8 November 2018

At White House press conference, Trump calls reporter an “enemy of the people”

By Eric London, 8 November 2018

Trump made clear that his response to the midterm elections would be an even more open embrace of fascistic, anti-immigrant policies.

US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives

Billionaires, corporate money swing toward Democrats

EU responds to US midterm elections with calls for military build-up

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2018

European ruling circles have concluded that US-European conflicts reflect a deeper crisis than they first believed.

Facebook and Twitter intensify censorship in 2018 elections

By Kevin Reed, 8 November 2018

Facebook shut down 115 accounts and Twitter deleted 10,000 accounts on the eve of the 2018 elections, engaging in blatant censorship.

Australian prime minister dismisses renewed calls to defend Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 8 November 2018

Morrison’s remarks are the first direct statement by the government of its support for the drive by the US government to get its hands on the WikiLeaks publisher.

New York Times ramps up smear campaign against Julian Assange

Ecuador’s government cuts off all access to Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Sri Lankan political coup: Rajapakse makes bogus promises to ease social crisis

By Saman Gunadasa, 8 November 2018

In a bid to deflect the opposition of working people, the newly installed prime minister announced token measures to assist workers, peasants and the poor.

After new Mexico City airport is canceled, López Obrador rushes to reassure finance capital

By Alex González, 8 November 2018

The incoming AMLO administration made clear that all investments would be secured, while doing nothing to address the capital’s water crisis.

Quebec’s new CAQ government to prioritize its chauvinist anti-immigrant agenda

By Laurent Lafrance, 8 November 2018

The CAQ’s “secular charter” is an attempt to incite Quebec chauvinism so as to divide the working class.

US, Turkey risk direct military clash as they escalate war in Syria

By Barış Demir, 8 November 2018

Ankara is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria, which could provoke a direct clash with US forces.

Residents oppose official cover-up of Grenfell fire toxic contamination

By Barry Mason, 8 November 2018

Despite evidence of toxicity in soil samples found around the site of the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, the authorities have failed to act to protect public health.

Increase in self-harm and suicides in UK immigration detention centres

By Simon Whelan, 8 November 2018

Reports show that from 2000 to April, 2018 there have been 35 deaths, 14 of which were self-inflicted.

Government declares child refugees will not remain in Australia

By Max Newman, 8 November 2018

The government’s promise to evacuate detained children from Nauru is a ploy to placate the public outcry over their barbaric treatment.

New in Spanish

El asedio de Hodeida: Washington intensifica su apoyo a los crímenes de guerra en Yemen

Por Bill Van Auken, 8 noviembre 2018

La supuesta demanda de cese al fuego hecha por Washington solo ha provocado una escalada en la guerra más sanguinaria del mundo.

El dinero de multimillonarios y las grandes corporaciones va para los demócratas

Por nuestro reportero, 8 noviembre 2018

La campaña de 2018 es la elección del Congreso más cara de la historia, con más de $5.2 mil millones recaudados y gastados.

Los independentistas catalanes acusados de rebelión se enfrentan a hasta 25 años de cárcel

Por Alejandro López, 8 noviembre 2018

Se espera que el juicio, organizado bajo el gobierno dirigido por el PSOE, empiece a principios de 2019.

Hans-Georg Maassen: un extremista de derecha al frente del servicio secreto alemán

Por Peter Schwarz, 8 noviembre 2018

Recientes acontecimientos han dejado en claro que el servicio secreto de Alemania ha sido dirigido por un extremista de derecha durante los últimos seis años y medio.

Prefacio de La herencia que defendemos, treinta años después de su publicación

Por David North, 8 noviembre 2018

Aquí publicamos el nuevo prefacio de la edición del trigésimo aniversario del libro La herencia que defendemos, una contribución a la historia de la Cuarta Internacional de David North, que la editorial Mehring Books publicó en inglés el 5 de agosto.

New in French

Les États-Unis étendent les sanctions illégales et unilatérales contre l'Iran

Mike Head, 8 novembre 2018

Les mesures prises par Washington sont équivalentes à une déclaration de guerre.

