Protest sit-in shuts Hong Kong international airport

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2019

The closure of the world’s eighth biggest airport, following on from last week’s general strike, marks a significant deepening of the political crisis in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong protests continue into a tenth week

General strike signals entry of working class into Hong Kong protests

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”
Residents compare trauma of Mississippi ICE Raid to Hurricane Katrina

By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019

Children are afraid to attend school or leave their parents’ side. Families are hiding in their homes.

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

“We can come together as a force:” Nashville resident who saw neighbors stop ICE speaks out

By our reporters, 13 August 2019

Rosheda Martin lives in the Hermitage neighborhood, where residents physically prevented ICE from snatching their neighbors.

Scores arrested in protests against ICE in New York City

By Owen Mullan, 13 August 2019

The demonstrations pointed to the collaboration between border police and US technology firms such as Amazon.

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

Over a week after a US federal court threw out a civil case brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against Julian Assange, the German media has been dominated by an embarrassed silence.

Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange

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

More on the campaign to free Assange and Manning »

Concerns grow over global financial stability

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2019

There is now a historically unprecedented situation in bond markets where it is estimated that some $15 trillion worth of government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning an investor who purchased the bond and held it to maturity would make a loss.

Southern separatists overrun Aden, exposing fraud of US, Saudi puppet regime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2019

The clashes in Aden after more than four years of murderous war in Yemen have laid bare the failure of the US-backed Saudi campaign to establish any viable regime.

Explosions at Russian military facilities leave eight dead

By Andrea Peters, 13 August 2019

Bound up with the accelerating global arms race, blasts at a nuclear weapons testing facility in Russia’s far north and an ammunitions depot in Siberia have injured dozens.

Over 50,000 join opposition protests in Moscow

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 August 2019

The ruling elite requires Australia’s incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of “Chinese interference.”

Australian actor John Jarratt sues Daily Telegraph after jury throws out rape charge

By Richard Phillips, 13 August 2019

The jury of five men and seven women took just over 15 minutes to unanimously reject the #MeToo-inspired rape allegation against the veteran actor.

Persecuted Sri Lankan writer released on bail

By Vimukthi Vidarshana, 13 August 2019

Although Shakthika Sathkumara is out on bail, the threat to his freedom of expression and that of other artists remains.

New in Russian

Остановить правый заговор! Защитить ПСР от секретной службы Verfassungsschutz!

Партия Социалистического Равенства (Германия), 13 августа 2019 г.

Германская Федеральная служба защиты конституции подготовила 56-станичный документ в ответ на судебный иск, поданный Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Партией Социалистического Равенства), где оспаривается ее официальная характеристика как «левоэкстремистской» организации, которая подлежит государственному наблюдению. Документ правительства является злобным обличительным выступлением против марксизма и всех форм социалистической, левой и прогрессивной мысли.

New in Spanish

Reporte sobre cambio climático advierte de un mundo al borde de un precipicio

Bryan Dyne, 13 agosto 2019

La única solución a la crisis del cambio climático reside en la lucha contra el capitalismo.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a los buitres financieros de Wall Street: Por favor, sean amables con Puerto Rico

Genevieve Leigh, 13 agosto 2019

La congresista demócrata Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, miembro de Socialistas Demócratas de América, ha intervenido para intentar contener la inquietud y la ira sociales crecientes.

Más de 50.000 participan en protestas de la oposición en Moscú

Clara Weiss, 13 agosto 2019

Mientras que la represión continua contra la oposición debe ser opuesta, se necesita advertir a los trabajadores y jóvenes sobre el carácter derechista de las fuerzas políticas detrás de las protestas.

Dos celebraciones del bicentenario de Walt Whitman en Nueva York

Fred Mazelis, 13 agosto 2019

Whitman nos dejó una contribución única, como poeta y como personaje público. Tiene mucho que decirle al siglo XXI.

New in Norwegian

Klimaendringsrapporter advarer om en verden ved stupet

Bryan Dyne, 13. august 2019

Den eneste løsningen på klimaendringskrisen ligger i kampen mot kapitalisme.

Protestene i Hong Kong videreføres inn i den tiende uka

Peter Symonds, 13. august 2019

Protester fant sted på en rekke forskjellige steder i Hong Kong på søndag, der opprørspoliti brukte tåregass og batonger.

Storbritannia: Johnson-regjeringen overveier en post-Brexit snap election, mens Labour’s Blair-ister plotter for en «nasjonal enhetsregjering»

Chris Marsden, 13. august 2019

[description]Det er takket være Corbyn at alle sannsynlige utfall i parlamentet vil ende med regjeringer forpliktet til ytterligere sosialkutt og innstramminger, militarisme og krig./description]

Mer enn 50 000 deltakere på opposisjonsprotester i Moskva

Clara Weiss, 13. august 2019

Samtidig som det må opponeres mot det pågående tilslaget mot opposisjonen, må arbeidere og ungdommer advares om den høyreorienterte karakteren til de politiske kreftene bak protestene.

Hvem ønsket Jeffrey Epstein død?

Patrick Martin, 13. august 2019

Omstendighetene rundt Jeffrey Epsteins død berettiger fullt ut de utbredte mistankene om at han ble myrdet.

ABC-documentaren «»Helt eller kjeltring»: Undergraving av forsvaret for Julian Assange

James Cogan, 13. august 2019

Programmets ondartede undertekst er at Assange i beste fall må betraktes som tvilsom og at han ikke fortjener sympati, enn si noen aktiv politisk støtte.

New in German

Klimabericht warnt: Die Welt steht am Abgrund

Bryan Dyne, 13. August 2019

Die einzige Lösung für die Klimakrise liegt im Kampf gegen den Kapitalismus.

