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Gavin Newsom: A California governor groomed by the financial aristocracy

By Dan Conway, 23 October 2018

The Los Angeles Times recently published a report documenting the role of eight wealthy San Francisco families in bankrolling the political career of Democrat Gavin Newsom.

Indian court dismisses Maruti Suzuki workers’ bail application

By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018

There is incontrovertible evidence the Maruti Suzuki workers have been jailed for life as the result of a crude frame-up, but the judge callously refused to hear any of it.

Another US provocation against China: Two warships sail through Taiwan Strait

By Peter Symonds, 23 October 2018

The naval operation follows an inflammatory speech by US Vice-president Mike Pence earlier this month criticising China on all fronts.

Sharp decline in numbers in latest China Rich List

By Robert Campion, 23 October 2018

The fall reflects the impact of a slowing Chinese economy, the impact of the US trade war measures and sharp falls in China’s share markets this year.

New Zealand military covered up killing of Afghan children

By Tom Peters, 23 October 2018

A recent article by journalist Nicky Hager revealed that an elite medic in the SAS combat unit was given a medal after killing two Afghan boys in a firefight.

War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2018

Under conditions of mounting social opposition and escalating plans for military conflict, the US political establishment is moving to ever more brazenly implement internet censorship.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Detroit's reality: Infant corpses found piled up in funeral home

By Lawrence Porter, 22 October 2018

Police raids following an anonymous tip and a lawsuit have uncovered dozens of fetuses, several children’s bodies and hundreds of containers of human remains.

Julian Assange takes legal action against Ecuadorian government

By James Cogan, 22 October 2018

WikiLeaks lawyers will challenge Ecuador’s threat to evict Assange from its London embassy if he does not accept anti-democratic conditions for continuing asylum.

People’s Vote campaign ups ante against hard Brexit with large London protest

By Robert Stevens, 22 October 2018

The campaign in support of a second referendum on British membership of the EU is a cross-party initiative with significant support and funding from the political and corporate elite.

China growth slows to lowest level since financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 22 October 2018

While the trade war launched by the US has yet to make a significant impact on growth, the official Chinese statement referred to what is called the “severe international situation.”

A color revolution in the making: Vladimir Kara-Murza and Keith Gessen at Columbia University

By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2018

The event at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute was a stark testimony to the advanced preparations for a US-backed color revolution in Russia.

Bernie Sanders tours Michigan to prop up the Democratic Party

By Matthew Brennan, 22 October 2018

The candidate brought his “revolution” to Ann Arbor Michigan to drum up support for establishment and right-wing political candidates.

New York’s Metropolitan Republican Club hosts leader of fascistic street gang

By Tom Carter, 22 October 2018

This event exposes the close ties between a faction of the Republican Party and the political gutter of open racists, bigots and the “alt-right.”

Australian government suffers major defeat in Wentworth by-election

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2018

The swing against the Liberal candidate was the largest ever against a government candidate in a federal by-election.

Socialist Alternative and Democratic Socialists of America hold election rally for Democrats in Chicago

By Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2018

The pseudo-lefts are collaborating to refurbish the image of the increasingly right-wing Democratic Party, which is running an unprecedented number of CIA agents in the midterms.

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

By the WSWS Steelworker Newsletter, 22 October 2018

Form rank-and-file committees to mobilize all steelworkers in a common fight!

The political issues posed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ “Change the Rules” campaign

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 22 October 2018

The very “Fair Work Australia” industrial legislation the unions claim to be fighting to change were imposed with their support.

Who is responsible for the rise of the fascistic Bolsonaro in Brazil?

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2018

An array of pseudo-left groups, many of which were involved in founding the PT, are advancing a vote for this right-wing capitalist party against Bolsonaro.

Saudi regime admits Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate

By James Cogan, 20 October 2018

The Saudi version of events, a crude cover-up attempt, is a compilation of improbable lies.

Pompeo meets with Mexican government as its police attack Honduran migrants

By Eric London, 20 October 2018

Hundreds of women and children were injured in the crackdown on a narrow bridge over the river separating Mexico and Guatemala.

Record high income in 2017 for top one percent of wage earners in US

By Gabriel Black, 20 October 2018

In 2017, the top one percent of US wage earners received their highest paychecks ever, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.

Death toll from Hurricane Michael reaches 36 as residents struggle to recover

By Matthew Taylor, 20 October 2018

Thousands are homeless one week after the category four storm made landfall.

Trump demands five percent budget cut from each Cabinet department

By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2018

In a move to counter the growing federal deficit, Trump has called upon each Cabinet secretary to cut spending.

Historian seeks release of Israel’s secret papers on Kfar Qasem massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2018

Historian Adam Raz believes what has long been rumoured—that behind the horrific massacre in which 51 people were killed was a secret plan developed at the highest level of the Israeli state to transfer Israel’s Palestinians to Jordan.

