The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2018

The Democratic Party has decided to wage its opposition to the reactionary Supreme Court nominee on the most degraded and right-wing basis possible.

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

US wars claim soaring civilian casualties in Yemen and Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2018

The US media has all but ignored the escalating slaughter in the two countries as well as the clear evidence of Washington’s war crimes.

Congress readies band-aid measure for opioid crisis

By Tom Eley, 28 September 2018

The bill will do little to slow the growing epidemic of opioid addiction and death.

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Argentina’s Macri responds to fourth general strike with yet another IMF package

By Andrea Lobo, 28 September 2018

The trade union bureaucracies, most of which had agreed to a truce with the Macri administration during the beginning of his term, are seeking to contain growing social anger.

Airline workers launch largest strike in Ryanair’s history

By Gustav Kemper, 28 September 2018

The decision by the German unions to call a strike late on Thursday makes today's strikes in five European countries the largest in the budget airline's history.

German Chancellor Merkel loses closest ally

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 September 2018

It has already become clear that the grand coalition relies on far-right elements to enforce its social and political attacks.

German government agrees to arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia, fuelling war in Yemen

By Sven Heymann, 28 September 2018

The arms shipments to the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula are part of the strategic plans of the German ruling class, which wants to pursue its geopolitical goals by military means.

Turkish president visits Berlin as US-European conflict in Middle East rises

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2018

Erdogan went to Germany seeking an ally against Trump’s trade war measures and increasingly hostile policy toward Turkey in the Syrian war crisis.

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

By NHS FightBack, 28 September 2018

The resolution gives voice to the growing rebellion among nurses and health workers against the RCN executive’s collusion with the Conservative government.

Victors Care brings class-based medical care to University of Michigan hospital

By Matthew Brennan, 28 September 2018

The foundation of Victors Care is that it grants easier and faster access to physicians, as well as comprehensive preventive care, for those who can afford to pay an additional $3,600 per year out of pocket.

Operating engineers’ union bows to strikebreaking threats by Michigan governor, contractors

By Tim Rivers, 28 September 2018

Less than 24 hours before a Michigan contractors’ association was set to begin hiring scab replacements for 2,000 roadway construction workers it had locked out, Operating Engineers Local 324 ordered its members to return to work without a contract or any resolution to the dispute that has closed 164 road building projects for more than three weeks.

Snyder administration backs strikebreaking threat by Michigan road construction contractors

United Steelworkers union claims it is preparing to strike ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 September 2018

After a unanimous vote to authorize a walkout, pressure is growing from rank-and-file workers to launch the first national strike since 1986.

New York police officers caught running prostitution ring

By Guillaume Garnier, 28 September 2018

Seven NYPD officers were arrested this month for their involvement in the administration of prostitution rings and illegal gambling.

New Census Bureau report details poor conditions in New York’s Public Housing

By Mark Witkowski, 28 September 2018

The latest triannual US Census report on New York City housing reveals worsening conditions for the poorest New Yorkers.

BJP government pushes Air India into financial morass to hasten privatization

By Kranti Kumara, 28 September 2018

The Indian government is determined to sell off what is among the country’s most identifiable companies internationally, so as to underline its commitment to the fire sale of public assets.

Australian unions enforce low pay for pathology workers

By Terry Cook, 28 September 2018

The Fair Work Commission’s wage ruling for Dorevitch Pathology workers is far from the “big win” proclaimed by the Health Services Union.

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.

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Washington forsterker krigstrusler mot Iran og mobber verden

Keith Jones, 27. september 2018

I løpet av sine to dager i FN truet Trump mye av verden, der han ga stemme til amerikansk imperialismes umettelige aspirasjoner og USAs styringselites misnøye med erosjonen av deres økonomiske makt.

Amerikanske Federal Reserve hever rentenivå og indikerer videre hevinger

Nick Beams, 27. september 2018

For første gang siden Fed begynte sitt lavrenteregime etter finanskrisa i 2008 er basisrenta over inflasjonsnivået, hvilket indikerer at lønninger er et sentralt mål.

Handelskrigen mellom USA og Kina intensiveres

Nick Beams, 26. september 2018

Eskaleringen av konflikten og den voksende erkjennelsen av at det ikke er en midlertidig uoverenskomst som kan løses gjennom forhandlinger, har ført til bekymringer i deler av finanspressen.

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Washington multiplie les menaces de guerre contre l'Iran

Keith Jones, 28 septembre 2018

Pendant ses deux jours à l’ONU, Trump a menacé une grande partie du monde, exprimant l’appétit insatiable de l’impérialisme américain et le mécontentement de son élite dirigeante face à l’érosion de sa puissance économique.

