6 October 2018

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

By Will Morrow, 6 October 2018

Workers voted by 54.7 percent to reject the sellout contract backed by UPS management and the Teamsters union, as other UPS workers also rejected sellout contracts.

UPS workers denounce Teamsters effort to impose sellout contract, despite “no” vote

By our reporters, 6 October 2018

The Teamsters has declared that it considers its sellout contract ratified despite the fact that more than 54 percent of workers voted “no.”

Watch: UPS workers speak out

Teamsters head threatens to impose UPS contract even if workers reject it

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh clears crucial hurdle to confirmation

By Eric London, 6 October 2018

Friday’s 51–49 cloture vote all but secures the confirmation of the arch-reactionary to what will be the most right-wing court in over a century.

The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats’ right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

Kavanaugh’s nomination, Cosby’s sentencing: News media pornography and the enraged middle class

More on US politics »

Bernie Sanders covers for Jeff Bezos as fraud of $15 pay raise at Amazon is exposed

By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018

Sanders immediately abandoned his criticism of Jeff Bezos after the company’s cynical publicity stunt, and embraced him as a great reformer.

Watch: What do Amazon job applicants think about $15/hr?

The fraud of Amazon’s $15 wage

More on Amazon »

Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder in 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 October 2018

The trial and guilty verdict followed an attempted cover-up of the murder by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department.

Los Angeles teachers union continues to delay strike action as negotiations proceed

By Dan Conway, 6 October 2018

The union for Los Angeles teachers is fighting to block strike action, despite teachers working without a contract and authorizing a strike.

Federal judge issues injunction against Trump administration refugee order

By Matthew Taylor, 6 October 2018

The four countries cited in the lawsuit represent nearly 300,000 of the 437,000 refugees who are currently receiving TPS in the United States.

Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections

By Andrea Peters, 6 October 2018

The electoral upsets that took place in September come as evidence mounts of growing discontent with Russia’s ruling party.

40,000 people protest in Munich, Germany against racism and police state laws

By Markus Salzmann, 6 October 2018

On October 3, the day marking the reunification of Germany, 40,000 people demonstrated in the Bavarian capital against racism and the new Police Task Law (PAG)

German parliament president Schäuble advocates militarism and stepped-up state repression in “Unity Day” speech

German government celebrates “unity day” under the shadow of renewed neo-fascist movement

German neo-Nazi group arrested after far-right riot in Chemnitz

The neo-Nazi offensive in Germany and the role of historians

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

The destruction of Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and the role of the IG Metall union

By Dietmar Henning, 6 October 2018

The decision to break up the Thyssenkrupp multinational conglomerate, in which the IG Metall union has played a key role, has been secretly prepared for months.

UK: No to Driver Only Trains in any form, mobilise against rail union sellout

By Michael Barnes, 6 October 2018

The struggle by rail workers in defense of jobs is in danger, due to the systematic sabotage of their fight by the unions.

Mexico: Fifty years since the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre

By Don Knowland, 6 October 2018

For five decades the Mexican state has engaged in violence in order to crush political and social opposition, regardless of the political party in power.

Australian government hands private schools another $4.6 billion

By David Cohen, 6 October 2018

The latest windfall will accelerate the gulf between well-resourced private schools and cash-starved public schools in one of the world’s most unequal education systems.

New in German

Die totalitäre Vision des US-Militärs

Andre Damon, 6. Oktober 2018

Der Atlantic Council, eine Denkfabrik, die die Streitkräfte bei der Zensur des Internets unterstützt, hat in einer neuen Broschüre den Plan zur systematischen Aushöhlung der Meinungsfreiheit enthüllt.

US-Vizepräsident hält kriegerische Hetzrede gegen China

Bill Van Auken, 6. Oktober 2018

Das Pentagon bereitet sich offenbar auf umfangreiche und provokante Militärübungen als „globale Machtdemonstration“ gegen China vor.

Sammelabschiebung nach Kabul am Tag der Deutschen Einheit

Marianne Arens, 6. Oktober 2018

Während immer neue Massenabschiebungen gegen Rassismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit stattfinden, beschleunigt die Große Koalition das Tempo ihrer Abschiebemaschinerie.

New in Norwegian

David Norths forelesning ved Peradeniya University i Kandy ble veldig godt mottatt av studenter og arbeidere

våre reportere, 5. oktober 2018

De 200 tilhørerne responderte entusiastisk på forelesningen som markerte 80-årsdagen for grunnleggingen av Den fjerde internasjonale.

David North skisserte trotskismens dagsaktuelle relevans på en pressekonferanse i Colombo

våre reportere, 3. oktober 2018

Norths uttalelser foranlediget gjennomtenkte spørsmål fra journalister fra Capital Radio og Independent Television Network.

David Norths uttalelser om trotskismen presentert på pressekonferansen i Colombo

David North, 2. oktober 2018

Dette er teksten for David Norths uttalelser – styrelederen for WSWS’ internasjonale redaksjonsråd – presentert på pressekonferansen i Colombo den 1. oktober.

