US political warfare intensifies after Cohen plea, Manafort conviction

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2018

With the conviction of Manafort and the guilty plea by Cohen, the four aides who stood closest to Trump exactly two years ago are all now convicted criminals.

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

Australian prime minister faces ouster by extreme-right faction

By Mike Head, 23 August 2018

Whatever the immediate outcome of this turmoil, the schism tearing apart the ruling Liberal-National Coalition will worsen.

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

Musicians’ group calls for shutdown of the German secret service

By Dietmar Henning, 23 August 2018

On Tuesday, the musicians group’ “Lebenslaute” concluded a two-day protest against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), as the German secret service is called.

The Teamsters/UPS conspiracy to slash workers’ health care

By Kayla Costa, 23 August 2018

The current effort of the Teamsters to push through a concessions contract follows a series of attacks on UPS workers, including a scheme adopted in 2013 to cut health care benefits.

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

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

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Hundreds of detained immigrants join US national prison strike

By Trévon Austin, 23 August 2018

Detained immigrants have linked their struggle with prisoners to protest inhumane living conditions.

Brutal conditions in US prisons drive inmates to strike

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

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Trump backs talks with North Korea despite nuclear stalemate

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2018

Trump’s bragging about his “good chemistry” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suggests that Washington hopes to align Pyongyang more closely with the US and against China.

UK Labour leader Corbyn silent on Afghanistan troop deployment

By Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2018

May’s announcement is a servile response to the demands of Trump, who has reversed his election promise to reduce US involvement in Afghanistan.

Spanish Socialist Party government’s progressive veneer cracks

By Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2018

The PSOE’s programme is austerity for the working class and militarism in the service of Spain’s geo-strategic ambitions.

Death toll rises from Greek forest fires

By John Vassilopoulos, 23 August 2018

Fire victims have demonstrated outside parliament to protest inadequate assistance from the Syriza government.

Australia: Footage reveals brutal prison murder of young Aboriginal man

By John Harris, 23 August 2018

The killing is the latest in a series of violent attacks perpetrated by prison officers.

New in Turkish

Yunanistan kurtarma programından çıkarken AB daha fazla kemer sıkma talep ediyor

Robert Stevens, 23 Ağustos 2018

Yunanistan’daki işçilerin yaşam koşullarındaki herhangi bir iyileşme, kurtarma öncesinde olduğu gibi, işçi sınıfının AB’ye ve gerici sahte-solcu Syriza hükümetine karşı harekete geçmesine bağlı olacaktır.

Arjantin mali erimenin eşiğinde

Cesar Uco, 23 Ağustos 2018

Derinleşen ekonomik krizin gündeme getirdiği belirleyici sorun, işçi sınıfı içinde, DEUK’un uğruna mücadele ettiği sosyalist enternasyonalizm perspektifine dayanan yeni bir devrimci önderliğin inşasıdır.

New in Spanish

El escándalo de corrupción del sindicato automotor UAW y el llamado a construir comités de base

Por Joseph Kishore, 23 agosto 2018

Un memorándum de condena que asocia directamente los sobornos de Fiat Chrysler con el UAW al efecto de “obtener beneficios, concesiones, ventajas en las negociaciones y en la administración de convenios colectivos”.

El primer ministro griego Tsipras afirma que se han terminado los recortes sociales mientras Syriza prepara más austeridad

Por Alex Lantier, 23 agosto 2018

El discurso de Tsipras aclamando la caducidad de la década del plan de rescate de la Unión Europea a Grecia fue una sarta de mentiras de principio a fin.

El gobierno de Maduro en Venezuela impone la terapia de choque capitalista

Por Bill Van Auken, 23 agosto 2018

Con el objetivo de evitar un colapso económico, el plan coloca toda la carga de la crisis sobre las espaldas de la clase trabajadora venezolana.

Argentina al borde del colapso financiero

Por Cesar Uco, 23 agosto 2018

Tras el colapso de la lira turca, una mega-devaluaciones del peso argentino amenaza con un colapso económico.

Fascistas realizan marcha pogromista contra inmigrantes nicaragüenses en Costa Rica

Por Andrea Lobo, 23 agosto 2018

Matones fascistas marcharon el sábado en los principales parques y avenidas armados con cuchillos, bates y bombas molotov para atacar a migrantes nicaragüenses.

