US sends 3,000 more troops to defend Saudi monarchy

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2019

The escalation of the US troop deployment in the region followed on the heels of a missile attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea.

Auto strike in peril: UAW, GM prepare to end strike and impose contract betrayal

By Tom Hall, 12 October 2019

Having isolated the strikers for four weeks, the UAW is moving to end the walkout on GM’s terms.

After secret meeting with CEO Mary Barra, UAW moving to shut down GM strike

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

UAW promoting anti-Mexican nationalism to isolate and defeat GM strike

More on the 2019 GM strike »

Five dead and almost 1,000 arrested as repression mounts in Ecuador

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2019

The Ombudsman Office of Ecuador confirmed that the repression has left 5 demonstrators killed, 554 injured, and 929 arrested. These numbers, however, conceal the brutality of the repression.

Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests

Right-wing extremist network behind fascist synagogue attack in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 October 2019

The reality is that the “ideological inciters” of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle hold top positions within the state and security apparatus, the intelligence agencies, the military and the federal government.

German Nazi murders two in Yom Kippur Synagogue attack

European Union continues talks with Johnson government over possible Brexit deal

By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2019

Labour MPs are reported to be “blitzing” party leader Jeremy Corbyn with demands that he support a fresh Brexit referendum being held before a general election.

UK ruling class considers whether to entrust Corbyn with overcoming Brexit crisis

More on Brexit »

As wildfires, power outages spread throughout California, tens of thousands ordered to evacuate

By Dan Conway, 12 October 2019

Fires burned throughout the Southern California region on Thursday and Friday, leading to deliberate power outages with dozens of homes and buildings destroyed.

The irrationality of capitalism: Millions cut off from electricity, lives endangered by California utility PG&E

PG&E imposes blackout for over two million residents in Northern California

US and China reach limited trade deal

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2019

The markets responded enthusiastically with the Dow finishing up by more than 300 points, but for all the celebrations, the agreement is very limited.

US immigration policies sending thousands of children, including babies, back to Mexico

By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2019

The Trump administration has ordered 16,000 migrants under the age of 18 to await their US immigration court hearings in Mexico, including nearly 500 infants.

Immigrants shut down Matamoros-Brownsville border crossing in protest over US-Mexico asylum ban

Prosecutors in Illinois charge nine-year-old with murder after mobile home fire claims the lives of five family members

Canada’s NDP spouts “progressive” rhetoric while planning to prop up minority Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 12 October 2019

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s push for a de facto coalition with Trudeau’s Liberals is in keeping with the NDP’s traditions as a nationalist, pro-capitalist party allied with the union bureaucracy.

Official cover-up continues of Australian paramedic’s suicide

By Cheryl Crisp, 12 October 2019

Undisclosed disciplinary action against senior managers over the death of Tony Jenkins is at odds with a NSW Ambulance report that identified systemic deficiencies.

Ahead of ruling in Catalan show trials
Catalan nationalists, Spanish unions and pseudo-left demobilize opposition

By Alejandro López, 12 October 2019

The Catalan bourgeois nationalists are terrified of growing opposition in the working class to the austerity and police-state policies of the Spanish ruling class. Jordi Sànchez,

Spanish Supreme Court approves exhumation of fascist dictator Francisco Franco

Dortmund, Germany withdraws prestigious award from the author Kamila Shamsie over support for BDS

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 October 2019

The withdrawal of the prize is yet another case of censorship by the German state and local authorities, which claim to oppose anti-Semitism but in fact suppress and criminalise any criticism of the Israeli government’s right-wing policies.

11 October 2019

WikiLeaks source Jeremy Hammond held in contempt by grand jury

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2019

CIA spied on Assange’s lawyers, visitors in Ecuadorian embassy

Australian cyber conference “disinvites” US whistleblower and Assange supporter

FISA court documents expose illegal FBI mass surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2019

New York City transit authority adds 500 police officers

By Philip Guelpa, 11 October 2019

As UAW keeps Mack-Volvo workers on job past contract deadline, Daimler’s Freightliner Trucks cuts 900 jobs

By Steve Filips, 11 October 2019

Australian government ministers call for protesters to be cut off welfare

By Mike Head, 11 October 2019

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın hayatı tehlikede!

James Cogan, 9 Ekim 2019

Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük kampanyası, işçi sınıfını kapitalizme bağlı tutmaya uğraşan siyaset ve sendika aygıtlarına karşı bir başkaldırı uğruna mücadeleden ayrılamaz. Onları savunma kampanyası, işyerlerine, üniversitelere, okullara ve işçi sınıfı mahallelerine taşınmalıdır.

ABD-Yunanistan askeri anlaşmasını imzalayan Pompeo İran’ı, Rusya’yı ve Çin’i tehdit etti

Alex Lantier ve V. Gnana, 9 Ekim 2019

Pompeo’nun Balkan turu, Washington’da ve onun NATO üyesi Avrupalı ve Türk sözde “müttefikler” ile ilişkilerinde patlayıcı bir krizin ortasında gerçekleşti.

