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

By Jerry White, 29 November 2018

GM workers at the threatened Lordstown, Ohio and Detroit-Hamtramck plants and other autoworkers spoke out against the shutdown of five plants in the US and Canada.

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

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

Unifor union pushes nationalist poison over GM Oshawa closure plan

More on autoworkers issues »

US airstrikes kill at least 30 civilians in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 November 2018

The strikes were part of a surge in US bombings aimed at terrorising the population.

Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

US administration signals unconditional backing for Saudi regime as Senate votes on Yemen war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2018

After testimony from the secretaries of state and defense, the Senate voted to advance a resolution calling for an end to US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Democrats nominate Pelosi as House speaker, reelect top aides

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2018

The Democratic caucus retained its three top leaders, 78-year-old Nancy Pelosi, 79-year-old Steny Hoyer and 78-year-old James Clyburn.

Mississippi runoff election ends with Republican victory

By Matthew Taylor, 29 November 2018

The final Senate election to be decided in 2018 leaves the Republican party with a 53-47 majority.

Trump escalates tariff threats against China on eve of G20 summit

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2018

While a deal is still possible, the chances seem very remote in light of Trump’s comments and those of other members of his administration.

Transgender asylum seeker beaten in US custody before her death, according to autopsy

By Kevin Martinez, 29 November 2018

Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez died weeks after turning herself in at the San Ysidro port of entry in California seeking asylum from the discrimination and abuse she faced in Honduras.

The military-police assault at San Ysidro
Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

US immigrants go hungry for fear using food stamps will lead to deportation

More on US immigrant issues »

US Fed chairman’s speech boosts Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2018

Powell indicated that the Federal Reserve is not committed to further interest rate rises next year and is very attuned to the financial markets’ demands.

Chinese consulate in Pakistan attacked by Balochi separatists

By Sampath Perera, 29 November 2018

The targeting of the Chinese consulate comes amid a concerted US campaign against deepening China-Pakistan strategic ties.

Intensifying US pressure on New Zealand government over China

By John Braddock, 29 November 2018

The Labour-led coalition is moving toward closer alignment with Washington’s anti-China offensive.

Combustible cladding doomed Grenfell Tower within 10 minutes of initial fire

By Barry Mason, 29 November 2018

Even a crown placed at the top of Grenfell Tower, designed to enhance its appearance, contained combustible material.

New “Corbyn council” in Haringey, London demands more cuts

By Paul Bond, 29 November 2018

The self-styled “Corbyn council” is imposing the cuts on top of 40 percent reductions imposed by their Blairite predecessors.

‬Greyhound axes bus service across Western Canada

By Penny Smith, 29 November 2018

Greyhound, North America’s largest transportation provider, has ceased services across Western Canada after operating there without interruption for nearly a century.

Baby’s death on Australia’s Gold Coast points to worsening social conditions

By Gary Alvernia, 29 November 2018

The discovery of a dead baby at Surfers Paradise is a tragic expression of intensifying poverty, social inequality, underfunding of public services and government indifference.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Войска адмирала Колчака начинают движение на запад против большевиков

29 ноября 2018 г.

29 ноября 1918 года 1-й корпус Сибирской армии, крупнейшей военной группировки контрреволюционного Временного Всероссийского правительства, начал наступление в направлении Перми, центра производства оружия и добычи угля.

New in Turkish

Macron’un Sarı Yelek protestolarını bastırma manevralarına karşı çıkın!

Alex Lantier, 29 Kasım 2018

Pazar günü Paris’teki protestonun şiddetle bastırılmasına rağmen, Sarı Yelek protestoları devam ediyor ve Avrupa çapında gelişen birçok grev hareketi ile ittifak kuruyor.

Rusya, Ukrayna Donanması’nın gemilerine ateş açıp el koydu

Clara Weiss, 29 Kasım 2018

Ukrayna yönetiminin pervasız provokasyonlarına yönelik emperyalist desteğin arkasında, Karadeniz bölgesi üzerinde denetim sağlama uğruna uzun vadeli stratejik çıkarlar yatmaktadır.

New in French

Tensions entre les États-Unis et la Corée du Sud au sujet de leur attitude envers la Corée du Nord

Peter Symonds, 29 novembre 2018

Les ultimatums américains à Pyongyang pour qu’il dénucléarise menacent les efforts de la Corée du Sud pour réduire les tensions et établir des relations avec la Corée du Nord.

Un appel à l'action pour lutter contre les fermetures d'usines de GM et les licenciements massifs

Jerry White, 29 novembre 2018

Les travailleurs de l’automobile, comme la classe ouvrière dans son ensemble, ne peuvent accepter le «droit» de l’élite économique et financière de fermer ces usines.

