French president bans fuel tax protest in Paris as strikes expand

By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2018

As the government of French President Emanuel Macron moved to ban protests against its fuel tax increase, strikes and demonstrations in support of the protest movement spread across France yesterday.

France sends military against protesters on Réunion Island

France shaken by mass protests

Amid mass protests, France announces return to universal military service

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

Amazon workers launched strikes and protests in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and the UK.

Political turmoil in Sri Lanka intensifies as opposition takes control of parliament

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 24 November 2018

The UNP-led opposition has submitted a motion to suspend funds to Rajapakse’s office of prime minister.

Sri Lankan political crisis exposes bankruptcy of Tamil nationalist parties

World Trade Organisation warns of rising protectionism ahead of G20 summit

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2018

The WTO spoke of significant economic risks if the current course continues.

Left Party in Germany supports the French president’s call for a European army

By Johannes Stern, 24 November 2018

The fact that Emmanuel Macron’s appeal has been applauded by the Left Party speaks volumes about the pro-imperialist and anti-worker character of the organisation.

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

European Jewish Association slanders left and urges dialogue with far-right

By Jean Shaoul, 24 November 2018

Central place at the two-day event in Brussels, November 6-7, was given to a session slandering UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters as an “existential threat” to Jews.

Corbyn auditions for government before big business and intelligence agencies

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

Brexit deal threatens survival of May government

No to driver only operated services at West Midland Trains! For a national mobilisation of rail workers

By Michael Barnes, 24 November 2018

Drivers at West Midlands Trains are resisting a coordinated effort by the private train operator Abellio and rail unions to impose Driver Only trains in 2020.

Sandra Parks, 13-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin writer, killed in home by stray bullet

By Jacob Crosse, 24 November 2018

Parks is the 7th Milwaukee Public School student killed this year via homicide, the 12th child killed by firearms, and the 91st overall homicide in the state’s largest city.

Illinois EPA conceals environmental health hazards from thousands

By George Gallanis, 24 November 2018

Chicago’s poor and working class West and South sides are exposed to the greatest levels of toxic air pollution.

Canada Post workers need socialist strategy to defy and defeat Liberals’ back-to-work law

By Roger Jordan, 24 November 2018

Working people across Canada must come to the defence of the 50,000 Canada Post workers whose struggle is now being criminalized by the Liberal government.

Trudeau government introduces bill to outlaw Canada Post strike

Canada Post and Trudeau government conspire to break postal strike

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

Australia: Youth speak out against environmental destruction, poverty and war

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

Geelong high school students joined one of many planned “walk-outs for climate action.”

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

New in German

Nein zur Wehrpflicht in Frankreich und Europa!

Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 24. November 2018

Um gegen die Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht in Europa zu kämpfen, muss eine internationale Antikriegsbewegung in der Arbeiterklasse aufgebaut werden.

Eurowings: Streikbereitschaft der Beschäftigen, Nadelstich-Taktik von Verdi

Gustav Kemper, 24. November 2018

Mit der Beschränkung auf einen Kurzstreik am Standort Düsseldorf betreibt die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Verdi ihre bekannte Taktik der Spaltung und Schwächung der Belegschaften in der Luftfahrtbranche.

Brandenburg: Die Linke setzt Seehofers Flüchtlingspolitik um

Tino Jacobson, 24. November 2018

Brandenburgs rot-rote Regierung plant eine weitere Verschärfung des Asylrechts. Unter anderem will sie die Aufenthaltsdauer von Flüchtlingen in Erstaufnahmeeinrichtungen verlängern und die Abschiebung zentralisieren.

Kriegsverbrechen der USA und Saudi-Arabiens:
Mindestens 85.000 Kinder im Jemen an Hunger gestorben

Mike Head, 24. November 2018

Washington ist entschlossen, seine Herrschaft über den ölreichen und strategisch wichtigen Nahen Osten zu behaupten, egal, wie viele Menschenleben es kostet.

Die politische Krise in Sri Lanka offenbart den Bankrott der tamilischen nationalistischen Parteien

K. Nesan und V. Gnana, 24. November 2018

Letzten Monat scheiterte in Sri Lanka die „Good Governance“-Regierung, die von den USA unterstützt wurde. Sie hat den knapp vier Jahren ihrer Amtszeit kein einziges Problem der tamilischen Arbeiter und Armen gelöst.

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Macron interdit la manifestation des Gilets jaunes à Paris, les grèves s’étendent

Alexandre Lantier, 24 novembre 2018

Après des blocages organisés par des Gilets jaunes à l’extérieur de divers lieux de travail, des grévistes se mobilisent pour soutenir la contestation de Macron.

