12 August 2019

Hong Kong protests continue into a tenth week

By Peter Symonds, 12 August 2019

Protests yesterday took place in a number of different places in Hong Kong, with riot police using tear gas and batons.

General strike signals entry of working class into Hong Kong protests

UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour’s Blairites plot “national unity” government

By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2019

It is thanks to Corbyn that every likely outcome in parliament ends in governments committed to further austerity, militarism and war.

American horror story
Elderly husband kills wife, then himself, in desperation over skyrocketing healthcare costs

By Eric London, 12 August 2019

Brian Jones left a note Wednesday morning explaining that he could not afford to pay for his wife’s Alzheimer’s treatment.

Study finds workplace injuries increase risk of death by suicide, drug overdose

Fire at Erie, Pennsylvania day care center leaves five children dead

By Nick Barrickman, 12 August 2019

The tragedy has once again exposed the harsh reality for millions of working people across the US.

FBI presses for social media surveillance “early alerting tool” in aftermath of mass shootings

By Kevin Reed, 12 August 2019

The FBI is stepping up its campaign for a real-time social media alert tool to allow continuous surveillance of all social media activity across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

US military testing domestic wide-area surveillance with high-altitude balloons

Hottest July on record signals accelerated climate change

By Philip Guelpa, 12 August 2019

Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.

UN: Global food and water crisis threatens 3 billion people

Over 50,000 join opposition protests in Moscow

By Clara Weiss, 12 August 2019

While the ongoing crackdown against the opposition must be opposed, workers and youth must be warned about the right-wing character of the political forces behind the protests.

Paris’s Notre Dame fire: Two children test positive for lead poisoning

By Sam Dalton, 12 August 2019

The revelations are an indictment of the local Parisian government of Socialist Party mayor Anne Hidalgo and the national government of Emmanuel Macron.

Eight-hour power blackout hits Indonesian capital

By Owen Howell, 12 August 2019

The Indonesian government has failed to meet the basic infrastructure demands of the rapidly growing Greater Jakarta, a megacity of 30 million people.

Australia: Mentally-ill man shot dead by police at his home

By Martin Scott, 12 August 2019

“If there was no danger to the public, and if he was contained in his own house and not doing anything, one would have to ask ‘why in the hell is he gone?’”

New in Norwegian

New Delhis angrep på Kashmir og kampen mot kommunalistisk reaksjon, imperialisme og krig

Keith Jones, 12. august 2019

Indias BJP-regjering strippet illegalt Jammu og Kashmir for statens spesialstatus med det formål å oppildne kommunalistisk reaksjon mot økende sosial opposisjon og for å styrke sin hånd mot Pakistan og Kina.

Australsk journalist avslører sviket Guardian/New York Times begikk mot Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 12. august 2019

Mark Davis gjorde det klart at foretaksmediene kynisk utnyttet WikiLeaks, før de ubarmhjertig snudde seg mot grunnleggeren Julian Assange og meldte seg med i statskampanjen mot ham.

Storbritannias reduserte vekst avrunder ei uke med økonomisk turbulens

Nick Beams, 12. august 2019

De britiske BNP-dataene endte ei uke med økende usikkerhet i finansmarkedene og en tiltakende frykt for en resesjon i vesentlige områder av verdensøkonomien.

Australsk politiker sammenligner etter AUSMIN-samtalene Kina med Nazi-Tyskland

James Cogan, 12. august 2019

Andrew Hastie kom med den falske sammenligningen at Australias angivelige unnlatelsen av å svare på trusselen reist av Kina, er å se som Frankrikes manglende respons på den «tyske fremrykkingen i 1940».

Besøk på New Zealand av USAs forsvarsminister og NATOs sjef, for styrking av militære bånd

Tom Peters, 12. august 2019

USAs forsvarsminister Mark Espers og NATO-generalsekretær Jens Stoltenbergs besøk hadde som formål å innlemme New Zealand tettere i den militære oppbyggingen mot Kina, Russland og Iran.

Italia: Salvini søker koalisjon med fascistiske Fratelli d’Italia

Marianne Arens, 12. august 2019

I et overraskelseskupp prøver Lega-lederen å gjennomføre en høyreforflytning og forbereder fascistiske styreformer.

