Ten days before contract expiration, top aide to UAW GM negotiators pleads guilty to taking $2 million in kickbacks

By Jerry White, 5 September 2019

The plea deal comes as GM CEO Mary Barra is set to meet with President Trump to discuss the upcoming contract battle by autoworkers.

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

Hong Kong administration seeks to split protest movement

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2019

By withdrawing the extradition legislation, chief executive Carrie Lam is seeking the support of conservative protest leaders to pave the way for the suppression of more militant layers.

Tens of thousands join first day of Hong Kong protest strike

Pentagon begins second phase of diverting funds to Trump’s border wall

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected $3.6 billion worth of military construction projects that will be deferred to help pay for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

Mexican president used spy agency to monitor immigrant caravans

By Alex González, 5 September 2019

After claiming that Mexico’s spy agency would be dismantled and immigrants protected, AMLO has escalated attacks on democratic rights.

New York cook arrested by ICE after filing lawsuit for $200,000 in stolen wages

More on North American immigrant issues »

Five Star-Democrat coalition government announced in Italy

By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2019

Cobbled together in backroom deals to avoid elections while continuing austerity and attacks on refugees, this government is no alternative to its far-right predecessor.

Trade war accelerates trend towards global recession

By Nick Beams, 5 September 2019

Manufacturing survey results from around the world point to a significant slowdown with no signs of increased activity in the coming months.

India labels 1.9 million Assam residents “foreigners” as prelude to their mass expulsion

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 September 2019

Almost all of the 1.9 million people who have been deemed “foreigners”—some 6 percent of Assam’s population—are Bengali-speaking, and more than 90 percent of them are impoverished Muslims.

Costa Rican government imposes ban on political strikes

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2019

Thousands of public sector workers, including teachers, doctors, nurses, electricians, trash collectors and others went on a national strike on Tuesday to oppose this historic attack on democratic rights.

Schools begin in Denver amid sweltering heat and ongoing protests

By Bill Knowles, 5 September 2019

Many Denver teachers, still reeling from the betrayal of their strike last February, have been forced to return to the classrooms in scorching heat.

Quebec: New attack on crane operators provokes strong opposition

By Louis Girard, 5 September 2019

The government’s regressive regulatory “reform” poses a serious threat to the safety of both the public and construction workers.

Sri Lanka: JVP presidential candidate vows to strengthen capitalist state

By W.A. Sunil, 5 September 2019

Over the past 20 years the JVP has actively supported candidates of the main bourgeois parties—the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party.

Twenty years after independence vote
East Timor’s mass poverty, unemployment belie promises of “national liberation”

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 September 2019

The creation of the new capitalist state did nothing to advance the social interests and democratic rights of the Timorese working class and rural poor.

A year after sellout deal
Crisis erupts in New Zealand Nurses Organisation

By Tom Peters, 5 September 2019

Both factions of the NZNO leadership are complicit in imposing a rotten deal in 2018 that entrenched low wages and a staffing shortage in hospitals.

New in French

75 000 articles publiés sur le World Socialist Web Site en anglais

Patrick Martin, 4 septembre 2019

La semaine dernière a vu le World Socialist Web Site marquer une étape majeure en atteingnant les 75 000 articles publiés en anglais depuis le lancement du WSWS par le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale le 14 février 1998.

L’AfD d’extrême droite fait des gains dans les élections régionales en Allemagne

Ulrich Rippert, 4 septembre 2019

Le parti fasciste est celui qui a le plus profité de l’effondrement de l’appui pour les partis qui forment la grande coalition.

Des dizaines de milliers de personnes se joignent au premier jour de grève de protestation à Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 4 septembre 2019

La confédération syndicale fait tout son possible pour limiter l’action des travailleurs et limiter leurs revendications à celles de l’opposition officielle procapitaliste de Hong Kong.

New in Russian

Восемьдесят лет с начала Второй мировой войны

Билл Вэн Оукен, 4 сентября 2019 г.

Официальная церемония памяти по поводу самого варварского события в мировой истории стала празднованием милитаризма и правого национализма, неотступно сопровождавшего начало войны.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Основана Коммунистическая партия США

4 сентября 2019 г.

1 сентября 1919 года в Чикаго часть левого крыла Социалистической партии основала Коммунистическую партию США.

New in Norwegian

World Socialist Web Site passerer 75 000 publiserte artikler på engelsk

Patrick Martin, 4. september 2019

Forrige uke passerte World Socialist Web Site en vesentlig milepæl, der nettstedet passert 75 000 publiserte artikler på sine engelskspråklige sider siden ICFI den 14. februar 1998 lanserte WSWS.

Roger Waters og John Pilger leverer kraftig forsvar for Julian Assange i London

våre reportere, 4. september 2019

Pilger uttalte: «Ved å forsvare Julian Assange forsvarer vi våre helligste rettigheter. Snakk opp nå, eller våkn opp en dag til tausheten av en ny type tyranni.»

