7 June 2019

WikiLeaks warns US Justice Department preparing more charges against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 June 2019

The threat of new charges against the persecuted journalist, already facing 170 years in prison, comes amid fresh fears about his health after his father reported a “short notice” medical appointment.

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison

The global war on journalism

More on the fight to free Julian Assange »

Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2019

The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination had sought to stake out a right-wing position on access to abortion.

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers

By Shelley Connor, 7 June 2019

The Office of Refugee Settlement has halted the flow of funding for any activities they consider “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” including legal aid and recreation.

Three immigrants die in US custody in three days

Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE

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

More on North American immigrants »

IMF warns of growing trade war

By Nick Beams, 7 June 2019

Trump’s threat to use tariffs against Mexico over immigration has sent a shock wave through the international trading system because it makes clear the US is prepared to use economic and trade warfare measures to pursue all of its policy objectives.

As China-FedEx row heats up
Warnings mount that trade war could bring recession

US coal producer Cloud Peak Energy files for bankruptcy

By Zachary Thorton, 7 June 2019

Over 1,200 miners face a precarious future after the third-largest US coal producer declared bankruptcy.

Michigan governor announces closure of Benton Harbor High School

By Joseph Lorenz and JT Asher, 7 June 2019

Students, parents and community members denounced Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral decision to close Benton Harbor High School at a school board meeting this week.

Stop the closure of Benton Harbor schools! Defend public education!

By the World Socialist Web Site Teacher Newsletter, 7 June 2019

The following statement was distributed to teachers, parents and students at a school board meeting Tuesday night in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

New Zealand secondary teachers’ union cancels industrial action

By Tom Peters, 7 June 2019

There is growing anger over the Labour Party-led government’s refusal to adequately fund education, and the unions’ efforts to isolate teachers.

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

More on the defense of public education »

Ukrainian president seeks support from Western powers

By Jason Melanovski, 7 June 2019

Ukraine’s president met with EU and NATO officials this week, declaring his commitment to seeking membership in both organizations.

Austrian ruling class closes ranks following collapse of government

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 7 June 2019

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in a “government of experts” Monday to run government affairs until new parliamentary elections planned for this autumn.

Murder of homeless woman in Melbourne a result of housing and mental health crisis

By Tessa Hugo, 7 June 2019

The tragedy exposes a deep crisis within Australia’s healthcare system, which leaves scores of young people and workers unable to receive the treatment they often desperately need.

New in Russian

Расстрел войсками демонстрантов в Судане

Билл Вэн Оукен, 7 июня 2019 г.

Десятки были убиты и сотни ранены в понедельник после того, как войска разогнали сидячую забастовку в Хартуме, используя боевые патроны.

New in Norwegian

Fra arkivene
Trotskisme og Den kinesiske revolusjonen

magasinet Fourth International - lederartikkelen, 7. juni 2019

Følgende lederartikkel i magasinet Fourth International, om massakren på Den himmelske freds plass i nummeret for januar-juni 1989, er en tiltale mot stalinismen og dens opportunistiske apologeter, fra den ortodokse trotskismens standpunkt.

New in Spanish

La guerra contra el periodismo

Mike Head, 7 junio 2019

El arresto de Julian Assange ha sentado un precedente para la persecución por el Estado de periodistas, desencadenando redadas policiales en Australia y Francia contra reporteros documentando crímenes de Gobierno y corrupción.

Una reunión de belicistas marca el 75 aniversario del Día D en Portsmouth, Inglaterra

Robert Stevens, 7 junio 2019

Nada pudo ocultar el hecho de que la conmemoración se llevó a cabo en el contexto de una ruptura histórica en las relaciones entre las principales potencias.

Gobierno alemán defiende a profesor ultraderechista, Jörg Baberowski

Johannes Stern, 7 junio 2019

La parcialidad abierta del Gobierno a favor de Baberowski confirma las advertencias del Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Partido Socialista por la Igualdad) y el World Socialist Web Site.

El Gobierno de Trump emite nuevas restricciones a los viajes de Estados Unidos a Cuba

Alexander Fangmann, 7 junio 2019

El objetivo de la Casa Blanca es exacerbar una crisis económica en la isla que ya ha producido escasez y racionamiento de alimentos y energía.

New in French

Le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur la torture prévient que Julian Assange pourrait mourir en prison

Kevin Reed, 7 juin 2019

Le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur la torture a déclaré dans une interview à la radio australienne du 1er juin que Julian Assange pourrait mourir en prison si l’on ne met pas fin immédiatement à ses persécutions.

La guerre mondiale contre le journalisme

Mike Head, 7 juin 2019

L’arrestation de Julian Assange a créé un précédent pour la persécution des journalistes par l’État, déclenchant des descentes de police en Australie et en France contre des journalistes qui ont documenté les crimes et la corruption du gouvernement.

Trump intensifie sa politique pro-Brexit lors de sa visite en Grande-Bretagne

Robert Stevens, 7 juin 2019

Trump considère que tout accord commercial avec le Royaume-Uni doit être à l’avantage absolu des entreprises américaines, alors qu’il intensifie ses mesures de guerre commerciale contre les concurrents des Etats-Unis

Un rassemblement de va-t-en-guerre marque le 75e anniversaire du débarquement de Normandie

Robert Stevens, 7 juin 2019

Rien ne pouvait cacher le fait que la commémoration se tenait sur fond d’un effondrement historique des relations entre les grandes puissances.

