As industry analyst calls UAW-automaker negotiations “Kabuki theatre”
Autoworkers demand substantial improvement in wages and conditions on eve of contract talks

By Jerry White, 9 July 2019

With negotiations set to begin on July 15, workers are determined to overturn decades of givebacks accepted by the United Auto Workers.

Countdown to contract fight
Auto execs, UAW have a game plan: What will autoworkers do?

Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio

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US steps up threats as Iran exceeds uranium enrichment cap

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2019

Iran’s government deliberately breached the agreement to pressure remaining signatories to the nuclear accord to counter crippling US economic sanctions.

Hong Kong protesters appeal to mainland Chinese for support

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2019

The unity of the Chinese working class as a whole is a prerequisite for the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.

Second quarter fundraising
Trump, Democratic presidential candidates raise more than $100 million

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2019

The stage is being set for the most expensive campaign in US—and world—history, with estimates that ad spending could top $10 billion for the 2020 elections.

Building the infrastructure of a police state
Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2019

The poorest large city in the US is being used as a testing ground for invasive surveillance technologies in preparation for coming eruptions in the class struggle.

Hack of Department of Homeland Security contractor exposes government surveillance of drivers on US roads and border crossings

UK’s GCHQ spy centre seeks new powers to circumvent encryption

Global conflict situations, poverty lead to rise in mental health crises

By Alex Johnson, 9 July 2019

US imperialism and its allies bear principal responsibility for the wars and military interventions that have wrought devastation throughout the world.

Australian retail giant to cut jobs, wages

By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2019

Woolworths, one of Australia’s two major supermarket chains, last month announced a restructure that endangers thousands of jobs across the country.

Germany: Riva steelworkers in Trier and Horath on strike for four weeks

By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2019

Workers are fighting against the wage dumping of parent company Riva Stahl, which is trying to pit them against the rest of the workforce to force down wages.

Britain: Gang convicted of running “extensive and prolific” modern slavery network

By Richard Tyler, 9 July 2019

According to the International Labour Office, there are 40.3 million people in conditions of modern slavery across the world, including 10 million children .

New in French

Le 25e anniversaire d'Amazon: un conglomérat basé sur le parasitisme et l'exploitation

Tom Carter, 9 juillet 2019

La technologie et l’infrastructure qui sous-tendent le trajectoire météorique d’Amazon et la plus grande fortune individuelle de l’histoire moderne doivent être mis au service des besoins et des aspirations de la population mondiale.

New in Turkish

Lübcke cinayeti ve Almanya’da “Nazi sorunu”nun dönüşü

Johannes Stern, 9 Temmuz 2019

Walter Lübcke’nin sağcı bir terörist tarafından suikasta kurban gitmesi, Almanya’nın yeniden çok ciddi bir Nazi sorununa sahip olduğuna ilişkin uzun süredir gizlenen kirli gerçeği gözler önüne serdi.

Yunanistan seçimleri: Kemer sıkma yıllarının ardından Syriza ağır bir yenilgiye uğradı

Alex Lantier, 9 Temmuz 2019

Yunanistan’da Pazar günü düzenlenen milletvekili seçimlerinde, sağcı Yeni Demokrasi (ND), Syriza’yı (“Radikal Sol Koalisyon”) yenilgiye uğrattı.

New in Spanish

El 25 aniversario de Amazon: un conglomerado basado en el parasitismo y la explotación

Tom Carter, 9 julio 2019

La tecnología e infraestructura detrás del ascenso meteórico de Amazon y la mayor fortuna individual en la historia moderna debe ser dirigido para atender las necesidades y aspiraciones de la población mundial en su conjunto.

Tras años de austeridad, Syriza sufre una derrota devastadora en las elecciones griegas

Alex Lantier, 9 julio 2019

El disentimiento masivo respecto a toda la élite política resultó en una abstención de 42 por ciento, la más alta en Grecia desde el regreso de la democracia parlamentaria hace 45 años.

La moledora de carne de Amazon en los suburbios de Dallas, Texas

Tom Carter, 9 julio 2019

Durante un período de dos años, 567 obreros se lastimaron en el centro de cumplimiento DFW7 en Fort Worth, Texas.

El asistente de Trump amenaza con deportar a un millón de inmigrantes

Patrick Martin, 9 julio 2019

Mientras la Casa Blanca intensifica sus ataques contra los inmigrantes, los demócratas del Congreso están profundizando su colaboración con Trump.

