22 October 2019

UK judge rejects delay in Assange extradition case

By Laura Tiernan, 22 October 2019

Julian Assange told the court: “This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case… I can’t access any of my written work… They have an unfair advantage dealing with documents… This is not equitable what is happening here.”

Australian media companies protest government attacks on press freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2019

Threats to prosecute journalists underscore the need for media workers to defend Julian Assange, whose jailing has opened the floodgates for the assault on press freedom.

Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange

More on Julian Assange »

Dockworkers, miners initiate national strike as military kills 11 in Chile

By Eric London, 22 October 2019

Tens of thousands of workers declared strike action in response to a military crackdown resembling the military coup of 1973.

Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet

Canada’s Liberals cling to power, to form minority government with one-third of votes cast

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 22 October 2019

The election results revealed in distorted form the mounting alienation of the vast majority of the population from the political establishment, which is moving ever further right.

As the federal election campaign concludes
Canadian workers must prepare for convulsive struggles

Canada’s unions spending millions to re-elect Trudeau’s pro-war, pro-austerity Liberals

Lightfoot administration ratchets up pressure on Chicago teachers to end the walkout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 October 2019

Claiming there is “no more money,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson issued a letter calling on the CTU to end the strike and return teachers to the classroom while talks continue.

Form rank-and-file strike committees to expand the struggle!
Chicago teachers’ strike in danger as CTU maneuvers to shut it down

Spring Hill, Tennessee workers reject deal, as UAW pushes GM sellout contract

By Jerry White, 22 October 2019

The vote by Spring Hill GM workers is a blow to the UAW, which is holding a quick succession of votes in hopes of shutting down the powerful five-week strike on management’s terms.

The GM strike and the global class struggle

Sons of convicted UAW bribe taker Norwood Jewell were co-signers of GM sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.

At Tennessee “informational meeting” UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2019

The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.

Opposition to GM deal grows as UAW rushes vote on sellout contract

What autoworkers need to know about the sellout UAW-GM contract

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Two years since the death of temporary autoworker Jacoby Hennings

As UAW-company talks restart
Striking Mack Truck-Volvo workers struggle enters second week

More on the GM strike »

Workers in Lebanon reject tax hikes, demand the government’s resignation

By Jean Shaoul, 22 October 2019

The protests are part of a broader upsurge that is taking place all over the world and testifies to the primacy of class over ethnicity, nationality and religion.

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2019

The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.

Draconian verdict against Catalan politicians exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

General strike paralyzes Catalonia as over half-a-million demonstrate in Barcelona

The jailing of Catalan nationalists: Spanish government builds a police state

Wildcat strike erupts at French National Railways over understaffing, austerity

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2019

Workers walked off the job after a serious accident wounded 11, amid mounting anger at understaffing, pension cuts and the two-tier wage system introduced last year.

US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2019

While Trump has sought to strike a phony antiwar posture with his pullout order, the troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

As president delivers fascistic speech in Dallas
Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria

More on the war in Syria »

United Steelworkers prepare betrayal of Asarco strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 October 2019

The United Steelworkers is colluding along with other unions and the company to wear down the resolve of the workers on strike against Asarco through isolation and poverty.

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use “left” demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2019

At Sanders’ first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

Russia: At least 15 dead, five missing after illegal dam breaks in Siberia

By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2019

Both the dam and the construction of the shelters for the workers on the Seiba river near the village Shchetikino were in flagrant violation of the law and basic safety measures.

New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions

By Tom Peters, 22 October 2019

The Labour Party-led government has imposed draconian restrictions to prevent working class immigrants from bringing their parents to join them in New Zealand.

21 October 2019

UK Prime Minister Johnson forced to send request for Brexit extension after “Super Saturday” parliamentary setback

By Chris Marsden, 21 October 2019

More on Brexit »

Pro-European Union demonstration mobilises hundreds of thousands in London

By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2019

World economy “sleepwalking” to another financial crisis, warns former Bank of England chief

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2019

Newark and New Jersey officials continue to dissemble about statewide lead poisoning crisis

By Shuvu Batta, 21 October 2019

Michigan’s Democratic governor takes lead in cutting 2020 state budget

By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2019

Inquiry whitewashes Kiribati government over ferry disaster

By John Braddock, 21 October 2019

Australia: Inspections reveal dangerous conditions on NSW construction sites

By Terry Cook, 21 October 2019

New in Spanish

¡No al contrato entreguista! ¡Quítenle al UAW el control de la huelga en GM!

