China summons American ambassador over detention of Huawei executive

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2018

The highly provocative actions of the US are part of the Trump administration’s wider campaign to prevent Chinese corporate giants from challenging American technological supremacy.

Canada-China relations sour after Ottawa kidnaps Huawei executive

By Roger Jordan, 10 December 2018

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

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

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2018

The French president’s attempts to staunch the protests through a combination of phony concessions and state violence have clearly failed.

No to the persecution of Eric Drouet

By Kumaran Ira, 10 December 2018

Macron tries to intimidate the “yellow vests” by persecuting one of the founders of the movement.

German workers express solidarity with “yellow vest” protests in France

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

German workers who spoke with Socialist Equality Party (SGP) candidates, expressed sympathy with the mass protests of the “yellow vests” in France. Many share the same grievances and confront the same inequities.

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

Mobilize the working class against Macron!

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2018

The circle of Trump’s top aides is narrowing to include only his immediate family and those closest to them.

Neo-Nazi convicted for murdering antiracist protester in Charlottesville, Virginia

By Nick Barrickman, 10 December 2018

21-year-old James Fields, Jnr. faces sentencing on Monday, and a looming federal trial for hate crimes. A guilty verdict will carry the possibility of a death sentence.

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

By Jonathan Burleigh, 10 December 2018

Teachers from over five schools carried out a coordinated “sick out” on Monday to protest low wages and millions of dollars in planned cuts to the district.

Jeffrey Epstein case exposes how US justice works for the rich

By Matthew Taylor, 10 December 2018

The billionaire hedge fund manager avoided human trafficking charges due to his vast wealth and political connections.

Another house fire erupts in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood

By Benjamin Mateus and Jessica Goldstein, 10 December 2018

The fire, which displaced several families, came less than four months after a house fire in the same area claimed the lives of ten children.

Spain: Rightist parties mull government role for fascist Vox in Andalusia

By Paul Mitchell, 10 December 2018

The Spanish bourgeoisie is raising the profile of Vox, leading up to the Andalusian elections, with the country's establishment newspapers posting multiple articles—at least one a day—on the fascist party.

German Christian Democrats select Merkel’s favoured candidate as party leader

By Peter Schwarz and Ulrich Rippert, 10 December 2018

The change in the leadership of Germany’s main governing party takes place in the midst of a new eruption of class struggle in Europe.

Huffington Post renews smear campaign against UK Professor Piers Robinson

By Julie Hyland, 10 December 2018

Robinson is being attacked for his research on Syria, including probing questions regarding the predatory imperialist aims of the “war on terror,” which is verboten for the official state propagandists in Britain and the US.

Australia: Thousands protest climate change and new Adani coal mine

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

The environmental groups that organised the rally are seeking to subordinate an emerging movement of young people to the very parties responsible for environmental destruction.

Indian workers face slave-like conditions in Sri Lanka

By R. Shreeharan and Ivan Weerasinghe, 10 December 2018

Young men recruited from a Jharkhand village to work on a high-voltage power-line in Sri Lanka have not been paid for three months.

Sri Lankan plantation strike: Abbotsleigh workers march to demand action committees and socialist policies

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

New in Turkish

Fransız hükümeti, “sarı yelek” protestosunu kanla bastırma tehdidinde bulundu

Alex Lantier ve Francis Dubois, 10 Aralık 2018

Fransız hükümeti, bugün Paris’te Devlet Başkanı Emmanuel Macron’a karşı “sarı yelek” protestoları öncesinde, başkentte kanlı bir baskı gerçekleştirme yönünde görülmemiş tehditlerde bulundu.

New in Spanish

El secuestro de la ejecutiva de Huawei, Meng Wanzhou

Andre Damon, 10 diciembre 2018

El arresto y confinamiento de Meng, sin fianza y bajo cargos tendenciosos y opacos que potencialmente conllevan una sentencia de 60 años, no son nada menos que un secuestro.

1937: Cuando los trabajadores automotores canadienses y estadounidenses lucharon juntos

Roger Jordan, 10 diciembre 2018

Ante los planes de GM de cerrar cinco plantas en los Estados Unidos y Canadá, estamos republicando este artículo sobre la historia de la colaboración transfronteriza de los trabajadores publicados originalmente en octubre de 2016.

Jacobin recomienda a sus usuarios “desconectarse” de las redes sociales

Will Morrow, 10 diciembre 2018

Un artículo en Jacobin arguye que Facebook, Twitter y otras plataformas de redes sociales se han vuelto dañinas para la salud de la población, son “destructivas para la izquierda” y deben eliminarse.

El gobierno francés amenaza con una represión sangrienta de las protestas de los “chalecos amarillos”

Alex Lantier y Francis Dubois, 10 diciembre 2018

En medio de un apoyo popular creciente a las manifestaciones contra la austeridad y la desigualdad, los políticos franceses están advirtiendo que nada les impedirá parar las protestas.

El partido La Izquierda alemana denuncia las protestas de los “Chalecos amarillos”

Peter Schwarz, 10 diciembre 2018

El partido La Izquierda es instintivamente hostil a cualquier movimiento social que no esté controlado por los sindicatos.

New in German

Zum Kidnapping von Meng Wanzhou, der Chefin des Huawei-Konzerns

Andre Damon, 10. Dezember 2018

Mengs Verhaftung und Inhaftierung – ohne Kaution und unter zweifelhaften und schwerwiegenden Beschuldigen – kommt de facto einer Entführung gleich.

