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Injured Honduran worker detained by US border agents after speaking out about deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

By Aaron Murch, 10 November 2020

Delmer Ramirez-Palma was one of five injured workers suing the owners of a hotel that collapsed while under construction October 12, killing three workers.

Germany, US threaten war amid Russia-Turkey summit on Syria

By Alex Lantier, 23 October 2019

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for a massive European Union (EU) force to occupy northern Syria, involving up to 40,000 troops.

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe

By Niles Niemuth, 23 October 2019

The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.

GM worker dies after being struck by vehicle near picket line at Spring Hill, Tennessee

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019

Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.

Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019

At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019

Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Johnson wins vote on Brexit deal but MPs back further delay

By Robert Stevens, 23 October 2019

Support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill was the first time in more than three years that MPs have voted for a deal negotiated by the Tory government with the European Union.

Major distributors and manufacturers of opioids avert trial by reaching $260 million wrist-slap settlement in Ohio

By Brian Dixon and Benjamin Mateus, 23 October 2019

The settlement is seen as a “bellwether” case for future opioid lawsuits, with the companies making no admission of guilt for the drug overdose crisis which has ravaged the US.

Solomon Islands deal with Chinese developer highlights Pacific tensions

By John Braddock, 23 October 2019

Repeated claims that China wants a military foothold in the Pacific turn reality on its head to justify the aggressive build-up for war by the US and its regional allies.

Major write down of Australian growth forecast as global contradictions intensify

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2019

In just 12 months, the International Monetary Fund has cut its Australian growth prediction for 2019 from 2.8 percent to 1.7 percent.

Illegal forest fires send another lethal haze over parts of Indonesia

By Owen Howell, 23 October 2019

The haze is chiefly affecting Sumatra and Borneo islands, with air pollution in the city of Palembang reaching record levels.

Mass protests continue in defiance of military crackdown in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2019

The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.

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

By Richard Tyler, 23 October 2019

SEP national secretary Chris Marsden told demonstrators: “We want the working class to defend a man whose freedom is of paramount importance for every man, woman and child on this planet.”

Canada’s Liberals cling to power, to form minority government with one-third of votes cast

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 22 October 2019

The election results revealed, in distorted form, the mounting alienation of the vast majority of the population from the political establishment, which is moving ever further right.

Dockworkers, miners initiate national strike as military kills 11 in Chile

By Eric London, 22 October 2019

Tens of thousands of workers declared strike action in response to a military crackdown resembling the military coup of 1973.

Workers in Lebanon reject tax hikes, demand the government’s resignation

By Jean Shaoul, 22 October 2019

The protests are part of a broader upsurge that is taking place all over the world and testifies to the primacy of class over ethnicity, nationality and religion.

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2019

The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.

Wildcat strike erupts at French National Railways over understaffing, austerity

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2019

Workers walked off the job after a serious accident wounded 11, amid mounting anger at understaffing, pension cuts and the two-tier wage system introduced last year.

US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2019

While Trump has sought to strike a phony antiwar posture with his pullout order, the troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East.

Spring Hill, Tennessee workers reject deal, as UAW pushes GM sellout contract

By Jerry White, 22 October 2019

The vote by Spring Hill GM workers is a blow to the UAW, which is holding a quick succession of votes in hopes of shutting down the powerful five-week strike on management’s terms.

Lightfoot administration ratchets up pressure on Chicago teachers to end the walkout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 October 2019

Claiming there is “no more money,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson issued a letter calling on the CTU to end the strike and return teachers to the classroom while talks continue.

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use “left” demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2019

At Sanders’ first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

Russia: At least 15 dead, five missing after illegal dam breaks in Siberia

By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2019

Both the dam and the construction of the shelters for the workers on the Seiba river near the village Shchetikino were in flagrant violation of the law and basic safety measures.

New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions

By Tom Peters, 22 October 2019

The Labour Party-led government has imposed draconian restrictions to prevent working class immigrants from bringing their parents to join them in New Zealand.

Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet

By Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019

The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham “transition to democracy” political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2019

The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

UK Prime Minister Johnson forced to send request for Brexit extension after “Super Saturday” parliamentary setback

By Chris Marsden, 21 October 2019

The government is pushing for a speedy vote on Johnson’s deal, while the opposition wants to prevent one by tabling amendments, given that a no-deal Brexit outcome has been ruled out.

World economy “sleepwalking” to another financial crisis, warns former Bank of England chief

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2019

Mervyn King said the US would suffer a “financial Armageddon” if the Federal Reserve were not able to combat another crisis, with the world in a low growth trap.

