Chelsea Manning faces $441,000 in fines and another year in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

By Niles Niemuth, 9 August 2019

A federal judge rejected Manning’s motion to reconsider daily fines, which will bankrupt her as she refuses to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.

Australian spy and police chiefs say raids on journalists must continue

Protests in Australia continue to break official silence on Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Assange and Manning »

UN: Global food and water crisis threatens 3 billion people

By Bryan Dyne, 9 August 2019

A new report by the United Nations warns that anthropogenic climate change, if left unchecked, will render a steadily increasing portion of Earth essentially uninhabitable.

Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir

By Keith Jones, 9 August 2019

In response to India’s aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.

To enforce Monday’s constitutional coup
India dramatically intensifies repression in Kashmir

India’s Hindu supremacist government abrogates Kashmir’s autonomy

“You work so hard and you can barely make ends meet”
Hundreds of Detroit workers line up to apply for new Fiat Chrysler jobs

By Jerry White, 9 August 2019

Fiat Chrysler is expanding operations in Detroit, exploiting the sharp fall in wages and huge tax cuts.

“We are in a war with social injustice that cannot be reversed without an uprising”
Oshawa autoworker speaks on wildcat strikes, Unifor treachery

By Marcus Day, 9 August 2019

An autoworker at a supplier factory for GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant in Canada, which is set to close later this year, spoke to the WSWS about last week’s wildcat strikes.

Brexit threatens to destabilise Ireland on both sides of the border

By Steve James, 9 August 2019

Transatlantic tensions and the Brexit crisis are undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

UK: Major flooding narrowly averted after Toddbrook dam collapse

By Harvey Thompson, 9 August 2019

Whaley Bridge’s population and those in the wider area now live in the shadow of a dam in need of extensive repair, with authorities giving no concrete information as to when work will be completed.

Peak District residents speak on Toddbrook dam collapse in UK
“That dam could have gone in the middle of the night and at least 600 people would have died”

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

Those evacuated from Whaley Bridge and other areas after the nearby dam collapse were sent to Chapel High School in the town and were allowed to return home on Wednesday.

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority approves plan to cut 2,700 jobs

By Isaac Finn, 9 August 2019

On July 24, the transportation authority board approved the “MTA Transformation Plan,” which includes the possible layoff of 2,700 workers and the use of contractors to replace retiring workers.

Capital One hack compromises personal data of 106 million credit card applicants

By Kevin Reed, 9 August 2019

The hack of customer information at Capital One revealed on July 29 has exposed millions to identity theft and added a further pretext for corporate and state attacks on democratic rights under the guise of fighting cyber-crime.

Jacksonville, Florida officials move forward with electrical utility privatization plan

By Matthew Taylor, 9 August 2019

The Jacksonville Electrical Authority board has laid the groundwork for the approval of the sale of the largest public utility in the state through months of crisis mongering.

Australian High Court scraps free speech for workers

By Mike Head, 9 August 2019

The judges’ support for the sacking of a public servant is part of an assault on free speech under conditions of escalating social, geo-strategic and war tensions.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Германия принимает Веймарскую Конституцию

9 августа 2019 г.

11 августа 1919 года президент Германии, социал-демократ Фридрих Эберт, своей подписью узаконил новую конституцию, которая учредила в Германии демократическую республику.

New in Turkish

Genel grev, Hong Kong işçi sınıfının protesto sahnesine çıkmasına işaret ediyor

Peter Symonds, 9 Ağustos 2019

Çin işçi sınıfı içinde devrimci önderliğin inşası, 20. yüzyılın en önemli stratejik deneyimlerinin ve Stalinizmin Çin’deki de dahil olmak üzere ihanetlerinin açıklığa kavuşturulmasını gerektirmektedir.

Türkiye’nin savaş tehditlerinin ortasında, Suriye’de “güvenli bölge” kuruluyor

Ulaş Ateşçi, 9 Ağustos 2019

Milli Savunma Bakanlığı, Türk ve ABD’li askeri yetkililerin Suriye’nin kuzeyinde bir “güvenli bölge” kurma konusunda anlaştıklarını açıkladı.

IYSSE, Karlsruhe Teknoloji Enstitüsü’nün öğrenci meclisine girdi

IYSSE Karlsruhe Teknoloji Enstitüsü, 9 Ağustos 2019

IYSSE’nin seçim başarısı, militarizme, savaşa ve sağın yükselişine yönelik yaygın muhalefeti ifade ediyor ve sosyalist bir perspektife büyüyen desteği gösteriyor.

