US announces new barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 September 2018

The Trump administration has announced a new rule requiring immigrants applying for permanent legal status or citizenship to report their credit scores and histories.

“The union is not for all of us”
Indianapolis Allison Transmission workers face stonewalling by UAW over contract terms, pensions

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 29 September 2018

Workers at the global transmission company report that the UAW is withholding information regarding their contract.

UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”
Kokomo Chrysler workers press for strike action

More on autoworkers struggles »

Joint strike by Ryanair pilots and cabin crew hits six European countries

By our correspondents, 30 September 2018

The biggest strike in Ryanair's history shows the potential contained in an internationally coordinated labour dispute.

Impact of Hurricane Florence continues to be felt throughout the Carolinas

By Matthew Taylor, 29 September 2018

Two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall, residents throughout the Carolinas continue to suffer from its effects.

As new flooding forces evacuations in South Carolina
Hurricane Florence unleashes coal ash, hog waste pollution

More on Hurricane Florence and other disasters »

New Zealand primary teachers reject sellout pay offer

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2018

The Labour Party-NZ First government’s offer of a meagre 3 percent per year for three years, with no measures to address the staffing crisis, was resoundingly rejected by primary school teachers.

Sri Lankan plantation workers demonstrate for higher wages

By M. Thevarajah, 29 September 2018

The union-controlled protest was organised to promote illusions that the companies and the government will grant a “reasonable” pay rise for estate workers.

Russian Duma rams through pension reform amid mass opposition

By Clara Weiss, 29 September 2018

The passing of the reform, the most unpopular measure of the Russian government in decades, sets the stage for a sharp escalation of social and political conflicts in Russia.

Trump threatens “strategic allies” with auto tariffs

By Nick Beams, 29 September 2018

After being used against the European Union, the threat of auto tariffs on “national security” grounds was brought out against Japan and Canada this week.

German Left Party mayor orders deportation of refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 29 September 2018

The Left Party mayor of Frankfurt on the Oder, René Wilke, has initiated a deportation order against seven refugees from Syria, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories.

German Chancellor Merkel loses closest ally

German government agrees to arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia, fuelling war in Yemen

Turkish president visits Berlin as US-European conflict in Middle East rises

More on Germany »

Meghan Markle’s Grenfell cookbook: The royal family in damage control mode

By Laura Tiernan, 29 September 2018

Markle’s “first solo project” is an attempt to restore public faith in the monarchy, present a caring and “culturally diverse” image and prevent the working class from challenging the wealth, privilege and power of the British ruling class.

Grenfell Fire: Fire Brigades Union warned of cladding dangers 19 years ago

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Polls predict Quebec elections likely to end in hung parliament

By our reporters, 29 September 2018

The rise in support for the pseudo-left, pro-independence Québec Solidaire is a distorted expression of the growth of anti-austerity and anti-capitalist sentiment, especially among youth.

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«История никогда и никого ничему не учит»
Российский неосталинист защищает аргентинскую Рабочей партии в деле «восстановления» Четвертого Интернационала

Билл Вэн Оукен, 29 сентября 2018 г.

Саид Гафуров, бывший советник Владимира Путина, защищает политику аргентинской Рабочей партии на основе того, что борьбы троцкизма против сталинизма утратила всякое политическое значение.

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Argentinas Macri svarer på den fjerde generalstreiken med nok ei IMF-pakke

Andrea Lobo, 28. september 2018

Fagforeningsbyråkratiene, de fleste som hadde avtalt våpenhvile med Macri-administrasjonen ved begynnelsen av hans periode, forsøker nå å kontrollere økende sosialt sinne.

Flytransportarbeidere lanserer den største streiken i Ryanairs historie

Gustav Kemper, 28. september 2018

De tyske fagforeningenes beslutning sent på torsdag om å kalle til streik gjør dagens streiker i fem europeiske land til den største i lavprisselskapets historie.

Tyrkias president besøker Berlin mens konflikten i Midtøsten tilspisses

Alex Lantier, 28. september 2018

Erdogan kom til Tyskland på søk etter en alliert mot Trumps handelskrigstiltak og stadig mer fiendtlige politikk mot Tyrkia i den syriske krigskrisen.

