As China masses troops on border, Trump calls for end to Hong Kong “problem”

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

The US president solidarised himself with his Chinese counterpart in the “tough business” of dealing with social unrest.

UAW official indicted for taking millions in bribes as scandal spreads to GM

By Tom Hall, 16 August 2019

Michael Grimes took nearly $2 million in kickbacks for himself and fellow bureaucrats, according to federal investigators.

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

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

Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession

By Nick Beams, 16 August 2019

The gyrations in financial markets and the growing signs of recession—threatening to set in motion a crisis even more severe than that of 2008—pose vital political issues before the working class in every country.

Wall Street plunges on fears of global recession

Hong Kong protests met with denunciations and threats

Protesters pepper-sprayed outside Rhode Island ICE facility after officer drives truck into crowd

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2019

At least one demonstrator was seriously injured in the attack, suffering a broken leg, internal bleeding, and a back injury.

Lead contamination crisis grows
Newark, New Jersey suspends distribution of bottled water over expiration concerns

By Shuvu Batta, 16 August 2019

City officials were forced to stop distributions Tuesday in response to concerns over cases of bottled water that were labeled as expired.

Bottled water distributions begin as lead water poisoning crisis erupts in Newark, New Jersey

Autopsy indicates death of Jeffrey Epstein likely due to strangulation

By Matthew Taylor, 16 August 2019

The report based on the autopsy explodes the ongoing efforts by the media, led by the New York Times, to dismiss all questions about the death of Epstein as “conspiracy theories.”

Still no explanation for death of Epstein in prison

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

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

Corbyn makes his pitch to head a “caretaker government” to stop no-deal Brexit

By Chris Marsden, 16 August 2019

Corbyn’s letter sees him bend over backward to reassure his political opponents, including the Blairites in his own party, as well as big business that he has only the “national interest” at heart.

Iran tanker released in Gibraltar despite US bid to seize it

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2019

The decision to release the tanker, formally declared by Gibraltar, but clearly made in London, exposes rising tensions over Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy.

US Kaiser Permanente workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike

By Dan Conway, 16 August 2019

The 98 percent strike vote is a powerful expression of opposition to decades of attacks on workers by the multi-trillion dollar US health care industry.

New studies reveal growing epidemic of nurse suicides in the US

By Alex Johnson, 16 August 2019

Hospital conditions and the accompanying mental health strain are driving increasing numbers of nurses to take their own lives.

Oslo mosque targeted in attempted far-right terrorist attack

By Sam Dalton, 16 August 2019

The Norwegian political establishment has promoted the hysterical anti-immigrant atmosphere that encourages fascist attacks.

Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.

New in Turkish

“Lanetliler Gemisi:” Yüzlerce sığınmacı Akdeniz’de kapana kısıldı

Bill Van Auken, 16 Ağustos 2019

Geçtiğimiz iki hafta içinde yaşanan bir dizi olay, tüm dünyadaki kapitalist hükümetlerin sığınmacılara sistematik kötü muamelesine ve acımasızca davranmasına büyük bir öfkeye yol açtı.

New in French

Les craintes d'une récession mondiale font chuter Wall Street

Nick Beams, 16 août 2019

Alors que l'on craint de plus en plus que la faiblesse des taux d'intérêt et l'«assouplissement quantitatif» ne suffisent pas à éviter une nouvelle récession mondiale, les cercles dirigeants craignent une opposition croissante de la classe ouvrière.

Les campements d’immigrés à Paris: victimes de la guerre de la France et de l’UE contre les réfugiés

Will Morrow, 16 août 2019

Tous les soirs à Paris, dans de vastes campements situés sous les viaducs des autoroutes ou dans les parcs et terrains de jeux, des milliers de réfugiés dorment dans la rue.

New in Spanish

Un mes antes de la expiración de contratos
Trabajadores automotores estadounidenses en rumbo de colisión con empresas

Jerry White, 16 agosto 2019

Mientras las empresas transnacionales han logrado ganancias récord desde el colapso financiero de 2008, los trabajadores automotores han sufrido una década de caída en los salarios reales. Están decididos a obtener conquistas importantes.

Wall Street se hunde temiendo una recesión global

Nick Beams, 16 agosto 2019

En medio de las crecientes preocupaciones de que las bajas tasas de interés y la "facilitación cuantitativa" no serán suficientes para evitar una nueva recesión mundial, hay un profundo temor en los círculos gobernantes de creciente oposición de la clase trabajadora.

El estado de sitio sin precedentes indio en Cachemira llega a onceavo día

K. Ratnayake, 16 agosto 2019

El Gobierno del partido supremacista hindú BJP de la India ha impuesto un estado de sitio brutal para suprimir la oposición masiva a sus sometimiento de la parte de Cachemira controlada por la India a un dominio permanente de Gobierno central.

Los talibanes afirman haber hecho progreso en las conversaciones sobre Afganistán, el comando estadounidense dice que las operaciones continúan

Bill Van Auken, 16 agosto 2019

Se informa de que Trump está presionando para la retirada de las tropas estadounidenses antes de las elecciones de 2020, mientras que destacados republicanos están presionando por una “fuerza residual” de fuerzas especiales y la CIA.

New in Norwegian

Wall Street stuper av frykt for en global resesjon

Nick Beams, 16. august 2019

Samtidig med økende bekymringer for at lave renter og «kvantitativ lettelse» ikke vil være nok til å avverge en ny global nedgang er det en dyp frykt i styringskretser for den økende motstanden i arbeiderklassen.

