UN report warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change within 20 years

By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2018

The increasingly dire warnings from scientists about the impact of human-caused global warming stand in stark contrast with the tepid and complacent response of world governments.

Pompeo visit heightens US-China rift

By James Cogan, 10 October 2018

Testifying to the fraught state of relations, China’s foreign minister publicly lambasted the United States.

Key provision of USMCA trade deal aimed at China

Workers and retirees rally against French government’s austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 10 October 2018

As Macron slashes wage levels and basic social rights in France, growing numbers of workers distrust the unions and are calling for a general strike.

French government on verge of collapse after interior minister resigns

French government staggered by Interior Minister Collomb’s resignation

Striking workers rally at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit

By Kevin Martinez and Kathleen Martin, 10 October 2018

The determination of workers contrasted sharply with the efforts of UNITE HERE to promote local Democratic Party politicians.

Detroit Westin Book Cadillac workers join hotel walkouts

Marriott hotel workers strike spreads to Hawaii

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

“It proves they aren’t fighting for us but against us”
UPS workers speak out against Teamsters’ defiance of their vote

By Will Morrow, 10 October 2018

Yesterday we spoke with Irene, an ex-homeless UPS worker who has been at UPS for 10 years.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters’ defiance of contract vote

After “no” vote by UPS workers, Teamsters bureaucracy declares contract ratified

UPS workers denounce Teamsters effort to impose sellout contract, despite “no” vote

Watch: UPS workers speak out

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

Injured US Amazon workers face “workers compensation” regime rigged in favor of employers

By John Marion and Evan Cohen, 10 October 2018

Injured workers are denied medical treatment and bullied into getting back to work as quickly as possible.

#MeToo-style allegations used to oust popular University of Michigan professor

By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018

John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.

Detroit Medical Center doctors fired after speaking out for patient safety

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009
Limo in crash that killed 20 owned by FBI terror “sting” operative

By Josh Varlin, 10 October 2018

The limo company, owned by a valued FBI agent provocateur, had failed 80 percent of inspections over the last two years, yet remained in business.

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009
Limo crash in upstate New York kills 20

Turkish government steps up attack on jailed airport construction workers

By our reporter, 10 October 2018

The arrests and the police-state methods of the Turkish government are an attack on workers not only in Turkey, but internationally.

“It is not a crime for workers to seek their rights”
Turkish government frames up airport construction workers

Italy: Arrest of Riace mayor sparks protests

By Allison Smith, 10 October 2018

The arrest of Domenico Lucano, the mayor of a small town in the Calabria region of Italy, sparked pro-immigrant protests across Italy this past weekend.

Trial of “Stansted 15” anti-deportation protesters begins in UK

By Margot Miller, 10 October 2018

The activists locked themselves around a government-chartered Boeing 767 on the night of March 28, 2017, to prevent take-off.

Australian encryption bill becomes a global test case for surveillance

By Mike Head, 10 October 2018

Internet service providers would be compelled to facilitate the cracking of encryption codes.

New in Spanish

La confirmación de Kavanaugh y las elecciones de mitad de término en Estados Unidos

Por Patrick Martin, 10 octubre 2018

La campaña completamente derechista librada por el Partido Demócrata durante la nominación de Kavanaugh, enfocada solo en acusaciones de agresión sexual, ha marcado el tono para las elecciones al Congreso.

La oposición de los trabajadores de UPS crece ante la desconsideración de Teamsters de la votación del contrato

Por nuestros reporteros, 10 octubre 2018

Hay una desconfianza y un escepticismo generalizados y crecientes entre los trabajadores por las cifras oficiales de la votación y de la participación.

Disposición clave del acuerdo comercial USMCA dirigida contra China

Por Nick Beams, 10 octubre 2018

Una cláusula del acuerdo comercial de los EUA con Canadá y México tiene por objeto nada menos que un “restablecimiento” de las relaciones comerciales globales.

New in Turkish

UPS işçilerinin “hayır” oyunun ardından, sendika toplu sözleşmenin onaylandığını açıkladı

Jerry White, 10 Ekim 2018

United Parcel Service’de (UPS) çalışan işçilerin, şirket yanlısı bir toplu sözleşmeyi oylamayla reddetmelerinin ardından, sendika, beş yıllık anlaşmanın yine de onaylanmış olduğunu açıkladı.

Gazeteci Kaşıkçı’nın İstanbul’daki Suudi Konsolosluğu’nda işkence görüp katledildiği söyleniyor

Bill Van Auken, 10 Ekim 2018

Kaşıkçı’nın son köşe yazısı, Suudi Arabistan’ın, Yemen’e karşı, Pentagon’dan olmazsa olmaz bir askeri-lojistik destek alan soykırımsal savaşının sürdürülmesini eleştiriyordu.

New in Russian

Кремль терпит ряд поражений на региональных выборах

Андреа Питерс, 9 октября 2018 г.

Результаты региональных выборов, состоявшихся в сентябре, стали свидетельством растущего недовольства в отношении российской правящей партии.

New in French

Le Sénat américain installe le juge de droite Brett Kavanaugh à la Cour suprême

Patrick Martin, 9 octobre 2018

La confirmation de Brett Kavanaugh marque encore un pas majeur à droite de la plus haute cour des États-Unis.

Non aux négociations avec Macron ! Formons des comités d’action pour unifier les luttes !

Alexandre Lantier, 9 octobre 2018

Face au choix entre la contre-révolution macronienne et une lutte pour faire chuter Macron, la seule question qui vaille est comment mobiliser une lutte révolutionnaire.

