8 January 2019

Trump escalates confrontation over federal shutdown

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2019

The White House has requested time for a nationally televised speech Tuesday night in which Trump will appeal to fear and bigotry against immigrants and refugees.

Mobilize the working class against the US government shutdown

US shutdown could leave millions without food stamps

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Twenty-two deaths reported in immigrant detention centers since Trump took office

By Niles Niemuth, 8 January 2019

A review of the circumstances leading to the death of each person in ICE custody reveals that nearly all died as the result of criminal neglect or abuse.

Trump administration opens 2019 with tear gas attack on migrants at US-Mexico border

Federal agents release more than 1,000 immigrants in El Paso, Texas

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French Prime Minister proposes government registry of demonstrators

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2019

In face of growing workers’ anger, the Macron government has adopted neo-fascist proposals for domestic repression.

Growing “yellow vest” protests defy French police repression

French police arrest “yellow vest” spokesman Eric Drouet

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On eve of strike, union drops LA teachers’ demands against school privatization

By Jerry White, 8 January 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles has signaled that it is preparing to betray this critical battle over the privatization of public education.

“Almost everyone I know is working two jobs to make ends meet”
Los Angeles teachers prepare for strike

Los Angeles school officials hire strikebreakers as teachers prepare for walkout

Austin Beutner—Wall Street’s Superintendent of Education in Los Angeles

Foxconn workers stage protest in Zhengzhou, China

By Navin Dewage, 8 January 2019

Police violently suppressed a protest by hundreds of temporary workers over the non-payment of bonuses.

Sri Lankan plantation workers oppose company-union attempts to impose sell-out

By our reporters, 8 January 2019

There is widespread hostility to the plans for a new collective agreement that would reject workers’ demand for a 100 percent wage rise.

Military prepare for post-Brexit civil war in Britain and Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 8 January 2019

Preparations involve 50,000 troops in mainland Britain and 1,000 more police in Northern Ireland—close to half the current size of the British Army and more than the force sent by the government to invade Iraq.

Bolivian doctors strike ends amid turmoil over Morales’ bid for fourth term

By Cesar Uco, 8 January 2019

The doctors strike is an expression of the larger problem of pervasive poverty in Bolivia and the continuing turn by the MAS government to the right.

US Senate confirms top-level political “fixer” as ambassador to Australia

By Mike Head, 8 January 2019

Culvahouse’s appointment underscores Washington’s determination to ensure there is not the slightest deviation in Australia’s front line role in any conflict with China.

Australian senator participates in neo-Nazi rally

Evacuated Opal Tower residents in Australia express anger and dismay

By our reporters, 8 January 2019

Residents of Opal Tower in Sydney have been living in temporary accommodation since the discovery of large broken concrete panels in the building.

Opal Tower structural flaws expose rot in Australian construction industry

New in Urdu

سرمایہ دارانہ حکمرانی کا عالمی بحران اور سوشلسٹ انقلاب کی حکمت عملی

جوزف کشوور

قومی خصوصیات خواہ کچھ بھی ہو ں، طبقاتی حکمرانی کا سیاسی بحران ہر ملک میں یکساں عالمگیر پروسس کی وجہ ہے

New in Bengali

আগামী সপ্তাহে ভারতের ইউনিয়নগুলি দুই দিনের "সাধারণ ধর্মঘট" পালন করবে

দীপাল জয়াশেখেরা, ৫ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯

হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি)-র নেতৃত্বাধীন সরকার বিনিয়োগকারীদের স্বার্থে যে "সংস্কার" করছে তার বিরুদ্ধে রুখে দাঁড়াতে এবং ন্যূনতম মজুরি বৃদ্ধি ও কাজ তৈরী করার পদক্ষেপ নেবার দাবীতে আগামী মঙ্গলবার ও বুধবার (৮ ও ৯ জানুয়ারি) হাজার হাজার শ্রমিক সারা ভারত ব্যাপী দুই দিনের ধর্মঘটে সামিল হবে বলে আশা করা হচ্ছে।

New in Russian

Вадим Роговин и социология сталинизма

Андреа Питерс, 7 января 2019 г.

18 сентября 2018 года исполнилась 20-я годовщина смерти советского марксистского историка и социолога Вадима Захаровича Роговина, автора семитомного исследования о сталинизме и марксистской оппозиции сталинистской бюрократии.

