US court upholds subpoena of whistleblower Chelsea Manning

By James Cogan, 6 March 2019

The subpoena is an escalation of the US government’s efforts to extradite Julian Assange, and a new and vindictive persecution of Manning.

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

Days after coming to the brink of all-out war
India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 March 2019

Although cross-border shelling has reportedly declined since Sunday, continuing tensions between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed states have left the region on the brink of a catastrophic war.

India and Pakistan tobogganing toward a catastrophic war

India-Pakistan war tensions escalate

Families struggle in aftermath of deadly Alabama tornado

By Ed Hightower, 6 March 2019

The responses from both the County and the Red Cross media contacts revealed an emergency management system that lacks central planning, forethought, coordination and resources.

“We had several families that have probably lost everybody”
Tornado outbreak kills 23 in Alabama, wreaks havoc across southeastern US

Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges

By Barry Grey, 6 March 2019

This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.

Amid national strike wave
Mexican ruling class responds to Matamoros: Militarization and alignment with Trump’s attacks on immigrants

By Alex González, 6 March 2019

The AMLO administration has prevented immigrants from reaching the border and is forcefully detaining them, creating the framework for escalating attacks on the entire working class.

“The union abandoned us and allowed for management to blacklist us”
US, Canadian and Mexican workers denounce mass firings of Matamoros strikers

Oppose the attacks by company thugs against Mexican worker Luis Daniel Prieto!

Ford production crippled by Mexican workers’ strike

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

1,700 workers battle two-tier wages at Erie, Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Samuel Davidson, 6 March 2019

Workers at the giant locomotive plant in Erie, Pennsylvania have entered their second week on the picket line against demands for a two-tier wage system and other concessions.

Locomotive builders strike Wabtec in Erie, Pennsylvania

More than 80 arrested in Sacramento protesting decision not to charge police in murder of Stephon Clark

By Trévon Austin, 6 March 2019

Clark was killed after being shot at by two officers more than 20 times in his grandmother’s backyard last March. The only thing he had in his hand was a cell phone.

US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10-year high

By Norisa Diaz, 6 March 2019

The number of immigrants detained at the border hit a 10 year high in February, while employer audits and mass workplace sweeps continue to rise.

Alarming levels of toxins leaking into US groundwater from coal ash ponds

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 March 2019

Coal ash contains dangerous toxins which are known to cause serious health problems, including cancer and kidney and liver damage.

Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state

By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

Abandoning the threadbare pretense that he is advocating a liberal development policy, Macron hails the EU as a potential global military-police power.

Algerian workers in France speak out against Bouteflika regime

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

The anger that is erupting in mass protests against the Bouteflika regime in Algeria has provoked a wave of support in France.

Algerian protests continue after Bouteflika launches presidential bid

Britain rejects International Court of Justice order to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius

By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2019

The British government has rejected both the ICJ’s order and its unanimous ruling that its jurisdiction relates to a UN process of decolonization, not a dispute between two states.

Moldova election heralds political instability

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 6 March 2019

The election signalled the culmination of a protracted process of disintegration of the forces that defined the political establishment in Moldova over the last 20 years.

New Zealand foreign minister visits Fiji to strengthen military ties

By John Braddock, 6 March 2019

The Labour-led government’s boost to the Fijian military is part of a Pacific Reset strategy to reassert its imperialist interests as part of the US-led confrontation with China.

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Mediene Tjener Styrerne, Ikke De Styrte
Joe Laurias tale, 3. mars 2019

Joe Lauria, 6. mars 2019

Joe Lauria, sjefredaktør for Consortium News, holdt denne talen til samlingen organisert av Socialist Equality Party i Sydney for å kreve Julian Assanges frihet.

Sekstende uke med protester: Franske «gule vester» støtter streiker i Nord-Afrika

Anthony Torres og Kumaran Ira, 6. mars 2019

De «gule vestene» tok igjen til gatene for å demonstrere mot den fransk presidenten Emmanuel Macron samtidig som protestene vokser mot den algeriske presidenten Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Protestene fortsetter i Algerie etter at det ble meldt at Bouteflika stiller i presidentvalget

Will Morrow, 6. mars 2019

Le Monde publiserte en redaksjonell lederartikkel der de talte på vegne av den tidligere kolonimakten, med krav om at Bouteflika må gå av og de advarte for at situasjonen risikerer å komme ut av kontroll.

