A quarter-million protest in Berlin against the grand coalition and the return of fascism

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 October 2018

Nearly 250,000 people demonstrated Saturday in Berlin against racism, the far-right Alternative for Germany’s witch-hunting of immigrants, and the reactionary policies of the grand coalition government.

Liberal newsweekly Die Zeit defends far-right publishers at Frankfurt Book Fair

Hitler’s resurrection in Germany

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Bavaria state election delivers major blow to Germany’s grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 15 October 2018

The election held Sunday reveals the broad hostility to the right-wing politics of the federal government.

Another financial earthquake in the making

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2018

Two reports prepared by the IMF for its semiannual meeting pointed to the mounting problems of the global economy and financial system.

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder
Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

Murder in Istanbul

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

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

A worker from southern California reported that during balloting on the contract, UPS management asked workers how they voted and whether they wanted to change their vote.

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

Death toll from Hurricane Michael continues to climb

By Matthew Taylor, 15 October 2018

Hurricane Michael is now considered to be the third most powerful storm to impact the US.

Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast

Trump considers reinstating family separations at the border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 October 2018

The proposal to force parents to choose between separation and deportation to war-torn Central America is a form of emotional torture.

New York judge dismisses a sexual assault charge against producer Harvey Weinstein

By David Walsh, 15 October 2018

Judge James Burke took the action after it came to light that a New York City police detective had failed to report an interview with a friend of one of the complainants, Lucia Evans, which casts doubt on her version of events.

Massachusetts: National Grid joins roster of companies risking customers’ lives

By John Marion, 15 October 2018

Another incident by a gas utility has been linked to overpressurization of gas lines.

Chicago cop cleared in the 2012 killing of 15-year-old Dakota Bright

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 October 2018

The decision means that Brandon Ternand will not face any discipline for the murder and will be reinstated to active duty with back pay.

Brexit crisis leaves fate of May government in balance

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2018

If the May government fails to secure an EU deal without precipitating a pro-Brexit Conservatives and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) rebellion, a general election might result, bringing a Jeremy Corbyn Labour-led government to power.

Scottish National Party proposes pact with Labour for second Brexit referendum

By Steve James, 15 October 2018

The SNP is proposing support for a Labour government in the UK based on demands for a rerun of the 2016 Brexit vote.

In Rome, Salvini and Le Pen launch campaign for a neo-fascist Europe

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Exploiting reactionary austerity policies carried out by social-democratic and pseudo-left parties across Europe, the two neo-fascistic leaders posed as defenders of the peoples of Europe.

Washington presses Central America to militarize and turn away from China

By Andrea Lobo, 15 October 2018

With immigrants as the initial target, the militarization is ultimately aimed at suppressing any challenge from below and turning Central America into a battlefield in US wars against other “great powers.”

Unions to “work with” Quebec’s new right-wing populist government

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2018

After decades of suppressing working class opposition to Liberal and PQ-led austerity governments, the unions are now offering their services to François Legault and his right-wing populist CAQ government.

New Zealand to fine travellers who refuse to unlock electronic devices at border

By Tom Peters, 15 October 2018

Under a new law, anyone entering New Zealand can be fined $5,000 for refusing to provide passwords and encryption keys, enabling Customs agents to search their electronic devices.

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Alors que les preuves s’accumulent dans l’affaire Khashoggi
Trump rejette les appels de mettre fin aux ventes d’armes à la monarchie saoudienne

Jordan Shilton, 15 octobre 2018

Les puissances impérialistes, dirigées par les Etats-Unis, sont entièrement complices de la répression sanglante menée par le régime saoudien, démasqué encore une fois par le probable meurtre du journaliste Jamal Khashoggi.

L’hebdomadaire libéral Die Zeit défend les éditeurs d’extrême droite à la Foire du livre de Francfort

Johannes Stern, 15 octobre 2018

Le dernier numéro de Die Zeit illustre la manière dont l’élite dirigeante allemande et ses principaux médias promeuvent le parti d’extrême droite Alternative pour l’Allemagne.

Obama soutient Ocasio-Cortez de DSA et les démocrates de la CIA

Nick Barrickman, 15 octobre 2018

Les DSA sont un instrument visant à renforcer le Parti démocrate militariste de droite en lui fournissant une couverture de «gauche».

«L’Histoire n’apprend jamais rien à personne»
Des néostaliniens russes défendent la «refondation» de la Quatrième Internationale du Partido Obrero

Bill Van Auken, 15 octobre 2018

Saïd Gafurov, un ancien conseiller de Vladimir Poutine, défend la politique du PO sur la base que la lutte entre trotskysme et stalinisme n’a plus la moindre pertinence politique.

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US-Forscher führen postmoderne Scharlatane vor

Eric London, 15. Oktober 2018

Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay und Peter Boghossian haben der Postmoderne, die ein reaktionäres Hindernis für die Entwicklung wissenschaftlichen sozialistischen Bewusstseins darstellt, einen gut gezielten Schlag versetzt.

Berlin: Eine Viertelmillion demonstrieren gegen AfD und rechte Politik der Regierung

Ulrich Rippert, 15. Oktober 2018

Unter dem Motto „#unteilbar – Solidarität statt Ausgrenzung“ demonstrierten am Samstag in Berlin fast eine viertel Million Menschen gegen Rassismus, AfD-Hetze und die rechte Politik der Bundesregierung.

„Wir-sind-mehr“-Demonstration in Frankfurt

unseren Korrespondenten, 15. Oktober 2018

Zeitgleich mit der Großdemonstration in Berlin gingen auch in Frankfurt rund 6000 Menschen gegen rechts auf die Straße.

