9 January 2019

As US shutdown heads toward its fourth week
Trump delivers fascistic White House rant to demand border wall

By Barry Grey, 9 January 2019

The government shutdown marks a significant step in the direction of authoritarian rule, directed squarely against the working class.

Mobilize the working class against the US government shutdown

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

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Millions of Indian workers hold two-day general strike against Modi government

By our correspondents, 9 January 2019

The strike, which is continuing today, is a powerful indication of the mass opposition to the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janatha Party-led government and its “free-market” policies.

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

Los Angeles and the billionaires’ plan to destroy public education

By Alan Gilman, 9 January 2019

Los Angeles teachers are in the front line of the battle against Wall Street interests seeking to privatize education.

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

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

Actor Kevin Spacey arraigned on indecent assault charge in Massachusetts

By David Walsh, 9 January 2019

Spacey’s brief courtroom appearance on Monday, during which he hardly spoke, was the occasion for another media frenzy.

US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2019

Turkey’s president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

Election campaign confirms further shift to the right by Israeli political establishment

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2019

The campaign is dominated by the right-wing and militaristic agenda shared by all Israeli parties, allies and opponents of Likud alike.

US-China trade talks extended, amid continuing obstacles

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2019

Washington’s aggressive stance was underscored by the provocative dispatch of a US destroyer to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea on day one of the trade talks.

US and Canadian elites demand Trudeau government toughen its anti-China stance

By Roger Jordan, 8 January 2019

Although Ottawa has been a key partner in Washington’s confrontation with Beijing, ruling circles want Trudeau to go even further and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.

Debate begins in British parliament over May’s Brexit deal with EU

By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2019

May is using the growing possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit, with its unforetold economic and social consequences, to pressure Brussels for more and to force MPs to back her deal.

Further protests against Orbán government in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 9 January 2019

On Saturday, in freezing temperatures, about 10,000 people demonstrated again in Budapest against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Victor Orbán.

Sears liquidation temporarily averted, thousands more jobs to be slashed

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 January 2019

Sears Holding Corp. has put liquidation on hold as hedge fund manager and asset stripper Eddie Lampert, its primary shareholder, revised a bid to purchase the company’s assets.

US Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, murder, pleads not guilty

By Jacob Crosse, 9 January 2019

Navy prosecutors allege Edward Gallagher stabbed and killed a 15-year-old boy being treated for injuries sustained during the “Mosul Massacre.”

Guatemalan establishment indifferent to deaths of US incarcerated migrant children

By Andrea Lobo, 9 January 2019

The reaction in ruling circles not only reflects their disdain for the country’s impoverished masses, but also their efforts to demonstrate loyal submission to the Trump administration.

Insurgent Gabon soldiers shot dead in foiled coup attempt

By Eddie Haywood, 9 January 2019

The coup attempt occurred days after the US deployed 80 troops to Gabon to protect “US assets in the event of violent demonstrations” in nearby Congo.

Trump deploys troops to central Africa following disputed Congo election

New Zealand’s public healthcare crisis worsens

By Tom Peters, 9 January 2019

Reports that thousands of people are being denied hospital treatment expose the fraud of the Labour-led government’s promises to improve the public health system.

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 Turkish

Bolton, Trump’ın askerleri Suriye’den çekme kararından çark ediyor

Bill Van Auken, 9 Ocak 2019

ABD Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı John Bolton ve Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo’nun Ortadoğu turunun amacı, ABD askerlerinin Suriye’den hızlıca ve toptan çekilmesinin uygulanmak üzere olmadığının güvencesini vermektir.

New in French

Trump intensifie la confrontation sur la fermeture du gouvernement fédéral

Patrick Martin, 9 janvier 2019

La Maison-Blanche a demandé du temps pour un discours télévisé à l’échelle nationale mardi soir dans lequel Trump fera appel à la peur et au sectarisme contre les immigrants et les réfugiés.

Bolton revient sur le retrait des troupes de Trump en Syrie

Bill Van Auken, 9 janvier 2019

Quelle que soit l’intention de la promesse démagogique de Trump de « ramener les troupes à la maison », l’establishment au pouvoir est déterminé à poursuivre les guerres d’hégémonie des Etats-Unis au Moyen-Orient.

L’armée se prépare à une guerre civile après le Brexit en Grande-Bretagne et en Irlande du Nord

Steve James, 9 janvier 2019

Des préparatifs qui impliquent 50 000 soldats sur le sol britannique et 1000 policiers suplémentaires en Irlande du Nord, c’est presque la moité des effectifs actuels de l’armée britannique et plus que la force militaire envoyée par le gouvernement britannique pour envahir l’Irak.

Les travailleurs indiens ont besoin d’un programme socialiste révolutionnaire pour combattre la dévastation sociale et la réaction politique

Deepal Jayesekera et Keith Jones, 9 janvier 2019

Des dizaines de millions de travailleurs et de jeunes participeront à la grève de 48 heures de cette semaine contre la politique économique « pro-investisseurs » socialement incendiaire du gouvernement dirigé par le BJP. travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki.

New in Spanish

Bolton retracta anuncio de Trump sobre retiro de tropas en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 9 enero 2019

Independientemente de la promesa demagógica de Trump de “traer las tropas a casa”, la élite gobernante está determinada a continuar las guerras estadounidenses de hegemonía en Oriente Próximo.

En vísperas de la huelga, sindicato abandona las demandas de los maestros de Los Ángeles contra la privatización escolar

Por Jerry White, 9 enero 2019

El sindicato Maestros Unidos de Los Angeles ha señalado que se está preparando para traicionar esta batalla crítica sobre la privatización de la educación pública.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo: 1973-1985
2. El internacionalismo y la lucha por el trotskismo en Reino Unido

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 9 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.

