Wall Street plunges on fears of global recession

By Nick Beams, 15 August 2019

Amid growing concerns that low interest rates and “quantitative easing” will not be enough to stave off a new global downturn, there is a deep fear in ruling circles of mounting opposition in the working class.

India’s unprecedented lockdown of Kashmir in eleventh day

By K. Ratnayake, 15 August 2019

India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government has imposed a brutal lockdown to suppress mass opposition to its subjecting Indian-held Kashmir to permanent central government domination.

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

Taliban claim breakthrough in Afghanistan talks, US commander says operations continue

By Bill Van Auken, 15 August 2019

Trump is reportedly pushing for a withdrawal of US troops before the 2020 election, while leading Republicans are pressing for a “residual force” of special forces and CIA.

Still no explanation for death of Epstein in prison

By a reporter, 15 August 2019

No information has been made public to explain who made the decisions that left the multi-millionaire alleged sex-trafficker alone in his cell the day he died.

Why is the media dismissing questions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death as “conspiracy theories”?

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

Trade war, falling sales take center stage at Michigan auto industry conference

By Tom Hall, 15 August 2019

The discussions at the Management Briefing Seminar exposed the financial pressures on the auto industry that are driving demands for ever greater attacks on workers.

DSA candidate concedes Queens District Attorney race

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2019

Despite the rhetoric of Democratic Socialists of America member Tiffany Cabán, the Queens election was a conflict between two factions of the right-wing Democratic Party.

Trump administration sabotages Endangered Species Act

By Kevin Martinez, 15 August 2019

The White House is seeking to reduce environmental regulations aimed at preserving plants and animals from extinction.

Canada: New federal law expands national security agencies’ repressive powers

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 August 2019

The new Liberal law entrenches the key anti-democratic provisions of the Harper government’s Bill C-51 and grants Canada spy agencies even more draconian powers.

Hospital workers strike spreads throughout France

By Anthony Torres, 15 August 2019

The urgent care nurses and assistants are opposing Macron’s assault on healthcare and the deterioration of conditions for staff and patients.

A socialist strategy is needed to defend jobs and conditions
UK: Bradford NHS workers vote to strike against privatisation

By Richard Tyler, 15 August 2019

Hospital workers in Bradford, England, facing the backdoor privatisation of their jobs, have voted to take indefinite strike action from August 26.

Scotland records highest drug fatality rate in the UK

By Stephen Alexander, 15 August 2019

The deaths from drug overdoses have fallen disproportionately on poor, urban areas of the former industrial working class.

Conservatives and Social Democrats court the far-right Austrian Freedom Party

By Markus Salzmann, 15 August 2019

Several opinion polls show the far-right FPÖ and its lead candidate with a clear advantage, while the establishment bourgeois parties are running about equal.

Australia: Pro-US ideologue brands student groups as China’s “useful idiots”

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 August 2019

Clive Hamilton’s comments are a warning that Australia’s involvement in the US drive to war with China will be accompanied by political repression domestically.

New in Russian

Остановить правый заговор! Защитить ПСР от секретной службы Verfassungsschutz!

Партия Социалистического Равенства (Германия), 13 августа 2019 г.

Германская Федеральная служба защиты конституции подготовила 56-станичный документ в ответ на судебный иск, поданный Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Партией Социалистического Равенства), где оспаривается ее официальная характеристика как «левоэкстремистской» организации, которая подлежит государственному наблюдению. Документ правительства является злобным обличительным выступлением против марксизма и всех форм социалистической, левой и прогрессивной мысли.

New in Portuguese

Importante pablista Gilbert Achcar dá conselhos de contrainsurgência ao exército britânico

Por Thomas Scripps, 14 Agosto 2019

Os grupos da pseudo-esquerda estão se alistando ao serviço do aparato militar e de segurança, oferecendo seu conhecimento acadêmico sobre as nações da África e do Oriente Médio que são alvos do imperialismo.

New in Spanish

¿Por qué la prensa desestima como “teorías conspirativas” las interrogantes en torno a la muerte de Jeffrey Epstein?

Por Patrick Martin, 14 agosto 2019

Sea un asesinato orquestado por aquellos que temían que él sabía demasiado o un suicidio ante múltiples violaciones de protocolos en la prisión, la muerte de Jeffrey Epstein es el resultado de una conspiración.

