13 December 2018

Democrats downplay Google censorship at congressional hearing

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2018

The principal targets of censorship by the Internet companies, working with the US intelligence agencies, are left-wing, anti-war and socialist political viewpoints.

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

Sri Lankan plantation workers defy union and continue to strike

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 13 December 2018

Expressing their determination to fight, workers held protests throughout the plantation district on Wednesday, the day after the union announced the end of the stoppage.

Sri Lankan plantation companies reject workers’ wage demand

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

UK: May staggers on as more than a third of Tory MPs oppose her

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2018

The vote against her by her hard-Brexit wing, combined with the loss of support from the 10 Democratic Unionist Party MPs, confirms that May’s days are numbered.

May delays Brexit vote while Corbyn refuses to move no confidence motion

Mass shooting in Strasbourg kills 3, wounds 12 before “yellow vest” protest

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2018

The French ruling elite is already seizing upon the attack to trample democratic rights with demands that “yellow vest” protesters abandon their protests against Macron.

German daily accuses Macron of surrender to “yellow mob”

By Peter Schwarz, 13 December 2018

Egypt bans yellow vest sales as French protesters reject Macron’s concessions

High school students protest in Paris against French government’s education reforms

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

Which way forward for France’s “yellow vest” protests?

More on the 2018 "yellow vest" protests in France »

German army to acquire new tank battalion

By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2018

The expansion of its tank divisions is part of Germany’s comprehensive plans for the upgrading of all of its military forces.

Ford executives in Argentina convicted on 1970s torture charges

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2018

The Ford directors fingered militant workers to the military dictatorship’s police and helped set up a torture center inside the automaker’s Argentine plant.

Caterpillar to close plant in Joliet, Illinois

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 13 December 2018

Despite posting record third-quarter profits, heavy equipment manufacturing giant Caterpillar plans to close its plant in Joliet, Illinois, laying off hundreds.

Huawei executive’s arrest provokes anti-US protests in China

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2018

Meng Wanzhou’s detention is part of a broader US campaign, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, aimed at undermining Huawei and other Chinese tech companies.

Limited movement in US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 13 December 2018

Trump’s first major public comment on the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has blown apart the pretence it had nothing to do with the US trade war against China.

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

Russian workers strike against social misery and austerity

By Clara Weiss, 13 December 2018

The crackdown on the strike in Kamchatka reflects the fear within the Russian oligarchy that the development of the class struggle internationally will sooner rather than later drive Russian workers into open struggle.

Australian Amazon worker alleges unfair dismissal

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2018

The Sydney worker has claimed he was sacked for joining a union and asking for more hours per week.

Hundreds of residential tower blocks around UK still clad in flammable material

By Margot Miller, 13 December 2018

In Salford, flammable cladding has been partially removed from some of the nine local authority-owned blocks—up to the fourth floor, and only completely from one block.

Peruvian voters approve referendum proposals touted as answer to corruption

By Cesar Uco, 13 December 2018

President Vizcarra is seeking to use the referendum to refurbish the image of a bourgeois state that had lost all credibility in the eyes of the working class and the poor

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Советы судят нацистских военных преступников

13 декабря 2018 г.

15 декабря 1943 года советские власти начали первый судебный процесс над нацистскими военными преступниками в украинском Харькове.

New in Turkish

Protestocular Macron’un tavizlerini reddederken, Mısır sarı yelek satışını yasakladı

Alex Lantier, 13 Aralık 2018

Fransa Devlet Başkanı Macron’a karşı olan harekete sempati duyan protestolar uluslararası ölçekte yayılırken, General El Sisi’nin kanlı diktatörlüğü Mısır’da sarı yelek satışını yasaklıyor.

New in French

Avant la mobilisation des «gilets jaunes», un attentat ensanglante Strasbourg

Alexandre Lantier, 13 décembre 2018

L'attentat sert déjà de prétexte à une tentative par l'élite dirigeante de fouler aux pieds les droits démocratiques, et de casser la contestation menée par les «gilets jaunes».

A Washington, la guerre politique dégénère en crise du pouvoir capitaliste

Barry Grey, 13 décembre 2018

L’approbation du meurtre par Trump, sa défense des fascistes, ses attaques racistes contre les immigrés font exploser un pilier idéologique de la politique étrangère impérialiste américaine – la prétention que les États-Unis sont un rempart des droits de l’homme et de la démocratie.

