20 August 2018

As students return to school, US teachers face nationwide struggle to defend education

By Nancy Hanover, 20 August 2018

US teachers are returning to the classroom in the aftermath of the “teacher spring,” determined to take forward the fight in defense of public education.

Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education’s curriculum changes

By Walter Gilberti, 20 August 2018

The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.

Political warfare deepens as Democrats, ex-spies circle the wagons around Brennan

By Tom Hall, 20 August 2018

The intervention by Brennan and other ex-intelligence officials on the Sunday talk shows demonstrates the degree to which the spy agencies have become a dominant political force.

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

Trump revokes security clearance for former CIA chief Brennan: Ruling class warfare intensifies

China-US talks but trade war set to escalate

By Nick Beams, 20 August 2018

The basic conflict centres on the US demand that China not only lessen the trade deficit but also significantly pull back on its plan to boost its industrial and technological base.

Unprecedented monsoonal floods kill over 370 in southwest India

By Sathish Simon, 20 August 2018

While heavy monsoonal rain is normal at this time of the year, the disastrous levels of flooding in Kerala are unprecedented and not a “natural” event.

Israel steps up harassment of prominent critics of anti-Palestinian and racialist agenda

By Jean Shaoul, 20 August 2018

Israel’s government is criminalising those protesting its policies on the basis that they represent “the de-legitimisation of Israel,” a “threat to state security” or are “anti-Semitic.”

UK: Momentum’s Jon Lansman takes his place alongside anti-Corbyn witch-hunters

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2018

Whatever the progressive sentiments of those who signed up to the project, the Momentum network was from the very start aimed at controlling and ultimately sabotaging any genuine challenge to the right.

Pro- and anti-government rallies, street clashes mark political crisis in Romania

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 20 August 2018

The conflict between different factions of Romania’s ruling class is increasingly taking place outside the traditional channels of bourgeois democracy.

Arbitration panel cuts real wages and health care benefits for Washington DC Metro workers

By Nick Barrickman, 20 August 2018

The amount awarded to the public employees averages to a yearly pay increase of little more than half the annual rate of inflation.

Alabama: Deteriorating rural sewer and septic systems

By Shelley Connor, 20 August 2018

Alabama’s failing sewage and septic systems became notorious when a UN investigation shined a spotlight upon the prevalence of hookworm in the state’s rural communities.

Australian thunderstorm asthma deaths inquest reveals health system breakdown

By Margaret Rees, 20 August 2018

Triple 0 callers were told an ambulance was on the way when it had not been dispatched.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout

20 August 2018

The SEG urges health workers to attend this online forum on September 1 to discuss the NZNO’s betrayal and the way forward in the fight against the Labour Party government’s austerity measures.

New in French

Les employés de Google protestent contre le projet de créer un moteur de recherche censuré en Chine

André Damon, 20 août 2018

Le PDG de Google, Sundar Pichai, a confirmé jeudi que la société travaillait au développement d’une version censurée de son moteur de recherche en collaboration avec l’État chinois.

Le mémoire de l'ancien directeur de la CIA John Brennan pour le démantèlement de la démocratie

Joseph Kishore, 20 août 2018

Le point de vue avancé par Brennan, les agences de renseignement et leurs alliés du Parti démocrate peut se résumer ainsi : « Pour sauver la démocratie, il est nécessaire de la détruire».

Aux États-Unis, la paye des PDG augmente de 17 pour cent alors que les salaires des travailleurs stagnent

Mathew Taylor et Barry Grey, 20 août 2018

Le PDG typique d’une grande entreprise américaine empoche en une seule journée ce qu’un travailleur gagne en un an.

New in Spanish

El llamado del exdirector de la CIA, John Brennan, a desmantelar la democracia

Por Joseph Kishore, 20 agosto 2018

La perspectiva avanzada por Brennan, las agencias de inteligencia y sus aliados en el Partido Demócrata se pude resumir de esta forma: “Es necesario destruir la democracia para salvarla”.

La brutalidad de las fronteras
Fosa común revelada en el campo de bombardeo de la Fuerza Aérea en Arizona

Por Norisa Diaz, 20 agosto 2018

Los desiertos peligrosos a lo largo del suroeste han tomado la vida de decenas de miles de inmigrantes viajando a EUA.

