Tens of thousands of workers strike throughout Hong Kong

By Ben McGrath, 6 August 2019

The ruling class throughout the world is deeply fearful of the spread of social discontent as the working class moves into open struggle for its democratic and social rights.

General strike by Hong Kong workers against extradition law

US-China trade conflict escalates to currency war

By Nick Beams, 6 August 2019

Stock markets fell sharply around the world yesterday, amid fears of a currency war, after China allowed its currency, the renminbi, to pass through the benchmark of 7 to the US dollar.

US to ring China with missiles in nuclear arms race

India’s Hindu supremacist government abrogates Kashmir’s autonomy

By Keith Jones, 6 August 2019

Yesterday’s actions will enflame tensions with Pakistan, and constitute a further stage in the Indian ruling elite’s turn toward authoritarian forms of rule and promotion of Hindu communal reaction.

Puerto Rican authorities scramble to provide democratic cover for installation of Wall Street’s governor

By Andrea Lobo, 6 August 2019

The attempt to install Pedro Pierluisi, lawyer for the US financial Junta, as Puerto Rico’s new governor has further deepened the political crisis and mass social opposition.

Puerto Rican governor steps down as political crisis escalates

Leading Pabloite Gilbert Achcar provided counter-insurgency advice to British Army

By Thomas Scripps, 6 August 2019

The pseudo-left groups are enlisting in the service of the military and security apparatus, providing their academic expertise on the nations of Africa and the Middle East targeted by imperialism.

US Secretary of State demands greater Australian involvement in war drive against China

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 August 2019

The support for Pompeo’s aggressive remarks in Canberra is a warning that behind its back, the Australian population has been placed on the frontline of a confrontation with China that threatens a catastrophic nuclear war.

What is the German secret service concealing about the Lübcke murder?

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 August 2019

New facts connected to the murder of the Kassel district president reveal the close links between right-wing terrorism and the secret service.

Labour-controlled Tower Hamlets council refused to host Palestinian charity event, citing “anti-Semitism” fears

By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2019

The decision is a blatant attack on free speech and confirms that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism provides a mechanism for censoring, silencing and even criminalising individuals and organisations that oppose Israel’s brutal suppression of the Palestinians, while slandering the entire left as “anti-Semitic.”

Judge lets bribe-taking UAW bureaucrat Norwood Jewell off with a slap on the wrist

By Shannon Jones, 6 August 2019

The former head of the union’s Fiat Chrysler department was sentenced to 15 months in a minimum-security prison for his role in the illegal bribery scheme.

“Paid for by Fiat Chrysler:” Prosecutors outline UAW corruption for Norwood Jewell sentencing hearing

“GM has made all of these profits and we’re getting shafted”
Autoworkers speak out as GM Warren Transmission plant closes after 78 years of operation

More on autoworkers struggles »

US House retirements signal deepening crisis for Republican Party

By Tom Carter, 6 August 2019

Kenny Marchant of Texas is the twelfth on the “casualty list” of Republicans leaving office this term and the fourth from Texas to announce his retirement in recent weeks.

Senate Democrats approve Trump war budget

As Mexican economy stagnates, ruling Morena party imposes state law to suppress social protests

By Don Knowland, 6 August 2019

The government of Mexican President Lopez Obrador is increasingly turning to authoritarian measures.

Spanish petty-bourgeois groups call on Podemos to install social-democratic government

By Alejandro López, 6 August 2019

Their call to back the PSOE from outside government is a cynical ploy to avoid taking responsibility for the right-wing policies of the PSOE regime they are supporting.

New in Russian

Российские власти продолжают подавление протестов оппозиции

Клара Вайс, 6 августа 2019 г.

Насильственное подавление протестов «либеральной» оппозиции нацелено на запугивание любой антиправительственной оппозиции и на подготовку репрессий для подавления массового сопротивления рабочего класса.

New in Turkish

Trump: Faşist şiddeti siyasi olarak mümkün kılan kişi

Patrick Martin, 6 Ağustos 2019

Aşırı sağcı ve faşist şiddetin yükselişine karşı mücadele, Demokratların ırksal politikasıyla değil ama sosyalizm uğruna mücadele temelinde verilebilir.

New in Norwegian

Underliggende for massakren i El Paso
Etnisitet, klasse og faren for fascisme

Patrick Martin, 6. august 2019

Både Trump og demokratene fremmer på forskjellige måter den samme løgnen at etnisitet, og ikke klasse er den fundamentale splittelsen i samfunnet.

USA skal omringe Kina med missiler i et atomvåpenkappløp

Andre Damon, 6. august 2019

Med den potensielle utplasseringen av amerikanske atomvåpenmissiler i bare få flyminutters avstand fra det kinesiske fastlandet, vil regionens enorme befolkning leve under trusselen om atomar utsletting.

Generalstreik av arbeidere i Hong Kong mot utleveringslov

Peter Symonds, 6. august 2019

Streiken signaliserer arbeiderklassens inntreden i protestmassebevegelsen, på en klassebasis som peker på de underliggende sosiale og økonomiske saksanliggender som driver opposisjonen.

