16 October 2018

Dozens missing in Hurricane Michael as death toll rises

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2018

President Trump’s visit to the devastated area Monday was a cynical and empty display, under conditions where there will be little federal aid to rebuild the region.

Death toll from Hurricane Michael continues to climb

Hurricane Michael brings death, devastation to US Southeast

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

While Trump’s remarks are absurd, the hypocrisy of his critics in American ruling circles, given their long support for the murderous Saud regime, is staggering.

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder
Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

Murder in Istanbul

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the hypocrisy of the New York Times

Bavaria state election delivers major blow to Germany’s grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 15 October 2018

The election held Sunday reveals the broad hostility to the right-wing politics of the federal government.

A quarter-million protest in Berlin against the grand coalition and the return of fascism

Liberal newsweekly Die Zeit defends far-right publishers at Frankfurt Book Fair

Hitler’s resurrection in Germany

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

Amazon workers have reported to the International Amazon Workers Voice that the pay changes have been accompanied by a general “tightening up” of the tyrannical internal regime in the warehouses.

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

By Marcus Day, 16 October 2018

The vote is a further demonstration of workers’ determination to fight back against decades of declining wages, benefits, and working conditions.

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Rank-and-file steelworkers must begin to mobilize now to demand time to study and discuss the full contract before any vote on this latest sellout deal.

Washington state Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as “arbitrary and racially biased”

By Kate Randall, 16 October 2018

The ruling invalidating the state’s 37-year-old death penalty law makes Washington the latest in a string of states in recent years to abandon capital punishment.

Slashing of welfare spending forces millions into poverty in UK

By Dennis Moore, 16 October 2018

Half of the cuts will come from the freezing of working age benefits that has occurred since 2016, and will deliver cuts of nearly £16 billion.

“National crisis” facing UK National Health Service as deficits grow

By Ben Trent, 16 October 2018

The budget deficits are the outcome of a systemic attack on a public health service provider with the intent of bringing the 70-year-old institution into private hands.

As Pakistan seeks IMF bailout, US intensifies pressure on Islamabad

By Sampath Perera, 16 October 2018

Washington has served notice that it intends to leverage Pakistan’s current account crisis to disrupt Islamabad’s economic and strategic partnership with China

Australian Labor Party leader vows to cut taxes for the rich

By Mike Head, 16 October 2018

The handouts to business and high-income households demonstrate the fraud of Labor’s claims to be tackling “fairness.”

Australia: Hutchinson pushes cuts to waterfront workers’ wages and conditions

By Terry Cook, 16 October 2018

The Maritime Union of Australia has cleared the way for the latest attacks by collaborating in the destruction of jobs, wages and conditions for decades.

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Italia: l'arresto del sindaco di Riace provoca proteste

Allison Smith, 16 ottobre 2018

L'arresto di Domenico Lucano, il sindaco di Riace, in Calabria, ha scatenato proteste pro-immigrati in tutta Italia.

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Un quart de million de manifestants à Berlin contre la grande coalition et le retour du fascisme

Ulrich Rippert, 16 octobre 2018

Près de 250 000 personnes ont manifesté samedi à Berlin contre le racisme et la chasse aux sorcières contre les immigrés du parti d’extrême droite Alternative pour l’Allemagne et la politique réactionnaire du gouvernement de grande coalition.

Purge des médias de gauche par Facebook : un assaut direct sur la liberté d’expression

Andre Damon, 16 octobre 2018

L’acte du monopole de média social en supprimant les pages de nouvelles de gauche suivies par de millions partisans, est la dernière étape dans une conspiration de l’État et les géants de la technologie pour censurer Internet.

Les puissances américaine et européennes menacent le prince héritier saoudien après l’assassinat de Khashoggi

Alex Lantier, 16 octobre 2018

La preuve que l’allié le plus proche des américains au Moyen-Orient arabe a assassiné un journaliste bien connu révèle la criminalité de toute l’aristocratie financière mondiale.

Mélenchon recycle une frange du PS dans la France insoumise

Francis Dubois, 16 octobre 2018

Face à la déroute du PS, la fraction des «frondeurs» dans l’ex-majorité parlementaire PS a décidé que le moment était venu de rejoindre la France insoumise.

