Investigations point to energy corporation’s negligence in California wildfire

By E.P. Milligan, 15 November 2018

The PG&E utility company admitted Tuesday that it had submitted an “electric incident report” moments before the outbreak of the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California history.

As death toll rises to 48
Evacuees in California wildfire share their stories

At least 200 soldiers in German Army neo-Nazi terror network

By Christopher Lehmann and Johannes Stern, 15 November 2018

The latest revelations suggest that at least 200 active duty and retired soldiers are involved in a neo-Nazi terror network that planned to assassinate political opponents.

Sri Lankan parliament rejects Rajapakse as prime minister

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 November 2018

The major global powers are monitoring the developing political and constitutional crisis and firing off warning signals.

Sri Lanka crisis escalates as Supreme Court overturns Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold meetings on the socialist solution to the political crisis

15 November 2018

The meetings will discuss the political conflict wracking the ruling elite and the socialist answer required by the working class.

US threats dominate Indo-Pacific summits
Trump’s envoys issue ultimatums to China and other Asian countries

By Mike Head, 15 November 2018

Washington’s representatives, Pence and Bolton, effectively sought to veto any agreements struck with China by the region’s governments.

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2018

General Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to confront refugee men, women and children as a “moral and ethical mission.”

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

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol agents

By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 November 2018

Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

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 »

Kansas City health officials, police destroy food meant for homeless

By Josh Varlin, 14 November 2018

Footage of Kansas City Health Department officials and police pouring bleach on food being distributed by Free Hot Soup KC for homeless people sparked national outrage.

French teachers mobilize against Macron’s attacks on education

By Anthony Torres, 15 November 2018

Monday’s strike was the first day of action called by the education unions since 2011.

Geoffrey Rush’s lawyer slams “gutter journalism” in Sydney defamation trial

By Linda Tenenbaum and Richard Phillips, 15 November 2018

Bruce McClintock SC likened the methods of the Daily Telegraph to those of newspapers published by Lords Rothermere and Beaverbrook, as described by British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in 1931.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry hears harrowing witness statements

By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018

Grenfell Tower residents confirm that cost-cutting on cladding and the authorities’ refusal to consult with them on refurbishment were key factors in the fire.

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

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El régimen de censura de Washington se torna global
Facebook elimina una publicación WSWS en Sri Lanka

Por Andre Damon, 15 noviembre 2018

Facebook está actuando como un agente de las agencias de inteligencia estadounidenses, las cuales ven un mayor recibimiento del socialismo internacional como un obstáculo para sus esfuerzos de explotar divisiones étnicas en países en desarrollo.

La crisis de Sri Lanka se intensifica a medida que la Corte Suprema anula la disolución de Sirisena en parlamento

Por K. Ratnayake, 15 noviembre 2018

La Corte Suprema dictó su fallo luego de escuchar 12 peticiones de derechos fundamentales que desafían la disolución del parlamento de Sirisena el 9 de noviembre.

Arresto de Fujimori reconfigura la política peruana

Por Armando Cruz, 15 noviembre 2018

La lideresa de Fuerza Popular (FP), Keiko Fujimori fue sentenciada a 36 meses de “detención preventiva” mientras será investigada por el escándalo de Odebrecht.

El régimen chino reprime las activistas laborales estudiantiles

Por Robert Campion, 15 noviembre 2018

La represión es otro signo de la creciente inquietud en la clase trabajadora y el temor en el régimen del PCCh de que la participación de los estudiantes politizará las huelgas y las protestas.

Funcionarios del gobierno polaco marchan con la extrema derecha

Por Clara Weiss, 15 noviembre 2018

El posicionamiento abierto del gobierno polaco con las fuerzas fascistas es un síntoma del desplazamiento extremo hacia la derecha de la clase gobernante europea.

Macron y Facebook anuncian plan conjunto para censurar redes en Francia

Por Alex Lantier, 15 noviembre 2018

La propuesta del presidente francés es poner una tela pseudodemocrática sobre la construcción de un régimen de censura policial-estatal dirigido contra la oposición política pacífica en el país.

