Death toll rises to 71, more than 1,000 missing from devastating California wildfires

By Evan Blake, 17 November 2018

Most of those listed as missing are elderly, with 91 percent over the age of 50, and therefore more likely to have perished given the rapidity of the wildfire’s spread and the lack of a citywide warning system.

World Socialist Web Site speaks with California wildfire evacuees

Investigations point to energy corporation’s negligence in California wildfire

Eleven military-intelligence Democrats win US House seats

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2018

The influx of former military commanders, CIA agents and civilian war planners is unprecedented for the Democratic Party.

Sri Lanka: Second no-confidence motion passed as violent clashes erupt in parliament

By W.A. Sunil, 17 November 2018

While the UNP and Sri Lanka’s parliamentary speaker claim victory for another no confidence vote, nothing is resolved.

The political crisis in Sri Lanka: Its lessons for the international working class

Sri Lankan parliament rejects Rajapakse as prime minister

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

US has spent almost $6 trillion on wars since 2001

By Trévon Austin, 17 November 2018

The Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria wars cost $5.6 trillion alone, not including future interest on money borrowed that will total at least $8 trillion.

As Canada Post steps up provocations, union silent on back-to-work law threat

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 17 November 2018

A government source told Canadian Press Friday evening that state intervention against postal workers could come as early as Sunday, adding, in a reference to Trudeau’s earlier threat, “‘all the options’ does include legislating.”

Canada Post union silent on Trudeau’s threat to outlaw strike

Trudeau threatens to criminalize Canada Post strike

Israel: Netanyahu’s coalition government collapses, forcing early elections

By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2018

Lieberman has pushed Netanyahu into an election campaign that will be fought over the Gaza debacle and the prime minister’s “weakness.”

Britain: Reading University flags article on “ethics of revolution” under anti-terror policy

By Tom Scripps, 17 November 2018

The banning of Norman Geras’ essay under anti-terrorism legislation is a police state measure that has, for the first time, targeted an article discussing socialism and revolution.

Migrant caravan reaches US border as Latin American governments discuss austerity and repression

By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2018

As the first caravan of mostly Honduran migrants begins to arrive at the US border, local elites met at the Ibero-American Summit, vowing deeper social austerity and militarized repression.

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

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

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol 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 »

UAW hides details of new tentative agreement from Indiana Lear workers

By Marcus Day, 17 November 2018

Workers are increasingly angry over the information blackout being carried out by both the company and the union.

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

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

More on autoworkers issues »

US teacher unions’ “Remember in November” fizzles

By J. Cooper, 17 November 2018

After sabotaging the teachers’ strike movement last spring, the teachers unions turned all energy toward the ballot box. What happened?

Trump manoeuvres ahead of US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 17 November 2018

The central demand of the Trump administration is that Beijing scrap its “Made in China” program and adopt a subservient economic position in relation to the US.

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

Anti-Chinese campaign escalates in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 17 November 2018

The media and the Labour Party-led government have painted Chinese investment in the Pacific as a threat to New Zealand.

Netherlands: 10,000 protest pro-corporate government policies

By Harm Zonderland, 17 November 2018

The demonstration was one of the largest since the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) came to power last year.

French riot police attack protests against deadly Marseille building collapse

By Anthony Torres, 17 November 2018

The clashes express the immense social anger over the deaths of eight people in the building collapse on the Rue d’Aubagne.

Scotland: Michelin plans closure of Dundee plant with loss of 845 jobs
Rank-and file organisations needed to organise fight-back

By Steve James, 17 November 2018

French-based transnational Michelin’s decision to close its Dundee tyre manufacturing plant poses workers with the challenge of creating new organisations of struggle.

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Трамп призывает к созданию «огромных палаточных городов» и бессрочному аресту иммигрантов

Эрик Лондон, 17 ноября 2018 г.

Правый демагог описал ужасающее будущее концентрационных лагерей для насильственного содержания беззащитных мужчин, женщин и детей, выступив за то, чтобы тысячи размещаемых на южной границе Америки солдат открывали огонь по безоружным толпам.

Члены польского правительства маршируют в одном ряду с крайне правыми

Клара Вайс, 17 ноября 2018 г.

Открытое сотрудничество польского правительства с фашистскими силами является проявлением резкого сдвига европейского правящего класса вправо.

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Washington’ın sansür rejimi küreselleşiyor
Facebook, WSWS’nin Sri Lanka üzerine bir yazısını sildi

Andre Damon, 17 Kasım 2018

Bu devlet sansürü girişimlerine karşı konulmalıdır! Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, okurlarını, ABD’deki, Sri Lanka’daki ve dünyanın her yerindeki internet sansürüne karşı mücadeleye girişmeye çağırır!