New in French

La possibilité de Brexit sans accord fait vaciller les entreprises et l’économie européenne

Alex Lantier, 6 octobre 2018

Avec les licenciements massifs dans les entreprises de l’automobile, les cercles dirigeants ont bien avancé dans leurs plans pour faire peser le coût de toute crise sur le Brexit sur le dos des travailleurs internationalement.

La censure d’État selon l’armée des États-Unis

Andre Damon, 6 octobre 2018

L’Atlantic Council, un partenaire clé dans la campagne de censure d’Internet menée par les entreprises des médias sociaux, a publié un résumé d’une conférence des forces spéciales américaines décrivant un plan pour la répression systématique de la liberté d’expression.

Un programme socialiste est nécessaire pour combattre le danger populiste de droite

le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Canada), 6 octobre 2018

Il faut lier l’opposition au racisme et au chauvinisme anti-immigrants à la lutte des travailleurs pour la défense des emplois, des salaires et des programmes sociaux.

Le président du parlement allemand Schäuble prône le militarisme et la répression étatique dans le discours du « Jour de l’unité »

Ulrich Rippert, 6 octobre 2018

Depuis la réunification de l’Allemagne, il y a 28 ans, le 3 octobre est devenu une fête nationale et a servi de plate-forme aux principaux représentants de l’État pour prononcer des discours définissant la perspective de l’avenir.

Il y a 25 ans: Eltsine ordonne le bombardement du parlement russe

WSWS, 6 octobre 2018

Il y a 100 ans : le nouveau gouvernement allemand propose un armistice à Woodrow Wilson

WSWS, 6 octobre 2018

New in Spanish

La visión del ejército estadounidense a favor de la censura estatal

Por Andre Damon, 6 octubre 2018

El Atlantic Council, un actor clave en la campaña de censura en línea realizada por las empresas de redes sociales, ha publicado un resumen de una conferencia de las fuerzas especiales de EUA con un plan para eviscerar sistemáticamente la libre expresión.

El vicepresidente de Estados Unidos emite diatriba peligrosa contra China

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 octubre 2018

El discurso de Pence viene en medio de noticias de que el Pentágono está preparando ejercicios militares masivos y provocativos como una exhibición de fuerza contra China.

La Corte Internacional de Justicia falla contra sanciones de EUA a Irán

Por Alex Lantier, 6 octubre 2018

La Corte Internacional de Justicia no cuenta con el poder para hacer valer su decisión, y los oficiales estadounidenses dejaron claro inmediatamente que desafiarán la sentencia.

Horrores en prisión para inmigrantes en California: hallan sábanas atadas en nudos en mayoría de celdas

Por Norisa Díaz, 6 octubre 2018

En una visita inesperada, inspectores del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional encontraron telas en nudos colgando de las tuberías en un centro de detención para inmigrantes.

Gran coalición alemana apoya al jefe del servicio secreto que defendió a los neonazis

Por Peter Schwarz, 6 octubre 2018

La decisión de mantener a Hans-Georg Maassen en el ministerio del interior envía un mensaje claro a la extrema derecha de que goza del respaldo total de la gran coalición.

El jefe de Teamsters amenaza con imponer un contrato de UPS aunque los trabajadores lo rechacen

Por Will Morrow, 6 octubre 2018

En lo que concierne al sindicato, los trabajadores tienen derecho a votar, pero siempre que voten bien.

New in Portuguese

Israel comemora seus 70 anos em meio a crimes de guerra e crescente desigualdade social

Bill Van Auken, 4 de outubro de 2018

A retirada dos EUA do acordo nuclear com o Irã e a mudança de sua embaixada para Jerusalém dão para o Estado de Israel luz verde para uma guerra contra o Irã e uma violenta repressão contra os palestinos.

O significado histórico das medidas de guerra comercial de Trump

Nick Beams, 4 de outubro de 2018

As medidas comerciais de Trump são um passo importante no desmantelamento do sistema de relações econômicas estabelecido por Washington depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Por uma coalizão internacional para lutar contra a censura na Internet

4 de outubro de 2018

Carta aberta do Conselho Editorial Internacional do World Socialist Web Site às páginas eletrônicas, organizações e ativistas socialistas, de esquerda, anti-guerra e progressistas.

A crise de Israel e as contradições históricas do Sionismo

Bill Van Auken, 4 de outubro de 2018

O World Socialist Web Site está republicando um artigo de 29 de Maio de 1998, publicado depois do aniversário de 50 anos do Estado de Israel.