European Union and Rome fight over Italian budget

By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2018

In the conflict over the Italian budget, the EU Commission takes the side of the banks, stock exchanges and credit agencies, while the government pursues a course of militarism and attacks on immigrants and workers.

UC healthcare and service workers to begin three-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018

AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.

As Trump administration prepares to withdraw from nuclear missile treaty

US charges new Russian conspiracy to interfere in midterm elections

By Will Morrow, 20 October 2018

The charges have been released without the slightest evidence, but have immediately been accepted as gospel and amplified by the American media.

“McStrike”: UK unions police anger of young workers

By Alice Summers and Robert Stevens, 20 October 2018

Behind talk of a coordinated struggle, the demand of service workers for better pay and conditions is being misled by the trade unions.

India seizes “shadow bank” to avert potential “catastrophic” impact on financial system

By Kranti Kumara, 20 October 2018

Financial observers have said the collapse of IL&FS could have been India’s “Lehman Brothers moment”—a reference to the September 2008 bankruptcy that triggered the global financial meltdown.

Quebec: Nine-month lockout continues, as talks at Alcoa’s ABI smelter collapse

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 October 2018

Confident that the Steelworkers union will continue to leave the ABI workers to fight alone, the aluminum bosses have repeatedly upped their concession demands.

Nineteen sentenced to death over 2004 grenade attack in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 20 October 2018

The harsh sentences dovetail with a broader crackdown on political opposition by the Awami League-led government.

New Zealand opposition in crisis over links to Chinese businessman

By Tom Peters, 20 October 2018

Allegations that the National Party leader failed to disclose a donation have been seized on by the media and NZ First Party to ramp up the nationalist anti-China campaign.

Nauru expels another doctor amid growing protests over Australia’s refugee detention centres

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2018

International rights organisations and thousands of doctors have condemned the persecution of refugees.

Divisions erupt within Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 20 October 2018

Allegations that President Maithripala Sirisena told a cabinet meeting that “Indian intelligence” was planning to assassinate him, have brought deep rifts within the government to the surface.

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker

One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 20 October 2018

A year after the tragic loss of this young Ford worker, family, friends and co-workers continue to demand the truth about his sudden and untimely death.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Police attack striking workers in India and Bangladesh

20 October 2018

Police opened fire on garment workers demanding unpaid wages in Bangladesh, while Indian authorities attacked protesting health workers.

Trump threatens to deploy military to close US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 19 October 2018

Trump, with the complicity of the Democrats, has invoked the phony “threat” of the immigrant caravan to whip up xenophobia before the midterm elections.

Trump scrambles to cover for Saudi regime as crisis over Khashoggi murder mounts

By Barry Grey, 19 October 2018

Pompeo’s meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed were aimed at signaling continued US support while making a pretense of seeking a full accounting of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Wall Street volatile as global economy becomes “fragile”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2018

Market instability is being fuelled by the worsening global economic outlook and escalating trade tensions between the US, China and other countries.

The Harvard case on racial preferences and the antidemocratic character of affirmative action

By Ed Hightower, 19 October 2018

Affirmative action policies seek to conceal the class division in society while permitting the political right to pose as defenders of equal protection.

Anti-Kissinger protest at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 19 October 2018

Protesters gathered outside of NYU’s business school to oppose the appearance of the notorious war criminal Henry Kissinger.

New York City teachers union attempts to rush through sellout contract

By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018

The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.

Layoffs at Fiat Chrysler's Kokomo transmission operations heighten concerns over outsourcing

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2018

Temporary layoffs affecting more than 3,000 employees have hit Fiat Chrysler workers at two Kokomo, Indiana transmission plants.

Brexit impasse at European Union summit

By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2018

The failure to reach any agreement over Brexit is the product of escalating national antagonisms within Europe and internationally.

Italian Interior Minister Salvini orders removal of migrants from Riace

By Marianne Arens, 19 October 2018

The right-wing coalition government has ordered the removal of all migrants from the “village of hospitality” in southern Calabria.

Australian government backs far-right “OK to be white” motion in Senate

By Mike Head, 19 October 2018

The government’s embrace of the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi groups, has a far-reaching significance.

New Zealand rail union promotes sellout at Wellington meeting

By our reporter, 19 October 2018

Wellington rail workers employed by Transdev and Hyundai Rotem held stopwork meetings called by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union to ratify yet another pro-company agreement.

One year of the #MeToo movement

By David Walsh, 19 October 2018

The ostensible aim of this movement is to combat sexual harassment, i.e., to bring about social progress. However, the repressive means resorted to give the lie to the campaign’s “progressive” claims.