Empleados de Google protestan contra los planes para construir un buscador censurado en China

Por Andre Damon, 20 de agosto 2018

El director ejecutivo de Google Sundar Pichai confirmó el jueves que la compañía viene trabajando en el desarrollo de una versión censurada de su buscador en colaboración con el Estado chino.

En vísperas de un emplazamiento a huelga para 9,000 trabajadores de VW
Campesinos mexicanos culpan a Volkswagen por una sequía cerca de la planta de ensamblaje

Por Alex González, 20 agosto 2018

Para garantizar salarios altos y servicios sociales totalmente financiados, los trabajadores automotrices y los campesinos son los aliados mutuos más lógicos.

El gobierno alemán pone al Partido Socialista por la Igualdad en su lista de subversivos bajo vigilancia

Por el Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 20 de agosto 2018

El mes pasado la agencia doméstica de inteligencia de Alemania añadió al Partido Socialista por la Igualdad a su lista oficial de organizaciones de “extremistas de izquierda” sometidas a la monitorización del Estado.

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Ehemaliger CIA-Direktor empfiehlt Abschaffung der Demokratie

Joseph Kishore, 20. August 2018

Die Ansichten Brennans, der Geheimdienste und ihrer Bündnispartner in der Demokratischen Partei lässt sich in einem Satz zusammenfassen: „Um die Demokratie zu retten, muss man sie zerstören.“

Türkei-Krise lässt indische Rupie auf Rekordtief abstürzen

Deepal Jayasekera, 20. August 2018

Der Absturz der indischen Rupie ist Teil des weltweiten Rückzugs der Investoren aus den so genannten Schwellenmärkten.

Resolution des Fünften Parteitags der SEP (USA)
Die Wiederkehr des Klassenkampfs und die Aufgaben der Socialist Equality Party (US)

Socialist Equality Party (US), 20. August 2018

Diese programmatische Resolution wurde vom 5. Parteitag der Socialist Equality Party (US), der vom 22. bis zum 27. Juli 2018 stattfand, einstimmig verabschiedet.

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Perspective

Inequality and the crisis of American democracy

20 August 2018

Ever-increasing social inequality in the United States is incompatible with democratic forms of rule.

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Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch-list

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 17 August 2018

Last month Germany’s domestic intelligence agency added the Socialist Equality Party to its official list of “left-wing extremist” organizations subject to state monitoring.

Security and the Fourth International

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

By Eric London, 17 August 2018

This is the final 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.

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

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

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

The struggle at UPS

“A new organization would be able to unite us all”
UPS workers oppose isolation by Teamsters, call for united struggle with Amazon workers

By Evan Blake, 20 August 2018

The Teamsters union is opposed to any effort to connect the struggles of workers at UPS, Amazon and other logistics companies.

Opposition mounts to UPS-Teamsters conspiracy as union announces contract for airline mechanics

By Will Morrow, 16 August 2018

Break the UPS-Teamsters conspiracy! Mobilize opposition to the sellout contract!

UPS pays out $700 million to stockholders: An object lesson in the operation of capitalism

More on the struggle at UPS »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Notes from the campaign trail
Growing interest in socialism in Downriver Detroit area

By a reporting team, 20 August 2018

The industrialized area has been the core of the congressional district dominated by the Democratic Party and the Dingell family for more than 80 years.

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district launches website

16 August 2018

Visit our new website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

Tragic house fire takes three lives in Lincoln Park, Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 14 August 2018

Notes from the campaign trail
Socialist Equality Party candidate campaigns among UPS workers in Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2018

The New York Times and the specter of socialism

Socialist Equality Party to run Niles Niemuth for Michigan’s 12th Congressional district

Commentary

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing #Standup initiative

By Christoph Vandreier, 20 August 2018

The interviews of Lafontaine and Wagenknecht focus on anti-refugee agitation, the stirring up of nationalism and the call for German “independence.”

