17 December 2018

Mass demonstration by Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway, 17 December 2018

More than 33,000 teachers and health and human service professionals in the Los Angeles Unified School District have been working without a new contract since the expiration of their old one in June 2017.

Los Angeles teachers and the fight for social equality

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

Sri Lankan president reinstates sacked prime minister

By K. Ratnayake, 17 December 2018

Sirisena’s decision to reappoint Wickremesinghe will not end the crisis but is just a temporary pause in the ongoing political conflict within Sri Lanka’s ruling elite.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court rules against President Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament

Fifth French “yellow vest” protest opposes Macron government

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2018

The media and official parties are pressing the “yellow vests” to accept the legalizing of citizen-initiated referendums as a concession that would justify ending the protests.

Democrats, media silent on child’s death at US border

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2018

The Caal family's attorneys dispute the official account, saying Jakelin was in good health on arrival at the border station, only displaying signs of illness after being held there for eight hours.

The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump’s war on immigrants

Trump’s war on immigrants
Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

More on North American immigrants »

Federal judge in Texas rules Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

By Kate Randall, 17 December 2018

The ruling was opposed by healthcare groups and, if upheld, threatens to throw insurance markets into chaos and strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans.

Trump appoints budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2018

The naming of Mulvaney has the character of a circling of the wagons around a narrow core of Trump family members in a legally and politically besieged White House.

Political warfare in Washington escalates to crisis of capitalist rule

Legal noose tightens around Trump

More on the Trump presidency »

New York City school therapists protest for changes to union-backed contract

By Steve Light, 17 December 2018

The action demonstrates, yet again, the determination of teachers to defend their living standards and stop the assault on public education, against the unions' role.

West Virginia: Task force concludes without a “fix” for public workers’ insurance

By Clement Daly, 17 December 2018

Throughout the strike and pro-forma hearings, teachers and public service workers demanded that health care be funded through increased taxes on the state’s oil and gas industry.

Coal mine rescue brings to light desperate social conditions in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 17 December 2018

The tragedy unfolded just a few miles from the scene of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, where 29 miners lost their lives in a massive explosion.

Hundreds attend vigil for victims of Youngstown, Ohio house fire

By Samuel Davidson, 17 December 2018

A ceremony was held Saturday evening for the five young children who died after an inferno engulfed their home last week.

UK: “Stansted 15” anti-deportation protesters found guilty of terrorism charges

By Margot Miller, 17 December 2018

The defendants, who are preparing to appeal the verdict, potentially face life in prison for preventing the departure of an immigration removal flight.

Grenfell fire: Local resident and Grenfell Action group member, Joe Delaney, gives harrowing account to inquiry of night of fire

By Barry Mason, 17 December 2018

Delaney has a long record of fighting for decent and safe housing in the area and seeking justice for the victims and survivors of the Grenfell inferno, which has earned him the respect of the entire local community.

MSF reveals “mental health suffering” in Australia’s Nauru refugee detention camp

By Max Newman, 17 December 2018

Médecins Sans Frontières said the mental health problems were among the worst it had ever seen anywhere in the world.

Australian Labor Party leaders warn of rising popular discontent

By Mike Head, 17 December 2018

Party leader, Bill Shorten, insisted that anger, frustration and discontent within the working class were the Labor's Party’s main “opponent,” not the current Liberal-National Coalition government.

The Australian Labor Party and the persecution of Julian Assange

“Lefts” ensure stage-managed Australian Labor Party conference

New in Turkish

Çin’in ekonomik yavaşlaması: İşçi sınıfının karşı karşıya olduğu siyasi meseleler

Nick Beams, 17 Aralık 2018

Çin hükümetinden elde edilen verilere göre, perakende satışlar Kasım ayında 15 yılın en yavaş hızında büyürken, sanayi üretimi neredeyse üç yıl içindeki en düşük seviyede artış kaydetti.

New in French

La mort de Jackeline Caal, sept ans: victime de la guerre de Trump contre les immigrés

Patrick Martin, 17 décembre 2018

Si les démocrates ont dénoncé cette mort, ils ont soutenu des mesures tout aussi répressives sous Obama.

Le ralentissement économique en Chine et les questions politiques posées à la classe ouvrière

Nick Beams, 17 décembre 2018

Le ralentissement de l’économie chinoise s’inscrit dans un processus mondial et démasque la fraude de l’affirmation que l’économie mondiale aurait finalement «tourné la page» après la profonde récession due à la crise financière d’il y a dix ans.

Au Sri Lanka, les travailleurs des plantations arrêtent leur grève mais manifestent leur colère

Saman Gunadasa, 17 décembre 2018

Les travailleurs des plantations de thé du Sri Lanka ont dénoncé les syndicats alors qu‘ils reprenaient le travail le 14 décembre, après une grève de neuf jours pour un doublement du salaire journalier.

Québec: hausse marquée de la fréquentation des banques alimentaires

Frédéric Charlebois, 17 décembre 2018

La hausse marquée de l'insécurité financière et alimentaire est la conséquence directe de décennies d'attaques de la classe dirigeante contre les travailleurs.

