German government settles dispute at refugees’ expense

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The "transit centres," "debarkation platforms" and "control centres" for refugees are creating a technical and legal infrastructure to lock up oppositionists and undesirable minorities in the future.

Mexico’s election deals devastating blow to old ruling parties

By Don Knowland, 3 July 2018

The sweep by López Obrador and his MORENA-led coalition is a debacle for the PRI, which governed the country from 1929 to 2000, and again for the last six years.

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

The elections in Mexico and the political tasks of the working class

Voices of the June 30 protests: Stop Trump’s persecution of immigrants!

By a reporting team, 3 July 2018

Hundreds of thousands turned out Saturday in demonstrations across the United States to defend the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers. Below we publish interviews with protesters from Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and other cities.

Hundreds of thousands march against Trump’s persecution of immigrants

“This is like the 1930s. We have to come together and oppose it”
Protesting workers and youth defend immigrants

Mobilize the working class against the bipartisan attack on immigrants!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

More on North American immigration issues »

Left Party supports anti-refugee policies of German government

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2018

At the EU summit last week, measures against refugees were discussed that recall the darkest period of German and European history.

“They want us divided. Workers need to unite everywhere”
In wake of Lordstown layoffs, UAW stokes anti-Mexican nationalism

By Shannon Jones, 3 July 2018

The UAW is denouncing GM’s decision to build its new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico in order to divert attention from the union’s complicity in the wiping out of 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant.

Escalating trade war starts to make economic impact

By Nick Beams, 3 July 2018

Chinese stock markets have continued the fall over the first six months of the year that has wiped some $2 trillion off market valuations.

European Union warns of global trade war if US auto tariffs go ahead

Europe’s unions pledge unity with big business as trade war escalates

Tensions deepen between Beijing and Taipei

By Robert Campion, 3 July 2018

The growing conflict over Taiwan is the result of a US campaign to step up direct economic and military pressure on Beijing.

After a protracted delay, full Malaysian ministry sworn in

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2018

The fact that it has taken nearly two months to assemble a full ministry is a sign of the deep, underlying divisions within the five-party ruling coalition.

London’s Grenfell Tower disaster: The cost of cuts and privatisation in firefighting

By Paul Bond, 3 July 2018

The treatment of firefighter Dowden at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry points again to attempts to shift responsibility for the events of June 14, 2017 onto the very people who faced impossible odds to control the escalating blaze.

Grenfell Tower inferno: Experts’ reports highlight “culture of non-compliance” on fire safety

Police to investigate London Fire Brigade over Grenfell fire: The real criminals remain at large

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UK: Inquest rules Rashan Charles died “accidentally” following attack by Metropolitan Police

By Alice Summers, 3 July 2018

The inquest found that the brutal and unnecessary assault on Charles, who was unarmed and unknown to the police, was a “justified use of force” and that his tragic death was nothing more than an “accident.”

European defence ministers sign on to European Intervention Initiative

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The initiative aims to enable European powers to intervene militarily and wage wars with a “coalition of the willing.”

European Union intensifies campaign of terror against refugees

Killing of 45-year-old postal worker by Portland State University police draws protests

By Kayla Costa, 3 July 2018

The tragic murder of Jason Washington is a direct result of the militarization of campuses across the country.

GE dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average

By John Marion, 3 July 2018

The removal of the last of the original 12 Dow Jones components is a symbolic milestone in the financialization of the American economy.

Less than 100 days before elections, half of Brazilians support no candidate

By Miguel Andrade, 3 July 2018

With just a 3 percent approval rating for current president Michel Temer, there is widespread distrust in the entire political system, which is moving sharply to the right.

Bazaar merchants protest against government in Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 3 July 2018

Recent protests reflect sharp tensions and divisions within the regime due to the developing economic crisis inside Iran.

Outrage over union’s cancellation of New Zealand nurses’ strike

By Tom Peters, 3 July 2018

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has cancelled one of two scheduled strikes and is seeking to impose a sell-out deal, virtually identical to that rejected by nurses and other health workers last month.

Union tries to contain staff anger at Australia’s University of Newcastle

By John Harris, 3 July 2018

The NTEU is isolating the struggles of its members, university by university, against deepening attacks on their conditions and pay.

New in Spanish

La Unión Europea intensifica campaña para aterrorizar a refugiados

Por Andre Damon, 3 julio 2018

La cumbre de la Unión Europea a fines de la semana pasada marcó un punto de inflexión peligroso en la historia de la posguerra en Europa.

Victoria abrumadora de Andrés Manuel López Obrador en las elecciones mexicanas

Por Rafael Azul, 3 julio 2018

El amplio apoyo para AMLO y su partido Morena es el producto de la hostilidad generalizada a la pobreza, la desigualdad, la corrupción y la militarización de la sociedad.

