Ecuadorian government arrests hundreds and deploys military against nationwide strike

By Andrea Lobo, 5 October 2019

The Moreno government has responded to protests triggered by a massive gas price hike by imposing a national state of exception for 60 days, involving the deployment of the military against demonstrators and the suspension of democratic rights.

Trump continues to defy Democrats’ impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 5 October 2019

On Friday, President Donald Trump stepped up his defiance of the impeachment inquiry launched by the Democrats with the support of the intelligence agencies.

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

Impeachment crisis: Trump, Democrats exchange threats and warnings

Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call

More on the Trump Presidency »

GM strike in danger of union-enforced defeat as UAW announces ‘good progress’ on temps, health care

By Tom Hall, 5 October 2019

The United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors are making “good progress” towards an agreement, UAW Vice President for GM Terry Dittes said in a letter published Friday evening.

GM shuts down Silao complex in Mexico as workers’ rebellion brews

UAW orders workers to stay on job past contract expiration at Volvo-Mack trucks

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

A call to action:
Why students and youth should support striking GM workers

Hong Kong’s chief executive invokes emergency law against protest movement

By Ben McGrath, 5 October 2019

The use of this British colonial era law is a warning that the ruling class in the Hong Kong and Beijing are preparing to suppress the months-long demonstrations for basic democratic rights.

20,000 jobs and six plants threatened at German tire maker Continental

By Marianne Arens, 5 October 2019

The company’s executive announced what is alleged to be its biggest ever reorganisation—a frontal attack on workers.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Johnson faces possible legal action as he plots to ensure UK leaves EU on October 31

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2019

Stating last month that he would rather “die in a ditch” than request an extension, Johnson is set on a collision course with the dominant pro-Remain faction of the ruling elite that could end in legal action.

UK Prime Minister Johnson outlines Brexit proposals and Thatcherite agenda at Tory conference

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

More on Brexit »

Redundant Thomas Cook workers speak out at Manchester jobs fair

By our reporters, 5 October 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to the company’s former employees attending the fair.

Ontario education workers set to strike Monday against Ford’s savage cuts

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the teachers unions are terrified that a strike will result in a head-on clash with the hated Ford government and trigger a broader working-class challenge to the capitalist elite’s austerity agenda.

White supremacist Coast Guard officer pleads guilty to drug and weapons charges

By Matthew Taylor, 5 October 2019

A list of potential targets found on Paul Hasson’s computer included the Democratic Party politicians and media figures routinely attacked by President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Illinois steelworker killed on the job, police launch investigation

By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2019

Police and government officials are investigating the death Adrian Gomez, 26, husband and father of two, who was killed when he became trapped in machinery.

New York City transit workers exposed to toxic asbestos for decades

By Philip Guelpa, 5 October 2019

Dangerous, antiquated conditions at the East New York bus depot are only one symptom of the severely deteriorated condition of the city’s transit system.

4 October 2019

Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

Bernie Sanders halts campaign activities over health crisis

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

Silicon Valley public service workers complete day two of “rolling” strike

By Renae Cassimeda, 4 October 2019

Chicago teachers, schools staff and parks district workers set joint October 17 strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 4 October 2019

John Deere announces layoffs at plants in Illinois and Iowa

By George Gallanis, 4 October 2019

UK Royal Mail workers wildcat strike over racist insult by management

By Laura Tiernan, 4 October 2019

Indonesia: Student unrest continues as tens of thousands of workers set to strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2019

Australia: Another “super union” merger—a bigger industrial policeman

By Terry Cook, 4 October 2019

New in Russian

Правительство Украины объявляет о масштабной приватизации, угрожающей массовыми увольнениями

Джейсон Мелановски, 5 октября 2019 г.

Правый мозговой центр «Атлантический совет» приветствовал инициируемую Зеленским экономическую политику как «крупнейшую постсоветскую распродажу на протяжении жизни целого поколения».

New in French

La grève chez GM à la croisée des chemins
Les TUA préparent un contrat de capitulation tandis que les travailleurs se battent pour élargir la lutte

le WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 5 octobre 2019

«L'alternative à la conspiration de GM et des TUA est que les travailleurs forment des comités d'usine de base, étendent la grève à Ford et Fiat Chrysler et mobilisent toute la classe ouvrière.»

