Historic humanitarian disaster unfolds in southeast Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai

By Niles Niemuth, 22 March 2019

The powerful storm has tragically exposed the dire social and economic conditions facing millions in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar.

European Union leaders grant May extra time to pass Brexit deal in UK parliament

By Robert Stevens, 22 March 2019

The EU has agreed a plan allowing a delay of Brexit to May 22 on condition that UK MPs approve the deal the EU agreed with Prime Minister Theresa May by the previous official exit date of March 29.

Unsealed documents shed light on state conspiracy against Chelsea Manning

By Kevin Reed, 22 March 2019

The unsealed documents shine a light on the desperate measures to which the US government has resorted in pursuing a legal pretext to prosecute Julian Assange.

The guilty silence over the jailing of Chelsea Manning

Amazon software engineer in second month of protests against conditions

By Paul Fuller and Kayla Costa, 22 March 2019

Oleg Churyumov has carried out a hunger strike, picketed and written blog posts against the company’s imposition of grueling conditions for professional and warehouse workers alike.

Report details suicide crisis inside Amazon facilities

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Houston chemical fire: Residents ordered to “shelter-in-place” due to benzene danger

By Jacob Crosse, 22 March 2019

Residents of Deer Park and Galena Park, east of the Texas city, have been the most affected by the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company.

US judge dismisses charges against J20 defendants “with prejudice,” closing case

By E.P. Milligan, 22 March 2019

The decision ends the more than two-year attempt by the US government to set a legal precedent for the criminalization of constitutionally protected political speech and protest.

US studies: More misery brought to you by Big Pharma
Sharp rise in fentanyl overdose deaths, ADHD-drug-induced psychosis, prescription drug rationing due to cost

By Kate Randall, 22 March 2019

A week rarely passes without the publication of a major study documenting the misery unleashed on Americans by the US pharmaceutical industry and its rapacious drive for profits.

Unifor announces bogus ‘job saving’ plan as GM moves to close Oshawa plant

By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2019

Unifor will suspend its Save Oshawa GM publicity campaign on the basis of nothing more than the possibility of a slight adjustment in the plant’s closing schedule.

Trump presses UAW to impose immediate concessions in bid to reopen Lordstown GM plant

Putin signs Russian internet censorship bills into law

By Clara Weiss, 22 March 2019

The two laws are part of an international campaign by the ruling class to crack down on the internet.

Fiction and reality: The Italian Five-Star Movement’s citizen income scheme

By Marianne Arens, 22 March 2019

The “reddito di cittadinanza” (citizen income) is a vanity project of the co-governing Five-Star Movement that will not change Italy’s stark social inequality.

UK police colluded in blacklisting of workers

By Trevor Johnson, 22 March 2019

Big businesses used the Consulting Association blacklisting agency and the secret police to spy on workers and hired and fired them based on the information collected—often lies and distortions.

Australian property prices fall faster than during global financial crisis

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 March 2019

Analysts have warned that a host of global factors could transform the downturn into a full-blown economic crash.

New in Portuguese

Ao vetar resolução do Congresso contra estado de emergência nacional, Trump faz apelo fascista

Barry Grey, 22 Março 2019

Trump busca estabelecer um regime autoritário, fora dos canais constitucionais e políticos comuns, e em grande parte independente de ambos os partidos tradicionais do grande capital.

Sindicato dos professores de São Paulo encerra greve de um mês

nossos repórteres, 22 Março 2019

O sindicato encerrou a greve mesmo com a maioria dos professores votando pela sua continuidade.

New in Norwegian

Boeing-katastrofene: ytterligere 346 ofre for kapitalismen

Bryan Dyne, 22. mars 2019

I kjølvannet av to fatale flyulykker har det blitt klart at Boeing har underordnet sikkerhetshensyn til profittens og markedsandelenes diktater.

Macron skal utplassere den franske hæren mot «gul vest»-protester

Anthony Torres, 22. mars 2019

Dette er første gang siden Algeriekrigen fra 1954 til 1962 at hæren skal mobiliseres for politioperasjoner på fransk jord mot befolkningen.

Ubesvarte spørsmål om fransk politis rolle i «gul vest»-sammenstøt

Anthony Torres og Alex Lantier, 22. mars 2019

Macron-regjeringens eskalering av undertrykking etter lørdagens sammenstøt med...emlagt for at volden var forårsaket av «gul vest»-protesterende. Men Élysée-palasset forsøker å rive istykker retten til å protestere på grunnlag av disse uavklarte begivenhetene, som deler av statsapparatet selv har tilskrevet ytrehøyrekrefter.

Under oppløpet til presidentvalget
Ukrainsk ytrehøyre mobilisert i internslåssing mellom oligarker

Jason Melanovski og Clara Weiss, 22. mars 2019

Sittende president Petro Porosjenko inntar for tiden tredjeplassen på meningsmålingene før valget den 31. mars.

