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APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike

By Alex González, 8 February 2018

More than 4,000 autoworkers are fighting for a better salary and working conditions.

IG Metall union shuts down strike by hundreds of thousands in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2018

The suppression of the strike paves the way for the formation of a grand coalition government that will slash workers’ wages and benefits to pay for military rearmament.

Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches

By Eric London, 7 February 2018

The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.

ICE agents arrest Kansas chemistry professor who was taking his daughter to school

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 February 2018

The scope of the administration’s brutal immigration policies continues to widen as stay orders become increasingly out of reach for blue and white collar workers.

Julian Assange loses initial bid to overturn British arrest warrant

By Mike Head, 7 February 2018

Even if the judge withdraws the warrant next week, Assange still faces extradition to the US to be tried on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

Political crisis erupts in the Maldives

By Rohantha De Silva, 7 February 2018

After the Maldives president imposed a state of emergency, the opposition leader called for an Indian intervention into the small Indian Ocean state.

Polish president signs bill censoring free speech about the Holocaust

By Clara Weiss, 7 February 2018

The action will have a “chilling effect” on all forms of political speech and scientific research opposed by the ultra-right Polish authorities.

UAW contracts must be declared null and void

By Jerry White, 7 February 2018

The corruption revealed in the unfolding scandal is not an aberration, but expresses the very essence of the UAW.

Australia: Why the RBTU is muzzling railworkers

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 February 2018

Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.

Global markets plunge as Dow records biggest ever one-day point fall

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

One of the most significant features of yesterday’s decline was its speed with the Dow plunging 900 points in just 11 minutes in an avalanche of selling.

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2018

US aggression against North Korea would almost certainly trigger retaliation and result in an escalating conflict that would drag in other nuclear-armed powers such as Russia and China.

Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2018

A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.

Germany’s Grand Coalition for austerity and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018

In the final stretch of coalition negotiations, SPD leader Martin Schulz announced an agreement between his party and the conservative CDU/CSU on European policy.

Hamburg police searching for G20 protesters Europe-wide

By Marianne Arens, 6 February 2018

The extension of the operation is part of the plans of the grand coalition between the SPD and Christian Democrats to further strengthen police powers and coordinate security policy on a European basis.

May’s China visit highlights UK’s post-Brexit dilemma

By Jean Shaoul, 6 February 2018

The US tied May’s hands, leading to her refusal to sign a memorandum of understanding officially endorsing China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Post-Grenfell Tower fire report confirms systemic corporate flouting of health and safety standards

By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2018

Even on essential safety issues like fire prevention, the Hackitt report considers it too great an imposition on landlords to demand, in law, that they carry out basic improvements such as fitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks.

Brazil’s political crisis deepens after court upholds conviction of Lula

By Miguel Andrade, 6 February 2018

The unexpected unanimous decision by the appeals court on both the conviction of Lula and the lengthening of his jail sentence unleashed a frenzied run-up on the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

Surging violence and political crisis in Congo

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 6 February 2018

The year-old civil war in central Congo’s Kasai provinces is now producing more refugees than the wars in Iraq and Syria.

Families’ spokesman on New Zealand earthquake building collapse: “Are there people who are above the law?”

By Sam Price, 6 February 2018

Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died when the CTV building crumbled during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, condemned the police decision not to prosecute anyone over the disaster.

Australian electricity unions suspend industrial action

By Terry Cook, 6 February 2018

Without any mass meetings, the trade unions called off industrial action by thousands of Ausgrid workers.

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”

The working class and the capitalist economy

By Nick Beams, 5 February 2018

Friday’s fall on world stock markets, in response to an uptick in US wages, demonstrates the significance of Marx's labor theory of value, which explains the inner workings of the capitalist economy.

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying

By Eric London, 5 February 2018

In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

Evidence that Norwood Jewell was bribed to sign 2015 UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 5 February 2018

Fiat Chrysler threw a lavish party for Jewell, two months after the top administrative body of the UAW tagged him to lead negotiations with the automaker.

German grand coalition parties negotiate over rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2018

While the media reported “breakthroughs” in health and housing policies, initial reports on the coalition paper show what the talks are really about.

French president Macron to end lifetime job guarantee for public sector workers

By Francis Dubois, 5 February 2018

The Macron government is seeking to scrap the rights of public sector workers amid rising strikes and social protests across Europe.