Les nouveaux tarifs douaniers américains intensifient la guerre commerciale avec l'Europe

Alex Lantier, 5 octobre 2019

Le gouvernement Trump a déclaré des droits de douane de 7,5 milliards de dollars sur les marchandises de l’UE. Ce n’est que le coup le plus récent d’une guerre commerciale mondiale en spirale qui entraîne l’économie mondiale dans la récession.

GM ferme le complexe de Silao au Mexique alors que la rébellion des travailleurs se prépare

Andrea Lobo, 5 octobre 2019

La décision de fermer Silao visait selon toute probabilité à prévenir la rébellion larvée des travailleurs qui lancent des appels à une lutte commune avec les grévistes américains.

Après les élections turques: comment la pseudo-gauche s'est ralliée derrière le CHP
Conférence du CRFI İstanbul avec Darya Mitina à l'occasion du centenaire du Comintern.

Ulas Atesci et Alex Lantier, 5 octobre 2019

Les élections municipales de 2019 et la répétition du scrutin à İstanbul ont marqué une étape importante dans l'intégration de toute une série de partis de la classe moyenne dans l'establishment au pouvoir.

New in Spanish

Nuevos aranceles estadounidenses intensifican la guerra comercial con Europa

Alex Lantier, 5 octubre 2019

El anuncio del Gobierno de Trump de que impondrá aranceles a $7,5 ml millones en bienes de la UE es tan solo el último disparo de una guerra comercial que se está expandiendo y arrastrando a toda la economía mundial hacia una recesión.

Los mercados caen mientras Estados Unidos entra en recesión manufacturera

Andre Damon, 5 octubre 2019

El sector manufacturero de EUA se encogió dos trimestres en seguida y la Organización Mundial del Comercio dijo que el crecimiento del comercio este año sería el más bajo en una década.

GM clausura Complejo Silao en México al avecinarse rebelión obrera

Andrea Lobo, 5 octubre 2019

Tras las elecciones turcas: Cómo la pseudoizquierda se congregó tras el CHP
Segunda parte: El callejón sin salida de la orientación de la pequeñoburguesía al CHP

Ulas Atesci y Alex Lantier, 5 octubre 2019

Las elecciones municipales de 2019 y su repetición en Estambul fueron un hito en la integración de toda una capa de partidos de clase media en el establishment gobernante.

New in Norwegian

Nye amerikanske tolltariffer eskalerer handelskrigen med Europa

Alex Lantier, 5. oktober 2019

Trump-administrasjonens kunngjøring av tolltariffer på EU-varer for $ 7,5 milliarder er bare det siste skuddet i en virvlende global handelskrig som trekker den globale økonomien mot resesjon.

Arbeidere ved UK Royal Mail spontanstreiker over rasistisk fornærmelse fra ledelsen

Laura Tiernan, 5. oktober 2019

Den «uoffisielle» streiken til forsvar for en muslimsk medarbeider er et kraftig svar på det nasjonalistiske klimaet som blir oppildnet av den britiske styringsklassen over Brexit.

GM stenger ned Silao Complex i Mexico, der et arbeideropprør brygger

Andrea Lobo, 5. oktober 2019

Avgjørelsen om å stenge ned Silao-anlegget var med all sannsynlighet rettet inn mot å forhindre et sydende opprør av arbeidere som appellerer til felles kamp med de streikende amerikanske kollegene.

UAW beordrer arbeidere til å bli på jobb etter kontraksutløpet ved Volvo-Mack Trucks

Steve Filips, 5. oktober 2019

Kontraktfristen den 1. oktober passerte, men arbeidere ved to Volvo-Mack Trucks-anlegg fikk beskjed fra UAW om å være på plass inntil videre.

Ukrainas regjering annonserer privatiseringer i storskala, som truer masseoppsigelser

Jason Melanovski, 5. oktober 2019

Det høyreorienterte Atlantic Council hyllet Volodymyr Zelenskijs initielle økonomiske politikk som «det største post-sovjet privatiseringsbrannsalget på en generasjon».

New in German

Neue US-Zölle verschärfen Handelskrieg mit Europa

Alex Lantier, 5. Oktober 2019

Die Ankündigung der Trump-Regierung, auf Waren aus der EU Zölle in Höhe von 7,5 Milliarden Dollar zu erheben, ist die jüngste Maßnahme in einem Handelskrieg, der die Weltwirtschaft in Richtung Rezession treibt.