Washington Türkiye’nin Suriye’de YPG’ye saldırısına yeşil ışık yaktı

Alex Lantier ve Ulaş Ateşçi, 9 Ekim 2019

Washington, 2015’ten beri Suriye’deki NATO savaşında başlıca vekil gücü olarak savaşan ve Türk hükümetinin teröristler olarak suçladığı Kürt milliyetçisi milisleri kaderlerine terk etti.

New in French

La Turquie lance une offensive soutenue par les États-Unis contre les forces kurdes en Syrie

Alex Lantier, 11 octobre 2019

Les raids aériens et les bombardements d'artillerie turcs ont touché des villes et des cibles militaires et civiles le long d'environ 100 kilomètres de la frontière entre la Turquie et la Syrie.

Après l’attentat à la préfecture de Paris, Macron lance une campagne islamophobe

Anthony Torres, 11 octobre 2019

Faisant le silence sur les causes de l’attentat au couteau ayant fait quatre morts, Macron a préféré lancer un appel violent à «éradiquer» l’islamisme.

La classe dirigeante britannique envisage de confier à Corbyn le soin de surmonter la crise du Brexit

Chris Marsden, 11 octobre 2019

Il semblerait que de puissantes couches de l’élite dirigeante ont conclu qu’il est maintenant nécessaire de faire appel aux services du chef travailliste Jeremy Corbyn, qui a démontré à maintes reprises qu’il était un instrument politique malléable, pour mener un gouvernement «d’unité nationale».

New in Norwegian

Utvid streiken til Ford og FCA!
GM-streiken er en kamp mot styringsklassen i sin helhet

Eric London, 9. oktober 2019

Streikens resultat vil avgjøre livsvilkårene for millioner av arbeidere ikke bare i bilindustrien, men for alle arbeidsplasser for år fremover.

Tyrkia får grønt lys fra Washington for angrep på kurdiske styrker i Syria

Alex Lantier og Ulaş Atesci, 9. oktober 2019

Trump overlater de nasjonalistiske kurdiske militsene som siden 2015 har slåss som Washingtons viktigste stedfortrederstyrke i NATO-krigen for regimeskifte i Syria, til deres egen skjebne.

«Defender 2020»: NATO-makter truer Russland med krig

Gregor Link, 9. oktober 2019

Det kommende året skal væpnede styrker fra 17 NATO-stater, inkludert USA og Tyskland, gjennomføre manøvrene «Defender 2020».

Den europeiske union innstilt på å avvise Johnson’s Brexit-forslag

Robert Stevens, 9. oktober 2019

Regjeringen er innstilt på en massiv opptrapping av den konstitusjonelle krisen som ble åpnet av Brexit.

New in German

Weitet die Streiks aus!
Der Streik bei General Motors richtet sich gegen die gesamte herrschende Klasse

Eric London, 9. Oktober 2019

Das Ergebnis des Streiks wirkt sich auf die Lebensbedingungen von Millionen von Arbeitern aus – nicht nur in der Automobilindustrie, sondern in allen Branchen.

Die Wahl der SPD-Spitze und der Niedergang der Sozialdemokratie

Ulrich Rippert, 9. Oktober 2019

Ein Blick auf die Kandidatenliste für den SPD-Parteivorsitz macht deutlich, welche soziale Schicht in dieser Partei den Ton angibt und welch reaktionäres Programm sie vertritt.

Washington gibt grünes Licht für türkischen Angriff auf kurdische Kräfte in Syrien

Alex Lantier und Ulaş Atesci, 9. Oktober 2019

Trump hat die kurdisch-nationalistischen Milizen, die seit 2015 Washingtons wichtigste Stellvertretertruppe im Nato-Krieg für einen Regimewechsel in Syrien waren, ihrem Schicksal überlassen.

„Und der Zukunft zugewandt“ – ein Film über die stalinistischen Wurzeln der DDR

Bernd Reinhardt und Verena Nees, 9. Oktober 2019

Regisseur Bernd Böhlich wirft in seinem Film die Frage des „Geburtsfehlers“ der DDR auf, ihr Schweigen über die stalinistischen Verbrechen, denen die alten Bolschewiki wie Leo Trotzki und ebenso zahllose deutsche Kommunisten zum Opfer fielen.

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Casa Blanca de Trump declara que no cooperará con investigación de juicio político

Por Joseph Kishore, 10 octubre 2019

Los demócratas decidieron deliberadamente basar su oposición a Trump en los argumentos más antidemocráticos posibles: el apoyo a las agencias de inteligencia y al imperialismo estadounidense.

Presidente ecuatoriano escapa de la capital ante mayores protestas de masas

Por Andrea Lobo, 10 octubre 2019

Ante otra huelga y una movilización indígena masiva, Moreno tomó el paso inédito de trasladar su Gobierno de Quito a Guayaquil.

UAW mantiene en secreto la propuesta de contrato de GM de los trabajadores a solicitud de la empresa

Por Eric London, 10 octubre 2019

El UAW mantiene a los trabajadores en la oscuridad, ya que la huelga ha forzado despidos temporales o despidos de al menos 150.000 trabajadores en toda la industria automotriz.

¿Por qué los asesinos de la CIA y los golpistas aman a este "denunciante"?

