Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2019

Many within the ruling class are taking Trump’s talk of civil war as a serious threat.

Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call

By Clara Weiss, 2 October 2019

Trump threatens “civil war” as Democrats escalate impeachment campaign

Democrats frame impeachment drive as defense of “national security”

Hunter Biden made $850,000 on board of Ukraine gas company

Chinese 70th anniversary parade testifies to a crisis-stricken regime

By James Cogan, 2 October 2019

Beside repression, the regime’s only answer to the rising unrest over widening social inequality is to promote reactionary Chinese nationalism, hoping that appeals to “national unity” will contain irreconcilable class antagonisms.

Seventy years since the Chinese Revolution
Draw the political lessons from the bankruptcy of Maoism

One year after Khashoggi murder, US CEOs flock to Saudi Arabia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2019

Crown Prince bin Salman say he takes “responsibility” for the assassination directed by his closest aides, but claims he did not order it.

Corbyn holds pro-Remain party discussions over leading “caretaker” administration or stepping aside to allow “government of national unity”

By Chris Marsden, 2 October 2019

Corbyn’s refusal to take any position that is not acceptable to Britain’s ruling elite is what keeps Boris Johnson in power today.

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

More on Brexit »

GM Mexico fires another Silao worker backing US strike and shuts down the plant

By Andrea Lobo, 2 October 2019

The firings as well as the shutdown at the GM Silao Complex further demonstrate the common fate of workers across the border and the international character of the working class.

General Motors presses demands as UAW leaves workers in the dark, isolates strike

By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2019

According to a statement, the UAW rejected a contract proposal from GM without indicating the content of management’s offer or revealing the terms of the union’s counterproposal.

GM workers livid over $250 strike pay, as UAW uses economic pressure to break resistance to concessions

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”
Detroit college students support striking GM workers

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 October 2019

Students at Detroit’s Wayne State University discussed the fight of General Motors workers and the strategy needed for them to win their historic strike.

A call to action:
Why students and youth should support striking GM workers

More on autoworkers struggles »

Former Dallas police officer found guilty in off-duty shooting of neighbor

By Aaron Murch, 2 October 2019

The conviction marks the first time a Dallas police officer has been found guilty of murder in more than four decades.

Study predicts significant outbreaks of measles in Texas due to low vaccination rates

By Gary Joad, 2 October 2019

Texas, the second most populous state, grants the greatest number of vaccine exemptions for personal philosophical and religious reasons of any state in US.

Crisis of unmet need in New Zealand’s health system

By Harry Hall, 2 October 2019

Thousands of people are being denied surgery and treatment for cancer, endometriosis, mental health and other conditions, due to chronic understaffing and under-resourcing.

1 October 2019

Pentagon shifts Mideast command center to US in preparation for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2019

Protests after death in fire at Greece’s Moria concentration camp

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2019

Greek workers strike to oppose New Democracy government’s anti-union legislation

By John Vassilopoulos, 1 October 2019

Austrian far-right FPÖ loses massively in parliamentary elections

By Markus Salzmann, 1 October 2019

Thousands of children under age ten arrested every year in the United States

By Casey Gold, 1 October 2019

Conrad Black decries Trudeau’s “weak” leadership, “evil campaign”

By Roger Jordan, 1 October 2019

How giant tea companies exploit Kenyan plantation workers

By Saman Gunadasa, 1 October 2019

A visit to the workers’ quarters at a Unilever tea plantation in Kenya

By our correspondents, 1 October 2019

New industrial “integrity” laws seek to head off working class eruption in Australia

By Terry Cook, 1 October 2019

New in French

Trump parle de possibilité de «guerre civile» alors que les démocrates intensifient leur campagne de destitution

Andre Damon, 2 octobre 2019

Le président Donald Trump, dans une menace implicite de violence contre ses opposants politiques, a laissé entendre dimanche soir que les efforts des démocrates pour le démettre de ses fonctions pourraient précipiter le pays dans une «guerre civile».

Soixante-dix ans après la révolution chinoise
Tirer les leçons politiques de la faillite du maoïsme

Peter Symonds, 2 octobre 2019

Les héritiers politiques de Mao Zedong ne peuvent expliquer comment et pourquoi les aspirations des travailleurs à un avenir socialiste, pour lequel tant de personnes firent des sacrifices il y a 70 ans, ont abouti à l’impasse du capitalisme aujourd’hui.