Après le vote « non » des travailleurs d’UPS, la bureaucratie des Teamsters déclare la convention ratifiée

Jerry White, 9 octobre 2018

La vérité indéniable est que la base a voté non à la convention et le syndicat des Teamsters ignore de façon despotique leur vote et impose cette convention de toute façon.

Le candidat fasciste Jair Bolsonaro en tête de l’élection présidentielle brésilienne

Miguel Andrade, 9 octobre 2018

Avec 46 pour cent des voix, Jair Bolsonaro est en première position, et fera face lors de second tour au candidat du PT, Fernando Haddad, qui s’est placé deuxième, mais avec peu de voix.

New in German

US-Gewerkschaft ratifiziert neuen Tarifvertrag bei UPS gegen den Willen der Arbeiter

Jerry White, 9. Oktober 2018

Die UPS-Arbeiter haben sich mehrheitlich gegen den neuen Tarifvertrag entschieden, doch die Teamster-Gewerkschaft setzt sich despotisch über diese Entscheidung hinweg.

US-Senat bestätigt Brett Kavanaugh als Obersten Richter

Patrick Martin, 9. Oktober 2018

Die Ernennung des strammen Rechtskonservativen für den Supreme Court markiert einen weiteren deutlichen Rechtsruck am höchsten amerikanischen Gericht.

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Perspective

The far-right threat in Brazil and the role of the Workers Party

10 October 2018

The stunning 46 percent vote for the fascistic former army captain Bolsonaro is the end product of decades of betrayals by the Workers Party and its pseudo-left accomplices and apologists.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

10 October 2018

David North, the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, discussed the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International on “Rise and Shine,” Sri Lanka’s most popular English-language morning television show, on October 8.

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

David North, the chairperson of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, will be speaking in the United States this fall to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Featured Commentary

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times

By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2018

If true, the murder of Khashoggi will join a long list of savage crimes by the Saudi regime, very few of which have troubled the Times.

Journalist reported tortured and slain in Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Arts Review

Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born: It’s true, the artist must have “something to say”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 October 2018

Starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is a film about a rising star and a declining one in the music business.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 4
Damien Chazelle’s First Man: Reduced in space—and opera singer Maria Callas, the Afghanistan war, small-town America

By Joanne Laurier, 8 October 2018

More arts reviews »

Commentary

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995-97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 3: The 1997 Ontario teachers’ strike

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 10 October 2018

The unions scuttled the province-wide teachers’ strike not because of any lack of rank-and-file or public support, but because they feared that the teachers’ defiance would spark a wider working-class challenge to the Harris government.

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 2: Unions work to diffuse swelling working-class opposition

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 1: The significance of Harris’ “Common Sense Revolution”

Canada: Workers need a socialist program to fight the right-wing populist danger

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 9 October 2018

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2018

Chemnitz: German Neo-Nazi terrorist group relied on extremist network

By Christopher Lehmann, 9 October 2018

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

US Senate elevates right-wing judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

Obama endorses DSA’s Ocasio-Cortez, along with CIA Democrats

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2018

Socialist Alternative on New York primaries: Burrowing further into the Democratic Party

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

NY Times exposé on Trump fortune: An empire built on tax evasion and fraud
“Behind every great fortune there is a great crime” – Honoré de Balzac

By Barry Grey, 6 October 2018

More on US politics »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2018

Niles Niemuth lays out socialist perspective on healthcare, immigration and more at televised forum

The Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress in Michigan's 12th district, Niles Niemuth, appeared alongside his opponents from the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the pseudo-left Working Class Party, at this televised forum on October 5. Watch Niles' answers above. See the full video, including responses from all candidates, here.

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks in Ann Arbor on the right to universal health care

Mobilize the working class to defend nurses and secure the right to health care!

“Genuine socialists are fighting to put the working class in control”

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth answered questions from commenters at this live online event on September 29. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in upcoming live events.

Campaign events for Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth
Socialism: What it is and how to fight for it

18 September 2018

Campaign website »

Socialist Equality Party

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

By the Socialist Equality Party (France), 9 October 2018

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

By our reporters, 4 October 2018

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Public Meetings:
The fight to drive out the right-wing from the Labour Party and the struggle for socialism

Workers Struggles

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

Protest march on October 2 in the Netherlands
The fight against public sector cutbacks requires a socialist perspective

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo workers angered by UAW obstruction to fight over health and safety

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018

International Amazon Workers Voice

Bernie Sanders covers for Jeff Bezos as fraud of $15 pay raise at Amazon is exposed

By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

“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

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.

More on Amazon »

25 years ago: Clinton announces stepped-up intervention in Somalia

US President Bill Clinton, on a nationally televised address October 7, 1993, announced that he was sending 2,350 more American soldiers to Somalia.

More »

50 years ago: Military officers overthrow Panamanian president

Just 11 days after being inaugurated, On October 11, 1968, Panamanian President Arnulfo Arias was overthrown by the military.

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75 years ago: Italy declares war against Nazi Germany

On October 13, 1943, the Italian government, led by King Victor Emmanuel and Premier Pietro Badoglio, declared war against its former ally, Nazi Germany, just three months after the fall of Mussolini and Italy’s surrender to the Allies.

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100 years ago: British troops capture Beirut

The 7th Division of the British Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) occupied Beirut, the capital city in what is now Lebanon, on October 8, 1918 to secure the roads to Homs in Syria.

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IYSSE

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NOVA, 25 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

History

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

Book review

Dopesick by Beth Macy
Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

By Gary Joad, 25 September 2018

Author Beth Macy paints a searing and heartbreaking portrait of the Appalachian victims of the current opioid epidemic in the United States.

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

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.

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

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

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.