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Australian Daily Telegraph lawyers plead “truth defence” in Geoffrey Rush defamation case

By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2018

The Murdoch media empire is prepared to spend vast sums to defeat Rush’s defamation suit.

Right-wing senator calls for a “White Australia” immigration policy

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 August 2018

Fraser Anning’s diatribe is the logical outcome of the nationalist policies supported by the entire political establishment.

New Zealand government launches sham inquiry into Afghan war crimes

By Sam Price, 16 August 2018

The inquiry into allegations that civilians were killed in a NZSAS raid in Afghanistan in 2010 is destined to be a whitewash.

The global implications of the Turkish lira crisis

By Nick Beams, 16 August 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, the growing intensity of economic warfare threatens to collapse the financial house of cards created by the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the global banking system.

UAW bribery predated 2009, lawyer for former Fiat Chrysler executive tells court

By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2018

In a sentencing memorandum, the lawyer for Alphons Iacobelli asserted that the bribery of UAW officials dates back “many years” earlier than has so far been charged by federal prosecutors, and involves many more officials.

Mueller investigation seeks to implicate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in “Russian interference”

By James Cogan, 15 August 2018

The purported evidence of ties between Russian intelligence, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks is threadbare to the point of being ludicrous.

At least 35 killed in Italy bridge collapse

By Allison Smith, 15 August 2018

The death toll has reached 35, with at least seven seriously injured and 440 forced to evacuate their homes following a gas leak.

Knives out in the White House as fired aide releases tapes of Trump, Kelly

By Tom Hall, 15 August 2018

More significant than the content of the tapes recorded by Omarosa Manigault-Newman is the atmosphere of mutual suspicion and intrigue within the White Housethat they reveal.

Cables document CIA Director Haspel’s direct role in torture at black site in Thailand

By E.P. Milligan, 15 August 2018

The 16 cables from Haspel published by the National Security Archive document scenes fit for a medieval dungeon.

UK: Police take no action over far-right attack on Bookmarks bookstore

By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2018

Despite London being the CCTV capital of the world and the fascist perpetrators gleefully posting videos of their activities on social media, there have been no reports to date of the police detaining, arresting or charging anyone.

UK: Three police officers acquitted of misconduct in restraint death

By Paul Bond, 15 August 2018

The victim was suffering an epileptic seizure when he was seized and forcibly restrained by seven policemen, who held him face down.

Nebraska carries out first execution in US using the opioid fentanyl

By Kate Randall, 15 August 2018

Nebraska authorities now have the dubious distinction of pioneering the use of the powerful synthetic drug at the center of the US opioid crisis that claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2017 for state-sanctioned murder.

Despite overwhelming strike vote

Trade union at Escondida copper mine in Chile seeks to shut down 18-month struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2018

Against the efforts by the trade unions to isolate miners from a joint struggle across Chile and internationally, workers must form rank-and-file committees to take the fight in their own hands.

China set to become largest aid donor to Pacific

By John Braddock, 15 August 2018

The ruling elites in Australia and New Zealand, the local imperialist powers that act in concert with Washington, view China’s rise as a threat to their interests.

Australia: Victorian bus drivers to strike over pay and conditions

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 August 2018

The strike expresses mounting anger among transport workers across the country over the consequences of a privatisation agenda imposed by Labor and Liberal-National governments.

The Turkish crisis and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 August 2018

Underlying the reckless and punishing attack by Washington on Turkey’s economy are predatory geostrategic aims that are threatening to drag humanity into a new world war.

Notes from the campaign trail

Socialist Equality Party candidate campaigns among UPS workers in Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2018

I spoke with UPS workers who expressed deep anger over their conditions and the sellout contract that the Teamsters union is seeking to impose.

Erdogan charges US “stab in the back” as Turkey crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2018

The Turkish president vowed to retaliate against “traitors” undermining the economy as the lira slid again precipitously on Monday.

Puerto Rican teachers’ anger builds against privatization, firings and lack of pay raises

By Shelley Connor, 14 August 2018

Teachers have had no pay raises in the past 10 years, classes are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are starting the school year with no knowledge of where they will be placed.

