20 October 2018

Pompeo meets with Mexican government as its police attack Honduran migrants

By Eric London, 20 October 2018

Hundreds of women and children were injured in the crackdown on a narrow bridge over the river separating Mexico and Guatemala.

Trump threatens to deploy military to close US-Mexico border

US, Mexican and Guatemalan governments harass caravan of Honduran refugees

Amnesty International: Immigrants separated from family members for alleged “fraud”

More on the attack on immigrants »

Saudi regime admits Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate

By James Cogan, 20 October 2018

The Saudi version of events, a crude cover-up attempt, is a compilation of improbable lies.

Trump scrambles to cover for Saudi regime as crisis over Khashoggi murder mounts

Feigning moral outrage, the Times’ Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime

As Trump administration prepares to withdraw from nuclear missile treaty
US charges new Russian conspiracy to interfere in midterm elections

By Will Morrow, 20 October 2018

The charges have been released without the slightest evidence, but have immediately been accepted as gospel and amplified by the American media.

The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the internet

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

More on internet censorship »

Record high income in 2017 for top one percent of wage earners in US

By Gabriel Black, 20 October 2018

In 2017, the top one percent of US wage earners received their highest paychecks ever, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.

Wall Street volatile as global economy becomes “fragile”

Another financial earthquake in the making

Death toll from Hurricane Michael reaches 36 as residents struggle to recover

By Matthew Taylor, 20 October 2018

Thousands are homeless one week after the category four storm made landfall.

Historian seeks release of Israel’s secret papers on Kfar Qasem massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2018

Historian Adam Raz believes what has long been rumoured—that behind the horrific massacre in which 51 people were killed was a secret plan developed at the highest level of the Israeli state to transfer Israel’s Palestinians to Jordan.

Trump demands five percent budget cut from each Cabinet department

By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2018

In a move to counter the growing federal deficit, Trump has called upon each Cabinet secretary to cut spending.

European Union and Rome fight over Italian budget

By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2018

In the conflict over the Italian budget, the EU Commission takes the side of the banks, stock exchanges and credit agencies, while the government pursues a course of militarism and attacks on immigrants and workers.

Italian Interior Minister Salvini orders removal of migrants from Riace

UC healthcare and service workers to begin three-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018

AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.

“McStrike”: UK unions police anger of young workers

By Alice Summers and Robert Stevens, 20 October 2018

Behind talk of a coordinated struggle, the demand of service workers for better pay and conditions is being misled by the trade unions.

The fraud of Amazon’s $15 wage

Divisions erupt within Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 20 October 2018

Allegations that President Maithripala Sirisena told a cabinet meeting that “Indian intelligence” was planning to assassinate him, have brought deep rifts within the government to the surface.

India seizes “shadow bank” to avert potential “catastrophic” impact on financial system

By Kranti Kumara, 20 October 2018

Financial observers have said the collapse of IL&FS could have been India’s “Lehman Brothers moment”—a reference to the September 2008 bankruptcy that triggered the global financial meltdown.

Quebec: Nine-month lockout continues, as talks at Alcoa’s ABI smelter collapse

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 October 2018

Confident that the Steelworkers union will continue to leave the ABI workers to fight alone, the aluminum bosses have repeatedly upped their concession demands.

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

New Zealand opposition in crisis over links to Chinese businessman

By Tom Peters, 20 October 2018

Allegations that the National Party leader failed to disclose a donation have been seized on by the media and NZ First Party to ramp up the nationalist anti-China campaign.

Nauru expels another doctor amid growing protests over Australia’s refugee detention centres

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2018

International rights organisations and thousands of doctors have condemned the persecution of refugees.

Australian government flags forcing new immigrants to live in designated zones

More on Australian immigrants and refugees issues »

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Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Конференция союзников готовится к подавлению рабочего класса

19 октября 2018 г.

18 октября 1943 года британский министр иностранных дел Энтони Иден, Госсекретарь США Корделл Халл и советский министр иностранных дел Вячеслав Молотов встретились в Москве, чтобы обсудить предложения по совместной стратегии в войне против Германии.

New in Turkish

Fransa’daki Libération gazetesine yanıt
WSWS, savaş tehlikesini abartıyor mu?

Alex Lantier, 19 Ekim 2018

Libération’un, WSWS’yi, dünya çapında işçileri savaş tehlikesi konusunda uyarma ve onları emperyalist savaşa karşı mücadelede harekete geçirme mücadelesi verdiği için eleştirmesi, kötü niyetle doludur.

