21 February 2019

Oakland, California teachers walk out as unions sabotage West Virginia strike

By Jerry White, 21 February 2019

Teachers in Oakland, California will walk out of schools in the latest of a series of strikes by educators in the US and internationally against austerity and social inequality.

Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco

By a reporter, 21 February 2019

West Virginia educators remain defiant in second day of statewide strike

Build rank-and-file strike committees! Prepare to expand the strike!
A fighting program for Oakland teachers

Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats

By Eric London, 21 February 2019

Court filings read, “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”

French ruling elite attacks “yellow vests” while claiming to fight anti-Semitism

By Alex Lantier, 21 February 2019

The record of the PS and of President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the March (LRM) party exposes their pretenses to oppose anti-Semitism as a political fraud.

Anti-Semitic and far-right violence on the rise in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2019

Statistics shedding light on dangerous political developments in Germany were released over the past week.

Sixteen Democratic-led states file lawsuit against Trump’s national emergency

By Eric London, 21 February 2019

As the faction fight in the ruling class intensifies, the legal question the courts will answer is: can the president usurp the powers of the legislature?

“My story belongs to every single human being who has sacrificed and risked their life in search of a better life”
Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation

Forty-five-year-old migrant dies in US Border Patrol custody

Trump receives “national security” report on auto imports

By Nick Beams, 21 February 2019

A Commerce Department investigation is believed to state that auto imports constitute a “threat.”

“There’s been a blackout from the union”
Teamsters locals use anti-democratic loopholes and deceit to impose sellout agreements

By Erik Schreiber, 21 February 2019

Adding insult to injury following the imposition of the national UPS contract last year, the Teamsters union is using anti-democratic procedures to ram through local supplemental agreements by overriding the express will of the membership.

Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence

By Matthew Taylor, 21 February 2019

The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.

Flooding of mines in Zimbabwe leaves 24 dead, dozens more missing

By Eddie Haywood, 21 February 2019

The mining tragedy comes amid an immense social and economic crisis wracking Zimbabwe, with skyrocketing inflation and mass unemployment.

Callous government policies lead to freezing death of homeless man in Edmonton, Alberta

By Riksen Stewart, 21 February 2019

The man’s death follows the city's decision to shut subway stations at night to prevent homeless people from sheltering inside during the cold.

NSW universities increasingly integrated into Australian military build-up

By Hugh Peters, 21 February 2019

The Defence Innovation Network is aimed at subordinating university research ever more directly to the ruling elite’s preparations for war.

Frontline Socialist Party prepares political trap for Sri Lankan plantation workers

By K. Ratnayake, 21 February 2019

The FSP is attempting to prevent plantation workers from breaking with the unions and developing an independent struggle against the employers and the government.

New in Arabic

هليل شيليش مناضل في سبيل الاشتراكية (1961-2018)

بقلم بيتر شفارتز, ٣١ كانون الثاني يناير ٢٠١٩

في الحادي والثلاثين من ديسمبر 2018 ، توفي في اسطمبول هليل شيليش ، مؤسس مجموعة المساواة الاشتراكية وقائدها ، بعد معاناة من السرطان وهو في السابعة والخمسين من العمر. وهو قضى أكثر من 40 سنة من حياته في النضال في سبيل الاشتراكية ، وسخر الربع الأخير منها ليناء فرع اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة في تركيا.

New in French

Non aux attaques contre les «gilets jaunes» sous couvert de lutte contre l’antisémitisme

Alexandre Lantier, 20 février 2019

Les travailleurs n’ont aucune leçon à recevoir du PS sur la lutte contre l’antisémitisme, alors que les médias exigent qu’ils se rallient aux manifestations organisées par le PS.

En Virginie-Occidentale, les enseignants restent intransigeants lors de leur deuxième journée de grève à l'échelle de l’État

Tom Eley, 21 février 2019

La tentative des syndicats de crier «victoire» n’a jusqu’à présent pas réussi à convaincre les enseignants qui ne se souviennent que trop bien d’affirmations similaires après la trahison de la grève menée au niveau de l’État l’an dernier.

