5 November 2018

Europe and America clash over Washington’s economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2018

Washington’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iran—aimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change—is roiling world geopolitics.

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

As sanctions tighten, Washington threatens Iran with “military might”

Democratic candidates praise Trump’s attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border

By Eric London, 5 November 2018

The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

Immigrant tent cities and right-wing terror: The new normal in America

All men are not created equal
The American oligarchy’s attack on birthright citizenship

More on North American Immigration Issues »

Two workers killed as wall collapses at Baltimore Amazon facility

By E.P. Milligan, 5 November 2018

Basic safety precautions are routinely ignored at Amazon facilities throughout the world.

Former CIA Director Brennan endorses Democrat Beto O’Rourke

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2018

While O’Rourke has been hailed as the new “progressive” standard bearer, the support of a notorious war criminal exposes his real politics.

Illinois governor’s race the most expensive in US history

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 November 2018

Two billionaire candidates are saturating the media to distract from their shared post-election plans to accelerate attacks on the working class.

Israeli government defends Trump in aftermath of Pittsburgh massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 5 November 2018

The spontaneous outpourings of solidarity across Jewish and Muslim communities for the victims of the Pittsburgh atrocity are anathema to the Netanyahu government.

Thousands attend funerals for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
Anti-Semitic violence erupts in America

After Pittsburgh massacre: New York Times covers up Trump’s role in instigating fascist violence

Sri Lankan political crisis: Pseudo-left NSSP promotes UNP campaign

By K. Ratnayake, 5 November 2018

NSSP leader Karunaratne is desperately attempting to tie workers to the pro-US UNP and prevent the development of an independent movement of the working class.

Sri Lankan crisis: Washington intervenes to maintain its political influence

The JVP’s fraudulent attempt to capitalise on Sri Lanka’s political crisis

Fight for a socialist solution to the political crisis in Sri Lanka

The Little Rock Education Association stalls on strike action in Arkansas

By Nancy Hanover, 5 November 2018

The deliberate isolation of struggles by teacher unions is taking a stark form in Little Rock, Arkansas, the site of a major battle for desegregation of public education 61 years ago.

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018

Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.

German Social Democrats demand right-wing replacement for Merkel

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2018

Leading figures in the Social Democratic Party have called for a right-wing candidate to become the new leader of their coalition partner, the Christian Democratic Union.

UK: Police launch investigation into alleged anti-Semitism in Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2018

The pro-Zionist fanatics have only been able to pursue their campaign to remove Labour leader Corbyn because of his refusal to oppose them.

Catalan separatists indicted for rebellion, facing jail for up to 25 years

By Alejandro López, 5 November 2018

The trials, organised under the Socialist Party-led government, are expected to begin in early 2019.

Inviting Trump to Paris, Macron evokes the specter of fascism and the 1930s

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2018

Macron is inviting America’s far-right president while hypocritically criticizing European neo-fascism as a danger to the pursuit of European imperialist interests.

Australia: Morrison-Turnbull clash points to sharp foreign policy tensions

By Mike Head, 5 November 2018

The eruption of open conflict underscores the pressures and rifts behind Turnbull’s ouster as prime minister on August 24.

Anwar Ibrahim wins seat and returns to Malaysian parliament

By John Roberts, 5 November 2018

Anwar’s re-entry into parliament will only heighten tensions in the unstable ruling coalition currently headed by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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Washington impose de nouvelles sanctions contre le Venezuela et Cuba

Bill Van Auken, 5 novembre 2018

Le discours de Bolton sur la politique du gouvernement Trump à l’égard de l’Amérique latine revient à une demande de changement de régime à Cuba, au Venezuela et au Nicaragua.

Camps de migrants et terreur de droite : la nouvelle norme en Amérique

Eric London, 5 novembre 2018

Mettre fin à la montée de la violence politique et aux avancées vers la dictature nécessite une rupture avec le Parti démocrate et la mobilisation de la vaste puissance de la classe ouvrière américaine et internationale.

La baisse du taux de croissance suscite l’inquiétude des dirigeants chinois

Nick Beams, 5 novembre 2018

Une déclaration du Politburo reflétait l’inquiétude croissante à Beijing concernant l’économie et l’effet des mesures prises par les États-Unis en matière de guerre commerciale.

Christine Assange, mère de l’éditeur de WikiLeaks persécuté, appuie Niles Niemuth, candidat du SEP au Congrès

notre journaliste, 5 novembre 2018

Christine Assange a publié un appui de Niles Niemuth sur Twitter, appelant ses partisans à voter pour « un candidat anti-corruption/pro Assange ».

