Trump threatens to abolish birthright citizenship

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2018

The proposal to revise the US Constitution by means of an executive order is flagrantly unconstitutional and anti-democratic.

Thousands protest Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh synagogue following mass shooting

By Samuel Davidson, 31 October 2018

The popular rejection of Trump’s far-right policies highlights the cowardice and complicity of the Democratic Party, which offers no principled opposition to Trump’s fascistic attacks on immigrants and democratic rights more broadly.

Vigils for victims of Pittsburgh shooting express anger over Trump’s racist incitements

With Merkel’s withdrawal, German grand coalition accelerates lurch to the right

By Ulrich Rippert, 31 October 2018

The German Chancellor has made clear that despite mounting popular opposition, the grand coalition will intensify military rearmament, the police-state buildup and its ties to the extreme right.

UK: NHS subsidiary companies—tools for tax exemption and privatisation

By Ben Trent, 31 October 2018

Large swathes of NHS provision have been sold off to the private sector, driving down the pay, terms and conditions of workers and hugely reducing the quality of services.

Underground worker killed in collapse at Nevada gold mine

By Evan Cohen, 31 October 2018

The death of the 42-year-old miner was one of several fatalities in October in metal and non-metal mines across the US.

A wolf in wolf’s clothing: West Virginia Democrat Richard Ojeda

By Naomi Spencer, 31 October 2018

A former career Army officer, Ojeda has been elevated to national prominence as a fighter for the working class. He is no such thing.

Nearly 40 percent of New Jersey households struggle to make ends meet

By Erik Schreiber, 31 October 2018

A United Way report documenting the rising number of working poor in New Jersey provides concrete evidence of the intensified assault on workers' living standards.

To cheers from big business
Ontario slashes minimum wage, guts labour standards

By Keith Jones, 31 October 2018

In an applause-punctuated address to the Ontario Economic Summit, Ontario Premier Doug Ford made clear his government is bracing for mass working class opposition.

Chilean police attack pensioners’ protest in Santiago

By Cesar Uco, 31 October 2018

Well-armed Carabineros, using tear gas and water cannon, repressed the march organized by the NO + AFP movement last Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.

New Zealand teachers’ union moves to call off strikes

By John Braddock, 31 October 2018

In order to quash rolling strikes due next month, the primary teachers’ union has joined with the Ministry of Education to seek urgent facilitation to end a long-running pay dispute.

New in Russian

Министр внутренних дел Италии Сальвини распорядился выгнать мигрантов из города Риаче

Марианна Аренс, 31 октября 2018 г.

Правое коалиционное правительство приказало удалить всех беженцев из «деревни гостеприимства» на юге Калабрии.

New in French

Le président chinois demande à l’armée de se préparer à la guerre

Peter Symonds, 31 octobre 2018

Le discours de Xi Jinping était une réponse aux actions agressives du gouvernement Trump visant à intensifier la guerre commerciale et à se préparer ouvertement à un conflit militaire avec la Chine et la Russie.

Trump déploie l’armée pour faire face à « l’invasion d’immigrés »

Eric London, 31 octobre 2018

La Maison-Blanche, déployant des milliers de soldats à la frontière, cherche à créer un climat d’hystérie chauvine de droite à la veille des élections de mi-mandat du 6 novembre.

Les conflits internes se creusent entre les fractions rivales de l’élite sri lankaise

Deepal Jayasekera, 31 octobre 2018

L’ultimatum du gouvernement à Wickremesinghe visant à l’évacuer de la résidence du Premier ministre a ouvert la voie à des affrontements sanglants et à la violence politique.

Les élections dans le Land de Hesse marquent une nouvelle défaite pour la grande coalition allemande

Ulrich Rippert, 31 octobre 2018

Le résultat des élections est l'expression d'une hostilité croissante à l'égard de la grande coalition et de ses politiques de droite militaristes, de répression étatique et d'austérité sociale.

New in Turkish

Pittsburgh sinagogundaki katliam
Amerika’da Musevi karşıtı şiddet patlak veriyor

Joseph Kishore, 31 Ekim 2018

Pennsylvania’nın Pittsburgh kentinde bulunan Yaşam Ağacı Sinagogu’ndaki Musevi karşıtı katliam, Amerikan politikasının ve toplumunun krizini yeni bir seviyeye yükseltmiş durumda.

