UAW sanctions plant closings, expansion of temps in new GM deal
Workers must organize now to defeat the sellout

By Jerry White, 17 October 2019

As details of the UAW-GM tentative contract begin to leak out, it becomes increasingly clear that the UAW has betrayed everything for which workers have fought in the month-long strike.

Video: Lordstown workers demand “No” vote on UAW-GM contract

Lordstown workers protested outside of the UAW GM Council meeting in Detroit Thursday after it was revealed that the UAW contract had allowed GM to close the 50-year-old plant, which once employed 4,500 workers.

UAW announces tentative agreement with GM, keeping strikers in the dark on contract terms

32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike

By Kristina Betinis, 17 October 2019

Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed “school reform.”

Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a “short-term” walkout

UAW isolates Mack Truck strike as it moves towards sellout at GM

By Tom Hall, 17 October 2019

As at General Motors, a key goal of Mack Truck management is to maintain labor flexibility.

Mack Truck, copper strikes show potential to spread GM walkout to Ford, Fiat Chrysler

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2019

All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2019

Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the “ground force” for the American “regime-change” operation in Syria.

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

Spanish government threatens broader crackdown as mass protests escalate in Catalonia

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

Mass protests and street fighting erupted in cities across Catalonia for a third night running yesterday over the fraudulent conviction of 12 Catalan nationalist politicians

Ahead of ruling in Catalan show trials
Catalan nationalists, Spanish unions and pseudo-left demobilize opposition

Trump defends US pullback in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2019

Amid mounting opposition from within Congress and the military, Trump defended his order to withdraw a small contingent of US special forces from northeastern Syria.

Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!

British family “emotionally and psychologically destroyed” by detention in US immigration prison

By Norisa Diaz, 17 October 2019

The tragic experience faced by the Connors family is a small glimpse into the horrors faced by those who flee their home countries, undertaking a perilous journey only to be detained, separated, and abused in America’s brutal concentration camps.

IMF cuts growth forecast and points to rising financial risks

By Nick Beams, 17 October 2019

Significantly, the World Economic Outlook report predicted that growth in four key areas of the global economy—the US, the eurozone, Japan and China—would remain subdued for the next five years.

IMF meeting confronts “synchronized” global economic slowdown

Brexit deal agreed after Johnson sidelines Democratic Unionist Party

By Chris Marsden, 17 October 2019

Following the deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, stressing that it was now time for Britain’s parliament to do its part.

European Union declares little chance of Brexit deal by Thursday summit

UK: Factional warfare in Corbyn leadership after McDonnell allies with Blairites over Brexit

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German defence minister visits Niger and Mali in preparation for massive combat operation in the Sahel

By Gregor Link, 17 October 2019

The German government is preparing to expand its Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) mission in Mali and Niger into a massive combat operation and to extend it indefinitely.

Ukrainian President Zelensky adopts Steinmeier formula amid mass far-right protests

By Clara Weiss, 17 October 2019

Zelensky’s move is part of his maneuvering between European and US imperialism.

Pacific Gas and Electric utility confronts mass outrage a week after Northern California power shutoffs

By Dan Conway, 17 October 2019

During last week’s outage, traffic signals went dark, water was not pumped from ground wells, food spoiled, and medical devices failed to operate.

“PG&E should be nationalized”: Berkeley students and residents denounce forced blackout in California

Wildfires and forced blackouts lead to multiple deaths in California

Continued rise in STDs highlights bipartisan attack on American healthcare system

By Erik Schreiber, 17 October 2019

As the CDC itself implies, the continuing increase in the incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is a scandal and an indictment of both capitalist parties.

Canada’s involvement in US-led war drive against China: An election non-issue

By Roger Jordan, 17 October 2019

A tacit all-party agreement to black out discussion of Canada’s rearmament and involvement in US strategic offensives around the world has been in effect throughout the campaign for the October 21 federal election.

Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 October 2019

The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

16 October 2019

Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 October 2019

Trump conference video incites violence against opponents

US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban

Trump makes fascistic appeal to police and military at Minneapolis rally

More on the Trump Presidency »

Mass strikes and protests force Ecuador’s president to cancel austerity decree

By Andrea Lobo, 16 October 2019

California Governor vetoes $2 billion affordable housing bill

By Rafael Azul, 16 October 2019

Opinion polls indicate Canada’s elections to end in hung parliament

By Keith Jones, 16 October 2019

Metropolitan Police impose London-wide ban on Extinction Rebellion protests as arrests top 1,600

By Chris Marsden, 16 October 2019

Mass arrests continue in London and other cities in global Extinction Rebellion protests

After overwhelming strike vote at Royal Mail Group rank-and-file postal workers need a socialist strategy

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 16 October 2019

Communication Workers Union defies strike mandate, pledges to continue talks with Royal Mail

By our reporter, 16 October 2019

Germany: Thousands of job cuts at Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank

By Gustav Kemper, 16 October 2019

Poland: Law and Justice Party wins second term in office, loses majority in the Senate

By Clara Weiss, 16 October 2019

India: Telangana Chief Minister fires 48,000 striking transport workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 October 2019

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour government

By John Braddock, 16 October 2019

Government has no solution to Australia’s water crisis

By Martin Scott, 16 October 2019

New in Norwegian

Med voksende streikebølge kaver UAW etter å få avsluttet arbeidsnedleggelsen ved GM og få pålagt en knefallkontrakt

Jerry White, 17. oktober 2019

Med arbeidsnedleggelser ved trailerprodusenten Mack-Volvo og i kobbergruver og smelteverk i Arizona og Texas, og kunngjøringen om 30 000 Chicago-læreres og deres støttepersonells forestående streik, ivrer nå UAW etter å få lagt ned GM-streiken så raskt som mulig.

Vitnesbyrd understreker Boltons nøkkelrolle i riksrettsgranskningen mot Trump

Barry Grey, 17. oktober 2019

Kreftene som demokratene er innordnet med inkluderer Bolton, som taler for de mest rabiate militaristiske fraksjonene på den nykonservative høyrefløyen.

Massestreiker og protester tvang Ecuadors president til å skrinlegge innstrammingsdekret

Andrea Lobo, 17. oktober 2019

Demonstrasjonene, som bare vokste og ble mer radikaliserte etter hvert som undertrykkingen og de autoritære tiltakene eskalerte, demonstrerte klassekampens enorme sosiale kraft.

New in Spanish

Los demócratas apoyan la “guerra eterna”

Por Bill Van Auken, 17 octubre 2019

La respuesta militarista del Partido Demócrata al fiasco sirio le ha ayudado a Trump a pintarse fraudulentamente como un oponente de la guerra.

El UAW anuncia un acuerdo tentativo con GM, sin dar a los huelguistas información sobre los términos

Por Jerry White, 17 octubre 2019

Un importante factor en el paso del UAW hacia terminar la huelga de un mes es la ola de huelgas en el país que amenaza con romper el aislamiento impuesto por el sindicato a los trabajadores de GM.

Huelgas y protestas masivas en Ecuador obligan al presidente a cancelar decreto de austeridad

Por Andrea Lobo, 17 octubre 2019

Las manifestaciones, las cuales solo crecieron y se radicalizaron ante el aumento de la represión y las medidas autoritarias, demostraron el enorme poder social de la lucha de clases.

El gobernador de California veta la factura de $2 mil millones de viviendas asequibles

Por Rafael Azul, 17 octubre 2019

El veto de Gavin lo expone como un conservador de austeridad fiscal en el molde de muchos gobernadores republicanos.

Políticas de inmigración de Estados Unidos obligan a regresar a México a miles de niños, incluyendo bebés

Por Kevin Martinez, 17 octubre 2019

La Administración Trump ha ordenado que a unos 16,000 niños migrantes asistieran a sus procedimientos de inmigración en México en 2019, incluido al menos 500 bebés.

De los archivos del World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther y el auge y caída del UAW

Por Tom Mackaman, 17 octubre 2019

La biografía de Walter Reuther tiene mucho que enseñar a los trabajadores sobre la transformación de los sindicatos en apéndices reaccionarios de las corporaciones y el gobierno.

