Ford slashing 7,000 white collar jobs

By Jerry White, 21 May 2019

In a scene played out just a few months ago at General Motors, hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford will be thrown out of their jobs this week as Ford cuts 10 percent of its salaried global workforce.

Police escort workers out of closed plant in Central Pennsylvania

Video: Mass layoffs hit Illinois Fiat Chrysler plant

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

Persian Gulf tensions rise as Trump threatens “end” of Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2019

The apocalyptic tweet from the US president came amid provocative drills by US warships in the Arabian Sea.

The US war drive against Iran and the conflict with Europe

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

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

No to war against Iran!

On the spot report: Ecuador’s government colludes with Washington to seize Julian Assange’s possessions

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 21 May 2019

Supporters of Assange began gathering by 8 a.m. yesterday outside the embassy to witness and denounce the search and seizure.

Former Ecuadorian consul Fidel Narváez denounces search and confiscation of Assange’s possessions

By our reporter, 21 May 2019

The WSWS spoke to Fidel Narváez, former consul at the Ecuadorian embassy, who was among protesters opposing plans for the police to search and confiscate the possessions of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

US warships provocatively challenge China’s claims in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2019

The so-called freedom of navigation operation underscores the danger that trade war with China will escalate into military conflict as the US seeks to ensure its global domination.

Protests erupt across US over barbaric anti-abortion ban in Alabama

By Valery Tsekov, 21 May 2019

The most significant of theses protests took place in Alabama and in Kansas City, Missouri, where a similar bill has been passed.

Missouri becomes the latest state to pass punitive anti-abortion legislation

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

Trump administration shipping immigrants to sanctuary cities as fifth child dies in ICE custody

By Norisa Diaz, 21 May 2019

Trump is seeking to further inundate processing centers and jails to justify the border wall as the fifth Guatemalan child has died in ICE custody since December.

More migrant deaths as Trump unveils class-based immigration quota

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

More on the attacks against immigrants »

Austrian government falls over video exposing corruption of far-right politician Christian Strache

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 21 May 2019

The Berlin-Paris axis’s hypocritical opposition to Strache and the far-right is based on their own imperialist agenda.

Right-wing Australian government re-elected as voters turn against Labor

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 May 2019

The election result reflected widespread hostility among workers, students and young people to Labor and the entire political establishment.

Australian voters speak out
Mass support for Assange as workers and youth oppose militarism and war

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

Many workers passionately oppose the persecution of Assange and Manning hailing them as “heroes,” “legends” and similar appellations.

Brazilian youth speak out during São Paulo demonstration against Bolsonaro’s attacks on education

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

Demonstrations on May 15 brought one million people to the streets in the first nationwide protest against the policies of Brazil’s fascistic President Bolsonaro.

27th weekly “yellow vest” rally in France: Protesters defend Assange, denounce war

By Anthony Torres, 21 May 2019

Tens of thousands of “yellow vests” continue to defy police crackdowns and the French government’s provocative claims that it has satisfied all their demands.

Le Pen’s neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France

By Will Morrow, 21 May 2019

In France and internationally, far-right forces are exploiting social anger produced by the pro-war, austerity and police-state policies of social-democratic governments.

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства проводит в Берлине митинг с требованием свободы Ассанжу и Мэннинг

От наших корреспондентов, 21 мая 2019 г.

Около 300 человек приняли участие в митинге, заслушав приветствия и речи представителей Партий Социалистического Равенства Германии, Британии, США и Австралии.

98 арестованных в результате протестов оппозиции в Екатеринбурге

Клара Вайс, 21 мая 2019 г.

Во главе протестов стояли правые националистические силы, связанные с поддерживаемой США либеральной оппозицией в лице Алексея Навального.

New in Portuguese

Um milhão de pessoas saem às ruas contra cortes na educação e austeridade no Brasil

Miguel Andrade, 21 Maio 2019

As poderosas manifestações de professores e estudantes em mais de 200 cidades aconteceram tanto contra o presidente fascista Bolsonaro quanto os governadores do PT.

New in Turkish

Avustralya İşçi Partisi’nin seçim bozgunu ve aşırı sağa karşı mücadele

Oscar Grenfell, 21 Mayıs 2019

İşçileri, gençleri ve gerçek bir alternatif arayan herkesi, SEP’in programını inceleyerek ve onu işçi sınıfının yeni sosyalist önderliği olarak inşa ederek bir sonraki adımı atmaya çağırıyoruz.

SGP, Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük talebiyle Berlin’de miting düzenledi

Muhabirlerimizden, 21 Mayıs 2019

Almanya’daki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, Cumartesi günü, Berlin’in merkezinde bulunan Britanya büyükelçiliği yakınında, zulme uğrayan gazeteci Julian Assange’ın ve ifşaatçı Chelsea Manning’in serbest bırakılması talebiyle bir miting düzenledi.

