8 October 2018

US Senate elevates right-wing judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh marks a further major step to the right by the highest US court.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh clears crucial hurdle to confirmation

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

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

More on US politics »

Fascistic candidate Jair Bolsonaro places first in Brazilian presidential election

By Miguel Andrade, 8 October 2018

With 46 percent of the vote, Jair Bolsonaro came in first, facing a run-off election with PT candidate Fernando Haddad, who came in a distant second.

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

By our reporters

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

What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union?

More on the struggle at UPS »

Detroit Westin Book Cadillac workers join hotel walkouts

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 October 2018

The 160 strikers in Detroit include housekeepers, cashiers, servers, barmen and desk personnel, who have had no substantial pay rise since 2008.

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

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

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009
Limo crash in upstate New York kills 20

By Josh Varlin, 8 October 2018

The tragedy underscores the dangerous state of roads in the US.

The fifth death in two years
Eighteen-year-old found hanged in northern Wisconsin jail

By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2018

The tragic and preventable deaths in Wisconsin Rapids reflect an upward trend in suicides throughout the United States’ overcrowded, backlogged and brutal jail and prison system.

Israeli mass murder of Gazans targets children

By Jean Shaoul, 8 October 2018

The ongoing slaughter of men, women and children by the Israel Defense Forces has been treated as a non-event by the major imperialist powers and the corporate media.

French government staggered by Interior Minister Collomb’s resignation

By Francis Dubois, 8 October 2018

Collomb’s resignation has laid bare the weakness of President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Labour Party-run councils escalate austerity in UK

By Alice Summers, 8 October 2018

Far from standing up to Tory-led austerity measures, Labour councils are blazing the trail when it comes to attacks on public services.

Sharp rise in child protection interventions in Australia

By Michelle Stevens, 8 October 2018

The statistics point to a deepening social crisis, particularly in working class and rural areas, with the worst impact on indigenous families.

US envoy to Australia reveals joint bid to block Huawei in Papua New Guinea

By Mike Head, 8 October 2018

Sharing a land border with Indonesia, PNG is the most populous, strategically-located and resource-rich state in the southern Pacific.

New in Turkish

Washington, Rus füzelerine karşı önleyici saldırı tehdidinde bulundu

Bill Van Auken, 8 Ekim 2018

Medyanın ve ABD’deki ara seçimlere hazırlanan iki büyük kapitalist partinin, bu dünya savaşı tehlikesini tartışmıyor olması bir rastlantı değildir.

Alman hükümeti “birlik günü”nü yeni neo-faşist hareketin gölgesinde kutladı

Johannes Stern, 8 Ekim 2018

Naziler, bugün, 1930’ların tersine, bir kitle hareketi değil ama nefret edilen bir azınlıktır. Fakat bu onları daha az tehlikeli yapmıyor.

New in French

Le vice-président américain lance une diatribe belliqueuse contre la Chine

Bill Van Auken, 8 octobre 2018

Le discours de Pence a été prononcé sur fond d’indications que le Pentagone prépare des exercises militaires massifs comme démonstration de force à l’égard de la Chine.

Le syndicat des Teamsters défie le vote « non » et déclare la convention d’UPS ratifiée

Will Morrow, 8 octobre 2018

Les travailleurs ont voté à 54,7 % pour rejeter la convention collective pourrie soutenu par la direction d’UPS et le syndicat des Teamsters, d’autres travailleurs d’UPS ayant également rejeté des conventions pourries.

Bernie Sanders défend Jeff Bezos alors que la fraude qu’est l’augmentation des salaires à 15 dollars de l’heure chez Amazon est révélée

Tom Hall, 8 octobre 2018

Sanders a abandonné sur le champs sa critique de Jeff Bezos après le coup publicitaire cynique de l’entreprise, et l’a promu comme un grand réformateur.

Exposé du New York Times sur la fortune de Trump : un empire fondé sur l’évasion fiscale et la fraude
« Derrière toute grande fortune se cache un grand crime. » – Honoré de Balzac

Barry Grey, 8 octobre 2018

Le rapport du Times sur la criminalité et la corruption se caractérise non seulement par le clan Trump, mais par l’oligarchie financière des entreprises dans son ensemble.

«Je suis un poète qui peut chanter ses poèmes» – Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)

Paul Bond, 8 octobre 2018

Aznavour a grandi avec l'amour de la musique et du théâtre et laisse en héritage quelque 1200 chansons, d'innombrables enregistrements et des apparitions remarquées au cinéma.

