Ford autoworkers denounce tentative deal as corruption scandal engulfs UAW leadership

By Marcus Day, 4 November 2019

The UAW-Ford deal allows for an unlimited number of buyouts of older production workers, facilitating a vast expansion of lower-paid temporary workers.

Breaking: UAW President Gary Jones takes paid leave as feds move closer to indictment

Merger between PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler presages new assault on autoworkers

Corruption scandal moves in on UAW President Gary Jones

UAW sanctions plant closing, expansion of temps in deal with Ford

Ford workers must reject deal patterned on UAW-GM sellout

Ford Canada announces more job cuts as GM prepares final shutdown in Oshawa

More on autoworkers struggles »

Democrats, media silent over identification of CIA “whistleblower”

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2019

The official who filed a complaint against Trump has been identified by pro-Republican sources as 33-year-old Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst who worked in the White House under Obama and Trump.

Comparing two impeachments

US House of Representatives votes to back impeachment inquiry

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

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2019

Record turnouts by hundreds of thousands of workers for industrial action reveal the extent of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's collusion with trade union bureaucrats to suppress a social explosion over the past 4 years.

UC Berkeley professors discuss the California wildfires and air quality
“Air pollution is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today”

By David Levine, 4 November 2019

The WSWS recently spoke with Dr. Richard A. Muller, a University of California professor who has published research on issues of air pollution, as well as Jameson Karns, a UC researcher in the field of fire management.

More fires ignite as wildfire season deepens in California

PG&E "can tell you what to do and you have to pay them money"
Growing outrage over PG&E role in California fire disaster

Hundreds of thousands evacuated, more than two million without power as fires continue in California

Hundreds protest police violence in Brooklyn, New York subway

By Josh Varlin, 4 November 2019

Recent incidents of police violence in the subway system, connected to the crackdown on “fare evasion,” have fueled growing anger among workers in New York City.

Little Rock teachers set to strike against privatization and segregation threats

By Nancy Hanover, 4 November 2016

Thousands of teachers and students are up in arms over Walton Family-sponsored plans for attacking public education and increasing de facto school segregation.

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

By Ulas Atesci, 4 November 2019

Simultaneous with the Maltepe municipal workers’ strike, workers in other municipalities, including Üsküdar, Ataşehir, İstanbul, Aliağa, İzmir, Aydın, and elsewhere are protesting against austerity and layoffs.

Right-wing campaign unfolds in Spain for November 10 elections

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2019

By making support for police repression in Catalonia the centre of the election campaign, Spain’s major parties are accelerating the rise of the fascistic Vox party.

Exhumation of Franco: Spain’s ruling class pays homage to a fascist dictator

Former neo-fascist candidate attacks mosque in French city of Bayonne

By Anthony Torres, 4 November 2019

The entire political and media establishment bears heavy political responsibility for these attacks, creating the filthy political climate that encourages right-wing elements to carry them out.

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

By Pani Wijesiriwardena--presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 November 2019

The Tamil parties, like their bourgeois counterparts in Colombo, fear the unity of workers across ethnic lines.

Protests erupt after Peruvian government approves controversial Tía María mining project

By Cesar Uco, 4 November 2019

Peasant farmers have blocked roads and confronted police after Peru’s government approved construction of the mine, which will harm the fragile ecosystem of the Tambo Valley in the southern Andes.

Peronism returns to power in Argentina amid simmering social anger

Australia: Bullied teachers reveal union complicity in victimisations—Part 1

By Sue Phillips and Erika Zimmer, 4 November 2019

The WSWS and Committee for Public Education discuss the crisis in Australia’s public schools, with the founders of the Bullied Teachers Support Network.

Australia: Official unemployment figures downplay growing jobs crisis

Australian Labor Party leader puts big business “first and foremost”

Australia: Further cuts to jobs and working conditions loom in NSW power industry

Australian state Labor government spearheads anti-protest laws

2 November 2019

Trump targets Corbyn in UK election intervention

By Laura Tiernan, 2 November 2019

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

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 November 2019

Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!
CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 November 2019

Chicago Teachers Union attempting to ram through tentative agreement over widespread opposition

Democrats, union leaders intensify pressure on striking Chicago teachers to accept austerity contract

Prime Minister Hariri’s resignation intensifies Lebanon’s political crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 2 November 2019

India: Growing support for 48,000 Telangana workers fired for striking

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 November 2019

CIA death squads responsible for spike in Afghan civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2019

Bangladesh: Sixteen sentenced to death over brutal murder of student

By Rohantha De Silva, 2 November 2019

New Zealand: Anti-China propagandist Anne-Marie Brady speaks at Victoria University of Wellington

By Tom Peters, 2 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 German

US-Präsident mischt sich in britischen Wahlkampf ein
Trump attackiert Corbyn

Laura Tiernan, 4. November 2019

Vor kaum vier Monaten hatte bereits US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo gewarnt, die US-Regierung werde keine Regierung unter Corbyn dulden.

