UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

By Jerry White, 21 September 2018

As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.

Notes on Trump’s war against immigrants
Department of Health and Human Services lost track of another 1,500 immigrant children

By our reporters, 21 September 2018

In addition to the “lost” children, funds are being diverted from AIDS and cancer research to jail immigrant children and ICE held nearly 1,500 US citizens as “aliens.”

Promotion of German secret service chief evokes the tradition of the Gestapo

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 September 2018

As thousands protest on the streets against the German government’s right-wing policies, the ruling parties in Berlin have agreed to to expand the influence of the extreme right within the state.

Germany’s grand coalition promotes far-right secret service chief to state secretary

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

In Germany’s Hambacher Forest: The state shows its ugly face

By Marianne Arens, 21 September 2018

In Hambacher Forest near Cologne, which is occupied by protesters seeking to prevent the forest being razed to the ground, a journalist was killed this week.

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”
Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.

Four dead in workplace shooting in Maryland, the third mass shooting in the US in 24 hours

By Adam Mclean, 21 September 2018

On Thursday morning, a gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, killing three people and injuring three more.

Questions emerge following shutoff of water to Detroit schools

By James Brewer, 21 September 2018

Superintendent Vitti’s claim of his “abundance of caution” in shutting the water off at all 106 schools has been belied by new lead and copper test results showing over half with high levels.

Iran responds to economic crisis and US destabilisation with repression of working class

By Jean Shaoul, 21 September 2018

This year has witnessed increasing social and economic unrest among all layers of the Iranian working class over high unemployment and soaring inflation.

UK government attempt to gag teachers as cuts deepen

By Tania Kent, 21 September 2018

The government reaction must be seen as a warning: not only will school cuts continue unabated but that they will move forcefully against any attempts to block their austerity agenda.

Ontario Appeals Court backs provincial government against Toronto Council

By Roger Jordan, 21 September 2018

Wednesday’s ruling was carefully crafted to diffuse the political crisis, underscoring the judiciary’s role as an implacable and highly conscious defender of the capitalist order.

Australian government planning to reopen strategic Papua New Guinea naval base

By Mike Head, 21 September 2018

The return of the Australian and US navies to Manus Island would be a significant preparation for a US-led war against China.

New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 21 September 2018

The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a “progressive” alternative.

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Двадцать лет уходу из жизни марксистского историка и социолога Вадима Роговина

Дэвид Норт, 21 сентября 2018 г.

По случаю двадцатой годовщины смерти Вадима Роговина мы заново публикуем одно из выступлений, посвященных памяти крупнейшего советского и русского марксистского социолога и историка второй половины двадцатого столетия.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Ельцин присваивает себе диктаторские полномочия

21 сентября 2018 г.

21 сентября 1993 года российский президент Борис Ельцин распустил парламент, приостановил действие конституции и присвоил себе диктаторские полномочия, разбив вдребезги претензии на то, что его режим представляет собой развитие «демократии» в России после упразднения СССР.

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Les ministres désertent Macron en série

Francis Dubois, 21 septembre 2018

Peu après que Macron a demandé à son gouvernement de «faire bloc» à la rentrée, les ministres annoncent en série leur départ, remettant en doute sa capacité d'imposer ses réformes.

Macron lave l’assassinat par l’État de Maurice Audin

Francis Dubois et Alexandre Lantier, 21 septembre 2018

Si Macron insiste sur la légalité du cadre juridique de l’assassinat d’Audin, c’est que les lois d’exception de 1955-1956 encadrent aussi sa politique actuelle.

La grande coalition allemande promeut le chef d’extrême droite des services secrets au poste de secrétaire d'État

Ulrich Rippert, 21 septembre 2018

La grande coalition a réagi aux manifestations de masse contre l’AfD et ses provocations fascistes en intégrant le président détesté des services secrets et sa politique pro-AfD plus directement au gouvernement.

