Markets plunge as US enters manufacturing recession

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2019

US manufacturing activity shrunk for a second quarter in a row and the World Trade Organization said the growth in trade this year would be the lowest in a decade.

Impeachment crisis: Trump, Democrats exchange threats and warnings

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2019

Two press conferences Wednesday gave sharp expression to the divisions within the US political establishment.

Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

The UAW and GM are putting the finishing touches on their plan to sell their concessions deal.

As Wall Street bankrolls GM, UAW tries to starve strikers into submission

GM Mexico fires another Silao worker backing US strike and shuts down the plant

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”
Detroit college students support striking GM workers

A call to action:
Why students and youth should support striking GM workers

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Iraqi protesters gunned down as demonstrations and strikes spread across Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2019

The death toll in Iraq rose to at least nine as security forces fired into mass protests against unemployment and deteriorating conditions.

UK Prime Minister Johnson outlines Brexit proposals and Thatcherite agenda at Tory conference

By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2019

Johnson’s speech, framed around his pledge to “Get Brexit Done,” was dedicated to outlining what Sky News described as his “election manifesto.”

Corbyn holds pro-Remain party discussions over leading “caretaker” administration or stepping aside to allow “government of national unity”

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

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Mississippi city attorney argues immigrant killed by police had no rights under US Constitution

By Kevin Martinez, 3 October 2019

Ismael Lopez was shot and killed by Southaven, Mississippi police in July 2017 as they invaded his home, confusing it with the address of another man wanted for domestic assault.

Former Dallas police officer found guilty in off-duty shooting of neighbor

Jeff Bezos’ Whole Foods slashes medical benefits for nearly 2,000 part-time workers

By Eddie Haywood, 3 October 2019

Bezos, net worth $115 billion, makes enough money in 2 to 6 hours to more than cover the cost of an entire year of benefits for all of the workers facing cuts.

Quebec prosecuting nearly 100 crane operators for “illegal” 2018 strike

By Louis Girard, 3 October 2019

While the government is making an example of the crane operators with the aim of intimidating workers into bowing before the anti-strike laws, the unions are deafeningly silent.

Algerian regime jails top generals, Workers Party leader Louisa Hanoune

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2019

The trial covered up the historic crimes of the military defendants and sets a precedent for cracking down on workers in struggle against the bloody Algerian military regime.

Workers protest closure of Wrightbus in Northern Ireland

By our reporters, 3 October 2019

Hundreds have been thrown out of work following the collapse of manufacturer Wrightbus last month.

Ahead of state election in German state of Thuringia
Left Party Minister President Bodo Ramelow lauds the right-wing CDU

By Johannes Stern, 3 October 2019

With its right-wing and pro-capitalist policies, the Left Party, whose predecessors reintroduced capitalism into East Germany 30 years ago, bears major responsibility for the rise of the far-right.

Ukraine government announces large-scale privatizations, threatening mass layoffs

By Jason Melanovski, 3 October 2019

The right-wing Atlantic Council hailed Volodymyr Zelensky’s initial economic policies as “the biggest post-Soviet privatization fire sale in a generation."

Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call

Australian central bank cuts interest rates to record low

By Mike Head, 3 October 2019

The speed and scale of the rate cuts point to alarm within the financial elite about the turmoil gripping the world capitalist economy and deepening slump in Australia.

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers take further strike action

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2019

The tram drivers have twice overwhelmingly voted down company offers for a regressive new enterprise agreement.

New Zealand: Unexplained death at university hall of residence

By John Braddock, 3 October 2019

While stresses on students are escalating, privately-run residential halls maintain profits by cost-cutting and slashing pastoral care.

2 October 2019

Chinese 70th anniversary parade testifies to a crisis-stricken regime

By James Cogan, 2 October 2019

Seventy years since the Chinese Revolution
Draw the political lessons from the bankruptcy of Maoism

One year after Khashoggi murder, US CEOs flock to Saudi Arabia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2019

Study predicts significant outbreaks of measles in Texas due to low vaccination rates

By Gary Joad, 2 October 2019

Crisis of unmet need in New Zealand’s health system

By Harry Hall, 2 October 2019

New in French

Trump parle de possibilité de «guerre civile» alors que les démocrates intensifient leur campagne de destitution

Andre Damon, 2 octobre 2019

Le président Donald Trump, dans une menace implicite de violence contre ses opposants politiques, a laissé entendre dimanche soir que les efforts des démocrates pour le démettre de ses fonctions pourraient précipiter le pays dans une «guerre civile».

Soixante-dix ans après la révolution chinoise
Tirer les leçons politiques de la faillite du maoïsme

Peter Symonds, 2 octobre 2019

Les héritiers politiques de Mao Zedong ne peuvent expliquer comment et pourquoi les aspirations des travailleurs à un avenir socialiste, pour lequel tant de personnes firent des sacrifices il y a 70 ans, ont abouti à l’impasse du capitalisme aujourd’hui.