Assange’a ve Manning’e yönelik zulüm, işçi sınıfına yapılan bir saldırıdır

Oscar Grenfell, 21 Mayıs 2019

Assange ve Manning hiçbir suç işlememiştir. Onlar, ABD’nin ve bütün müttefiklerinin yasadışı savaşlarını, toplu gözetleme faaliyetlerini ve günlük diplomatik komplolarını ortaya çıkardıkları için hedef alınıyorlar.

Yemenli sivilleri öldüren Suudi bombaları, Körfez’de savaş gerilimlerini arttırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 21 Mayıs 2019

ABD emperyalizminin ve Suudi rejiminin geçtiğimiz dört yılda Yemen’de yol açtığı devasa insani acı, İran’a karşı, tüm bölgeyi içine çekecek ve bir üçüncü dünya savaşını tutuşturma tehlikesi yaratacak bir savaş eliyle hızla gölgede bırakılacaktır.

New in French

Le parti d’extrême droite Alternative pour l'Allemagne donne le ton au gouvernement de la grande coalition allemande

Joahannes Stern, 21 mai 2019

Par son programme législatif, le gouvernement de grande coalition (CDU/CSU) et social démocrates (SPD) met en oeuvre la politique de l’AfD d’extrême droite.

La débâcle électorale du Parti travailliste australien et la lutte contre l'extrême droite

Oscar Grenfell, 21 mai 2019

Le résultat de l'élection démasque les affirmations des syndicats et de la pseudo-gauche selon lesquelles la montée de l'extrême-droite peut être combattue en soutenant les partis de centre-gauche pro-capitalistes, tel le Parti travailliste australien.

Dans un contexte de baisse des salaires réels, les grèves s'intensifient aux États-Unis

Jerry White, 21 mai 2019

Alimentées par la baisse des salaires réels, de nouvelles grèves des enseignants, des travailleurs de la santé et d'autres secteurs de la classe ouvrière éclatent. Fueled by declining real wages, new strikes by teachers, health care workers and other sections of the working class are erupting.

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste tient un rassemblement à Berlin pour exiger la liberté d’Assange et de Manning

nos journalistes, 21 mai 2019

Quelque 300 personnes ont assisté à la manifestation et ont entendu les salutations et les discours des représentants des partis de l’égalité socialiste en Allemagne, en Grande-Bretagne, aux États-Unis et en Australie.

Comment Québec Solidaire a facilité la montée du chauvinisme anti-musulman

Richard Dufour, 21 mai 2019

La volte-face de Québec Solidaire sur les mesures discriminatoires visant les minorités religieuses est une tentative d’effacer ses traces dans un contexte où il est de plus en plus discrédité comme un complice de l’extrême-droite.

New in Spanish

La debacle electoral del Partido Laborista Australiano y la lucha contra la ultraderecha

Oscar Grenfell, 21 mayo 2019

El resultado electoral expone los argumentos en bancarrota de los sindicatos y la pseudoizquierda sobre el auge de la extrema derecha puede ser opuesto apoyando a partidos proempresariales y de centroizquierda como el Partido Laborista Australiano.

Trump maniobra en guerra económica contra China

Nick Beams, 21 mayo 2019

Los directivos de las agencias de inteligencia estadounidenses se han reunido con las principales empresas estadounidenses, ofreciéndoles información clasificada, para advertirles sobre los peligros de hacer negocios en China.

El ultraderechista Alternativa para Alemania establece las pautas al gobierno de la Gran Coalición alemana

Johannes Stern, 21 mayo 2019

Con su nuevo paquete legislativo, el gobierno de la gran coalición de los demócrata cristianos (CDU/CSU) y los socialdemócratas (SPD) está implementando la política del ultraderechista Alternativa para Alemania (AfD).

New in German

Das Wahldebakel der Labor Party in Australien und der Kampf gegen die extreme Rechte

Oscar Grenfell, 21. Mai 2019

Das Wahlergebnis zeigt, wie bankrott die Behauptungen von Gewerkschaften und Pseudolinken sind, dem Aufstieg der extremen Rechten könne entgegengewirkt werden, indem man wirtschaftsfreundliche Mitte-Links-Parteien wie die Australian Labor Party unterstützt.

Video: Kundgebung „Freiheit für Julian Assange“ in Berlin

unseren Reportern, 21. Mai 2019

Am Samstag rief die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei zu einer Kundgebung zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange vor die britische Botschaft in Berlin. An dem Protest nahmen über 300 Arbeiter und Jugendliche teil.

Österreichische Regierung zerbricht über Video, das Straches Korruption aufdeckt

Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 21. Mai 2019

Der Vorwurf, die FPÖ sei korrupt und anfällig für russischen Einfluss, hat eine ganz bestimmte Stoßrichtung: Er soll die wachsende Opposition der Bevölkerung gegen die extreme Rechte ersticken und verhindern, dass sich die Arbeiterklasse als unabhängige Kraft gegen alle Fraktionen des politischen Establishments richtet.