Des nazis à l'AfD: la grande entreprise finance l'extrême droite

Peter Schwarz, 29 novembre 2018

La montée du parti d’extrême droite AfD (Alternative pour l'Allemagne) a été rendue possible grâce aux énormes dons du milliardaire August von Finck dont le père avait financé Hitler et fait fortune grâce à l’«aryanisation» des biens juifs.

Le Guardian lance de nouvelles accusations contre Assange et WikiLeaks

James Cogan, 29 novembre 2018

Ce journal a le culot de déclarer qu’il sert à «donner une voix à ceux qui sont moins entendus, à interpeller les puissants et à leur demander des comptes».

Il y a 25 ans : la Belgique secouée par la grève générale

WSWS, 29 novembre 2018

La plus grande grève générale du pays depuis 1936 a paralysée la Belgique le vendredi 27 novembre 1993, dans le contexte d’une vague de luttes ouvrières dans toute l’Europe occidentale.

New in Spanish

¡Defiendan a los trabajadores inmigrantes de la violencia estatal!

Por Eric London, 28 noviembre 2018

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EUA) condena la operación militar del Gobierno estadounidense en la frontera de EUA-México el domingo como un horrible crimen de lesa humanidad.

GM cerrará cinco plantas en EUA y Canadá, recortando 14.700 empleos

Por Jerry White, 28 noviembre 2018

Los sindicatos han facilitado el cierre de la planta y plantean la necesidad de que los trabajadores automotrices en los EUA y Canadá formen organizaciones independientes para preparar una huelga coordinada.

Oficiales de EUA y México fomentan reacción nacionalista contra los inmigrantes

Por Noriza Díaz, 28 noviembre 2018

Después de una manifestación contra la caravana el domingo en Tijuana, la Patrulla Fronteriza cerró la garita San Ysidro el lunes por la mañana, dejando a decenas de miles en pánico, como un intento para atizar ira y confusión.

En repudio a las maniobras de Macron para estrangular las protestas de los Chalecos Amarillos en Francia

Por Alex Lantier, 28 noviembre 2018

Las negociaciones que Macron les ha ofrecido hoy a los manifestantes son una trampa para un movimiento que necesita girar decididamente a la clase obrera y a una estrategia revolucionaria.

La desaceleración económica mundial golpea las exportaciones peruanas

Por Cesar Uco, 28 noviembre 2018

Detrás de los crecientes escándalos de corrupción en Perú se encuentra la crisis del modelo económico de libre mercado introducido en la década de 1990.

Inmigrantes pasan hambre en Estados Unidos por temor a ser deportados si usan cupones de alimentos

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 noviembre 2018

La inseguridad alimentaria en las familias inmigrantes de EUA por menos de cinco años aumentó de 9,9 por ciento en 2007 a 17,8 por ciento en la primera mitad de 2018.

New in Norwegian

Militær-politi-angrepet ved San Ysidro
Forsvar immigrantarbeiderne mot statsvold!

Eric London, 27. november 2018

Socialist Equality Party (USA) fordømmer den amerikanske regjeringens militæroperasjon ved USA-Mexico grensa på søndag som en uhyrlig forbrytelse mot menneskeheten.

Russland-Ukraina duellen over Azovhavet fortsetter og Porosjenko erklærer krigsrett

Clara Weiss, 27. november 2018

Den farlige utviklingen i Svartehavsregionen understreker faren for en tredje verdenskrig.

Tysklands storkoalisjonsregjering vedtar krigsbudsjett

Johannes Stern, 27. november 2018

Den 14. november vedtok Tysklands storkoalisjonsregjering et lovforslag som vil øke landets militærbudsjett med massive 12 prosent.

New in German

Von den Nazis zur AfD: Die Kontinuität der Geldgeber

Peter Schwarz, 27. November 2018

Der Aufstieg der AfD wurde durch hohe Geldzuwendungen des Milliardärs August von Finck befördert, dessen Vater Hitler finanziert und sein Vermögen durch die Arisierung jüdischen Besitzes vermehrt hat.

Frankreich: Bereitschaftspolizei geht gegen Massenproteste in Paris vor

Alex Lantier, 27. November 2018

Laut dem französischen Innenministerium haben 106.000 Menschen an mehr als eintausend Protestveranstaltungen in ganz Frankreich teilgenommen, 8.000 davon bei einer Demonstration auf den Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Extreme Ausbeutung ausländischer LKW-Fahrer in Deutschland

Dietmar Henning, 27. November 2018

Das Schicksal von 16 philippinischen LKW-Fahrern, das Anfang des Monats bekannt geworden ist, wirft ein Schlaglicht auf die extreme Ausbeutung ausländischer Fahrer in Deutschland und ganz Europa.