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Tsipras annonce la fin des plans de sauvetage européens alors que Syriza prépare plus d’austérité

Alexandre Lantier, 23 août 2018

Le discours de Tsipras, qui saluait la conclusion du plan de sauvetage européen pour la Grèce qui a duré presque une décennie, n’était qu’un paquet de mensonges de bout en bout.

Le scandale de la corruption du syndicat UAW et pourquoi il faut des comités de base

Joseph Kishore, 23 août 2018

Un mémorandum juridique établit un lien direct entre l‘argent versé par Fiat Chrysler au syndicat UAW et les efforts « pour obtenir bénéfices, concessions et avantages dans les négociations et la gestion des conventions collectives ».

Cohen plaide coupable, Manafort est reconnu coupable
L’étau juridique se resserre sur la Maison-Blanche de Trump

Patrick Martin, 23 août 2018

L’événement le plus dommageable pour Trump pourrait être la déclaration de Michael Cohen, qui a plaidé coupable à huit chefs d’accusation, dans lesquels il a admis avoir agis dans deux cas sous la direction du président.

Deux études révèlent que l’espérance de vie aux États-Unis diminue à mesure qu’augmente la mortalité chez les jeunes adultes

Kate Randall, 23 août 2018

Alors que de nombreux autres pays ont connu un rebond de l’espérance de vie en 2016, les États-Unis et le Royaume-Uni ont continué d’enregistrer des baisses de l’espérance de vie pendant deux années consécutives.

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): la lutte résistante du groupe Manouchian
1er partie: l’itinéraire politique et l’action militaire des résistants

Francis Dubois et Alexandre Lantier, 23 août 2018

Alors que l’Union européenne fait un virage vers l’extrême-droite et répudie les acquis sociaux arrachés par les travailleurs au 20e siècle, la lutte du Groupe Manouchian acquiert une puissante résonnance.

Le mouvement #MeToo et le dossier contre Charlie Chaplin: Pourquoi et comment l’establishment américain fabrique des scandales sexuels

David Walsh, 23 août 2018

Avec l’aide des médias américains, J. Edgar Hoover et le FBI fabriquèrent une campagne de diffamation sexuelle et politique qui endommagea la carrière cinématographique de Chaplin, l’isola de son public et le força finalement à quitter les États-Unis en 1952.

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Wie der Verfassungsschutz und die AfD die deutsche Politik bestimmen

Peter Schwarz, 23. August 2018

In jüngster Zeit sind zahlreiche Einzelheiten darüber bekannt geworden, wie sich der Verfassungsschutz intensiv in die deutsche Innenpolitik einmischt und gezielt die äußerste Rechte stärkt.

Griechenland: Tsipras verkündet Ende der Sparpolitik und bereitet zugleich neue Kürzungen vor

Alex Lantier, 23. August 2018

Der griechische Premier Alexis Tsipras reihte eine Lüge an die nächste, als er in einer Rede das Ende der zehnjährigen Kreditprogramme der EU feierte.

Salvini: 177 Flüchtlinge dürfen Schiff in Catania nicht verlassen

Marianne Arens, 23. August 2018

Die italienische Lega/Fünf-Sterne Regierung hält die Geflüchteten als Geiseln fest, um andere EU-Länder zu erpressen.

Korruptionsskandal der United Auto Workers: Warum Betriebskomitees notwendig sind

Joseph Kishore, 23. August 2018

Eine gerichtliche Erklärung im Korruptionsskandal der UAW stellt fest, dass die Zahlungen von Fiat Chrysler an die Autogewerkschaft direkte Auswirkungen auf die Tarifverhandlungen hatten.

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Perspective

One year after WSWS open letter to Google
Facebook escalates censorship of left-wing, anti-war organizations

23 August 2018

On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of user accounts and pages, many of them opposing the crimes of the American, Saudi and Israeli governments in the Middle East.

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.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

A socialist response to the opioid crisis

By Niles Niemuth, 23 August 2018

Ending the opioid crisis that is raging throughout Michigan and across the US requires a socialist program and a frontal attack on wealth of the corporate and financial elite.

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

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

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

The New York Times and the specter of socialism

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

Commentary

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

By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2018

The “unmaking” of #MeToo’s Asia Argento

By David Walsh, 22 August 2018

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

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

Arts Review

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

By Carlos Delgado, 22 August 2018

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

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.

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

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.