BREAKING: Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about “saving American jobs."

GM hiring scabs to replace strikers at Missouri and Texas assembly plants

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers at the Wentzville, Missouri and Arlington, Texas assembly plants confirmed that GM is hiring strikebreakers to operate the plant during the strike.

“All the union officials should be put back on the line and work ten years as TPTs”
GM workers determined to fight as Ford and Chrysler workers press to join strike

By Jerry White, 17 September 2019

On their first day on the picket lines, General Motors workers are expressing their determination to fight the auto giant. Workers are winning broad popular support for their stand in defense of health care and an end to the abuse of younger second-tier and temporary part-time (TPT) workers.

US autoworkers shut down General Motors

“The rank and file have to take control!”
Ford, Fiat-Chrysler workers call for all-out strike alongside GM workers

“Now it’s time to give us back what we deserve”
Striking GM workers speak from the pickets

By Marcus Day, 17 September 2019

Campaign teams for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke with workers on the pickets Monday about the issues motivating their struggle.

Video: GM workers speak out on strike

By our reporters, 16 September 2019

German workers support GM strikers in US

By our reporters, 17 September 2019

News of the strike by nearly 50,000 GM workers in the US spread like wildfire through German factories and evoked powerful support.

Brazilian GM workers speak out on US autoworkers’ strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 September 2019

Brazilian GM workers increasingly recognize that every issue they face is common to their class brothers in the US and internationally.

The struggle of autoworkers against GM, Ford, and Chrysler requires a global strategy

More on autoworkers struggles »

Inspector general report details Trump’s abuse of immigrant children

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2019

Thousands of children have been subjected to intense trauma in the detention facilities of the Trump administration.

No letup in Trump’s war on immigrants as 37-year-old Mexican man dies in ICE custody

The bipartisan attack on the right to asylum

More on North American immigrant issues »

US Attorney General Barr invokes “state secrets” to cover up Saudi involvement in 9/11

By Barry Grey, 17 September 2019

The cover-up of Saudi involvement has been carried out over three administrations, Democratic and Republican alike.

Boris Johnson gets short shrift from European Union leaders in Brexit talks

By Richard Tyler, 17 September 2019

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday in advance of his trip, Johnson had sought to present a tough-guy image, ridiculously invoking the Marvel superhero, the Incredible Hulk.

The Brexit crisis and the struggle for the unity and political independence of the working class

Blair congratulates Corbyn for “sensible and skillful” opposition to no-deal Brexit

By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2019

Pressure is being applied on Corbyn to commit Labour to campaigning for Remain in any Brexit referendum and any general election.

UK: “Operation Yellowhammer” details savage austerity and confirms plans for state repression post-Brexit

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians reject contract proposals, launch strike

By Dmitri Church and Harvey Simpkins, 17 September 2019

The overwhelming votes changed the BSO musicians’ struggle from a summer lockout into a full-scale strike.

Teachers set to strike in southern Alaska

By Dan Conway, 17 September 2019

Teachers in southern Alaska will begin strike activity Tuesday, joining the mass upsurge of teachers in the US and around the globe who have, over the past two years, come out in force to fight for decent pay and benefits and better conditions for students.

Widodo plans to move Indonesian capital to Borneo

By Owen Howell, 17 September 2019

The government’s move to relocate the country’s administrative centre is aimed at removing itself from the social disaster of Jakarta, but will potentially create an environmental disaster on Borneo.

Student union at Australian university attempts to bar Chinese students from elections

By Eric Ludlow, 17 September 2019

The student union at Monash University’s Caulfield campus in Melbourne was forced, after a public outcry, to repeal the decision preventing international students from running in the elections.

Bupa’s aged care homes failing official standards across Australia

By Jenny Campbell, 17 September 2019

The record illustrates the extent to which corporations have been permitted to prioritise profits over care.

