The US mortality crisis: CDC reports extraordinary drop in life expectancy

By Trévon Austin, 30 November 2018

Not since the combined impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu in 1918 has the country experienced such a prolonged period of decline in life expectancy.

Trump cancels G20 meeting with Putin amid rising tensions

By Andre Damon, 30 November 2018

The United States is on a course for conflict not just with Russia, but with China and the European Union.

Around 100,000 Sri Lankan plantation workers walk out again for pay rise

By our correspondents, 30 November 2018

The plantation unions are determined to prevent industrial action by estate workers that could trigger mass action by other sections of the working class.

Colombo court detains Sri Lankan defence chief over civil war crimes

By Rohantha De Silva, 30 November 2018

The court magistrate said the military chief had to be denied bail because he could influence witnesses or disrupt ongoing investigations into the abduction of Tamil youth.

Founder of Kansas City group whose food for homeless was destroyed by health department speaks out

By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018

Nellie McCool spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about a raid earlier this month by Kansas City, Missouri, police and health officials on a picnic put on by her group Free Hot Soup.

Left Party publications denounce protest movement in France

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2018

In two separate articles, Neues Deutschland spreads the lies of the French government and the police that violence in Paris stems from the “Yellow Vest” demonstrators.

Rejecting Macron’s speech, fuel tax protesters call new demonstrations in France

Slanders depicting “Yellow Vest” protesters as violent neo-fascists collapse

UK Intelligence and Security Committee admits Manchester bomb attack should have been prevented

By Thomas Scripps, 30 November 2018

The evidence points to Abedi having been viewed as an intelligence asset, allowed free rein to participate in jihadist formations aligned with British imperialism.

Bolton visits Bolsonaro: a US meeting of the minds with Brazil’s fascistic president-elect

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2018

The Trump administration sees in the semi-fascist ex-army captain a potential strategic ally in reasserting US imperialist hegemony and countering China’s influence in Latin America.

Faculty protest hits NYU’s coverup for UAE in Matthew Hedges case

By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018

Faculty and PhD students at New York University have demanded that NYU President Andrew Hamilton condemn the imprisonment of UK academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates.

UAE pardons British PhD student Matthew Hedges on spying charges

Taiwan elections reveal widespread hostility to the ruling DPP

By Robert Campion, 30 November 2018

The results reflect discontent over deteriorating living standards and fears about the rising tensions between the US and China.

Thousands forced to flee “catastrophic” fire event in Australia

By Mike Head, 30 November 2018

Residents in central Queensland were shocked and often caught unawares as flames as high as 20 metres suddenly loomed over their homes.

Baby’s death on Australia’s Gold Coast points to worsening social conditions

New in Russian

Провокация Украины в Азовском море

Клара Вайс и Андре Деймон, 30 ноября 2018 г.

Украинские военные при поддержке высокопоставленных фигур американского государства спровоцировали крупнейший международный кризис в преддверии саммита G20 на этой неделе.

New in Norwegian

«Alle – Ford, Chrysler, GM – må gå ut i streik, med en gang»Bilproduksjonsarbeideres raseri vokser over nedleggingen av GM-fabrikkanlegg

Jerry White, 29. november 2018

GM-arbeidere på de truede fabrikkanleggene i Lordstown, Ohio og Detroit-Hamtramck og andre produksjonsarbeidere uttalte seg mot nedleggelsen av fem fabrikker i USA og Canada.

Ukrainas provokasjoner i Azovhavet

Clara Weiss og Andre Damon, 29. november 2018

Det ukrainske militæret, med støtte fra høyt plasserte individer i USA, har bygd opp under en stor internasjonal krise foran denne ukas G20-toppmøte.

USA signaliserer betingelsesløs støtte til det saudiske regimet mens Senatet stemmer over Jemen-krigen

Bill Van Auken, 29. november 2018

Etter vitnesbyrd fra utenriks- og forsvarsministrene stemte Senatet for å fremme en resolusjon som krever en slutt på amerikansk støtte til den saudi-ledede krigen i Jemen.

New York Times: Vår forbrytelse var å fortelle sannheten

Andre Damon, 29. november 2018

Times og Washington Post argumenterer for at ved publiseringen av sann informasjon om politisk korrupsjon begikk den amerikanske pressen det som utgjør forræderi.