Macron prépare la casse du statut des fonctionnaires

Jacques Valentin, 16 octobre 2018

Les mesures contenues dans le rapport du Comité Action Publique 22 restent à l’ordre du jour, même s’il n’a finalement pas été rendu public.

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Facebook zensiert linke Medien: Ein Frontalangriff auf die Meinungsfreiheit

Andre Damon, 16. Oktober 2018

Die Entfernung linker Nachrichtenseiten mit Millionen von Anhängern durch den Social-Media-Monopolisten ist der jüngste Schritt bei der Verschwörung des Staates und der Technologieriesen, um das Internet zu zensieren.

Italien: Salvini will Migranten aus Riace deportieren

Marianne Arens, 16. Oktober 2018

Die rechtsextreme Lega-M5S-Regierung hat angeordnet, alle Geflüchteten abzuholen, die in dem kalabrischen „Dorf der Gastfreundschaft“ Zuflucht gefunden haben.

Salvini und Le Pen treten in Rom für ein neofaschistisches Europa ein

Francis Dubois und Alex Lantier, 16. Oktober 2018

Zu Unrecht präsentieren sich die beiden neo-faschistischen Führer als Verteidiger der Völker Europas. Sie nutzen dabei den Umstand, dass die sozialdemokratischen und pseudolinken Parteien die EU-Sparpolitik durchsetzen.

Video der Unteilbar-Demo in Berlin: „Der Schoß ist fruchtbar noch aus dem das kroch“

unseren Reportern, 16. Oktober 2018

Am Samstag demonstrierten fast 250.000 Menschen gegen Rechtsextremismus und die Politik der Großen Koalition durch Berlin. Reporter der WSWS sprachen mit Teilnehmern des Protests.

Ecuador stellt Julian Assanges Kommunikations- und Besuchsmöglichkeiten teilweise wieder her

James Cogan, 16. Oktober 2018

Ecuadors Entscheidung bedeutet weder ein Ende der Gefahr, in der sich Assange befindet, noch das Ende seiner faktischen Gefangenschaft in dem kleinen Botschaftsgebäude in London.

80 Jahre Vierte Internationale: Die Lehren aus der Geschichte und der Kampf für den Sozialismus heute

David North, 16. Oktober 2018

Den folgenden Vortrag hielt David North, der Leiter der internationalen Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site, am 7. Oktober 2018 auf einer gut besuchten Veranstaltung in Colombo, zu der die Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) eingeladen hatte.

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La purga de medios izquierdistas en Facebook: un ataque frontal contra la libre expresión

Por Andre Damon, 16 octubre 2018

La eliminación por parte del monopolio informático de páginas izquierdistas de noticias con millones de seguidores es el último paso de una conspiración del Estado y los gigantes tecnológicos para censurar el Internet.

Se avecina otra catástrofe financiera

Por Nick Beams, 16 octubre 2018

Dos informes preparados por el FMI para su reunión semestral se enfocan en los crecientes problemas de la economía global y el sistema financiero.

Las potencias europeas y los EUA amenazan al príncipe heredero saudí después del asesinato de Khashoggi

Por Alex Lantier, 16 octubre 2018

Pruebas de que el estrecho aliado estadounidense en el Medio Oriente asesinó a un famoso periodista expone la criminalidad de toda la aristocracia financiera global.

La desaparición del periodista saudí Jamal Khashoggi y la hipocresía del New York Times

Por Jordan Shilton, 16 octubre 2018

Si es cierto, el asesinato de Khashoggi se sumaría a una larga lista de crímenes salvajes llevados a cabo por el régimen saudí, muy pocos de los cuales han preocupado al Times.

Washington presiona a Centroamérica para que se militarice y se aleja de China

Por Andrea Lobo, 16 octubre 2018

Siendo los inmigrantes su objetivo inicial, la militarización tiene como últimos objetivos la supresión de cualquier desafío desde abajo y convertir a Centroamérica en un campo de batalla estadounidense contra otras “grandes potencias”.

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Perspective

Striking hotel workers starved on meager or no strike pay
The multi-billion-dollar business of American trade unions

16 October 2018

Hotel workers currently on strike in the US are getting meager or no strike pay, meted out by “unions” that are in fact businesses—cheap labor contractors run by well-paid corporate managers.

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Featured Commentary

Former first lady Michelle Obama declares George W. Bush “my partner in crime”

By Nick Barrickman, 16 October 2018

Bush is guilty of war crimes of the highest order, but they are crimes that the entire political establishment supports and is pledged to continue.

