12 December 2018

General Motors could shut more plants in US, threatening more than 6,000 jobs

By Jerry White, 12 December 2018

According to a Detroit Free Press article, four assembly plants in Michigan, Kentucky and Kansas, currently employing 6,238 hourly workers, could be targeted for closure.

Brazilian auto workers denounce union blackout of GM’s planned factory closures

Mass layoffs threatened at European GM and Ford plants

By Marianne Arens, 12 December 2018

As part of the new restructuring of the global auto industry, Ford is seeking to cut 25,000 jobs worldwide, with the largest number of job losses in Europe.

Hyundai, Kia workers strike in South Korea in opposition to attacks on wages

By Ben McGrath, 12 December 2018

The imposition of a new tier of low-paid workers in Gwangju is just the precursor to broader attacks on workers’ conditions.

High school students protest in Paris against French government’s education reforms

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2018

The students are opposing the government’s right-wing reforms and re-imposition of compulsory military service, while showing their support for the “yellow vests.”

Egypt bans yellow vest sales as French protesters reject Macron’s concessions

Which way forward for France’s “yellow vest” protests?

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

Mobilize the working class against Macron!

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

More on the 2018 "yellow vest" protests in France »

UK: May faces possible leadership contest after seeking concessions from EU on Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2018

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday once again insisted that he would not call a vote of no confidence—allowing the crisis ridden Conservative government to stagger on.

May delays Brexit vote while Corbyn refuses to move no confidence motion

UK government’s role in anti-Corbyn campaign exposed

Huffington Post renews smear campaign against UK Professor Piers Robinson

Canada subjects Huawei executive to onerous bail terms pending outcome of US extradition case

By Keith Jones, 12 December 2018

China issued a statement yesterday terming Meng’s arrest a Canada-US “political conspiracy.”

Canada-China relations sour after Ottawa kidnaps Huawei executive

US-Russia tensions mount over warplanes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2018

The flight of the Russian warplanes to Caracas follows the provocative US Air Force overflight of Ukraine the previous week.

World leaders converge on Poland for climate summit

By Daniel de Vries, 12 December 2018

The Katowice conference takes place amid dire warnings that the world remains on track for climate catastrophe.

Trump threatens to use military to fund border wall

By Kevin Martinez, 12 December 2018

The president’s threat was followed by a tense meeting in the Oval Office with Democratic leaders where he threatened a government shutdown over funding for the wall.

Four years after Eric Garner’s death, killer cop faces NYPD disciplinary hearing

By Leslie Murtagh, 12 December 2018

The New York City officer who choked Garner to death in 2014, Daniel Pantaleo, has avoided any criminal charges.

Outrage spreads over video showing police ripping child from mother’s arms at Brooklyn food stamp office

UK unions call off strikes against redundancies at Cammell Laird shipyard

By Barry Mason, 12 December 2018

The unions have already made clear they accept the need to reduce costs, urging only that there should be no compulsory redundancies.

Witch hunt in Australia against Chinese-born parliamentarian

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2018

The smears and innuendo against Pierre Yang are part of a campaign aimed at silencing any criticism or opposition to the escalating US war drive against China.

Australian university moves to sack academic critical of Israeli and US wars

New in Spanish

Otro día, otro horrendo incidente en EUA: cinco niños muertos por incendio en Youngstown, Ohio

Por Niles Niemuth, 12 de diciembre 2018

Mientras que la causa inmediata del incendio sigue siendo investigada, la tragedia del domingo por la noche no es un evento aislado, sino el resultado de un sistema social y económico fallido.

Trabajadores automotores en la reunión pública de Detroit: “Comités de tropa de la clase trabajadora son la respuesta"

Por nuestros reporteros, 12 de diciembre 2018

Los trabajadores expresaron su apoyo para una campaña para construir nuevas organizaciones de lucha, independientes de United Auto Workers, para lidearar una lucha contra los cierres de plantas.

Los “chalecos amarillos” en Francia desafiaron la represión y los arrestos masivos

Por Alex Lantier y Kumaran Ira, 12 de diciembre 2018

El intento del presidente francés de aplastar las manifestaciones por medio de concesiones fraudulentas y violencia estatal ha claramente fracasado.

En nombre de la lucha contra el fascismo, ISO promueve la colaboración de clase y al Partido Demócrata

Por Kayla Costa, 12 de diciembre 2018

En un llamado a formar una alianza con las "capas sociales más amplias" contra el fascismo, la Organización Socialista Internacional busca subordinar a la clase trabajadora al sistema bipartidista controlado por las empresas.