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Las ciudades de carpas para inmigrantes y el terrorismo derechista: la nueva realidad de Estados Unidos

Eric London, 5 noviembre 2018

Detener el crecimiento de la violencia política y los pasos hacia una dictadura exige romper con el Partido Demócrata y movilizar el inmenso poder de la clase obrera estadounidense e internacional.

Washington impone nuevas sanciones contra Venezuela y Cuba

Por Bill Van Auken, 5 noviembre 2018

El discurso de Bolton sobre la política del Gobierno de Trump hacia América Latina fue equivalente a una demanda de cambios de régimen en Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua.

Estados Unidos intensifica las sanciones ilegales y unilaterales contra Irán

Mike Head, 5 noviembre 2018

Las medidas que Washington delineó ayer son tan extensas y punitivas como para ser equivalentes de una declaración de guerra.

El gobierno de Ecuador corta todo acceso a Julian Assange

Por Mike Head, 5 noviembre 2018

Esta prohibición es otra advertencia de los preparativos del gobierno de Moreno para poner fin al asilo del editor de WikiLeaks.

La caída de la tasa de crecimiento despierta preocupación en los círculos gobernantes de China

Por Nick Beams, 5 noviembre 2018

La declaración del Politburó expresa creciente ansiedad en Beijing por la economía y el impacto de las medidas de la guerra comercial de Estados Unidos.

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Zeltstädte für Immigranten und rechter Terror: Der neue Normalzustand in Amerika

Eric London, 5. November 2018

Widerstand gegen die zunehmende politische Gewalt und die Diktaturvorbereitungen setzt voraus, mit der Demokratischen Partei zu brechen und die amerikanische und internationale Arbeiterklasse zu mobilisieren.

Erfolgreiche Veranstaltung zum 80. Jahrestag der Vierten Internationale in Berlin

unseren Reportern, 5. November 2018

David North zeigte auf, dass all die Fragen, die vor 80 Jahren zur Gründung der Vierten Internationale führten, heute auf einem globalen Level wieder aufbrechen.

Europawahl 2018
Gegen die EU, soziale Ungleichheit, Faschismus und Krieg!Für Sozialismus und die Einheit der europäischen Arbeiterklasse!

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 5. November 2018

Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei hat auf einem Parteitag am 20./21. Oktober beschlossen, an der Europawahl vom 26. Mai 2019 teilzunehmen, und die Kandidaten für die bundesweite Wahlliste gewählt. Die folgende Resolution erklärt, welche Ziele die SGP dabei verfolgt und welche Aufgaben sie sich stellt.

Italien: Proteste und Streiks gegen die Regierung

Allison Smith, 5. November 2018

Vergangene Woche kam es in ganz Italien zu Streiks und Protesten gegen die Koalitionsregierung aus Lega und Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung. In Rom demonstrierten fast 10.000 Menschen gegen die Bürgermeisterin Virginia Raggi (M5S).

Ungarn erklärt Obdachlose zu Kriminellen

Markus Salzmann, 5. November 2018

Mit Haftstrafen für Obdachlose und Zwangsarbeit für Sozialhilfeempfänger knüpft die ungarische Regierung von Viktor Orbán an die barbarischen Praktiken des Faschismus und des Frühkapitalismus an.

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Teltbyer for innvandrere og høyreorientert terror: Den nye normen i USA

Eric London, 3. november 2018

For å få stoppet veksten av politisk vold og dreiningen mot diktatur må det et brudd til med Det demokratiske partiet, og en mobilisering av den enorme makten i den amerikanske og internasjonale arbeiderklassen.

Washington pålegger Venezuela og Cuba nye sanksjoner

Bill Van Auken, 3. november 2018

Boltons tale om Trump-administrasjonens Latin-Amerika-politikk var så godt som et krav om regimeendring i Cuba, Venezuela og Nicaragua.

Trump-manøvrer i forkant av samtaler med Kinas president Xi

Nick Beams, 3. november 2018

Målet er enten å presse frem store kinesiske innrømmelser, eller om ikke det går, skape de beste betingelsene for en fortsettelse med handelskrigstiltak.

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Perspective

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

5 November 2018

Regardless of the outcome, the elections will set the stage for a further shift of US politics to the right.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

By our reporter, 5 November 2018

A voter guide delivered to thousands of residents in Dearborn, Downriver and western Wayne County omitted the SEP candidate in Michigan’s 12th district from a sample ballot.

Letters protest censorship of Niles Niemuth election campaign by WDIV

An open letter to WDIV Local 4 News in Detroit
Stop the censorship of the Socialist Equality Party campaign!