Manifeestations après au moins une mort dans un incendie au camp de concentration de Moria en Grèce

Robert Stevens, 2 octobre 2019

La Moria est un enfer créé par le gouvernement Syriza de pseudo-gauche de 2015-2019, où les réfugiés et les demandeurs d'asile sont détenus en attendant leur expulsion.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Британские оккупационные силы начинают вывод войск из Советской России

1 октября 2019 г.

27 сентября 1919 года начался вывод британских войск из Архангельска — города на севере России, недалеко от полярного круга. В октябре они покинут Мурманск, расположенный еще севернее. Вывод американских войск начался в июне, когда империалистическая кампания по уничтожению большевистской революции потерпела крах.

New in Turkish

Sisi karşıtı protestocular şiddetli baskıya rağmen Mısır sokaklarına geri dönüyor

Bill Van Auken, 1 Ekim 2019

Belirleyici sorun; işçi sınıfının siyasi bağımsızlığına dayanan devrimci bir önderliğin yaratılması ve Mısır işçi sınıfının mücadelesini Ortadoğu ve dünya genelindeki işçilerin mücadeleleriyle birleştirilmesidir.

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Mientras Wall Street financia GM, el sindicato UAW intenta someter a huelguistas con hambre

Por Jerry White, 3 octubre 2019

A pesar de que la huelga haya ganado apoyo popular y golpeado la base de ganancias de la empresa, no puede ser ganada al menos que las bases obreras tomen la conducción de la lucha fuera de las manos del UAW.

GM México despide a otro trabajador de Silao que respaldó huelga en EUA y clausura planta

Por Andrea Lobo, 3 octubre 2019

A pesar de que la huelga haya ganado apoyo popular y golpeado la base de ganancias de la empresa, no puede ser ganada al menos que las bases obreras tomen la conducción de la lucha fuera de las manos del UAW.

Tras las elecciones turcas: Cómo la pseudoizquierda se congregó tras el CHP
Primera parte: una liquidación política en el establishment capitalista

Por Ulas Atesci y Alex Lantier, 3 octubre 2019

Las elecciones municipales de 2019 y la repetición de la votación en Estambul fueron un hito en la integración de toda una capa de partidos de la clase media en el establishment gobernante.

El capitalismo y el desastre climático: los asuntos planteados para las protestas mundiales

Por Bryan Dyne, 3 octubre 2019

Los esfuerzos para salvar el medio ambiente natural preservando el sistema capitalista han demostrado ser un callejón sin salida durante medio siglo.

“1619” y el mito de la unidad blanca durante la esclavitud
Reseña literaria: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South, de Keri Leigh Merritt

Por Eric London, 3 octubre 2019

La investigación de Leigh refuta la reclamación del Proyecto 1619 de New York Times que los blancos pobres se beneficiaron de la esclavitud.

New in French

Trump parle de possibilité de «guerre civile» alors que les démocrates intensifient leur campagne de destitution

Andre Damon, 2 octobre 2019

Le président Donald Trump, dans une menace implicite de violence contre ses opposants politiques, a laissé entendre dimanche soir que les efforts des démocrates pour le démettre de ses fonctions pourraient précipiter le pays dans une «guerre civile».

Soixante-dix ans après la révolution chinoise
Tirer les leçons politiques de la faillite du maoïsme

Peter Symonds, 2 octobre 2019

Les héritiers politiques de Mao Zedong ne peuvent expliquer comment et pourquoi les aspirations des travailleurs à un avenir socialiste, pour lequel tant de personnes firent des sacrifices il y a 70 ans, ont abouti à l’impasse du capitalisme aujourd’hui.

Manifeestations après au moins une mort dans un incendie au camp de concentration de Moria en Grèce

Robert Stevens, 2 octobre 2019

La Moria est un enfer créé par le gouvernement Syriza de pseudo-gauche de 2015-2019, où les réfugiés et les demandeurs d'asile sont détenus en attendant leur expulsion.

New in German

Daimler-Arbeiter: „IG Metall ist Handlanger des Managements“

K. Nesan, 3. Oktober 2019

Mercedes-Benz-Arbeiter unterstützen den Streik der General-Motors Belegschaft und teilen aus eigener Erfahrung ihr Misstrauen gegenüber der Rolle der Gewerkschaft.

Kapitalismus und Klimakatastrophe: Wie weiter nach den weltweiten Protesten?

Bryan Dyne, 3. Oktober 2019

Die Versuche, gleichzeitig die Umwelt zu retten und das kapitalistische System zu erhalten, haben sich als Sackgasse erwiesen.

Wall Street finanziert General Motors:
Gewerkschaft United Auto Workers versucht, streikende Arbeiter auszuhungern

Jerry White, 3. Oktober 2019

Der Streik bei GM hat bereits breite Unterstützung in der Bevölkerung gewonnen und den Konzern hart getroffen. Er kann jedoch nur Erfolg haben, wenn die streikende Belegschaft den Kampf selbst in die Hand nimmt und der Gewerkschaft die Kontrolle entzieht.

„The 1619 Project“: New York Times veröffentlicht rassistische Geschichtsfälschung
Teil 2

Niles Niemuth und Tom Mackaman und David North, 3. Oktober 2019

Das „Projekt 1619“ der New York Times verklärt Rassismus und Rassenkonflikte zur maßgeblichen Triebkraft der Geschichte.

