UAW President Gary Jones resigns as GM lawsuit charges that UAW is a “controlled enterprise” of Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 21 November 2019

Jones’ resignation came after the UAW International Executive Board, in an act of damage control, took measures to remove and expel him.

United Auto Workers declares sellout Ford contract ratified amidst widespread opposition

More on autoworkers struggles »

Israeli airstrikes on Syria threaten wider Mideast war

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2019

The air raids follow by barely a week a bombing campaign against Gaza that killed 34, including an entire family of eight.

Russia’s Gazprom offers Ukraine short-term gas deal

By Jason Melanovski, 21 November 2019

Disputes over gas and energy are central to the inter-imperialist conflicts over Ukraine and Russia.

Naval command challenges President Trump’s war crimes pardon

By Kevin Reed, 21 November 2019

In an extraordinary and open conflict between the leadership of the US Navy and the White House, Rear Admiral Collin Green pressed forward on Wednesday with plans to remove Edward Gallagher from the SEALs following his exoneration by President Trump.

Patriot Act extension concealed in funding bill passed by House Democrats

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2019

Coming in the midst of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the extension of the Patriot Act underscores the absence of any democratic content in their opposition to Trump.

Trump repeats threat to escalate tariffs if no China trade deal is reached

By Nick Beams, 21 November 2019

A major source of conflict is the maintenance of existing tariffs, with China demanding that all tariffs imposed after negotiations collapsed in May be removed and a mechanism be put in place to roll back those imposed before then.

Conference at European Parliament defends Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2019

Speakers warned that the persecution of Assange was creating a precedent for the suppression of press freedom and for the application of repressive US laws all over the world.

Striking university workers speak out: “Assange won’t be defended by the rich, it must be the working people!”

By our reporter, 21 November 2019

Collapse of Swedish “sexual misconduct” frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange

Socialist Equality Party campaign team attends University College London strike of outsourced workers

By Thomas Scripps, 21 November 2019

The strikers, joined by many students and academic staff, occupied the University’s student centre for a rally, with speeches delivered in English and Spanish.

Corbyn’s “left” pretensions exposed in UK general election debate

By Robert Stevens, 21 November 2019

The debate was proof that, in any period prior to Tony Blair’s government, Corbyn would barely be considered even a “left” reformist.

Corbyn tells British industry executives: “It’s sometimes claimed that I’m anti-business. That is complete nonsense”

Labour Party candidates pledge to ignore Corbyn’s Brexit policy and campaign for Remain

Protests continue across Bolivia as the MAS submits to coup

By Andrea Lobo, 21 November 2019

The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism’s installation of a puppet regime.

Morales’ MAS in talks with Bolivia coup regime on how to quell unrest

California utility PG&E plans regular blackouts for another ten years as more residents have power cut this week

By Anthony del Omo and Dan Conway, 21 November 2019

Earlier this week, the Pacific Gas and Electricity utility (PG&E) announced that they would shut off electrical power to hundreds of thousands of customers beginning Wednesday morning in the fourth such mass power outage since October.

Australian Strategic Forum tries to downplay danger of US-China conflict

By James Cogan, 21 November 2019

Warnings that US-China tensions could lead to war were largely dismissed by the majority of the forum speakers.

19 November 2019

Impeachment hearing highlights conflict over US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2019

As second week of public hearings begins
Pelosi doubles down on anti-Russia politics of impeachment inquiry

Obama joins effort to push Democratic primary campaign to the right

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

More than 15,000 Indiana teachers walk off job against low wages and attacks on public education

By George Marlowe, 20 November 2019

US declares Israeli settlements no longer illegal

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2019

Over 3,000 Canadian National Railway workers strike across Canada

By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2019

In the face of attacks by billionaires, Obama
Elizabeth Warren backpedals on “Medicare for All”

By Kate Randall, 20 November 2019

Epstein scandal engulfs Britain’s Royal family after BBC interview with Prince Andrew

By Chris Marsden, 20 November 2019

Two New York prison guards charged in connection with Epstein death

By Matthew Taylor, 20 November 2019

Washington, DC area transit workers call for expansion of fight as strike enters fourth week

By Nick Barrickman, 20 November 2019

Germany’s Green Party conference—power at any price

By Peter Schwarz, 20 November 2019

Australian Labor Party leader dodges state party conference

By Mike Head, 20 November 2019

New in Arabic

راديكالية الشبيبة العالمية والنضال من أجل الاشتراكية

إريك لندن, 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 German

Schweden stellt Ermittlungen gegen Assange ein: Vergewaltigungsvorwürfe als politisches Komplott entlarvt

Oscar Grenfell, 21. November 2019

Die Einstellung der schwedischen Untersuchung, die im Mittelpunkt der von den USA angeführten Verfolgung stand, enthüllt den illegalen Charakter der gesamten Operation gegen WikiLeaks-Gründer Assange.

