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As industry analyst calls UAW-automaker negotiations “Kabuki theatre”

Autoworkers demand substantial improvement in wages and conditions on eve of contract talks

By Jerry White, 9 July 2019

With negotiations set to begin on July 15, workers are determined to overturn decades of givebacks accepted by the United Auto Workers.

US steps up threats as Iran exceeds uranium enrichment cap

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2019

Iran’s government deliberately breached the agreement to pressure remaining signatories to the nuclear accord to counter crippling US economic sanctions.

Hong Kong protesters appeal to mainland Chinese for support

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2019

The unity of the Chinese working class as a whole is a prerequisite for the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.

Second quarter fundraising

Trump, Democratic presidential candidates raise more than $100 million

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2019

The stage is being set for the most expensive campaign in US—and world—history, with estimates that ad spending could top $10 billion for the 2020 elections.

Building the infrastructure of a police state

Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2019

The poorest large city in the US is being used as a testing ground for invasive surveillance technologies in preparation for coming eruptions in the class struggle.

Australian retail giant to cut jobs, wages

By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2019

Woolworths, one of Australia’s two major supermarket chains, last month announced a restructure that endangers thousands of jobs across the country.

Germany: Riva steelworkers in Trier and Horath on strike for four weeks

By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2019

Workers are fighting against the wage dumping of parent company Riva Stahl, which is trying to pit them against the rest of the workforce to force down wages.

Britain: Gang convicted of running “extensive and prolific” modern slavery network

By Richard Tyler, 9 July 2019

According to the International Labour Office, there are 40.3 million people in conditions of modern slavery across the world, including 10 million children .

Strong support for Julian Assange at Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University

By our reporters, 9 July 2019

SEP and IYSSE campaigners campaigned for a July 10 picket that will be held in defence of the WikiLeaks founder in the war-ravaged city.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Trump aide threatens one million immigrants with deportation

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2019

While the White House escalates its attacks on immigrants, congressional Democrats are deepening their collaboration with Trump.

Amazon’s 25th anniversary: A conglomerate based on parasitism and exploitation

By Tom Carter, 8 July 2019

The technology and infrastructure behind Amazon’s meteoric trajectory and the biggest individual fortune in modern history must be turned towards the needs and aspirations of the world’s population as a whole.

As economic conflicts intensify

One year since the start of US trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2019

Under conditions of its relative economic decline, the US regards China's industrial and technological development as intolerable, and will use all methods necessary to prevent it.

Mass protests against police shooting of Ethiopian Israeli

By Jean Shaoul, 8 July 2019

The authorities arrested the off-duty police officer before releasing him into “protective custody” under house arrest, further inflaming tensions over the killing.

Massive forest fire in Germany exposes deadly legacy of World War II

By Marianne Arens, 8 July 2019

The forest area near Lübtheen is not the only one littered with old munitions: in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone, 38,000 hectares are contaminated with munitions.

Giant US healthcare corporations fear hostile takeover by high-tech companies

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 July 2019

While the US population has expanded by 75 percent since 1960, to approximately 325 million people, healthcare expenditure, in constant dollars, has risen approximately 2000 percent.

Protest in New Zealand against US brutality towards refugees

By Tom Peters, 8 July 2019

The July 4 rally outside the US embassy in Wellington demonstrated the growing international outrage at the Trump administration’s concentration camps for migrants and refugees.

SEP (Australia) holds rally in Brisbane to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Gary Alvernia, 8 July 2019

Despite downpours of rain, workers and young people came from far afield to join the event, demonstrating the underlying support for the WikiLeaks founder and the courageous whistleblower.

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Intended as a demonstration of the eternal power and greatness of American capitalism, what was instead exposed in the grotesque spectacle is a beleaguered and isolated ruling class.

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

Syriza poised to hand over power to New Democracy in Greece’s July 7 elections

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2019

Syriza called early elections to hand power to fascistic, right-wing forces amid growing opposition among workers to its reactionary policies.