Aşırı sağcı aday Bolsonaro, Brezilya devlet başkanı seçildi

Miguel Andrade, 31 Ekim 2018

210 milyon dolayında insanın yaşadığı bir ülkede faşist bir diktatörlüğü dayatmak için bir seçimden çok daha fazlası gerecek. Büyük sınıf çatışmaları kapıda.

New in Spanish

Trump despliega ejército para enfrentar “invasión inmigrante”

Por Eric London, 31 octubre 2018

Al enviar a miles de tropas a la frontera, la Casa Blanca está buscando generar un clima de histeria chauvinista de derecha en vísperas de las elecciones de mitad de término del 6 de noviembre.

El presidente chino dice al ejército que se prepare para la guerra

Por Peter Symonds, 31 octubre 2018

El discurso de Xi Jinping fue una respuesta a las acciones agresivas de la administración Trump de intensificar la guerra comercial y prepararse abiertamente para el conflicto militar tanto contra China como contra Rusia.

Wall Street cae a medida que aumentan las tensiones comerciales entre Estados Unidos y China

Por Nick Beams, 31 octubre 2018

Bloomberg informó de que los EUA están planeando introducir nuevos aranceles que abarquen todas las importaciones chinas si fracasan las conversaciones entre el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump y el presidente chino Xi Jinping.

La policía mexicana dispara y mata a un inmigrante de 26 años de edad mientras se intensifica la represión en la frontera México-Guatemala

Por Andrea Lobo, 31 octubre 2018

A pesar de las amenazas de los EUA y las operaciones militarizadas de los gobiernos de Guatemala y México, miles de migrantes centroamericanos continúan en marcha.

Fuerzas armadas estadounidenses desplegadas en la frontera con México en preparación para el cierre previsto

Por Norisa Diaz, 31 octubre 2018

Se está preparando un enfrentamiento violento en la frontera México-Estados Unidos mientras Washington prepara poderes de emergencia para cerrar la frontera.

New in German

Das Massaker in der Synagoge von Pittsburgh:
Antisemitische Gewalt in Amerika

Joseph Kishore, 30. Oktober 2018

Die Bedeutung des Attentats in Pittsburgh, das elf Menschenleben gefordert hat, kann nur im internationalen und historischen Kontext verstanden werden.

Merkels schrittweiser Rückzug

Ulrich Rippert, 30. Oktober 2018

Die Große Koalition reagiert auf den Druck der Wähler nicht mit politischen Zugeständnissen, sondern indem sie ihr verhasstes Regierungsprogramm energischer durchsetzt.

Rechtsextremer Kandidat Bolsonaro gewinnt brasilianische Präsidentschaftswahl

Miguel Andrade, 30. Oktober 2018

Bolsonaros Wahlsieg verkörpert den Zusammenbruch der demokratischen Ordnung in Brasilien und eröffnet ein neues Stadium des Klassenkampfs im größten Land Lateinamerikas.

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Perspective

Bolsonaro’s victory and the debacle of Brazil’s Workers Party

31 October 2018

The election of the fascistic former captain as president signals a sharp shift to the right by the Brazilian ruling establishment.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Fight for a socialist solution to the political crisis in Sri Lanka

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 October 2018

The SEP calls on the working class to reject the cynical manoeuvres of all factions of the ruling elite and to mobilise independently to fight for its own class interests.

Infighting deepens between rival factions of Sri Lankan elite

Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion”

By Eric London, 30 October 2018

The White House, deploying thousands of troops to the border, is seeking to to whip up a climate of right-wing chauvinist hysteria on the eve of the November 6 midterm elections.

After Pittsburgh massacre: New York Times covers up Trump’s role in instigating fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2018

The leading US newspaper’s editorial on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre effectively absolves President Trump and his fascistic politics of any responsibility for the bloodbath.

Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
Anti-Semitic violence erupts in America

By Joseph Kishore, 29 October 2018

To understand the significance of the homicidal violence in Pittsburgh that has left 11 people dead, it is necessary to place the event in its international and historical context.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

“It is like a pyramid scheme and we’re the worker ants at the bottom”
Amazon workers in Downriver Michigan speak to SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Niles spoke with Amazon workers about working conditions as well as the Trump administration’s deployment of the military against immigrant workers.