Kaşıkçı cinayeti sansasyonunun ortasında
Yemen’de milyonlarca kişi açlıktan ölümle karşı karşıya

Bill Van Auken, 19 Ekim 2018

BM, Yemen’e karşı Suudilerin önderlik ettiği ve ABD’nin desteklediği savaşın, bu yoksul ülkenin halkından milyonlarca kişiyi daha, dünyada 100 yıldır görülen en kötü kıtlığın içine itmekle tehdit ettiği uyarısında bulundu.

ABD ve Avrupalı güçler, Kaşıkçı cinayetinin ardından Suudi veliaht prensini uyarıyor

Alex Lantier, 19 Ekim 2018

ABD’li ve Avrupalı iş insanları ve politikacılar, hem ABD’nin Ortadoğu’daki savaş stratejisini hem de bir bütün olarak kapitalist mali sistemi sağlama alan vahşi Suudi rejimine derin bir şekilde bağlılar.

Trump, Suudi Arabistan’a arka çıkıyor

Peter Symonds, 19 Ekim 2018

ABD Başkanı Trump, dün, Kaşıkçı’nın “alçak katiller”in kurbanı olmuş olabileceğini ima ederek, Suudi rejimine peşinen arka çıktı.

New in Norwegian

Raidet på Ukuelige Frankrike og den globale økningen av statsundertrykking

Alex Lantier, 20. oktober 2018

I kjølvannet av den brutale statsmordet på Jamal Khashoggi peker politiraidet mot LFI på en generell trend for polit-stat-undertrykking mot politisk opposisjon.

Den italienske innenriksministeren Salvini beordrer fjerning av innvandrere fra Riace

Marianne Arens, 20. oktober 2018

Den høyreorienterte koalisjonsregjeringen har beordret fjerningen av alle innvandrere fra «gjestfrihetslandsbyen» i det sørlige Calabria.

New in Spanish

El caso de Harvard sobre preferencias raciales y el carácter antidemocrático de la acción afirmativa

Ed Hightower, 20 octubre 2018

Las políticas de acción afirmativa buscan ocultar las divisiones de clase en la sociedad mientras permiten a políticos derechistas pretender ser defensores de una protección igualitaria.

Trump amenaza con desplegar militares para cerrar la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México

Por Eric London, 20 octubre 2018

Trump, con la complicidad de los demócratas, ha invocado la falsa "amenaza" de la caravana de inmigrantes para azotar la xenofobia antes de las elecciones de mitad de periodo.

Wall Street gana volatilidad conforme la economía global se torna “frágil”

Por Nick Beams, 20 octubre 2018

La inestabilidad del mercado está viéndose impulsada por una percepción económica en caída y tensiones comerciales cada vez mayores entre EUA, China y otros países.

Decenas de desaparecidos en el huracán Michael mientras aumenta el número de muertos

Por Patrick Martin, 20 octubre 2018

La visita del presidente Trump a la zona devastada el lunes fue una exhibición cínica y vacía, bajo condiciones donde habrá poca ayuda federal para reconstruir la región.

La ex primera dama Michelle Obama califica a George W. Bush como “compañero de crimen”

Por Nick Barrickman, 20 octubre 2018

Bush es responsable de crímenes de guerra del máximo orden, pero la élite política en su totalidad apoya estos crímenes y promete continuarlos.

New in German

Razzia bei „La France insoumise“ und weltweite staatliche Repression

Alex Lantier, 20. Oktober 2018

Nach dem brutalen Mord an Jamal Kashoggi ist die französische Razzia gegen die LFI ein weiteres Beispiel für staatliche Repression, um politische Opposition einzuschüchtern.

EU und Rom streiten über italienischen Haushalt

Marianne Arens, 20. Oktober 2018

Im Konflikt über den italienischen Haushalt vertritt keine Seite eine fortschrittliche Position. Die EU-Kommission nimmt den Standpunkt der Banken, Börsen und Kreditagenturen ein, die Regierung verfolgt einen Kurs von Militarismus und Angriffen auf Migranten und die Arbeiterklasse.

Trump droht mit Schließung der Grenze zu Mexiko durch das US-Militär

Eric London, 20. Oktober 2018

Trump hat die angebliche „Bedrohung“ durch die Flüchtlingskarawane benutzt, um vor der Zwischenwahl Fremdenhass zu schüren. Die Demokraten machen sich dabei zu seinen Komplizen.

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Perspective

Who is responsible for the rise of the fascistic Bolsonaro in Brazil?

