12 November 2018

Statewide death toll rises to 31
California wildfire deadliest and most destructive in state history

By David Brown, 12 November 2018

Social infrastructure, including fire departments, have been starved of funds for decades as trillions of dollars have been funneled into the bank accounts of the rich.

California wildfires kill nine, drive 150,000 from their homes

Bitter US-European tensions mark centenary of World War I armistice in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2018

Heads of state from 70 countries gathered in Paris to mark the centenary of the end of World War I under the shadow of rising conflicts between the great powers.

After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

The vote is in effect a declaration of no confidence in the union by workers, who know it would not wage any struggle for their interests.

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

“The Teamsters union is with the company”
UPS workers oppose Teamsters isolation of freight division, call for united struggle

More on the struggle at UPS »

US-China talks signal worsening confrontation

By Peter Symonds, 12 November 2018

For years, first under Obama, then under Trump, the US has been engaged in an aggressive effort to undermine China economically, and encircle it militarily in preparation for war.

US, Japan conclude massive war games targeting China

US-North Korean talks called off

Workers killed in New York state helicopter crash and zinc mine accidents

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2018

One of the threads that connects these and other deaths at work is the gutting of safety measures and oversight to maximize profits.

UK: SNP-led Glasgow City Council uses gender politics and threats of blacklisting to isolate equal pay struggle

By Stephen Alexander, 12 November 2018

To obscure the class issues, the major parties, together with the unions and the media, have presented the Glasgow equal pay dispute in terms of “institutionalized” gender discrimination.

Sheffield Labour Students cancels anti-war meeting, citing police investigation of anti-Semitism allegations

By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2018

The broader political purpose of the banning of Chris Williamson is aimed at silencing anti-war sentiment among students, young people and the entire working class.

Ukrainian politician dies after fascist acid attack

By Jason Melanovski, 12 November 2018

The brutal killing of Handziuk and the ongoing cover-up are a stark exposure of the reactionary nature of the regime brought to power in the US-backed coup in 2014.

Imelda Marcos convicted on seven counts of graft in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 12 November 2018

The ruling handed down against Marcos after three decades of delays is an expression of the sharp crisis of political rule under President Duterte.

Fire at workers’ apartment in South Korea leaves seven dead

By Ben McGrath, 12 November 2018

Public safety continues to be ignored under the South Korean administration no less than under previous conservative governments.

Australia: Alleged terror attacker “known to police and intelligence agencies”

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 November 2018

The deranged actions of an individual in need of psychological treatment were seized upon by the media and politicians to whip up resentment against immigrants, particularly Muslims.

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Dans un autre acte antidémocratique, le président sri-lankais dissout le parlement

K. Ratnayake, 12 novembre 2018

La dissolution du parlement par Sirisena révéle l’état dégénéré de la démocratie parlementaire et les avancées de l’élite dirigeante du Sri Lanka vers des formes de gouvernement dictatoriales.

Les nationalistes tamouls soutiennent les mêmes factions que les États-Unis dans la crise politique au Sri Lanka

K. Nesan, 12 novembre 2018

La TNA poursuit la même voie pro-impérialiste que celle qui l’a amenée à soutenir le renversement du gouvernement Rajapakse par les États-Unis, qui a amené le président Sirisena au pouvoir en 2015.

Le Canada s’apprête à hausser radicalement et accélérer les déportations afin de «sécuriser» ses frontières

Roger Jordan, 12 novembre 2018

La politique anti-réfugiés du gouvernement libéral de Trudeau encourage la réaction, incluant les forces ouvertement fascistes.

Royaume-Uni : La secrétaire nationale adjointe du SEP, Julie Hyland, participe à une conférence sur les fake news, la censure et la guerre

nos journalistes, 12 novembre 2018

La conférence a examiné comment les médias ont historiquement été utilisés pour conditionner l’opinion publique en faveur de la guerre.

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Ara seçimlerin ardından, Demokratlar Trump’a işbirliği çağrısı yapıyor

Patrick Martin ve Barry Grey, 12 Kasım 2018

Tek ilerici alternatif, sınıf mücadelesinin gelişmesi ve işçi sınıfının tüm siyaset kurumuna ve onun savunduğu kapitalist sisteme karşı bilinçli seferberliğidir.

Mehring Yayıncılık’ın kitapları İstanbul Kitap Fuarı’nda

Muhabirlerimizden, 12 Kasım 2018

Mehring Yayıncılık’ın kitapları, 10-18 Kasım tarihleri arasında TÜYAP İstanbul Fuar ve Kongre Merkezi’nde düzenlenecek olan 37. Uluslararası İstanbul Kitap Fuarı’nda sergilenecek.

