More than eight hundred dead after earthquakes and tsunami strike Indonesia

By John Braddock, 1 October 2018

Fourteen years after the 2004 tsunami killed up to 230,000 people, governments throughout the region and internationally have done nothing to prevent a similar mass tragedy.

Democrats, media press Kavanaugh sexual assault campaign

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2018

The frenzy over Kavanaugh’s alleged actions as a 17-year-old is a diversion from any examination of his 30-year record as a reactionary opponent of democratic rights and the working class.

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

The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction

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

More on US politics »

Dozens injured as Catalan separatists and regional police clash in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 1 October 2018

A year after the Catalan independence referendum, none of the issues that led to the referendum crisis and the violent repression by Madrid have been resolved.

Julian Assange appoints new WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 October 2018

Kristinn Hrafnsson’s appointment is testament to WikiLeaks’ invaluable contribution to genuine journalism.

Protests hit mass detention of immigrant children in Texas tent camp

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2018

The barren tent camp in the desert on the Mexican border is built to house up to 3,800 children.

US announces new barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants

More on the attacks on immigrants »

World Bank warns Gaza faces economic collapse

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2018

The organization warned that half of Gaza residents live in poverty and youth unemployment is over 70 percent.

López Obrador promises Truth Commission in disappearance of Ayotzinapa students

By Don Knowland, 1 October 2018

Any new investigation will inevitably face limits, including the role of the army in the events and its coverup.

Brazil’s Workers Party leader covers up far-right threats to next government

By Miguel Andrade, 1 October 2018

The Workers Party is courting the Brazilian military, presenting itself as the force best suited to its interests.

Beijing university threatens Marxist student society

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2018

The university has reacted to fears that not only politically radicalised students, but also China’s exploited working class, could threaten the CCP’s police-state regime.

Senior management implodes after exposure of government interference at Australia’s state-funded media

By Richard Phillips, 1 October 2018

Australian Broadcasting Corporation chairman Justin Milne demanded senior journalists be sacked in order to curry favour with the federal government.

New in Norwegian

Den russiske Duma banker igjennom pensjonsreform mot masseopposisjon

Clara Weiss, 01. October 2018

Vedtaket av reformen, den russiske regjeringens mest upopulære tiltak på tiår, setter scenen for en sterk opptrapping av sosiale og politiske konflikter i Russland.

Trump truer «strategiske allierte» med tariffer på biler

Nick Beams, 01. October 2018

Etter først å ha blitt brukt mot EU, ble sist uke trusselen om tariffer på biler begrunnet med «nasjonal sikkerhet» anvendt mot Japan og Canada.

New in Turkish

Ortadoğu’da ABD-Avrupa çatışması artarken Erdoğan Berlin’i ziyaret etti

Alex Lantier, 1 Ekim 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ortadoğu'da Washington ile Avrupa Birliği (AB) arasındaki patlayıcı çatışmaların ortasında, üç günlük bir ziyaret için Perşembe günü Berlin'e geldi.

New in French

Les vrais enjeux des élections au Québec pour la classe ouvrière

Richard Dufour, 1 octobre 2018

Avertissement à ceux qui se tournent vers Québec solidaire: QS est hostile à la mobilisation des travailleurs en tant que force politique indépendante, seule façon de combattre l’austérité capitaliste.

Selon les sondages, les élections au Québec risquent de porter au pouvoir un gouvernement minoritaire

nos journalistes, 1 octobre 2018

La montée de Québec Solidaire dans les sondages est l'expression déformée d'un sentiment croissant anti-austérité et anticapitaliste, en particulier chez les jeunes.

Jeremy Corbyn appelle à l’unité avec la droite travailliste et le « monde des affaires »

Robert Stevens, 1 octobre 2018

S’adressant à ceux qui ont passé des années à le diffamer lui et ses partisans, Corbyn a plaidé qu’il était nécessaire de « se concentrer sur ce qui nous unit. Nous sommes embarqués dans un voyage ensemble et ne pouvons arriver à destination qu’en restant unis. »

L'audience Kavanaugh: Un spectacle politique réactionnaire et dépravé

Patrick Martin, 1 octobre 2018

Le Parti démocrate a décidé de s'opposer au candidat réactionnaire de la Cour suprême sur la base la plus rétrograde et la plus à droite possible.

Un maire du Parti de gauche allemand ordonne la déportation de réfugiés

Markus Salzmann, 1 octobre 2018

Le maire de Francfort sur l’ Oder, René Wilke du Parti de la gauche, a lancé un ordre d’expulsion contre sept réfugiés en provenance de Syrie, du Pakistan et des territoires palestiniens.

50e anniversaire de la fondation du SEP (Sri Lanka)
La lutte politique de la RCL et du SEP contre le radicalisme petit-bourgeois

Kapila Fernando, 1 octobre 2018

Les cinq dernières décennies ont confirmé la clairvoyance de l’analyse politique de la RCL et du SEP et la mise en évidence du radicalisme petit-bourgeois du JVP.

