Far-right candidate Bolsonaro elected as Brazil’s president

By Miguel Andrade, 29 October 2018

Bolsonaro’s election expresses the breakdown of Brazil’s democratic order and the opening of a new stage of class struggle in Latin America’s largest country.

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

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

US armed forces deployed to Mexico border in preparation for expected closure

By Norisa Diaz, 29 October 2018

A violent clash is being prepared on the US-Mexico border as Washington readies emergency powers to close the border.

Thousands attend memorial for victims of mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

By Samuel Davidson, 29 October 2018

An overflow crowd packed the hall and hundreds stood outside in the rain to pay respect to those struck down by a fascistic gunman.

Eleven killed in deadliest attack on Jewish community in US history

Sri Lankan president’s cynical justifications for his political coup

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 October 2018

Sirisena’s self-serving speech was to justify his anti-democratic actions as well as appeal to layers of the population opposed to the government’s attacks on living standards.

Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks prime minister

Under US pressure, Maldives president accepts election defeat

By Rohantha De Silva, 29 October 2018

The pro-US shift in Maldives will only intensify geopolitical tensions, particularly between Washington and Beijing.

Indian state government arrests at least 14 union leaders

By Kranti Kumar, 29 October 2018

The Hindu-extremist BJP government in the northern Indian state of Haryana has arrested union leaders after 200,000 workers took action in solidarity with striking public transport workers.

Indian police detain thousands of striking Tamil Nadu auto workers

Indian court dismisses Maruti Suzuki workers’ bail application

“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”
Lear Portage autoworker denounces UAW collusion with management

By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018

Workers at Lear have described a regime of harassment and intimidation carried out jointly by management and the UAW.

Lear auto parts workers speak out against UAW-backed sellout contract proposal

UAW building luxury “cottage” for ex-president Dennis Williams

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2018

The 1,885-square-foot residence features granite countertops, cherry cabinets with a “chocolate glaze finish,” three and one half baths and a patio overlooking Black Lake.

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”

Tens of thousands of teachers demonstrate in Glasgow for better pay

By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2018

The demonstration was far larger than the EIS anticipated and shows the desire of teachers to fight back against pay cuts.

Canada upholds $15 billion Saudi arms deal after Khashoggi murder

By Roger Jordan, 29 October 2018

Ottawa’s muted response to Khashoggi’s murder has been aimed not just at upholding the arms deal, but also strengthening Canada’s predatory partnership with Washington.

CIA director briefs Trump on Khashoggi torture tape

Spy and police chiefs demand passage of Australian encryption access law

By Mike Head, 29 October 2018

The heads of the “security” apparatus spoke on behalf of the US-led “Five Eyes” intelligence network, which conducts mass monitoring of the world’s population.

New in Turkish

Bombalı paket patırtısı Amerikan politikası hakkında ne anlatıyor?

Patrick Martin, 29 Ekim 2018

Söylenebilecek olan şey, bombalı paket olayının, ABD egemen seçkinleri içinde şiddetli bir siyasi çatışmanın yaşandığı koşullarda meydana geldiğidir.

Trump’un göçmenlere yönelik saldırılarına karşı çıkın! Göçmen kafilesini savunun!

Niles Niemuth, 29 Ekim 2018

ABD’deki işçileri, şu anda ABD-Meksika sınırı yönünde kuzeye doğru ilerleyen göçmen kafilesinin güvenli geçişini sağlamak için Meksika’daki ve Orta Amerika’daki kardeşleriyle birleşmeye çağırıyorum.

CIA müdürü, Kaşıkçı’nın işkence kaseti hakkında Trump’a bilgi verdi

Bill Van Auken, 29 Ekim 2018

Haspel’in Ankara’daki görevinin, sadece adli kanıtları incelemek değil ama Erdoğan’ın Kaşıkçı cinayeti üzerine hasar kontrolündeki işbirliğini sağlama almak için ödenmesi gereken bedeli görmek olduğuna kuşku yok.

New in German

Verteidigt die Immigranten gegen Trumps Drohung mit Militär

Bill Van Auken, 29. Oktober 2018

Die amerikanischen Arbeiter müssen Immigranten und Flüchtlinge gegen die Trump-Regierung verteidigen, die mit der Schließung der Grenzen und dem Einsatz von bewaffneten Soldaten gegen Männer, Frauen und Kinder aus der Arbeiterklasse droht.

Landtagswahl in Hessen – Feindschaft gegen Große Koalition nimmt zu

Ulrich Rippert, 29. Oktober 2018

Wie schon vor zwei Wochen in Bayern verloren Union und SPD auch bei der Landtagswahl in Hessen zusammen mehr als 21 Prozentpunkte.

