Layoffs in global auto industry hit Mexico, India, China and the US

By Jerry White, 7 August 2019

Global automakers are destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs as sales fall and a brutal competition unfolds to dominate the market for electric vehicles and other new technologies.

Layoffs mount as slump in world auto industry deepens

In wake of El Paso slaughter, Mexican government continues to do Trump’s bidding

By Don Knowland, 7 August 2019

The Mexican president said on Sunday, “We don’t want to interfere in the affairs of other countries; we’re going to continue sticking to the principles of non-intervention.”

Fascist violence and the politics of race and racism

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

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

Washington orders international embargo on Venezuela, threatens invasion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2019

US envoy Elliott Abrams declared: “If you told George Bush Sr. in 1988 that he would invade Panama, he would have called it madness. But two or three years later, it happened.”

Britain to join US naval blockade of Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 August 2019

The decision signifies a further intensification of the drive to war against Iran.

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

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians

By Alex Lantier, 7 August 2019

The bombing in the city of Murzuq was carried out by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which relies on support from Paris and Washington as well as Egypt.

More on the war drive in the Middle East »

Bowing to House Democratic leadership, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez purges staff

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2019

The purge came after staff members criticized Democratic Party leaders over the passage of a bill funding Trump’s war on immigrants.

Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration

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

More on the politics of the pseudo-left »

Kentucky coal miners continue protest as Blackjewel assets auction proceeds

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2019

The determined resistance of the miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, has demonstrated once again that the dividing line in America is class, not race or ethnicity.

Kentucky miners block train tracks for sixth day demanding back pay

Canadian auto parts workers stage wildcat strike as Oshawa GM plant closure looms

By Carl Bronski, 7 August 2019

The short strike was organized by rank-and-file workers independently of the pro-company Unifor union, which spent the day telling workers to get back to work.

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Grenfell fire campaigner Amanda Beckles died by suicide

By Barry Mason, 7 August 2019

The coroner’s inquest heard that Amanda, a witness to the Grenfell Tower fire, had sought therapy after showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and was struggling financially.

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Sri Lankan parliamentary parties back extension of emergency rule

By Saman Gunadasa, 7 August 2019

The endorsement came four days after President Sirisena declared that the railways and public transport were essential services, effectively banning strikes in those sectors.

Australia: Melbourne rail workers vote for strike action

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 August 2019

While privatisation has provided new and lucrative profit opportunities for corporate operators, it has proven a disaster for rail workers and commuters.

New in Russian

Бреттон-Вудское соглашение: 75 лет спустя

Ник Бимс, 7 августа 2019 г.

Участники конференции остро осознавали, что главная опасность при обсуждении вопроса о создании нового мирового экономического порядка заключается в угрозе выживанию их собственного правления.

New in Turkish

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’i “yeniden kurma” konferansından bir yıl sonra
Partido Obrero önderliği ile Jorge Altamira arasında bölünme

Bill Van Auken, 7 Ağustos 2019

PO içindeki tüm suçlamaların ve karşı suçlamaların ortasında kesin bir şekilde ortaya çıkan şey, her iki hizbin de bütünüyle ulusalcı bir yönelime dayandığı; sosyalist enternasyonalizm stratejisini ve ilkelerini en bayağı ulusalcı hesaplara tabi kıldığıdır.

New in Norwegian

Fascistvold og etnisitets- og rasisme politikk

Joseph Kishore, 7. august 2019

New York Times unngår de politiske årsakene til fascistvold og fremmer et rasistisk narrativ om det amerikanske samfunnet sentrert rundt «hvithet», som legitimerer det ekstreme høyres reaksjonære påstander.

Titusenvis av arbeidere streiket på tvers av Hong Kong

Ben McGrath, 7. august 2019

Styringsklassen over hele verden er dypt skremt for spredningen av sosial misnøye når arbeiderklassen går til åpen kamp for sine demokratiske og sosiale rettigheter.

Indias hindu-overherredømme-regjering opphever Kashmirs autonomi

Keith Jones, 7. august 2019

Mandagens handlinger vil oppildne spenninger med Pakistan, og utgjøre et ytterligere trinn i den indiske styringselitens dreining mot autoritære styreformer og promotering av hindu-kommunalistisk reaksjon.

Myndighetene på Puerto Rico slåss for å få installert Wall Streets guvernør

Andrea Lobo, 7. august 2019

Bestrebelsene for å installere Pedro Pierluisi, advokat for den amerikanske finansjuntaen, som Puerto Ricos nye guvernør har ytterligere utdypet den politiske krisen og den sosiale masseopposisjonen.

