Facebook carries out massive purge of oppositional pages

By Andre Damon, 12 October 2018

In a sweeping assault on democratic rights, Facebook has carried out a purge of oppositional media pages with millions of followers.

Leaked Google document: Tech firms have shifted away from “free speech and towards censorship”

The US military’s vision for state censorship

US places alleged “Chinese spy” on public trial

By Mike Head, 12 October 2018

The timing of the unprecedented extradition points to a new stage in the US drive to prevent China from becoming an economic or military threat to US global hegemony.

Hurricane Michael leaves trail of death and destruction in southeastern US

By Daniel de Vries, 12 October 2018

The death toll, which currently stands at six, will almost certainly rise as emergency personnel gain access to more communities laid to waste by the storm.

UN report warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change within 20 years

Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida as category four storm

Wall Street fall continues in day of swings

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2018

All major US indexes are now below their 200-day moving average, which is regarded as a key indicator of the market’s direction.

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The billionaire’s political career demonstrates the fundamental identity of the two corporate-controlled parties that comprise the US two-party system.

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

More on US politics »

Ongoing opposition to Teamsters ramming through UPS contract despite workers’ vote

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

In order to push through the contract, Teamsters officials have dredged up a never-used obscure clause in the union constitution, stuck in 30 years ago.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

US student critical of Israel detained at Tel Aviv airport for more than a week

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2018

Lara Alqasem, 22, was targeted because she is president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the BDS campaign against Israel.

Polls in German state elections forecast massive rejection of Grand Coalition

By Marianne Arens and Markus Salzmann, 12 October 2018

If current opinion polls are correct, the election results will not only send shock waves through the states affected, but also through the federal government.

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Teachers face losing a quarter of their real wages this year, while Macri’s austerity policies threaten to cut funding for public education by up to 40 percent in real terms.

Lead at some Detroit schools 50 times the allowable federal level

By Lawrence Porter, 12 October 2018

A new report on lead and copper in Detroit schools reveals the acute health dangers facing working class families due to the massive deterioration in education funding.

As union ignores strike authorization votes
Tubing company locks out steelworkers in Trenton, Georgia

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2018

The United Steelworkers continues to force US Steel and ArcelorMittal workers to stay on the job, despite unanimous strike votes.

As APWU keeps workers on the job
US Postal Service workers protest Trump’s privatization plans

By George Marlowe, 12 October 2018

Postal workers in more than 140 cities protested Trump’s privatization proposals while unions keep 200,000 workers on the job weeks after their contract expired on September 20.

Another train derailment in New York strands thousands

By Guillaume Garnier, 12 October 2018

The neglect of infrastructure maintenance for decades has allowed the conditions of the subway and interstate rail systems to physically collapse.

US ambassador to New Zealand continues public attacks on China

By Tom Peters, 12 October 2018

Scott Brown, the ambassador appointed by Trump, is escalating the anti-Chinese campaign in New Zealand to align the country more closely with US war preparations.

Pompeo visit heightens US-China rift

New in Turkish

Brezilya’daki aşırı sağcı tehlike ve İşçi Partisi’nin rolü

Bill Van Auken, 12 Ekim 2018

Brezilya’da geçtiğimiz Pazar günü düzenlenen genel seçimler, siyasi duruma uzun süre egemen olmuş partileri enkaz haline getiren siyasi bir depremle sonuçlandı.

AKP hükümeti 3. Havaalanı inşaatı işçilerine yönelik saldırısını arttırıyor

Muhabirlerimizden, 12 Ekim 2018

İşçi sınıfının temel sosyal ve demokratik haklarının savunusu, komplo kurulan tüm inşaat işçilerinin serbest bırakılması uğruna mücadeleyi gerektirmektedir.

Fransa’da kemer sıkmaya karşı mücadeleleri birleştirmek için taban komiteleri inşa edin!

Alex Lantier, 12 Ekim 2018

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi destekleyicilerinin, 9 Ekim’de, Fransa genelindeki kentlerde, işçi ve öğrenci sendikalarının Devlet Başkanı Emmanuel Macron’un politikalarına karşı çağrısını yaptığı eylemlerde dağıttığ ı açıklama.