CEO pay up 17 percent while US workers’ wages stagnate

By Matthew Taylor and Barry Grey, 18 August 2018

Google employees protest plans to build censored search engine in China

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2018

More on internet censorship »

The brutality of borders
Mass grave revealed at Arizona Air Force bombing range

By Norisa Diaz, 18 August 2018

More on the attack on immigrants »

Australian Daily Telegraph lawyers plead “truth defence” in Geoffrey Rush defamation case

By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witchhunt »

Growing support for socialism in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 14 August 2018

Defend the Student Council! Stop the right-wing conspiracy at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 9 August 2018

25 years ago: Jury convicts two Detroit cops in murder of Malice Green

On August 23, 1993, a Detroit jury returned verdicts of second-degree murder against two white policemen for the beating death of Malice Green, a young black worker.

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50 years ago: Democratic Party convention opens in Chicago

On August 26, 1968, the crisis-torn Democratic Party opened its presidential nominating convention in Chicago amid a massive security build-up.

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75 years ago: Greek partisans oppose moves to restore monarchy

This week in August 1943, a delegation of partisans battling the Nazi occupation of Greece held talks in Cairo, Egypt, with British officials and the government in exile of King George II.

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100 years ago: Battle of Baku begins

On August 26, 1918, the an army the leadership of the Ottoman Empire, which was allied with imperialist Germany in the First World War, began an assault on the oil center of Baku in Azerbaijan.

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Arts Review

Darling in the FranXX: Japanese anime series about fighting for the survival of humanity

By Matthew MacEgan, 20 August 2018

This 2017 Japanese anime series tells the story a group of teenaged pilots who rebel against authoritarianism and seek to create a world in which humans can live happily.

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)—A tribute to the Queen of Soul

By Hiram Lee, 18 August 2018

Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin died August 16 at the age of 76. She was a major figure, one of the great performers of the second half of the twentieth century.

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman: The illogic of racialism

By David Walsh, 16 August 2018

Acoustic Classics—the new old songs of Rodney Crowell

By Hiram Lee, 15 August 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

Socialist Equality Party (US) holds Fifth National Congress

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
Free Julian Assange!

Preface to the Russian edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Workers Struggles

Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout: Build rank-and-file committees! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 August 2018

Australia: Transport union cancels Victorian bus drivers strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2018

Fifteen workers hospitalized after explosion at US Steel mill south of Detroit

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018

Autoworkers Issues

Late Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne lied to federal investigators about gift to UAW official

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2018

UAW bribery predated 2009, lawyer for former Fiat Chrysler executive tells court

More on autoworkers issues »

Mehring Books

Two new pamphlets from Mehring Books

15 August 2018

Mehring Books is pleased to announce that two new pamphlets—The World Socialist Web Site and the Defense of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and The 2018 Teacher Rebellion—are available for online purchase.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“I had to sell my cell phone to pay for food”
Spanish Amazon worker, fired for injury, faces prospect of homelessness

By Eric London, 13 August 2018

“I would not wish working for Amazon on my worst enemy”
Southern California Amazon worker reports company forcing employees to work despite fire evacuation orders

Following IAWV exposure at Texas warehouse
More Amazon workers speak out against atrocious working conditions

More on Amazon »

Defend Julian Assange!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

Workers and youth in UK speak out against continued persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 August 2018

Julian Assange reportedly asked to give secret interview to US Senate Intelligence Committee

By Mike Head, 9 August 2018

Ecuador’s president issues new threat to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

Moreno’s threats to “take measures” if Assange “intervenes” in the politics of other countries is a fraudulent attempt to justify turning the journalist over to the war criminals in Washington and London.

Julian Assange’s lawyer: Australian government has a “duty” to protect him

By Mike Head, 2 August 2018

Ecuador’s president ready to allow Julian Assange to be extradited to US

By Mike Head, 31 July 2018

Julian Assange and the betrayal of Latin America’s “left”

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 25 July 2018

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

By James Cogan, 19 June 2018

Bringing Julian Assange Home

By John Pilger, 19 June 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Science

NASA spacecraft launched for close-up study of the Sun

By Bryan Dyne, 13 August 2018

Featured Video

Coby Day: Hundreds memorialize fallen Detroit autoworker Jacoby Hennings

Friends and family of Jacoby Hennings (1995 - 2017) want answers about the circumstances surrounding the young autoworker's death at Ford's Woodhaven stamping plant.

International Committee of the Fourth International

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.

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

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.

History

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.