Armed militia detaining asylum seekers at gunpoint along US-Mexico border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2019

An armed militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots posted videos of its members detaining hundreds of migrants at the New Mexico border, in actions seemingly coordinated with the Border Patrol.

US attorney general orders denial of bond, indefinite detention of asylum seekers

More on North American immigrant issues »

UK home secretary demands climate change protesters face “full force of the law”

By Laura Tiernan, 20 April 2019

More than 682 climate change protesters have been arrested since Monday.

No to calls for “national unity” after the burning of Notre Dame in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 20 April 2019

The cathedral’s fate is an object lesson in the urgent need for workers to expropriate the irresponsible and parasitic financial aristocracy that dominates official public life.

The burning of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

CIA director called out for complicity in torture

By Trévon Austin, 20 April 2019

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel was delivering a recruiting pitch to students at Auburn University on Thursday where she was called out by an audience member for her participation in torture and other crimes.

“Capitalism is a terrible scheme that robs people of their labor”
As negotiations hit impasse, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians continue strike and free concerts

By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 20 April 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra management reiterated its demand that musicians give up their traditional pensions and also canceled concerts through the end of April.

“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”
Aviation reporter Rytis Beresnevičius speaks to WSWS on Boeing 737 crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019

Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.

Why aren’t Boeing executives being prosecuted for the 737 Max 8 crashes?

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

More on airline workers issues »

Rising death toll in San Diego jails

By Norisa Diaz, 20 April 2019

Within the short span of six weeks, four people have died while in custody in San Diego, California jails.

US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 20 April 2019

A crude assault on educational standards, which hardens the class divide in educational access and spurs the plundering of the “education market,” is being enacted under the cover of “rule-making” by the US Department of Education.

Polish government vows to fight wage rises as teachers’ strike enters second week

The resurgence of the class struggle in Poland

The political lessons of the University of Illinois graduate student strike

More on the defense of public education »

US Gulf Coast still devastated six months after Hurricane Michael

By Matthew Taylor, 20 April 2019

Those left homeless in the aftermath of one of the strongest storms in US history have been forgotten by the media.

Right-wing populist United Conservatives win Alberta election as NDP vote plummets

By Roger Jordan, 20 April 2019

The election’s outcome represents a further shift to the right within establishment politics, and will exacerbate regional tensions within Canada’s ruling elite and its federal state.

Trump administration escalates threats against Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 April 2019

The Trump administration is imposing unilateral sanctions aimed at punishing foreign corporations, particularly European and Canadian, with investments in Cuba.

Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela

More on US militarism »

Protests force American Museum of Natural History to cancel event with Brazil’s Bolsonaro

By Miguel Andrade, 20 April 2019

In face of fierce popular reaction, the ruling elites in New York have been forced to disassociate themselves from the fascistic Brazilian president.

Conflict continues over Peruvian copper mine as peasant blockade is lifted

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 20 April 2019

The Peruvian government gave in to demands of 1,200 peasants of Fuerabamba who suspended the road blockade that for 66 days paralyzed export of copper concentrate to China

Western Australia Labor government dismisses water contamination risks in indigenous communities

By Margaret Rees, 20 April 2019

Labor has dismissed evidence of a potential correlation between poor water quality and elevated levels of kidney disease and type-2 diabetes.

New in Portuguese

Uma reunião de falidos políticos: Materialismo Histórico e Jacobin organizam conferência “O Socialismo em Nosso Tempo”

Joseph Kishore, 20 Abril 2019

Um nome melhor para o evento teria sido “A Política do Partido Democrata em Nosso Tempo”, ou talvez “Socialismo: nem agora, nem nunca”

New in Russian

Пожар в парижском соборе Нотр-Дам

Алекс Лантье, 20 апреля 2019 г.

Ужасный пожар стал результатом грубейших нарушений правил пожарной безопасности в ходе реставрационных работ; ответственность за это несет французское правительство и правящая элита.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Фашисты впервые вошли в правительство Италии со времен Муссолини

20 апреля 2019 г.

16 апреля 1994 года члены итальянской правой коалиции «Полюс свобод» были избраны главами обеих палат парламента.

New in Spanish

Veinte años desde la masacre de Columbine

David Walsh, 20 abril 2019

El acontecimiento en Colorado, en el que dos estudiantes de último año mataron a 12 compañeros y un profesor a tiros antes de suicidarse, representó algo cualitativamente nuevo e inquietante en la vida social estadounidense.

