Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019

The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law.

Pentagon rebukes White House over USS McCain incident

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2019

Top Navy officials were reportedly incensed at orders to hide the warship, named after the father and grandfather of the late US senator, during Trump’s visit to Japan.

Mueller encourages drive to remove Trump

After the Mueller statement
Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia

US defense secretary issues military threat against China

By Nick Beams, 3 June 2019

US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan delivered a 40-minute blast against China accusing it of seeking “Indo-Pacific hegemony in the near-term and, ultimately, global pre-eminence in the long-term.”

Pompeo visit exposes deepening tensions between Germany and US

By Peter Schwarz, 3 June 2019

In his visit to Berlin, US Secretary of State Pompeo reiterated long-standing differences and restated Washington's threats against Germany.

The European elections and the resurgence of the class struggle

UK Labour Party’s civil war blows up in aftermath of European election debacle

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Conservative Party implodes amid rise of Brexit Party

By Robert Stevens, 3 June 2019

The ability of pro-Remain forces to even influence the contest, let alone win it, is close to zero after Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party virtually wiped out the Tories in the European elections.

“Yellow vest” protesters speak on the European elections

By our reporters, 3 June 2019

“I came today to support the people fighting against this government that I am against, and because I want a real democracy,” Jennifer, 31, told campaigners for the Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Socialist Equality Party, PES).

After EU election, Podemos backs Spanish social democrats’ repressive policy

By Alejandro López, 3 June 2019

Podemos aims to join Spain’s social democratic government, which is preparing draconian attacks on social programs and new measures against Catalan political prisoners.

Trudeau and Pence plot Canada’s role in US imperialist aggression

By Roger Jordan, 3 June 2019

Trump’s vice president has taken on an increasingly important role in articulating and implementing US imperialist aggression, especially against China and Venezuela.

Questions remain in wake of Virginia Beach, Virginia shooting that left 13 dead

By Kate Randall, 3 June 2019

Shooter Dwayne Craddock had worked as a certified professional engineer in the city’s public utilities department for about 15 years and was not previously known as a violent individual.

Fourteen Democratic presidential hopefuls campaign at California convention

By Dan Conway, 3 June 2019

The presidential candidates who spoke at the convention offered various types of vague reformist pabulum that will be rapidly abandoned once the party’s nominee is chosen.

“We went out with the nurses, we should go back with the nurses”
Mercy Health strikers in Toledo, Ohio denounce UAW sabotage of their struggle

By Shannon Jones, 3 June 2019

In an act of blatant strikebreaking, the UAW organized a vote by support staff and technicians at Mercy Health St. Vincent in order to isolate striking nurses and force them back to work.

UAW calls for contract vote by Mercy Health support and technical staff in a bid to isolate nurses

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels summer program, locks out musicians

By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2019

The announcement of plans to cut the performances and pay of BSO musicians comes amid efforts to attack the artistic and economic conditions of orchestra musicians across the US.

Aluminum workers vote to strike Arconic-Alcoa

By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019

Nearly 5,000 aluminum workers voted to strike after the United Steelworkers union extended their contract.

South Korean shipbuilding workers oppose massive job cuts

By Ben McGrath, 3 June 2019

The Korean Metal Workers Union has deliberately limited industrial action and isolated the shipyard workers to prevent a broader struggle against capitalist exploitation.

Mental health crisis in Australia’s refugee camps

By Max Boddy, 3 June 2019

So torturous are the conditions confronting the more than 500 asylum seekers still on Manus—some for nearly seven years—that many have inflicted bodily injury to themselves.

More on refugees »

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Эта неделя в истории
50 лет назад: Всеобщая забастовка начинается в аргентинской Кордове

3 июня 2019 г.

29 мая 1969 года рабочие и студенты аргентинского промышленного города Кордова начали всеобщую забастовку, которая станет известна как «Эль Кордобасо».

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BM Özel Raportörü: Julian Assange’a işkence ediliyor

Oscar Grenfell, 3 Haziran 2019

Julian Assange’ın, Chelsea Manning’in ve tüm diğer sınıf savaşı tutsaklarının savunulması, işçi sınıfının bütün dünyada yeniden canlanan mücadelelerinin başlıca talebi haline gelmelidir.

