Two-day strike begins in Hong Kong following weekend of protests

By Ben McGrath, 2 September 2019

Fearful of the intervention of the working class, authorities are stepping up their repression of protesters.

Hong Kong mass rally banned as Chinese troops deployed in show of force

Trump imposes new tariffs on China

By Nick Beams, 2 September 2019

The new measures, to be followed by further imposts in December, have hit a wide range of consumer products, amid growing concerns of a recession in the global economy and the US.

Former Fed official calls on central bank to end accommodation to Trump

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen prison kill more than 100

By Niles Niemuth, 2 September 2019

Monday’s mass slaughter ranks among the worst in a long string of war crimes carried out by Saudi Arabia with the backing of the American and British governments.

UK: Nationwide protests oppose Johnson’s planned suspension of parliament

By Robert Stevens, 2 September 2019

Demonstrations took place in around 80 cities and towns. They were organised by a coalition of forces who are either outright opposed to Brexit, or the no-deal exit threatened by Johnson.

Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament: The British ruling class declares war on democratic rights

UK: Protesters condemn Johnson’s proroguing of parliament “We’ll wake up one day and all our rights will be gone if we don’t stand up and fight.”

By our reporters, 2 September 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to those in attendance at anti-Johnson protests in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol.

India: Motherson autoworkers strike indefinitely in Tamil Nadu

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 2 September 2019

About 500 permanent workers from Motherson Automotive Technologies & Engineering remain on strike to demand recognition of their newly-formed trade union.

Autoworkers conclude near-unanimous strike votes as corruption scandal targets charity run by UAW president

Day after FBI raids of UAW, autoworkers cast near unanimous vote to strike

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

FBI raids UAW President Gary Jones’ home, as workers vote to strike at GM, Ford and Chrysler

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Hurricane Dorian devastates northern Bahamas, reaches Category 5

By our reporter, 2 September 2019

The storm has the potential to be one of the most devastating in modern history, with wind speeds reaching 185 miles per hour.

Texas gunman kills seven people before being shot to death by police

By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2019

The bloodbath in the Midland-Odessa area of west Texas brings the death toll from US mass shootings to 142 this year, more than all of 2018.

Twenty-five-year-old miner crushed to death in Pennsylvania coal mine

By Samuel Davidson, 2 September 2019

Tanner Lee McFarland was killed Thursday evening when part of the wall and roof in the area of the mine he was working collapsed, crushing him under tons of coal and rock.

Germany: Xenophobic and anti-Semitic offences are rising sharply

By Isabel Roy, 2 September 2019

On average, there were 26 offences against immigrants or Jews each day in 2018.

Trump administration to reverse methane rules for energy industry

By Daniel de Vries, 2 September 2019

EPA’s climate sabotage continues with plans to drop methane leakage rules.

Star quarterback Andrew Luck stuns National Football League by retiring at 29

By Alan Gilman, 2 September 2019

The devastating physical and mental toll that professional football players have to endure is compelling some to retire at the height of their careers.

Australian government moves to deport Tamil refugees despite mass opposition

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 September 2019

The family has been transferred to Christmas Island, where they have been placed in substandard accommodation and given expired food.

New in Urdu

نئی دہلی کا کشمیر پر حملہ اور فرقہ وارانہ ردِعمل، سامراجیت اور جنگ کے خلاف لڑائی؛۔

کیتھ جونز

فرقہ وارانہ ردعمل کو بڑی سماجی حزب اختلاف کے خلاف ابھارتے ہوئے اورپاکستان اور چین کیخلاف اپنے ہاتھ کو مضبوط بنانا کے مقصد کے تحت انڈیا کی بی جے پی کی حکومت نے غیر قانونی طور پر کشمیر کی خصوصی حیثیت کا خاتمہ کردیا ہے۔

New in Turkish

ABD, Venezuela’ya karşı rejim değişikliği entrikalarını tırmandırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 2 Eylül 2019

ABD kuklası sağcı politikacı Juan Guaidó, Çarşamba günü, onunla hemfikir olan ABD destekli siyasi gericilerden oluşan yeni bir “Hükümet Merkezi” kurduğunu duyurdu.

