Fearing rebellion of autoworkers against UAW, Trump holds White House meeting with General Motors CEO

By Jerry White, 6 September 2019

The meeting with GM chief executive Mary Barra is a measure of the fear in ruling circles over autoworkers sparking a broader movement against decades of declining living standards.

Court orders end to “unlawful” Windsor, Ontario auto parts strike

By Carl Bronski, 6 September 2019

Unifor President Jerry Dias is again ramping up his anti-Mexican demagogy in an effort to divert the struggle by workers at parts maker Nemak who have blockaded the plant in an effort to defend their jobs.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Advance Auto Parts distribution workers on strike

By Tom Eley, 6 September 2019

Some 550 warehouse workers walked off the job Wednesday to demand better wages and working conditions.

Ten days before contract expiration, top aide to UAW GM negotiators pleads guilty to taking $2 million in kickbacks

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

More on autoworkers struggles »

Death toll mounts in Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian lingers off Carolina coast

By a reporter, 6 September 2019

The scenes of devastation on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands have astonished observers and drawn comparison to areas levelled by saturation bombing in wartime.

Vast destruction revealed as Hurricane Dorian leaves the Bahamas

DARPA requests proposals for “Semantic Forensics” system
US Defense Department prepares for mass internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 6 September 2019

The Pentagon is seeking proposals from corporate technology partners for the development of an automated system that will censor “false media assets” and “disinformation.”

Hundreds attend viewing for young miner fatally crushed in Pennsylvania coal mine

By Samuel Davidson, 6 September 2019

Tanner Lee, who leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old son, is the latest victim of the gutting of mine safety regulations in the drive for production and profits.

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

“They said they were going to fix everything—people still are hurting"
One year since the Chicago house fire that killed ten children

By Benjamin Mateus and George Gallanis, 6 September 2019

Since the time of the Little Village fire, the same processes that led to the blaze in one of Chicago’s poor, working-class neighborhoods have led to even more fire tragedies in the city.

Germany’s Left Party reacts to electoral debacle in the East with sharp shift to the right

By Johannes Stern, 6 September 2019

After its electoral collapse in Saxony and Brandenburg, the Left Party is adopting the anti-refugee policies of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Northern Ireland: Harland and Wolff shipyard workers continue occupation

By Steve James, 6 September 2019

Workers at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff have been occupying its shipyard since late July.

UK pensioners suffer massive increase in poverty

By Thomas Scripps, 6 September 2019

Almost 18 percent of pensioners—nearly 2 million people—are in relative poverty, receiving less than 60 percent of median household income, up from 13 percent in 2011/2012.

Rising class tensions across Indonesia trigger West Papua protests

By Mike Head, 6 September 2019

Both the “pro-independence” protests and the Islamist-linked repression are driven by efforts to divert underlying and growing working class discontent.

Official report exposes dire conditions in New Zealand prisons

By John Braddock, 6 September 2019

The prison population has risen for 30 years, ever since the “pro-market” program launched by David Lange’s 1984–1990 Labour government.

5 September 2019

Hong Kong administration seeks to split protest movement

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2019

Pentagon begins second phase of diverting funds to Trump’s border wall

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2019

Mexican president used spy agency to monitor immigrant caravans

By Alex González, 5 September 2019

More on North American immigrant issues »

Five Star-Democrat coalition government announced in Italy

By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2019

Trade war accelerates trend towards global recession

By Nick Beams, 5 September 2019

India labels 1.9 million Assam residents “foreigners” as prelude to their mass expulsion

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 September 2019

Costa Rican government imposes ban on political strikes

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2019

Schools begin in Denver amid sweltering heat and ongoing protests

By Bill Knowles, 5 September 2019

Quebec: New attack on crane operators provokes strong opposition

By Louis Girard, 5 September 2019

Sri Lanka: JVP presidential candidate vows to strengthen capitalist state

By W.A. Sunil, 5 September 2019

Twenty years after independence vote
East Timor’s mass poverty, unemployment belie promises of “national liberation”

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 September 2019

A year after sellout deal
Crisis erupts in New Zealand Nurses Organisation

By Tom Peters, 5 September 2019

New in Norwegian

Corbyn stiller opp med Toryer og Blairister i Brexit-krisen

Chris Marsden, 6. september 2019

Corbyn fremstår som den ledende figuren for styringsklassens antiBrexit-fløy der han gjør det klart at han ikke har noe uavhengig politisk alternativ å tilby arbeiderklassen.

Handelskrig akselererer trenden mot global resesjon

Nick Beams, 6. september 2019

Resultater fra produksjonsundersøkelser rundt i verden peker på en betydelig oppbremsning, uten tegn til økt aktivitet de kommende månedene.