Madrid threatens migrant rescue ship with massive fines

By Alejandro López, 6 July 2019

Spain’s social-democratic government has warned it will impose hundreds of thousands of euros in fines on vessels for rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean.

Germany: Following the murder of politician Walter Lübcke—the call for a strong state

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2019

The 2018 report by the secret service again describes the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei as “left-wing extremist” and an “object for surveillance.”

UK’s GCHQ spy centre seeks new powers to circumvent encryption

By Thomas Scripps, 6 July 2019

The new surveillance measures, known as a “ghost protocol,” would allow a government agent to “sit in” on ostensibly secure private conversations without other participants knowing.

Hong Kong protests continue amid Beijing’s veiled threats of military intervention

By Ben McGrath, 6 July 2019

In an unusual move, China’s military reported on drills the day after another mass rally.

Tamil Nadu government bans strikes in auto component industries

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 6 July 2019

The ruling class's major goal is to transform India into a premier center of global auto manufacturing by imposing brutal working conditions.

American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2019

In the months leading up to Edward Gallagher’s acquittal, several members of his defense team were revealed to have close ties to the White House.

Bus drivers in Massachusetts strike over wages and healthcare

By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019

Bus drivers are seeking wage increases consistent with the cost of living in Martha’s Vineyard as well as improvements in safety, disciplinary procedures and healthcare.

Indonesian factory fire claims lives of 30 women and children

By Owen Howell, 6 July 2019

The tragic deaths of factory employees is yet another example of the national government showing its indifference for the working poor.

Australian Labor Party backs government’s tax cuts for the wealthy

By Mike Head, 6 July 2019

By voting for the massive tax cuts, Labor further repudiated its bogus election rhetoric against “the big end of town” and for a “fair go” for working people.

A conversation with Mike Kaplan, the producer of The Whales of August (1987), Lillian Gish’s final film

The famed actress “was filled with curiosity, creativity and imagination”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2019

Kaplan helped organize the petition urging Bowling Green State University to restore the names of famed actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish to its film theater.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold Free Assange meetings and demonstrations

6 July 2019

The SEP and IYSSE calls upon workers, students, youth, artists, journalists and intellectuals to support the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

SEP meetings review political lessons of Australia’s federal election

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

Labor’s defeat in the May 18 elections poses the urgent necessity for an intensification of the fight for socialist and internationalist consciousness among workers and youth.

Australian workers and youth discuss SEP election campaign

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

“I’ve seen the Labor Party and the unions working hand-in-glove at the expense of the workers throughout my entire working life.”

Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2019

Nurses who struck for six weeks are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of the UAW, which scabbed on their strike and then rammed through a rotten agreement.

Julian Assange’s birthday celebrated at vigils in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

Linda Tenenbaum, a longstanding leader of the SEP, indicted the Australian government and the political and media establishment for abandoning Assange, an Australia citizen.

Bank of England chief issues warnings on global economy

By Nick Beams, 4 July 2019

In a major speech, Mark Carney pointed to a “sea change,” defined as a “profound transformation,” in the global economy, with “worrying” portents.

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson calls on journalist Peter Greste to defend Assange

4 July 2019

Ricketson’s “Open Letter” debunks Greste’s claim that Assange is not a journalist and therefore not deserving of support, and calls on him to defend the WikiLeaks founder, as he did Ricketson who was wrongly jailed in Cambodia.

Australian central bank cuts cash rate to record low

By Mike Head, 4 July 2019

The second cut in two months is a sign of fear in ruling circles of the intensifying impact of the global turmoil on the domestic economy.

South Australian teachers strike for better wages and conditions

By Sue Phillips, 4 July 2019

South Australia teachers have joined their counterparts in New Zealand, other Australian states and around the world, to strike against their current, unsustainable wages and conditions.

Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection

Ocasio-Cortez, other Congress members threatened by border police

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019

The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.

US Navy SEAL acquitted of murder and other war crimes by military jury

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

Edward Gallagher was acquitted of the most serious charges against him, including the unprovoked murder of a wounded teenage ISIS soldier, by a military court martial.

Australian prime minister lines up with Trump at the G20

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2019

Trump made clear that he expected Morrison and the Australian government to back the US in its confrontations on all fronts—in particular against Iran and China.

Outrage over manslaughter charge facing Alabama woman who miscarried after shooting

By Fred Mazelis, 3 July 2019

The case of Marshae Jones is part of the escalating attacks on abortion rights and the criminalization of the poor.

Boeing outsourced software development for faulty 737 Max 8 to cut costs

By Bryan Dyne, 3 July 2019

These revelations come alongside reports that the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is also under investigation.

Harvard awards fellowship to Rick Snyder, Flint’s poisoner-in-chief

By Sheila Brehm, 3 July 2019

The former Michigan governor, who presided over the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply, has been awarded a prestigious senior research fellowship at Harvard University.

Trump national security team revives demand for “backdoor” access to encryption

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

A Politico report has revealed that key National Security Council members have debated whether to ask Congress to pass laws that would make end-to-end encryption technologies illegal.

045 US airlines/Seatac struggle for minimum wage

3 July 2019

Irish unions sabotage health workers’ strikes

By Dermot Byrne, 3 July 2019

Irish health unions called off the walkouts and have sought to divert anger into appeals to the Labour Court.

German chemical company BASF cuts 6,000 jobs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 July 2019

The wave of mass redundancies is continuing with more and more corporations seeking to boost their profits while preparing for a global economic war.

German IG Metall trade union promotes trade war at rally in Berlin

By Hendrik Paul, 3 July 2019

Germany’s biggest trade union used the demonstration to bang the drum for trade warfare, to promote nationalism and prepare the way for mass job losses.

New Zealand secondary teachers’ union pushes through sellout

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 3 July 2019

The deal pushed through by the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association, following a similar sellout by the primary teachers’ union, will only see the crisis in schools worsen.

Australia: Hundreds of students and staff protest against trimesters at UNSW

By our reporters, 3 July 2019

“Orientating the uni towards profit rather than education is not a good thing overall for education.”

The global war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 3 July 2019

All over the world, immigrants are being systematically persecuted by capitalist governments, which are increasingly adopting the policies of the extreme right.

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the resurgence of the international class struggle

By the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 3 July 2019

These protests are a turning point in France and internationally, marking the initial re-entry of the working class onto the political stage.

Australian workers and youth speak out in defence of Assange at SEP rally

By our reporters, 3 July 2019

“No other political party, none of the human rights groups are acting. Amnesty is doing nothing! Getup is doing nothing!”

Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution

By Kate Randall, 3 July 2019

Cohen gushed over Colin Powell’s infamous February 4, 2003 presentation of lies at the UN that formed the justification for the Iraq War.

240 IYSSE Karlsruhe election statement

3 July 2019

Hundreds of thousands protest on the streets of Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2019

Mass protests have persisted, despite the suspension of the extradition legislation, pointing to a deeper social and political crisis.

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

Mass protests resume against Sudan’s junta

By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2019

Protesters were met Sunday with tear gas, stun grenades and live ammunition that killed at least seven people and injured 181 more.

Amazon’s meat grinder in the Dallas, Texas suburbs

By Tom Carter, 2 July 2019

Over a two-year period, 567 workers were injured at Amazon’s DFW7 fulfillment center in Fort Worth, Texas.

UK: GCHQ/MI5 admit illegally spying on millions

By Trevor Johnson, 2 July 2019

Their admissions were the result of a court case brought by the civil rights group Liberty.

