Trump lashes out at judiciary over immigration ruling

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2018

The public conflict between the president and the chief justice of the Supreme Court has no parallel in American history.

US and Mexican officials stoke up nationalist backlash against immigrants

By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2018

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

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Arrest of Nissan chairman Ghosn roils global auto industry

By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2018

Many questions remain unanswered in the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, who headed a giant automotive alliance that includes Japanese-based Nissan and Mitsubishi, along with French-based Renault, which produces more than 10 million vehicles annually.

Thousands of GM salaried workers to lose jobs in 2019

Amidst talk of US auto industry consolidation UAW pushes economic nationalism ahead of 2019 contracts

“Those of us who speak out are being blackballed”
UAW carries out campaign of intimidation against Lear auto parts workers

By our reporters, 22 November 2018

Workers have reported “backlash” and harassment by UAW 2335 officials for opposing the union’s efforts to push through another sellout and for speaking out in the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

UAW hides details of new tentative agreement from Indiana Lear workers

More on autoworkers issues »

Chinese president visits the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 22 November 2018

Xi Jinping visited Manila in the midst of Washington’s escalation of economic warfare against Beijing and advanced preparations for direct military conflict.

Global conditions fuel Wall Street sell-off

By Nick Beams, 22 November 2018

The market has trended down since the start of October, led largely by high-tech stocks, but this week the falls broadened.

As Mexican-president elect prepares to take office
López Obrador backtracks campaign promises, creates new National Guard

By Alex González, 22 November 2018

His administration will accelerate the militarization of the country and intensify the ties between the government and the financial elite.

Spain’s Socialist Party government junks “anti-austerity” budget agreed with Podemos

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 22 November 2018

The PSOE is kept in power with the support of Podemos, Catalan, and other regional nationalist parties.

Fascist group exposed in youth wing of Australia’s National Party

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 November 2018

The “alt-right” elements gained entry into one of the capitalist elite’s main parties under conditions of a shift to the right by the entire political establishment.

Budget dispute between Italy and EU escalates

By Peter Schwarz, 22 November 2018

If the financial markets impose further interest-rate increases on Italian government bonds, it could lead to a chain reaction of bank bankruptcies across the whole of Europe.

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Серия выступлений «Восемьдесят лет Четвертому Интернационалу» продолжилась в Калифорнии и Орегоне

От нашего корреспондента, 22 ноября 2018 г.

Состоявшись на фоне растущего числа жертв пожаров в Калифорнии и подъема крайне правых, выступления привлекли широкую аудиторию молодежи, студентов и рабочих со всего западного побережья США.

New in Spanish

El incendio en Paradise, California: del desastre natural a la catástrofe social

Por David Brown, 22 noviembre 2018

Mientras que los incendios forestales, como los huracanes, se derivan de causas naturales, sus horrendas consecuencias son el producto de la criminalidad de las empresas y la negligencia del Gobierno.

Trump descarta nuevas acciones contra el régimen saudí por el asesinato de Khashoggi

Por James Cogan, 22 noviembre 2018

La única preocupación real de Trump es el "interés nacional" de los Estados Unidos, es decir, las relaciones económicas lucrativas con la monarquía saudí y el apoyo saudí a la agresión estadounidense en el Medio Oriente.

La ONU dice que millones en Gran Bretaña se hunden deliberadamente en una "gran miseria"

Por Robert Stevens, 22 noviembre 2018

Ponente especial de la ONU: "Estamos presenciando la desaparición gradual del estado de bienestar británico de posguerra".

New in French

Macron envoie les CRS contre les Gilets jaunes pour débloquer les dépôts pétroliers et les raffineries

Anthony Torres, 22 novembre 2018

La crainte d’un blocage incontrôlé du pays où des sections de la classe ouvrière entrent en lutte aux côtés des « gilets jaunes » comme réaction à la politique de Macron touche l’élite politique

L'incendie de Paradise en Californie: de catastrophe naturelle à catastrophe sociale

David Brown, 22 novembre 2018

Bien que les feux de forêt, comme les ouragans, soient dus à des causes naturelles, les conséquences horribles sont le produit des méfaits d'entreprises et de la négligence des gouvernements.

Des milliers de salariés de General Motors vont perdre leur emploi en 2019

Jerry White, 22 novembre 2018

Les licenciements sont le prélude à un assaut généralisé sur les emplois et le niveau de vie, sur fond d‘une rationalisation attendue de l’industrie automobile mondiale

Trump exclut toute nouvelle action contre le régime saoudien à propos de l’assassinat de Khashoggi

James Cogan, 22 novembre 2018

La seule préoccupation réelle de Trump est l’«intérêt national» des États-Unis, à savoir les relations économiques lucratives avec la monarchie saoudienne et le soutien saoudien à l’agression américaine au Proche-Orient.