Selon la Russie, le régime ukrainien pro-OTAN est impliqué dans l'attaque qui a abattu le vol MH17

Kumaran Ira, 21 septembre 2018

En utilisant les numéros de série fournis par les enquêteurs européens, Moscou a indiqué que le missile qui a abattu MH17 appartenait non pas aux forces russes, mais aux forces ukrainiennes.

La revue The Economist appelle les députés-soldats à diriger le Royaume-Uni

Julie Hyland, 21 septembre 2018

La chronique Bagehot célèbre le fait que la tradition de l’homme d’État-soldat est «maintenant de retour, après une série de guerres aux Balkans, en Irak et en Afghanistan».

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Estados Unidos: el Estado militarizado

Por Andre Damon, 21 septiembre 2018

Mientras las víctimas del huracán Florence escuchaban que no hay dinero disponible para ayudarles a reconstruir sus hogares, el Senado desembolsó silenciosamente $675 mil millones al ejército estadounidense.

Gran coalición de Alemania promueve jefe de servicio secreto de extrema derecha a secretario de Estado

Por Ulrich Rippert, 21 septiembre 2018

La gran coalición ha respondido a las protestas masivas contra el AfD y sus provocaciones neofascistas integrando al presidente del servicio secreto odiado y su política pro-AfD más directamente en el gobierno.

Más de 5 millones de niños enfrentan inanición mientras las fuerzas apoyadas por Estados Unidos atacan el puerto de ayuda yemenita

Por Bill Van Auken, 21 septiembre 2018

El grupo de ayuda “Save the Children” advirtió que la guerra promovida por Estados Unidos y Arabia Saudí amenaza con matar a "toda una generación de niños de Yemen".

El componente militarista de la guerra comercial de Trump

Por Nick Beams, 21 septiembre 2018

Si bien China es actualmente el objetivo principal, la administración de Trump considera que Estados Unidos está involucrado en una guerra económica contra el resto del mundo.

New in Turkish

ABD-Çin ticaret savaşının olası sonuçları

Nick Beams, 19 Eylül 2018

ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, 200 milyar dolar değerindeki Çin malına gümrük vergileri getirildiğini duyurdu.

İstanbul 3. Havaalanı’ndaki eylemin ardından yüzlerce inşaat işçisi gözaltına alındı

Jerry White, 19 Eylül 2018

Türkiye’deki yüzlerce inşaat işçisi, İstanbul’daki yeni havaalanı şantiyesindeki ölümcül çalışma koşullarına karşı kitlesel protestolar düzenlemelerinin ardından, polis ve jandarma tarafından gözaltına alındılar.

Rus uçağı, İsrail’in Lazkiye’ye füze saldırısı sırasında düştü

Bill Van Auken, 19 Eylül 2018

Suriye’deki mücadelede yoğunlaşan patlayıcı jeopolitik çatışmalar, çok daha geniş bir bölgesel ve hatta küresel bir savaş biçiminde patlak verme tehdidi yaratıyor.

İsrail füzeleri Şam yakınlarını hedef aldı

Jordan Shilton, 19 Eylül 2018

Cumartesi akşamı, İsrail, Şam Uluslararası Havaalanı yakınlarındaki hedeflere bir dizi füze saldırısı düzenledi.

New in German

Die USA: Ein Staat wird zur Festung

Andre Damon, 21. September 2018

Den Opfern von Hurrikan Florence wurde erklärt, dass keine Regierungsgelder zur Verfügung stehen, um ihnen beim Wiederaufbau ihrer Häuser zu helfen. Währenddessen zweigte der Senat still und heimlich über 675 Milliarden Dollar an das US-Militär ab.

Starker Anstieg rechtsextremer Übergriffe
„Ein Hauch von `33“

Marianne Arens und Ulrich Rippert, 21. September 2018

Seit den faschistischen Ausschreitungen in Chemnitz und ihrer Verharmlosung durch führende Politiker nehmen rassistische, antisemitische und rechtsextreme Übergriffe in erschreckendem Maß zu. Ein krasser Fall sind die Morddrohungen gegen den Berliner Blogger Schlecky Silberstein.

