Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2018

Washington and Tehran, already at odds over escalating US sanctions, are coming into increasing conflict over military operations in Syria.

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria

German neo-Nazi group arrested after far-right riot in Chemnitz

By Johannes Stern, 2 October 2018

State prosecutors in Saxony and Bavaria ordered the arrest of seven people on Monday on suspicion of forming a right-wing terrorist organisation.

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

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

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

“A whiff of 1933”
Sharp rise in far-right attacks in Germany

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Trump touts tariffs and trade war following NAFTA renegotiation

By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2018

The revised trade pact forges a US-led North American protectionist trade bloc in preparation for economic and military conflict with Washington’s global rivals, above all China.

Indonesian tsunami relief grossly inadequate as death toll tops 1,200

By Tom Peters, 2 October 2018

Among survivors, there is growing outrage over the lack of assistance and the absence of a functioning tsunami warning system.

More than eight hundred dead after earthquakes and tsunami strike Indonesia

IMF chief warns of rising risks facing global economy

By Nick Beams, 2 October 2018

The IMF is set to downgrade its forecast for global growth amid rising trade tensions.

House fire at vacant property kills two in Hamtramck, Michigan

By Will Morrow and Zac Corrigan, 2 October 2018

Neighbors said the house was officially vacant but had been occupied by a homeless man for over two years.

Los Angeles harbor drivers hold three-day strike

By Adam Mclean, 2 October 2018

Truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California began a three-day strike Monday over their misclassification as “independent contractors.”

Nashville, Tennessee, police officer charged in shooting death

By Zac Thorton and Warren Duzak, 2 October 2018

Tennessee has a long history of deadly police violence against fleeing suspects.

Campaign grows inside Podemos for alliance with Spanish right

By Alejandro López, 2 October 2018

After figures in the Podemos leadership praised Italy’s far-right government, a movement for nationalism and appeals to right-wing parties is growing inside Podemos.

Dozens injured as Catalan separatists and regional police clash in Barcelona

Armed police used in illegal evictions in Dublin, Ireland

By Steve James, 2 October 2018

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and triggered the greatest financial crisis in Irish history, housing conditions are becoming intolerable for masses of people.

Pakistani premier Imran Khan imposes austerity mini-budget

By Athiyan Silva and Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2018

Barely two months after his election, Khan’s anti-imperialist and populist posturing has been utterly exposed.

Australia: “Terror case” against university employee falls apart

By Erika Zimmer, 2 October 2018

Nizamdeen, a 25 year-old business analyst, was released on bail after the prosecution admitted it could not link him to their main piece of “evidence.”

New Zealand education riven by class inequality

By John Braddock, 2 October 2018

The New Zealand Herald’s investigation found that only one in 100 entrants to top university courses over a five-year period were students from the poorest schools.

New in French

Julian Assange nomme un nouveau rédacteur en chef de WikiLeaks

Patrick O’conner, 2 octobre 2018

La désignation de Kristinn Hrafnsson témoigne de la contribution inestimable de Wikileaks au véritable journalisme.

Des centaines de milliers d’ouvriers font pression pour faire grève aux États-Unis

Jerry White, 2 octobre 2018

En novembre, avec la colère sociale qui gronde à cause des niveaux de vie qui plongent, les syndicats cherchent désespérément à détourner l’opposition derrière l’élection des candidats du Parti démocrate.

New in German

Hunderttausende fordern Streiks in den USA

Jerry White, 2. Oktober 2018

Die soziale Wut über den sinkenden Lebensstandard kocht über. Die Gewerkschaften versuchen verzweifelt, den Widerstand dagegen zu instrumentalisieren, um bei den Zwischenwahlen im November die Wahlchancen von Kandidaten der Demokratischen Partei zu erhöhen.

Erdbeben und Tsunami in Indonesien fordert über 800 Todesopfer

John Braddock, 2. Oktober 2018

Im Jahr 2004 hatte ein Tsunami bis zu 230.000 Todesopfer gefordert. Seither haben die Regierungen vierzehn Jahre lang nichts unternommen, um eine Tragödie von ähnlichen Ausmaßen zu verhindern.

Protestmarsch am 2. Oktober in Den Haag
Der Kampf gegen den sozialen Kahlschlag im Öffentlichen Dienst erfordert eine sozialistische Perspektive

Europäische Redaktion der WSWS, 2. Oktober 2018

Diesen Text verteilen Unterstützer der World Socialist Web Site auf der heutigen Protestdemonstration in Den Haag, an der viele Tausende Beschäftigte des öffentlichen Dienstes, des Gesundheitssystems und vor allem des Schul- und Bildungsbereichs der Niederlande teilnehmen.

New in Spanish

Cientos de miles exigen huelgas en Estados Unidos

Por Jerry White, 2 octubre 2018

A medida que se desborda el enojo hacia la caída en los niveles de vida, los sindicatos están buscando desviar desesperadamente la oposición detrás de la elección de candidatos demócratas en noviembre.