New in Norwegian

Trump i El Paso: Gjerningsmannen oppsøker åstedet

Eric London, 9. august 2019

Besøket til Texas og Ohio var et uærlig forsøk på å unndra seg ansvar for det faktum at Trump anstiftet, og bærer vesentlig politisk ansvar for det som skjedde.

Nok en guvernør skjøvet ut på Puerto Rico, mens protestene fortsetter

Andrea Lobo, 9. august 2019

Tusener tok til gatene rundt guvernørpalasset for å feire Pierluisis avgang.

For håndhevingen av mandagens konstitusjonelle kupp
India intensiverer dramatisk represjonen i Kashmir

Keith Jones, 9. august 2019

Indias styringselite har samlet seg bak det BJP-ledede statlige angrepet mot Jammu og Kashmir, selv om de har innrømmet at det er et «terningkast» som er fylt med innenriks- og geopolitisk «risiko».

Demokratenes presidentkandidater: En sosialistisk evaluering
Beto O’Rourke: Den utrolige kympende tomme dressen

Ed Hightower, 9. august 2019

Etter å ha skutt opp til prominens i den mislykkede 2018-kampanjen for det amerikanske Senatet har det tidligere kongressmedlemmet fra Texas falt fra en status som «med-frontrunner» til nesten usynlighet.

New in French

Les travailleurs canadiens de pièces d’automobile organisent une grève sauvage à l’approche de la fermeture de l’usine GM d’Oshawa

Carl Bronski, 9 août 2019

La courte grève fut organisée par des travailleurs de la base, indépendamment du syndicat pro-entreprise Unifor qui a passé la journée à demander aux travailleurs de retourner au travail.

Trump à El Paso: le coupable revient sur les lieux du crime

Eric London, 9 août 2019

La visite au Texas et en Ohio a été une tentative malhonnête d’esquiver le fait que c’est Trump, l’instigateur, qui porte la responsabilité politique principale des événements.

New in German

EU-Grenzschutzagentur Frontex in schwere Menschenrechtsverletzungen verstrickt

Martin Kreickenbaum, 9. August 2019

Frontex-Beamte, die die Einhaltung rechtlicher Mindeststandards im Umgang mit Flüchtlingen sicherstellen sollen, haben in hunderten Fällen die Misshandlung von Flüchtlingen toleriert.

Trump in El Paso: Der Täter kehrt an den Tatort zurück

Eric London, 9. August 2019

Die Reise des US-Präsidenten nach Texas und Ohio war ein unehrlicher Versuch, seine Spuren zu verwischen. Für die Massaker der letzten Tage trägt der Präsident die wesentliche politische Verantwortung.

Trump vergießt Krokodilstränen über Massaker-Opfer
Mississippi: US-Einwanderungsbehörde verhaftet fast 700 Immigranten

Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 9. August 2019

Die wahre Reaktion der Trump-Regierung auf das faschistische Massaker in El Paso (Texas) war die größte Razzia gegen Immigranten seit Trumps Einzug ins Weiße Haus.

New in Portuguese

A violência fascista e a política racial e do racismo

Por Joseph Kishore, 8 Agosto 2019

Evitando as causas políticas do ressurgimento da violência fascista, o New York Times promove uma narrativa racialista da sociedade estadunidense, centrada na “branquitude”, que legitima as reivindicações reacionárias da extrema direita.

New in Spanish

Trump en El Paso: el culpable regresa a la escena del crimen

Eric London, 9 agosto 2019

El viaje a Texas y Ohio fue un intento deshonesto para evadir la responsabilidad de haber instigado y cargar con la principal culpa política por lo acontecido.

Otro gobernador depuesto en Puerto Rico según continúan las protestas

Andrea Lobo, 9 agosto 2019

Miles tomaron las calles frente la mansión del gobernador para celebrar la salida de Pierluisi.

Según la producción industrial alemana registra una caída "devastadora"
Los mercados de bonos apuntan a una recesión global

Nick Beams, 9 agosto 2019

Los signos de una desaceleración global, si no una recesión absoluta, son más evidentes en la región de Asia-Pacífico sensible al comercio, como lo demuestran los recortes de tasas del banco central de ayer, y en Alemania.

Grupos pequeñoburgueses españoles exigen que Podemos posibilite la asunción de un gobierno socialdemócrata

Alejandro López, 9 agosto 2019

Su llamado a respaldar al PSOE desde fuera del gobierno es un sórdido ardid para evitar asumir la responsabilidad por las políticas derechistas del régimen del PSOE que están apoyando.

