Trump meets with security council on Iran war plans

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2019

Washington has yet to produce a shred of evidence of Iran's responsibility for the Saudi attacks, which have been seized upon as a pretext for preparing a war for regime change.

Trump reviewing target lists as Iran war threat mounts

Washington steps up threats against Iran over strikes on Saudi oil facilities

“We should all be on strike”
Autoworkers call for industrywide action to back strike by GM workers

By Jerry White, 20 September 2019

The strike by 47,000 General Motors workers in the US, which entered its fifth day today, is the longest walkout at the company since the 67-day strike by 460,000 GM workers in 1970.

Autoworkers at GM, Fiat Chrysler and Ford react to UAW’s starvation strike pay

By Tom Hall, 20 September 2019

Yesterday’s article detailing how the union has used the strike fund as a slush fund for UAW officials elicited a strong response from autoworkers.

The UAW’s $760 million strike fund: A bonanza for Solidarity House executives but only $250 per week for striking GM workers

The strike at General Motors: Class struggle vs. the reactionary politics of racial division

India: Motherson auto parts company in Chennai victimises strikers

By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2019

The company is the largest supplier of moulded parts, assemblies and modules to India’s domestic automotive industry.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian auto workers face sackings and wage cuts

The struggle of autoworkers against GM, Ford, and Chrysler requires a global strategy

More on autoworkers struggles »

US healthcare workers face rise in workplace violence

By Alex Johnson, 20 September 2019

One in four nurses is assaulted on the job on any given day as the healthcare crisis creates a toxic workplace environment.

Strike date of October 14 set for 80,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers across US

Immigrant shot by ICE agents two weeks ago detained in lawyer’s parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee

By Casey Gold, 20 September 2019

ICE agents forced Jose Fernando Andrade-Sanchez to the ground, despite attempts to inform the agents that he was still injured from ICE’s previous attack.

One year since Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley gas explosions

By Mike Ingram, 20 September 2019

A year after a series of explosions left one city and two towns in Massachusetts burning, the impact is still being felt by residents.

Germany: How the secret service and far-right AfD organised the ban on the “linksunten.indymedia” website

By Peter Schwarz, 20 September 2019

The cessation of criminal proceedings confirms that the ban on the website was an act of political censorship in which the Interior Ministry, the secret service and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) closely collaborated.

UK government, police prevent coroner’s inquest into Manchester Arena bombing

By Robert Stevens, 20 September 2019

The coroner admits that the government and police are withholding information that “relates to the issue of whether the attack by Salman Abedi could have been prevented by the authorities.”

British postal workers to hold strike ballot to defend jobs and conditions

By Steve James, 20 September 2019

Some 110,000 postal workers in Britain are balloting on industrial action, with the vote likely to return a large majority to strike.

Macron, Steinmeier visit Rome to prepare new EU repression of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2019

The removal of the neo-fascists from the Italian government has not produced any shift towards a less militaristic and anti-refugee policy.

Confrontation with China focus of Australian prime minister’s state visit to Washington

By James Cogan, 20 September 2019

US-Australia relations are predicated on and aggressively seek to protect and extend immense corporate interests.

19 September 2019

Inconclusive second elections intensify Israel’s political crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 19 September 2019

GM shuts off healthcare for striking autoworkers, begins to use scabs in attempt to break strike

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 September 2019

Unifor shuts down Nemak auto parts strike in Windsor, Canada

By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

Election set for November 10 as attempts to form Spanish government collapse

By Alejandro López, 19 September 2019

US seeks to intimidate Beijing in the South China Sea

By James Cogan, 19 September 2019

The US Navy has now carried out two “freedom of navigation” incursions into Chinese-claimed waters in less than three weeks.

Mass protests erupt against Algerian army’s call for December elections

By Kumaran Ira, 19 September 2019

Protesters demanded no election take place as long as stooges of the ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika remain in power.

