Sixth Australian prime minister ousted in 11 years

By Mike Head, 24 August 2018

A political and ideological schism has opened up in the Liberal Party, driven by the disintegration of the post-war global order.

“We need a united front of auto and UPS workers”
Autoworkers warn UPS workers: Don’t trust the union

By Will Morrow, 24 August 2018

An autoworker from Toledo, Ohio told us that “if UPS workers could find a way to break away from their union, the autoworkers would follow them.”

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

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

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

As Trump attacks attorney general, Democrats seek to channel all opposition behind anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2018

Both Trump and the Democrats want to keep their raging conflict entirely within the boundaries of the official political system.

US political warfare intensifies after Cohen plea, Manafort conviction

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

Trump, Republicans exploit murder of Molly Tibbetts to stoke anti-immigrant racism

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 August 2018

The killing of a young Iowa woman has become a pretext for the Trump administration and its supporters to intensify attacks on immigrants.

Hundreds of detained immigrants join US national prison strike

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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Amazon Prime Day produces 209 percent increase in UK health and safety complaints

By Steve James, 24 August 2018

Prime Day saw strikes at Amazon warehouses in Germany and Spain and a work to rule in Poland.

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

“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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Los Angeles teachers vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018

After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.

Puerto Rico’s teachers hold one-day strike

By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2018

Puerto Rico teachers began the school year with a one-day protest against privatization and crumbling schools.

Seattle-area crane operators strike following rejection of sellout deal

By our reporter, 24 August 2018

Crane operators in western Washington state walked out Tuesday after voting down a deal negotiated by the operating engineers’ union that contained an inadequate wage increase.

Mayor demands New Yorkers “respect police officers”

By Isaac Finn, 24 August 2018

Following the posting of a handful of videos on social media of New York City residents cursing at police, Mayor de Blasio told New Yorkers that they “have to respect police officers.”

Former New York City jail guards union head convicted of bribery

By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2018

The conviction of former New York prison guards’ union president Norman Seabrook sheds light on a corrupt nexus of police, union and corporate-financial figures exchanging money and favors.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation lashes out at critics on social media

By Tom Peters, 24 August 2018

The union posted an inflammatory statement on Facebook aimed at intimidating opposition to its sellout of health workers.

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

Russian Duma presses ahead with pension reform in face of overwhelming popular opposition

By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2018

While 90 percent of the population opposes the reform, the Duma debate was dominated by its proponents.

Two migrants die as Morocco unleashes crackdown on behalf of Spain and the European Union

By Alejandro López, 24 August 2018

The catastrophe unfolding in Morocco is a direct result of the EU’s “Fortress Europe” policy and shutdown of other entry routes into Europe.

Unions stump for big business PQ in Quebec’s October election

By Félix Gauthier, 24 August 2018

The entire history of the PQ shows it to be a faithful and ruthless defender of the interests of the Quebec bourgeoisie.

New in French

Un an après la lettre ouverte du WSWS à Google
Facebook intensifie la censure des organisations de gauche et antiguerre

Andre Damon, 24 août 2018

Mardi, Facebook a annoncé la suppression de centaines de comptes d’utilisateurs et de pages, nombre d’entre eux s’opposant aux crimes des gouvernements américain, saoudien et israélien au Moyen-Orient.

Un groupe de musiciens appelle à l’abolition des services secrets allemands

Dietmar Henning, 24 août 2018

Mardi, le groupe de musiciens «Lebenslaute» a conclu une manifestation de deux jours contre l’Office fédéral de la protection de la Constitution (BfV), autrement connu comme le service secret allemand.

La «ruine» d’Asia Argento de #MeToo

David Walsh, 24 août 2018

Le dernier épisode du drame #MeToo s'est déroulé plus tôt cette semaine suite à la révélation que l'actrice Asia Argento, l'une des victimes présumées du producteur Harvey Weinstein, aurait acheté le silence d'un jeune homme qui l'a accusée de l’avoir agressé sexuellement.

New in Norwegian

Ett år etter WSWS’ åpne brev til Google
Facebook eskalerer sensur av venstreorienterte, antikrigorganisasjoner

Andre Damon, 23. august 2018

På tirsdag annonserte Facebook fjerningen av hundrevis av brukerkontoer og sider, mange av dem som motsatte seg USAs, Saudi Arabias og Israels regjerings forbrytelser i Midtøsten.

