Turkey launches US-backed offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2019

Turkish air raids and artillery bombardments hit cities and military and civilian targets along approximately 100 kilometers of the Turkey-Syria border.

Washington green lights Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

PG&E imposes blackout for over two million residents in Northern California

By Evan Blake, 10 October 2019

Facing wind storms, the energy monopoly cut power for masses of people, fearing liability in the event of further deadly wildfires sparked by its power lines.

Trump asserts unchecked presidential powers

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2019

Trump’s attorneys are arguing that neither state prosecutors nor Congress have any power over the chief executive.

Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?

“Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd grills senator: “You don’t trust the FBI and CIA?”

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FISA court documents expose illegal FBI mass surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2019

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a series of previously classified documents and secret rulings that provide details of illegal spying on US citizens by the federal agency.

Richest 400 Americans paid lower taxes than everyone else in 2018

By Trévon Austin, 10 October 2019

The overall tax rate on the richest .01 percent was only 23 percent last year, while the bottom half of the population paid 24.2 percent.

After mid-September financial market turbulence
US Fed announces return to asset purchases

By Nick Beams, 10 October 2019

In announcing the move, Fed chairman Jerome Powell said that without sufficient reserves in the banking system even normal demands for cash could cause “outsized movements in money market interest rates.”

UAW promoting anti-Mexican nationalism to isolate and defeat GM strike

By Tom Hall, 10 October 2019

The UAW’s response to the stand taken by Mexican workers in defense of US strikers is to demand Mexican workers be fired, supposedly to “save” American jobs.

Expand the strike to Ford and FCA!
The GM strike is a fight against the entire ruling class

UAW keeps GM contract proposal secret from workers at company’s request

“We should all be out”
Growing call for industrywide strike to back GM workers

India: Motherson autoworkers strike at cross roads

GM tightens screws on UAW with threat to close joint training center

By Shannon Jones and Jerry White, 10 October 2019

The threat to cut off the flow of cash through the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, is a message to union officials that they must quickly shut down the strike and impose Wall Street’s demands.

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UK ruling class considers whether to entrust Corbyn with overcoming Brexit crisis

By Chris Marsden, 10 October 2019

There are indications of powerful sections of the ruling class having concluded that it is now necessary to call on the services of Labour leader Corbyn—who has proven again and again to be a pliant political tool—to lead a “national unity” government.

European Union set to reject Johnson’s Brexit proposal

UK public meetings—The Socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

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UK: Bootle Royal Mail workers’ strike sold out by Communication Workers Union

By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2019

From the start of the dispute, the CWU sought to isolate the Bootle strike—fearing action could spread under conditions in which a national ballot of all postal workers is under way.

US-North Korean nuclear talks stall again

By Peter Symonds, 10 October 2019

Negotiations in Sweden on Saturday broke up with North Korea declaring that it would not take part in another session of “sickening negotiations” unless the US offered a substantial concession.

Detentions without charge, night-raids, torture:
India’s state of siege in Kashmir continues

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 October 2019

With the blessing of India’s Supreme Court and the staunch support of big business and the opposition, the BJP government continues to impose an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout.

Mexico: 100,000 university workers strike as López Obrador’s vows deeper austerity

By Andrea Lobo, 10 October 2019

The bankruptcy of universities and the response by López Obrador exposes the anti-working class character of the Morena administration.

Australian cyber conference “disinvites” US whistleblower and Assange supporter

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 October 2019

The cancellation of talks by NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Melbourne academic Suelette Dreyfus was a political decision, most likely involving government agencies.