New in Norwegian

Det amerikanske militærets visjon for statssensur

Andre Damon, 5. oktober 2018

Atlantic Council – en nøkkelpartner i sosialmedieforetakenes pådriv for internettsensur – har publisert et sammendrag fra en konferanse for De amerikanske spesialstyrkene der det skisseres en plan for en systematisk uthulning av ytringsfriheten.

Den amerikanske visepredidentens krigerske trusler mot Kina

Bill Van Auken, 5. oktober 2018

Pences tale kom samtidig med rapporter om at Pentagon forbereder massive og provoserende militærøvelser som en styrkeoppvisning mot Kina.

USA, Storbritannia og NATO-allierte skrur opp antiRussland-offensiven over «cyberspionasje» og Skripal-forgiftningen

Robert Stevens, 5. oktober 2018

For å konstruere belegg for de syv arrestasjonene tok USA ibruk alt materiale samlet mot Russland av landets NATO-allierte over Skripal/novitsjok-affæren.

Faren for en Brexit uten avtale ryster europeiske foretak og økonomi

Alex Lantier, 5. oktober 2018

I styrende kretser er planene fremskredne for å plassere kostnaden for enhver Brexit-krise på arbeidernes nakke internasjonalt, med planlagte masseoppsigelser ved britiske bilfabrikker.

Bundestag-president Schäuble fremmet militarisme og oppgradert statsundertrykking i sin tale på «Gjenforeningsdagen»

Ulrich Rippert, 5. oktober 2018

Siden den tyske gjenforeningen for 28 år siden har den 3. oktober vært en nasjonal fridag, som har tjent som plattform for ledende statsrepresentanters taler om fremtidskursen.

New in Russian

Дэвид Норт объясняет актуальность троцкизма на пресс-конференции в Коломбо

От нашего корреспондента, 8 октября 2018 г.

Выступление Норта спровоцировало ряд содержательных вопросов со стороны журналистов радиостанции Capitol Radio и телекомпании Independent Television Network.

New in Spanish

La catástrofe del terremoto en Indonesia

Por Tom Peters, 8 octubre 2018

El desastre se ha empeorado inmesurablemente por la pobreza, la desigualdad social y la negativa de las élites gobernantes en Indonesia e internacionalmente para asegurar la protección de la población.

México: 50 años desde la masacre de Tlatelolco de 1968

Por Don Knowland, 8 octubre 2018

Por cinco décadas, el Estado mexicano se ha dedicado a emplear violencia para aplastar la oposición política y social, independientemente del partido político en el poder.

El sindicato Teamsters desafía el voto por el “no” y declara ratificado el contrato de UPS

Por Will Morrow, 8 octubre 2018

Los trabajadores votaron en un 54,7 por ciento por rechazar el contrato entreguista respaldado por la patronal de UPS y el sindicato Teamsters, al tiempo que otros trabajadores de UPS también rechazaron contratos claudicantes.

El nombramiento de Kavanaugh:
#MeToo y la furia pequeño burguesa

David Walsh, 8 octubre 2018

El New York Times publicó un artículo de opinión de la periodista Rebecca Traister intitulado “La furia es un arma política que las mujeres necesitan empuñar”, que sigue a todo un conjunto de artículos que hacen el mismo argumento en semanas y meses recientes.

La exposición del New York Times sobre la fortuna de Trump: un imperio hecho de fraudes y evasión fiscal
“Detrás de cada gran fortuna, hay un gran crimen”, Honoré de Balzac

Barry Grey, 8 octubre 2018

La imagen de criminalidad y corrupción que pinta el New York Times no solo captura al clan Trump, sino a la oligarquía corporativa-financiera en su totalidad.

Juez federal emite orden judicial contra la orden de refugiados de la administración Trump

Por Matthew Taylor, 8 octubre 2018

Los cuatro países citados en el juicio representan casi 300.000 de los 437.000 refugiados que actualmente están recibiendo TPS en los Estados Unidos.

El sindicato de maestros de Los Ángeles sigue demorando la huelga mientras continúan las negociaciones

Por Dan Conway, 8 octubre 2018

El sindicato de los docentes angelinos está luchando por bloquear el sindicato, a pesar de que los trabajadores han estado trabajando sin un contrato y autorizaron una huelga.

Tres mil trabajadores del sector público en Holanda protestan en La Haya

Por nuestros reporteros, 8 octubre 2018

Los cuatro países citados en el juicio representan casi 300.000 de los 437.000 refugiados que actualmente están recibiendo TPS en los Estados Unidos.

