At least 85,000 child deaths in Yemen highlight Saudi-US war crimes

By Mike Head, 23 November 2018

Washington is intent on asserting US dominance over the oil-rich and strategically-critical Middle East, regardless of the terrible human cost.

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

While bringing an end to the most destructive fire in the state’s history, the rain is compounding the dire situation faced by evacuees.

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

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

France sends military against protesters on Réunion Island

By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2018

Announcing the deployment of the military to Réunion, Macron is escalating the repression carried out by France’s police state against workers and youth.

France shaken by mass protests

Amid mass protests, France announces return to universal military service

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

French government spokesman explains Macron’s policies by quoting anti-Semite Maurras

By Francois Dubois, 23 November 2018

The most likely explanation for Griveaux’s statement is that Maurras, the head of Action Francaise and supporter of the Nazis, is intensively read and discussed within the government.

New head of German intelligence intends to strengthen the powers of the agency

By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2018

The appointment of Thomas Haldenwang as Maassen’s successor as head of the BfV confirms that Germany’s ruling grand coalition will continue to back the right-wing extremist course of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency.

Corbyn auditions for government before big business and intelligence agencies

By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2018

Corbyn appeared before the Confederation of British Industry on Monday to deliver what was billed as his main policy speech on Brexit.

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

Brexit deal threatens survival of May government

Tens of thousands of retail jobs lost in UK

By Margot Miller, 23 November 2018

The list of closures in the retail industry reads like a cull, with 85,000 jobs already lost this year.

Trudeau government introduces bill to outlaw Canada Post strike

By Keith Jones, 23 November 2018

If postal workers have been ambushed by the government, it is because CUPW has sought to blind them to the threat of a Liberal back-to-work law, while limiting and isolating their struggle.

Canada Post and Trudeau government conspire to break postal strike

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

Australian parliament to pass expanded laws to call out the military to suppress domestic unrest

By Mike Head, 23 November 2018

The bill is another warning of plans to suppress growing discontent and political disaffection.

Australia: Riot police tear-gas youth at Don Dale juvenile prison

By Martin Scott, 23 November 2018

The Northern Territory facility, repeatedly deemed unfit for children, has been the scene of years of state-sanctioned abuse and violence.

New in French

Non au retour au service militaire en France et en Europe!

Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 23 novembre 2018

Face aux retour au service militaire universel à travers l’Europe, la question décisive est la construction d’un mouvement anti-guerre dans la classe ouvrière internationale.

Macron envoie les militaires contre les Gilets jaunes à La Réunion

Anthony Torres, 23 novembre 2018

Annonçant l’envoi de militaires sur l’île de La Réunion, Macron menace une escalade majeure de la répression menée par l’État policier contre les travailleurs et les jeunes.

Thanksgiving aux États-Unis

Davis Walsh, 23 novembre 2018

Les États-Unis présentent à l’occasion de Thanksgiving (Action de grâce) 2018 l’image d’un pays en proie à des inégalités sociales malignes, où des dizaines de millions de personnes souffrent de pauvreté. Pendant ce temps, les très riches vivent comme jamais auparavant. Les explosions politiques et sociales sont inévitables.

L'arrestation du président de Nissan trouble l'industrie automobile mondiale

Shannon Jones, 23 novembre 2018

De nombreuses questions restent sans réponse en rapport avec l’arrestation de Carlos Ghosn, qui dirigeait l’alliance automobile géante des sociétés japonaises Nissan et Mitsubishi en association avec Renault basée en France.

Le gouvernement Trudeau dépose une loi pour criminaliser la grève à Postes Canada

Keith Jones, 23 novembre 2018

Si les postiers ont été piégés par le gouvernement, c’est parce que le STTP les a aveuglés quant à la menace d’une loi libérale de retour au travail et a isolé leur lutte.

La crise politique au Sri Lanka révèle la faillite des partis nationalistes tamouls

K. Nesan et V. Gnana, 23 novembre 2018

Après quatre ans d’un gouvernement de «bonne gouvernance» soutenu par les États-Unis qui s’est effondré le mois dernier, pas un seul des problèmes auxquels les travailleurs tamouls et les pauvres font face n’a été résolu.

New in Norwegian

Trump langer ut mot domstolene over immigrasjonsbeslutning

Patrick Martin, 22. november 2018

Den offentlige konflikten mellom presidenten og Høyesteretts øverste dommer har ingen parallell i amerikansk historie.

Kinas president besøker Filippinene

Joseph Santolan, 22. november 2018

Xi Jinping besøkte Manila mot et bakteppe av Washingtons eskalerte økonomiske krigføring mot Beijing og fremskredne forberedelser for direkte militærkonflikt.

Budsjettstriden mellom Italia og EU eskalerer

Peter Schwarz, 22. november 2018

Hvis finansmarkedene fremtvinger ytterligere hevinger av rentesatsene på italienske statsobligasjoner kan det føre til en kjedereaksjon av bank-konkurser over hele Europa.