España: los partidos derechistas están barajando un papel gubernamental para el partido fascista Vox en Andalucía

Por Paul Mitchell, 12 de diciembre 2018

La burguesía española está elevando el perfil de Vox, tras las elecciones andaluzas: la prensa del establishment del país publica múltiples artículos —al menos uno al día— sobre el partido fascista.

Trabajadores automotores de Brasil denuncian silencio de sindicato sobre cierres de plantas de GM

Por equipo de reporteros del WSWS, 12 de diciembre 2018

Los trabajadores en la fábrica automotriz en operación más antigua de Brasil, en las afueras de São Paulo, expresaron inquietud sobre las implicancias globales de la reestructuración planeada por GM.

Manifestaciones en Bolivia contra la decisión judicial que le permite a Evo Morales postularse para el cuarto mandato

Por Cesar Uco, 12 de diciembre 2018

La decisión del tribunal respaldó el intento de Morales de anular un referéndum de 2016 en el que el 51.3 por ciento de los votantes rechazó el intento del presidente boliviano por otro período.

New in Dutch

De massa-protesten in Frankrijk: Een nieuw stadium in de internationale klassenstrijd

World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 3 December 2018

De uitbarsting van sociale protesten zijn de voorbode van de terugkeer van de werkende klasse op het podium van de wereldgeschiedenis, na decennia van onderdrukking.

Nee tegen dienstplicht in Frankrijk en Europa!
Verklaring van de Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES)

23 November 2018

Ten tijde van massale protesten tegen hun bezuinigingsbeleid, heeft de zeer impopulaire Franse regering onder leiding van President Emmanuel Macron op maandag aangekondigd, de militaire dienstplicht te zullen introduceren.

New in Turkish

Fransa’daki “sarı yelek” protestoları için ileriye giden yol hangisi?

Alex Lantier, 11 Aralık 2018

Dördüncü “sarı yelek” protestolarıyla birlikte, işçiler arasında, kapitalist sisteme karşı bir kitle hareketi açık bir şekilde gelişiyor.

Fransa’daki “sarı yelekli” protestocular baskıya ve gözaltılara meydan okudu

Alex Lantier ve Kumaran Ira, 11 Aralık 2018

Protestocular, gösterilere katılarak, kaygı verici devlet şiddeti tehditlerine ve güvenlik güçlerinin geniş çaplı seferber edilmesine meydan okudular.

Faşist Vox partisi, Endülüs seçimlerinde azımsanmayacak bir başarı elde etti

Paul Mitchell, 11 Aralık 2018

Endülüs’te düzenlenen bölgesel seçimlerin sonuçları, Franco’nun 1975’te ölmesinden ve demokrasiye geçişten 43 yıl sonra, faşizmin İspanyol politikasına açık bir şekilde dönüşünü haber vermektedir.

New in French

La Chine convoque l’ambassadeur américain à propos de la détention d’une dirigeante de Huawei

Peter Symonds, 11 décembre 2018

Les actions américaines hautement provocatrices font partie de la campagne généralisée de Trump pour empêcher les grands groupes chinois de mettre en cause la domination technologique américaine.

Les travailleurs allemands expriment leur solidarité avec les Gilets jaunes français

nos correspondants, 11 décembre 2018

Les travailleurs allemands qui se sont entretenus avec les candidats du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (SGP) ont exprimé leur sympathie pour les manifestations de masse des Gilets Jaunes en France. Beaucoup partagent les mêmes griefs et sont confron...listes de WSWS se sont entretenus avec des travailleurs, des jeunes et des Britanniques qui soutiennent les protestations des Gilet jaunes.

La réunion publique de Detroit décide d’organiser la lutte contre les fermetures d’usines de General Motors

Will Morrow, 11 décembre 2018

Les participants ont voté à l’unanimité en faveur de l’adoption d’une résolution appelant à la formation de comités de quartier et de lieux de travail de base pour organiser une lutte contre les fermetures d’usines.

Vadim Rogovin et la sociologie du stalinisme

Andrea Peters, 11 décembre 2018

Le 18 septembre marquait 20 ans depuis le décès de l’historien et sociologue marxiste soviétique Vadim Rogovin, l’auteur d’une série de sept volumes sur le stalinisme et l’opposition marxiste à la bureaucratie soviétique.

New in German

Ägypten verbietet Verkauf von gelben Westen
Französische Demonstranten weisen Macrons Zugeständnisse zurück

Alex Lantier, 12. Dezember 2018

Die wachsende Militanz und politische Radikalisierung der internationalen Arbeiterklasse versetzt die Regierungen weltweit in Panik.