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El presidente francés Macron homenajea a dictador fascista Philippe Pétain

Alex Lantier, 12 noviembre 2018

El intento de Macron de rehabilitar a Pétain es una apelación desvergonzada a la ultraderecha, a la cual busca cultivar como una base de apoyo ante la creciente oposición de los trabajadores.

Los incendios forestales de California dejan nueve muertos y 150.000 personas evacuadas

Por David Brown, 12 noviembre 2018

La carta efectivamente confirma que, si el fundador de WikiLeaks es obligado a dejar la embajada de Ecuador, sea cual fuere el pretexto, el Gobierno británico se lo entregará a Estados Unidos.

¡Rompan el aislamiento de los transportistas de UPS! ¡Formen comités de base para unir a los trabajadores contra la empresa!

el Boletín de Trabajadores de UPS del WSWS, 12 noviembre 2018

De ser aprobado, el contrato crearía un nuevo nivel de conductores con menor paga, mantendría los salarios de pobreza para los trabajadores de tiempo parcial en los almacenes y socavarían aún más los puestos de tiempo completo.

Negación de asilo: Trump elimina el derecho de asilo para los inmigrantes que cruzan sin documentación

Por Eric London, 12 noviembre 2018

Miles de refugiados están huyendo de la violencia y pobreza endémicas impuestas por el saqueo económico e injerencia política del imperialismo estadounidense.

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Frankrikes president Macron hyller fascistdiktatoren Pétain

Alex Lantier, 10. november 2018

Macrons forsøk på å rehabilitere Pétain er en utilslørt appell til ytrehøyre, som han dyrker som en støttebase mot den voksende motstanden blant arbeidere.

«100-år-sosialpartnerskap» – fagforeningenes, arbeidsgiverforbundenes og den tyske statens faretruende feiring

Wofgang Weber, 10. november 2018

Den 16. oktober ble det feiret hundreårjubiléum for Stinnes-Legien-avtalen mellom de tyske fagforeningene og arbeidsgiverforbundene, som la grunnlaget for undertrykkingen av Den tyske revolusjon 1918/19.

Veteran fra Afghanistan-krigen dreper 12 på en danseklubb i Sør-California

David Walsh, 9. november 2018

På onsdagskvelden fant det sted nok en grufull masseskyting i USA, det 307. tilfellet av denne typen på årets 311. dag ifølge et nettsted som kartlegger våpenvold.

Ett hundre år siden November-revolusjonen i Tyskland

Ulrich Rippert og Peter Schwarz, 9. november 2018

Den 9. november 1918 nådde den tyske arbeiderklassens revolusjonære opprør mot krig og monarki sin topp og rystet det kapitalistiske systemet til grunnvollene.

David Norths forelesningsturnéFlere enn 100 deltok på MIT-møte i anledning årsmarkeringen for Den fjerde internasjonale

Kate Randall, 9. november 2018

David North foreleste ved Massachusetts Institute of Technology, et verdenssenter for vitenskapelig utdanning og forskning, om lærdommene fra det 20. århundre og kampen for et perspektiv basert på objektiv sannhet.

New in German

Präsident Frankreichs rehabilitiert faschistischen Diktator
Macron huldigt Pétain

Alex Lantier, 12. November 2018

Macrons Versuch, Pétain zu rehabilitieren, ist ein unverhohlener Appell an die extreme Rechte, um deren Unterstützung gegen die Arbeiterklasse zu gewinnen.

Eine weitere undemokratische Maßnahme
Präsident Sri Lankas löst Parlament auf

K. Ratnayake, 12. November 2018

Mit der Auflösung des Parlaments macht Sirisena deutlich, dass die parlamentarische Demokratie am Ende ist und die sri-lankische Bourgeoisie Kurs auf diktatorische Herrschaftsformen nimmt.

Vortragsreihe von David North
Über 100 Besucher zum Jahrestag der Vierten Internationale am MIT

Kate Randall, 12. November 2018

North sprach über die Lehren aus dem 20. Jahrhundert, den Angriff auf den Marxismus und den Kampf für den Sozialismus heute.

Wohnungsnot verschärft soziale Ungleichheit

Sonja Bach, 12. November 2018

Steigende Mieten auf der einen Seite und Reallohnverluste auf der anderen Seite führen dazu, dass die Schere zwischen Arm und Reich immer weiter auseinanderdriftet.

New in Russian

Депопуляция Украины

Джейсон Мелановски, 10 ноября 2018 г.

Спустя боле четверти века после упразднения СССР эмиграция из Украины не сокращается, поскольку рабочие уезжают за границу, спасаясь от нищеты и войны.

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A vitória de Bolsonaro e o colapso do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

A eleição do fascista ex-capitão do exército sinaliza uma grande guinada à direita da classe dominante brasileira.

