British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2019

“Assange’s expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes,” said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). “A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee.”

SEP (Australia) condemns the arrest of Julian Assange

SEP Political Committee, 11 April 2019

The SEP has called urgent rallies in Sydney and Melbourne Firday to demand that the Australian government take immediate action to secure Assange's return to Australia, with a gurantee against extradition to the US.

WikiLeaks exposes spying operation against Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2019

The Ecuadorian regime, acting as a vassal of the US, has surveilled every aspect of Assange’s life.

In leaked court testimony, Assange denounces his illegal detention

Video: SEP (Australia) Assistant National Secretary Cheryl Crisp calls for defence of Assange

Workers and youth in Australia support Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning »

As Israeli Labor vote collapses
Netanyahu prepares to form fourth consecutive government

By Jean Shaoul, 11 April 2019

Netanyahu will head a coalition of ultra-orthodox religious and right-wing parties, as well as an openly fascistic organization.

Israel holds most right-wing elections in its history

Australian prime minister calls crisis election for May 18

By Mike Head, 11 April 2019

Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement is a bid to shut down parliament and go to the polls as quickly as possible before the economic situation worsens.

White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2019

Multiple media reports say that the Trump administration is pushing for new anti-immigrant measures, including forcible separation of asylum seekers from their children.

In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants

More on North American immigrants »

New York City declares public health emergency over measles outbreak

By Kate Randall, 11 April 2019

New York City has seen 285 confirmed measles cases since the outbreak began in the fall, with 21 requiring hospitalizations, including five admissions to intensive care units.

Massive gas explosion in Durham, North Carolina leaves 1 dead, 17 injured

By Jacob Crosse, 11 April 2019

An evacuation order was given only a few minutes before an explosion leveled one building and damaged four others.

As trade tensions increase, IMF lowers forecasts for global growth

By Nick Beams, 11 April 2019

The IMF reported that industrial production and investment remained weak in many advanced and developing economies, and world trade had yet to recover.

Trump calls for more cheap money for financial markets

One-day strike by Sacramento, California teachers

By Dan Conway, 11 April 2019

Ninety-two percent of Sacramento City Teachers Association members voted last month to authorize strike action in the state capital.

More on the defense of public education »

Lower turnout for second one-day strike at California universities and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 11 April 2019

On Wednesday, several thousand of the lowest paid workers struck against the University of California’s ten-campus system.

University of California service and patient care technicians on one-day strike

A letter from a young US Postal Service worker

By Côme Crozier, 11 April 2019

“The unions have us divided in a Kafkaesque system of different wages and hours.”

Polls indicate right-wing populist United Conservatives will win Alberta election

By Janet Browning and Riksen Stewart, 11 April 2019

If Kenney can so brazenly make reactionary appeals, it is because Alberta’s trade union-backed NDP government has imposed austerity and championed the interests of Big Oil.

Australian trade unions hold pro-Labor “Change the Rules” rallies

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 April 2019

The union protests yesterday were called to promote the election of a yet another Labor government that will implement the demands of big business.

New in Urdu

نیوزی لینڈ پر دہشتگردی کا حملہ اور فاشزم کا بین الاقوامی خطرہ

ٹوم پیٹر

مسلح شخص نے جو دہشتگردی کی کارروائی کی اْسے تیار کیاگیا تھا جسے فاشسٹوں کے بین الاقوامی نیٹ ورک اور سفید نسل پرستوں کی جانب سے عمل میں لایاگیا ۔

New in French

La grève des enseignants polonais se confronte à la catastrophe sociale due à la restauration capitaliste

Clara Weiss et Jerry White, 11 avril 2019

Des centaines de milliers d'enseignants poursuivent leur grève contre le gouvernement polonais d'extrême droite et ses politiques d'austérité et de réaction sociale.

La descente de la Libye dans la guerre civile, fruit amer de la politique pro-impérialiste de la pseudo-gauche

Bill Van Auken, 11 avril 2019

L‘escalade de la guerre civile en Libye démontre une fois de plus le rôle criminel joué par les adeptes pseudo-de gauche de l’intervention « humanitaire » impérialiste.

Lors d’une rencontre avec le dictateur égyptien, Trump vocifère contre les migrants

Niles Niemuth, 11 avril 2019

Trump, assis côte à côte avec le boucher du Caire dans le Bureau ovale, s’est lancé mardi dans une diatribe fasciste contre les demandeurs d’asile et d’autres immigrés.

«Nous croyons en notre art et nous ne pouvons les laisser nous l’enlever»
Les musiciens de l’Orchestre symphonique de Chicago défient l’offre patronale et poursuivent leur grève

Michael Walters et George Marlowe, 11 avril 2019

Les musiciens de l’OSC ont courageusement défié l’insultante «dernière et meilleure» offre finale de la direction et poursuivent la plus longue grève de l’histoire de l’organisation.