United Steelworkers prepare betrayal of Asarco strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 October 2019

The United Steelworkers is colluding along with other unions and the company to wear down the resolve of the workers on strike against Asarco through isolation and poverty.

Australia: Inspections reveal dangerous conditions on NSW construction sites

By Terry Cook, 21 October 2019

The NSW government's promises are aimed at placating public outrage over conditions in the construction sector, the third most dangerous by workplace fatalities.

The GM strike and the global class struggle

By Marcus Day, 21 October 2019

The strike by 48,000 US General Motors is part of an eruption of social struggle throughout the United States and the world.

Draconian verdict against Catalan politicians exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López, 21 October 2019

This crisis is giving workers and youth internationally yet another bitter lesson in the reactionary role of affluent middle class, “post-Marxist” populist parties.

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2019

The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a “progressive” gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

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

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

With this tentative agreement, the suspicions of many workers have been confirmed: the UAW is a bribed tool of corporate management.

General strike paralyzes Catalonia as over half-a-million demonstrate in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 19 October 2019

Broad sections of youth and workers mobilized to protest the police state that is emerging in Spain, and more broadly across Europe.

Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies

By Andre Damon, 19 October 2019

Clinton’s claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

What autoworkers need to know about the sellout UAW-GM contract

By Tom Hall, 19 October 2019

The contract creates the conditions for a vast expansion in the use of temporary employees, while the supposed “pathway” to regular employment is worthless.

“They sold us out again!”

Autoworkers denounce UAW-GM tentative agreement

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The contract maintains the hated multi-tier wage and benefit system; creates the conditions for expanding the use of temporary workers; and sanctions the closure of four facilities.

As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down

By George Gallanis, 19 October 2019

What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.

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

By our correspondents, 19 October 2019

“The Modi government’s anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole.”

Mack-Volvo Truck strike to idle 3,000 at Volvo’s New River Valley factory in Virginia

By Steve Filips, 19 October 2019

The strike by over 3,500 Mack-Volvo workers at production facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland will force the layoff of 3,000 employees at the New River Valley Volvo Truck Assembly factory in Dublin, Virginia.

As president delivers fascistic speech in Dallas

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback

By Barry Grey, 19 October 2019

Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump’s removal “the sooner, the better.”

Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2019

The fear in Australian ruling circles is that if Assange is extradited to the US, the latent support for him will coalesce into a political movement against the official set-up.

Fighting continues in wake of US-Turkish agreement on northern Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2019

The “ceasefire” deal has only intensified opposition within US ruling circles, where the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is seen as strengthening Russia’s hand in the Middle East.

Algerian junta to slash energy subsidies amid mass protests

By Kumaran Ira, 19 October 2019

Ahmed Gaid Salah’s military regime has approved a bill to pay off global oil and gas firms by slashing billions of dollars in subsidies for Algerian workers.

Labour leads effort to vote down Johnson’s Brexit deal

By Chris Marsden, 19 October 2019

UK members of parliament will vote today on whether or not to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the European Union.

UK police gain access to details of thousands of men, women and children through government’s Prevent database

By Barry Mason, 19 October 2019

In the three years up to March last year, 21,042 individuals were referred to the Prevent programme, giving the police full access to their private information.

Childhood and adolescent obesity worldwide expected to increase 70 percent by 2030

By Katy Kinner, 19 October 2019

The world’s first “Atlas of Childhood Obesity” predicts steep increases in childhood obesity across the world with low- and middle-income countries most impacted.

Canada’s unions spending millions to re-elect Trudeau’s pro-war, pro-austerity Liberals

By Roger Jordan, 19 October 2019

The unions are presenting the Conservatives as a singular threat to working people, so as to drum up votes for the big business Liberals.

As global economy enters synchronised slowdown

US Federal Reserve starts “quantitative easing forever”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2019

The entire global financial system has become so dependent upon and addicted to the endless supply of ultracheap money that even the slightest move to reduce it threatens to set off a crisis.

An open letter to all members of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 October 2019

Bernhard Kempen is using his position as president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers to defend the right-wing extremist historian Jörg Baberowski.

Join the protest to oppose his extradition to the United States!

Julian Assange to appear Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site urges the widest support for Monday’s demonstration outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London starting at 9 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Indian transport and aircraft manufacturing workers strike

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

19 October 2019

Some 49,000 transport workers in the state of Telangana walked-out in defiance of government threats to their jobs, while more than 20,000 employees of a state-owned defence company took strike action.