Break the UPS-Teamsters conspiracy! Mobilize opposition to the sellout contract!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 14 August 2018

The Teamsters union is keeping workers totally in the dark, five days after its endorsement of the cost-cutting contract.

German Social Democrats launch xenophobic campaign about child benefits

By Christopher Lehmann, 14 August 2018

On the “Tagesthemen” TV news program, the SPD mayor ranted against EU nationals who were allegedly flocking to Germany to fraudulently obtain social welfare payments.

Scotland: Protests force Serco to halt asylum seeker evictions

By Steve James, 14 August 2018

Serco wrote to Glasgow City Council of its intention to evict “former Asylum Seekers who do not wish to engage in voluntary return, and who the Home Office have determined have no legal right to remain in the UK.”

UK government warned of dangers of flammable cladding three years before Grenfell fire

By Tom Pearce, 14 August 2018

The warnings are further evidence of the vast criminality committed at Grenfell by the political and corporate elite.

Horizon Air worker dead after stealing airplane, crashing near Tacoma, Washington

By Alec Andersen, 14 August 2018

Asked why he stole the plane, Russell told air traffic controllers, “Minimum wage, we'll chalk it up to that. Maybe that will grease some gears a little bit with the higher-ups.”

500 Trane Co. workers strike in La Crosse, Wisconsin

By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 August 2018

The strike at Trane is in danger of being smothered by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Allentown, Pennsylvania credit union employees strike over wages and health care

By Samuel Davidson, 14 August 2018

Employees of People First Federal Credit Union went on strike against the company’s demand to shift health care costs onto the backs of already low paid employees.

New York City Council caps Uber

By Clare Hurley, 14 August 2018

A temporary glitch for the app-based ride hailing service, the legislation will do little to address the underlying crisis of public transportation in the largest US metropolis.

Peru’s President Vizcarra calls for referendum amid corruption scandals

By Cesar Uco, 14 August 2018

In his speech to the nation, Vizcarra admitted that “the judicial system has collapsed” and the country faces “serious corruption of public administrative institutions.”

Former Japanese defense minister announces challenge to Abe

By Ben McGrath, 14 August 2018

Ishiba is challenging current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a move designed to push him even further to the right.

Australia: Socialist Alternative promotes right-wing Labor leader Bill Shorten

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2018

Amid a deepening crisis of the political establishment, the pseudo-left organisations are seeking to channel growing discontent back behind Labor and the unions.

Growing support for socialism in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 14 August 2018

A Gallup poll released yesterday found that, for the first time, more young people and Democratic-leaning voters have a favorable view of socialism than they do of capitalism.

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.

What the neo-Nazi debacle in Washington showed

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2018

After a huge media buildup, less than two dozen white supremacists showed up for Sunday’s “rally” outside the White House.

Unsubmissive France summer school: Mélenchon invites the right wing

By Anthony Torres, 14 August 2018

Mélenchon’s attempts to ally with the political right must serve as a warning to workers that he plans to carry out a violently anti-worker policy.

Tragic house fire takes three lives in Lincoln Park, Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 14 August 2018

The victims of the fire that engulfed a house in the early morning hours Saturday include a woman two months pregnant, a family caretaker and a four-year-old boy.

World markets brace for impact of Turkish lira crisis

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2018

The European Central Bank has put on watch major European banks that are heavily exposed to Turkish debt.

Workers and youth in UK speak out against continued persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 August 2018

August 16 will mark six years since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government.

UK National Health Service pay deal fuels growing rebellion against unions

By Ajanta Silva, 13 August 2018

More than 1,000 health workers signed a petition calling for the current leadership of the Royal College of Nursing to stand down.

US: The “public charge” rule’s effects on legal immigrant families

By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018

Every legal immigrant using a social program is in danger of being labeled a “public charge,” and therefore ineligible for citizenship.

Fifteen workers hospitalized after explosion at US Steel mill south of Detroit

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018

According to local news reports, workers initially refused a supervisor’s directive to clean out a dust separator, warning that it posed a safety issue.

