First Democratic debate: Demagogy on social issues, silence on war

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2019

The stage-managed spectacle marked the formal beginning of an electoral process dominated by big money and thoroughly manipulated by the corporate-controlled media.

Democratic debate begins the 2020 election campaign with a blast of demagogy

Video of Obama-appointed lawyer defending the denial of child detainees soap, toothpaste sparks outrage

By Joe Williams, 29 June 2019

Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian argued that it is legal to deny immigrant children in detention soap, toothpaste, blankets, and a place to sleep for days or weeks on end.

EU meeting on Iran ends with no agreement to prevent US war

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2019

The Iranian government reportedly objected to the European powers’ refusal to defy crippling US sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

US Supreme Court halts Trump plan for citizenship question in 2020 census

More on the attack on immigrants in the US »

Russian-Georgian tensions escalate amid Iran war crisis

By Clara Weiss, 29 June 2019

The Western-backed anti-Russian protests in Tiflis are bound up with the escalating US war drive against Iran, which threatens to draw in the entire Caucasus region.

Royal Marines from anti-Russia exercise daubed swastikas on chest

DSA-endorsed “progressive” wins Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2019

Cabán had the backing of Representative Ocasio-Cortez, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and the New York Times, voice of the Democratic Party establishment.

Social media investigations unearth hundreds of police officers in the US involved in fascist or racist groups

By Jacob Crosse, 29 June 2019

Investigations conducted by Reveal and the Plain View Project confirm the presence of openly far-right officers in police departments.

Lübcke’s murderer was part of vast underground German neo-Nazi terrorist network

Spain’s University of Alicante censors scholarly articles on fascist repression

More on the fight against fascism »

Southern California grocery workers authorize strike action

By Dan Conway, 29 June 2019

Following a regionwide supermarket strike in New England, grocery workers at three supermarket chains in Southern California voted overwhelmingly last week to strike.

West Virginia legalizes charter schools

By Nancy Hanover, 29 June 2019

Defying the overwhelming sentiments of teachers, students and workers, Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing the state’s first-ever charter schools.

French police assault at music festival leaves young man missing, feared drowned

By Anthony Torres, 29 June 2019

The violent police attack, during which a young man fell into the Loire river, is the outcome of the government’s repressive program.

UK dominated by the privately educated and Oxbridge graduates

By Thomas Scripps, 29 June 2019

Elitist Britain, based on a survey of 5,000 individuals, details the stranglehold on the commanding heights of British society maintained by a tiny ruling elite.

Petition against UK “drill” music ban defends freedom of speech

By Paul Bond, 29 June 2019

Rap artists Krept and Konan’s petition points to the moral bankruptcy of state attempts to blame drill music for violence and crime.

New in German

Baut Aktionskomitees auf! Kämpft für ein internationales sozialistische Programm

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 29. Juni 2019

Unter dem Motto #Fairwandel ruft die IG Metall heute zu einer Großdemonstration in Berlin auf. Die SGP verteilt dort dieses Flugblatt.

Zehn Jahre seit dem von den USA unterstützten Putsch in Honduras

Bill Van Auken, 29. Juni 2019

Die Demokratische Partei gibt sich in den USA als Fürsprecher der Einwanderer aus, doch die Regierung ihres Präsidenten Obama unterstützte einen Putsch, der die Bevölkerung von Honduras bis heute zur Flucht treibt.

Ford kündigt 12.000 Entlassungen und fünf Werksschließungen in Europa an

Will Morrow, 29. Juni 2019

Weltweit setzen die Autohersteller setzen Umstrukturierungsmaßnahmen durch und verlassen sich darauf, dass die Gewerkschaften den wachsenden Widerstand der Autoarbeiter unterdrücken.

Demokraten im Repräsentantenhaus bewilligen Trump 4,6 Milliarden Dollar für Konzentrationslager
Ocasio-Cortez spielt entscheidende Rolle bei der Verabschiedung des Gesetzes.

Eric London, 29. Juni 2019

Die Demokraten im Repräsentantenhaus haben einem Gesetzentwurf des Senats zugestimmt. Der Verlauf zeigt, auf welche Weise „progressive“ Demokraten wie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez es ermöglichen, dass Trump brutal gegen Immigranten vorgeht.

New in Norwegian

Ti år siden USA-støttet kupp i Honduras

Bill Van Auken, 29. juni 2019

Demokratene poserer som forsvarere av immigranter, med det var Obama – the «deporter-in-chief» – som presiderte over et kupp som forødet Honduras og nå driver befolkningen fra landet.

Lübckes morder var del av et vidstrakt tysk undergrunnsnettverk av nynazister

Johannes Stern, 29. juni 2019

Stephan Ernst, gjerningsmann for attentatet på CDU-politikeren Walter Lübcke, handlet som del av et nettverk av nynazister med nære bånd til den høyreorienterte terroristcella Nasjonalsosialistisk Undergrunn (NSU).