Tom Hall, 19 octubre 2019

El UAW está intentando implementar a la fuerza las concesiones que serán un nuevo punto de referencia para la explotación de las generaciones futuras.

United Steelworkers, otros sindicatos mantienen a los mineros de Asarco en huelga en la oscuridad

Jessica Goldstein, 19 octubre 2019

Los mineros en Asarco tienen un inmenso apoyo de sus hermanos y hermanas en la clase trabajadora que están dispuestos a pelear con ellos.

Los trabajadores automotores denuncian el acuerdo del UAW con GM

nuestros reporteros, 19 octubre 2019

Los trabajadores automotores en las líneas de huelga de General Motors, en las plantas de Fiat Chrysler y Ford y en las redes sociales están denunciando el acuerdo tentativo que el United Auto Workers está intentando imponer.

New in German

Rechter Terror: Die Verantwortung der Großen Koalition

Johannes Stern, 19. Oktober 2019

Die Verantwortung für den rechten Terror liegt nicht nur bei der AfD, sondern auch bei der Großen Koalition und ihren politischen Unterstützern in Linkspartei und Grünen.

Nein zum Ausverkauf! Entreißt der Gewerkschaft United Auto Workers die Kontrolle über den Streik bei General Motors!

Tom Hall, 19. Oktober 2019

Die Autogewerkschaft UAW versucht Zugeständnisse durchzusetzen, die für kommende Generationen einen neuen Maßstab an Ausbeutung setzen werden.

New Yorker Forum zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning
UN-Sonderermittler für Folter: „Assange wird in Virginia keinen fairen Prozess erhalten“

Sandy English, 19. Oktober 2019

Eine Diskussionsrunde am 16. Oktober an der Columbia University machte völlig klar, wie verlogen die Anklagen sind, die gegen Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning erhoben werden.

Sri-lankischer Präsidentschaftskandidat der SEP gibt Pressekonferenz

unseren Korrespondenten, 19. Oktober 2019

„Diese Wahl findet inmitten einer zunehmenden politischen und wirtschaftlichen Krise der Regierung und der ganzen herrschenden Klasse statt.“

New in Norwegian

Nei til knefall-avtalen! Ta GM-streiken ut av UAWs hender!

Tom Hall, 19. oktober 2019

UAW forsøker å tvinge gjennom innrømmelser som ville sette ny industristandard for utbytting for generasjoner fremover.

Flere enn 30 000 lærere og undervisningspersonal streiker i Chicago, Illinois

Kristina Betinis, 19. oktober 2019

Chicago Teachers Union jobber tett med politikere fra Det demokratiske partiet, som styrer byen, for å få lagt ned streiken så raskt som mulig og få innført en avtale som samsvarer med byadministrasjonens forlangender.

Offisiell FN-representants orientering om tortur av Assange boikottet av amerikanske medier

Oscar Grenfell, 19. oktober 2019

Medietausheten er en videreføring av deres medvirkning til det Nils Melzer, FNs spesialrapportør om tortur, har beskrevet som «offentlig mobbing» av Assange.

Bilarbeidere fordømmer UAW-avtalen med GM

et WSWS rapporteringsteam, 19. oktober 2019

På General Motors-streikevaktene, på fabrikkene til Ford og Fiat Chrysler og på sosialmedier fordømmer bilarbeidere den tentative avtalen United Auto Workers prøver å få banket gjennom.

USA hevder «våpenhvile»-avtale for Tyrkias invasjon av Syria

Bill Van Auken, 19. oktober 2019

Etter torsdagens møte mellom den amerikanske visepresidenten Pence og den tyrkiske presidenten Erdogan skryter tyrkiske myndigheter av at Ankara fikk alt de ønsket.