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Nach Jahrzehnten der Lohnsenkungen: US-Zentralbank will „Lohninflation“ stoppen

Jerry White, 29. September 2018

Die Führungskräfte der Zentralbank wissen genau, dass Investoren üblicherweise mehr Geld verdienen, wenn das Damoklesschwert der Massenarbeitslosigkeit über den Köpfen der Arbeiter hängt.

Gemeinsamer Ryanair-Streik in sechs Ländern

unseren Korrespondenten, 29. September 2018

Der größte Streik in der Ryanair-Geschichte hat das Potential unter Beweis gestellt, das in einem internationalen Arbeitskampf liegen würde. Dagegen führen die Gewerkschaften die Verhandlungen strikt national getrennt.

Der Erdogan-Besuch und der wachsende Konflikt zwischen USA und EU

Alex Lantier, 29. September 2018

Erdogan will Deutschland als Verbündeten gegen Trumps Handelskriegsmaßnahmen und seine zunehmend feindselige Politik gegenüber der Türkei in der Syrienkrise gewinnen.

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Tras década de caídas salariales, la Reserva Federal busca detener la “inflación de salarios”

Por Jerry White, 29 septiembre 2018

Los ejecutivos del banco central entienden que los inversores tienden a ganar más cuando cuelga la espada del desempleo masivo sobre las cabezas de los trabajadores.

Se dispara número de víctimas civiles de guerras estadounidenses en Yemen y Afganistán

Por Bill Van Auken, 29 septiembre 2018

La prensa estadounidense ha prácticamente ignorado esta masacre cada vez más voraz en ambos países y la clara evidencia de los crímenes de guerra estadounidenses.

Washington amplifica las amenazas de guerra contra Irán y tiraniza al mundo

Por Keith Jones, 29 septiembre 2018

En sus dos días en la ONU, Trump amenazó a gran parte del mundo, dando voz a las aspiraciones insaciables del imperialismo estadounidense y la insatisfacción de su élite gobernante por la erosión de su poder económico.

Macri en Argentina responde a cuarta huelga general con otro ajuste del FMI

Por Andrea Lobo, 29 septiembre 2018

Las burocracias sindicales, cuya mayoría había acordado una tregua con el Gobierno de Macri al principio de su término, están buscando contener el creciente enojo social.

La canciller alemana Merkel pierde a su aliado más cercano

Por Ulrich Rippert, 29 septiembre 2018

Ya ha quedado claro que la gran coalición se apoya en elementos ultraderechistas para aplicar sus ataques sociales y políticos.

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Le président turc en visite à Berlin alors que le conflit américano-européen au Moyen-Orient se fait jour

Alex Lantier, 29 septembre 2018

Erdogan s’est rendu en Allemagne à la recherche d’un allié contre les mesures de guerre commerciale de Trump et contre une politique de plus en plus hostile envers la Turquie dans la crise syrienne.

Après une décennie de baisse des salaires, la Réserve fédérale américaine agit contre « l’inflation salariale »

Jerry White, 29 septembre 2018

Les dirigeants de la banque centrale comprennent que les investisseurs gagnent en général beaucoup plus d’argent lorsque la menace de chomage de masse se tient comme une épée de Damoclès au-dessus de la tête des travailleurs.

Chaleureux accueil pour David North à son arrivée au Sri Lanka

29 septembre 2018

North a souligné le rôle immense joué par le trotskisme dans l’évolution politique de la classe ouvrière au Sri Lanka.

La chancelière allemande Merkel perd son plus proche allié

Ulrich Rippert, 29 septembre 2018

Il est déjà clair que la grande coalition compte sur des éléments d’extrême droite pour imposer ses attaques sociales et politiques.

Les pseudo-marxistes au sein de Québec solidaire se taisent sur son offre à la CAQ

Louis Girard, 29 septembre 2018

Malgré leur verbiage «révolutionnaire», ces forces jouent un rôle clé pour fournir une couverture de gauche à Québec solidaire qui cherche à s’intégrer encore plus à l’establishment.