Thousands of Sri Lankan university workers demonstrate in Colombo

By our correspondents, 19 September 2019

In contrast to the efforts of the unions to shut down the strike, workers’ opposition is growing, not only to the government but also to the unions and capitalist parties.

New in Russian

Новая книга издательства Mehring Books
Большевики против сталинизма, 1928-1933: Лев Троцкий и Левая оппозиция Вадима Роговина

19 сентября 2019 г.

Издательство Mehring Books недавно опубликовало новый английский перевод второго тома монументальной семитомной серии Роговина под названием Была ли альтернатива сталинизму?

Анонс новой публикации издательства Mehring Books
Авторское предисловие к книге Большевики против сталинизма, 1928-1933: Лев Троцкий и Левая оппозиция

19 сентября 2019 г.

Мы публикуем предисловие Вадима Роговина, марксистского историка и социолога, ко второму тому его семитомной серии Была ли альтернатива сталинизму?, английский перевод которого недавно вышел из печати.

New in French

Des manifestations de masse éclatent contre l’armée algérienne et l’annonce d’élections en décembre

Kumaran Ira, 20 septembre 2019

Les manifestants refusent que la moindre élection ait lieu tant que les laquais de ce dernier, comme Salah et Bensalah, resteront au pouvoir.

La seule solution au changement climatique est le socialisme mondial

les Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale, 20 septembre 2019

Il faut que les millions de personnes qui protestent contre le réchauffement climatique s’orientent vers la classe ouvrière internationale pour résoudre la catastrophe environnementale.

New in Spanish

El fondo de huelga de $760 millones del UAW: fortunas para los ejecutivos sindicales pero solo $250 por semana para los huelguistas en GM

Eric London, 20 septiembre 2019

La negativa del UAW de proveer un apoyo financiero adecuado para la huelga expone el conflicto infranqueable entre los intereses de los administradores sindicales y las bases obreras.

Trabajadores brasileños de GM hablan sobre la huelga de trabajadores automotores estadounidenses

equipo de reporteros del WSWS, 20 septiembre 2019

Los trabajadores brasileños de GM reconocen cada vez más que cada problema al que confrontan es común a sus hermanos de clase en Estados Unidos e internacionalmente.

La única solución al cambio climático es el socialismo mundial

Jóvenes y Estudiantes Internacionales por la Igualdad Social, 20 septiembre 2019

Los millones de personas que marchan contra el calentamiento global deben recurrir a la clase obrera internacional para resolver la catástrofe ambiental que se está desarrollando.

"El sindicato es una empresa ahora"
Trabajadores automotores en huelga de GM piden la expansión de la huelga a Ford y Fiat Chrysler, denuncian sabotaje de UAW

Tom Hall, 20 septiembre 2019

Los trabajadores están decididos a luchar contra las empresas automotrices, pero no tienen confianza en el sindicato United Auto Workers para llevar a cabo una lucha.

GM suspende cobertura médica de huelguistas y empieza a utilizar rompehuelgas

Jerry White y Tom Hall, 20 septiembre 2019

Los trabajadores no solo están luchando contra los ejecutivos de General Motors, sino también Wall Street y poderosos inversores globales que exigen ataques mayores contra la clase obrera para alimentar el surgimiento interminable de los mercados bursátiles.

New in Norwegian

Streiken ved General Motors: Klassekamp kontra reaksjonær etnisitetsbasert splittelsespolitikk

Joseph Kishore, 19. september 2019

Amerikanske bilarbeideres streik motbeviser alle de som har hevdet en slutt på klassekampen, som angivelig skulle være erstattet av konflikter sentrert rundt etnisitet, hudfarge, kjønn og seksuallegning.

Trump-administrasjonen griper inn for å få lagt ned GM-streiken

Tom Hall, 19. september 2019

Bilarbeidere må advares: intervensjonen fra Trump-administrasjonen er ikke i deres interesser. Alle deres krav vil bli feid til side med løgnaktige løfter om å «redde» amerikanske arbeidsplasser.