Two crew members killed in South Carolina train crash

By Jeff Lusanne, 5 February 2018

An Amtrak train operating on a CSX railroad was mistakenly sent into the path of a freight train on Sunday, killing the crew and injuring over 100 passengers.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2018

The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018

The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Australian Labor Party parliamentarian resigns over dual citizenship furore

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2018

David Feeney’s case underscores the reactionary character of the ongoing witch hunt.

India strengthens ties with ASEAN countries

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 February 2018

Modi’s manoeuvres with ASEAN are part of India’s transformation into a frontline state in Washington’s strategic offensive against China.

Release of Nunes memo throws anti-Russia campaign into disarray

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2018

In a further intensification of the factional conflict gripping the US ruling elite, the White House published a congressional memo Friday alleging the FBI used false pretenses to spy on the Trump campaign.

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

By Barry Grey, 3 February 2018

The increasing market volatility takes place amidst signs of mounting working class resistance.

Trump administration presses for more options for war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 February 2018

Even as tensions appear to have eased on the Korean Peninsula with the Winter Olympics about to begin, the US is continuing its preparations for a military strike.

Half a million metalworkers participate in strikes in Germany

By our reporters, 3 February 2018

On Friday, the all-day warning strikes in the metal and electrical industries culminated with hundreds of thousands of workers on strike.

French workers support growing mass strikes in Germany

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 3 February 2018

“If we support their struggle today, they will support our struggle tomorrow,” said a day laborer working multiple jobs in Paris.

West Virginia teachers hold one-day strikes and statewide protests

By Nancy Hanover, 3 February 2018

West Virginia teachers have not had a raise since 2014, and are presently ranked 48th in the nation in average salary.

Another $6 billion for Bezos overnight

Amazon reports record profit in final quarter of 2017

By Will Morrow, 3 February 2018

Amazon’s profits are the outcome of the brutal exploitation of the company’s global workforce of over 550,000 people.

National Guard, federal agents and police mobilize for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

By Anthony Bertolt, 3 February 2018

Minnesota is seeing the largest military-police operation in the state’s history under the guise of providing security for the NFL’s championship game.

Deliberate neglect leads to inmate death at New York’s Rikers Island

By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018

The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.

To reduce costs Texas officials slash special education enrollment

By Todd Thompson, 3 February 2018

Texas deliberately set about to deny access to special education services, in knowing contravention of federal rules.

UK: Justice4Grenfell meeting endorses May government’s inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2018

Several members of the audience demanded that those responsible for “social murder” be arrested and sent to jail.

Australian government defies criticism of sweeping “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 3 February 2018

The attorney-general suggested that the critics are playing into the hands of enemies seeking to damage Australia’s “national interests.”

Australian mining union isolates locked out Oaky North workers

By Terry Cook, 3 February 2018

The six-month lockout of coal miners is the longest in Australian history.

Seventy years after Sri Lankan independence: The record of capitalist decay and the necessity for socialism

By Vijith Samarasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 3 February 2018

Throughout the Indian subcontinent, there is no real independence from imperialism and the ruling classes have failed utterly to provide democratic rights and decent living standards for all.

The human cost of the destruction of the National Health Service

By NHS FightBack, 3 February 2018

The following statement by NHS FightBack is being distributed today at marches and rallies in defence of the National Health Service in London and other towns and cities.

Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2018

The Democratic Party is siding with the intelligence agencies against Trump in a conflict pitting two reactionary and criminal sections of the ruling class against each other.

German industrial workers shut down auto sector as strikes spread

By our reporters, 2 February 2018

Workers in the automotive and electrical industries are striking for a third consecutive day for higher wages and the voluntary reduction of the workweek.

Workers discuss UAW corruption scandal at WSWS Autoworker Newsletter call-in meeting

By our reporters, 2 February 2018

Autoworkers discussed the significance of the scandal and the Autoworker Newsletter’s call for the formation of rank-and-file committees, independent of the United Auto Workers union.

Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

By Daniel de Vries, 2 February 2018

Even as a humanitarian crisis continues to ravage the United States’ largest territory, officials are plotting the privatization of the public electric utility.

US Border Patrol vilify DACA recipients, linking them to human smuggling

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018

The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.

European Union skeptic wins Czech presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2018

Acting Czech President Milos Zeman narrowly won the second round of the presidential election last Friday and Saturday.

