15 December 2018

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

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2018

While Democrats denounced the death, they supported equally repressive policies under Obama.

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

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

By Will Morrow, 15 December 2018

The Paris police prefect announced that the response would be “about the same” as last Saturday, which saw mass arrests of over 1,700 people.

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

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

German daily accuses Macron of surrender to “yellow mob”

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

Sri Lankan plantation workers end strike action under protest

By Saman Gunadasa, 15 December 2018

Sri Lanka plantation workers denounced the unions and returned to work on December 14, after a nine-day strike for a doubling of their daily wage.

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

Fighting reported in Yemeni port, despite cease-fire

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2018

The renewed fighting in Hodeidah came barely 24 hours after the US- and Saudi-backed Yemeni puppet government and the Houthis signed an agreement in Sweden.

Australian workers and youth speak out in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 December 2018

“The Australian government’s role in the attacks on Assange has been pathetic, gutless, disgraceful. They just do what the US deep state tells them to do.”

Julian Assange denounces his illegal detention in Ecuadorian embassy

Time magazine honors journalists facing repression—but snubs Julian Assange

The Australian Labor Party and the persecution of Julian Assange

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

“The union and company think that by giving us signing bonuses that it’s going to make up for the lack of a pay raise.”

Germany: Ford announces massive job cuts at its Saarlouis plant

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2018

Workers at the Springfield, Ohio truck plant and several smaller are being asked to vote again after a massive vote to reject a deal negotiated by the United Auto Workers.

Union isolates Cambria hotel workers in Chicago as British Columbia and Los Angeles hotel employees protest

By Michael Walters, 15 December 2018

Hotel workers have been on strike for three months at the Cambria Hotel in Chicago under conditions where the UNITE HERE union has systemically shut down hotel strikes nationally.

Number of UK households in energy debt increases by 300,000, owing nearly £400 million

By Dennis Moore, 15 December 2018

Up to 3,000 people die each year in the UK because they cannot afford to heat their homes.

“Lefts” ensure stage-managed Australian Labor Party conference

By Mike Head, 15 December 2018

As the ALP prepares for government, the factional powerbrokers have held intensive backroom negotiations to carefully orchestrate the party conference and put on a show of unity.

Industrial accident claims three lives in Leduc, Alberta

By Penny Smith, 15 December 2018

The industrial tragedy in Leduc is just one among many fatal incidents that occur at worksites across Canada on a daily basis. In 2016, more than 900 workers died on the job.

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La guerre de Trump contre les immigrants
Près de 15 000 enfants détenus dans des camps à travers les États-Unis

Niles Niemuth, 15 décembre 2018

L’expansion de la population d’enfants détenus et l’intensification des raids par le gouvernement Trump sur les lieux de travail représentent une attaque contre toute la classe ouvrière

Allemagne: Ford annonce des suppressions massives d'emplois dans son usine de Saarlouis

Ulrich Rippert, 15 décembre 2018

Lors d'une réunion du personnel de l’usine lundi, la direction locale de Ford a annoncé l'arrêt de la production du modèle C-Max par l’entreprise et la perte de 1600 emplois.

Julian Assange dénonce sa détention illégale à l’ambassade équatorienne

Oscar Grenfell, 15 décembre 2018

L’éditeur de WikiLeaks, dont la santé semble se détériorer, a fait ces commentaires lors d’une audience contre le «Protocole spécial» du gouvernement équatorien visant à le forcer à être détenu par les Britanniques et les Américains.

Les agences de renseignement «Five Eyes» impliqués dans la campagne contre le géant chinois des télécommunications Huawei

Nick Beams, 15 décembre 2018

Un rapport de l'Australian Financial Review détaille une «campagne sans précédent» menée par les membres du réseau pour empêcher Huawei de fournir de l'équipement pour leurs réseaux sans fil de la prochaine génération.

Royaume-Uni: May chancelante, contestée par plus du tiers des députés conservateurs

Robert Stevens, 15 décembre 2018

Le vote contre May par les partisans d’un Brexit dur au sein de son parti, combiné à la perte du soutien des 10 députés du Parti unioniste démocrate, confirme que ses jours sont comptés.

La Cour suprême du Sri Lanka contre la décision du président Sirisena de dissoudre le Parlement

Deepal Jayasekera, 15 décembre 2018

La décision de la cour va encore intensifier les luttes intestines au sein de l'élite au pouvoir.

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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 Turkish

Protestocular Macron’un tavizlerini reddederken, Mısır sarı yelek satışını yasakladı

Alex Lantier, 13 Aralık 2018

Fransa Devlet Başkanı Macron’a karşı olan harekete sempati duyan protestolar uluslararası ölçekte yayılırken, General El Sisi’nin kanlı diktatörlüğü Mısır’da sarı yelek satışını yasaklıyor.

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Israel rollt Europas Neofaschisten den roten Teppich aus

Bill Van Auken, 15. Dezember 2018

Netanjahus Begrüßung des rechtsextremen italienischen Innenministers Salvini als „großen Freund Israels“ zeigt die Verbundenheit zwischen dem zionistischen Staat und dem Neofaschismus.

