As walkout leads to layoffs across North America
Counting on UAW to sabotage strike, GM not budging on concession demands

By Jerry White, 24 September 2019

Officials from the United Auto Workers and GM are plotting how to beat back the resistance of striking workers and impose a new round of concessions that will shape the future of the global auto industry.

The GM strike is in danger

“We all face the same thing:” GM strikers in Flint defend Mexican workers fired for making international appeal

By Sheila Brehm and George Kirby, 24 September 2019

The decline of Flint is the product of the policies pursued jointly by the UAW and General Motors.

“We will not submit, and we will not bow out.”
Hundreds of autoworkers discuss GM strike and global strategy in online meeting

The strike at General Motors: Class struggle vs. the reactionary politics of racial division

The struggle of autoworkers against GM, Ford, and Chrysler requires a global strategy

Elizabeth Warren promotes economic nationalism at Detroit GM workers’ picket line

Matamoros worker denounces killing of relative and fellow participant in historic strike

By Andrea Lobo, 24 September 2019

“The police are simply there to serve the employers during strikes, to disperse and beat workers. The truth is that justice in Mexico doesn’t exist. Only those with money are protected.”

GM fires Mexican workers for aiding US strikers and calling for cross-border fight against automaker

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Thomas Cook collapse leaves hundreds of thousands stranded and 22,000 workers facing the axe

By Richard Tyler, 24 September 2019

There are 150,000 UK-based tourists whose return flights with Thomas Cook have been cancelled and some 350,000 non-UK nationals stranded on its holiday packages abroad.

New York Times magazine blames pilots for Boeing crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 24 September 2019

The article is an attempt to whitewash the profit-driven negligence of Boeing and complicity of the industry-dominated Federal Aviation Administration that led to two crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the deaths of 346 people.

Orlando, Florida police officer fired after arresting two six-year-old school children

By Casey Gold, 24 September 2019

School resource officer Dennis Turner was fired from his position in the face of widespread outrage Monday, not for brutalizing two children, but for making the arrests “without the approval of a commanding officer.”

London Fire Brigade interviewed under caution by police over Grenfell Tower fire

By Alice Summers, 24 September 2019

The aim is to shift the blame for the catastrophic fire away from the criminal negligence of the council, its Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, and the various corporations that turned a safe building into a death trap.

Podemos backs Madrid’s plans for repression against Catalonia

By Alejandro Lopez, 24 September 2019

Last Friday, Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias announced his party would back repressive measures against Catalonia if it were part of a Socialist Party-led government

Sri Lankan university workers indefinite strike at a critical juncture

By our correspondents, 24 September 2019

The treachery of the trade unions demonstrates that workers must take the struggle into their own hands and wage a political fight based on a socialist perspective.

Thousands of Sri Lankan university workers demonstrate in Colombo

Echoing Trump administration, Australian leader advocates end to China’s “developing country” status

By James Cogan, 24 September 2019

Morrison signalled that Australia will join with the US in its escalating campaign to economically cripple China.

Government minister, journalists challenged on Australian TV over persecution of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2019

A WikiLeaks supporter denounced the “media blackout about Julian Assange” and declared that journalists could no longer deny that he was being held as a “political prisoner.”

Australia: Northern Territory worker killed in preventable open-cut mine disaster

By Jason Wardle, 24 September 2019

Dangerous working conditions and lax safety regulations in the Northern Territory has led to workplace fatalities being three times higher than the Australian national average.

23 September 2019

Protests in Egypt shake al-Sisi’s bloody military dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2019

US political warfare explodes over Trump and Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism strategy targets left-wing politics as “violent extremism”

By Kevin Reed, 23 September 2019

Australian prime minister endorses US trade war and militarism

By James Cogan, 23 September 2019

Daimler-Benz workers in Germany support GM strikers

By Gregor Link and K. Nesan, 23 September 2019

Trump-Modi lovefest in Houston underscores Indo-US alliance of war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 23 September 2019

US Justice Department sues Edward Snowden to block proceeds of memoir

By Kevin Reed, 23 September 2019

US deal with El Salvador puts new roadblock to asylum seekers

By Norisa Diaz, 23 September 2019

National Football League continues blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick

By Alan Gilman, 23 September 2019

Factional warfare over Brexit dominates Labour Party conference

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 23 September 2019

Police surveillance used to report disabled protesters to UK government for alleged benefit fraud

By Dennis Moore, 23 September 2019

Australian students and youth speak out at climate strikes

By our reporters, 23 September 2019

Australian government “balances” budget at expense of disabled

By Mike Head, 23 September 2019

The Morrison government “saved” $4.6 billion by underfunding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cutting a total of $6.4 billion from social programs.