20 October 2018

An array of pseudo-left groups, many of which were involved in founding the PT, are advancing a vote for this right-wing capitalist party against Bolsonaro.

Earlier Perspectives »

Live Event

One year since the death of Ford worker Jacoby Hennings: The failure of capitalism and the fight of young workers for a future

On Saturday, October 20, SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS labor editor Jerry White held a live Q&A online on the conditions facing young workers. Watch the recording above, and follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in the next live event.

Commentary

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker
One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 20 October 2018

A year after the tragic loss of this young Ford worker, family, friends and co-workers continue to demand the truth about his sudden and untimely death.

More on US autoworkers issues »

The Harvard case on racial preferences and the antidemocratic character of affirmative action

By Ed Hightower, 19 October 2018

One year of the #MeToo movement

By David Walsh, 19 October 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

The raid on Unsubmissive France and the global rise of state repression

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2018

After police raids on LFI, French courts and media denounce Mélenchon

Trump administration accelerates war drive against China

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2018

A reply to French daily Libération
Is the WSWS exaggerating the threat of war?

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

More on US militarism »

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

By Eric London, 18 October 2018

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

More on postmodernism and the attack on scientific truth »

After 250,000 people march in Berlin
The way forward in the struggle against the far-right danger in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert and Johannes Stern, 18 October 2018

Bavaria state election delivers major blow to Germany’s grand coalition

Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 18 October 2018

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Former first lady Michelle Obama declares George W. Bush “my partner in crime”

History of the Fourth International

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

The meetings in December will enable workers, youth and professionals opposed to social inequality, authoritarianism and war to discuss the critical political lessons drawn by the Trotskyist movement during eight decades of struggle.

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

David North, the chairperson of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, will be speaking in the United States this fall to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Arts Review

Paul Greengrass’s 22 July: Neo-fascist mass murder in Norway

By Joanne Laurier, 18 October 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 6
The Trial and Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz—An early Stalinist frame-up on film and the Nuremberg tribunal against the Nazis

More arts reviews »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
Police attack striking workers in India and Bangladesh

20 October 2018

Police opened fire on garment workers demanding unpaid wages in Bangladesh, while Indian authorities attacked protesting health workers.

New York City teachers union attempts to rush through sellout contract

By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018

Layoffs at Fiat Chrysler's Kokomo transmission operations heighten concerns over outsourcing

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2018

UAW faces growing opposition from Indiana Lear workers following contract rejection

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

More on autoworkers issues »

New Zealand rail union promotes sellout at Wellington meeting

By our reporter, 19 October 2018

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

By Will Morrow, 18 October 2018

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

More on the struggle at UPS »

UCU recall conference seeks to silence opposition to sell-out of UK lecturers’ strike

By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Genuine socialism vs. the Democratic Party politics of Bernie Sanders

By Niles Niemuth, 19 October 2018

Socialist Equality Party Congressional candidate Niles Niemuth visits Detroit hotel workers’ picket line

By our reporter, 18 October 2018

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth presents socialist solution for health care crisis

Niles spoke Monday night at the candidate forum sponsored by the Washtenaw County Medical Society.

Campaign website »

Mehring Books

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

Open letter by students condemns right-wing offensive at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 11 October 2018

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

More on Amazon »

Obituary

Carl Cooley: 1927-2018

By Fred Mazelis, 12 October 2018

Cooley, a former autoworker and high school and college teacher, had considered himself a socialist for most of his adult life. He was the US SEP’s congressional candidate in Maine in the 2004 election.

25 years ago: Benazir Bhutto begins second term as Pakistan prime minister

After two weeks of political maneuvering following Pakistan’s general election, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party won the endorsement of parliament October 20, 1993 to become the country’s prime minister.

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50 years ago: US Olympic medalists protest during the national anthem

On October 16, 1968 two African American Olympic athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists during the United States national anthem after winning gold and bronze in the 200-meter dash.

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75 years ago: Allied conference prepares to repress working class

On October 18, 1943, British Foreign Affairs Secretary Anthony Eden, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to discuss proposals for Allied strategy in the war against Germany.

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100 years ago: Germany accepts Wilson’s armistice

On October 20, 1918, the new German government of Prince Max of Baden accepted the terms of a military armistice offered by US President Woodrow Wilson.

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Socialist Equality Party

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

By the Socialist Equality Party (France), 9 October 2018

Workers face the choice between President Emmanuel Macron’s social counterrevolution and a revolutionary struggle to bring down the Macron government.

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

History

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.