9 October 2019

Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests

By Andrea Lobo, 9 October 2019

US protects NSA spy’s wife wanted in UK over teenager’s death

By Laura Tiernan, 9 October 2019

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in central London

By Steve James, 9 October 2019

Brazilian unions push “green and yellow” chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference

By Miguel Andrade, 9 October 2019

President Vizcarra dissolves Congress in response to conflict within Peruvian state

By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019

Mass protests against endemic poverty, government corruption convulse Haiti

By Richard Dufour, 9 October 2019

Amazon workers in California win job back for fired co-workers

By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019

Workers in stone fabrication industry worldwide at high risk of deadly lung disease, CDC finds

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 October 2019

Sri Lankan railway unions end strike, after “promises” from President Sirisena

By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 9 October 2019

Student protests in Indonesian Papua suppressed by police violence

By Owen Howell, 9 October 2019

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın hayatı tehlikede!

James Cogan, 9 Ekim 2019

Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük kampanyası, işçi sınıfını kapitalizme bağlı tutmaya uğraşan siyaset ve sendika aygıtlarına karşı bir başkaldırı uğruna mücadeleden ayrılamaz. Onları savunma kampanyası, işyerlerine, üniversitelere, okullara ve işçi sınıfı mahallelerine taşınmalıdır.

ABD-Yunanistan askeri anlaşmasını imzalayan Pompeo İran’ı, Rusya’yı ve Çin’i tehdit etti

Alex Lantier ve V. Gnana, 9 Ekim 2019

Pompeo’nun Balkan turu, Washington’da ve onun NATO üyesi Avrupalı ve Türk sözde “müttefikler” ile ilişkilerinde patlayıcı bir krizin ortasında gerçekleşti.

Washington Türkiye’nin Suriye’de YPG’ye saldırısına yeşil ışık yaktı

Alex Lantier ve Ulaş Ateşçi, 9 Ekim 2019

Washington, 2015’ten beri Suriye’deki NATO savaşında başlıca vekil gücü olarak savaşan ve Türk hükümetinin teröristler olarak suçladığı Kürt milliyetçisi milisleri kaderlerine terk etti.

New in French

Washington donne le feu vert à l'attaque turque contre les forces kurdes en Syrie

Alex Lantier et Ulaş Atesci, 9 octobre 2019

Trump abandonné à leur sort les milices nationalistes kurdes qui sont depuis 2015 la principale force se battant pour le compte de Washington dans la guerre de l'OTAN pour un changement de régime en Syrie.

«Defender 2020»: les puissances de l'OTAN menacent de faire la guerre à la Russie

Gregor Link, 9 octobre 2019

L’année prochaine, les forces armées de 17 pays de l’OTAN, dont les États-Unis et l’Allemagne, mèneront les manœuvres de «Defender 2020».

Haïti secouée par des manifestations de masse contre la pauvreté chronique et la corruption gouvernementale

Richard Dufour, 9 octobre 2019

Moïse et son régime corrompu et répressif ne s'accrochent au pouvoir que grâce au soutien de Washington et de ses alliés français et canadiens.

Le SCFP torpille la grève du personnel scolaire de soutien de l’Ontario et accepte les réductions salariales et budgétaires de Ford

Roger Jordan, 9 octobre 2019

Le SCFP a accepté un contrat de capitulation qui renforce la position du gouvernement Ford alors qu’il s’apprête à procéder à des compressions sauvages dans le domaine de l’éducation, notamment par une augmentation spectaculaire de la taille des classes.

New in Norwegian

Utvid streiken til Ford og FCA!
GM-streiken er en kamp mot styringsklassen i sin helhet

Eric London, 9. oktober 2019

Streikens resultat vil avgjøre livsvilkårene for millioner av arbeidere ikke bare i bilindustrien, men for alle arbeidsplasser for år fremover.

Tyrkia får grønt lys fra Washington for angrep på kurdiske styrker i Syria

Alex Lantier og Ulaş Atesci, 9. oktober 2019

Trump overlater de nasjonalistiske kurdiske militsene som siden 2015 har slåss som Washingtons viktigste stedfortrederstyrke i NATO-krigen for regimeskifte i Syria, til deres egen skjebne.

«Defender 2020»: NATO-makter truer Russland med krig

Gregor Link, 9. oktober 2019

Det kommende året skal væpnede styrker fra 17 NATO-stater, inkludert USA og Tyskland, gjennomføre manøvrene «Defender 2020».