Le siège de Hodeida: Washington aggrave son crime de guerre au Yémen

Bill Van Auken, 8 novembre 2018

La supposée demande de Washington pour un cessez-le-feu a eu comme seul effet l’escalade brutale de la guerre la plus meurtrière du monde.

En pleine crise politique au Sri Lanka: les syndicats des plantations tentent de mettre un terme à la lutte salariale

W. A. Sunil, 8 novembre 2018

Le conflit salarial qui sévit depuis longtemps entre les travailleurs des plantations s’est attiré un puissant soutien de la part des jeunes et d’autres couches de la classe ouvrière sri-lankaise.

New in Portuguese

A vitória de Bolsonaro e o colapso do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

A eleição do fascista ex-capitão do exército sinaliza uma grande guinada à direita da classe dominante brasileira.

Quem é responsável pela ascensão do fascista Bolsonaro no Brasil?

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Uma série de grupos da pseudo-esquerda, muitos dos quais envolvidos na fundação do PT, estão defendendo o voto nesse partido capitalista de direita contra Bolsonaro.

O caminho na luta contra o perigo da extrema-direita na Alemanha

Ulrich Rippert e Johannes Stern, 6 de novembro de 2018

A enorme manifestação do último final de semana em Berlin expressou ampla oposição popular ao retorno do fascismo e do militarismo na Alemanha.

A ameaça da extrema-direita no Brasil e a responsabilidade do Partido dos Trabalhadores

Bill Van Auken, 6 de novembro de 2018

Os impressionantes 46% de votos válidos obtido pelo fascista ex-capitão do exército Jair Bolsonaro no primeiro turno da eleição brasileira é o resultado de décadas de traições do Partido dos Trabalhadores e seus cúmplices e defensores da pseudo-esquerda.

New in German

Zeltstädte für Immigranten und rechter Terror: Der neue Normalzustand in Amerika

Eric London, 5. November 2018

Widerstand gegen die zunehmende politische Gewalt und die Diktaturvorbereitungen setzt voraus, mit der Demokratischen Partei zu brechen und die amerikanische und internationale Arbeiterklasse zu mobilisieren.

Erfolgreiche Veranstaltung zum 80. Jahrestag der Vierten Internationale in Berlin

unseren Reportern, 5. November 2018

David North zeigte auf, dass all die Fragen, die vor 80 Jahren zur Gründung der Vierten Internationale führten, heute auf einem globalen Level wieder aufbrechen.

Europawahl 2018
Gegen die EU, soziale Ungleichheit, Faschismus und Krieg!Für Sozialismus und die Einheit der europäischen Arbeiterklasse!

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 5. November 2018

Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei hat auf einem Parteitag am 20./21. Oktober beschlossen, an der Europawahl vom 26. Mai 2019 teilzunehmen, und die Kandidaten für die bundesweite Wahlliste gewählt. Die folgende Resolution erklärt, welche Ziele die SGP dabei verfolgt und welche Aufgaben sie sich stellt.

Italien: Proteste und Streiks gegen die Regierung

Allison Smith, 5. November 2018

Vergangene Woche kam es in ganz Italien zu Streiks und Protesten gegen die Koalitionsregierung aus Lega und Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung. In Rom demonstrierten fast 10.000 Menschen gegen die Bürgermeisterin Virginia Raggi (M5S).

Ungarn erklärt Obdachlose zu Kriminellen

Markus Salzmann, 5. November 2018

Mit Haftstrafen für Obdachlose und Zwangsarbeit für Sozialhilfeempfänger knüpft die ungarische Regierung von Viktor Orbán an die barbarischen Praktiken des Faschismus und des Frühkapitalismus an.

New in Norwegian

Rapport om sosialisme fra Det hvite hus
Marx’ spøkelse hjemsøker den amerikanske styringsklassen

Barry Grey, 6. november 2018

Det faktum at den amerikanske regjeringen anerkjenner vekst i støtten for sosialisme vitner om store endringer i arbeiderklassens politiske bevissthet og den frykten dette utløser innen styringseliten.

USA eskalerer illegal økonomisk krig mot Irans befolkning

Keith Jones, 6. november 2018

Med ordvalg som en mafia don, ga Pompeo Iran «valget» mellom «180-graders-helomvending fra den lovløse handlingskursen» eller å se sin «økonomi smuldre».

