Perspectives

The GM strike and the global class struggle

By Marcus Day, 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.

As global economy enters synchronised slowdown

US Federal Reserve starts “quantitative easing forever”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2019

The entire global financial system has become so dependent upon and addicted to the endless supply of ultracheap money that even the slightest move to reduce it threatens to set off a crisis.

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

By Tom Hall, 18 October 2019

The UAW is attempting to force through concessions that will set a new benchmark for exploitation for generations to come.

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

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

The Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing Monday of a dozen Catalan nationalists to a decade in prison for sedition is a politically illegitimate ruling that will live in infamy.

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2019

The Democratic Party’s saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.

Mack Truck, copper strikes show potential to spread GM walkout to Ford, Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 15 October 2019

The United Auto Workers’ isolation of the month-long strike by GM workers can be broken if workers take the conduct of the struggle into their own hands, call out Ford and Fiat Chrysler and unify with Mack Truck strikers, copper miners and other workers.

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

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

The defeat of Trump’s efforts to create an extreme rightwing authoritarian regime and the defense of democratic rights require the political mobilization of the working class.

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2019

While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.

The irrationality of capitalism: Millions cut off from electricity, lives endangered by California utility PG&E

By Evan Blake, 11 October 2019

The forced blackouts affecting over two million people and businesses across 34 counties in Northern California serve as a stark example of the irrationality of the capitalist system.

Trump admits US killed millions in war based on lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2019

Whatever his immediate intentions, Trump has admitted that successive US governments have engaged in war crimes resulting in mass murder.

Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2019

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

Expand the strike to Ford and FCA!

The GM strike is a fight against the entire ruling class

By Eric London, 8 October 2019

The outcome of the strike will determine conditions of life for millions of workers across not just the auto industry, but all workplaces for years to come.

Julian Assange’s life is in danger!

By James Cogan, 7 October 2019

John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, has warned that his son “may die” as a result of the conditions under which he is being imprisoned in Belmarsh Prison in London.

Iraq in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2019

Iraqi security forces opened fire on unarmed civilians for the fourth day in a row Friday as protesters poured into the streets once again in defiance of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s declaration of a round-the-clock curfew.

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

The Trump administration’s announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

By Eric London, 3 October 2019

According to the New York Times, Trump called for electrifying the border fence and shooting immigrants as they entered the US.

As Wall Street bankrolls GM, UAW tries to starve strikers into submission

By Jerry White, 2 October 2019

Although the strike has won popular support and hit the company’s bottom line, it cannot be won unless rank-and-file workers take the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the UAW.

Seventy years since the Chinese Revolution

Draw the political lessons from the bankruptcy of Maoism

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2019

The political heirs of Mao Zedong cannot explain how and why the aspirations of working people for a socialist future, for which so many sacrificed 70 years ago, have resulted in the dead end of capitalism today.

Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden

By Andre Damon, 30 September 2019

While the Democrats declare that “Congress must do all it can to protect… all whistleblowers,” they support exile and prison for the men and women who have exposed the crimes of US imperialism.

CIA sets terms for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s crimes

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2019

Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 27 September 2019

The answer to the Brexit crisis is not unity with the EU, but working class unity in a continent-wide struggle against all of Europe’s governments for the United Socialist States of Europe.

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2019

The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions—the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.

Autoworkers need a socialist and internationalist strategy to fight GM and the auto companies

By Jerry White, 25 September 2019

If the auto companies and Wall Street insist that they cannot afford the most basic rights of workers, this is an argument not to accept more concessions, but to get rid of capitalism.

UN debate begins under shadow of war and dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2019

The fraud of the UN and the descent of capitalist rule into outright criminality is personified by the General Assembly debate’s first three speakers: Bolsonaro, Trump and Sisi.

The GM strike is in danger

By Marcus Day, 23 September 2019

While the weeklong strike by General Motors workers in the US has won the support of workers throughout the world, the UAW is working out a strategy to strangle it as quickly as possible.