Den europeiske union innstilt på å avvise Johnson’s Brexit-forslag

Robert Stevens, 9. oktober 2019

Regjeringen er innstilt på en massiv opptrapping av den konstitusjonelle krisen som ble åpnet av Brexit.

New in German

Weitet die Streiks aus!
Der Streik bei General Motors richtet sich gegen die gesamte herrschende Klasse

Eric London, 9. Oktober 2019

Das Ergebnis des Streiks wirkt sich auf die Lebensbedingungen von Millionen von Arbeitern aus – nicht nur in der Automobilindustrie, sondern in allen Branchen.

Die Wahl der SPD-Spitze und der Niedergang der Sozialdemokratie

Ulrich Rippert, 9. Oktober 2019

Ein Blick auf die Kandidatenliste für den SPD-Parteivorsitz macht deutlich, welche soziale Schicht in dieser Partei den Ton angibt und welch reaktionäres Programm sie vertritt.

Washington gibt grünes Licht für türkischen Angriff auf kurdische Kräfte in Syrien

Alex Lantier und Ulaş Atesci, 9. Oktober 2019

Trump hat die kurdisch-nationalistischen Milizen, die seit 2015 Washingtons wichtigste Stellvertretertruppe im Nato-Krieg für einen Regimewechsel in Syrien waren, ihrem Schicksal überlassen.

„Und der Zukunft zugewandt“ – ein Film über die stalinistischen Wurzeln der DDR

Bernd Reinhardt und Verena Nees, 9. Oktober 2019

Regisseur Bernd Böhlich wirft in seinem Film die Frage des „Geburtsfehlers“ der DDR auf, ihr Schweigen über die stalinistischen Verbrechen, denen die alten Bolschewiki wie Leo Trotzki und ebenso zahllose deutsche Kommunisten zum Opfer fielen.

New in Spanish

Casa Blanca de Trump declara que no cooperará con investigación de juicio político

Por Joseph Kishore, 10 octubre 2019

Los demócratas decidieron deliberadamente basar su oposición a Trump en los argumentos más antidemocráticos posibles: el apoyo a las agencias de inteligencia y al imperialismo estadounidense.

Presidente ecuatoriano escapa de la capital ante mayores protestas de masas

Por Andrea Lobo, 10 octubre 2019

Ante otra huelga y una movilización indígena masiva, Moreno tomó el paso inédito de trasladar su Gobierno de Quito a Guayaquil.

UAW mantiene en secreto la propuesta de contrato de GM de los trabajadores a solicitud de la empresa

Por Eric London, 10 octubre 2019

El UAW mantiene a los trabajadores en la oscuridad, ya que la huelga ha forzado despidos temporales o despidos de al menos 150.000 trabajadores en toda la industria automotriz.

¿Por qué los asesinos de la CIA y los golpistas aman a este "denunciante"?

Por Patrick Martin, 10 octubre 2019

El funcionario de la CIA que presentó una denuncia formal contra Trump está siendo defendido por aquellos que pasaron ocho años bajo la administración Obama persiguiendo a los denunciantes.

Washington da luz verde a Turquía para que ataque a fuerzas kurdas en Siria

Por Alex Lantier y Ulaş Atesci, 10 octubre 2019

Trump ha dejado a su suerte a las milicias nacionalistas kurdas que han operado desde 2015 como la principal fuerza patrocinada por Washington en la guerra de cambio de régimen de la OTAN en Siria.

De los archivos del World Socialist Web Site
Ochenta y dos años de la huelga de brazos caídos en Flint

Por Jerry White, 10 octubre 2019

Con 48.000 trabajadores de la GM implicados en la huelga nacional más larga de la industria automotriz en casi medio siglo, es valioso estudiar la lucha heroica de los trabajadores de la GM durante la huelga de brazos caídos de 1936-37 en Flint, Michigan.

