“Unimaginable” death toll predicted in Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

By Dan Conway, 7 September 2019

Five days after the powerful Category Five storm wreaked havoc in the Bahamas, damage, injury and death estimates continue to grow.

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

“We all know they are lying!”
Workers furious as UAW stonewalls contract discussion with GM, Ford, and Chrysler

By Tom Hall, 7 September 2019

A letter sent to local union officials makes clear that the UAW will conceal the new contract until after the eleventh hour has already passed.

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

UK: Johnson hails police as “bedrock of society” as Brexit crisis intensifies

By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2019

Johnson’s paean to the police must be understood in the context of the plans by the government, under Operation Yellowhammer, to deploy the full might of the state to contain social unrest post-Brexit.

In Brexit crisis, Corbyn lines up with Tories and Blairites

Hong Kong administration seeks to split protest movement

French unions meet with Macron administration to organize attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 7 September 2019

The gathering discussed how the unions will suppress the opposition in the working class to the Macron administration’s historic assault.

Another police-state raid in Australia to protect spy agencies

By Mike Head, 7 September 2019

The Morrison government is stepping-up an offensive on democratic rights at the Trump administration’s behest.

Jury finds one defendant not guilty, deadlocked on second in 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire case

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 September 2019

The criminal trial of two defendants, Derrick Almena and Max Harris, charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, has come to an end with a deadlock and an acquittal.

New York court hears argument from “John Doe” that documents related to Jeffrey Epstein should remain sealed

By Kevin Reed, 7 September 2019

In a hearing before a Manhattan judge, arguments were presented on Wednesday for keeping the identity of individuals named in the court record of a defamation lawsuit filed against a confidante of Jeffrey Epstein in 2015 either sealed or redacted.

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

Colombian government renews civil war amid growing social unrest

By Julian James, 7 September 2019

At least 150 former FARC fighters and their family members have been killed since the signing of the agreement with the Colombian government.

As negotiations drag on
Chicago teachers union sets September 26 date for strike authorization vote

By Kristina Betinis, 7 September 2019

If a strike wins support by 75 percent of CTU members, teachers could walk out October 7.

Report shows advanced decay of New York City subway stations

By Isaac Finn, 7 September 2019

A recent report from the New York City Comptroller’s office, “NYC Subway Station Conditions,” details debris falling from station ceilings and elevated trains.

Central Maine Power embroiled in billing scandal

By Ryan Scott, 7 September 2019

The State of Maine’s electricity distributor is embroiled in a scandal resulting from the roll out of a new billing system in the fall of 2017.

6 September 2019

Washington escalates “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2019

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

By Kevin Reed, 6 September 2019

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

By Samuel Davidson, 6 September 2019

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 6 September 2019

Northern Ireland: Harland and Wolff shipyard workers continue occupation

By Steve James, 6 September 2019

UK pensioners suffer massive increase in poverty

By Thomas Scripps, 6 September 2019

Rising class tensions across Indonesia trigger West Papua protests

By Mike Head, 6 September 2019

Official report exposes dire conditions in New Zealand prisons

By John Braddock, 6 September 2019

New in Italian

Ferma la cospirazione di destra! Difendi il SGP contro i servizi segreti del Verfassungsschutz!

Partito dell’Eguaglianza Socialista (Germania) - SGP, 7 settembre 2019

Il Verfassungsschutz tedesco ha prodotto una risposta di 56 pagine alla causa intentata dal Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Partito socialista per l'uguaglianza-SGP) per contestare la sua designazione ufficiale come organizzazione "estremista di sinistra" soggetta a sorveglianza statale. La risposta del governo è una diatriba arrabbiata contro il marxismo e ogni forma di pensiero socialista e progressista.

New in Norwegian

Washington eskalerer «maksimalt press»-kampanjen mot Iran

Bill Van Auken, 7. september 2019

USA vedtar stadig mer hensynsløse tiltak, uten å ha kommet nærmere å oppnå et regimeskifte, nå mer enn ett år etter å ha innført et straffende sanksjonsregime.

I frykt for bilarbeideres opprør mot UAW holdt Trump møte i Det hvite hus med GMs adm. dir.

Jerry White, 7. september 2019

Møtet med Mary Barra, administrerende direktør for GM, er et mål på frykten innen styringskretser over at bilarbeiderne kan utløse en bredere bevegelse mot flere tiår med synkende levestandarder.

DARPA etterspør anbud for system for «Semantisk etterforskning»
Pentagon forbereder for massiv sensur av internett

Kevin Reed, 7. september 2019

Det amerikanske forsvardepartementet forespør om anbud fra teknologiforetakspartnere for utviklingen av et automatisert system for sensurering av «falske medieverdier» og «desinformasjon».

New in Portuguese

A Convenção dos Socialistas Democráticos dos EUA: um truque de marketing para o Partido Democrata

Joseph Kishore, 7 Setembro 2019

As principais resoluções adotadas na convenção centraram-se no apoio político dos DSA ao Partido Democrata e em sua dedicação ao fortalecimento dos sindicatos anti-classe trabalhadora.