Die Welt wirft Macron Kapitulation vor dem “gelben Mob” vor

Peter Schwarz, 12. Dezember 2018

Wirtschaftsnahe deutsche Medien reagieren empört auf den Versuch des französischen Präsidenten, die Protestbewegung der „Gelben Westen“ mit sozialen Zugeständnissen zu beschwichtigen.

Ford-Saarlouis kündigt massiven Arbeitsplatzabbau an

Ulrich Rippert, 12. Dezember 2018

Auf einer Betriebsversammlung in Saarlouis gab die Konzernleitung am Montag bekannt, dass die Produktion des Modells C-Max eingestellt werde. Ein Viertel der gegenwärtig 6300 Arbeitsplätze bei Ford-Saarlouis würden abgebaut.

Frankfurter Societätsdruckerei: Streik in der dritten Woche

Marianne Arens, 12. Dezember 2018

Schon seit über zwei Wochen streiken Beschäftigte der Frankfurter Societätsdruckerei für ihre Arbeitsplätze und Tarifrechte.

May verschiebt Brexit Abstimmung, Corbyn lehnt Misstrauensantrag ab

Chris Marsden, 12. Dezember 2018

May hat die für Dienstag geplante Parlamentsabstimmung abgesagt, weil sie wusste, dass ihr vorgeschlagenes Abkommen mit der EU keine Chance hatte, angenommen zu werden.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Итальянские евреи депортированы в Освенцим

8 декабря 2018 г.

6 декабря 1943 года 246 евреев были отправлены поездом из Милана и Вероны в Освенцим.

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Perspective

Political warfare in Washington escalates to crisis of capitalist rule

12 December 2018

Trump’s embrace of murder, his defense of fascists, his racist attacks on immigrants are blowing up an ideological pillar of US imperialist foreign policy—the pretense that the United States is a bulwark of human rights and democracy.

Earlier Perspectives »

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Resolution to the Detroit meeting against GM plant closures
No to GM plant closings! Mobilize the working class to stop layoffs and concessions!

12 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by delegates to the December 9 meeting in Detroit to oppose GM plant closings and layoffs.

Autoworkers at Detroit public meeting: “Rank-and-file committees of the working class are the answer”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

By Will Morrow, 10 December 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

International Committee of the Fourth International

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

David North spoke to the meeting in Wellington about the history of the Fourth International, the lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and the political and theoretical basis for building a socialist leadership in the working class.

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Featured video

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

Fund appeal

Commentary

Another day, another horror in America: Five children killed in Youngstown, Ohio, house fire

By Niles Niemuth, 11 December 2018

Turmoil on Wall Street continues

By Nick Beams, 11 December 2018

Democrats begin open discussion of impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2018

White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing

Oklahoma Republicans demand the abolition of public schools

By Nancy Hanover, 11 December 2018

In name of fighting fascism, ISO promotes class collaboration and Democratic Party

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2018

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2018

China summons American ambassador over detention of Huawei executive

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2018

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

The state funeral for George H. W. Bush and the ritual of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

Arts Review

Icebox: The US government locks up children

By David Walsh, 11 December 2018

Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm

By Sandy English, 10 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

Workers Struggles

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

By Kayla Costa, 11 December 2018

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 11 December 2018

Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician

Sri Lankan plantation companies reject workers’ wage demand

By W.A. Sunil, 11 December 2018

Sri Lankan plantation strike: Abbotsleigh workers march to demand action committees and socialist policies

Sri Lankan plantation workers launch indefinite strike for 100 percent pay rise

National Health Service workers among increasing users of food banks in Britain

By Ben Trent, 7 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons

The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout.

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50 years ago: Mass political repression in Brazil

After replacing General Humberto Castelo Branco in 1967, retired General Arthur de Costa e Silva, pledged to “humanize” the dictatorship established in the 1964 military coup and promised to transition Brazil to a democracy.

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75 years ago: Soviets try Nazi war criminals

On December 15, 1943, Soviet authorities began the first trial of Nazi war criminals in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

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100 years ago: Lloyd George wins Britain’s “khaki election”

In the British election held on December 14, 1918, David Lloyd George’s coalition government won a large majority on a platform promising social reforms, as well as punishment of the German “war criminals.”

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Obituary

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

Science

Last light for the Kepler space telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 1 December 2018

The first and most productive space telescope designed to find planets beyond our Solar System has been retired after exhausting its fuel supply.

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

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.

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

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

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

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.