US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels

By Eric London, 28 September 2019

The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.

Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2019

This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.

Spanish security firm spied on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy for US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 28 September 2019

A defense and security firm based in Spain that was hired to protect the Ecuadorian embassy in London provided secret audio and video recordings of Julian Assange to US intelligence.

US and Mexican autoworkers call for united struggle against GM and auto companies

By Tom Hall, 28 September 2019

More than 200 autoworkers and other sections of the working class discussed an international perspective to win the General Motors strike in a call-in meeting Thursday hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

GM restores health care to strikers in maneuver to smooth path for UAW sellout

“It would be wonderful if the strike expanded to the other auto plants”
Michigan auto parts worker speaks in support of GM strike

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

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

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

Anti-Sisi protesters return to Egypt’s streets in teeth of fierce repression

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2019

Security forces placed Cairo on a police state lockdown after arresting some 2,000 people in the space of a week.

India: Police arrest hundreds of striking Motherson autoworkers at protest

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 28 September 2019

The state government is seeking to break the month-long strike for decent wages and conditions.

South Korean autoworkers join global fight against GM

GM fires another Mexican worker for aiding strike in the US

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

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

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

Germany: Opel workers support GM strike in the US

More on autoworkers struggles »

Growing strike wave challenges Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 28 September 2019

The Sri Lankan trade unions are hostile to a unified movement of working people against the Colombo government’s IMF-dictated austerity policies.

170,000 join climate change protests in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 28 September 2019

School students were joined by tens of thousands of workers and university students to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Sacramento, California killer cops return to work 18 months after murdering 22-year-old Stephon Clark

By Dan Conway, 28 September 2019

The two Sacramento, California, police officers who fatally shot unarmed Clark 20 times last year returned to work Thursday after no federal civil rights charges were brought against them.

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019

The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

Striking University of Chicago nurses return to work after five-day lock-out

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2019

The nurses returned to work on Wednesday without any resolution of their grievances.

Majority of West Virginia counties rank worst in US for water quality

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2019

A new report finds 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties rank among the worst in the country for drinking water violations.

The mounting human cost of the Thomas Cook collapse

By Richard Tyler, 28 September 2019

The international scale of the crisis, with devastating economic and social implications, has rapidly become clear.

Solomon Islands and Kiribati cut ties with Taiwan, shift to China

By John Braddock, 28 September 2019

The diplomatic shifts underscore the deepening geo-strategic confrontation in the Pacific amid the intensifying US-led trade war.

27 September 2019

Release of CIA whistleblower complaint intensifies political civil war in Washington

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2019

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis

House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

Trump delivers fascist tirade at United Nations

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

UK pilots’ union BALPA shuts down strikes at two airlines

By our reporter, 27 September 2019

Malta agreement: The dying in the Mediterranean continues

By Marianne Arens, 27 September 2019

US: Strike of 85,000 Kaiser Permanente workers called off by unions

By Kevin Martinez, 27 September 2019

Officials cover up lead in water crisis in Newark, New Jersey

By Shuvu Batta, 27 September 2019

Ontario government’s legal aid cuts trigger widespread protests

By Penny Smith, 27 September 2019

Alberta’s MacKinnon report provides blueprint for austerity and repression

Protests in Indonesia against new criminal code met with “mass police violence”

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 September 2019

Underpayment and wage theft rampant in Australia

By Karen Maxwell and Richard Phillips, 27 September 2019

New in Spanish

La respuesta socialista al brexit: los Estados Unidos Socialistas de Europa

Chris Marsden, 28 septiembre 2019

La respuesta de la crisis del brexit no es la unidad con Estados Unidos, sino la unidad de la clase obrera en una lucha continental contra todos los Gobiernos europeos por los Estados Unidos Socialistas de Europa.

Estados Unidos: huelga de 85.000 trabajadores de Kaiser Permanente cancelada por sindicato

Kevin Martínez, 28 septiembre 2019

La huelga planeada para el 15 de octubre fue cancelada después de llegar a un acuerdo tentativo en el que no hubo ninguna participación de los 85.000 trabajadores de Kaiser Permanente.

Madrid lanza represión “antiterrorista” en Cataluña

Alejandro López, 28 septiembre 2019

GM restaura beneficios médicos de huelguistas en maniobra para facilitar traición por parte del UAW

Tom Hall, 28 septiembre 2019

Los comentaristas de la prensa expresan temor de que cortarles los beneficios médicos sería contraproducente, con el Detroit Free Press describiéndolo como “arrojar gasolina al fuego” y que tan solo endureciera la resistencia de los trabajadores contra GM y el UAW.

