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Harley-Davidson workers’ anger grows over impending Kansas City plant closure

By Marcus Day, 1 June 2018

Fueling outrage is the company’s brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.

Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (PTS) denounces Brazilian truckers strike

By Eric London, 1 June 2018

The PTS labeled the strike as right-wing, solidarizing itself with the government’s repressive measures.

Remembrance Day in Sri Lanka exposes dead end of Tamil nationalism

By K. Nesan, 1 June 2018

Tamil National Alliance officials were thrown out of the memorial of the May 18 massacre that ended of the Sri Lankan Civil War, as mass anger rises against the TNA.

Puerto Rican resident speaks on death toll cover up, crisis on the island

By Genevieve Leigh, 31 May 2018

Jose, a 29-year-old resident of the island, spoke to the WSWS about the conditions which led to 5,000 deaths after Hurricane María and about the way forward for the working class

“Government propaganda and the war on terror from 9/11 to Syria”

Journalists and academics expose UK’s criminal actions in the Middle East

By Julie Hyland, 31 May 2018

Despite media smears and government censorship, Media on Trial held an important and successful event exposing the connection between press propaganda and government warmongering.

Rohingya refugees face catastrophe in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 31 May 2018

Despite hypocritical statements of concern by the major world powers, Rohingya are at risk from landslides, floods and epidemics this monsoon season.

Two workers killed at Australian paper mill

By Paul Bartizan, 31 May 2018

The cause of the gas exposure is still unclear.

Break the silence on the danger facing Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 31 May 2018

A profound shift has taken place among a layer that previously postured as “liberal,” “left” and even “socialist.”

The working class must mobilize to free Julian Assange!

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2018

The demand for the freedom of Julian Assange must be connected to the developing international movement of workers against inequality, oppression and exploitation.

Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

New estimates put real death toll from Hurricane María in Puerto Rico near 5,000

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 May 2018

The study is the latest third party report that discredits the official government toll of 64 deaths from the 2017 hurricane.

New Zealand nurses vote for nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2018

Public hospital nurses and other health workers are fighting an effective wage freeze by the Labour Party-led government.

Rich list shows more Australian billionaires than ever

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2018

The wealthiest six individuals alone control almost as much wealth as the poorest 20 percent of the population.

New Malaysian government formed amid internal and global tensions

By John Roberts, 30 May 2018

Mahathir’s cabinet highlights the potential for conflict in the new coalition government.

“I don’t think Assange will be forgiven by our rulers because he educated the world”

Join the June 19 London vigil demanding freedom for Julian Assange!

By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2018

Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee said: “Individual contributions are great, but we change society as a group, acting together.”

UAW President Dennis Williams backs Trump’s policies of militarism and trade war

By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2018

The extreme economic nationalism promoted by the UAW, the United Steelworkers and other unions dovetails with the fascistic “America First” nationalism of Trump and the far-right.

Canadian rail workers, Las Vegas casino workers set to strike as class conflict widens across North America

By Jerry White, 29 May 2018

Three thousand Canadian Pacific rail workers and 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers are the latest entering battles as strikes and protests spread across North America and the world.

Support for strike action at UPS as Teamsters union prepares sell-out contract

By Tom Hall, 29 May 2018

The Teamsters’ offer to create a new tier of low-paid “hybrid” drivers demonstrates that it is not a workers’ organization, but an agency of management.

Relatives’ tributes at Grenfell Tower Inquiry blame government for deaths

By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2018

Family members frequently broke down as they remembered their loved ones in moving and emotional scenes.

Australian government reports whitewash responsibility for toxic foam crisis

By Patrick Davies, 29 May 2018

Official cover-ups are scrapping any notion of potential buybacks or compensation.

Official report “just a fob off”

Australia: Residents denounce government response to PFAS health disaster

By our correspondents, 29 May 2018

The WSWS spoke to Terry and Jenny Robinson, who live on a contaminated property near a military base.

Gonski 2.0: A new business blueprint for Australian school education

By Linda Tenenbaum and Susan Allan, 29 May 2018

The most revealing aspect of the new Review is that it fails to provide any assessment of the role of the current education models in the school education crisis.

Ex-Sri Lankan defence secretary calls for brutal big business regime

By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 29 May 2018

Gotabhaya Rajapakse is appealing to the ruling elite in preparation for the establishment of an even more authoritarian government.

Demand freedom for Julian Assange! Join the demonstration in Sydney on June 17!

By James Cogan, 29 May 2018

Assange’s situation stems directly from the Australian government’s refusal to protect one of its citizens.

John Pilger endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defence of Julian Assange

29 May 2018

“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”

#MeToo witch-hunt targets veteran actor Morgan Freeman

By Will Morrow, 29 May 2018

Freeman released a statement noting that “80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.”

