“We need joint strike action, nationwide!”
Autoworkers call for united struggle with UPS workers against low-pay and part-time jobs

By Tim Rivers, 13 August 2018

Autoworkers expressed their support for the widespread opposition among UPS workers to the sellout contracts agreed to last Thursday by a national meeting of Teamsters officials.

Amazon worker Shannon Allen opposes censorship of her video statement by Teamsters-linked Facebook page

Teamsters for a Democratic Union-linked Facebook page censors Amazon worker’s video calling for a united struggle with UPS workers

UPS workers: Build rank-and-file committees to organize opposition to the contract!

More on the struggle at UPS »

World markets brace for impact of Turkish lira crisis

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2018

The European Central Bank has put on watch major European banks that are heavily exposed to Turkish debt.

Turkish lira plunges as US trade war measures strangle Turkish economy

On anniversary of fascist killing in Charlottesville
Washington police mobilize to protect handful of neo-Nazis

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2018

Despite a massive media blitz, only a few dozen fascists rallied in front of the White House, dwarfed by thousands of counter-demonstrators.

Portland police attack anti-fascist counter-protesters at neo-fascist rally

“I had to sell my cell phone to pay for food”
Spanish Amazon worker, fired for injury, faces prospect of homelessness

By Eric London, 13 August 2018

José Antonio Rueda Bermudez, his wife and young daughter, face homelessness due to Amazon's refusal to pay medical costs for his serious on-the-job injury.

“I would not wish working for Amazon on my worst enemy”
Southern California Amazon worker reports company forcing employees to work despite fire evacuation orders

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

Fifteen workers hospitalized after explosion at US Steel mill south of Detroit

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018

According to local news reports, workers initially refused a supervisor’s directive to clean out a dust separator, warning that it posed a safety issue.

UK National Health Service pay deal fuels growing rebellion against unions

By Ajanta Silva, 13 August 2018

More than 1,000 health workers signed a petition calling for the current leadership of the Royal College of Nursing to stand down.

Workers and youth in UK speak out against continued persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 August 2018

August 16 will mark six years since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government.

US: The “public charge” rule’s effects on legal immigrant families

By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018

Every legal immigrant using a social program is in danger of being labeled a “public charge,” and therefore ineligible for citizenship.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration attempt to deport mother and child during court hearing

Baltimore police officer resigns after video of vicious assault sparks outrage

By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2018

The video shows footage of the police officer throwing at least 10 punches, in about 12 seconds, at his victim's face, without any provocation.

America’s unending reign of police terror

Off-duty Cincinnati police officer uses taser on 11-year old child

More on police violence in America »

NFL players national anthem protests resume at first preseason games

By Alan Gilman, 13 August 2018

Despite attempts by the League, various owners, and Trump to stop player protests, several continued to protest for social justice, equality and against police violence.

Coca-Cola workers in Alabama on strike for better wages, health insurance

By Shelley Connor, 13 August 2018

The Teamsters union is determined to prevent the Coca Cola United workers from joining their struggle with that of UPS workers and the working class more generally.

Right-wing extremist acquitted in the bombing of a German train station

By Sybille Fuchs and Dietmar Henning, 13 August 2018

The result, as in the recent trial of the Neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU), is that the defendants end up with lenient sentences or are acquitted, with important questions ignored.

International artists’ visa refusals highlight UK government’s “hostile environment” against migrants

By Paul Bond, 13 August 2018

The racist visa bans have provoked widespread protests, condemning them and their parallels with the 1930s.

Australian prime minister delivers an anxious speech on relations with China

By Mike Head, 13 August 2018

There is evident alarm that the Trump administration’s protectionism could have flow-on effects for Australian exporters and throw into doubt Washington’s global reliability.

Sri Lankan unions sell out railway workers and call off strike

By W.A. Sunil, 13 August 2018

Railway workers must reject the unions’ betrayal of their longstanding salary demands and build action committees of rank-and-file workers on an alternative socialist program.

Death toll rises to almost 400 after another Indonesian earthquake

By John Harris, 13 August 2018

Residents of Lombok have expressed mounting frustration over the inadequate government response to a series of deadly quakes.

New in French

Les pilotes de Ryanair en grève à travers l’Europe

Marianne Arens et Robert Stevens, 13 août 2018

Les pilotes de la compagnie arienne low-cost Ryanair ont fait grève vendredi en Irlande, en Belgique, en Suède, au Pays-Bas et en Allemagne en soutien à leur revendication pour de meilleures conditions de travail

Le règne sans fin de terreur policière aux États-Unis

Niles Niemuth, 13 août 2018

Quatre ans après le meurtre de Michael Brown à Ferguson, Missouri, par le policier Darren Wilson, qui a suscité l’indignation de la population à l’égard des violences policières, l’assaut quotidien de la police continue aux États-Unis.