Zehntausende demonstrieren gegen Nationalismus

unseren Korrespondenten, 21. Mai 2019

Während viele Teilnehmer gegen Nationalismus und Rassismus sowie für Menschenrechte, Demokratie und soziale Gerechtigkeit eintraten, dienten die Demonstrationen dazu, Unterstützung für die EU, die SPD und die Grünen zu mobilisieren.

Trumps Manöver im Wirtschaftskrieg gegen China

Nick Beams, 21. Mai 2019

Die Chefs der US-Geheimdienste haben sich mit wichtigen amerikanischen Konzernen getroffen und ihnen vertrauliche Informationen geliefert, um sie vor den Gefahren bei Geschäftstätigkeiten in China zu warnen.

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Perspective

White House and Google launch technology war against China

21 May 2019

Google and other companies have announced measures that would effectively destroy Huawei, the second-largest global smartphone maker and the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

By the WSWS editorial board, 21 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are distributing this statement at demonstrations across the US on Tuesday to defend the right to an abortion.

US media silent on re-jailing of Chelsea Manning

By Genevieve Leigh, 21 May 2019

The attack on Manning and Assange is part of much broader global assault on basic democratic rights, including freedom of speech, the press and the internet.

The Australian Labor Party’s election debacle and the fight against the far-right

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 May 2019

Kicking off his presidential campaign
Biden makes right-wing plea for “unity” with Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2019

Columnist urges more female involvement in “building, deployment, targeting and use of nuclear weapons”
New York Times promotes a woman’s right to annihilate millions

By David Walsh, 18 May 2019

Dominated by communalist appeals and threats
India’s multi-phase election concludes

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2019

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

George Galloway tried to become Brexit Party candidate—and failed

By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2019

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

By James Brewer, 14 May 2019

European elections

A socialist perspective against fascism and war: Successful SGP election meeting in Berlin

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

On Saturday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) held its final meeting in Berlin for the 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

“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

Workers Struggles

Three-day strike by Mexican teachers against “education reforms”
Workers Struggles: the Americas

21 May 2019

Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

As UAW starts closed-door talks with management
Toledo hospital strikers call for broader mobilization

By Shannon Jones, 20 May 2019

Strong support for Toledo hospital workers as UAW isolates strike

Amid declining real wages, strikes in US escalate

The European elections and the revival of class struggle

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

By James McDonald, 17 May 2019

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

By Evelyn Rios, 17 May 2019

One million take to the streets against education cuts, austerity in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 18 May 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Socialist Equality Party holds rally in Berlin to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 20 May 2019

Speech by Ulrich Rippert to London meeting
“Defending Julian Assange requires the mobilisation of the working class in a struggle against capitalism”

20 May 2019

SEP campaign teams in UK win support for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 20 May 2019

“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

Speech by Niles Niemuth to London meeting
“What is it that Manning and Assange are being persecuted for? Revealing the truth”

London meeting to free Assange and Manning
Attendees from Scotland speak out: “Workers have to make their voices heard”

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

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

Avengers: Endgame: A waste of time, money and talent

By Josh Varlin, 20 May 2019

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

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

By David Walsh, 15 May 2019

25 years ago: Southern Yemen declares independence

After the outbreak of a civil war and several weeks of fighting, on May 21, 1994, leaders of southern Yemen announced secession and declared the Democratic Republic of Yemen.

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50 years ago: Military coup brings Nimeiry to power in Sudan

On May 25, 1969, Sudanese Army Colonel Gaffar Nimeiry launched a coup to overthrow the civilian government and replace it with the rule of the Revolutionary Command Council.

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75 years ago: German surprise attack on Tito’s headquarters

On May 25, 1944, German bomber and fighter planes attacked the small industrial town of Drvar in Bosnia, near the headquarters of Josip Broz-Tito, leader of the Yugoslavian Communist Party and the anti-fascist partisan movement.

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100 years ago: British air force raids Kabul

On May 24, 1919, British bombers struck the Afghan capital of Kabul to secure supply lines from attacking Afghan forces.

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SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Only socialist policies can resolve the Australian public education crisis

By the Committee for Public Education, 18 May 2019

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

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

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

Mass unemployment, climate change and a toxic dump in Oxley

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

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

Obituary

Bob Hawke, former Australian Labor prime minister, 1929-2019
Ruling elites pay tribute to a favourite servant

By Nick Beams, 18 May 2019

Some of the most hated figures in world politics have come together to praise Hawke and laud his achievements.

Featured Report

Muslim victims of violence in Sri Lanka speak to the WSWS

By our reporters, 17 May 2019

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.

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.

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