UAW announces tentative agreement with GM, keeping strikers in the dark on contract terms

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

A major factor in the UAW’s move to shut down the month-long walkout is the growing strike wave nationally, which threatens to break the union’s isolation of the GM workers.

Mack Truck, copper strikes show potential to spread GM walkout to Ford, Fiat Chrysler

Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a “short-term” walkout

By Kristina Betinis, 16 October 2019

Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced “a path to a settlement” with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.

Chicago Teachers Union announces “path” to block strike and impose austerity settlement

Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 October 2019

The forces with which the Democrats are aligned include Bolton, who speaks for the most rabidly militaristic factions of the neo-conservative right wing.

Trump conference video incites violence against opponents

US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban

Trump makes fascistic appeal to police and military at Minneapolis rally

More on the Trump Presidency »

Mass strikes and protests force Ecuador’s president to cancel austerity decree

By Andrea Lobo, 16 October 2019

The demonstrations, which only grew and radicalized as the repression and authoritarian measures escalated, demonstrated the enormous social power of the class struggle.

California Governor vetoes $2 billion affordable housing bill

By Rafael Azul, 16 October 2019

Gavin Newsom’s veto exposes the Democrat as a fiscal austerity conservative in the mold of Republican governors.

“PG&E should be nationalized”: Berkeley students and residents denounce forced blackout in California

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2019

Last week’s blackout, which affected over two million people and businesses, lasted up to four days in some places and likely caused many premature deaths.

Wildfires and forced blackouts lead to multiple deaths in California

Opinion polls indicate Canada’s elections to end in hung parliament

By Keith Jones, 16 October 2019

Excluded from the official campaign has been any substantive discussion of the critical issues confronting working people—mounting economic insecurity and social inequality, the assault on democratic rights, rearmament and the threat of war.

Metropolitan Police impose London-wide ban on Extinction Rebellion protests as arrests top 1,600

By Chris Marsden, 16 October 2019

The ban was followed by the despatch of hundreds of police to clear tents from Trafalgar Square, the one area where protests have previously been sanctioned.

Mass arrests continue in London and other cities in global Extinction Rebellion protests

After overwhelming strike vote at Royal Mail Group rank-and-file postal workers need a socialist strategy

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 16 October 2019

Postal workers are determined to fight the relentless assault that has followed privatisation. But the CWU’s sole aim is to pressure management to resume negotiations.

Communication Workers Union defies strike mandate, pledges to continue talks with Royal Mail

By our reporter, 16 October 2019

Instead of setting a date for strike action, CWU officials announced a plan to lobby individual shareholders.

Germany: Thousands of job cuts at Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank

By Gustav Kemper, 16 October 2019

The banks have pursued savage restructuring plans at the expense of their workforces so as to boost payouts to shareholders.

Poland: Law and Justice Party wins second term in office, loses majority in the Senate

By Clara Weiss, 16 October 2019

The far-right party has been able to exploit the liberal opposition’s de facto collaboration in stifling workers’ opposition.

India: Telangana Chief Minister fires 48,000 striking transport workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 October 2019

Although the unions have refused to call for a general strike, there is widespread public sympathy for the TSRTC strikers and mounting fears within ruling elite that the government’s dictatorial actions could spark mass opposition.

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour government

By John Braddock, 16 October 2019

Landlords and property speculators have exploited the housing crisis and the Labour government’s pro-business policies.

Government has no solution to Australia’s water crisis

By Martin Scott, 16 October 2019

Hundreds of thousands in the state of New South Wales face running out of water before the end of next year

15 October 2019

Spanish police attack mass protests against prison terms for Catalan nationalists

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2019

Ahead of ruling in Catalan show trials
Catalan nationalists, Spanish unions and pseudo-left demobilize opposition

Fort Worth, Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting woman in her home

By Jacob Crosse, 15 October 2019

IMF meeting confronts “synchronized” global economic slowdown

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2019

European Union declares little chance of Brexit deal by Thursday summit

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2019

European Union continues talks with Johnson government over possible Brexit deal

UK: Factional warfare in Corbyn leadership after McDonnell allies with Blairites over Brexit

By Chris Marsden, 15 October 2019

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

More on Brexit »

Homeless deaths rise more than 20 percent in England and Wales

By Dennis Moore, 15 October 2019

Halt the jobs massacre in the UK auto industry: For a joint struggle at Honda, Nissan, Ford and Vauxhall

By Richard Tyler, 15 October 2019

French President Macron launches Islamophobic campaign after Paris police office attack

By Anthony Torres, 15 October 2019

Germany’s IG Metall union calls for alliance with government and corporations against workers

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 October 2019

US Supreme Court term begins with new threats to democratic rights

By Ed Hightower, 15 October 2019

International review denounces FAA certification of Boeing 737 Max 8

By Bryan Dyne, 15 October 2019

Quebec Federation of Labour’s Solidarity Fund sponsors speech by Conservative Party leader Scheer

By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2019

Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 October 2019

New in Norwegian

Nei til amerikansk fascisme! Bygg en massebevegelse for å tvinge ut Trump!