La nueva producción de Porgy and Bess en el Met provoca críticas racistas a la ópera más grande de Estados Unidos

Por Barry Grey, 17 agosto 2019

El verdadero problema de la ópera, el pecado original irredimible de Porgy y Bess que cada crítico tiene el deber de señalar, es el hecho de que sus creadores eran blancos.

New in French

Londres: la police interdit les manifestations d’Extinction Rebellion – plus de l 500 personnes arrêtées

Chris Marsden, 17 octobre 2019

Suite à l’interdiction, des centaines de policiers ont été déployés pour évacuer les tentes de Trafalgar Square, l’unique zone où les manifestants avaient eu auparavant l’autorisation de se rassembler

Les démocrates soutiennent la « guerre pour toujours »

Bill Van Auken, 17 octobre 2019

La réaction va-t-en-guerre du Parti démocrate au fiasco syrien a permis à Trump de se présenter frauduleusement comme un opposant à la guerre.

Élections canadiennes: le Bloc Québécois se fait le champion du chauvinisme de la CAQ

Louis Girard, 17 octobre 2019

Lorsque le Bloc insiste dans son slogan électoral que «Le Québec, c’est nous», il parle du Québec de la grande entreprise, qui réclame la destruction des emplois et le démantèlement des services publics afin d’augmenter ses profits déjà faramineux.

New in German

Die Demokraten unterstützen den „ewigen Krieg“

Bill Van Auken, 17. Oktober 2019

Das Säbelrasseln der Demokratischen Partei in Reaktion auf das US-Debakel in Syrien ermöglicht es Trump, sich als Kriegsgegner zu inszenieren.

Parlamentswahl in Polen: PiS gewinnt zweite Amtszeit, verliert aber die Mehrheit im Senat

Clara Weiss, 17. Oktober 2019

Die rechtsextreme Partei konnte davon profitieren, dass die liberale Opposition sie faktisch dabei unterstützt hat, den Widerstand der Arbeiter abzuwürgen.

Wer arm ist, muss früher sterben

Anna Rombach und Marianne Arens, 17. Oktober 2019

Die jüngste Studie der Bertelsmann Stiftung schlägt weitere Kürzungen („Anpassungen“) im Gesundheitswesen vor. Für drohende Defizite machen die Politikberater aus Gütersloh ältere Arbeiter und Rentner verantwortlich.

Busfahrerstreik im Saarland beendet

Marianne Arens, 17. Oktober 2019

Nach drei Wochen der systematischen Isolation stimmte Verdi am Dienstagabend einem Tarifvertrag zu, der vier Jahre lang, bis 2023, weitere Busfahrerstreiks verhindern soll.

Zum Gedenken an Wadim S. Rogowin

David North, 17. Oktober 2019

In seiner Würdigung von Wadim S. Rogovin erklärt David North, was diesen sowjetischen Historiker zu einem bemerkenswerten „Propheten der historischen Wahrheit“ gemacht hat.

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın hayatı tehlikede!

James Cogan, 9 Ekim 2019

Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük kampanyası, işçi sınıfını kapitalizme bağlı tutmaya uğraşan siyaset ve sendika aygıtlarına karşı bir başkaldırı uğruna mücadeleden ayrılamaz. Onları savunma kampanyası, işyerlerine, üniversitelere, okullara ve işçi sınıfı mahallelerine taşınmalıdır.

ABD-Yunanistan askeri anlaşmasını imzalayan Pompeo İran’ı, Rusya’yı ve Çin’i tehdit etti

Alex Lantier ve V. Gnana, 9 Ekim 2019

Pompeo’nun Balkan turu, Washington’da ve onun NATO üyesi Avrupalı ve Türk sözde “müttefikler” ile ilişkilerinde patlayıcı bir krizin ortasında gerçekleşti.

Washington Türkiye’nin Suriye’de YPG’ye saldırısına yeşil ışık yaktı

Alex Lantier ve Ulaş Ateşçi, 9 Ekim 2019

Washington, 2015’ten beri Suriye’deki NATO savaşında başlıca vekil gücü olarak savaşan ve Türk hükümetinin teröristler olarak suçladığı Kürt milliyetçisi milisleri kaderlerine terk etti.

