Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

A storm surge of as much as 11 feet of water was accompanied by winds approaching 120 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

“This should be a mass movement if we want to get what we want”
Chicago hotel workers’ strike continues for eighth day

By our reporting team, 14 September 2018

WSWS reporters visited and spoke to picketing workers at the JW Marriott Chicago hotel and Palmer House hotel in Chicago’s downtown.

“Gas, rent and milk goes up and we’re still making the same money”
Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out

New owner at low-wage Detroit auto parts supplier DMS

By David Rodriguez, 14 September 2018

Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened to great fanfare in 2012, is typical of the low wage sweatshops that predominate in the auto parts industry.

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo casting plant cited for safety violations before latest worker injury

Critically injured Kokomo Fiat Chrysler worker faces protracted recovery

UAW silent after Fiat Chrysler worker injured at Kokomo casting plant

More on autoworkers issues »

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

Elissa Slotkin: A CIA Democrat runs for Congress in Michigan

Facebook censors ThinkProgress

By Trévon Austin, 14 September 2018

Facebook labeled a story from the left-wing ThinkProgress web site as “false” based on a “fact check” by the far-right Weekly Standard.

New York Times covers up Google’s censorship

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Proposed methane rule repeal continues Trump’s deregulation of polluters

By Daniel de Vries, 14 September 2018

The EPA announced a plan Tuesday to enable oil and gas companies to release more greenhouse gases.

Duisburg, Germany: Social democratic mayor agitates against refugees and migrants from Eastern Europe

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 September 2018

Mayor Sören Link was able to broadcast his racist demagogy on one of Germany’s leading TV channels, claiming citizens from other EU countries were flocking to Germany to cash in on social benefits.

Trial starts five years after fascist murder of French student Clément Méric

By Anthony Torres, 14 September 2018

As they try to integrate neo-fascist politicians into official mainstream politics, the police and the ruling elite are whitewashing the murder of Méric.

Grenfell Fire: Fire Brigades Union warned of cladding dangers 19 years ago

By Paul Bond, 14 September 2018

The FBU report proves that every aspect of fire safety had failed at Grenfell Tower, due to decades of deregulation and cuts, long before the fire broke out.

Scandal erupts over Dutch state’s funding of Islamist terror group in Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 14 September 2018

The Dutch government spent nearly 70 million euros to fund jihadist groups as part of the US-NATO led regime change war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Political showdown erupts in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 14 September 2018

The battlelines between President Duterte and Senator Trillanes express the twin pressures upon the Filipino ruling class of geopolitical tensions and mounting social unrest.

Australian unions amass wealth as membership plummets

By Mike Head, 14 September 2018

The transformation of the unions into corporate operations cannot be explained by corruption and it is not unique to Australia.

Australia: Union calls one-day stoppage at University of Newcastle

By John Harris, 14 September 2018

The National Tertiary Education Union’s demands centre on maintaining the “consultative” and “committee” structures through which it has helped management impose restructuring and job cuts.

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A la barre, l’extrême-droite justifie le meurtre de Méric: «Il l’a voulu»

Anthony Torres, 14 septembre 2018

La défense du meurtre de Méric par Serge Ayoub souligne que c’était un acte politique fasciste commis en lien avec de puissantes forces au sein de l’État et de la police.

L'ouragan Florence: une autre catastrophe d'origine humaine qui se prépare

Tom Hall, 14 septembre 2018

L'autosatisfaction de Trump pour sa réponse à la dévastation de Porto Rico l'an dernier, au moment même où les habitants de la Caroline se préparent à l'une des pires tempêtes de l'Atlantique de l'histoire, résume la cruauté et la criminalité de la classe dirigeante américaine.

Pour réduire encore plus les coûts, PSA sous-traite les opérations d’Opel en Allemagne

Marianne Arens, 14 septembre 2018

La sous-traitance de la recherche et du développement de Rüsselsheim marque une autre étape importante dans le démantèlement d’Opel.

Royaume-Uni: Des membres rivaux du Parti socialiste se disputent le poste de chef adjoint du syndicat des fonctionnaires

Robert Stevens, 14 septembre 2018

Cet épisode sordide démontre que les organisations de pseudo-gauche ne sont pas indépendantes de la bureaucratie syndicale.

New in Spanish

Huracán Florence desnuda desastroso estado de infraestructura en EUA

Por Tom Hall, 14 septiembre 2018

Las palmadas de Trump en su propia espalda por la respuesta a la devastación en Puerto Rico el año pasado, mientras los residentes de las Carolinas se preparan para una de las peores tormentas del Atlántico en la historia, captan la insensibilidad y criminalidad de la burguesía.

China y Rusia fortalecen lazos para contrarrestar las amenazas de Estados Unidos

Por Peter Symonds, 14 septiembre 2018

Después de su reunión, ni Xi ni Putin nombraron a Trump, pero no dejaron dudas de que sus lazos más cercanos son una reacción a las medidas punitivas de Washington.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Красная армия начинает наступление на Казань

10 сентября 2018 г.

7 сентября 1918 года Красная армия начала обстрел Казани, наиболее важного города, оказавшегося под контролем контрреволюционных сил, боровшихся против большевистского режима.

New in German

SPD heuchelt Opposition gegen AfD und Maaßen

Johannes Stern, 14. September 2018

All das Gehabe im deutschen Bundestag kann über eine zentrale politische Tatsache nicht hinwegtäuschen. Die AfD wird von der herrschenden Klasse nicht „bekämpft“, sondern bewusst aufgebaut und politisch gefördert.