New in Turkish

Trump’a yönelik görevi kötüye kullanma suçlaması ABD’deki siyasi krizi derinleştiriyor

Patrick Martin, 28 Eylül 2019

Demokratların daha saldırgan biçimde hareket etme kararına, her zamanki gibi, ordu ve istihbarat aygıtının güçlü hiziplerinin düşünceleri yön vermektedir.

New in French

Accord de Malte: on meurt toujours en Méditerranée

Marianne Arens, 28 septembre 2019

L’accord de Malte n’est pas destine à résoudre la tragédie en Méditerranée des réfugiés fuyant la guerre et la misère, mais seulement une tentative de le cacher au regard du public.

La réponse socialiste au Brexit: Pour les États-Unis socialistes d'Europe

Chris Marsden, 28 septembre 2019

La réponse à la crise de Brexit n'est pas l'unité avec l'UE, mais l'unité de la classe ouvrière dans une lutte à l'échelle du continent contre tous les gouvernements européens pour les États-Unis socialistes d'Europe.

Les travailleurs persécutés de Maruti Suzuki soutiennent les travailleurs de GM en grève

nos correspondents, 28 septembre 2019

Ci-dessous, nous publions une déclaration de soutien aux travailleurs en grève de General Motors aux États-Unis envoyée par Jitender Dhankhar au nom du comité provisoire du Syndicat des travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki (MSWU) dans le nord de l'Inde.

La seule solution au changement climatique est le socialisme mondial

le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Canada), 28 septembre 2019

Alors que la lutte contre le changement climatique exige une action mondiale et une opposition au capitalisme, Québec Solidaire en fait une question qui transcende les divisions de classes et une «lutte nationale», afin de raviver le nationalisme québécois réactionnaire.

Introduction à l'édition turque de Défense de Léon Trotsky
Les quatre années fatidiques de Léon Trotsky à Prinkipo: 1929-1933

David North, 28 septembre 2019

Le texte qui suit est l'introduction à l'édition turque récemment traduite de Défense de Léon Trotsky, écrite par l'auteur du livre, David North, président du comité de rédaction international du World Socialist Web Site. Le livre a été publié à l'origine en 2013.

New in German

Mögliches Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Trump verschärft politische Krise in den USA

Patrick Martin, 27. September 2019

Die Arbeiterklasse muss sich von beiden politischen Fraktionen befreien – der Demokratischen Partei, die mit dem Militär-Geheimdienst-Komplex und der Wall Street verbunden ist, und der Trump-Regierung. Keine ist weniger reaktionär als die andere.

Oberstes Gericht erklärt Aussetzung des britischen Parlaments für illegal: Abgeordnete kehren an die Arbeit zurück

Robert Stevens, 27. September 2019

Nachdem der Supreme Court, das höchste britische Gericht, die Aussetzung des Parlaments vom 10. September für fünf Wochen durch Premierminister Boris Johnson für rechtswidrig erklärt hatte, trat das britische Unterhaus am Mittwoch wieder zusammen.

Ausverkauf bei Siemens
IG Metall stimmt dem Abbau von 1100 Arbeitsplätzen zu

Gustav Kemper, 27. September 2019

Am Mittwoch verkündete der Sprecher von Siemens, man habe sich mit der IG Metall und den Betriebsräten über den Stellenabbau in der Energiesparte geeinigt.

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.

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Perspective

CIA sets terms for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s crimes

28 September 2019

Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Autoworkers struggles

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Why are trade unions hostile to socialism?

By David North, 28 September 2019

Today we are posting the text of a lecture by David North, chairman of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States and of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, made to the International Summer School on Marxism and the Fundamental Problems of the 20th Century in January 1998.

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 27 September 2019

British MPs return to Parliament after Supreme Court rules prorogation illegal

More on Brexit »

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 5
Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat—on the Panama Papers—and The Goldfinch—the aftermath of a terror attack
Along with a valuable film adaptation of Jack London’s Martin Eden and The Traitor, a Mafia drama

By David Walsh, 28 September 2019

Soderbergh discards his generally non-committal stance in The Laundromat, offering a fairly withering critique of global corporate tax evasion and the financial elite generally.

Ad Astra: Traveling long distances but not getting very far

By Joanne Laurier, 27 September 2019

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

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

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

By David Walsh, 26 September 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Mandarin announcement of Australian lecture series on 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

27 September 2019

The lectures, which are being held on university campuses across the country, have been organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

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

9 September 2019

Workers Struggles

Half a million Indian coal workers strike; New South Wales coal miners fight for higher pay; Fenner Dunlop strike continues in Australia
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

28 September 2019

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

How to win the teachers’ fight in Sri Lanka

the Socialist Equality Party teachers group, 25 September 2019

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

Siemens workers resist planned job cuts in Germany

By Gustav Kemper, 26 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

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

By our reporter, 20 September 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 September 2019

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

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

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

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!

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.