Denver teachers battle merit-pay system that is backed by unions, Democratic Party

By Andrea Peters, 13 February 2019

Teachers in Colorado’s largest city are continuing their decisive fight against low pay, performance-based compensation and underfunding of the schools.

Striking Denver teachers speak out

By Rebecca Decario, 13 February 2019

On the second day of their strike, teachers picketing at East High School described the inherent inequalities of merit pay.

Denver teachers strike backed by student walkouts

Chicago charter teachers strike enters second week

National 24-hour strike goes forward in Belgium

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2019

As strikes and protests grow across Europe, anger is mounting among Belgian workers at low wages enforced by state-run talks between business and the unions.

Following Democrats' capitulation on border wall
Trump pushes for more anti-immigrant concessions from the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 13 February 2019

The government funding agreement represents a capitulation by the Democrats to Trump’s demand for a border wall and his mass detention of undocumented immigrants.

Five killed, 22 feared trapped in South African mine explosion

By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2019

The explosion was at a mine owned by the Gupta brothers, who have close ties to former ANC leader and South African President Zuma.

Germany: Social Democrats modernise austerity

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2019

The SPD passed the “Hartz IV” laws 14 years ago, implementing welfare “reforms” and laying the foundations for a huge low-pay sector and widespread poverty.

AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament

UK defence minister demands greater military “reach and lethality” post-Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 13 February 2019

Williamson echoed the Pentagon’s 2017 National Security Strategy document, which argued that the US was entering an era based on “great power competition.”

British government’s “Project After” plan for post-Brexit economic crisis

By Steve James, 13 February 2019

The Financial Times reported on a secret economic planning group in the British government, tasked with planning for a deep post Brexit economic crisis.

British troops given free hand to shoot civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Jean Shaoul, 13 February 2019

One soldier stationed in southern Iraq claimed he and fellow troops were told they were allowed to shoot anyone who acted suspiciously.

Week-long military exercises in Los Angeles raise serious questions

By Dan Conway, 13 February 2019

Six days of military exercises concluded in Los Angeles on Saturday with action in the latter half of the week centered on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

US military conducting urban warfare training exercises in Los Angeles

Delta planted GPS tracker in car of disabled flight attendant
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part two

By Tom Hall, 13 February 2019

In order to “prove” their case against injured flight attendant Ashley, Delta hired private investigators to spy on her, a common practice in workers’ comp cases.

Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part one

Chicago Fire Department cites open flame as cause of Little Village fire that killed 10 children

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 February 2019

Nearly five months after the fire, investigators are unable to determine if the cause of the fire was arson or an accident, or even the source of the blaze.

Trump to hold second summit with North Korean leader

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2019

By holding out the prospect that North Korea could become an “economic powerhouse,” Trump is seeking to entice Pyongyang out of China’s orbit and into closer ties with the US.

Sri Lankan plantation companies rule out further wage increases after union sellout

By W.A. Sunil, 13 February 2019

The unions’ betrayal of protracted industrial and political action has cleared the way for further attacks on workers by the plantation companies.

New Zealand doctors, midwives strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2019

All health workers face the same political struggle against the Labour-led government, which is imposing the austerity agenda demanded by big business.

Steve McDowell, campaigner for Australian paramedic rights, speaks with WSWS

Worsening slump and inequality fuel social tensions in Australia

By Mike Head, 13 February 2019

Growing signs of a global downturn and a domestic slump saw Australia’s central bank suddenly reverse course on interest rates.

Australia: Expert warns of poor construction after Opal Tower evacuation and Melbourne cladding fire

By John Wilson, 13 February 2019

Governments at every level have been warned about dangerous construction standards.

New in Spanish

El resurgimiento internacional de las luchas de la clase obrera en 2019

Por Niles Niemuth, 13 feberero 2019

Este año está siendo testigo de un resurgimiento de la lucha de clases que refleja la unidad objetiva de los trabajadores en cada parte del mundo.

Miles de personas participan en una protesta derechista anticatalana en Madrid

Por Alejandro López, 13 feberero 2019

Los partidos derechistas de España se ceban con el gobierno socialdemócrata en minoría, respaldado por Podemos, que es impopular por imponer austeridad y un régimen de Estado policial.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
30. La crisis en el WRP

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 13 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

«Det er nødvendig at vi ikke baserer vår kamp på ett selskap eller én nasjon, men på mobiliseringen av hele verdens arbeidere»
Maruti Suzuki arbeidere i India sender hilsner til 9.-februar-protesten

13. februar 2019

Jitender Dhankar, medlem av den midlertidige komitéen av Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) i India, sendte en solidaritetsmelding til arbeidere og ungdom som deltok i demonstrasjonen den 9. februar mot General Motors’ fabrikknedleggelser og masseoppsigelser.

