US House of Representatives votes to back impeachment inquiry

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2019

The vote sets the stage for public hearings and the approval of formal articles of impeachment, perhaps within the month.

Merger between PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler presages new assault on autoworkers

By Shannon Jones, 1 November 2019

The creation of the fourth largest auto company in the world will intensify the global struggle for market share and profits amid mounting trade war and signs of recession.

Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!
CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 November 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced on Thursday that it is shutting down the 11-day strike, the longest in thirty years, and sending teachers back to work today before giving them the right to vote on a new contract.

Chicago Teachers Union attempting to ram through tentative agreement over widespread opposition

Democrats, union leaders intensify pressure on striking Chicago teachers to accept austerity contract

Ford workers must reject deal patterned on UAW-GM sellout

By Jerry White, 1 November 2019

The UAW-Ford National Council is meeting today to rubber-stamp a deal that sanctions the slashing of jobs and creation of a largely disposable temporary workforce.

After announcing agreement with Ford, UAW seeking to force through sellout deal

Ford Canada announces more job cuts as GM prepares final shutdown in Oshawa

More fires ignite as wildfire season deepens in California

By Kevin Martinez, 1 November 2019

11 fires are presently raging across California, with reports indicating that the state’s utility monopolies likely bear responsibility for the most damaging fires.

Trump blames mass uprising in Chile on “foreign efforts”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2019

The US president voiced support for the Chilean government’s attempt to “restore order” after it was forced to call off the APEC summit scheduled in Santiago.

Australian Labor Party leader puts big business “first and foremost”

By Mike Head, 1 November 2019

Albanese vowed to ensure that businesses “thrive and flourish,” including by restructuring the industrial relations system to enhance the “gig economy.”

Australian state Labor government spearheads anti-protest laws

Australia: Further cuts to jobs and working conditions loom in NSW power industry

By Patrick Davies, 1 November 2019

The energy minister issued a “pause directive” to the state-owned corporation in an attempt to quell opposition to the job cuts and to enlist the unions in imposing cost cutting.

US: Murray Energy files for bankruptcy, miners’ pensions in peril

By Samuel Davidson, 1 November 2019

The bankruptcy the coal giant threatens 7,000 jobs and the bankruptcy of health and pension funds for 82,000 current and former miners and their families.

PG&E "can tell you what to do and you have to pay them money"
Growing outrage over PG&E role in California fire disaster

Hundreds of thousands evacuated, more than two million without power as fires continue in California

England-Bulgaria match highlights growing fascist activity around European soccer

By Paul Bond and Robert Stevens, 1 November 2019

The resurgence of fascistic forces in central and eastern Europe has been fuelled by the restoration of capitalism following the collapse of Stalinism three decades ago.

Pentagon awards $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 1 November 2019

Amazon was widely expected to win the ten-year agreement, but Trump’s intervention apparently tipped the contract to Microsoft.

31 October 2019

Washington threatens to fight Syria and Russia for oil

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2019

Inquiry issues cover-up report on Grenfell Tower fire disaster

By Robert Stevens, 31 October 2019

Peronism returns to power in Argentina amid simmering social anger

By Andrea Lobo, 31 October 2019

New wildcat strike paralyzes French rail network

By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2019

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 October 2019

Australian police violently attack climate change protestors

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

Alberta’s Conservative government tables class-war budget

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 31 October 2019

New in Arabic

أبو بكر البغدادي وتاريخ العراق المنسي

٢٨ تشرين الأول أكتوبر ٢٠١٩

أعلن الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب مقتل أبو بكر البغدادي صباح يوم الأحد بدماء ووحشية لم يسمع بها من قبل رئيس أمريكي.

New in Norwegian

Den globale ungdomsradikaliseringen og kampen for sosialisme

Eric London, 31. oktober 2019

Den politiske oppvåkningen av historiens mest utdannede, urbaniserte og teknologisk sammenkoblede generasjon er av kritisk strategisk betydning for hele arbeiderklassen.

