Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2019

With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.

No to war against Iran!

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Collapse of British Steel threatens 25,000 jobs

By Robert Stevens, 22 May 2019

The trade unions and Labour Party have responded to the threat to jobs at British Steel with a predictable outburst of nationalist demagogy.

Banks and multinationals announce mass layoffs in Spain

By Alejandro López, 22 May 2019

The ability of companies to impose redundancies is dependent on the collaboration of Spanish unions.

Swedish hearing to extradite Julian Assange delayed until June 3

By Mike Head, 22 May 2019

The Swedish allegations, first issued in 2010, are aimed at blackening the WikiLeaks founder’s name and devising a mechanism to have him dragged off to the US.

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

As more Democrats call for impeachment inquiry
Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee

By Barry Grey, 22 May 2019

The Democrats are warning about a “constitutional crisis” and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

Thousands rally across the US to defend abortion rights

By our reporters, 22 May 2019

The number of demonstrations reflect the broad popular support for the right of women to choose and in defense of democratic rights more generally.

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

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

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

“This is a horrible feeling”
Ford workers in Michigan respond to job cuts

By our reporters, 22 May 2019

Hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan received notice Tuesday that their jobs were being eliminated.

Ford slashing 7,000 white collar jobs

Teachers strike in New Haven School District, Northern California

By Dan Conway, 22 May 2019

The California Teachers Association is sponsoring a #RedForEd “Day of Action” at the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.

Over 240,000 people back Chinese tech worker protest

By Mike Ingram, 22 May 2019

Chinese tech workers protesting inhumane working conditions have received massive international support.

Australian Labor Party in crisis after election debacle

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 May 2019

The election result demonstrated a deep-going rupture between the working class and the big business Labor Party.

Indian Elections:
Stalinist CPM faces debacle in its West Bengal “bastion”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 May 2019

Much of the CPM’s apparatus has defected either to the right-wing Trinamool Congress or the Hindu supremacist BJP of Narendra Modi.

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against nationalism

By our correspondents, 22 May 2019

While many came to demonstrate against nationalism and racism, the organisers sought to mobilise support for pro-EU parties—the SPD, Greens and Left Party—a week before the European elections.

Canada’s Conservative leader lays out right-wing economic and foreign policy agenda

By Roger Jordan, 22 May 2019

Scheer pledged to step up military-security cooperation with the US, intensify Canada’s aggressive stance against China and Russia, and gut social spending.

Australia: Tasmanian paramedic protests ambulance ramping

By Margaret Rees, 22 May 2019

The high incidence of ramping is product of the wider crisis of the hospital system which has been chronically underfunded by Labor and Liberal governments alike.

New in Arabic

أول أيار 2019 انبعاث الصراع الطبقي والنضال في سبيل الاشتراكية

٣٠ نيسان أبريل ٢٠١٩

بمناسبة الأول من أيار يوم تضامن الطبقة العاملة على المستوى الدولي تحيي اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة وموقع الاشتراكية العالمية نضالات العمال المتصاعدة عبر العالم.

New in Turkish

Faşizme ve savaşa karşı sosyalist bir perspektif: SGP’nin Berlin’deki başarılı seçim toplantısı

Muhabirlerimizden, 22 Mayıs 2019

SGP’nin ve onun Avrupalı kardeş partilerinin önde gelen temsilcileri, Julian Assange’ı savunan, siyasi durumu ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in sosyalist programını açıklayan konuşmalar yaptılar.

Trump İran’ı tehdit ederken, Basra Körfezi’nde gerilimler yükseliyor

Bill Van Auken, 22 Mayıs 2019

ABD Başkanı Donald Trump’ın İran’ı “sonunu getirmek” ile tehdit eden Twitter mesajı, tam da ABD savaş gemilerinin İran kıyılarına yakın mesafede bir dizi kışkırtıcı askeri tatbikat düzenlediği sırada, Basra Körfezi’ndeki savaş krizini keskin biçimde tırmandırdı.

Medya, Chelsea Manning’in yeniden hapse atılması konusunda sessiz

Genevieve Leigh, 22 Mayıs 2019

Manning’e ve Assange’a yönelik saldırı, ifade özgürlüğü, basın ve internet dahil olmak üzere temel demokratik haklara yönelik geniş çaplı küresel saldırının parçasıdır.

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin 75. Yılı
Kemalizmin bir bilançosu (17 Kasım 1998)

Justus Leicht, 22 Mayıs 2019

Kemalizmin özü, ülkenin birliği ve bağımsızlığı, laiklik ve cumhuriyet ilkeleri (yani, devlet ile dinin ayrılması), modernleşme ve sınıfsız ve ayrıcalıksız bir toplum yaratılması idi. Bunların hiçbirinin gerçekleşmediği oldukça açıktır.

New in French

Le Rassemblement national néo-fasciste de Le Pen est en avant dans des sondages pour les élections européennes en France

Will Morrow, 22 mai 2019

En France et internationalement, les forces d’extrême droite exploitent la colère sociale produite par les politiques guerriers, d’austérité, et d’État policier, des gouvernements sociaux-démocrates.

La Maison-Blanche et Google lancent une guerre technologique contre la Chine

André Damon, 22 mai 2019

Google et d'autres entreprises ont annoncé des mesures qui détruiraient effectivement Huawei, le deuxième fabricant mondial de smartphones et le premier fabricant mondial d'équipements de télécommunications.

