Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

By Nancy Hanover, 27 August 2018

In their fight to reverse years of budget cuts, Washington teachers are giving voice to the anger and determination of educators and workers across the US.

Teachers across Washington state prepare to strike over wages and conditions

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

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Eight children killed in house fire on Chicago’s West Side

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 August 2018

According to the fire department, if working smoke detectors had been in place, the victims would have been woken by the alarms and could have all escaped to safety.

Three killed, nine injured in Jacksonville, Florida mass shooting

By Matthew Taylor, 27 August 2018

The massacre at a video game tournament on Sunday was only the latest in a string of mass shootings in the US.

Archbishop calls on Pope to resign over cover-up of sexual abuse

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2018

There is absolutely nothing progressive in any of the factions of the Roman Catholic Church—a wealthy, powerful institution of the ruling classes that has been a bulwark of political reaction down through the centuries.

Grand jury alleges: Hundreds of Catholic priests abused thousands of children in Pennsylvania

New Australian prime minister forms cabinet after endorsement from Washington

By James Cogan, 27 August 2018

The political turmoil is the outcome of mounting geostrategic tensions between the US and China, and immense popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment.

China-US trade talks: The divisions deepen

By Nick Beams, 27 August 2018

The Chinese Commerce Ministry stated there were “constructive and frank” talks, but gave no indication of any further discussions in the future.

China-US talks but trade war set to escalate

Growing links between German right-wing extremists, police and state government in Saxony

By Sven Heymann, 27 August 2018

The media and establishment politicians are playing down the recent events in Dresden, or openly defending the actions of the police.

German government and police unite with far-right to clamp down on press freedom in Dresden

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

Musicians’ group calls for shutdown of the German secret service

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Macron’s education cuts deny admission to thousands of French university students

By Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018

The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.

Amazon unleashes army of Twitter trolls to improve its image

By Erik Schreiber, 27 August 2018

The company's primary objective is to mitigate the damage from increasingly common exposures of the punishing conditions at its warehouses.

Reported Democratic National Committee hack was a security test

By Mike Ingram, 27 August 2018

Democrats and the news media seized on the supposed hacking attempt to bolster claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and beyond.

NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to more than five years in prison

By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2018

Winner is the first person to be tried by the Trump Administration under the Espionage Act, receiving the longest ever sentence for revealing classified documents.

US-backed Saudi air strikes massacre dozens of Yemeni children for second time in two weeks

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2018

A week before the latest massacre, CNN research revealed that the 500 pound bomb that killed 40 children on 9 August was produced by Lockheed Martin.

India: Kerala floods death toll climbs to 445

By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 27 August 2018

Although water levels are receding, flood survivors have been virtually abandoned by government authorities.

New in French

Trump annule le voyage de son secrétaire d’État en Corée du Nord un jour après son annonce

Ben McGrath, 27 août 2018

Le président américain a directement lié la pression exercée sur la Corée du Nord avec la guerre commerciale avec la Chine, exposant ainsi la nature frauduleuse des discussions de paix avec Pyongyang.

Québec solidaire se dit prêt à soutenir un gouvernement de la CAQ

Louis Girard, 27 août 2018

Le fait que QS soit prêt à marchander avec les éléments les plus réactionnaires démontre la rapidité avec laquelle ce parti de la pseudo-gauche, basé sur les classes moyennes aisées, se tourne vers la droite.

New in Spanish

Régimen saudita respaldado por EUA decapitará a mujer activista y cuatro otros

Por Bill Van Auken, 27 agosto 2018

Las barbáricas decapitaciones, al igual que la masacre de la población civil en Yemen, ocurren con la aprobación del Gobierno estadounidense, el cual persigue rutinariamente sus políticas predatorias bajo la fraudulenta bandera de los derechos humanos.

Sexto primer ministro australiano destituido en 11 años

Por Mike Head, 27 de agosto 2018

Se ha abierto una brecha política e ideológica en el Partido Liberal, como resultado de la desintegración del orden global de posguerra.

Google cierra canales de YouTube extendiendo censura en línea dirigida por el Estado

Por Kevin Reed, 27 de agosto 2018

Google anunció el jueves que había cerrado 58 cuentas de su red social que la compañía dijo que formaban parte de una “campaña de influencia” patrocinada por el gobierno iraní.

"Teamsters no es nuestra voz"
Los trabajadores de UPS responden a la campaña de chantaje de Teamsters

Por nuestros reporteros, 27 agosto 2018

Trabajadores de UPS en todo Estados Unidos siguen expresando oposición al acuerdo entreguista que los funcionarios de Teamster y la patronal quieren obligarles a ratificar mediante intimidación.

New in Turkish

WSWS’nin Google’a açık mektubundan bir yıl sonra
Facebook solcu ve savaş karşıtı örgütlere yönelik sansürü tırmandırıyor

Andre Damon, 27 Ağustos 2018

Google’ın aldığı önlemler, Facebook ve Twitter dahil tüm ABD teknoloji tekelleri tarafından benimsenen kapsamlı bir şirket-devlet sansürü sistemine önayak oldu.

SEP (ABD) Beşinci Ulusal Kongre Kararı
Sınıf Mücadelesinin Canlanması ve Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin Görevleri

27 Ağustos 2018

İşçi sınıfının nesnel radikalleşmesi ile partinin pratiğinin kesişmesi, işçi sınıfının zaferinin, kapitalizmin ortadan kaldırılmasının ve dünya ekonomisinin sosyalist dönüşümünün koşullarını yaratacaktır.