New in Spanish

La desaceleración china: las cuestiones políticas para la clase trabajadora

Nick Beams, 17 diciembre 2018

La ralentización del crecimiento en China es parte de un proceso global, exponiendo la afirmación fraudulenta de que la economía global finalmente ha “doblado recodo” tras la profunda recesión producida por la crisis financiera hace una década.

La muerte de Jackeline Caal: víctima de siete años de la guerra de Trump contra los inmigrantes

Patrick Martin, 17 diciembre 2018

Mientras que los demócratas denuncian su muerte, apoyaron las mismas políticas represivas bajo Obama.

Ejecutivos de Ford en Argentina fueron condenados por cargos de tortura en la década de 1970

Bill Van Auken, 17 diciembre 2018

Los directores de Ford reportaron a los trabajadores militantes a la policía de la dictadura militar y ayudaron a establecer un centro de tortura dentro de la planta de automóviles.

New in German

Chinas wirtschaftlicher Abschwung: Die politischen Fragen für die Arbeiterklasse

Nick Beams, 17. Dezember 2018

Die Verlangsamung von Chinas Konjunktur ist Teil eines globalen Prozesses. Er widerlegt die Behauptung, dass die Weltwirtschaft nach der tiefen Rezession, die durch die Finanzkrise vor einem Jahrzehnt ausgelöst wurde, endlich „die Wende geschafft“ habe.

Proteste gegen Arbeitsgesetz in Ungarn

Markus Salzmann, 17. Dezember 2018

In Ungarn wehren sich Arbeiter in den heftigsten Proteste seit mehr als zehn Jahren gegen ein „Sklavengesetz“ der Regierung Orbán.

Amad Ahmad: Brandgutachten weckt Zweifel an Selbstmordversion

Martin Kreickenbaum, 17. Dezember 2018

Ein vom ARD-Magazin Monitor in Auftrag gegebenes Brandgutachten widerlegt die von den Behörden verbreitete Version, der Flüchtling aus Syrien habe den Brand in der JVA Kleve selbst gelegt.

Geldern: Demonstration fordert Aufklärung über Tod von Amad Ahmad

Dietmar Henning, 17. Dezember 2018

Am Samstag demonstrierten rund 100 Menschen, um Aufklärung über den Tod des syrischen Flüchtlings zu fordern, der in einer brennenden Gefängniszelle den Tod fand.

Frankfurter Societätsdruckerei: Betriebsrat stimmt 70 Entlassungen zu

Marianne Arens, 17. Dezember 2018

Am 15. Dezember hat der Betriebsrat einen Deal akzeptiert, in dem 70 Kollegen (von noch insgesamt 270 Beschäftigten) entlassen werden. Verdi hatte sich ausdrücklich geweigert, den Kampf der Drucker auszuweiten.

Srilankische Plantagenarbeiter beenden Streik unter Protest

Saman Gunadasa, 17. Dezember 2018

Die srilankischen Plantagenarbeiter verurteilten die Gewerkschaften und kehrten am 14. Dezember nach einem neuntägigen Streik für die Verdoppelung ihres Tageslohns an die Arbeit zurück.

New in Russian

Протесты «желтых жилетов» во Франции: Куда дальше?

Алекс Лантье, 14 декабря 2018 г.

Ключевым вопросом является создание независимых организаций рабочего класса во Франции и в международном масштабе в качестве подготовки к европейской всеобщей забастовке.

New in Norwegian

Israel ruller ut den røde løperen for Europas nyfascister

Bill Van Auken, 14. desember 2018

Netanyahus hylling av Italias høyreekstreme innenriksminister Salvini som en «stor venn av Israel» demonstrerer affiniteten mellom den sionistiske staten og nyfascismen.

Julian Assange fordømmer sin illegale innesperring i den ekvadorianske ambassaden

Oscar Grenfell, 14. desember 2018

WikiLeaks-utgiveren, som åpenbart er ved forringet helse, kom med kommentarene i en høring mot den ekvadorianske regjeringens «Spesialprotokoll», som har som formål å tvinge ham over i britiske og amerikanske hender.

Tre drept og 12 såret i masseskyting i Strasbourg, før «gul vest»-protest

Alex Lantier, 13. desember 2018

Den franske styringseliten griper allerede til angrepet som anledning til å trampe på demokratiske rettigheter, med krav om at «gule vest»-demonstranter legger ned sine protester mot Macron.

Tyske aviser anklager Macron for kapitulering for den «gule mobben»

Peter Schwarz, 13. desember 2018

Næringslivsorienterte tyske medier reagerer med indignasjon på den franske presidentens forsøk på å tekkes «gul vest»-protestbevegelsen med sine sosiale innrømmelser.

Bundeswehr anskaffer ny tanksbataljon

Johannes Stern, 13. desember 2018

Utvidelsen av tanksdivisjonene er en del av Tysklands omfattende planer for oppgradering av alle Bundeswehrs våpengrener.