Human rights imperialism, social media censorship and the fraud of Facebook’s “Oversight Board”

By Kevin Reed, 2 July 2019

Behind the recent report on the creation of an Oversight Board to oversee “content decisions” at Facebook is a plan for social media censorship in defense of the global capitalist system.

Chilean unions scramble to quell mass strike movement

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2019

The trade union bureaucracy led by the Chilean Workers United Center and its pseudo-left apologists are working to divide and end the strike movement.

2,000 workers to lose jobs as Philadelphia refinery shuts down

By Samuel Davidson, 2 July 2019

Blaming high costs from fire damage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions announced the closure of the largest oil refinery on the US East Coast.

New Zealand media promote new far-right Christian party

By Tom Peters, 2 July 2019

The media has given extraordinary publicity to Coalition NZ, founded by the fundamentalist Destiny Church, which held an anti-Muslim rally at the site of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Tanks on the streets of Washington, DC for the Fourth of July

By Eric London, 2 July 2019

The planned display of military force in the strip of land separating Congress from the White House is a deliberate political provocation long planned by Trump and his fascistic advisors.

205 Yellow vests statement

2 July 2019

Video: Protesters at SEP (Australia) rally speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

2 July 2019

“I came to support Julian because of all the time he has lost to help the poor people and the oppressed around the world.”

Australian media chiefs seek to divert anger over police raids

By Mike Head, 2 July 2019

There was no mention of the violent arrest of Julian Assange, which opened the floodgates for a broader assault on free speech.

Democrats back Trump’s massive “World War III” military budget

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2019

Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly for the largest US military budget ever in a bill that gives Trump a green light for war with Iran and backs his “state of emergency” on the border.

Trump meets North Korean leader as part of broader anti-China agenda

By Ben McGrath, 1 July 2019

Washington’s approach to North Korea has nothing to do with peace on the Korean Peninsula, but is about drawing Pyongyang into Washington’s orbit.

Sri Lankan railway unions cave in to government’s strike ban

By Saman Gunadasa, 1 July 2019

The RTUA’s betrayal has once again demonstrated that workers cannot defend their democratic rights and fight for jobs and decent working conditions through the trade unions.

German captain of refugee rescue ship Sea Watch 3 arrested in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 1 July 2019

A few hours after the arrest, mayor of Naples Luigi di Magistris dedicated a sailing boat parade to the brave captain “and all other men and women being unfairly persecuted.”

SEP (Australia) holds Sydney rally in defence of Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 1 July 2019

“If two million people can come out on the streets of Hong Kong against extradition legislation, then we can surely build such a mass popular movement on a global scale to free Assange and Manning.”

Labour MP Chris Williamson suspended as Corbyn again appeases his right wing

By Chris Marsden, 1 July 2019

Williamson was first suspended on February 27 at the behest of right-wing and Zionist groups and individuals, based on baseless accusations of anti-Semitism.

Democratic Whitmer administration stonewalls Flint residents on dropping of water prosecutions

By James Brewer, 1 July 2019

What was billed as a “community conversation” was an exercise in evasion and lies, with scores of police deployed to intimidate angry Flint workers.

First Democratic debate: Demagogy on social issues, silence on war

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2019

The stage-managed spectacle marked the formal beginning of an electoral process dominated by big money and thoroughly manipulated by the corporate-controlled media.

EU meeting on Iran ends with no agreement to prevent US war

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2019

The Iranian government reportedly objected to the European powers’ refusal to defy crippling US sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

Video of Obama-appointed lawyer defending the denial of child detainees soap, toothpaste sparks outrage

By Joe Williams, 29 June 2019

Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian argued that it is legal to deny immigrant children in detention soap, toothpaste, blankets, and a place to sleep for days or weeks on end.

Russian-Georgian tensions escalate amid Iran war crisis

By Clara Weiss, 29 June 2019

The Western-backed anti-Russian protests in Tiflis are bound up with the escalating US war drive against Iran, which threatens to draw in the entire Caucasus region.