New in Norwegian

Åtti år etter utbruddet av andre verdenskrig

Bill Van Auken, 2. september 2019

Den offisielle seremonien som markerte den mest barbariske begivenheten i verdenshistorien var en feiring av den typen militarisme og høyreorientert nasjonalisme som ledsaget utbruddet.

Presentasjon av Mehring Books’ nye publisering
Presentasjon av Mehring Books’ nye publisering Forfatterens innledning til Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

Vadim Z. Rogovin, 2. september 2019

Her presenteres den norske oversettelsen av innledningen forfattet av den avdøde russiske marxisten, historikeren og sosiologen Vadim Z. Rogovin, fra den ferske engelske oversettelsen av den andre boka av hans syvbindsverk med tittelen Var det et alternativ til stalinisme?

Tidligere Fed-representant oppfordrer sentralbanken til en slutt på innordning til Trump

Nick Beams, 2. september 2019

En ekstraordinær intervensjon fra Bill Dudley, tidligere president for New York avdelingen av US Federal Reserve, gjenspeiler voksende politiske spenninger drevet frem av voksende utsikter for en amerikansk resesjon.

Standard & Poor’s påstår Argentina har «misligholdt» sin gjeld

Andrea Lobo, 2. september 2019

En argentinsk bankier referert av Financial Times sa at det erindret om streikene, opptøyene og bank-runs under det forrige misligholdet i 2001, og at de var «veldig redde for hva som skal skje».

New in Spanish

Ochenta años desde el estallido de la Segunda Guerra Mundial

Bill Van Auken, 2 septiembre 2019

La ceremonia oficial para el evento más barbárico en la historia mundial es una celebración del tipo de militarismo y nacionalismo derechista que acompañó su estallido.

Estados Unidos intensifica maquinaciones para cambio de régimen en Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 2 septiembre 2019

Tras no poder instigar un golpe militar, Estados Unidos y su títere Juan Guaidó están intentando fraguar un Gobierno paralelo leal a Washington.

Vadim Rogovin, autor de ‘Bolcheviques contra el estalinismo 1928-1933: León Trotsky y la Oposición de Izquierda’
En memoria de Vadim Z. Rogovin

David North, 2 septiembre 2019

En este homenaje de 1998 a Vadim Z. Rogovin, David North explica lo que hizo de este historiador soviético un notable “profeta de la verdad histórica”.

‘El fotógrafo de Mauthausen’: la documentación de crímenes nazis en un campo de concentración

Benjamin Mateus, 2 septiembre 2019

La película está basada en la historia de Francesc Boix, un militante de izquierda catalán detenido en el infame campo de concentración de Mauthausen, en Austria durate la Sugunda Guerra Mundial.

Standard & Poor’s declara deuda argentina en incumplimiento

Andrea Lobo, 2 septiembre 2019

Un banquero argentino citado por el Financial Times dijo que estaban recordando las huelgas, rebeliones y corridas bancarias durante el último incumplimiento en 2001 y que tenían “mucho miedo de lo que pasa”.

New in Portuguese

Bolsonaro ameaça Glenn Greenwald e intensifica discursos fascistas

Miguel Andrade, 31 Agosto 2019

Bolsonaro está empenhado na construção de um movimento fascista baseado nas forças de segurança, e se sente encorajado pelo amplo consenso nos círculos dominantes em torno de sua agenda econômica.

New in French

Un rassemblement de masse à Hong Kong est interdit alors que les troupes chinoises font une démonstration de force

Mike Head, 31 août 2019

Beijing est bien conscient que les protestations qui se poursuivent sont motivées par les préoccupations sous-jacentes des étudiants et de la classe ouvrière concernant l'aggravation des inégalités sociales.

La suspension du Parlement par Johnson: la classe dirigeante britannique déclare la guerre aux droits démocratiques

Chris Marsden, 31 août 2019

La décision du Premier ministre britannique Boris Johnson d'une prorogation (suspension) de «la Mère de tous les Parlements» et de gouverner par décret fait partie d’un virage vers de formes de régimes dictatoriaux par les classes dirigeantes du monde entier.

Il y a 75 ans: Toulon et Marseille libérées de l'occupation nazie

31 août 2019

New in German

80 Jahre seit Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkriegs

Bill Van Auken, 2. September 2019

Die offizielle Zeremonie zum barbarischsten Ereignis der Weltgeschichte ist eine Feier genau der Art von Militarismus und Nationalismus, die seinerzeit den Ausbruch des Krieges begleitete.