Die militaristische Komponente von Trumps Handelskrieg

Nick Beams, 21. September 2018

Auch wenn China momentan das Hauptziel der Sanktionen ist, sieht sich die Trump-Regierung in einem Wirtschaftskrieg gegen den Rest der Welt.

Fusion von Karstadt und Kaufhof: Beschäftigte müssen um ihre Arbeitsplätze und Löhne fürchten

Dietmar Henning, 21. September 2018

Den 32.000 Beschäftigten drohen Filialschließungen, der Abbau von Tausenden von Arbeitsplätzen und weitere Lohnsenkungen. Verdi hat derweil dem neuen Management die Zusammenarbeit dabei angeboten.

Zum 20. Todestag des marxistischen Historikers und Soziologen Wadim Rogowin

David North, 21. September 2018

Wadim Sacharowitsch Rogowin, der größte sowjetische und russische marxistische Soziologe und Historiker der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts, starb vor zwanzig Jahren, am 18. September 1998. Zu seinem 20. Todestag veröffentlichen wir hier eine Würdigung von David North, dem internationalen Chefredakteur der WSWS.

Genua: Gefahr eines Brückeneinsturzes war lange bekannt

Allison Smith und Marc Wells, 21. September 2018

Die Firma Autostrade per l’Italia und der italienische Staat waren wiederholt vor einem Einsturz gewarnt worden.

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Perspective

New York Times’ fraudulent “election plot” dossier escalates anti-Russia hysteria

21 September 2018

The Times regurgitates unsubstantiated claims that Russia “hijacked” the 2016 election and carried out a “stealth cyberage Pearl Harbor” to further an agenda of criminalizing domestic dissent and censoring the internet.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The CIA Democrats: A balance sheet of the primaries

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2018

Candidates with a military-intelligence background have won the Democratic congressional nomination in 30 districts considered competitive by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9—Filmmaker Michael Moore clings to the Democratic Party

By David Walsh, 21 September 2018

Despite various criticisms of leading Democrats and the American liberal establishment as a whole, Moore urges his viewers to retain—or perhaps regain—confidence in the Democratic Party.

History

Twenty years since the death of Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin

By David North, 18 September 2018

On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Vadim Rogovin, we republish two tributes to the greatest Soviet and Russian Marxist sociologist and historian of the second half of the twentieth century.

Commentary

America: The garrison state

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2018

Conflict over FBI investigation puts Kavanaugh hearing in doubt

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2018

As Trump stages photo-ops in the Carolinas
Hurricane flooding exposes mass poverty, class oppression in America

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 20 September 2018

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2018

The strange case of Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America candidate for New York Senate

By Josh Varlin, 20 September 2018

Anticapitalistas in Spain’s Podemos debate orienting to far-right Italian regime

By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

UK: Corbyn’s media policies leave corporate domination unchanged, silent on censorship

By Joe Mount and Julie Hyland, 20 September 2018

Ten years after the financial crash
Wall Street pay up 13 percent while workers’ wages stagnate

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

Workers Struggles

Turkey’s only oil refinery hit by strike, further rail strikes in the UK, Cypriot teachers’ strike
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 September 2018

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

“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”
Kokomo Chrysler workers press for strike action

By Jerry White, 20 September 2018

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

Thousands of ArcelorMittal steelworkers in US cast unanimous strike vote

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 September 2018

United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

Unions shut down Washington teacher strikes

By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018

Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike!

Teacher strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wins broad support

As Teamsters pushes for “yes” vote on concessions contract
UPS unveils $1 billion cost-cutting “transformation plan”

By Will Morrow, 15 September 2018

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

Teamsters announces October 5 vote deadline
Vote “no” on the UPS-Teamsters sellout contract! Form rank-and-file committees to organize opposition!

