Amidst growing opposition
UAW-Ford contract gives green light for video monitoring of workers

By Shannon Jones, 9 November 2019

The contract gives management the right to carry out video recording and motion tracking to drive up productivity and discipline workers.

The expanding UAW corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

UAW officials try to bully workers for opposing Ford deal at Michigan meeting

Lessons of the GM autoworkers strike

More on autoworkers struggles »

Billionaire ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg takes steps to run for Democratic nomination

By Barry Grey, 9 November 2019

Whether or not he decides to run, Bloomberg’s move is clearly calculated to shift the Democratic campaign further to the right.

For a kinder, gentler assault on immigrants
Bernie Sanders unveils immigration plan

Macron warns Economist magazine of world war, collapse of NATO alliance

By Alex Lantier, 9 November 2019

Outlining escalating conflicts inside NATO, Macron admitted that for decades it has attacked countries and toppled their regimes without any popular support.

Defying their unions, Dutch teachers stage countrywide one-day strike

By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 9 November 2019

The teachers’ action was the latest in a series of mass protests across the country, which has been dubbed an “autumn of discontent.”

Massive vote in favour of strike by Ontario elementary school teachers

By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 9 November 2019

The virtually unanimous strike vote by teachers reflects the depth of opposition to the government’s austerity agenda and is part of a growing upsurge of the class struggle internationally.

UK’s Royal Mail seeks legal action to prevent postal strike

By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2019

Royal Mail intends to impose conditions now widespread throughout the “gig economy.” The Communication Workers Union have done everything possible to avert industrial action.

German Christian Democrats call for collaboration with the far-right AfD

By Marianne Arens, 9 November 2019

A leader of the CDU said in an interview that, in his opinion, the AfD was “a conservative party” and were “not all Nazis.”

German imperialism’s new drive for world power

Leaked video reveals ABC News suppressed Jeffrey Epstein story since 2015

By Kevin Reed, 9 November 2019

The television network held the story about the criminal sex-trafficking activities and high-profile connections of Jeffrey Epstein for three years.

Massachusetts: Buffalo Wild Wings worker dies after inhaling toxic fumes

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 November 2019

Ryan Baldera’s death is just one of the latest tragic indictments of the disregard of corporations for the health and safety of the workers who make their profits.

Measles epidemic spreads from New Zealand to Pacific Islands

By John Braddock, 9 November 2019

Scientists had been warning of the danger of an outbreak, but requests for a campaign to plug immunisation gaps were ignored.

Australia: All Sydney bus services to be privatised within two years

By Martin Scott, 9 November 2019

Thousands of drivers and other workers face an uncertain future as the state government continues the sell-off of public transport.

8 November 2019

White House appears increasingly isolated in impeachment crisis

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2019

Comparing two impeachments

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

US seizure of oil fields escalates tensions in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2019

Trump calls for US troops to wage “war” on drug cartels in Mexico

A tale of two UK Labour MPs—Chris Williamson and Tom Watson

By Laura Tiernan and Chris Marsden, 8 November 2019

Trump targets Corbyn in UK election intervention

Britain set for December 12 general election

More on Brexit »

Spanish election candidates denounce socialism, back repression in TV debate

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2019

Beijing looks to end Hong Kong protest movement

By Ben McGrath, 8 November 2019

New Zealand military to expand Pacific presence

By John Braddock, 8 November 2019

Australia: Woolworths admits to massively underpaying staff

By Terry Cook, 8 November 2019

New in Arabic

راديكالية الشبيبة العالمية والنضال من أجل الاشتراكية

٢٩ تشرين الأول أكتوبر ٢٠١٩

في جميع أنحاء العالم ، في بلدان مختلفة ثقافياً مثل الإكوادور ولبنان وفرنسا وألمانيا والولايات المتحدة والعراق وتشيلي وهايتي ، دخل جيل جديد من شباب الطبقة العاملة في ساحة المعركة من النضال الطبقي العالمي.

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства примет участие во всеобщих выборах в Великобритании: Нет мерам жесткой экономии, милитаризму и войне! Свободу Джулиану Ассанжу! За классовую борьбу и социалистический интернационализм!

Партия Социалистического Равенства (Великобритания), 9 ноября 2019 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства выставит кандидатов на всеобщих выборах в Великобритании 12 декабря, чтобы вести политическую борьбу против политики жесткой экономии, авторитарного правления, милитаризма и войны.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Отчет о конференции троцкистов в оккупированной нацистами Европе

9 ноября 2019 г.

4 ноября 1944 года газета Militant, орган американской Социалистической рабочей партии, в то время троцкистской партии США, опубликовала сообщение о конференции, которая была проведена пятью европейскими троцкистскими партиями в феврале того года во Франции. На первой странице был опубликован отчет о конференции под заголовком «Только что получены воодушевляющие новости о февральской встрече во Франции, находящейся в условиях нацистского террора».

