After Teamsters overrule “no” vote on contract, UPS earnings up 20 percent

By Will Morrow, 25 October 2018

The continuous growth in profits is facilitated by the Teamsters union, which functions as an instrument of UPS management and cheap labor contractor.

“The union rammed all these things down our throats”
UPS prepares to impose contract after Teamsters defy workers ‘no’ vote

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

More on the struggle at UPS »

Bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and Trump critics

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2018

None of the devices exploded and no one was injured, even though two of the bombs reached the offices of CNN and a Florida congresswoman.

Indian police detain thousands of striking Tamil Nadu auto workers

By Arun Kumar, 25 October 2018

Stalinist union leaders have sought to isolate the strikers, fearing that their struggle could become the focal point for a broader movement of the working class.

Fall in hi-tech shares wipes out Wall Street’s 2018 gains

By Nick Beams, 25 October 2018

The tech-heavy NASDAQ index has dropped by its biggest amount in seven years, having fallen by 12 percent since its peak in August.

Wall Street volatile as global economy becomes “fragile”

“Trident Juncture” manoeuvres begin: NATO rehearses for war against Russia

By Philipp Frisch, 25 October 2018

The month-long manoeuvres in Norway heighten the danger of war between NATO and Russia.

French flooding deaths expose legacy of austerity

By Olivier Laurent, 25 October 2018

Fourteen people were killed and 75 injured in floods that ravaged the Aude region of southern France last week.

Thousands strike in Glasgow for equal pay
“The council seem to think they can do what they want and get away with it”

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

Workers maintained picket lines at many of the city’s schools, museums, cleansing depots and libraries.

Polish regional elections point to growing political instability

By Clara Weiss, 25 October 2018

The election results in Poland point to growing disillusionment with the right-wing PiS party and hostility toward the main parties of the pro-EU opposition.

Comptroller’s report details crisis of New York’s decaying transit system

By Alan Whyte, 25 October 2018

The statistics highlight a fiscal and infrastructure disaster in the making.

Tensions continues to wrack Australian government after by-election defeat

By Mike Head, 25 October 2018

The parliamentary set-up in Australia, as in other countries, is being torn asunder by economic, geo-strategic and class tensions.

New in Norwegian

Trump trekker USA fra missil-traktat: «Forbered atomkrig»

Andre Damon, 25. oktober 2018

Trump-administrasjonens tilbaketrekning fra INF-traktaten har plassert verden nærmere nukleær tilintetgjøring enn noen gang siden slutten av Den kalde krigen.

Med flyktningekaravanen på vei nordover
Trump-administrasjonen forbereder drakoniske ny antiinnvandrertiltak

Bill Van Auken, 25. oktober 2018

Samtidig med Trumps demagogi om utplassering av hæren ved grensa og kutting av all bistand til Mellom-Amerika forbereder amerikanske immigrasjonsmyndigheter nye repressive tiltak mot flyktninger.

EU-kommisjonen avviser Italias budsjett for 2019

Alexandre Lantier og Marianne Arens, 25. oktober 2018

EUs første beslutning noensinne om formelt å avvise en medlemsstats budsjett peker på voksende klassespenninger og internasjonale motsetninger som river EU fra hverandre.

«Migranter er ikke kriminelle, vi er internasjonale arbeidere!»
Migrantkaravanen og kampen for å forene den internasjonale arbeiderklassen

Eric London, 25. oktober 2018

Karavanen viser at verdens oppdeling i nasjon-stater under kapitalismen er uforenlig med milliarder av arbeideres aspirasjoner og materielle behov.

Indisk rettsinstans avviser Maruti-Suzuki-arbeideres anmodning om kausjon

Keith Jones, 25. oktober 2018

Det er ugjendrivelige bevis for at Maruti-Suzuki-arbeiderne har blitt fengslet for livstid som resultat av en rå skueprosess, men dommeren avviste å få dem presentert.

