At Washington’s behest
Canada arrests top Chinese executive for “sanctions busting”

By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 7 December 2018

The arrest and impending extradition to the US of Meng Wanzhou is a diplomatic and geopolitical provocation that has effectively blown up the US-China trade-war “truce” after less than a week.

Huawei executive Meng’s arrest sparks market turbulence

By Nick Beams, 7 December 2018

The market turbulence on Wall Street saw the Dow off by 784 points in late morning trade which meant that the market had experienced a 1,500-point slide in a day and a half.

Lordstown, Ohio workers condemn GM’s planned factory closures

By our reporters, 7 December 2018

Workers report that the closure of the Lordstown assembly plant will have a devastating impact on an area that has already been hit hard by decades of deindustrialization.

Ohio autoworkers back fight against plant closures

“We stand with you because all of us are in the same fight”
US autoworkers express class solidarity with French workers

Video: Attend the December 9 meeting in Detroit to oppose the GM plant closures!

Sri Lankan president uses executive powers to run government

By W.A. Sunil, 7 December 2018

Sirisena’s autocratic actions are another dangerous sign that dictatorial forms of rule are being prepared in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan court blocks functioning of Rajapakse cabinet

Sri Lankan plantation workers launch indefinite strike for 100 percent pay rise

More on autoworkers issues »

Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war

By J. L'Heureau, 7 December 2018

The Council on Foreign Relations’ forum on “Do Nuclear Weapons Matter” was held against the backdrop of rising global military tensions.

Washington’s ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

Ecuadorian president hints again at moves to renege on Julian Assange’s asylum

By James Cogan, 7 December 2018

The fight for the freedom of Assange is a matter of fundamental political principle.

The Guardian attack on Assange exposed as politically-motivated fabrication

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

Japanese police detain Zengakuren activists for nearly three weeks

By Ben McGrath, 7 December 2018

The police measures used against this student group are part of a broader attack on basic democratic rights.

The German Christian Democrats elect a new leader

By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2018

The three candidates will compete to see who can shift the Chancellor’s previous policy furthest to the right.

Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician

By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018

Acero teachers determined to improve conditions are being isolated from other schools even as the unions use their strike as the backdrop for their political maneuvers.

Democrats, union tops seek to isolate Chicago charter teachers’ strike

Chicago charter teachers strike for increased pay, lower class sizes

“Multiple families have been displaced and the city and government, no one has done a damn thing for them”
Three months after Chicago house fire that killed ten children

By George Gallanis and Benjamin Mateus, 7 December 2018

The cause of the fire in the working class Little Village neighborhood remains unknown as victims of the fire struggle to move on.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income New Yorkers excluded from mayor’s affordable housing plan

By Philip Guelpa, 7 December 2018

The plans of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the comptroller leave the critical shortage of affordable housing in the hands of private developers.

UK: Labour Students leadership and Zionists extend witch-hunt of Chris Williamson MP

By Thomas Scripps, 7 December 2018

The cancellation of the Sheffield meeting, at which Williamson was due to speak, became a launch pad for a nationwide offensive wherever the Blairites and Zionists have influence within student groups.

National Health Service workers among increasing users of food banks in Britain

By Ben Trent, 7 December 2018

A survey of 21,000 health workers found that 49 percent had to seek financial help from friends and family the previous year.

More warnings of an Australian property market crash

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 December 2018

Sydney’s house prices registered their sharpest monthly decline in 14 years, accompanied by rising mortgage stress and indications of a broader economic slowdown.

New in Turkish

G20, ekonomik çatışmalar yoğunlaştıkça farklılıkları örtbas ediyor

Nick Beams, 7 Aralık 2018

G20 zirvesinde büyük anlaşmazlıklar çözülmedi, sadece örtbas edildi.

Cumhuriyetçi senatörler: Kaşıkçı suikastı emrini Suudi prensinin verdiğine “kuşku yok”

Bill Van Auken, 7 Aralık 2018

Ağır basan kaygısı, Kaşıkçı’nın kişisel yazgısı ya da öldürülmesinin vahşi karakteri değil; bu cinayetin ve onun ifşa olmasının, ABD’nin Ortadoğu emperyalist politikasının gerici kalesi Suudi monarşisi içinde derinleşen bir krize işaret etme olasılığıdır.

1968: Fransa’da genel grev ve öğrenci isyanı
8. Bölüm: OCI’nin merkezci çizgisi (4)

Peter Schwarz, 7 Aralık 2018

OCI’nin, 1968’de açık bir şekilde dışavurulan merkezciliğinin uzun bir ön tarihi vardı. Bu, son tahlilde, Fransa şubesinin Pablocu revizyonizme karşı mücadeleyi terk etmesinden kaynaklanmıştı.

New in French

«Nous sommes avec vous parce que nous sommes tous dans le même combat»
Les travailleurs de l'automobile américains expriment leur solidarité de classe avec les travailleurs français

Jerry White, 7 décembre 2018

La détermination des manifestants gilets jaunes face à la répression de l'État par le gouvernement français inspire les travailleurs aux États-Unis et dans le monde entier.

