California wildfires kill nine, drive 150,000 from their homes

By David Brown, 10 November 2018

Driven by heavy winds, three major fires broke out Thursday across California, one of which destroyed the northern town of Paradise.

US multinationals dodge $180 billion in taxes on foreign profits per year

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2018

This money is diverted from government revenues in the US and around the world, and funneled into the bank accounts and stock portfolios of the global financial oligarchy.

Tensions mount over US election contests in Florida, Georgia, Arizona

By Fred Mazelis, 10 November 2018

The midterm results demonstrate again that the Democrats, far from offering an alternative to Trump and the Republicans, are part of the big business conspiracy against the working class.

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

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

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

More on US politics »

In another anti-democratic act, Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament

By K. Ratnayake, 10 November 2018

Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament exposes the degenerated state of parliamentary democracy and the Sri Lanka ruling elite’s moves towards dictatorial forms of rule.

Tamil nationalists support US-backed factions in Sri Lankan political crisis

By K. Nesan, 10 November 2018

Factional conflict in Sri Lankan elite underscores dangers facing working class

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

Fort Wayne GM worker alleges UAW-management collusion in unjust termination

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018

After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”

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

“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 »

Ian David Long, the Thousand Oaks, California shooter, likely suffered from PTSD

By Rafael Azul, 10 November 2018

“We train a generation to be as violent as possible, then we expect them to come home and be OK ... we’re not responding to the needs they have.”

Afghanistan war veteran kills 12 at a southern California dance club

IBM’s purchase of Red Hat highlights growing power of technology giants

By Mike Ingram, 10 November 2018

With its purchase of the open source enterprise Linux company Red Hat, IBM hopes to compete with rival tech giants, Amazon, Microsoft and Google, particularly in the area of military cloud contracts

The kiss of death: Stalinists seek to tie Tamil Nadu auto strikes to right-wing parties

By Arun Kumar, 10 November 2018

Opposing all attempts to broaden the struggle, the Stalinists convened an “all party” meeting, where they touted the leaders of opposition parties and their affiliated unions as the strikers’ allies.

UK: SEP assistant national secretary Julie Hyland addresses social sciences conference on fake news, censorship and war

By our reporters, 10 November 2018

The conference examined ways in which the media has historically been used to condition public opinion in favour of war.

UK government’s crocodile tears over burning of Grenfell Tower effigy backfire

By Robert Stevens, 10 November 2018

Social consciousness has changed as a result of the Grenfell fire. After the callous treatment of the survivors, many saw through the sympathetic posturing of the ruling elite.

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

Residents oppose official cover-up of Grenfell fire toxic contamination

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

US, Japan conclude massive war games targeting China

By Ben McGrath, 10 November 2018

The Keen Sword exercises have placed additional pressure on China while further militarizing the western Pacific.

US-North Korean talks called off

New Zealand rail union enforces another pro-company pay deal

By our correspondent, 10 November 2018

In 2016, the Labour Party-dominated Greater Wellington Regional Council privatised the region's commuter rail service, to save $NZ100 million over 15 years at the expense of jobs, wages and conditions.

Trudeau threatens to criminalize Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan, 10 November 2018

The union leadership has done everything to limit postal workers’ job action, isolating it from the rest of the working class and allowing the government to go on the offensive.

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Nach den Wahlniederlagen in Bayern und Hessen:
Große Koalition rückt zusammen und weiter nach rechts

Johannes Stern, 10. November 2018

Die Große Koalition reagiert auf die massive Ablehnung durch die Wähler, indem sie enger zusammenrückt und den Militarismus, die innere Aufrüstung und den Sozialabbau vorantreibt.

Seit Januar sind mehr als 2000 Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer ertrunken

Martin Kreickenbaum, 10. November 2018

Das Mittelmeer ist seit Jahren die tödlichste Route für Migranten und Flüchtlinge weltweit.

Sri Lanka: Konflikte in Elite unterstreichen Gefahren für die Arbeiterklasse

K. Ratnayake, 10. November 2018

Alle Teile der herrschenden Klasse bereiten einen umfassenden Angriff gegen die sozialen und demokratischen Rechte der Arbeiter und der Armen vor.

New in Russian

Депопуляция Украины

Джейсон Мелановски, 10 ноября 2018 г.

Спустя боле четверти века после упразднения СССР эмиграция из Украины не сокращается, поскольку рабочие уезжают за границу, спасаясь от нищеты и войны.