Protesta cierra aeropuerto internacional de Hong Kong

Por Peter Symonds, 14 agosto 2019

El cierre del octavo aeropuerto más grande del mundo después de la huelga general de la semana pasada marca una profundización importante de la crisis política en Hong Kong.

“Algunos niños se esconden en su casa, al estilo de Ana Frank”
Los residentes comparan el trauma de la incursión de ICE en Mississippi con el huracán Katrina

Por Norisa Diaz, 14 agosto 2019

Los niños tienen miedo de asistir a la escuela o dejar el lado de sus padres. Las familias se esconden en sus hogares.

Crece la preocupación por la estabilidad financiera mundial

Por Nick Beams, 14 agosto 2019

Hay una situación históricamente sin precedentes en los mercados de bonos. Se estima que alrededor de $15 billones en bonos de gobiernos se negocian con rendimientos negativos, lo que significa que un inversor que compró el bono y lo mantuvo hasta su vencimiento podría sufrir una pérdida.

Bolsonaro de Brasil amenaza a Glenn Greenwald y aumenta las diatribas fascistas

Por Miguel Andrade, 14 agosto 2019

Bolsonaro está comprometido en la construcción de un movimiento fascista basada en las fuerzas de seguridad y se siente envalentonado por el amplio consenso en los círculos gobernantes por su agenda económica.

Autoridades rusas continúan medidas severas contra protestas de oposición

Por Clara Weiss, 14 agosto 2019

Las medidas severas violentas contra protestas por la oposición “liberal” tiene como blanco intimidar a toda la oposición gubernamental y preparar la supresión de resistencia generalizada por la clase obrera.

"Abrieron fuego como si fuéramos animales"
La policía de AMLO matan a tiros a un inmigrante cerca de la frontera estadounidense

Por Andrea Lobo, 14 agosto 2019

Un migrante fue asesinado a tiros mientras huía de la policía con su hija de ocho años horas antes de que Trump elogió el gobierno del presidente mexicano Andrés Manuel López Obrador en un mitin en.

New in Norwegian

«De fordømtes seilas»: Hundrevis av flyktninger standet på Middelhavet

Bill Van Auken, 15. august 2019

Europas regjeringer har stengt dørene for flyktninger reddet på havet etter å ha flyktet fra død og tortur.

Hong Kong protester møtt med fordømmelser og trusler

Peter Symonds, 15. august 2019

Den dempede responsen på truslene om en kinesisk intervensjon gjenspeiler frykten i styringskretser internasjonalt for at begivenhetene i Hong Kong kunne replikeres i byer rundt om i verden.

Amerikanske medier fortsetter å dempe mistanker om Jeffrey Epsteins død

David Walsh, 15. august 2019

Etter dager med hesblesende dekning fjernet både New York Times og Wall Street Journal Epstein-historien fra forsidene for tirsdagens papirutgaver.

Portugals sosialdemokratiske regjering kaller ut hæren mot trailersjåførenes streik

Alex Lantier, 15. august 2019

Finansaristokratiet har gjort det klart at det ikke vil tolerere arbeidernes krav om en skikkelig økning av lønninger og arbeidsbetingelser, anstendige hvileperioder og grunnleggende sosiale endringer.

New in German

„Reise der Verdammten“: Hunderte Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer gefangen

Bill Van Auken, 15. August 2019

Die europäischen Regierungen verwehren Hunderten Menschen, die vor Tod und Folter auf der Flucht sind und auf dem Mittelmeer gerettet wurden, die Einreise.

Grüne bereiten sich auf Regierungsbeteiligung vor

Peter Schwarz, 15. August 2019

Die Grünen demonstrieren ihre Bereitschaft, die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus, den Aufbau eines Polizeistaats und den Sozialabbau energisch voranzutreiben.

Portugals sozialdemokratische Regierung setzt Militär gegen streikende Lkw-Fahrer ein

Alex Lantier, 15. August 2019

Die Finanzaristokratie hat deutlich gemacht, dass sie die Forderungen der Arbeiter nach einer deutlichen Lohnerhöhung, besseren Arbeitsbedingungen, angemessenen Ruhezeiten und grundlegenden sozialen Veränderungen nicht tolerieren wird.

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

Les manifestations à Hong Kong accueillies par des menaces et des dénonciations

Peter Symonds, 15 août 2019

La réaction discrète face aux menaces d’intervention chinoise reflète la crainte des cercles dirigeants à l’échelle de la planète que les événements à Hong Kong puissent être répliqués dans des villes à travers le monde.