Storbritannia holder generalvalg den 12. desember

Robert Stevens, 31. oktober 2019

Parlamentsrepresentantene stemte for å avholde det som trolig vil bli det mest uforutsigbare valget i britisk etterkrigshistorie.

Tyskland: Studentparlamentet ved Humboldt Universitet støtter rettssak mot ytrehøyre-professoren Baberowski

Christoph Vandreier, 31. oktober 2019

Den juridiske klagen er et viktig skritt for forsvaret av studentenes ytringsfrihet i møtet med en offensiv fra radikale høyreorienterte krefter innen det akademiske miljø.

Stopp studentrådets sensur av sosialistiske synspunkter ved Universitetet i Leipzig

IYSSE Leipzig, 31. oktober 2019

Studentrådet nektet IYSSE offisiell klubbstatus og påla effektivt sett sensur for venstreorienterte og sosialistiske synspunkter på universitetsområdet.

Ukrainas statsminister opptrer på nynazistisk rock-konsert

Jason Melanovski og Clara Weiss, 31. oktober 2019

Den offentlige fremvisningen av statsministerens bånd til nynazister er en kalkulert trussel mot arbeiderklassen, samtidig med forberedelsene til privatiseringer og de pågående internkampene innen styringselitene over utenrikspolitikken.

New in French

Le régime irakien réagit aux manifestations de masse par une répression brutale

Jean Shaoul, 31 octobre 2019

La police et les services de sécurité irakiens ont tué au moins 250 personnes et en ont blessé des milliers d’autres au cours de leur répression des manifestations de masse commencées au début du mois.

La radicalisation mondiale de la jeunesse et la lutte pour le socialisme

Eric London, 31 octobre 2019

Le réveil politique de la génération la plus instruite, citadine et technologiquement interconnectée de l'histoire revêt une importance stratégique cruciale pour toute la classe ouvrière.

La Grande-Bretagne tiendra des élections générales le 12 décembre

Robert Stevens, 31 octobre 2019

Les députés ont voté pour la tenue d’élections parlementaires qui risquent d’être les plus explosives de l’histoire de la Grande-Bretagne depuis la guerre.

Grand rassemblement à Barcelone contre l'emprisonnement de nationalistes catalans

Alejandro López, 31 octobre 2019

Deux semaines avant les élections générales du 10 novembre en Espagne, des centaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté samedi après-midi à Barcelone.

New in German

Die weltweite Radikalisierung der Jugend und der Kampf für Sozialismus

Eric London, 31. Oktober 2019

Das politische Erwachen der am besten ausgebildeten, urbanisierten und technologisch vernetzten Generation in der Geschichte ist von entscheidender strategischer Bedeutung für die gesamte Arbeiterklasse.

Hamburg: Rot-grüner Senat erzwingt Vorlesung von AfD-Gründer Lucke mit Polizeigewalt

Christoph Vandreier und Johannes Stern, 31. Oktober 2019

Die Ereignisse von Hamburg werfen ein Schlaglicht auf die gefährlichen Entwicklungen in Deutschland. Mit Polizeigewalt wird rechte Lehre gegen den Widerstand von Studierenden durchgesetzt, die nicht akzeptieren wollen, dass sie von rechtsextremen Professoren indoktriniert werden.

Irakisches Regime reagiert auf Massenproteste mit brutaler Unterdrückung

Jean Shaoul, 31. Oktober 2019

Die irakische Polizei und die Sicherheitskräfte haben bei ihrem brutalen Vorgehen gegen die Massenproteste, die Anfang Oktober begannen, mindestens 250 Menschen getötet und Tausende verletzt.

New in Spanish

La radicalización global de la juventud y la lucha por el socialismo

Por Eric London, 31 octubre 2019

El despertar político de la generación más educada, urbanizada y tecnológicamente interconectada en la historia tiene un significado estratégicamente crítico para toda la clase obrera.

GM despide a trabajadores de Flint por publicaciones en redes sociales durante huelga

Por Jerry White, 31 octubre 2019

Los trabajadores de ensamble en Flint, incluyendo un veterano de 19 años en GM, han sido seleccionados en una campaña de represalias para silenciar toda oposición a las corporaciones y al sindicato UAW.

