Trump administration cuts in rent subsidies compound US housing crisis

By Kate Randall, 6 August 2018

With rents rising and construction of affordable apartments lagging, Trump is implementing a punitive policy that will exacerbate the already dire housing crisis.

Bottom 40 percent of Americans have a negative net income

Financial parasitism and the American oligarchy

Italy assists in illegal mass repatriation of refugees to Libya

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 August 2018

An Italian merchant ship in cooperation with the Italian government illegally transported 108 refugees rescued at sea back to Libya.

Venezuelan President Maduro charges right-wing opposition backed by Colombia with supposed assassination attempt

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 August 2018

Following explosions which occurred at a military parade in the Venezuelan capital, the government claims it has arrested some of those responsible, vowing “ruthless punishment” and “no forgiveness.”

Zimbabwe: Violence follows disputed re-election of President Mnangagwa

By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2018

Mnangagwa, who came to power in a coup against President Robert Mugabe last November, advances himself as the strongman required to restore the order necessary for resumed investment by the major corporations.

Fascists attack left-wing bookshop in central London

By Robert Stevens, 6 August 2018

The attack is part of the orchestrated and well-funded resurgence of far-right activity in Britain and internationally.

UK: Fascist Tommy Robinson’s court victory seized on by far-right

By Laura Tiernan, 6 August 2018

The response to Robinson’s release signals a further rightward lurch by the mainstream media in the direction of normalising the far-right.

GM threatens plant shutdowns and layoffs as car sales fall

By Samuel Davidson, 6 August 2018

The UAW and GM are collaborating to close one or more of the company’s five remaining car assembly plants and throw thousands of more workers on to the unemployment lines as car sales continue to fall.

Who is UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada?

By Tim Rivers, 6 August 2018

In a career spanning two decades, Estrada, hailed in 2014 as the first Latina woman to join the union’s elite executive committee, has demonstrated that she is a typical bureaucratic hack.

Construction workers building UPS super-hub in Indianapolis walk off job

By Adam Mclean, 6 August 2018

The video of a wildcat walkout by construction workers in Indiana has been shared almost 100,000 times on Facebook.

“The union is essentially a puppet for the company”
What is life like for a permanent part-time UPS worker?

The way forward for UPS workers

More on the struggle at UPS »

Stalemate on takeover of Kentucky’s largest school district

By J. Cooper, 6 August 2018

The takeover of the JCPS by the state education commissioner faces opposition as educators fear the implementation of charter schools is behind the move.

New Zealand teachers join growing wages movement

By our reporters, 6 August 2018

In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.

As transit union continues to ignore its members’ overwhelming vote to strike
Washington, D.C. transit authority moves to privatize bus maintenance services

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2018

The provocative move comes amid a heated dispute regarding the privatization of public services between the transit authority and 8,000 Metro workers, members of ATU Local 689.

Washington, D.C. metro union seeks to bury members’ strike vote

Florida judge rules in favor of early voting on campus

By Matthew Taylor, 6 August 2018

The ruling invalidates recent attempts to suppress the student vote in Florida.

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства США проводит свой Пятый национальный съезд

6 августа 2018 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства США провела свой Пятый национальный съезд, который состоялся 22-27 июля 2018 года на юго-востоке штата Мичиган.

New in French

Le chef des renseignements intérieurs allemands a conseillé le parti d’extrême-droite AfD.

Ulrich Rippert, 6 août 2018

Le président de l‘« Office de protection de la Constitution » a rencontré la présidente du parti d’extrême-droite Alternative pour l‘Allemagne (AfD) à plusieurs reprises en 2015 pour la conseiller sur la façon d‘éviter que son parti soit surveillé par l’État.

L’exploitation de classe et le marché : le secret de l’entreprise à mille milliards de dollars

André Daemon, 6 août 2018

Apple, inondée de profits extraits des travailleurs du monde entier, est devenue la première entreprise à atteindre officiellement mille milliards de dollars.

Le président de l’Équateur prêt à permettre une extradition de Julian Assange vers les États-Unis

Mike Head, 6 août 2018

Le président équatorien Lenín Moreno a fait le 30 juillet sa déclaration la plus claire à ce jour sur la volonté de son gouvernement de remettre Julian Assange aux autorités britanniques pour extradition vers les États-Unis.

Les syndicats font campagne pour le Parti québécois

Félix Gauthier, 6 août 2018

Toute l’histoire du PQ démontre qu’il n’est pas un «moindre mal» mais un outil de la classe dirigeante.

Le gouvernement conservateur de l'Ontario réduit les prestations d'aide sociale et promet d'autres coupes

Roger Jordan, 6 août 2018

Le gouvernement Ford s'est engagé à présenter un plan qui rendrait l'aide sociale «viable» en réduisant davantage les prestations et en limitant l'admissibilité.

