Rates of black lung highest in 25 years among Appalachian coal miners

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2018

Decades after the deadly disease was nearly eradicated, more than one in five veteran coal miners now suffer from black lung disease.

Israel intervenes to extract US-UK-backed White Helmets from Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2018

The Israel Defense Forces were sent into Syria at Washington’s request to rescue hundreds of White Helmets, a group funded by the US and UK to further regime change.

Imminent threat to Julian Assange underscores need for global defence movement

By Mike Head, 23 July 2018

Plans are afoot to subject the WikiLeaks editor to lengthy imprisonment by the British authorities, pending extradition to the US.

Breaking development:
Protests being organised against imminent eviction of Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy

British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

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

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Teamsters union blackmails UPS workers: Approve contract or your wages will be cut

By Will Morrow, 23 July 2018

Teamsters Local 647 president Brian Hammond sent a letter to UPS workers that wage increases will be diverted to their pensions if they fail to ratify the contract.

“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”
UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters sellout

Democrats, Teamsters and UAW promote deal to continue robbing pensions

The way forward for UPS workers

More on the contract struggle at UPS »

Boston rally supports locked-out National Grid workers

By Kate Randall and Steve Filips, 23 July 2018

Some 1,000 workers attended the rally in support of the locked-out workers whose struggle is being directed by the USW into futile appeals to big business politicians.

Steam pipe explosion in Manhattan spreads asbestos

By Sandy English, 23 July 2018

The accident is the latest in a series that points to the decay of the physical infrastructure in New York.

Trade tensions intensify at G20 meeting

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2018

Rather than addressing any of the trade conflicts ripping through the world economy, the main work of the G20 meeting was to craft a statement that avoided them.

Canada boosts support for US-led NATO missions in the Baltic and Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 23 July 2018

Trudeau’s new commitments have failed to satiate the ruling elite’s appetite for rearmament and a further militarization of Canadian foreign policy.

Egyptian junta extends state of emergency and censors social media

By Johannes Stern, 23 July 2018

Five years after the July 2013 coup and massacre of more than 1,600 people on the streets of Cairo, Egypt’s Western-backed military junta is intensifying its counterrevolutionary terror.

Croatia’s performance at World Cup used to promote far-right

By Clara Weiss, 23 July 2018

The almost complete silence of the Western media on the lineup of the Croatian political establishment and the national football team with the far-right stands in stark contrast to its campaign to vilify Russia, which hosted the World Cup.

After three months of demonstrations end, Nicaraguan workers face further repression and imperialist threats

By Andrea Lobo, 23 July 2018

As the wave of protests comes to an end, Ortega is criminalizing all social opposition while US officials renew calls for his ouster.

Leaked report reveals plans for martial law in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 23 July 2018

The muted response to a secret military blueprint demonstrates that no faction within the country’s capitalist class defends even basic democratic rights.

Australia: Tamil refugee deported, separated from his wife and baby daughter

By Max Newman, 23 July 2018

The treatment of Gnaneswaran and his family is akin to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy by which children have been ripped away from their parents.

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Was heißt eigentlich „unsere Demokratie“?

Eric London, 21. Juli 2018

Im Zentrum der antirussischen Kampagne der Demokratischen Partei in den USA steht die Behauptung, dass Russland und Präsident Wladimir Putin die amerikanische „Demokratie“ bedrohten.

Israelisches Parlament verabschiedet Apartheid-ähnliches „Nationalstaatsgesetz“

Bill Van Auken, 21. Juli 2018

Das israelische Parlament, die Knesset, verabschiedete am Donnerstag ein so genanntes „Nationalstaatsgesetz“, das die faktische Diskriminierung und Segregation der palästinensischen Bürger in einem Gesetz mit Verfassungsrang festschreibt.

„Seebrücke“ in Frankfurt: „Stoppt das Sterben“

Marianne Arens, 21. Juli 2018

Immer mehr Menschen sind bereit, gegen die Asylpolitik der Regierung auf die Straße zu gehen. Das zeigte am Donnerstagabend eine Kundgebung und Mahnwache von mehreren Hundert Menschen auf dem Frankfurter Römerberg.

Trump bekräftigt Drohung mit Zöllen auf Autoimporte

Nick Beams, 21. Juli 2018

Würden die Autozölle eingeführt, wären sie die bisher umfangreichste Handelskriegsmaßnahme der Trump-Regierung.

