18 October 2018

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

By Mike Head, 18 October 2018

The letter effectively confirms that if the WikiLeaks founder is forced to leave Ecuador’s embassy, on whatever pretext, the British government will deliver him into the hands of the US.

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

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Record flood of cash to buy US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 18 October 2018

The sheer scale of the fundraising and spending demonstrates the profoundly anti-democratic character of the American political system.

Florida gubernatorial election: Suddenly “socialism” becomes the issue

By Matthew MacEgan and Jean Bellevie, 18 October 2018

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

More on US politics »

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

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

The official reaction to the police raids on Mélenchon’s LFI movement shows that a police state exists and is rapidly consolidating itself in France.

Police raid on Mélenchon: The state attacks the Unsubmissive France party

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

The political targeting of a party that received 20 percent of the vote, including most left-wing voters, marks a major step toward authoritarian rule.

”We are beginning to see the same thing in France”
Refugee who fled Chile’s dictatorship denounces police raids against Unsubmissive France

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

Macron organises French cabinet reshuffle to pursue austerity and militarism

By Francis Dubois, 18 October 2018

The government reorganisation will not resolve the crisis of rule emerging from growing working class opposition to Macron's program.

US, Mexican and Guatemalan governments harass caravan of Honduran refugees

By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2018

Thousands of refugees are fleeing rampant violence and poverty imposed by the economic plundering and political meddling of US imperialism.

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

US government may put separated immigrant children up for adoption

UAW faces growing opposition from Indiana Lear workers following contract rejection

By Marcus Day, 18 October 2018

Following the overwhelming “no” vote Sunday, UAW officials have sought to placate workers’ anger and denounced the WSWS’s widely-shared article as “lies.”

“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

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

By Will Morrow, 18 October 2018

If the Teamsters leadership has so far been able to suppress opposition to its defiance of workers’ “no” vote, it is thanks only to its loyal opposition in the TDU.

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

Seventh New York taxi industry driver commits suicide

By Leslie Murtagh and Daniel de Vries, 18 October 2018

The suicide shines a spotlight on the dire conditions facing drivers of the approximately 80,000 cars in New York City affiliated with ride-sharing app companies.

Australia: Horse-racing lobby forces Sydney Opera House to advertise $13 million horse race

By Richard Phillips, 18 October 2018

Racing industry, media and government bullying of Opera House management was angrily rejected by tens of thousands of Sydney residents.

Peru: Fujimori and other right-wing politicians detained for links to Odebrecht scandal

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 18 October 2018

For more than 12 years, Odebrecht won contracts and projects in Peru by paying off top officials and businessmen.

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En kvart million demonstrerte i Berlin mot storkoalisjonen og gjenkomsten av fascisme

Ulrich Ripper, 18. oktober 2018

Under mottoet «#unteilbar – Solidarität statt Ausgrenzung» demontrerte 250.000 på lørdag i Berlin mot rasisme, ytrehøyrepartiet AfDs innvandrerhets og storkoalisjonsregeringens høyrepolitikk.

Ecuador gjenoppretter delvis tilgang til kommunikasjon og besøkende for Julian Assange

James Cogan, 18. oktober 2018

Ecuadors beslutning opphever ikke faren Assange står overfor, eller hans faktiske fengsling inne i den lille ambassadebygningen i London.

USA og europeiske stormakter truer den saudiske kronprinsen etter mordet på Khashoggi

Alex Lantier, 18. oktober 2018

Bevis for at USAs nærmeste arabiske allierte i Midtøsten drepte en velkjent journalist avslører hele det globale finansaristokratiets kriminalitet.

I Roma lanserer Salvini og Le Pen kampanje for et nyfascistisk Europa

Francis Dubois og Alex Lantier, 18. oktober 2018

De to nyfascistiske lederne poserte som forsvarere av Europas befolkninger, ved å utnytte den reaksjonære sparepolitikken ført av sosialdemokratiske og pseudo-venstre-partier over hele Europa.

Et nytt finansielt jordskjelv under utvikling

Nick Beams, 18. oktober 2018

To IMF-rapporter utarbeidet for deres halvårlige møte pekte på de voksende problemene i verdensøkonomien og i finanssystemet.

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Après les perquisitions chez LFI, l’État et les médias lynchent Mélenchon

Alexandre Lantier, 18 octobre 2018

Le traitement des perquisitions chez LFI par l’État et les médias témoigne du fait qu’un État policier existe et se consolide rapidement en France.

Une réfugiée qui a fui la dictature chilienne dénonce la perquisition chez LFI: «On commence à voir la même chose» en France

Alexandre Lantier, 18 octobre 2018

Le WSWS a interviewé Myriam, une réfugiée chilienne, devant le siège de La France insoumise perquisitionné par la police.

Une réponse au quotidien Libération
Le WSWS exagère-t-il la menace de guerre?

Alexandre Lantier, 17 octobre 2018

Tout en avouant que le WSWS rapporte avec exactitude les mesures militaires américaines visant Moscou et Beijing, Libération affirme que nous exagérons les préparatifs pour une «guerre totale».

La «nouvelle guerre froide», la censure et l'avenir d'Internet

Andre Damon, 18 octobre 2018

Internet devient un champ de bataille pour les conflits économiques et géopolitiques, alors que les États agissant au nom des élites capitalistes, cherchent à censurer l’information en ligne

Allemagne : les élections en Bavière portent un coup dur au gouvernement de grande coalition

Johannes Stern, 18 octobre 2018

Les élections qui se sont tenues dimanche ont révélé la vaste hostilité à l'égard de la politique de droite du gouvernement fédéral.

