23 October 2019

Germany, US threaten war amid Russia-Turkey summit on Syria

By Alex Lantier, 23 October 2019

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for a massive European Union (EU) force to occupy northern Syria, involving up to 40,000 troops.

US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq

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

More on the war in Syria »

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

Spring Hill, Tennessee workers reject deal, as UAW pushes GM sellout contract

The GM strike and the global class struggle

GM worker dies after being struck by vehicle near picket line at Spring Hill, Tennessee

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019

Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.

Sons of convicted UAW bribe taker Norwood Jewell were co-signers of GM sellout deal

At Tennessee “informational meeting” UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Two years since the death of temporary autoworker Jacoby Hennings

More on the GM strike »

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe

By Niles Niemuth, 23 October 2019

The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

As president delivers fascistic speech in Dallas
Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback

Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019

At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Lightfoot administration ratchets up pressure on Chicago teachers to end the walkout

Form rank-and-file strike committees to expand the struggle!
Chicago teachers’ strike in danger as CTU maneuvers to shut it down

Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019

Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Canada’s Liberals cling to power, to form minority government with one-third of votes cast

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 22 October 2019

The election results revealed, in distorted form, the mounting alienation of the vast majority of the population from the political establishment, which is moving ever further right.

As the federal election campaign concludes
Canadian workers must prepare for convulsive struggles

Canada’s unions spending millions to re-elect Trudeau’s pro-war, pro-austerity Liberals

Johnson wins vote on Brexit deal but MPs back further delay

By Robert Stevens, 23 October 2019

Support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill was the first time in more than three years that MPs have voted for a deal negotiated by the Tory government with the European Union.

UK Prime Minister Johnson forced to send request for Brexit extension after “Super Saturday” parliamentary setback

More on Brexit »

Major distributors and manufacturers of opioids avert trial by reaching $260 million wrist-slap settlement in Ohio

By Brian Dixon and Benjamin Mateus, 23 October 2019

The settlement is seen as a “bellwether” case for future opioid lawsuits, with the companies making no admission of guilt for the drug overdose crisis which has ravaged the US.

Injured Honduran worker detained by US border agents after speaking out about deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

By Aaron Murch, 10 November 2020

Delmer Ramirez-Palma was one of five injured workers suing the owners of a hotel that collapsed while under construction October 12, killing three workers.

Solomon Islands deal with Chinese developer highlights Pacific tensions

By John Braddock, 23 October 2019

Repeated claims that China wants a military foothold in the Pacific turn reality on its head to justify the aggressive build-up for war by the US and its regional allies.

Major write down of Australian growth forecast as global contradictions intensify

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2019

In just 12 months, the International Monetary Fund has cut its Australian growth prediction for 2019 from 2.8 percent to 1.7 percent.

Illegal forest fires send another lethal haze over parts of Indonesia

By Owen Howell, 23 October 2019

The haze is chiefly affecting Sumatra and Borneo islands, with air pollution in the city of Palembang reaching record levels.

21 October 2019

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2019

Draconian verdict against Catalan politicians exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

General strike paralyzes Catalonia as over half-a-million demonstrate in Barcelona

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

Wildcat strike erupts at French National Railways over understaffing, austerity

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2019

United Steelworkers prepare betrayal of Asarco strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 October 2019

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use “left” demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2019

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

Russia: At least 15 dead, five missing after illegal dam breaks in Siberia

By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2019

New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions

By Tom Peters, 22 October 2019

New in Spanish

¡No al contrato entreguista! ¡Quítenle al UAW el control de la huelga en GM!

Tom Hall, 19 octubre 2019

El UAW está intentando implementar a la fuerza las concesiones que serán un nuevo punto de referencia para la explotación de las generaciones futuras.

United Steelworkers, otros sindicatos mantienen a los mineros de Asarco en huelga en la oscuridad

Jessica Goldstein, 19 octubre 2019

Los mineros en Asarco tienen un inmenso apoyo de sus hermanos y hermanas en la clase trabajadora que están dispuestos a pelear con ellos.

Los trabajadores automotores denuncian el acuerdo del UAW con GM

nuestros reporteros, 19 octubre 2019

Los trabajadores automotores en las líneas de huelga de General Motors, en las plantas de Fiat Chrysler y Ford y en las redes sociales están denunciando el acuerdo tentativo que el United Auto Workers está intentando imponer.

