8 August 2018

No money for wages, schools, health care, but…
Stock buybacks will hit $1 trillion in 2018

By Barry Grey, 8 August 2018

Trillions are being squandered on inflating stock prices and the fortunes of the CEOs and big investors, while the real wages of US workers continue to decline.

Bankruptcy filings surge among older Americans
Dwindling income, medical bills, debt push seniors into financial ruin

Trump administration plans to limit citizenship for 20 million legal immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 August 2018

The move is an attack on the working class as a whole and presages intensified efforts to slash funding for social programs upon which millions rely.

ICE tears apart immigrant families in Wisconsin

Berkeley police encourage harassment of anti-fascist protesters

By David Brown, 8 August 2018

The personal information of protesters arrested on Sunday was quickly released by police in a blatant attack on democratic rights.

Portland police attack anti-fascist counter-protesters at neo-fascist rally

Trump menaces the world over Iran sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2018

Under the banner of “peace,” the US is preparing for trade war and war—not only against Iran, but against all potential rivals, including its European and Asian allies.

US launches economic war on Iran, roils Mideast and world geopolitics

Mass protest led by Druze against Israel’s Nation State law

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2018

The demonstration was reported to be around 150,000 strong, making it the largest-ever Druze rally.

Israel’s Nation-State Law and the dead end of Zionism

UK: Haringey Development Vehicle scheme scrapped, but social cleansing threat remains

By Paul Bond, 8 August 2018

The scheme would have seen the demolition of 1,400 council houses and their replacement by luxury developments and supposedly “affordable” properties.

UK: Unite suspends strike action on Sheffield Supertram to recommend sellout deal

By Tony Robson, 8 August 2018

The full details of the revised deal will not be disclosed publicly until the result of the ballot has been announced, but it amounts to a meagre 4 pence increase on the original offer.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation rams through sellout pay deal

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 8 August 2018

The union is trying to present the agreement, which fails to address the crisis in the public health system, as a victory.

The fight to defend jobs and the lessons of the 1972 Lordstown strike

By Carl Bronski, 8 August 2018

An examination of the strike at Lordstown in 1972 sheds further light on how the union has acted, alongside management, to suppress the strivings of workers for decent jobs and conditions.

GM threatens plant shutdowns and layoffs as car sales fall

Mobilize the working class behind Indiana autoworkers
Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers: Form a rank-and-file strike committee to fight for jobs and safety!

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arizona teachers return to classrooms with limited gains and broken promises

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2018

In the aftermath of the largest statewide walkout last spring, Arizona teachers are still facing a battle for decent wages and education funding.

Five months after strike, West Virginia teachers say “nothing has changed”

New Orleans mayor refers to residents as “bad actors” amid looming water cut-offs

By Aaron Murch, 8 August 2018

The utility shut-offs are being implemented despite months of criticisms and complaints from residents stemming from incorrect billing and other irregularities.

Pittsburgh train derailment points to failing infrastructure

By Samuel Davidson, 8 August 2018

A freight train derailed in downtown Pittsburgh with freight cars and debris landing less than 100 feet from a light-rail and bus station where passengers were waiting.

Faulty vaccines spark public outrage in China

By Gary Alvernia, 8 August 2018

The scandal is the result of cost-cutting measures aimed at boosting profits and subordination of healthcare to the capitalist system.

Australia: Telstra seeks to slash wages after announcing massive job cuts

By Terry Cook, 8 August 2018

The communications company is pushing a new enterprise agreement containing wage rises well below rapidly rising inflation.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Японские войска высаживаются во Владивостоке

8 августа 2018 г.

Более 12 тысяч японских солдат высадились во Владивостоке, расположенном всего в 127 км127 км от Северной Кореи, которую японцы оккупировали в 1895 году. Это было частью Сибирской экспедиции стран Антанты.

New in Turkish

İran’a ekonomik savaş başlatan ABD, Ortadoğu ve dünya jeopolitikasını karıştırıyor

Keith Jones, 8 Ağustos 2018

Donald Trump, Pazartesi günü, ABD’nin İran nükleer anlaşmasının parçası olarak Ocak 2016’da askıya alınmış olan kapsamlı ekonomik yaptırımlarını yeniden uygulamaya koyan bir başkanlık kararnamesini imzaladı.

