US vice president issues bellicose diatribe against China

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2018

Pence’s speech came amid reports that the Pentagon is preparing massive and provocative military exercises as a show of force against China.

After North America trade deal, Trump to escalate trade war against China

US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over “cyber spying” and Skripals

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2018

To frame the demand for the seven arrests, the US utilised all the material gathered by its NATO allies against Russia over the Skripal/novichok affair.

Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

By John Marion, 5 October 2018

The picket is part of the walkout by 1,500 workers against the Marriott International hotel chain in Boston.

“We are just new slaves”
1,500 Boston hotel workers walk out as UNITE HERE seeks to end Chicago strike

Teamsters head threatens to impose UPS contract even if workers reject it

By Will Morrow, 5 October 2018

As far as the union is concerned, workers have the right to vote, as long as they vote the right way.

As voting for drivers, warehouse workers concludes
UPS aircraft mechanics reject Teamsters contract proposal

Widespread opposition to sellout UPS contract in run-up to Friday vote deadline

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

Anger over high levels of social inequality in the Netherlands swelled after the neo-liberal-conservative coalition government announced the abolition of the country’s tax on dividends.

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

US Senate sets first vote on Kavanaugh nomination

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2018

The Democratic Party is focusing solely on unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, as the Republicans move forward to a vote on the right-wing nominee.

The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats’ right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

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

More on US politics »

Risk of no-deal Brexit staggers European companies and economy

By Alex Lantier, 5 October 2018

With mass layoffs prepared in auto firms, plans in ruling circles are well advanced to place the cost of any Brexit crisis firmly on the backs of workers internationally.

Brexit and growing social divide dominate crisis-ridden Tory conference

50 million user accounts hacked in Facebook data breach

By Kevin Reed, 5 October 2018

Hackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s “View As” feature to gain access to user account details.

German parliament president Schäuble advocates militarism and stepped-up state repression in “Unity Day” speech

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 October 2018

Since German reunification 28 years ago, October 3 has become a national holiday and served as a platform for leading state representatives to deliver speeches setting the course for the future.

German government celebrates “unity day” under the shadow of renewed neo-fascist movement

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

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

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo workers angered by UAW obstruction to fight over health and safety

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018

Workers at FCA’s transmission operations tell of mood of anger and frustration over the refusal of the UAW to provide any information, let alone lead a fight, over unresolved health and safety issues.

Australian banks downgraded as concerns mount over falling property prices

By Mike Head, 5 October 2018

The loss of “unquestionably strong” status is another indicator of a potential property and financial crash, with devastating consequences.

New in French

Camps de concentration d'enfants aux États-Unis

Eric London, 5 octobre 2018

Les agents de l'immigration rassemblent des centaines d'enfants la nuit et les transportent dans un village de tentes au Texas.

La fraude du salaire à 15$ d'Amazon

Eric London, 5 octobre 2018

«L’augmentation» de salaire annoncée par Jeff Bezos, l’homme le plus riche du monde, est un coup publicitaire visant surtout à prévenir une irruption de la lutte des classes.

Le gouvernement allemand célèbre le «Jour de l'unité» dans l'ombre d’un mouvement néo-fasciste renouvelé

Johannes Stern, 5 octobre 2018

Les belles phrases des politiciens du gouvernement à propos de «l'Allemagne unie et démocratique» ne pouvaient cacher le fait que le fascisme menace à nouveau le pays.

New in Spanish

El fraude de los $15 por hora en Amazon

Por Eric London, 5 octubre 2018

El “aumento” anunciado por Jeff Bezos, el hombre más rico del mundo es un ardid publicitario ante todo para prevenir una explosión de la lucha de clases.

Campos de concentración para niños en Estados Unidos

Por Eric London, 5 octubre 2018

Los oficiales de inmigración están deteniendo a cientos de niños en las noches y transportándolos a una ciudad de carpas en Texas.

New in German

„Lohnerhöhung“ bei Amazon in den USA: Reiner Betrug!

Eric London, 5. Oktober 2018

Die von Jeff Bezos, dem reichsten Mann der Welt, angekündigte „Erhöhung“ ist ein Werbegag, der vor allem eine Explosion des Klassenkampfes verhindern soll.

Internationaler Gerichtshof erklärt US-Sanktionen gegen Iran für rechtswidrig

Alex Lantier, 5. Oktober 2018

Der Internationale Gerichtshof hat keine Mittel, seine Entscheidung durchzusetzen. Zudem haben US-Regierungsvertreter sofort erklärt, sie würden das Urteil des IGH ignorieren.

40.000 Menschen protestieren gegen Rassismus in München

Markus Salzmann, 5. Oktober 2018

Am Tag der deutschen Einheit demonstrierten erneut 40.000 Menschen in der bayerischen Landeshauptstadt gegen Rassismus und das neue Polizeiaufgabengesetz (PAG) mit dem die CSU-Landesregierung die Befugnisse von Sicherheitsbehörden massiv ausweiten und Bürgerrechte beschneiden will.