General Motors pourrait fermer plus d'usines aux États-Unis, menaçant plus de 6 000 emplois

Jerry White, 13 décembre 2018

Selon un article du Detroit Free Press, quatre usines d’assemblage du Michigan, du Kentucky et du Kansas, comptant 6 238 emplois horaires, seraient visées par les fermetures

Facebook censure les «gilets jaunes»

Anthony Torres, 13 décembre 2018

Facebook et l'État français censurent les posts des Gilets jaunes et foulent aux pieds leur liberté d'expression, pour tenter d'étrangler leur mouvement.

Les usines européennes de GM et Ford menacées de licenciements massifs

Marianne Arens, 13 décembre 2018

Dans le cadre de la nouvelle restructuration de l’industrie automobile mondiale, Ford cherche à supprimer 25 000 emplois dans le monde entier, avec le plus grand nombre de pertes d’emplois en Europe.

Résolution adoptée lors de la réunion de Detroit contre les fermetures d’usines de General Motors
Non aux fermetures d’usines! Mobilisez la classe ouvrière pour arrêter les licenciements et les concessions!

13 décembre 2018

Cette résolution a été adoptée à l’unanimité par les délégués à la réunion du 9 décembre à Detroit pour s’opposer aux fermetures d’usines de GM et licenciements.

Dave North s‘adresse en Nouvelle-Zélande à une réunion célébrant 80 ans de la Quatrième Internationale

nos correspondants, 13 décembre 2018

A la réunion de Wellington, David North a parlé de l’histoire de la Quatrième Internationale, des leçons de la montée du fascisme dans les années 1930 et des bases politiques et théoriques de la construction d’une direction socialiste dans la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Politische Konflikte in Washington eskalieren in eine Krise der kapitalistischen Herrschaft

Barry Grey, 13. Dezember 2018

Trumps Unterstützung von Mord im Fall Khashoggi, seine Verteidigung von Faschisten und seine rassistischen Angriffe auf Einwanderer zerstören eine zentrale ideologische Grundlage der imperialistischen US-Außenpolitik – die Behauptung, dass die Vereinigten Staaten ein Bollwerk der Menschenrechte und der Demokratie seien.

General Motors:
Weitere mögliche Werksschließungen in den USA gefährden 6.000 Arbeitsplätze

Jerry White, 13. Dezember 2018

Laut einem Artikel in der Detroit Free Press werden möglicherweise vier Montagewerke in Michigan, Kentucky und Kansas mit derzeit 6.238 Produktionsarbeitern geschlossen.

Großeinsatz der Polizei im Ankerzentrum Bamberg

Marianne Arens, 13. Dezember 2018

Die Hintergründe des massiven Polizeieinsatzes in der bayerischen Flüchtlingsunterkunft sind völlig ungeklärt. Die Öffentlichkeit wird ausschließlich mit der Darstellung von Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft abgespeist.

George Grosz – der Karikaturist von Militarismus und Kapitalismus
Ausstellung im Bröhan-Museum Berlin

Sybille Fuchs, 13. Dezember 2018

Noch bis zum 6. Januar ist in Berlin eine Ausstellung zum Maler und Zeichner George Grosz zu sehen, dessen bissig-bösen Karikaturen zu Militarismus und Kapitalismus in den 1920er Jahren noch heute verblüffend aktuell sind.

New in Spanish

La guerra política en Washington se torna en una crisis de gobierno capitalista

Por Barry Grey, 13 diciembre 2018

El apoyo de Trump a los asesinatos, su defensa de fascistas, sus ataques racistas contra inmigrantes están socavando un pilar ideológico de la política exterior imperialista estadounidense: la pretensión de que EUA es un bastión de los derechos humanos y la democracia.

Amenazas de despidos masivos en las plantas de la GM y Ford en Europa

Por Marianne Arens, 13 diciembre 2018

Como parte de la nueva reestructuración de la industria automotriz global, Ford intenta recortar 25.000 empleos a nivel mundial, dejando las mayores pérdidas de empleos en Europa.

Los líderes mundiales se reúnen en Polonia para la cumbre del clima

Por Daniel de Vries, 13 diciembre 2018

La conferencia de Katowice toma lugar en medio de graves advertencias de que el mundo sigue encaminado hacia una catástrofe climática.