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Les «gilets jaunes» veulent bloquer la France contre la hausse des taxes sur le carburant

Anthony Torres, 15 novembre 2018

Ceci fait craindre aux médias et au gouvernement Macron un blocage incontrôlé du pays qui se développe en une explosion massive de la colère sociale.

Le régime de censure de Washington se mondialise
Facebook supprime un article du WSWS sur le Sri Lanka

André Damon, 15 novembre 2018

Facebook agit en tant qu'agent de services de renseignement américains qui considèrent l’attention grandissante dont jouit le socialisme international comme un obstacle à leurs efforts pour exploiter les divisions ethniques dans les pays en développement.

Macron et Facebook annoncent un plan conjoint de censure des médias sociaux en France

Alex Lantier, 15 novembre 2018

La proposition du président français vise à donner une couverture pseudo-démocratique à la mise en place d’un régime de censure d’État policier visant l’opposition politique pacifique à l’intérieur.

Le syndicat de Postes Canada reste muet sur la menace de Trudeau de criminaliser la grève

Keith Jones, 15 novembre 2018

Le silence du STTP doit être considéré comme un avertissement que le syndicat se prépare à plier devant le gouvernement et à torpiller la grève comme il l'a fait en 2011.

La crise s’aggrave au Sri Lanka alors que la Cour suprême annule la dissolution du parlement par Sirisena

K. Ratnayake, 15 novembre 2018

La Cour suprême a rendu sa décision après avoir entendu 12 pétitions relatives aux droits fondamentaux et contestant la dissolution du parlement par Sirisena le 9 novembre.

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US-Zensur im Weltmaßstab
Facebook löscht WSWS-Post zu Sri Lanka

Andre Damon, 15. November 2018

Facebook macht sich zum Agenten der US-Geheimdienste, die das weltweit wachsende Interesse am Sozialismus als Hindernis für ihre Politik der ethnischen Spaltung in Entwicklungsländern betrachten.

Haushaltsstreit zwischen Italien und EU eskaliert

Peter Schwarz, 15. November 2018

Die italienische Regierung hält an der geplanten Neuverschuldung von 2,4 Prozent des Haushalts 2019 fest. Das teilte Finanzminister Giovanni Tria am Dienstagabend in einem Brief an die EU- Kommission mit.

Krise in Sri Lanka eskaliert: Oberster Gerichtshof macht Sirisenas Parlamentsauflösung rückgängig

K. Ratnayake, 15. November 2018

Der Oberste Gerichtshof fällte sein Urteil nach der Verhandlung von zwölf Grundrechtspetitionen gegen Sirisenas Auflösung des Parlaments am 9. November.

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Den tyske presidenten forsvarer alliansen mellom sosialdemokratene og den høyreorientert reaksjonen mot Novemberrevolusjonen i 1918

Peter Schwarz, 14. november 2018

Ved en minnesamling i det tyske parlamentet begrunnet president Steinmeier undertrykkingen av den proletariske revolusjonen i november 1918.

Sri-Lanka-krisen eskalerer der Høyesterett omgjør president Sirisenas oppløsing av parlamentet

K. Ratnayake, 14. november 2018

Høyesterett traff sin beslutning etter å ha hørt 12 henstillinger om grunnleggende rettigheter, som utfordrer Sirisenas oppløsing av parlamentet den 9. november.

Britiske statsminister May forsøker å begrense kabinettopprør mot utkast til Brexit-avtale

Robert Stevens, 14. november 2018

Krisen Mays regjering står overfor er så akutt at deler av styringsklassen og statsapparatet tar inn over seg muligheten for et uunngåelig nyvalg, med en Corbyn-regjering som et mulig resultat.

Stormakter minnes Første verdenskrig, mens de planlegger den neste

Andre Damon, 13. november 2018

Merkels og Macrons minnetaler om Den første verdenskrigens «tragedie» og «selvmord» kunne ikke skjule det faktum at imperialistmaktene er engasjert i aktive forberedelser for en ny og dødelig militær verdenskonflikt.

