UAW bribery predated 2009, lawyer for former Fiat Chrysler executive tells court

By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2018

In a sentencing memorandum, the lawyer for Alphons Iacobelli asserted that the bribery of UAW officials dates back “many years” earlier than has so far been charged by federal prosecutors, and involves many more officials.

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

By James Cogan, 15 August 2018

The purported evidence of ties between Russian intelligence, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks is threadbare to the point of being ludicrous.

At least 35 killed in Italy bridge collapse

By Allison Smith, 15 August 2018

The death toll has reached 35, with at least seven seriously injured and 440 forced to evacuate their homes following a gas leak.

Despite overwhelming strike vote
Trade union at Escondida copper mine in Chile seeks to shut down 18-month struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2018

Against the efforts by the trade unions to isolate miners from a joint struggle across Chile and internationally, workers must form rank-and-file committees to take the fight in their own hands.

Knives out in the White House as fired aide releases tapes of Trump, Kelly

By Tom Hall, 15 August 2018

More significant than the content of the tapes recorded by Omarosa Manigault-Newman is the atmosphere of mutual suspicion and intrigue within the White Housethat they reveal.

Cables document CIA Director Haspel’s direct role in torture at black site in Thailand

By E.P. Milligan, 15 August 2018

The 16 cables from Haspel published by the National Security Archive document scenes fit for a medieval dungeon.

Nebraska carries out first execution in US using the opioid fentanyl

By Kate Randall, 15 August 2018

Nebraska authorities now have the dubious distinction of pioneering the use of the powerful synthetic drug at the center of the US opioid crisis that claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2017 for state-sanctioned murder.

UK: Police take no action over far-right attack on Bookmarks bookstore

By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2018

Despite London being the CCTV capital of the world and the fascist perpetrators gleefully posting videos of their activities on social media, there have been no reports to date of the police detaining, arresting or charging anyone.

UK: Three police officers acquitted of misconduct in restraint death

By Paul Bond, 15 August 2018

The victim was suffering an epileptic seizure when he was seized and forcibly restrained by seven policemen, who held him face down.

China set to become largest aid donor to Pacific

By John Braddock, 15 August 2018

The ruling elites in Australia and New Zealand, the local imperialist powers that act in concert with Washington, view China’s rise as a threat to their interests.

Australia: Victorian bus drivers to strike over pay and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 August 2018

The strike expresses mounting anger among transport workers across the country over the consequences of a privatisation agenda imposed by Labor and Liberal-National governments.

New in Norwegian

Krisen utdypes og Erdogan anklager USA for å «dolke Tyrkia i ryggen»

Bill Van Auken, 14. august 2018

Den tyrkiske presidenten sverger å gjengjelde mot «forrædere» som undergraver økonomien, mens lira igjen falt brått på mandag

Hva er ekte sosialisme?

Joseph Kishore, 14. august 2018

En Gallup-måling utgitt i går viser for første gang flere unge mennesker og demokrat-orienterte velgere med et gunstig syn på sosialisme enn på kapitalisme.

New in German

Verteidigt die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei gegen den Angriff des Verfassungsschutzes

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 15. August 2018

Der „Verfassungsschutzbericht 2017“ ist ein gezielter politischer Angriff auf die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei und ihr sozialistisches Programm. Gleichzeitig unterstützt und verteidigt er die rechtsextreme AfD.

Was ist echter Sozialismus?

Joseph Kishore, 15. August 2018

Erstmals ergab eine Gallup-Umfrage, dass in den Vereinigten Staaten die Mehrzahl der Jugendlichen den Sozialismus besser findet als den Kapitalismus. Auch bei den Wählern im Umfeld der Demokraten ergab sich dasselbe Resultat.

Türkei-Krise verschärft sich: Erdogan wirft den USA „Dolchstoß“ vor

Bill Van Auken, 15. August 2018

Am vergangenen Freitag hatte US-Präsident Donald Trump als Teil seiner „America-First“-Handelskriegspolitik neue Zölle auf türkischen Stahl und Aluminium angekündigt und diese auf 50 bzw. 20 Prozent verdoppelt.

Beendet die Verschwörung von UPS mit der Teamsters-Gewerkschaft!
Mobilisiert den Widerstand gegen den Ausverkauf!

