Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2019

Pompeo’s abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.

The social crisis and the global eruption of US imperialism

Sweden reopens “preliminary investigation” and seeks extradition of Julian Assange

By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2019

No new evidence has been cited by Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson.

“This administration clearly wants to go after journalists”
Chelsea Manning restates her refusal to testify against Julian Assange as new grand jury subpoena looms

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

Trump welcomes Hungarian far-right prime minister Orbán to the White House

By Clara Weiss, 14 May 2019

The Trump administration is sending a clear message of endorsement of the far-right in the upcoming European elections.

Republicans launch “anti-Semitism” smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib

By Tom Hall, 14 May 2019

The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.

Trump says he reported $1.17 billion in losses over 10 years to evade paying taxes

By E.P. Milligan, 14 May 2019

Trump’s statement that he claimed losses in order to evade taxes is tantamount to an admission of tax fraud.

Former Boeing engineers say safety compromised by cost-cutting drive

By Bryan Dyne, 14 May 2019

No Boeing executives have been arrested or even charged in connection with two crashes that killed 346 people.

Boeing continues to whitewash 737 crashes

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

More than one million Americans lost health insurance in 2018

By Alex González, 14 May 2019

After decreasing or leveling off in past years, the number of uninsured is on the rise, with the poor or near-poor more than three times as likely to be uninsured as the non-poor.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals and Mallinckrodt: Financial parasitism and the US pharmaceutical industry

By Brian Dixon, 14 May 2019

The business strategy of Questcor and Mallinckrodt reflects the parasitic and predatory nature of the pharmaceutical industry under the pressure of finance capital.

IG Metall and Thyssenkrupp collaborate in handing over company to finance sharks

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 May 2019

Thyssenkrupp, with 160,000 employees worldwide, is to be transformed into a holding company and broken up, while the company’s most profitable segment, the elevator division, is to be outsourced and listed on the stock market.

Sri Lankan government imposes island-wide curfew amid anti-Muslim violence

By K. Ratnayake, 14 May 2019

While the curfew is supposedly to prevent violence, the attacks on Muslims have continued, indicating that the security forces are turning a blind eye to the thugs.

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Streiker i USA overgår nivået for 2018

Jerry White, 14. mai 2019

Så langt i 2019 har det har vært 17 store streiker i USA, av nesten 230 000 lærere i offentlige skoler, universitetsansatte, sykehuspersonale, supermarkedsansatte og andre arbeidere.

Arbeiderklassen og faren for diktatur i USA

Patrick Martin, 14. mai 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi og andre toppdemokrater innrømmer at det er en «konstitusjonell krise», men de nekter å føre en seriøs kamp mot Trumps autoritære handlinger.

Sørafrikanske valg
Ramaphosa valgt til fullperiode som president, med lavt ANC-resultat

Eddie Haywood, 14. mai 2019

Valget markerer første gang i ANCs etter-apartheid-historie at partiets stemmeandel falt til under 60 prosent.

Fremtiden ligger i sosialisme

Joseph Kishore, 14. mai 2019

Vi publiserer her den norske oversettelsen av transkripsjonen av talen Joseph Kishore holdt for 2019 Online International May Day Rally.

Offentlig møte i London med krav om frihet for Julian Assange og Chelsea Manning

vår reporter, 14. mai 2019

Talere omfattet ledere fra Socialist Equality Partier i Storbritannia, Australia, USA og Tyskland, og med Clara Campos som representerte Forsvarskomitéen for Julian Assange (JADC).

“Denne administrasjonen vil åpenbart gå etter journalister”
Chelsea Manning bekrefter igjen sin nekting av å ville vitne mot Julian Assange, med ny storjurystevning som truer

Niles Niemuth, 14. mai 2019

Manning uttalte seg på CNN-programmet «Pålitelige Kilder» bare tre dager etter at hun ble løslatt fra føderalt fengsel, der hun gjorde det klart at hun vil motsette seg den nye storjurystevningen selv om det skulle bety å bli sendt tilbake til fengsel.