Continental: 20.000 Arbeitsplätze und sechs Werke bedroht

Marianne Arens, 5. Oktober 2019

Der Autozulieferer und Reifenhersteller Continental greift mit dem angeblich größten Umbau der Betriebsgeschichte die Belegschaft frontal an.

Assanges Vater John Shipton: „Julian hat einen Punkt erreicht, an dem er sterben könnte“

Johannes Stern, 5. Oktober 2019

Am Donnerstag traf die WSWS in Berlin den Vater von Julian Assange, der seinen Sohn kurz zuvor im Londoner Belmarsh-Gefängnis besucht hatte.

Vorwort zur türkischen Ausgabe von Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis
Trotzkis Schicksalsjahre auf Prinkipo: 1929–1933

David North, 5. Oktober 2019

Dieses Vorwort verfasste der Autor von Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis für die türkische Ausgabe, die vor Kurzem erschienen ist.

Algerien: Gefängnisstrafen für hohe Generäle und die Vorsitzende der Arbeiterpartei, Louisa Hanoune

Kumaran Ira und Alex Lantier, 5. Oktober 2019

Im Gerichtsverfahren wurden hat die historischen Verbrechen der angeklagten Militärs vertuscht und ein Präzedenzfall für die Unterdrückung des Kampfs der Arbeiter gegen das blutige algerische Militärregime geschaffen.

New in Turkish

Seçimlerin ardından: Sahte sol CHP’nin arkasında nasıl toplandı? – II. Bölüm

Ulaş Ateşçi ve Alex Lantier, 4 Ekim 2019

Sahte solun CHP’ye yönelmesi bir hata ya da değiştirmeye ikna edilebilecekleri bir yanlış anlama değildir. Tersine, bu yönelim, söz konusu partilerin dayandığı hali vakti yerinde orta sınıf içindeki işçi sınıfı ve Marksizm karşıtı tabakaların maddi çıkarlarını yansıtmaktadır.

New in French

Trump parle de possibilité de «guerre civile» alors que les démocrates intensifient leur campagne de destitution

Andre Damon, 2 octobre 2019

Le président Donald Trump, dans une menace implicite de violence contre ses opposants politiques, a laissé entendre dimanche soir que les efforts des démocrates pour le démettre de ses fonctions pourraient précipiter le pays dans une «guerre civile».

Soixante-dix ans après la révolution chinoise
Tirer les leçons politiques de la faillite du maoïsme

Peter Symonds, 2 octobre 2019

Les héritiers politiques de Mao Zedong ne peuvent expliquer comment et pourquoi les aspirations des travailleurs à un avenir socialiste, pour lequel tant de personnes firent des sacrifices il y a 70 ans, ont abouti à l’impasse du capitalisme aujourd’hui.

Manifeestations après au moins une mort dans un incendie au camp de concentration de Moria en Grèce

Robert Stevens, 2 octobre 2019

La Moria est un enfer créé par le gouvernement Syriza de pseudo-gauche de 2015-2019, où les réfugiés et les demandeurs d'asile sont détenus en attendant leur expulsion.

New in Portuguese

A greve da GM está em perigo

Por Marcus Day, 25 Setembro 2019

Enquanto a greve de uma semana de trabalhadores da GM nos EUA tem conquistado o apoio de trabalhadores em todo o mundo, o UAW está elaborando uma estratégia para estrangulá-la o mais rápido possível.

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Perspective

Iraq in flames

5 October 2019

Iraqi security forces opened fire on unarmed civilians for the fourth day in a row Friday as protesters poured into the streets once again in defiance of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s declaration of a round-the-clock curfew.

Earlier Perspectives »

Autoworkers struggles

Behind the GM strike: Wall Street wants temps for hi-tech vehicles and the UAW agrees

By Jerry White, 5 October 2019

Striking workers are resisting Wall Street’s demands for “more flexible manufacturing systems” to build electric and self-driving cars, including lower-paid temporary workers that the UAW has already agreed to.

GM strike at the crossroads
UAW preparing sell-out contract as workers fight to expand the struggle

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Why are trade unions hostile to socialism?