Skolerådet i San Francisco stemmer for å ødelegge venstreorienterte fresker de hevder er «rasistiske» og representerer «hvit overlegenhet»

Toby Reese, 29. juni 2019

Tirsdagkveld stemte Det forente skoleråder i San Francisco énstemmig for å ødelegge eller tildekke den historiske freskeserien «Life of George Washington Murals» fra 1936, som er malt på vegger i en av skoledistriktets high schools. Avstemmingen er en reaksjonær beslutning og markerer en ny fase av sensurpådrivet som begynte i desember i fjor.

«Vi kan ikke fjerne historie for å tekkes folks følelser»
San-Franscisco-beboere gir uttrykk for opposisjon mot sensur av fresker ved George Washington High School

Evan Blake og Alex Gonzalez, 29. juni 2019

Mange byboere uttalte seg mot ødeleggelsen av kunst og for behovet for å kontekstualisere freskene for et yngre publikum.

New in Portuguese

Não aos campos de concentração nos EUA!

Eric London, 29 Junho 2019

Centenas de milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo estão como nojo dos crimes sádicos de Trump contra os imigrantes, que expuseram a podridão do capitalismo dos EUA.

New in Spanish

Diez años desde el golpe en Honduras respaldado por Estados Unidos

Bill Van Auken, 29 junio 2019

Mientras que los demócratas se presentan como defensores de los inmigrantes, Obama, el “deportador en jefe” presidió un golpe de Estado que devastó Honduras, desplazando a su población.

Boston: Cientos de personas protestan por las ventas y ganancias de Wayfair a los centros de detención para inmigrantes

Kate Randall, 29 junio 2019

La semana pasada los empleados se enteraron que una orden por $200,000 dólares en muebles de dormitorio fue hecho por el contratista privado para un centro de detención.

Los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes dan $4.6 mil millones para los campos de concentración de Trump
Ocasio-Cortez juega un papel crítico en asegurar su aprobación

Eric London junio 2019

Trump tiene una ventaja política: su oposición nominal es el Partido Demócrata, el cual está igual de comprometido que los republicanos con la defensa de la gran patronal.

El sociólogo británico Noah Carl y la promoción de la extrema derecha en el medio académico

Thomas Scripps, 29 junio 2019

Estamos publicando aquí el discurso en una reunión pública en Cambridge, Inglaterra del miembro de los Jóvenes y Estudiantes Internacionales por la Igualdad Social, Thomas Scripps, sobre el eugenista Noah Carl y la extrema derecha en la academia.

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Intervention meurtrière de la police pendant la Fête de la musique à Nantes

Anthony Torres, 28 juin 2019

La violence d’une charge police après laquelle une personne tombée dans la Loire est encore portée disparue est la produit de la politique ultra-répressive du pouvoir.

Alors que les démocrates donnent à Trump des milliards de plus pour la guerre frontalière
L’image d’un père et d’une fille noyés suscite l’indignation mondiale face au déchaînement anti-immigrant des États-Unis

Barry Grey, 28 juin 2019

Le Parti démocrate a voté à une écrasante majorité en faveur de l'octroi de 4,5 milliards de dollars supplémentaires pour les agences anti-immigrées de type Gestapo de Trump.

Trump et les démocrates tentent de conclure un accord anti-immigrés

Patrick Martin, 28 juin 2019

Le report des rafles de masse prévues dimanche matin ouvre la voie à l'adoption d'une législation bipartite prévoyant des milliards de dollars supplémentaires pour arrêter et emprisonner les immigrants.

L'Université d'Alicante en Espagne censure des articles scientifiques sur la répression fasciste

Alejandro López, 28 juin 2019

Alors que l'élite dirigeante espagnole fait la promotion de politiques d’extrême droite, cette décision ouvre la porte à des tentatives de révision de l'histoire sanglante du fascisme espagnol.

L'élite dirigeante turque attise le chauvinisme contre les réfugiés de guerre syriens

Barış Demir, 28 juin 2019

Avant la reprise des élections municipales d’Istanbul dimanche, les politiciens de tous les grands partis bourgeois ont tenté de susciter l’hostilité contre les réfugiés syriens en Turquie.

New in Chinese

在五四运动一百周年之际向中国的工人与青年问候致意

Peter Symonds, 2019年6月18日

在2019年的五一国际劳动节,第四国际国际委员会(the International Committee of the Fourth International)在五四运动一百周年之际向中国的工人与青年致以问候。这场运动标志着反对帝国主义的抗争迎来了一个历史性的转折点。

New in Bengali

ভারতের জাতীয় নির্বাচনে বিপর্যয়ের মুখোমুখি স্তালীনপন্থী সি-পি-এম এবং সি-পি-আই

-দীপাল জয়শেখরা, ২৭ মে ২০১৯

ভারতের হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি)-র নেতৃত্বাধীন সরকারের বিরুদ্ধে এবং তিন দশকের "বাজারমুখী" সংস্কারের ফলে হওয়া ক্ষতির বিরুদ্ধে যখন শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর বিরোধীতা ক্রমে বেড়ে চলেছে, তখন ভারতের প্রধান স্তালীনন্থী দলগুলি - ভারতীয় কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি (মার্কসবাদী) বা সিপিএম এবং তার ছোট কিন্তু তার চেয়ে পুরোনো শরিক ভারতীয় কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি বা সিপিআই নির্বাচনে এক হতাশাজনক ফল করেছে।