Christine Assange, mother of persecuted WikiLeaks publisher, endorses Niles Niemuth, SEP candidate for Congress

By our reporter, 3 November 2018

Christine Assange posted an endorsement of Niles Niemuth on Twitter, calling on her followers to vote for “an anti-corruption/ pro Assange candidate.”

Who are Gary Walkowicz and the Working Class Party?

Obama stumps for Democrats in Michigan: A legacy of social devastation

Oppose Trump’s attacks on immigrants! Defend the migrant caravan!

SEP candidate Niles Niemuth speaks with students and workers in Lincoln Park, Michigan

“It is like a pyramid scheme and we’re the worker ants at the bottom”
Amazon workers in Downriver Michigan speak to SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

Video: One year since the death of Ford worker Jacoby Hennings—The failure of capitalism and the fight of young workers for a future

Campaign website »

Exclusive Report

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”
The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

Arts Review

HBO’s The Night Of: An intelligent, gripping legal drama

By Carlos Delgado, 5 November 2018

The 2016 miniseries, available on HBO’s online streaming service, is an indictment of a criminal justice system that is massively biased against the working class.

The Wife: A Nobel Prize winner exposed

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 November 2018

What do Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life and Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked have in common?

Two short films: The Overcoat, based on the Nikolai Gogol story, and Detainment, about the Jamie Bulger murder case

Interview with photographer Tom Kiefer: “This work is part of the historical documentation of our country’s response to migration”
El Sueño Americano: Exhibition of migrants’ items seized and discarded by US border patrol

25 years ago: Castro speech, “We are becoming bourgeois”

In a speech to an audience of foreign businessmen on November 6, 1993, Cuban President Fidel Castro declared that his government was learning the ways of the capitalist world but still had extensive work to do in enforcing discipline on the Cuban working class.

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50 years ago: Nixon wins US presidential election

Republican nominee Richard Nixon won the US presidential election held on November 5, 1968, with only a narrow margin in the popular vote, but with a comfortable margin of 301 to 191 in the Electoral College.

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75 years ago: Soviet Red Army liberates Kiev

On November 6, 1943, the Red Army took control of decisive sections of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, amid heavy fighting with German forces which had occupied the city for the previous three years.

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100 years ago: Germany signs armistice with Allies, ending the First World War

On November 11, 1918, the German government, now a republic led by Friedrich Ebert, a Social Democrat who had supported the war aims of German imperialism, capitulated to the overwhelming power of an Allied offensive on the Western Front and signed a formal surrender.

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Commentary

Washington imposes new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2018

What is to be done about the plutocrats?

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2018

New York Times tries to shame “disillusioned young voters” into supporting the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 2 November 2018

Abigail Spanberger: CIA Democrat for Virginia’s 7th District

A wolf in wolf’s clothing: West Virginia Democrat Richard Ojeda

Ecuador’s government cuts off all access to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 2 November 2018

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Washington calls for Yemen ceasefire as Saudis escalate siege of Hodeidah

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2018

Bolsonaro’s victory and the debacle of Brazil’s Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2018

Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign

One year of the #MeToo movement

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Against the right-wing attacks of university administrators and the far-right
Successful solidarity event for the student union of Humboldt University

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

Workers Struggles

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2018

Chicago Teamsters local announces end to UPS contract extension

More on the struggle at UPS »

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018

GM makes record quarterly profit as US corporations accelerate cost-cutting

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker
One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

More on autoworkers issues »

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal announce booming profits, the United Steelworkers pushes sellout deals

By our reporters, 3 November 2018

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

More on Steelworkers Struggles »

Canada Post workers’ rotating strike briefly extended to Montreal

By our reporters, 2 November 2018

Canadian postal workers criticize ineffectual rotating walkouts

Canada: Postal union launches rotating walkout campaign

History of the Fourth International

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 25 October 2018

David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board, spoke on the lessons of the 20th century, the attack on Marxism and the fight for socialism today.

Meetings this week in Cambridge and New York!

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.

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

The struggle for socialism and the importance of history: David North interviewed on Radio Sri Lanka

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

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

Watch: David North interviewed on Sri Lanka’s English-language Channel Eye TV

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

By David North, 3 September 2018

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

This lecture was delivered by Nick Beams, a member of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, at several Australian universities during September and October 2018.

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

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Mehring Books

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

By our reporters, 19 October 2018

Author Christoph Vandreier presented the book in a well-attended lecture at the Frankfurt Book fair last Saturday.

Mehring Books UK publishes The Heritage We Defend 30th anniversary edition

Preface to the thirtieth anniversary edition of The Heritage We Defend

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

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

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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

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

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.

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.