Tusenvis av arbeidere i Glasgow streiker for lik lønn

Steve James, 25. oktober 2018

Åtte tusen dårlig betalte, for det meste kvinnelige arbeidere, streiker den 23. og den 24. oktober i en langvarig konflikt med Glasgow-byråd og byrået for omsorgstjenester.

Waldheim-valsen: En betimelig film om den forhenværende østerrikske presidentens rolle under Den andre verdenskrigen

Stefan Steinberg, 25. oktober 2018

Begivenhetene rundt Kurt Waldheims valgkampanje og påfølgende valg i juni 1986 spilte en viktig rolle for avsløringen av den østerrikske regjeringselitens ulovlige rolle under andre verdenskrig.

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La Commission européenne rejette le budget de l'Italie pour 2019

Marianne Arens et Alex Lantier, 25 octobre 2018

La décision sans précédent de l’UE de formellement rejeter le budget d’un Etat membre souligne les tensions grandissantes, internationales et de classe, qui déchirent l’UE

Retrait américain du traité sur les missiles: «Préparez-vous à la guerre nucléaire»

Andre Damon, 25 octobre 2018

Le retrait de l’Administration Trump du Traité sur les forces nucléaires à portée intermédiaire (INF) a rapproché le monde de l’annihilation nucléaire plus qu’à tout autre moment depuis la fin de la guerre froide.

Julian Assange intente une action en justice contre le gouvernement équatorien

James Cogan, 25 octobre 2018

Les avocats de Wikileaks vont contester la menace de l’Équateur d’expulser Assange de son ambassade s’il ne se soumet pas à des demandes antidémocratiques pour poursuivre son asile politique.

Le PSOE et Podemos soumettent conjointement le budget espagnol à l'UE

Alejandro López, 25 octobre 2018

Face aux grèves grandissantes, le gouvernement PSOE-Podemos, dans une tentative cynique de gagner du soutien, propose des augmentations de salaire dans un budget dont il sait qu’il sera rejeté.

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„Auf Atomkrieg vorbereiten“: USA wollen INF-Vertrag kündigen

Andre Damon, 25. Oktober 2018

Der Ausstieg der Trump-Regierung aus dem INF-Vertrag bringt die Welt der atomaren Vernichtung näher als je zuvor seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges.

EU verschärft Internetzensur und droht oppositionellen Parteien

Johannes Stern, 25. Oktober 2018

Der EU-Gipfel vom 18. Oktober hat beschlossen, „Desinformation“ im bevorstehenden Europawahlkampf 2019 zu bekämpfen. Er droht allen Parteien, die sich nicht an die vorgegebene politische Linie halten, mit Sanktionen und Strafen.

EU-Kommission lehnt italienischen Haushalt 2019 ab

Alex Lantier und Marianne Arens, 25. Oktober 2018

Zum ersten Mal hat die Europäische Kommission den Haushalt eines Mitgliedstaates offiziell abgelehnt – ein deutliches Zeichen dafür, dass die internationalen Konflikte und Klassenspannungen die EU zu zerreißen drohen.

Erdogan spricht von geplantem Mord an Khashoggi

Peter Symonds, 25. Oktober 2018

Obwohl Erdogan die „nackte Wahrheit“ im Fall Khashoggi versprochen hat, deutet seine unvollständige Darstellung der Ermordung darauf hin, dass er das Thema für die Interessen der Türkei im Nahen Osten ausnutzen will.

Frankfurt: Suizid eines jungen Afghanen

Anna Rombach, 25. Oktober 2018

Kurz vor der Hessenwahl am 28. Oktober wirft der Tod eines afghanischen Flüchtlings ein grelles Licht auf die Abschiebepraktiken der hessischen Landesregierung, einer Koalition von CDU und Grünen.

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EUA se retira de tratado sobre misiles: “prepárense para una guerra nuclear”

Por Andre Damon, 25 octubre 2018

El Gobierno de Trump se retiró del tratado de Fuerzas Nucleares de Rango Intermedio, acercando al mundo a la aniquilación nuclear más que en cualquier otro momento desde la Guerra Fría.