Socialist Equality Partys politiske komité, 15. oktober 2019

Nedkjempingen av Trumps forsøk på å skape et ekstremt høyrehøyreorientert regime og forsvaret av demokratiske rettigheter krever arbeiderklassens politiske mobilisering.

Den syriske hæren og Iran, truer motangrep mot Tykias invadering av Syria

Alex Lantier, 15. oktober 2019

En storskala Midtøsten-krig kunne strupe verdens oljeforsyning og eskalere til en krig mellom atomvåpenmakter. Arbeiderklassen kommer nå ansikt-til-ansikt med den reelle muligheten for en tredje verdenskrig.

Arbeidere ved Mack Truck, i kobbergruvene, i gig-økonomien og Chicago-lærerne
Utbredende streikebølge viser potensialet for GM-arbeiderne til å utvide kampen til Ford og Fiat-Chrysler

Jerry White, 15. oktober 2019

Dersom den månedlange streiken skal vinnes må bilarbeidere ta kampen over i egne hender, få slutt på isoleringen UAW pålegger dem, og slåss for en nedstengning av hele industrien.

Der GM-streiken går inn i den femte uka lanserer Mack Truck-Volvo-arbeidere sin første streik på 35 år

Nick Barrickman, 15. oktober 2019

De to streikene i amerikansk kjøretøyproduksjon er del av en internasjonal bevegelse i arbeiderklassen mot innstramminger, som har inkludert 70 000 bildelarbeidere i Mexico og rullerende streiker ved GMs sørkoreanske fabrikkanlegg.

M.I.A. besøker Julian Assange i fengsel: «Det handler om sannhet – og det er noe folk må opprettholde og slåss for»

Laura Tiernan, 15. oktober 2019

M.I.A. – Sri Lanka-fødte Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam – fordømte Assanges plagere da hun uttalte seg under en pressekonferanse utenfor Belmarsh Prison sent lørdag ettermiddag, og hun anklaget de amerikanske og britiske myndighetene, domstolene og foretaksmediene.

Prominent australsk paramentariker erklærer utlevering av Julian Assange til USA for «fullstendig urimelig»

James Cogan, 15. oktober 2019

Barnaby Joyce innrømmet på mandag morgen at forsøket på å få utlevert Assange er et flagrant angrep på hans rettigheter som australsk statsborger.

New in Spanish

Las huelgas en Mack Truck y de los mineros demuestran la posibilidad de expandir el paro de GM a Ford y Fiat Chrysler

Por Jerry White, 16 octubre 2019

El aislamiento que el United Auto Workers le ha impuesto a la huelga de un mes de los trabajadores de GM solo se puede romper si los trabajadores toman el control de la lucha en sus propias manos, convocan a Ford y Fiat Chrysler y se unen con los huelguistas en Mack Truck, las minas de cobre y otros trabajadores.

La policía española ataca a protestas masivas contra las sentencias a los nacionalistas catalanes

Por Alejandro López y Alex Lantier, 16 octubre 2019

La sentencia contra los acusados implicados en el referéndum sobre la independencia de Cataluña de 2017 es el resultado de un juicio farsa y parte del impulso de la clase gobernante española hacia la dictadura.

2,000 mineros de Asarco hacen huelga en Arizona y Texas

Por Samuel Davidson y Jessica Goldstein, 16 octubre 2019

La huelga de los mineros de cobre de Asarco en los Estados Unidos es parte de un movimiento creciente que incluye mineros y secciones clave de transporte, servicios y trabajadores industriales en todo el mundo.

Reunión del FMI confronta desaceleración económica global "sincronizada"

Por Nick Beams, 16 octubre 2019

Hace dos años la economía global estaba experimentando un repunte sincronizado con un crecimiento en casi el 75 por ciento de la economía mundial en alza, pero hoy se espera un menor crecimiento en el 90 por ciento del mundo.

¡Oponerse a la ofensiva militar turca en Siria!

Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 16 octubre 2019

Mientras Ankara busca una solución militarista a los conflictos étnicos y de clase atizados por décadas de intervenciones imperialistas, el Medio Oriente y el mundo están al borde de una guerra total.

New in French

L’armée syrienne et l’Iran menacent d’attaquer les forces turques en Syrie

Alexandre Lantier, 15 octobre 2019

Une guerre généralisée au Moyen Orient pourrait stopper l’approvisionnement mondial en pétrole et provoquer une escalade militaire. Les travailleurs sont face au risque concret d’une 3e Guerre mondiale.

Non au fascisme américain! Développer un mouvement de masse pour faire tomber Trump!

Comité politique du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (USA), 15 octobre 2019

Vaincre les efforts de Trump pour créer un régime autoritaire d’extrême droite et défendre les droits démocratiques exige la mobilisation de la classe ouvrière.

Allemagne: L'élection du chef du SPD et le déclin de la social-démocratie

Ulrich Rippert, 15 octobre 2019

Un coup d'œil à la liste des candidats à la direction du Parti social-démocrate (SPD) montre clairement les couches sociales riches qui y donnent le ton et dont ils représentent le programme réactionnaire.