Medieblackout om Roger Waters’ opptreden til forsvar for Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 6. september 2019

Medietausheten er et politisk sensurtiltak utført for å bistå den amerikanske og britiske regjeringen i deres forfølgelse av WikiLeaks-utgiveren Julian Assange.

New York Times’ 1619-prosjekt: En rasistisk forfalskning av både den amerikanske og av verdenshistorien – Del to

Niles Niemuth og Tom Mackaman og David North, 6. september 2019

1619-prosjektet, lansert av New York Times, presenterer rasisme og etnisitetsbasert konflikt som det essensielle karaktertrekk og drivkraften i amerikansk historie.

New in German

Corbyn stellt sich in Brexit-Krise hinter Tories und Blair-Flügel

Chris Marsden, 6. September 2019

Indem er die Rolle als führende Figur des Anti-Brexit-Flügels der herrschenden Klasse einnimmt, macht Corbyn deutlich, dass er über keine unabhängige politische Alternative verfügt, die er der Arbeiterklasse anbieten könnte.

Italien: Regierung aus Fünf Sternen und Demokraten vereidigt

Alex Lantier, 6. September 2019

Die neue Regierung, die aus Geheimabsprachen hervorgegangen ist, hat hauptsächlich den Zweck, Neuwahlen zu vermeiden und den Sparkurs zu verschärfen. An den Angriffen der rechten Vorgängerregierung auf Flüchtlinge wird sich nichts ändern.

Hongkong: Regierung will Protestbewegung spalten

Peter Symonds, 6. September 2019

Durch die Rücknahme des Auslieferungsgesetzes will sich Regierungschefin Carrie Lam die Unterstützung konservativer Führer der Protestbewegung sichern und auf diese Weise die militanteren Schichten unterdrücken.

Wissenschaft im Dienste von Krieg und Zerstörung
Erster Teil

Gregor Link, 6. September 2019

Der Fraunhofer-Verbund Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitsforschung ist ein Zusammenschluss von sieben universitätsnahen Forschungseinrichtungen, der laut eigener Aussage „dem Bundesministerium der Verteidigung verpflichtet“ ist.

New in French

L'administration de Hong Kong cherche à diviser le mouvement de protestation

Peter Symonds, 6 septembre 2019

En retirant la législation sur l'extradition, la directrice générale, Carrie Lam, cherche à obtenir l'appui des dirigeants conservateurs du mouvement de protestation pour ouvrir la voie à la répression des couches plus combatives.

Nouveau gouvernement de coalition 5 étoiles-démocrate en Italie

Alex Lantier, 6 septembre 2019

Ce gouvernement n’est pas une alternative à son prédécesseur d’extrême droite, car il a été formé en coulisse pour éviter des élections, maintenir l’austérité et s’en prendre aux réfugiés.

Corbyn s'aligne sur les conservateurs et les blairistes dans la crise du Brexit

Chris Marsden, 6 septembre 2019

En assumant le premier rôle de l’aile anti-Brexit de la classe dirigeante, Corbyn indique clairement qu’il n’a aucune alternative politique indépendante à proposer à la classe ouvrière.

New in Russian

Восемьдесят лет с начала Второй мировой войны

Билл Вэн Оукен, 4 сентября 2019 г.

Официальная церемония памяти по поводу самого варварского события в мировой истории стала празднованием милитаризма и правого национализма, неотступно сопровождавшего начало войны.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Основана Коммунистическая партия США

4 сентября 2019 г.

1 сентября 1919 года в Чикаго часть левого крыла Социалистической партии основала Коммунистическую партию США.

New in Spanish

Presidente alemán guarda silencio sobre Holocausto durante conmemoración de Segunda Guerra Mundial

Por Peter Schwarz, 5 septiembre 2019

El presidente alemán, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, no enunció ni una sola palabra sobre la exterminación de los judíos en una ceremonia en Varsovia que marcaba el 80 aniversario de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Roger Waters y John Pilger hacen una poderosa defensa de Julian Assange en Londres

Por nuestros reporteros, 5 septiembre 2019

Pilger dijo: “Al defender a Julian Assange, defendemos nuestros derechos más sagrados. Habla ahora o despierta una mañana con el silencio de un nuevo tipo de tiranía”.

Tras voto a favor de huelga de 96 por ciento, el UAW elige a trabajadores de GM para intentar imponer primer contrato entreguista

Por Jerry White, 5 septiembre 2019

En vez de “poner en la mira” a General Motors, el sindicato UAW está apuntando contra los trabajadores de GM para extraerles más concesiones y marcar la pauta para Ford y Fiat-Chrysler.

Decenas de miles se unen a primer día de protestas de huelga en Hong Kong

Por Peter Symonds, 5 septiembre 2019

La confederación sindical está haciendo todo lo posible para limitar la acción de los trabajadores y confinar sus demandas a las de la oposición oficial procapitalista en Hong Kong.