El informe de Mueller reaviva guerra política en Washington

Patrick Martin, 20 abril 2019

Los congresistas demócratas y sus partidarios en los medios están buscando explotar los hallazgos de la investigación para avanzar su campaña derechista contra Rusia.

New in Turkish

Ekvador polisi Julian Assange’a özgürlük yürüyüşüne saldırdı

Bill Van Auken, 20 Nisan 2019

Çarşamba günü Ekvador’da binlerce işçi ve genç, Devlet Başkanı Lenin Moreno’nun istifa etmesi ve WikiLeaks’in kurucusu Julian Assange’ın serbest bırakılması talebiyle başkent Quito’nun tarihi merkezinde yürüyüş düzenledi.

Yabu Bilyana’nın DEUK’un Dünya Konferansı’ndaki konuşması: “Yerli halklara yönelik soykırım Avustralya genelinde hala sürüyor”

Yabu Bilyana, 20 Nisan 2019

Aşağıdaki konuşma, 17 Kasım 1991’de, Yabu Bilyana tarafından, “Emperyalist Savaşa ve Sömürgeciliğe Karşı Dünya Konferansı”nda yapıldı.

David North’tan başsağlığı mesaj
“Hayatını adalet, eşitlik ve insani dayanışma ideallerine dayandırmıştı”

20 Nisan 2019

Yabu, istisnai bir yoldaş, işçi ve insandı. Hayatını tutkuyla inandığı adalet, eşitlik ve insani dayanışma ideallerine dayandırmış, ender türde bir insandı.

New in Norwegian

Tyve år siden massakren ved Columbine High School

David Walsh, 20. april 2019

Colorado-begivenheten, der to avgangselever skjøt og drepte 12 av sine medelever og en lærer før de begikk selvmord, representerte noe kvalitativt nytt og foruroligende i det amerikanske samfunnslivet.

USAs justisminister beordrer nekting av overenskomst og ubegrenset frihetsberøvelse av asylsøkere

Patrick Martin, 20. april 2019

William Barrs tiltak snur opp ned på mer enn et tiår med juridisk presedens og setter scenen for kriminaliseringen av flyktninger som søker asyl.

USA forbereder ytterligere anklager mot Julian Assange

Kristina Betinis, 20. april 2019

En CNN-rapport bekrefter advarslene fra WSWS om at journalisten vil stå overfor ytterligere anklager, som kan innebære dødsstraff, dersom han blir utlevert til USA.

Parti de l'égalité socialiste intervenerte på Paris-protest til forsvar for Assange

Anthony Torres, 20. april 2019

Medlemmer og supportere av Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES) intervenerte under protestsamlingen på lørdag til forsvar for Assange, på invitasjon fra den alternative nyhetskilden Le Grand Soir.

«Uten sannhet og en fri presse er vi dømt til videre undertrykking»
Lærere krever frihet for Assange og Manning

WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 20. april 2019

Lærere har vært i forkanten av ei bølge av globale streiker og kamper over det siste året, som skremmer styringsklassen og motiverer dens angrep på ytringsfriheten og demokratiske rettigheter.

Julian Assanges ekstraordinære historikk for gravende journalistikk

Oscar Grenfell, 20. april 2019

En gjennomgang av WikiLeaks’ publiseringsaktiviteter viser at Assange har spilt en enestående rolle i eksponeringen av kriger, diplomatiske intriger og ulovlig overvåkning.

Algeries regime eskalerer politivolden mot voksende protester

Will Morrow, 20. april 2019

Fire dager etter at politiet angrep demonstranter med tåregass og gummikuler holdt general Gaed Salah en nasjonalt kringkastet fjernsynstale der han truet de protesterende.

Egypt iscenesetter referendum for å institusjonalisere general Sisis diktatur

Bill Van Auken, 20. april 2019

Konsolideringen av det blodige politistat-diktaturet har støtte fra både Washington og de europeiske stormaktene.

New in German

Zwanzig Jahre seit dem Massaker an der Columbine High School

David Walsh, 20. April 2019

Vor 20 Jahren erschossen zwei Jugendliche in Colorado zwölf Mitschüler und einen Lehrer. Anschließend begingen sie Selbstmord. In dem grauenhaften Massaker kam zum Ausdruck, dass die amerikanische Gesellschaft in ein neues Stadium des Zerfalls eingetreten war.

