UAW keeping workers in the dark as it works to shut down strike against GM

By Jerry White, 26 September 2019

The only explanation for the silence of the UAW is that it conspiring to impose another pro-company contract that workers will oppose.

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2019

Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

South Korean autoworkers join global fight against GM

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

Workers in South Korea, the United States, and around the world face the same fight against GM and other corporations.

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

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

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

GM fires another Mexican worker for aiding strike in the US

By Andrea Lobo, 26 September 2019

Autoworkers across the US sent statements of support to Mexican GM workers facing retribution for advocating a united fight against the global corporation.

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

“We’re all fighting for the same thing!” Striking US GM workers defend fired Mexican workers

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

Striking GM workers in Detroit and Flint denounced the firing of GM workers in Mexico for refusing to accept more work during the US strike.

Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers support striking GM workers

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

The following statement of support for striking General Motors workers in the US was sent by Jitender Dhankhar on behalf of the Provisional Committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union in northern India .

Germany: Opel workers support GM strike in the US

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

News of the strike by 46,000 GM workers in America was met with great interest at Opel’s main plant in Rüsselsheim.

More on autoworkers struggles »

British MPs return to Parliament after Supreme Court rules prorogation illegal

By Robert Stevens, 26 September 2019

The House of Commons resumed sitting Wednesday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted illegally in proroguing Parliament for five weeks from September 10.

UK Supreme Court rules Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament illegal

Factional warfare over Brexit dominates Labour Party conference

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

More on Brexit »

Hong Kong’s chief executive launches phony dialogue platform

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

While different sections of the bourgeoisie are cautious of appearing too close to Lam, all are looking for a way to shut down the protests.

Washington uses UN session to unveil new sanctions against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2019

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo made it clear that the target of the latest sanctions was not just Iran, but China, which accounts for half of Iran’s sharply reduced oil exports.

Trump delivers fascist tirade at United Nations

UN debate begins under shadow of war and dictatorship

Israel’s President Rivlin calls on Netanyahu to form a new government

By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2019

The crisis in Israel parallels the broader disintegration of the traditional political set-ups that is taking place in all the main centres of world imperialism.

Siemens workers resist planned job cuts in Germany

By Gustav Kemper, 26 September 2019

The IG Metall trade unions supports the strategy of Siemens management to hive off the company’s energy division as a separate business and launch it on the stock market. This will lead to thousands of jobs being destroyed and working conditions being “renegotiated.”

French police launch protests outside Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s headquarters

By Alex Lantier, 26 September 2019

Mélenchon must be defended against the hysterical attack launched at him by President Emmanuel Macron’s government and France’s police-state machine.

Madrid launches “anti-terror” crackdown in Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 26 September 2019

Spain’s Civil Guards have launched a widely publicized “anti-terror” police operation against Catalan nationalist activists, code-named “Operation Judes.”

Podemos backs Madrid’s plans for repression against Catalonia

Bangladesh warns UN officials over Rohingya refugees

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 September 2019

The Bangladesh government is determined to relocate Rohingya refugees to an unsafe and remote island in defiance of opposition from the UN and human rights organisations.

25 September 2019

House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2019

US political warfare explodes over Trump and Ukraine

European powers endorse US war provocations against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 25 September 2019

German government extends war mission in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 September 2019

FBI arrests US soldier with far-right ties

By Kevin Reed, 25 September 2019

The fascist network behind the murder of Walter Lübcke

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2019

Australian troops accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 September 2019

US drone massacre in Afghanistan

Alberta’s MacKinnon report provides blueprint for austerity and repression

By Roger Jordan, 25 September 2019

Australian government seeks arbitrary powers to revoke citizenship

By Mike Head, 25 September 2019

New in Spanish

Los trabajadores automotores necesitan una estrategia socialista e internacionalista para combatir a GM y las empresas automotrices

Por Jerry White, 26 septiembre 2019

Si las empresas automotrices y Wall Street insisten en que no pueden costear los derechos básicos de los trabajadores, esto no significa que los trabajadores deben aceptar más concesiones, sino que deben deshacerse del capitalismo.

Trump entrega diatriba fascista en Naciones Unidas

Por Andre Damon, 26 septiembre 2019

El presidente estadounidense, haciéndose eco de los tropos neonazis sobre el "reemplazo" de la identidad nacional, se deleitó contra el socialismo y amenazó al mundo entero con la guerra comercial y la violencia militar.

El acuerdo de Estados Unidos con El Salvador establece nuevos obstáculos a los solicitantes de asilo

Por Norissa Diaz, 26 septiembre 2019

El intento de etiquetar a El Salvador como un “tercer país seguro” es una medida profundamente sádica que socava los derechos de asilo garantizados por el derecho internacional.

New in French

Les pouvoirs européens endossent les provocations militaires des États-Unis contre l'Iran

Alex Lantier, 26 septembre 2019

Berlin, Londres et Paris ont approuvé, sans fournir aucune preuve concrète, les allégations américaines selon lesquelles la récente attaque d’installations pétrolières en Arabie saoudite était un acte de guerre iranien.

Royaume-Uni: la Cour suprême déclare illégale la suspension du Parlement par Johnson

Robert Stevens et Chris Marsden, 26 septembre 2019

La politique britannique est entrée dans une zone inconnue mardi, lorsque la Cour suprême, la plus haute juridiction du pays, a jugé illégale la prorogation autoritaire du Parlement par le premier ministre Boris Johnson

Alors que le débrayage mène à des mises à pied partout en Amérique du Nord
Comptant sur le syndicat des UAW pour saboter la grève, GM ne bouge pas sur ses demandes de concessions

Jerry White, 26 septembre 2019

Les représentants des Travailleurs unis de l’automobile et de GM complotent pour vaincre la résistance des grévistes et imposer une nouvelle série de concessions pour façonner l’avenir de l’industrie automobile mondiale.