New in French

Travailleurs et retraités manifestent contre l’austérité en France

Anthony Torres, 10 octobre 2018

Alors que Macron tente de casser les acquis sociaux en France, les travailleurs se méfient de plus en plus des syndicats et appellent à une opposition révolutionnaire.

L’opposition des travailleurs d’UPS monte face au rejet par le syndicat des Teamsters de leur vote contre la convention collective

Nos journalistes, 10 octobre 2018

Les travailleurs deviennent de plus en plus méfiants et sceptiques quant aux chiffres officiels sur le vote et le taux de participation.

La confirmation de Kavanaugh et les élections américaines de mi-mandat

Patrick Martin, 10 octobre 2018

La campagne totalement de droite menée par le Parti démocrate sur le choix de Kavanaugh, qui s’est concentrée uniquement sur les allégations d’inconduite sexuelle, a donné le la des élections au Congrès américain.

Forte affluence à la conférence de David North à Colombo sur l’histoire de la IVᵉ Internationale

nos journalistes, 10 octobre 2018

David North a conclu sa tournée au Sri Lanka par une conférence puissante à Colombo, devant un public nombreux et enthousiaste.

New in Spanish

Cien años desde la Revolución de Noviembre en Alemania

Ulrich Rippert y Peter Schwarz, 10 noviembre 2018

El 9 de noviembre de 1918, el levantamiento revolucionario de la clase obrera alemana contra la guerra y la monarquía llegó a su cúspide, sacudiendo el sistema capitalista desde sus bases.

Un veterano de la guerra en Afganistán mata a 12 personas en un club de baile del sur de California

Por David Walsh, 10 noviembre 2018

Otro horrible tiroteo masivo tuvo lugar en los EUA el miércoles por la noche, el número 307 de tales acontecimientos en el día número 311 del año, según un sitio web que lleva la cuenta de la violencia con armas.

En una rueda de prensa de la Casa Blanca, Trump llama a un reportero “enemigo del pueblo”

Eric London, 10 noviembre 2018

Trump dejó claro que su respuesta a las elecciones de mitad de mandato sería la adopción aún más abierta de políticas de tipo fascista y contra los inmigrantes.

Los demócratas se manifiestan para defender al fiscal general destituido Sessions y al fiscal especial Mueller

Por Tom Eley, 10 noviembre 2018

Los demócratas y sus aliados “izquierdistas” temen que la destitución de Sessions descarrile la investigación anti-Rusia de Mueller.

La UE responde a las elecciones de medio término de los EUA con un llamado a una expansión militar

Por Alex Lantier, 10 noviembre 2018

Los círculos gobernantes europeos han sacado la conclusión de que los conflictos entre los EUA y Europa reflejan una crisis más profunda de lo que antes creían.

Después de la cancelación del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México, López Obrador se apresura para apaciguar al capital financiero

Por Alex González, 10 noviembre 2018

El gobierno entrante de AMLO dejó claro que todas las inversiones serían garantizadas, mientras que no se haría nada para abordar la crisis de agua en la capital.

Los medios españoles promocionan al ultraderechista partido VOX

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell , 10 noviembre 2018

VOX no tiene una base de masas. Según los sondeos más recientes del estatal CIS, este partido ganaría apenas el 1,6 por ciento si se celebraran ahora elecciones nacionales en España.

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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.

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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

French President Macron hails fascist dictator Philippe Pétain

10 November 2018

Macron’s attempt to rehabilitate Pétain is an unabashed appeal to the far right, which he is cultivating as a base of support amid rising opposition among workers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Workers Struggles

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 10 November 2018

If approved, the contract would create a new tier of lower-paid drivers, maintain poverty-level wages of part-time warehouse dockworkers, and continue the undermining of full-time positions.

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

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 »

Thousands of Indian contract workers remain on strike; 29,000 New Zealand primary school teachers to take national strike action
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 November 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Arts Review

House of Cards Season 6: The King is dead, long live the Queen!

By Joanne Laurier, 10 November 2018

The sixth and final season of House of Cards is now streaming on Netflix. The firing of lead actor Kevin Spacey along with the #MeToo and anti-Russia campaigns have had a considerable impact on the series.

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

History

“100 years of social partnership”—a sinister celebration of trade unions, employers’ associations and the state in Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 November 2018

On October 16, the German Trade Unions and Employer Associations celebrated the centenary of the Stinnes-Legien-Agreement, which laid the foundation for the suppression of the German Revolution of 1918/19.

One hundred years since the November Revolution in Germany

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

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

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

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

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

More on the attack on immigrants »

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.

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 »

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.