Editor de Grayzone, Max Blumenthal, arrestado en Washington DC

Por Kevin Reed, 31 octubre 2019

El periodista independiente fue encadenado en una jaula durante cinco horas por un cargo falso derivado de las protestas en la embajada de Venezuela en abril y mayo de este año.

‘Trotsky y camaradas’ de Alexander Reznik: una cuenta falsa del surgimiento y la política de la Oposición de Izquierda

Por Clara Weiss, 31 octubre 2019

El libro de Reznik, si bien contiene información útil, constituye una distorsión intencional de la historia de la Oposición de Izquierda trotskista, lo que socava su lucha prolongada y de principios contra la degeneración estalinista de la Revolución de octubre de 1917.

New in Turkish

GM grevi ve küresel sınıf mücadelesi

Marcus Day, 23 Ekim 2019

WSWS Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni, GM işçilerini, anlaşmaya “hayır” oyu vermeye, tabandan fabrika komiteleri kurmaya ve grevin kontrolünü sendikanın elinden kendi ellerine almaya çağırıyor.

Katalan milliyetçilerine hapis cezası: İspanyol hükümeti bir polis devleti inşa ediyor

Alex Lantier, 23 Ekim 2019

Katalan milliyetçisi partiler seçimlerde, 135 sandalyeli Katalan meclisinde, kıl payı bir çoğunlukla, 70 sandalye kazandılar.

ABD askerleri Suriye’den Irak’a çekildi

Patrick Martin, 23 Ekim 2019

Pazartesi günü yüzlerce ABD askeri, Suriye sınırından Irak’a geçti. Bu, Başkan Donald Trump’ın Washington’da bir siyasi fırtına koparan çekilme emrinin ilk büyük ölçekli yerine getirilmesiydi.

New in Portuguese

A prisão dos nacionalistas catalães: Governo espanhol constrói estado policial

Alex Lantier, 25 Outubro 2019

A condenação de doze nacionalistas catalães a dez anos de prisão por sedição pela Suprema Corte espanhola é uma decisão politicamente ilegítima que viverá na infâmia.

Depois das eleições turcas: Como a pseudo-esquerda se alinhou ao CHP
Parte II: O beco sem saída da orientação da pequena-burguesia ao CHP

Ulas Atesci e Alex Lantier, 25 Outubro 2019

As eleições municipais de 2019 e a nova eleição em Istambul marcaram a integração de uma camada inteira de partidos de classe média dentro do establishment dominante.

A defesa da Venezuela e a luta pelo socialismo na América Latina

Bill Van Auken, 25 Outubro 2019

Estamos publicando o discurso de Bill Van Auken no Comício Online Internacional de 1º de Maio.

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Perspective

Twitter’s ban on political advertisement: A new move to censor the internet

1 November 2019

The move by Twitter is a capitulation to demands by congressional Democrats and the media that technology companies more aggressively censor political statements, in the guise of “fact-checking.”

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History

Slavery and the American Revolution: A Response to the New York Times 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 1 November 2019

This is the text of the lecture delivered by Tom Mackaman at the University of Michigan on October 22, 2019 as part of a series on the New York Times' "Project 1619."

An interview with the author of The Free State of Jones
Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

Bynum is an expert on the attitude of Southern white yeomen farmers and the poor toward slavery.

Alexander Reznik’s Trotsky and Comrades: A false account of the emergence and politics of the Left Opposition

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2019

Commentary

The Boeing crashes and the criminalization of American capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2019

One year since the first Boeing 737 Max 8 crash

Trump’s booing at the World Series makes Democrats and the media nervous

By David Walsh, 31 October 2019

Independent pathologist says evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a homicide

By Kevin Reed, 31 October 2019

Fed guarantees more money for Wall Street as attacks on workers intensify

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2019

The global youth radicalization and the fight for socialism

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

Seventy percent of US Millennials say they are likely to vote socialist

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the forgotten history of Iraq

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2019

Democrats to hold House vote to authorize impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2019

Right-wing politics in a “left” wrapper: Elizabeth Warren’s plan for education

By Nancy Hanover, 29 October 2019

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Australian and New Zealand students speak after lecture on 70th anniversary of Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses meetings in war-ravaged north

By our reporters, 30 October 2019

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India’s Kashmir lockdown

Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election
Build a socialist movement against imperialist war, austerity and dictatorship

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party holds series of public meetings on “The Socialist Answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe”

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 25 October 2019

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

Eightieth birthday tribute to Sri Lankan Trotskyist Nanda Wickremasinghe

By David North, 26 October 2019

Nanda Wickremasinghe, who turned 80 on October 15, is a founding member of the Sri Lankan section of the ICFI.

