As US workers’ wages continue to fall
Oracle CEO pockets $250 million after Trump tax cut

By Niles Niemuth, 31 July 2018

By the end of the year, American corporations will have enriched their top executives and investors with $2.5 trillion obtained through stock buybacks, increased dividend payments, and mergers and acquisitions.

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

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

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

By Mike Head, 31 July 2018

The Moreno government is in the process of revoking the WikiLeaks editor’s asylum and throwing him into the hands of the American authorities.

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

Five months after strike, West Virginia teachers say “nothing has changed”

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2018

The unions double-crossed the West Virginia teachers, ending their struggle without securing funding for the PEIA, which underwrites their health insurance.

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

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Rifts emerge in US-EU trade deal

By Nick Beams, 31 July 2018

The Trump administration is keeping a gun at the head of the EU over auto tariffs as it continues an investigation into whether to impose them on “national security” grounds.

Trade war and the political independence of the working class

Hundreds of residential tower blocks still covered in Grenfell-type flammable cladding

By Margot Miller, 31 July 2018

Thirteen months after the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 72 people, tens of thousands throughout the UK are still residing in tower blocks covered in flammable cladding.

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

Grenfell Tower Fire inquiry testimony reveals tragic consequences of fire service cuts

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British police and intelligence using children as spies

By Steve James, 31 July 2018

A report from the British House of Lords committee has revealed the use of teenagers, including those under 16, as undercover agents for the police and intelligence services.

Benalla affair destabilises Macron government in France

By Francis Dubois, 31 July 2018

The campaign by the police and parliamentary opposition to Macron is aimed at defending the police apparatus and supporting the president’s policies of militarism and austerity.

French police scandal exposes Mélenchon’s ties to the police state

By Anthony Torres, 31 July 2018

Mélenchon’s ardent defense of the police in his attacks on French President Macron reflect his organization’s close ties to the police and intelligence agencies.

Tesla assembles cars in a tent amid investigations of workplace safety

By Toby Reese, 31 July 2018

The company continues to show a net loss despite massive outside investments as it attempts to work out assembly line problems amid reports of serious workplace safety violations.

As lockout at Quebec smelter nears eighth month,
ABI management demands more concessions, job cuts

By Laurent Lafrance, 31 July 2018

The Steelworkers union is systematically isolating the ABI workers' struggle, even as the aluminum bosses escalate their concession demands.

New Zealand Defence Force nurses deployed during strike

By John Braddock, 31 July 2018

The Labour government’s military deployment is a sharp warning to the resurgent working class as to what the ruling elite has in store.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation presents fifth sell-out pay offer

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

Australian government pursues prosecution of East Timor espionage whistleblower and lawyer

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2018

The prosecution of Collaery and Witness K is bound up with the wider drive toward a US-led military confrontation of China, which the Australian ruling elite is committed to supporting.

Australia: Report reveals “Harvest Trail” exploitation of overseas workers

New in Russian

Российские сталинисты и псевдо-левые смыкают ряды, чтобы обескровить оппозицию пенсионной реформе

Клара Вайс, 31 июля 2018 г.

Путин, начиная с 2005 года, обещал не повышать пенсионный возраст. Его рейтинг одобрения снижается на фоне растущего социального недовольства рабочего класса.

New in Turkish

Julian Assange ve Latin Amerika’daki “sol”un ihaneti

Bill Van Auken, 31 Temmuz 2018

Latin Amerikalı işçiler, Ekvador hükümetinin Assange’ın sığınma hakkını kaldırma yönündeki gerici adımını durdurmasını talep etmeli.

New in Spanish

La junta militar egipcia da pena capital a 75 manifestantes contra golpe de Estado

Por Chris Marsden, 31 julio 2018

La sangre en las manos de Al Sisi también corre por las palmas de los líderes políticos de todos los principales partidos de EUA, Europa y las otras potencias imperialistas.

Mientras que UPS y las compañías de telecomunicaciones y siderúrgicas exigen una congelación salarial
Los trabajadores en los Estados Unidos se enfrentan a crecientes batallas de clase

Por Jerry White, 31 julio 2018

Los empleadores no solo se rehúsan a dar concesiones salariales, sino que exigen nuevas concesiones en materia de salud, pensiones y reglas laborales.

Estados Unidos se prepara para un cambio de régimen y guerra contra Irán

Por Peter Symonds, 31 julio 2018

Después de las amenazas beligerantes de Trump contra Irán, se llevó a cabo una reunión sobre seguridad nacional para discutir a fondo la próxima etapa escalonada de la confrontación.

New in French

Les appels de pied d’Obono aux néo-fascistes soulignent le rôle anti-ouvrier de La France insoumise

Francis Dubois, 31 juillet 2018

Après l’alliance gouvernementale de Syriza avec l’extrême-droite grecque, La France insoumise mène elle aussi une politique populiste et anti-ouvrière compatible avec la répression policière.

Égypte: la junte militaire condamne à mort 75 personnes ayant manifesté contre le coup d‘État

Chris Marsden, 31 juillet 2018

Le sang sur les mains de Sissi colle aussi aux mains des leaders politiques de tous les principaux partis des États-Unis, d‘Europe et des autres puissances impérialistes.