Le nouveau chef du renseignement allemand veut renforcer les pouvoirs de l’agence

Johannes Stern, 24 novembre 2018

La nomination de Thomas Haldenwang comme successeur de Maassen à la tête du BfV confirme que la grande coalition au pouvoir en Allemagne continuera à soutenir l’orientation d’extrême droite de l’agence de renseignement nationale allemande.

Le conflit budgétaire entre l'Italie et l'UE s'aggrave

Peter Schwarz, 24 novembre 2018

Si les marchés financiers imposent de nouvelles hausses des taux d’intérêt sur les obligations d’État italiennes, cela pourrait entraîner une réaction en chaîne de faillites bancaires dans toute l’Europe.

Corbyn passe un entretien d’embauche devant le grand patronat et les services de renseignement pour gouverner

Robert Stevens, 24 novembre 2018

Corbyn s’est présenté devant la Confédération des Industries britanniques lundi afin de prononcer un discours décrit comme son discour politique esentiel sur le Brexit.

Les nouveaux députés de Québec Solidaire défendent le nationalisme et le capitalisme

Louis Girard, 24 novembre 2018

QS prône la solidarité entre les classes, qui est l’opposé d’une solidarité de classe, c’est-à-dire un mouvement unifié des travailleurs, peu importe leur pays, leur sexe, leur langue ou leur religion, contre le capitalisme.

Ocasio-Cortez soutiendra Pelosi en tant que démocrate de premier rang et présidente de la Chambre des représentants

Patrick Martin, 24 novembre 2018

La nouvelle élue, membre des Socialistes démocrates d’Amérique, a décrit Pelosi comme étant la candidate la plus progressiste à mener les démocrates dans la Chambre des représentants.

Réunion du PES (Canada) à Montréal sur le thème: «Léon Trotsky, les leçons de l’histoire et la lutte contemporaine pour le socialisme»

24 novembre 2018

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Canada) organise une réunion à Montréal ce mercredi 28 novembre dans le cadre des évènements mondiaux pour marquer les 80 ans de la Quatrième Internationale.

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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

¡No al servicio militar obligatorio en Francia y Europa!

Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 24 noviembre 2018

Ante los planes para reinstituir la conscripción por toda Europa, la cuestión decisiva es la construcción de un movimiento antibélico en la clase obrera internacional.

El fraude político del “Nuevo trato verde” de Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Por Will Morrow, 24 noviembre 2018

La propuesta de Ocasio-Cortez, al igual que toda su política, se caracteriza por ser un masivo fraude político.

Mientras que el presidente electo mexicano se prepara para su toma de poder
López Obrador repudia sus promesas electorales, crea una nueva Guardia Nacional

Alex González, 24 noviembre 2018

Su Administración acelerará la militarización del país e intensificará los vínculos entre el Gobierno y la élite financiera.

Los 85 mil niños que han muerto de hambre en Yemen exponen la magnitud de los crímenes de guerra de Estados Unidos y su aliado Arabia Saudita

Por Mike Head, 24 noviembre 2018

Washington tiene la intención de reafirmar el dominio de Estados Unidos sobre Oriente Próximo rico en petróleo y estratégicamente crítico, sin importar el terrible costo humano.

El portavoz del gobierno francés explica las políticas de Macron citando al antisemita Maurras

Por François Dubois, 24 noviembre 2018

La explicación más probable de las palabras de Griveaux es que en el seno del gobierno se lee y se discute intensamente a Maurras, el jefe de Action Française y simpatizante de los nazis.

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

In Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump appeals to military against courts, political opponents

24 November 2018

In a call with representatives of the five branches of the US Armed Forces, Trump denounced judges for “telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do.”

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

No to the draft in France and Europe!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 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.

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.

America’s Thanksgivings

By David Walsh, 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.

California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

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.

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Canada) to hold Montreal meeting on “Leon Trotsky, the Lessons of History, and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

24 November 2018

The SEP (Canada) is holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 28, as part of events worldwide to mark 80 Years of the Fourth International.

Indian Trotskyists celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

Workers Struggles

Ten thousand taxi drivers end protests in India; 1,600 rubber plantation workers strike in Bangladesh; New Zealand secondary teachers vote to strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 November 2018

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

Tens of thousands of retail jobs lost in UK

By Margot Miller, 23 November 2018

Scottish teachers overwhelmingly reject pay offer

By our reporter, 23 November 2018

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 »

Commentary

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

By Mike Head, 23 November 2018

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

By Will Morrow, 23 November 2018

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

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

More on US politics »

Chinese president visits the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 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

More on US immigrant issues »

Arts Review

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

By Joanne Laurier, 23 November 2018

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.