Russische Ausgabe von Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis wird auf Moskauer Buchmesse ausgestellt

unserem Korrespondenten, 27. November 2018

Über 100 Jahre nach der Oktoberrevolution und zum 80. Jahrestag der Gründung der Vierten Internationale ist David Norths Buch „Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis“ gerade in Russland hochaktuell.

New in Dutch

Nederland: 10.000 protesteren tegen pro-zakelijk overheidsbeleid

Harm Zonderland, 17 november 2018

Op zaterdag 10 november protesteerden 10.000 mensen tegen het pro-zakelijke beleid van de liberaal-conservatieve regering van premier Mark Rutte (VVD), die nu één jaar aan de macht is. De regering heeft al de vennootschapsbelasting verlaagd, en is van plan om de belastingen te verhogen op basisbehoeften, zoals voedingsmiddelen en medicijnen.

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Perspective

Ukraine’s provocation in the Azov Sea

29 November 2018

The Ukrainian military, with the support of high-level figures within the US state, has instigated a major international crisis ahead of this week’s G20 summit.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

New York Times: Our crime was telling the truth

By Andre Damon, 29 November 2018

The Times and the Washington Post are arguing that by publishing true information about political corruption, the US press committed what amounts to treason.

After Trump fires tear gas at immigrant children
Sanders declares caravan members lack a “credible” claim to asylum

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2018

Asked whether he believed that immigrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America “all have a credible claim for asylum,” the senator declared, “No, I don’t.”

David North in Australia and New Zealand

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.

Friday, November 30, 6pm for 6:30. Admission free, please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Arts Review

Green Book and At Eternity’s Gate: Overcoming racism and painter Vincent van Gogh’s final years

By Joanne Laurier, 29 November 2018

Set in 1962, Green Book is a heartfelt film about the relationship between a famed black pianist and his white, working class chauffeur. In At Eternity’s Gate, artist Julian Schnabel treats the last period in the life of legendary Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Only a fool “expects better” from humanity

By David Walsh, 26 November 2018

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

Commentary

Rejecting Macron’s speech, fuel tax protesters call new demonstrations in France

By Alex Lantier, 28 November 2018

Slanders depicting “Yellow Vest” protesters as violent neo-fascists collapse

No to Macron’s maneuvers to strangle the Yellow Vest protests in France

From the Nazis to the AfD: Big business finances the far-right

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2018

Plead for charity or die: A blunt message from the American health care system

By Nancy Hanover, 28 November 2018

Climate change, capitalism and socialism
New climate change report: Impact of global warming “already being felt”

No to the draft in France and Europe!

European elections 2019
No to the EU, social inequality, fascism and war! For socialism and the unity of the European working class!

The Campaign to Free Julian Assange

Guardian newspaper spearheads new accusations against Assange and WikiLeaks

By James Cogan, 28 November 2018

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.

Obituary

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

By Richard Phillips and David Walsh, 28 November 2018

Science

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

Workers Struggles

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

Trudeau government illegalizes Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2018

Canada Post workers need socialist strategy to defy and defeat Liberals’ back-to-work law

Iranian steelworkers strike for back-wages, safety, and jobs

By Samuel Davidson and Keith Jones, 26 November 2018

25 years ago: Belgium rocked by general strike

The biggest general strike in Belgium since 1936 paralyzed the country on Friday, November 27. as a wave of workers’ struggles continues throughout western Europe.

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50 years ago: Romania’s Ceausescu opposes “Brezhnev Doctrine”

The policy had already been put into action with the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August.

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75 years ago: Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt meet at Tehran

The Soviet dictator and the leaders of British and American imperialism were gathering to begin discussions on the geo-strategic relations that would be established in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Admiral Kolchak’s troops begin westward drive against Bolsheviks

On November 29, 1918, the 1st corps of the Siberian Army, the largest military group of the counterrevolutionary Provisional All-Russian Government, began its advance towards Perm in the Urals, a center of arms manufacture and coal production.

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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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Canada) to hold Montreal meeting on “Leon Trotsky, the Lessons of History, and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

24 November 2018

The SEP (Canada) is holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 28, as part of events worldwide to mark 80 Years of the Fourth International.

Indian Trotskyists celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful public meeting on political crisis

By our correspondents, 22 November 2018

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold lecture on “Lessons of History and the Fight for Socialism Today”

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold meetings on the socialist solution to the political crisis

The political crisis in Sri Lanka: Its lessons for the international working class

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.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

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

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

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 »

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

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.

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

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.