La junta financiera de los EUA debate con las autoridades puertorriqueñas sobre la mejor manera de saquear la isla

Por Genevieve Leigh, 3 julio 2018

Wall Street exige una nueva ronda de recortes presupuestarios mientras la crisis social se profundiza en el territorio estadounidense.

El vicepresidente Pence amenaza a inmigrantes, Assange y Venezuela en viaje a Latinoamérica

Por Andrea Lobo, 3 julio 2018

Enfrentándose a una indignación popular hacia el trato inhumano de inmigrantes, Pence demandó políticas que solo recrudecerán las desesperadas condiciones que obligan a miles a escapar al norte.

El caso de Belhaj devela las guerras sucias británicas de cambio de régimen: Segunda Parte

Por Jean Shaoul, 3 julio 2018

El trato entre el Gobierno británico y Belhaj buscaba prevenir cualquier otra divulgación vergonzosa sobre la colusión del gobierno con las fuerzas islamitas.

New in French

L’Union européenne intensifie sa campagne de terreur contre les réfugiés

Johannes Stern, 3 juillet 2018

Le sommet de l’UE à la fin de la semaine dernière a marqué un tournant dangereux dans l’histoire de l’Europe d’après la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

La fin de l’URSS

3 juillet 2018

Le 4 janvier 1992, David North, alors secrétaire national de la Workers League (prédécesseur du Parti de l’égalité socialiste), présentait un rapport qui expliquait le contexte historique et la signification de la fin de l’URSS. Voici ce rapport.

New in German

204 Menschen ertrinken am Wochenende im Mittelmeer

Marianne Arens, 3. Juli 2018

Damit steigt die Zahl der in diesem Jahr ertrunkenen Menschen laut IOM auf mehr als tausend. Seit den jüngsten EU-Beschlüssen werden die NGO-Schiffe systematisch an der Seenotrettung gehindert.

EU warnt für den Fall von US-Autozöllen vor globalem Handelskrieg

Nick Beams, 3. Juli 2018

In einer an das US-Handelsministerium gerichteten Stellungnahme warnt die EU vor massiven Vergeltungsmaßnahmen für den Fall, dass die Trum-Regierung wie geplant Autozölle verhängt.

Mexiko: Deutlicher Wahlsieg für López Obrador

Rafael Azul, 3. Juli 2018

Der große Rückhalt für López Obrador und seine Partei Morena geht auf den weit verbreiteten Widerstand gegen Armut, soziale Ungleichheit, Korruption und die Militarisierung der Gesellschaft zurück.

Aufwachsen in Armut

Anna Rombach, 3. Juli 2018

Der neuen IAB-Studie „Aufwachsen in Armutslagen“ zufolge benötigen Arbeiterfamilien heute zwei „normale“ Einkommen und ausreichend Kita- und Krippenplätze, um über die Runden zu kommen.

New in Russian

ПСР Шри-Ланки проводит успешный митинг в честь своего 50-летия

От нашего корреспондента, 2 июля 2018 г.

Митинг начался с того, что была отдана дань памяти первому генеральному секретарю Кирти Баласурия, Вильфреду Перейре и всем тем, что отдал свою жизнь борьбе за троцкизм на Шри-Ланке и в Южной Азии.

New in Italian

La classe lavoratrice e la guerra globale contro gli immigrati

Bill Van Auken, 2 luglio 2018

La brutalità e illegalità del governo Trump nello strappare bambini dai genitori al confine statunitense è parte di una guerra globale dei governi capitalisti contro I profughi.

New in Arabic

آلاف اللاجئين أجبروا على مسيرة موت في الصحراء

٢٥ حزيران يونيو ٢٠١٨

أكثر من 13,000 لاجئ ومهاجر ، بما في ذلك النساء الحوامل والأطفال ، قد أجبروا على السير إلى الصحراء من قبل قوات الأمن الجزائرية على مدى الأشهر الأربعة عشر الماضية ، حيث مات العديد منهم بسبب الجوع والتعرض.

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Perspective

Democrats fast-track Trump’s Supreme Court pick

3 July 2018

The announcement by the Democrats that they will not seek to block Trump’s Supreme Court appointee reveals certain truths about the two-party system.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

“I want a political organization that acknowledges that capitalism is not working”
SEP, IYSSE campaign for congressional candidate Niles Niemuth at pro-immigrant protest in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By our reporters, 2 July 2018

SEP candidate Niles Niemuth says “the attacks on immigrants are aimed at the entire working class”

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

Commentary

Ocasio-Cortez on “Meet the Press”: Double-talk, evasion and a disavowal of socialism

By Barry Grey, 2 July 2018

What the New York primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez means

Leadership of Argentina’s Partido Obrero maintains silence on ties to right-wing Russian nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2018

Workers Party in Argentina seeks to “refound” Fourth International in alliance with Stalinism

The Demise of Savas Michael’s “New Era”

Who are Trump’s 25 candidates for the Supreme Court?