Trabajadores agrícolas de Sri Lanka se oponen a los intentos de la empresa y el sindicato a imponer un acuerdo entreguista

Por nuestros reporteros, 9 enero 2019

Existe una enorme hostilidad a los planes de un nuevo convenio colectivo que descartaría la demanda de los trabajadores de un aumento salarial del 100 por ciento.

La huelga de médicos bolivianos termina en medio de la agitación sobre la candidatura de Morales para el cuarto mandato

Por Cesar Uco, 9 enero 2019

La huelga de los médicos es una expresión del gran problema de la pobreza generalizada en Bolivia y el giro continuo del gobierno del MAS hacia la derecha.

New in Norwegian

Bolton går tilbake på Trumps uttrekking av tropper fra Syria

Bill Van Auken, 8. januar 2019

Uansett hensikten med Trumps demagogiske løfte om å «bringe troppene hjem», er styringsetablissementet fast bestemt på å fortsette de amerikanske krigene for hegemoni i Midtøsten.

Fransk statsminister foreslår et regjeringsregister over demonstranter

Alex Lantier, 8. januar 2019

Konfrontert med arbeidernes voksende vrede har Macron-regjeringen antatt nyfascistiske forslag for innenlands undertrykking.

Militæret forbereder for post-Brexit borgerkrig i Storbritannia og Nord-Irland

Steve James, 8. januar 2019

Forberedelser involverer 50.000 tropper i fastland-Storbritannia og 1.000 flere politi i Nord-Irland – nær halvparten av den nåværende størrelsen av den britiske hæren og mer enn den styrken regjeringen sendte for å invadere Irak.

New in Norwegian

Britiske Integrity Initiative tungt involvert i Skripal-affæren

Robert Stevens, 7. januar 2019

Lekkede dokumenter indikerer at tiltakene mot Russland over Skripal-saken var skriptet god tid i forveien.

Trump utplasserer tropper til det sentrale Afrika etter omstridt valg i DR Kongo

Eddie Haywood, 7. januar 2019

Washington gjør det klart at de har til hensikt å installere en føyelig regjering i Kinshasa som skal besørge at USAs økonomiske interesser sikres.

Voksende «gul vest»-protester trosser fransk politirepresjon

Anthony Torres, 7. januar 2019

Lørdagens protester, den første aksjonsdagen i 2019, kalt de franske «gule vestenes» akt åtte, mobiliserte vesentlig større styrker enn de siste protestene i 2018.

Tyske medier krever akselerert gjenopprusting

Peter Schwarz, 7. januar 2019

Der det nye året begynner er lederartiklene i førende tyske publikasjoner preget av en blanding av frykt og aggresjon.

New in German

US-Sicherheitsberater Bolton hintertreibt Truppenabzug aus Syrien

Bill Van Auken, 9. Januar 2019

Das herrschende Establishment ist entschlossen, die US-Hegemonialkriege im Nahen Osten fortzusetzen, auch wenn Trump davon gesprochen hat „die Truppen nach Hause zu holen“.

Hatte der Hackerangriff auf Politiker staatliche Unterstützung?

Ulrich Rippert, 9. Januar 2019

Anfang Januar wurde bekannt, dass von zahlreichen deutschen Politikern sensible persönliche und politische Daten gestohlen und im Internet verbreitet wurden.

Finanzminister Olaf Scholz: „Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei“

Marianne Arens, 9. Januar 2019

Obwohl laut dem Armutsbericht des Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverbandes in Deutschland bereits 13,7 Millionen Menschen arm sind, kündigt der sozialdemokratische Vizekanzler weitere soziale Angriffe an.

Großbritannien und Nordirland
Britisches Militär bereitet sich auf Bürgerkrieg nach Brexit vor

Steve James, 9. Januar 2019

An den Vorbereitungen sind 50.000 Soldaten auf dem britischen Festland und 1.000 weitere Polizisten in Nordirland beteiligt. Das entspricht fast der Hälfte der British Army – mehr Soldaten als die Truppe, die zur Invasion in den Irak geschickt wurde.

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Perspective

Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike

9 January 2019

Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are engaged in a critical battle to defend the right to public education.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

Science

Scientific breakthrough promises to increase agricultural productivity by 40 percent

By Philip Guelpa and Thomas H. Douglass, 9 January 2019

Newly announced research on photosynthesis in plants, the basis of nearly the entire food chain on the planet, shows that advances in science and technology can abolish hunger and the danger of famine.

Arts Review

South Park episodes dramatize plight of Amazon workers, ridicule Jeff Bezos

By Ed Hightower, 9 January 2019

The two comic episodes, Unfulfilled and Bike Parade, sympathize with rebellious Amazon workers while depicting billionaire Jeff Bezos as a Talosian, an alien from Star Trek bent on the enslavement of humanity.

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

Vice: A portrait of an American corporate-military gangster

Commentary

Bolton walks back Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2019

French Prime Minister proposes government registry of demonstrators

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2019

Growing “yellow vest” protests defy French police repression

More on the 'yellow vest' protests in France »

Wall Street rules

By Andre Damon, 5 January 2019

The Federal Reserve, responding to Thursday’s stock market selloff, declared it was “listening” to the markets and ready to scrap its plans to raise interest rates.

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

By Steve James, 8 January 2019

China’s moon landing to exacerbate tensions with US

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

Foxconn workers stage protest in Zhengzhou, China

By Navin Dewage, 8 January 2019

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

By our reporters, 8 January 2019

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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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 »

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.

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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.