One of America's deadliest disasters
Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975

By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2018

The estimate of nearly 3,000 deaths attributable to the storm is a searing indictment of the criminal negligence of both the US ruling establishment and the island’s own authorities.

“We are watching and we are coming”
ICE raids North Texas factory, arrests 160 immigrant workers

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 August 2018

In one of the biggest workplace raids in the past decade, ICE arrested 160 migrant workers at a factory north of Dallas.

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“The politicians want to sweep this under the rug”
Hundreds gather to commemorate ten children killed in Chicago house fire

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 29 August 2018

While hundreds went to a vigil to commemorate and mourn the death of the ten children lost to the house fire Sunday morning, Chicago’s Democratic mayor and city aldermen declined to attend.

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

Seattle teachers vote to authorize strike

By Kayla Costa, 30 August 2018

In a mass meeting Tuesday night, thousands of teachers voted to join ongoing strikes by educators across the state of Washington.

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

Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

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US education secretary floats plan to use federal funds to arm teachers

By Khara Sikhan, 30 August 2018

Following Donald Trump's call to arm teachers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting funds meant for hiring support staff to purchasing firearms for schools.

After Florida primary, Republican candidate makes racist attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis warned that his African-American opponent would “monkey up” the state’s economy if elected.

UN condemns Burma’s persecution of Rohingya minority

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 August 2018

The release of the UN panel report coincides with calls for tougher US sanctions against Burma, aimed at pressuring it to scale back its ties with China.

Italy’s far-right interior minister charged with kidnapping

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2018

The state attorney in Agrigento is investigating Italy’s interior minister and chairman of the Lega (League), Matteo Salvini, on charges of deprivation of liberty, illegal detention and abuse of office.

US ambassador praises New Zealand’s Pacific “reset”

By John Braddock, 30 August 2018

Brown’s comments are an enthusiastic endorsement of Labour’s strengthening of New Zealand’s support for Washington’s drive to war against both China and Russia.

Sri Lankan fishermen demonstrate to demand fuel price reductions

By Naveen Dewage, 30 August 2018

The MVOA appealed to the government to lower fuel prices, but it responded by police armed with batons and water cannons, who set up barricades to block the march.

Canadian troops deploy to Mali to prop up pro-Western puppet government

By Felix Gauthier, 30 August 2018

Presented as an act of humanitarian charity, Canada’s intervention in Mali is aimed at laying claim to huge swathes of Africa’s mineral riches.

Former Texas police officer found guilty of murdering unarmed teen

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2018

Prior to this year, the last time a Texas police office was convicted of murder was in 1973.

More on police violence in America »

Tax cuts boost US bank profits to record highs

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2018

Banks and corporations are channeling the bulk of their savings from the tax cuts into stock buybacks, dividend increases and mergers and acquisitions.

New in Norwegian

Ocasio-Cortez og Sanders hyller McCain: Et lærestykke i pseudo-venstres politikk

Joseph Kishore, 28. august 2018

Hausingen av Amerikas demokratiske sosialister (DSA), der Ocasio-Cortez er medlem, er styringsklassens forsvarstiltak mot økende støtte for sosialisme i USA.

Nynazistisk mobb på herjingstokt gjennom den østtyske byen Chemnitz

Johannes Stern, 28. august 2018

Nylige hendelser tyder på at ytrehøyre demonstrasjonene var nært samordnet med, eller til og med iverksatt av sikkerhetsmyndighetene.

Den tyske hærens nye politiske doktrine: Forberedelser for Tredje verdenskrig

Johannes Stern, 28. august 2018

Det tyske forsvarsdepartementets 87-siders dokument gjør det klart at storkoalisjonen bak befolkningens rygg planlegger en massiv gjenopprusting av Bundeswehr og «meget store» militæroperasjoner.

New in French

Un comité de l’ONU fait état de graves crimes de guerre dans la guerre soutenue par les États-Unis au Yémen

Bill Van Auken, 30 août 2018

Washington appuie le massacre, qu'il considère comme faisant partie d'une campagne régionale visant à réduire l'influence de l'Iran et à établir l'hégémonie des États-Unis sur le Moyen-Orient.

Le pacte États-Unis-Mexique vise les rivaux de Washington et la classe ouvrière

Keith Jones, 30 août 2018

L’offensive de l'administration Trump pour remodeler le partenariat économique et militaire entre le Canada et les États-Unis afin de mieux servir Washington et Wall Street provoque une crise historique pour l’élite dirigeante canadienne.

New in Spanish

Una tragedia emanada de la desigualdad: diez niños mueren al incendiarse casa en Chicago

Por Kristina Betinis, 30 agosto 2018

El horroroso incendio en Chicago es un crimen del capitalismo, por el cual son responsables la burguesía y sus representantes políticos.

Panel de la ONU describe crímenes de guerra masivos en guerra respalda por EUA contra Yemen

Por Bill Van Auken, 30 agosto 2018

Washington ha apoyado la masacre como parte de su ofensiva regional para debilitar la influencia de Irán y reafirmar la hegemonía estadounidense en todo Oriente Próximo.