New in French

L'armée chilienne déployée contre des manifestations pour la première fois depuis Pinochet

Andrea Lobo, 22 octobre 2019

L'imposition de mesures dictatoriales par la classe dirigeante chilienne met à nu la fausse «transition vers la démocratie» mis en place sous la dictature d'Augusto Pinochet.

Une grève éclate à la SNCF contre l’austérité et le manque de personnel

Alexandre Lantier, 22 octobre 2019

Les travailleurs ont exercé leur droit de retrait après un accident qui a fait 11 blessés sur fond de colère contre la réforme des retraites et la casse du statut des cheminots.

Conclusion de la campagne électorale
Les travailleurs canadiens doivent se préparer à des luttes explosives

Keith Jones, 22 octobre 2019

Les actions du nouveau gouvernement ne seront pas déterminées par ses fausses promesses électorales, mais par les besoins de la classe dirigeante du Canada dans un contexte de crise économique, de conflit entre grandes puissances et d'opposition croissante de la classe ouvrière.

Le Premier ministre britannique Johnson contraint d'envoyer une demande de prolongation du Brexit après le revers parlementaire du «Super samedi»

Chris Marsden, 22 octobre 2019

Le gouvernement agit pour un vote rapide sur l’accord de Johnson, tandis que l’opposition veut l’empêcher en déposant des amendements, étant donné qu’un Brexit sans accord a été écarté.

Le 12e Plénum du Comité international de la Quatrième internationale – mars 1992

David North, 22 octobre 2019

Nous publions ici le rapport donné par David North au 12e Plénum du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, le 11 mars 1992.

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın hayatı tehlikede!

James Cogan, 9 Ekim 2019

Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük kampanyası, işçi sınıfını kapitalizme bağlı tutmaya uğraşan siyaset ve sendika aygıtlarına karşı bir başkaldırı uğruna mücadeleden ayrılamaz. Onları savunma kampanyası, işyerlerine, üniversitelere, okullara ve işçi sınıfı mahallelerine taşınmalıdır.

ABD-Yunanistan askeri anlaşmasını imzalayan Pompeo İran’ı, Rusya’yı ve Çin’i tehdit etti

Alex Lantier ve V. Gnana, 9 Ekim 2019

Pompeo’nun Balkan turu, Washington’da ve onun NATO üyesi Avrupalı ve Türk sözde “müttefikler” ile ilişkilerinde patlayıcı bir krizin ortasında gerçekleşti.

Washington Türkiye’nin Suriye’de YPG’ye saldırısına yeşil ışık yaktı

Alex Lantier ve Ulaş Ateşçi, 9 Ekim 2019

Washington, 2015’ten beri Suriye’deki NATO savaşında başlıca vekil gücü olarak savaşan ve Türk hükümetinin teröristler olarak suçladığı Kürt milliyetçisi milisleri kaderlerine terk etti.

New in Portuguese

Sindicatos brasileiros promovem chauvinismo “verde e amarelo” em greve da educação

Por Miguel Andrade, 16 Outubro 2019

Várias questões, desde as medidas de austeridade até as privatizações, têm levado frequentemente os estudantes às ruas, causando pânico não apenas ao governo, mas também aos sindicatos e à oposição.

Robert Mugabe, presidente do Zimbábue por décadas, morre aos 95 anos

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 Outubro 2019

Mugabe foi o último líder sobrevivente das lutas anticoloniais da África que posteriormente chegou ao poder em uma nação que acabava de se tornar independente.

New in Arabic

واشنطن تعطي الضوء الأخضر لهجوم تركي على القوات الكردية في سوريا

بقلم فاديم . ز. روغوفين, ٢٩ آب أغسطس ٢٠١٩

قامت دار نشر مهرنغ مؤخراً بإصدار المجلد الثاني من مجموعة تضم سبعة مجلدات كتبها فاديم روغوفين تحت عنوان هل كان هناك بديل للستالينية؟ وهي نتاج عقود من البحث ، وهذه المجموعة هي تحفة فريدة في الأدب التاريخي.

