As Greece exits bailout, EU demands further austerity

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2018

The conclusion of the bailout is a vote of confidence from financial markets that the pseudo-left Syriza government will continue looting the people to pay off the banks.

Prime minister barely survives leadership challenge in Australia

By Mike Head and James Cogan, 21 August 2018

The constant factor in the turmoil of official Australian politics has been political tensions arising from ever more volatile international geo-strategic and economic conflicts.

Studies: US life expectancy drops as mortality rises among younger adults

By Kate Randall, 21 August 2018

While many other countries saw a rebound in life expectancy in 2016, the US and the UK saw declines for two consecutive years.

Inequality and the crisis of American democracy

“The whole world is watching us”
Teamsters local meeting erupts in anger as union official calls UPS workers’ poverty wages “subjective”

By Norisa Diaz, 21 August 2018

Teamsters official Andy Marshall told the room of 100 UPS workers that “in a perfect world” workers would get what they wanted, but “when I was a kid, I wanted a pony.”

“A new organization would be able to unite us all”
UPS workers oppose isolation by Teamsters, call for united struggle with Amazon workers

Opposition mounts to UPS-Teamsters conspiracy as union announces contract for airline mechanics

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

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

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Pentagon report targets China’s “expanding global influence”

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2018

While the report focusses on China’s growing military capabilities and international reach, its build-up is dwarfed by the US military and its world-wide system of alliances and bases.

China-US talks but trade war set to escalate

UK: Boris Johnson gathers support for pro-Brexit Tory leadership challenge

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2018

Johnson’s anti-burqa comments and the leadership ambitions that informed them were spurred on by effusive support from Trump and his former adviser, Steve Bannon.

German federal and regional governments extend refugee camp system nationwide

By Marianne Arens, 21 August 2018

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann claims that the camps are “not detention facilities,” and that “no one is imprisoned,” but that is a lie.

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing #Standup initiative

UK: Momentum’s Jon Lansman takes his place alongside anti-Corbyn witch-hunters

West Virginia lower House impeaches entire state Supreme Court

By Clement Daly, 21 August 2018

The Republican Party is using corruption charges as a pretext to remove all the justices and pack the court, previously under Democratic Party control.

Virginia’s Democratic governor seeks to whitewash abuse of immigrant youth at state detention facility

By Nick Barrickman, 21 August 2018

A report issued last week by the office of Governor Ralph Northam seeks to whitewash the criminal abuse of unaccompanied immigrant children detained in the state from 2014 through 2017.

The brutality of borders
Mass grave revealed at Arizona Air Force bombing range

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Judge orders top Michigan health official to stand trial for Flint deaths

By Sheila Brehm and Michael Anders, 21 August 2018

Nick Lyon will face two counts of involuntary manslaughter for deaths due to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint related to the city’s polluted water crisis.

Texas firefighters denied workers compensation for cancer

By Todd Denton, 21 August 2018

More than 90 percent of firefighters in Texas are being refused medical coverage and paid sick leave for cancer caused by on-the-job toxic exposures.

Leaked tapes confirm collusion of Peruvian justice system with drug cartels and state corruption

By Armando Cruz, 21 August 2018

The new scandal is yet another blow to a political and state establishment already massively discredited after the revelations of the Lava Jato scandal.

Japan: Tens of thousands on Okinawa denounce US base relocation plan

By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2018

Given that Okinawa is a major staging pointing for US military action in Asia, opposition to the base is intimately bound up with the struggle against militarism.

New in French

Malgré des pourparlers entre la Chine et les Etats-Unis la guerre commerciale va s'intensifier

Nick Beams, 21 août 2018

Le conflit est centré sur la demande des États-Unis que la Chine non seulement réduise le déficit commercial, mais s’éloigne significativement de son plan de renforcement de sa base industrielle et technologique.

L’inégalité et la crise de la démocratie

Andre Damon, 21 août 2018

L'inégalité sociale toujours croissante des États-Unis est incompatible avec des formes démocratiques de gouvernement.

A la rentrée scolaire, les enseignants américains devant une lutte nationale en défense de l'éducation

Nancy Hanover, 21 août 2018

Les enseignants américains font leur rentrée après « le printemps des enseignants », résolus à aller de l’avant dans leur lutte pour la défense de l’éducation

New in Spanish

La desigualdad y la crisis de la democracia estadounidense

Por Andre Damon, 21 agosto 2018

El interminable aumento de la desigualdad en EUA es incompatible con formas democráticas de gobierno.

Directores ejecutivos reciben aumento de 17 por ciento mientras salarios de trabajadores de EUA se estancan

Por Matthew Taylor y Barry Grey, 21 agosto 2018

El director ejecutivo de una gran compañía estadounidense cobra en un solo día lo que un trabajador típico gana en un año entero.

Dirigentes del partido alemán La Izquierda lanzan iniciativa derechista #Levántate

Por Cristoph Vandreier, 21 agosto 2018

Las entrevistas de Lafontaine y Wagenknecht se enfocaron en la agitación contra refugiados, la promoción de nacionalismo y el llamamiento a la “independencia” alemana.