Free Assange NZ fordømmer hykleriet på begivenhet for markeringen av Internasjonal dag for pressefrihet

Tom Peters, 14. mai 2019

Alex Hills fra Free Assange New Zealand fordømte den britiske regjeringens «nakne hykleri» og oppfordret mediene til «å få slutt på bakvaskingene og løgnene om en antikrighelt».

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Élections sud-africaines
Ramaphosa a été élu président sur fond d’une baisse record du vote pour l'ANC

Eddie Haywod, 14 mai 2019

L’élection marque la première fois dans l’histoire de l’ANC après l’apartheid que son vote soit descendu en dessous la barre des 60 pour cent.

La classe ouvrière et la menace de la dictature aux États-Unis

Patrick Martin, 14 mai 2019

La Présidente de la Chambre des représentants, Nancy Pelosi, et d'autres démocrates de haut rang admettent qu'il y a une «crise constitutionnelle» mais refusent de mener une lutte sérieuse contre les actions autoritaires de Trump.

L'appel à «tirer» sur les immigrants suscite l'approbation de la foule lors d’un rassemblement pour Trump

Eric London, 14 mai 2019

Lorsqu'un spectateur à un rassemblement pour Trump mercredi a crié que les États-Unis devraient «tirer» sur les immigrants, Trump a ri. Pendant ce temps, le gouvernement arrête un nombre record de familles à la frontière.

La réunion publique de Londres exige la liberté de Julian Assange et Chelsea Manning

notre journaliste, 14 mai 2019

Parmi les orateurs figuraient des dirigeants des partis de l’égalité socialiste en Grande-Bretagne, en Australie, aux États-Unis et en Allemagne, avec Clara Campos représentant la Commission de défense Julian Assange.

Free Assange NZ dénonce l'hypocrisie lors de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse

Tom Peters, 14 mai 2019

Alex Hills, de Free Assange New Zealand, a condamné «l'hypocrisie effrontée» du gouvernement britannique et a appelé les médias à «mettre fin aux calomnies et aux mensonges sur un héros antiguerre.»

«Ce gouvernement veut clairement s’en prendre aux journalistes»
À l’approche d’une nouvelle assignation à comparaître devant le grand jury, Chelsea Manning réitère son refus de témoigner contre Julian Assange

Niles Niemuth, 14 mai 2019

S’exprimant sur l’émission «Sources fiables» de CNN trois jours seulement après sa libération de prison fédérale, Manning a clairement indiqué qu’elle résisterait à la nouvelle assignation du grand jury, même au prix d’un renvoi en prison.

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La clase obrera y el peligro de una dictadura en Estados Unidos

Patrick Martin, 14 mayo 2019

La presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, y otros dirigentes demócratas admitieron que existe una “crisis constitucional” pero se rehúsan a librar una lucha seria contra las acciones autoritarias de Trump.

EUA al borde de guerra contra Irán tras emplazamiento de bombarderos B-52 y grupo de combate con portaaviones

Bill Van Auken, 14 mayo 2019

Los amenazantes despliegues se producen en medio de una nueva ronda de declaraciones militaristas de Washington.

Conflicto con Irán exacerba tensiones transatlánticas

Peter Schwarz, 14 mayo 2019

Los Gobiernos europeos están haciendo todo lo posible para evitar una movilización más amplia contra la guerra.

El futuro reside en el socialismo

Joseph Kishore, 14 mayo 2019

Estamos publicando aquí el texto del discurso en el Mitin del Día Internacional del Trabajador pronunciado por Joseph Kishore.

La lucha de clases en Estados Unidos y la lucha contra la guerra

Niles Niemuth, 14 mayo 2019

Estamos publicando aquí el texto del discurso en el Mitin del Día Internacional del Trabajador pronunciado por Niles Niemuth.

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Die Arbeiterklasse und die Gefahr einer Diktatur in den USA

Patrick Martin, 14. Mai 2019

Nancy Pelosi, die Sprecherin des Repräsentantenhauses, und andere Spitzenpolitiker der Demokraten sprechen von einer „Verfassungskrise“, treten aber Trumps autoritärem Vorgehen nicht ernsthaft entgegen.