Manifeestations après au moins une mort dans un incendie au camp de concentration de Moria en Grèce

Robert Stevens, 2 octobre 2019

La Moria est un enfer créé par le gouvernement Syriza de pseudo-gauche de 2015-2019, où les réfugiés et les demandeurs d'asile sont détenus en attendant leur expulsion.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Британские оккупационные силы начинают вывод войск из Советской России

1 октября 2019 г.

27 сентября 1919 года начался вывод британских войск из Архангельска — города на севере России, недалеко от полярного круга. В октябре они покинут Мурманск, расположенный еще севернее. Вывод американских войск начался в июне, когда империалистическая кампания по уничтожению большевистской революции потерпела крах.

New in Turkish

Sisi karşıtı protestocular şiddetli baskıya rağmen Mısır sokaklarına geri dönüyor

Bill Van Auken, 1 Ekim 2019

Belirleyici sorun; işçi sınıfının siyasi bağımsızlığına dayanan devrimci bir önderliğin yaratılması ve Mısır işçi sınıfının mücadelesini Ortadoğu ve dünya genelindeki işçilerin mücadeleleriyle birleştirilmesidir.

New in Spanish

Setenta años desde la Revolución china
Las lecciones políticas de la bancarrota del maoísmo

Por Peter Symonds, 2 octubre 2019

Los herederos políticos de Mao Zedong no pueden explicar cómo ni por qué las aspiraciones del pueblo trabajador de un futuro socialista, por el cual tantos se sacrificaron hace 70 años, resultaron en el callejón sin salida del capitalismo hoy día.

Trump amenaza con “guerra civil” a medida que los demócratas intensifican la campaña de destitución

Por Andre Damon, 2 octubre 2019

El presidente Donald Trump, en una amenaza implícita de violencia contra sus oponentes políticos, sugirió el domingo por la noche que los esfuerzos de los demócratas para destituirlo de su cargo podrían precipitar una “guerra civil”.

New in French

Wall Street donne à GM et à l’UAW le temps d'épuiser les grévistes et d'imposer des reculs

Tom Hall, 1 octobre 2019

Les investisseurs donnent à GM et au syndicat de l’UAW le temps dont ils ont besoin pour épuiser les grévistes et imposer une défaite qui façonnerait l'avenir de l'industrie mondiale de l'automobile.

Jacques Chirac (1931-2019): une nécrologie

Alexandre Lantier, 1 octobre 2019

Les louanges exorbitantes de l’ancien président chantées par la classe politique reflètent la capacité de Chirac de faire appel aux préjugés de la petite bourgeoisie.

Les démocrates louent le lanceur d’alerte de la CIA à propos de l'Ukraine et persécutent Manning, Assange et Snowden

Andre Damon, 1 octobre 2019

Alors que les démocrates déclarent que «Le Congrès doit faire tout son possible pour protéger tous les lanceurs d’alerte», ils préconisent l’exil et la prison pour les hommes et femmes qui ont révélé les crimes de l’impérialisme américain.

Londres: des centaines de personnes se rassemblent pour Assange devant la prison de Belmarsh

Laura Tiernan, 1 octobre 2019

Le secrétaire national du PES (Royaume Uni), Chris Marsden, a souligné que la persécution d'Assange était le résultat de la poussée à la guerre et à la dictature de l'impérialisme américain, britannique et mondial.

Un demi-million de personnes participent à la manifestation montréalaise contre les changements climatiques

nos reporters, 1 octobre 2019

L'ampleur des protestations témoigne de la reconnaissance croissante du fait que les changements climatiques menacent d’entraîner la dévastation écologique et sociale. Cela montre également la colère que ressent la population envers les gouvernements, contrôlés par les grandes entreprises, qui ne s'attaquent pas sérieusement à ce problème fondamental.

New in German

Saarland: Busfahrer streiken, Stahlarbeiter demonstrieren gegen Stellenabbau

Marianne Arens, 2. Oktober 2019

Im Saarland streiken die Busfahrer der kommunalen Verkehrsbetriebe nun schon seit über einer Woche. Mehrere tausend Stahlkocher demonstrierten in Dillingen und Völklingen gegen Stellenabbau.

Siebzig Jahre seit der chinesischen Revolution
Politische Lehren aus dem Bankrott des Maoismus

Peter Symonds, 2. Oktober 2019

Die politischen Erben von Mao Zedong können nicht erklären, wie und warum das Streben der arbeitenden Bevölkerung nach einer sozialistischen Zukunft, für die vor 70 Jahren so viele Opfer gebracht wurden, heute in die Sackgasse des Kapitalismus geführt hat.