Etter Trumps bruk av tåregass mot innvandrerbarn
Sanders erklærer at karavanemedlemmer mangler «troverdig» krav på asyl

Barry Grey, 29. november 2018

Spurt om han mente innvandrerne som flykter fra fattigdom og vold i Mellom-Amerika «alle har et troverdig krav på asyl», sa senatoren: «Nei, det gjør jeg ikke.»

New in Turkish

Macron’un Sarı Yelek protestolarını bastırma manevralarına karşı çıkın!

Alex Lantier, 29 Kasım 2018

Pazar günü Paris’teki protestonun şiddetle bastırılmasına rağmen, Sarı Yelek protestoları devam ediyor ve Avrupa çapında gelişen birçok grev hareketi ile ittifak kuruyor.

Rusya, Ukrayna Donanması’nın gemilerine ateş açıp el koydu

Clara Weiss, 29 Kasım 2018

Ukrayna yönetiminin pervasız provokasyonlarına yönelik emperyalist desteğin arkasında, Karadeniz bölgesi üzerinde denetim sağlama uğruna uzun vadeli stratejik çıkarlar yatmaktadır.

New in French

Tensions entre les États-Unis et la Corée du Sud au sujet de leur attitude envers la Corée du Nord

Peter Symonds, 29 novembre 2018

Les ultimatums américains à Pyongyang pour qu’il dénucléarise menacent les efforts de la Corée du Sud pour réduire les tensions et établir des relations avec la Corée du Nord.

Un appel à l'action pour lutter contre les fermetures d'usines de GM et les licenciements massifs

Jerry White, 29 novembre 2018

Les travailleurs de l’automobile, comme la classe ouvrière dans son ensemble, ne peuvent accepter le «droit» de l’élite économique et financière de fermer ces usines.

Des nazis à l'AfD: la grande entreprise finance l'extrême droite

Peter Schwarz, 29 novembre 2018

La montée du parti d’extrême droite AfD (Alternative pour l'Allemagne) a été rendue possible grâce aux énormes dons du milliardaire August von Finck dont le père avait financé Hitler et fait fortune grâce à l’«aryanisation» des biens juifs.

Le Guardian lance de nouvelles accusations contre Assange et WikiLeaks

James Cogan, 29 novembre 2018

Ce journal a le culot de déclarer qu’il sert à «donner une voix à ceux qui sont moins entendus, à interpeller les puissants et à leur demander des comptes».

Il y a 25 ans : la Belgique secouée par la grève générale

WSWS, 29 novembre 2018

La plus grande grève générale du pays depuis 1936 a paralysée la Belgique le vendredi 27 novembre 1993, dans le contexte d’une vague de luttes ouvrières dans toute l’Europe occidentale.

New in Spanish

La provocación ucraniana en el mar de Azov

Clara Weiss y Andre Damon, 30 noviembre 2018

El ejército ucraniano, con el apoyo de altos funcionarios estadounidenses, ha instigado una importante crisis internacional previo a la cumbre del G-20 de esta semana.

El New York Times: nuestro crimen fue decir la verdad

Andre Damon, 30 noviembre 2018

The Times y el Washington Post argumentan que, al publicar información real sobre la corrupción política, la prensa de los Estados Unidos cometió lo que equivale a traición.

"Todos –Ford, Chrysler, GM– necesitan irse a la huelga ahora mismo"
La indignación de los trabajadores automotores crece con el cierre de plantas de GM

Jerry White, 30 noviembre 2018

Los trabajadores de GM en las amenazadas plantas de Lordstown, Ohio y Detroit-Hamtramck y otros trabajadores automotores manifestaron su oposición al cierre de cinco plantas en los Estados Unidos y Canadá.

Después de que Trump disparara gas lacrimógeno a niños inmigrantes
Sanders declara que miembros de la caravana no tienen un reclamo “creíble” para recibir asilo

Barry Grey, 30 noviembre 2018

El senador respondió “No” cuando le preguntaron si los inmigrantes que escapan de la pobreza y la violencia en Centroamérica “tienen todos un reclamo 'creíble' para recibir asilo”.

Rechazando el discurso de Macron, los manifestantes contra el impuesto sobre la gasolina convocan nuevas protestas en Francia

Alex Lantier, 30 noviembre 2018

La decisión del presidente Macron de dar un discurso dirigido a los manifestantes dejó claro que está decidido a imponer sus políticas derechistas y no tiene nada que ofrecer.

