Eleven killed in deadliest attack on Jewish community in US history

By Samuel Davidson, 28 October 2018

The attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh occurs in the midst of an international escalation of fascist violence.

Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks prime minister

By K. Ratnayake, 28 October 2018

The coup is an expression of the huge political crisis confronting the Sri Lankan ruling class amid a profound economic crisis, rising geo-political tensions and a resurgence of the class struggle.

Arrest of bomb scare suspect heightens political warfare in Washington

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2018

The mail bombs are a symptom of a deepening social and political crisis in the United States, the center of world capitalism.

What the mail bomb uproar says about American politics

Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen

By Jacob Crosse, 27 October 2018

Two children among the dead as the US-backed coalition prepares offensive

CIA director briefs Trump on Khashoggi torture tape

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

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

Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney

By Linda Tenenbaum, 27 October 2018

Over the past nearly 50 years, Rush has won numerous awards, including the “Triple Crown;” helped establish the Australian Academy of Cinema, Theatre and Acting Arts; and in 2014 received an Order of Australia for Service to the Arts.

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

One year of the #MeToo movement

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Thousands of youth demonstrate in Sri Lanka to support plantation workers’ wage struggle

By our correspondents, 27 October 2018

The protest in Colombo was the first time that Sri Lankan workers have conducted such a campaign via social media.

AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team
Union shuts down three-day strike by California health care and service workers

By Evelyn Rios, 27 October 2018

AFSCME has kept its 25,000 members on the job without a contract for over a year. Their current contract expired June 30, 2017.

Hundreds of bodies and other remains hidden in Detroit funeral homes

By Lawrence Porter, 27 October 2018

With an average cost for a funeral with cremation at $6,800 and burial at $10,000, the phenomenon of unclaimed bodies and burial crises is nationwide.

As federal judge orders Georgia to count tossed-out ballots
Voter suppression looms large in 2018 US elections

By Kranti Kumara, 27 October 2018

The issue of deliberate voter suppression has become a highly contentious issue with less than two weeks before Election Day.

Pakistan caught up in intensifying US-China rivalry

By Pradeep Ramayake, 27 October 2018

Amid a worsening balance-of-payments crisis, Pakistan desperately needs an estimated $12 billion, but is under pressure from the US to distance itself from China.

Argentine workers and students march against “hunger budget”

By Rafael Azul, 27 October 2018

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Buenos Aires to repudiate the austerity measures demanded by the IMF and the Argentine government.

Tamil family fight UK plans to deport their seriously ill father

By Simon Whelan, 27 October 2018

Authorities sought to deport Sangarapillai Balachandran, who had been headhunted by a British company due to a severe shortage of civil engineers with his specific skills.

New in French

Contre la fermeture de Ford-Blanquefort, il faut des comités d’action de la base indépendants des syndicats!

Francis Dubois et Anthony Torres, 27 octobre 2018

La décision de Ford de fermer définitivement son site près de Bordeaux démasque la perspective de la CGT et du NPA de coordonner des manoeuvres avec l’État et Ford.

Ce que l’agitation autour des colis piégés dit sur la politique américaine

Patrick Martin, 27 octobre 2018

Les médias américains ont abandonné pratiquement tous les autres sujets pour se concentrer sur les colis piégés envoyés à huit des principaux Démocrates ou critiques publics de Trump.

L’ancienne présidente de la Réserve fédérale met en garde contre une nouvelle crise financière

Nick Beams, 27 octobre 2018

Dans des remarques sans précédent pour une ancienne banquière centrale, Janet Yellen a déclaré au Financial Times que les leçons de la crise financière de 2008 étaient en train d’être oubliées.

Les postiers canadiens critiquent l'inefficacité de la grève tournante

Nos correspondants, 27 octobre 2018

La direction du STTP tient les travailleurs en laisse, dans le but d'éviter un affrontement avec le gouvernement libéral du patronat.