As Trump threatens war on Iran:

Chelsea Manning imprisoned without charge for six months for refusing to testify against Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed and James Cogan, 21 September 2019

Manning helped expose the vast scale of the violence unleashed upon the people of the Middle East by the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trudeau’s “blackface” photos: How to oppose Canada’s Liberal government, and how not to

20 September 2019

The working class must oppose the Trudeau Liberal government. But it must do so from its own class standpoint and without becoming ensnared in the intrigues and provocations of the Liberals’ big-business political opponents.

The UAW’s $760 million strike fund: A bonanza for Solidarity House executives but only $250 per week for striking GM workers

By Eric London, 19 September 2019

The UAW’s refusal to provide adequate financial support for the strike exposes the unbridgeable conflict of interests between the union management and the rank and file.

The strike at General Motors: Class struggle vs. the reactionary politics of racial division

By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2019

The strike by American autoworkers refutes all those who have proclaimed the end of the class struggle, supposedly replaced by conflicts centered on race, gender and sexual orientation.

Washington’s rush to indict Iran over Saudi attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2019

Without presenting a shred of evidence, the Trump administration charged Tehran with responsibility for attacks that provide a pretext for another US war in the Middle East.

US autoworkers shut down General Motors

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 16 September 2019

The strike by 46,000 GM auto workers marks a major escalation of class struggle in the United States and internationally.

The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2019

The 10 candidates on the stage in Houston avoided any discussion of the deepening social crisis in America and the growing opposition to social inequality.

The bipartisan attack on the right to asylum

By Eric London, 13 September 2019

The US Supreme Court’s decision abolishes the right to asylum for hundreds of thousands fleeing imperialist war and violence.

US study shows: Poverty and social inequality are killers

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2019

A study by the Government Accountability Office released this week shows that poor Americans are nearly twice as likely to die before they reach old age as rich Americans.

The struggle of autoworkers against GM, Ford, and Chrysler requires a global strategy

By Jerry White, 11 September 2019

Just days before 158,000 US autoworkers face a contract deadline, GM workers in Korea and Mexico have entered the battle, underscoring the need to unify autoworkers across national borders.

Trump blocks refugees from Bahamas as humanitarian catastrophe unfolds

By Kate Randall, 10 September 2019

The massive hurricane that unleashed its wrath on the Bahamas earlier this month has produced a catastrophe as a result of social inequality and political indifference.

Hong Kong protesters: Turn to the Chinese working class, not US imperialism

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2019

Any turn to the United States plays directly into the hands of Beijing, which seeks to malign the Hong Kong protests as the work of radical agitators and the “black hand” of Washington.

The epidemic of nurse suicides and the US healthcare crisis

By Kate Randall, 7 September 2019

The tragic rise of nurse suicides is a result of the intersection of the lives and labor of this workforce with the brutality of the capitalist system, which values profit above and the health of the population.

Washington escalates “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2019

More than a year after re-imposing a punishing sanctions regime, and no closer to achieving regime change, the US is adopting increasingly reckless measures.

In Brexit crisis, Corbyn lines up with Tories and Blairites

By Chris Marsden, 5 September 2019

In emerging as the leading figure for the anti-Brexit wing of the ruling class, Corbyn is making clear that he has no independent political alternative to offer the working class.

German president silent on the Holocaust at WWII memorial

By Peter Schwarz, 4 September 2019

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier failed to utter a word about the extermination of the Jews at a ceremony in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of World War II.

The World Socialist Web Site reaches 75,000 English articles

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2019

Last week the World Socialist Web Site passed a major milestone, having published 75,000 articles on its English-language pages since the International Committee of the Fourth International launched the WSWS on February 14, 1998.

Roger Waters holds concert on Monday

Take forward the fight to free Julian Assange!

By Joseph Kishore, 2 September 2019

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are the victims of a monstrous criminal conspiracy, involving the most powerful governments in the world, the intelligence agencies and the corporate media.