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As eleições europeias e o ressurgimento da luta de classes

Alex Lantier, 3 Junho 2019

As eleições europeias revelaram o profundo descrédito do establishment político e sua incapacidade de satisfazer as crescentes exigências da classe trabalhadora por mudanças políticas.

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Relator especial de la ONU: Julian Assange está siendo torturado

Oscar Grenfell, 3 junio 2019

La declaración de ayer de Nils Melzer, el relator especial de la ONU sobre la tortura, es una condena contra todos los que han participado en la persecución de Assange y han buscado envenenar la opinión pública en su contra.

A medida que Trump intensifica la guerra contra los inmigrantes
Una organización de control de los Estados Unidos encuentra a 900 inmigrantes atrapados en una cárcel diseñada para 125

Barry Grey, 3 junio 2019

El inspector general encontró detenidos “de pie en los retretes en las celdas para hacer lugar y ganar espacio para respirar, limitando así el acceso a los baños”.

Después de la declaración de Mueller
Trump amenaza a México con aranceles en ataque contra inmigrantes, mientras los demócratas denuncian a Rusia

Eric London, 3 junio 2019

La clase obrera no tiene aliados en la lucha entre facciones reaccionarias y proimperialistas.

La amenaza arancelaria de Trump contra México golpea los mercados globales

Nick Beams, 3 junio 2019

Persiguiendo su agenda política, Trump dejó en claro que está preparado para recurrir al uso sin precedentes de medidas económicas, lo que conlleva ramificaciones de gran alcance.

Alemania: el partido La Izquierda sufre una pérdida masiva de votos en las elecciones europeas

Gregor Link, 3 junio 2019

El partido La Izquierda es percibido correctamente como parte de, no una alternativa a, las políticas reaccionarias del Gobierno alemán.

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FNs spesialrapportør: Julian Assange blir torturert

Oscar Grenfell, 3. juni 2019

Fredagens erklæring fra Nils Melzer, FN-spesialrapportør om tortur, setter alle som har forfulgt Assange og søkt å forgifte den offentlige opinion mot ham under tiltale.

Amerikanske pedagoger krever frihet for Julian Assange og Chelsea Manning

WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 3. juni 2019

WSWS Teacher Newsletter har mottatt mange uttalelser fra pedagoger til støtte for Assange og Manning.

Borgerkrigen i britiske Labour Party eksploderer i etterdønningene av fiaskoen i EU-valget

Robert Stevens, 3. juni 2019

I mangel av et genuint forsøk på å overvinne splittelsene i arbeiderklassen som ble sådd av 2016-folkeavstemningen, var EU-valget et de facto referendum over Brexit.

Frankrikes illegale bevæpning av libysk kystvakt, for å stoppe flyktninger fra Afrika

Anthony Torres og Alex Lantier, 3. juni 2019

Politikken har blitt fordømt av flere menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner, på grunn av utbredelsen av tortur, voldtekt, slaveri og mord i interneringsleirene.

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Tandis que Trump intensifie la guerre contre les immigrants
Un organisme américain trouve 900 immigrants entassés dans une prison conçue pour 125 personnes

Barry Grey, 3 juin 2019

L'inspecteur général a trouvé des détenus «debout sur des toilettes dans les cellules pour faire de la place, limitant ainsi l'accès aux toilettes».

Le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies affirme que Julian Assange est torturé

Oscar Grenfell, 3 juin 2019

La déclaration faite hier par Nils Melzer, Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur la torture, constitue une mise en accusation de tous ceux qui ont persécuté Assange et cherché à empoisonner l’opinion publique contre lui.

Une guerre civile éclate au Parti travailliste britannique à la suite de la débâcle des élections européennes

Robert Stevens, 3 juin 2019

Dans l’absence d’un vrai effort d’éliminer les divisions semées dans la classe ouvrière par le référendum de 2016, les élections européennes sont devenues un plébiscite de fait sur Brexit.

Québec: des milliers de travailleurs manifestent leur soutien aux lock-outés d’ABI

Laurent Lafrance, 3 juin 2019

Le Syndicat des métallos a organisé cette manifestation, la deuxième seulement en près de 17 mois de lock-out, uniquement pour dissiper la colère des travailleurs et couvrir la débâcle de leurs appels réactionnaires au premier ministre du Québec, François Legault.