Studierendenparlament verurteilt Angriff der AfD auf IYSSE-Veranstaltung

unseren Reportern, 15. Dezember 2018

Knapp zwanzig Mitglieder rechtsextremer Organisationen kamen am 11. Dezember zu einer Veranstaltung der trotzkistischen Jugendorganisation an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität, um sie durch lautes Grölen und Zwischenrufe zu stören.

Bei den Bahnbeschäftigten wächst der Widerstand

Dietmar Henning, 15. Dezember 2018

Die Deutsche Bahn AG und die Gewerkschaften EVG und GDL stehen unter dem Druck von rund 200.000 Beschäftigten, die entschlossen sind, die endlosen Sparrunden der letzten Jahre zu beenden und bessere Arbeitsbedingungen sowie höhere Löhne durchzusetzen.

Frankfurter Societätsdruckerei: Streikende Drucker stellen Verdi-Funktionär zur Rede

Marianne Arens, 15. Dezember 2018

Die streikenden Arbeiter der Frankfurter Societätsdruckerei beginnen zu verstehen, dass sie es nicht nur mit den Druckereibesitzern, sondern auch mit Verdi zu tun haben.

Ex-Studentenführer Cohn-Bendit verurteilt französische „Gelbwesten“

Alex Lantier, 15. Dezember 2018

Das kleinbürgerliche und antimarxistische „linke“ Milieu reagiert auf die Entstehung einer politischen Bewegung der Arbeiterklasse mit erbitterter Feindschaft.

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Israel da bienvenida a neofascistas europeos

Bill Van Auken, 15 diciembre 2018

Los encomios de Netanyahu al ministro del Interior ultraderechista de Italia como “un gran amigo de Israel” demuestran la afinidad entre el Estado sionista y el neofascismo.

El líder estudiantil de 1968, Cohn-Bendit, denuncia las protestas francesas de los “chalecos amarillos”

Alex Lantier, 15 diciembre 2018

El surgimiento de un movimiento político de la clase trabajadora ha provocado una reacción furiosamente hostil desde el ambiente de la “izquierda” antimarxista de clase media.

La guerra de Trump contra los inmigrantes
Casi 15,000 niños recluidos en campos de detención en los Estados Unidos

Niles Niemuth, 15 diciembre 2018

El aumento en la población de niños detenidos y la escalada del Gobierno de Trump de los allanamientos en lugares de trabajo representan un ataque contra toda la población trabajadora.

Julian Assange denuncia su detención ilegal en la embajadora ecuatoriana

Oscar Grenfell, 15 diciembre 2018

El editor de WikiLeaks, cuya salud parece estarse deteriorando, hizo comentarios ante una audiencia contra el Gobierno ecuatoriano.

Después de 89 días, los sindicatos traicionan huelga histórica en Costa Rica

Andrea Lobo, 15 diciembre 2018

Fue la huelga más larga en la historia del país, marcando una nueva etapa en el crecimiento de la lucha de clases y mostrando que las traiciones de los sindicatos no conocen límites.

Peruanos aprueban propuestas de referéndum que el presidente Vizcarra presentó como respuesta a la corrupción

Cesar Uco, 15 diciembre 2018

El presidente Vizcarra está tratando de usar el referéndum para restaurar la imagen de un Estado burgués que había perdido toda credibilidad ante la clase trabajadora y los pobres.

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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

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

15 December 2018

The China slowdown is part of a global process, exposing the fraudulent claim that the global economy had finally “turned the corner” after the deep recession produced by the financial crisis a decade ago.

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WSWS 2018 Year End Fund

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

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Book Review

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

By Alex Lantier, 15 December 2018

Hensman’s arguments tend inescapably in one direction: that US wars have been the main liberating force during the last quarter century.

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

Mehring Books

In Defense of Leon Trotsky presented at Moscow Book Fair

By our correspondents, 15 December 2018

The publication of the book is of particular importance in Russia and met with significant interest among attendees of the book fair.

Arts Review

Bodyguard: A political thriller in six episodes from the UK

By David Walsh, 15 December 2018

The series centers on a British Army veteran, David Budd, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Budd now serves as an officer with a branch of the police in charge of security for politicians.

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

By David Walsh, 14 December 2018

Commentary

Legal noose tightens around Trump

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2018

Political warfare in Washington escalates to crisis of capitalist rule

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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

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

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

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

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

By Kevin Martinez and Kim Saito, 14 December 2018

Los Angeles teachers and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 December 2018

“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 plantation workers defy union and continue to strike

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 13 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

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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

Featured video

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

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.

25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons

The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout.

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50 years ago: Mass political repression in Brazil

After replacing General Humberto Castelo Branco in 1967, retired General Arthur de Costa e Silva, pledged to “humanize” the dictatorship established in the 1964 military coup and promised to transition Brazil to a democracy.

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75 years ago: Soviets try Nazi war criminals

On December 15, 1943, Soviet authorities began the first trial of Nazi war criminals in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

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100 years ago: Lloyd George wins Britain’s “khaki election”

In the British election held on December 14, 1918, David Lloyd George’s coalition government won a large majority on a platform promising social reforms, as well as punishment of the German “war criminals.”

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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.