Is Washington on the brink of a major attack on Syria?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2018

Threats against the Assad government over the use of chemical weapons have set up the pretext for a sharp escalation of US military intervention.

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

Neo-Nazi mob rampages through East German city of Chemnitz

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2018

Recent events suggest that the far-right demonstrations were closely coordinated with, or even instigated by, the security authorities.

The German army’s new policy doctrine: Preparing for World War III

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2018

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

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 »

More Washington state teachers strike as unions seek to contain struggle

By Alec Andersen, 28 August 2018

On Monday, teachers in Vancouver, the state’s second-largest city, voted to authorize a strike if no deal is reached by the start of school on Wednesday.

Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

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

More on the defense of public education »

As city officials seek to shift blame onto parents
Chicago house fire claims ninth victim

By Kristina Betinis, 28 August 2018

As the dilapidated condition of the property came to light, including a lengthy list of complaints from prior tenants, city and state officials sought to shift the blame onto the victims’ families.

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

Five and one-half year sentence for ex-Fiat Chrysler executive Alphons Iacobelli

By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2018

In bribing officials of the United Auto Workers, the former Fiat Chrysler labor negotiator has insisted that he was carrying out management directives.

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

US prison strike enters second week amid media blackout

By Matthew Taylor, 28 August 2018

Prisoners across multiple states have continued to strike against the brutal conditions under which they are incarcerated.

Ex-Australian prime minister to quit, leaving government in minority

By Mike Head, 28 August 2018

Turnbull’s decision underscores the fragility of the Liberal-National Coalition government, as well as the intensity of the rifts tearing it apart.

New Australian prime minister forms cabinet after endorsement from Washington

Sixth Australian prime minister ousted in 11 years

French government announces plan to undermine pension system

By Francis Dubois, 28 August 2018

While giving tens of billions of euros in tax cuts to the super-rich, President Macron is slashing pensions, eliminating social rights established more than 70 years ago.

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

Malaysian PM in China criticises “new colonialism”

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2018

Prime Minister Mahathir has suspended key Chinese-based infrastructure projects, dealing a significant blow to China’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Anti-Venezuelan pogrom in northern Brazil highlights official promotion of the country’s far-right

By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2018

At least 1,200 Venezuelans were chased to the border, after dozens of Brazilians torched a camp where Army soldiers were screening migrants.

UK: Northamptonshire County Council and the obliteration of local authority services provision

By Paul Bond, 28 August 2018

The council is “reviewing” how to reduce the number of children who are taken into care , cut support for those with learning disabilities and introduce fees or charges for services.

Reports point to growing social inequality in Australia

By John Harris, 28 August 2018

As elsewhere globally, the wealth of Australia’s richest has swollen over the past two decades, alongside mounting financial stress for millions of people.

New in French

Pourquoi la classe dirigeante américaine pleure John McCain

Patrick Martin, 28 août 2018

Le défunt sénateur de l’Arizona représentait un consensus bipartisan en faveur du militarisme et de la défense du monde des affaires américain.

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Por qué la clase gobernante estadounidense está de luto por John McCain

Por Patrick Martin, 28 agosto 2018

El fallecido senador de Arizona representaba un consenso bipartidista en apoyo al militarismo y la defensa de las corporaciones estadounidenses.

Negociaciones comerciales China-EUA: las divisiones se profundizan

Por Nick Beams, 28 agosto 2018

El Ministerio de Comercio chino afirmó que hubo conversaciones "constructivas y francas", pero no dio ninguna indicación de futuras discusiones.

New in German

Warum die herrschende Klasse der USA um John McCain trauert

Patrick Martin, 28. August 2018

Der verstorbene Senator aus Arizona repräsentierte einen parteiübergreifenden Konsens zur Unterstützung des Militarismus und der Verteidigung der amerikanischen Wirtschaft.

Rechtsradikaler Terror in Chemnitz

Johannes Stern, 28. August 2018

Alle offiziellen Statements können nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass die etablierten Parteien für die pogromartigen Szenen in Chemnitz die direkte politische Verantwortung tragen.

Maas will Verhältnis zu den USA „neu vermessen“

Ulrich Rippert und Peter Schwarz, 28. August 2018

Deutlicher als dies Vertreter der Regierung bisher getan haben, bezeichnet der Außenminister die USA als Haupthindernis für eine neue deutsche Großmachtpolitik.

Britischer Außenminister nutzt USA-Besuch, um Boris Johnson als Nachfolger von Theresa May zu propagieren

Robert Stevens, 28. August 2018

Geht es nach der Tory-Fraktion, die einen harten Brexit befürwortet, sind die Tage von Premierministerin May gezählt.

Verfassungsschutz will muslimische Kinder bespitzeln lassen

Gregor Link, 28. August 2018

Ein Papier des Verfassungsschutzes fordert Maßnahmen, die auf die Schaffung eines gesellschaftlichen Klimas des Misstrauens, der Verdächtigung und der Denunziation muslimischer Familien hinauslaufen.

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 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

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders praise McCain: An object lesson in the politics of the pseudo-left

28 August 2018

The elevation of the Democratic Socialists of America, of which Ocasio-Cortez is a member, is a defensive reaction by the ruling class against growing support for socialism in the US.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2018

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

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

Workers Struggles

For a statewide strike in Washington to defend public education!
Build rank-and-file committees to unify educators, parents and students

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 28 August 2018

To fight for better schools and living wages, teachers in Washington must break through the straitjacket imposed by the unions and Democratic Party and mobilize the broadest sections of the working class.

Australian state Labor government intervenes to prevent industrial action by Esso workers

By Terry Cook, 28 August 2018

The Victorian government is seeking to push the long-running dispute at ExxonMobil’s offshore operations back into arbitration.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 August 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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

By our reporters, 25 August 2018

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

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

20 August 2018

Commentary

US union heads meet with Trump over NAFTA

By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2018

The unions are continuing their embrace of the reactionary nationalist agenda of the Trump administration even as trade tensions mount and the White House directs fascistic attacks on immigrant workers.

India: Kerala floods death toll climbs to 445

By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 27 August 2018

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

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2018

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 25 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 »

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part one
Establishment of a deformed workers’ state in Czechoslovakia

By Clara Weiss, 28 August 2018

On August 20-21, 1968, tens of thousands of troops of the Warsaw Pact states invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” and stifle a nascent movement of the working class. This is the first part of a four-part series.

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

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

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.

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.

More »

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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International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon unleashes army of Twitter trolls to improve its image

By Erik Schreiber, 27 August 2018

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

More on Amazon »

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

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.

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.