Huelga de dos días comienza en Hong Kong después de otro fin de semana de protestas

Por Ben McGrath, 5 septiembre 2019

Temiendo la intervención de la clase obrera, las autoridades están intensificando su represión contra los manifestantes.

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 Turkish

ABD’nin itirazlarına rağmen Rusya ve Türkiye askeri işbirliğini yoğunlaştırıyor

Ulaş Ateşçi, 5 Eylül 2019

Türkiye ile Rusya arasında gitgide sıkılaşan ilişkiler, Ankara ile Batılı müttefikleri arasında var olan ve Washington ile Berlin’in desteğiyle Erdoğan’a karşı 2016’da düzenlenen başarısız darbe girişimiyle doruk noktasına ulaşan belli başlı anlaşmazlık noktalarının hiçbirinin çözülmediğini gösteriyor.

New in Russian

Уничтоженная брошюра о Красной армии, изданная в 1923 году по заказу Троцкого, снова опубликована в России

Клара Вайс, 5 сентября 2019 г.

Переиздание спустя почти 100 лет этой брошюры дает возможность ознакомиться с важным историческим документом, судьба которого отражает жестокое подавление сталинизмом подлинной марксистской мысли и политики, представителями которых в Советском Союзе были Лев Троцкий и Левая оппозиция.

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Perspective

Washington escalates “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran

6 September 2019

More than a year after re-imposing a punishing sanctions regime, and no closer to achieving regime change, the US is adopting increasingly reckless measures.

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Featured Commentary

The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 3 September 2019

PART ONE | PART TWO | COMBINED
The 1619 Project, launched by the New York Times, presents racism and racial conflict as the essential feature and driving force of American history.

German president silent on the Holocaust at WWII memorial

By Peter Schwarz, 4 September 2019

The World Socialist Web Site reaches 75,000 English articles

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Autoworkers must form rank-and-file committees to counter UAW conspiracy

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 6 September 2019

The entire “negotiation” process between the UAW and the auto companies is illegitimate, tainted by corruption and criminality.

After 96 percent strike vote, UAW picks GM workers to try to push through first concessions contract

India: Motherson autoworkers strike indefinitely in Tamil Nadu

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 2 September 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

Free Assange and Manning

WikiLeaks exposes crimes of German imperialism

By Gregor Link, 6 September 2019

The German media has slandered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces possible life imprisonment or the death penalty in the US for making Washington’s war crimes public.

Media blacks out Roger Waters’ performance in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2019

The media silence is an act of political censorship, carried out in order to assist the US and British governments persecute WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Roger Waters and John Pilger make powerful defence of Julian Assange in London

By our reporters, 3 September 2019

Imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond called to testify before US grand jury, most likely against Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 4 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

Leslie Gelb dies at 82: The revolving door between the New York Times and the State Department

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2019

Gelb was a protégé of Henry Kissinger, sharing with his mentor a ruthless commitment to furthering the interests of American imperialism, at any cost in terms of human lives.

Seattle union pushes through deal that includes hiring and firing of teachers based on race

By Kayla Costa and Alec Andersen, 6 September 2019

The Seattle Education Association forced through a contract last week which does nothing to address subsistence levels of pay, inadequate classroom funding and opens to the door to further layoffs.

In Brexit crisis, Corbyn lines up with Tories and Blairites

By Chris Marsden, 5 September 2019

Courts back Trump administration as ICE continues to force-feed immigrants

By Adam McLean, 3 September 2019

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

By Joseph Kishore, 30 August 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

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

Workers Struggles

UK and Spanish Ryanair pilots continue strikes; first-ever national strike by Dutch care workers; South African Bank workers to strike
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 September 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Vote “No” on the CWA’s sellout contract with AT&T!

By Casey Gold and Ed Hightower, 6 September 2019

On Friday, August 30, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and global telecom giant AT&T announced a tentative agreement in a contract covering 22,000 AT&T workers across nine southeastern states.

CWA shuts down strike of 22,000 AT&T workers across US South

Australia: Whistleblower trials proceed despite outcry

By Mike Head, 3 September 2019

Australian worker killed in fall on Sydney construction site

By Terry Cook, 3 September 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

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

By David North, 3 August 2019

Mehring Books

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

By David North, 2 September 2019

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

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

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

By David North

Arts Review

A 21st-century “Hunger Games”
Alone: The Arctic (Season 6)—Surviving reality television

By Carl Bronski, 4 September 2019

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

By Verena Nees, 2 September 2019

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

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

New studies reveal growing epidemic of nurse suicides in the US

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

Eighty years since the outbreak of World War II

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The future is socialism, but it must be fought for

By 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

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.