A second “summer of hell” for riders of New Jersey Transit

By Mark Ferretti, 13 August 2018

Understaffing, inadequate pay for employees, and underfunding are contributing to a rash of delays and cancellations that leave reliable and safe travel on New Jersey Transit in doubt.

Australian prime minister delivers an anxious speech on relations with China

By Mike Head, 13 August 2018

There is evident alarm that the Trump administration’s protectionism could have flow-on effects for Australian exporters and throw into doubt Washington’s global reliability.

Sri Lankan unions sell out railway workers and call off strike

By W.A. Sunil, 13 August 2018

Railway workers must reject the unions’ betrayal of their longstanding salary demands and build action committees of rank-and-file workers on an alternative socialist program.

Death toll rises to almost 400 after another Indonesian earthquake

By John Harris, 13 August 2018

Residents of Lombok have expressed mounting frustration over the inadequate government response to a series of deadly quakes.

Turkish lira plunges as US trade war measures strangle Turkish economy

By Alex Lantier and Halil Celik, 11 August 2018

President Trump is trying to use trade tariffs to compel Ankara to step up attacks on the working class and totally subordinate its foreign policy to US imperialism’s demands.

More deaths and maiming of Palestinians amid latest “ceasefire”

By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2018

The latest round of fighting could torpedo a four-year truce between Israel and Hamas.

US-North Korean nuclear deal stalls amid growing recriminations

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2018

The US is insisting North Korea hand over 60 to 70 percent of its nuclear warheads, without any significant concessions in return.

South Korean government begins phony reform of military intelligence agency

By Ben McGrath, 11 August 2018

The basic framework of a police state will remain in place regardless of the cosmetic changes made by Moon Jae-in’s administration.

“We are underpaid slaves”

Growing opposition among UPS workers as Teamsters conference endorses sellout contracts

By Kayla Costa, 11 August 2018

UPS management responded to the Teamsters executives vote by gloating that the contract will provide “greater flexibility” and help “address challenges from competitors.”

Canada and Saudis in raucous diplomatic spat over Ottawa’s posturing over human rights

By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2018

The events of the past week notwithstanding, Canada—as attested by its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh—is a staunch ally of the absolutist Saudi regime.

Tennessee carries out first execution in nearly a decade

Inmate “gulped for an extended period of time” and was “choking,” “gasping”

By Kate Randall, 11 August 2018

Irick’s attorneys had argued that their client suffered from severe mental illness and that one of the drugs to be used in his lethal injection could cause severe pain.

Mass exodus of South Carolina teachers continues

By Hiram Lee, 11 August 2018

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, South Carolina will likely face an even greater shortage of teachers than in previous years.

Off-duty Cincinnati police officer uses taser on 11-year old child

By Jacob Crosse, 11 August 2018

Eleven year old Donesha Gowdy was suspected of “petty shoplifting”.

Striking Sri Lankan railway workers need a political perspective

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 August 2018

Over 4,000 workers, including engine drivers, guards, station masters and supervisory managers, walked out on Wednesday to demand higher pay.

German Left Party leaders launch right-wing coalition

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 August 2018

The #StandUp coalition combines anti-corporate demagogy with nationalist and xenophobic positions pioneered by the extreme right.

Missouri referendum vote kills “right-to-work” law

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2018

The more than two-to-one margin of the vote surprised union officials and shocked the Republican right.

Over 400,000 West Bengal tea plantation workers strike; Alcoa workers walkout in Western Australia

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 August 2018

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

Federal judge blocks Trump administration attempt to deport mother and child during court hearing

By Eric London, 10 August 2018

The government sought to remove the immigrants from the US while their lawyers were preoccupied arguing the case in court.

Israel carries out new strikes on Gaza

By James Cogan, 10 August 2018

The latest assault, which killed three people, follows repeated threats by the Israeli government to launch another full-scale military intervention.

New round of US sanctions against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 August 2018

Russian commentators have warned of a full-scale economic war between Russia and the US.

Government-backed thugs attack student protests in Bangladesh

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 10 August 2018

Demonstrations involving thousands of teenage students erupted in Dhaka and continued for nine days.