Pendant qu’UPS et les entreprises de l'acier et des télécommunications exigent un gel des salaires
Les travailleurs des États-Unis confrontent une montée de batailles de classes

Jerry White, 31 juillet 2018

Non seulement les employeurs s’opposent à toute augmentation des salaires, mais ils redoublent leurs efforts pour obtenir de nouvelles concessions sur la santé, les pensions et les normes du travail.

New in German

Ägyptens Militärjunta verurteilt 75 Demonstranten zum Tode

Chris Marsden, 31. Juli 2018

Das Blut an Sisis Händen klebt zugleich an den Händen der politischen Führer aller großen Parteien in den USA, Europa und anderen imperialistischen Staaten.

USA bereiten Regimewechsel und Krieg gegen Iran vor

Peter Symonds, 31. Juli 2018

Nach Trumps kriegslüsternen Drohungen gegen den Iran wurde in Washington ein Treffen der nationalen Sicherheit einberufen, um das nächste Stadium der Konfrontation auszuarbeiten.

1.500 Tote im Mittelmeer: EU treibt Abschottung voran

Martin Kreickenbaum, 31. Juli 2018

Mit der Einstellung der Seenotrettung auf der zentralen Mittelmeerroute ist die Zahl der ertrunkenen Flüchtlinge sprunghaft angestiegen. Immer mehr Flüchtlinge weichen auf die gefährliche Route über Marokko nach Spanien aus.

Arbeitskampf bei Halberg Guss: IG Metall setzt Schlichtung durch und bricht Streik ab

Dietmar Henning, 31. Juli 2018

Just zu dem Zeitpunkt, an dem der Streik ernste Auswirkungen auf breite Teile der Auto-und Fahrzeugindustrie für Bau- und Landwirtschaftsmaschinen zu zeigen begann, würgt die IG Metall den Streik ab und springt den Unternehmen zur Seite.

„Autoarbeiter müssen sich an eine Kultur der Armut gewöhnen“

Marcus Day, 31. Juli 2018

Am letzten Mittwoch starb der Fiat-Chrysler-Chef Sergio Marchionne, der gemeinsam mit den Gewerkschaften auf der ganzen Welt brutale Angriffe auf Arbeitsplätze, Löhne und Arbeitsbedingungen umgesetzt hat.

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Perspective

German right demands nuclear “weapons of mass extermination”

31 July 2018

The Welt am Sonntag, a leading German newspaper, has published an article demanding the creation of a nuclear arsenal.

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Commentary

Politics in bad faith: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in Michigan

By Andre Damon, 31 July 2018

Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign is a cynical effort to put a “left-wing,” “progressive,” youth-oriented, and multicultural gloss on the right-wing, pro-war Democratic Party.

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

Acquittal for right-wing extremist Identitarian movement in Austrian court

By Sven Heymanns, 31 July 2018

Seventeen members of the Austrian Identitarian Movement were acquitted by the Graz District Court on all main charges in their case last Thursday.

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

Egypt’s military junta condemns 75 coup protesters to death

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2018

US preparing for regime change and war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2018

House Democrats vote for record US military spending

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

Annie Swynnerton—a Victorian artist rediscovered but misinterpreted
An exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery

By Paul Mitchell and Margot Miller, 31 July 2018

Until the end of this year, the Manchester Art Gallery exhibition Painting Light and Hope is showing 36 paintings of forgotten Victorian artist Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933), a native of the city.

Unexpectedly restrained: Matteo Garrone’s Dogman
Based on a horrific 1988 murder in Rome

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 30 July 2018

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 July 2018

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

As UPS, steel and telecom companies demand wage freezes
Workers in US face growing class battles

By Jerry White, 30 July 2018

Teamsters union blames opposition to sellout contract on “internet trolls”

By Will Morrow, 30 July 2018

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

Autoworkers Struggles

Mobilize the working class behind Indiana autoworkers
Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers: Form a rank-and-file strike committee to fight for jobs and safety!

By the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 30 July 2018

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

By Marcus Day, 28 July 2018

UAW corruption scandal reaches the top

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018

Top aide to former UAW vice president makes plea deal

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

25 years ago: Clinton declares war on social spending programs

In a nationally televised speech, US President Bill Clinton declared war on what he called the “politics of entitlement,” reaffirming his pledges during the 1992 election campaign to “end welfare as we know it.”

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50 years ago: Bratislava Declaration is signed in Czechoslovakia

Six representatives from the Communist parties of the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, and Poland met with the leaders of Czechoslovakia and signed what became known as the Bratislava Declaration.

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75 years ago: Uprising at Treblinka extermination camp

Prisoners at the Treblinka extermination camp launched a heroic uprising against their Nazi jailers, which shook Third Reich forces and inspired workers and youth engaged in the struggle against fascism across Europe.

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100 years ago: French Socialist Party opposes anti-Bolshevik intervention

The national congress of the Section Francaise de l’Internationale Ouvriere rejected intervention by the imperialist Allies against the Bolsheviks in Russia.

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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 »

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

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.

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

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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.