9 December 2018

France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2018

The French president’s attempts to staunch the protests through a combination of phony concessions and state violence have clearly failed.

French government threatens bloody crackdown on “yellow vest” protest

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

Mobilize the working class against Macron!

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

“A serious fightback will only develop through action initiated by the rank-and-file workers”
GM Oshawa workers speak out against plant closure

By A WSWS reporting team, 8 December 2018

WSWS reporters visited GM’s Oshawa plant in Ontario Wednesday to discuss the company’s plan to close the plant and how workers can fight back.

“The fight against plant closures should be seen as a fight of all workers”
Students across the US declare their support for autoworkers

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 8 December 2018

IYSSE members spoke with students around the United States about the struggle of autoworkers against the corporations and trade unions.

Lordstown, Ohio workers condemn GM’s planned factory closures

Ohio autoworkers back fight against plant closures

“We stand with you because all of us are in the same fight”
US autoworkers express class solidarity with French workers

Video: Attend the December 9 meeting in Detroit to oppose the GM plant closures!

More on autoworkers issues »

Sri Lankan plantation strike: Abbotsleigh workers march to demand action committees and socialist policies

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

Yesterday’s march was organised by an action committee of Abbotsleigh Estate workers, following political interventions by the Socialist Equality Party.

Sri Lankan plantation workers launch indefinite strike for 100 percent pay rise

Teachers strike in South Australia and Tasmania

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 December 2018

The Australian Education Union is seeking to divide the struggles and push through sell-out enterprise agreements in both states.

As Dow drops another 560 points
Wall Street Journal warns of stock “stampede”

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2018

The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.

Huawei executive Meng’s arrest sparks market turbulence

In another shot across the White House’s bow
Mueller lauds former Trump lawyer Cohen for providing “useful and relevant” information

By Barry Grey, 8 December 2018

The central concern of the Democrats is to force Trump to assume an even more belligerent and aggressive posture toward Moscow.

Special Counsel sentencing memo on Flynn increases pressure on Trump

Sudden closure of for-profit Education Corporation of America leaves 20,000 students without an education

By Adam Mclean, 8 December 2018

One of the largest for-profit colleges in the United States, ECA abruptly announced this week that they would shut down operations at almost all locations, following their disaccreditation on Tuesday.

New York University faculty defends academic freedom against NYU’s ties to UAE

By Josh Varlin, 8 December 2018

NYU faculty closed a December 3 meeting by overwhelmingly supporting a resolution supporting the creation of an independent faculty committee to defend academic freedom.

Still no justice as phase one of Grenfell Tower fire inquiry closes

By Paul Bond, 8 December 2018

The inquiry was never intended to bring the guilty to justice and is being overseen and directed by the very capitalist state apparatus and its political representatives that are responsible for turning Grenfell Tower into a death trap.

UK: University and College Union seeks to demobilise pay dispute

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 8 December 2018

The UCU, past masters at isolating and demobilising struggles over pay and job losses, finally authorised a token pay strike at the end of November—at just six institutions.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Итальянские евреи депортированы в Освенцим

8 декабря 2018 г.

6 декабря 1943 года 246 евреев были отправлены поездом из Милана и Вероны в Освенцим.

New in Turkish

Fransa’daki gösteriler ve küresel sınıf mücadelesi

Alex Lantier, 8 Aralık 2018

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, Fransa’daki işçileri ve gençleri, her işyerinde, mahallede ve okulda derhal taban komiteleri kurmaya çağırıyor.

Almanya’daki Sol Parti, “Sarı Yelek” protestolarını topa tutuyor

Peter Schwarz, 8 Aralık 2018

Fransa sokaklarına dökülen “Sarı Yelekliler”, yalnızca Paris hükümeti içinde değil ama Almanya’daki Sol Parti’nin Berlin genel merkezinde de paniğe neden olmuş durumdalar.

Fransa’daki “Sarı Yelek” protestoları ve Jean-Luc Mélenchon'un kapitalizm yanlısı popülizmi

Alex Lantier, 8 Aralık 2018

Fransa Devlet Başkanı Emmanuel Macron’a karşı patlak veren kitlesel protestolar, onlarca yıl boyunca Avrupa “solu” olarak geçinen yozlaşmış, küçük burjuva Marksizm karşıtlarının iflasını hızla teşhir ediyor.

