Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Thousands of workers downed their tools Friday after the latest in a series of fatal and near-fatal accidents at a construction site near Istanbul.

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate

By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2018

Washington supports Israel's aggression in Syria as part of its strategy to drive back Iranian influence in the country and throughout the Middle East.

Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

More on the wars in the Middle East »

Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2018

In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to limit the total prison sentence for 69-year-old Manafort to 10 years, for all the charges against him.

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint

“All the hotel workers should go on strike”
Chicago hotel workers continue walkout as workers throughout the US vote to strike

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 17 September 2018

Hotel workers in Chicago continue to fight for year-round healthcare and higher wages, even as the union keeps them isolated from hotel workers' struggles across the country.

Residents of Chicago’s Little Village speak out against increasing poverty and unaffordable housing

By our reporters, 17 September 2018

Three weeks after a deadly house fire killed 10 children on Chicago’s west side, residents still have no answers as to its causes, or resources to help them recover.

As city officials seek to shift blame onto parents
Chicago house fire claims ninth victim

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018

Both management and the UAW have maintained complete silence on the serious injury suffered last week by Eric Parsons at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

Texas special education students face teacher shortage and budget shortfall

By Todd Denton, 17 September 2018

The state of Texas is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for its failure to educate disabled children.

Portland officials fail to indict two university police for murder of 45-year-old worker

By Kayla Costa, 17 September 2018

Far from an unavoidable tragedy, the killing of Jason Washington is a direct consequence of the growing militarized police apparatus in cities and schools across the United States.

Peru: Pseudo-left promotes anti-corruption protests to cover for anti-worker policies

By Armando Cruz, 17 September 2018

The pseudo-left has adapted itself to President Vizcarra’s proposals, praising his preparedness to "listen" to the people.

UN special rapporteur to examine extreme poverty in the UK

By Barry Mason, 17 September 2018

That the UK now requires such a visit demonstrates the impact of more than £110 billion in austerity cuts and the destruction of one million public sector jobs.

UK Food Foundation: Four million children have poor diets

By Liz Smith, 17 September 2018

The situation worsened during the summer school holidays, with an estimated 3 million children nationwide at risk of going hungry.

Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia

By Ben McGrath, 17 September 2018

Japan is coming under increased pressure as a result of Washington’s protectionist measures, which are compounding instability throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Australian government calls royal commission into aged care but numerous reports have already exposed major crisis

By Clare Bruderlin, 17 September 2018

Neglect, mistreatment and shocking conditions are an everyday reality for many now living in residential aged care.

New Zealand primary teachers’ union presents sellout offer

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 17 September 2018

The Labour government’s proposal does not begin to address stagnant wages and the staffing crisis afflicting schools.

New in Turkish

Rusya, Suriye’nin İdlib’e yönelik saldırısını erteliyor

Alex Lantier, 17 Eylül 2018

Moskova, artan tehditlerin ardından, Suriye ve Rusya güçlerinin İdlib vilayetindeki İslamcı muhalif milislere karşı planlanan ortak saldırısının ertelendiğini duyurdu.

Oslo’dan 25 yıl sonra: Filistinliler için derinleşen bir felaket

Bill Van Auken, 17 Eylül 2018

ABD’li ve İsrailli yetkililer, yıldönümünü, İsrail devleti içindeki en sağcı unsurlar tarafından küstahça belirlenen saldırgan bir politikayı izleyerek kutluyorlar.

New in French

La Russie remet à plus tard l’offensive syrienne sur Idlib, l’OTAN menaçant d’une escalade

Alex Lantier, 17 septembre 2018

La Turquie et les puisances impérialistes majeures de l’OTAN ont clairement indiqué qu’elles sont prêtes à riposter contre les forces syriennes et russes à Idlib.

Dix ans depuis l’effondrement de Lehman Brothers

Nick Beams, 17 septembre 2018

Le 15 septembre 2008 a marqué une étape importante dans l’éruption de la crise du système capitaliste la plus profonde et la plus dévastatrice depuis la Grande dépression des années 1930.

Le New York Times pousse Trump vers une nouvelle guerre majeure en Syrie

Bill Van Auken, 17 septembre 2018

Le chroniqueur Bret Stephens, qui a écrit l’article du Times exigeant une escalade de la guerre en Syrie, est un néoconservateur républicain de longue date qui a ardemment appuyé la guerre en Irak.

Les sociaux-démocrates allemands feignent une opposition à l’AfD fasciste

Johannes Stern, 17 septembre 2018

Suite aux émeutes néonazies du mois dernier à Chemnitz, le Parti social-démocrate tente de dissimuler sa propre responsabilité dans la promotion de l’extrême droite.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind: «Il est trop tard pour être sain d'esprit. Trop tard.»

Joanne Laurier, 17 septembre 2018

Robin Williams (1951-2014) était un comique exceptionnel dont la capacité à créer des personnalités et à se déplacer parmi elles semblait parfois presque surnaturelle. Il contenait en lui un nombre apparemment infini de types humains.

New in German

Zehn Jahre nach der Pleite von Lehman Brothers

Nick Beams, 17. September 2018

Der Zusammenbruch von Lehman Brothers am 15. September 2008 löste die folgenschwerste und verheerendste kapitalistische Krise seit der Großen Depression der 1930er Jahre aus.