New in Turkish

Uluslararası Sınıf Mücadelesi Stratejisi ve 2019’da Kapitalist Gericiliğe Karşı Siyasi Mücadele

James Cogan ve Joseph Kishore ve David North, 7 Ocak 2019

DEUK, 2019’a, 21. yüzyılın Marksizmi olan Troçkizmin mirasına ve programına ve uluslararası işçi sınıfının devrimci kapasitesine duyulan bilimsel güvene dayanan azami iyimserlikle girmektedir.

“Tarih, hiçbir zaman, hiç kimseye, hiçbir şey öğretmemiştir”
Rus neo-Stalinist, Partido Obrero’nun Dördüncü Enternasyonal’i “yeniden kurma”sını destekliyor

Bill Van Auken, 7 Ocak 2019

Dünya sosyalist hareketinin Troçkist ilkeler temelinde inşasını sinik bir şekilde reddeden Altamira, Stalinistler ile ittifak peşinde koşmanın, “‘kendi başına’ kurulabilecek bir Enternasyonal” inşa etmeye girişmekten çok daha üstün nitelikli olduğunu ilan etmişti.

New in Spanish

Movilicemos a la clase obrera contra el cierre del Gobierno en EUA

Por Patrick Martin, 8 enero 2019

Las suspensiones y las jornadas sin pago del salario de 800.000 empleados federales constituyen un importante ataque contra la clase obrera estadounidense.

“Casi todos los que conozco están trabajando en dos trabajos para llegar a fin de mes”
Maestros de Los Ángeles se preparan para la huelga

Por Jerry White y Kim Saito, 8 enero 2019

Más de 33.000 maestros en el segundo mayor distrito escolar del país tienen planeado salir en huelga el jueves en una batalla que enfrenta a los docentes con la cúpula del Partido Demócrata.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo: 1973-1985
1. ¿Por qué se derrumbó el WRP?

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 8 enero 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 French

Philippe annonce une loi extraordinaire pour ficher les manifestants

Alexandre Lantier, 8 janvier 2019

Face à la montée de la colère des travailleurs, le gouvernement Macron reprend à son compte les propositions sur la répression intérieure faites par les néo-fascistes.

Mobiliser la classe ouvrière contre la fermeture du gouvernement américain

Patrick Martin, 8 janvier 2019

Les congés forcés et sans solde pour 800 000 employés fédéraux constituent une attaque majeure contre la classe ouvrière américaine.

« Presque tous ceux que je connais ont deux boulots pour joindre les deux bouts. »
Les enseignants de Los Angeles se préparent à la grève

Jerry White et Kim Saito, 8 janvier 2019

Plus de 33 000 enseignants dans le deuxième plus grand district scolaire du pays sont sur le point de faire grève jeudi dans une bataille qui oppose les éducateurs à l’establishment du Parti démocrate.

L’Integrity Initiative britannique fortement impliquée dans l’affaire Skripal

Robert Stevens, 8 janvier 2019

Des documents divulgués indiquent que les initiatives prises contre la Russie dans l’affaire Skripal ont bien été décidées en amont.

Trump déploie des troupes en Afrique centrale à la suite des élections contestées au Congo

Eddie Haywood, 8 janvier 2019

Washington indique clairement qu’il a l’intention d’installer un gouvernement malléable à Kinshasa qui veillera à ce que les intérêts économiques de l’Amérique soient protégés.

Pour la cinquième année consécutive, la police américaine tue plus d'un millier de personnes

Georges Gallanis, 8 janvier 2019

La vague incessante d'assassinats est une condamnation de la politique identitaire et des groupes de pseudo-gauche qui font la promotion de la politique de la race comme antidote à la violence policière.

New in German

Mobilisiert die Arbeiterklasse gegen die Haushaltssperre in den USA!

Patrick Martin, 8. Januar 2019

Der Zwangsurlaub und der Lohnausfall für 800.000 Bundesbedienstete sind ein enormer Angriff auf die amerikanische Arbeiterklasse.

Frankreich: „Gelbwesten“-Bewegung wächst trotz Unterdrückung durch die Polizei

Anthony Torres, 8. Januar 2019

Bei den Protesten der „Gelbwesten“ am Samstag, dem ersten Aktionstag des Jahres 2019, wurden deutlich mehr Menschen mobilisiert als bei den letzten Protesten 2018.

Ungarn: Weitere Proteste gegen Orbán-Regierung

Markus Salzmann, 8. Januar 2019

Am Samstag haben erneut etwa 10.000 Menschen in der ungarischen Hauptstadt Budapest bei eisigen Temperaturen gegen die rechte Regierung von Ministerpräsident Victor Orbán demonstriert.