New in German

Die Provokation der Ukraine im Asowschen Meer

Clara Weiss und Andre Damon, 30. November 2018

Das ukrainische Militär hat mit Unterstützung hochrangiger Führungsfiguren im US-Staatsapparat im Vorfeld des G20-Gipfels eine schwere internationale Krise ausgelöst.

Chemiekonzern Bayer baut 12.000 Arbeitsplätze ab

Dietmar Henning, 30. November 2018

Arbeitsplatzabbau zwecks Gewinnsteigerung. Gewerkschaft und Betriebsrat waren frühzeitig informiert und an der Ausarbeitung des Stellenabbaus aktiv beteiligt.

„Bei Ford, bei Chrysler, bei GM – überall muss jetzt gestreikt werden“
Wut unter Autoarbeitern über GMs geplante Werksschließungen wächst

Jerry White, 30. November 2018

GM-Arbeiter in den bedrohten Werken in Lordstown (Ohio) und Detroit-Hamtramck und weitere Autoarbeiter sprachen sich gegen die Schließung von fünf Werken in den USA und Kanada aus.

NRW-Innenminister Reul will nicht gewalttätige Gruppen stärker überwachen lassen

Peter Schwarz, 30. November 2018

Der Verfassungsschutz soll die Entstehung einer bewussten politischen Opposition gegen die diskreditierten etablierten Parteien unterdrücken. Das fordert NRW-Innenminister Herbert Reul (CDU) in der Süddeutschen Zeitung.

Deutschland: Senioren arbeiten immer länger

Marianne Arens, 30. November 2018

Von den Menschen, die das Rentenalter überschritten haben, sind heute 1,4 Millionen Menschen weiterhin berufstätig – mehr als dreimal so viel wie im Jahr 2000.

Bochumer Studierendenzeitung stellt Wahlprogramm der IYSSE vor

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 30. November 2018

Die IYSSE treten zur Wahl des 52. Studierendenparlaments (StuPa) der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) an. Am Mittwoch stellte die bsz die Positionen und Ziele der IYSSE vor.

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.

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Perspective

Democrats re-elect a right-wing leadership

30 November 2018

The Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives has reelected the same leadership team that collaborated with the Bush administration’s war in Iraq and the Obama administration’s bailout of Wall Street.

Earlier Perspectives »

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Industry publication boasts: GM plant closures aimed at extorting more concessions from autoworkers

By Jerry White, 30 November 2018

In an article posted on the Automotive News web site Thursday, reporter Michael Wayland acknowledges GM is using plant closures to demand “untraditional employment practices” from workers, including more temporary and contracted labor.

“Everybody—Ford, Chrysler, GM—needs to strike right now”
Autoworkers’ outrage grows over GM plant closings

General Motors worker on job cuts: “This is all about corporate greed”
Detroit-Hamtramck autoworkers want to fight against plant closures

A call to action to fight the GM plant closings and mass layoffs

Form rank-and-file committees
Reject the UAW-Lear sellout contract! Unite with GM and other autoworkers in a common fight!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 28 November 2018

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

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

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 November 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

David North in Australia and New Zealand

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

The meetings will take place in Sydney on Sunday, December 2, in Melbourne on Thursday, December 6, and in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, December 9.

Friday, November 30, 6pm for 6:30. Admission free, please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Commentary

New York Times: Our crime was telling the truth

By Andre Damon, 29 November 2018

After Trump fires tear gas at immigrant children
Sanders declares caravan members lack a “credible” claim to asylum

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2018

Ukraine’s provocation in the Azov Sea

By Clara Weiss and Andre Damon, 29 November 2018

US airstrikes kill at least 30 civilians in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 November 2018

US administration signals unconditional backing for Saudi regime as Senate votes on Yemen war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2018

From the Nazis to the AfD: Big business finances the far-right

Plead for charity or die: A blunt message from the American health care system

The Campaign to Free Julian Assange

Guardian newspaper spearheads new accusations against Assange and WikiLeaks

By James Cogan, 28 November 2018

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

Obituary

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

By Richard Phillips and David Walsh, 28 November 2018

Workers Struggles

‬Greyhound axes bus service across Western Canada

By Penny Smith, 29 November 2018

Trudeau government illegalizes Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2018

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

Arts Review

Green Book and At Eternity’s Gate: Overcoming racism and painter Vincent van Gogh’s final years

By Joanne Laurier, 29 November 2018

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

By David Walsh, 26 November 2018

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

Science

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

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

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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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

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

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


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Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.