ThyssenKrupp: Zerschlagung des Konzerns bedroht Tausende Arbeitsplätze

Gustav Kemper, 21. Juli 2018

Nach dem Rücktritt der Konzernchefs spekuliert die Börse auf die Zerschlagung des Konzerns. Die Filetstücke sollen auf Profit getrimmt und der Rest verramscht werden.

Hessische Polizei wird militärisch aufgerüstet

Gregor Link, 21. Juli 2018

Mit einer horrenden Aufrüstung soll die Polizei in Hessen zu einer paramilitärischen Einheit ausgebaut werden, die in der Lage ist, Aufstände, Streiks und Massenproteste niederzuschlagen.

An ihren Freunden sollt ihr sie erkennen: Die International Socialist Organization und der amerikanische Imperialismus

Joseph Kishore, 21. Juli 2018

Die International Socialist Organization (ISO) dient dem US Außenministerium als verlängerter Arm im Milieu der pseudolinken Szene in den USA.

New in French

Les médias et #MeToo font le silence sur les viols d’immigrés détenus aux USA

Eric London, 23 juillet 2018

L’agence américaine Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a reçu 1.310 plaintes pour viol ou pour agression sexuelle entre 2013 et 2017.

Affaire Benalla: Mélenchon défend les CRS

Francis Dubois et Alexandre Lantier, 23 juillet 2018

Mélenchon a bien pris garde de ne pas faire appel à la vaste colère sociale parmi les travailleurs contre la répression policière et l’austérité.

Préface à la nouvelle édition de L’héritage que nous défendons pour le trentième anniversaire du livre

David North, 23 juillet 2018

Le 5 août, Mehring Books publiera l'édition pour le trentième anniversaire de L'héritage que nous défendons: une contribution à l'histoire de la Quatrième Internationale, de David North. La nouvelle édition anglaise du livre est disponible en précommande sur Mehring Books. Nous publions ci-dessous la préface de David North à cette édition.

Des manifestations sont organisées contre l'éviction imminente de Julian Assange de l'ambassade de l'Équateur à Londres

James Cogan, 23 juillet 2018

«Une conspiration est bien avancée, impliquant les gouvernements des États-Unis, du Royaume-Uni, de l’Équateur et de l’Australie, visant à traîner Assange dans un procès-spectacle aux États-Unis.»

L’UE et le Japon signent un accord commercial

Nick Beams, 23 juillet 2018

L’accord était en négociarion depuis cinq ans, mais l’impulsion pour le finaliser a été renforcée par les mesures de guerre commerciale américaine qui ont ciblé les deux parties.

New in Spanish

La ley del Estado nación israelí y el callejón sin salida del sionismo

Por Barry Grey, 23 julio 2018

La aprobación en la Knéset de la “Ley del Estado nación”, la cual consagra la supremacía judía como el pilar legal del Estado, marca una nueva etapa en la crisis que sacude Israel.

Entrevista a David Harvey en la revista Jacobin sobre el El Capital de Marx
Una alabanza de la política del "estilo de vida" de la pseudoizquierda

Por Nick Beams, 23 julio 2018

Como con todo el trabajo de Harvey, la entrevista no proporciona una aclaración o guía a Marx, pero sirve para evitar una comprensión de su obra maestra, tratando de adecuarlo a las sensibilidades políticas y de estilo de vida de una audiencia de "izquierda" de clase media.

El columnista del Washington Post exige intervención del “Estado profundo”

Por Andre Damon, 23 julio 2018

“Con un Congreso indolente que no está dispuesto a desempeñar el papel asignado por la Constitución, el Estado profundo se interpone entre nosotros y el abismo”, declaró el columnista del Post, Eugene Robinson.

Los Socialistas Democráticos de América: Proporcionando una cobertura de "izquierda" para un Partido Demócrata derechista

Por Patrick Martin, 23 julio 2018

Los candidatos del DSA como Ocasio-Cortez buscan disfrazar el cambio drástico del Partido Demócrata hacia la derecha en la política doméstica, y sobre la extranjera.

New in Norwegian

$ 3.000 per sekund for Bezos, fattigdomslønninger for Amazon-arbeidere

Eric London, 18 July 2018

Amazons adm. dir. Jeff Bezos’ formue på $ 150 milliarder ble presset ut av hundretusenvis av tjenesteleverandører, lager- og leveransearbeidere.

