Chinese president tells military to prepare for war

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2018

Xi Jinping’s speech was a response to the Trump administration’s aggressive actions in intensifying trade war and overtly readying for military conflict with both China and Russia.

Vigils for victims of Pittsburgh shooting express anger over Trump’s racist incitements

By Samuel Davidson and Kate Randall, 30 October 2018

Vigils held across the country have charged Trump with using hate speech to incite violent attacks over the past week.

Participants in vigils for Pittsburgh shooting victims speak to the WSWS
“I don’t think the Democrats are doing anything to oppose Trump’s message”

By our reporters, 30 October 2018

Thousands attend memorial for victims of mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Eleven killed in deadliest attack on Jewish community in US history

Killings at Kentucky store were hate crime, police say

By our reporter, 30 October 2018

The gunman, 51-year-old Gregory Bush, had a history of mental illness and racist abuse.

Infighting deepens between rival factions of Sri Lankan elite

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 October 2018

The government’s ultimatum for Wickremesinghe to vacate the prime minister’s residence has set the stage for bloody clashes and political violence.

Sri Lankan president’s cynical justifications for his political coup

Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks prime minister

Julian Assange warns that Ecuador is moving to end his political asylum

By Mike Head, 30 October 2018

The WikiLeaks founder told an Ecuadorian court hearing that President Moreno had already decided to terminate his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.

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

Wall Street falls as US-China trade tensions rise

By Nick Beams, 30 October 2018

Bloomberg reported that the US is planning to introduce new tariffs covering all Chinese imports if talks fail between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Mexican police shoot and kill 26-year-old immigrant as repression intensifies along Mexico-Guatemala border

By Andrea Lobo, 30 October 2018

Despite the US threats and the militarized operations by the Guatemalan and Mexican governments, thousands of Central American migrants continue to leave.

State elections in Hesse mark further defeat for Germany’s grand coalition

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2018

The election result is an expression of the growing hostility towards the grand coalition and its right-wing policies of militarism, state repression and social austerity.

Teamsters forces UPS Freight workers to vote again on rejected sellout contract

By Will Morrow, 30 October 2018

The union is threatening workers if they vote “no” again it will isolate them and refuse to conduct any struggle for a better contract.

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

“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 »

“Conditions are worse today than they were 40 years ago”
Pittsburgh-area workers speak out on USW sellout deal with US Steel

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2018

The WSWS Steelworker Newsletter spoke to workers at a shift change at the US Steel Edgar Thompson plant in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

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

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

The Unexplained Wealth Order legislation and London’s financial aristocracy

By Thomas Scripps, 30 October 2018

The move will not in any way alter London’s status as a playground for the super-rich and haven for illegal wealth.

Australia: Victorian Labor government promotes bogus community contest

By Jason Quill and David Cohen, 30 October 2018

“Pick My Project” saw proposals pitted against one another, with the “winners” and “losers” determined via an online ballot.

New in Spanish

Tiroteo masivo en sinagoga en Pittsburgh
Irrumpe la violencia antisemita en Estados Unidos

Por Joseph Kishore, 30 octubre 2018

Para entender el significado de la violencia homicida en Pittsburgh que dejó a 11 personas muertas, es necesario situar el evento en su contexto internacional e histórico.

El candidato de extrema derecha Bolsonaro es elegido presidente de Brasil

Por Miguel Andrade, 30 octubre 2018

La elección de Bolsonaro expresa el colapso del orden democrático brasileño y la apertura de una nueva etapa de la lucha de clases en el país más grande de América Latina.

Las justificaciones cínicas del presidente de Sri Lanka por su golpe político

Por Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 octubre 2018

El discurso egoísta de Sirisena era para justificar sus acciones antidemocráticas así como para apelar a capas de la población opuestas a los ataques del gobierno a los niveles de vida.

Obama hace campaña por los demócratas en Michigan: un legado de devastación social

Por Niles Niemuth, 30 octubre 2018

Obama está visitando el Instituto de Secundaria Cass Tech en Detroit en un esfuerzo por convencer a los trabajadores una vez más de que el Partido Demócrata, un partido derechista, procapitalista y favorable a la guerra, representa sus intereses.