Guaidó returnerer til Venezuela for neste stadium av den amerikanske operasjonen for regimeendring

Bill Van Auken, 6. mars 2019

Den USA-støttede «midlertidige presidenten» arrangerte en fem-nasjoner rundtur i Latin-Amerika, gjett av CIA, for å tromme opp støtte til kuppet i Venezuela.

Åpningsbemerkninger til 3. mars Sydney samlingen av Socialist Equality Party leder, Linda Tenenbaum
Hundrevis trosser bakvaskelser, løgner og mediesensur for å kreve frihet for Julian Assange

Linda Tenenbaum, 6. mars 2019

Julian Assange har aldri blitt anklaget for noen forbrytelse; han har et australsk pass; han er en australsk statsborger, og som sådan er Morrison-regjeringen forpliktet til å forsvare hans demokratiske rettigheter.

Ett år etter Skripal-forgiftningen

Robert Stevens, 6. mars 2019

Selv nå er det ingen konkrete bevis som forbinder regimet til president Vladimir Putin med Skripal-forgiftningen – eller engang noe bevis for at novitsjok var involvert.

New in Turkish

3 Mart’taki Assange’a Özgürlük Mitingi’nin siyasi dersleri

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Avustralya) Siyasi Komitesi, 6 Mart 2019

3 Mart’ta Sidney’de Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi tarafından düzenlenen miting, Julian Assange’ın özgürlüğünü sağlama mücadelesinde ileriye doğru önemli bir adımı temsil etmektedir.

SEP’in Sidney mitinginde Julian Assange’a özgürlük talebi yükseltildi

Muhabirlerimizden, 6 Mart 2019

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (SEP) Pazar günü Sidney’de düzenlediği gösteri, Avustralya hükümetinin, Julian Assange’a yönelik zulme suç ortaklığı yapmaya son vermesi talebini güçlü bir şekilde dile getirdi.

Cezayir’de Buteflika’nın beşinci dönem adaylığına karşı kitlesel protestolar

Alex Lantier, 6 Mart 2019

Cuma günü, Cezayir genelinde, Devlet Başkanı Abdulaziz Buteflika’nın 18 Nisan’daki seçimlerde beşinci dönem için adaylığını açıklamasına karşı yüz binlerce kişi gösteri yaptı.

100 yıl önce: Komünist Enternasyonal’in kuruluş kongresi Moskova’da toplandı

6 Mart 2019

2 Mart 1919’da, Avrupa’nın, Amerika’nın ve Asya’nın 22 ülkesinden 35 komünist ve sol partiyi temsil eden 51 delege, Kremlin’de, Komintern’in kuruluşu için toplandı.

New in French

La fermeture de l’usine GM de Lordstown: un crime patronal

Tim Rivers et Shannon Jones, 6 mars 2019

Le mardi 5 mars est le dernier jour de production à l’usine GM de Lordstown, depuis longtemps un pilier économique du nord-est de l’Ohio et la scène de luttes militantes au début des années 1970.

Les leçons politiques du rassemblement du 3 mars pour la libération d' Assange

Le Comité politique du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Australie), 6 mars 2019

La manifestation de Sydney, orienté à la mobilisation de la classe ouvrière pour défendre les droits démocratiques et les prisonniers de la guerre des classes, comme Julian Assange, a obtenu un large soutien.

L’Inde et le Pakistan glissent vers une guerre catastrophique

Keith Jones, 6 mars 2019

L’Inde et le Pakistan sont au bord de ce qui serait la toute première guerre entre États dotés d’armes nucléaires.

Guaidó retourne au Venezuela pour la prochaine étape de la tentative américaine de renverser le régime

Bill Van Auken, 6 mars 2019

Le «président par intérim» soutenu par les États-Unis a organisé une tournée de cinq pays d’Amérique latine, sous la houlette de la CIA, afin d’obtenir un soutien pour le coup d’État au Venezuela.

New in Arabic

أربعون عام على الثورة الإيرانية

١٢ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٩

في مثل هذا الأسبوع قبل أربعين عام أسقطت الثورة الإيرانية ديكتاتورية الشاه، وهي حكم استبدادي أقامته الولايات المتحدة من خلال انقلاب عسكري دبرته عام 1953 واستمر طوال ربع قرن في لعب دور مسمار عجلة عنف إمبريالية الولايات المتحدة ومؤامراتها في الشرق الأوسط وعبر منطقة أوراسيا.