Trump slår retrett om russisk «innblanding» etter massivt påtrykk

Andre Damon, 18 July 2018

Hele denne simple episoden demonstrerer hvilket grep etterretningsapparatet, med sin innstendige forfølgelse av militærkonflikt med Russland, har på den amerikanske staten, mediene og det politiske etablissementet.

New in Russian

Что такое «наша демократия»?

Эрик Лондон, 23 июля 2018 г.

В центре возглавляемой Демократической партией США антироссийской истерии стоит утверждение, согласно которому Россия и ее президент Владимир Путин угрожают «нашей демократии».

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Царь Николай II казнен

23 июля 2018 г.

По решению большевистского режима свергнутый российский царь Николай II вместе со своей семьей и слугами был расстрелян в Екатеринбурге.

New in Turkish

Ağır basınç altındaki Trump Rusya “müdahalesi” konusunda çark etti

Andre Damon, 19 Temmuz 2018

Hem siyaset ve medya kurumu içinden hem de ordu ve istihbarat aygıtından gelen amansız ve genel baskı ile karşı karşıya kalan Trump, hızla geri çekilmeye zorlandı.

Irak’ın güney illerinde kitlesel protestolar

Alec Andersen, 19 Temmuz 2018

Ağırlıklı olarak Şii olan güneyde patlak veren protestolar, Şiilerin hakim olduğu, ABD destekli hükümeti hedef alıyor. Protestolara, mezhepsel duygular değil sınıfsal meseleler yön veriyor.

Britanya ve Ekvador makamları Julian Assange’ı Londra büyükelçiliğinden çıkarmak için görüşüyor

Oscar Grenfell, 19 Temmuz 2018

Assange, milyonlarca işçi ve genç tarafından, haklı olarak, savaş suçlarını ve halkın haklarına karşı hükümet komplolarını açığa vurmuş cesur bir kişilik olarak görülüyor.

Suriye üzerine gerilimler Helsinki zirvesinin ardından şiddetleniyor

Bill Van Auken, 19 Temmuz 2018

ABD emperyalizminin yönelimi, Ortadoğu’da, kaçınılmaz olarak dünyanın iki büyük nükleer gücünü çatışma içine çekecek olan çok daha geniş ve kanlı bir savaş yönündedir.

New in Greek

Τρία χρόνια από το δημοψήφισμα του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ για τη λιτότητα της ΕΕ στην Ελλάδα

Άλεξ Λαντιέ, 6 Ιουλίου 2018

Χθες ήταν η τρίτη επέτειος του δημοψηφίσματος για τη λιτότητα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης που διεξήχθη από την κυβέρνηση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ («Συνασπισμός της Ριζοσπαστικής Αριστεράς») στην Ελλάδα.

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Perspective

Bernie Sanders embraces the anti-Russia campaign

23 July 2018

There is no contradiction between the influx of military-intelligence candidates into the Democratic Party and the Democrats’ making use of the services of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez to give the party a “left” cover.

Earlier Perspectives »

Workers Struggles

Protest marks six years since frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers began

By our correspondent, 23 July 2018

Emboldened by the failure of the Stalinist-led unions to come to the Maruti Suzuki workers' defence, the state is now seeking to have their sentences changed from life-in-prison to death by hanging.

Sheffield Supertram workers hold 72-hour strike, as strike ballot in Manchester begins

By Laura Tiernan, 23 July 2018

A fight is only possible if workers break free from the grip of the Unite union, whose strategy consists of dividing workers on a company by company basis.

Sheffield residents voice strong support for Supertram workers’ strike

By our reporters, 23 July 2018

On Saturday, campaigners from the Socialist Equality Party distributed a statement in support of the Sheffield Stagecoach Supertram workers, revealing strong support among workers, young people and pensioners for the strike.

UK: Sheffield Supertram workers set to continue strike

UAW holds strike authorization vote at Fiat Chrysler’s Kokomo, Indiana transmission operations

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2018

Arts Review

A new film version of Fahrenheit 451: A frightening future world where firefighters set fires

By David Walsh, 23 July 2018

Ramin Bahrani, the Iranian-American filmmaker, has directed a new version of Ray Bradbury’s well-known novel, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953.