Sri Lanka: l'UNP exige que Facebook protège l'identité de ses partisans

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 22 novembre 2018

L’allégation de l’UNP que les autorités de l’État pourraient collaborer avec Facebook pour cibler ses partisans a été lancée alors que s’intensifie la lutte intestine agitant l’élite politique sri-lankaise.

Selon l’ONU, des millions de Britanniques ont été délibérément plongés dans une «grande misère»

Robert Stevens, 22 novembre 2018

Le rapporteur spécial de l’ONU: «Nous assistons à la disparition progressive de l’État providence britannique d’après-guerre».

New in German

Die Waldbrände im kalifornischen Paradise: Von der Naturkatastrophe zum sozialen Desaster

David Brown, 22. November 2018

Waldbrände haben zwar oft natürliche Ursachen, doch die schrecklichen Folgen sind das Ergebnis der kriminellen Machenschaften der Unternehmen und der Vernachlässigung durch die Regierung.

Innenministerium plant schärfere Abschieberegeln

Martin Kreickenbaum, 22. November 2018

Die Bundesregierung will die Zahl abgeschobener Flüchtlinge drastisch erhöhen und plant zu diesem Zweck massive Eingriffe in ihre Rechte.

Die Linke unterstützt Macrons Forderung nach einer europäischen Armee

Johannes Stern, 22. November 2018

Dass Macron ausgerechnet in der Linkspartei einen lautstarken Unterstützer findet, spricht Bände über den pro-imperialistischen und arbeiterfeindlichen Charakter dieser Partei.

GM plant Tausende Entlassungen im nächsten Jahr

Jerry White, 22. November 2018

Die Kürzungen bei General Motors sind nur das Vorspiel zu noch größeren Angriffen auf die Arbeitsplätze und den Lebensstandard der Autoarbeiter.

Ihre Fotos erzählen Geschichte – die Entdeckung der jüdischen Fotografin Maria Austria

Verena Nees, 22. November 2018

Zu Unrecht ist die jüdische Fotografin Maria Austria, die in Amsterdam den Nazi-Terror überlebt hat, hierzulande vergessen worden, schon allein deshalb, weil sie die Foto-Dokumentarin des Verstecks von Anne Frank in Amsterdam ist.

New in Norwegian

Brannen i Paradise i California: Fra natur-ulykke til sosial katastrofe

David Brown, 21. november 2018

Mens skogbranner, som orkaner, har sitt opphav i naturlige årsaker, er de uhyrlige konsekvensene produkt av foretaks feildisponeringer og regjeringens forsømmelser.

FN sier at millioner i Storbritannia, med viten og vilje, er kastet ut i «stor elendighet»

Robert Stevens, 21. november 2018

FNs spesialrapportør: «Vi er vitne til den gradvise forsvinningen av etterkrigstidens britiske velferdsstat.»

«Macron er de rikes president»: «Gul Vest»-demonstranter uttaler seg

våre reportere, 20. november 2018

På mandag fortsatte de mektige protestene i Frankrike mot ulikhet og regjeringens innstramminger, i mange regioner over hele landet. Tusenvis av deltakere i «Gul Vest»-demonstrasjonene opprettholdt veisperringer og barrikader. Trafikken ble tungt rammet i de store byene. Bordeaux ble praktisk talt tatt brakt til stillstans hele morgenen, og mange viktige motorveier ble blokkert.

Samtidig med masseprotester annonserer Frankrike gjeninnføring av verneplikt

Alex Lantier, 20. november 2018

Mens hundretusener protesterte mot antiarbeider-skattehevinger i helgen annonserte den franske regjeringen sine planer om å begynne innrulleringen av ungdom så tidlig som neste sommer.

Den amerikanske visepresidenten slår på krigstrommene i Asia

Peter Symonds, 20. november 2018

Mike Pence har i realiteten presentert Kina et ultimatum: enten godta en underdanig, semi-koloni-status, eller møt den fulle kraften av USAs diplomatiske, økonomiske og i siste instans militære tyngde.

Australsk etablissement kollaborerer med USAs vendetta mot Julian Assange

James Cogan, 20. november 2018

De forseglede amerikanske anklagene understreker faren Assange er utsatt for, og bedrageriet som begås av de som støtter forfølgelsen.