ভারতের নির্বাচন এবং কঠোরতা, যুদ্ধ এবং সাম্প্রদায়িক প্রতিক্রিয়ার বিরোধীতা করার জন্য বৈপ্লবিক কর্মসূচি

কিথজোন্‌স্‌, ৮ মে ২০১৯

ভারতের বহু-পর্যায়ের কেন্দ্রীয় নির্বাচনের প্রচার এক ভয়াবহ দৃশ্যদূষণে পরিণত হয়েছে।

New in Russian

Миллионы протестуют в Гонконге против закона об экстрадиции

Бен Макграт, 19 июня 2019 г.

Огромная демонстрация в воскресенье является признаком массового недовольства в Гонконге не только в отношении демократических прав, но и по поводу растущего социального кризиса в городе.

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Perspective

The G20 Summit in Osaka: The war of all against all

29 June 2019

World leaders gathered in Osaka, Japan for the G20 summit amid the relentless promotion of trade war, protectionism and militarism.

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Free Assange and Manning

Watch: Chris Marsden’s speech to Paris meeting to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2019

SEP wins support for Assange and Manning at Sri Lanka’s Peradeniya university

By our reporters, 29 June 2019

Tenishan, an agriculture student, asked: “Is it democratic to imprison journalists who have revealed war crimes?”

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) calls rally to demand freedom for Julian Assange

Terry Hicks, father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, demands freedom for Assange and Manning

28 June 2019

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting
For a global campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!

27 June 2019

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

Statement of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 20 June 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

The attempt of far-right professor and Eastern European historian Jörg Baberowski to set up a think tank at Humboldt University has failed.

Fund Appeal

Arts Review

New Orleans pianist and singer Dr. John dies at 77

By Matthew Brennan, 29 June 2019

His early recordings spanned a remarkable musical range, from funk-driven pop songs and New Orleans jazz and blues to at least a half-dozen other musical styles and influences.

San Francisco School Board votes to destroy left-wing murals they claim are “racist” and “white supremacist”

By Toby Reese, 28 June 2019

”We can’t erase history to suit people’s feelings”
San Francisco residents voice opposition to censorship of George Washington High School murals

Commentary

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

Minutes to disaster: Lessons to be learned from the confrontation with Iran

The Lübcke murder and the return of the “Nazi problem” in Germany

Turkish ruling elite whips up chauvinism against Syrian war refugees

By Barış Demir, 27 June 2019

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

By David Walsh, 24 June 2019

The significance of Trump’s awarding of the Freedom Medal to Arthur Laffer

By Nick Beams, 25 June 2019

Workers Struggles

Assam tea workers on strike; 3,000 Sri Lankan railway workers walk out again; Tasmanian and South Australian teachers fight for better pay
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 June 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Ford announces 12,000 layoffs, five plant closures across Europe

By Will Morrow, 28 June 2019

Countdown to contract fight
Auto execs, UAW have a game plan: What will autoworkers do?

UAW rams through sellout deal at Saline, Michigan Faurecia factory

By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2019

“This contract is crap!”
Faurecia workers denounce UAW sellout agreement

Vote “No” on UAW sellout agreement!
Build rank-and-file committees to unite Faurecia and all autoworkers in a national strike

More on autoworkers struggles »

Protesting nurses speak out in Long Beach, California

By Rafael Azul and Kimie Saito, 28 June 2019

History

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

The reprint makes available, after almost 100 years, an important historical document, the fate of which reflects the violent repression by Stalinism of genuine Marxist thought and politics, represented within the Soviet Union by Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition.

Book Review

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, by Brenda Wineapple
The failed removal of Andrew Johnson and the emergence of the American working class

By Eric London, 26 June 2019

Brenda Wineapple’s The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation is a factual and easy-to-read account of one of the most overlooked and poorly understood turning points in American history.

25 years ago: US government reopens Guantanamo Bay prison for Haitian refugees

On June 27, 1994, the US Coast Guard intercepted and detained over 1,300 Haitian refugees fleeing north in small boats across the ocean towards Florida, the largest number in a year.

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50 years ago: Gays clash with police outside Stonewall Inn in New York City

On the night of June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn and residents of the Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City clashed with police after a raid on the bar, known for openly serving gay, lesbian, and transgender customers.

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75 years ago: Copenhagen workers battle Nazi occupation

On June 26, 1944, opposition to the German occupation forces exploded in Copenhagen as workers launched strikes and demonstrations against Nazi executions, including a death sentence against 13 railway workers in Jutland.

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100 years ago: Signing of the Treaty of Versailles

On June 28, 1919, the fifth anniversary of the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the political spark for the First World War, the German delegation to the Paris Peace Conference put its signature to the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, outside Paris.

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Science

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 June 2019

The accelerating rate of ice melting occurring around the world is a grave warning that climate change is rapidly reaching the point at which its catastrophic consequences will be felt by billions of people.

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.

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

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.