New in Norwegian

Etter år med sparetiltak led «radikale venstre» Syriza knusende nederlag i gresk valg

Alex Lantier, 9. juli 2019

Massiv misnøye med hele det politiske etablissementet resulterte i et 42 prosent fravær, det største i Hellas siden parlamentarisk demokrati ble gjenopprettet for 45 år siden.

Med intensiverende økonomiske konlikter
Ett år siden amerikansk handelskrig mot Kina ble innledet

Nick Beams, 9. juli 2019

Under betingelser av sin relative økonomiske nedgang ser USA på Kinas industrielle og teknologiske utvikling som utålelig, og vil anvende alle nødvendige midler for å forhindre den.

Del 1: Kontra-revolusjon and antisemittisme
Paul Hanebrinks Et spøkelse hjemsøker Europa: Myten om jøde-bolsjevisme

Clara Weiss, 9. juli 2019

Hanebrinks bok fokuserer på undersøkelsen av forholdet mellom frykten for «kommunismens spøkelse», som hjemsøkte Europa – som Marx og Engels som kjent alluderte til i sitt Kommunistiske manifest fra 1847 – og antisemittisme.

Lee Iacocca, som førte an i angrepet på bilarbeiderne, død som 94-åring

Jerry White, 9. juli 2019

Foretaksmediene hyllet den tidligere Chrysler-konsernsjefen for å ha uthult bilarbeidernes lønninger og jobber med den UAW-støttede føderale redningspakka i 1979 og 1980.

New in German

Nach jahrelangen Austeritätsmaßnahmen: „Linksradikale“ Syriza erleidet verheerende Niederlage bei griechischer Parlamentswahl

Alex Lantier, 9. Juli 2019

Die massive Unzufriedenheit mit dem ganzen politischen Establishment in Griechenland äußerte sich in einer Stimmenthaltung von 42 Prozent, der höchsten Enthaltungsquote seit der Wiedereinführung der Demokratie vor 45 Jahren.

25 Jahre Amazon: Ein Konzern, geschaffen aus Parasitismus und Ausbeutung

Tom Carter, 9. Juli 2019

Die Technologie und Infrastruktur hinter dem kometenhaften Aufstieg von Amazon, der seinem Gründer das höchste Privatvermögen aller Zeiten beschert hat, muss in den Dienst der Weltbevölkerung gestellt werden.

Weltweite Kundgebungen für Julian Assange

unseren Reportern, 9. Juli 2019

Am Mittwoch letzter Woche versammelten sich auf der ganzen Welt insgesamt tausende Menschen, um an seinem 48. Geburtstag für die Freiheit von Julian Assange zu protestieren.

New in Urdu

ایرانی انقلاب۔۔۔۔چالیس سال بعد

کیتھ جونز

یہ سٹالنسٹ تودہ پارٹی اور سٹالنزم کی سیاست ہے جو بنیادی طور پر ایرانی انقلاب کے پٹڑی سے اُتر جانے کی ذِمہ دار ہے۔

New in Russian

За всемирную кампанию против выдачи Джулиана Ассанжа в США!
За формирование Глобального комитета защиты для его освобождения!

Заявление международной редакционной коллегии Мирового Социалистического Веб Сайта, 6 июля 2019 г.

Необходимо организовать массовое движение, чтобы не допустить экстрадикции Джулиана Ассанжа в Соединенные Штаты.

New in Portuguese

Banalidades no G20 não conseguem esconder um mundo à beira da guerra

Nick Beams, 5 Julho 2019

As teatrais propostas de paz de Trump à Coréia do Norte após a cúpula do G20 foram desmentidas pela aprovação pelo Senado do maior orçamento militar na história dos EUA.

Revelações contra a Operação Lava Jato levam a nova investida em direção a um governo autoritário no Brasil

Miguel Andrade, 5 Julho 2019

A publicação de mensagens vazadas relacionadas ao julgamento de Lula fez o governo Bolsonaro realizar ameaças de repressão e acusações de conluio com a inteligência russa.

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Perspective

Syriza’s election defeat: A balance sheet of a political betrayal

9 July 2019

Hailed as a “radical” alternative to capitalism by the middle-class left, the Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras spent four years carrying out austerity measures on behalf of the EU.

