“I would rather starve to death than change my opinion”
Chelsea Manning jailed again after refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

By Niles Niemuth, 17 May 2019

Manning has courageously insisted on principle that she will never testify before any grand jury about her possible contacts with Assange and WikiLeaks or anything else.

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

More on the campaign to free Assange and Manning »

More migrant deaths as Trump unveils class-based immigration quota

By Eric London, 17 May 2019

Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.

ICE conducts armed raid on student pastor’s home in Chicago, abducts three

Trump planning nationwide military round-up of 10,000 immigrants

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

More on the attacks against immigrants »

Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians, raising war tensions in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2019

The airstrikes, claiming 77 civilian casualties, came two days after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

US security forces storm Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C.

By Nick Barrickman, 17 May 2019

The raid of the embassy is of a piece with the reckless and illegal actions taken by the Trump administration in an effort to force a regime change in Venezuela.

Protesters occupying Venezuela embassy in Washington DC speak out

Muslim victims of violence in Sri Lanka speak to the WSWS

By our reporters, 17 May 2019

WSWS reporters visiting Minuwangoda, a bustling town in the Gampaha district of Sri Lanka, discovered a ghost town.

University of California unions wear down workers with fifth one-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 17 May 2019

Dwindling numbers participate in the fifth one-day, unpaid strike, as workers have been kept on the job without a contract for nearly two years.

Detroit teachers demand action on pay, class sizes and testing

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

More on education in the US »

With contract deadline approaching, Michigan auto parts workers vote by 97 percent to strike global parts maker

By James McDonald, 17 May 2019

Michigan auto parts workers, angry over deplorable conditions and years of UAW-backed concessions, face a contract expiration date of May 31.

Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic

By Isaac Finn, 17 May 2019

The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.

Rising US health insurance costs take toll on workers

By Alex Johnson, 17 May 2019

Since 2007, annual deductibles for job-based health plans—the most common form of coverage—have increased fourfold, with the average for plans rising to an estimated $1,300.

Canada’s government uses bogus “foreign interference” claims to expand censorship ahead of federal election

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 17 May 2019

The government’s reactionary campaign has the twin aims of legitimizing censorship of social media and whipping up hostility against Russia and China, which Canadian imperialism views as its most dangerous rivals.

How Québec Solidaire abetted the rise of anti-Muslim chauvinism

Spain’s ruling elite mourns former Socialist Party leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba

By Alejandro López, 17 May 2019

The bourgeoisie hailed Rubalcaba because his defence of austerity and violent repression epitomize what it sees as desirable in a ruler.

Labor’s promise on childcare wages—another cynical deception

By Terry Cook, 17 May 2019

Labor leader Bill Shorten’s pledge is designed to prevent a rank-and-file struggle for a genuine improvement in wages and working conditions.

New in Turkish

Emperyalist savaş, Ortadoğu ile Kuzey Afrika’daki işçi sınıfı kabarması ve Sürekli Devrim stratejisi

Keith Jones, 17 Mayıs 2019

Cezayir’de ve bölge genelinde yaşanan işçi sınıfı kabarması, can alıcı perspektif ve strateji sorunlarını; en önemlisi de, işçi sınıfını Sürekli Devrim programı ile siyasi olarak donatma gerekliliğini gündeme getirmektedir.

New in Spanish

Prohibición del aborto en Alabama: de vuelta a la barbarie

Patrick Martin, 17 mayo 2019

El propósito de la ley es darle la oportunidad a la mayoría derechista de la Corte Suprema estadounidense a anular la decisión del caso Roe vs. Wade.

Washington ordena a personal estadounidense dejar Irak entre preparativos de guerra contra Irán

Bill Van Auken, 17 mayo 2019

La orden de evacuación se produjo después de que un general de alto rango británico dijera que no había una amenaza elevada proveniente de las fuerzas respaldadas por Irán en la región.

En otra escalada de la guerra comercial contra China
Trump emite una orden ejecutiva dirigida contra Huawei

Nick Beams, 17 mayo 2019

Esta última acción de los EUA es una intensificación en lo que se podría describir como un impulso hacia “convertir en arma” todas las ramas del Estado en la confrontación económica contra China.

New in French

Washington ordonne au personnel américain de quitter l'Irak tandis que s’intensifient les préparatifs de guerre contre l’Iran

Bill Van Auken, 17 mai 2019

L'ordre d'évacuation a été donné alors qu'un haut général britannique a déclaré qu'il n'y avait pas de menace accrue des forces soutenues par l'Iran dans la région.

Le Pentagone menace l'Europe à propos du projet d’une armée européenne

Alex Lantier, 17 mai 2019

La lettre a été divulguée sur fond de tensions grandissantes entre Washington et ses rivaux impérialistes européens à propos des menaces de guerre américaines contre l’Iran.

La France accueille «l’Appel de Christchurch» pour intensifier la censure de l’Internet

Will Morrow, 17 mai 2019

Sous la bannière de la lutte contre le terrorisme, les géants des médias sociaux et les États capitalistes cherchent à censurer les médias sociaux pour bannir les opinions de gauche et antiguerre.

New in German

Abtreibungsverbot in Alabama: Zurück zur Barbarei

Patrick Martin, 17. Mai 2019

Das Ziel des Gesetzes besteht darin, der neuen rechten Mehrheit am Obersten Gerichtshof der USA die Möglichkeit zu geben, das Präzedenzurteil im Fall Roe vs Wade zu kippen.

Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Iran: USA ziehen Botschaftspersonal aus Irak ab

Bill Van Auken, 17. Mai 2019

Die Evakuierung wurde angeordnet, während zur selben Zeit ein britischer General erklärte, dass es in der Region keine erhöhte Gefahr durch Iran-gestützte Kräfte gebe.

Drohungen des Pentagon wegen EU-Rüstungsplänen

Alex Lantier, 17. Mai 2019

Während die US-Regierung den Iran bedroht, verschärfen sich auch die Spannungen zwischen den USA und ihren europäischen Rivalen.

Zentrale Europawahl-Veranstaltung der SGP in Berlin

Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 17. Mai 2019

Am Samstag, den 18. Mai, um 15 Uhr führt die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei in Berlin ihre zentrale Veranstaltung zur Europawahl durch. Vormittags um 11 Uhr organisiert sie vor der britischen Botschaft eine Kundgebung für die Freiheit von Julian Assange.

„Landesregiment Bayern“: Regierung bereitet Truppe für Inlandseinsätze vor

Tino Jacobson und Peter Schwarz, 17. Mai 2019

Mit dem Pilotprojekt eines bayerischen „Landesregiments“ schafft die Bundesregierung klammheimlich eine Heimatschutztruppe. Das weckt Erinnerungen an die militärischen Freiwilligenverbände, die während der Weimarer Republik die Arbeiterklasse terrorisierten.

New in Russian

Лидер германского «Союза молодых социалистов» вызывает бурю дебатов о социализме

Петер Шварц, 16 мая 2019 г.

Будучи беззастенчивым карьеристом, Кюнерт может выдавать себя за социалиста лишь потому, что он опирается на неопытность и недостаток знаний у сегодняшнего молодого поколения.

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Perspective

The US war drive against Iran and the conflict with Europe

17 May 2019

Amid growing conflicts with its strategic rivals, including its European Union “allies,” Washington is seeking to reorganize Eurasian geopolitics, beginning with a war drive targeting Iran.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Vote 1 Socialist Equality Party! Take up the fight for socialist internationalism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 May 2019

The SEP is campaigning to build a revolutionary, socialist movement of the working class against the entire parliamentary establishment and the capitalist system that it defends.

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

Mass unemployment, climate change and a toxic dump in Oxley

By Michael Smith, 17 May 2019

The following is an edited version of the speech delivered by Michael Smith to the Socialist Equality Party election public meeting in the Brisbane electorate of Oxley.

Strong response to SEP’s socialist program at final election meetings

By our reporters, 17 May 2019

There were animated and extended discussions at SEP public meetings in the working-class electorates of Parramatta, Hunter, Calwell and Oxley this week.

Workers and youth discuss Julian Assange, social conditions and war at SEP election meetings

By our reporters, 17 May 2019

One worker said: “It is absolutely vital that we have meetings like this in working-class areas. Having this meeting, as a party, is one step ahead towards the goal of achieving equality.”

European elections

Socialist Equality Party in Germany to hold central meeting of European election campaign in Berlin

By the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), 17 May 2019

Prior to the May 18 meeting, the SGP will organise a rally in front of the British Embassy in Berlin to demand the freedom of Julian Assange.

“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

Arts Review

The Eyes of Orson Welles: A markedly political approach to the American filmmaker …
… and John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (about John Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine )

By Joanne Laurier, 17 May 2019

A generally left-wing figure shaped by the Great Depression and the impact of the Russian Revolution, filmmaker Orson Welles (1915-1985) was artistically demanding and for the most part found Hollywood nightmarish.

Doris Day, prominent postwar American actress and singer, dies at 97

By David Walsh, 15 May 2019

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

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

Commentary

George Galloway tried to become Brexit Party candidate—and failed

By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2019

Galloway’s failed attempt to represent Nigel Farage’s party is indicative of how an entire layer of ex-Stalinists and the pseudo-left have become part of a new right.

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2019

Washington orders US personnel out of Iraq amid war buildup against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2019

Pentagon threatens Europe over EU army plans

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2019

In another escalation of trade war against China
Trump issues executive order directed at Huawei

By Nick Beams, 16 May 2019

Strong support for Toledo hospital workers as UAW isolates strike

By Tom Hall, 15 May 2019

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

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

By James Brewer, 14 May 2019

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

Free Assange and Manning

Speech by Oscar Grenfell
Millions in Australia “view Assange as a hero who is being attacked for revealing the truth.”

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 May 2019

We are publishing here the speech of Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and national convenor of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, at the May 12 meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Clara Campos of the Julian Assange Defence Committee:
“We must act now in mobilising to free him. He is one of us.”

By Clara Campos, 17 May 2019

We are publishing here the remarks of Clara Campos, a representative of the Julian Assange Defence Committee, who spoke at the May 12 meeting in London in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Audience members at London meeting discuss way forward in fight for Assange and Manning’s freedom

By Laura Tiernan, 16 May 2019

ICFI supporters hold rally in India to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 16 May 2019

“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

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Socialist Equality Party

Defeat the government’s police-military dictatorial plans
SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo on Sri Lankan emergency declaration

17 May 2019

The meeting will discuss the revolutionary socialist perspective needed to defend the democratic and social rights of working people.

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

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

Workers in France march against government labour laws; Sudan hit by strikes; unions betray South African Cell C strike
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 May 2019

Tens of thousands of French workers held a march against regressive changes in labour laws while major strikes continue in Sudan and South Africa

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 »

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.

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.

More »

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.

More »

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

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