New in Spanish

La huelga de GM corre peligro

Marcus Day, 24 septiembre 2019

Mientras que la huelga de General Motors en Estados Unidos, que ha durado una semana, ha ganado el apoyo de obreros en todo el mundo, el UAW está buscando cómo estrangularla lo más rápido posible.

La crisis capitalista mundial y las tareas de la Cuarta Internacional: un análisis de la resolución de Perspectivas del CICI de 1988

Andre Damon, 24 septiembre 2019

Este informe fue presentado a la Escuela de Verano del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EUA) el 23 de julio de 2019 por Andre Damon, escritor habitual del World Socialist Web Site y miembro destacado del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad en EUA.

Las protestas en Egipto sacuden la sangrienta dictadura militar de al-Sisi

Johannes Stern, 24 septiembre 2019

Las manifestaciones en Egipto evocan recuerdos de las protestas de masas revolucionarias que derribaron al longevo dictador Hosni Mubarak en el invierno de 2011.

La estrategia antiterrorista del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional apunta a la política de izquierda como "extremismo violento"

Kevin Reed, 24 septiembre 2019

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) emitió un nuevo documento de estrategia que amplía la definición de terrorismo para incluir lo que llama "actores domésticos inspirados en ideologías extremistas violentas".

New in French

Les manifestations en Égypte secouent la dictature militaire sanglante d'al-Sissi

Johannes Stern, 24 septembre 2019

Les manifestations en Égypte évoquent le souvenir des manifestations révolutionnaires de masse qui ont fait tomber le dictateur de longue date Hosni Moubarak à l'hiver 2011.

La grève chez GM en danger

Marcus Day, 24 septembre 2019

Alors que la grève d’une semaine chez General Motors a obtenu le soutien des travailleurs partout dans le monde, le syndicat UAW ourdit une stratégie pour l’étouffer le plus rapidement possible.

Le NPA et LO s’en remettent aux syndicats pour étouffer les grèves pour défendre les retraites

Anthony Torres, 24 septembre 2019

Les partis petit-bourgeois de pseudo gauche veulent imposer un cadre étriqué, national et syndical, à la lutte internationale contre les banques et les inégalités sociales.

Trump et l'Ukraine: Une guerre politique éclate aux États-Unis

Patrick Martin, 24 septembre 2019

Le président américain a admis dimanche qu'il avait discuté avec le président ukrainien d'une éventuelle enquête sur le démocrate Joe Biden et son fils.

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Brandenburg: SPD, CDU und Grüne verhandeln über Kenia-Koalition

Markus Salzmann, 24. September 2019

Die Ereignisse in Potsdam zeigen, dass die AfD nicht durch die Stimmabgabe für eine etablierte Partei gestoppt werden kann. Notwendig ist eine unabhängige Bewegung der Arbeiterklasse und der Kampf für ein sozialistisches Programm.

Armut in Deutschland: Immer mehr Menschen auf Lebensmittel-Tafeln angewiesen

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 24. September 2019

Im letzten Jahr ist die Zahl der Personen, die sich über die Lebensmittel-Tafeln versorgen, um zehn Prozent auf 1,65 Millionen Menschen angestiegen. Bei Senioren betrug die Zunahme sogar 20 Prozent.

Der Streik bei General Motors in den USA ist in Gefahr

Marcus Day, 24. September 2019

Während der einwöchige Streik der Arbeiter von General Motors in den USA die Unterstützung von Arbeitern auf der ganzen Welt gefunden hat, arbeitet die Gewerkschaft UAW an einer Strategie, ihn so schnell wie möglich abzuwürgen.

USA: Politischer Krieg entbrennt um Trump und die Ukraine

Patrick Martin, 24. September 2019

Am Sonntag gab Trump zu, dass er mit dem ukrainischen Präsidenten über mögliche Ermittlungen gegen den Demokraten Joe Biden und dessen Sohn diskutiert hat.

New in Norwegian

GM-streiken er i fare

Marcus Day, 24. september 2019

Der den nå ei-uke-lange streiken til General Motors-arbeidere i USA har vunnet arbeideres støtte over hele verden, utarbeider UAW en strategi for å få kvalt den så raskt som mulig.