More on the struggle at UPS »

Socialist Equality Party

80th anniversary of the Fourth International and 50th anniversary of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
David North to address meetings in Sri Lanka on the lessons of the history and contemporary struggle for socialism

19 September 2018

Understanding the historic fight waged by the Fourth International and the SEP for the revolutionary leadership of the international working class is vital for the emerging class struggles.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Vote for Niles! Fight for Socialism!

Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for US congress, is fighting for genuine revolutionary socialism for workers and youth in Michigan's 12th district and all around the world. Find out more at Niles2018.com

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Support the fight of University of Michigan nurses!

By Niles Niemuth, 18 September 2018

Campaign events for Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth
Socialism: What it is and how to fight for it

18 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party campaign for Michigan’s 12th congressional district website

16 August 2018

Visit our website to find out how you can get involved in Niles Niemuth’s campaign against war, inequality and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

“Why the working class needs socialism” Large turnout to hear SEP candidate Niles Niemuth at University of Michigan

Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally!

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth on ballot for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

IYSSE

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 12 September 2018

Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 31 August 2018

25 years ago: Yeltsin assumes dictatorial powers in Russia

On September 21, 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin disbanded parliament, suspended the constitution and assumed dictatorial powers, blowing to pieces the pretense that his regime represented the development of “democracy” in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR.

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50 years: US, China in first contact on normalizing relations

On September 17, 1968, the US State Department sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China.

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75 years ago: German troops massacre Italian soldiers

On September 20, 1943, German firing squads acting under orders from Adolf Hitler began executing Italian soldiers on the occupied Greek island of Kefalonia.

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100 years ago: British forces rout Turkish army in Palestine

On September 21, 1918,British aircraft bombed and machine-gunned the remnants of the Turkish 7th and 8th Armies near Nablus in Palestine as part of an offensive which opened the road to the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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History of the Fourth International

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

The founding of the Fourth International on September 3, 1938, was an event of great historical significance and contemporary relevance.

Historic discovery of Left Opposition manuscripts from the early 1930s

Mehring Books

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

15 September 2018

The new edition of the foundational 1988 work by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available for order in the UK and Ireland.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Injured Amazon worker Angela: “If workers controlled Bezos’ billions, nobody would be homeless”

The International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) spoke to Angela Shelton, an injured worker at the DFW7 Amazon fulfillment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where a number of injured workers have recently been made homeless.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”
Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Life under capitalism for an American youth
Injured Texas Wal-Mart worker describes how and why she switched to socialism

By Eric London, 5 September 2018

More on Amazon »

Public meetings in Australia

Nick Beams to lecture at Australian universities on the contemporary significance of Karl Marx

6 September 2018

The lectures will make clear that Marx’s theoretical breakthroughs were inextricably linked to his political work as a revolutionary determined to arm the emerging working class with a program that advanced its independent interests.

SEP Australia to livestream meeting in Sydney on the political issues behind the coup against Turnbull

6 September 2018

The meeting on Sunday, September 30 will be addressed by Nick Beams and James Cogan. WSWS readers across Australia and internationally can watch it live or later on the SEP's Facebook page.

Science

Waste plastics poison the food chain and contribute to global warming

By Philip Guelpa, 7 September 2018

Book Review

Olen Steinhauer’s The Middleman: An American uprising, darkly imagined

By James Brookfield, 5 September 2018

At the outset of The Middleman a group of approximately 400 Americans scattered throughout the country suddenly disappear from their day-to-day lives without telling friends and family.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

History

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part one
Establishment of a deformed workers’ state in Czechoslovakia

By Clara Weiss, 28 August 2018

On August 20-21, 1968, tens of thousands of troops of the Warsaw Pact states invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” and stifle a nascent movement of the working class. This is the first part of a four-part series.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Obituary

Arsène Tchakarian (1916–2018): The Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 1: The political origins and military record of the resistance fighters

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 30 August 2018

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group’s resistance struggle
Part 2: Who betrayed the Manouchian Group?

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

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

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

Defend Julian Assange!

London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum

By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

Protest in London against Ecuadorian President Moreno’s persecution of Julian Assange

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

Bringing Julian Assange Home

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

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.

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.