Ett hundre år siden dannelsen av Den kommunistiske internasjonale

Peter Schwarz, 22. mars 2019

For ett hundre år siden denne måneden, fra den 2. til den 6. mars, ble stiftelseskongressen for Den tredje, Den kommunistiske internasjonale avholdt i Moskva.

New in French

En pleine crise économique et politique, la Turquie organise des élections locales

Ulas Atesci, 22 mars 2019

L’AKP au pouvoir est confronté à d’âpres tensions avec Washington et les autres alliés de l’OTAN et à une crise économique déclenchée par les mesures de guerre commerciale de l’administration Trump.

Le gouvernement de l’Ontario s’attaque à l’éducation publique

Roger Jordan, 22 mars 2019

Selon les estimations des syndicats d’enseignants, la «réforme» de l’enseignement du gouvernement Ford entraînera l’élimination de près de 10.000 postes d’enseignants et augmentera la taille des classes jusqu’à 40 élèves.

New in Spanish

Los desastres de Boeing: 346 o más víctimas del capitalismo

Bryan Dyne, 22 marzo 2019

Tras la colisión mortal de dos aviones ha quedado claro que Boeing subordinó las consideraciones de seguridad a los dictados del lucro y su participación en el mercado.

Cien años de la fundación de la Internacional Comunista

Peter Schwarz, 22 marzo

Hace cien años este mes, del 2 al 6 de marzo, tuvo lugar en Moscú el congreso fundacional de la Tercera Internacional, la Internacional Comunista.

Trabajador automotriz indio victimizado y líder de la lucha para liberar a trabajadores incriminados habla con el WSWS
Encarcelamiento de los trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki de por vida “está destinado a alentar a los capitalistas a esclavizar más a la clase obrera”

nuestros reporteros, 22 marzo

Temerosos ante la expansión de las huelgas salvajes a fábricas en todo México y hacia EUA y Canadá, las empresas estadounidenses y extranjeras y las élites gobernantes locales están respondiendo con despidos masivos, cierres de planta y otras represalias.

Corte Suprema de EUA decide que Gobierno puede detener a inmigrantes indefinidamente, años después de ser liberados de la custodia penal

Niles Niemuth, 22 marzo

El fallo envalentona al Gobierno de Trump en su guerra fascistizante contra los inmigrantes al darle al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas rienda suelta para detener a cualquier migrante que haya sido encarcelado por cualquier ofensa.

Los pablistas rusos presionan por una "izquierda amplia" en medio del creciente descontento social y los avanzados preparativos estadounidenses para el cambio de régimen

Clara Weiss, 22 marzo

El objetivo final de la "amplia izquierda" propuesta por el Movimiento Socialista ruso es desviar la creciente oposición social y política dentro de la clase obrera rusa hacia canales de derecha.

En la víspera de las elecciones presidenciales
La extrema derecha ucraniana se moviliza en las luchas interoligárquicas

Jason Melanovski y Clara Weiss, 22 marzo

El presidente titular, Petro Poroshenko, ocupa actualmente el tercer lugar en las encuestas en miras a las elecciones del 31 de marzo.

New in German

Die Boeing-Katastrophen: 346 weitere Opfer des Kapitalismus

Bryan Dyne, 22. März 2019

Nach zwei tödlichen Flugzeugabstürzen ist klar geworden, dass Boeing Sicherheitsaspekte dem Diktat von Gewinn und Marktanteilen untergeordnet hat.

Macron plant Militäreinsatz gegen Gelbwesten-Proteste

Anthony Torres, 22. März 2019

Erstmals seit dem Algerienkrieg von 1954-1962 soll das französische Militär für Polizeieinsätze auf dem eigenen Staatsgebiet gegen die Bevölkerung mobilisiert werden.

Leipziger Buchmesse
Mehring Verlag präsentiert Neuauflage von „Das Erbe, das wir verteidigen“

unseren Korrespondenten, 22. März 2019

David North wird sein Buch am Samstag, den 23. März, persönlich auf der Leipziger Buchmesse vorstellen.

Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei versucht algerische Protestbewegung in die Irre zu führen

Will Morrow und Alex Lantier, 22. März 2019

In Algerien streiken Arbeiter gegen das Regime, und im ganzen Land gehen Millionen Menschen auf die Straße. Die kleinbürgerliche Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei (PST) versucht, die Bewegung gegen die Militärdiktatur in die Irre zu führen.

New in Russian

Молодые участники глобальных климатических протестов высказываются о капитализме, социализме и научном планировании

От наших корреспондентов, 20 марта 2019 г.