WSWS-Newsletter für UPS-Arbeiter, 15. August 2018

Der amerikanische UPS-Konzern, der gerade 700 Millionen Dollar an seine Aktionäre ausschüttet, hat mit der Teamsters-Gewerkschaft neue Verträge ausgehandelt, die die Löhne auf Armutsniveau drücken. Den genauen Inhalt hält die Gewerkschaft seit Tagen vor den Arbeitern geheim.

New in Spanish

UPS desembolsa $700 millones a sus accionistas: una lección objetiva sobre el capitalismo

Por Will Morrow, 14 agosto 2018

La empresa anunció el pago a corporativos el mismo día en que la conferencia nacional de los Teamsters votó a favor de respaldar contratos que continúan los salarios de pobreza y entregan importantes concesiones.

Resolución del Quinto Congreso Nacional del PSI (EUA)
El resurgir de la lucha de clases y las tareas del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad: Segunda Parte

14 agosto 2018

Esta resolución fue adoptada por unanimidad por el Congreso del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, celebrado del 22 al 27 de julio.

“¡Necesitamos una huelga conjunta, a nivel nacional!”
Trabajadores automotores llaman a una lucha unida con trabajadores de UPS contra empleos de bajos salarios y medio tiempo

Tim Rivers, 14 agosto 2018

Los trabajadores automotores expresaron su apoyo a la oposición amplia de obreros de UPS a los contratos entreguistas respaldados el jueves pasado por medio de una reunión nacional de oficiales de los Teamsters.

Los mercados mundiales se preparan para el impacto de la crisis de la lira turca

Por Nick Beams, 14 agosto 2018

El Banco Central Europeo ha estado vigilando a los principales bancos europeos con alta exposición a la deuda turca.

New in French

Les marchés mondiaux se préparent à l'impact de la crise monétaire turque

Nick Beams, 14 août 2018

La Banque centrale européenne a mis sous surveillance de grandes banques européennes fortement exposées à la dette turque.

UPS verse 700 millions de dollars aux actionnaires: une leçon de chose sur le fonctionnement du capitalisme

Will Morrow, 14 août 2018

UPS a annoncé son cadeau aux riches le jour même où la conférence nationale du syndicat des Teamsters votait en faveur d’un accord qui impose des salaires de misère aux travailleurs d’UPS et fait de nouvelles concessions majeures.

Préface à l'édition russe de Défense de Léon Trotsky

VladimirVolkov, 14 août 2018

Comprendre le rôle joué par Leon Trotsky au XXe siècle est fondamental pour faire renaitre l’héritage marxiste dans les pays de l’ancienne Union Soviétique et dans la lutte pour construire le Comité international de la Quatrième internationale.

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”.

Other Languages

Perspective

The Turkish crisis and the threat of world war

15 August 2018

Underlying the reckless and punishing attack by Washington on Turkey’s economy are predatory geostrategic aims that are threatening to drag humanity into a new world war.

Earlier Perspectives »

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part two

By Eric London, 15 August 2018

This is the second part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party, beginning in 1947, of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Notes from the campaign trail
Socialist Equality Party candidate campaigns among UPS workers in Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2018

I spoke with UPS workers who expressed deep anger over their conditions and the sellout contract that the Teamsters union is seeking to impose.

Tragic house fire takes three lives in Lincoln Park, Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 14 August 2018

The New York Times and the specter of socialism

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

Arts Review

Acoustic Classics—the new old songs of Rodney Crowell

By Hiram Lee, 15 August 2018

On his new album Acoustic Classics, country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell revisits a selection of his songs in new stripped-down all acoustic recordings.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Break the UPS-Teamsters conspiracy! Mobilize opposition to the sellout contract!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 14 August 2018

The Teamsters union is keeping workers totally in the dark, five days after its endorsement of the cost-cutting contract.

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

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

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

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

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018

Commentary

Growing support for socialism in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 14 August 2018

What the neo-Nazi debacle in Washington showed

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2018

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

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

By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018

More on the attack on immigrants »

Mehring Books

Two new pamphlets from Mehring Books

15 August 2018

Mehring Books is pleased to announce that two new pamphlets—The World Socialist Web Site and the Defense of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and The 2018 Teacher Rebellion—are available for online purchase.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“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

“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

More on Amazon »

Defend Julian Assange!

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

By our reporters, 13 August 2018

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 »

Science

NASA spacecraft launched for close-up study of the Sun

By Bryan Dyne, 13 August 2018

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.

More »

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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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.