Ford-direktører dømt for torturanklager fra 1970-tallet

Bill Van Auken, 13. desember 2018

Ford-direktørene anga militante arbeidere til militærdiktaturets politi og bidro med å sette opp et torturssenter inne på bilkonsernets argentinske fabrikkanlegg.

Et vesentlig skritt fremover: Bilproduksjonsarbeidernes Detroit-møte beslutter å etablere grunnplankomitéer

Joseph Kishore, 13. desember 2018

I sentrum av verdenskapitalismen begynner arbeiderklassen å etablere det nødvendige organisatoriske og politiske rammeverket for en motoffensiv.

«Dette møtet er et kraftig uttrykk for den voksende opposisjonen i arbeiderklassen»Rapport til Detroit-møtet for å bekjempe GM-fabrikknedleggelsene

Jerry White, 13. desember 2018

Jerry White, arbeidsredaktør for WSWS, introduserte resolusjonen til 9.-desember-møtet, som skisserte strategien for å forene arbeidere i USA og internasjonalt mot angrepene på arbeidernes jobber og betingelser.

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Perspective

The global crisis of capitalist rule and the strategy of socialist revolution

17 December 2018

Whatever the national peculiarities, the political crisis of class rule in every country is driven by the same global processes.

Earlier Perspectives »

WSWS 2018 Year End Fund

Homeless Amazon worker Shannon Allen: “In order to grow, the WSWS needs money.”

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IYSSE

Student parliament condemns right-wing attack on IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our reporters, 17 December 2018

The student parliament unanimously passed a resolution defending the International Youth and Students for Social Equality against attempts by the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany to disrupt its meetings.

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 3

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2018

For Hensman, being “moral” means embracing the lies and provocations used to market US wars.

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 1

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 2

Commentary

Corbyn, Brexit and the struggle for the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 17 December 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has cast himself as a guarantor of national stability, denouncing the inability of May and the Conservatives to “end the chaos.”

The international significance of the Sri Lankan plantation workers’ strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 December 2018

In the midst of the strike, workers at the Abbotsleigh Estate turned towards revolutionary politics and forms of organisation, establishing an action committee independent of the unions, under the political guidance of the Socialist Equality Party.

Sri Lankan plantation workers end strike action under protest

China’s economic slowdown: The political issues confronting the working class

By Nick Beams, 15 December 2018

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2018

French state prepares crackdown for fifth Saturday of “yellow vest” protests

Ex-1968 student leader Cohn-Bendit denounces French “yellow vest” protests

More on the 2018 "yellow vest" protests in France »

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2018

Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2018

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

Arts Review

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma: Art and struggle

By Rafael Azul, 17 December 2018

Roma is a sensitive portrait of a family breaking apart in the broader context of a social crisis. It follows Cleo, a Mixtec Indian, as she performs her daily chores, which include caring for the family’s four children.

Bodyguard: A political thriller in six episodes from the UK

By David Walsh, 15 December 2018

The ignorant, repressive attack on Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

By David Walsh, 14 December 2018

25 years ago: Milošević wins Serbian parliamentary election

The party of Serbian President Slobodan Milošević won parliamentary elections on December 19, 1993, the first popular vote to be held in Serbia after the break-up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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50 years ago: Apollo 8 begins voyage to the moon

On December 21, 1968, the US Apollo 8 spacecraft lifted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida on a mission to become the first manned vehicle to circle the moon.

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75 years ago: Military coup in Bolivia

On December 20, 1943, Bolivian President Enrique Penarada was overthrown by a coup carried out by military officers under the leadership of Gualberto Villarroel and supported by the bourgeois nationalist Revolutionary Nationalist Movement.

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100 years ago: Revolutionary sailors block all the exits of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin

On December 23, 1918, German sailors of the Peoples Naval Division, who had been threatened with transfer and had had their pay withheld by the Social Democratic government, marched on the government headquarters in Berlin.

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Mehring Books

In Defense of Leon Trotsky presented at Moscow Book Fair

By our correspondents, 15 December 2018

Featured Interview

Nightmare odyssey of an American autoworker
A Chrysler worker’s 15-year fight to win her job back

By Shannon Jones, 14 December 2018

Workers Struggles

Pakistan police attack dock workers’ march; Sri Lanka Telecom workers demonstrate over poor conditions; Tigerair pilots vote to strike in Australia
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 December 2018

Over 4,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers on limited strike in California

By Kevin Martinez and Kim Saito, 14 December 2018

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

“This meeting is a powerful expression of the growing opposition of the working class”
Report to Detroit meeting to fight GM plant closings

Resolution to the Detroit meeting against GM plant closures
No to GM plant closings! Mobilize the working class to stop layoffs and concessions!

Autoworkers at Detroit public meeting: “Rank-and-file committees of the working class are the answer”

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

Form rank-and-file committees to advance the fight!
UAW attempts third sellout contract at northwest Indiana Lear auto parts plants

By Marcus Day, 15 December 2018

Germany: Ford announces massive job cuts at its Saarlouis plant

US Navistar workers to vote again on contract after 98 percent “no” vote

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

Science

Greenland ice sheet melting at an accelerating rate due to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

Fund appeal

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

Obituary

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.