The raid on Unsubmissive France and the global rise of state repression

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2018

Coming after the brutal state murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the raid on LFI points to a generalized resort to police state repression against political opposition

Trump administration accelerates war drive against China

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2018

Since Vice President Mike Pence’s denunciations of Beijing two weeks ago, the anti-China drumbeat from top US officials has increased.

Genuine socialism vs. the Democratic Party politics of Bernie Sanders

By Niles Niemuth, 19 October 2018

Amid growing opposition to capitalism and interest in socialism, Sanders plays a critical role in directing oppositional sentiments back behind the Democratic Party.

Why are they back?

New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

South African plastics workers in national strike; Capetown transport workers wildcat

19 October 2018

Some 10,000 plastics workers in South Africa are on strike seeking the revocation of a pay reduction while bus drivers in Capetown walked out Monday demanding improvements in wages and working conditions.

CIA Democrat Max Rose faces off against Trump Republican in Staten Island

By Daniel de Vries, 18 October 2018

A debate Tuesday evening in Staten Island demonstrated the right-wing character of the Democratic Party’s opposition to Trump.

Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 18 October 2018

The letter effectively confirms that if the WikiLeaks founder is forced to leave Ecuador’s embassy, on whatever pretext, the British government will deliver him into the hands of the US.

Record flood of cash to buy US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 18 October 2018

The sheer scale of the fundraising and spending demonstrates the profoundly anti-democratic character of the American political system.

After 250,000 people march in Berlin

The way forward in the struggle against the far-right danger in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert and Johannes Stern, 18 October 2018

Last weekend’s massive demonstration in Berlin expressed widespread popular opposition to the return of fascism and militarism in Germany.

Florida gubernatorial election: Suddenly “socialism” becomes the issue

By Matthew MacEgan and Jean Bellevie, 18 October 2018

Democrat Andrew Gillum is being falsely portrayed as a progressive, left-wing candidate by both his supporters and his Republican opponent.

US, Mexican and Guatemalan governments harass caravan of Honduran refugees

By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2018

Thousands of refugees are fleeing rampant violence and poverty imposed by the economic plundering and political meddling of US imperialism.

After police raids on LFI, French courts and media denounce Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2018

The official reaction to the police raids on Mélenchon’s LFI movement shows that a police state exists and is rapidly consolidating itself in France.

Macron organises French cabinet reshuffle to pursue austerity and militarism

By Francis Dubois, 18 October 2018

The government reorganisation will not resolve the crisis of rule emerging from growing working class opposition to Macron's program.

UAW faces growing opposition from Indiana Lear workers following contract rejection

By Marcus Day, 18 October 2018

Following the overwhelming “no” vote Sunday, UAW officials have sought to placate workers’ anger and denounced the WSWS’s widely-shared article as “lies.”

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

By Will Morrow, 18 October 2018

If the Teamsters leadership has so far been able to suppress opposition to its defiance of workers’ “no” vote, it is thanks only to its loyal opposition in the TDU.

Seventh New York taxi industry driver commits suicide

By Leslie Murtagh and Daniel de Vries, 18 October 2018

The suicide shines a spotlight on the dire conditions facing drivers of the approximately 80,000 cars in New York City affiliated with ride-sharing app companies.

Peru: Fujimori and other right-wing politicians detained for links to Odebrecht scandal

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 18 October 2018

For more than 12 years, Odebrecht won contracts and projects in Peru by paying off top officials and businessmen.

Australia: Horse-racing lobby forces Sydney Opera House to advertise $13 million horse race

By Richard Phillips, 18 October 2018

Racing industry, media and government bullying of Opera House management was angrily rejected by tens of thousands of Sydney residents.

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

By Eric London, 18 October 2018

The WSWS spoke to one of the authors of a recent study exposing the charlatanry that dominates postmodern-obsessed academic circles.

Feigning moral outrage, the Times’ Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2018

Friedman poses the problem of how to respond to the murder of Khashoggi from the “practical” standpoint of imperialist Realpolitik.

UCU recall conference seeks to silence opposition to sell-out of UK lecturers’ strike

By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2018

Anyone believing that today’s recall will provide an opportunity to discuss the betrayal underestimates the contempt of the union apparatus for democratic debate.

Socialist Equality Party Congressional candidate Niles Niemuth visits Detroit hotel workers’ picket line

By our reporter, 18 October 2018

Workers on strike at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit spoke with the SEP’s candidate for Michigan’s 12th congressional district Wednesday about their struggle and the broader issues facing working people.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers

55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

Australia backs Trump as US ramps up anti-China drive

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2018

There is an intense discussion in Australian think tanks and military and intelligence circles over the need to accelerate preparations for regional and global war.

Striking Tamil Nadu auto workers face dismissal

By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018

The unions have refused to mobilise workers to defend strikers at Yamaha, Enfield and MSA, and instead are making futile appeals to the courts and state government.