Acusado por Trump de tergiversar resultados de búsquedas, Google niega manipulaciones políticas

Por Andre Damon, 30 agosto 2018

Dice el monopolio del Internet Google, que desde hace un año entierra las opiniones de izquierda en la búsquedas: “nosotros jamás posicionamos los resultados de búsquedas para manipular los sentimientos políticos”.

Huelga de trabajadores municipales peruanos en el distrito más afluente de Lima

Por Cesar Uco, 30 agosto 2018

La huelga en Miraflores resalta la flagrante desigualdad social que impregna al Perú.

El pacto comercial entre Estados Unidos y México tiene como objetivo atacar a los rivales de Washington y la clase trabajadora

Por Keith Jones, 30 agosto 2018

La arremetida de Trump de remodelar relaciones económicas y militares entre Canadá y Estados Unidos para servir mejor a Washington y Wall Street ha producido una crisis histórica en la elite gobernante canadiense.

Maas, ministro de Exteriores alemán, prevé “líneas rojas” europeas para Estados Unidos

Por Ulrich Rippert y Peter Schwarz, 30 agosto 2018

De una forma más clara que anteriormente por parte de otros oficiales gubernamentales, Maas describió a EUA como un importante obstáculo para el nuevo impulso alemán hacia convertirse en una potencia global.

New in German

Trump beschuldigt Google, Suchergebnisse zu manipulieren

Andre Damon, 30. August 2018

Der Internet-Monopolist Google, der seit mehr als einem Jahr linke Suchergebnisse verschwinden lässt, behauptet: „Wir beeinflussen niemals den Rang von Suchergebnissen zugunsten einer politischen Richtung.“

US-Handelsabkommen mit Mexiko richtet sich gegen Washingtons Rivalen und die Arbeiterklasse

Keith Jones, 30. August 2018

Trumps Vorstoß, die wirtschaftliche und militärische Partnerschaft mit Kanada im Interesse Washingtons und der Wall Street umzugestalten, hat die herrschende Elite Kanadas in eine historische Krise gestürzt.

UN-Bericht wirft Saudi-Arabien Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen vor

Bill Van Auken, 30. August 2018

Die Unterstützung der USA für das Blutbad im Jemen ist Teil der Offensive in der gesamten Region, mit der sie den Einfluss des Iran schwächen und die Hegemonie über den Nahen Osten erlangen wollen.

Ungarische Regierung lässt Flüchtlinge hungern

Markus Salzmann, 30. August 2018

Die ungarische Regierung verweigert Flüchtlingen, die sich gegen einen negativen Asylbescheid wehren, systematisch die Nahrung.

Young Euro Classic 2018 – Grenzenlose Musizierfreude und symphonische Poesie

Verena Nees, 30. August 2018

Die 20 nahezu ausverkauften Konzerte von Young Euro Classic 2018 in Berlin setzten einen deutlichen musikalischen Kontrapunkt zur offiziellen Politik, die immer heftiger Fremdenfeindlichkeit und Nationalismus schürt.

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Perspective

Who is to blame for the neo-Nazi rampage in Chemnitz, Germany?

30 August 2018

Over 7,000 neo-Nazis marched through the streets of Chemnitz, attacking people they accused of being foreigners, chanting fascist slogans and giving Nazi salutes.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part three
The intervention of the Pabloites

By Clara Weiss, 30 August 2018

The Pabloite International Secretariat intervened aggressively in Eastern Europe and especially Czechoslovakia in 1968 in order to disorient the opposition to Stalinism within the working class and intelligentsia.

Part one | Part two

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Oppose the ban on Chelsea Manning speaking in Australia!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2018

The SEP demands that Manning be granted her visa and restates its demand for the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.

National Party seeks to prevent Chelsea Manning from entering New Zealand

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 30 August 2018

The National Party’s attempt to bar Manning, who exposed war crimes committed by the US, is part of a worldwide assault on free speech and other democratic rights.

Commentary

Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France opens summer school with overtures to right-wing parties

By Francis Dubois, 30 August 2018

Mélenchon’s invitation of right-wing parties to his summer school marks another milestone in the right-wing trajectory of the middle-class pseudo-left.

Who is Unsubmissive France’s “Comrade Policeman” Alexandre Langlois?

By Anthony Torres, 30 August 2018

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

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2018

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

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2018

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

More on Internet censorship »

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

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 29 August 2018

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

By Keith Jones, 29 August 2018

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

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 »

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian, the last remaining survivor of the famed Manouchian Group of the French Resistance, died on August 4, 2018, at the age of 101.

Arts Review

Hostiles: A US soldier accompanies a Native American chief home in 1892 …
… and homelessness in Seattle in The Road to Nickelsville

By Joanne Laurier, 30 August 2018

Scott Cooper’s Hostiles opens in 1892 in Fort Berringer, New Mexico, as the mass destruction of the Native Americans population is winding down.

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

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

By Nick Barrickman, 29 August 2018

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

By Tim Avery, 29 August 2018

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

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

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

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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

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 »

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.