La France refuse de laisser accoster l’Aquarius alors que l'UE cherche à bloquer l’entrée des réfugiés

Alex Lantier, 28 septembre 2018

Les passagers à bord du navire étaient des Libyens fuyant les enlèvements et les violences résultant de la désintégration de la Libye après la guerre de l’OTAN de 2011.

L'offensive néonazie en Allemagne et le rôle des historiens

Christoph Vandreier, 28 septembre 2018

Le 52e Historikertag (Conférence des historiens) du 25 au 28 septembre à Münster se déroule dans des conditions où les questions historiques acquièrent une importance immense.

New in Spanish

La nominación de Kavanaugh, la sentencia contra Cosby: pornografía noticiosa y la iracunda clase media

Por David Walsh, 28 septiembre 2018

Seguir los periódicos y noticieros en Estados Unidos da la sensación de que la prensa se ha enloquecido, junto a capas adineradas de la pequeña burguesía.

Vadim Rogovin y la sociología del estalinismo

Por Andrea Peters, 28 septiembre 2018

El 18 de septiembre se cumplieron 20 años de la muerte del sociólogo e historiador marxista soviético Vadim Rogovin, autor de una serie de siete volúmenes sobre el estalinismo y la oposición marxista a la burocracia soviética.

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

Por Peter Schwarz, 28 septiembre 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.

La policía acosa y espía a partido secesionista catalán

Por Alejandro López, 28 septiembre 2018

La vigilancia policial de Candidatura de Unidad Popular, revelada en una rueda de prensa el jueves pasado, es una violación flagrante e ilegal de los derechos democráticos básicos.

El presidente Piñera elogia a las fuerzas armadas de Chile en medio de nuevas convicciones de militares asesinos

Por Cesar Uco, 28 septiembre 2018

La declaración de Piñera en el día de la independencia se produjo debido a que los tribunales de Chile siguen decidiendo casos de asesinos y torturadores militares.

New in German

Trumps Auftritt vor dem Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen
Washington verschärft Kriegsdrohungen gegen den Iran und brüskiert die ganze Welt

Keith Jones, 28. September 2018

Trumps Äußerungen widerspiegelten sowohl das unstillbare Weltmachtstreben des US-Imperialismus als auch den akuten Unmut seiner herrschenden Elite angesichts des rasanten Verfalls der wirtschaftlichen und geopolitischen Macht Amerikas.

Größter Streik in der Geschichte Ryanairs

Gustav Kemper, 28. September 2018

Ryanair-Piloten und -Kabinenpersonal streiken in mehreren europäischen Ländern für bessere Arbeitsbedingungen und Lohnerhöhungen.

Frankreich lässt Rettungsschiff mit Flüchtlingen nicht anlegen

Alex Lantier, 28. September 2018

Die Passagiere auf dem Schiff fliehen vor der Gewalt, die in Libyen seit dem Nato-Krieg 2011 herrscht.

New in Arabic

خمسة وعشرون عام بعد أوسلو، كارثة عميقة بالنسبة للفلسطينيين

١٣ أيلول سبتمبر ٢٠١٨

صادف يوم الخميس الذكرى الخامسة والعشرين لتبني كل من زعيم منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية ياسر عرفات ورئيس الحكومة الإسرائيلية إسحق رابين اتفاقيات أوسلو خلال لقاء في واشنطن في ضيافة رئيس الولايات المتحة بيل كلنتون.

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Perspective

After a decade of falling pay, US Federal Reserve acts to stop “wage inflation”

28 September 2018

The central bank executives understand that investors tend to make far more money when the sword of mass unemployment hangs over workers’ heads.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the Fourth International

David North warmly welcomed on his arrival in Sri Lanka

28 September 2018

North stressed the immense role played by Trotskyism in the political development of the working class in Sri Lanka.

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

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The RCL/SEP’s political struggle against petty-bourgeois radicalism

By Kapila Fernando, 28 September 2018

The past five decades have confirmed the far-sightedness of the RCL/SEP’s political analysis and exposure of the petty-bourgeois radicalism of the JVP.

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

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


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

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 1
An intriguing film festival—above all, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

By David Walsh, 28 September 2018

The recent Toronto International Film Festival screened some 340 films (including 255 features) from 74 countries.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do … is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

By David Walsh, 28 September 2018

The WSWS spoke to British filmmaker Mike Leigh in Toronto.

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

Workers Struggles

Rail workers to continue strikes at UK franchises, Gaza UNWRA workers strike; police attack Swaziland strikers
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 September 2018

A national stoppage of Ghana’s 4,000 tanker drivers was called off by the unions barely 24 hours after an initial strike call.

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 »

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

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 »

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

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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

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

By Keith Jones, 27 September 2018

“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

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

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.

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.

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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.