US to ring China with missiles in nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 5 August 2019

With the potential deployment of US nuclear missiles just minutes in flight-time from the Chinese mainland, the region’s huge population will live under the specter of nuclear annihilation.

US scrapping of INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

Senate Democrats approve Trump war budget

General strike by Hong Kong workers against extradition law

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2019

The strike signals the entry of the working class, on a class basis, into the mass protest movement, pointing to the underlying social and economic issues driving the opposition.

Assange’s father speaks to the WSWS: “Julian’s resolve is fierce”

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 August 2019

John Shipton condemned the Australian government’s refusal to raise the issue of Assange with the US, or to take any action in his defence, declaring: “Silence is complicity.”

UK: By-election defeat for Conservatives but Labour almost wiped out

By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2019

The vote for the Labour Party in Brecon and Radnorshire collapsed, with its candidate coming fourth and only just retaining his deposit on a 5.3 percent share of the vote.

UK: Vigil mourns homeless man who “lived” in a Hackney bus shelter

By our reporters, 5 August 2019

Mustafa, believed to have been in his early 60s, was well known in the neighbourhood. As news of his death spread, it provoked an outpouring of anger.

UK housing crisis: 630,000 young people face homelessness in retirement

Study calls for closure of over half all health clinics in Germany

By Tino Jacobson and Markus Salzmann, 5 August 2019

With the argument that only the closure of clinics can achieve more staffing, better equipment and higher quality, the report calls for the closure of 800 of Germany’s 1,400 hospitals.

Russian authorities continue crackdown on opposition protests

By Clara Weiss, 5 August 2019

The violent crackdown on protests by the “liberal” opposition is aimed at intimidating all government opposition and preparing for the suppression of widespread resistance by the working class.

FAA concealed flaws in Boeing aircraft after Lion Air crash in Indonesia

By Bryan Dyne, 5 August 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration kept Boeing’s dangerous 737 Max 8 flying to protect the profits of the aerospace giant.

Teamsters union boss with close ties to Chicago Democrats pleads guilty to extortion

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 August 2019

The agreement by John Coli Sr. to work with federal investigators could have wide-reaching consequences for the Democratic Party machine in Illinois and Chicago.

Quebec: A political balance sheet of the United Steelworkers’ betrayal of the ABI workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 5 August 2019

The United Steelworkers and Quebec Federation of Labour systematically isolated the ABI workers’ militant anti-concessions struggle after an 18-month lockout.

Trump orders review of Pentagon’s JEDI cloud computing contract

By Nick Barrickman, 5 August 2019

Trump’s decision to halt the bidding process reflects concerns over Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ opposition to the administration’s policies.

Deadlock over Iranian cargo ships exposes deep crisis of Brazilian ruling class

By Alexander Ramirez and Miguel Andrade, 5 August 2019

As the Bolsonaro government aligns itself ever more closely with US imperialism, the ruling class is growing nervous of provoking a social explosion

Bangladesh primary school teachers demand government nationalise schools

By Wimal Perera, 5 August 2019

Even if non-government primary schools are taken over by the Hasina government there is no guarantee that teachers and school staff will be regularly paid.

New in Arabic

اندلاع احتجاجات جماهيرية بعد قيام المجلس العسكري في السودان بإطلاق النار على أطفال المدارس

بقلم جين شاعول

خرج عشرات الآلاف من الطلاب والشباب إلى الشوارع هذا الأسبوع ، بعد أن أطلقت القوات المسلحة السودانية النار على مظاهرة للشباب بسبب نقص الخبز والوقود في الأبيض ، عاصمة إقليم شمال كردفان ، يوم الاثنين.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
50 лет назад: Нацистский преступник казнен за убийство тысяч человек

5 августа 2019 г.

29 июля 1969 года в Германской Демократической Республике (Восточная Германия) был казнен нацистский офицер СС Йозеф Блёше после того, как он был признан виновным в депортации более 300 тысяч евреев из Германии в Варшавское гетто, а также в убийстве более 2 тысяч человек.

New in Portuguese

Banco Central dos EUA corta taxa de juros, mas Wall Street exige mais

Nick Beams, 5 Agosto 2019

A decisão do Fed deixa claro que a injeção de dinheiro ultra-barato para o sistema financeiro pelos bancos centrais em benefício da oligarquia financeira tornou-se o “novo normal”.