Les Etats-Unis complices d'une frappe qui a tué des dizaines d'enfants au Yémen

Bill Van Auken, 13 août 2018

Pour Washington, le massacre d’au moins 43 enfants dans un bus n’est qu’un «dommage collatéral» mineur dans sa campagne militaire contre l’Iran et pour dominer le Moyen-Orient.

Université d’été de LFI: Jean-Luc Mélenchon tend la main à la droite

Anthony Torres, 13 août 2018

Le signe en direction de la droite doit servir d’avertissement aux travailleurs sur le caractère violemment anti-ouvrier de la politique que compte mener Mélenchon.

New in German

Polizeiterror in Amerika nimmt kein Ende

Niles Niemuth, 13. August 2018

Vor vier Jahren löste die Ermordung von Michael Brown in Ferguson (Missouri) durch den Polizeibeamten Darren Wilson in der Bevölkerung Empörung aus. Doch Polizeigewalt und Polizeimorde gehören in den USA weiterhin zum Alltag.

Handelskrieg der USA erdrosselt türkische Wirtschaft

Alex Lantier und Halil Celik, 13. August 2018

Präsident Trump versucht, die Türkei durch Handelszölle zu zwingen, die Angriffe auf die Arbeiterklasse zu verschärfen und ihre Außenpolitik den Forderungen des US-Imperialismus völlig unterzuordnen.

SPD lanciert ausländerfeindliche Kindergeld-Kampagne

Christopher Lehmann, 13. August 2018

Nachdem die Große Koalition im Frühjahr die sogenannte „Bamf-Affäre“ nutzte, um Stimmung gegen Flüchtlinge zu schüren, lanciert sie nun die nächste ausländerfeindliche Kampagne.

Unter dem Vorwand falscher Antisemitismus-Vorwürfe
Verschwörung zur Absetzung von Corbyn oder zur Spaltung der Labour Party

Chris Marsden, 13. August 2018

Der rechte Flügel der Labour Party bekräftigt durch seine Verschwörung gegen Corbyn die offen neoliberale und militaristische Agenda, die Labour unter Tony Blair und Gordon Brown verfolgt.

New in Spanish

El interminable reino de terror policial en EUA

Por Niles Niemuth, 13 agosto 2018

Cuatro años después del asesinato de Michael Brown en Ferguson, Missouri, a manos de un oficial policial, Darren Wilson, desatara un enojo popular masivo por la violencia policial, la masacre policial diaria en EUA continúa.

Los pilotos de Ryanair realizan una huelga en toda Europa

Por Marianne Arens y Robert Stevens, 13 agosto 2018

Los pilotos de la aerolínea irlandesa de bajo coste Ryanair fueron a la huelga el viernes en Irlanda, Bélgica, Suecia, Países Bajos y Alemania para exigir mejoras en las condiciones laborales.

“Somos esclavos mal pagados”
Creciente oposición entre los trabajadores de UPS al respaldo de la conferencia de Teamsters a los contratos entreguistas

Por Kayla Costa, 13 agosto 2018

La patronal de UPS respondió a la votación de los ejecutivos de Teamsters jactándose de que el contrato brindará “mayor flexibilidad” y ayudará a “abordar los desafíos de la competencia”.

El ejército español aclama el historial del dictador fascista Francisco Franco

Por Alejandro López, 13 agosto 2018

Este paso constituye un ataque contra la clase obrera en general y pregona una intensificación de los recortes sociales en los que dependen millones de personas.

La trabajadora de Amazon Shannon Allen se opone a la censura de su declaración en el video vinculada por la página de Facebook de Teamsters

Por Will Morrow, 13 agosto 2018

Shannon dijo que la censura de su video mostraba que el sindicato de Teamsters temía que los trabajadores de Amazon y UPS formarán comités de base en los almacenes y centros uniendo sus luchas.

La lira turca se devalúa como resultado de las medidas de guerra comercial de Estados Unidos para estrangular la economía turca

Por Alex Lantier y Halil Celik, 13 agosto 2018

El presidente Trump está tratando de utilizar los aranceles comerciales para obligar a Ankara a intensificar los ataques contra la clase trabajadora y subordinar totalmente su política exterior a las demandas del imperialismo estadounidense.

“No le desearía ni a mi peor enemigo trabajar en Amazon”
Trabajador de Amazon en el sur de California reporta que empresa los obliga a trabajar pese a órdenes de evacuación por incendios

Por Marko Leone y Norisa Díaz, 13 agosto 2018

Las condiciones brutales en el centro de distribución en el condado Riverside se combinan con el incendio Holy y el menosprecio de Amazon hacia los trabajadores obligados a evacuar.

New in Norwegian

USA medansvarlig for luftangrepet som myrdet titalls barn i Jemen

Bill Van Auken, 10. august 2018

Slaktingen av minst 43 barn i en buss er for Washington bare et mindre tilfelle av «collateral damage» i pådrivet for krig mot Iran og hegemoni over Midtøsten.