DSA-endorsed “progressive” wins Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2019

Cabán had the backing of Representative Ocasio-Cortez, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and the New York Times, voice of the Democratic Party establishment.

Social media investigations unearth hundreds of police officers in the US involved in fascist or racist groups

By Jacob Crosse, 29 June 2019

Investigations conducted by Reveal and the Plain View Project confirm the presence of openly far-right officers in police departments.

Southern California grocery workers authorize strike action

By Dan Conway, 29 June 2019

Following a regionwide supermarket strike in New England, grocery workers at three supermarket chains in Southern California voted overwhelmingly last week to strike.

UK dominated by the privately educated and Oxbridge graduates

By Thomas Scripps, 29 June 2019

Elitist Britain, based on a survey of 5,000 individuals, details the stranglehold on the commanding heights of British society maintained by a tiny ruling elite.

Petition against UK “drill” music ban defends freedom of speech

By Paul Bond, 29 June 2019

Rap artists Krept and Konan’s petition points to the moral bankruptcy of state attempts to blame drill music for violence and crime.

The G20 Summit in Osaka: The war of all against all

By Andre Damon, 29 June 2019

World leaders gathered in Osaka, Japan for the G20 summit amid the relentless promotion of trade war, protectionism and militarism.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

The attempt of far-right professor and Eastern European historian Jörg Baberowski to set up a think tank at Humboldt University has failed.

SEP wins support for Assange and Manning at Sri Lanka’s Peradeniya university

By our reporters, 29 June 2019

Tenishan, an agriculture student, asked: “Is it democratic to imprison journalists who have revealed war crimes?”

Ford announces 12,000 layoffs, five plant closures across Europe

By Will Morrow, 28 June 2019

A global restructuring is underway, with all the automakers relying on the trade unions to seek to suppress the seething and growing opposition of autoworkers.

UAW rams through sellout deal at Saline, Michigan Faurecia factory

By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2019

While UAW officials claim the agreement passed by a wide margin, many workers told the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter they had deep reservations about the deal, which failed to address critical issues related to wages and working conditions.

House Democrats give $4.6 billion for Trump’s concentration camps

Ocasio-Cortez plays critical role in ensuring passage

By Eric London, 28 June 2019

House Democrats voted for a Senate bill that exposes the critical role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “progressive” Democrats in facilitating Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.

All eyes at G20 summit on Trump-Xi meeting

By Nick Beams, 28 June 2019

The sideline meeting is widely viewed as the last chance to restart trade negotiations that broke down in early May.

Pompeo touts Indo-US alliance, bullies New Delhi

By Keith Jones, 28 June 2019

India’s ruling elite is determined to double-down on its reckless gamble that it can realize its great-power ambitions by serving as US imperialism’s junior partner.

US Supreme Court halts Trump plan for citizenship question in 2020 census

By Fred Mazelis, 28 June 2019

The delay may only be temporary, as the high court remanded the issue to a lower court, giving the administration a further opportunity to revive its effort to lower the official count of immigrants residing in the United States.

Royal Marines from anti-Russia exercise daubed swastikas on chest

By Thomas Scripps, 28 June 2019

The marines were part of the Future Commando Force (FCF) taking part in Exercise Baltic Protector, described in the UK media as designed “to strike fear” into Putin.

More than 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow, Scotland to be evicted

By Steve James, 28 June 2019

Services giant Serco is targeting tenants who have fled war and poverty in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two German fighter jets collide in midair during practice flight

By Marianne Arens, 28 June 2019

Following the collision of two fighter planes, which resulted in the death of one pilot, German media outlets expressed their outrage at the lack of patriotism in the response of the population.

Protesting nurses speak out in Long Beach, California

By Rafael Azul and Kimie Saito, 28 June 2019

“Patients are not numbers! Maximum patients + minimum nurses = maximum profits. And the costs are passed on to the consumers and us.”