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

By Eric London, 13 October 2018

The New York Times’ Alexis Grenell denounces white women for upholding the “patriarchy”

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 6
The Trial and Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz—An early Stalinist frame-up on film and the Nuremberg tribunal against the Nazis

By Joanne Laurier, 16 October 2018

Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary The Trial treats the so-called Industrial Party Trial in the USSR in 1930. The last surviving Nuremberg Trials (1945-1946) prosecutor is the subject of Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz .

Mack the Knife—Brecht’s Threepenny Film: The famed “play with music,” and the controversies surrounding it, brought to life

History of the Fourth International

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka

12 October 2018

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

David North, the chairperson of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, will be speaking in the United States this fall to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

SEP holds campaign rally at FCA Warren Stamping plant
Autoworkers welcome SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By Tim Rivers, 15 October 2018

Watch: Live Q&A on the CIA Democrats, with Niles Niemuth and Patrick Martin

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth and WSWS writer Patrick Martin answered questions from Facebook commenters at this live event on October 13. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in the next live discussion. Buy the pamphlet on the CIA Democrats here.

Debbie Dingell: A candidate of wealth and privilege

9 October 2018

Niles Niemuth lays out socialist perspective on healthcare, immigration and more at televised forum

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Commentary

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2018

Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post

The US military’s vision for state censorship

More on internet censorship »

Another financial earthquake in the making

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2018

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The New York Times laments the exit of Nikki Haley

The case of Sydney Schanberg
How the NY Times shielded Trump and the Manhattan real estate mafia

More on US politics »

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995-97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 4: The SEP, the unions and the pseudo-left

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 11 October 2018

To defeat the social counter-revolution spearheaded by Ford, workers need to build new organizations of struggle in political and organizational opposition to the pro-capitalist unions and NDP.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

Canada: Workers need a socialist program to fight the right-wing populist danger

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 9 October 2018

Book review

Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: A prescient warning of the danger of nuclear war

By Kevin Martinez, 13 October 2018

The famous whistleblower of the “Pentagon Papers” provides a disturbing and timely memoir of his days preparing nuclear war policies for the Pentagon.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 October 2018

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

Widespread opposition to Teamsters’ override of UPS workers’ contract rejection

By our reporters, 15 October 2018

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

By our reporters, 13 October 2018

Sri Lankan tea estate workers step up demands for higher pay

By M. Thevarajah, 13 October 2018

Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Obituary

Carl Cooley: 1927-2018

By Fred Mazelis, 12 October 2018

Cooley, a former autoworker and high school and college teacher, had considered himself a socialist for most of his adult life. He was the US SEP’s congressional candidate in Maine in the 2004 election.

25 years ago: Benazir Bhutto begins second term as Pakistan prime minister

After two weeks of political maneuvering following Pakistan’s general election, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party won the endorsement of parliament October 20, 1993 to become the country’s prime minister.

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50 years ago: US Olympic medalists protest during the national anthem

On October 16, 1968 two African American Olympic athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists during the United States national anthem after winning gold and bronze in the 200-meter dash.

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75 years ago: Allied conference prepares to repress working class

On October 18, 1943, British Foreign Affairs Secretary Anthony Eden, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to discuss proposals for Allied strategy in the war against Germany.

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100 years ago: Germany accepts Wilson’s armistice

On October 20, 1918, the new German government of Prince Max of Baden accepted the terms of a military armistice offered by US President Woodrow Wilson.

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IYSSE

Open letter by students condemns right-wing offensive at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 11 October 2018

Student organisations from Humboldt University and across Germany published an open letter denouncing the cooperation of the university administration with the far right and its attacks on students’ social and democratic rights.

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

By the IYSSE at UIC, 11 October 2018

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 2018

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 31 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Build rank-and-file committees to unify struggles against austerity in France!

By the Socialist Equality Party (France), 9 October 2018

Workers face the choice between President Emmanuel Macron’s social counterrevolution and a revolutionary struggle to bring down the Macron government.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Public Meetings:
The fight to drive out the right-wing from the Labour Party and the struggle for socialism

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

International Amazon Workers Voice

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

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History

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 21 June 2018

We are posting the new preface written by David North for the soon to be released thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

Defend Julian Assange!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.