Assanges far sier til WSWS: «Julians besluttsomhet er voldsom»

Oscar Grenfell, 6. august 2019

John Shipton fordømte den australske regjeringens avvisning av å ta opp saken om Assange med USA, eller å iverksette noen tiltak til hans forsvar, og erklærte: «Taushet er medvirkning.»

Russiske myndigheter fortsetter tilslaget mot opposisjonsprotester

Clara Weiss, 6. august 2019

Det voldsomme tilslaget mot den «liberale» opposisjonens protester er innrettet mot å intimidere all regjeringsopposisjon, og er forberedelser til undertrykking av utbredt motstand fra arbeiderklassen.

Fastlåst situasjon over iranske lastebåter eksponerer den brasilianske styringsklassens dype krise

Alexander Ramirez og Miguel Andrade, 6. august 2019

Mens Bolsonaro-regjeringen tilpasser seg stadig tettere til amerikansk imperialisme er styringsklassen nervøs for å fremprovosere en sosial eksplosjon.

New in Spanish

Estados Unidos rodeará a China con misiles en carrera de armamentos nucleares

Andre Damon, 6 agosto 2019

Con el posible despliegue de misiles nucleares de EE UU a solo minutos en tiempo de vuelo desde el continente chino, la enorme población de la región vivirá bajo el espectro de la aniquilación nuclear.

Trump: el facilitador político de la violencia fascista

Patrick Martin, 6 agosto 2019

El presidente es el autor moral y político de la violencia sangrienta en El Paso, Gilroy y Dayton.

Huelga general de trabajadores de Hong Kong contra la ley de extradición

Peter Symonds, 6 agosto 2019

La huelga señala la entrada de la clase trabajadora, en una base de clase, en el movimiento de protesta masiva, que señala los problemas sociales y económicos subyacentes que están impulsando a la oposición.

New in French

Le gouverneur portoricain démissionne alors que la crise politique s'aggrave

Andrea Lobo, 5 août 2019

Les manifestants se sont rassemblés à San Juan jusqu'à tard dans la journée de vendredi, criant pour que le gouverneur nouvellement installé démissionne lui aussi.

L’abandon du traité sur les FNI par les États-Unis renforce la menace de guerre nucléaire

Bill Van Auken, 5 août 2019

The formal abrogation of the treaty declared on Friday sets the stage for the testing and deployment of medium-range missiles against both Russia and China. L’abrogation officielle du traité vendredi prépare le terrain aux essais et déploiements de missiles de moyennes portée contre la Russie et la Chine

Après l’adoption des projets de loi 9 et 21 du gouvernement Legault:
Le tournant de l’élite dirigeante canadienne vers le chauvinisme anti-immigrants entraîne une hausse des crimes haineux

Louis Girard, 5 août 2019

Plus les travailleurs entrent en lutte contre les inégalités sociales, plus l’élite dirigeante cultive la xénophobie pour les diviser et les détourner d’une lutte contre le capitalisme en faillite.

New in German

Syrizas Vermächtnis: Vier Jahre Kürzungen, Privatisierungen, Militarismus und Angriffe auf Flüchtlinge
Teil 1

Katerina Selin, 6. August 2019

In dieser Artikelserie soll aufgezeigt werden, was die vierjährige Regierungspolitik von Syriza für Arbeiter, Jugendliche und Rentner in Griechenland konkret bedeutete.

Atomares Wettrüsten: USA wollen China mit Raketen einkreisen

Andre Damon, 6. August 2019

Durch die mögliche Stationierung von US-Atomraketen, die in wenigen Minuten das chinesische Festland erreichen können, wird die riesige Bevölkerung der Region dem Schreckgespenst der atomaren Vernichtung ausgesetzt.

Hongkong: Generalstreik der Arbeiter gegen das Auslieferungsgesetz

Peter Symonds, 6. August 2019

Der Streik markiert den Eintritt der Arbeiterklasse in die Massenprotestbewegung und verdeutlicht die tieferen sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Fragen hinter dem Widerstand.

Richtigstellung: Die Hohenzollern fordern ihren Besitz zurück

Gregor Link, 6. August 2019

Am 24. Juli veröffentlichte die WSWS den Artikel „Hohenzollern fordern ihren Besitz zurück“. Wir wurden darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass einige Aussagen in dem Artikel nicht korrekt sind.

New in Arabic

اندلاع احتجاجات جماهيرية بعد قيام المجلس العسكري في السودان بإطلاق النار على أطفال المدارس

بقلم جين شاعول

خرج عشرات الآلاف من الطلاب والشباب إلى الشوارع هذا الأسبوع ، بعد أن أطلقت القوات المسلحة السودانية النار على مظاهرة للشباب بسبب نقص الخبز والوقود في الأبيض ، عاصمة إقليم شمال كردفان ، يوم الاثنين.

