Trump fires opening shot in trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 6 July 2018

The US president has already threatened to impose additional tariffs on up to $400 billion worth of Chinese goods if Beijing retaliates.

OECD report details
A global economic “recovery” without wage increases

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2018

A report by the grouping of 36 most economically developed countries found that the proliferation of low-wage, part-time jobs has held down wage growth for workers throughout the world.

Billions for war and police-state repression in Germany’s grand coalition budget

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2018

The most significant features of the budget plan include a major increase in military spending, the strengthening of domestic police state repression and measures to terrorise refugees.

Germany: Largest ever mass deportation of refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2018

In the early hours of July 4, 69 refugees were deported in the largest ever mass deportation to Afghanistan.

UK mounts fresh offensive against Russia following second alleged novichok poisoning

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2018

The circumstances surrounding the latest accusations are as dubious and baseless as those initially made regarding the March 4 incident involving double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Pentagon and Iran trade threats over renewed oil sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2018

US imperialism is preparing for a military confrontation with Iran that could quickly eclipse the bloodbaths in those countries and precipitate a regional and even world war.

Mexican president-elect López Obrador embraced by Mexico’s business titans

By Don Knowland, 6 July 2018

Now that AMLO has won the election, he and Mexico’s most powerful business heads are going out of their way to promise they will work together for the “greater good.”

US ruling class takes measure of AMLO’s victory in Mexico

Mexico’s election deals devastating blow to old ruling parties

EPA chief resigns amid ethics scandals

By Trévon Austin, 6 July 2018

Scott Pruitt, the target of as many as 13 federal investigations, personified the corrupt and reactionary character of the Trump administration.

Boston subway rider victimized by aged train and the high cost of medical services

By John Marion, 6 July 2018

A woman stepping off a 40-year-old subway train had her leg cut to the bone, then begged her fellow passengers not to call an ambulance due to the cost.

Australian business heads warned not to criticise “foreign interference” laws

By Mike Head, 6 July 2018

In a sign of the government’s rush to enforce the new laws, they were given royal assent on June 29, just a day after being passed.

SEP to hold Brisbane meeting on new “foreign interference” laws: A move towards dictatorship and war

Anti-China “foreign interference” bills rammed through Australian parliament

Australian investigation underscores global health dangers of toxic foam exposure

By Patrick Davies, 6 July 2018

The official response to a PFAS-related cancer cluster in the US city of Oakdale mirrors the indifference of Australian authorities to a similar health crisis.

New Zealand nurses denounce union promotion of sellout deal

By Tom Peters, 6 July 2018

There is widespread anger as the nursing trade union tries to prevent a strike and impose an agreement that maintains low pay and hospital understaffing.

New in French

Trudeau appelle au nationalisme tandis que le Canada impose des tarifs de rétorsion aux États-Unis

Roger Jordan, 6 juillet 2018

Ottawa mène une guerre protectionniste non pas pour défendre les travailleurs et leurs conditions de vie, mais afin de protéger les marchés et profits du patronat canadien.

Dix ans après le krach de Wall Street: des rachats d'actions et des fusions records

Gabriel Black, 6 juillet 2018

La fixation folle de l'oligarchie financière sur des valeurs boursières qui montent de plus en plus prive la société de ressources vitales et empêche de s’occuper de tout problème social.

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Zehn Jahre nach dem Wall-Street-Crash brechen Aktienrückkäufe und Fusionen neue Rekorde

Gabriel Black, 6. Juli 2018

Die Finanzoligarchie, die von immer weiter steigenden Aktienkursen und Gewinnen geradezu besessen ist, raubt der Gesellschaft ihre Ressourcen und verhindert gleichzeitig, dass irgendein gesellschaftliches Problem angegangen wird.

Haushalt der Großen Koalition: Milliarden für Krieg und Polizeistaatsaufrüstung

Johannes Stern, 6. Juli 2018

Im Zentrum der Haushaltsplanung steht eine massive Erhöhung der Militärausgaben, die Errichtung eines regelrechten Polizeistaats nach innen und brutale Terrormaßnahmen gegen Flüchtlinge.

PSA läutet neue Kahlschlagsrunde bei Opel ein

Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 6. Juli 2018

Wie die französische Tageszeitung Le Monde am 3. Juli berichtete, will der PSA-Vorstand große Teile des Internationalen Technischen Entwicklerzentrums (ITEZ) in Rüsselsheim veräußern.

Handelskrieg: Europäische Gewerkschaften beschwören Einigkeit mit Großkonzernen

Robert Stevens, 6. Juli 2018

Die Einbettung in den Brexit-Prozess darf nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass der eigentliche Impuls der gemeinsamen Erklärung von Gewerkschaften und Wirtschaftsverbänden im sich zuspitzenden Handelskrieg zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten und der EU liegt.

Video: Stoppt den weltweiten Terror gegen Flüchtlinge

unseren Reportern, 6. Juli 2018

Am Mittwoch kamen Dutzende Studierende und Arbeiter zu einer Veranstaltung der IYSSE an die Humboldt-Universität Berlin, um über den wachsenden Terror gegen Flüchtlinge und eine sozialistische Perspektive dagegen zu diskutieren.