Ernährungsbericht der Vereinten Nation:
Jeder neunte Mensch leidet Hunger

Patrick Martin, 17. September 2018

Laut neuem UN Bericht hungern weltweit 821 Millionen Menschen. Der Bericht wurde am 11. September von der Welternährungsorganisation der Vereinten Nationen in Rom vorgestellt.

Idlib: Unter Nato-Drohungen verschiebt Russland syrische Offensive

Alex Lantier, 17. September 2018

Die Türkei und die imperialistischen Nato-Großmächte haben deutlich gemacht, dass sie einen Gegenangriff auf syrische und russische Truppen in Idlib vorbereiten.

EU eröffnet Strafverfahren gegen Ungarn

Markus Salzmann, 17. September 2018

Am vergangenen Mittwoch stimmte eine Zwei-Drittel-Mehrheit im Europaparlament für ein Verfahren, das im äußersten Fall zum Entzug der Stimmrechte im Ministerrat führen könnte.

New in Norwegian

Ti år etter at Lehman Brothers kollapset

Nick Beams, 15. september 2018

Den 15. september 2008 markerte milepælen for utbruddet av det kapitalistiske systemets mest vidtrekkende og ødeleggende krise siden Den store depresjonen på 1930-tallet.

New York Times egger Trump til stor ny krig i Syria

Bill Van Auken, 15. september 2018

Spaltisten Bret Stephens, forfatteren av Times-artikkelen som krever eskalering i Syria, er en republikansk neocon fra lang tid tilbake, som ivrig heiet frem Irak-krigen.

Tyske sosialdemokrater hykler opposisjon mot AfD og sikkerhetspolitisjef Maaßen

Johannes Stern, 15. september 2018

Alt spillfekteriet i Bundestag til tross står et sentralt politisk faktum klart. Styringsklassen «bekjemper» ikke AfD. Storkoalisjonen i samspill med pseudo-venstre-partiene bygger bevisst det ekstreme høyre og fremmer dem politisk.

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Perspective

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

In France, Mélenchon advisor hails Wagenknecht’s anti-immigrant Aufstehen group

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2018

Kuzmanovic applauded Aufstehen’s xenophobic line as a strategy for Melenchon's Unsubmissive France (LFI) to win workers’ votes.

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing #Standup initiative

Ten years after Lehman: New financial crises in the making

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2018

Commentaries on the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse voice fears of another meltdown.

Ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

Hurricane Florence kills five in North Carolina, leaves nearly one million without power

By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2018

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

German Social Democrats feign opposition to fascist AfD

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2018

German neo-Nazis attack Jewish restaurant during far-right riot in Chemnitz

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

Facebook censors ThinkProgress

New York Times covers up Google’s censorship

Seventeen years after 9/11: From “war on terror” to “great power conflict”

The Socialist Equality Party and the anti-Corbyn coup plot: A reply to a reader

Reject the anti-Semitism slurs against Jeremy Corbyn! Drive out the Labour Party right wing!

IYSSE

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Monitoring students’ social media accounts is a violation of privacy, revealing the partnership of the US government and tech companies in internet surveillance and censorship.

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

25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in Russia

On September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of “democracy” in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR.

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50 years: US, China in first contact on normalizing relations

On September 17, 1968, the US State Department sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China.

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75 years ago: German troops massacre Italian soldiers

On September 20, 1943, German firing squads acting under orders from Adolf Hitler began executing Italian soldiers on the occupied Greek island of Kefalonia.

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100 years ago: British forces rout Turkish army in Palestine

On September 21, 1918,British aircraft bombed and machine-gunned the remnants of the Turkish 7th and 8th Armies near Nablus in Palestine as part of an offensive which opened the road to the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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History 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

Workers Struggles

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?

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline
Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

More on the struggle at UPS »

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 September 2018

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Invergordon whisky distillery in Scotland demands workers accept a £10,000 pay cut or lose their jobs

Australia: Reject NTEU sellout at Macquarie University! For a unified national struggle against cuts!

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) forum reviews lessons of nursing union sellout

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

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.

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

By our reporter, 14 September 2018

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“Why the working class needs socialism” Large turnout to hear SEP candidate Niles Niemuth at University of Michigan

Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally!

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

Arts Review

Operation Finale depicts the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2018

Poor and unhealthy: Australia’s artists in social free-fall

Bisbee ’17: The deportation of Arizona copper miners is a “still-polarizing event”

Leave No Trace: An Iraq War veteran looks to leave the world behind

100 years since the birth of American filmmaker Robert Aldrich
Including an interview with film historian Tony Williams

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century
The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 1

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.

International Amazon Workers Voice

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.

“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

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

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Public meetings in Australia

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

6 September 2018

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.

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

6 September 2018

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.

Science

Waste plastics poison the food chain and contribute to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018

Book Review

Olen Steinhauer’s The Middleman: An American uprising, darkly imagined

By James Brookfield, 5 September 2018

At the outset of The Middleman a group of approximately 400 Americans scattered throughout the country suddenly disappear from their day-to-day lives without telling friends and family.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part one
Establishment of a deformed workers’ state in Czechoslovakia

By Clara Weiss, 28 August 2018

On August 20-21, 1968, tens of thousands of troops of the Warsaw Pact states invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” and stifle a nascent movement of the working class. This is the first part of a four-part series.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

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

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

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.