15 September 2019

Germany: IG Metall union concludes pact with corporate bosses and government against workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 September 2019

IG Metall plays treacherous role in the Riva steelworkers strike

Abrupt closures of two hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio leave region reeling

By Naomi Spencer, 16 September 2019

New York City mayor declares end of measles public health emergency

By Gary Joad, 16 September 2019

Two years on, Foxconn’s Wisconsin boondoggle continues under Democrats

By Jacob Crosse, 16 September 2019

Canada’s media join Conservatives in pushing for RCMP to play key role in election outcome

By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2019

“Protecting the European way of life” and “a stronger Europe in the world”
New EU Commission to intensify militarism and attacks on refugees

By Will Morrow, 16 September 2019

Fascism and militarism characterise debate in the German Bundestag

German Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Greens negotiating right-wing coalition agreement in Saxony

Election in Austria: Freedom Party demonstrates its close links to the Identitarian movement

By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2019

Scottish father of two beaten to death in a prison in 2015
Fatal Accident Inquiry finds death was “entirely preventable”

By Steve James, 16 September 2019

Australian government pushes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 September 2019

Australian election survey refutes myths surrounding Labor Party debacle

Abortion bill in NSW used to push Australian politics further to the right

By Cheryl Crisp, 16 September 2019

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«Les membres de la base doivent prendre le contrôle!»
Les travailleurs de Ford et de Fiat-Chrysler appellent à une grève totale aux côtés des travailleurs de GM

le Bulletin des travailleurs de l’automobile du WSWS, 17 septembre 2019

De nombreux travailleurs appellent à une lutte sans merci contre les entreprises et le syndicat UAW corrompu, qui a seulement déclenché la grève après avoir obligé les travailleurs de GM à franchir les piquets de grève des agents de nettoyage.

Les travailleurs de l'automobile américains paralysent General Motors

le Comité de rédaction du WSWS, 17 septembre 2019

La grève de 46.000 travailleurs de GM marque une intensification majeure de la lutte de classe aux États-Unis et dans le monde.

«Protéger le mode de vie européen» et «une Europe plus forte dans le monde»
La nouvelle Commission européenne va intensifier le militarisme et les attaques contre les réfugiés

Will Morrow, 17 septembre 2019

La bourgeoisie européenne se déplace tellement vers la droite qu’elle abandonne mêmes des titres hypocrites «humanitaires» qu’elle attribuait auparavant à sa politique de droite.

Une scandale éclate sur la révélation de Público de la complicité de l'État dans l'attentat de Barcelone
Podemos et les nationalistes catalans couvrent les agences de renseignement espagnoles

Alejandro López, 17 septembre 2019

La révélation de la complicité des agences de renseignement de l'OTAN dans l'attentat terroriste perpétré par les réseaux islamistes en août 2017 à Barcelone a provoqué une profonde crise politique en Espagne.

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Los trabajadores automotores frenan General Motors en Estados Unidos

Consejo Editorial del WSWS, 16 septiembre 2019

La huelga de 46.000 trabajadores automotores de GM es una escalada importante de la lucha de clases en EUA e internacionalmente.

China: Treinta años desde la masacre de la Plaza Tiananmen

Peter Symonds, 17 septiembre 2019

Esta conferencia fue presentada por Peter Symonds en la Escuela de Verano del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EE. UU.) el 25 de julio de 2019. Symonds es miembro del Consejo Editorial Internacional del World Socialist Web Site y editor nacional del WSWS del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Australia).

Los trabajadores de Ford y Fiat-Chrylser llaman a salir a huelga junto a GM

Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotores del WSWS, 17 septiembre 2019

Los trabajadores están exigiendo una lucha total contra las empresas y el corrupto UAW, que solo llamó a una huelga después de obligar a los trabajadores de GM a cruzar los piquetes de los conserjes.

La crisis del Brexit y la lucha por la unidad y la independencia política de la clase obrera

Thomas Scripps, 17 septiembre 2019

El giro autoritario representado por la prórroga de Johnson es la expresión más avanzada del colapso de los mecanismos tradicionales de gobierno parlamentario.

New in Norwegian

Amerikanske bilproduksjonsarbeidere stenger ned General Motors

WSWS’ redaksjonsråd, 17. september 2019

46 000 GM-arbeideres streik markerer en stor opptrapping av klassekampen i USA og internasjonalt.

