Democrats frame impeachment drive as defense of “national security”

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2019

There is not the slightest democratic content to the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis

Trump delivers fascist tirade at United Nations

“The UAW is allowing GM to take us back to before the sit-down strikes”
Striking GM workers on picket line discuss what is at stake in their battle

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

GM workers discussed their fight to overturn decades of UAW-backed concessions, end the exploitation of temporary workers, and support the victimized Mexican GM workers.

Wall Street gives GM and UAW time to wear down strikers and impose concessions

By Tom Hall, 30 September 2019

Investors are giving GM and the UAW the time they need to wear down strikers and enforce a defeat that would shape the future of global auto industry.

As US GM strike continues
Layoffs mount in Canadian auto industry

By Carl Bronski, 30 September 2019

Over 6,000 Canadian auto assembly and parts workers have been temporarily laid off as a result of the ongoing strike by 48,000 American UAW members against GM.

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

India: Police arrest hundreds of striking Motherson autoworkers at protest

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 28 September 2019

Tesla autoworkers in California support striking GM workers, denounce working conditions

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2019

The rise of Tesla is part of a global restructuring of the auto industry to prepare for the production of electronic vehicles, using fewer and more poorly paid workers.

Germany: Opel workers support GM strike in the US

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London: Hundreds rally for Assange outside Belmarsh Prison

By Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2019

SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden emphasised that Assange’s persecution was a product of the drive to war and dictatorial rule by the US, British and world imperialism.

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

Protesters speak out in defence of Julian Assange
“I think the implications can grow into a stamping out of independent journalism”

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

Protesters outside Belmarsh Prison in London on Saturday spoke in support of jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Half a million people join Montreal climate change protest

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

The scale of Friday’s protest attests to mounting popular anger at the failure of the world’s corporate-controlled governments to address this social and ecological crisis.

170,000 join climate change protests in New Zealand

Ontario government’s legal aid cuts trigger widespread protests

Alberta’s MacKinnon report provides blueprint for austerity and repression

New Zealand PM promotes internet censorship at UN

By Tom Peters, 30 September 2019

Jacinda Ardern met with world leaders and tech companies to promote a new “crisis response protocol” to rapidly remove online content deemed “extremist.”

Striking Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians return to work, ending three-month work stoppage

By Dmitri Church, 30 September 2019

The one-year contract signed last week accedes to management’s demands to cut the symphony’s summer season, while doing nothing to guarantee salaries.

27 September 2019

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

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2019

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

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2019

Growing strike wave challenges Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 28 September 2019

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

By Dan Conway, 28 September 2019

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019

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

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2019

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

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2019

The mounting human cost of the Thomas Cook collapse

By Richard Tyler, 28 September 2019

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

By John Braddock, 28 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

Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden

30 September 2019

While the Democrats declare that “Congress must do all it can to protect… all whistleblowers,” they support exile and prison for the men and women who have exposed the crimes of US imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

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

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

Obituary

French ex-President Jacques Chirac dead at 86

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2019

The ubiquitous hailing of Chirac by the ruling establishment reflects above all the former Gaullist president’s ability to appeal to the political and class prejudices of the affluent middle class.

Arts Review

The Peterloo massacre and Shelley
Part 1: The aftermath of the massacre and the responses

By Paul Bond, 30 September 2019

The massacre elicited an immediate and furious response from the working class and sections of middle-class radicals, and an astonishing outpouring of work from the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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

25 years ago: UAW sells out Flint Buick City strike

On October 1, just three days after 11,500 General Motors workers walked off the job at Buick City in Flint, the United Auto Workers (UAW) betrayed the strike and reached an agreement with the company that neither addressed nor resolved either of the main demands of workers over declining full-time jobs and speed-up.

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50 years ago: Murder charges dropped against eight Green Berets

On October 1, 1969, charges were dropped against eight American Green Berets involved in the murder and cover-up of Chu Van Thai, a South Vietnamese informant who had been providing the United States with information on North Vietnamese military movements.

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75 years ago: Warsaw uprising violently suppressed by Nazi occupiers

On October 2, officers from the Polish Home Army signed a capitulation order signifying an end to their attempts to retake Warsaw, the country’s capital, from the Nazi occupiers. The effective surrender followed months of bitter fighting, and limited Allied support for the Polish resistance forces.

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100 years ago: Massacre of black farmworkers in Elaine, Arkansas

On September 30, 1919, a white police officer and a railroad detective exchanged shots with armed blacks who were attending a meeting of a newly formed sharecroppers’ union, the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, at a church in Phillips County, Arkansas, near the town of Elaine.

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Commentary

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

By Eric London, 28 September 2019

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 »

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

18 September 2019

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 »

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

UK pilots’ union BALPA shuts down strikes at two airlines

By our reporter, 27 September 2019

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

By Kevin Martinez, 27 September 2019

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

How to win the teachers’ fight in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan university workers indefinite strike at a critical juncture

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

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

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.