UN panel cites massive war crimes in US-backed war on Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2018

Washington has backed the slaughter as part of a region-wide offensive to weaken the influence of Iran and assert US hegemony over the Middle East.

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

Accused by Trump of rigging search results, Google denies political bias

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2018

The internet monopoly, which has worked to bury left-wing political viewpoints in search results for over a year, said, “We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Behind the coordinated social media censorship by Facebook, Twitter and Google
What is FireEye?

By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2018

The cyber-security firm FireEye has high-level connections with military intelligence and Wall Street and is working with social media companies to promote censorship.

US-Mexico trade pact takes aim at Washington’s rivals and the working class

By Keith Jones, 29 August 2018

Trump’s push to refashion the Canada-US economic and military partnership to better serve Washington and Wall Street has thrown the Canadian ruling elite into a historic crisis.

US union heads meet with Trump over NAFTA

“Everyone should go out on strike, even nationwide”
Mass support for teachers’ walkouts in Washington state

By Hector Cordon and Nancy Hanover, 29 August 2018

Educators throughout the state are rallying and striking to demand livable wages and improved school conditions.

Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

More on the defense of public education »

US threatens North Korea with resumption of war games

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2018

Trump’s decision to halt talks with North Korea and resume joint military drills with South Korea could rapidly lead to the renewal of extreme tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

New Australian government to intensify pro-US militarism and class war

By James Cogan, 29 August 2018

The policies being rolled out underscore the fact that one of the objectives behind ousting Turnbull was to refashion the Liberal Party into a far more right-wing movement.

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

Sixth Australian prime minister ousted in 11 years

The “spice” drug crisis in Britain

By Anna Mayer, 29 August 2018

The prevalence of the drug “spice” among the homeless highlights that the roots of the pandemic are social, not individual.

UK Court of Appeal reinstates Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba

By Ajanta Silva, 29 August 2018

Despite only being a trainee paediatrician at the time of Jack Adcock's death, the responsibilities heaped on Bawa-Garba as a junior doctor that day were extraordinary.

Auckland nurse denounces union’s sellout deal in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2018

A nurses’ union member spoke with the WSWS over worsening conditions at the South Auckland hospital and the growing anger of health workers over the union’s betrayal.

Whistleblowers expose Australian government crimes at Nauru refugee camp

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2018

Medical professionals have warned that children suffering severe mental illness are at risk of dying at the Australian-operated detention centre.

New in Turkish

ABD egemen sınıfı neden John McCain’in yasını tutuyor?

Patrick Martin, 29 Ağustos 2018

McCain’i bir bütün olarak ABD egemen seçkinlerine sevdiren ve hafta sonuna yayılan aşırı övgü dalgasını açıklayan, Amerikan emperyalizminin savunusuna olan bu mutlak bağlılıktır.

New in Spanish

Ocasio-Cortez y Sanders elogian a McCain: una lección objetiva en la política de la pseudoizquierda

Por Joseph Kishore, 29 agosto 2018

La elevación de los Socialistas Democráticos de América, con Ocasio-Cortez como miembro, es una reacción defensiva de la burguesía contra el creciente apoyo hacia el socialismo en EUA.

¿Está Washington al borde de un gran ataque contra Sira?

Por Bill Van Auken, 29 agosto 2018

Amenazas contra el gobierno de Assad sobre el uso de armas químicas han preparado el pretexto para una intensa escalada de la intervención militar estadounidense.

Horda neonazi realiza ataques en ciudad alemana de Chemnitz

Por Johannes Stern, 29 agosto 2018

Los acontecimientos recientes sugieren que las manifestaciones ultraderechistas fueron coordinadas estrechamente con o incluso instigadas por las autoridades de seguridad.

El gobierno francés anuncia un plan para socavar el sistema de pensiones

Por Francis Dubois, 29 agosto 2018

Mientras da decenas de miles de millones de euros en recortes de impuestos a los súper ricos, el presidente Macron está recortando las pensiones, eliminando los derechos sociales establecidos hace más de 70 años.

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Washington est-il au bord d'une attaque majeure contre la Syrie ?

Bill Van Auken, 29 août 2018

Les menaces contre le gouvernement Assad concernant l’utilisation d’armes chimiques ont ouvert la voie à une forte intensification de l’intervention militaire américaine.

Une bande néo-nazie se déchaîne dans la ville est-allemande de Chemnitz

Johannes Stern, 29 août 2018

Les évènements récents suggèrent que les manifestations d’extrême droite ont été étroitement coordonnées avec, ou même instiguées par, les services de sécurité.

A son université d’été, Mélenchon prépare un regroupement tous azimuts

Francis Dubois, 29 août 2018

L‘université d’été de La France insoumise a invité des politiciens de droite à collaborer à l’opposition populiste et anti-marxiste à Macron que Mélenchon veut construire.