Protester i Egypte ryster al-Sisis blodige militærdiktatur

Johannes Stern, 24. september 2019

Demonstrasjonene i Egypt påkaller minner fra de revolusjonære masseprotestene som vinteren 2011 veltet den lengesittende diktatoren Hosni Mubarak.

GM sparker meksikanske arbeidere for deres støtte for de streikende amerikanerne og for deres oppfordring til kamp mot bilprodusenten på tvers av grensene

WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 24. september 2019

Trakasseringen eksponerer de transnasjonale selskapenes svake underbuk, der de frykter at arbeiderne skal trosse de nasjonalistiske fagforeningene og forene seg til forsvar for arbeidsplasser og levestandarder.

Arbeidere ved Daimler-Benz i Tyskland støtter streikende GM-arbeidere

Gregor Link og K. Nesan, 24. september 2019

Tyske bilproduksjonsarbeidere i den tyske byen Stuttgart støtter sine amerikanske kollegers streik, mot bilkonsernene og fagforeningene, som en modell for deres egne forestående kamper.

USAs justisdepartement saksøker Edward Snowden, for å få blokkert inntekter fra memoarboka

Kevin Reed, 24. september 2019

Det 26-sider-lange søksmålet er rettet mot å skremme andre varslere og forlag som måtte tenke på å fortelle sannheten og avsløre den amerikanske regjeringens forbrytelser.

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Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Кастро склоняется перед империализмом по вопросу иммиграции

21 сентября 2019 г.

9 сентября 1994 года между правительствами Кастро и Клинтона было подписано соглашение о предотвращении дальнейшего неконтролируемого потока иммиграции, идущего с Кубы в Соединенные Штаты. Эта сделка стала еще одним шагом в цепи капитуляций буржуазно-националистического режима Кастро перед империализмом.

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores brasileiros da GM falam sobre a greve nos EUA

Repórteres do WSWS, 21 Setembro 2019

Os trabalhadores brasileiros da GM reconhecem cada vez mais que todos os problemas que eles enfrentam são os mesmos dos seus irmãos de classe nos EUA e ao redor do mundo.

New in Turkish

Trump, İran’a yönelik savaş planları için güvenlik konseyini topladı

Bill Van Auken, 21 Eylül 2019

ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, 20 Eylül günü, İran’a karşı askeri bir saldırı için önerilerini dinlemek üzere Ulusal Güvenlik Konseyi’ni topladı.

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Perspective

UN debate begins under shadow of war and dictatorship

24 September 2019

The fraud of the UN and the descent of capitalist rule into outright criminality is personified by the General Assembly debate’s first three speakers: Bolsonaro, Trump and Sisi.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The following is the introduction to the recently translated Turkish edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky, written by the book’s author, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. The book was originally published in 2013.

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 Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 4
The Report exposes CIA torture, then absolves the Democrats
Also Just Mercy, Harriet, Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You…

By Joanne Laurier, 24 September 2019

The Report is a dramatization of the events surrounding the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into and writing of a report on pervasive CIA torture under the Bush administration.

Workers Struggles

Argentine teachers set for national strike; Vancouver B.C. hotel workers walk out
Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 September 2019

Argentine teachers have set a September 25 date for a nationwide strike to press wage demands while 1,000 hospitality workers in Vancouver, British Columbia have launched an indefinite strike

UK lecturers and academic staff ballot to strike against huge pension and pay cuts

By Alice Summers, 18 September 2019

French transit workers strike against attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 14 September 2019

Defending pensions against Macron requires an international political strategy

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2019

University of Chicago nurses locked out for conducting a one-day strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 September 2019

US healthcare workers face rise in workplace violence

Strike date of October 14 set for 80,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers across US

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

23 September 2019

In this video, Peter Symonds, SEP national WSWS editor, explains the relevance of his upcoming lecture “70 years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed” to contemporary events. Details of dates and venues in Australia and New Zealand are available here.

IYSSE lecture series in Australia
Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Labor Notes, DSA line up with UAW bureaucrats against GM strikers

By Shannon Jones and Barry Grey, 23 September 2019

Wall Street to General Motors: End strike and ram through cuts

By Tom Hall, 21 September 2019

“Go on strike ‘til you get it right!”
Detroit rapper GmacCash supports striking autoworkers

By Kathleen Martin, 21 September 2019

Jeff Pietrzyk, former aide to UAW vice president Joe Ashton, charged with criminal conspiracy

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 September 2019

As GM tries to cut health benefits for workers on strike, Federal Reserve prepares more handouts to Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 19 September 2019

The UAW’s $760 million strike fund: A bonanza for Solidarity House executives but only $250 per week for striking GM workers