New in Portuguese

Setenta anos desde a Revolução Chinesa
As lições políticas da falência do maoísmo

Por Peter Symonds, 9 Outubro 2019

Os herdeiros políticos de Mao Zedong não conseguem explicar como e por que as aspirações dos trabalhadores por um futuro socialista, pelo qual tantos se sacrificaram há 70 anos, resultaram hoje no beco sem saída do capitalismo.

New in Russian

Правительство Украины объявляет о масштабной приватизации, угрожающей массовыми увольнениями

Джейсон Мелановски, 5 октября 2019 г.

Правый мозговой центр «Атлантический совет» приветствовал инициируемую Зеленским экономическую политику как «крупнейшую постсоветскую распродажу на протяжении жизни целого поколения».

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Perspective

Trump admits US killed millions in war based on lies

10 October 2019

Whatever his immediate intentions, Trump has admitted that successive US governments have engaged in war crimes resulting in mass murder.

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Commentary

German Nazi murders two in Yom Kippur Synagogue attack

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2019

The Nazi assault on the Halle synagogue is aimed at demonstrating that anti-Semitism is, once again, a significant political force in Germany.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for research in cellular responses to oxygen

By Benjamin Mateus, 10 October 2019

Everyone understands the general need for oxygen, but how cells actually use it has not been well understood.

Iraq in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2019

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part III: The role of the Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP)

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part II: The dead end of the petty-bourgeoisie’s orientation to the CHP

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part I: A political liquidation into the capitalist establishment

History

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

9 October 2019

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

By Peng Shuzhi

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

9 October 2019

The Socialist Equality Party meetings will discuss the vital social and political issues confronting workers, youth and the poor.

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to contest the November presidential election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 October 2019

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

IYSSE lecture series in Australia
Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public meeting: The political issues at stake in the Indian government’s savage Kashmir lockdown

By the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange’s life is in danger!

By James Cogan, 7 October 2019

“Julian has reached a point where he may die”—Assange’s father John Shipton speaks with the WSWS

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2019

Assange judge blocks extradition to Azerbaijan of ‘McMafia’ wife

By Laura Tiernan, 2 October 2019

Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 2 October 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Joker: An unenlightening approach to serious problems

By Carlos Delgado, 9 October 2019

New Met production of Porgy and Bess prompts racialist criticisms of America’s greatest opera

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

Placido Domingo resigns from LA Opera, as #MeToo campaign continues

By Fred Mazelis, 4 October 2019

Singer Placido Domingo’s forced departure from New York’s Metropolitan Opera

25 years ago: Iraq disarmament crisis

On October 8, 1994, the United Nations ordered Iraq to withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors, amid media propaganda about Iraqi development of weapons of mass destruction.

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50 years ago: “Chicago Eight” trial and “Days of Rage”

From October 8 through October 11, 1969, the trial of the “Chicago Eight” was under way: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. The group was charged with conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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75 years ago: Revolt at Auschwitz concentration camp brutally repressed

On October 7, 1944, prisoners at the notorious German-operated death camp in Auschwitz, Poland, staged a courageous revolt, in a desperate struggle for their freedom and their lives.

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100 years ago: Land reform in Estonia

On October 10, 1919, the bourgeois government in the new Estonian republic nationalized 58 percent of the farmland in Estonia. Over 1,000 estates were seized. Owners could keep only 50 hectares (123 acres) and were eventually compensated 3 percent of the value of their land. The land was redistributed to Estonian peasants and veterans.

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Workers Struggles

Canada: Five thousand public sector workers strike in Saskatchewan

By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019

Ontario education workers set to strike Monday against Ford’s savage cuts

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019

Autoworkers struggles

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Why are trade unions hostile to socialism?

By David North, 28 September 2019

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”
Detroit college students support striking GM workers

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

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Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Mandarin announcement of Australian lecture series on 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

27 September 2019

The lectures, which are being held on university campuses across the country, have been organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

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

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

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.