New in German

Libyen versinkt im Bürgerkrieg: Das bittere Resultat der Unterstützung der Pseudolinken für den Imperialismus

Bill Van Auken, 11. April 2019

Der eskalierende Bürgerkrieg in Libyen unterstreicht erneut, welch kriminelle Rolle die pseudolinken Befürworter „humanitärer“ imperialistischer Interventionen spielen.

Neue Gewerkschaftsbürokratie oder Arbeitermacht?
Lehren aus der Rebellion der Arbeiter von Matamoros: Zweiter Teil

Andrea Lobo, 11. April 2019

Die Streikwelle an der US-mexikanischen Grenze liefert wichtige Erkenntnisse für die neue Bewegung, die sich in der Arbeiterklasse jetzt weltweit entwickelt.

Polnische Lehrer streiken gegen soziale Katastrophe nach der Wiedereinführung des Kapitalismus

Clara Weiss und Jerry White, 11. April 2019

Hunderttausende Lehrer setzen ihren Streik gegen die rechtsextreme polnische Regierung, deren Austeritätskurs und die soziale Konterrevolution fort.

Christoph Vandreier startet Vortragsreihe in den USA
Gut besuchte Veranstaltung an der University of California

Gabriel Black, 11. April 2019

Beim ersten von insgesamt sechs Vorträgen zum Thema: „Die Gefahr des Faschismus, und wie man dagegen kämpfen kann“, sprach Christoph Vandreier vor rund siebzig Studierenden und Arbeitern.

SGP-Kandidat Ratnamaheson beantwortet Fragen des SWR

unserem Reporter, 11. April 2019

Der Europawahlkampf der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP) nimmt Fahrt auf. Der SWR ist der zweitgrößte Regionalsender der ARD.

New in Spanish

El descenso de Libia hacia la guerra civil: el amargo fruto del proimperialismo de la pseudoizquierda

Por Bill Van Auken, 11 abril 2019

La guerra civil cada vez más intensa en Libia ha servido como una expresión más del papel criminal desempeñado por los proponentes pseudoizquierdistas de las intervenciones “humanitarias” imperialistas.

Huelga de docentes polacos se enfrenta al desastre social provocado por la restauración capitalista

Por Clara Weiss y Jerry White, 11 abril 2019

Cientos de miles de educadores están prosiguiendo su huelga contra el gobierno ultraderechista polaco y sus políticas de austeridad y reacción social.

Norwood Jewell, el UAW y la crisis de agua potable en Flint

por Jerry White, 11 abril 2019

La condena por cargos de soborno de Jewell arroja luz sobre las estrechas conexiones entre el UAW y los políticos demócratas responsables del envenenamiento por plomo de una ciudad entera.

Guatemala y El Salvador discuten amnistía para criminales de guerra

Por Andrea Lobo, 11 abril 2019

La clase gobernante está llamando a perdonar y olvidar los asesinatos y tortura en masa y los otros crímenes llevados a cabo por las dictaduras respaldadas por EUA.

Sindicato “independiente” en Rusia facilita cierre de fábrica de Ford

Por Clara Weiss, 11 abril 2019

La Alianza Interregional de Trabajadores en Sindicatos (MPRA) ha bloqueado cualquier oposición a los planes del gigante automotriz con sede en EUA de cerrar tres fábricas y dejar el mercado de automóviles de pasajeros.

Bernie Sanders se une a los ataques de Trump contra las “fronteras abiertas”

Por Tom Hall, 11 abril 2019

Sanders hizo eco del fraude derechista de que una nación con 600 milmillonarios, cuyo patrimonio total supera los $3 billones, no puede costear dar la bienvenida a las personas que emigran a EUA en busca de trabajo.

En defensa de To Kill A Mockingbird (Matar a un ruiseñor): película de 1962 que vuelve a los cines esta semana

Por Joanne Laurier y David Walsh, 11 abril 2019

To Kill a Mockingbird (Matar a un ruiseñor) aparece en cines estadounidenses esta semana. Robert Mulligan la dirigió y Alan J. Pakula produjo la película. Horton Foote escribió el guión, en base a la novela de Harper Lee, con el mismo título, que recibió el Premio Pulitzer en 1960.

New in Russian

Польские учителя начали общенациональную забастовку

Клара Вайс, 10 апреля 2019 г.

Более 86 процентов учителей страны из общего числа в 400 тысяч присоединились к первой общенациональной забастовке учителей в Польше за последние 25 лет.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Убийство президента Руанды провоцирует геноцид

10 апреля 2019 г.

6 апреля 1994 года самолет, в котором находились президент Руанды Жювеналь Хабиаримана и президент Бурунди Сиприен Нтарьямира, был сбит при попытке приземлиться в столице Руанды Кигали.

