US military, border police attack asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 26 November 2018

With the border under effective martial law, US forces deployed tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bang grenades against impoverished Central American workers and their families.

Hundreds rally in San Diego in defense of migrant caravan

By our reporters, 26 November 2018

Over 200 people attended a rally just hours before the US Customs and Border Protection shut down the crossing and fired tear gas at immigrants seeking to enter the US.

French riot police assault mass protests in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2018

The French Interior Ministry claimed that 106,000 people participated in over a thousand protests across France, including 8,000 demonstrators on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

French president bans fuel tax protest in Paris as strikes expand

France shaken by mass protests

France sends military against protesters on Réunion Island

Russia fires on and captures Ukrainian Navy ships

By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2018

A military escalation in the Azov Sea was prepared over months, with a series of provocations by the Ukrainian regime that enjoyed the support of the EU and US imperialism.

EU summit backs Brexit withdrawal declaration

By Peter Schwarz, 26 November 2018

The 26-page political declaration, which has no legal force, outlines future relations in trade, fisheries, travel, security and financial services.

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

Corbyn auditions for government before big business and intelligence agencies

UAW negotiates secret deal with Columbia University to block strike action by graduate students

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 November 2018

The secret deal exposes the real role of the UAW—to keep wages low and divide workers in exchange for recognition and a stream of dues payments.

In run-up to contract vote
UAW intensifies campaign of intimidation against Indiana Lear workers

By Marcus Day, 26 November 2018

Facing growing anger and suspicion from workers at the information blackout, the union is desperate to smother opposition and block a unified struggle.

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

More on autoworkers issues »

Iranian steelworkers strike for back-wages, safety, and jobs

By Samuel Davidson and Keith Jones, 26 November 2018

The strike by 4,000 steelworkers in the southwestern city of Ahvaz is part of a growing working-class challenge to poverty-wages, privatization, and austerity.

UK: Vauxhall and Cammell Laird workers strike against mass job cuts

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2018

Both strikes have developed in a rebellion against the collaboration, by the Unite and GMB trade unions, with the employers’ job cuts.

UAE pardons British PhD student Matthew Hedges on spying charges

By Paula Smith, 26 November 2018

The United Arab Emirates’ rulers granted British PhD student Matthew Hedges “gracious clemency.” Just days earlier a court in Abu Dhabi sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Protests erupt after Thanksgiving police shooting of innocent man in Birmingham, Alabama

By Shelley Connor, 26 November 2018

In one video, a man screamed, as officers stood over Bradford’s body, “That boy didn’t shoot at nobody. He’s dead!” and, “They just killed that black boy for no reason…” The suspect remains at large.

New York Governor Cuomo proposes band-aid for student hunger

By Leslie Murtagh, 26 November 2018

Governor Cuomo has made an entirely inadequate proposal to address food insecurity facing state and city public university students in one of the wealthiest states in the US.

New York transit chief resigns as transit authority proposes more fare and toll hikes

By Alan Whyte, 26 November 2018

Transit fares have increased by 53 percent over the past decade, and another increase is anticipated for 2021.

Labor re-elected with increased majority in Australian state of Victoria

By James Cogan, 26 November 2018

The outcome in Victoria has plunged the Liberal Party nationally into bitter infighting.

Australian government accelerates anti-democratic “foreign influence” register

By Mike Head, 26 November 2018

The legislation is aimed at criminalising opposition to Australia’s central role in the US-led preparations for war with China.

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

New in Dutch

Nederland: 10.000 protesteren tegen pro-zakelijk overheidsbeleid

Harm Zonderland, 17 november 2018

Op zaterdag 10 november protesteerden 10.000 mensen tegen het pro-zakelijke beleid van de liberaal-conservatieve regering van premier Mark Rutte (VVD), die nu één jaar aan de macht is. De regering heeft al de vennootschapsbelasting verlaagd, en is van plan om de belastingen te verhogen op basisbehoeften, zoals voedingsmiddelen en medicijnen.

New in French

L’Organisation mondiale du commerce met en garde contre la montée du protectionnisme à l’approche du sommet du G20

Nick Beams, 26 novembre 2018

L’OMC a parlé de risques économiques importants si la tendance actuelle se poursuit.

Lors de la téléconférence de Thanksgiving, Trump en appel aux militaires contre les tribunaux et les opposants politiques

Joseph Kishore, 26 novembre 2018

Lors d’un appel avec des représentants des cinq branches des forces armées américaines, Trump a dénoncé les juges pour « avoir dit à nos incroyables militaires et aux forces de l’ordre ce qu’ils devaient faire ».

Les élections européennes de 2019
Non à l’UE, aux inégalités sociales, au fascisme et à la guerre! Pour le socialisme et l’unité de la classe ouvrière européenne!

Le Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 26 novembre 2018

Les 20 et 21 octobre, un congrès du Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Parti de l’égalité socialiste, SGP) a voté pour que le parti participe aux élections européennes du 26 mai 2019.

Les troubles politiques au Sri Lanka s’intensifient alors que l’opposition prend le contrôle du parlement

Pani Wijesiriwardena, 26 novembre 2018

L’opposition dirigée par l’UNP a présenté une motion de suspension des fonds au bureau du Premier ministre de Rajapakse.