Allemagne: Le Parti de gauche subit une perte massive de voix aux élections européennes

Gregor Link, 3 juin 2019

Le Parti de gauche est perçu à juste titre, non pas comme une opposition aux politiques réactionnaires du gouvernement allemand, mais comme partie prenante de celles-ci.

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UN-Sonderberichterstatter: Julian Assange wird gefoltert

Oscar Grenfell, 3. Juni 2019

Die Erklärung von Nils Melzer, UN-Sonderberichterstatter zum Thema Folter, ist ein vernichtendes Urteil über Assanges Ankläger und alle, die gegen ihn Stimmung machen.

SPD-Vorsitzende Nahles tritt zurück

Peter Schwarz, 3. Juni 2019

Die Krise an der Spitze der SPD ist eine weitere Stufe des Niedergangs einer Partei, die seit 1987 15 Parteivorsitzende verschlissen hat.

Bundesregierung verteidigt rechtsradikalen Professor Baberowski

Johannes Stern, 3. Juni 2019

Die Bundesregierung hat sich in einem offiziellen Statement hinter den rechtsradikalen Humboldt-Professor Jörg Baberowski und dessen Kollegen Herfried Münkler gestellt.

Trump verschärft Krieg gegen Immigranten:
US-Aufsichtsbehörde: 900 Immigranten zusammengepfercht in einem Gefängnis für 125 Insassen

Barry Grey, 3. Juni 2019

Der Generalinspekteur dokumentierte, dass Häftlinge „in den Zellen auf den Toiletten stehen, um Platz zu schaffen und Freiraum zu gewinnen, wodurch der Zugang zu den Toiletten behindert wird“.

Frankreich bewaffnet rechtswidrig libysche Küstenwache, um Flüchtlinge aus Afrika abzuwehren

Anthony Torres und Alex Lantier, 3. Juni 2019

Das Vorgehen Frankreichs wurde von mehreren Menschenrechtsorganisationen verurteilt, weil in den Lagern Folter, Vergewaltigung, Sklaverei und Mord an der Tagesordnung sind.

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الحرب الإمبريالية ، انتفاضة الطبقة العاملة في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا ، واستراتيجية الثورة الدائمة

يقلم كيث جونز, ٩ أيار مايو ٢٠١٩

ثمة نقطة مركزية في منظور اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة وفي استراتيجيتها الثورية هي الاعتراف بأن الانهيار الرأسمالي الشامل المنهجي الذي يدفع القوى الإمبريالية نحو العدوان والحرب هو بالتحديد الذي يغذي ثورة اجتماعية.

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Perspective

The US and China on a collision course

3 June 2019

The “cold war” between the United States and China took a major step toward becoming a “hot” war over the weekend at the annual Shangri-La defense summit in Singapore.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

Protests in London and Edinburgh demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 3 June 2019

A protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday was organised via social media and endorsed by the Julian Assange Defence Committee.

“I felt that sitting behind my laptop just wasn’t enough and so I decided to try and organise something myself”
Valentina Flex, organiser of Edinburgh Assange and Manning protest, speaks to the WSWS

By Steve James, 3 June 2019

Flex organised a protest in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning outside the US Consulate last Saturday.

Sydney Peace Prize recipients demand Australian government defend Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019

The statement was a powerful indictment of the Australian political and media establishment, which has abandoned the WikiLeaks founder or openly participated in his persecution.

Free Julian Assange! Free Chelsea Manning!
Attend UK public meetings to demand freedom of Assange and Manning!

27 May 2019

United Nations Special Rapporteur: Julian Assange is being tortured

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2019

As Assange faces 170-year sentence, Trump proposes pardoning US war criminals

Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?