Inquest shows Australian governments directly responsible for refugee’s death

By Max Newman, 10 August 2018

Coroner rules Hamid Khazaei’s death was a “preventable” outcome of “the policy of offshore processing.”

Over 130 immigrant workers arrested in ICE raids in Minnesota and Nebraska

By Alec Andersen, 9 August 2018

Hundreds of immigration agents and police in military gear carried out Gestapo-style roundups at roughly a dozen agricultural job sites.

Ryanair faces largest pilots’ strike in its history

By Marianne Arens, 9 August 2018

On Friday, simultaneous strikes against Ryanair will take place in several European countries. While workers’ anger has grown, the unions are doing everything to isolate the strike.

Primary results show rightward shift of both Republican and Democratic parties

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2018

The congressional primaries confirmed the headlong move to the right by the Democratic Party signaled by the rise of a cadre of former military and intelligence operatives running as Democratic candidates for Congress.

Julian Assange reportedly asked to give secret interview to US Senate Intelligence Committee

By Mike Head, 9 August 2018

WikiLeaks said it received a request for Assange to answer questions about supposed “Russian interference” in the 2016 election.

UK: Boris Johnson makes anti-Muslim pitch for Tory Party leadership

By Julie Hyland, 9 August 2018

In publishing his views, Johnson is counting on the fetid anti-migrant atmosphere being whipped up by all political parties.

Podemos backs state cover-up in Barcelona terror attack

By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2018

The pseudo-left party is demanding that the Spanish king be allowed to lead this year’s remembrance ceremony.

US-China trade war escalates

By Nick Beams, 9 August 2018

The US has threatened to impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese products, possibly by the beginning of September following public hearings to be held later this month.

German government plans reintroduction of military conscription

By Noah Windstein, 9 August 2018

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party conference is scheduled to adopt a decision to reintroduce military service.

Latin American elites respond to trade war with desperate “roadmap” for regional trade bloc

By Andrea Lobo, 9 August 2018

The escalating trade-war measures between the major global economies are accentuating the rabid competition between Latin American ruling elites for investments and trade.

PayPal closes pro-Palestinian group’s account in collusion with Israeli government

By Jean Shaoul, 9 August 2018

PayPal’s action is part of a broader censorship drive by US technology and social media giants, working closely with US and Israeli intelligence agencies.

Indian government threatens to end citizenship for millions of Assam residents

By Rohantha De Silva, 9 August 2018

The Bharatiya Janata Party is whipping up Hindu chauvinism, not just in Assam state, but throughout India.

Australian hospital staff have to raise money for patients’ basic needs

By E. Ballesteros, 9 August 2018

Footscray Hospital is one of three acute and sub-acute hospitals managed servicing a major working-class region of the Victorian state capital.

Fight back against internet censorship!

By Andre Damon, 9 August 2018

The principal aim of censorship has been, and remains, to shut down left-wing opposition to war, inequality and capitalism.

The demise of another Bernie Sanders fraud

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2018

The latest effort by Sanders—with the assistance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—to give a “progressive” gloss to the corporate-controlled Democratic Party has reached its predictable end in Michigan and Kansas.

The Ryanair strike and the resurgence of international class struggle

By Robert Stevens, 8 August 2018

The class struggle is reaching a higher stage of development, posing strategic issues before every section of the international working class.

Trump menaces the world over Iran sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2018

Under the banner of “peace,” the US is preparing for trade war and war—not only against Iran, but against all potential rivals, including its European and Asian allies.

UK: Haringey Development Vehicle scheme scrapped, but social cleansing threat remains

By Paul Bond, 8 August 2018

The scheme would have seen the demolition of 1,400 council houses and their replacement by luxury developments and supposedly “affordable” properties.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation rams through sellout pay deal

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 8 August 2018

The union is trying to present the agreement, which fails to address the crisis in the public health system, as a victory.

Faulty vaccines spark public outrage in China

By Gary Alvernia, 8 August 2018

The scandal is the result of cost-cutting measures aimed at boosting profits and subordination of healthcare to the capitalist system.