Bernie Sanders annonce sa campagne présidentielle pour 2020

Niles Niemouth, 21 février 2019

Le sénateur du Vermont reprend, sur fond de recrudescence de la lutte de classe internationale et d’un intérêt accru pour le socialisme, son rôle de paratonnerre destiné à contenir et désamorcer l’opposition sociale.

New in Spanish

Bernie Sanders anuncia campaña presidencial de 2020

Por Niles Niemuth, 21 feberero 2019

El senador de Vermont está repitiendo su papel como un foco de atracción para contener y difuminar la oposición social en medio de una expansión de la lucha de clases internacional y un interés cada vez mayor en el socialismo.

¡Construyan comités de huelga independientes! ¡Prepárense para expandir la huelga!
Un programa de lucha para los maestros de Oakland

Por el Boletín de Maestros del WSWS, 21 feberero 2019

Los docentes de Oakland, California, deben romper con el aislamiento impuesto por los sindicatos y organizarse más allá de las unidades de negociación, los distritos, las fronteras geográficas. Esta es la misma lucha nacional e internacional en defensa de la educación pública.

Medios franceses calumnian llamando antisemitas a “chalecos amarillos” y musulmanes

Por Will Morrow y Alex Lantier, 21 feberero 2019

La elite gobernante de Francia está desatando una provocativa campaña mediática sobre una confrontación verbal entre los manifestantes y el comentarista de derecha Alain Finkielkraut.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
36. “Mareados por el éxito” —el Sexto Congreso del WRP

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 21 feberero 2019

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

New in Norwegian

Amerikanske medier er tause om Trumps fascistiske raljering i Miami

Bill Van Auken, 21. februar 2019

I den utstrekning foretaksmediene rapporterte talen var det begrenset til utenrikspolitikk og valgvurderinger, og de ignorerte gjenklangen av 1930-tallets fascisme i Trumps bemerkninger.

Amerikansk antiHuawei-kampanje møter motbør

Nick Beams, 21. februar 2019

Ifølge en rapport i Financial Times har britiske National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) konkludert med at «det er mulig å motvirke risikoen ved bruk av Huawei-utstyr i 5G-nettverk».

Facebook forbyr venstreorienterte sider, med påstander om «russisk innflytelse»

Andy Thompson, 21. februar 2019

Facebook fjernet fire sider drivet av Maffick Media, blant annet ‘In the Now’, ‘Soapbox’, ‘Back Then’ og ‘Waste-Ed’, som postet innhold kritisk til USAs utenriks- og sosialpolitikk.

Den Progressive Revolusjonen: Moderne Kunst for et Nytt IndiaModerne indisk kunst på Asia Society Museum i New York

Josh Varlin og Evan Cohen, 21. februar 2019

PAG – Progressive Artists’ Group – samlet bemerkelsesverdige kunstnere, med verk som uttrykker de demokratiske og antiimperialistiske sentimentene til millioner da den britiske Raj endte.

New in German

Bernie Sanders kündigt Präsidentschaftskampagne 2020 an

Niles Niemuth, 21. Februar 2019

Der Senator aus Vermont spielt erneut die Rolle des Blitzableiters, um inmitten eines Aufschwungs des internationalen Klassenkampfes und des wachsenden Interesses am Sozialismus die soziale Opposition einzudämmen und zu entschärfen.

Neue Enthüllungen über Terrornetzwerk in der Bundeswehr

Gregor Link, 21. Februar 2019

Ein ehemaliger Elitesoldat hat gegenüber dem SWR- Politikmagazin „Zur Sache Baden-Württemberg“ bestätigt, dass es im deutschen Staatsapparat ein Terrornetzwerk gibt, das die Ermordung politischer Gegner und einen faschistischen Umsturz plant.

Flugsicherheitskräfte lehnen Verdi-Tarifvertrag ab

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21. Februar 2019

Verdi will nachverhandeln, schloss aber erneute Streiks der 23.000 Beschäftigten der Luftsicherheit aus.

US-Medien übergehen Trumps faschistische Hetzrede in Miami mit Schweigen

Bill Van Auken, 21. Februar 2019

Sofern die Mainstream-Medien überhaupt über Trumps Rede berichteten, beschränkten sie sich auf außenpolitische und wahltaktische Erwägungen. Dass die Rede an den Faschismus der 1930er Jahre erinnerte, ignorierten sie jedoch.