Meksikansk fagforeningsapparat og regjering bestreber seg på å undertrykke voksende streiker på tvers av Mexico

Andrea Lobo, 13. februar 2019

Militans og opposisjon mot fagforeningene og AMLO-administrasjonen vokser, inspirert av bølgen av spontanstreiker fra maquiladora-arbeidere i Matamoros i Mexico.

Den tyske hæren innleder samarbeid med jernbaneselskapet Deutsche Bahn

Tino Jacobsen, 13. februar 2019

Deutsche Bahn, som kontrolleres 100 prosent av den føderale staten, blir stadig mer underlagt tysk militarismes og imperialismes behov.

New in French

Les démocrates capitulent devant Trump et acceptent de financer le mur

Eric London, 13 février 2019

Comme Trump délivrait une autre diatribe fascisante à la ville frontalière d’El Paso, Texas, les démocrates acceptaient d’appuyer ses mesures répressives anti-immigrés.

« Nous devons nous lever et apprendre à être forts par nous-mêmes »
Les travailleurs lors de la manifestation du 9 février discutent de la lutte contre les fermetures de GM

Nos journalistes, 13 février 2019

Des travailleurs de l'automobile ont expliqué pourquoi ils ont participé à la manifestation et les revendications stratégiques soulevées par cette marche, y compris la lutte pour les comités de base et l'unité des travailleurs américains, canadiens et mexicains.

«Il est nécessaire de fonder notre lutte non pas sur une entreprise ou une nation, mais sur la mobilisation des travailleurs du monde»
Les travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki en Inde envoient leurs salutations à la manifestation du 9 février

Jitender Dhankar, 13 février 2019

Jitender Dhankar, membre du comité provisoire du Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU – Syndicat des travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki) en Inde, a envoyé un message de solidarité aux travailleurs et aux jeunes qui ont participé à la manifestation du 9 février contre les fermetures d'usines et les licenciements collectifs de General Motors.

Efforts conjugués des appareils syndicaux et du gouvernement pour réprimer le mouvement de grève croissant au Mexique

Andrea Lobo, 13 février 2019

Inspirés par la vague de grèves sauvages des travailleurs des maquiladoras de Matamoros, la lutte ouvrière en opposition aux appareils syndicaux et à l’administration AMLO prend de l’ampleur au Mexique.

New in German

Der internationale Aufschwung im Kampf der Arbeiterklasse 2019

Niles Niemuth, 13. Februar 2019

In diesem Jahr kommt es zu einem Wiederaufleben des Klassenkampfes, der die objektive Einheit der Arbeiter in allen Teilen der Welt zum Ausdruck bringt.

Tarifrunde im öffentlichen Dienst
Für einen gemeinsamen Kampf aller Beschäftigten, den Aufbau von Aktionskomitees und eine internationale, sozialistische Strategie!

Ulrich Rippert, 13. Februar 2019

Verdi und andere Gewerkschaften haben für den 13. Februar in Berlin 140.000 Beschäftigte des öffentlichen Diensts zu Warnstreiks und einer Demonstration aufgerufen. Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei verteilt dort dieses Flugblatt.

Rom: Großdemonstration gegen rechte Regierung

Marianne Arens, 13. Februar 2019

In Rom haben am Samstag Hunderttausende gegen die rechte Regierung demonstriert. Aber die Gewerkschaften, die zur Kundgebung aufriefen, arbeiten eng mit bürgerlichen Parteien und Unternehmern zusammen.

Keine #MeToo-Hexenjagd der Demokraten gegen den Vizegouverneur von Virginia Justin Fairfax!

Barry Grey, 13. Februar 2019

Wieder einmal werden in der #MeToo-Kampagne haltlose und dubiose Missbrauchsvorwürfe verwendet, um einen politisch rechten Kurs durchzusetzen.

Aus dem Arsenal des Trotzkismus
Der politische Bericht von David North an das Internationale Komitee des Vierten Internationale, 11. Februar 1984

David North, 13. Februar 2019

Vor genau 35 Jahren legte David North, damals Nationaler Sekretär der Workers League (Vorgänger der Socialist Equality Party), auf einer Sitzung des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale eine Kritik an der britischen Workers Revolutionary Party vor, weil diese zentrale theoretische Konzeptionen und programmatische Prinzipien des Trotzkismus aufgegeben hatte.

