Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

By Keith Jones, 27 September 2018

In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.

Trump delivers fascistic tirade at the United Nations

Against backdrop of UN General Assembly
Trump to intensify economic war on Iran

France refuses to let Aquarius dock as EU seeks to block refugees

By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2018

Passengers aboard the vessel were Libyans fleeing kidnapping and violence that emerged from the disintegration of Libya after the 2011 NATO war.

Wave of strikes, protests in Dutch public sector

By Harm Zonderland and Dietmar Henning, 27 September 2018

There have been more strikes in the Netherlands since the beginning of the year than in all of 2017, which saw the highest number of work stoppages since 1989.

Chilean president praises armed forces amid new convictions of military assassins

By Cesar Uco, 27 September 2018

Piñera’s independence day statement came as cases of military assassins and torturers are still being decided by Chile’s courts.

Federal Reserve lifts interest rates and indicates further hikes

By Nick Beams, 27 September 2018

For the first time since the Fed began its low-interest rate regime after the financial crisis of 2008, its base rate is above the level of inflation, indicating that wages are a key target.

US-China trade war intensifies

US sells arms to Taiwan, confronts China

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2018

The $330 million arms sale comes as the Trump administration is intensifying the US confrontation with China on all fronts—diplomatic, economic and military.

Trial underway in Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Kristina Betinis and George Gallanis, 27 September 2018

The defense team is relying on allegations that McDonald was a “combative” person to convince the jury he posed a threat and deserved to be killed.

Eighty-three abducted by ICE across Wisconsin in four days

By Jacob Crosse, 27 September 2018

Relishing in the chaos and uncertainty it had caused, ICE remained silent over the weekend as armed agents conducted “targeted raids” in over 14 counties.

New Amazon facility in Oregon: Tax cuts for corporation, poverty wages for workers

By Kayla Costa and Emily Edison, 27 September 2018

Local and state representatives of both capitalist parties approved a $213 million tax cut for the internet retail and logistics giant.

Auto manufacturers in UK cut production, threaten jobs as Brexit crisis deepens

By Margot Miller, 27 September 2018

The UK car industry faces massive disruption if the government fails to agree unfettered access to the EU single market, with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs threatened.

UK Labour conference passes Brexit motion with option for “people’s vote”

Spanish police harass, spy on Catalan separatist party

By Alejandro López, 27 September 2018

Police surveillance of the Candidatures of Popular Unity, revealed in a press conference last Thursday, is a blatant and illegal violation of basic democratic rights.

Australia: Commemoration rally held for youth killed in racist attack

By our reporters, 27 September 2018

Liep Gony’s mother is clearly alarmed at the renewed government-media campaign scapegoating of youth of African origin.

New in Russian

Публикация разговоров Ельцина и Клинтона разоблачает вмешательство США в российскую политику

Клара Вайс, 27 сентября 2018 г.

Фонд семьи Клинтон опубликовал сотни страниц документов о разговорах между президентом США Биллом Клинтоном и президентом России Борисом Ельциным.

New in Turkish

Tutuklanan 3. Havaalanı inşaatı işçileri serbest bırakılsın!
İşçi sınıfına karşı baskıya ve gözdağına hayır!

Sosyalist Eşitlik, 27 Eylül 2018

Hükümet tarafından tutuklanan inşaat işçileri derhal serbest bırakılmalı ve insani ve düzgün çalışma koşullarına ilişkin talepleri karşılanmalıdır.

WSWS, Max Zirngast’ın, Hatice Göz’ün ve Mithatcan Türetken’in serbest bırakılmasını talep ediyor

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi Yayın Kurulu, 27 Eylül 2018

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, gazeteci Max Zirngast ile iki solcu Türk aktivisti olan Hatice Göz’ün ve Mithatcan Türetken’in derhal ve koşulsuz olarak serbest bırakılmasını talep eder.

New in German

„Haltet eure Müden, eure Armen, eure geknechteten Massen fern...“
Trump-Regierung führt Zwei- Klassen-Einwanderungssystem ein

Eric London, 27. September 2018

Die explizite Institutionalisierung eines Zwei-Klassen- Einwanderungssystems markiert einen Wendepunkt und wird die sozialen Beziehungen erheblich zugunsten der Reichen verschieben.

Trumps faschistische Hetzrede vor den Vereinten Nationen

Bill Van Auken, 27. September 2018

Trump berief sich in seiner faschistischen Rede vor der UN immer wieder auf „Souveränität“ und „Patriotismus“ und drohte zugleich mit militärischer Aggression und Handelskrieg.

Frankfurt/Oder: Oberbürgermeister der Linken will syrische Flüchtlinge ins Kriegsgebiet abschieben

Markus Salzmann, 27. September 2018

Der Oberbürgermeister von Frankfurt/Oder René Wilke von den Linken hetzt gegen „gewaltbereite Flüchtlinge“ und übernimmt die Politik der AfD. Dabei versucht er, den momentan noch geltenden Abschiebestopp von Syrern auszuhebeln.

WSWS fordert von der Türkei die Freilassung von Max Zirngast, Hatice Göz und Mithatcan Türetken

Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site, 27. September 2018

Zirngast, ein österreichischer Doktorand und Journalist, wurde am 11. September zusammen mit den beiden türkischen Linken wegen erfundener Terroranschuldigungen verhaftet.

Freiheit für die Arbeiter vom Flughafen Istanbul!
Nein zu Schikane gegen die Arbeiterklasse!

Sozialistische Gleichheitsgruppe der Türkei, 27. September 2018

Die von der Regierung verfolgten Bauarbeiter müssen sofort freigelassen und ihre Forderungen nach humanen und menschenwürdigen Arbeitsbedingungen erfüllt werden.