Australia: Telstra seeks to slash wages after announcing massive job cuts

By Terry Cook, 8 August 2018

The communications company is pushing a new enterprise agreement containing wage rises well below rapidly rising inflation.

US launches economic war on Iran, roils Mideast and world geopolitics

By Keith Jones, 7 August 2018

Trump signed an executive order Monday re-imposing sweeping US economic sanctions against Iran that were suspended in 2016 as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ecuador’s president issues new threat to Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

Moreno’s threats to “take measures” if Assange “intervenes” in the politics of other countries is a fraudulent attempt to justify turning the journalist over to the war criminals in Washington and London.

Thousands demonstrate in Germany against far-right attacks on refugee rescue ships

By our reporters, 7 August 2018

Thousands of people demonstrated once again last weekend against the European governments’ inhumane refugee policies.

UK: Victims of state surveillance to take legal action against Undercover Policing Inquiry

By Thomas Scripps, 7 August 2018

From the outset, the inquiry did not require the police to reveal their operations and accepted as participants only some of those who already knew themselves to be victims.

Portugal: Left Bloc leader resigns over property speculation fortune

By Paul Mitchell, 7 August 2018

The whole episode surrounding Robles reveals, once again, the hypocritical self-seeking nature of the upper middle class constituency that forms the social basis of the pseudo-left.

US aggression on Korea, trade overshadows Southeast Asian meetings

By Mike Head, 7 August 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the occasion to warn Russia, China and others against any breach of US-led sanctions that North Korea still faces.

Almost 100 confirmed dead after Indonesian earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 August 2018

Many of the flattened structures on Lombok were not earthquake resistant, and the rescue effort has been hampered by a lack of equipment.

Death toll continues to climb from Laos dam disaster

By John Harris, 7 August 2018

Survivors in Attapeu suggest that hundreds of people could have been killed when the dam collapsed late last month.

Mass strike erupts in Buenos Aires after two school workers die from gas explosion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2018

While teachers saw the tragic event as evidence of the need to unite their struggles with other workers, the trade unions are seeking it to channel them behind bourgeois politics.

Mexican president-elect promises one-time electricity debt forgiveness

By Alex González, 7 August 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised limited relief to a single state while seeking to hide the appointment of a figure who helped carry out fraud in the 1988 presidential elections.

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2018

In at least three countries where US forces are engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon and its local proxies are allying themselves with ISIS and Al Qaeda in pursuit of strategic interests.

Venezuelan bus drivers protest shortages, census

Workers Struggles: the Americas

7 August 2018

Bus drivers held a demonstration in front of Venezuela’s Ministry of Transport building in Caracas, Venezuela August 3 to protest shortages of supplies and parts.

Bernie Sanders holds rallies to prop up the Democratic Party in Michigan

By Eric London, 6 August 2018

Sanders’ support for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is part of an operation aimed at channeling social opposition behind the Democratic Party.

Venezuelan President Maduro charges right-wing opposition backed by Colombia with supposed assassination attempt

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 August 2018

Following explosions which occurred at a military parade in the Venezuelan capital, the government claims it has arrested some of those responsible, vowing “ruthless punishment” and “no forgiveness.”

UK: Fascist Tommy Robinson’s court victory seized on by far-right

By Laura Tiernan, 6 August 2018

The response to Robinson’s release signals a further rightward lurch by the mainstream media in the direction of normalising the far-right.

As transit union continues to ignore its members’ overwhelming vote to strike

Washington, D.C. transit authority moves to privatize bus maintenance services

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2018

The provocative move comes amid a heated dispute regarding the privatization of public services between the transit authority and 8,000 Metro workers, members of ATU Local 689.

Zimbabwe: Violence follows disputed re-election of President Mnangagwa

By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2018

Mnangagwa, who came to power in a coup against President Robert Mugabe last November, advances himself as the strongman required to restore the order necessary for resumed investment by the major corporations.

New Zealand teachers join growing wages movement

By our reporters, 6 August 2018

In a rebuff to the union leadership, 50,000 primary school teachers voted to strike on August 15.