Eighty years since the outbreak of World War II

By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2019

The official ceremony marking the most barbaric event in world history is a celebration of the kind of militarism and right-wing nationalism that accompanied its outbreak.

Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament: The British ruling class declares war on democratic rights

By Chris Marsden, 30 August 2019

The move by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prorogue the “Mother of Parliaments” and govern by executive fiat is part of a turn toward dictatorial forms of rule by the ruling classes throughout the world.

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

By Jerry White, 29 August 2019

The raids occur on the eve of a contract battle by autoworkers who are equally hostile to the auto companies and the bribed UAW.

Washington invokes "domestic terrorism" to justify police state rule

By Eric London, 28 August 2019

Trump and the Democrats’ threats to create a new apparatus to combat “domestic terrorism” is part of renewed plans to violently strangle the class struggle.

Newark water crisis: The latest chapter in the capitalist poisoning of America

By Kate Randall, 27 August 2019

Five years after Democratic government officials of Flint, Michigan exposed tens of thousands of people to lead in their drinking water, the residents of Newark, New Jersey are also being poisoned.

20,000 AT&T workers strike as GM, Ford and Chrysler contract deadline looms

By Eric London, 26 August 2019

The largest strike in the American South in recent history captures a growing mood of militancy among workers worldwide.

Trump escalates economic confrontation with China

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2019

Trump’s “order” for American companies to leave China marks a milestone in the global descent into economic nationalism and preparations for military conflict.

Trump’s bid for Greenland and the imperialist redivision of the world

By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2019

While the media has focused on Trump’s crude methods, underlying the proposal to buy Greenland is a deadly serious imperialist scramble for control of the Arctic.

How to fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2019

Hong Kong workers and youth need to reach out to their class brothers and sisters in China who confront the same class enemy—the Stalinist regime in Beijing that defends the interests of the corporate elite and the super-rich.

On the 79th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2019

Seventy-nine years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains a towering historical figure with immense contemporary political relevance.

The fascist attack on Guardian journalist Owen Jones

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2019

The brutal assault on Guardian journalist Owen Jones must be taken as a grave warning of the dangers to the working class from the far right.

Mass layoffs for workers; millions for GM, Ford and Chrysler CEOs

By Andre Damon, 19 August 2019

CEOs in the United States make in one day what most workers make in a year, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2019

Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2019

The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.

One month before the expiration of auto contracts

US autoworkers on collision course with the companies

By Jerry White, 15 August 2019

While the transnational corporations have made record profits since the 2008 financial crash, autoworkers have suffered a decade of falling real wages. They are determined to win substantial gains.

“Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2019

Europe’s governments have shut their doors to refugees rescued from the sea after fleeing death and torture.

Why is the media dismissing questions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death as “conspiracy theories”?

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2019

Whether a “hit” orchestrated by those who feared he knew too much, or a suicide under conditions of multiple violations of prison protocols, Jeffrey Epstein’s death is the result of a conspiracy.

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink

By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2019

The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.

New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war

By Keith Jones, 10 August 2019

With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India’s BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2019

Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

Trump in El Paso: The culprit returns to the scene of the crime

By Eric London, 8 August 2019

The trip to Texas and Ohio was a dishonest attempt to evade responsibility for the fact that Trump instigated and bears principal political responsibility for what took place.

General strike signals entry of working class into Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2019

The mass protests in Hong Kong, which have continued for more than two months, are part of the resurgence of the working class internationally.

Fascist violence and the politics of race and racism

By Joseph Kishore, 6 August 2019

Evading the political causes of the reemergence of fascist violence, the New York Times promotes a racialist narrative of American society, centered on “whiteness,” that legitimizes the reactionary claims of the extreme right.

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2019

The president is the moral and political author of the bloody violence in El Paso, Gilroy and Dayton.

Big business parties preside over a social catastrophe in 21st century America

By Kate Randall, 3 August 2019

The Democrats have no more intention than the Republicans of addressing the burning social questions confronting the working class on a daily basis.