New in Portuguese

Banco Central dos EUA corta taxa de juros, mas Wall Street exige mais

Nick Beams, 5 Agosto 2019

A decisão do Fed deixa claro que a injeção de dinheiro ultra-barato para o sistema financeiro pelos bancos centrais em benefício da oligarquia financeira tornou-se o “novo normal”.

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Perspective

Fascist violence and the politics of race and racism

6 August 2019

Evading the political causes of the reemergence of fascist violence, the New York Times promotes a racialist narrative of American society, centered on “whiteness,” that legitimizes the reactionary claims of the extreme right.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 August 2019

This lecture was delivered by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, at the opening of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 21, 2019.

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 26 July 2019

The German Verfassungsschutz has produced a 56-page response to the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) challenging its official designation as a “left-wing extremist” organisation subject to state surveillance. The government’s response is an angry diatribe against Marxism and every form of socialist and progressive thought.

The 2020 US Elections

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist assessment
Beto O’Rourke: The incredible shrinking empty suit

By Ed Hightower, 6 August 2019

After rocketing into prominence in a failed 2018 campaign for US Senate, the former Texas congressman has plummeted from “co-frontrunner” status to near-invisibility.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal
Kamala Harris: Law-and-order with a dose of identity politics

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal
Pete Buttigieg: The made-to-order political “outsider”

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal
Elizabeth Warren espouses economic nationalist policies aligned with Donald Trump

Free Assange and Manning

Sri Lanka: Colombo University students call for release of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 August 2019

“American imperialism is now seeking its revenge against Assange because he told the truth.”

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 August 2019

“The system that has put Assange behind bars is the same system responsible for putting me behind bars in Sri Lanka.”

Assange’s father speaks to the WSWS: “Julian’s resolve is fierce”

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 August 2019

Despite briefing by Julian Assange’s lawyer, Australian politicians still refuse to defend him

By Mike Head, 3 August 2019

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit
US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Forty years since first German broadcast of the “Holocaust” series

By Clara Weiss, 5 August 2019

16 Shots: Documenting the Chicago Democratic Party’s cover-up of the police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Michael Walters and Kristina Betinis, 3 August 2019

More on the removal of actress Lillian Gish’s name at Bowling Green State University
A conversation with actor Malcolm McDowell: “Once you erode freedoms like this, and artistic thought, where are we as a civilized society?”

By David Walsh, 1 August 2019

Workers Struggles

Argentine teachers strike, Michigan road workers walk out, Blackjewell miners protest and BC forestry strike continues
Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 August 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Quebec: A political balance sheet of the United Steelworkers’ betrayal of the ABI workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 5 August 2019

Teamsters union boss with close ties to Chicago Democrats pleads guilty to extortion

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 August 2019

Bangladesh primary school teachers demand government nationalise schools

By Wimal Perera, 5 August 2019

Kentucky miners block train tracks for sixth day demanding back pay

By Samuel Davidson, 3 August 2019

Unions step up sabotage of airline workers’ struggles in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2019

Commentary

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2019

Deadlock over Iranian cargo ships exposes deep crisis of Brazilian ruling class

By Alexander Ramirez and Miguel Andrade, 5 August 2019

One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International
Argentina’s Partido Obrero splits with longtime leader Jorge Altamira

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2019

Big business parties preside over a social catastrophe in 21st century America

By Kate Randall, 3 August 2019

Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration

By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2019

The Democratic Party politics of the “Democratic Socialists of America”

By Joseph Kishore, 2 August 2019

25 years ago: Senate debate on health care begins

On August 9, 1994, a debate began in the US Senate on health care legislation, the main domestic policy initiative of the Clinton administration.

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50 years ago: Manson group kills eight members of two families in Los Angeles

In the early morning hours of August 9, 1969, members of the cult group headed by Charles Manson broke into the home of a married couple, actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski, and killed Tate, her unborn child and four other adults.

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75 years ago: Japanese prisoners of war stage mass escape in Australia

On August 5, 1944, over 1,000 Japanese prisoners of war attempted a mass escape from a detention facility in Cowra, a country town 300 kilometers west of Sydney.

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100 years ago: Germany adopts Weimar Constitution

On August 11, 1919, Germany’s president, Social Democrat Fredrich Ebert, signed a new constitution into law, establishing Germany as a democratic republic.

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New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Mass protests erupt after Sudan’s military junta guns down school children”

We are publishing in Arabic the article published August 1 on the World Socialist Web Site by Jean Shaoul.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE wins seat in student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

By the IYSSE group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 16 July 2019

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Socialist Equality Party Canada

Build rank-and-file committees to prepare a political general strike against Ontario's Doug Ford!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 July 2019

To prevail in this fight, workers must break free of the trade unions and NDP, and unify their struggles in a global working-class counter-offensive against capitalist austerity and war.

Canada’s Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine

Book Review

Part 1: Counter-revolution and anti-Semitism
Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism

By Clara Weiss, 8 July 2019

Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism
Part 2: Stalinism, communism and anti-Semitism

History

American Independence Day 2019: From the “asylum for mankind” to the land of concentration camps

By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

Fund Appeal

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.