Deutsche Wirtschaft drängt nach Afrika

Peter Schwarz, 21. November 2019

Am Dienstag veranstaltete die Bundesregierung in Berlin eine Afrika-Konferenz mit dem Ziel, für einen deutschen Investitionsschub auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent zu sorgen.

Gewaltdrohungen gegen Hamburger Studierendenschaft

Gregor Link, 21. November 2019

Der Hamburger Asta wird mit Hassmails und Gewaltandrohungen überschwemmt, weil er gegen die Rückkehr des AfD-Gründers Bernd Lucke auf seinen Lehrstuhl protestiert hat. Die WSWS sprach darüber mit dem Asta-Vorsitzenden Karim Kuropka

Israelische Siedlungen laut USA nicht mehr illegal

Jean Shaoul, 21. November 2019

Die Entscheidung der USA bedeutet grünes Licht für eine Eskalation der ethnischen Säuberung Ost-Jerusalems von Palästinensern und für die Annektierung palästinensischer Gebiete.

New in Norwegian

Kollaps av svensk juridisk konstruksjon om «seksualmisgjerninger» avslører politisk konspirasjon mot Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 21. november 2019

Den fullstendige diskrediteringen av den svenske etterforskningen, som spilte avgjørende rolle som ankerelement i den USA-ledede vendettaen mot Assange, avslører den totalt lovløse karakteren av hele operasjonen mot WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren.

Julian Assange i retten via video link: Juridiske rettigheter nektet av dommeren

Thomas Scripps, 21. november 2019

Den britiske styringsklassen har ikke engang en intensjon om antydningen av en rettferdig juridisk prosess for Assange, hvorpå de har til hensikt å styre ham over til hans forfølgere i USA.

I anledning sovjetdissident Vladimir Bukovskijs død (1942-2019)

Clara Weiss, 21. november 2019

En forståelse av Bukovskijs liv og rolle i politikken over det siste halve århundret må plasseres innen den bredere kontekst av utviklingen av Oktoberrevolusjonen i 1917, og den stalinistiske reaksjonen mot den.

New in French

La Suède abandonne son enquête sur les fausses allégations d’inconduite sexuelle contre Julian Assange

Patrick Martin, 20 novembre 2019

Ce geste confirme que les incessantes allégations médiatiques de «viol» et d’«agression sexuelle» contre le fondateur de WikiLeaks sont une fraude à motivation politique.

Bain de sang à Bagdad

Bill Van Auken, 20 novembre 2019

Les médias américains sont restés largement silencieux, plus de 330 manifestants non armés ayant été tués dans les rues de la capitale irakienne.

Le régime iranien ferme Internet après les manifestations contre la hausse des prix du carburant

Keith Jones, 20 novembre 2019

La République islamique a été ébranlée par les manifestations de masse contre la hausse importante des prix du carburant précipitée par la guerre de sanctions américaines contre l’Iran.

J’Accuse: le chef-d’œuvre de Roman Polanski sur l’Affaire Dreyfus

Alexandre Lantier, 20 novembre 2019

Le film de Polanski racontre la lutte menée sur 12 ans pour établir l’innocence d’un officier français juif faussement accusé d’être un espion, le capitaine Alfred Drefyus.

Manifestations de masse à Prague contre le gouvernement tchèque

Markus Salzmann, 20 novembre 2019

À la veille du 30e anniversaire de la prétendue Révolution de velours, des centaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté samedi contre le gouvernement corrompu de droite dirigé par le Premier ministre Andrej Babis.

New in Spanish

El baño de sangre en Bagdad

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 noviembre 2019

La prensa estadounidense ha permanecido en gran medida en silencio, mientras más de 330 manifestantes desarmados fueron asesinados en las calles de la capital iraquí.