New in Norwegian

Trump og demokratene befester posisjonene med eskalerende pådriv for impeachment

Barry Grey, 3. oktober 2019

Mange innen styringsklassen tar Trumps prat om borgerkrig som en alvorlig trussel.

Pentagon overfører kommandosenter for Midtøsten i forberedelse for krig mot Iran

Bill Van Auken, 3. oktober 2019

Overføringen av CENTCOMs kommando- og kontrollsenter til amerikansk territorium var en generalprøve for en krig der amerikanske baser ville bli mål for iransk gjengjeldelse.

Ukrainas oligarki i krise over Zenenskij-Trump telefonsamtalen

Clara Weiss, 3. oktober 2019

Skandalen over Trumps blatante forsøk på å presse den ukrainske presidenten Volodymyr Zelenskij til å etterforske sønnen til den ledende demokraten Joe Biden, som nå danner grunnlaget for den CIA-støttede granskningen for en mulige riksrettstiltale mot Trump, har kastet det ukrainske oligarkiet ut i en dyp krise.

New in Portuguese

A greve da GM está em perigo

Por Marcus Day, 25 Setembro 2019

Enquanto a greve de uma semana de trabalhadores da GM nos EUA tem conquistado o apoio de trabalhadores em todo o mundo, o UAW está elaborando uma estratégia para estrangulá-la o mais rápido possível.

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Perspective

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

3 October 2019

According to the New York Times, Trump called for electrifying the border fence and shooting immigrants as they entered the US.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site is republishing Peng's report which provides important insights into the character of the 1949 Chinese Revolution and issues that it raised for the Fourth International.

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

By Peng Shuzhi

Report on the Chinese Situation to the Third Congress of the Fourth International in 1951.

One hundred years since the Great Steel Strike

By Tom Mackaman, 25 September 2019

Commentary

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part II: The dead end of the petty-bourgeoisie’s orientation to the CHP

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and their re-run in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP
Part I: A political liquidation into the capitalist establishment

Pentagon shifts Mideast command center to US in preparation for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2019

Capitalism and the climate disaster: The issues posed by the worldwide protests

By Bryan Dyne, 1 October 2019

UK public meetings—The Socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

18 September 2019

French ex-President Jacques Chirac dead at 86

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Assange judge blocks extradition to Azerbaijan of ‘McMafia’ wife

By Laura Tiernan, 2 October 2019

Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 2 October 2019

London: Hundreds rally for Assange outside Belmarsh Prison

By Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2019

As Trump threatens war on Iran:
Chelsea Manning imprisoned without charge for six months for refusing to testify against Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed and James Cogan, 21 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Julian Assange: “Journalism is not a crime!”

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 6
Youth in revolt: Les Misérables—and other films: Made in Bangladesh, Mariam, Rocks, Desert One

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019
An interview with Ladj Ly, director of Les Misérables: “Victor Hugo described the social misery perfectly”

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

The Peterloo Massacre and Shelley
Part 2: Shelley’s politics and his Peterloo poems

By Paul Bond, 1 October 2019

The Peterloo massacre and Shelley
Part 1: The aftermath of the massacre and the responses

New Met production of Porgy and Bess prompts racialist criticisms of America’s greatest opera

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

Singer Placido Domingo’s forced departure from New York’s Metropolitan Opera

By David Walsh, 26 September 2019

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

Autoworkers struggles

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Why are trade unions hostile to socialism?

By David North, 28 September 2019

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

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25 years ago: UAW sells out Flint Buick City strike

On October 1, just three days after 11,500 General Motors workers walked off the job at Buick City in Flint, the United Auto Workers (UAW) betrayed the strike and reached an agreement with the company that neither addressed nor resolved either of the main demands of workers over declining full-time jobs and speed-up.

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50 years ago: Murder charges dropped against eight Green Berets

On October 1, 1969, charges were dropped against eight American Green Berets involved in the murder and cover-up of Chu Van Thai, a South Vietnamese informant who had been providing the United States with information on North Vietnamese military movements.

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75 years ago: Warsaw uprising violently suppressed by Nazi occupiers

On October 2, officers from the Polish Home Army signed a capitulation order signifying an end to their attempts to retake Warsaw, the country’s capital, from the Nazi occupiers. The effective surrender followed months of bitter fighting, and limited Allied support for the Polish resistance forces.

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100 years ago: Massacre of black farmworkers in Elaine, Arkansas

On September 30, 1919, a white police officer and a railroad detective exchanged shots with armed blacks who were attending a meeting of a newly formed sharecroppers’ union, the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, at a church in Phillips County, Arkansas, near the town of Elaine.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Mandarin announcement of Australian lecture series on 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

27 September 2019

The lectures, which are being held on university campuses across the country, have been organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

IYSSE lecture series in Australia
Seventy years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

9 September 2019

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public meeting: The political issues at stake in the Indian government’s savage Kashmir lockdown

By the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2019

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.