En una diatriba racista y antiinmigrante, Trump declara: “Soy un nacionalista”

Por Barry Gray, 25 octubre 2018

Al acercarse las elecciones de mitad de término del 6 de noviembre, Trump ha utilizado la caravana centroamericana para aumentar sus apelaciones a los elementos fascistizantes de la base republicana.

La amenaza de Trump para romper el pacto nuclear con Rusia alarmó a Europa pero los demócratas están silenciosos

Por Bill Van Auken, 25 octubre 2018

La única crítica del Partido Demócrata es que Trump no ha logrado articular una estrategia clara para la confrontación entre las dos principales potencias nucleares del mundo.

Mientras la caravana de refugiados se dirige al norte
La administración de Trump prepara nuevas medidas antiinmigrantes draconianas

Por Bill Van Auken, 25 octubre 2018

En medio de la demagogia de Trump sobre el despliegue del ejército en la frontera y el recorte de toda la ayuda a Centroamérica, los funcionarios de inmigración de los Estados Unidos están preparando nuevas medidas represivas contra los refugiados.

La pseudoizquierda de Brasil exige la censura de las redes sociales antes de la segunda vuelta presidencial

Por Miguel Andrade, 25 octubre 2018

La segunda vuelta presidencial en Brasil está siendo marcada por un frenético giro hacia la derecha por parte del denominado frente “anti-fascista”.

Un año después de la muerte de Jacoby Hennings
El trabajador de Woodhaven Stamping describe una atmósfera brutal bajo el régimen de UAW-Ford
“Los trabajadores a tiempo parcial son tratados como esclavos”

Por Jerry White, 25 octubre 2018

Un trabajador veterano describe las condiciones opresivas en la planta de estampado Woodhaven de Ford, lo que contribuyó a la trágica muerte del joven trabajador Jacoby Hennings.

El PSOE y Podemos presentan juntos un presupuesto español a la Unión Europea

Por Alejandro López, 25 octubre 2018

Ante huelgas crecientes, el gobierno del PSOE y Podemos, en un intento cínico por ganar apoyo, está proponiendo aumentos salariales en unos presupuestos que sabe que serán rechazados.

En medio de la crisis por el asesinato de Khashoggi
Los “socialistas” del Departamento de Estado de los EUA descubren la guerra en Yemen

Por Barry Grey, 25 octubre 2018

La ISO y los DSA responden como veletas políticas al viento cambiante dentro de las agencias de inteligencia estadounidenses respecto al actual gobernante de Arabia Saudí.

La Comisión Europea rechaza el presupuesto de Italia para 2019

Por Alexandre Lantier y Marianne Arens, 25 octubre 2018

Esta es la primera vez que la UE trata de eliminar formalmente el presupuesto de un estado miembro apuntando a crecientes tensiones internacionales y de clase que destrozan a la UE.

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Perspective

In the face of mounting threats, the working class must defend Julian Assange

25 October 2018

The Ecuadorian government’s public renunciation of any responsibility to defend Assange is an ominous warning that it is preparing to turn him over to British authorities.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board, spoke on the lessons of the 20th century, the attack on Marxism and the fight for socialism today.

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

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

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

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

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.

Featured commentary

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 25 October 2018

The article inadvertently points toward an important truth: the #MeToo campaign is fundamentally an effort by a layer of upper-middle class women to advance their economic interests at the expense of their male rivals.

One year of the #MeToo movement

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Build rank and file strike committees
For a nationwide hotel walkout!

By Kevin Martinez, 25 October 2018

More than 8,000 hotel workers are currently on strike in nine cities, but the UNITE HERE union is isolating the struggle and preparing its defeat.

$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot
Lottery fever: A symptom of social desperation

By Kayla Costa, 25 October 2018

The top 24 lottery jackpots in United States history have all occurred since the 2008–09 financial crash.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Oppose Trump’s attacks on immigrants! Defend the migrant caravan!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 October 2018

Workers in the US must unite with workers in Mexico and Central America to ensure the safe passage into the country of the several thousand workers making their way towards the US-Mexico border.