New in Spanish

Washington escala campaña de “máxima presión” contra Irán

Bill Van Auken, 7 septiembre 2019

Más de un año después de reimponer sanciones punitivas sin acercarse a un cambio de régimen, Estados Unidos está adoptando medidas cada vez más imprudentes.

Temiendo la rebelión de los trabajadores automotores contra el UAW, Trump celebra una reunión en la Casa Blanca con la CEO de General Motors

Jerry White, 7 septiembre 2019

El mitín con la CEO de GM Mary Barra es una medida del temor en los círculos gobernantes de los trabajadores automotores desencadenando un movimiento más amplio contra décadas de deterioro del nivel de vida.

WikiLeaks expone crímenes del imperialismo alemán

Gregor Link, 7 septiembre 2019

Los medios alemanes han calumniado al fundador de WikiLeaks Julian Assange, quien se enfrenta a una posible cadena perpetua o la pena de muerte en los Estados Unidos por hacer público los crímenes de guerra de Washington.

Reseña del libro: Revuelta de Estados rojos –Primera Parte
El relato deshonesto e interesado del DSA sobre las huelgas de maestros estadounidenses

Nancy Hanover, 7 septiembre 2019

Un nuevo libro por Eric Blanc, miembro de los Socialistas Democráticas de América, que repasa el papel del DSA en las huelgas de maestros en West Virginia, Oklahoma, y Arizona intenta impulsar la credibilidad de los sindicatos y del Partido Demócrata

Los trabajadores automotores deben formar comités de base para enfrentar la conspiración del UAW

el Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotores del WSWS, 7 septiembre 2019

Todo el proceso de “negociación” entre el UAW y las empresas automotrices es ilegítimo, marcado por corrupción y criminalidad.

DARPA solicita propuestas para el sistema de “análisis forense semántico”
El Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos se prepara para la censura masiva del internet

Kevin Reed, 7 septiembre 2019

El Pentágono está buscando propuestas de socios tecnológicos corporativos para el desarrollo de un sistema automatizado que censure “activos mediáticos falsos” y la “desinformación”.

Se anuncia en Italia un gobierno de coalición entre Cinco Estrellas y Demócratas

Alex Lantier, 7 septiembre 2019

El Pentágono está buscando propuestas de socios tecnológicos corporativos para el desarrollo de un sistema automatizado que censure “activos mediáticos falsos” y la “desinformación”.

New in German

Wissenschaft im Dienste von Krieg und Zerstörung
Zweiter Teil

Gregor Link, 7. 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.

Washington eskaliert „maximalen Druck“ auf den Iran

Bill Van Auken, 7. September 2019

Auch ein Jahr nach der Wiedereinführung von Sanktionen ist die US-Regierung einem Regimewechsel im Iran keinen Schritt näher gekommen. Nun greift sie zu immer brutaleren Maßnahmen.

Aus Furcht vor einer Rebellion in der UAW:
Trumps Treffen mit GM-Chefin

Jerry White, 7. September 2019

Wie das Treffen mit Mary Barra, der Vorstandschefin von General Motors, zeigt, befürchten die herrschenden Kreise, dass die Autoarbeiter wegen des seit Jahrzehnten sinkenden Lebensstandards eine Rebellion lostreten könnten.

Russland und die Türkei intensivieren militärische Zusammenarbeit trotz Opposition der USA

Ulas Atesci, 7. September 2019

Der Überraschungsbesuch des türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moskau am 27. August zeigte die wachsende bilaterale militärische Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Türkei, einem NATO-Mitgliedstaat, und Russland.

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 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

The epidemic of nurse suicides and the US healthcare crisis

7 September 2019

The tragic rise of nurse suicides is a result of the intersection of the lives and labor of this workforce with the brutality of the capitalist system, which values profit above and the health of the population.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

Autoworkers struggles

UAW to autoworkers: We won’t tell you anything, but don’t read the World Socialist Web Site

By Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2019

With just less than a week before the expiration of contracts at Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler, the UAW is terrified that opposition among autoworkers will erupt outside of its control.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Advance Auto Parts distribution workers on strike

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

Australian teachers and educators back US autoworkers’ fight

By our reporters, 7 September 2019

“Autoworkers need to take action outside the unions.”

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

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 6 September 2019

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, dies at 95

By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2019

Mugabe was the last surviving leader of Africa’s anticolonial struggles who subsequently came to power in a newly independent nation.

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2019

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

By Kayla Costa and Alec Andersen, 6 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

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

More on North American immigrant issues »

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!

Arts Review

Obituary: African-American novelist Toni Morrison dead at 88

By Sandy English, 7 September 2019

Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison wrote several significant novels, but as a public figure turned to the selfish racialist politics of the upper middle class.

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

Free Assange and Manning

Peter Greste’s panel discussion in Sydney: Support for censorship and throwing Assange to the wolves

By James Cogan, 7 September 2019

Greste advocates the anti-democratic conception that a “responsible journalist” censors information that is deemed too controversial for the population to know.

WikiLeaks exposes crimes of German imperialism

By Gregor Link, 6 September 2019

Media blacks out Roger Waters’ performance in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2019

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 »

Workers Struggles

India: Maharashtra health workers protest; Sri Lankan government workers demand higher pay; New Zealand casino workers extend strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

7 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

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

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.