Landtagswahlen in Sachsen und Brandenburg
Rechte Regierungspolitik von CDU, SPD und Linkspartei stärkt AfD

Ulrich Rippert, 2. September 2019

In beiden Bundesländern wurde die AfD zur zweitstärksten Partei, in einigen Regionen auch zur stärksten Partei.

USA: Autoarbeiter stimmen nahezu einstimmig für Streik

Joseph Kishore, 2. September 2019

Die Urabstimmungen in der letzten Woche haben die Kampfbereitschaft der Autoarbeiter gezeigt. In Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee und Kentucky stimmten zwischen 94 und 99 Prozent für einen Streik.

Gründe, Folgen und Lehren des Zweiten Weltkriegs

David North, 2. September 2019

Im Folgenden veröffentlichen wir einen Vortrag, der ursprünglich am 5. Oktober 2009 an der San Diego State University in Kalifornien gehalten wurde.

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Perspective

Roger Waters holds concert on Monday
Take forward the fight to free Julian Assange!

2 September 2019

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are the victims of a monstrous criminal conspiracy, involving the most powerful governments in the world, the intelligence agencies and the corporate media.

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Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Today we are publishing the Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, by David North.

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

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

14 August 2019

Featured Interview

“The stress in healthcare is at a tipping point”
An interview with nurse scientist Judy Davidson on rising nurse suicides

By Alex Johnson, 2 September 2019

Judy Davidson was part of the psychiatric research team that recently uncovered the high incidence of suicide in the nursing industry.

New studies reveal growing epidemic of nurse suicides in the US

Arts Review

Twenty years of the Young Euro Classic festival: Beethoven caught between rebellion and EU propaganda

By Verena Nees, 2 September 2019

The 20th edition of the Young Euro Classic festival ended August 6 in Berlin with a record attendance of 27,000 visitors. At the center of the programmes were the nine symphonies and other works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A creative “genius” suppresses herself

By David Walsh, 30 August 2019

The Photographer of Mauthausen: Documenting Nazi crimes in a wartime concentration camp

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 August 2019

25 years ago: Sani Abacha crushes anti-government strike in Nigeria

On September 5, 1994, bowing to ferocious pressure from Nigeria’s military junta headed by President Sani Abacha, oil union leaders called off a two-month strike of 200,000 workers.

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50 years ago: Ho Chi Minh dies

Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietnamese independence movement and a founder of the communist party in Vietnam, died in office on September 2, 1969, at the very height of the Vietnamese struggle against American imperialism.

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75 years ago: Fourth International warns against persecution of Uruguayan Trotskyists

This week in September 1944, the theoretical journal carried an editorial warning against the persecution of Trotskyists in Uruguay as part of a broader crackdown on the movement internationally.

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100 years ago: Jan Smuts becomes prime minister of South Africa

On September 3, 1919, Jan Smuts became the second prime minister of the Union of South Africa, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire.

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History

The Causes and Consequences of World War II

By David North, 31 August 2019

David North, the chairman of the WSWS international editorial board, delivered the following lecture at San Diego State University on October 5, 2009, marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.

Eighty years since the outbreak of World War II

Free Assange and Manning

Roger Waters to perform in London Monday in defense of Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 31 August 2019

Clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson: They are trying to break Assange “physically and psychologically”

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 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!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

Only one-third of Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide—so why does the New York Times?

By David Walsh, 31 August 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

The Democratic Socialists of America Convention: A marketing gimmick for the Democratic Party

By Joseph Kishore, 30 August 2019

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

On the 79th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2019

Autoworkers struggles

“The cost of living is constantly going up while the chance to live is going down”
Autoworkers vote overwhelmingly for strike at Ford, GM, and Chrysler plants

By Jerry White, 28 August 2019

“There’s a lot of people who are ready to get rid of them”
GM Wentzville workers speak out against UAW corruption

By Marcus Day, 26 August 2019

Joe Ashton, UAW VP named in corruption scandal, had long history of selling out auto workers

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The future is socialism, but it must be fought for

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 27 August 2019

Students and youth must fight to build an independent political movement of the working class, in opposition to all the parties and organizations that support capitalism.

Science

New human species discovered in the Philippines

By Frank Gaglioti, 21 August 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 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

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

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.