By David North, 28 September 2019

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”
Detroit college students support striking GM workers

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

More on autoworkers struggles »

Free Assange and Manning

“Julian has reached a point where he may die”—Assange’s father John Shipton speaks with the WSWS

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2019

On Thursday the WSWS met John Shipton, Julian Assange’s father, in Berlin to discuss the condition of his son’s jailing in London’s Belmarsh Prison.

Assange judge blocks extradition to Azerbaijan of ‘McMafia’ wife

By Laura Tiernan, 2 October 2019

Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 2 October 2019

London: Hundreds rally for Assange outside Belmarsh Prison

By Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to contest the November presidential election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 October 2019

The election has been announced amid rising opposition to the government’s austerity measures and the eruption of mass strikes by public sector workers for higher pay.

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

18 September 2019

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings outlining the socialist answer to Brexit.

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public meeting: The political issues at stake in the Indian government’s savage Kashmir lockdown

By the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE (Sri Lanka), 25 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!

Arts Review

Soprano Jessye Norman dies at the age of 74

By Fred Mazelis, 5 October 2019

Born in the Jim Crow South, the singer became a world-famous star of the opera and concert stage.

Tolkien: Biopic of author J.R.R. Tolkien rings false

By Sandy English, 5 October 2019

The film about the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings oversimplifies the impact of World War I on the author.

Placido Domingo resigns from LA Opera, as #MeToo campaign continues

By Fred Mazelis, 4 October 2019

Singer Placido Domingo’s forced departure from New York’s Metropolitan Opera

Theatres in Germany take a stand against the far right

By Verena Nees, 4 October 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 6
Youth in revolt: Les Misérables—and other films: Made in Bangladesh, Mariam, Rocks, Desert One

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019
An interview with Ladj Ly, director of Les Misérables: “Victor Hugo described the social misery perfectly”

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

The Peterloo Massacre and Shelley
Part 2: Shelley’s politics and his Peterloo poems

By Paul Bond, 1 October 2019

The Peterloo massacre and Shelley
Part 1: The aftermath of the massacre and the responses

New Met production of Porgy and Bess prompts racialist criticisms of America’s greatest opera

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

Workers Struggles

Thousands of Assam tea workers strike over bonus payments; 17,000 non-academic university workers remain on strike in Sri Lanka
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

5 October 2019

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

Quebec prosecuting nearly 100 crane operators for “illegal” 2018 strike

By Louis Girard, 3 October 2019

While the government is making an example of the crane operators with the aim of intimidating workers into bowing before the anti-strike laws, the unions are deafeningly silent.

Workers protest closure of Wrightbus in Northern Ireland

By our reporters, 3 October 2019

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers take further strike action

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2019

Commentary

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

Markets plunge as US enters manufacturing recession

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part III: The role of the Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP)

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

History

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing Peng's report which provides important insights into the character of the 1949 Chinese Revolution and issues that it raised for the Fourth International.

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

By Peng Shuzhi

Report on the Chinese Situation to the Third Congress of the Fourth International in 1951.

One hundred years since the Great Steel Strike

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2019

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

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

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

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

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

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

25 years ago: UAW sells out Flint Buick City strike

On October 1, just three days after 11,500 General Motors workers walked off the job at Buick City in Flint, the United Auto Workers (UAW) betrayed the strike and reached an agreement with the company that neither addressed nor resolved either of the main demands of workers over declining full-time jobs and speed-up.

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50 years ago: Murder charges dropped against eight Green Berets

On October 1, 1969, charges were dropped against eight American Green Berets involved in the murder and cover-up of Chu Van Thai, a South Vietnamese informant who had been providing the United States with information on North Vietnamese military movements.

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75 years ago: Warsaw uprising violently suppressed by Nazi occupiers

On October 2, officers from the Polish Home Army signed a capitulation order signifying an end to their attempts to retake Warsaw, the country’s capital, from the Nazi occupiers. The effective surrender followed months of bitter fighting, and limited Allied support for the Polish resistance forces.

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100 years ago: Massacre of black farmworkers in Elaine, Arkansas

On September 30, 1919, a white police officer and a railroad detective exchanged shots with armed blacks who were attending a meeting of a newly formed sharecroppers’ union, the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, at a church in Phillips County, Arkansas, near the town of Elaine.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Mandarin announcement of Australian lecture series on 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

27 September 2019

The lectures, which are being held on university campuses across the country, have been organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

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

9 September 2019

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

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 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.