L’ultimatum de Washington sur le traité FNI augmente la menace de guerre nucléaire

Bill Van Auken, 7 décembre 2018

Tout en accusant Moscou de violer l’accord, le véritable objectif de l’impérialisme américain est de constituer ses propres forces pour une guerre agressive contre la Russie et la Chine.

Les travailleurs des plantations au Sri-Lanka déclenchent une grève illimitée pour obtenir une augmentation de salaire de 100 pour cent

nos journalistes, 7 décembre 2018

Cette lutte des travailleurs de toute l’île aggravera la crise politique de l’élite dirigeante, qui est déchirée par un conflit politique intense.

Un boucher impérialiste «plus gentil, plus doux», mort à 94 ans
Les médias et l'establishment politique louent George H. W. Bush

Patrick Martin, 7 décembre 2018

Peu de gens dans l'histoire récente des États-Unis ont participé aux crimes de l'impérialisme américain de tant de façons.

Le débat parlementaire sur l'accord du Brexit commence après trois défaites infligées au gouvernement de Theresa May

Robert Stevens, 7 décembre 2018

Quoi qu’il advienne dans la crise du Brexit, la Grande-Bretagne est en proie à une crise historique du pouvoir qui menace de déclencher des troubles civils.

Des pirates informatiques révèlent l'ingérence du gouvernement britannique dans la politique de l’Espagne

Alejandro López, 7 décembre 2018

Présentée comme une défense de la démocratie contre la «désinformation», l'Integrity Initiative fait le contraire, diffusant de fausses nouvelles contre la Russie pour défendre les intérêts du Royaume-Uni et de ses alliés impérialistes.

New in Norwegian

Mobiliser arbeiderklassen mot Macron!

Alex Lantier, 5. desember 2018

Den kritiske oppgaven for protestene mot innstramminger og ulikhet i Frankrike er å utbre kampen, inn i den franske og internasjonale arbeiderklassen.

Holocaust og Bush-familiens formue

Bill Van Auken, 5. desember 2018

Vi presenterer her en kommentar først publisert av WSWS i juni 2003, etter daværende president George W. Bush’ besøk til gasskamrene i Auschwitz.

Franske protester utløser krav om sensur av Facebook

Andre Damon, 5. desember 2018

Deler av pressen i Frankrike og USA har grepet «gul vest»-demonstrasjonene som anledning til å kreve direkte undertrykking av folkelig opposisjon på sosialmedier.

Sri Lankas plantasjearbeidere starter åpen-ende-streik for 100 prosent lønnsforhøyelse

våre korrespondenter, 6. desember 2018

Denne kampen, ført av arbeidere over hele øya, vil tilspisse styringselitens politiske krise, der den er fastlåst i bitter politisk konflikt.

«Vi står med dere, for vi er alle i den samme kampen»
Amerikanske bilproduksjonsarbeidere uttrykker klassesolidaritet med franske arbeidere

Jerry White, 6. desember 2018

«Gul vest»-demonstrantenes besluttsomhet i møte med den franske regjeringens statsundertrykking har inspirert arbeidere i USA og rundt om i verden.

Datasnoker avslører britisk regjeringsinnblanding i spansk politikk

Alejandro López, 6. desember 2018

Promotert som et forsvar av demokratiet mot «feilinformasjon» gjør Integrity Initiative det stikk motsatte og sprer falske nyheter mot Russland, til forsvar for Storbritannia og de imperialistiske alliertes interesser.

Mexicos nye president vurderer amnesti for de som profitterte på korrupsjon

Don Knowland, 6. desember 2018

López Obrador trekker seg på et av sine viktigste valgkampløfter.

Frankrikes «gul vest»-protester eksponerer Jean-Luc Mélénchons pro-kapitalistiske populisme

Alex Lantier, 6. desember 2018

Jean-Luc Mélénchons angrep på sosialisme og proklameringen av arbeiderklassens politiske irrelevans gjenspeiler hans fiendtlighet mot arbeidernes økende sosiale harme.

New in German

Abbau von 12.000 Arbeitsplätzen: Bayer-Arbeiter werden im Unklaren gelassen

Dietmar Henning, 7. Dezember 2018

Nach dem ersten Schock wächst in den Betrieben der Widerstand. Geschäftsleitung und Betriebsrat halten konkrete Informationen zurück und nutzen die Unsicherheit, um koordinierte Kampfmaßnahmen zu verhindern.

Das Staatsbegräbnis für George H. W. Bush und das Ritual der Oligarchie

Patrick Martin, 7. Dezember 2018

Trotz großer Anstrengungen, George H. W. Bush als liebenswerte und historische Persönlichkeit darzustellen, hat der Tod des 41. US-Präsidenten bei der amerikanischen Bevölkerung keine Spur von Trauer ausgelöst.

INF-Vertrag über nukleare Mittelstreckenwaffen:
Ultimatum der USA an Russland schürt Atomkriegs-Gefahr

Bill Van Auken, 7. Dezember 2018

Die imperialistischen Mächte, allen voran die USA, werfen Moskau vor, gegen den INF-Vertrag zu verstoßen. Dabei rüsten sie selbst atomar für einen Angriffskrieg gegen Russland und China auf.