New in German

Lehren aus der Kundgebung für Julian Assange in Syndey

Politisches Komitee der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 6. März 2019

Die Rallye am Sonntag in Sydney fand breite Unterstützung. Die Redner traten für eine Mobilisierung der Arbeiterklasse zur Verteidigung der demokratischen Grundrechte ein und forderten Freiheit für Julian Assange und andere Gefangene des Klassenkampfs.

Was bedeutet der Abschluss von Verdi im öffentlichen Dienst?

Ulrich Rippert, 6. März 2019

Jede gewerkschaftliche Organisation, die die Profitwirtschaft und den Nationalstaat als Handlungsrahmen anerkennt und den Kapitalismus nicht in Frage stellt, stellt sich gegen die Interessen der Arbeiter.

Gewerkschafts- Mitglieder protestieren gegen Abschluss im öffentlichen Dienst der Länder

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6. März 2019

Den Gewerkschaften Verdi und GEW schlägt enorme Wut entgegen, die sich unter anderem auf Facebook entlädt.

Algerien: Bouteflikas Kandidatur provoziert Proteste

Will Morrow, 6. März 2019

Le Monde, das Sprachrohr der ehemaligen Kolonialmacht, fordert in einem Leitartikel den Rücktritt Bouteflikas und warnt, die Situation drohe außer Kontrolle zu geraten.

Weist die falschen Antisemitismus-Vorwürfe gegen Chris Williamson zurück!

Chris Marsden, 6. März 2019

Diese Hetze wird nicht beim Labour-Abgeordneten Williamson Halt machen. Sie hat einen Lynch-Mob von der Kette gelassen, der sich gegen tausende Mitglieder der Labour Party richten wird.

Socialist Equality Party: „Die Gefahr des Faschismus, und wie man dagegen kämpfen kann“
Vortragsreihe zu „Warum sind sie wieder da?“ in den USA

unseren Reportern, 6. März 2019

Der stellvertretende SGP-Vorsitzende Christoph Vandreier ist ein bekannter Gegner des Faschismus. Sein vor kurzem erschienenes Buch „Warum sind sie wieder da?“ trägt den Untertitel: „Geschichtsfälschung, politische Verschwörung und die Wiederkehr des Faschismus in Deutschland“.

New in Spanish

Las lecciones políticas del mitin Free Assange del 3 de marzo

Comité Político del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Australia), 6 marzo 2019

La manifestación en Sídney ganó un amplio apoyo, basándose en la movilización de la clase obrera para defender los derechos democráticos y a los prisioneros de la guerra de clases como Assange.

El cierre de la planta de GM en Lordstown: un crimen corporativo

Por Tim Rivers y Shannon Jones, 6 marzo 2019

El martes 5 de marzo es el último día de producción en la planta de GM en Lordstown, durante mucho tiempo un pilar económico del noreste de Ohio y el escenario de luchas militantes a principios de los años setenta.

En medio de una oposición generalizada, el sindicato declara el fin de la huelga de maestros en Oakland

Por Joseph Santolan, 6 marzo 2019

Horas después de que los enojados profesores denunciaron el acuerdo de venta total durante un mitin popular, la Asociación de la Educación de Oakland afirmó que el acuerdo había sido ratificado.

Estudiantes y maestros indignados a medida que
La junta escolar de Oakland, California, aprueba un recorte presupuestario devastador tras la traición del sindicato

Por Evan Blake y Gabriel Black, 6 marzo 2019

La traición de la huelga de maestros de siete días por la Asociación de Educación de Oakland ha abierto la puerta a cortes profundos y cierres escolares.

"Julian Assange nunca obedecerá al Gran Hermano"
Discurso de John Pilger, 3 de marzo de 2019

Por John Pilger, 6 marzo 2019

El siguiente discurso fue pronunciado por John Pilger en el rally del 3 de marzo organizado en Sydney por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad para Julian Assange.

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Perspective

The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded

6 March 2019

The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Why is there so little media skepticism about Leaving Neverland and its allegations against Michael Jackson?

By David Walsh, 6 March 2019

Leaving Neverland consists principally of two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, detailing their claims that singer Michael Jackson sexually abused them over the course of many years, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Socialist Equality Party

Germany: Socialist Equality Party submits candidates for the European elections

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

On Monday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) submitted the final signatures for its participation in the European elections.