Nå tilgjengelig fra Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposistion av Vadim Z. Rogovin

16. august 2019

Mehring Books har akkurat utgitt den engelske nye oversettelsen av det andre bindet av Rogovins monumentale sjubindserie Var det et alternativ til stalinisme?

Argentinas aksjemarked krasjer etter at Macri tapte primærvalg

Rafael Azul, 16. august 2019

Markedsstyrten viser internasjonal finanskapitals bekymringer for at primærvalget reflekterer en massiv sosial motstand mot de vedvarende innstrammingsregimene.

Ytrehøyreregjering valgt i Guatemala

Andrea Lobo, 16. august 2019

Valget, som var preget av en lav deltakelse og masseprotester, ble overskygget av den folkelige forargelsen over «sikker tredjestat»-avtalen pålagt av Trump.

Italia: Demokrater og Femstjernebevegelsen oppfordrer til teknokratisk regjering

Marianne Arens, 16. august 2019

Senatet i Italia skal den 20. august avholde et mistillitsvotum over den nåværende regjeringen, etter at den høyreekstreme innenriksministeren Matteo Salvini brøt regjeringsalliansen.

Tyske medier og Julian Assange: Taushet og bakvaskelser

Gregor Link og Johannes Stern, 16. august 2019

Mer enn to uker etter at en amerikansk føderal domstol kastet ut en sivilsak anlagt av Den demokratiske nasjonalkomitéen (DNC) mot Julian Assange har tyske medier vært dominert av en beskjemmet taushet.

New in German

Einen Monat vor Ablauf der Tarifverträge in der Autoindustrie:
US-Autoarbeiter auf Kollisionskurs mit den Unternehmen

Jerry White, 16. August 2019

Während die transnationalen Konzerne seit dem Finanzcrash 2008 Rekordgewinne erzielt haben, sind die Arbeiter in der Autobranche seit einem Jahrzehnt mit sinkenden Reallöhnen konfrontiert. Sie sind entschlossen, nun erhebliche Zuwächse zu erkämpfen.

Der AfD/CDU- Wahlkampf von Ex-Geheimdienstchef Maaßen

Ulrich Rippert, 16. August 2019

Maaßen organisiert im sächsischen Landtagswahlkampf gemeinsam mit der rechts-konservativen WerteUnion Wahlversammlungen, an denen oft mehr AfD-Anhänger als CDU-Wähler teilnehmen.

US-Aktienmärkte: Angst vor globaler Rezession sorgt für Kursverluste

Nick Beams, 16. August 2019

Vor dem Hintergrund wachsender Sorge, dass niedrige Zinsen und „quantitative Lockerung“ nicht genug sein werden, um einen neuen globalen Abschwung abzuwehren, breitet sich in herrschenden Kreisen eine tiefe Furcht vor dem wachsenden Widerstand der Arbeiterklasse aus.

Assanges Rechtsanwältin Jennifer Robinson im Gespräch mit der WSWS

unsern Reportern, 16. August 2019

„Es spricht Bände über Australiens Stellung in der Welt, dass die Regierung nicht bereit ist, sich gegen die Vereinigten Staaten zu stellen und einen australischen Bürger zu schützen.“

Prozess gegen ehemaligen SS-Wachmann beginnt in Hamburg

Sven Wurm, 16. August 2019

Dem heute 92-jährigen Bruno R. wird vorgeworfen, sich als Teil der SS-Wachmannschaft im Konzentrationslager Stutthof der Beihilfe zum 5230-fachen Mord schuldig gemacht zu haben.

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.

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Perspective

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen

16 August 2019

The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Report

“It’s not just miners, but all blue-collar workers, like the teachers, who have been mistreated too”
Blackjewel miners in Kentucky vow to continue fight against coal operator

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 August 2019

Two miners who have played a prominent role in the blockade of the coal train in Cumberland, Kentucky, spoke to the WSWS about their struggle to obtain back pay from the bankrupt coal company.

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

History

200 years since the Peterloo Massacre

By Paul Bond, 16 August 2019

A savage attack by sword-wielding cavalry on a crowd of protesters in Manchester, England in August 1819 resulted in at least 18 people being killed and some 700 injured.

Workers Struggles

UK: Asda supermarket workers protest inferior contract

By Robert Stevens, 16 August 2019

Asda’s workers face a devastating situation because the GMB union agreed to the contract being brought in on a “voluntary” basis two years ago and have refused to mount any serious fight since then.

UK supermarket worker: “The ‘choice’ from Asda is no choice—you sign or you’re out of a job”

By our reporters, 16 August 2019

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Asda supermarket workers, who protested in Leeds Wednesday against the imposition of an inferior contract.

Threat of Ryanair strikes across Europe; Kenyan public workers in 15 counties are set to walk out
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 August 2019

More workers at Ryanair have voted to strike as the job action by Portuguese delivery drivers continues and Kenyan public sector workers are set to walk out Tuesday.

Hospital workers strike spreads throughout France

By Anthony Torres, 15 August 2019

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

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?

Commentary

Trump again “jokes” about extending his presidency

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2019

India’s unprecedented lockdown of Kashmir in eleventh day

By K. Ratnayake, 15 August 2019

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

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

By Will Morrow, 13 August 2019

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

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2019

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

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Trump administration sabotages Endangered Species Act

By Kevin Martinez, 15 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

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

Arts Review

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

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

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

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

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

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.