Elf Tote beim schlimmsten Angriff auf die jüdische Gemeinschaft in der Geschichte der USA

Samuel Davidson, 29. Oktober 2018

Der Angriff auf die Synagoge „Tree of Life“ in Pittsburgh reiht sich ein in die weltweite Eskalation faschistischer Gewalt.

Gewerkschaften, Unternehmerverbände und Staat feiern „100 Jahre Sozialpartnerschaft“

Wolfgang Weber, 29. Oktober 2018

Am 16. Oktober feierten DGB und BDA im Schlüterhof des Deutschen Historischen Museums den hundertsten Jahrestag des Stinnes- Legien-Abkommens, das die Grundlage für die blutige Niederschlagung der folgenden Arbeiteraufstände legte.

May wehrt Befürworter eines harten Brexit ab

Robert Stevens, 29. Oktober 2018

Theresa May, die im Referendum 2016 das „Remain“-Lager unterstützte, behielt die Oberhand, was eine deutliche Verschiebung in den herrschenden Kreisen widerspiegelt, die keinen harten Brexit wollen.

Sri Lanka: Tausende Jugendliche unterstützen Lohnkampf der Plantagenarbeiter

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 29. Oktober 2018

Mit den Plantagenarbeitern gemeinsam zogen junge städtische Arbeiter durch die srilankische Hauptstadt Colombo. Es war die erste Demonstration, zu der über soziale Medien aufgerufen worden war.

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.

New in Spanish

Defiendan a los trabajadores inmigrantes del asalto militar de Trump

Bill Van Auken, 29 octubre 2018

Los trabajadores estadounidenses deben salir en defensa de los inmigrantes y refugiados. El Gobierno de Trump ha amenazado con cerrar la frontera y emplear tropas armadas contra hombres, mujeres y niños de clase obrera.

La detención del sospechoso de enviar bombas agudiza la guerra política en Washington

Por Barry Gray, 29 octubre 2018

Los correos bomba son un síntoma de una crisis social y política cada vez más grave en los Estados Unidos, el centro del capitalismo mundial.

Trabajadores y estudiantes argentinos marchan contra “presupuesto de hambre”

Por Rafael Azul, 29 octubre 2018

Decenas de miles de protestantes tomaron las calles bonaerenses para repudiar las medidas austeras exigidas por el FMI y el Gobierno argentino.

New in Russian

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

Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
Anti-Semitic violence erupts in America

29 October 2018

To understand the significance of the homicidal violence in Pittsburgh that has left 11 people dead, it is necessary to place the event in its international and historical context.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

Two short films: The Overcoat, based on the Nikolai Gogol story, and Detainment, about the Jamie Bulger murder case

By David Walsh, 29 October 2018

The Overcoat, directed by Patrick Myles, is based on the famed 1842 short story by Russian author Nikolai Gogol. Detainment treats the aftermath of the killing of a toddler on Merseyside, England in 1993.

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

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

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25 years ago: Maastricht Treaty establishes European Union

On November 1, 1993, the European Economic Community was officially transformed into the European Union as the Treaty on European Union, informally known as the Maastricht Treaty, went into effect.

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50 years ago: Johnson announces temporary halt in bombing of North Vietnam

In a nationally televised speech on October 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced that the United States was halting the bombing of North Vietnam, which had been continued more or less without pause since 1965.

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75 years ago: US coal miners win contract in fourth wartime strike

Members of the United Mine Workers union launched their fourth wartime strike after an October 31, 1943 deadline passed without an agreement.

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100 years ago: British poet Wilfred Owen dies in battle

Wilfred Owen, one of the most significant poets of the First World War and one of the great anti-war poets of any time, was killed in action on November 4, 1918 while crossing the Sambre-Oise Canal in northern France.

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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

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

Campaign website »

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.

Commentary

Arrest of bomb scare suspect heightens political warfare in Washington

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2018

What the mail bomb uproar says about American politics

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

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2018

Defend immigrant workers against Trump’s military crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2018

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

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Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen

By Jacob Crosse, 27 October 2018

Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney

By Linda Tenenbaum, 27 October 2018

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 »

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

By Kranti Kumara, 27 October 2018

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

By our correspondents, 27 October 2018

Hundreds of bodies and other remains hidden in Detroit funeral homes

By Lawrence Porter, 27 October 2018

Former Fed chair warns of new financial crisis

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

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

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

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

Workers Struggles

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

More on autoworkers issues »

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

Canadian postal workers criticize ineffectual rotating walkouts

Canada: Postal union launches rotating walkout campaign

Australia: Tasmanian public sector workers strike over wages and conditions

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

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?

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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

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.