Lafarge soruşturması, ABD ile Fransa’nın Suriye’de IŞİD’le işbirliğini açığa vuruyor

Francis Dubois, 8 Ağustos 2018

İnşaat firması Lafarge’a, Irak ve Şam İslam Devleti (IŞİD) ile bağları üzerinden “terörizmi finanse etme” suçlamaları temelinde açılan soruşturmalar, Fransız egemen seçkinlerinin ve NATO’nun siyasi caniliğine ışık tutuyor.

Venezuela Devlet Başkanı Maduro, “suikast girişimi”nden sağcı muhalefeti sorumlu tuttu

Alexander Fangmann, 8 Ağustos 2018

Maduro’nun büyük farkla zafer kazanmasına rağmen, seçimler, Venezuelalı işçilerin, siyasi sisteme yönelik kitlesel hoşnutsuzluğuna sahne oldu ki bu rekor düzeydeki düşük katılıma yansıdı.

New in French

Les États-Unis lancent une guerre économique contre l’Iran

Keith Jones, 8 août 2018

Lundi, Donald Trump a signé un décret présidentiel qui imposeà nouveau des sanctions contre l’Iran qui étaient suspendues depuis la conclusion de l’accord nucléaire iranien en 2016.

Washington s’allie avec Daech : la guerre pour dominer l’Eurasie l’emporte sur « la guerre contre le terrorisme »

Bill Van Auken, 8 août 2018

Dans trois pays où les forces américaines combattent, le Pentagone et ses représentants locaux s’allient avec Daech et Al-Qaïda pour faire valoir leurs intérêts stratégiques.

Le syndicat des Teamsters maintient en poste 240.000 travailleurs d’UPS en dépit de l’expiration de leur convention collective

Will Morrow, 8 août 2018

Le syndicat est conscient de l’opposition généralisée à l’accord proposé et cherche à gagner du temps pour fatiguer les travailleurs et leur imposer le contrat de travail demandé par l’entreprise.

New in German

Großmachtkonflikt schlägt „Krieg gegen den Terror“: Washington verbündet sich mit IS

Bill Van Auken, 8. August 2018

In mindestens drei Ländern, in denen US-Streitkräfte an Kampfhandlungen beteiligt sind, verbünden sich das Pentagon und seine lokalen Vertreter mit IS und Al Qaida, um strategische Interessen zu verfolgen.

US-Wirtschaftskrieg gegen den Iran versetzt den Nahen Osten und die internationale Politik in Aufruhr

Keith Jones, 8. August 2018

Am Montag hat Trump per Dekret die umfassenden Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen den Iran wieder in Kraft gesetzt, die im Jahr 2016 im Rahmen des Atomabkommens abgeschafft worden waren.

Präsident von Ecuador droht erneut Julian Assange

Mike Head, 8. August 2018

Morenos Gerede über Assanges angebliche „Einmischung“ in die Politik anderer Länder ist absurd und dient nur dazu, den Journalisten an die Kriegsverbrecher in Washington und London auszuliefern.

Ryanair vor neuen Streiks

Marianne Arens, 8. August 2018

In der größten Streikwelle der 34-jährigen Geschichte von Ryanair planen Piloten und Kabinen-Crews in mehreren Ländern weitere Arbeitsniederlegungen. Doch die Gewerkschaften wollen die Ausbeutungsbedingungen nur tariflich festschreiben.

New in Spanish

Washington se alía con el Estado Islámico al anteponer el conflicto entre potencias a la “guerra contra el terrorismo”

Por Bill Van Auken, 8 agosto 2018

En al menos tres países donde las fuerzas estadounidenses realizan operaciones de combate, el Pentágono y las milicias que financia se están aliando con el Estado Islámico y Al Qaeda en busca de sus intereses estratégicos.

En medio de la creciente indignación de los trabajadores, el sindicato Teamsters da a conocer el acuerdo de contrato tentativo con UPS Freight

Por Evan Blake, 8 agosto 2018

Negando lo que afirman los Teamsters, el contrato propuesto de UPS Freight se basa en sustanciales recortes en los estándares de vida y las condiciones de trabajo.

