House Democrats vote for record US military spending

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2018

The Trump White House hailed House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides the resources for US military aggression around the world.

Swedish student protest halts deportation of Afghan man

By Paul Bond, 28 July 2018

Elin Ersson’s actions, defying the anti-immigrant policies adopted throughout the European Union, have struck a popular chord.

Trump administration proposes more cuts to drug discount program for safety net hospitals

By Kate Randall, 28 July 2018

The Trump administration and pharmaceuticals’ opposition to the 340B program is based on boosting the profits of the drug companies and clawing back any government regulations on them.

High levels of toxic chemicals found in drinking water of west Michigan community

By Carlos Delgado, 28 July 2018

City officials announced to residents of Parchment, Michigan Thursday that their water contained dangerously high levels of PFAS chemicals.

Democrats visit Flint: Hypocrisy, lies and cover-up

The social and political background to the forest fire disaster in Greece

By Katerina Selin, 28 July 2018

The depiction of forest fires as an inevitable natural phenomenon serves to cover up the impact of ten years of austerity ordered by the European Union, which have led to the total collapse of basic public services throughout Greece.

Russian Stalinists, pseudo-left close ranks against opposition to pension cuts

By Clara Weiss, 28 July 2018

Putin has promised since 2005 not to cut pensions and is plummeting in the polls, amid growing social anger in the working class.

Bogus anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn and the “left” escalates

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 28 July 2018

The attack on Corbyn and his supporters centres on measures that would criminalise criticism of the State of Israel for its persecution of the Palestinians as a form of anti-Semitism

UK: Ian Paisley suspension exposes efforts to assist cover-up of Sri Lankan bloodbath

By Steve James, 28 July 2018

Paisley has been suspended for 30 days for omitting to register holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government in the aftermath of the 2009-11 massacres of Tamils.

Haitian National Police conspire with the Senate to plan repression

By John Marion, 28 July 2018

While the government canceled a 38 percent gas price hike, on Tuesday a protest was staged in Port-au-Prince demanding the unconditional and immediate release of everyone arrested during the July 6–8 events.

Ontario government repudiates resettlement agreement, scapegoats refugees

By Laurent Lafrance, 28 July 2018

The Conservatives' xenophobic campaign is aimed at diverting attention away from their big business agenda and whipping up racism and chauvinism to divide the working class.

Australian Labor Party plans another pro-business, higher education restructure

By Mike Head, 28 July 2018

A decade after its “education revolution,” Labor prepares an even deeper market-driven “review” of universities and technical colleges.

Esso Australia steps up offensive against offshore workers

By Terry Cook, 28 July 2018

The ExxonMobil subsidiary is tearing up jobs, wages and working conditions in its Bass Strait gas operations.

New in French

Les «insoumis» des flics
L’affaire Benalla dévoile les liens entre Mélenchon et l’Etat policier

Anthony Torres, 28 juillet 2018

Mélenchon et le cercle dirigeant de LFI entretiennent les liens les plus étroits avec les forces de police chargées par l’aristocratie financière de réprimer les travailleurs.

États-Unis: le scandale à la corruption atteint les sommets de l‘UAW

Shannon Jones, 28 juillet 2018

La révélation que le président du syndicat automobile United Auto Workers récemment pensionné avait autorisé l‘usage illégal d‘argent de centres de formation co-gérés avec les constructeurs, montre que cette organisation est engagée dans une conspiration criminelle contre les travailleurs.

New in Turkish

Ekvador, Julian Assange’ın siyasi sığınma haklarına güvence vermeyi reddetti

Mike Head, 28 Temmuz 2018

Assange, Britanya makamları tarafından, büyük ihtimalle ABD’ye iade edilmeyi bekleyeceği iki yıl ya da daha fazla süre hapsedilecek.

Julian Assange’ı savunun! WikiLeaks’in kurucusuna yönelik tehdide karşı harekete geçin!