Unruhen nach Polizeimord in Nantes

Alex Lantier, 6. Juli 2018

Das Opfer des Polizeimordes wurde laut den Aussagen mehrerer Zeugen, zu denen auch Journalisten gehörten, kaltblütig aus nächster Nähe erschossen, obwohl von ihm keine Gefahr ausging.

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Diez años después del derrumbe de Wall Street, recompras de acciones y fusiones récord

Por Gabriel Black, 6 julio 2018

La respuesta al asesinato escenificado del periodista ruso, Arkady Babchenko, representa una desenmascaramiento de la prensa estadounidense.

Guerra estadounidense contra inmigrantes continúa
Trump utiliza separación de hijos para exigir deportaciones “voluntarias”

Por Alec Andersen, 6 julio 2018

El Gobierno de Trump ha respondido a la “reunificación de familias” ordenada por un tribunal obligando a los padres con hijos separados a firmar un documento aceptando su deportación.

Socialdemócratas alemanes apoyan plan de partidos conservadores de establecer campos de concentración en Alemania

Por Johannes Stern, 6 julio 2018

Los dirigentes del SPD acogieron el acuerdo reaccionario de los partidos conservadores de construir campos de concentración para refugiados.

Trump presionó a asesores, mandatarios latinoamericanos sobre invasión estadounidense de Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 julio 2018

Un reporte proveniente de un alto oficial estadounidense sobre las declaraciones de Trump señala la amenaza de que Washington desate una nueva guerra en América Latina.

El dirigente laborista británico Jeremy Corbyn aclama a Alexis Tsipras de Syriza

Por Robert Stevens, 6 julio 2018

Las políticas adoptadas en el programa del nuevo Gobierno reflejan el carácter neofascista de la Lega así como el enfoque de ley y orden del Movimiento Cinco Estrellas.

Fue revelado el papel británico en rendiciones y tortura estadounidenses

Por Steve James, 6 julio 2018

La cifra de casos de abuso y tortura evidencia un nivel de depravación criminal mucho mayor al que se había admitido.

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1968: Всеобщая забастовка и восстание студентов во Франции
Часть 7: Центристская линия OCI (3)

Петер Шварц, 4 июля 2018 г.

Пятьдесят лет назад, в мае-июне 1968 года, всеобщая забастовка поставила Францию ​​на грань пролетарской революции. Данная серия статей, состоящая из восьми частей, описывает эти события и рассматривает их политические уроки для сегодняшнего дня.

New in Italian

La classe lavoratrice e la guerra globale contro gli immigrati

Bill Van Auken, 2 luglio 2018

La brutalità e illegalità del governo Trump nello strappare bambini dai genitori al confine statunitense è parte di una guerra globale dei governi capitalisti contro I profughi.

New in Arabic

آلاف اللاجئين أجبروا على مسيرة موت في الصحراء

٢٥ حزيران يونيو ٢٠١٨

أكثر من 13,000 لاجئ ومهاجر ، بما في ذلك النساء الحوامل والأطفال ، قد أجبروا على السير إلى الصحراء من قبل قوات الأمن الجزائرية على مدى الأشهر الأربعة عشر الماضية ، حيث مات العديد منهم بسبب الجوع والتعرض.

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Perspective

Three years since Syriza’s referendum on EU austerity in Greece

6 July 2018

Syriza’s repudiation of the Greek workers’ “no” vote on austerity exposed the class gulf separating the workers from pro-capitalist middle-class parties like Syriza.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Portugal’s Left Bloc fears backlash for its role propping up Socialist Party

By Paul Mitchell, 6 July 2018

Catarina Príncipe, a leading member of the Left Bloc, expresses concerns that it has been exposed by helping to resuscitate the pro-austerity Socialist Party.

The Case of Sobchak: A film by, about and for the Russian oligarchy

By Clara Weiss, 6 July 2018

The documentary amounts to an appeal to the Kremlin, Washington and the liberal intelligentsia, to make peace and negotiate an orderly transition from the Putin presidency.

US war on immigrants continues
Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

By Alec Andersen, 5 July 2018

Mobilize the working class against the bipartisan attack on immigrants!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

More on North American immigration issues »

Ten years after the Wall Street crash, record stock buybacks and mergers

By Gabriel Black, 5 July 2018

The ISO’s Socialism 2018 Conference: Socialist phraseology in the service of American imperialism

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 July 2018

Trump pressed aides, Latin American leaders on US invasion of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 5 July 2018

Persecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange continues

By James Cogan, 5 July 2018

America on the Fourth of July: From Thomas Jefferson to Donald Trump

Democrats fast-track Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Ocasio-Cortez on “Meet the Press”: Double-talk, evasion and a disavowal of socialism

Leadership of Argentina’s Partido Obrero maintains silence on ties to right-wing Russian nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2018

Workers Party in Argentina seeks to “refound” Fourth International in alliance with Stalinism

The Demise of Savas Michael’s “New Era”

Workers Struggles

UK refuse collectors defy unions; French rail strikes continue; Uber drivers, telecom and rail strikes in South Africa
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 July 2018

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

Two XPO Logistics workers killed near Buffalo, New York

By Steve Filips, 4 July 2018

Australia: Prosecutors drop blackmail charges against construction union officials

By Terry Cook, 4 July 2018

Autoworkers struggles

“This is a day to honor Coby”
Family of Jacoby Hennings to celebrate young autoworker’s life

By Jerry White, 5 July 2018

Family and friends are holding a memorial picnic on July 8 in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe to honor the young Ford worker who died on October 20, 2017.