Obama stumps for Democrats in Michigan: A legacy of social devastation

By Niles Niemuth, 26 October 2018

Oppose Trump’s attacks on immigrants! Defend the migrant caravan!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 October 2018

Video: One year since the death of Ford worker Jacoby Hennings—The failure of capitalism and the fight of young workers for a future

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker
One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

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Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

This lecture was delivered by Nick Beams, a member of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, at several Australian universities during September and October 2018.

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

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Beams’ lectures were the only events on Australian university campuses outlining the revolutionary perspective of Karl Marx, two hundred years after his birth.

History of the Fourth International

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

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board, spoke on the lessons of the 20th century, the attack on Marxism and the fight for socialism today.

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

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

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

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

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

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

19 October 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.

Commentary

Chinese president tells military to prepare for war

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2018

Julian Assange warns that Ecuador is moving to end his political asylum

By Mike Head, 30 October 2018

In the face of mounting threats, the working class must defend Julian Assange

Arrest of bomb scare suspect heightens political warfare in Washington

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2018

What the mail bomb uproar says about American politics

Far-right candidate Bolsonaro elected as Brazil’s president

By Miguel Andrade, 29 October 2018

Who is responsible for the rise of the fascistic Bolsonaro in Brazil?

Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney

By Linda Tenenbaum, 27 October 2018

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign

One year of the #MeToo movement

More on the sexual misconduct witch-hunt »

Workers Struggles

Teamsters forces UPS Freight workers to vote again on rejected sellout contract

By Will Morrow, 30 October 2018

Funeral to be held today for UPS worker Andy Schanding, killed on the job in Lexington, Kentucky

“We should all be fighting together”
Teamsters union isolates 8,500 Chicago UPS workers

After Teamsters overrule “no” vote on contract, UPS earnings up 20 percent

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

More on the struggle at UPS »

“Conditions are worse today than they were 40 years ago”
Pittsburgh-area workers speak out on USW sellout deal with US Steel

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2018

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

Indian state government arrests at least 14 union leaders

By Kranti Kumar, 29 October 2018

Indian police detain thousands of striking Tamil Nadu auto workers

Indian court dismisses Maruti Suzuki workers’ bail application

“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”
Lear Portage autoworker denounces UAW collusion with management

By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018

Lear auto parts workers speak out against UAW-backed sellout contract proposal

Thousands of youth demonstrate in Sri Lanka to support plantation workers’ wage struggle

By our correspondents, 27 October 2018

Arts Review

Two short films: The Overcoat, based on the Nikolai Gogol story, and Detainment, about the Jamie Bulger murder case

By David Walsh, 29 October 2018

The Overcoat, directed by Patrick Myles, is based on the famed 1842 short story by Russian author Nikolai Gogol. Detainment treats the aftermath of the killing of a toddler on Merseyside, England in 1993.

Interview with photographer Tom Kiefer: “This work is part of the historical documentation of our country’s response to migration”
El Sueño Americano: Exhibition of migrants’ items seized and discarded by US border patrol

By Norisa Diaz, 26 October 2018

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Students denounce CIA partnership with University of Illinois Chicago

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

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

25 years ago: Maastricht Treaty establishes European Union

On November 1, 1993, the European Economic Community was officially transformed into the European Union as the Treaty on European Union, informally known as the Maastricht Treaty, went into effect.

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50 years ago: Johnson announces temporary halt in bombing of North Vietnam

In a nationally televised speech on October 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced that the United States was halting the bombing of North Vietnam, which had been continued more or less without pause since 1965.

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75 years ago: US coal miners win contract in fourth wartime strike

Members of the United Mine Workers union launched their fourth wartime strike after an October 31, 1943 deadline passed without an agreement.

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100 years ago: British poet Wilfred Owen dies in battle

Wilfred Owen, one of the most significant poets of the First World War and one of the great anti-war poets of any time, was killed in action on November 4, 1918 while crossing the Sambre-Oise Canal in northern France.

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Mehring Books

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

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

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

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

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

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


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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.

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.