La policía de Portland ataca a los contra-manifestantes antifascistas en un mitin neofascista

Por Alec Andersen, 8 agosto 2018

La policía, ataviada con antidisturbios, usó granadas de concusión y gas pimienta en un ataque contra un grupo de manifestantes antifascistas, golpeándolos con porras y arrestando a cuatro.

Muerte de dos trabajadores escolares por explosión desencadena huelga masiva en Buenos Aires

Por Andrea Lobo, 8 agosto 2018

Mientras que los docentes ven el trágico evento como evidencia de la necesidad de unir sus luchas con las de otros trabajadores, los sindicatos están buscando encauzarlas detrás de la política burguesa.

Portugal: dimite dirigente del Bloque de Izquierdas por su fortuna debida a la especulación inmobiliaria

Por Paul Mitchell, 8 agosto 2018

Todo el asunto que rodea a Robles revela que, una vez más, la hipócrita naturaleza egoísta del electorado de la clase media alta que forma la base social de la pseudoizquierda.

Llamamiento a neofascistas sobre escándalo policial revela el papel reaccionario de Francia Insumisa

Por Francois Dubois, 8 agosto 2018

Francia Insumisa está avanzando una política populista y antitrabajador compatible con la represión policial.

New in Norwegian

Ecuadors president kommer med ny trussel mot Julian Assange

Mike Head, 7. august 2018

Morenos trusler om å «treffe tiltak» om Assange «intervenerer» i andre lands politikk er et bedragersk forsøk på å rettferdiggjøre overlevering av journalisten til krigsforbryterne i Washington og London.

Washington allierer seg med ISIS der stormaktkonflikt trumfer «krigen mot terror»

Bill Van Auken, 7. august 2018

I minst tre land der amerikanske styrker er engasjert i krigsoperasjoner allierer Pentagon og deres lokale proxy-er seg med ISIS og al-Qaida i forfølgelsen av strategiske interesser.

New in Arabic

المجلس العسكري المصري یمد حالة الطوارئ ويسيطر على وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعیة

٢٢ تموز يوليو ٢٠١٨

بعد خمس سنوات من الانقلاب العسكري الذي وقع في 3 یولیو / تموز 2013 ضد الرئیس الإخواني محمد مرسي والمذبحة التي راح ضحیتها أكثر من 1000 تابعا له في شوارع القاهرة ، یقوم النظام العسكري للدكتاتور عبد الفتاح السیسي ، المدعوم من القوى الغربية ، بتكثیف إرهابه المعادي للثورة.

New in Italian

Cos’è la “nostra democrazia”?

Eric London, 31 luglio 2018

Al centro dell'isteria anti-russa guidata dal Partito Democratico è l'affermazione che la Russia e il suo presidente, Vladimir Putin, minacciano la “nostra democrazia”.

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Perspective

The Ryanair strike and the resurgence of international class struggle

8 August 2018

The class struggle is reaching a higher stage of development, posing strategic issues before every section of the international working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Video

“What we need is a socialist program!”

Shannon Allen, a homeless Amazon worker who lives in her car in the Amazon parking lot, was recently featured in a political ad for Bernie Sanders. But she has more to say than what was included by the Sanders team...

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

Socialist Equality Party (US) holds Fifth National Congress

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
Free Julian Assange!

Preface to the Russian edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky

By Vladimir Volkov, 2 August 2018

Understanding the role Leon Trotsky played in the twentieth century is fundamental to the revival of the heritage of Marxism in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and to the fight to build the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Commentary

The New York Times defends Sarah Jeong after racist tweets come to light

By Hiram Lee, 8 August 2018

After a series of anti-white tweets by reporter Sarah Jeong emerged online, the New York Times and the pseudo-left came to her defense.

Bernie Sanders holds rallies to prop up the Democratic Party in Michigan

Politics in bad faith: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in Michigan

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2018

Class exploitation and the market: The secret of the $1 trillion corporation

Why did New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger meet with Trump?

By E.P. Milligan, 6 August 2018

Who is UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada?

By Tim Rivers, 6 August 2018

More on the attack on immigrants »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

The New York Times and the specter of socialism

By Niles Niemuth, 8 August 2018

Democratic Party pundit Michael Tomasky this week offered “friendly advice” to the ruling class on how it can block growing interest in socialism among students and workers.