The Yellow Birds: Damaged or destroyed by the Iraq War

By Joanne Laurier, 20 July 2018

HBO’s Succession: Why are these dreadful people allowed to decide what we see and hear?

25 years ago: Clinton administration proposes anti-immigrant legislation

The administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton announced a new round of attacks on immigrants and democratic rights on July 27, 1993.

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50 years ago: Cleveland under martial law after riots in Glenville

A shootout between police and black nationalists in the east Cleveland neighborhood of Glenville touched off a week of rioting and the occupation of the city by the National Guard, during this week in 1968.

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75 years ago: Royal Air Force destroys Hamburg with fire-bombing

On July 27, 1943, more than 729 British Royal Air Force bombers dropped some 2,326 tons of bombs on the German city of Hamburg.

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100 years ago: Riots begin in Japan against high price of rice

On July 23, fisherwomen in the small seaside village of Uozu, in Toyma Prefecture on the west coast of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, assembled on the beach and began peacefully protesting against the high price.

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Commentary

Israel’s Nation-State Law and the dead end of Zionism

By Barry Grey, 21 July 2018

Washington Post columnist calls for intervention of the “deep state”

By Andre Damon, 21 July 2018

What is “our democracy”?

By Eric London, 20 July 2018

Media, #MeToo silent on widespread sexual assault of detained immigrants

By Eric London, 21 July 2018

The “treason” charge against Donald Trump

The Democratic Socialists of America: Providing a “left” cover for a right-wing Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2018

David Harvey’s Jacobin interview on Marx’s Capital
A promotion of the “life-style” politics of the pseudo-left

By Nick Beams, 21 July 2018

Israeli parliament passes apartheid-style “Nation-State” law

By Bill Van Auken, 20 July 2018

Trump repeats threat to impose auto tariffs

By Nick Beams, 20 July 2018

Under massive pressure, Trump backpedals on Russia “meddling”

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

In South Africa speech deploring “exploding inequality”
Obama boasts: “I’m surprised how much money I got”

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2018

$3,000 per second for Bezos, poverty wages for Amazon workers

By Eric London, 18 July 2018

Police beat up Amazon strikers in Spain

As Jeff Bezos’ wealth reaches $150 billion
Unions strangle strike efforts by European Amazon workers on Prime Day

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Science

Global warming will increase the severity of hurricanes

By Philip Guelpa, 21 July 2018

Superstorms like Hurricane Harvey are now predicted to occur once every 16 years, rather than once every 100 years.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Far-right Identitarian movement attempts to disrupt IYSSE meeting in Dresden

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 20 July 2018

On July 12 the far-right Identitarian movement attempted to disrupt a meeting of the IYSSE on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx at the University of Technology in Dresden. The action failed because the meeting was switched to a larger room shortly before it began.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist candidate for Congress Niles Niemuth submits thousands of signatures for ballot access in Michigan

By our reporter, 19 July 2018

Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress, formally filed for ballot access Wednesday, submitting nearly 6,000 signatures from residents of Michigan's 12th district.

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP volunteers in Michigan speak on powerful support from workers for a socialist perspective

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

Obituary

Sri Lankan SEP member Mohamdiramlage Chandrasiri (1955–2018)

By Wimal Fernando, 19 July 2018

Retired bank worker Chandrasiri will always be remembered for his selfless dedication to Trotskyism, the rights of the working class and the building of the SEP.

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.

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds Sydney meeting against new “foreign interference” laws

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

SEP to hold Brisbane meeting on new “foreign interference” laws: A move towards dictatorship and war

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) holds online health workers’ meeting

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

Growing strike movement in New Zealand

New Zealand nurses stage first nationwide strike in 30 years

Open letter to NZ nurses’ Facebook group: Reverse the ban on WSWS articles and criticisms of the union

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

Autoworkers struggles

Ford contests token fines for death of electrician Ivan Bridgewater

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2018

“Like you, I want justice for Jacoby!”
Workers honor young Ford worker who died at Detroit-area plant

10 July 2018

“Coby was loved by so many people”
Outpouring of support to honor Jacoby Hennings, young autoworker who died in October

By Jerry White, 9 July 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

Defend Julian Assange!

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.

Prominent whistleblowers and journalists defend Julian Assange at online vigil

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 July 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

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

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.