Earlier Perspectives »

Book Review

Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism
Part 2: Stalinism, communism and anti-Semitism

By Clara Weiss, 9 July 2019

Hanebrink’s false equation of Stalinism with communism leads to a significant and misleading omission in his discussion of the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe after World War II and internationally today.

Part 1: Counter-revolution and anti-Semitism
Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism

By Clara Weiss, 8 July 2019

Arts Review

Racialism and money-grubbing: The New York Times explains why “more critics of color” are needed

By David Walsh and Fred Mazelis, 9 July 2019

In the interests of honesty, “Race-fixated upper middle class continues its campaign for positions and money” ought to have been the headline of an opinion piece published by the New York Times July 5.

A conversation with Mike Kaplan, the producer of The Whales of August (1987), Lillian Gish’s final film
The famed actress “was filled with curiosity, creativity and imagination”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2019

The Command (Kursk): A dramatization of the 2000 Russian nuclear submarine disaster

By Joanne Laurier, 4 July 2019

Marching Song, play co-written by Orson Welles about abolitionist John Brown, to be published after 85 years

By David Walsh, 2 July 2019

A conversation with Todd Tarbox, editor of Marching Song

WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

Help autoworkers gear up for the battle ahead

Free Assange and Manning

Strong support for Julian Assange at Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University

By our reporters, 9 July 2019

SEP and IYSSE campaigners campaigned for a July 10 picket that will be held in defence of the WikiLeaks founder in the war-ravaged city.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold Free Assange meetings and demonstrations

SEP (Australia) holds rally in Brisbane to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Gary Alvernia, 8 July 2019

Despite downpours of rain, workers and young people came from far afield to join the event, demonstrating the underlying support for the WikiLeaks founder and the courageous whistleblower.

Julian Assange’s birthday celebrated at vigils in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

Video: Watch the Sydney Free Assange rally

4 July 2019

The demonstration is one of a series of rallies organised by the Socialist Equality Party to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning; the next will be in Brisbane on Saturday followed by Melbourne on Sunday July 14.

Video: Protesters at SEP (Australia) rally speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Workers Struggles

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways
Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Bus drivers in Massachusetts strike over wages and healthcare

By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019

25 years ago: North Korean Stalinist leader Kim Il-Sung dies

On July 8, 1994, North Korean Stalinist ruler Kim Il-Sung died at the age of 83 from a heart attack. His death was officially announced by the government 30 hours later.

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50 years ago: “Soccer War” breaks out between El Salvador and Honduras

On July 14, 1969 El Salvador’s president Fidel Sánchez Hernández ordered the invasion and bombing of neighboring Honduras.

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75 years ago: Nazis liquidate Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania

On July 8, 1944, Nazi forces began the liquidation of the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania, amid the approach of Red Army troops.

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100 years ago: Red Army takes key Urals city of Zlatoust

On July 13, 1919, the Red Army’s Fifth Army under the command of Mikhail Tukhachevsky took Zlatoust, a key town in the southern Urals, from the counterrevolutionary forces of Admiral Kolchak.

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History

American Independence Day 2019: From the “asylum for mankind” to the land of concentration camps

By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

Commentary

Amazon’s 25th anniversary: A conglomerate based on parasitism and exploitation

By Tom Carter, 8 July 2019

Amazon’s meat grinder in the Dallas, Texas suburbs

As economic conflicts intensify
One year since the start of US trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2019

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech

Germany: Following the murder of politician Walter Lübcke—the call for a strong state

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2019

More on the fight against fascism »

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the resurgence of the international class struggle

By the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 3 July 2019

"Socialism 2019" conference: A Democratic Party operation

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2019

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

Two major earthquakes strike in two days: Why aren’t California’s cities ready for the “big one”?

By Dan Conway, 8 July 2019

Amid mounting opposition, former Michigan Governor Snyder withdraws from Harvard fellowship

By Sheila Brehm, 4 July 2019

Lee Iacocca, who spearheaded the attack on autoworkers, dead at 94

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meetings review political lessons of Australia’s federal election

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

Australian workers and youth discuss SEP election campaign

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

IYSSE

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 4 July 2019

The Trotskyist youth movement is running two candidates in the elections for the Student Parliament in at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

Fund Appeal

Science

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 June 2019

Mehring Books

Available in English and Spanish
New pamphlet on Matamoros wildcat strikes

6 June 2019

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new pamphlet, The 2019 workers’ rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico by WSWS writer Andrea Lobo.

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

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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.