Les manifestations à Hong Kong se poursuivent pour une dixième semaine

Peter Symonds, 15 août 2019

Les manifestations de dimanche ont eu lieu dans différents endroits de Hong Kong et ont subi les assauts des gaz lacrymogènes et des matraques de la police antiémeute.

«Voyage des damnés»: des centaines de réfugiés bloqués en Méditerranée

Bill van Auken, 15 août 2019

Les gouvernements d’Europe ont fermé leurs portes aux réfugiés, sauvés en mer après avoir fui la mort et la torture

Portugal: le gouvernement social-démocrate mobilise l'armée contre la grève des routiers

Alex Lantier, 15 août 2019

L'aristocratie financière a clairement montré qu'elle ne tolérerait pas les revendications des travailleurs réclamant une forte amélioration des salaires et des conditions de travail, des temps de repos appropriés et un profond changement social.

La grève des urgentistes s’étend à travers la France

Anthony Torres, 15 août 2019

Les urgentistes dénoncent le projet de loi santé 2022 et la dégradation des conditions de travail et d’accueil des patients depuis des décennies.

Pourquoi les médias attaquent-ils les questions sur la mort de Jeffrey Epstein et les traitent-ils de «théories du complot»?

Patrick Martin, 15 août 2019

Qu'il s'agisse d'un assassinat orchestré par ceux qui craignaient qu'il en sache trop, ou d'un suicide dans des conditions de multiples violations des protocoles de la prison, la mort de Jeffrey Epstein est le résultat d'un complot.

«Nous sommes en guerre avec une injustice sociale qui ne peut être renversée sans un soulèvement»
Un travailleur de l'automobile d'Oshawa parle de grèves sauvages et de la trahison d'Unifor

Marcus Day, 15 août 2019

Un travailleur de l’automobile à l’usine d’un fournisseur de GM à Oshawa, au Canada, qui doit fermer ses portes plus tard cette année, a parlé au WSWS des grèves sauvages de la semaine dernière.

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Perspective

One month before the expiration of auto contracts
US autoworkers on collision course with the companies

15 August 2019

While the transnational corporations have made record profits since the 2008 financial crash, autoworkers have suffered a decade of falling real wages. They are determined to win substantial gains.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Trump again “jokes” about extending his presidency

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2019

There is nothing funny about an American president publicly mulling over the prospects for becoming dictator-for-life.

“Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2019

Hong Kong protests met with denunciations and threats

By Peter Symonds, 14 August 2019

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink

By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2019

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

By Eric London, 12 August 2019

“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

Mehring Books

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

14 August 2019

Mehring Books has just released the new English translation of the second volume of Rogovin’s monumental seven-volume series Was There an Alternative to Stalinism?

Arts Review

San Francisco school board proposes “compromise” in move to suppress historic Depression-era murals

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

School board officials in San Francisco continue their attempt to censor the left-wing murals painted by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School despite broad popular opposition.

Comments from August 13 SFUSD school board meeting
Supporters of the “Life of Washington” mural in San Francisco speak their minds

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

At Tuesday’s meeting of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD Board of Education), numerous speakers eloquently addressed the issues involved in the censorship of Victor Arnautoff’s “Life of Washington” mural.

Stop the suppression of the San Francisco murals! Defend the right to history, art and culture!

Large turnout to view George Washington murals slated for destruction by San Francisco school board

An interview with historian Brenda Wineapple, author of books on Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
“Writing is a solitary and private act … I’m going to say what I think is true”

By David Walsh, 13 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

Featured Report

Immigrant tent camps in Paris: Victims of France’s war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 13 August 2019

Free Assange and Manning

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

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

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

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.

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

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

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!

Persecuted Sri Lankan writer released on bail

By Vimukthi Vidarshana, 13 August 2019

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

North American Immigration Issues

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”
Residents compare trauma of Mississippi ICE Raid to Hurricane Katrina

By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019

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

“We can come together as a force:” Nashville resident who saw neighbors stop ICE speaks out

By our reporters, 13 August 2019

Scores arrested in protests against ICE in New York City

By Owen Mullan, 13 August 2019

Workers Struggles

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

The 2020 US Elections

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

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

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 »

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

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.