Social cleansing in Haringey: Labour right reject Corbyn’s pleas for “unity”

By Julie Hyland, 2 February 2018

Haringey’s Labour-run council is mounting one of the largest privatisation and social cleansing operations in London

Australian cabinet files affair used to ramp-up “security” and US intelligence ties

By Mike Head, 2 February 2018

The ABC’s supposedly “alarming” discovery of the documents is being exploited to support sweeping new “foreign interference” bills.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills

Part 3: Far-reaching measures against political dissent

By Mike Head, 2 February 2018

Old “treasonous” offences are being “modernised” for a new period of war and political convulsions.

Australia: Government-union “negotiations” stall in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 February 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said it will enforce a court ban on any industrial action, while seeking a sell-out deal with the state government.

Seattle schoolbus drivers walk out in indefinite strike

By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018

After a one-day strike in November failed to yield an improved contract offer, schoolbus drivers walked off the job Thursday in what is being billed as an indefinite strike.

“Our job is like working in a slaughterhouse”

French retirement home workers strike to defend elderly, working conditions

By Anthony Torres, 2 February 2018

In an unprecedented event on Tuesday, workers at retirement homes (Ehpad) across France overwhelmingly followed calls for strike action.

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

The degeneration of the State of the Union as an institution is connected to the mounting crisis of American capitalism.

Tens of thousands of German industrial workers on strike

By our reporters, 1 February 2018

Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.

Workers demand nullification of contracts

Anger mounts as UAW VP for Fiat Chrysler is implicated in corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2018

Former Fiat Chrysler chief negotiator Iacobelli named Jewell’s charity as the recipient of “prohibited payments” siphoned through the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.

One hundred years since the 1918 flu pandemic

America is unprepared for the next deadly influenza outbreak

By Kate Randall and Tom Hall, 1 February 2018

The deadliest flu season in years has demonstrated the complete inability of American capitalism to deal with a public health crisis on the scale of the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Funerals begin for five Oklahoma workers killed in gas well explosion

By Trévon Austin, 1 February 2018

The rig explosion was the deadliest in the oil and gas industry since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

Unifor disaffiliates from Canadian Labour Congress in spat over “raiding”

By Carl Bronski, 1 February 2018

None of the rival rightwing factions involved in the current inter-union squabble over union dues represents the interests of the working class.

CIA director brands China “as big a threat to the US” as Russia

By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2018

Pompeo’s warning signals the ramping up of a campaign on alleged Chinese interference in the US as Washington increases its trade war measures and military build-up against Beijing.

Australian government unveils sweeping anti-democratic “foreign interference” bills

Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.

Growing opposition to Israeli government’s plans to deport African refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 1 February 2018

Israel has a less than one percent success rate for asylum seekers, far below that of European Union countries.

UK: Conservative government backs efforts to overturn parole of rapist John Worboys

By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2018

The moves to challenge the Parole Board’s January 4 decision have implications for legal norms and due process.

Australian Labor leader sounds alarm about popular hostility to political establishment

By Mike Head, 1 February 2018

Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”

Bolivia’s Evo Morales marks 12 years in power amid mounting social struggles

By Tomas Rodriguez, 1 February 2018

The stunning rise in profits generated by the financial sector under the Morales government stands in stark contrast to the conditions confronting the masses of Bolivians.

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg endorses #MeToo

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018

As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.

US media glorifies small protests by right-wing Putin opponent Alexei Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 1 February 2018

Though tens of thousands protested last year against social inequality and corruption, Navalny has been unable to tap into the massive social discontent, largely due to his fascistic politics.

Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt

By Fred Mazelis, 1 February 2018

The 1941 case, in which a black man was acquitted of rape charges, poses awkward questions for those who dismiss due process in their campaign against sexual harassment, both real and alleged.

Trump’s State of the Union address: A spectacle of reaction and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The foul character of the speech, the media coverage, and the ceremony as a whole testifies to the exclusion of any opposition within the political establishment to the agenda of corporate America.

A series of attacks at Russian schools

By Clara Weiss, 31 January 2018

Within one week, three schools witnessed outbreaks of violence, and one school a stabbing. Dozens of children and several teachers were wounded.

Australian government unveils draconian “foreign interference” bills

Part 1: Preparing for war against China

By Mike Head, 31 January 2018

The legislation, targeting alleged “improper influence” by China and other “foreign states,” will have far-reaching consequences for free speech and political dissent.

Over 100 feared dead in Kiribati ferry disaster

By John Braddock, 31 January 2018

The high death toll and unseaworthiness of the ferry are prompting growing anger in the small, impoverished Pacific nation.

