Afghanistan war veteran kills 12 at a southern California dance club

By David Walsh, 9 November 2018

Another horrible mass shooting took place in the US on Wednesday night, the 307th such episode on the 311th day of the year, according to a website that tracks gun violence.

Asylum ban: Trump eliminates right to asylum for immigrants crossing without documentation

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

The decision is the most significant restriction on immigration in decades. It will cause hundreds of thousands of deportations, and send countless immigrants to their deaths.

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”
The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

“The Teamsters union is with the company”
UPS workers oppose Teamsters isolation of freight division, call for united struggle

By Will Morrow, 9 November 2018

The union is seeking to reduce the voter turnout to below 50 percent in order to use a constitutional loophole to declare the contract ratified.

UPS Freight, Teamsters to workers: Vote “yes” or face lockout and lose your health care

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

More on the struggle at UPS »

Democrats rally to defend fired Attorney General Sessions, Special Counsel Mueller

By Tom Eley, 9 November 2018

The Democrats and their “left” allies fear that Sessions’ firing will derail the anti-Russia Mueller investigation.

US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives

US-North Korean talks called off

By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2018

While the US said the meeting was merely postponed, the cancellation is another sign of an impasse in negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Amazon reportedly locates new headquarters in New York and metropolitan Washington

By Trévon Austin, 9 November 2018

It cannot be an accident that in choosing Crystal City, a virtual stone’s throw from the Pentagon, and Long Island City, a short cab ride from Wall Street, Bezos is placing his new headquarters at the heart of the military-industrial complex and the center of US and world finance.

Merrimack Valley disaster, National Grid lockout highlights dangers of profit-driven gas system

By John Marion, 9 November 2018

As Columbia Gas cuts corners in the restoration of service to Merrimack Valley communities, more than 1,200 skilled gas workers are still locked out by National Grid.

Tube workers’ strike brings much of London to a halt

By Peter Austin, 9 November 2018

The tube strikes express the anger of workers after a decade of budget cuts, reductions in real wages, longer work weeks and an increase in working weekends as agreed by the unions.

Factional conflict in Sri Lankan elite underscores dangers facing working class

By K. Ratnayake, 9 November 2018

All sections of the ruling class are preparing a major onslaught against the social and democratic rights of the working people and the poor.

Sri Lankan political coup: Rajapakse makes bogus promises to ease social crisis

Pakistan’s government bows to Islamist right, victimises anew woman in blasphemy case

By Sampath Perera, 9 November 2018

Pakistan’s PTI government has ordered the Supreme Court to review its decision vacating the blasphemy conviction and death sentence imposed on Asia Bibi.

Safety questions emerge after 189 people die in Indonesian plane crash

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 November 2018

Indonesian authorities said the plane had suffered mechanical issues on the four flights before it crashed in the Java Sea.

Ousted Australian prime minister denounces right-wing “coup”

By Mike Head, 9 November 2018

Turnbull refused to provide any explanation for his removal, but accused “the right” of seeking to destroy the Liberal Party.

New in Spanish

Tras comicios de mitad de término, los demócratas llaman a forjar unidad bipartidista con Trump

Patrick Martin y Barry Grey, 9 noviembre 2018

Desde el punto de vista de los intereses de los trabajadores, la redistribución de escaños es prácticamente irrelevante. Ningún cambio positivo es posible fuera de la intervención independiente de la clase obrera.

New in German

100 Jahre Novemberrevolution in Deutschland

Ulrich Rippert und Peter Schwarz, 9. November 2018

Am 9. November 1918 erreichte die revolutionäre Erhebung der deutschen Arbeiterklasse gegen Krieg, Kaiser und Monarchie ihren Höhepunkt und erschütterte das kapitalistische System in seinen Grundfesten.

Nach US-Zwischenwahlen: Demokraten rufen zu Einheit mit Trump auf

Patrick Martin und Barry Grey, 9. November 2018

Die Neuordnung der Sitze im Kongress ist vom Standpunkt der Interessen der Arbeiterklasse weitgehend irrelevant. Ohne eine unabhängige Intervention der Arbeiterklasse kann es keine positive Veränderung geben.

EU reagiert auf US-Zwischenwahlen mit Forderungen nach militärischer Aufrüstung

Alex Lantier, 9. November 2018

Die herrschenden Kreise Europas sind zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass die Konflikte zwischen den USA und Europa Ausdruck einer Krise sind, die tiefer ist als sie bisher angenommen hatten.

Vor 80 Jahren brannten in Deutschland die Synagogen

Peter Schwarz, 9. November 2018

Die Novemberpogrome kennzeichneten den Übergang von der Diskriminierung jüdischer Bürger zu ihrer systematisch Verfolgung, die drei Jahre später in ihre planmäßige Vernichtung mündete.

New in Norwegian

Australias statsminister avviser fornyeded opprop om å forsvare Julian Assange

Mike Head, 8. november 2018

Morrisons bemerkninger er den første direkte regjeringsuttalelsen om dens støtte til amerikansk regjeringspåtrykk for å få klørne i WikiLeaks-utgiveren.

Beleiringen av Hodeida: Washington holder stø kurs for sine krigsforbrytelser i Jemen

Bill Van Auken, 7. november 2018

Washingtons angivelige krav om våpenhvile har bare forårsaket en kraftig eskalering av verdens mest morderiske krig.

Hans-Georg Maaßen: En høyreorientert ekstremist i front for den tyske hemmelige etterretningen

Peter Schwarz, 7. november 2018

De siste begivenhetene har gjort det klart at Tysklands hemmelige etterretning har vært drevet av en høyreorientert ekstremist de siste seks-og-et-halvt årene.