Un an depuis le début du mouvement #MeToo

David Walsh, 27 octobre 2018

L'objectif apparent de ce mouvement est de lutter contre le harcèlement sexuel, c'est-à-dire de réaliser un progrès social. Cependant, les moyens répressifs employés viennent démentir les revendications «progressistes» de la campagne.

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Lo que dicen los correos bomba sobre la política estadounidense

Patrick Martin, 27 octubre 2018

La prensa estadounidense ha abandonado prácticamente todas sus coberturas para enfocarse en los correos bomba enviados a ocho líderes demócratas y críticos de Trump.

Trump desplegará a cientos de soldados en la frontera contra los migrantes centroamericanos

Por Andrea Lobo, 27 octubre 2018

El despliegue doméstico del ejército contra los inmigrantes es una advertencia a toda la clase trabajadora.

“Deberíamos estar luchando todos juntos”
El sindicato Teamsters aísla a 8.500 trabajadores de UPS Chicago

George Marlowe, 27 octubre 2018

Después de desafiar el voto por el “no” de los trabajadores de UPS, Teamsters está aislando a miles de trabajadores del área de Chicago.

La expresidenta de la Fed advierte de una nueva crisis financiera

Por Nick Beams, 27 octubre 2018

En comentarios sin precedentes para un expresidente del Banco Central de Reserva, Janet Yellen dijo al Financial Times que las lecciones de la crisis financiera de 2008 estaban siendo olvidadas.

La Unión Europea intensifica la censura en Internet en nombre de oponerse a la “desinformación”

Por Johannes Stern, 27 octubre 2018

La reunión cumbre de la UE amenazó con sanciones y penalidades a cualquier partido que se aparte de la línea política prescrita en la campaña electoral europea de 2019.

New in German

Briefbomben-Wirrwarr zeigt Zustand der US-Politik

Patrick Martin, 27. Oktober 2018

Die amerikanischen Medien kennen kein anderes Thema mehr als die Pakete mit Briefbomben, die an acht führende Demokraten bzw. öffentliche Kritiker von Trump geschickt wurden.

Gegen die rechten Angriffe von Uni-Leitung und AfD
Erfolgreiche Solidaritätsveranstaltung für den RefRat der Humboldt-Universität

unseren Reportern, 27. Oktober 2018

Die hohe Teilnehmerzahl war ein Ausdruck politischer Stärke und ein klares Zeichen, dass die Studierenden bereit sind, ihre demokratischen Rechte zu verteidigen und gegen die rechte Gefahr zu kämpfen.

Trump-Regierung: Mit der Armee gegen Einwanderer

Andrea Lobo, 27. Oktober 2018

Der Inlandseinsatz des Militärs gegen die Karawane lateinamerikanischer Migranten ist eine Warnung für die ganze Arbeiterklasse.

„Warum sind sie wieder da?” – Einleitung

Christoph Vandreier, 27. Oktober 2018

In diesem Monat ist im Mehring Verlag das Buch „Warum sind sie wieder da?“ erschienen. Es untersucht, wie die Voraussetzungen für die Rückkehr der extremen Rechten geschaffen wurden. Wir dokumentieren hier die Einleitung.

Fujitsu vernichtet 1800 Arbeitsplätze in Augsburg und München

Gustav Kemper, 27. Oktober 2018

Mit der Schließung des Augsburger Werks verschwindet die letzte Produktionsstätte von Computern in Europa. Sie ist ein Schritt in einem endlosen Konzentrationsprozess.

Kroatische Werftarbeiter im Streik

Markus Salzmann, 27. Oktober 2018

Seit vergangenem Montag streiken die Arbeiter im kroatischen Schiffbauunternehmen Uljanik. Sie kämpfen gegen die Schließung der Werften und für die Bezahlung ausstehender Löhne.

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EU strammer til Internettsensuren for å bekjempe «desinformasjon»

Johannes Stern, 26. oktober 2018

EU-toppmøtet truet ethvert parti som avviker fra den foreskrevne politiske linjen i valgkampen for Europavalgene 2019, med sanksjoner og straff.