“You have a perspective from the working man, not from the corporate media”
Workers and young people speak to SEP campaigners at Sanders rallies in southeast Michigan

By Tom Hall, 6 August 2018

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP establishes Ann Arbor election campaign committee for Michigan’s 12th congressional district

Socialist candidate for Congress Niles Niemuth submits thousands of signatures for ballot access in Michigan

By our reporter, 19 July 2018

No challenge filed to Socialist Equality Party candidate’s nominating petition in Michigan

Notes from the campaign trail
SEP volunteers in Michigan speak on powerful support from workers for a socialist perspective

Socialist Equality Party to run Niles Niemuth for Michigan’s 12th Congressional district

Workers Struggles

Amid growing outrage from workers, Teamsters release sellout UPS Freight contract agreement

By Evan Blake, 7 August 2018

Construction workers building UPS super-hub in Indianapolis walk off job

The way forward for UPS workers

More on the struggle at UPS »

Following IAWV exposure at Texas warehouse
More Amazon workers speak out against atrocious working conditions

By Evan Cohen, 3 August 2018

Arts Review

Jazz goes country—the music of Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2018

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story—“Do good anyway. … Think big anyway. … Build anyway”

By Joanne Laurier, 6 August 2018

#MeToo turns deadly
Opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter blames #MeToo witch-hunt for her husband’s suicide

By David Walsh, 3 August 2018

25 years ago: Coalition government in Japan excludes former ruling party

On August 9, 1993, an eight-party coalition government was formed in Japan, without the Liberal Democratic Party, which had ruled in Tokyo continuously for the previous 38 years.

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50 years ago: Nine coal miners killed in an explosion in Greenville, Kentucky

On August 7, 1968 an explosion inside the River Queen No. 1 Coal Mine killed nine men who had been working under the surface.

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75 years ago: Soviet troops launch offensive against German forces

On August 7, 1943, Russian troops launched a significant military offensive against German troops in the Smolensk and Bryansk regions of the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Japanese troops land in Vladivostok

Over 12,000 Japanese troops poured into the Siberian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific, only about 80 miles (127 km) north of Korea, which the Japanese had occupied in 1895, as a part of the Allied Siberian expedition.

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NHS Fightback

NHS trade unions’ “best deal in eight years” revealed as a fraud

By Ajanta Silva, 4 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds public meetings opposing “foreign interference” laws

By our reporters, 4 August 2018

The meetings were the only events to warn of the anti-democratic implications of the legislation, and place it in the context of the preparations for war with China.

SEP (Australia) holds Sydney meeting against new “foreign interference” laws

Sri Lankan SEP member Mohamdiramlage Chandrasiri (1955–2018)

By Wimal Fernando, 19 July 2018

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

Defend Julian Assange!

Ecuador’s president issues new threat to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

Moreno’s threats to “take measures” if Assange “intervenes” in the politics of other countries is a fraudulent attempt to justify turning the journalist over to the war criminals in Washington and London.

Julian Assange’s lawyer: Australian government has a “duty” to protect him

By Mike Head, 2 August 2018

Ecuador’s president ready to allow Julian Assange to be extradited to US

By Mike Head, 31 July 2018

Julian Assange and the betrayal of Latin America’s “left”

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

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 25 July 2018

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

By James Cogan, 19 June 2018

Bringing Julian Assange Home

By John Pilger, 19 June 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Twenty-five years since the death of Joy Gardner

By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2018

Behind the actions of the police officers involved, Joy’s killing was the result of deliberate government policy.

The killing of Joy Gardner: A Workers Inquiry is needed

By the International Communist Party (July 1 1995), 28 July 2018

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing here the July 1, 1995 statement by the International Communist Party—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)—calling for the formation of a Workers’ Inquiry into the death of Jamaican mother Joy Gardner.

Featured Video

Coby Day: Hundreds memorialize fallen Detroit autoworker Jacoby Hennings

Friends and family of Jacoby Hennings (1995 - 2017) want answers about the circumstances surrounding the young autoworker's death at Ford's Woodhaven stamping plant.

International Committee of the Fourth International

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.

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

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.

History

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.