Ireland votes to repeal anti-abortion amendment

By Steve James, 28 May 2018

The result signals a shift to the left among broad sections of the Irish population.

War danger remains despite North and South Korean leaders holding second summit

By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2018

Trump’s cancellation of his summit with Kim was designed to wring further concessions from Pyongyang, while sending a warning to China.

Workers’ unrest in the Netherlands

By Harm Waling, 28 May 2018

Teachers in Dutch elementary schools will strike in the southern provinces on May 30, part of a growing wave of strike actions in the Netherlands.

Australia’s spy chief demands passage of “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 28 May 2018

ASIO's Director-General Duncan Lewis is a key figure in the security apparatus, which operates as a “deep state” within ruling circles.

Truckers strike brings Brazil to brink of collapse

By Gabriel Lemos, 28 May 2018

The Temer government has granted authority to the military to exercise police powers throughout the country, in a bid to break the strike.

The Tuticorin massacre and Modi’s India

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2018

The barbarity of class relations in contemporary India was laid bare in Tuesday’s police massacre of protesters in Tuticorin demanding the closure of a copper smelter that has spewed toxic chemicals for decades.

UK: Nearly half a million young people not in receipt of minimal state support

By Joe Mount, 26 May 2018

Many youth struggle to access Job Centre services due to lack of proper documentation or other bureaucratic hurdles. Others lack a bank account, internet access or sufficient literacy. Others are carers for older relatives.

Australian government delays by-elections for nine weeks

By Mike Head, 26 May 2018

Four of the five by-elections result from the latest “dual citizenship” disqualifications—a witch-hunt that is ousting from parliament anyone deemed to lack sole loyalty to the nation.

Australian feminists deny mental health crisis behind Margaret River murder-suicide

By Cheryl Crisp, 26 May 2018

The proponents of feminist identity politics provide a cover for the social conditions that led to the tragedy.

Sri Lankan president showers praises on the military

By K. Ratnayake, 26 May 2018

President Sirisena used his addressing to an official celebration of the 2009 defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to eulogise the military and issue Sinhala chauvinist appeals.

Support the National City teachers! Defend public education!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for US Congress in California, 26 May 2018

Teachers in the San Diego community have joined a growing wave of teachers’ strikes taking place nationally.

Indian port workers to walk out, 30,000 municipal workers remain on strike in Haryana state

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 May 2018

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

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s on view in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 26 May 2018

The timeliness of this work hardly needs restating amid the social and political crisis on both sides of the Atlantic.

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

By Shelley Connor, 26 May 2018

On Thursday, President Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on former Navy SEAL Britt Slabinski, who has admitted to ordering the killing of unarmed Afghan men.

Trump calls off summit with North Korea

By James Cogan, 25 May 2018

Even as it threatens nuclear war, the Trump administration has not given up on trying to draw North Korea into a rapprochement.

US-China tensions expose rifts in Australian ruling circles

By Mike Head, 25 May 2018

A parliamentary committee chairman threw a “grenade” into government efforts to overcome a chill in relations with China.

Fearful of widening mass anger over police shootings

Indian authorities shut down polluting copper plant in Tuticorin

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2018

Sections of the ruling elite fear the police attacks in Tuticorin will fuel already volatile social tensions across India.

Congressional leaders receive briefing on Trump campaign informant

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2018

After initially barring Democrats from the briefing, the White House retreated and agreed to two bipartisan sessions.

Trump orders “national security” probe into auto industry

By Nick Beams, 25 May 2018

The investigation was directly linked to statements about economic preparations for war.

Julian Assange “in jeopardy” of being forced into UK and US detention

By Mike Head, 25 May 2018

Reports allege that the WikiLeaks founder could be removed from Ecuador’s London embassy “any day now.”

Conflicts intensify between Europe and US

By Peter Schwarz, 25 May 2018

The German foreign minister, who was in Washington for an inaugural visit on Wednesday, was rebuffed on every controversial issue.

Northwestern University roundtable discusses regime change in Russia

By Marcus Day and Kristina Betinis, 25 May 2018

The Buffet Institute of Global Studies’ main speaker was Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, president of the Brookings Institution and architect of US imperialist strategy.

Testimony to Grenfell Fire inquiry paints devastating picture of social murder

By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2018

The inquiry heard from Hisam Choucair, who lost six members of his family in the inferno and Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle, Hesham Rahman.

Food and hospitality workers at Las Vegas casinos vote to strike

By Shelley Connor, 24 May 2018

Casino workers in Las Vegas voted by 99 percent to authorize a strike when their contract expires June 1.

Video of tasing, arrest of Milwaukee Bucks basketball star sparks national outrage

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 May 2018

Sterling Brown was tased and arrested after being confronted by a gang up of police officers over a minor parking infraction.