Reportage sur place: le gouvernement de l'Équateur collabore avec Washington pour s'emparer des affaires personnelles de Julian Assange

Chris Marsden et Robert Stevens, 22 mai 2019

Les soutiens d’Assange se sont rassemblés dès 8h hier devant l’ambassade afin de porter témoin et dénoncer la perquisition.

Les manœuvres de Trump dans la guerre économique contre la Chine

Nick Beams, 22 mai 2019

Les chefs des services de renseignement américains ont tenu des réunions avec de grandes entreprises américaines, leur fournissant des informations classifiées pour les mettre en garde contre les dangers de faire des affaires en Chine.

Des musulmans victimes de violence au Sri Lanka s'adressent au WSWS

nos reporters, 22 mai 2019

Des journalistes du WSWS en visite à Minuwangoda, une ville animée du district de Gampaha au Sri Lanka, ont découvert une ville fantôme.

Il y a 100 ans: Les travailleurs canadiens entament une grève générale à Winnipeg

22 mai 2019

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Weißes Haus und Google beginnen Technologie-Krieg gegen China

Andre Damon, 22. Mai 2019

Google und andere Unternehmen haben Maßnahmen angekündigt, die Huawei, führender Telekommunikationskonzern und zweitgrößter Smartphone-Hersteller weltweit, effektiv zerstören.

Video: Die Kriegsgefahr und die Bilanz des IKVI

Peter Schwarz, 22. Mai 2019

Die folgende Rede hielt der Internationale Sekretär des IKVI, Peter Schwarz, am vergangenen Samstag auf der Wahlveranstaltung der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP) in Berlin.

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) – Es ist notwendig, die Verdi-Zwangsjacke zu durchbrechen
Nutzt die Europawahl, um ein politisches Zeichen zu setzen! Wählt die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP)!

Andy Niklaus Europawahlkandidat der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 22. Mai 2019

Es kann so nicht weiter gehen. Nicht nur unsere Arbeitsbedingungen bei der BVG und in den meisten anderen Betrieben werden immer unerträglicher, die ganze politische Lage spitzt sich dramatisch zu.

Regierung Ecuadors unterstützt Washington bei der Beschlagnahme von Assanges Eigentum

Robert Stevens und Chris Marsden, 22. Mai 2019

Am Montag wurde das persönliche Eigentum von WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange, das sich noch in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London befindet, von ecuadorianischen Beamten rechtswidrig durchsucht.

Bundesregierung bereitet Kampfeinsatz in Mali vor

Gregor Link, 22. Mai 2019

Die Afrika-Strategie der Bundesregierung zielt darauf ab, auf dem Kontinent ihre eigenen wirtschaftlichen und geostrategischen Interessen auch militärisch zu verfolgen.

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La Casa Blanca y Google lanzan guerra tecnológica contra China

Por Andre Damon, 22 mayo 2019

Google y las otras empresas han anunciado medidas que efectivamente destruirían Huawei, el segundo mayor fabricante de teléfonos inteligentes y el principal fabricante de equipo de telecomunicaciones del mundo.

Ford recorta 7.000 empleos de cuello blanco

Por Jerry White, 22 mayo 2019

En una escena representada apenas hace unos meses en General Motors, cientos de trabajadores de cuello blanco en Ford serán sacados de sus trabajos esta semana cuando Ford recorte en un 10% su plantilla asalariada mundial.

Mayores tensiones en golfo Pérsico según Trump amenaza con “final” de Irán

por Bill Van Auken, 22 mayo 2019

El tuit apocalíptico del presidente de Estados Unidos se hizo en medio de ensayos provocativos de buques estadounidenses en el mar Arábigo.

La Administración de Trump envía a los inmigrantes a ciudades santuarios mientras el quinto niño muere bajo la custodia de ICE

Por Norisa Díaz, 22 mayo 2019

Trump está buscando abarrotar más los centros de procesamiento y las cárceles para justificar el muro fronterizo, mientras se murió el quinto niño guatemalteco bajo la custodia del ICE desde diciembre.

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.

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Perspective

Ford escalates jobs massacre
The global socialist strategy to fight auto layoffs

22 May 2019

The global integration of capitalist production has created the practical and technological means to unite workers in an internationally coordinated campaign to defend jobs and living standards.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Fight Against Fascism

“The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
Video: Christoph Vandreier’s full lecture at Wayne State

By Christoph Vandreier, 21 May 2019

The WSWS makes the full recording of Vandreier’s April 11, 2019 lecture available.

Commentary

Ten years after civil war ends, Sri Lankan ruling elites prepare for class war

By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 22 May 2019

The entire political establishment is preparing another bogus “war on terror” which is targeting the island’s Muslims, but will also be used to suppress the opposition of the working class.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2019

White House and Google launch technology war against China

By Andre Damon, 21 May 2019

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 May 2019

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Group to hold public meeting in Turkey to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 22 May 2019

The meeting is part of the ICFI’s ongoing international campaign to defend Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Arts Review

The author asks: Is America unredeemable? Rachel Kushner’s novel The Mars Room

By Sandy English, 22 May 2019

Rachel Kushner’s new novel centers on the grim conditions in a women’s prison and draws connections between them and the general state of American society.

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

Free Assange and Manning

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

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

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

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

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”

SEP campaign teams in UK win support for Assange and Manning

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

European elections

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

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

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

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

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

By Miguel Andrade, 18 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