One year since the death of Ford worker Jacoby Hennings: The failure of capitalism and the fight of young workers for a future

On Saturday, October 20, SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS labor editor Jerry White held a live Q&A online on the conditions facing young workers. Watch the recording above, and follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in the next live event.

Socialist Equality Party Congressional candidate Niles Niemuth visits Detroit hotel workers’ picket line

By our reporter, 18 October 2018

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth presents socialist solution for health care crisis

Campaign website »

Commentary

US missile treaty withdrawal: “Prepare for nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2018

In racist, anti-immigrant diatribe, Trump declares, “I am a nationalist”

By Barry Grey, 24 October 2018

As refugee caravan heads north
Trump administration prepares draconian new anti-immigrant measures

Republicans and Democrats prepare bipartisan agenda of social cuts and war

Julian Assange takes legal action against Ecuadorian government

By James Cogan, 22 October 2018

WikiLeaks lawyers will challenge Ecuador’s threat to evict Assange from its London embassy if he does not accept anti-democratic conditions for continuing asylum.

War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2018

More on internet censorship »

Turkish president brands Khashoggi killing a premeditated murder

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2018

Amid crisis over Khashoggi murder
US State Department “socialists” discover the war in Yemen

Feigning moral outrage, the Times’ Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime

Brazil’s pseudo-left pushes for social media censorship ahead of presidential run-off

By Miguel Andrade, 24 October 2018

Who is responsible for the rise of the fascistic Bolsonaro in Brazil?

The Harvard case on racial preferences and the antidemocratic character of affirmative action

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

Arts Review

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s A Season in France: The human cost of the refugee crisis

By Joanne Laurier, 24 October 2018

The Waldheim Waltz: A timely film about the World War II role of the former right-wing Austrian president

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 October 2018

Paul Greengrass’s 22 July: Neo-fascist mass murder in Norway

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

More arts reviews »

Workers Struggles

One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings
Woodhaven Stamping worker describes brutal atmosphere under UAW-Ford regime
“Temporary part-timers are treated like slaves”

By Jerry White, 24 October 2018

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker
One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White

More on US autoworkers issues »

Swiss building workers strike in Ticino and Geneva

By Marianne Arens, 24 October 2018

Australia: Over 150,000 workers protest against assault on wages and conditions

By our reporters, 24 October 2018

Canada: Postal union launches rotating walkout campaign

By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018

Chicago Lyric Opera musicians’ strike ends with concessions deal

By Brian Brown and Jeff Lusanne, 23 October 2018

Indian court dismisses Maruti Suzuki workers’ bail application

By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018

Quebec: Nine-month lockout continues, as talks at Alcoa’s ABI smelter collapse

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 October 2018

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

By the WSWS Steelworker Newsletter, 22 October 2018

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

The political issues posed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ “Change the Rules” campaign

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 22 October 2018

Layoffs at Fiat Chrysler's Kokomo transmission operations heighten concerns over outsourcing

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2018

UAW faces growing opposition from Indiana Lear workers following contract rejection

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

More on autoworkers issues »

25 years ago: Massacres begin in Burundi after assassination of president

In the week following the assassination of Burundi’s first Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye, in an unsuccessful coup by the Tutsi-dominated military, tens of thousands of Tutsis and Hutus were slaughtered.

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50 years ago: Nixon orders aides to block Vietnam peace deal before US election

On October 22, 1968, Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon ordered H. R. Haldeman to conduct secret contacts with the government of South Vietnam to insure that there was no peace deal worked out before the US presidential election.

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75 years ago: Red Army offensive pushes Germans back across Dnieper River

On October 25, 1943, the Soviet Red Army forces crossed the Dnieper River and captured the city of Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine.

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100 years ago: Czechoslovakia declares its independence from Austria-Hungary

On October 28, 1918, the Czechoslovak National Council in Prague declared the formation of a new state from the northernmost territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or Austria-Hungary.

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Mehring Books

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

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

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

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

More on Amazon »

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.

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

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.

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.