New in German

Klassenausbeutung und der Markt: Das Geheimnis des Billionen- Dollar-Konzerns

Andre Damon, 6. August 2018

Apple hat durch die Profite, die er weltweit aus seinen Arbeitern herauspresst, als erster Konzern offiziell den Rekordwert von einer Billion Dollar Marktkapitalisierung erreicht.

„Vision 2020+“: Siemens leitet nächste Phase des Arbeitsplatzabbaus ein

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 6. August 2018

Der im vergangenen Herbst angekündigte Abbau von 7000 Arbeitsplätzen in der Energiesparte ist noch nicht abgeschlossen, da steht beim Siemens-Konzern bereits die nächste Spar- und Umstrukturierungsrunde an.

Chinesischer Präsident unter Druck wegen Handelskrieg mit USA

Peter Symonds, 6. August 2018

Nur wenige Monate nachdem Xi Jinping die Verfassung geändert hatte, um dauerhaft im Amt zu bleiben, gerät er Berichten zufolge bei Parteigranden und Fraktionsrivalen in die Kritik.

Thyssenkrupp: IG Metall geht auf Hedgefonds zu

Dietmar Henning, 6. August 2018

IG-Metall-Funktionäre haben angekündigt, bei der Zerschlagung des Thyssenkrupp-Konzerns mit dem Investor Cevian zusammenzuarbeiten. Die Arbeiter sind mit einer breiten Front aus Aktionären und Gewerkschaft konfrontiert.

Eröffnungsbericht an den Fünften Parteitag der Socialist Equality Party (US)

David North, 6. August 2018

Mit diesem Bericht von David North, dem nationalen Vorsitzenden der Socialist Equality Party (USA), wurde der fünfte nationale Parteitag der SEP vom 22. bis 27. Juli 2018 eröffnet.

Was steckt hinter dem Gerede vom „nationalen Notstand“ wegen Brexit?

Julie Hyland, 6. August 2018

Seit dem Brexit-Referendum ist die politische Situation in Großbritannien extrem angespannt – dahinter stehen jedoch explosive Klassenspannungen.

David Harveys Jacobin-Interview über Das Kapital von Karl Marx
Werbung für die „Lifestyle-Politik“ der Pseudolinken

Nick Beams, 6. August 2018

Wie alle Arbeiten Harveys stellt auch dieses Interview keine Hilfe zum Verständnis von Marx dar, sondern soll den Zugang zu dessen Meisterwerk versperren. Es soll Marx einem „linken“ Publikum aus der Mittelschicht schmackhaft machen, das sich an Lifestyle-Fragen orientiert.

New in Spanish

La explotación de clases y el marcado: el secreto de la corporación de un billón de dólares

Por Andre Damon, 6 agosto 2018

Las profusas ganancias extraídas de trabajadores en todo el mundo han convertido a Apple en la primera empresa en alcanzar oficialmente el umbral del billón de dólares.

China amenaza imponer aranceles por $60 mil millones en mercancías estadounidenses

Por Nick Beams, 6 agosto 2018

Además de los aranceles ya impuestos sobre productos estadounidenses por valor de 34,000 millones de dólares, las nuevas medidas significarían que el alza de aranceles cubriría alrededor del 85 por ciento de las exportaciones estadounidenses a China.

Presidente chino bajo presión por guerra comercial con EUA

Por Nick Beams, 6 agosto 2018

Apenas unos meses después de los cambios constitucionales que le permitieron permanecer en el cargo indefinidamente, se informa que Xi Jinping enfrenta críticas internas por parte del grupo de ancianos del partido y facciones rivales.

New in Turkish

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (ABD) Beşinci Ulusal Kongre’sini düzenledi

6 Ağustos 2018

Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP), Beşinci Ulusal Kongre’sini, 22-27 Temmuz tarihleri arasında, Güneydoğu Michigan’da düzenledi.

WikiLeaks editörünün annesi Christine Assange: “Oğlumla dört aydır konuşamıyorum”

Richard Phillips, 6 Ağustos 2018

Julian Assange’ın annesi Christine Assange, 23 Temmuz’da, son haberlere göre, yakında Ekvador’un Londra büyükelçiliğinden dışarı çıkarılma tehlikesi ile karşı karşıya olan oğlunun riskli durumu hakkında Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’ne konuştu.

New in Arabic

المجلس العسكري المصري یمد حالة الطوارئ ويسيطر على وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعیة

٢٢ تموز يوليو ٢٠١٨

بعد خمس سنوات من الانقلاب العسكري الذي وقع في 3 یولیو / تموز 2013 ضد الرئیس الإخواني محمد مرسي والمذبحة التي راح ضحیتها أكثر من 1000 تابعا له في شوارع القاهرة ، یقوم النظام العسكري للدكتاتور عبد الفتاح السیسي ، المدعوم من القوى الغربية ، بتكثیف إرهابه المعادي للثورة.

