7 August 2018

Bankruptcy filings surge among older Americans
Dwindling income, medical bills, debt push seniors into financial ruin

By Kate Randall, 7 August 2018

A new study suggests that the surge in bankruptcies is being driven by a three-decade-long shift of financial risk from the government and employers to individuals.

Trump administration cuts in rent subsidies compound US housing crisis

Bottom 40 percent of Americans have a negative net income

US launches economic war on Iran, roils Mideast and world geopolitics

By Keith Jones, 7 August 2018

Trump signed an executive order Monday re-imposing sweeping US economic sanctions against Iran that were suspended in 2016 as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ecuador’s president issues new threat to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

Moreno’s threats to “take measures” if Assange “intervenes” in the politics of other countries is a fraudulent attempt to justify turning the journalist over to the war criminals in Washington and London.

Amid growing outrage from workers, Teamsters release sellout UPS Freight contract agreement

By Evan Blake, 7 August 2018

Contrary to the claims of the Teamsters, the proposed UPS Freight contract makes deep inroads into workers’ living standards and working conditions.

Construction workers building UPS super-hub in Indianapolis walk off job

The way forward for UPS workers

More on the struggle at UPS »

Portland police attack anti-fascist counter-protesters at neo-fascist rally

By Alec Andersen, 7 August 2018

Police in full riot gear used flashbang grenades and pepper spray and charged a group of anti-fascist demonstrators, beating them with batons and arresting four.

Thousands demonstrate in Germany against far-right attacks on refugee rescue ships

By our reporters, 7 August 2018

Thousands of people demonstrated once again last weekend against the European governments’ inhumane refugee policies.

ICE tears apart immigrant families in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2018

Ricardo Fierro, a resident of Racine, Wisconsin for over 20 years, was kidnapped outside his home and imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

UK: Victims of state surveillance to take legal action against Undercover Policing Inquiry

By Thomas Scripps, 7 August 2018

From the outset, the inquiry did not require the police to reveal their operations and accepted as participants only some of those who already knew themselves to be victims.

Portugal: Left Bloc leader resigns over property speculation fortune

By Paul Mitchell, 7 August 2018

The whole episode surrounding Robles reveals, once again, the hypocritical self-seeking nature of the upper middle class constituency that forms the social basis of the pseudo-left.

US aggression on Korea, trade overshadows Southeast Asian meetings

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the occasion to warn Russia, China and others against any breach of US-led sanctions that North Korea still faces.

Almost 100 confirmed dead after Indonesian earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 August 2018

Many of the flattened structures on Lombok were not earthquake resistant, and the rescue effort has been hampered by a lack of equipment.

Death toll continues to climb from Laos dam disaster

By John Harris, 7 August 2018

Survivors in Attapeu suggest that hundreds of people could have been killed when the dam collapsed late last month.

Mass strike erupts in Buenos Aires after two school workers die from gas explosion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2018

While teachers saw the tragic event as evidence of the need to unite their struggles with other workers, the trade unions are seeking it to channel them behind bourgeois politics.

Mexican president-elect promises one-time electricity debt forgiveness

By Alex González, 7 August 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised limited relief to a single state while seeking to hide the appointment of a figure who helped carry out fraud in the 1988 presidential elections.

Former tennis player James Blake criticizes NYC mayor for handling of false arrest in 2015

By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2018

On Wednesday Blake condemned New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to inform him about a disciplinary trial of the cop who tackled him in front of a hotel.

Extensive police spying on activists in Memphis, Tennessee, exposed

By Jimmy Smith and Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2018

The purpose of extensive surveillance is to monitor, chill, and ultimately crack down on opposition in the working class to the actions of the government and the police.

New in French

Bernie Sanders organise des rassemblements pour soutenir le Parti démocrate au Michigan

Eric London, 7 août 2018

Le soutien de Sanders envers le candidat au poste de gouverneur du Michigan, Abdul El-Sayed, fait partie d'une opération visant à canaliser l'opposition sociale derrière le Parti démocrate.

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (États-Unis) a organisé son cinquième congrès national

7 août 2018

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste aux États-Unis a tenu son cinquième congrès national du 22 au 27 juillet au sud-est du Michigan.

New in Spanish

Bernie Sanders realiza mítines para apuntalar al Partido Demócrata en Michigan

Por Eric London, 7 agosto 2018

El apoyo de Sanders a la candidatura de Abdul El-Sayed a gobernador de Michigan forma parte de una operación para encauzar la oposición social detrás del Partido Demócrata.

La pesadilla de inmigración en EUA continúa en medio de un apagón informativo

Por Eric London, 7 agosto 2018

Desde principios de agosto, la página de opinión del New York Times ha publicado ocho artículos de opinión o declaraciones de la junta editorial relacionadas con acusaciones sobre los vínculos de Trump con Rusia o la histeria de #MeToo, pero nada sobre las condiciones que enfrentan los inmigrantes.

El presidente venezolano Maduro acusa a la oposición de derecha respaldada por Colombia con un supuesto intento de asesinato

Alexander Fangmann, 7 agosto 2018

Tras explosiones en un desfile militar en la capital venezolana, el Gobierno afirma que arrestó a algunos de los responsables, prometiendo el “máximo castigo” y que “no va a haber perdón”.