Le gouvernement allemand accepte de livrer des armes à l'Arabie saoudite en guerre au Yémen

Sven Heymann, 29 septembre 2018

Les livraisons d'armes au Moyen-Orient et dans la péninsule arabique font partie des plans stratégiques de la classe dirigeante allemande, qui poursuit ses objectifs géopolitiques par des moyens militaires.

Hal: Un documentaire sur le cinéaste américain Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home)

David Walsh, 29 septembre 2018

Hal Ashby (1929-1928) était un réalisateur américain, généralement sous-estimé ou méconnu aujourd'hui, responsable d'un certain nombre d'œuvres de valeur ou, dans certains cas, provocatrices, dans les années 1970.

Il y a 100 ans : L’offensive Meuse-Argonne commence en France

WSWS, 29 septembre 2018

Dans ce qui allait être le dernier acte de la Première guerre mondiale, les forces britanniques, françaises et américaines commençaient une poussée massive le 26 septembre 1918.

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خمسة وعشرون عام بعد أوسلو، كارثة عميقة بالنسبة للفلسطينيين

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صادف يوم الخميس الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين لتبني كل من زعيم منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية ياسر عرفات ورئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية إسحق رابين اتفاقيات أوسلو خلال لقاء في واشنطن في ضيافة رئيس الولايات المتحة بيل كلنتون.

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Perspective

The political issues in the Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

29 September 2018

The focus of the proceedings reflects the political priorities of the Democratic Party and the interests of the affluent social layers to which it is appealing.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

SEP and IYSSE win broad support for Peradeniya university meeting on the struggle for Trotskyism

By our correspondents, 29 September 2018

SEP campaigners have spoken with scores of students, workers and academics at the campus, explaining the historical record and political importance of the struggle for Trotskyism in Sri Lanka and internationally.

David North warmly welcomed on his arrival in Sri Lanka

28 September 2018

North stressed the immense role played by Trotskyism in the political development of the working class in Sri Lanka.

80th anniversary of the Fourth International and 50th anniversary of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
David North to address meetings in Sri Lanka on the lessons of the history and contemporary struggle for socialism

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The RCL/SEP’s political struggle against petty-bourgeois radicalism


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.

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

The founding of the Fourth International on September 3, 1938, was an event of great historical significance and contemporary relevance.

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

Commentary

Jeremy Corbyn calls for unity with Labour’s right-wing and the “business world”

By Robert Stevens, 29 September 2018

Addressing those who have spent years slandering him and his supporters, Corbyn pleaded that it was necessary “to focus on what unites us. We are on a journey together and can only complete it together.”

After a decade of falling pay, US Federal Reserve acts to stop “wage inflation”

By Jerry White, 28 September 2018

The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2018

Kavanaugh’s nomination, Cosby’s sentencing: News media pornography and the enraged middle class

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

The ouster of New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma: The #MeToo movement assaults free speech

The CIA Democrats and the US midterm elections

More on US politics »

WSWS demands Turkey release Max Zirngast, Hatice Göz and Mithatcan Türetken

By the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 September 2018

Release the framed-up Istanbul airport workers!
No to pressure and intimidation against the working class!

By the Socialist Equality Group of Turkey, 25 September 2018

The New York Times promotes the Democratic Socialists of America

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 September 2018

“History never teaches anyone anything”
Russian neo-Stalinist defends Partido Obrero’s “refounding” of Fourth International

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2018

Public meetings in Australia

SEP Australia to livestream meeting in Sydney on the political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

The meeting on Sunday, September 30 will be addressed by Nick Beams and James Cogan. WSWS readers across Australia and internationally can watch it live or later on the SEP's Facebook page.

Nick Beams to lecture at Australian universities on the contemporary significance of Karl Marx

The lectures will make clear that Marx’s theoretical breakthroughs were inextricably linked to his political work as a revolutionary determined to arm the emerging working class with a program that advanced its independent interests.

IYSSE

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

The following article is part of a series of articles dedicated to exposing the militarization of schools and universities.