Australian housing market slumps toward potential crash

By James Cogan, 17 October 2018

Many borrowers face becoming “mortgage prisoners,” condemned to paying off loans greater than the value of their homes.

Striking hotel workers starved on meager or no strike pay

The multi-billion-dollar business of American trade unions

By Jerry White, 16 October 2018

Hotel workers currently on strike in the US are getting meager or no strike pay, meted out by “unions” that are in fact businesses—cheap labor contractors run by well-paid corporate managers.

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

While Trump’s remarks are absurd, the hypocrisy of his critics in American ruling circles, given their long support for the murderous Saud regime, is staggering.

Washington state Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as “arbitrary and racially biased”

By Kate Randall, 16 October 2018

The ruling invalidating the state’s 37-year-old death penalty law makes Washington the latest in a string of states in recent years to abandon capital punishment.

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”

Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

By Marcus Day, 16 October 2018

The vote is a further demonstration of workers’ determination to fight back against decades of declining wages, benefits, and working conditions.

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Rank-and-file steelworkers must begin to mobilize now to demand time to study and discuss the full contract before any vote on this latest sellout deal.

“National crisis” facing UK National Health Service as deficits grow

By Ben Trent, 16 October 2018

The budget deficits are the outcome of a systemic attack on a public health service provider with the intent of bringing the 70-year-old institution into private hands.

As Pakistan seeks IMF bailout, US intensifies pressure on Islamabad

By Sampath Perera, 16 October 2018

Washington has served notice that it intends to leverage Pakistan’s current account crisis to disrupt Islamabad’s economic and strategic partnership with China

Australian Labor Party leader vows to cut taxes for the rich

By Mike Head, 16 October 2018

The handouts to business and high-income households demonstrate the fraud of Labor’s claims to be tackling “fairness.”

Australia: Hutchison pushes cuts to waterfront workers’ wages and conditions

By Terry Cook, 16 October 2018

The Maritime Union of Australia has cleared the way for the latest attacks by collaborating in the destruction of jobs, wages and conditions for decades.

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2018

The social media monopoly’s removal of left-wing news pages with millions of followers is the latest step in a conspiracy by the state and the technology giants to censor the internet.

A quarter-million protest in Berlin against the grand coalition and the return of fascism

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 October 2018

Nearly 250,000 people demonstrated Saturday in Berlin against racism, the far-right Alternative for Germany’s witch-hunting of immigrants, and the reactionary policies of the grand coalition government.

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

A worker from southern California reported that during balloting on the contract, UPS management asked workers how they voted and whether they wanted to change their vote.

Death toll from Hurricane Michael continues to climb

By Matthew Taylor, 15 October 2018

Hurricane Michael is now considered to be the third most powerful storm to impact the US.

Trump considers reinstating family separations at the border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 October 2018

The proposal to force parents to choose between separation and deportation to war-torn Central America is a form of emotional torture.

Brexit crisis leaves fate of May government in balance

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2018

If the May government fails to secure an EU deal without precipitating a pro-Brexit Conservatives and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) rebellion, a general election might result, bringing a Jeremy Corbyn Labour-led government to power.

New York judge dismisses a sexual assault charge against producer Harvey Weinstein

By David Walsh, 15 October 2018

Judge James Burke took the action after it came to light that a New York City police detective had failed to report an interview with a friend of one of the complainants, Lucia Evans, which casts doubt on her version of events.

Washington presses Central America to militarize and turn away from China

By Andrea Lobo, 15 October 2018

With immigrants as the initial target, the militarization is ultimately aimed at suppressing any challenge from below and turning Central America into a battlefield in US wars against other “great powers.”

Scottish National Party proposes pact with Labour for second Brexit referendum

By Steve James, 15 October 2018

The SNP is proposing support for a Labour government in the UK based on demands for a rerun of the 2016 Brexit vote.

Chicago cop cleared in the 2012 killing of 15-year-old Dakota Bright

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 October 2018

The decision means that Brandon Ternand will not face any discipline for the murder and will be reinstated to active duty with back pay.

In Rome, Salvini and Le Pen launch campaign for a neo-fascist Europe

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Exploiting reactionary austerity policies carried out by social-democratic and pseudo-left parties across Europe, the two neo-fascistic leaders posed as defenders of the peoples of Europe.

Unions to “work with” Quebec’s new right-wing populist government

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2018

After decades of suppressing working class opposition to Liberal and PQ-led austerity governments, the unions are now offering their services to François Legault and his right-wing populist CAQ government.

Massachusetts: National Grid joins roster of companies risking customers’ lives

By John Marion, 15 October 2018

Another incident by a gas utility has been linked to overpressurization of gas lines.