New in Italian

Cos’è la “nostra democrazia”?

Eric London, 31 luglio 2018

Al centro dell'isteria anti-russa guidata dal Partito Democratico è l'affermazione che la Russia e il suo presidente, Vladimir Putin, minacciano la “nostra democrazia”.

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Perspective

Bernie Sanders holds rallies to prop up the Democratic Party in Michigan

6 August 2018

Sanders’ support for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is part of an operation aimed at channeling social opposition behind the Democratic Party.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Committee of the Fourth International

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

This report was delivered by David North, the national chairperson of the Socialist Equality Party (US), to open the Fifth National Congress of the SEP, held July 22-27, 2018.

Socialist Equality Party (US) holds Fifth National Congress

3 August 2018

The Socialist Equality Party in the United States held its Fifth National Congress July 22-27 in Southeast Michigan.

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

2 August 2018

Preface to the Russian edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky

By Vladimir Volkov, 2 August 2018

Understanding the role Leon Trotsky played in the twentieth century is fundamental to the revival of the heritage of Marxism in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and to the fight to build the International Committee of the Fourth International.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

“You have a perspective from the working man, not from the corporate media”
Workers and young people speak to SEP campaigners at Sanders rallies in southeast Michigan

By Tom Hall, 6 August 2018

Despite attempts by the Sanders campaign to bar them, volunteers for Niles Niemuth, the SEP's candidate for Congress, spoke to attendees in Detroit and Ypsilanti on a wide range of issues.

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP establishes Ann Arbor election campaign committee for Michigan’s 12th congressional district

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

By our reporter, 19 July 2018

No challenge filed to Socialist Equality Party candidate’s nominating petition in Michigan

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

Commentary

Why did New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger meet with Trump?

By E.P. Milligan, 6 August 2018

The chronology suggests that Trump’s revelation of the secret meeting caused concerns and raised questions within the staff and readership of the Times, which the newspaper has sought to contain.

Class exploitation and the market: The secret of the $1 trillion corporation

By Andre Damon, 4 August 2018

US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout

By Eric London, 4 August 2018

Separated: Children at the Border highlights the horrific human costs of the bipartisan war on immigrants

More on the attack on immigrants »

Facebook censorship targets the left

By Andre Damon, 3 August 2018

Technology giants use Germany’s Network Enforcement Law to delete tens of thousands of comments

UK Parliament “fake news” report demands sweeping internet censorship

More on internet censorship »

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

By Andre Damon, 31 July 2018

Arts Review

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story—“Do good anyway. … Think big anyway. … Build anyway”

By Joanne Laurier, 6 August 2018

Alexandra Dean’s documentary focuses on 1940s Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr’s recently uncovered career as an inventor of technology that paved the way for secure Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.

#MeToo turns deadly
Opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter blames #MeToo witch-hunt for her husband’s suicide

By David Walsh, 3 August 2018

Ronan Farrow’s latest #MeToo “bombshell,” directed against Leslie Moonves of CBS

Geoffrey Rush’s lawyers argue newspaper’s allegations “motivated to harm” the actor

25 years ago: Coalition government in Japan excludes former ruling party

On August 9, 1993, an eight-party coalition government was formed in Japan, without the Liberal Democratic Party, which had ruled in Tokyo continuously for the previous 38 years.

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50 years ago: Nine coal miners killed in an explosion in Greenville, Kentucky

On August 7, 1968 an explosion inside the River Queen No. 1 Coal Mine killed nine men who had been working under the surface.

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75 years ago: Soviet troops launch offensive against German forces

On August 7, 1943, Russian troops launched a significant military offensive against German troops in the Smolensk and Bryansk regions of the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Japanese troops land in Vladivostok

Over 12,000 Japanese troops poured into the Siberian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific, only about 80 miles (127 km) north of Korea, which the Japanese had occupied in 1895, as a part of the Allied Siberian expedition.

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Workers Struggles

“The UAW cannot be trusted”
Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers kept in dark by UAW following strike vote

By Shannon Jones, 4 August 2018

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

By Evan Cohen, 3 August 2018

NHS Fightback

NHS trade unions’ “best deal in eight years” revealed as a fraud

By Ajanta Silva, 4 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds public meetings opposing “foreign interference” laws

By our reporters, 4 August 2018

The meetings were the only events to warn of the anti-democratic implications of the legislation, and place it in the context of the preparations for war with China.

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

Sri Lankan SEP member Mohamdiramlage Chandrasiri (1955–2018)

By Wimal Fernando, 19 July 2018

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

Defend Julian Assange!

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

By Mike Head, 2 August 2018

Jennifer Robinson said the WikiLeaks editor wants to exercise his right to return to Australia, provided he is protected from extradition to the US.

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 »

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.

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.