Después de la exposición de la VITA de un almacén en Texas
Más trabajadores de Amazon alzan la voz contra sus condiciones laborales atroces

Evan Cohen, 7 agosto 2018

Los trabajadores en los almacenes de Amazon se enfrentan a tasas abrumadoras de lesiones, acosos rutinarios, una alta rotación y una vigilancia autoritaria.

New in German

Bernie Sanders unterstützt Demokraten auf Kundgebungen in Michigan

Eric London, 7. August 2018

Sanders' Unterstützung für den Gouverneurskandidaten Abdul El-Sayed aus Michigan ist Teil einer Operation, die darauf abzielt, die soziale Opposition hinter der Demokratischen Partei zu kanalisieren.

Große Koalition plant Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht

Noah Windstein, 7. August 2018

Auf dem CDU-Parteitag im Herbst soll ein Beschluss zur Wiedereinführung des Wehrdienstes verabschiedet und in das neue Grundsatzprogramm der Union aufgenommen werden.

Seenotrettung: Tausende demonstrieren gegen rechte Attacken auf Flüchtlingshilfe

unseren Reportern, 7. August 2018

Auch am vergangenen Wochenende demonstrierten wieder tausende Menschen in mehr als 30 Städten gegen die unmenschliche Flüchtlingspolitik der europäischen Regierungen.

Britische Premierministerin diskutiert mit französischem Präsidenten über Brexit

Alex Lantier, 7. August 2018

Laut zahlreichen Berichten wollte May bei ihrem Besuch Macron davon überzeugen, den Plan für einen „weichen Brexit“ zu unterstützen, den sie letzten Monat auf ihrem Landsitz präsentiert hatte.

Faschistischer Überfall auf linken Buchladen in London

Robert Stevens, 7. August 2018

Die Socialist Equality Party verurteilt den Angriff von etwa einem Dutzend rechtsextremer Schlägertypen auf den Bücherladen von „Bookmarks“ im Zentrum von London

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства США проводит свой Пятый национальный съезд

6 августа 2018 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства США провела свой Пятый национальный съезд, который состоялся 22-27 июля 2018 года на юго-востоке штата Мичиган.

New in Turkish

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (ABD) Beşinci Ulusal Kongre’sini düzenledi

6 Ağustos 2018

Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP), Beşinci Ulusal Kongre’sini, 22-27 Temmuz tarihleri arasında, Güneydoğu Michigan’da düzenledi.

WikiLeaks editörünün annesi Christine Assange: “Oğlumla dört aydır konuşamıyorum”

Richard Phillips, 6 Ağustos 2018

Julian Assange’ın annesi Christine Assange, 23 Temmuz’da, son haberlere göre, yakında Ekvador’un Londra büyükelçiliğinden dışarı çıkarılma tehlikesi ile karşı karşıya olan oğlunun riskli durumu hakkında Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’ne konuştu.

New in Arabic

المجلس العسكري المصري یمد حالة الطوارئ ويسيطر على وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعیة

٢٢ تموز يوليو ٢٠١٨

بعد خمس سنوات من الانقلاب العسكري الذي وقع في 3 یولیو / تموز 2013 ضد الرئیس الإخواني محمد مرسي والمذبحة التي راح ضحیتها أكثر من 1000 تابعا له في شوارع القاهرة ، یقوم النظام العسكري للدكتاتور عبد الفتاح السیسي ، المدعوم من القوى الغربية ، بتكثیف إرهابه المعادي للثورة.

New in Italian

Cos’è la “nostra democrazia”?

Eric London, 31 luglio 2018

Al centro dell'isteria anti-russa guidata dal Partito Democratico è l'affermazione che la Russia e il suo presidente, Vladimir Putin, minacciano la “nostra democrazia”.

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Perspective

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

7 August 2018

In at least three countries where US forces are engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon and its local proxies are allying themselves with ISIS and Al Qaeda in pursuit of strategic interests.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Committee of the Fourth International

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

This report was delivered by David North, the national chairperson of the Socialist Equality Party (US), to open the Fifth National Congress of the SEP, held July 22-27, 2018.

Socialist Equality Party (US) holds Fifth National Congress

3 August 2018

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
Free Julian Assange!

2 August 2018

Preface to the Russian edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky

By Vladimir Volkov, 2 August 2018

Understanding the role Leon Trotsky played in the twentieth century is fundamental to the revival of the heritage of Marxism in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and to the fight to build the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Arts Review

Jazz goes country—the music of Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2018

Vanished Gardens, a new collaboration between jazz musician Charles Lloyd and country singer Lucinda Williams, is a seamless and enjoyable blend of multiple genres of music.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story—“Do good anyway. … Think big anyway. … Build anyway”

By Joanne Laurier, 6 August 2018

#MeToo turns deadly
Opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter blames #MeToo witch-hunt for her husband’s suicide

By David Walsh, 3 August 2018

Ronan Farrow’s latest #MeToo “bombshell,” directed against Leslie Moonves of CBS

Geoffrey Rush’s lawyers argue newspaper’s allegations “motivated to harm” the actor

Commentary

Bernie Sanders holds rallies to prop up the Democratic Party in Michigan

By Eric London, 6 August 2018

Politics in bad faith: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in Michigan

Why did New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger meet with Trump?

