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New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power? Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

Striking workers in matamoros

Two months after workers launched wildcat strikes in the Mexican city of Matamoros, 89 “maquiladora” factories, mostly in the auto parts, electric, and metallurgical industries, have agreed to workers’ demands for a 20 percent raise and a bonus of 32,000 pesos (US$1,655)—half of the average yearly salary. The strike wave has become known across Mexico as the “20/32 movement.”

GM's plant closures stink of corruption on so many levels

GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Credit: wsws.org

Investors and top executives have used profits at GM to enrich themselves for years, while insisting mass layoffs are an unavoidable fact of economics.

Unsealed documents shed light on proceedings that led to Chelsea Manning's imprisonment

Manning’s lawyers believe the government may be trying to prove Manning perjured herself during 2013 testimony. Developments come as Manning enters third week of imprisonment.

Venezuela: A look at fake news and our own arrogance

Fake news about Venezuela is a lesson wrapped in a lesson of why we are not in a position to decide the fates of other countries.

Guardian report exposes Amazon wage increase as public relations fraud

A recent report in The Guardian exposes the fraud of Amazon's October wage hike stunt. It also raises the question: was this all simply intended to stave off a unionization effort that began last summer?

Mexican workers take matters into their own hands

Workers walk out of a plant in Matamoros. Source: WSWS.org

Largest North American strike wave in decades grows. Rebellion exposes union betrayal, is met with repression from “left-wing” government and a near total media blackout.

Pundits outraged as Assad does to Ghouta what the US did to Fallujah

The aftermath of the latest US led assault on Fallujah

As pundits decry war crimes committed by the Assad regime in Eastern Ghouta, a look to how the punditry viewed the US' 2004 assault on Fallujah

The Syrian conflict is an indictment of the nation-state system: The Assad Regime

Members of the US Peace Council meeting with Assad

As the Syrian conflict drags on, the world watches with horror as all involved countries ruthlessly pursue their own interests at the expense of the Syrian people. This first post will focus on the Assad regime.

Intellectuals cheer as US moves towards global war in Syria

Despite years of unqualified failure, nation's liberal intelligentsia announces full support as US redoubles its efforts in its catastrophic "war on terror"

Music is stagnating, are neoliberalism and the gig economy to blame?

A crowd lights a bonfire of disco records at Comiskey Park

Progress in music is slowing down, a look at how neoliberalism and developments in music production and distribution may be to blame

"When you're done with a condom, you throw it out": New book reveals 2016 Hillary campaign was beset by vicious infighting

Hillary’s paranoid rage and the campaign’s infighting made a mockery of the slogan “Stronger Together”

Music education makes for a poor commodity

The privatization of music education has turned it into a commodity, and with students becoming increasingly addicted to instant stimulation and gratification, a pretty bad one

Lessons in leftism: Pete Seeger and the black power movement

Roger Johnson and Pete Seeger singing "We shall overcome"

The rise of “black power” led Pete Seeger to realize he had become a towering figure in a movement he didn't fully understand. The way he dealt with criticisms of him and his friends holds lessons for today.

Media, Clinton supporters offer frenzied support for Syria intervention, refuse to learn from Libyan disaster

Ruins in Libya

Cheerleaders for Syrian intervention refuse to learn lessons from recent history

Thoughts on Mark Fisher and the “slow cancellation of the future”

Mark Fisher's Ghosts of My Past shows the world through Fisher’s eyes, a beautifully depressing elegy for cultural progress and passion in a world dominated by cheap stimulation and the marketplace

Hillary Clinton’s complaints about the spread of “fake news” belie her contributions to it

Picture of Barack Obama dressed as a Somali elder leaked by the Clinton campaign

The 2008 Clinton campaign played an instrumental role in spreading rumors that Barack Obama was a Muslim not born in America

Critics respond to Trump’s comments on Putin with surreal hypocrisy

USS Vincennes launching a missile

Critics attacked Trump after he drew a moral equivalency between the actions of Putin and the U.S.

Barack Obama and the triumph of neoliberalism

Barack Obama with economic advisor Robert Rubin (right)

Democratic Party icon Robert Rubin's evasion of prosecution for criminal activities related to the housing bubble represents a notable triumph in the history of neoliberalism.

Looking back on Obama's deportation regime

The Obama administration's approach to illegal immigration was to severely enforce penalties for immigration related crimes. This approach led to record deportation numbers and an unprecedented explosion in the immigrant prisoner population.

Looking back at Obama’s bailouts: HAMP

Former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

As Obama leaves office, a quick look back at a little known chapter in his administration reveals much about his presidency.