Sri Lanka: Studenter ved Colombo University krever Julian Assanges løslatelse

våre reportere, 7. august 2019

«Amerikansk imperialisme søker nå sin hevn mot Assange fordi han fortalte sannheten.»

Fengslet srilankisk forfatter forsvarer Julian Assange

våre reportere, 7. august 2019

«Systemet som har satt Assange bak murene er det samme systemet som er ansvarlig for å ha satt meg bak murene her på Sri Lanka.»

New in Spanish

La violencia fascista y la política racial y del racismo

Por Joseph Kishore, 7 agosto 2019

Evadiendo las causas políticas de la reaparición de la violencia fascista, el New York Times promovió una narrativa racialista de la sociedad estadounidense, centrada en la “blancura”, que legitima el discurso reaccionario de la extrema derecha.

Estancamiento político por los buques de carga iraníes expone una profunda crisis de la clase dominante brasileña

Por Alexander Ramirez y Miguel Andrade, 7 agosto 2019

A medida que el gobierno de Bolsonaro se alinea cada vez más con el imperialismo estadounidense, la clase gobernante se está poniendo nerviosa de provocar una explosión social.

A un año de su conferencia para “refundar” la Cuarta Internacional
El Partido Obrero de Argentina se escinde de su viejo dirigente Jorge Altamira

Por Bill Van Auken, 7 agosto 2019

En medio de todas las acusaciones y contraacusaciones dentro del PO, lo que aflora más claramente es que ambas facciones se basan totalmente en una orientación nacionalista pequeñoburguesa.

New in French

Le conflit commercial entre les États-Unis et la Chine dégénère en guerre de devises

Nick Beams, 7 août 2019

Les marchés boursiers ont fortement chuté hier dans le monde entier en raison des craintes d'une guerre des devises, après que la Chine a laissé sa monnaie, le renminbi, descendre sous le seuil de 7 pour un dollar américain.

La violence fasciste, la politique fondée sur les origines ethniques et le racisme

Joseph Kishore, 7 août 2019

Fuyant les causes politiques de la réémergence de la violence fasciste, le New York Times promeut le récit ethnique d’une société américaine, axée sur la question «blanche», qui légitime les affirmations réactionnaires de l’extrême droite.

Le dirigeant pabliste Gilbert Achcar a donné des conseils en matière de contre-insurrection à l'armée britannique

Thomas Scripps, 7 août 2019

Les groupes de la pseudo-gauche s’engagent pour le compte de l’armée et de l’appareil sécuritaire, fournissant leur expertise universitaire en rapport avec des nations d’Afriques et du Moyen Orient visées par l’impérialisme.

Les partis du patronat responsables d’une catastrophe sociale dans les États-Unis du 21e siècle

Kate Randall, 7 août 2019

Les démocrates n'ont pas plus l'intention que les républicains d'aborder les questions sociales brûlantes auxquelles la classe ouvrière est confrontée quotidiennement.

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

General strike signals entry of working class into Hong Kong protests

7 August 2019

The mass protests in Hong Kong, which have continued for more than two months, are part of the resurgence of the working class internationally.

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.

Commentary

Large turnout to view George Washington murals slated for destruction by San Francisco school board

By Toby Reese, 7 August 2019

The George Washington High School was opened for two hours for a viewing of the 13-panel mural by left-wing Depression Era muralist Victor Arnautoff depicting the “Life of Washington.”

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

By Thomas Scripps, 6 August 2019

US-China trade conflict escalates to currency war

By Nick Beams, 6 August 2019

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

India’s Hindu supremacist government abrogates Kashmir’s autonomy

By Keith Jones, 6 August 2019

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

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 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

Arts Review

South African jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim returns with The Balance

By Hiram Lee, 7 August 2019

This latest work stands out as an unusually open and humane collection of songs in a genre that has been lacking in those elements far too much in recent years.

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

Free Assange and Manning

Protests in Australia continue to break official silence on Julian Assange

By our reporters, 7 August 2019

The sentiments of ordinary people stand in stark contrast to the refusal of all of the official parties to take any action in defence of the WikiLeaks founder.

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

By our reporters, 6 August 2019

Jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara defends Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 August 2019

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 »

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

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

Workers Struggles

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

Unions step up sabotage of airline workers’ struggles in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 3 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.