Indiens Angriff auf Kaschmir und der Kampf gegen Chauvinismus, Imperialismus und Krieg

Keith Jones, 13. August 2019

Die indische BJP-Regierung hat dem Bundesstaat Jammu und Kashmir rechtswidrig seinen Sonderstatus entzogen. Damit will sie ihre Stellung gegenüber Pakistan und China stärken und die wachsende soziale Opposition in chauvinistische Kanäle ablenken.

Plan zur Zerschlagung von Thyssenkrupp nimmt Gestalt an

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 13. August 2019

Thyssenkrupp-Vorstandschef Guido Kerkhoff hat letzten Donnerstag angekündigt, mehrere Geschäfte „auf den Prüfstand“ zu stellen, weil sie angeblich nicht wettbewerbsfähig sidn. Unmittelbar betroffen sind rund 9300 Beschäftigte.

Mehr als 50.000 Teilnehmer bei Demonstrationen der Opposition in Moskau

Clara Weiss, 13. August 2019

Die derzeitige Unterdrückung der Opposition muss abgelehnt werden, doch zugleich müssen Arbeiter und Jugendliche vor dem rechten Charakter der politischen Kräfte hinter den Protesten gewarnt werden.

New in Portuguese

Greve geral sinaliza entrada da classe trabalhadora nos protestos de Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 10 Agosto 2019

Os protestos em massa em Hong Kong, que estão acontecendo há mais de dois meses, são parte de um ressurgimento da classe trabalhadora internacionalmente.

New in Turkish

Hong Kong genelinde on binlerce işçi grevde

Ben McGrath, 10 Ağustos 2019

Hükümete karşı protestolar iki aydır sürüyordu ancak işçilerin açık muhalefet ile protestolara katılması ile daha önemli bir hale geldiler.

New in French

«Vous travaillez si dur et vous pouvez à peine joindre les deux bouts»
Des centaines de travailleurs de Detroit font la queue pour postuler à de nouveaux emplois chez Fiat Chrysler

Jerry White, 10 août 2019

Fiat Chrysler développe ses activités à Détroit, profitant de la baisse importante des salaires et de la baisse des impôts sur les sociétés.

Guerre des monnaies: une nouvelle étape dans l'effondrement capitaliste

Nick Beams, 10 août 2019

Une guerre des monnaies portera à un tout autre niveau la guerre économique menée par les États-Unis contre des «concurrents stratégiques» tels que la Chine et ses alliés.

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Perspective

Why is the media dismissing questions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death as “conspiracy theories”?

13 August 2019

Whether a “hit” orchestrated by those who feared he knew too much, or a suicide under conditions of multiple violations of prison protocols, Jeffrey Epstein’s death is the result of a conspiracy.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Report

Immigrant tent camps in Paris: Victims of France’s war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 13 August 2019

Every night in Paris, in sprawling tent encampments lying beneath highway overpasses, or in local playgrounds and parks, thousands of refugees go to sleep on the street.

Arts Review

An interview with historian Brenda Wineapple, author of books on Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
“Writing is a solitary and private act … I’m going to say what I think is true”

By David Walsh, 13 August 2019

Brenda Wineapple has written a number of intriguing books, including White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson; Hawthorne: A Life; and The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.

Ground-breaking documentarian D.A. Pennebaker dies

By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2019

Pennebaker pioneered the use of handheld cameras and editorial comment to achieve an immediacy and closeness not previously achieved in documentary film-making.

Midsommar: Illuminating nothing

By Carlos Delgado, 9 August 2019

South African jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim returns with The Balance

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2019

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.

Workers Struggles

Costa Rican public health workers strike against tax changes, privatization plans
Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 August 2019

Thousands of hospital and clinic workers across Costa Rica carried out a two-day strike last week to protest a tax reform bill that has imposed additional burdens on workers and led to underfunding of services.

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

By Isaac Finn, 9 August 2019

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

Commentary

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink

By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2019

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2019

The circumstances of Jeffrey Epstein’s death fully justify the widespread suspicions that he was murdered.

UK: Johnson government considers post-Brexit snap election, while Labour’s Blairites plot “national unity” government

By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2019

American horror story
Elderly husband kills wife, then himself, in desperation over skyrocketing healthcare costs

By Eric London, 12 August 2019

“I begged them! I said ‘Please, I’ve never seen this country!’”
Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq

By Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2019

Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Wall Street financial vultures: Please be nice to Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2019

New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war

By Keith Jones, 10 August 2019

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

By Eric London, 8 August 2019

Five years after police murder of Michael Brown
Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests

By Niles Niemuth, 10 August 2019

More on Police Violence in America »

The 2020 US Elections

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.

Free Assange and Manning

The ABC documentary “Hero or Villain”: Undermining the defence of Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 12 August 2019

The program’s pernicious subtext was that Assange should be viewed as dubious, at best, and undeserving of sympathy, let alone active political support.

Australian spy and police chiefs say raids on journalists must continue

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

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

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

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 »

25 years ago: Major League Baseball players strike

On August 12, 1994, the 700 members of the Major League Baseball Players Association walked out over management’s demand for a cap on players’ salaries.

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50 years ago: British Labour government sends troops to Northern Ireland

On August 14, 1969, the Labour government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson decided to send British troops into Northern Ireland.

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75 years ago: Allies launch invasion of southern France

On August 15, 1944, Allied forces, including British and US troops and partisans of the French resistance, launched Operation Dragoon, a massive invasion of southern France aimed at expelling the German occupiers of the country.

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100 years ago: Polish uprising against German rule in Upper Silesia

On August 16, 1919, 140,000 Polish-speaking coal miners began a general strike against the German authorities in Upper Silesia after German border guards massacred 10 miners.

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Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

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

Autoworker Struggles

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

“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

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

“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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

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.