Ny runde amerikanske sanksjoner mot Russland

Clara Weiss, 10. august 2018

Russiske kommentatorer har advart om en fullskala økonomisk krig mellom Russland og USA.

Ryanair: Flykaptein Jouke Schrales selvmord

Barry Mason og Robert Stevens, 10. august 2018

Flyselskap som Ryanair har vært i stand til å pålegge uutholdelige arbeidsforhold på grunn av fagforeningenes fulle samarbeid.

New in Russian

Документам кандидата Партии Социалистического Равенства в Мичигане не выдвинуто претензий

От нашего корреспондента, 9 августа 2018 г.

Государственная избирательная комиссия штата Мичиган не ранее 7 сентября примет решение, будет ли кандидат Партии Социалистического Равенства Найлс Нимут включен в избирательные бюллетени. Однако срок подачи претензий со стороны других групп, таких как Демократическая партия, истек.

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

UPS pays out $700 million to stockholders: An object lesson in the operation of capitalism

13 August 2018

UPS announced its corporate handout the same day that the Teamsters national conference voted to endorse contracts for UPS workers that enforce poverty-level wages and introduce major new concessions.

Earlier Perspectives »

Security and the Fourth International

Security and the Fourth International article forthcoming
An “Exemplary” Comrade: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Soviet spy Sylvia Callen

Beginning Tuesday, August 14, the World Socialist Web Site will publish a four-part article continuing the Security and the Fourth International investigation, launched by the ICFI in 1975.

In May 1947, the Socialist Workers Party received information that Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, was an agent of the Soviet secret police, the GPU. It quickly became clear that Callen had concealed critical personal information about her Stalinist background when she joined the SWP in 1938. For nearly nine years, Callen had high-level and unrestricted access to the party’s most sensitive information. However, rather than exposing Callen’s murderous role as a spy within the Trotskyist movement, the SWP launched a cover-up that lasted for nearly 40 years. The series is a historical account of the cover-up and its exposure by the ICFI.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

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

By David North, 4 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party (US) holds Fifth National Congress

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

Preface to the Russian edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Science

NASA spacecraft launched for close-up study of the Sun

By Bryan Dyne, 13 August 2018

The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft has begun its three-month journey to get closer to the Sun than any previous spacecraft.

25 years ago: Clinton unveils health care “reform” to cut costs for corporate employers

In a speech to the National Governors Association on August 16, 1993, President Bill Clinton outlined the substance of his proposed health care reform program.

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50 years ago: Soviet Politburo agrees to invasion of Czechoslovakia

Meeting in Moscow August 17, 1968, members of the Soviet Politburo voted unanimously to “provide assistance and support to the Communist Party and people of Czechoslovakia through the use of armed forces.”

More »

75 years ago: Churchill, Roosevelt meet in Quebec

On August 17, 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Roosevelt, along with military leaders from both countries, met in Quebec for a secret military conference.

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100 years ago: AFL and business leaders discuss how to fight Bolshevism

On August 13, 1918, a top-level conference between officials of the National Civic Federation and AFL President Samuel Gompers discussed “methods of counteracting Bolshevism.”

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Featured Commentary

Defend the Student Council! Stop the right-wing conspiracy at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 9 August 2018

The IYSSE and SGP condemn the attack by university President Sabine Kunst against the Student Council at Humboldt University and her complicity with the far-right Alternative for Germany.

Workers Struggles

Ryanair pilots stage European-wide strike

By Marianne Arens and Robert Stevens, 11 August 2018

The Ryanair strike and the resurgence of international class struggle

Arizona teachers return to classrooms with limited gains and broken promises

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2018

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

More on the defense of public education »

The fight to defend jobs and the lessons of the 1972 Lordstown strike

By Carl Bronski, 8 August 2018

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

Jazz goes country—the music of Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2018

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

By Joanne Laurier, 6 August 2018

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

By David Walsh, 3 August 2018

Commentary

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing coalition

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 August 2018

Missouri referendum vote kills “right-to-work” law

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2018

US complicit in air strike that murdered dozens of children in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2018

Spanish army hails record of fascist dictator Francisco Franco

By Alejandro Lopez, 10 August 2018

Fight back against internet censorship!

By Andre Damon, 9 August 2018

The demise of another Bernie Sanders fraud

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

The New York Times and the specter of socialism

By Niles Niemuth, 8 August 2018

“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

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

Defend Julian Assange!

Julian Assange reportedly asked to give secret interview to US Senate Intelligence Committee

By Mike Head, 9 August 2018

Ecuador’s president issues new threat to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

Moreno’s threats to “take measures” if Assange “intervenes” in the politics of other countries is a fraudulent attempt to justify turning the journalist over to the war criminals in Washington and London.

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

By Mike Head, 2 August 2018

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 »

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

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

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.