Hong Kong protests met with denunciations and threats

By Peter Symonds, 14 August 2019

The muted response to the threats of Chinese intervention reflects fear in ruling circles internationally that events in Hong Kong could be replicated in cities around the world.

Protest sit-in shuts Hong Kong international airport

Hong Kong protests continue into a tenth week

Portugal’s social-democratic government calls out army against truckers’ strike

By Alex Lantier, 14 August 2019

The financial aristocracy has made clear that it will not tolerate workers’ demands for a dramatic rise in wages and working conditions, proper rest times, and fundamental social change.

Autoworkers react to slap-on-the wrist sentencing of former UAW VP

By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2019

Workers contrasted the lenient treatment handed out to Norwood Jewell with the brutal conditions they face every day in the factories compounded by the ever-present threat of layoffs.

Bottled water distributions begin as lead water poisoning crisis erupts in Newark, New Jersey

By Daniel de Vries, 14 August 2019

After three years of cover-up, city and state officials were forced to begin distributing bottled water to residents on Monday.

Argentina’s stock market crashes after Macri loses pre-election poll

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2019

The market crash shows international finance capital’s concern that the vote reflects massive social opposition to austerity regimes.

Far-right government elected in Guatemala

By Andrea Lobo, 14 August 2019

Marked by low participation and mass protests, the vote was overshadowed by the popular outrage against the “third safe country” agreement imposed by Trump.

Italy: Democrats, Five-Star Movement call for technocratic government

By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2019

On August 20, the Senate will hold a confidence vote on the current government, after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini broke the governing alliance.

Three-star general stands for far-right Alternative for Germany in mayoral election

By Christopher Lehmann, 14 August 2019

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has selected Joachim Wundrak, a former Luftwaffe lieutenant-general, as its candidate for the Hannover mayoral election on October 27.

Australia: Mentally-ill man carries out stabbing attacks in Sydney

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2019

The alleged perpetrator was a 20-year-old man from a working-class suburb in Sydney’s west, with a lengthy history of psychological issues.

UK supermarket workers oppose new wage-cutting contract at Walmart subsidiary Asda

By Barry Mason, 14 August 2019

To fight the plans of global corporations such as Asda, workers must adopt a strategy opposed to the nationalist, pro-capitalist policies of the trade unions.

Over a third of UK’s top earners live in London while workers struggle to get by

By Thomas Scripps, 14 August 2019

London represents a grotesque concentration of all the social contradictions and inequities of British capitalism.

Chicago school district and union officials prepare to sell austerity contract to teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 14 August 2019

The Democratic Party “fact-finder” has come down on the side of the district’s demands for a virtual wage freeze and further inroads on teachers’ health care benefits.

From Couch to Curb film launch highlights youth homelessness in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 August 2019

More than 116,000 people across Australia, or one in every 200, are currently without a home; a quarter of these are young people aged between 12 and 24.

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 Portuguese

Importante pablista Gilbert Achcar dá conselhos de contrainsurgência ao exército britânico

Por Thomas Scripps, 14 Agosto 2019

Os grupos da pseudo-esquerda estão se alistando ao serviço do aparato militar e de segurança, oferecendo seu conhecimento acadêmico sobre as nações da África e do Oriente Médio que são alvos do imperialismo.

New in Spanish

¿Por qué la prensa desestima como “teorías conspirativas” las interrogantes en torno a la muerte de Jeffrey Epstein?

Por Patrick Martin, 14 agosto 2019

Sea un asesinato orquestado por aquellos que temían que él sabía demasiado o un suicidio ante múltiples violaciones de protocolos en la prisión, la muerte de Jeffrey Epstein es el resultado de una conspiración.

Protesta cierra aeropuerto internacional de Hong Kong

Por Peter Symonds, 14 agosto 2019

El cierre del octavo aeropuerto más grande del mundo después de la huelga general de la semana pasada marca una profundización importante de la crisis política en Hong Kong.