New in German

Rechter Terror: Die Verantwortung der Großen Koalition

Johannes Stern, 19. Oktober 2019

Die Verantwortung für den rechten Terror liegt nicht nur bei der AfD, sondern auch bei der Großen Koalition und ihren politischen Unterstützern in Linkspartei und Grünen.

Nein zum Ausverkauf! Entreißt der Gewerkschaft United Auto Workers die Kontrolle über den Streik bei General Motors!

Tom Hall, 19. Oktober 2019

Die Autogewerkschaft UAW versucht Zugeständnisse durchzusetzen, die für kommende Generationen einen neuen Maßstab an Ausbeutung setzen werden.

New Yorker Forum zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning
UN-Sonderermittler für Folter: „Assange wird in Virginia keinen fairen Prozess erhalten“

Sandy English, 19. Oktober 2019

Eine Diskussionsrunde am 16. Oktober an der Columbia University machte völlig klar, wie verlogen die Anklagen sind, die gegen Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning erhoben werden.

Sri-lankischer Präsidentschaftskandidat der SEP gibt Pressekonferenz

unseren Korrespondenten, 19. Oktober 2019

„Diese Wahl findet inmitten einer zunehmenden politischen und wirtschaftlichen Krise der Regierung und der ganzen herrschenden Klasse statt.“

New in Norwegian

New York Times, Kina og skremsel om «Den gule fare»

Andre Damon, 23. oktober 2019

New York Times hetset brutalt antikinesisk i en helsides lederartikkel i avisas søndagsutgave, der den advarte om en «farlig og voksende trussel» fra den «aggressive ... kommuniststaten».

Britisk dommer avviser utsettelse i saken om Assanges utlevering

Laura Tiernan, 23. oktober 2019

Julian Assange uttalte i retten: «Denne supermakten hadde 10 år til å forberede seg for denne saken ... Jeg har ikke tilgang til noe av mitt skrevne arbeide ... De har en uberettiget fordel angående dokumenter ... Det er ikke rettferdig det som skjer her.»

Høyreorientert terror i Tyskland: Storkoalisjonens ansvar

Johannes Stern, 23. oktober 2019

Ansvaret for høyreorientert terror ligger ikke bare hos AfD, men også hos storkoalisjonen og dens politiske støttespillere i Venstrepartiet og De Grønne.

11 drept av chilensk militær, nasjonalstreik innledes ved havner og gruver

Eric London, 23. oktober 2019

Titusenvis av arbeidere erklærte streikeaksjoner som svar på et militært tilslag som lignet militærkuppet i 1973.

New in French

L'armée chilienne déployée contre des manifestations pour la première fois depuis Pinochet

Andrea Lobo, 22 octobre 2019

L'imposition de mesures dictatoriales par la classe dirigeante chilienne met à nu la fausse «transition vers la démocratie» mis en place sous la dictature d'Augusto Pinochet.

Une grève éclate à la SNCF contre l’austérité et le manque de personnel

Alexandre Lantier, 22 octobre 2019

Les travailleurs ont exercé leur droit de retrait après un accident qui a fait 11 blessés sur fond de colère contre la réforme des retraites et la casse du statut des cheminots.

Conclusion de la campagne électorale
Les travailleurs canadiens doivent se préparer à des luttes explosives

Keith Jones, 22 octobre 2019

Les actions du nouveau gouvernement ne seront pas déterminées par ses fausses promesses électorales, mais par les besoins de la classe dirigeante du Canada dans un contexte de crise économique, de conflit entre grandes puissances et d'opposition croissante de la classe ouvrière.

Le Premier ministre britannique Johnson contraint d'envoyer une demande de prolongation du Brexit après le revers parlementaire du «Super samedi»

Chris Marsden, 22 octobre 2019

Le gouvernement agit pour un vote rapide sur l’accord de Johnson, tandis que l’opposition veut l’empêcher en déposant des amendements, étant donné qu’un Brexit sans accord a été écarté.

Le 12e Plénum du Comité international de la Quatrième internationale – mars 1992

David North, 22 octobre 2019

Nous publions ici le rapport donné par David North au 12e Plénum du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, le 11 mars 1992.