More on autoworkers issues »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

SEP candidate Niles Niemuth speaks on Michigan Radio

By our reporters, 4 July 2018

SEP candidate Niles Niemuth says “the attacks on immigrants are aimed at the entire working class”

Socialist Equality Party to run Niles Niemuth for Michigan’s 12th Congressional district

Arts Review

Mary Shelley: Prometheus trivialized

By Joanne Laurier, 5 July 2018

The second season of Netflix’s Dear White People: More of the same selfish, racial politics

By Nick Barrickman, 4 July 2018

An interview with Mexican documentarian Juan Francisco Urrusti, director of In Exile: A Family Film
“The world should not be closing itself in—my father’s struggle was against all walls.”

Science

Large Hadron Collider resumes operations

By Joe Mount, 4 July 2018

Physics, poetry and the search for quantum gravity: Carlo Rovelli’s Reality Is Not What It Seems

By Bryan Dyne, 29 June 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 21 June 2018

We are posting the new preface written by David North for the soon to be released thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International.

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Defend Julian Assange!

More support from Sri Lanka for WikiLeaks editor

By our correspondents, 4 July 2018

Vice-President Pence threatens immigrants, Assange, and Venezuela during Latin America tour

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2018

US Democratic senators demand eviction of Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy

Sri Lankan artists, translators and workers endorse international campaign to defend Julian Assange

“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights”
Watch: Workers at SEP rally in Sydney demand freedom for Julian Assange

Ecuadorian foreign minister warns that Julian Assange’s political asylum is “not forever”

The Turnbull government must act to repatriate Australian citizen Julian Assange to Australia

By James Cogan, 19 June 2018

This speech was delivered by James Cogan, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia, to a rally organised by the SEP in defence of Julian Assange last Sunday in Sydney.

Bringing Julian Assange Home

By John Pilger, 19 June 2018

Addressing last Sunday's SEP rally in Sydney, well-known filmmaker and documentarian, John Pilger exposed the role of Labor and Coalition governments, along with prominent journalists and editors in the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange.

The Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange: An important step forward

By Linda Tenenbaum, 18 June 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP in Sri Lanka holds powerful 50th anniversary meeting

By our correspondents, 27 June 2018

The Grenfell Tower Fire

London’s Grenfell Tower disaster: The cost of cuts and privatisation in firefighting

By Paul Bond, 3 July 2018

Grenfell Tower inferno: Experts’ reports highlight “culture of non-compliance” on fire safety

Police to investigate London Fire Brigade over Grenfell fire: The real criminals remain at large

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Britain's National Health Service

The NHS 70th anniversary rally in London: A vote of no confidence in Labour and the trade unions

By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 2 July 2018

“I believe the NHS is the greatest thing about British society”
British workers speak out in defence of public healthcare

Stop the NHS sell-off: Build rank-and-file committees
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

More on Britain's National Health Service »

25 years ago: Aristide signs US-brokered deal in Haiti

July 3, 1993: Deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide signed an agreement brokered by the US State Department granting a full amnesty to the military thugs responsible for the coup of September 30, 1991.

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50 years ago: Israel artillery barrages kill 31 Egyptian civilians and wound 58

July 8, 1968: Artillery shells fired by Israel across the Suez Canal landed in a populated area of Suez city, killing 31 Egyptian civilians and wounded another 58.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany launches Kursk offensive

July 5, 1943: German Armed Forces launched a major offensive code-named Operation Citadel, aimed at encircling and destroying Soviet forces in the Kursk Salient.

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100 years ago: Left Social Revolutionaries assassinate German ambassador in Moscow and stage revolt

On July 6, 1918, two members of the Left Social Revolutionary Party (Left SRs) assassinated Count Wilhelm von Mirbach, the German Ambassador in Moscow.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose right-wing censorship at Frankfurt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 June 2018

With this open letter, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is protesting against the banning of its meeting on the contemporary relevance of Marxism by the student union at the University of Frankfurt.

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

May Day 2018 International Online Rally

May Day 2018 and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

By David North, 6 May 2018

Opening the ICFI’s International Online Rally on Saturday, May 5, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), spoke on the historical significance of Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, 200 years after his birth.

Trotskyism is the Marxism of the 21st Century

By Joseph Kishore, 7 May 2018

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

History

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.