New in Spanish

“Dame a tus cansados, tus pobres, tus masas amontonadas…”
Gobierno de Trump impone restricciones migratorias basadas en clase social

Por Eric London, 27 septiembre 2018

La formalización de un sistema migratorio basado en clases sociales marca un hito que alterará sustancialmente las relaciones sociales en favor de los ricos.

Trump lanza una diatriba fascista en las Naciones Unidas

Por Bill Van Auken, 27 septiembre 2018

Invocando repetidamente la “soberanía” y el “patriotismo”, al tiempo que amenazaba con la agresión militar y la guerra, el discurso de Trump dejó un claro tufo a gascismo en la Asamblea General de la ONU.

La guerra comercial entre los EUA y China se intensifica

Por Nick Beams, 27 septiembre 2018

La intensificación del conflicto y el creciente reconocimiento de que no es una reyerta pasajera, que se pueda resolver con negociaciones, ha llevado a inquietarse a sectores de los medios financieros.

A los 50 años de la fundación del PSI (Sri Lanka)
Las lecciones de la Gran Traición del Partido Lanka Sama Samaja

Por Rohantha De Silva y Vilani Peiris, 27 septiembre 2018

Este es el primero de una serie de artículos publicados por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad en Sri Lanka para conmemorar el quincuagésimo aniversario de su fundación en junio de 1968.

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Perspective

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

27 September 2018

Following the press and television news in the US might lead one to believe that a kind of madness has seized hold of the American media, along with sections of the affluent petty-bourgeoisie.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Growth of the Far-Right in Europe

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

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 September 2018

The 52nd Historikertag (Historians’ Conference) September 25-28 in Münster takes place under conditions where historical questions have assumed immense significance.

German grand coalition backs secret service head who defended neo-Nazis

The fight against fascism in Germany requires a socialist perspective

More on the growth of the extreme right in Europe »

History of the Fourth International


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.

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
From the LSSP’s Great Betrayal to the founding of the RCL

By Wije Dias, 26 September 2018

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

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

Workers and students support Sri Lankan meetings on the struggle for Trotskyism

By our reporters, 27 September 2018

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

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Campaign meeting with Niles Niemuth brings socialism to Wyandotte, Michigan

By Tom Hall, 27 September 2018

Workers and students took part in a wide-ranging discussion with SEP's congressional candidate on the social conditions of the working class, the crisis of American politics, and how a socialist movement within the working class can be built.

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 September 2018

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Niles Niemuth speaks to students and youth at Wayne State University

By Tom Hall, 22 September 2018

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

18 September 2018

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

Share this video widely: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube

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.

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

Commentary

“Keep out your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”
Trump administration moves to impose class-based restrictions on immigration

By Eric London, 26 September 2018

WSWS demands Turkey release Max Zirngast, Hatice Göz and Mithatcan Türetken

By the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 September 2018

Release the framed-up Istanbul airport workers!
No to pressure and intimidation against the working class!

By the Socialist Equality Group of Turkey, 25 September 2018

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

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2018

Democrats push second round of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh

By Eric London, 25 September 2018

Senate Committee to take testimony on sex assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh

The Kavanaugh hearing: Sexual allegations fuel the Democratic Party’s right-wing politics

America’s industrial slaughterhouse

By Jerry White, 25 September 2018

The New York Times promotes the Democratic Socialists of America

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 September 2018

Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Socialists of America candidate, covers for CIA Democrats

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

The ouster of New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma: The #MeToo movement assaults free speech

By David Walsh, 22 September 2018

The CIA Democrats and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2018

The CIA Democrats: A balance sheet of the primaries

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

America: The garrison state

More on US politics »

Socialist Equality Party

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

27 September 2018

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings explaining the political issues posed by the campaign against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by the Blairite right in alliance with the Tory government and intelligence agencies. The meetings will discuss the call by the SEP for Labour members and supporters to drive out the right-wing and why Corbyn is opposed to this elementary task.

Arts Review

Why is HBO’s Game of Thrones so popular?

By Sandy English, 26 September 2018

There was far more to Leonard Bernstein than mere charisma

By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2018

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross claims that Bernstein’s legacy is being exaggerated.

Science

Japanese space agency lands two rovers on surface of asteroid

By Bryan Dyne, 26 September 2018

Although an asteroid was first landed on in 2001, the Japanese Hayabusa2 mission is the first to successfully deploy rovers on the surface of one.

IYSSE

US spy agencies come to Northern Virginia Community College

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

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.

25 years ago: Earthquake kills 10,000 in western India

A powerful earthquake struck the western Indian state of Maharashtra on September 30, 1993, killing nearly 10,000 people and injuring at least 30,000 more.

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50 years: Filibuster begins against US Supreme Court nominee

On September 25, 1968, Republican Senator Robert P. Griffin of Michigan began a filibuster to block the nomination of Abe Fortas to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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75 years ago: Italian anti-fascist insurrection in Naples

On September 30, 1943, the last German troops retreated from the Italian city of Naples and its surrounding districts after failing to put down an insurrection by the city’s working class.

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100 years ago: Meuse-Argonne offensive begins in France

In what would become the last act of the first World War, British, French and American forces began a massive thrust on September 26, 1918, whose goal was the capture of a major railway hub.

More »

Workers Struggles

UNITE HERE isolates striking Chicago hotel workers, rams through deal with Marriott

By Marcus Day, 22 September 2018

UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

By Jerry White, 21 September 2018

More on autoworkers struggles »

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?

More on the struggle at UPS »

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.

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.

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.