Cohen pleads guilty, Manafort convicted
Legal noose tightens around Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2018

The most damaging event for Trump may be Michael Cohen’s statement, as he pled guilty to eight felony counts, that in two cases he was acting at the direction of the president.

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

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

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

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras claims social cuts over as Syriza prepares more austerity

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2018

Tsipras’ speech hailing the expiration of the decade-long European Union bailout scheme for Greece was a pack of lies from start to finish.

As Greece exits bailout, EU demands further austerity

Teamsters blackmails UPS workers: Strike and you will lose your health insurance

By Will Morrow, 22 August 2018

The Teamsters is threatening workers that they will lose their health benefits if they strike, and that the concessions contract backed by the union is the “best we could get.”

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

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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US continues to terrorize immigrants: Over 500 children still not reunited with parents

By Trévon Austin, 22 August 2018

The parents of 366 children who were separated have already been deported back to their home countries without their children, including six minors under the age of 5.

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

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Brutal conditions in US prisons drive inmates to strike

By Matthew Taylor, 22 August 2018

Prisoners have begun a 19-day strike to protest their inhumane living conditions, slave-like work regimes and sentencing laws that strip away their constitutional rights.

Chicago teen dead after police chase, family disputes official report of suicide

By Matthew Verhoven, 22 August 2018

More than 120 people marched to Mount Sinai Hospital, and to the Chicago Police Department 10th District, to demand the release of the boy’s body and footage of the events.

Australian government near collapse as Liberal Party lurches to the extreme right

By James Cogan, 22 August 2018

The Liberal Party, along with sections of the rural-based National Party, is in the process of being refashioned into a Trump-style movement.

Prime minister barely survives leadership challenge in Australia

Venezuela’s Maduro government imposes capitalist shock therapy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2018

Aimed at staving off an economic collapse, the plan places the full burden of the crisis on the backs of the Venezuelan working class.

Argentina on the brink of financial meltdown

By Cesar Uco, 22 August 2018

Following the collapse of the Turkish lira, Argentina has undertaken mega-devaluations, threatening an economic collapse.

Fascists stage pogromist march against Nicaraguan migrants in Costa Rica

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2018

Fascist thugs marched on Saturday in several major parks and avenues armed with knives, bats and Molotov cocktails to attack Nicaraguan migrants.

Right-wing populist Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 22 August 2018

Khan’s promises of an “Islamic welfare state” will quickly prove to be a cruel hoax as his government imposes a fresh-round of IMF-style austerity.

Canadian ruling elite whips up anti-refugee hysteria to shift politics sharply right

By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 22 August 2018

While posturing as a friend of refugees, the Trudeau government has deported thousands of desperate asylum-seekers trying to flee Trump’s vicious crackdown on immigrants.

Australian university union leaders quit amid escalating sellouts

By Mike Head, 22 August 2018

The NTEU is facing increasing disaffection as it assists managements to impose real wage reductions, greater casualisation and heavier workloads.

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La Grèce sort du plan de sauvetage mais l'UE exige plus d'austérité

Robert Stevens, 22 août 2018

La conclusion du plan de sauvetage est un vote de confiance des marchés financiers sur le fait que le gouvernement pseudo de gauche de Syriza continuera à piller le peuple grec pour payer les banques.

Soixante-dix-huit ans depuis l'assassinat de Leon Trotsky

Eric London, 22 août 2018

Le 21 août 1940, Leon Trotsky, fondateur de la Quatrième Internationale et co-dirigeant de la révolution russe, mourrait des blessures infligées la veille par son assassin, l'agent stalinien du GPU, Ramon Mercader.

Quarante ans depuis l'assassinat de Tom Henehan (1951-1977)
Tom Henehan: une vie révolutionnaire

David North, 22 août 2018

Cet article fut publié en anglais le 16 octobre 2017 à l’occasion du 40e anniversaire de l’assassinat de Tom Henehan, un membre du Comité politique de la Workers League – le prédécesseur du Parti de l’égalité socialiste aux États-Unis. Nous republions ici un hommage rendu par David North lors d’une réunion en 1997.

New in Spanish

Setenta y ocho años desde el asesinato de León Trotsky

Por Eric London y David North, 22 agosto 2018

El 21 de agosto de 1940, León Trotsky, fundador de la Cuarta Internacional y colíder de la Revolución Rusa, murió como consecuencia de heridas infligidas el día anterior por el asesino y agente de la GPU estalinista, Ramón Mercader.

