Tacoma teachers vote to strike Thursday
Walkouts by Washington state educators spread

By Jerry White, 5 September 2018

More than 2,000 teachers in Tacoma voted overwhelmingly to strike as the struggle in Washington escalates, despite union efforts to prevent a statewide walkout.

Seattle Education Association orders teachers to work without contract vote

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

Seventy thousand attend “Rock against the right wing” in Chemnitz, Germany

By our reporters, 5 September 2018

The concert in Chemnitz held under the motto “We are more” showed the massive opposition to right-wing extremism and fascism on the part of workers and youth.

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

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2018

Claims of “humanitarian” concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the “rebels.”

As Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin
Democrats posture over Trump Supreme Court nominee

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2018

Tuesday’s hearing is the beginning of an extended political farce, in which Democrats pretend to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while doing nothing to stop it.

US whistleblower Chelsea Manning defies ban to speak in Australia

By Linda Tenenbaum, 5 September 2018

“Once you’re immersed in a war zone, you realise that it isn’t statistics anymore. These were human lives and flaws and all of the vulnerabilities that people have.”

“Five Eyes” summit in Australia ramps up internet censorship

By Mike Head, 5 September 2018

Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian “foreign interference” and greater control over social media.

Life under capitalism for an American youth
Injured Texas Wal-Mart worker describes how and why she switched to socialism

By Eric London, 5 September 2018

Ashley represents a new wave of workers who are not content with their oppression and are drawing broader political conclusions.

New York police union offers $500 bounty to vigilantes for assisting in arrests

By Leslie Murtagh, 5 September 2018

The union for New York City police sergeants has offered a $500 reward to anyone who assists a cop in making an arrest.

Putin backs widely hated Russian pension reform

By Clara Weiss, 5 September 2018

The pension reform, with or without Putin’s proposed changes, is an aggressive move by the oligarchy in its class warfare against Russian workers.

Turkish lira crisis renews fears of Italian banking system collapse

By Allison Smith, 5 September 2018

Italy’s largest banks are heavily exposed to Turkey’s economy through nearly €20 billion in loans, many of which are going into default.

Argentine government announces “emergency” measures to face deepening recession and growing unrest

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2018

In his speech Monday, President Macri declared that the market had supported Argentina for two years and warned that “poverty will increase.”

Canada: Ex-Conservative leadership candidate to found new right-wing party

By Félix Gauthier, 5 September 2018

A growing section of the Canadian establishment is turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant chauvinism that Maxime Bernier articulates explicitly.

Severe drought hits large regions of Australia

By Frank Gaglioti, 5 September 2018

Government indifference has exacerbated the plight of many farmers and rural communities that are reeling under the dry conditions.

New in Spanish

La lucha contra el fascismo en Alemania requiere una perspectiva socialista

Por el Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 5 septiembre 2018

La ira moral no basta para detener a hordas fascistas: es necesario entender las raíces políticas de su reaparición.

Descubrimiento histórico de manuscritos de la Oposición de Izquierda de principios de la década de 1930

Por Vladimir Volkov y Clara Weiss, 5 septiembre 2018

El descubrimiento de unos manuscritos desconocidos hasta ahora de la Oposición de Izquierda soviética es un golpe a todos los intentos de falsificar, menospreciar y calumniar la lucha del movimiento trotskista contra el estalinismo.

New in French

L’incendie du musée national du Brésil : un crime capitaliste contre le patrimoine de l’humanité

Bill Van Auken, 5 septembre 2018

L’incendie dévastateur, entièrement prévisible et évitable, est emblématique des politiques criminelles menées par le capitalisme au Brésil, dans toute l’Amérique latine et dans le monde entier.

La lutte contre le fascisme en Allemagne nécéssite une perspective socialiste

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 5 septembre 2018

L’outrage moral ne suffit pas à arrêter la foule fasciste : il faut comprendre les racines politiques de sa résurgence.

Royaume-Uni : Jon Lansman de Momentum participe à la chasse aux sorcières contre Corbyn

Paul Mitchell, 5 septembre 2018

Le chef de Momentum Jon Lansman s’est joint à des personnages pro-sionistes et blairistes pour justifier leur campagne de dénigrement de la gauche comme étant antisémite.

Ocasio-Cortez et Sanders font l’éloge de McCain : une leçon de chose dans la politique de la pseudo-gauche

Joseph Kishore, 5 septembre 2018

L’élévation des Democratic Socialists of America, dont Ocasio-Cortez fait partie, est une réaction défensive de la classe dirigeante contre le soutien croissant au socialisme aux États-Unis.

Joignez-vous aux Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale et engagez-vous dans la lutte pour le socialisme!

les Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale (IYSSE – É.-U.), 5 septembre 2018

Joignez l’IYSSE, la seule organisation qui lutte contre la guerre, l'autoritarisme et la dictature, et pour la transformation socialiste de la société.