New in Spanish

Las manifestaciones en Francia y la lucha de clases global

Alex Lantier, 8 diciembre 2018

En su enfrentamiento con la brutal represión de Macron, los trabajadores y estudiantes en Francia que luchan contra la austeridad y la desigualdad deben orientarse a la clase obrera internacional.

Protestas en Francia provocan llamados en la prensa a censurar Facebook

Andre Damon, 8 diciembre 2018

Secciones de la prensa francesa y estadounidense han utilizado las manifestaciones de los “chalecos amarillos” para exigir directamente la supresión de la oposición popular en las redes sociales.

A instancias de Washington
Canadá arresta a alta ejecutiva china por “infringir sanciones”

Keith Jones y Roger Jordan, 8 diciembre 2018

El arresto y la extradición pendiente a EUA de Meng Wanzhou constituyen una provocación diplomática y geopolítica que ha efectivamente volado a pedazos la “tregua” en la guerra comercial entre EUA y China en menos de una semana.

El nuevo presidente de México concederá amnistía a aquellos que lucraron de corrupción

Don Knowland, 8 diciembre 2018

López Obraor ha retrocedido una de sus principales promesas de campaña.

New in French

Les manifestations en France et la lutte des classes dans le monde

Alex Lantier, 8 décembre 2018

Devant la répression brutale lancée par Macron, les travailleurs et les étudiants qui luttent contre l’austérité et les inégalités en France doivent se tourner vers la classe ouvrière internationale.

Le populisme pro-capitaliste de Jean-Luc Mélenchon mis au grand jour par le mouvement des Gilets Jaunes

Alex Lantier, 8 décembre 2018

L’attaque du socialisme par Jean-Luc Mélenchon et sa proclamation de l’insignifiance politique de la classe ouvrière montrent son hostilité à la colère sociale montante des travailleurs.

Le parti de gauche allemand dénonce les Gilets Jaunes

Peter Schwarz, 8 décembre 2018

Le Parti de gauche est instinctivement hostile à tout mouvement social qui n’est pas contrôlé et tenu en échec par les syndicats.

A la demande de Washington
Le Canada arrête un cadre supérieur chinois pour «violation des sanctions»

Keith Jones et Roger Jordan, 8 décembre 2018

À la demande de Washington, les autorités canadiennes ont arrêté un cadre supérieur de Huawei Technologies, le géant chinois des télécommunications, pour violation présumée des sanctions économiques américaines contre l'Iran.

Le président équatorien évoque à nouveau des mesures visant à revenir sur l’asile de Julian Assange

James Cogan, 8 décembre 2018

La lutte pour la liberté d’Assange est une question de principe politique fondamentale

Les chrétiens-démocrates allemands élisent un nouveau dirigeant

Peter Schwarz, 8 décembre 2018

Les trois candidats s’affronteront pour voir qui peut faire évoluer vers la droite l’ancienne politique de la chancelière.

Le président sri-lankais utilise l’état d’urgence pour diriger le gouvernement

W.A. Sunil, 8 décembre 2018

Les actions autocratiques de Sirisena sont un autre signe dangereux que des formes dictatoriales de gouvernement sont en préparation au Sri Lanka.

La police et les tribunaux appliquent la loi de Trudeau qui criminalise la grève à Postes Canada

Roger Jordan, 8 décembre 2018

La nouvelle escalade de l’assaut de l’État sur les travailleurs des postes démontre que pour s’opposer aux emplois précaires, aux conditions de travail dangereuses et à la baisse des salaires réels, les postiers et la classe ouvrière doivent mener une lutte politique.

New in German

Die Proteste in Frankreich und der globale Klassenkampf

Alex Lantier, 8. Dezember 2018

Arbeiter und Studenten müssen sich an die internationale Arbeiterklasse wenden, um Sozialabbau und Ungleichheit zu bekämpfen.

CDU macht Kramp-Karrenbauer zur Parteivorsitzenden

Peter Schwarz und Ulrich Rippert, 8. Dezember 2018

Der Führungswechsel an der Spitze der stärksten Regierungspartei erfolgt zu einem Zeitpunkt, an dem sich der Klassenkampf in Europa wieder offen Bahn bricht.