Tyskland: Der Spiegel idealiserer ytrehøyrelederen Björn Höcke

Peter Schwarz, 7. november 2018

Det tyske ukemagasinet Der Spiegel publiserte i 27.-oktober-utgaven et smigrende portrett av AfD-lederen Björn Höcke.

New in French

Les États-Unis étendent les sanctions illégales et unilatérales contre l'Iran

Mike Head, 8 novembre 2018

Les mesures prises par Washington sont équivalentes à une déclaration de guerre.

Le siège de Hodeida: Washington aggrave son crime de guerre au Yémen

Bill Van Auken, 8 novembre 2018

La supposée demande de Washington pour un cessez-le-feu a eu comme seul effet l’escalade brutale de la guerre la plus meurtrière du monde.

En pleine crise politique au Sri Lanka: les syndicats des plantations tentent de mettre un terme à la lutte salariale

W. A. Sunil, 8 novembre 2018

Le conflit salarial qui sévit depuis longtemps entre les travailleurs des plantations s’est attiré un puissant soutien de la part des jeunes et d’autres couches de la classe ouvrière sri-lankaise.

New in Portuguese

A vitória de Bolsonaro e o colapso do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

A eleição do fascista ex-capitão do exército sinaliza uma grande guinada à direita da classe dominante brasileira.

Quem é responsável pela ascensão do fascista Bolsonaro no Brasil?

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Uma série de grupos da pseudo-esquerda, muitos dos quais envolvidos na fundação do PT, estão defendendo o voto nesse partido capitalista de direita contra Bolsonaro.

O caminho na luta contra o perigo da extrema-direita na Alemanha

Ulrich Rippert e Johannes Stern, 6 de novembro de 2018

A enorme manifestação do último final de semana em Berlin expressou ampla oposição popular ao retorno do fascismo e do militarismo na Alemanha.

A ameaça da extrema-direita no Brasil e a responsabilidade do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Os impressionantes 46% de votos válidos obtido pelo fascista ex-capitão do exército Jair Bolsonaro no primeiro turno da eleição brasileira é o resultado de décadas de traições do Partido dos Trabalhadores e seus cúmplices e defensores da pseudo-esquerda.

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Perspective

One hundred years since the November Revolution in Germany

9 November 2018

On November 9, 1918, the revolutionary uprising of the German working class against war and monarchy reached its peak and shook the capitalist system to its foundations.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

David North lecture tour
More than 100 attend meeting at MIT on anniversary of the Fourth International

By Kate Randall, 9 November 2018

David North spoke on the lessons of the 20th century and the fight for a perspective based on objective truth at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a world center of scientific education and research.

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

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

Meetings this week in Cambridge and New York!

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.

Friday, November 30, 6pm for 6:30. Admission free, please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Indian Trotskyists to hold meeting on 80 years of the Fourth International

6 November 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

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

Commentary

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 8 November 2018

EU responds to US midterm elections with calls for military build-up

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 5 November 2018

White House report on socialism
The specter of Marx haunts the American ruling class

By Barry Grey, 6 November 2018

Facebook and Twitter intensify censorship in 2018 elections

By Kevin Reed, 8 November 2018

Citing war in Syria, ISO withdraws endorsement of Green Party gubernatorial candidate in New York

By Sandy English, 8 November 2018

ISO covers up Workers Party role in Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil

The case of Hans-Georg Maassen and the struggle against police-state repression in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 8 November 2018

Hans-Georg Maassen: A right-wing extremist at the head of the German secret service

Mehring Books

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

9 November 2018

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.

Grenfell Fire

The Fires that Foretold Grenfell—Documentary reveals how UK governments ignored lessons of previous fire tragedies

By Margo Miller, 9 November 2018

The documentary shows that the Grenfell Tower fire was the outcome of decades of deregulation and the ignoring of recommendations on building regulations by Conservative and Labour governments.

Residents oppose official cover-up of Grenfell fire toxic contamination

By Barry Mason, 8 November 2018

Workers Struggles

Nigerian unions call off general strike over minimum wage
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 November 2018

Nigeria’s three main labour federations called off a general strike set for November 6 and announced that they had reached an undisclosed settlement with the government over a rise in the country’s minimum wage.

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

More on autoworkers issues »

Plantation unions move to shut down wage struggle amid Sri Lankan political crisis

By W. A. Sunil, 7 November 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

Vote Niles Niemuth, Socialist Equality Party, for US House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th district!

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

Campaign website »

Arts Review

Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind: A film 48 years in the making

By David Walsh, 8 November 2018

Venom: Childish science fiction and superheroes abound

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 November 2018

HBO’s The Night Of: An intelligent, gripping legal drama

By Carlos Delgado, 5 November 2018

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The way forward for young people: Not Democratic Party politics, but the fight for socialism!

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 November 2018

Against the right-wing attacks of university administrators and the far-right
Successful solidarity event for the student union of Humboldt University

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

25 years ago: Castro speech, “We are becoming bourgeois”

In a speech to an audience of foreign businessmen on November 6, 1993, Cuban President Fidel Castro declared that his government was learning the ways of the capitalist world but still had extensive work to do in enforcing discipline on the Cuban working class.

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50 years ago: Nixon wins US presidential election

Republican nominee Richard Nixon won the US presidential election held on November 5, 1968, with only a narrow margin in the popular vote, but with a comfortable margin of 301 to 191 in the Electoral College.

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75 years ago: Soviet Red Army liberates Kiev

On November 6, 1943, the Red Army took control of decisive sections of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, amid heavy fighting with German forces which had occupied the city for the previous three years.

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100 years ago: Germany signs armistice with Allies, ending the First World War

On November 11, 1918, the German government, now a republic led by Friedrich Ebert, a Social Democrat who had supported the war aims of German imperialism, capitulated to the overwhelming power of an Allied offensive on the Western Front and signed a formal surrender.

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Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

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.

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.