New in German

Große Koalition beschließt historische Aufrüstung der Bundeswehr

Johannes Stern, 5. September 2018

Hinter dem Rücken der Bevölkerung plant die Große Koalition eine massive Rüstungsoffensive.

Großbritannien
Momentum-Vorsitzender Jon Lansman unterstützt Hexenjagd gegen Corbyn

Paul Mitchell, 5. September 2018

Momentum versteht sich als politische Heimat der Corbyn-Anhänger in der Labour Party. Doch ihr Vorsitzender Jon Lansman rechtfertigt die Kampagne, mit der die Linke als antisemitisch verunglimpft wird.

Der Brand im brasilianischen Nationalmuseum: Ein Verbrechen des Kapitalismus am Erbe der Menschheit

Bill Van Auken, 5. September 2018

Das verheerende Feuer war nicht nur vorhersehbar, sondern wäre auch zu verhindern gewesen. Es ist typisch für die kriminelle Politik des Kapitalismus in Brasilien, in Lateinamerika und auf der ganzen Welt.

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Perspective

As social opposition mounts, Silicon Valley and Washington step up internet censorship

5 September 2018

As executives from Facebook and Twitter prepare to testify on Capitol Hill, the social media monopolies are scrambling to demonstrate how far they have gone to implement censorship.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The Socialist Equality Party and the anti-Corbyn coup plot: A reply to a reader

By Chris Marsden, 5 September 2018

The SEP does not cede leadership to Corbyn, nor stand aside from a political fight that is pitching tens of thousands of workers and youth against a rightist cabal of pro-austerity and pro-war criminals.

Reject the anti-Semitism slurs against Jeremy Corbyn! Drive out the Labour Party right wing!

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 4 September 2018

Labor Day 2018: The growth of the class struggle and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Jerry White, 3 September 2018

History of the Fourth International

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

The founding of the Fourth International on September 3, 1938, was an event of great historical significance and contemporary relevance.

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

By our reporter, 5 September 2018

Out of all the candidates running for the House in Michigan, Niemuth submitted the most petition signatures, garnering the support of more than 5,800 voters in the district.

Elissa Slotkin: A CIA Democrat runs for Congress in Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2018

Abolish student debt! Public education is a social right!

By Niles Niemuth, 31 August 2018

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 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

Book Review

Olen Steinhauer’s The Middleman: An American uprising, darkly imagined

By James Brookfield, 5 September 2018

At the outset of The Middleman a group of approximately 400 Americans scattered throughout the country suddenly disappear from their day-to-day lives without telling friends and family.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Commentary

The burning down of Brazil’s national museum: A capitalist crime against the heritage of humanity

By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2018

The US media declares war, once again, on comic Louis C.K.

By David Walsh, 4 September 2018

Line-up of reaction and militarism at McCain memorial

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2018

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

Is the Mueller investigation preparing to indict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange?

By James Cogan, 1 September 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

Workers Struggles

United Steelworkers union extends contract at ArcelorMittal and US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 September 2018

The USW has called for a strike vote at US Steel to let workers blow off steam while the union works behind the scenes to push through another sellout deal.

Argentine teachers, transport workers in strike action
Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 September 2018

Teachers in Buenos Aires province struck for three days last week for pay and infrastructure improvements, while Buenos Aires area bus drivers struck against arbitrary dismissals and the generally poor shape of transport facilities.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Teamsters head to UPS workers: Don’t complain, creating new tiers is “what we’ve always done”

By Will Morrow, 1 September 2018

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

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

25 years ago: US helicopter gunships murder hundreds in Somalia

On September 9, 1993, two US Cobra helicopter gunships swooped down on a large crowd of Somali civilians protesting at a checkpoint in Mogadishu.

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50 years ago: US casualties escalate in Vietnam

The Pentagon announced on September 5, 1968 that US casualties in Vietnam totaled 408 for the last week in August, the highest weekly figure in three months.

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75 years ago: Allied forces invade Italy

On September 3, 1943, the Allied powers began a full-scale invasion and occupation of Italy with large detachments of British and Canadian troops.

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100 years ago: Red Army launches attack on Kazan

On September 7, 1918, the Red Army began shelling Kazan, the most important city held by the counterrevolutionary forces opposed to the Bolshevik regime.

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Arts Review

Young Euro Classic 2018—a display of boundless musical virtuosity and symphonic poetry

By Verena Nees, 3 September 2018

100 years since the birth of American filmmaker Robert Aldrich
Including an interview with film historian Tony Williams

By David Walsh, 31 August 2018

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

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.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 31 August 2018

There is no doubt that the Stalinists’ decision to sacrifice the Manouchian Group was bound up with their genocidal onslaught against Trotskyism and the Left Opposition.

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

IYSSE

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 31 August 2018

Join the IYSSE, the only organization fighting against war, authoritarianism and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

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

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 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 »

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.