Suudi gazeteci Cemal Kaşıkçı’nın kaybolması ve New York Times’ın ikiyüzlülüğü

Jordan Shilton, 12 Ekim 2018

Kaşıkçı cinayeti, eğer doğruysa, Suudi rejiminin gerçekleştirdiği uzun bir terör ve gaddarlık eylemleri listesine eklenecek.

New in Spanish

El asesinato en Estambul

Por Bill Van Auken, 12 octubre 2018

El aparente asesinato brutal del periodista saudí, Jamal Khashoggi, en Estambul no solo expone la criminalidad del régimen saudita, pero también su patrón principal, el imperialismo estadounidense.

Informe del Pentágono apunta a preparativos de Estados Unidos para librar una guerra total

Por Andre Damon, 12 octubre 2018

En medio de un recrudecimiento de las tensiones militares con Rusia y China, el Pentágono ha producido un documento que propone “reconfigurar” la sociedad afín a “conflictos entre grandes potencias”.

Documento de Google filtrado: las empresas tecnológicas se han alejado de “la libertad de expresión y hacia la censura”

Por Kevin Reed, 12 octubre 2018

El martes, el medio de noticias de extrema derecha Breitbart News publicó una sesión informativa interna filtrada por los empleados del gigante de la tecnología Google que habla abiertamente sobre la censura política.

Crecen en Madrid llamamientos a ilegalizar los partidos nacionalistas catalanes

Por Alejandro López, 12 octubre 2018

Prohibir partidos que en conjunto reciben millones de votos jalonaría una importante intensificación del rumbo de la burguesía española y europea hacia un Estado policial.

TDU, Teamsters United capitula ante la anulación de Hoffa del voto por el "no" de los trabajadores de UPS

Por Jerry White, 12 octubre 2018

Teamsters (Camioneros) para una Unión Democrática (TDU) y Teamsters United (TU) se oponen a los preparativos para una huelga nacional, lo que pondría a los trabajadores en conflicto directo con todo el aparato de Teamsters.

El gobierno de los Estados Unidos puede poner en adopción a los niños inmigrantes separados

Por Eric London, 12 octubre 2018

En un caso, reporta AP, un juez de una corte rural cerca del lago Michigan tomo solo 28 minutos en conceder a los padres de crianza de una niña la tutela temporal, sin siquiera notificar a su madre o al abogado de la niña.

Los trabajadores lesionados de Amazon en los Estados Unidos enfrentan un régimen de “ compensación” amañado a favor de los empleadores

Por John Marion y Evan Cohen, 12 octubre 2018

A los trabajadores lesionados se les niega el tratamiento médico y se les intimida para que vuelvan a trabajar lo antes posible.

New in German

Mord in Istanbul

Bill Van Auken, 12. Oktober 2018

Der offenbar brutale Mord an dem saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul beweist die schiere Kriminalität nicht nur des saudischen Regimes, sondern auch seines wichtigsten Schutzpatrons, des US-Imperialismus.

Frankfurter Buchmesse: „Die Zeit“ verteidigt rechtsradikale Verlage

Johannes Stern, 12. Oktober 2018

Die letzte Ausgabe der Zeit zeigt beispielhaft, wie die herrschenden Eliten in Deutschland die AfD promoten und rechtsradikales Gedankengut legitimieren.

Landtagswahlen in Bayern und Hessen: Umfragen kündigen Debakel für Große Koalition an

Marianne Arens und Markus Salzmann, 12. Oktober 2018

Am kommenden Sonntag finden in Bayern und zwei Wochen danach in Hessen Landtagswahlen statt. Umfragen sagen massive Verluste für CSU, CDU und SPD voraus.

Neuer Pentagon-Bericht: Vorbereitung auf totalen Krieg

Andre Damon, 12. Oktober 2018

Inmitten scharfer Spannungen mit Russland und China hat das Pentagon ein Dokument vorgelegt, das auf die völlige „Umrüstung“ der amerikanischen Gesellschaft auf „Großmachtkonflikte“ abzielt.