By Ed Hightower, 30 June 2018

Supreme Court vacancy exposes bankruptcy of the Democratic Party

Supreme Court rules against unions in Janus case

Socialist Equality Party

SEP to hold meetings in Melbourne and Newcastle on new “foreign interference” laws: A move towards dictatorship and war

3 July 2018

The new legislation has been imposed amidst xenophobic hysteria in the parliament and the media over “Chinese influence” and “interference.”

Anti-China “foreign interference” bills rammed through Australian parliament

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

Workers Struggles

Confrontation between Lima police and striking Peruvian teachers
Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 July 2018

At least 5,000 teachers from the metropolitan Lima area have had their salaries withheld because of strike activity and authorities have begun replacing striking teachers with scabs.

“Teachers will be in the classroom…there will be no labor activity”
Pennsylvania judge breaks teachers’ strike

By Adam Mclean, 29 June 2018

Teamsters resort to lies and intimidation to push sellout deal at UPS

By Hector Cordon, 29 June 2018

Britain's National Health Service

The NHS 70th anniversary rally in London: A vote of no confidence in Labour and the trade unions

By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 2 July 2018

“I believe the NHS is the greatest thing about British society”
British workers speak out in defence of public healthcare

Stop the NHS sell-off: Build rank-and-file committees
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

More on Britain's National Health Service »

Arts Review

An interview with Mexican documentarian Juan Francisco Urrusti, director of In Exile: A Family Film
“The world should not be closing itself in—my father’s struggle was against all walls.”

By Kevin Mitchell, 2 July 2018

The WSWS spoke recently with the director of In Exile: A Family Film, a film about the Spanish Civil War and its consequences.

The Seagull: Is there a “Chekhovian mood” at present?

By David Walsh, 30 June 2018

Defend Julian Assange!

Vice-President Pence threatens immigrants, Assange, and Venezuela during Latin America tour

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2018

US Democratic senators demand eviction of Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy

Sri Lankan artists, translators and workers endorse international campaign to defend Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 25 June 2018

“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights”
Watch: Workers at SEP rally in Sydney demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 22 June 2018

Ecuadorian foreign minister warns that Julian Assange’s political asylum is “not forever”

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2018

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

By James Cogan, 19 June 2018

This speech was delivered by James Cogan, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, to a rally organised by the SEP in defence of Julian Assange last Sunday in Sydney.

Bringing Julian Assange Home

By John Pilger, 19 June 2018

Addressing last Sunday's SEP rally in Sydney, well-known filmmaker and documentarian, John Pilger exposed the role of Labor and Coalition governments, along with prominent journalists and editors in the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange.

The Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange: An important step forward

By Linda Tenenbaum, 18 June 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

25 years ago: Aristide signs US-brokered deal in Haiti

July 3, 1993: Deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide signed an agreement brokered by the US State Department granting a full amnesty to the military thugs responsible for the coup of September 30, 1991.

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50 years ago: Israel artillery barrages kill 31 Egyptian civilians and wound 58

July 8, 1968: Artillery shells fired by Israel across the Suez Canal landed in a populated area of Suez city, killing 31 Egyptian civilians and wounded another 58.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany launches Kursk offensive

July 5, 1943: German Armed Forces launched a major offensive code-named Operation Citadel, aimed at encircling and destroying Soviet forces in the Kursk Salient.

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100 years ago: Left Social Revolutionaries assassinate German ambassador in Moscow and stage revolt

On July 6, 1918, two members of the Left Social Revolutionary Party (Left SRs) assassinated Count Wilhelm von Mirbach, the German Ambassador in Moscow.

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Science

Physics, poetry and the search for quantum gravity: Carlo Rovelli’s Reality Is Not What It Seems

By Bryan Dyne, 29 June 2018

Rovelli’s works on modern physics combine a materialist approach to science with a popular approach of explanation that is informed by a knowledge of literature and philosophy.

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose right-wing censorship at Frankfurt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 June 2018

With this open letter, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is protesting against the banning of its meeting on the contemporary relevance of Marxism by the student union at the University of Frankfurt.

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “May Day 2018 and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx”

The following is an Arabic translation of the speech to the International Committee of the Fourth International's Online May Day Rally by David North.

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

WSWS 20th Anniversary Fund

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Autoworkers struggles

Detroit autoworkers speak out on UAW corruption scandal

Read the WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter: wsws.org/autoworkers

“They’re getting more money and we’re losing workers”
In wake of UAW convention, Lordstown GM workers speak out on layoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 June 2018

“Everything they took from us needs to be returned, plus the money they stole”
Growing outrage from autoworkers over UAW bribery scandal

More on autoworkers issues »

May Day 2018 International Online Rally

May Day 2018 and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

By David North, 6 May 2018

Opening the ICFI’s International Online Rally on Saturday, May 5, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), spoke on the historical significance of Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, 200 years after his birth.

Trotskyism is the Marxism of the 21st Century

By Joseph Kishore, 7 May 2018

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

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.