By Eric London, 19 September 2019

“Take control of the struggle!” Logistics workers at UPS and FedEx support GM strike, warn of union treachery

By George Marlowe, 21 September 2019

“We should all be on strike”
Autoworkers call for industrywide action to back strike by GM workers

By Jerry White, 20 September 2019

GM shuts off healthcare for striking autoworkers, begins to use scabs in attempt to break strike

“The union is a company now”
Striking GM autoworkers call for expansion of strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler, denounce UAW sabotage

Striking GM workers arrested in Spring Hill, Tennessee for blocking scab truck

GM hiring scabs to replace strikers at Missouri and Texas assembly plants

Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

More on autoworkers struggles »

25 years ago: MS Estonia wreck kills 852 in the Baltic Sea

On September 28, 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea as it carried passengers from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm, Sweden. It was the worst cruise liner disaster since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The vessel was operated by Estline, a joint Swedish-Estonian firm.

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50 years ago: Military coup in Bolivia

Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivia’s leading military general, seized the office too of the presidency on September 26, 1969, in a bloodless coup, removing acting president Luis Adolfo Siles. After taking power Ovando announced that the new government would be one of “leftist nationalism.”

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75 years ago: Soviet Army, Yugoslav partisans launch Belgrade offensive

On September 28, 1944, divisions of the Soviet Red Army, along with Yugoslav partisans involved in the resistance to Nazi occupation, launched a major offensive aimed at expelling the forces of the Third Reich from Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia.

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British occupation forces begin withdrawal from Soviet Russia

On September 27, 1919, British soldiers began to withdraw from Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, close to the Arctic Circle. In October they would withdraw from Murmansk, still further north. American troops had withdrawn in June, as the imperialist drive to destroy the Bolshevik Revolution fell apart.

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Featured Commentary

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2019

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

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

A major exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage
The story of Auschwitz

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2019

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

“1619” and the myth of white unity under slavery
Book review: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South by Keri Leigh Merritt

By Eric London, 9 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

As Trump threatens war on Iran:
Chelsea Manning imprisoned without charge for six months for refusing to testify against Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed and James Cogan, 21 September 2019

Manning helped expose the vast scale of the violence unleashed upon the people of the Middle East by the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Julian Assange: The great unmentionable as Australian leader wines and dines with Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 September 2019

UK “justice” system tortures Julian Assange, treats fascist Tommy Robinson with kid gloves

Attend September 28 demonstration at London’s Belmarsh prison to demand freedom for Julian Assange!

By our reporter, 20 September 2019

The rally has been called by the Julian Assange Defence Committee (JADC) to demand Assange’s freedom from the high-security jail in London.

British judge jails Assange indefinitely, despite end of prison sentence

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Julian Assange: “Journalism is not a crime!”

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Assange, challenges McCain’s daughter on US TV

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood visits Assange: “He’s a freedom fighter!”

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Science

Stunning discovery of pre-human fossil skull in Ethiopia

By Frank Gaglioti, 19 September 2019

Video: Paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie explains the significance of the discovery

19 September 2019

Hubble Space Telescope detects water vapor on habitable-zone exoplanet

By Bryan Dyne, 13 September 2019

Commentary

US drone massacre in Afghanistan

By Jacob Crosse, 21 September 2019

Trudeau’s “blackface” photos: How to oppose Canada’s Liberal government, and how not to

20 September 2019

Inconclusive second elections intensify Israel’s political crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 19 September 2019

What is at stake in the British Supreme Court’s ruling on the proroguing of Parliament?

By Thomas Scripps, 18 September 2019

Boris Johnson gets short shrift from European Union leaders in Brexit talks

The Brexit crisis and the struggle for the unity and political independence of the working class

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Socialist Equality Party

UK public meetings—The Socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

18 September 2019

Build action committees! Expand the strike!
A socialist perspective for the Sri Lankan university employees’ struggle

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 September 2019

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 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!

On the anniversary of 9/11

The World Socialist Web Site has an unparalleled record of articles and commentary on the terrorist attacks of September 11, their origins and political consequences. In the 18 years since, the perspective advanced by the WSWS since the day of the attack has been entirely confirmed—a vindication of the power of Marxist analysis and principled politics.

The two articles below were published by the WSWS in the days following the attacks.

The political roots of the terror attack on New York and Washington

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 12 September 2001

Anti-Americanism: The “anti-imperialism” of fools

By David North and David Walsh, 22 September 2001

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

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.