New in Portuguese

Halil Celik, um lutador pelo socialismo (1961 – 2018)

Por Peter Schwarz, 12 fevereiro 2019

Em 31 de dezembro de 2018, Halil Celik, fundador e líder do grupo Sosyalist Eşitlik, que apoia o Comitê Internacional da Quarta Internacional na Turquia, morreu de câncer aos 57 anos. Este obituário apresenta uma visão geral de sua vida.

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 Turkish

Venezuela’dan elinizi çekin!

Bill Van Auken, 7 Şubat 2019

ABD’deki, Avrupa’daki ve Kanada’daki işçiler, Venezuela’daki bu gerici ve yağmacı emperyalist müdahaleye karşı çıkmalı ve mücadelelerini, ortak düşman olan dünya kapitalist sistemine karşı, Venezuela ve Latin Amerika işçilerinin mücadeleleri ile birleştirmeliler.

Sudan’da hükümet karşıtı protestolar devam ediyor

Jean Shaoul, 7 Şubat 2019

Protestolar, 1989’da bir darbeyle iktidara gelmesinden bu yana, Devlet Başkanı Ömer El Beşir yönetimine yönelik en büyük tehdidi oluşturuyor.

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Perspective

The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On

13 February 2019

It is the Stalinist Tudeh Party and the politics of Stalinism that were principally responsible for the tragic derailing of the Iranian Revolution.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

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.

100 years since the Seattle General Strike—Part 2

By Kayla Costa, 12 February 2019

One hundred years ago, over 60,000 workers brought the city of Seattle to a standstill in a strike that holds important strategic lessons for today’s struggles.

One hundred years since the Seattle General Strike

Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

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

Free Julian Assange!

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

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019

Australian government claims credit for release of detained Bahraini footballer, but refuses to assist Julian Assange

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, March 10!

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

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Obituary

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

By Fred Mazelis, 13 February 2019

Danny Freeman joined the socialist movement in the mid-1950s and made a significant contribution to the fight for Trotskyism in the United States.

Arts Review

At St. Ann’s Warehouse Theater in Brooklyn
The Jungle: A makeshift society within the global refugee crisis

By Owen Mullan, 13 February 2019

Playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson have created a thoughtful treatment of one of humanity’s most acute social crises.

Velvet Buzzsaw: The horror of the art world

By David Walsh, 12 February 2019

Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage detained by ICE agents in “targeted operation”

By Nick Barrickman, 11 February 2019

Mehring Books

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

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

25 years ago: NATO sets bombing ultimatum in Bosnia

This week in 1994, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began a 10-day countdown to carry out airstrikes against Bosnian Serb forces, demanding they withdraw weapons and artillery from around the city of Sarajevo, capital of the former Yugoslav state of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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50 years ago: Police attack student demonstrations in US and Canada

Police and troops were mobilized this week across North America to attack protests against racism on college campuses.

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75 years ago: Stalin orders deportation of Caucasus nationalities

On February 11, 1944, the Politburo of the Soviet Union met to discuss the fate of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

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100 years ago: Ebert chosen as first president of German republic

On February 11, 1919, the National Assembly meeting in Weimar chose right-wing Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert as the first president of the newly formed German republic.

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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".

Commentary

Mexican union apparatus, government scramble to suppress growing strike across Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 12 February 2019

Wave of walkouts in Matamoros, Mexico builds toward general strike

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

Oppose the Democrats’ #MeToo witch-hunt against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2019

The working class and socialism

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

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

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)

Workers Struggles

French “yellow vests” hold 13th protest against social inequality, police brutality

By Anthony Torres, 11 February 2019

The CGT’s “national strike”: French unions seek to strangle the “yellow vest” protests

More on the “yellow vests” protests in France »

UK rail workers demand reinstatement of conductor sacked for opposing Driver Only Operated trains

By our reporter, 11 February 2019

Strike action in the US hits a 32-year high

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2019

Matamoros Strike

As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
Canadian union leader postures as supporter of Matamoros strikers

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019

The US pseudo-left’s conspiracy of silence on the Matamoros workers’ rebellion

70,000 strike at US-Mexico border

Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

Watch: A Texas Amazon worker's message to Matamoros workers

"Attention striking workers in Matamoros: I want you to know we have heard your here in the United states. We are with you and we support you." Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

As strike expands in the maquiladoras
Mexican auto parts workers explain how they formed strike committees

By Andrea Lobo, 26 January 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

IYSSE

Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at PSU, 31 January 2019

Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019

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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