Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back

By Kayla Costa, 17 August 2019

The officers involved in the murder of De’Von Bailey, the 537th person killed by police in the US this year, have already been returned to active duty.

Lawyers raise questions after medical examiner declares Epstein committed suicide

By Jessica Goldstein, 17 August 2019

The New York Times has seized on the terse statement issued by the New York City medical examiner as supposed proof that any suggestion of possible foul play in Epstein’s death is the result of baseless “conspiracy theories.”

Autopsy indicates death of Jeffrey Epstein likely due to strangulation

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

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

“That was our money!” Autoworkers livid over UAW corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2019

Less than one month remains before the expiration of contracts covering 155,000 US auto workers, and there is growing rank-and-file outrage over rampant union corruption.

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

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

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit

By Barry Grey, 17 August 2019

The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump’s authoritarian agenda.

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

Questions continue over Russian nuclear accident

By Andrea Peters, 17 August 2019

The dangers associated with the rapidly accelerating global arms race are clear, even as questions remain over the nature of the nuclear explosion that occurred in Russia’s far north last week.

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2019

The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.

Report reveals damning evidence of Canadian government bid to block criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin

By Roger Jordan, 17 August 2019

The report presents a picture of a Who’s Who of the Canadian ruling elite working behind the scenes with the Prime Minister’s Office to shield one of the country’s most globally active corporations from criminal prosecution.

Japan-South Korea conflict intensifies

By Nick Beams, 17 August 2019

South Korea announced this week that it has removed Japan from a list of countries that qualify for accelerated supply of South Korean products, after Japan had imposed a similar measure against South Korea on August 2.

Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre

By Jacob Crosse, 17 August 2019

Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.

US: Homelessness, housing insecurity top list of college student stressors as new year begins

By James Vega and Phyllis Steele, 17 August 2019

A new study on student hunger and homelessness reveals that among US college students, 33 percent reported eating less than they felt necessary because they did not have enough money for food.

UK: Record £9.2 billion of NHS budget handed to private firms

By Ben Trent, 17 August 2019

A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.

US Kaiser Permanente workers vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike

New studies reveal growing epidemic of nurse suicides in the US

Nearly five million people in the UK live in “deep poverty”

By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2019

An army of 14.3 million people are in poverty with a third (4.5 million) in “deep poverty” and living on the breadline.

German Greens prepare for participation in government

By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2019

Fourteen years after the failure of the first Social Democrat-Green Party government, the Greens are being considered as a viable party of government in Germany once again.

New Zealand: Outrage over babies taken by the state

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 17 August 2019

The brutal seizure of babies and infants from poor, mostly Maori families, has provoked public protests and outrage in the working class.

Australian health workers protest assaults on staff

By John Wilson, 17 August 2019

The Health Services Union limited the action and channelled workers’ anger into a demand for more security officers, not for increased funding and staffing.

New in Turkish

Mehring Books’tan yeni kitap
Bolşevikler Stalinizme Karşı 1928-1933: Lev Troçki ve Sol Muhalefet

17 Ağustos 2019

Rogovin’in eseri, Lev Troçki önderliğinde, Sovyetler Birliği’nde ve uluslararası ölçekte Stalinizme yönelik güçlü bir sosyalist muhalefetin var olduğunu göstermektedir.

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Eine weitere diktatorische Maßnahme: Trump hindert zwei Kongressabgeordnete an Israel-Reise

Patrick Martin, 17. August 2019

Mit seinem Einschreiten gegen die Israel-Reise der Abgeordneten Rashida Tlaib und Ilhan Omar verstößt Trump erneut gegen die Verfassung der USA.

Trump fordert Ende des „Hongkong-Problems“, während China Truppen an der Grenze zusammenzieht

Mike Head, 17. August 2019

Der US-Präsident solidarisiert sich mit seinem chinesischen Amtskollegen in dem „harten Geschäft“, mit sozialen Unruhen fertigzuwerden.

F.A.Z. verteidigt rechtsradikalen Humboldt-Professor Baberowski

Johannes Stern, 17. August 2019

Die F.A.Z. ist außer sich, weil Studierende die Pläne, an der Humboldt-Universität ein Diktaturen-Zentrum zu errichten, gestoppt haben.

Landtagswahl in Brandenburg: AfD führt in den Umfragen

Tino Jacobson, 17. August 2019

Während in ganz Brandenburg fast 600 Einkommensmillionäre leben, sind große Teile des Landes deindustrialisiert, abgehängt und von Armut und Überalterung geprägt. Das hat sich in den zehn Jahren rot-roter Regierung nicht geändert.

Italien: Politisches Tauziehen um zwei NGO-Schiffe

Marianne Arens, 17. August 2019

Immer noch warten mehr als 500 geflüchtete Menschen auf zwei NGO-Schiffen im Mittelmeer auf Landeerlaubnis. Sie sind in der Regierungskrise zum Spielball der Parteien geworden.

Corbyn möchte als Chef einer „Übergangsregierung“ einen harten Brexit verhindern

Chris Marsden, 17. August 2019

Corbyn versichert seinen politischen Gegnern, darunter den Blair-Anhängern in seiner eigenen Partei, dass ihm ausschließlich das „nationale Interesse“ am Herzen liegt.

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 paso dictatorial: Trump prohíbe viaje de dos legisladoras a Israel

Patrick Martin, 17 agosto 2019

La intervención del presidente para prohibir el viaje de las diputadas Rashida Tlaib e Ilhan Omar constituye otro golpe contra el marco constitucional de EUA.

Los orígenes y consecuencias políticas de la escisión de 1982-86 en el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional

David North, 17 agosto 2019

Esta conferencia fue pronunciada por David North, presidente del Consejo Editorial Internacional del WSWS, en la escuela de verano del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EUA) el 21 de julio de 2019.

Mientras China acumula tropas en frontera, Trump llama a poner fin al “problema” en Hong Kong

Mike Head, 17 agosto 2019

El presidente estadounidense se solidarizó con su contraparte china en el “negocio difícil” de tratar con el malestar social.

Funcionario de la UAW acusado por aceptar millones en sobornos a medida que el escándalo se extiende a GM

Tom Hall, 17 agosto 2019

Michael Grimes recibió casi 2 millones de dólares en sobornos para sí mismo y otros burócratas, según investigadores federales

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 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

State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class

17 August 2019

Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

The newest #MeToo atrocity: Opera singer Plácido Domingo comes under attack

By David Walsh, 17 August 2019

On August 13, the Associated Press posted an article by Jocelyn Gecker alleging that Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo had sexually harassed a number of women over a period of several decades.

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

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

Commentary

Facial recognition technology and identity politics

By Kevin Reed, 17 August 2019

The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and “equalize” facial recognition technology.

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

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

Financial turbulence continues as major economies move towards recession

By Nick Beams, 16 August 2019

Trump again “jokes” about extending his presidency

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2019

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

Trump administration sabotages Endangered Species Act

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.

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

“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

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

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?

Workers Struggles

Indian chemical workers oppose privatisation; Bangladesh garment workers protest for unpaid wages; Australian rail and tram workers to take industrial action
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 August 2019

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

UK: Asda supermarket workers protest inferior contract

By Robert Stevens, 16 August 2019

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

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

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.