Trump innfører nye tolltariffer mot Kina

Nick Beams, 4. september 2019

De nye tiltakene, som skal følges opp med ytterligere utvidelser i desember, har rammet et bredt spekter av forbrukerprodukter, samtidig som det er voksende bekymringer for en resesjon i verdensøkonomien og i USA.

Protester over hele landet mot Johnsons planlagte suspendering av Parlamentet

Robert Stevens, 4. september 2019

Det fant sted demonstrasjoner i rundt 80 byer. De ble organisert av en koalisjon av krefter som enten er direkte motstandere av Brexit, eller en no-deal som Johnson truer med.

Storbritannia: Demonstranter fordømte Johnsons suspendering av Parlamentet. «En vakker dag våkner vi og alle våre rettigheter er borte, hvis vi ikke reiser oss og slåss.»

våre reportere, 4. september 2019

WSWS-reportere snakket med deltakere på antiJohnson-protester i London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds og Bristol.

Ytrehøyrepartiet AfD – Alternative für Deutschland – vant terreng i tyske delstatsvalg

Ulrich Rippert, 4. september 2019

Det fascistiske partiet trakk veksler på kollapsen av støtte for de lokale regjeringspartiene, som også utgjør den føderale GroKo-regjeringskoalisjonen.

Australia: Varslerrettssaker videreføres til tross for ramaskrik

Mike Head, 4. september 2019

Morrison-regjeringen avviser oppfordringer om å henlegge rettsforfølgelsen av de som eksponerte den kriminelle virksomheten til landets USA-tilknyttede spionagenturer og de væpnede styrkene.

«Stressnivået innen helsesystemet er ved et vippepunkt»
Intervju med Judy Davidson, forsker i sykepleie, om den økende hyppigheten av sykepleierselvmord

Alex Johnson, 4. september 2019

Judy Davidson er del av det psykiatriske forskerteamet som nylig avdekket den høye forekomsten av selvmord innen amerikansk sykepleie.

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Presidente alemán guarda silencio sobre Holocausto durante conmemoración de Segunda Guerra Mundial

Por Peter Schwarz, 5 septiembre 2019

El presidente alemán, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, no enunció ni una sola palabra sobre la exterminación de los judíos en una ceremonia en Varsovia que marcaba el 80 aniversario de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Roger Waters y John Pilger hacen una poderosa defensa de Julian Assange en Londres

Por nuestros reporteros, 5 septiembre 2019

Pilger dijo: “Al defender a Julian Assange, defendemos nuestros derechos más sagrados. Habla ahora o despierta una mañana con el silencio de un nuevo tipo de tiranía”.

Tras voto a favor de huelga de 96 por ciento, el UAW elige a trabajadores de GM para intentar imponer primer contrato entreguista

Por Jerry White, 5 septiembre 2019

En vez de “poner en la mira” a General Motors, el sindicato UAW está apuntando contra los trabajadores de GM para extraerles más concesiones y marcar la pauta para Ford y Fiat-Chrysler.

Decenas de miles se unen a primer día de protestas de huelga en Hong Kong

Por Peter Symonds, 5 septiembre 2019

La confederación sindical está haciendo todo lo posible para limitar la acción de los trabajadores y confinar sus demandas a las de la oposición oficial procapitalista en Hong Kong.

Huelga de dos días comienza en Hong Kong después de otro fin de semana de protestas

Por Ben McGrath, 5 septiembre 2019

Temiendo la intervención de la clase obrera, las autoridades están intensificando su represión contra los manifestantes.

New in Russian

Восемьдесят лет с начала Второй мировой войны

Билл Вэн Оукен, 4 сентября 2019 г.

Официальная церемония памяти по поводу самого варварского события в мировой истории стала празднованием милитаризма и правого национализма, неотступно сопровождавшего начало войны.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Основана Коммунистическая партия США

4 сентября 2019 г.

1 сентября 1919 года в Чикаго часть левого крыла Социалистической партии основала Коммунистическую партию США.

New in Portuguese

Bolsonaro ameaça Glenn Greenwald e intensifica discursos fascistas

Miguel Andrade, 31 Agosto 2019

Bolsonaro está empenhado na construção de um movimento fascista baseado nas forças de segurança, e se sente encorajado pelo amplo consenso nos círculos dominantes em torno de sua agenda econômica.

New in Turkish

ABD’nin itirazlarına rağmen Rusya ve Türkiye askeri işbirliğini yoğunlaştırıyor

Ulaş Ateşçi, 5 Eylül 2019

Türkiye ile Rusya arasında gitgide sıkılaşan ilişkiler, Ankara ile Batılı müttefikleri arasında var olan ve Washington ile Berlin’in desteğiyle Erdoğan’a karşı 2016’da düzenlenen başarısız darbe girişimiyle doruk noktasına ulaşan belli başlı anlaşmazlık noktalarının hiçbirinin çözülmediğini gösteriyor.