Arbeiter in Deutschland solidarisieren sich mit Massenprotesten in Frankreich

unseren Reportern, 8. Dezember 2018

In deutschen Betrieben treffen die Massenproteste der Gelbwesten in Frankreich auf große Sympathie. Viele Arbeiter sehen, dass sie mit der gleichen Politik im Interesse der Reichen konfrontiert sind und haben selbst die Faust in der Tasche.

Auf Washingtons Geheiß:
Kanada verhaftet chinesische Topmanagerin wegen „Sanktionsverstößen“

Keith Jones und Roger Jordan, 8. Dezember 2018

Die Verhaftung von Meng Wanzhou und ihre bevorstehende Auslieferung an die USA ist eine diplomatische und geopolitische Provokation. Damit ist der „Waffenstillstand“ im amerikanisch-chinesischen Handelskrieg bereits nach einer Woche faktisch gescheitert.

Damoklesschwert über den Arbeitern der Ford-Werke

Marianne Arens, 8. Dezember 2018

Schon seit September geht in den europäischen Ford-Werken die Unruhe um. Unter Beihilfe der Gewerkschaften will der Autokonzern weltweit 25.000 Stellen abbauen, die meisten davon in Europa.

New in Norwegian

Mobiliser arbeiderklassen mot Macron!

Alex Lantier, 5. desember 2018

Den kritiske oppgaven for protestene mot innstramminger og ulikhet i Frankrike er å utbre kampen, inn i den franske og internasjonale arbeiderklassen.

Holocaust og Bush-familiens formue

Bill Van Auken, 5. desember 2018

Vi presenterer her en kommentar først publisert av WSWS i juni 2003, etter daværende president George W. Bush’ besøk til gasskamrene i Auschwitz.

Franske protester utløser krav om sensur av Facebook

Andre Damon, 5. desember 2018

Deler av pressen i Frankrike og USA har grepet «gul vest»-demonstrasjonene som anledning til å kreve direkte undertrykking av folkelig opposisjon på sosialmedier.

Sri Lankas plantasjearbeidere starter åpen-ende-streik for 100 prosent lønnsforhøyelse

våre korrespondenter, 6. desember 2018

Denne kampen, ført av arbeidere over hele øya, vil tilspisse styringselitens politiske krise, der den er fastlåst i bitter politisk konflikt.

«Vi står med dere, for vi er alle i den samme kampen»
Amerikanske bilproduksjonsarbeidere uttrykker klassesolidaritet med franske arbeidere

Jerry White, 6. desember 2018

«Gul vest»-demonstrantenes besluttsomhet i møte med den franske regjeringens statsundertrykking har inspirert arbeidere i USA og rundt om i verden.

Datasnoker avslører britisk regjeringsinnblanding i spansk politikk

Alejandro López, 6. desember 2018

Promotert som et forsvar av demokratiet mot «feilinformasjon» gjør Integrity Initiative det stikk motsatte og sprer falske nyheter mot Russland, til forsvar for Storbritannia og de imperialistiske alliertes interesser.

Mexicos nye president vurderer amnesti for de som profitterte på korrupsjon

Don Knowland, 6. desember 2018

López Obrador trekker seg på et av sine viktigste valgkampløfter.

Frankrikes «gul vest»-protester eksponerer Jean-Luc Mélénchons pro-kapitalistiske populisme

Alex Lantier, 6. desember 2018

Jean-Luc Mélénchons angrep på sosialisme og proklameringen av arbeiderklassens politiske irrelevans gjenspeiler hans fiendtlighet mot arbeidernes økende sosiale harme.

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Perspective

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

8 December 2018

Meng’s arrest and confinement—without bail and on tendentious and opaque charges potentially carrying a sentence of 60 years—amount to little more than a kidnapping.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Committee of the Fourth International

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site international editorial board and the Socialist Equality Party (US), will speak tomorrow in Wellington, New Zealand.

Jaffna (Sri Lanka) meeting celebrates 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By R. Shreeharan, 6 December 2018

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

The meetings will take place in Sydney on Sunday, December 2, in Melbourne on Thursday, December 6, and in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, December 9.

Commentary

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2018

An article in Jacobin argues that Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have become damaging to the health of the population, are “destructive for the left,” and should be done away with.