Handelskrieg eskaliert: Trump droht mit Ultimatum – China verhängt Vergeltungszölle

Nick Beams, 14. Mai 2019

Die USA ergänzen ihre immer aggressivere Rhetorik mit neuen Zöllen in Höhe von 25 Prozent auf chinesische Waren im Wert von 300 Milliarden Dollar. China reagiert seinerseits mit der Verhängung zusätzlicher Zölle.

Veranstaltung in London fordert die Freilassung von Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning

unserem Reporter, 14. Mai 2019

Auf der Veranstaltung sprachen führende Mitglieder der britischen Socialist Equality Party, ihrer Schwesterparteien aus Australien, den USA und Deutschland, sowie Clara Campos als Vertreterin des Julian Assange Defence Committee.

Das Zeter-Geschrei über den Protest gegen die Frankfurter „Kopftuch-Konferenz“

Marianne Arens, 14. Mai 2019

Die Ereignisse an der Frankfurter Goethe-Universität folgten einem vertrauten Muster: Berechtigte Kritik an rassistischen und rechtsextremen Standpunkten wird als „Angriff auf die Wissenschaftsfreiheit“ und als „Gesinnungsterror“ denunziert und kriminalisiert.

Siemens gliedert Energie- und Kraftwerkssparte aus

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14. Mai 2019

Die Aktionäre erwarten, dass die Arbeitsplätze und Arbeitsbedingungen so noch schneller angegriffen und abgebaut werden können, um die Profitraten zu steigern.

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EUA ameaçam Irã com uma guerra

Keith Jones, 13 Maio 2019

O caráter imprudente e criminoso das ações de Washington é enorme. Um ataque dos EUA contra o Irã ameaça provocar uma guerra em todo o Oriente Médio e arrastar rapidamente outros países imperialistas e grandes potências ao conflito.

O “socialismo” nacionalista de Bernie Sanders

Patrick Martin, 13 Maio 2019

Sanders apresenta os trabalhadores chineses, o maior contingente da classe trabalhadora internacional, como os inimigos dos trabalhadores estadunidenses.

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Perspective

A new stage in the US-China trade war

14 May 2019

The fundamental and irresolvable contradiction of world capitalism, between world economy and the nation-state system, lies at the root of the accelerating US-China trade war.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

“The Socialist Equality Party views the defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning as the spearhead of an emerging global struggle against imperialism.”

By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2019

We are publishing here the speech of Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden to the May 12 meeting in London in defence of jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

London public meeting demands the freedom of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

Australia: Rally to defend Julian Assange held in Broadmeadows, Melbourne

By our reporters, 14 May 2019

The event drew a small but determined crowd of SEP members and supporters, local workers, and WikiLeaks’ supporters.

Students in Berlin support this Saturday’s rally to defend Julian Assange

By our reporter, 14 May 2019

SEP and IYSSE campaigners have distributed thousands of leaflets and put up hundreds of posters in workplaces, universities, and shopping centres to promote the “Freedom for Julian Assange” rally in Berlin.

Australia: GetUp’s silence over the persecution of Julian Assange

By Richard Phillips: SEP Senate candidate for New South Wales, 13 May 2019

Free Assange NZ denounces hypocrisy at World Press Freedom Day event

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2019

Video: Workers at SEP rally in Parramatta denounce persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 9 May 2019

US indicts whistleblower who exposed Obama’s drone assassination program

By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Factory fire symptomatic of social devastation in Calwell electorate

By Peter Byrne: SEP candidate for Calwell, 14 May 2019

“Where factories once employed workers who actually made things, they are now rented and filled with toxic waste, then abandoned.”

A socialist program needed to halt assault on university students and staff

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 14 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party is alone in calling for a vast redistribution of wealth to secure the basic social right to free, high-quality public education at all levels.

SEP election meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane
Vote Socialist Equality Party! No to War and Austerity! For Socialism and Internationalism!

7 May 2019

Science

A million species threatened with extinction, UN-backed report warns

By Daniel de Vries, 14 May 2019

The comprehensive study of biodiversity called for “transformative change” to protect nature and humanity.