L'assaut mondial sur les emplois

Jerry White, 7 juin 2019

La suppression d’emplois par le géant australien des télécommunications Telstra fait partie d’une vague internationale de licenciements et rappelle l’urgence d’une réponse globale de la classe ouvrière.

Des gilets jaunes s'expriment sur les élections européennes

nos journalistes, 7 juin 2019

«Je suis venue pour soutenir des personnes qui se batte contre ce gouvernement auquel je m’oppose aussi, et parce que je veux une vraie démocratie», a déclaré Jennifer, 31 ans, aux militants du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES).

New in German

Der globale Krieg gegen den Journalismus

Mike Head, 7. Juni 2019

Die Verhaftung von Julian Assange hat einen Präzedenzfall für die staatliche Verfolgung von Journalisten geschaffen und in Australien und Frankreich Polizeirazzien gegen Reporter ausgelöst, die Regierungsverbrechen und Korruption dokumentieren.

Dänische Sozialdemokraten kehren mit ausländerfeindlichem Programm in die Regierung zurück

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 7. Juni 2019

Die Sozialdemokraten haben das ausländerfeindliche Programm der Rechtsextremen vollständig übernommen und wollen es in der Regierung weiterführen.

75. Jahrestag des D-Day: Kriegstreiber versammeln sich zum Gedenken im englischen Portsmouth

Robert Stevens, 7. Juni 2019

Nichts an der Gedenkfeier konnte die Tatsache verschleiern, dass sie vor dem Hintergrund eines historischen Zusammenbruchs der Beziehungen zwischen den Großmächten stattfand.

New in Arabic

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 75th anniversary of D-Day and the rising threat of imperialist war

7 June 2019

Behind the speeches delivered Thursday—as with D-Day itself—lay the calculations of politicians seeking to further the imperialist interests of their respective countries.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

Sri Lankan Trotskyists win strong support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 7 June 2019

University students voice their concerns about the US-led assaults on Assange and Manning and speak out in defence of free speech.

In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2019

Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured

SEP Australia meetings on Labor’s election debacle and the defence of Assange

4 June 2019

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

27 May 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Commentary

Responding to attacks on socialism
Bernie Sanders uses NY Times op-ed to reassure big business

By Tom Hall, 7 June 2019

In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Sanders has made clear he has no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

Mass protests as Trump visits the UK
The fight against Trump must become the struggle for socialism

German government defends right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2019

Strong indications of right-wing extremist involvement in murder of German regional politician

Michigan attorney general seizes cell phone of former governor Snyder in probe of Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 6 June 2019

History

WSWS republishes ICFI statements on Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989

4 June 2019

Thirty years after the brutal military crackdown on unarmed workers and students in Beijing, these documents contain the essential political lessons for the revolutionary struggles ahead.

From the archives
Ten years since the Tiananmen Square massacre
Political lessons for the working class

By James Cogan, 7 June 2019

The article confirms the essential analysis of the ICFI in 1989 that the terror unleashed by the Stalinist bureaucracy was above all directed against the working class that had risen in revolt against its policies of capitalist restoration.

From the archives:
Trotskyism and the Chinese Revolution

By Editorial of the Fourth International magazine

The following editorial in the January-June 1989 edition of the Fourth International magazine on the Tiananmen Square massacre is an indictment of Stalinism and its opportunist apologists from the standpoint of orthodox Trotskyism.

From the archives:
Stop Stalinist Terror Against Chinese Workers

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

The ICFI statement entitled “Stop Stalinist Terror Against Chinese Workers” was issued on June 22, 1989, as the scope of the police dragnet and repression against workers and students expanded following the Tiananmen Square massacre.

From the archives:
Victory to the Political Revolution in China

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

The following statement was published on June 8, 1989, just four days after the Chinese government’s brutal military crackdown on students and workers in Tiananmen Square.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Attend June 9 public meeting in Cambridge: UK Sociologist Noah Carl and the rise of the far right

7 June 2019

The meeting will discuss the issues raised by events at Cambridge University, providing a rebuttal of the claims made by Carl’s defenders and proposing a socialist perspective with which to take on the right-wing ideologues.

Arts Review

Rocketman (Elton John) and Pavarotti, about the operatic tenor: Two lives in music

By Joanne Laurier, 7 June 2019

Rocketman is a generally entertaining, fantastical tribute to the music of Elton John, one of the world’s most popular musical artists. Ron Howard has made a documentary about legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

All Is True: Kenneth Branagh’s vision of William Shakespeare’s final days

By David Walsh, 5 June 2019

XY Chelsea: A deeply flawed portrait of US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning

By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2019

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

By Matthew Brennan, 3 June 2019

Mehring Books

Available in English and Spanish
New pamphlet on Matamoros wildcat strikes

6 June 2019

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new pamphlet, The 2019 workers’ rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico by WSWS writer Andrea Lobo.

Workers Struggles

French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 June 2019

Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.

A call to action
Autoworkers must take contract fight into their own hands!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 June 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

As new Democratic mayor takes office
Chicago Public Schools lay off hundreds of teachers and staff

By Kristina Betinis, 5 June 2019

New Haven teachers strike enters third week

By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019

French rail workers protest one year after rail privatization

By Anthony Torres, 6 June 2019

Schneider Electric lays off over 300 in Peru, Indiana

By Michael Walters, 6 June 2019

“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

Aluminum workers vote to strike Arconic-Alcoa

By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 June 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

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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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.

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