Washington trapper opp trusler mot Iran over angrep på saudiarabiske oljeanlegg

Bill Van Auken, 19. september 2019

Pentagon har gitt Trumps Hvite hus en rekke alternativer for militæraggresjon mot Iran.

Video: Streikende GM-arbeidere i Flint, Michigan diskuterer sentralanliggender for deres kamp

WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 19. september 2019

GM-arbeidere i Flint, åsted for sitt-ned-streikene i 1937 og 1938, beskriver betydningen av deres kamp mot gigantkonsernet og tiår med innrømmelser godtatt av UAW.

«Vi vil ikke akseptere en opptrappet produksjon»
GM-arbeidere i Mexico avholder forsamling for å diskutere streiken i USA

våre reportere, 19. september 2019

En arbeider ved GM-anlegget i Silao melder en oppfordring til amerikanske arbeidere: «Hold oss informerte, så vil vi informere folk her, for at vi kan avgjøre hva vi skal gjøre. Det er folk her som støtter oss, og vi må opprettholde kampen. Dersom flere støtter oss her, da går vi frem.»

Hundretusener av indiske bilarbeidere truet av oppsigelser og lønnskutt

Saman Gunadasa, 19. september 2019

Angrepet på indiske arbeidere er del av det eskalerende globale angrepet på arbeidsplassene, lønningene og arbeidsvilkårene til bilarbeidere i USA, Canada, Mexico, Europa og Asia.

New in Turkish

Washington İran’ı suçlamak için Suudilere yönelik saldırıların üstüne atlıyor

Bill Van Auken, 18 Eylül 2019

Washington bu kez, İran’a karşı savaş bahanesi olarak Cumartesi günü Suudi tesislerine yapılan saldırılara sarılmış durumda.

ABD’li otomotiv işçileri General Motors’ta şalteri indirdi

WSWS Yayın Kurulu, 18 Eylül 2019

46 bin General Motors (GM) işçisi Pazar gece yarısı greve çıktı. İşçiler, bu mücadeleye koyulurken, savaş alanının haritasını çıkarmalı ve müttefiklerinin ve düşmanlarının kim olduğuna ilişkin bir kavrayış temelinde bir strateji geliştirmeliler.

Yüzlerce otomotiv işçisi GM, Ford ve Chrysler’deki toplu sözleşme mücadelesini tartıştı

Marcus Day, 18 Eylül 2019

Perşembe akşamı WSWS Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni’nin düzenlediği toplantıya, 300’ü aşkın otomotiv işçisinin yanı sıra Amazon’dan ve başka sektörlerden işçiler katıldı.

Pamela Anderson Julian Assange'ı savunuyor: “Gazetecilik suç değildir!”

Oscar Grenfell, 18 Eylül 2019

Pamela Anderson, Julian Assange, Assange, Wikileaks, ABD

New in German

Washington beschuldigt Iran und bereitet weiteren Nahostkrieg vor

Bill Van Auken, 18. September 2019

Ohne den geringsten Beweisen vorzulegen, gibt die Trump-Regierung Teheran die Schuld für Angriffe in Saudi-Arabien, die den Vorwand für einen weiteren US-Krieg im Nahen Osten liefern können.

„Alle Gewerkschaftsfunktionäre sollten zurück ans Band und zehn Jahre Teilzeit arbeiten müssen“
GM-Arbeiter kampfbereit: Ford- und Chrysler-Arbeiter wollen sich dem Streik anschließen

Jerry White, 18. September 2019

Bereits am ersten Tag ihres Streiks äußerten die Arbeiter von General Motors ihre Entschlossenheit, dem Autokonzern Widerstand zu leisten. Sie erhalten in der Öffentlichkeit große Unterstützung für ihren Kampf.

Daimler-Benz-Arbeiter unterstützen streikende Autobauer von GM und rechnen mit Konzernleitung und IG Metall ab

Gregor Link und K. Nesan, 18. September 2019

In der Autostadt Stuttgart stößt der Streik von 46.000 Arbeitern bei General Motors in den USA auf große Unterstützung.

