6 July 2019

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

War threats mount as Iran exceeds limit on enriched uranium stockpile

More on the war drive in the Middle East »

Syriza poised to hand over power to New Democracy in Greece’s July 7 elections

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2019

Syriza called early elections to hand power to fascistic, right-wing forces amid growing opposition among workers to its reactionary policies.

Madrid threatens migrant rescue ship with massive fines

By Alejandro López, 6 July 2019

Spain’s social-democratic government has warned it will impose hundreds of thousands of euros in fines on vessels for rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean.

Bombing of detention center in Libya kills at least 44 refugees

The global war on refugees

German captain of refugee rescue ship Sea Watch 3 arrested in Italy

More on the attack on refugees »

Germany: Following the murder of politician Walter Lübcke—the call for a strong state

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2019

The 2018 report by the secret service again describes the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei as “left-wing extremist” and an “object for surveillance.”

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

More on the fight against fascism »

UK’s GCHQ spy centre seeks new powers to circumvent encryption

By Thomas Scripps, 6 July 2019

The new surveillance measures, known as a “ghost protocol,” would allow a government agent to “sit in” on ostensibly secure private conversations without other participants knowing.

Facebook planning to ban ads which discourage voting in US elections

More on internet censorship »

Hong Kong protests continue amid Beijing’s veiled threats of military intervention

By Ben McGrath, 6 July 2019

In an unusual move, China’s military reported on drills the day after another mass rally.

Hundreds of thousands protest on the streets of Hong Kong

Tamil Nadu government bans strikes in auto component industries

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 6 July 2019

The ruling class's major goal is to transform India into a premier center of global auto manufacturing by imposing brutal working conditions.

Deadly Legionella bacteria found at Ford Dearborn Truck plant

Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio

More on autoworkers struggles »

American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2019

In the months leading up to Edward Gallagher’s acquittal, several members of his defense team were revealed to have close ties to the White House.

Bus drivers in Massachusetts strike over wages and healthcare

By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019

Bus drivers are seeking wage increases consistent with the cost of living in Martha’s Vineyard as well as improvements in safety, disciplinary procedures and healthcare.

Indonesian factory fire claims lives of 30 women and children

By Owen Howell, 6 July 2019

The tragic deaths of factory employees is yet another example of the national government showing its indifference for the working poor.

Australian Labor Party backs government’s tax cuts for the wealthy

By Mike Head, 6 July 2019

By voting for the massive tax cuts, Labor further repudiated its bogus election rhetoric against “the big end of town” and for a “fair go” for working people.

New in Urdu

ایرانی انقلاب۔۔۔۔چالیس سال بعد

کیتھ جونز

یہ سٹالنسٹ تودہ پارٹی اور سٹالنزم کی سیاست ہے جو بنیادی طور پر ایرانی انقلاب کے پٹڑی سے اُتر جانے کی ذِمہ دار ہے۔

New in Turkish

ILO raporu, ücretlere artan saldırıyı belgeliyor

Nick Beams, 6 Temmuz 2019

Uluslararası Çalışma Örgütü’nün (ILO) Perşembe günü yayınladığı rapor işçilerin küresel gelir içindeki payının önemli ölçüde düştüğünü gösteriyor.

New in Russian

За всемирную кампанию против выдачи Джулиана Ассанжа в США!
За формирование Глобального комитета защиты для его освобождения!

Заявление международной редакционной коллегии Мирового Социалистического Веб Сайта, 6 июля 2019 г.

Необходимо организовать массовое движение, чтобы не допустить экстрадикции Джулиана Ассанжа в Соединенные Штаты.

New in French

Le discours de Trump du 4 juillet: une orgie de militarisme

Tom Hall, 6 juillet 2019

Le long discours de Trump qui louangeait l’armée visait à positionner davantage l’armée comme arbitre suprême de la politique américaine et à justifier son propre gouvernement personnaliste.

Un rapport de l'Organisation internationale du travail documente l’attaque sans répit contre les salaires

Nick Beams, 6 juillet 2019

Dans un «constat clé», le rapport déclare que «l’augmentation des revenus des salariés les mieux payés est associée aux pertes de tous les autres; à savoir que la part du revenu des travailleurs de la classe moyenne et de revenu modeste est en net recul».

Fin du lock-out de 18 mois à l’Aluminerie de Bécancour:
La lutte des travailleurs d’ABI trahie par le syndicat des Métallos

Laurent Lafrance, 6 juillet 2019

Les Métallos et la FTQ ont isolé les travailleurs d’ABI et collaboré avec la compagnie pour imposer une défaite qui sera utilisée pour abaisser les conditions de travail dans toute l’industrie.

Le cinéaste australien James Ricketson dénonce le refus du journaliste Peter Greste de défendre Assange

6 juillet 2019

Le documentariste James Ricketson a écrit une «Lettre ouverte» à Peter Greste.