New in Turkish

Bretton Woods Anlaşması’nın 75. Yılı

Nick Beams, 5 Ağustos 2019

Bretton Woods sistemiyle, dünya ekonomisi ile ulusal sistem arasındaki çelişki giderilmemiş; yalnızca bastırılmıştı.

Medya, Demokratların Julian Assange aleyhine davasının reddedilmesi karşısında sessiz

Oscar Grenfell, 5 Ağustos 2019

Geçtiğimiz Salı günü, ABD’deki federal bir mahkeme, Demokratik Parti Ulusal Komitesi’nin (DNC) Julian Assange aleyhine hukuk davasını “önyargılı” diyerek reddetti.

Die Zeit editörü Jochen Bittner’e yanıt

Johannes Stern, 5 Ağustos 2019

Yazınız, siyaset ve medya alanında, saldırgan bir dış ve büyük güç politikasını ve savaşı açıkça savunma yönünde artık gelişmiş olan bir eğilimi ifade etmektedir.

IYSSE Karlsruhe bildirisi: Militarizme, faşizme ve savaşa karşı sosyalizm için! IYSSE'ye oy verin!

Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler (IYSSE), 5 Ağustos 2019

IYSSE, öğrenci meclisi seçimine, militarizme ve savaşa, toplumsal eşitsizliğe ve radikal sağa karşı sosyalist bir hareket inşa etmek için katılıyor.

İlk kez Ay’a çıkılmasının 50. Yıldönümü

Patrick Martin, 5 Ağustos 2019

İnsanlığın uzaydaki ilerleyişi, tarihsel olarak ilerici tüm görevler için olduğu gibi, kar sisteminin koyduğu engellerin; üretim araçlarının özel mülkiyetinin ve dünyanın rakip ulus devletlere bölünmüşlüğünün üstesinden gelinmesine bağlıdır.

New in Norwegian

Puerto Ricos guvernør trer av mens den politiske krisen eskalerer

Andrea Lobo, 5. august 2019

Demonstranter samlet seg i San Juan til sent på fredagskvelden der de ropte at den nylig installerte guvernøren også måtte trekke seg.

USAs oppheving av INF-traktaten høyner faren for atomkrig

Bill Van Auken, 5. august 2019

Den formelle opphevingen av traktaten erklært sist fredag, setter scenen for testing og utplassering av mellomdistansemissiler rettet mot både Russland og Kina.

Trumps handelskrigstiltak treffer finansmarkedene

Nick Beams, 5. august 2019

I sin analyse av den siste dreiningen i handelskrigen sa South China Morning Post at Kina nå måtte bestemme seg: enten å forlate forhandlingene eller inngå store innrømmelser overfor USA.

Australske politikere nekter fortsatt å forsvare Julian Assange, til tross for orienteringen fra hans advokat

Mike Head, 5. august 2019

Intensiv lobbyvirksomhet i Canberra i forrige uke mislyktes i å overbevise en eneste parlamentariker til å motsette seg Trump-administrasjonens bestrebelser på å få utlevert WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren.

Fransk regjering forbyr protester mot politidrapet på Steve Caniço

Will Morrow, 5. august 2019

President Emmanuel Macrons pålegging av forbud for protester mot dødelig politivold gjør det klart at en politistat styrer Frankrike.

New in French

Le gouverneur portoricain démissionne alors que la crise politique s'aggrave

Andrea Lobo, 5 août 2019

Les manifestants se sont rassemblés à San Juan jusqu'à tard dans la journée de vendredi, criant pour que le gouverneur nouvellement installé démissionne lui aussi.

L’abandon du traité sur les FNI par les États-Unis renforce la menace de guerre nucléaire

Bill Van Auken, 5 août 2019

The formal abrogation of the treaty declared on Friday sets the stage for the testing and deployment of medium-range missiles against both Russia and China. L’abrogation officielle du traité vendredi prépare le terrain aux essais et déploiements de missiles de moyennes portée contre la Russie et la Chine

Après l’adoption des projets de loi 9 et 21 du gouvernement Legault:
Le tournant de l’élite dirigeante canadienne vers le chauvinisme anti-immigrants entraîne une hausse des crimes haineux

Louis Girard, 5 août 2019

Plus les travailleurs entrent en lutte contre les inégalités sociales, plus l’élite dirigeante cultive la xénophobie pour les diviser et les détourner d’une lutte contre le capitalisme en faillite.