„Gelbwesten“ trotzen Polizeiangriffen und Massenverhaftungen

Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 10. Dezember 2018

Die Versuche des französischen Präsidenten, die Proteste durch eine Mischung aus faulen Zugeständnissen und staatlicher Gewalt einzudämmen, sind kläglich gescheitert.

Mehrere Tausend demonstrieren gegen das neue Polizeigesetz in NRW

unseren Reportern, 10. Dezember 2018

Unter dem Vorwand, die Bevölkerung vor Terroranschlägen und Kriminalität zu schützen, werden in NRW ein Polizeistaat auf- und demokratische Rechte abgebaut.

Teeplantagen-Streik, Sri Lanka:
Abbotsleigh-Arbeiter demonstrieren für Aktionskomitees und sozialistische Politik

unseren Reportern, 10. Dezember 2018

Die Demonstration des Aktionskomitee von Abbotsleigh vom 7. Dezember kam auf Initiative der srilankischen Socialist Equality Party zustande.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Итальянские евреи депортированы в Освенцим

8 декабря 2018 г.

6 декабря 1943 года 246 евреев были отправлены поездом из Милана и Вероны в Освенцим.

New in French

Les manifestations en France et la lutte des classes dans le monde

Alex Lantier, 8 décembre 2018

Devant la répression brutale lancée par Macron, les travailleurs et les étudiants qui luttent contre l’austérité et les inégalités en France doivent se tourner vers la classe ouvrière internationale.

Le populisme pro-capitaliste de Jean-Luc Mélenchon mis au grand jour par le mouvement des Gilets Jaunes

Alex Lantier, 8 décembre 2018

L’attaque du socialisme par Jean-Luc Mélenchon et sa proclamation de l’insignifiance politique de la classe ouvrière montrent son hostilité à la colère sociale montante des travailleurs.

Le parti de gauche allemand dénonce les Gilets Jaunes

Peter Schwarz, 8 décembre 2018

Le Parti de gauche est instinctivement hostile à tout mouvement social qui n’est pas contrôlé et tenu en échec par les syndicats.

A la demande de Washington
Le Canada arrête un cadre supérieur chinois pour «violation des sanctions»

Keith Jones et Roger Jordan, 8 décembre 2018

À la demande de Washington, les autorités canadiennes ont arrêté un cadre supérieur de Huawei Technologies, le géant chinois des télécommunications, pour violation présumée des sanctions économiques américaines contre l'Iran.

Le président équatorien évoque à nouveau des mesures visant à revenir sur l’asile de Julian Assange

James Cogan, 8 décembre 2018

La lutte pour la liberté d’Assange est une question de principe politique fondamentale

Les chrétiens-démocrates allemands élisent un nouveau dirigeant

Peter Schwarz, 8 décembre 2018

Les trois candidats s’affronteront pour voir qui peut faire évoluer vers la droite l’ancienne politique de la chancelière.

Le président sri-lankais utilise l’état d’urgence pour diriger le gouvernement

W.A. Sunil, 8 décembre 2018

Les actions autocratiques de Sirisena sont un autre signe dangereux que des formes dictatoriales de gouvernement sont en préparation au Sri Lanka.

La police et les tribunaux appliquent la loi de Trudeau qui criminalise la grève à Postes Canada

Roger Jordan, 8 décembre 2018

La nouvelle escalade de l’assaut de l’État sur les travailleurs des postes démontre que pour s’opposer aux emplois précaires, aux conditions de travail dangereuses et à la baisse des salaires réels, les postiers et la classe ouvrière doivent mener une lutte politique.

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.

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Perspective

Which way forward for France’s “yellow vest” protests?

10 December 2018

The critical question is the independent organization of the working class, in France and internationally, in the preparation of a European general strike.

Earlier Perspectives »

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

By Will Morrow, 10 December 2018

The attendees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for the formation of rank-and-file workplace and neighborhood committees to organize a struggle against plant closures.

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 6 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

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

Commentary

In name of fighting fascism, ISO promotes class collaboration and Democratic Party

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2018

In an appeal to form an alliance with the “broadest social layers” against fascism, the International Socialist Organization seeks to subordinate the working class to the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2018

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

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site international editorial board and the Socialist Equality Party (US), will speak tomorrow in Wellington, New Zealand.

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

Fund appeal

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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.

25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons

The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout.

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50 years ago: Mass political repression in Brazil

After replacing General Humberto Castelo Branco in 1967, retired General Arthur de Costa e Silva, pledged to “humanize” the dictatorship established in the 1964 military coup and promised to transition Brazil to a democracy.

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75 years ago: Soviets try Nazi war criminals

On December 15, 1943, Soviet authorities began the first trial of Nazi war criminals in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

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100 years ago: Lloyd George wins Britain’s “khaki election”

In the British election held on December 14, 1918, David Lloyd George’s coalition government won a large majority on a platform promising social reforms, as well as punishment of the German “war criminals.”

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Arts Review

Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm

By Sandy English, 10 December 2018

Warren B. Kanders is the chairman and founder of Safariland, a defense firm that produces the tear gas used in the police-military attack on migrant workers at the US-Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro on November 25.

Obituary

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

Workers Struggles

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

By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018

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

By Ben Trent, 7 December 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.

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

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.