Amtsenthebungs-Kampagne der Demokraten: Trump droht mit „Bürgerkrieg“

Andre Damon, 2. Oktober 2019

US-Präsident Trump drohte am Sonntagabend implizit mit Gewalt gegen seine politischen Gegner. Er sagte, die Versuche der Demokraten, ihn aus dem Amt zu entfernen, könnten einen „Bürgerkrieg“ auslösen.

„The 1619 Project“: New York Times veröffentlicht rassistische Geschichtsfälschung
Teil 1

Niles Niemuth und Tom Mackaman und David North, 2. Oktober 2019

Das „Projekt 1619“ der New York Times verklärt Rassismus und Rassenkonflikte zur maßgeblichen Triebkraft der Geschichte.

New in Norwegian

Søtti år siden Den kinesiske revolusjon
Trekk lærdommene fra maoismens fallitt

Peter Symonds, 2. oktober 2019

Mao Zedongs politiske arvinger kan ikke forklare hvordan eller hvorfor arbeidende menneskers aspirasjoner om en sosialistisk fremtid, som så mange ofret så mye for for 70 år siden, har resultert i kapitalismens blindgate i dag.

Trump truer med «borgerkrig», der demokratene eskalerer riksrettskampanjen

Andre Damon, 2. oktober 2019

President Donald Trump antydet sent på søndag, i en implisitt trussel om vold mot sine politiske motstandere, at demokratenes bestrebelser for å fjerne ham fra vervet kunne utløse en «borgerkrig».

Kapitalisme og klimakatastrofe: Saksanliggender reist av de verdensomspennende protestene

Bryan Dyne, 2. oktober 2019

Arbeidet med å redde det naturlige miljøet samtidig som det kapitalistiske systemet skal bevares, har i et halvt århundre vist seg å være ei blindgate.

Frankrikes ekspresident Jacques Chirac døde, 86 år gammel

Alex Lantier, 2. oktober 2019

Styringsetablissementets allestedsnærværende hylling av Chirac gjenspeiler fremfor alt den tidligere Gaullist-presidentens evne til å appellere til den velstående middelklassens politiske fordommer, og til klassefordommer generelt.

Peterloo-massakren og Shelley
Del 1: Massakrens etterdønninger og responsene

Paul Bond, 2. oktober 2019

Massakren utløste en umiddelbar og rasende respons fra arbeiderklassen og deler av middelklassens radikalere, og en forbløffende mengde arbeid fra poeten Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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.

Other Languages

Perspective

As Wall Street bankrolls GM, UAW tries to starve strikers into submission

2 October 2019

Although the strike has won popular support and hit the company’s bottom line, it cannot be won unless rank-and-file workers take the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the UAW.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part I: A political liquidation into the capitalist establishment

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 2 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and re-run of the vote in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

Capitalism and the climate disaster: The issues posed by the worldwide protests

By Bryan Dyne, 1 October 2019

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

18 September 2019

French ex-President Jacques Chirac dead at 86

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Assange judge blocks extradition to Azerbaijan of ‘McMafia’ wife

By Laura Tiernan, 2 October 2019

Arbuthnot ruled against the extradition of Zamira Hajiyeva, finding there was “a real risk” she would suffer a “flagrant denial of justice”.

Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 2 October 2019

Speakers explained the persecution of Assange and Manning is part of an escalating attack on democratic rights by governments everywhere.

London: Hundreds rally for Assange outside Belmarsh Prison

By Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2019

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

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

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 6
Youth in revolt: Les Misérables—and other films: Made in Bangladesh, Mariam, Rocks, Desert One

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

Les Misérables takes place today in the impoverished Paris suburb that was also a setting in Victor Hugo’s famed novel. Made in Bangladesh proposes that unions are the answer to the exploitation of millions of textile workers.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019
An interview with Ladj Ly, director of Les Misérables: “Victor Hugo described the social misery perfectly”

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

The WSWS spoke to French-Malian film director Ladj Ly in Toronto during the film festival.

The Peterloo Massacre and Shelley
Part 2: Shelley’s politics and his Peterloo poems

By Paul Bond, 1 October 2019

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

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

History

One hundred years since the Great Steel Strike

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2019

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

Autoworkers struggles

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

With 48,000 GM workers engaged in the longest nationwide auto strike in nearly a half century, it is valuable to study the heroic struggle by GM workers during the 1936-37 sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan.

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 »

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.

More »

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.

More »

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.

More »

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.

More »

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

Germany: Bus drivers strike in Hesse and Saarland

By Marianne Arens, 1 October 2019

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

By Dmitri Church, 30 September 2019

Growing strike wave challenges Sri Lankan government

By K. Ratnayake, 28 September 2019

Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019

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 Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

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!

By 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

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.