Quem é responsável pela ascensão do fascista Bolsonaro no Brasil?

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Uma série de grupos da pseudo-esquerda, muitos dos quais envolvidos na fundação do PT, estão defendendo o voto nesse partido capitalista de direita contra Bolsonaro.

O caminho na luta contra o perigo da extrema-direita na Alemanha

Ulrich Rippert e Johannes Stern, 6 de novembro de 2018

A enorme manifestação do último final de semana em Berlin expressou ampla oposição popular ao retorno do fascismo e do militarismo na Alemanha.

A ameaça da extrema-direita no Brasil e a responsabilidade do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Os impressionantes 46% de votos válidos obtido pelo fascista ex-capitão do exército Jair Bolsonaro no primeiro turno da eleição brasileira é o resultado de décadas de traições do Partido dos Trabalhadores e seus cúmplices e defensores da pseudo-esquerda.

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Perspective

The armistice of November 11, 1918 and the lessons for today

12 November 2018

The silencing of the guns 100 years ago was not the end of the bloodshed and carnage but was simply the conclusion of the first phase of what was to become a thirty-year international war between the major capitalist powers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

French President Macron hails fascist dictator Philippe Pétain

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2018

Macron’s attempt to rehabilitate Pétain is an unabashed appeal to the far right, which he is cultivating as a base of support amid rising opposition among workers.

One hundred years since the November Revolution in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2018

On November 9, 1918, the revolutionary uprising of the German working class against war and monarchy reached its peak and shook the capitalist system to its foundations.

“100 years of social partnership”—a sinister celebration of trade unions, employers’ associations and the state in Germany

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 8 November 2018

From the standpoint of the interests of working people, the rearrangement of seats in Congress is largely irrelevant; No positive change is possible outside of the independent intervention of the working class.

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

Arts Review

The Hate U Give: Police brutality in America and its consequences

By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2018

The film addresses itself to the phenomenon of police violence and its effect on a young African-American working class girl and her family.

House of Cards Season 6: The King is dead, long live the Queen!

By Joanne Laurier, 10 November 2018

25 years ago: Abacha stages military coup in Nigeria

On November 17, 1993, General Sani Abacha, the minister of defense, removed interim President Ernest Shonekan through a military coup and declared himself president.

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50 years ago: US military begins new Laos bombing campaign

On November 15, 1968, the US military began Operation Commando Hunt, with the mission of destroying the Ho Chi Minh trail, the main supply route from North Vietnam through parts of Laos and into South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Nazi troops capture the Greek island of Leros

On November 16, 1943, Allied forces, including British and Italian troops, surrendered control of the Greek island of Leros to Nazi troops after over a month of fighting.

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100 years ago: First American pro-Bolshevik newspaper is published

On November 16, 1918, members of the left wing of the American Socialist Party began to publish the Revolutionary Age to explain the ideas of Bolshevism to socialist-minded American workers.

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History of the Fourth International

David North lecture tour
More than 100 attend meeting at MIT on anniversary of the Fourth International

By Kate Randall, 9 November 2018

David North spoke on the lessons of the 20th century and the fight for a perspective based on objective truth at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a world center of scientific education and research.

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

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.

Friday, November 30, 6pm for 6:30. Admission free, please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Indian Trotskyists to hold meeting on 80 years of the Fourth International

6 November 2018

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

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

Commentary

US multinationals dodge $180 billion in taxes on foreign profits per year

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2018

Tensions mount over US election contests in Florida, Georgia, Arizona

By Fred Mazelis, 10 November 2018

Democrats rally to defend fired Attorney General Sessions, Special Counsel Mueller

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In another anti-democratic act, Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament

By K. Ratnayake, 10 November 2018

Tamil nationalists support US-backed factions in Sri Lankan political crisis

Asylum ban: Trump eliminates right to asylum for immigrants crossing without documentation

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”
The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

More on the attack on immigrants »

White House report on socialism
The specter of Marx haunts the American ruling class

By Barry Grey, 6 November 2018

Citing war in Syria, ISO withdraws endorsement of Green Party gubernatorial candidate in New York

By Sandy English, 8 November 2018

ISO covers up Workers Party role in Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil

Autoworkers Struggles

Fort Wayne GM worker alleges UAW-management collusion in unjust termination

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

More on autoworkers issues »

Mehring Books

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

9 November 2018

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.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

Vote Niles Niemuth, Socialist Equality Party, for US House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th district!

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The way forward for young people: Not Democratic Party politics, but the fight for socialism!

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 November 2018

Against the right-wing attacks of university administrators and the far-right
Successful solidarity event for the student union of Humboldt University

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

Book review

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.

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

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

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


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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.

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.