House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2019

The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.

US political warfare explodes over Trump and Ukraine

Trump delivers fascist tirade at United Nations

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2019

The American president, echoing neo-Nazi tropes about the “replacement” of national identity, raved against socialism and threatened the whole world with trade war and military violence.

UN debate begins under shadow of war and dictatorship

UK Supreme Court rules Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament illegal

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 September 2019

British politics entered uncharted waters yesterday as the Supreme Court—the UK’s highest judicial body—declared illegal Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authoritarian prorogation of parliament.

Factional warfare over Brexit dominates Labour Party conference

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

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European powers endorse US war provocations against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 25 September 2019

Berlin, London and Paris endorsed US allegations that the recent attack in Saudi Arabia was an Iranian act of war, without providing any concrete evidence whatsoever.

German government extends war mission in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 September 2019

More layoffs at parts plants as GM, UAW strategize how to defeat strike

By Tom Hall, 25 September 2019

The UAW is concerned above all with how to preserve its own institutional interests as it colludes in further job losses and plant closures.

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

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

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

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

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FBI arrests US soldier with far-right ties

By Kevin Reed, 25 September 2019

A US Army specialist was arrested on Saturday by the FBI and charged with one count of distributing information over social media related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.

The fascist network behind the murder of Walter Lübcke

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2019

Three months after the murder of Kassel’s regional president, there is mounting evidence that the Christian Democratic politician was the victim of an extreme right-wing network reaching deep into the state security apparatus.

Australian troops accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 September 2019

Anonymous soldiers interviewed by “60 Minutes” alleged that Ben Roberts-Smith, who is widely presented as a “war hero,” kicked a handcuffed Afghan civilian off a cliff in 2012.

US drone massacre in Afghanistan

Alberta’s MacKinnon report provides blueprint for austerity and repression

By Roger Jordan, 25 September 2019

To order, the MacKinnon taskforce has provided Alberta’s United Conservative Party government with a blueprint for massive social spending cuts and repressive measures to counter mass working-class opposition.

Australian government seeks arbitrary powers to revoke citizenship

By Mike Head, 25 September 2019

The Citizenship Cessation Bill is another indication of the repressive measures that the ruling class is preparing to deal with rising working-class discontent.

24 September 2019

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

By Richard Tyler, 24 September 2019

New York Times magazine blames pilots for Boeing crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 24 September 2019

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

By Casey Gold, 24 September 2019

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

By Alice Summers, 24 September 2019

Podemos backs Madrid’s plans for repression against Catalonia

By Alejandro Lopez, 24 September 2019

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

By James Cogan, 24 September 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2019

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

By Jason Wardle, 24 September 2019

New in Spanish

Debate de la ONU inicia bajo la sombra de la dictadura y la guerra

Por Bill Van Auken, 25 septiembre 2019

El fraude de la ONU y el deslizamiento del dominio capitalista hacia la criminalidad abierta se personifican en los primeros tres oradores del debate de la Asamblea General: Bolsonaro, Trump y Sisi.

Trabajadora de Matamoros denuncia asesinato de familiar y copartícipe en histórica huelga

Por Andrea Lobo, 25 septiembre 2019

“Simplemente la policía está para servir a los patrones en las huelgas, dispersar y golpear a obreros. No tenemos protección de las autoridades. La verdad la justicia en México es nula—se protegen a los que más dinero tienen—.

Podemos respalda los planes de represión de Madrid contra Cataluña

Por Alejandro López, 25 septiembre 2019

El viernes pasado, el secretario general de Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, anunció que su partido respaldaría las medidas de represión contra Cataluña si formara parte de un gobierno dirigido por el PSOE.

El amorío Trump-Modi en Houston subraya la alianza de guerra y reacción indo-estadounidense

Por Keith Jones, 25 septiembre 2019

Al asumir un papel protagónico en el mitin con Modi en Houston el domingo, Trump puso en evidencia el apoyo de Washington al brutal asalto de India contra Jammu y Cachemira.

Joe Biden: una cara familiar, un historial profundamente reaccionario

Por Patrick Martin, 25 septiembre 2019

El vicepresidente de Obama por dos períodos, Biden se identifica con algunos de los peores crímenes del gobierno estadounidense en los últimos 50 años, incluidas las guerras en la ex Yugoslavia, Afganistán, Irak y Libia.