Régimen iraní suspende internet tras protestas por aumentos en precio de la gasolina

Por Keith Jones, 20 noviembre 2019

La República Islámica ha sido sacudida por las protestas masivas contra un fuerte aumento en los precios de la gasolina causados por las guerra de sanciones de EE. UU. contra Irán.

Siguen las manifestaciones en Chile en oposición a las promesas de una nueva Constitución

Por Andrea Lobo, 20 noviembre 2019

La propuesta de un referéndum es un esfuerzo de la élite política de canalizar las protestas tras el capitalismo chileno sin hacer ninguna verdadera concesión en cuestiones sociales.

Con la huelga nacional programada para el 21 de noviembre, la crisis política se intensifica en Colombia

Por Evan Blake, 20 noviembre 2019

En respuesta a la inminente huelga, el Gobierno de Duque ha comenzado a preparar una brutal represión por parte de los militares y la policía.

Protestas de masas en Praga contra el Gobierno checo

Por Markus Salzmann, 20 noviembre 2019

La prensa estadounidense ha permanecido en gran medida en silencio, mientras más de 330 manifestantes desarmados fueron asesinados en las calles de la capital iraquí.

Unión de de Maestros de Chicago aprueba un contrato de austeridad, allanando el camino para el cierre de escuelas

Por Kristina Betinis, 20 noviembre 2019

El contrato de cinco años, alabado por los líderes sindicales y de la ciudad, amenaza con cerrar más escuelas y continúa la hambruna del tercer distrito escolar más grande del país.

New in Russian

Одиннадцать тысяч ученых предупреждают о чрезвычайной климатической ситуации

Даниэль де Врис, 15 ноября 2019 г.

Сорок лет переговоров по поводу изменения климата между капиталистическими правительствами не сделали ничего для того, чтобы изменить траекторию движения в сторону экологической и гуманитарной катастрофы.

New in Turkish

Bolivya’da ABD destekli darbe

Bill Van Auken, 14 Kasım 2019

Güney Amerika’nın en yoksul ülkesi Bolivya, Pazar günü Devlet Başkanı Evo Morales’in,ve hükümet yetkililerinin istifasına yol açan ABD destekli darbenin ardından bir iç savaşın eşiğinde bulunuyor.

Almanya’daki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, Berlin Duvarı’nın yıkılmasının yıldönümü üzerine toplantı düzenledi

Muhabirlerimizden, 14 Kasım 2019

Gerçekte Demokratik Alman Cumhuriyeti’nin kurulması, sosyalizmin gerçekleştirilmesi ile ilgili değil, Batı’da kapitalizmin istikrara kavuşturulması ile ilgiliydi

New in Bengali

ভারতে মাদারসন মোটরগাড়ি শ্রমিকদের ধর্মঘটকে মাওবাদী ইউনিয়ন নেতৃত্ব ক্রমাগত বিচ্ছিন্ন করে রাখছে

মোসেস রাজকুমার ও শশী কুমার, ২৫ অক্টোবর ২০১৯

মাসারসন অটোমোটিভ টেকনোলজিস অ্যান্ড ইঞ্জিনিয়ারিং (এম-এ-টি-ই বা মেট)-এর শ্রমিকদের দ্বারা সংগঠিত অনির্দিষ্টকালের ধর্মঘট এখন তৃতীয় মাসে পড়ল।

মার্কিন ফ্যাসিবাদকে এক বলিষ্ট না! ট্রাম্পকে গদিচ্যূত করতে গণআন্দোলন গড়ে তুলুন!

সোশ্যালিস্ট ইকুয়ালিটি পার্টি-র রাজনৈতিক কমিটি, ১৪ অক্টোবর ২০১৯

সন্দেহের ওপর ভিত্তি করে যে তদন্ত কংগ্রেস শুরু করেছিল তার পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে রাষ্ট্রপতি ডোনাল্ড ট্রাম্পের প্রতিক্রিয়া প্রকাশ্যেই সম্পূর্ণ ফ্যাসিবাদী চরিত্রের। গত সপ্তাহে মিনিয়াপোলিস, মিনেসোটা ও লেক চার্লসে ট্রাম্প প্রকাশ্যে বিদেশীদের প্রতি আতঙ্ক, জাতিগত বিদ্বেষ এবং ইহুদি-বিদ্বষের স্বপক্ষে কথা বলেছে।

New in Portuguese

O golpe na Bolívia apoiado pelos EUA

Por Bill Van Auken, 14 Novembro 2019

Apoiado por Washington, o violento golpe na Bolívia foi facilitado pela covardia política e traição do governo de Morales e seu partido MAS.