Büyük güçler I. Dünya Savaşı’nı anıp, yenisini planlıyorlar

Andre Damon, 17 Kasım 2018

Onların “trajedi” ve “özkıyım” hakkındaki sözleri, her birinin yeni ve ölümcül bir küresel askeri çatışmaya aktif biçimde hazırlandıkları gerçeğini gizleyemedi.

Fransa Devlet Başkanı Macron’un faşist diktatör Philippe Pétain’i övmesi ne anlama geliyor?

Alex Lantier, 17 Kasım 2018

Macron’un açıklamaları, Fransa’nın şimdiye kadar gördüğü en kanlı ve gerici yönetim olan Fransız faşizminin ve Vichy rejiminin sembolik başkanı Pétain’i yeniden saygınlığa kavuşturma yönünde bilinçli bir çabadır.

İsrail’in korku salma baskını, Gazze’de yeni çatışmalara yol açtı

Bill Van Auken, 17 Kasım 2018

İsrail ile onun işgali altında bulunan yoksul Filistin toprağı Gazze, bu hafta başka bir topyekün savaşın eşiğine geldi.

New in Spanish

La crisis política en Sri Lanka: sus lecciones para la clase obrera internacional

Keith Jones y K. Ratnayake, 17 noviembre 2018

Solo el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lanka) lucha por vindicación de los intereses propios de la clase obrera, independientemente de y en oposición a ambas facciones rivales de la burguesía.

Panel bipartidista: EUA debe prepararse para una guerra "terrible" y "devastadora" con Rusia y China

Por Andre Damon, 17 noviembre 2018

Una comisión bipartidista designada por el Congreso ha impreso el sello aprobatorio de los demócratas a los planes de la administración Trump para prepararse contra la guerra entre las "grandes potencias".

DSA describe los comicios de mitad de término como "el renacimiento del movimiento socialista estadounidense"

Por Genevieve Leigh, 17 noviembre 2018

A medida que el partido demócrata continúa su cambio hacia la derecha, el DSA affirma que la elección de un puñado de miembros del DSA y varias docenas de candidatos respaldados por el DSA haya alterado significativamente la trayectoria política de los Estados Unidos.

La canciller alemana pide un "ejército realmente europeo"

Por Johannes Stern, 17 noviembre 2018

El llamado de Merkel para construir un "verdadero ejército europeo" en Estrasburgo subraya las tradiciones reaccionarias evocadas por las elites gobernantes en Alemania y Europa.

Aumenta el número de civiles muertos a medida que Estados Unidos amplía su ofensiva en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 17 noviembre 2018

La llamada campaña contra ISIS tiene como objetivo forjar una zona controlada por Estados Unidos en el este de Siria y, en última instancia, derrocar al gobierno de Damasco.

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Les CRS attaquent la manifestation contre les effondrements d’immeubles à Marseille

Anthony Torres, 17 novembre 2018

Les heurts témoignent de l’immense colère sociale face à la perte de huit vies humaines dans l’effondrement des immeubles rue d’Aubagne, produit d’un crime de classe.

La crise politique au Sri Lanka : ses leçons pour la classe ouvrière internationale

Keith Jones et K. Ratnayake, 17 novembre 2018

Seul le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Sri Lanka) se bat pour que la classe ouvrière revendique ses propres intérêts de classe, de manière indépendante et opposée aux deux camps bourgeois rivaux.

Panel bipartite : les Etats-Unis doivent se préparer à une guerre « horrible » et « dévastatrice » avec la Russie et la Chine

Andre Damon, 17 novembre 2018

Une commission bipartite nommée par le Congrès a fourni le cachet des Démocrates aux plans de l’Administration Trump visant à préparer une guerre entre « les grandes puissances ».

Un accord sur le Brexit menace la survie du gouvernement de Theresa May

Robert Stevens, 17 novembre 2018

La Première ministre Theresa May se heurte aux implications profondes des antagonismes grandissants entre les États-Unis et l’Europe.

La chancelière allemande prône une « véritable armée européenne »

Johannes Stern, 17 novembre 2018

L’appel de Merkel à Strasbourg pour une « véritable armée européenne » souligne les traditions réactionnaires évoquées par les élites dirigeantes en Allemagne et en Europe.

Lock-out d’ABI au Québec: Les pourparlers reprendront sous la menace d'un contrat au rabais imposé par l'État

Laurent Lafrance, 17 novembre 2018

Les dirigeants du Syndicat des Métallos ont déclaré à maintes reprises qu'ils étaient prêts à faire d'importantes concessions et ils signalent maintenant qu'ils collaboreront avec Alcoa à la réduction des emplois.

Il y a 50 ans : L’armée américaine commence une nouvelle campagne de bombardement au Laos

17 novembre 2018

Le 15 novembre 1968, l’armée américaine a commencé l’opération Commando Hunt pour détruire la piste Ho Chi Minh.