New in Turkish

ABD, İran Devrim Muhafızları’nı terör örgütü ilan etti

Barry Grey, 10 Nisan 2019

Salı günü, Trump yönetimi, görülmemiş bir adımla, İslami Devrim Muhafızları’nı (İDM) yabancı bir terör örgütü olarak tanımlayarak, ABD’yi İran ile askeri çatışmaya yaklaştırdı.

Libya topyekün iç savaşın eşiğinde

Bill Van Auken, 10 Nisan 2019

Halife Hafter’in Libya Ulusal Ordusu’nun (LNA) askerleri ve tankları başkent Trablus’a ilerlerken, bu Kuzey Afrika ülkesini paramparça eden iç çatışmalar çarpıcı biçimde şiddetleniyor.

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Perspective

The resurgence of the class struggle in Poland

11 April 2019

Thirty years after General Wojciech Jaruzelski’s Stalinist regime began to collapse, paving the way for capitalist restoration, Polish teachers are mounting a national strike.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Fight Against Fascism

Princeton University provides $300,000 in funding for right-wing historian and propagandist Jörg Baberowski

By David North, 10 April 2019

Jörg Baberowski, the extreme right-wing historian and chairman of the Department of East European Studies at Berlin’s Humboldt University, was invited by Princeton University in March to participate in a closed conference-seminar on the subject of “Dictatorships in Transition.”

Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley

By Gabriel Black, 10 April 2019

“What will be required is a very high level of political and historical awareness”
David North appeals to readers to attend US meetings against fascism

SEP (US) National Chairman David North said, "The visit next month of Comrade Christoph Vandreier to the United States is simply the application of a strategy of the international organization of the working class against the fascist threat. They will not conquer again, we can be certain of that."

David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

2 April 2019

“In order to fight fascism, we must understand where it comes from.”
Author Christoph Vandreier to tour US

Christoph Vandreier, author of the newly released book Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany, explains the importance of his upcoming speaking tour in the US.

Science

First imagery of black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 11 April 2019

The results from the planet-wide array of radio telescopes are the first direct measurements of the structure of a black hole and its surrounding environment.

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part four

By Andrea Lobo, 11 April 2019

The US and European ruling classes are promoting self-proclaimed “independent” unions in Mexico partnered, financed and in some instances created by the American AFL-CIO labor federation.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part two

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part three

By Andrea Lobo, 3 April 2019

Commentary

Factional provocation, middle-class hysteria, and the collapse of the International Socialist Organization

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 April 2019

Factionally motivated denunciations of an alleged cover-up of sexual assault in 2013 were revived to instigate a leadership purge and liquidate the ISO.

Libya’s descent into civil war: The bitter fruit of the pseudo-left's pro-imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2019

Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis

By Jerry White, 10 April 2019

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch

By John Braddock, 10 April 2019

EU summit considers extension of Brexit deadline

By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2019

The political implications of the Corbyn/May Brexit talks

More on Brexit »

Bernie Sanders joins Trump’s attack on “open borders”

By Tom Hall, 9 April 2019

The dictatorial impulse behind Trump’s political purge

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2019

Socialism haunts the American ruling class

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2019

Arts Review

Flint, a play at the University of Michigan: Stuck, unfortunately, in the quagmire of racial politics

By Joanne Laurier, 10 April 2019

“Tarrafal Never Again!” exhibition in Lisbon exposes horrors of Portugal’s fascist concentration camp

By Charles Hixson and Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2019

Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike: Provocation and pessimism from the Atlanta rap artist

By Nick Barrickman, 8 April 2019

Workers Struggles

“We believe in our art and can’t let them take it away”
Chicago symphony musicians defy management offer, continue strike

By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 10 April 2019

“Music is too powerful to be silenced by tyranny”
Chicago symphony musicians host packed concerts as strike reaches turning point

Teamsters working with YRC trucking companies to impose concessions contract

By Steve Filips, 9 April 2019

“We are the future. Give us what we need!”
Thousands of Ontario students walk out to protest school cuts

By our reporters, 6 April 2019

Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019

25 years ago: The suicide of Kurt Cobain

On April 8, 1994, Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle, Washington home, from a gunshot wound to the head.

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50 years ago: Harvard students occupy campus building

On April 9, 1969, Harvard University students began a series of protests against the Vietnam War. About 500 students held an occupation of the school’s administration building.

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75 years ago: Bombay ship explosion kills over 800

On April 14, 1944, the SS Fort Stikine, a British armaments ship, exploded at the Victoria Dock of Bombay, the Indian financial capital now known as Mumbai.

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100 years ago: British massacre hundreds in Punjab

On April 13, 1919, British Indian Army troops under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired into a crowd of people demonstrating in the Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden in the Punjabi city of Amritsar, site of the Sikh Golden Temple.

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History

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 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

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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