Washington ordena embargo internacional a Venezuela y amenaza con invasión

Andrea Lobo, 9 agosto 2019

El enviado de Estados Unidos Elliot Abrams dijo: “Si le hubieras dicho a George Bush Sr. en 1988 que invadiría Panamá, lo habría llamado locura. Pero dos o tres años después, sucedió.”

New in Turkish

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’i “yeniden kurma” konferansından bir yıl sonra
Partido Obrero önderliği ile Jorge Altamira arasında bölünme

Bill Van Auken, 7 Ağustos 2019

PO içindeki tüm suçlamaların ve karşı suçlamaların ortasında kesin bir şekilde ortaya çıkan şey, her iki hizbin de bütünüyle ulusalcı bir yönelime dayandığı; sosyalist enternasyonalizm stratejisini ve ilkelerini en bayağı ulusalcı hesaplara tabi kıldığıdır.

New in French

Le conflit commercial entre les États-Unis et la Chine dégénère en guerre de devises

Nick Beams, 7 août 2019

Les marchés boursiers ont fortement chuté hier dans le monde entier en raison des craintes d'une guerre des devises, après que la Chine a laissé sa monnaie, le renminbi, descendre sous le seuil de 7 pour un dollar américain.

La violence fasciste, la politique fondée sur les origines ethniques et le racisme

Joseph Kishore, 7 août 2019

Fuyant les causes politiques de la réémergence de la violence fasciste, le New York Times promeut le récit ethnique d’une société américaine, axée sur la question «blanche», qui légitime les affirmations réactionnaires de l’extrême droite.

Le dirigeant pabliste Gilbert Achcar a donné des conseils en matière de contre-insurrection à l'armée britannique

Thomas Scripps, 7 août 2019

Les groupes de la pseudo-gauche s’engagent pour le compte de l’armée et de l’appareil sécuritaire, fournissant leur expertise universitaire en rapport avec des nations d’Afriques et du Moyen Orient visées par l’impérialisme.

Les partis du patronat responsables d’une catastrophe sociale dans les États-Unis du 21e siècle

Kate Randall, 7 août 2019

Les démocrates n'ont pas plus l'intention que les républicains d'aborder les questions sociales brûlantes auxquelles la classe ouvrière est confrontée quotidiennement.

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Perspective

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

9 August 2019

Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

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.

Free Assange and Manning

John Pilger warns: “Do not forget Assange. Or you will lose him”

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 August 2019

The well-known journalist outlined the WikiLeaks founder’s deteriorating health, and the draconian conditions in which he is being held in a British prison.

Jennifer Robinson, a leading member of Assange’s legal team, speaks with the WSWS

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

“It speaks volumes about Australia’s position in the world that it’s not willing to take a stand against the United States and protect an Australian citizen.”

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

Sri Lanka: Colombo University students call for release of Julian 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

Midsommar: Illuminating nothing

By Carlos Delgado, 9 August 2019

Ari Aster’s newest film is a carnival of grotesqueries surrounding a limp relationship drama.

South African jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim returns with The Balance

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2019

Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019

A new book by Democratic Socialists of America member Eric Blanc reviewing the role of the DSA during the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona aims to boost the credibility of the unions and the Democratic Party.

Commentary

Trump in El Paso: The culprit returns to the scene of the crime

By Eric London, 8 August 2019

Currency war: A new stage in capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2019

Layoffs in global auto industry hit Mexico, India, China and the US

By Jerry White, 7 August 2019

Layoffs mount as slump in world auto industry deepens

Large turnout to view George Washington murals slated for destruction by San Francisco school board

By Toby Reese, 7 August 2019

Leading Pabloite Gilbert Achcar provided counter-insurgency advice to British Army

By Thomas Scripps, 6 August 2019

Workers Struggles

UK Ryanair pilots vote to strike; South Africa’s bank workers two-day national stoppage; Kenyan construction workers wildcat strike over pay and conditions
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 August 2019

Ryanair pilots in Britain have given an 80 percent strike mandate while south African bank workers plan to protest massive job losses and Kenyan workers struck the multi-billion-shilling Thwake Dam construction project.

Michigan road workers strike major regional contractor

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2019

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2019

Kentucky miners block train tracks for sixth day demanding back pay

Canadian auto parts workers stage wildcat strike as Oshawa GM plant closure looms

By Carl Bronski, 7 August 2019

Judge lets bribe-taking UAW bureaucrat Norwood Jewell off with a slap on the wrist

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

The 2020 US Elections

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist assessment
Beto O’Rourke: The incredible shrinking empty suit

By Ed Hightower, 6 August 2019

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

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

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.

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

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.