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NOVA, 25 September 2018

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 12 September 2018

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 31 August 2018

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 1
An intriguing film festival—above all, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

By David Walsh, 28 September 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do … is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

By David Walsh, 28 September 2018

Why is HBO’s Game of Thrones so popular?

By Sandy English, 26 September 2018

There was far more to Leonard Bernstein than mere charisma

By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2018

Workers Struggles

India police attack striking auto workers in Tamil Nadu; New Zealand bus drivers walkout
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 September 2018

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

Argentina’s Macri responds to fourth general strike with yet another IMF package

By Andrea Lobo, 28 September 2018

Vote “yes” on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!

By NHS FightBack, 28 September 2018

Victors Care brings class-based medical care to University of Michigan hospital

By Matthew Brennan, 28 September 2018

As Teamsters pushes for “yes” vote on concessions contract
UPS unveils $1 billion cost-cutting “transformation plan”

By Will Morrow, 15 September 2018

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

The Growth of the Far-Right in Europe

The neo-Nazi offensive in Germany and the role of historians

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 September 2018

German grand coalition backs secret service head who defended neo-Nazis

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Campaign meeting with Niles Niemuth brings socialism to Wyandotte, Michigan

By Tom Hall, 27 September 2018

Workers and students took part in a wide-ranging discussion with SEP's congressional candidate on the social conditions of the working class, the crisis of American politics, and how a socialist movement within the working class can be built.

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth speaks to students and youth at Wayne State University

By Tom Hall, 22 September 2018

Campaign events for Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth
Socialism: What it is and how to fight for it

18 September 2018

Vote for Niles! Fight for Socialism!

Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress, is fighting for genuine revolutionary socialism for workers and youth in Michigan's 12th district and all around the world. Find out more at Niles2018.com

Share this video widely: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district website

16 August 2018

Visit our website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

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

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Public Meetings:
The fight to drive out the right-wing from the Labour Party and the struggle for socialism

27 September 2018

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings explaining the political issues posed by the campaign against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by the Blairite right in alliance with the Tory government and intelligence agencies. The meetings will discuss the call by the SEP for Labour members and supporters to drive out the right-wing and why Corbyn is opposed to this elementary task.

Science

Japanese space agency lands two rovers on surface of asteroid

By Bryan Dyne, 26 September 2018

Although an asteroid was first landed on in 2001, the Japanese Hayabusa2 mission is the first to successfully deploy rovers on the surface of one.

Book review

Dopesick by Beth Macy
Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

By Gary Joad, 25 September 2018

Author Beth Macy paints a searing and heartbreaking portrait of the Appalachian victims of the current opioid epidemic in the United States.

Adam Tooze’s Crashed: The limitations of a Left-liberal historian

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The historian Adam Tooze has published a detailed account of the origins and development of the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.

25 years ago: Earthquake kills 10,000 in western India

A powerful earthquake struck the western Indian state of Maharashtra on September 30, 1993, killing nearly 10,000 people and injuring at least 30,000 more.

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50 years: Filibuster begins against US Supreme Court nominee

On September 25, 1968, Republican Senator Robert P. Griffin of Michigan began a filibuster to block the nomination of Abe Fortas to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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75 years ago: Italian anti-fascist insurrection in Naples

On September 30, 1943, the last German troops retreated from the Italian city of Naples and its surrounding districts after failing to put down an insurrection by the city’s working class.

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100 years ago: Meuse-Argonne offensive begins in France

In what would become the last act of the first World War, British, French and American forces began a massive thrust on September 26, 1918, whose goal was the capture of a major railway hub.

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International Amazon Workers Voice

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Injured Amazon worker Angela: “If workers controlled Bezos’ billions, nobody would be homeless”

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) spoke to Angela Shelton, an injured worker at the DFW7 Amazon fulfillment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where a number of injured workers have recently been made homeless.

Life under capitalism for an American youth
Injured Texas Wal-Mart worker describes how and why she switched to socialism

By Eric London, 5 September 2018

More on Amazon »

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

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.

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

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

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.

Defend Julian Assange!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

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

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

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

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

Bringing Julian Assange Home

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

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.