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Perspective

The New York Times, China, and the specter of the “Yellow Peril”

22 October 2019

In a full-page editorial in its Sunday edition, the New York Times engaged in a vicious anti-Chinese rant, warning of a “dangerous and growing threat” by the “aggressive … Communist state.”

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Right-wing terror in Germany: the responsibility of the Grand Coalition

By Johannes Stern, 22 October 2019

The responsibility for right-wing terror lies not only with the AfD, but also with the Grand Coalition and its political supporters in the Left Party and the Greens.

Right-wing networks in the German state exposed

Why haven’t Boeing’s executives been arrested?

By Bryan Dyne, 21 October 2019

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 14 October 2019

Workers Struggles

Buenos Aires metro workers strike over asbestos in trains
Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 October 2019

Workers are set to carry out a series of strikes and protests over the refusal of management to take any serious steps toward the removal of asbestos from trains.

Vote no! Reject UAW misinformation! Elect rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

Video report: Britain's postal union suppresses overwhelming vote for strike at Royal Mail

By our reporter, 18 October 2019

After overwhelming strike vote at Royal Mail Group rank-and-file postal workers need a socialist strategy

Communication Workers Union defies strike mandate, pledges to continue talks with Royal Mail

Obituary

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2019

The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a “progressive” gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

Arts Review

Sealed Lips: Dramatizing the Stalinist origins of the former East Germany

By Bernd Reinhardt and Verena Nees, 21 October 2019

New York City exhibit examines the creation of Verdi’s last two operas

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2019

Roger Waters “Us + Them” concert film takes on global issues

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2019

25 years ago: Assassination of Gamini Dissanayake

On October 24, 1994, Gamini Dissanayake, United National Party (UNP) candidate for president of Sri Lanka, was assassinated at an election rally. An explosion detonated by a suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) killed 50 others and injured 200 more.

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50 years ago: Willy Brandt takes office as West German chancellor

On October 21, 1969, the West German Bundestag (Parliament) voted to elect Willy Brandt as the new Chancellor of Germany, defeating the incumbent Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, a former Nazi party member. Brandt’s election was a result of his party, the Social Democrats (SPD), forming a coalition government with the smaller liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP).

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75 years ago: Massive naval battle over control of Philippines

On October 23, 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began, pitting some 300 Allied warships and auxiliary vessels against 67 Japanese craft. The battle, one of the largest naval conflicts of the 20th century, followed the US-led invasion of the Japanese-occupied Philippines several weeks before.

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100 years ago: US Congress passes Volstead Act to begin Prohibition

On October 27, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the Volstead Act, formally known as the National Prohibition Act, which effectively illegalized alcoholic beverages. The Senate passed the bill the next day.

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Free Assange and Manning

UN official’s briefing on torture of Assange boycotted by US media

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2019

At New York forum in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
UN special rapporteur on torture warns: “Assange will not get a fair trial in Virginia”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2019

M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It’s about truth—and that’s something people have to uphold and fight for”

By Laura Tiernan, 14 October 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of the ICFI statement “Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!”

We are posting this important statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International in Arabic.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India’s Kashmir lockdown

By our correspondents, 19 October 2019

Sri Lankan SEP presidential candidate holds press conference

By our correspondents, 15 October 2019

Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to contest the November presidential election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 October 2019

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Book Review

Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers
Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

After secret meeting with CEO Mary Barra, UAW moving to shut down GM strike

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

“It’s like the UAW is management:” GM strikers speak out as union moves towards sellout

By Tom Hall, 14 October 2019

UAW promoting anti-Mexican nationalism to isolate and defeat GM strike

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

More on the 2019 GM strike »

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Why are trade unions hostile to socialism?

By David North, 28 September 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

More on autoworkers struggles »

Science

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for research in cellular responses to oxygen

History

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

9 October 2019

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

By Peng Shuzhi

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

IYSSE lecture series in Australia
Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Mandarin announcement of Australian lecture series on 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

27 September 2019

The lectures, which are being held on university campuses across the country, have been organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.