Wie Verfassungsschutz und AfD gegen „linksunten.indymedia“ vorgingen

Peter Schwarz, 18. September 2019

Zwei Jahre nach dem Verbot der Internetplattform „linksunten.indymedia“ hat die Staatsanwaltschaft sämtliche Strafverfahren gegen die mutmaßlichen Betreiber der Website eingestellt.

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Perspective

Trudeau’s “blackface” photos: How to oppose Canada’s Liberal government, and how not to

20 September 2019

The working class must oppose the Trudeau Liberal government. But it must do so from its own class standpoint and without becoming ensnared in the intrigues and provocations of the Liberals’ big-business political opponents.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 23, 2019 by Andre Damon, regular writer for the World Socialist Web Site and leading member of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.

The only solution to climate change is world socialism

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 September 2019

The millions marching against global warming must turn to the international working class to solve the unfolding environmental catastrophe.

A major exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage
The story of Auschwitz

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2019

The fundamental lesson of a study of the Holocaust is that the alternatives before humanity remain those of socialism or barbarism.

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

By David Walsh, 17 September 2019

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2019

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2019

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

The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 3 September 2019

“1619” and the myth of white unity under slavery
Book review: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South by Keri Leigh Merritt

By Eric London, 9 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange: The great unmentionable as Australian leader wines and dines with Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 September 2019

Were Assange imprisoned by the Chinese, Russian or Iranian regimes, the response of the Australian government would doubtless be very different.

UK “justice” system tortures Julian Assange, treats fascist Tommy Robinson with kid gloves

Attend September 28 demonstration at London’s Belmarsh prison to demand freedom for Julian Assange!

By our reporter, 20 September 2019

The rally has been called by the Julian Assange Defence Committee (JADC) to demand Assange’s freedom from the high-security jail in London.

British judge jails Assange indefinitely, despite end of prison sentence

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Julian Assange: “Journalism is not a crime!”

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Assange, challenges McCain’s daughter on US TV

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood visits Assange: “He’s a freedom fighter!”

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 3
The personal and social tragedy of “dark periods”: Ibrahim: A Fate to Define, South Terminal, My English Cousin, 1982

By David Walsh, 20 September 2019

Lina Al Abed’s film, Ibrahim: A Fate to Define, grapples with complex issues arising from the history of the Palestinian struggle. South Terminal treats Algeria in the “dark years” of the 1990s.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019
An interview with Lina Al Abed, director of Ibrahim: A Fate to Define: “We Palestinians need to look at our recent history with a more critical and objective eye”

By David Walsh, 20 September 2019

In Toronto the WSWS spoke to Lina Al Abed, director of Ibrahim: A Fate to Define.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 2
Love Child, Hearts and Bones, Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story—Some of the social traumas of our time

By Joanne Laurier, 18 September 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019
An interview with director Eva Mulvad: “You can…come a bit closer to having a more rounded understanding of the world”

By Joanne Laurier, 18 September 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 1
Paris Stalingrad: The plight of refugees in the French capital, once “one of the best cities”

An interview with Hind Meddeb, director of Paris Stalingrad: “It’s not a film about refugees, it’s a film about human beings”

Official Secrets: A whistleblower attempts to prevent the Iraq War

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
UK pilots’ union calls off British Airways strike, UK Ryanair strike goes ahead; Jordan’s teachers’ strike enters second week; union heads off South African auto strike

20 September 2019

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

UK lecturers and academic staff ballot to strike against huge pension and pay cuts

By Alice Summers, 18 September 2019

French transit workers strike against attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 14 September 2019

Defending pensions against Macron requires an international political strategy

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2019

Science

Stunning discovery of pre-human fossil skull in Ethiopia

By Frank Gaglioti, 19 September 2019

As a near complete skull 3.8 million years old, the find opens the road to future research that will allow scientists to look back to more primitive species, while being able to reassess the transition to true humans.