Amazon providing facial recognition technology to police agencies for mass surveillance

By Will Morrow, 24 May 2018

The technology allows police to immediately identify and track individuals captured on video in public places.

Trump trade deal comes under anti-China fire

By Nick Beams, 24 May 2018

The delay in imposing tariffs on China has been condemned by both sides of the US Congress as giving in to Beijing.

So far from God, so close to the United States…

The second Mexican presidential debate and the crisis of bourgeois rule

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

This second debate indicates, more clearly than the first, that there is nothing here for Mexican workers.

Argentina: Buenos Aires police attack striking transit workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

Helmeted riot police, equipped with batons and full-body shields and firing rubber bullets, invaded the subway tunnels.

Joint email signals union-management partnership at Australia’s Macquarie University

By our correspondent, 24 May 2018

The NTEU is proceeding with the “strategic” measures in order to impose savage cost-cutting and restructuring

Ken Livingstone forced out of British Labour Party

By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 23 May 2018

The witch-hunt and expulsions within Labour will be held up as an example to follow by right-wing forces all over the world, above all in Israel and the United States.

US Supreme Court eliminates workers’ right to collectively sue corporations

By Eric London, 23 May 2018

The ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis will result in the transfer of billions of dollars from the working class to the oligarchy that controls the government and the courts.

As US banks report record profits

Regulators, Congress move to end all restraints on Wall Street speculation

By Barry Grey, 23 May 2018

As the tenth anniversary of the September 2008 Wall Street crash approaches, the token restrictions on the banks that were passed during the Obama administration are being dismantled.

As unions try to block further walkouts

US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers

By Jerry White, 23 May 2018

In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration’s plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.

Italy: Most right-wing government since Mussolini

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2018

On Sunday, the protest Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing extremist Lega agreed on a joint government programme.

French public sector workers strike against austerity and attacks on conditions

By Kumaran Ira, 23 May 2018

The strikes and the 130 protests across France are a sign of growing opposition to the militarist and austerity policies of Macron and the European Union.

White House press release on MS-13 backs Trump’s labeling immigrants as “violent animals”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 May 2018

The White House press release continues the administration’s policy of dehumanizing immigrants.

The fraud of the Ontario NDP’s “left” election platform

By Roger Jordan, 23 May 2018

The unions and pseudo-left are touting the NDP platform’s meagre social spending promises as a bold “left turn” and a return to the party’s social-democratic roots.

Members of Windrush generation speak out against UK government persecution

By Margot Miller, 23 May 2018

Governments of all persuasions have deliberately cultivated a climate of fear and intimidation against immigrants.

Scientists reveal global warming’s impact on Great Barrier Reef

By Frank Gaglioti, 23 May 2018

Warming events are becoming more frequent, giving coral insufficient time to recover.

Report highlights growing child hunger in Australia

By John Harris, 23 May 2018

Increases to the cost of living, including housing and utility costs, are fuelling a social crisis.

Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peries dies at 99

By Pani Wijesiriwardane and Gamini Karunatileka, 23 May 2018

Peries’s best films, like the great dramas directed by India’s Satyajit Ray and Japan’s Akira Kurosawa, have left their mark on Asian and world cinema.

Australian workers and youth defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 21 May 2018

The support for Assange stands in stark contrast to the venomous hostility to the WikiLeaks editor from governments and the corporate media.

Funeral held for S. Milwaukee Caterpillar welder Steven Wade

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 May 2018

Family, friends and coworkers paid tribute to Steven Wade, a 60-year-old welder who died last week from injuries he suffered at Caterpillar’s South Milwaukee plant on May 10.

US education secretary attacks separation of church and state

By Nancy Hanover, 21 May 2018

Betsy DeVos visits New York yeshivas to promote public financing of religious and private schools.

Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital

By Robert Stevens and Paul Bond, 21 May 2018

The entire narrative concocted by the British government has fallen apart, seam by seam.

Report exposes UK role in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen

By Barry Mason, 21 May 2018

The US, UK and other western countries have supported the Saudi intervention. Like Saudi Arabia, they regard the war against the Houthis as a proxy conflict with Iran.

Australian apartment owners to join legal action over flammable cladding

By Paul Bartizan, 21 May 2018

Despite last year’s Grenfell Tower disaster in Britain, Australian governments refuse to take any serious action to remove flammable cladding or stop its widespread use.

Ten killed in mass shooting at Texas high school

By Trévon Austin, 19 May 2018

The horrific frequency of mass shootings in the US is indicative of a diseased society, combining extreme levels of social alienation with the endless promotion of militarism by the ruling class.

Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump's election campaign

By Barry Grey, 19 May 2018

The Democratic response has been to rush to the defense of the FBI and declare unqualified support for its operations, as well as those of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Trump administration to ban abortions at facilities receiving federal family planning funds

By Kate Randall, 19 May 2018

The new rule barring abortions at facilities that receive Title X funds marks an escalation of the administration’s attack on a woman’s constitutionally protected reproductive rights.