New in Turkish

GM grevi ve küresel sınıf mücadelesi

Marcus Day, 23 Ekim 2019

WSWS Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni, GM işçilerini, anlaşmaya “hayır” oyu vermeye, tabandan fabrika komiteleri kurmaya ve grevin kontrolünü sendikanın elinden kendi ellerine almaya çağırıyor.

Katalan milliyetçilerine hapis cezası: İspanyol hükümeti bir polis devleti inşa ediyor

Alex Lantier, 23 Ekim 2019

Katalan milliyetçisi partiler seçimlerde, 135 sandalyeli Katalan meclisinde, kıl payı bir çoğunlukla, 70 sandalye kazandılar.

ABD askerleri Suriye’den Irak’a çekildi

Patrick Martin, 23 Ekim 2019

Pazartesi günü yüzlerce ABD askeri, Suriye sınırından Irak’a geçti. Bu, Başkan Donald Trump’ın Washington’da bir siyasi fırtına koparan çekilme emrinin ilk büyük ölçekli yerine getirilmesiydi.

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

العمال اللبنانيون يرفضون رفع الضرائب ، ويصرون على إستقالة الحكومة

جين شاول, ٢٢ تشرين الأول أكتوبر ٢٠١٩

بعد خمسة أيام من المظاهرات—الأكبر منذ عام 2005 —حول محاولات الحكومة وضع العبء الكامل لمطالب البنوك الدولية على الطبقة العاملة.

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Perspective

Mass protests continue in defiance of military crackdown in Chile

23 October 2019

The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

Hundreds protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By Richard Tyler, 23 October 2019

SEP national secretary Chris Marsden told demonstrators: “We want the working class to defend a man whose freedom is of paramount importance for every man, woman and child on this planet.”

UK judge rejects delay in Assange extradition case

Australian media companies protest government attacks on press freedom

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

The New York Times, China, and the specter of the “Yellow Peril”

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2019

Right-wing terror in Germany: the responsibility of the Grand Coalition

By Johannes Stern, 22 October 2019

Right-wing networks in the German state exposed

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

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

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 14 October 2019

Workers Struggles

Vote no! Reject UAW misinformation! Elect rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

What autoworkers need to know about the sellout UAW-GM contract

More on the 2019 GM strike »

Dockworkers, miners initiate national strike as military kills 11 in Chile

By Eric London, 22 October 2019

Workers in Lebanon reject tax hikes, demand the government’s resignation

By Jean Shaoul, 22 October 2019

Video report: Britain's postal union suppresses overwhelming vote for strike at Royal Mail

By our reporter, 18 October 2019

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

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

Obituary

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2019

The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a “progressive” gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

Arts Review

Sealed Lips: Dramatizing the Stalinist origins of the former East Germany

By Bernd Reinhardt and Verena Nees, 21 October 2019

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

25 years ago: Assassination of Gamini Dissanayake

On October 24, 1994, Gamini Dissanayake, United National Party (UNP) candidate for president of Sri Lanka, was assassinated at an election rally. An explosion detonated by a suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) killed 50 others and injured 200 more.

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50 years ago: Willy Brandt takes office as West German chancellor

On October 21, 1969, the West German Bundestag (Parliament) voted to elect Willy Brandt as the new Chancellor of Germany, defeating the incumbent Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, a former Nazi party member. Brandt’s election was a result of his party, the Social Democrats (SPD), forming a coalition government with the smaller liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP).

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75 years ago: Massive naval battle over control of Philippines

On October 23, 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began, pitting some 300 Allied warships and auxiliary vessels against 67 Japanese craft. The battle, one of the largest naval conflicts of the 20th century, followed the US-led invasion of the Japanese-occupied Philippines several weeks before.

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100 years ago: US Congress passes Volstead Act to begin Prohibition

On October 27, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the Volstead Act, formally known as the National Prohibition Act, which effectively illegalized alcoholic beverages. The Senate passed the bill the next day.

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New in Arabic

Arabic translation of the ICFI statement “Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!”

We are posting this important statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International in Arabic.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India’s Kashmir lockdown

By our correspondents, 19 October 2019

Sri Lankan SEP presidential candidate holds press conference

By our correspondents, 15 October 2019

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.

Book Review

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

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

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.