“Algunos niños se esconden en su casa, al estilo de Ana Frank”
Los residentes comparan el trauma de la incursión de ICE en Mississippi con el huracán Katrina

Por Norisa Diaz, 14 agosto 2019

Los niños tienen miedo de asistir a la escuela o dejar el lado de sus padres. Las familias se esconden en sus hogares.

Crece la preocupación por la estabilidad financiera mundial

Por Nick Beams, 14 agosto 2019

Hay una situación históricamente sin precedentes en los mercados de bonos. Se estima que alrededor de $15 billones en bonos de gobiernos se negocian con rendimientos negativos, lo que significa que un inversor que compró el bono y lo mantuvo hasta su vencimiento podría sufrir una pérdida.

Bolsonaro de Brasil amenaza a Glenn Greenwald y aumenta las diatribas fascistas

Por Miguel Andrade, 14 agosto 2019

Bolsonaro está comprometido en la construcción de un movimiento fascista basada en las fuerzas de seguridad y se siente envalentonado por el amplio consenso en los círculos gobernantes por su agenda económica.

Autoridades rusas continúan medidas severas contra protestas de oposición

Por Clara Weiss, 14 agosto 2019

Las medidas severas violentas contra protestas por la oposición “liberal” tiene como blanco intimidar a toda la oposición gubernamental y preparar la supresión de resistencia generalizada por la clase obrera.

"Abrieron fuego como si fuéramos animales"
La policía de AMLO matan a tiros a un inmigrante cerca de la frontera estadounidense

Por Andrea Lobo, 14 agosto 2019

Un migrante fue asesinado a tiros mientras huía de la policía con su hija de ocho años horas antes de que Trump elogió el gobierno del presidente mexicano Andrés Manuel López Obrador en un mitin en.

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

Warum lehnen die Medien Fragen über Jeffrey Epsteins Tod als „Verschwörungstheorien“ ab?

Patrick Martin, 14. August 2019

Ob ein Mord an jemandem, der zuviel über andere wusste, oder ein Selbstmord unter höchst zweifelhaften Umständen – Jeffrey Epsteins Tod ist das Ergebnis einer Verschwörung.

Italien: Demokraten und Fünf Sterne befürworten Technokratenregierung

Marianne Arens, 14. August 2019

Am Dienstag, den 20. August, findet im italienischen Senat eine Vertrauensabstimmung über die aktuelle Regierung statt.

Sitzblockade legt internationalen Flughafen von Hongkong lahm

Peter Symonds, 14. August 2019

Die Stilllegung des achtgrößten Flughafens der Welt und der Generalstreik letzte Woche markieren eine deutliche Verschärfung der politischen Krise in Hongkong.

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

“Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

14 August 2019

Europe’s governments have shut their doors to refugees rescued from the sea after fleeing death and torture.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

14 August 2019

Mehring Books has just released the new English translation of the second volume of Rogovin’s monumental seven-volume series Was There an Alternative to Stalinism?

Commentary

US media continues to downplay suspicions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death

By David Walsh, 14 August 2019

After days of breathless coverage, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both removed the Epstein story from the front pages of their print editions on Tuesday.

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

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink

By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2019

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

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

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

By Eric London, 12 August 2019

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

By Keith Jones, 10 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

Featured Report

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

By Will Morrow, 13 August 2019

Arts Review

Stop the suppression of the San Francisco murals! Defend the right to history, art and culture!

By the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 14 August 2019

The SEP and the IYSSE condemn the suppression of the left-wing murals painted by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School in San Francisco and call on students, teachers and workers to unite in their defense.

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

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

Ground-breaking documentarian D.A. Pennebaker dies

By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2019

Midsommar: Illuminating nothing

By Carlos Delgado, 9 August 2019

Free Assange and Manning

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

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

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

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.

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

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

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!

Persecuted Sri Lankan writer released on bail

By Vimukthi Vidarshana, 13 August 2019

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

North American Immigration Issues

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

“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

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

Scores arrested in protests against ICE in New York City

By Owen Mullan, 13 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

Workers Struggles

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

13 August 2019

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

The 2020 US Elections

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

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.