Video: Paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie explains the significance of the discovery

19 September 2019

The video shows the area in Ethiopia where the human-like skull of Australopithecus anamensis, known as MRD, was found and explains its significance.

Hubble Space Telescope detects water vapor on habitable-zone exoplanet

By Bryan Dyne, 13 September 2019

Commentary

As GM tries to cut health benefits for workers on strike, Federal Reserve prepares more handouts to Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 19 September 2019

Inspector general report details Trump’s abuse of immigrant children

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2019

No letup in Trump’s war on immigrants as 37-year-old Mexican man dies in ICE custody

The bipartisan attack on the right to asylum

More on North American immigrant issues »

What is at stake in the British Supreme Court’s ruling on the proroguing of Parliament?

By Thomas Scripps, 18 September 2019

Boris Johnson gets short shrift from European Union leaders in Brexit talks

The Brexit crisis and the struggle for the unity and political independence of the working class

More on Brexit »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE lecture series in Australia
Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

Socialist Equality Party

UK public meetings—The Socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

18 September 2019

Build action committees! Expand the strike!
A socialist perspective for the Sri Lankan university employees’ struggle

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 September 2019

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Autoworkers struggles

“The union is a company now”
Striking GM autoworkers call for expansion of strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler, denounce UAW sabotage

Striking GM workers arrested in Spring Hill, Tennessee for blocking scab truck

GM hiring scabs to replace strikers at Missouri and Texas assembly plants

Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

Video: Fiat Chrysler workers support GM strike, demand joint fight

Video: Striking GM workers in Flint, Michigan discuss key issues in their fight

“We will not accept an increase in production”
GM workers in Mexico hold assembly to discuss strike in the United States

By our reporters, 18 September 2019

Australian workers and youth back striking US autoworkers

Video: GM workers speak out on strike

Hundreds of autoworkers discuss contract fight with GM, Ford and Chrysler in online meeting

By Marcus Day, 13 September 2019

UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire

By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019

On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

As union prepares sell-out of their struggle
Unifor President Jerry Dias addresses Nemak workers in Windsor

By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019

UAW apologists try to cover up corruption scandal

By Jerry White, 10 September 2019

Autoworkers must form rank-and-file committees to counter UAW conspiracy

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 6 September 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

25 years ago: Clinton orders US invasion of Haiti

On September 19, 1994, the Clinton administration launched “Operation Uphold Democracy” in Haiti, sending troops to occupy the Caribbean island under the guise of fighting against dictatorship in an effort to restore ousted Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the presidency.

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50 years ago: Strike wave in Western Europe

European strikes continued to build momentum this week in 1969. On September 18, thousands of West German public service workers walked off the job in West Berlin, Munich, and Nuremburg. The unauthorized strikes, carried out before the expiration of contracts, included bus, subway, and sanitation workers.

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75 years ago: Danish workers strike against Nazi occupation

This week in September 1944, Nazi authorities launched a wave of repression in Denmark in a bid to quell a strike that had erupted against the German occupation of the country.

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100 years ago: Boston Police Commissioner refuses to rehire striking cops

On September 17, 1919, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Curtis announced that striking policemen would not be rehired and that he intended to establish an entirely new police force in the city, amid fears that the week-old walkout could lead to a citywide general strike.

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On the anniversary of 9/11

The World Socialist Web Site has an unparalleled record of articles and commentary on the terrorist attacks of September 11, their origins and political consequences. In the 18 years since, the perspective advanced by the WSWS since the day of the attack has been entirely confirmed—a vindication of the power of Marxist analysis and principled politics.

The two articles below were published by the WSWS in the days following the attacks.

The political roots of the terror attack on New York and Washington

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 12 September 2001

Anti-Americanism: The “anti-imperialism” of fools

By David North and David Walsh, 22 September 2001

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

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

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.