Por Patrick Martin, 10 octubre 2019

El funcionario de la CIA que presentó una denuncia formal contra Trump está siendo defendido por aquellos que pasaron ocho años bajo la administración Obama persiguiendo a los denunciantes.

Washington da luz verde a Turquía para que ataque a fuerzas kurdas en Siria

Por Alex Lantier y Ulaş Atesci, 10 octubre 2019

Trump ha dejado a su suerte a las milicias nacionalistas kurdas que han operado desde 2015 como la principal fuerza patrocinada por Washington en la guerra de cambio de régimen de la OTAN en Siria.

De los archivos del World Socialist Web Site
Ochenta y dos años de la huelga de brazos caídos en Flint

Por Jerry White, 10 octubre 2019

Con 48.000 trabajadores de la GM implicados en la huelga nacional más larga de la industria automotriz en casi medio siglo, es valioso estudiar la lucha heroica de los trabajadores de la GM durante la huelga de brazos caídos de 1936-37 en Flint, Michigan.

New in Portuguese

Setenta anos desde a Revolução Chinesa
As lições políticas da falência do maoísmo

Por Peter Symonds, 9 Outubro 2019

Os herdeiros políticos de Mao Zedong não conseguem explicar como e por que as aspirações dos trabalhadores por um futuro socialista, pelo qual tantos se sacrificaram há 70 anos, resultaram hoje no beco sem saída do capitalismo.

New in Russian

Правительство Украины объявляет о масштабной приватизации, угрожающей массовыми увольнениями

Джейсон Мелановски, 5 октября 2019 г.

Правый мозговой центр «Атлантический совет» приветствовал инициируемую Зеленским экономическую политику как «крупнейшую постсоветскую распродажу на протяжении жизни целого поколения».

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Perspective

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

12 October 2019

While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 11 October 2019

Wijesiriwardena’s speech was heard by about 4,000 people at the event and watched by tens of thousands across Sri Lanka on two television networks.

Sri Lankan SEP announces presidential election campaign public meetings

9 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to contest the November presidential election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 October 2019

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

The Trump impeachment crisis

Trump makes fascistic appeal to police and military at Minneapolis rally

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2019

Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2019

Trump admits US killed millions in war based on lies

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

More on the Trump Presidency »

Commentary

New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2019

The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

Crisis mounts over Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria

Turkey launches US-backed offensive targeting Kurdish forces in Syria

Washington green lights Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

Seattle Democrats endorse Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant

By Julio Patron, 12 October 2019

As the working class moves to the left, Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative are even more fully integrating themselves into the Democratic Party.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “Just Society”: Palliatives that will never be implemented

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 October 2019

Iraq in flames

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2019

Book Review

Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

The memoir Permanent Record by the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden is an important account of the life of the man behind the exposure of secret global electronic surveillance programs run by the NSA and CIA.

Arts Review

Roger Waters “Us + Them” concert film takes on global issues

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2019

Joker: An unenlightening approach to serious problems

By Carlos Delgado, 9 October 2019

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

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2019

Placido Domingo resigns from LA Opera, as #MeToo campaign continues

By Fred Mazelis, 4 October 2019

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

Science

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for research in cosmology and exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 11 October 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for research in cellular responses to oxygen

Workers Struggles

India: Thousands of Telangana transport workers strike; Darjeeling tea estate workers demand higher pay; New Zealand medical laboratory workers strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

12 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

UK: Bootle Royal Mail workers’ strike sold out by Communication Workers Union

By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2019

Brazilian unions push “green and yellow” chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference

By Miguel Andrade, 9 October 2019

Mexico: 100,000 university workers strike as López Obrador’s vows deeper austerity

By Andrea Lobo, 10 October 2019

Amazon workers in California win job back for fired co-workers

By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019

Canada: Five thousand public sector workers strike in Saskatchewan

By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019

Ontario education workers set to strike Monday against Ford’s savage cuts

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 5 October 2019

History

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

9 October 2019

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

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

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

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

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

9 September 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange’s life is in danger!

By James Cogan, 7 October 2019

“Julian has reached a point where he may die”—Assange’s father John Shipton speaks with the WSWS

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2019

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

25 years ago: Iraq disarmament crisis

On October 8, 1994, the United Nations ordered Iraq to withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors, amid media propaganda about Iraqi development of weapons of mass destruction.

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50 years ago: “Chicago Eight” trial and “Days of Rage”

From October 8 through October 11, 1969, the trial of the “Chicago Eight” was under way: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. The group was charged with conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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75 years ago: Revolt at Auschwitz concentration camp brutally repressed

On October 7, 1944, prisoners at the notorious German-operated death camp in Auschwitz, Poland, staged a courageous revolt, in a desperate struggle for their freedom and their lives.

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100 years ago: Land reform in Estonia

On October 10, 1919, the bourgeois government in the new Estonian republic nationalized 58 percent of the farmland in Estonia. Over 1,000 estates were seized. Owners could keep only 50 hectares (123 acres) and were eventually compensated 3 percent of the value of their land. The land was redistributed to Estonian peasants and veterans.

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Autoworkers struggles

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

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

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

“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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

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

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

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.