New in German

ILO-Bericht dokumentiert weltweiten Angriff auf Löhne

Nick Beams, 6. Juli 2019

Ein „wesentliches Ergebnis“ des Berichts besagt, dass „ein Anstieg der obersten Arbeitseinkommen mit Verlusten für alle anderen einhergeht, wobei der Einkommensanteil sowohl der Mittelschicht als auch der unteren Einkommensschichten sinkt.“

Trump begeht Nationalfeiertag mit ultra-militaristischer Rede

Tom Hall, 6. Juli 2019

Trumps einstündige Lobeshymne auf das Militär zielte darauf ab, das Militär noch deutlicher zum obersten Hüter der amerikanischen Politik und zur Stütze seiner persönlichen Herrschaft zu erheben.

Trier und Horath: Stahlarbeiter von Riva seit vier Wochen im Streik

Marianne Arens, 6. Juli 2019

In Trier und im benachbarten Horath (Rheinland-Pfalz) befinden sich rund 150 Stahlarbeiter seit vier Wochen im Streik gegen das Lohndumping der Konzernmutter Riva Stahl.

USA und EU begrüßen die Wahl von Ekrem İmamoğlu zum Bürgermeister von Istanbul

Ulas Atesci, 6. Juli 2019

Welche Hoffnungen auch immer Arbeiter und Jugendliche in İmamoğlu und seine politischen Verbündeten setzen sollen, sie werden schnell enttäuscht werden.

New in Norwegian

Mexico utplasserer Nasjonalgarden, pågriper rekordnivå av immigranter

Alex González, 5. juli 2019

Mexico lanserte sin 70 000-store Nasjonalgarde og interneringen av immigranter økte med en tredjedel siden mai.

Tysk forsvarsminister som sjef for EU-kommisjonen

Peter Schwarz, 5. juli 2019

Forslaget sikter på å utvikle EU til en militærmakt under tysk-fransk dominans.

$ 300 millioner i militærhjelp til Ukraina vedtatt av det amerikanske Senatet

Jason Melanovski, 5. juli 2019

I forberedelser til en tredje verdenskrig, og med økende spenninger med EU over Russland og Iran, eskalerer USA militærhjelpen til Ukraina.

Australsk filmskaper James Ricketson oppfordrer journalisten Peter Greste til å forsvare Assange

5. juli 2019

Ricketson har forfattet et «Åpent Brev» som motsier Grestes påstand om at Assange ikke er journalist og derfor ikke fortjener støtte, og han oppfordrer ham til å forsvare WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren, som han i sin tid gjorde for Ricketson som var fengslet på falskt grunnlag i Kambodsja.

Video: Se og hør Sydney-demonstrasjonen Løslat Assange

5. juli 2019

Demonstrasjonen var én av en serie samlinger organisert av Socialist Equality Party til forsvar for Julian Assange og Chelsea Manning; den neste er i Brisbane på lørdag, etterfulgt av en i Melbourne søndag den 14. juli.

New in Portuguese

Banalidades no G20 não conseguem esconder um mundo à beira da guerra

Nick Beams, 5 Julho 2019

As teatrais propostas de paz de Trump à Coréia do Norte após a cúpula do G20 foram desmentidas pela aprovação pelo Senado do maior orçamento militar na história dos EUA.

Revelações contra a Operação Lava Jato levam a nova investida em direção a um governo autoritário no Brasil

Miguel Andrade, 5 Julho 2019

A publicação de mensagens vazadas relacionadas ao julgamento de Lula fez o governo Bolsonaro realizar ameaças de repressão e acusações de conluio com a inteligência russa.

New in Spanish

Organización Internacional de Trabajo documenta mayores ataques contra salarios

Nick Beams, 6 julio 2019

En un “hallazgo clave”, el reporte declara que “los aumentos en los ingresos más altos están asociados con pérdidas para todos los demás, con una caída en el porcentaje de ingresos yendo a los trabajadores de clase media y clase baja.

Día de la Independencia de EUA en 2019: de “asilo para la humanidad” a la tierra de los campos de concentración

Tom Mackaman, 6 julio 2019

Los principios de 1776 de inmigración abierta y ciudadanía por nacimiento están bajo ataque.

Trump desata torrente de militarismo en su discurso del 4 de julio

Tom Hall, 6 julio 2019

La oda de una hora a los militares por parte de Trump estuvo diseñada para elevar aún más al ejército como árbitro supremo de política estadounidense y sostén de su gobierno personalista.

El último informe de la Oficina del Inspector General revela condiciones inhumanas en los centros de detención de inmigrantes de Estados Unidos

Matthew Taylor, 6 julio 2019

Los niños están detenidos sin acceso a duchas o comidas calientes y en un caso los inmigrantes adultos se retuvieron en la habitación de pie durante una semana completa.