Qui est Alexandre Langlois, le «camarade policier» de Mélenchon?

Anthony Torres, 29 août 2018

Un agent du renseignement qui a un peu lu Marx et a travaillé dans un appareil qui flique les manifestants, Langlois joue un rôle majeur à La France insoumise.

Pour une grève à la grandeur de l’État de Washington pour défendre l’éducation publique!
Créons des comités de la base pour unifier les enseignants, les parents et les élèves

le Bulletin des enseignants du WSWS, 29 août 2018

Dans leur lutte pour de meilleures écoles et de meilleurs salaires, les enseignants de l’État de Washington doivent briser la camisole de force qui leur est imposée par les syndicats et le Parti démocrate et mobiliser le plus de sections possibles de la classe ouvrière.

Les enseignants de l'État de Washington exigent la grève et de fortes augmentations de salaire

Nancy Hanover, 29 août 2018

Dans leur combat pour inverser les compressions budgétaires, les enseignants de l‘État de Washington expriment la colère et la détermination des éducateurs et des travailleurs de tous les Etats-Unis

« Le syndicat n’est pas notre voix »
Les travailleurs d'UPS répondent à la campagne de chantage du syndicat des Teamsters

nos correspondents, 29 août 2018

Les travailleurs d’UPS de tous les Etats-Unis continuent d’exprimer leur opposition à l’accord au rabais que le syndicats des Teamsters et la direction de l’entreprise cherchent à faire ratifier par les travailleurs en les intimidant

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Internetzensur auf Geheiß des Staats
Google schaltet Social-Media-Konten ab

Kevin Reed, 29. August 2018

Letzte Woche gab Google bekannt, dass es 58 Konten von seinen Social-Media-Plattformen YouTube, Blogger und Google+ gesperrt hat, die angeblich Teil einer weltweiten Strategie von „schädlichen Akteuren“ und „Beeinflussungskampagnen“ seien.

Steht Washington kurz vor einem Großangriff auf Syrien?

Bill Van Auken, 29. August 2018

Drohungen gegen die Assad-Regierung wegen des angeblichen Einsatzes von Chemiewaffen dienen als Vorwand für eine deutliche Ausweitung der US-Militärintervention.

Ocasio-Cortez und Sanders schwärmen für McCain: Eine Musterlektion zur Politik der Pseudolinken

Joseph Kishore, 29. August 2018

Das Emporkommen der DSA stellt eine Abwehrreaktion der herrschenden Klasse gegen das wachsende Interesse am Sozialismus in den USA dar.

Italien: Innenminister Salvini der Freiheitsberaubung angeklagt

Marianne Arens, 29. August 2018

Die Staatsanwaltschaft von Agrigent ermittelt wegen Freiheitsberaubung, illegaler Festnahme und Amtsmissbrauchs gegen den italienischen Innenminister und Lega-Vorsitzenden Matteo Salvini.

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Perspective

A tragedy born of inequality: Ten children die in Chicago house fire

29 August 2018

The horrific fire in Chicago is a crime of capitalism, for which the ruling class and its political representatives are responsible.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part two
The Prague Spring

By Clara Weiss, 29 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 second part of a four-part series.

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

Commentary

German Foreign Minister Maas sees Europe setting “red lines” for US conduct

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 29 August 2018

More clearly than government officials have done so far, Maas describes the US as a major obstacle to a new German drive to become a world power again.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 28 August 2018

Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

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

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2018

Neo-Nazi mob rampages through East German city of Chemnitz

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2018

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

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

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

India: Kerala floods death toll climbs to 445

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

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

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

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s brief for dismantling democracy

The “unmaking” of #MeToo’s Asia Argento

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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP candidate speaks with incoming students at Wayne State University in Detroit

By Niles Niemuth, 29 August 2018

The campaign team and I spoke with hundreds of students about my campaign for Congress in Michigan’s 12th District, about socialism, and about the fight against war and social inequality.

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

By Tom Hall, 25 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.

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

Arts Review

How well-deserved is the great success of Crazy Rich Asians?

By Nick Barrickman, 29 August 2018

A great deal of fanfare has surrounded the opening of the film, due principally to the fact that Crazy Rich Asians is the first major Hollywood picture since The Joy Luck Club (1993) to feature an all-Asian cast.

Disney stands by firing of James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy

By Tim Avery, 29 August 2018

The Walt Disney company has remained firm in its decision to dismiss director James Gunn over tweets unearthed by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich.

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

By Fred Mazelis, 25 August 2018

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

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

By Ed Hightower, 27 August 2018

Workers Struggles

Peruvian municipal workers strike in Lima’s most affluent district

By Cesar Uco, 29 August 2018

The strike in Miraflores highlights the glaring social inequality that pervades Peru.

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

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

By Terry Cook, 28 August 2018

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 August 2018

“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

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.

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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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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

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

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

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 »

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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.