Warnstreik der Sicherheitsbeschäftigten an den Berliner Flughäfen

Gustav Kemper, 8. Januar 2019

Die Beschäftigten der Sicherheitsdienste kämpfen für höhere Löhne und bessere Bedingungen. Verdi und der Beamtenbund dbb beschränken jedoch den Kampf auf kurze, voneinander isolierte Warnstreiks.

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Perspective

Bolton walks back Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

8 January 2019

Whatever the intent of Trump’s demagogic promise to “bring the troops home,” the ruling establishment is determined to continue the US wars for hegemony in the Middle East.

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Featured Commentary

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

The year 2019 begins amidst the explosive interaction of geopolitical, economic and social crises. All over the world the ruling class is turning to ultra-right and neo-fascist politicians and organizations to defend the capitalist system. The threat of dictatorship and war can be defeated only through the political mobilization of the working class on the basis of an international socialist strategy.

Obituary

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 2 January 2019

Halil Celik, founder and leader of the Sosyalist Eşitlik group, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died on December 31, 2018 following a serious illness.

Commentary

Indian workers need revolutionary socialist program to combat social devastation and political reaction

By Deepal Jayesekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2019

Tens of millions of workers and young people will participate in this week’s 48-hour, all-India strike against the socially incendiary “pro-investor” economic policies of the BJP-led government.

India’s unions to hold two-day “general strike” next week

China’s moon landing to exacerbate tensions with US

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2019

German media demand accelerated rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2019

For fifth year in a row, US police kill more than one thousand

By George Gallanis, 7 January 2019

Wall Street rules

The New York Times’ #MeToo smear against Bernie Sanders

NBC journalist resigns, blasting media as “defender of Washington and the system”

ICFI meeting announcement

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.

Workers Struggles

Chilean port workers resume protests over firings
Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 January 2019

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

UAW lawsuit against GM pits temporary part-time workers against laid-off Lordstown workers over jobs

By Shannon Jones, 5 January 2019

As one-year anniversary of lockout approaches
Alcoa intensifies attack on Quebec ABI workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 4 January 2019

Amazon worker describes brutal conditions at Tracy, California warehouse during Camp Fire

By Evan Blake, 3 January 2019

“Amazon ruined my life”
Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

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Arts Review

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko: A novel of 20th century Korea and Japan—“History has failed us, but no matter”

By Sandy English, 7 January 2019

Netflix’s The Innocent Man: The American injustice system

By Joanne Laurier, 5 January 2019

“Life is forbidden to us … do you want to comply with that?”: The rediscovery of Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz’s The Traveler in Germany

By Clara Weiss, 4 January 2019

Best film and television of 2018

Musical highlights of 2018

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule: The world’s oldest drug courier

Vice: A portrait of an American corporate-military gangster

25 years ago: Bill Clinton agrees to special prosecutor in Whitewater case

On January 12, 1994, under mounting media and political pressure, President Bill Clinton agreed to the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Whitewater case.

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50 years ago: Sweden recognizes North Vietnam

The Social Democratic government of Sweden recognized the Stalinist regime in North Vietnam on January 10, 1969 and indicated it would send an official envoy in the spring.

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75 years ago: American Stalinists “dissolve” Communist Party

On January 9, 1944, the American Communist Party, under orders from Moscow, announced at a public meeting in Madison Square Garden that it would “dissolve” itself as a political party.

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100 years ago: General strike in Buenos Aires

On January 9, 1919, thousands of workers in the Argentine capital led by the Argentine Regional Workers Federation struck in protest of the police killings of workers in two separate strikes in the previous days.

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In Defense of Julian Assange

Ecuador unveils “special examination” of Julian Assange’s asylum

By Mike Head, 5 January 2019

Silence follows Trump attorney’s statement that Julian Assange did nothing “wrong”

More on the fight to free Julian Assange »

Science

New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule

By Bryan Dyne, 4 January 2019

Moon targeted for further exploration, orbiting space stations and militarization

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 27 December 2018

Editorial Cartoon

General James “Mad Dog” Mattis’ resignation “stuns” leading Democrats

Mattis, who led the bloody US campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 and boasted to his troops in Afghanistan that “it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot” Afghans, is now being hailed as an American hero, a rock of stability and sanity whose departure has set the ship of state adrift.

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.

Part one | Part two | Part three | Part four

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Watch: Shannon Allen's remarks at Detroit autoworkers meeting

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

IYSSE

Student parliament condemns right-wing attack on IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our reporters, 17 December 2018

Security and the Fourth International

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

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

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Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.