New in French

Les candidats aux élections espagnoles dénoncent le socialisme et soutiennent la répression dans un débat télévisé

Alex Lantier, 9 novembre 2019

Alors que Podemos et les sociaux-démocrates soutiennent l'austérité, le nationalisme et le militarisme, la classe dirigeante crée les conditions pour que le parti fascisant Vox se développe rapidement.

Le scandale montant de la corruption du syndicat UAW et la nécessité de comités de la base

Tom Hall, 9 novembre 2019

Le syndicat UAW essaye actuellement de faire passer en force un accord de reculs sociaux chez Ford suite à la fin de la grève chez GM, alors même que son président est sur le point d’être inculpé de vol des cotisations des travailleurs.

New in Turkish

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi Britanya seçimlerine katılıyor: Kemer sıkmaya, militarizme ve savaşa hayır! Julian Assange’a özgürlük! Sınıf mücadelesi ve sosyalist enternasyonalizm için!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Britanya), 9 Kasım 2019

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP), kemer sıkmaya, otoriter yönetime, militarizme ve savaşa karşı siyasi bir mücadele yürütmek için Britanya genel seçiminde adaylar çıkarıyor.

Sri Lanka devlet başkanlığı seçiminde SEP adayı Pani Wijesiriwardena’ya oy verin
Emperyalist savaşa, kemer sıkmaya ve diktatörlüğe karşı sosyalist bir hareket inşa edin

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Sri Lanka), 9 Kasım 2019

Sri Lanka’daki, Güney Asya’daki ve dünya genelindeki işçileri, gençleri ve aydınları, seçim kampanyamızı mümkün olan her yolla desteklemeye çağırıyoruz.

ABD’nin petrol sahalarına el koyması Suriye’deki gerilimleri tırmandırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 9 Kasım 2019

Washington’ın ya da Moskova’nın niyetleri ne olursa olsun, ABD emperyalizminin Suriye’deki ve daha geniş bölgedeki pervasız ve provokatif faaliyetleri, daha büyük bir savaşı, hatta bir dünya savaşını tetikleme tehlikesi yaratıyor.

Hamburg senatosu, öğrencilerin Nazi protestosuna karşı polisi görevlendirdi

Christoph Vandreier ve Johannes Stern, 9 Kasım 2019

Hamburg’daki yüzlerce öğrenci, geçtiğimiz iki haftadır, aşırı sağcı Almanya İçin Alternatif’in (AfD) kurucusu Bernd Lucke’nin üniversitelerine geri dönmesini protesto ediyor.

75 yıl önce: Troçkistlerin Nazi işgali altındaki Avrupa’da düzenlenen konferansının haberi

9 Kasım 2019

Avrupa Troçkist hareketi, Nazilerin korkunç baskısı altında hayatta kaldı. Dört yıllık Nazi terörü döneminde, Avrupalı yoldaşlarımız ve fikirdaşlarımız, emperyalist sansürün demir duvarını yarıp geçtiler.

New in Norwegian

Pabloister forbereder nytt svik av Chiles arbeiderklasse

Andrea Lobo, 9. november 2019

Samtidig som PTR retorisk hyller protestenes spontanitet har partiet arbeidet for å kanalisere dem inn bak det stalinistiske Kommunistpartiet PCCH og valgalliansen Bred Front.

Hedgefond-sjef insistere på at voksende sosial ulikhet risikerer sosial revolusjon

Nick Beams, 9. november 2019

Hedgefondsjefen Ray Dalio fortalte en businesskonferanse, med ett øye skarpt fokusert på de siste månedenes oppsving av klassekamp over hele verden, også i USA, at veksten av sosial ulikhet var en nasjonal krise, og at det haster med å ta skritt for å takle den.

I fjernsynsdebatt fordømte Spanias valgkandidater sosialisme og støttet represjon

Alex Lantier, 9. november 2019

Samtidig som Podemos og PSOE-sosialdemokratene støtter innstramminger, nasjonalisme og militarisme bereder styringsklassen grunnen for at fascistpartiet Vox raskt skal vokse.

New in Spanish

La expansión del escándalo de corrupción del UAW y el caso a favor de comités de base

Tom Hall, 9 noviembre 2019

El United Auto Workers está intentando actualmente imponer un contrato entreguista en Ford después de traicionar la huelga de GM, incluso mientras su presidente se enfrenta a inminentes cargos por robar dinero de los trabajadores.

Los pablistas preparan una nueva traición contra la clase obrera chilena

Andrea Lobo, 9 noviembre 2019

El PTR, mientras glorifica retóricamente la espontaneidad de las protestas, busca encarrilarlas detrás del estalinista PCCh y el Frente Amplio.