China und Russland stärken ihre Beziehungen gegen Drohungen der USA

Peter Symonds, 14. September 2018

Weder Xi noch Putin erwähnten Trump nach ihrem Treffen, doch beide ließen keinen Zweifel daran, dass ihre engere Zusammenarbeit eine Reaktion auf Washingtons Strafmaßnahmen ist.

Verdi vereinbart Abbau von 6.000 Arbeitsplätzen und mehr als 200 Standortschließungen bei T-Systems in Deutschland

Dietmar Henning, 14. September 2018

Der von der Vereinigten Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (Verdi) geführte Betriebsrat der Telekom-Tochter T-Systems hat den größten Personalabbau seit der Privatisierung der Deutschen Telekom vor zwei Jahrzehnten ausgearbeitet.

Hurrikan „Florence“ offenbart den katastrophalen Zustand der Infrastruktur in den USA

Tom Hall, 14. September 2018

Trumps Selbstlob für seine Politik beim verheerenden Hurrikan in Puerto Rico im letzten Jahr, während sich gerade einer der größten Stürme nähert, steht für die ganze Gleichgültigkeit und Kriminalität der herrschenden Klasse in den USA.

5.000 demonstrieren in Essen gegen Rechts

Dietmar Henning, 14. September 2018

Die Demonstranten protestierten nicht nur gegen die Neonazis, sondern auch gegen ihre Unterstützung durch die Bundesregierung.

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Perspective

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

14 September 2018

While the Trump administration is preparing for a massive expansion of immigrant internment camps, the Democratic Party has abandoned the issue.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

By our reporter, 14 September 2018

Niles spoke with students at Wayne State University about the fight for socialism and the struggle against war and social inequality.

“Why the working class needs socialism” Large turnout to hear SEP candidate Niles Niemuth at University of Michigan

By our reporters, 13 September 2018

Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally!

By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district website

16 August 2018

Visit our 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 candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

Commentary

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2018

The anniversary has coincided with a series of increasingly punishing measures by Washington to back the Netanyahu regime in Israel and starve the Palestinians into submission.

UN report on food security
One in every nine human beings goes hungry

By Patrick Martin, 13 September 2018

Chelsea Manning speaks in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 September 2018

Workers and youth oppose Australian government ban on Chelsea Manning

Ronan Farrow’s #MeToo campaign brings down Leslie Moonves at CBS

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018

Seventeen years after 9/11: From “war on terror” to “great power conflict”

By Andre Damon, 12 September 2018

The political roots of the terror attack on New York and Washington

Fifteen thousand protest throughout Germany against war, police repression and the fascist right

By our reporters, 12 September 2018

German neo-Nazis attack Jewish restaurant during far-right riot in Chemnitz

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Trades Union Congress in Britain silent on anti-Corbyn coup plot

By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2018

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

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

Workers Struggles

Invergordon whisky distillery in Scotland demands workers accept a £10,000 pay cut or lose their jobs

By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 14 September 2018

The GMB trade union has been pushing for the modernisation for some time, effectively functioning as a regional investment agency.

Ryanair cabin crew to strike five European countries, Nigerian teachers walk out
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 September 2018

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

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

By Tom Mackaman, 8 September 2018

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline
Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

Over 1,000 Ryanair cabin crew and pilots strike in Germany

By our reporters, 13 September 2018

The Ryanair strike and the resurgence of international class struggle

Teachers strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 13 September 2018

Australia: Reject NTEU sellout at Macquarie University! For a unified national struggle against cuts!

By the Committee For Public Education, 13 September 2018

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) forum reviews lessons of nursing union sellout

IYSSE

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 12 September 2018

CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!

By IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 8 September 2018

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured Amazon worker Angela: “If workers controlled Bezos’ billions, nobody would be homeless”

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) spoke to Angela Shelton, an injured worker at the DFW7 Amazon fulfillment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where a number of injured workers have recently been made homeless.

“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

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

More on Amazon »

Public meetings in Australia

Nick Beams to lecture at Australian universities on the contemporary significance of Karl Marx

6 September 2018

The lectures will make clear that Marx’s theoretical breakthroughs were inextricably linked to his political work as a revolutionary determined to arm the emerging working class with a program that advanced its independent interests.

SEP Australia to livestream meeting in Sydney on the political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

6 September 2018

The meeting on Sunday, September 30 will be addressed by Nick Beams and James Cogan. WSWS readers across Australia and internationally can watch it live or later on the SEP's Facebook page.

Arts Review

Poor and unhealthy: Australia’s artists in social free-fall

By Kaye Tucker, 12 September 2018

Bisbee ’17: The deportation of Arizona copper miners is a “still-polarizing event”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 September 2018

Leave No Trace: An Iraq War veteran looks to leave the world behind

By Kevin Martinez, 6 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

25 years ago: Clinton begins campaign for NAFTA ratification

On September 14, 1993, the US administration of President Bill Clinton began its efforts to win ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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50 years ago: 300,000 participate in silent march in Mexico City

On September 13, 1968, the student-led National Strike Council organized a silent march through Mexico City, which mobilized some 300,000 protesters.

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75 years ago: German troops expand occupation of Italy

On September 10, 1943, German troops invaded Naples, Rome and other Italian cities.

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100 years ago: Trotsky appeals to Czechoslovak troops

On September 13, 1918, in an appeal written days after the capture of Kazan by the Red Army, Leon Trotsky issued a special appeal to the Czechoslovak forces fighting on the side of the counterrevolution.

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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

Science

Waste plastics poison the food chain and contribute to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018

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

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

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 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

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

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

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

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.

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

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

Bringing Julian Assange Home

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

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.