New in French

Le candidat de l’extrême droite, Bolsonaro, élu président du Brésil

Miguel Andrade, 30 octobre 2018

L’élection de Bolsonaro témoigne de l’effondrement de l’ordre démocratique du Brésil et de l’ouverture d’une nouvelle étape de la lutte des classes dans le plus grand pays d’Amérique latine.

Fusillade de masse à la synagogue de Pittsburgh
La violence antisémite éclate en Amérique

Joseph Kishore, 30 octobre 2018

Pour comprendre l’importance de la violence homicide à Pittsburgh qui a coûté la vie à 11 personnes, il est nécessaire de replacer l’événement dans son contexte international et historique.

Les justifications cyniques du président sri lankais pour son coup politique

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 octobre 2018

Le discours intéressé de Sirisena visait à justifier ses actions antidémocratiques et à faire appel à des couches de la population opposées aux attaques du gouvernement sur le niveau de vie.

La France envoie le porte-avion Charles de Gaulle menacer la Chine

Anthony Torres, 30 octobre 2018

Sur fond de tensions croissantes entre les grandes puissances nucléaires, le porte-avion français doté d’armes nucléaires doit aller naviguer en mer de Chine méridionale.

Une frappe saoudienne tue 21 civils au Yémen

Jacob Crosse, 30 octobre 2018

On compte deux enfants parmi les victimes. Et la coalition menée par les États-Unis prépare une offensive.

Quatre-vingts ans de la Quatrième Internationale: Les leçons de l’histoire et la lutte pour le socialisme aujourd’hui

David North, 30 octobre 2018

Le 7 octobre dernier, David North, président du comité de rédaction international du WSWS, a livré la présente conférence devant une salle bondée lors d’une réunion publique à Colombo organisée par le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Sri Lanka).

Le Canada maintient l'accord de 15 milliards de dollars d’armes avec l'Arabie saoudite après le meurtre de Khashoggi

Roger Jordan, 30 octobre 2018

La réaction discrète d'Ottawa à l'assassinat de Khashoggi visait non seulement à faire respecter la vente d'armes, mais aussi à renforcer le partenariat prédateur du Canada avec Washington.

New in German

Das Massaker in der Synagoge von Pittsburgh:
Antisemitische Gewalt in Amerika

Joseph Kishore, 30. Oktober 2018

Die Bedeutung des Attentats in Pittsburgh, das elf Menschenleben gefordert hat, kann nur im internationalen und historischen Kontext verstanden werden.

Merkels schrittweiser Rückzug

Ulrich Rippert, 30. Oktober 2018

Die Große Koalition reagiert auf den Druck der Wähler nicht mit politischen Zugeständnissen, sondern indem sie ihr verhasstes Regierungsprogramm energischer durchsetzt.

Rechtsextremer Kandidat Bolsonaro gewinnt brasilianische Präsidentschaftswahl

Miguel Andrade, 30. Oktober 2018

Bolsonaros Wahlsieg verkörpert den Zusammenbruch der demokratischen Ordnung in Brasilien und eröffnet ein neues Stadium des Klassenkampfs im größten Land Lateinamerikas.

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

Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion”

30 October 2018

The White House, deploying thousands of troops to the border, is seeking to to whip up a climate of right-wing chauvinist hysteria on the eve of the November 6 midterm elections.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

After Pittsburgh massacre: New York Times covers up Trump’s role in instigating fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2018

The leading US newspaper’s editorial on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre effectively absolves President Trump and his fascistic politics of any responsibility for the bloodbath.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 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.

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.

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

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.

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 »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Public workers protest in Venezuela; Canada Post workers continue rotating strikes

30 October 2018

Thousands of public sector workers rallied in Venezuela last week to protest falling living standards, while the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is continuing its strategy of impotent rotating one-day strikes in order to dissipate worker anger without seriously impacting mail delivery.

Indian state government arrests at least 14 union leaders

By Kranti Kumar, 29 October 2018

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

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

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

By our correspondents, 27 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”

By Jerry White, 24 October 2018

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

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

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 October 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

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

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 »

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

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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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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


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

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.