Por un ataque más amable y gentil contra los inmigrantes
Bernie Sanders revela su plan de inmigración

Kevin Martinez, 9 noviembre 2019

El candidato presidencial demócrata ataca retóricamente lo peor de las políticas migratorias de Trump pero mantendría el régimen fronterizo intacto.

La creciente desigualdad amenaza con una revolución social, advierte jefe de fondo de inversión

Nick Beams, 9 noviembre 2019

Teniendo en la mira el aumento de la lucha de clases en todo el mundo en los últimos meses, incluso en los Estados Unidos, el jefe de fondos de cobertura Ray Dalio dijo en una conferencia de negocios que el crecimiento de la desigualdad social era una emergencia nacional y que se debían tomar medidas urgentes para abordarlo.

Los candidatos a las elecciones en España denuncian el socialismo y respaldan la represión en el debate televisado

Alex Lantier, 9 noviembre 2019

Mientras Podemos y los socialdemócratas respaldan la austeridad, el nacionalismo y el militarismo, la clase gobernante está creando las condiciones para el rápido ascenso del partido fascista Vox.

New in German

Die Korruption der US-Autogewerkschaft: ein guter Grund für Aktionskomitees

Tom Hall, 9. November 2019

Die Gewerkschaft United Auto Workers (UAW) hat den mehrwöchigen Streik bei General Motors abgewürgt und versucht nun, einen miserablen Tarifvertrag bei Ford durchzudrücken. Und das Ganze, während der Gewerkschaftsvorsitzende nachweislich Beitragsgelder veruntreut hat.

TV-Debatte vor spanischer Wahl: Kandidaten verurteilen Sozialismus und befürworten Unterdrückung

Alex Lantier, 9. November 2019

Podemos und Sozialdemokraten unterstützen Sozialkürzungen, Nationalismus und Militarismus. Dadurch schafft die herrschende Klasse die Bedingungen für einen schnellen Aufstieg der faschistischen Vox.

Lufthansa: Ufo-Streik der Flugbegleiter

Marianne Arens, 9. November 2019

Während die Flugbegleiter gegen schlechtbezahlte Saisonverträge streiken, geht es der Kabinen-Gewerkschaft Ufo um die Anerkennung durch Lufthansa.

30 Jahre seit dem Fall der Mauer

Peter Schwarz, 9. November 2019

Der Versuch, das Ende der DDR als freiheitliche Revolution zu verklären, soll verhindern, dass eine nüchterne Bilanz der Wiedervereinigung gezogen und darüber nachgedacht wird, was im Herbst 1989 tatsächlich geschah.

New in Portuguese

Peronismo retorna ao poder na Argentina em meio a enorme revolta social

Andrea Lobo, 2 Novembro 2019 2019

Apesar de sua demagogia populista vazia, Fernández já deixou claro que imporá brutalmente as exigências do capital financeiro.

Other Languages

Perspective

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

The “Irrepressible Conflict:” Slavery, the Civil War and America’s Second Revolution

By Eric London, 9 November 2019

The following is the second in a series of three lectures delivered in response to the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which presents a falsified, racialist interpretation of American history.

Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2019

Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the GDR. Republished below is an article by Peter Schwarz that first appeared on the WSWS five years ago, on November 8, 2014, under the headline, “25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

Britain: 180 years since the Newport Rising—Part 2

By Paul Bond, 5 November 2019

Britain: 180 years since the Newport Rising—Part 1

By Paul Bond, 4 November 2019

Alexander Reznik’s Trotsky and Comrades: A false account of the emergence and politics of the Left Opposition

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2019

Commentary

The New York Times’ obsession with race expands to its food commentary

By Trévon Austin, 9 November 2019

A recent commentary suggests fast food chain Popeyes “struck a special chord” with black people because its fried chicken sandwich “tastes like something that could have come from a black home kitchen.”

Spain’s November 10 elections and the fight against authoritarian rule

By Alejandro Lopez, 9 November 2019

On Sunday, Spain will hold its fourth general elections in as many years, six months after the last elections this April.

Democratic Socialists of America “International Committee” denounces “reckless” withdrawal of US troops from Syria

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 November 2019

The response of the DSA to Trump’s announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump’s critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

Pabloites prepare new betrayal of the Chilean working class

By Andrea Lobo, 8 November 2019

Growing inequality risks social revolution, hedge fund chief warns

By Nick Beams, 8 November 2019

Wall Street at record highs as global growth slows

Democrats’ gains in Tuesday’s elections reflect shifts within the upper-middle class

Democrats make gains in off-year elections

Washington Post and New York Times incite racist campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 5 November 2019

Twitter’s ban on political advertisement: A new move to censor the internet

Socialist Equality Pary (Sri Lanka)

Build a mass movement to free class-war prisoners Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By SEP (Sri Lanka) presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena, 9 November 2019

Assange and Manning are being persecuted because the US and its imperialist allies are preparing for war and want to silence all honest journalists and fighters for the truth.