Docenas de heridos en choques entre independentistas catalanes y la policía regional en Barcelona

Por Alejandro López, 2 octubre 2018

Un año después del referéndum por la independencia de Cataluña, no se ha resuelto ninguno de los asuntos que llevaron a la crisis del referéndum y la violenta represión por parte de Madrid.

Julian Assange nombra un nuevo editor en jefe de WikiLeaks

Por Patrick O'Connor, 2 octubre 2018

El nombramiento de Kristinn Hrafnsson atestigua la invalorable contribución de WikiLeaks al periodismo verdadero.

El Banco Mundial advierte que Gaza se enfrenta a un colapso económico

Por Jean Shaoul, 2 octubre 2018

La organización advirtió que la mitad de los habitantes de Gaza viven en pobrez y que el desempleo juvenil supera el 70 por ciento.

López Obrador promete comisión de la verdad sobre desaparición de normalistas de Ayotzinapa

Por Don Knowland, 2 octubre 2018

Cualquier nueva investigación se enfrentará inevitablemente a límites, incluyendo en abordar el papel del ejército en los acontecimientos y su encubrimiento.

Líder del Partido de los Trabajadores de Brasil encubre amenazas ultraderechistas a próximo Gobierno

Por Miguel Andrade, 2 octubre 2018

El Partido de los Trabajadores está cortejando al ejército brasileño, presentándose como la fuerza mejor equipada para defender sus intereses.

A los 50 años de la fundación de la PSI (Sri Lanka)
Desde la Gran Traición del LSSP hasta la fundación del LCR

Por Wije Dias, 2 octubre 2018

Este es el segundo de una serie de artículos publicados por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (PSI) en Sri Lanka para conmemorar el 50 aniversario de su fundación en junio de 1968.

New in Portuguese

A prisão de uma professora na Louisiana: mais um dia, mais um ultraje

Jerry White, 1 de outubro de 2018

Há algo “americano” no tratamento de Deyshia Hargrave, que teve a ousadia de protestar contra o aumento de salários para os dirigentes escolares concedido enquanto professores e estudantes são privados de recursos.

O índice Dow Jones a 25.000 pontos: a bonança para a oligarquia continua

Nick Beams, 1 de outubro de 2018

Ao invés de refletir saúde econômica, a bolha no mercado de ações é um mecanismo para uma redistribuição perversa e maligna de riqueza social para as camadas superiores.

O bicentenário do nascimento de Marx, socialismo e o ressurgimento da luta de classes internacional

David North, 1 de outubro de 2018

O ano de 2018 – o bicentenário do nascimento de Marx – será caracterizado, acima de tudo, por uma imensa intensificação das tensões sociais e um aumento dos conflitos de classes ao redor do mundo.

Macron usa a reforma trabalhista francesa contra os trabalhadores da indústria automobilística

Alex Lantier, 1 de outubro de 2018

O anúncio de demissões em massa na segunda maior empresa automotiva europeia é parte de um ataque internacional incessante aos empregos, condições de trabalho e direitos sociais dos trabalhadores.

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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.

New in Arabic

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

Child concentration camps in America

2 October 2018

Immigration officials are rounding up hundreds of children at night and transporting them to a tent city in Texas.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

By David North, 2 October 2018

These remarks were delivered by David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board, at a press briefing in Colombo on October 1.

Sri Lankan students discuss upcoming anniversary meetings on the history of the Trotskyist movement

By our reporters, 2 October 2018

University students in Kandy and Colombo outline their financial difficulties, concerns about unemployment and voice support for David North’s forthcoming lectures.

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

Niles Niemuth brings Socialist Equality Party congressional campaign to US Steel workers in suburban Detroit

By our reporter, 2 October 2018

Niles addressed the issues confronting steelworkers, who have not had pay raises in years and face constant speedup and dangerous work conditions.

Mobilize the working class to defend nurses and secure the right to health care!

By Niles Niemuth, 2 October 2018

The interests of nurses cannot be separated from the fight to ensure the social right to health care through the abolition of the for-profit health care system.

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

“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

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Workers Struggles

Protest march on October 2 in the Netherlands
The fight against public sector cutbacks requires a socialist perspective

By the European Editorial Board of the WSWS, 2 October 2018

The World Socialist Web Site supports today's march in The Hague, in which thousands employed in the public sector, health and above all education will participate.

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

By NHS FightBack, 28 September 2018

Costa Rican public workers’ strike enters its fourth week
Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 October 2018

The striking workers are resisting government austerity measures in the teeth of savage state repression.

“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

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 »

Commentary

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

By Jerry White, 1 October 2018

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

By Eric London, 29 September 2018

Democrats, media press Kavanaugh sexual assault campaign

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

More on US politics »

Julian Assange appoints new WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 October 2018

Macron whitewashes French state murder of Maurice Audin

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 1 October 2018

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

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2018

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

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

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.