Sri Lankas parlamentforsamling utsatt igjen, under den pågående krisen

K. Ratnayake, 20. november 2018

Mens de hevder å være «demokrati»-forkjempere er styringsklassens rivaliserende fraksjoner alle forpliktet til implementeringen av IMFs innstrammingskrav, og til undertrykkingen av enhver motstand fra den arbeidende befolkningen.

Senatet i Argentina vedtar «null-underskudd-budsjettet»

Rafael Azul, 20. november 2018

«En innstrammingspolitikk av denne størrelsesorden har aldri vært forsøkt uten at regjeringen har kollapset.»

New in Turkish

Fransa, kitlesel protestolarla sarsılıyor

Alex Lantier, 20 Kasım 2018

Macron’un akaryakıt vergisi zammına karşı protestolarda, toplumsal eşitsizliğe karşı bastırılmış öfkenin dizginsiz bir şekilde taşmasına tanık olundu.

ABD, Kaşıkçı cinayeti nedeniyle sınırlı yaptırımlar uyguladı

Mike Head, 20 Kasım 2018

Hem ABD Hazine Bakanlığı’nın yaptırımlarının zamanlaması hem de önlemlerin zar zor hedefini bulan niteliği, Beyaz Saray’ın, Suudilerin olaylara ilişkin en son versiyonunu desteklemeye çalıştığına işaret etmektedir.

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Perspective

America’s Thanksgivings

22 November 2018

The US on Thanksgiving 2018 presents a picture of a country plagued by malignant social inequality, with tens of millions suffering in poverty. Meanwhile, the very rich are living like never before. Political and social explosions are inevitable.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Sri Lankan political crisis exposes bankruptcy of Tamil nationalist parties

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 22 November 2018

After four years of a US-backed “Good Governance” government that collapsed last month, not a single issue facing the Tamil workers and poor has been resolved.

Ocasio-Cortez to support Pelosi as top Democrat and House Speaker

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2018

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

Trump rules out further action against Saudi regime over Khashoggi’s murder

By James Cogan, 21 November 2018

France shaken by mass protests

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2018

Amid mass protests, France announces return to universal military service

“Macron is the president of the rich”: “Yellow Vest” protesters speak out

US-China trade conflict leads to Wall Street sell-off

By Nick Beams, 20 November 2018

The only answer to Brexit is the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 19 November 2018

Brexit deal threatens survival of May government

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

By James Cogan, 17 November 2018

Australian establishment collaborates in US vendetta against Julian Assange

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

To stem climate change, capitalism must be ended

By the IYSSE (Australia), 22 November 2018

The following statement will be distributed at high school “walk-outs for climate change” across Australia.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful public meeting on political crisis

By our correspondents, 22 November 2018

The speakers stressed the necessity for the working class to adopt a socialist and internationalist program, in opposition to all factions of the ruling elite.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold lecture on “Lessons of History and the Fight for Socialism Today”

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

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

Photo Essay

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

By Toby Reese and Douglas Alan, 19 November 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited a tent camp set up outside of a Walmart near Chico, California, as well as parts of Paradise, California, which was destroyed by the Camp Fire.

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

Arts Review

Showtime’s Kidding with Jim Carrey: Everyone has a breaking point

By Ed Hightower, 20 November 2018

The often humorous drama follows beloved children’s television personality, Mr. Pickles, through personal and social tragedy.

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

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

By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

Workers Struggles

Canada Post and Trudeau government conspire to break postal strike

By Keith Jones, 20 November 2018

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

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

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers’ union relinquishes due process rights

By Nancy Hanover, 19 November 2018

US teacher unions’ “Remember in November” fizzles

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: Clinton intervenes to halt American Airlines strike

The American Professional Flight Attendants union called off a five-day strike against American Airlines on November 23, 1993, after the Clinton administration brokered a deal to submit the strikers’ demands to binding arbitration.

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50 years ago: West Virginia disaster kills 78 US coal miners

On November 20, 1968, a series of explosions at the Consolidation Coal (Consol) No. 9 mine in Mannington, West Virginia, killed 78 miners.

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75 years ago: Uprising against liquidation of Janowska concentration camp in Poland

On November 19, 1943, Jewish prisoners in the Janowska concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland launched a heroic rebellion against the imminent liquidation of the center and the mass murder of all those incarcerated in it.

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100 years ago: Anti-semitic pogrom begins in Polish-Ukrainian city of Lvov

Rioting from November 21-23, 1918, primarily by ethnic Poles and encouraged by Polish armed forces, left scores of Jews dead in Lvov, the largest city of Galicia, in what is now western Ukraine.

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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.

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 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

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.

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 »

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.

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.