Buchvorstellung in Frankfurt: „Warum sind sie wieder da?“

unseren Reportern, 15. Oktober 2018

Pünktlich zur Frankfurter Buchmesse stellte der Mehring-Verlag das neue Buch „Warum sind sie wieder da?“ von Christoph Vandreier vor.

Immer mehr Beweise für Mord an Khashoggi
Trump will weiter Waffen an Saudis liefern

Jordan Shilton, 15. Oktober 2018

Die imperialistischen Mächte, allen voran die USA, unterstützen das saudische Regime, an dessen Händen so viel Blut klebt. Der offenkundige Mord an dem Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi zeigt dies einmal mehr überdeutlich.

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El engaño de “Los estudios sobre reclamos” expone a los charlatanes posmodernistas

Por Eric London, 15 octubre 2018

Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay y Peter Boghossian le han asestado un golpe oportuno al posmodernismo, un obstáculo reaccionario al desarrollo de la consciencia socialista científica.

Según las pruebas se acumulan sobre el asesinato de Khashoggi
Trump rechaza los pedidos de que Estados Unidos ponga fin a las ventas de armas a la monarquía saudí

Jordan Shilton, 15 octubre 2018

Las potencias imperialistas, con los Estados Unidos a la cabeza, están hasta el cuello empapados con la sangre resultado de la represión del régimen saudí, que ha sido expuesto una vez más por el aparente asesinato del periodista Jamal Khashoggi.

Ochenta años de la Cuarta Internacional: las lecciones de la historia y la lucha por el socialismo hoy

Por David North, 15 octubre 2018

El 7 de octubre, David North, presidente del Consejo Editorial Internacional del World Socialist Web Site, pronunció la siguiente conferencia ante una reunión pública muy concurrida en Colombo, organizada por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lanka).

Las páginas eliminadas por Facebook estaban en la lista negra promovida por el Washington Post

Por Andre Damon, 15 octubre 2018

PropOrNot, una organización que publicó una lista negra de organizaciones de oposicion en 2016, elogió las acciones de Facebook como el precursor para cerrar los sitios web de las organizaciones objetivo.

Rusia: el aliado de Putin, Kudrin, presiona para acercarse a las potencias imperialistas

Por Clara Weiss, 15 octubre 2018

Lo que subyace al impulso hacia mejorar los vínculos con el imperialismo son las crecientes tensiones de clase en la propia Rusia.

Alexis Grenell, del New York Times, denuncia a las mujeres blancas por defender el “patriarcado”

Por Genevieve Leigh, 15 octubre 2018

El artículo de Grenell es un ejemplo extremo de la obsesión con el género y la raza que ha infectado a la clase media alta y las páginas del New York Times en particular.

Huelga de 48 horas por docentes argentinos en protesta a los masivos recortes salariales

Por Andrea Lobo, 15 octubre 2018

Los maestros enfrentan la pérdida de una cuarta parte del poder adquisitivo de sus salarios este año, mientras que las políticas de austeridad de Macri amenazan con recortar los fondos para la educación pública hasta en un 40 por ciento en términos reales.

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Perspective

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

15 October 2018

The social media monopoly’s removal of left-wing news pages with millions of followers is the latest step in a conspiracy by the state and the technology giants to censor the internet.

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SEP 2018 Election Campaign

SEP holds campaign rally at FCA Warren Stamping plant
Autoworkers welcome SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By Tim Rivers, 15 October 2018

Autoworkers gave SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth a warm welcome at a plant gate rally Saturday afternoon in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan.

Watch: Live Q&A on the CIA Democrats, with Niles Niemuth and Patrick Martin

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS writer Patrick Martin answered questions from Facebook commenters at this live event on October 13. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in the next live discussion. Buy the pamphlet on the CIA Democrats here.

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

9 October 2018

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

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History of the Fourth International

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

12 October 2018

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

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 “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

By Eric London, 13 October 2018

Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2018

The US military’s vision for state censorship

More on internet censorship »

US places alleged “Chinese spy” on public trial

By Mike Head, 12 October 2018

More on US militarism »

France’s Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht’s xenophobic Aufstehen group

By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2018

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

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

More on US politics »

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 October 2018

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

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

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

25 years ago: Benazir Bhutto begins second term as Pakistan prime minister

After two weeks of political maneuvering following Pakistan’s general election, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party won the endorsement of parliament October 20, 1993 to become the country’s prime minister.

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50 years ago: US Olympic medalists protest during the national anthem

On October 16, 1968 two African American Olympic athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists during the United States national anthem after winning gold and bronze in the 200-meter dash.

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75 years ago: Allied conference prepares to repress working class

On October 18, 1943, British Foreign Affairs Secretary Anthony Eden, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to discuss proposals for Allied strategy in the war against Germany.

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100 years ago: Germany accepts Wilson’s armistice

On October 20, 1918, the new German government of Prince Max of Baden accepted the terms of a military armistice offered by US President Woodrow Wilson.

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Book review

Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war

By Kevin Martinez, 13 October 2018

The famous whistleblower of the “Pentagon Papers” provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

Workers Struggles

US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

By our reporters, 13 October 2018

Sri Lankan tea estate workers step up demands for higher pay

By M. Thevarajah, 13 October 2018

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

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

Workers face the choice between President Emmanuel Macron’s social counterrevolution and a revolutionary struggle to bring down the Macron government.

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

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

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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.