Resolución de la reunión de Detroit contra los cierres de planta de GM
¡No a los cierres de planta! ¡Por movilizar a la clase obrera para detener los despidos y las concesiones!

13 diciembre 2018

Esta resolución fue adoptada unánimemente por los delegaos de la reunión el 9 de diciembre en Detroit en oposición a los cierres de planta y despidos de GM.

Asamblea pública en Detroit decide organizar una lucha contra los cierres de planta en General Motors

Por Will Morrow, 13 diciembre 2018

Los asistentes votaron unánimemente adoptar una resolución para convocar la formación de comités de base en los lugares de trabajo y en los barrios para organizar la lucha contra los cierres de plantas.

New in Dutch

De massa-protesten in Frankrijk: Een nieuw stadium in de internationale klassenstrijd

World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 3 December 2018

De uitbarsting van sociale protesten zijn de voorbode van de terugkeer van de werkende klasse op het podium van de wereldgeschiedenis, na decennia van onderdrukking.

Nee tegen dienstplicht in Frankrijk en Europa!
Verklaring van de Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES)

23 November 2018

Ten tijde van massale protesten tegen hun bezuinigingsbeleid, heeft de zeer impopulaire Franse regering onder leiding van President Emmanuel Macron op maandag aangekondigd, de militaire dienstplicht te zullen introduceren.

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Perspective

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

13 December 2018

In the center of world capitalism, the working class is beginning to establish the necessary organizational and political framework for a counter-offensive.

Earlier Perspectives »

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

“This meeting is a powerful expression of the growing opposition of the working class”
Report to Detroit meeting to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 13 December 2018

Jerry White, labor editor of the WSWS, introduced the resolution to the December 9 meeting, outlining the strategy to unify workers in the US and internationally against the attacks on workers’ jobs and conditions.

Resolution to the Detroit meeting against GM plant closures
No to GM plant closings! Mobilize the working class to stop layoffs and concessions!

12 December 2018

Autoworkers at Detroit public meeting: “Rank-and-file committees of the working class are the answer”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

By Will Morrow, 10 December 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

Commentary

Time magazine honors journalists facing repression—but snubs Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2018

The magazine’s “Person of the Year” went to journalists facing persecution for their efforts to uncover the truth, but only those whose efforts were aligned with US foreign policy.

The Australian Labor Party and the persecution of Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 13 December 2018

Far from protecting the “safety” of an Australian overseas, Labor has lined up completely with Washington and placed itself at the forefront of the attack on the WikiLeaks publisher.

Political warfare in Washington escalates to crisis of capitalist rule

By Barry Grey, 12 December 2018

White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing

Another day, another horror in America: Five children killed in Youngstown, Ohio, house fire

By Niles Niemuth, 11 December 2018

Turmoil on Wall Street continues

By Nick Beams, 11 December 2018

In name of fighting fascism, ISO promotes class collaboration and Democratic Party

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2018

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

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

Arts Review

Wildlife: American dreams and discouragement
And Can You Ever Forgive Me?

By Joanne Laurier, 13 December 2018

Set in 1960 in Great Falls, Montana, Wildlife is a relatively somber look at postwar American life. Can You Ever Forgive Me? focuses on an eccentric forger.

Icebox: The US government locks up children

By David Walsh, 11 December 2018

Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm

By Sandy English, 10 December 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

David North spoke to the meeting in Wellington about the history of the Fourth International, the lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and the political and theoretical basis for building a socialist leadership in the working class.

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

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Featured video

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

Fund appeal

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

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

Workers Struggles

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

By Kayla Costa, 11 December 2018

Oklahoma Republicans demand the abolition of public schools

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 11 December 2018

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

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: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons

The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout.

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50 years ago: Mass political repression in Brazil

After replacing General Humberto Castelo Branco in 1967, retired General Arthur de Costa e Silva, pledged to “humanize” the dictatorship established in the 1964 military coup and promised to transition Brazil to a democracy.

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75 years ago: Soviets try Nazi war criminals

On December 15, 1943, Soviet authorities began the first trial of Nazi war criminals in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

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100 years ago: Lloyd George wins Britain’s “khaki election”

In the British election held on December 14, 1918, David Lloyd George’s coalition government won a large majority on a platform promising social reforms, as well as punishment of the German “war criminals.”

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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.

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

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.

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.