“El mundo entero nos está mirando”
La reunión local de los Teamsters entra en erupción con enojo mientras un funcionario sindical tilda de “subjetivos” los salarios de pobreza de los trabajadores de UPS

Por Norisa Diaz, 22 agosto 2018

El funcionario de los Teamsters Andy Marshall le dijo a la sala de 100 trabajadores de UPS que “en un mundo perfecto” los trabajadores obtendrían lo que quisieran, pero “cuando yo era chico quería un poni”.

El informe del Pentágono apunta a la “influencia global en expansión” de China

Por Peter Symonds, 22 agosto 2018

Aunque el informe se centra en las capacidades militares crecientes de China y su alcance internacional, su fortalecimiento se queda pequeño ante el ejército estadounidense y su sistema mundial de alianzas y bases.

Apenas Grecia cumplió con el rescate financiero, la UE exige más austeridad

Por Robert Stevens, 22 agosto 2018

El resultado del rescate financiero representa un voto de confianza de los mercados financieros de que el gobierno pseudoizquierdista de Syriza continuará saqueando al pueblo para pagar a los bancos.

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78 Jahre seit der Ermordung Leo Trotzkis

Eric London und David North, 22. August 2018

Am 21. August 1940 erlag Leo Trotzki – der Gründer der Vierten Internationale und der wichtigste Führer der Russischen Revolution neben Lenin – den Verletzungen, die ihm der stalinistische GPU-Agent Ramon Mercader am Tag zuvor bei einem Attentat zugefügt hatte.

Aktion „Lebenslaute“ fordert Abschaltung des Verfassungsschutzes

Dietmar Henning, 22. August 2018

Mit einem großen Abschlusskonzert hat das Musik- Aktionsnetzwerk „Lebenslaute“ am Dienstagmorgen seinen Protest gegen das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz in Köln beendet.

Griechenland- „Rettung“ beendet – EU fordert weitere Sparmaßnahmen

Robert Stevens, 22. August 2018

Mit Beendigung des dritten Sparprogramms zeigen die Finanzmärkte, dass sie auf die Fähigkeit der pseudolinken Syriza- Regierung vertrauen, die Bevölkerung im Interesse der Banken weiterhin auszupressen.

Die tödlichen Deals der EU in Afrika

Marianne Arens, 22. August 2018

Die ZDF-Dokumentation „Türsteher Europas“ beleuchtet die Zusammenarbeit der EU mit afrikanischen Regimes, die für blutige Menschenrechtsverletzungen verantwortlich sind.

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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

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Perspective

The United Auto Workers corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

22 August 2018

A sentencing memorandum directly links Fiat Chrysler payouts to the UAW to the effort to “obtain benefits, concessions and advantages in the negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements.”

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

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 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.

Commentary

The “unmaking” of #MeToo’s Asia Argento

By David Walsh, 22 August 2018

The latest episode in the #MeToo drama unfolded earlier this week following the revelation that actress Asia Argento, one of the alleged victims of producer Harvey Weinstein, purportedly paid off a young man who accused her of sexual abuse.

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

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Google employees protest plans to build censored search engine in China

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2018

More on internet censorship »

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

Arts Review

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?” on Showtime: Scattershot satire, with hits and misses

By Carlos Delgado, 22 August 2018

Cohen conducts “prank” interviews intended to ridicule and humiliate his subjects. Some of them are more deserving than others.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 21 August 2018

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

Workers Struggles

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

20 August 2018

Anger over sell-out pay deal at Sheffield Supertram

By Laura Tiernan, 22 August 2018

Under the new agreement, pay will reportedly rise by just £1,700 over three years for a Supertram driver and £1,600 for conductors, far below rates for drivers and conductors at Manchester Metrolink who are covered by the same union.

Mexican public health workers strike, protest over non-deposit of savings
Workers Struggles: the Americas

22 August 2018

Doctors, nurses, dentists, administrative and social workers in public hospitals, clinics and health centers in the Mexican state of Sinaloa struck recently over the government’s failure to contribute its portion to their savings fund.

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

By Nancy Hanover, 20 August 2018

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the new preface written by David North for the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

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

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

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

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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

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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.