

BBC Panorama witch-hunts Corbyn and Labour Party on bogus anti-Semitism charges

By Richard Tyler, 13 July 2019

The programme was trial by media, providing a platform for politically hostile former Labour Party staff members to air their allegations against the Labour leader.

Canada’s Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine

By Roger Jordan, 13 July 2019

Discussions at the Ukraine Reform Conference focused on “affirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in the face of Russian aggression.”

Elderly poor suffering hypothermia in Australia

By Margaret Rees, 13 July 2019

The “Cold and Lonely” study points to an often-hidden social crisis—the avoidance or under-consumption of heating by people who must ration their energy use so they can pay their bills.

Euthanasia bill before New Zealand parliament

By John Braddock, 13 July 2019

The bill, which would make assisted suicide legal, is sponsored by leader of the far-right ACT party amid a sharpening social crisis.

Three months since arrest of WikiLeaks publisher

UK government holds “media freedom” conference while imprisoning Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 July 2019

The “media freedom” conference was held seven miles from Belmarsh Prison, where the world’s most famous persecuted journalist is jailed.

The case of Jeffrey Epstein and the depravity of America’s financial elite

By David Walsh, 13 July 2019

The resignation of Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, is the latest development in the widening scandal surrounding American financier and “money manager for the super-rich” Jeffrey Epstein.

Bossa Nova pioneer, songwriter and musician João Gilberto dead at 88

By Hiram Lee, 13 July 2019

Together with the composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto pioneered a “new wave” in Brazilian popular music during the mid-to-late 1950s that had a worldwide impact.

Indian aeronautic workers threaten national walkout; Pakistan power workers demand safe, permanent jobs; Taiwan union ends flight attendants’ strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 July 2019

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

18-month lockout at aluminum plant ends

Quebec ABI workers’ struggle betrayed by United Steelworkers Union

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 July 2019

The unions isolated the workers at ABI and collaborated with the corporation to impose a defeat that will be used to attack working conditions throughout the industry.

Australian police monitoring journalists’ travel and internet data

By Mike Head, 10 July 2019

New reports demonstrate an escalating effort to criminalise exposures about key military and intelligence operations.

Australia: DP World stevedoring strike against attacks on conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 July 2019

While the stoppage expresses growing militancy among dock workers, the union is seeking to contain any struggle and enforce a sell-out agreement.