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Die politischen Fragen in der Senatsanhörung von Brett Kavanaugh

Eric London, 1. Oktober 2018

Die inhaltliche Ausrichtung der Anhörungen ist Ausdruck der politischen Prioritäten der Demokratischen Partei und der Interessen der wohlhabenden Gesellschaftsschichten, an die sie damit appelliert.

Trump droht „strategischen Verbündeten“ mit Autozöllen

Nick Beams, 1. Oktober 2018

Nach der Europäischen Union drohte die Trump-Regierung letzte Woche auch Japan und Kanada aus Gründen der „nationalen Sicherheit“ mit Autozöllen.

David North wird bei seiner Ankunft in Sri Lanka herzlich begrüßt

1. Oktober 2018

North betonte die wichtige Rolle, die der Trotzkismus in der politischen Entwicklung der Arbeiterklasse Sri Lankas gespielt hat.

New in Spanish

Las cuestiones políticas de la audiencia en el Senado sobre la nominación de Brett Kavanaugh a la Corte Suprema

Por Eric London, 1 octubre 2018

El foco del procedimiento refleja las prioridades políticas del Partido Demócrata y los intereses de capas sociales adineradas a las que busca atraer.

Estados Unidos anuncia nuevo impedimento a ciudadanía de inmigrantes de bajos ingresos

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 octubre 2018

El Gobierno de Trump ha anunciado una nueva regla que exige a los inmigrantes que soliciten un estatus legal permanente o ciudadanía reportar sus calificaciones e historiales crediticios.

Los pilotos y la tripulación de cabina de aerolínea Ryanair se declaran en huelga en seis países europeos

Por nuestros reporteros, 1 octubre 2018

La huelga más grande en la historia de aerolínea Ryanair muestra el potencial de la clase trabajadora en una disputa laboral coordinada internacionalmente.

Trump amenaza a "aliados estratégicos" con aranceles automáticos

Por Nick Beams, 1 octubre 2018

Después de ser utilizada contra la Unión Europea la amenaza de las tarifas sobre automóviles por motivos de "seguridad nacional" esta semana Trump quiere aplicarla contra Japón y Canadá.

Trabajadores de Ryanair inician la huelga más grande en su historia

Por Gustav Kemper, 1 octubre 2018

La decisión de los sindicatos alemanes de convocar una huelga en la noche del jueves 27 de septiembre hace que las huelgas de hoy en cinco países europeos sean las más grandes en la historia de la aerolínea de tarifas económicas.

Los trabajadores de plantaciones de Sri Lanka se manifiestan por salarios más altos

Por M. Thevarajah, 1 octubre 2018

La protesta controlada por los sindicatos se organizó para promocionar ilusiones en que las compañías y el gobierno concedan un aumento salarial “razonable” a los trabajadores de las haciendas.

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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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خمسة وعشرون عام بعد أوسلو، كارثة عميقة بالنسبة للفلسطينيين

١٣ أيلول سبتمبر ٢٠١٨

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

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

1 October 2018

With social anger at plunging living standards boiling over, the unions are desperately seeking to divert opposition behind the election of Democratic Party candidates in November.

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

David North warmly welcomed on his arrival in Sri Lanka

28 September 2018

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 lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018

This series of articles published by the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka marks the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in June 1968.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

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

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

“Genuine socialists are fighting to put the working class in control”

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth answered questions from commenters at this live online event on September 29. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in upcoming live events.

Campaign meeting with Niles Niemuth brings socialism to Wyandotte, Michigan

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

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

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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.

Commentary

Macron whitewashes French state murder of Maurice Audin

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 1 October 2018

Audin’s murder in Algeria constitutes a warning of the nature of imperialist war, which still echoes 60 years on, as NATO intervenes across the Middle East.

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

By Robert Stevens, 29 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

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

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

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

The New York Times promotes the Democratic Socialists of America

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 2
Capernaum, Screwdriver, Rosie, The Public and Black 47: Socially critical films from the Middle East, Ireland and the US

By Joanne Laurier, 1 October 2018

Film writers and directors live in this world too. There must be those who reject upper-middle class triviality and self-involvement.

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

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”

Why is HBO’s Game of Thrones so popular?

There was far more to Leonard Bernstein than mere charisma

25 years ago: Yeltsin orders bombardment of Russian parliament

On October 4, 1993, Moscow was a scene “of carnage, squalor and hideous destruction,” according to press reports, after Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the military storming of the Russian White House.

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50 years: Mexican police and soldiers open fire on student protesters

On October 2, 1968, more than 10,000 students and other supporters gathered in Tlatelolco Square in Mexico City.

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75 years ago: Soviet armies conclude successful Smolensk offensive

On October 2, 1943, the Soviet Union concluded its successful Smolensk offensive, having, over the previous months, liberated numerous strategically important cities from the invading forces of Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: New German government proposes an armistice to Woodrow Wilson

On October 4, 1918, the newly formed German government headed by Prince Max von Baden telegraphed to American President Woodrow Wilson appeals for an armistice.

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Public meetings in Australia

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

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

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

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

Workers Struggles

“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

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

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 »

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.

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

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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.