SEP meetings launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 6 March 2019

The meetings at Hatton in Sri Lanka’s central plantation district and Jaffna, in the war-ravaged north, attracted important layers of workers and youth.

The Fight Against Fascism

Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”
Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist and prominent opponent of fascism, to speak in US

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

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

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

Free Julian Assange!

“Julian Assange is a significant international citizen who has made a stand for truth-telling”
Address by Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees to the Sydney Free Assange rally

By Professor Stuart Rees, 6 March 2019

When the controversy about Julian first started, a Republican senator from New York, King, said: “Why doesn’t somebody take a gun and shoot the son-of-a-bitch? I know it’s illegal, but it would be wonderful for Americans’ freedom if that happens.”

IYSSE (Australia) convenor Oscar Grenfell’s speech to the Sydney Free Assange rally

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 March 2019

“They’re persecuting Julian Assange because they know how much he and WikiLeaks have done to politically educate an entire generation of young people.”

More voices from the Sydney Free Assange rally and Brisbane Livestream meeting

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

“We need to demand of the government, ‘what are you going to do to assist Julian now?’ We should not be beating around the bush because his life is in danger.”

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

Attend March 10 Solidarity Vigil in London for Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2019

The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Arts Review

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
Brecht: A new film about the famed left-wing German dramatist

By Stefan Steinberg, 5 March 2019

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
Israeli films, Mr. Jones and Marighella

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
Midnight Traveler—“Sometimes life takes you through hell”

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
Between identity politics and opposition against the far right

On the Basis of Sex and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The manufacturing of a “living legend”

By Ed Hightower, 2 March 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose Eastern Michigan University’s privatization schemes!

By IYSSE at Eastern Michigan University, 5 March 2019

For a unified struggle of Oakland students and teachers to defend public education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - Berkeley, 23 February 2019

Commentary

The shutdown of the GM Lordstown plant: A corporate crime

By Tim Rivers and Shannon Jones, 5 March 2019

Students and teachers outraged as
Oakland, California school board passes devastating budget cut following union sellout

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 5 March 2019

Denver schools ax jobs in wake of contract pushed through by union

Oakland strike, mass “sickout” in Kentucky
Teacher anger exploding across the United States

More on the defense of public education »

Bernie Sanders adapts to racial politics at Chicago campaign rally

By George Gallanis, 5 March 2019

“Socialism appeals to me”
Sanders rally attendees speak on socialism, Democratic Party

The fallacies and evasions of the Green New Deal

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 5 March 2019

One year since the Skripal poisoning

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2019

German Left Party congress backs imperialist campaign against Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2019

Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference

By Niles Niemuth, 2 March 2019

Trump declares global war on socialism

The Trump presidency: From the Manhattan underworld to the White House

No to the witch-hunt of Chris Williamson!
Oppose the Blairites’ bogus claims of “left anti-Semitism”!

By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2019

The social crisis in America

“I was treated like a caged animal”
Single mother and healthcare worker jailed for three days in Indiana over unpaid ambulance bill

By George Marlowe, 1 March 2019

Flint water crisis claims its youngest Legionnaires’ victim to date
“Her failing health was due to the government failing her”

By Sheila Brehm, 27 February 2019

Three children dead, four others injured in Imlay City, Michigan mobile home fire

By Niles Niemuth and Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2019

25 years ago: Clinton on the defensive over Whitewater

On March 7, 1994, US President Bill Clinton was forced to open a press conference with the declaration that his wife, Hillary Clinton, was “not a criminal,” following a widening investigation, begun in January, into allegations about the Whitewater real estate investment in which the Clintons had lost money.

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50 years ago: Scientists organize antiwar protest at MIT

On March 4, 1969, faculty and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who were working on military projects began a work stoppage to protest the misuse of science and technology.

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75 years ago: Greek Stalinists form anti-fascist government

On March 10, 1944, the National Liberation Front (EAM), dominated politically by the Stalinist Communist Party of Greece, formed a Political Committee of National Liberation (PEAA).

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100 years ago: Arrest of nationalist leader sparks revolution in Egypt

On March 8, 1919, the British colonial regime in Egypt, which had occupied the country since 1882, arrested Saad Zaghloul and two other leaders of the Wafd (Delegation) Party, which was soon to become the leading bourgeois-nationalist organization in the country, for continuing to demand that Egyptians be allowed to send a delegation to the imperialist Paris Peace Conference.

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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.

History

How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution
Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 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)

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.

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

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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