South Carolina teachers to rally for better pay and funding for schools

By Hiram Lee, 19 May 2018

For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.

Australian government rules out referendum as dual citizenship crisis escalates

By Mike Head and James Cogan, 19 May 2018

The Coalition government has moved to make it even more difficult to prove “unqualified allegiance” to Australia

Bangladesh students demonstrate over job quota system

By Wimal Perera, 19 May 2018

Protesting students face government repression, severe unemployment and lack of facilities.

Britain’s royal wedding: Recasting the monarchy in the age of identity politics

By Paul Mitchell, 19 May 2018

Markle’s feminism and racial identity provide the basis for the ultimate post-modernist makeover of the monarchy.

Academics protest Google’s role in drone murder

By Andre Damon, 18 May 2018

Three prominent technology scholars have published an open letter, which has now received over 900 signatures, condemning Google’s collaboration with the Pentagon’s illegal “targeted killing” program.

US blames China for renewed tensions with North Korea

By James Cogan, 18 May 2018

Citing the “Libyan model,” Trump implied that North Korea would face “total decimation” if no agreement is reached.

India: Varanasi flyover bridge collapse kills 18

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 May 2018

The tragedy is a further indication that government authorities and construction companies are endangering the safety of workers and the public as a whole.

“He needed help and instead he got five shots”

Friends condemn police killing of Cody Reynolds in Royal Oak, Michigan

By Kathleen Martin, 18 May 2018

The unarmed youth gunned down by a police officer in suburban Detroit is remembered fondly as “the type of person who cared more about other people than himself.”

UK: Tories seek to defuse anger over Grenfell fire ahead of official public inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 18 May 2018

The claim by the government, backed by Labour, that adding two panel members to the Grenfell fire inquiry will prevent a whitewash is false.

Australian government “review” prepares deeper public sector cuts

By Terry Cook, 18 May 2018

The review will be a mechanism to justify further privatisations, outsourcing and cuts to jobs and conditions.

Australia: Why is the New South Wales Teachers Federation promoting a new NAPLAN?

By Erika Zimmer, 18 May 2018

Australian teachers have been almost universally hostile to NAPLAN testing which was introduced by the former Rudd Labor government a decade ago.

The US political police and the 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2018

A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.

Twenty thousand teachers rally in North Carolina

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Will Morrow, 17 May 2018

While teachers expressed their determination for a united struggle, the unions called the rally to avert a strike and channel opposition behind the Democratic Party.

WikiLeaks and whistleblowers condemn new allegations against Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 17 May 2018

Beside WikiLeaks and the WSWS, only a handful of other websites and individuals have stepped forward to denounce the Guardian for serving as the conduit for the anti-Assange vendetta.

Caterpillar worker dies after being crushed at South Milwaukee plant

By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2018

A 60-year-old Caterpillar worker died Monday of injuries he suffered at Caterpillar’s global mining equipment facility, which has been targeted by the company’s cost-reduction effort.

European Union tries to salvage Iran nuclear accord from US unilateralism

By Jean Shaoul, 17 May 2018

The European powers are furious because Trump’s threats cut across their attempts to exploit Iran economically and fear sanctions presage a war that will destabilise the Middle East

Japan maneuvering to prevent being left out on North Korean negotiations

By Ben McGrath, 17 May 2018

Japan is trying to justify ongoing military pressure on North Korea, and ultimately China, in the event of an agreement between Pyongyang and Washington.

Sri Lankan government imposes IMF-dictated increases on essential items

By Saman Gunadasa, 17 May 2018

The deeply-divided government has become a virtual prisoner of the IMF and its social austerity demands.

Little room for manoeuvre in US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 17 May 2018

A letter signed by 32 Democrats stated that “America’s national security must not be signed away as bargaining chip in trade negotiations.”

New Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan takes belligerent stand on Nagorno-Karabakh

By Clara Weiss, 17 May 2018

Pashinyan’s reckless moves toward military conflict expose the fraudulent character of the Western media coverage of Armenia’s supposed “democratic revolution.”

Thousands of Sri Lankan fishermen protest over fuel price rises

By our correspondents, 17 May 2018

Boycotts and strike action by fishermen are another expression of a growing anti-government movement of Sri Lankan workers and the poor.

As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies

Wave of US educator walkouts hits North Carolina today

By Will Morrow, 16 May 2018

Today’s walkout in North Carolina is the latest in an ongoing wave of strikes by teachers across the United States and internationally.

Conspiracy emerges to push Julian Assange into British and US hands

By Mike Head, 16 May 2018

The Guardian has instigated a foul campaign to justify Ecuador forcing Assange to leave its embassy.