At least 290 killed in terrorist bomb attacks in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 22 April 2019

Despite an intelligence alert 10 days before, both the government and police failed to warn the public and took little or no action to prevent the terrible bombings.

Sri Lankan bomb survivors and local residents denounce terror attacks

By our correspondents, 22 April 2019

“The aim of this attack could be to instigate communalism and turmoil. It must be totally condemned.”

Democrats release first fundraising figures of presidential campaign

By Tom Hall, 22 April 2019

Democratic candidates raised a lower-than-expected $75 million, with most big-money donors waiting for the crowded field to shake out.

Legal experts: Assange likely faces espionage charges if extradited to US

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2019

If he is extradited to the US, Assange will be denied genuine due process and will likely face charges carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Landslide victory for Zelensky over Poroshenko in Ukrainian presidential election

By Jason Melanovski, 22 April 2019

The election results reflect the enormous hostility within the Ukrainian working class toward the right-wing nationalist policies of the Poroshenko regime.

Young journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 22 April 2019

McKee was killed in the aftermath of a police raid on a house in the Creggan estate.

Florida deputy’s assault on high school student caught on video

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 April 2019

The assault took place in the same county as the Stoneman Douglas school shooting last year, where officers have since been trained to use more brutal policing methods.

Empty buildings, empty promises: Foxconn con job continues in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 22 April 2019

An estimated $300 million has already been siphoned from public coffers to provide transportation access for a nonexistent factory complex.

Spain: Podemos manifesto defends constitution, urges coalition with Socialist Party

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2019

The concessions hailed by Podemos were included in the 1978 Constitution to legitimise the filthy compromise between the PSOE and the Communist Party (PCE) with the Francoites, to “forgive and forget” the crimes of fascism.

Germany’s IT Security Act 2.0: Another step towards a police state

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 April 2019

The German government’s new legislation must be seen in connection with the arrest of Julian Assange and his imminent extradition to the US.

UK education system breaking apart after decade of cuts

By Tom Pearce, 22 April 2019

Funding per pupil in England continues to fall, with a further 3 percent drop to come in the next period.

US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education
Part 2: Plundering the education “market”

By Rebecca DeCarlo and Nancy Hanover, 22 April 2019

The US Department of Education is giving a green light to the development of new for-profit entities, which take a staggering cut of 60 percent or more from tuition payments.

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

More on the defense of public education »

New in Portuguese

Protestos fazem Museu de História Natural de Nova York cancelar evento em homenagem a Bolsonaro

Miguel Andrade, 22 Abril 2019

Diante de enorme reação popular, as elites dominantes em Nova York foram forçadas a se dissociar do fascista presidente brasileiro.

New in Norwegian

Mueller-rapporten og kampanjen mot Russland

Joseph Kishore, 22. april 2019

En redaksjonell lederartikkel i New York Times gjør det klart at det sentrale formålet med demokratenes kampanje mot Trump har vært kravet om mer aggressiv handling mot Russland.

«Hvis dere aksepterer vår analyse må dere bestemme dere for hva dere vil gjøre.»
David North taler om faren for fascisme

David North, 22. april 2019

På et møte med studenter og arbeidere ved Wayne State University oppfordret North, styreleder for Den internasjonale redaksjonskomitéen for World Socialist Web Site, tilhørerne innstendig om å delta i byggingen av Socialist Equality Party for å bekjempe trusselen for fascisme og krig.

Mer enn 140 deltok på New-York-møtet med tittelen «Faren for fascisme og hvordan bekjempe den»

våre reportere, 22. april 2019

Christoph Vandreier, nestleder for Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP), og WSWS-styreleder David North avsluttet deres forelesningsturné med et godt besøkt møte ved New York University.

Nei til opprop om «nasjonal enhet» etter Notre-Dame-brannen i Paris

Alex Lantier, 22. april 2019

Katedralens skjebne gir en klar pekepinn på det presserende behovet for at arbeidere eksproprierer det uansvarlige og parasittiske finansaristokratiet som dominerer det offisielle offentlige liv.