New in Spanish

Partidos de la gran patronal presiden catástrofe social en los Estados Unidos del siglo veintiuno

Kate Randall, 5 agosto 2019

La intención de los demócratas no es mayor a la de los republicanos respecto a atender las problemáticas sociales urgentes que enfrenta la clase obrera a diario.

Prensa en silencio sobre el rechazo de la demanda del Comité Nacional Demócrata contra Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 5 agosto 2019

Tras haber insistido en la calumnia de que Assange es un “agente ruso” por los últimos tres años, el New York Times, Washington Post y otros medios corporativos han censurado la decisión de la corte que refuta sus mentiras.

Gobernador puertorriqueño renuncia según se intensifica la crisis política

Andrea Lobo, 5 agosto 2019

Se reunieron manifestantes en San Juan en la tarde del viernes, cantando llamados a que renuncie el gobernador recién instalado también.

El rechazo estadounidense del tratado INF aumenta la amenaza de guerra nuclear

Bill Van Auken, 5 agosto 2019

La derogación formal del tratado declarado el viernes sienta las bases para la prueba y el despliegue de misiles de mediano alcance contra ambos Rusia y China.

Las medidas de guerra comercial de Trump afectan a los mercados financieros

Nick Beams, 5 agosto 2019

En su análisis del último giro en la guerra comercial, el South China Morning Post dijo que China tuvo que tomar una decisión de abandonar las negociaciones o hacer grandes concesiones a la parte estadounidense.

Rashida Tlaib defiende la colaboración del Partido Demócrata con Trump en inmigración

Nick Barrickman, 5 agosto 2019

La representante demócrata, miembro de la DSA, exige “más capacitación” para agentes que infligen graves violaciones de derechos humanos.


Kamala Harris: Orden público con una dosis de la política identitaria

Dan Conway, 5 agosto 2019

En el corazón, Harris es una sierva despiadada del imperialismo estadounidense que intenta encubrir su política derechista con demagogia vacía social y referencias a su género e identidad racial.

New in German

Zweite TV-Debatte der Demokraten
Amerika im 21. Jahrhundert: eine soziale Katastrophe
Demokraten wie Republikaner gleichermaßen verantwortlich

Kate Randall, 5. August 2019

Die Demokraten sind ebenso wenig gewillt wie die Republikaner, sich um die brennenden sozialen Fragen zu kümmern, mit denen die Arbeiterklasse tagtäglich konfrontiert ist.

Lübcke-Mord: Was verheimlicht der Verfassungsschutz?

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 5. August 2019

Zum Mord an dem Kasseler Regierungspräsidenten Lübcke kommen immer mehr Einzelheiten ans Licht. Sie belegen die enge Verflechtung von Rechtsterrorismus und Geheimdienst.

Politische Krise in Puerto Rico eskaliert trotz Rücktritt des Gouverneurs

Andrea Lobo, 5. August 2019

Am Freitagnachmittag forderten Demonstranten in San Juan auch den Rücktritt des neuen Gouverneurs.

Rücktritt der USA vom INF-Vertrag verschärft die Gefahr eines Atomkriegs

Bill Van Auken, 5. August 2019

Der formale Ausstieg aus dem Vertrag am Freitag schafft die Bedingungen, um Mittelstreckenraketen, die sich gegen Russland und China richten, zu testen und aufzustellen.

Other Languages

Perspective

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

5 August 2019

The president is the moral and political author of the bloody violence in El Paso, Gilroy and Dayton.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 August 2019

This lecture was delivered by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, at the opening of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 21, 2019.

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 26 July 2019

The German Verfassungsschutz has produced a 56-page response to the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) challenging its official designation as a “left-wing extremist” organisation subject to state surveillance. The government’s response is an angry diatribe against Marxism and every form of socialist and progressive thought.

Commentary

One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International
Argentina’s Partido Obrero splits with longtime leader Jorge Altamira

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2019

Amidst all of the charges and counter-charges within the PO, what emerges most clearly is that both factions base themselves entirely upon a petty-bourgeois nationalist orientation.