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Perspective

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

6 July 2019

Intended as a demonstration of the eternal power and greatness of American capitalism, what was instead exposed in the grotesque spectacle is a beleaguered and isolated ruling class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

A conversation with Mike Kaplan, the producer of The Whales of August (1987), Lillian Gish’s final film
The famed actress “was filled with curiosity, creativity and imagination”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2019

Kaplan helped organize the petition urging Bowling Green State University to restore the names of famed actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish to its film theater.

The Command (Kursk): A dramatization of the 2000 Russian nuclear submarine disaster

By Joanne Laurier, 4 July 2019

Marching Song, play co-written by Orson Welles about abolitionist John Brown, to be published after 85 years

By David Walsh, 2 July 2019

A conversation with Todd Tarbox, editor of Marching Song

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold Free Assange meetings and demonstrations

6 July 2019

The SEP and IYSSE calls upon workers, students, youth, artists, journalists and intellectuals to support the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

SEP meetings review political lessons of Australia’s federal election

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

Labor’s defeat in the May 18 elections poses the urgent necessity for an intensification of the fight for socialist and internationalist consciousness among workers and youth.

Australian workers and youth discuss SEP election campaign

By our reporters, 6 July 2019

“I’ve seen the Labor Party and the unions working hand-in-glove at the expense of the workers throughout my entire working life.”

Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange’s birthday celebrated at vigils in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

Australian workers and youth speak out at vigils for Assange’s birthday

Debate on Julian Assange at London’s Frontline Club for journalists

By Jean Shaoul, 5 July 2019

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer replies to feminist legal critics on Assange

By Laura Tiernanan, 5 July 2019

Video: Watch the Sydney Free Assange rally

4 July 2019

The demonstration is one of a series of rallies organised by the Socialist Equality Party to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning; the next will be in Brisbane on Saturday followed by Melbourne on Sunday July 14.

Video: Protesters at SEP (Australia) rally speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson calls on journalist Peter Greste to defend Assange

Australian workers and youth speak out in defence of Assange at SEP rally

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

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

History

American Independence Day 2019: From the “asylum for mankind” to the land of concentration camps

By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019

The principles of 1776 of open immigration and birthright citizenship are under attack.

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

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

Commentary

International Labour Organization report documents growing assault on wages

By Nick Beams, 5 July 2019

Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech

By Tom Hall, 5 July 2019

Fourth of July 2019: Militarism and the specter of dictatorship

“We can definitely unite with Central American workers!”
Detroiters oppose Trump’s war on immigrants at Fourth of July protest

Sri Lankan president calls for autocratic executive presidency

By K. Ratnayake, 5 July 2019

Was the Australian army placed on alert during last year’s political crisis?

By Mike Head, 5 July 2019

"Socialism 2019" conference: A Democratic Party operation

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2019

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

German minister of defence to head European Commission

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2019

Amid mounting opposition, former Michigan Governor Snyder withdraws from Harvard fellowship

By Sheila Brehm, 4 July 2019

Harvard awards fellowship to Rick Snyder, Flint’s poisoner-in-chief

US Navy SEAL acquitted of murder and other war crimes by military jury

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the resurgence of the international class struggle

By the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 3 July 2019

Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution

By Kate Randall, 3 July 2019

When They See Us: A powerful dramatization of the case of the Central Park Five

Workers Struggles

Punjab Roadways workers strike for three days; thousands of Bangladesh municipal workers strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 July 2019

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

Furniture retailer Conforama announces 1,900 job cuts in France in 2020

By Anthony Torres, 5 July 2019

11,000 food service workers vote to strike US airlines

By Kayla Costa, 4 July 2019

South Korean public sector workers strike over irregular employment status

By Ben McGrath, 4 July 2019

South Australian teachers strike for better wages and conditions

By Sue Phillips, 4 July 2019

UK National Education Union and #SchoolCuts hold Together for Education rally

By Tom Pearce, 4 July 2019

Amazon’s meat grinder in the Dallas, Texas suburbs

By Tom Carter, 2 July 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

Lee Iacocca, who spearheaded the attack on autoworkers, dead at 94

By Jerry White, 4 July 2019

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

Why autoworkers need an international strategy

More on autoworkers struggles »

IYSSE

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 4 July 2019

The Trotskyist youth movement is running two candidates in the elections for the Student Parliament in at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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

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

25 years ago: Rwandan Patriotic Front captures Kigali

On July 4, 1994, the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) captured the country’s capital city of Kigali, a major advance during the Rwandan Civil War.

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50 years ago: Kenyan leader Tom Mboya assassinated

On July 5, 1969, Tom Mboya, Kenya’s Minister of Justice, was shot and killed when leaving a store in Nairobi.

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75 years ago: Red Army captures Minsk

On July 3, 1944, the Red Army captured the city of Minsk, the last major German stronghold on Soviet territory.

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100 years ago: Journal publishes Claude McKay poem in defense of blacks

On July 1, 1919, The Liberator, the left-wing journal edited by Max Eastman, published the iconic poem of the resistance of the oppressed, “If We Must Die,” by Claude McKay.

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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.

Science

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 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.

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.