«Kapitalismen er et forferdelig system som berøver folk for deres arbeidskraft»
Med fastlåste forhandlinger fortsetter Chicago-Symphony-Orchestra-musikerne streiken og sine gratiskonserter

Michael Walters og George Marlowe, 22. april 2019

Chicago-Symphony-Orchestra-ledelsen gjentok sitt krav om at musikerne gir opp sine tradisjonelle pensjoner, og kansellerte også planlagte konserter frem til slutten av april.

“Hvorfor Boeing lagde det sånn? Ren uaktsomhet og grådighet. Det er ganske enkelt ikke noe annet svar.”
Luftfartsreporter Rytis Beresnevičius snakker med WSWS om Boeing 737-styrtene

Bryan Dyne, 22. april 2019

Rytis Beresnevičius har fulgt de to nylige Boeing 737-Max-8-styrtene tett, både beslutningene på teknisk og regulatorisk nivå og fra ledelsen side, som førte til disse katastrofene.

New in French

Le ministre de l’Intérieur britannique exige «l’application de la loi avec sévérité » à l’encontre des manifestants contre le changement climatique

Laura Tiernan, 22 avril 2019

Plus de 682 manifestants contre le changement climatique ont été arrêtés depuis lundi dernier.

Le rapport Mueller et la campagne contre la Russie

Joseph Kishore, 22 avril 2019

Un éditorial du New York Times indique clairement que l’objectif central de la campagne des Démocrates contre Trump a été d’exiger une action plus agressive contre la Russie.

Vingt ans après le massacre de Columbine

22 avril 2019

L'événement survenu au Colorado, au cours duquel deux lycéens de dernière année ont tué 12 de leurs camarades de classe et un enseignant avant de se suicider, était quelque chose de qualitativement nouveau et inquiétant dans la vie sociale américaine.

Le gouvernement libéral du Canada s'attaque aux droits des réfugiés

Laurent Lafrance, 22 avril 2019

Le gouvernement Trudeau met en oeuvre des politiques anti-réfugiés et collabore avec Washington dans sa chasse aux sorcières contre les immigrants.

Élections européennes: SGP tient sa deuxième réunion de campagne à Francfort-sur-le-Main

Nos correspondants, 22 avril 2019

A Francfort, le président du SGP (Parti de l'égalité socialiste en Allemagne), Ulrich Rippert, a souligné l'importance du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale et sa perspective des États-Unis socialistes d'Europe.

Les conservateurs unis remportent les élections en Alberta et le vote néo-démocrate s'effondre

Roger Jordan, 22 avril 2019

Le résultat de l'élection représente un nouveau virage vers la droite au sein de l’establishment et exacerbera les tensions régionales au sein de l'élite dirigeante canadienne et de son État fédéral.

New in German

Der Mueller-Bericht und die US-Kampagne gegen Russland

Joseph Kishore, 22. April 2019

Ein Leitartikel in der New York Times macht deutlich, dass es den Demokraten im Konflikt mit Trump im Wesentlichen immer um die Aggression gegen Russland ging.

US-mexikanische Grenze: Bewaffnete Miliz macht Jagd auf Asylsuchende

Meenakshi Jagadeesan und Niles Niemuth, 22. April 2019

Eine private bewaffnete Bürgerwehr, die sich selbst United Constitutional Patriots nennt, nimmt an der amerikanisch-mexikanischen Grenze Migranten auf eigene Faust fest und arbeitet dabei mit dem Grenzschutz Border Patrol zusammen.

King’s College London sperrt linke Studierende bei Besuch der Queen aus

Thomas Scripps, 22. April 2019

Britische Studenten wurden als Sicherheitsrisiko eingestuft, direkt der Polizei gemeldet und von ihrem eigenen Campus ausgeschlossen

New in Spanish

El reporte de Mueller y la campaña contra Rusia

Joseph Kishore, 22 abril 2019

Un editorial en el New York Times deja en claro que el propósito central de la campaña de los demócratas contra Trump ha sido exigir un accionar más agresivo contra Rusia.

Milicias armadas detienen a solicitantes de asilo a punta de pistola en frontera entre EUA y México

Meenakshi Jagadeesan y Niles Niemuth, 22 abril 2019

Una milicia armada que se hace llamar United Constitutional Patriots publicó videos de sus miembros deteniendo a migrantes en la frontera sur de New Mexico, en acciones aparentemente coordinadas con la Patrulla Fronteriza.

