GM makes record quarterly profit as US corporations accelerate cost-cutting

By Jerry White, 1 November 2018

The United Auto Workers union has played a critical role in suppressing workers’ wages and intensifying their exploitation in the factories.

Fiat Chrysler workers hit with temporary layoffs across North America

By Jacob Crosse, 1 November 2018

FCA workers in Windsor, Canada, and factories in Illinois and Indiana are on temporary layoff due to falling sales.

Trump may send 15,000 troops to US-Mexico border

By Kevin Martinez, 1 November 2018

Trump's statement comes a week after the President announced the deployment of an initial 5,000 troops in an unprecedented anti-immigrant crackdown.

Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion”

More on North American Immigration Issues »

Sri Lankan crisis: UNP rally demands reconvening of parliament

By our correspondents, 1 November 2018

The demonstration was part of a campaign to regain power after President Sirisena sacked UNP leader Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

A major escalation in the US economic war against China

By Nick Beams, 1 November 2018

The US Commerce Department has imposed restrictions on dealings with a major Chinese high-tech firm, Fujian Jinhua, citing “national security interests.”

Japanese PM visits China in bid to improve relations

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2018

Abe’s efforts to end bitter exchanges with China come after both countries have been hit by the Trump administration’s trade war measures.

Australia declares China a threat to military-related university research and infrastructure

By Mike Head, 1 November 2018

A report by the government-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute alleges that Chinese military-linked researchers are working “undercover” in US and allied universities.

BlackRock boss Merz applies to head Germany’s ruling CDU

By Peter Schwarz, 1 November 2018

The German ruling elite is using the grand coalition government’s election defeats in Bavaria and Hesse to push for a sharp shift to the right.

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

Protests and strikes signal mounting hostility toward Italian government

By Allison Smith, 1 November 2018

A protest against deteriorating conditions in Rome followed on the heels of a 24-hour “Black Friday” general strike by public sector workers.

UK budget: Labour makes clear big business will dictate Corbyn government policies

By Robert Stevens, 1 November 2018

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell met with representatives of the financial elite Wednesday to assure them a Labour government would serve their interests.

Ukraine’s depopulation crisis

By Jason Melanovski, 1 November 2018

More than a quarter-century after the dissolution of the USSR, emigration continues unabated in Ukraine as workers flee poverty and war.

New in German

Der Sieg Bolsonaros und das Debakel der brasilianischen Arbeiterpartei

Bill Van Auken, 1. November 2018

Die Wahl des faschistischen Ex-Hauptmanns zum Präsidenten markiert eine scharfe Rechtswende der brasilianischen Regierung.

BlackRock-Chef Merz bewirbt sich um CDU-Vorsitz

Peter Schwarz, 1. November 2018

Einflussreiche Kreise in Wirtschaft, Politik und Medien nutzen die politische Krise nach dem Wahldesaster der Großen Koalition in Bayern und Hessen, um einen scharfen politischen Rechtsruck herbeizuführen.

Trump droht mit Abschaffung des Geburtsortsprinzips

Patrick Martin, 1. November 2018

Trumps Ankündigung, das Recht auf Staatsbürgerschaft für alle, die in den USA geboren wurden, per Dekret abzuschaffen, ist verfassungswidrig und antidemokratisch.

Für eine sozialistische Lösung der politischen Krise in Sri Lanka!

der Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1. November 2018

Die SEP ruft die Arbeiterklasse auf, die zynischen Manöver aller Fraktionen der herrschenden Elite zurückzuweisen und unabhängig von ihnen für ihre eigenen Klasseninteressen zu kämpfen

New in Spanish

La victoria de Bolsonaro y la debacle del Partido de los Trabajadores en Brasil

Por Bill Van Auken, 1 noviembre 2018

La elección del excapitán de tinte fascista como presidente es señal de un marcado giro hacia la derecha por parte de la élite política brasileña.

Trump amenaza con abolir la ciudadanía por nacimiento

Por Patrick Martin, 1 noviembre 2018

La propuesta de modificar la Constitución estadounidense por medio de una orden ejecutiva es un acto flagrantemente inconstitucional y antidemocrático.

Miles de personas protestan por la visita de Trump a la sinagoga de Pittsburgh después del tiroteo en masa

Por Samuel Davidson, 1 noviembre 2018

El rechazo popular a las políticas ultraderechistas de Trump destacan la cobardía y la complicidad del Partido Demócrata, que no ofrece una oposición principista a los ataques de tipo fascista de Trump a los inmigrantes y a los derechos democráticos en general.

Policía chilena ataca protesta de jubilados en Santiago

Por Cesar Uco, 1 noviembre 2018

Carabineros bien armados, utilizando gases lacrimógenos y cañones de agua, reprimieron la marcha organizada por el movimiento NO + AFP el pasado miércoles en Santiago, Chile.

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.

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Perspective

All men are not created equal
The American oligarchy’s attack on birthright citizenship

1 November 2018

All factions of the ruling class view basic democratic rights as obstacles in their drive for wealth and world domination.

Earlier Perspectives »

Exclusive Report

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”
The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several immigrant children recently released from child detention shelters about conditions in the facilities.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

SEP candidate Niles Niemuth speaks with students and workers in Lincoln Park, Michigan

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate campaigned Wednesday in the Downriver suburb, a bedroom community for many workers in the area.

“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

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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Commentary

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

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2018

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

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

Infighting deepens between rival factions of Sri Lankan elite

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

By Joseph Kishore, 29 October 2018

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

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2018

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

By Naomi Spencer, 31 October 2018

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 »

Arts Review

What do Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life and Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked have in common?

By David Walsh, 1 November 2018

Each is a relatively unpretentious, low-budget, “independent” film. Each follows a group of middle-class adults as they attempt to navigate certain complicated moral or emotional situations. Each film is slight.

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

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

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

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

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.

Workers Struggles

Chilean police attack pensioners’ protest in Santiago

By Cesar Uco, 31 October 2018

New Zealand teachers’ union moves to call off strikes

By John Braddock, 31 October 2018

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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?

More on Amazon »

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.