At Washington’s behest
Canada arrests top Chinese executive for “sanctions busting”

By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 7 December 2018

Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war

By J. L'Heureau, 7 December 2018

Washington’s ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

Ecuadorian president hints again at moves to renege on Julian Assange’s asylum

By James Cogan, 7 December 2018

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

The state funeral for George H. W. Bush and the ritual of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

Sully at George H.W. Bush’s funeral: Washington goes to the dogs

The Holocaust and the Bush family fortune

Obituary

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

Arts Review

Maria by Callas: A documentary on the life of the famed opera singer

By Joanne Laurier, 8 December 2018

Tom Volf’s Maria by Callas, about the legendary Greek-American opera soprano, has opened in the US.

A quarter-century since the release of Steven Spielberg’s film
The achievement of Schindler’s List

By David Walsh, 7 December 2018

The Front Runner: An American political scandal
And Widows, Bohemian Rhapsody

Submission: A college professor undone by sexual harassment allegations

“Well-paid journalists have become gormless cyphers of the propaganda of war”
John Pilger discusses his “The Power of the Documentary” film festival

Workers Struggles

Pakistan municipal workers protest for outstanding wages; Sri Lankan housing workers fight layoffs; New Zealand teachers reject new pay offer
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 December 2018

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

Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician

By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018

Democrats, union tops seek to isolate Chicago charter teachers’ strike

Chicago charter teachers strike for increased pay, lower class sizes

National Health Service workers among increasing users of food banks in Britain

By Ben Trent, 7 December 2018

Police and courts enforce Trudeau’s law criminalizing Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2018

United Steelworkers push through sellout contract at ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 December 2018

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2018

Support grows for December 9 Detroit meeting
Autoworkers say fight necessary to stop GM plant closings, UAW betrayal

By Jerry White, 3 December 2018

“The union and Lear must think we are stupid”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers vote down UAW sellout contract second time

By Marcus Day, 3 December 2018

Canadian and US autoworkers call for a united struggle against GM’s assault on jobs

By Will Morrow, 1 December 2018

Industry publication boasts: GM plant closures aimed at extorting more concessions from autoworkers

By Jerry White, 30 November 2018

“Everybody—Ford, Chrysler, GM—needs to strike right now”
Autoworkers’ outrage grows over GM plant closings

General Motors worker on job cuts: “This is all about corporate greed”
Detroit-Hamtramck autoworkers want to fight against plant closures

A call to action to fight the GM plant closings and mass layoffs

Form rank-and-file committees
Reject the UAW-Lear sellout contract! Unite with GM and other autoworkers in a common fight!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 28 November 2018

In run-up to contract vote
UAW intensifies campaign of intimidation against Indiana Lear workers

UAW negotiates secret deal with Columbia University to block strike action by graduate students

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 November 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

25 years ago: Christian Democrats suffer political collapse in Italy

Millions of voters shifted their support both to the neo-fascist right and the Party of the Democratic Left, the successor organization to the Italian Communist Party.

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50 years ago: Vietnam peace talks to be resumed

Changing its decision in early November to leave the Paris Peace Talks, the government of South Vietnam announced on December 7, 1968 it would re-join the negotiations.

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75 years ago: Italian Jews deported to Auschwitz

On December 6, 1943, 246 Jews were shipped by train from Milan and Verona to Auschwitz.

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100 Years Ago: Constantinople under Allied military rule

Following the defeat of Turkey and its World War I allies, Germany and Austria-Hungary, by the Allied imperialists, the Turkish capital Constantinople was placed under the joint military administration of the victorious powers.

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Science

Last light for the Kepler space telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 1 December 2018

The first and most productive space telescope designed to find planets beyond our Solar System has been retired after exhausting its fuel supply.

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

History of the Fourth International

“Eighty Years of the Fourth International” series continues with meetings in California and Oregon

By our reporters, 17 November 2018

Taking place in the backdrop of the rising death toll from the California fires and the rise of the far-right, the meetings attracted broad audiences of youth, students and workers across the West Coast.

Growing interest in socialism at Chicago meeting on 80th anniversary of Fourth International

By the IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 14 November 2018

David North lecture tour
Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

David North lecture tour
More than 100 attend meeting at MIT on anniversary of the Fourth International

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

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.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

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

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

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.

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.