Paul Mitchell, 28 Temmuz 2018

Uluslararası işçi sınıfının muazzam toplumsal gücü, Assange’a karşı egemen sınıfın arkasında hizaya geçen emperyalizm yanlısı partilerden, sendikalardan ve medya kuruluşlarından bağımsız bir şekilde, onu savunmak için harekete geçirilmelidir.

Küba’nın yeni anayasası “komünizm”e atıfları çıkarıp özel mülkiyeti tanıyor

Alexander Fangmann, 28 Temmuz 2018

İlan edilen değişiklikler, Küba hükümetinin, Fidel Castro’nun küçük burjuva ulusalcı yönetiminin daha önceki bir dönemde yürürlüğe koyduğu radikal reformları kaldırmasında yeni bir aşamayı haber vermektedir.

Yunanistan: Atina yakınlarındaki yangınlarda en az 76 ölü

Katerina Selin, 28 Temmuz 2018

Yunanistan’ın başkenti Atina yakınlarındaki Attika bölgesindeki feci orman yangınları, Pazartesi gününden beri tüm şiddetiyle devam ediyor.

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Razzien am Arbeitsplatz: US-Polizei auf Migrantenjagd

Eric London, 27. Juli 2018

Die US-Einwanderungsbehörde hat Massenrazzien in Betrieben angekündigt.

Abkommen zwischen Trump und Juncker: Ein Manöver im globalen Handelskrieg

Nick Beams, 27. Juli 2018

Washington hat seine Drohung mit einem 25-prozentigen Zoll auf Autoimporte nicht zurückgenommen, sondern nur für die Dauer der Verhandlungen über weitere Handelsbeziehungen ausgesetzt.

Die sozialen und politischen Hintergründe der Waldbrandkatastrophe in Griechenland

Katerina Selin, 27. Juli 2018

Die Darstellung der Waldbrände als unvermeidliches Naturphänomen dient dazu, die politischen und sozialen Hintergründe der Ereignisse zu vertuschen. Zehn Jahre Spardiktat der Europäischen Union haben in Griechenland zum völligen Zerfall der öffentlichen Grundversorgung geführt.

Die CIA-Demokraten – Teil 1
Einleitung

Patrick Martin, 27. Juli 2018

Diese Artikelserie untersucht die außergewöhnlichen Verbindungen zwischen der Demokratischen Partei und den Geheimdiensten. Dutzende ehemalige Agenten treten in diesem Jahr als Kandidaten in den Vorwahlen der Demokraten an.

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El escándalo de corrupción del UAW alcanza la cúpula

Por Shannon Jones, 28 julio 2018

La revelación que el presidente recientemente retirado del UAW autorizó el uso ilegal de dinero de los centros de capacitación financiados por la compañía demuestran que la organización está involucrada en una conspiración criminal contra los trabajadores automotores.

Cientos de niños siguen separados de sus padres tras fecha límite de orden judicial

Por Patrick Martin, 28 julio 2018

La separación obligada de padres e hijos por el Gobierno de Trump constituye un acto de secuestro masivo y un crimen de lesa humanidad.

Siete meses después del recorte de impuestos por Trump
Tasa de recaudación de impuestos corporativos a un mínimo histórico

Por Gabriel Black, 28 julio 2018

Los billones en déficit que fueron creados por la rebaja de impuestos para los ricos sera utilizado para justificar más ataques contra los programas sociales con los que cuentan millones de estadounidenses.

México: Goodyear despide a trabajadores por formar un sindicato independiente

Por Alex González, 28 julio 2018

Aproximadamente 50 trabajadores fueron despedidos como represalia por una huelga que ocurrió en abril contra el contrato de “sindicato de protección” de la compañía.

Tras el colapso del acuerdo de Qualcomm, China devuelve golpe en guerra comercial con Estados Unidos

Por Nick Beams, 28 julio 2018

El colapso de la adquisición tiene implicaciones de largo alcance para otras compañías de alta tecnología que habían estado esperando el resultado del acuerdo Qualcomm-NXP antes de continuar con sus propios planes.