By Andre Damon, 29 May 2019

American educators demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

Istanbul public meeting calls for the defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured Commentary

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

By Joseph Kishore, 31 May 2019

Arts Review

Amazing Grace: A film about American singer Aretha Franklin’s most popular album

By Matthew Brennan, 3 June 2019

Amazing Grace, a concert film currently showing in select theaters around the US, captures the two-day recording of singer-pianist Aretha Franklin’s 1972 gospel concert album of the same title.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: Terry Gilliam’s latest tribute to non-conformism

By David Walsh, 31 May 2019

Director of Boyz n the Hood, Higher Learning and other films focusing on the African-American working class and poor
Film director John Singleton dead at age 51

The end of Game of Thrones: Spectacle versus art

25 years ago: OECD calls for deeper attack on the working class

On June 7-8, 1994, finance, trade and labor ministers met in Paris at the annual conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, to discuss and agree upon a draft report of the organization.

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50 years ago: Nixon announces token Vietnam troop withdrawal

Amidst great fanfare, President Richard Nixon announced June 8, 1969 that 25,000 US soldiers would be withdrawn from South Vietnam by the end of August, out of a total force of 540,000.

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75 years ago: Allied powers launch D-Day landings in Normandy

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, led by Britain and the United States, landed at several locations in Normandy, France, in the opening shot of their successful invasion of Nazi-occupied western Europe.

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100 years ago: British troops shoot protesters on Malta

On June 7, 1919, British troops fired into a crowd of protesters in front of a newspaper office in Valletta, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta, injuring about 50 people and killing three.

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Workers Struggles

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 June 2019

Police and military crack down on spontaneous taxi strike in Matamoros, Mexico

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Ignoring workers overwhelming strike vote
UAW extends contract for Saline, Michigan Faurecia workers

By Tim Rivers, 1 June 2019

“All the companies should go on strike together”
Faurecia auto parts workers await contract expiration in Saline, Michigan

Ford layoffs provoke widespread anger

Fiat-Chrysler announces merger, threatens jobs bloodbath

More on autoworkers struggles »

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019

University of Chicago graduate student union authorizes strike action

Democrat Tony Thurmond fails to shut down New Haven teachers strike in California

By Evan Blake, 1 June 2019

“What we need to do is storm Sacramento”
New Haven teachers speak on conditions

By David Brown, 1 June 2019

As teachers union abandons demands and calls in Democrats
New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads

52,000 teachers strike in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2019

New Zealand teachers’ strike: Break from Labour and the unions! Unite the working class against austerity!

Honduran government cracks down on strike by teachers, doctors and nurses

By Andrea Lobo, 29 May 2019

More on the defense of public education »

Commentary

Trump’s Mexican tariff threat hits global markets

By Nick Beams, 1 June 2019

Tensions with China to escalate following Trump’s visit to Japan

Democratic governor signs Louisiana fetal “heartbeat” abortion ban

By Kate Randall, 31 May 2019

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

Fresh Israeli elections after Netanyahu fails to form a government

By Jean Shaoul, 31 May 2019

Arch-communalist Modi sworn-in as India’s prime minister for second time

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 June 2019

As Trump escalates war on immigrants
US watchdog finds 900 immigrants jammed into jail designed for 125

By Barry Grey, 1 June 2019

“It’s immoral. It’s unethical. It’s torture”
US uses solitary confinement as weapon against detained immigrants

The hangman of the Middle East: US-backed regime in Egypt hands down nearly 2,500 death sentences

“It’s been hell for the world”
US Army tweet provokes outpouring of antiwar sentiment

Why ISIS launched a terror attack on Sri Lanka

The Fight Against Fascism

Successful book presentation of Why Are They Back? at the Heinrich Böll Library in Berlin

By our reporter, 30 May 2019

“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.

The Social Crisis in America

Kalamazoo, Michigan: “I don’t like the idea of selling my blood plasma for money, but I have to do what I’ve got to do”
US blood plasma industry targets poor and working class

By Carlos Delgado, 28 May 2019

“It feels like your whole life is a constant crisis”
US millennials describe life on the brink

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 May 2019

The millennial generation in the US: Life on the brink

Socialist Equality Party

Aftermath of terrorist attack: Sri Lankan SEP public meeting warns about threat of dictatorship

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

Socialist Equality Party wins important support in Australian federal election

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019

Australian voters speak out
Workers and youth condemn major parliamentary parties

SGP European election candidate Andreas Niklaus speaks to Berlin bus drivers
“A war must be prevented at all costs”

By our reporters, 25 May 2019

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

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.

History

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China

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

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