Zimbabwe doctors’ six-week strike continues in defiance of courts; German airline cabin crew to walk out Saturday

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 October 2019

Doctors in Zimbabwe are demanding their wages be pegged to the US dollar in the face of runaway inflation while Lufthansa cabin crew plan to strike Saturday over wages.

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 18 October 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city’s demands.

Teachers in rural Colorado strike over low pay

By William Frost, 18 October 2019

Educators in Park County, Colorado have walked out to demand living wages.

Autoworkers denounce UAW deal with GM

By a WSWS reporting team, 18 October 2019

Autoworkers on the General Motors picket lines, at Ford and Fiat Chrysler factories and on social media are denouncing the tentative agreement the United Auto Workers is trying to ram through.

United Steelworkers, unions keep striking Asarco mineworkers in the dark

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 October 2019

Mineworkers at Asarco have immense support from their brothers and sisters in the working class who are willing to fight with them, but the United Steelworkers, Teamsters and other unions are determined to keep them isolated.

US claims “ceasefire” deal in Turkey’s invasion of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2019

After US Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan met Thursday, Turkish officials bragged that Ankara got everything it wanted.

UN official’s briefing on torture of Assange boycotted by US media

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2019

The media silence is a continuation of its complicity in what UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has described as the “public mobbing” of Assange.

Johnson’s Brexit deal faces UK parliamentary vote Saturday

By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2019

As news of the deal emerged Thursday morning, the hard Brexit supporting Jacob Rees-Mogg told parliament that on Saturday there would be a 90-minute debate to either approve a deal or to approve a no-deal exit.

Video report: Britain's postal union suppresses overwhelming vote for strike at Royal Mail

By our reporter, 18 October 2019

A 97 percent strike vote by over 110,000 postal workers in Britain was met with an immediate rebuke by the Communication Workers Union, who declined to set any date for a walkout.

Following terrorist attack in Germany, Jewish community strongly criticises police intervention in Halle

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 18 October 2019

The fact remains that the injured terrorist was able to escape in a car even though the police units were armed and had blocked the road.

Canadian elections: Bloc Québécois champions Quebec chauvinism, law targeting religious minorities

By Louis Girard, 18 October 2019

The Bloc’s enthusiasm for the chauvinist, anti-worker policies of Quebec’s right-wing nationalist CAQ government exposes the monumental fraud of its claim to be the only party that stands for Quebeckers in the current election.

Suicide rates and suicidal behavior rise sharply among American youth

By Trévon Austin, 18 October 2019

The CDC reports that the suicide rate among those aged 10 to 24 years old increased by 56 percent between 2007 and 2017.

Sexual assault scandal shakes New Zealand government

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2019

The Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, last month came under attack in the media over unproven and anonymous allegations of sexual assault by a senior staff member.

UAW sanctions plant closings, expansion of temps in new GM deal

Workers must organize now to defeat the sellout

By Jerry White, 17 October 2019

As details of the UAW-GM tentative contract begin to leak out, it becomes increasingly clear that the UAW has betrayed everything for which workers have fought in the month-long strike.

32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike

By Kristina Betinis, 17 October 2019

Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed “school reform.”

UAW isolates Mack Truck strike as it moves towards sellout at GM

By Tom Hall, 17 October 2019

As at General Motors, a key goal of Mack Truck management is to maintain labor flexibility.

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2019

All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

Spanish government threatens broader crackdown as mass protests escalate in Catalonia

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

Mass protests and street fighting erupted in cities across Catalonia for a third night running yesterday over the fraudulent conviction of 12 Catalan nationalist politicians

A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2019

Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the “ground force” for the American “regime-change” operation in Syria.

Trump defends US pullback in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2019

Amid mounting opposition from within Congress and the military, Trump defended his order to withdraw a small contingent of US special forces from northeastern Syria.

IMF cuts growth forecast and points to rising financial risks

By Nick Beams, 17 October 2019

Significantly, the World Economic Outlook report predicted that growth in four key areas of the global economy—the US, the eurozone, Japan and China—would remain subdued for the next five years.

German defence minister visits Niger and Mali in preparation for massive combat operation in the Sahel

By Gregor Link, 17 October 2019

The German government is preparing to expand its Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) mission in Mali and Niger into a massive combat operation and to extend it indefinitely.

Ukrainian President Zelensky adopts Steinmeier formula amid mass far-right protests

By Clara Weiss, 17 October 2019

Zelensky’s move is part of his maneuvering between European and US imperialism.