Zweierlei Amtsenthebungsverfahren

Barry Grey und Andre Damon, 4. November 2019

Am Donnerstag fasste das US-Repräsentantenhaus den offiziellen Beschluss, die Untersuchungen für ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Präsident Trump fortzuführen. Im Lichte der Ereignisse, die sich nun in Washington abspielen, lohnt es sich, einen Blick zurück zu werfen auf das Verfahren vor 45 Jahren, das zum Rücktritt des damaligen US-Präsidenten Richard Nixon führte.

Roger Waters im Interview mit RT: „Die USA und Großbritannien versuchen Julian Assange umzubringen“

Kevin Reed, 4. November 2019

Der weltweit bekannte Rockmusiker Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) setzt sich energisch für die Freilassung von Julian Assange ein.

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.

New in French

La fusion entre le Groupe PSA et Fiat Chrysler laisse présager une nouvelle attaque contre les travailleurs de l'automobile

Shannon Jones, 2 novembre 2019

La création du quatrième plus grand constructeur automobile du monde va intensifier la lutte pour les parts de marchés mondiaux et les profits sur fond de signes croissants de guerre commerciale et de récession.

L'interdiction de la publicité politique sur Twitter: Une nouvelle mesure pour censurer l'Internet

Andre Damon, 2 novembre 2019

La décision de Twitter est une capitulation face aux demandes des démocrates du Congrès et des médias qui demandent aux entreprises technologiques de censurer plus agressivement les déclarations politiques, sous prétexte de «vérification des faits».

New in Spanish

Twitter prohíbe anuncios políticos: otro paso en la censura del internet

Andre Damon, 2 noviembre 2019

El paso de Twitter es una capitulación a las demandas de los legisladores demócratas y la prensa de que las empresas tecnológicas censuren más agresivamente las declaraciones políticas, detrás del disfraz de “verificar su veracidad”.

Cámara de Representantes de EE. UU. vota a favor de investigación de juicio político contra Trump

Patrick Martin, 2 noviembre 2019

La resolución prepara el escenario para la celebración del público de audiencias televisadas y la probable redacción de artículos formales de juicio político en el transcurso del próximo mes.

¡Opónganse a la traición de la huelga de maestros en Chicago!
Líderes sindicales de la CTU se preparan a poner fin a la huelga sin dar a los maestros el derecho de votar sobre el contrato entreguista

el Boletín de los Maestros del WSWS, 2 noviembre 2019

La Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) anunció el jueves que pondrá fin a la huelga de 11 días, la más larga en treinta años, y ordenará a los maestros a trabajar hoy antes de darles el derecho a votar sobre un nuevo contrato.

Trump culpa "influencias extranjeras" por levantamiento masivo en Chile

Bill Van Auken, 2 noviembre 2019

El presidente de Estados Unidos expresó su apoyo al intento del gobierno chileno de "restablecer el orden" después de que se vio obligado a suspender la cumbre de APEC programada en Santiago.

Política de derecha en una envoltura de “izquierda”: el plan de educación de Elizabeth Warren

Nancy Hanover, 2 noviembre 2019

Rondando el tope de las encuestas, la candidata presidencial demócrata Elizabeth Warren sigue su contienda populista de “izquierda” con su nuevo plan de la educación.

New in Norwegian

Den globale ungdomsradikaliseringen og kampen for sosialisme

Eric London, 31. oktober 2019

Den politiske oppvåkningen av historiens mest utdannede, urbaniserte og teknologisk sammenkoblede generasjon er av kritisk strategisk betydning for hele arbeiderklassen.

Storbritannia holder generalvalg den 12. desember

Robert Stevens, 31. oktober 2019

Parlamentsrepresentantene stemte for å avholde det som trolig vil bli det mest uforutsigbare valget i britisk etterkrigshistorie.

Tyskland: Studentparlamentet ved Humboldt Universitet støtter rettssak mot ytrehøyre-professoren Baberowski

Christoph Vandreier, 31. oktober 2019

Den juridiske klagen er et viktig skritt for forsvaret av studentenes ytringsfrihet i møtet med en offensiv fra radikale høyreorienterte krefter innen det akademiske miljø.

Stopp studentrådets sensur av sosialistiske synspunkter ved Universitetet i Leipzig

IYSSE Leipzig, 31. oktober 2019

Studentrådet nektet IYSSE offisiell klubbstatus og påla effektivt sett sensur for venstreorienterte og sosialistiske synspunkter på universitetsområdet.

Ukrainas statsminister opptrer på nynazistisk rock-konsert

Jason Melanovski og Clara Weiss, 31. oktober 2019

Den offentlige fremvisningen av statsministerens bånd til nynazister er en kalkulert trussel mot arbeiderklassen, samtidig med forberedelsene til privatiseringer og de pågående internkampene innen styringselitene over utenrikspolitikken.

New in Turkish

GM grevi ve küresel sınıf mücadelesi

Marcus Day, 23 Ekim 2019

WSWS Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni, GM işçilerini, anlaşmaya “hayır” oyu vermeye, tabandan fabrika komiteleri kurmaya ve grevin kontrolünü sendikanın elinden kendi ellerine almaya çağırıyor.