An appeal from Pani Wijesiriwardena, SEP (Sri Lanka) presidential candidate
Defend the striking transport workers in Telengana, India

8 November 2019

Sri Lankan SEP holds presidential election meeting in Hatton

By our correspondents, 6 November 2019

Why the Sri Lankan Tamil parties appeal to the UNP and SLPP presidential candidates

Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election
Build a socialist movement against imperialist war, austerity and dictatorship

Eightieth birthday tribute to Sri Lankan Trotskyist Nanda Wickremasinghe

By David North, 26 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Socialist Equality Party stands in UK general election: No to austerity, militarism and war! Free Julian Assange! For class struggle and socialist internationalism!

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 November 2019

The Socialist Equality Party is standing candidates in the December 12 UK general election to wage a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Free Assange and Manning

Australian Greens member demands party leader defend Julian Assange

7 November 2019

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Stop the US extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange! Free Assange and Manning!

28 October 2019

Concert for Assange outside UK Home Office demands “No extradition!”

By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2019

Julian Assange calls for workers to organise in his defence

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2019

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer warns: Julian Assange may die in a British prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Jojo Rabbit: A misguided comedy about Nazis
Edward Norton’s neo-film noir, Motherless Brooklyn

By Joanne Laurier, 8 November 2019

Pain and Glory from Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar

By David Walsh, 6 November 2019

Judy: Singer-actress Judy Garland’s sad fate brought to the screen
And Harriet: A film biography of abolitionist Harriet Tubman

By Joanne Laurier, 4 November 2019

Workers Struggles

Honda motorcycle and Kerala state transport workers strike in India; Pakistan health workers oppose privatisation
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 November 2019

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

Flight attendants to take further strike action at Lufthansa

Vote “no” on the tentative teachers' contract! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education in Chicago!

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2019

With voting set to begin on the tentative agreement, teachers and other educators in Chicago are approaching a critical juncture in the fight to defend public education.

Chicago teachers denounce union’s sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim “victory”

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy

The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike
The defense of public education and the fight for socialism

India: 48,000 striking Telangana transport workers defy back to work order

By Kranti Kumara, 7 November 2019

Chicago Ford workers reject UAW agreement

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

How Ford and the UAW plan to cut autoworkers’ health care

“Teachers, autoworkers, everybody in this country, should go on strike”
New York City bus and subway workers speak out against concession demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2019

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

Australia: Mobilise students, staff and academics against the closure of Macquarie University’s human sciences faculty

By the Committee for Public Education, 7 November 2019

UK: Tens of thousands of university and college staff vote to strike
Ballot follows strike votes by postal workers, railway conductors, airline pilots, NHS staff

Little Rock teachers set to strike against privatization and segregation threats

Wildcat strike by sanitation workers against CHP administration in Maltepe, Turkey

Unifor’s attempt to impose concessions contracts on Saskatchewan workers meeting widespread opposition

The New York Times' 1619 Project

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

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.

Slavery and the American Revolution: A Response to the New York Times 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 1 November 2019

This is the text of the lecture delivered by Tom Mackaman at the University of Michigan on October 22, 2019 as part of a series on the New York Times' "Project 1619."

An interview with the author of The Free State of Jones
Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

“1619” and the myth of white unity under slavery
Book review: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South by Keri Leigh Merritt

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

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

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

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

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE meetings in Germany: Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By our correspondents, 6 November 2019

Stop the censorship of socialist views by the University of Leipzig student council

Germany: Humboldt University student parliament supports lawsuit against far-right Professor Baberowski

25 years ago: Republican Party wins control of US House for the first time in 40 years

On November 8, 1994, the Republican Party won majorities in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate in the midterm congressional election, picking up eight seats in the Senate and netting a gain of 54 seats in the House.

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50 years ago: 150,000 General Electric workers continue strike, clash with police

The strike by 150,000 General Electric (GE) workers against the world’s largest electronics company continued into a second week, marked by clashes between strikers and police, the mobilization of the National Guard in several areas, and court injunctions aimed at hamstringing effective picketing.

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75 years ago: Report on conference of Trotskyists in Nazi-occupied Europe

On November 4, 1944, the Militant, the newspaper of the American Socialist Workers Party (SWP), then the US Trotskyist party, reported on a conference held by five European Trotskyist parties in France the previous February. The front-page report was published under the headline, “Inspiring news just received of February meeting in France under Nazi Terror.”

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100 years ago: Palmer Raids begin against US immigrants and socialists

On November 7, 1919, after months of planning, agents of the Bureau of Investigation (later the FBI) and local police began a series of raids on the offices of the Union of Russian Workers in 12 American cities. In New York alone over 200 workers were attested at the Russian People’s House.

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Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

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

Obituary

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 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

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