By E.P. Milligan, 6 August 2018

Who is UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada?

By Tim Rivers, 6 August 2018

Class exploitation and the market: The secret of the $1 trillion corporation

By Andre Damon, 4 August 2018

US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout

By Eric London, 4 August 2018

Separated: Children at the Border highlights the horrific human costs of the bipartisan war on immigrants

More on the attack on immigrants »

Workers Struggles

Venezuelan bus drivers protest shortages, census
Workers Struggles: the Americas

7 August 2018

Bus drivers held a demonstration in front of Venezuela’s Ministry of Transport building in Caracas, Venezuela August 3 to protest shortages of supplies and parts.

GM threatens plant shutdowns and layoffs as car sales fall

By Samuel Davidson, 6 August 2018

“The UAW cannot be trusted”
Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers kept in dark by UAW following strike vote

Mobilize the working class behind Indiana autoworkers
Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers: Form a rank-and-file strike committee to fight for jobs and safety!

More on autoworkers struggles »

Stalemate on takeover of Kentucky’s largest school district

By J. Cooper, 6 August 2018

New Zealand teachers join growing wages movement

By our reporters, 6 August 2018

As transit union continues to ignore its members’ overwhelming vote to strike
Washington, D.C. transit authority moves to privatize bus maintenance services

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2018

Washington, D.C. metro union seeks to bury members’ strike vote

Following IAWV exposure at Texas warehouse
More Amazon workers speak out against atrocious working conditions

By Evan Cohen, 3 August 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

“You have a perspective from the working man, not from the corporate media”
Workers and young people speak to SEP campaigners at Sanders rallies in southeast Michigan

By Tom Hall, 6 August 2018

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP establishes Ann Arbor election campaign committee for Michigan’s 12th congressional district

Socialist candidate for Congress Niles Niemuth submits thousands of signatures for ballot access in Michigan

By our reporter, 19 July 2018

No challenge filed to Socialist Equality Party candidate’s nominating petition in Michigan

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP volunteers in Michigan speak on powerful support from workers for a socialist perspective

Socialist Equality Party to run Niles Niemuth for Michigan’s 12th Congressional district

25 years ago: Coalition government in Japan excludes former ruling party

On August 9, 1993, an eight-party coalition government was formed in Japan, without the Liberal Democratic Party, which had ruled in Tokyo continuously for the previous 38 years.

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50 years ago: Nine coal miners killed in an explosion in Greenville, Kentucky

On August 7, 1968 an explosion inside the River Queen No. 1 Coal Mine killed nine men who had been working under the surface.

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75 years ago: Soviet troops launch offensive against German forces

On August 7, 1943, Russian troops launched a significant military offensive against German troops in the Smolensk and Bryansk regions of the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Japanese troops land in Vladivostok

Over 12,000 Japanese troops poured into the Siberian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific, only about 80 miles (127 km) north of Korea, which the Japanese had occupied in 1895, as a part of the Allied Siberian expedition.

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NHS Fightback

NHS trade unions’ “best deal in eight years” revealed as a fraud

By Ajanta Silva, 4 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds public meetings opposing “foreign interference” laws

By our reporters, 4 August 2018

The meetings were the only events to warn of the anti-democratic implications of the legislation, and place it in the context of the preparations for war with China.

SEP (Australia) holds Sydney meeting against new “foreign interference” laws

Sri Lankan SEP member Mohamdiramlage Chandrasiri (1955–2018)

By Wimal Fernando, 19 July 2018

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

Defend Julian Assange!

Julian Assange’s lawyer: Australian government has a “duty” to protect him

By Mike Head, 2 August 2018

Jennifer Robinson said the WikiLeaks editor wants to exercise his right to return to Australia, provided he is protected from extradition to the US.

Ecuador’s president ready to allow Julian Assange to be extradited to US

By Mike Head, 31 July 2018

Julian Assange and the betrayal of Latin America’s “left”

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 25 July 2018

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

By James Cogan, 19 June 2018

Bringing Julian Assange Home

By John Pilger, 19 June 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Twenty-five years since the death of Joy Gardner

By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2018

Behind the actions of the police officers involved, Joy’s killing was the result of deliberate government policy.

The killing of Joy Gardner: A Workers Inquiry is needed

By the International Communist Party (July 1 1995), 28 July 2018

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing here the July 1, 1995 statement by the International Communist Party—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)—calling for the formation of a Workers’ Inquiry into the death of Jamaican mother Joy Gardner.

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Coby Day: Hundreds memorialize fallen Detroit autoworker Jacoby Hennings

Friends and family of Jacoby Hennings (1995 - 2017) want answers about the circumstances surrounding the young autoworker's death at Ford's Woodhaven stamping plant.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 21 June 2018

We are posting the new preface written by David North for the soon to be released thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

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.

History

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.