New in German

Währungskrieg: Eine neue Etappe im kapitalistischen Zusammenbruch

Nick Beams, 12. August 2019

Durch einen globalen Währungskrieg erreicht der Handelskrieg, den die USA bereits gegen „strategische Konkurrenten“ wie China führen, ein ganz neues Ausmaß. Er wird sich auch gegen die Länder richten, die bisher offiziell als Partner der USA gelten.

United Nations: Globale Nahrungsmittel- und Wasserkrise bedroht 3 Milliarden Menschen

Von Bryan Dyne, 12. August 2019

Ein neuer Bericht der Vereinten Nationen warnt davor, dass der anthropogene Klimawandel, wenn er unkontrolliert bleibt, einen stetig wachsenden Teil der Erde im Wesentlichen unbewohnbar machen wird.

John Pilger warnt: „Vergesst Assange nicht, sonst werdet ihr ihn verlieren“

Oscar Grenfell, 12. August 2019

Der bekannte Journalist schildert den sich verschlechternden Gesundheitszustand des WikiLeaks-Gründers und die schlimmen Haftbedingungen, unter denen er im Londoner Gefängnis Belmarsh festgehalten wird.

Österreich: Konservative und Sozialdemokraten buhlen um die FPÖ

Markus Salzmann, 12. August 2019

Knapp sechs Wochen vor den Wahlen zum österreichischen Parlament, dem Nationalrat, versuchen sowohl die konservative ÖVP als auch die Sozialdemokraten die Grundlage für ein Bündnis mit der rechtsextremen FPÖ zu legen.

Neues Hochschulgesetz in NRW erlaubt Kriegsforschung

Inti Gomez und Philipp Frisch, 12. August 2019

Das neue Gesetz ist ein weitreichender Angriff auf Studierende und Lehrende der NRW-Hochschulen im Speziellen und gegen die Interessen der Arbeiterklasse im Allgemeinen.

Unter türkischen Kriegsdrohungen:
Ankara und Washington wollen „Sicherheitszone“ in Syrien schaffen

Ulaş Ateşçi, 12. August 2019

Nach Angaben der staatlichen türkischen Nachrichtenagentur Anadolu wird die 30-40 Kilometer breite „Sicherheitszone“ von der Türkei in Abstimmung mit den Vereinigten Staaten kontrolliert.

New in Portuguese

Greve geral sinaliza entrada da classe trabalhadora nos protestos de Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 10 Agosto 2019

Os protestos em massa em Hong Kong, que estão acontecendo há mais de dois meses, são parte de um ressurgimento da classe trabalhadora internacionalmente.

New in Turkish

Hong Kong genelinde on binlerce işçi grevde

Ben McGrath, 10 Ağustos 2019

Hükümete karşı protestolar iki aydır sürüyordu ancak işçilerin açık muhalefet ile protestolara katılması ile daha önemli bir hale geldiler.

New in French

«Vous travaillez si dur et vous pouvez à peine joindre les deux bouts»
Des centaines de travailleurs de Detroit font la queue pour postuler à de nouveaux emplois chez Fiat Chrysler

Jerry White, 10 août 2019

Fiat Chrysler développe ses activités à Détroit, profitant de la baisse importante des salaires et de la baisse des impôts sur les sociétés.

Guerre des monnaies: une nouvelle étape dans l'effondrement capitaliste

Nick Beams, 10 août 2019

Une guerre des monnaies portera à un tout autre niveau la guerre économique menée par les États-Unis contre des «concurrents stratégiques» tels que la Chine et ses alliés.

New in Spanish

El asalto de Nueva Delhi contra Cachemira y la lucha contra la reacción comunal, el imperialismo y la guerra

Keith Jones, 12 agosto 2019

Con el objetivo de incitar reacción comunal contra la creciente oposición social y fortalecerse contra Pakistán y China, el Gobierno indio del BJP ha anulado ilegalmente el estatus especial de Jammu y Cachemira.

Periodista de investigación australiano expone traición de Assange por parte del Guardian y New York Times

Oscar Grenfell, 12 agosto 2019

Mark Davis dejó en claro que la prensa corporativa explotó cínicamente a WikiLeaks antes de emprender brutalmente en contra de su fundador, Julian Assange, y unirse a la campaña estatal en su contra.

Italia: Salvini busca una coalición con el partido fascista Fratelli d’Italia

Marianne Arens, 12 agosto 2019

En un golpe sorpresivo, el dirigente de la Lega está intentando llevar a cambio un desplazamiento a la derecha y preparar formas fascistas de gobierno.