100 Jahre Bauhaus: Von Dessau nach Moskau
Teil 1: Hannes Meyer im Bauhaus

Sybille Fuchs, 21. Februar 2019

Wie zahlreiche andere Spezialisten ging am Ende der Weimarer Republik auch Hannes Meyer, der Nachfolger von Walter Gropius als Bauhausdirektor, mit etlichen Bauhausabsolventen in die Sowjetunion, wo sie in die Zwänge der stalinistischen Bürokratie gerieten.

New in Turkish

Varşova’daki savaş zirvesi

Bill Van Auken, 19 Şubat 2019

İsrail ve Varşova toplantısında temsil edilen Basra Körfezi’nin gerici monarşik diktatörlükleri, Trump yönetiminin oluşturmakta olduğu İran karşıtı ekseninin iki ayağını meydana getirmektedir.

Münih Güvenlik Konferansı’na emperyalist çatışmalar yön verdi

Peter Schwarz, 19 Şubat 2019

Dün sona eren Münih Güvenlik Konferansı, hızla parçalara ayrılan ve felakete doğru ilerleyen bir kapitalist dünya düzenini açığa vurdu.

New in Urdu

وینز ویلا کا تیل اور امریکہ کی پشت پناہی میں کودیتا کی جیو پو لیٹکس

گیبریل بلیک

وینزویلا کے بڑے پیمانے کے ذخائر پر امریکہ اور اس کے اتحادی کڑی نظر رکھے ہوئے ہیں اور اسے اہم شطرنج کے مہروں کے طور پر چین کیخلاف جنگ کیلئے استعمال کررہے ہیں۔

New in Dutch

Lerarentekort en hoge werkdruk ondermijnen het Nederlandse onderwijs

Door Harm Zonderland, 15 februari 2019

Een enquête gehouden onder onderwijspersoneel legt de desastreuze arbeidsomstandigheden bloot op de Nederlandse basisscholen, voortgezet onderwijs, HBO en MBO en universiteiten.

New in Russian

Боритесь с увольнениями на автозаводах Ford! Создавайте комитеты действий для объединения рабочих автомобильной промышленности по всей Европе!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei и Socialist Equality Party и Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 7 февраля 2019 г.

Рабочий класс не может признать за корпорациями «права» закрывать заводы, уничтожать целые сообщества и разрушать жизни десятков тысяч рабочих.

New in Bengali

চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনাল-এর ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী পালন উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত কলকাতার সভার প্রচার করছেন ভারতীয় ট্রটস্কিপন্থীরা

অরুণ কুমার এবং ঋত্বিক মিত্র, ২৬ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯

চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত আগামী ১০ই মার্চের জনসভাকে সফল করার জন্য চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের আন্তর্জাতিক কমিটি (আই-সি-এফ-আই)-এর ভারতীয় সমর্থকরা পশ্চিমবঙ্গের রাজধানী কলকাতায় বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের মধ্যে প্রচার চালাচ্ছেন।

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Perspective

US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race

21 February 2019

A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair’s breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Julian Assange!

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

John Pilger calls for participation in demonstrations to demand the freedom of Julian Assange

Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses Free Assange demonstrations in Australia

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees supports rallies for the freedom of Julian Assange

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

SEP national secretary James Cogan participates in Unity4J discussion on the defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Cogan explained why the SEP has called demonstrations demanding the freedom of Julian Assange, as well as the broader campaign by the WSWS against internet censorship.

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, March 3! Melbourne State Library, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

The Fight Against Fascism

Letters oppose barring of SEP panel on the fight against fascism from Historical Materialism conference

The World Socialist Web Site will continue to post new letters as they come in protesting the decision of the organizers of the Socialism in Our Time conference.

ISO and DSA bar Socialist Equality Party panel on the fight against fascism from upcoming Historical Materialism conference

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

Commentary

German Left Party backs European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2019

In advance of its congress this weekend, the Left Party (Die Linke) has removed all criticism of the European Union from its European election programme.

Trump regime targets “loser teachers” in red-baiting tirade

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2019

Speaking in El Paso last week, Donald Trump, Jr. launched into a vicious McCarthyite attack on public school teachers, one of a series of anti-socialist diatribes by the administration.