Musikeraksjonister krever nedleggelse av det hemmelige tyske politi

Dietmar Henning, 23. august 2018

Musikeraksjonistene Lebenslaute avsluttet tirsdag morgen en to-dagers protest mot BfV – det tysk hemmelige politi – med en stor avslutningskonsert ved BfVs hovedkvarter i Köln.

New in Spanish

Un año desde la carta abierta del WSWS a Google
Facebook intensifica la censura de organizaciones izquierdistas y antiguerra

Por Andre Damon, 24 agosto 2018

El martes, Facebook anunció que había eliminado cientos de cuentas y páginas, muchas de ellas opuestas a los crímenes de los Gobiernos de EUA, Arabia Saudita e Israel en Oriente Próximo.

Audios filtrados confirman la colusión del sistema de justicia peruano con los cárteles de la droga y la corrupción estatal

Por Armando Cruz, 24 de agosto 2018

El nuevo escándalo es otro golpe a un establishment político y estatal ya desacreditado enormemente después de las revelaciones del escándalo de Lava Jato.

A Se resquebraja el barniz progresista del gobierno español del PSOE

Por Paul Mitchell, 24 de agosto 2018

El programa del PSOE es austeridad para la clase trabajadora y militarismo al servicio de las ambiciones geoestratégicas españolas.

Los EUA siguen aterrorizando a los inmigrantes: más de 500 niños aún no han sido reagrupados con sus padres

Por Trévon Austin, 24 de agosto 2018

Los padres de 366 niños que fueron separados ya han sido deportados a sus países de origen sin sus hijos, incluyendo a seis menores de menos de 5 años de edad.

La conspiración del sindicato Teamsters y UPS para recortar las prestaciones de salud

Por Kayla Costa, 24 de agosto 2018

Los esfuerzos actuales de los Teamsters para empujar un contrato entreguista siguen una serie de ataques contra los trabajadores de UPS, incluyendo un esquema ya adoptado en 2013 que reduce los beneficios sanitarios de los trabajadores.

New in German

Ein Jahr nach dem Offenen Brief der WSWS an Google
Facebook verschärft Zensur von linken und Antikriegs-Organisationen

Andre Damon, 24. August 2018

Am Dienstag kündigte Facebook die Löschung von hunderten Benutzerkonten und Seiten an, von denen viele den Verbrechen der amerikanischen, saudischen und israelischen Regierungen im Nahen Osten entgegentreten.

Dresden: Pegida, Polizei und Regierung vereint gegen Pressefreiheit

Peter Schwarz, 24. August 2018

Ein Polizeieinsatz gegen ein Filmteam in Dresden wirft ein grelles Licht auf die enge Verbindung zwischen Rechtsextremismus, Polizei und Regierung.

Trotz Pattsituation im Atomstreit: Trump unterstützt Gespräche mit Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 24. August 2018

Trumps Prahlerei über seine „gute Chemie“ mit dem nordkoreanischen Führer Kim Jong-un deutet darauf hin, dass Washington sich erhofft, Pjöngjang enger an die USA binden und gegen China aufbringen zu können.

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Perspective

The class dynamics of the stock market bull run

24 August 2018

The record-breaking stock market rally is the outcome of the relentless class war pursued by the ruling elite after the 2008 financial crash.

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Commentary

How the secret service and the far-right AfD control German politics

By Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2018

Meetings between secret service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen and senior AfD members make clear that the decision to target the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) is part of a right-wing conspiracy in the state apparatus.

Musicians’ group calls for shutdown of the German secret service

German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch list

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 17 August 2018

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

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

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2018

The “unmaking” of #MeToo’s Asia Argento

By David Walsh, 22 August 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witchhunt »

Arts Review

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century
The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 1

By Fred Mazelis, 24 August 2018

There was no one else who combined Bernstein’s genius as a composer, conductor, educator and pianist.

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.”

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

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

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.

Workers Struggles

Rail staff at UK rail concessions plan further strikes
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 August 2018

The unions are continuing to limit job actions opposing work rule changes aimed at eliminating thousands of guard positions aimed at slashing costs while compromising safety.

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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

A socialist response to the opioid crisis

By Niles Niemuth, 23 August 2018

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

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.

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.