New in German

Autoarbeiter brauchen eine sozialistische und internationalistische Strategie im Kampf gegen GM und die Autokonzerne

Jerry White, 26. September 2019

Wenn die Autokonzerne und die Wall Street darauf bestehen, dass sie sich die elementarsten Rechte der Arbeiter nicht leisten können, ist das nicht ein Argument dafür, weitere Einschnitte zu akzeptieren, sondern den Kapitalismus abzuschaffen.

Demokraten leiten Prüfung eines Amtsenthebungsverfahrens gegen Trump ein

Patrick Martin, 26. September 2019

Die Entscheidung ist eine deutliche Verschärfung des Konflikts innerhalb der herrschenden Elite der USA, bei dem es größtenteils um außenpolitische Differenzen geht.

Europäische Mächte unterstützen Kriegsprovokationen der USA gegen den Iran

Alex Lantier, 26. September 2019

Die Staats- und Regierungschefs von Deutschland, Großbritannien und Frankreich haben sich hinter die Behauptungen der USA gestellt, dass die jüngsten Bombenangriffe auf Saudi-Arabien ein iranischer Kriegsakt seien. Konkrete Beweise haben sie nicht.

Einigung von Malta: Das Sterben im Mittelmeer geht weiter

Marianne Arens, 26. September 2019

Für die Migranten, die aus Krieg und Not flüchten, ist die Einigung von Malta keine Lösung. Sie soll lediglich die Tragödie auf dem Mittelmeer aus dem Blickfeld der Öffentlichkeit rücken

New in Norwegian

Bilarbeidere trenger en sosialistisk og internasjonalistisk strategi for å slåss mot GM og bilkonsernene

Jerry White, 26. september 2019

Hvis bilselskapene og Wall Street insisterer på at de ikke har råd til de mest grunnleggende av arbeidernes rettigheter, da er det ikke et argument for å godta flere innrømmelser, men for å bli kvitt kapitalismen.

Introduksjon til den tyrkiskspråklige utgaven av Til forsvar for Leo Trotskij
Leo Trotskijs fire skjebnesvangre år i Prinkipo: 1929-1933

David North, 26. september 2019

Det følgende er introduksjonen til den nylige tyrkiske utgaven av In Defence of Leo Trotsky, skrevet av bokas forfatter David North, styreleder for det internasjonale redaksjonsrådet for World Socialist Web Site. Boka ble opprinnelig utgitt i 2013.

Demokratene i Representantenes hus iverksetter formell riksrettsgranskning mot Trump

Patrick Martin, 26. september 2019

Tiltaket er en vesentlig opptrapping av fraksjonskrigen innen den amerikanske styringseliten, som i stor grad dreier seg om meningsforskjeller om utenrikspolitikk.

Trump avleverer en fascisttirade for FN

Andre Damon, 26. september 2019

Som ekko av nynazistiske troper om «utskiftingen» av nasjonal identitet, raljerte den amerikanske presidenten mot sosialisme og truet hele verden med handelskrig og militær vold.

Storbritannias høyesterett dømmer Johnsons suspendering av Parlamentet ulovlig

Robert Stevens og Chris Marsden, 26. september 2019

Britisk politikk entret i går ikke-kartlagte farvann, da UK Supreme Court – Storbritannias høyeste rettsorgan – erklærte statsminister Boris Johnsons autoritære suspendering av Parlamentet for å være ulovlig.

Flere bildelleverandører permitterer mens GM og UAW planlegger hvordan å få nedlagt streiken

Tom Hall, 26. september 2019

UAW er fremfor alt bekymret for hvordan å opprettholde sine egne institusjonelle interesser, samtidig som fagforeningen samspiller for ytterligere tap av arbeidsplasser og nedleggelser av fabrikkanlegg.

Europeiske makter støtter USAs krigsprovokasjoner mot Iran

Alex Lantier, 26. september 2019

Berlin, London og Paris stiller seg bak amerikanske påstander om at det nylige angrepet i Saudi-Arabia var en iransk krigshandling, uten å fremlegge noen konkrete bevis overhodet.

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

Savaşın ve diktatörlüğün gölgesinde BM toplantısı

Bill Van Auken, 26 Eylül 2019

Yaklaşan küresel felakete yönelik uyarıların hakim olduğu bir BM İklim Zirvesi’nin ardından BM Genel Kurulu oturumunun ilk iki konuşmacısının Trump ile Bolsonaro olması da ibretliktir.

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Perspective

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis

26 September 2019

The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions—the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

New Met production of Porgy and Bess prompts racialist criticisms of America’s greatest opera

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

The real problem of the opera, the irredeemable original sin of Porgy and Bess that every reviewer is duty-bound to point out, is the fact that its creators were white.

Singer Placido Domingo’s forced departure from New York’s Metropolitan Opera

By David Walsh, 26 September 2019

Domingo’s action came in response to two Associated Press articles, in August and September, in which 20 women, 18 of them anonymously, accused the opera star of inappropriate behavior.

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

Featured Commentary

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 ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2019

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

Free Assange and Manning

New York Times publisher warns of a “worldwide assault on journalists” but is silent on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 September 2019

In a speech warning that the Trump administration was spearheading an attack on media freedom, Sulzberger did not mention the only journalist currently facing criminal prosecution by the American state.

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 »

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 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!

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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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.