Avec la loi Elan, Macron accélère l'offensive contre le logement social

Jacques Valentin, 26 novembre 2018

La loi prévoit un quintuplement des ventes de HLM et s'inscrit dans les efforts du gouvernement pour miner systématiquement les bases du logement social en France.

Allemagne : le Parti de gauche soutient l’appel du président français à une armée européenne

Johannes Stern, 26 novembre 2018

Le fait que l’appel d’Emmanuel Macron a été applaudi par le Parti de gauche allemand en dit long sur le caractère pro-impérialiste et anti-ouvrier de cette organisation.

L'attaque de Macron contre les étudiants non-européens vise tous les étudiants

Francis Dubois, 26 novembre 2018

Les mesures xénophobes introduites par Macron contre les étudiants extra-européens visent à préparer la suppression de l‘enseignement gratuit et ouvert à tous.

New in German

Trump wiegelt Militär gegen Gerichte und politische Gegner auf

Joseph Kishore, 26. November 2018

Im Gespräch mit Vertretern der fünf Truppenbereiche der US-Streitkräfte verurteilte Trump die Richter, die „unseren großartigen Streitkräften und Polizeibehörden sagen, was sie zu tun haben.“

EU-Gipfel verabschiedet Brexit-Vertrag

Peter Schwarz, 26. November 2018

Dass der Austrittsvertrag vom britischen Parlament unterstützt wird, erscheint unwahrscheinlich. Sowohl Mays Gegner in den Tories wie die oppositionelle Labour-Party lehnen ihn ab.

Black-Friday-Streiks bei Amazon in Europa

unseren Reportern, 26. November 2018

In Deutschland, Spanien, Italien, Polen, Frankreich und Großbritannien organisierten Amazon-Belegschaften Streiks und Proteste.

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

En teleconferencia de Acción de Gracias, Trump apela al ejército en contra de las cortes y sus oponentes políticos

Joseph Kishore, 26 noviembre 2018

En una llamada con representantes de las cinco ramas de las Fuerzas Armadas, Trump denunció a los jueces por “decirles a nuestros increíbles militares y fuerzas policiales qué hacer”.

El presidente francés prohíbe la protesta contra el impuesto sobre el combustible en París mientras se expanden las huelgas

Alex Lantier, 26 noviembre 2018

Mientras el gobierno del presidente francés Emanuel Macron prohibía las protestas contra el aumento al impuesto de la gasolina, huelgas y manifestaciones se extendían en apoyo del movimiento de protesta por toda Francia ayer.

Elecciones europeas 2019
¡No a la UE, la desigualdad social, el fascismo y la guerra! ¡Por el socialismo y la unidad de la clase obrera europea!

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (sección alemana), 26 noviembre 2018

El Congreso del Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP, Partido Socialista por la Igualdad) realizado el 20 y 21 de octubre votó a favor de su participación en las elecciones europeas del 26 de mayo de 2019.

La Organización Mundial del Comercio advierte sobre mayor proteccionismo antes de la cumbre del G20

Nick Beams, 26 noviembre 2018

Las principales potencias mundiales monitorean el desarrollo de la crisis política y constitucional y emiten urgentes advertencias.

La Asociación Judía Europea calumnia a la izquierda e insta al diálogo con la extrema derecha

Jean Shaoul, 26 noviembre 2018

Un lugar central se le dio en el evento de dos días de Bruselas del 6 y el 7 de noviembre a una sesión que calumnió al dirigente del Partido Laborista Jeremy Corbyn y sus simpatizantes como una “amenaza existencial” hacia los judíos.

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

Climate change, capitalism and socialism
New climate change report: Impact of global warming “already being felt”

26 November 2018

The latest report from the US Global Change Research Program confirms the danger posed by climate change and the inability of capitalist governments to address it.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

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

By Joseph Kishore, 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.”

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.

Arts Review

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Only a fool “expects better” from humanity

By David Walsh, 26 November 2018

The Coens’ latest film is made up of six stories set in a mythical “Old West.” The thread connecting the various episodes is a generally nasty attitude toward humanity, and American humanity in particular.

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

By Joanne Laurier, 23 November 2018

25 years ago: Belgium rocked by general strike

The biggest general strike in Belgium since 1936 paralyzed the country on Friday, November 27. as a wave of workers’ struggles continues throughout western Europe.

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50 years ago: Romania’s Ceausescu opposes “Brezhnev Doctrine”

The policy had already been put into action with the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August.

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75 years ago: Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt meet at Tehran

The Soviet dictator and the leaders of British and American imperialism were gathering to begin discussions on the geo-strategic relations that would be established in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Admiral Kolchak’s troops begin westward drive against Bolsheviks

On November 29, 1918, the 1st corps of the Siberian Army, the largest military group of the counterrevolutionary Provisional All-Russian Government, began its advance towards Perm in the Urals, a center of arms manufacture and coal production.

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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

Commentary

Australia: World War I centenary “celebrations” end with stepped-up militaristic propaganda

By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2018

The ongoing barrage of patriotic and pro-war rhetoric is aimed at conditioning young people for future imperialist wars.

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 holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

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

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 »

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

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

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

By Roger Jordan, 24 November 2018

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

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

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

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!

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

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.