Mueller-Bericht facht politische Kämpfe in Washington wieder an

Patrick Martin, 20. April 2019

Die Demokraten im US-Kongress und ihre Unterstützer in den Medien versuchen, die Ergebnisse des Sonderermittlers für ihre rechte anti-russische Kampagne auszunutzen.

Nach heftigen Protesten: Verfahren gegen Zentrum für politische Schönheit eingestellt

Sybille Fuchs, 20. April 2019

Die Einstellung erfolgte, nachdem der skandalöse Angriff auf die Kunst und Meinungsfreiheit massive Proteste in der Öffentlichkeit ausgelöst hatte

Julian Assange: Die außerordentliche Bilanz eines investigativen Journalisten

Oscar Grenfell, 20. April 2019

Ein Überblick über die WikiLeaks-Publikationen zeigt, dass Assange bei der Aufdeckung von Kriegen, diplomatischen Intrigen und illegalen Überwachungsaktionen eine herausragende Rolle gespielt hat.

University of Cambridge: Akademiker und Studenten protestieren gegen Vergabe eines Forschungsstipendiums an Eugeniker Noah Carl – Teil 1

Thomas Scripps, 20. April 2019

Dies ist der erste Teil einer zweiteiligen Serie über die politische Bedeutung der Berufung des Eugenikers Noah Carl an die University of Cambridge für ein Forschungsstudium.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Sloboda Džulijanu Asanžu!

Izjava uredničkog odbora Svjetskog Socijalističkog Vebsajta, 19. April 2019

Svjetski Socijalistički Vebsajt najstrožije osuđuje nasilnu grabež i hapšenje osnivača Vikiliksa Džulijana Asanža.

New in Bengali

মারুতি সুজুকি ১৩-শ্রমিকদের মুক্ত করো!
এক ভয়াবহ ষড়যন্ত্রে গাড়ি কারখানার শ্রমিকদের ভারতীয় আদালত যাবজ্জীবন কারাদন্ড দেবার দু-বছর

কিথ জোন্‌স্‌, ১৮ মার্চ ২০১৯

ভারত ও পাকিস্তান, দক্ষিণ এশিয়ার দুই পারমাণবিক অস্ত্রধারী রাষ্ট্র, এই মুহূর্তে এক পূর্ণ মাত্রার সামরিক সংঘর্ষের কিনারায় দোদুল্যমান।

ভারত ও পাকিস্তান এক বিধ্বংসী যদ্ধের মুখে দোদুল্যমান

কিথ জোনস্‌, ২ মার্চ ২০১৯

ঠিক দুই বছর আগে আজকের দিনে, এক ভারতীয় আদালত ষড়যন্ত্র করে করা মিথ্যা খুনের মামলায় উত্তর ভারতের হরিয়ানার মানেসারে মারুতি সুজুকির গাড়ি তৈরীর কারখানার ১৩ জন সংগ্রামী শ্রমিকদের যাবজ্জীবন কারাদন্ডে দন্ডিত করে।

New in Arabic

ترامب يعترف بضم إسرائيل لمرتفعات الجولان : ضوء أخضر لحرب شاملة

٢٥ آذار مارس ٢٠١٩

خلال الاختتام المتعجل لاحتفال البيت الأبيض الذي وقع فيه دونالد ترامب مرسوم اعتراف الولايات المتحدة الرسمي بضم إسرائيل غير القانوني لمرتفعات الجولان السورية هو فعل ، يبدو سطحياً أنه يغير القليل من الوقائع على الأرض في الشرق الأوسط لكن لا يجب على شخص ما بخس تقدير تداعياته بعيدة المدى الشاملة.

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 ۔

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Perspective

The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia

20 April 2019

An editorial in the New York Times makes clear that the central purpose of the Democrats’ campaign against Trump has been to demand more aggressive action against Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Fight Against Fascism

“If you agree with our analysis, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to do.”
David North speaks on the threat of fascism

By David North, 20 April 2019

North, the Chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, urged a meeting of students and workers at Wayne State University to build the Socialist Equality Party in order to fight against the threat of fascism and war.

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It
North and Vandreier conclude US tour at New York University

By our reporters, 20 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, and WSWS chairman David North concluded their lecture tour with a well-attended meeting at New York University.