New in German

In Saudi-Arabien droht einer Aktivistin die Enthauptung

Bill Van Auken, 27. August 2018

Saudi-Arabien will Israa al-Ghomgham und vier weitere Aktivisten enthaupten. Die barbarische Todesstrafe genießt – genau wie die Massaker im Jemen – die Unterstützung der Vereinigten Staaten. Das beweist, dass hinter der scheinheiligen „Menschenrechts“-Fassade der USA eine gnadenlose imperialistische Politik steckt.

Trump sagt Reise des US-Außenministers nach Nordkorea einen Tag nach Ankündigung wieder ab

Ben McGrath, 27. August 2018

Dass der US-Präsident seinen Druck auf Nordkorea direkt mit dem Handelskrieg gegen China in Verbindung bringt, entlarvt die „Friedensverhandlungen“ mit Pjöngjang als Farce.

Rot-rote Landesregierung plant drastisches Polizeigesetz in Brandenburg

Noah Windstein, 27. August 2018

Nachdem im Mai in Bayern ein neues Polizeigesetz mit besonders weitreichenden Befugnissen verabschiedet wurde, zieht nun auch Brandenburg nach.

New in Norwegian

Det USA-støttede Saudi-regimet vil halshugge kvinnelig aktivist og fire andre

Bill Van Auken, 25. august 2018

De barbariske halshuggingene, akkurat som nedslaktingen av sivilbefolkningen i Jemen, utføres med den amerikanske regjeringens velsignelser som selv rutinemessig forfølger sin kriminelle politikk under et falskt banner av menneskerettigheter.

Tysk regjering og politiet i skjønn forening med ytrehøyre i Dresden i tilslag mot ytringsfriheten

Peter Schwarz, 25. august 2018

Storkoalisjonen av CDU, CSU og SPD har i stor grad adoptert AfDs politikk, og går lange veier for å hylle det høyreekstremistiske partiet.

En av de største musikalske personlighetene fra det 20. århundreHundreårsjubiléet for Leonard Bernstein – Del 2

Fred Mazelis, 25. august 2018

Ingen kombinerte Bernsteins geni som komponist, dirigent, pedagog og pianist

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Perspective

Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

27 August 2018

The late senator from Arizona represented a bipartisan consensus in support of militarism and the defense of corporate America.

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International Committee of the Fourth International

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

By Vladimir Volkov and Clara Weiss, 27 August 2018

The discovery of hitherto unknown manuscripts of the Soviet Left Opposition is a blow to all attempts to falsify, belittle and slander the struggle of the Trotskyist movement against Stalinism.

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

Arts Review

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette on Netflix: The disorienting, unfunny impact of identity politics on comedy

By Ed Hightower, 27 August 2018

Australian comic Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special, Nanette, has become a huge success. Great claims, unsupported by the reality of the hour-long program, have been made for it.

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century
The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 2

By Fred Mazelis, 25 August 2018

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

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

25 years ago: Israeli cabinet approves Oslo Accord

On August 30, 1993, the Israeli cabinet gave its approval to a tentative agreement reached between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in secret negotiations held in Oslo, Norway.

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50 years ago: Half a million join student protest in Mexico City

On August 27, 1968, an estimated 500,000 students and supporters gathered in Mexico City to protest the administration of President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz.

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75 years ago: Italian workers form factory committees

The revolutionary tide in Italy continued to rise, this week in 1943, as the government of Marshal Badoglio was forced to grant workers the right to elect factory committees by secret ballot.

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100 years ago: Anti-Soviet assassins kill Uritsky, wound Lenin

On the morning of August 30, 1918, outside the offices of the Cheka in Petrograd, Leonid Kannegisser shot and killed Moisei Solomonovich Uritsky, a leading member of the Cheka and member of the Bolshevik Central Committee.

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SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks at election meeting in Brownstown, Michigan

By Tom Hall, 25 August 2018

The meeting, held in the predominantly industrial, working-class Downriver area of metro Detroit, saw a wide-ranging discussion with attendees.

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.

A socialist response to the opioid crisis

By Niles Niemuth, 23 August 2018

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

Workers Struggles

“The Teamsters is not a voice for us”
UPS workers respond to Teamsters campaign of blackmail

By our reporters, 25 August 2018

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

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 »

New Zealand Nurses Organisation lashes out at critics on social media

By Tom Peters, 24 August 2018

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

Seattle-area crane operators strike following rejection of sellout deal

By our reporter, 24 August 2018

Commentary

Google shuts down YouTube channels in expansion of state-directed online censorship

By Kevin Reed, 25 August 2018

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

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Trump cancels secretary of state’s trip to North Korea one day after its announcement

By Ben McGrath, 25 August 2018

US-backed Saudi regime set to behead female activist and four others

By Bill Van Auken, 25 August 2018

The class dynamics of the stock market bull run

By Nick Beams, 24 August 2018

Sixth Australian prime minister ousted in 11 years

By Mike Head, 24 August 2018

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

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2018

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

US political warfare intensifies after Cohen plea, Manafort conviction

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

More on the Trump Presidency »

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

The “unmaking” of #MeToo’s Asia Argento

By David Walsh, 22 August 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witchhunt »

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.

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Steve James, 24 August 2018

“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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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.

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.

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.