Free Assange and Manning

UK art exhibition for Julian Assange: “If courage was not contagious, I wouldn’t be here today”

By Paul Bond, 1 November 2019

An Exhibition of Free Expression: Dedicated to the defence and freedom of Julian Assange was recently on view at Monkton Arts, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Australian parliamentarians form cross-party group in defence of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 October 2019

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Stop the US extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange! Free Assange and Manning!

28 October 2019

Julian Assange’s court hearing in London: Britain stages a lawless show-trial

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 October 2019

Hundreds protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By Richard Tyler, 23 October 2019

UK judge rejects delay in Assange extradition case

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Stop the censorship of socialist views by the University of Leipzig student council

By the IYSSE Leipzig, 30 October 2019

Germany: Humboldt University student parliament supports lawsuit against far-right Professor Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 25 October 2019

Obituary

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2019

Workers Struggles

Croatian education workers strike continues, Zimbabwe doctors on strike for two months
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 November 2019

Seven hundred Croation educators have walked out in a program of rotating strikes while Zimbabwe doctors are continuing an action over the erosion of pay due to inflation.

GM execs gloat over new UAW contract in call with Wall Street investors

By Jerry White, 30 October 2019

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

Lessons of the GM autoworkers strike

By Marcus Day, 28 October 2019

GM refuses to rehire victimized Mexican workers who supported US strike

“Temporary workers are human too”
Arlington GM temp worker with cancer speaks out on his firing four days before strike

Vote no! Reject UAW misinformation! Elect rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

The GM strike and the global class struggle

More on the GM strike »

New York City transit workers and the fight for social equality

By Allen Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 30 October 2019

Striking Chicago teachers and staff determined to defend public education

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2019

Washington DC: Private metro contract workers launch first transit strike in over 40 years

By Nick Barrickman, 28 October 2019

Arts Review

Netflix’ Living with Yourself with Paul Rudd: The divided self … from A to B

By David Walsh, 30 October 2019

The Current War: Director’s Cut—About Thomas Edison, electricity and the 1880s

By Joanne Laurier, 28 October 2019

George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in triumphant return to New York’s Metropolitan Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2019

25 years ago: Susan Smith confesses to killing her children

On November 3, 1994, Susan Smith confessed to murdering her three-year-old and one-year-old sons, Michael and Alexander, in South Carolina. Smith, who was white, had previously told police that she was carjacked at a red light by an armed black man who drove away in the vehicle with her children.

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50 years ago: Emílio Garrastazu Médici becomes president of Brazilian military dictatorship

On October 30, 1969, General Emílio Garrastazu Médici was sworn in as the new president of Brazil. The military president was the replacement for the military junta which had assumed direct rule at the end of August in order to prevent Brazil’s vice president, a civilian, from assuming the office of the presidency after the previous military dictator, President Arthur da Costa e Silva, became deathly ill.

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75 years ago: Slovak anti-Nazi uprising brutally repressed

On October 28, partisans of the Slovak resistance movement acknowledged that their attempt to oust German occupiers from the country and overthrow the Nazi-collaborationist government of Jozef Tiso had been defeated.

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100 years ago: Nearly half a million US coal miners strike

On November 1, 1919, 425,000 coal miners in the United States struck in opposition to the leadership of the United Mine Workers (UMW) union. A rank-and-file upsurge forced the union leadership to call a national convention of the union in Cleveland in September. Some 2,000 delegates called for a national strike to begin on November 1.

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Book Review

Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

History

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s 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

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

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.