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign

By Niles Niemuth, 20 February 2019

US media passes over in silence Trump’s fascistic diatribe in Miami

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2019

Trump declares global war on socialism

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2019

The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2019

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

History of the ICFI

From the arsenal of Trotskyism
The Political Report by David North to the International Committee of the Fourth International—February 11, 1984

12 February 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, David North, then the national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), presented at a meeting of the International Committee of the Fourth International a critique of the British Workers Revolutionary Party’s abandonment of key theoretical conceptions and programmatic principles of Trotskyism.

Arts Review

The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India
Modern Indian art at the Asia Society Museum in New York

By Josh Varlin and Evan Cohen, 20 February 2019

Prazdnik (Holiday): Film about social inequality in Russia attracts mass audience

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2019

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)”

Published here is the Arabic translation of the obituary of Halil Celik by Peter Schwarz. On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

CIA out of Northern Virginia Community College!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 February 2019

The IYSSE demands that NVCC repudiate all ties to the CIA, including barring it and other agencies of the US military-intelligence apparatus from recruiting students.

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers protest victimisations

By our reporters, 19 February 2019

Sri Lanka: SEP and Abbotsleigh workers’ committee organise picket to oppose witch hunt in plantations

Signs of rising levels of workers’ struggles in China

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2019

Germany: Public transport strike paralyzes Berlin

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019

25 years ago: Worldwide unemployment smashes record set in Great Depression

The International Labor Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, released a report on February 19, 1994, detailing historically unprecedented high unemployment worldwide.

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50 years ago: NLF launches offensive in Vietnam

On February 24, 1969, less than five weeks after the inauguration of President Richard Nixon, the National Liberation Front (NLF) launched a major offensive against US forces in South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Norwegian blast hits Nazi nuclear program

On February 20, 1944, an explosion set by commandos of the Norwegian resistance dealt a major blow to Nazi Germany’s efforts to develop atomic weapons.

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100 years ago: Bavarian Prime Minister Kurt Eisner assassinated

On February 21, 1919, Kurt Eisner, the Bavarian prime minister and a member of the Independent Socialist Party (USPD), was assassinated in the streets of Munich by a right-wing aristocrat, Count Arco-Valley.

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February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

Watch: March to Fight GM Plant Closures

Autoworkers and supporters from across the Midwest marched on February 9 in Detroit to oppose General Motors’ plans for plant closings and layoffs in the US and Canada.

Autoworkers must prepare fight as UAW plans new givebacks in 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019

Striking workers in Matamoros, Mexico support Detroit demonstration against auto layoffs

In this video, striking auto parts workers at Fisher Dynamics in Matamoros, Mexico send their support to last weekend’s demonstration against mass layoffs in the US auto industry called by the Socialist Equality Party.

“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
Maruti Suzuki workers in India send greetings to February 9 protest

Autoworkers, supporters demonstrate in Detroit to oppose GM closures and layoffs

February 9 demonstration against auto plant closures in Detroit
The program and strategy to defend jobs

Book Review

The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally

By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019

Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.

Science

Opportunity rover ends 15 years of Martian exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2019

Obituary

Daniel Freeman, a founding member of the Workers League, dies at the age of 84

By Fred Mazelis, 13 February 2019

Mehring Books

London Book Launch: Why Are They Back?   The return of fascism in Germany and the lessons of history

12 February 2019

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

Socialist Equality Party

The way forward to win wages and social rights
Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka calls plantation workers’ conference

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee, 12 February 2019

The conference will discuss the lessons of the recent plantation workers’ struggle and the political strategy needed to win their demands.

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

7 February 2019

New in Arabic

استراتيجية النضال الطبقي الدولي والنضال السياسي ضد الرجعية الرأسمالية في عام 2019

٢ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٩

في مطلع العام الأخير صرحت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة :" إن عام 2018 الجديد- وهو عام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس- سيتسم في المقام الأول بتركيز هائل للتوترات الاجتماعية وبتصاعد النضال الطبقي في أرجاء العالم".

Halil Celik, 1961-2018

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Arun Kumar and Ritwik Mitter, 26 January 2019

Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.

International Committee of the Fourth International

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

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