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Perspective

The impeachment crisis and American imperialism

21 November 2019

The principal crime revealed in the impeachment hearings is how American imperialism conducts itself towards smaller and less powerful nations such as Ukraine.

Earlier Perspectives »

The New York Times' 1619 Project

IYSSE holds meeting on “Race, Class, and the fight for Socialism” at New York University

By Owen Mullan and Sandy English, 21 November 2019

The meeting was addressed by socialist scholar Tom Mackaman who responded to the historical falsifications put forward by the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

An interview with historian James Oakes on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 18 November 2019

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

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

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.

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

By Eric London, 9 November 2019

Arts Review

The Unwanted: 80 years since the tragic odyssey of the MS St. Louis

By Verena Nees, 21 November 2019

The German television drama The Unwanted: The Odyssey of the St. Louis recounts the story of the ship with more than 900 Jewish refugees on board fleeing Nazi Germany, prevented from landing by the Cuban, American and Canadian governments.

J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy): Roman Polanski’s masterpiece on the Dreyfus Affair

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2019

Michael Winterbottom’s Greed: A searing indictment of the super-rich

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2019

Commentary

US puts new Sri Lankan president on notice

By K. Ratnayake, 20 November 2019

Former top military official wins Sri Lankan presidential election

The bloodbath in Baghdad

By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2019

Wall Street Journal investigation confirms Google operates censorship blacklist

By Andre Damon, 18 November 2019

Workers Struggles

UAW continues blackout on Fiat Chrysler negotiations as media talks of possible strike

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2019

Dutch health care strike: The defense of health care requires a socialist perspective

By Parwini Zora and Harm Zonderland, 20 November 2019

India: The indefinite strike by 48,000 Telangana transport workers at crossroads

By Kranti Kumara, 19 November 2019

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

Unifor imposes concessions contracts on Saskatchewan Crown Corporation workers

By Carl Bronski, 19 November 2019

Obituary

On the death of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019)

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

An understanding of Bukovsky’s life and role in politics over the past half century must be placed within the broader context of the development of the October Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist reaction against it.

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Socialist Equality Party announces candidates in UK general election

By our reporter, 18 November 2019

The SEP is waging a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

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.

The Socialist Equality Party Election Campaign in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan presidential election: Workers must prepare to fight moves towards police-state rule

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2019

Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism!

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 November 2019

More on the 2019 Sri Lankan SEP election campaign »

History

David North introduces Turkish-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky at Istanbul Book Fair

By our reporter, 11 November 2019

Mehring Yayıncılık announced the publication of five major works by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) at its Istanbul Book Fair stall, including two authored by David North.

Free Assange and Manning

Sweden drops investigation into bogus sexual misconduct allegations against Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2019

UN special rapporteur exposes Swedish sexual misconduct frame-up of Assange

Julian Assange appears in court via video link: Legal rights denied by judge

By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Autoworkers Struggles

From the archive of the WSWS
What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

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

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

25 years ago: Hurricane Gordon dissipates after two weeks of destruction

On November 21, 1994, Hurricane Gordon dissipated over South Carolina after nearly two weeks of destruction throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean. The hurricane hit parts of Central America, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Bahamas, and the southeastern US coast for nearly two weeks.

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50 years ago: Native American group begins occupation of Alcatraz island

On November 20, 1969, a group of about 90 Native Americans led by Richard Oakes sailed small boats across San Francisco Bay and began an occupation of Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which had closed in 1963.

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75 years ago: Allied forces capture German town

On November 19, 1944, the British Second Army secured control of Geilenkirchen, a German town in North Rhine-Westphalia, near the border with the Netherlands. The successful offensive, aimed at establishing a base of operations for further incursions into Germany, underscored the military crisis of the Nazi regime and heightened the anticipation of a full-scale Allied invasion.

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100 years ago: US Senate fails to ratify Treaty of Versailles

On November 19, 1919, The United States Senate failed to secure the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, which had been negotiated by the Allied imperialist victors of World War I at the Paris Peace Conference that June.

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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

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

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