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

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

By David North, 10 April 2019

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

2 April 2019

Free Assange and Manning

“We’re all in this together. That is how I see it.”
Detroit Fiat Chrysler autoworkers defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 April 2019

A WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaign team spoke to workers Thursday at the Warren Stamping plant outside of Detroit about the importance of the defense of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Why the defense of Julian Assange is necessary for all workers

By the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees

“Without truth and a free press we are doomed to further oppression”
Teachers demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter

Formerly-jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste fronts corporate media attack on Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 20 April 2019

Peter Greste, once incarcerated by the US-backed Egyptian junta, is using his reputation as a victim of attacks on press freedom to support the Washington-led efforts to suppress WikiLeaks.

Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful meeting in defence of Julian Assange

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 20 April 2019

Students at the meeting voted unanimously for a resolution to fight for the freedom of the WikiLeaks publisher.

US preparing more charges against Julian Assange

By Kristina Betinis, 19 April 2019

Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism

The media’s role in persecuting Julian Assange

Julian Assange’s extraordinary record of investigative journalism

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2019

Growing popular support for Julian Assange in Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 April 2019

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson demands release of Julian Assange

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees denounces attacks on WikiLeaks publisher

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Socialist Equality Party

European election: SGP holds its second campaign meeting in Frankfurt-Main

By our correspondents, 20 April 2019

In Frankfurt, SGP Chairman Ulrich Rippert highlighted the importance of the International Committee of the Fourth International and its perspective of a United Socialist States of Europe.

Socialist Equality Party candidate in European elections appears on German TV

Powerful start to German Socialist Equality Party campaign in European elections

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the 2019 Australian Federal Election
No to Militarism and War! For Socialism and Internationalism!

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

Twenty years since the death of Australian Trotskyist and Aboriginal worker, Comrade Yabu Bilyana

Message of condolence from David North
“He based his life on the ideals of justice, equality and human solidarity”

Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”

Arts Review

The stagnation of American poetry: The Best American Poetry 2018

By James McDonald, 20 April 2019

For the most part, these are eminently safe poems, carefully dressed, peer reviewed and scrupulously attentive to contemporary cultural regulations of taste.

Freep Film Festival 2019 in Detroit—Part 2
Midnight Family from Mexico, The Last Truck and American Factory—about a former GM plant, murderous Detroit police and I Am Richard Pryor: A mixed lot

By Joanne Laurier, 19 April 2019

Freep Film Festival 2019 in Detroit—Part 1
Glimpses of social life: The Feeling of Being Watched, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool and Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, among others

Commentary

Twenty years since the Columbine High School massacre

By David Walsh, 19 April 2019

Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2019

The media and the Mueller report

Netanyahu prepares to form far-right government in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 19 April 2019

New round of US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 19 April 2019

Behind Trump’s clash with the Fed: Looming economic crisis and class conflict

Trump, the Fed and the New York Times

German government adopts new law to expand immigrant deportations

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2019

Germany: SPD and Greens act as stooges for the far-right in Hamburg

An assembly of political bankrupts: Historical Materialism and Jacobin host “Socialism in Our Time” conference

By Joseph Kishore, 16 April 2019

Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics

By Eric London, 15 April 2019

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

The reactionary role of national opportunist politics in Latin America
WSWS rejects invitation to conference of political bankrupts in Buenos Aires

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2019

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

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

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

Workers Struggles

Jet Airways employees demonstrate in India; Pakistan doctors protest privatisation; Queensland bulk haulage train and maintenance workers to strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 April 2019

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

USW forces rotten deal on Harley-Davidson workers in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 19 April 2019

Strike of 31,000 New England Stop & Shop workers in sixth day

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

31,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers strike at over 240 supermarkets in New England

25 years ago: Fascists enter Italian government for the first time since Mussolini

On April 16, 1994, members of Italy’s right-wing Freedom Alliance coalition were elected to head both houses of parliament.

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50 years ago: Gustáv Husák replaces Alexander Dubcek as head of Czechoslovak government

On April 17, 1969, the Central Committee of the Communist party of Czechoslovakia (KSC) voted to remove Alexander Dubcek as First Secretary.

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75 years ago: Amid series of offensives, Soviet troops capture Tarnopol

On April 15, 1944, Soviet troops expelled Nazi forces from Tarnopol, in German-occupied Poland.

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100 years ago: French sailors mutiny in the Black Sea

On April 19, 1919, sailors on the French battleship France, anchored near the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, revolted over orders to shovel 700 tons of coal during the Easter weekend.

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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.

History

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 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