Katalan milliyetçilerine hapis cezası: İspanyol hükümeti bir polis devleti inşa ediyor

Alex Lantier, 23 Ekim 2019

Katalan milliyetçisi partiler seçimlerde, 135 sandalyeli Katalan meclisinde, kıl payı bir çoğunlukla, 70 sandalye kazandılar.

ABD askerleri Suriye’den Irak’a çekildi

Patrick Martin, 23 Ekim 2019

Pazartesi günü yüzlerce ABD askeri, Suriye sınırından Irak’a geçti. Bu, Başkan Donald Trump’ın Washington’da bir siyasi fırtına koparan çekilme emrinin ilk büyük ölçekli yerine getirilmesiydi.

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Perspective

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

4 November 2019

Melzer’s statements confirm that the British government, acting on behalf of the US administration of President Donald Trump, is seeking nothing less than Assange’s psychological and physical destruction.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

Britain: 180 years since the Newport Rising—Part 1

By Paul Bond, 4 November 2019

The Newport Rising, as it has become known, marked an historic point in the development of the class struggle and the organisation of the working class in Britain.

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

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2019

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

Arts Review

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

Judy Garland was one of the most beloved entertainers in the US and internationally in the 20th century. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s remarkable life deserves a more profound treatment.

100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus art school and movement: “A New Era”

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 November 2019

The question arises: what was so special about this school, which existed for just 14 years (1919-1933) and was forced to change its location three times in Germany due to the hostile reaction of conservative and nationalist forces?

Workers Struggles

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

By Carl Bronski, 4 November 2019

On learning that Unifor had accepted a two-year wage freeze in order to scuttle a 17-day strike, Saskatchewan Crown corporation workers denounced the union leadership from the floor of ratification meetings.

Thousands of doctors strike in Tamil Nadu, India
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 November 2019

While 16,000 Tamil Nadu doctors walked-out to demand salary increases and promotions, thousands of the state’s railway workers struck against privatisation measures.

New wildcat strike paralyzes French rail network

By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2019

GM execs gloat over new UAW contract in call with Wall Street investors

By Jerry White, 30 October 2019

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

Lessons of the GM autoworkers strike

By Marcus Day, 28 October 2019

GM refuses to rehire victimized Mexican workers who supported US strike

“Temporary workers are human too”
Arlington GM temp worker with cancer speaks out on his firing four days before strike

Vote no! Reject UAW misinformation! Elect rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019

The GM strike and the global class struggle

More on the GM strike »

New York City transit workers and the fight for social equality

By Allen Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 30 October 2019

Striking Chicago teachers and staff determined to defend public education

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2019

Washington DC: Private metro contract workers launch first transit strike in over 40 years

By Nick Barrickman, 28 October 2019

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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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Hamburg senate deploys police against student anti-Nazi protest

By Christoph Vandreier and Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

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

By the IYSSE Leipzig, 30 October 2019

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

By Christoph Vandreier, 25 October 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

UK art exhibition for Julian Assange: “If courage was not contagious, I wouldn’t be here today”

By Paul Bond, 1 November 2019

Australian parliamentarians form cross-party group in defence of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 October 2019

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

28 October 2019

Julian Assange’s court hearing in London: Britain stages a lawless show-trial

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 October 2019

Hundreds protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By Richard Tyler, 23 October 2019

UK judge rejects delay in Assange extradition case

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

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

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2019

The Boeing crashes and the criminalization of American capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2019

One year since the first Boeing 737 Max 8 crash

Trump’s booing at the World Series makes Democrats and the media nervous

By David Walsh, 31 October 2019

Independent pathologist says evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a homicide

By Kevin Reed, 31 October 2019

Fed guarantees more money for Wall Street as attacks on workers intensify

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2019

The global youth radicalization and the fight for socialism

By Eric London, 30 October 2019

Seventy percent of US Millennials say they are likely to vote socialist

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the forgotten history of Iraq

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2019

Democrats to hold House vote to authorize impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2019

Right-wing politics in a “left” wrapper: Elizabeth Warren’s plan for education

By Nancy Hanover, 29 October 2019

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

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party

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

31 October 2019

Australian and New Zealand students speak after lecture on 70th anniversary of Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses meetings in war-ravaged north

By our reporters, 30 October 2019

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India’s Kashmir lockdown

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

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 October 2019

Socialist Equality Party holds series of public meetings on “The Socialist Answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe”

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 25 October 2019

Eightieth birthday tribute to Sri Lankan Trotskyist Nanda Wickremasinghe

By David North, 26 October 2019

Nanda Wickremasinghe, who turned 80 on October 15, is a founding member of the Sri Lankan section of the ICFI.

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Obituary

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

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2019

Book Review

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

By Kevin Reed, 12 October 2019

History

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

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2019

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

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

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2019

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

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

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

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

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.