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Perspective

Hitler’s resurrection in Germany

12 October 2018

A column by Alternative for Germany (AfD) Chairman Alexander Gauland, based largely on a 1933 speech by Hitler, has been published in one of Germany’s most prominent newspapers.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka

12 October 2018

David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, was interviewed at length on Radio Sri Lanka’s “Coffee with Dan” program early this week.

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

10 October 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

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

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

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

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

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.

Commentary

The New York Times’ Alexis Grenell denounces white women for upholding the “patriarchy”

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 October 2018

Grenell’s piece is an extreme example of the obsession with gender and race that has infected the upper middle class and the pages of the New York Times in particular.

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995-97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 4: The SEP, the unions and the pseudo-left

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 12 October 2018

To defeat the social counter-revolution spearheaded by Ford, workers need to build new organizations of struggle in political and organizational opposition to the pro-capitalist unions and NDP.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

Canada: Workers need a socialist program to fight the right-wing populist danger

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 9 October 2018

Murder in Istanbul

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2018

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2018

The case of Sydney Schanberg
How the NY Times shielded Trump and the Manhattan real estate mafia

By Barry Grey, 11 October 2018

NY Times exposé on Trump fortune: An empire built on tax evasion and fraud
“Behind every great fortune there is a great crime” – Honoré de Balzac

The far-right threat in Brazil and the role of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2018

Chemnitz: German Neo-Nazi terrorist group relied on extremist network

By Christopher Lehmann, 9 October 2018

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

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

Obituary

Carl Cooley: 1927-2018

By Fred Mazelis, 12 October 2018

Cooley, a former autoworker and high school and college teacher, had considered himself a socialist for most of his adult life. He was the US SEP’s congressional candidate in Maine in the 2004 election.

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 5
Errol Morris provides Steven Bannon a platform (American Dharma), Werner Herzog celebrates Mikhail Gorbachev (Meeting Gorbachev) and other appalling developments

By David Walsh, 12 October 2018

Certain works either conceal critical features of contemporary life, falsify or are overwhelmed by them.

Mack the Knife—Brecht’s Threepenny Film: The famed “play with music,” and the controversies surrounding it, brought to life

By Sybille Fuchs, 11 October 2018

Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born: It’s true, the artist must have “something to say”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 October 2018

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IYSSE

Open letter by students condemns right-wing offensive at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 11 October 2018

Student organisations from Humboldt University and across Germany published an open letter denouncing the cooperation of the university administration with the far right and its attacks on students’ social and democratic rights.

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 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

Workers Struggles

Further UK rail strikes; Nigerian unions sell out minimum wage dispute
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 October 2018

Workers at Arriva rail have launched yet another strike against driver only operated trains while the Nigerian trade unions have shut down a general strike after only two days.

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2018

Niles Niemuth lays out socialist perspective on healthcare, immigration and more at televised forum

The Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress in Michigan's 12th district, Niles Niemuth, appeared alongside his opponents from the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the pseudo-left Working Class Party, at this televised forum on October 5. Watch Niles' answers above. See the full video, including responses from all candidates, here.

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

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

“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 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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Socialist Equality Party

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

By the Socialist Equality Party (France), 9 October 2018

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

By our reporters, 4 October 2018

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured US Amazon workers face “workers compensation” regime rigged in favor of employers

By John Marion and Evan Cohen, 10 October 2018

Bernie Sanders covers for Jeff Bezos as fraud of $15 pay raise at Amazon is exposed

By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

25 years ago: Clinton announces stepped-up intervention in Somalia

US President Bill Clinton, on a nationally televised address October 7, 1993, announced that he was sending 2,350 more American soldiers to Somalia.

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50 years ago: Military officers overthrow Panamanian president

Just 11 days after being inaugurated, On October 11, 1968, Panamanian President Arnulfo Arias was overthrown by the military.

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75 years ago: Italy declares war against Nazi Germany

On October 13, 1943, the Italian government, led by King Victor Emmanuel and Premier Pietro Badoglio, declared war against its former ally, Nazi Germany, just three months after the fall of Mussolini and Italy’s surrender to the Allies.

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100 years ago: British troops capture Beirut

The 7th Division of the British Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) occupied Beirut, the capital city in what is now Lebanon, on October 8, 1918 to secure the roads to Homs in Syria.

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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

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

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.