Bernie Sanders cubre a Jeff Bezos mientras queda expuesto el fraude del aumento salarial de $15 en Amazon

Por Tom Hall, 8 octubre 2018

Sanders abandonó inmediatamente sus críticas a Jeff Bezos tras el cínico ardid publicitario de la compañía, y lo acogió como un gran reformador.

New in German

Die Erdbebenkatastrophe von Indonesien

Tom Peters, 8. Oktober 2018

Armut, soziale Ungleichheit und das Desinteresse der indonesischen und internationalen Regierungen haben die Katastrophe deutlich verschlimmert.

Europäische Wirtschaft befürchtet „harten Brexit“

Alex Lantier, 8. Oktober 2018

Die Regierungen wollen die Kosten für einen „No-Deal-Brexit“ der internationalen Arbeiterklasse aufbürden. Die Vorstände der Autokonzerne bereiten schon Massenentlassungen vor.

Chemnitz: Neonazi-Terrorgruppe stützte sich auf rechtsextremes Netzwerk

Christopher Lehmann, 8. Oktober 2018

Die Behauptung der Behörden, sie seien vom aggressiven Auftreten der Rechtsterroristen überrascht worden, ist nicht glaubwürdig. Die Sächsische Landesregierung und die Sicherheitsorgane müssen Informationen gehabt haben.

Offener Brief von Studierenden verurteilt rechte Offensive an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 8. Oktober 2018

Zum Semesterbeginn wächst die Opposition unter Studierenden gegen die rechte Offensive an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität (HU). In einem offenen Brief an die Leitung der HU verurteilen Studierendenvertreter und Hochschulgruppen aus ganz Deutschland die rechten Angriffe auf die Verfasste Studierendenschaft.

Sri Lanka: Große Resonanz auf Vortrag von David North an der Universität Peradeniya

Von unseren Reportern, 8. Oktober 2018

Der Vortrag an der Universität Peradeniya war die erste Veranstaltung mit North während seines Besuchs. Am 7. Oktober hielt er einen weiteren sehr gut besuchten Vortrag in der New Town Hall von Colombo.

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Perspective

After “no” vote by UPS workers, Teamsters bureaucracy declares contract ratified

8 October 2018

The naked fact is that the rank and file voted down the contract and the Teamsters union is despotically ignoring their vote and imposing it anyway.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Obama endorses DSA’s Ocasio-Cortez, along with CIA Democrats

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2018

The DSA is an instrument for boosting the right-wing, militarist Democratic Party by providing it with a “left” cover.

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

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

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

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

Commentary

Socialist Alternative on New York primaries: Burrowing further into the Democratic Party

By Josh Varlin, 8 October 2018

Socialist Alternative’s political activity consists for the most part in promoting the Democratic Socialists of America and supposedly “progressive” Democrats.

Canada: The unions’ suppression of the 1995–97 anti-Harris movement: Political lessons for today
Part 2: Unions work to diffuse swelling working-class opposition

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 8 October 2018

By organizing a series of regional “days of action” in smaller cities, the union bureaucracy sought to allow workers to let off steam, while pledging to uphold Harris’ “constitutional mandate” to govern.

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

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

By Tom Hall, 6 October 2018

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

More on Amazon »

Indonesia’s earthquake catastrophe

By Tom Peters, 6 October 2018

The US military’s vision for state censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 October 2018

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

By Markus Salzmann, 6 October 2018

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 4
Damien Chazelle’s First Man: Reduced in space—and opera singer Maria Callas, the Afghanistan war, small-town America

By Joanne Laurier, 8 October 2018

Damien Chazelle’s First Man—which opens in the US October 12—focuses on US astronaut Neil Armstrong and his role in Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon.

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

By Paul Bond, 6 October 2018

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

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

6 October 2018

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 »

25 years ago: Clinton announces stepped-up intervention in Somalia

US President Bill Clinton, on a nationally televised address October 7, 1993, announced that he was sending 2,350 more American soldiers to Somalia.

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50 years ago: Military officers overthrow Panamanian president

Just 11 days after being inaugurated, On October 11, 1968, Panamanian President Arnulfo Arias was overthrown by the military.

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75 years ago: Italy declares war against Nazi Germany

On October 13, 1943, the Italian government, led by King Victor Emmanuel and Premier Pietro Badoglio, declared war against its former ally, Nazi Germany, just three months after the fall of Mussolini and Italy’s surrender to the Allies.

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100 years ago: British troops capture Beirut

The 7th Division of the British Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) occupied Beirut, the capital city in what is now Lebanon, on October 8, 1918 to secure the roads to Homs in Syria.

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Workers Struggles

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.