Trump utnytter droneangrep på saudiske oljeanlegg for å true Iran med krig

Peter Symonds, 17. september 2019

I en illevarslende trussel mot Iran tvitret Trump at «det er grunn til å tro at vi vet hvem den skyldige er», og at USA har «spent hanen», med antydning om forestående militærangrep.

«Grunnplanet må ta kontroll!»
Ford og Fiat-Chrysler-arbeidere oppfordrer til fullskala streik, sammen med GM-arbeidere

WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 17. september 2019

Arbeidere krever en fullskala kamp mot konsernene og det korrupte UAW-forbundet, som først kalte til streik etter å ha beordret GM-arbeidere til å krysse streikevaktene til de streikende vekterne og vedlikeholdspersonalet.

Brexit-krisen og kampen for arbeiderklassens enhet og politiske uavhengig

Thomas Scripps, 17. september 2019

Den autoritære vendingen Johnsons suspendering av Parlamentet representerer er det mest fremskredne uttrykket for sammenbrudd av de tradisjonelle mekanismene for parlamentarisk styre.

«Beskyttelse av den europeiske livsstilen» og «et sterkere Europa i verden»
Ny EU-kommisjon intensiverer militarisme og angrep på flyktninger

Will Morrows, 17. september 2019

Det europeiske borgerskapet forflytter seg så langt til høyre at det til og med gir avkall på de hyklerske «humanitære» titlene det tidligere tildelt sin høyreorienterte politikk.

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GM-Streik stößt auf große Unterstützung bei Arbeitern in Deutschland

unserem Reporterteam, 17. September 2019

Die Nachricht vom Streik von fast 50.000 GM-Arbeitern in den USA verbreitete sich gestern wie ein Lauffeuer in deutschen Betrieben und stieß auf große Unterstützung. Die WSWS sprach mit Arbeitern.

US-Autoarbeiter legen General Motors lahm

der Redaktion, 17. September 2019

Der Streik von 46.000 Autoarbeitern bei GM bedeutet eine wesentliche Eskalation des Klassenkampfs in den Vereinigten Staaten und international.

Trump nutzt Drohnenangriffe auf saudische Ölraffinerien für Kriegsdrohungen gegen den Iran

Peter Symonds, 17. September 2019

Trump drohte dem Iran in einem Tweet: „Es gibt Grund zu der Annahme, dass wir den Schuldigen kennen.“ Seine Worte, die USA seien „geladen und entsichert“, deuten auf bevorstehende Militärschläge hin.

WSWS veröffentlicht deutschsprachigen Newsletter

Peter Schwarz, 17. September 2019

Der Newsletter wird wichtige politische Ereignisse kommentieren, Hinweise auf bereits veröffentlichte und kommende Artikel geben und so dem Leser die Orientierung auf der WSWS erleichtern.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Журнал Fourth International предостерегает о преследованиях против уругвайских троцкистов

16 сентября 2019 г.

В начале сентября 1944 теоретический журнал опубликовал редакционную статью с предупреждением о преследованиях, направленных против троцкистов в Уругвае, что стало частью более общего подавления движения в международном масштабе.

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Washington’s rush to indict Iran over Saudi attacks

17 September 2019

Without presenting a shred of evidence, the Trump administration charged Tehran with responsibility for attacks that provide a pretext for another US war in the Middle East.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

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

By David Walsh, 17 September 2019

This lecture was delivered by David Walsh, Arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 26, 2019.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2019

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2019

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

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

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 3 September 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

By Eric London, 9 September 2019


A major exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage
The story of Auschwitz

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2019

The fundamental lesson of a study of the Holocaust is that the alternatives before humanity remain those of socialism or barbarism.

Workers Struggles

Colombian teachers strike to protest far-right violence
Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 September 2019

Teachers across Colombia staged another nationwide strike on September 12 to protest continuing violence and threats by far-right paramilitary groups.