British family “emotionally and psychologically destroyed” by detention in US immigration prison

By Norisa Diaz, 17 October 2019

The tragic experience faced by the Connors family is a small glimpse into the horrors faced by those who flee their home countries, undertaking a perilous journey only to be detained, separated, and abused in America’s brutal concentration camps.

Pacific Gas and Electric utility confronts mass outrage a week after Northern California power shutoffs

By Dan Conway, 17 October 2019

During last week’s outage, traffic signals went dark, water was not pumped from ground wells, food spoiled, and medical devices failed to operate.

Continued rise in STDs highlights bipartisan attack on American healthcare system

By Erik Schreiber, 17 October 2019

As the CDC itself implies, the continuing increase in the incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is a scandal and an indictment of both capitalist parties.

Canada’s involvement in US-led war drive against China: An election non-issue

By Roger Jordan, 17 October 2019

A tacit all-party agreement to black out discussion of Canada’s rearmament and involvement in US strategic offensives around the world has been in effect throughout the campaign for the October 21 federal election.

Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 October 2019

The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

The jailing of Catalan nationalists: Spanish government builds a police state

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

The Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing Monday of a dozen Catalan nationalists to a decade in prison for sedition is a politically illegitimate ruling that will live in infamy.

UAW announces tentative agreement with GM, keeping strikers in the dark on contract terms

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

A major factor in the UAW’s move to shut down the month-long walkout is the growing strike wave nationally, which threatens to break the union’s isolation of the GM workers.

As strike wave grows, UAW scrambles to shut down GM walkout and impose sellout contract

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

With the walkouts by Mack-Volvo truck workers and copper miners in Arizona and Texas, and the announcement of an impending strike by 30,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, the UAW is anxious to shut down the GM strike as soon as possible.

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour government

By John Braddock, 16 October 2019

Landlords and property speculators have exploited the housing crisis and the Labour government’s pro-business policies.

Government has no solution to Australia’s water crisis

By Martin Scott, 16 October 2019

Hundreds of thousands in the state of New South Wales face running out of water before the end of next year

IMF meeting confronts “synchronized” global economic slowdown

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2019

Two years ago the global economy was experiencing an upswing with growth in nearly 75 percent of the world economy, but today lower growth is expected in 90 percent of the world.

Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 October 2019

The authorities are using the demonstrations as a test case for future repression of the emerging social and political struggles of the working class.

Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 14 October 2019

A large-scale Middle East war could strangle the world's oil supply and escalate into a war between nuclear-armed powers. The working class is coming face to face with the real possibility of a Third World War.

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers

Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

If the month-long strike is to be won, autoworkers must take the fight into their own hands, end the isolation imposed by the UAW, and fight for an industry-wide shutdown.

“It’s like the UAW is management:” GM strikers speak out as union moves towards sellout

By Tom Hall, 14 October 2019

Reporting teams for the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke to striking GM workers throughout Southeast Michigan over the weekend, as news emerged that the UAW is preparing to move towards a tentative agreement to shut down the four-week strike and enforce concessions.

As GM strike enters fifth week, Mack Truck-Volvo workers launch first strike in more than 35 years

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2019

The two American automotive strikes are part of an international movement of the working class against austerity, including 70,000 auto parts workers in Mexico and rolling strikes at GM’s South Korean plants.

Large Berlin solidarity protests against anti-Semitism and right-wing terrorism.

By our reporters, 14 October 2019

This weekend’s protests underscored, once again, the widespread opposition that exists to the return of fascism in Germany.

Wildfires and forced blackouts lead to multiple deaths in California

By Evan Blake, 14 October 2019

In total, Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to over 700,000 homes or businesses in two phases last Wednesday and Thursday, likely equivalent to over two million people.

Mass arrests continue in London and other cities in global Extinction Rebellion protests

By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2019

By Sunday afternoon, police had arrested 1,309 protesters in London, more than were arrested in the first wave of demonstrations in April.

Nationalists win parliamentary elections in Kosovo

By Markus Salzmann, 14 October 2019

The turnout of just 44 percent shows that the majority of the population rejects the policies of the narrow layer that runs the country.

Trump backs China’s handling of Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2019

Trump’s comments demonstrate that US imperialism, far from defending democratic rights, cynically and selectively exploits “human rights” as the means for prosecuting its own interests.

Conflict erupts over European Central Bank’s return to “quantitative easing”

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2019

According to initial reports of the September meeting, as many as nine members of the 25-member governing council opposed the ECB's decision to return to “quantitative easing.”