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Perspective

Indonesia’s earthquake catastrophe

6 October 2018

The disaster has been made immeasurably worse by poverty, social inequality and the refusal of the Indonesian and international ruling elites to ensure the protection of the population.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

David North’s lecture at Peradeniya University in Kandy attracts significant support from students and workers

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

Sri Lankan Prime TV News reports on David North’s press conference

David North outlines contemporary relevance of Trotskyism at Colombo media briefing

Text of David North's remarks to Sri Lankan press conference on Trotskyism

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

David North, the chairperson of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, will be speaking in the United States this fall to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress Niles Niemuth speaks at televised forum

6 October 2018

The SEP’s candidate for Michigan’s 12th congressional district, along with his opponents from the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the pseudo-left Working Class Party, answered questions on immigration, inequality, education and more.

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks in Ann Arbor on the right to universal health care

Mobilize the working class to defend nurses and secure the right to health care!

“Genuine socialists are fighting to put the working class in control”

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth answered questions from commenters at this live online event on September 29. Follow Niles on Facebook now to participate in upcoming live events.

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

18 September 2018

Campaign website »

Commentary

NY Times exposé on Trump fortune: An empire built on tax evasion and fraud
“Behind every great fortune there is a great crime” – Honoré de Balzac

By Barry Grey, 6 October 2018

The picture of criminality and corruption that emerges from the Times report is one that characterizes not just the Trump clan, but the corporate-financial oligarchy as a whole.

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 1: The significance of Harris’ “Common Sense Revolution”

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 6 October 2018

Workers entering struggle against Doug Ford’s class-war assault must draw a political balance sheet of the last mass movement against an Ontario Conservative government and its strangling by the unions.

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

The US military’s vision for state censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 October 2018

US vice president issues bellicose diatribe against China

“History never teaches anyone anything”
Russian neo-Stalinist defends Partido Obrero’s “refounding” of Fourth International

US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over “cyber spying” and Skripals

Washington threatens preemptive strike against Russian missiles

CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races

International Court of Justice strikes down US sanctions against Iran

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

Ten years since the 2008 bank bailout

Arts Review

“I am a poet who has the ability to sing his poems” – Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)

By Paul Bond, 6 October 2018

Aznavour grew up with a love of music and theatre and leaves a legacy of some 1,200 songs, innumerable recordings, and some notable film appearances.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 3
Icebox and Twin Flower: The US government locks up children—and, in Italy, an African refugee finds a kindred spirit

By David Walsh, 4 October 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with director Daniel Sawka and actors from Icebox: “As inequality grows, there’s always scapegoating of immigrants”

By David Walsh, 4 October 2018

Workers Struggles

Indian police arrest 600 striking Yamaha workers; Pakistan teachers, municipal employees and other workers demonstrate for unpaid wages
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 October 2018

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

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

By John Marion, 5 October 2018

“We are just new slaves”
1,500 Boston hotel workers walk out as UNITE HERE seeks to end Chicago strike

3,000 Dutch public service workers protest in The Hague

By our reporters, 5 October 2018

Protest march on October 2 in the Netherlands
The fight against public sector cutbacks requires a socialist perspective

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo workers angered by UAW obstruction to fight over health and safety

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018

UK nurses vote to remove Royal College of Nursing leadership after pay deal sellout

By Ajanta Silva, 3 October 2018

Vote “yes” on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

By Jerry White, 1 October 2018

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) meeting outlines political issues behind coup against Malcolm Turnbull

By our reporters, 4 October 2018

The speakers explained that the instability of official politics was an expression of the deepening social, economic and geo-political crises of Australian and world capitalism.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Public Meetings:
The fight to drive out the right-wing from the Labour Party and the struggle for socialism

25 years ago: Yeltsin orders bombardment of Russian parliament

On October 4, 1993, Moscow was a scene “of carnage, squalor and hideous destruction,” according to press reports, after Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the military storming of the Russian White House.

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50 years: Mexican police and soldiers open fire on student protesters

On October 2, 1968, more than 10,000 students and other supporters gathered in Tlatelolco Square in Mexico City.

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75 years ago: Soviet armies conclude successful Smolensk offensive

On October 2, 1943, the Soviet Union concluded its successful Smolensk offensive, having, over the previous months, liberated numerous strategically important cities from the invading forces of Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: New German government proposes an armistice to Woodrow Wilson

On October 4, 1918, the newly formed German government headed by Prince Max von Baden telegraphed to American President Woodrow Wilson appeals for an armistice.

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IYSSE

After Parkland: The militarization of high schools in the US

By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NOVA, 25 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

Growing support for socialism among students across the US

History

Vadim Rogovin and the sociology of Stalinism

By Andrea Peters, 25 September 2018

September 18 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Soviet Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin, the author of a seven-volume series on Stalinism and the Marxist opposition to the Soviet bureaucracy.

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

By David North, 18 September 2018

Book review

Dopesick by Beth Macy
Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

By Gary Joad, 25 September 2018

Author Beth Macy paints a searing and heartbreaking portrait of the Appalachian victims of the current opioid epidemic in the United States.

Adam Tooze’s Crashed: The limitations of a Left-liberal historian

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The historian Adam Tooze has published a detailed account of the origins and development of the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“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

“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

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.

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 »

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.

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.

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

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.