New in Norwegian

Kongresspanel sammensatt fra begge partier: USA må forberede seg for «grufull» og «ødeleggende» krig med Russland og Kina

Andre Damon, 16. november 2018

En kommisjon oppnevnt av Kongressen, sammensatt av begge partiene, har levert demokratenes blankofullmakt til Trump-administrasjonens planer om forberedelser til krig mellom «store makter».

Brexit-avtale truer May-regjeringens overlevelse

Robert Stevens, 16. november 2018

Statsminister May blir stilt ansikt til ansikt med de fulle konsekvensene av de voksende antagonistiske motsetningene mellom USA og Europa.

Tysklands kansler krever en «reell europeisk hær»

Johannes Stern, 16. november 2018

Merkels krav i Strasbourg om en «reell europeisk hær» understreker de reaksjonære tradisjonene som påkalles av styringselitene i Tyskland og Europa.

Den politiske krisen på Sri Lanka: Lærdommene for den internasjonale arbeiderklassen

Keith Jones og K. Ratnayake, 16. november 2018

Bare Socialist Equality Party (SEP - Sri Lanka) kjemper for at arbeiderklassen skal hevde sine egne klasseinteresser, uavhengig av og i opposisjon mot begge de rivaliserende borgerlige leirene.

New in German

Neuer Angriff auf Wahlrecht
Trumps fordert Ende von Neuauszählung der Wählerstimmen in Florida

Patrick Martin, 16. November 2018

Die Forderung des Präsidenten, dass man in Florida seine bevorzugten Kandidaten, unabhängig vom tatsächlichen Wahlergebnis, zu den Siegern erklärt, muss als ernste Warnung verstanden werden.

Sri Lanka: Parlament lehnt Rajapaksa als Premierminister ab

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16. November 2018

Die internationalen Großmächte beobachten die politische Krise genau und geben Warnungen ab.

Bundestag verschärft Asylrecht

Martin Kreickenbaum, 16. November 2018

Anerkannte Flüchtlinge sind zukünftig dazu verpflichtet, bei der Regelüberprüfung ihres positiven Asylbescheids aktiv mitzuhelfen.

Baden-Württemberg: Grüne Landesregierung schikaniert ausländische Studierende

Isabel Roy, 16. November 2018

Im Mai 2017 hatte die grün-schwarze Landesregierung in Baden-Württemberg Studiengebühren von 1500 Euro pro Semester für Studierende aus dem Nicht-EU-Ausland eingeführt. Als Folge sind die bewerberzahlen stark zurückgegangen.

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Perspective

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

17 November 2018

The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

A terrorist network inside the German Army

By Peter Schwarz, 17 November 2018

The right-wing extremist conspiracy inside the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) is tolerated, covered up and supported by the highest authorities inside the state and politics.

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

DSA-backed “progressive Democrats” drop phony opposition to Trump’s attacks on immigrants

By Will Morrow, 17 November 2018

The Democrats “progressive” caucus, including DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is calling for a more “humane” and “effective” American immigration Gestapo.

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

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

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

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

More on US politics »

The government’s $4.6 billion handout to Amazon
Why Amazon should be expropriated

By Tom Carter, 17 November 2018

The billions in subsidies granted to Amazon for its new headquarters demonstrate the prostration of the entire political establishment before this massive conglomerate.

Arts Review

Web television series Homecoming: Everything about America’s wars, corporate elite is “rotten” …
… And two much weaker series, Maniac and Wanderlust

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 17 November 2018

Homecoming, a compelling, disturbing 10-episode web television series, concerns itself with a facility in Florida that supposedly helps Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

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

By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018

History of the Fourth International

“Eighty Years of the Fourth International” series continues with meetings in California and Oregon

By our reporters, 17 November 2018

Taking place in the backdrop of the rising death toll from the California fires and the rise of the far-right, the meetings attracted broad audiences of youth, students and workers across the West Coast.

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

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

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.

Commentary

Brexit deal threatens survival of May government

By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2018

Some of the main provisions of the draft EU-UK proposed Brexit deal

German chancellor calls for a “real European army”

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2018

Civilian death toll mounts as US escalates offensive in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2018

US imposes limited sanctions on Saudi officials over Khashoggi’s murder

By Mike Head, 16 November 2018

Facebook hires former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

By Joe Mount, 16 November 2018

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

Macron and Facebook announce joint social media censorship plan in France

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

15 November 2018

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

By Linda Tenenbaum and Richard Phillips, 15 November 2018

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

Workers Struggles

Indian chrome miners strike over safety; Western Australian mine workers walkout over “wage theft”
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 November 2018

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

French “Yellow Vest” protesters prepare road blockades against fuel tax hike

By Anthony Torres, 16 November 2018

Australian teacher unions’ phoney campaign against NAPLAN

By Erika Zimmer, 16 November 2018

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 »

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.