New in Portuguese

Sindicatos brasileiros promovem chauvinismo “verde e amarelo” em greve da educação

Por Miguel Andrade, 16 Outubro 2019

Várias questões, desde as medidas de austeridade até as privatizações, têm levado frequentemente os estudantes às ruas, causando pânico não apenas ao governo, mas também aos sindicatos e à oposição.

Robert Mugabe, presidente do Zimbábue por décadas, morre aos 95 anos

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 Outubro 2019

Mugabe foi o último líder sobrevivente das lutas anticoloniais da África que posteriormente chegou ao poder em uma nação que acabava de se tornar independente.

New in Arabic

واشنطن تعطي الضوء الأخضر لهجوم تركي على القوات الكردية في سوريا

بقلم فاديم . ز. روغوفين, ٢٩ آب أغسطس ٢٠١٩

قامت دار نشر مهرنغ مؤخراً بإصدار المجلد الثاني من مجموعة تضم سبعة مجلدات كتبها فاديم روغوفين تحت عنوان هل كان هناك بديل للستالينية؟ وهي نتاج عقود من البحث ، وهذه المجموعة هي تحفة فريدة في الأدب التاريخي.

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Perspective

The jailing of Catalan nationalists: Spanish government builds a police state

17 October 2019

The Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing Monday of a dozen Catalan nationalists to a decade in prison for sedition is a politically illegitimate ruling that will live in infamy.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

At New York forum in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
UN special rapporteur on torture warns: “Assange will not get a fair trial in Virginia”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2019

A panel discussion at Columbia University on Tuesday laid bare the fraudulent character of the charges brought against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and put the spotlight on those who committed the war crimes that WikiLeaks exposed.

M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It’s about truth—and that’s something people have to uphold and fight for”

By Laura Tiernan, 14 October 2019

Prominent Australian parliamentarian declares extradition of Julian Assange to US “totally unreasonable”

By James Cogan, 14 October 2019

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP presidential candidate holds press conference

By our correspondents, 15 October 2019

“This election is being held in the midst of a growing political and economic crisis of the government and the ruling class as a whole.”

Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

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

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

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Arts Review

New York City exhibit examines the creation of Verdi’s last two operas

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2019

Roger Waters “Us + Them” concert film takes on global issues

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2019

Book Review

Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

The memoir Permanent Record by the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden is an important account of the life of the man behind the exposure of secret global electronic surveillance programs run by the NSA and CIA.

Autoworkers struggles

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers
Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

After secret meeting with CEO Mary Barra, UAW moving to shut down GM strike

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

“It’s like the UAW is management:” GM strikers speak out as union moves towards sellout

By Tom Hall, 14 October 2019

UAW promoting anti-Mexican nationalism to isolate and defeat GM strike

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

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

More on the 2019 GM strike »

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

25 years ago: Hamas terrorist attack kills 22

On October 19, 1994, 22 civilians were killed and 50 more were injured in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv by the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas. The attack came on the eve of the signing of the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace and was coupled with two other terrorist acts the same week.

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50 years ago: 250,000 demonstrate against Vietnam War

On October 15, 1969 over 250,000 Americans joined the “Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam” demonstrations in US cities. Protesters gave speeches, held teach-ins, sang songs, and read the names of the 40,000 Americans who had died in the war.

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75 years ago: US military launches reconquest of the Philippines from Japan

On October 20, 1944, US military forces, including divisions of the Navy, Army and Air Force, launched a bid to retake the Philippines from Japan. The archipelago had been among American imperialism’s first conquests in the late 19th century, and was viewed as strategically critical to defeating Japan in the Pacific theater of World War II.

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100 years ago: Adolf Hitler gives first speech to fascist party

On October 16, 1919, Adolf Hitler, then working for German military intelligence, gave his first speech to the ultra-right-wing German Workers Party (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, DAP) in Munich’s Hofbräukeller, a beer hall. In a few months, the DAP would become a part of the renamed National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party.

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Science

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 11 October 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for research in cellular responses to oxygen

History

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

9 October 2019

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

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

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

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

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

9 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

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

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.