Las listas presidenciales elegidas para las elecciones generales de Brasil son una advertencia a la clase trabajadora

Por Miguel Andrade, 21 agosto 2018

Cualquiera que sea el resultado de las elecciones, el sistema político brasileño virará violentamente hacia la derecha, profundizando las medidas de austeridad y guerra de clases iniciada por el Partido de los Trabajadores (PT).

Manifestaciones a favor y en contra del gobierno y enfrentamientos callejeros jalonan la crisis política en Rumanía

Por Andrei Tudora y Tina Zamfir, 21 agosto 2018

El conflicto entre las diferentes facciones de la clase dirigente rumana tiene lugar cada vez más fuera de los canales tradicionales de la democracia burguesa.

New in German

Soziale Ungleichheit und die Krise der amerikanischen Demokratie

Andre Damon, 21. August 2018

Die wachsende soziale Ungleichheit in den USA ist mit demokratischen Herrschaftsformen nicht vereinbar.

Mit klassischer Musik gegen den Verfassungsschutz

Dietmar Henning, 21. August 2018

Gestern protestierten rund 70 Musikerinnen und Musiker, Sängerinnen und Sänger vor der Zentrale des Bundesamts für Verfassungsschutz in Köln. Orchester und Chor der Gruppe „Lebenslaute“ blockierten Eingänge der Geheimdienst-Zentrale.

Israel verschärft Vorgehen gegen prominente Kritiker seiner rassistischen Politik

Jean Shaoul, 21. August 2018

Die israelische Regierung kriminalisiert jeden Protest gegen ihre Politik, indem sie ihn als „Delegitimierung Israels“, „Bedrohung der staatlichen Sicherheit“ oder „Antisemitismus“ diffamiert.

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Perspective

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch list

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 17 August 2018

Last month Germany’s domestic intelligence agency added the Socialist Equality Party to its official list of “left-wing extremist” organizations subject to state monitoring.

Security and the Fourth International

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

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first 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.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand)

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout

20 August 2018

Arts Review

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind: “It’s too late to be sane. Too late.”

By Joanne Laurier, 21 August 2018

Robin Williams (1951–2014) was an exceptional comic whose ability to create personalities and move among them seemed at times almost supernatural. He contained within himself an apparently infinite number of human types.

Darling in the FranXX: Japanese anime series about fighting for the survival of humanity

By Matthew MacEgan, 20 August 2018

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)—A tribute to the Queen of Soul

By Hiram Lee, 18 August 2018

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman: The illogic of racialism

By David Walsh, 16 August 2018

Acoustic Classics—the new old songs of Rodney Crowell

By Hiram Lee, 15 August 2018

Commentary

Political warfare deepens as Democrats, ex-spies circle the wagons around Brennan

By Tom Hall, 20 August 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

Trump revokes security clearance for former CIA chief Brennan: Ruling class warfare intensifies

CEO pay up 17 percent while US workers’ wages stagnate

By Matthew Taylor and Barry Grey, 18 August 2018

Google employees protest plans to build censored search engine in China

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2018

More on internet censorship »

Australian Daily Telegraph lawyers plead “truth defence” in Geoffrey Rush defamation case

By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witchhunt »

Growing support for socialism in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district launches website

16 August 2018

Visit our new website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

Tragic house fire takes three lives in Lincoln Park, Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 14 August 2018

Notes from the campaign trail
Growing interest in socialism in Downriver Detroit area

By a reporting team, 20 August 2018

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

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2018

The New York Times and the specter of socialism

Socialist Equality Party to run Niles Niemuth for Michigan’s 12th Congressional district

25 years ago: Jury convicts two Detroit cops in murder of Malice Green

On August 23, 1993, a Detroit jury returned verdicts of second-degree murder against two white policemen for the beating death of Malice Green, a young black worker.

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50 years ago: Democratic Party convention opens in Chicago

On August 26, 1968, the crisis-torn Democratic Party opened its presidential nominating convention in Chicago amid a massive security build-up.

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75 years ago: Greek partisans oppose moves to restore monarchy

This week in August 1943, a delegation of partisans battling the Nazi occupation of Greece held talks in Cairo, Egypt, with British officials and the government in exile of King George II.

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100 years ago: Battle of Baku begins

On August 26, 1918, the an army the leadership of the Ottoman Empire, which was allied with imperialist Germany in the First World War, began an assault on the oil center of Baku in Azerbaijan.

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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

Workers Struggles

As students return to school, US teachers face nationwide struggle to defend education

By Nancy Hanover, 20 August 2018

Arbitration panel cuts real wages and health care benefits for Washington DC Metro workers

By Nick Barrickman, 20 August 2018

Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout: Build rank-and-file committees! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 August 2018

Australia: Transport union cancels Victorian bus drivers strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2018

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

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018

Autoworkers Issues

Late Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne lied to federal investigators about gift to UAW official

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2018

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

More on autoworkers issues »

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!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

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

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

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.