Truslene tiltar og arbeiderklassen må forsvare Julian Assange

Bill Van Auken, 25. oktober 2018

Den ekvadorianske regjeringens offentlige fraskrivelse av ethvert ansvar for å forsvare Assange er en truende advarsel om at den forbereder seg på å overlevere ham til britiske myndigheter.

«Trident Juncture» manøvrene begynner: NATO trener for krig med Russland

Philipp Frisch, 25. oktober 2018

Månedslang militærmanøver i Norge øker faren for krig mellom NATO og Russland.

Indisk politi anholder tusener av streikende bilarbeidere i Tamil Nadu

Arun Kumar, 25. oktober 2018

Stalinistiske fagforeningsledere har forsøkt å isolere de streikende i frykt for at deres kamp skal bli samlingspunkt for en bredere bevegelse i arbeiderklassen.

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Угроза Трампа разорвать российско-американский договор о ядерном оружии вызвала тревогу в Европе, но была обойдена молчанием американскими демократами

Билл Вэн Оукен, 25 октября 2018 г.

Критика со стороны Демократической партии сводится к тому, что Трамп не в состоянии сформулировать ясную стратегию конфронтации между двумя ведущими мировыми ядерными державами.

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Perspective

Defend immigrant workers against Trump’s military crackdown

27 October 2018

American workers must come to the defense of immigrants and refugees as the Trump administration threatens to close the border and turn armed troops against working class men, women and children.

Earlier Perspectives »

The struggle at UPS

Funeral to be held today for UPS worker Andy Schanding, killed on the job in Lexington, Kentucky

By Will Morrow, 27 October 2018

Andy, 43, leaves behind a loving family, including his wife of 21 years, Sarah Dixon Schanding, a son Elliot and daughter Emilee.

“We should all be fighting together”
Teamsters union isolates 8,500 Chicago UPS workers

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

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

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.

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

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

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

19 October 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.

Arts Review

Interview with photographer Tom Kiefer: “This work is part of the historical documentation of our country’s response to migration”
El Sueño Americano: Exhibition of migrants’ items seized and discarded by US border patrol

By Norisa Diaz, 26 October 2018

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

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 »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Obama stumps for Democrats in Michigan: A legacy of social devastation

By Niles Niemuth, 26 October 2018

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

By Niles Niemuth, 25 October 2018

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

Campaign website »

Commentary

Trump to deploy hundreds of troops to the border against Central American migrants

By Andrea Lobo, 26 October 2018

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

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

More on US immigration »

Former Fed chair warns of new financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 26 October 2018

European Union steps up Internet censorship in the name of opposing “disinformation”

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2018

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

More on internet censorship »

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

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2018

Julian Assange takes legal action against Ecuadorian government

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

By Kayla Costa, 25 October 2018

US missile treaty withdrawal: “Prepare for nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2018

Republicans and Democrats prepare bipartisan agenda of social cuts and war

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
Strikes in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

27 October 2018

The stoppages are part of an emerging movement of the working class the Indian sub-continent.

Ford worker dies of apparent workplace injury at Chicago Heights stamping plant

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 October 2018

The UAW is “letting the company get away with anything”
Growing opposition among autoworkers to brutal treatment of temporary workers

By our reporter, 26 October 2018

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”

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

Indian police detain thousands of striking Tamil Nadu auto workers

By Arun Kumar, 25 October 2018

Indian court dismisses Maruti Suzuki workers’ bail application

More on autoworkers issues »

Union, Democrats use “fact-finding” ploy to block Los Angeles teachers’ strike

By Dan Conway and Nancy Hanover, 26 October 2018

Canadian postal workers criticize ineffectual rotating walkouts

By our reporters, 26 October 2018

Canada: Postal union launches rotating walkout campaign

Australia: Tasmanian public sector workers strike over wages and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2018

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

By Kevin Martinez, 25 October 2018

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

Chicago Lyric Opera musicians’ strike ends with concessions deal

By Brian Brown and Jeff Lusanne, 23 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

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 »

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

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


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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.