Labor Notes, DSA se alinean con los burócratas de la UAW contra los huelguistas de GM

Por Shannon Jones y Barry Grey, 25 septiembre 2019

Ante la estrategia del UAW de aislar y traicionar la poderosa huelga de los trabajadores estadounidenses de General Motors, grupos de "izquierda" de la clase media como Labor Notes y los Socialistas Demócratas de América están trabajando para mantener a los huelguistas encadenados al aparato syndical.

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.

New in German

UN-Debatte im Schatten von Krieg und Diktatur

Bill Van Auken, 25. September 2019

Die ersten drei Redner Bolsonaro, Trump und Sisi in der UN-Generalversammlung verkörpern das falsche Versprechen der Vereinten Nationen und das Abrutschen der kapitalistischen Herrschaft in die offene Kriminalität.

Thomas Cook-Pleite: Hunderttausende sitzen fest und 21.000 Beschäftigten droht die Entlassung

Richard Tyler, 25. September 2019

Durch die Pleite von Thomas Cook fallen die Rückflüge für 150.000 britische Touristen aus und etwa 350.000 Pauschalreisende aus anderen Ländern sitzen im Ausland fest.

Führungswechsel bei Verdi

Peter Schwarz, 25. September 2019

Der scheidende Vorsitzende Frank Bisrske steht wie kaum ein anderer für die Verwandlung der Gewerkschaften aus reformistischen Arbeiterorganisationen in Co-Manager.

New in Norwegian

FN-debatten begynner under skyggen av krig og diktatur

Bill Van Auken, 25. september 2019

Bedrageriet FN og kapitaliststyrets nedgang til direkte kriminalitet var personifisert av generalforsamlingens tre første talere: Bolsonaro, Trump og Sisi.

Samtidig som streiken fører til permitteringer på tvers av Nord-Amerika
GM rikker ikke på konsesjonsforlangender, baserer seg på at UAW saboterer streiken

Jerry White, 25. september 2019

Representanter fra United Auto Workers og GM planlegger hvordan å få slått tilbake de streikende arbeidernes motstand, og få pålagt dem en ny runde innrømmelser, som skal forme fremtiden for den globale bilindustrien.

Thomas Cook-kollaps etterlater hundretusener ferierende strandet og 22 000 arbeidere uten jobb

Richard Tyler, 25. september 2019

Med Thomas Cook-kollapsen har 150 000 Storbritannia-baserte turister fått sine returbilletter kansellert, i tillegg til ca. 350 000 ikke-britiske statsborgere strandet i utlandet på sine pakkeferieturer.

New in Russian

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

A greve da GM está em perigo

Por Marcus Day, 25 Setembro 2019

Enquanto a greve de uma semana de trabalhadores da GM nos EUA tem conquistado o apoio de trabalhadores em todo o mundo, o UAW está elaborando uma estratégia para estrangulá-la o mais rápido possível.

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

Autoworkers need a socialist and internationalist strategy to fight GM and the auto companies

25 September 2019

If the auto companies and Wall Street insist that they cannot afford the most basic rights of workers, this is an argument not to accept more concessions, but to get rid of capitalism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 24, 2019 by Barry Grey, US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site and leading member of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.

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

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

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

History

One hundred years since the Great Steel Strike

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2019

The Great Steel Strike of 1919 and its defeat hold crucial strategic lessons for workers as they enter into struggle.

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

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

“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

Autoworkers struggles

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 24 September 2019

Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government.

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Workers Struggles

How to win the teachers’ fight in Sri Lanka

the Socialist Equality Party teachers group, 25 September 2019

Teachers must organise independently of the unions, build rank-and-file action committees and unite with all other sections of the working class fighting Colombo’s austerity measures.

Sri Lankan university workers indefinite strike at a critical juncture

By our correspondents, 24 September 2019

Thousands of Sri Lankan university workers demonstrate in Colombo

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

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public meeting: The political issues at stake in the Indian government’s savage Kashmir lockdown

By the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2019

We urge workers, youth and WSWS readers to attend our Colombo meeting in order to participate in this important discussion on the political perspective required by the working class, highlighted by Modi’s brutal crackdown in Kashmir.

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

18 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!

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

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

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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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

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 September 2019

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.

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

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.