New in Spanish

El Día de Acción de Gracias en Estados Unidos

David Walsh, 23 noviembre 2018

Este Día de Acción de Gracias de 2018, Estados Unidos presenta la imagen de un país plagado por la maligna desigualdad social, con decenas de millones de pobres. Mientras tanto, los ultrarricos viven como nunca. Son inevitables las explosiones políticas y sociales.

El deterioro de las condiciones globales producen una venta masiva en Wall Street

Por Nick Beams, 23 noviembre 2018

El mercado ha tendido a la baja desde principios de octubre, liderado en gran parte por acciones de alta tecnología, pero esta semana las caídas aumentaron sustancialmente.

Presidente chino visita Filipinas

Joseph Santolan, 23 noviembre 2018

Xi Jinping visitó Manila en medio de una escalada de la guerra económica de Washington contra Beijing y sus preparativos avanzados para un conflicto militar directo.

Senado argentino aprueba presupuesto “cero déficit”

Por Rafael Azul, 23 noviembre 2018

“Nunca se hizo un ajuste de esta magnitud sin que caiga el gobierno”.

El gobierno del PSOE en España desecha los presupuestos “antiausteridad” acordados con Podemos

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 23 noviembre 2018

El PSOE se mantiene en el poder gracias al apoyo de Podemos y de los partidos nacionalistas catalanes y de otras regiones.

El colapso del gobierno de coalición de Netanyahu en Israel fuerza a elecciones anticipadas

Por Jean Shaoul, 23 noviembre 2018

Lieberman ha forzado a Netanyahu a entrar en una campaña electoral en que se discutirá el debacle en Gaza y la “debilitad” del primer ministro.

New in German

Gegen Nationalismus und Krieg! Für Sozialismus!
Unterstützt den Wahlkampf der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei!

23. November 2018

Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) tritt im Mai 2019 zur Europawahl an, um dem Aufstieg der extremen Rechten, dem wachsenden Militarismus und der schreienden sozialen Ungleichheit entgegenzutreten.

Große Koalition verabschiedet Kriegshaushalt

Johannes Stern, 23. November 2018

Mit den Stimmen der Großen Koalition beschloss der Bundestag am Mittwoch eine massive Aufstockung des Militärhaushalts um 12 Prozent.

Verhaftung des Nissan-Managers erschüttert die globale Autoindustrie

Shannon Jones, 23. November 2018

Bei der Verhaftung von Carlos Ghosn bleiben viele Fragen offen. Er ist Verwaltungsratschef eines riesiges Bündnisses aus den Autokonzernen Nissan, Mitsubishi und Renault, das jährlich mehr als zehn Millionen Fahrzeuge produziert.

Thanksgiving in Amerika

David Walsh, 23. November 2018

An Thanksgiving 2018 zeigen sich die USA als Land, das von schlimmen sozialen Ungleichheiten geplagt ist. Zig Millionen Menschen leben in Armut, gleichzeitig gibt es so viele Superreiche wie nie zuvor. Politische und soziale Explosionen sind unvermeidlich.

New in Russian

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 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

No to the draft in France and Europe!

23 November 2018

Faced with plans to reintroduce military service across Europe, the decisive question is the construction of an anti-war movement in the international working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

European elections 2019
No to the EU, social inequality, fascism and war! For socialism and the unity of the European working class!

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 23 November 2018

On October 20–21, a Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) Congress voted for the party to participate in the European elections of 26 May 2019.

Indian Trotskyists celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 23 November 2018

The Chennai meeting was attended by workers, youth and intellectuals, including some who had travelled hundreds of kilometres to participate.

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

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

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

Commentary

The political fraud of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal”

By Will Morrow, 23 November 2018

Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, as with her entire politics, is characterized by a massive political fraud.

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

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

More on US politics »

America’s Thanksgivings

By David Walsh, 22 November 2018

Chinese president visits the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 22 November 2018

Sri Lankan political crisis exposes bankruptcy of Tamil nationalist parties

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

Trump lashes out at judiciary over immigration ruling

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2018

US and Mexican officials stoke up nationalist backlash against immigrants

Arts Review

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

By Joanne Laurier, 23 November 2018

Bernstein adapted his musical from Voltaire’s 1759 novella, an influential work of the Enlightenment that satirized established religion, government and philosophy.

Workers Struggles

Scottish teachers overwhelmingly reject pay offer

By our reporter, 23 November 2018

The Scottish government, local authorities, teaching and local government unions are desperate to avoid strikes, and above all to prevent a united offensive by teachers and council workers.

Public sector general strike in Tunisia; Plastics workers and goldminers continue stoppages in South Africa
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 November 2018

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

Arrest of Nissan chairman Ghosn roils global auto industry

By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2018

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

More on autoworkers issues »

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 »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

To stem climate change, capitalism must be ended

By the IYSSE (Australia), 22 November 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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

By our correspondents, 22 November 2018

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

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.

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

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.

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.