French transit workers strike against attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 14 September 2019

Defending pensions against Macron requires an international political strategy

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2019


Trump exploits drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities to threaten war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2019

The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2019

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group covers for Steelworkers’ betrayal of ABI workers

By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019

The Legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 3

By Katerina Selin, 13 September 2019

The legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 2

The legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 1

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack
Part III: The class issues posed by state foreknowledge of Islamist attacks

By Alejandro López, 12 September 2019

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack
Part II: The Barcelona daily La Vanguardia tries to discredit Público

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack
Part I: Podemos and the Catalan nationalists cover for Spanish intelligence

Autoworkers struggles

Hundreds of autoworkers discuss contract fight with GM, Ford and Chrysler in online meeting

By Marcus Day, 13 September 2019

UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire

By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019

On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

As union prepares sell-out of their struggle
Unifor President Jerry Dias addresses Nemak workers in Windsor

By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019

UAW apologists try to cover up corruption scandal

By Jerry White, 10 September 2019

Autoworkers must form rank-and-file committees to counter UAW conspiracy

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 6 September 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

25 years ago: Clinton orders US invasion of Haiti

On September 19, 1994, the Clinton administration launched “Operation Uphold Democracy” in Haiti, sending troops to occupy the Caribbean island under the guise of fighting against dictatorship in an effort to restore ousted Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the presidency.

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50 years ago: Strike wave in Western Europe

European strikes continued to build momentum this week in 1969. On September 18, thousands of West German public service workers walked off the job in West Berlin, Munich, and Nuremburg. The unauthorized strikes, carried out before the expiration of contracts, included bus, subway, and sanitation workers.

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75 years ago: Danish workers strike against Nazi occupation

This week in September 1944, Nazi authorities launched a wave of repression in Denmark in a bid to quell a strike that had erupted against the German occupation of the country.

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100 years ago: Boston Police Commissioner refuses to rehire striking cops

On September 17, 1919, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Curtis announced that striking policemen would not be rehired and that he intended to establish an entirely new police force in the city, amid fears that the week-old walkout could lead to a citywide general strike.

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On the anniversary of 9/11

The World Socialist Web Site has an unparalleled record of articles and commentary on the terrorist attacks of September 11, their origins and political consequences. In the 18 years since, the perspective advanced by the WSWS since the day of the attack has been entirely confirmed—a vindication of the power of Marxist analysis and principled politics.

The two articles below were published by the WSWS in the days following the attacks.

The political roots of the terror attack on New York and Washington

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 12 September 2001

Anti-Americanism: The “anti-imperialism” of fools

By David North and David Walsh, 22 September 2001

Free Assange and Manning

British judge jails Assange indefinitely, despite end of prison sentence

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 September 2019

Pamela Anderson defends Assange, challenges McCain’s daughter on US TV

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood visits Assange: “He’s a freedom fighter!”

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 September 2019

India: Kolkata students and workers demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 11 September 2019

Peter Greste’s panel discussion in Sydney: Support for censorship and throwing Assange to the wolves

By James Cogan, 7 September 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Official Secrets: A whistleblower attempts to prevent the Iraq War

By Tim Avery, 13 September 2019

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 1
Paris Stalingrad: The plight of refugees in the French capital, once “one of the best cities”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

An interview with Hind Meddeb, director of Paris Stalingrad: “It’s not a film about refugees, it’s a film about human beings”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

Obituary: African-American novelist Toni Morrison dead at 88

By Sandy English, 7 September 2019


Hubble Space Telescope detects water vapor on habitable-zone exoplanet

By Bryan Dyne, 13 September 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

9 September 2019

While the revolution vastly transformed international relations and class relations within China, the Communist Party, based on the Stalinist program of “Socialism in One Country,” deformed the newly-created state from the outset.

Socialist Equality Party

Build action committees! Expand the strike!
A socialist perspective for the Sri Lankan university employees’ struggle

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 September 2019

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

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

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 Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

Vadim Rogovin, author of Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
In memory of Vadim Z. Rogovin

By David North

The 2020 US Elections

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Book Review

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II
The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I
The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 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.