New in Spanish

¡A movilizar a la clase obrera contra Macron!

Por Alex Lantier, 6 diciembre 2018

La tarea crítica que enfrentan las protestas contra la austeridad y desigualdad en Francia es expandir la lucha hacia el resto de la clase obrera francesa e internacional.

GM, Ford, Bayer, Bombardier
Los inversores globales exigen una escalada de la guerra de clases a los empleos y salarios de los trabajadores

Por Jerry White, 6 diciembre 2018

Los cierres de planta y los despidos en GM son parte de un asalto más amplio contra la clase trabajadora en todo el mundo dirigido por los intereses corporativos más poderosos.

New in Russian

Меркель поддерживает украинские провокации против России

Петер Шварц, 4 декабря 2018 г.

Канцлер Ангела Меркель подвергла Россию острой критике в ходе германо-украинского экономического форума, заявив, что Путин несет полную ответственность за текущий конфликт.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Сталин, Черчилль и Рузвельт встречаются в Тегеране

4 декабря 2018 г.

Советский диктатор и лидеры британского и американского империализма собрались для того, чтобы обсудить будущее геостратегических отношений, какими они должны стать после окончания Второй мировой войны.

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Perspective

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

7 December 2018

As they face Macron’s brutal crackdown, workers and students in France fighting austerity and inequality must turn to the international working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

German Left Party denounces “Yellow Vest” protests

By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2018

The Left Party is instinctively hostile to any social movement that is not controlled and held in check by the trade unions.

The state funeral for George H. W. Bush and the ritual of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

Arts Review

A quarter-century since the release of Steven Spielberg’s film
The achievement of Schindler’s List

By David Walsh, 7 December 2018

Schindler’s List opened in movie theaters in the US in December 1993. A restored version is now playing in selected theaters. We are reposting today a review published in the International Workers Bulletin, a forerunner of the WSWS, in January 1994.

The Front Runner: An American political scandal
And Widows, Bohemian Rhapsody

By Joanne Laurier, 6 December 2018

Submission: A college professor undone by sexual harassment allegations

By David Walsh, 4 December 2018

“Well-paid journalists have become gormless cyphers of the propaganda of war”
John Pilger discusses his “The Power of the Documentary” film festival

By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2018

Commentary

Special Counsel sentencing memo on Flynn increases pressure on Trump

By Barry Grey, 6 December 2018

Parliamentary debate on Brexit deal begins after three defeats for May government

By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party opposes RMT rail union sellout at Liverpool meeting

By our reporters, 6 December 2018

Trade and recession fears hit Wall Street

Five years since Detroit bankruptcy
Moody’s warns investors about Detroit’s mounting debt

German prosecutor’s office raids Deutsche Bank

Workers Struggles

15,000 South African miners at Sybanye Stillwater still out; UK rail and shipbuilders strike; Turkish cosmetic workers strike passes 200 days
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 December 2018

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

Police and courts enforce Trudeau’s law criminalizing Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2018

United Steelworkers push through sellout contract at ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 December 2018

International Commitee of the Fourth International

Jaffna (Sri Lanka) meeting celebrates 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By R. Shreeharan, 6 December 2018

People from all over the Jaffna district heard Socialist Equality Party leaders explain the contemporary relevance of the Trotskyist movement’s historic struggle.

A serious response at Sydney meeting to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 4 December 2018

Attentive audience at David North’s Sydney launch of The Heritage We Defend

By our reporter, 1 December 2018

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.

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2018

Support grows for December 9 Detroit meeting
Autoworkers say fight necessary to stop GM plant closings, UAW betrayal

By Jerry White, 3 December 2018

“The union and Lear must think we are stupid”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers vote down UAW sellout contract second time

By Marcus Day, 3 December 2018

Canadian and US autoworkers call for a united struggle against GM’s assault on jobs

By Will Morrow, 1 December 2018

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

By Jerry White, 30 November 2018

“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 »

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

25 years ago: Christian Democrats suffer political collapse in Italy

Millions of voters shifted their support both to the neo-fascist right and the Party of the Democratic Left, the successor organization to the Italian Communist Party.

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50 years ago: Vietnam peace talks to be resumed

Changing its decision in early November to leave the Paris Peace Talks, the government of South Vietnam announced on December 7, 1968 it would re-join the negotiations.

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75 years ago: Italian Jews deported to Auschwitz

On December 6, 1943, 246 Jews were shipped by train from Milan and Verona to Auschwitz.

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100 years ago: Constantinople under Allied military rule

Following the defeat of Turkey and its World War I allies, Germany and Austria-Hungary, by the Allied imperialists, the Turkish capital Constantinople was placed under the joint military administration of the victorious powers.

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Science

Last light for the Kepler space telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 1 December 2018

The first and most productive space telescope designed to find planets beyond our Solar System has been retired after exhausting its fuel supply.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.