Группы корреспондентов Мирового Социалистического Веб Сайта взяли интервью у студентов и учащихся, которые протестовали в разных странах мира, требуя действий в ответ на проблему изменения климата.

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Perspective

Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests

22 March 2019

The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.

Earlier Perspectives »

UAW Corruption Scandal

How Norwood Jewell and the UAW pushed through the 2015 contract

By Jerry White, 22 March 2019

Throughout months of supposed negotiations and the campaign to sell the concessions contract to workers, Jewell and other UAW negotiators were on the payroll of Fiat Chrysler.

UAW corruption scandal expands to Vice President Norwood Jewell, who rammed through 2015 sellout

“Think of how many lives and families were ruined”
Autoworkers react to new UAW corruption charges

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

Warner Bros. CEO’s resignation sheds revealing light on Hollywood and #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 22 March 2019

Kevin Tsujihara, one of the American film industry’s most powerful executives, resigned March 18 after texts were made public indicating he had promised to promote an actress’ career in exchange for sex.

The Boeing disasters: 346 more victims of capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2019

Netflix’s Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism

By David North and Clara Weiss, 8 March 2019

The Fight Against Fascism

After far-right terror attack, New York Times glorifies New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

By Tom Peters, 21 March 2019

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

Trump, Bolsonaro and the danger of fascism

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2019

Mehring Books launches English-language edition of Why Are They Back? in London

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

History

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2019

Arts Review

Season 5 of animated series BoJack Horseman addresses #MeToo campaign, with mixed results

By Josh Varlin, 22 March 2019

The show is too savvy to be a simple #MeToo parable about its protagonist’s fall from grace, although the anti-democratic campaign does find reflection.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
Increasing pressures on Chinese filmmakers

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 March 2019

Captain Marvel: Money, feminism, militarism and previously “independent” filmmakers

By David Walsh, 20 March 2019

Legendary “Wrecking Crew” drummer Hal Blaine dead at 90

By Hiram Lee, 19 March 2019

The Widow: Kate Beckinsale’s journey into African danger

By Joanne Laurier, 18 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee and SEP hold powerful conference

By our correspondents, 20 March 2019

Support grows for Sri Lankan plantation workers’ conference

Socialist Equality Party of Germany certified to stand in European elections

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

Science

Ocean degradation accelerated by global warming

By Henry Allan, 19 March 2019

The Youth Climate Strike and the fight against global warming

More on climate change »

Free Assange and Manning!

Plantation workers demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and for jailed Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondent, 21 March 2019

“Free Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange now!”
Support continues to pour in for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our reporters, 16 March 2019

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Millions of American youth attend schools with police but no support staff

By Valery Tsekov, 18 March 2019

Obesity-related cancers rise among US millennials

By Alex Johnson, 18 March 2019

Right-wing campaign targets student critics of Chelsea Clinton

By Josh Varlin, 18 March 2019

25 years ago: Workers Inquiry into the death of Aboriginal youth Daniel Yock

On March 19, 1994, the Socialist Labor League, Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, held a Workers Inquiry into the Death of Daniel Yock in Brisbane.

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50 years ago: British police and troops stage “invasion” of Anguilla

On March 18, 1969, England sent just under 300 paratroopers and special police forces to the small Caribbean island of Anguilla. The British encountered no resistance and immediately brought the island under their control.

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75 years ago: Nazi troops occupy Hungary

On March 19, 1944, eight German divisions entered Hungary to carry out Operation Margarethe, ordered by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler earlier in the month.

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100 years ago: Soviet republic declared in Hungary

On March 21, 1919, the Hungarian Communist Party, which had recently united with the Social Democratic Party, declared a Soviet republic in Budapest.

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Workers Struggles

French public sector strikes; further protests in Algeria; union ends wage strike at South Africa’s Sibanye Gold without an agreement
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 March 2019

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

Striking musician: “Art is what makes us human”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike in its second week

By Michael Walters, 21 March 2019

University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student workers go on strike

By Andy Thompson, 21 March 2019

Thousands hold one-day strike at University of California schools and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 21 March 2019

Sacramento, California teachers authorize strike

Nationwide strike by primary school educators in the Netherlands

By Harm Zonderland, 18 March 2019

SEP in Sri Lanka wins strong support for plantation workers’ conference

By our reporters, 9 March 2019

Demand the unconditional reinstatement of Sri Lankan plantation worker S. Balasubramaniyam!

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil, 7 March 2019

The social crisis in America

Dreams for Change: A San Diego shelter for the vehicular homeless

By Marko Leone and Kevin Martinez, 16 March 2019

Free dental clinic draws hundreds in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak and Keisha Gibbs, 14 March 2019

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian Trotskyists hold Kolkata public meeting to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 13 March 2019

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

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

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.

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)

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

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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