Polske regjeringsrepresentanter marsjerte sammen med ytrehøyre

Clara Weiss, 13. november 2018

Den polske regjeringens åpne innordning med fascistkrefter er symptomatisk for den europeiske styringsklassens ekstreme høyredreining.

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Perspective

Trump demands end to Florida recount in new attack on voting rights

15 November 2018

The president’s demand that his favored candidates in Florida be declared the victors, regardless of the actual vote, is an ominous warning.

Earlier Perspectives »

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

Featured Commentary

DSA calls US midterm elections the “rebirth of the American socialist movement”

By Genevieve Leigh, 15 November 2018

As the Democratic Party continues its shift to the right, the DSA claims that the election of a handful of DSA-endorsed Democratic candidates has significantly altered the trajectory of American politics.

Washington’s censorship regime goes global
Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka

By Andre Damon, 14 November 2018

Facebook is acting as an agent of the US intelligence agencies, which see the growing audience for international socialism as an obstacle to their efforts to exploit ethnic divisions in developing countries.

Macron and Facebook announce joint social media censorship plan in France

Arts Review

Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old: A devastating depiction of the horrors of war

By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018

Jackson’s documentary, assembled from footage shot in World War I and soldiers’ oral recollections, has resonated with millions of people.

David Hare’s political thriller Collateral: “War has entered the blood”

By David Walsh, 14 November 2018

The Hate U Give: Police brutality in America and its consequences

By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2018

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

By Joanne Laurier, 10 November 2018

History of the Fourth International

Growing interest in socialism at Chicago meeting on 80th anniversary of Fourth International

By the IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 14 November 2018

David North lecture tour
Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

“It’s honestly scary going to work because you’re not safe any more”
Kentucky Ford worker describes hazardous working conditions

By Keisha Gibbs and Marcus Day, 14 November 2018

“Someone is getting paid millions to provoke racism and hatred”
US autoworkers oppose anti-immigrant campaign

More on autoworkers issues »

After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

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

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

More on the struggle at UPS »

“It’s about safety but the train operating companies want to save money”
UK rail worker speaks to the WSWS about dispute over Driver Only Operated trains

By our reporter, 13 November 2018

New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

Quebec: Talks to resume in ABI lockout under threat of state-imposed concessions contract

By Laurent Lafrance, 13 November 2018

Commentary

German president defends alliance against November 1918 Revolution between Social Democrats and right-wing reaction

By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2018

One hundred years since the November Revolution in Germany

Great powers commemorate First World War, and plan the next one

The armistice of November 11, 1918 and the lessons for today

French President Macron hails fascist dictator Philippe Pétain

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2018

Court battles over ballot counts in Georgia, Florida

By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2018

As lame duck Congress convenes
Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

More on US politics »

Israeli terror raid provokes new clashes in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2018

Chinese regime cracks down on student labour activists

By Robert Campion, 14 November 2018

Amazon worker dies of heart attack at facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

By E.P. Milligan, 14 November 2018

Amazon announces new headquarters in metropolitan New York City and Washington D.C.

By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2018

Sheffield Labour Students cancels anti-war meeting, citing police investigation of anti-Semitism allegations

By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2018

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

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

25 years ago: Abacha stages military coup in Nigeria

On November 17, 1993, General Sani Abacha, the minister of defense, removed interim President Ernest Shonekan through a military coup and declared himself president.

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50 years ago: US military begins new Laos bombing campaign

On November 15, 1968, the US military began Operation Commando Hunt, with the mission of destroying the Ho Chi Minh trail, the main supply route from North Vietnam through parts of Laos and into South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Nazi troops capture the Greek island of Leros

On November 16, 1943, Allied forces, including British and Italian troops, surrendered control of the Greek island of Leros to Nazi troops after over a month of fighting.

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100 years ago: First American pro-Bolshevik newspaper is published

On November 16, 1918, members of the left wing of the American Socialist Party began to publish the Revolutionary Age to explain the ideas of Bolshevism to socialist-minded American workers.

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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

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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

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.