La contracción del crecimiento en el Reino Unido en semana de turbulencia económica/a>

Nick Beams 12 agosto 2019

Los datos del PIB británico acabaron una semana de una incertidumbre que se profundiza en los mercados financieros y temores crecientes de una recesión en grandes áreas de la economía global.

Jennifer Robinson, miembro destacado del equipo jurídico de Assange, habla con WSWS

nuestros reporteros, 12 agosto 2019

“Esto dice mucho sobre la posición de Australia en el mundo, de que no está dispuesta a oponerse a Estados Unidos ni a proteger a un ciudadano australiano”.

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Perspective

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink

12 August 2019

The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.

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Commentary

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2019

The circumstances of Jeffrey Epstein’s death fully justify the widespread suspicions that he was murdered.

“I begged them! I said ‘Please, I’ve never seen this country!’”
Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq

By Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2019

Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Wall Street financial vultures: Please be nice to Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2019

New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war

By Keith Jones, 10 August 2019

Trump in El Paso: The culprit returns to the scene of the crime

By Eric London, 8 August 2019

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

Five years after police murder of Michael Brown
Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests

By Niles Niemuth, 10 August 2019

More on Police Violence in America »

Currency war: A new stage in capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2019

Socialist Equality Party

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 August 2019

This lecture was delivered by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, at the opening of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 21, 2019.

The 2020 US Elections

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.

Free Assange and Manning

The ABC documentary “Hero or Villain”: Undermining the defence of Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 12 August 2019

The program’s pernicious subtext was that Assange should be viewed as dubious, at best, and undeserving of sympathy, let alone active political support.

Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2019

Australian spy and police chiefs say raids on journalists must continue

Chelsea Manning faces $441,000 in fines and another year in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

John Pilger warns: “Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him”

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 August 2019

Jennifer Robinson, a leading member of Assange’s legal team, speaks with the WSWS

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

Sri Lanka: Colombo University students call for release of Julian Assange

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

25 years ago: Major League Baseball players strike

On August 12, 1994, the 700 members of the Major League Baseball Players Association walked out over management’s demand for a cap on players’ salaries.

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50 years ago: British Labour government sends troops to Northern Ireland

On August 14, 1969, the Labour government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson decided to send British troops into Northern Ireland.

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75 years ago: Allies launch invasion of southern France

On August 15, 1944, Allied forces, including British and US troops and partisans of the French resistance, launched Operation Dragoon, a massive invasion of southern France aimed at expelling the German occupiers of the country.

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100 years ago: Polish uprising against German rule in Upper Silesia

On August 16, 1919, 140,000 Polish-speaking coal miners began a general strike against the German authorities in Upper Silesia after German border guards massacred 10 miners.

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Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019

Arts Review

Ground-breaking documentarian D.A. Pennebaker dies

By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2019

Pennebaker pioneered the use of handheld cameras and editorial comment to achieve an immediacy and closeness not previously achieved in documentary film-making.

Midsommar: Illuminating nothing

By Carlos Delgado, 9 August 2019

South African jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim returns with The Balance

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2019

Autoworker Struggles

Layoffs in global auto industry hit Mexico, India, China and the US

By Jerry White, 7 August 2019

Layoffs mount as slump in world auto industry deepens

“We are in a war with social injustice that cannot be reversed without an uprising”
Oshawa autoworker speaks on wildcat strikes, Unifor treachery

By Marcus Day, 9 August 2019

Canadian auto parts workers stage wildcat strike as Oshawa GM plant closure looms

“You work so hard and you can barely make ends meet”
Hundreds of Detroit workers line up to apply for new Fiat Chrysler jobs

By Jerry White, 9 August 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

Workers Struggles

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority approves plan to cut 2,700 jobs

By Isaac Finn, 9 August 2019

Michigan road workers strike major regional contractor

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2019

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2019

Kentucky miners block train tracks for sixth day demanding back pay

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Mass protests erupt after Sudan’s military junta guns down school children”

We are publishing in Arabic the article published August 1 on the World Socialist Web Site by Jean Shaoul.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE wins seat in student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

By the IYSSE group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 16 July 2019

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Socialist Equality Party Canada

Build rank-and-file committees to prepare a political general strike against Ontario's Doug Ford!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 July 2019

Canada’s Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine

History

American Independence Day 2019: From the “asylum for mankind” to the land of concentration camps

By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

Fund Appeal

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.