Commentary

Five years since the poisoning of Flint’s water supply: Part one

By James Brewer, 14 May 2019

This is the first of a two-part series drawing a balance sheet of five years of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

German president calls for clampdown on freedom of speech, internet censorship at Berlin conference

By Johannes Stern, 14 May 2019

Ahead of the European elections on May 26, the ruling class aims to intensify internet censorship and silence critical viewpoints.

German Young Socialist leader unleashes storm of debate about socialism

The German ruling class fears the spectre of socialism

The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2019

Faculty at Chicago’s DePaul University condemn professor’s anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East

By Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2019

Eugenics advocate Noah Carl dismissed from Cambridge University fellowship

Trump administration to evict 55,000 children of immigrants from public housing

By Eric London, 13 May 2019

Trump rally roars approval for call to “shoot” immigrants

South African elections
Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote

By Eddie Haywood, 13 May 2019

The New York Times and its Uyghur “activist”

India’s election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction

Removal of white educator from African American history class in Michigan sparks widespread outrage

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

The class struggle in the United States and the fight against war

By Niles Niemuth, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

Workers Struggles

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 May 2019

Three years ago, Detroit teachers were the first to organize sickouts and protests that exposed the crisis of public education to a national and international audience.

“I am ready to stay out and not going back in until we get everything we need”
More than 20,000 participate in Oregon walkouts for public education

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Brazilian university workers, students to strike over cuts; series of strikes hit Argentina

14 May 2019

Public university professors and students will strike later this week over cuts by the government of Jair Bolsonaro while educators, petroleum workers and judicial workers in Argentina have set dates for stoppages.

Toledo, Ohio workers complete first week of strike vs. Mercy Health St. Vincent

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2019

Strikes by US workers outpacing rate in 2018

By Jerry White, 13 May 2019

The Uber IPO: Billions for investors, increased exploitation for workers

More on the class struggle in the US »

GM workers denounce deals to “save” token jobs in Lordstown and Oshawa

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2019

“The UAW sold us down the river”
Fiat Chrysler uses robocall to announce more layoffs at Belvidere, Illinois, plant

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

San Francisco Board of Education to decide on the fate of historic murals said to be “offensive”

By Toby Reese, 13 May 2019

Wild Nights with Emily: American poet Emily Dickinson undone by gender politics

By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 10 May 2019

Clergy: An uncompromising film about the hypocrisy and corruption of the Catholic Church in Poland

Red Joan: A British spy story skirts some issues

Documentary about the brutal 2014 disappearance of teachers’ college students
The 43: A state massacre and cover-up in Mexico

25 years ago: Teamsters cut off strike benefits for freight drivers

On May 17, 1994, the executive board of the Teamsters union approved the cutoff of $200-per-week strike pay following the betrayal of the freight drivers’ strike in April.

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50 years ago: Chinese-Malay clashes after Malaysian election

On May 13, 1969, following national elections that resulted in a sharply reduced majority for the ruling Malay-dominated Alliance Party, riots broke out in Kuala Lumpur that targeted and attacked Chinese neighborhoods.

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75 years ago: Stalin deports the Crimean Tatars

On May 17, 1944, the Soviet secret police, at the direction of Stalin, launched a three-day punitive operation rounding up the entire population of 500,000 Crimean Tatars.

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100 years ago: Canadian workers begin general strike in Winnipeg

On May 15, 1919, more than 30,000 workers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, walked off the job in support of a strike by metal tradesmen which began on May 6.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE in US holds successful meetings on postmodernism and identity politics

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

”Dictatorships as alternative political orders?”—We say no!
Student Parliament at Humboldt University condemns Jörg Baberowski’s right-wing think tank

European elections

“Join the fight for a united socialist Europe!”
Socialist Equality Party (SGP) publishes campaign video for European Elections

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 April 2019

The European elections and the revival of class struggle

History

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part One

By Peter Symonds, 4 May 2019

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

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

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

By David North, 10 April 2019

More on the fight against fascism »

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

The ongoing strike wave on the US-Mexico border provides critical lessons for the incipient movement of the working class on an international scale.

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

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