New York Times skrur opp svertekampanjen mot Julian Assange

Tom Hall, 6. november 2018

Den siste runden av sverting er rettet inn mot å forberede den offentlige opinion for en eventuell påtale mot WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren om spionasjeanklager.

Kinas president fordømmer «jungelloven» for handel

Nick Beams, 6. november 2018

Den kinesiske presidentens tale var et forsøk på å sikre seg allierte i den tilspissende handelskrigen med USA.

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Perspective

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

8 November 2018

From the standpoint of the interests of working people, the rearrangement of seats in Congress is largely irrelevant. No positive change is possible outside of the independent intervention of the working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Approximately 2,200 workers and young people cast a class-conscious vote for Niles’ campaign and expressed their support for socialism.

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

Vote Niles Niemuth, Socialist Equality Party, for US House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th district!

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

Campaign website »

Featured commentary

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 5 November 2018

White House report on socialism
The specter of Marx haunts the American ruling class

By Barry Grey, 6 November 2018

Commentary

Citing war in Syria, ISO withdraws endorsement of Green Party gubernatorial candidate in New York

By Sandy English, 8 November 2018

The International Socialist Organization withdrew its endorsement of the Green Party candidate on the grounds that his campaign was associated with opposition to the US intervention in Syria.

The case of Hans-Georg Maassen and the struggle against police-state repression in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 8 November 2018

The latest revelations surrounding the dismissal of the long-time president of the German secret service, Hans-Georg Maassen, confirms that the German domestic intelligence agency has been run by a right-wing extremist since 2012.

Hans-Georg Maassen: A right-wing extremist at the head of the German secret service

Germany: Der Spiegel idealises far-right leader Björn Höcke

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2018

The siege of Hodeidah: Washington doubles down on its war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2018

US escalates illegal economic war on the people of Iran

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2018

ISO covers up Workers Party role in Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade and Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2018

Arts Review

Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind: A film 48 years in the making

By David Walsh, 8 November 2018

On November 2, Netflix released The Other Side of the Wind, a film directed by Orson Welles, who died in 1985. The footage was shot, with many breaks and delays, from August 1970 to January 1976.

Venom: Childish science fiction and superheroes abound

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 November 2018

HBO’s The Night Of: An intelligent, gripping legal drama

By Carlos Delgado, 5 November 2018

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

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.

Meetings this week in Cambridge and New York!

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.

Indian Trotskyists to hold meeting on 80 years of the Fourth International

6 November 2018

The meeting in Chennai, which will also mark 50 years of Sri Lanka’s SEP, will outline the lessons of the protracted struggle for Trotskyism in South Asia and internationally.

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The way forward for young people: Not Democratic Party politics, but the fight for socialism!

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 November 2018

Against the right-wing attacks of university administrators and the far-right
Successful solidarity event for the student union of Humboldt University

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

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

Workers Struggles

UPS Freight, Teamsters to workers: Vote “yes” or face lockout and lose your health care

By Will Morrow, 7 November 2018

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

More on the struggle at UPS »

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

More on autoworkers issues »

Plantation unions move to shut down wage struggle amid Sri Lankan political crisis

By W. A. Sunil, 7 November 2018

25 years ago: Castro speech, “We are becoming bourgeois”

In a speech to an audience of foreign businessmen on November 6, 1993, Cuban President Fidel Castro declared that his government was learning the ways of the capitalist world but still had extensive work to do in enforcing discipline on the Cuban working class.

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50 years ago: Nixon wins US presidential election

Republican nominee Richard Nixon won the US presidential election held on November 5, 1968, with only a narrow margin in the popular vote, but with a comfortable margin of 301 to 191 in the Electoral College.

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75 years ago: Soviet Red Army liberates Kiev

On November 6, 1943, the Red Army took control of decisive sections of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, amid heavy fighting with German forces which had occupied the city for the previous three years.

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100 years ago: Germany signs armistice with Allies, ending the First World War

On November 11, 1918, the German government, now a republic led by Friedrich Ebert, a Social Democrat who had supported the war aims of German imperialism, capitulated to the overwhelming power of an Allied offensive on the Western Front and signed a formal surrender.

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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

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

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.

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.

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.