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 August 2019

Having trumpeted the slander that Assange is a “Russian agent” for the past three years, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other corporate outlets have blacked out a court decision refuting their lies.

Federal Reserve cuts rates, but Wall Street demands more

By Nick Beams, 1 August 2019

The Fed decision makes clear that the pumping of ultra-cheap money into the financial system by central banks for the benefit of the financial oligarchy has become the “new normal.”

The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2019

Two processes are intersecting in the explosion of violence in America: the long-term impact of social decay and militarism, and the deliberate incitement of fascistic sentiments by President Trump.

Jeremy Corbyn and the coming to power of Boris Johnson

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2019

Corbyn has acted as political midwife to a Johnson government, thanks to his suppression of all attempts by workers to wage a struggle against big business and its political defenders.

The political strategy behind Trump’s racist diatribe against Baltimore

By Joseph Kishore, 29 July 2019

Trump’s diatribes mark a calculated escalation of his efforts to base his reelection campaign on the incitement of an openly fascistic movement

The mass drownings off Libya and the fight to defend refugees

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2019

The ongoing wave of atrocities against refugees demonstrates that it is impossible to defend immigrants without a mass, international movement against capitalism.

Despite Mueller debacle, Democrats step up call for crackdown on “foreign meddling”

By Andre Damon, 26 July 2019

Wednesday’s testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, staged by the Democrats in the hope of reviving their discredited anti-Russia campaign, blew up in their faces.

Lessons of Nashville: The working class and the defense of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2019

On Monday, working class residents of Nashville, white and black, mobilized to defend a Hispanic immigrant family from ICE agents.

The mass protests in Puerto Rico

By Eric London, 24 July 2019

Over one-sixth of the total population of the island protested Monday.

Merchants of death

How the pharmaceutical companies, Congress and the DEA made the opioid epidemic a billion-dollar industry

By Genevieve Leigh, 23 July 2019

Previously undisclosed government information shows how drug manufacturers and distributors responded to the emerging opioid epidemic by pumping more pills into the hardest-hit regions.

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.

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.

Trump appeals to Democratic establishment and attacks the left

By Eric London, 19 July 2019

Trump’s praise for Democrats voting against impeachment was not mere bluster; he is operating according to a deliberate political strategy.

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.

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.

The fascists in the White House

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2019

Trump speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.

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.

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.

Trump’s raids and the stench of fascism

By Eric London, 12 July 2019

Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation.

Fed signals it will bow to Wall Street’s demands

By Nick Beams, 11 July 2019

Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony to Congress yesterday was warmly welcomed by the financial markets, with Wall Street’s S&P 500 index at one point surpassing 3,000, a new record.

Trump’s threat to override Supreme Court on census: The march toward rule by decree

By Eric London, 10 July 2019

Trump’s greatest asset is the fecklessness of the Democratic Party, whose record is one of complete acquiescence to Trump’s escalating attack on basic democratic principles.

Syriza’s election defeat: A balance sheet of a political betrayal

By Alex Lantier, 9 July 2019

Hailed as a “radical” alternative to capitalism by the middle-class left, the Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras spent four years carrying out austerity measures on behalf of the EU.

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.

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.

International Labour Organization report documents growing assault on wages

By Nick Beams, 5 July 2019

In a “key finding,” the report states that “increases in top labour incomes are associated with losses for everyone else, with both middle class and lower-income workers seeing their share of income decline.”

Fourth of July 2019: Militarism and the specter of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2019

The official celebration of the Fourth of July holiday in Washington today will be marked by an unprecedented presence of the military.

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.

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.

Platitudes at the G20 can’t mask a world on the brink of war

By Nick Beams, 1 July 2019

Trump’s theatrical overtures of peace toward North Korea after the G20 summit were belied by the Senate’s passage of the biggest military budget in American history.

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.

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

Democratic debate begins the 2020 election campaign with a blast of demagogy

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2019

All of the Democratic candidates, like President Trump, defend the profit system and the worldwide interests of American imperialism.