New in Russian

Закон о национальном еврейском государстве Израиль и тупик сионизма

Бэрри Грей, 25 июля 2018 г.

Принятие израильским Кнессетом закона о «национальном государстве еврейского народа», закрепляющим еврейское превосходство как юридическую основу государства, знаменует собой новый этап в развитии кризиса в Израиле.

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Perspective

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

28 July 2018

The Moreno government’s negotiations to hand over Julian Assange to his persecutors are of a piece with the role played by all of the governments of Latin America’s “Pink Tide” and their pseudo-left satellites.

Earlier Perspectives »

Defend Julian Assange!

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

“I say defend Julian, not just because I’m his mother, but as a citizen and someone who believes in democracy and freedom.”

Ecuador refuses to give assurance of Julian Assange’s political asylum rights

By Mike Head, 27 July 2018

Imminent threat to Julian Assange underscores need for global defence movement

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 »

Obituary

“US autoworkers have to accept a culture of poverty”
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, global cost-cutter, dies

By Marcus Day, 28 July 2018

Marchionne, the Italian-born executive who collaborated with the trade unions in brutally attacking the jobs, wages, and working conditions of autoworkers throughout the world, died Wednesday.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Ocasio-Cortez, DSA seek to give “left” cover to right-wing Democratic Party

By Niles Niemuth, 28 July 2018

Supporters of Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the US Congress from Michigan’s 12th District, are distributing this statement at appearances by DSA member and Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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

By our reporter, 19 July 2018

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

Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Twenty-five years since the death of Joy Gardner

By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2018

Behind the actions of the police officers involved, Joy’s killing was the result of deliberate government policy.

The killing of Joy Gardner: A Workers Inquiry is needed

By the International Communist Party (July 1 1995), 28 July 2018

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing here the July 1, 1995 statement by the International Communist Party—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)—calling for the formation of a Workers’ Inquiry into the death of Jamaican mother Joy Gardner.

Workers Struggles

13,000 sanitation workers strike in Ahmedabad, India; Tamil Nadu rubber workers protest
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 July 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

India truck protest enters its eighth day

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Kranti Kumara, 27 July 2018

Ontario government passes draconian law to end five-month York University strike

By Jake Silver, 27 July 2018

New Zealand Nurses Organisation presents fifth sell-out pay offer

By John Braddock, 26 July 2018

After nationwide strike: The way forward for New Zealand health workers

Commentary

UAW corruption scandal reaches the top

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018

Political warfare in Washington escalates with subpoena of Trump organization CFO

By Alec Andersen, 27 July 2018

Qualcomm deal scuttled: China hits back at US in trade war

By Nick Beams, 27 July 2018

Seven months after Trump’s tax cut
Corporate tax collection rate at historic low

By Gabriel Black, 26 July 2018

Trump threatens Iran with a catastrophic war

By Keith Jones, 24 July 2018

Cynthia Nixon discovers “democratic socialism” in challenge to NY Governor Cuomo

By Fred Mazelis, 24 July 2018

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

German Left Party leaders prepare to form new right-wing movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 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

Arts Review

The anniversary of Grenfell Tower: Some musical reappraisals

By Paul Bond, 27 July 2018

UK: Thirteen months after Grenfell fire, police conduct just three interviews

More on the Grenfell fire »

David Byrne’s American Utopia: Fighting difficulties with false cheerfulness

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 July 2018

Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You: A “ladder-climber” in the corporate world

By Matthew Brennan, 25 July 2018

A reply to a comment on the obituary of Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peries

By Pani Wijesiriwardane and Gamini Karunatileka, 24 July 2018

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

Science

Evidence of liquid water lakes under polar ice caps on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 26 July 2018

The previous 54 years of Mars space exploration have laid the groundwork for this remarkable discovery.

Socialist Equality Party

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.

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

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

Autoworkers Struggles

Top aide to former UAW vice president makes plea deal

By Shannon Jones, 25 July 2018

Widow of UAW vice president Holiefield, guilty of corruption, gets token sentence

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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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.

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

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.