Big business parties preside over a social catastrophe in 21st century America

By Kate Randall, 3 August 2019

Puerto Rican governor steps down as political crisis escalates

By Andrea Lobo, 3 August 2019

Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration

By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2019

The Democratic Party politics of the “Democratic Socialists of America”

By Joseph Kishore, 2 August 2019

A reply to Die Zeit editor Jochen Bittner

By Johannes Stern, 1 August 2019

Die Zeit editor Jochen Bittner condemns “German pacifism”

Free Assange and Manning

Despite briefing by Julian Assange’s lawyer, Australian politicians still refuse to defend him

By Mike Head, 3 August 2019

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit
US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

Public transport workers’ meeting Thursday to demand WikiLeaks founder’s freedom
London bus drivers show support for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 30 July 2019

Intercept article calls on Democrats to step up attack on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 July 2019

US, Sweden and Britain dismiss UN finding that they tortured Assange

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Forty years since first German broadcast of the “Holocaust” series

By Clara Weiss, 5 August 2019

Under conditions of an international resurgence of fascist forces, the series, which had an enormous impact in West Germany in 1979, has lost none of its relevance.

16 Shots: Documenting the Chicago Democratic Party’s cover-up of the police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Michael Walters and Kristina Betinis, 3 August 2019

More on the removal of actress Lillian Gish’s name at Bowling Green State University
A conversation with actor Malcolm McDowell: “Once you erode freedoms like this, and artistic thought, where are we as a civilized society?”

By David Walsh, 1 August 2019

25 years ago: Senate debate on health care begins

On August 9, 1994, a debate began in the US Senate on health care legislation, the main domestic policy initiative of the Clinton administration.

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50 years ago: Manson group kills eight members of two families in Los Angeles

In the early morning hours of August 9, 1969, members of the cult group headed by Charles Manson broke into the home of a married couple, actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski, and killed Tate, her unborn child and four other adults.

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75 years ago: Japanese prisoners of war stage mass escape in Australia

On August 5, 1944, over 1,000 Japanese prisoners of war attempted a mass escape from a detention facility in Cowra, a country town 300 kilometers west of Sydney.

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100 years ago: Germany adopts Weimar Constitution

On August 11, 1919, Germany’s president, Social Democrat Fredrich Ebert, signed a new constitution into law, establishing Germany as a democratic republic.

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New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Mass protests erupt after Sudan’s military junta guns down school children”

We are publishing in Arabic the article published August 1 on the World Socialist Web Site by Jean Shaoul.

Workers Struggles

Kentucky miners block train tracks for sixth day demanding back pay

By Samuel Davidson, 3 August 2019

Unions step up sabotage of airline workers’ struggles in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2019

“GM has made all of these profits and we’re getting shafted”
Autoworkers speak out as GM Warren Transmission plant closes after 78 years of operation

By our reporters, 2 August 2019

“Paid for by Fiat Chrysler:” Prosecutors outline UAW corruption for Norwood Jewell sentencing hearing

UAW, Ford enforce punitive attendance policies at Chicago Assembly Plant ahead of September contract expiration

Indian protest marks seven years of legal vendetta against jailed Maruti Suzuki workers

More on autoworkers struggles »

More than 150,000 healthcare and grocery workers could strike in California and other states

By Rafael Azul, 2 August 2019

Eighty-thousand Kaiser Permanente healthcare employees in several states and 70,000 supermarket workers in California and Oregon are poised to walk out.

The 2020 US Elections

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal
Kamala Harris: Law-and-order with a dose of identity politics

By Dan Conway, 19 July 2019

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal
Pete Buttigieg: The made-to-order political “outsider”

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal
Elizabeth Warren espouses economic nationalist policies aligned with Donald Trump

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE wins seat in student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

By the IYSSE group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 16 July 2019

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

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

Socialist Equality Party Canada

Build rank-and-file committees to prepare a political general strike against Ontario's Doug Ford!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 July 2019

To prevail in this fight, workers must break free of the trade unions and NDP, and unify their struggles in a global working-class counter-offensive against capitalist austerity and war.

Canada’s Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine

Book Review

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

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

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

Fund Appeal

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.