El Gobierno de Trump escala sus amenazas contra Cuba

Alexander Fangmann, 22 abril 2019

La Administración de Trump está imponiendo sanciones unilaterales para castigar a las corporaciones extranjeras, particularmente europeas y canadienses, que inviertan en Cuba.

La secretaria de educación de EUA se encarga de destruir las regulaciones, busca un "cambio importante" en la educación superior: Parte 1

Nancy Hanover, 22 abril 2019

Un crudo asalto a los estándares educativos, que refuerza la división entre clases sociales en el acceso educativo y estimula el saqueo del "mercado de la educación", está siendo promulgado bajo el pretexto de "elaboración de normas" por el Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos.

El escándalo de las admisiones universitarias en EUA: un producto inevitable de los niveles malignos de desigualdad social

David Walsh, 22 abril 2019

El proceso corrupto es la implementación en este campo en particular del “principio aristocrático”, el dominio de la plutocracia a expensas de todo otro interés o preocupación social.

El conflicto continúa por la mina de cobre peruana mientras se levanta el bloqueo campesino

Cesar Uco y Armando Cruz, 22 abril 2019

El gobierno peruano cedió a las demandas de los 1,200 campesinos de Fuerabamba quienes suspendieron el bloqueo de la carretera que por 66 días paralizó la exportación de cobre concentrado a China.

Elecciones europeas: el SGP celebra su segundo acto electoral en Frankfurt-Main

nuestros corresponsales, 22 abril 2019

En Frankfurt, el presidente del SGP, Ulrich Rippert, destacó la importancia del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional y su perspectiva de los Estados Unidos Socialistas de Europa.

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 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 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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike
Socialism and the defense of culture

22 April 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, now in the seventh week of their strike, require the active support of the entire working class, in the United States and internationally.

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

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

By David North, 10 April 2019

Free Assange and Manning

SEP (Australia) to hold election rally and meetings in defence of Assange

22 April 2019

The events are aimed at building the mass movement required to compel the Australian government to fulfill its obligations to Assange.

Video: IYSSE (Australia) members at University of Melbourne demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 22 April 2019

“We demand the Australian government cease its collaboration with the US vendetta against Assange.”

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

“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

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Book Review

Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: A compendium of pseudo-left and anti-Marxist politics

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 22 April 2019

Assembly is saturated with reactionary postmodern conceptions, recycles worn-out anarchist recipes as innovative and progressive experiments and endorses virtually every political dead end of the recent and not-so-recent past.

Arts Review

Singer-songwriter Scott Walker (1943-2019): A gifted and intriguing artist

By Matthew Brennan, 22 April 2019

Best known as a member of the 1960s pop trio the Walker Brothers, Scott Walker became an elusive and yet influential figure in the rock and electronic music genres in later years.

The stagnation of American poetry: The Best American Poetry 2018

By James McDonald, 20 April 2019

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

The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 20 April 2019

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

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2019

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

By Alex Lantier, 20 April 2019

The burning of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

CIA director called out for complicity in torture

By Trévon Austin, 20 April 2019

“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

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

More on airline workers issues »

Twenty years since the Columbine High School massacre

By David Walsh, 19 April 2019

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our correspondents, 20 April 2019

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”

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: Raboteau massacre ignites renewed threats of US military action in Haiti

On April 22, 1994, soldiers and paramilitary forces raided the Raboteau neighborhood of Gonaïves, Haiti, executing residents thought to be in support of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted in a 1991 military coup.

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50 years ago: De Gaulle resigns after losing French referendum vote

On April 28, 1969, the 78-year-old former general Charles de Gaulle ended his ten-year rule as president of France.

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75 years ago: Churchill crushes uprising in Greek Middle East Army

On April 23, 1944, an uprising of the Greek Middle East Army and Navy in Egypt against the return of the Greek king to power ended in violence.

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100 years ago: Paris conference supports League of Nations

On April 28, 1919, a plenary session of the Paris Peace Conference, the conference staged by the victorious imperialist powers after the First World War to restabilize the world capitalist order, unanimously approved a Covenant as the basis of a League of Nations, to be formally established the following year.

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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