New in Russian

Уничтоженная брошюра о Красной армии, изданная в 1923 году по заказу Троцкого, снова опубликована в России

Клара Вайс, 5 сентября 2019 г.

Переиздание спустя почти 100 лет этой брошюры дает возможность ознакомиться с важным историческим документом, судьба которого отражает жестокое подавление сталинизмом подлинной марксистской мысли и политики, представителями которых в Советском Союзе были Лев Троцкий и Левая оппозиция.

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Perspective

In Brexit crisis, Corbyn lines up with Tories and Blairites

5 September 2019

In emerging as the leading figure for the anti-Brexit wing of the ruling class, Corbyn is making clear that he has no independent political alternative to offer the working class.

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Free Assange and Manning

Media blacks out Roger Waters’ performance in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2019

The media silence is an act of political censorship, carried out in order to assist the US and British governments persecute WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Roger Waters and John Pilger make powerful defence of Julian Assange in London

By our reporters, 3 September 2019

Imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond called to testify before US grand jury, most likely against Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 4 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured Commentary

German president silent on the Holocaust at WWII memorial

By Peter Schwarz, 4 September 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history—Part Two

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 4 September 2019

The 1619 Project, launched by the New York Times, presents racism and racial conflict as the essential feature and driving force of American history.

The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

The World Socialist Web Site reaches 75,000 English articles

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2019

Last week the World Socialist Web Site passed a major milestone, having published 75,000 articles on its English-language pages since the International Committee of the Fourth International launched the WSWS on February 14, 1998.

Autoworkers struggles

After 96 percent strike vote, UAW picks GM workers to try to push through first concessions contract

By Jerry White, 4 September 2019

Unifor tries to keep Canadian autoworkers in the dark about US contract battle

India: Motherson autoworkers strike indefinitely in Tamil Nadu

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 2 September 2019

Day after FBI raids of UAW, autoworkers cast near unanimous vote to strike

By Jerry White, 30 August 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

Courts back Trump administration as ICE continues to force-feed immigrants

By Adam McLean, 3 September 2019

Star quarterback Andrew Luck stuns National Football League by retiring at 29

By Alan Gilman, 2 September 2019

Only one-third of Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide—so why does the New York Times?

By David Walsh, 31 August 2019

The Democratic Socialists of America Convention: A marketing gimmick for the Democratic Party

By Joseph Kishore, 30 August 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

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

Socialist Equality Party

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

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

By David North, 3 August 2019

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

Arts Review

A 21st-century “Hunger Games”
Alone: The Arctic (Season 6)—Surviving reality television

By Carl Bronski, 4 September 2019

Twenty years of the Young Euro Classic festival: Beethoven caught between rebellion and EU propaganda

By Verena Nees, 2 September 2019

Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A creative “genius” suppresses herself

By David Walsh, 30 August 2019

The Photographer of Mauthausen: Documenting Nazi crimes in a wartime concentration camp

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 August 2019

Workers Struggles

Australia: Whistleblower trials proceed despite outcry

By Mike Head, 3 September 2019

Australian worker killed in fall on Sydney construction site

By Terry Cook, 3 September 2019

Twenty-five-year-old miner crushed to death in Pennsylvania coal mine

By Samuel Davidson, 2 September 2019

CWA shuts down strike of 22,000 AT&T workers across US South

Featured Interview

“The stress in healthcare is at a tipping point”
An interview with nurse scientist Judy Davidson on rising nurse suicides

By Alex Johnson, 2 September 2019

New studies reveal growing epidemic of nurse suicides in the US

25 years ago: Sani Abacha crushes anti-government strike in Nigeria

On September 5, 1994, bowing to ferocious pressure from Nigeria’s military junta headed by President Sani Abacha, oil union leaders called off a two-month strike of 200,000 workers.

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50 years ago: Ho Chi Minh dies

Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietnamese independence movement and a founder of the communist party in Vietnam, died in office on September 2, 1969, at the very height of the Vietnamese struggle against American imperialism.

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75 years ago: Fourth International warns against persecution of Uruguayan Trotskyists

This week in September 1944, the theoretical journal carried an editorial warning against the persecution of Trotskyists in Uruguay as part of a broader crackdown on the movement internationally.

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100 years ago: Jan Smuts becomes prime minister of South Africa

On September 3, 1919, Jan Smuts became the second prime minister of the Union of South Africa, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire.

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History

The Causes and Consequences of World War II

By David North, 31 August 2019

Eighty years since the outbreak of World War II

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The future is socialism, but it must be fought for

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 27 August 2019

Students and youth must fight to build an independent political movement of the working class, in opposition to all the parties and organizations that support capitalism.

Science

New human species discovered in the Philippines

By Frank Gaglioti, 21 August 2019

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 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.