Le NPD plaide en faveur de dépenses de dizaines de milliards de dollars pour les forces armées du Canada

Roger Jordan, 15 octobre 2019

Les sociaux-démocrates du Canada appuient sans réserve les plans du gouvernement libéral de Trudeau d'acheter une nouvelle flotte de navires de guerre et de chasseurs.»

New in German

Kein Faschismus in Amerika! Baut eine Massenbewegung auf, um Trump aus dem Amt zu treiben!

dem Politischen Komitee der Socialist Equality Party, 15. Oktober 2019

Nur durch die politische Mobilisierung der Arbeiterklasse ist es möglich, Trump an der Errichtung eines rechtsextremen autoritären Regimes zu hindern und demokratische Rechte zu verteidigen.

Video: "Die Unteilbar-Demo zeigt die enorme Opposition gegen den Rechtsruck"

unseren Reportern, 15. Oktober 2019

Am Sonntag demonstrierten mehr als 10.000 Menschen durch Berlin, um gegen Antisemitismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit zu protestieren. Wir sprachen mit einigen Teilnehmern.

Türkischer Überfall auf Syrien: Syrisches Militär und Iran beginnen Gegenoffensive

Alex Lantier, 15. Oktober 2019

Ein groß angelegter Krieg im Nahen Osten könnte die weltweite Ölversorgung unterbrechen und zu einem Atomkrieg ausarten. Damit wird die Arbeiterklasse vor die akute Gefahr eines Dritten Weltkriegs gestellt.

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 Portuguese

Sindicatos brasileiros promovem chauvinismo “verde e amarelo” em greve da educação

Por Miguel Andrade, 16 Outubro 2019

Várias questões, desde as medidas de austeridade até as privatizações, têm levado frequentemente os estudantes às ruas, causando pânico não apenas ao governo, mas também aos sindicatos e à oposição.

Robert Mugabe, presidente do Zimbábue por décadas, morre aos 95 anos

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 Outubro 2019

Mugabe foi o último líder sobrevivente das lutas anticoloniais da África que posteriormente chegou ao poder em uma nação que acabava de se tornar independente.

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

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

16 October 2019

The Democratic Party’s saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

The defeat of Trump’s efforts to create an extreme rightwing authoritarian regime and the defense of democratic rights require the political mobilization of the working class.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 14 October 2019

As Ankara seeks a militarist solution to ethnic and class conflicts inflamed by decades of imperialist interventions, the Middle East and the world are on the brink of all-out war.

Arts Review

New York City exhibit examines the creation of Verdi’s last two operas

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2019

Otello and Falstaff, from the last years of the 19th century, continue to amaze contemporary audiences.

Roger Waters “Us + Them” concert film takes on global issues

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2019

Joker: An unenlightening approach to serious problems

By Carlos Delgado, 9 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP presidential candidate holds press conference

By our correspondents, 15 October 2019

“This election is being held in the midst of a growing political and economic crisis of the government and the ruling class as a whole.”

Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

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

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

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Free Assange and Manning

M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It’s about truth—and that’s something people have to uphold and fight for”

By Laura Tiernan, 14 October 2019

Prominent Australian parliamentarian declares extradition of Julian Assange to US “totally unreasonable”

By James Cogan, 14 October 2019

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 14 October 2019

Germany: The election of the SPD leader and the decline of social democracy

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2019

Seattle Democrats endorse Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant

By Julio Patron, 12 October 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “Just Society”: Palliatives that will never be implemented

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 October 2019

Workers Struggles

2,000 Asarco mineworkers go on strike in Arizona and Texas

By Samuel Davidson and Jessica Goldstein, 15 October 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers
Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

After secret meeting with CEO Mary Barra, UAW moving to shut down GM strike

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

“It’s like the UAW is management:” GM strikers speak out as union moves towards sellout

By Tom Hall, 14 October 2019

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

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

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

More on the 2019 GM strike »

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

25 years ago: Hamas terrorist attack kills 22

On October 19, 1994, 22 civilians were killed and 50 more were injured in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv by the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas. The attack came on the eve of the signing of the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace and was coupled with two other terrorist acts the same week.

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50 years ago: 250,000 demonstrate against Vietnam War

On October 15, 1969 over 250,000 Americans joined the “Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam” demonstrations in US cities. Protesters gave speeches, held teach-ins, sang songs, and read the names of the 40,000 Americans who had died in the war.

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75 years ago: US military launches reconquest of the Philippines from Japan

On October 20, 1944, US military forces, including divisions of the Navy, Army and Air Force, launched a bid to retake the Philippines from Japan. The archipelago had been among American imperialism’s first conquests in the late 19th century, and was viewed as strategically critical to defeating Japan in the Pacific theater of World War II.

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100 years ago: Adolf Hitler gives first speech to fascist party

On October 16, 1919, Adolf Hitler, then working for German military intelligence, gave his first speech to the ultra-right-wing German Workers Party (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, DAP) in Munich’s Hofbräukeller, a beer hall. In a few months, the DAP would become a part of the renamed National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party.

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Book Review

Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

The memoir Permanent Record by the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden is an important account of the life of the man behind the exposure of secret global electronic surveillance programs run by the NSA and CIA.

Science

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 11 October 2019

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

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

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

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.