Die Zerschlagung von Thyssenkrupp und die Rolle der IG Metall

Dietmar Henning, 5. Oktober 2018

Die Entscheidung, den Thyssenkrupp-Konzern aufzuteilen, entspricht den Forderungen der aggressiven Hedgefonds und richtet sich direkt gegen die 160.000 Beschäftigten.

New in Portuguese

Israel comemora seus 70 anos em meio a crimes de guerra e crescente desigualdade social

Bill Van Auken, 4 de outubro de 2018

A retirada dos EUA do acordo nuclear com o Irã e a mudança de sua embaixada para Jerusalém dão para o Estado de Israel luz verde para uma guerra contra o Irã e uma violenta repressão contra os palestinos.

O significado histórico das medidas de guerra comercial de Trump

Nick Beams, 4 de outubro de 2018

As medidas comerciais de Trump são um passo importante no desmantelamento do sistema de relações econômicas estabelecido por Washington depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Por uma coalizão internacional para lutar contra a censura na Internet

4 de outubro de 2018

Carta aberta do Conselho Editorial Internacional do World Socialist Web Site às páginas eletrônicas, organizações e ativistas socialistas, de esquerda, anti-guerra e progressistas.

A crise de Israel e as contradições históricas do Sionismo

Bill Van Auken, 4 de outubro de 2018

O World Socialist Web Site está republicando um artigo de 29 de Maio de 1998, publicado depois do aniversário de 50 anos do Estado de Israel.

New in Norwegian

Washington truer med forebyggende angrep mot russiske missiler

Bill Van Auken, 3. oktober 2018

Den amerikanske NATO-ambassadøren Kay Bailey Hutchisons trussel om å «ta ut» russiske missiler vekker skrekkvisjoner om en nukleær Tredje verdenskrig.

Amerikansk og kinesisk krigsskip nære ved kollisjon i Sør-Kinahavet

Patrick O’Connor, 3. oktober 2018

Ethvert feiltrinn eller ulykke i Øst-Asias sjø- og luftrom truer nå med å trigge en fullskala krig mellom de rivaliserende atomvåpenmaktene.

Etter den nordamerikanske handelsavtalen forbereder Trump eskalert handelskrig mot Kina

Nick Beams, 3. oktober 2018

Som en mafia-don gjorde Trump det klart at trusselen om biltariffer var et sentralanliggende for å sikre handelsavtalen med Canada og Mexico.

Ti år etter redningsaksjonen for bankene i 2008

Andre Damon, 3. oktober 2018

Etableringen av Troubled Asset Relief Program den 3. oktober 2008 var første trinn i en massiv omfordeling av rikdom og en omstrukturering av klasserelasjonene i USA og internasjonalt.

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Perspective

The US military’s vision for state censorship

5 October 2018

The Atlantic Council, a key partner in social media companies’ drive to censor the internet, has published a summary of a US special forces conference outlining a plan for systematically gutting the freedom of expression.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

David North’s lecture at Peradeniya University in Kandy attracts significant support from students and workers

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

The 200-strong audience responded enthusiastically to the lecture marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

David North, International Editorial Board chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, addressed an October 1 media conference in Colombo on public meetings to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International.

David North outlines contemporary relevance of Trotskyism at Colombo media briefing

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

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


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

Commentary

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

The historical development of the presumption of innocence is a centuries-long battle for due process and enlightenment against irrationalism, lynch mob justice and arbitrary state repression.

FEMA and Trump send out mass “Presidential Alert”

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2018

Wednesday’s nationwide test of the “Presidential Alert” system raises concerns about the growing threat to democratic rights.

International Court of Justice strikes down US sanctions against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2018

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

Anger grows as Indonesian tsunami disaster worsens

By Mike Head, 4 October 2018

The fraud of Amazon’s $15 wage

By Eric London, 4 October 2018

Ten years since the 2008 bank bailout

By Andre Damon, 3 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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks in Ann Arbor on the right to universal health care

By our reporter, 5 October 2018

Niles explained how the fight for universal health care is bound up with the fight against all other attacks on the working class and above all, with the fight for socialism.

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

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

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

By our reporter, 2 October 2018

“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

Campaign website »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 3
Icebox and Twin Flower: The US government locks up children—and, in Italy, an African refugee finds a kindred spirit

By David Walsh, 4 October 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with director Daniel Sawka and actors from Icebox: “As inequality grows, there’s always scapegoating of immigrants”

By David Walsh, 4 October 2018

Workers Struggles

Workers strike in Finland, UK rail strikes continue, Nigerian unions call off general strike
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 October 2018

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

UK nurses vote to remove Royal College of Nursing leadership after pay deal sellout

By Ajanta Silva, 3 October 2018

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

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

By Jerry White, 1 October 2018

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

By our reporters, 4 October 2018

The speakers explained that the instability of official politics was an expression of the deepening social, economic and geo-political crises of Australian and world capitalism.

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

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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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

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

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.