As Trump, Republicans move to derail Russia probe, Democrats rush to defend FBI

By Barry Grey, 30 January 2018

Throughout the increasingly bitter Russia investigation, the Democrats have assumed the role of patriotic defenders of the intelligence and police agencies.

Questions remain one month after death of auto parts worker in Western Michigan

By David Rodriguez, 30 January 2018

56-year-old Scott Teusink died last month after he was hit by a massive steel coil at Challenge Manufacturing in the city of Holland, Michigan.

Polish government seeks to criminalize mention of Polish crimes during the Holocaust

By Clara Weiss, 30 January 2018

The far-reaching assault on free speech is part of the systematic effort of the right-wing PiS government to strengthen fascist forces and, along with that, falsify the history of Poland.

San Diego mayor outlines impending crackdown on homeless

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 January 2018

Mayor Kevin Faulconer combined praise of the city’s meager response to the recent hepatitis A outbreak with a thinly veiled threat that homelessness would no longer be tolerated.

Renewed push for Australia to build nuclear weapons

By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2018

The active discussion is another sign of sharpening geo-political tensions and the accelerating arms race by major powers around the world.

Another rapid rise in Australia’s prison population

By John Harris, 30 January 2018

The 40 percent increase over the past five years points to the escalating impact of “law and order” campaigns, anti-democratic bail laws and punitive sentencing requirements.

2018 begins with US police reign of terror

By Niles Niemuth, 29 January 2018

In the years since the murder of Michael Brown in August 2014, popular anger against police violence has been channeled behind the Democratic Party by groups such as Black Lives Matter.

Senate Democratic leader seeks to protect Special Counsel Mueller, not DACA immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2018

The statement by Schumer demonstrates the real priorities of the Democratic Party, which is focused on whipping up the anti-Russia campaign, not halting the persecution of immigrants.

Cape Town, South Africa to become first city in the developed world to run out of water

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 January 2018

Local government in Cape Town, South Africa continues to implement drastic water saving measures in a last-ditch attempt to stave off a complete water shutoff.

US involvement in enslavement and rape of Afghan children

By Kayla Costa, 29 January 2018

Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.

UK Labour: Corbyn seeks accommodation with Blairites and big business

By Chris Marsden, 29 January 2018

The policy of the Labour right wing is to extract maximum concessions from Corbyn—especially regarding Labour’s stance on Brexit.

Accelerating concentration of wealth in Australia

By Mike Head, 29 January 2018

Of the 19 new billionaires created in Australia over the past 10 years, eight were added in the past year alone.

Australia: Lack of safety system contributed to injuries in rail crash

By Eric Ludlow, 29 January 2018

The Automatic Train Protection system would have reduced the seriousness of last week’s crash of a suburban train in Sydney, says expert.

US autoworkers express outrage over latest revelations of UAW bribery

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 January 2018

Autoworkers reacted angrily to the admission by former Fiat Chrysler negotiator Alphons Iacobelli that he paid $1.5 million to UAW officials to influence contract negotiations.

Conflict in Washington escalates with report Trump sought to fire special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2018

The front-page story in the New York Times marks a new stage in the ongoing political warfare in Washington.

The “fractured world”: Plutocrats convene in Davos amid war and great-power conflict

By Andre Damon, 27 January 2018

The 47th annual World Economic Forum was dominated by apprehension over every aspect of global politics and economics, from the possibility of a 2008-style financial collapse to the threat of a new world war.

UK Defence Secretary accuses Russia of planning to kill “thousands and thousands and thousands” of Britons

By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2018

Williamson’s comments come just days after the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces declared that Britain must actively prepare for war with Russia.

Julian Assange challenges warrant for his arrest as doctors confirm worsening of his health

By Margot Miller, 27 January 2018

The clinicians, with a combined four decades of experience, said Assange's "continued confinement" is "a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare.”

Thousands of students stranded as Ohio cyber charter school suddenly shuts down

By Nancy Hanover, 27 January 2018

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an Ohio online-only school, abruptly shut down last week, amid multiple scandals over millions of dollars of state aid.

Nashville mayor tight-lipped on plans to gut services at General Hospital

By Warren Duzak, 27 January 2018

Mayor Barry has proposed turning the hospital into an outpatient clinic, leaving the poor and working class families without an inpatient facility, hospital beds, major surgical facilities.

Notes on police violence

Unarmed 25-year-old shot nine times at close range by US Park Police

By Harvey Simpkins, 27 January 2018

While Bijan Ghaisar was gunned downed by police on November 17 of last year, police dashcam video of the incident was only released on Wednesday.