Des travailleurs de l’hôtellerie en grève affamés, laissés sans ou avec peu d‘indemnités de grève
Les nombreux milliards de dollars du business syndical américain

Jerry White, 18 octobre 2018

Les travailleurs de l’hôtellerie en grève actuellement aux Etats-Unis reçoivent peu ou aucune indemnité de grève de la part de « syndicats » qui sont en réalité des entreprises – des sous-traitants de main-d’œuvre bon marché gérés par des cadres d’entreprises bien rémunérés

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La “nueva guerra fría”, la censura y el futuro del internet

Por Andre Damon, 18 octubre 2018

El internet se está convirtiendo en un campo de batalla entre rivales económicos y geopolíticos, mientras que los Estados, actuando a instancias de las élites capitalistas, están buscando censurarlo.

En medio del furor por el asesinato de Khashoggi, la ONU advierte que millones más sufren inanición en Yemen

Por Bill Van Auken, 18 octubre 2018

Mientras que dirigentes demócratas y republicanos llaman a colocar sanciones por la el asesinato del periodista saudita, Washington ha mantenido un silencio discreto sobre la masacre masiva respaldada por EUA en Yemen.

Amnistía Internacional: se separaron familias por presuntos “fraudes”

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan y Norisa Díaz, 18 octubre 2018

Amnistía Internacional revela que miles de niños han sido separados de sus parientes por supuestos “fraudes” y define la separación como una forma de tortura según el derecho estadounidense e internacional.

El candidato fascistizante Bolsonaro amplía ventaja para la segunda ronda en Brasil

Por Miguel Andrade, 18 octubre 2018

Un análisis de la votación no deja ninguna duda de que las elecciones equivalieron a un referéndum sobre los 14 años de gobierno del Partido de los Trabajadores (PT).

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Nach der Unteilbar-Demo in Berlin:
Wie weiter im Kampf gegen die rechte Gefahr?

Ulrich Rippert und Johannes Stern, 18. Oktober 2018

Die Unteilbar-Demonstration vom vergangenen Samstag in Berlin zeigte die massive Opposition gegen die Rückkehr von Faschismus und Militarismus in Deutschland.

Ein „neuer Kalter Krieg“, Zensur und die Zukunft des Internets

Andre Damon, 18. Oktober 2018

Die nationalen Regierungen zensieren im Namen ihrer herrschenden Klasse das Internet, das sich zusehends in ein Schlachtfeld der ökonomischen und geopolitischen Konflikte verwandelt.

Übertreibt die WSWS die Gefahr eines Krieges?
Eine Antwort an die französische Tageszeitung Libération

Alex Lantier, 18. Oktober 2018

Die Libération gibt zwar zu, dass die WSWS korrekt über die militärischen Maßnahmen der USA gegen Russland und China berichtet, bezeichnet unsere Berichte über die Vorbereitungen auf einen „totalen Krieg“ jedoch als übertrieben.

Schweiz: Warnstreik der Bauarbeiter im Tessin und in Genf

Marianne Arens, 18. Oktober 2018

Die Bauarbeiterstreiks zeigen, dass auch in der Schweiz die Bereitschaft zu Arbeitskämpfen wächst.

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Italia: l'arresto del sindaco di Riace provoca proteste

Allison Smith, 16 ottobre 2018

L'arresto di Domenico Lucano, il sindaco di Riace, in Calabria, ha scatenato proteste pro-immigrati in tutta Italia.

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Perspective

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

18 October 2018

Last weekend’s massive demonstration in Berlin expressed widespread popular opposition to the return of fascism and militarism in Germany.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

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

By Eric London, 18 October 2018

The WSWS spoke to one of the authors of a recent study exposing the charlatanry that dominates postmodern-obsessed academic circles.

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

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

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2018

Friedman poses the problem of how to respond to the murder of Khashoggi from the “practical” standpoint of imperialist Realpolitik.

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

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

By Andre Damon, 17 October 2018

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

More on internet censorship »

History of the Fourth International

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.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

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

By our reporter, 18 October 2018

Workers on strike at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit spoke with the SEP’s candidate for Michigan’s 12th congressional district Wednesday about their struggle and the broader issues facing working people.

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

Tune in this Saturday, October 20 at 3PM Eastern to participate in a live Q&A with SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS labor editor Jerry White. Like and follow Niles on Facebook now to participate.

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 »

Arts Review

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

By Joanne Laurier, 18 October 2018

The Netflix fiction feature 22 July recreates the attacks in Norway on July 22, 2011, perpetrated by neo-Nazi Anders Breivik, during which he murdered 77 people, including 69 youth.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 16 October 2018

More arts reviews »

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

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

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

Commentary

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

By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2018

Anyone believing that today’s recall will provide an opportunity to discuss the betrayal underestimates the contempt of the union apparatus for democratic debate.

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

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2018

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

Striking hotel workers starved on meager or no strike pay
The multi-billion-dollar business of American trade unions

By Jerry White, 16 October 2018

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

By Johannes Stern, 15 October 2018

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

By Nick Barrickman, 16 October 2018

The New York Times’ Alexis Grenell denounces white women for upholding the “patriarchy”

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Another financial earthquake in the making

By Nick Beams, 15 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 »

Workers Struggles

Bay area hotel workers determined to fight as union, Democrats try to derail strike

By our reporters, 17 October 2018

Striking Tamil Nadu auto workers face dismissal

By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

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

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 21 June 2018

We are posting the new preface written by David North for the soon to be released thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

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.